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Skill usage

  •  Battle Cry's passive heals  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's cooldown faster by spamming  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 too much.
  •  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 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 early for the health restoration and attack speed.
  •  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'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's Veil, you will want to auto-attack them at least once before using  Crescent Sweep in order to apply the  Challenge debuff so that they aren't knocked away from you.
  • Try using  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.
  •  Xin Zhao is a great initiator. Lunge at a target with  Audacious Charge and use  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  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 as this will cause them to be  Challenged, reducing their armor, separating them from their teammates and marking them for your allies.
  •  Xin Zhao is an formidable ambush ganker.  Battle Cry and  Three Talon Strike make it very hard to immediately escape from him and deals high initial damage, and  Audacious Charge makes it so that even targets with escapes can be chased effectively.
  •  Xin Zhao is very good at tower diving enemy champions who are low on health, even at low levels; a combination of  Crescent Sweep,  Three Talon Strike and  Battle Cry can grant you enough defense to survive the tower hits and damage to quickly slay your opponent.
  •  Audacious Charge slows the enemy enough to be able to land your  Three Talon Strike with almost complete success if they have no blink or dash ability, guaranteeing the knock up.
  •  Xin Zhao is a good jungler with  Battle Cry's passive effect and a great ganker with  Audacious Charge and  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 and Flash (or abilities such as  Arcane Shift or  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 to ensure your kill.
    •  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  Challenged before you do so.
  •  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, this can allow  Xin Zhao to escape most unfavorable fights. Use it on an enemy across a wall for a clean escape (eg: throw ward across small golems wall, then dash to golems, whne they flash in or come around, flash is still available for use)
  •  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  Challenged first before using  Crescent Sweep as otherwise it will have no effect on them.
  •  Battle Cry's and  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  Xin Zhao. However, if building AP, Xin Zhao's heal lets him sustain from tower attacks even without minions around him.

Build usage

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
recommended items
Starting Hunter's Machete item Health Potion item5
Essential Mercury's Treads item Wriggle's Lantern item Phage item
Offensive Trinity Force item Youmuu's Ghostblade item The Black Cleaver item
Defensive Frozen Mallet item Spirit Visage item Sunfire Cape item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item
The Howling Abyss
recommended items
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Shield item Doran's Blade item Health Potion item2
Essential Mercury's Treads item Phage item The Brutalizer item
Offensive Trinity Force item Youmuu'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
recommended items
Starting Boots of Speed item Prospector's Blade item Health Potion item2
Essential Phage item The Brutalizer item Berserker's Greaves item
Offensive Trinity Force item The Black Cleaver item Frozen Mallet item Zephyr item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Sunfire Cape item Randuin's Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
recommended items
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Shield item
Essential Mercury's Treads item Phage item Grez'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's Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item

Jungling

Countering

  •  Xin Zhao is very vulnerable to kiting when his  Audacious Charge is on cooldown.
  • Try to CC  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  Xin Zhao mainly deals physical damage.
  • When engaging  Xin Zhao, Try to split with your allies to reduce the armor and magic resistance he will get from his  Crescent Sweep.
  • Frozen Heart is a great counter to  Xin Zhao, since it reduces damage through armor,and reduces his attack speed, which is central to his damage output.
    • 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 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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