- For the client store, see Riot Store.
The shop is a vendor where the player can purchase items with gold to empower their champion on the battlefield, either through improving their statistics or adding additional effects that augment their playstyle.
A player can access the shop interface by either clicking it directly with the mouse cursor, by clicking on the gold counter on the HUD or by pressing the associated hotkey (default P). The champion must be in proximity of the shop for the player to obtain items; on Classic-styled maps, the fountain has a dedicated shop for the team's exclusive use.
An item can be sold to the shop, typically for 70% of the item's gold value. Purchases and sales can be undone with the Undo button. The Undo button can be used to revoke a purchase or sale provided the champion has not since left the vicinity of the shop, has not entered combat, or the item in question has not activated. Otherwise, the icon will be greyed out and unusable if these conditions are not met.
An item can have item group limitation, giving the item a "unique" tag that prohibits purchase of duplicates and other items with the same tag, excluding purchases that consume the item via upgrading.
The shop has three main pages: Recommended, All Items, and Item Sets.
There are constantly visible side panels (Quickbuy Panels) containing specific categories of items.
Recommended page displays relevant suggested purchases for the player's champion based on the current state of their item build, the champion matchups, and how the game is progressing. It's meant to provide a quick way to understand what to spend on and to provide advice on how to itemize to deal with certain circumstances within the game. Items that are recommended are data-driven and are updated based on the most popular build for the champion.As a player gains experience, however, the advice of the Recommended tab may no longer be needed, and they will instead prefer experimentation of their own. The All Items tab exists for this purpose and lists both all available items and multiple filters that can be applied to parse them.
All Items page contains two windows: one that displays a sortable grid of all the shop's items, one that displays information about the highlighted item selected.
Items which are not available on the current map or game mode on will not appear in the shop. However, not all items shown in the shop are available to be bought. Champions without thespell cannot buy jungling items and champions with jungling items cannot buy support items. There are also items that can only be bought by a group of champions, like .
The search bar is an important feature of the tab that allows rapid parsing of items for quicker and more fluid purchasing. It will recognize not only the names of items, but also their descriptions, any statistics that can be offered, and common nicknames for certain items (for example, typing in 'bt' will result in; typing 'tons of damage' will result in ).
Upon first being opened, the shop will by default display a class tab for the champion the player is using. These are items grouped by the developers as the most useful purchases for their class over the course of a game. This can be exceptionally useful for newer players who are inexperienced with a champion and can use the recommended items as an indicator of how they are usually played.
Item perusal is categorized by:
- Popular (per champion)
- Champion class (default focus)
There are more specific filters that sort items by the passive stat they grant. There is a rigid categorization that sorts items based on quality tiers.
- This item is designed as an ideal starting item, usually with some form of sustain. At game start, champions are usually provided with enough gold to buy a few items.
- This item provides some meager benefit.
- This item provides a special effect and/or passive benefit. Some items are based on the Legendary item that they are later built into.
- This item provides a special effect and substantial passive benefits.
- This item provides substantial passive benefits along with a powerful special effect. Only one item of this tier can be carried at a time.
The Highlighted Item occupies the right of the screen and displays the currently selected item and any relevant information about it, such as the prerequisite items that are needed to buy it, which items it is a prerequisite of, and the item's attributes—including its stats, named item effects and its gold cost. Its selection will be preserved between shopping sessions, so it can be used to 'bookmark' an item for future purchase.The purchase button is also located here, although double and right-clicking on an item can and often are used as shortcuts.
Custom Item sets are usually used by experienced players who have a tailored set of items that they wish to have rapid access to for a given champion. These can be edited in the Collection tab in the League client.Custom sets can have as many categories, items per category, and combinations of items as the player wishes. They can also be set up to be usable by all or specific champions and on all or specific maps.
The Quickbuy Panels are located to the left of the shop screen and are used to display items like potions, elixirs, wards, trinkets, and boots. Quickbuy panels can be pinned open and allow the player to quickly access commonly purchased items. There are currently three quickbuy panels: the Consumables tab, the Boots tab and the Inventory tab.
The Consumables tab contain one-time use items such as elixirs, potions, wards and trinkets. The Boots tab containsand it's upgrades. The Inventory tab contains all items currently in the player's inventory, and can be used to quickly sell items.
League of Legends have had numerous different shopkeepers during its history. Most were primarily used for Summoner's Rift while the remaining ones for ARAM, Twisted Treeline, and other game modes.