The Cryophoenix

Anivia INFO

  • Anivia was released on 10 July 2009 and can be purchased from the Riot Store for 3150 IP or 790 RP.
  • Anivia's dance is the Chicken Dance. A side-by-side comparison can be seen here.
  • The quote at the end of Anivia's lore alludes to the Robert Frost poem Fire and Ice.
  • Anivia is the first non-humanoid champion that is female, the second is Rek'Sai. ( Elise, Shyvana and Nidalee have human forms).
  • Anivia's Q resembles the very first Nexus Crystal, as stated by FeralPony.
  • Anivia is currently one of five champions with a difficulty rating of 10, the others being Cassiopeia, Evelynn, Rumble, and Yasuo. However, Anivia was not originally given the 100 difficulty rating. In addition, Anivia has an ability rating of 10, making her the only champion with two 100 ratings.
  • In addition, Anivia has an ability rating of 10, making her the only champion with two 100 ratings.

Anivia Skins

Anivia Pros

  • Extremely useful wall for team fights and catching out of position players.
  • High burst damage.
  • Lots of crowd control.
  • Lots of AoE damage.
  • Easy for farming or pushing.
  • Has two lives if passive is up.

Anivia Cons

  • Difficult to play.
  • Her hard crowd control is a skillshot.
  • Relies on blue buff due to mana problems.
  • Lasthitting animation tough to get used to.
  • Slow, vulnerable to fast CC's like Maokai twisted advance, Xin Zhao audacious charge.

Anivia Counter Tips

  • Punish her for missing her stun.
  • Avoid fighting in small pathways in the jungle because of her wall and AOE abilities.
  • Try to CC(silence, stun, knock-up, displacement) her during her ultimate to interrupt it.
  • Focus her in teamfights if she builds squishy.


  • Anivia was designed by Brackhar.
  • Anivia is one of only three champions to have had her in-game voice changed twice. The others are Ashe and Katarina. Her first voice over made her sound more aggressive. A video containing it can be seen here. Her second voice over was the calmest of the three, and can be heard here.
  • Her first voice over made her sound more aggressive. A video containing it can be seen here.
  • Her second voice over was the calmest of the three, and can be heard here.
  • The name Anivia is derived from Latin niveus/nivea/niveum, meaning "Snow White".
  • "Cryophoenix" is derived from two words: "Cryo" and "Phoenix". Cryo from the Greek word cryos meaning "cold", while the "phoenix" is a mythic creature with the power to reincarnate itself from its own ashes; the classic phoenix being a birdlike creature that is partially on fire.






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Anivia is a being of the coldest winter, a mystical embodiment of ice magic, and an ancient protector of the Freljord. She commands all the power and fury of the land itself, calling the snow and bitter wind to defend her home from those who would harm it. A benevolent but mysterious creature, Anivia is eternally bound to keep vigil over the Freljord through life, death, and rebirth.

Anivia is as much a part of the Freljord as the never-ending frost. Long before mortals had ever set foot on the land’s frigid tundra, she had lived countless lifetimes and died as many deaths. The beginnings and ends of her eternal cycle always heralded great change, from the calming of raging storms to the ebb and flow of ice ages. It is said that when the cryophoenix dies, an era ends; and when she is reborn, a new era begins.

Though Anivia’s past lifetimes have faded from her memory, she knows her purpose: she must protect the Freljord at all costs.

When she was last reborn, Anivia witnessed the rise of a mighty and united human tribe. She guarded their lands with pride as they prospered, but such unity could not last forever. The great tribe fractured into three, and after that upheaval, Anivia watched the people of the Freljord become embroiled in battle. As she strove to calm the turmoil tearing her home apart, Anivia began to sense a greater threat: an ancient evil growing deep within the earth. To her horror, she felt the pure magic of the ice itself become blackened and corrupt. Like blood in water, darkness crept into the Freljord. With her destiny so tied to the power of the land, Anivia knew if such evil took root in her home, that same darkness would find its way into her heart. She could no longer remain a mere guardian – the cryophoenix had to act.

Anivia soon discovered an ally in Ashe, the Frost Archer. Ashe too believed in unification as an end to the Freljord’s perpetual strife, and Anivia offered the tribal leader her aid. Now, with war on the horizon, Anivia prepares to fight for peace, but she knows the inevitable truth of her destiny. One day, evil will rise from the ice, and she must destroy it – no matter the cost.

“I am the fury of the blizzard, the bite of the wind, and the cold of the ice. I am the Freljord.”
— Anivia

Anivia Abilities


Upon dying, Anivia will revert into an egg. If the egg can survive for six seconds, she is gloriously reborn.

Flash Frost

Anivia brings her wings together and summons a sphere of ice that flies towards her opponents, chilling and damaging anyone in its path. When the sphere explodes it does moderate damage in a radius, stunning anyone in the area.


Anivia condenses the moisture in the air into an impassable wall of ice to block all movement. The wall only lasts a short duration before it melts.


With a flap of her wings, Anivia blasts a freezing gust of wind at her target, dealing a medium amount of damage. If the target has been slowed by Flash Frost or Glacial Storm, the damage they take is doubled.

Glacial Storm

Anivia summons a driving rain of ice and hail to damage her enemies and slow their advance.