Zilong is the celebrated undercard of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. His story accounts that he lost his parents as a child when a violent wind struck their carriage. After the strange wind was gone, Zilong was left alone wandering in the wastelands helpless and exhausted.
A strange old man floated down in front of him and then took him to a mysterious place. It was revealed he was taken to the temple of the Dragon and that the old man is the Great Dragon himself. He was adopted as an apprentice and lived in the Dragon Altar for several years.
When it was time for him to choose a successor, he chose Zilong instead of Ling despite Ling’s victory in their competition. Everyone wondered why the Great Dragon made that decision when Ling was the best student and a better fighter.
After assuming leadership, Zilong demonstrated bravery, kindness, selflessness and a resilient heart. Despite being adopted by the Great Dragon, he posed as an ordinary man who always help the people of Cadia Riverlands during calamities. His actions and noble character made him earn the trust and recognition of everyone. He was later entrusted to handle the Great Dragon Spear to mightily protect the Dragon Altar and Cadia Riverlands.
Zilong is one of those heroes who can take the role of a fighter or an assassin. Players try to distance themselves from this hero because of his shocking combo of blink and spear flip. Speed and immunity are Zilong’s best assets. He can quickly shred squishy heroes to pieces once he gets fully upgraded and get all of his strong items. Like Layla, he used to be seen as weak and unreliable but this all changed after his Project NEXT upgrade.
This guide will be based on the best practices of the Global Top 1 Zilong player Inuyasha plays. We’ll cover the best build, spell and emblem that worked based on the fighting style of our top player.
Passive: Dragon Flurry
Dragon Flurry is triggered after three Basic Attacks. It deals 150% Basic Attack damage and has an HP restoration feature that is equivalent to 50% of Zilong’s Physical Attack. When using a Demon Hunter Sword, the effect will only work one time. Take note that this can activate Physical Lifesteal.
First Skill: Spear Flip
This allows Zilong to carry his enemy using his spear and then turn it over behind him. This skill deals 250 + 80% Total Physical Attack Damage.
While the enemy is airborne, it won’t be able to move, attack or use any skills.
Second Skill: Spear Strike
It enables Zilong to leap to the enemy then hit it with his spear. This deals 250 +60% Total Physical Attack Damage and lowers the Physical Defense of the enemy by 15 for 2 seconds.
When Zilong eliminates the enemy, the cooldown of this skill is immediately reset.
The dashing attack activates Spell Vamp instead of Physical Lifesteal.
Ultimate: Supreme Warrior
Zilong’s Attack Speed will increase to 45% while his Movement Speed will increase to 40%. He will become immune to slowing spells and if he already received a slow effect, it will be dispelled. Zilong will also become immune to damage effects.
The Dragon Flurry skill will have a shorter trigger of 2 Basic Attacks instead of 3.
Best Zilong Build
Rapid Boots. As a roaming hero who is heavy on assist and assassination, getting this boot is a priority. It provides double the speed compared to your typical boots so it is the best item that will help you respond faster and catch escaping enemies quicker.
Windtalker. This compliments the rapid boots and the Assassin Emblem’s added speed movement and crit. This will make you move faster than most while increasing your attack speed and damage through crit. It even has a passive that deals magic damage for up to 3 enemies which can also help speed up clearing a minion wave.
Late Game Items
Berserker’s Fury. Based on Inuyasha’s build, he picked two of these. We can clearly see that this entire build is heavy in critical damage. He could have picked Scarlet Phantom for additional speed and crit damage but since he has the Inspire spell already, he went for extra higher critical damage.
Malefic Roar. This is a common late item to make sure that heavily armored enemies will still be penetrated by the damage upgrade—especially during the late part of the game.
You should take note that none of the items above increases Zilong’s defense or HP. This Pro build makes Zilong very vulnerable so make sure that this is taken into consideration if you plan to follow this build.
Zilong Emblem Set
The Custom Assassin Emblem set is what Inuyasha used for Zilong and it seems to work well for him. Although Zilong can function as a Fighter as well, he went for the Assasin Emblem even if he’s not using the retribution spell.
His build has put emphasis on movement speed because on top of getting the rapid boots, he also maxed out the Agility feature of the emblem for extra speed. He also picked Killing Spree which also adds more movement speed and healing when the enemy is eliminated. It’s a good mix with the Second Skill which immediately refreshes once an enemy is killed.
After getting two Berserker’s Fury for large crit chance and damage, he made the same focus for this emblem. He maxed out the Fatal feature which will work well with his increased attack speed and passive.
Inspire. This spell will insanely speed up Zilong’s attack speed and even bypass the defense of his enemies. Considering the high Critical chance and damage he makes combined with his ultimate skill—squishy enemies will be gone in a flash.
Retribution. This is the next best option for Zilong because he can take the core player role. Securing the buffs, creeps, turtle and Lord is a must for this role. This farming-focused spell will help you level up quickly so you can back up your teammates better.
Arrival. Another good option for Zilong considering that he roams and assists a lot. Since Zilong is a strong pusher, this spell can be annoying to the enemy. Just one wrong move for them during a late-game clash and their base is gone.
Prioritize the Second Skill. While Skill 1 has greater damage and has the same cooldown as Skill 2 initially, Skill 2 will have greater damage and lower cooldown eventually as it levels up. It also reduces the target’s Physical Defense and most importantly, its cooldown resets when Zilong kills the target.
The feature where the cooldown resets for Zilong’s Second Skill didn’t exist before. This seemed to have been copied from Karina’s Skill but it’s certainly a great upgrade for Zilong and it definitely made him a better assassin.
Ultimate Urgency. Upgrade the ultimate as soon as it’s available. From the ultimate’s name itself “Supreme Warrior” this is Zilong’s version of Super Saiyan, Sage Mode, Fourth Gear, etc. This skill practically upgrades the speed of his attack, movement and even the cycle of his Dragon Flurry passive. It also takes away slow effects cast on him and then gives him immunity to those. This is ultimately pure speed in all aspects.
Tardy Spear Flip. Despite being the iconic move of Zilong, you can get late in upgrading this skill. Each upgrade will have a minimal addition to its damage and just a half-a-second reduction to its cooldown. It’s something that you won’t use very often as well especially if you’re only farming or clearing out the minion waves. You should take note though, that it can cancel channeling spells.
Skill 2 + Skill 1 + Skill 3 + Inspire
This is the most typical combo to chase an enemy with low HP. You can also use this to initiate a fight when the enemy is alone and you have a backup.
Skill 3 + Inspire + Skill 2 + Skill 1
This combo is perfect when you’re hiding in the bush for a surprise attack. This is also a good combo when facing an enemy one-on-one.
Skill 1 + Skill 3 + Inspire + Skill 2
The last combo is best used when an enemy becomes too complacent to get near the tower. Hook the target inside the tower’s range then unleash your rage through Skill 3 and Inspire. Since the enemy knows that there’s no chance of winning against you and the tower, the player will most likely blink or run away outside the tower’s range. This would be the best time to use Skill 2 to chase your weakened opponent.
Take note that Skill 2 reduces the enemy’s Physical Defense so most of the time it’s not recommended to use Skill 1 before using it since it won’t optimize your damage.
Spam your Skill 2. As mentioned previously, this skill refreshes when the target dies. The target is not limited to heroes only but it also covers creeps and minions as well. This means that you have a good chance to always get the gold when you last hit the minions and creeps. The best part of this feature is that you can continuously harvest low HP enemies during a clash.
Avoid initiating a team fight. Zilong is good at making sure that the low HP heroes don’t get away after a team clash but is too weak to start a clash. Despite having a debuff for slow effects, Zilong is not immune to stuns. His spear hook is very tempting to use to blink and then grab an enemy even when there’s a backup but this will most likely end up in death. Let the Tank or Fighter start the fight then wait for the mages to cast their spells before jumping into the fight.
Prioritize the marksman. Marksman heroes are known to be squishy but monstrous in dealing damage. If you’re anticipating a team fight, try to lurk from the side or from behind to capture the marksman first when the team clash starts. Leaving a fully upgraded marksman rampaging during a clash could lead to your team’s devastation.
Core & Pusher
Roam and assist. This is the reason why Inuyasha focused his Emblem and Items on movement speed. Since Zilong tends to be weak in one-on-one fights, he can easily make it up with his quick response and assistance. If you’re a core player, this is definitely a given.
The pushing edge. If you’re ranking up solo, you can’t expect the best teammates all the time. When most of your teammates are performing poorly, the best way for Zilong to turn the situation around is by making the most out of his pushing edge.
Pushing edge means that Zilong can push better than most heroes in Mobile Legends—especially when he’s using the Arrival spell. Since the build is heavy on attack and movement speed, Zilong can clear up the minion waves faster and destroy the towers quicker.
Tempting the enemies to gather and ambush you on one lane as you push is a good diversion in order to use Arrival to teleport to the opposite side and then continue pushing there. What’s scary about this spell is that you can teleport to the location of any minion ally to push. Imagine the enemy team making a slight mistake of leaving their base during the late part of the game when your minions are already near their last tower. Their base could be gone in a flash while they’re busy fighting in a clash.
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