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Summoner Experience

For the League of Legends icon.png League of Legends champion experience, see experience (champion). For other uses of Experience, see Experience.

Summoners earn experience points (abbreviated as XP XP) by playing games of League of Legends icon.png League of Legends and by completing missions (when missions are available). When a summoner reaches a certain amount of experience points they increase their summoner's level.

The level of a summoner determines whether they can access some features of the game. Most prominently, a summoner level of 30 or higher is required to play ranked games.

Each time a summoner reaches a new level they receive a reward. The most common reward is a Champion Capsule, which can contain champion shards and/or Blue Essence BE Blue Essence, both of which can be used to unlock new champions.

Gaining Experience

Summoner experience.png

The amount of experience received for a game is determined by several rules:

  • Custom games are not eligible to earn experience.
  • The minimum time any game needs to last to be eligible for rewards (XP, Missions and anything that requires you to play, win or lose a game) is 7 minutes.[1]
  • Longer games are worth more experience.
  • Co-op vs. AI is eligible for Mission rewards (play/win a matchmade game) such as First Win of the Day.
  • Wins are worth more experience than losses. Wins on PVP Summoner's Rift give approximately 5.767 base XP plus 6.626 XP per minute of game length.

Based on these factors, each game awards roughly between 50 and 300 XP, with average values around 175 XP.

Co-op vs AI

The experience gained for Co-op vs. AI games is reduced for Summoners with level 10 or higher.[2]

  • Summoner Level 1-9: Bots grant 100% XP.
  • Summoner Level 10-19: Bots grant 90% XP.
  • Summoner Level 20-29: Bots grant 80% XP (65% after 180 minutes each day)
  • Summoner Level 30+: Bots grant 75% XP (55% after 180 minutes each day)

First Win of the Day

A daily mission is available starting at level 15. It rewards you with 50 BE 50 and 400 XP when winning a matchmade game. After being completed the mission will be unavailable for 20 hours. Note: The mission will not become available while a game is being played. Only games started after the 20 hour mark count towards completing this mission.

Experience boosts

Experience boosts can be bought to increase the amount of experience gained. There are two types of boosts: win boosts that add a flat amount of 216 XP per won game and duration boosts that double the base XP earned from a game. Both boosts can be used at the same time.

Experience Formula

Experience gain on Summoner's Rift can be calculated based on the total number of seconds played during a given game, whether or not the game is won, and whether or not first win of the day is completed. The following formulas are for experience gained from Summoner's Rift as of November 17, 2017:[3]

Time: the total number of seconds elapsed in a game (e.g. 15:49 => 949 seconds).

  • General formula:
    • Experience = (Time × (XP/s) + Base XP) (rounded to nearest integer)
  • If the game is won:
    • Experience = (Time × 0.11 + 6.6)
  • If the game is lost:
    • Experience = (Time × 0.09 + 5.4)

Experience Table

Tested values for Summoner Level 30+.[4]

Mode Map Result XP/s Base XP
PvP Summoner's Rift icon.png Summoner's Rift
Howling Abyss icon.png Howling Abyss
Win 0.11 6.6
Loss 0.09 5.4
Co-op vs AI Summoner's Rift icon.png Summoner's Rift Win 0.0825 4.95
Loss 0.0675 4.05

Leveling Up

Leveling rewards in Journey

Leveling up grants access to new game modes, summoner spells, and extras such as loot and champion masteries.

Estimating the required time to level up can be done by taking one's level and noting its position beyond a multiple of 25 (except for the first two progressions: 1 to 30, and 31 to 50). Example: Leveling from 51 to 52 is faster than leveling 74 to 75, but also quicker than a player at level 49, since you're positioned at the very first level of the count (51 to 75).

The following table describes the amount of XP required to level up and some of the game content unlocked when reaching each level.[5][6]

Experience Required

Levels 1 to 30
Current Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
XP for Next Level 144 144 192 240 336 432 528 624 720 816 912 984 1056 1128 1344 1440 1536 1680 1824 1968 2112 2208 2304 2304 2496 2496 2592 2688 2688
Total XP required 0 144 288 480 720 1056 1488 2016 2640 3360 4176 5088 6072 7128 8256 9600 11040 12576 14256 16080 18048 20160 22368 24672 27120 29616 32112 34704 37392
Levels 30 to 50
Current Level 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49
XP for Next Level 2688 2688 2688 2784 2784 2784 2880 2880 2880 3072 3072 3168 3168 3264 3264 3360 3360 3456 3456 3456
Every 25 levels thereafter
Current Level 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74
XP for Next Level 2592 2688 2688 2688 2688 2880 2880 2880 3072 3072 3072 3264 3264 3264 3360 3360 3360 3456 3456 3456 3456 3552 3552 3648 3648

Milestone Rewards

Source: support page

Level Rewards Unlocks
  • Level 1 Summoner Icon Border.png Summoner Icon Border (Profile)
  • 450 BE 450
  • 450 BE 450
  • 450 BE 450
  • Access to the default rune pages, excluding "Inspiration: The Timeless".
  • 90% XP given for Co-op vs. AI Bots
  • Access to custom rune pages
  • Access to Red Nexus icon.png Classic 5v5 (Draft) permitting you have at least 20 playable champions (including free to play)
  • Access to Featured Game Mode icon.png Featured Game Modes
  • Access to the standard Free Champion Rotation
  • Access to "Inspiration: The Timeless" preset rune page
  • 80% XP given for Co-op vs. AI Bots, reduced further to 65% after 180 minutes of game time that day
  • 75% XP given for Co-op vs. AI Bots, reduced further to 55% after 180 minutes of game time that day
  • Access to Ranked queues (5v5)
Hereafter you will receive one Basic Champion Capsule.png Champion Capsule with every level, excepting at other milestones.
Hereafter you will receive one Glorious Champion Capsule.png Glorious Champion Capsule every 10th level (60, 70, etc...).
Hereafter you will receive 10 Mythic Essence 10 every 50th level (550, 600, 650, ...).

New Accounts

Journey section of Home tab.

New accounts have access to the Journey tab, which contains bundles, Awakening missions, Level Up Rewards, and Daily Play Rewards.

  • The bundles are starter packs for each role that contain 3 champions with skins, 14-day XP boost, a rune page and a summoner icon.
  • The Awakening mission series gives a Masterwork Chest & Key when all are completed.
  • Level Up Rewards displays the milestone rewards provided for each level, up to level 10.
  • Daily Play Rewards give rewards for playing at least once a day on 7 different days.
    • This is a series of rewards that is separate from First Win of the Day.
    • The days played do not need to be consecutive.

Once the player has surpassed level 10 and has completed all Daily Play Rewards, they will lose access to the Journey tab and their default launch screen will be changed to Overview. The Awakening missions will still reward a Masterwork Chest & Key upon completion, however this is no longer visibly tracked.

Awakening Missions

Each mission will reward 800 BE 800 and varying amounts of XP XP when completed. A Masterwork Chest & Key is rewarded for completing all missions.

Lil' Sprout profileicon.png Like a Champ
  • Objective: Cast your champion skills.
    • Cast your champion skills 30 times.
    • Cast your ultimate skill 20 times.
  • Reward: XP 150 and 800 BE 800
Lil' Sprout profileicon.png Wards Save Lives
  • Objective: Place and destroy wards
    • Place 10 wards (any)
    • Place 3 control wards
    • Destroy 5 enemy wards (any)
  • Reward: XP 600 and 800 BE 800
Lil' Sprout profileicon.png Put Up A Fight
  • Objective: Deal damage and destroy your enemies
    • Deal 10,000 damage to enemy champions
    • Get 30 kills and/or assists
  • Reward: XP 150 and 800 BE 800
Lil' Sprout profileicon.png Deal The Heal
  • Objective: Heal yourself or others
    • Heal 10,000 damage (self or others)
    • Consume red Health Potions 10 times
  • Reward: XP 600 and 800 BE 800
Lil' Sprout profileicon.png Into The Jungle
  • Objective: Destroy jungle objectives with your team
    • Kill 10 dragons as a team
    • Kill Rift Herald 3 times as a team
    • Kill Baron 2 times as a team
  • Reward: XP 300 and 800 BE 800
Lil' Sprout profileicon.png Spell It Out
  • Objective: Use your summoner spells
    • Use Flash 10 times
    • Use your summoner spells (any) 30 times
  • Reward: XP 300 and 800 BE 800
Lil' Sprout profileicon.png Structural Damage
  • Objective: Destroy building objectives with your team
    • Destroy 15 towers as a team
    • Destroy 6 inhibitors as a team
  • Reward: XP 300 and 800 BE 800
Lil' Sprout profileicon.png Go For The Gold
  • Objective: Spend 25,000 gold in-game
    • Spend 25,000 gold
  • Reward: XP 150 and 800 BE 800

Daily Play Rewards

Rewards are given after the first game is played.

Day Rewards
  • 6300 BE 6300.



Prior to V7.22, the level system comprised 30 levels, each represented by a number from 1 to 30. Higher numbers mean more experience. Summoners start their first game at level 1 and progress until they reach level 30 after a variable number of games (typically between 300 and 400). The level system is based on the concept of Experience Points (XP). Summoners accumulate XP by playing games. When they accumulate a certain amount of XP, they progress to the next level. The level progression finishes when the Summoner reaches level 30. Reaching this level is one of the requirements to participate in Ranked games (the others are owning 20 champions and taking part in a series of placement games).

The Visual Design of League Leveling

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Hey guys, we're Riot_Mort and SpicyMemeDreamz, here to talk about some of the key design elements behind League's new leveling system.[7]

With the uncapped leveling system, our goal was to recognize and reward you for playing League regardless of your playstyle or skill level. We also wanted to give you the ability to progressively show off your dedication to the game in the years to come.


Since our intention was to build an uncapped leveling system that could grow with you, we had to think early about how the visual language could scale with those conventions. In plain speak, how do we make you look cooler as you level up? We looked at a lot of systems in other games (and in real life) to see how progression feels across them all, and found that there seems to always be a point where visual representations of progression go overboard. Whether it's an adornment of stars or additional medals and materials tacking onto the sides, a visual representation of progression always runs the risk of looking the same (or unintelligible) after a certain point.

Various sketch explorations looking to define the overall look of the progression system.


For League's system, we looked for an expression of progression that would continually feel fresh for you, but also had clear points of distinction when you were comparing your progress against that of others. To accomplish that, we first examined our existing progressions systems. We wanted strong design elements we could leverage into something new, while still maintaining a sense of familiarity. It was also a big focus of ours to provide you with goals, or checkpoints, as you level, to give you that awesome feeling of accomplishment. Being able to reach meaningful thresholds allows everyone to feel like they're working towards an achievable goal instead of grinding to infinity.

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The newly launched Honor System brought a uniform color tier progression to League that will eventually be used for all methods of progress and rarity. While this was a core element that was imperative for us to implement into our own system, it also came with a unique challenge based on the system we were building. With leveling being uncapped, it would make it nearly impossible to ever reach that highest tier color (as well as create a situation where you feel like you're forever trapped in a single color).

League's universal color tier system, scaling left to right from lowest to highest.

Our solution was to still leverage the color tier system, but to build in a reset system where the colors would go back to the lowest color tier and scale back up at certain level milestones. This gave us room to scale up levels as high as we wanted while keeping the clear visual signifier of progression. To make sure you don't stagnate too long in a current color tier, we set a reset to happen every 100 levels. With exception to our first level progression (which starts at level 30 and changes at at 50), you'll progress every 25 levels.


Now that we had a clear way of showing tiers through colors, we still had to solve for how to make one level of green look better than the next. To solve that, we looked through the universe surrounding League of Legends to find visual elements that could accompany this color tier system and help differentiate one from another. We did many explorations that utilized elements from our game, Runeterra itself, and even skin line themes. Going through these explorations, we discovered we could dress up the surrounding areas of progression borders, as long as a few core principles stayed in place:

Hextech Annie and other artwork from the region of Piltover heavily influenced our Hextech Magic theme, pulling a variety of elements to create this arc conductor device surrounding the border.

We pulled a variety of reference from both champions and skin lines to develop our “fire magic” theme, with one of the main sources of inspiration being Infernal Diana.

  • Utilize volume, color values, and different materials to escalate higher tiers from lower ones

Visual difference between the first green tier (level 30) and the second (level 125).

Follow similar shape language for core areas of the borders
  • To make sure you are always looking in the same place for your current progression, it's best to keep a uniform area where progression starts and stops for each level. For higher tiers in a progression ladder, utilizing different shapes helps differentiate them from the rest.

Start and end points for the progress meters, as well as level plate designs for higher and low tier levels.

Use themes to decorate, not obfuscate, the progression of a player
  • Though we wanted to make sure each of the progression themes looked fantastic, the focus is still on where you sit in your current level and how much you have to go until the next. Having these themes cover up or take away from that primary goal would eliminate the purpose of continuous leveling.

Since this progression is about you, we wanted to ensure that all elements of the system stayed as close to information about you as possible. This heavily influenced where and how we show leveling for yourself (and others) around the client.

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At any given time, we want to make sure that you are aware of where you are in terms of progression. Bringing the level meter back to an always-visible section of the client was important to us — it gives you an easy-to-see visual element to help you decide if it's worth getting one more game in to level-up. It's always ideal if you can find information without having to try and track it down.

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One of the things we agreed on pretty early was that you and your friends should be able to see each other's level. Bringing level and current progression into the player hovercard gives you a quick way to check in on your friends, see how they're doing, and compare your own level progress. That said, we also decided your level wasn't important to any particular game, so from Champ Select until the Victory (hopefully) screen, we didn't want your level shown. Level is a fun progression system, but is not a measure of your skill. That's what ranked is for! You WILL have a way to show your progression off (if you want, and we'll cover that in a sec), but it won't be exposed by any in-game system.

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Experience Insights 12.png

Your current level and progress will be shown on your profile, with a border that evolves as you get to higher levels.

Experience Insights 13.jpg
Experience Insights 14.png

We wanted to make sure your progress is quickly visible whenever you finish a match. Bringing your progression into the end-of-game screen creates a destination during a core part of our game loop that lets you know how much you gained for that match and how close you are to reaching your next level.

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For the icing on the cake, we wanted to give you the extra ability to show your level progression to others in the fields of battle. Since this system is meant to be an indicator of knowledge acquired and time played, it made sense to create a series of emotes for every major tier of the themes. So whenever you get a sweet outplay or want to show off how much time you've spent on the Rift, go ahead and smash that emote button.

We talked about a single emote that would upgrade as you leveled up. However we felt (and have seen with other things like the Honor Wards) that players favor a specific reward and like to keep using it, even if they've earned something else. If we removed that when you leveled-up, it wouldn't be ideal. Instead, if you really love the Level 50 emote, you can have it and use it forever.

We hope everyone enjoys having a little extra progression in League. You might be struggling in ranked to make progress, but now you'll always be moving forward in some way. We think that's going to feel a lot better. As always though, we're open to feedback. If you have any questions or comments, drop a note in the comments or pop by the boards!


See also