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Gangplank Gets Shipshape with a New Model and Animations

By Rahares [1]

Avast, summoners!

As part of our continued commitment to keeping League of Legends a fun and engaging experience, we will be updating yet another of our classic champions with a salty new model and some truly seaworthy new animations. Like KayleSquare Kayle, JannaSquare Janna, and TryndamereSquare Tryndamere before him, GangplankSquare Gangplank, the Saltwater Scourge, will be the next champion of the League to walk down the plank (err... runway!) sporting some knavish new looks. We think you'll like the cut of his jib!

Stay tuned for more information on Gangplank's new model and animations when he's released in the upcoming patch!

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Champion Update: Gangplank

As unpredictable as he is brutal, the self-appointed reaver king known as GangplankSquare Gangplank rules Bilgewater through a mix of fear, violence and cunning. Where he sails, death and ruin follow, and such is his infamy and reputation that the merest sight of his Raise Morale item black sails on the horizon causes panic among even the hardiest crew.
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Despite his notoriety and savagery, Gangplank commands absolute loyalty from those who run with him. Many of his trusted lieutenants have gone on to become renowned captains or brutal gang leaders in their own right, but they remain loyal - more than willing to fight alongside him - granting him an unmatched power-base within Bilgewater. Nevertheless, there are those who would dare challenge his rule. Gangplank relishes these moments, going to war with Parrrley pistol and Trial by Fire blade in order to show everyone that Bilgewater is still his, and his alone.

We're giving the dread pirate lord of Bilgewater a gameplay overhaul and a fresh coat of paint in time for the upcoming event. Along with a new kit that keeps the Silver Serpents ca-ching in the bank and adds some Powder Keg powder-ful new interactions between his abilities, we've spruced up his bio with a look into the man behind the Scourge of Twelve Seas myth.

Larger-than-life corsair kings tend to accumulate tall tales the way a warship picks up barnacles, but the tenuous balance of power in Bilgewater hinges on everyone believing the stories told about him.

Gangplank Captain Screenshots

During the Bilgewater: Burning Tides event, GangplankSquare Gangplank was brought down by the machinations of the bounty hunter Miss FortuneSquare Miss Fortune. His ship was destroyed with all of Bilgewater watching, killing his crew and shattering his aura of invincibility. Now the gangs of Bilgewater have risen up, fighting amongst themselves to claim dominion over the port city. [2]
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Despite receiving horrific injuries in the explosion, Gangplank survived. Sporting a multitude of fresh scars, and with a newly crafted Dead Man's Plate item metal arm to replace his amputated limb, he is now determined to rebuild his strength, reclaim what he sees as rightfully his - and to ruthlessly punish all those who turned against him.

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Trial by Fire
Trial by Fire

Every several seconds, Gangplank's next melee attack ignites the target, dealing bonus true damage over time and granting a brief burst of Trial by Fire 2 movement speed. Destroying a Powder Keg Powder Keg instantly refreshes Trial by Fire.


Gangplank fires his pistol at his target, dealing damage and applying on-hit effects. If Parrrley kills a unit, the shot plunders bonus gold and refunds mana. For each Gold plundered, Gangplank gains a Silver Serpents Silver Serpent that he can use at the shop to upgrade Cannon Barrage Cannon Barrage.

Remove Scurvy
Remove Scurvy

Gangplank consumes a large quantity of citrus fruit, curing all disabling effects and healing him based on his missing health.

Powder Keg
Powder Keg

Places a powder keg that can be attacked by Gangplank or his enemies. If Gangplank destroys a keg, it explodes in an AoE blast that Slow icon slows and spreads the damage of the attack to all nearby enemies. Other casks within the zone will chain explode. If an enemy destroys the cask, it defuses the explosion and grants gold.

Cannon Barrage
Cannon Barrage

Signals Gangplank's ship to fire waves of cannonballs at an area. Each wave deals magic damage and Slow icon slows enemies. Cannon Barrage can be upgraded up to three times.

  • Death's Daughter item Death's Daughter fires an initial mega-cannonball in the center of the area of effect.
  • Raise Morale item Raise Morale gives allies within the area of effect additional movement speed.
  • Fire at Will item Fire at Will increases the rate of fire over the duration of Cannon Barrage.


GangplankSquare Gangplank might be a murderous malevolent seamaster in Runeterra, but in-game, he's opportunism in the (salted) flesh. We often reference windows of power, and Gangplank's updated gameplay heavily rewards him for maximizing his. His passive, Trial by Fire Trial by Fire, hits like a warship's ram in trades, with the true damage DoT capable of chunking meaty portions off his opponent's health bar. With the accompanying Trial by Fire 2 speed burst, he has the potential to stomp in and saunter out of quick duels.

Learning to play the Powder Keg Powder Keg minigame is crucial for both Gangplank and his opponents. He has higher range than other melee fighters, and a ton of potential burst damage with chained gunpowder cask explosions, but the key there is potential.

When Gangplank triggers the last hit on his cask, it explodes for substantial AoE damage, but even more significantly, it re-procs his Trial by Fire passive. Skilled Gangplank players will set up casks ahead of planned trades and skirmishes to maximize their burst. But careful counterplay will allow opposing champions to defuse the gunpowder cask with a last-hit of their own, denying Gangplank his Powder Keg explosion and sudden Trial by Fire fire-stick stabbing.


The updates to his gameplay pattern solidify Gangplank's primary role as a potent split-pusher, as he can contribute meaningfully to a teamfight Cannon Barrage from across the map without needing to use a Teleport summoner spell to join the fray.

When split-pushing, GangplankSquare GP needs to be mindful of his surroundings, even more than someone like ShenSquare Shen or TryndamereSquare Tryndamere, who have built-in Shadow Dash dashes or Spinning Slash spins that can put a solid wall between them and their pursuers. While Remove Scurvy Remove Scurvy keeps him relatively safe from individual crowd control, he won't outrun most gap-closing enemies without using his Cannon Barrage ult unless he steals an opportunistic Trial by Fire passive proc.

In situations where split-pushing is weak and team-fighting the strongest option, Gangplank benefits from strategic planning and careful positioning of his Powder Keg Powder Kegs. In many cases, Remove Scurvy Remove Scurvy'll let him skirt the frontline and dive the squishies with a crit-loaded Parrrley Parrrley.

Depending on his build, Gangplank can tank damage and crowd control with his Remove Scurvy W, or look to pelt opponents with Parrrley Parrrley crits and powerful sustained melee DPS. By using the Silver Serpents Silver Serpents he earns with Parrrley Parrrley, he can upgrade Cannon Barrage Cannon Barrage. Depending on which upgrades you choose, GangplankSquare GP can help his friends make their Raise Morale item escape, attempt to Fire at Will item zone apart the enemy team, or Death's Daughter item concentrate fire on an unprotected target. Because the upgrades stack, you can even do all three over the course of a long enough game.

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Champion Insights
by Statikk

Although already entertaining to play, GangplankSquare Gangplank's gameplay lacked a deep mastery curve and interesting counterplay for his opponents.

Gangplank Update Concept

Outside of slight optimizations such as Parrrley Parrrley farming, Remove Scurvy Remove Scurvy timing, or Cannon Barrage Cannon Barrage placement, Gangplank never really had a unique tool he could invest in mastering over time. When we thought about new toys we could give Gangplank, we focused on the most fun moments Gangplank was already having. One topic came up over and over again: buying items like Statikk Shiv item Statikk Shiv or Ravenous Hydra item Ravenous Hydra and being able to Silver Serpents Plunder several enemies with a single Parrrley Parrrley. With this update, we added explosive Powder Keg barrels to Gangplank's arsenal so he can do just that and more. There's nothing like setting up a chain of barrels to utterly decimate unsuspecting enemies.

Whenever we add a new mechanic to the game, we strive to make it just as fun and interesting for opponents as it is for the champion using it. As sly and clever as Gangplank can be with these explosive barrels, we wanted to ensure that enemies could also interact with them and potentially outplay Gangplank at his own game. Whenever Gangplank places an explosive barrel, enemies also have the opportunity to attack it in order to defuse it - it's a race to the finish to see who gets the final hit which can end in an explosive finale or a sputtering dud.

Overall, Gangplank will retain a lot of the classic things we have all come to know and love, but with the addition of some new upgrades - quite literally as he'll be able to upgrade his Cannon Barrage Cannon Barrage - Gangplank will be just as menacing as ever.

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Gangplank returns and the event end draws near

By Paul 'Pabro' Bellezza [3]

The orchestrated spectacle of the Dead Pool's destruction led many to believe that the dread reaver GangplankSquare Gangplank perished in the flames. But what is dread may never die, and Gangplank returns to reclaim what he believes to be rightfully his.

Fitted with a new Dead Man's Plate item limb to replace the one he lost, the Saltwater Scourge will soon rain Cannon Barrage cannonballs down on Summoner's Rift again after a brief stay on the PBE.

Since this is the first time we've done something so dramatic with story and theme, we're commemorating the event with the Captain Gangplank skin depicting the dread pirate from before the events of Bilgewater: Burning Tides. All players who own and play (or have already played) an entire matchmade game as Gangplank during the event will receive the Captain Gangplank skin for free.

Captain Gangplank reflects a simpler time, when one uncrowned reaver king ruled over Bilgewater with an iron Trial by Fire cutlass and a fearsome love of scrimshaw. While base Gangplank has been irrevocably changed by Miss FortuneSquare Miss Fortune's masterful scheme, the Gangplank CaptainCircle Captain Gangplank skin hearkens back to before the pirate's bloody fall.

With Gangplank's return imminent and the conclusion of the story trailing the choppy wake behind Bilgewater: Burning Tides' stern, the end of the in-game event draws ever closer.

Bilgewater: Burning Tides sails over the horizon in just over a week, stowing in its hold the bundles, merch sales, icon rewards, and game modes. Whether you're looking to brawl in the black market, add the free Captain Gangplank skin to your wardrobe, or acquire any other Bilgewater spoils, you've got until August 10 at 2:00 AM PDT.

We hope you've enjoyed the journey so far, and we'll see you on the battlefields!

Champion insights roundtable: Gangplank

By RiotExLibris [4]

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TLDR: As part of our ongoing commitment to keep League of Legends fresh, we often update champions both visually and in their gameplay. If you followed along with the Bilgewater: Burning Tides event, you know that with GangplankSquare Gangplank's champion update, we went even further. Catch up on the story here, or if you're already a Bilgewater veteran, dive into a conversation between the devs behind the update below.

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Can't get enough of the Gangplank dev insights roundtable? Bilgewater: Burning Tides may be over, but the Saltwater Scourge lives on. Is one-hitting minions something you wish? Let us know in the comments below and we'll see you on the battlefields.

Gangplank Dev Insights Roundtable Longform Version

By RiotExLibris [5]

If you've wandered here unawares, this is the longer, mostly unedited version of the GangplankSquare Gangplank developer insights roundtable. Walls of text aren't for everyone.

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