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"The Ursine cannot know peace without war." - VolibearSquare Volibear

The unforgiving northern reaches of the Freljord are home to the Ursine, a fierce and warlike race that has endured the barren tundra for thousands of years. Their leader is a furious adversary who commands the force of Thunder Claws lightning to strike fear within his foes: Volibear. Both a warrior and a mystic, Volibear seeks to defend the ancient ways and the warrior spirit of his tribe.

Though history recorded their once legendary feats in battle, the Ursine now lived in tranquil seclusion. The warriors were headed by a triumvirate of leaders who maintained a long-lived isolation, avoiding the petty affairs and conflicts of others. As shaman to the three, Volibear was a respected sage known for his insight. It was an era of unprecedented peace, but Volibear felt dread stirring within him. Prosperity was turning the tribe soft and weak, and many had long forgotten the sacred art of war. In time, Volibear felt the fire of their souls would be extinguished. When he revealed his misgivings to the triumvirate, they refused to listen and warned him to know his place.

Seeking wisdom, Volibear undertook a perilous climb to the peak of the Ursine's sacred mountain, a place forever shrouded in a thundering maelstrom. The eye of the storm was said to bestow portents, and legend held that the tempest would mark the next great chieftain of the tribe. As Volibear ascended the peak, he was struck by an unnatural bolt of lightning. When the shaman awoke, he was possessed by a horrific vision of the Freljord utterly consumed by darkness. Volibear saw an unprepared and complacent Ursine force slaughtered by terrible creatures of ice. In an instant, he knew his race would perish if they did not prepare for war.

Volibear rushed down the mountainside to recount what he had seen, but found the path blocked by three Ursine - the triumvirate. Knowing he would end the lasting peace, they refused to heed Volibear's warning and demanded his silence, by his word - or his death. Resolute and adamant, Volibear swore that the Ursine's very survival depended on his message, and launched into ferocious combat against the three. A terrible clash ensued, and just as Volibear succumbed to his opponents, he called upon the power of the maelstrom. Unleashing raw Thunder Claws lightning, he struck the trio down with a thunderous blow. Stunned and astonished, the triumvirate beheld the sign of Ursine leadership: the force of the sacred storm.

Recognizing his foretold ascendance, the triumvirate appointed Volibear as the Ursine's new leader. His influence was swift and decisive: he roused his tribe from complacency, revived their battle-hardened traditions, and allied with SejuaniSquare Sejuani, the warrior who would fight with them against the coming LissandraSquare evil. With time, the tribe grew lean and fierce, becoming known again as fearsome warriors of legend. Volibear and the Ursine now stand ready for the dark day that looms on the icy horizon.

"Few can weather the storm that follows in the wake of VolibearSquare Volibear's roar." - AsheSquare Ashe, the Frost Archer

Though the northern reaches of the Freljord are some of the most unforgiving lands in Valoran, the Ursine have survived upon the region's barren, stormy tundra for centuries. As a fierce and respected warrior of the Ursine, Volibear devoted his life to the protection of his people and loyalty to his elder brother, the tribe's chief.

When his brother was killed during a hunt on the tundra, the tribe looked to Volibear as his successor. It was an honor and a burden that Volibear had never expected, but he shouldered the charge with pride. However, by Ursine tradition, the tribe could not recognize Volibear as chief until he returned from a journey to the peak of their sacred mountain, a place forever shrouded in a thundering maelstrom. There, Ursine chieftains must speak to the storm itself, gaining clarity and wisdom to empower them as mighty leaders.

Donning the chieftain's traditional armor and enchanted gauntlets, Volibear began the long and perilous climb up the slopes of the mountain. When he reached the peak and gazed into the raging storm above, he saw a horrific vision of a Freljord utterly consumed by war. Amidst the carnage, the Ursine fell dead upon a bloody battlefield.

Believing the vision to be an omen of things to come if he did not act against them, Volibear traveled to the capital of the Freljord. The Ursine had not ventured across the southern mountains in centuries and his appearance was met with unease. However, Ashe QueenCircle Queen Ashe [S|L] recognized Volibear as a wise and powerful ally. In what Volibear considered the first step against a war-torn future, they forged an alliance. As part of their agreement, he joined the League of Legends in the name of a unified Freljord, representing the primal might of his nation on the Field of Justice.

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Patch History

  • Majestic Roar Majestic Roar
    • Bug Fix: Clones can now correctly be feared by Majestic Roar.
  • Majestic Roar Majestic Roar
    • Knockback speed slightly increased.
    • Knockback total duration reduced.
  • Rolling Thunder Rolling Thunder
    • Bonus movement speed while moving towards enemies increased to 30 / 37.5 / 45 / 52.5 / 60% from 30 / 35 / 40 / 45 / 50%.
    • New Effect: When he changes direction (from "towards champions" to any other direction), his bonus movement speed now decays over 1 second rather than falling off immediately.
  • Frenzy Frenzy
    • New Effect: Biting a minions now also halves Frenzy's cooldown.
  • Majestic Roar Majestic Roar
    • New Effect: Now slightly Airborne icon knocks back hit enemies.
    • New Effect: Enemies who are dashing or Airborne icon airborne, before Majestic Roar is cast, are dealt an additional 40 / 60 / 80 / 100 / 120 (+ 30% AP).
    • Bug Fix: Summoned Rift HeraldSquare Rift Herald will now be terrified properly.
  • Stats
    • Base health regeneration reduced to 8 from 8.092.
  • Frenzy Frenzy
    • New Effect: Now draws nearby minion aggro when targeting an enemy champion.
  • Stats
    • Base attack damage increased to 65 from 57.544.
    • Base armor increased to 35 from 26.38.
  • Frenzy Frenzy
    • Bug Fix: Attack speed bonus now increases as soon as he puts another skill point into it, rather than waiting until the buff falls off and is reapplied.
  • Thunder Claws Thunder Claws
    • Maximum number of bounces increased to 8 from 4.
    • New Effect: There's now a small delay between bounces.
    • New Effect: Is now better at searching for additional targets before ending the chain early.
  • General
    • Bug Fix: Captain Volibear's golden shoulderpad no longer disappears into his shoulder during one of his idle animations.
  • Frenzy Frenzy
    • Base damage reduced to 60 / 110 / 160 / 210 / 260 from 80 / 125 / 170 / 215 / 260.
    • Bonus attack speed per stack reduced to 4 / 8 / 12 / 16 / 20% from 8 / 11 / 14 / 17 / 20%.
      • Maximum attack speed reduced to 12 / 24 / 36 / 48 / 60% from 24 / 33 / 42 / 51 / 60%.
  • Rolling Thunder Rolling Thunder
    • Bug Fix: Sluggish behavior when attempting to cancel the enhanced attack.
  • Thunder Claws Thunder Claws
    • Bounce range increased to 500 from 330.
    • New Effect: Lightning can bounce up to 4 nearby enemies in succession.
  • Frenzy Frenzy
    • New Effect: Refunds half the cooldown if used on a monster.
  • Rolling Thunder Rolling Thunder
    • Bug Fix: Volibear's target not being thrown the correct distance if flipped against a wall or against a group of units.
  • Base armor increased to 20.5 from 16.5.
  • Frenzy Frenzy
    • Bug Fix: Percentage increases to Volibear's health not being included in bonus damage calculation.
V3.5 (Balance update)
  • Rolling Thunder Rolling Thunder
    • Bonus movement speed toward champions changed to 30 / 35 / 40 / 45 / 50% from 45% at all ranks.
  • Stats
    • Base attack speed increased to 0.658 from 0.625.
  • Movement speed increased to 345 from 320.
  • Majestic Roar Majestic Roar
    • Minion/monster fear duration increased to 3 seconds from 2.
  • Majestic Roar Majestic Roar
    • Bug Fix: Reducing minion movement speed to 0 at maximum rank.
  • Stats
    • Base armor increased to 20 from 17.5.
  • Chosen of the Storm Chosen of the Storm
    • Removed: Cooldown resetting on death.
  • Rolling Thunder Rolling Thunder
    • Base damage increased to 30 / 60 / 90 / 120 / 150 from 25 / 50 / 75 / 100 / 125.
    • New Effect: Volibear gains 15% bonus movement speed for the duration, increased to 45% when moving toward enemy champions.
    • Bug Fix: Enhanced attack sometimes canceling against fast-moving targets.
  • Frenzy Frenzy
    • Health ratio reduced to 15% bonus health) from 18%.
  • Majestic Roar Majestic Roar
    • Base damage increased to 60 / 105 / 150 / 195 / 240 from 60 / 95 / 130 / 165 / 200.
  • Frenzy Frenzy
    • Base damage reduced to 80 / 125 / 170 / 215 / 260 from 90 / 140 / 190 / 240 / 290.
    • Health ratio reduced to 18% bonus health) from 20%.
V1.0.0.130 added
  • Chosen of the Storm Chosen of the Storm (Innate)
    • Volibear heals rapidly for a few seconds when his health drops to a critical level.
  • Rolling Thunder Rolling Thunder (Q)
    • Volibear drops to all fours and runs faster if chasing an enemy champion. The first enemy he attacks is knocked into the air and flung behind Volibear.
  • Frenzy Frenzy (W)
    • Volibear's repeated attacks grant him additional attack speed. Once Volibear has repeatedly attacked three times, he can perform a vicious bite on his target.
  • Majestic Roar Majestic Roar (E)
    • Volibear lets out a powerful roar that damages and slows enemies. Minions and monsters are feared as well.
  • Thunder Claws Thunder Claws (Ultimate)
    • Volibear channels the power of the storm causing his attacks to blast his targets with lightning that bounces to other nearby enemies.