How to earn keys in League of Legends

Free loot? Who can resist?

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Everybody loves free loot, and League of Legends fans are no exception. There’s nothing sweeter than earning a new skin for your favorite champion just by winning a match. But League’s reward system is more than just a two-part system.

Players can earn Hextech Chests throughout the season and unlock free skins, wards, and summoner icons. Chests are available to purchase from League’s store for 125 RP (195 RP for a chest and key) or 1,950 RP for a bundle of 11 chests and keys. But they can also be earned by achieving high champion mastery scores. Players can earn multiple chests in a season by demonstrating their mastery with each of League’s 154 playable characters.

Chests can be opened from the Hextech Crafting tab. But before opening a chest, players must first obtain a key. Keys can always be purchased from the client store, but those looking to save a few extra bucks can craft their own by combining three key fragments in the Hextech Crafting tab.

Players can earn key fragments in a number of ways, but the easiest method is by simply winning games on Summoner’s Rift. Those who queue up with their friends in pre-made groups have a slightly higher chance of receiving a key fragment in the post-game lobby.

Additionally, key fragment drop rates are linked to honor scores, so players with higher honor levels are more likely to receive fragments after a victory. Each time a player reaches an honor checkpoint, they’ll either get an Honor Capsule or an Honor Orb. These honor rewards can be opened from the Crafting tab and often carry multiple key fragments.

Key fragments are capped at 12 in a four-week period, which means League fans will only be able to craft four keys before the counter resets each month. But those who are still in need of additional key fragments can purchase more during events with event tokens.