The Lunar Revel event is dedicated to the real Asian holiday – Lunar New Year. In League of Legends Riot Games start to celebrate this event from 10 January 2012. With every new Lunar Revel were added new champion skins, icons for summoner and ward skins; Also some consumable items change their name and ingame skin. However Riot Games never create a special ingame mode, and this is grievously.
So let’s go straight to the Lunar Revel Overview!
LUNAR REVEL | LORE
According to the Legend there was a time when all land was choked to darkness under the grip of two fell Queens. Both Queens have their sigils – Wolf and Serpent. In one gray day a traveler arrived an discover an ancient evil. He managed to break through Queens disguises and now he see all their evil nature that they tried to hide.
The traveler’s patience was blown up and revealed his true form, and the power posed from him destroyed the fragile shells of the Queens and the Dark Spirits showed to the world their true faces.
And traveler rushed on his enemies and lure them deep into the brutal sea, so that the consequences of their struggle would not be so destructive. And only rare flashes of the divine energy were visible.
And at the sunset of this day, the glow was broken down into the clouds, and the last year became next. While the darkness is still hidden beyond the human eye, people are no longer afraid of the night. The traveler has brought shining hope for the whole Runeterra.
LUNAR NEW YEAR | LEAGUE OF LEGENDS
As Lunar New Year is an Asian holiday, all backgrounds and thematic skins made in Asian Style. Every Lunar Revel is dedicated to the Animal of the Chinese zodiac, and it reflected on skins, background and splash arts. As you could know 2012 was a Dragon’s year, so three of four skins were made in the dragon theme in the name and design.
21 champion received Lunar Revel Skin so far. Unlike any other events in LoL, Lunar Revel skins were released as permanent additions to the store, but in 2014 Riven’s and Tryndamere’s skins were classified as Legacy Skins, while Diana’s remained as a permanent in ingame store.
LUNAR REVEL CHAMPION SKINS | LEAGUE OF LEGENDS
2012 Lunar Revel Skins (Year of the Dragon):
- Dragon Fist Lee Sin – Permanent
- Guqin Sona – Permanent
- Dragonblade Talon – Permanent
- Jade Dragon Wukong – Permanent
2013 Lunar Revel Skins (Year of the Snake):
- Panda Annie – Permanent
- Jade Fang Cassiopeia – Permanent
- Dragonwing Corki – Permanent
- Warring Kingdoms Jarvan IV – Permanent
- Warring Kingdoms Xin Zhao – Permanent
2014 Lunar Revel Skins (Year of the Horse):
- Lunar Goddess Diana – Permanent
- Dragonblade Riven – Legacy
- Warring Kingdoms Tryndamere – Legacy
2015 Lunar Revel Skins (Year of the Goat):
- Firecracker Jinx – Legacy
- Warring Kingdoms Katarina – Legacy
- Warring Kingdoms Nidalee – Legacy
2016 Lunar Revel Skins (Year of the Monkey):
- Lunar Wraith Caitlyn – Legacy
- Lunar Wraith Morgana – Legacy
- Radiant Wukong – Permanent
2017 Lunar Revel Skins (Year of the Rooster):
- Warring Kingdoms Azir – Legacy
- Warring Kingdoms Garen – Legacy
- Warring Kingdoms Vi – Legacy
LUNAR REVEL SUMMONER ICONS | LEAGUE OF LEGENDS
Every year Riot Games release a few new icons for Summoners in Lunar New Year’s theme.
2013 Lunar Revel Icons:
- Red Envelope
- Lunar Revel Shopkeeper
- Lunar Revel Urf
- Glowing Lantern
- Snake Scroll
2014 Lunar Revel Icons:
- Year of the Horse
- Icon of the Lunar Goddess
- Icon of the Warring Kingdoms
- Icon of the Dragonblade
- Chosen Path: Truth
- Chosen Path: Power
- Chosen Path: Freedom
- Path of Truth
- Path of Power
- Path of Freedom
2015 Luran Revel Icons:
- Year of the Goat
2016 Luran Revel Icons:
- Shadow Wolf
- Nighshade Serpent
- Monkey King
- Lunar Guardian
2017 Luran Revel Icons:
- Year of the Rooster
- Jade Warrior
- Jade Emperor
- Jade Demon
- Mark of Fortune
LUNAR REVEL WARDS | LEAGUE OF LEGENDS
In 2013 for Lunar New Year Riot Games decided to add two ward skin, to celebrate the year of the serpent. These wards were free for all, during the event.
In 2014 Riots created another two ward skins, to the year of the Horse. All Lunar Revel’s ward skins were free to use during the event, but to use them after the festival you need to buy them for 640 RP each.
Then Riot decided to take a break and next ward skins were released only in 2017 Lunar Revel.
Full list of Lunar Revel Wards:
- Lantern of the Serpent Ward
- Banner of the Serpent Ward
- Banner of the Horse Ward
- Gong Ward
- Rising Dawn Ward
- Crest of the Rooster Ward
Riot Games also changed some casual items into something more interesting:
- Elixir of Fortitude was transformed into Red Ginseng Kettle
- Elixir of Brilliance was transformed into Blue Lasi Kettle
- Elixir of Agility was transformed into Green Tea Kettle
- Health Potion was transformed into Phoenix Burn
- Mana Potion was transformed into Dragon Dumpling
- Oracle’s Elixir was transformed into Oracle’s Lantern
DRAGON FIST LEE SIN | LUNAR REVEL LEE SIN SKIN AND SPLASH ART
Dragon Fist Lee Sin looks like a typical kung fu master. He wears sunglasses to emphasize his blindness. This blind monk looks cool by himself, but he gets a few new animation – taunt and standing idle. Also, he gets new animations for Resonating Strike. However this skin does not get any new particle effects, and only sound effects were changed. In action this skin looks great so take it as soon it became available.
You can buy Dragon Fist Lee Sin skin for 975 RP during Lunar Revel event in League of Legends.
GUQIN SONA | LUNAR REVEL SONA SKIN AND SPLASH ART
This time Sona dressed in traditional Chinese dress and armed with Guqin instead of Etwahl. As you can see by marks on her dress she preparing to take a part in the Lunar New Year celebration. Riot add a new walking animation, new sound effects, that fit with the Guqin’s sound. But she did not get any VFX at all. All these enhancements really look fancy, so if you like Chinese theme then this Guqin Sona skin must be in your’s must have list.
UPD: This Guqin Sona skin was updated in 2014 so check carefully before the buy.
You can buy Guqin Sona skin for 975 RP during Lunar Revel event in League of Legends.
DRAGONBLADE TALON | LUNAR REVEL TALON SKIN AND SPLASH ART
Dragonblade Talon received a moderate redesign of his in-game armor (now have a light armor) and get a new Dragon-inspired blade which matches with the Dragon’s theme perfectly. Riots add a new visuals effects for his Rake and Shadow Assault abilities. In sum, all these updates look really great in team fights, but I miss some unique sound effects. As a recap, I can say that this is a medium skin, buy Dragonblade Talon only if you really Talon.
UPD: This Dragonblade Talon skin was updated in 2016 so check carefully before the buy.
You can buy Dragonblade Talon skin for 975 RP during Lunar Revel event in League of Legends.
JADE DRAGON WUKONG | LUNAR REVEL WUKONG SKIN AND SPLASH ART
The last skin that dedicated to the Dragon’s Year. Jade Dragon Wukong get a new model, but generally, it looks like a simple recolor of his armor and staff. This skin looks great in action and new visual effects for Cyclone Blow and Cyclone plus flames of his vambraces are awesome. A little overpriced skin for a simple recolour with a few new visual effects.
You can buy Jade Dragon Wukong skin for 975 RP during Lunar Revel event in League of Legends.
PANDA ANNIE | LUNAR REVEL ANNIE SKIN AND SPLASH ART
Well, I wonder why Riots do not release Panda Annie at the first Lunar Revel? Seriously what can be cooler in Chinese culture than Pandas? This skin has really many updates for so small price, let’s look at them more closely. It changes both models of Annie and Tibers, and they are both have many great details. Tibers in his panda form looks very comical with all these fireworks on him. Also, this skin includes literally everything: new models for Annie and her
bear panda; new visual effects for Disintegrate, Incinerate, Molten Shield, Summon Tibbers and auto attacks; New animation for Recall: New sound effect for Recall. Really high-quality skin for a relatively small price.
You can buy Panda Annie skin for 975 RP during Lunar Revel event in League of Legends.
JADE FANG CASSIOPEIA | LUNAR REVEL CASSIOPEIA SKIN AND SPLASH ART
Jade Fang Cassiopeia add some jade elements to hers armor and slightly changes her in-game model. This skin also has new visual effects – new particles for all abilities like Noxious Blast and Petrifying Gaze. Riots also made new animation for snakes on the head and new recall. A little bit different recall sound effect. Well, this new recall fit much better in this champion’s history.
UPD: This Jade Fang Cassiopeia skin was updated in 2016 so check carefully before the buy.
You can buy Jade Fang Cassiopeia skin for 975 RP during Lunar Revel event in League of Legends.
DRAGONWING CORKI | LUNAR REVEL CORKI SKIN AND SPLASH ART
Dragonwing Corki this time ride a Far Easter Dragon like a helicopter. His helicopter was retextured to fit the Asian theme and it equipped with a lot of fireworks. Lunar Revel Corki skin also have new SFX and VFX. SFX: New particles for all abilities and critical hits. VFX: New fireworks sounds, new recall sound effect. Also, his laugh animation was updated. Dragonwing Corki just a must buy for any LoL’s or Corki fan.
By the way, Corki is a very popular pick during League of Legends elo boosting.
UPD: This Dragonwing Corki skin was updated in 2015 so check carefully before the buy.
You can buy Dragonwing Corki skin for 975 RP during Lunar Revel event in League of Legends.
WARRING KINGDOMS JARVAN IV | LUNAR REVEL JARVAN IV SKIN AND SPLASH ART
Warring Kingdoms Jarvan IV represent Lu Bu from the Three Kingdoms Period. Jarvan has a dragon armor and his lance was changed with the Dragon hunter’s spear. This Armor is highly detailed and gives a good value to the Warring Kingdoms Jarvan IV. Also, this skin has: new visuals effects for Dragon Strike, Golden Aegis, Demacian Standart, and Cataclysm; new animations for running during Golden Aegis; new sound effects for Demacian Standart and Cataclysm.
You can buy Warring Kingdoms Jarvan IV skin for 1350 RP during Lunar Revel event in League of Legends.
WARRING KINGDOMS XIN ZHAO | LUNAR REVEL XIN ZHAO SKIN AND SPLASH ART
Unlike Warring Kingdoms Jarvin this skin looks really cool in the game. His in-game model was remastered to match a Chinese general from Three Kingdoms period. Warring Kingdoms Xin Zhao has new particle effects for his spear and abilities like Crescent Sweep, Audacious Charge, Three Talon Strike looks much better with these updated visual effects. Riots recorded new Sound effects for all his abilities and add new animations. Must have skin for any Xin Zhao players, but the cost is pretty expensive.
You can buy Warring Kingdoms Xin Zhao skin for 1350 RP during Lunar Revel event in League of Legends.
LUNAR GODDESS DIANA | LUNAR REVEL DIANA SKIN AND SPLASH ART
Lunar Goddess Diana adds a lot of details to her in-game model. New particle effects and the new red lotus effect for recall look gorgeous with this skin. Also, Moonfall sound was updated to fit with new look of Diana. So if you have any RP that you don’t need, then buy this skin, it is worth it!
You can buy Lunar Goddess Diana skin for 975 RP during Lunar Revel event in League of Legends.
DRAGONBLADE RIVEN | LUNAR REVEL RIVEN SKIN AND SPLASH ART
Dragonblade Riven take many elements from Asian culture, and Riot brings them in the world of Runeterra. Just take a look at these Dragon shoulders, they give some value to this skin. Also, it has new particle effects for Riven’s abilities, new animations of her hair, new recall and Sword Tassel animation. This time Riots decided to update all hers sounds effects and recall sound as well. In my opinion, this Dragonblade Riven skin is overpriced, but for the true Riven players it will be a good skin
You can buy Lunar Goddess Diana skin for 975 RP during Lunar Revel event in League of Legends.
WARRING KINGDOMS TRYNDAMERE | LUNAR REVEL TRYNDAMERE SKIN AND SPLASH ART
Tryndamere was a Barbarian king, but now he represents Guan Yu from the Three Kingdoms Period. His in-game model now has a Chinese armor and warring kingdoms sword. Warring Kingdoms Tryndamere also has enhanced particle effects for Spinning Slash and Undying Rage. It also adds new animations for all his critical hits and new recall animation. In general, this is a great skin but you must wait until Riots introduce a legacy skin event.
You can buy Warring Kingdoms Tryndamere skin for 975 RP during Lunar Revel event in League of Legends.
FIRECRACKER JINX | LUNAR REVEL JINX SKIN AND SPLASH ART
Firecracker Jinx takes fireworks and combines them with a Jinx abilities. Not just her model, all her weapons were changed too: rocket launcher Fishbones, minigun Pow-Pow and shock gun Zapper. New visual effects for all abilities and auto attacks. Also, Jinx gets a new animation for Switcheroo and recall. Riots add new sound effects for her abilities, auto attacks, and recall. This skin is a precious and Firecracker Jinx splash art only make it better.
You can buy Firecracker Jinx skin for 1350 RP during Lunar Revel event in League of Legends.
WARRING KINGDOMS KATARINA | LUNAR REVEL KATARINA SKIN AND SPLASH ART
As other Warring Kingdoms champions, Katarina received a new model of an elegant Chinese assassin and new models for daggers and swords. This skin has many little details but all of them are lost in team fights. Warring Kingdom Katarina has a new set of sound and visual effects: New VFX and SFX for all abilities, recall and auto attacks. Splash art is a little too dark, and lack of details.
UPD: This Warring Kingdoms Katarina skin was updated in 2016 so check carefully before the buy.
You can buy Warring Kingdoms Katarina skin for 975 RP during Lunar Revel event in League of Legends.
WARRING KINGDOMS NIDALEE | LUNAR REVEL NIDALEE SKIN AND SPLASH ART
And another Warring Kingdoms Champion. Nidalee’s concepts look like a Spire woman with a form of the armored white panther. Warring Kingdoms Nidalee includes the new model for the champion and her panther form, new weapon, and traps. Her abilities were enhanced with various visual and sound effects. Nidalee gets a few new animations of recall both in human and cougar forms. Splash art of Warring Kingdoms Nidalee is almost perfect, it shows how she observe her prey from a roof of a Chinese temple.
You can buy Warring Kingdoms Nidalee skin for 975 RP during Lunar Revel event in League of Legends.
LUNAR WRAITH CAITLYN | LUNAR REVEL CAITLYN SKIN
Lunar Wraith Caitlyn looks really unusual. Colour scheme of this skin is quite pretty and model has many small details. Her rifle was changed too, and now il looks more mystical than ever. Lunar Wraith Caitlyn has many other updates like new visual effects for abilities and recall, new animations of auto attacks and the new pack of sounds that include new sound effect for recall, auto attacks, Piltover Peacemaker and Ace in the Hole. This skin have many updates and the price is high, so buy it only if you sure that you will play as Caitlyn in nearest future.
You can buy Lunar Wraith Caitlyn skin for 1350 RP during Lunar Revel event in League of Legends.
LUNAR WRAITH MORGANA | LUNAR REVEL MORGANA SKIN
Lunar Wraith Morgana looks as mystical as Caitlyn in this skin, new high detailed model, new visual effect for abilities and new animation for recall. She also has a whole new sound effects pack! All these may seem great, but in combat, you can barely see the difference between this and standard skin. New particles were only on Q ability, others are just recoloured, Voice became standart and lame recall animation. This skin, in my opinion, is just a waste of RP, 975 is maximum that I can offer for Lunar Wraith Morgana, and even this will be a small overprice.
You can buy Lunar Wraith Morgana skin for 1350 RP during Lunar Revel event in League of Legends.
LUNAR WRAITH MORGANA AND CAITLYN | LUNAR REVEL SPLASH ART
This time Riot Games released one splash art for Morgana and Caitlyn because they share one Theme – Lunar Wraith. I can say that is not the best decision of Riots, but at least they do not decide to release all Warring Kingdoms skins in one splash art.
RADIANT WUKONG | LUNAR REVEL WUKONG SKIN AND SPLASH ART
Oh i personally waited for this skin for a long long time. Wukong’s model was enhanced a lot with many small details and a new staff. And with the new model Radiant Wukong was gifted with a lot of visual effects and animations! Many cool particles were added to his abilities, new recall animation and awesome sound pack. This skin is the best skin of Lunar Revel 2016! Must have for all Skin collectors! Radiant Wukong Splash art represent him as a traveler that saved the world from two dark spirits (according to the Lunar Revel Lore), and show to us culmination of this battle.
You can buy Radiant Wukong skin for 1350 RP during Lunar Revel event in League of Legends.
WARRING KINGDOMS AZIR | LUNAR REVEL AZIR SKIN AND SPLASH ART
Azir decided to celebrate the year of the Rooster! His new Warring Kingdom skin made this champion to look like a Rooster himself. That do not sound as i wanted, but who cares? This skin is still pretty awesome and interesting. With the new model of armor and Spear, he gets all new VFX (additional particles to all his abilities and auto attacks), new recall animation and Pack of new sounds. Warring Kingdoms Azir is pretty solid skin and it worth buying.
You can buy Warring Kingdoms Azir skin for 1350 RP during Lunar Revel event in League of Legends.
WARRING KINGDOMS GAREN | LUNAR REVEL GAREN SKIN AND SPLASH ART
Another great Warring Kingdoms skin. Garen gets Warring Kingdoms armor and Jade bladed sword. Warring Kingdoms Garen besides new models of champion and weapon received a whole bunch of cool visual effects that perfectly fit in the chinese theme and sound effects! Now he has a Dragon whirlwind, Blade Dance, and War banner. Sound effects are great too, so if you will ever play as Garen then you just NEED this skin.
You can buy Warring Kingdoms Garen skin for 1350 RP during Lunar Revel event in League of Legends.
WARRING KINGDOMS VI | LUNAR REVEL VI SKIN AND SPLASH ART
Vi joined to the Warring Kingdoms family, and she was gifted with a new stylish outfit and two Jade Dragon Fists that look really great, but as other Vi’s gauntlets a little bit oversized. With all these enhancements she receive a new visual effects, now hers abilities look much more interesting then before. New animations were added too, some of abilities are changed and of course Vi get a new Recall. And all these just can not sound the same, isn’t it? Of course not, so Riots make all new SFX for Warring Kingdoms Vi. And like other Lunar Revel Warring Kingdoms sets, i highly recommend to buy this one too.
You can buy Warring Kingdoms Vi skin for 1350 RP during Lunar Revel event in League of Legends.
LUNAR REVEL LOGIN SCREENS | LEAGUE OF LEGENDS
Since 2012 Riot Games created 6 login screens to the Lunar Revel in-game Event, and I just can not highlight them. Mostly of them were made from Splash Art of various champions, but they all are still gorgeous. Enough words, just look at them by yourself.
RIOT GAMES ABOUT ORIGIN OF THE LUNAR REVEL
In the last year, Riot Games released a really great article where they spoke about the creation of Lunar Revel and problems they faced when they created this event. If you are interested in the history of how skins were created, what difficulties overcame developers, or just to look at the concept arts and draw inspiration from their works, then just follow this link.
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