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"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 Last Rites.png 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 Last Rites.png 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

Yorick Champion Spotlight04:54

Yorick Champion Spotlight

Previous Abilities

Unholy Covenant
Unholy Covenant

Innate: Yorick deals 5% more damage with his basic attacks and reduces incoming damage by 5% for every Ghoul or Omen of Death.png Revenant he has active, stacking up to 4 times for a maximum 20% damage/reduction modifier.

Additionally, each of his basic abilities spawn a ghoul near their target and grant it a unique bonus.

Ability Details
Unholy Covenant is a self-buff.


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

Active: Yorick's next basic attack within 10 seconds has bonus range and deals bonus physical damage.

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

Omen of War resets Yorick's basic attack timer.

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

  • Ghoul Bonus AD: 8 / 16 / 24 / 32 / 40
  • Bonus Movement Speed: 15 / 20 / 25 / 30 / 35%
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 a target area, Slow icon slowing targets hit for 1.5 seconds.

  • Magic Damage: 60 / 95 / 130 / 165 / 200 (+ 100% AP)
「 Slow: 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40% 」「 Decaying Ghoul Slow: 10 / 12.5 / 15 / 17.5 / 20% 」

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

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 but prioritizes nearby enemy champions, then minions, and lastly 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 and heals himself for 40% of the damage done.

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

Unholy Covenant.png Unholy Covenant: Omen of Famine summons a ravenous Ghoul that heals Yorick for 17.5% AD for each of its basic attacks, doubled to 35% AD against enemy champions.

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

Additional Information:

  • Omen of Famine's initial heal is calculated post-mitigation while the Ghoul's on-attack heal is independent of any damage dealt.


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, with a portion of his target's maximum health and of their attack damage at the time of cast, which lasts up to 10 seconds.

  • Revenant Health: 50 / 75 / 100% of target's
  • Revenant AD: 45 / 60 / 75% of target's

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 an allied-targeted summon.

Additional Information:

  • Omen of Death's Revenant will only sacrifice itself once the target's death is registered.
    • Items that lose stacks upon their owner's death will do so only when Omen of Death's target dies and before they 'temporarily respawn' (the items will not lose more stacks when the target 'dies again')


Pets
Control type Autonomous (spawned by Yorick's basic abilities)
  • Prioritizes:
    1. Ability's target
    2. Enemy champions (pursues them until Ghoul either dies or loses line of sight)
    3. Enemy minions
    4. Enemy turrets
Target type Minion
Protection

Ghouls take 50% reduced area-of-effect damage.


Control type R or Alt + Right Click when controlled by Yorick (Right Click when controlled by dead target)
Target type Clone

Abilities

  • Revenant benefits from allied auras.
  • Revenant inherits 100% of target's health regen, 100% of their AP, and their item bonuses except their auras, runes, masteries, or Guardian Angel item.png Guardian Angel's passive.


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

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 Chrono Shift.png Chrono Shift and H-28G Evolution Turret.png H-28G Evolution Turret
V1.0.0.120
  • Added

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