The Rift Herald is a powerful neutral monster on Summoner's Rift, that occupies the same pit as . She uses basic attacks and abilities to fight her foes.
Slaying the Rift Herald drops thein the pit for 40 seconds that can be picked up by one member of the slayer's team, granting them and the ability to summon the Rift Herald to push a lane.
The Rift Herald only spawns once per game. It despawns permanently at 19:45, or 19:55 if in combat.then spawns in the same position at 20:00.
Bilgewater and in Summoner's Rift. They are small green-shelled crustaceans with 3 pairs of legs and one pair of front claws. They sometimes bury themselves into the muck of the river to avoid predators and are known to either avoid or flee from dangers. To confer peaceful resolution (hence the elusive pacifist nickname) to the force that subdues it, it will grant them a boon: a persistent field around it that grants vision and magical speed to the aggressor and its allies. If corrupted by The Void, a Rift Scuttler turns into a .or Rift Scuttlers live in the fresh waters of Valoran and can be found near the docks of
- Rift Herald's level is decided on the average of the players levels the moment it spawns. Its minimum level is level 6.
- The Rift Herald's basic attacks deal (4% of target's current health) bonus physical damage.
- Monstrous Toughness: Effects that deal damage based on Rift Herald's health and are not usually capped, are capped at 50 damage.
- Warped Armor: Rift Herald's is immune to all disabling debuffs.
- The Eye of Baron: Rift Herald has a vulnerable eye on her back, which makes champion basic attacks against it deal (12% of Rift Herald's maximum health) bonus true damage. When the eye is hit, it closes for 10 seconds, reduced by 2.5 seconds every time she is struck by a champion's basic attack. The eye cannot open more than once every 3 seconds or if the Rift Herald is below 15% maximum health.
- Charge: At the start of the fight, the Rift Herald winds up and charges forward, knocking aside enemies she passes through and damaging them for 200% AD.
- Swipe: At 65.75% and 32.75% of Rift Herald's maximum health, it winds up for an attack that deals 300% AD in a cone in front of her.
While in possession of the Nexus., the eye can be crushed to summon the Rift Herald. A summoned Rift Herald will relentlessly push her way to the enemy
A summoned Rift Herald has modified statistics, effects and abilities.
- The summoned Rift Herald will head to the closest lane and start pushing it.
- The summoned Rift Herald mainly focuses the closest minions and structures. She only targets champions if they attack her first.
- The summoned Rift Herald's stats scale with the average champion level of both teams the moment it spawns.
- The Rift Herald's basic attacks deal 1.75% of Herald's current health bonus physical damage.
- The Eye of Baron: Every 3 seconds, the eye on Rift Herald's back will open. Champion basic attacks against the eye deal (40% of Rift Herald's maximum health) bonus true damage.
- Leap Attack: When the Rift Herald approaches a structure, she winds up for a few seconds and leaps into melee range, dealing (40% of Herald's current health or 1500, whichever is greater) true damage to the structure, 200% AD physical damage to nearby champions and 25% of Herald's current health true damage to herself.
- Enrage: At 65.75% and 32.75% of Rift Herald's maximum health, the Rift Herald winds up for an attack that deals 200% AD in a cone in front of her.
- Duchess Smash: The Rift Herald disables turret backdoor defenses even when no minions are nearby.
- Attacking the Rift Herald's Eye is considered as an on-attack effect and will benefit from the player's spell vamp.
- A summoned Rift Herald has a hefty amount of health and damage, plus a variety of skills focused on taking down towers. If left unchecked, the Rift Herald can rapidly destroy multiple towers.
- Since a summoned Rift Herald prioritizes minions and structures, it is not possible to distract her from smashing your towers - the only way to stop the Rift Herald is to take her down.
- Rift Herald was once a the Void energy emanating from pit. that has since mutated due to
- Rift Herald will dance if a champion dances nearby, or if she is alive and near the enemy Nexus when it is destroyed.
- Rift Herald's charge attacks against towers or other structures can be blocked by Champions if they stand between the Rift Herald and the attacked structure. This causes the charge attack to deal very little damage against the initial target but instead damages the blocking champion.
- If the Rift Herald is in range of two structures and winds up to charge at a structure that gets destroyed before she starts to charge, she will charge to the next available structure instead from the same wind-up. 
- In patch V7.9, it was stated that Rift Heralds were exclusively female.
- From patch V5.22 to patch V7.9, the Rift Herald looked like this:
- The Rift Herald is commonly referred to by her nickname "Shelly" by players and casters alike.