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Champion Background Strategy Skins & Trivia


  • Classic Skin
  • Coral Reef Malphite


  • Malphite was designed by Coronach.
  • Malphite has a great resemblance with Tiny from the Dota series.
  • When Malphite uses his  Ground Slam attack, he leaves a glowing imprint of the Riot Games logo.
  • Malphite is one of the few champions to actually have multiple textures per skin. When his passive  Granite Shield breaks, he appears to be molten underneath until the passive recharges, which reverts him to normal; and when he activates  Brutal Strikes, his body and arms glow.
  • Malphite's original cost was 3150 IP, but was lowered to 1350 IP on April 12, 2011.
  • Malphite's dance resembles Capoeira called Ginga. A side-by-side comparison can be seen here .


  • His joke "Caught between a rock and a hard place" is an idiom, where you're either in a difficult position or have to make an unpleasant choice.


Shamrock Malphite

  • This skin may have been inspired by the famous Blarney Stone in Ireland.

Obsidian Malphite

  • This skin may have been inspired by the Destroyers of Guild Wars.

Marble Malphite

Glacial Malphite

  • This skin may be a reference to Ymir, an primeval figure in Norse mythology sometimes associated with ice.

Mecha Malphite

  • His appearance is a direct reference to Pacific Rim.
  •  Heimerdinger and  Ziggs can be seen in the background of the skins splash art, possibly the ones that created the "Jaeger" Malphite.
  • When he recalls he transforms into a giant drill machine, similar to Labyrinth Tank from the Yu-Gi-Oh! series.
  • He shares this theme with  Kha'Zix and  Aatrox.

Lore Relations

  • Malphite comes from another world called the Monolith. It is a place of perfect harmony, where all of its denizens are but singular pieces of a whole.
  • Though he disagrees with  Maokai's view of life as a curse, Malphite stated that he is "... proud to call the Twisted Treant my ally", suggesting that the two elementals get along quite well, despite their differences.
  •  Malphite meditates near the caverns surrounding the Institute of War.


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