How Many Champions Are In League Of Legends?

As one of the most internationally celebrated PC games of all time, League of Legends is the perfect blend of fantasy and punk culture and is packed with amazing characters and storylines. Developed for gamers in a Microsoft or Mac environment, LoL is free to play. We are hooked to this game which starts players at the bottom and allows them to work their way to Level 30. New players who join LoL can control various champions in battles against other gamers. Your ultimate goal is to kick the other team’s butt and that means you must destroy their power source before they destroy yours.

The champions are probably one of the coolest things about LoL, the more you play, the more of them you will have access to. This makes things very exciting. Keep playing and your champions will gain more strength and increase in their abilities as you get more experience and accumulate items.


League of Legends is a 3-dimensional game which features a third-person multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) format. It has three game modes: Summoner’s Rift, Twisted Treeline and Howling Abyss which gamers can choose from to compete a round that lasts an average of 20 minutes to 1 hour. In each game mode, players control champions that are chosen or assigned to each match and which allow them to leverage a specific set of abilities that grow as the player reaches successive levels. League of Legends’ flagship game mode is Summoner’s Rift and it is the most popular battleground of choice for the majority of LoL gamers.

On Summoner’s Rift, two teams of five champions battle across three lanes and an expansive jungle with powerful buffs and neutral objectives. The second Field of Justice is the Twisted Treeline which has two lanes and two teams of three champions. In the Twisted Treeline, champions begin play with higher starting gold totals than in Summoner’s Rift. This sparks fast engagements and frequent team fights.

This game mode has one centralized jungle between the lanes with capturable altars that encourage battle over neutral objectives and lots of ganking. The Howling Abyss was inspired by the popular game mode All Random All Mid. It features two teams of five champions battling it out over a single lane. On the summoner platform there is no healing and shopping in this game mode is strictly limited to after a champion has died. This map is very intense and aggressive due to its high stakes and focus on team fights.


Champs in League

Champs in League

Today League of Legends has a champion roster that is more than three times as large as its original roster of 42 champions  in 2009. There are so many champions and skins for free to choose from that newcomers or players who have been away for a couple of years may have some difficulty when it comes to jumping in to the game. Luckily for us, Riot Games has broken down the cast of characters into categories based on their class:

According to Riot Games, there are:

  • 15 Assassins
  • 40 Fighters
  • 31 Mages
  • 21 Marksmen
  • 14 Supports
  • 18 Tanks

Most of the game’s current champion list appeared during its early years from 2009-2012. Back then, it was common for Riot to release one or more new champions each month. In recent years, Riot has slowed its flow of new characters and currently releases a handful each year.

As of November 21, 2017, LoL has 139 champions, the latest being Zoe, the Aspect of Twilight. The following list shows all current LoL champions, their release dates, assigned classes, costs, and some key features of their playing styles.


(2009) – 42 Champions Released

League of Legends was officially launched in 2009 which would explain why this is the year more champions are released at one time than any other year. Having started with a completely clean slate, the options and opportunities were absolutely limitless. As you might imagine, Riot Games took full advantage of this. The developer did its part to release the most impressive champions it could at an impressive rate.

Feb 21, 2009

  • Alistar
  • Annie
  • Ashe
  • Fiddlesticks
  • Jax
  • Kayle
  • Master Yi
  • Morgana
  • Nunu
  • Ryze
  • Sion
  • Sivir
  • Soraka
  • Teemo
  • Tristana
  • Twisted Fate
  • Warwick

  • April 18, 2009 – Singed, Zilean
  • May 1, 2009 – Evelynn, Tryndamere, Twitch
  • June 12, 2009 – Karthus
  • June 26, 2009 – Cho’gath, Amumu
  • July 10, 2009 – Anivia, Rammus
  • July 24, 2009 – Veigar
  • Aug 7, 2009 – Kassadin
  • Aug 19, 2009 – Gangplank, Taric
  • Sept 2, 2009 – Blitzcrank, Dr. Mundo, Janna, Malphite
  • September 19, 2009 – Corki, Katarina
  • Oct 1, 2009 – Nasus
  • Oct 10, 2009 – HeimerDinger, Shaco
  • Dec 2, 2009 – Udyr
  • Dec 17, 2009 – Nidalee

(2010) – 24 Champions Released

After the 2009 launch of LoL, champions began to be released at roughly half the rate of the first year. In 2010, only 24 champions were released, however, the developer appeared to be taking more time to develop champions that were more complex than the first edition.

  • Jan13, 2010 – Poppy
  • Feb 2, 2010 – Gragas, Pantheon
  • Feb 24, 2010 – Mordekaiser
  • Mar 16, 2010 – Ezreal
  • Mar 24, 2010 – Shen
  • April 8, 2010 – Kennen
  • April 27, 2010 – Garen
  • May 11, 2010 – Akali
  • June 1, 2010 – Malzahar
  • June 9, 2010 – Olaf
  • June 24, 2010 – Kog’Maw
  • July 13, 2010 – Xin Zhao
  • July 27, 2010 – Vladimir
  • Aug 10, 2010 – Galio
  • Aug 24, 2010 – Urgot
  • Sept 8, 2010 – Miss Fortune
  • Sept 20, 2010 – Sona
  • Oct 5, 2010 – Swain
  • Oct 19, 2010 – Lux
  • Nov 2, 2010 – LeBlanc
  • Nov 16, 2010 – Irelia
  • Dec 1, 2010 – Trundle
  • Dec 14, 2010 – Cassiopeia

(2011) – 24 Champions Released

In 2011, Riot Games ended up releasing the same number of champions as it did the previous year which came out to an average two new champs each month.

  • Jan 4, 2011 – Caitlyn
  • Jan 18, 2011 – Renekton
  • Feb 1, 2011 – Karma
  • Feb 16, 2011 – Maokai
  • Mar 1, 2011 – Jarvan IV
  • Mar 16, 2011 – Nocturne
  • April 1, 2011 – Lee Sin
  • April 12, 2011 – Brand
  • April 26, 2011 – Rumble
  • May 10, 2011 – Vayne
  • June 1, 2011 – Orianna
  • June 22, 2011 – Yorrick
  • July 13, 2011 – Leona
  • July 26, 2011 – Wukong
  • Aug 9, 2011 – Skarner
  • Aug 24, 2011 – Talon
  • Sept 14, 2011 – Riven
  • Oct 5, 2011 – Xerath
  • Oct 19, 2011 – Graves
  • Nov 1, 2011 – Shyvana
  • Nov 15, 2011 – Fizz
  • Nov 29, 2011 – Volibear
  • Dec 14, 2011 – Ahri
  • Dec 29, 2011 – Viktor

(2012) – 19 Champions Released

Between 2009 and 2011, Riot Games released a total of 90 champions. In 2012, the developer decided to slow down with the release of only 19 champions.

  • Jan 17, 2012 – Sejuani
  • Feb 1, 2012 – Ziggs
  • Feb 14, 2012 – Nautilus
  • Feb 29, 2012 – Fiora
  • Mar 20, 2012 – Lulu
  • April 18, 2012 – Hecarim
  • May 8, 2012 – Varus
  • May 23, 2012 – Darius
  • June 6, 2012 – Draven
  • July 7, 2012 – Jayce
  • July 24, 2012 – Zyra
  • Aug 7, 2012 – Diana
  • Aug 21, 2012 – Rengar
  • Sept 13, 2012 – Syndra
  • Sept 27, 2012 – Kha’Zix
  • Oct 26, 2012 – Elise
  • Nov 13, 2012 – Zed
  • Dec 7, 2012 – Nami
  • Dec 19, 2012 – Vi

(2013) – 8 Champions Released

(2013) – 8 Champions Released

In 2013, fans of LoL witnessed a tremendous slow down from the previous year when the developer released only 8 champions. And yet, at the end of the year, there were a total of 117 champions which presented an intense rivalry to LoL’s top MOBA-competitor, DOTA 2.

  • Jan 23, 2013 – Thresh
  • March 1, 2013 – Quinn
  • Mar 29, 2013 – Zac
  • April 30, 2013 – Lissandra
  • June 13, 2013 – Aatrox
  • Aug 22, 2013 – Lucian
  • Oct 10, 2013 – Jinx
  • Dec 13, 2013 – Yasuo

(2014) – 6 Champions Released

In 2014, Riot proved that they could release less than 8 champions in what would turn out to be an all-time low (to this point) for League of Legends. On the plus side, the developer really began to pay closer attention to details in the development of new champions which is likely the primary reason why champion release has slowed considerably.

  • Feb 27, 2014 – Vel’Koz
  • May 12, 2014 – Braum
  • Aug 14, 2014 – Gnar
  • Sept 16, 2014 – Azir
  • Nov 20, 2014 – Kalista
  • Dec 11, 2014 – Rek’Sai

(2015) – 5 Champions Released

The release of 5 champions in 2015 was a whole new low for Riot Games and to-date, the lowest number of new champions that the developer has ever released. However with a whopping 123-champion roster, it isn’t surprising that Riot has slowed its new champion releases as the developer seeks innovative and fresh character ideas which means that it needs more time to explore new concepts than before.

  • Mar 12, 2015 – Bard
  • May 28, 2015 – Ekko
  • July 9, 2015 – Tahm Kench
  • Nov 24, 2015 – Illaoi
  • Oct 14, 2015 – Kindred

(2016) – 6 Champions Released

In 2016, Riot actually broke with tradition of offering the same or a decreasing number of champions each year. The developer released 6 impressive champions this year and proved that they still had the right stuff to create some of the best characters MOBA has ever seen!

  • Feb 1, 2016 – Jhin
  • Mar 24, 2016 – Aurelion Sol
  • May 18, 2016 – Taliyah
  • Oct 5, 2016 – Ivern
  • Aug 10, 2016 – Kled
  • Dec 7, 2016 – Camille

(2017) – 5 Champions Released

In 2016, the first champion Riot released was on February 1st. Last year, Riot didn’t release a new champion until April 2017. With such a late start, it surprised many that 5 champions were released between April and November. Will Riot run out of new champion ideas or just start duplicating existing champions with minor changes? That remains to be seen.

  • April 19, 2017 – Rakan
  • April 19, 2017 – Xayah
  • July 12, 2017 – Kayn
  • Aug 23, 2017 – Ornn
  • Nov 21, 2017 – Zoe

(2018) – ?? Champions Released

A new season started in January and the “new year” is officially 37 days old. While Riot has not released any new champions so far, it will be exciting to see how many champions are released and whether their special skills and abilities are a match for our favorites from previous years.


Total Number Of Champions In League

Total Number Of Champions In League (Updated November 2017)

Following is a list of LoL champions that are currently available organized in the order of their champion primary as it appears in Riot’s store. When it comes to champs in the League, LoL has come a very long way since 2009, when it kicked off with a respectable 42-champion roster. As of November 21, 2017, the League boasts a total of 139 current champions, with Zoe: The Aspect of Twilight being the most recent addition. The following list includes current champions, the champion primary and secondary where applicable.

  • Jayce the Defender of Tomorrow Artillery
  • Vel’Koz the Eye of the Void Artillery
  • Xerath the Magus Ascendant Artillery
  • Ziggs the Hexplosives Expert Artillery
  • Akali the Fist of Shadow Assassin
  • Kassadin the Void Walker Assassin
  • Katarina the Sinister Blade Assassin
  • Kha’Zix the Voidreaver Assassin
  • Fizz the Tidal Trickster Assassin
  • Evelynn, Agony’s Embrace Assassin
  • Ekko the Boy Who Shattered Time Assassin
  • Shaco the Demon Jester Assassin
  • Nocturne the Eternal Nightmare Assassin
  • Talon the Blade’s Shadow Assassin
  • Zed the Master of Shadows Assassin
  • Malzahar the Prophet of the Void Battlemage
  • Karthus the Deathsinger Battlemage
  • Cassiopeia the Serpent’s Embrace Battlemage
  • Aurelion Sol the Star Forger Battlemage
  • Anivia the Cryophoenix Battlemage
  • Swain the Noxian Grand General Battlemage
  • Ryze the Rune Mage Battlemage
  • Rumble the Mechanized Menace Battlemage
  • Taliyah the Stoneweaver Battlemage
  • Viktor the Machine Herald Battlemage
  • Vladimir the Crimson Reaper Battlemage
  • Lux the Lady of Luminosity Burst/Artillery
  • Lissandra the Ice Witch Burst
  • LeBlanc the Deceiver Burst
  • Brand the Burning Vengeance Burst
  • Ahri the Nine-Tailed Fox Burst
  • Annie the Dark Child Burst
  • Orianna the Lady of Clockwork Burst
  • Veigar the Tiny Master of Evil Burst
  • Twisted Fate the Card Master Burst
  • Syndra the Dark Sovereign Burst
  • Zoe the Aspect of Twilight Burst
  • Ivern the Green Father Catcher
  • Bard the Wandering Caretaker Catcher
  • Blitzcrank the Great Steam Golem Catcher
  • Morgana, Fallen Angel Catcher
  • Rakan the Charmer Catcher
  • Thresh the Chain Warden Catcher
  • Zyra, Rise of the Thorns Catcher
  • Lee Sin the Blind Monk Diver
  • Kled the Cantankerous Cavalier Diver
  • Irelia the Will of the Blades Diver
  • Hecarim the Shadow of War Diver
  • Jarvan IV the Exemplar of Demacia Diver
  • Camille the Steel Shadow Diver
  • Aatrox the Darkin Blade Diver
  • Elise the Spider Queen Diver
  • Diana, Scorn of the Moon Diver
  • Skarner the Crystal Vanguard Diver
  • Rengar the Pridestalker Diver
  • Rek’Sai the Void Burrower Diver
  • Renekton the Butcher of the Sands Diver
  • Olaf the Berserker Diver
  • Pantheon the Artisan of War Diver
  • Wukong the Monkey King Diver
  • Warwick, Uncaged Wrath of Zaun Diver
  • Vi the Piltover Enforcer Diver
  • Xin Zhao, Seneschal of Demacia Diver
  • Lulu, Fae Sorceress Enchanter
  • Janna, Storm’s Fury Enchanter
  • Karma, Enlightened One Enchanter
  • Soraka the Starchild Enchanter
  • Sona, Maven of the Strings Enchanter
  • Nami the Tidecaller Enchanter
  • Taric, Shield of Valoran Enchanter/Warden
  • Illaoi the Kraken Priestess Juggernaut
  • Dr. Mundo the Madman of Zaun Juggernaut
  • Darius the Hand of Noxus Juggernaut
  • Garen the Might of Demacia Juggernaut
  • Shyvana the Half-Dragon Juggernaut
  • Nasus the Curator of the Sands Juggernaut
  • Mordekaiser the Iron Revenant Juggernaut
  • Udyr the Spirit Walker Juggernaut
  • Urgot the Dreadnought Juggernaut
  • Trundle the Troll King Juggernaut
  • Volibear, the Thunder’s Roar Juggernaut
  • Yorick, Shepherd of Souls Juggernaut
  • Lucian the Purifier Marksman
  • Kindred, the Eternal Hunters Marksman
  • Kog’Maw the Mouth of the Abyss Marksman
  • Jhin the Virtuoso Marksman/Catcher
  • Kalista, Spear of Vengeance Marksman
  • Jinx the Loose Cannon Marksman
  • Caitlyn the Sheriff of Piltover Marksman
  • Ashe the Frost Archer Marksman
  • Draven the Glorious Executioner Marksman
  • Corki the Daring Bombardier Marksman
  • Ezreal the Prodigal Explorer Marksman
  • Sivir the Battle Mistress Marksman
  • Miss Fortune the Bounty Hunter Marksman
  • Vayne the Night Hunter Marksman
  • Varus the Arrow of Retribution Marksman/Artillery
  • Twitch the Plague Rat Marksman
  • Tristana the Yordle Gunner Marksman
  • Xayah the Rebel Marksman
  • Kayn the Shadow Reaper Skirmisher
  • Grandmaster at Arms Skirmisher
  • Fiora the Grand Duelist Skirmisher
  • Riven the Exile Skirmisher
  • Master Yi the Wuju Bladesman/Skirmisher
  • Tryndamere, Barbarian King Skirmisher
  • Yasuo the Unforgiven Skirmisher
  • Kennen, Heart of the Tempest Specialist
  • Kayle the Judicator Specialist
  • Graves the Outlaw Specialist
  • Heimerdinger, Revered Inventor Specialist
  • Azir the Emperor of the Sands Specialist
  • Cho’Gath, Terror of the Void Specialist
  • Fiddlesticks, Harbinger of Doom Specialist
  • Gangplank, Saltwater Scourge Specialist
  • Gnar the Missing Link Specialist
  • Singed, Mad Chemist Specialist
  • Nidalee, Bestial Huntress Specialist
  • Quinn, Demacia’s Wings Specialist
  • Teemo the Swift Scout Specialist
  • Zilean the Chronokeeper Specialist
  • Maokai the Twisted Treant Vanguard
  • Malphite, Shard of the Monolith Vanguard
  • Leona the Radiant Dawn Vanguard
  • Gragas the Rabble Rouser Vanguard
  • Alistar the Minotaur Vanguard
  • Amumu the Sad Mummy Vanguard
  • Sion the Undead Juggernaut Vanguard
  • Rammus the Armordillo Vanguard
  • Sejuani, Fury of the North Vanguard
  • Nautilus, Titan of the Depths Vanguard
  • Ornn the Fire Below The Mountain Vanguard
  • Zac the Secret Weapon Vanguard
  • Braum the Heart of the Freljord Warden
  • Galio the Colossus Warden
  • Shen, Eye of Twilight Warden
  • Nunu the Yeti Rider Warden
  • Poppy, Keeper of the Hammer Warden
  • Tahm Kench, River King Warden

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