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  • Classic Nami Skingallerybutton
  • Koi Nami Skingallerybutton
    975 RP / 07-Dec-2012
  • River Spirit Nami Skingallerybutton
    975 RP / 02-June-2014
  • Urf the Nami-tee Skingallerybutton
    750 RP / 01-Apr-2015


  • Nami was designed by Classick.[1]
    • Nami was originally going to be named after Classick as "Romlariel", but this was decided against.[2]
  • The name "Nami" (波) has several different meanings in Japanese, but is commonly translated as "wave," as in ocean waves.
  • The name "Nami" is also a component for the term "tsunami" (津波) which was borrowed from Japanese vocabulary.
  • Nami's concept and "people" (The Marai) are inspired by the mermaid, a mythical creature, typically related to the sea.
  • Nami's passive ability, Surging Tides.png Surging Tides, was originally named "Celerity".[3]
  • Nami's first ability, Aqua Prison.png Aqua Prison, was originally named "Hydro Blast".[3]
  • Nami's second ability, Ebb and Flow.png Ebb and Flow, was originally named "Surging Tides", which is now the name of her passive, Surging Tides.png Surging Tides.[3]
  • Nami's third ability, Tidecaller&#039;s Blessing.png Tidecaller's Blessing, was originally named "Aqueous Empowerment".[3]
  • Nami's dance makes her use her staff as a contact staff, which is commonly used in fire dancing.
  • The tiny sharks in Nami's joke are visually similar to the Pressman Toy Corporation board game Let's Go Fishin'.
  • Nami's lore draws some parallels with the Dinotopia series, where the safety of a fictional utopia was owed to the power of "sunstones".
    • As part of the story, the last of the sunstones were dying and the only known remaining supply resided beneath the ocean.
  • Nami's ability, Ebb and Flow.png Ebb and Flow, is a reference to the movement of water, often in relation to natural tides.
  • If you search the item shop for 'hat' while playing Nami, you will find Boots of Speed item.png Boots of Speed. This is a reference to The Little Mermaid.
  • Nami's quotes, "Let the seas reclaim them," and "We are all tied to the ocean," are references to the theory that all life came from the ocean.
  • The "Eww, whale breath," quote is a reference to Ambergris, a component of perfume which is a substance produced in the digestive system of sperm whales. In short, the smell of perfume is the smell of whale's puke to her.
  • Nami shares a quote with Gragas Gragas: "Have a drink"
  • Nami, along with Fiddlesticks Fiddlesticks, are the only two champions to say a word in their laugh emotes.
  • In Brazilian version Nami Spirit River Nami has special quotes.
    • While ulting she says "Da nascente, até a sua morte (From the fountain, to your death)" and "Enxurrada! (Flood!)"
    • Her quote "This is minnow's plays" in the Original Skin is translated as "Isso é brincadeira de vairões", while in Spirit River skin she says "Isso é brincadeira de lambari (this is lambari's play)" a reference to the Lambari fish, common in Brazilian cuisine.
    • She gains the quote "Sua chama será apagada (your flame will be set off)". It is a reference to the myth of Iara, who would set off the fire lit by fishers close to her river before seducing and drowning them.
    • While the Classic and Koi skin have the quote "Eles não passam de peixe pequeno (they are nothing but small fish)", Spirit River skin changes it to "Eles não passam de traíras (they are nothing but trairas)", which is another reference to Brazilian fishery. Traira is a very common small fish very easily caught at Amazonia.
    • The quote "Do not force my hand" translated as "Não desafie minha mão", is changed to "Não desafie a natureza (do not force nature)".
    • The quote "The ocean will sweep them away" translated as "O oceano sumirá com eles" is changed to "O rio sumirá com eles (the river will sweep them away)". This is because Iara does not live in the ocean and cannot enter it.
    • Her joke has the word "Tubarões (Sharks)", changed to "Jacarés (Alligators)".
      • Besides, the threee tiny sharks are changed to three piranha fishes.
    • Her quote "Eww, whale breath", translated as "Ugh, bafo de baleia" is changed to "Ugh, bafo de piranha (Eww, piranha breath)".
    • She also gains the quotes "Renascida sob o luar (Reborn under moonlight)", "Quem você vê no espelho? (Who do you see in the mirror?)", "Um rio não muda o seu sentido (A river does not change it's path)", "Chegue mais perto (Come closer)" and "Minha inocência foi minha ruína (My innocence was my ruin)". All of them references to the Iara myth.
      • In the myth, Iara was a very beautiful Indian woman who disobeyed her fathers orders not to bath on the river at night. The river was deeper than she thought and she drowned herself. Jaci, the Tupi spirit of the moon, had pity and turned her into a nature being, giving her the task to protect the rivers. According to the myth, Iara passes most of the day sitting on a rock by the river's margin, looking herself into a mirror and brushing her long beautiful hair, stopping it only to punish those men who pollute her river.
        • Some versions of the myth bring Iara as a disheartened killer, who drowns men just for fun.
NamiSquare.png Classic Nami [S|L]
  • Nami's eyes were originally red in her classic art but was later changed to orange-yellow. On Nami's in-game model, her eyes are still pinkish red.
  • Nami's helmet in her classic art is black, but in game her helmet is distinctly purple.
NamiSquare.png Koi Nami [S|L]
  • Koi Nami is based on the Japanese koi (鯉) of the same name.
  • When Koi Nami does her joke, three koi are called out during the animation instead of three tiny sharks.
  • Koi Nami has koi fish animations applied to all of her skills except Aqua Prison.png Aqua Prison.
  • Koi also means 'love' in Japanese if written as 恋. This may refer to her nature as a support or her love for her people.
NamiSquare.png River Spirit Nami [S|L]
  • River Spirit Nami is a reference to Iara - a figure of Brazilian mythology said to live in bodies of fresh water and lure men into a spell by singing to them.
  • In the Brazilian version, this skin gains special quotes for attacking and using her ultimate.

NamiSquare.png Urf the Nami-tee [S|L]
  • This skin is a tribute to April Fools Day 2015.
  • Nami is dressed as Urf Urf and her sharks are replaced by Manatees.
  • She shares this theme with Warwick Warwick.


  • The Ghost Viking's quote to Nami Nami; "Sorry, fresh out of moonstones." might mean that the moonstones came from the Howling Abyss, and that the moonstone bearer had taken the last one already. He could also just be casually making light of her quest, which might mean he is at least aware of the Marai and the Tidecallers' duty.


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Nami League Of Legends Login Screen With Music

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Nami's Theme
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