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Nasus, the Curator of the Sands
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Nasus Render
Gender Male
Race ?
Residence Shurima
Occupation Former Keeper of the Great Library
Faction Shurima
Friends
SivirSquare Sivir
Rivals
XerathSquare Xerath RenektonSquare Renekton CassiopeiaSquare Cassiopeia

The enigmatic creature known as Nasus came to the League from a faraway world, and served as part of a vast and learned desert empire. There he was a respected and enlightened individual, having been made the Keeper of the Great Library. However, he was also part of a race of animalistic creatures that served as the rulers and protectors of the people. Unfortunately, there were others of his kind that believed they were more than protectors. They were under the egotistical delusion that they had ascended to become gods. War on Nasus's world was never more than a breath away, as these deluded others sought to enslave the people and establish a totalitarian sovereignty. In the midst of a heated battle, just as Nasus was about to slay his treacherous brother  Renekton, he was pulled through the cosmos to a summoning circle in Runeterra.

At first angered that he had been taken just as he was about to cripple the enemies of his people, Nasus' advanced intellect won out when he heard the pleas for mercy from the summoners. He learned that Runeterra was also filled with its own brand of injustice. This danger was no less threatening than what he had fought against at home, and champions were needed to protect the people of this world. Heeding the call, Nasus chose to take his place in the League of Legends, knowing that his brothers and sisters would carry on the fight back home. These days, he is the Curator of the Sands, feeling most at home in the crumbling ruins of the Shurima Desert. However, recent disturbing news has reached the Keeper's ears - rumors that perhaps his brother had not in fact been left behind. If this were the case, the destruction of Renekton would quickly become Nasus' main priority, before this world to faces the threats of his brother's forked-tongue and endless ambition.

"The Curator of the Sands, though contemplative, is not to be trifled with."

The enigmatic creature known as Nasus came to the League from a faraway world, and served as part of a vast and learned desert empire. There he was a respected and enlightened individual, having been made the Keeper of the Great Library. However, he was also part of a race of animalistic creatures that served as the rulers and protectors of the people. War was never more than a breath away, as others of his kind craved to enslave the people and claim totalitarian sovereignty. In the midst of a heated battle, just as Nasus was about to slay his treacherous brother  Renekton, he was summoned to Runeterra. It didn't take much to convince him that Champions were needed to fight against the injustice here and he took up a place in the League of Legends. These days, he is the Keeper of the Sands, feeling most at home in the crumbling ruins of the Shurima Desert.

"The Keeper of the Sands, though contemplative, is not to be trifled with."

Quotes

Upon selection
  • Play "The cycle of life and death continues. We will live, they will die."

Movement
  • Play "There, for grace, I go."
  • Play "It is neverending."
  • Play "Their death, awaits."
  • Play "Do not try my patience."
  • Play "Between life and death lies immortality."
  • Play "Perhaps Shurima was meant to fall."
  • Play "Some things must remain buried."
  • Play "Eons... pass like days."
  • Play "The sky was naught but dying stars."
  • Play "For centuries, I have watched."
  • Play "Burdens sleep best in their tombs."
  • Play "No dawn comes without darkness."
  • Play "I walk through the ages."
  • Play "Shurima is not of this time."
  • Play "Errant words may fell empires."
  • Play "The past is a tapestry of what lies ahead."
Attacking
  • Play "Anthropomancy: divination by entrails."
  • Play "I bring death."
  • Play "Soon, there will be nothing."
  • Play "Life is part of a cycle. Yours is over."
  • Play "Your soul will be measured."
  • Play "Death is a harsh mistress."
  • Play "Your spirit is hollow."
  • Play "Journey into the beyond."
  • Play "Return to the dust."
  • Play "We approach a time of reckoning."
  • Play "This too must end."
  • Play "Some spirits are fated to burn."
  • Play "Eternity is beyond your reach."
Joke
  • Play "Who let the dogs out? Woof. Woof. Woof."
  • Play "No, I will not fetch the ball."
  • Play "My bite is worse than my bark."
Taunt
  • Play "Your legacy shall drift away; blown into eternity, like the sands of the desert."
  • Play "There is such potential in one mortal life; you have wasted yours."
Taunting an enemy  Renekton
  • Play "Rage burned away all that was good in you, my brother."
  • Play "Renekton was lost, long ago. You are but his pale shadow."
Laugh
Upon using  Wither

Movement
  • Play "Each fork in your path leads to fire."
  • Play "They toil to live in a fool's paradise."
  • Play "Mortality is guilt. All will be judged."
  • Play "Redemption is a hollow wish."
  • Play "I am the final arbiter."
  • Play "So eager to find meaning in nothingness."
  • Play "I walk behind none."
  • Play "Do storms pity the drowned?"
  • Play "Fate is a manifestation of my will."
  • Play "Mortals are not meant to rule."
  • Play "Hope is the opiate of the frail."
  • Play "Mankind's corruption spreads no further."
  • Play "Try not the temper of the ascended."
Attacking
  • Play "Sink into darkness."
  • Play "Such hollow, empty minds."
  • Play "Only the guilty flee."
  • Play "This is the way your world ends."
  • Play "Grace becomes fire."
  • Play "Join the lost."
  • Play "Ambition is a mirage."
  • Play "Here falls the shadow of despair."
  • Play "A fate, sealed in blood."
  • Play "Cleave through body, and mind."
  • Play "Filth of the earth."
Joke

Nasus throws a bone-shaped biscuit into the air and eats it.

  • Play "Who's a good boy? I'm a good boy."
  • Play "Now that I've ascended, I can have treats, any time."
  • Play "Once you ascend, the old clothes won't fit any more."
Taunt
  • Play "Martyrs are just the first to die."
  • Play "I will bury you alive."
Laugh
Upon using  Wither
Upon using  Fury of the Sands
Upon starting a game with an enemy  Renekton
  • Play "I will show you the meaning of butchery, brother."
  • Play "You have wasted your power, Renekton. Now bleed for it."
Upon being victorious in a game with an enemy Renekton Renekton Template:Ai-Error: Missing champion name.
  • Play "The butcher, carved to pieces."
  • Play "The butcher, drowned in his own blood."
Upon reaching 50 stacks of  Siphoning Strike
  • Play "More souls for the pyre."
  • Play "Power... forged in soulfire!"
  • Play "Fodder for my wrath."
Upon reaching 100 stacks of  Siphoning Strike
  • Play "Fuel my inferno."
  • Play "Every death feeds my fury."
Upon reaching 150 stacks of  Siphoning Strike
  • Play "Doomed and devoured."
Upon reaching 200 stacks of  Siphoning Strike
  • Play "I am death."

Upon selection
  • Play "The cycle of life and death continues. We will live, they will die."
Attacking
  • Play "Anthropomancy: divination by entrails."
  • Play "I bring death."
  • Play "Soon... there will be nothing."
  • Play "Life is part of a cycle; yours is over."
  • Play "Your soul will be measured."
  • Play "Death... is a harsh mistress."
Movement
  • Play "There, for grace, I go."
  • Play "Where angels fear to tread."
  • Play "It is never ending."
  • Play "Their death awaits."
  • Play "If it is your wish."
  • Play "Yes... summoner."
  • Play "Do not try my patience."
Taunt
  • Play "Your legacy shall drift away, blown into eternity, like the sands of the desert."
Joke
  • Play "Who... let the dogs... out. Woof. Woof, woof."
Laugh

Co-op vs. AI Responses

Match start

  • "We begin a new cycle!"

Player team victory

  • "GG!"

Player team defeat

  • "The wheel never stops turning."

Special

  • "I will not hesitate to stop you, Renekton."

Development

  • Nasus was designed by Ezreal.

Visual Upgrade: Nasus, the Curator of the Sands

Announcement made by RiotWenceslaus:[1]

As the scholar-warrior raises his halberd, the sun glints off the blade just before the Siphoning Strike comes crashing down. Nasus stands guardian anew, the sand shaken from his armor, his visual update complete.

Each of his abilities is accompanied by new animations and particles, completely updating the vision of Nasus. Fury of the Sands is accompanied by a ferocious roar, intimidating particles and a darkened emblem of his homeland. All of the Curator's skins have been studiously renewed as well.

His spirit aflame and renewed, Nasus casts a withering pall over his enemies, ensuring that the cycle of life and death continues.

Infernal Nasus

Announcement made by RiotWenceslaus:[2][3]

Here falls the shadow of despair.A dark symbol sears the ground beneath his victim, burning everything within. Infernal Nasus is on the hunt. Dark, shadowy hands encircle his quarry, choking their movement as if immersed in sludge. There is no escape.

"Here falls the shadow of despair."
Infernal Nasus

He stands above his prey, a legend come alive and growls, "I am death."

Infernal Nasus’s pauldrons break free with exultant howls as flames ignite the fury of the sands. Death would be preferable to what comes next.

"This is the way your world ends."
Infernal Nasus

With fiery new particles, shadow effects and animations including a unique second form during his ultimate, Infernal Nasus is the new, darker legendary skin for the Curator of the Sands.

From a dark, twisted vision of the world, Infernal Nasus howls with feral power. Siphoning Strike echoes with a malevolent glow upon his halberd, while Wither summons shadows to clutch and grasp his quarry. When he calls forth Spirit Fire the ground blazes with black flame. With his prey already cowering, his rage ignites the Fury of the Sands. Infernal Nasus towers over his foe, three maws spouting fire. His passing leaves nothing but dust.

Patch history

V4.1:
  •  Wither
    • Cast range reduced to 600 from 700
  •  Fury of the Sands
    • No longer increases the cast ranges of Wither and Spirit Fire

V3.14:

  • General
    • Nasus has received a visual update.
  •  Soul Eater
    • Life steal changed to 10 / 15 / 20% at levels 1 / 7 / 13 from 14 / 17 / 20% at levels 1 / 6 / 11.

V3.13:

V3.6

  •  Wither
    • Attack speed slow amount has been halved.

V3.02:

  •  Siphoning Strike
    • Fixed a bug where Siphoning Strike critical strikes were dealing more damage than intended.
    • Mana cost reduced to 20 at all ranks from 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40.
  •  Fury of the Sands
    • Now increases attack range by 50 and cast range by 100 while active.
    • Mana cost reduced to 100 from 150.

V3.01:

  •  Siphoning Strike:
    • Permanent damage bonus is now doubled to 6 when killing a champion, large minion or large monster

V1.0.0.123:

  • Stats
    • Range increased to 125 from 110.
  •  Soul Eater
    • Life steal increased at earlier levels to 14 / 17 / 20% from 10 / 15 / 20%.
  •  Wither
    • Cooldown reduced to 15 / 14 / 13 / 12 / 11 seconds from 15 at all ranks.
    • Mana cost reduced to 80 from 100.
    • It will now reach its maximum slow even if its duration is reduced by crowd control reduction effects like Tenacity.
  •  Spirit Fire
    • No longer has a 0.5 second delay before appearing. It retains the 0.5 second casting time.
    • Now deals half damage initially and the other half over the duration instead of it just dealing damage per second:
      • New: Initial 55 / 95 / 135 / 175 / 215 (+0.6 per ability power) magic damage and 11 / 19 / 27 / 35 / 43 (+0.12 per ability power) magic damage each second for the next 5 seconds.
      • Old: Deals 20 / 34 / 48 / 62 / 76 (+0.2 per ability power) magic damage each second for the 6 seconds the area lasts.
  • Fixed a bug where  Siphoning Strike sometimes gained extra lifesteal.

V1.0.0.114:

V1.0.0.111:

  •  Fury of the Sands
    • It now updates the buff tooltip to explicitly state how much attack damage granted.
    • Fixed a bug where the attack damage granted was not showing in your stats/character sheet.

V1.0.0.109:

  • Stats
    • Base movement speed increased to 325 from 320.
  •  Siphoning Strike
    • Damage bonus per kill increased to 3 from 2.

V1.0.0.103:

V1.0.0.100:

  •  Fury of the Sands
    • Buff no longer incorrectly states that it grants increased attack speed.

V1.0.0.99:

V1.0.0.98:

  •  Siphoning Strike
    • Fixed a typo in the tooltip that indicated the spell did magic damage when in fact it does physical damage.

V1.0.0.87:

  •  Siphoning Strike
    • Fixed tooltip to correctly display that the cooldown of this spell is 8 / 7 / 6 / 5 / 4 seconds.
  •  Fury of the Sands
    • Tooltip now correctly states that the transformation effect from this spell lasts for 15 seconds.

V1.0.0.83:

V1.0.0.61:

  •  Siphoning Strike
    • Tooltip will now display the amount of bonus damage it has acquired.

V1.0.0.52:

  •  Spirit Fire
    • Cooldown increased to 12 seconds from 11.
    • Mana cost increased to 70 / 85 / 100 / 115 / 130 from 60 / 75 / 90 / 105 / 120.

V0.9.25.34:

  • Updated recommended items.
  • His innate icon will now persist through death.
  •  Siphoning Strike
    • Damage gain on kill modified to 2 at all levels from 1 / 1.5 / 2 / 2.5 / 3.
    • Damage will now interact properly with  Soul Eater; it was stealing 20% regardless of level.
  •  Wither
    • Base slow increased to 35% from 32%.
    • Slow per second reduced to 3 / 6 / 9 / 12 / 15% from 4 / 8 / 12 / 16 / 20%.
  •  Spirit Fire
    • Damage caused will now break recall.
  •  Fury of the Sands
    • Nasus now gains 300 / 450 / 600 health when the ability is activated.
    • Bonus percent damage ability power ratio decreased to 0.01 from 0.05.

V0.9.25.24: Added

  •  Soul Eater (Innate)
    • Nasus drains his foe's spiritual energy, giving him natural life steal.
  •  Siphoning Strike (Q)
    • Nasus strikes his foe, dealing damage and increasing the power of his future Siphoning Strikes if he slays his target.
  •  Wither (W)
    • Nasus ages his target, decelerating their movement and attack speeds over 5 seconds.
  •  Spirit Fire (E)
    • Nasus unleashes a delayed spirit flame at a location, dealing damage and reducing the armor of enemies who stand on it.
  •  Fury of the Sands (Ultimate)
    • Nasus assumes his true form, the Avatar of Death. While in this form he gains additional Health and Attack Speed, and drains nearby enemies' max health and converts it into bonus damage for the duration of the skill.

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