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Jayce, the Defender of Tomorrow
JayceSquare
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Jayce Render
Gender Male
Race Human
Birthplace Piltover
Residence Piltover
Occupation Inventor, Defender
Faction Piltover, The Resistance
Friends
CaitlynSquare Caitlyn EzrealSquare Ezreal ViSquare Vi
Rivals
ViktorSquare Viktor

Armed with wit, charm, and his signature transforming hammer, Jayce lives to protect his native Piltover. Long before his nation called him a hero, however, he was a promising young inventor. When Piltover commissioned him to study a rare arcane crystal, Jayce discovered it could be used as a vast energy source. Eager to make a name for himself, he began developing a device to harness its power. Word of the crystal's potential reached beyond the borders of Piltover. ViktorSquare.png Viktor, the machine-augmented scientist from Zaun, brought Jayce an offer – together, they could use the crystal to advance his "glorious evolution," a vision of humanity fused with technology. Jayce refused, but the Zaunite had no intention of leaving empty handed. He effortlessly blasted Jayce aside and seized the crystal, incinerating the lab's meager security force as he left for Zaun. Jayce implored the Piltover government to respond, but the officials refused to support an act of aggression. He decided to act alone, realizing that if no one struck back, Piltover would never be safe.

Jayce returned to the lab to prepare for his attack. After intense research, development, and hands-on testing, he emerged with his crowning achievement –the Mercury Hammer. Weapon in hand, Jayce marched to Zaun and began his one-man assault. Viktor's acolytes rushed to stop him, but Jayce smashed them aside, fighting his way into the heart of the lab. Inside, Jayce saw the horrifying brilliance of Viktor's creations, all powered by the energy of the arcane crystal. He realized that his only option was to destroy the power source, but Viktor stood in his way. Though their clash left both scientists heavily wounded, Jayce managed a desperate strike at the crystal. He shattered it and escaped as Viktor's machines erupted in flames. When he returned home, exhausted but victorious, the citizens of Piltover hailed Jayce as a hero. He reveled in the adoration, but knew that his actions had drawn the attention of dangerous enemies. Now devoted to the defense of his people, Jayce is Piltover's best hope for a bright future.

"Trust me: if we're smart, Piltover can stand strong against any threat. Hey, I'm living proof."
Jayce

Armed with wit, charm, and his signature transforming hammer, Jayce lives to protect his native Piltover. He rose to prominence as an inventor, one whose magnetic personality and innovative creations brightened the lives of his nation's people. However, his technological marvels also attracted the attention of Piltover's enemies. ViktorSquare.png Viktor, the machine-augmented scientist from Zaun, staged a deadly raid on Jayce's laboratory, barely impeded by the lab's meager security force. Viktor stole designs for an arcane power converter. Jayce feared that Viktor would create weapons of devastating power with the stolen technology. He implored the Piltover government to respond, but the officials were unwilling to support an act of aggression. Refusing to allow his own inventions to threaten the people of Piltover, Jayce decided to strike back against Viktor himself.

Jayce returned to his laboratory and began making preparations for his one-man attack. After an intense period of research, development, and hands-on testing, he emerged. He had created an array of powerful armaments, including his crowning achievement – the versatile, transforming Mercury Hammer. Armed and ready, Jayce began his assault, easily smashing aside Viktor's acolytes as they rushed to stop him. Jayce fought his way into the heart of the lab and confronted Viktor, forcing the Zaunite to flee. After destroying Viktor's prototype weapon, Jayce returned to Piltover where he was hailed as a hero. He reveled in the adoration, but he knew that his actions had provoked the nation's enemies. Now devoted to the defense of his people, Jayce is Piltover's best hope for a bright future.

Quotes

Upon selection
  • Play "I fight for a brighter tomorrow."

Attacking
  • Play "Face the future."
  • Play "Strength through progress."
  • Play "Bring down the hammer."
  • Play "Fully charged!"
  • Play "For Piltover!"
  • Play "I'm going to enjoy this."'
Movement
  • Play "I'm always ready."
  • Play "Pave the way."
  • Play "Powering up!"
  • Play "Our future will be bright."
  • Play "Eyes on the horizon."
  • Play "Never look back."
  • Play "Time to make a stand."
  • Play "I will light our path."
  • Play "Never a wrong step."
  • Play "Without fear."
Joke

Jayce prepares to fire his cannon, but shoots out confetti instead.

  • Play "Heh. Gotcha!"
  • Play "Did I scare you?"
Taunt

Jayce heroically leaps into the air and lands with force.

  • Play "This is what the future looks like."
  • Play "Feel free to give up now."
Laugh
When firing Shock Blast.png Shock Blast through Acceleration Gate.png Acceleration Gate
When units die from an enhanced Shock Blast.png Shock Blast
  • Play "So long!"
  • Play "Feel the thunder."
  • Play "They're history."
When casting To the Skies!.png To the Skies!
  • Play "To the skies!"
When casting Transform- Mercury Hammer.png Transform
  • Play "Hammer time!"
  • Play "Cannon engaged."
  • Play "Transformation complete."

Attacking
  • Play "Face the future."
  • Play "Strength through progress."
  • Play "Bring down the hammer."
  • Play "Fully charged!"
  • Play "For Piltover!"
  • Play "I'm going to enjoy this."'
Movement
  • Play "I'm always ready."
  • Play "Pave the way."
  • Play "Powering up!"
  • Play "Our future will be bright."
  • Play "Eyes on the horizon."
  • Play "Never look back."
  • Play "Time to make a stand."
  • Play "I will light our path."
  • Play "Never a wrong step."
  • Play "Without fear."
Joke

Jayce prepares to fire his cannon, but shoots out confetti instead.

  • Play "Heh. Gotcha!"
  • Play "Did I scare you?"
Taunt

Jayce heroically leaps into the air and lands with force.

  • Play "This is what the future looks like."
  • Play "Feel free to give up now."
Laugh
When firing Shock Blast.png Shock Blast through Acceleration Gate.png Acceleration Gate
When units die from an enhanced Shock Blast.png Shock Blast
  • Play "So long!"
  • Play "Feel the thunder."
  • Play "They're history."
When casting To the Skies!.png To the Skies!
  • Play "To the skies!"
When casting Transform- Mercury Hammer.png Transform
  • Play "Hammer time!"
  • Play "Cannon engaged."
  • Play "Transformation complete."

Development

  • Mercury Hammer concept art (by Riot Artist Zeronis)
  • Mercury Hammer in-game model
  • Jayce concept (by Riot Artist GrumpMonkey)
  • Full Metal Jayce concept art (by Riot Artist isso09 (aka Anton)) [1]
  • Full Metal Jayce in-game model
  • Debonair Jayce concept art (by Riot Artist The-Bravo-Ray)

Champion Sneak Peek

Announcement made by NeeksNaman.[2]

Jayce Teaser

Jayce sneak peek

If you've been waiting for the League to acquire a Renaissance man, then your long wait is over. Meet Jayce, the Defender of Tomorrow. In addition to being a class act and charmer, this modern gentleman is one of Piltover's premier scientific geniuses.

This brazen, well-equipped man for all seasons sports hi-tech armor and wields the skull-crushing Mercury Hammer that also transforms into the Mercury Cannon. Whether you want to get up close and personal to punish enemies with a gigantic blunt instrument or shake things up by peppering opponents with energy blasts from a distance, Jayce has the skills it takes to deliver.

Jayce, the Defender of Tomorrow Revealed

Announcement made by NeeksNaman.[3]

If you're ready to add a little versatility to your fighter or ranged carry game, look no further than Jayce, the Defender of Tomorrow. Jayce's transforming weapon allows him to adapt to nearly any situation, making him an extremely versatile champion for whatever role you need filled on the Fields of Justice.

The lynchpin in Jayce's kit is his ultimate. Starting with a free rank at level 1, Jayce can activate his ultimate to transform his weapon into either the short range Mercury Hammer or the long range Mercury Cannon. Each time he transitions he'll receive a bonus effect on his next basic attack that either shreds the target's defensive stats (ranged mode) or deals significantly increased damage (melee mode).

Selecting the right weapon type for your current engagement is the key to playing Jayce effectively. While ranged, Jayce can pepper enemies with ranged attacks, deploying Shock Blast and Hypercharge to wear down opponents while utilizing Acceleration Gate to Keep his team at a safe distance. Having worn an enemy down in this manner, Acceleration Gate can be repurposed to give chase, allowing him to shift his weapon into its hammer form and leap into the fray with To the Skies!

Once he's closed the distance, he can utilize Thundering Blow to pick up a quick kill, while the additional armor from being in melee mode gives him the toughness necessary to either withdraw or continue fighting at close range. However you choose to play Jayce, canny shifting between his weapon modes will make or break your success on the battlefield.

Abilities (Mercury Hammer):

  • Hextech Capacitor (Passive): Jayce gains a quick burst of movement speed and ignores unit collision each time Transform is cast.
  • To the Skies!: Jayce leaps to an enemy dealing physical damage and slowing enemies.
  • Lightning Field:
    • Passive: Jayce restores mana per strike.
    • Active: Jayce creates a field of lightning damaging nearby enemies for several seconds.
  • Thundering Blow: Jayce deals magic damage to an enemy based on their maximum health and knocks them back a short distance.
  • Transform: Mercury Cannon (Ultimate): Transforms the Mercury Hammer into the Mercury Cannon gaining new abilities and increased range. The first attack in this form reduces the target's armor and magic resist.

Abilities (Mercury Cannon):

  • Shock Blast: Jayce fires an orb of electricity that detonates upon hitting an enemy (or reaching the end of its path) dealing physical damage to all enemies in the area of the explosion.
  • Hyper Charge: Jayce gains a burst of energy, increasing attack speed to maximum for several attacks.
  • Acceleration Gate: Jayce deploys an Acceleration Gate increasing the movement speed of all allies who pass through it. If Shock Blast is fired through the gate the missile speed, range, and damage will increase.
  • Transform: Mercury Hammer): Transforms the Mercury Cannon into the Mercury Hammer gaining new abilities and increasing armor and magic resist. The first attack in this form deals additional magic damage.

Celebrate Valentine's Day with Debonair Jayce

Announcement made by NeeksNaman.[4]

Riot IQ cover UPDATED

From The Defender of Tomorrow in the Fashion of Today, exclusive to IM:

“The room smells of mahogany and warm brandy, and I can tell by the leopard-skin hearthrug that the man I’ve come to interview is well-accustomed to company. They’re finishing the shoot in the foyer where Jayce, the Defender of Tomorrow, has suited up in the high fashion of today. In the meantime, I have free reign of the illustrious inventor’s sitting-room and I’m staring at the newest model of the world-famous Mercury Cannon-Hammer.

Slim and trim, and as stylish as the room I’m standing in, this iteration of Jayce’s signature weapon has refined lines and looks as clean as Piltover’s finests’ sterilized holding cells – not that I’ve seen them, of course. When we met last night, Jayce told me with his trademark wit about the new effects that issue from the cannon’s powerful blasts.

The door swings open and dapper Jayce strides with the effortless grace of someone who has more awards than bottles of wine despite a cellar the size of an Ionian temple. Dressed to the skies with a white overcoat and charming rose boutonniere, Jayce has picked up a confident swagger and a noticeable change in his voice…”

Dressed to the skies with a white overcoat and classy boutonniere, sleek and stylish Debonair Jayce is ready for Valentine’s Day for 975 RP in the store.


Patch History

V4.21:
  • Hyper Charge.png Hyper Charge
    • Now goes on cooldown after the third shot rather than right on cast
    • Cooldown reduced to 13/11/9/7/5 seconds from 14/12/10/8/6 seconds

V4.5:

  • Stats
    • Base armor increased to 16.5 from 12.5.

V3.9

V1.0.0.152:

  • Stats
    • Base movement speed increased to 335 from 310.

V1.0.0.150:

  • Thundering Blow.png Thundering Blow
    • No longer deals any flat base damage (still deals % max health damage and has a bonus attack damage ratio).
    • Fixed: Stun no longer sometimes lasts beyond the knockback duration.
  • Acceleration Gate.png Acceleration Gate
    • Mana cost increased to 50 from 30.

V1.0.0.147b:

  • Thundering Blow.png Thundering Blow
    • Mana cost increased to 40/50/60/70/80 from 40 at all ranks.

V1.0.0.145:

  • General
    • Improved the responsiveness of his basic attacks, primarily in Hammer stance.
    • Fixed: The first basic attack after swapping to Mercury Cannon is now more responsive.

V1.0.0.142: Added

  • Hextech Capacitor.png Hextech Capacitor (Innate)
    • Jayce gains a quick burst of movement speed and ignores unit collision each time Transform is cast.
  • Hammer Stance
    • To the Skies!.png To the Skies! (Q)
      • Jayce leaps to an enemy dealing physical damage and slowing enemies.
    • Lightning Field.png Lightning Field (W)
      • Passive: Jayce restores mana each time he strikes with the Mercury Hammer.
      • Active: Jayce creates a field of lightning damaging nearby enemies for several seconds.
    • Thundering Blow.png Thundering Blow (E)
      • Jayce deals magic damage to an enemy based on their maximum health and knocks them back a short distance.
    • Transform- Mercury Cannon.png Transform: Mercury Cannon (Ultimate)
      • Transforms the Mercury Hammer into the Mercury Cannon gaining new abilities and increased range. The first attack in this form reduces the target's armor and magic resist.
  • Cannon Stance
    • Shock Blast.png Shock Blast (Q)
    • Jayce fires an orb of electricity that detonates upon hitting an enemy (or reaching the end of its path) dealing physical damage to all enemies in the area of the explosion.
    • Hyper Charge.png Hyper Charge (W)
      • Jayce gains a burst of energy, increasing attack speed to maximum for 3 attacks.
    • Acceleration Gate.png Acceleration Gate (E)
      • Jayce deploys an Acceleration Gate increasing the movement speed of all allies who pass through it. If Shock Blast is fired through the gate the missile speed, range, and damage will increase.
    • Transform- Mercury Hammer.png Transform: Mercury Hammer (Ultimate)
      • Transforms the Mercury Cannon into the Mercury Hammer gaining new abilities and increasing armor and magic resist. The first attack in this form deals additional magic damage.

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