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Gnar Reveal

Time marches on for most, but not Gnar Gnar. A yordle born millennia ago, Gnar was captured and trapped in true ice, frozen - quite literally - in time. Civilizations formed and fell as the prehistoric yordle vacantly stared on, but nothing - not even true ice - could confine Gnar forever. After breaking free, he wandered Runeterra until he found himself taken in by his yordle descendants. But, as they would soon discover, there's a Mega Gnar beast behind the boy. [2]

Abilities

Rage Gene
Rage Gene

Gnar builds up Enraged.png rage in combat. Once he fills his rage bar, Gnar's next ability transforms him into Mega Gnar.png Mega Gnar, giving him bonus armor, magic resistance, health, and attack damage at the expense of movement speed, attack speed, and attack range. If Mini Gnar Mini Gnar doesn't use an ability, he transforms into Mega Gnar Mega Gnar after a few seconds anyway. While in Mega Gnar form, his rage slowly runs down, and once it's exhausted, he turns back into Mini Gnar. After transforming back, Mini Gnar briefly becomes Tired.png Tired and can't gain rage for a few seconds.


Boomerang Throw
Boomerang Throw

Gnar chucks his boomerang in a target direction, dealing damage to the first enemy struck while applying a Slow icon slow. After striking an enemy, the boomerang slows before returning to Gnar, dealing reduced damage to all enemies in its path. If Gnar catches it, he reduces Boomerang Throw's cooldown significantly.

Mega Gnar Mega Gnar - Boulder Toss
Boulder Toss

Gnar launches a huge boulder in a target direction, damaging and Slow icon slowing the first target in the boulder's path along with all nearby enemies. Once it's landed, Gnar can pick the boulder up to reduce Boulder Toss' cooldown.


Hyper
Hyper

Every third attack or ability against a target deals percent max health as magic damage. Whenever Hyper triggers, or when Mega Gnar transforms back into Mini Gnar, he gains a moderate movement speed boost that decays over time.

Mega Gnar Mega Gnar - Wallop
Wallop

Gnar stands on his back legs before slamming his fists into the ground, damaging and briefly Stun icon stunning all enemies in front of him.


Hop
Hop

Gnar jumps in a target direction and gains a moderate attack speed boost. If Gnar lands on a unit, he bounces, hopping again in the same direction. If Gnar hops onto an enemy unit, he also damages and Slow icon slows them.

Mega Gnar Mega Gnar - Crunch
Crunch

Gnar launches himself in a target direction, damaging and Slow icon slowing all enemies he lands directly on.


Mega Gnar Mega Gnar - GNAR!
GNAR!

Gnar throws a tantrum, tossing all enemies around him in a target direction. All enemies thrown are Slow icon slowed and damaged, while enemies thrown into walls, including turrets and base structures, suffer extra damage and are Stun icon stunned.


Gameplay
Gnar Screenshots

Gnar's a prehistoric yordle best suited to the Rift's top lane. A transform champion with clear strengths and weaknesses in both Gnar Mini and Mega Gnar Mega forms, Gnar fights best when he anticipates his fits of Rage Gene.png rage, and come late game, brawls most effectively as a tank or fighter.

Top Lane
Gnar concept 1

Gnar's Rage Gene.png rage meter fills slowest at the start of the game, so mastering his Gnar Mini form is key to a successful early game. Fortunately, Mini Gnar has plenty of tricks up his furry sleeves to keep his more fragile form safe from enemy aggression. Boomerang Throw.png Boomerang Throw deals decent damage to his lane opponent, and its slow helps Gnar maintain distance and avoid retaliation. Once unlocked, Hyper.png Hyper applies further damage, helping Gnar gain lane dominance with timely basic attacks and repeated Boomerang Throw.png Boomerang Throws. Mini Gnar is best off saving Hop.png Hop as an escape: it's a solid disengage ability that he can use on lane opponents or junglers as they come in to take him out.

And then there's Mega Gnar Mega Gnar. A brutal beast with significant crowd control and surprising burst, Mega Gnar brings a completely different playstyle to bear complete with inherent strengths and weaknesses. He's a juggernaut: slow, strong and resilient, and while he delivers a punishing burst of damage, he has little to follow up with. While Mini Gnar is nimble enough to dart around the edges of combat, Mega Gnar thrives in the heart of the fight. After Crunch.png Crunching in to face his enemy top laner, quick casts of Boulder Toss.png Boulder Toss and Wallop.png Wallop should see all but the most defensive of enemies pummeled effectively. He has considerable vulnerabilities, though, particular when being ganked. Mega Gnar has no effective means of escape, and has to rely on raw health and resistances to keep him alive as he lumbers back to the safety of his tower. Things change meaningfully once Gnar hits six and gains access to GNAR!.png GNAR! While it hits hard enough, the utility is strong enough to save Gnar's life - and end his enemy's - particularly when they've strayed close to walls. Bait your opponent into the brush as Mini Gnar, then transform and use GNAR!.png GNAR! to smash them into the wall, stunning them as you burst them down with the rest of your abilities. If your enemy's particularly confident and tower dives, use the ability to stun them against your turret. When trying to survive a gank, simply throwing them away should give you the time you need to escape.

Teamfights
Gnar concept 2

Gnar has three distinct phases during teamfights, each oriented around timing his forms. First, he needs to avoid engaging for a while as Gnar Mini Gnar builds up Rage Gene.png rage, kiting with basic attacks, Boomerang Throw.png Boomerang Throw and Hyper.png Hyper's passive to put a dent in the enemy frontline. Once Gnar's about to Enraged.png pop, he's best suited Hop and Crunch.png Bouncing in towards the enemy team. Whenever Mini Gnar activates an ability with Mega Gnar.png full Rage, he transforms into Mega Gnar Mega Gnar while using it, so while the gathered targets might see a small ball of fluff Hop and Crunch.png leaping towards them, something very different will land in their midst.

Once Mega Gnar's landed, his role is to disrupt as much as possible, using Boulder Toss.png Boulder Toss and Wallop.png Wallop to damage and crowd control all nearby enemies. Gnar works best as his team's tank here, blocking skillshots with his considerable frame and forcing the enemy damage dealers to focus on him. Knowing when to use GNAR!.png GNAR! is critical: smart timing can interrupt several enemy abilities simultaneously, while smart positioning can send the entire enemy team crashing into a structure, stunning them all and giving his allies the chance to secure kills.

As Mega Gnar's Rage Gene.png Rage meter starts to fade, Mini Gnar's strengths become an amazing asset in clean-up. He's fast, he can close gaps with Hop.png Hop and his basic attacks, which, when numerous enough, trigger Hyper.png Hyper and give Mini Gnar a huge movement speed boost. Add in Boomerang Throw.png Boomerang Throw, and Gnar has all the tools he needs to catch and finish off his targets.

Gnar concept 10
Synergy
Works well with: Struggles against:
LuluSquare
Lulu - the Fae Sorceress

Lulu's kit handily fills in Gnar's weaknesses and supplements his strengths in both forms. She can shield Gnar Mini Gnar with Help, Pix!.png Help, Pix! whenever he's under attack, while Whimsy.png Whimsy gives Mega Gnar Mega Gnar all the movement he needs to help him stick to the enemy team and dish out his AoE damage.

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Teemo - the Swift Scout

Teemo outranges Gnar and deals enough damage over time with his Toxic Shot.png Toxic Shots to beat him in a war of attrition. The Swift Scout can also Blinding Dart.png blind Gnar in basic attack battles, or turn to Move Quick.png Move Quick to dodge everything from Boomerang Throw.png boomerangs and Boulder Toss.png boulders to Mega Gnar Mega Gnars.

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Amumu - the Sad Mummy

Come late game, Gnar thrives when he has a primary tank initiator to follow up on. Amumu's perfect: his Bandage Toss.png Q to Curse of the Sad Mummy.png R combo locks down enemy teams, meaning Mega Gnar Mega Gnar can Crunch.png Crunch in and complement Amumu's AoE damage with his own.

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Irelia - the Will of the Blades

Though Gnar can trade well with Irelia over the opening few levels, by level 5, she has all the Hiten Style.png true damage, Hiten Style.png sustain, Bladesurge.png speed, and Ionian Fervor.png resilience needed to beat Gnar in a fight, meaning the Missing Link has little choice but to farm under tower and rely on jungler support.

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Orianna - the Lady of Clockwork

Clockwork Windup.png The Ball delivery system lives on whenever Mega Gnar Mega Gnar leaps into the enemy team! Combining Crunch.png Crunch and Command- Shockwave.png Command: Shockwave (Crunchwave?) deals devastating damage, and Orianna can follow up with Command- Dissonance.png Command: Dissonance, which slows the enemies and speeds Mega Gnar Mega Gnar's otherwise lumbering gait.

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Fizz - the Tidal Trickster

Fizz is a problem for both of Gnar's forms. He's nimble and powerful enough to burst down Gnar Mini Gnar before he has the chance to transform, and Playful.png Playful / Trickster.png Trickster can dodge Mega Gnar Mega Gnar's considerable power and crowd control, including GNAR!.png GNAR!

Champion Insights
Gnar Gnar, designed by gypsylord
Gnar concept 3

Let's talk transform!

Transform champions have historically been some of the hardest to balance in League of Legends because they frequently end up with a dominant form: pre-V4.10 Nidalee Nidalee worked best in Aspect of the Cougar 2.png human form unless she needed to Takedown.png execute or Pounce.png run away, and Jayce Jayce happily sits in Transform- Mercury Cannon.png cannon form for the bulk of his games. Giving both forms unique strengths and weaknesses is meaningless when they can just transform at will to lose the weaknesses they had. Let's look again at Jayce Jayce: How's a melee champion supposed to fight him in a one-on-one scenario if Jayce can duel just as well Transform- Mercury Hammer.png up close and has the option to transform into an effective Transform- Mercury Cannon.png ranged champion?

Here's the central question we posed ourselves: how can we create a new transform champion that feels fundamentally good to play as and against? Our answer was to make a champion with identifiable strengths and weaknesses in both forms, then limit the player's ability to control which form they play in. After months of testing, we ended up with the (sometimes) adorable ball of fluff known as Gnar.

Gnar concept 4

So how's he different? Well, Gnar Mini Gnar's one of the most mobile champions in the game. He boasts good sustained damage and kites incredibly well, but when he does get caught, he dies fast. On the other hand, Mega Gnar Mega Gnar is a colossus. He's tanky and surprisingly bursty, with strong area of effect and crowd control to boot. But he's slow, meaning his enemies can pretty much get away simply by walking in the opposite direction. Removing control of the Rage Gene.png transform from Gnar means that he has to anticipate when he's about to Mega Gnar.png pop (or er... Tired.png unpop?) and position and prepare to play in a completely different way, adding extra complexity and depth to his gameplay. This also means that - for the first time - learning how to play during the Enraged.png transitions between Gnar's forms is just as important as mastering the play styles of his two forms.

Gnar concept 5

Media

Gnar League Of Legends Login Screen With Music02:22

Gnar League Of Legends Login Screen With Music

Gnar's Theme
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Related Videos


  • Gnar Sketch 1
  • Gnar Sketch 2
  • Gnar Sketch 3
  • Gnar Sketch 4
  • Gnar Sketch 5
  • Gnar Concept Exploration (by Riot Artist Edmundo 'odunmde' Sanchez)
  • Mini Gnar Concept (by Riot Artist Josh 'GrumpyMonkey' Singh)
  • Mega Gnar Concept (by Riot Artist Josh 'GrumpyMonkey' Singh)
  • Gnar Concept (by Riot Artist Charles 'Yideth' Liu)
  • Gnar Rage Concept
  • Gnar Expression Study
  • Dino Gnar Promo
  • Dino Gnar Splash Concept 1
  • Dino Gnar Splash Concept 2
  • Dino Gnar Splash Concept 3
  • Dino Gnar Splash Concept 4
  • Dino Gnar Splash Concept 5
  • Dino Gnar Splash Concept 6
  • Dino Gnar Splash Concept 7
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  • Mega Gnar Square (by Riot Artist Alex Flores)
  • Snow Day Gnar Concept (by Riot Artist Samuel Thompson)


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