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  • Classic Skin Skingallerybutton
  • Assassin Master Yi Skingallerybutton
    390 RP / 17-Dec-2009
  • Chosen Master Yi Skingallerybutton
    520 RP / 04-Jun-2010
  • Ionia Master Yi Skingallerybutton
    975 RP / 13-Sep-2010
  • Samurai Yi Skingallerybutton
    520 RP / 07-Mar-2011
  • Headhunter Master Yi Skingallerybutton
    975 RP / 08-Feb-2012

  • Classic Skin
  • Classic Skin (Old)
  • Assassin Master Yi
  • Chosen Master Yi
  • Ionia Master Yi
  • Samurai Yi
  • Headhunter Master Yi


  • Master Yi was designed by Ezreal.
  • Yi (易) means "easiness", "change" or "divination" in Chinese.
    • His name in the Chinese servers is written as 易 大师 in Simplified Chinese, and 易 大師 in Traditional Chinese/Japanese. Pronounced in Chinese would be Yì Dàshī, while in on'yomi, it would be I Daishi ("e die-she"). [1]
  • Master Yi's name is a pun on the word "mastery".
  • "Wuju" is a reference to two of the developers at Riot Games. Namely, Andy Woo and Jeff Jew.
    • "Wuju", or "Wuji/Mukyoku" (無極 lit. Extremeless), is the grey field a taijitsu (the yin-yang symbol) is traditionally shown on, symbolizing "nothingness". It also nods to an old sword style honed for art in current times. In the Chinese servers, it is written as "Wuji/Mukyou" (无极), which means the same thing.
      • In the Chinese servers, his Wuju Style.png Wuju Style's name in Simplified Chinese is written as 无极剑道, in Traditional Chinese as 無極劍道, and in Japanese as 無極剣道. Pronounced in Chinese is Wújí Jiàndào and in Japanese is Mukyoku Kendou, which both literally mean "Extremeless Sword Path"; with "kendo" being a traditional Japanese term for swordsmanship and fencing sports in Japan, hinting that Wuju is a traditional sword style, despite the fact that his pupil WukongSquare.png Wukong uses a staff for the art.
    • It bears similarity to "Wushu", the collective name of Chinese martial arts, mostly known as Kung-fu in western countries.
  • In terms of some of Yi's artworks (and his initial visual model) and his visual model update, he appears to be left-handed and/or ambidextrous, showing a unique touch on his style of swordplay.
  • Master Yi was one of the champions chosen for the Ionian pool available during the Ionia vs. Noxus match. However, he was not one of the selected champions.
  • The goggles Master Yi wears (known as the Seven Lenses of Insight) seem to be an over-exaggeration of trifocals goggles with night vision, and according to his background, provide a similar effect, allowing him to "see across a wider range of the spectrum".
    • His goggles can also be seen in the preview video for the Mac version of League of Legends.
      • In addition, his sword can also be seen in a later part of the video.
    • His costume and the goggles bring strong resemble to Sam Fisher from Splinter Cell game franchise.
  • Master Yi (sharing with PantheonSquare.png Pantheon) is the Champion with the highest Base Movement Speed in the game, being 355.
  • Master Yi's reworked dance is a reference to Dee Dee's dance from the Cartoon Network's series Dexter's Laboratory, or as a more closer nod to his high movement speed gameplay style, the iconic "Running Man" dance. A side-by-side comparison can be seen here.
    • His original dance before his rework however, references a portion of the famous dance scene from Napoleon Dynamite, shared with KatarinaSquare.png Katarina. A side-by-side comparison can be seen here.
  • Master Yi's sword has rings on the back edge resembling an ancient Chinese Dāo variant [2][3] (a curved Chinese blade that predates the katana's creation). He uses both hands to hold it, akin to the posture of Zhǎn Mǎ Dāo [4] or Katana [5] wielders.
  • His age's implication, as well as his ultimate, Highlander.png Highlander, are possible references to the film Highlander, where many of the characters are immortal and are easily hundreds of years old.
    • The mechanics of his ultimate also nod to "the quickening" effect. In Highlander, if an immortal killed another immortal through decapitation, they would gain their knowledge after an electrical and mostly violent surge. Similarly, upon a kill or an assist, Yi's cooldowns are refreshed as an explosion effect of energy/ki emanates off him (in a manner similar to fireworks), though it is shown as a small flash emanating from his body ever since his rework.
    • Also to nod to the immortals of Highlander is the Chinese name of his ultimate, which is Gāoyuán Xiětǒng (高原血统 in Simplified Chinese, 高原血統 in Traditional Chinese). In Japanese the name is pronounced as Kougen Kettou, both translations literally meaning "Plateau Lineage"
  • A fan joke video give birth to a popular troll build called Dunkmaster Yi, focusing on going really fast via building duplicates of the Zeal item.png Zeal item with a Wriggle&#039;s Lantern item.png Wriggle's Lantern, and the catchphrase "get dunked!".
  • His new joke in his rework "The goggles? Just for reading!" references the fact that his goggles provide no actual effect in his gameplay.[6]
    • One of Yi's new taunts "I will take an eye....as if I don't have enough already." also jokes around with the amount of lenses his goggles have.
  • Master Yi's joke "The key to immortality? Not dying." hints to his beta lore noting at his real age, in which he is implied to be over 1000 years old despite physically being no more than 30. It is unknown if this is still the case with his current lore.
MasterYiSquare.png Original Master Yi [S|L]
  • His normal skin along with his said Assassin skin has two swordboots with one on each armored leg, though they have very little if not no use at all. His movement animations shows such a thing weighs down his running, but he may have adjusted to this via the skins without the armored legs.
    • YasuoSquare.png Yasuo makes a reference to the sword boots portion of the Dunkmaster Yi video for one of his taunts against Yi.
  • As of his rework, in all his skins, Master Yi runs in a more normal fashion, and in a more ninja-like manner if he undergoes a form of speed boost.
MasterYiSquare.png Assassin Master Yi [S|L]
  • This skin, AlistarSquare.png Golden Alistar and VeigarSquare.png White Mage Veigar are the only skins priced at 390 RP, making them the cheapest skins, excluding sale prices and free/promotional skins.
  • It was also initially in previous versions a mere black re-color of his default skin, though it can be implied that the dark tone of the skin is meant for covert blending/camouflage, hence the name of the skin.
  • The reworked of this skin instead features a more ninja-like theme, such as a face mask, a hoodie, a more katana-like sword via the design of its hilt, and two kunai in the place of Yi's wakizashi on his boots.
MasterYiSquare.png Chosen Master Yi [S|L]
  • It is a direct reference to the Jedi Knights of the Star Wars franchise.
  • After his visual upgrade in 2013, MasterYiSquare.png Chosen Master Yi's lightsaber causes a humming sound when attacking.
  • This skin's lightsaber changes colors based upon Wuju Style.png Wuju Style's current state: blue (normal), green (passive), red (active). This is similar to the Jedi Knight games which had blue, yellow, and red lightsaber stances; each altered the speed and power of attacks.
MasterYiSquare.png Ionia Master Yi [S|L]
  • It is probably Master Yi's outfit while he is at his usual home, Ionia, or the outfit he wears in some special occasions much like AkaliSquare.png Blood Moon Akali or  ShenSquare.png Blood Moon Shen.
  • Additionally, IreliaSquare.png Irelia's classic skin has the same design and color with his. Also the weapons they hold have the same schematics, which concludes their origins from Ionia.
  • His red color scheme bears resemblance to Sun Jian and the Kingdom of Wu from the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, in the Dynasty Warriors/Sangoku Musou adaptions; the tree in the background also bears a slight nod to Jian Ye, the main capital of Wu (via its playable stage version in Dynasty Warriors 4/Shin Sangokumusou 3).
MasterYiSquare.png Samurai Master Yi [S|L]
MasterYiSquare.png Headhunter Master Yi [S|L]
  • His clothing bears many resemblances with the Predator species from the Predator and Alien vs Predator franchises.
  • The skin's helmet and goggles also look very similar to the game Shinobi's main character Hotsuma, who would dash to his enemy similar to Master Yi's Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike.
  • In his Chinese artwork, there is the shadowy form of ChoGathSquare.png Cho'Gath behind him, who vaguely resembles the Aliens.
  • His sword pre-work also longer than the dao in his other skins, though with no effect on his auto attack range. The blade is also flipped to the other side in his idle stance, thus causing Yi during his dance, laugh and death to hold it with blade flipped the other way with his right hand (all other skins barring Chosen would show the opposite). This was notably fixed in his rework with the blade being a more proper size in relevance to Yi's other skins, and having it being held properly.
  • He shares this theme with AkaliSquare.png Akali, NidaleeSquare.png Nidalee, RengarSquare.png Rengar and CaitlynSquare.png Caitlyn.


  • His goggles were made and given to him by HeimerdingerSquare.png Heimerdinger.
  • Master Yi's entire kinfolk were killed with chemical inventions created by SingedSquare.png Singed.
  • He seeks the end of Noxus' predations.
  • Master Yi often spends his time meditating and training near the Great Barrier, south of the Institute of War.
  • Master Yi tutored WukongSquare.png Wukong in the art of Wuju. They seem to share similar quotes, carry playstyles and ability ratios.


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