How League of Legends Determines the Drop-Rate of Key Fragments

By   /   Feb 10, 2017

When was the last time that you asked why your League of Legends games are not dropping enough key fragments? Chances are that it was quite recent.

In a recent post on the Nexus, systems designer Riot Socrates explained just how the system works. We do know that players require three key fragments to forge a single key in order to unlock Hextech chests for random cosmetic rewards. However, the drop-rate for key fragments is based on a prescribed rule-set that balances several factors, including randomness and luck.

Here are the basic rules to how League of Legends determines the drop-rate of key fragments:

  • Key fragments are only dropped from wins.
  • Key fragments drop-rates work off of a per player cyclical reset timer, similar to chests. Higher drop-rates are slightly front-loaded and gradually slow based on the total number of key fragments you’ve received in a cycle until the reset.
  • It’s possible to earn 4 keys (12 fragments) in a 4-week period. This matches the number of chests players can get.
  • There is a bad-luck protection rule that puts a maximum number of wins between key fragment drops.
  • Players get a small drop chance bonus if they were in a premade game.

From a personal observation, the decaying cyclical reset timer also seems to cover account activity and champions in play. Spamming matches one after another, and swapping between the same champions appear to see a low drop-rate for key fragments. While this could be false, but resuming activity after a couple of days of break and playing with new champions drop key fragments more regularly.

Riot Games believes that there is room for improvement and perhaps a future update could see players getting access to more free content. However, there definitely needs to be a threshold so that the company can still keep its earnings within limit of spending on the betterment of League of Legends.

There are certain possibilities for how the Hextech crafting system can be involved, but now is not the right time for Riot Games to be sharing those details.

Featured Videos

Hot Right Now

AMD Ryzen CPU

The AMD Ryzen CPU Hits The Right Marks, Just Needs Right Price

The AMD Ryzen CPU was demoed recently and what a demo it was. AMD showed that the upcoming AMD...

by   /   Dec 15, 2016
Death Stranding leak

New Death Stranding Leak Revealed The Name Of Norman Reedus’ Character

Hideo Kojima rocked the internet with the reveal of Death Stranding trailer at The Game Awards...

by   /   Dec 15, 2016
Video Game Remasters

Untold Stories of Video Game Remasters – the Good, Bad, and Ugly

In today’s video, we discuss something subjective – are video game remasters good or bad? And...

by   /   Sep 9, 2016
Video Game Villains

Top 10 Invincible Video Game Villains Who Just Won’t Die, No Matter What

We all are accustomed with video game villains and the story usually concludes with the fall of...

by   /   Aug 18, 2016
Panasonic 3DO

Top-10 Retro Consoles You Never Knew Existed

Video gaming has come a long way! While we are well-acquainted with the likes of Xbox Scorpio and...

by   /   Aug 17, 2016
Load More