Kayn, the Shadow Reaper, is the next champion being included in the brimming roster of League of Legends in the coming months. He wields an ancient living scythe called Rhaast, which hails from the demonic lore of the Darkin.
Much like the recent release of Xayah and Rakan, Kayn and Rhaast have an eternal unholy bond that sees both of them fighting for control. Depending on whether Kayne is consumed by his weapon or not, he is either an assassin that strikes from the shadows or something out of a nightmare.
The two forms give players additional options for every ability featured in his unique kit, ultimately allowing Kayn to adapt to every situation presented in League of Legends.
“A peerless practitioner of lethal shadow magic, Shieda Kayn battles to achieve his true destiny—to one day lead the Order of the Shadow into a new era of Ionian supremacy,” reads a short excerpt from his lore. “He audaciously wields the sentient darkin weapon Rhaast, undeterred by its creeping corruption of his body and mind.”
Passive: The Darkin Scythe
Kayn wields an ancient weapon and fights the darkin within it, Rhaast, for control. During each game, one will consume the other. Kayn hones his shadow skills by hunting ranged opponents, while Rhaast fuels his bloodlust by going toe-to-toe with melee enemies. If Kayn wins the struggle, he ascends to become the shadow assassin. If Rhaast is the victor, the darkin consumes his host and takes center stage.
Shadow Assassin: Deal bonus magic damage during the first few seconds of combat with champions.
Darkin: Heal for a chunk of all spell damage dealt to champions.
Q: Reaping Slash
Kayn dashes forward, striking nearby enemies at the end of the dash. Both the dash and the strike itself deal physical damage. Reaping Slash deals bonus damage to monsters.
Darkin: This ability deals bonus percent-health damage against all enemies except minions.
W: Blade’s Reach
Deal damage in a line that significantly slows all enemies hit.
Shadow Assassin: Leaves behind a living shadow that casts Blade’s Reach in Kayn’s stead. The living shadow’s Blade has increased range.
Darkin: Blade’s Reach briefly knocks up struck enemies.
E: Shadow Step
Kayn gains a burst of movement speed and the ability to walk through walls for a few moments. When he first enters a wall, he’ll heal for a small amount and the duration of Shadow Step will be greatly extended. Kayn won’t get the duration extension if he’s in combat with enemy champions.
Shadow Assassin: Gain additional movement speed and immunity to slows when activating Shadow Step.
R: Umbral Trespass
Kayn may infest any nearby enemy champion who he has recently damaged. Trespassing into a champion makes Kayn untargetable for a few seconds. Reactivating the ability during this period ends the effect early. Kayn then wrenches himself free from his victim’s body, dealing a burst of damage.
Shadow Assassin: Umbral Trespass can be cast from further away and resets the bonus magic damage from The Darkin Scythe after Kayn’s exits his victim.
Darkin: Umbral Trespass deals extra damage as a percentage of the victim’s maximum health, healing the Darkin in the process.
Kayn is already on the Public Beta Environment (PBE) and should hit the live servers of League of Legends in the next couple of patches.