This is about the League of Legends icon.png League of Legends player-controlled units, and their depiction in the original lore of the game. For other uses of Champion, see Champion (disambiguation)
Champions are the player-controlled characters in League of Legends icon.png League of Legends. Each champion possesses unique abilities and attributes.
Champions are categorized into several different categories defined by their standard roles in the game and other relevant traits.
An ability is a unique action (as opposed to summoner spells / active ability items) performed by and only available to a specific champion in-game (Baron Nashor Baron Nashor is currently the only example of a non-champion unit with abilities). Each of these special moves make up a portion of a champion's 'kit'. Almost all champions will have an innate ability, 3 basic abilities, and an ultimate one.
New champions are added to the roster several times a year, but older champions are often revisited to improve their gameplay and visuals to modern standards.
A Champion is the name for a subset of significant Runeterra Crest icon.png Runeterran beings/characters that tend to have more fame, power, importance, or other story significance than others. Champion is no longer an in-universe distinction, like it was in linkRuneterra Legacy (Universe) the game's old canon.
All of the champions have their own stories, short stories, reveals, and comics currently canon to the linkRuneterra Prime (Universe) main League of Legends universe as well as Alternate Universes.
As the League of Legends was established to prevent further Rune Wars on Valoran, the neutral aligned summoners called forth exceptional individuals, referred to as 'champions', to battle on the Fields of Justice in order to settle disputes. These champions have joined the League for various reasons. Some are soldiers who have pledged their allegiance to a particular nation and fight in their nation's interests. Some are renowned warriors who seek to prove themselves against Valoran's most powerful beings. Some are prisoners of the League, forced to do the League's bidding as punishment. Some may even be strange creatures from other worlds, hoping to bring stability or further discord to Runeterra. For whatever the champion's reason, they have gained the interest of the League of Legends.
In order to join the League, a potential champion, who has proven to possess extraordinary qualities, must travel to the Institute of War to undergo a Judgement. There, a designated summoner will probe their mind in order to determine the individual's motives. In truth, the intentions of the potential champion has little bearing on whether they are accepted into the League or not. The primary purpose of the Judgement is to determine whether the individual is capable of exposing their mind to the summoner, which would allow the two to share their mental thoughts and act as one. Should the potential champion pass their Judgement, as well as agreeing to the call of the summon, they will have become an official League champion.