Not to be confused with Poro-Snax item Poro-Snax

Poros are the mysterious, magical, and most-loved creatures 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. This is why they can survive the harsh cold environment of the Howling Abyss.
  • Poro-Snax item Poro-Snax are frosted with Freljordian ice crystals.
  • Due to recent heroic deeds, BraumSquare Braum is a friend to the poros.
  • Vel'KozSquare Vel'Koz claims that the intelligence of people drops in the presence of these creatures.
  • The leader of the Poros is known as the Poro King 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"!

Trivia

  • Poro was designed by RiotOtown, RiotEarp, and RiotCaptainLx.
  • In Finnish, Poro means reindeer, from Proto-Finno-Permic *počaw < PIIr *paču (> Sanskrit पशु páśu) < PIE *pek- "livestock, wealth" (> Latin pecus & English fee).
  • Playing as BraumSquare Braum, when feeding a Poros with a Poro-Snax item Poro-Snax, they will sprout mustaches (different colored depending on the Braum skin used at the time).
  • Previously, you could kill them by herding them into the spawn.
  • You can also kill them with BlitzcrankSquare Blitzcrank's Static Field Static Field. The passive of its ultimate will damage and kill them.
  • Poros got a Visual Update after Snowdown Showdown 2014.
  • Poros celebrate the Masquerade and Snowdown Showdown.
  • A group of Poros is called a fluft.[2]

Media

Related Music
Snowdown 2016 - Login Screen03:19

Snowdown 2016 - Login Screen

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A Snowdown Snowtale Snowdown 2016 Skins Trailer - League of Legends

Related Videos

  • 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.
  • Poros in the 2015 Arcade Promo
  • 2015 Worlds Pick'em Challenge Promo
  • 2016 Worlds Pick'em Challenge Promo
  • Snowdown Showdown Concept 1 (by Riot Artist Mo Yan)
  • Snowdown Showdown Concept 2 (by Riot Artist Mo Yan)
  • 1st Legend of the Poro King Loading Background
  • Legend of the Poro King Loading background
  • Winter Summoner's Rift Loading background
  • Poro Model 1
  • Worlds 2017 Pick'em Promo (by Riot Artist Mist XG)

  • Poros in Snowstorm Sivir splash art (bottom half of the boomerang blade)
  • Poro in 2014 World Cup splash art (under Striker Lucian)
  • Flying Poro, Mustached Poro & Poros 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 and Poros in Poro Rider Sejuani splash art
  • Masked Poro in El Tigre Braum splash art
  • Poro in the 2015 April Fools splash art (as a balloon above Nami)
  • Poro in Master Chef Tahm Kench splash art
  • Poro in the Academy splash art (as a Key Chain on Ahri's skirt)
  • Helmed Poro in RPG splash art
  • Poros in Ragdoll Poppy splash art
  • Poro & Poro doll in Riot Girl splash art
  • Poro in Snow Bunny Nidalee splash art
  • Bunny Poro in Prestigious LeBlanc splash art
  • Reindeer Poros in Santa Braum splash art
  • Poros in Snow Day Graves splash art
  • Poros in Festive Maokai splash art
  • Poros in Battle Boss Ziggs splash art (insade an Arcade Sona crane cabinet)
  • Jinx AmbitiousElfkin.jpg Poros in Ambitious Elf Jinx splash art (riding on the train)
  • Poros in Snow Fawn Poppy 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.

Porofolia

These splashes and icons were made specifically to celebrate the 2015 and 2016 Masquerade events celebrated on the Latin American and Brazilian servers. The link to the Porofolia sites can be accessed from here and here.

  • 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

References