Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift (Mid)
Starting Doran's Ring item Health Potion item2 Warding Totem item
Early Boots of Speed item Tear of the Goddess item Catalyst of Aeons item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Rod of Ages item Rabadon's Deathcap item
Aggressive Archangel's Staff item Void Staff item
Defensive Zhonya's Hourglass item Guardian Angel item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Sorcery item
Summoner's Rift (Support)
Starting Ancient Coin item Refillable Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Nomad's Medallion item Boots of Speed item Tear of the Goddess item
Essential Sightstone item Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Talisman of Ascension item
Offensive Rabadon's Deathcap item Archangel's Staff item Void Staff item
Defensive Morellonomicon item Zeke's Convergence item Locket of the Iron Solari item
Consumables Health Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Sorcery item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran's Ring item2 Health Potion item
Early Catalyst of Aeons item Fiendish Codex item Boots of Speed item
Essential Rod of Ages item Ionian Boots of Lucidity item
Standard Wooglet's Witchcap item Void Staff item Luden's Echo item
Situational Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Archangel's Staff item Moonflair Spellblade item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item
Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Tear of the Goddess item Refillable Potion item
Essential Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Rabadon's Deathcap item Archangel's Staff item
Offensive Void Staff item Luden's Echo item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item
Defensive Banshee's Veil item Zhonya's Hourglass item Hextech GLP-800 item
Consumables Oracle's Extract item Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item Corrupting Potion item


Playing As Zilean Zilean
  • You can combine the use of Time Bomb.png Time Bomb and Rewind.png Rewind to place two Time Bomb.png Time Bombs on a target quickly. Placing the second bomb will detonate the first and Stun icon stun all nearby enemies.
  • Time Warp.png Time Warp is an effective way to enable allies to finish off enemies, or escape from a losing battle.
  • Chronoshift.png Chronoshift is a powerful deterrent to attacking your carries, but casting Chronoshift.png Chronoshift too early in a fight can cause the enemy to switch targets too soon, making it less effective.
Playing Against Zilean Zilean
  • If you're able to match Zilean Zilean's speed, it can sometimes be beneficial to wait until his Chronoshift.png ultimate has faded before landing the killing blow.
  • Zilean Zilean is fragile if a team focuses on him, but otherwise he's very difficult to kill. Commit to killing him as a team.


Ability Usage
  • Placing Time Bomb.png Time Bomb on allied initiators such as Malphite Malphite, Hecarim Hecarim, and Amumu Amumu as they are about to initiate on multiple enemies is a good way to help rack up burst damage. Using Time Bomb.png Time Bombs on champions with invisibility (Such as Evelynn Evelynn, Shaco Shaco, Rengar Rengar, Kha'Zix Kha'Zix, Talon Talon, Wukong Wukong, and Twitch Twitch) can lead to a heavy unexpected nuke to the enemy team.
  • After triggering an enemy Zac Zac's Cell Division.png Cell Division, place one bomb on one bloblet and another bomb on a different bloblet. As the timer ticks down, the bombs will get crawl closer together and more likely finish him off. However, if you quickly double bomb one bloblet before the rest get close, only one bloblet will be killed, and Zac Zac will revive.
  • Placing a Time Bomb.png Time Bomb on an ally as they teleport (Shen Shen, Pantheon Pantheon, Nocturne Nocturne, etc.) may help you get an assist.
    • Placing a Time Bomb.png Time Bomb on an enemy as they teleport may also get you a kill as they will most likely be teleporting to a fight.
  • You can combine the use of Time Bomb.png Time Bomb and Rewind.png Rewind to place two Time Bomb.png Time Bombs on a target quickly. As this causes the first bomb to instantly explode, this is Zilean Zilean main damage combo. If the first bomb is enough to kill the target, both bombs will explode. This can be very effective for farming and pushing. This combo costs a lot of mana, so you may not want to use it for harassing.
  • This strategy can be a good way to damage enemy champions standing near the target before they have a chance to shield themselves from damage.
    • This strategy has an effect on an enemy Zilean Zilean bombs because planting your own bombs on debuffed allies will detonate the enemy bombs.
  • Time Bomb.png Time Bombs grant vision to allies. They can be used to scout unchecked bushes or over walls.
    • Lobbing bombs into bushes can surprise foes for an attack.
  • Using bombs on your own or enemy minions, is a good way of zoning your opponent. If the enemy champion is melee, they have to either wait 3 seconds for the bomb to explode, or be damaged by the bomb if they choose to farm that minion.
    • When sieging an enemy turret, have your allied champions clear the enemy minion wave. Place a bomb on the 2nd and 3rd melee minion in your ally minion column. They will carry the bombs forwards for you, possibly harassing a careless opponent under their tower.
    • When Zilean Zilean has enough AP to kill melee minions with a Time Bomb.png Q > Rewind.png W > Time Bomb.png Q combo, he can insta-clear all 6 by walking ahead of his minions to the enemy minion line, then lead the melee minions towards the faster minions. Time Bomb.png Q > Rewind.png W > Time Bomb.png Q combo on a faster minion will clear the entire wave.
    • If the enemy has some sort of shield that can mitigate your bomb damage, use Time Bomb.png Time Bomb on a low health minion they are about to kill (smartcast helps). This transforms Time Bomb.png Time Bomb from a nuke with a 3-second windup to an instantaneous AoE damage nuke (without the use of Rewind.png Rewind).
    • If you have Syndra Syndra as an ally, you can place a Time Bomb.png Time Bomb on a minion she grabbed with her Force of Will.png Force of Will. When she throws it the minion will explode, dealing heavy AOE damage due to the combined forces of Force of Will.png Force of Will and Time Bomb.png Time Bomb. This is basically a long range AoE skillshot, which is very helpful at sieging and poking.
    • Placing Time Bomb.png Time Bomb on a minion and then having an ally use a knockback ability on the minion (such as Headbutt.png Headbutt or Buster Shot.png Buster Shot) into an enemy champion can deal long-range damage or finish of fleeing enemies.
    • Placing a Time Bomb.png Time Bomb on certain uncontrollable pets will cause them to follow their masters around. This is great placement for a no-escape harass or instant kill at low health. This works most effectively on Elise Elise because she has little control over her Spider Queen.png Spiderlings, and on Malzahar Malzahar who cannot control his Voidling Voidlings without a cooldown in his favor and an enemy in range.
  • Consider enemy champions shield durations or damage reductions when casting time bomb. For example, after Katarina Katarina casts Shunpo.png Shunpo, she takes reduced damage for a little over a second. Therefore, placing a single bomb on her after Shunpo.png Shunpo will detonate 3 seconds later, with no damage reduction from Shunpo.png Shunpo. Or, placing a single bomb immediately, then waiting for the Shunpo.png Shunpo damage reduction to wear off before the casting the second bomb will also avoid damage reduction from Shunpo.png Shunpo.
  • Another example is Safeguard.png Safeguard, which shields Lee Sin Lee Sin and an ally champion for a few seconds. If Zilean Zilean casts Time Bomb.png Time Bomb on Lee Sin Lee Sin directly, he can Safeguard.png Safeguard one second before the bomb goes off to mitigate the damage. The safest way to damage him with two bombs is to quickly double bomb a minion that is in the vicinity, assuming that one bomb is sufficient to kill the minion. This would result in the AoE damage to be that of two bombs, since placing one bomb over another detonates the first and since the target dies, the second immediately detonates. However, this is very difficult to pull off and requires you to have high AP.
    • This same technique can be used to harass them under their own tower without taking tower hits as well.
  • Use Time Warp.png Time Warp to get back to lane faster.
  • Time Warp.png Time Warp is an effective way to enable allies/yourself to finish off enemies, engage enemies, or escape from a losing battle. By using Rewind.png Rewind, Zilean Zilean can slow or boost an enemy or ally twice allowing an easy kill or escape.
  • Placing Time Warp.png Time Warp on an initiator such as Singed Singed, Hecarim Hecarim, Jarvan IV Jarvan IV, Udyr Udyr, Rammus Rammus, Sejuani Sejuani, and Volibear Volibear, while chasing an enemy champion running away, or out of position can allow the rest of your team to catch up and outnumber them once they are in range to apply their CC.
  • Rewind.png Rewind is Zilean Zilean's only ability that is insta-cast. Casting another ability then Rewind.png Rewind in a quick sequence may end up the Rewind.png Rewind being cast earlier, hence the ability input next unaffected by Rewind.png Rewind as expected.
  • Use Chronoshift.png Chronoshift strategically for maximum effect. It can prolong the life span of yourself or a team member.
    • You can bait low enemies to your tower by saving your Chronoshift.png Chronoshift till the last second to bait enemies into committing to kill you or die.
    • Typically it is better to save Chronoshift.png Chronoshift for an AD carry or tanky DPS, don't use it to save a support unless you can tell the teamfight is almost over and no one else needs it. If the enemy team focuses you, use Chronoshift.png Chronoshift on yourself of course. If you save it you might die and not be able to use it at all. The benefit is the damage and CC you have absorbed only to come back to life.
    • It can be difficult to cast Chronoshift.png Chronoshift on the ally teammate you want during a team fight due to champions being on top of each other, visual effects of spells, and losing your mouse cursor. Casting the spell on your allies portrait in the upper left corner of the screen will avoid this problem. If Zilean Zilean is out of range, he will walk towards them until he is in range and then automatically cast the spell.
  • In teamfights, Zilean Zilean can safely Time Warp.png Time Warp the allied ADC to help them kite back and forth, and Chronoshift.png Chronoshift the allied ADC as a type of peel by remaining behind the allied ADC or to the side of them. Also, Zilean Zilean can slow anyone trying to get to the allied ADC as well, however it only works on one opposing champion, so with multiple opposing champions rushing your allied ADC it may be more effective to speed your allied ADC instead.
  • Zilean Zilean's greatest potential is unleashed around mid to late game, where the cooldown of his abilities will be ridiculously low, thanks to Rewind.png Rewind.
  • Zilean Zilean is viable as a support, trading your early game damage spike for utility.
    • Placing Time Bomb.png Time Bomb on top of another provides an AoE stun, which can be helpful during skirmishes or teamfights.
    • Time Warp.png Time Warp helps a Marksman kite better.
    • Time Bomb.png Time Bomb is a great spam. A Marksman can kill enemies easily when their health bar was halved thanks to spamming Time Bomb.png Time Bomb beforehand.
Mastery Usage
Item Usage
  • Zilean Zilean's early harassment power can be mitigated by sending a tanky or healing champion to lane against him. You are more likely to win a battle of attrition due to his high early mana costs. Champions with the ability to silence also have an upper hand on Zilean Zilean due to his low defense stats
  • When caught by Time Bomb.png Time Bomb, you can force him to push the lane by intentionally damaging your minions with the explosion.
    • Remember to stay away from your allies when he uses his Time Bomb.png Time Bomb on you so you won't unintentionally damage them.
  • Ideally you should attempt to take Zilean Zilean down quickly with enough burst power to prevent him from making use of Chronoshift.png Chronoshift. If this proves impossible, consider that you may need to focus on which of Zilean Zilean's allies you can kill the fastest over which one is dealing the most damage.
  • Zilean Zilean's mobility with Time Warp.png Time Warp makes it difficult to finish him off without a well-orchestrated ambush, for he can easily bait and win a fight with Chronoshift.png Chronoshift. However, his low natural defenses make him a good target for assassins.
  • Time Warp.png Time Warp is one of the strongest movement speed reduction abilities in the game. Boots of Swiftness item.png Boots of Swiftness reduces its effectiveness.
  • Zilean Zilean cannot usually afford to increase his ability power by late game and his utility is less dependent on his item build. Attempting to kill Zilean Zilean during the laning phase should be a very low priority compared to farming minions.
  • Chronoshift.png Chronoshift is less useful versus teams with high sustained damage combined with crowd control like Kassadin Kassadin and Jax Jax.
  • Zilean Zilean is heavily susceptible to silence effects. If you have enough silence in team, you can try to silence Zilean Zilean when he is about to cast Chronoshift.png Chronoshift on one of his allies or kill him before he can use it on himself.
  • Building a Hexdrinker item.png Hexdrinker or Zhonya's Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass could save you if you get bombed twice and are running away. The shield from Hexdrinker item.png Hexdrinker will activate before the 2nd bomb detonates. Activate Zhonya's Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass when the bomb counts down to 1.