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  • Classic Skin Skingallerybutton
  • High Noon Yasuo Skingallerybutton
    975 RP / 13-Dec-2013
  • PROJECT: Yasuo Skingallerybutton
    1350 RP / 01-Sep-2014


  • Yasuo was designed by CertainlyT.
  • Yasuo is voiced by Liam O'Brien.[1]
  • Yasuo is a masculine Japanese given name, the meanings are different depending on the Kanji used. The variants are: 保夫, "protective, preserve, husband", 安生, "tranquil; content, life, birth", 康郎, "happy, healthy, son; young man", 靖男, "calm; peaceful, son; male, baron", 泰雄, "great; exalted, superior, male", 八洲夫, "eight; many, continent; island, husband."
    • Yasuo is not his birth name. He was given this new name when he joined the sword school in an effort to steady his wild nature.
    • Judging by this, his name would be rendered as 安生 or 靖男 in Kanji, however, Riot decided the Kanji used for his name is 康夫.
  • Yasuo's appearance is most likely a reference to Musashi Miyamoto, a historical Japanese swordsman and wandering samurai. The facial appearance and ponytail in particular are very similar to popular artistic portrayals of Miyamoto, and his combat style is similar to Miyamoto's prior to his creation of his famous twin-sword style.
    • Yasuo's techniques and animations bear resemblance to Haoumaru, a sake-loving warrior from the game series Samurai Spirits/Samurai Shodown, who in turn is also based on Musashi Miyamoto.
      • This is further supported by Yasuo's taunt and joke animations; one of them involve spitting his drink on his blade, which Haoumaru also does to "bless it" before battle.
  • Yasuo speaks a dialect of ancient Ionian. It’s related to the dialect that KarmaSquare.png Karma speaks, but is not the same dialect.
  • The ancient Ionian Yasuo uses sounds similar to authentic, although part-flawed, Japanese.
    • From Steel Tempest:
      • Ton - Dawn or Blunt (literally in that context "stupid")
      • Hasag - Crush/crushing (usually a vertical, downward strike)
      • Hasagi - Cutting edge
      • Aseryo - Impatient/You're impatient! (depends on context) or Morning Dragon.
    • From Wind Wall:
      • Choryon - Elder; Son! - A Kiai (combat shout).
    • From Last Breath:
      • Sorye - "That way" or "Take that"
      • Igei Ton - The dawn remains/Except/other than the dawn
      • Sorye Ge Ton - Towards the dawn/To raise towards the dawn.
  • The flute that Yasuo plays in his dance animation is a Shakuhachi.
  • Yasuo also bears a resemblance to Mitsurugi from the Soul Calibur series.
  • Yasuo also bears a striking resemblance to the character Kibagami Jubei of Ninja Scroll, aside from the looks: both are wanderers who are famed for their swordsmanship and unusual wind techniques.
  • Yasuo's running animation is a clear homage to Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance character, Jetstream Sam . Yasuo's Steel Tempest also greatly resembles Sam's signature gun-sheath move.
  • Yasuo is currently one of five champions with the 100 difficulty rating, the others being AniviaSquare.png Anivia, CassiopeiaSquare.png Cassiopeia, EvelynnSquare.png Evelynn, and RumbleSquare.png Rumble.
    • Yasuo is the second champion to use no mana and have the 100 difficulty rating, with RumbleSquare.png Rumble being the first.
  • Yasuo's quote "Ninjas... I hate those guys." is similar to EzrealSquare.png Ezreal's quote "Noxians... I hate those guys".
  • Yasuo's special taunt when near MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi "Wuju? No, I wouldn't." is a reference to the latter's joke "Wuju... pass me that potion?".
  • The quote "No cure for fools" is a possible reference to the film Yojimbo, in which the protagonist played by Toshiro Mifune cites a very similar line.
  • Yasuo's quote: "A wanderer isn't always lost." could be a reference to JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, where a wizard Gandalf says "not all who wander are lost".
  • Yasuo's quote: "This story is not yet finished" is a reference to the popular SNK fighting game Last Blade 2, in which the same line appears in the game's attract mode animation sequence.
YasuoSquare.png High Noon Yasuo [S|L]
  • This skin is inspired by "The classic spaghetti Westerns directed by Sergio Leone". These films were, in turn, inspired by the very same classic Japanese samurai films upon which Yasuo's core concept is based.
  • He wields a gunblade, albeit one that retains the blade of his katana.
  • He shares this theme with TwistedFateSquare.png Twisted Fate.
YasuoSquare.png PROJECT: Yasuo [S|L]
  • His look bears a strong resemblance to Raiden and Samuel "Jetstream Sam" Rodriguez from the Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance video game.
  • His recall animation is in reference to Raiden from the Metal Gear series, specifically in Metal Gear Solid 4; Guns of the Patriots where Raiden fights a team of 'Gekko' robots at one point with his sword attached to his foot as Yasuo does in the animation by catching the blade and spinning with it on his foot.
  • The skin also looks similar to Hakumen from the BlazBlue Fighting Game series.
  • First name of this skin was "Cyber Ops Yasuo" referred Arctic Ops Varus, Kennen and Caitlyn. Renamed to PROJECT: Yasuo on PBE.


  • Yasuo is searching for the true murderer of the Elder he is believed to have killed -- someone who has mastered the wind technique as he has.
    • Riot's champion page for RivenSquare.png Riven shows a link for Yasuo added to her rivals section. Yasuo also has a special quote against her: "Which weighs more, Riven? Your blade, or your past?" indicating that she may have been the killer. This is also referenced in his quote "Wait, that technique... huh.", indicating that she is also trained to use the wind as a weapon. This is reflected in the name of her second ultimate, Wind Slash. Coincidentally, both of their first abilities (Broken Wings.png Broken Wings and Steel Tempest.png Steel Tempest) can deal damage to multiple enemies and can knock enemies airborne in three uses. Also, Wind Slash.png Wind Slash and Last Breath.png Last Breath relate to the number three (Yasuo strikes three times, Riven fires three projectiles).
  • Yasuo has been branded a traitor and is hunted by the other warriors of Ionia. No specific champions, if any, have been named, however.


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