Tank Zyra Build

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

Updated: 2024-05-19 ()
ARAM Build Guide for champion Zyra and build Tank.
Tank Zyra ARAM build with Jak'Sho. Get tanky and adapt to enemy team!
Zyra ARAM modifiers
DMG done -10%
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
Zyra ability Grasping Roots should be leveled first.
E
Zyra ability Rampant Growth should be leveled second.
W
Zyra ability Deadly Spines should be leveled third.
Q
Final items
Mercury's Treads should be final item in your build.
Jak'Sho, The Protean should be final item in your build.
Thornmail should be final item in your build.
Force of Nature should be final item in your build.
Warmog's Armor should be final item in your build.
Unending Despair should be final item in your build.
Quick Runes
Major rune Aftershock from Resolve tree.
Minor rune Precision.
Summoner spells
Pick Mark as your Summoner Spell.
Pick Flash as your Summoner Spell.

Tank Zyra 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. You will be more tanky later on, so play more carefully in the early game.
  3. Triumph is better overall (heal + gold), but if you want to have easier time with your mana, go Presence of the Mind.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. Be careful to not waste Aftershock. Try timing it and keeping it for going in.
  7. Your primary role as Tank Zyra is being front for your team, getting attention of the enemy team, soaking damage, catching and CCing enemies!
  8. You will be very squishy early game, more tanky later on.
  9. If you want to go in with this build, consider switching Ghost for Mark summoner to get really good engage combo (hit Mark, go in, then R followed up by E).
  10. You have excellent engage - hit Mark, go in, then R followed up by E.
  11. Do not be shy and do not wait for 'special moment'. You have great engaging and catching tools - E and R!

Tips and Tricks

General
  1. Instead of placing plants (W) first, then triggering them with your Q or E, you can do it other way around. Cast Q or E first, then place plant in that area. Enemies will have no time to react!
Riot
  1. Placing a seed in your spell's path after you have cast it gives you the best chance of having a seed in the proper spot.
  2. Seeds grant vision to your team.
  3. Zyra is a great ambusher - look for opportunities to set a trap of seeds in brush, then lure enemies in.

Skill Order

  • Zyra [object Object] ability.
    Q
    Deadly Spines
  • Zyra [object Object] ability.
    W
    Rampant Growth
  • Zyra [object Object] ability.
    E
    Grasping Roots
  • Zyra [object Object] ability.
    R
    Stranglethorns

Items

Starting items
Guardian's Horn item.
Ruby Crystal item.
Boots
Plated Steelcaps item.
Mercury's Treads item.
Ionian Boots of Lucidity item.
Good tank items
Jak'Sho, The Protean item.
Rylai's Crystal Scepter item.
Warmog's Armor item.
Good MR items
Force of Nature item.
Spirit Visage item.
Kaenic Rookern item.
Good Armor items
Iceborn Gauntlet item.
Frozen Heart item.
Thornmail item.
Dead Man's Plate item.
Randuin's Omen item.
Situational items
Zeke's Convergence item.
Knight's Vow item.
Trailblazer item.
Situational DMG items
Additional considerations for these items is advised!
Overlord's Bloodmail item.
Titanic Hydra item.
Zhonya's Hourglass item.
Wit's End 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.
Jak'Sho, The Protean item.
Thornmail item.
Force of Nature item.
Warmog's Armor item.
Unending Despair item.