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- Xerath has amazing range and is excellent for both strong harass and farm.
- Arcanopulse is best used to harass, but it can also be used to hit an entire line of minions.
- Eye of Destruction is great for farming and harassing, since it does the most damage.
- An early point into Shocking Orb can help keep you safe from ganks as you can stun anyone who comes close, but it should generally be maxed last.
- One of his weaknesses is his constant need to attack a minion or champion with an auto-attack to maintain mana, as Xerath's mana costs are very high. This is very noticeable in early game.
- Do not overcharge your Arcanopulse. Remember that charging it doesn't increase the damage, only the range, so there's no need to fully charge it if you don't need the extra range.
- Some effective skill combos are as follows:
- Xerath is one of the most powerful mages thanks to his range and power, but has 2 major weaknesses:
- His abilities are all skill shots, and can be avoided.
- Xerath is very mana-hungry, and his passive requires him to get close to recover mana.
- In team fights Xerath deals severe AoE damage, and is very effective against enemies that are tightly grouped.
- Rite of the Arcane has amazing range and massive damage, however its delay and small area make it easy for unhindered enemies to dodge. Thus it is best used in conjunction with an ally.
- It is also great for stealing objectives. He can reach both Dragon and Baron Nashor from mid lane.
- Rite of the Arcane's immunity to displacement effects can be used defensively against Blitzcrank's grab or Gragas's ultimate.
- This skill can also be used to snipe targets from a safe distance, especially fleeing champions. Take note that both teams can see the ring that indicates the skill's maximum range.
- Xerath has several options for summoner spells:
- Ignite is generally a poor choice since Xerath is rarely close enough to use it.
- Flash is best used for defense, as Xerath already has long range.
- Teleport allows for better lane-control and opens some gank-options.
- Barrier can help you survive against assassins, one of Xerath’s major weaknesses.
- Heal can also help you against assassins plus it has a movement speed boost, though the healing can be countered by Grievous Wounds.
- Cleanse is generally a poor choice, since you have no escape to capitalize on it.
- Exhaust has a short range, but protects you from some of your counters who have to rely on getting close in order to kill you, namely Fizz and Ahri. It also slows down targets so you can more reliably hit with all your attacks.
- Smite is generally a poor choice as Xerath can already deal high damage to minions, and does very poorly in the jungle.
- Clairvoyance, combined with Xerath's extraordinary range, allows you to control the enemy buffs without putting yourself into real danger, in addition to greatly improving map- and objective-control. It also allows you to snipe champions hiding in either the bushes or just the Fog of War.
- Clarity is not viable because of Xerath's passive and high mana cost. This, however, is good during early game if Xerath uses up too much mana for harassing.
- Xerath's range can allow him to build full offensive with Cooldown Reduction, Ability Power, Magic Penetration, and some Mana regeneration to power it.
- 2 Core items are the
or , which gives you AP, Mana, and CDR in good amounts.
- is the more defensive option, giving you MR, and more mana regeneration, allowing you to stay away more often.
- is the more offensive option, giving you more AP, and being 400 cheaper, but you will need to move closer to gain mana from your passive more often.
- While combined with will let you hit 40% CDR, it is not recommended to get both. 5 points in sorcery mastery, along either CDR glyphs/Quints, blue buff, or can get you to the 40% cap.
- should be bought right after hitting the CDR cap. It provides a large boost in damage.
- will help you against target's that stack magic resist, and combine nicely with , and/or .
- 2 Core items are the
- Building will give you Ability power, armor, and a powerful active that can help you survive if the enemy team has gap closing abilities.
- can slow people down, making it easier to land more attacks.
- While is usually a risky purchase, it is less so on Xerath, due to his very long range. As long as he maintains himself far and protected, and avoid dying, getting stacks will be very easy, thanks to his abilities having long range. It is a viable purchase if you are snowballing. Be sure to avoid dying too much, else this item is a waste of slot.
- Xerath deals magic damage, thus magic resist is the obvious counter ( ).
- While all of Xerath's spells have a very long range, they are also all delayed and/or skill shots and can be dodged.
- Xerath is most powerful late game, especially with full items. Try to stop and starve him early.
- Xerath's mana can be depleted quickly and he needs to come in short range for his passive to work.
- Try and make him waste his attacks, and then counter when he is out of mana.
- With his long range Xerath can be a threat to other lanes, notify your team if he leaves your lane.
- Most of Xerath's attacks are AoE, try to stay spread out in team fights.
- Avoid getting hit by his Shocking Orb, as the stun gives him ample opportunity to land his combo.
- Observing Xerath can help you to dodge his Arcanopulse. When you see Xerath slow down, it's time to start dodging left or right, perpendicular to the imaginary line between you and Xerath. This gives you extra warning to dodge the Q in addition to the Q's lit warning track.
- Casting Rite of the Arcane makes Xerath immobile, and makes him immune to displacements. However, hard CC like stuns and silences interrupt his ultimate and put it on cooldown, so saving these for when he casts his ultimate is worth it.
- When Xerath uses his ultimate, a large circle quickly expands from it. This circle is visible by everyone, and it indicates his maximum cast range. Use this to your advantage, and keep in mind that his ultimate is an AoE.