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General

  • Pyke is one of 18 champions without a single Ability power icon ability power ratio on any ability: Aatrox OriginalSquare Aatrox, Camille OriginalSquare Camille, Darius OriginalSquare Darius, Draven OriginalSquare Draven, Garen OriginalSquare Garen, Kalista OriginalSquare Kalista, Kayn OriginalSquare Kayn, Kindred OriginalSquare Kindred, Kled OriginalSquare Kled, Olaf OriginalSquare Olaf, Pyke OriginalSquare Pyke, Riven OriginalSquare Riven, Sett OriginalSquare Sett, Talon OriginalSquare Talon, Urgot OriginalSquare Urgot, Vayne OriginalSquare Vayne, Xayah OriginalSquare Xayah, Zed OriginalSquare Zed.
  • Pyke's name is a pun on the pole weapon and the predatory fish, both from PIE root *(s)pey- "sharp, pointy stick".[1]
    • Namely, Pyke, the capital of the Iron Islands, an island state within the continent of Westeros; Pyke's inhabitants also worship a deity called "the Drowned God".
  • Pyke will play his critical strike animation when applying Duskblade of Draktharr item Duskblade of Draktharr's bonus damage.
  • Bone Skewer Bone Skewer can be toggled to stop glowing with the Toggle key bind (default [Ctrl] + [5]). It will revert to glowing at 1:00 or whenever he respawns.
  • Pyke's dance references the traditional Māori Haka warrior dance.
    • A side-by-side comparison can be seen here.
    • He shares this dance with Rengar OriginalSquare Rengar.
  • Bone Skewer Bone Skewer's shape is possibly based on those of harpoon-heads carved from bone, antler, & walrus ivory,[2][3] though his is made of metal and magnified to be effective against gigantic in-universe sea-monsters.
  • Pyke is the second champion in the game whose health can not be improved except through growth per level, the first one being Kled OriginalSquare Kled.
  • Pyke quite coincidentally shares his name with a location in George R.R. Martin's novel series A Song of Ice and Fire.
  • Gift of the Drowned Ones Gift of the Drowned Ones is 93.75% gold efficient.
    • 1 HP = 2.66... gold. (calculated with Ruby Crystal item Ruby Crystal. 400g / 150hp = 2.66)
    • 1 AD = 35 gold. (calculate with Long Sword item Long Sword. 350g / 10ad = 35g)
    • AD/HP (35 / 2.66) = 13.125 (this is to find where AD=HP, meaning 13.125 HP is equal to 1 AD. The equation would be 13.75[HP] = [AD])
    • Pyke's passive converts every 14 bonus hp into 1 ad. so if you divide 13.125 by 14, you get 0.9375, meaning each bonus HP you buy is only 93.75% the gold value you get for each AD.
    • 100% efficiency would be 8 AD for every 105 HP.

Development

  • Pyke's teaser showed him with a different bandanna design than the one he was released with, which was for in-game visual clarity. A later change was made to both himself and his emote to reflect the teaser.[4][5]
  • Pyke's placeholder model was a black colored Talon SSWCircle SSW Talon.[6]
  • Some of Pyke's possible names were Shar and Jaull, the type of fish that ate him.[7][8]
  • Pyke's codenames were AssassinSupport and ThiefSupport.[9][10]
  • Some of Pyke's scrapped spells include:
    • Permanent invisibility if he was in vision range of an ally and not in combat.
    • Death Mark Death Mark like ability that worked off of his own team's damage.
    • A dash that Exhaust exhausted any enemy you struck, and would reset if you hit 2 or more enemies.
    • A kidnap spell that would place a marker on the ground, and then reactivate within a window to dash in a direction, if he had hit an enemy he would teleport them back as well.[11][12]
    • A spell that would hold net charges that could be connected in order to create a free form trap.[13]
  • Inspirations for Pyke include various horror movies like Jaws, ItHalloween, and Friday the 13th, as well as Avatar the Last AirbenderScorpion from Mortal Kombat, and Thane Krios from Mass Effect.[14]
  • Various thematics that could've been taken with Pyke include an undead Yordle from the Shadow Isles Crest icon Shadow Isles and a sand wraith from Shurima Crest icon Shurima .[15]
  • During development Ghostwater Dive Ghostwater Dive was tested to refresh if Death from Below Death from Below executed a target.[16]
  • Pyke originally had a fishing net cape and would cause Phantom Undertow Phantom Undertow to leave behind the hooks of his net.[17]
  • Pyke originally had two weapons, a sickle and a harpoon, but the sickle was removed in order to simplify the champion and avoid confusing players into thinking he had a hook spell.[18]
    • Ironically Bone Skewer Bone Skewer was added later in development.

Lore

  • Pyke was not resurrected by Nagakabouros or the Shadow Isles Black Mist. He was resurrected by the magic of the Jaull fish.[19]
    • Pyke is part ocean now, he can magically turn into Ghostwater Dive sea-mist and swim between the air. When he's in this state, he sees the real world as "underwater".
  • Pyke believes that before drowning he was a sailor aboard The Terror however no one has records of that vessel. Since Pyke's list keeps increasing (usually before killing someone) it's likely that The Terror  is a fabrication from his own broken mind, and a way for whatever gave him his powers to keep Pyke interested in killing people.
    • The ship he was a sailor of was a different one, with one known member being Lars whom Pyke later killed.
    • Terror of the Tides may be related to or even the same as The Terror.
  • Despite similarities to Nautilus OriginalSquare Nautilus' lore, Riot decided to keep Pyke's lore the same because they felt there was enough room for two deep sea revenants that desired revenge.[20]
  • Pyke is half Buhru islander and half immigrant. His mother was from the Serpent Isles and his father immigrated to Bilgewater from the Freljord Crest icon Freljord or the outer territories of Noxus Crest icon Noxus.[21]
  • His favorite food is salted pork and his favorite beverage is red wine cut with salt water.[22]
  • The 'Swimming City' mentioned by Pyke multiple times is noted as being a very real thing, a city that literally swims and never stays in the same place. This is noted because Pyke is stated to never lie.

Quotes

Pyke OriginalCircle Original Pyke
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    Pyke 026
    Pyke OriginalCircle "Did I 'support' right?" alludes to the conception that Support icon supports aren't allowed to take kills normally unless needed to.
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    Pyke 220
    Pyke OriginalCircle "What's worth more? A pound of flesh or a gallon of blood?" references Merchant of Venice, during which Shylock demands a pound of flesh from Antonio (later on its ruled in court that he cannot spill a drop of blood, as his contract with Antonio specifically states a pound of flesh—not blood).
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    Pyke 118
    Pyke OriginalCircle "I want to watch the world drown." is a play on a quote from The Dark Knight ("Some men just want to watch the world burn.")
  • Pyke is the third champion to receive ping-related voice lines, the first two being Rakan OriginalSquare Rakan and Xayah OriginalSquare Xayah.
Pyke PROJECTCircle PROJECT: Pyke
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    PykePROJECT01.joke.01
    "You get a snake! And you get a snake! Everybody gets a snake!" references The Oprah Winfrey Show.
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    PykePROJECT01.emergeW.01
    "Why are you running?!" quotes the Nigerian film Pretty Liars.
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    PykePROJECT01.recall.02
    "We've got a city to burn." quotes Cyberpunk 2077.
  • "MAKE ME FEEL ALIVE AGAIN." quotes the enigmatic Grey Fox from Metal Gear Solid.

Skins

Pyke OriginalCircle Original Pyke
Pyke Splash concept 03

Trinket cameos.

Pyke SandWraithCircle Sand Wraith Pyke
Chromaskins Chromas: Catseye, Obsidian, Pearl, Rose Quartz, Sapphire, Tanzanite, Turquoise
Pyke BloodMoonCircle Blood Moon Pyke
Chromaskins Chromas: Aquamarine, Citrine, Obsidian, Pearl, Rose Quartz, Ruby
  • The mask he is wearing references the ones used in Japanese Noh theater.
Pyke PROJECTCircle PROJECT: Pyke
Chromaskins Chromas: Amethyst, Aquamarine, Obsidian, Pearl, Reckoning, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Turquoise

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