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Tahm Kench travels Runeterra's waterways, feeding his insatiable appetite with the misery of the unsuspecting. The singularly charming gourmand savors every moment of his victims' suffering. A deal with Two-Coats may carry you to wherever you wish, but your journey will most assuredly end in the depths of despair.


The River King

Narrated by Tahm Kench Tahm Kench

Into a sunken town, the Handsome Gambler ran, for he owed gold and blood, and yet had none to spare. Desperate and forlorn, he was about to change his path and walk away, when he heard a song that called on him, to chance his luck again.

Now the singer was a creature, with the biggest mouth the Gambler had ever seen. "Excuse my song," the monstrous siren said. "The tune's purpose was your attention. For I knew you had troubles and I can offer absolutions."

"Can you carry me from this bind?" the youth asked.

"Boy, the world's one river, and I'm its king. Ain't no place I ain't been. Ain't no place I can't go again... And the price is a minuscule thing. See, I got hungers that ain't easily fed. But those finest tables? They ain't never got a seat for me. So I need men, like yourself, and let me in."

Now the Gambler's only hunger was dice and cards. So this bargain? It seemed too easy a price. "If you're offering a ticket," the youth finally said, "that's a deal I will take." And before another word was spoke, the monster snapped him up and fled.

To a faraway land the Gambler was conveyed. At a palace of chance, he was left.

Years passed. And love the Gambler found. His bride? A princess. And the wedding? None would miss.

Now when that hungry beast finally did arise: the family screamed and fought. And although the Gambler tried to cast him out... it ate the gifts, and house, and gold! For its hunger? Nothing satisfied.

"Please, not now, not this time!" the bride did cry.

The beast's response? To her it purred, "This hunger's a burden, but it's the last time, I swear. So please, forgive."

Now the creature's lies, so melodic and sincere, charmed that bride. And thus she failed to recognize when that demon's jaw unhinged. She screamed, just once. As I snapped her bones and crushed her limbs! Now that meal? It left me satisfied.

So cry if you want, boy, 'cause you had a chance to walk away. Instead you're the fool, the fool who let me in.


Upon selection
  • TahmKench Select
    "Call me king, call me demon - water forgets the names of the drowned."
Upon starting a game
  • TahmKench.start01
    "I see nothing splendiferous in this table's offerings!"
  • TahmKench.start02
    "It is my mouth into which all travels end."
  • TahmKench.start03
    "Let us peruse this establishment's fare."
  • TahmKench.start04
    "It is the heart from which the darkest water flows."
  • TahmKench.start05
    "This buffet exceeds repugnance!"
  • TahmKench.start06
    "Does your establishment have any tables?"
  • TahmKench.attack01
    "How delectable."
  • TahmKench.attack02
    "Another meal."
  • TahmKench.attack03
  • TahmKench.attack04
    "Savor the misery."
  • TahmKench.attack05
    "An enticing culinary prospect."
  • TahmKench.attack06
    "New tastes."
  • TahmKench.attack07
    "I will consume all."
  • TahmKench.attack08
    "Something to nibble on."
  • TahmKench.attack09
    "A feast awaits."
  • TahmKench.attack10
    "Their despair... is the seasoning."
  • TahmKench.attack11
    "I must sample this buffet."
  • TahmKench.attack12
    "Another snack."
  • TahmKench.attack13
  • TahmKench.attack14
    "Might be savory."
When an enemy has three stacks of An Acquired Taste.png An Acquired Taste
  • TahmKench.attack15
  • TahmKench.attack16
  • TahmKench.attack17
  • TahmKench.attack18
  • TahmKench.attack19
  • TahmKench.attack20
    "Fresh souls!"
  • TahmKench.attack21
    Tahm Kench snarls.
  • TahmKench.attack22
  • TahmKench.move01
    "My diet is expansively unique."
  • TahmKench.move02
    "From suffering, my banquet is born."
  • TahmKench.move03
    "Gluttony is impossible."
  • TahmKench.move04
    "No true hunger can be abated."
  • TahmKench.move05
    "To covet is to starve."
  • TahmKench.move06
    "I have tastes that aren't easily... pacified."
  • TahmKench.move07
    "Every heart has its own hunger."
  • TahmKench.move08
    "All the world's a river - and I'm its king."
  • TahmKench.move09
    "All creation is born famished and starving."
  • TahmKench.move10
    "Everyone ends downriver... eventually."
  • TahmKench.move11
    "Nothing escapes hunger."
  • TahmKench.move12
    "I refuse to succumb to culinary degradation!"
  • TahmKench.move13
    "We all gourmandize from time to time."
  • TahmKench.move14
    "The only real sin is to deny a craving."
  • TahmKench.move15
    "Misery has a delectable taste."
  • TahmKench.move16
    "Anything of depth is deceitful."
  • TahmKench.move17
    "A depth of flavor is what I covet."
  • TahmKench.move18
    "I am appetite focused."
  • TahmKench.move19
    "True appetite never wanes."
  • TahmKench.move20
    "All shall drown in my magnificence."
  • TahmKench.move21
    "Let us eat voraciously and overindulge."
  • TahmKench.move22
    "Now we shall gluttonize."
When an enemy has three stacks of An Acquired Taste.png An Acquired Taste
  • TahmKench.move23
    "Every river ends in me!"
  • TahmKench.move24
    "A bargain is due!"
  • TahmKench.move25
    "The world is my feast!"
  • TahmKench.move26
    "Mercy has no flavor!"
  • TahmKench.move27
    "I am the River King!"
  • TahmKench.move28
    "The river never stops!"
  • TahmKench.move29
    "That aroma seduces..."
  • TahmKench.move30
    "Where is that taste?"
  • TahmKench.move31
    "Where is it!?"
  • TahmKench.move32
  • TahmKench.move33
    "Give it to me!"
  • TahmKench.move34
    "I demand an entrée!"
  • TahmKench.taunt01
    "You are a malodorous offense to my palate!"
  • TahmKench.taunt02
    "The baseness of your appetite repulses me!"
  • TahmKench.taunt03
    "Your mind is as clear as mud."
  • TahmKench.taunt04
    "Child, you're a couple cows short of a steak!"
  • TahmKench.taunt05
    "You're duller than a broken sandwich."
Taunting a nearby Aatrox Aatrox
  • TahmKench.tauntAatrox01
    (Enemy) "Brother, you're as cultured as a crematorium selling barbecue."
  • TahmKench.tauntAatrox02
    (Ally) "War is a manly appetite, and your directness has my admiration."
Taunting a nearby Ahri Ahri
  • TahmKench.tauntAhri01
    (Enemy) "You're as modest as a freshly-paid courtesan."
  • TahmKench.tauntAhri02
    (Ally) "I am enthralled by your class and refinement - I must offer you a token of my admirations."
Taunting a nearby Akali Akali
  • TahmKench.tauntAkali01
    (Enemy) "Hiding in smoke? Young lady, you're as sharp as a bag of slugs."
Taunting a nearby Alistar Alistar
  • TahmKench.tauntAlistar01
    (Enemy) "I believe 'decorum' is the china shop."
  • TahmKench.tauntAlistar02
    (Ally) "Any pejorative of bullheadedness is pulverized by your magnificence."
Taunting a nearby Amumu Amumu
  • TahmKench.tauntAmumu01
    (Enemy) "I say, you're as 'fun' as a leaky roof."
  • TahmKench.tauntAmumu02
    (Ally) "Coveting friendship is barely an appetite - but one I do so sympathize with."
Taunting a nearby Anivia Anivia
  • TahmKench.tauntAnivia01
    (Enemy) "I suppose I must defrost you first."
Taunting a nearby Annie Annie
  • TahmKench.tauntAnnie01
    (Enemy) "Idiocy is often mistaken for innocence."
Taunting a nearby Ashe Ashe
  • TahmKench.tauntAshe01
    (Enemy) "Girl, you got as much 'foresight' as a blindfolded mole."
  • TahmKench.tauntAshe02
    (Ally) "If you wanna' build an empire of peace, then your mortar will be blood."
Taunting a nearby Azir Azir
  • TahmKench.tauntAzir01
    (Enemy) "An emperor as humble as he is beloved."
  • TahmKench.tauntAzir02
    (Enemy) "Son, your empire was built on sand."
  • TahmKench.tauntAzir03
    (Enemy) "You're the emperor - of mashed potatoes and gravy."
  • TahmKench.tauntAzir04
    (Enemy) "Your empire? I look upon your works and despair."
Taunting a nearby Blitzcrank Blitzcrank
  • TahmKench.tauntBlitzcrank01
    (Enemy) "If your heart is gold and your body is steel, why's tin between your ears?"
Taunting a nearby Braum Braum
  • TahmKench.tauntBraum01
    (Enemy) "You're strong like bull, and smart like cow."
  • TahmKench.tauntBraum02
    (Enemy) "My mustache will eat yours."
  • TahmKench.tauntBraum03
    (Ally) "The heart of the Freljord must long for something."
Taunting a nearby Caitlyn Caitlyn
  • TahmKench.tauntCaitlyn01
    (Enemy) "You're as elegant as an outhouse in a leper colony!"
  • TahmKench.tauntCaitlyn02
    (Ally) "If you want to clean up the city, don't you need to understand where that dirt comes from?"
Taunting a nearby Cho&#039;Gath Cho'Gath
  • TahmKench.tauntChoGath01
    (Enemy) "Personally I hunger for things less literal."
  • TahmKench.tauntChoGath02
    (Ally) "Your hunger deserves to be satisfied."
Taunting a nearby Darius Darius
  • TahmKench.tauntDarius01
    (Enemy) "You're as subtle as a gold codpiece."
  • TahmKench.tauntDarius02
    (Ally) "Your strength is waning, General. 'course, I can help you slow time's regress."
Taunting a nearby Diana Diana
  • TahmKench.tauntDiana01
    (Enemy) "Girl, you're crazier than a mouse in moonshine."
  • TahmKench.tauntDiana02
    (Ally) "Vengeance is a thirst I could help you quench."
Taunting a nearby Draven Draven
  • TahmKench.tauntDraven01
    (Enemy) "At least the rumor of your vanity isn't overrated."
  • TahmKench.tauntDraven02
    (Ally) "Your hunger for attention deserves to be sated."
  • TahmKench.tauntDraven03
    (Ally) "I wonder - how can you receive the attention you deserve... while your brother is in the way?"
Taunting a nearby Dr Mundo Dr Mundo
  • TahmKench.tauntDrMundo01
    (Enemy) "Your diction is as exemplary as your intellect."
  • TahmKench.tauntDrMundo02
    (Ally) "I can show Mundo new places to go - if he pleases."
Taunting a nearby Ekko Ekko
  • TahmKench.tauntEkko01
    (Enemy) "Your youthful rebellion is as tedious as your hairstyle."
  • TahmKench.tauntEkko02
    (Ally) "Time is but another river - and I care not what water I swim in."
Taunting a nearby Ezreal Ezreal
  • TahmKench.tauntEzreal01
    (Enemy) "Youthful ignorance is unfortunately your best quality."
  • TahmKench.tauntEzreal02
    (Ally) "Why should a hunger for adventure ever be sated?"
Taunting a nearby Fiora Fiora
  • TahmKench.tauntFiora01
    (Enemy) "A duel is a fight between two imbeciles... and you are the greatest."
  • TahmKench.tauntFiora02
    (Ally) "An appetite for a challenge is a craving without liability."
Taunting a nearby Fizz Fizz
  • TahmKench.tauntFizz01
    (Ally) "Wouldn't you care to travel to your people's destination?"
Taunting a nearby Gangplank Gangplank
  • TahmKench.tauntGangplank01
    (Enemy) "Your attempt to be monstrous is as successful as your dictatorship."
  • TahmKench.tauntGangplank02
    (Ally) "You're a man with troubles. I have solutions."
Taunting a nearby Garen Garen
  • TahmKench.tauntGaren01
    (Ally) "You live by a code that'll never let you get what you want. Let me take you to her."
Taunting a nearby Gnar Gnar
  • TahmKench.tauntGnar01
    (Enemy) "Your conversation makes as much sense as a fish in lingerie!"
  • TahmKench.tauntGnar02
    (Ally) "Time is just a river, boy, let me take you back where you belong."
Taunting a nearby Gragas Gragas
  • TahmKench.tauntGragas01
    (Enemy) "Your tastes are as elegant as a broken latrine."
  • TahmKench.tauntGragas02
    (Ally) "I admire a man of appetites - let me help you find refreshment."
Taunting a nearby Janna Janna
  • TahmKench.tauntJanna01
    (Enemy) "Girl, you're as appealing as a cake in the rain."
  • TahmKench.tauntJanna02
    (Ally) "There's a storm in your heart, girl. Tell me what you hunger for."
Taunting a nearby Jarvan IV Jarvan IV
  • TahmKench.tauntJarvan01
    (Enemy) "Anything getting through that gold helmet of yours?"
  • TahmKench.tauntJarvan02
    (Ally) "Only a fool wouldn't hunger for the throne. Let me help you find that seat."
Taunting a nearby Jax Jax
  • TahmKench.tauntJax01
    (Enemy) "Boy, you are a few candles short of a lantern."
  • TahmKench.tauntJax02
    (Ally) "It is wonderful to be hungry for a challenge."
Taunting a nearby Jayce Jayce
  • TahmKench.tauntJayce01
    (Enemy) "Dumber than a box of hammers."
  • TahmKench.tauntJayce02
    (Ally) "A drive for innovation? It's just a hunger for something new."
Taunting a nearby Jinx Jinx
  • TahmKench.tauntJinx01
    (Enemy) "Girl, if brains were dynamite, you'd be a dud."
  • TahmKench.tauntJinx02
    (Ally) "An appetite for chaos? Let me feed that mayhem."
Taunting a nearby Katarina Katarina
  • TahmKench.tauntKatarina01
    (Ally) "Don't starve your heart, child! Let me deliver you to him."
Taunting a nearby Lee Sin Lee Sin
  • TahmKench.tauntLeeSin01
    (Ally) "Truth requires a journey on blind faith."
Taunting a nearby Lissandra Lissandra
  • TahmKench.tauntLissandra01
    (Enemy) "Good ideas fall from you like pudding from a harpy."
  • TahmKench.tauntLissandra02
    (Ally) "Could I offer you a bargain to replace your previous engagement?"
Taunting a nearby Lucian Lucian
  • TahmKench.tauntLucian01
    (Enemy) "A fool and his love are easily parted."
  • TahmKench.tauntLucian02
    (Ally) "Step closer, and I'll carry you to your prize."
Taunting a nearby Miss Fortune Miss Fortune
  • TahmKench.tauntMissFortune02
    (Enemy) "The enormity of the hat doesn't hide the vacancy beneath it!"
  • TahmKench.tauntMissFortune01
    (Ally) "The road to vengeance requires a journey I would happily provide."
Taunting a nearby Nami Nami
  • TahmKench.tauntNami01
    (Enemy) "The tides call you sashimi."
  • TahmKench.tauntNami02
    (Ally) "A journey to a moonstone is one I could provide."
Taunting a nearby Nasus Nasus
  • TahmKench.tauntNasus01
    (Enemy) "You're like a roofless mansion - impressively useless."
  • TahmKench.tauntNasus02
    (Ally) "Forgiveness is a shore like any other."
Taunting a nearby Renekton Renekton
  • TahmKench.tauntRenekton01
    (Enemy) "I appreciate your mind is unsullied by the complications of reason."
  • TahmKench.tauntRenekton02
    (Ally) "Allow me to facilitate your rapaciousness."
Taunting a nearby Ryze Ryze
  • TahmKench.tauntRyze01
    (Enemy) "You read words and mistake that for understanding."
  • TahmKench.tauntRyze02
    (Ally) "You are a traveller... and I provide transport."
Taunting a nearby Sejuani Sejuani
  • TahmKench.tauntSejuani01
    (Enemy) "You're as witty as you are subtle."
  • TahmKench.tauntSejuani02
    (Ally) "Let me make a meal with your ambition."
Taunting a nearby Sivir Sivir
  • TahmKench.tauntSivir01
    (Enemy) "Your tastes are about as sophisticated as your wardrobe."
  • TahmKench.tauntSivir02
    (Ally) "Why not travel to when you were free from these doubts?"
Taunting a nearby Teemo Teemo
  • TahmKench.tauntTeemo01
    (Enemy) "You're as likable as a rat in a bridle shop."
  • TahmKench.tauntTeemo02
    (Ally) "Every heart has its own hunger. Tell me yours."
Taunting a nearby Twisted Fate Twisted Fate
  • TahmKench.tauntTwistedFate01
    (Enemy) "A gambler's luck is only predictable... when he's a cheat."
  • TahmKench.tauntTwistedFate02
    (Ally) "Bilgewater is a rough town to leave - I could make it easier for you."'
Taunting a nearby Vi Vi
  • TahmKench.tauntVi01
    (Enemy) "A boxer who thinks with her fists must inevitably punch with her face."
  • TahmKench.tauntVi02
    (Ally) "Child, why would you sublimate a hunger? Have you forgotten who you are?"
Taunting a nearby Wukong Wukong
  • TahmKench.tauntWukong01
    (Ally) "Do you want to reach your potential? It's a journey I could provide."
Taunting a nearby Xerath Xerath
  • TahmKench.tauntXerath01
    (Enemy) "A slave's mind is never free, but I suspect you got yours on discount."
  • TahmKench.tauntXerath02
    (Ally) "Ah, nothing whets my appetite like the flames of ambition gone awry."
Taunting a nearby Yasuo Yasuo
  • TahmKench.tauntYasuo01
    (Enemy) "You're as quick as a turtle on molasses."
  • TahmKench.tauntYasuo02
    (Ally) "Your destiny isn't in the wind - it's on the river."
Taunting a nearby Zed Zed
  • TahmKench.tauntZed01
    (Enemy) "So, shiny attire seem like the thing to wear? You are the most intelligent ninja in the world."
  • TahmKench.tauntZed02
    (Ally) "Child, a shadow must run from the light eventually."
  • TahmKench.dance01
    Tahm Kench plays a tune on his tongue.
  • TahmKench.laugh01
    Tahm Kench laughs.
  • TahmKench.laugh02
    Tahm Kench laughs.
  • TahmKench.laugh03
    Tahm Kench laughs.
  • TahmKench.laugh04
    Tahm Kench laughs.
Upon casting Devour.png Devour on an allied champion that is out of range
  • TahmKench.R1
    "Travel awaits."
  • TahmKench.R2
    "Step inside."
  • TahmKench.R3
  • TahmKench.R4
    "Take the bargain."
  • TahmKench.R5
    "This way!"
  • TahmKench.R6
    "Get inside!"
  • TahmKench.R7
    "Over here!"
  • TahmKench.R8
    "Come closer, child."
Upon spitting out an enemy champion with Devour.png Devour
  • TahmKench.W1
  • TahmKench.W2
  • TahmKench.W3
  • TahmKench.W4
  • TahmKench.W5
  • TahmKench.W6
  • TahmKench.W7
    "Needs salt!"
Upon being attacked with Thick Skin.png Thick Skin active
  • TahmKench.E1
    "You have succeeded only in ruffling my attire!"
  • TahmKench.E2
    "My constitution is unflappable!"
  • TahmKench.E3
    "Was that an attack, or an hors d'oeuvre?"
  • TahmKench.E4
    "How droll your attacks are!"
Upon casting Abyssal Voyage.png Abyssal Voyage
  • TahmKench.R11
    Tahm Kench snarls.
  • TahmKench.R12
    Tahm Kench snarls.
While waiting with Abyssal Voyage.png Abyssal Voyage
  • TahmKench.R21
    Tahm Kench snarls.
  • TahmKench.R22
    Tahm Kench snarls.
  • TahmKench.R23
    Tahm Kench snarls.
  • TahmKench.R24
    Tahm Kench snarls.
Upon consuming Elixir of Iron item.png Elixir of Iron
  • TahmKench.itemElixirofIron01
    "Finally, my enormity matches my appetite."
Upon buying Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart
  • TahmKench.itemFrozenHeart01
    "A heart is so easily... eaten."
  • TahmKench.itemFrozenHeart02
    "There is something sublime about holding a heart in your hand."
Upon buying Locket of the Iron Solari item.png Locket of the Iron Solari
  • TahmKench.itemLocketoftheIronSolari01
    "I can provide all manner of refuge."
  • TahmKench.itemLocketoftheIronSolari02
    "I am sanctuary for those in my favour."
  • TahmKench.itemLocketoftheIronSolari03
    "How did I leave my jacket pocket unadorned for so long?"
Upon buying Mercury&#039;s Treads item.png Mercury's Treads
  • TahmKench.itemMercurysTreads01
    "I have a hunger for... fine shoes."
Upon buying Mikael&#039;s Crucible item.png Mikael's Crucible
  • TahmKench.itemMikaelsCrucible01
    "I wonder who might like to bargain for a little freedom."
Upon buying Randuin&#039;s Omen item.png Randuin's Omen
  • TahmKench.itemRanduinsOmen01
    "I am an omen of voracity."
  • TahmKench.itemRanduinsOmen02
    "A little sedation for my more noisesome neighbours."
  • TahmKench.itemRanduinsOmen03
    "A handy tool for the next time I'm... in between meals."
Upon buying Ravenous Hydra item.png Ravenous Hydra
  • TahmKench.itemRavenousHydra01
    "Something about this blade feels... redundant."
  • TahmKench.itemRavenousHydra02
    "I pity the hydra. So many heads intent on sharing the meal."
  • TahmKench.itemRavenousHydra03
    "Truly this is the best way to enjoy a buffet."
Upon buying Spirit Visage item.png Spirit Visage
  • TahmKench.itemSpiritVisage01
    "My visage was already flawless, now it just has more vigor."
  • TahmKench.itemSpiritVisage02
    "I refuse to trouble myself with charlatans."
  • TahmKench.itemSpiritVisage03
    "Sorcery is a distasteful habit."
Upon buying Sunfire Cape item.png Sunfire Cape
  • TahmKench.itemSunfireCape01
    "A gentleman without a cape is only half-dressed."
  • TahmKench.itemSunfireCape02
    "Fire warms the spirit, and charges the appetite."
Upon buying Warmog&#039;s Armor item.png Warmog's Armor
  • TahmKench.itemWarmogsArmor01
    "War is an appetite like any other."
  • TahmKench.itemWarmogsArmor02
    "A hearty appetite pairs best with a robust constitution."
  • TahmKench.itemWarmogsArmor03
    "Say what you will - a large man can not be ignored."
Upon buying Will of the Ancients item.png Will of the Ancients
  • TahmKench.itemWilloftheAncients01
    "It is my will that matters. It is hunger that drives us all."
  • TahmKench.itemWilloftheAncients02
    "A shared will is a powerful thing."
Upon attacking Baron Nashor Baron Nashor
  • TahmKench.unknown03
    "This is my river, you scoundrel!"
  • TahmKench.unknown04
    "You dare invade my table?"
  • TahmKench.unknown05
    "Beast, you are a rank dish! Ill served!"
Upon placing a ward
  • TahmKench.ward01
    "I prefer to know when my next meal approaches."
  • TahmKench.ward02
    "Even when you have no bait, you can still cast a line and hope."
  • TahmKench.ward03
    "I search for bargains wherever fools cross my domain."
  • TahmKench.ward04
    "A true meal requires foresight to manifest."
Upon casting Recall.png Recall
  • TahmKench.recall01
    "Regrettably, I must retire in order to find a digestive."
  • TahmKench.recall02
    "I shall return to this establishment shortly."
Champion-specific taunts
  • TahmKench.unknown01
    "I presume you are the waiter at this establishment."
  • TahmKench.unknown02
    "Are you the waiter of this establishment?"


Tahm Kench Tahm Kench was designed by Zenon.

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  • Tahm Kench concept art 1 (by Riot Artist Gem Lim)
  • Tahm Kench concept art 2 (by Riot Artist Gem Lim)
  • Tahm Kench model (by Riot Artist Willem van der Schyf)
  • Bilgewater: The Reckoning cover art
  • Tahm Kench's Amumoodles recipe (by Riot Artist Kienan Lafferty)
  • Tahm Kench's Kalista Kebabs recipe (by Riot Artist Kienan Lafferty)
  • Tahm Kench's Krugettes recipe (by Riot Artist Kienan Lafferty)
  • Master Chef Tahm Kench concept art (by Riot Artist Sunny Koda)

Patch 5.11 Patch note teaser

By Chris "Pwyff" Tom and Patrick "Scarizard" Scarborough[2] "And that about encapsulates the contents of this patch. For those of you struggling to keep up in your games of League, we're always striving to ensure you won't be stuck up the river without a paddle. That said, if conventional means don't work, be careful who you call when seeking help; there's all sorts of things out there, preying on the wishes of desperate people. Mope, and you mope alone - laugh, and the world laughs with you. Or so they say."

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Note that the laugh is no longer triggered on-death.

Champion Insight: Tahm Kench

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We sat down with the champion ideation team to hear about the process that took an idea - Fish Tank - and turned it into Tahm Kench.

Game design notes

By ZenonTheStoic

"As a role, tanks have generally brought one of two things to their team: either they're in the Amumu/Sejuani camp of locking down an entire enemy team and setting up for a wombo combo, or they help their team lock down and eliminate a single high value enemy target either through chained CC (think Solar Flare into Zenith Blade into Shield of Daybreak on Leona) or by throwing/dragging the enemy into the tank's team (Singed, Volibear, Skarner). The challenge we wanted to tackle with Tahm Kench was to take a tank who did neither of these, and instead offered something completely different to his team. The art guys got scribbling, and soon started gravitating towards this Big Mouth character. This was a huge boost for us, with the visuals quickly inspiring a mechanic that was relevant to the champion’s visuals and new to League, too: Devour.

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Let’s start with devouring allies. We knew we wanted the ability to work on enemies, and we were initially pretty hesitant about allowing Tahm Kench to eat his pals. That said, once we tried it out, we realized that “Tahm Kench the Armoured Personnel Carrier” was actually pretty fun. Aside from the risk of trolling, allies will quickly realize how good it feels when a decent Tahm player has their back. He can eat you over a wall, spit you over a wall, and run fast toward the enemy if you're a Tryndamere type looking for a free ride to your soon-to-be victims. As the ally, you can also decide when and where Tahm spits you, after a short lockout period. What’s more, being able to pull an ally out of a fight at will is really strong. It can save allies from abilities like Nami bubbles or Vi ults, and generally allows squishies to do Really Dumb Things and get away with it. This should enable riskier plays, particularly from the kind of high damage/low health champs that usually have to pull away from a scrap, or at least fight from the back.

“But Zenon, how is that fair? I just spent all my CC on this guy, we were about to kill him, and then suddenly General Gulp comes in and whisks him away!”

Well yes, imaginary FAQ person, but let me tell you about a few things I added in to help balance things a little. First of all, as I mentioned, while Tahm Kench has this pretty swell devour ability, he lacks a lot of the traditional tools that tanks usually carry around. He can’t lock down enemies at will, for instance, and he has absolutely no utility AOE tools that your average punching bag brings to a fight. Secondly, while eating an ally to keep them safe is super clutch, the ability does come with some baked in drawbacks. Its relatively short range means Tahm, who most of the time will be on a support budget and thus not the tankiest man in the game, will have to stand close to your team, or at least close to members of his team who you want to kill. So uh… you can just kill him if you focus him. Lastly, if Tahm Kench does eat his ally, the ability’s minimum duration means you’ll still have a few precious seconds to leverage your temporary numbers advantage!

“Okay. Tell me about enemy devour.”

As a raw mechanic - taking enemies out of a fight and severely reducing their vision for a few seconds - enemy Devour is incredibly powerful, which forced us to consider the circumstances through which it would be okay to use, even for a few seconds. We knew that Tahm Kench couldn’t just go around eating enemy champs at will - that would be ridiculous - so we started figuring out ways to backload the ability, or establish x criteria that you need to meet before y can happen. For comparison, Malphite can ult into a teamfight at will because Unstoppable Force is a frontloaded ability - it has immediate impact and once it’s spent, he has to wait a long while before he can use it again. Because we had decided he would NOT bring the usual tank toolset of locking down an enemy, we couldn’t allow Tahm Kench the same flexibility, so ended up implementing passive stacks into his kit. So, while Tahm Kench can eat enemy champions and take them out of a fight for a few seconds, he has to hit them with a few basic attacks (or licks) first. This takes time and proximity, and telegraphs his intentions to the enemy team, giving them plenty of time to peel for the River King’s target.

While the rest of his kit certainly adds to his uniqueness (grey health, an idea we borrowed from fighting games, is also new to League, while his ult is a really strong flanking tool that reinforces his Armored Personnel Carrier-ness), it was his Devour that really set Tahm Kench apart from the rest. Hopefully you’ll be able to make the most of the ability and wreak your own different brand of havoc with the verbose villain."

Art notes

By Chris Campbell aka Skeeziks and Gem Lim aka Lonewingy

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The Ideation Process

"The first few steps of our ideation process usually involve us setting a broad goal and then chucking around as many ideas as possible before we start whittling things down, centering our efforts around the ideas and hooks that really appeal to us. Knowing we were designing a tank, we started brainstorming literally anything, and a few weeks later, had five or six pretty solid concepts for League’s next tank. Then the culling began!

After killing a few of our darlings, we had two solid ideas that we really liked: Big Mouth and Horror Tank. They each had unique hooks: Big Mouth used its mouth as a central tool, while Horror Tank was more of a vision denial and darkness terror. ZenonTheStoic, being a hairy German metal fan, was a big fan of the latter, funnily enough. We started toying around with ideas as to what these guys could look like, when Gem came up with this charming young chap:

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Initially this sketch wasn’t necessarily tied to any particular champion, but as Zenon toyed around with vision denial mechanics, and we tinkered with Big Mouth as a fish character, the two ideas kinda slowly formed into one. Plenty of fish species have pretty cavernous mouths, and more importantly, the look tapped into a pretty well-known devourer archetype in games (think Kirby, Yoshi, or Pac-Man) which hadn’t yet appeared in League. Also, by creating a large-mouthed champion who literally ate other characters, we had super strong clarity between the character’s visuals and their gameplay... aaaand we could totally nickname the guy “Fish Tank”. It was perfect.

The Devil’s in the Details

Now that we had a basic look and theme for the champion, we started toying around with details. Initially we tried to incorporate some horror ideas into his appearance. We tried making Fish Tank a deep sea angler-type fish who’d attract his prey with a light, but it didn’t really have the combination of grim and whimsical we were looking for. We wanted to add depth by injecting personality and intelligence into the character.

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We imagined his mouth could be more than a source of physical danger - it could also express charismatic speech to lure enemies into harm’s way. This outward charm would be something he used to mask his darker, true intent: devouring his prey! A new piece of art helped to sell this duality of charisma and menace:

“This outward charm would be something he used to mask his darker, true intent: devouring his prey!”

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You Are What You Wear

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To complement this persona, we began to look at his clothing. Gem’s very first sketch of Fish Tank had him wearing a fez (which led to another nickname: Fez Tank), something we really liked just for its sheer panache. See, Fish Tank didn’t just have a big mouth - he was a big mouth, a devious storyteller who wore clothes to try and make him seem a little more human, and a little less threatening to potential prey.

We tried giving him armor, but it didn’t feel right - Fish Tank was a smooth-talker, not a fighter, and he’d spin his stories to gain the trust of his audience. Then we switched to a coat, or coats, to be more precise. He was much too large to wear regular clothes, so stitched two coats together to appear more relatable. Aside from giving Fish Tank yet another nickname - Twocoats - it highlighted the balance between whimsical and grim that we really wanted to find."

“Fish Tank didn’t just have a big mouth - he was a big mouth...”

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Narrative notes


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"Whenever we create a new champion, the narrative writer starts by looking at the “opportunity space” we want to fill. In this case we knew we wanted a non-CC tank that would be visually tanky without hitting any of the thematics we’d seen depicted before. Our early ideation process involves researching myths and looking for jungian truths about the archetypes before we start writing lots of “story sketches” - short stories (typically 2 to 12 pages) that depict the champion’s character in Runeterra. These aren’t canonical pieces, but instead conceptual reference stories meant to illustrate the personality of the champ and show thematics that we could express in their gameplay and art. They’re written in tandem with work the concept artist and game designer carry out and, in the same way the concept art and early game kit inspires the team, the story sketch is intended to get ideas bouncing between everyone working on the champion.

“I began to play with the the idea that his maw could represent more than just a simple physical hunger - his huge mouth could represent any unnatural coveting or unhealthy desire.”

We went a long way in developing some other ideas before ole’ Tahm won our hearts and became our focus, but once we started on him we quickly realized he was going to be defined by his giant mouth. So my question became how to build a personality around that in an interesting way.

I began to play with the the idea that his maw could represent more than just a simple physical hunger - his huge mouth could represent any unnatural coveting or unhealthy desire. Around this time, his hat became a very polarizing element: some people hated the thing, while others loved it. Either way, the common feeling was that it was unexpected - it challenged them. I suspected this disunity was a fertile ground which would define his character, so, sitting down to write what would be the last story sketch, I knew it was the topic I needed to tackle. Why did I think the hat was right? I felt the answer would be related to my strong desire to make Tahm’s hunger be for something more than just food.

What’s the personality of a monster who wears a hat? Why does he wear one? Feeling my way through layers of irony, I began to see a creature that was whimsical, quite vain, very arrogant, and a bully. He was also, perhaps, a little insecure, but should ultimately still be terrifying. He mixed elements of crossroads devils, Japanese kappas, and leviathans. The best version of Tahm needed to balance the whimsy of his hat against a scary undercurrent (which the artist would later visually represent using his snaggle-toothed mouth). This combination would let us have a character who could occasionally be humorous without the risk of seeming derpy. After a lot of hard work, the team had a very clear idea of what he would look like, the core mechanic of the kit, and what his personality was. Tahm would be a loquacious, two-faced, charming slime ball and we loved him for it. We hope you’ll enjoy this unrepentant villain as much as we do."

Patch History

  • Abyssal Voyage.png Abyssal Voyage
    • Bug Fix: Now properly displays the ability description in Champion Select.
  • An Acquired Taste.png An Acquired Taste
    • New Effect: Attacks and spells deals 1 / 1.25 / 1.5% of Tahm Kench's maximum health bonus magic damage, stacking up to 3 times against champions.
  • Tongue Lash.png Tongue Lash
    • Base damage increased to 80 / 130 / 180 / 230 / 280 from 80 / 125 / 170 / 215 / 260.
  • Thick Skin.png Thick Skin
    • Damage to grey health conversion ratio reduced to 70 / 75 / 80 / 85 / 90% from 100% at all ranks.
    • Grey health to health conversion ratio increased to 25 / 30 / 35 / 40 / 45% from 20 / 26 / 32 / 38 / 44%.
    • Active's shield duration reduced to 3 seconds from 6.
    • Cooldown reduced to 6 seconds at all ranks from 16 / 15 / 14 / 13 / 12.
    • Removed: Shield decaying over time.
  • Abyssal Voyage.png Abyssal Voyage
    • Removed: Passive bonus magic damage. Reintegrated into Innate ability.
    • Channel duration reduced to 6 seconds from 15.
    • Reactivate delay reduced to 0.25 seconds from 1.
    • Warning indicator duration reduced to 1 second from 1.5.
    • Range increased to 4500 / 5500 / 6500 from 4000 / 5000 / 6000.
  • Tongue Lash.png Tongue Lash
    • Width reduced to 70 from 90.
  • Abyssal Voyage.png Abyssal Voyage
    • New Effect: Now has a 1 second delay before being able to re-activate.
    • New Effect: While Tahm Kench performs his re-activation's animation, allies can still click him to join his voyage.
  • An Acquired Taste.png An Acquired Taste
    • Stack duration reduced to 5 seconds from 7 seconds.
  • Tongue Lash.png Tongue Lash
    • Clarity: The tongue hitbox indicator now lasts longer (until the tongue finishes lashing out).
  • Devour.png Devour
  • Abyssal Voyage.png Abyssal Voyage
    • Bonus health ratio reduced to (+ 2 / 4 / 6% bonus health) from (+ 4 / 6 / 8% bonus health).
  • Devour.png Devour
    • Removed: Bonus movement speed while moving away from enemy champions while holding an ally.
  • Stats
    • Attack range reduced to 175 from 200.
  • Stats
    • Base mana regeneration increased to 8 from 5.5.
  • Tongue Lash.png Tongue Lash
    • Smoothed out the interaction between the Tongue Lash.png Tongue Lash + Devour.png Devour combo for normal cast. Now, casting Devour.png Devour at any point while the tongue is mid-air will allow you to eat a monster or minion from a distance instead of needing to left-click devour mid-lash.
  • Thick Skin.png Thick Skin
    • Grey health now has a colorblind variant.
  • An Acquired Taste.png An Acquired Taste
    • Duration of debuff when applied by basic attacks increased to 7 seconds from 5.
  • Devour.png Devour
    • Enemy champion regurgitate range increased to 200 from 100.
  • Stats
    • Armor growth increased to 3.5 from 3.
  • Devour.png Devour
    • Now prioritizes champions over minions.
    • Enemies regurgitated are now stunned for 0.25 seconds.
  • Abyssal Voyage.png Abyssal Voyage
    • Warning particle for enemies now only appears during the 0.5 second delay.
  • Tongue Lash.png Tongue Lash
    • Base damage increased to 80 / 125 / 170 / 215 / 260 from 80 / 115 / 150 / 185 / 220.
  • Abyssal Voyage.png Abyssal Voyage
    • Cooldown reduced to 120 / 110 / 100 seconds from 160 / 130 / 100.
    • Passive health ratio increased to 4 / 6 / 8 % of his maximum health from 4 / 5 / 6 % of his maximum health.
V5.13 Added July 9.


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