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The Very Best New Skins in LoL (2023 Edition)

Last updated by A.M. Reid  on Jan 12, 2023

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Riot Games has released hundreds of skins in the last few years, each honoring Champions in their own unique way. They all share one thing in common, though — they cost RP (a.k.a. real life money). With so many options, which new skins in LoL are actually worth your buck?

Well let’s find out! Today, we’ve ranked the best new skins in League of Legends.

Best New Skins in League of Legends (Last 3 Years), Ranked Good to Greatest

Keep in mind that we’re only considering skins released in the last 1–3 years. So, while classics like DJ Sona and Elementalist Lux won’t be making an appearance, all the skins featured here do have up-to-date animations, splash arts, and effects (which is something we can all appreciate).

15/15

Corgi Corki

Corgi Corki - Best New Skins in LoL
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If you’re a pup parent (or simply spend hours on end watching doggo videos), you’ll definitely appreciate this skin. It transforms Corki’s helicopter into a literal corgicopter. And yep, I’m talking about the whole fluffin’ package — a wide smile, puppy-like expression, and wiggly butt! Even the attack animations and sound effects are dog-themed, with a whole load of barks and squeaky toys.

14/15

Arcane Jinx

Arcane Jinx
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Arcane Jinx is a bit of a wild card. It doesn’t give you any new animations, particle effects, or sound effects. Nor does it give you unique emotes. Despite all this, I can’t help but feature this skin here. The reason? It turns the character model into Jinx from Arcane.

After you learn about Jinx’s backstory and watch as she grows and experiences tragedy after tragedy, you can’t help but feel moved when you see this skin in-game. It truly tugs on the heartstrings. 

Aside from its emotional value, another great thing about this skin is its affordability. It was initially released as a free mission reward, but you can still pick it up today for only 975 RP. This makes it one of the best budget skins out there in LoL, and it’s sure to be a hit with any Arcane fan.

13/15

Pajama Guardian Cosplay Urgot 

Pajama Guardian Cosplay Urgot - Best New Skins in LoL
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Star Guardian Urgot started as a dream. League of Legends players around the world begged, prayed, and pleaded for Riot Games to bring this concoction to life. Some players even made detailed character concepts, while others made fanart and mods

After years of persuasion, Riot finally caved and made the beloved meme real. Well, they technically didn’t make Urgot a true Star Guardian member, but a cosplay is close enough! 

And yes, seeing Urgot, the most grotesque-looking Champion out there, in a kawaii magical girl cosplay is absolutely hilarious. It’s satisfying, tilt-relieving, and the joke never gets old, no matter how many times you use this skin in-game.

Sure, this skin doesn’t have the flashiest animations out there, but it deserves a top spot due to its iconic status. It’s one of the only times Riot has truly listened to the community and made dreams come true.

12/15

Prestige Nightbringer Kayn

Prestige Nightbringer Kayn
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Prestige skins aren’t always a hit in LoL. In fact, many just turn out to be gold and white recolors of the original skins. But Prestige Nightbringer Kayn is a whole other story. It truly transforms the OG skin into something entirely showstopping. Kayn’s red and blue forms are now better than ever, the animations look slick, and the splash art really honors his dark side. Plus, that sinister smile is sure to haunt your enemies’ dreams.

11/15

Spirit Blossom Ahri 

Spirit Blossom Ahri - Best New Skins in LoL
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I immediately bought Spirit Blossom Ahri when it first came out, and I don’t even play Ahri. That’s how good the skin is. The outfit truly honors Ahri’s whimsical side, the animations are bursting with sparkles, and the emotes are insanely fun to spam. You even get to see Ahri transform into an adorable white fox! Plus, the sound effects (combined with everything else) truly immerse you in Japanese folklore. 

What really makes Spirit Blossom Ahri so special, though, is the fact that the walking and attack animations both feel insanely smooth. Equip this skin, and you’ll never have to experience Ahri’s clunky, awkward base model animations again!

10/15

Battle Bunny Miss Fortune

Battle Bunny Miss Fortune
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Battle Bunny Miss Fortune combines my two favorite themes: mecha and animals. Despite how different these themes are, the overall look works surprisingly well. The character model is stunning. Miss Fortune sports a holographic mecha pilot suit, a flashy ponytail, and two neon purple guns. Like the skin’s name suggests, there’s also a whole load of bunny references. Her guns are even controlled by two robot rabbits!

But what really makes this skin a top contender is the fact that the animations are incredibly bouncy, satisfying, and smooth. Oh, and also the recall. It genuinely looks like an anime battle scene. 

9/15

Emberwoken Ashen Graveknight Mordekaiser

Emberwoken Ashen Graveknight Mordekaiser - Best New Skins in LoL
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Graveknight Mordekaiser was already a top tier skin, but when the Emberwoken chroma was released? It went from top tier to god tier. It literally transforms Mordekaiser into Sauron. So yeah, it’s totally badass. The armor is bursting with demonic energy, the attacks are hard-hitting, and the voice filter is so sinister it makes Darth Vader sound like a Jedi in comparison.

Plus, your ultimate animation is jawdropping. Dramatic, end-boss style music plays while you and your target are transported into a hellish realm. It’s an experience that’s truly out of this world. 

8/15

High Noon Senna

High Noon Senna
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This skin transforms Senna into the baddest demonic cowgirl out there. Her outfit is the definition of slaying, her fiery attacks feel (and look) insanely impactful, and the gun now looks like something straight out of hell. To be honest, I could imagine the weapon belonging to Satan himself, that’s how powerful it seems.

But the skin isn’t all looks and no substance — your animations are jam-packed with demonic vibes. Your recall and homeguard animations even let you ride a fiery mare!

7/15

Dragon Trainer Heimerdinger 

Dragon Trainer Heimerdinger - Best New Skins in LoL
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The How to Train Your Dragon franchise truly shaped my childhood. Naturally, you can imagine my delight when they released Dragon Trainer Heimerdinger. The skin literally transforms him into a character from HTTYD, giving him his own personal dragon army to control. It’s adorable, unique, and insanely fun to use in-game. Plus, the animations are smooth, visible, and backed up by distinct sound effects — all things that can help boost your gameplay performance!

6/15

PsyOps Sona

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Sona is known for her gracefulness, optimism, and kindhearted nature. Almost all of her skins in LoL reflect this personality, and while lore-accurate skins are much appreciated, they’re not exactly ideal if you’re after something a little more badass. 

PsyOps Sona is one of the only few skins that ditches the sparkles and frills. It transforms her into a merciless psychic goddess. Her expression is colder than ice, her voice has a cool techno filter, and the animations are slick, edgy, and packed with iridescent hues. Her ultimate is particularly impactful, and the sound effects further immerse you in the sci-fi vibe. 

The best part of this skin, though, is the transformation (from caged to uncaged). It’s essentially two legendary skins for the price of one. 

5/15

Solar Eclipse Sivir 

Solar Eclipse Sivir - Best New Skins in LoL
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Despite her age, Sivir hasn’t exactly been blessed with the best skins over the years in LoL. Most of them are clunky, dull, and don’t exactly feel worth the buck. 

But in 2022, Sivir was finally given her first ever legendary skin — Solar Eclipse — and it changed everything. This skin is absolutely stunning, transforming her into a fierce warrior queen with glowing armor, fiery hair, and a battle-hardened expression. The splash art is equally impressive and truly captures her fearless personality.

What makes Solar Eclipse Sivir so special, though, is the fact that it’s packed with smooth animations. This truly changes the gameplay experience and makes Sivir feel like a modern-day Champion. 

4/15

Truth / Dream Dragon Yasuo

Truth/Dream Dragon Yasuo
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This legendary skin comes in two color variations: Truth (nature, earthy vibe) and Dream (more mysterious, ethereal qualities). Despite their differences, both bless your screen with godly particle effects, a breathtaking character model, and slick sound effects that truly immerse you in the gameplay. 

So, let’s talk more about the character model. The first thing you’ll notice is just how detailed it is. The outfit is bursting with intricate textures, patterns, and shading, and you can also visibly see every single strand of hair. It’s honestly a work of art. 

But what I seriously love about this skin? The dragons. Every attack animation features a kickass dragon spirit of some kind, and you even get to play with dragons in your emotes. It’s the perfect skin for any fantasy lover out there.

3/15

Hextech Swain 

Hextech Swain - Best New Skins in LoL
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Hextech skins, despite their exclusivity, have a reputation for…not living up to expectations (ahem, totally disappointing). I would go as far as saying most Hextech skins in LoL are worse than legendary skins. 

But Hextech Swain is one of the few skins that breaks away from this mold. It’s incredibly impressive and truly feels worth the price. It makes Swain look like the most stylish villain ever, and it’s packed with plenty of neat details, including a Hextech eyepatch, a glowing gauntlet, and extravagant cape. Plus, the attack animations are slick and truly immerse you in the Hextech theme. To top it off? The ultimate transformation is total eye candy.

2/15

Storm Dragon Lee Sin 

Storm Dragon Lee Sin
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I absolutely hate Lee Sin as a Champion. Mainly because most of the ones I have played with suffer from “Lee Sin Syndrome.” But if a Lee Sin has the Storm Dragon skin equipped? I love them even if they go 0/10 in my ranked games.

Jokes aside, Storm Dragon is definitely a skin worth your buck (if not more). It transforms Lee Sin into a dragon-controlling warrior, and the sound effects and animations all immerse you in this awesome fantasy thematic. Plus, the auto-attacks, which are incredibly smooth, are a literal game changer. After all, killing your enemies feels much easier when you don’t have clunky auto-attacks weighing you down!

Storm Dragon Lee Sin is also blessed with tons of hilarious, spammable emotes. My absolute favorite though? His groovy disco moves. If LoL was a dance-off game, Storm Dragon Lee Sin would definitely come out on top.

1/15

Spirit Guard Udyr

Spirit Guard Udyr - Best New Skins in LoL
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Okay. Spirit Guard Udyr is technically not a new skin. In fact, it came out years ago. However, Udyr was recently reworked, meaning all of his skins in LoL (including Spirit Guard) got a whole new look. 

And the skin that got the best glow up is definitely Spirit Guard. It went from a decent ultimate to the best skin in the whole entire game. It honors each spirit form beautifully, the colors are pure perfection, and the animations are clean as hell. Plus, the recall design alone is worth the high price tag — it’s honestly the most creative, gorgeous thing I’ve ever laid my eyes on. 

The four animated splash arts (one for each spirit form) also look exceptional, and make the Champ select phase that extra bit special.

I could go on and on about this skin, like how its sound effects are more satisfying than ASMR, and how the emotes are downright hilarious. But I think it’s best you experience this skin for yourself. Then you’ll truly understand why it’s our number one pick. 

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That’s it for our roundup on the best new skins in LoL! It was an incredibly difficult decision to narrow it down to 15 skins, but these are the ones that stood out the most to us. Do you agree with our picks? Let us know in the comments below, and make sure to subscribe to our newsletter for more news, guides, and articles on everything related to games.

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