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Runes add or enhance champion abilities and statistics. Players can use them to customize their champions before the start of a game.

Runes are combined in Rune Pages. Each Rune page includes a Keystone Rune and five Secondary Runes. Keystone Runes are the most powerful. Before each match players choose the rune page they want to use. Rune pages can only be edited while outside of matches and during the champion selection lobby.

It is not possible to enter a match without an active, valid rune page. If a player selects a rune page that is not valid the game replaces it with a pre-made page.

Runes Reforged were introduced in Pre-Season Eight. They replaced Runes and Masteries, hence the adjective Reforged.[1][2][3]

Lore

The Rune Wars

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World Rune profileicon

A World Rune of Runeterra.

Centuries ago, magical artifacts called "World Runes" were discovered. In the decades that followed, knowledge of the Runes began to spread as more were unearthed. The world's brightest minds studied the ancient glyphs, attempting to determine the powers they possessed. Few could even begin to understand the importance of their origins, or the sheer power held within them. Some surmised that the Runes were integral to the creation of Runeterra itself. The first use of these mysterious artifacts proved catastrophic, as they reshaped the landscape of entire nations. Mistrust quickly grew as those who knew of the Runes imagined such “Makers' Might” being used as a weapon. Conflicts related to these magical artifacts were known as the Rune Wars.

Open warfare raged across Runeterra. The first horrors of the Rune Wars sparked fear and aggression among those who now realized the power at their command. Ryze OriginalSquare Ryze and his master, Tyrus, sought to lock away every World Rune beyond the reach of man for the protection of Runeterra. Some complied with their pleas, while others dismissed them due to their newfound powers and influence. After an incident with Tyrus, Ryze alone continued on his journey in gathering all Runic artifacts so as to prevent another Rune War from starting and possibly destroying the world.

Rune paths

Runes are divided into five paths:

Rune icon
  • Precision icon Precision (Improved attacks and sustained damage)
  • Domination icon Domination (Burst damage and target access)
  • Sorcery icon Sorcery (Empowered abilities and resource manipulation)
  • Resolve icon Resolve (Durability and crowd control)
  • Inspiration icon Inspiration (Creative tools and rule bending)
In-Game Runes
Each rune page contains runes from two paths: one primary and one secondary. The primary path has one keystone and three lesser runes. The secondary path has two lesser runes. There are also three Shard slots alongside the Primary and Secondary paths that follow a path separate from the five. Each individual slot can be filled with one selection.
Paths Keystone Slot 1 Slot 2 Slot 3
Precision icon
Precision Edit
Become a Legend
Press the Attack rune Press the Attack

Lethal Tempo rune Lethal Tempo Fleet Footwork rune Fleet Footwork Conqueror rune Conqueror

Overheal rune Overheal

Triumph rune Triumph Presence of Mind rune Presence of Mind

Legend- Alacrity rune Legend: Alacrity

Legend- Tenacity rune Legend: Tenacity Legend- Bloodline rune Legend: Bloodline

Coup de Grace rune Coup de Grace

Cut Down rune Cut Down Last Stand rune Last Stand

Domination icon
Domination Edit
Hunt and Eliminate Prey
Electrocute rune Electrocute

Predator rune Predator Dark Harvest rune Dark Harvest Hail of Blades rune Hail of Blades

Cheap Shot rune Cheap Shot

Taste of Blood rune Taste of Blood Sudden Impact rune Sudden Impact

Zombie Ward rune Zombie Ward

Ghost Poro rune Ghost Poro Eyeball Collection rune Eyeball Collection

Ravenous Hunter rune Ravenous Hunter

Ingenious Hunter rune Ingenious Hunter Relentless Hunter rune Relentless Hunter Ultimate Hunter rune Ultimate Hunter

Sorcery icon
Sorcery Edit
Unleash Destruction
Summon Aery rune Summon Aery

Arcane Comet rune Arcane Comet Phase Rush rune Phase Rush

Nullifying Orb rune Nullifying Orb

Manaflow Band rune Manaflow Band Nimbus Cloak rune Nimbus Cloak

Transcendence rune Transcendence

Celerity rune Celerity Absolute Focus rune Absolute Focus

Scorch rune Scorch

Waterwalking rune Waterwalking Gathering Storm rune Gathering Storm

Resolve icon
Resolve Edit
Live Forever
Grasp of the Undying rune Grasp of the Undying

Aftershock rune Aftershock Guardian rune Guardian

Demolish rune Demolish

Font of Life rune Font of Life Shield Bash rune Shield Bash

Conditioning rune Conditioning

Second Wind rune Second Wind Bone Plating rune Bone Plating

Overgrowth rune Overgrowth

Revitalize rune Revitalize Unflinching rune Unflinching

Inspiration icon
Inspiration Edit
Outwit Mere Mortals
Glacial Augment rune Glacial Augment

Unsealed Spellbook rune Unsealed Spellbook Prototype- Omnistone rune Prototype: Omnistone

Hextech Flashtraption rune Hextech Flashtraption

Magical Footwear rune Magical Footwear Perfect Timing rune Perfect Timing

Future's Market rune Future's Market

Minion Dematerializer rune Minion Dematerializer Biscuit Delivery rune Biscuit Delivery

Cosmic Insight rune Cosmic Insight

Approach Velocity rune Approach Velocity Time Warp Tonic rune Time Warp Tonic

Shards

Option 1 Option 2 Option 3
Slot 1
Offense
Rune shard Adaptive Force
5.4 bonus Attack Damage or 9 Ability Power (Adaptive)
Rune shard Attack Speed
10% bonus attack speed
Rune shard Cooldown Reduction
1% − 10% (based on level) cooldown reduction
Slot 2
Flex
Rune shard Adaptive Force
5.4 bonus Attack Damage or 9 Ability Power (Adaptive)
Rune shard Armor
6 bonus armor
Rune shard Magic Resistance
8 bonus magic resistance
Slot 3
Defense
Rune shard Health
15 − 90 (based on level) bonus health
Rune shard Armor
6 bonus armor
Rune shard Magic Resistance
8 bonus magic resistance

Substitutions

Some runes are useless for certain champions or game modes. When a player starts a game with a useless rune the game substitutes that rune automatically with another one:

When the game starts the chat informs of these substitutions.

Rune Pages

Rune pages inventory

Rune page inventory

All players have five preset rune pages that cannot be edited. Players of levels 1 to 9 cannot create nor edit rune pages. From level 10 they can create rune pages and can customize the whole rune page. New accounts have three empty rune pages. Players can purchase additional pages in the store for RP icon 590 or BE icon 6300.

Any Rune Pages the player owned in the previous system were transferred across to the new system, in addition to the compensation received.

Each account can have a maximum of 25 rune pages. The preset rune pages are not counted toward this limit.

There is an option to hide preset pages.

Presets and Example


Trivia

Sorcery Path Animation
  • During development, Precision and Sorcery were originally going to be Primary path only.[4]
  • Runes and their surrounding areas have distinct visual appearances which bear similarities to certain Runeterran factions. This may be intentional in order to reflect the location of the World Runes:
    • Precision icon Precision - Golden cityscape of Demacia Crest icon Demacia
    • Domination icon Domination - Noxus Crest icon Noxian fortification
    • Sorcery icon Sorcery - Mountains of Void Crest icon Icathia
    • Resolve icon Resolve - Riverlands of Southern Freljord Crest icon Freljord
    • Inspiration icon Inspiration - Beneath the heavens atop Targon Crest icon Mount Targon
  • The following statements generalize the changes made to compensate the loss of AD from Marks and Health/Armor from Seals, which were almost unanimously used due to the lack of options (and thus the game has been balanced, for example, around most champions having +9 Armor from Seals). The exact values may vary for specific cases, as Riot also took this opportunity to better distinguish classes (e.g. tanks from non-tanks; ranged from melee), as well as buff/nerf specific champions.
    • AD champions had the base damage on their abilities increased by 5.
      • Ranged AD champions also had their Attack damage icon base attack damage increased by 8.
    • Most champions had their Attack speed icon base armor increased by 9.
      • Most mages had their Attack speed icon base health increased by 12 (+12), instead. Primarily excepting junglers.
      • Melee supports had their Attack speed icon base armor increased by 20, instead.
  • Every rune that gives bonus Adaptive AD or AP, will always grant about 60% of the amount of AP as AD, or about 166.6% of the amount of AD as AP.
  • More runes and paths may be added in the game.
  • In Year in Review 2017 a joke phrase was added to each champion. A list with all phrases can be found over here.
  • The number of all rune combinations can be seen below.
Calculation of rune combinations
Count Paths Calculation
Primary path Secondary path Primary path Secondary path Total Combinations
1 Precision iconPrecision Domination iconDomination 4*3*3*3=108 3*3+3*4+4*3=33 108*33=3564
1 Precision iconPrecision Sorcery iconSorcery 4*3*3*3=108 3*3+3*3+3*3=27 108*27=2916
1 Precision iconPrecision Resolve iconResolve 4*3*3*3=108 3*3+3*3+3*3=27 108*27=2916
1 Precision iconPrecision Inspiration iconInspiration 4*3*3*3=108 3*3+3*3+3*3=27 108*27=2916
1 Domination iconDomination Sorcery iconSorcery 4*3*3*4=144 3*3+3*3+3*3=27 144*27=3888
1 Domination iconDomination Resolve iconResolve 4*3*3*4=144 3*3+3*3+3*3=27 144*27=3888
1 Domination iconDomination Inspiration iconInspiration 4*3*3*4=144 3*3+3*3+3*3=27 144*27=3888
1 Sorcery iconSorcery Resolve iconResolve 3*3*3*3=81 3*3+3*3+3*3=27 81*27=2187
1 Sorcery iconSorcery Inspiration iconInspiration 3*3*3*3=81 3*3+3*3+3*3=27 81*27=2187
1 Resolve iconResolve Inspiration iconInspiration 3*3*3*3=81 3*3+3*3+3*3=27 81*27=2187
1 Domination iconDomination Precision iconPrecision 4*3*3*4=144 3*3+3*3+3*3=27 144*27=3888
1 Sorcery iconSorcery Precision iconPrecision 3*3*3*3=81 3*3+3*3+3*3=27 81*27=2187
1 Resolve iconResolve Precision iconPrecision 3*3*3*3=81 3*3+3*3+3*3=27 81*27=2187
1 Inspiration iconInspiration Precision iconPrecision 3*3*3*3=81 3*3+3*3+3*3=27 81*27=2187
1 Sorcery iconSorcery Domination iconDomination 3*3*3*3=81 3*3+3*4+4*3=33 81*33=2673
1 Resolve iconResolve Domination iconDomination 3*3*3*3=81 3*3+3*4+4*3=33 81*33=2673
1 Inspiration iconInspiration Domination iconDomination 3*3*3*3=81 3*3+3*4+4*3=33 81*33=2673
1 Resolve iconResolve Sorcery iconSorcery 3*3*3*3=81 3*3+3*3+3*3=27 81*27=2187
1 Inspiration iconInspiration Sorcery iconSorcery 3*3*3*3=81 3*3+3*3+3*3=27 81*27=2187
1 Inspiration iconInspiration Resolve iconResolve 3*3*3*3=81 3*3+3*3+3*3=27 81*27=2187
Total
20 55566
  • Prior to the introduction of Shards, players received a bonus based on the combination of their sets (e.g. Sorcery + Precision). These combinations had specific Titles, which are shared with the corresponding presets. The following is listed for archive purposes:
Secondary ► Precision Domination Sorcery Resolve Inspiration
Primary ▼
Precision The Merciless Elite The Brazen Prefect The Eternal Champion The Savant
Domination The Twisted Surgeon The Aether Blade The Immortal Butcher The Wicked Maestro
Sorcery The Incontestable Spellslinger The Calamity The Ancient One The Cryptic
Resolve The Imperious Behemoth The Leviathan The Arcane Colossus The Enlightened Titan
Inspiration The Elegant Duelist The Ruthless Visionary The Stargazer The Timeless
  • 'The Perfect' preset was originally called 'The Prefect', as with the Set Title. It is unknown why this was changed.

Media

Forge Your Path - Login Screen

Forge Your Path - Login Screen

Preseason Stream Runes Reforged in Action! - League of Legends

Preseason Stream Runes Reforged in Action! - League of Legends

Related Videos

Patch History

V9.23
V9.2
  • Slot 1 and 2 adaptive shard reduced to (5.4 bonus AD or 9 AP) from (6 bonus AD or 10 AP).
  • Slot 2 and 3 armor shard increased to 6 bonus armor from 5.
  • Slot 2 and 3 magic resistance shard increased to 8 bonus magic resistance from 6.
V9.1
  • Offense attack speed shard increased to 10% bonus attack speed from 9%.
V8.23
V8.11
V8.6
V8.4
V7.23
  • Added an option to hide preset pages.
V7.22 - Added
  • Added to the live servers.
  • Individual rune changes are documented on the respective rune's page.

References

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