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General

  • Darius is one of 17 champions without a single Ability power icon ability power ratio on any ability: CamilleSquare Camille DariusSquare Darius DravenSquare Draven GarenSquare Garen IllaoiSquare Illaoi KalistaSquare Kalista KaynSquare Kayn KindredSquare Kindred KledSquare Kled OlafSquare Olaf PykeSquare Pyke RivenSquare Riven TalonSquare Talon UrgotSquare Urgot VayneSquare Vayne XayahSquare Xayah ZedSquare Zed.
  • Darius is voiced by Chuck Kourouklis.
    • His Darius DunkmasterCircle Dunkmaster [S|L] skin lines are also voiced by the same voice actor.
  • Darius is 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 meters) tall and weighs 266 lbs (121 kilograms).[1]
  • Darius was the first champion to have an autonomous Recall Recall / Teleport Teleport animation.
    • He and his brother DravenSquare Draven are the first related champions to be released back to back.
  • Darius was the first champion to receive Chroma packs for 2 of his skins, namely Darius OriginalCircle Classic [S|L] and Darius DunkmasterCircle Dunkmaster [S|L].
  • Tahm KenchSquare Tahm Kench says Darius' strength is 'waning' and that he could 'help him slow time's regress'.
    • This and the strands of gray hair on his head suggest Darius either is of advanced age or ages prematurely after years of exertion & combat stress.
  • Darius is Latin transliteration, through Greek Δαρεῖος, of Old Persian Dārayauš "Upholder of Good".[2][3]
    • His new background references Darius I.[4]
      • By coincidence, Darius shares PIE root *dʰer- with Darha, the birth name of KarmaSquare Karma in her updated lore[5].
  • Darius' abilities had different names while in development.
    • Hemorrhage Hemorrhage used to have a movement speed buff called Aggression.
      • It read: "The carnage of war enlivens Darius, increasing his movement speed."
    • Crippling Strike Crippling Strike used to be called Hamstring / Noxian Tactics
    • Noxian Guillotine Noxian Guillotine used be called Sudden Death
    • Hemorrhage Noxian Might used to be called Blood Rage but was renamed by player request.

Lore

"Darius isn't a crazed, bloodthirsty maniac but more of a cold-blooded killer moving through the battlefield with powerful, precise movements and striking with deadly force where it matters most. He takes pride in combat, but there's no primal bloodlust needing to be sated. Unpredictable sadists don't always make for the best commanders." - Harrow, writer for Riot.[6]

  • Darius's Trifarian Legion is probably based on the Triarii, the elite legion in the Roman Republic's early period;
    • The stem Trifar- is possibly based on Latin trifārius "in three parts~places" (cf. Sanskrit cognate त्रिधा tridhā), from PIE *tri-dʰóh₁-.[7]
  • Having been raised as an orphan, Darius doesn't care for titles or privileges, only to serve his empire through his Hemorrhage Noxian Might.[8]

Quotes

Darius OriginalCircle Classic Darius [S|L]
Darius DunkmasterCircle Dunkmaster Darius [S|L]

Skins

Darius OriginalCircle Classic Darius [S|L]
Chromaskins Chromas: Black Iron, Bronze, Copper
Darius LordCircle Lord Darius [S|L]
  • Him being SwainSquare Swain's right-hand man implies this is Darius after Swain TyrantCircle Tyrant Swain [S|L] became Grand General of Noxus.
    • His armor has many a raven motif referencing BeatriceSquare Beatrice, the raven always perched atop SwainSquare Swain's shoulder.
      • His eyes glowing implies either empowerment or mind control (which one is uncertain).
Darius BioforgeCircle Bioforge Darius [S|L]
  • His abilities glow green.
    • This and his production name being 'Zaun Knight Darius' implies he was augmented with techmaturgy in a fashion similar to UrgotSquare Urgot's resurrection.
  • He bears a slight resemblance to the Alpha Sections from the game Beyond Good & Evil, especially the tank on his back.
Darius WoadKingCircle Woad King Darius [S|L]
Darius DunkmasterCircle Dunkmaster Darius [S|L]
Chromaskins Chromas: Amethyst, Aquamarine, Catseye, Citrine, Emerald
Darius AcademyCircle Academy Darius [S|L]
Darius DreadnovaCircle Dreadnova Darius [S|L]
Darius God-KingCircle God-King Darius [S|L]

Relations

  • Darius has allied with SwainSquare Swain because he sees in the Master Tactician someone who can make Noxus rise.
    • Their relationship is strictly professional, more chain-of-command than father-son.
  • In Darius' eyes SionSquare necromancy is cheating death to justify one's undeserved continued survival.[9]
    • Yet for him SionSquare Sion's legacy is an example. But when he gazes upon the Undead Juggernaut, he sees what might become of himself should he no longer be useful (or rather too useful should death come knocking) [10]
  • Darius holds GarenSquare Garen no grudge, he just thinks he's a fool chasing after a meaningless code of 'honor'.
  • Darius and his younger brother DravenSquare Draven are renowned as the 'Blood Brothers'.
    • Family ties are strong and can serve as the basis for one's strength, yet Darius sees self-serving aristocrats using theirs as a crutch for their weakness and as a result the perpetuation of stagnant leadership that needs to be removed and replaced.
      • With this in mind one cannot tell Darius providing and caring for DravenSquare Draven back in their childhood came out of love or even mere pragmatism. The comic Blood of Noxus seems to imply the former.


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