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  • Classic Zilean Skingallerybutton
  • Old Saint Zilean Skingallerybutton
    520 RP (Limited Edition) / 23-Dec-2009
  • Groovy Zilean Skingallerybutton
    520 RP / 27-Jul-2010
  • Shurima Desert Zilean Skingallerybutton
    975 RP / 08-Sep-2010
  • Time Machine Zilean Skingallerybutton
    (Legacy Skin, No Longer Available) 520 RP / 12-Apr-2011
  • Blood Moon Zilean Skingallerybutton
    975 RP / 11-May-2015

  • Classic Skin
  • Groovy Zilean
  • Old Saint Zilean


  • Zilean's concept may be inspired by the fictional personification of time, Father Time, who is usually depicted as an elderly bearded man, dressed in a robe, carrying an hourglass or some other timekeeping device.
  • With Time Bomb.png Time Bomb, Zilean is one of the two champions in the game to have a single damaging ability, the other being Tryndamere Tryndamere with Spinning Slash.png Spinning Slash.
  • Zilean's Time Bomb.png Time Bomb is the only ability in game that doesn't scale linearly, meaning that the damage increase per rank in the ability is potencially different than the previous one.
    • After the base damage of 75 at rank 1, rank 2 adds 40 damage, rank 3 adds 50 damage, rank 4 adds 65 damage, and rank 5 adds 70 damage.
  • Zilean's back story is similar to the book Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Junior.
    • The main character, Billy Pilgrim, discovers that he randomly jumps between different moments of his life, but is unable to change anything that has happened. He relives his life at random intervals from birth to death for all eternity.
  • When Zilean is in a match where an enemy Volibear Volibear is present, he gets a buff called Armored Bear Hater Armored Bear Hater.
    • This icon reads: "In my day, we would never have allowed an armored bear into the League of Legends."
    • Volibear also gains an icon when Zilean is in the opposing team. Allied Volibear is unaffected.
    • Additionally, if the enemy Volibear kills Zilean, he will remark "I have a special claw for you, Zilean" or "Your time has come, Chronokeeper."
    • This is a reference to Zileas, who was against the possibility of Armored Bears on the forums.
  • The name of Zilean's new passive, Heightened Learning.png Time in a Bottle, is a reference to the song Time in a Bottle by Jim Croce.
  • Chrono Shift.png Chrono Shift can cause a gamebreaking bug: if Kog&#039;Maw Kog'Maw with Chrono Shift.png Chrono Shift dies, his passive would trigger immediately and then, once again after 4 seconds, dealing up to 1100 overall AoE true damage at level 18.
  • Zilean is the first champion to have a non-ultimate ability which can not be ranked up at level 1. The ability is Rewind.png Rewind, since Rewind can only be used to reduce other abilities' cooldowns, making the spell useless if ranked at level 1.
  • Zilean was the first champion to be released after initial release.
  • Zilean's joke is a reference to a Groucho Marx quote.
  • Zilean's taunt "I've seen your death, it was painful...". is similar to Ekko Ekko's, "I've seen your future - and it's got broken bones."
ZileanSquare.png Classic Zilean [S|L]
  • Chinese Classic Zilean's splash art is used as the installation background when installing the game and as the background when players abandon a match.
ZileanSquare.png Old Saint Zilean [S|L]
  • Old Saint Zilean is a reference to Santa Claus, who is sometimes referred to as "Old Saint Nick".
    • A cuckoo clock with Teemo Teemo can be seen on the art.
ZileanSquare.png Groovy Zilean [S|L]
  • It is a reference to the hippie subculture, a movement that arose in the United States during the mid-1960s.
  • It is based on the idea "Flowerkeeper" created by DarkeTiger and Empio.
ZileanSquare.png Shurima Desert Zilean [S|L]
  • It is a reference to the Jinn. On his back is an sundial.
ZileanSquare.png Time Machine Zilean [S|L]
  • It is a reference to H.G. Wells science-fiction novella, The Time Machine.
  • On 28 December, 2013, two of Zilean's skins were on sale. Time Machine Zilean was a legacy skin that was available and on sale, and Groovy Zilean was part of the normal champion/skin sales.
ZileanSquare.png Blood Moon Zilean [S|L]
  • When he recalls, he uses a Gong, an traditional instrument that originated in China, which later spread throughout East and Southeast Asia.
  • This skin is a reference to Kabuki theater.
    • His mask looks fairly similar to the Daikijin masks used in Japanese Noh theater. Dai means great or big, ki means devil and jin means god. This mask represents the Great Devil God, a representation of a demon know differently as an Oni (鬼). It has also been used for festivals or ceremonies to ward off evil spirits.
  • He shares this theme with Akali Akali, Elise Elise, Kalista Kalista, Shen Shen and Thresh Thresh.



  • Zilean joined the League to find a cure for a disease called chrono-displasia, and to save his people.
  • It was Zilean who developed the temporal stasis bubble that halted the war in Kalamanda. The high amount of magic used for the bubble also led to the awakening of Skarner Skarner.
  • Due to the fact that the Riot design director, Zileas, was adamantly against the implementation of armored bears, Volibear Volibear and Zilean dislike each other.
  • It is unlikely that Zilean and Ekko get along well, as Zilean is the Chronokeeper, and Ekko is by definition, the Chronobreaker. It is speculated that Zilean, (and possibly Bard) may come into conflict of great concern with his reckless use of time travel.
  • During his investigations on Valoran, Vel&#039;Koz Vel'Koz and a few other voidlings came across the now abandoned Urtistan, Zilean's birthplace and former residence, eventually making his way into Zilean's tower. The voidborn discovered very advanced pieces of technology, believing its owner to have undiscovered knowledge

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