Yu Zhong, The Black Dragon, is Mobile Legends: Bang Bang’s newest fighter hero, with three forms and a secondary resource that is powered by his passive.

His ultimate lets him transform into a large black dragon, giving him crowd control immunity and the ability to knock back enemies. How cool is that?

Yu Zhong is a complex hero, and it could take a while to fully understand his skills, and once you do, you’ll still need to properly manage Sha Essence in order to be truly effective, but here are some tips to get you started.

Passive – Cursing Touch

Yu Zhong applies Sha Residue to a target every time he deals damage to enemy heroes, and gathers Sha Essence in the process.

Sha Residue erupts reaching 5 stacks, consuming 1 stack every 0.25 seconds. Each stack deals 40 (+30% Extra Physical Attack) + 2% of the target’s HP lost as Physical Damage, restoring 8% of his HP lost and gathers 8 Sha Essence for Yu Zhong.

When Sha Essence is fully charged, Yu Zhong gains 40% Movement Speed and 20% Spell Vamp. During this period, Sha Essence can be restored by dealing damage to enemies.

  • Yu Zhong’s passive has two parts to it. As Yu Zhong hits enemies, he applies Sha Residue to them. Think of it as a passive stack.
  • Because Sha Residue rewards you at max stacks, it favors Yu Zhong in 1v1 situations.
  • As Sha Residue stacks, he simultaneously gains Sha Essence. Yu Zhong doesn’t use mana; instead, his passive allows him to store up Sha Essence. Think of it as an energy bar.
  • You can see how much Essence you’ve accumulated under Yu Zhong’s health bar. Hitting five stacks of Residue will fill up the Essence bar quickly.
  • As he accumulates Essence, the bar will be white in color. When it reaches maximum charge, it will turn purple and gradually decrease.

Dragon Tail

Yu Zhong infuses his power into his clock and turns it into a weapon, which starts to attack nearby enemies after a short delay. The inner area of the cloak deals 200 (+100% Extra Physical ATK) Physical Damage. The sharpened edge deals 250% damage and applies 2 stacks of Sha Residue.

40% of Spell Vamp is applied when this skill is used on minions.

  • Dragon Tail will trigger a spin animation, which causes a slight delay after you cast this ability. Be aware of its timing.
  • The outer circle of this AoE deals more damage, so you constantly want to adjust your positioning so that it hits enemy units on the edge.
  • Max this skill first. It has the lowest cooldown and highest damage.

Soul Grip

Yu Zhong unleashes the Dragon Soul, dealing 150 (+120% Extra Physical ATK) Physical Damage to all enemeis in front and slowing them by 60% by 1 second. Upon hitting a target, Yu Zhong’s next Basic Attack will be enhanced, dealing 108 (+100% Total Physical ATK) Physical Damage.

When Soul Grip hits multiple targets, Yu Zhong’s next basic attack applies Sha Residue, dealing up to 200% damage.

  • This is a skill shot, so remember to aim carefully at your targets!
  • The slow effect can be used when chasing down enemies to close the gap, or when running away.
  • Choosing the sequence of when to use Soul Grip and Furious Drive matters.

Furious Dive

Yu Zhong leaps towards the designated area with his full strength, dealing 180 (+90% Extra Physical ATK) Physical Damage. He is able to dash one more time in the movement direction.

After a short delay, enemies within the area of effect will be knocked airborne for 1 second and take 180 (90% Extra Physical ATK) additional Physical Damage.

  • The range of Furious Dive is not that long. It also has an animation cast time, which means that opponents can dodge when they see Yu Zhong leaping.
  • The knock up effect is also delayed, so if enemies are near the outer edge of Furious Dive, they can simply walk out of the circle. If you want to land the knock up, position such that you hit them in the center instead. Also use the slow from Soul Grip to help you land Furious Dive.
  • Because Dragon Tail has a delay, use it first followed by Furious Dive so that both their AoE damage triggers at the same time.
  • Enemies with dashes or blinks are more elusive, so utitlize Dragon Tail and Soul Grip in your combo first, then Dive after they use their mobility spell.

Black Dragon Form

After channeling for 0.6s, Yu Zhong transofrms into the Black Dargon form. For up to 7 seconds, he gains Control Immunity, ignores obstacles, and increases his Max HP by 600 (+200% Extra Physical ATK), dealing 200 (+80% Total Physical ATK) Physical Damage to enemy heroes on the path and knocking them back.

Upon exiting the Black Dragon form, Yu Zhong deals the same amount of damage to enemies nearby and enters Dragonoid Form for 10s with the help of the remaining influence of the Black Dragon. In Dragonoid Form, the range of all his skills increase.

  • Black Dragon is great for initiating or fleeing. In this form, Yu Zhong ignores obstacles, so what’s stopping you from diving the enemy’s back line? A chain initiation with your tank will provide a huge opening for your team to follow up on.
  • When all else fails and you get outnumbered, Black Dragon is also the best spell for escaping because you can’t get locked down.
  • Remember, in this form, you can still be targeted, so watch your HP.
  • In Dragonoid Form, finish off enemies by taking advantage of the increased range (and therefore AoE) of your spells.

Tips and tricks

Depending on your play style, Yu Zhong has a few options when it comes to Emblems and Battle Spells.

By taking Bravery, Invasion and Festival of Blood under Fighter Emblem, you’ll gain more attack damage and even more Spell Vamp, which enhances his passive.

Within Assassin Emblem, you can go a few ways. Agility will help you chase down enemies better while Invasion adds Physical Penetration. In the final tier, Bounty Hunter or Killing Spree both work well.

In terms of Battle Spells, Flicker helps you chase down enemies even harder, while Vengeance is great for diving the back line.

Screenshot by Amanda Tasn/ONE Esports

The default recommended equipment for Yu Zhong — Magic Shoes, Bloodlust Axe, Blade of Despair, Orcale, Queen’s Wings and Immortality — are pretty solid. Bloodlust Axe, which gives 20% Spell Vamp, is his core item.

Against heavy physical damage opponents, consider swapping out Orcale for a physical defense item, or another damage item like Endless Battle, which benefits Yu Zhong in every aspect (except the mana regen, of course).

When playing Yu Zhong, remember to keep track of his Sha Essence bar at all times. Spell Vamp is only triggered at full stacks when the bar turns purple — and will make or break a fight.

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