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Lore

Warwick, the Blood Hunter
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Warwick Render
Gender Male
Race Werewolf, formerly human
Birthplace Zaun
Residence Zaun
Occupation Manhunter
Faction Zaun
Friends
SingedSquare Singed
Rivals
SorakaSquare Soraka VayneSquare Vayne

Warwick was once a man revered for his ability to track down human specimens for the darkest types of scientific research. When his ambitions exceeded his physical limits, he drank a dangerous elixir to transform himself into an unstoppable manhunter. His newfound strength bore a heavy price.

Before his transformation, Warwick found his calling in Zaun as a "procurer" of human test subjects. Known for his crafty methods and ruthless determination, people regarded him with a cautious mixture of fear and respect. As his reputation grew, so did the demands placed upon him. His clients wanted more rare and dangerous specimens, and they wanted them sooner. To meet their demands, Warwick needed the strength that transcended his limited human form. His longtime friend,  Singed, devised a powerful formula. The recipe called for three critical components: silver from the Shadow Isles, the fang of a Balefire dire wolf, and the heart of a celestial being. Warwick tracked down the first two in short order, but the third proved a much greater challenge. He traveled to Ionia to trap  Soraka, a creature believed to be a child of the stars, but she discovered his ploy and drove him away with powerful magic. Unable to tolerate his failure, Warwick returned to Singed disfigured and furious. He demanded the chemist's incomplete potion, but Singed warned him that the results would be unpredictable. Ignoring his friend's warning, Warwick drank the concoction. The brew transformed him into a creature both man and wolf, infusing him with raw strength and heightened senses. Exhilarated, he immediately began testing his newfound power. Each day his instincts became sharper, but his human half slipped further away. He could feel himself losing control: though he always got his prey, he often failed to bring them back alive. Now he seeks the blood of Soraka to stabilize his transformation before his mind gives way to the feral urges of the beast.

"Eventually the beast catches up with all of us."
Warwick

Warwick's lore was officially updated on September 18th, 2012.[1]

Warwick counted himself amongst the most powerful and revered men in his home city-state of Zaun. Over the course of his infamous career as an alchemist, Warwick won many honors for his craft, not the least of which was a lucrative offer for service in the Noxian military during their campaigns against Ionia. Sequestered in his labs far from the front lines, Warwick and his apprentice  Singed toiled relentlessly to manufacture all manner of appalling concoctions for the Noxian army. So potent was his art that even the greatest of Ionia's healers - under the leadership of the Starchild  Soraka - struggled to combat the poisons and chemical weapons generated by his despicable mind. Warwick's reign of terror grew so horrific that his very name became a curse in the eyes of his Ionian foes, and they began referring to him only as "the Deathmaker".

But even one under the protection of the Noxian High Command is not wholly beyond the reach of retribution. For as Soraka strode across the myriad of death and destruction left in the wake of one of Warwick's chemical attacks, her heart finally gave way. She called down the wrath of the cosmos on Warwick, wishing that his form should mirror the cruelty in his heart - a curse that would come at the price of her aspiring divinity. Within his laboratory, a terrible thirst took hold over Warwick. As his apprentice looked on in horror, Warwick threw open the doors to his bastion and sprinted off towards parts unknown, a bloodcurdling howling marking his passage. He had become a werewolf; a wild, murderous beast. Today, the Blood Hunter fights for Noxus within the League of Legends... thankful of the curse that his now-mortal enemy bestowed upon him.

"The rage of the beast now complements his predatory spirit."
 Singed, the Mad Chemist, upon witnessing his master's transformation

Quotes

Upon selection
  • Play "Let's make this fun."
Movement/attacking
  • Play "This ends... now."
  • Play "Yes..."
  • Play "I hunger..."
  • Play "It's only fun if they run."
  • Play "It's time to hunt."
  • Play "I'll feast on their bones."
  • Play "Mmmm... mmm... I smell their stench."
Taunt
  • Play "Mmm... Delicious."
Joke
  • Play "All the better to eat you with my dear!"
Laugh
  • Play Warwick laughs.
  • Play Warwick laughs.
  • Play Warwick laughs.
Laugh as Hyena Warwick
  • Play Warwick laughs.
  • Play Warwick laughs.
  • Play Warwick laughs.
  • Play Warwick laughs.
Upon activating  Blood Scent
  • Play Warwick makes a sniffing sound.

Co-op vs. AI Responses

Match start

  • "I can smell your fear!"

Player team victory

  • "GG!"

Player team defeat

  • "Time to run!"

Special

  • "I'll eat your heart, Starchild."

Development

  • Warwick was designed by Ezreal.

Previous Abilities

Images and names extracted from the game files.

New Species Discovered in Valoran!

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Hyena Warwick Promo

Summoners!

The elusive Hyena Warwick has been captured on film for the first time, and Valoran Geographic has the exclusive story! Feast your eyes on this fine specimen; observe how well adapted the werehyena is to his environment! With his trademark hyena laugh and a specialized run adapted to the rugged savannah where he makes his home, this is one predator you won’t want to run afoul of while you’re out there on the plains!

Patch history

V4.5:
  • Base armor increased to 20 from 16.

V3.10:

  •  Infinite Duress
    • Fixed a bug where damage would continue to be dealt after being interrupted by enemy champions.

V3.7:

  •  Infinite Duress
    • Channel time reduced to 1.5 seconds from 2.1 (the target is still suppressed for the full 1.8 seconds).
    • Now always places Warwick in front of the target rather than a random spot around the target.

V3.5:

  •  Hunter's Call
    • Now displays range indicator on mouseover.
  •  Blood Scent
    • Now displays range indicator on minimap on mouseover.

V1.0.0.152:

  • Base movement speed increased to 345 from 320.

V1.0.0.148:

  • Lore revised and updated.

V1.0.0.146:

  •  Eternal Thirst
    • Now has a buff icon and will work properly on consecutive hits.

V1.0.0.141:

  •  Blood Scent
    • Warwick will now immediately gain this ability's bonus if he reduces a target's health below 50%.
    • Warwick will now immediately gain this ability's bonus when it is activated.

V1.0.0.139:

  •  Hungering Strike
    • Percentage damage reduced to 8/10/12/14/16% from 8/11/14/17/20%.

V1.0.0.134:

  • Stats
    • Base attack speed increased to 0.679 from 0.644.
  •  Eternal Thirst
    • Now deals 3-16 magic damage per stack, and restores an equal amount of health.
  •  Infinite Duress
    • Damage changed to 250/335/420 (+2.0 bonus attack damage) from 200/300/400 (+1.67 total attack damage).

V1.0.0.132:

  •  Hunter's Call
    • Cooldown reduced to 24/22/20/18/16 seconds from 30/27/24/21/18.

V1.0.0.126:

  •  Infinite Duress
    • Slowed down the first two ticks of damage slightly (before, the first two ticks came almost instantly).
    • It will now stop channeling if the target becomes a ghost.

V1.0.0.123:

  •  Infinite Duress
    • Fixed a bug where Infinite Duress would sometimes tick only 4 times.
    • Fixed a bug where Infinite Duress could sometimes break early even if not interrupted.

V1.0.0.121:

  •  Hungering Strike:
    • Heal reduced to 80% of damage dealt from 100%.
    • Mana cost increased to 70/80/90/100/110 from 60/70/80/90/100.

V1.0.0.120:

  •  Hungering Strike
    • Heal is no longer reduced if the damage dealt is absorbed by shields.

V1.0.0.109:

  •  Blood Scent
    • Now properly remembers toggle state when you respawn.

V1.0.0.106:

  • Stats
    • Base attack speed reduced slightly.
  •  Eternal Thirst
    • Heal per stack increased to 6/12/18 from 5/10/15.
    • Maximum number of stacks reduced to 3 from 4.
    • Stack duration increased to 4 seconds from 3.

V1.0.0.100:

  •  Blood Scent
    • Effects can now be toggled instead of being a permanent passive. It has a 4 second cooldown upon toggle off.
  •  Infinite Duress
    • Can no longer be cast while rooted.

V1.0.0.87:

  •  Blood Scent
    • Updated the tooltip to reflect that this ability has no cooldown since it is passive.

V1.0.0.85:

  •  Hunters Call
    • Attack speed buff changed to 40/50/60/70/80% from 50/55/60/65/70%.

V1.0.0.83:

  •  Hunters Call
    • Adjusted to work on nearby allied champions instead of globally.
  •  Infinite Duress
    • Fixed a bug where Warwick would sometimes stay stunned even if his opponent broke out of the effect.

V1.0.0.79:

V1.0.0.75:

  • Stats
    • Base and attack speed per level increased by 10%, which also increases attack speed from items and  Hunters Call.
    • Base mana increased by 20.
    • Base mana regen and mana regen per level increased by 20%.
  • Updated PVP.Net champion search tags.
  •  Hungering Strike
    • Mana cost reduced to 60/70/80/90/100 from 100 at all ranks.
    • Cooldown reduced by 2 seconds at all ranks.
  •  Hunters Call
    • Attack speed bonus increased to 50/55/60/65/70% from 50% at all ranks. Allies gain half of this bonus at all ranks.
    • Duration modified to 10 seconds at all levels from 6/9/12/15/18.
    • Cooldown reduced to 30/27/24/21/18 seconds from 32 seconds at all ranks.
  •  Blood Scent now has new particles for both Warwick and his victims.
  •  Infinite Duress
    • Bonus damage per hit increased to 40/60/80 from 30/50/70.
    • Number of hits decreased to 5 from 6.
    • Cooldown decreased to 90/80/70 seconds from 100 at all ranks.
    • Mana cost decreased to 100/125/150 from 150 at all ranks.
    • Suppression duration decreased to 1.7 seconds from 2.1.

V1.0.0.32:

  •  Infinite Duress
    • It will now break its animation if the target breaks free.
    • The animation should properly display for all players.

V0.9.25.21:

  • Stats
    • Health per level reduced to 98 from 103.
    • Armor per level reduced to 3.5 from 4.
  •  Eternal Thirst
    • Heal per hit reduced to 5/10/15 from 6/11/16.

V0.9.22.15:

  • Stats
    • Movement speed reduced to 320 from 325.
  •  Eternal Thirst
    • Now only stacks 4 times.
    • Health gain was increased to 6/11/16 from 5/9/13.
  •  Blood Scent
    • Movement speed bonus increased to 20/25/30/35/40 from 16/22/28/34/40.
  •  Hungering Strike
    • Target's health to damage ratio increased to 8/11/14/17/20% from 4/8/12/16/20%.

V0.9.22.7:

  • Movement speed increased to 325 from 320.

July 10, 2009 Patch:

  •  Eternal Thirst
    • Health gain per stack reduced to 5/9/13 from 6/9/12/15.
  •  Infinite Duress
    • Now removes the buff if the target loses the buff.
    • Fixed a bug that caused it to double life steal.

June 26, 2009 Patch:

  •  Hungering Strike
    • Cooldown reduced to 12/11/10/9/8 seconds from 12.
  •  Blood Scent
    • Changed to be a pure passive: When an enemy below 66% health comes in range of Warwick, he gains incredibly heightened movement speed.

June 19, 2009 Patch:

  •  Hungering Strike
    • Percentage of health to damage ratio modified to 4/8/12/16/20% from 5/7.5/10/12.5/15%.
  •  Blood Scent
    • Changed to instant cast.
    • Track enemy percent increased to 66% from 60%.
    • Cooldown reduced to 45/40/35/30/25 from 50/45/40/35/30 sec.
  •  Infinite Duress
    • Cooldown reduced to 90 seconds from 120.
    • Bonus damage increased to 30/50/70 from 30/45/60.

June 12, 2009 Patch:

  •  Blood Scent remade
    • Passive: gives you sight of enemies in range under 60% life
    • Active: grants a movement speed boost.
    • Range increased to 1500/2300/3100/3900/4800 from 1200/1800/2400/3000/3600.

June 6, 2009 Patch:

May 29, 2009 Patch:

  •  Eternal Thirst
    • Max stacks reduced to 5 from 8.
    • Health gain per stack increased to 6/9/12/15 from 4/6/8/10.
  •  Hungering Strike remade
    • Changed functionality to deal the greater between 75/125/175/225/275 or 15% of the target's health.
    • Can no longer hit monsters and minions.

May 15, 2009 Patch:

  •  Infinite Duress
    • Warwick can no longer be disabled while using this ability.

May 9, 2009 Patch:

  •  Hungering Strike
    • Added ability power ratio of 1.0.
    • Now deals magic damage.
    • Health restored based on damage Dealt.

April 25, 2009 Patch:

  •  Infinite Duress
    • Fixed a bug which caused it to do 20% of Warwick's damage instead of 33%.

April 18, 2009 Patch:

  •  Infinite Duress:
    • Fixed a channel bug that would cause it to break/be breakable.
    • Fixed a channel bug where the damage/effect would continue if Warwick died.
    • Fixed a channel bug which threw up errors if the target died while channeling.

April 11, 2009 Patch:

Alpha Week 2:

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