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A Yordle is a mammalian bipedal sentient feline-like being residing on Runeterra.


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For the city, see Bandle City.

The origin of this race in Runeterra is unknown but most would agree that Yordles resided in Valoran during its Pre-Historic times. They were a nomadic race, travelling from one part of Valoran to the other. Records show they had presence in Ancient Freljord. They lived in tight neat family groups. Because of their small stature, they were mostly prey for many animals. During their evolution they lost their tails and front canine teeth, which help them evolve their brains. They started using tools for their everyday needs like hunting and defending from predators which helped them evolve as a species.

Today, the vast majority of the yordle society dwells in the southeastern part of Valoran, behind the safety of the Sablestone Mountain range. They eventually settled themselves within the Ruddynip Valley known as the Yordle Land, where modern day Bandle City is located. Their knowledge of magic, the sciences and arts made them an integral part of Valoran society and are present in its Politics.


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Yordles are sexually dimorphic and much shorter than humans; both genders rarely exceed 1 meter tall, with most averaging around 0.8 meters. Their skin texture ranges from being completely smooth, to very lightly covered in fur, to ultimately being significantly furry. Their hands have four digits while their feet differ greatly depending on the individual (from four to two digit feet). Their skin tone runs a much broader spectrum of colors than their human counterparts; some consider this to be a sign of the yordles’ attunement to Runeterra’s magical nature; though scientists agree that this evolutionary trait is used by male Yordles (which tend to be furry ) to attract females of their species (which tend to be smooth skinned and/or lightly covered with fur).[1] Their large eyes feature a large, circular iris with a vertically oval pupil, and they generally have inferior vision in the normal spectrum of light than humans. Yordles nevertheless have much better hearing, due to their large fox-like ears and are able to see into the infrared spectrum of light, whereas humans cannot. Furthermore, they are commonly characterized by their dependence on language, as well as their creation and utilization of complex tools.

Yordles have exceptionally longer life spans than the average human, this is partially due to the innate magic within all yordles. Poppy Poppy was already alive and independent when Demacia was a new, fledgling nation.

The yordle race may possibly have genetic ties to the sea dwelling race in which Fizz Fizz is derived from, though scientific evidence of a common ancestor has yet to be found.

The discovery of the pre-historic Yordle known as GnarSquare Gnar has further expanded the knowledge of Yordle biology and has opened a window into the life of the Pre-historic yordle race.


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The Yordle race have innate magic within them which helps them achieve extraordinary things usually impossible for someone of their stature. Also, they require far more social interaction with their own kind than humans do. They generally are a peaceful and amicable race, often marked with streaks of joviality and light prankishness; their moral compass is most often pointed toward goodness and benevolence. Their desire for social interaction drives them toward this ethos, as the mental health of a yordle is very much dependent on the positive company he or she keeps. This does not mean, however, that they are incapable of cruelty and evil. In fact, a yordle who is kept in isolation for too long – especially from contact with other yordles – runs the risk of becoming withdrawn and sullen. Some who already are centered more toward malevolence will become exceedingly so in due course. These yordles will often twist their desire for social interaction into a desire to seek out others to inflict pain and suffering upon them, one extreme example being Veigar, the Tiny Master of Evil Veigar, the Tiny Master of Evil. Yordles are attracted to Runeterra cultures and enjoy manifesting around certain human ideals.


Yordle Unification Pass

By Michael 'IronStylus' Maurino

"A while back we stated the Yordle Unification Pass of 2014 (The Y.U.P.). This kicked off with HeimerdingerSquare Heimerdinger. He followed some unintentional design decisions from Ziggs Ziggs and Lulu Lulu. However, at the same time we sat down to do some comparisons of Yordles as a whole and are touching here and there upon a Yordle style guide of sorts. We haven't been able to yet to write in stone any hard and fast rules, but we have gotten general aspects decided upon. Such as Yordles needing actual ANATOMY, not just being potatoes with huge heads. Another touching on how we possibly want to explain the furry/non-furry aspects of some Yordles versus others. We're still scratching our heads on the finer points of that, but we've got the informal ideas settled.

Either way, as we crunch along, you'll see Yordles becoming more coherent as a race, at least from a visual side of things where the Champion Update team is concerned. There are also larger discussions about background and other narrative stuff, but we deal mostly with visuals obviously. As we crank through these characters you'll see some consistency emerge. We have a couple that are in our sites currently which will be touched on in due time!"


  • Yordles were previously divided into Yordles and Meglings. The yordles were often seen furry in appearance, while the Meglings had blue skin. Since the "Yordle Unification Pass" development project, both sides of the same race have been unified to share similar features.
  • While originally envisioned as a human child AmumuSquare Amumu has been described as a Yordle for most of his presence in the game. His current state is left intentionally ambiguous, with characters in his lore commenting on the possibility of him being a yordle while others scoff at the idea.
  • According to a recognition scan made by Vel'Koz Vel'Koz, a Yordle's physiology appears to be "99% fur, 1% glee.”
  • The origin of the word "Yordle" came from a dream that Paul “Pabro” Bellezza had. He had a dream about Yoda and Yaddle from Star Wars, and woke up saying "Yordles." [2]
  • Most yordles are listed as rivals to Tahm KenchSquare Tahm Kench on Riot's official site.
  • All Yordles have encountered Tahm KenchSquare Tahm Kench at various times. This is because of their races specific nature that makes them more perceptible to inner demons when socially outcast. When not, they are hard to be manipulated, which is why almost all Yordles are seen by this demon as rivals.[3]
  • Some say Yordles know secret ways through Runeterra others cannot perceive.
  • Xayah Xayah seems to hint that Yordles are related to the Vastaya, or that humans mistakenly label them as Vastayan.
  • HeimerdingerSquare Heimerdinger, Rumble Rumble and Ziggs Ziggs are credited for the creation of AatroxSquare Mecha Aatrox [S|L], Mecha Malphite Mecha Malphite [S|L] and Mecha Zero Sion Mecha Zero Sion [S|L].
  • In the comic 'Ziggs & Jinx: Paint the Town', it is known that:
    • Yordles are often feared, hunted, and eliminated all across Runeterra.
    • Ziggs Ziggs is recognized as a Noxian weapon.

Notable Yordles

Champion Place of Birth & Occupations
AmumuSquare Amumu, the Sad Mummy Ancient Shurima; Accidentally destroyed large parts of Bandle City
Corki, the Daring Bombardier Corki, the Daring Bombardier Bandle City; Ace pilot of the Screaming Yipsnakes
Fizz, the Tidal Trickster Fizz, the Tidal Trickster Bandle City; Dwells among the reefs surrounding Bilgewater
GnarSquare Gnar, the Missing Link Ancient Freljord; Ancient Yordle
HeimerdingerSquare Heimerdinger, the Revered Inventor Bandle City; Renowned techmaturgist from Bandle City
Lulu, the Fae Sorceress Lulu, the Fae Sorceress Bandle City; Friend of the Glade fae
Kennen, the Heart of the Tempest Kennen, the Heart of the Tempest Bandle City; Member of the Kinkou Order in Ionia
Kled, the Cantankerous Cavalier Kled, the Cantankerous Cavalier Bandle City; Pluridecorated soldier of the Noxian Army
Poppy, the Keeper of the Hammer Poppy, the Keeper of the Hammer Bandle City; Demacian Hero
Rumble, the Mechanized Menace Rumble, the Mechanized Menace Bandle City; Wayward mechanic from Bandle City
TeemoSquare Teemo, the Swift Scout Bandle City; Scouts of the Mothership member
Tristana, the Yordle Gunner Tristana, the Yordle Gunner Bandle City; Member of the Bandle Gunners
Veigar, the Tiny Master of Evil Veigar, the Tiny Master of Evil Bandle City; Former trading organization member
Ziggs, the Hexplosives Expert Ziggs, the Hexplosives Expert Bandle City; Volatile experimenter from Bandle City


  1. RiotBabagahnoosh explains yordle apperance
  3. Tahm and Champions met
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