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Skill usage

  • XerathSquare.png Xerath range has the potential for both strong harass and farm.
    • Arcanopulse.png Arcanopulse is best used to harass, but it can also be used to hit an entire line of minions.
    • Eye of Destruction.png Eye of Destruction is great for farming since it does the most damage, minions don't dodge.
    • An early point into Shocking Orb.png Shocking Orb can help keep you safe from ganks as you can stun anyone who comes close, but it should generally be maxed last, as it is hard to use in lane with minions.
  • However, he does have a weaknesses. You will need to occasionally attack a minion or champion with an auto-attack to maintain your mana, as Xerath's mana costs are very high,
    • If there are no minions nearby, consider auto-attacking a wraith to gain the passive mana.
  • 2 good combo's are
  • XerathSquare.png Xerath is one of the most damaging mages, along with his range allowing him to build full offense, but he has 2 major weaknesses:
    • His abilities are all skill shots, and can be avoided.
    • XerathSquare.png Xerath is very mana-hungry, his passive requires him to get close.
  • In team fights XerathSquare.png Xerath deals severe AoE damage, and is very effective against enemies that are tightly grouped..
  • Rite of the Arcane.png Rite of the Arcane has amazing range and massive damage, however it's delay and small area make it easy for unhindered enemies to dodge. Thus it is best used in conjunction with an ally. Allowing XerathSquare.png Xerath to turn a 1v1 into a 1v2.
    • It is also great for stealing objectives. He can reach both dragon and baron from mid lane.
    • Rite of the Arcane.png Rite of the Arcane's immunity to displacement effects can be used defensively against BlitzcrankSquare.png Blitzcrank's grab or GragasSquare.png Gragas's ult.
  • Xerath has several options for summoner spells:
    • Ignite.png Ignite is generally a poor choice since Xerath is rarely close enough to use it.
    • Flash.png Flash is best used for defense, as Xerath already has long range.
    • Teleport.png Teleport allows for better lane-control and opens some gank-options.
    • Barrier.png Barrier can help you survive against assassins, one of Xerath’s major weaknesses.
    • Heal.png Heal can also help you against assassins plus it has a movement speed boost, though the healing can be countered by Grievous Wounds.
    • Cleanse.png Cleanse is generally a poor choice, since you have no escape to capitalize on it.
    • Exhaust.png 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 FizzSquare.png Fizz and AhriSquare.png Ahri. It also slows down targets so you can more reliably hit with all your attacks.
    • Smite.png Smite is generally a poor choice as Xerath can already deal high damage to minions, and does very poorly in the jungle.
    • Clairvoyance.png Clairvoyance, combined with XerathSquare.png 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 recalling champions.
    • Clarity.png Clarity is not viable because of Xerath's passive and high mana cost.

Build usage

  • XerathSquare.png Xerath's range can allow him to build full offensive with Cooldown Reduction, Ability Power, Magic Penetration, and some Mana regeneration to power it.
  • Building Zhonya's Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass will give you Ability power,  armor, and a powerful active that can help you survive if the enemy team has gap closing abilities.
  • Rylai's Crystal Scepter item.png Rylai's Crystal Scepter can slow people down, making it easier to land more attacks.
  • Xerath should use Magic Penetration Glyphs.

Recommended Builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran's Ring item Health Potion item2 Warding Totem item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Rabadon's Deathcap item Athene's Unholy Grail item
Offensive Void Staff item Twin Shadows item Morellonomicon item
Defensive Banshee's Veil item Zhonya's Hourglass item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item Vision Ward item Elixir of Sorcery item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Ring item2 Health Potion item2
Essential Chalice of Harmony item Sorcerer's Shoes item Rabadon's Deathcap item
Offensive Athene's Unholy Grail item Morellonomicon item Liandry's Torment item Void Staff item
Defensive Zhonya's Hourglass item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item
Consumables Item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Prospector's Ring item Health Potion item2
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Wooglet's Witchcap item Haunting Guise item
Offensive Void Staff item Morellonomicon item Blackfire Torch item
Defensive Athene's Unholy Grail item Abyssal Scepter item
Consumables Item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Ring item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Wooglet's Witchcap item Haunting Guise item
Offensive Void Staff item Morellonomicon item Blackfire Torch item
Defensive Athene's Unholy Grail item Abyssal Scepter item
Consumables Item

Countering

  • XerathSquare.png Xerath deals magic damage, magic resist is the obvious counter (Banshee's Veil item.png Banshee's Veil).
  • While all of XerathSquare.png Xerath's spells have a very long range, they are also all delayed and/or skill shots and can be dodged.
  • XerathSquare.png Xerath is most powerful late game, especially with full items. Try to stop and starve him early.
  • XerathSquare.png 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 XerathSquare.png Xerath can be a threat to other lanes, notify your team if he leaves your lane.
  • Most of XerathSquare.png Xerath's attacks are AoE, try to stay spread out in team fights.
  • Avoid getting hit by his Shocking Orb.png Shocking Orb, as the stun gives him ample opportunity to land his combo.
  • Observing XerathSquare.png Xerath can help you to dodge his Arcanopulse.png Arcanopulse. When you see XerathSquare.png Xerath slow down, it's time to start dodging left or right, perpendicular to the imaginary line between you and XerathSquare.png Xerath. This gives you extra warning to dodge the Q in addition to the Q's lit warning track.
  • Casting Rite of the Arcane.png Rite of the Arcane makes XerathSquare.png 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 XerathSquare.png 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.

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