Tank Xerath Build

Tank Xerath build with runes and items. Tank Xerath guide offers in-depth how-to play, skill order and tips. Play Tank Xerath build in League of Legends Patch 14.12!

Updated: 2024-05-16 ()
ARAM Build Guide for champion Xerath and build Tank.
Tank Xerath ARAM build with Heartsteel and Grasp of the Undying.
Xerath ARAM modifiers
DMG done -5%
DMG taken NORMAL

TLDR

Starting items
Giant's Belt should be final item in your build.
Ruby Crystal should be final item in your build.
Quick Skill Order
Xerath ability Shocking Orb should be leveled first.
E
Xerath ability Eye of Destruction should be leveled second.
W
Xerath ability Arcanopulse should be leveled third.
Q
Final items
Mercury's Treads should be final item in your build.
Heartsteel should be final item in your build.
Titanic Hydra should be final item in your build.
Thornmail should be final item in your build.
Kaenic Rookern should be final item in your build.
Overlord's Bloodmail should be final item in your build.
Quick Runes
Major rune Grasp of the Undying from Resolve tree.
Minor rune Precision.
Summoner spells
Pick Ghost as your Summoner Spell.
Pick Flash as your Summoner Spell.

Tank Xerath Runes

Resolve
Resolve major tree Grasp of the Undying rune.
Resolve major tree Aftershock rune.
Resolve major tree Guardian rune.
Resolve major tree Demolish rune.
Resolve major tree Font of Life rune.
Resolve major tree Shield Bash rune.
Resolve major tree Conditioning rune.
Resolve major tree Second Wind rune.
Resolve major tree Bone Plating rune.
Resolve major tree Overgrowth rune.
Resolve major tree Revitalize rune.
Resolve major tree Unflinching rune.
Precision
Precision minor tree Absorb Life rune.
Precision minor tree Triumph rune.
Precision minor tree Presence of Mind rune.
Precision minor tree Legend: Alacrity rune.
Precision minor tree Legend: Haste rune.
Precision minor tree Legend: Bloodline rune.
Precision minor tree Coup de Grace rune.
Precision minor tree Cut Down rune.
Precision minor tree Last Stand rune.
Passive
Passive tree Adaptive Force rune (+9 Adaptive Force).
Passive tree Attack Speed rune (+10% Attack Speed).
Passive tree Ability Haste rune (+8 Ability Haste).
Passive tree Adaptive Force rune (+9 Adaptive Force).
Passive tree Move Speed rune (+2 Movement Speed).
Passive tree Health Scaling rune (+10-180 Health (based on level)).
Passive tree Health rune (+65 Health).
Passive tree Tenacity And Slow Resist rune (+10 Tenacity and Slow Resist).
Passive tree Health Scaling rune (+10-180 Health (based on level)).

How to play

  1. You rush Heartsteel.
  2. After Heartsteel, you can rush Titanic Hydra (more fun, damage and some survi) AND/OR Sundered Sky or just go full tank - depending on if you are behind and if your team needs more damage.
  3. Sundered Sky is very good damage item for this build. It scales off your HP (so Grasp, Heartsteel, Overgrowth). It gives damage and pretty good sustain in fights. Remember to switch targets to maximize the effect!
  4. This is auto attack oriented Xerath build, so do it! Especially if running with Titanic Hydra and Sundered Sky as well.
  5. Guardian's Horn is a surprisingly good item for its price. You can keep it for a very long time (or even have it as 6th item).
  6. Triumph is better (heal + gold), but if you want to have easier time with your mana, go Presence of the Mind.
  7. You need to adapt your items to the game. Enemy team heavy on AP? Buy MR. They heavy on AD? Buy Armor. You need some damage? Well buy that.
  8. Remember to consume your Heartsteel procs!
  9. Remember to consume your Grasp of the Undying procs!

Tips and Tricks

Riot
  1. It's easier to land Arcanopulse on an enemy when they're moving toward or away from you, rather than side to side.
  2. Eye of Destruction will make landing Arcanopulse easier as the target will be slowed.
  3. If you stun an enemy with Shocking Orb, follow up with a guaranteed center hit on Eye of Destruction.

Skill Order

  • Xerath [object Object] ability.
    Q
    Arcanopulse
  • Xerath [object Object] ability.
    W
    Eye of Destruction
  • Xerath [object Object] ability.
    E
    Shocking Orb
  • Xerath [object Object] ability.
    R
    Rite of the Arcane

Items

Starting items
Giant's Belt item.
Ruby Crystal item.
Starting items vs poke
Guardian's Horn item.
Ruby Crystal item.
Boots
Plated Steelcaps item.
Mercury's Treads item.
Ionian Boots of Lucidity item.
Rush this
Heartsteel item.
Dmg items
Additional considerations for these items is advised!
Overlord's Bloodmail item.
Titanic Hydra item.
Zhonya's Hourglass item.
Wit's End item.
Sundered Sky item.
Good tank items
Jak'Sho, The Protean item.
Warmog's Armor item.
Fimbulwinter item.
Good MR items
Kaenic Rookern item.
Spirit Visage item.
Force of Nature item.
Good Armor items
Randuin's Omen item.
Dead Man's Plate item.
Iceborn Gauntlet item.
Frozen Heart item.
Thornmail item.
Situational items
Trailblazer item.
Zeke's Convergence item.
Knight's Vow item.
For the last fight
Additional considerations for these items is advised!
Elixir of Iron item.
Elixir of Sorcery item.
Example final build
Mercury's Treads item.
Heartsteel item.
Titanic Hydra item.
Thornmail item.
Kaenic Rookern item.
Overlord's Bloodmail item.