Skarner’s League of Legends rework delayed and won’t come out in 2023

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Skarner’s rework hasn’t been fully revealed just yet, but Riot have finally given League of Legends fans some additional details about the new direction they’re taking with the champion. However, it’s been recently revealed that he won’t come out until early 2024.

Skarner’s League of Legends kit is decently past its use-by date now. However, the Crystal Vanguard will be revived soon with a rework confirmed.

He took home the Season 12 VGU poll convincingly with over a third of the vote, and now mains of the Brackern have plenty to look forward to across the next year. Skarner’s rework will involve a full ability overhaul, as well as a visual upgrade and new lore.

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It’s been a while since we’ve gotten news about Skarner’s VGU, but a new dev blog has finally shown off some new details about the rework. While we’ve yet to get a full reveal, we know a lot more about what this rework will look like, and we got a sneak peek at his new ultimate.

Here’s what we know about Skarner’s rework in League of Legends.

Cosmic Sting Skarner in League of LegendsRiot Games
Rise up Skarner mains: The Crystal Vanguard is getting a rework.

Skarner rework abilities in League of Legends

Riot still hasn’t shared many details about Skarner’s reworked abilities in League of Legends. Except for his ultimate.

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It was already confirmed that Impale would be sticking around in some way in a prior blog post from Riot developers, and we now know that it’ll allow him to grab a whole group of enemies rather than just one.

That said, it’ll also be possible to miss this ability now, and it’ll do half the amount of damage if someone cleanses out of it with it now having 2 stages of damage. There are some upsides in comparison to the original and some downsides, but it has much more of an effect on the game now than it did previously.

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He will still be a tanky champion, likely to be housed in the jungle with the same nippy clear speed he was known for. The only additional details given by the dev blog about this champion are as follows:

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“The rest of Skarner’s kit will help him get into a strategic position to use Impale and give him some additional things to do when Impale is active.” So, it’s safe to assume he’ll have a bit more gap close and utility than he does in his current form.

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Additionally, Riot have completely gotten rid of his crystal theming and made him all about being a big-ol scorpion, now with 3 stingers!

We’ve yet to see his full in-game model, but this is what the concept art for something that’s close to what’s being projected as his final form.

Skarner rework skins in League of Legends

Of course, Skarner’s rework will also include overhauls for his skins. The scorpion’s visuals are outdated compared to the majority of League’s roster ⁠— and some of these haven’t been updated since his 2011 release.

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He already has a handful of skins, so expect all these to change with new splash arts and models with his rework:

  • Earthrune Skarner: 520 RP
  • Sandscourge Skarner: 975 RP
  • Guardian of the Sands Skarner: 975 RP
  • Cosmic Sting Skarner: 1350 RP
  • Battlecast Alpha Skarner: 1820 RP

When is the Skarner rework coming out?

It was revealed in a recent dev blog that Skarner’s rework has been significantly delayed, to the point where it won’t even be coming out until 2024.

We will keep you updated on all the latest Skarner rework news as it arises right here.