League of Legends: Tahm Kench, the River King, Revealed

Tahm Kench, the River King, is the new champion who will be making his way to the League of Legends’ roster, Riot Games has announced.

The River King is advised to be a “monstrosity” when played as a support tank. The catfish-like creature has a powerful stomach which can be used to devour both enemy and ally champions. The former may find the experience rather distressing, while the latter will have to make do without comfort alone.

Passive: An Acquired Taste
Tahm Kench applies a stack of An Acquired Taste to all enemy champions he hits with basic attacks or damaging abilities. Once he’s applied three stacks, he can interact with them… differently.

Q: Tongue Lash
Tahm Kench roots himself briefly while launching his tongue in a target direction. Tongue Lash stops once it hits a target, damaging and slowing whatever he hits. If Tahm Kench slathers an enemy champion with three stacks of An Acquired Taste then hits them with Tongue Lash, he stuns them instead.

W: Devour
Tahm Kench briefly swallows a nearby targeted unit. Enemies suffer a portion of their max health as magic damage. In addition:

  • Minions and monsters: Once Tahm Kench Devours an enemy minion or monster, he can reactivate the ability to spit them out in a target direction. They deal damage to whoever they hit.
  • Allied Champions: When Tahm Kench devours an allied champion, he renders his ally immune from damage and gains extra movement speed when he heads toward enemy champions. Both Tahm Kench and his edible ally can choose when the latter leaves.
  • Enemy Champions: Tahm Kench can only Devour enemy champions once he’s applied three stacks of An Acquired Taste to them. His movement speed is drastically reduced while enemy champs – who suffer greatly reduced vision and can only see things immediately around the River King – are in his belly.

E: Thick Skin

  • Passive: All damage Tahm Kench takes is turned into grey health. Once he leaves combat, the grey health falls off, healing him for a portion of the amount of grey health he’s earned.
  • Active: Tahm Kench converts his grey health into a shield that quickly falls off.

R: Abyssal Voyage

  • Passive: All of Tahm Kench’s damage scales with his maximum health.
  • Active: Tahm Kench opens his maw, offering an ally a spot inside his belly. Once they jump in, or once Tahm Kench decides he’s diving solo, he starts channeling, conjuring a whirlpool beneath him before diving in, reappearing a few seconds later at his target location. Abyssal Voyage has a huge range, but the ability is pretty well telegraphed by its lengthy cast.

League of Legends - Tahm Kench Comic

You can read more about the champion’s reveal by heading over to its dedicate announcement page.

Additionally, Riot Games has also posted the changelog for the upcoming Patch 5.12. Most importantly, it contains changes and tweaks to Defensive Masteries. You’ll most probably have to take a look at your own Mastery pages in accordance to the new update.

Patch 5.12 notes