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Lore

Zilean, the Chronokeeper
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Zilean Render
Gender Male
Race Human
Birthplace Urtistan
Residence The League of Legends
Faction Piltover
Rivals
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In the wastelands of Urtistan, there was once a great city. It perished long ago in a terrible Rune War, like most of the lands below the Great Barrier. Nevertheless, one man survived: a sorcerer named ZileanSquare.png Zilean. Being obsessed with time, it was only fitting that he dwelled in the city's Clock Tower. As the havoc of the war neared his home, Zilean experimented with powerful temporal magic to divine all possible futures, hoping to discover a peaceful solution. But Zilean's enchantments affected his perception of the passage of time, and he was in a contemplative stasis when Urtistan was set upon by an entire phalanx of dark summoner-knights of unknown affiliation. By the time he realized his error, Urtistan was nothing more than smoldering debris. The summoners who were responsible for its destruction had wisely left the Clock Tower unharmed, both to avoid drawing Zilean's attention and to torment him for his oversight.

Zilean barely had time to grieve the momentous loss before he learned that his dangerous research had a cruel side effect: chrono-displasia. This mystical disease granted him immortality, but detached his consciousness from its anchor in the present time. He now mentally drifts through time, from any point he has already lived to the present, unable to impact the events which unfold. The most torturous aspect of this curse is that Zilean sometimes experiences Urtistan as it once was and the rest of the time resides in its lonely ruins. Only the powerful summoning magic employed by members of the League of Legends has been able to treat this condition, and Zilean has joined in hopes of finding a cure, and thereafter a way to save his people.

"There is no greater grief than for a loss that is yet to come."
ZileanSquare.png Zilean

BETA LORE

Rising from the cracked, dried lakebeds of Urizan is a tower, shaped like a huge grandfather clock. Impenetrable and unassailable, there are no doors into it, nor any openings to climb or fly into. There is no water or vegetation within a hundred miles of this structure, only the desiccated remains of what was once a beautiful flourishing lake, now destroyed by the ravages of war and the hands of time. This is the way he wants it, the man who constructed this tower out here in the middle of nowhere. He has no need of supplies. Has no desire for visitors. Inside, ZileanSquare.png Zilean tinkers with his clocks. They cover his workshop. Hundreds of them, maybe thousands. Some work; most do not. He is obsessed with time. For he is both blessed and cursed by it. Blessed because he has discovered the way to manipulate time, making it move forward and back at his whims. Cursed because each time he does, he leaves a little piece of himself behind, doomed to see the world how it was, is, and eventually will be—all at the same time. That is why he lives here, in the middle of a drained, dead lake. When he looks out the window he can see it as it was, hundreds of years ago, beautiful and alive. But at some point he must look away, for watching it be destroyed over and over again for all eternity could drive even the most solid mind insane.

Quotes

Upon selection
  • Play "I knew you would do that..."
Movement/attacking
  • Play "Already there."
  • Play "Make haste!"
  • Play "Time is wasting."
  • Play "All in good time."
  • Play "Inevitably."
  • Play "Yes?"
  • Play "The way is always the same."
Taunt
  • Play "I've seen your death, it was painful..."
Joke
  • Play "Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like banana."
Laugh
  • Play Zilean laughs.
  • Play Zilean laughs.
  • Play Zilean laughs.

Co-op vs. AI Responses

Match start

  • "I feel like I've done this before."

Player team victory

  • "GG!"

Player team defeat

  • "Hmmm, if I remember correctly, we'll win the next one."

Development

  • Zilean was designed by Ezreal.
  • Zilean concept
  • 1st Classic Splash Art
  • 1st Old Saint Splash Art

Previous Abilities

Patch history

V4.17:
  • Chrono Shift.png Chrono Shift
    • Size of spinning hourglasses increased by 50%.

V4.16:

V4.14:

V4.13:

  • Time Bomb.png Time Bomb
    • Fixed a bug where Time Bomb's explosion ignored spell shields.

V4.5:

  • Base armor increased to 10.75 from 6.75.

V1.0.0.152:

  • Base movement speed increased to 335 from 310.

V1.0.0.151:

  • Time Bomb.png Time Bomb
    • Now breaks Recall.png Recall immediately when cast on an enemy champion.

V1.0.0.142:

  • Chrono Shift.png Chrono Shift
    • Now grants assists even if the target does not revive.

V1.0.0.139:

  • Rewind.png Rewind
    • Can no longer be learned at level 1.

V1.0.0.138:

  • Time Warp.png Time Warp
    • Mana cost reduced to 80 from 100.
  • Chrono Shift.png Chrono Shift
    • Mana cost reduced to 125/150/175 from 200 at all ranks.

V1.0.0.134:

  • Chrono Shift.png Chrono Shift
    • Fixed a bug where it could prevent a clone from expiring, allowing them to survive indefinitely until killed.

V1.0.0.118:

  • Time Bomb.png Time Bomb
    • Fixed a bug where it didn't show its damage type in death recap.

V1.0.0.116:

  • Revised Zilean's idle animation loop.
  • ZileanSquare.png Zilean's Chrono Shift.png Chrono Shift
    • Fixed a bug where it would sometimes not report to allies whether it was castable.

V1.0.0.113:

  • Time Bomb.png Time Bomb
    • Mana cost increased to 70/85/100/115/130 from 60/75/90/105/120.
    • Base damage reduced to 90/145/200/260/320 from 100/155/210/270/330.
  • Chrono Shift.png Chrono Shift
    • Base health upon revival increased to 600/850/1100 from 500/750/1000.
    • Ability power ratio reduced to 2 from 3.
    • Buff duration reduced to 7 seconds from 10.
    • Will now always activate after Undying Rage.png Undying Rage but before Guardian Angel item.png Guardian Angel and Rebirth.png Rebirth.

V1.0.0.112:

  • Time Warp.png Time Warp
    • Fixed a bug where the particle would not persist through the full duration of the movement speed modifier at later ranks.

V1.0.0.111:

  • Stats
    • Base magic resistance reduced to 30 from 35.
  • Updated tooltips.

V1.0.0.109:

V1.0.0.103:

V1.0.0.101:

  • Chrono Shift.png Chrono Shift
    • Duration reduced to 13 seconds from 15.
    • Cooldown increased to 180 seconds at all ranks from 180/160/140.

V1.0.0.97:

  • Chrono Shift.png Chrono Shift
    • Buff icon will now display a timer for when the buff will fade.

V1.0.0.96:

  • Time Bomb.png Time Bomb
    • Fixed a bug where replacing an enemy Time Bomb wouldn't cause the deactivation explosion.
    • Fixed a bug where replacing your own Time Bomb caused more damage than intended from ability power.
    • Fixed a bug where explosion particle occasionally showed over fog of war.
    • Fixed a bug where it would occasionally remain on dead units.
  • Chrono Shift.png Chrono Shift
    • Fixed a bug where Chrono Shift would not prevent Kog'Maw from dying.

V1.0.0.87:

  • Rewind.png Rewind
    • Clarified the tooltip to remove some redundant information.

V1.0.0.86:

  • Time Bomb.png Time Bomb
    • Ability power ratio decreased to .9 from 1.1.
    • Now ticks 3, 2, 1 additional damage before the bomb explodes. This will trigger calls for help.

V1.0.0.79:

V1.0.0.74:

  • Rewind.png Rewind
    • Cooldown reduced to 18/15/12/9/6 seconds from 30/28/26/24/22, but will no longer affect itself.

V1.0.0.72:

  • Time Bomb.png Time Bomb
    • Range increased to 650 from 600.
  • Time Warp.png Time Warp
    • Movement speed buff reduced to 55% from 65%.
    • Haste effect is now a multiplicative movement speed modifier.
    • Duration reduced to 2.5/3.25/4/4.75/5.5 seconds from 3/4/5/6/7.
    • Range increased to 650 from 600.
  • Chrono Shift.png Chrono Shift
    • Range increased to 900 from 600.

V1.0.0.70:

  • Time Bomb.png Time Bomb
    • Damage increased to 100/155/210/270/330 from 90/145/200/260/320.
    • Mana cost decreased to 60/75/90/105/120 from 70/85/100/115/130.
  • Rewind.png Rewind
    • Cooldown reduced to 30/28/26/24/22 seconds from 38/34/30/26/22.
  • Time Warp.png Time Warp
    • Mana cost decreased to 100 from 110 at all ranks.
    • Now applies a multiplicative movement speed slow rather than additive.

V1.0.0.63:

  • Basic attack projectile speed increased to 1200 from 900.

V1.0.0.61:

  • Time Bomb.png Time Bomb
    • No longer detonates if the debuff is cleansed.

V0.9.22.16:

V0.9.22.15:

  • Rewind.png Rewind
    • Cooldown modified to 38/34/30/26/22 seconds from 40/35/30/25/20.
  • Time Warp.png Time Warp
    • Can no longer target minions and monsters.
    • Damage increased to 90/145/200/255/310 from 80/140/200/260/320.

V0.8.22.115:

  • Time Warp.png Time Warp
    • Haste/slow increased to 65% from 60 due to movement speed soft capping.
  • Recall.png Recall
    • No longer affected by cooldown reduction.

June 6, 2009 Patch:

  • Chrono Shift.png Chrono Shift
    • Duration reduced to 15 seconds from 45.
  • Recall.png Recall
    • Cooldown reduced to 40/35/30/25/20 seconds from 60/50/40/30/20.
    • Note that since Recall affects itself, these numbers are more like 30/25/20/15/10 from 50/40/30/20/10.

May 29, 2009 Patch:

May 23, 2009 Patch:

  • Time Bomb.png Time Bomb
    • Mana cost reduced to 80/95/110/125/140 from 90/105/120/135/150.

May 15, 2009 Patch:

  • Updated recommended items.

May 1, 2009 Patch:

  • Time Bomb.png Time Bomb
    • Ability power ratio increased to 1.1 from 0.75.
  • Chrono Shift.png Chrono Shift
    • Fixed bugs which caused champions to die regardless of having the buff.
    • No longer removes positive buffs when it activates (such as elixirs).

April 25, 2009 Patch:

  • Updated recommended items.
  • Time Warp.png Time Warp}
    • Now instant cast.
  • Chrono Shift.png Chrono Shift
    • Duration changed to 45 seconds at all ranks from 30/60/90.
    • Cooldown reduced to 160/140/120 seconds from 180/150/120.
    • Healing mechanic changed from percentage based to 500/750/1000 health.
    • Ability power ratio increased to 3 from 0.2.
    • Now instant cast.
April 18, 2009 Patch: Added

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