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A unit card with keyword Keyword Challenger.png Challenger.

Keyword Challenger.png Challenger is a keyword in Legends of Runeterra icon.png Legends of Runeterra.

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Challenger Diagram

Challenging: A Unit card.png unit Challenging another is it forcing the other to commit a Keyword Block.png block against it, even if it wouldn't be able to block it normally (eg. Keyword Can't Block.png Can't Block). The player whose unit was Challenged cannot change what unit the Challenged unit is blocking through normal means, though it can be forced out of that position through effects such as Swapping and Keyword Stun.png Stunning.

Challenger: When declaring an Keyword Attack.svg attack, with, the player can choose which enemies allies with Challenger will Challenge when the attack is committed, by dragging them into the blocking position.

Notes

  • This keyword has a wide range of thematic associations and gameplay purposes, but it by far has its largest presence in Demacia LoR Region.png Demacia, and then Noxus LoR Region.png Noxus.
    • In a general sense, Challenger units tend to, thematically, be those that can in some way pick their fights, assassinate others, or occasionally it can represent units that in some way hinder, stun, or trap, or those that are reckless.
    • Demacia LoR Region.png Demacia
      • Demacia has a number of ways to grant Challenger, as well as having a number of durable and healthy units with square stats with the keyword, and cheap, 1 LoR Health.png Health and low LoR Power.png Power units with it. Notably, the region has LoR Champion Indicator.png3Fiora, who uses the keyword to help her Keyword Level Up.png Level Up condition, and then win the game through alternative means. Challenger also generally is used to fit the region's general theme of winning games and removing enemy units through the strength of your allies alone.
      • In Demacia, the keyword is largely thematically associated with the Laurent House Crest icon.png Laurent House duelists, as well as duels, duelists, and taking up fights in general, winged animals and beasts that assault, claw, and maul, and the reach, and confrontationalism of their Dragons, which sets them apart from Targon LoR Region.png Targon's.
      • Demacia has an archetype it shares with Shurima LoR Region.png Shurima, with units that gain bonuses for Challenging, without having Challenger themselves, and so benefitting from the region's Challenger-granting cards, or others' Keyword Vulnerable.png Vulnerable-granting cards.
    • Noxus LoR Region.png Noxus
      • The presence of this keyword in Noxus is generally in the form of high Power, low Health units, which can represent recklessness, and generally fitting this region's theme of having large damage and low defensive abilities, and encourages these units being used to kill others, rather than being used defensively, and as such these units tend to be Reckoners, hunters, or clingy and crawling creatures (which tend to have a low Power, but high ability to swarm).
    • Piltover Zaun LoR Region.png Piltover & Zaun
      • The keyword's precense in Piltover & Zaun is largely in the form of cheap, easy to bring to the board, 'disposable' units that exist to 'lock up' enemy units, to stop them from blocking other allies.
      • Thematically, in the region, the keyword is more often than not associated with small, fragile or volatile devices that distract, stun, or trap, such as LoR Non-Champion Non-Spell Indicator.png2 Flame Chompers!.
    • Runeterra region.png Other regions
      • Ionia LoR Region.png Ionia's usage of the keyword is built around LoR Champion Indicator.png5Lee Sin and his card set, and so works with their general theme of spellcasting to support their units.
      • Freljord LoR Region.png Freljord's usage of the keyword is mostly associated with species of Wolf, which take advantage of weak or Keyword Frostbite.svg Frostbitten units, and have lower Power than Health. There is also a small presence of the keyword in combination with Keyword Regeneration.svg Regeneration and high Health totals, for powerful units that can challenge enemies with little penalty; LoR Champion Indicator.png4Braum is notable for his usage of this in combination with having 0 Power, to fit him protecting protecting his allies from large and assaults while being durable himself.
      • The Shadow Isles LoR Region.png Shadow Isles' usage of this keyword is mainly seen in LoR Champion Indicator.png5Thresh in order to represent him dragging dragging his victims away and taking their souls souls as his own; as well as in LoR Non-Champion Non-Spell Indicator.png1 Saplings, which, when combined with Keyword Ephemeral.svg Ephemeral, conveys them attaching to threats they may come across in an attempt to wear them down, even if the cost is their very own being.
      • Shurima LoR Region.png Shurima doesn't have any cards that innately have Challenger, but has LoR Champion Indicator.png4Renekton who benefits from Challenging, using the region's Keyword Vulnerable.png Vulnerable cards, or others' Challenger-granting cards.
      • Targon LoR Region.png Targon primarily uses this keyword in the Celestial cards LoR Non-Champion Non-Spell Indicator.png0 The Serpent, LoR Non-Champion Non-Spell Indicator.png5 The Warrior, and LoR Non-Champion Non-Spell Indicator.png10 The Scourge, being the 0, 5 and 10 cost units of their kind. Additionally, LoR Champion Indicator.png2Diana has the ability to temporarily give herself Challenger as a reference to the powers bestowed upon her by the LoR Non-Champion Non-Spell Indicator.png6 Aspect of the Moon, shining brighter when basked in moonlight.

List of cards with keyword Challenger

NameTypeSubtypeRegion(s)LoR mana icon.pngLoR Power.pngLoR Health.pngRarity
01DE004.png
01DE004
Silverwing VanguardUnitEliteDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia421LoR Common icon.png
Common
01DE010.png
01DE010
Swiftwing LancerUnitEliteDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia554LoR Rare icon.png
Rare
01DE011.png
01DE011
Laurent ProtegeUnitDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia324LoR Common icon.png
Common
01DE045.png
01DE045
FioraUnitDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia332LoR Champion icon.png
Champion
01DE045T1.png
01DE045T1
FioraUnitDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia343
01DE053.png
01DE053
Laurent ChevalierUnitDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia432LoR Epic icon.png
Epic
01FR009.png
01FR009
BraumUnitFreljord LoR Region.png Freljord406LoR Champion icon.png
Champion
01FR009T1.png
01FR009T1
BraumUnitFreljord LoR Region.png Freljord417
01FR018.png
01FR018
Rimefang WolfUnitFreljord LoR Region.png Freljord332LoR Rare icon.png
Rare
01FR049.png
01FR049
Stalking WolfUnitFreljord LoR Region.png Freljord232LoR Common icon.png
Common
01IO048.png
01IO048
YusariUnitIonia LoR Region.png Ionia543LoR Rare icon.png
Rare
01NX031.png
01NX031
Trifarian GloryseekerUnitNoxus LoR Region.png Noxus251LoR Rare icon.png
Rare
01NX034.png
01NX034
Affectionate PoroUnitPoroNoxus LoR Region.png Noxus111LoR Common icon.png
Common
01NX045.png
01NX045
Savage ReckonerUnitNoxus LoR Region.png Noxus774LoR Rare icon.png
Rare
01PZ012.png
01PZ012
Flame Chompers!UnitPiltover & Zaun LoR Region.png Piltover & Zaun202LoR Common icon.png
Common
01PZ056T1.png
01PZ056T1
Mk0: Windup ShredderUnitTechPiltover & Zaun LoR Region.png Piltover & Zaun001
01SI052.png
01SI052
ThreshUnitShadow Isles LoR Region.png Shadow Isles536LoR Champion icon.png
Champion
01SI052T1.png
01SI052T1
ThreshUnitShadow Isles LoR Region.png Shadow Isles547
01SI053T2.png
01SI053T2
Spider Queen EliseUnitSpiderShadow Isles LoR Region.png Shadow Isles243
02BW039.png
02BW039
Jaull HuntersUnitBilgewater LoR Region.png Bilgewater341LoR Rare icon.png
Rare
02DE006T2.png
02DE006T2
ValorUnitDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia221
02DE010.png
02DE010
Genevieve ElmheartUnitDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia654LoR Epic icon.png
Epic
02PZ008.png
02PZ008
ViUnitPiltover & Zaun LoR Region.png Piltover & Zaun524LoR Champion icon.png
Champion
02PZ008T2.png
02PZ008T2
ViUnitPiltover & Zaun LoR Region.png Piltover & Zaun5105
02SI008T3.png
02SI008T3
SaplingUnitShadow Isles LoR Region.png Shadow Isles121
03BW007.png
03BW007
BoxtopusUnitBilgewater LoR Region.png Bilgewater234LoR Common icon.png
Common
03DE006.png
03DE006
Screeching DragonUnitDragonDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia545LoR Common icon.png
Common
03FR011.png
03FR011
Uzgar the AncientUnitFreljord LoR Region.png Freljord877LoR Rare icon.png
Rare
03MT034.png
03MT034
The SerpentUnitCelestialTargon LoR Region.png Targon011
03MT037.png
03MT037
The ScourgeUnitCelestialTargon LoR Region.png Targon101010
03MT050.png
03MT050
The WarriorUnitCelestialTargon LoR Region.png Targon555
03NX005.png
03NX005
Brutal HunterUnitNoxus LoR Region.png Noxus433LoR Rare icon.png
Rare
03NX009.png
03NX009
Wrathful RiderUnitNoxus LoR Region.png Noxus573LoR Common icon.png
Common
04DE005.png
04DE005
Cithria, Lady of CloudsUnitDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia101010LoR Epic icon.png
Epic
04DE015.png
04DE015
Swiftwing FlightUnitEliteDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia432LoR Epic icon.png
Epic
05BC082.png
05BC082
Bouncer & BoltUnitMecha-Yordle, YordleBandle City LoR Region.png Bandle City232
05DE012.png
05DE012
Petricite BroadwingUnitDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia203LoR Rare icon.png
Rare

List of cards granting Challenger

NameTypeSubtypeRegion(s)LoR mana icon.pngLoR Power.pngLoR Health.pngRarity
01DE027.png
01DE027
En GardeSpellDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia3LoR Rare icon.png
Rare
01DE029.png
01DE029
Fleetfeather TrackerUnitDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia121LoR Common icon.png
Common
01DE040.png
01DE040
Mageseeker PersuaderUnitDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia232LoR Rare icon.png
Rare
01DE055.png
01DE055
Laurent DuelistUnitDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia342LoR Common icon.png
Common
01SI053T2.png
01SI053T2
Spider Queen EliseUnitSpiderShadow Isles LoR Region.png Shadow Isles243
02IO006.png
02IO006
Lee SinUnitIonia LoR Region.png Ionia535LoR Champion icon.png
Champion
02IO006T1.png
02IO006T1
Lee SinUnitIonia LoR Region.png Ionia546
02IO008.png
02IO008
Sonic WaveSpellIonia LoR Region.png Ionia2LoR Common icon.png
Common
02IO011.png
02IO011
Lee Sin's Sonic WaveSpellIonia LoR Region.png Ionia2
03DE001.png
03DE001
ConfrontSpellDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia2LoR Common icon.png
Common
03DE008.png
03DE008
Dragonguard LieutenantUnitDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia232LoR Common icon.png
Common
03DE010.png
03DE010
The Grand PlazaLandmarkDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia3LoR Epic icon.png
Epic
03DE011T2.png
03DE011T2
Shyvana's ConfrontSpellDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia2
03MT056.png
03MT056
DianaUnitTargon LoR Region.png Targon222LoR Champion icon.png
Champion
03MT056T1.png
03MT056T1
DianaUnitTargon LoR Region.png Targon233
04DE005.png
04DE005
Cithria, Lady of CloudsUnitDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia101010LoR Epic icon.png
Epic
04DE007T1.png
04DE007T1
Tattered BannerSpellDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia1
04DE010.png
04DE010
King Jarvan IIIUnitEliteDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia756LoR Epic icon.png
Epic
04DE016.png
04DE016
Kadregrin the RuinedUnitDragonDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia666LoR Rare icon.png
Rare
04SH098T2.png
04SH098T2
Lucky FindSpellShurima LoR Region.png Shurima0
05MT004.png
05MT004
Camphor, the DoubtUnitTargon LoR Region.png Targon665LoR Epic icon.png
Epic
05PZ022.png
05PZ022
JayceUnitPiltover & Zaun LoR Region.png Piltover & Zaun444LoR Champion icon.png
Champion
05PZ022T1.png
05PZ022T1
JayceUnitPiltover & Zaun LoR Region.png Piltover & Zaun455

List of cards related to Challenger

NameTypeSubtypeRegion(s)LoR mana icon.pngLoR Power.pngLoR Health.pngRarity
02DE006T1.png
02DE006T1
QuinnUnitDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia546
04BW006.png
04BW006
The ListSpellBilgewater LoR Region.png Bilgewater0LoR Rare icon.png
Rare
04DE001.png
04DE001
Honored LordUnitEliteDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia232LoR Common icon.png
Common
04DE003.png
04DE003
CataclysmSpellDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia3LoR Rare icon.png
Rare
04DE008.png
04DE008
Jarvan IVUnitEliteDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia664LoR Champion icon.png
Champion
04DE008T1.png
04DE008T1
Jarvan IVUnitEliteDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia675
04DE008T2.png
04DE008T2
Jarvan IV's CataclysmSpellDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia3
04DE009.png
04DE009
Gallant RiderUnitEliteDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia444LoR Rare icon.png
Rare
04SH067.png
04SH067
RenektonUnitAscendedShurima LoR Region.png Shurima444LoR Champion icon.png
Champion
06SH037.png
06SH037
Baccai WitherclawUnitShurima LoR Region.png Shurima554LoR Common icon.png
Common

List of cards generating Challenger cards

NameTypeSubtypeRegion(s)LoR mana icon.pngLoR Power.pngLoR Health.pngRarity
01DE004.png
01DE004
Silverwing VanguardUnitEliteDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia421LoR Common icon.png
Common
01DE053.png
01DE053
Laurent ChevalierUnitDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia432LoR Epic icon.png
Epic
02DE006.png
02DE006
QuinnUnitDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia535LoR Champion icon.png
Champion
02DE006T1.png
02DE006T1
QuinnUnitDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia546
02DE006T3.png
02DE006T3
Quinn's Blinding AssaultSpellDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia2
04DE015.png
04DE015
Swiftwing FlightUnitEliteDemacia LoR Region.png Demacia432LoR Epic icon.png
Epic
04PZ016.png
04PZ016
Boom BaboonUnitPiltover & Zaun LoR Region.png Piltover & Zaun231LoR Common icon.png
Common
05NX009.png
05NX009
Lost SoulUnitNoxus LoR Region.png Noxus854LoR Epic icon.png
Epic
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