Recall is an ability that all players have access to regardless of selected champion. Recall causes your champion to hard channel for 8 seconds (4.5 seconds in Dominion), if the channel is not interrupted the champion will be teleported to their team's Spawn Pool.
Recall is activated by either clicking the Recall button on the ability panel or by pressing the key that the button is bound to ("B" by default). Recall's channel can be interrupted by the champion performing a variety of actions such as casting abilities or moving or by being hit by an enemy's attacks or spells. Things that do not break Recall's channel include emotes like /laugh and /joke, certain summoner spells and items like Barrier and Randuin's Omen and having allied spells cast on you like Janna'sEye of the Storm.
When Dominion was released, Recall was remade to fit in to the game mode's fast-paced style, creating Enhanced Recall which takes 4.5 seconds to channel.
In Season Two, the Utility mastery tree included the tier 1 mastery Improved Recall to reduce the cast time of Recall by 1 second and Enhanced Recall by 0.5 seconds.
The Recall function was originally tied to Blue Pill, which was a purchasable item that could be activated to return to base. The function was then made into an optional summoner spell, and eventually into a feature inherent in all champions.
Since V184.108.40.206 patch, new champions and certain skins, like legendary skins (e.g. Battlecast Prime Cho'Gath), have received a special recall animation and a few have received special quotes. Also, when an older champion gets a visual upgrade, all of his or her skins are outfitted with a new recall animation.
Since the release of Vi, with the exception of Quinn, the recall animations between the classic skin and the first released alternate skin of a Champion differ from one another. For example, classic Lucian folds his guns before him, while Hired Gun Lucian produces a chair to sit in with drinks in hand.
Below is a list of champions and skins released that currently have recall animations:
The following champions have recall animations across all their released skins:
The following Champions do not have a recall animation for their classic skin, nor for all their alternative skins. Though, some of their newer, event or high-priced skins do have recall animations as listed below:
When a player leaves the game his or her champion will automatically attempt to walk back to base. Soon after arriving at the base, the champion gains a huge bonus to magic resistance and armor; this is to prevent enemies from using global abilities (like Karthus'sRequiem and Draven'sWhirling Death) to instantly kill champions that have disconnected early in the game. Players who have disconnected prior to the game starting are granted the same bonus Magic Resistance/Armor.
Recall is neither visible nor audible through the fog of war.
It is sometimes possible to be damaged while recalling, but still return to base. This happens if the damage is taken within an extremely small window (approx. 0.2 seconds or less) before the channel completes.
If this happens while recalling with very low health, it is actually possible to arrive dead at the base.
The old Blue Pill is possibly a reference to the film The Matrix. In the film Neo is offered the chance to take a red or a blue pill, signifying his choice of whether to continue living in the world he knows or to wake up.
It was previously possible for champions with abilities that make them dash to an enemy champion to follow an enemy that has just finished recalling and teleported to base, making the champion fly all the way to the enemy base.
Projectiles will still do so.
If you recall while the Nexus is destroyed, the camera will attempt to center on your champion rather than the exploding Nexus.
When he was first remade, an oversight allowed Ryze to be able to use Recall to trigger his Arcane Mastery passive, so he could refresh the cooldowns of all of his abilities by simply rapidly pressing the recall key.