Previous Lore

"Die first, then we'll talk." - Yorick Yorick
Yorick Render old

The work of gravediggers is essential amongst the living, but invaluable in the Shadow Isles. There are many shades of death there, and each is embraced rather than feared or reviled. One can only ascend from one state to the next with the magical aid of a skilled professional.

At the end of the first Rune War, Yorick Mori made his living as a gravedigger. His family owned and maintained the Final Rest Memorial, one of the oldest cemeteries in Valoran. The shovel he employed for his work had been passed down for generations. Each gravedigger taught his son that this shovel was imbued with the spirit of every forefather, and that those spirits would protect him during the long lonely nights amongst the tombstones.

To his eternal regret, Yorick died without an heir, bringing the proud Mori line to a close. His body was interred with his shovel in the family mausoleum, and the Final Rest Memorial soon fell to ruin. Death, however, was not the end Yorick had expected. Yorick emerged on the haunted shores of the Shadow Isles - not quite dead, definitely not alive - still clutching his beloved shovel. He soon learned that with it he could act as a ferryman for the Isles' undead denizens, helping them climb death's many-tiered ladder. This proved a curse, as a gravedigger must 'bury his quota' before he too can ascend, or so the legend goes. No one knows what 'his quota' is.

Yorick dug tirelessly, waiting in vain for the day when he would be freed of his burden. As decades turned to centuries, the shame of his failures came to a head. He returned to Valoran to find his corpse, convinced that salvation might be buried with it. When he arrived, no trace remained of either the mausoleum or the memorial. Hope nearly lost, he discovered the League of Legends, and there saw an opportunity to immortalize the family name he allowed to be forgotten ages ago.



Candidate
Date
  • 17 June, 21 CLE
Observation

Yorick finds the mountain's entrance after tireless searching. He has learned about the League in fragments; the unusual nature of death on the Fields of Justice intrigues him. He has no interest in games or politics, but a selfish impulse compels him.

He is hunched, built to purpose, strong. He clutches a shovel always - it is this grip that has held him to this world. He is at once terrifying and pitiful, an aged corpse which cannot rest. He ambles to the space designed for his Judgment, stone doors at the edge of the mountain. The darkness wraps around him as he enters. Its color suits him.

Reflection

Darkness didn't bother Yorick. He'd spent most of his life in darkness and, more significantly, countless lifetimes beyond.

A lifetime... hmph. Warmskins have such narrow scopes.

Yorick could barely recall his early years in the Shadow Isles, diligently tallying the passing days, then months, then years. When the inner walls of his cave were nothing more than a maelstrom of crooked lines, he stopped. There was no more point to counting days in death than counting breaths in life. He wondered briefly how many lifetimes he might have tallied – another utterly useless exercise.

The chirp of crickets penetrated his thoughts. It was the kind of sound that softly framed deep contemplation, but became piercing madness when focused upon; more life fretting its hour, grasping for purpose, like flames dancing on their coals.

The smell of damp soil greeted him like an old friend, sprawling out around him. Yorick appraised his surroundings.

He stood amongst rows of gravestones which stretched in all directions seemingly without end. There was a pregnant stillness in the air that characterized places that bridged life and death. It was a quality that permeated every inch of the Shadow Isles, though life had long since abandoned its shores. Yorick once mused that these gardens of fresh death were lumps caught in the throat of existence, stale with unease as they contemplated their crossroads.

Now he merely wondered why there was a corpse here.

The body was laid out on a wagon next to a new but nameless tombstone. Bodies didn't bother him – quite the contrary. The prospect of ushering souls through the many rungs of death was one of the few thrills permitted to a gravedigger from the Shadow Isles. Rather, it was the fact that dead bodies (not to be confused with undead bodies) rarely presented themselves so conveniently for burial.

There was a time when Yorick would have questioned this, when he would have tried to identify the cadaver, speak with its family, ensure its name and some pertinent trivia were etched into its tombstone. Now he simply plunged his shovel into the soil, happy to be done with the ghost of curiosity.

With each passing shovelful, Yorick felt a growing sense of remorse. In some ways he was enchanted by it. Emotions were the liquor of the living. As one crosses his third or fourth century of undeath, the memory of emotions becomes so faded that one wonders why he cares to remember them at all. This is where the disconnect between warmskins and the undead occurs. A gravedigger has a schedule to maintain and warmskins are just so deliriously attached to their lives, even despite decades of preparation for the inevitable. It is, after all, the inevitable.

Yorick had tried to compromise once or twice, burying people alive so they could savor their precious lives to the very last moment, but that was generally twice the headache and nobody ever appreciated his efforts.

By the time he'd dug the plot, Yorick's mind swam with somber anticipation. For reasons he couldn't fathom, this burial meant something. He simultaneously wished it could last forever and that he could be done with it already.

The latter felt more practical. He heaved the body unceremoniously into its plot, then clambered down to refold the arms and arrange it with some semblance of dignity. There was something eerily familiar about it. All the faces he'd buried - the countless faces - bled into each other by this point, why was this one different?

He climbed out of the hole and stared down at it one last time. He hadn't wondered about the life of one of his wards in centuries, but he couldn't help but feel a sense of unfulfilled purpose radiating from this one. Just as he was ready to pile the earth back atop the grave, he slipped. The shovel clattered into the hole.

Yorick hadn't lost grip of his shovel... ever. Panicked, he chased after it, but he slipped again. The soil he'd mounded next to the grave started to slide in on its own, an unprovoked avalanche. Yorick tried frantically to hold it back, but it flowed past him unhindered. He glanced down and it finally came to him.

The shovel rested neatly atop the body, clasped beneath its folded arms. The face - that face he should have known - was his own. It was the face of innocence, hope, sadness. It was a face so early on its journey, already convinced it had seen the end.

And Yorick didn't even recognize it.

The soil was falling in a torrent now, it had completely obscured the body and the last bits of the face were disappearing. Yorick dove into the hole and began tearing the dirt frantically. The motion was alien; he was completely lost without his shovel.

When the last grain of soil stopped, Yorick was buried to his elbows.

He hadn't felt anything – let alone this unyielding sadness – so acutely since he could remember.

"Why do you want to join the League, Yorick?"

He looked up. A man stood over him in a robe, some sort of mage. The face was concealed.

"Who are you?" Yorick asked.

"I'm employed by the League of Legends, that's all you need to know."

"I don't care about your League now. I just want that body."

"The body isn't real. It's forged from your memory. A mirage. Normally, I would stand here wearing the face of someone you once knew, but it seems you've forgotten everyone."

Yorick thought about this. It could only be true.

"Why do you want to join the League?" The man persisted.

"I want to do... something else. I want to remember... and be remembered." Yorick felt like something was guiding his tongue. There was water on his face.

What is this? What's happening?

"We can provide that opportunity, Yorick, but we need to know some things from you." The voice never faltered.

"About what?"

"About where you come from."

"I don't remember."

"Not where you were born. I'm referring to the Shadow Isles." Yorick let the words hang in the air.

"Very well."

"How does it feel, exposing your mind?"

The man was gone before Yorick could answer. Yorick felt truly alone, yet somewhere on the fringe of his awareness, excited. This League of Legends would soon taste the allure of death.


Previous Champion Spotlight

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Yorick Champion Spotlight

Previous Abilities

Unholy Covenant
Unholy Covenant

Innate: After using a basic ability, Yorick summons a Ghoul near his target. Each Ghoul is granted a unique bonus based on the ability used.

For every active Ghoul and/or active Omen of Death.png Revenant, Yorick gains 5% increased damage on his basic attacks and reduces incoming damage by 5% (stacks up to 4 times)

Ability Details
Unholy Covenant is a self-targeted buff.



Omen of War
RANGE: 「 50 」「 175 」
COST: 40 Mana
COOLDOWN: 9 / 8 / 7 / 6 / 5
Omen of War

Active: Yorick's next basic attack within 10 seconds gains bonus range and is enhanced to deal bonus physical damage.

  • Bonus Physical Damage: 30 / 60 / 90 / 120 / 150 (+ 20% AD)

Unholy Covenant.png Unholy Covenant: Omen of War summons a spectral Ghoul with bonus attack damage and bonus movement speed. While the Ghoul is active, Yorick becomes Ghost ghosted and gains the same bonus movement speed.

  • Ghoul Bonus AD: 8 / 16 / 24 / 32 / 40
  • Bonus Movement Speed: 15 / 20 / 25 / 30 / 35%

Omen of War resets Yorick's basic attack timer.

Ability Details
Omen of War is an on-hit effect with a summon component.



Omen of Pestilence
RANGE: 600 / 100 / 62.5
COST: 55 / 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 Mana
COOLDOWN: 12
Omen of Pestilence

Active: Yorick deals magic damage in the target area, Slow icon slowing enemies hit for 1.5 seconds.

  • Magic Damage: 60 / 95 / 130 / 165 / 200 (+ 100% AP)
  • Slow: 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40%

Unholy Covenant.png Unholy Covenant: Omen of Pestilence summons a decaying Ghoul that reapplies 50% of Omen of Pestilence's Slow icon slow every 0.5 seconds to all enemies around it.

  • Decaying Ghoul Slow: 10 / 12.5 / 15 / 17.5 / 20%
Ability Details
Omen of Pestilence is a ground-targeted area of effect with a summon component.

Additional Information:

Omen of Pestilence's Ghoul has no initial target (prioritizes nearby enemy champions, then minions, then structures)



Omen of Famine
RANGE: 550
COST: 55 / 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 Mana
COOLDOWN: 10 / 9 / 8 / 7 / 6
Omen of Famine

Active: Yorick deals magic damage to the target enemy, healing himself for 40% of the damage done.

  • Magic Damage: 55 / 85 / 115 / 145 / 175 (+ 100% bonus AD)
  • Healing: 22 / 34 / 46 / 58 / 70 (+ 40% bonus AD)

Unholy Covenant.png Unholy Covenant: Omen of Famine summons a ravenous Ghoul whose every basic attack heals Yorick for 17.5% AD (doubled against enemy champions)

Ability Details
Omen of Famine is a unit-targeted ability with a summon component.

Additional Information:

Omen of Famine's healing is calculated post-mitigation (the Ghoul's is independent of any damage it deals)



Omen of Death
RANGE: 900
COST: 100 Mana
COOLDOWN: 120 / 105 / 90
Omen of Death

Active: Yorick conjures a controllable Revenant of the target allied champion or himself, lasting up to 10 seconds.

If Omen of Death's target dies while the Revenant is active, it sacrifices itself to reanimate them for 10 seconds at its location, healing them to full health.

Ability Details
Omen of Death is a unit-targeted summon.

Additional Information:

  • The Revenant will reanimate Omen of Death's target only after their death is registered.
  • The Dark Seal item.png The Dark Seal and Mejai's Soulstealer item.png Mejai's Soulstealer will lose stacks only when the Revenant reanimates Omen of Death's target (they will not lose more when the reanimated target is killed or the duration ends)


Pets

Control type Autonomous
Target type Minion
Priority
  1. Ability's target
  2. Enemy champions (pursues them until Ghoul either dies or loses Sight icon sight)
  3. Enemy minions
  4. Enemy turrets



Control type R or Alt + Right Click when controlled by Yorick

Right Click when controlled by Omen of Death.png Omen of Death's target

Target type Champion

Abilities



Previous Quotes

Upon Selection
  • Yorick Select
    "Death is only the beginning."
Movement
  • Yorick.move1
    "Answers lie beneath the dirt."
  • Yorick.move2
    "There is only one destination."
  • Yorick.move3
    "Death is the gift I offer."
  • Yorick.move4
    "You will remember Yorick Mori."
  • Yorick.move5
    "Life slips away."
  • Yorick.move6
    "Embrace the inevitable."
  • Yorick.move7
    "Who requires my services?"
  • Yorick.move8
    "The last breath is sweetest."
  • Yorick.move9
    "Everything has an expiration date."
Attacking
  • Yorick.attack1
    "Fill the ground with them."
  • Yorick.attack2
    "Another claimed for the Shadow Isles."
  • Yorick.attack3
    "Join me in eternity."
  • Yorick.attack4
    "Live bodies are so... fragile."
  • Yorick.attack5
    "They will make splendid corpses."
  • Yorick.attack6
    "Do you hear the ghouls?"
Taunt
  • Yorick.taunt
    "I will bury you alive!"
Joke
  • Yorick.joke
    "I think I might know a relative of yours. No hair... sagging flesh... always going on about brains. Ring any bells?"
Laugh
  • Yorick.laugh1
    Yorick laughs.
  • Yorick.laugh2
    Yorick laughs.
  • Yorick.laugh3
    Yorick laughs.
  • Yorick.laugh4
    Yorick laughs.
Upon Using Omen of Pestilence.png Omen of Pestilence
  • Yorick.W1
    "Wither."
  • Yorick.W2
    "Rot."
  • Yorick.W3
    "Torment!"
Upon Using Omen of Famine.png Omen of Famine
  • Yorick.E1
    "Devour!"
  • Yorick.E2
    "Feast!"
  • Yorick.E3
    "Haunt!"

Previous Splash Art

Patch History

V7.11
V7.10
  • Shepherd of Souls.png Shepherd of Souls
    • New Effect: Mist Walkers no longer perish when they move too far away from Yorick or the Eulogy of the Isles.png Maiden.
  • Last Rites.png Last Rites
    • New Effect: If it kills a unit when Yorick has max graves, the furthest grave will now be replaced rather than no grave being spawned.
  • Eulogy of the Isles.png Eulogy of the Isles
    • New Effect: The Maiden's stats now increase when Yorick puts another skill point into Eulogy of the Isles, rather than remaining unchanged until Yorick summons her again.
V7.7
  • Dark Procession.png Dark Procession
    • Bug Fix: Lifesteal no longer applies when hiting the wall.
V7.6
  • Last Rites.png Last Rites
    • Bug Fix: When the empowered basic attack crits, the basic attack portion of the damage is now properly modified, rather than the bonus damage.
V7.5
V6.23
  • Dark Procession.png Dark Procession
    • Yorick once again walks into range to cast Dark Procession, rather than casting it at max range in the target direction.
V6.21
  • Eulogy of the Isles.png Eulogy of the Isles
    • If Yorick summons the Maiden inside of a lane, she'll start pushing that lane.
V6.20
  • General
    • Mistwalkers and the Maiden will now teleport with Yorick if they were following him (does not occur if they were pushing a lane).
  • Shepherd of Souls.png Shepherd of Souls
  • Dark Procession.png Dark Procession
    • Will now cast at his maximum range if Dark Procession is cast outside of its maximum range.
  • Mourning Mist.png Mourning Mist
    • Removed: Minions marking. Now only marks champions and monsters.
V6.18
  • Full Relaunch
    • Title changed to the Shepherd of Lost Souls from the Gravedigger
    • New models and textures for all skins
    • New artwork for Classic and Undertaker (updated for Pentakill)
    • New animations
    • New voiceover
    • New lore
    • Shepherd of Souls.png Shepherd of Souls - New I
      • The Cursed Horde: Yorick can have up to four Mist Walkers in his service at once. Mist Walkers decay if they move too far from either Yorick or the Maiden of the Mist.
      • Final Service: A grave is occasionally created when enemy minions or neutral monsters die near Yorick, and all enemy champions that die near him leave a grave.
    • Last Rites.png Last Rites - New Q
      • Active: Yorick's next basic attack deals bonus damage and restores some health. If Last Rites kills a target, it creates a grave. If there are at least three graves nearby and Last Rites is on cooldown, Yorick can instead cast Awakening.png Awakening to raise Mist Walkers from the graves.
    • Dark Procession.png Dark Procession - New W
      • Active: Yorick summons a destructible wall of corpses that encircles a target area for a few seconds.
    • Mourning Mist.png Mourning Mist - New E
      • Active: Yorick hurls a globule of Mist that deals magic damage, applies a slow, and marks a target. Yorick and Mist Walkers get a movement bonus when heading toward marked targets.
    • Eulogy of the Isles.png Eulogy of the Isles- New R
      • Active: Yorick summons the Maiden of the Mist with her own personal Mist Walkers. The Maiden moves and attacks on her own. When Yorick attacks the Maiden's target, he'll deal bonus magic damage based on the enemy's maximum health.
V5.6
  • Omen of War.png Omen of War
    • New Effect: Yorick uses his critical strike animation when casting
    • Range increased to 175 from 125
V4.5
  • Stats
    • Armor increased to 19 from 15
V4.4
V4.2
V3.11
  • Crystal Scar
    • Omen of Famine.png Omen of Famine
      • Cast range reduced to 500 from 550
      • Cooldown changed to 8 seconds at all ranks from 10 / 9 / 8 / 7 / 6
V1.0.0.152
  • Stats
    • Movement speed increased to 345 from 320
V1.0.0.151
V1.0.0.147b
  • Unholy Covenant.png Unholy Covenant
    • Ghoul movement speed reduced to 300 / 340 / 390 / 443 from 350 / 380 / 410 / 443
    • Removed: Ghouls blocking enemy pathing
  • Omen of Pestilence.png Omen of Pestilence
    • Cost increased to 55 / 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 from 40 / 45 / 50 / 55 / 60
V1.0.0.144
  • Omen of Famine.png Omen of Famine
    • Removed: Healing from damage to champions
    • New Effect: Ghoul heals Yorick for 50% of the damage dealt to minions
  • Omen of Death.png Omen of Death
    • Bug Fix: Revenant instantly dying when Yorick targets Evelynn Evelynn
V1.0.0.143
V1.0.0.141
  • Omen of Death.png Omen of Death
    • New Effect: Reactivating while Revenant is active allows Yorick to control them (like Alt + Right Click)
    • New Effect: Targeting particle based on command Revenant is following (only visible to Yorick)
V1.0.0.138
V1.0.0.131
V1.0.0.130
V1.0.0.123
  • Omen of War.png Omen of War
    • AD ratio increased to (+ 120% AD) from (+ 100% AD)
V1.0.0.122
  • Unholy Covenant.png Unholy Covenant
    • Ghoul armor reduced to 10 from 20
  • Omen of Pestilence.png Omen of Pestilence
    • Removed: (+ 100% AP) ratio
    • New Effect: Has a (+ 80% Bonus AD) ratio
  • Omen of Famine.png Omen of Famine
    • Heal reduced to 40% of damage dealt from 50
    • Range reduced to 550 from 650
  • Omen of Death.png Omen of Death
    • Revenant AD reduced to 45 / 60 / 75% of target's from 50 / 75 / 100
V1.0.0.121
  • Stats
    • Health growth increased to 85 from 80
    • Mana growth increased to 35 from 30
    • Armor growth increased to 3.6 from 3
    • Attack speed increased to 0.625 from 0.613
    • Movement speed increased to 320 from 315
  • Unholy Covenant.png Unholy Covenant
    • Ghoul AD increased to 35% of Yorick's from 30
    • Ghoul health increased to 35% of Yorick's from 30
    • New Effect: Yorick takes 5% reduced damage for every ghoul active, stacking up to 4 times
    • New Effect: Ghouls are immune to slows
    • New Effect: Ghouls take 50% reduced area-of-effect damage
  • Omen of War.png Omen of War
    • Bug Fix: Ghoul not spawning if Yorick is silenced
  • Omen of Pestilence.png Omen of Pestilence
    • Slow radius and reapplication rate increased
    • Cost reduced to 40 / 45 / 50 / 55 / 60 from 50 / 55 / 60 / 65 / 70
    • Cast range increased to 600 from 550
  • Omen of Famine.png Omen of Famine
    • Cost reduced to 55 / 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 from 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 / 80
  • Omen of Death.png Omen of Death
    • Removed: Revenants and reanimated champions lose 10% maximum health per second
    • Visual effect for reanimated champions updated
    • Bug Fix: Revenant interaction with Chronoshift.png Chronoshift and H-28G Evolution Turret.png H-28G Evolution Turret
V1.0.0.120
  • Added

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