Ultimate skins in League of Legends are the “ultimate” way to show how much you love a Champion. These skins are expected to have far more detail than even the Epic skins, and have unique animations and styles that you can find nowhere else.
With the exception of one, each Ultimate skin costs 3250 RP, or roughly $35 USD (you have to buy a full 5000 RP bundle, not just the amount you need). Since the price is so much higher than the other skins, the standards we hold them to are also much higher. In this article, we’ll be ranking each Ultimate skin in League of Legends from worst to best, determining whether or not they’re worth the price tag.
Ultimate Skins Ranked Worst to Best
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K/DA All Out Seraphine
Release Date: October 29, 2020 | Price: 3,250 RP
K/DA All Out Seraphine is a flawed skin. Since it’s the newest Ultimate skin, it’s really surprising that Riot managed to drop the ball so hard with it. The problem here lies in two places: the general concept and the execution.
The concept for this skin simply isn’t unique enough to warrant the price. It essentially takes Seraphine’s existing design and makes it more flashy, but adds nothing we don’t already have. It’s a lazy skin that would have been fine at a lower price, but even then wouldn’t have been anything special.
The execution of this lazy idea is even worse. Riot obviously wanted to replicate what they did with Elementalist Lux in having multiple skins in one package, but didn’t fully commit to the idea. This is basically just a way to sell you three separate skins for one large price instead of letting you buy each individually. I hardly even consider this an Ultimate skin.
Spirit Guardian Udyr
Release Date: July 13, 2013 | Price: 3,250 RP
Spirit Guardian Udyr isn’t a bad skin, but the fact that it’s essentially an update to the original character model makes it unworthy of its ultimate status. Don’t get me wrong — it’s a great update for Udyr’s base skin, but that’s just about all it is. This skin offers little more than an alternate version of how Udyr already looks, and should easily be half the price it is.
If this skin was 1350 RP (or less), it’d be a great pick up. As it is, I would only recommend it for hardcore Udyr fans.
Release Date: June 29, 2012; Updated in 2018 | Price: 3,250 RP
Is this Ezreal’s best skin? No. But it’s definitely good enough if you’re an Ezreal main. The positives are pretty simple — it looks cool. It doesn’t offer a ton in terms of flashy additions, especially when compared to newer Ultimate skins, but the reworked 2018 version is significantly better than the original. There is a certain charm to it, though. It was the first-ever Ultimate skin Riot released, and the idea behind it was incredibly unique at the time (and still holds up fairly well!).
Time hasn’t been the kindest to this skin, though. Pulsefire Ezreal is an example of one of the problems Riot currently faces — they don’t know how to balance the quality of their old and new skins. This could be easily fixed if they’d just admit the older skins aren’t as good as the new ones and lower the price, but they won’t. Pulsefire Ezreal should be in the same price bracket as current Epic skins as a result, but that likely won’t happen anytime soon. It’s a fun skin, but it shouldn’t cost 3250 RP.
Gun Goddess Miss Fortune
Release Date: March 22, 2018 | Price: 2,775 RP
Gun Goddess MF gets a lot more hate than it deserves. It has obvious flaws, but they’re easily outweighed by the positives. Not to mention it costs significantly less than the other Ultimate skins — that’s a definite bonus. A lot of people complain that the skin isn’t special enough to be an Ultimate skin, but when has that ever stopped Riot in the past? It could definitely use a bit more work to be worth the price, but since it’s the cheapest Ultimate skin, we don’t have too much room to complain.
The best aspect of Gun Goddess MF is that you can switch modes during the game as long as you’re at your fountain, and each mode has a unique feel that makes it worth switching from time to time. That, alongside the really nice animations this skin offers, make it one of the more unique MF skins and easily worth a purchase if you play her.
Release Date: February 25, 2015 | Price: 3,250 RP
DJ Sona is one of only two Ultimate skins that I find truly worth the money. The main appeal of this skin is that it makes Sona into a DJ with three different forms. Each form changes her appearance and plays a different style of music. It also has the unique feature of allowing your teammates to hear the music as well, if they so choose.
DJ Sona was the first time Riot really nailed an Ultimate skin to a degree where it felt far more superior than anything else. Looking at the legacy of Champion skins in League, DJ Sona marked a significant improvement in value for the cost.
Release Date: November 28, 2016 | Price: 3,250 RP
What’s the absolute best Ultimate skin in LoL? Elementalist Lux is the best Ultimate skin in League, and it’s also the best overall skin in the game. The amount of time and effort that went into making this skin is so immense that it almost feels wrong not to pay even more for it. The main appeal to Elementalist Lux is the ability to change her entire visual appearance based on different elements, as well as to combine them to make a hybrid element.
This ability to change forms during game while anywhere on the map has caused server issues ever since the skin released, so there’s a good chance Riot won’t be making many more like this in the future. Which makes this one even more special — it’s such a cool skin that it threatens to crash servers. Elementalist Lux is the most beautiful skin in League of Legends, and is without a doubt worth the cost. Even if you don’t play Lux, just get it anyway.
Are Ultimate Skins a Good Thing?
There’s been a lot of debate over the years about whether Riot should be making $35 skins, and after making this list, I’d say that they are a good thing when done correctly. Elementalist Lux and DJ Sona are perfect examples of Ultimate skins that are worth your money, but Riot needs to make serious efforts to maintain that level of quality. With skins like Pulsefire Ezreal, Spirit Guardian Udyr, and Gun Goddess MF, Riot needs to try harder to make these skins worthwhile.
And then there’s the Seraphine one. What Riot did with her Ultimate skin takes all the fun of the idea away. It seems like Riot just took three separate skin ideas and put them into a bundle they called an “Ultimate” skin because they knew it would sell better. If they continue doing that, future Ultimate skins will likely fail in the same way.
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