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  • Classic Thresh Skingallerybutton
  • Deep Terror Thresh Skingallerybutton
    RP 975 / 23-Jan-2013
  • Championship Thresh Skingallerybutton
    RP 975 / 04-Oct-2013
  • Blood Moon Thresh Skingallerybutton
    RP 975 / 08-Jan-2015
  • SSW Thresh Skingallerybutton
    RP 975 / 14-May-2015
  • Dark Star Thresh Skingallerybutton
    RP 1820 / Upcoming skin


  • Thresh was designed by Bradford 'CertainlyT' Wenban. [1]
  • To "thresh" means to separate grain from wheat, usually with a sickle, or by a revolving mechanism. Thresh's weapon is very similar to a sickle, and his victims and their souls could be seen as the wheat and grain. The way Thresh swings his chain could allude to the way grain is separated from wheat using a revolving mechanism.
  • When Thresh dies his own soul is harvested by his lantern. You can faintly hear his fearful laments as his soul is removed.
  • Thresh's previous lore is similar to that of the main antagonist, a mad doctor, from the movie Asylum. Both loved torturing their prisoners/patients until the victims' riot which resulted in their revenge against the warden/doctor, but both returned to continue their murderous and sadistic acts.
  • Thresh tricked LucianSquare.png Lucian's wife, Senna, and trapped her soul in his lantern, for which he seeks revenge.
  • Thresh was the first champion to be released in 2013.
    • Incidentally, his original base health at level 18 was 2013.
  • Thresh was the first champion to be released with the new champion price structure, costing IP 7800 for the first week.[2]
  • The weapon that Thresh uses is similar to the kusarigama - a weapon that consists of a sickle attached to a metal chain with a heavy weight at the end. The weapon was traditionally used by ninjas in Feudal Japan.
  • Thresh and UrgotSquare.png Urgot were previously the only ranged champions classified as tanks. However, as of the Summer 2013 role-rework, Thresh is now classified as a Support/Fighter and UrgotSquare.png Urgot as a Marksman/Fighter.
  • Thresh is the second ranged champion to not use projectiles for ranged basic attacks, the first being KayleSquare.png Kayle, and the others being Vel&#039;KozSquare.png Vel'Koz and AzirSquare.png Azir.
    • Thresh has, in fact, three different attack animations. In melee range, he hits directly with the sickle, at mid-range he swings his sickle in a circular and horizontal movement, and at long-range he uses it like a whip. Mid range is around 250-300 unit of distance.
  • When reaching a certain amount of movement speed, Thresh's movement animation shows him gliding instead of running.
  • When Thresh dances, he swings his scythe and his lantern like a pair poi (or kiwido or bolas), a side by side comparison can be seen here. The tricks Thresh does is a basic forward weave, a stationary forward windmill and an alternating behind-the-back butterfly.
    • If Thresh throws his lantern and dances, he will swing only the scythe and the hook that the lantern rests on, instead of both the lantern and the scythe.
  • With all his hooks, chains, many of the elements in his background, and the ability names "Keeper of Lost Souls" (former), "Flay", and "The Box" it is possible that Thresh's motif is a reference to Clive Barker's Hellraiser franchise.
  • Thresh's Death Sentence.png Death Sentence ability has a unique quirk; unlike most spells with a windup casting time, Thresh does not face the specific direction he is casting the ability until he actually sends out the hook. CertainlyT deliberately designed the ability to fit in with Thresh's theme of causing terror in his enemies.[3]
  • Thresh is the first champion with an ability that can affect an allied champions position, namely Dark Passage.png Dark Passage.
  • Thresh currently has one of the two strongest slowing crowd control effect in the game, with The Box.png The Box slowing by 99%. The other ones are Talon's Cutthroat and Zilean's Time Warp (after his Ability Rework in patch 5.4), also slowing by 99%.
    • It may be noted though, that there is a hard cap for movement speed at 110. Therefore, any slow above 75% is not used to its full potential. For more information check movement speed.
  • Thresh's login music is a reference to the nursery rhyme(s) "Rain Rain Go Away" and/or "Ring Around the Rosey".
    • Thresh is one of the four champions who features lyrics in his opening theme.  The others being DianaSquare.png Diana, ViSquare.png Vi, and JinxSquare.png Jinx.
  • Nunu Nunu and Willump Willump will drop Damnation.png one soul each, for a total of two souls! [4] It is a hidden passive.
    • While similar, Sejuani Sejuani and Bristle Bristle only drop one soul between them. This had led to a joke among the community that Sejuani has ginger hair in reference to the internet meme that gingers have no soul. [5]
    • However, Katarina Katarina, Leona Leona and Miss Fortune Miss Fortune are redheaded and do drop a soul upon death.
    • Sejuani and Bristle's case may also stem from the religious belief that animals have no souls[6], although apparently Yetis get to go to heaven.
  • Although BrandSquare.png Zombie Brand and MaokaiSquare.png Haunted Maokai also have revival animations prior to Thresh's release, Thresh is the first champion to have the revival animation in his classic skin.
  • Thresh is one of several champions that can, in theory, infinitely increase a stat by using an ability. Thresh can continuously add armor and ability power with his Damnation.png Damnation. The others are BardSquare.png Bard, KindredSquare.png Kindred, NasusSquare.png NasusSionSquare.png Sion, and VeigarSquare.png Veigar.
    • Unlike the other four, Thresh's ability actually has a cap at 999,999 souls, at which point Thresh will have 749,999 bonus armor and ability power.
  • The Box.png The Box in the Death Recap states "You have opened the box. Your prize: death".

  • ThreshSquare.png Thresh's quote "Come out and play!" is shared with DravenSquare.png Draven.
  • His quote, "I am the thing under the bed," might be a response to Cho&#039;GathSquare.png Cho'Gath's "No, I do not live under a bed... fool!". It is also a reference to the bogeyman - the original "Monster under the bed".
  • He shares a quote with EvelynnSquare.png Evelynn, EzrealSquare.png Ezreal,  IreliaSquare.png Irelia, and AnnieSquare.png Annie - "This way."
  • ThreshSquare.png Thresh and CaitlynSquare.png Caitlyn share a quote when they use their Ultimates - "Nowhere to hide"
ThreshSquare.png Deep Terror Thresh [S|L]
  • This skin may be a reference to Davy Jones from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, and in turn a reference to the legend of Davy Jones' Locker. The skin shows some resemblance to the design of the character Davy Jones and his crew, with a similar dark aquatic motif. To 'send someone to Davy Jones' Locker' is a euphemism for sending them to the bottom of the ocean, effectively damning them; Deep Terror Thresh may be a twist on the legend of Davy Jones, with his lantern being the literal 'locker'.
  • When Thresh recalls while using this skin, he brings out a chest and stands on it with a pose similar to Captain Morgan.
  • Thresh has a random second recall animation where, instead of pulling out a chest, he pulls out a tire and slumps in disappointment. It can be seen here.
ThreshSquare.png Championship Thresh [S|L]
  • He celebrates the start of the Season 3 World Championship.
  • This skin has many references to the number three, likely due to being released as a promotional skin for the Season Three World Championship. Examples of this are Thresh's robe splitting into three tails, the top of his lantern being split into three parts and the presence of a crest with three lines on his back resembling the Roman numeral for three.
  • It could be noted that Thresh has 3 'dreadlocks', possibly hinting to another reference to the number three.
  • He shares this theme with KalistaSquare.png Kalista, RivenSquare.png Riven, and ShyvanaSquare.png Shyvana.
ThreshSquare.png Blood Moon Thresh [S|L]
  • The skin may be a reference to the shinigami, a shinto-buddhist spirit which would invite people to their deaths.
  • It could also be a reference to Kabuki theater, as the recall animation is fairly similar to some of the dances in it.
  • Thresh's face in this skin looks fairly similar to the Fudō (不動) or Shikami (顰) masks used in Japanese Noh theater, the former representing Fudō-myōō, or the God of Fire, who repulses demons by order of Dainichi Buddha and the latter representing violently malicious spirits or monsters, respectively.
  • If one looks closely at the shield this skin's lantern produces, the animation contains screaming faces reminiscent of Giygas from the Mother/EarthBound series of video games, furthering the creepy/scary factor of the skin.
  • He shares this skin with Akali Akali, Elise Elise, Kalista Kalista, Kennen Kennen, Shen Shen, Yasuo Yasuo, and Zilean Zilean.
ThreshSquare.png SSW Thresh [S|L]
  • This skin is related to "Samsung Galaxy White", who have won the League of Legends Season 4 World Championship finals.
  • This skin represents Mata of Samsung Galaxy White.
  • He shares this theme with RengarSquare.png Rengar, SingedSquare.png Singed, TalonSquare.png Talon, and TwitchSquare.png Twitch.
ThreshSquare.png Dark Star Thresh [S|L]
  • His appearance closely resembles that of Aurelion Sol Aurelion Sol (Cosmic entity).
  • The skin seems to be a reference to the cosmic horror works of H. P. Lovecraft, particularly the comsic entity Cthulhu.
  • Although apparently similar to The Void, this skin was inspired by cosmic horror, eldritch monsters and sci-fi references.[7] Thresh himself states that he and Varus consumed The Void's power.
  • He shares this theme with Varus Varus.
  • The Quote "Beware - I live." is a reference to the 1983 arcade game Sinistar


  • Being a member of the Shadow Isles, Thresh has relations with numerous of its inhabitants, such as KarthusSquare.png Karthus, MordekaiserSquare.png Mordekaiser, and HecarimSquare.png Hecarim, all of whom he regards as friends.
    • However, KarthusSquare.png Karthus's taunts with Thresh implies that he does not approve of Thresh torturing the dead, as he believes the dead should be set free. He doesn't mind him torturing the living though.
  • By stealing the soul of Senna, LucianSquare.png Lucian's dead wife, Thresh has found an enemy in the Purifier.
  • On the League of Legends website, both Thresh and HecarimSquare.png Hecarim used to be listed as AhriSquare.png Ahri's rivals. This probably stems from Ahri being an Ionian soul harvester, compromising the Shadow Isles' agenda.
  • Thresh may not know of Kalista Kalista's existence.


Main Theme
Thresh, the Chain Warden - Login Screen01:22

Thresh, the Chain Warden - Login Screen

Thresh's Theme

Cling clang go the chains,
Someone's out to find you.
Cling clang oh the chains,
The Warden's right behind you.

Quick now, the seeking chains,
Approach with their shrill scrape.
Don't stop, flee the chains,
Your last chance to escape.

Drag the chains, drag the chains,
With all the strength you may!
Drag the chains, drag the chains,
'ere they drag you away!

Cling clang go the chains,
There's no more time for fear!

Cling clang know the chains,
The last sound that you'll hear...

Related Themes
Dark Star Thresh Theme

Dark Star Nothing Escapes00:25

Dark Star Nothing Escapes

Thresh Champion Spotlight05:56

Thresh Champion Spotlight

Champion Spotlight

League of Legends – SSW Skins01:32

League of Legends – SSW Skins

SSW Thresh


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