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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)
  • All the other servers on patch V6.6 (March 24, 2016)

Items

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 icon 125.
    • Purchased Hextech Chests do not count toward the earned limit.
    • Up to 25 Hextech Chests can be purchased every day.

Hextech Keys

Hextech Crafting Key fragment

Key fragment

Hextech Crafting Key

Hextech Key

Hextech Keys are used to open Hextech Chests.

  • 3 Key Fragments can be combined into a Key.
    • Key Fragments are periodically distributed to Honorable players (Honor 2 or above).
    • Can earn up to 12 Key Fragments in a 4 week period. Every four weeks, the timer resets.
    • Key Fragments can often be purchased with Mission Tokens.
  • Hextech Keys can also be purchased in the store for RP icon 125.

Loot

Hextech Crafting Chest openning

Opening a Hextech chest

Unlocking a Hextech Chest with a Hextech Key awards Loot. You are guaranteed to receive one of the following:[2]

  • RP icon 1820 or less Champion Skin Shard or Ultimate Permanent – Common (50% Frequency)
  • BE icon 4800+ Champion Shard – Uncommon (25% Frequency)
  • Emote Permanent – Uncommon (10% Frequency)
  • Ward Skin Shard + OE icon 150Uncommon (11.5% Frequency)
  • Summoner Icon Shard + OE icon 150Rare (3.5% Frequency)

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

  • Hextech Crafting Chest Hextech Chest and Hextech Crafting Key Hextech Key – Uncommon (10% Frequency)
  • Hextech Crafting Gemstone Gemstone – Rare (3.6% Frequency)
  • Mythic Skin Permanent – Rare (0.04% Frequency)
Notes
  • Equal Odds: Skins are not more likely to drop based on their price tier. An ultimate skin is just as common as a standard skin.
    • Legacy Content: A study has 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.
  • Big Drops, Free Unlock: Ultimate and Mythic skins are dropped as Permanents, meaning they do not require any OE icon Hextech Crafting to redeem.
  • Bad Luck Protection: You can't open three chests in a row without dropping at least one skin shard. This raises the effective drop rate of skin shards to roughly 57%.
  • Bonus Gemstones: Gemstones have a 3.6% chance of dropping as a bonus alongside normal chest content. These also have light "bad luck protection," since you can't go more than 50 boxes without getting a gemstone. This brings the overall drop rate up to 4%.
  • Chests inside Chests: Bonus chests (with a key) have a 10% chance to drop whenever you open a Hextech chest. Each of these chests also have a 10% chance to drop with another bonus chest (and key).

Masterwork Chest

Hextech Crafting Masterwork Chest

Masterwork Chest

With patch V8.7, Masterwork Chests became purchasable from the store for RP icon 165 (RP icon 225 for a chest and key), or RP icon 2250 for a bundle of 11 chests and keys. Masterwork Chests also require a Hextech Crafting Key Hextech Key to open.

  • Champion Skin Shard – Common (70% Frequency)
  • OE icon 525Uncommon (10% Frequency)
  • Emote Permanent – Uncommon (10% Frequency)
  • Ward Skin Shard + OE icon 150Uncommon (10% Frequency)

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

  • Hextech Crafting Gemstone Gemstone – Rare (3.6% Frequency)
  • Hextech Crafting Masterwork Chest Hextech Masterwork Chest and Hextech Crafting Key Hextech Key – Uncommon (10% Frequency)
Notes
  • You cannot get RP icon 390 skins.

Champion Capsules

Hextech Crafting Champion Capsule

Champion Capsule

Champion capsules are awarded when leveling up. They contain between one and four champions shards, and potentially some raw BE icon Blue Essence, for a total value (after disenchanting) between BE icon 810 BE and BE icon 1,260 BE.

Honor

Honor Capsules

Upon leveling up to Honor level 3, 4 and 5 players receive a Honor Capsule. Honor Capsules do not require a key to open and contain key fragments, ward skins, emotes, champion shards, and Honor-exclusive skins.

Honor Orbs

Upon reaching checkpoints at Honor level 3, 4 and 5 players receive a Honor Orb. Honor Orbs do not require a key to open, and contain key fragments and champion shards.

Loot Exclusive Content

Gemstones can reward the player with loot exclusive content.

Crafting Material

Hextech Crafting Gemstone

Gemstone

Gemstones (Rare Gem Gemstone)
Hextech Crafting Blue Essence

Blue Essences

Blue Essence (BE icon BE)
Hextech Crafting Orange Essence

Orange Essences

Orange Essence (OE icon OE - Cosmetic)
  • Used for unlocking cosmetic shards: champion skins, ward skins, summoner icons, and emotes.
  • Obtained through disenchanting cosmetic shards.
Shards
  • Champion Shards
    • Can be combined with BE icon Blue Essence to permanently unlock the champion.
    • One shard 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 BE icon Blue Essence, which can be used to upgrade other Champion Shards or buy champions for full price from the Store.
    • Mystery champion shards are sometimes available in the store for RP icon 195 or BE icon 1700.
  • Cosmetic Shards
    • 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 OE icon Orange Essences to permanently unlock the cosmetic. The OE icon Orange Essence cost scales with the content's RP icon RP cost.
    • One shard 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, redirecting you to the store.
    • Reroll: You can combine 3 cosmetic shards of the same type (champion skins, wards skins, and summoner icons) to obtain a permanent shard of the same type you do not own. The 3 selected shards are deleted in the process.
      • It's impossible to get a RP icon 390 permanent champion skin shard.
      • When receiving a RP icon 520 permanent champion skin shard, you also gain an additional OE icon 100 Orange Essences.
      • Permanent shards are automatically activated, other than when you gain a shard for a champion you don't own.
      • You also have a 10% chance of getting an additional Hextech Crafting Chest Hextech Chest and Hextech Crafting Key Hextech Key.
      • Hextech exclusive skins have a 0.04% chance to drop.
    • Can be disenchanted into OE icon Orange Essence, which can be used to upgrade other Cosmetic Shards.
    • Mystery Emote Tokens are periodically available in the store for RP icon 195. They award a random unowned emote.
  • Permanents Shards
    • There is a chance that a shard is permanent instead of standard.
    • A permanent shard cannot be redeemed temporarily.
    • A permanent shard has no cost associated with unlocking it permanently.
    • Permanents can still be rerolled and disenchanted, and are worth more Essence when disenchanted.
    • Can be combined with the champion's Mastery Token to improve the champion's mastery rank to 6 and 7.

Crafting Costs

Champion Shards
Store Cost Upgrade Disenchant (Hextech Crafting Shard) Disenchant (Hextech Crafting Permanent)
BE icon 450 / RP icon 260 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) OR (Hextech Crafting Shard + BE icon 270) BE icon 90 BE icon 225
BE icon 1350 / RP icon 585 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) OR (Hextech Crafting Shard + BE icon 810) BE icon 270 BE icon 675
BE icon 3150 / RP icon 790 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) OR (Hextech Crafting Shard + BE icon 1890) BE icon 630 BE icon 1575
BE icon 4800 / RP icon 880 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) OR (Hextech Crafting Shard + BE icon 2880) BE icon 960 BE icon 2400
BE icon 6300 / RP icon 975 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) OR (Hextech Crafting Shard + BE icon 3780) BE icon 1260 BE icon 3150
BE icon 7800 / RP icon 975 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) OR (Hextech Crafting Shard + BE icon 4680) BE icon 1560 BE icon 3900
Champion Skin Shards
While not being directly available in the store, gemstone skins (e.g. Annie HextechCircle Hextech Annie [S|L] or Vayne SoulstealerCircle Soulstealer Vayne [S|L]) cost are considered to be RP icon 2450.
Store Cost Upgrade Disenchant (Hextech Crafting Shard) Disenchant (Hextech Crafting Permanent)
RP icon 520 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) OR (Hextech Crafting Shard + OE icon 220) OE icon 104 OE icon 260
RP icon 750 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) OR (Hextech Crafting Shard + OE icon 450) OE icon 150 OE icon 375
RP icon 975 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) OR (Hextech Crafting Shard + OE icon 675) OE icon 195 OE icon 488
RP icon 1350 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) OR (Hextech Crafting Shard + OE icon 1050) OE icon 270 OE icon 675
RP icon 1820 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) OR (Hextech Crafting Shard + OE icon 1520) OE icon 364 OE icon 910
RP icon 2450 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) OR (Hextech Crafting Shard + OE icon 2150) OE icon 490 OE icon 1225
RP icon 3250 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) OR (Hextech Crafting Shard + OE icon 2950) OE icon 650 OE icon 1625
Ward Skin Shards
Store Cost Upgrade Disenchant (Hextech Crafting Shard) Disenchant (Hextech Crafting Permanent)
RP icon 640 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) OR (Hextech Crafting Shard + OE icon 340) OE icon 213 OE icon 320

Removed Content

April Foods 2018

The 2018 April Foods event came with exclusive capsules and bags. [3]

Birdie Capsule

Birdie Capsule

  • Birdie Capsule - RP icon 700
    • Three RP icon 975+ skin shards.
    • OE icon 150.
    • A chance to obtain one of the following:
      • One Birdie Bag.
      • One Rare Gem Gemstone.
      • One Gemstone-exclusive skin (includes Alistar HextechCircle Hextech Alistar [S|L]).
    • Notes:
      • All 975+ RP skin shards have an equal chance of dropping.
      • Limited and Mythic skins are excluded.
      • Gemstone and Gemstone-exclusive skin drop rate multiplied by 1.5.
Birdie Bag

Birdie Bag

  • Birdie Bag - 5% chance drop from Birdie Capsule
    • Contains a random, complete set of skin shards for over 60 skin lines such as Blood Moon, Star Guardian, and PROJECT.
    • Skin lines have an equal chance of dropping.
    • Limited and Mythic skins are excluded.

MSI Capsule

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

Old Crafting Cost

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

Champion Crafting
Store Cost Re-roll Upgrade Disenchant Activate
BE icon 450 / RP icon 260 3 Hextech Crafting Shard Hextech Crafting Permanent BE icon 60 BE icon 87 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR BE icon 130 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard
BE icon 1350 / RP icon 585 3 Hextech Crafting Shard Hextech Crafting Permanent BE icon 285 BE icon 195 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR BE icon 293 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard
BE icon 3150 / RP icon 790 3 Hextech Crafting Shard Hextech Crafting Permanent BE icon 490 BE icon 263 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR BE icon 395 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard
BE icon 4800 / RP icon 880 3 Hextech Crafting Shard Hextech Crafting Permanent BE icon 580 BE icon 293 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR BE icon 440 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard
BE icon 6300 / RP icon 975 3 Hextech Crafting Shard Hextech Crafting Permanent BE icon 675 BE icon 325 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR BE icon 488 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard
Skin Crafting
While not being directly available in the store, gemstone skins (e.g. Annie HextechCircle Hextech Annie [S|L] or Vayne SoulstealerCircle Soulstealer Vayne [S|L]) cost are considered to be RP icon 2450.
Store Cost Re-roll Upgrade Disenchant Activate
RP icon 520 3 Hextech Crafting Shard Hextech Crafting Permanent OE icon 220 OE icon 173 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR OE icon 260 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard
RP icon 750 3 Hextech Crafting Shard Hextech Crafting Permanent OE icon 450 OE icon 250 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR OE icon 375 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard
RP icon 975 3 Hextech Crafting Shard Hextech Crafting Permanent OE icon 675 OE icon 325 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR OE icon 488 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard
RP icon 1350 3 Hextech Crafting Shard Hextech Crafting Permanent OE icon 1050 OE icon 450 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR OE icon 675 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard
RP icon 1820 3 Hextech Crafting Shard Hextech Crafting Permanent OE icon 1520 OE icon 601 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR OE icon 910 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard
RP icon 2450 3 Hextech Crafting Shard Hextech Crafting Permanent OE icon 2150 OE icon 817 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR OE icon 1225 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard
RP icon 3250 3 Hextech Crafting Shard Hextech Crafting Permanent OE icon 2950 OE icon 1083 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR OE icon 1625 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard
Ward Skin Crafting
Store Cost Re-roll Upgrade Disenchant Activate
RP icon 640 3 Hextech Crafting Shard Hextech Crafting Permanent OE icon 340 OE icon 213 (Hextech Crafting Shard) OR OE icon 320 (Hextech Crafting Permanent) 1 Hextech Crafting Shard

Patch History

V8.11
  • Can now gift Hextech Crafting materials.
V8.10
  • Can now consume Rare Gem 1 Gemstone to craft a Hextech Crafting Masterwork Chest Masterwork Chest instead of a regular Hextech Crafting Chest Hextech Chest. This still grants a Hextech Crafting Key Hextech Key.
V8.8
  • Bug Fix: Fixed a bug that was causing gemstones to drop 5% more often than intended.
V8.7
  • New Masterwork Chest (cosmetics only chests).
  • When in possession of multiple key fragments (more than 6), can now craft multiple Hextech Keys at once.
V8.6 - March 28, 2018
V8.5 [4]
  • Ultimate and Mythic skins now drop as auto-redeeming permanents.
  • Champion fragments found in Hextech cannot be worth less than BE icon 4800 shop-price.
  • Getting a ward skin fragment from a chest now comes with a bonus of OE icon 150.
  • Champion Mastery 6 upgrade cost reduced to BE icon 2450 from BE icon 3250.
  • Champion Mastery 7 upgrade cost reduced to BE icon 2950 from BE icon 3900.
V8.3 - February 8th, 2018 [5]
  • 2018 Lunar Revel crafting material added to the Hextech Crafting.
V7.24b - December 23, 2017 [6]
  • Removed: Skins above RP icon 1350 have less chance to drop in rerolls.
V7.24 - December 7, 2017
V7.18 - September 23, 2017 [7]
  • 2016 Worlds crafting material added to the Hextech Crafting.
V7.16 - August 17, 2017
  • 2017 Arcade crafting material added to the Hextech Crafting.
  • Hecarim LancerZeroCircle Lancer Zero Hecarim [S|L] added to the Hextech Crafting.
V7.13
  • Honor rework, key fragments are now obtained with Honor instead of after winning games.
V7.12
  • Order and Chaos crafting material added to the Hextech Crafting.
V7.8
  • 2017 MSI crafting material added to the Hextech Crafting.
V7.7 - April 13, 2017
V7.1
  • 2017 Lunar Revel crafting material added to the Hextech Crafting.
V6.24
  • 2016 Snowdown Showdown crafting material added to the Hextech Crafting.
V6.23
  • Players can now sort and filter their Hextech Crafting inventories.
  • Can now also open 10 Hextech Chests at once.
V6.19 - September 28, 2016 [8]
  • 2016 Worlds crafting material added to the Hextech Crafting.
V6.17
  • Bug Fix: Removed custom PROJECT chest animations from Hextech Crafting to mitigate a client memory issue that could lead to crashes. Unopened PROJECT chests will still be in your inventory and will still award the same loot, but will use the Premium (purple) Hextech chest animations.
V6.15
  • PROJECT crafting material added to the Hextech Crafting.
V6.13 - June 29, 2016
  • Vayne SoulstealerCircle Soulstealer Vayne [S|L] added to the Hextech Crafting.
  • Hextech Ward Hextech Ward skin added to the Hextech Crafting.
V6.11 [9]
  • Mystery champion shard added to the shop.
V6.10 - May 19, 2016
  • Champion mastery level 6 and 7 added.
V6.7
  • Key fragments now have a chance of dropping after winning ARAM or Twisted Treeline games.
  • Tuned the drop rates to be the same across game modes based on a number of factors such that it's not easier to earn fragments in any specific mode even though game lengths are shorter.
  • Colors for skin tier have been added: Ultimate (Orange), Mythic (Purple), Legendary (Red), and Epic (Teal).
  • New animations have been added throughout Hextech Crafting.
V6.6 - March 24, 2016
  • Hextech Crafting added to all other servers.
V6.5 - March 15, 2016
  • Hextech Crafting added to the NA servers.
  • Annie HextechCircle Hextech Annie [S|L] added to the Hextech Crafting.
V6.3
  • Live testing on the Turkish servers.

Development

Hextech Annie

By Mirross [10]

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

Hextech Crafting & Loot preview

Hextech Crafting & Loot preview

References