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Bilgewater Main entrance

West Bay, Bilgewater
(by Riot Artist Patrick Faulwetter)

The Bilgewater Union (commonly referred to as Bilgewater) is an island nation of the Blue Flame Islands, which are located in the southeastern coast of Valoran. Bilgewater was officially founded on September 19, 150 years ago.


Bilgewater Crest icon

Bilgewater, over the years, has become a vital stop for trade ships traveling near the Blue Flame Island. While this increased the nation's wealth and influence over Valoran, it has also made the nation a major refuge for piracy, and the island itself a tempting target for pirate raids. Rum is the nations major export, which is made in the various pubs and taverns down the Fleet Street. Before sailing into the port, onlookers can see the image of a white skull on the large rock behind the city.


Butchers Bridge Map

Map of the West Bay area.

There are currently 19 known locations encompassing Bilgewater.

Butcher's Bridge

Once an ancient stone bridge leading to a temple entrance, it's been kept up haphazardly and primarily serves now as a connection between the slaughter docks and one of Bilgewater's slums.

Gangplank's warehouse

Gangplank's warehouse is situated at the end of the pier, guarded on three sides by sharks and razorfish-infested waters and on the fourth by the vicious Jagged Hooks dock gang. His warehouse is full of loot and spoils from every corner of the world. In the aftermath of the destruction of the Dead Pool, Gangplank’s spoils-filled warehouses have been plundered, and those who followed the dread pirate have forfeited their allegiance.

Grey Harbor

The Grey Harbor was once an eastern port for Bilgewater. Many fishing vessels would dock here after their journey to the Guardian's Sea. But 4 years ago, during the Harrowing, The Wild Hunt lead by HecarimSquare.png Hecarim lays waste to the port. The location remains uninhabited to this day.

Isle of Buhru

On the isle of Buhru, one of the isles of the Bilgewater island chain[1], battle isn't considered a test of strength but of will.[2]

Port Mourn

Port Mourn was located at the eastern part of the southern Island of Bilgewater. 32 years ago during The Battle of Port Mourn, the revenant MordekaiserSquare.png Mordekaiser lead the Harrowing on a night of slaughter. The location remains uninhabited to this day and some say that specters haunt its empty streets.

Smuggler's Cove

Located at the north-eastern part of Bilgewater, its primary purpose was for stashing pirating goods. No inhabitants have been spotted near the location after the last Harrowing.

Slaughter Docks

Bilgewater Slaughter Docks

Slaughter Docks, Bilgewater

Slaughter Docks are located in Rat Town, beneath Butcher's Bridge. After a successful sea monster hunt, the slaughter fleets return to the slaughter docks to render the massive creatures down to meat, bones, and armored hides inside enormous sheds. A lucrative trade in glands, organs, and secretions harvested from the serpents thrives in Bilgewater. Slaughter fleets leave port at sunset every night to hunt mighty sea monsters. As rivals represented by unique symbols and traditions, many of the fleets constantly fight among themselves for dominance. The sea around the Slaughter-docks is often darkened by the blood of slain sea monsters. The chum draws sharks and other predators into the many harbors, stirring up a violent froth.

Southern Beacon

The Southern Beacon was an old structure used by ship captains to guide them away from rough shores. After the Harrowing battle that occurred at the location some 9 years ago, the Southern Beacon was destroyed.

Rat Town

West Bay is the main entrance to the largest settlement of Bilgewater, Rat Town. Butcher's Bridge, which is located upstream and above the Slaughter Docks, acts as a gate to the inner parts of the city as well as the bridge to the Temple of The Mother Serpent, one of the largest and most important structures of Bilgewater's previous native inhabitants. Because of the cities mixed cultural heritage, location boast a large variety of architectural designs. From inverted Freljordian logships against the carved cliff-faces to the structures and carvings of the indigenous population. Fleet Street has various pubs and taverns and boasts the nations finest Rum, such as The Brazen Hydra which patrons could be heard all the way to Diver’s Bluff. Freeman's Aerie, The Syren, and The Dead Pool are also notable locations of the city.

The Dead Pool

Anchored near the Slaughter Docks, the enormous, three-masted behemoth, Gangplank’s flagship was one of the most infamous vessels in Runeterra. Inherited after his ruthless patricide, the Dead Pool was as much a reminder of the dread captain’s power as it was the physical manifestation of it. When Gangplank’s ship returned to port, laden with loot from his latest piracy or high-seas victory, it first berthed near the Slaughter-docks to deposit new riches in the captain’s warehouse. It has since been destroyed had his remains are scatter all across the Slaughter Dock and White Wharf sea bed.

White Wharf

Located near the Slaughter Docks Bilgewater’s White Wharf had earned its name thanks to the layer of bird waste covering it from end to end, which was only to be expected at a resting place for the dead. In Bilgewater, the dead are not buried, but given back to the ocean. A grave of the sunken dead hung suspended in the cold depths, marked by hundreds of bobbing grave-buoys. Some of the graves of poor residence have merely name posts, tied en masse to old anchors beneath waterlogged barrels. The wealthy residence have elaborate tombs with lavish bobbing tombstones with carvings resembling rearing krakens or buxom sea wenches, interred within expensive submerged caskets below. The Boatman ferries the bodies of the departed to the various graveyards scattered about the straits surrounding the city.


The Land and coastal areas house an large assortment of astounding creatures, such as: Wharf Rats and Rift ScuttlerSquare.png Scuttler Crabs.
There are also more mundane creatures inhabiting the coastlines and docks such as seagulls.
Various monsters from across Runeterra are shipped through the black market, trained extensively and sold as living commodities for entertainment, industrial use or simply as loyal underlings. The illegal trade is especially prevalent in a pirate haven such as Bilgewater. As is the principle in the black market trade, those who pay more Krakens undoubtedly get better monsters than those who pay less. Examples of these mercenary beasts are: IronbackSquare.png Ironbacks, OcklepodSquare.png Ocklepods, PlundercrabSquare.png Plundercrabs, and RazorfinSquare.png Razorfins.

Wharf Rat

Wharf Rat

A Warf Rat and her young.

Wharf Rats a terrifying blend of shark and rat commonly found on the docks of Bilgewater. These creatures are larger than dogs and are known to prey upon drunks and lone fishermen on moonless nights. They often travel in packs, and are easily capable of biting a man's leg off.

Scuttler Crab

Rift ScuttlerSquare.png Scuttler Crab or Rift Scuttler lives in the fresh waters of Valoran and can be found near the docks of Bilgewater and in Summoner's Rift. They are small green-shelled crustaceans with 3 pairs of legs and one pair of front claws. They sometimes bury themselves into the muck of the river to avoid predators and are known to either avoid or flee from dangers. To confer peaceful resolution (Hence the elusive pacifist nickname) to the force that subdues it, it will grant them them a boon: a persistent field around it that grants vision and magical speed to the aggressor and its allies.

In Bilgewater one can come across many astounding creatures brought from the dark and mysterious Guardian's Sea, such as: Dragon-Sharks, Sea Serpents, Giant Squid, Four-eyed Shark Creature and Kraken.
There are also more mundane creatures inhabiting the sea, coastlines and docks such as: octopi, hammerhead sharks, devilfish, clams and fish.

Hammerhead Sharks

They are a ocean dwelling species of sharks native to the Guardian's Sea and Bilgewater. Their brown hide is rough, almost scale like. They head is in the shape of a hammer with two pairs of eyes and also have five fins for movement.

Giant Squid

Giant Squids are a deep-ocean dwelling species of squid native to the Guardian's Sea. They tend to be the size of a house, although some are said to grow even bigger, and can sometimes attack smaller ships. They are also usually hunted for either food or sport, the latter of which is just as dangerous as the former.


Krakens are large serpent/octopi-like species that have been sighted in the Guardian's Sea. They possess a set of tentacles and five eyes, two pairs and one large one at the center of the forehead. The mythos behind this species is so well known on the Blue Flame Islands and that many structures in honor of this species were constructed by the original denizens of Bilgewater. Their image has been used for the currency of Bilgewater, know as Krakens Golden Krakens.

Sea Serpent

Sea Serpents are a large species of ocean dwelling serpents native to the Guardian's Sea. They presents on the sea is so well known be the denizens of Bilgewater that their nations crest and Silver Serpents currency is a Sea Serpent. They can also be summoned by serpent callers. One account from the Harrowing records the might of these creatures, having halted the progress of the Black Mist before it reached Bilgewater, though the beast was slain in the process.


Bilgewater Crest

Bilgewater Sea Serpent Crest

The native inhabitants of Bilgewater are rugged seafaring folk and many, naturally, are also pirates. While some vessels are kept protected within safe waters, their nation has little jurisdiction over what occurs in the open seas. Sailors intrepid enough to venture out there are free to decide their own fate and fortune. Many Bilgewater pirates also sail to other nations and are known for their raids on settlements. The port-cities are the home to GangplankSquare.png Gangplank, the Saltwater Scourge. He arose to represent his nation, though his true motives, as he is a pirate, are questionable. Gangplank and MissFortuneSquare.png Miss Fortune, the Bounty Hunter, often bicker over their nation's future direction. Both strove to unite the people of Bilgewater in order to turn them into a strong and independent society.

One of the oldest and fiercest dock gangs in Bilgewater, the Jagged Hooks swear undying allegiance to Gangplank. They take their name from the wickedly curved tools many of them use while hunting sea monsters.

Bilgewater is a relatively lawless nation, particularly in the pirate-run slums. The majority of the Islanders denizens carry a variety of weapons, which range from cutlasses to pistols, in order to protect themselves at all times. Traditionally, the Bilgewater warriors coat their weapons with the remains of their drinks the night before a battle or raid. This has the effect of increasing the pain of wounds caused and often spreads diseases such as gangrene, inhibiting their enemies' ability to fight back. Many of their larger ironclad ships are also outfitted with multiple cannons that can strike targets over long distances.

Bilgewater lacks natural building resources, forcing its inhabitants to scrounge whatever they can. It's common to see remnants of ships from as far as Ionia, Demacia, and the Freljord incorporated into the architecture.

Massive sea monsters are a constant threat in the waters around Bilgewater and over the centuries, a trade industry has grown out of hunting and harvesting them. The nature of the beasts attraction to the islands is unknown, but their impact cannot be denied. Seeing behemoths rise from the deep is just part of a normal day for grizzled veterans of the criminal haven. As a result, sea monster iconography can be seen all over the nations structures and other everyday objects as part and parcel of Bilgewater’s unique appearance.

Whether by magic or ancient architectural design, Serpent Callers use hollowed out pillars to mimic the screams and screeches of the denizens of the deep, summoning them to the surface or chasing them away. One such serpent was called upon during one of the recent Harrowings to aid Bilgewater against the undying hoards onslaught.


Golden Krakens

Golden Krakens

Wile the nation takes and uses all kinds of currency from all corners of Runeterra, it also mints its own currency. Two known currencies in Bilgewater are called Krakens Golden Krakens and Silver Serpents Silver Serpents. The former coinage is favored by mercenaries.[3]


Gun'Dolas are raised platforms that transport goods and rendered-down sea monster meat, bone, and fat across the islands on rust worn rails. Some of the Gondolas have cannons installed, inspiring the locals' clever name.


Hand-canons are relatively cheap repurposed weapons used in Bilgewater and are popular among the myriad dock gangs, common brigands, and young corsairs alike.


The relative peace that has kept over Valoran has led to an increase in trade and the desire for worldly imports. The demand for Bilgewater's famous rums is especially high.

Captain Morgan Rackham gives a few samples:

Rapture Rum
If you've got a bit of jink to spare and don't mind paying for a bit of celebrity, you can head on over to Fortune's Favor on Fleet Street for a bit of Miss Fortune's private stock. Rapture is clear as diamonds, with a pleasantly clean aroma of cut cane. To shake things up, Miss Fortune adds a hint of pepper and hot cinnamon to keep you warm on deck during stormy days at sea. To be enjoyed with your favorite tropical fruit, Miss Fortune's Rapture Rum is every bit as much the exotic beauty that she is!
Gangplank's Black Pearl Rum
Let me ask you a question, sailor. Have you ever chewed rum? No?! Well then you've probably never run afoul of Gangplank and his fabled Black Pearl. Aged in charred oak casks and infused with some of the richest spices that Valoran has to offer, this rum comes out blacker than pitch and about as thick. Gangplank's Black Pearl is a draught for the true rum enthusiast, only. The rest of you blokes are just going to wind up feeling barmy and running for the deck rails. So be careful! I've seen a bit of the black stuff lay out even the roughest blighter with nary a hint of warning.
Myron's Dark Rum
This rum is the trademark drink of Myron's Murderhole, one of the most famous and historic bars in all of Bilgewater. Dark in color with the aroma of woody molasses, this infamous spirit is a veritable staple of Bilgewater sailors on the high seas. Richer than its lighter relatives, this dark beauty finishes with an uncanny sweetness that's just perfect for taking the edge off. Enjoy with hot water, or even straight from the bottle. Either way, Myron's Dark will keep you warmer than a pea coat on a blustery day.
Mount Atin Eclipse Rum
This rum is characteristically served at Plankwalkin' Pete's, a newfangled bar run dockside by a barmy lad with a peg leg. Light amber in color, Mount Atin will assail your senses with the aroma of sweet grass, molasses, nutmeg, and just a hint of citrus. A bit dry on its own, your typical dose comes served with tonic and a lime, so after a glass or two you're well on your way to warding off both scurvy and malaria.

Tahm Kench

Ol' Tahm KenchSquare.png Tahm Kench likeness marks dens of avarice throughout Bilgewater. A symbol of greed and uninhibited freedom, the River King's face appears as lewd graffiti almost as often as it is a guidepost for those looking to satiate tastes of an indelicate sort.

The Bearded Lady

The Bearded Lady, also known as the Mother Serpent by the indigenous people of the islands around the city, is the patron deity of Bilgewater. Myths about her date back centuries, and it's a reckless sailor who fails to drop the traditional tithe into the Serpent's Well upon docking his ship in Bilgewater.

Bilgewater Days

Bligewater settlement

West Bay, Bilgewater
(by Riot Artist Patrick Faulwetter)

On September 19th, 150 years ago, the port city, later known as Bilgewater, was officially founded, creating a haven and destination to pirates and seafarers everywhere. What started off as a one-day celebration of Bilgewater's origin became a weekend, and due to the raucous nature of the islands inhabitants, celebration spread through the entire month. September has come to embody sailors enjoying the end of the temperate season, drinking the last of the summer ales and participating in unruly games to prove their worth as the fiercest pirate in Valoran.[4]

A sampling of the festivities include:

Lady Luck
A continuous gambling tournament where skill is just as highly prized as being quickest to draw the knife in your boot. A vast assortment of games and competitions await, with gold Valors passing hands after every blackjack and snake eyes on the table. Lady Luck can be a fickle mistress, easily swayed by a card up your sleeve and the words "all or nothin'".
Drink The Water!
An indisputable challenge, a pirate orders the Bilgewater Special, which is a foul, unidentifiable mix of liquor from behind the bar, with each pirate mixing in a bit of whatever they can find around the table or in their pockets. The brave one to drink it all gets a pat on the back, all the Valors that can fit into the empty mug, and an evening's worth of indigestion.
The Ruckus
Armed only with a wooden club or an abandoned peg leg, pirates leap aboard a ship in a King Of The Hill competition to see who can stay atop the Crow's Nest longest, and is crowned the Captain of The Ruckus for the year. Beard protection is accepted, but shoes are prohibited.


Bilgewater is a sea-monster-hunting crime haven, a home to a wide variety of denizens seeking adventure, fortune or clandestine careers. While the pirate-friendly town has little respect for the laws of other nations, they have their ports open for people from all the world's corners.

Shadow Isles

Blue Flame Island is closer to the Shadow Isles than any other area, and the first to be enveloped by the yearly Harrowing. Areas close to Bilgewater, like the Gray Harbour, have been culled by spectral assaults in the past.


At least some inhabitants in Bilgewater are of Freljordian decent, and occasionally one finds inverted Freljordian longships againt the carved cliff faces.


As Runeterra’s biggest black market Bilgewater trades all manner of illicit hextech pilfered from Piltover.

Bandle City

Ties between Yordle Land and Bilgewater have always been a little tense, mainly due to the occasional pirate assaults on yordle vessels.


During Noxus' hostilities on Ionian soil, many pirates from Bilgewater sailed to the island nation. For years they ruthlessly pillaged the settlements along the island's coastlines and fought naval battles with Ionian vessels when engaged. Even after the war, many Ionians still feel deep enmity towards Bilgewater due to their denizens' actions.


Thanks to Gangplank's marauding against Noxian warfleets, Bilgewater and Noxus are on shaky terms with one another. However, Bilgewatian pirates on occasion will assist the Noxian military, should they see the endeavor profitable. Though the Noxian military campaigns were eventually stopped, KatarinaSquare.png Katarina, the Sinister Blade, is a mainstay down at Bilgewater's Fleet Street. She can often be seen poking her head into the pubs and taverns in search of sailors down on their luck, offering an even share of the plunder to those willing to sail under her command. At some point the Saltwater Scourge managed to steal the Leviathan, SwainSquare.png Swain's personal warship, earning the personal enmity of Noxus's Grand General. After Gangplank's fall from power, it is unknown if relations between Bilgewater and Noxus have improved.


Piracy Strikes Bandle City Merchants

The pirate Tiresias Ellington and his crew boarded a Bandle City ship and sacked the vessel of its cargo. This particular shipment was on its way to a celebration, a commemoration to PoppySquare.png Poppy, the Iron Ambassador, and her appointment to service as envoy between Demacia and the yordles. Bandle City appealed to the other nations to solicit reparations from Bilgewater for the loss of the goods, along with spoiling their anniversary plans. Bilgewater's stance was that they were not responsible for the actions of a few independent sailors.

GrugMug Grog Slog

The famed Bilgewater GrugMug Grog Slog was a yearly competition amongst privateers looking to prove their mettle as the hardest drinkers on the high seas. Both grog-drinkers and grog-crafters alike convened at the GrugMug Tavern to crown the year's best "Scab" and "Glug". The Scab was awarded to the creator of the strongest, most corrosive grog, and the Glug was awarded to the hearty soul that can drink the most of it before requesting medical attention. Historically, Gangplank had won the Scab title for 15 years, ever since he joined his father on his ship, the Dead Pool.

The most recent GrugMug Grog Slog event concluded after an exhausting 6 hour final between Gangplank and Sarah Fortune. In the end, Scab title was awarded to Miss Fortune in an unexpected upset after several tense stages of caustic tests and analysis. The panel of judges declared her the winner when her concoction melted completely through the pewter mug, table, and the floor. Gangplank's recipe stopped just short of eating through the floor, instead pooling in a steamy puddle upon the resin-coated floorboards.[5]

Attack of the Sea

Fizz OriginalSkin

Fizz, the Tidal Trickster

After wandering the ocean for many years the fish-like creature known as FizzSquare.png Fizz discovered one of the ports of Bilgewater. He was fascinated with the existence of life above the water and could not resist exploring the one of the islands. In his endless curiosity, Fizz inadvertently meddled in the affairs of the humans who lived there, and his presence did not go unnoticed. His mischief angered many residents who eventually sought to capture or kill him. Fizz found himself cornered, and he prepared to return to the sea despite the fondness he'd come to hold for Bilgewater. As he stood at the docks, a massive dragon-shark attacked the port. Fizz defeated the beast, using his resourcefulness and knowledge of the creature's weaknesses to his advantage.
Nautilus OriginalSkin

Nautilus, the Titan of the Depths

Having earned the gratitude and respect of the humans, Fizz decided to stay in Bilgewater.

The Titan of the Depths

A gigantic man in an iron diver suit appeared upon the shores of Bilgewater. Referring to himself as NautilusSquare.png Nautilus, he vows to search for the men who had condemned him to die in the sea depths and punish them for the time and life he lost.

First Light after the Harrowing

Though the Black Mist fades and the souls it claimed will soon forget their past, the threat of the fell tide will not be forgotten. Worse than all previous years, those who lived are left to wonder where it will return, and whether anyone will survive when it does.

Black Mist Map

The Black Mist map

I - 1 Year. The Battle of Knife Straits. An armada from Bilgewater, led by MissFortuneSquare.png Miss Fortune and GangplankSquare.png Captain Gangplank – sailing together under an uneasy truce – meets the Black Mist head on. Heavy casualties sustained. Fleet scattered.

II - 1 Year. The Drowned Anchor. One element of the Harrowing stalled. Reports of a NautilusSquare.png large figure encased in a rusted diving suit seen in the heart of the fighting.

III - 1 Year. The Reaping of Smuggler’s Cove. No survivors.

IV - 3 Years. The Battle of the Serpent. A Blue Flame leviathan is goaded to the surface by a serpent caller to face the Harrowing. The Black Mist is dispersed before it reaches Bilgewater, but the giant from the depths is slain in the process.

V - 9 Years. The Shadow Falls. The Black Mist overcomes the defenses of the Southern Beacon, and it sinks beneath the sea. Its guiding light is now lost to Bilgewater.

VI - 4 Years. The Wild Hunt. HecarimSquare.png Hecarim marshals a spectral host and lays waste to the port of Grey Harbor. Despite valiant resistance from the fishing fleet anchored there, all souls are lost. Grey Harbor remains uninhabited to this day.

VII - 21 Years. The Death of the Conqueror. The mighty galleon Conqueror is lost to the depths, along with 30 battleships. Some have claimed to have seen the Conqueror riding the Black Mist in subsequent Harrowings.

VIII - 32 years. The Battle of Port Mourn. The revenant MordekaiserSquare.png Mordekaiser leads the Harrowing on a night of slaughter, and Port Mourn falls to darkness. It is said that specters now haunt its empty streets.

IX - 17 years. The Crimson Armada. A Noxian war fleet is caught in the Black Mist. Over 30 vessels lost. No survivors.

X - 37 years. The Maelstrom. The frigate Light-Bringer’s Bane is swallowed by the sea while sailing to outrun the Black Mist.

XI - 49 years. The Shroud. Up until half a century ago, this was the furthest extent of any known Harrowing.

XII - 33 years. The Flower of Ionia. An Ionian fleet of unknown size lost to the Harrowing.

Shadow Isles Crest divider

As evinced here, the Harrowing has grown bolder and stronger over the last half century. I fear for the future should this trend continue.

Burning Tides

Bilgewater Burning Tides

Burning Ship, Burning Tides.

For more details, see Burning Tides / The Reckoning.
"This is just the beginning.
I want everyone loyal to him brought to answer.
I want the heads of his lieutenants mounted on my wall.
Burn everything that bears his mark.
And I want his corpse. "

For many of those fleeing justice, debt, or persecution, Bilgewater is a city of new beginnings. But for some, the past is something you can never escape. TwistedFateSquare.png Tobias Twisted Fate, hired by an MissFortuneSquare.png unknown benefactor was tasked to steal and return a Crimson-Coil dagger from one of Captain Gangplank's warehouses located in Rat Town's Slaughter Docks. Easily avoiding the detection of the Jagged Hooks gang, Twisted Fate managed to infiltrate the warehouse, only to be confronted by his old partner, GravesSquare.png Malcolm Graves.

Flamed with rage of his partners betrayal, Graves started shooting at at Tobias in an effort to settle the score with him. With Gangplank’s warehouse burning and with the pirate captain’s thugs swarming, the resolution of Graves’ and Twisted Fate’s long-simmering feud threatens to engulf the entire city in flames. Informed by the destruction of his warehouse, GangplankSquare.png Gangplank set off the catch both of the perpetrators of this act.

Both Graves and Twisted Fate tried to flee from the wrath of the Pirate King but with no success. Gangplank tortured them until he tried to publicly execute them in front of the whole city for their misbehavior. Hearing the news of this event, MissFortuneSquare.png Sarah Fortune plans set in motion and would confront Gangplank for the deaths of her parents. Graves managing to to hide one of Twisted Fate's card, snatched during their previous fight around the city, from the pirate thugs, both he and TF managed to fight there way trough hoards of enemies before they escaped, but not until they set Gangplank's ship in flames.

Bilgewater Burning Tides storyboard 4

GangplankSquare.png Gangplank surviving the destruction of his ship.

While Twisted Fate and Graves have escaped, in the aftermath of the destruction of the Dead Pool, Gangplank’s spoils-filled warehouses have been plundered, and those who followed the dread pirate have forfeited their allegiance. Bilgewater devours itself as the streets ring with the shrieks of the desperate and the dying. A war started by the spread of three words: Gangplank is dead. Miss Fortune takes the opportunity to purge the city of anyone that was loyal to the dreaded pirate.

Despite receiving horrific injuries in the explosion, Gangplank survived. Sporting a multitude of fresh scars, and with a newly crafted metal arm to replace his amputated limb, he is now determined to rebuild his strength, reclaim what he sees as rightfully his, and ruthlessly punish all those who turned against him.


  • The name Bilgewater a combination of two English words, bilge and water.
    • The word bilge is a modification of Middle French word bougette, the earliest known use is in the fifteenth century.
    • A Bilge is lowest compartment on a ship, below the waterline. Bilge water may contain water, oil, detergents and various other liquids and materials. The Bilges primary use is to keep the unwanted liquids and materials below decks during sea travel.
  • Bilgewater was inspired by a real historical pirate nation of Nassau. During the Golden Age of Piracy, the strongest pirate factions from the Caribbean Islands had made a union with one another, which eventually formed the pirate nation.
  • Bilgewater's eastern parts have been completely ripped by the Harrowing, its main western part is due for a future attack.
  • Bilgewater's theme had possibly took inspiration from Black Sails Opening title sequence.
  • Dead Man's Plate item.png Dead Man's Plate, Martyr's Gambit item.png Martyr's Gambit, Bilgewater Cutlass item.png Bilgewater Cutlass, Murksphere item.png Murksphere, Swindler's Orb item.png Swindler's Orb, and Globe of Trust item.png Globe of Trust are Bilgewater artifacts.

This section lists material and events that has been added to or changed Bilgewater's body of canonical material.

Some material is no longer considered canon. Non-canonical sources include some of the Journal of Justice information and Champion Judgements. Some outdated material, like that which include mention of the Institute of War, is set to be updated to some extent at a future date.[7]

  • GangplankSquare.png Gangplank, 19-Aug-2009 release. The faction's first representative.
  • MissFortuneSquare.png Miss Fortune, 08-Sep-2010 release. A pirate-hunting foil for Gangplank.
  • Bilgewater Days was a small event posted on the forums 16-Sep-2010. It described a celebration of the founding of Bilgewater 150 years prior, including descriptions of festivities and games.
  • "Raise Your Glass!" , issue 7 of the Journal of Justice, posted 14-Oct-2010, described a selection of Bilgewater rums; Rapture Rum, Gangplank's Black Pearl Rum, Myron's Dark Rum and Mount Atin Eclipse Rum.
  • "Katarina, Privateer of Noxus" , issue 8 of the Journal of Justice, posted 27-Oct-2010, described KatarinaSquare.png Katarina as an occasional dabbler with piracy to go along with her Bilgewater Katarina skin.
  • "Gangplank Loses Coveted Prize to Miss Fortune" , issue 17 of the Journal of Justice, posted 09-Mar-2011, described a drinking competition called a "GrugMug Grog Slog". The competition ended with Miss Fortune claiming the title of "Grog Scab" from Gangplank.
  • GravesSquare.png Graves, 19-Oct-2011 release. Bilgewater-born travelling conman.
  • FizzSquare.png Fizz, 15-Nov-2011 release. Settled in Bilgewater after fighting off a dragon-shark.
  • NautilusSquare.png Nautilus, 14-Feb-2012 release. Emerged near Bilgewater after his transformation.
  • The Harrowing of 2014 featured Bilgewater and their history with the Black Mist.[8][9]
    • Fallen Bilgewater settlements Smuggler's Cove, Grey Harbor and Port Mourn are mentioned.
    • Gangplank, Miss Fortune and Nautilus are mentioned fighting off spectral assaults during the most recent Harrowing.
  • Tahm KenchSquare.png Tahm Kench, 09-Jul-2015 release. Demon preying on Bilgewater victims.
  • Burning Tides[10], 22-Jul-2015 release. An event focuses on the story between GravesSquare.png Graves, TwistedFateSquare.png Twisted Fate, GangplankSquare.png Gangplank and MissFortuneSquare.png Miss Fortune on the island nation of Bilgewater. The event features a Bilgewater-themed ARAM map; Butcher's Bridge.[11]
  • Building Bilgewater: A Pirate Renovation[12], 27-Aug-2015 release. A large detailed article talking about the development of post-retcon Bilgewater as well as the methods by which Riots Lore Foundation works on lore events.

  • Fiddle Me Timbers
  • Captain Gangplank
  • Bilgewater Katarina
  • Bilgerat Rumble
  • Pirate Ryze
  • Bilgewater Swain
  • Buccaneer Tristana
  • Sea Hunter Aatrox, Rogue Admiral Garen, Ironside Malphite and Corsair Quinn
  • Cutthroat Graves and Cutpurse Twisted Fate
  • Captain Fortune


Main Theme
Butcher's Bridge - Complete Soundtrack16:16

Butcher's Bridge - Complete Soundtrack

Related Themes

  • Entrance to Bilgewater (by Riot Artist Patrick Faulwetter)
  • West Bay, Bilgewater
  • Butchers Bridge area, Bilgewater (by Riot Artist Patrick Faulwetter)
  • West Bay canals, Bilgewater
  • Slaughter Docks, Bilgewater
  • Gangplank's Slaughter Docks warehouse, Bilgewater
  • The Dead Pool, Bilgewater
  • Painting of GangplankSquare.png Gangplank, the self proclaimed Pirate King.
  • Painting of MissFortuneSquare.png Miss Fortune, captain and pirate hunter.
  • Painting of GravesSquare.png Graves and TwistedFateSquare.png Twisted Fate, mercenary and con artist.
  • Bilgewater Crest
  • Port Mourn, Bilgewater
  • Bilgewater: The Reckoning cover art
  • Bilgewater waterfall housing concept art
  • Bilgewater building and gun concept art
  • Serpent Caller Towers concept art
  • A serpent caller concept art
  • Graveyard concept art
  • The Boatman concept art
  • The Shantys concept art
  • Bilgewater weapons concept art
  • The Mother Serpent concept art

Affiliated Champions

Champion Ties
FizzSquare.png Fizz, the Tidal Trickster Residence; respected mischief of Bilgewater
GangplankSquare.png Gangplank, the Saltwater Scourge Birthplace; fiercest pirate captain of Bilgewater
GravesSquare.png Graves, the Outlaw Birthplace; Bilgewater conman
MissFortuneSquare.png Miss Fortune, the Bounty Hunter Birthplace; renowned pirate catcher of Bilgewater
TwistedFateSquare.png Twisted Fate, the Card Master Residence; Bilgewater conman & GravesSquare.png Graves's former partner

Other Related Champions

Champion Ties
HecarimSquare.png Hecarim, the Shadow of War Lays waste to the port of Grey Harbor
KalistaSquare.png Kalista, the Spear of Vengeance Specter that punishes betrayers in Bilgewater
KatarinaSquare.png Katarina, the Sinister Blade Privateer of Noxus[13]
MordekaiserSquare.png Mordekaiser, the Master of Metal Slaughterer of all the inhabitants of Port Mourn
NautilusSquare.png Nautilus, the Titan of the Depths Probable birthplace; site of emergence
Tahm KenchSquare.png Tahm Kench, the River King Demon preying on Bilgewater victims

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