In League of Legends there are 99 champions to choose from and more are coming out all the time. You have a lot of options to play based on what role you like and what kind of champions appeal to you.
Every one of the champions can do well if you played well. Many of them are really good no matter if you are a new player or one of the best players in the world.
People who are new to league of legends often ask â€œwhich champion is the best?â€. The simple answer is there is no â€œbestâ€ champion
, but there are a lot of good champions who are good at different things. It is important to remember that League of Legends is a team game
. It is not one player that wins or loses a game, it is five players. You want to pick a champion that will be useful for your team
so you can win the game.
Before we can cover what champions are good in what roles, we need to talk about what a champion is and their attributes. Each of these, as well as the basics of HUD and mini map, are described below. League of Legend's has two tutorials that cover this as well, I recommend playing them to get a grasp of the controls and the basics.
Here is a screen shot of the game:
Every champion in the game has a basic attack
. A champions basic attack is the attack they do when you right click on an enemy. Some champions are melee
, so they have to get very close to attack, and others are ranged
and can attack from far away. The amount of damage a basic attack does is determined by a champion attack damage
, shown as the first number next to the red ax icon
A champion also has ability power
. This is the number next to the blue wand icon
. Ability power makes your champion's abilities more powerful. Some champion abilities do more damage based off of the champions attack damage, and some based on the champion's ability power, and some from both.
The number next to the red sword
is the champion's attack speed
. This is how often a champion can perform a basic attack per second. .7 is a bit faster then one attack every two seconds. 1.0 would be one attack every one second. 2.0 would be two attacks in a second.
The number next to the boot is the champions movement speed
. The higher the number, the faster that champion can move about.
The number next to the grey shield
is the champion's armor
. The higher the number, the less damage the champion takes from physical attack damage
, like auto attacks and abilities that scale off of attack damage. Similarly, the blue shield
is the champion's magic resist
. This reduces the damage the champion takes from ability powers and spells
. At 100 armor or magic resist the damage done by these attacks is reduced by about 50%. By 200 the damage is reduced by about 75%.
The little icons to the right of the champions attributes are those champions items
. These items make the champion stronger. The
, for example, make the champion move faster. The
, however, restore the champions health over time. This is called an active effect
, meaning you activate the item to use it. A
, is an example of a consumable item
, once you use the active effect the item goes away and you have to buy more. You can use these items by clicking on them, or by pressing a number key. The
, are my champion's second item, so I press 2 to use it. If it was in the same place as the boots, I would press 1 to use it, ect.
The yellow number
below that is your champion's gold
. Gold is used to buy items at the shop. The yellow bar
below that is your champion's experience
. As you kill monster, minions, and enemy champions you gain experience. When the bar fills up you gain a level. When you gain a level your champion becomes stronger and you can choose to make one of your champions abilities more powerful. The champions level is shown on the bottom right of the character's portrait.
The green bar
is the champions health
. This is how much damage the champion can take before dying
. The health bars
above the minions and other champions are their health. The blue bar
is this champion's mana
. Mana is drained every time this champion uses an ability. Some champion's have mana, some have energy
instead (which works the same way). Some have different things, like â€œrage
â€, which work the same way. Mana and health regenerate slowly over time. If you return to the shop, your mana and health will return very quickly.
Every champion in the game has four abilities and one passive ability
. The passive ability
works all the time and never changes. It is the smallest icon in the middle above the health bar, on the far left. If you scroll over this or any ability you can read what it does.
Most champions have three normal abilities and one â€œultimate
â€ ability. You use these abilities by pressing q
for the first, w
the second, e
the third, and r
the last. As you level up, you invest one point in each ability, up to five points
making the ability more powerful.
The scaling for abilities is like this:
- level 1 one point in any spell except ultimate
- level 3 one spell can have two points
- level 5 one spell can have three points
- level 6 ultimate spell can have one point
- level 7 one spell may have four points
- level 9 one spell may have five points
- level 11 ultimate may have two points
- level 16 ultimate may have three points
The icons with 'D
' and 'F
' bellow them are summoner spells
. To use them, press 'D
' or 'F
'. More on those later. The icon with 'B
' bellow it is the spell you can cast to return you to the shop
. When you press that button you will channel for 10 seconds (stop attacking, moving, or casting abilities), and then teleport
there. If you are damaged by an attack or ability in that time, the teleport will be canceled and you have to start channeling all over again.
In the upper right hand corner, there are several numbers. The in-game time
is on the left. The number of enemy champions you have killed
is on the right of that, next to the sword
. The number of times you have died
are shown next to the skull
. The number of times you helped an ally get a kill, but didn't kill the enemy champion yourself is shown by the hand icon
. This is called an â€œassist
â€. The number next to the purple diamond
is how many minions and monsters you have killed.
Below that, there is a green number
and a red number
to the left and right of the sword icon
. The green number is how many champions your whole team has killed
. The red icon is how many champion's the enemy team has killed
In the bottom right hand corner is the minimap
. If you left click
on a part of the minimap, your view will be taken to the part of the map in the game. Your champion will stay where they are! The parts of the map that are bright are places where you have vision
. In places where you have vision you can see everything that is going on there, including minions, monster, and champions that in in that area. Places where you don't have vision is a potential place where you could be ambushed. If you press 'G
' and click on the the minimap, this will â€œping
â€ the minimap. This makes a sound and a little flash, that can be seen by you and all your allies. This is good for drawing attention to something. Pressing 'G
' and clicking on tower, minions, allies and enemy champions causes different messages to appear
. If you press 'V
' and click on these or the minimap this means â€œDANGER
!â€ or â€œrun away!â€.
Champions are shown as icons on the minimap. Green outline
on the icon is an ally, and red outline
is an enemy. The green dots
are allied minions, the red dots
are enemy minions.
, like the one shown above, obscure vision
. Unless you are in the brush, or have an ally, allied minion, or a
in the brush, you can't see what is in there and you can see what is on the other side of it. Be careful when going through brushes that you don't have vision in. You have vision anywhere on the map that can be seen by an allied tower, champion, or minion, and also, some abilities and wards.
Lastly, to move about you simply left click where you want to go. You can right click on the minimap as well to move your champion to that part of the map. Right clicking on an enemy cause the champion to auto attack, or if an ability has been selected, you left click on them to cast the spell on the target.
Lastly, when you are at the shop you press 'P
' to bring up the shop menu. If you press space bar
at any time, the camera will center on your champion. If you press tab
, a window will pop up giving you a ton of information about enemy and allied champion's, including their level, kills/deaths, items they have, and number of minions and monsters they have killed.
If you press enter
a chat window
will pop up, letting you chat with your allies. If you type /all
before your message, or click the â€œsend to all
â€ button you message will be seen by the enemy team as well. IMPORTANT
. Don't be a jerk. Always be positive
. Don't trash talk, slander, show boat, or anything else in a game.
There are several ways you can acquire new champion's to play. Every week, Riot releases six champion's you can play for free on that week. You can also sometimes get champion's for free permanently by, for example, liking League of Legends on facebook
or following League of Legends on twitter
. The typical way to get champion's, however, is to buy them with Influence Points
or Riot Points
. These two things are the currencies in League of Legends. You get influence points after every game you play, and over time you get enough to buy a champion. You can also use real money to buy Riot Points, which can be used to buy champions and other things as well.