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Ashe, the Frost Archer
AsheSquare
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Ashe Render
Gender Female
Race Human, Iceborn descendant
Birthplace Freljord
Residence Rakelstake, Freljord
Occupation Queen of Freljord, leader of the Avarosan tribe
Faction Avarosan
Friends
TryndamereSquare Tryndamere AniviaSquare Anivia NunuSquare Nunu
Rivals
SejuaniSquare Sejuani LissandraSquare Lissandra
Related Lore

With each arrow she fires from her ancient ice-enchanted bow, Ashe proves she is a master archer. She chooses each target carefully, waits for the right moment, and then strikes with power and precision. It is with this same vision and focus that she pursues her goal of uniting the tribes of the Freljord and forging them into a mighty nation.

As a child, Ashe was always a dreamer. She marveled at the colossal, abandoned fortresses of her ancestors, and spent hours by the fire listening to tales of the Freljord's fabled champions. Most of all she loved the legend of Avarosa, the renowned Queen of the once magnificent and united Freljord. Though her mother chided her foolishness, Ashe swore one day she would join the scattered and warlike tribes of the tundra. She knew in her heart that if her people would stand together once more, they would reach greatness again.

When Ashe was only fifteen, her mother was killed while commanding the tribe on a brash raid. Suddenly thrust into the role of leader, Ashe made the difficult decision to follow her childhood vision instead of seeking the revenge she craved. She spoke passionately against her tribe's demand for retribution, declaring the time had come to put blood feuds aside and broker a lasting peace. Some of her warriors questioned her fitness to rule and soon hatched a treasonous plot to kill the young leader.

The assassins struck while Ashe was on a routine hunt, but their plan was interrupted by the warning cry of a great hawk. Ashe looked back to see her tribesmen approaching with swords drawn. Outnumbered and overwhelmed, Ashe ran for hours. She found herself deep in uncharted territory, her weapon lost in the chase. When she heard another cry from the hawk, Ashe put her faith in the strange creature and followed it to a clearing. There she found the bird perched on a pile of stones - an ancient Freljord burial cairn. With a last glance at her, the hawk screeched and flew away. Approaching the mound, Ashe felt her breath turn to frost and an unnatural cold chill her to the bone. The stone at the top of the cairn was marked with a single rune: Avarosa.

The assassins burst into the clearing. Ashe lifted the runestone from the cairn to defend herself, revealing something hidden underneath: an ornate bow carved from ice. She grasped it, crying out in pain as frost formed on her fingers, and tore the bow from its resting place. Cold flowed from the enchanted weapon into Ashe, awakening a tremendous power that had always lived within her.

Ashe turned to face the assassins. She drew the bow, and by sheer instinct, willed arrows of pure ice to form from the cold, crisp air. With a single frozen volley, she ended the insurrection. Carefully replacing the cairn stone, she gave thanks to Avarosa for her gift, and returned home. Ashe's tribe immediately recognized the legendary weapon in the archer's hand as a blessing from the ancient Freljord queen herself.

With Avarosa's bow and her vision of peaceful unification, Ashe's tribe soon swelled, becoming the largest in the Freljord. Now known as the Avarosan, they stand together with the belief that a united Freljord will once again become a great nation.

"One tribe, one people, one Freljord."
Ashe

One of the perennial favorites of summoners in the League of Legends is the Freljordian beauty known as Ashe. She is a direct descendant of Avarosa - one of three legendary sisters who each claimed dominion over the scattered tribes dwelling in the icy tundra of northern Valoran. Ashe mirrors her ancestor's unparalleled mastery of the bow, earning her the title of "The Frost Archer" the way Avarosa did during her era. Ashe is a literal Princess amongst her people, though she prefers to be addressed by outsiders as her tribal title rather than any form of royal moniker. There are those in Freljord, however, that would prefer to address Ashe as the late Frost Archer; the other two tribes that are descendants from the Three Sisters are historically sworn enemies of Ashe and her people. Having survived more than one assassination attempt in her life, Ashe is always aware of her surroundings regardless of where she is.

Ashe originally came to the Institute of War in service of the League summoners, seeking enough influence and favor to finally bring peace to her realm - one that has endured civil strife since Avarosa and the Time of the Three Sisters. With countless victories under her belt, she has started to put the influence she has earned in the League to use. Rumors abound that Ashe has begun to associate herself with fellow champion TryndamereSquare.png Tryndamere outside of the Fields of Justice. While she denies such talk as frivolous, all eyes will remain on Ashe now that her success in the League may finally allow her to restore lasting peace to her people.

"It's a good idea to spread out. Ashe can hit five birds with one arrow."

Freljord Ashe
"It is our duty to speak of unity, here among the ruins of our past. Now our people stand divided, torn apart by ancient hatreds. Brothers and sisters, our enemy is not our neighbor. Our enemy is a land without law and a long winter's night. It is hunger, poverty, desperation and chaos. Look around you, these monuments from a bygone age, each older and grander than anything wrought by our hands. These are the works of a united Freljord, a fractured land that we can repair. From these ruins, we can raise a great nation. We are the people of the Freljord, and this land belongs to us all."
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Ashe wearing the white garments of victory

Battle On The Tundra

The Freljord is home to many vicious ice storms, but none compare to the Gelid Vortex - a swirling, icy maelstrom which circles the northern hemisphere. Ashe was leading a squadron of elite archers, her closest companions, when they found themselves caught in this wintery nightmare at the end of a week-long standoff with a warring tribe. When she came to, Ashe was surrounded by the tattered corpses of friends and enemies alike. Only divine providence had spared her from the whirling shards of ice, and her hair had turned the color of the arctic tundra. Ashe never again wore the traditional Freljord White Garments of Victory.[1]

Quotes

Upon selection
  • Play "All the world on one arrow."
Freljord Avarosan

The Avarosan

Attacking
  • Play "Right between the eyes!"
  • Play "My aim is steady."
  • Play "Avarosa guide me."
  • Play "My arrows fly true."
  • Play "I won't miss!"
  • Play "Lead the target."
  • Play "Make it count."
  • Play "I only need one shot!"
  • Play "Let's see how close they can get."
  • Play "No one escapes my aim."
  • Play "Strike quickly!"
  • Play "For the Freljord!"
  • Play "Let fly!"
Movement
  • Play "Swiftly, now!"
  • Play "We must press on!"
  • Play "Do not confuse mercy for weakness!"
  • Play "Peace requires a steady hand."
  • Play "Never lose focus."
  • Play "Stand together!"
  • Play "Faster than my arrow? I think not."
  • Play "I won't lead us astray."
  • Play "United, we are stronger!"
  • Play "We are one people."
  • Play "I will unite the Freljord."
  • Play "I do my best work from afar."
  • Play "We're on the right path."
  • Play "I always take the high ground."
Taunt
  • Play "How do you like the curves? I was talking about the bow."
  • Play "Take a good look; it's the last you'll get."
  • Play "Keep staring... just don't look behind you."
Taunting SejuaniSquare.png Sejuani
  • Play "Misguided warmonger!"
  • Play "Foolish Sejuani."
  • Play "So, which one is the pig?"
Taunting LissandraSquare.png Lissandra
  • Play "To pierce your black heart!"
  • Play "Your twisted ways must be stopped!"
  • Play "I will end your corruption!"
Joke

Ashe draws back her arrow but hits her eye with it instead.

  • Play "No, really, put that apple on your head... ugh! Ah... ohh... hmm..."
  • Play "I don't have to see you to shoot you... ow! Ugh... ooh, really?"
  • Play "Ha hah! Check this out... ow! Ugh, who makes a bow out of ice?!"
Laugh
Upon using Hawkshot.png Hawkshot
  • Play "Reveal what is hidden."
  • Play "Lead the way."
  • Play "Show me a path!"
Battle for Freljord event start
  • Play "The fate of our people hangs in the balance."
Winning the Battle for Freljord
  • Play "The Freljord unites!"

Co-op vs. AI Responses

Match start

  • "Do your ancestors proud."
Vs. player LissandraSquare.png Lissandra or SejuaniSquare.png Sejuani
  • "I will face you, sister!"

Player team defeat

  • "GG!"

Player team victory

  • "A battle worthy of Freljord."

Development

  • 1st Classic Splash Art
  • 2nd Classic Splash Art
  • 1st Freljord Splash Art
  • 2nd Freljord Splash Art
  • 1st Sherwood Forest Splash Art
  • 1st Woad Splash Art
  • 1st Queen Splash Art
  • 2nd Queen Splash Art
  • Old in-game model
  • Old and Visually Updated Ashe
  • Ashe sketch

Visual Upgrade – Ashe, the Frost Archer

Announcement made by NeeksNaman.[2]

Summoners!

We've just rolled out a visual upgrade to one of your favorite champions: Ashe, the Frost Archer! This upgrade includes a full overhaul of Ashe's model, as well as a full complement of new emotes and animations. Additionally, you'll see some improved spell effects, particularly on her ultimate ability, Enchanted Crystal Arrow. We've even updated the splash art!

Here's a full list of new features coming in this visual upgrade for Ashe, the Frost Archer, and her existing skins:

  • An upgraded model.
  • New animations for Ashe's attacks, spells and emotes.
  • Improved spell effects, including an overhaul of her signature ability Enchanted Crystal Arrow.
  • Updated splash art to reflect the new changes.

We've rolled out these updates to Ashe's classic look as well as all her skins, so be sure to check out the stylish new digs in her wardrobe before you head out onto the battlefield.

Previous abilities

Old abilities' icons

Patch history

V4.17:
  • General
    • Slight texture update to classic, Amethyst, Freljord, Queen, Sherwood Forest and Woad Ashe.

V4.5:

  • Stats
    • Base armor increased to 15.5 from 11.5.

V4.2:

  • New ability icons.
  • Hawkshot.png Hawkshot
    • Passive gold changed to 3 from 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5.
    • Cooldown reduced to 60 / 55 / 50 / 45 / 40 from 60.

V3.13:

V3.10:

  • Focus.png Focus
    • Focus stacks per second increased to 4/5/6/7/8 from 3/4/5/6/7.
    • Fixed a bug where Focus was granting stacks while on cooldown in certain situations.

V3.8:

  • Focus.png Focus
    • Ashe now gains 3/4/5/6 Focus stacks every second while not attacking instead of gaining critical strike chance.
    • Ashe will critically strike on her next basic attack when she reaches 100 Focus stacks.
    • Initial Focus stacks are equal to Ashe's critical strike chance.

V3.5:

  • Focus.png Focus
    • Now displays the critical strike chance bonus on the buff bar.

V3.03:

  • Stats
    • Attack speed per level increased to 4% from 3.4%.

V3.02:

  • Focus.png Focus
    • Is no longer consumed when attacking wards.

V1.0.0.152:

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

V1.0.0.148:

  • General
    • Tooltips have been updated.

V1.0.0.142:

  • Hawkshot.png Hawkshot
    • Now displays the correct buff icon.

V1.0.0.140:

V1.0.0.133

  • Stats
    • Base health increased to 474 from 438
    • Base armor increased to 14.9 from 12.7
    • Mana per level increased to 35 from 27
  • Volley.png Volley
    • Cooldown reduced to 16/13/10/7/4 seconds from 20/16/12/8/4.
  • Enchanted Crystal Arrow.png Enchanted Crystal Arrow
    • Now grants vision while in flight.

V1.0.0.125:

  • Frost Shot.png Frost Shot
    • Fixed a bug where mana was not draining properly.

V1.0.0.123:

  • Frost Shot.png Frost Shot
    • Fixed a bug where it would consume mana if Ashe canceled her autoattack early.

V1.0.0.121:

  • AsheSquare.png Ashe's Hawkshot.png Hawkshot
    • Added minimap range indicator.
  • Enchanted Crystal Arrow.png Enchanted Crystal Arrow
    • Slow duration reduced to 3 seconds at all ranks from 3/4/5.
    • Cooldown increased to 100/90/80 seconds from 75 at all ranks.

V1.0.0.116:

  • Frost Shot.png Frost Shot
    • Changed the general frost slow particle to significantly reduce frame lag.

V1.0.0.111:

  • Updated tooltips for Ashe.

V1.0.0.102:

V1.0.0.97:

  • Focus.png Focus
    • Now displays a buff showing how much extra crit chance Ashe has.

V1.0.0.94(b):

  • Volley.png Volley
    • Range reduced to 1200 from 1300.
    • Damage reduced to 40/50/60/70/80 from 40/55/70/85/100.

V1.0.0.94:

  • Frost Shot.png Frost Shot
    • Slow changed to 15/20/25/30/35% from 10/18/26/32/38%.
    • No longer stacks with Volley.png Volley.
  • Volley.png Volley
    • Bonus damage increased to 40/55/70/85/100 from 40/50/60/70/80.
    • Attack damage scaling reduced from 150% to 100%.
    • Now fires 7 missiles instead of 9.
  • Plentiful Bounty mastery s1.png Plentiful Bounty renamed to Hawkshot.png Hawkshot:
    • Hawkshot retains the passive gold gain on kill and can now be activated to shoot an invulnerable, untargetable scouting hawk toward a target location. The hawk will reveal terrain as it travels, and grant vision of the end area for 5 seconds.
  • Enchanted Crystal Arrow.png Enchanted Crystal Arrow
    • Fixed a bug where it was slowing for too long at ranks 2 and 3.
    • Fixed a bug where it was stunning for more than the maximum stun duration.
    • Distance required to get a maximum duration stun increased.

V1.0.0.87:

  • Volley.png Volley
    • Fixed a bug where it was slowing more than it should.
    • Fixed a bug allowing Volley.png Volley and Frost Shot.png Frost Shot slow to stack.

V1.0.0.86:

V1.0.0.82:

  • Volley.png Volley
    • Fixed a bug that allowed Ashe to hit the same target with multiple arrows.
  • Enchanted Crystal Arrow.png Enchanted Crystal Arrow
    • Fixed a bug where it was slowing attack speed.

V1.0.0.63:

  • Volley.png Volley
    • Fixed a bug where it could hit a target multiple times per cast if the target was immune to buffs.
  • Enchanted Crystal Arrow.png Enchanted Crystal Arrow
    • No longer reveals Ashe to enemies that cannot see her.

V1.0.0.61:

  • Enchanted Crystal Arrow.png Enchanted Crystal Arrow
    • Damage reduced to 250/425/600 from 300/500/700.
    • Max stun duration reduced to 3.5 seconds from 4.5.
    • Slow duration changed to 3.5/3.5/3.5 seconds from 3/4/5.

V1.0.0.32:

  • Updated particles.

V0.9.25.34:

  • New loading screen image.
  • Updated critical strike animations.

V0.9.22.15:

  • Frost Shot.png Frost Shot
    • Slow increased to 15/20/25/30/35% from 10/17/24/31/38%.
  • Volley.png Volley
    • Damage increased to 40/50/60/70/80 from 15/30/45/60/75.
    • Fixed a bug where it was slowing by too much.
  • Plentiful Bounty mastery s1.png Plentiful Bounty
    • Bonus gold reduced to 1/2/3/4/5 from 1/2/3/5/7.
  • Enchanted Crystal Arrow.png Enchanted Crystal Arrow
    • Improved accuracy.

V0.9.22.7:

  • Enchanted Crystal Arrow.png Enchanted Crystal Arrow
    • Max stun duration reduced to 4.5 seconds from 5.
    • Now applies slow to the primary target (for when the stun duration is low).
    • Added a minimum stun duration of 1 second.

V0.8.22.115:

June 26, 2009 Patch:

May 1, 2009 Patch:

  • Frost Shot.png Frost Shot
    • Slow reduced to 10/17/24/31/38% from 10/18/26/34/42%.

April 25, 2009 Patch:

  • Volley.png Volley
    • Fixed particle bug.
    • Made cone reticle match closer to the way the arrows spread.
  • Plentiful Bounty mastery s1.png Accumulate Wealth renamed to Plentiful Bounty mastery s1.png Plentiful Bounty
    • Bonus gold reduced to 1/2/4/6/9 from 2/4/6/8/10.
    • Added the toggle spell glow.
  • Updated Ashe's recommended items.

April 18, 2009 Patch:

April 11, 2009 Patch:

Alpha Week 7:

  • Volley.png Volley
    • Cone radius reduced to 1300 from 1600.
    • Fixed a bug where it was applying Frost Shot.png Frost Shot with an incorrect slow percentage, and gaining extra damage from ability power.
  • Enchanted Crystal Arrow.png Enchanted Crystal Arrow
    • Damage reduced to 250/425/600 from 350/525/700.
    • Now stuns the hit target for up to 5 seconds, and deals half damage and slows nearby targets by 50% for 3/4/5 seconds.
    • Can now be targeted via the minimap.

Alpha Week 6:

Alpha Week 5:

Alpha Week 4:

Alpha Week 2:

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