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  • Due to Japanese rhotacism, Akali may sound identical to Japanese 明かりakari "light, brightness, gleam", from Old Japanese stative verbal root *aka(-r-) "to be red, to be bright" (> aka(-i) 赤(い) "red")
Akali OriginalSquare old2 Akali, the Fist of Shadow
  • Akali's dance referenced Single Ladies by Beyoncé.
    • A side-by-side comparison can be seen here.
  • Akali was the only energy-based champion to have any associated cost on their Shadow Dance ultimate (one Essence of Shadow).
  • Shadow Dance Shadow Dance was going to be a skillshot but became single-targeted instead.
  • Akali used to gain the Ninja buff 'Law of Inverse Ninja Strength' cosmetic Easter egg debuff ("This unit is a flippin' ninja!" - "Ninjas are more effective when they work alone. For every Ninja on your team beyond yourself, you lose 1 health.") when she, Kennen OriginalSquare Kennen, Shen OriginalSquare Shen, and/or Zed OriginalSquare Zed found themselves on the same team. It was removed in V3.14 for unknown reasons.
Akali OriginalSquare Akali, the Rogue Assassin
  • Akali is the second champion, after Yasuo OriginalSquare Yasuo, to have an emote that will orient itself the same (facing towards the camera), no matter what direction Akali was facing.
    • However, she is the first to always reposition herself to face the camera when using the emotes, and has this function on both her dance and joke emotes.


  • Her previous title and visual appearance are still considered her canon title and look around the age of 17.[1]
Akali OriginalSquare old2 Akali, the Fist of Shadow
Akali OriginalSquare Akali, the Rogue Assassin
  • Akali is voiced by Krizia Bajos, who also voices Silent Shadowseer in Legends of Runeterra icon Legends of Runeterra.
  • Scrapped spells in development include:
    • Being able to "ride" allied projectiles.[3]
    • An ability that she'd throw out two kunai with a rope in the middle that would trip opponents.[4]
  • A early concept depicted the shroud emerging in the shape of a dragon, but was removed for visual noise reduction.[5]
  • There was an early animation of a spinning slash with a katana that was cut for being too similar to Yasuo OriginalSquare Yasuo. There's a stump model from this animation that was never removed from her files.


  • She is currently around 19 years old.
  • Much like her Akali KDACircle K/DA counterpart, Akali is 163 CM (5'3") high.
  • Akali was not her mother's original choice to inherit her title of The Fist of Shadow.


Akali OriginalSquare old2 Akali, the Fist of Shadow
    "So many noobs... will matchmaking ever find true balance?" references (albeit in a rather tongue-in-cheek fashion) the criticism towards the matchmaking system, often matching up teams of wildly varying levels, causing lower-leveled players to be stomped on by higher-level ones.
    "Tread lightly." resembles  alttext=Original skinShen OriginalCircle "Tread carefully."
Akali OriginalSquare Akali, the Rogue Assassin
    Akali 087
    "Steel beats Rock, Taliyah OriginalSquare Taliyah." references Pokemon, where Rock-type Pokémon are weak to Steel-type attacks.
    Akali 008
    "Everyone dies, I just speed things up." resembles  
    Lucian Select
    Lucian OriginalCircle "Everybody dies. Some just need a little help".
  • Akali shares quotes with:


Akali OriginalCircle Original Akali
Akali StingerCircle Stinger Akali
Akali InfernalCircle Infernal Akali
  • This skin used be Akali CrimsonCircle Crimson Akali before Akali's Visual Gameplay Update.
  • Infernal Akali's fiery appearance references the most dangerous kind of Djinn, the Ifrit made of 'smokeless fire'.
    • Her wispy lower half represents servitude & her longing for freedom from her master(s).
  • She eats Super Spicy Mega Death ramen in her joke animation.
  • Akali CrimsonCircle Crimson Akali
Akali All-starCircle All-star Akali
Akali NurseCircle Nurse Akali
Chromaskins Chromas: Amethyst, Citrine, Emerald, Obsidian, Rainbow, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Tanzanite
  • She was proposed by the community.
  • In 2011, she went 50% off during March 21–27, with the profits donated to the American Red Cross to aid the Japanese people after the earthquake of March 11.[7]
  • Her splash art might have been inspired by Valentine from Skullgirls. 
    • This is evident to both using surgical knives as weapons and needles as projectiles.
  • The Skin originally kept Akali unmasked, but with her rework she now wears a surgical mask
  • Akali NurseCircle old Nurse Akali
    • She is checking Urgot OriginalSquare old Urgot's temperature.
  • Akali NurseCircle old2 Nurse Akali
    • She was featured in the Journal of Justice (Issue 19: Contagion Warning at the institute).
    • A portrait of Shen SurgeonCircle old Surgeon Shen can be seen framed on the wall above her.
Akali BloodMoonCircle Blood Moon Akali
  • The mask she is wearing references the ones used in Japanese Noh theater.
  • She eats Soba noodles in her joke animation.
Akali SilverfangCircle Silverfang Akali
Akali HeadhunterCircle Headhunter Akali
Chromaskins Chromas: Pearl, Ruby, Tanzanite
Akali SashimiCircle Sashimi Akali
Akali KDACircle K/DA Akali
Akali PrestigeKDACircle K/DA Akali Prestige Edition
  • This Prestige skin was released a patch after the initial K/DA release due to Akali KDACircle K/DA Akali's rising popularity.
Akali PROJECTCircle PROJECT: Akali
Chromaskins Chromas: Amethyst, Catseye, Obsidian, Pearl, Reckoning, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Sapphire, Turquoise
Akali TrueDamageCircle True Damage Akali
Chromaskins Chromas: Catseye, Emerald, Freestyle, Pearl, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Sapphire


  • Akali is currently a ninja gone rogue from the Kinkou Order. Although still part of it, she operates outside of its rules and regulations.[9]
    • She and Shen OriginalSquare Shen parted on neutral terms. Neither hates the other but both disapprove of the other's methods.[10]
    • While growing up in the Kinkou, Kennen OriginalSquare Kennen trained her and helped her refine her shuriken techniques.
  • Zed OriginalSquare Zed might attempt to recruit her for his Order of Shadows.
    • Akali; however, wants him dead since many Kinkou members including her father Tahno were killed by him and his order.
  • Akali and Kayn OriginalSquare Kayn know each other. He has tried to flirt with her multiple times and Akali finds him hot but too crazy for her taste.
  • Akali temporarily teamed up with Shen OriginalSquare Shen to track down Jhin OriginalSquare Jhin after they were informed of his escape. She later pursued Jhin to Piltover Crest icon Piltover-Zaun Crest icon Zaun and got captured by him, but was later saved with the help of Shen OriginalSquare Shen and Zed OriginalSquare Zed.
  • In the second Noxus Crest icon Noxian invasion of Ionia Crest icon Ionia, Irelia OriginalSquare Irelia's call for help to defend a seaside village from the Noxian army including Sion OriginalSquare Sion was met by Akali, Karma OriginalSquare Karma, Kennen OriginalSquare Kennen and Yasuo OriginalSquare Yasuo whose arrival turned the tide of the battle.


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