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Poro Poros are the mysterious, magical and most-loved inhabitants originating from the Howling Abyss.[1]

Lore

Born out of love, blinded by glee

Innocent, pure, magic and free,

Faithful, trusting; often naïve,

Soft, furry; their hearts hold a key.

  • Poros are equal parts truth, valor, and innocence.
  • The color that best describes poros is “very light blue, like Freljordian snow” (Pantone P 121-3 U).
  • Poros have a heart-shaped underbelly because they’re made of love.
  • A poro’s horns perk up when it’s excited and droop down when it’s scared.
  • Poros paddle through deep snow with their front paws.
  • Some believe that poros are indestructible—though at one point we animated poros to keel over and twitch if they ran into the Abyss’ fountains.
  • Poros stick their tongue out because they are incredibly warm (hot, in fact). This is why they can survive the harsh cold environment of the Howling Abyss.
  • Poro-Snax item.png Poro-Snax are frosted with Freljordian ice crystals.
  • Due to recent heroic deeds, Braum Braum is a friend to the poros.
  • Vel'Koz Vel'Koz has noted that the intelligence of people drops in the presence of these creatures.
  • Poros have a leader known as ProfileIcon748 King PoroThe Poro King.
  • They share some similarities with the Watchers, in terms of appearance.

Development

The Origins of Poros

Poro creature

A Poro

By Riot Preeti

"While wrapping up the Howling Abyss, the entire team was on the lookout for something to balance out the Abyss' cold, serious atmosphere. Unlike our other maps, the Howling Abyss had a very structural, linear cadence--it was literally a bridge without any fantasy elements, which didn't feel very League. To counter this, the whole team brainstormed about cute and fun things we could add that would remain true to League and not take away from the map's epicness. It was sort of tricky because whatever we added had to be noticeable without being too distracting--we didn't want players confusing our little critter for a minion or monster they should kill! We wanted to create something furry that looked like it could survive through harsh weather, so RiotEarp looked to mountain goats, reindeer, and polar bears for inspiration. He sketched the initial poro concept art based on a cuter version of all of those things and we ran with it! Howling Abyss is the coldest and harshest place in all of Runeterra, so you can think of poros as the manifestation of whatever warmth, happiness, and love that still exists.

After RiotOtown modeled and textured the very first poro, he and RiotCaptainLx decided to add a super huge tongue because the little guy reminded them of a puppy. Then, during the animation phase, RiotCaptainLx took it a step further and had the poro lick its whole face in one shot! With the tongue mechanic in place, he also animated the poro to run around panting with its tongue hanging out. We totally agreed that poros should pant just like that--they radiate with love, so they're extremely hot despite the Abyss' bone-chilling temperatures"!

Legend of the Poro King

Legend of the Poro King

Legend of the Poro King mode

This year’s Snowdown brings with it our next featured game mode… and a legend. The “Legend of the Poro King”. We’ve dramatically changed what fights on the Howling Abyss will look like, so let’s get straight into the rules:

Played on the Howling Abyss, Legend of the Poro King is a 5v5 Blind Draft game mode, where your goal is still to destroy the enemy team’s nexus. However, you’ll have some Poro companions with you (to throw at each other of course), be diving deep to make #bigplays and work together to summon some help from the legendary Poro King himself.

New summoner spells

When playing the Legend of the Poro King, your regular summoner spells are replaced with two new ones, made just for the mode:

Poro Toss / Poro Dash
RANGE: 2500
COOLDOWN: 20

Poro Toss
Active - Poro Toss: Throws a ProfileIcon Poro Poro a long distance, dealing 30 - 200 (based on level) true damage to the first enemy unit hit. Poro Toss can be recast for the next 3 seconds after it hits an enemy to cast Poro Dash.

ProfileIcon749 Poro Attack
Active - Poro Dash: Your champion surges into the target struck by Poro Toss. Dashing to the target will reduce Poro Toss' cooldown by 5 seconds.

"Poros are a model of Runterran aerodynamics"

Ability Details
Poro Toss is a colliding linear skillshot ability.
Poro Dash is a point blank auto-targeted dash ability.

Additional Information:

  • Despite the ProfileIcon Poro Poro does behave like a projectile, they are still innocent animals, not spells; ignoring the likes of Wind Wall.png Wind Wall, Unbreakable.png Unbreakable and Spell Shields in general due to their uttermost majesty.
    • Riot Games does not make responsible for the seemightly reckless use of Poro Toss, if PETA ask, the ProfileIcon Poro Poros are fake.


To the King!
RANGE: Global
COOLDOWN: 10
To the King!

Passive: Hitting an enemy champion with a ProfileIcon Poro Poro gives your team a To the King! Poro Mark. Upon reaching 10 To the King! Poro Marks, your team summons the The Poro King Poro King to fight alongside them. While the The Poro King Poro King is active, no To the King! Poro Marks can be scored by either team.

Active: Quickly dash to the The Poro King Poro King's side. Can only be cast when the The Poro King Poro King is summoned for your team.

"Poros tug the heartstrings. The rest of you just comes along for the ride."

Ability Details
To the King!'s Passive is a summon ability.
To the King!'s Active is a point blank auto-targeted dash ability.

Additional Information:

  • Riot Games does not make responsible for the constant commitment of magnicide against his royal highness, but it's responsible of ProfileIcon Poro Poros injured in the process by the wretched and soulless teams.


The Poro King

The Poro King is benevolent and will aid whichever team has summoned him. He can be dispelled, but only to return again when enough favour has been curried with him. As a tanky siege minion, he brings an impressive power boost to whichever team he’s aiding. His powers include:

  • Tanky siege minion with a LOT of health. Let him be your front line!
  • The Poro King absorbs all Poros within his range being thrown by the enemy team, making him a powerful pushing force.
  • The Poro King will heal nearby allied champions every 5 seconds for health and a smaller amount of mana based on the team’s average level.
  • Every 5 seconds, the Poro King will lob out Poros in an arc around him, dealing magic damage to enemies where they land.

Trivia

  • Poro was designed by RiotOtown, RiotEarp, and RiotCaptainLx.
  • Poro, in Finnish, means reindeer.
  • Playing as Braum Braum, when feeding a Poros with a Poro-Snax item.png Poro-Snax, they will sprout mustaches (different colored depending on the Braum skin used at the time).
  • Previously, you can kill them by herding them into the spawn.
  • You can also kill them with Blitzcrank Blitzcrank's Static Field.png Static Field. The passive of its ultimate will damage and kill them.
  • Poros got a Visual Update after 2014 Snowdown Showdown.
  • Poros celebrate The Masquerade and Snowdown Showdown.
  • A group of Poros is called a fluft.[2]

Media

Related Themes
League of Legends Music - Blitzcrank's Poro Roundup09:29

League of Legends Music - Blitzcrank's Poro Roundup

  • Poro Ideas
  • Poro Emotion Ideas
  • Poro Turnaround
  • Poro Feet [3]
  • Poro Snax
  • 2014 Masquerade site picture featuring a masked Poro.
  • 2014 Snowdown Showdown wallpaper featuring a large number of Poros.
  • 2014 Snowdown Showdown wallpaper featuring a large number of Poros.
  • 2014 Snowdown Showdown wallpaper featuring the Poro King.
  • Unhappy Poros during the Masquerade.
  • Vitruvian Poro
  • Poros with Mystery chest
  • Poros celebrating the Masquerade.
  • Poros celebrating the Masquerade.
  • 2015 Worlds Pick'em Challenge promo
  • Flying & Mustached Poro in Winter Wonder Lulu splash art
  • Poro Rug & Robot Poro in Winter Wonder Orianna splash art
  • Void Poros in Snow Day Malzahar splash art
  • Giant Poro in Poro Rider Sejuani splash art
  • Masked Poro in El Tigre Braum splash art

These Icons were made specifically to celebrate the Masquerade event of 2015, an event celebrated on the Latin American and Brazilian servers. These Icons are available to download via this link.

  • Aatrox Poro
  • Ahri Poro
  • Amumu Poro
  • Anivia Poro
  • Annie Poro
  • Ashe Poro
  • Azir, Jax, and Lissandra Poros
  • Blitzcrank Poro
  • Braum Poro
  • Caitlyn Poro
  • Corki Poro
  • Darius Poro
  • Definitely Not Blitzcrank Poro
  • Dr. Mundo Poro
  • Draven Poro
  • Ekko Poro
  • Ezreal Poro
  • Fat Poro
  • Fiddlesticks Poro
  • Gangplank Poro
  • Garen Poro
  • Gnar Poro
  • Gragas Poro
  • Graves Poro
  • Heimerdinger Poro
  • Janna Poro
  • Jarvan IV Poro
  • Jinx Poro
  • Karthus Poro
  • Kalista Poro
  • Kennen Poro
  • Kindred Poro
  • Lee Sin Poro
  • Leona Poro
  • Lucian Poro
  • Lulu Poro
  • Lux Poro
  • Malphite Poro
  • Malzahar Poro
  • Master Yi Poro
  • Miss Fortune Poro
  • Mordekaiser Poro
  • Morgana Poro
  • Nami Poro
  • Nasus Poro
  • Nautilus Poro
  • Nidalee Poro
  • Nunu Poro
  • Olaf Poro
  • Rammus Poro
  • Renekton Poro
  • Rengar Poro
  • Riven Poro
  • Rumble Poro
  • Ryze Poro
  • Sejuani Poro
  • Shaco Poro
  • Shen Poro
  • Skarner Poro
  • Sona Poro
  • Soraka Poro
  • Syndra Poro
  • Tahm Kench Poro
  • Taric Poro
  • Teemo Poro
  • Thresh Poro
  • Tristana Poro
  • Tryndamere Poro
  • Twisted Fate Poro
  • Urf Poro
  • Vayne Poro
  • Veigar Poro
  • Velkoz Poro
  • Vi Poro
  • Viktor Poro
  • Vladimir Poro
  • Volibear Poro
  • Wukong Poro
  • Xin Zhao Poro
  • Yasuo Poro
  • Zed Poro
  • Ziggs Poro

The link to the Masquerade and Porofolia sites can be accessed from here and here.

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