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The Ultimate is the fourth ability of most champions. The ultimate is considered a champion's defining ability and is oftentimes considered their strongest. It is controlled by the 'R' key on the keyboard. Ultimates vary greatly between champions, with some having passive effects (Jax Jax's Grandmaster's Might.png Grandmaster's Might), some having global effects (Karthus Karthus' Requiem.png Requiem), some being spammable from having low cooldowns (Kassadin Kassadin's Riftwalk.png Riftwalk), some being auras (Sivir Sivir's On the Hunt.png On the Hunt) and some summoning other units (Annie Annie's Summon Tibbers.png Summon Tibbers). Whether an ultimate is considered a champion's strongest ability or not, using your ultimate effectively is crucial to playing any champion. Ultimates are defined by being able to be taken at levels 6, 11, and 16.

It is also possible to tell whether or not an allied Champion's ultimate is ready or not, by the indicator. The indicator is the green dot which is placed on top of the minimap or on the left of the screen (depending on your preferences) beside the respective champion's portrait. When the green light is on, the champion's ultimate is ready. If the light is off, the champion has either not learned the ability or it is currently on cooldown.

There is currently only one champion that doesn't have an Ultimate: Udyr Udyr. He has four stances that are all trainable up to level 5.

Elise Elise's Spider Form.png Spider Form / Human Form.png Human Form, Nidalee Nidalee's Aspect of the Cougar.png Aspect of the Cougar, and Karma Karma's Mantra.png Mantra are all available at level 1 for the respective champion, but can still be leveled up at level 6, 11 and 16, making them special in having 4 ranks.

Jayce Jayce's Transform Mercury Hammer.png Mercury Hammer / Transform Mercury Cannon.png Mercury Cannon is available at level 1 and can not be maxed. Instead each of Jayce's abilities have 6 points.

Global Ultimates

Some champion ultimates have an unlimited, global range, allowing them to either support from afar or kill an otherwise safe enemy (i.e. a low health enemy who is staying in tower range for safety).  Generally, the point of a global ultimate is to be a threat to enemy champions from anywhere on the map.

Nocturne Nocturne's Paranoia.png Paranoia and Twisted Fate Twisted Fate's Destiny.png Destiny are partially global, with the first part of the ultimate being a global effect and the second part having a limited range.


  • Akali is currently the only Energy-based champion to have any associated cost on their Ultimate ability (1x Shadow Dance.png Essence of Shadow).

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