Zilean Build Guide

[S3] Time flies... So does Zilean

Uploader ivanthenub
Updated 4 years ago
  • 9
    Greater Mark of Magic Penetration (+0.87 magic penetration)
  • 9
    Greater Seal of Mana Regeneration (+0.41 mana regen / 5 sec.)
  • 9
    Greater Glyph of Magic Resist (+1.34 magic resist)
  • 3
    Greater Quintessence of Ability Power (+4.95 ability power)
Skill Order
Time Bomb
Time Warp
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2 2 2 2
3 3 3 3
4 4 4 4
5 5 5 5
6 6 6 6
7 7 7 7
8 8 8 8
9 9 9 9
10 10 10 10
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12 12 12 12
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Zilean is not really an ability power carry champion, but more of like a support-ap champion. This is due to the fact that he only has ONE damaging skill out of his four. However, his other three non- damaging spells are very useful towards himself and his team. His passive also gives increased experience to his teammates. This makes Zilean, in general, a very good champion to have on your team.

[imgext=http://i48.tinypic.com/t6tg9i.png] Standard runes [imgext=http://i48.tinypic.com/35m1q14.png] When against ad casters, swap seals to armor and glyphs to scaling ap

[title][img=skills/zilean/p.png] Passive: Heightened Learning[/title] [title]Explanation:[/title] Not the best passive for a mid lane champion, but definitely good on the support side.This helps everyone on your team level up faster, even your jungler. Level advantages mean a higher chance for killing your opponents. This passive can also help teammates that have fallen behind due to deaths/disconnections. [title][img=skills/zilean/q.png] Q: Time Bomb[/title] [title]Explanation:[/title] Your bread and butter skill, and the ONLY damaging skill in your arsenal. Not the greatest ap scaling on it, but it's something. It can be put on any unit, be it an ally or enemy, making it a very flexible skill. It can be used to harass in lane or farm minion waves. It is, however, a delayed skill, and during the delay, the opponent may be able to heal up just enough so that your bomb doesn't get the kill. [title][img=skills/zilean/w.png] W: Rewind[/title] [title]Explanation:[/title] The skill that makes or breaks Zilean. This skill reduces the cooldown of all your other skills. It completely refreshes the cooldown of Time Bomb, allowing Zilean to use a QWQ combo to use two bombs quickly. It also reduces the cooldown of your ultimate, so use it whenever your ultimate is on cooldown, UNLESS you use to land a combo on your opponent. [title][img=skills/zilean/e.png] E: Time Warp[/title] [title]Explanation:[/title] One of the best utility skills in the game. It can be used to speed up an ally or slow down an enemy. Rewind allows it to be used twice in succession, allowing to double the duration of the boost/slow. [title][img=skills/zilean/r.png] R: Chrono Shift[/title] [title]Explanation:[/title] A buff that revives an ally after they die. Can be used to bait fights or to save an ally. Best used on yourself or an ad carry on your team, as you/ad carry will probably be the main target of the opponent team. Basically it's a free [imgsmall=items/guardian-angel.png].

[imgext=http://i47.tinypic.com/oqccj9.jpg] Max [img=skills/zilean/q.png] as it is your only damaging skill. Secondly, max [img=skills/zilean/e.png], for increased boost/slow. Also, this skill is the reason why [img=items/liandrys-torment.png] works on Zilean. It impairs their movement, causing the spell burn damage to double from 5% to 10%.Furthermore, at max rank, this skill slows for a whopping 5.5 seconds, allowing both bombs form your QWQ combo to proc 10% spell burn, making it a total of 20%. [img=skills/zilean/w.png] is a good spell, but ranking it up only lowers it's cooldown, and not it's effectiveness. Therefore, it is classified as a "one-point wonder". Take [img=skills/zilean/r.png] whenever you can, as with all ultimates.

[img=items/liandrys-torment.png] because it synergises with your [img=skills/zilean/e.png], which causes the opponents movement to be impaired, causing a 10% spell burn. [img=items/deathfire-grasp.png] because you only have one damaging spell, your [img=skills/zilean/q.png]. This increases your damage output, therefore increasing kill potential. [img=items/sorcerers-shoes.png][img=items/enchantment-furor.png] are standard for ap casters. Furor is the best enchantment out of all of them, but an alternative is [img=items/enchantment-alacrity.png] Also, any other item that gives cooldown reduction and ap, for example, [img=items/athenes-unholy-grail.png], is good on zilean. This is because cooldown reduction is doubly effective for him: Cooldown reduction reduces the cooldown of his [img=skills/zilean/w.png], which reduces the cooldown of his other spells. COOLDOWNCEPTION. [img=items/void-staff.png] if the opponent team is stacking magic resist [img=items/rabadons-deathcap.png] for even more ability power. [img=items/zhonyas-hourglass.png] if they have heavy ad or if you find yourself using your [img=skills/zilean/r.png] on your ad carry, and you die too quickly.

Pre level 6: Use [img=skills/zilean/q.png][img=skills/zilean/w.png][img=skills/zilean/q.png] into an auto-attack After backing and getting some items: [img=skills/zilean/q.png][img=skills/zilean/w.png][img=skills/zilean/q.png][img=skills/zilean/e.png] and auto-attack him until the slow is over After getting[img=items/liandrys-torment.png] and have 1-4 ranks of your [img=skills/zilean/e.png], use [img=skills/zilean/q.png][img=skills/zilean/w.png][img=skills/zilean/q.png][img=skills/zilean/e.png] After getting [img=items/liandrys-torment.png] and have max ranks of [img=skills/zilean/e.png], you can [img=skills/zilean/e.png][img=skills/zilean/q.png] [img=skills/zilean/w.png][img=skills/zilean/q.png], because your [img=skills/zilean/e.png] lasts 5.5 seconds at max rank. After getting [img=items/liandrys-torment.png], you will do 10% spell burn after using your [img=skills/zilean/e.png]. With your full spell combo, you will do the damage of 2[img=skills/zilean/q.png], [img=summoners/ignite.png] and 20% spell burn [img=summoners/ignite.png] and [img=items/deathfire-grasp.png] can be used anytime during the combo. However, [img=items/deathfire-grasp.png] is best used first to amplify the damage of your [img=skills/zilean/q.png]

Invading the opponents jungle at level 1 is not such a bad idea when you're playing zilean. Just add your [img=skills/zilean/e.png] first and slow the first enemy you see. If your team doesn't want to invade, then add q first to help do damage to the wolves and blue buff. Remember to have teammates guarding the entrances to your jungle, and preferably, get your support to ward. If you know they have a jungler that has strong ganks, like [img=champ/alistar.png][img=champ/leesin.png][img=champ/shen.png], then ward either one of the side brushes and stay nearer to that side while farming. Once you see their jungler, just [img=skills/zilean/e.png] and get out. In the early game, try to harass your opponent with your [img=skills/zilean/q.png][img=skills/zilean/w.png][img=skills/zilean/q.png] combo.However, if you know they can trade better, then don't do it. Using [img=skills/zilean/q.png][img=skills/zilean/w.png][img=skills/zilean/q.png] to harass is a risk as well, as your opponent can use your bomb to kill his minions, causing the lane to push towards his side.Another tip is to put your [img=skills/zilean/q.png] on a low health minion, and if the opponent is a melee champion, he will either have to take damage or give up the last hit. Never use your [img=skills/zilean/e.png] in the early game unless it's to save your life, as it is very mana costly. Generally, just try to farm up and get your core items fast.

During mid game, you have a decent amount of damage with your items. You will have your [img=skills/zilean/r.png] as well. Therefore, you can gank either top or bottom lane, and use[img=skills/zilean/r.png] to bait a fight. Another strategy is to stay mid lane and farm using your [img=skills/zilean/q.png]. A [img=skills/zilean/q.png][img=skills/zilean/w.png][img=skills/zilean/q.png] should clear the ranged minions, and you should finish up the melee minions with auto-attacks. After you clear a wave of minions, do not hesitate to do wolves/wraiths with your [img=skills/zilean/q.png][img=skills/zilean/w.png][img=skills/zilean/q.png] combo.When the laning phase ends, try not to stay alone in case you get caught by the enemy team. Instead you and your teammates should be trying to catch the opponents alone. Once you do, [img=skills/zilean/e.png] ensures they cannot escape. Zilean is not very good in 1v1 skirmishes, so make sure to have teammates around for backup. In the mid game, only fight when your team outnumbers them.In general, during mid game, just farm up your non-core items and take kill opportunities.Also, try to secure things like blue/red buff and dragon. Always have a ward on dragon to see if the enemy team is trying to do it.

At this point of time, people will be attempting to push. If it is your team that is pushing closer to the opponent's base,your next target is the first inhibitor you can reach. Destroying this inhibitor allows your nexus to spawn super minions, which is very useful should your team be forced out of the enemy base. If your team is not forced out of the base, you will obviously move next into destroying the turrets protecting the nexus. Fighting under the nexus turrets are never a good idea, as these turrets are close to each other, and both can aggro the same person, causing a swift death, or the waste of your [img=skills/zilean/r.png]. If the opponent team is forcing their way closer to your base, you'll have to defend it with whatever you can. If your team has a better team composition, then try to have teamfights with the enemy under you turrets. This assures you a won teamfight, which can lead to a easy baron or a force push. In the late game, use your [img=skills/zilean/q.png] to push, and your [img=skills/zilean/e.png] to speed up your teammates for initiation. You can also use your [img=skills/zilean/e.png] to slow down enemies and allow your teammates to catch up. These will lead to teamfights. In teamfights, use your [img=skills/zilean/q.png][img=skills/zilean/w.png][img=skills/zilean/q.png] combo on the champion that is in the middle of the fight, so that you can damage all the enemies. When someone on your team is about to die, use your [img=skills/zilean/r.png] on them. The enemy team will either switch focus or not realize and kill them. However, the top priority target of your [img=skills/zilean/r.png] is your ad carry, as he deals the most amount of damage but dies easily. If he already has a [img=items/guardian-angel.png], then consider using it on the tankiest champion on your team. Also, remember to use [img=skills/zilean/e.png] to speed up the initiators in your team, like [img=champ/alistar.png][img=champ/blitzcrank.png][img=champ/volibear.png]

[img=champ/ahri.png] Dodge her skillshots Prepare to use[imgsmall=skills/zilean/r.png] when she uses her ulti. If you can dodge her skills, you can definitely outdamage her with your [imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png][imgsmall=skills/zilean/w.png][imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png]. Her skills can be baited by walking around at a open area. [img=champ/akali.png] Harass her early, ask for help from your jungler to shut her down Don't go near her after level 6, keep a vision ward with you to counter her shroud She is melee so you can deny her by putting [imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png] on low health minions. [img=champ/anivia.png] Don't even bother burning your full combo just to egg her Try to get help from jungler to egg her, and possibly kill her egg. Her qe combo can be dodged, but after level 6, she can use her ulti and then e you.As long as you dodge her q you can trade with her. [img=champ/annie.png] Stay away when her stun is up, and when she doesn't have it up, use[imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png][imgsmall=skills/zilean/w.png][imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png]. Never go near her when she has her stun and Tibbers, you'll get burst down instantly. [img=champ/brand.png] Dodge his skillshots, get early magic resist Know that he trades better, only go for a [imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png][imgsmall=skills/zilean/w.png][imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png] if he uses his skills to farm [img=champ/cassiopeia.png] Dodge her q and w, as if they hit, she can e you down. After her q misses, go for a [imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png][imgsmall=skills/zilean/w.png][imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png].Just remember that her combo relies on poisoning you to reset the cooldown of her e. If you can avoid getting hit byt the poison, you're safe. [img=champ/chogath.png] Dodge ruptures, silence doesn't really affect you, since you can [imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png][imgsmall=skills/zilean/w.png][imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png] after [img=champ/diana.png] Dodge her q, after level 6 don't go near her. If she uses her q to farm up, that's the time to [imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png][imgsmall=skills/zilean/w.png][imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png] her. Also, she is melee, so poke her own with auto-attacks and [imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png] [img=champ/elise.png] You can trade with her with [imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png][imgsmall=skills/zilean/w.png][imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png]. But, her e can negate the damage of your [imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png] if she times it well. [img=champ/evelynn.png] Pressure her lane with [imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png], to deny creep score. use [imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png][imgsmall=skills/zilean/w.png][imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png] to harass when she tries to lasthit. Tell your teammates ehenever you think she's going to gank. [img=champ/fiddlesticks.png] Rarely seen in mid, but [imgsmall=skills/zilean/e.png] him when he uses his ultimate. Be careful of his silence bounce, and just combo him after the silence is over. [img=champ/fizz.png] Bad matchup, ask for help from jungler. Poke him down when he tries to lasthit, but immediately [imgsmall=skills/zilean/e.png] yourself and run if he jumps on you. After level 6, try to dodge his ultimate. If it hits you, [imgsmall=skills/zilean/r.png] yourself and prepare to flash away after you revive. [img=champ/galio.png] Bad matchup, get magic penetration, try not to get hit by his q. Rush [imgsmall=items/sorcerers-shoes.png] and [imgsmall=items/haunting-guise.png] [img=champ/gragas.png] Dodge barrels, [imgsmall=skills/zilean/r.png] if he combos you. Your [imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png][imgsmall=skills/zilean/w.png][imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png] can outdamage his q. He is a melee champion, so poke him down with auto-attacks and [imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png] [img=champ/heimerdinger.png] Destroy his turrets once he puts them down. His stun is easy to dodge as it moves slowly. Be careful as after he uses his ultimate, it travels faster. Never trade with him when he has his turrets. [img=champ/karthus.png] Dodge his q, harass him with [imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png]. Your [imgsmall=skills/zilean/r.png] sort of counters his ultimate, if he is trying to finish one person off, and you are in range. [img=champ/kassadin.png] After he uses his q on you, use your [imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png][imgsmall=skills/zilean/w.png][imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png] on him. After level6, hus ultimate q e combo can burst you easily. The silence is annoying too, as it causes you to be unable to trade well. [img=champ/kennen.png] Dodge his shuriken.When his w shuriken charges, don't let him auto attack you. After he misses his q, use your [imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png][imgsmall=skills/zilean/w.png][imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png]. After level 6, if he uses his e to rush to you, you know he is going to use his ultimate, so use [imgsmall=skills/zilean/r.png]. When chasing him, use your [imgsmall=skills/zilean/e.png] on him, so that he cannot e and run. [img=champ/katarina.png] Very bad matchup.After 6 she can burst you down. Pre 6 just harass her with [imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png][imgsmall=skills/zilean/w.png][imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png] [img=champ/leblanc.png] Bad matchup too, she can burst you down instantly. You have to be fast enough to use [imgsmall=skills/zilean/r.png] before the silence. [img=champ/lux.png] Dodge her q and e, and know that she can shield your [imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png]. Her basic combo relies on landing her spells and then auto-attacking to proc her passive. This combo out damages your's, so you cannot afford to trade, you can only afford to harass without taking damage. [img=champ/malzahar.png] If a minion with malefic visions is near you, stay away from it. After he uses his skills, use [imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png][imgsmall=skills/zilean/w.png][imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png] on him. [img=champ/morgana.png] Dodge binding no matter what. Her w will push the lane towards you [img=champ/nidalee.png] Don't get hit by spears. After 6, when she uses cougar form to jump on you, [imgsmall=skills/zilean/e.png] her., and then proceed to [imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png][imgsmall=skills/zilean/w.png][imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png]. Remember that she has a heal, that negates the damage of your [imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png] [img=champ/orianna.png] After her q and w, you are safe to [imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png][imgsmall=skills/zilean/w.png][imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png]. Her e can shield your [imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png] damage. [img=champ/ryze.png] Try not to trade with him, but if you can, put a [imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png] and walk away [img=champ/swain.png] Don't get hit by his root. His e has a lot of damage over time that is very annoying in lane. After 6 don't fight him/ Your harass will also be regenerated by his ultimate. If you do have an engage, [imgsmall=summoners/ignite.png] when he uses his ultimate, to reduce the healing. [img=champ/syndra.png] Dodge her q, don't get in her ultimate range when she has 3 or more spheres [img=champ/twistedfate.png] pretty easy, just dodge his wild cards, and don't go near him when he has his gold card. Push the lane when he teleports away. [img=champ/veigar.png] Bad matchup, he can burst you with one combo. Try to get some magic resist. When he walks forward to lasthit with his q, you can put a [imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png] and walk away. [img=champ/viktor.png] Dodge his lasers, and his gravity field. Ulti yourself when he combos you, because his ulti hurts a lot. [img=champ/xerath.png] Don't let him hit you with a skill when his e is on you, or else the stun may lead to a death. If he uses his q to farm, then go combo him with [imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png][imgsmall=skills/zilean/w.png][imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png]. [img=champ/ziggs.png] Dodge bombs, simple as that. After he uses his q, go in for a [imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png][imgsmall=skills/zilean/w.png][imgsmall=skills/zilean/q.png] [img=champ/zyra.png] Dodge her snare, farm her plants. Never stay in range of her plants/passive.

Overall, Zilean is a very game-changing champion. His [imgsmall=skills/zilean/r.png] can really turn teamfights with great ease.I feel that he is a very underrated champion, and can actually do a lot of burst damage. By using my build, he can do even more damage, but not just by directly building ap , but through items such as [imgsmall=items/deathfire-grasp.png] and [imgsmall=items/liandrys-torment.png]. The reason why I made this guide is because there is no featured season 3 Zilean guide, and i really want to help people that want to play Zilean, and hopefully inspire some people to play him and make him a more popular choice. Hope you guys enjoy my guide!

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