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Lore

Irelia, the Will of the Blades
IreliaSquare
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Irelia Render
Gender Female
Race Human
Birthplace The Placidium, Ionia
Residence The Placidium, Ionia
Occupation Captain of the Ionian Guard
Faction Ionia
Friends
KarmaSquare Karma
Rivals
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Related Lore

The Ionians have developed some of the most breathtaking and deadly martial arts on all of Runeterra – just one manifestation of their pursuit of enlightenment. The most remarkable blade style to emerge, however, was the unusual byproduct of foreign intervention. Master Lito was a swordsman whose teachings were sought by ruling classes from nearly every city-state. His art was a highly-guarded secret, but it was said that swords would breathe in his grasp. He withered unexpectedly from a mysterious disease which baffled the brightest of Runeterran physicians. When he died, he left behind Zelos and Irelia, his son and daughter, and a truly unique weapon. Zelos became a Sergeant in the Ionian military and left to seek assistance from Demacia immediately prior to Noxus' invasion of Ionia. Irelia, charged with the protection of their home until Zelos returned, was alone when Noxian forces struck.

The Ionians fought admirably, but soon Ionian blood stained the land beneath the prints of foreign boots. At the Great Stand of the Placidium, Ionians prepared for surrender, but were inspired to maintain their resistance when the young Irelia hoisted her father’s enormous blade and pledged to hold until her brother returned. In the chaos of the ensuing fight, Irelia was cursed with dark Noxian necromancy. As her life ebbed, SorakaSquare.png Soraka, the Starchild, made a final attempt to anchor Irelia’s fading soul. Unwilling to relinquish her home, Irelia rose at the brink of death, and her father’s sword lifted in the air alongside her. Irelia rushed back to the fore, unfazed by the blade's sudden animation. The weapon danced around her effortlessly, cutting down Noxians as they gaped in horror. The decimated invaders were forced to retreat from the Placidium. Irelia was appointed Ionia's Captain of the Guard, and when the defense of her homeland moved to the Fields of Justice, so did she.

The sword flourishes, as though painting with blood.
― Taken from a Noxian Field Report

Quotes

Upon selection
  • Play "My blade is at your service!"
Attacking
  • Play "There's no turning back."
  • Play "Cut them down."
  • Play "It ends here."
  • Play "This battle will be won."
  • Play "They will not prevail."
Movement
  • Play "This way."
  • Play "Justice guides us."
  • Play "I will not falter."
  • Play "With precision."
  • Play "Forge onward."
  • Play "Ionia shall not fall."
  • Play "I stand resolute."
  • Play "Stay sharp."
  • Play "True will cannot be defeated."
Taunt
  • Play "You rely on your weapons too much; try letting go!"
Joke
  • Play "Balance in all things."
  • Play "My blade is not only precise, but totally gnarly."
Laugh
  • Play Irelia laughs.
  • Play Irelia laughs.
  • Play Irelia laughs.
  • Play Irelia laughs.


Co-op vs. AI Responses

Match start

  • "I fight for Ionia!"

Player team victory

  • "GG!"

Player team defeat

  • "We defended to the last!"

League Judgement

Candidate: Irelia

Date: 12 November, 20 CLE

OBSERVATION

An enormous four-pronged blade parts the air for Irelia as she enters the Great Hall. The unusual weapon, once owned by her father, hovers unaided two meters above the ground. Irelia follows it apathetically, her mind focused on the task at hand. Aside from her pristine armor, which is polished dutifully for presentation, Irelia puts no effort into her appearance. Her face is seen only in glimpses behind her swaying hair. She's young, though the youthful spark in her eyes is tarnished with the blood of the battlefield.

She maintains a bold presence, fitting for the captain of the Ionian guard. Despite bearing the responsibility of Ionia's safety, her shoulders are as square and resolute as her Mantle of Decorum - Ionia's highest decoration. The capricious sword darts ahead of her to the marble doors, halting beneath the inscription. There it shivers imperceptibly, emitting a high-pitched whine. Whether because of apprehension or excitement, it is unclear. Irelia, expressionless, passes it and walks into the blackness.

REFLECTION

The darkness set Irelia on edge; this was an unsafe manner in which to conduct an interview. She felt the blade circling around her, probing for threats she couldn't see. She hoped the agents of the League had the wisdom to approach her with care, as a surprise assault would end unfortunately... for them.

Irelia had a knack for steel; it spoke to her. Closing her eyes, she extended her senses - a meditative exercise her father taught her to perceive unseen threats. Air is the same as water, you simply must heed the ripples. His words echoed in her mind. What did he always say after-

Irelia flung herself into a backflip, the razor edge of a knife slicing through the space her head had just occupied. She landed in a crouch as a second knife raced through the air toward her. She beckoned to her father's blade, but it was nowhere to be found. Sensing danger, she managed to duck her head just enough to evade the point of the second projectile. She didn't flinch as the blade’s edge slid through her cheek.

"...every ripple is the messenger of something yet to come." Master Lito appeared from the darkness, frowning behind his blindfold. Two more knives were clenched between the fingers of his left hand.

"I smell blood."

Irelia's jaw dropped. "Father?"

"Don't try to hide it, I can hear your blood pattering on the shingles."

Irelia looked down. The red clay tiles of the roof were unmistakable; this was her home. But she'd seen it succumb to the sickly green flames of Zaunite hextorches years ago.

"You know what that means." Lito sheathed the blades in the blue folds of his robe. He inhaled sharply, his hands circling in front of him, channeling energy. Irelia did know what that meant: discipline.

"Father, wait-", she began to say. The protest was futile. A loud snap announced his attack; Irelia was too slow to dodge. Though he stood twenty paces away, the long cloth from the sleeve of her father's training robe lanced out, lashing her squarely in the chest. She hurtled backward, sliding down the tiles. Catching her balance, she rolled back up the roof. Tiles cracked as Lito's unrelenting strikes thundered after her. He paused for a moment.

"Messy. Your mind is clouded." Lito flicked his wrist, and cloth gripped her neck from across the roof. With another flick, he brought Irelia soaring toward him, yanking her off her feet. She could faintly see her father's devastating roundhouse kick coming to instill the day's final lesson, when a red blur appeared in front of it.

"I thought I heard someone getting disciplined. You having trouble, Irie?" A voice gloated.

"Zelos!" Irelia sputtered. Zelos was between them, his right arm blocking the roundhouse kick, and his left hand holding his father's sleeve so she could extract herself. The fabric released her neck.

"Here, I brought something for you." He grinned at their father, who, though blindfolded, smiled back. "It's only fair."

Zelos hurled a saber to her, but before she could grab it, Lito's other sleeve plucked it from the sky. He leapt, spinning horizontally in the air, reeling the weapon in. The spinning motion knocked Zelos to the tiles.

"Alright, let's go!" Zelos brandished a sword of his own from a sheath strapped to his back and slashed at his father. The blow seemed to pass through Lito entirely. Irelia sprung to her feet, flipping forward with a devastating axe kick. Her heel met the flat of the saber Lito had intercepted. Zelos directed his energy into his own reverse roundhouse, and Lito was forced to block the blow with his arm. The saber clattered from the grip of his sleeve.

Irelia wasted no time diving for the weapon. Lito's sleeve arced out as she'd expected, but this time she was ready. She landed on its cloth with her right hand, pinning it to the tiles. She twisted her body so that her foot could kick the hilt of the blade, bouncing it up in the air. Her other foot swung around in mid-air to kick against the back edge of the blade, launching the steel straight at Lito.

He tore the blindfold from his face as the blade plunged into his stomach. His eyes were wide.

"Irelia, what have you done?!" Lito choked.

Irelia stared at him apathetically. "Had enough?"

"Irelia, Dad's really hurt!" Zelos was incredulous.

She nodded. "Well he does have a sword sticking out of him."

Lito's pained expression vanished, replaced with a wry grin. "Why do you want to join the League, Irelia?"

"My home was destroyed because I didn't have the strength to protect it. I will fight to the bitter death before I let something like that happen to Ionia again." Her tone was icy.

"How does it feel, exposing your mind?"

Irelia laughed heartily, a sound she'd almost forgotten. "I thank you for allowing me to set eyes on my family again, but my father would never have let us land a blow. He joined the Elders by staying dry on this very roof during a rainstorm. According to the records, he never even moved. You can view the images in my mind all you like, but you'll never appreciate their true nature."

Irelia found herself in the waiting alcove, doors closed in front and behind her. Her father's blade bobbed complacently beside her. With a flash, it split into four blades, throwing all the doors open around her. She drew a great breath, and strode into the League.

Development

  • Irelia was designed by Ezreal.
  • Irelia concept
  • Infiltrator Irelia concept
  • 1st Aviator splash art
  • 1st Nightblade splash art

PC Gamer

Irelia

Irelia concept

The champion was officially revealed first in the November issue of PC Gamer:
Designed to be a burst melee DPS character that thrives whens she's outnumbered, Irelia's biggest weakness is stuns and other crowd control. Her abilities - a dash whose cooldown is refreshed when you successfully kill a target with it, a passive boost to her attack speed when surrounded by opponents and an ultimate ability that summons one or more floating blades to fight alongside her.

Champion Sneak Peek

Announcement made in the sneak peek by ByronicHero:[1]

If you picked up a copy of the November issue of PC Gamer, then you've already had your first look at the League's latest champion. If you missed that issue, then it’s my great honor to officially introduce Irelia, the Will of the Blades. In addition to being the latest in our long line of pretty ladies to join the League of Legends, Irelia serves as the captain of the Ionian Guard -- which only goes to show that there's no glass ceiling when you have a telekinetic command over swords. So watch yourself! Irelia brings new meaning to the old proverb: "Walk softly, but carry a big sword." Hey, wait... did I get that right?

Patch history

V4.16:
  • Bladesurge.png Bladesurge
    • Fixed a bug where stopping Bladesurge mid-dash would still deal damage to her target.

V4.5:

  • Stats
    • Base armor increased to 19 from 15.

V1.0.0.152:

  • Stats
    • Base movement speed increased to 345 from 320.

V1.0.0.147b:

  • Bladesurge.png Bladesurge
    • No longer fails to refresh or grant mana return when killing certain enemies.

V1.0.0.139:

  • Stats
    • Base health increased to 546 from 515.
    • Health per level increased to 90 from 85.
    • Base health regen per 5 increased to 7.5 from 6.5.
    • Base attack damage increased to 59.3 from 56.3.

V1.0.0.138:

  • Ionian Fervor.png Ionian Fervor
    • Fixed a bug where the duration of blinds and silences was being reduced too much.
  • Transcendent Blades.png Transcendent Blades
    • Fixed a bug causing Irelia not to fire any extra blades.

V1.0.0.136:

  • Hiten Style.png Hiten Style:
    • Passive health restore reduced to 5/7/9/11/13 from 10/14/18/22/26.
    • While active, health restore doubles to 10/14/18/22/26.
  • Transcendent Blades.png Transcendent Blades
    • Cooldown increased to 70/60/50 seconds from 60/50/40.

February 21, 2012 Hotfix:

February 14, 2012 Hotfix:

V1.0.0.134:

  • Transcendent Blades.png Transcendent Blades
    • Allied ultimate HUD indicator will now remain green until all 4 spell casts are used.

V1.0.0.129:

  • Ionian Fervor.png Ionian Fervor
    • Now additionally reduces silences and blinds.
    • No longer ignores persistent slow fields such as KogMawSquare.png Kog'Maw's Void Ooze.png Void Ooze when stacked with other disable duration reductions (ex. Tenacity).

V1.0.0.123:

  • Bladesurge.png Bladesurge
    • Irelia will now attempt to attack the target after dashing to an enemy champion.

V1.0.0.121:

  • Bladesurge.png Bladesurge
    • Mana cost changed to 60/65/70/75/80 from 70 at all ranks.
  • Transcendent Blades.png Transcendent Blades
    • Base damage reduced to 80/120/160 from 85/135/185.

V1.0.0.120:

  • Transcendent Blades.png Transcendent Blades
    • Heal from champions increased to 25% of damage dealt from 20% of raw damage.
    • Heal is no longer reduced if the damage done is absorbed by shields.

V1.0.0.118b:

  • Bladesurge.png Bladesurge
    • Base damage reduced to 20/50/80/110/140 from 20/55/90/125/160.
  • Transcendent Blades.png Transcendent Blades
    • Now deals physical damage instead of magic damage.
    • Now scales with both attack damage and ability power instead of only with the highest.
    • Ability power ratio increased to 0.5 from 0.4.
    • Now heals for 20% against champions and 10% against minions from 20% against all enemies.

V1.0.0.113:

  • Stats
    • Base health reduced to 515 from 575.
    • Movement speed reduced to 320 from 330.
  • Equilibrium Strike.png Equilibrium Strike
    • Damage reduced to 80/130/180/230/280 from 80/135/190/245/300.
    • Ability ratio reduced to 0.5 from 1.0.
    • Cooldown reduced to 8 seconds from 9.
  • Transcendent Blades.png Transcendent Blades
    • Base damage reduced to 85/135/185 per blade from 90/140/190.

V1.0.0.111:

V1.0.0.108:

  • General
    • Title changed to 'The Will of the Blades' from 'the Will of the Blades'.
  • Bladesurge.png Bladesurge
    • Cast range increased to 650 from 600.
  • Equilibrium Strike.png Equilibrium Strike
    • Cast range increased to 425 from 375.
  • Transcendent Blades.png Transcendent Blades
    • Base damage increased to 90/140/190 per blade from 80/130/180.

V1.0.0.105: Added. (Original Stats)

  • Ionian Fervor.png Ionian Fervor (Innate): Each nearby enemy champion (to a maximum of three) reduces the effectiveness of crowd control on Irelia.
  • Bladesurge.png Bladesurge (Q)
    • Irelia dashes forward to strike her target. If it kills the target, Bladesurge's cooldown refreshes and half the mana cost is refunded.
  • Hiten Style.png Hiten Style (W)
    • Passive: Irelia is skilled in the art of Hiten, passively giving her physical attacks health restoration.
    • Active: Hiten Style adds true damage to her physical attacks for a short duration.
  • Equilibrium Strike.png Equilibrium Strike (E)
    • Irelia's attack balances the scales, dealing damage and slowing the target. However, if the target has a higher Health % than Irelia, then the blow stuns the target instead.
  • Transcendent Blades.png Transcendent Blades (Ultimate)
    • Irelia summons four spirit blades which she can fling at her enemies. These blades deal magic damage to enemies that they pass through, siphoning life from them and healing Irelia.

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