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"The child is gone. The killer remains." - KaynSquare Kayn

A peerless practitioner of lethal shadow magic, Shieda Kayn battles to achieve his true destiny—to one day lead the Order of the Shadow into a new era of Ionian supremacy. He audaciously wields the sentient darkin weapon Rhaast, undeterred by its creeping corruption of his body and mind. There are only two possible outcomes: either Kayn bends the weapon to his will... or the malevolent blade consumes him completely, paving the way for the destruction of all Runeterra.

Shadow Reaper

Noxian by birth, Kayn and others like him were conscripted as child soldiers, a cruel practice employed by only the most devious commanders of the empire. Ionian compassion was a weakness to be exploited—their warriors would hesitate before striking down a supposed innocent. Thus, barely able to lift the blade he had been given, Kayn’s first day in battle was also expected to be his last.

The Noxian forces landed at the mouth of the Epool River. Kayn and the others were a reluctant vanguard, facing disorganized bands of locals defending their home from these returning invaders. While his young comrades were cut down or fled the battlefield, Kayn showed no fear. He dropped his heavy sword and snatched up a fallen sickle, turning to face the shocked Ionians just as the Noxian regulars swept in from the flank.

The carnage was staggering. Farmers, hunters—even a handful of vastaya—all were butchered without ceremony.

Two days later, after word had spread throughout the southern territories, the Order of the Shadow came upon the grisly scene. Their leader, Zed, knew this area had no tactical significance. This massacre was intended as a message. Noxus would show no mercy.

A flickering glint of steel caught his eye. A child of no more than ten lay in the mud, leveling his broken sickle at the master assassin, bloody knuckles straining white. The boy’s eyes harbored a pain that belied his age, yet still burned with all the fury of a hardened warrior. This tenacity was not something that could be taught. Zed saw in this child, this abandoned Noxian survivor, a weapon that could be turned against those who had sent him here to die. The assassin held out his hand and welcomed Kayn into the Order of the Shadow.

Acolytes traditionally spent years training with a single weapon of their choosing, but Kayn mastered them all—to him, they were mere tools, and he was the weapon. Armor he viewed as a cumbersome burden, instead cloaking himself in shadows and slaying his enemies with quickness and stealth. These swift executions instilled fear in the hearts of those fortunate enough to be spared.

And as Kayn’s legend grew, so did his arrogance. He truly believed that one day his power would eclipse even that of Zed himself.

This hubris led Kayn to embrace his final test: to seek out a darkin weapon recently unearthed in Noxus, and prevent it being used against the weary defenders of Ionia. He accepted without hesitation, never questioning why he had been chosen for this task. Indeed, where any other acolyte would have destroyed the living scythe known as Rhaast, Kayn took it for himself.

The corruption took hold the moment his fingers closed around the weapon, locking them both in a fateful struggle. Rhaast has long-awaited the perfect host in order to join its darkin brethren and lay waste to the world, but Kayn will not be easily dominated. He returns to Ionia in triumph, convinced that Zed will name him the new leader of the Order of the Shadow.

Patch History

  • The Darkin Scythe The Darkin Scythe
    • Removed: Damage and takedowns against melee champion dropping red orbs and against ranged champions blue orbs.
    • New Effect: Damage and takedowns against enemy champions grants orbs.
    • New Effect: Once the bar is filled, if your percentage of damage done against melee champions is higher than your percentage of damage done against ranged champions you gain RhaastSquare Rhaast, otherwise you gain Shadow AssassinSquare Shadow Assassin.
    • New Effect: The transformation progress bar now color tints towards the transformation type that's furthest along, becoming deeper blue when Shadow AssassinSquare Shadow Assassin is far ahead, and deep red for RhaastSquare Rhaast.
    • New Effect: Can now ping the transform bar to inform allies how far or close Kayn is to transform.
    • New Effect: Can now ping that a form is available.
    • New Effect: Can now ping that a form is unavailable and the time remaining before it is ready to be activated.
    • New Effect: Once a form is unlocked, you can collect orbs from the opposite champion type to reduce the second form's timer by 5 seconds each.
    • Total transformation points required increased to 500 from 400.
    • New Effect: If when collecting their final transformation points, the two forms are within 8% of each other, the type of champion range you finally hit will determine the transformation.
    • Bug Fix: No longer immediately harvests orbs when damaging ranged champions who hadn't yet damaged him. He'll now properly wait until exiting combat.
  • Reaping Slash Reaping Slash
    • Bug Fix: Fixed a Shadow Step Shadow Step into basic attack into Reaping Slash bug where, if Shadow Step Shadow Step's buff expired during Reaping Slash's cast time (due to the basic attack putting Kayn in combat), Q dealt no damage.
  • Shadow Step Shadow Step
    • New Effect: Can now start Recall Recalling during Shadow Step if not inside terrain.
    • Bug Fix: Fixed a bug where Shadow Step ending due to casting a basic attack would occasionally cut his Reaping Slash Reaping Slash attack short and dealing no damage.
  • Umbral Trespass Umbral Trespass
    • New Effect: Can now emerge from target with a distance below 300 units.
    • New Effect: Shadow AssassinSquare Shadow Assassin's Umbral Trespass gains 200 bonus range when emerging from his target.
  • Kayn SoulhunterCircle Soulhunter Kayn
  • The Darkin Scythe The Darkin Scythe
    • New Effect: Can now ping the time until other form is available if Kayn's already unlocked a form.
  • Shadow Step Shadow Step
    • Empowered duration increased to 7 / 7.5 / 8 / 8.5 / 9 seconds from 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9.
  • Shadow Step A Shadow Step (Shadow Assassin)
    • Bonus movement speed increased to 80% from 70%.
  • The Darkin Scythe The Darkin Scythe
    • Passive points gained based on minutes changed to 3 / 6 / 10 (based on minutes) from 0.5 − 15 (based on minutes).
  • Reaping Slash Reaping Slash
    • New Effect: Other abilities can now be queued up while casting Q.
  • Shadow Step Shadow Step
  • Stats
    • Attack damage growth increased to 3.3 from 2.8.
  • The Darkin Scythe The Darkin Scythe
    • RhaastSquare Rhaast: Heal increased to 34.5% − 43% (based on level) from 26% − 43% (based on level).
  • Stats
    • Base attack damage increased to 68 from 60.
    • Base armor increased to 38 from 29.
  • Reaping Slash Reaping Slash
    • Base damage increased to 60 / 80 / 100 / 120 / 140 from 55 / 75 / 95 / 115 / 135.
  • Blade's Reach Blade's Reach
    • Base damage increased to 90 / 135 / 180 / 225 / 270 from 80 / 125 / 170 / 215 / 260.
V7.14 July 18th Hotfix
  • General
    • Bug Fix: Fixed a bug causing Kayn's UI to break, sometimes preventing him from transforming altogether.
  • Umbral Trespass Umbral Trespass
    • Bug Fix: KledSquare Kled no longer ends up in a weird spot if Kayn uses Umbral Trespass on him to avoid the targeted dash at the end of Chaaaaaaaarge!!! Chaaaaaaaarge!!!.
V7.14 Added
  • The Darkin Scythe The Darkin Scythe
    • Innate: Kayn wields an ancient, sentient weapon, that battles with him for control. Dealing damage against champions causes them to drops orbs that are automatically collected upon leaving combat, filling a bar above Kayn's portrait.
    • Once the bar is full he can choose to either be overwhelmed by RhaastSquare Rhaast or expel him to become the Shadow AssassinSquare Shadow Assassin, based on whether he has damaged more Melee role melee or Ranged role ranged champions, respectively. Once primed, the other option becomes available after 4 minutes.
    • The transformation can only be performed by interacting with their portrait while on the summoning platform, permanently changing their abilities.
    • Shadow AssassinSquare Shadow Assassin: Kayn's basic attacks and abilities deal 12% − 44% (based on level) of post-mitigation damage as bonus magic damage, lasting for 3 seconds upon entering in combat with an enemy champion, refreshing after 8 seconds out of combat with them or by using Umbral Trespass.
    • RhaastSquare Rhaast: Rhaast heals for 26% − 43% (based on level) of the post-mitigation damage that he deals with spells against enemy champions.
  • Reaping Slash Reaping Slash
    • Active: Kayn dashes forward, dealing 55 / 75 / 95 / 115 / 135 (+ 65% bonus AD) physical damage to all enemies he passes through before flourishing his scythe, dealing the same damage again to surrounding enemies.
    • Shadow AssassinSquare Shadow Assassin: Reaping Slash is unchanged.
    • RhaastSquare Rhaast: Both instances of Reaping Slash's damage are modified to 50% AD (+ 5% (+ 4% per 100 bonus AD) of target's maximum health) physical damage, capped at 200 / 250 / 300 / 350 / 400 against monsters.
    • Regardless of the form, both instances of Reaping Slash deals 55 bonus damage against monsters.
    • Mana Cost: 50
    • Cooldown: 7 / 6.5 / 6 / 5.5 / 5 seconds
  • Blade's Reach Blade's Reach
    • Active: After a short delay in which he can't perform any other actions, Kayn performs an upwards sweep with his scythe, dealing 80 / 125 / 170 / 215 / 260 (+ 120% bonus AD) physical damage to all enemies in a line and Slow icon slowing them by 60%, decaying over 1.5 seconds.
    • Shadow AssassinSquare Shadow Assassin: Blade's Reach's range is increased by 200, deals 10% bonus AD bonus damage and the Slow icon slow decays over 2 seconds. Additionally, Kayn conjures a living shadow at the casting position to perform Blade's Reach in his stead, allowing Kayn to perform other actions.
    • RhaastSquare Rhaast: Blade's Reach Airborne icon knocks up enemies for 1 second.
    • Mana Cost: 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 / 80
    • Cooldown: 13 / 12 / 11 / 10 / 9 seconds
  • Shadow Step Shadow Step
    • Active: Kayn gains 40% bonus movement speed, is Ghost ghosted and can ignore terrain collision for 1.5 seconds. Immobilizing effects will interrupt Shadow Step. Kayn heals himself for 100 / 115 / 130 / 145 / 160 (+ 40% bonus AD) health upon moving through terrain for the first time and, if he's not in combat with enemy champions, Shadow Step's duration is increased to 5 seconds. Entering combat with a champion after the effect is enhanced reduces the remaining duration to 1.5 seconds.
    • Shadow AssassinSquare Shadow Assassin: Casting Shadow Step removes Slow icon slows, additionally if Kayn enters terrain at least once, Shadow Step will be improved for the remainder of its duration to grant 70% bonus movement speed and make Kayn immune to Slow icon slows.
    • RhaastSquare Rhaast: Shadow Step is unchanged.
    • Mana Cost: 90
    • Cooldown: 21 / 19 / 17 / 15 / 13 seconds
  • Umbral Trespass Umbral Trespass
    • Passive: Kayn basic attacks and abilities against champions apply Umbral Trespass for a few seconds.
    • Active: Kayn infests a marked enemy champion for up to 2.5 seconds, True Sight icon revealing them and becoming untargetable for the duration. Reactivating Umbral Trespass ends it earlier.
    • Upon reactivation or at the end of the duration, Kayn wrenches himself free from their body in the cursor's direction, dealing 150 / 250 / 350 (+ 110% bonus AD) physical damage to the target.
    • Shadow AssassinSquare Shadow Assassin: Umbral Trespass gains 200 bonus range and emerging from the target resets The Darkin Scythe A The Darkin Scythe cooldown.
    • RhaastSquare Rhaast: Umbral Trespass damage is modified to deal 10% (+ 13% per 100 bonus AD) of target's maximum health physical damage, and heals him for「 70% of the pre-mitigation damage 」「 7% (+ 9% per 100 bonus AD) of target's maximum health 」.
    • Mana Cost: 100
    • Cooldown: 120 / 100 / 80 seconds