For the named item effect, see Warding
Classic Ward

Classic Stealth Ward

A ward is an item that removes the fog of war around it, revealing units in the area. Once placed it's visible for a second and then becomes stealthed, which means it can only be detected through stealth detection methods. It has 3 units of health. Each time it's hit its health is reduced by one unit regardless of the type of attack. Damage enhancing effects (e.g. Nami Nami's Tidecaller's Blessing.png Tidecaller's Blessing, passive of Thresh Thresh's Flay.png Flay, passive of Statikk Shiv item.png Statikk Shiv or any Spellblade passive) are not applied or consumed against wards. Wards look like they burn when attacked with the Crest of Cinders.png Crest of Cinders, but they don't receive additional damage. Some wards last only a few minutes, while others are permanent.

Changes since patch V3.14:

  • Sight Ward item.png Stealth Wards: Received their new name. Previously they were called sight wards. Are no longer sold in the store. Each player can only place three of them.
  • Control Ward item.png Control Wards: They are visible. They have 4 units of health. Each player can only place one of them.

Types of Wards and Ward Items

Vision Sightstone items

Vision Sightstone items

Available wards:

Ward Skins

Ward skins

Examples of Ward skins.

Ward skins are alternative visual representations of Sight Ward item.png stealth wards and Control Ward item.png control wards, they don't alter their effects. They can only be purchased with Riot points.

Ward skins have usually been introduced during seasonal events and follow the theme of each event (e.g. the Haunting ward for Harrowing or the Snowman Ward for Snowdown Showdown). In October 2013, Riot introduced champion-themed ward skins. They have released ward skins coinciding with eSport events, like the Season 3 Championship ward skin.

Warding Totem item.png Warding Totems can use ward skins for their stealth ward.

This is a list of ward skins sorted by availability:

Available Ward Skins

Permanent Wards Skins in the Store

Ward Skin Name Cost RP Release Date
Starcall Ward Starcall Ward 640 2013-10-01
Ward of Draven Ward of Draven 640 2013-10-01
Luminosity Ward Luminosity Ward 640 2013-10-01
Amumu Ward Sad Mummy Ward 640 2014-09-10
Rammus Ward Armordillo Ward 640 2014-09-10
Urf Triumphant ward Urf Triumphant Ward 640 2015-04-01


Ward Skin Name Cost RP Release Date
Dragonslayer Ward Dragonslayer Ward 640 2014-05-15
GoldenGoal Ward Golden Goal Ward 640 2014-06-18
Mecha Ward Mecha Ward 640 2014-07-24
Battlecast Ward Battlecast Ward 640 2014-11-25
Optic Enhancer Ward Optic Enhance Ward 640 2015-09-08
Riggle Ward Dragon Trainer Riggle Ward 640 2015-11-24
Hextech Ward Hextech Ward Rare Gems 5 2016-03-15
Eye of the Dragon Ward Eye of the Dragon Ward 640 2017-03-09

Ward Skin Name Cost RP Release Date
Ascension Ward Sun Disk Ward 640 2014-09-10
Mother Serpent Ward Mother Serpent Ward 640 2015-07-20
Slaughter Fleet Ward Slaughter Fleet Ward 640 2015-07-20

Ward Skin Name Cost RP Release Date
Lunar Dragon Ward Firecracker Ward 640 2015-02-10

Ward Skin Name Cost RP Release Date
Heartseeker Ward Heatseeker Ward 640 2015-02-13
Harpseeker Ward Harpseeker Ward 640 2016-02-13

Legacy Ward Skins

These have been put up for sale for a limited time. They could return to the store in the future for short periods during special and holiday events.

Ward Skin Name Availability RP Cost
Season 3 Championship Ward Season 3 Championship Ward Released Dec. 13, 2013. Available in the store until the end of preseason., limited 640
SKT T1 Ward SKT T1 Ward 2014-05-05 - 2014-05-19 640
All-Stars Ward All-Star 2014 Ward 2014-05-08 - 201-05-18 640
2014 Championship Ward Season 4 Championship Ward 2014-10-13 Available in store until Oct. 31, 2014. 640
Championship 2015 Skins Season 2015 Championship Ward 640
Team Fire Ward 2015 All-Stars Team Fire 2015-11-10 - 2015-11-13 Obtainable by purchasing the Team Fire bundle during 2015 All-Stars
Team Ice Ward 2015 All-Stars Team Ice 2015-11-10 - 2015-11-13 Obtainable by purchasing the Team Ice bundle during 2015 All-Stars

Ward Skin Name Availability RP Cost
Poro Ward Poro Ward 2014-12-16 - 2015-01-30 640
Astro Poro Ward Astro Poro Ward 2014-12-16 - 2015-01-30 640
Gentleman Poro Ward Gentleman Poro Ward 2014-12-16 - 2015-01-30 640
Underworld Poro Ward Underworld Poro Ward 2015-01-21 - 2015-01-30 640
Battlecast Poro Ward Battlcast Poro Ward 2015-02-03 - 2015-02-13 640
Dragon Slayer Poro Ward Dragonslayer Poro Ward 2015-02-18 - 2015-02-27 640

Ward Skin Name Availability
Bat-O-Lantern Ward Bat-O-Lantern Ward 2012-10-26 - 2012-11-13

2013-10-29 - 2013-11-19

Haunting Ward Haunting Ward 2012-10-26 - 2012-11-13

2013-10-29 - 2013-11-19

Widow Ward Widow Ward 2012-10-26 - 2012-11-13

2013-10-29 - 2013-11-19

Deadfall Ward Deadfall Ward 2012-10-26 - 2012-11-13

2013-10-29 - 2013-11-19

Tomb Angel Ward Tomb Angel Ward 2012-10-26 - 2012-11-13

2013-10-29 - 2013-11-19

Ward Skin Name Availability
Lantern of the Serpent Ward Lantern of the Serpent Ward 2013-02-08 - 2013-02-25

2014-01-28 - 2014-02-18

2015-02-10 - 2015-02-23

Banner of the Serpent Ward Banner of the Serpent Ward 2013-02-08 - 2013-02-25

2014-01-28 - 2014-02-18

2015-02-10 - 2015-02-23

Banner of the Horse Ward Banner of the Horse Ward 2014-01-28 - 2014-02-18

2015-02-10 - 2015-02-23

Gong Ward Gong Ward 2014-01-28 - 2014-02-18

2015-02-10 - 2015-02-23

Rising Dawn Ward Rising Dawn Ward 2015-01-26 - 2015-02-08

Ward Skin Name Availability
Snowman Ward Snowman Ward 2012-12-14 - 2013-01-06

2013-12-10 - 2014-01-02

Gingerbread Ward Gingerbread Ward 2012-12-14 - 2013-01-06

2013-12-10 - 2014-01-02

Candycane Ward Candycane Ward 2013-12-10 - 2014-01-02
Penguin Skier Ward Penguin Skier Ward 2015-12-10 - 2016-01-07
Santa Penguin Ward Santa Penguin Ward 2016-12-14 - 2017-01-09

Ward Skin Name Availability RP Cost
Bouquet Ward Bouquet Ward 2014-02-13 - 2014-02-20

2015-02-13 - 2015-02-23

640

Special Ward Skins

Ward Skin Name Requirement
Riot Ward Riot Ward First available at Pax East 2014, receive a code by attending an official event.

Ward Skin Name Requirement
Season 3 Victorious Ward Season 3 Victorious Ward Reach Silver or higher ranking during Season 2013
Conquering Ward Conquering Ward Accumulate 20 points in Ranked Teams by the end of Season 2014
Triumphant Ward Triumphant Ward Accumulate 45 points in Ranked Teams by the end of Season 2014
Victorious Ward Victorious Ward Accumulate 75 points in Ranked Teams by the end of Season 2014
2015 Conquering Ward Conquering Ward Accumulate 20 points in Ranked Teams by the end of Season 2015
2015 Triumphant Ward Triumphant Ward Accumulate 45 points in Ranked Teams by the end of Season 2015
2015 Victorious Ward Victorious Ward Accumulate 75 points in Ranked Teams by the end of Season 2015

For the end of Season four rewards, Riot awarded players who participated in ranked team play with special ward skins based on how many points they acquired at the end of the season. A player scores 1 point for a 3v3 ranked team win and 3 points for a 5v5 ranked team win.

Development

Rented Ward Skins

Ward skins first appeared during the 2012 Harrowing seasonal event, and the five new ward skins were put on sale for rent only and not permanent. Some of the wards were purchasable for a small amount of IP while others were made obtainable with RP. Riot was just introducing the new idea of ward skins and listened intently to the feedback (that proved to be negative) for future ward skins.

Harrowing 2012

Announcement made by NeeksNaman:[1]

We're excited to announce ward skins, a new customization option that allows you to change the appearance of your Sight and Vision Wards on the Fields of Justice. In keeping with the season, these ward skins are inspired by the haunting guise of the Shadow Isles. Activating a ward skin will transform your wards into ghosts, spooky trees, spiders, creepy stone statues, or pumpkin-headed bats with their own unique visual effects, sounds, and animations.

Here's how they work. When you purchase a specific ward skin from the Wards tab of the League of Legends Store, it gets added to your inventory for one week. You can activate a specific ward skin to change the appearance of your wards in game. You can keep up to a year's worth (52 weeks) of ward skins in your inventory at a time, so don’t hesitate to stock up if you have a favorite. Ward skins function the same as a regular Sight or Vision ward.

Ward skins EN

Here are the first five ward skins available to unlock:

  • Deadfall Ward – IP 200
  • Haunting Ward – IP 800
  • Tomb Angel Ward – RP 25
  • Widow Ward – RP 75
  • Bat-O-Lantern Ward – RP 165

Free Ward Skins

After receiving the negative feedback from players voicing their objection against having to spend points on a ward skin that won't be permanent on their account, ward skins were made free to use for upcoming events. However, they were only available for use during the following seasonal event and removed once they were over.

Freewardskins
Snowdown Showdown 2012
  • Snowman Ward
  • Gingerbread Ward
Lunar Revel 2013
  • Banner of the Serpent Ward
  • Lantern of the Serpent Ward

Permanent Ward Skins

On October 1, 2013, Riot introduced the first permanent and champion- based ward skins.

Announcement made by RiotWenceslaus[2]

If you've been hankering for some new ward skins, we've got some good news for you. The first run of permanent, non-seasonal wards is now hot off the presses into the League of Legends store.

To help you rep a trio of your favorite champs wherever you're laning, these new ward skins are all themed after members of the League of Legends lineup. You'll find them in the wards tab of the store for 640 RP once the new patch lands:

  • Lux: Light the way with some wand-shaped warding!
  • Soraka: Let the cosmos guide you by picking up Starchild wards!
  • Draven: Fly your League of Draven colors proudly with the official ward of the Glorious Executioner!

If you're a super-passionate ward-enthusiast or just like a little variety you can also snag all three as a bundle for RP 1632.

It's a good day to buy a Sight Stone, summoners. Happy warding, and we'll see you on the Fields of Justice.

Harrowing 2013

For the Harrowing event of 2013, the five holiday ward skins from the previous year saw their return to the store. This time they were free to use during the event and purchasable for RP 640 to unlock them permanently.[3]

Ward Skin Reward

The assortment of Seasonal Rewards that players could receive had something new to offer in Season 3. As the season came to a close on November 12, 2013, Riot awarded summoners who achieved a ranking of Silver or higher the exclusive Victorious Ward Skin - the was first ward skin to be offered as a prize.[4]

Valentine's Day 2014

For the Valentine's Day event of 2014, Riot released a Roses Bouquet skin for RP 640 for a limited time.

Media

  • 1st Sight Ward (pre - V3.12)
  • 2nd Sight Ward (post - V3.12)
  • Draven, Starcall, and Luminosity Wards
  • Snowdown Showdown 2012 Wards
  • Snowman Ward
  • Gingerbread Ward
  • Lunar Revel Wards
  • Lunar Revel Wards
  • Mystery Ward skins icon
  • Vision Ward debris

References