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  • Classic Zed Skingallerybutton
  • Shockblade Zed Skingallerybutton
    975 RP / 13-Nov-2012
  • SKT T1 Zed Skingallerybutton
    750 RP / 05-May-2014
  • PROJECT: Zed Skingallerybutton
    1350 RP / 08-Sep-2015
  • Championship Zed Skingallerybutton
    975 RP / 26-Sep-2016


  • Zed was designed by Samizul with an assist from RiotZiegler near the end.[1] CertainlyT helped out with some bug fixes and some design pitches for Zed but overall was not responsible for creating him.
  • Zed's ultimate was changed before release to create only one shadow. Forum post by Scarizard, it originally created two shadows and was animated for two on release.
  • Zed is the 1st champion whose death animation shows him escaping (via a shadow portal) rather than actually dying. Whether he actually manages to cheat death remains open to debate. Ekko was the 2nd champion to cheat death (via time travel).
  • Zed is the 5th champion to utilize energy as a resource. 
  • Zed is one of the 11 champions who do not have a single skill that scales off ability power, along with Darius Darius, Draven Draven, Garen Garen, Kalista KalistaKindred Kindred, Illaoi Illaoi,  Olaf Olaf, Riven Riven, Talon Talon, and Vayne Vayne.
  • Zed switches his running animation into Airplane Arms seen here when moving at a high movement speed (such as using Ghost.png Ghost). This is also done by Lucian.
    • The Airplane Arms animation is also activated when Zed Zed is affected by an ally's Captain-enchanted boots, suggesting that any temporary speed buff will change his running animation.
  • Zed Zed is the third dark-themed Ionian Champion along with Syndra Syndra and Varus Varus.
  • Zed's abilities have elements that mirror those of the Kinkou's. Zed's Razor Shuriken mirrors Kennen's Thundering Shuriken, his Living Shadow mirrors Shen's Shadow Dash and his Shadow Slash mirrors Akali's Crescent Slash. Zed's ultimate Death Mark also "marks" a target, which deals additional effects upon detonation. This is similar to Shen's Vorpal Blades (before the rework), Kennen's Mark of the Storm and Akali's Mark of the Assassin.
  • Zed's dance is inspired by various martial arts. The animator that formed the idea is a black belt.[3]
  • A little bit before Harrowing 2014 Zed was one of the few champs to have his splash art changed along with the black smoke. This was a teaser for Kalista. His champion page on the official League of Legend's website still has the edited splash but the black smoke has since been removed. The splash can be viewed here. As for his champion page that can also be viewed here.
  • Zed's name might come from the Hebrew word "זֵד", which means Scoundrel, Villain in English.
  • On the 26th of December 2015, a teaser was released on Zed Zed's main League site page which consists of a short video (which starts with a gunshot and displays a picture of Zed with what appears to be flowers exploding out of his neck) and an updated animated champion icon (different appearance from his current splash art). The teasers were done for an upcoming champion release the champion now being known as Jhin Jhin.[4]
    • Garen Garen, Sona Sona, and Vi Vi all shared a similar type of teaser like the one Zed had. These were all for the reveal of Jhin.
  • Before the 2015 Season hit, Zed used to have the Inverse Ninja Strength passive. "Ninjas are more effective when they work alone. For every Ninja on your team beyond yourself, you lose 1 health". When hovering over the passive it would read "This unit is a flippin' ninja!" it was removed after 2014 for unknown reasons.
  • Zed's joke is a reference to the Mortal Kombat franchise.
  • Zed shares a quote with Shen Shen: "Without a sound."
  • Zed has a special taunt when facing Shen "Challenge me Shen....You shall not be an orphan long!".
ZedSquare.png Classic Zed [S|L]
  • Zed bears some resemblance to the Shredder from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' franchise, namely Shredder's later designs where his face cannot be seen and his facemask is a grill-like kenpo.
    • Zed also serves as an antagonistic role to a group of ninjas in his backstory.
  • Zed has similar powers over shadows and looks similar to Noob Saibot from the Mortal Kombat series.
  • Zed also bears some resemblance to Lord Zedd from the Power Rangers franchise, mainly due to the name and similarities in the mask.
ZedSquare.png Shockblade Zed [S|L]
  • The skin bears some resemblance to Storm Shadow from the G.I. Joe franchise.
  • Back in 2012 before Zed was released to the live servers this skin was originally called "Bladestorm Zed".
  • After being delayed for more than a year, Zed finally received chromas for this skin in patch 6.17. The color's consist of Red, Powder Blue, Gold, Green, Purple, and Pink.
  • The chromas before being delayed originially had different colored eyes, no flames on the legs, had only 3 colors (Red, Purple, and Gold) and the Gold was way more darker than the current one.
ZedSquare.png SKT T1 Zed [S|L]
ZedSquare.png PROJECT: Zed [S|L]
  • The theme behind Zed's ZedSquare.png PROJECT skin is one of the possible outcomes for Runeterra. In this alternate, apocalyptic future, Zed is part of the PROJECT Initiative, where members are augmented with cybernetics and other futuristic technology. As of now, Zed is the only known "hostile" member, going rogue and fighting against other members of the PROJECT Initiative.
  • On his promo page, he can be seen equipped with several enhancements:
    • Plasma Cut 2250R Dual "Strikers", the weapon is made out of high frequency energy blades and blade casing. Split high frequency blades channeled via operator maximize close-proximity damage. Auxiliary side blades allow for target laceration from multiple angles. Black RR "Solid Smoke" blade casing is forged out of 2250R-100 Aero-Carbon compound, which provides lightweight fitting for H.F.E.B. “Solid smoke” material adaptable to unique molecular states.
    • Black RR "Solid Smoke" Armor, armor working in conjunction with "Solid Smoke" blades, is a projection of the users main hardware and mimics the users moves. It can also be used by the user to travel to a selected location.
    • H.F. Auxiliary Blades, mounted on the users back, the High Frequency Ausilary Blades are used for quick and precise targeting. It also works in conjunction with the "Solid Smoke" Armor.
    • Pulse Rotation Module, located in the users legs, the module is used for quick rotational damage of a target which works in conjunction with the "Solid Smoke" Armor.
    • Unknown, coded as Death Mark.png Death Mark.
  • His description is as followed: "Dark sight, shadows marked, death lives beside. Silencer, he follows. The shadow is within. Blood soaked, he stands. Vanish..."
    • Her fully decrypted description is a voice clip: "The man light will never touch."
  • In his splash art, LucianSquare.png PROJECT: Lucian's projectiles can be seen hitting Zed's shadow.
  • As Classic Zed shares similarities with the Shredder, the PROJECT:Zed shares similarities with the Cyber Shredder redesign.
  • Summoners who purchased PROJECT: Zed during the first strike were given a vintage border.
  • When PROJECT: Zed was released Zed was given his very own icon in the store for 250 RP.
  • On the 2016 promo page, if you type in "POWER", a quote will pop-up: 14- "A shadow of a man."
  • He shares this theme with AsheSquare.png PROJECT: Ashe [S|L], EkkoSquare.png PROJECT: Ekko [S|L], FioraSquare.png PROJECT: Fiora [S|L], KatarinaSquare.png PROJECT: Katarina [S|L], LeonaSquare.png PROJECT: Leona [S|L], LucianSquare.png PROJECT: Lucian [S|L], MasterYiSquare.png PROJECT: Yi [S|L], and YasuoSquare.png PROJECT: Yasuo [S|L].
ZedSquare.png Championship Zed [S|L]


  • Zed and Shen Shen were taught under the same master, Shen's father Kusho, and were rivals to one another. However, before Zed's fall, Shen respected him as a strong fellow student and was even a bit jealous of him as Kusho was less strict towards him.[5]
    • The pity given by Master Kusho to Jhin Khada Jhin for his brutal murders only made Zed's resent his master even more.
    • Zed would later murder Master Kusho and establish a new ninja order, the Order of the Shadows.
  • Zed seeks to abolish the old ways of balance and replace them with the forbidden art of the shadow. Any ninja who refuses to learn will be eliminated.
  • According to Runaan, Akali Akali may have some former connection to Zed. What that connection was has yet to be elaborated on, but it has something to do with her title, "the Fist of Shadow", and her passive, "Twin Disciples".[6] In a later post, he mentions that Zed once has a "favourite student" who has since left the Order of Shadows,[7] and that Zed thinks her talents are wasted with the Kinkou.
  • Zed sees Kennen Kennen as a disgrace. Syndra Syndra may consider allying with Zed. Karma Karma recognizes Zed as a dangerous force of chaos that must be stopped. Future interactions between Zed and Nocturne Nocturne have been hinted at.[8]
    • The most common speculation comes from the entire community, saying Zed is Nocturne. A full explanation is listed here.
  • Akali Akali wants him dead, Shen Shen thinks there might be another way, and Kennen Kennen believes he is not beyond redemption.[9]
  • He is being hunted by Kalista Kalista.
  • Gangplank Gangplank looted the Temple of the Jagged Knife so Zed wants him dead.


Main Theme
Zed League Of Legends Login Screen With Music01:10

Zed League Of Legends Login Screen With Music

Login Screen

Zed's Theme
Related Themes

Zed Dead Eye Teaser00:12

Zed Dead Eye Teaser

Zed Trailer

Zed Champion Spotlight06:00

Zed Champion Spotlight

Champion Spotlight

PROJECT Alpha Strike01:43

PROJECT Alpha Strike


Championship Zed00:28

Championship Zed


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