For many players, Zac is one of the best AP junglers in League of Legends.

And although he’s normally a tank champion, his abilities deal magic damage based on his own and his target’s maximum health.

Because of this and the fact that Zac has decent AP ratios, he also works well with a full set of AP items, especially the ones that grant health as well as ability power.

Zac doesn’t have the highest damaging numbers in LoL, though. Yes, he can clear the jungle camps and push minion waves pretty quickly.

But even if he gets gold/level advantages early on, he won’t be able to one-shot anybody.

That said, let’s talk about how you can improve Zac’s damage and if the full AP build for Zac is any good in season 13 of LoL.

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Is AP Zac Any Good?

Zac has good AP ratios

Playing full AP Zac can be good because it’s a lot of fun. It’s an interesting playstyle that allows you to deal tons of AoE magic damage.

However, AP Zac isn’t recommended for ranked since it makes you very squishy. Enemies will likely one-shot you and all anti-healing items directly counter you.

But despite everything, I still think that you should give AP Zac a try. Dealing high burst damage with every jump is very exciting, especially if you’re doing it for the first time.

And if you’re simply vibing on normal games with your friends, then totally go for full AP Zac build.

On the other hand, it’s not impossible to win as AP Zac in ranked. It’s just significantly harder since you don’t have a lot of health, you can’t solo neutral objectives early on, and you’re a melee champion after all.

In any case, here’s what you need to know if you want to play Zac AP in LoL.

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The Best AP Zac Build


AP Zac runes
  • Electrocute – increases your burst window after you land with your E.
  • Sudden Impact – grants you magic penetration whenever you use your E.
  • Eyeball Collection – gives you more AP early on.
  • Relentless Hunter – significantly increases your out-of-combat movement speed which is excellent for ganking.
  • Second Wind – allows you to regenerate a bit of health after an enemy champion hits you (great against poking enemies).
  • Revitalize – increases your overall healing by 5% (or 10% if you’re below 40% HP).

For bonuses, it’s best to go for two ability power runes and one armor/magic resist rune.


AP Zac item build
  • Riftmaker – makes you deal heal more and deal bonus true damage. 
  • Demonic Embracegives your abilities a burn-over-time effect and synergizes with Riftmaker.
  • Zhonya’s Hourglass – allows you to stay out of combat for 2.5 seconds and gives you bonus armor.
  • Morellonomicon – reduces the healing of your enemies and makes you deadlier.
  • Rabadon’s Deathcap – greatly increases your AP and thus your overall damage.
  • Sorcerer’s Shoes – grants you a bit of magic penetration.

Different situations demand different items. Because of that, you can also build Hextech Rocketbelt, Night Harvester, Shadowflame, Spirit Visage, or any other similar item. 

If you have enough damage but you can’t survive for long. If you can’t deal too much damage to your enemies, go for an AP item.

Over time, you’ll know which items give you the best advantages when playing AP Zac.

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In Which Lane Should You Play AP Zac?

Zac dealing AP/magic damage

If you’re looking to try my full AP Zac build, I really recommend going for mid lane. 

Top is also fine, but be careful of champions such as Darius and Garen. They’ll likely engage on you 24/7, so you’ll have to either swap with your mid or play defensively.

Of course, Zac can’t deal more damage than Darius or Garen in lane, so there’s that.

Support AP Zac in the bot lane can also work, especially with ADCs such as Samira.

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Zac isn’t the most mysterious champion in League of Legends. Unlike some hybrid champions, he only benefits from AP and tank items. All of his damage is magic, so no physical item build can ever suit him.

On the contrary, the AP item build above is a great start if you want another playstyle for Zac.

I hope this post helped you understand more about Zac as a champion in League!

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Last Update: March 2, 2024