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Anivia, the Cryophoenix
Anivia Render
Gender Female
Race Cryophoenix
Birthplace Freljord
Residence Ironspike Mountains, Freljord
Occupation Guardian of the Freljord,
(Corrupted Guardian of the Freljord*)
Faction Freljord (Avarosan)
AsheSquare Ashe NunuSquare Nunu
BrandSquare Brand LissandraSquare Lissandra
Related Lore
Freljord Anivia


An eternal guardian, the Cryophoenix has held a solitary vigil over the Freljord for a thousand lifetimes. Sensing a growing corruption of the land itself, Anivia joins the Avarosan in the belief that a united Freljord can defeat the coming darkness.

Anivia is a being of the coldest winter, a mystical embodiment of ice magic, and an ancient protector of the Freljord. She commands all the power and fury of the land itself, calling the snow and bitter wind to defend her home from those who would harm it. A benevolent but mysterious creature, Anivia is eternally bound to keep vigil over the Freljord through life, death, and rebirth.

Anivia is as much a part of the Freljord as the never-ending frost. Long before mortals had ever set foot on the land's frigid tundra, she had lived countless lifetimes and died as many deaths. The beginnings and ends of her eternal cycle always heralded great change, from the calming of raging storms to the ebb and flow of ice ages. It is said that when the cryophoenix dies, an era ends; and when she is reborn, a new era begins.

Though Anivia's past lifetimes have faded from her memory, she knows her purpose: she must protect the Freljord at all costs.

When she was last reborn, Anivia witnessed the rise of a mighty and united human tribe. She guarded their lands with pride as they prospered, but such unity could not last forever. The great tribe fractured into three, and after that upheaval, Anivia watched the people of the Freljord become embroiled in battle. As she strove to calm the turmoil tearing her home apart, Anivia began to sense a greater threat: an LissandraSquare.png ancient evil growing deep within the earth. To her horror, she felt the pure magic of the ice itself become blackened and corrupt. Like blood in water, darkness crept into the Freljord. With her destiny so tied to the power of the land, Anivia knew if such evil took root in her home, that same darkness would find its way into her heart. She could no longer remain a mere guardian - the cryophoenix had to act.

Anivia soon discovered an ally in AsheSquare.png Ashe, the Frost Archer. Ashe too believed in unification as an end to the Freljord's perpetual strife, and Anivia offered the tribal leader her aid. Now, with war on the horizon, Anivia prepares to fight for peace, but she knows the inevitable truth of her destiny. One day, evil will rise from the ice, and she must destroy it - no matter the cost.

"I am the fury of the blizzard, the bite of the wind, and the cold of the ice. I am the Freljord."


Upon selection
  • Play "On my wings."
Freljord Avarosan

The Avarosan

  • Play "Find peace."
  • Play "Life passes so swiftly."
  • Play "I bring the storm."
  • Play "I shall endure."
  • Play "A great darkness approaches."
  • Play "The Freljord awakens."
  • Play "Do not tempt the blizzard."
  • Play "I will not forsake my home."
  • Play "I am the snow, wind, and ice."
  • Play "The cycle closes."
  • Play "Meaning, in every snowflake."
  • Play "Something ancient stirs."
  • Play "I am neither the first, nor the last."
  • Play "What change will this wind bring?"
  • Play "Take time to reflect."
  • Play "I dream of eras past."
  • Play "Think beyond one lifetime."
  • Play "We are all connected."
  • Play "I will be reborn."
  • Play "Forever watchful."
  • Play "Winter wind, guide me."
  • Play "A thousand lives will I give for the Freljord."
  • Play "Let's soar."
  • Play "I have felt this corruption before."
  • Play "So young, so naïve!"
  • Play "Poor creatures, so confined by a single life!"
  • Play "Laying an egg isn't as easy as it looks."
  • Play "The chicken or the egg? Actually I came first."
  • Play Anivia laughs.
  • Play Anivia laughs.
  • Play Anivia laughs.
  • Play Anivia laughs.

  • Play "They were lost long ago."
  • Play "As meaningless as one snowflake."
  • Play "So many chances... wasted."
  • Play "Snuff out the fire of chaos."
  • Play "Freeze the fury in their blood."
  • Play "Eternal winter."
  • Play "Frozen... forever."
  • Play "The world must be saved from itself."
  • Play "A heart of ice cannot bleed."
  • Play "Vile tainted things."
  • Play "To the bitter end."
  • Play "I hear whispers beneath the ice."
  • Play "Endless cold, endless peace."
  • Play "A world in perfect stillness."
  • Play "The cycle ends here."
  • Play "Life is corruption. Ice is purity."
  • Play "The abyss speaks through me."
  • Play "I have seen eons of suffering."
  • Play "A beating heart holds violence within."
  • Play "My skies darken."
  • Play "I will have serenity."
  • Play "Come mortal beings, bring your armies to my domain. All will perish in endless winter."
  • Play "The wind will howl, the stone will crumble and the world will freeze beneath my wings!"
Taunting AsheSquare.png Ashe
  • Play "Your dream has failed."
  • Play "The Freljord is lost!"
Taunting SejuaniSquare.png Sejuani
  • Play "Strength cannot save you."
  • Play "You too will succumb!"
Taunting LissandraSquare.png Lissandra
  • Play "I will not spare you, Lissandra!"
  • Play "Your plots are undone, Lissandra."
  • Play "With this dark power, I can finally... ugh, no... Still not, easy."
  • Play "Behold my darkest power: laying an egg... Uh... nope."
  • Play Anivia laughs.
  • Play Anivia laughs.
  • Play Anivia laughs.
  • Play Anivia laughs.


AniviaSquare.png Anivia was prototyped by Guinsoo and designed by Brackhar.

  • Anivia concept art
  • 1st Team Spirit Anivia splash art
  • 1st Bird of Prey Anivia splash art
  • 1st Noxus Hunter Anivia splash art
  • Hextech Anivia concept art
  • Blackfrost Anivia model
  • Anivia sketch (by Riot Artist Michael Maurino)

Previous Lore

In most lore, the phoenix is a creature of fire that rises from its own ashes. What few know, however, is that phoenixes are elemental beings, formed by the eternal essences of their native world. Anivia was conceived on a world such as this - a being of the coldest winter, a creature of pure elemental ice. On her world, Anivia was the protector of the frozen wastes and all those with the spirit to endure in such unforgiving places. She was consulted as a creature of great wisdom, one who could not die and who had seen the world renewed several times. Somehow, Anivia knew that the day would come when she would be plucked from her home and pulled across worlds, and when that day came, she received the call with grace. Seeing the imbalance and injustice on Runeterra, a world lacking elemental protectors, Anivia took her place at the League of Legends.

Since her arrival, the Cryophoenix has chosen to live among the highest peaks of the Northern Ironspike Mountains, adjacent to the frozen wastes of Freljord. She has openly claimed this territory as her own protectorate. Surprisingly, Anivia has struck up a friendship with the yeti of this region - a friendship that grows deeper and deeper with each passing moon. She has formed a close bond with two League champions: NunuSquare.png Nunu (and Willump) and the nomad princess AsheSquare.png Ashe. In a move that caught the League by surprise, the Cryophoenix recently entreated the summoners of the Institute of War to research a means in bringing across others of her elemental fellows. As a champion, Anivia is revered with a sense of awe by most, but is not the most popular as most consider her unapproachable.

Some say the world will end in fire, some in ice. Anivia awaits the inevitable latter.

Patch History

  • General
    • New splash artwork.


  • Flash Frost.png Flash Frost
    • Fixed a bug where Anivia wouldn't cast Flash Frost in the direction of the cursor if she wasn't in range to cast it.


  • Flash Frost.png Flash Frost
    • Cast indicator now also shows stun range.
    • New particle only seen by Anivia to show the stun range while in flight.


  • Stats
    • Base armor increased to 14.5 from 10.5.
  • Glacial Storm.png Glacial Storm
    • Now deals a tick of damage when cancelled.


  • General
    • Basic attack missile speed increased to 1400 from 1100.
  • Flash Frost.png Flash Frost
    • Mana cost reduced to 80 / 90 / 100 / 110 / 120 from 80 / 100 / 120 / 140 / 160.
  • Crystallize.png Crystallize
    • Mana cost changed to 70 at all ranks from 70 / 90 / 110 / 130 / 150.
  • Glacial Storm.png Glacial Storm
    • Anivia now sees a proximity indicator while her ultimate is active.


  • General
    • Texture upgrade across all skins except for Blackfrost.


  • Crystallize.png Crystallize
    • Fixed a bug where Crystallize could stop uninterruptible movement abilities such as Malphite's Unstoppable Force


  • Rebirth.png Rebirth
    • Chat messages from Anivia will now have a custom champion name (Eggnivia) while she's in egg form.


  • General
    • Fixed a bug where chat messages from AniviaSquare.png Anivia would display the incorrect champion name while she was in egg form.


  • Stats
    • Base movement speed increased to 325 from 300.



  • Rebirth.png Rebirth
    • Assists are now properly granted when successfully reverting Anivia to her egg form.


  • General
    • Revised tooltips.



  • Glacial Storm.png Glacial Storm
    • Initial mana cost reduced to 75 / 125 / 175 from 100 / 150 / 200.


  • Rebirth.png Rebirth
    • Armor and magic resistance modifier changed to -40 / -25 / -10 / +5 / +20 from -40 / -20 / +10 / +40.
    • It now always shows the passive in the passive slot, and an additional buff in the buff bar with the current status (ready, active, or on cooldown).
  • Flash Frost.png Flash Frost
    • Fixed a bug where it stunned for 0.75 seconds instead of 1 second as the tooltip stated.
    • Fixed a bug where unlike other skillshots, it could not be cast from out of range.
  • Glacial Storm.png Glacial Storm
    • Initial mana cost increased to 100 / 150 / 200 from 25 / 35 / 45.
    • Additional mana cost per second reduced to 40 / 50 / 60 from 50 / 70 / 90.
    • Slow duration reduced to 1 second from 2.5.


  • Crystallize.png Crystallize
    • Fixed a bug where it could trap champions inside for the duration.


  • Stats
    • Health per level increased to 70 from 65.
    • Base attack damage increased to 48 from 45.


  • Flash Frost.png Flash Frost
    • Pass through damage will now break spell shields.


  • Stats
    • Base mana increased to 532 from 512.
  • Rebirth.png Rebirth
    • Armor modification increased to -40 / -20 / 10 / 40 from -50 / -30 / 0 / 30.
  • Frostbite.png Frostbite
    • Range increased to 650 from 600.
  • Flash Frost.png Flash Frost:
    • Missile speed increased to 850 from 800.
    • Double-tap timer decreased slightly.
  • Fixed a bug with Glacial Storm.png Glacial Storm where additional damage ticks cost more mana than displayed in the tooltip.


  • Crystallize.png Crystallize
    • Fixed a bug where could be bypassed by Ghost.png Ghosted units.
  • Flash Frost.png Flash Frost
    • Fixed tooltip to correctly display that the cooldown of this spell is 12 / 11 / 10 / 9 / 8 seconds.
  • Glacial Storm.png Glacial Storm
    • Fixed tooltip to correctly display that the cooldown of this spell is 6 seconds.


  • Stats
    • Base damage increased to 45 from 38.5.
    • Damage per level decreased to 3.2 from 3.5.
    • Base health regen increased to .93 from .88.
  • Rebirth.png Rebirth
    • Removed the "Rebirth Ready" buff.
    • Added a buff for when it's on cooldown.



  • Stats
    • Movement speed increased to 300 from 290.
  • Rebirth.png Rebirth
    • No longer removes positive buffs.
    • Updated minimap icon for when activated.


  • Rebirth.png Rebirth
    • Attacks against Anivia while she is in egg form will now properly trigger calls for help.


  • Frostbite.png Frostbite
    • Range increased to 600 from 550.
  • Glacial Storm.png Glacial Storm
    • Range increased to 625 from 600.
    • Cooldown increased to 10 seconds from 6.
    • Mana cost decreased to 50 / 70 / 90 from 70 / 100 / 130.


  • Rebirth.png Rebirth
    • Fixed a bug where some buffs caused the cooldown to reset infinitely.
  • Glacial Storm.png Glacial Storm
    • Slow duration reduced to 2.5 seconds from 3.


  • Rebirth.png Rebirth
    • Fixed a bug where Anivia would sometimes not lose her buff and could go into egg form continually until the egg itself is destroyed.



  • Rebirth.png Rebirth
    • Now goes on cooldown even when it doesn't complete.
  • Flash Frost.png Flash Frost
    • Timer before it can explode reduced by 0.2 seconds.
  • Crystallize.png Crystallize
    • Push effect duration reduced.
  • Frostbite.png Frostbite
    • Base damage reduced to 55 / 85 / 115 / 145 / 175 from 55 / 90 / 125 / 160 / 195.
  • Glacial Storm.png Glacial Storm
    • Now cancels if Anivia is stunned/silenced.


  • Rebirth.png Rebirth
    • Fixed a bug with Black Shield.png Black Shield causing the egg to be able to run around.
    • Armor modification reduced to -50 / -30 / -10 / 30 from -40 / -20 / 0 / 20 / 40.
  • Flash Frost.png Flash Frost
    • Fixed a bug that allowed Flash Frost to be able to hit every unit on the map.
    • Reduced line width to 110 from 120.
    • Reduced area of effect detonation to 210 from 230.
  • Frostbite.png Frostbite
    • Range reduced to 550 from 650.
  • Glacial Storm.png Glacial Storm
    • Reduced cast range to 600 from 700.
    • Reduced movement/attack speed slow to 20% from 25%.


  • Rebirth.png Rebirth
  • Flash Frost.png Flash Frost
    • Increased cooldown to 13 / 12 / 11 / 10 / 9 seconds from 12 / 11 / 10 / 9 / 8.
    • New missile particle.
  • Glacial Storm.png Glacial Storm
    • Now has a 1 second delay upon casting.
    • Removed an errant 'say'.
    • Reduced slow to 25% from 30%.


  • General
    • New voiceovers.
  • Flash Frost.png Flash Frost and Glacial Storm.png Glacial Storm now trigger on-cast items.
  • Rebirth.png Rebirth
    • Changed armor to -40 / -20 / 0 / 20 / 40 from -36 / -24 / -12 / 12 / 24 / 36.
    • Egg now has a display name.
    • Cannot cast Cleanse.png Cleanse while Reviving.
  • Glacial Storm.png Glacial Storm
    • Now shows a red circle if it is an enemy cast.


  • Rebirth.png Rebirth
    • Egg now has set magic resist (-36 / -24 / -12 / 12 / 24 / 36).
  • Glacial Storm.png Glacial Storm
    • No longer subject to global cooldown.
    • Updated tooltip to fit the other Toggle Spells.


  • Rebirth.png Rebirth
    • Armor modified to -36 / -24 / -12 / 12 / 24 / 36 from -30 / -18 / -6 / 6 / 18 / 30.
  • Flash Frost.png Flash Frost
    • Damage reduced to 60 / 90 / 120 / 150 / 180 from 80 / 110 / 140 / 170 / 200.
  • Frostbite.png Frostbite
    • Reduced damage to 55 / 90 / 125 / 160 / 195 from 60 / 100 / 140 / 180 / 220.
    • Increased ability power ratio to (+ 50% AP)/(+ 100% AP) from (+ 40% AP)/(+ 80% AP).
    • Increased mana cost to 50 / 60 / 70 / 80 / 90 from 40 / 50 / 60 / 70 / 80.


  • Increased base stats to line up closer to other champions (Health, HP per level, HP/MP Regen, Armor per level).
  • Rebirth.png Rebirth
    • Modified Armor scaling to -30 / 30 from -20 / 20.
    • Rebirth cooldown now only procs after a successful rebirth.
  • Flash Frost.png Flash Frost
    • Increased ability power ratio to (+50% AP) from (+40% AP).
    • Fixed casting freeze bug (effectively increased range by 200).
    • Increased chill slow duration to 3 from 2.
  • Crystallize.png Crystallize
    • Increased cast range by 100.
    • Increased width to 400-800 from 200-600.
  • Glacial Storm.png Glacial Storm
    • Removed toggle-off cast animation.
    • Increased ability power ratio to (+ 25% AP) from (+ 20% AP).
    • Reduced mana cost to 70 / 100 / 130 from 80 / 110 / 140.
    • Increased break distance by 100.

July 10, 2009 Patch: Added

  • Rebirth.png Rebirth (Innate)
    • When taking fatal damage, Anivia will revert into an egg from which she will be gloriously reborn.
  • Flash Frost.png Flash Frost (Q)
    • Anivia calls forth a piercing lance of ice that flies towards her target, damaging and slowing anyone in its path. After a long flight the shard will explode, damaging and stunning enemies in a small area. Anivia may prematurely explode the missile if she chooses.
  • Crystallize.png Crystallize (W)
    • Anivia summons a wall of ice that blocks all movement.
  • Frostbite.png Frostbite (E)
    • Anivia blasts her target with a freezing wind. This spell does double damage to anyone affected by an ice effect.
  • Glacial Storm.png Glacial Storm (Ultimate)
    • Anivia creates a swirling vortex of ice and hail, damaging enemies in a large area and slowing their movement and attack speed. This spell is a toggle ability.

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