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Lore

Nunu, the Yeti Rider
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Nunu Render
Gender Male
Race Human
Birthplace Unknown
Residence Freljord, formerly Frostguard Citadel
Faction Avarosan/Freljord
Friends
AsheSquare Ashe AniviaSquare Anivia
Related Lore
Freljord Nunu

As unlikely a pair as anyone could find, Nunu and Willump relied on courage and tenacity to drive them through countless troubles in the Freljord. The boy and his Yeti searched far and wide for a place they’d both be welcome, and eventually found a home among the Avarosan.

Sometimes bonds of friendship become stronger than even bonds of blood. When those bonds link a fearless boy to a fearsome Yeti, the bond becomes a force to be reckoned with. Given the responsibility of taming a terrifying beast, Nunu forged a friendship where others would have forged chains. Now Nunu and his burly pal Willump are an inseparable pair who combine youthful exuberance and brute strength with the mythical powers of the Yeti to overcome obstacles insurmountable to any ordinary duo.

Nunu had only the vaguest memories of his parents or the time before he was part of the reclusive Frostguard tribe. Never welcome among his caretakers, Nunu's wanderlust and compassion often put him at odds with the tribe's elders and the boy frequently dreamed of places far beyond the shadow of the Frostguard citadel. Sometimes he would do more than just dream, much to the frustration of his minders. This was never more apparent than when Nunu was apprenticed to the tribe's beast master and charged with the care of the creatures under his yoke.

The Frostguard held a menagerie of the Freljord's wildlife at their beck and call, but unique among their collection was the Yeti: an uncommon creature with mystical qualities and raw physical strength. The beastmaster taught Nunu that it was only a lean diet of plants and regular whippings that kept the vicious beast tame, but the more time Nunu spent caring for the creature, the more he learned that the Yeti was no feral monster.

As he saw his new friend Willump growing weaker and sicker, Nunu began to sneak the Yeti scraps of meat, hoping to restore his health. Day by day, Willump grew stronger and not the slightest bit savage contrary to the beastmaster's claims. Nunu had hopes of convincing him that the Yeti possessed no danger, but it wasn't meant to be. The next time Nunu came to deliver Willump a meal, he found the Yeti's cage shattered,with only a crude drawing inside signaling the Yeti's farewell. Without hesitation, Nunu rushed into the wilderness in search of his friend.

When Nunu finally caught up to Willump, he found the Yeti cornered by the beastmaster alongside a group of Frostguard warriors. Afraid that the men would hurt his friend, Nunu threw himself between the Yeti and the beastmaster's lash, but the brutal man would not stay his hand. As the furious beastmaster raised his whip once more, the Yeti swelled up with uncharacteristic fury. Even after so much mistreatment, it wasn't concern for himself but for the boy who'd shown him kindness that finally pushed Willump too far. The Yeti raged and left the man bloodied in the snow.

Terrified by Willump's fury, the remaining Frostguard warriors fled. Nunu realized there was no going back. He yelled at Willump to run before the men returned to kill him, but the Yeti refused to leave the young boy. Nunu was faced with a hard choice: abandon his sole friend and lead a life of captivity with the Frostguard,or strike out into the harsh wilds and leave behind the only home he knew. Nunu chose the only path that made sense. Leaping onto the back of the mighty Yeti, Nunu joined Willump in his great escape. The pair took their first steps into the wide world from which they had been kept for so long.

"Willump and I have a whole world to explore. Don't get in our way!"
Nunu

Freljord is an unforgiving land covered in snow and ice. Travel, especially in the winter, can be very dangerous. The elements often claim even those who have spent their entire lives there. The boy known as Nunu is defined by such tragedy. One day when he was a young child, Nunu rode on his father's back as they returned from a trapping expedition in the mountains. An unexpected blizzard came upon them, forcing them to seek refuge in a cave. The tempest was the worst in countless years, and it lasted for days. Nunu's father left to find food, but he never returned.

The blizzard eventually cleared, and the young child lay dying on the mountainside. Fortunately for Nunu, this was the land of the yetis, who are powerful beasts with whom Nunu's father had secured an arrangement for safe passage. A young yeti boy named Willump found Nunu and brought him home. From then on Nunu was raised by the yetis, whose culture remains a mystery to most Runeterrans. The boy quickly discovered that the seemingly savage creatures were in fact deeply spiritual beings living in harmony with their environment. They are very territorial and unafraid of defending themselves if called upon to do so. The yetis have watched the rest of Valoran, and they can smell the change on the wind. When the League of Legends was formed, the yetis knew they needed a champion. Riding his brother Willump, Nunu became that champion. Those who follow the League know that the boy is mature beyond his years, but, while he appears human, his mind is that of his adoptive kin.

If this is him now, imagine what Nunu will be like when he grows up!

Prior to V1.0.0.116:

The Freljord is an unforgiving place, a mountainous land covered in snow and ice. Travel, especially in the winter, can be very dangerous. The elements often claim even those who have spent their entire lives there. The boy known as Nunu is one of those who fell prey to such tragedy. One day when he was a young child, Nunu rode on his father’s back as they returned from a trapping expedition in the mountains. An unexpected blizzard came upon them, forcing them to seek refuge in a cave. The tempest lasted for days. Nunu's father had to leave to find food, but never returned. Eventually the blizzard cleared and the young child lay dying on the mountainside. Fortunately, this was the land of the yetis, powerful beasts with whom Nunu’s father had secured an arrangement for safe passage. A young yeti boy named Willump found Nunu and brought him home. From then on, Nunu was raised by the yetis. When the League of Legends was formed, the yetis knew they needed a champion. Riding his brother Willump, Nunu became that champion.

"Imagine what Nunu will be like when he grows up!"

Quotes

Upon selection
  • Play "Here we go!"
Freljord Avarosan

The Avarosan

Movement/attacking
  • Play "Swallowed you whole!"
  • Play "The yeti knows the way!"
  • Play "Let's make tracks!"
  • Play "I'm on it!"
  • Play "It's cold out there..."
  • Play "Don't make the yeti angry, You won't like him when he's angry!"
  • Play "Can't catch me!"
Taunt
  • Play "Don't make the yeti angry. You won't like him when he's angry!"
Joke
  • Play "Speak softly...and ride a big yeti!"
Laugh
  • Play Willump laughs.
  • Play Willump laughs.
  • Play Willump laughs.
  • Play Willump laughs.

Attacking
  • Play "You will feel my rage now."
  • Play "My ultimate will devastate them...or not."
  • Play "You are now on my Ignore list."
  • Play "Stop feeding."
  • Play "Everything is going according to my plan."
  • Play "Towerdive! We must towerdive!"
  • Play "My master tactics will win."
  • Play "Witness my superior playstyle and see it."
  • Play "Now you will see what happens when you listen to my superior plans."
Movement
  • Play "Yeti-bot speaking."
  • Play "Welcome to Nunu Champion Spotlight, presented by Yeti Bot."
  • Play "Do I?"
  • Play "Are you freaking kidding me?"
  • Play "I will surprise them with my decision."
  • Play "I must think... and act fast."
  • Play "I have a bad feeling about this."
  • Play "Man, I'm good."
  • Play "I will push forward and make my boldness known"
  • Play "Bots are superior to non-bots."
  • Play "You must say miss! That's a constructive criticism."
Taunt
  • Play "When I first met you, I was the bot. Now I am the super-bot."
  • Play "Now watch and learn from my moves, just like I've learned from Phreak's."
Joke
  • Play "I feel so good now. So fed. Almost as members of Riot when they created me."
Laugh
  • Play "Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha."
Upon using Consume.png Consume

Co-op vs. AI Responses

Match start

  • "Here we go!"

Player team victory

  • "GG!"

Player team defeat

  • "This was a lot of fun."

Development

  • 1st Classic Nunu splash art
  • Nunu Concept 1
  • Nunu Concept 2

The Legendary Nunu Bot

The Legendary Nunu Bot01:01

The Legendary Nunu Bot

This Monday, the minds that brought you Gentleman Cho'Gath and Corporate Mundo have a very special surprise in store for you: The Legendary Nunu Bot!

Deep within Freljord's numerous mountain ranges lies the top secret AngryGoran Robotics Facility. There the most brilliant (and angry) minds in all of Runeterra work to achieve with science that which nature has failed to provide. Their mission: To build the perfect Yeti!

Decades (and numerous home video production cycles) have passed since their first attempts. Now, after thousands of failed prototypes, power outages, welding accidents, patent office claims, and a rather considerable electricity bill, AngryGoran engineers have finally completed construction on the next evolution of fully functional combat Yeti. Nunu Bot is officially operational and ready to be deployed to the Fields of Justice!

This May 2nd, visit the League of Legends store and fire up your very own Nunu Bot!

Patch history

V4.18:
  • Absolute Zero.png Absolute Zero
    • Tooltip now shows the minimum damage it will deal.

V4.5:

  • Stats
    • Base armor increased to 20.5 from 16.5.

V3.14

  • Consume.png Consume
    • Cooldown reduced to 13 / 12 / 11 / 10 / 9 seconds from 17 / 15 / 13 / 11 / 9.
    • Damage reduced to 400 / 550 / 700 / 850 / 1000 from 500 / 625 / 750 / 875 / 1000.
    • Heal reduced to 70 / 115 / 160 / 205 / 250 from 90 / 130 / 170 / 210 / 250.

V3.9

  • Stats
    • Health per level reduced to 96 from 108.
  • Consume.png Consume
    • Damage reduced to 500/625/750/875/1000 from 600/700/800/900/1000.

V3.7

  • Consume.png Consume
    • Damage increased to 600/700/800/900/1000 from 500/600/700/800/900.
    • Healing reduced to 90/130/170/210/250 from 125/180/235/290/345.
    • Healing AP ratio reduced to 0.75 from 1.0.
    • Consume now grants bonuses for 120/150/180/210/240 seconds based on the type of monster consume was used on:
      • Golem-type monsters grant 10% increased size and maximum health.
      • Lizard-type monsters grant Nunu's attacks and spells additional magic damage equal to 1% of Nunu's maximum health.
      • Wraith or Wolf-type monsters grant 15% movement speed for 3 seconds after Nunu kills a unit.
    • (Undocumented) Cooldown increased to 17/15/13/11/9 from 16/14/12/10/8.

V3.6

  • Consume.png Consume
    • No longer expends Visionary if the target dies before Consume resolves.

V3.5 (Balance Updates):

  • Absolute Zero.png Absolute Zero
    • Cooldown reduced to 110/100/90 seconds from 150/120/90.
    • Mana cost reduced to 100 from 150.

V3.01:

  • Stats
    • Base movement speed increased to 350 from 340.
  • Blood Boil.png Blood Boil
    • Duration reduced to 12 seconds from 15.
    • Attack speed bonus reduced to 25/30/35/40/45% from 25/35/45/55/65%.
    • Movement speed bonus reduced to 8/9/10/11/12% from 11/12/13/14/15%.

V1.0.0.152:

  • Stats
    • Base movement speed increased to 340 from 315.

V1.0.0.146:

  • Ice Blast.png Ice Blast
    • Slow duration reduced to 3 seconds from 4.

V1.0.0.143:

  • Visionary.png Visionary
    • Now grants free cost spells even if spells were ranked up while the buff was already active.

V1.0.0.142:

  • Visionary.png Visionary
    • Attacks required to activate reduced to 5 from 7.
  • Consume.png Consume
    • Damage increased to 500/600/700/800/900 from 400/525/650/775/900.
    • Damage dealt to DragonSquare.png Dragon and Baron NashorSquare.png Baron increased to 100% from 50%.
    • Cooldown reduced to 16/14/12/10/8 seconds from 18/16/14/12/10.
  • Absolute Zero.png Absolute Zero
    • Minimum damage if interrupted increased to 12.5% from 0%.
    • Maximum damage if interrupted increased to 87% from 70%.

V1.0.0.140b:

  • Absolute Zero.png Absolute Zero
    • Fixed a bug where it was revealing Nunu when cast from brush.

V1.0.0.139:

  • Stats
    • Magic resist per level increased to 1.25 from 0.
  • Absolute Zero.png Absolute Zero
    • Added a range indicator.

V1.0.0.134:

  • Absolute Zero.png Absolute Zero
    • Fixed a bug where the slow did not grant assists.

V1.0.0.133:

  • Absolute Zero.png Absolute Zero
    • Fixed a bug where the slow did not grant assists.

V1.0.0.132:

  • Stats
    • Base attack speed increased to 0.625 from 0.613.
    • Attack speed per level increased to 2.25 from 1.08.

V1.0.0.125:

  • Stats
    • Range increased to 125 from 100.
  • Consume.png Consume
    • Range increased to 125 from 100.

V1.0.0.120:

  • Consume.png Consume
    • Base damage reduced to 400/525/650/775/900 from 500/600/700/800/900.
  • Ice Blast.png Ice Blast
    • Slow reduced to 20/30/40/50/60% from 40/45/50/55/60%.

V1.0.0.118:

  • Absolute Zero.png Absolute Zero
    • Fixed a bug where immediate cancellation could deal more damage than intended.
  • Visionary.png Visionary
    • Now has a gray version of the charging icon.

V1.0.0.116:

V1.0.0.99:

  • Stats
    • Base attack speed increased to 0.613 from 0.558.

V1.0.0.98:

  • Consume.png Consume
    • Cooldown reduced to 18/16/14/12/10 seconds from 30/26/22/18/14.
    • Heal reduced to 125/180/235/290/345 from 125/200/275/350/425.

V1.0.0.96:

V1.0.0.86:

  • Visionary.png Visionary
    • Tooltip fixed to correctly say that Nunu gains a free spell every 7 attacks instead of 8.

V1.0.0.83:

  • Stats
    • Base magic resist increased to 30 from 25.
  • Visionary.png Visionary
    • Attacks required to activate reduced to 7 from 8.
  • Consume.png Consume
    • Heal increased to 125/200/275/350/425.
    • Mana cost reduced to 60 from 80 at all ranks.
    • Cooldown reduced to 30/26/22/18/14 seconds from 35/30/25/20/15.
  • Ice Blast.png Ice Blast
    • Slow modified to 40/45/50/55/60% from 50% at all ranks.
  • Blood Boil.png Blood Boil
    • Movement speed buff modified to 11/12/13/14/15% from 10/12.5/15/17.5/20%.
    • Duration reduced to 15 seconds from 40.
    • Cooldown reduced to 15 seconds from 20.
    • Mana cost reduced to 50 from 75.
    • If Blood Boil.png Blood Boil is cast on an ally, Nunu now also gains the effect.
  • Absolute Zero.png Absolute Zero
    • Mana cost reduced to 150 at all ranks from 150/225/300.

V1.0.0.79:

  • Consume.png Consume
    • Cooldown reduced to 30/26/22/18/14 seconds from 35/30/25/20/15.

V1.0.0.63:

  • Absolute Zero.png Absolute Zero
    • Base damage increased to 625/875/1125 from 500/700/900.

V1.0.0.52:

  • Blood Boil.png Blood Boil
    • Attack speed increased to 25/35/45/55/65% from 20/30/40/50/60%.
  • Absolute Zero.png Absolute Zero
    • Damage increased to 500/700/900 from 400/600/800.
    • Attack speed slow per second increased to 25% from 15%.
    • Range increased to 575 from 525.

V1.0.0.32:

  • Updated particles.

V1.0.0.63:

  • Blood Boil.png Blood Boil
    • Can now be cast while chasing a unit with another spell/attack.

V1.0.0.32:

  • Particles updated.

V0.9.25.34:

  • Absolute Zero.png Absolute Zero
    • Damage increased to 400/600/800 from 375/550/750.
    • Slow increased to 49% from 45%.

V0.9.25.24:

  • Absolute Zero.png Absolute Zero
    • Duration reduced to 3 seconds from 4.
    • Damage reduced to 375/550/750 from 500/750/1000.
    • Slow increased to 45% from 40%.

V0.9.22.15:

  • Visionary.png Visionary
    • Particle now lasts the correct duration.
  • Stats
    • Movement speed increased to 315 from 310.
  • Consume.png Consume
    • No longer says that it deals 0 damage.
  • Blood Boil.png Blood Boil
    • Movement speed percentage increased to 10/12.5/15/17.5/20% from 8/11/14/17/20.
  • Ice Blast.png Ice Blast
    • Damage increased to 85/130/175/225/275 from 70/120/170/220/270
  • Absolute Zero.png Absolute Zero
    • Fixed a bug causing it to not deal damage if it breaks prematurely.

V0.9.22.7:

  • Updated Lore with names.
  • Stats
    • Movement speed increased to 310 from 295.
  • Visionary.png Visionary
    • Tooltip updated.

V0.8.21.110:

  • Absolute Zero.png Absolute Zero
    • Ability power ratio reduced to 2.5 from 3.
  • Blood Boil.png Blood Boil
    • Attack speed increased to 20/30/40/50/60 from 15/25/35/45/55.
  • Consume.png Consume
    • Damage to minions/monsters modified to 500/600/700/800/900 from 800.

July 10, 2009 Patch:

  • Consume.png Consume
    • Heal amount increased to 100/175/250/325/400 from 50/100/175/275/400.
  • Visionary.png Visionary
    • Buff now has no duration (lasts indefinitely).

June 26, 2009 Patch:

June 12, 2009 Patch:

  • Visionary.png Visionary
    • Changed the way it works from a percent chance, to every 10 hits.
    • Now can work with Absolute Zero.png Absolute Zero.
  • Absolute Zero.png Absolute Zero
    • Recoded to make the ability power increase with the duration of the channel.

May 29, 2009 Patch:

  • Absolute Zero.png Absolute Zero
    • Now detonates for a fraction of the damage based on how long Yeti is channeling.
    • You are now able to cancel Absolute Zero.
    • Damage reduced to 500/750/1000 from 500/800/1200.

May 15, 2009 Patch:

  • Updated recommended items.

May 1, 2009 Patch:

  • Absolute Zero.png Absolute Zero
    • Fixed cooldown in tooltip, added cooldown to level up section.

April 25, 2009 Patch:

  • Updated recommended items.

April 11, 2009 Patch:

  • Consume.png Consume
    • Range increased to 230 from 200.

Alpha Week 6:

  • Ice Blast.png Ice Blast
    • Slow duration reduced to 3 seconds from 4.
  • Absolute Zero.png Absolute Zero
    • Movement speed slow increased to 40% per second from 23%.
    • Attack speed reduction reduced to 15% per second from 23%.

Alpha Week 5:

  • Absolute Zero.png Absolute Zero
    • Damage increased to 500/800/1200 from 500/750/1000.

Alpha Week 3:

  • Absolute Zero.png Absolute Zero
    • Damage reduced to 500/750/1000 from 500/800/1200.

Alpha Week 2:

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