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Sivir Sivir, the Battle Mistress
(Visual Update Comparison)

A champion update is a graphical or gameplay update that occurs after a champion's initial release. Over the years, Riot Games Inc. has worked on updating champions whose visuals or gameplay don't fit with the current state of the game. The goal is to level up any outdated visuals or gameplay to make champions feel fresh while still retaining what makes them unique.


  • This scale of rework covers small kit changes to several champions of a specific class or subclass, that aims to give each one their own unique niche in the game, and make them healthier overall. Animations and other visual effects may be updated, but the champions model and core theme are untouched.
Class Champions Affected Date
Patch Note
Main Secondary
Tanks: Vanguards May 3, 2017
Slayers: Assassins November 10, 2016
Mages: Battlemages May 4, 2016
Marksmen November 11, 2015
Fighters: Juggernauts August 20, 2015
  • This scale of rework covers changes to a champions kit beyond number tweaks. Animations and other visual effects may be updated, but the champions model and core theme are untouched. In some cases, the kit rework will 'correct' the kit to match the intended theme.
  • This scale of rework covers changes to a champion's model and artwork. This will often include a more up-to-date voiceover and lore and even bugfixes and minor balance changes - but will not change the champion's core theme.
Visual and Gameplay
  • This combines the above two categories. The scale of the kit rework is usually slightly larger than a kit rework alone as the developers can plan for more in-depth visual effects and model changes. The champion's core theme remains intact.
Full Relaunch
  • Unlike the previous classifications, a complete relaunch involves an overhaul to the champion's identity - focusing on some aspects while abandoning others. This affects the champion's lore, personality, art, and model. The degree of the kit rework varies.


Main article: Dev Blog: Champion Updates

This is a list of champions who have received any form of update from visual, to gameplay updates and full relaunches. For a more detailed list of all Champion Updates, visit this article.

Champion Link Date
Kayle Kayle Gameplay Update 2010-07-06
Mordekaiser Mordekaiser Gameplay Update 2010-11-01
Ryze Ryze Gameplay Update 2011-02-15
Sona Sona Gameplay Update 2011-03-14
Alistar Alistar Gameplay Update 2011-04-25
Fiddlesticks Fiddlesticks Gameplay Update 2011-04-25
Gangplank Gangplank Gameplay Update 2011-04-25
Janna Janna Visual Update 2011-07-25
Kayle Kayle Visual and Gameplay Update 2011-07-25
Tryndamere Tryndamere Visual and Gameplay Update 2011-07-25
Gangplank Gangplank Visual Update 2011-11-25
Ashe Ashe Visual Update 2012-05-23
Katarina Katarina Visual and Gameplay Update 2012-08-09
Soraka Soraka Visual Update 2012-09-27
Twisted Fate Twisted Fate Visual Update 2012-10-17
Nidalee Nidalee Visual Update 2012-12-14
Annie Annie Visual Update 2013-02-01
Karma Karma Visual and Gameplay Update (Full Relaunch) 2013-03-28
Sejuani Sejuani Visual and Gameplay Update 2013-04-30
Trundle Trundle Visual and Gameplay Update (Full Relaunch) 2013-04-30
Master Yi Master Yi Visual and Gameplay Update 2013-07-30
Garen Garen Visual Update 2013-10-01
Olaf Olaf Gameplay Update 2013-10-01
Rammus Rammus Visual Update (Texture) 2013-10-29
Sivir Sivir Visualand Gameplay Update 2013-10-29
Heimerdinger Heimerdinger Gameplay Update 2013-10-29
Nasus Nasus Visual Update 2013-11-21
Anivia Anivia Visual Update (Texture) 2013-12-13
Xerath Xerath Gameplay Update 2014-02-11
Heimerdinger Heimerdinger Visual Update 2014-03-18
Kassadin Kassadin Visual (VFX) and Gameplay Update 2014-03-18
Gragas Gragas Gameplay Update 2014-04-03
Rengar Rengar Gameplay Update 2014-04-03
Twitch Twitch Visual Update 2014-04-22
Karthus Karthus Visual Update 2014-06-04
Nidalee Nidalee Gameplay Update 2014-06-18
Skarner Skarner Visual (Texture) and Gameplay Update 2014-06-18
Sona Sona Visual and Gameplay Update 2014-07-30
Cassiopeia Cassiopeia Visual (Texture) and Gameplay Update 2014-09-10
Renekton Renekton Visual Update 2014-09-10
Soraka Soraka Gameplay Update 2014-09-25
Viktor Viktor Visual (Texture) and Gameplay Update 2014-09-25
Sion Sion Visual and Gameplay Update (Full Relaunch) 2014-10-09
Singed Singed Visual Update 2014-11-05
Maokai Maokai Visual Update 2014-11-19
Alistar Alistar Visual Update 2015-01-15
Tristana Tristana Visual and Gameplay Update 2015-01-28
Zilean Zilean Visual (VFX) and Gameplay Update 2015-02-25
Veigar Veigar Visual (VFX) and Gameplay Update 2015-02-25
Kassadin Kassadin Visual Update 2015-03-12
Morgana Morgana Visual (VFX) Update 2015-04-08
Ryze Ryze Visual (VFX) and Gameplay Update 2015-04-28
Ashe Ashe Gameplay Update 2015-05-14
Gangplank Gangplank Visual and Gameplay Update 2015-07-22
Miss Fortune Miss Fortune Visual and Gameplay Update 2015-07-22
Fiora Fiora Visual and Gameplay Update 2015-08-06
Poppy Poppy Visual and Gameplay Update (Full Relaunch) 2015-12-09
Shen Shen Visual and Gameplay Update 2016-01-28
Taric Taric Visual and Gameplay Update (Full Relaunch) 2016-04-19
Ryze Ryze Visual and Gameplay Update 2016-07-13
Yorick Yorick Visual and Gameplay Update (Full Relaunch) 2016-09-08
Shyvana Shyvana Gameplay Update 2016-11-19
Warwick Warwick Visual and Gameplay Update (Full Relaunch) 2017-01-25
Galio Galio Visual and Gameplay Update (Full Relaunch) 2017-03-22
Urgot Urgot Visual and Gameplay Update (Full Relaunch) 2017-07-26
Xin Zhao Xin Zhao Gameplay Update 2017-09-27
Evelynn Evelynn Visual and Gameplay Update (Full Relaunch) 2017-10-11
Swain Swain Visual and Gameplay Update (Full Relaunch) Upcoming update
Irelia Irelia Visual and Gameplay Update (Full Relaunch) Upcoming update
Aatrox Aatrox Gameplay Update Upcoming update
Akali Akali Visual and Gameplay Update (Full Relaunch) Upcoming update
Nunu Nunu Visual and Gameplay Update (Full Relaunch) Upcoming update
Corki Corki Champion Update Planned update
Cho'Gath Cho'Gath Champion Update Planned update
Dr. Mundo Dr. Mundo Champion Update Planned update
Fiddlesticks Fiddlesticks Champion Update Planned update
Kayle Kayle Champion Update Planned update
Kennen Kennen Champion Update Planned update
Kog'Maw Kog'Maw Champion Update Planned update
Nocturne Nocturne Champion Update Planned update
Mordekaiser Mordekaiser Champion Update Planned update
Morgana Morgana Champion Update Planned update
Pantheon Pantheon Champion Update Planned update
Rammus Rammus Champion Update Planned update
Skarner Skarner Champion Update Planned update
Shaco Shaco Champion Update Planned update
Udyr Udyr Champion Update Planned update
Volibear Volibear Champion Update Planned update
Texture Rebalance

Texture Rebalance was an ongoing effort to update old textures to fit within the evolving color palette of League of Legends in light of the new Summoner's Rift update. Some champions have temporary a texture rebalance that won't hinder the release date of their Visual Updates (examples being Pantheon Pantheon and many more)

  • Part 1 (V4.17)
    • Ahri Ahri - Classic, Dynasty, and Midnight.
    • Akali Akali - Classic, All-star, Blood Moon, Crimson, Nurse, Silverfang, and Stinger.
    • Ashe Ashe - Classic, Amethyst, Freljord, Queen, Sherwood Forest, and Woad.
    • Corki Corki - Classic, Hot Rod, Ice Toboggan, Red Baron, UFO, and Urfrider.
    • Fiora Fiora - Classic, Nightraven, and Royal Guard.
    • Galio Galio - Classic, Commando, Enchanted, Gatekeeper, and Hextech.
    • Graves Graves - Classic and Jailbreaker.
    • LeBlanc LeBlanc - Classic, Mistletoe, Prestigious, and Wicked.
    • Leona Leona - Classic, Defender, Iron Solari, and Valkyrie.
    • Nautilus Nautilus - Classic, Abyssal, and Subterranean.
    • Orianna Orianna - Classic, Bladecraft, Gothic, and Sewn Chaos.
    • Xerath Xerath - Classic, Battlecast, and Runeborn.
  • Part 3 (V4.20)
    • Amumu Amumu - Classic, Emumu, Little Knight, Vancouver, Pharaoh, Almost-Prom King, and Re-gifted.
    • Caitlyn Caitlyn - Classic, Officer, Arctic Warfare, Resistance, Safari, and Sheriff.
    • Ezreal Ezreal - Classic, Explorer, Frosted, Nottingham, and Striker.
    • Fizz Fizz - Classic, Tundra, Atlantean, Fisherman, and Void.
    • Gragas Gragas - Classic, Esquire, Hillbilly, Santa, and Scuba.
    • Jax Jax - Classic, The Mighty Jax, Angler, PAX, and Jaximus.
    • Kog'Maw Kog'Maw - Classic, Monarch, Caterpillar, Sonoran, Deep Sea, Jurassic, and Reindeer.
    • Mordekaiser Mordekaiser - Classic and Dragon Knight.
    • Riven Riven - Classic, Redeemed, Crimson Elite, and Battle Bunny.
    • Talon Talon - Classic, Crimson Elite, Dragonblade, and Renegade.
    • Udyr Udyr - Classic, Black Belt, and Primal.
    • Urgot Urgot - Classic, Battlecast, Butcher, and Giant Enemy Crabgot.
    • Vladimir Vladimir - Classic, Blood Lord, Count, Marquis, Nosferatu, and Vandal.
    • Zilean Zilean - Classic, Groovy, Old Saint, Shurima Desert, and Time Machine.
  • Part 6 (V5.2)
    • Dr. Mundo Dr. Mundo - Classic, Corporate, Executioner, Mr. Mundoverse, Mundo Mundo, Toxic, and Rageborn.
    • Irelia Irelia - Classic, Aviator, Infiltrator, Nightblade, and Frostblade.
    • Jarvan IV Jarvan IV - Classic, Commando, Darkforge, and Dragonslayer.
    • Nunu Nunu - Classic, Demolisher, Bot, Grungy, Sasquatch, and Workshop.
    • Swain Swain - Classic, Bilgewater, Northern Front, and Tyrant.
    • Vayne Vayne - Classic, Vindicator, Aristocrat, Dragonslayer, and Heartseeker.
    • Yorick Yorick - Classic, Undertaker, and Pentakill.
  • Part 7 (V5.3)
    • Fiddlesticks Fiddlesticks - Classic, Spectral, Union Jack, Bandito, Pumpkinhead, Fiddle Me Timbers, and Surprise Party.
    • Kennen Kennen - Classic, Deadly, Swamp Master, Karate, Arctic Ops, and M. D.
    • Mordekaiser Mordekaiser - Infernal, and Lord
    • Veigar Veigar - Classic, White Mage, Curling, Greybeard, Leprechaun, Baron Von, and Super Villain.
  • Part 8 (V5.5)
    • Cho'Gath Cho'Gath - Classic, Nightmare, Loch Ness, Jurassic, and Gentleman.
    • Janna Janna - Classic, Tempest, Hextech, Frost Queen, and Victorious.
    • Taric Taric - Classic, Emerald, Armor of the Fifth Age, and Bloodstone.
    • Warwick Warwick - Classic, Grey, Urf, Big Bad, Tundra Hunter, Feral, Firefang, and Hyena.
  • Part 9 (V5.6)
    • Kayle Kayle - Classic, Silver, Viridian, Unmasked, Battleborn, and Judgement.
    • Lee Sin Lee Sin - Classic, Traditional, Acolyte, Dragon Fist, and Muay Thai.
    • Pantheon Pantheon - Classic, Myrmidon, Ruthless, Perseus, and Full Metal.
    • Rumble Rumble - Classic, Rumble in the Jungle, and Bilgerat.
    • Ryze Ryze - Classic, Human, Tribal, Uncle, Triumphant, Professor, Zombie, Dark Crystal, and Pirate.
  • Part 10 (V5.8)
    • Lux Lux - Classic, Spellthief, Sorceress, Commando, Imperial, and Steel Legion.
    • Poppy Poppy - Classic, Noxus, Lollipoppy, Blacksmith, Ragdoll, Battle Regalia, and Scarlet Hammer.
    • Shaco Shaco - Classic, Mad Hatter, Royal, Nutcracko, Workshop, and Asylum.
    • Shyvana Shyvana - Classic, Ironscale, Boneclaw and Darkflame.
    • Teemo Teemo - Classic, Happy Elf, Recon, Badger, Astronaut, Cottontail, Super, and Panda.
Project Shiny

Project Shiny is a project that was built to overhaul League of Legends' graphics, improving them texture-and-model-wise to look better on faster rigs.

Lead Producer Travis 'Volibar' George claimed that Project Shiny and Dominion were originally a combined development. The hope was that these combined projects would synergize with each other and turn out to be better than expected.

However, due to Dominion's development phase, it had many iterations and many unknown variables. As Project Shiny team was working mainly on Summoner's Rift, their request of finalized data on Dominion cannot be fulfilled, which in turn, created a tension between the two teams. This had further caused a stall in Project Shiny, even after Dominion was finished.

George took it that the mismatch and goal discrepancies between the two teams cannot continue, and therefore separated Dominion and Project Shiny into two detached entities.

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