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Lore

Shyvana, the Half-Dragon
ShyvanaSquare
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Shyvana Render
Gender Female
Race Half dragon
Residence Demacia
Occupation Elite Guard
Faction Demacia
Friends
JarvanIVSquare Jarvan IV GalioSquare Galio

A half-breed born from the union between dragon and human, Shyvana searched all her life for belonging. Persecution forged her into a brutal warrior, and those who dare stand against Shyvana face the fiery beast lurking just beneath her skin.

Dragonkind considered Shyvana's impure blood an abomination, and she spent her youth pursued relentlessly by one cruel drake. Constantly on the run, she and her father, an outcast dragon, never knew a lasting home. A brutal reflection of countless battles, Shyvana grew hateful and savage. After years of strife, her father finally fell to the other dragon, but not before gravely wounding his foe. Furious with grief, Shyvana pursued her father’s murderer as he fled north to recover. There she encountered a group of humans on the trail of the same drake. Though the men looked upon her in fear, their leader approached Shyvana peacefully. He introduced himself as JarvanIVSquare.png Jarvan IV, the Prince of Demacia, and offered to aid Shyvana in her quest for vengeance. Together they hunted down and confronted the vicious dragon that had slain her father. Shyvana did not expect the men to survive, but in the clash of fire and steel, Jarvan and his men fought with strength she had never believed humans to possess. The ironclad warriors drove their foe into submission, and Shyvana struck the final blow, tearing the beast's heart from its body. Inspired by her ferocity, Jarvan offered her a place in the ranks of his elite guard. Shyvana could still see fear in the eyes of his men, but she longed for a true home. Trusting Jarvan's word, she accepted his offer and now serves as a Demacian warrior. Though her human allies admire her power, they keep their distance. Shyvana strives to repay the prince’s kindness with the power of the dragon within, but she cannot help but wonder if the humans are right to fear her.

"I have proven my might to dragonkind—what challenge shall humans pose?"
Shyvana

Half-Dragons are the forbidden scions of humans and shape-shifting dragons. There have been few in the world, as they are typically hunted down by their draconian relatives. The scarce and reclusive dragons left on Runeterra find it disgusting to mix their blood with the frivolous and violent lesser races. However, there are those who become fascinated with humans, such as Shyvana's father. It was to Prince JarvanIVSquare.png Jarvan IV's surprise when his hunt led him to a legendary young half-dragon. She wept over the dead, mutilated corpse of her father, murdered for her existence. Something in Jarvan was moved by Shyvana's plight. Together they plotted revenge against the mighty dragon responsible. The assault cost the Demacian Prince many men, and nearly his life, but ultimately Shyvana and he prevailed.

The experience changed the both of them. Shyvana lost her place in the world, left alone to be hunted by those dragons who discovered her existence. Because of what he'd seen, Jarvan lost his taste for the hunt and wished to return home as protector of his people. Jarvan IV, as Crown Prince of Demacia, offered Shyvana a place as a noble warrior in the ranks of the elite guard. Out of gratitude and necessity, she accepted. Since their return to Demacia, Shyvana has proven herself to be a fierce and powerful soldier. She blends her fiery draconian blood with her adopted principles of justice. She revels in the power she now feels in the human world and there are few who do not quake before her in combat. However, by and large there remains only one place for glorious battle. When Jarvan joined the League of Legends, it wasn't long before Shyvana answered the call as well.

"I have the blood of dragons in my veins. I am fear to all who oppose me."
Shyvana

There are those few dragons in Runeterra who have mastered the intense magical energies that course through their unique anatomies, evolving into an elusive Celestial Dragon. These powerful and enigmatic creatures spend most of their time hidden away from the lands of men. However, there are those who find themselves drawn to civilization and who take on human forms to immerse themselves in the world of humans. Occasionally, one finds itself drawn to the spirit of a human and they have relations. Sometimes, in the slimmest of odds, the union will bear fruit and that offspring will be one of the few half-dragons to have graced Runeterra. Shyvana is one such creature, born to a simple Demacian farm-girl and her Celestial Dragon father. Left to be raised by her mother, her oddities were something that couldn't be hidden from her community, though she was protected by her family. Once her family had perished in disaster, she was left alone for the first time - truly alone. Shyvana quickly became an outsider and it wasn't long before the community's fear began to put her in danger. Facing mortal danger at the business end of an angry mob, she was rescued by the traveling noble, JarvanIVSquare.png Jarvan Lightshield. The noble was a man who strangely knew exactly what she was and took her under his wing. It wasn't long before she was offered a chance to use her natural skills in the service of Demacia, as Jarvan initiated her as one of the elite guard. Following Jarvan into the League of Legends was only natural.

Shyvana is a fierce warrior, with the blood of one of the most powerful magical predators in all creation flowing through her veins. Unlike some of her fellows, she is a subdued personality - somber, cool, and collected. However, when the moment strikes, her draconian heritage manifests and there are few that can stare her in the eyes and not feel the primal urge to flee.

"By the blood of my father, I will end you!"
Shyvana

Quotes

Upon selection
  • Play "They are nothing before me."

Attacking
  • Play "Suffer my fury."
  • Play "The might of Demacia will prevail."
  • Play "The rage."
  • Play "They see their end."
  • Play "They are nothing before me."
  • Play "By the blood of my father, I will end them."
Movement
  • Play "I go."
  • Play "The dragon nears."
  • Play "On wings of fury."
  • Play "The enemies of Demacia will fall."
  • Play "Without remorse."
  • Play "The quiet before battle."
  • Play "I smell fear."
  • Play "They should run now."
  • Play "They have faced nothing like me."
Taunt
  • Play "Come get a glimpse into the belly of the beast!" (in human form)
Joke
  • Play "What do you get when a dragon sneezes? (Chuckles) Out of the way."
Laugh
  • Play Shyvana laughs.
  • Play Shyvana laughs.
  • Play Shyvana laughs.
  • Play Shyvana laughs.

Attacking
  • Play "Fragile creatures."
  • Play "I will dance in their ashes."
  • Play "Feel my talons."
  • Play "Fear me."
Movement
  • Play "Behold my true form."
  • Play "Tremble before the power of a dragon."
  • Play "Power flows through me."
  • Play "I am unleashed."
Taunt
  • Play "Think you're a dragon slayer? Come here and try."
Laugh
  • Play Shyvana laughs.
  • Play Shyvana laughs.
  • Play Shyvana laughs.
  • Play Shyvana laughs.

Co-op vs. AI Responses

Match start

  • "I love the quiet before battle."

Player team victory

  • "GG!"

Player team defeat

  • "Dragons have no remorse."

Development

Shyvana was designed by Coronach.

  • 1st Shyvana Splash Art
  • Shyvana human form concept
  • Shyvana dragon form concept
  • Ironscale Shyvana concept (by Riot Artist The-Bravo-Ray)
  • Ice Drake Shyvana concept (by Riot Artist Zeronis)
  • Ice Drake Shyvana concept close-up (by Riot Artist Zeronis)
  • Championship Shyvana concept 1 (by Riot Artist Brandon Liao)

Champion Sneak Peek

Shyvanateaser

Shyvana's Comic

Announcement made by Average Gatsby:

Eventually everyone has one of those moments where life throws them a curve ball and they learn that you sometimes meet people who are full of surprises. So, when we first ran into Shyvana, the Half-Dragon, suffice to say we were rather taken aback indeed when we saw her actually transform into a dragon.

So unless you're a truly incorrigible herpetophobic, we're confident that you'll find that not all surprises have to be unpleasant.

Shyvana Mechanics Preview

Announcement made in the Mechanics Preview by Average Gatsby:

For this mechanics preview, we wanted to focus less on the individual abilities of our upcoming champion and talk about the skillset and character flow of Shyvana, the Half Dragon, as a whole.

Shyvana is a melee champion that heavily rewards aggression. She does so by utilizing a modified Fury* resource that accrues anytime Shyvana lands an auto-attack. Once her Fury* is full, she can unleash it to transform into a dragon, giving her substantial buffs, ability enhancements and some upfront damage. While in dragon form, Shyvana's Fury* is slowly consumed, though she can continue auto-attacking to extend the duration of the Dragon From and maximize her damage output with each use.

It's also worth mentioning that Shyvana's ultimate has no cooldown, but can only be used when her reserve of Fury* is full. The right set of circumstances can allow a skilled player to transform much more often than other would otherwise be possible.

In addition, all of Shyvana's abilities also have benefits that trigger when she auto-attacks. This is to differentiate her from the "melee caster" paradigm embodied by some other characters, making her play somewhere between an Attack Damage carry and a fighter.

Simply put, Shyvana is for players who like any of the following:

  • Offensive, aggressive playstyles
  • Melee carries or fighters
  • The idea of being a super-rad dragon

We think this wantonly aggressive playstyle is something we haven't seen previously on the Fields of Justice. It's an exciting opportunity for players to experience a new way to play League of Legends.

Note: Fury was originally mislabeled as "Dragon’s Blood".

Patch History

V4.15:
  • General
    • New splash art.
  • Flame Breath.png Flame Breath
    • Adjusted Flame Breath.png Flame Breath's dragon form particles to better match the damage cone.
      • Actual area of effect remains unchanged.
    • Fixed a bug where Flame Breath.png Flame Breath was dealing an extra 20 damage at Rank 1. The damage now accurately reflects the tooltip.

V4.13:

  • Burnout.png Burnout
    • Burnout can no longer be extended past its intended maximum duration through the use of Dragon's Descent.
    • Dragon's Descent's Flame Trail damage tick increased to once every 1 second from every .75 seconds.

V4.11:

  • General
    • Hitbox size increased to 65 units around from 50 to match average hitbox size.

V4.5:

  • Stats
    • Base armor increased to 22 from 18.

V4.1:

  • Burnout.png Burnout
    • Damage reduced to 20 / 35 / 50 / 65 / 80 from 25 / 40 / 55 / 70 / 85.
    • Minimum magic damage reduced to 60 / 105 / 150 / 195 / 240 from 75 / 120 / 165 / 210 / 255
    • Maximum magic damage reduced to 140 / 245 / 350 / 455 / 560 from 175 / 280 / 385 / 490 / 595
  • Flame Breath.png Flame Breath
    • Damage reduced to 60 / 100 / 140 / 180 / 220 from 80 / 115 / 150 / 185 / 220.
  • Dragon's Descent.png Dragon's Descent
    • Bug fix: Damage is now correctly 175 / 300 / 425 instead of 200 / 300 / 400.

V3.15:

  • Flame Breath.png Flame Breath
    • Fixed a bug where Flame Breath was shredding armor in Dragon Form.

V3.9:

  • Fury of the Dragonborn.png Fury of the Dragonborn remade and renamed to Dragonborn.png Dragonborn
    • All Fury of the Dragonborn effects have been moved to their respective abilities.
    • Gains 5 / 10 / 15 / 20 armor and magic resist. These bonuses are doubled in Dragon Form.
  • Flame Breath.png Flame Breath
    • No longer reduces armor by 15%.
    • Now passes through all units hit instead of stopping at the first.
    • Debuff duration increased to 5 seconds from 4.
    • Damage reduced to 80 / 115 / 150 / 185 / 220 from 80 / 125 / 170 / 215 / 260.
    • On-hit magic damage to debuffed targets changed to 2% of the target's maximum health from 15% of Flame Breath's damage (12 / 18.75 / 25.5 / 32.25 / 39 + 0.09 ability power).
  • Burnout.png Burnout
    • Fixed a bug where Burnout wasn't scaling with attack damage when Shyvana was in Dragon Form.
  • Dragon's Descent.png Dragon's Descent
    • Passive armor/magic resistance component removed.
    • Passive fury gain increased to 1 / 2 / 3 per 1.5 seconds from 1.
    • Fury decay while in Dragon Form reduced to 5 per second from 6 per second.

V1.0.0.152:

  • Stats
    • Base movement speed increased to 350 from 325.

V1.0.0.145:

  • Dragon's Descent.png Dragon's Descent
    • Fixed a bug where it would hitch on initial use when using skins.

V1.0.0.136:

  • Fury of the Dragonborn.png Fury of the Dragonborn
    • Updated tooltip to more accurately reflect actual values in game.
    • Maximum extension duration of Burnout.png Burnout reduced to a maximum of 4 seconds from 6 seconds.
  • Burnout.png Burnout
    • Fixed a bug that caused it to last longer than intended.
  • Dragon's Descent.png Dragon's Descent
    • Passive armor and magic resist bonus reduced to 10 / 15 / 20 from 15 / 20 / 25.

V1.0.0.134:

V1.0.0.128: Added

  • Fury of the Dragonborn.png Fury of the Dragonborn (Innate)
    • Shyvana's melee attacks enhance her abilities.
    • Twin Bite - Reduces the cooldown by 0.5 seconds.
    • Burnout - Extends the duration by 1 second to a maximum of 6 seconds.
    • Flame Breath - Deals 15% of the ability's damage to debuffed targets.
    • Dragon's Descent - Attacks generate 2 Fury and Shyvana passively gains Fury over time while in human form.
  • Twin Bite.png Twin Bite (Q)
    • Shyvana strikes twice on her next attack. Both attacks trigger on-hit effects and Fury of the Dragonborn effects.
    • Dragon Form: Twin Bite cleaves all units in front of Shyvana.
  • Burnout.png Burnout (W)
    • Shyvana deals magic damage per second to nearby enemies and her movement speed is greatly increased for 3 seconds. Shyvana's movement speed bonus is reduced over time.
    • Dragon Form: Burnout scorches the earth, continuing to damage enemies that stand on it.
  • Flame Breath.png Flame Breath (E)
    • Shyvana unleashes a fireball that deals magic damage and shreds the target's armor for 4 seconds.
    • Dragon Form: Flame Breath engulfs all units in a cone in front of Shyvana.
  • Dragon's Descent.png Dragon's Descent (Ultimate)
    • Active: Shyvana transforms into a dragon and takes flight to a target location. Enemies along her path take magic damage and are knocked toward her target location.
    • Passive: Shyvana reinforces her scales, increasing her armor and magic resist. Defensive bonuses are doubled in Dragon Form.

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