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  • Previous edit iterations on the wiki reveal an unsourced trivia that IreliaSquare old2 Irelia's Transcendent Blades Transcendent Blades was based on an artifact of flying blades "Sica Shishikushiro" used by Setsuna Sakurazaki, from the manga series Negima. The relaunch accentuates the use of multiple flying blades, peddling back to the Setsuna reference.
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  • According to Colt 'Ezreal' Hallam, Irelia's placeholder model was Katarina RedCardCircle Red Card Katarina [S|L].[2]
  • When she died, her blades stab her, which references Seppuku.
    • This was changed because it didn't fit with her relaunch. [3]
  • Ryan 'Morello' Scott nerfed Irelia the day before her release for 'being too annoying to play against' and the subsequent nerfs she received whenever another champion was deemed overpowered led to the birth of the "Better Nerf Irelia" meme.
IreliaSquare Irelia, the Blade Dancer
  • A prototype of Defiant Dance Defiant Dance was a full counter capable of reflecting Unleashed Power Unleashed Power. [4]
  • A prototype ultimate allowed her to fire a wave of blades for circa 3 seconds (didnt follow her, just in the direction and spot she originally cast it in). This 'blade stream' knocked enemies back, which was cool thematically but it ended up being a support spell.
  • On an early concept she had 6 arms with each one holding a sword. [5]
  • Her motions are from Wushu and Tai Chi martial arts with a light hint of western Jazz (dancing style). A mix of western and eastern influences but weighing heavily towards eastern.


  • Irelia wears a "Mantle of Decorum" on her back, which is the highest decoration an Ionian can receive (KarmaSquare Karma has one).
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  • Rick 'ricklessabandon' Maher once described Irelia as a Lich and her blade as her Phylactery.
    • According to this, SorakaSquare Soraka bound Irelia's soul to her blade, meaning Irelia would die for good if her blades were destroyed.
IreliaSquare Irelia, the Blade Dancer
  • The blades that she wield come from a prized emblem of her household that was smashed by Noxian soldiers. Now, after all the events of the war and everything she's done, it is also the symbol for an Ionia that will not bow. It's become her medal/Mantle of Decorum, but is also her weapon.


Irelia OriginalCircle old2 Irelia, the Will of the Blades [S|L]
  • Her French localization jokes reference Brice de Nice.
    "My blade is not only precise, but totally gnarly." goes hand-in-hand with Irelia riding her blade like a surfboard during her joke ('gnarly' is surfer slang for 'cool').
  • Irelia shares quotes with:
    • "This way." - IreliaSquare old2 
      / AnnieSquare 
      / EvelynnSquare old2 
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      / EzrealSquare 
      / ThreshSquare 
    • "Forge onward." - IreliaSquare old2 
      / GarenSquare 
    • "I will not falter." - IreliaSquare old2 
      / GarenSquare 
    • "It ends here." - IreliaSquare old2 
      / LucianSquare 
    • "Cut them down." - IreliaSquare old2 
      / RenektonSquare 
IreliaSquare Irelia, the Blade Dancer


Irelia OriginalCircle Classic Irelia [S|L]
Irelia AviatorCircle Aviator Irelia [S|L]
  • Splash art made by Jana Schirmer.
  • Her splash art references old travel postcards.
Irelia InfiltratorCircle Infiltrator Irelia [S|L]
  • Splash art made by Zeen Chin.
  • With the release of her Champion Relaunch, this skin features a unique recall animation, which it did not have before.
  • Her outfit resembles Sivir PAXCircle PAX Sivir's [S|L].
Irelia NightbladeCircle Nightblade Irelia [S|L]
Irelia FrostbladeCircle Frostblade Irelia [S|L]
  • Splash art made by Viktor Titov.
  • During the development of her Champion Relaunch, Rioters internally referred to this skin as "Frostbutt" or "Frost Booty". These were fan names for the skin due to her Irelia FrostbladeCircle old old artwork [S|L] emphasizing her behind.[6]
  • With the release of her Champion Relaunch, this skin features a unique recall animation, which it did not have before.
  • This skin references Killer Frost.
Irelia OrderoftheLotusCircle Order of the Lotus Irelia [S|L]


IreliaSquare old2 Irelia, the Will of the Blades
  • When Noxus Crest icon Noxus invaded Ionia Crest icon Ionia it was SorakaSquare Soraka who saved Irelia from the brink of death.
    • As a result, Irelia awakened her ability to control her father Master Lito's blade.
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  • Irelia mentions and names her entire family, whom were slaughtered during the Noxian invasion. This being her mother, father Lito , O-ma (Grandmother) and her siblings Zelos, Kai, Ohn and Ruu.
    • Kai is a common name and it's not the same that lives within VarusSquare Varus.
  • She cut off SwainSquare Swain's hand during the Noxian invasion.