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Zilean · Guide




Power Spike (Early, Mid, Late)


Damage Type

100% AP

0% AD

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Zilean Strengths & Weaknesses

His Time BombQ RewindW Time BombQ combo can allow him to stun a group of enemies which is highly beneficial in close-quarter combat. His scalings are quite high as well so he can deal a lot of damage through that combo.

His Ultimate ChronoshiftR, when used properly, is one of the most obnoxious and overpowered abilities in the game. That combined with his Time WarpE can make one of his carries nearly uncatchable and unkillable.

His Time WarpE allows him to guarantee a Time BombQ RewindW Time BombQ hit on a specified target. This can be highly beneficial in setting a death brush before a major objective fight.


Pre-six he is quite squishy, and easily killable if his Time WarpE is on cooldown. This also makes him vulnerable to crowd control, especially when he is trying to poke with his Time BombQ.

His Time BombQ is quite telegraphed and he can be easily punished once his Time BombQ is down. Again, his Time BombQ can also be dodge by blinking/dashing away from the drop point of his Time BombQ.

He is pretty much a poke/damage bot when his Ultimate ChronoshiftR is down. Zilean is inherently squishy so it should not be an issue to take him down once his Ultimate ChronoshiftR is on cooldown.

Game plan
Early game
0 - 15 min
Zilean is Average

Get level 2 first and look for a favourable trade. Gaining an early health lead is key to getting a kill later on down the line. Level 2 in the bottom lane is the first minion wave followed by the next 3 melee minions.

Your goal during the laning phase is so to look for kills and abuse the enemy as often as you can. Try to play aggressive frequently to gain a lead.

After destroying the bottom lane tower, rotate to the mid lane and try to take that tower. This will open up the map and give your team a gold lead.

Mid game
15 - 25 min
Zilean is Strong

As a Support, you’re quite vulnerable and can easily be killed when going to ward, when you’re moving around the map, and when you’re alone. To reduce the chances of dying and getting caught out of position, try and stick with your team at all times.

Keep a constant eye on what major objective is spawning next. If it’s spawning soon, make sure you place vision around the objective as quickly and as safely as possible before retreating to safety. Having vision around major objectives is key.

Look for picks in the mid-game. You deal lots of damage and can easily blow champions up. Try to kill someone and then abuse their death timer to earn more gold.

Late game
25+ min
Zilean is Strong

Ward major objectives and place vision in high traffic areas in the late stages of the game. Keep them warded so you can see the enemy move around the map and see them starting the objective.

Stay with your team at all times. Avoid moving around the map alone so you do not get caught out. Getting caught out will result in your team having to play 4v5. Do not ward alone unless you know where the enemy is.

Peel for your allies as much as possible. Keeping them alive for as long as possible in team fights is a must in order to win the game.

Power Spikes
Early game

His Time BombQ serves as a potent poke tool in the lane. He should use it in combination with his Time WarpE to CC enemies when possible.

Getting his Time WarpE will increase his playmaking potential and will let him slow enemies/quicken allies as per the need.

Once Zilean gets his Ultimate ChronoshiftR, he will spike significantly, and he will be able to impact fights massively.

Mid game

He should be looking for opportunities to Time BombQ RewindW Time BombQ enemies when he can. It will let him poke enemies out even before a significant skirmish begins.

His Time WarpE should come in very handy during fights. He can use it to guarantee a Time BombQ RewindW Time BombQ combo on an enemy, ultimately single them out from the team.

His Ultimate ChronoshiftR revival aspect should be massive during this phase of the game. He can keep his carry alive while dishing out a respectable amount of damage on his own.

Late game

Once he gets to his full build, he should be able to blow an entire team up on his own with the amount of damage that he can deal. He will just need to find an opportunity to Time BombQ RewindW Time BombQ a grouped enemy team.

His Ultimate ChronoshiftR will be quite important during this phase as well. With the reduced cooldown, he can use that ability two times in an extended team fight.

Zilean's Time BombQ and Time WarpE should allow him to deal a lot of consistent DPS while being nearly uncatchable during this phase of the game. His ability to land an AoE CC is pivotal to the ally team's success.

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