5.6 PBE Cycle

Last Updated on 3/19 with the 3/19 PBE Update

( With the release of patch 5.5 to live on March 12th, we started the new 5.6 PBE cycle )

Previous PBE Cycles in 2015

[4.21][5.1] [5.2] [5.3] [5.4] [5.5]

Below you will find a comprehensive list of balance changes/game additions for the current PBE cycle.

These new changes and additions are relative to what things currently are on live servers and are


(They often do not represent the final changes that get pushed to live servers.)

Balance changes for this cycle (so far) can be found at the bottom of this page

New Content list for this PBE cycle:

3/11 PBE Update
  • New Skins
  • Champion Mastery
  • New Ability Icons
  • Texture Rebalances
    • Kayle
    • Lee Sin
    • Pantheon
    • Rumble
    • Ryze
  • Miscellaneous
  • Balance Changes

  • Surprise Party Amumu available for testing
  • Texture Rebalances
    • Myrmidon Pantheon
  • Friend Discovery Feature back on PBE
  • Balance Changes

  • Skin Updates
    • Definitely Not Udyr
    • Order of the Banana Soraka
  • New Champion Select Music
  • Texture Rebalance
    • Ryze
    • Human Ryze
    • Zombie Ryze
  • New Twisted Fate Easter Egg
  • Miscellaneous
  • Balance Changes

  • Skin Updates
  • New Summoner Icon
  • Miscellaneous
  • Balance Changes

  • Balance Changes

  • New Urf Triumphant Ward Skin
  • Loyalty Rewards (PC Cafe Rewards System) Updates Testing on PBE
  • Balance Changes

  • New Splash Art
  • New Summoner Icon
  • Balance Changes

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

(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 Skins

To kick off the 5.6 PBE cycle, we have comical new April Fools' themed skins for AmumuNamiNasusSoraka, and Udyr!

Surprise Party Amumu

1350 RP

[When you toggle W on, his candle goes out :c ] 
[Happy face ult vfx if you hit an enemy with your R] 
[Sad face ult vfx if you fail to hit anyone with your R] 

Here's a video preview, complete with his new sound effects:

Here's Galetta with a bugs & feedback thread for Surprise Party Amumu:
"Where's my invitation? 
Nasus, Udyr, Nami, and Soraka are having a party....but they forgot to invite Amumu. 
The Sad mummy is left out once again. This skin includes: 
  • New model and texture!
  • New Recall animation!
  • New particles!
  • New Sound Effects! 
This skin will be 1350 rp. 
Your feedback and bug reports are extremely helpful to us, so please check out Surprise Party Amumu 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! 
Note: Audio isn't in yet, I'll update this post when it is! 
Additionally, we encountered a bug with Amumu so he won't be testable today. Poor Mummy. ;_;"

 Urf the Nami-tee

750 RP

 Archduke Nasus

750 RP

 Order of the Banana Soraka

750 RP

 Definitely Not Udyr

975 RP

Here's Riot KateyKhaos with a bugs & feedback thread on the new NasusUdyrSoraka, and Nami skins:
"Trick your enemies into thinking you're someone else with these April Fools' skins!
Archduke Nasus 750 RP
  • All new model and texture! (What a fine looking sir!) 
Definitely Not Udyr 975 RP
  • All new model and texture for each of his stances! (Seriously, though, it's definitely not Udyr, I don't know what you're talking about.) 
Order of the Banana Soraka 750 RP
  • All new model and texture!
  • Banana auto attacks~ ('Cause, you know, no one expects the banana.) 
Urf the Nami-tee 750 RP
  • All new model and texture! (She's even got a spatula staff!) 
  • Oh, and you should check out her joke!
All of these skins are now available to play on PBE! We always find bug reports and feedback super helpful, 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!"

After originally being introduced last cycle, Debonair Galio is back with several updates!

Debonair Galio

750 RP

New Feature - Champion Mastery

Today's PBE patch also includes Champion Mastery, a new system where you rank up with each individual champion and earn various rewards for each tier of mastery you achieve!
Here's more information from Riot's release announcement:
We want to recognize you for playing the champs you love and give you feedback on how well you play them.

"With Champion Mastery, you now get points, ranks, and rewards for the champs you play. Now, if you want to show other players that you’re a dedicated Swain main, or a big cheese with Twitch, you can! 

Finish a game of League and you’ll earn points for your champion based on your team’s performance as well as your own contribution. Earn enough points and you’ll level up that champ’s mastery level, giving you rewards as you progress.

Hover over your Champion Mastery points bar in the post-game screen and you’ll see the grade that our new system gives you. Grades are awarded based on your overall performance in the role along with the champion you’re playing and, crucially, where you’re playing them.
Leveling Up 
Check out your in-client profile, and you’ll see a new stat telling you your mastery score, a sum of all your mastery ranks combined. 

We’re kicking off Champion Mastery with the first five ranks for each champion unlocked. Here are the crests your champion will earn as they rank up:


We’re kicking off the rollout with a PBE stint from 3/11. If all goes well, a couple of weeks later we’ll then launch a beta in a single region, focusing on Summoner’s Rift normal queues to make sure the feature’s stable for expanded use. We’ll read through your feedback and keep you updated with our progress, too, so keep an eye out for future posts after the service goes live! 
All summoners who’ve hit level five or higher will be eligible for Mastery points. However, at launch, it’ll only support normal games on Summoner’s Rift. 
The Future 
This is just the beginning for Champion Mastery. As the system matures, we’ll unlock extra tiers and rewards as we build on the program! "

Quick hits from reds following the announcement:

Here are more Mastery system assets from the air client, including the champion page display and the individual crests for each rank plus versions not shown in the announcement:
AIR Client animations -

There are also four in-game versions of the mastery crest, including the purple and teal versions not mentioned in the announcement:

Several elements on the profile page have been updated to accommodate the new Champion Mastery system:

If you were to get your mastery up high enough to unlock a Mastery Emote, you could trigger it in-game with "Control + 6" by default.

You can also view other players Champion Mastery by viewing their profile:

Feedback for this new feature can be left in this PBE boards thread!

New Ability Icons

Rammus and Twisted Fate have both received updated ability icons in today's PBE update!


[Passive, Q, W, E, R]

Twisted Fate

[Passive, Q, W, E, R + Reactivate R]

[Blue, Yellow, Red card]

New Summoner Icon

A very serious looking Urf icon has been added to the PBE. No details yet on availability...

A second new URF-y summoner icon featuring a mighty fine looking golden spatula. No details yet on availability... wonder what it could be for...

New Champion Select Music

Today's update also includes updated champion select music!



New Urf Triumphant Ward Skin

A new "Urf Triumphant" ward skin is now up for testing on the PBE!

Urf Triumphant Ward

Texture Rebalances

Today's patch also includes texture rebalances for KayleLee SinPantheonRumble, and Ryze, as well as many of their skins! These texture updates are aimed at bringing older champions and skins up to date with the game's current art style - they are not replacements for eventual and higher scope visual updates


Silver Kayle

Viridian Kayle
Unmasked Kayle

Battleborn Kayle

Judgement Kayle

Lee Sin

Traditional Lee Sin

Acolyte Lee Sin 

Dragon Fist Lee Sin

Muay Thai Lee Sin


Myrmidon Pantheon

Ruthless Pantheon

Perseus Pantheon

Full Metal Pantheon


Rumble in the Jungle

Bilgerat Rumble


Human Ryze

Tribal Ryze

Uncle Ryze

Triumphant Ryze

Professor Ryze

Zombie Ryze

Dark Crystal Ryze

Pirate Ryze

Summoner's Rift Terrain Changes

Today's patch also includes several terrain changes for Summoner's Rift.

Here are a few examples with OLD on left and NEW on Right:

New Twisted Fate Easter Egg

Twisted Fate has a new easter egg/hidden passive when he uses R while vision is impaired by Graves' W or Nocturne R
The buff, which uses the original spell icon for Destiny, reads:
Destiny, Interrupted.  
"Betting blind. Literally."

Loyalty Rewards (PC Cafe Rewards System) Updates Testing on PBE

While these rewards have been around for several years, here's MFrequency with info on updates to the "Loyalty service" ( PC Cafe rewards system) that will be testing on the PBE over the next week:
"Hi everyone, 
We’re going to be testing some fixes and updates to our Loyalty service (PC café rewards system) on the PBE, so for the next week, you will all once again be receiving Loyalty rewards! 
For those who are unfamiliar with Loyalty, it is our way of giving players extra perks for playing League of Legends in PC cafes in certain regions. In many Asian and European countries (Korea, for example), players tend to play League of Legends primarily in these PC cafés instead of on personal computers, where they pay by the hour to play the game of their choice in a social environment. Within this environment, most game titles (regardless of retail market price) are offered to players at a reduced cost (or at no cost) to offset the café’s usage fee and keep the playerbase healthy. Riot’s approach is to allow players to temporarily select any champion when playing League of Legends from PC cafés, as well as earn a small amount of additional IP. This feature does not reward any players when they log in outside of PC cafés, even if they are using the same account. 
As a reminder: When this feature is active, you will see a small medal icon in the top-right corner of the League of Legends client, earn an additional 20% IP at the end of matches (visible as a segment of the IP bar on the postgame screen), and all champions will appear unlocked (similar to the weekly free Champion selection). The only champion we are not awarding at this time is Bard, since we still need to make sure he’s able to be purchased! Like the Free to Play rotation, Loyalty does not actually apply champion ownership to an account, so you will still need to purchase champions before you can buy skins for them. 
Please reply to this thread if you play this week and do not receive Loyalty rewards, so that we can investigate! 
MFrequency continued:
"Good Question! Loyalty is currently available in Korea, and while we are looking to expand into other markets, we don't have any specifics to share at this time. In the meantime, we do have that list of PC cafes in EU to meet friends and play!"

For easy reference, the PC Cafe reward system looks like this when enabled for testing:

[Testing] Friend Discovery Feature back on PBE

Here's MattEnth with a post regarding re-enabling the previously announced Friend Discovery Hub on the PBE:
"Hey everyone, 
We’re going to activate the previously announced Friend Discovery Hub on the PBE over the next couple of days. There’s a few things you should keep in mind though, so here we go: 
We’re still in the middle of developing this feature. So… there are still a few incomplete pieces. Also, we want to make sure we point out the hub won’t be hitting live servers in the next patch (obviously, since it’s not done yet!) This is a pretty complicated feature on the server-side, and we’ll be testing out a few of our behind-the-scenes privacy safeguards in addition to just the normal Facebook authentication flow (reminder: it’s opt-in!) 
If you do want to temporarily opt-in and hitch your Facebook account onto your PBE LoL account, we’d appreciate it! Having that said, we also think it’s pretty unlikely that you’ll see any friend recommendations just due to the small number of players with PBE access (although if you have Facebook friends who are also on the PBE, that’s awesome!) 
We’ll have more details on how you can help us focus when testing friend recommendations in a future post. For now, let us know if you have any questions, feedback, comments, or bug reports! 
• MattEnth"
More information available in the original announcement .


  • Added String Data: "WIP Map for updates to the Howling Abyss" & "Howling Abyss WIP". No details and the map is not up for testing yet.
  • Two new "3053 and 3052" items were added to the shop on the PBE, although ricklessabandon has confirmed they  were just partial files for items they had previously experimented with and will be cleaned up.
  • A few urf-tastic sounding text strings for "Awesome Buff of Awesomely Awesome Buffing", "Shield Overload", and "Heal Embargo" have been uncovered.
    • "Awesome Buff of Awesomely Awesome Buffing":
    • Mana and Energy Consumption reduced by X%.
    • + X% Cooldown reduction on Abilities, Activated Items, and Summoner Spells
    • +X% Tenacity and Tenaciousness
    • + 0 Movement Speed and Speed while Moving
    • Attack Speed Bonuses increased by X% (Y% for Ranged Champions)
    • Critical Strikes deal X% additional base damage.
    • Health costs reduced by X%.
    • "Shield Overload"
    • This unit has a shield that cannot handle the sheer amount of awesome. Non-ultimate shields cast by this unit have stat scaling (bonus shield strength from AD/AP/Health) reduced by X%
    •  "Heal Embargo"
    • Direct healing effects are currently only X% effective. Heal effectiveness will increase gradually over the course of the game

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.

  • Massacre  (R) [New Effect added "increasing Blood Well's pool by (20%?) for each champion hit]"

  • Summon: Tibbers (R) Tibbers AOE damage now 20/30/40 from 35 at all ranks
  • Cosmic Binding (Q) damage increased to 80/120/160/200/240 from 75/110/145/180/215
  • Magical Journey (E) cooldown lowered to 20/19/18/17/16 from 26/24/22/20/18

  • Noxian Guillotine (R) [Still looking, might be more] Reverted back to live functionality
  • Mana cost reduced to 100/50/0
  • New Effect: At rank 3, Noxian Guillotine's cooldown resets entirely on kill

  • Movement Speed (Spider form) increased to 355 from 345
  • Movement Speed (Human form) reduced to 330 from 335
  • Cocoon (Human E) missile speed increased to 1600 from 1450

  • Shadow Walk (passive) re-stealth time reduced to 6/5/4/3 at levels 1/6/11/16 from 6 seconds at all levels.
  • Dark Frenzy (W) Passive has been changed to changed to -"Passive: Evelynn's spell hits on enemy champions reduce Dark Frenzy's cooldown by 1 second" from "Evelynn's spell hits on enemy champions grant her 4/8/12/16/20 Movement Speed for 3 seconds (effect stacks up to 4 times)."

  • Righteous Gust (E) cooldown changed to 13/12/11/10/9 from 12 at all ranks

  • Equilibrium Strike (E) damage lowered to 80/120/160/200/240 from 80/130/180/230/280

  • [Bug Fix: For whatever reason, Kassadin's R was reverted to it's 5.4 state since the start of this PBE cycle. This has been corrected and the ult is back to the proper live (5.5) values]

  • Base HP reduced to 510 from 560
  • HP growth per level increased to 83 from 80
  • Base HP regen per second reduced to .9 from 1.5748

Le Blanc
  • Mimic (R) 
  • Mimicked Sigil of Malice AP ratio lowered to .6 from .65
  • Mimicked Distortion AP Ratio lowered to .9 from .975
  • Mimicked  Ethereal Chains AP ratio lowered to .6 from .65

  • Paranoia (R) cooldown lowered to 150/125/100 from 180/140/100

  • Overload (Q) base damage increased to 55/75/95/115/135 from 40/60/80/100/120.

  • Flail of the Northern Winds (W)  bonus magic damage on next basic attack lowered to [4%/5.5%/7%/8.5%/10%] of target's max health from [4/6/8/10/12%]
  • Permafrost (E) base damage increased to 60/95/130/165/200 from 60/90/120/150/180  Reverted back to live values
  • Glacial Prison (R) slow lowered to 30% at all ranks from 90%

  • Fling (E) damage changed to 50/65/80/95/110 + [6/6.5/7/7.5/8% of targets Maximum health (max 300 bonus damage against minions and monsters)] from 80/125/170/215/260.

  • [REMOVED] Unstoppable Onslaught (R) - Sion will now continue running if he comes in contact with and kills an enemy while charging.
  • Roar of the Slayer (E) bonus damage to enemies that the knocked back non-champion unit passes through decreased to 30% from 50%.

    • Powerball (Q) mana cost lowered to 60/65/70/75/80 from 70/80/90/100/110

    • Equilibrium (Passive) mana regen now increased by 1.5% from 1% for each 1% of mana missing
    • Baleful Strike (Q) cooldown lowered to 5 at all ranks from 7/6.5/6/5.5/5 Reverted back to live values
    • Baleful Strike (Q) range  increased to 950 from 850
    • Event Horizon (E) now (once again) stops dashes early. 
        • Bouncing Bomb (Q) mana cost lowered to 50/55/60/65/70 from 50/60/70/80/90

        • HP growth per level increased to 77 from 71
        • Time Bomb (Q) AP ratio increased to .9 from .8 
        • Time Bomb (Q) mana cost lowered to 60/65/70/75/80 from 60/70/80/90/100
        • Rewind (W) cooldown lowered to 14/12/10/8/6 from 18/15/12/9/6
        • Rewind (W) mana cost changed to 35 at all ranks from 50
        • Time Warp ( E) mana cost lowered to 50 at all ranks from 50/55/60/65/70

        Athene's Unholy Grail

        • Mana regen increased to 100% from 50%
        • Unique Passive now restores 30% of maximum mana on kill/assist up from 15%
        • [Note: This change was actually added in an earlier PBE patch in this cycle but I missed documenting it! Adding it here for visibility]

        [Experimental] Mandrake Ward
        • [It's back]
        • [As the 5.6 PBE cycle wraps up on the PBE, this experimental item has been removed for now. See Xypherouscontext post for more information on Mandrake Ward.]

        Chalice of Harmony

        • Total price reduced to 900 from 1000.

        Hunter's Machete
        • [Note: Tooltip bugged on PBE atm]
        • Passive - Jungler:
        • Health regen lowered to 6 from 7.
        • New Effect: The amount of health gained per second increases to 12 while below 50% health (no regeneration is gained while in combat with cowardly monsters)

          • [Note: The Hunter's Machete changes seen in an earlier patch this PBE cycle have been reverted! Riot Reinboom confirmed these changes will be returning next cycle - "It will return. We didn't finish testing the numbers thoroughly enough (we're being very careful with this) and we would like.. 1/2" and "..to do some tweaks to all the upgraded machete lines."

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