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SwainSquare old2 Swain, the Master Tactician [S|L]
  • When Swain dies, Beatrice flies off the screen.
    • Beatrice can be seen on the Crystal Scar. She will land on the barrier near the Boneyard node for a short time and then fly off.
    • Interestingly, if Swain dies while casting Decrepify Decrepify, there will be two Beatrices on the battlefield, one attached to the laser and one on his back when he falls to the ground.
  • Swain's Ravenous Flock transformation has a similar appearance to Tzeentch's Greater Daemons, the Lords of Change, from the Warhammer franchise.
  • The ending quote to Swain's background is based on Joseph Heller's novel Catch-22.
  • In the old lore, Swain was unable to compete in the Ionia Versus Noxus Grudge Match due to recently becoming a member of the Noxian High Command, thus needing to take time away from the League to put all his affairs in order.
  • Swain is the second champion to feature a transformation ability, the others being NidaleeSquare Nidalee, ShyvanaSquare Shyvana, ZyraSquare Zyra, JayceSquare Jayce, EliseSquare Elise and GnarSquare Gnar.
SwainSquare Swain, the Noxian Grand General [S|L]
  • While dancing, he whistles a tune from his theme.
  • While playing a game on Summoner's Rift icon Summoner's Rift, SwainSquare Swain's flock of Ravenous Flock Ravens (depending on the skin it could also be Snow Owls, Macaws, Demon birds, or Dragons) can be seen around the map.
  • His mannerisms, quotes and the "Grand General" persona are reminiscent of Tywin Lannister from Game of Thrones.
  • In the start of the game there is a chance that a similiar music with ravens in the background to his login screen will be played.
  • His demonic left arm could be a reference to Murtaugh in the Submachine Series. After losing his left arm, Murtaugh discovered he had a third "karma" arm, which was extremely powerful and capable of causing mass destruction. Murtaugh pursues his goals with similar ruthlessness as Swain.


  • As a nod to his old lore, Swain has a raven named BeatriceSquare Beatrice,[1] (< Latin beatrix "she who gladdens")



SwainSquare old2 Swain, the Master Tactician
    Swain Select
    "The early bird guts the worm," is based on a famous idiom, "The early bird gets the worm."
  • In polish client, selection quote is "Rozdziobią was kruki, wrony." (You gonna be pecked out by crows and ravens), which is a reference to Stefan Żeromski's 1895 novel of the same title.
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    Swain 103
    "Any man who must say 'we are winning' is not truly winning" and  
    Swain 227
    "A one-armed man needs all the help he can get." are references to Tywin Lannister from Game of Thrones.
    Swain 032
    "Only this, and nothing more" is a reference to Edgar Allen Poe's poem "the Raven".
  • He shares the quote "Do not try my patience"SwainSquare 
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    / NasusSquare 
  • Unlike his previous transformation, Swain cannot perform his personal interactions such as joking and taunting.


Swain OriginalCircle Classic Swain [S|L]
Swain NorthernFrontCircle Northern Front Swain [S|L]
Swain BilgewaterCircle Bilgewater Swain [S|L]
  • It is likely a reference to Long John Silver, the antagonist of the novel known as Treasure Island.
  • Beatrice is a scarlet macaw. In the American splash art Beatrice's flight feathers are blue and green, as opposed to the real life macaw's blue and yellow feathers, however, on the Chinese splash art the colors are just like the real life parrots.
  • His updated appearance resembles that of classic RakanSquare Rakan.
  • He shares this theme with:
Swain TyrantCircle Tyrant Swain [S|L]
  • He can be seen on the left of Riven BattleBunnyCircle Battle Bunny Riven's [S|L] Splash Art. He is also seen during the coronation scene.
  • This skin thus depicts Swain after his rise to Grand General, the highest position of power in Noxus, and subsiquent take-over of his body by the demon.
  • Before the update, this was the only skin in which Swain is not dependent on his cane to walk; he instead carries a staff.
Swain DragonMasterCircle Dragon Master Swain [S|L]


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  • Swain was a member of the The Black Rose The Black Rose, a dark and mysterious group that controlled Noxus before the rise of the military government. They were thought to no longer exist. However, with the reemergence of their leader LeBlancSquare LeBlanc, the Black Rose are working towards getting the organization back into power.
  • During the War of Kalamanda, GarenSquare Garen and his Dauntless Vanguard hindered the progress of Swain and his army's advancement at every turn.
  • Swain and Jarvan IVSquare Jarvan IV, have a deep, hate-filled rivalry. He has attempted to kill Jarvan IV on several occasions.
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  • IreliaSquare Irelia cut off Swain's left arm during the Battle of the Placidium.
  • Swain has formed an alliance with DariusSquare Darius, and they work together to unite the nation behind a vision of true Noxian strength.
  • Swain's Trifarix Council was probably based on the Roman Triumvirate, Swain being the Leader of Vision;
  • The Black Powder Plot to assassinate Swain references the Gun Powder Plot by English Catholics to blow up King James I and the House of Lords.
  • Swain possibly knows the reason for the mysterious disappearance of KatarinaSquare Katarina's father.


  1. @ JesterCapp / Art Team [Official]
  2. J. Huehnergard, 2011 Proto-Semitic Language & Culture; Semitic Roots, p. 2078
  3. Weninger et al. The Semitic languages, p. 193
  4. http://skaldic.abdn.ac.uk/db.php?id=81555&if=default&table=lemma&val=sveinn