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Voiced by: Unknown (English), Blanca "Neri" Hualde (European Spanish), Angelica Villa (Latin American Spanish)
Claimed by the Void when she was only a child, KaiSa managed to survive through sheer tenacity and strength of will. Her experiences have made her a deadly hunter and, to some, the harbinger of a future they would rather not live to see. Having entered into an uneasy symbiosis with a living Void carapace, the time will soon come when she must decide whether to forgive those mortals who would call her a monster, and defeat the coming darkness together
or simply to forget, as the Void consumes the world that left her behind.
Kai'Sa is Marksman/Assassin hybrid champion who can specialize in each of the offensive stats in order to pick off isolated targets. Kai'Sa's passive, Second Skin is divided into two parts. The first part, Caustic Wounds, causes Kai'Sa's basic attacks to apply Plasma and deal magic damage based on her ability power and how many Plasma stacks the target has. When Kai'Sa attacks an enemy that has 4 stacks of Plasma, it explodes, dealing damage increasing with their missing health. Allies can also apply Plasma with their immobilizing effects. The second part, Living Weapon, causes Kai'Sa's abilities to gain bonus effects when she reaches certain thresholds of bonus stats. Her first basic ability Icathian Rain fires salvos of void missiles at nearby enemies, split between all targets in range, and each missile past the first that strikes a target deals reduced damage. At 100 bonus attack damage, Icathian Rain releases significantly more missiles. Her second ability, Void Seeker, has Kai'Sa fire a long-range burst of energy that stops on the first enemy hit, dealing damage, revealing them, and applying 2 stacks of Plasma. At 100 bonus ability power, Void Seeker deals more damage, applies 3 stacks of plasma, and refunds a portion of its cooldown when it impacts a champion. Upon activation, her third ability Supercharger has Kai'Sa charge power, briefly gaining a burst of movement speed but losing the ability to attack. After the charging period is complete, she gains attack speed. Basic attacks reduce the cooldown of Supercharger. At 100% bonus attack speed, Supercharger grants Kai'Sa complete invisibility during the charging period. Finally, her ultimate Killer Instinct allows her to instantly dash to any point in a radius around a target marked with Plasma in a large range, gaining a shield on arrival.
Kai'Sa's alternate skins include Bullet Angel Kai'Sa, K/DA Kai'Sa, Prestige K/DA Kai'Sa, and Invictus Gaming Kai'Sa.
- Absolute Cleavage: Without her mask on, Kai'Sa's symbiote suit gives her a pretty deep neckline, leaving her with this. When Riot got heat from some fans who find it to be out-of-place Fanservice, they explained that she showed less skin early in her development, but it consequently made her look in-game to playtesters more like a "Void creature or corrupted human" than the "normal person wearing a Void-suit" they were going for. The deeper V-neck seemed to fix this issue, so it stuck.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Unlike Kassadin, who barely appears human any more after his brush with the Void, Kai'Sa looks like an attractive young woman in a skintight biosuit. She doesn't even have the Voice of the Legion like Kassadin and Malzahar. Presumably this is because she is a human wearing a Void creature, while they are humans who have been partially transformed by the Void's power.
- Bio-Armor: Her bodysuit is a Void carapace, a living and sentient entity with which she has a strained relationship.
- Body-Count Competition: When in-game, she audibly keeps track of the amount of kills she secures, counting all the way up to 25 before she stops bothering.
- The Bus Came Back: Years ago, there was a Journal of Justice story about Malzahar attempting to sacrifice Kassadin's daughter but accidentally sending her to the Void instead when Kass interfered. This 'lost daughter' subplot was retconned into a little girl who fell into the Void along with many others when Malzahar opened a rift under her village.Kai'Sa: I forgive you, Malzahar. But I do not forget.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Kai'Sa's symbiotic void suit is the source of her powers.
- Confusion Fu: Her passive and abilities enable her to switch to different attack patterns throughout the game. As such, she can go for attack speed or just straight on damage. Add on her ability to warp to tagged targets in the chaos of a team fight, and her temporary invisibility with Super Charger, and you have a very annoying marksman in the hands of a guile player.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Seems to be this so far, considering that she uses Void power against other Void creatures.
- Determinator: Being isolated in the desert, and growing up surrounded by Void predators, Kai'Sa is still an idealistic protector of humanity.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: In "The Girl Who Came Back", Kai'Sa encounters and saves a little girl from the Void spawn. The girl is very thankful, but her fellow villagers see Kai'Sa as a monster and tell her to get lost.
- Expy: A symbiotic suit that grants its host superpowers, snacks on living food, and openly lets it be known it will eat its host if it isn't fed? Venom springs to mind.
- Fragile Speedster: Kai'Sa was conceptualized to be a "run and gun" marksman, and her Icathian Rain and Supercharger emphasize dealing damage while on the go. Of course, like with most marksmen, she has the durability of tissue paper, and her only major dash or sustain are built into the same ability, her ultimate.
- Game Face: She has a mask that her Void suit can put up before she flashes to different targets. Likewise, players can choose to toggle it on if they feel like it.
- Gatling Good: Bullet Angel Kai'Sa will hold two miniguns under her arms after using Supercharger, similar to tonfa.
- Glass Cannon: A given like most marksmen champions, but she's on par with Vayne in terms of utter severity of both ends. Her hybridized kit allows her to deal a staggering amount of fast physical, magic, and fixed percent-health-based DPS, but this comes at the cost of having the durability of tissue paper, with her only innate defense mechanisms being her brief mobility with Supercharger and potentially a shield from Killer Instinct, her ultimate, which also doubles as an engage.
- Gun Fu: Nowhere near the extent of Lucian in regards to gameplay, but it's hard to watch a supercharged Kai'Sa pull off a different (sometimes mid-air) pose after every shot and not think of this trope.
- Hartman Hips: Zigzagged, her Void symbiote is partially responsible for this trope.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Zig-zagged. Kai'Sa does have a helmet, but it's only activated by default on her dash. It can also be toggled on if the player wants.
- Heroic Host: She may be using a Void creature as her weapon, but Kai'Sa has no evil intent and uses it to fight other Void monsters.
- Hope Spot: Like other marksman with long range skill shots, Kai'Sa can tag someone who just got away with Void Seekers. If they survive that, she can flash step to them with Killer Instinct to finish them off personally.
- Horror Hunger: Kai'Sa's symbiote is able to gain nourishment through killing other Void-spawn, described as not being very pleasant for Kai'Sa herself, who is still capable of getting sustenance from normal food, including peaches. However, the symbiote doesn't like that, so Kai'Sa is continually forced to feed on its terms lest she be its next meal.
- Horrifying Hero: Because she's effectively the host of an Eldritch Abomination symbiote, most people fearfully react to her as a threat. She is disappointed by this, but she's ultimately still a well-meaning protector driven by the rare moments of humanity and kindness she can get.
- Hybrid Power: While there are plenty of champions who have the option of building attack damage and/or ability power and still remain effective, Kai'Sa's Living Weapon passive effectively requires her to build attack damage, ability power, and attack speed in order to gain its ability bonuses. As a result, however, this can potentially allow her to deal some frightening DPS that can shred through even tanky champions should she be given the opportunity to land it.
- Long-Lost Relative: She's possibly Kassadin's long-thought-to-be-deceased daughter. While several hints point to it being the case (she was present during Malzahar's Void-rifting disaster which led Kassadin to have been separated from his wife and daughter), the lore never officially connects the two, and a familial relationship has been framed by Rioters as "a commonly-held player theory."
- Macross Missile Massacre: Icathian Rain, especially when empowered by her passive.
- Magikarp Power: As per usual with most marksmen, and especially for a hyper-carry, Kai'Sa has a pretty weak laning phase, but can become an absolute monster once she gets her items and levels, and thanks to her passive, her power spikes are exceptionally noticeable and deadly.
- Nice Girl: Denounced by humanity, Kai'Sa nonetheless acts as the silent protector against Void predators. She shows this by protecting another stranded human against the Void creatures despite the same guy being an Ungrateful Bastard.
- Power Palms: When not using energy gauntlets or the aforementioned Gatling tonfa from Supercharger, Kai'Sa fires her basic attacks from the palms of her hands.
- Pūnct'uatìon Sh'akër: Like all the Void monsters (but not Kassadin or Malzahar), Kai'Sa has a name in two parts. She changed it herself (from the original Kaisa), to show her kinship with the Void.
- The Stoic: Spending many years alone in the Void-infested Shuriman catacombs away from humanity has done an emotional toll on her, and as ultimately determined and hopeful as she is, she isn't exactly on the emotive side.
- Symbiotic Possession: Just to be clear, Kai'Sa and her Void symbiote are not friends. They're forced to work together in order to survive, and it's stated that if Kai'Sa can't obtain more food for her second skin, the Void symbiote would devour her instead. Right now however, the symbiote provides Kai'Sa her powers to survive, while her determination and knowledge give them the edge they need to actually take down larger Void monsters.
- Trademark Favorite Food: She has a fondness for fruit, specifically peaches."I've seen things you people wouldn't believe... attack ships on fire on the shoulders of a... Are those peaches?"
- Video Game Dashing: Averted with her Supercharger, as while it's meant to be used as one, similarly to Lucian or Vayne's dashes, Kai'Sa simply sprints and gains bonus movement speed. Played straight with Killer Instinct, although it's so fast that it borders on Flash Step.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: Kai'Sa speaks with a very slight accent that's been ambiguous enough to confuse a few viewers. She was lightly hinted at by a Rioter to be speaking a South African accent, but many fans have interpreted it to sound closer to an Australian or Kiwi accent.
Voiced by: Misty Lee (English), Rosa Sánchez (European Spanish), Laura Torres (Mexican Spanish), Sayaka Ohara (Japanese)
A specter of wrath and retribution, Kalista is the undying spirit of vengeance, an armored nightmare summoned from the Shadow Isles to hunt deceivers and traitors. The betrayed may cry out in blood to be avenged, but Kalista only answers those willing to pay with their very souls. Those who become the focus of Kalistas wrath should make their final peace, for any pact sealed with this grim hunter can only end with the cold, piercing fire of her soul-spears.
Kalista is a Marksman champion notable for her high mobility and her need to cooperate with an ally to unleash powerful sustained damage. Her passive, Martial Poise allows Kalista to dash a short distance in a chosen direction while performing basic attacks or Pierce, granting her extreme in-combat mobility. With her first ability, Pierce, Kalista hurls a spirit lance in a target direction, damaging and applying a stack of Rend to the first enemy it hits. If the spear kills its target it will continue flying, damaging and applying all stacks of Rend the original target had to the next enemy hit. Her second ability, Sentinel, passively stores charges over time, up to a maximum of two. When activated, Kalista spends a charge to summon a ghost that patrols back and forth in line for a long duration, revealing the area directly in front of it. If it spots an enemy champion, the ghost will scream and start following them for its remaining duration. Her third ability, Rend, passively causes Kalista's basic attacks and Pierce to leave lodged spears on enemies they damage, which stack indefinitely but will rapidly vanish if she doesn't keep attacking. When activated, Kalista rips the spears from all nearby enemies, damaging and slowing them. The damage is increased the more spears each target had, and killing a target with it resets the ability's cooldown and mana cost.
To reach her full potential, Kalista must forge a bond and cooperate with an allied champion. She begins the game with an unique item, The Black Spear, that she can consume to bind a chosen ally's spirit to her, permanently turning them into her Oathsworn for the remainder of the game, granting Kalista bonus attack speed as long as her Oathsworn is nearby. Sentinel passively makes it so that, if both Kalista and her Oathsworn land a basic attack on the same enemy within a few seconds, that target will take a large percentage of their maximum health as bonus damage; this effect can only happen once every few seconds on the same target. With her ultimate ability, Fate's Call, Kalista calls her Oathsworn back to her side, making them untargetable and unable to cast spells for a few seconds. During this time, the Oathsworn ally can choose to dash in a target direction, stopping at the first enemy champion hit and knocking up all nearby enemies.
Kalista's alternate skins include Blood Moon Kalista, Championship Kalista and SKT T1 Kalista.
- Amazonian Beauty: Subverted. While she is more toned then most female champions. Kalista is also very slim, making her look rather gaunt.
- Anti-Hero: Unlike most native champions of the Shadow Isles, Kalista's only motivation is revenge. Though encouraging people to give in to hate and claim their souls for it isn't going to win her the hero award.
- Asshole Victim: Not herself, but her quarry. If she's coming after someone, there's a pretty good reason why.
- Big Damn Anti-Heroine: Let's pretend that you're Kalista's black spear "partner". You're very low on health and an enemy champion is about to kill you. Then, out of nowhere, Kalista pops her ult and carries you to the nearest turret or just out of sight of the enemy's map where you can teleport back to base in safety.
- Blade on a Stick: Javelins or throwing spears, to be precise.
- Cool Mask: Wears a Hannya-like mask in her Blood Moon skin. In her recall animation she pulls it off, revealing her skin to be purple underneath rather than the blue on her classic skin.
- Confusion Fu: Kalista's constant leaping makes her unpredictable in fights, and good reactions allow her to dodge many abilities. Fate's Call also removes an ally from the fight immediately, leaving behind a ghostly afterimage that enemies may nevertheless send spells at.
- Dark Is Not Evil: She is one of the few Shadow Isles champions whose goals aren't about trying to slay every living being, draining their lifeforce to empower themselves, or creating an undead hordenote . Instead, her sole motivation of her existence is a seeker of revenge. In fact, most of the deceivers and betrayers she has shown disgust and hatred to are actually very evil people at heart (such as Twisted Fate note , LeBlanc, Cassiopeia, Zed, Lissandra, and Xerathnote ) and shown sympathy to those who had been wronged or betrayed (as her quote interaction with Graves indicates). She even shows hatred towards another Shadow Isle champion, Hecarim. note
- Deal with the Devil: She'll hunt down those who betrayed you. Her price is your soul. In-game, Kalista's Oathsworn teammate does gain a fair bit of power, dealing extra damage if they attack in unison and allowing themselves to be quickly repositioned via Fate's Call.
- Difficult, but Awesome: Her constant movement is a sight to behold, but the very core of her kit is reliant on maneuvers that are considered among the most difficult in the game.
- Does Not Like Shoes: She does not wear anything on her feet and fights jumping around fully barefoot.
- Fragile Speedster: As long as she has something to autoattack, Kalista holds the title for the most maneuverable marksman in the game. Like all marksman though, once something catches up she's toast.
- Ghost Amnesia: Implied from some of her quotes, as her memories of humanity clash with her current existence.
- Hit-and-Run Tactics: Kalista's passive is based on the concept of orb-walking, moving and attacking around a target and never staying in the same place for more than a second. She can attack and reposition herself in the same motion, or give ungodly amounts of chase.
- I Am Legion: The champion Kalista is made of multiple entities; the original human Kalista, and the numerous souls bound to her service. As such, she refers to herself as "we".
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: She has three ghostly-looking spears coming out of her back, and her Black Spear is initially sticking out of her chest; upon offering a pact with an ally, she pulls it out.
- Her ability Rend has this as a mechanic. As long as she keeps attacking, spears will keep getting lodged in enemies.
- It's also how she died, courtesy of Hecarim.
- Irony: She is fueled by an all-consuming desire of revenge originated by her own feelings at the time of her death mixed with a major case of Ghost Amnesia, she knows that she has a revenge to fulfill but doesn't know against whom. That would be Hecarim, by the way. Losing more and more of herself whit every soul assimilated, meaning that Kalista is damned to consummate the revenge of anyone but herself.
- Mechanically Unusual Fighter: She can't cancel autoattacks (something you don't quite appreciate until you lose), can miss attacks if she loses vision, and has a lot of her abilities' power tied to an ally, making her possibly the strangest marksman in the game.
- Mind Hive: Kalista is an amalgamation of the original human Kalista's soul, and every soul she has collected as payment. Every soul added to the amalgamation removes yet more of the former Kalista's personality as it makes up less and less of the amalgamation.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Her MO.
- The Power of Hate: She really hates all betrayers and deceivers to the bottom of her heart. In fact, she is willing to help those who have been betrayed or wronged at the cost of their own souls. She even encourages those who have been betrayed to give into their hatred as well.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: In her cinematic, after a betrayed and dying man offers his soul in exchange for vengeance.Kalista: Pledge accepted.
- Required Secondary Powers: Using Kalista requires good actions-per-minute and ping and also pretty much demand that you queue with a partner in pubs, as she depends very heavily on having a support that knows what they're doing (which is a total crapshoot in pubs).
- Revenge: What is her title again?
- Voice of the Legion: Due to her Mind Hive.
- With My Dying Breath I Summon You: Her teaser, titled The Pledge, depicts her being summoned in this manner.
- Your Soul Is Mine: The price for her services.
Voiced by: Rashida Clendening (English/Current), Danielle McRae (English/Pre-VGU), Kerygma Flores (Mexican Spanish), Victoria Angulo (European Spanish)
No mortal exemplifies the spiritual traditions of Ionia more than Karma. She is the living embodiment of an ancient soul reincarnated countless times, carrying all her accumulated memories into each new life, and blessed with power that few can comprehend. She has done her best to guide her people in recent times of crisis, though she knows that peace and harmony may come only at a considerable costboth to her, and to the land she holds most dear.
Karma is a Burst Mage champion who uses a unique mechanic of empowering her abilities to assist her team and hinder enemies. Her ultimate ability, Mantra, gets a free rank at the start of the game, and allows Karma to greatly enhance the effect of the next ability she uses. Her passive, Gathering Fire, reduces the cooldown of Mantra whenever she damages an enemy champion with her attacks or abilities. Her first ability, Inner Flame, fires a blast of energy in a target direction that explodes upon hitting an enemy, damaging and slowing all nearby foes. When enhanced by Mantra, Inner Flame becomes Soul Flare, dealing bonus damage and leaving behind a slowing circle of flame in the ground that explodes after a brief delay, damaging all enemies inside it. Her second ability, Focused Resolve, creates a tether between Karma and a nearby enemy champion that damages them over time and briefly roots them in place if they don't break the leash. When enhanced by Mantra, Focused Resolve becomes Renewal, healing Karma for a percentage of her missing health and increasing the duration of the root effect. Her third ability, Inspire, protects an ally with a damage-absorbing shield that also grants them a movement speed bonus. When enhanced by Mantra, Inspire becomes Defiance, increasing the shield received by the target and also granting a smaller shield and the movement speed bonus to all allied champions around the shielded target.
Karma's alternate skins include Sun Goddess Karma, Sakura Karma, Traditional Karma, Order of the Lotus Karma, Warden Karma, Winter Wonder Karma, Conqueror Karma, and Dark Star Karma.
- Actual Pacifist: Her lifestyle before the Noxian invasion upon Ionia.
- Ambiguously Brown: Karma has much darker skin than the average Ionian champion.
- Big Damn Heroes: Saves Irelia's butt in the "Awaken" cinematic, right as Sion tries burying his ax in it.
- Combat Medic: Karma's abilities revolve around damaging and hindering enemies while also shielding and quickening allies. An empowered Inspire exemplifies this aspect of her, shielding and speeding up all allies around the initial shielded target while simultaneously damaging enemies around the initial target.
- Combos: Empowered Inner Flame leaves behind a circle that detonates after 1.5 seconds - despite the slow empowered Inner Flame inflicts, the small size of it still easily allows a player hit to walk out of the explosion circle... good thing Focused Resolve snares an enemy target still after two seconds, know what we're saying? We're saying to use the snare to stop people from running out of the circle.
- Crutch Character: While still a strong champion in late game, Karma's power is based on the fact that she starts with Mantra at level 1 instead of getting a true ultimate ability at level 6. While her mantra-enhanced abilities aren't as powerful as a real ultimate, they're far stronger than any other champions' equivalent abilities at that level- a single Soulflare (mantra-enhanced Inner Flame) for example can seriously chunk an opponent down in only a few hits.
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: Her Gathering Fire passive reduces the cooldown of Mantra by 2 seconds every time she damages enemies with an ability and 1 second every time she damages enemies with autoattacks. Since having Mantra available often is essential to making the most of Karma's abilities, this encourages a playstyle of constantly harassing the enemy.
- Determinator: In her own words...
- Double Meaning: Her joke, revolving around the fact that she's got both a speed up and a snare:
- Dragons Up the Yin Yang: Karma wears a symbol of two green limbless dragons facing each others' tail on her back, clearly resembling the silhouette of a yin-yang. This is best seen in the ability icons for her Gathering Fire passive and her Mantra ultimate.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Classic Skin at least.
- Gratuitous Foreign Language: She has a four-syllable verbal response to casting Mantra, though it's deliberately kept vague by the production team whether she's speaking an actual language or if it's a four-syllable mantra chant. In-universe, it's a special dialect of Ionian.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Defied by one of her lines. She hopes to instill reason into the resistance fighters that hate Noxus and want to strike back to avenge everything and everyone that they lost.
- I Can Still Fight!: An empowered Focused Resolve (W) in tandem with her shield can give her deceptive durability at low health.
- In Name Only: Karma was the first champion to be "relaunched", which basically means removed from the game and replaced with a new champion with the same name. Prior to this, Evelynn had previously had a massive kit overhaul, but that change was restricted only to her gameplay. Karma's general theme is still the same, but her model, voice and lore have been rewritten and her kit is almost completely different.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Her gameplay is designed to be pretty much this. She doesn't deal as much burst or sustained damage as a pure mage, neither does she offer as many supportive skills as a pure support, but she offers a mix of both, and thus can be either an aggressive support or a high-utility mage, if played right. If played wrong, though....
- La Résistance: Joined forces with Ionia's version of this to drive the Noxian forces back.
- Martial Pacifist: What Karma does now, as part of her Take a Third Option elaborated on below.
- Mayincatec: The theme behind Sun Goddess Karma.
- Mechanically Unusual Class: Karma's Mantra is all about bolstering her next regular ability she casts and her passive reduces Mantra's cooldown each time she attacks an enemy or casts a spell. While empowering normal abilities as a core gameplay mechanic isn't unheard of (see Heimerdinger's UPGRADE!!!), she stands out as having no true ultimate since Mantra is already unlocked at level 1, though it can be leveled up when an ultimate ability would normally.
- Squishy Wizard: Averted. While she'll go down under concentrated fire, expect her to put up a stronger fight than most other caster-support types through her abilities both keeping her alive and fending off enemies to buy time. This is evidenced by her official ratings ranking her defensive power almost as high as her ability power.
- She can even be built as a tank, using kiting, shielding, and self-healing to absorb large amounts of damage while impeding the enemy team.
- Suicidal Pacifism: Averted. Her people were willing to be this trope rather than fight back against the Noxians that were wiping them out. She herself had other ideas as to how to be a pacifist that also would let her save her people.
- Take a Third Option: She hopes to find a balance between the spiritual traditionalists and the war-hardened resistance fighters to build a stronger Ionia that can live in peace.
- Traumatic Superpower Awakening: She always had the gift of powerful spiritual energy, but she kept it in reserve since her culture abhorred violence. When faced with an enemy intent on wiping the Ionians out, Karma desperately channeled her energy into a mighty dragon-shaped fire to fight back, unlocking her potential for using it offensively as well.
- Warrior Monk: A former pacifist spiritual leader who was forced to use her powers to fight the Noxians off. Gameplay-wise she's more of a caster than a physical monk, though her abilities reflect her dual nature of offense and defense.
Voiced by: Unknown (English/Current), Adam Harrington (English/Pre-VGU), José Ángel Fuentes (European Spanish), Manuel Campuzano (Mexican Spanish/Current), Germán Fabregat (Mexican Spanish/Pre-VGU)
The harbinger of oblivion, Karthus is an undying spirit whose haunting songs are a prelude to the horror of his nightmarish appearance. The living fear the eternity of undeath, but Karthus sees only beauty and purity in its embrace, a perfect union of life and death. When Karthus emerges from the Shadow Isles, it is to bring the joy of death to mortals, an apostle of the unliving.
Karthus is a Battle Mage champion that deals powerful sustained damage and cheats death in order to finish off his enemies. His passive, Death Defied, turns Karthus into an immobile and invincible spirit for a few seconds upon death, allowing him to keep casting his spells at no mana cost to deal massive damage uninterrupted. With his first ability, Lay Waste, Karthus causes a target location to explode after a small delay, damaging enemies inside and doubling the damage if the explosion hits a single foe. This ability has an extremely short cooldown, allowing it to be repeatedly used over time. His second ability, Wall of Pain, summons a wall of necromantic energy at a target location for a few seconds, slowing and reducing the magic resistance of enemies that pass through it. His third ability, Defile, passively restores some mana whenever Karthus kills an enemy unit. When toggled on, Karthus surrounds himself with a vortex of souls that continuously damages nearby enemies at the cost of mana-per-second. With his ultimate ability, Requiem, Karthus channels for a few seconds and then strikes all enemy champions with a devastating bolt of energy, dealing heavy damage to them regardless of their position on the map.
Karthus' alternate skins include Phantom Karthus, Statue of Karthus, Grim Reaper Karthus, Pentakill Karthus, Fnatic Karthus, and Karthus Lightsbane.
- The Alcoholic: Pentakill Karthus apparently has a drinking problem, as shown in this (hilarious) Champion and Skin sale here.
- Ambiguously Evil / Affably Evil: Karthus wants to wish death upon the living, but perfers to do it quickly and without much pain (Similar to Henry from Fire Emblem Awakening, also ironic given his playstyle) and sees death not as painful suffering, but as peaceful bliss. He despises Thresh and Elise's methods, seeing as they regularly torment the dead, Elise to stay alive and Thresh For the Evulz.
- Ascended Meme: Press "R" to Win, named after his ult that targets everyone on the field and is legendary in mopping up teamfights and securing kills. His ult is terrifying in just about any situation with low health, because if a Karthus with his ult sees that you're low on health you are already dead.
- Awesome, but Impractical: His Lay Waste ability has literally unmatched damage potential, but is so breathtakingly difficult to hit an active target consistently with it (with a seventy percent hit rate being considered amazing by tournament players) that you'll likely never see the full benefits of its massive damage output short of him having the target held down for him.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Death = Good, Life = Bad. That's as simple as it gets.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: Said word for word by Mordekaiser regarding Karthus's drinking problem. It goes right through him.
- Cryptic Conversation: Karthus makes a habit of replying with these when asked any question.
- Death from Above: A green torrent of necromantic energy, along with a Pre-Mortem One-Liner.
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: Getting hit by Lay Waste once isn't that worrisome, getting hit by 15 of them probably will be. With a low mana cost and very low cooldown time, a competent Karthus will land as many of them as possible in a short period of time, so get used to constantly moving in unpredictable patterns to avoid the bubbles of pain.
- Difficult, but Awesome: Yes, in spite of his "Press R to Win" reputation, he is damn hard to play properly, since his Lay Waste needs some quick wit to land (with a half-second delay and very small blast zone). Also, he has no mobility-enhancing ability and thus has to watch his positioning, as this makes him very vulnerable to ganks and all-ins from mid lane assassins. While he is not the hardest mage to use well (that is still a three-way tossup between Syndra, Azir, and Orianna), he definitely has one of the highest skill floors. A bad Karthus will get pounded into dust in lane and will spend the rest of the game politely tapping people, constantly running out of mana, and pissing off their teammates when they use their ult to poach kills that they did not deserve. A good Karthus will play it safe in lane and farm from afar, then provide a steady flow of damage from out of the enemy's reach later on and use their ult to pick off fleeing targets. A great Karthus will safely farm from a great distance and punish cockiness or complacency, then lead aggressive pushes with steady, constant AOE damage that leaves the enemy wondering where their health bars went, all the while keeping his ult on reserve to leave no survivors or as a final "fuck you" to the enemy team if they manage to take him out.
- Enemy to All Living Things: His lore implies that he wants to bring the entire world into undeath.
- Even Evil Has Standards: His quotes imply that he thinks little of the way Elise tricks her followers to their deaths, and he doesn't approve either of the way Thresh tortures the dead after he kills them. Not that that wins him many points, as he's perfectly fine with Thresh tormenting the living.
- Evil Sorcerer: This guy wants to kill the world with his requiem - doesn't get much more Evil Sorcerer than that.
- Expy: His lore is basically Black Hand's backstory with the name and setting changed.
- Foil: To Yorick. While Yorick was born with his ability to communicate with the dead, and took up his task to guide lost souls with a heavy heart, Karthus possessed no supernatural abilities before his journey to the Shadow Isles, yet was obsessed with the idea of communication with spirits since he was a child. As well, Yorick is determined to lay trapped souls to rest, including his own, when the time comes, while Karthus dreams of sharing with the living his eternal state of undeath.
- Also to Soraka. Karthus Was Once a Man whose obsession with death led to him turning into an undying lich; Soraka is a female goddess who gave up her divinity (although not her immortality) to bring aid and succour to the mortal races. Both of them have spammable Q skills which do targeted damage in a small area (with Karthus' Lay Waste admittedly more spammable than Soraka's Starcall), and E skills that put down a persistant area of crowd control. Most obviously, their ultimates are exact opposites- Karthus damages every enemy champion everywhere on the map, Soraka heals every allied champion everywhere on the map.
- Glass Cannon: Difficult to be aggressive with and very vulnerable to mobile enemies, Karthus' kit and passive nonetheless lets him be very likely to do a lot of damage even if he's quickly focused down and killed... and of course, if he lives the entire time, he is capable of doing even more.
- Glowing Eyelights of Undeath: Undead? Check. Glowing eyes? Check.
- Grim Reaper: Grim Reaper Karthus, in case you couldn't guess.
- Herd-Hitting Attack: Lay Waste's explosions technically qualify as one, but they hit much harder when there's only one target. The real Herd-Hitting Attack is his E ability, Defile — what can only be described as a huge swirling gyre of screaming, ghostly hell-worm-leech-things centered around Karthus. Don't deliberately get into a pitched teamfight while on top of an enemy Karthus who is using this.
- The Heretic: In his new lore, Karthus' obsession with death led him to join and rise quite high in the Order of the Tallymen of Kindred. After his transformation into an eternally unliving lich, he's now probably their worst enemy as well as an abomination to his former order.
- Hope Spot: #1 in the game at these. Got away with low health? Not anymore.
- Kill Sat: His ultimate ability is this to all enemy champions. This led to the "Hey Karthus! PRESS R!" meme referencing how some teammates will tell Karthus to ult low-health enemies as if calling down a tactical airstrike.
- Large Ham: Karthus constantly shouts at his opponents about their impending doom in a theatrical manner whenever he casts one of his spells (besides his spammable Lay Waste). He is even more loud and over-the-top when using his Pentakill Karthus skin, where he will actually sing a lyric from one of the Pentakill songs when casting Requiem.
- Leeroy Jenkins: One of Karthus's common playstyles is to charge into people and die, as in the next 7 seconds, if his teammates provide enough crowd control, he may be even more useful to the fight, as you can't prevent him from casting that way.
- Lethal Joke Weapon: Revive (prior to its removal from Summoner's Rift in season 4) was regarded as the single worst summoner spell in the game, only being useful for gimmicky joke strategies. However, one that actually works (and rather hilariously so) is "Zombie Karthus", an abomination that results when a Karthus takes Revive and Teleport so that he can inflict damage in a teamfight, throw down a ward before he "dies", continue to output damage for 7 seconds until he actually dies, use Revive then Teleport to the ward, and rejoin the fight to keep the pain coming (forcing the enemy team to kill him yet again).
- Magikarp Power: Starts off very slow and mana-hungry and can have issues laning against more mobile and aggressive mages. It's also worth mentioning that he has the single weakest starting auto-attacks (Orianna has less AD, but her passive makes her attacks stronger) in the game and a rather cumbersome autoattack animation, making him infamous for his poor farming using attacks alone. Once he gets his ultimate, though, he can start picking off kills from across the map and slowly accumulate power that way until he becomes a veritable death-bringer come lategame. When he buys a Rod of Ages, which is a Magikarp Power item, he says:
- Metal Scream: Gives one before he starts headbanging as his /dance animation. Pentakill Karthus replaces his staff air-microphone with an actual one.
- Non-Indicative Name: Wall of Pain... doesn't deal any damage. However, it slows targets greatly and reduces their armor and MR, which can set up for great amounts of pain from his spammable Lay Waste and area-of-effect Defile that depends on proximity (i.e. you not walking away).
- Not the Intended Use: The quest to make Karthus as viable jungler as he is a midlaner has been a longstanding goal of Karthus mains for many years. While this route has several immanent risks like early game mana problems and an overall lack of durability, he has surprisingly fast jungle clears, and he still retains his valuable AoE damage and teamfight control for later stages in the game.
- Odd Friendship: Is the lead singer of a band with Sona, Mordekaiser, Yorick, and Olaf. His Pentakill skin gets unique quotes to reflect this.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Wants to "bring his dark requiem to the world" (i.e kill everyone).
- Our Liches Are Different: It's not explained how he turned into one, nor is it known if he has a Soul Jar.
- Powered by a Forsaken Child/Human Resources: Karthus's "E" skill apparently uses the souls of his victims as an AoE attack.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Pulls these off during Requiem.
- Pyrrhic Victory: Even if Karthus and his team gets wiped out, the best-case scenario is that his Requiem will create this situation for the enemy team. They may have killed off Karthus' team, but losing several people and having the survivors at minimal health means that they can't really capitalize on it like they normally would to push towers or take objectives.
- Sadist: Technically subverted. Pain is just what he inflicts upon people to bring them his true message: Death.
- Simple, yet Awesome: Fans often decry Karthus for having no-skill-required global nuke by hitting the "R" key. It still cannot be denied that it has so many uses for exerting global pressure. For example, it is a powerful deterrent against enemies starting close fights they'll just barely win (assuming they keep track of its cooldown) and forcing enemies to disengage a fight they're already winning as soon as they see the green cloud of doom over their heads.
- Scary Musician, Harmless Music: Omnicidal Maniac death-obsessed lich who sings about hope and peace.
- Spam Attack: This is how Lay Waste works.
- Squishy Wizard: Except unlike other mages, the "wizard" part continues after he gets blown up.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Before his visual update, where his eyes are now blue.
- Taking You with Me: Even if you kill him, there is a small time frame to cast spells for him after dying to take you out, especially if his ultimate is up.
- Thanatos Gambit: Killing a Karthus then getting stuck in a protracted fight near his corpse (so that no one can stop his post-death casting) might be exactly what he was planning on in the first place.
- The Undead: Willingly became one.
- Violation of Common Sense: Depending on one's team composition and strategy, running in and intentionally getting killed may not only be a good idea, it might be the best option if one's team can force the enemy to stay within the blasting zone. Trying this on any other mage (even those with other post-death damage passives) is literally pointless suicide.
- Conversely, when facing a Karthus, disregard the conventional wisdom that focusing an enemy carry first is always a good idea. Either kill Karthus first then get out of there fast (before his team swarms you on top of his Defile area) or save him for last.
- Villainous Rescue: This may have been what he was doing when he was found "dead" on the scene of a fight between Malzahar and Kassadin outside the League. Since he was already dead to begin with, reviving him wasn't a big problem, but he still won't actually say what he was doing there outside of an ominous remark about "defending the inhibitor."
- Who's Laughing Now?: Because of his continual damage output and his free ultimate after death, Karthus is quite capable of wiping out multiple enemies in retaliation after he himself dies.
Voiced by: Adam Harrington (English), Roberto Cuenca Martínez (European Spanish), René García (Mexican Spanish)
Cutting a burning swath through the darkest places of the world, Kassadin knows his days are numbered. A widely traveled Shuriman guide and adventurer, he had chosen to raise a family among the peaceful southern tribesuntil the day his village was consumed by the Void. He vowed vengeance, combining a number of arcane artifacts and forbidden technologies for the struggle ahead. Finally, Kassadin set out for the wastelands of Icathia, ready to face any monstrous Void-construct in his search for their self-proclaimed prophet, Malzahar.
Kassadin is an Assassin champion feared for his tremendous mobility and great mage-slaying capabilities. His passive, Void Stone, reduces all incoming magic damage and allows him to move through units. With his first ability, Null Sphere, Kassadin fires a ball of void energy at an enemy, damaging them, interrupting their channeled spells and granting him a magic damage absorbing shield. His second ability, Nether Blade, passively makes his basic attacks deal bonus magic damage. When activated, Kassadin charges his next basic attack with void power, causing it to deal even more bonus damage and restore some of his missing mana, which is increased if he attacks an enemy champion. His third ability, Force Pulse, passively stores a charge whenever an ability is used in his vicinity. Upon reaching six charges, Kassadin can activate the ability to release a pulse of void energy that damages and slows all enemies in a cone in the target direction. With his ultimate ability, Riftwalk, Kassadin teleports to nearby location, damaging all nearby enemies upon arrival. This ability has an extremely short cooldown, allowing it to be repeatedly used, with each teleport briefly increasing the damage and mana cost of the next one.
Kassadin's alternate skins include Festival Kassadin, Deep One Kassadin, Pre-Void Kassadin, Harbinger Kassadin, and Cosmic Reaver Kassadin.
- Action Dad: He was a father before he was a hunter of all things Void-related.
- Adult Fear: Upon hearing about an incident concerning a maw from the abyss swallowing up the homes of some desert folk, Kassadin understandably freaked out. When he got to the ruins of his home, he clawed at the rubble until his hands bled trying desperately to find his family.
- Anti-Magic: Kassadin was entirely designed around this (ironically despite being one of the few champions with no magic resist growth per level). He passively decreases magic damage taken, his Null Sphere gives him a magic damage-absorbing shield and disrupts channeled enemy abilities, and his Force Pulse is charged by enemy spells cast in his vicinity."Your magic is powerless against ME!"
- Arch-Enemy: Malzahar is very high on his hitlist due to his allegiance to the Void, and the feeling of wanting the other dead is mutual. Interestingly, a good Kassadin should be able to hard-counter a Malzahar in-game like most other mages.
- Art Evolution: Kassadin got a pretty sizable visual update in 2015, giving him a new model and much clearer and smoother animations, although his dialogue was left untouched.
- The Artifact: He has a "Silence!" and his joke is about 'silencing' his mother. It still stays despite him being patched to be unable to silence opponents with his Null Sphere.
- Boring, but Practical: In a game where offensive ultimate abilities can do things like go the entire length of the game map to instantly executing targets, Kassadin's Riftwalk seems downright boring, as it's a short range spammable teleport. It's also a devastatingly powerful mobility and assassination tool, dealing meaty damage upon arrival at the chosen location and allowing Kassadin to unload his shockingly strong burst at point-blank range. The best part is that because it's a point and click ability, it's near-impossible to dodge, meaning all you can do is take the damage that he'll be dealing, or predict where he'll pop out and hit him with some form of CC.
- Can't Get Away with Nuthin': Attempted to prevent a crazed cabal of Void worshipers led by Malzahar from sacrificing his daughter. He caused a blackout in the process, and is now wanted by the city of Zaun, which, Wretched Hive that it is, is much more concerned with the latter than the former.
- Cthulhumanoid: Just compare his overall look with the trope's image.
- Dark Is Not Evil/Bad Powers, Good People: Sure, he has the powers of the Void. However, he only gave into the power of the Void as means of protecting Runeterra from the Void creatures.
- Despair Event Horizon: The apparent demise of his wife and daughter utterly broke him, only recovering so that he could butcher the man he thinks is responsible.
- Difficult, but Awesome: He's an extremely squishy melee mage with burst that, while high, is very situational, and he is in the extremely unenviable position of being dead weight without farm while also being one of the worst farmers in the game. His early game is a desperate struggle for survival while he tries to squeeze in a few last hits and hopes that his jungler has his back. Even level 6 isn't that much of an improvement, as he's still a squishy melee mage who likely has very few items and an ult that definitely gives him a major advantage, but is also extremely easy to run out of mana with. By level 9, however, a good Kassadin has gotten those crucial kills they need to succeed, and is now blinking around the map, appearing out of nowhere to slam lone targets with alarmingly high burst and then flee before their team can catch him, and generally reminding the enemy team's squishies that they are never safe.
- Foil: To Malzahar. As with many other Arch-Enemies in the game, their rivalry is also reflected on their respective gameplay. Malzahar is a ranged sustained/burst mage with no escape skills but with incredible farming abilities, while Kassadin is a melee anti-mage assassin with a great escape move, but poor pushing skills. However, it should be noted that some other aspects are shared between them. They both have a means to disrupt channels, they both rely a lot on their ultimates to make their plays and they can both perform a devastating combo which can get them in trouble if used improperly.
- Lastly, there's also the contrasting irony of their backstory: Kassadin willingly sought the power of Void, but eventually sides against the Void, while Malzahar never dreamt about being the herald of the Void until his prophetic gift dragged him to Icathia and made him Void's prophet.
- Fragile Speedster: An odd, zig-zagging example. With his teleport ability, he is almost impossible to catch or escape from. His fragility comes from that, as an Assassin, he's a Glass Cannon. The issue is catching him. Though if you're a mage and fighting Kassadin, then he's a Lightning Bruiser due to his taking 15% less magic damage.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: He's definitely powerful, but he's not evil.
- Gold and White Are Divine: Cosmic Reaver Kassadin trades off his dark Purple/Void-colored clothing and replaces them with bright gold and white.
- Humanoid Abomination: Became one after witnessing the Void, but maintained his free will. As such, while he may be one of these, he's completely good in nature.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: He may not be from the Void but he owes quite a bit of his power to it. His goal is to eliminate the Void-born creatures before they devastate Runeterra.
- Ignored Expert: The Void? Bah! It's nothing but baseless superstition! Why, what kind of mad fool could think such a thing exists in our orderly world full of Magitek airships and three-foot-tall people exhibiting Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism! Malzahar is certainly a powerful mage, but he is also quite mad, his prophesies baseless! Pay no attention to the world-devouring Eldritch Abomination! Clearly, this phenomenon deserves neither attention nor research on the part of the Institute!
- It's Personal: Kassadin has a few significant reasons to hate Malzahar, but the most personally-driven is that he blames him for opening the rift to Void that presumably consumed his wife and daughter.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: Riot themselves say Kassadin has multiple item paths. The most common builds are either Glass Cannon/Fragile Speedster going off of his extreme mobility, or a Lightning Bruiser route trading off his damage for more survivability.
- Justice Will Prevail: Befitting of his commitment to protect Valoran, this is one of his movement quotes."Justice will be served."
- Laser Blade: Made of nothing. It even uses a special particle effect to emphasize that Kassadin is slicing people with a tiny piece of the Void.
- Legendary Weapon: The Nether Blade was a magic weapon crafted by ancient Shurimans during the first Void invasion, wielded by Horok of the Ascended Host, the first to actually make a significant dent in harming the Void. While Horok was betrayed and killed by the tyrant Ne'Zuk, the blade was left untouched for generations until it was recovered by Kassadin, and the Voidborn are still afraid of it.
- Mage Killer: Indeed intended to be one, and a good Kassadin is a nightmare for any mage champion at mid. A mage's biggest strengths are their spells and long-range combat, and Kassadin has a magic damage absorbing shield, a spammable teleport, and a passive ability that makes him take reduced magic damage. Ironically, he's mostly played as a mage himself, and is widely considered a mage for gameplay purposes by the player base. His mage killing abilities are highly dependent on whether the player is fast enough to do a surprise teleport directly in front of the mage and land the silence orb before the mage player can react. A bad Kassadin will walk into his death if he times his ports at the wrong time. A good Kassadin can kill his target before the silence wears off. Unfortunately, his renowned silence was deemed too overpowered, and it was eventually replaced with a magic shield, but he's still a potent Mage Killer due to his heavy burst damage.
- Magikarp Power: Very weak early on due to being limited to melee range and having fairly poor farming due to having to harass the enemy with his ranged abilities. Once he reaches level 6 though, he becomes much harder to gank successfully and he starts to be able to terrorize the enemy caster by silencing them then blinking to them to carve them up. It's somewhat common for Kassadins to lose the laning phase but then become fed off other lanes at midgame due to having exceptional roaming thanks to Riftwalk.
- Meaningful Name: "Kassadin" is an anglicization of the Shruiman "Kas sai a dyn", meaning "Whom does the desert know?" In his own words:"The desert does not know you, beast. You are not welcome here. You are lost in this ancient land of gods and men.
But the desert knows my name, for that is my name. Not once have I lost my way. I know exactly where I am, and how many more paces it would be to the doom of all things. I will atone for what I have done, and that which I have not.
And I will defy you until the end."
- Power of the Void: Uh, yeah.
- Power Makes Your Voice Deep: So deep that his voice is reverberating.
- Retcon: His old back story said that he went mad from the revelation, and made his goal the elimination of all magic. His new one paints him in a more heroic light and makes his goal the elimination of all creatures of the Void.
- Spiritual Successor: To Anti-Mage. He was even more like him once, having a mana-burn mechanic and sharing the same goal (elimination of all magic users) before both were changed.
- Spontaneous Weapon Creation: His Nether Blade.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Sports them after seeing the void and letting it inside him.
- Teleport Spam: Kassadin has the shortest-cooldown blink in the game. Each successive one in a short span of time costs more mana but also deals more damage.
- Tron Lines: Creates them on the ground under him as he moves.
- Unmoving Plaid: Zoom in and take a close look at Kassadin's Nether Blade. It's not a sword, it's a sword-shaped window into the void.
- Vader Breath: When his Force Pulse ability is charged, his respirator starts acting up.
- Was Once a Man: Take a look at him, he certainly isn't one now. Subverted in that he still retains his identity and free will even after the Void got done with him.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: His visual update for 2015 has this going on.
- Weaponised Teleportation: His signature Riftwalk, allowing him to near-instantly blink to a nearby area, dealing damage on arrival. If properly charged up and used with the opportune setup, it can contribute a lot of damage for assassination combos.
- Your Mom: Inverted. His joke is about saying that he silenced HIS mom, and boy did he regret that. It may have gotten his silence taken away.
Voiced by: Tara Platt (English), Ana Esther Alborg (European Spanish), Cony Madera (Mexican Spanish), Houko Kuwashima (Japanese)
Decisive in judgment and lethal in combat, Katarina is a Noxian assassin of the highest caliber. Eldest daughter to the legendary General Du Couteau, she made her talents known with swift kills against unsuspecting enemies. Her fiery ambition has driven her to pursue heavily-guarded targets, even at the risk of endangering her alliesbut no matter the mission, Katarina will not hesitate to execute her duty amid a whirlwind of serrated daggers.
Katarina is an Assassin champion who uses her high mobility and powerful multi-target damage to chain one kill after another. She does not use mana or any other resource for her abilities, which are only limited by cooldowns. Her passive, Voracity, instantly refreshes the cooldown of her basic abilities and greatly reduces the cooldown of her ultimate when she kills or helps kill an enemy champion. Katarina's kit also makes heavy use of Daggers, which are left on the ground by some of her abilities; picking up a Dagger from the ground causes Katarina to immediately make a spinning slash attack, dealing heavy damage to nearby enemies. With her first ability, Bouncing Blade, Katarina throws a Dagger to an enemy, which then bounces to up two nearby targets, damaging them and then falling to the ground where she can pick it up. With her second ability, Preparation, Katarina tosses a Dagger into the air that lands at her current location after a small delay, during which she gains a movement speed bonus. Her third ability, Shunpo, teleports Katarina to a nearby unit, damaging them if they're an enemy. She can also teleport to one of her Daggers on the ground, greatly reducing the cooldown of Shunpo. Her ultimate ability, Death Lotus, causes Katarina to start spinning in place for a few seconds, during which she throws a devastating flurry of blades at up to three nearby enemy champions, inflicting heavy damage and also halving any healing on them.
Katarina's alternate skins include Mercenary Katarina, Bilgewater Katarina, Red Card Katarina, Kitty Cat Katarina, High Command Katarina, Sandstorm Katarina, Slay Belle Katarina, Warring Kingdoms Katarina, PROJECT: Katarina, Death Sworn Katarina, and Battle Academia Katarina.
- A Lighter Shade of Grey: Katarina and her own group (Cassiopeia and Talon) are a slightly lighter shade amongst the Noxians, though still damn ruthless, seeing that she's not 100% trusting of Swain and his group (Darius, Draven, LeBlanc, Sion, and possibly Vladimir).
- Achilles' Heel: Crowd control is much more lethal to her than even other carries. Most mages will just run if they get silenced or stunned. When it happens to Katarina, it's probably interrupting her ultimate while she's in the middle of the enemy team.
- Art Evolution: Kat has benefitted from this twice:
- Authority Equals Asskicking: It's unknown whether it approaches canon, but she does have a "High Command" skin.
- Ax-Crazy: She's a professional killer that seems to savor the carnage a bit too much.
- Badass Boast: After using her Death Lotus ability
- Badass Family: Her father is a famous leader in the Noxian army, and her sister Cassiopeia is another League champion.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her midsection is somewhat prominently on display in most of her skins.
- Because I'm Good at It:
- Belly Dancer: Sandstorm Katarina is dressed as one
- Blood Knight: Her selection quote is "Violence solves everything!"
- Bond One-Liner: Finishing her Death Lotus ability tends to be followed up with one of four lines. Stuff tends to be dead after she finishes casting it.
- Cat Girl: Kitty Cat Katarina
- Combos: Despite being a caster-type champion (relies on her abilities rather than auto-attacks), she's well-known for being one of the few DPS-type caster champions as opposed to the outright burst damage casters unless she's fed. Her general combo routes: Preparation, Bouncing Blades, and Shunpo is a standard harass combo since the first skill gives her an escape and the second two give her a large burst of damage on a target. A Katarina that sees her prey weakened will likely add Death Lotus and an Ignite to finish it off.
- Daddy's Little Villain: She learned everything she knows of the blade from her father and it's implied she cares a great deal that he's missing beyond leadership reasons.
- Dark Action Girl: An aggressive professional killer dressed in black who loves carnage and thinks violence solves everything.
- The Dark Chick: On Darius' team in A New Dawn.
- Dating Catwoman: Possibly with Garen. On the surface their rivalry puts them as bitter enemies, but the amount of subtext confuses the issue somewhat.
- Disappeared Dad: Her father's disappearance is a cause of great concern for her.
- Difficult, but Awesome: A quintessential example of a high-risk-high-reward assassin. While her early game is a bit lackluster, once she hits 6 her killing potential increases several-fold. If she executes her full combo at a favorable moment, she can easily get multiple kills, then use her cooldown resets to escape or keep the streak going (to the point that fans joke that Katarina Pentakills don't count). But if she fails to kill her target or gets interrupted, she's screwed.
- This is played Up to Eleven with her recent rework; which revolves the positioning of her dropped daggers in order to get as much spins off as possible and to be able to Shunpo around properly. Learning how to do this allows her to be very hard to hit while getting in a solid amount of gradual burst damage that's decent enough to counterplay.
- Enemy Civil War: Katarina doesn't trust Swain, listing both him and Darius as her rivals. She and Talon are A Lighter Shade of Black in Noxus (though still happy to cut anyone's throat if it suits them).
- Everyone Can See It: While Katarina is personally silent on the issue and Garens dialogue only references his Foe Yay with her in two short and comparatively subtle quotes, several other characters (Tahm Ketch, Jihn, Illaoi, Maokai, and even Garens sister Lux) acknowledge and tease, threaten, or attempt to blackmail them both over it.
- Evil Redhead: Not all-out evil, but definitely more violent and aggressive.
- Fanservice: Although she's long been considered sexy by the fanbase, the Halloween Kitty Cat skin just went all-out. The Red Card skin is considered to be blatant fanservice as well. They eventually decided they'd actually gone too far with Slay Belle Katarina, who originally featured a sexy pole dance for her recall animation, so they changed it.
- Femme Fatale: This trope is even lampshaded when she got a visual upgrade.
- Flash Step: The skill is even called Shunpo, even though it literally translates to "Blink Step" (and is actually pronounced "Shoo-n-poh").
- Gameplay and Story Integration: She's a literal assassin in the lore. In game, it's a very bad idea for her to take multiple enemies head on, it's better for her to pick off vital targets then run or start killing once her team starts wreaking havoc and everyone's too distracted. Case in point, her ultimate is very easily stopped if she faces champions with crowd control or takes advantage on being at low health who if they survive her burst will easily put her down.
- Glass Cannon: Easily capable of decimating entire teams in the past...if they don't kill her first. General consensus that the best route is to take as many High AP Buff items as possible, with the addition of a few Magic Penetration Items. End result, she can burst down anyone that is not loading up on Magic Resistance, and put a major hurting on those who are. The moment she at all get's caught in any hard crowd controls, she's likely doomed.
- Her rework has made her more easy to counterplay, but if played well, she can still output a good ton of damage that still requires her not to take a ton of hits.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: A long one running over her left eye.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Her default costume is all black leather, except for small pieces of grey metal armor.
- Herd-Hitting Attack: Her ultimate throws up to 30 knives at surrounding opponents, and they hurt.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Bouncing Blades manages to throw a knife at an enemy and bounce to hit 4 others nearby. Death Lotus takes this further and throws 10 blades rapidly at 3 different enemies at once while she's spinning.
- Knife Nut: Dual Wielding a pair of "daggers" (really more like short swords) and throwing knives, this is pretty much her theme.
- Magikarp Power: Early game, Katarina can easily be handled if one knows how to handle her laning phase....but late game, farmed up or fed for her items, she has a chance to go on frequent killing sprees against unprepared foes, or worse, pentakill entire teams.
- Meaningful Name: "Katarina" means "pure", and "Du Couteau" literally translates to "of the knife" in French.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: Close enough, as can be noted from her champion selection quote.Violence solves everything!
- Oh, Crap!: Katarina relies on coming out of nowhere when the enemy doesn't expect it. If you want to know what happens when an enemy DOES expect her, the "A New Dawn" cinematic will accurately display it when she tries to ambush Graves.
- Pirate: Bilgewater Katarina. Furthermore, she's a regular in Bilgewater's many bars, and has commanded pirate expeditions in the past when she isn't just hiring them.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Finish casting her ultimate doesn't necessarily mean everything's dead... but she still says lines and is probably set up for her to easily finish the job...
- Series Mascot: She's almost always a prominent character in the series' official art and is the only character to feature in nearly every cinematic video since the season 1 trailer, barring the Crystal Scar promotional video and character-specific videos.
- Sexy Santa Dress: Slay Belle Katarina
- Ship Tease: According to a Journal of Justice article, Blitzcrank's dating service found her to be a compatible match for Garen. During a Q&A on her updated lore, a question was asked about her rivalry with Garen.
- Spin Attack: Her flourish when she walks over one of her daggers, and Death Lotus. Maybe she's Not So Different from a certain Demacian general after all...
- Super-Persistent Predator: Given that each kill or assist lowers her cooldowns substantially, she will just hop from enemy to enemy and go on a killing spree. The moment you see her get one even one kill in a teamfight, shut her down. Quick.
- Storm of Blades: Her ultimate in a nutshell. The best part of it is that if she gets 2 kills (or assists even) with it, she can do it again.
- Tattooed Crook: A unrepentant murderer, and depending on Riot's mood on any given artwork, has a tribal-esque tattoo on her abdomen.
- Teleport Spam: Shunpo has a short cooldown but not enough to reach spam levels normally. However, since her passive resets her basic ability cooldowns when getting kills or assists, an enemy Katarina using it a lot in a short period of time is a sign that things are going very badly for your team.
- That, and nowadays she can do so with the resets on her dagger pick-ups, allowing her to spin around slashing away at targets in tandem, all while properly finding ways to weave in-and-out of the battle.
- "Well Done, Daughter!" Gal: Katarina's expanded lore reveals that, though she's Daddy's Little Villain, her father was very difficult to please. He even sent Talon to kill her when she ignored her father's orders to take the head of a low-ranked soldier.
- The Vamp: Her previous voice just highlighted how plain damn evil she was. She's much more toned back now.
Voiced by: Zehra Faza (English/Current), Lisa Lindsley (English/Pre-VGU), Noora Louhimo (As the Pentakill vocalist), Conchi López (European Spanish), Laura Ayala (Mexican Spanish)
Born to a Targonian Aspect at the height of the Rune Wars, Kayle honored her mothers legacy by fighting for justice on wings of divine flame. She and her twin sister Morgana were the protectors of Demacia for many yearsuntil Kayle became disillusioned with the repeated failings of mortals, and abandoned this realm altogether. Still, legends are told of her punishing the unjust with her fiery swords, and many hope that she will one day return...
Kayle is a Specialist champion with a vast assortment of utility and mixed damage, drastically escalating in power and range as she levels up. Her passive, Divine Ascent, affects how her basic attacks function, gaining new capabilities as she levels up. At level 1, she starts as Zealous and strictly melee, but attacking grants her stacking attack speed. At maximum stacks, she becomes Exalted and gains movement speed towards enemies. At level 6, she becomes Aflame, causing her Exalted attacks to launch waves of fire that deal bonus magic damage. At level 11, she becomes Arisen and becomes a fully ranged champion. At level 16, she becomes Transcendent, becoming permanently Exalted, with her waves dealing true damage.
With her first ability, Radiant Blast, Kayle conjures a portal in front of her that launches an explosive blade that shreds enemies' armor and magic resist and slows them. With her second ability, Celestial Blessing, she heals herself and an ally and grants them a burst of movement speed. With her third ability, Starfire Spellblade, Kayle's basic attacks passively deal bonus damage that scales off her ability power, and on activation causes her next basic attack to become ranged and deal a burst of magic damage that scales off the target's missing health (after becoming Aflame, it also damages nearby enemies). With her ultimate ability, Divine Judgement, Kayle bestows temporary invulnerability from all damage on herself or an ally champion, which is then followed by a storm of purging swords falling around them to damage nearby enemies. If casted on herself, however, she'll be unable to attack until the ability finishes.
Kayle's skins include Silver Kayle, Viridian Kayle, Transcendent Kayle, Battleborn Kayle, Judgement Kayle, Aether Wing Kayle, Riot Kayle, Iron Inquisitor Kayle, and Pentakill Kayle.
- Ancestral Weapon: According to Kayle's writer, the swords Kayle summons for her ultimate once belonged to former Aspects of Justice, all being called down to rain truth and justice upon the world.
- Art Evolution: She received a substantial facelift in 2019 with a full VGU, rebuilding her design, animations, VFX, splash artwork, voiceover, etc. from scratch and up to modern standards.
- Been There, Shaped History: She and Morgana were part of Demacia and gained their celestial powers back when it was merely a refugee settlement. It's said that Kayle's legend helped shape the culture and law of Demacia into becoming the proud military kingdom by the present day, with her being venerated as "The Winged Protector".
- Being Good Sucks: Make no mistake, while Kayle sees it as her divine duty to carry on the will of the Aspect of Justice, sculpting herself into what she sees fit to best carry it out, she isn't so much relinquishing her humanity to do so as she is sacrificing it for the greater good. As adamant in her quest to seeking divinity as she is, a few of her lines imply she's disappointed in what she's had to give up to do so.
- Black and White Morality: Her service as a judicator blessed by the Aspect of Justice's powers has led her to develop this worldview, which combines very dangerously with her Judge, Jury, and Executioner approach.
- Cain and Abel: She's twin sisters with Morgana, and the two have been enemies with one another ever since the dawn of Demacia.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: At least in her base skin, Kayle's wings are a blue-ish white by default, which glow a bright red once she becomes Exalted. Once she reaches Transcendent status, they start glowing a bright gold.
- Combat Medic: Despite her huge emphasis on damage-dealing, she also has several supporting abilities to heal allies or render them completely invulnerable to damage.
- The Dark Chick: Takes a notable turn as the newest member of Pentakill, with her golden, conservative armor replaced by black, much more revealing leather and plate, and she wears black lipstick with an eyebrow piercing and her hair in a side-cut. Her sword has a microphone on the hilt, and the spell effects are replaced with fire effects with guitar riffs in the background.
- Darker and Edgier: Her post-VGU characterization is significantly more conflicted than in her prior incarnation, which Riot painted as one of the most pure and "good" champions of the game. With her relaunch, she's not a literal angel whose divinity is universal, but a flawed, if powerful judicator who sees justice as worth fighting for, but finds mortal emotion to be a hindrance, including her own.
- Divergent Character Evolution: A case of a single character across multiple skins. Several of Kayle's earlier skins were merely Palette Swaps, but with her full 2019 VGU, they were all redesigned with unique visual identities in mind. The most notable was her extremely rare Unmasked Kayle (which was merely her base skin with her helmet off, something she now currently does from level 11 onward anyway), which was rebuilt as a completely unique Transcendent Kayle skin.
- Dual Wielding: When she reaches Aflame status, she splits her BFS into twin blades to swing at enemies.
- Emotions vs. Stoicism: One part of the conflict between her and Morgana, with Kayle taking the Stoicism side. She believes that as part of her duty as the Aspect of Justice's legacy, she must eschew mortal emotion in order to best properly define and act upon the guilty. This puts her at a cross with Morgana, who instead believes in atonement and moral complexity, and instead embraces emotions and empathy to help those who she rationalizes deserve it.
- Everyone Has Standards: Being an objectively-operating judicator, she's able to tell that Demacia has strayed far away from what she originally left it as and isn't happy with how it turned out. By this same token, however, she believes that while Sylas was innocent at one point, that point has long since passed.
- Evolving Attack: Divine Ascent greatly affects how her basic attacks work, turning her from a slow melee combatant to a ranged powerhouse with hybrid damage and AoE as she levels up.
- Famed In-Story: Her mark on Demacian history, laws, and values has been well-documented, and she remains venerated as "The Winged Protector".
- Fatal Flaw: Hers according to her writers is her self-righteousness and ability to blind herself to her own flaws and mistakes. While she does believe in her rhetoric, Kayle denies the possibility that she may not be as fit for her position as she believes, and even when she does admit her past failings, she downplays their present effect by emphasizing that they were in the past, as if to insist that she has since overcome them.
- Flaming Sword: She carries one or both halves of one belonging to her and Morganas mother, the Aspect of Justice.
- Foil: There is a lot you can analyze by comparing and contrasting Kayle with her twin sister, Morgana. Visually, Kayle is a sword-wielding warrior shrouded in gold and whites, evocative of angels and valkyries, while Morgana is a magic-user associated with dark purples, designed more in line with a Fallen Angel or Lady of Black Magic archetype. Personality-wise, Kayle is stoic, impartial, and seeks to fulfill her divine duty serving the Aspect of Justice, whereas Morgana is emotion-based, openly rational, and rejects such a duty in favor of helping the mortals. In gameplay, Kayle is an offensive Combat Medic whose damage scales to incredibly high degrees as the game goes on, while Morgana is a Simple, yet Awesome catcher who specializes in locking down opponents or preventing the same fate for her allies.
- Gathering Steam: Her passive is a two-parter and while the first part of it is solidly a Magikarp Power — with Kayle unlocking more and more powerful forms as she levels up — the second half falls squarely into this trope, growing in lethality as she engages in combat and fading off again when she isn't. By the time she reaches level 16, however, this trope is averted, as she no longer needs to gather steam to fight at her full potential.
- Gameplay and Story Integration: The whole shtick behind Kayle's Divine Ascent is that it's meant to represent a condensed version of her lifetime, where she slowly suppresses her humanity in order to grow more powerful as a divine being.
- Glass Cannon: As immensely powerful as her damage gets, Kayle's biggest weakness throughout all stages of the game is her lack of durability and few escapes. Even with her invincibility ultimate, she can't attack while casting it on herself.
- God Is Flawed: While Kayle is a capable and powerful descendant of the Aspect of Justice, despite her claims, she is (or at least was) a human who experiences emotion and vices, which unfortunately turns on her at the worst times. She is at least aware of this and wants to overcome her flaws, allowing herself to be the judicator worthy of her mother's power, but a significant emotional attachment still stands to block her path: Morgana.
- Good Is Not Soft: She ascribes by the Demacian values of justice (and in fact, was the inspiration behind them back when Demacia was originally just an anti-magic refugee settlement), which unfortunately entails its less savory traits as well. Case in point, during "In the Fires of Justice", Kayle descends to punish a wicked tyrant from rewriting the laws of his decaying land and planning to Kill the Poor, saving his subjects and allowing them to rebuild in the name of justice and honor... but did so by obliterating the king and his corrupt followers in holy fire, seeing them as utterly irredeemable for their crimes.
- Heal It with Fire: When she's not using it to smite evildoers, Kayle has an ability to heal herself and allies using her celestial fire.
- Holy Hand Grenade: Her entire kit's theme though only one of her abilities deals instant damage by itself.
- Hotter and Sexier: Her original character design was so heavily-armored that Samus Is a Girl came into play at times, since the only feminine things about her was her voice and somewhat-slim waist. Her current character design is more or less a bodysuit with a few armored portions, which evoked direct comparisons to Zero-Suit Samus. At least part of this is shift was done to better communicate her lack of durability in combat, something her original, bulkier design was a little more misleading in.
- I Am the Noun: When her Aether Wing skin gets a Pentakill:
- Identical Twin ID Tag: Aside from their drastically different outfits and hair color, she and Morgana both share the same improbably spiky hairstyle (each one spiking the opposite direction). Hilariously, while Morgana chides Kayle for keeping hers styled the same way for centuries, Kayle accuses Morgana of copying her.
- Inspector Javert: So much so that she's even been directly compared to the trope namer by her developers.
- Judge, Jury, and Executioner: She finds her duty as inheritor of the Aspect of Justice's power to serve as this, to uphold the laws of Demacia and purge those she recognizes as wicked. It should be noted, however, that she does not believe that All Crimes Are Equal; your punishment will be no more or less than what the law dictates, but to those whose crimes are just that severe, the death penalty is an accepted sentence.
- Lady of War: She carries herself with a stoic reserve and duty to justice. Combined with her beautiful gold and white armor, angelic wings, and glowing BFS, she shows herself to be graceful female paladin.
- Legacy Character: Curiously downplayed. While she does share half of her mother's power, as well as possessing her temperament and motivations, her biography doesn't directly state that she is the new Aspect of Justice following her mother, merely that she's its legacy.
- Love Is a Weakness: A firm believer of this as per her overall philosophy.
- Magikarp Power: Highlighted to a pretty extreme extent with her passive. Kayle in the early game lacks damage and range and must play carefully around her enemies, but her level-based power spikes are crazy (each rank effectively eliminates a core weakness; her first ascension gives her valuable waveclear, her second gives her even more valuable range, etc.), and by the late game, she'll be able to deal some enormous hybrid DPS and have some additional and powerful support utility at her disposal, becoming a very dangerous monster even if she's behind.
- Meaningful Name: Her name might be derived from caelum ("kale-UHM", Latin for "sky" or "heaven") and/or Kelila (Hebrew for "laurel wreath"), both are very fitting for an angelic being like her.
- Mechanically Unusual Fighter: Starts off very slowly as melee fighter with very limited ranged options, but said options slowly ramp up as she levels up, becoming fully ranged basic attacks by level 11 and onward, to a point that "melee only" item passives stop working on her.
- Missing Mom: Neither Kayle nor Morgana's backstories make clear what happened to their mother that resulted in them receiving her powers, and part of Kayle's centuries-long disappearance at Mount Targon has been spent searching for her.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Her clash with Morgana resulted in their beloved father dying from the collateral damage. From that moment forward, Kayle swore to never let her human emotions rule her again... but also made Morgana into a clear enemy in the process.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: An interesting case where Kayle herself wasn't directly responsible, but rather her protégé, Ronas. Had he not attempted to imprison Morgana — someone Kayle still had a soft spot for but seemingly violated the entire rhetoric of their order — without Kayle's actual consent or even notice, Morgana very likely wouldn't have killed him in self defense, leading to a disastrous rift in their relationship.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Her ultimate gives herself or an ally this for a few seconds.
- One Steve Limit: Averted; Kayle's modern Demacian moniker of "The Protector" is comparable to Taric's status as Aspect of the Protector, though the titles are unrelated.
- Our Angels Are Different: Kayle and Morgana aren't actually angels, but are heavily evocative of them, with Kayle in particular bringing to mind Archangel Michael. She has multiple wings, wields the power of celestial starfire, and is shrouded in beautiful gold and white colors. She also mixes in elements of Valkyrie mythology, being an armored, valiant leader of Demacian armies.
- The Paladin: Temperament and moral outlook aside, Kayle still fits the other traditional criteria for the archetype, from the holy veneer to the mixed offensive and supporting gameplay.
- Poor Communication Kills: During her reign in proto-Demacia, Ronas, one of her closest Judicator allies, took the initiative to arrest Morgana for being a threat to their rhetoric without properly informing Kayle. When Morgana ended up killing him in self-defense, Kayle — whose relationship was already straining with her sister — assumed that she deliberately murdered him and broke into a violent, irrational rage against her that proved so destructive it accidentally claimed the life of their father.
- Power Gives You Wings: Kayle starts out with a single pair of wings due to her divine heritage, but as she levels up her passive makes her transform — and the first two transformations manifest mainly in another pair of wings being added to her frame to signal her increased power.
- Pragmatic Hero: As the legacy to the Aspect of Justice, Kayle wants to simply cut to the chase in defining the guilty from the innocent so she can smite the wicked from the world, and she doesn't intend there to be a court of appeal.
- Pure Is Not Good: She aspires to be a perfect engine of Justice, punishing the wicked without bias, malice, or remorse. At higher levels, or in her other skins, she appears to have succeeded. This makes her terrifying.
- Really 700 Years Old: She and her sister have been around since the origins of Demacia, making them centuries old.
- Retcon: In the original lore, Kayle and Morgana were angels fighting for dominance over a divine, heavenly realm beyond Runeterra. With her 2019 VGU, both of them were brought much closer to earth, exploring their mortal origins and better detailing Kayle's exact relationship with Morgana.
- Running Gag: Aside from Morgana, one of the only few things to get Kayle to drop her stoic attitude are yordles, which she repeatedly reacts to not with endearment, amazement, exasperation, or fear, but with utter confusion.(first encountering a yordle champion) "Are you a talking animal? Tiny mortal? Why are you so soft?"
(during her joke emote) "Evil fears only fire. And... yordles, because what even are they?"
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: During their days of rule in Demacia, Kayle willingly fudged the rules of judgment and punishment of the guilty to allow Morgana the opportunity to rehabilitate those she personally believed were capable of atonement. Kayle's judicator order, which was entirely built around those upholding those rules to the letter, was not amused.
- Semi-Divine: Neither Kayle or Morgana have properly become one with the Aspect of Justice, but were merely born by it. They each inherited a share of heavenly power, but they are explicitly half-mortal human, half-celestial beings. Because of their unique origins and status, they also have much greater free will as opposed to other Aspects, whose situations are described as two minds merged in a single body.
- Sibling Rivalry: Despite their violent and tragic relationship, around half of their in-game interactions come across as back-and-forth bickering between... well, sisters.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: While Morgana is far more emotionally-driven and empathetic towards individuals seen as outcasts by the law and wanting to help them, Kayle is driven to properly uphold the Aspect of Justice's power, casting judgement and punishment for those at fault, seeing mortal emotion as a hindering complication.
- The Stoic: Kayle seeks to become this as to become a perfect, objective judicator, and generally speaks with a serious and emotionally detached tone. Unfortunately, she's still a victim of human vices that compromise that goal.Morgana: (while attacking Kayle) Feel something! Anything!
Kayle: Why do you think I wear armor, sister?
- Sucks at Dancing: Her dance references Elaine's "little kicks" dance from Seinfeld, and it's just as intentionally stiff and awkward-looking as it was in the source material. Given Kayle's personality, this is almost to be expected.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: To be expected, she's not exactly happy with Morgana being on her allied team.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Compared to Morgana, she's seems to be more of a tomboy — she's more armored and utilizes her physical attacks more often than purely relying on magics.
- Winged Humanoid: She received wings after first picking up her mother's power, obviously evoking of an angel or valkyrie, with her artwork most commonly being depicted as having two pairs. In-game, she begins with one pair, but gradually escalates as the game goes on, with up to three pairs.
- You Could Have Used Your Powers for Good: Part of her animosity with Morgana is due to how she's chosen to use her half of their mother's celestial power. Kayle believes that it's their divine duty to serve as the fitting legacy to the Aspect of Justice, but is disappointed that Morgana both chooses to devote them for a conflicting and inefficient outlook, as well as for willfully restraining them in an attempt to return to humanity.
Kayn voiced by: Robbie Daymond (English), Javier Lorca (European Spanish), Eduardo Garza (Mexican Spanish)
Rhaast voiced by: Sam A. Mowry (English), Miguel Ángel del Hoyo (European Spanish), Germán Fabregat (Mexican Spanish)
A peerless practitioner of lethal shadow magic, Shieda Kayn battles to achieve his true destinyto one day lead the Order of Shadow into a new era of Ionian supremacy. He wields the sentient darkin weapon Rhaast, undeterred by its creeping corruption of his body and mind. There are only two possible outcomes: either Kayn bends the weapon to his will... or the malevolent blade consumes him completely, paving the way for the destruction of all Runeterra.
Kayn is a Skirmisher champion, an aggressive fighter who can transition into either an Assassin or a Diver depending on the game's situation. His passive, The Darkin Scythe, has no immediate effects on its own, but grants Kayn access to two different playstyles. Once a certain amount of time has passed, the player can choose to transform into either the Shadow Assassin, with Kayn expelling Rhaast and becoming a mobile squishy-hunter, or the Darkin, with Rhaast overpowering Kayn and becoming a resilient tank-buster. Each form's meter charges up faster by damaging ranged or melee champions respectively. Once a form has been chosen, The Darkin Scythe gains a new effect. Shadow Assassin causes Kayn to deal bonus damage with his attacks and abilities for a few seconds upon entering combat, while Darkin allows Rhaast to heal for a percentage of the damage dealt by his abilities.
With his first ability, Reaping Slash, Kayn dashes a short distance in a target direction and then sweeps his scythe in a circle, damaging all enemies he hits. In Darkin form, the ability deals damage equal to a percentage of the targets' max health. With his second ability, Blade's Reach, Kayn swings his scythe upwards in a target direction, damaging and slowing all enemies he hits. In Shadow Assassin form, the attack's range is increased and Kayn summons a shadow clone to perform the slash, freeing him to do other actions. In Darkin form, Rhaast also knocks up enemies he hits. His third ability, Shadow Step, grants Kayn bonus movement speed and allows him to move through terrain and walls for a short duration. Upon entering a wall, Kayn heals himself and the duration of the effect is extended. In Shadow Assassin form, the ability also grants immunity to slows and a higher movement speed boost. His ultimate ability, Umbral Trespass, allows Kayn to infest the body of an enemy champion he has recently damaged, becoming briefly untargetable. When the duration ends, or the ability is reactivated, Kayn wrenches himself from the target's body, damaging them. In Shadow Assassin form, the range of the ability is increased, and using it refreshes the bonus damage from his passive, while in Darkin form the ability deals damage equal to a percentage of the target's max health and heals Rhaast for a large percentage of the damage dealt.
Kayn's alternate skins include Soulhunter Kayn and Odyssey Kayn.
- The Ace: Kayn has mastered every weapon in his hand, so naturally he thinks he can tame the Darkin scythe.
- Affably Evil: Both of them, though surprisingly Rhaast moreso.
- The Ageless: As with the other Darkin, Rhaast appears completely immortal, even saying as much.Rhaast: Neither time, nor violence will end me.
- Animesque: Pushes the boundaries, taking the title of 'most anime champion in League' away from champions like Yasuo and Ahri. Visually, he very clearly takes a lot of inspiration from Soul Eater.
- Anti-Villain: It's suggested that Kayn, like most Ionian champions, is simply defending his homeland. Even so, he's a bloodthirsty ninja who has no qualms about killing anyone that stands in his way.
- A Sinister Clue: Kayn (and Rhaast by extension) is left-handed and a remorseless killer.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: Even when in his weapon, Rhaast relishes every moment of violence he can commit, and considers any interruption in fighting (especially recalling) to be an extreme annoyance.
- Bash Brothers: Kayn with Zed, Rhaast with Aatrox.
- Bishounen Line: Played straight if Kayn becomes the Shadow Assassin, averted if Rhaast wins.
- Blood Knight: Rhaast, a typical feature of Darkin.
- Blood Magic: Choosing the Darkin route causes abilities to have a crimson tone, similar to Aatrox's abilities.
- Also mentioned by Varus that Runeterran blood magic originates from the Darkin.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Rhaast when he takes over, takes almost infectious glee in the slaughter he is either currently inflicting, will inflict soon, or has already inflicted.
- Born Winner: This is a common trait of champions in general, but Kayn pushes it a step further. His prowess over weapons and killing is simply something he was born with, and according to Word of God, very few people can even resist Darkin corruption, let alone turn the tables and purge a Darkin from its weapon.
- Casting a Shadow: He's a member of Zed's Order of the Shadow, and if you choose the Shadow Assassin route, you can see the similarities between Zed and Kayn.
- Catchphrase: Both have one that they have a chance to say either at game start or while moving around:Kayn: (solemn) "The child is gone. The killer will remain."Rhaast: "I will survive eternity, they will die today."
- Character Development: Notably, both Kayn and Rhaast have a notable shift in their characterization mid-game once one of them transforms. Kayn begins to revel in his newfound power, while Rhaast thoroughly enjoys his newfound freedom. Best shown by slight modifications to their respective Catchphrase:Kayn: (excited) "The child is gone. The killer remains."Rhaast: "I survived eternity! They will die today, and the next, and the next..."
- Child Soldiers: Was conscripted in Noxus as a boy, sent to Ionia and expected to die in his first battle.
- The Corruption/The Corrupter: Rhaast is attempting both of these on Kayn, transforming his left arm and attempting to weaken his resolve.
- Darker and Edgier: More than most champions. It's notable that Riot's internal name for Kayn when he was in development was "Edgelord Assassin."
- Doppleganger Attack: To help indicate that he and Zed are a part of the same order and use similar magic, when using Blade's Reach as a Shadow Assassin, Kayn leaves behind a shadow that casts the ability for him, similar to Zed's much more advanced use of shadows in combat.
- Dynamic Entry: A lot of champions can dash or blink over walls, but only Kayn can casually walk through them to make your day end badly.
- Evil Is Hammy:
- Rhaast becomes a fountain of exuberant carnage and death should he manage to take over Kayn's body. Being cooped up in a scythe for centuries would leave one a little excited when they manage to finally get free.
- Odyssey Kayn turns the normally humorless and rigid Kayn into a hammy whackjob. And he only gets hammier if the player picks his Shadow Assassin form.
- Evil Laugh: Both like to do this as they jump into an enemy with Umbral Trespass. True to their characters, Kayn's is more subdued and haunting, while Rhaast's is over-the-top maniacal.
- Evil vs. Evil: A remorseless assassin versus an Omnicidal Maniac Blood Knight. Kayn is A Lighter Shade of Black because he might not want to kill everything, but being morally better than Rhaast is a low bar to clear.
- Eyepatch of Power: Odyssey Kayn starts off with one, which he gets rid of when he shifts into Shadow Assassin.
- Fatal Flaw: Kayn's pride led him to try to wield Rhaast instead of destroying him like Zed commanded. It could indeed prove fatal for him (and a lot of people around him) if the player chooses the Darkin route, where Rhaast wrests himself free from Kayn's control, impales him, and then possesses his body.
- Fate Worse than Death: It's unclear whether Kayn dies in the sense that the Kindred get to collect him should Rhaast win their battle for dominance, as Rhaast's description of Kayn's fate is rather... unpleasant."Kayn weeps in the abyss between oblivions. Idiot."
- Force and Finesse: Rhaast and Kayn respectively. Rhaast heals from dealing damage, and roars into battle head-on with his sustain and durability, while Kayn has greater burst and strikes at the enemy's backline from the shadows. Exemplified by their respectively upgrades to Blade's Reach where Kayn use a shadow to cast it at greater range and without slowing himself down, while Rhaast sends his enemies flying with a powerful uppercut.
- Fragile Speedster: The Shadow Assassin route, allowing Kayn to deal more burst damage and improving his abilities' ranges and flexibility.
- Friendly Enemy: Subverted. They're mortal enemies locked in a struggle for dominance, but because both of them are utterly confident in their victory, they come off as a lot more friendly than they really are.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: From a Noxian child soldier to an unstoppable shadow-ninja assassin or an equally unstoppable rampaging Darkin.
- Gameplay and Story Integration: At the beginning of the game, Kayn is still a ninja-in-training, and Rhaast is trapped in the scythe, which explains their initial weakness- Kayn isn't an assassin yet because he still hasn't got the hang of being a shadow ninja, and Rhaast cannot exercise his full power because Kayn struggles against him. Neither is strong enough yet to gain full dominance, but as the game goes on, each can gain strength in different ways, which will eventually result in the form change. And once a form is chosen, Kayn's ability and character icons change to reflect it, even changing all mentions of his name in the tooltips to 'Rhaast' if the Darkin route is chosen.
- Kayn, as a ninja, wants to assassinate important targets and then book it before he can be retaliated against, which is represented as damaging ranged champions. By doing this he furthers his training. Once he is fully trained, he has the discipline and strength of will to purge Rhaast's corruption and expel him from the scythe.
- Rhaast, as a Darkin, wants to fight up close with worthy opponents, which is represented as damaging melee champions. Doing so feeds his bloodlust and allows him to further corrupt Kayn, granting him the strength to wrest free of Kayn's control and possess him.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: But to avoid confusion for the other nine players in the game, the in-game chat and ping system still call the character "Kayn" even if Kayn is dead and Rhaast is inhabiting what was used to be his body.
- Kayn is also the first Champion whose gameplay takes advantage of the fact that there is no longer a canonical League of Legends and these are hypothetical matches (i.e. you haven't summoned the actual person to fight for you). You can destroy Kayn or Rhaast over and over, but at the beginning of the next match they will both be alive.
- Gardening-Variety Weapon: Both Kayn and Aatrox will taunt Rhaast for being a farming implement instead of a proper weapon. Doesn't make him any less badass, but it does make for some hilarious lines.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: In his Shadow Assassin form, Kayn's eyes glow blue, and in Darkin form they glow red. In his base form, his corrupted left eye also glows red.
- Going Native: Noxian by birth, but Kayn considers himself Ionian and has no love for his home country.
- Grand Theft Me: If Rhaast wins, he gets Kayn's body and his shadow abilities to use as his own.
- Guide Dang It!: The actual mechanics behind Kayn's transformation gauge are not well-explained either in promotional material or in the game itself. Of particular note is that the gauge doesn't necessarily show the total number of orbs Kayn's earned, but the orb count of whichever type - blue or red - is currently leading, and it doesn't show what type is currently ahead. Secondly - and most importantly - the value of the orbs Kayn earns increases as the game goes on. Kayn could kill the entire enemy team by himself at the start of the game and maybe earn 25% of the orbs he needs, but a single good fight against only one or two enemies at the ten minute mark can bring him from empty to full on his gauge in one go.
- Hidden Depths: Rhaast reins himself in until he takes over Kayn's body, instead trying to erode at Kayn's will by offering him freedom and power while simultaneously playing on his fears and doubts. The moment he wins, however, that all goes right out the window and gets replaced with gleeful carnage.
- Highly Visible Ninja: Going shirtless and wielding a massive scythe does not exactly make for a subtle ninja. Kayn does somewhat make up for it with his ability to walk through walls to surprise opponents, though.
- Hijacking Cthulhu: Darkin gain new forms by taking over the bodies of those who pick up their weapons. Kayn has the potential to turn the tables on Rhaast by destroying him and claiming his scythe for his own.
- I Lied: In his Odyssey skin, Rhaast says this verbatim in one of his lines for picking the Darkin route.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Choosing the Darkin route triggers an animation where the scythe begins moving on its own, before impaling (and presumably killing) Kayn to allow Rhaast to take over.
- Instant Expert: Kayn has mastered every weapon with ease and is a natural adept at Zed's shadow magic. It's why he's so certain he can tame Rhaast.Kayn: I have mastered every weapon of war, no prattling tool will prove an exception.
- Intangibility: Shadow Step allows the player to simply walk through walls at will, while Umbral Trespass has Kayn become briefly untargetable while floating inside an unfortunate victim.
- Kingmaker Scenario: It's ultimately up to the player as to which of the two emerges victorious, depending on whose abilities and strengths they need more for that match.
- Large Ham: Rhaast, very much so.(Upon respawning) "So that's what death feels like... GOOD THING I'M IMMORTAL!"
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Kayn's the only ninja in the game to not use Energy instead of Mana.
- Laughably Evil: Rhaast is more randomly destructive than Kayn, but his short attention span, carefree attitude, and casual willingness to admit to mistakes makes him far more amusing than his chronically uptight partner.(Upon reviving in Darkin form) "Okay! That did not work!"
- Life Drain: One of Rhaast's key strengths, should he win. He heals a large portion of ability damage on enemy champions, and even more from Umbral Trespass.
- Lightning Bruiser: The Darkin route, as Rhaast heals from hitting enemy champions with his abilities, while also gaining max-health-based damage and slightly better crowd control.
- Living Weapon: Kayn (figuratively) and Rhaast (literally). They're fighting to see who ends up wielding whom.
- Magikarp Power: Begins the game rather weak and unspecialized, with his abilities doing little outside of damage. Once the player selects either Shadow Assassin or Darkin, Kayn's role as either an Assassin or a Diver is solidified.
- Mutually Exclusive Powerups: Because selecting one transformation over the other involves either Kayn or Rhaast killing the other, the transformation you didn't select is logically locked out permanently for the rest of the current match. Making the right choice for the current situation is an important part of mastering Kayn.
- Mr. Fanservice: Visual demonic corruption aside, Kayn is a very attractive young man evoking dark Bishounen design tropes and fights his battles shirtless.
- Name of Cain: The Xtreme Kool Letterz variation, but his name is pronounced the same, and he's clearly the normal, nice Ionian.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Kayn was actually supposed to destroy Rhaast, for fear of Noxus using the darkin scythe against Ionia. But Kayn was so supremely confident that he chose to take the living scythe for his own use.
- Ninja: A scythe isn't exactly normal ninja weaponry, but then again, Rhaast isn't exactly a normal scythe. Kayn is a part of Zed's Order of the Shadow, so he at least has some credence as a ninja. The Shadow Assassin route exemplifies this.
- Not So Different: For all their differences, Kayn and Rhaast both love killing, and both consider the Rift Scuttler extremely annoying to deal with. They also really enjoy using Kayn's shadow powers.
- Obviously Evil: Rhaast makes it very clear that he's an evil, omnicidal monster who wants to slaughter everything in sight.
- Oh, Crap!: When Rhaast becomes stronger, he wrests himself free of Kayn's grip. Kayn takes a step back that screams this, but by then it's too late for him.
- Post-Mortem One-Liner: Shadow Assassin Kayn is especially fond of these.
- Pretty Boy: Kayn. When Rhaast takes over, he gets considerably more demonic and corrupted looking.
- Pride: The reason Kayn wields Rhaast instead of just destroying him like he was meant to. His pride can either be validated or prove to be a very bad idea depending on what the player wants.
- Psychopathic Manchild: For a being perhaps thousands of years old, Rhaast has little more depth or motive than "kill everything he can".Rhaast: Which to wreak first? Carnage, havoc, or mayhem? I just can't decide.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Kayn's left eye glows red in his base form, showing the extent of Rhaast's corruption. Both eyes are red in Darkin form.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Rhaast's red to Kayn's blue, shown clearly in their respective final forms.Kayn: The true assassin kills one to save many.Rhaast: Such noble lies. Save no-one, it's so liberating!
- Revenge Before Reason: Kayn against Noxian champions (no doubt as a result of being used as cannon fodder as a child by them). Notably, his shadow assassin form will have lines for Darius and Sion in particular, who are both melee juggernauts who are almost impossible for him to beat directly without a considerable advantage. But if you attack either, Kayn gleefully calls for vengeance.
- Scheherezade Gambit: What Rhaast is running (see Hidden Depths, above). His one chance to survive is to keep Kayn interested in their duel; otherwise Kayn will just destroy the scythe like he was originally meant to.Kayn: I let you go, and you will die.Rhaast: And you will lose.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Barely. Rhaast is confined to the scythe, but he has the power to take over the body of anyone who makes direct contact with him. Kayn already shows signs of Rhaast's influence but is preventing him from taking over entirely (thus far).
- Sinister Scythe: It doesn't really get more sinister than an Omnicidal Maniac Living Weapon trying to possess its wielder. That being said, the scythe appears to be seen less as symbol of death and more of an actual harvesting tool in Runeterra, which leads to Rhaast getting a short end of the stick compared to his kin.
- Slasher Smile: Kayn sports one in his splash art, shown above.
- Slipknot Ponytail: In his Shadow Assassin form, Kayn's long braided hair comes undone and flows freely. Word of God says this was meant to symbolize his newfound freedom from Rhaast and other restraints.
- Spin Attack: The second part of Reaping Slash.
- The Starscream: Surprisingly subverted with Kayn. While it's very clear that he has aspirations for becoming the leader of the Order of the Shadow, his backstory makes it clear that he wants to inherit the order from Zed rather than try to forcibly take the mantle for himself. Also, his quotes towards an allied Zed and an enemy Shen show that he respects Zed very highly, even if he believes his Shadow Assassin form now surpasses him.
- Surpassed the Teacher: In his Shadow Assassin form, Kayn believes he's done this. Given the way Kayn scales into the late game compared to Zed, he's not necessarily wrong. According to Word of God, Kayn considers doing this his duty in order to make Zed proud - even if surpassing him means killing him someday.Kayn: Zed now walks in my shadow.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Both of them are trying to kill the other, but since they're initially at an impasse, they fight together until one absorbs enough power from fighting to gain dominance.
- Trash Talk: Kayn does this regularly early on to Rhaast, possibly to assert his control over his mind and body.Kayn: Who should I obey: Master Zed, or the farm implement with delusions of grandeur?
- Victor Gains Loser's Powers: If Kayn purges Rhaast, he masters the mighty scythe and fully integrates it into his combat style. If Rhaast consumes Kayn, he adds Kayn's shadow magic to his usual repertoire of powers.
- Voice of the Legion: Shadow Assassin Kayn.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: He wears no shirt. His left arm is mostly corrupted, though, with what appears to be a large pauldron sitting on his shoulder.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: His lines indicate that Kayn is acting for the betterment of Ionia, but his plans do involve killing whoever he sees as a threat to the islands, a task he carries out with gusto.
- Wowing Cthulhu: Despite the fact that he wants to corrupt and consume Kayn, Rhaast does genuinely respect Kayn's prowess in combat and his abilities, going as far as calling him "the great Kayn" in his taunt if he happens to take over him.
- You Are Already Dead: Similar to Zed's Death Mark, Umbral Trespass can leave a helpless victim awaiting their doom as Kayn deals the killing blow by emerging.
Voiced by: Unknown (English), Ana Esther Alborg (European Spanish), Laura Torres (Mexican Spanish), Yumiko Kobayashi (Japanese)
More than just the lightning-quick enforcer of Ionian balance, Kennen is the only yordle member of the Kinkou. Despite his small, furry stature, he is eager to take on any threat with a whirling storm of shuriken and boundless enthusiasm. Alongside his master Shen, Kennen patrols the spirit realm, employing devastating electrical energy to strike down his enemies.
Kennen is a Specialist champion that darts through the battlefield fast as lightning, unleashing a storm of attacks and spells to disable enemy targets. Like the other ninja champions, he uses a fixed Energy Meter as a resource instead of mana. His passive, Mark of the Storm, places electrical marks on enemies damaged by his abilities. Once three marks stack, they will be consumed to briefly stun the target and return Energy to Kennen. With his first ability, Thundering Shuriken, Kennen throws an electrically-charged shuriken in a target direction, damaging the first enemy it hits. His second ability, Electrical Surge, passively charges Kennen's every fifth consecutive attack with lightning, causing it to deal bonus damage and put a Mark of the Storm on the target. When activated, Kennen sends an electric surge to all nearby foes that have a Mark of the Storm on them or are inside his Slicing Maelstrom, damaging them. With his third ability, Lightning Rush, Kennen turns into a ball of lightning for a few seconds, gaining a large boost to his movement speed, armor and magic resist and allowing him to move through units. While in this state, Kennen damages all enemies he moves through and replenishes some Energy the first time he damages an enemy champion. His ultimate ability, Slicing Maelstrom, summons a powerful thunderstorm around Kennen for a few seconds, repeatedly damaging nearby enemies. Each successive strike against the same enemy deals increased damage.
Kennen's alternate skins include Deadly Kennen, Swamp Master Kennen, Karate Kennen, Kennen, M.D, Arctic Ops Kennen, Blood Moon Kennen, and Super Kennen.
- Adorably Precocious Child: Sort of, since his voice gives off the impression that he's still rather young. Tries to be "precocious", but ends up getting excited.
- Badass Adorable: He's one adorable flppin' yordle ninja.
- Combos: Getting 3 Marks of the Storm on an enemy will stun them. Kennen players with a very good grasp on timing abilities can even chain multiple stuns in a row.
- Cool Mask: Wears one in his Blood Moon skin. Like Blood Moon Kalista, he takes it off in his recall animation.
- The Faceless: He's a ninja. DURRR. Mostly subverted in his Karate skin... though he still wears a mask over his eyes in it. Completely averted with his Kennen, MD skin.
- Environment Specific Skin: Arctic Ops Kennen
- Fuuma Shuriken: Although it's mostly to the size of a Yordle."Yes they make Shurikens this small!"
- Gratuitous Ninja: He's a flippin' ninja!
- The Heart: His title is not just for show - he serves as the moral-center for the Kinkou. It was enough that even after leaving the Kinkou, Akali still has a soft spot on him.
- Highly Visible Ninja: Has little advantage over most other champions to make a tricky surprise attack. The very conspicuous lighting he generates doesn't help much either.
- Hit-and-Run Tactics: Kennen's kit encourages players to do this thanks to his massive movement speed and landing his stuns using spells and autoattacks. This is more prominent in AD centric/split-pushing builds than AP builds though.
- Keet: His age is unknown but he sounds like a little boy, energetically runs around, and is the most excitable of the Kinkou.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: His kit in theory is a relatively basic and straightforward mage-marksman package, but the reason he's dubbed a Specialist champion is because in practice, it's shockingly versatile. The highly specific makeup of his kit (mostly thanks to his passive) means he can be played as a straight AP combo mage or as a high DPS AD-based marksman in just about every lane role.
- The McCoy: He's the good-hearted optimist of the Kinkou.
- Nice Guy: Part of being The Heart. He's the only one who'd consider forgiving Zed, for instance, if he apologized to them.
- Not the Intended Use: Kennen's Electrical Surge passive scales off in attack damage, has relatively decent base attack speed and damage, and have a good form of sustain since he uses energy. Because of these factors, many players often play him as an AD carry instead of an actual mage. He is even used to play in the top lane as an AD build instead of the middle lane because he often fares well against a lot of melee bruisers and doesn't fare well against many mages in the mid lane. This is even acknowledged by the Riot staff themselves when they introduced the custom item builds to the game.
- Old Master: It's not immediately apparent given his youthful and excitable demeanor, but as of Akali's VGU, he served as a mentor and surrogate father figure to her since her childhood.
- Older Than They Look: Despite his Keet personality, yordles are known to have extremely long lifespans, and he's implied to be one of the older members of the Kinkou Order, or at least old enough to serve as Akali's mentor during her childhood.
- Power Trio: With Akali and Shen, until Akali left the Kinkou.
- Shock and Awe: Absolutely everything he does.
Voiced by: Dameon Clarke (English), Rafael Azcárraga (European Spanish), Pedro D'Aguillon Jr. (Mexicam Spanish) Norio Wakamoto (Japanese)
The Void grows, and the Void adaptsin none of its myriad spawn are these truths more apparent than KhaZix. Evolution drives the core of this mutating horror, born to survive and to slay the strong. Where it struggles to do so, it grows new, more effective ways to counter and kill its prey. Initially a mindless beast, KhaZixs intelligence has developed as much as its form. Now, the creature plans out its hunts, and even utilizes the visceral terror it engenders in its victims.
Kha'Zix is an Assassin champion who jumps on and takes down single targets at a time, and can adapt his abilities to deal with different situations. His passive, Unseen Threat, causes Kha'Zix's next basic attack to deal bonus damage and slow the target whenever he leaves the enemy team's vision. With his first ability, Taste their Fear, Kha'Zix slices a nearby enemy with his claws, damaging them. If the target has no allies nearby, they will take bonus damage. His second ability, Void Spike, fires spikes in a target direction that explode upon hitting an enemy, damaging nearby foes and healing Kha'Zix if he's inside the explosion. With his third ability, Leap, Kha'Zix jumps to a target location, damaging surrounding enemies upon landing. His ultimate ability, Void Assault, allows Kha'zix to briefly become invisible and gain bonus movement speed up to two times in a row.
Additionally, whenever Kha'Zix levels up his ultimate he can evolve one of four different physical adaptations, each one boosting one of his abilities. Reaper Claws slightly increases the range of his Taste their Fear and basic attacks, and makes Taste their Fear refund most of its cooldown if the target has no nearby allies. Spike Racks allows his Void Spikes to fire three exploding spikes in a cone, and causes them to slow and reveal enemies struck. Wings increases the range of his Leap and allows its cooldown to be refreshed whenever he kills or helps kill an enemy champion. Adaptive Cloaking passively allows Kha'Zix to gain the benefits of Void Assault when out of combat and inside of brush for a few seconds, which linger for a small moment after leaving the brush.
Kha'Zix's alternate skins include Mecha Kha'Zix, Guardian of the Sands Kha'Zix, Death Blossom Kha'Zix, and Dark Star Kha'Zix.
- The Assimilator: Those three words in the quote above? Those describe an urge so primal to him that even if he absorbed and evolved a great mind which told him it wasn't the smartest thing to do, he'd discard the intellect in favor of continuing killing, eating and evolving.
- Audible Sharpness: His passive is triggered by disappearing from the vision of the enemy team: It increases his next attack's damage and slows the target. How will you know if you're fulfilling the 'not seen by enemy' requirement for refreshing it? Well, you get a neat little buff, and purple void blades grow from Kha'Zix's claws with an audible "tzing".
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: He looks kinda like a big, purplenote praying mantis.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: No hands, just blades attached to wrist-joints - said blades are almost as tall as he is when he's crouching.
- Cannibalism Superpower: Kha'Zix wants to kill deadly opponents, evolve by eating the corpse, then find another target with whom to repeat the cycle.
- Crosshair Aware: Inverted for Kha'Zix. His Isolation mechanic automatically identifies and targets any enemy far enough from their allies that would make them vulnerable, but only Kha'Zix can see the mark. If using the "Mecha" skin, the visual cue is literally a crosshair.
- Dynamic Entry: When leaping from bushes, it can be this. But if you evolve his jump, the range doubles, and the jump's cooldown refreshes on kill or assist, so it's not uncommon to see Kha'Zix come flying over the treeline, leapfrog from champion to champion, then jump back over the trees and vanish.
- Eldritch Abomination: Hails from The Void, so it comes with the territory.
- Evolving Attack: In as literal a sense as possible. Every point spent in his ult gives him an evolution point to upgrade one of his abilities, making it more powerful.
- The Alien to Rengar's Predator.
- He has an uncanny resemblance to a Space Pirate.
- Scyther, anyone?
- Also, the whole "evolving" theme is clearly reminiscent of both the Zerg and the Tyranids.
- An insectoid being who gets stronger by killing and consuming people? Sounds a lot like Cell. Bonus points for sharing the same voice actor (both in English and Japanese) who uses his Imperfect Cell voice for Kha'Zix.
- Foil: To his rival, Rengar. While both have very similar kits and abilities, they need to be used in the opposite way. Rengar benefits from his enemies being clumped up together, while Kha'Zix wants to isolate and delete a single enemy squishy in half a second.
- Fragile Speedster: Like Rengar, he revolves around appearing from out of nowhere. Unlike Rengar, he really can't afford to stick around if he doesn't score a kill quickly. Thankfully, his toolset can be used to make an escape just as easily as it can be used to engage.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Like Kog'Maw, Kha'Zix's story revolves around consuming his enemies and gaining their abilities. Also like Kog'Maw, he has absolutely no mechanics related to this (his evolution mechanics occur naturally as he levels up and is not related to anyone he has killed in any way).
- The sole exception is if you complete his unique quest against Rengar where you are awarded an additional evolution point for defeating a Rengar before he can do the same to you.
- Glass Cannon: Like Rengar, he revolves around killing you in seconds. Unlike Rengar, he really can't afford to stick around if he doesn't score a kill quickly.
- Growing Wings: Evolving his leap will make him grow wings, and cause him to fly around from time to time when moving. True to his insectoid appearance, the wings are insectoid as well.
- Laser Blade: Has purple void-energy blades forming on his claws whenever his passive is ready.
- LEGO Genetics: With near instant evolution and ability to discard evolutions at will, one has to assume this trope is in play somewhere.
- Macross Missile Massacre: Mecha Kha'Zix's Void Spike becomes a salvo of missiles.
- Mini-Mecha/Robot Me: His Mecha Kha'Zix skin.
- Metamorphosis: His evolution mechanic is this in game: Once an evolution is chosen, it takes him a few seconds of standing still while playing out an unique evolution animation - from this point on the new attribute is permanent for the remainder of the match.
- Never Split The Party: Whatever you do while fighting a Kha'Zix, you should never go alone: Kha'Zix's damage increases by quite a lot if you're without an ally of any sort nearby, and if his claws are evolved, that damage will increase even more: It's not uncommon for a Kha'Zix to do around 1000 damage to an isolated target in a very short fraction of time.
- Not So Different: From his rival, Rengar. They're both hunters who seek the most powerful prey to make them stronger. Even more, their kits are extremely similar. Both have single target, high damage nukes (Taste Their Fear, Savagery), a skillshot (Void Spikes, Bola Strike), a way to jump at enemies (Leap, Unseen Predator), benefits from being stealthed (Unseen Threat, Unseen Predator), ways to self heal (Void Spikes, Empowered Battle Roar), and most importantly, ultimates that grant a power spike and stealth (Void Assault, Thrill of the Hunt). While they need to be played differently, the kits are very alike.
- Pūnct'uatìon Sh'akër: As is typical of Void monsters, his name is two syllables split by an apostrophe.
- Serrated Blade of Pain: Evolving his first ability will turn his already sharp blades into these. It's no surprise they're capable of dealing out some serious hurt afterwards.
- Sinister Scythe: He doesn't so much have hands as his has these.. what would have been wrists are more or less joints which his Blades Below the Shoulder are attached to..
- Spike Shooter: A volley is shot with each use of his W ability, three volleys in a cone if evolved. If they hit a target they explode, dealing damage as well as applying his passive if available when evolved. And if Kha'Zix is in the range of said explosion, he's healed.
- Token Good Teammate: Not necessarily good, but whereas Cho'Gath is malicious and Kog'Maw is destructive, Kha'Zix has a very selective impact on Runeterra: he only kills and consumes the strongest predators, so that he can adapt and survive.
- Trrrilling Rrrs: He'll be trrrillllliiing any letter that suits it, but it's most noticeable with the R's.
- Turns Red: Any of his evolutions count as this in terms of gameplay, though he literally turns red upon enhancing his ultimate.
- Worthy Opponent: Considers Rengar to be this. Riot themselves want to encourage opposing Kha'Zix and Rengar players to enact their final duel, with a special in-game benefit to whoever kills (or assists in killing) the other at level 16 first. If Kha'Zix kills Rengar, as hinted at in the lore he reaches the pinnacle of his predatory evolution by absorbing Rengar's strength; this provides him with a bonus evolution point, allowing Kha'Zix to enhance all of his abilities.
- You Are Who You Eat: In a nutshell. He's driven by a need to feast and evolve based on the prey he just consumed.
Lamb voiced by: Marcella Lentz-Pope (English), Tania Ugía (European Spanish), Alondra Hidalgo (Mexican Spanish)
Wolf voiced by: Matthew Mercer (English), Roberto González (European Spanish), Irwin Daayán (Mexican Spanish)
Separate, but never parted, Kindred represents the twin essences of death. Lambs bow offers a swift release from the mortal realm for those who accept their fate. Wolf hunts down those who run from their end, delivering violent finality within his crushing jaws. Though interpretations of Kindreds nature vary across Runeterra, every mortal must choose the true face of their death.
Kindred, composed of the player-controlled Lamb and hovering partner Wolf, are a Marksman champion duo who are intended to be played in the jungle, seeking out their prey to gain power from each mark they bring down. With their first ability, Dance of Arrows, Lamb jumps a short distance in the target direction and fires an arrow at up to three nearby enemies upon landing, damaging them. Lamb also gains bonus attack speed for a short time afterwards. Their second ability, Wolf's Frenzy, sends Wolf to claim a nearby location as his territory, automatically and independently attacking nearby enemies. When used inside Wolf's territory, Dance of Arrows has its cooldown drastically reduced. Their third ability, Mounting Dread, cripples a nearby enemy champion, greatly slowing them. If Lamb lands three basic attacks on a slowed target, Wolf will pounce at them, dealing bonus damage based on their missing health. With Kindred's ultimate ability, Lamb's Respite, Lamb blesses the ground around herself, creating a large zone inside which all units (friend or foe and even structures) cannot be reduced below a small percentage of their maximum health. When the zone expires, any targets still inside are healed by a small amount of health.
Kindred's passive, Mark of the Kindred, allows both Lamp and Wolf to mark targets as prey; Lamb can manually select an enemy champion, while Wolf will randomly mark a large jungle monster in the enemy side of the map. Slaying a marked target grants Lamb bonus attack range and enhances Kindred's basic abilities, stacking with each mark killed. Dance of Arrows grants higher attack speed, while Wolf's Frenzy and Mounting Dread both deal more damage.
Kindred's alternate skins include Shadowfire Kindred and Super Galaxy Kindred.
- Affectionate Nickname: Lamb calls Wolf "Dear Wolf", and Wolf calls Lamb "Little Lamb".
- Animal Jingoism: Wolf's solo taunt for Rengar?Wolf: "Chase the cat!"
- Assist Character: This is largely how Wolf functions. Normally he simply follows Lamb (who is controlled by the player), unable to attack or be attacked. He separates and performs some functions for their passive, second skill, and third skill.
- Big, Stupid Doodoo-Head: Wolf's attempt at mimicking Lamb.Wolf: Words, words, la-la-la, pew-twang-pew!Lamb: Are you imitating me?
Lamb: I'm hungry, I'm hungry! I'm bored. Chase! Chase! Chase!Wolf: You get it now!
- When she mimics him back, Wolf mistakes it for her acting more like him.
- The Beastmaster: In-game, the relationship between Lamb and Wolf is similar to this, with the player mostly controlling Lamb with Wolf assisting in the hunt.
- Beast and Beauty: While both are animalistic, Lamb is much more human than Wolf.
- Blood Knight: Wolf cares only about chasing and hunting prey, waiting impatiently and complaining of boredom when not on the hunt.Wolf: "Chasing is the best game in the world, and I always win!"
- Blue and Orange Morality: Being personifications of the Death, they aren't good or evil. To them, they are simply playing out the final fate of all creatures, and even have directed taunts to Sion, implying that they are providing a Mercy Kill for him. As Word of God put it during a Q&A session regarding whether Kindred was good or evil:Riot Stellari: They're definitely not evil. But they're not positive/negative either. They're a force of nature. Kind of like a tornado isn't inherently good/evil.
- Taken even further when Word of God elaborates that a person's moral standing is not what decides which aspect of Kindred comes for them. A good person can still face Wolf's teeth if they run from the inevitability (even if they don't choose to, as Yorick only sees Wolf), while an evil person will receive Lamb's arrows should they Face Death with Dignity.
- Brains and Brawn: Lamb is the brains, Wolf is the brawn. However, Lamb isn't exactly a weakling, either.
- Confusion Fu: Similarly to Kalista, Lamb can hop all over the place while in Wolf's territory. There's also a lot of options to mess around with enemies by marking them with Kindred's passive, such as marking an enemy only to target a different enemy, or marking an enemy just to scare them and make them break off an attack on an ally, even if Kindred is on the other end of the map, or doing the above for a while, and then going ahead and attacking the marked enemy for real.
- Cool Mask: Both Wolf and Lamb wear masks (of a Lamb and Wolf respectively). Word of God indicates the masks can be removed, but this would be a very bad thing indeed.
- Crutch Character/Magikarp Power: They, much like Draven or Tristana, manage to be both at once. Their kit is well-suited to constant early ganking and their ganks tend to be Simple, yet Awesome what with how they mostly just chase somebody down and shoot them, and their respectably high base damages help secure the kill. However, if they fail to get sufficient amount of passive stacks, they have almost no presence in the mid/late-game beyond their ultimate due to relatively poor scaling and bad base AD. But if they can persevere through a weakened midgame and pick off stacks here and there, they scale right back up into a deadly carry.
- Dissonant Serenity: Lamb mostly speaks in a calm, soothing tone, even when doing things such as telling Wolf to attack or making threats.
- The Dividual: Though they have different personalities, they are always seen at most a few feet apart and seem to share thoughts.Never one......without the other.
- Don't Fear the Reaper: While still a capable huntress, Lamb is much closer to this trope than Wolf. Her philosophy on death is that while it is unavoidable and final, it's not something to be feared, and that it gives meaning to life. According to Word of God, accepting her (and, by extension, accepting your end) means a peaceful and serene death. Attempting to flee from death means Wolf will give you a horrifying and painful end. That said, while not as vicious, she's still just as eager as Wolf to see you dead if it's your time.
- Early-Bird Cameo: As with Bard and Tahm Kench, small details were added into matches (their mark appearing above random characters at the start of a match, either of their masks appearing over a character upon death) prior to their release. Additionally, the shadowy form of Wolf can be seen early in the Curse of the Sad Mummy video.
- Emotionless Girl: Lamb is a near case, according to Word of God. She knows much but feels little, as opposed to Wolf, who feels much but knows little. She asks Wolf how he feels, and what it feels like to feel.
- Evil Laugh: Though not necessarily evil, Lamb's playful, eerie laugh combined with Wolf's vicious cackle make for an unsettling mix.
- Expy: A large part of their concept was inspired by the Chinese philosophy of Yin and yang. Yin and Yang describes how apparently opposite or contrary forces are actually complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another. Their masks show this further, as the black Wolf has the white Lamb mask, with the reverse being true to Lamb.
- The Faceless: Lamb's mask covers her whole face, while Wolf's mask only covers part of his. Contrasting this, Wolf seems to only have a face and a wispy trail following it, while Lamb has a full body.
- Finishing Each Other's Sentences: With the occasional speaking in unison.
- Gameplay and Story Integration: Kindred's Wolf Frenzy allows for Kindred to keep up with enemies by reducing the cooldown for Dance of Arrows, allowing them to dash around as needed to keep up with their intended target whether they choose to stand and fight, or try to run. Mounting Dread applies a massive slow on activation, and gaining 3 hits on the target causes them to get pounced upon by Wolf for a chunk of damage, which by that point, the target is either trying to flee with little health remaining, or is refusing to accept that their time is up
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: They have bright, glowing blue eyes.
- The Grim Reaper: Implied heavily to be the Anthropomorphic Personification of Death, or rather, the result of said personification dividing itself in two. Both take on different mannerisms of the Reaper; Lamb is a gentle, soft, yet eerie and absolute figure, while Wolf is a bestial shade who hunts down those who would defy or flee from their fate.
- Guttural Growler: Wolf has a very growly voice, seemingly to evoke fear.
- I Have Many Names: As mentioned in A Good Death, the Kindred have many individual names: Lamb and Wolf, Ina and Ani, Farya and Wolyo, these are given examples.
- Immortality Field: Kindred's Ultimate ability, Lamb's Respite, prevents everything within a small area from dying for a few seconds, then heals them for a flat amount after it expires. Pretty strong if your team is losing a fight, letting you essentially become invincible and tip the scales.
- "Instant Death" Radius: Being of the marksman category, they are this by late-game, but special mention goes to Wolf's Frenzy creating a zone in which Lamb has excessive mobility and damage with Wolf constantly damaging a single person within the area.
- Inverted by their ultimate, which creates an area where nobody can die.
- It Is Not Your Time: Seems to be the point of their Ultimate, "Lamb's Respite," which prevents anyone in a certain area from dying.
- Kill Steal: They have a series of quotes reprimanding other champions who steal marked jungle monsters from them. Notably, Lamb actually sounds close to angry when this happens.
- According to Word of God, this close to how they view Karthus' actions in lore:Riot Jaredan: "Kindred and Karthus's relationship will be looked at to some extent in Karthus's upcoming new extended character introduction. Expect it in the next month or so. In my mind (and that's a scary place), Karthus actively rips people away from the fate that should be Kindred. His actions are an abomination to them."
- According to Word of God, this close to how they view Karthus' actions in lore:
- Living on Borrowed Time: Not them, but anyone who dares try to extend their life beyond their time. This includes all undead, resurrected (they're looking directly at you, Azir), and even those who should've died, but have found ways to extend their life beyond when they were supposed to die (this includes Ekko, who's used his Z-Drive Time control device to avoid certain death many times). Anyone guilty of this will be found out, and Wolf will be guaranteed to chase them.
- Lonely Together: Both averted and played straight. Played straight in that Lamb and Wolf were created because their legendary original incarnation was lonely and wanted a friend. Averted in that they empathize with Amumu's loneliness, but still don't want to be friends with him.
- Manchild: Wolf is pure, barely-restrained id, happy only when chasing and killing and impatient or bored the rest of the time.
- Meaningful Name: The word "kindred" means "one's family and relations". Their name also plays on the phrase "kindred spirits" (i.e. like-minded persons).
- Multishot: Dance of Arrows has Lamb fire up to three arrows at three nearby targets.
- One-Hit Kill: This could never realistically happen in a real game, but since Kindred is one of the five champions with infinite stacking note , if they could somehow accumulate 80 stacks of their passive then it will inflict 100% of the target's current HP as bonus physical damage on every attack!note After their rework this was moved to Wolf's attacks during Wolf's Frenzy, and would require 99 stacks to hit the full "100% of the targets current HP" threshold.note
- Paranoia Gambit: Marking an enemy champion for death can have this effect if Lamb marks say, the mid-laner and then never makes her way there, causing the marked enemy to play passively, possibly granting their ally in the same lane an advantage.
- Percent Damage Attack: This isn't a rare thing in League, but Kindred is a notable user of this trope. Kindred's passive grants them permanent and potentially infinite stacks upon killing a marked enemy champion or large jungle monster, and their basic attacks inflict 1.25% of the target's current health per stack. After the rework, this was moved to Wolf's bite attacks during Wolf's Frenzy.
- Prepare to Die: They have a long list of quotes that play when Kindred marks an enemy champion for death. Naturally, the marked enemy hears them.Kindred: The masks of the Kindred seek you!
- Pronoun Trouble: "Kindred" the champion refers to Wolf, who is male, and Lamb, who is female, collectively. Therefore, while referring to the champion as a whole, gender-neutral plural pronouns are meant to be used. However, because the player controls Lamb, with Wolf acting as an Assist Character, some players and even some people working for Riot mistakenly refer to Kindred as a whole with female pronouns, presumably meaning instead to speak of just Lamb.
- Purple Is Powerful: Wolf, while being the Yin half of their Yin/Yang symbolism, is more of a very dark purple than the normal black used in the symbol, and represents the opposite values of aggression, focus and masculinity.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Wolf and Lamb, respectively.
- Running Gag: Lamb trying to recite a poem starting with "The weft and weave of fate guides", only for either Wolf to interrupt her or Lamb to forget how it goes.
- Stealth Pun: Wolf is wearing a Lamb mask and, therefore, is a Wolf in Sheep's Clothing.
- Time Abyss: Certain quotes from Lamb imply this.Wolf: How old are we, Lamb?Lamb: Older than those whose footsteps are long vanished.Wolf: Many years.Lamb: I remember them all.
- Touched by Vorlons: In the short story 'A Good Death' they are the Vorlons who touch amateur actress Magga, making her legendary across Valoran for her portrayal of them until she's famous enough to perform in front of the king and queen of Demacia.
- Voice of the Legion: When Lamb and Wolf speak in unison, it sounds incredibly like this.
- Warrior Poet: Lamb seems to be very much this, with several deep and introspective quotes.Lamb: Beauty fades. That is why it is beautiful.
- William Telling: Their joke consists of Lamb doing this to Wolf. With the bow held in her legs.Wolf: What happens if you miss?Lamb: I don't know.
- Women Are Wiser/Write Who You Know: Word of God (their creator) says that Wolf is based on himself and his more impatient/bored/hungry moments, while Lamb is based on his wife.
- Yin-Yang Bomb: In a variation. Their appearances are heavily based on the taijitu, with Wolf being the Yin (black) and Lamb being the Yang (white). However, like most Western depictions, they're backwards: In Taoism, Yin is characterized as slow, soft, yielding, diffuse, cold, wet, and passive; and is associated with water, earth, the moon, femininity, and nighttime. Yang, by contrast, is fast, hard, solid, focused, hot, dry, and aggressive; and is associated with fire, sky, the sun, masculinity and daytime.
- If one only counts the respective masks of each, however, this is played straight.
Voiced by: Spike Spencer (English), Jorge García Insúa (European Spanish), César Soto (Mexican Spanish)
A warrior as fearless as he is ornery, the yordle Kled embodies the furious bravado of Noxus. He is an icon beloved by the empires soldiers, distrusted by its officers, and loathed by the nobility. Many claim Kled has fought in every campaign the legions have waged, has acquired every military title, and has never once backed down from a fight. Though the truth of the matter is often questionable, one part of his legend is undeniable: Charging into battle on his un-trusty steed, Skaarl, Kled fights to protect whats his
and to take whatever he can get.
Kled is a Diver champion meant for a reckless hyper-aggressive playstyle, pressing on the attack even when any other champion would retreat. He does not use mana or any other resource for his abilities, which are only limited by cooldowns. His passive, Skaarl the Cowardly Lizard, is Kled's untrusty mount. Skaarl has her own health bar and gains all bonus health from items Kled has, and when her health is depleted Skaarl will flee, leaving Kled alone and with a modified set of abilities. When dismounted, Kled gains a large movement speed bonus when moving towards enemy champions and can restore Skaarl's Courage (tracked in his resource bar) and motivate her to return by attacking and killing enemies, effectively healing Kled when he does as Skaarl will return with almost full health.
With his first ability, Beartrap on a Rope, Kled throws the aforementioned contraption in a target direction, damaging all enemies it hits and attaching to the first enemy champion hit. If Kled remains close to that champion for a brief moment, he will pull the target towards him, damaging and slowing them. When dismounted, this ability instead becomes Pocket Pistol, firing a hail of bullets that damages all enemies in a cone in the target direction, knocking himself back in the opposite direction from the recoil and restoring Skaarl's Courage for each enemy hit. His second ability, Violent Tendencies, passively causes Kled to enter a frenzy every few seconds, granting his next four basic attacks a massive attack speed boost and causing the fourth attack to deal bonus damage equal to a percentage of the target's max health. His third ability, Jousting, makes Kled and Skaarl dash in a target direction, damaging all enemies they pass through and gaining bonus movement speed. If they hit an enemy champion or monster, they'll be able to reactivate the ability to dash again towards them, damaging all enemies in their path again. With his ultimate ability, Chaaaaaaaarge!!!, Kled chooses a location in a massive area around him and starts riding a rolling Skaarl towards that location, building up a damage-absorbing shield and a movement speed bonus, as well as leaving behind a directional draft of wind that grants all allied champions inside the same movement speed boost. Skaarl will home in on the first enemy champion they encounter, knocking them back and damaging them by a percentage of their max health.
Kled's alternate skins include Sir Kled and Count Kledula.
- Ambiguous Gender: Not Kled himself, but Skaarl. Kled switches between male and female pronouns when referring to the beast, mainly because he doesn't actually know Skaarl's gender himself. For the record, it's been confirmed that Skaarl is female.
- American Accents: Speaks with a rather noticeable Southern/Texan drawl. Combine this with his Angrish tendencies, he should really bring to mind a crazier and much more profane Yosemite Sam.
- Angrish: Devolves into this occasionally, especially when Skaarl runs.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Sort of. As pointed out in his Champion Insights, he seems to be a sort of manifestation of Noxian soldiers' bloodlust and desire for glory in the battlefield, but it is unclear if this is just a coincidental case of Kled being some kind of pseudo-mascot for said values, or if he's just another "legend" given flesh for the League of Legends.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: He's VERY encouraged to go in, and then keep going in, with Skaarl coming back after he's attacked champions/structures/large monsters enough, meaning he can suddenly become a lot more effective by doing the incredibly insane thing of going back in to a fight on low health. Amusingly, Kled gains movement speed moving towards enemies without Skaarl, implying that if the two were together they'd rush in without hesitation, but Skaarl is afraid and practicing some restraint.
- Ax-Crazy: Very homicidal and completely off his rocker. Bonus points for actually wielding an axe.
- Badass Normal: Kled is in that category of champions who have zero magic scaling in any of their abilities, meaning everything Kled does to you is going to be physical damage. Compared to the other heavily armored and highly skilled fighters, all Kled really has is Skaarl, his axe, a pocket pistol, a bear trap on a rope, and enormous amounts of anger to unleash on his enemies.
- Bear Trap: Has one on a rope, which he tosses out to snag and drag in targets.
- Big Eater: Skaarl, apparently. Kled complains about having already fed the beast half a platoon.
- Blood Knight: Emphasized in this line:Kled: This desert sky is gonna open up with a rain of heavenly bloodshed and glorious violence!
- Bond One-Liner: He sometimes will automatically comment after killing certain enemy champions.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Sometimes when he's busy talking to his mount Skaarl, he'll mention a few of his habits.Kled: Yeah, I like it out here. Freedom, communing with nature, killing hikers.
- Cowardly Sidekick: While Skaarl makes up a good chunk of Kled's health and gives him access to 2 of his abilities, including his ultimate, unlike other duo champions, when her own health bar gets low enough, she'll run for the hills and leave Kled to fight for himself until he can regain enough Courage.
- Crippling Overspecialization: His kit is loaded with deceptively high mobility and staggering damage: things that make him extremely proficient at killing single targets, however he lacks crowd control and pretty much only has his Ult to support his team. While Kled and Skaarl make a formidable duo, whenever Skaarl runs away and leaves Kled to his own devices, Kled's extremely vulnerable. He's locked out of two of his abilities and has the lowest base movement speed in the game at 285. For comparison, Nautilus, who is a walking diving suit and one of the previous tie-holders for the slowest movement speed in the game at 325, is considered lumbering. He does gain bonus movement speed towards enemies when unmounted, however.
- Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: A lot of his threats to his targets are... interesting.Kled: I'M GONNA REACH DOWN YOUR THROAT AND TURN YOUR LUNGS INTO MITTENS!
Kled: I'M GONNA CUT YOU OPEN AND USE YOUR SPINE AS A BACK-SCRATCHER, BECAUSE IT IS ITCHY! VERY ITCHY!
Kled: THERE'S FIXIN' TO BE TWO SOUNDS: ME HITTING YOU AND BIYAYAHGUH!
- Dynamic Entry: His ultimate. He comes rolling in, atop of an actually-rolling Skaarl, and seeks out the nearest enemy champion. He leaves a speed boost for allies to follow up on his entrance.
- Enemy Mine: Several of Kled's lines make it clear that he's planning on killing his teammates; he's just going to kill the enemy champions first.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: One of his abilities is simply called Beartrap On a Rope. Very literal, but indicative.
- Expy: Of General George S. Patton, a famous WW2 hero.
- Foil: To Veigar. Veigar went crazy and evil because Noxus intentionally isolated him as a form of mental torture until he was mentally broken. Kled fights for Noxus because he just flat out wants to cause bloodshed, and his insanity seems to entirely be self-inflicted.
- He is also a foil to Poppy. Both are Yordle melee champions that focus on getting into the enemy's faces and being disruptive. Both fight for opposing factions (Demacia for Poppy, Noxus for Kled), and both are revered as legendary figures within those factions. Story-wise however, Poppy is so absolutely focused on seeking to find the hero who is destined to wield the magic hammer she carries, that she doesn't realize that she's that very hero, and fights to defend herself and others. Kled fights entirely to satisfy his Blood Knight urges and make a name for himself and Noxus. Ability wise, Poppy focuses more on disrupting the enemy by knocking their team out of position, knocking them away with her ult, and zoning the enemy out and preventing them from using dashes with her abilities, which gives her both diving and peeling ability. Kled however is about going ultra-aggressive as much as possible with retreating being discouraged, while locking down and harassing one enemy champion so much that the enemy team has to respond by focusing him or have their team get picked apart in the chaos.
- Is also one to Sejuani. In Kled's champion insights, it is explicitly stated by his champion designer, Iain "Harrow" Hendry, that they always thought of Kled as "light cavalry," as opposed to Sejuani's "heavy cavalry" role. While Sejuani's abilities don't do well to emphasize interaction with her mount Bristle, Kled's abilities show more of a mutual benefit with his mount Skaarl.
- Folk Hero: He's possibly this to Noxian soldiers, representing the lust for war, violence and bloodlust they typically embody. Much like Braum, it's unclear if he actually exists in-universe, despite his presence within the non-canon Summoner's Rift.Camille: You know, I don't even believe in you.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Clearly, it doesn't take much to tick-off Kled.
- Handicapped Badass: It's possible that Kled's blind in his right eye, since it's milky-white and has a scar running through it on his face.
- Hates Everyone Equally: Aside from Skaarl, literally every champion is listed as his rival in his Bio page, including, weirdly enough, himself.
- Hidden Depths: Despite being an Ax-Crazy Screaming Warrior that embodies the attitudes of many Noxian soldiers, he has an interestingly nuanced view on what a "true Noxian" actually is. He believes in Might Makes Right, but more in the sense of an individual using their own strength to gain power rather than through cutting down the competition, subterfuge, or abusing birthright, leading him to be very critical of most Noxian champions, including Darius and Swain. Conversely, he considers Riven, an exile from the empire, a "pure Noxian girl" due to her more properly embodying these values (remember, her ethos is based on hailing the strong rather than crushing the weak).
- Hearing Voices: Specifically ones of invisible badgers and mind weasels.
Phreak: When combined with Beartrap On A Rope, Jousting makes Kled ob-Noxus-ly sticky, even with champions with a whole pile of dashes and dodges at their disposal.
- Even Phreak, the guy who narrates the Champion Spotlight videos, is apparently in his head.
Kled: That voice in my head won't stop making godawful puns!
- Large Ham: Incredibly so, despite his comparatively small size. Particularly when Skaarl runs away and his voice lines go up an octave.
- Lightning Bruiser: Skaarl's additional health bar gives him a surprisingly high amount of HP, he's incredibly sticky and hard to shake off once he's onto you, and his pure damage output is guaranteed to shred any target he singles in on. Bonus points to his Ult, which has the potential to turn his entire team into this.
- I Have Many Names / Overly Long Name: Has a number of ludicrous military ranks. Most which, he's made up, or "inherited."
- Improbable Weapon User: Kled throws a bear-trap on a rope to reel in opponents.
- Invulnerable Horses: Surprisingly, the Gameplay and Story Segregation is the opposite of what you'd think: According to the lore, Skaarl is literally immortal and invulnerable, her scales deflecting all manner of weaponry. Averting it in-game is a major part of playing as or against Kled, however. Kled effectively has two health bars: his own, and Skaarl's. Any bonus health that Kled acquires, whether from runes or items or what have you, is given instead to Skaarl, whose health acts as a buffer for Kled's. Once Skaarl's health depletes, the cowardly mount splits and leaves fragile Kled on his own. Once Kled earns Skaarl's trust again, Skaarl returns with a percentage of her full health (unless she comes back at the summoning platform).
- The Mad Hatter: He appears to be at least somewhat aware that he's crazier than a bag of furious stoats given the number of references to insanity in his voice lines. He just doesn't care.
- Morality Pet: Kled may be a completely homicidal old Yordle, but it's clear that he truly cares about Skaarl.Kled: The sky is my roof, the open plains are my bed, and this lizard is the only company I need.
- Mounted Combat: One of the few champions in the game to ride a mount.
- Mushroom Samba: Many lines involve him hallucinating various things, implied to be as a result of him drinking mushroom juice. Apparently it's quite healthy when you get used to the madness and paranoia.
- The Musketeer: While he technically only uses the latter for one ability (and only when dismounted), Kled wields both a halberd and a pocket pistol.
- The Napoleon: Being a yordle, Kled's not the most intimidating fighter by Noxian standards, but you would be hard pressed to find a more fanatical and angry axe wielding maniac in Valoran.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Not Kled, but Skaarl is according to their bio. She's also immortal, so she really just doesn't have a good excuse for running for the hills so often aside from sheer cowardice.
- No Indoor Voice: And HOW. Just listen to this guy for five minutes and hope your eardrums won't burst as most of his voice clips involve some type of yelling. This seems to be taken Up to Eleven with some of his lines while dismounted, some of which just have to be heard to be believed.
- One-Man Army: In a similar vein as Aatrox, in Kled's lore he single-handedly turned the tide of a losing battle by boosting the morale of the Noxian army that was fighting at the time before tearing his way through the enemies, and even after he loses Skaarl, he still kept tearing through enemies left and right. And when he gets the lizard to come back to him, it's all but implied he turned the fight into an absolute bloodbath before the barbarians decided to flee.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Zig-zagged. Kled, like Sion, is almost always pure Screaming Warrior, so when you hear some of his more lucid lines, it feels weird. But in a good way.
- Patriotic Fervor: Despite all his craziness, he seems to really love his country judging by some of his lines.Kled: Don't mess with Noxus!
Kled: Noxus ends where I say it ends.
- However, Kled appears to have his own ideals about what a true Noxian is, given his snide remarks to Noxian champions after killing them, and commenting on how Riven is a "pure Noxian."
- Percent Damage Attack: The last hit of Violent Tendencies deals physical damage based on a percent of the target's maximum HP.
- Precision F-Strike: Precision S-Strike, more like.Kled: HOLY SH*T! WHERE ARE WE?!
- Psychopathic Manchild: Good God, he makes people like Jinx look sane. Revels in killing folks, warns people of invisible badgers, and swears a storm in comparison to the rest of the cast... then contemplates tacos afterward.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: One of his lines:
- Recoil Boost: Kled's Q ability when unmounted, Pocket Pistol, knocks him backwards from the direction he fires in, likely so he can both be able to deal damage to call Skaarl back and keep his distance so he doesn't get gibbed by his target.
- Red Baron: Played for laughs. Kled holds a number of made-up military titles, each one longer and crazier than the last.
- Screaming Warrior: He not only yells a lot, but his words just about turn into shrieks at times. To say nothing of when he uses his ult.
- Shut Up, Hannibal! / Shut Up, Kirk!: Unique to him, he'll actually respond to nearby enemy champions taunting him, usually by literally telling them to shut-up. Which trope this counts as depends on how you view the enemy champion and who he's responding to.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: He drops hell, damn, crap, bastard, ass, piss, bitch, and even shit, though the last one is censored.
- Stand Your Ground: Much like any good Noxian soldier, Kled will never run away from a fight, whether he be outnumbered or outgunned. This translates into his gameplay as well; Kled is one of the only champions that actually benefits from engaging in combat when at low health, regardless of how ridiculous the matchup is.Kled: Lord Colonel Major Centurion Kled don't run, no he don't!
- Suspiciously Specific Denial:Kled: Woo, no sir, I ain't gonna' kill you and feed you to my lizard! Them's just... malicious rumors!
- To Serve Man: Has no qualms about eating several of the champions. He makes a off-handed remark that humans are "good eating", and lauds to Skaarl that she'll eat snake when referring to Cassiopeia. Skaarl also apparently eats people; several of Kled's lines reference feeding his victims to Skaarl.
- Trash Talk: Has quite a few, but only triggering when he kills certain champions. Notable, though; the majority of his Trash Talk is directed at fellow Noxian champions, decrying them for not living up to the name of Noxus.Kled to Darius: Nice axe! Learn to use it!Kled to Katarina: I like a girl with moxie. *Skaarl growls* No! Obviously she didn't have any, that's the dern point!Kled to Riven: Pure Noxian girl. Almost liked her. Almost.Kled to Sion: Huh. I liked him better when he was alive.
- Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: Here's Kled's longest title:Kled: I am Kled, High Major Commodore of the First Legion, Third Multiplication, Double Admiral Artillery Vanguard Company! You WILL respect my authority!
- You Kill It, You Bought It: Claims the titles of whomever he kills. He even remarks that he's not sure about some of his titles, and that he should really ask people their title before he kills them.
Voiced by: Patrick Seitz (English), César Díaz Capilla (European Spanish), Oliver Magaña (Mexican Spanish), Nobutoshi Canna (Japanese)
Belched forth from a rotting Void incursion deep in the wastelands of Icathia, KogMaw is an inquisitive yet putrid creature with a caustic, gaping mouth. This particular Void-spawn needs to gnaw and drool on anything within reach to truly understand it. Though not inherently evil, KogMaws beguiling naiveté is dangerous, as it often precedes a feeding frenzynot for sustenance, but to satisfy its unending curiosity.
Kog'Maw is a Marksman champion who acts as a glass cannon, dealing devastating damage and tearing through enemy defenses from afar. His passive, Icathian Surprise, starts a chain reaction in Kog'Maw's body upon death, letting him run around for a few seconds before violently exploding, dealing true damage to nearby enemies. With his first ability, Caustic Spittle, Kog'Maw spits a blast of corrosive acid in a target direction, damaging and reducing the armor and magic resist of the first enemy it hits. It also passively grants him bonus attack speed. His second ability, Bio-Arcane Barrage, empowers Kog'Maw for a few seconds, massively increasing his attack range and causing his basic attacks to deal bonus damage equal to a percentage of the target's max health. With his third ability, Void Ooze, Kog'maw spews a ball of ooze in a target direction, damaging all enemies it passes through and leaving behind a sticky trail of goo that slows enemies inside it. His ultimate ability, Living Artillery, launches a long-range acid projectile to a target location, damaging all enemies inside by an amount that increases the lower their health is and revealing them. This ability has an extremely short cooldown, allowing it to be repeatedly used, but each use of Living Artillery briefly increases the mana cost of the next projectile, up to a cap.
Kog'Maw's alternate skins include Caterpillar Kog'Maw, Monarch Kog'Maw, Sonoran Kog'Maw, Reindeer Kog'Maw, Lion Dance Kog'Maw, Deep Sea Kog'Maw, Jurassic Kog'Maw, Battlecast Kog'Maw, Pug'Maw and Hextech Kog'Maw.
- Achilles' Heel: Like Tristana and Vayne, most of Kog'Maw damage output comes from autoattacking with his Bio-Arcane Barrage and deals lots of % health shred with it. Items and abilities that slows Kog'Maw's attack speed (such as Randuin's Omen and Frozen Heart) will greatly screw him up. He also doesn't have a lot of AD scaling skills as well.
- Action Bomb: Turns into one upon reaching zero HP. If you manage to kill a Kog'Maw at the expense of most of your health, get out of there. Fast.
- Alluring Anglerfish: Deep Sea Kog'Maw.
- Ambiguous Gender: Originally thought to be male, but the Deep Sea Kog'Maw skin depicts him as a female angler fish. When called on it, Riot simply said they wish to protect Kog'Maw's privacy.
- American Kirby Is Hardcore: He's actually pretty funny in most dubs, but his Chinese voice is downright creepy.
- Ascended Meme: Fans often compare Kog'Maw to a pug due to his dog-like mannerisms and his Ugly Cute appeal. Kog'Maw now has an official Pug'Maw skin.
- Awesome, but Impractical: The reason why Kog'Maw is relatively unpopular as an AD carry despite having one of the single highest potential DPSs in the game: his extreme squishiness and lack of self-peeling means that he's very likely to end up being a liability. Other AD carries have less absurd max DPS but provide utility to their team (such as Ashe, Varus, etc.) or have escape abilities to help them survive (Ezreal, Caitlyn, Lucian, etc.) whereas Kog'Maw lacks both. Even the two other ADCs regarded as hypercarries, Tristana and Vayne, have multiple abilities to pry enemies off of them, making them safer options for late game ravagers. Despite all of this, the right team and the right Kog'Maw can still manage to be nigh unstoppable if they feel like investing the amount of effort that it takes to pull it off.
- Badass Adorable: Yes, Koggy is given this treatment as well. See Cute Monster (and Ugly Cute in the YMMV page).
- Big Eater: This guy cares not for your pretty laws of physics - he'll happily eat entire camps of people, housing included, without growing in size.
- Blue and Orange Morality: He's an alien, of course he doesn't understand our morality. Especially the part about "eating literally everything in your path is a no-no".
- Body Horror: He attacks by vomiting.
- Breath Weapon: All of his abilities involve spewing corrosive bile, except his passive, which involves detonating violently to distribute that same corrosive bile.
- Cute Monster: It's hard to not be with a slew of dog-like mannerisms.
- Death By A Thousand Cuts: The most ludicrous example in the game as of his rework, as activating Bio-Arcane Barrage not only doubles his total attack speed, but also doubles the attack speed cap, allowing him to attack 5 times a second at most.
- Dem Bones: Jurassic Kog'Maw
- Difficult, but Awesome: Kog'Maw does have some poking capacity thanks to his Bio-Arcane Barrage and his spammable Living Artillery and might considered to be one of the safest ADCs to use. However, what makes Kog'Maw very difficult to use is that he lacks any form of escape mechanisms when things go very sour or gets caught in a gank (or if someone gap closes in him, which a lot of melee assassins and bruiser have this mechanism). That being said, he is compensated with a slowing ability which also serves as a decent poke, but that usually isn't enough for Kog'Maw. He also has the weakest laning phases of all ADCs. Because of this, many players would often find themselves turret hugging and trying to build up some CS; and good positioning is important for Kog'Maw. This led to a in-game meta joke called "Protect the Kog'Maw" where lots of players save their crowd control skills on many melee gap closers and try to peel for Kog'Maw while Kog'Maw barrages down the enemy team. He's also very mana intensive since his Bio-Arcane Barrage and Living Artillery will chew up his mana pool.
- Expy: Resembles a Squig.
- Extreme Omnivore: Here's a hint: The League keeps him around by feeding him random, tasty scrap metal. Before he was captured he roamed around Runeterra happily sampling all its sights and tastes... and leaving absolutely nothing left in its wake, not even the campfires.
- Foreshadowing: "Terror coming... Daddy coming!"
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: His background is a Big Eater, yet none of his abilities use that characteristic (though they do all involve spitting stuff up). Ironically, his Void-based predecessor Cho'Gath is actually the one who eats people. Still, it is a Justified Trope: He's still in "larval phase" and can't digest solid food, ergo the green acidic fluids he vomits. Since you can get killed at any given moment in the Fields of Justice there's really no time to slurp up whatever got broken down by said fluids.
- Glass Cannon: In addition to being fairly delicate, he's one of the very few champions in the game who has little in the way of escapes and crowd control. When operating alone, his only tactical options are "Attack! Attack! Attack!" and "Run Away," and any opponent with a gap closer ability (which is "many") can counter the second. He absolutely needs a Mighty Glacier to babysit him. Of course, he compensates by having outrageous damage output and nearly unmatched range. In short, a game with an allied Kog'Maw quickly turns strategy into "protect the Kog'Maw" but a competent Kog'Maw will make it well worth his team's effort even if he is the only one focused 100% on offense.
- Guardian Entity: Possibly to Malzahar. When the latter was fighting Kassadin outside the League, Kog'Maw was instinctively drawn to his aid.
- Hollywood Acid: Whatever alien chemistry it is he brings to the League, it sure doesn't care how tough the thing it's eating away is. It's also a wonderful array of hues from green to purple.
- Magikarp Power: Starts off slow, becomes a walking minigun later on. Even more so with an AP build. Very mana hungry on top of all his other flaws, but once he reaches level 3 on his ultimate, he can shell enemies into oblivion at ranges most champions can only dream of, and still DPS decently thanks to his base abilities.
- More Dakka: Because he has an ability that deals bonus damage based on the target's HP on every hit while active, building a great deal of attack speed gives him terrifying damage. This is typically an inefficient way to build on almost any other champion. As of his rework, building this is even MORE terrifying as he effectively turns into a machine-gun when he activates Bio-Arcane Barrage.
- Nested Mouths
- Obliviously Evil: He doesn't mean harm, he just likes to eat. Really, the thing is just hungry; the League keeps him "trapped" by feeding him random scrap. This is in contrast to his predecessor Cho'Gath, the other Voidborn known for being a Big Eater, who most definitely is evil.
- Overlord Jr.: Word of God says that Kog'Maw is only an infant, and his father is on the way to Runeterra.
- Percent Damage Attack: His Bio-Arcane Barrage can easily serve as this, also serves as Armor-Piercing Attack in a lesser extent.
- Pūnct'uatìon Sh'akër: As is typical of Void monsters, his name is two syllables split by an apostrophe.
- Taking You with Me: Often gets to invoke this with his passive.