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  • Classic Shen Skingallerybutton
  • Yellow Jacket Shen Skingallerybutton
    (Legacy Skin, No Longer Available) 520 RP / 24-Mar-2010
  • Frozen Shen Skingallerybutton
    (Legacy Skin, No Longer Available) 520 RP / 24-Mar-2010
  • Surgeon Shen Skingallerybutton
    975 RP / 04-Jan-2011
  • Blood Moon Shen Skingallerybutton
    750 RP / 07-Jun-2011
  • Warlord Shen Skingallerybutton
    975 RP / 18-Apr-2012
  • TPA Shen Skingallerybutton
    750 RP (Limited Edition) / 24-May-2013

  • Classic Skin
  • Yellow Jacket Shen
  • Yellow Jacket Shen (old)
  • Frozen Shen
  • Surgeon Shen
  • Blood Moon Shen


  • Shen was designed by Guinsoo.[1]
  • Shen is voiced by Keith Silverstein.[2]
  • The word "Shen" could be read as "God" in Chinese. The word "慎" (meaning caution), with same pronunciation, is used on Chinese clients.


  • Despite Zed Zed killing Shen's father, there is no mentioning of it in Shen's lore.[1]
  • Shen was the first champion in League of Legends to use energy to cast his abilities, rather than mana or health like most other champions.
  • ShenSquare.png Shen and Zed Zed do not have their faces revealed in any of their skins. Kennen Kennen's Karate & M.D. skins and Akali Akali's All-star, Nurse, & Blood Moon skins, respectively, reveal their faces.
  • He was one of the champions chosen for the Ionian pool available during the Ionia vs. Noxus match. However, he was the ban choice by Noxus.
  • He carries dual Ninjatō. This could be a reference to Leonardo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles who wields dual ninjaken. Both are leaders of their teams and share the color blue.
  • Shen has a strong resemblance to Joe Musashi, the ninja from the Sega game series Shinobi. The two ninjas also share the same walk animation and dash.
  • Shen's Vorpal Blade ability is a reference to Lewis Carroll's poem, Jabberwocky.
  • His dance bears a resemblance to the martial art commonly known as Tai Chi.
  • Shen was the first champion that can potentially heal an enemy champion through the use of Vorpal Blade.png Vorpal Blade. They share this with KindredSquare.png Kindred, who can potentially heal an enemy via Lamb&#039;s Respite.png Lamb's Respite.
  • Shen along with Twisted Fate Twisted Fate, and PantheonSquare.png Pantheon, were the only three champions to have global teleporting ultimates. Following changes to Twisted Fate and Pantheon's ultimates, Shen's was the only one to retain its range, leaving Shen with the only global teleport.
  • "If light travels so fast, how come it's never caught a ninja?" is a direct reference to the Ask A Ninja web series.
  • You're already dead, you just haven't caught up yet. is a reference to Kenshiro from the Fist of the North Star (Hokuto no Ken in original Japanese) franchise.
  • Shen's quotes "Enforced equilibrium." and "Tread carefully." may be references to the 2002 movie "Equilibrium". The first contains the name of the movie and the other is spoken by the main antagonist as part of the quote "Tread carefully Preston, you're treading on my dreams.".
  • He shares a quote with Zed Zed: "Without a sound."
  • He shares a quote with Kennen Kennen"From the shadows."
  • His quote: "Tread carefully." is similar to Akali Akali's quote: "Tread lightly."
ShenSquare.png Yellow Jacket Shen [S|L]
ShenSquare.png Frozen Shen [S|L]
ShenSquare.png Surgeon Shen [S|L]
ShenSquare.png Blood Moon Shen [S|L]
ShenSquare.png Warlord Shen [S|L]
  • It may be a reference to the game Shogun 2: Total War. Many highly ranked units wear helmets and robes similar to the one Shen is wearing, as well as the banner on his back resembling the generic player banner from the game.
  • This skin has different updated animations compared to his other skins.
ShenSquare.png TPA Shen [S|L]
  • This skin is related to "Taipei Assassins", who have won the League of Legends Season 2 World Championship finals.
  • This skin represents Stanley of Taipei Assassins.
  • He shares this theme with Dr. Mundo Dr. Mundo, Ezreal Ezreal, Nunu Nunu and Orianna Orianna.


  • Shen is a member of the Kinkou Order along with Akali Akali and Kennen Kennen. The three shadow warriors work together in order to preserve the balance in Valoran.
  • Shen was the rival of Zed Zed a former disciple of the Kinkou Order, who was banished after he used forbidden techniques to defeat Shen. Zed later returned and killed Shen's father.
  • Shen and his fellow ninjas are at war with Zed and his Order of Shadows.
  • Shen inherited his title from his father.[4]
  • Shen thinks there might be another way to save Zed Zed


  1. Zileas on Guinsoo's designs
  2. Keith Silverstein's official website
  3. New Skins Now Available
  4. Creative Design AMA - Zed, the Master of Shadows

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