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  • Classic Aatrox Skingallerybutton
  • Justicar Aatrox Skingallerybutton
    975 RP / 13-Jun-2013
  • Mecha Aatrox Skingallerybutton
    1350 RP / 24-Jul-2014
  • Sea Hunter Aatrox Skingallerybutton
    750 RP / 23-Jul-2015


  • Aatrox was designed by Classick. [1]
  • Aatrox's voiceover is provided by Erik Ireland.
  • Aatrox's name comes from the Latin word atrox, meaning fierce, savage and cruel. The English word atrocity comes from the word atrox.
    • The word atrox is also derived from ater meaning dark, which may be an influencing factor in naming his species Darkin.
      • On top of this, is likely that the name of his species, the Darkin, is composed of the words Dark and Kin, or the "Dark Kin".
Jax and Aatrox in fire
  • A shadowy figure resembling Aatrox can be seen in DariusSquare.png Darius' classic splash art, as well as an updated version of JaxSquare.png Jax's classic splash art found on the beta version of LeagueOfLegends.com. While both shadowy figures resemble each other, there are enough differences between the figure and Aatrox that it could be another of the five darkin.
  • Riot has stated the Aatrox was in some ways inspired by the Balrog and Sauron from The Lord of the Rings franchise, including his walk animation. [2]
    • He also has a striking resemblance to the protagonist of the manga Devilman.
  • Aatrox's lore is similar to Ares, the God of War in Greek mythology.
  • An Ancient Mystery In Runeterra, Aatrox's sneak peek, was posted under the name of EzrealSquare.png Ezreal, in a similar fashion to how Journey Into The Freljord, LissandraSquare.png Lissandra's sneak peek, was posted by QuinnSquare.png Quinn.
  • Aatrox is one of the five remaining Darkin, an ancient race. Of the five, he is currently the only known Darkin. However, only three members of the Darkin race are known to history (including Aatrox).
    • There are some theories that state that Varus might also be a darkin. This is mostly supported by the fact that he also has a living weapon and a voice similar to Aatrox.
  • Aatrox seems to view the wars he causes as a form of art, as several of his quotes refer to the fights as "work", "masterpieces" and other synonyms for art.
  • Aatrox or another darkin has fought for almost every faction or city-state. He was praised as well, being depicted as a great hero. There is proof because each faction or city-state made statuettes after him, or painted him in windows or placed his face on an urn, depicting him as a god as well.
  • The nature of his blade bears a resemblance to the Soul Reaver from the Legacy of Kain series. Both appear to be living weapons and can consume the life force of their wielder and drain the life force of their enemies.
    • Additionally, the charged sound effect on his Blood Thirst ability, closely resembles the sound made by the Spirit Reaver form of the Soul Reaver.
  • Aatrox is the fifth champion who uses health as a primary resource for casting abilities. The other four champions are Dr. Mundo Dr. Mundo, Mordekaiser Mordekaiser, Vladimir Vladimir, and Zac Zac.
  • Aatrox is the fifteenth champion that can increase their attack range. Aatrox's attacks remain melee.
  • When reaching a certain amount of movement speed, Aatrox's movement animation shows him gliding instead of running.
  • Enemies hit by Aatrox's Massacre.png Massacre will make a blood trail from themselves to Aatrox that he will rapidly absorb. This comes because when Aatrox was in early development on the PBE he would gain more attack speed based in how many enemies he had hit with Massacre. After his release, it was never changed and remained this way until today.
    • Since Patch 5.6, each enemy champions hit by Massacre would increase Aatrox's Blood Well.png Blood Well by 20% of the maximum amount, making the skill visual more accurate to the effect.
  • When Aatrox uses his ultimate, you can faintly hear it no matter where you are on the map.
  • Additionally, it's possible to hear faint voices speaking in an indistinguishable language while Massacre.png Massacre is active.
    • These voices turn out to be a few of his lines but played in reverse, as can be heard here.
  • Aatrox is the third dark themed champion with a light themed skin, the first being Varus Varus and the second being Syndra Syndra.
    • Of these three, Aatrox is the only one not from Ionia.
  • During the stasis of Aatrox's revive, emotes such as dance still work.
  • AatroxSquare.png Aatrox's quote "Rage against the dying of the light." is a direct reference to the poem "Do not go gentle into that good night" by Dylan Thomas. An audio clip can be found here.
  • His quote "I know what lurks in the hearts of man" is a reference to the character The Shadow created by Walter B. Gibson - "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows...".
  • His quote "Peace is the greatest lie of all" could reference the Sith Code from Star Wars - "Peace is a lie, there is only passion...".
  • He has two special quotes for TryndamereSquare.png Tryndamere, as a reference to his presence and influence in Tryndamere's lore.
  • AatroxSquare.png Aatrox's quote "Even those who have nothing can give their lives." is likely a reference to a similar line in Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War.
  • His quote "Pain is temporary, victory is forever" is a reference to the famous quote "Pain is temporary, pride is forever" which is an inspirational quote used in sports.
  • Most of his taunts are referenced to the common urban phrase "You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain".
AatroxSquare.png Justicar Aatrox [S|L]
  • He shares this theme with SyndraSquare.png Justicar Syndra.
  • This skin is meant to resemble Aatrox through the depictions of him by the people whom he saved.
  • When he recalls in this skin, he looks up and slowly descends into the sky.
AatroxSquare.png Mecha Aatrox [S|L]
AatroxSquare.png Sea Hunter Aatrox [S|L]


  • AatroxSquare.png Aatrox is the dark figure alluded to in TryndamereSquare.png Tryndamere's new lore, who possessed a living weapon and inspired unhinged bloodlust into those who fought alongside him using unearthly magic. The information surrounding the Freljordian bone dagger and his quotes seems to also support this.
  • Aatrox may be an enemy of Bard because Aatrox has been in many bloody battles that Bard may have intervened and Bard couldn't do anything.
  • Historically, the War between the two great factions that Aatrox was involved took place at the forest where the Rift resides, which was the site of several battles between the Protectorate (Stag crest) and Magelords (Owl crest) summoners, two sides who sought out to use the natural magical energy of the area for their personal use.
  • The wars between the Protectorate and the Magelords were also later known as Rune Wars.


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