Khaleed, the Desert Scimitar, is Mobile Legends: Bang Bang newest fighter who commands the sands.

His most unique trait as a fighter is that his skills deal AoE damage. Combined with his passive and repositioning abilities with Desert Tornado, Khaleed can be very sticky.

Ultimate – Raging Sandstorm

Khaleed summons a sandstorm and rushes toward a designated place, gaining Control Immunity during the period, dealing 150 / 225 / 300 (+80% Extra Physical Attack) Physical Damage to enemies on the path and constantly knocks them back slightly.

Upon arriving at the destination, Khaleed shakes the ground, dealing 500 / 650 / 800 (+160% Total Physical Attack) Physical Damage to enemies within the area and stunning them for one second.

  • His ultimate is obvious, flashy and telegraphed with a decent range. This means that enemies do have time to react, especially those furthest away in the backline.
  • You’ll need to be a good judge of the range and timing of Raging Sandstorm’s animation wind up so that you can land the stun onto multiple enemies at the end of it.
  • It goes over walls, so casting Raging Sandstorm in the jungle will give you a better chance of catching out targets from multiple angles in tight spaces.
  • Raging Sandstorm is a great engage tool. Khaleed is all about the AoE, so combo his ultimate with Desert Tornado for maximum burst damage onto multiple enemies.
  • When there are tanks in your team with great engage spells, you can also look to work with them for a massive wombo combo that chains crowd control.
  • If you ever find yourself in a tight spot, Raging Sandstorm can also be used to escape.

Passive – Sand Walk

Khaleed accumulates Desert Power while moving. After Desert Power is fully charged, Khaleed will slide on sand, acquiring extra 25% Movement Speed and enhancing his next basic attack.

The enhanced basic attack allows Khaleed to dash to the target and raise a wave of surging sand, dealing (+160% Total Physical Attack) Physical Damage to the target and enemies behind them.

Khaleed’s enhanced Basic Attack Basic Attack will also leave a sand trail for two seconds, increasing his Movement Speed by 25% on the sand pool while his enemies are slowed by 25% when they step on it.

  • When Sand Walk is available, it will automatically cause Khaleed to dash towards your targeted hero or nearest enemy unit.
  • His passive’s enhanced basic attack damage, its dash, and slow trail is crucial to your entire combo, so always weave it in.
  • Aim well so that the sand wave trail hits multiple enemies. It is a great tool for opening an engage and slowing down multiple enemies due to its linear AoE slow. It also helps you gap close as it gives Khaleed extra movement speed.
  • When running away, the added movement speed helps Khaleed to disengage.

First skill – Desert Tornado

Khaleed whirls his scimitar, dealing 250 / 310 / 370 / 430 / 490 / 550 (+120% Total Physical Attack) Physical Damage to nearby enemies.

Upon hitting an enemy, Khaleed can leap one time in the movement direction and cast this skill again. He can cast a maximum of 3 times. Each time he casts this skill, the damage increases by 20%.

This skill deals 50% more damage to minions and creeps.

  • Desert Tornado deals damage in an AoE circle around Khaleed, similar to Yu Zhong’s first skill, Dragon Tail. It is Khaleed’s bread and butter.
  • It’s important to land Desert Tornado onto an enemy hero, or your entire combo will lose its effectiveness.
  • When an enemy is hit by Desert Tornado, you can reposition Khaleed after each cast. Your split second choice of where to reposition after each cast will make or break your combo. When you reposition, remember to weave an auto attack in between.
  • While you can choose not to reposition by not moving your movement wheel, you’ll definitely need to during fights.
  • Use Sand Walk and Desert Tornado in lane for faster wave clear.

Second skill – Quicksand Guard

Khaleed protects himself with the power of quicksand, restoring 60 / 75 / 90 / 105 / 120 / 135 + 5% / 6% / 7% / 8% / 9% / 10% of his Lost HP, reducing damage taken by 50% / 54% / 58% / 62% / 66% / 70% and gaining 10 Desert Power every 0.5 second.

While channeling, quicksand appears under his feet, slowing enemies who walk over it by 60%.

  • Quicksand Guard locks Khaleed in place, and enemy heroes can use crowd control to knock him out of it which stops the HP regeneration, so beware!
  • The timing on when (and where) to this skill separates great Khaleed players from good Khaleed players. Knowing how much damage you can absorb based on the amount of health regenerated is a decisive factor that could turn team fights around. Not to mention, the added Desert Power that can lead to another enhanced auto attack combo.
  • Due to the defensive nature of this skill, it is very situational and not always required in every combo.
  • Instead of recalling, you can use Quicksand Guard to regenerate HP in the laning phase.

Tips and tricks

We recommend using Fighter Emblem for Khaleed. Bravery gives him additional Physical Attack, while Invasion increases Physical Penetration.

In the last tier, Festival of Blood gels super well with his spell-based kit as it grants him Spell Vamp.

He can be played using the Assassin Emblem too, but it means having no Spell Vamp and less synergy with his core items.

Equipment wise, Magic Shoes with the extra CD reduction is beneficial to Khaleed’s playstyle, which relies heavily on chaining Desert Tornado. If you need to adapt a more defensive stance in-game, Warrior Boots will be helpful.

Bloodlust Axe is essential on Khaleed, as he benefits from all three stats: Physical Attack, CD reduction and Spell Vamp, which is amplified through Festival of Blood.

We would also recommend Queen’s Wings as he’s too squishy to run a full assassin/damage build. Immortality can also be added on for extra defenses.

Everything else in between depends on the player and circumstances in-game. Blade of Heptaseas, Raptor Machete and Blade of Despair are all valid options.

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