LOL Xayah Guide: How To Play, Abilities, Build, Runes in League of Legends

Ad carries have the potential to solo win games given enough time to scale up. However, they are typically the most vulnerable champions in the game as virtually any opponent champion could be able to shut them down should they misposition. The newer marksmen have a number of tricks to help them outplay their would-be killers. Let's take a look at one such, Xayah the Rebel.

I'll tell you how to play Xayah!

Xayah's Abilities

Passive: Clean Cuts

After casting an ability, Xayah's next 3 basic attacks on-attack penetrate through all enemies in a line in the direction of the target, dealing the attack's damage to the primary target and a percentage of her AD to secondary targets. At the end of their path, a Feather will be left on the ground for 6 seconds.

Xayah can store up to 5 empowered attacks for 8 seconds, refreshed with further ability use or upon attacking structures.

LOVERS LEAP (WITH RAKAN):

If either Xayah or Rakan is channeling l Recall, the other may move nearby and channel their own to join them.

Both reach base at the time of which the initiator's recall ends.

Q: Double Daggers

Xayah throws two feather-blades in the target direction in quick succession, dealing physical damage to all enemies hit and each leaving a Feather on the ground.
Targets hit after the first take 50% damage.

W: Deadly Plumage 

Xayah creates a storm of blades for 4 seconds that grants her bonus attack speed and causes her basic attacks to strike the target an additional time for 20% damage.

If Deadly Plumage strikes an enemy champion, Xayah gains 30% bonus movement speed for 1.5 seconds.

And if an ally Rakan is nearby, he will also gain the effects of Deadly Plumage, while gaining the
bonus movement speed when Xayah strikes an enemy champion.

E: Bladecaller

Xayah calls all Feathers back to her, dealing physical damage to enemies they pass through, increased based on critical strike chance. Minions take 50% damage.
Bladecaller can only hit enemies once per Feather.

Enemies take 100% − 10% (based on previous feathers hit) damage from a Feather.

Enemies hit by at least 3 Feathers are rooted for 1.25 seconds.

R: Featherstorm

Xayah leaps into the air, becoming untargetable and ghosted for 1.5 seconds. Afterward, she rains down daggers in a cone in the target direction which deals physical damage to enemies hit and leave behind a line of 5 Feathers.


Xayah is unable to basic attack and cast her abilities during Featherstorm, but she can still move.

The most common skill path is to take Q at level one, level two take E, level three take W and level six take R. You ideally should max E followed by W then finally Q putting a point in R whenever possible.

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Xayah's Build

Pro players tend to favor Galeforce as their mythic item.

This item provides critical strike chance, attack damage, and attack speed which are all stats that synergize well with her kit.

From here on out, they pick up an Essence Reaver for the cooldown reduction as well as the passive that allows her to better sustain her mana. The item's sheen passive is the cherry on top. From there on, it's up to the player:

  • Perhaps a Rapid-fire cannon for extra range,
  • a Mercurial scimitar for its ability to cleanse crowd control,
  • an Infinity Edge for more powerful crits,
  • a Lord Dominik's regards to deal with heavy armor targets,
  • or even a Bloodthirster for extra life steal. 

Her boots are usually berserker greaves.

Xayah's Runes
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Xayah players tend to run a page similar to the one above.

It provides good scaling options and the ultimate hunter minor rune is good for ensuring she has access to one of the best protection tools for marksmen in the game.

The stat runes are attack speed, adaptive force, and then either resistance rune.

Final Thoughts on How to Play Xayah Like a Pro

Xayah's kit allows her to play more on the edge compared to your standard marksman.

Getting the most out of her feathers could literally be the difference between victory and loss.

This sassy Vastaya may just be what you need to lift yourself to the rank you belong to. So, try her out!

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