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The Darkin known as AatroxSquare Aatrox

The Darkin are stated to be a collection of sentient weapons by Eduard Santangelo[1] and ZedSquare the Shadow Order, of which only three have been revealed so far.

However, a Rioter involved with the story described them as immensely powerful beings of which only the known ones were imprisoned within weapons long ago,[2] and that only AatroxSquare Aatrox among those imprisoned has escaped confinement. The other known Darkin are RhaastSquare Rhaast and VarusSquare Varus. The remaining two Darkin are stated to be unknown even in-universe.

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The Darkin was a race from another world attracted by the imprudent use of magic by Runeterran magicians. Following this, they started a conquering act known as the "Darkin War" but were ultimately banished from the world at the hands of Vastayan moon-stalkers and human mages in service of a golden-armored warrior queen. These combined forces cornered and trapped a number of Darkin, turning them into powerful weapons. Wielding them to help slay their own kind and it was the crystalline bow of Varus that was used to close the bridge to the Darkin home world forever.

The entity known as AatroxSquare Aatrox is appared in wars waged by humans, coming forth when victory seemed assured for one side, only to turn the tables with a few words and an unknown power, which inspires a monstrous bloodlust in people. His influence in historical conflicts spans thousands of years, with his oldest known appearance being in a battle between the Protectorate & Magelords. He has also appeared in Ancient Shurima, Ionia, Noxus, Demacia and more recently Freljord.[3] His work earned him dedicated devotees from various factions across history, being heralded as a hero to many of them, but he disappears as quickly as he comes, giving no indication of his true purpose.

VarusSquare Varus was sealed away inside the Pit of Pallas in Ionia by an unknown golden-armored warrior queen, before he was released by Valmar and Kai during the Noxian Invasion of Ionia. This Darkin personifies Vengeance.

The fate of RhaastSquare Rhaast varies from game-to-game: either killing KaynSquare Kayn to become dominant over his body, or being destroyed by KaynSquare Kayn, based on the outcome of The Darkin Scythe The Darkin Scythe Quest.


A great many of the Darkin were humanoid in appearance (though not all...) and the forms they have in Runeterra, are the best approximations of their original forms they can craft with the crude matter of mortal flesh as a canvas. The bodies of their hosts degrade over time as the weak, human flesh rebels against this transformation and new ones must be found.

Known Traits

The weapon's wielder and any Darkin trapped within seem to enter a symbiotic relationship, the wielder gaining a portion of the Darkin's power and the Darkin in turn gain some agency and a venue of freedom. However, the Darkin can parasitically dominate their wielder, thereby annihilating the wielder's personality while in turn freely affirming their agency; similarly, the wielder can extirpate the Darkin's persona to gain full access to the weapon's power. In both cases, the dominated other is described as "dying".

AatroxSquare Aatrox has usurped his wielder long ago and it is known that RhaastSquare Rhaast actively seeks to gain control over KaynSquare Kayn's body, where as VarusSquare Varus has yet to fully take control of both ValmarSquare Valmar and KaiSquare Kai in their tri-symbiotic existence.

KaynSquare Kayn asserts that RhaastSquare Rhaast will die if Kayn lets go of the scythe, although the implication is that the Darkin's power is lost if a Darkin is killed in this fashion.


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  • The two factions within Aatrox's lore, the Protectorate and the Magelords, are highly likely to be the two factions represented on Summoner's Rift.[4]
    • A stone mural can be seen along the north edge of the map that depicts two factions surrounding a crystal, with a small carving of AatroxSquare Aatrox visible to the left.
  • With AatroxSquare Aatrox's release, it was believed that the Darkin were a race of demon-like beings. However, in XayahSquare Xayah and RakanSquare Rakan's teaser it was stated that the Darkin were a collection of sentient weapons. With RhaastSquare Rhaast's release, a Rioter stated that the Darkin are powerful beings and that only the known Darkin were imprisoned within their weapons. He later emphasised known to players.
    • Based on the original premise, it was speculated that KayleSquare Kayle and MorganaSquare Morgana might be the two known-to-history Darkin that are yet not identified to players. This was supported by their winged-humanoid appearance in conjunction with the common Angels and Demons trope, as well as the promise that their out-dated and non-canonical lore would be updated in the future to something more in-universe. However, the other known Darkin were revealed to be RhaastSquare Rhaast and VarusSquare Varus.
  • In the short story Dark Kin, VarusSquare Varus clearly despised the "bestial and primitive" human languages, due to the human vocal tract's limitations; so likely VarusSquare Varus, AatroxSquare Aatrox & RhaastSquare Rhaast are merely approximate human renditions of the aliens' true names.
    • It is stated by AatroxSquare Aatrox that most Darkin have double "A" in their names, a fact that Darkin like VarusSquare Varus are a special exception.
    • Due to this naming customs of the Darkin and the visual appearance of their weapon bodies, it is speculated that Runaan's Hurricane item Runaan's Hurricane and Death's Dance item Death's Dance might also be Darkin infused weapons.
  • The Darkin are inspired by the manga and anime series Devilman.
    • The method in which Darkin possess human bodies is similar to how Demons possess humans in Devilman. Humans in both instances can also overpower the demon/darkin and use their power as their own.
  • AatroxSquare Aatrox has spent the most time imprisoned, and- since his was the first, it was also an imperfect one that likely damaged him in the process.
    • Because the Darkin-infused weapons were to be used against the Darkin armies, having a 'damaged' Darkin wouldn't have been as powerful a tool compared to a 'undamaged' weapon. By the time the mages had imprisoned VarusSquare Varus, they'd perfected the process a little more.


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