How to get Blue Essence in League of Legends

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Blue Essence is one of the in-game currencies in League of Legends. It’s the most important one, allowing you to buy champions and more. If you need to get your supplies up, here’s how you can get more Blue Essence in LoL.

Blue Essence (BE), formerly known as Influence Points (IP), is League’s primary in-game currency. You’ll need it for a bunch of things, no matter if you’re just starting out, or are a long-time veteran.

If you’re struggling to farm Blue Essence though, we’ve got you covered with a guide to the best ways of getting it, as well as how best to use it.

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You’ll need Blue Essence to buy the latest champions as they release.

How to get Blue Essence in LoL

There are a few ways to earn Blue Essence in League of Legends:

Play League of Legends

The quickest and easiest way to get more Blue Essence is to play more League of Legends. You can earn Blue Essence by leveling up and opening level up capsules, and by completing your First Win of the Day challenges.

Crafting Blue Essence with Hextech system

The second way of getting Blue Essence is by using the Hextech crafting system. In your Loot tab, you can have access to a bunch of different ways of farming the currency.

If you disenchant Champion Shards, you’ll get Blue Essence. These shards can be obtained in Hextech chests, or the level-up capsules you get. If you have a Champion Shard you want to turn into a Permanent, you can do so for a discount too.

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The Hextech crafting system is one way to farm Blue Essence.

Participating in events

Every so often, Riot puts in events for League of Legends, such as for Lunar New Year or Worlds. These events often have missions tied to them. If you complete these missions, Blue Essence may be a reward. You can also buy Blue Essence in event shops too.

Esports drops

Finally, you can get Blue Essence by watching League of Legends esports. The watch missions in the client are a handy boost of Blue Essence every few months, so be sure to keep your eyes out and tune into the official LoL Esports site when your favorite league is on.

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If you’re an esports fan, you can earn Blue Essence just by watching games on the official LoL Esports site.

Can you buy Blue Essence?

At the time of writing, Blue Essence can’t be purchased with RP.

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How to use Blue Essence

There are plenty of ways you can use Blue Essence in League of Legends. It’ll be the currency you use the most, so be sure to spend it in the best way possible.

  • Purchasing champions: This is the number one thing you can do with Blue Essence. You can buy champions in the shop, or if you have their shard, upgrade them to permanent for a discount.
  • Purchase rune pages: While not as necessary in Season 11, if you’re a stickler for having multiple rune pages you can easily flick between, you can pick them up in the in-game shop for Blue Essence.
  • Upgrade Champion Mastery: Want to flex your Level 6 or 7 Mastery? You’ll need to spend some Blue Essence to upgrade to the two prestige tiers.
  • Purchase chromas on sale: When Chromas go on sale, they’ll occasionally be listed for Blue Essence.
  • Purchase Essence Emporium exclusives: Every six months, the Essence Emporium opens. If you have banked up Blue Essence you want to spend, you can splash it on Chromas, exclusive skins, icons, and more.
  • Changing your summoner name: If you decide you want a name change, you’ll have to splash some Blue Essence to do so. You can do this as many times as you want. Just make sure the name you want isn’t taken!

That’s how to get, and spend, Blue Essence in League of Legends. For more on LoL, be sure to check out our guides:

How to get Orange Essence | How to get Prestige Points | How to get Prime Gaming loot | Ahri guide | Akali guide | Amumu guide | Blitzcrank guide | Camile guide | Evelynn guide | Hecarim guide | Irelia guide | Karma guide | Kayn guide | Kindred guide | Lulu guide | Sona guide | Tahm Kench guide | Thresh guide | Warwick guide | Varus guide | Vex guide | Yuumi guide

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