How many champions are there in League of Legends?

The cast of characters in League continues to grow and evolve.

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Nearly 13 years after its initial release, League of Legends continues to be one of the most popular games in the world, retaining a player base of millions each month. The MOBA receives consistent updates from developer Riot Games, ensuring there is always something new to discover.

Every few months, Riot teases the release of a new character coming to the game, known as a champion. Each champion has a multitude of different abilities and is intended to be played in specific roles around the Summoner’s Rift map. The developer also issues “reworks” for champions who have aged poorly, updating their visuals and abilities to modernize them.

At launch, League only had 40 champions, many of which have been changed extensively over time. Back then, Riot would release champions on a more frequent schedule, quickly leading to a surplus of champions that players could choose from.

How many champions are there in League of Legends?

While the champion release schedule has slowed drastically to at least five per year, there are now 161 champions in League. Most of these champions were designed for and played in the top and mid lanes, where players often lane against opponents by themselves.

Nilah, the Joy Unbound, is the newest champion to join League’s evolving lineup, bringing with her a multitude of new mechanics in her role as a melee ADC. She uses the power of the Demon of Joy, Ashlesh, who she defeated on her own, to lash at enemies multiple times her size. Unfortunately, this has cursed her with being only able to feel joy and become a stranger to the friends and family she once loved.

It’s unknown who League’s 162nd champion will be or when they will join the game. It is expected, however, that at least two more champions will join the cast by the end of the year, meeting the five-champion mark that Riot hopes to reach each year.

This article will be updated as new champions are released into League of Legends.