League of Legends

How to get Orange Essence in League of Legends

Published: 20/Feb/2021 6:56

by Andrew Amos


Orange Essence is one of the three in-game currencies in League of Legends. It might not be used for much, but if you get your hands on it, you’ll want to put it into the right things. Here’s how you can get, and best use, your Orange Essence.

Orange Essence is the little cousin to League of Legends’ Blue Essence. The in-game currency doesn’t have as many uses, but you’ll need it if you find skin shards or eternals you really like.

Here’s how you can get Orange Essence in League of Legends, and what exactly it’s used on.

Bewitching Nidalee in League of Legends
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Want skins? Keep some Orange Essence handy.

Crafting Orange Essence with Hextech system

The most efficient way to farm Orange Essence is by disenchanting shards in your loot tab with the Hextech system.

Skin shards, icon shards, emotes, eternals, and ward shards all drop the material, which you can then use to forge permanents of other items.

Buying it in the in-game store

You can technically buy Orange Essence in the in-game store, but it isn’t cheap. It comes as part of a bundle with 5 Hextech Chests and Keys for 975 RP. It’s hardly the most efficient way of getting the currency though.

Participating in events

While less common, some events will have missions with Orange Essence on offer. These can help you farm the material without having to get rid of stuff you already have in case you need a boost.

Spirit Blossom Lillia in LoL
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Sometimes, Orange Essence is wrapped up in event rewards.

How to use Orange Essence

There’s two main ways you can use Orange Essence in League of Legends, and both of them are in the Loot tab.

  • Crafting skins in the Hextech shop: You’ll need Orange Essence to transform skin shards into skin permanents. Be sure to save up for a skin you really want, and hope you get the shard when you unlock Hextech Chests.
  • Unlocking Eternals: If you find an eternals set, you can unlock it with Orange Essence. This is significantly cheaper than just buying them in the shop too.

Overwatch players discover secret Reaper buff in new patch

Published: 24/Feb/2021 20:50

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch players with Reaper in their hero repertoire will be happy to know the Talon DPS was on the receiving end of a powerful quality-of-life change that buffs the shotgun-wielding damage dealer.

Undocumented changes aren’t exactly anything new in Overwatch, but it’s always a bit surprising when a hero receives a buff that wasn’t listed in the official patch notes.

The latest Overwatch update on February 18 brought in some changes for Reaper that saw his range increase at the cost of some damage reduction. Although the changes were a net buff, there was something else lurking in the update that further increases his strength.

As noticed by player ‘TheeNinjaBanana’ on Reddit, Reaper can now cancel his reload to use Shadow Step – something that he previously was unable to do.

Reaper poses with a box of fireworks
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Reaper mains are celebrating the new buff.

Most heroes in Overwatch are already able to cancel their reload animations through the use of abilities, but, for whatever reason, Reaper was unable to until now.

Shadow Step isn’t exactly the most powerful ability in Overwatch, but it does have some uses, especially when it comes to quickly traversing maps and gaining access to the high ground.

Perfectly-timed Shadow Steps can also be used to attain a brief moment of invincibility, which can save Reaper from ultimates such as D.Va’s Self-Destruct or Junkrat’s Riptire in the event his Wraith Form is on cooldown.

Reaper on Hanamura
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Reaper can be a bigger threat when he’s off the map.

It’s also extremely useful as a way to get back on the map if he ever gets booped off. Previously, if Reaper was reloading and got knocked off, it would be lights out, but now, he can teleport back freely.

Overall, players seem pleased with the buff. “I did this by accident the other day yesterday, pretty happy with this change,” one user commented.

“It’s a great change because that was literally the only ability in the whole game that couldn’t cancel reload,” another remarked.

For anyone who mains Overwatch’s edgelord, be sure to remember this buff as it could end up paying dividends if you find yourself in a tough situation off the map.