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Recall

The Recall button in game

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.

Gameplay

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's  Eye of the Storm.

Enhanced Recall

Enhanced Recall

Dominion's 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 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.

Development history

Recall

Recall artwork

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.

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.

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:

Champion Skin(s) w/ Unique Animation Quote
 Aatrox, the Darkin Blade Justicar Aatrox   
 Annie, the Dark Child Panda Annie   
 Braum, the Heart of the Freljord Dragonslayer Braum   
 Darius, the Hand of Noxus Woad King Darius   
 Diana, Scorn of the Moon None   
 Draven, the Glorious Executioner Gladiator Draven   
 Elise, the Spider Queen Victorious Elise   
 Garen, the Might of Demacia Steel Legion Garen   
 Heimerdinger, the Revered Inventor None   
 Jayce, the Defender of Tomorrow Debonair Jayce   
 Jinx, the Loose Cannon Mafia Jinx   
 Karma, the Enlightened One None   
 Katarina, the Sinister Blade Slay Belle Katarina   
 Kha'Zix, the Voidreaver None   
 Lissandra, the Ice Witch Bloodstone Lissandra   
 Lucian, the Purifier Hired Gun Lucian   
 Master Yi, the Wuju Bladesman None   
 Nasus, the Curator of the Sands Infernal Nasus   
 Nami, the Tidecaller None   
 Nidalee, the Bestial Huntress Headhunter Nidalee   
 Quinn, Demacia's Wings Woad Scout Quinn   
 Rengar, the Pridestalker None   
 Sejuani, the Winter's Wrath Bear Cavalry Sejuani   
 Sivir, the Battle Mistress Snowstorm Sivir   
 Soraka, the Starchild None   
 Syndra, the Dark Sovereign Atlantean Syndra   
 Thresh, the Chain Warden Deep Terror Thresh

Championship Thresh

  
 Twisted Fate, the Card Master None   
 Twitch, The Plague Rat None   
 Vel'Koz, the Eye of the Void Battlecast Vel'Koz   
 Vi, the Piltover Enforcer Neon Strike Vi

Officer Vi

  
 Yasuo, the Unforgiven High Noon Yasuo   
 Zac, the Secret Weapon Special Weapon Zac   
 Zed, the Master of Shadows None   
 Zyra, Rise of the Thorns Haunted Zyra   

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:

Champion Skin(s) w/ Animations Quote
 Ahri, the Nine-Tailed Fox Popstar Ahri   
 Anivia, the Cryophoenix Blackfrost Anivia   
 Ashe, the Frost Archer Heartseeker Ashe   
 Blitzcrank, the Great Steam Golem Riot Blitzcrank   
 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   
 Ezreal, the Prodigal Explorer Pulsefire Ezreal   
 Fiddlesticks, the Harbinger of Doom Dark Candy Fiddlesticks   
 Fizz, the Tidal Trickster Void Fizz   
 Gangplank, the Saltwater Scourge Special Forces Gangplank

Sultan Gangplank

  
 Gragas, the Rabble Rouser Oktoberfest Gragas   
 Graves, the Outlaw Pool Party Graves   
 Hecarim, the Shadow of War Arcade Hecarim   
 Janna, the Storm's Fury Forecast Janna   
 Kayle, the Judicator Aether Wing Kayle   
 Lee Sin, the Blind Monk Muay Thai Lee Sin

Pool Party Lee Sin

  
 Leona, the Radiant Dawn Pool Party Leona   
 Lulu, the Fae Sorceress Winter Wonder Lulu   
 Lux, the Lady of Luminosity Steel Legion Lux   
 Morgana, Fallen Angel Ghost Bride Morgana   
 Nocturne, the Eternal Nightmare Eternum Nocturne   
 Renekton, the Butcher of the Sands Pool Party Renekton

Scorched Earth Renekton

  
 Riven, the Exile Championship Riven

Dragonblade Riven

  
 Rumble, the Mechanized Menace Super Galaxy Rumble   
 Shyvana, the Half-Dragon Ice Drake Shyvana   
 Singed, the Mad Chemist Snow Day Singed   
 Udyr, the Spirit Walker Spirit Guard Udyr   
 Varus, the Arrow of Retribution Arctic Ops Varus   
 Veigar, the Tiny Master of Evil Bad Santa Veigar   
 Viktor, the Machine Herald Creator Viktor   
 Volibear, the Thunder's Roar Runeguard Volibear   
 Ziggs, the Hexplosive Expert Snow Day Ziggs   

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

  • 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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