League of Legends is known for the amount of effort it puts into skins and cosmetics. While the game itself is entirely free, Riot Games makes a fortune from selling these skins year-round. There are typically new skins on a somewhat weekly basis, with some Champions receiving significantly more than others.
In this article, we’re going to look at just how many skins there are in League of Legends, discuss which Champions have the most, and cover a few other facts about skins. Let’s get started!
How many skins are there, and how much do they cost?
According to the League Fandom/Wiki page, there are a total of 1,305 skins in the game. This includes all normal skins and the prestige editions.
Each skin in League costs between a minimum of 390–3250 RP, so if you assume a median cost of around 1350 RP (the standard cost for most skins), it would cost you around $10,000 to buy every skin.
Which Champions have the most skins?
The most skins any one Champion has is a tie between Ezreal and Miss Fortune (both have fifteen). After that, there are six Champions with fourteen skins: Ahri, Akali, Alistar, Annie, Lux, and Twisted Fate. Interestingly, every single skin for these eight total Champions was released in or before 2011. This isn’t too surprising considering these Champions have been out the longest, but we can dig a bit further to learn more.
Most of the Champions listed above are burst mages. Ahri, Annie, Lux, and Twisted Fate all fall into this class, while Alistar is a tank and Akali is an assassin. All of the fourteen-skin Champions (except Alistar) regularly play mid-lane, though there’s also representation for top (Akali, sometimes) and support (Alistar and Lux).
Both of the Champions with fifteen skins, however, are ADCs. Ezreal and Miss Fortune almost exclusively play bot lane (except around 2017, when Ezreal was a jungler and MF was a support for some reason). That just leaves jungle as the only non-represented role in the top eight. I would imagine that’s because jungle is the hardest role to play, and thus one of the more unpopular.
There are several skin rarities, ranging from timeworn to ultimate. The League wiki has a comprehensive list of each skin rarity, so we’ll start at the bottom of theirs.
- Timeworn/Classic (390–520 RP): These are mostly old skins that don’t compare to the new ones in terms of quality. Most of the time, they offer very little other than minor changes in color.
- Budget (750 RP): Most of these are decent skins, but they don’t offer a ton of changes. They’re more fleshed out than the timeworn ones, but still nothing to write home about.
- Standard (975 RP): Basically a slightly better version of the deluxe skins. They still don’t offer any massive changes, but they can have animation changes and VFX updates that budget skins likely wouldn’t.
- Epic (1350 RP): These are really the new standard these days, as most new skins come out at this level. These usually have large differences and can completely change the aesthetic of a Champion.
- Legendary (1820 RP): Massive changes to most aspects of the Champion. These are where you get into really flashy territory, and the changes you see at the Legendary level are often enough to make the Champion feel entirely different.
- Ultimate (2775-3250 RP): This is the highest-level skin, and therefore the most expensive. Ultimate skins redefine a Champion, changing almost every element of them except for their abilities. For a good example of an Ultimate skin that defines the concept, take a look at Elementalist Lux.
In addition to the skins you can purchase with just RP, there are a few other tiers as well. These have to be obtained in other methods, so they can often be more rare than Ultimate skins.
- Mythic: Mythic skins can come from several places, but the most common is Gemstones. There are several skins that require Gemstones to purchase, and these are amongst the rarest in the game.
- Prestige: Prestige skins are designed to reward players that play a lot during the year (or spend a lot of money). They are alternate versions of pre-existing skins, and cost 100 prestige points to acquire.
Riot’s Strategy with Skins
Riot releases a lot of skins for League of Legends, but they do have some clear strategies with how they handle this. One of the main things they tend to do is using “skin lines” to add hype to new releases. Skin lines are pretty much what they sound like — groups of skins that share a common theme. One example of this is the Star Guardian skin line, which features fourteen Champions. It seems that the strategy behind skin lines is not to convince players to want to buy all of the skins for each line, but to encourage them to buy one or two since they’re so popular.
With League, Riot knows players probably won’t buy skins for Champions they don’t play. Most will have one or two mains they’ll buy every single skin for. Riot knows and takes advantage of this.
One recent example of this is the Prestige skins. These are usually introduced one at a time and encourage players to buy season passes and spend money on special items to try and get enough prestige points to unlock those skins. Since you can’t just outright purchase a prestige skin, people are more willing to spend money on other items or passes that allow them to get those skins faster.
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