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For expanded game terms, see Terminology (Legends of Runeterra).
Contents
Keyword Allegiance Allegiance · Keyword Attack Attack · Keyword Aura Aura · Keyword Barrier Barrier · Keyword Burst Burst · Keyword Can't Block Can't Block · Keyword Capture Capture · Keyword Challenger Challenger · Keyword Death Death · Keyword Discard Discard · Keyword Double Attack Double Attack · Keyword Drain Drain · Keyword Draw Draw · Keyword Elusive Elusive · Keyword Enlightened Enlightened · Keyword Ephemeral Ephemeral · Keyword Fast Fast · Keyword Fearsome Fearsome · Keyword Fleeting Fleeting · Keyword Frostbite Frostbite · Keyword Imbue Imbue · Keyword Last Breath Last Breath · Keyword Level Up Level Up · Keyword Lifesteal Lifesteal · Keyword Nexus Strike Nexus Strike · Keyword Obliterate Obliterate · Keyword Overwhelm Overwhelm · Keyword Play Play · Keyword Quick Attack Quick Attack · Keyword Rally Rally · Keyword Recall Recall · Keyword Regeneration Regeneration · Revival icon Revive · Keyword See See · Keyword Silence Silence · Keyword Skill Skill · Keyword Slow Slow · Keyword Strike Strike · Keyword Stun Stun · Keyword Strongest Strongest · Keyword Summon Summon · Keyword Support Support · Keyword Tough Tough · Keyword Trap Trap · Keyword Trigger Trigger · Keyword Weakest Weakest


Keyword Allegiance Allegiance

EditWhen this unit is Keyword Summon summoned, it gets its bonus if the top card of the allied deck matches its region.

Keyword Attack Attack

EditEffects with the Attack keyword will trigger immediately when an attack is committed.

If the player has an Attack Token icon Attack Token, an attack can be declared by dragging up to 6 units that are on the player's bench into the Battlefield, and pressing the Button, consuming the Token. This can not be done if there is an active Spell card spell stack, although a Keyword Fast fast spell can start a spell stack on the same turn an attack is declared. After the attack is declared, the player on defense can declare units to block, and/or what Spells to cast, if any.

Battling units Keyword Strike strike each other or the LoR Blue NexusLoR Red Nexus Nexus, depending on whether there is a unit across from them or not. If the attacking unit's blocker is removed from the battlefield before they attack and the attacker doesn't have Keyword Overwhelm Overwhelm, they don't strike.

If an attacking unit is created and there's already 6 attackers, it is Keyword Obliterate Obliterated.

Keyword Aura Aura

EditA continuous effect that applies as long as the unit with it is on the board. Can affect any cards anywhere, depending on what is specified.

Keyword Barrier Barrier

EditCompletely prevents the next instance of damage a unit would take. Lasts one round and does not stack with other instances of Barrier. Does not negate instant Keyword Death kill effects such as Vengeance.

Keyword Burst Burst

EditBurst Spell card spells and Keyword Skill Skills resolve instantly. The enemy can't act before it finishes.

They can be cast at any time during the user's turn. They do not add to the stack, create a stack, or end the caster's turn, they cast as soon as they are declared without a chance to confirm nor react.

Keyword Can't Block Can't Block

EditThis unit cannot be made to block an attack by normal means (ie. Dragging the unit into the blocking position).

Effects that force a unit to block, such as Keyword Challenger Challenger or swapping it with another unit can force it to block an attack.

Keyword Capture Capture

EditA unit that is Captured is removed from play until such point that the Captor is removed from play. Captured units are not affected by EVERYWHERE effects.

Keyword Challenger Challenger

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LoR Challenger Diagram

Challenger Diagram

A unit with Challenger can force any enemy unit on the board in to block it when attacking, including ones that wouldn't be able to block it normally.
(eg. Keyword Can't Block Can't Block units, non-Keyword Elusive Elusive units blocking Elusive units, Keyword Stun Stunned units, and low-power units to Keyword Fearsome Fearsome units.)

Keyword Death Death

EditWhen a unit is reduced to 0 health or is otherwise killed, it is removed from play and triggers any on-unit death effects, such as Keyword Last Breath Last Breath. Units killed before they block an attack will cause the enemy unit they were fighting to not attack at all, unless the enemy unit has Keyword Overwhelm Overwhelm.
Effects that instantly kill a unit go through Keyword Barrier Barrier.

Killed units can be considered sent to a 'graveyard', a list of units that have died in the game, which the game interacts with in various ways such as Revival icon reviving cards (but not removing them from the list). A unit can be on this list multiple times if it has died multiple times.

Keyword Discard Discard

EditComplete removal of a card in hand from the game. Similar to Keyword Obliterate Obliterate.

Keyword Double Attack Double Attack

EditDouble Strike allows a unit to deal combat damage twice per combat phase — once during the Keyword Quick Attack Quick Attack step and once during the standard attack step.

Damage dealt during the Quick Attack step is resolved before entering the standard attack step, meaning units with Double Attack or Quick Attack can destroy blockers or remove Keyword Barrier Barriers without receiving damage in retaliation.

Keyword Drain Drain

EditDeal damage to target and heal the allied Nexus.

The damage and the healing don't depend on each other, so the healing won't get reduced in case of overkill. The healing will occur even if the damage is negated by effects such as Keyword Barrier Barrier or Keyword Tough Tough.

Keyword Draw Draw

EditThe player takes a card from their deck and adds it to their hand.

Unless specified, this is the card on top.

Keyword Elusive Elusive

EditCan only be blocked by an Elusive unit through normal means.

Units can be forced to block an Elusive unit, through effects such as Keyword Challenger Challenger and by swapping units. Granting a unit that's already being blocked Elusive will not remove the blocker.

Keyword Enlightened Enlightened

EditWhen a player has 10 maximum mana, they're Enlightened. Cards with Enlightened effects on the board retain effects that persist if you no longer have 10 maximum mana.

Keyword Ephemeral Ephemeral

EditWhen on the board, this unit will die when it Keyword Strike strikes or the round ends.

It is notable, but a normal interaction, that this doesn't allow for the second attack from Keyword Double Attack Double Attack to happen.

Keyword Fast Fast

EditFast Spell card spells can be played at any time during the user's turn, but allow the opponent to respond with their own spells.

Fast Keyword Skill skills can be responded to with opposing spells.

Keyword Fearsome Fearsome

EditCan only be blocked by enemies with 3 or more Power by normal means, but units with less power can be forced to block it.

Keyword Fleeting Fleeting

EditFleeting cards Keyword Discard discard from hand when the round ends.

Keyword Frostbite Frostbite

EditSet a unit's Power to 0 this round (it can be changed after).

Keyword Imbue Imbue

EditThese abilities trigger when an allied spell resolves.

Keyword Last Breath Last Breath

EditThese abilities take effect when the unit Keyword Death dies.

Keyword Level Up Level Up

EditLevel Up is a keyword that causes a Champion card champion card to transform into another specified card, as well as transforming all allied ones of the same card everywhere, living or dead.

Each Level Up has a corresponding trigger condition and the transformation occurs at Keyword Burst Burst speed immediately following the condition being met. For example, Level Up: I have attacked twice. would cause the card to transform after it performs its second attack.

The transformation persists for the remainder of the game even if the champion is returned to the hand or Keyword Death dies. All Champion card Champions possess this keyword, and some may Level Up multiple times.

Keyword Lifesteal Lifesteal

EditDamage this unit deals heals the Nexus of the player controlling it by its Power when it Keyword Strike strikes.

Lifesteal does not get reduced in case of overkill but does not apply at all if the unit attacked has Keyword Barrier Barrier.

Keyword Nexus Strike Nexus Strike

EditAn effect occurs when a unit Keyword Strike Strikes the enemy Nexus.

Keyword Obliterate Obliterate

EditCompletely removed from the game. Doesn't trigger any on-unit Keyword Death death effects, including Keyword Last Breath Last Breath. Obliterated units can’t be Revival icon revived, as they don't die. (Unless they've already died, but being obliterated doesn't add to the list of units that have died.)

Keyword Overwhelm Overwhelm

EditUnit: When Keyword Attack attacking, damage dealt over what should Keyword Death kill the Keyword Strike struck unit is dealt to the enemy LoR Blue NexusLoR Red Nexus Nexus.

Spell card Spell: Damage dealt to a Unit by this spell over what should kill it is dealt to the enemy Nexus.

If the unit being targeted dies, all of the damage that would have been dealt to it is instead dealt to the enemy Nexus. If the unit being targeted has Keyword Barrier Barrier, the damage to the nexus will be calculated as normal (deducting the target's LoR Health health) even though the target stays alive.

Keyword Play Play

EditUnit: Keyword Summon summoning directly directly by the player ie. dragged from the hand onto the board. Other effects that summon a unit onto the board do not trigger Play effects.

Some units have an effect that must happen if they are to be Played. These will happen when the unit is dragged to the board, before any play effect happens. If the condition cannot be fulfilled by not being able to perform an effect, then the unit will not be Played.

Spell card Spell: Keyword Burst burst spells play and resolve as soon as they're dragged to the board, slower spells play after the Button is pressed. Different to casting, which refers to when the spell's effect happens.

Keyword Quick Attack Quick Attack

EditA unit with Quick Attack deals combat damage before units without quick attack.

Combat damage dealt by Quick Attacks is resolved before other units attack, meaning units with Quick Attack can destroy blockers or remove Keyword Barrier Barriers without receiving damage in retaliation.

Keyword Rally Rally

EditIf the player doesn't have an attack token, they gain one.

Keyword Recall Recall

EditReturn a unit to hand and remove all effects applied to it. Units that are in hand due to a recall effect are visible to the opponent. Units recalled while trying to block will cause the enemy unit they were fighting to not attack at all, unless the enemy unit has Keyword Overwhelm Overwhelm.

Does not undo card transformations/replacements such as Keyword Level Up Level ups.

Keyword Regeneration Regeneration

EditHeals fully at the start of each round.

Revival icon Revive

EditA card that has Keyword Death died previously is brought back into play, onto the board unless otherwise specified.

Revived units keep transformations to a new card such as Keyword Level Up Level Ups, but lose any other effects applied to them. A unit can be revived multiple times, creating duplicates, as revival does not remove units from the list of ones that have died previously. Revived units dying creates a separate entry on said list.

Keyword See See

EditA unit sees an action happen if it is on the board when it happens.

Keyword Silence Silence

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Lor Silence Swipe

Card text is covered with a painted 'X' when silenced.

A silenced Unit has all card text, keywords, and any and all effects currently applied to it removed.

New effects can still be applied to a Silenced unit.

PENDING FOR TEST What does this do to Keyword Aura Aura effects?

Keyword Skill Skill

EditA Spell card spell-like effect created and cast by a unit(s). Can be reacted to like a non-Keyword Burst Burst spell.

Skills that are cast reflect the effect of a unit's card text, a skill cannot be cast or obtained like a spell can. Not all card text will create a skill, and there's no rule as to what does, apart from the fact that the skill is one of a card's associated cards.

Keyword Slow Slow

EditSlow Spell card spells can only be cast outside of combat and when not reacting to an enemy spell. The enemy can respond.

Slow Keyword Skill skills may cast in combat, and can be responded to with opposing spells.

Keyword Strike Strike

EditA striking unit deals damage to its target using its power. Keyword Attack Attacking and Blocking are examples of this.

Strike effects occur when a unit strikes anything, Nexus or Unit. A unit with 0 power cannot strike.

Keyword Strongest Strongest

EditHighest Power, with ties broken by highest Health then highest Cost. If a tie cannot be resolved, cards will be targeted in from left to right.

If it looks at the cards that are not visible, then they will look at their original values on the card.

Keyword Stun Stun

EditRemove a unit from combat. It can't attack or block for the rest of the round. A Keyword Challenger Challenger unit can pull Stunned units in to block.

Keyword Summon Summon

EditBrings a unit onto the board. Simply summoning a unit does not trigger Keyword Play Play effects.

A unit can be summoned under certain conditions, by a card, for example, there are many cards that will summon a unit Keyword Attack attacking.

A summoned unit can be created, or it can be taken from the hand or deck, depending on what is being summoned and whether it's specified where from.

Keyword Support Support

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LoR Support Diagram

Support Diagram

Gives an effect to the unit positioned to the right of this unit if this unit is Keyword Attack attacking.

Keyword Tough Tough

EditTakes 1 less damage from all sources. Tough effect is calculated after the Keyword Barrier Barrier effect.

Keyword Trap Trap

EditAttaches to a card in the deck, trapping it. When the trapped card is Keyword Draw drawn, perform the effect. A card can have multiple traps on it.

Keyword Trigger Trigger

EditWhen the condition is met, the effect is triggered.

The trigger is not an explicit keyword, but it exists in other keywords like Start of Round, End of Round, ... or "When ...", except Keyword Imbue Imbue.

Keyword Weakest Weakest

EditLowest Power, with ties broken by lowest Health then lowest Cost. If a tie cannot be resolved, cards will be targeted in from left to right.

If it looks at the cards that are not visible, then they will look at their original values on the card.

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