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"I dug myself out from the rubble to find a scar seared into the land around me. Smoldering ash lay where my companions had stood, and in the distance a looming form moved on..."
LoR Non-Champion Non-Spell Indicator.png4 Bjerg the Wanderer

Balestriders, also known as the Wanderers, are a Freljordian legend. A dark omen, these giant beasts are said to roam the Arctic areas around the north of the Freljord Crest icon.png Freljord.


"Keyword Skill.png Unearthly light flooded the valley as a piercing wail rattled the rocks from the cliffs, my sinews from their bones, the very thoughts from my mind! Then... silence."
LoR Non-Champion Non-Spell Indicator.png4 Bjerg the Wanderer

LoR Non-Champion Non-Spell Indicator.png10 She Who Wanders, Balestrider

Having body shapes similar to giraffes, their striking features are their giant horns similar in appearance to True Ice, their cycloptic blue glowing eyes, and humanoid arm like protrusions scattered across their bodies like fur. Depictions of these creatures can be seen on the numerous bridges of the Howling Abyss. They were once magnificent and terrible beings before being twisted far beyond their original form and moved at the command of the Three Sisters thanks to the bargain with the Watchers.



    "Will no one listen?"
LoR Non-Champion Non-Spell Indicator.png4 Babbling Bjerg

"Y-You've gotta believe me! It was huge, I tell you, HUUUGE!"

LoR Non-Champion Non-Spell Indicator.png4 Bjerg the Wanderer was the only traveler that believes he has sighted these creatures in recent memory, though his experience seeing these, along with Yetis, has left him babbling and insane.


    "As I feared. They've returned."
Anivia Anivia

According to Anivia Anivia, they are her ominous "strange enemies" who have dark, corrupting magic from the past.[1] Legends say she sacrificed herself against a march of towering Balestriders : "Anvia knew she could not slay these colossal creatures, and so she plunged into the ice beneath their feet, shattering her own body in order to entomb them".[2]


  • Balestrider designs were originally concepted to be used for the Watchers. This concept was later altered and used for this new race and introduced in the Legends of Runeterra icon.png Legends of Runeterra card game.
    • It is possible that many intepretation of the Watchers was based on the visible Balestrider. Ancient Frejlordian may have seen the creatures as Watchers, so they build the statues based on them.



See also