Snowdown Showdown

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"Welcome to Snowdown!"

The Snowdown Showdown is a seasonal event to commemorate the Time of Snowdown. Riot Games Inc. introduces a few changes to the game and items that are only available in the world of Valoran. They also introduce a few cosmetic changes to the game such as themed skins and discounted runes.


Snowdown teaser

Snowdown Showdown Teaser for 2013

The Time of Snowdown is a Special Celebration of the Valoran people to commemorate the passing of one year to the next.

For countless years, the citizens of Valoran have celebrated the end of the calendar year in numerous ways. Even while the Rune Wars raged their fiercest, most people still reserved time to celebrate the passing of one year into the next. Each city-state observes this holiday– known as the Time of Snowdown – in its own unique way. The yordles of Bandle City prioritize merriment and indulgence, throwing week-long banquets and feasting on roasted meats and sweet liquors. Demacia observes the Time of Snowdown with a strong sense of reverence, hosting grand ceremonies which commemorate the past year’s fallen heroes. Even the insidious Noxians honor the Snowdown with surprising gentility by offering clemency to select prisoners of non-violent crimes.

The people of Valoran venerate the Time of Snowdown with such devotion for reasons rooted in history of the world. Many parts of Runeterra have always suffered bitter, merciless winters; this is especially true on Valoran after the devastation wrought upon the world by the Rune Wars. Valoran’s inhabitants have historically ceased their political squabbles to band against the greater threat of nature run amok. Countless tales of yore recount instances of sworn enemies easing their hostilities with one another in order to share in lavish feasts or to allow soldiers a chance to return home briefly. In modern times, the League of Legends continues the ancient traditions by adopting the holiday as a time of revelry – both to celebrate the peace that the League brings to Valoran and as a way of giving back to the city-states that granted the League its unique position of power in the world. League embassies in each city-state are made open to the public, and feature three week festivals to which all are welcome. The Institute of War holds an exclusive month-long celebration, and invites distinguished guests from all across the continent. Special runes are forged and awarded to exemplary summoners. Great celebratory scrimmages are held in the Fields of Justice, culminating in an epic battle royale amongst the League's most powerful summoners.

The League calls this celebration the Snowdown Showdown.

Champion Skins

2009 Snowdown Showdown Banner

The Snowdown Showdown banner for 2009

Snowdown champion skins, like Harrowing ones, have been released for a various League favorites since 2009. The first groups of these festive skins began as limited edition only - meaning once they left the store they were not coming back in the future. More recently Snowdown skins have been made Legacy, meaning after they leave the store at the end of the event there is a chance they might come back in the future for a limited time.

Limited Skins to Legacy

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Exclusive icon

Due to League of Legends's dramatic increase in its community, the Snowdown Showdown skins that were originally released as limited edition were changed to Legacy skins in December 2013, and put back on sale during the year's holiday event. Riot stated that the

... overwhelming player feedback has been that this creates an extremely negative experience for players who cannot acquire their favorite skin for their favorite champion. We believe that skins should be more about self-expression and fun than exclusivity, so we are rereleasing them in a limited way.

Veteran Player Compensation

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Snowdown Showdown login screen for 2010

As the value of exclusivity will lower in the process of bringing back the limited edition skins, Riot is giving compensation to the veteran players that originally bought the holiday skins in 2009 and 2010. They are gifting RP icon RP equal to the cost of the skins they purchased, giving Vintage treatment to the loading screen of those Snowdown skins as well as an giving those players an exclusive summoner icon. For more information please check out Riot's plan for vintage Limited Edition skins post.

Snowdown Showdown Skins

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The Snowdown Showdown log-in screen for 2011.

Snowdown skins 2012

The Snowdown Showdown skins for 2012.

Snowdown skins 2013

The Snowdown Showdown log-in screen for 2013.

Snowdown Showdown 2014 Poros

The Snowdown Showdown 2014 wallpaper featuring a large number of PoroSquare Poros.


Snowdown Showdown Minions

Melee minions as they appear in the Snowdown Showdown each year

Snowdown Showdown events in the past have included, but are not limited to:

  • Limited edition Holiday Runes
  • Some egg-nog tasty editions of your favorite in-game consumables
  • Merrily festive costumes for your minions
  • A cold, snow-covered version of Summoner's Rift (2009-2011)
  • Some festive summoner icons to show off to your friends and teammates
  • Cheerful ward skins for additional map vision
  • A joyful new login screen to get you in the mood
  • Gifting (Only new purchases. Cannot gift Riot Points, skins, and champions which are already possessed.)


The health and mana potions in the item store were replaced by the Eggnog Health Potion item Eggnog Health Potion and Eggnog Mana Potion item Eggnog Mana Potion. The effect of the potions were identical to their counterparts.


Summoner's Rift Snowdown Showdown

Summoner's Rift during the Snowdown Showdown.

The Snowdown Summoner's Rift was replaced by a 'Winter' seasonal variant that includes many holiday elements.


During the 2009 Snowdown Showdown, special holiday runes were released and they were only available from December 16 to January 6. Three of them were Tier 1.5, and three were Tier 2.5. During the 2010 and 2011 Snowdown Showdown, only 4 runes were released.

  • 2009 Snowdown Showdown
    • MarkCripplingCandyCane Mark of the Crippling Candy Cane (Tier 2.5, critical damage)
    • GlyphSpecialStocking Glyph of the Special Stocking (Tier 2.5, cooldown reduction)
    • SealElusiveSnowflake Seal of the Elusive Snowflake (Tier 2.5, dodge chance)
    • MarkYuletideTannenbaum Mark of the Yuletide Tannenbaum (Tier 1.5, critical chance)
    • GlyphGraciousGift Glyph of the Gracious Gift (Tier 1.5, AP per level)
    • SealStoutSnowman Seal of the Stout Snowman (Tier 1.5, HP per level)
  • 2010 and 2011 Snowdown Showdown
    Paper toys for Snowdown 2013

    Downloadable Paper Toy Templates for 2013.

Summoner Icons

The Snowdown events from 2012 to 2016 introduced new summoner icons that a summoner could earn in celebration of the festive holiday.

Ward Skins

Snowdown Wards 2012

Snowdown Ward Skins art

The Snowdown Showdown of 2012 found a welcome gift in League of Legends of two ward skins to celebrate the festive season. These skins were free throughout the duration of the event.

In 2013 the two ward skins returned for free use again for the duration of the event along with the new Candy Cane ward. For a limited time, these three ward skins were also purchasable for 640 RP icon to add them permanently to your account.


Game modes

Snowdown Showdown Mode

Snowdown Showdown mode

Snowdown Showdown Mode

You’ve shot off five Final Sparks and achieved immortality through constant Chrono Shifts, but now it’s time for a Showdown.

For the next Featured Gameplay Mode, you’ll be able to duel it out with friends and foes alike on an icy battlefield that promises contests of epic proportions.

With three paths to an honorable victory, will you go full ham and draw first blood, wave clear your way to 100 CS or channel your inner Ziggs and demolish the turret before your opponent?

If you queue up with a buddy for the beatdowns, you’ll notice that you need two kills to earn the dubya, or the two of you can combine to hit that century CS mark.Sharpen your swords and ready your hextech revolvers. The Showdown approaches this Snowdown.

Legend of the Poro King

Legend of the Poro King Trailer

Legend of the Poro King Trailer

"Gather your friends, for Snowdown draws near.

Don't say me, I or them, we're together this year. There's a chill in the air and frost on the scene --

In big comfy chairs, it's forward we lean Mice flicking, Keys clacking, our skillshots land clean. No earmuffs for us -- we wear headsets, you see.

Minds focused, eyes wide and lit up with glee We win some, we lose some, that's how the game goes

But that's fine, we're together, among friends, no foes."
Legend of the Poro King

Legend of the Poro King mode

See also Snowdown Showdown 2014.

This year’s Snowdown brings with it our next featured game mode… and a legend. The “Legend of the Poro King”. We’ve dramatically changed what fights on the Howling Abyss will look like, so let’s get straight into the rules:

Played on the Howling Abyss, Legend of the Poro King is a 5v5 Blind Draft game mode, where your goal is still to destroy the enemy team’s nexus. However, you’ll have some Poro companions with you (to throw at each other of course), be diving deep to make #bigplays and work together to summon some help from the legendary Poro King himself.

New summoner spells

When playing the Legend of the Poro King, your regular summoner spells are replaced with two new ones, made just for the mode:

Poro Toss / Poro Dash
RANGE: 2500

Poro Toss
Active - Poro Toss: Throws a PoroSquare Poro a long distance, dealing 20 + (10 × Champion's Level) true damage to the first enemy unit hit. Poro Toss can be recast for the next 3 seconds after it hits an enemy to cast Poro Dash.

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Active - Poro Dash: Your champion surges into the target struck by Poro Toss. Dashing to the target will reduce Poro Toss' cooldown by 5 seconds.

"Poros are a model of Runeterran aerodynamics."

Ability Details

Additional Information:

To the King!
RANGE: Global
To the King!

Passive: Hitting an enemy champion with a PoroSquare Poro gives your team a To the King! Poro Mark. Upon reaching 10 To the King! Poro Marks, your team summons the Poro KingSquare Poro King to fight alongside them. While the Poro KingSquare Poro King is active, no To the King! Poro Marks can be scored by either team.

Active: Quickly dash to the Poro KingSquare Poro King's side. Can only be cast when the Poro KingSquare Poro King is summoned for your team.

"Poros tug the heartstrings. The rest of you just comes along for the ride."

Ability Details

Additional Information:

Riot Games does not make responsible for the constant commitment of magnicide against his royal highness, but it's responsible of PoroSquare Poros injured in the process by the wretched and soulless teams.

The Poro King

Poro KingSquare

The Poro King

The Poro King is benevolent and will aid whichever team has summoned him. He can be dispelled, but only to return again when enough favour has been curried with him. As a tanky siege minion, he brings an impressive power boost to whichever team he’s aiding. His powers include:

  • Tanky siege minion with a LOT of health. Let him be your front line!
  • The Poro King absorbs all Poros within his range being thrown by the enemy team, making him a powerful pushing force.
  • The Poro King will heal nearby allied champions every 5 seconds for health and a smaller amount of mana based on the team’s average level.
  • Every 5 seconds, the Poro King will lob out Poros in an arc around him, dealing magic damage to enemies where they land.

End of a mode

"Say farewell to your friends, for Snowdown has passed.

The Legend of the Poro King conquered at last. We won some, we lost some, we tossed many poros.

Some landed and some missed, that is just how it goes. Who really won this Snowdown? Only the poros know. Every single game, a unique Snowdown surprise.

The year may be over, but only Amumu cries-- Even if it's over, we learned one thing at the end:

Snowdown gathers strangers, but we all leave as friends."


  • Workshop Nunu
  • Earnest Elf Tristana
  • Happy Elf Teemo
  • Snow Bunny Nidalee
  • Old St. Zilean
  • 2009 Snowdown Showdown Banner
  • Mark of the Crippling Candy Cane
  • Mark of the Yuletide Tannenbaum
  • Glyph of the Special Stocking
  • Glyph of the Gracious Gift
  • Seal of the Elusive Snowflake
  • Seal of the Stout Snowman

  • Silent Night Sona
  • Nutcracko
  • Ragdoll Poppy
  • Candy Cane Miss Fortune
  • Reindeer Kog'Maw
  • Santa Gragas
  • Re-Gifted Amumu
  • Greater Quintessence of the Piercing Present
  • Greater Quintessence of Sugar Rush
  • Greater Quintessence of Frosty Fortitude
  • Greater Quintessence of the Deadly Wreath
  • Eggnog Health Potion
  • Eggnog Mana Potion

  • Festive Maokai
  • Snowmerdinger
  • Mistletoe LeBlanc
  • Toy Soldier Gangplank

  • Slay Belle Katarina
  • Snow Day Ziggs
  • Bad Santa Veiger
  • Dark Candy Fiddlesticks

  • Winter Wonder Lulu
  • Snowstorm Sivir
  • Snow Day Singed

  • Snow Day Malzahar
  • Winter Wonder Orianna
  • Poro Rider Sejuani

  • Snow Day Bard, Snow Day Gnar, Snow Day Syndra

  • Santa Braum
  • Snow Day Graves
  • Winter Wonder Karma

  • Santa Draven
  • Ambitious Elf Jinx
  • Snow Fawn Poppy


On top of all the new gleeful features, every year summoners are met with a new animated login screen. They usually showcase one or more of the year's new Snowdown skins and are backed with music fit for the holiday to set up the mood as everyone enters the game.

Snowdown Showdown 2010 Login Music

Snowdown Showdown 2011 and 2013 Login Music

Snowdown Showdown 2012 Login Music

Snowdown Showdown 2014 Login Music

Snowdown Showdown 2015 Login Music

Snowdown Showdown 2016 Login Music

Login Screens

Snowdown 2010 - Login Screen

Snowdown 2010 - Login Screen

Snowdown 2011 - Login Screen

Snowdown 2011 - Login Screen

Dark Candy Fiddlesticks - Login Screen

Dark Candy Fiddlesticks - Login Screen

Snowdown 2013 - Login Screen

Snowdown 2013 - Login Screen

Winter Wonder Orianna - Login Screen

Winter Wonder Orianna - Login Screen

Snowdown 2015 - Login Screen

Snowdown 2015 - Login Screen

Snowdown 2016 - Login Screen

Snowdown 2016 - Login Screen

Snowdown 2017 - Login Screen

Snowdown 2017 - Login Screen

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