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"When you meet your ancestors, tell them Olaf sent you." - OlafSquare Olaf

Most men would say that death is a thing to be feared; none of those men would be Olaf. The Berserker lives only for the roar of a battle cry and the clash of steel. Spurred on by his hunger for glory and the looming curse of a forgettable death, Olaf throws himself into every fight with reckless abandon. Surrendering to the Ragnarok bloodlust deep within his being, Olaf is only truly alive when grappling with the jaws of death.

The coastal peninsula of Lokfar is among the most brutal places in the Freljord. There, rage is the only fire to warm frozen bones, blood is the only liquid that flows freely, and there is no worse fate than to grow old, frail, and forgotten. Olaf was a warrior of Lokfar with no shortage of glories and no hesitation to share them. While boasting one evening with his clansmen over the burning embers of a razed village, one of the elder warriors grew tired of Olaf's bluster. The old fighter goaded Olaf to read the omens and see if Olaf's fortunes matched his gloating. Emboldened by the challenge, Olaf mocked the aged raider's envy and tossed the knuckle bones of a long-dead beast to predict the heights of glory he'd achieve in death. All mirth left the gathering as the clansmen read the portents: the bones spoke of a long life and a quiet passing.

Infuriated, Olaf stormed into the night determined to prove the prediction false by finding and slaughtering Lokfar's feared frost serpent. The monster had consumed thousands, man and ship alike, in its long lifetime and to die in battle with it would be a fitting end for any warrior. As Olaf hurled himself into the blackness of its maw, he fell deeper into the blackness of his mind. When the shock of freezing water roused him from the dark, there was only the butchered carcass of the beast afloat beside him. Thwarted but not defeated, Olaf set out to hunt down every legendary creature with claws and fangs, hoping that the next battle would be his last. Each time he charged headlong toward his coveted death, only to be spared by the frenzy that washed over him while on its brink.

Olaf concluded that no mere beast could grant him a warrior's death. His solution was to take on the most fearsome tribe in the Freljord: the Winter's Claw profileicon Winter's Claw. SejuaniSquare Sejuani appeared amused by Olaf's challenge to her warband, but his audacity would earn him no mercy. She ordered the charge and sent scores of her warriors to overwhelm Olaf. One by one, they fell until he lost himself in the bloodlust once again, effortlessly cutting a path to the leader of the Winter's Claw. The clash between Olaf and Sejuani rocked the glaciers with its force, and though he seemed unstoppable, Sejuani battled the berserker to a standstill. As they stood deadlocked, Sejuani's glare penetrated Olaf's berserker haze in a way no weapon ever could. His frenzy abated long enough for her to make him an offer: Sejuani swore that she would find Olaf his glorious death if he would lend his Undertow axe to her campaign of conquest. In that moment, Olaf vowed he would carve his legacy into the Freljord itself.

"Beware the war cry of the Berserker. What surges toward you is unyielding, free from the shackles of reason."

On an uncharted continent beyond Valoran's grasping clutches, the conqueror named OlafSquare Olaf was born to a long tradition of soldiers unlike most others. Berserkers, as they tout themselves, are warriors who channel Ragnarok fury deep from their cores, unleashing pure and savage wrath upon their enemies. This fearsome evolution is a product of their unforgiving home, Lokfar - a barren tundra where all creatures must vie bitterly for every resource. Olaf belonged to a seafaring clan known for ruthlessly pillaging any and all villages within reach of their dragon-crested longboats.

The last time he saw his icy home, Olaf was embarking on an expedition to pioneer and plunder a distant land known only to legend. However, while underway, a terrible storm sprung up and Olaf and his crew were thrown to the mercy of a roiling and pitiless sea. His ship destroyed, his crew nowhere to be found, Olaf miraculously washed up untold miles from 'friendly' waters on the foreign shores of Valoran, south of Demacia.

This unfamiliar place stunned and frightened the Berserker, for Lokfar is not privy to such potent magicians. Approaching them, Olaf hoped that they could use their mysterious powers to send him back to his people. A bargain was struck. Olaf would use his awesome prowess as a warrior to serve the unusual wars of Valoran in the League of Legends, and in exchange the sorcerers would find him a way to return.

Despite his participation in the League, Olaf knows better than to trust the 'finger wagglers' that run the Institute of War. He deliberately keeps details of his life and home from them. After all, with enough information, they would most certainly find the Lokfarians and dominate them as they have dominated all of Valoran, keeping both quietly - and unwittingly - in their thrall.

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Patch History

V7.22
  • Stats
    • Base attack damage increased to 68 from 59.98.
    • Base armor increased to 35 from 26.04.
  • Undertow Undertow
    • Base damage increased to 80 / 125 / 170 / 215 / 260 from 70 / 115 / 160 / 205 / 250.
V7.14
  • OlafSquare SKT T1 Olaf [S|L]
    • Undertow Undertow
      • Bug Fix: On-hit particles no longer become a massive disco if Undertow hits a moving target.
V6.22
  • Ragnarok Ragnarok
    • Bug Fix: Brolaf no longer plays two VO lines at once when activating Ragnarok.
V6.8
  • Vicious Strikes Vicious Strikes
    • Life steal increased to 14 / 16 / 18 / 20 / 22% from 9 / 12 / 15 / 18 / 21%.
  • Ragnarok Ragnarok
    • Passive armor and magic resist increased to 20 / 30 / 40 from 10 / 20 / 30.
V5.22
  • Stats
    • Base mana increased to 315.6 from 265.6.
    • Mana growth reduced to 42 from 45.
V5.17
V5.9
  • Ragnarok Ragnarok
    • Now grants 50 / 60 / 70% bonus movement speed towards enemies for 1 second.
V4.18
  • General
    • Texture update to Classic, Brolaf, Forsaken and Glacial.
V4.13
  • Undertow Undertow
    • Cooldown reduced to 7 seconds from 8.
  • Vicious Strikes Vicious Strikes
    • Healing amplification increased to +1% per 2% missing health from +1% per 2.5% missing health.
  • Ragnarok Ragnarok
    • Cooldown reduced to 100 / 90 / 80 seconds from 120 / 100 / 80.
V4.5
  • General
    • Base armor increased to 21 from 17.
V4.1
  • Undertow Undertow
    • Slow reduced to 29 / 33 / 37 / 41 / 45% from 35 / 40 / 45 / 50 / 55%.
V3.13
  • Undertow Undertow
    • Slow duration increased to 1.5-2.5 seconds from 1-2 seconds.
    • Mana cost changed to 60 from 55 / 60 / 65 / 70 / 75.
  • Vicious Strikes Vicious Strikes
    • Bonus attack speed increased to 40 / 50 / 60 / 70 / 80% from 20 / 35 / 50 / 65 / 80%.
  • Reckless Swing Reckless Swing
    • Health cost reduced to 30% of the damage dealt from 40%.
V3.12 rework
  • General
    • Base mana reduced to 235 from 270.
  • Undertow Undertow
    • Base damage reduced to 70 / 115 / 160 / 205 / 250 from 80 / 125 / 170 / 215 / 260.
    • Slow percent increased to 35 / 40 / 45 / 50 / 55% from 24 / 28 / 32 / 36 / 40%.
    • Slow duration reduced to 1-2 seconds based on distance traveled (from 2.5 seconds flat).
    • Slow no longer decays.
    • Minimum throw distance added (400).
    • Axes now stick in walls and structures only if they would land in impassible terrain.
    • Axes now make jungle monsters ignore unit collision (to better enable Olaf's axe pickup play in the jungle).
  • Vicious Strikes Vicious Strikes
    • Mana cost reduced to 30 from 40 / 45 / 50 / 55 / 60.
    • Now grants 20 / 35 / 50 / 65 / 80% attack speed.
    • Now provides 1% extra healing for every 2.5% health that Olaf is missing
    • Bonus life steal retained.
    • Bonus attack damage and spell vamp removed.
  • Reckless Swing Reckless Swing
    • Cooldown increased to 12 / 11 / 10 / 9 / 8 seconds from 9 / 8 / 7 / 6 / 5.
    • Base damage reduced to 70 / 115 / 160 / 205 / 250 from 100 / 160 / 220 / 280 / 340.
    • Bonus damage ratio increased to (+40% AD) from (+0% AD).
    • Health cost is equal to 40% of total damage dealt (unchanged ratio).
    • Health cost is now refunded if it kills the target.
    • Basic attacks lower the cooldown of Reckless Swing by 1 second.
  • Ragnarok Ragnarok
    • Cooldown changed to 120 / 100 / 80 seconds from 100.
    • Mana cost removed.
    • Now passively provides 10 / 20 / 30 armor and magic resist.
    • Active reworked: now removes the bonus armor and magic resist passive and grants 40 / 60 / 80 bonus attack damage while active.
    • Olaf now turns red when Ragnarok is active.
    • Crowd control immunity retained.
V3.6
  • Reckless Swing Reckless Swing
    • Can be cast at any health value, but will not reduce health below 1.
V3.01
  • Undertow Undertow
    • Slow now fades over the duration.
  • Vicious Strikes Vicious Strikes
    • Cooldown increased to 16 seconds from 12.
  • Ragnarok Ragnarok
    • No longer passively grants bonus armor penetration.
    • Now only grants bonus armor penetration while active.
V1.0.0.152
  • General
    • Movement speed increased to 350 from 325.
V1.0.0.139
  • Reckless Swing Reckless Swing
    • Cooldown increased to 9 / 8 / 7 / 6 / 5 seconds from 8 / 7 / 6 / 5 / 4.
V1.0.0.136
  • Ragnarok Ragnarok
    • Updated buff tooltip to reflect that it now grants armor and magic resist instead of flat damage reduction.
V1.0.0.135
  • General
    • Movement speed increased to 325 from 320.
  • Undertow Undertow:
    • Base damage increased to 80 / 125 / 170 / 215 / 260 from 50 / 90 / 130 / 170 / 210.
    • Scaling changed to (+100 bonus AD) from (+50% bonus AD).
    • Cooldown reduced to 8 seconds from 10.
    • Cooldown refund from picking up the axe reduced to 4.5 seconds from 6.
  • Ragnarok Ragnarok
    • Now grants 30 / 45 / 60 armor and magic resist instead of 20 / 30 / 40 flat damage reduction.
V1.0.0.129
  • Ragnarok Ragnarok
    • Olaf is now immune to blinds and silences for the duration.
V1.0.0.128
  • Undertow Undertow
    • Missile speed increased to 1600 from 1500.
  • Ragnarok Ragnarok
    • It now breaks crowd control effects upon activation.
    • Duration changed to 6 seconds at all ranks from 5 / 6.5 / 8.
V1.0.0.125
  • Stats
    • Base armor increased to 17 from 14.
  • Reckless Swing Reckless Swing
    • Mana cost reduced to 0 from 50.
V1.0.0.115
  • Ragnarok Ragnarok
    • Fixed a bug where it was reducing true damage.
V1.0.0.111
  • Undertow Undertow
    • Fixed a bug where it could hit the same target twice.
V1.0.0.110
  • Undertow Undertow
    • Fixed a bug where could not deal damage to the same target within 1 second of the previous hit.
V1.0.0.109
  • Undertow Undertow
    • Base damage reduced to 50 / 90 / 130 / 170 / 210 from 65 / 110 / 155 / 200 / 245.
    • Attack damage scaling increased to (+50% bonus AD) from (+30% bonus AD).
    • Fixed a bug where it was dealing too much damage.
V1.0.0.108
  • Vicious Strikes Vicious Strikes
    • Base damage reduced to 7 / 14 / 21 / 28 / 35 from 10 / 17 / 24 / 31 / 38.
    • Health scaling increased to 1% from 0.5%.
V1.0.0.107
  • Undertow Undertow
    • Now deals physical damage instead of magic damage.
  • Vicious Strikes Vicious Strikes
    • Health scaling changed to 0.5% at all ranks from 0.3 / 0.6 / 0.9 / 1.2 / 1.5%.
    • Base damage changed to 10 / 17 / 24 / 31 / 38 from 12 / 18 / 24 / 30 / 36.
  • Ragnarok Ragnarok
    • Damage reduction reduced to 20 / 30 / 40 from 25 / 45 / 65.
V1.0.0.98
  • Undertow Undertow
    • Slow increased to 24 / 28 / 32 / 36 / 40% from 16 / 22 / 28 / 34 / 40%.
V1.0.0.96
  • Ragnarok Ragnarok
    • Now displays "Cannot be Disabled!" when it blocks a debuff.
V1.0.0.87
  • Added
  • Berserker Rage Berserker Rage (Innate)
    • For each 1% of health missing, Olaf's attack speed is increased by 1%.
  • Undertow Undertow (Q)
    • Olaf throws an axe into the ground at a target location, dealing damage to units it passes through and slowing their movement speed. If Olaf picks up the axe, the ability's cooldown is reduced by 6 seconds.
  • Vicious Strikes Vicious Strikes (W)
    • Olaf's attack damage is increased, based on his health, and he gains massive lifesteal and spell vamp.
  • Reckless Swing Reckless Swing (E)
    • Olaf attacks with such force that it deals true damage to his target and himself.
  • Ragnarok Ragnarok (Ultimate)
    • Olaf is immune to disables, has increased armor penetration and reduces incoming damage by a flat amount.

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