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Hextech Crafting

Hextech Crafting

Hextech Crafting is a gameplay reward system implemented by Riot Games Inc. for League of Legends.[1] The reward system is directly tied with Champion Mastery.

It was released on the PBE on January 13, 2016. The first live testings were done on the Turkish server from patch V6.3 on February 10, 2016.

Hextech Crafting was launched on:

  • NA on patch V6.5 (March 15, 2016)
  • EUW and EUNE on patch V6.6 (March 24, 2016)

Items

Champion Capsules

Champion capsules are awarded when leveling up. They contain between one and four champions shards, for a total disenchant value that goes from Blue Essence 720 and Blue Essence 1,260. Champions shards can be consumed by doing one of the following:

  • Disenchant to obtain (20% of the champion Blue Essence BE cost in the Store) Blue Essence Blue Essences.
  • Activate rental for 7 days.
  • Upgrade to champion permanent; costs 60% of the champion Blue Essence BE cost in the Store.

Honor Capsule

Honor Capsule

Honor Capsule

Honor Capsules are earned at end of match if player have at least Honor level 3. These capsules contain champions shards, key fragments or exlusive honor skins.

Hextech Chests and Keys

Hextech Chests

Hextech Crafting Chest

Hextech Chest

Players earn a Mastery Chest whenever they or a member of their premade party earn an S-, S or S+, while they are playing a champion eligible to earn a chest and have an available chest slot.

  • Players can only earn chests while playing a champion they own.
  • Players can only earn one chest per champion per competitive season.
    • Champions eligible to earn chests are shown on the Champion Collection tab.
    • Note that a champion becomes ineligible after earning a chest, not after obtaining an S grade.
  • Players can earn 1 chest every 7 days, storing up to four available chests in reserve. The number of available chests is shown in the Summoner Profile.
  • Even though the Profile refers them as "Mastery Chests", Chests rewarded by Mastery Grades are identical to Hextech Chests purchased in the store.
    • Hextech Chests can be purchased in the store for RP 125.
    • Purchased Hextech Chests do not count toward the earned limit.

Hextech Keys

Hextech Crafting Key

Hextech Key

  • Hextech Keys can also be purchased in the store for RP 125.
  • 3 Key Fragments can be combined into a Key.
    • Key Fragments can often be purchased with Mission Tokens.
    • Key Fragments are periodically distributed to Honorable players (Honor 2 or above).

Loot

Chest open

Opening a Hextech chest

Unlocking a Hextech Chest with a Hextech Key awards "Loot". You are guaranteed to receive one of the following:

  • Champion Shards – Uncommon (30% Frequency)
  • Cosmetic Shards
    • Champion Skins – Common (60% Frequency)
    • Ward Skins – Rare (6.6% Frequency)
    • Summoner Icons – Rare (3.3% Frequency)
    • Emotes – Rare (Unknown Frequency)

There is also a chance to get an additional drop of one of the following:

  • Orange Essence – Rare (1% Drop Rate)
  • Gemstones – Rare (4% Drop Rate)

Only the odds for Gemstones have been officially disclosed. The rest are estimated based on player studies.[2][3] The first study referenced also determined that players have a 25% chance of receiving Legacy Vault cosmetics, which is disproportionately higher than one would expect if all skins had equal odds.

Loot Exclusive Content

Gemstones can reward the player with loot exclusive content.

Removed Items

MSI Capsule

MSI Capsules were limited time capsules bought for RP 600. They rewarded you with 3 skins which one will be exlusive Team Skins.

Epic Capsules

Epic Capsule

Epic Capsule

Epic Capsules were limited time capsules. They rewarded you with 3 skins, at least one being Epic and increased Chance of getting Gemstone.

Crafting Material

Crafting Materials are obtained when a Hextech Chest is unlocked. They include essences and shards.

Gemstones (Rare Gems)
Blue Essence (Blue Essence BE)
Orange Essence (Orange Essence OE - Cosmetic)
  • Used for upgrading Champion skins shards and Ward skins shards to permanent versions.
  • Used for unlocking Icons & Emotes from drops (shards).
  • Obtained through disenchanting cosmetic shards and permanent cosmetic items (i.e.: Champion skin shards).
Shards
  • Champion Shards
    • Can be combined with Blue Essence Blue Essence to permanently unlock the champion.
    • Can be consumed to temporarily unlock the champion for 7 days.
    • Can be combined with the champion's Mastery Token to improve the champion's mastery rank to 6 and 7.
    • Can be disenchanted into Blue Essence Blue Essence, which can be used to upgrade other Champion Shards or buy champions for full price from the Store.
  • Skin Shards (Cosmetic)
    • All Available, Legacy Vault and Loot Exclusive Champion Skins, Ward Skins, Emotes and Summoner Icons can be obtained as a Cosmetic Shard.
    • Can be combined with Cosmetic Essence to permanently unlock the cosmetic.
    • Can be consumed to temporarily unlock the skin for 7 days, excluding Summoner Icons and Emotes.
    • If you do not own the Champion, the option to permanently or temporarily unlock the Skin is disabled and the additional option to purchase the champion is added (redirects you to the store).
    • Can be combined with 3 other Cosmetic Shards (Skin, Ward or Summoner Icon) to permanently unlock 1 Cosmetic you do not own. You may get a Skin Shard on a champion you do not own.
    • Can be disenchanted into Orange Essence Orange Essence, which can be used to upgrade other Cosmetic Shards.
  • Permanents
    • If you are lucky enough to receive Loot Exclusive content from a Hextech Chest, it will be added to your inventory as a "Permanent". The distinction between Shards and Permanents is that:
    • A Permanent cannot be redeemed temporarily.
    • A Permanent has no cost associated with unlocking it permanently.
    • Permanents can still be rerolled and disenchanted, and are worth more Essence when disenchanted.

Crafting Costs

These are the current crafting prices from patch V7.22 and onwards.

Champion Crafting
Store Cost Upgrade Disenchant Activate
Blue Essence 450 / RP 260 Blue Essence 270 Blue Essence 90 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR Blue Essence 225 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard
Blue Essence 1350 / RP 585 Blue Essence 810 Blue Essence 270 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR Blue Essence 675 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard
Blue Essence 3150 / RP 790 Blue Essence 1890 Blue Essence 630 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR Blue Essence 1575 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard
Blue Essence 4800 / RP 880 Blue Essence 2880 Blue Essence 960 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR Blue Essence 2400 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard
Blue Essence 6300 / RP 975 Blue Essence 3780 Blue Essence 1260 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR Blue Essence 3150 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard
Blue Essence 7800 / RP 975 Blue Essence 4680 Blue Essence 1560 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR Blue Essence 3900 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard
Skin Crafting
Store Cost Re-roll Upgrade Disenchant Activate
RP 520 3 Hextech Crafting Shard Hextech Crafting Permanent Orange Essence 220 Orange Essence 104 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR Orange Essence 260 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard
RP 750 3 Hextech Crafting Shard Hextech Crafting Permanent Orange Essence 450 Orange Essence 150 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR Orange Essence 375 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard
RP 975 3 Hextech Crafting Shard Hextech Crafting Permanent Orange Essence 675 Orange Essence 195 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR Orange Essence 488 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard
RP 1350 3 Hextech Crafting Shard Hextech Crafting Permanent Orange Essence 1050 Orange Essence 270 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR Orange Essence 675 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard
RP 1820 3 Hextech Crafting Shard Hextech Crafting Permanent Orange Essence 1520 Orange Essence 364 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR Orange Essence 910 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard
RP 2450 3 Hextech Crafting Shard Hextech Crafting Permanent Orange Essence 2150 Orange Essence 490 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR Orange Essence 1225 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard
RP 3250 3 Hextech Crafting Shard Hextech Crafting Permanent Orange Essence 2950 Orange Essence 650 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR Orange Essence 1625 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard

While not being directly available in the store, Hextech Annie's and Soulstealer Vayne's Store cost is RP 2450.

Ward Skin Crafting
Store Cost Re-roll Upgrade Disenchant Activate
RP 640 3 Hextech Crafting Shard Hextech Crafting Permanent Orange Essence 340 Orange Essence 213 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR Orange Essence 320 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard

These are the old crafting prices prior to patch V7.22.

Champion Crafting
Store Cost Re-roll Upgrade Disenchant Activate
Blue Essence 450 / RP 260 3 Hextech Crafting Shard Hextech Crafting Permanent Blue Essence 60 Blue Essence 87 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR Blue Essence 130 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard
Blue Essence 1350 / RP 585 3 Hextech Crafting Shard Hextech Crafting Permanent Blue Essence 285 Blue Essence 195 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR Blue Essence 293 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard
Blue Essence 3150 / RP 790 3 Hextech Crafting Shard Hextech Crafting Permanent Blue Essence 490 Blue Essence 263 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR Blue Essence 395 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard
Blue Essence 4800 / RP 880 3 Hextech Crafting Shard Hextech Crafting Permanent Blue Essence 580 Blue Essence 293 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR Blue Essence 440 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard
Blue Essence 6300 / RP 975 3 Hextech Crafting Shard Hextech Crafting Permanent Blue Essence 675 Blue Essence 325 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR Blue Essence 488 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard
Skin Crafting
Store Cost Re-roll Upgrade Disenchant Activate
RP 520 3 Hextech Crafting Shard Hextech Crafting Permanent Orange Essence 220 Orange Essence 173 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR Orange Essence 260 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard
RP 750 3 Hextech Crafting Shard Hextech Crafting Permanent Orange Essence 450 Orange Essence 250 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR Orange Essence 375 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard
RP 975 3 Hextech Crafting Shard Hextech Crafting Permanent Orange Essence 675 Orange Essence 325 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR Orange Essence 488 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard
RP 1350 3 Hextech Crafting Shard Hextech Crafting Permanent Orange Essence 1050 Orange Essence 450 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR Orange Essence 675 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard
RP 1820 3 Hextech Crafting Shard Hextech Crafting Permanent Orange Essence 1520 Orange Essence 601 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR Orange Essence 910 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard
RP 2450 3 Hextech Crafting Shard Hextech Crafting Permanent Orange Essence 2150 Orange Essence 817 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR Orange Essence 1225 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard
RP 3250 3 Hextech Crafting Shard Hextech Crafting Permanent Orange Essence 2950 Orange Essence 1083 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR Orange Essence 1625 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard

While not being directly available in the store, Hextech Annie's and Soulstealer Vayne's Store cost is RP 2450.

Ward Skin Crafting
Store Cost Re-roll Upgrade Disenchant Activate
RP 640 3 Hextech Crafting Shard Hextech Crafting Permanent Orange Essence 340 Orange Essence 213 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR Orange Essence 320 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard

Development

Hextech Annie

By Mirross [4]

Annie HextechSkin

Hi all!

Everyone’s favorite combo of sugar, spice, nice, and plenty of burning is getting a new skin as part of hextech crafting and loot. In order to secure appropriate testing for Hextech Annie, we’re putting her and her hextechnically-augmented Tibbers on PBE early, but don’t expect her to debut with the launch of hextech crafting and loot.

Featuring an all-new model, textures, animations and particle effects as well as new sounds, Hextech Annie is intended to be available exclusively through hextech crafting and the loot system by acquiring 10 gemstones either in normal chests and promotional chests through rare drops or by picking up special promo chest bundles (which’ll guarantee a gemstone drop). Gemstones are rare loot drops that can be crafted into a chest and key bundle or saved to combine to craft Hextech Annie.

Promo chests will only be available at limited times and may have different content inside compared to normal chests. For testing on the PBE, we’ve unlocked Hextech Promo Chest bundles in the store so players can pick up Hextech Annie as soon as possible. During this test, buying one of the 10-chest bundles guarantees a gemstone in addition to the gemstones you can find in the chests themselves.

As we mentioned at the beginning, Hextech Annie won’t be available at the launch of hextech crafting and loot. We’ll test her on PBE before testing her release to live servers in Turkey (where we’ve been testing hextech crafting and loot for a little while now). When hextech crafting and loot debut on all live servers, Hextech Annie will follow shortly after.

Lastly, we’re pretty sure everyone’s used to this by now, but please keep in mind the promo chests have been heavily discounted for testing on PBE, and the drop rates of items in the chests may also change before we go live.

Leave your feedback on the skin or even the idea of a free, exclusive skin in hextech crafting below, and we’ll see you on the PBE battlefields!

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you freely pick a skin to craft or if you have to have a shard?

Essence is used to upgrade shards only, not to pick specific items.

Are all champion skins obtainable?

Only very few skins are not obtainable.

If a friend gets an S rank with a different champion, will it count as your chest for whichever champion you are currently playing?

This is accurate. If you are playing Vi, and your friend is playing Jax and gets the S+, you get the chest for Vi.

So if I play a same champion after I obtained a chest from him, will I get another chest for that champion if one of my friends gets an S rank in the next match?

Nope. You would still earn keys, and they could get you a chest for that specific champion though.

Do you have notices about earning champion mastery playing Dominion?

We're looking at putting champion mastery into other game modes, but no specifics to share yet. Only Summoner's Rift for now.

Can IP also be used for getting components?

We've discussed keys for IP. It's possible we'll integrate IP into the system at some point in the future but no plans as of yet.

What if a player has unlocked all champions in his roster, How does Champion Essence work then?

We'll likely have a special case for this. We'll be revealing details at a later point though.


Hextech Crafting Loot

See also

Media

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References