Skins in League of Legends
By Marijn Laros | updated On Nov 30, 2023, 2:44 PM UTC
Since its inception, skins in League of Legends has undergone a transformative evolution. In the early years, skins were largely recolors with minor model changes. Fast forward to today, each skin is a separate piece of art, capturing the champion's essence while presenting them in an entirely new light.
- As of 2023, League of Legends boasts over 1,600 stunningly unique champion skins.
- On top of these, there are approximately 3000 Chroma variants, offering custom color schemes for select champions.
- The champions with the largest wardrobes are Akali, Lux, and Miss Fortune, boasting a staggering number of 19 unique skins!
- Rares such as the 'Black Alistar' is valued at substantial amounts on the black market, even crossing a thousand dollars in worth.
- Many rare skins could only be obtained through Esports event rewards, exclusive sales, or by having an account from 2009.
The Evolution of Skins in League of Legends
The introduction of champion skin themes added a more consistent and immersive aesthetic experience to the game. These themes often extend across multiple champions, providing a unified visual narrative that is spectacularly engaging.
Legendary and Ultimate skins, in contrast, offer a more unique and expansive take on champion skins. They come with extensive model changes, animations, voice-overs, and even unique mechanics, creating a grandiose visual spectacle that is hard to match.
If you think about it, the possibilities seem to be infinite. Every champion gets a new skin now and then, and with the game's consistent updates, the League of Legends universe keeps expanding at a phenomenal rate. In the sections below, we'll answer all your burning questions about skins. From how many there are in total, to chroma skins, to the champions boasting the most skins, we've got it all covered.
And for the collectors out there, we also talk about the value of your possibly treasured skins and highlight some of the rarest skins that exist in the world of League of Legends.
How many Skins are there in League of Legends?
As we reach the end of year 2023, there are an astounding 1,604 champion skins in LoL. Each one adds a unique visual flair and personal touch to your gaming experience, making each battle a spectacle to behold!
Now, let's make it a little bit more complicated. When you include the chroma skins, the total number of unique skins skyrockets in League of Legends. The inclusion of chroma skins, alternate color palettes for existing skins, dramatically increases the count.
How many Chroma Skins are there in LoL?
Color your world with a stunning blend of Chroma skins. There are around 3000 Chroma skins available in League of Legends as of 2023. Each one bursts with radiant hues, allowing the champions to shine in varied tints, making every match a vibrant spectacle of your style and spirit.
Despite the wide range of colors, certain themes often recur. From bright, bubbly pastels to dark, edgy metallics, the Chroma skins cater to a diverse array of aesthetic preferences. And wouldn't it be neat to match your champion's Chroma skin to your mood or personal style?
Which Champion has the most Skins?
Unveiling the champions donning the most aesthetic versatility in League of Legends - it's a threeway-tie tie! Akali, Lux, and Miss Fortune all lead the way; each lavishly adorned with a grand total of 19 distinctive skins. This plethora of skins allows players to experience each of these champions in a myriad of exciting visual renditions while battling it out in the Rift.
Next up with massive wardrobes are Ahri and Caitlyn, both with 17 available skins.
Are your Skins worth anything?
It's a question buzzing in the minds of many players, right? Well, strap in because you're about to find out!
Firstly, it's essential to understand that value in the context of LoL skins can be looked at from different angles. There's the literal worth that Riot Games assigns to skins in terms of Riot Points (RP), but also a different value that's tied to a skin's rarity, age, and exclusivity.
Yes, your skins do have value, more so if they're limited-edition ones or tied to significant events. However, it’s crucial to note that League of Legends does not have an official marketplace for trading or selling skins. Nevertheless, they carry a kind of social currency in the game, with certain skins raising your status and making you stand out in the Summoner's Rift.
Skins like 'PAX Twisted Fate', 'PAX Sivir', and 'Black Alistar,' for instance, are ultra-rare and boast an almost legendary status among players. Owning these can immediately spark awe or envy among your fellow gamers.
Owning old and rare skins like 'Rusty Blitzcrank' and 'Judgement Kayle' shows dedication and that your account is over 10 years old, because those are no longer available.
But how much are my skins really worth?
Now, we do not condone breaking Riot Games' rules, but our job here is to inform, so here goes. Even though trading is not possible in LoL, there is a black market for buying and selling accounts including various rare skins. As of right now, 'PAX Sivir' is valued around $300 while 'Black Alistar' goes for over a $1000, with countless of other rare skins valued in-between.
How can I obtain Rare Skins?
Well, the thing is that you can't unless you resort to the illegal buying of an account. Don't waste your money on that. Instead, invent a time-travelling machine and go back to the year 2009 and just get them yourself. Oh, and don't forget to stock up on a couple of Bitcoins, too.
You'll find the rarest of them all: Black Alistar. This skin was offered as a bonus for pre-ordering the collector's edition of League of Legends in 2009. Yes, that's right, you read it correctly—it dates back to the time when the game was just being introduced! With its dark and dominating appearance, Black Alistar is as intimidating as it is elusive. Hence, it's a skin that gets treasured like an antique.
Then there's the eye-catching PAX Twisted Fate. This skin was handed out during the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) in 2009.
We also have Silver Kayle which was included in the retail collector's edition of the game, and Judgment Kayle, a commemorative skin awarded to players who have played at least ten games during Season 1. A lot of really old players should have this skin.
Finally, King Rammus, another historical artifact in the League. This skin was given to the players who participated in the League of Legends Closed Beta. King Rammus gives our good old turtle champion a wicked appearance that reminds of a certain iconic game character, don't you think? 👨🏻🔧🍄
As we've journeyed through the vast world of League of Legends skins, it's clear that the game's aesthetics are as rich and thrilling as the gameplay itself. With a multitude of skins and chromas to suit every champion and satisfy every player's style and personality, League of Legends continues to captivate gamers around the globe. From the iconic Silver Kayle to the revered Judgment Kayle, these skins narrate interesting tales of valor and victory, drawing in both old and new players alike.
So, whether you're a collector, a strategist, or merely a connoisseur of the game's artistic vibrancy, rest assured that there's a plethora of skins just waiting for you to unlock and add to your arsenal. Now, isn't it about time you got back to your quest of conquering the cosmos? The world of League of Legends awaits you, Summoner! Let's see what new adventures, victories, and of course, skins, your future holds in this fantastical universe!