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Skarner Rework: New Skins Prices, Lore, Splash art

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Skarner Rework: New Skins Prices, Lore, Splash art

The League of Legends community has awaited the Skarner rework for a long time, and the rework is finally here! The champion, now known as the Primordial Sovereign, has suffered at the bottom tiers for too long, but this rework promises to change that narrative.

Led by Blake 'Squad5' Smith, the game's lead champion designer, Skarner emerges as a powerful force in teamfights, ready to disrupt the ranks of solo queue and competitive.

Release Date of the Skarner Rework

The Skarner rework hits the League of Legends PBE on March 19 and will go live on April 2 in patch 14.07. Brace yourselves for a significant shakeup in the tier list as Skarner claws his way to the top. Whether you're preparing for the chaos of the new meta or eyeing the sleek new skins accompanying the rework, the League community is in for an exciting ride.

Reworked Skarner Abilities

Every single one of Skarner's abilities got reworked! We are excited to present to you the changes in Skarner's abilities that Riot Games made over the 2 years that we waited for Skarner Rework!

Passive – Threads of Vibration

Skarner's basic attacks, Shattered Earth (Q), Upheaval (QQ), and Impale (R) apply a stack of Quaking to enemies hit for 4 seconds, refreshing on subsequent applications and stacking up to 3 times. Enemies afflicted with 3 stacks take magic damage over time (DOT) equal to 7% − 12% of their maximum HP, capped at 75 − 300 (based on level) against monsters.

Skarner's Passive – Threads of Vibration
Skarner's Passive – Threads of Vibration

Q – Shattered Earth/Upheaval

COST: 40 MANA
COOLDOWN: 13 / 11.5 / 10 / 8.5 / 7

Skarner empower up to three of his next basic attacks within 3.5 seconds to gain  25 bonus range, 25-45% bonus attack speed, and deal bonus physical damage to the target and surrounding enemies (10-50 + 6% of targets bonus health). Each attack refreshes the duration. After 0.75 seconds have elapsed, Skarner gains the ability to cast Upheaval in the duration.

Shattered Earth (Q)

The third attack ends Shattered Earth to cause Skarner to slam the rock onto the target, dealing additional bonus physical damage to enemies hit (12-16% of target's maximum health) and slowing them by 40% for 1.25 seconds. The damage based on the target's health ratio is capped against monsters (100-500).

Upheaval (QQ)

Skarner ends Shattered Earth by throwing the boulder he picked up in the target direction, exploding upon colliding with the first enemy hit to deal physical AOE damage (10-50 + 6% of targets bonus health + 12-16% of the target's maximum health) to enemies hit and slow them by 40% for 1.25 seconds. The damage based on the target's health ratio is capped against monsters (110-550 + 6% of monsters bonus health).

Skarner's Q – Shattered Earth/Upheaval
Skarner's Q – Shattered Earth/Upheaval

W – Seismic Bastion

COST: 30 MANA
COOLDOWN: 10 / 9 / 8 / 7 / 6

Skarner slams his claws into the ground, shielding himself equal to 8% of his maximum health and releasing a shockwave that quickly expands in a radius around him to deal (60-180) magic damage to enemies hit and slow them for 1 second (30-50%).

Skarner's W – Seismic Bastion
Skarner's W – Seismic Bastion

E – Ixtal’s Impact

COST: 50 MANA
COOLDOWN: 24 / 22 / 20 / 18 / 16

Skarner charges forward in the direction of the cursor for up to 2.75 seconds, during which he gains slow immunity, becomes  ghosted, ignores terrain collision, and has unobstructed vision (over the walls but not into bushes) of the surrounding 650 units. He automatically navigates his movement along the way and is able to steer himself with a slow turn rate that increases over time, resetting upon changing direction. Ixtal's Impact can be recast after 1 second, and does so automatically after the duration.

Skarner begins the charge at a static amount of 150 movement speed that increases by 100 every 0.264 seconds, up to 950 total movement speed by the end of the duration. If Skarner collides with an enemy champion or large monster, he grabs them with his claws for the time of the remaining charge, attaching them to himself, suppressing them, increasing the charge's turn rate to the maximum, and gaining 300 bonus movement speed, with a minimum total of 650 and a maximum total of 1150. If a target has been grabbed before the first 1.75 seconds of the charge, the remaining duration is set to 1 second, and set to 0.5 seconds otherwise. The charge does not ramp up in speed while a target is grabbed.

If Skarner's attached target collides with terrain while being held, the charge ends, detaching them from him, dealing (30-150 + 10% of target maximum health) physical damage, stunning them for 1.5 seconds, and reducing this ability cooldown by 35%.

E – Ixtal’s Impact
E – Ixtal’s Impact

R – Impale

Skarner winds up his tails over the cast time, during which he is displacement immune, then lashes them forward in a cone in the target direction, impaling up to 3 of the closest enemy champions within the area to deal magic damage to all enemies hit and  suppress the impaled champions for 1.5 seconds, during which they are attached to Skarner. If at least one target is hit, Skarner gains 40% bonus movement speed for the same duration.

R – Impale
R – Impale

Reworked Skarner Skins

The Skarner rework doesn't just bring gameplay changes; it also introduces new stunning versions of old skins that complement his updated abilities. Here's what they look like:

Earthrune Skarner Skin

Earthrune Skarner Skin
Earthrune Skarner Skin

Earthrune Skarner used to be the guardian of an ancient civilization that collapsed. Skarner hopes that one day he and his companions can rebuild everything lost. Until then, he has promised himself to remain vigilant to protect all that he has left, chasing away trespassers who dare threaten the ruins filled with magic.

  • New Price: 750 RP (Original price: 520 RP)
  • Lore: Earthrune Skarner, once the guardian of an ancient civilization, now protects the ruins filled with magic. With renewed vigor, he vows to safeguard what remains and dreams of rebuilding lost wonders.

Battlecast Alpha Skarner Skin

Battlecast Alpha Skarner Skin
Battlecast Alpha Skarner Skin

All Battlecasts fear the Alpha, first of his kind, for his brutal efficiency and cold calculation. Unlike the others, he is plagued by unrelenting voices in his brain, fueling him with an indescribable rage as even his thoughts cannot be trusted. This only ensures that wherever Skarner is deployed, conversion is soon to follow.

  • Price: 1820 RP (The same price)
  • Lore: The fearsome Alpha, the first of its kind, tormented by strange voices in his mind, fueling his rage.

Guardian of the Sands Skarner Skin

Guardian of the Sands Skarner Skin
Guardian of the Sands Skarner Skin

Skarner, the forsaken sovereign—ancient guardian of the sands, we invoke thee to protect us from an evil of our own making. Let no man tread upon these hallowed grounds, lest in your rage they are torn asunder.

  • Price: 975 RP (The same price)
  • Lore: Hailed as the ancient guardian of the sands, Skarner is invoked to protect against evils born of mortal actions, ensuring the sanctity of sacred grounds.

Sandscourge Skarner Skin

Sandscourge Skarner Skin
Sandscourge Skarner Skin

Travelers shouldn't trust the whispers of the prairie winds. Lost souls hear the Demon of the Old Deserts, the supposed savior of the Wayward, long before they feel his hellish tremor. His voice rings out, reminding them of safety, of protection. Reject this demon's tune - or join his mummified masses.

  • Price: 975 RP (The same price)
  • Lore: Whispered by the prairie winds, the Demon of the Old Deserts, protector of the Wayward, beckons lost souls to safety. Reject his call, or become one of his mummified followers.

Cosmic Sting Skarner Skin

Cosmic Sting Skarner Skin
Cosmic Sting Skarner Skin

An ancient creature of deep, primal wisdom from before the forming of the first galaxies, Skarner is composed of the very elements that are the building blocks of all the cosmos. His kind are the radiant antithesis of the ancient, squirming things that lurk in the deep darkness of space, and beyond it.

  • Price: 1350 RP (The same price)
  • Lore: Skarner, an ancient being of primal wisdom, embodies the elements that form the cosmos. He and his kin are the radiant opposites of the dark beings lurking in the depths of space.

We all are waiting for April 2 for these changes to be added, and 2 years or not, we are still grateful that Riot Games still remembered about this champion, so see you on the Summoners Rift... Skarner!

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