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League of Legends Champion ZileanZilean is in the s tier of champions


Zilean is a supportRolesupport
Power SpikeMid-Game
Time In A Bottle abilityp
Time Bomb abilityq
Rewind abilityw
Time Warp abilitye
Chronoshift abilityr

Zilean Build

based on 27,748 matches
Win Rate
50.3 %
Pick Rate
2.5 %
Ban Rate
0.7 %

How We Come Up with Our Zilean Builds

We process over 1 Million League of Legends games every day to bring you the most accurate Zilean build so you can destroy your enemies and improve you win rate. We've broken down our Zilean builds by rank, position, and enemy team type, so you can find the most accurate set of Zilean core items and runes for any situation.

Zilean Build Summary

Zilean is a a decent utility lane champ in League of Legends. His best rune sets are Resolve Sorcery. Adding the specific runes shown below into your Zilean build will give you the additional bonuses to help him play well through the laning phase of the match and into the late game. You should start by building up his q ability first.

Best vsAll Build for Zilean


Starter Items

Time Target
Health PotionRelic Shield

Early Items

~5 Mins
Faerie CharmIonian Boots of Lucidity

Core Zilean Items

~22 Mins
Shurelya's BattlesongShard of True IceVigilant WardstoneIonian Boots of Lucidity

Optional Items

Knight's VowBanshee's VeilRedemptionCosmic Drive

Summoner Spells

summonerexhaust summoner spell D
summonerflash summoner spell F

Skill Order

First skill for Zilean to level upq
Second ability for Zilean to level upe
Last skill for Zilean to max outw


ResolveGuardianFont of LifeBone PlatingUnflinching
SorceryManaflow BandTranscendence
Ability HasteAdaptive ForceMagic Resist
Zilean's passive ability p
Zilean's q ability q
Zilean's w ability w
Zilean's e ability e
Zilean's ultimate ability r

Zilean Matchups Overview

More Gameplay Tips for Zilean Players

Tips and Tricks

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.

Zilean FAQs

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

A: 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.

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

A: 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.

Q: What is Zilean's greatest strength?

A: 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.

Q: What is Zilean's biggest weakness?

A: 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.

Additional Zilean Build Insights

LoL Zilean players could find him to be a complex character to build out properly. You will find that his build changes when he is up against either generic or highly focused team compositions, indicating you should not choose the same Zilean build every single round of League of Legends

The most critical items to include in your champ's build are: Shurelya's Battlesong, Shard of True Ice, and Vigilant Wardstone. Those who added these pieces in their gear had a higher winrate than those who worked towards other Zilean builds. Moreover, if you are fighting a varied enemy team comp, you should strongly consider getting him the Resolve, and Sorcery runes. In recent matches, he won the greatest fraction of his matches when using these runes.

We came up with our Zilean build suggestions by examining 27,748 recently ranked League of Legends games with him in them. We only advise the best winrate Zilean builds that have been used by ranked gamers enough times for us to propose them. With so many rounds in our dataset, we are confident in our suggested builds.