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


Support Mage
Zilean is a support Role support
Difficulty Average
Power Spike Late-Game
Time In A Bottle ability p
Time Bomb ability q
Rewind ability w
Time Warp ability e
Chronoshift ability r

Zilean Build

based on 35,491 matches
Win Rate
50 %
Pick Rate
4.8 %
Ban Rate
2.1 %

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 Sorcery Inspiration. Adding the highlighted runes shown below in your Zilean build will provide you the additional bonuses to help him play well through the laning phase of the match and into the late game. Zilean players should start by building up his q ability first.

Best Build for Zilean


Starter Items

Time Target
Health PotionControl Ward

Early Items

~5 Mins
Amplifying TomeIonian Boots of Lucidity

Core Zilean Items

~22 Mins
Shurelya's BattlesongBanshee's VeilZhonya's HourglassSorcerer's Shoes

Optional Items

Mikael's BlessingCosmic DriveRabadon's DeathcapRedemption

Summoner Spells

summonerexhaust summoner spell D
summonerflash summoner spell F

Skill Order

First skill for Zilean to level up q
Second ability for Zilean to level up e
Last skill for Zilean to max out w


Sorcery Summon Aery Manaflow BandTranscendenceScorch
Inspiration Biscuit DeliveryTime Warp Tonic
CDRScaling Adaptive MagicRes
Zilean's passive ability p
Zilean q ability q
Zilean w ability w
Zilean 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 confusing champ to build out properly. You will notice that his build changes when he is fighting either generic or specialized team comps, meaning you should not select the same Zilean build every round of League of Legends

The most essential items to incorporate into your champion's build include: Shurelya's Battlesong, Banshee's Veil, and Zhonya's Hourglass. Those who added these pieces in their kits had a better win rate than players who worked towards other Zilean builds. Moreover, if you are battling a mixed enemy team comp, you should really consider grabbing yourself the Sorcery, and Inspiration runes. In recent matches, he won the largest percentage of his matches when equipped with these runes.

We calculated our Zilean build suggestions by examining 35,491 recently ranked LoL matches with him in them. We only recommend the highest winrate Zilean builds that were built by ranked League players enough times for us to propose them. With so many matches in our dataset, we are confident in our recommended builds.