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Xin Zhao Champion Spotlight

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Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran's Blade item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Serrated Dirk item Sheen item Boots of Speed item
Essential Mercury's Treads item Trinity Force item Youmuu's Ghostblade item
Offensive Death's Dance item Maw of Malmortius item Blade of the Ruined King item
Defensive Dead Man's Plate item Spirit Visage item Randuin's Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Wrath item
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter's Machete item Health Potion item3 Warding Totem item
Early Skirmisher's Sabre item Recurve Bow item Boots of Speed item
Essential Skirmisher's Sabre (Bloodrazor) item Mercury's Treads item Blade of the Ruined King item
Offensive Trinity Force item Youmuu's Ghostblade item Guinsoo's Rageblade item
Defensive Dead Man's Plate item Spirit Visage item Sunfire Cape item
Consumables Health Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Wrath item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Blade item Health Potion item2
Essential Mercury's Treads item The Black Cleaver item Serrated Dirk item
Offensive Blade of the Ruined King item Youmuu's Ghostblade item Trinity Force item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Sunfire Cape item Randuin's Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item
Twisted Treeline (Jungler)
Starting Hunter's Machete item Hunter's Talisman item Health Potion item3
Essential Stalker's Blade (Warrior) item Berserker's Greaves item
Offensive Youmuu's Ghostblade item Blade of the Ruined King item The Black Cleaver item
Defensive Maw of Malmortius item Dead Man's Plate item Spirit Visage item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item
Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Caulfield's Warhammer item
Essential Mercury's Treads item Serrated Dirk item The Black Cleaver item
Offensive Trinity Force item Youmuu's Ghostblade item Blade of the Ruined King item
Defensive Frozen Mallet item Sunfire Cape item Frozen Heart item
Consumables Oracle's Extract item Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item

Tips

Playing As Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao
  • Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao is a great initiator to combat. Lead the front to start a fight and use your Crescent Guard ultimate to do the most damage possible.
  • Try to position yourself so your Crescent Guard ultimate's Airborne icon knockback is most effective.
Playing Against Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao
  • Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao is a powerful initiator with both his Audacious Charge charge and Crescent Guard ultimate dealing damage to all units around him. Try having your team stay spread out until he's used his Crescent Guard ultimate.
  • Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao relies heavily on his Three Talon Strike Three Talon Strike for damage and cooldown resets, so preventing him from finishing his combo will have a dramatic effect.

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • Battle Cry Battle Cry's passive heals Xin ZhaoSquare 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.
  • Three Talon Strike Three Talon Strike resets the auto attack timer, so getting one basic attack off, then using the ability will yield a greater DPS.
  • The attack speed granted by Battle Cry Battle Cry is great for taking down turrets and minion waves, whilst also being extremely effective while jungling.
  • Audacious Charge 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 item 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 item Banshee's Veil, you will want to auto-attack them at least once before using Crescent Sweep Crescent Sweep in order to apply the Challenge Challenge debuff so that they aren't knocked away from you.
  • Try using Crescent Sweep 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 ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao is a great initiator. Lunge at a target with Audacious Charge Audacious Charge and use Crescent Sweep 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 ZhaoSquare 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 Crescent Sweep as this will cause them to be Challenge Challenged, reducing their armor, separating them from their teammates and marking them for your allies.
  • Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao is a formidable ambush ganker. Battle Cry Battle Cry and Three Talon Strike Three Talon Strike make it very hard to immediately escape from him and deals high initial damage, and Audacious Charge Audacious Charge makes it so that even targets with escapes can be chased effectively.
  • Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao is very good at tower diving enemy champions who are low on health, even at low levels; a combination of Crescent Sweep Crescent Sweep, Three Talon Strike Three Talon Strike and Battle Cry Battle Cry can grant you enough defense to survive the tower hits and damage to quickly slay your opponent.
  • Audacious Charge Audacious Charge slows the enemy enough to be able to land your Three Talon Strike Three Talon Strike with almost complete success if they have no blink or dash ability, guaranteeing the knock up.
  • Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao is a good jungler with Battle Cry Battle Cry's passive effect and a great ganker with Audacious Charge Audacious Charge and Three Talon Strike 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 Ghost and Flash Flash (or abilities such as Arcane Shift Arcane Shift or Rocket Jump 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 Audacious Charge to ensure your kill.
    • Crescent Sweep 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 Challenged before you do so.
  • Audacious Charge 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 Flash, this can allow Xin ZhaoSquare 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 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 Challenged first before using Crescent Sweep Crescent Sweep as otherwise it will have no effect on them.
  • Battle Cry Battle Cry's and Three Talon Strike 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 ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao. However, if building AP, Xin Zhao's heal lets him sustain from tower attacks even without minions around him.
  • Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao has good sustain with Battle Cry Battle Cry. This leads to a relatively safer laning phase than other melee champions. Going for a last hit on a minion at the expense of taking an autoattack is generally more acceptable on Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao than it is for other melee champions.
  • Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao can effectively punish an enemy's wasteful ability usage with Audacious Charge Audacious Charge. If the enemy uses their dash or damage spell to farm minions, using Audacious Charge Audacious Charge on the enemy will usually lead to a favorable trade.
  • A good combo for trading is to use the first two procs of Three Talon Strike Three Talon Strike on minions, saving the third. When an enemy goes to last hit minions, use Audacious Charge Audacious Charge and perform an autoattack to knock the enemy upwards. This allows Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao to get in some free damage.
  • Audacious Charge Audacious Charge can be used to break or at least trigger shields to get their duration running.
  • Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao pushes relatively quickly due to the autoattack reset and extra damage from Three Talon Strike Three Talon Strike and the AoE damage from Audacious Charge Audacious Charge. This can be used to quickly push minion waves to the enemy tower, and then open up opportunities for Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao to roam to mid or bot.
  • Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao has a slightly faster turning and autoattack animation than many champions, so using Flash Flash to reposition behind an enemy during an all-out exchange can net you a slight advantage in damage output, which can mean the difference between a kill and a death.
  • Despite the tooltip, Battle Cry Battle Cry does interrupt his autoattack animation. Make sure to time it properly so that it activates in-between autoattacks.
  • Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao has good sustain with Battle Cry Battle Cry. He can do his first clear of the jungle camps at near full health without the use of potions. Thus, he can save his potions for use in the event that his jungle is invaded.
  • Starting with and clearing Blue Sentinel Blue Sentinel will ensure Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao is near full health and mana for a Level 3 gank if necessary. Starting with and clearing Red BramblebackSquare Red Brambleback will instead give Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao's first gank extra damage and an extra slow at the expense of being low on mana. Getting double buffs will give the best of both worlds, at the expense of longer clear times due to the distance between the two.
  • It is generally advisable to gank at Level 3 with Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao to apply pressure on the lanes and help your teammates or yourself snowball. Mid lane or top lane are both decently gankable at Level 3, since those lanes are often played with champions that snowball quite heavily. Bot lane champions will usually be playing it safe, but can also be ganked if the enemy champions overextend. The goal of such a gank is to get a kill. At the very least it will definitely burn Summoner Spells, but ganking for that sole purpose is inefficient.
  • If there are no gank opportunities at Level 3, then it is generally better to Recall Recall and get the other half of your jungle item rather than continue farming, so that Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao doesn't fall behind in experience.
  • Make it a habit of ganking from behind the enemy rather than from the side. Doing so ensures that Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao can save Audacious Charge Audacious Charge for when the enemy uses an escape ability or Flash Flash, since they would have to get past Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao to get back to the safety of their turret. Ganking from the side gives the enemy too much warning, and puts Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao in a position where the enemy can more easily get past him.
Mastery Usage
Item Usage
  • Xin ZhaoSquare 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 The Bloodthirster, work well with him. Despite having a large attack speed steroid it is generally accepted that Blade of the Ruined King item 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 Phantom Dancer allow Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao to heal from Battle Cry Battle Cry's passive more often, increasing his survivability, and triggers Three Talon Strike Three Talon Strike's knock-up more quickly.
    • If you're in need of some Magic Resistance, Wit's End item Wit's End is a very good item for him.
  • Items that offer attack damage and attack speed together are excellent choices for Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao.
  • Crescent Sweep Crescent Sweep lets Thornmail item Thornmail's passive deal more magic damage which makes Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao excel in dueling and fights as its active continuously deals more damage because it's damage is based on bonus armor, so if Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao uses Crescent Sweep Crescent Sweep in the middle of a teamfight, not only does it do more AoE physical damage, many opponents will not expect 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 Audacious Charge that does AoE magic damage. Build this against heavy AD carries, it can turn the tide for your team.
  • For jungle item enchantment, Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao can get either Warrior item Warrior or Bloodrazor item Bloodrazor 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 item Warrior is usually the better item. If the enemy team has a lot of high health champions he should get Bloodrazor item Bloodrazor.
  • Spirit Visage item Spirit Visage is essential on a bruiser Xin Zhao build due to the healing on Battle Cry Battle Cry.
  • Frozen Mallet item Frozen Mallet is an excellent health item for Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao, and the slow is extremely helpful in preventing your target from kiting you.
  • Cooldown reduction and attack speed items are doubly effective on Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao due to the flat CDR on Three Talon Strike Three Talon Strike. This means that items like Zeal item Zeal synergize well with him.
  • Ravenous Hydra item Ravenous Hydra is a great item to increase survivability, as the damage and life steal can be enough to keep Xin Zhao alive during heated fights, especially if there are enough minions around for him to feed on.
  • AP Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao can work due to the AP ratio on Battle Cry Battle Cry. With sufficient AP, Xin Zhao can heal himself for tons of HP on every third autoattack. Nashor's Tooth item Nashor's Tooth works well with this build due to providing on-hit magic damage that also has synergy with Battle Cry Battle Cry.
    • Audacious Charge Audacious Charge also scales with AP, allowing Xin Zhao to deal good burst, especially if he buys Lich Bane item Lich Bane.
    • By going AP, Xin Zhao has excellent sustain and can often 1v1 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 item Randuin's Omen or Rod of Ages item Rod of Ages.
Countering
  • Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao is very vulnerable to kiting when his Audacious Charge Audacious Charge is on cooldown.
  • Try to CC Xin ZhaoSquare 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 ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao mainly deals physical damage.
  • When engaging Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao, Try to split with your allies to reduce the armor and magic resistance he will get from his Crescent Sweep Crescent Sweep.
  • Frozen Heart item Frozen Heart is a great counter to Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao, since it reduces damage through armor,and reduces his attack speed, which is central to his damage output.
    • Thornmail item 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 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.
  • Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao is a melee champion. Harassing him with long range spells/autoattacks when he goes to last hit minions will ensure that he has to pay the price for getting farm.
  • Punishing Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao if he uses Audacious Charge Audacious Charge to farm minions will generally result in a favorable trade. He has just used a large part of his damage on minions instead of you, and thus has reduced trading damage.
  • Don't rely heavily on your shield to mitigate Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao's damage. Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao has relatively low mana costs and low cooldowns, which he can use to break/trigger your shield duration.
  • Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao pushes relatively quickly and thus opens himself up to ganks from your jungler. Ping for help and play passively in order to lure Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao into overextending.
  • Pushing the waves toward his turret will force Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao to farm under it, giving you an opportunity to roam.
  • Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao has very safe clears, but does not have very fast clears. Use junglers that can farm faster than Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao to gain an advantage. Counterjungling Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao is dangerous since he has high early game damage and clears the jungle at near full health.
  • Many a Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao will start Red BramblebackSquare Red Brambleback for the extra damage and extra slow for that Level 3 gank. Stealing his Crest of Insight.png Crest of Insight will not overly inconvenience him but it will benefit you.
  • Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao will generally gank at Level 3. Your midlaner and toplaner should be careful not to overextend during this period.
  • Make a habit of Warding Totem item warding the common entrances to your lanes. Doing so will at least ensure you have ample warning when Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao comes to gank.

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