Leona, The Radiant Dawn

Posted on at 2:23 PM by Moobeat
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We are starting to get information trickling in about Leona,The Radiant Dawn. This female tank will be the next champion to enter the League of Legends and marks two things thing most fans have been waiting for; a sword and shield champion and a female tank.

Check out the post below to see a mechanics preview for Leona.
We wanted to give you a glimmer of insight into the mechanics of our newest champion, Leona, the Radiant Dawn.

Leona is a bit special because she’s our answer to a pretty popular fan request; a female tank! I think a good place to start is to answer “what exactly does ‘tank’ mean to us at Riot?”

· Starts and initiates teamfights (usually via CC).
· Soaks up damage.
· May peel dangerous attackers off other vulnerable team mates.
· Presents itself as an attractive target by causing long-term “threat” as the fight continues.

Leona does this by providing a low-cooldown, low-duration, single-target stun with a skillshot gap-closer to start. After she closes the gap to the enemy, she’ll be performing regular single-target stuns that really disrupt the fight or peel off a target from an ally once a fight has begun. Additionally, she has a defensive stance that allows her to soak up punishment pretty effectively and also discharges a wave of sunlight outward that causes significant damage. This mechanic acts as a sort of “soft taunt” that causes her to have some threat when she’s about to unleash a big chunk of damage, and makes her an attractive target. 

Finally, her passive, Sunlight, causes all of Leona’s spells to debuff the target, causing the next attack from an ally to do additional damage. This really encourages Leona to mark high-priority targets and let her set up opportunities for her teammates. Her power increases with the length of the fight, a common tank trait (like Singed’s Poison Trail or Amumu’s Despair, for example).

We’re excited to be able to deliver something we’re really proud of to meet our players’ requests and expectations. Keep letting us know what you want – we do take your feedback seriously.
- Morello, Lead Champion Designer, via the official forums.


  1. cool, just what everyone wants right?

  2. Sounds like a useful character to be had

  3. Sounds very promising. Maybe this will solve the "anyone pick tank?" problem in solo queue

  4. I don´t play it, but i tink about it, maybe

  5. I could care less about a female tank, I just want more tanks in general. My fave chars to play are ones that can be tanks - Cho'Gath, Rammus, Alistar, Amumu, etc. I hope she's cheap like most tanks - around 3150 would be good.

  6. @Miqe i'm the opposite.i never play tanks.and Leona not a chance to cost less than 6300/975