Zed

The Master Of Shadows

Zed INFO

  • Zed was released on 13 November 2012 and can be purchased from the Riot Store for 6300 IP or 975 RP.
  • Zed is the 1st champion whose death animation shows him escaping (via a shadow portal), rather than actually dying. Whether he actually manages to cheat death remains open to debate. His Shockblade skin has a different animation. Instead of crawling into a shadow portal, a bolt of lightning strikes him and he disappears.
  • His Shockblade skin has a different animation. Instead of crawling into a shadow portal, a bolt of lightning strikes him and he disappears.
  • Zed is the 5th champion to utilize energy as a resource.
  • Zed is one of the 11 champions who do not have a single skill that scales off ability power, along with Darius, Draven, Garen, Kalista, Kindred, Illaoi, Olaf, Riven, Talon, and Vayne.
  • Zed switches his running animation into Airplane Arms, seen here when moving at a high movement speed (such as using Ghost). The Airplane Arms animation is also activated when Zed is affected by an ally's Captain-enchanted boots, suggesting that any temporary speed buff will change his running animation.
  • The Airplane Arms animation is also activated when Zed is affected by an ally's Captain-enchanted boots, suggesting that any temporary speed buff will change his running animation.
  • Zed is the third dark-themed Ionian Champion along with Syndra and Varus.
  • Zed's abilities have elements that mirror those of the Kinkou's. Zed's Razor Shuriken mirrors Kennen's Thundering Shuriken, his Living Shadow mirrors Shen's Shadow Dash and his Shadow Slash mirrors Akali's Crescent Slash. Zed's ultimate Death Mark also "marks" a target, which deals additional effects upon detonation. This is similar to Shen's Vorpal Blades, Kennen's Mark of the Storm and Akali's Mark of the Assassin.
  • Zed's dance is inspired by various martial arts. The animator that formed the idea is a black belt .
  • A little bit before Harrowing 2014 Zed was one of the few champs to have his splash art changed along with the black smoke. This was a teaser for Kalista. His champion page on the official League of Legend's website still has the edited splash but the black smoke has since been removed. The splash can be viewed here. As for his champion page that can also be viewed here. The other champions to receive the black smoke alongside Zed were Xerath, Hecarim, Cassiopeia, Lissandra, Twisted Fate, and LeBlanc.
  • The other champions to receive the black smoke alongside Zed were Xerath, Hecarim, Cassiopeia, Lissandra, Twisted Fate, and LeBlanc.
  • Zed's name might come from the Hebrew word "זֵד", which means Scoundrel, Villain in English.
  • On the 26th of December 2015, a teaser was released on Zed's main League site page which consists of a short video (which starts with a gunshot and displays a picture of Zed with what appears to be flowers exploding out of his neck) and an updated animated champion icon (different appearance from his current splash art). The teasers were done for an upcoming champion release the champion now being known as Jhin. Garen, Sona, and Vi all shared a similar type of teaser like the one Zed had. These were all for the reveal of Jhin.
  • Garen, Sona, and Vi all shared a similar type of teaser like the one Zed had. These were all for the reveal of Jhin.

Zed Skins

Zed Pros

  • Great duelist.
  • High mobility.
  • Huge burst damage.
  • Great split pusher.
  • Energy user.

Zed Cons

  • High skill cap.
  • Utilizing shadows correctly can take practice.
  • No hard CC.

Zed Counter Tips

  • Quicksilver Sash will take off Zed's ultimate immediately.
  • If a Zed uses his Living Shadow aggressively, he is very vulnerable. Try to coordinate a gank using his cooldowns.
  • Build a Zhonya's as soon as you can if you are being overwhelmed, as this can stop most of Zed's burst damage.
  • Zed deals mostly Physical Damage, so buying armor is very effective against him.

Zed DEV INFO

  • Zed was designed by Samizul with an assist from RiotZiegler near the end. CertainlyT helped out with some bug fixes and some design pitches for Zed but overall was not responsible for creating him.
  • Zed's ultimate was changed before release to create only one shadow. Forum post by Scarizard, it originally created two shadows and is still animated for two.

Zed IS STRONG AGAINST

KassadinLuxTeemoVeigarDariusOriannaKatarina

Zed IS WEAK AGAINST

KayleKayleWukongIreliaLissandraJaxSinged

Zed IS GOOD WITH

TalonShenNasusVladimirViAatroxKayle

Zed IS EVEN WITH

AhriYasuoFizzLeBlancBrandJayceRiven

ZED STORY

Zed is the first ninja in 200 years to unlock the ancient, forbidden ways. He defied his clan and master, casting off the balance and discipline that had shackled him all his life. Zed now offers power to those who embrace knowledge of the shadows, and slays those who cling to ignorance.

An orphan, Zed was taken in and trained by a great ninja master. Only one other student appeared to be Zed’s equal – the master’s son, Shen. It seemed Zed could never win the favor of the master, as every match between the rivals ended in a draw. Frustrated and jealous, he sought an advantage. The young ninja ventured into a sealed part of the clan’s temple, where he found an ornate, foreboding box. Sensing the dark knowledge within, Zed knew he should not open it, but he peered inside nonetheless. In an instant, shadows touched his mind, revealing techniques that had long been hidden. Now armed with a secret edge, he challenged Shen, and this time he defeated the master’s son. He expected praise and recognition in his moment of victory, but somehow the master knew Zed had used forbidden ways, and banished him.

Humiliated, the young ninja wandered for years. His bitterness turned to ambition, and he began to train others in the style of the shadows. As his power grew, so did his circle of followers, but he knew that without the box, his technique would never be perfect. One day, Zed looked at his followers and saw that his students were now an army. He led them back to the temple to claim his prize. At the gates, he was surprised to find the old master waiting, receiving Zed and his disciples as if they were welcome guests. The old man laid his sword at Zed’s feet, declaring that he had failed Zed as his master. By banishing his former student, the master had doomed Zed to the shadows, instead of leading him to the balanced path. The old man implored Zed to enter the temple, destroy the box, and lead his followers to balance. The dark ninja followed the master inside. Moments later, the assembled ninjas heard Zed cry out in pain. Mysteriously, he emerged unscathed, and threw the severed head of the master at Shen’s feet. Screaming in rage, Zed commanded his followers to slaughter the master’s students and seize the box.

That day, the old ninja order fell. Though many students died, some escaped thanks to Shen’s heroic efforts. Now the temple is a dark training ground for the Order of the Shadow. Zed rules as the Order’s master, and his edict is simple: perfect one’s technique, and kill all ninjas who refuse to embrace the shadows.

“Balance is a lie – we are the true ninjas.”

— Zed

Zed Abilities

Contempt for the Weak

Zed's basic attacks against targets below 50% Health deal 6-10% of the target's maximum Health as bonus Magic Damage. This effect can only occur once every 10 seconds on the same target.

Razor Shuriken

Zed and his shadow both throw their spinning blades forward, dealing damage to any targets they pass through.

Living Shadow

Zed's shadow dashes forward, remaining in place for 4 seconds, and mimicking his spell casts. Zed can reactivate to swap places with the shadow. Zed's Attack Damage is passively increased.

Shadow Slash

Zed and his shadow spin their blades, creating a burst of shadow energy. The shadow's spin slows.

Death Mark

Zed leaves a shadow behind and dashes to target Champion, marking them for death. After 3 seconds, the mark will trigger, dealing a percentage of the damage Zed has dealt while the mark was active.