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Lore

Malzahar, the Prophet of the Void
MalzaharSquare
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Malzahar Render
Gender Male
Race Human
Birthplace Shurima Desert
Occupation Leader of the Cult of the Void
Faction The Void
Friends
KogMawSquare Kog'Maw
Rivals
KassadinSquare Kassadin
Related Lore

Many men have gone mad beneath the glare of the Shurima sun, but it was during the night's chilling embrace that Malzahar relinquished his sanity. Malzahar was born a Seer, blessed with the gift of foresight. His talent, though unrefined, promised to be one of Runeterra's greatest boons, but destiny plotted him another course; his sensitivity to the roiling tides of fate allowed other, unwelcome things to tug at his subconscious mind. In his dreams, where the veil of separation is thinnest, a sinister thing beckoned. For some time, Malzahar was able to resist its prodding, but with each passing night the voice grew louder, or perhaps deeper, until he could withstand the call no more.

He ventured into the desert without supplies, drawn by the lure of a specious charm. His destination: a lost civilization to the east, known to ancient texts as Icathia. Few believed such a place ever existed, and those who did were certain that the sands had long since devoured whatever remained. When Malzahar's cracked feet finally failed him, he found himself kneeling at the base of a bizarre crumbling obelisk. Beyond it lain the alien geometry of a ruined city and the giant decaying idols of dark and horrific gods. His eyes, seeing what others cannot, and what none should, were filled with the essence of the Void. His once shifting visions of the future were replaced with the immutable promise of Valoran beset by creatures of the Void. Standing alone, but not alone, amidst the echoing dunes, he noticed the familiar voice escape his own lips in a parched rasp, bearing three words whose weight trembled his knees: League of Legends. Now infused with the power of the void itself, Malzahar set off to the north to seek his fate.

"The land may melt, the sea may swell, the sky may fall... but they will come!"
Malzahar

Quotes

Upon selection
  • Play "Oblivion awaits!"
Attacking
  • Play "It is done."
  • Play "Mortality is weakness."
  • Play "We demand sacrifice."
  • Play "Inevitable."
  • Play "Their time is short."
  • Play "For the Void."
Movement
  • Play "Icathia beckons."
  • Play "As was foreseen."
  • Play "In due course."
  • Play "Second sight ordains it."
  • Play "It is in motion."
  • Play "At once."
  • Play "We are timeless."
  • Play "Do not challenge fate's will!"
  • Play "Without question."
Taunt
  • Play "Come mortal, witness your demise!"
  • Play "Bow to the void! Or be consumed by it!"
Joke

Malzahar burps.

  • Play "I think a Voidling just came out!"
Laugh
  • Play Malzahar laughs.
  • Play Malzahar laughs.
  • Play Malzahar laughs.
  • Play Malzahar laughs.

Co-op vs. AI Responses

Match start

  • "Your fate cannot be avoided!"

Player team victory

  • "GG!"

Player team defeat

  • "The Void will never accept defeat."

Special

Development

  • Malzahar was designed by Ezreal.
  • 1st Classic Splash Art
  • 1st Shadow Prince Malzahar
  • 1st Vizier Malzahar

Champion Sneak Peek

Malzahar
Announcement made in the sneak peek by ByronicHero:

Summoners!

This is a public service announcement regarding a shady looking fellow that may have made his way onto the Field of Justice. If you see a shrouded, floating man with a generally poor disposition, exercise caution… particularly if you see any dark, sinister portals or hideous creatures of the void milling about. This may be none other than Malzahar, Prophet of the Void, and he's probably not the type of bloke you want to run into on your way back to your stool from the men's room.

On the other hand, if you like dark matter, bottomless pits, exoskeletal monsters, menacing sacrificial daggers, or moving without touching the ground, you may want to take a moment to let this gentleman know that you're a fan of his work. Look for Malzahar in the upcoming patch![1]

Patch history

V4.8

V4.5:

  • Stats
    • Base armor increased to 16 from 12.
  • Summon Voidling.png Summon Voidling
    • New attack priorities:
      1. Attack the target of Nether Grasp.
      2. NEW: Attack the nearest champion with Malefic Visions.
      3. Attack the nearest non-champion with Malefic Visions.
      4. Attack the nearest enemy.
    • Bug Fix: Voidlings will no longer continuously switch targets if there are multiple targets with the same priority.

V4.1:

  • Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp
    • Now halts the target's movement if they were being moved by a friendly effect (e.g.: dashes, jumps and Dark Passage.png Dark Passage).

V3.10:

V3.6

  • Call of the Void.png Call of the Void
    • Mana cost reduced to 80/85/90/95/100 from 80/90/100/110/120.
  • Null Zone.png Null Zone
    • Mana cost reduced to 90/95/100/105/110 from 90/100/110/120/130.

V1.0.0.152:

  • Stats
    • Base movement speed increased to 340 from 315.

V1.0.0.149:

  • Summon Voidling.png Summon Voidling
    • Fixed a bug where voidlings could get stuck in walls when using abilities in impassible terrain.

V1.0.0.143:

  • Summon Voidling.png Summon Voidling
    • Voidlings prioritize enemies Malzahar is autoattacking if Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions isn't present.
    • Voidling pathing and general AI improved.
    • Voidlings now hide in brush and won't attack if Malzahar is in brush and not in combat.
    • Voidling dance animation added.
  • Call of the Void.png Call of the Void
    • Delay is now consistent at 0.6 seconds.
    • Now deals damage in a single hit rather than two separate hits.
    • Now grants vision along the entire line path rather than only at the two end points.
    • Now deals damage to units surrounding the end points.
  • Null Zone.png Null Zone
    • Cast time removed. Malzahar may now cast this ability while moving.
    • Damage now starts 0.25 seconds after casting the ability.
  • Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp
    • Malzahar ignores orders that would cancel his ultimate within the first 0.5 seconds of casting.
    • Voidlings prioritize champions immobilized by Nether Grasp above all other priorities.

V1.0.0.126:

  • Call of the Void.png Call of the Void
    • Fixed a bug where it would not finish casting if Malzahar died.
  • Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp
    • Fixed a bug where it couldn't break with distance.
    • It will now stop channeling if the target becomes a ghost.

V1.0.0.121:

  • Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp
    • Fixed a bug where it would sometimes only deal 4 ticks of damage instead of 5.

V1.0.0.120:

  • Null Zone.png Null Zone
    • Base damage reduced to 4/5/6/7/8% of the enemy's max health from 5/6/7/8/9%.
    • Ability power ratio reduced to 1% per 100 ability power (0.01) from 1% per 80 ability power (0.0125).
    • Cooldown reduced to 14 seconds from 16.
  • Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp
    • Ability power ratio over the duration reduced to 1.3 from 1.5.

V1.0.0.108:

  • Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions
    • Fixed a bug where ability casts by opposing Malzahars behaved improperly.

V1.0.0.107:

  • Null Zone.png Null Zone
    • Health percentage to damage ratio increased to 5/6/7/8/9% from 4/5/6/7/8%.
    • No longer has a minimum damage dealt of 25/35/45/55/65 per second.
  • Summon Voidling.png Summon Voidling
    • Casts required to summon reduced to 4 from 5.

V1.0.0.103:

  • Call of the Void.png Call of the Void
    • Mana cost reduced to 80/90/100/110/120 from 90/100/110/120/130.
  • Null Zone.png Null Zone
    • Mana cost changed to 90/100/110/120/130 from 80/95/110/125/140.
  • Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp
    • Range reduced to 700 from 750.

V1.0.0.100:

  • Summon Voidling.png Summon Voidling
  • Voidlings will now attack the target affected by Malzahar's most recently cast Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions.
  • Call of the Void.png Call of the Void
    • Cooldown reduced to 9 seconds from 10.
  • Null Zone.png Null Zone
    • Mana cost reduced to 80/95/110/125/140 from 90/105/120/135/150.
    • It no longer places a blank buff on Malzahar.
  • Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp
    • Now suppresses the target instead of stunning it.
    • Range increased to 750 from 650.

V1.0.0.98:

  • Stats
    • Base movement speed increased to 315 from 310.
  • Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions
    • Range increased to 650 from 600.
    • Cooldown reduced to 15/13/11/9/7 seconds from 16/14/12/10/8.
  • Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp
    • Range increased to 650 from 575.

V1.0.0.96:

  • Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp
    • Range increased to 575 from 450.
    • Fixed a bug where the stun component would not break even if the channel was broken.

V1.0.0.87:

  • Summon Voidling.png Summon Voidling
    • Voidling's movement speed increased to 451 from 419.
    • Fixed a bug where a Voidling's attacks would reveal Malzahar through the Fog-of-war and Brush.

V1.0.0.86: Added.

  • Summon Voidling.png Summon Voidling (Innate)
    • After casting 5 abilities, Malzahar summons a Voidling to engage enemy units for 21 seconds. Voidlings grow after 7 seconds (+50% damage/armor), and Frenzy after 14 seconds (+100% attack speed).
  • Call of the Void.png Call of the Void (Q)
    • Malzahar opens up two portals to the void. After a short delay, power erupts from the voids, dealing damage and silencing all enemies hit.
  • Null Zone.png Null Zone (W)
    • Malzahar creates a zone which deals the greater between a flat damage and a % of the target's max health.
  • Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions (E)
    • Malzahar infects his target's mind with cruel visions of their demise, dealing damage each second. If the target dies while afflicted by the visions, they pass on to a nearby enemy unit and restore mana to Malzahar.
  • Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp (Ultimate)
    • Malzahar grips his target in an engulfing void of energy, dealing damage each second.

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