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General

  • Xayah is one of 22 champions without a single Ability power icon.png ability power ratio on any ability: Aatrox AatroxAkshan AkshanCamille CamilleDarius DariusDr. Mundo Dr. MundoDraven DravenGaren GarenKalista KalistaKayn KaynKindred KindredKled KledOlaf OlafPyke PykeRiven RivenSamira SamiraSett SettTalon TalonUrgot UrgotVayne VayneXayah XayahYone Yone, and Zed Zed.
  • Her name Xayah ['zaɪ̯ʲə] resembles Oirat name Zaya < Tibetan < Sanskrit जय Jaya "victorious"[1] < PIE verbal root *gʷey- "to win, conquer"[2]
  • Xayah's and Rakan's Rakan's dual release is the first one since V1.0.0.72.
  • Xayah's and Rakan's loading screens always align themselves to the rightmost side before a game starts and when picked on the same team (to mirror their shared splash art).
  • Xayah's and Rakan's dual recall animation is divided into three sections, an intro, a middle section, and then an outro. The whole sequence would take 8 seconds if Xayah and Rakan recalled at the exact same time, while the intro and the outro are both (<2 seconds).
    The system will always play the intro, then it will always play the outro when there is 2 seconds left in the animation, regardless of how long the middle section has played for. This means that the characters will blend from whatever position they are in, to the first pose of the outro part of the sequence.[4]
  • Xayah does not lay eggs.[5]
  • Xayah is the sixth dark-theme Ionian champion, the others being Shen Shen, Varus Varus, Syndra Syndra, Zed Zed, Jhin Jhin, & Kayn Kayn.
  • Bladecaller's victim Bladecaller's victim is an acolyte of The Shadow Order The Shadow Order.
  • She has a base size of 35 which is considered small.
  • Xayah Xayah and Rakan are likely to always receive skins together.

Development

Lore

  • Her tribe's name, Lhotlan, was named after Lhotl, a Vastayashai’rei hero during the war against a race of titans from the sky.
  • Xayah was originally intended to be 23 in equivalence to human age, but due to being a young Vastaya, she is possibly a few hundreds years old.[20][21]
    • This can be explained that as one enters a vastayan forest, time—as we know it—becomes to be less reliable. This is the border to the spirit world, so time can go strangely—Days can become years; or months can become seconds in the world outside of the forest.[22]
  • Xayah's cloak is actually her wings disguised by Vastayan magic (to blend in with humans).
  • Xayah and Rakan are sometimes depicted together with combined wings. The one-winged Jian bird in Chinese mythology has a similar codependency, which represents the bond of two lovers.
  • Xayah does not lay eggs.[23]
  • Xayah is somewhat prejudiced to Yordle due to people confusing yordles for Vastaya and lumping them together as “magical creatures”, the yordles’ association with humans, and the magic of human ideals.[24]
  • Vlonqo, the town where Xayah and Rakan Rakan first met, is a town with a monastery and a Quinlon.[25]
    • Xayah views their relationship as starting after a tavern brawl. They had the sexy time there—it's very scenic. It's just a nice memory.
      • The Vastayan culture's relationship and marriage rituals are somewhat different than ours—in part because magic is literally a part of them and their landscape. Their culture is big on declarations. Symbolically when you declare something it becomes true—but with the magic the vastayan's use—those sort of declarations also form a weak charm. Reinvoking it maintains its status and makes others aware. From an American perspective Xayah and Rakan Rakan are not married or even engaged, and would self-describe as "a couple."—But for a Vastaya declaring someone your boyfriend/girlfriend is a much bigger deal than for Americans. It means you are allowing your magics to entwine.[26]
    • Quinlons are the magical filters and damns scattered around Ionia that attempt to contain the amount of magic released into the region, or limit it to positive and helpful magic, which in turn affect the Vastayan livelihood due to their dependence on magic.[27]
      • In Wild Magic, Xayah and Rakan Rakan destroyed one of the Quinlons that Zed Zed and his Shadow Order use to create their Ichor which is used to channel Shadow magic.

Quotes

Original Xayah Original Xayah
  •  
       "I can never resist an invitation to dance." is an answer to  
      Rakan OriginalCircle.png "Let's dance.".
  • Xayah and Rakan Rakan share unique interactions depending on the situation.
    • Both are the first champions to feature ping-related lines.
  • Xayah shares quotes with:
  •  
       "I love you!" - "I know." "I know." quotes The Empire Strikes Back.
  •  
       "I wanna travel the world with you you." and  
       "I want your your happiness to evaporate." quote wikipedia:Parks and Recreation ("I wanna travel the world with her", "I wanted his happiness to evaporate").
Star Guardian Xayah Star Guardian Xayah

Skins

Original Xayah Original Xayah
  • She references the harpy from Greek mythology, with corvine dark plumage.
  • She wears a shoulder pad made from a Raptor's Raptor's skull and adorned with a couple of Rakan's Rakan's feathers feathers (he wears an identical one adorned with a couple of hers hers).
  • She shares her splash art with Rakan Rakan.
    • They are the first champions to share their Classic splash art, the other two being Kayle Kayle and Morgana Morgana.
Cosmic Dusk Xayah Cosmic Dusk Xayah
Sweetheart Xayah Sweetheart Xayah
SSG Xayah SSG Xayah
Star Guardian Xayah Star Guardian Xayah
Chromaskins.png Chromas: Aquamarine, Ruby, Turquoise
  • Her original non-corrupted form can briefly be seen when using Featherstorm Featherstorm and when recalling.
    • Her fully corrupted form can briefly be seen when using Deadly Plumage Deadly Plumage and when recalling without Rakan Rakan.
  • Saki profileicon.png Saki, Xayah's familiar spirit, acts as her Bladecaller Bladecaller and Featherstorm Featherstorm.
Elderwood Xayah Elderwood Xayah
Chromaskins.png Chromas: Catseye, Emberwood, Emerald, Pearl, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Sapphire, Tanzanite

Relations

  • Xayah is a Lhotlan Vastayan who travels Ionia on a crusade to ensure her people's survival and independence. After meeting and getting in a relationship with Rakan Rakan, both travel Ionia to preserve Ionia's natural magic from being controlled by humans.
    • They are still not married, since she wants to hear him proposing to her everyday.
  • Xayah and Rakan Rakan fought Zed Zed and his Order of the Shadow to prevent them from harvesting a magical grove (sabotaging the Kashuri Armories, the creators of Jhin's Jhin's Whisper Whisper and other firearms by using Ionia's abundant magic reserves, might be next).

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