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Everything we know about League of Legends: Wild Rift

A League of our own

Since Riot Games announced it was making a version of League of Legends for mobile, we’ve been very excited. League of Legends: Wild Rift isn’t just a port, but represents so much more for the series, allowing players to fight with their favourite Champions in speedy matches, no matter where they are, or how packed their lifestyle is. But there’s still a lot we don’t know about the game, and even more that is going to change during the series of play tests that Riot has planned throughout the year.

But that doesn’t mean we’re entirely in the dark either. The first playtest in the Phillipines has started, and that’s given us a lot of new info about the game. There are also plenty of videos and dev diaries from Riot, which make it quite clear what the intention of Wild Rift is.

So we’ve decided to create a round-up of everything we know about League of Legends: Wild Rift – a guide, if you will, for anything and everything you could possibly want to know about Riot’s famed MOBA and its move to mobile.

Here’s everything we know about league of legends: wild rift:

How is the wild rift map different?

League of Legends: Wild Rift is named after the new map on which the game is set, taking inspiration from League of Legend’s PC map, Summoner’s Rift. Here’s what we know about this new Arena:

  • Wild Rift is slightly smaller than previous League maps
  • The map is built for five versus five
  • It has three lanes
  • There are two turrets on each lane section with a third where the lane meets the nexus
  • There are a variety of monsters on the map that can be defeated for bonuses, including the Red Brambleback, which gives you extra damage, or the Blue Sentinel, which gives mana and HP regen
  • The map also features flora including Honeyfruit, which heals you, and Blastcones, which you can explode to launch you into the air
  • You can use warding to light the map
  • Dragons also feature on the map, and offer four different elemental damage buffs to the team that slays them

How does Wild Rift differ from League of legends?

We know that Wild Rift is bringing League of Legends to new platforms, but how is it going to differ from the original? Here’s what we know:

  • Wild Rift focuses around smaller 15-20 minute matches
  • It was created to allow more people to fit League into their daily lifestyle
  • The game has a new dual stick control scheme
  • Wild Rift isn’t a port – it’s a version of League built from the ground up
  • Existing League players are going to be rewarded for joining Wild Rift
  • Wild Rift is going to be playable on both mobile and console
  • There is a co-op vs. AI mode and a tutorial
  • Wild Rift is going to have its own content releases

who are the Wild Rift CHAMPIONS?

Not all Champions from PC are coming to Wild Rift, but here’s what we do know about those that are:

  • There are 40 Champions arriving at launch, which you can see in our League of Legends: Wild Rift champions list
  • Riot wants to keep champions as similar to League as possible
  • The only instances in which Riot has changed champions is to accommodate smaller map size, faster play, and the new dual stick control system
  • Not every League of Legends champion is coming to Wild Rift


One of the most important things we want to know: when will Wild Rift launch? It’s a question with a surprisingly complex answer, but here’s all the info we have:

  • Wild Rift is going to be available on most platforms and in most regions by the end of 2020
  • The game is launching in stages, through a variety of alpha and beta tests
  • This gradual launch will help Riot get feedback on how well Wild Rift captures the classic League experience, the dual stick control system, and to test the infrastructure prior to full launch, and prevent any potential cheating
  • The first Alpha test is in the Philippines and lasts for two weeks
  • There are going to be new modes coming after launch

how do runes work in wild rift?

Based upon Runes Reforged in League of Legends, Wild Rift has a new streamlined system for runes. Here’s how it works:

  • There are eight keystone runes to choose from
  • You then choose three minor runes to compliment that keystone
  • There are currently six new minor runes, such as Sweet Tooth, which grants increased healing and gold from Honeyfruit, or Loyalty, which gives you and your closest ally five AR and two MR
  • The new system is designed to be simpler, making pre-match prep minimal so you can get playing

is wild rift FREE-TO-PLAY?

Just like League of Legends, Wild Rift is also free-to-play – but how does it shape up in comparison to the original? Here’s what we know about monetisation:

  • Executive producer Michael Chow, promises “No paying for playtime or power”
  • Wild Rift uses a similar model to the original League, where you pay for optional skins
  • You can earn all champions for free in-game

are there new items in wild rift?

Just like regular League, Wild Rift also has in-game items. Here’s how they work:

  • You can purchase items in-match from the fountain
  • Many of the items are familiar to League players
  • Though they might differ slightly in balancing and cost, most item functions remain the same
  • There is a new item – Tear of the Goddess – for tank champions, with the promise of more in future
  • Items recommended for purchase are highlighted so you can grab them quickly


One of the headlining features of Wild Rift is the new collection system for your champions. Here are the details:

  • The collection system is to allow you to customise your champion with skins while also getting a closer look at their model
  • Skins are the monetised aspect of Wild Rift
  • Each champion has a unique entry animation
  • Not every champion or skin is going to be available on every platform

That’s all we know! We’ll be sure to update this guide as new info becomes available, but otherwise keep an eye on our news section to see when Wild Rift opens a test in your region.

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