The Howling Abyss bridge is located in the Freljord and serves as a gateway to the ProfileIcon0548 Frostguard Frostguard citadel. It replaced the Proving Grounds during the Freljord event and later became the first map for the official ARAM game mode.

Howling Abyss Landscape

Howling Abyss Landscape (by Riot Artist Patrick Faulwetter)

Features

  • There is only a single lane.
  • Your champion starts at level 3 - affording them increased base stats and 3 skill points.
    • AzirSquare Azir is the exception, as he starts with 1 point in Arise! Arise! and has 2 points to spend.
  • There are only two turrets protecting the inhibitor.
  • There is a global aura that:
    • Reduces all outgoing heals by 50%. The healing reduction does not affect self-heals.
    • Grants experience over time.
    • Restores 0.15% of maximum mana per second.
    • Reduces summoner spell cooldown by 40%.
  • Each team's shop "closes" when the player moves too far away (just beyond the nexus turrets), preventing them from purchasing items indefinitely. The shop will only reopen if the player dies.
  • The fountain does not restore health nor mana.
  • Recall Recall is disabled (the recall animation will still play).
  • There are 4 unique health relics for this map positioned in the lane. Walking on a health relic restores health and mana.

Exclusive Items

  • Guardian's Hammer item Guardian's Hammer: +20 attack damage. +150 health. +10% life steal. 
    Cost: Gold 950
  • Guardian's Horn item Guardian's Horn: +150 health. Passive: +20 flat health regeneration per 5 seconds. Passive: Unique: Blocks 12 damage from all champions sources (3 damage vs. damage over time abilities)
    Cost: Gold 950
  • Orb of Winter item Guardian's Orb: +35 ability power. +150 health. Passive: +10 mana regeneration per 5 seconds 
    Cost: Gold 950
  • Poro-Snax item Poro-Snax: Consume: Serves a scrumptious scoop to a nearby Poro. 
    • Automatically occupies your trinket item slot. Gain one Poro-Snax upon starting the game, and gain another one after destroying the first enemy turret.

Exclusive Spells

  • Clarity Clarity: Restores 50% maximum mana to you and 25% maximum mana to nearby allies. (Self, with area of effect of 600 range) (180 second cooldown)
  • Mark Mark / Dash Dash

Lore

 
Freljord- Howling Abyss
"This is more than just a bridge, you know. Maybe it was once a simple thing of stone and mortar, but now it bears the weight of the entire Freljord on its back."

"The fate of this land was decided here, ages ago, in a long and brutal battle. Just look around and listen, that noise is more than the wind - it is the cry of the vanquished, thrown howling into the abyss!"

"Everybody's forgotten OrnnSquare who built this bridge and why. Everybody's forgotten the war that gave this place its scars. Everyone, but me. I was there! I saw the battle! I died here, and I never left this place! I was bound here to stand guard and sound Guardian's Horn item my war horn if our enemies ever returned."

"And now, now the howling grows louder, and I sense something evil stirring in the abyss, my hand reaches for my war horn. This place will soon see a battle again. One that will shape the Freljord for all time. And if the Freljord falls, so too will the rest of the world."

"Yes, this is more than just a bridge." - ProfileIcon0575 Iceborn Keeper Gregor

 
Lissandra EasterEgg
"The Howling Abyss. A bottomless crevasse surrounded by an ancient fortress carved into a glacier. No one remembers OrnnSquare who built this place. No one knows its purpose. No one but me.

Long before AsheSquare Ashe and SejuaniSquare Sejuani, before Aurelion SolSquare magic shattered the broken peaks, before XerathSquare the desert swallowed Shurima, it was the time of The Three Sisters. We were so young back then; ProfileIcon0546 Avarosan Avarosa, ProfileIcon0547 Winter's Claw Serylda, and me, ProfileIcon0548 Frostguard Lissandra.

Back then the Frozen Watchers lived here. I do not know where they came from, but I know they were powerful. They gave us gifts, shared their magic, made us immortal. They named us 'Iceborn'.

In return, we gave them whatever they desired. This mighty fortress, a vast empire, our loyalty, these were a small price to pay. Avarosa did not see it that way. Like a spoiled child she cried out for freedom. She demanded choice. She sowed the seeds of rebellion and betrayal.

This place is where it happened. On one side, the Frozen Watchers, on the other, Avarosa and her Iceborn horde. Many Iceborn died that day, but in the end, the Watchers fell. Avarosa drove them howling into the abyss.

I never forgave her. I had Frozen Tomb my revenge... but that is another story." - LissandraSquare Lissandra

Freljord Crest icon

Shopkeepers

Gregor and Lyte enforce 'limited' shopping, preventing champions from purchasing items after they have left the fountain and only until after they have been slain in combat (the shop becoming inaccessible is indicated by Gregor fading back into his frozen corpse and Lyte waving goodbye before retiring to his tent)

Their dialogue can be found here.

Development

Howling Abyss now on PBE!

By Richard 'Brackhar' Hough [1]

Hey Gang,

It's been a while since I first talked to you guys about making ARAM an official gameplay mode, and today I've got something awesome to share with you. For the past few months I've been working with an exceptional team of artists to create a space that's an appropriate setting for both the epic battles that occur in ARAM and within the world of Runeterra at large. As a result, we've completely reworked the Proving Grounds and, in effect, created something entirely new.

Now, instead of fighting on a random bridge over a black void, you'll be fighting on the Howling Abyss, an ancient landmark in Freljord where the Iceborn finally overthrew their oppressors and sent them tumbling into the chasm below. As you might have guessed from these mysterious journals, there's more (a lot more!) our story team would love to tell you about Freljord - but for now, you'll have to wait.

Anyway, work is still ongoing on the map, and it's yet a few patches away from release but we just wanted to invite you guys in a bit earlier than normal to get your thoughts as we begin to polish it up. The environment team will be actively reading the forum and looking for your feedback, so please let us know what you think!

Howling Abyss Screenshot

Additionally I wanted to let you guys know that we are actively working on an official matchmaking queue for ARAM and plan to launch it with the map when it's ready. The queue isn't currently enabled on PBE as there's still a good bit of tech work that needs to be resolved to handle the number of players on the environment, but we're fully committed to giving you guys the best experience that we can. So with that, check out the map and explore what we've created; who knows, maybe you'll even find some surprises!

ARAM Howling Abyss

New ARAM Feature: Rerolls

By Richard 'Brackhar' Hough [2]

Hey gang,

A few weeks ago, I let you know we were working on a matchmaking queue for Howling Abyss, but it wasn't quite ready for testing. Well, with today's PBE patch that's changed! Once PBE comes back up you can try out our new queue and help us test out a new ARAM feature we've added especially for this queue: rerolls.

While the random element is a really fun part of Howling Abyss, we also understand there are times you simply don't want to play a particular champion. That's why we created the reroll feature specifically for this queue. When you're really not in the mood to play your particular champion on Murder Bridge, you can reroll and get a different random character instead.

Here's how it works. As you play matchmade games on Howling Abyss, win or lose, you'll earn points you can save up to purchase a reroll in champion select. You'll earn a base number of points every match, along with some bonus points based on the number of champions you own. While there is a cap on the number of points you can store up, you'll be able to reroll multiple times in a single champion select if you've got the points.

And don't worry about wasting your hard-earned points on queue dodgers. If someone leaves your match at champion select, everyone in the game gets a refund except the player who dodged.

Trivia

  • The Howling Abyss has hosted the Featured Game Modes 'Showdown', 'One for All: Mirror Mode', and 'Legend of the Poro King' (the dedicated summoner spell Poro Toss Poro Toss / ProfileIcon0749 INCOMING PORO! Poro Dash eventually led to Mark Mark / Dash Dash's creation for regular use)
  • The Guardian's Horn item Guardian's Horn, the Guardian's Hammer item Guardian's Hammer, and the Orb of Winter item Guardian's Orb all used to belong to ProfileIcon0575 Iceborn Keeper Gregor (a spectral horn can be seen strapped to his back)
  • Lyte and his robot Geeves are respectively named after Jeffrey 'Lyte' Lin and Kevin 'Geeves' O'Brien.
  • Running around the map are little horned furball creatures called PoroSquare Poros who can be fed a Poro-Snax item Poro-Snax (Howling Abyss' 'trinket's) to make them grow in size.
    • If all ten players feed the same Poro their Poro-Snaxs it will 'explode' into 10 new Poros who will then proceed to run around the map as well.
    • They used to be killed by the Nexus Obelisk and Static Field Static Field's passive lightning bolts (now they simply run away in fear)
  • The turrets for each team might be styled after the Iceborn (blue side) and the Frozen Watchers (purple side) with the game mode itself recreating their battle.
    • The gap between the purple nexus and its Obelisk features a silhouette resembling LissandraSquare Lissandra (referencing the purple side being the entrance to the ProfileIcon0548 Frostguard Frostguard citadel ruled over by the Seeker)
    • The 'Watcher turrets' being purple as well as the Watchers themselves appearing to have a single middle eye might be implying they are related to Vel'KozSquare Vel'Koz's Voidborn species (he himself is not a Watcher, but a Void rift in the Freljord is likely)
  • Standing on the fountain does not grant increased health or mana regen.
  • The map features many instances of destructible terrain:
    • If a champion is killed near one of the giant statues skirting each side of the bridge the corresponding one will crumble and break.
    • Another bridge in the far background will crumble and fall immediately after any team scoring First Blood.
    • Walking past the outermost purple turret will cause a couple of bricks to fall from the crack in the ground nearby.
    • Walking towards the left wall next to the blue inhibitor turret will cause the giant pillar nearby to crash downwards.
  • Waiting 30 seconds after winning a match will play a monologue by LissandraSquare Lissandra telling the story of the place.


  • Their dialogue can be found here.
    • Gregor and Lyte are hostile to each other.
ProfileIcon0575 Iceborn Keeper Gregor
  • Gregor is voiced by Joshua Tomar (who also voices TrundleSquare Trundle)
  • Gregor is the only other person who knows the real history of the Freljord (the other being the LissandraSquare Seeker who worked for centuries to erase it and distort it)
    • Gregor and LissandraSquare Lissandra share the quote "I am Iceborn".
    • Gregor doesn't know LissandraSquare Lissandra murdered Avarosa nor that she singlehandedly rewrote Freljordian history (he assumes the world is ruled by Iceborn)
  • "Sorry, fresh out of NamiSquare moonstones" implies Gregor knows of the Marai (or is just making fun of the Tidecaller)
  • "So you want to hear the story of this place? Of my glorious death? Stay a while and listen, I might tell you that and more" might be referencing Deckard Cain from Diablo.
  • "You're making me angry! You won't like me when I'm angry" references Hulk from Marvel Comics.
  • "This! Is! Freljord!" references 300 by Frank Miller ("This! Is! Sparta!")
Lyte
  • Lyte is trying to decipher the history LissandraSquare Lissandra worked to cover up, and sometimes catches glimpses of the Watchers down below. His senility and his proximity to the ProfileIcon0548 Frostguard Frostguard citadel might become factors in (not) warning of the Watchers' return.
  • "Are LissandraSquare you the sand witch I have heard so much about? Hmm... now I'm hungry... " might be referencing SethSquare Seth (eventually AzirSquare Azir) and is a pun on 'sandwich'.
  • "Is it true what I've heard about EzrealSquare you and LuxSquare Miss Crownguard... hmm?" implies there's a relationship going on between the Prodigal Explorer and the Lady of Luminosity.
  • "JayceSquare Together, we could make a... a transforming robot!" might referencing Transformers.
  • "So many people have died here, I should call this place Murder Bridge... no, no, the Howling Abyss is definitely cooler!" references the announcer sometimes saying "Welcome to the Murder Bridge!" rather than "Welcome to the Howling Abyss!"
  • "Its dangerous to go alone... take this!" references Legend of Zelda.
  • "Have fun storming the bridge!" references The Princess Bride ("Have fun storming the castle!")
  • "What are you buying... what are you selling?" references the merchant from Resident Evil 4.


Media

Howling Abyss Theme29:11

Howling Abyss Theme

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Related Videos


  • Howling Abyss Concept 1
  • Howling Abyss Concept 2
  • Howling Abyss Concept 3
  • Howling Abyss Concept 4
  • Howling Abyss Model 1
  • Howling Abyss Model 2
  • |Howling Abyss Model 3
  • Howling Abyss Model 4
  • Howling Abyss Blue (Iceborn) Base
  • Howling Abyss Purple (Frozen Watchers) Base
  • Howling Abyss Purple Turret Concept (by Riot Artist Maokai Xiao)
  • Howling Abyss Minion Fight
  • Lyte Concept
  • Lyte Model 1 (by Riot Artist Shawn Brack)
  • Lyte Model 2 (by Riot Artist Shawn Brack)
  • Gregor Model
  • Poro Concept 1
  • Poro Concept 2
  • Poro Concept 3
  • Howling Abyss Loading Background

Associated Champions

Champion Ties
AniviaSquare Anivia, the Cryophoenix Ancient Iceborn ally
AsheSquare Ashe, the Frost Archer Avarosa's descendant, ProfileIcon0546 Avarosan Avarosan tribe leader
EzrealSquare Ezreal, the Prodigal Explorer Lyte's nephew [3]
LissandraSquare Lissandra, the Ice Witch Seeker for the Frozen Watchers, ProfileIcon0548 Frostguard Frostguard tribe leader
SejuaniSquare Sejuani, the Winter's Wrath Serylda's descendant, ProfileIcon0547 Winter's Claw Winter's Claw tribe leader

See also

References