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The Harrowing

The Harrowing is an event to commemorate Halloween festivities in the world of Valoran. It introduced a few temporary cosmetic changes to the game (items, maps), and some Limited Edition skins and runes. The event started on October 18th and culminated on October 31st, 2010. In 2011, there was another Harrowing which lasted from October 19th to October 31st.

Lore

The Harrowing

The Harrowing event for 2013.

Each calendar year, the celestial bodies of Runeterra align in a particular astronomical event. This lengthy occasion - beginning with a partial eclipse on the 18th of October and culminating in a full solar eclipse on the 31st of October - is of one of the most significant holidays in Valoran. The alignment occurs annually around the time of the harvest, and is known as the Harrowing due to its dusky setting. For obvious reasons, the occasion is marked by superstitions surrounding the world's dark denizens, creepy crawlies, and things that generally go bump in the night.

While rural folks still believe that this is a time of great foreboding, most of Valoran has taken to commemorating the Harrowing through a bit of good, clean fun. Citizens of the city-states don monstrous costumes and exchange holiday sweets with one another as part of the revelry. Large costume parties, where patrons wear either light or dark costumes (with the intention of either warding off or confusing evil) are quite popular, and those of opposite colors are encouraged to exchange gifts with one another. However they're celebrating, all across Valoran, spirits are as high as the night is long.

As with all things Runeterra, the League is a major participant in the holiday festivities. Summoner's Rift is decked out with special lanterns to provide lighting (and a bit of atmosphere) during any scrimmages that take place during the eclipse. Minions are also decked out to honor the occasion, and even some champions choose to join in the merrymaking, donning costumes before they take to the battlefield. Additionally, the alchemists of the Institute of War brew special holiday concoctions, and the rune forges produce special runes for summoners who display valor during this time[1].

Champion Skins

Harrowing champion skins have been released for a various League favorites since 2010. The first groups of Harrowing skins began as limited edition only, meaning once they left the store they were not coming back in the future. More recently Harrowing skins have been made Legacy, meaning after they leave the store at the end of the event there is a chance they might come back in the future for a limited time.

Limited Skins to Legacy

From League of Legends's dramatic increase in its community, the the harrowing skins that were originally released as limited edition were changed to Legacy skins in October 2013 and put back on sale during the year's holiday event. Riot stated that the

... overwhelming player feedback has been that this creates an extremely negative experience for players who cannot acquire their favorite skin for their favorite champion. We believe that skins should be more about self-expression and fun than exclusivity, so we are rereleasing them in a limited way
ProfileIcon Vintage

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Veteran Player Compensation

As the value of exclusivity will lower in the process of bringing back the limited edition skins, Riot is giving compensation to the veteran players that originally bought the holiday skins in 2010 and 2011. They are gifting RP RP equal to the cost of the skins they purchased, giving Vintage treatment to the loading screen of those Harrowing skins as well as an giving those players an exclusive summoner icon. For more information please check out Riot's plan for vintage Limited Edition skins post.

Harrowing Skins

2010 Harrowing Login

The Harrowing log-in screen for 2010.

  • 2011 Harrowing skins (Legacy)
Harrowing Login 2011

The Harrowing log-in screen for 2011.

Twisted Treeline Remake

In 2012, Riot combined the remake of the Twisted Treeline map with their Harrowing event and a set of skins were released to celebrate the new and mysterious battlefield of the Shadow Isles.

Features

HarrowingMinions

Minions decorated as witches and wizards

Harrowing events in the past have included, but are not limited to:

  • Some sinfully sweet editions of your favorite in-game consumables
  • A sinister overhaul of Summoner's Rift featuring a more nocturnal motif
  • Limited edition Holiday Runes
  • Sinister Summoner icons to show off to your friends and in your loading screens
  • Ward skins for the baleful holiday if you need extra vision
  • Frighteningly festive costumes for your minions
  • A terrifying new login screen to get you in the mood

Items

Some items received a new temporary icon to celebrate the festivities:

Map

HarrowingThemedSummoner'sRift

Summoner's Rift artwork during the 2010 Harrowing.

The Summoner's Rift was replaced with a seasonal variant that includes many Harrowing holiday elements. It also contains Easter Eggs:
  • To the right of the blue team's top tower is a blue slab surrounded by green smoke. UrfSquare.png Urf the Manatee's Ghost (complete with name and description) will appear when a Champion stands near the gravestone[2].
  • Bringing WarwickSquare.png Warwick over in the Urf skin prompts Urf's Ghost to throw his spatula at Warwick and shake his head, as seen here
  • The extreme lower right has 3 coffins, containing the rumoured heroes AverdrianSquare.png Averdrian, GavidSquare.png Plant King, and the TabuSquare.png Voodoo Shaman. This could be interpreted as a "nail-in-the-coffin" confirming their cancellation[3].

Runes

6 special holiday runes were released and they were only available from October 18 to 31.These runes can be located in the Tier 2 section of the store. All of them however were Tier 2.5 Quintessences:

  • QuintessenceofthePiercingScreechQuintessence of the Piercing Screech (Tier 2.5, +1.75 Magic Penetration)
  • QuintessenceofBountifulTreatsQuintessence of Bountiful Treats (Tier 2.5, +24 Health)
  • QuintessenceoftheSpeedySpecterQuintessence of the Speedy Specter (Tier 2.5, +1.39% Movement Speed)
  • QuintessenceoftheElusiveWerewolfQuintessence of the Elusive Werewolf (Tier 2.5, +1.39% Dodge)
  • QuintessenceoftheWitchesBrewQuintessence of the Witches Brew (Tier 2.5, +4.56 Ability Power)
  • QuintessenceofUnknownQuintessence of the Headless Horseman (Tier 2.5, +3.08 Armor Penetration)

Summoner Icons

The Harrowing events of 2012 and 2013 introduced new Summoner Icons that a summoner could earn in celebration of the sinister holiday[4].

Ward Skins

The first ward skins ever to be introduced to League of Legends was during the 2012 Harrowing event. During this event you were able to rent ward skins for a small amount of RP RP or IP IP.

Here are the first five ward skins that were available to be unlocked:
Ward skins EN
  • Deadfall Ward – 200 IP
  • Haunting Ward – 800 IP
  • Tomb Angel Ward – 25 RP
  • Widow Ward – 75 RP
  • Bat-O-Lantern Ward – 165 RP

During the Harrowing of 2013, these five ward skins are made available again. They are free to use during the holiday event and are also purchasable until the event is over for RP 640 for permanent warding[5].

Gallery

  • Lollipoppy
  • Pumpkinhead Fiddlesticks
  • Nosferatu Vladimir
  • Mundo Mundo
  • Kitty Cat Katarina
  • Zombie Ryze
  • Quintessence of the Piercing Screech
  • Quintessence of Bountiful Treats
  • Quintessence of the Speedy Specter
  • Quintessence of the Elusive Werewolf
  • Quintessence of the Witches Brew
  • Quintessence of the Headless Horseman
  • Candy Corn
  • Mana-Encrusted Apple
  • Piece of Green Candy
  • Piece of Blue Candy
  • Piece of Red Candy
  • Pumpkin Guise
  • Frozen Brain
  • Tabu
  • Averdrian
  • Gavid
  • Ghost of Urf

  • Bewitching Nidalee
  • FrankenTibbers Annie
  • Definitely Not Blitzcrank
  • Haunting Nocturne

  • Zombie Brand
  • Headmistress Fiora
  • Pirate Ryze

  • Officer Vi
  • Haunted Zyra

  • Headless Hecarim
  • Haunted Maokai
  • Underworld Twisted Fate

Harrowing Login Screen

On top of all the new seasonal features, every year summoners are met with a new animated login screen. They usually showcase one or more of the year's new Harrowing skins and are backed with eerie music to set up the mood as everyone enters.

Music

Harrowing 2010 Login Theme

Harrowing 2011 Login Theme

Harrowing 2012 Login Theme (Elise's Theme)

Harrowing 2014 Login Theme

Animations

Kitty Cat Katarina & Zombie Ryze (Harrowing 2010) League Of Legends Login Screen With Music01:47

Kitty Cat Katarina & Zombie Ryze (Harrowing 2010) League Of Legends Login Screen With Music

Haunting Nocturne (Harrowing 2011) League Of Legends Login Screen With Music01:05

Haunting Nocturne (Harrowing 2011) League Of Legends Login Screen With Music

Elise (Harrowing 2012) League Of Legends Login Screen With Music02:33

Elise (Harrowing 2012) League Of Legends Login Screen With Music

Haunted Zyra (Harrowing 2013) League Of Legends Login Screen With Music02:07

Haunted Zyra (Harrowing 2013) League Of Legends Login Screen With Music

Harrowing 2014 (Halloween) League Of Legends Login Screen With Music02:58

Harrowing 2014 (Halloween) League Of Legends Login Screen With Music

References

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