The Crest of Cinders is a neutral buff granted by the Red BramblebackSquare Red Brambleback. It is available only on Summoner's Rift.

It can be identified by spinning red rune circle around the champion. Because of this, it is often referred to as the red buff or just red.

How to obtain

  • By landing the killing blow to the Red BramblebackSquare Red Brambleback.
  • By killing a champion that currently possesses this buff, the buff is then passed to the killer. In this case, the duration of the buff is refreshed.
  • After an allied IvernSquare Ivern (higher than level 5) applied and consumed Friend of the Forest Friend of the Forest on the camp, by walking within the camp area.

Notes

  • Applying the debuff when the target's is already debuffed will only refresh the damage over time.

Strategy

  • The slow is more effective when utilized by melee champions than it does for ranged attackers. Note however that it is easier for ranged champions to apply the slow without getting in dangerous situations and they can also use it to keep melee attackers at a distance.
  • The jungler will most likely take the red buff early in the game.
    • The extra damage lets the jungler clear minion packs easier and take on bigger monsters like the DragonSquare Dragon.
    • The slow from the buff is extremely valuable for the jungler to successfully execute a gank and is also useful for kiting monsters to reduce damage.
  • SyndraSquare Syndra's Force of Will Force of Will can be used on the Red BramblebackSquare Red Brambleback to quickly apply the debuff to a nearby enemy champion.
  • The damage dealt is true damage. This makes it valuable in killing champions who have high armor and magic resistance.

Patch history

V7.16
  • Bug Fix: Damaging effect now properly counts as damage-over-time effect.
V6.24
  • Duration increased to 120 seconds, for all buffs, from 90 beyond the first.
V6.9
  • Damage per second changed to 4 - 38 (based on level) from 5 - 22 (based on level).
    • Total damage over 3 seconds changed to 12 - 114 (based on level) from 15 - 66 (based on level).
  • New Effect: Now applies damage three times: on-hit, then 1.5 and 3 seconds after.
  • Melee slow increased to 10% / 15% / 25% from 10% / 15% / 20%.
  • Ranged slow increased to 5% / 7.5% / 12.5% from 5% / 7.5% / 10%.
  • Health regeneration increased to 1 / 3 / 9% of maximum health from 1% at all levels.
  • Health regeneration is now disabled when in combat with champion or epic monster.
  • New Effect: Buffs last 120 seconds the first time a buff camp is cleared, and 90 seconds on subsequent clears.
V5.22
  • New Effect: True damage now applies to turrets.
V4.20
  • New Effect: Now also heals by 1% of their maximum health per 5 seconds.
  • Duration reduced to 120 seconds from 150.
  • Damage per second changed to 1.7 - 18.7 (based on level) from 3.3 - 14.7 (based on level).
    • Total damage over 3 seconds changed to 5 - 56 (based on level) from 10 - 44 (based on level).
  • Melee slow reduced to 5% / 7.5% / 10% from 8% / 11.5% / 15%.
  • Ranged slow reduced to 2.5% / 3.75% / 5% from 4% / 5.75% / 7.5%.
  • New Effect: The buff is now only lost on time-out or death by enemy champion; executions will no longer lose you the buff.
V4.19
V1.0.0.147b
  • Bug Fix: Damage now displays properly in death recap.
V1.0.0.132
  • Removed: Triggering on spell damage.
V1.0.0.130
  • Melee slow reduced to 8% / 16% / 24% from 10% / 20% / 30%.
  • Ranged slow reduced to 4% / 8% / 12% from 5% / 10% / 15%.
  • New Effect: Single target damaging abilities now apply the debuff.
V1.0.0.106
  • Slow increased to 10% / 20% / 30% from 10% / 15% / 20% / 25%.
  • New Effect: Slow is halved to 5% / 10% / 15% on Ranged role ranged champions.
V1.0.0.75
  • Damage per second reduced to 10 - 50 (based on level) from 15 - 55 (based on level).
    • Total damage reduced 30 - 150 (based on level) from 45 - 165 (based on level).
  • Slow reduced to 10% / 15% / 20% / 25% from 10% / 20% / 25% / 30%.
V1.0.0.72
  • Slow reduced to 10% / 20% / 25% / 30% from 15% / 20% / 25% / 30%.
V0.8.22.115
  • New Effect: Now applies a 15% / 20% / 25% / 30% slow for 3 seconds.
  • Removed: Granting 50 - 130 (based on level) ability power.
V0.8.21.110
  • New Effect: Now grants 50 - 130 (based on level) ability power.
  • Removed: Applying a Slow icon slow.
  • Damage over time duration reduced to 3 seconds from 4.
  • Damage per second changed to 15 - 55 (based on level) from 20 - 50 (based on level).
    • Total damage over the duration reduced 45 - 165 (based on level) from 80 - 200 (based on level).
  • Duration increased to 150 seconds from 120.
Added
  • Blessing of the Lizard Elder