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League of Legends patch 10.21 notes: Aphelios buffs, Halloween skins

Published: 13/Oct/2020 20:30 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 20:33

by Isaac McIntyre


The League of Legends 10.21 patch notes has arrived, and we’ve got all the details, balance changes, and more for LoL fans to dig through ahead of the new October 14 update.

This time around, it’s spooky season! The Halloween season brings with it new “Bewitching” skins, as well as a new set of “Odyssey” variants to join the space-faring collection.

Ominous buffs have also been delivered to high-skill cap marksman Aphelios, while Graves and Nidalee are paying the price for their huge dominance at Worlds 2020. Here are all the details on League of Legends patch 10.21.

League of Legends patch 10.21 has a hefty Halloween theme to celebrate the October holiday.
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League of Legends patch 10.21 has a hefty Halloween theme to celebrate the October holiday.

Graves, Nidalee pay price for Worlds dominance

Deadly jungle duo Graves and Nidalee are on the chopping block in patch 10.21, after the duo have run riot at Worlds 2020. 

Nidalee, the Bestial Huntress, has had a 92% presence at the year-end tournament group stage so far. Nine of her fifteen games have been wins, and the jungle pick has averaged a huge 4.6 KDA. Graves comes close too with a 90% presence.

Their domination in Shanghai, which has warped the meta around the jungle role, won’t live for much longer in solo queue. All three will be nerfed in the next patch, Yetter revealed in his fortnightly LoL update.

Camille and Pantheon support are two more carry picks that have had a solid spin at Worlds so far. The pair have been played in nearly half the group stage games so far, with a ‘modest’ 75% win rate showing their potential.

Finally, new Season 10 bot lane champion Samira will be nerfed again too.

Samira was dominating League of Legends solo queue after her patch 10.19 release.
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Samira has been dominating League of Legends solo queue since her patch 10.19 release.

Aphelios, back from the dead

It seems to fit ‘spooky season’ well that Aphelios, the bane of many ADC’s existences in the bot lane, could rise from the dead in League of Legends patch 10.21.

The Weapon of the Faithful will be getting multiple buffs. His lethality passive, ultimate mark damage, and “Gravitum” root are all getting minor boosts this update.

He will be joined by fellow AD carry Corki, as well as Karma, Udyr, and Trundle.

High skill-cap jungler Lee Sin is also in line for boosts. He, alongside Udyr and Trundle, should spike back into LoL’s jungle meta with their Oct. 14 stat increases.

Aphelios League of Legends splashart.
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Aphelios is finally getting a buff, after multiple nerfs dropped him into the lower competitive tiers.

Patch 10.21 debuts new Halloween, Odyssey skins

League of Legends patch 10.21 is actually bringing two new sets of skins to the game. One is based around Halloween, and one is even more futuristic Odyssey cosmetics.

Fizz will be getting a “Little Devil” skin, similar to Teemo’s 2016 cosmetics. Amumu will be handed a “Pumpkin Prince” variant, and Elise will become the next League champ to get a “Bewitching” skin alongside Miss Fortune, Morgana, and more.

All three new Halloween skins will be available for 1350RP next patch.

Halloween is here, and that means more Bewitching skins, and even a Pumpkin Prince!
Riot Games
Halloween is here, and that means more Bewitching skins, and even a Pumpkin Prince!

Five champions will also be getting new Odyssey skins in patch 10.21.

This includes Kha’zix, Aatrox, Sivir, Twisted Fate, and Karma. The five cosmetics will be added to LoL’s already popular futuristic skin line during the Oct. 15 update.

Karma is among five champions joining the Odyssey skin line this update.
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Karma is among five champions joining the Odyssey skin line this update.

The final new skin set to be added in patch 10.21 is a new ultra-rare Hextech skin. Kassadin will be given the new blue-steel cosmetic, which can be unlocked for rare Purple Gemstones in the League of Legends loot store at any time after release.

Kassadin is getting his very own Hextech skin in LoL patch 10.21.
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Kassadin is getting his very own Hextech skin in LoL patch 10.21.

Here’s the full League patch 10.21 notes, courtesy of Riot Games.

League of Legends Patch 10.21 patch notes



Passive -The Hitman and The Seer

  • Lethality 2/4/6/8/10/12 ⇒ 3/6/9/12/15/18

R – Moonlight Vigil

  • Calibrum Additional Mark Damage: 20/45/70  40/70/100
  • Severum Heal: 200/300/400  250/375/500
  • Gravitum Root Duration: Targets marked by Moonlight Vigil are rooted for 1 second  Targets marked by Moonlight Vigil are rooted for 1.25 seconds
  • Infernum Splash Damage Ration: 75% of initial damage  85% of initial damage
  • Crescendum additional Chakrams returned 3  4


E – Hookshot

  • Bonus Attack Speed 40/50/60/70/80%  40/45/50/55/60%


Q – Phosphorus Bomb

  • Bonus Damage Ratio: 0.5 attack damage ⇒ 0.7 attack damage


E – Quickdraw

  • Bonus Armor: 8/11/14/17/20 ⇒ 6/9/12/15/18


E – Devastating Charge

  • Base Damage: 45/75/105/135/165 (90/150/210/270/330)  35/65/95/125/155 (70/130/190/250/310)


Passive – Gathering Fire

  • Mantra Cooldown Refund for Abilities: 2/3/4 (levels 1/7/13)  2/3.5/5 (levels 1/6/11)
  • Mantra Cooldown Refund for Basic Attacks: 1/1.5/2 (levels 1/7/13)  1 (at all ranks)

R – Mantra

  • Cooldown: 45/42/39/36 seconds  40/38/36/34 seconds

Lee Sin

Base Stats

  • Attack Damage Growth: 3.2  3.7


Base Stats

  • Attack Damage: 61  58


Q – Comet Spear

  • Damage: 75/110/145/180/215 (+1.0 bonus attack damage)  70/100/130/160/190 (+1.15 bonus attack damage)
  • Critical Damage: 155/235/315/395/475 (+2.0 bonus attack damage)  155/230/305/380/455 (+2.3 bonus attack damage)
  • Mortal Will Bonus Damage Ratio: 1.0 attack damage  1.15 attack damage


E – Wild Rush

  • Cooldown: 15/14/13/12/11 seconds  20/18/16/14/12 seconds
  • Attack Speed: 30/35/40/45/50%  20/25/30/35/40%


Passive – King’s Tribute

  • Heal from Nearby Enemy Death: 2/3/4/5/6% (levels 1/5/9/12/15) ⇒ 2-7% (levels 1-18)

W – Frozen Domain

  • Cooldown: 15 seconds at all ranks ⇒ 15/14/13/12/11 seconds


R – Phoenix Stance

  • Aura Total Damage: 40/80/120/160/200/240 over 4 seconds  50/100/150/200/250/300 over 4 seconds


Nimbus Cloak (Sorcery)

  • Bonus Movement Speed: 10/20/30%  5/20/35%
  • Movement Buff Duration: 2.5 seconds  2 seconds

ARAM Balance Changes

10.21 Buffs

  • Bard: +15% damage dealt & -15% damage taken  +15% damage dealt & -20% damage taken
  • Camille: +6% damage dealt & -6% damage taken  +6% damage dealt & -10% damage taken
  • Katarina: +5% damage dealt & -5% damage taken  +5% damage dealt & -10% damage taken
  • Nocturne: +10% damage dealt & -10% damage taken  +10% damage dealt & -15% damage taken
  • Rek’Sai: +12% damage dealt & -12% damage taken  +12% damage dealt & -15% damage taken
  • Samira: Normal  -5% damage taken
  • Tahm Kench: -5% damage taken  +5% damage dealt & -5% damage taken
  • Vi: +5% damage dealt  +5% damage dealt & -5% damage taken
  • Volibear: Normal  -5% damage taken
  • Yorick: -5% damage dealt  -3% damage dealt

10.21 Nerfs

  • Ezreal: Normal  -5% damage dealt
  • Jinx: -5% damage dealt  -5% damage dealt & +5% damage taken
  • Nidalee: +12% damage dealt  +10% damage dealt
  • Ryze: +5% damage dealt & -5% damage taken  +3% damage dealt & -5% damage taken
  • Sona: -15% damage dealt, +15% damage taken, -20% healing, & -20% shielding  -20% damage dealt, +15% damage taken, -20% healing, & -20% shielding
  • Vayne: -5% damage taken  -3% damage taken

URF Balance Changes

10.21 Buffs

  • BARD Fixed bug where the URF-specific bonuses to Chime collection and Meep respawning were not applying
  • REK’SAI +10% damage dealt & -10% damage taken  +10% damage dealt & -15% damage taken
  • YONE +5% damage dealt & -5% damage taken  +10% damage dealt & -10% damage taken

10.21 Nerfs

  • Akali: +8% damage dealt & -10% damage taken  +8% damage dealt & -8% damage taken
  • Ashe: +8% damage dealt & -5% damage taken  +5% damage dealt & -5% damage taken
  • Nunu: +10% damage dealt, -10% damage taken, & +10% healing  +8% damage dealt, -10% damage taken, & +10% healing
  • Pantheon: +10% damage dealt & -10% damage taken  +8% damage dealt & -10% damage taken
  • Rammus: +10% damage dealt & -10% damage taken  +8% damage dealt & -10% damage taken
  • Shen: Normal  -5% damage dealt
  • Vi: Normal  -5% damage dealt
  • Volibear: -5% damage dealt  -5% damage dealt & +5% damage taken
  • Yuumi: -20% damage dealt, +10% damage taken -30% healing, & -100% E cooldown  -20% damage dealt, +20% damage taken -30% healing, & -100% E cooldown
  • Zed: -10% damage dealt  -10% damage dealt & +5% damage taken

Bugfixes / QoL Changes

  • League Client: Fixed an issue where the in-game settings menu was not loading if a game had not been played since the previous patch
  • League Client: Debug text will no longer appear during promotion ceremonies
  • League Client: Fixed an issue where gift notifications would appear even after being acknowledged or dismissed
  • League Client: League taskbar icon should now light up when notifications/messages are pending
  • League Client: Restoring Default Hotkeys out of game no longer unbinds “Area Is Warded Ping” in the Options Menu
  • Changed how emotes are sized to make them more consistent across various resolutions and have fixed positions relative to the health bar
  • Added an option in the in-game settings to change the size of emotes to “Normal” or “Small”, so players can choose how they appear
  • Added an “incoming health” UX addition to health bars, so players can see how much health they will receive from delayed health recovery sources like Redemption’s active, ARAM healing packs, and Vladimir’s R – Hemoplague
  • Fixed an issue where Mac players would see unusual fullscreen brightness when certain champions would appear on screen
  • Fixed a bug where Amumu would not apply Passive – Cursed Touch through AoE damage abilities
  • Corrected Nami’s W – Ebb and Flow‘s AP ratio in the tooltip from 1.5 AP to 0.5 AP
  • PsyOps Sona now correctly plays her transformation animation even when moving while leveling up R – Crescendo
  • Added a yellow ring under targets affected by Zed’s Passive – Contempt for the Weak to match similar passive indicators on Jarvan, Ekko, and Shaco.

How to return your Fortnite NFL skin without using a refund token

Published: 13/Oct/2020 20:00

by Bill Cooney


After a recent update introducing a change to Fortnite’s NFL skins, Epic Games is giving players the chance to return them for a limited time, and we have all the info on how to do so.

Fortnite’s v14.30 update brought a change to the game’s NFL skins, removing the name and logo for the team formerly known as the Washington Redskins. 


After years of public backlash, the team removed their nickname and are now officially called the “Washington Football Team” while they work on getting a new trademark.

In-game, the team has been removed from the available options in their line of NFL skins. Now, when you visit the customization tab, Washington will be the last option with no logo. With this change, Epic is allowing players to return their purchase for a limited time – without using a refund token.

Fortnite NFL skin
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Washington’s NFL Fortnite skin will be this instead.

But this exchange isn’t as straightforward as you might think, and has led to some confusion amongst players trying to figure out how to do it.

Players who still have refund tokens should be able to navigate to the proper tab by going to Settings > Profile (far right) > Lifetime Return Requests > Submit a Request. There, you should see the NFL outfit listed as one of the items eligible for returns.

Epic Games
Where to request a return for Washington’s Fortnite NFL skin.

But, if you’ve already used all of your refund tokens, the “Submit a Request” Button won’t’ be active. Another problem you may run into is that your game didn’t update right away, making the NFL skin not show up as a return option – until it does update at least.


The good is that a fix for this is very simple: all you need to do is play a game or enter and leave Creative Mode. After that, you’ll see the prompt shown below and will be able to navigate to the Settings tab and issue a refund.

Fortnite NFL skin solution
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This prompt should let you return your NFL skin even with no tokens.

While the NFL skins were a fun addition to Fortnite for a lot of gamers, some players have found that they don’t use these skins as much as they did when they first came out. Trading one of these in will net you 1,500 V-Bucks as well, which could almost seem like an extra payday if you bought the skin a year or two ago.

Now that you’ve got an extra 1,500 V-Bucks burning a hole in your pocket, you can save them for later, or use them for one of the new skins that were leaked in the v14.30 update.