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Champion Background Strategy Skins & Trivia


  • Classic Maokai Skingallerybutton
  • Totemic Maokai Skingallerybutton
    520 RP / 16-Feb-2011
  • Charred Maokai Skingallerybutton
    975 RP / 16-Feb-2011
  • Festive Maokai Skingallerybutton
    975 RP (Available during Snowdown 2013) / 14-Dec-2011
  • Haunted Maokai Skingallerybutton
    975 RP (Available during Harrowing 2012) / 26-Oct-2012
  • Goalkeeper Maokai Skingallerybutton
    750 RP / 18-Jun-2014
  • Meowkai Skingallerybutton
    1350 RP / 01-Apr-2016


  • Maokai was designed by Volty.
  • Maokai is voiced by Scott McNeil, who also voices Hecarim Hecarim and Sion Sion (after the rework).
  • Maokai is an anagram for "I Am Oak".
  • Maokai was named after a Riot artist whose name is Maokai Xiao.[1]
    • He was also the concept artist for Maokai.
  • Maokai's look, sounds, and attitude can be linked to the Ents in The Lord of the Rings saga.
  • Maokai was the first champion to be "born" on the Fields of Justice.
  • Although design-wise, there is no clue that Maokai is an Oriental character like Xin Zhao Xin Zhao. His name follows the Mandarin pinyin scheme like Xin Zhao Xin Zhao (while Lee Sin Lee Sin's name is of different scheme). The official Chinese vendor translates his name as 茂凯 which literally means "lush (vegetation)-triumphant".
  • His dance is a reference to the Harlem Globetrotters.
  • Maokai shares a place with Poppy Poppy in having the highest base armor of any champion at level 18 (90 armor).
  • During his Art Spotlight, a tab for Jarvan IV Jarvan IV can faintly be seen at the top.
    • Later during the Art Spotlight, a tab is seen titled "blindmonk", which refers to Lee Sin Lee Sin.
  • During Maokai's Visual Update, the development team wanted to make his Twisted Advance.png Twisted Advance look like so that Maokai roots a champion from the ground, similar to Zyra's Grasping Roots.png Grasping Roots.
MaokaiSquare.png Totemic Maokai [S|L]
  • It is based on a totem, which is an animal or other natural figure that spiritually represents a group of related people such as a clan.
MaokaiSquare.png Festive Maokai [S|L]
  • It is only available during the Snowdown Showdown and through Gifting Center choosing Mystery Gift option, like other Christmas themed skins.
  • Festive Maokai is based on the Christmas tree.
  • In the picture frame on Festive Maokai's artwork, the Snowdown Showdown art for 2011 can be seen.
MaokaiSquare.png Haunted Maokai [S|L]
  • It is only available during the Harrowing and through Gifting Center choosing Mystery Gift option, like other Harrowing themed skins.
  • Haunted Maokai resembles part of a reanimated Graveyard.
  • Haunted Maokai and BrandSquare.png Zombie Brand are the first skins that have animation on respawn.
MaokaiSquare.png Meowkai [S|L]
  • This skin is a tribute to April Fools Day 2016.
  • This skin was influenced by Nyan Cat internet meme.
  • This skin is a reference to Cody "Elementz" Sigfusson who mentioned "Meowkai" a lot of times in his streams.


  • Maokai is a former nature spirit from the Shadow Isles that was forcibly bound to a tree once the land was corrupted. He despises the existence that was thrust upon him as he felt it was a corruption of nature and so fights as a soldier of nature.
  • Maokai despises humans and their chaotic use of magic as it was responsible for his physical corruption and that of his home.
  • Although Maokai and Malphite Malphite have different attitudes regarding their being brought to life, Malphite stated that he is "...proud to call the Twisted Treant my ally", suggesting that these two elemental champions get along quite well despite their differences.
  • According to the League of Legends site, Maokai is rivals with Zyra Zyra, probably because of the difference in their attitude towards humans and the human world.


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