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General

  • When Xerath dies his body quickly becomes unstable and overly shiny, just to blow up a moment later, much like a nuclear-powered machine.
  • The icon for Xerath's ability, Arcanopulse Arcanopulse is slightly similar to that of the mastery Blast mastery 2013.png Blast.
  • Xerath's dance is known as "industrial dancing", which is evident in the song Pong by Eisenfunk. A comparison can be seen here.
  • Xerath himself can be seen when he performs his taunt. As he disarms the parts of his sarcophagus, a person made of pure energy or electricity can be briefly seen.
    • When he dies this "person" disappears, what remains on the ground are the shattered remains of his sarcophagus.
    • Xerath's ethereal form imprisoned in a human-shapen sarcophagus parallels Battle Realms' Master Warlock, consisting of an ethereal warlock inside another warlock's skeletal remains.
    • It's likely that that form was his actual look before he got locked away.
  • Some speculate that Xerath is ambidextrous as he uses both left and right hands for different attacks and abilities, unlike most champions who almost always use their dominant hand (usually their right one).
  • XerathSquare Xerath is, along with [1]BlitzcrankSquare Blitzcrank, CaitlynSquare Caitlyn, LissandraSquare Lissandra, RumbleSquare Rumble, SionSquare Sion, VarusSquare Varus, ViSquare Vi, and ZiggsSquare Ziggs, one of the few champions that can apply crowd control on themselves.
  • Xerath's appearance may be a reference to Starcraft's Archons, which are also beings of pure energy.

Lore

  • Xerath means "one who shares" in Ancient Shuriman.
  • Xerath is one of several entities presented as (nearly) omnipotent in the League of Legends universe.
    • SyndraSquare Syndra has been speculated to be or have the potential to become godlike, much like Xerath.
    • However much like Syndra, he is severely limited at the moment.
    • BardSquare Bard is potentially more powerful than Xerath, a being seemingly outside regular time and space. However, he does not show off his power as much as Xerath does.
  • Xerath's new lore shares some similarities with Kefka Pallazzo from Final Fantasy 6/3. They have both deceived an emperor to become a greater magical being.
    • Considering similarities between Azir's lore and the Egyptian god Osiris, Xerath's mythological inspiration would be Set, who likewise betrayed and killed Osiris.
  • Xerath's lore is inconsistent about how Xerath first met Azir:
    • Xerath's and Azir's main lore related clearly that they both first met in NasusSquare Nasus' Great Library.
    • Yet Unbound implied that Xerath first met Azir sinking down in quicksand and rescued the latter.
    • Still, Xerath rescuing Azir in Unbound might happen after their mutual encounter in the Great Library.
  • From Xerath's perspective, he was punishing an injustice against AzirSquare a man who had promised him freedom, but who had never given it to him. Xerath wanted the power to free himself from being a slave, and was also tearing down a decadent society built on the backs of slaves. Perhaps he believed that he needed to destroy Shurima in order rebuild it up again, and that he would be the one to do it. When he was unexpectedly freed, he may have had regret at the time, but he had already set the gears in motion for Azir and Shurima's destruction. He believed there was no turning back from what he has done, and followed his plan to its completion. In the end, things didn't turn out as planned.[1]

Development

Quotes

  • XerathSquare Xerath's joke is a reference to the LARPing Lightning Bolt! video.
    • A previous joke (removed during his latest rework) was a reference to the Power Thirst video
    • His newest joke added as of his latest re-work may be a reference to Genie referring to the lamp ("Phenomenal Cosmic powers: itty bitty living space")
  • He has an exclusive joke for the Japanese server, referencing Dio Brando/DIO's "MudaMudaMuda (Useless! Useless! Useless!)" cry from the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series as seen in the official Japanese VO here.
  • He has an exclusive joke for the Brazilian server, inspired by a Windy of Tenebra (a Tibia player) conversation in TeamSpeak. A comparison can be seen here.
  • He shares a quote with VeigarSquare Final Boss Veigar [S|L]: "I will show you true power!"
  • He shares a quote with RivenSquare Riven: "Sacrifices must be made."

Skins

XerathSquare Classic Xerath [S|L]
  • Due to the community's popular demand, both of Xerath's skins were reworked. They both received new particle effects and colors due to them being too similar to the Classic skin before the rework. XerathSquare Battlecast Xerath [S|L] has red particles and XerathSquare Runeborn Xerath [S|L] has green particles.
  • If MordekaiserSquare Mordekaiser's ultimate, Children of the Grave Children of the Grave, is on Xerath when he dies, the neon coloration of the skin will still be on the ghost. Classic skin will be blue, Battlecast will be red, Runeborn will be green, and Scorched Earth will have a lava texture, this is entirely unique for Xerath as all other champions lose all color and become grey and transparent while they are ghosts.
    • The reason for this is because his body is a visual effect and not an actual model.
XerathSquare Battlecast Xerath [S|L]
XerathSquare Runeborn Xerath [S|L]
  • The particles for this skin are colored green, they were colored blue before the rework.
    • Additionally, his splash art was also updated to match the new particles.
XerathSquare Scorched Earth Xerath [S|L]
  • It might be a reference to the military doctrine of Scorched Earth, in which anything deemed useful to the enemy is destroyed.
  • His appearance and armor bears a similarity to Pyroviles, a volcanic alien species featuring in the fourth series of Doctor Who - "The Fires of Pompeii" episode. The Skin's splash art features a volcano in the background that shares a resemblance to Vesuvius.
  • He shares this theme with RenektonSquare Renekton. Perhaps these skins show how RenektonSquare Renekton and XerathSquare Xerath were at the locked tomb according to their new lores.
  • This skin's particles are colored orange.
XerathSquare Guardian of the Sands Xerath [S|L]
  • This skin may represent Xerath in his fully Ascended form.
  • The skin may be a reference to something out of Ahn'Qiraj from World of Warcraft.
  • He shares this theme with FiddlesticksSquare Fiddlesticks, RammusSquare Rammus, SkarnerSquare Skarner and Kha'ZixSquare Kha'Zix.
  • The skin has unique yellow particles.

Relations

  • The beast of living fire that NasusSquare Nasus and RenektonSquare Renekton fought right before the fall of Shurima was BrandSquare Brand. It is unknown who imprisoned him in the Mana Surge magical sarcophagus, but he was later released and used by XerathSquare Xerath as a distraction for stealing the Ascended power meant for AzirSquare Azir.
  • XerathSquare Xerath is allied with Renekton as they spend millennia together trapped in a tomb. He likely drove Renekton mad over the ages, who is now a relentless creature of pure anger.
    • Xerath Does not see Renekton as a noble hero, he represents power being granted to the few by a corrupt society. In Xerath's eyes, Renekton helped to guard a city of subjugation.[2]
    • XerathSquare Xerath is also allied with CassiopeiaSquare Cassiopeia, as she is the one who set them free from the tomb.
  • XerathSquare Xerath is a mortal rival of AzirSquare Azir, as the magus tricked and killed the emperor to become an Ascended as revenge for with holding the promise of freedom from being a slave.
    • AzirSquare Azir has returned ascended himself, and is a potential threat to XerathSquare Xerath.
  • According to RyzeSquare Ryze, XerathSquare Xerath is an "Abomination of a mage" and that his hold over the magical powers he wields is "feeble".
  • In Xerath's outdated League Judgement it was revealed that he had a friend called Tabia. The two of them seemed to have romantic feelings for each other. Tabia tried to interrupt Xerath's transformation, who envisioned himself living a normal human life and dying as a mortal with her, and truly decided to cancel the ritual. Tabia was however killed by a falling statue, violently leaving Xerath with nothing left to turn to, but his ascension (he did consider just letting the magic kill him, but the ambition won him over). Whether or not Xerath still grieves for her is open for interpretation.
  • He is being hunted by KalistaSquare Kalista for his treachery of Azir.

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