Irelia was released on 16 November 2010 and can be purchased from the Riot Store for 4800 IP or 880 RP.
Irelia's swords stab her as she dies. Whether Irelia does this out of honor or due to losing control of her blades is up to debate.
Irelia was one of the champions chosen for the Ionian pool available during the Ionia versus Noxus: Rematch. However, she was not one of the selected champions.
Irelia has the highest potential tenacity stat in the game, capped at 88%: 40% from her passive (granted at least 3 enemy champions are within her sight); 15% from the Tenacious mastery, 25% from Elixir of Iron and 35% from any tenacity item in the game, after being calculated with diminishing returns. Previously, Zac could achieve 86.18% tenacity, the highest, while using Let's Bounce!, Tenacious and 35% from tenacity items in-game. This is no longer possible, however, due to the fact that the tenacity boost from Zac's ultimate has been removed.
Previously, Zac could achieve 86.18% tenacity, the highest, while using Let's Bounce!, Tenacious and 35% from tenacity items in-game. This is no longer possible, however, due to the fact that the tenacity boost from Zac's ultimate has been removed.
Can deal true damage, physical damage, and magical damage.
Easy to farm with if not countered.
Extremely versatile with item builds and counter-builds.
Strong Melee champion to pick into ranged champions.
Relatively weak early game.
Weak to early ganks or jungle pressure.
Relatively weak ultimate.
Situational CC slow/stun.
Somewhat weak teamfight.
Irelia Counter Tips
Attack speed reduction is extremely strong against Irelia, which lessens the effectiveness of her Hiten Style's active.
Be wary of having higher health than she does, as her Equilibrium Strike will stun you instead of slowing you.
Be wary of being near low-health minions as she can dash on them to get closer to you.
If you know her animation for her hiten style, you can time it for 5 seconds and engage while its down, for it no longer does true damage but only do so if you can kill her and are tanky enough for it.
Irelia is the focus of a LoL meme, "Better Nerf Irelia," in which Morello determines that a certain champion is currently overpowered, but chooses instead to nerf Irelia, due to his numerous alterations to her skillset. Irelia received nerfs one day before her release because Morello said she was too "annoying to play against".
Irelia received nerfs one day before her release because Morello said she was too "annoying to play against".
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“The sword flourishes, as though painting with blood.”
The Ionians have developed some of the most breathtaking and deadly martial arts in all of Runeterra – just one manifestation of their pursuit of enlightenment. The most remarkable blade style to emerge, however, was the unusual byproduct of foreign intervention.
Master Lito was a swordsman whose teachings were sought by ruling classes from nearly every city-state. His art was a highly-guarded secret, but it was said that swords would breathe in his grasp. He withered unexpectedly from a mysterious disease which baffled the brightest of Runeterran physicians. When he died, he left behind Zelos and Irelia, his son and daughter, and a truly unique weapon. Zelos became a sergeant in the Ionian military and left to seek assistance from Demacia immediately prior to Noxus’ invasion of Ionia. Irelia, charged with the protection of their home until Zelos returned, was alone when the Noxian forces struck.
The Ionians fought admirably, but soon Ionian blood stained the land beneath the prints of foreign boots. At the Great Stand of the Placidium, Ionians prepared for surrender, but were inspired to maintain their resistance when the young Irelia lifted her father’s enormous blade and pledged to hold until her brother returned. In the chaos of the ensuing fight, Irelia was cursed with dark Noxian Necromancy.
As her life ebbed, Soraka, the Starchild, made a final attempt to anchor her fading soul. Unwilling to relinquish her home, Irelia rose at the brink of death, and her father’s weapon lifted into the air alongside her. Irelia rushed back to the fore, unfazed by the blade’s sudden animation. The weapon danced around her effortlessly, cutting down Noxians as they gaped in horror. The decimated invaders were forced to retreat from the Placidium, and Irelia was appointed Ionia’s Captain of the Guard for her brave defense of her homeland.
Reduces the duration of all disables for each nearby enemy champion.1 Champion: 10%2 Champions: 25%3 Champions: 40%
Irelia dashes forward to strike her target. If it kills the target, Bladesurge's cooldown refreshes and refunds 35 Mana.
Irelia is skilled in the art of Hiten, passively giving her physical attacks Health restoration. Activating Hiten Style doubles her Health restoration and gives her basic attacks true damage.
Irelia's attack balances the scales, dealing damage and slowing the target. However, if the target has a higher Health % than Irelia, then the blow stuns the target instead of slowing.
Irelia summons 4 spirit blades that she can fling to deal physical damage and siphon life from enemies they pass through.
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