Tank Zed Build

Tank Zed build with runes and items. Tank Zed guide offers in-depth how-to play, skill order and tips. Play Tank Zed build in League of Legends Patch 14.13!

Updated: 2024-05-16 ()
ARAM Build Guide for champion Zed and build Tank.
Tank Zed ARAM build with Jak'Sho. Get tanky and adapt to enemy team!
Zed ARAM modifiers
DMG done +5%
DMG taken -5%

TLDR

Starting items
Guardian's Horn should be final item in your build.
Ruby Crystal should be final item in your build.
Quick Skill Order
Zed ability Razor Shuriken should be leveled first.
Q
Zed ability Shadow Slash should be leveled second.
E
Zed ability Living Shadow should be leveled third.
W
Final items
Mercury's Treads should be final item in your build.
Jak'Sho, The Protean should be final item in your build.
Force of Nature should be final item in your build.
Unending Despair should be final item in your build.
Hollow Radiance should be final item in your build.
Thornmail should be final item in your build.
Quick Runes
Major rune Grasp of the Undying from Resolve tree.
Minor rune Precision.
Summoner spells
Pick Mark as your Summoner Spell.
Pick Flash as your Summoner Spell.

Tank Zed 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 start with Guardian's Horn. Your #1 rush should be item that counters enemy team most (MR or Armor item). Get Jak'Sho as #2 item. Then adapt.
  2. Triumph is better overall (heal + gold), but if you want to have easier time with your energy, go Presence of the Mind.
  3. Guardian's Horn is a surprisingly good item for its price. You can keep it for very long time (or even have it as 6th item).
  4. 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.
  5. Remember to consume your Grasp of the Undying procs!

Tips and Tricks

Riot
  1. Saving energy and spell cooldowns until you use your ultimate will maximize Death Mark's damage.
  2. Quickly double tapping Living Shadow will teleport Zed to his shadow immediately for rapid escapes.
  3. Placing a Living Shadow before using Death Mark can give Zed a safe escape from combat.

Skill Order

  • Zed [object Object] ability.
    Q
    Razor Shuriken
  • Zed [object Object] ability.
    W
    Living Shadow
  • Zed [object Object] ability.
    E
    Shadow Slash
  • Zed [object Object] ability.
    R
    Death Mark

Items

Starting items
Guardian's Horn item.
Ruby Crystal item.
Boots
Ionian Boots of Lucidity item.
Plated Steelcaps item.
Mercury's Treads item.
Good tank items
Jak'Sho, The Protean item.
Warmog's Armor item.
Good MR items
Hollow Radiance item.
Force of Nature item.
Kaenic Rookern item.
Abyssal Mask item.
Spirit Visage item.
Good Armor items
Unending Despair item.
Randuin's Omen item.
Dead Man's Plate item.
Iceborn Gauntlet item.
Thornmail item.
Sunfire Aegis item.
Situational items
Trailblazer item.
Knight's Vow item.
Situational DMG items
Additional considerations for these items is advised!
Blade of The Ruined King item.
Titanic Hydra item.
Wit's End item.
Sterak's Gage item.
Overlord's Bloodmail item.
For the last fight
Additional considerations for these items is advised!
Elixir of Iron item.
Elixir of Wrath item.
Example final build
Mercury's Treads item.
Jak'Sho, The Protean item.
Force of Nature item.
Unending Despair item.
Hollow Radiance item.
Thornmail item.