Recommended Lane: Dragon Lane
Xayah is a Vastayan revolutionary of deadly precision. She uses her speed, guile, and razor-shard feather blades to cut down anyone in her way. Xayah fights alongside her lover, Rakan, to restore their race to its former glory. Xayah is a highly mechanical ADC which has great potential in both 1v1 and team fights.
After using an ability, Xayah’s next 3 attacks will hit all enemies along their path and drop Feathers she can recall, Xayah can store up to 5 Feathers at a time.
Lover’s Leap – Xayah and Rakan can join each other’s recall. Both will reach the Summonjing Platform when the initiator’s recall ends.
Throws two daggers dealing 35 physical damage (35 + 50% bonus AD) each and leaving two Feathers. Targets hit after the first take 50% damage.
Creates a storm of blades for 4s that grants 25% Attack Speed and causes attacks to deal 20% more damage.
If Deadly Plumage strikes an enemy champion, gain 25% Movement Speed for 2 seconds.
If Rakan is nearby, he will also gain the effects of this skill.
Calls back all Feathers, dealing 55 physical damage (55 + 60% bonus AD) to enemies they pass through. Hitting an enemy with 3 Feathers roots them for 1s.
Minions take 50% damage from Bladecaller.
Leaps into the air, becoming untargetable and throwing out a fan of daggers which deal 100 physical damage (100 + 100% bonus AD) and leave behind a line of Feathers. Can move while in the air.
Innate Passive: Clean Cuts
When Xayah casts an ability, she stores feathers which makes her next auto attacks pass through enemies.
The main target receives 100% damage while all secondary targets are dealt reduced damage.
You can try to angle your attacks to hit the enemy while you last hit minions but the secondary damage is minimal in the early game. In the late game, though, this passive will allow you to deal massive AoE DPS against the enemy team.
Keep in mind the positions of your Feathers so you will know how to position yourself best before activating your E, Bladecaller.
There is technically no limit to how many Feathers she can place, The maximum number I reached on zero CD is 35 but on a real game you’ll be able to lay down a maximum of about 15 Feathers.
Additionally, Xayah has a secondary passive, Lover’s Leap which allows her to recall together with Rakan. You can wait until the very last second to hitch on Rakan’s recall.
Q | Ability 1: Double Daggers
Double Daggers is your poke and initial setup for your Feathers. This is the most reliable way to drop Feathers and get charges for your passive.
If you want to do an instant root using a Q, Double Daggers + E, Bladecaller, cast Double Daggers, auto attack once then immediately cast E, Bladecaller afterwards. It is more reliable to do the auto attack first if you have stacks of Feathers beforehand.
Double Daggers deals less damage after the first enemy it hits so make sure to hit the enemy champion you are trying to burst down.
W | Ability 2: Deadly Plumage
Deadly Plumage is Xayah’s steroid ability. This ability increases her attack speed, attack damage, and movement speed.
The only problem with this ability is that is it limited by a long cooldown. It’s justifiable given how strong it is.
The movement speed bonus only activates after hitting an enemy champion. If you activate it at a wrong time, the enemy can simply kite you out until Deadly Plumage’s duration ends. To prevent this from happening, activate Deadly Plumage while an auto attack is mid air so that once the auto attack hits the enemy, the movement speed bonus will activate.
E | Ability 3: Bladecaller
Bladecaller is Xayah main source of burst damage and crowd control.
She can either use it to quickly root an enemy with the help of her Q, Double Daggers or ultimate, Featherstorm.
Or she can set up massive AoE burst damage and root by scattering her Feathers through her auto attacks and abilities and waiting for the right moment to activate it.
If you use your ultimate, Featherstorm for the root, make sure that the distance between you and the enemy is less than the maximum range of Featherstorm so that the root will take place.
The closer you are to an enemy, the easier it is to land more feathers, and therefore, more damage.
It is possible to redirect the Feathers while its returning to you by using Flash. You can do this to cover more ground to damage and root enemies that won’t be hit otherwise.
R | Ultimate: Featherstorm
Featherstorm makes Xayah an extremely effective counter to assassins and divers because it turns her untargetable for a short duration then lays down five Feathers that are immediately usable for her E, Bladecaller for the additional damage and root.
Keep in mind that the untargetable status does not make her invulnerable, she can still die through an Ignite already casted on her or through Zed’s Death Mark if he has already dealt enough damage.
Instant Root 1: Q + Auto Attack (AA) + E
Instant Root 2: W + AA + Q + E
Instant Root 3: R + E
All-in: AA + W + AA + Q + AA + AA + AA + R + AA + E
Xayah Build Recommendation
Here are Item Build Recommedations that works on Xayah
The Burst Rebel
- Infinity Edge grants a large amount of attack damage so your abilities will do better damage early since Xayah’s abilities scale on bonus AD. The bonus critical damage also works well early with E, Deadly Plumage‘s bonus attack speed and bonus damage.
- Ionian Boots of Lucidity helps Xayah cast her abilities more often. The ability haste is important for her since she is an ADC who heavily relies on her abilities. Upgrade with the Quicksilver Enchant as your defensive option against crowd controls or upgrade with the Protobelt Enchant if you are feeling confident for the additional mobility, more coverage for your E, Bladecaller or simply for the styling points.
- Rapid Firecannon helps Xayah land her first auto attack easily with the bonus attack range. Landing the first auto attack is important so she can easily access the bonus movement speed from her E, Deadly Pumage or to quickly root the enemy.
- Bloodthirster is another item that grants a huge amount of attack damage and it also provides a sizable amount of physical vamp so you’ll able to sustain yourself in fights.
- Mortal Reminder counters champions with a lot of armor and champions who builds sustain or has natural healing capabilities thanks to its Grievous Wounds effect.
- Guardian Angel is a safety measure for the late game. Enemies would try to burst you down since you are extremely strong in the late game and with the Resurrect passive and the untargetable status from your ultimate, you’ll be extremely hard to take down.
The DPS Rebel
The DPS Rebel item build is great when there are a lot of tanky champions in the enemy team or if you are forced to play it safe in the early game.
- Blade of the Ruined King is a great first item alternative as it cheap, grants physical vamp, %HP damage, and movement speed steal.
- Runaan’s Hurricane spreads your auto attack to two nearby targets and it will also apply the on-hit effect of Blade of the Ruined King. The additional attacks won’t spread Feathers, though.
- Conqueror grants a stacking bonus damage on your attacks and abilities and since Xayah attacks fast, she’ll easily earn the max stacks that will make her E, Bladecaller hit so much harder. Fleet Footwork is a great alternative against tough lanes.
- Gathering Storm allows Xayah to build up a lot more AD for the later stages of the game.
- Regeneration increases her sustain in the laning phase since her early game is a bit on the weak side especially against long range ADCs and poke heavy Enchanters.
- Sweet Tooth increases the healing received from Honeyfruits and make them grant a little bonus gold. The little bonus gold will help her reach her first core item faster.
The Heal summoner spell heals both her and a nearby allied champion and increases their movement speed as well. The increased movement speed can be used both in offensive and defensive situations which makes it the better choice compared to Barrier.
Flash enables Xayah in a lot of offensive and defensive situations. It can also be used during her ultimate, Featherstorm or to cover more ground and hit more targets with the feathers during E, Bladecaller.
Get a point in your Q, Double Daggers in level 1 for the poke and so that you’ll be able to generate Feathers in demand but we’ll max it last as it does not scale well. Max E, Bladecaller first as it is your main source of damage then max W, Deadly Plumage next to scale your DPS steroid for the mid and late game. Get a point in your ultimate whenever possible.
Xayah Early Game Guide
Xayah is a relatively weak early game ADC as she her auto attack is on the shorter side and her poke is not reliable as a source of damage.
Although she’s not the best at poking and trading, she can push decently with her Q, Double Daggers and passive so instead of seeking out the enemy, look to push and clear the wave faster than the enemy so you’ll be able to have a level advantage against the enemy.
If the enemy tries to freeze the lane near their tower, use a Q, Double Daggers + E, Bladecaller combo on the minions to quickly clear it and reset the lane. Don’t forget to track the enemy jungler or at least ward the river and tri-bush before doing so.
It is best to pair her with a champion with a crowd control, including Rakan, of course so she’ll be able to put down more Feathers to maximize the damage from her E, Bladecaller.
Try to play it safe and lower the enemy’s HP through quick Q, Double Daggers + E, Bladecaller combos and keep your HP in a safe level so you’ll be able to engage in an all-in together with your support once the enemy has about 60% HP or lower.
Xayah plays better if she is snowballs or at least in an even matchup so play it safe and do not overextend or overcommit to avoid unnecessary deaths.
Xayah Late Game Guide
Xayah shines in the mid game and late game.
Hit whoever is in front of you and activate your W, Deadly Plumage once you know you are going to do a series of auto attacks. Do not hesitate to do so even if the enemy in front of you is a tank.
Do not overextend and play close to your team as you are an immobile champion with just one lifeline ability which is your ultimate. Play it safer if your W, Deadly Plumage and/or ultimate is on cooldown.
Try to lay down as many feathers as possible if a long, messy fight is happening then cast your E, Bladecaller to finish off enemies or root them if they try to leave the area where you set up your feathers.
Do not wait too long to activate your E, Bladecaller as they might be able to escape and make your setup useless.
Xayah Video Guide
Of course, Xayah’s top synergy is Rakan. Their abilities are stronger if they are used near each other and they even have an innate passive, Lover’s Leap, which can only be used when they are together. Rakan provides a lot of utility and can control the enemy for quite some time so it will enable Xayah to set up a lot of Feathers to burst them down with her E, Bladecaller.
Lulu is an amazing support which can enable Xayah to be an unstoppable hyper carry. Her W, Whimsy will amplify Xayah even further and make her DPS skyrocket if her W, Deadly Plumage is active at the same time.
Once Xayah roots an enemy, Nami can use her Q, Aqua Prison on the enemy and the chain combo will usually result in an easy kill. Her movement speed boost and other abilities also augments Xayah’s playstyle.
Kai’Sa can disengage on you when you use your W, Deadly Plumage using her E, Supercharge. Try to save your W, Deadly Plumage until you are sure that her E, Supercharge is on cooldown. But even if you do that, if she’s skilled enough, she can dodge your E, Bladecaller using her ultimate, Killer Instinct. She has a lot of outplay tool for you and that will make her extremely tough to beat on duels.
Vayne is another ADC with a lot of self-peeling and that makes duels impossible against her. Once you use your W, Deadly Plumage, she will simply E, Condemn you and Q, Tumble away. She’s not as hard to beat as Kai’Sa but she can still be a pain for you and your team especially if she manages to farm well.
Miss Fortune will make your laning phase hell. Her Q, Double Up hits like a truck all game long. But if you manage to survive the laning phase against her, it will get better quickly.
Here are some pros and cons if you are playing with Xayah in Wild Rift.
- Xayah is a hyper carry which is capable of carrying games alone. She has access to burst damage and DPS, AoE damage, and single target damage, that distinction makes her one of the strongest ADC in the game so far.
- She is one of the few ADCs who can burst down and crowd control an entire team quickly.
- Xayah’s ultimate, Featherstorm is a great outplay tool against assassins and divers which are favored picks in this meta.
- Xayah struggles against aggressive, long range poke lanes in the early game and it can make it hard for her to catch up with the enemy ADC’s powerspikes.
- She is highly dependent on her cooldowns and if her W, Deadly Plumage and ultimate, Featherstorm is down, she’s a sitting duck in the late game,
- She has to set up her Feathers for her burst damage and root and that can be highly situational and vulnerable to outplay.
FAQ's About Xayah
How good is Xayah in Wild Rift?
Xayah is an (Tier S) champion. She is one of the few ADCs who can stand toe to toe to assassins in this assassin favored meta. She has amazing burst damage and DPS which rivals the strongest ADCs as well. She is an A tier for now because some of her ability damage can use a buff or two.
What role / lane should I play with Xayah in Wild Rift?
Xayah is played in the Dragon lane as an ADC. She is relatively weak in the early game so she needs a support to help her secure her farm.
What abilities do I level up with Xayah?
Q, Double Daggers are acquired in level 1 to help with the wave clear but her E, Bladecaller is maxed first as it is her primary source of burst damage then her W, Deadly Plumage is maxed next to increase her DPS through the mid and late game. Of course you should get a point in her ultimate whenever possible.
What items should I build with Xayah?
Her core items are Infinity Edge for the bonus AD and crit and Rapidfire Cannon to increase her attack range. She can also build Blade of the Ruined King early if she is facing against a lot of tanks.
What Runes should I use when playing as Xayah?
She benefits a lot from the bonus damage from Conqueror but she can also use Fleet Footwork when against a poke heavy lane. Her other runes are Gathering Storm, Renegeration, and Sweet Tooth.
How do I root enemies with my E, Bladecaller?
To increase your chances of rooting the enemy, practice the quick combo of either Q, Double Daggers + Auto Attack + E, Bladecaller or W, Deadly Plumage + Auto Attack + Q, Double Daggers + E Bladecaller. In team fights, it helps to take a mental note of where your feathers are and do not wait too long for it to activate.