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The Crest of Cinders is a neutral buff available on Summoner's Rift. The buff can be identified by spinning red runes and a red runed circle around the champion. Because of this it is often referred to as the "red buff" or just "red". The damage dealt is true damage. This makes it valuable in killing champions who have high armor and magic resistance.

Crest of Cinders screenshot

The Crest of Cinders held by Master Yi OriginalSquare Master Yi

How to obtain


  • As of V1.0.0.130, the red buff slows 8 / 16 / 24% for melee characters and 5 / 10 / 15% for ranged characters at levels 1 / 6 / 11. This makes the buff more effective when utilized by melee characters such as Xin Zhao OriginalSquare Xin Zhao, Udyr OriginalSquare Udyr, or Tryndamere OriginalSquare Tryndamere than it does for ranged attackers such as Tristana OriginalSquare Tristana and Ezreal OriginalSquare Ezreal. Note however that it is easier for ranged champions to apply the slow without getting in dangerous situations and they can also use it to keep melee attackers at a distance.
  • The jungler will most likely take the red buff early in the game.
    • The extra damage lets the jungler clear minion packs easier and take on bigger monsters like the Template:Moi.
    • The slow from the buff is extremely valuable for the jungler to successfully execute a gank and is also useful for kiting monsters to reduce damage.
  • Increasing attack speed does not increase true damage dealt by the red buff, as the damage is applied as a non-stacking damage over time effect.
  • Syndra OriginalSquare Syndra's Force of Will Force of Will can be used on the Red Brambleback Red Brambleback to quickly apply the debuff to a nearby enemy champion.

See also

Patch history


  • Damage over time reduced.
  • Now applies damage three times: on-hit, then 1.5 and 3 seconds after.
  • Health regeneration increased to 1 / 3 / 9 (based on level)% of the target's maximum health from 1% of the target's maximum health.
  • Health regeneration is now disabled while in combat.
  • Duration decreased to 90 seconds from 120.


  • Crest of Cinders buff Crest of Cinders' true damage now applies to turrets.


  • Crest of Cinders buff Crest of Cinders now heals its buffed target by +1% of their maximum health per 5 seconds
  • Duration reduced to 120 seconds from 150.
  • Burn Passive changed from 10-44 damage over 3 seconds to 5-56 damage over 3 seconds
  • Slow amount reduced from 8%-15% to 5%-10%



  • Damage now displays properly in death recap.


  • No longer triggers on spell damage.


  • Melee slow reduced to 8/16/24% from 10/20/30%.
  • Single target damaging abilities now apply the debuff.


  • Now slows for 10/20/30% if using melee and 5/10/15% if using ranged.


  • Damage per second reduced by 5 at all levels.
  • Movement speed debuff reduced by 5% at every level past 5.


  • Buff movement slow amount reduced to 10% from 15% from levels 1-5.


  • Swapped bonus ability power for your attacks leaving a 15/20/25/30% slow for 3 seconds.


  • Slow percent replaced by a 50-130 ability power buff.
  • Damage over time modified to 15-55 per second for 3 seconds from 20-50 per second for 4 seconds.
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