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  • Classic Master Yi 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
  • PROJECT: Yi Skingallerybutton
    (Legendary) 1820 RP / 08-Sep-2015

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


  • Master Yi was designed by Ezreal.
  • Master Yi is voiced by Micha Berman, who also voices Fiddlesticks Fiddlesticks.
  • 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 ("yee da-shuh"), while in on'yomi, it would be I Daishi ("ee 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/Apolar), 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) in Simplified Chinese.
      • 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.
  • Uniquely, Master Yi's dance speed increases with his movement speed.
  • 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 Pantheon Pantheon) is the Champion with the highest Base Movement Speed in the game, being 355. As of the rework, he also has three different running animations.
  • 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 Katarina 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.
    • The sword also levitates in front of Yi during his Meditate.png Meditate ever since the visual update.
  • His age's implication from his previous lores, 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!".
  • 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.
  • Whenever Yi starts a match/game, he will always repeat his outward slashing animation twice in a row upon the first target he hits with his first two basic attacks.
  • He shares a quote with WukongSquare.png Wukong: "Wuju Style".
    • He also shares a similar quote: "I will show you the path".
  • 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.
  • On the Brazilian server, Master Yi has a joke that is a reference to Woody Woodpecker.
MasterYiSquare.png Classic 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 pre-rework shows that they seem to directly affect his running style.
    • 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/visual update, in all his skins, Master Yi runs in a more normal fashion like in other material, and in a more ninja-like manner if he undergoes a form of high 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.
  • In the Chinese servers, the skin is instead called Ànyǐng Yì/An'ei I (暗影易, lit. Dark Shadow Yi).
MasterYiSquare.png Chosen Master Yi [S|L]
  • This skin bares a lot of references to the Star Wars franchise.
    • 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. However, this may as well be a mere tribute to the overall different lightsaber colors in the franchise.
    • This skin went on a discount, alongside the release of JayceSquare.png Forsaken Jayce, on May 4, 2015. This day is celebrated by fans of the series as Star Wars Day, also known as "May the fourth be with you".
      • Its discounted price was at 54%, further referencing the fan-made day.
    • He shares this theme with JayceSquare.png Jayce (since both are "Force user" themed skins).
    • The skin's name could be a reference to the 'Chosen One', an individual in the Star Wars canon prophesied to "bring balance to the Force".
      • In this regard, the name could also be a kind of double entendre: "Yi", written without tones, could be the pinyin for the Mandarin Chinese word for 'one', hence 'Chosen Yi' could be calqued to 'Chosen One'.
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.
  • The Crest of Ionia can be seen on his robes.
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.
  • Another awkward quirk with this skin during pre-work was the animation used for Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike. Yi would perform his two basic attack animations in a sped-up successive fashion if a model-viewer was shown to view the animation, as opposed to having the same dashing animation like with all the other skins. It was also shown in his afterimage dashing animation, where he is instead shown in a slow-motion version of one of his auto attack animations, as opposed to holding the blade by his left while pointing/leaning it forward (again, like with the other skins). This was eventually fixed to be in line with his other skins in the rework.
  • He shares this theme with AkaliSquare.png Akali, NidaleeSquare.png Nidalee, RengarSquare.png Rengar and CaitlynSquare.png Caitlyn.
MasterYiSquare.png PROJECT: Yi [S|L]
  • The concept of Master Yi PROJECT: Yi was the brainchild of Marco “Wendigo” Silva, an artist from the São Paulo Riot Games office. Nicknamed "Cyber Yi", its thematic was later incorporated into the PROJECT skin line during Yasuo PROJECT: Yasuo's development.
  • The theme behind Master Yi's MasterYiSquare.png PROJECT skin is one of the possible outcomes for Runeterra. In this alternate, apocalyptic future, Master Yi is part of the PROJECT Initiative, where members are augmented with cybernetics and other futuristic technology.
  • Unlike the other PROJECT skins, all of Yi's quotes, animations and idle stance are different from his previous skins. This is also the only PROJECT skin to have interactions via taunts with other PROJECT champions, item-based quotes and quotes for the game start.
    • Through this, Master Yi PROJECT: Yi can also taunt another Yi player, where he makes a nod to his "goggles" gag. This makes Master Yi the third champion to have a quote interaction with himself; the first being DravenSquare.png Draven and second being Trundle Trundle.
  • During his Highlander.png Highlander, Master Yi's face beneath the mask is revealed for the duration and his quotes have a non-robotic echo. This also applies to his death animation; both cases show Yi to have another mask of four lens over his left eye and one over his right.
    • There are versions of his game starting quotes rendered by his Highlander.png Highlander coded in the game. The only way to achieve these quotes since he cannot learn his ultimate until Level 6 is to have at least one point in Highlander.png Highlander, exit the game through various means, reenter the game, use Highlander.png Highlander and then make a movement command.
  • His posture in his PROJECT splash-art is very similar with the posture in his classic splash-art.
  • On his promo page, he can be seen equipped with several enhancements:
    • Regenerative Energy Vortex, a matrix system which aids and prevents the unit from taking damage with nano-regeneration.
    • Monarch SR "Living Flame" Armor, made of carbon-nano fibers, the armor protects the wearer from hostile damage.
      • Compared to the other PROJECT skin champions, Master Yi's is the only one who's armor will completely fade away. This happens when he activates Highlander.png Highlander (where cybernetic panels of energy coat him in his armor's place) and during his death animation. Similar to his face's case, his body is shown to be fully outfitted with cybernetic implants, revealing him to be an actual cyborg almost similar to and/or unlike the other PROJECT champions.
    • Hyperlight "Alpha" Blade, the blade is made out of a 098X Fusion Edge, and blade casing. 098X Fusion Edge Hyperlight core provides precision balance and lossless energy distribution. “Alpha” fusion blade highly compatible with multi-target combat. Black RR "Solid Smoke" Blade Casing is forged out of 2250R-100 Aero-Carbon compound that provides lightweight fitting for 098X Fusion Edge. “Solid smoke” material adaptable to unique molecular states.
      • The blade's name is a reference to Master Yi's ability, Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike. Its description also states that the blade is perfect for multi-target combat, just like the ability's effect of hitting multiple targets.
      • The blade turns into a double-ended weapon (as it protrudes another blade from out of its pommel) whenever Yi activates Highlander.png Highlander. All of his attacking animations remain the same despite this.
      • Master Yi's new joke is an alternate play on his original goggle joke, which instead jokes about how many blades his weapon can protrude.
      • The blade during his dance emote and Meditate.png Meditate channeling (like with the previous skins) will levitate in midair behind Yi.
      • The double edges of the weapon could be another reference to the "pro as heck guide to master yi" video, where the item Zeal is called "the doublesword" by the creator.
    • Neural Sensory Amplifier, this system enhances damage effectiveness of the Hyperlight Alpha Blade.
    • Unknown, coded as Highlander.png Highlander.
      • Unlike his other skins, activating Highlander.png Highlander will give him a different idle stance for the duration (Yi crouches low to the ground with his blade lowered behind him). His running animation will always be his sped-up version no matter his movement speed amount.
  • His description is as followed: "TRACE LOST".
    • His fully decrypted description is a voice clip:
      "My name... is Yi.".
  • His dance is a reference to a dance featured in a music video titled "HAVE A NICE DAY" by Japanese band WORLD ORDER. Side by side comparison can be seen here.
  • This skin may be inspired by Plan-1056 Codarl mecha from Full Metal Panic! anime series. They share not only the visual traits but also the fighting styles as "The preferred armament of choice of Codarl pilots are melee weapons since the force of the Lambda Driver makes conventional long range weapons obsolete."
  • The skin may be inspired by the character Zer0, from the Borderlands Series. They share a similar face as well as the assassin theme.
  • He also shares a common figure of XLR8 from the Ben 10 series.
  • On the 2016 promo page, if you type in "HARMONY", a quote will pop-up: 12- "A perfect anomaly."
  • He shares this theme with AsheSquare.png PROJECT: Ashe [S|L], EkkoSquare.png PROJECT: Ekko [S|L], FioraSquare.png PROJECT: Fiora Fiora [S|L], KatarinaSquare.png PROJECT: Katarina [S|L], LeonaSquare.png PROJECT: Leona [S|L], LucianSquare.png PROJECT: Lucian [S|L], YasuoSquare.png PROJECT: Yasuo [S|L], and ZedSquare.png PROJECT: Zed [S|L].


  • 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.


Related Themes
PROJECT MASTER YI - Login Screen03:09


Login Screen

PROJECT: Yi's Theme




Master Yi Champion Spotlight06:47

Master Yi Champion Spotlight

Champion Spotlight

PROJECT Alpha Strike01:43

PROJECT Alpha Strike


Master Yi's Ring Sword (League of Legends) - MAN AT ARMS REFORGED16:26

Master Yi's Ring Sword (League of Legends) - MAN AT ARMS REFORGED

Master Yi's Ring Sword


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