Honor of Kings and League of Legends differences

Here are the biggest similarities and differences between Honor of Kings and LoL as the upcoming global release of the mobile MOBA gets excitingly close.

Character from Honor of Kings against Pocket Tactics background

After being available for nearly a decade in China, Honor of Kings is finally launching worldwide on mobile in 2024 meaning fans of the MOBA format have a brand new shiny game to sink their hungry teeth into. The game lands on Android and iOS for mobile in June 2024, and as it gets closer we’re unpacking the biggest question of all: what are the main Honor of Kings and League of Legends differences, and what are the overlapping similarities?

For more information on the upcoming MOBA, see our complete guide to the Honor of Kings release date and pre-registration. Or, learn about other exciting games with our articles on the Star Wars Hunters release date, Persona 5 The Phantom X release date, and the Project Mugen release date. You can also check out our complete ranking of the best Nintendo Switch games to play right now.

Honor of Kings vs LoL: platforms and availability

Right now, one of the biggest differences between the two games is that Honor of Kings is available only in China, while League of Legends is one of the most popular games across the entire world. That’s going to be changing in the next few months as Honor of Kings’ availability opens up worldwide, but even then, how players access the game will be different.

While League of Legends is a PC-only game, Honor of Kings is arguably more accessible as it’s been built to run on mobiles. This means that it has a potentially broader player base, and as games like Genshin Impact have proven over the past few years, the best games for mobile can absolutely compete with those created for other platforms. Meanwhile, both games are free to play regardless of platform, with monetization coming through in-game purchases.

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Honor of Kings vs LoL: gameplay

Honor of Kings is developed by TiMi as a direct competitor to League of Legends, meaning that there are plenty of direct similarities between the gameplay mechanics of the two titles. Anyone who’s played League of Legends (or other MOBAs, like DOTA 2) will be instantly familiar with Honor of Kings’ style of play when it eventually lands in non-Asian markets. That being said, while the 5v5 fundamentals of the two games are essentially the same, there are some tangible differences that will no doubt lead to players having a preference for one of the other.

Honor of Kings typically consists of shorter matches, with games expected to last between 15-20 minutes in comparison to League of Legends’ longer matches which last up to 40 minutes. This is facilitated by a difference in map design, with Honor of Kings’ maps being smaller and more compact than League of Legends’ maps.

Characters from Honor of Kings sprinting into battle

Honor of Kings vs LoL: characters

Playable characters in both Honor of Kings and League of Legends can be selected by the player from an expansive, diverse roster. Both games feature lots of options for finding which characters suit the player best, and characters are divided into classes in both games. In Honor of Kings, there are six classes. These are:

  • Assassin
  • Warrior
  • Mage
  • Archer
  • Tank
  • Support

Conversely, League of Legends boasts eight classes (and some sub-classes) which arguably provides more complexity and variety. These are:

  • Controller
  • Fighter
  • Warrior
  • Mage
  • Marksman
  • Tank
  • Slayer
  • Specialist

Meanwhile, the individual characters from Honor of Kings are based on Chinese mythology and history, while League of Legends characters take broader inspiration from across the fantasy genre with a less specific focus.

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Ultimately, the differences between Honor of Kings and League of Legends are minimal, though there are some significant differences that will make a difference to some players’ enjoyment of the games. That’s no real surprise. After all, Honor of Kings was designed specifically to bring a League of Legends-style MOBA to mobile, with the intention being to learn from League of Legends’ success.

For more mobile fun, take a look at our picks for the best mobile games. Or, check out our choices for the best Nintendo Switch RPGs if you want some LoL-style fantasy.