1/13 PBE Update: Jhin, Shen champion update, new Beast Hunter skins, Hextech Crafting & loot, and more!

Posted on at 12:17 PM by Moobeat
The PBE has been updated and we have started on the 6.2 PBE cycle! Our newest champion Jhin is now on the PBE for testing, as well as the Shen champion update, new skins for Draven, Sejuani, and Tryndamere, the new Hextech Crafting and Loot system, and more!
Continue reading for more information!

(Warning: PBE Content is tentative and iterative - what you see may not reflect what eventually gets pushed to live servers! Manage your expectations accordingly. )

Table of Contents

New Champion: Jhin, the Virtuoso

Our next champion Jhin, the Virtuoso is now on the PBE for testing!
Important links while Jhin is on the PBE:

Jhin, the Virtuoso

Stats & Abilities

  • Range: 550
  • Movespeed: 325
  • Attack Damage: 53
  • Attack Damage Growth: 4
  • Health: 540
  • Health Growth: 85
  • Mana: 300
  • Mana Growth: 50
  • Health Regen: 1.1
  • Health Regen Growth: .1
  • Mana Regen: 1.2
  • Mana Regen Growth: .16
  • Armor: 20
  • Armor Growth: 3.5
  • Magic Resist: 30

Whisper (Passive) 
Death in 4 Acts - Jhin's hand cannon has a fixed attack speed (.63 - increases at ~3% per level) and can be fired 4 times before needing to be reloaded. The 4th bullet always Crits and deals bonus damage equal to 15-25% of the target's missing health.  
Every Moment Matters - Critical Strike Chance and Bonus Attack Speed have special scaling:
  • Attack Damage is increased by X [ (2-40 based on level)% + (40% of Crit Chance) %+ (25% of bonus attack speed)% of total AD).
  • Crits deal reduced damage (150%) but grant Jhin 10% ( +40% of bonus attack speed) movement speed for 2 seconds.
[NOTE: Will reload after a short time without attacking.] 
Dancing Grenade (Q)
30/35/40/45/50 Mana 
7/6.5/6/5.5/5 sec Cooldown 
Jhin launches a cartridge at the targeted enemy that deals 60/85/110/135/160 (+.3/.35/.4/.45/.5 total AD) (+.6 AP) physical damage before bouncing to a nearby target that has not yet been hit. 
The cartridge can hit a maximum of 4 times. Each kill by the cartridge increases the damage of subsequent hits by 35%.
Deadly Flourish (W) 
50/60/70/80/90 Mana 
14 sec Cooldown 
Jhin fires a long range shot that stops on the first champion hit, dealing 50/85/120/155/190 (+.7 Total AD) physical damage to it, and 65% of that damage to minions and monsters hit along the way. 
If Deadly Flourish strikes a champion that has been hit by one of Jhin's basic attacks, Lotus Traps, or allies within the last 4 seconds it will root them for .75/1/1.25/1.50/1.75 seconds and grants Jhin movement speed as though he had crit them.
Captive Audience (E) 
40/45/50/55/60 Mana 
2 sec Cooldown 
Jhin places an invisible Lotus Trap at the target location that lasts 2 minutes and activates when stepped on, revealing nearby enemies for 4 seconds.  
The trap leaves behind a zone that slows everything inside by 35%, and detonates after 2 seconds, dealing 15/75/135/195/255 (+1.3 total AD) (+1.0 AP) magic damage (65% damage vs. minions and monsters). 
Jhin prepares a new trap every 28/27/26/25/24 (reduced by CDR) seconds and can store 2 at once.  
Beauty in Death - When Jhin kills an enemy champion a Lotus Trap will spawn and detonate where they were killed. 
Curtain Call (R) 
100 Mana 
120/105/90 sec Cooldown 
Jhin sets up and channels, enabling him to fire 4 shots at extreme range in a cone in front of him. The shots stop on the first champion hit, slowing it by 80% for .75 seconds and dealing 50/125/200 (+.25 total AD) physical damage, increased by 2% for each 1% health the target is missing. The 4th shot crits for 200% damage.  
If cancelled early, Curtain Call's cooldown is refunded by 10% each unused shot.


Jhin's VO is up, clocking in at over 20 minutes! This includes oodles of special taunts -  Bard, Draven, Garen, Illaoi, Jinx, Katarina, Lucian, Rek'sai , Shen, Sion, Sona, Tahm Kench, and Zed. He also has unique taunts for Ionian and Noxian champions.

[Click here for an explanation of the  by Riot Utora!]

Background / Lore

Here's Jhin's short form in-client lore, expect a longer version on his champion page at release!
"''Until they stop me, my work will continue. I have no choice.''

Jhin is a meticulous criminal psychopath who believes murder is art. Once an Ionian prisoner, but freed by shadowy elements within Ionia's ruling council, the serial killer now works as their cabal's assassin. Using his gun as his paintbrush, Jhin creates works of artistic brutality, horrifying victims and onlookers. He gains a cruel pleasure from putting on his twisted theater, making him the best choice to send the most powerful of messages: terror."

Release Skin - High Noon Jhin

High Noon Jhin

Here's Nurse Flan with a bugs & feedback thread for High Noon Jhin:
"This premade ain't big enough for the both of us and I'm going to give you 24 hours to log off. If I see you in the lobby by this time tomorrow, it's you or me!

If you think you got the skills to deal in lead, pick up your pistols and take to the Rift!
  • Completely new model (so cowboy!)
  • New particles for abilities! (all smoke and guns!)
  • New recall! (100% accuracy)
  • New audio for most abilities! (powerful gun stuff!)
  • 1350RP* - pricing is always subject to change!
NOTE: We are still finalizing his (E) passive, so there will be weirdness with the version that he sees! 
As players who get the first look at this in-progress skin, it would be wonderful to hear your thoughts and feelings on the new High Noon skin! The feedback and bugs you leave here will help us get a better idea of things we may still have to take a look at. :] 
See you on the Rift!"

Champion Update: Shen 

Shen's champion update is now on the PBE, including new visuals, kit changes, and updated skins!
[NOTE: While it is very similar to the current, this is his updated splash and has bigger sword on back!]

Stats & Abilities

  • Health: 540
  • Health Growth: 73
  • Energy: 400
  • Armor: 25
  • Armor Growth: 2.6
  • Health Regen: 2.0 (from 1.67)
  • Health Regen Growth: .15 (from .11)
  • Magic Resist: 32.1
  • Magic Resist Growth: 1.25
  • Damage: 60
  • Damage Growth: 3

Shen's maximum energy is now 400!

Ki Barrier (Passive)
After casting a spell, Shen gains a shield that absorbs 52 - 120 [+14% Bonus Health] damage for 2.5 seconds (cooldown 10 seconds). Spells that successfully affect an allied or enemy champion reduce this cooldown by 4-7.5 seconds.  
Shen's power manifests as a spirit blade that he can control with abilities.
[NOTE 2: See this post from G-Mang on the blades idle behaviors.]

Twilight Assault (Q)
140/130/120/110/100 Energy 
8/7.25/6.5/5.75/5 sec Cooldown 
Shen recalls his spirit blade and draws it. Enemies it collides with are slowed by 35% when moving away from Shen for the next 2 seconds. 
Shen's next 3 attacks deal 3/3.5/4/4.5/5% (+ ~1.5% per 100 AP ) of their target's max health as bonus magic damage. If the spirit blade collided with an enemy champion, those attacks deal 5/5.5/6/6.5/7% (+ ~2% per 100 AP) instead and have +50% Attack Speed.  
Minions and monsters take an extra 30/50/70/90/110 bonus damage per attack.

Spirit's Refuge (W)
40 Energy 
18/16.5/15/13.5/12 sec Cooldown 
Shen's spirit blade creates a defensive zone for 1.75 seconds. Basic attacks that would hit Shen or an allied champion in the zone are blocked.  
If there are no champions to protect in the zone when it starts, the spirit blade will not activate until one enters or 2 seconds pass. 

Shadow Dash (E)
180 Energy 
18/16/14/12/10 sec Cooldown 
Passive: Dealing damage with Shadow Dash or Twilight Assault recovers 30-40 energy. 
Active: Shen dashes in a direction, dealing 50/75/100/125/150 [+ 12% bonus HP] physical damage to enemy champions in his path and taunting then for 1.5 seconds.

Stand United (R)
No Cost 
180/150/120 sec Cooldown 
Shen grants a shield to a target allied champion that absorbs up to 250/550/850 (+1.35 AP) damage for 5 seconds. After channeling for 3 seconds, Shen and his spirit blade teleport to the ally's location.

Updated Skins

Each of Shen's six skins have also been updated, including unit visuals on his floating sword!

Frozen Shen

Yellow Jacket Shen

Surgeon Shen

Blood Moon Shen

Warlord Shen

TPA Shen

New Champion Skins

The three Beast Hunter skins have returned and are currently up for testing this cycle!

Beast Hunter  Draven

750 RP

Beast Hunter  Sejuani

750 RP

Beast Hunter  Tryndamere

750 RP

Here's Galetta with a bugs & feedback thread for Beast Hunter Sejuani, Draven, and Tryndamere:
"Make sure you chow down before you hit the rift, Beast Hunters need fuel! Many strange and dangerous creatures await you! 
These skins includes: 
  • New model and textures!
  • Some quality of life particles on Draven and Sejuani. We kept the new weapon models consistent across the relevant particles.
These skins will be 750RP each (PBE pricing subject to change) 
Your feedback and bug reports are extremely helpful to us, so please check out the Beast Hunter skins and let us know what you think! Feel free to drop any bugs you find in this thread as well! 
See you on the Rift!"

Hextech Crafting & Loot

[NOTE: With the new loot system testing on the PBE, there has been a reset to remove most  unlocked content from PBE accounts. More information here.]

Here's a short video previewing the new system:

You can access the new crafting system by pressing the gem looking button next to shop and profile.

In short the new system allows you to earn and/or purchase chests and keys then open them for loot! Keys can be earned by winning matchmade games or purchased in the shop. Chests can be earned by getting S ranks in matchmade games (limit of 4 per month, 1 per champ per season) or purchased in the shop - more details available here.
Opening chests awards loot - unlocks, champion shards, skin shards, ward skins shards, summoner icons, rare gems, and more. Note that you CAN acquire multiple shards for the same champion or for content you already own. You can get shards for any tier of champion or skin, as well as shards for legacy skins!

Once you have a shard- champion or skin - you can combine it with the appropriate essence - champion or cosmetic - to create a permanent unlock for that content!  In the screen shot below I need 580 champion essence to make my Trundle champion shard into a permanent unlock of Trundle. unfortunately, I don't yet have enough essence yet! 
To get more essence, you can DISENCHANT any of your shards into essence based on their normal value. Below I can disenchant Kennen, who is normally 880 RP, for 290 champion essence.
With my new champion essence in hand, I can now create a permanent Trundle unlock!
If you'd simple like to try out content, each individual champion or skin shard can be redeemed for a temporary 7 day rental of content by selecting "Activate rental" on the right click drop down. This only requires a shard and does not consume any essence.

You also have the option of REROLLING three permanent skin unlocks or three shards to obtain a random permanent unlock for that type of content. You will always reroll into an unowned champion or skin! 

In the shot below I'm rerolling 3 skin shards and end up creating a new permanent skin unlock for Workshop Nunu!
The permanent skin unlock goes into your inventory where you can redeem it to permanently unlock the skin, RE-ROLL it again, or simply disenchant it for more essence. Permanent unlocks have a gold border rather than the teal border for shards. 
Unlike skin unlocks, Champion permanent unlocks go right to your account rather than hanging around in your inventory.

You can also open up a RARE GEM that, in addition to also including a random shard, will give you a free chest and key! *NOTE: Socrates mentioned these may be for something else.
As you can only earn four chests a month, you can track how many you have left to earn on your profile page:
As you can only earn 1 chest per champion per season, you can track who you have earned a chest with so far on your champion page:

While things may change, here are a few notes on current values:
  • Disenchants yield essence equal to  ~33% of the normal RP price for the content
    • Example: 975 RP skin will disenchant into 322 cosmetic essence.
  • It currently takes the content's RP cost minus 300 to upgrade a shard into a permanent piece of loot. 
    • Example: Gnar costs 975 RP.  To upgrade Gnar's shard into a permanent unlock, it will take 675 champion essence.

Be sure to check out the Hextech Crafting & Loot announcement page for more information, as well as all the red posts over on the Hextech Crafting and Loot Q&A! Bug reports for Hextech crafting can be left in this PBE boards thread.

Lore Updates

Today's update includes several minor lore updates to remove bits about retconned content - such as  IoW and League - from older champion bios. To save space, pastebin of changes available here.
  • Annie
  • Blitzcrank
  • Jarvan IV
  • Riven
  • Talon
  • Urgot

Summoner Icons

Two new summoner esports icons added.


  • A concept art for Jhin - aptly named JhinLoadScreenConcept - also made it's way on to the PBE in this update.

  • Keystone masteries now display on the loading screen.
  • The "Snowdown shop" background has changed to a Lunar Revel theme. Perhaps it is returning?
  • Looks like Riot has added a few files relating to new bots - Aatrox, Ahri, Akali, Anivia, Azir, Bard, Diana, Draven, Ekko, Elise, Evelynn, Fiora, Fizz, Gangplank, Gnar, Gragas, Hecarim, Heimerdinger, Illaoi, Janna, Jayce, Jinx, Kalista, Karma, Kassadin, Katarina, Kennen, Kha'Zix, Kindred, LeBlanc, Lee Sin, Lissandra, Lulu, Mordekaiser, Nami, Nautilus, Nocturne, Olaf, Orianna, Poppy, Rek'Sai, Rengar, Riven, Rumble, Sejuani, Shaco, Singed, Skarner, Syndra, Talon, Teemo, Thresh, Tryndamere, Twisted Fate, Twitch, Urgot, Varus, Vayne, Vel'Koz, Vi, Viktor, Volibear, Yasuo, Zac, Zed.

Balance Changes

Remember *: The PBE is a testing grounds for new, tentative, and sometimes radical changes. The changes you see below may be lacking context or other accompanying changes that didn't make it in - don't freak out! These are not official notes.

Dr. Mundo
  • Damage per level increased to 3.3 from 3
  • Base damage decreased to 57.5 from 61.27
  • Sadism (R) cooldown increased to 100/85/70 from 75.

Tahm Kench
  • Thick Skin (E) active duration lowered to 4 seconds from 6 seconds
  • Abyssal Voyage (R) bonus magic damage bonus health ratio lowered to 2/4/6% from 4/6/8%

  • AD increased to 7 from 5
  • Bonus gold from passive increased to 350g from 300.

Enchantment: Cinderhulk
  • "while in combat" added to tooltip.

Frost Queen's Claim
  • Now only slows enemies if they are fleeing

Talisman of Ascension
  • Active cooldown lowered to 40 sec from 60 sec.

Assassin (Cunning, tier 2)
  • Damage boost increased to 2% from 1.5%
  • Only deals extra damage to enemy champions instead of all

Thunderlord's Decree (Cunning, tier 6)
  • Cooldown now 25-15 seconds based on level from 20 seconds.

Warlord's Bloodlust (Ferocity, tier 6)

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