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Skill usage

  • Battle Cry.png Battle Cry's passive heals XinZhaoSquare.png Xin Zhao every three attacks, allowing him to sustain himself in lane for a while by autoattacking minion waves and turrets. Doing so for extended periods however will push your lane, so watch out for gank attempts.
  • You can reduce Crescent Sweep.png Crescent Sweep's cooldown faster by spamming Three Talon Strike.png Three Talon Strike. However do take care of the mana cost early game, as you can easily run out of mana for a fight by continuously spamming Three Talon Strike.png Three Talon Strike too much.
  • Three Talon Strike.png Three Talon Strike resets the attack timer, so getting one basic attack off, then using the ability will yield a greater DPS.
  • The attack speed granted by Battle Cry.png Battle Cry is great for taking down turrets and minion waves, whilst also being extremely effective while jungling.
    • One should always have at least one point in Battle Cry.png Battle Cry early for the health restoration and attack speed.
  • Audacious Charge.png Audacious Charge does magic damage and slows enemies surrounding the target; you can use that to your advantage by charging a nearby enemy in order to slow another just outside its range. This ability will also pop Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Banshee's Veil (or similar spell shields) on any of the affected targets which is extremely useful if your team has an incoming area of effect disable.
    • Bear in mind that if you use this tactic to jump to a priority target with Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Banshee's Veil, you will want to auto-attack them at least once before using Crescent Sweep.png Crescent Sweep in order to apply the Challenge.png Challenge debuff so that they aren't knocked away from you.
  • Try using Crescent Sweep.png Crescent Sweep where it will hit the most enemy champions. It will not only deal more damage, but greatly increase the armor and magic resistance bonus.
  • XinZhaoSquare.png Xin Zhao is a great initiator. Lunge at a target with Audacious Charge.png Audacious Charge and use Crescent Sweep.png Crescent Sweep to do the most damage possible. If you can cast it while in the midst of the enemy team, it will also grant XinZhaoSquare.png Xin Zhao a large amount of armor and magic resistance to survive in the fray.
    • To further increase the effectiveness of the initiation, try and aim your attacks specifically at a high value target such as the opposing carry before using Crescent Sweep.png Crescent Sweep as this will cause them to be Challenge.png Challenged, reducing their armor, separating them from their teammates and marking them for your allies.
  • XinZhaoSquare.png Xin Zhao is an formidable ambush ganker. Battle Cry.png Battle Cry and Three Talon Strike.png Three Talon Strike make it very hard to immediately escape from him and deals high initial damage, and Audacious Charge.png Audacious Charge makes it so that even targets with escapes can be chased effectively.
  • XinZhaoSquare.png Xin Zhao is very good at tower diving enemy champions who are low on health, even at low levels; a combination of Crescent Sweep.png Crescent Sweep, Three Talon Strike.png Three Talon Strike and Battle Cry.png Battle Cry can grant you enough defense to survive the tower hits and damage to quickly slay your opponent.
  • Audacious Charge.png Audacious Charge slows the enemy enough to be able to land your Three Talon Strike.png Three Talon Strike with almost complete success if they have no blink or dash ability, guaranteeing the knock up.
  • XinZhaoSquare.png Xin Zhao is a good jungler with Battle Cry.png Battle Cry's passive effect and a great ganker with Audacious Charge.png Audacious Charge and Three Talon Strike.png Three Talon Strike after finishing his jungle route.
    • The best time to gank is when the enemy champion has recently used all their escape summoner spells such as Ghost.png Ghost and Flash.png Flash (or abilities such as Arcane Shift.png Arcane Shift or Rocket Jump.png Rocket Jump).
    • It is best not to use all your crowd control at once, time each of your crowd control abilities with your ally allowing an easy kill when your enemy gets out of melee range you can then Audacious Charge.png Audacious Charge to ensure your kill.
    • Crescent Sweep.png Crescent Sweep can assist in ganks by knocking enemies back towards your allies, but be sure that you are both in front of them and do not currently have your target Challenge.png Challenged before you do so.
  • Audacious Charge.png Audacious Charge can be used to escape ganks on some occasions by targeting a minion or a champion along your escape route. Combined with Flash.png Flash, this can allow XinZhaoSquare.png Xin Zhao to escape most unfavorable fights. Use it on an enemy across a wall for a clean escape (e.g.: throw ward across small golems wall, then dash to golems, when they flash in or come around, flash is still available for use)
  • Crescent Sweep.png Crescent Sweep can be used to knock enemies away from you when trying to escape.
    • When attempting a retreat, ensure that your pursuer has not been Challenge.png Challenged first before using Crescent Sweep.png Crescent Sweep as otherwise it will have no effect on them.
  • Battle Cry.png Battle Cry's and Three Talon Strike.png Three Talon Strike can kill a tower very quickly in late game, as long as there are enough minions around to keep it from targeting XinZhaoSquare.png Xin Zhao. However, if building AP, Xin Zhao's heal lets him sustain from tower attacks even without minions around him.

Build usage

  • XinZhaoSquare.png Xin Zhao is a natural fighter with a strong reliance on autoattacks and an excellent attack speed steroid; consequently, items that grant attack damage, such as The Bloodthirster item.png The Bloodthirster, work well with him. Despite having a large attack speed steroid it is generally accepted that a Blade of the Ruined King is a better item for him than a Bloodthirster because he is highly auto attack dependent.
  • Attack speed items like Phantom Dancer item.png Phantom Dancer allow XinZhaoSquare.png Xin Zhao to heal from the passive on Battle Cry.png Battle Cry more often, increasing his survivability, and triggers the knock-up from Three Talon Strike.png Three Talon Strike more quickly.
    • If you're in need of some Magic Resistance, Wit's End is a very good item for him.
  • Items that offer attack damage and attack speed together are excellent choices for XinZhaoSquare.png Xin Zhao.
  • Randuin&#039;s Omen item.png Randuin's Omen allows XinZhaoSquare.png Xin Zhao to be more tanky. Using Crescent Sweep.png Crescent Sweep at the start of a fight will increase your armor and magic resistance, which can increase the duration of Randuin&#039;s Omen item.png Randuin's Omen's active.
  • Crescent Sweep lets Thornmail's passive deal more magic damage which makes Xin Zhao excel in dueling and fights as its active continuously deals more damage because it's damage is based off of bonus armor, so if Xin Zhao uses Crescent Sweep in the middle of a teamfight, not only does it do more AOE physical damage, many opponents will unexpect the extra AOE magic damage coming to them because it's likely they'll hit you when you go in as they will think it's just his Audacious Charge that does AOE magic damage. Build this against heavy AD carries, it can turn the tide for your team.
  • In the jungle Xin Zhao can get either warrior enchant or devourer enchant based on what his team needs. If he needs to be a stronger early game champion because his team comp scales better into the late game warrior is usually the better item. If his team comp is full of early game champions he should get devourer to scale for his team. Getting Devourer enchantment doesn't hurt him as much as other champions if you can clear quickly because of his strong early game.
  • A Spirit Visage is essential on a bruiser Xin Zhao build due to the healing on his W.
  • Frozen Mallet item.png Frozen Mallet is an excellent health item for XinZhaoSquare.png Xin Zhao, and the 40% slow is extremely helpful in preventing your target from kiting you.
  • Cooldown reduction and attack speed items are doubly effective on XinZhaoSquare.png Xin Zhao due to the flat CDR on Three Talon Strike.png Three Talon Strike. This means that items like The Brutalizer item.png The Brutalizer and Zeal item.png Zeal synergize well with him.
  • Ravenous Hydra item.png Ravenous Hydra is a great item to increase survivability, as the damage and health steal can be enough to keep Xin Zhao alive during heated fights, especially if there are enough minions around for him to feed on.
  • An AP build can also work on Xin Zhao, due to the AP ratio on his Battle Cry.png Battle Cry. With sufficient AP, Xin Zhao can heal itself for tons of HP on every third auto-attack. Nashor&#039;s Tooth item.png Nashor's Tooth works well with this build due to providing on-hit magic damage that also has synergy with Battle Cry.
    • Audacious Charge.png Audacious Charge also scales with AP, allowing Xin Zhao to deal good burst, especially if he buys Lich Bane item.png Lich Bane.
    • By going AP, Xin Zhao has excellent sustain and can often 1x1 even towers by late-game. But since he is melee, Xin Zhao may still have to build some tanky items, such as Randuin's Omen or Rod of Ages item.png Rod of Ages.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran&#039;s Shield item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Essential Mercury&#039;s Treads item The Brutalizer item Trinity Force item
Offensive Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item The Black Cleaver item Maw of Malmortius item
Defensive Randuin&#039;s Omen item Spirit Visage item Banshee&#039;s Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item Vision Ward item Elixir of Iron item
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter&#039;s Machete item Health Potion item2 Warding Totem item
Essential Boots of Mobility item Stalker&#039;s Blade (Warrior) item Blade of the Ruined King item Sunfire Cape item
Offensive Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item The Black Cleaver item Maw of Malmortius item
Defensive Randuin&#039;s Omen item Spirit Visage item Banshee&#039;s Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item Vision Ward item Elixir of Iron item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran&#039;s Shield item Doran&#039;s Blade item Health Potion item2
Essential Mercury&#039;s Treads item Phage item The Brutalizer item
Offensive Trinity Force item Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item Zephyr item
Defensive Frozen Mallet item Sunfire Cape item Frozen Heart item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Prospector&#039;s Blade item Health Potion item2
Essential Phage item The Brutalizer item Berserker&#039;s Greaves item
Offensive Trinity Force item The Black Cleaver item Frozen Mallet item Zephyr item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Sunfire Cape item Randuin&#039;s Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran&#039;s Shield item
Essential Mercury&#039;s Treads item Phage item Grez&#039;s Spectral Lantern item
Offensive Trinity Force item The Black Cleaver item Frozen Mallet item Zephyr item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Sunfire Cape item Randuin&#039;s Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item


Jungling

  • Starting items: Hunter&#039;s Machete item.png Hunter's Machete, Health Potion item.png Health Potion x2
  • Skill progression: Battle Cry.png Battle Cry→ Audacious Charge.png Audacious Charge → Three Talon Strike.png Three Talon Strike → Audacious Charge.png Audacious Charge (You can start with W for Sustain/Attack speed or E for AoE Damage on the jungle.)
  • Jungling order: Gromp (Leash/Smite), Ancient Golem, Wolves, Scuttle Crab, Gank or Recall, Lizard Elder, Gank or Double Golems, Wraiths (Smite), Gank/Scuttle Crab
  • OR Double Golems (Leash/Smite), Lizard Elder, Wraiths, Scuttle Crab, Gank or Recall, Ancient Golem, Gank or Wolves, Gromp (Smite), Gank/Scuttle Crab
  • Level 2 gank: Lizard Elder (Smite) → Gank (level up Three Talon Strike.png Three Talon Strike and Audacious Charge.png Audacious Charge in this case)

Countering

  • XinZhaoSquare.png Xin Zhao is very vulnerable to kiting when his Audacious Charge.png Audacious Charge is on cooldown.
  • Try to CC XinZhaoSquare.png Xin Zhao when he is attacking you or your ally, The crowd control effect can turn the tide of the battle to your allies favor.
  • Build armor items to mitigate his damage as XinZhaoSquare.png Xin Zhao mainly deals physical damage.
  • When engaging XinZhaoSquare.png Xin Zhao, Try to split with your allies to reduce the armor and magic resistance he will get from his Crescent Sweep.png Crescent Sweep.
  • Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart is a great counter to XinZhaoSquare.png Xin Zhao, since it reduces damage through armor,and reduces his attack speed, which is central to his damage output.
    • Thornmail item.png Thornmail is a great alternative, however do remember that he can heal himself through the damage if he has Life steal.
  • Avoid stacking health without armor as Crescent Sweep.png Crescent Sweep deals physical damage based on your current health.
  • Stay with your allies when fighting Xin Zhao, he can only knock up one target at a time.

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