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Recall
The Recall button in game
Recall is an ability that every summoner has, regardless of champion chosen. The spell allows a champion to hard channel for 8 seconds (or 4.5 seconds in Dominion) and teleport back to the Spawn Pool after the channel is completed (provided the channel is not interrupted).

Development history

Recall
Recall artwork
Blue Pill item
Blue Pill

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.

Gameplay

Recall is activated either by clicking the Recall button on the ability panel or by pressing the key to which the function is bound ("B" by default). After activating Recall, the champion will enter a hard channel state for 8 seconds. The channel will cancel if the champion is hit by any attack or spell, moves, or performs most actions. If the channel is successfully completed, the champion will be teleported to his or her team's respective respawn point.

Strategy

While beginning to fade away to stealth, you can begin casting Recall or Improved Recall. This does not work with instant stealth spells, such as  Talon's  Shadow Assault or  Teemo's  Camouflage.

Enhanced Recall

Enhanced Recall
Enhanced Recall
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.

Improved Recall

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.

In Season 4, the new Utility Mastery Tree includes the tier 1 mastery Phasewalker to reduce the channel time of Recall by 1 second and Enhanced Recall by 0.5 seconds.

Recall Animation

Since V1.0.0.140 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. Below is a list of champions and skins released that currently have recall animations:

Champion All Skins Skin(s) w/ Unique Animation Event, Legendary, and Other Skins Quote
 Aatrox, the Darkin Blade       None   
 Anivia, the Cryophoenix       Blackfrost Anivia   
 Annie, the Dark Child       Panda Annie   
 Brand, the Burning Vengeance       Zombie Brand   
 Cassiopeia, the Serpent's Embrace       Jade Fang Cassiopeia   
 Cho'Gath, the Terror of the Void       Battlecast Prime Cho'Gath   
 Corki, the Daring Bombardier       Dragon Wing Corki   
 Darius, the Hand of Noxus       Woad King Darius   
 Diana, Scorn of the Moon       None   
 Draven, the Glorious Executioner       Gladiator Draven   
 Elise, the Spider Queen       None   
 Ezreal, the Prodigal Explorer       Pulsefire Ezreal   
 Fiddlesticks, the Harbinger of Doom       Dark Candy Fiddlesticks   
 Gangplank, the Saltwater Scourge       Special Forces Gangplank   
 Garen, the Might of Demacia       Steel Legion Garen   
 Gragas, the Rabble Rouser       Oktoberfest Gragas   
 Graves, the Outlaw       Pool Party Graves   
 Hecarim, the Shadow of War       Arcade Hecarim   
 Jayce, the Defender of Tomorrow       Debonair Jayce   
 Janna, the Storm's Fury       Forecast Janna   
 Jinx, the Loose Cannon       Mafia Jinx   
 Karma, the Enlightened One       None   
 Katarina, the Sinister Blade       Red Card Katarina

Kitty Cat Katarina

Slay Belle Katarina

  
 Kayle, the Judicator       Aether Wing Kayle   
 Kha'Zix, the Voidreaver       None   
 Lee Sin, the Blind Monk       Muay Thai Lee Sin

Pool Party Lee Sin

  
 Leona, the Radiant Dawn       Pool Party Leona   
 Lissandra, the Ice Witch       Bloodstone Lissandra   
 Lucian, the Purifier       Hired Gun Lucian   
 Lux, the Lady of Luminosity       Steel Legion Lux   
 Master Yi, the Wuju Bladesman       None   
 Morgana, Fallen Angel       Ghost Bride Morgana   
 Nasus, the Curator of the Sands       Infernal Nasus   
 Nami, the Tidecaller       None   
 Nidalee, the Bestial Huntress       Snow Bunny Nidalee

Bewitching Nidalee

  
 Nocturne, the Eternal Nightmare       Eternum Nocturne   
 Quinn, Demacia's Wings       None   
 Renekton, the Butcher of the Sands       Pool Party Renekton   
 Rengar, the Pridestalker       None   
 Riven, the Exile       Championship Riven   
 Sejuani, the Winter's Wrath       Bear Cavalry Sejuani   
 Shyvana, the Half-Dragon       Ice Drake Shyvana   
 Soraka, the Starchild       None   
 Syndra, the Dark Sovereign       None   
 Thresh, the Chain Warden       Championship Thresh   
 Twisted Fate, the Card Master       Magnificent Twisted Fate

Underworld Twisted Fate

  
 Udyr, the Spirit Walker       Spirit Guard Udyr   
 Veigar, the Tiny Master of Evil       Bad Santa Veigar   
 Vi, the Piltover Enforcer       None   
 Viktor, the Machine Herald       Creator Viktor   
 Volibear, the Thunder's Roar       Runeguard Volibear   
 Yasuo, the Unforgiven       High Noon Yasuo   
 Zac, the Secret Weapon       None   
 Zed, the Master of Shadows       None   
 Ziggs, the Hexplosive Expert       Snow Day Ziggs   
 Zyra, Rise of the Thorns       None   

Player disconnection

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's  Requiem and  Draven's  Whirling 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.

Notes

  • It is possible to perform certain actions without disrupting Recall. This includes all gestures (dance, joke, laugh, and taunt) as well as certain spells or items such as Barrier.
  • Although champions may not move or activate abilities, having abilities cast on them by teammates, such as  Janna's  Eye Of The Storm will not disrupt Recall.
  • 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.

Trivia

  • 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.

Patch history

V4.4:

  • Damaging a shielded champion will now interrupt Recall, even if the shield is not broken.

V4.1:

  • Icon updated

V3.14

  • Added new recall particles

V1.0.0.142:

  • Improved Recall no longer causes the Recall sound to keep playing after the player cancels the spell.
  • Recall particles no longer appear on champions as they come out of Fog of War.

V1.0.0.135:

  • Champions will now attempt to run home immediately when disconnecting, rather than attempting to Recall.

V1.0.0.101:

  • Disconnected players will now run home if the Recall is interrupted.

V0.9.25.24:

  • Recall now has a buff icon and sound.

V0.9.22.9:

  • Fixed a bug where for some machines the Blue Pill image covers the first summoner spell slot.

June 19, 2009 Patch:

  • Blue Pill particle now correctly disappears upon being canceled or broken.

April 11, 2009 Patch:

  • Removed buff icon for Teleport Home.

Alpha Week 7:

Alpha Week 6:

  • Teleport Home skill now has a new particle that matches its duration.

Alpha Week 5:

  • Blue Pill cast time increased to 8 seconds from 4 seconds.
  • Teleport Home is now also bound to "b" and added as a button in the HUD.

Alpha Week 4:

  • Cast time on Teleport Home (Hotkey 7) increased to 8 seconds from 4 seconds.
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