By Petar Vukobrat
February 21, 2019
The best way for a developer to earn money from a free-to-play title is through in-game purchases.
When it comes to F2P games these days, players can buy loot boxes, various boosts, season passes, and cosmetic items. You could argue that Team Fortress 2 pioneered and perfected this approach and that Valve changed the F2P market irreversibly.
Developers realized that hundreds of thousands of players around the world were willing to spend money on something as insignificant as a hat. League of Legends is no exception, and while Riot does provide a plethora of things you can buy in-game, they still earn the most from cosmetic items.
But which are the best ones? Let’s take a closer look at our top 10 League of Legends skins!
First of all, it’s important to highlight that there are some absolutely stunning League skins out there. After all, Riot releases a couple of new ones with every new patch, and fan demand doesn’t seem to have wavered after all these years.
On the contrary, skins are becoming more and more complex but also more expensive. A skin is no longer something that you can buy on a whim — they’re a concrete investment.
Obviously, coming up with a universal top 10 list is downright impossible. Everyone has their own taste, and what one person deems fantastic or praiseworthy, another might not. These lists are always, almost by default, highly subjective. Still, there is concrete criteria through which we can assemble a top 10 League of Legends skins list.
Is the skin rare? How does it look in-game? Does it carry a certain narrative? Did it manage to carve out a special place for itself in the League of Legends universe?
We’re looking for skins that aren’t one-dimensional — skins that have a story and that don’t just look cool. Fortunately, League of Legends has an incredibly long history, and there are more than enough skins that fit the bill.
So without any further ado, let’s start our top 10 League of Legends skins, listed in no particular order!
When you see an Udyr player with this skin, you actually get frightened. We all know that one Udyr main that pops up when you least expect him to — perhaps during a promo game, or a game you desperately need to win. He’s one in a thousand, but you still tend to see him at the worst possible time.
If piloted by a skilled player, Udyr can be a frightening, unkillable tank with a metric ton of damage to boot. He’s switching stances, you’re getting burned, stunned, demolished on all fronts, and yet you can’t comprehend what’s even happening. He has two items and yet feels like he finished his full build ten minutes ago.
That’s Udyr in a nutshell, at least when played right, and this skin makes you afraid that the Udyr main you’re playing against actually knows his stuff.
This is yet another iconic skin that’s been in the game for longer than most people have been playing. Nunu Bot wasn’t an impressive skin from a visual standpoint, and yet it was probably Nunu’s best-selling skin regardless.
Why? Because of this obnoxious laughter, and obnoxious might be an understatement.
It didn’t matter if you had mental fortitude for days and if you were psychologically resilient and immune. Listening to this for a couple of minutes would drive even the strongest of men to insanity.
Now, the skin got updated a couple of months ago when Nunu got reworked, but the laughter still haunts players across the globe. It’s a legendary troll skin that was literally bought just for its built-in taunt. It was ugly to the point where you’d wonder how it’s even still in the game, but that single laugh gave you an upper hand beyond comprehension.
That said, if you wanted to attain said advantage, you had to shell out a whopping 1820 RP.
Many champions in the game have incredibly satisfying abilities and ultimates. But there’s one ability that stands out, and it’s Darius’ ultimate “Noxian Guillotine.”
It’s hard to find an ability that’s so darn gratifying to land. Soon after Darius’ release, the community started having fun with his iconic jump, and Riot decided to embrace the meme.
As a result, one of the best skins in the game was released in 2015 — Dunkmaster Darius!
Like many skins on this list, it’s not cheap, but it’s well worth the asking price. With unique voice lines highlighting his dunking nature, this was the skin to get if you were a Darius main, and it still remains one of the best skins in the entire game.
The Shield of Valoran only has four skins, even though he’s been in the game for a decade. To be fair, Riot definitely went for quality rather than quantity when it came to Taric, but there’s still a single skin that manages to stand out, and then some.
There are two types of Taric mains out there in the world. The first ones pick the coolest Taric skin in the game in an effort to suppress Taric’s true epicness. The other kind (the better one) always goes for the Armor of the Fifth Age Taric. It is a skin that transcends the champion and the role itself.
It is almost too epic, and locking it in is a true testament of one’s self-confidence and manliness. Picking this skin has to result in a load of fun (and this comes from personal experience), regardless of how the game eventually resolves.
This skin is Taric’s personality incarnate, and it is “truly, truly outrageous.” Also, if you’re up against a highly skilled Taric main, there really is no stranger feeling than getting styled on by a guy clad in pink armor, with multiple rose-colored diamonds levitating around him.
Everyone has a traumatic experience involving a smurfing Lee Sin in solo queue. We all remember the times when a highly-skilled Lee main turned the game on its head through some sick play that might as well be illegal in a couple of countries. Flashing, InSec-ing, ward jumping, hitting Qs across the terrain — the whole shebang.
We all remember how futile running away felt. The Lee could traverse the field through various means, and your fate was all but sealed. God Fist Lee Sin is arguably the champion’s coolest and most intimidating skin, and it’s also absolutely spectacular in game (and in motion) as well.
It doesn’t come cheap at 1820 RP, but it’s well worth it, especially if you want to style on your opponents. Even if you lack the mechanical prowess that’s necessary in order to pull off Lee Sin’s staple aerial combos, you’ll still look insanely cool while failing.
The world hates Teemo. That’s just a fact. Playing the champion is extremely satisfying, especially when you manage to create a ton of chaos on the Rift thanks to your mushrooms, but you still feel “dirty” in the process.
So many people loathe the champion that Riot decided to embrace the matter and release a worthy skin — Little Devil Teemo. A perfect fit, some would say.
Teemo has multiple exquisite skins in the game, but none channel his true notoriety as this one.
Pug’Maw is without a doubt one of the cutest skins in the game. When it was released in 2017, it quickly became the “go to” skin for many (if not all) Kog’Maw mains, and with good reason.
There are multiple dog-like animations that come with the skin, and you’re getting all of that for a measly price — 975 RP! Who would have thought that a Void creature that’s known for spitting toxic ooze could look so adorable?
If this wasn’t enough, you can also style Pug’Maw to your liking through some stellar chromas as well!
Picking a Blitzcrank skin is definitely hard seeing how he has some ingenious ones, but iBlitzcrank definitely goes under the radar more often than not.
Released in 2013 to commemorate the release of a native League of Legends client for Mac OS, iBlitzcrank came equipped with unique visual effects and a brand-new model that transformed the support champion from a rusty old machine into a slick, sci-fi inspired mechanical golem.
This skin simply has to make the top 10 League of Legends skins list due to its sheer inventiveness and comic relief. It’s still Olaf, the Viking berserker, but he’s sporting a beer guzzler helmet, jeans, and sandals. The ultimate “dude.”
It really doesn’t get more goofy and meme-worthy than this. The skin is almost ten years old and is still sporting its original price (1820 RP), but if you manage to snag it through Hextech Crafting or a sale, then it’s money/shards well spent.
People buy skins for a wide variety of reasons. Some do it because they want to look cool in-game, whereas others want the prestige that comes with owning a pricey skin.
But to those who are already well-versed in League of Legends and have sunk thousands of hours into the game, having a slick new skin carries little significance. They don’t need affirmation for their skill or veteran status — they want to have fun, and sometimes having the worst possible skins in the game can give you that. They’re embracing the “old school” League, the one that’s no longer visible through the Summoner’s Rift map, the champions, or the client itself.
Even though League of Legends is a bafflingly popular game, there are still many absolutely horrendous skins available, and even those that aren’t can still be obtained on special occasions when they leave the “Legacy Vault.”
And we’re not talking about mediocre skins here either, but rather the ones that are abysmal and mind-bogglingly bad given that we’re in 2019 — skins like Nightmare Cho’Gath, Rusty Blitzcrank, Vancouver Amumu, and so on.
These skins are cringy, outdated, and basically worthless, and yet we still love them regardless.
Sometimes there’s more prestige with going for an OG skin, rather than a new, shiny one that’s equipped with the latest bells and whistles. But then again, that might be down to personal preference as well.
Regardless, with so many incredible League of Legends skins to choose from, anyone can find something to their liking.
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