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Thresh, the Chain Warden
ThreshSquare
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Thresh Render
Gender Male
Race Spectre
Residence Shadow Isles
Occupation Jailer
Faction Shadow Isles
Friends
MordekaiserSquare Mordekaiser HecarimSquare Hecarim KarthusSquare Karthus
Rivals
LucianSquare Lucian

Thresh is a sadistic, spectral reaper who relishes tormenting the living and the dead. Once a jailer who mercilessly brutalized all under his charge, Thresh was hanged from his own chains by the prisoners he had tortured. With his vicious essence unbound, the Chain Warden roams Runeterra in search of prey. He derives twisted joy from slowly breaking the minds of his most defiant victims, before trapping their souls within the sickly green light of his lantern.

Lore

Thresh is a twisted reaper whose hungry chains ensnare the souls of the living. A moment's hesitation at the sight of his ghostly visage and there is no escape. He leaves in his wake hollow corpses, their souls ripped loose and trapped in the sickly green light of his lantern. The Chain Warden takes sadistic joy in tormenting his victims, both before and after their deaths. His grim task is never complete, and he stalks the land for ever more resolute spirits to unravel.

Thresh carves careful, deliberate paths through Valoran. He handpicks his targets individually, devoting his full attention to each soul in turn. He isolates and toys with them, gradually eroding their sanity with his twisted, maddening humor. Once Thresh takes an interest in a soul, he does not relent until he possesses it. He then drags those he captures back to the Shadow Isles for an unimaginably dreadful fate. This is his only purpose.

Little is known about the Chain Warden's past, and many of the details live only in nursery rhymes and campfire tales. They tell of a sadistic jailer from centuries past who took great delight in torturing his wards. Patient and brutal, he used a variety of methods to break his victims' minds before their bodies succumbed to his grisly designs. Chains were the jailer's preferred instruments of terror. Their shrill scrape marked his dreadful approach and promised agony to those he visited. His dark reign went unchallenged until his prisoners escaped during a massive riot. They overwhelmed him, and without ceremony or remorse, hanged him from his own chains. Thus began the unlife of the horrible specter known as Thresh, or so the tales go.

Thresh now haunts the land, leaving an aftermath of horror and despair. However, there is a devious purpose behind his dark machinations, and the meager spirits of average men are insufficient. He seeks stronger souls. Only when he has broken the wills of Valoran's most resilient warriors will he finally have what he needs.

"There are few things as invigorating as taking a mind apart, piece by piece."
Thresh

Quotes

Upon selection
  • Play "What delightful agony we shall inflict."
Attacking
  • Play "Writhe, like a worm on a hook."
  • Play "Nobody escapes."
  • Play "Death? No... nothing that simple."
  • Play "Come out and play."
  • Play "It's over when I say."
  • Play "Lock 'em up."
  • Play "Wretched mongrels get the leash."
  • Play "Any last words?"
  • Play "Oh, yes! It's about to get much worse."
  • Play "No one can save them."
Movement
  • Play "Ah, the sweet tones of misery."
  • Play "Relax, just... let go."
  • Play "Me, mad? Haha... quite likely."
  • Play "Hmm, whose mind shall we snap?"
  • Play "Poor lost souls."
  • Play "Oh, the eternity we shall spend together."
  • Play "Flesh is a prison."
  • Play "What is the worth of a soul?"
  • Play "I am the thing under the bed."
  • Play "Torment comes in so many flavors."
Joke
  • Play "Screaming won't do you any good, but it's music to my ears."
  • Play "There is life. There is death. And then there is me."
Taunt

Thresh raises his Dark Passage.png lantern and "drinks" the souls coming out of it.

  • Play "Ever seen your soul? Would you like to?"
  • Play "You're falling apart. What to do with the pieces?"
Laugh
  • Play Thresh laughs.
  • Play Thresh laughs.
  • Play Thresh laughs.
  • Play Thresh laughs.
Upon using Flay.png Flay
Upon using The Box.png The Box
  • Play "I own you."
  • Play "My house, my rules."
  • Play "Closing in..."
  • Play "Nowhere to hide."
Upon landing Death Sentence.png Death Sentence on an enemy NautilusSquare.png Nautilus
  • Play "Going somewhere?"
  • Play "Come back!"
  • Play "Hook, line and sinker!"

Development

  • Thresh concept Art
  • Championship Thresh concept (by Riot Artist Brandon Liao)

Thresh, the Chain Warden Revealed

Announcement made by NeeksNaman.[1]

The newest support champion to join the League is Thresh, the Chain Warden. This gruesome specter wields wicked, articulated chains, and specializes in harassing and disrupting opposing teams. His collection of crowd control effects thwarts enemy plans, while harvesting souls allows Thresh to grow in power.

In game, Thresh is a support that thrives on communication and cooperation. He controls fights by displacing enemies and repositioning allies.

During the laning phase, Thresh uses the range of his basic attack to terrorize opposing champions with his Death Sentence passive. He shields his lane partner with Dark Passage and – with well-executed positioning – offers them the unique benefit of the lantern's escape potential. Flay's versatility lets Thresh push enemies into range for further harassment or swat them away to protect an ally.

In the mid game, the synergy between Thresh's abilities shines. An opportune lantern can bring a teammate along for the ride when Thresh hooks an enemy with Death Sentence. Flay can chain into a mid-range Death Sentence to knock an opponent up and grab them out of the air. Thresh can put enemies in an even scarier situation by isolating them in The Box or can cast The Box and then drag or knock enemies into it to trigger the damage and massive slow from breaking its spectral walls.

Because Thresh scales through collecting souls for Damnation, an effective soul harvester will become a potent damage-soaking tank during the transition to late game. In team fights, Thresh frustrates enemy positioning with Flay and Death Sentence, while shielding allies with Dark Passage. The Box can inflict heavy burst damage and split enemy teams as they try to disengage.

Thresh Screenshots

Optimize Thresh by collecting souls and protecting your allies before wreaking havoc in team fights. Your opponents better listen carefully for the scraping sound of his encroaching chain, or it may be the last sound they hear!

Patch History

V4.14:
  • Flay.png Flay
    • Fixed a bug where it would sometimes not move enemies.

V4.13:

  • Dark Passage.png Dark Passage
    • Now only shields the first ally to be near the Lantern in addition to Thresh.
  • Flay.png Flay
    • Fixed a tooltip bug that listed Flay's slow duration as 1.5 seconds instead of 1 second.
  • The Box.png The Box
    • No longer deals additional damage to opponents that break extra walls beyond the first.

V4.11:

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

V4.10:

  • Flay.png Flay
    • Bugfix: Now properly displays the correct buff icon

V4.7: Crystal Scar only

  • Damnation.png Damnation
    • Each soul is now worth 2 stacks of Damnation.

V4.5:

  • Stats
    • Base armor increased to 16 from 12.

V4.4: Crystal Scar only

  • Damnation.png Damnation
    • Each soul is now worth 4 stacks of Damnation.
  • The Box.png The Box
    • Cooldown reduced to 120 / 110 / 100 seconds from 150 / 140 / 130.

V4.4:

  • Damnation.png Damnation
    • Soul lifespan reduced to 8 seconds from 14.

V4.2:

  • Stats
    • Attack range reduced to 450 from 475.

V4.1:

  • Dark Passage.png Dark Passage
    • Now shows indicator particles to nearby allies to indicate that it is a clickable object.
    • Lantern now provides a small area of impassible terrain
  • The Box.png The Box
    • Arm time increased to 0.75 seconds from 0.5 seconds.

V3.13:

  • General
    • Basic attack wind up is reduced by 0.25% per 1% attack speed, rather than the standard 1%.
  • Stats
    • Attack speed per level increased to 3% from 1%.

V3.12:

  • Death Sentence.png Death Sentence
    • Cooldown increased to 20 / 18 / 16 / 14 / 12 seconds from 18 / 16.5 / 15 / 13.5 / 12.
    • Cooldown now reduced by 3 seconds if Death Sentence strikes an enemy.
  • Flay.png Flay
    • Passive basic attack "wind up" damage now only grows when Thresh's basic attack cooldown completes.

V3.10:

  • Stats
    • Base health reduced to 441 from 452.
    • Base armor reduced to 12 from 18.
  • Damnation.png Damnation
    • Souls now always grant 0.75 armor and ability power instead of starting at 1 and granting diminishing returns per soul collected.

V3.8:

V3.6:

  • Death Sentence.png Death Sentence
    • Damage increased to 80 / 120 / 160 / 200 / 240 from 80 / 110 / 140 / 170 / 200.
    • Passive moved to Flay.
  • Flay.png Flay
    • Damage reduced to 65 / 95 / 125 / 155 / 185 from 65 / 105 / 145 / 185 / 225.
    • Now has Death Sentence's previous passive (bonus damage on basic attacks).
    • Fixed a bug that caused the passive's damage to be consumed when attacking wards.
    • Fixed a bug where Flay sometimes dealt more damage than intended.

V1.0.0.154: Added January 23rd

  • Damnation.png Damnation (Innate)
    • When Thresh stalks the Fields of Justice, minions, monsters and opposing champions occasionally manifest their essence as souls after they die. Gather the souls of fallen foes to power up Thresh’s Armor and Ability Power. Thresh gains no Armor per level normally.
  • Death Sentence.png Death Sentence (Q)
    • (Passive): Thresh winds up his attacks, dealing more damage the longer he waits between strikes.
    • (Active): Thresh throws his scythe forward, dragging the first enemy struck a fixed distance toward him. Activate Death Sentence again to hurtle towards the bound unit.
  • Dark Passage.png Dark Passage (W)
    • Thresh hurls his lantern towards a target location. Nearby allies gain a shield while inside the lantern’s area of effect. Teammates who click the lantern will be pulled to Thresh.
  • Flay.png Flay (E)
    • Thresh sweeps his chain, knocking all enemies in the direction of the blow.
  • The Box.png The Box (Ultimate)
    • Thresh creates a prison of walls around him that slow and damage enemies that cross through.

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