5.23 PBE Cycle

This mega post was last Updated on 11/18 with the 11/18 PBE Update

( With the release of patch 5.22 to live on November 11th, we started the new 5.23 PBE cycle. )

Previous PBE Cycles in 2015
[5.1] [5.2] [5.3] [5.4] [5.5] [5.6] [5.7] [5.8] [5.9] [5.10] [5.11] [5.12] [5.13] [5.14] [5.15] [5.16] [5.17] [5.18] [5.19] [5.20] [5.21] [5.22]

Below you will find a comprehensive list of new content, balance changes, and whatever else  is included in the current PBE cycle! Be aware that these changes are extremely tentative, there is a possibility that things you see below will be changed or even reverted prior to the live patch.

( Note: As the cycle continues, some images may be outdated! )

(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 - Illaoi

Following her champion reveal, our next champion Illaoi, the Kraken Priestess, is now on the PBE for testing! You may remember her from the recent Shadow and Fortune story!
During her stay on the PBE, feedback for Illaoi's gameplay can be left here and bug reports for Illaoi can be left in this thread.

Illaoi, the Kraken Priestess

Abilities & Stats

Before we dive in, here's a video preview of Illaoi's abilities:

Base Stats:
  • Base Mana Regen Per Second: 1.5
  • Base HP: 585.6
  • Base Mana: 300
  • Attack Speed Per Level: 2.5
  • Mana Per Level: 40
  • Base Movement Speed: 340
  • Damage Per Level: 5
  • Mana Regen Per Second Per Level: 0.15
  • Base Attack Range: 125
  • Base Magic Resist: 32.1
  • Armor Per Level: 3.8
  • Base Damage: 60
  • Base Armor: 26
  • HP Regen Per Second Per Level: 0.16
  • HP Per Level: 95
  • Magic Resist Per Level: 1.25
  • Base HP Regen Per Second: 1.9

Prophet of an Elder God (Passive)
Illaoi draws the presence of her god, spawning a Tentacle on nearby impassible
terrain if no other Tentacles are nearby (20 - 12 second cooldown based on level). Tentacles
interact with Illaoi's abilities and last until killed or if dormant for 1 minute.

Tentacle Smash (Q)
40/45/50/55/60 Mana  
10/9/8/7/6 sec Cooldown 
Passive: Illaoi is healed for 5% of her missing health whenever a Tentacle
damages a champion. 
Active: Illaoi smashes down a Tentacle, dealing [10 x level] (+1.2/1.3/1.4/1.5/1.6 total AD) physical damage. 

Harsh Lesson (W)
30 Mana       
6/5.5/5/4.5/4 sec Cooldown 
For her next basic attack, Illaoi leaps to her target dealing 15/35/55/75/95 (+1.1 total AD) physical damage. When she strikes, nearby Tentacles will also swing at the target.

Test of Spirit (E)
35/45/55/65/75 Mana
20/18/16/14/12 sec Cooldown 
Illaoi rips the spirit from a foe's body, forcing it to stand before her, so she can
teach them a lesson. 
Illaoi calls on the power of her god to pull the Spirit from an enemy champion  for 10 seconds. The Spirit can be attacked by Illaoi and her allies and echoes 25/30/35/40/45% (+.08 % total AD) of the damage it takes to the target.
If the Spirit dies or the target leaves its range, the target becomes a Vessel.
Vessels spawn a Tentacle every 10 seconds for 1 minute and have their
movement speed slowed by 80%, decaying over 2 seconds. 
Tentacles swing at Spirits and Vessels dealing [10 x level] (+1.2 - 1.6 total AD ratio based on Q) physical damage.
[This is a picture of a target who is a Vessel.]

Leap of Faith (R)
100 Mana  
120/105/90 sec Cooldown 
Illaoi smashes her idol into the ground, dealing 150/250/350 (+ ,5 bonus AD) physical damage to nearby enemies. 
A Tentacle spawns for each enemy champion hit and, for the next 8 seconds,
Tentacles swing 50% faster, are untargetable, and Harsh Lesson has a 2 second


Here's Illaoi's voiceover, clocking in at just over 16 minutes of audio! Peppered in are tons of unique item & champion interactions, brutal one liners, and a mix of Nagakabouros!

Illaoi's champion select quote has also been added to the PBE:

"I'm not big on sermons, broken bones teach better lessons"

Release Skin - Void Bringer Illaoi

Up last for our new champion, we have Illaoi's release skin Void Bringer Illaoi!

Void Bringer Illaoi

1350 RP

Here's Riot KateyKhaos with a feedback thread on Void Bringer Illaoi:
"Drive forward. It is destiny that calls you. 
Unleash your inner void on the Rift with Void Bringer Illaoi
Void Bringer Illaoi will be 1350 RP* and includes:
  • New model and textures for Illaoi, her relic and the tentacles!
  • New purple-y void particles!
  • New sound effects for all of her skills!
  • New void voice processing!
  • New recall animation where she conjures energy from her relic!
Void Bringer Illaoi is now available to play on PBE! Please note that PBE content is still a work in progress! We always find bug reports and feedback super helpful, as well as constructive feedback, so feel free to comment in the thread below! Likewise, if you’ve got any questions, post ‘em here, and we’ll do our best to answer them. 
*Prices on PBE subject to change."

New Skins

The 5.23 cycle also brings us a total of SEVEN new champion skins! A legendary (1820 RP) Dragon Trainer Tristana skin, 1350 RP tier Gravelord Azir and Elderwood Hecarim skins, and 750 RP tier Braum LionheartGragas CaskbreakerRyze Whitebeard, and Varus Swiftbolt skins.

Dragon Trainer Tristana

1820 RP

Here's Galetta with a feedback thread on Dragon Trainer Tristana:
"Time to test your dragon! 
Dragon Trainer Tristana and her faithful companion Riggle are ready to show off their skills! 
This skin includes:
  • New model and textures....and an entire dragon!
  • All new animations!
  • All new particles!
  • All New VO and SFX!
This skin will be 1820RP/Legendary. (PBE pricing subject to change) 
Your feedback and bug reports are extremely helpful to us, so please check out Dragon Trainer Tristana 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!"

Gravelord Azir

1350 RP

Here's Riot KateyKhaos with a feedback thread on Gravelord Azir:
"Eventually, the sands claim us all. 
Gravelord Azir will be 1350 RP* and includes: 
  • New model and textures for not only Azir, but his Sand Soldiers and Sun Disc, too!
  • New green, ethereal particles!
  • New sound effects for all of his skills!
  • New voice processing!
  • New recall animation where he calls forth the trapped spirits in his staff!
Gravelord Azir is now available to play on PBE! Please note that PBE content is still a work in progress! We always find bug reports and feedback super helpful, as well as constructive feedback, so feel free to comment in the thread below! Likewise, if you’ve got any questions, post ‘em here, and we’ll do our best to answer them. 
*Prices on PBE subject to change."

Elderwood Hecarim

1350 RP
Here's Nurse Flan with a feedback thread for Elderwood Hecarim:
"Deep in the forest lives a being fused together by wood, rock and flora. A mythical elder of nature that manifested as a giant guardian of the woods. Elderwood Hecarim is a creature rarely glimpsed on the Rift. 
  • Completely new model (wood, plants and stone relics!)
  • New particles for abilities! (planty and woody!)
  • New recall! (he summons plants and light motes!)
  • New audio for abilities! (still WIP atm!)
  • 1350RP (*price subject to change)
NOTE: New turn-tech has been added onto all Hecarim tails, to make it look extra fancy :) 
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 Elderwood Hecarim! 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!"

Gragas Caskbreaker

750 RP

Ryze Whitebeard

750 RP

Varus Swiftbolt

750 RP

Braum Lionheart

750 RP
Here's Nurse Flan with a feedback thread for Braum Lionheart, Gragas Caskbreaker, Ryze Whitebeard, and Varus Swiftbolt:
"Exploring dungeons and fighting dragons are all part of the everyday lives of these merry band of men! Join the group on their quest across Runeterra and pick up some sweet loot! 
They are all 750s! 
  • Braum Lionheart
    • Entirely new model! (so knightly!)
    • New little knight poro model too (in his emote!)
  • Gragas Caskbreaker
    • Entirely new model! (praises the sun!)
    • QoL particle change for his barrel!
  • Ryze Whitebeard
    • Entirely new model! (so wizardly!)
    • The orb and book will glow for his ult!
  • Varus Swiftbolt
    • Entirely new model (so dark elf!)
    • *his texture is currently broken when he kills a minion, we're working on the fix!
As players who get the first look at these in-progress skins, it would be wonderful to hear your thoughts and feelings on the new 750s set! 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!"

New Ward Skins

To go along with the new Dragon Trainer Tristana skin, we also have a new ward skin featuring her dragon Riggle!

Riggle Ward
640 RP

Two new ward skins have also been added for the upcoming ALL-STAR 2015 event!. There is one for each of the two teams, Team Fire and Team Ice.

Team Fire

 Team Ice

No release details on these yet but likely to release along with the ALL-STAR icons closer to the event starting on December 10th! Check out this post for more on the ALL-STAR 2015 event!

New Summoner icons

Two new critter themed summoner icons have been added this cycle! As usual, no release or availability details yet!

New Logins

To go along with the upcoming Dragon Trainer Tristana skin, we also have a new login theme!

We also have an Illaoi login theme on the PBE!

Rift Herald Spawn & Death Updated

Rift Herald's spawn and death have been updated! Rift Herald now jumps out of a mysterious void portal on spawn and then dissolves back into it on death.

Spellblade VFX Change

The Spellbalde VFX for SheenTrinity ForceIceborn GauntletLich Bane , and Enchantment: Runeglaive have been updated on the PBE! As some of you may recall we saw similar vfx changes hit the PBE a few months ago but they never made it to live!


  • As previously mentionedCorki's special delivery sounds have been adjusted.
  • Just over 700 "Splash_Tile" assets were added in today's update. These are small square cut outs of each champion and skin. Not sure what these will be used for based on file destination.
    • Here are a few examples:
  • Looks like various mastery tooltips have been cleaned up, no effect changes.
  • Several champions & skins have had their model sizes adjusted! [s]
    • Hard to do proper examples of these size changes easily but here's a side by side of Malphite who has increased in size.
    • While not a definitive list, here's a few that have increased or decreased to some degree:
      • increased in size: Dr. Mundo, Malphite, Olaf, Rammus, Renekton, Shen
      • decreased in size: Azir, Kassadin, Rengar, Rumble, Sion, Soraka, Syndra
    • Ququroon has noted over 40 champions + skins will be affected [s] and that for the most part they are "feel things" rather than being particularly noticeable. [s]
  • Clubs & Private Chat Room updates are still testing on the PBE

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.


  • After 20 minutes in game, players now receive the Homeguard speed boost. The Homeguard Boot Enchantment has been removed.
  • The "pushing advantage" changes to minions originally planned for 5.22 were pushed to 5.23!
  • Death timer changes back.
    • [Increase time starts at 10 minutes from 35 minutes]
    • [% decreased to 0.5% from 2%]
    • Reinboom noted: "These are still in iteration (so not final). We're investigating making the mid game more threatening with minimal changes to late."
  • Experience gain from killing an enemy champion kill reduced slightly.
    • [NOTE: Several values at play for how experience gain on champion kill is calculated. As far as I know, when you kill a champion you get XP equal to a % of the XP enemy needs to level modified by the level difference (with a minimum). That Base % has been reduced to 50% from 60% in this update, putting it back at the pre-5.22 value. ]
    • [CONTEXT: "There are changes. Kills on 5.22 are snowballing level leads a bit too much, so we'd like to curve it back slightly." - Reinboom [s] ]


  • Mega Gnar attack range increased to 175 from 150

  • Movement Speed reduced to 340 from 345. [Hotfixed to live on 11/17]
  • End of the Line (Q)  [Hotfixed to live on 11/17]
    • Initial damage reduced to 55/70/85/100/115 from 60/80/100/120/140
    • Secondary damage reduced to 85/145/205/265/325 from 90/155/220/285/350
    • Mana cost increased to 60/70/80/90/100 from 50/55/60/65/70

  • Base mana decreased to 277.2 from 327.2
  • Mana growth increased to 40 from 37

  • Base armor increased to 27 from 24
  • Taste Their Fear (Q) mana cost lowered to 20 at all ranks from 25.


  • Base attack damage lowered to 57.46 from 59.46
  • The Culling (R):
    • Damage changed to 20/35/50 per shot from 40/50/60
    • AD Ratio changed to .20 TOTAL AD from .25 BONUS AD

Miss Fortune
  • Base HP lowered to 530 from 577.8
  • Strut (W) active's attack speed bonus lowered to 60/70/80/90/100% from 60/75/90/105/120%
  • Love Tap (Passive) tooltip now mentions it now does 50% vs turrets.
    • [NOTE: There is no effect change just a clarification!]

  • Attack range lowered to 175 from 200
  • Mace of Spades (Q) - There are a few changes in functionality here! The first two Q hits now do the same same damage and the third hit does 2 times the bonus damage of first two strikes (so four times the damage listed total after 3 hits.) The Base damages & ratios of Q have also been changed:
"Mordekaiser's next three hits are empowered. The first two strikes deal 10/20/30/40/50 (.5/.6/.7/.8/.9 total AD) (.6 AP) bonus magic damage. The final strike deals 2 time the bonus damage of the previous strikes, up to 20/40/60/80/100 (1/1.2/1.4/1.6/1.8 total AD (1.2 AP) ."
    • First Two Strikes damage - 10/20/30/40/50 (.5/.6/.7/.8/.9 total AD) (.6 AP)
    • Third Strike Damage -  20/40/60/80/100 (1/1.2/1.4/1.6/1.8 total AD (1.2 AP)
    • Total Damage after 3 hits -  40/80/120/160/200 (2.0/2.4/2.8/3.2/3.6 total AD) (2.4 AP) 
  • Harvesters of Sorrow (W) steal changed to 50/85/120/155/190 from 70/95/120/145/170
  • Siphon of Destruction (E) maximum shield gain on champion hit now 15/17.5/20/22.5/25% from 15%
  • Harrier (Passive) 
    • Damage Changed - now deals [ (10 + 5 per level) base damage + (114% + 2% per level) total AD] up from [150% total attack damage]
  • Blinding Assault (Q) has several changes
    • Renamed to Blinding Assault from Aerial Assault.
    • Base damage changed to 25/55/85/115/145 from 20/45/70/95/120.
    • AP Ratio increased to .5 from .35.
    • Total AD ratio increased to 0.8/0.9/1.0/1.1/1.2  from 0.7/0.75/0.8/0.85/0.9.
    • REMOVED: No longer refunds half the CD if Q kills target.
    • REMOVED: Damage bonus based on missing health removed.
    • NEW EFFECT: Now reduces hit enemy's vision radius dramatically for 2 seconds.
    • NEW EFFECT: If primary target is not a champion it cannot attack for 2 seconds.

  • Behind Enemy Lines (R):
    • Renamed to Behind Enemy Lines from Tag Team
    • Attack range increased to 175 from 150

    • Dragon Form attack range increased to 175 from 125

    Tahm Kench
    • Attack Range lowered to 175 from 200

    • Attack range increased to 175 from 125

    • Attack range increased to 175 from 125

    • Living Shadow (W) 
      • Missile speed increased to 1750 from 1500.
      • Maximum range up to 700 from 600
      • Minimum range lowered to 350 from 400*
    • Death Mark (R)  detonation damage % increased to to 30/40/50% from 20/35/50%.


    Enchantment: Homeguard
    • The Homeguard Boot Enchantment has been removed. Players naturally receive this bonus after 20 minutes into the game. 

    Guinsoo's Rageblade
    • Total cost increased to 2800 from 2500

    Hunter's Talisman
    • Health steal increased to 25 over 5 seconds from 20.

    Statikk Shiv
    • Damage changed to 30-100 from 50-150
    • Now deals 75% bonus damage to minions up from 50%

    Refillable Potion
    •  Now restores 125 Health over 12 seconds from 100 over 10.


    Warlord's Bloodlust (Ferocity) 

    Thunderlord's Decree (Cunning)

    Bond of Stone (Resolve)
    • Damage reduction down to 2% from 4%
      • [NOTE: Still 8% when near at least one allied champion]

    Perseverance  (Resolve)
    • Now grants 200% base health regen if you are below 25% HP, up from 20% HP.

    Rift Herald

    Rift Herald
    • Base damage reduced to 105 from 120



    Outer & Inner Turrets
    • Base HP increased to 4000 from 3500.

    Patch History for this cycle:

    11/10 PBE Update
    • New Champion
    • New Skins
    • New Ward skin
    • Miscellaneous 
    • Balance Changes

    11/12 PBE Update
    • Dragon Trainer Tristana Login
    • Illaoi Champion Select Quote
    • Skin Tweaks
    • Rift Herald Spawn Updated
    • Miscellaneous 
    • Balance Changes

    • New Summoner Icons
    • New Ward Skins
    • Balance Changes

    • Rift Herald Spawn & Death
    • Spellblade VFX Change
    • Balance Changes

    • Illaoi Login Theme
    • Void Bringer Illaoi Splash Art
    • Miscellaneous
    • Balance Changes

    • New Splash Art
    • Skin Changes
    • Miscellaneous

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