League of Legends Prestige Points and skins explained

Prestige skins, Mythic Essence, and so much more you need to know.

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League of Legends has been a free-to-play game since its humble beginnings when it only had 40 champions. To keep the game free for everyone, yet profitable for the developers, who have energetically worked to bring the full vision of League we know today to life, Riot Games invented skins. Skins, which offer alternate appearances to champions, are paid cosmetics that normally have no impact on gameplay but rather are eye candy that sharpens your champion’s look. Over the years, skins evolved into an essential feature diverse in their quality and rarity.

The latest addition to League are Prestige Edition skins, normally characterized by rich gold colors and visual effects that easily stand out, and unique methods of collecting them. Introduced to the game back during Worlds 2018, Prestige K/DA Kai’Sa was the first skin of its kind that sparked the rise of Prestige Edition skins. Seeing this trend catch on among the wider League audience, Riot decided to regularly design and ship out Prestige Edition skins for selected champions. 

Today, there are 51 Prestige Edition skins in League, with each being more stunning and unique than the other. Since Riot reworked the Prestige Edition shop on several occasions already, we’ll explain how the shop functions today. On top of that, we’ll tackle how you can get your hands on a Prestige Edition skin for your mains. 

What are Prestige Edition skins?

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Prestige Edition skins are rare League skins that, unlike Epic, Legendary, and Ultimate skins, can’t be bought for Riot’s currency, RP. Other than their rarity, they are normally characterized by gold borders during the loading screen, gold colors on splash art, and visual effects. After years of feedback from the League community that Prestige Edition skins are simply glorified expensive chromas for the given skin and that they don’t live up to the exclusivity fantasy, Riot expanded the color palette and quality of Prestige Skins. The latest and most notable examples of these Prestige Edition 2.0 skins are Star Guardian Syndra and Cyber Halo Janna, which further the Prestige fantasy and give a fresh outlook on the skin lines. 

List of Prestige Edition skins

Here’s the list of 51 Prestige Edition skins currently existing in League.

  • Blood Moon Aatrox Prestige Edition
  • K/DA Akali Prestige Edition
  • K/DA Kai’Sa Prestige Edition
  • K/DA Evelynn Prestige Edition
  • K/DA Ahri Prestige Edition
  • Firecracker Vayne Prestige Edition
  • Arcade Caitlyn Prestige Edition
  • Fuzz Fizz Prestige Edition
  • PROJECT: Irelia Prestige Edition
  • Nightbringer Lee Sin Prestige Edition
  • Battle Academia Lux Prestige Edition
  • Star Guardian Neeko Prestige Edition
  • True Damage Qiyana Prestige Edition
  • Valiant Sword Riven Prestige Edition
  • Pulsefire Thresh Prestige Edition
  • Bewitching Miss Fortune Prestige Edition
  • Mecha Kingdoms Garen Prestige Edition
  • Pulsefire Lucian Prestige Edition
  • Dark Star Malphite Prestige Edition
  • True Damage Senna Prestige Edition
  • Obsidian Dragon Sett Prestige Edition
  • Star Guardian Soraka Prestige Edition
  • Spirit Blossom Teemo Prestige Edition
  • Battle Queen Diana Prestige Edition
  • PsyOps Ezreal Prestige Edition
  • True Damage Yasuo Prestige Edition
  • K/DA ALL OUT Kai’Sa Prestige Edition
  • Arcanist Zoe Prestige Edition
  • Coven Zyra Prestige Edition
  • Lunar Beast Fiora Prestige Edition
  • Space Groove Lulu Prestige Edition
  • Conqueror Jax Prestige Edition
  • PROJECT: Sylas Prestige Edition
  • PROJECT: Zed Prestige Edition
  • Battle Academia Leona Prestige Edition
  • Ascended Pantheon Prestige Edition
  • Coven LeBlanc Prestige Edition
  • Nightbringer Kayn Prestige Edition
  • Bewitching Morgana Prestige Edition
  • Duality Dragon Volibear Prestige Edition
  • Debonair 2.0 Brand Prestige Edition
  • Brave Phoenix Xayah Prestige Edition
  • Porcelain Lux Prestige Edition
  • Anima Squad Jinx Prestige Edition
  • High Noon Talon Prestige
  • Eclipse Senna Prestige Edition
  • Ocean Song Seraphine Prestige Edition
  • Star Guardian Ekko Prestige Edition
  • Star Guardian Syndra Prestige Edition
  • Cyber Halo Janna Prestige Edition
  • Spirit Blossom Master Yi Prestige Edition

What are Commemorative Prestige Edition skins?

The biggest selling point of Prestige Edition skins is, without a doubt, their rarity and exclusivity. The original Prestige shop heavily supported this idea by having seasonal Prestige skins available to purchase only for a limited amount of time and by having yet another Prestige shop that gave the community an opportunity to buy Prestige edition skins for Prestige Points. Although it was essentially a well-thought-out system that emphasized the exclusivity of these skins, it was still flawed in many ways. For example, once the event comes to an end, you can no longer obtain a rare skin featured during the event. On top of that, each year has had Prestige Points that would expire by the end of the year, meaning you could spend time and money grinding them and get nothing in return. 

Once Riot revamped the entire Prestige Edition system earlier this year and once again put the Prestige skins we haven’t seen for years in circulation, the devs thought of a way to reward the most dedicated players who farmed event tokens and Prestige Points in the first place. So, Riot invented Commemorative Prestige Edition skins that the proud owners of the early Prestige skins like Prestige K/DA Kai’Sa and Akali would get for free. These Commemorative Prestige Edition skins are simply slightly recolored versions of the original Prestige skins. Since these skins were given out to only the original owners of Prestige skins, they are in no way currently obtainable.

List of Commemorative Prestige Edition skins

Here’s the list of 14 Commemorative Prestige Edition skins in League. 

K/DA Kai’Sa Prestige EditionArcade Caitlyn Prestige Edition
K/DA Akali Prestige EditionPROJECT: Irelia Prestige Edition
Blood Moon Aatrox Prestige EditionStar Guardian Neeko Prestige Edition
Firecracker Vayne Prestige EditionValiant Sword Riven Prestige Edition
K/DA Ahri Prestige EditionBewitching Miss Fortune Prestige Edition
Fuzz Fizz Prestige EditionTrue Damage Qiyana Prestige Edition
K/DA Evelynn Prestige EditionPulsefire Thresh Prestige Edition
Battle Academia Lux Prestige EditionNightbringer Lee Sin Prestige Edition

How to get Prestige Edition skins

Even after Riot reworked the Prestige Edition skin system, the devs wanted to keep the core value of Prestige skins—rarity. So, Prestige skins are, to this day, not obtainable via purchasing RP, however, RP can help you get your hands on the skin. Depending on whether the skin is featured in the current Mythic Essence shop or a specific event shop, there are three separate ways of collecting your favorite Prestige skin—events, Hextech Chest, Masterwork Chests, and Mythic Essence. 

Events

Seasonal events in League have become so regular that it’s impossible to imagine a skin release without an accompanying event and a fresh Prestige skin. With a limited-time event usually comes an event shop that offers loads of goodies like chromas, skin borders, and icons. The event shop also features a new Prestige skin tied to an event and 125 Mythic Essence at the cost of roughly 2200 event tokens. Once you grind enough tokens, you can choose Prestige skin, Mythic Essence, or simply use them to buy event orbs.

Hextech Chest and Masterwork Chests

Hextech Chests, Masterwork Chests, and various orbs tied to specific events have always had a chance to drop a Mythic skin. Although it has always been an option, it’s worth noting that the drop chance is extremely small—almost non-existent. So, the safest bet is collecting Mythic Essence and waiting for your the desired Prestige skin to rotate back to the shop.

Mythic Essence

Mythic Essence is a currency in League introduced with Prestige shop rework that replaced Gemstones and Prestige Points. You can earn Mythic Essence from event mission rewards, various event orbs and capsules, Masterwork Chests, leveling rewards, and as loot milestone rewards. Once you’ve gathered enough Mythic Essence for your next Prestige skin, you can visit the Mythic Essence shop and buy the skin there.

Schedule for Mythic Shop

Annual Mythic Content:New theme and a ward skin will be released each year.
Six-Patch Mythic Content:Released every six Patches: March, June, September, and December.
Monthly Prestige Unvault:Two Prestige skins are unvaulted every two patches, replacing the previously unvaulted Prestige selections.
Mythic Shop Prestige Release:A new Prestige skin debuts for the first time in the Mythic Shop and is available for 2 Patches before rotating out. There is no strict schedule for these releases, but they can happen at any time during the year.

How Riot chooses which champion is getting a Prestige skin

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According to Ask Riot piece, Riot’s selection process for Prestige skins is complex and long to ensure the right champion is getting a Prestige skin for a specific event. First, the devs select the skin theme and champions that suit the theme the most. After that, they focus on selecting a champion from the skin pool that would best fit the Prestige skin. They take into consideration how popular the champion is and when was the last time they received a skin, does the champion already have a prestige skin, and lastly did champion get a Legendary skin this year. Once the champion ticks all the boxes, the design team can finally start working on concept art.

FAQs

  • Can I craft anything else with Mythic Essence except Prestige skins? Yes. You can craft Mythic skins that were available in the past for Gemstones, Blue Essence, Orange Essence, random skin shards, Mythic ward skins, Mythic emotes, and chromas.
  • When will a specific Prestige skin come to the Mythic Essence shop? Riot doesn’t reveal the exact schedule for unvaulted Prestige skins, so there’s no telling before they reveal it on PBE.
  • Where did all my Gems and Prestige Points go? Riot converted Gemstones into Mythic Essence with the value of one Gemstone being equal to 10 Mythic Essence. Prestige Points, on the other hand, expired.
  • I missed a Prestige skin that came back to the Mythic Essence shop. What should I do? The Prestige skins rotate to the shop, so your favorite skin will definitely come back.