Zilean Build Guide

LoL Zilean Build Guide

The Best Zilean Runes, Items, and Advice to Dominate Your Competition

52,709 Zilean Builds Analyzed

Best Items for Your Zilean Build

The most important items to use in your Zilean build include: Imperial Mandate, Chemtech Putrifier, Banshee's Veil, and Cosmic Drive. Yet, like our rune suggestions, you can also get quality, dedicated, Zilean item builds below for the specific enemy team comp you are battling in your ongoing game. Players who added these pieces in their setups had a significantly better winrate than those who tried for other builds for Zilean.

Zilean Items to Defeat Focused Team Comps

Best Zilean Runes for Your Next Build

Guardian Build Rune for Zilean Guardian
Font of Life Build Rune for Zilean Font of Life
Second Wind Build Rune for Zilean Second Wind
Unflinching Build Rune for Zilean Unflinching
Manaflow Band Build Rune for Zilean Manaflow Band
Celerity Build Rune for Zilean Celerity
If you are fighting a varied enemy team composition, you should really consider grabbing Zilean the Guardian, Font of Life, Second Wind, Unflinching, Manaflow Band, and Celerity runes. In recent matches, he won the largest fraction of his rounds when using these runes. Yet, if you are facing a more homogenous enemy team comp, such as an AD heavy or a tank focused team, you should instead look a little down to see the best Zilean runes to win your particular round.

Zilean Runes to Beat Dedicated Enemy Teams

Summon Aery Rune to Fight a Specific Team Comp with a Good Zilean Build Summon Aery
Manaflow Band Rune to Fight a Specific Team Comp with a Good Zilean Build Manaflow Band
Celerity Rune to Fight a Specific Team Comp with a Good Zilean Build Celerity
Scorch Rune to Fight a Specific Team Comp with a Good Zilean Build Scorch
Biscuit Delivery Rune to Fight a Specific Team Comp with a Good Zilean Build Biscuit Delivery
Cosmic Insight Rune to Fight a Specific Team Comp with a Good Zilean Build Cosmic Insight

Guide to Playing with Zilean

  • Time Bomb can wipe out enemy minion waves. This is a boon if you are laning solo with Zilean, but if you are support a carry, be careful not to end up stealing too much minion gold.
  • Cast Chronoshift to protect your carries during teamfights. It will let them flee from danger or chase down enemies. If you also have the Summon Aery rune, you will shield them too.


Our Zilean builds result from our analysis of 52,709 recently ranked Zilean matches. Only the highest winrate Zilean builds that are also in common use are recommended by us. Since we have so many games in our database, we are quite confident that we can give you the highest quality builds for Zilean to help ensure you win your next game!

Additionally, Zilean builds dedicated to a unique skill division can be seen by selecting another division from the dropdown menu found above. The recommended Zilean build shown will be focused on that tier’s meta.

FAQs About Zilean

How can some players fling their bombs so quickly? Are they using a Macro?

If you're not familiar with what a Macro is, it's a pre-programmed set of key presses that you can activate with a single key or button. While some Zilean champs may be using Macros, we don't recommend it. Besides, it's not that hard to hit his combo well and fling those bombs out really fast. Just press Q+W+Q quickly. Just don't screw up the order or realize Q is still on CD. If Q is still on cooldown, you'll use up W on it, and you'll just fling at the single bomb with everything on cool down.

What can I do to make Zilean do a lot more as a support?

If you give Zilean the Summon Aery rune, he will shield his allies when he uses his E (Time Warp) on them. In doing so, he will be able to use items like Ardent Censer that buff allies when they are shielded or healed. Including this item in your Zilean build gives him a lot more versatility as a support.

What is Zilean's greatest strength?

Zilean has two very powerful abilities. First, he has a targeted, ranged, AoE stun. While he can miss it, it's incredibly powerful. Also, with enough CDR in your Zilean build, he can lockdown or zone out enemies almost continuously in the late game. Second, his Ult can resurrect an ally in combat. In many teamfights, it's almost like having an extra champion to go 6 v 5 with the enemy.

What is Zilean's biggest weakness?

Zilean's biggest vulnerability is that his Q is a skillshot. You will need to hit two skillshots in a row with a relatively small hit radius. Practice with Zilean and learn to anticipate your enemies. It is the key to getting better at Zilean.