Varus

The Arrow Of Retribution

Varus INFO

  • Varus was released on 08 May 2012 and can be purchased from the Riot Store for 4800 IP or 880 RP.
  • Varus was the first champion to be released in Season Two with only one alternative skin, with subsequent champions following this pattern.
  • The Pit of Pallas is a reference to Pallas, a giant associated with war in Greek mythology. He was killed by Athena in a battle with the gods.
  • Varus is, along with Blitzcrank, Caitlyn, Lissandra, Rumble, Sion, Vi, Xerath, and Ziggs, one of the few champions that can CC themselves.
  • When Varus crits, his bow expands.
  • Varus' body style is similar to the one of Solus, the T'Lan leader from the game Breakdown.
  • Varus is the first of three dark-themed Ionian Champions, the second being Syndra and the third being Zed.
  • Varus is one of three dark-themed champions with a light-themed skin, the second being Syndra and the third being Aatrox. Of these three, Varus' skin is the only one not of the Justicar theme.
  • Of these three, Varus' skin is the only one not of the Justicar theme.

Varus Skins

Varus Pros

  • Strong laning phase.
  • Attack Speed & Damage steroid.
  • Shreds tanks with %health damage.
  • Dual forms of Damage.
  • Initiate ability with AoE Snare.
  • Long range poke.

Varus Cons

  • No escape mechanism.
  • Slow base movement speed.
  • Mana hungry during the early stages.
  • Reliant on skill shots.
  • Naturally Squishy.

Varus Counter Tips

  • Varus does not have any escape abiltiies. Try to focus him in teamfights.
  • Move away from a target hit by Varus's ultimate, as it will chain onto you if you don't move far enough from the initial location.
  • Dodge his Piercing Arrow at any cost when he has stacked 3 blight on you, as it will do an incredibly high damage. Decreasing his attack speed makes it harder for him to get the 3 stacks.
  • his E (hail of arrows) slows down movement speed and health regen, stay out of this no matter what if you are heavy on health regen/ combined with his ult you will be down for damage.

Varus DEV INFO

  • Varus was designed by Meddler.
  • Varus is voiced by Gavin Hammon, who also voices Pantheon and Blood Lord Vladimir.
  • Varus is a medical term for inward joint deformity which may refer to his current "broken" state. Additionally, the curve caused by the deformity is similar to that of a bow; hence the term "bowleggedness". Humorously, the fact that his name is the term for a knee deformity and the fact that Varus is an archer could be a reference to the famous "Arrow to the Knee" meme of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
  • Additionally, the curve caused by the deformity is similar to that of a bow; hence the term "bowleggedness".
  • Humorously, the fact that his name is the term for a knee deformity and the fact that Varus is an archer could be a reference to the famous "Arrow to the Knee" meme of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
  • Varus's title "the Arrow of Retribution" strongly resembles Kalista's title "The Spear of Vengeance" .
  • Varus's Piercing Arrow is a rework of Tristana's old Draw a Bead ability which (while active) would reduce her movement speed to increase range.
  • The League of Legends art team worked with Gabe and Tycho from Penny Arcade to make a "special edition" champion sneak peek for Varus.
  • Riot wanted to deliver some of the creepy, fluid feeling of the corruption, it was important to give Varus a forceful, solid, strong weapon that you could identify him with instead of feeling like (as you do for instance with the T1000 from Terminator 2) the bow was just one piece of a big bag of tricks. Also, the visual impact of his animations with a sturdy bow was extremely satisfying.
  • The visual effects designer for Varus's log-in screen was Anthony Possobon.

Varus IS STRONG AGAINST

DravenCaitlynJinxVayneQuinnAsheMiss Fortune

Varus IS WEAK AGAINST

GravesLucianTristanaSivirBlitzcrankLeonaLucian

Varus IS GOOD WITH

LeonaThreshSorakaNamiSonaBlitzcrankTaric

Varus IS EVEN WITH

EzrealCorkiAatroxAmumuTristanaThreshZilean

VARUS STORY

“The life of an arrow is fleeting, built of nothing but direction and intent.”

For his incomparable skill with the bow and his unquestioned sense of honor, Varus was chosen to be the warden of a sacred Ionian temple. The temple was built to contain an ancient pit of corruption so vile that Ionian Elders feared it could envelop the island in darkness. Varus prided himself on his position, as only the most exceptional Ionian warriors were selected for the role. He lived with his family in a nearby village and led a quiet life of disciplined routine until the day the forces of Noxus invaded Ionia. Their shock troops left nothing but death and desolation in their wake, and the temple lay in their path. Varus was forced to make a decision. He was bound by honor to stay and defend the temple, but without him the village’s few inhabitants could offer little resistance against the oncoming war machine. Gravely, he chose to fulfill his duty as a warden. The corruption could not be allowed to escape.

His arrows sundered the troops who tried to wrest the temple from him that day. However, when he returned to the village, he found that it had been reduced to a smoldering graveyard. Remorse at the sight of his slain family gave way to overwhelming regret, and then to seething hatred. He swore to slaughter every Noxian invader, but first he needed to become stronger. He turned to that which he had sacrificed everything to protect. The pit of corruption would consume him wholly, as a flame devours a wick, but its abominable power would burn within him until he was lost. This was a path from which there could be no return. With grim resolve, he condemned himself to the black flames, feeling malevolent energy bond to his skin…and with it, the promise of ruin. He left, seeking the blood of all Noxians involved with the invasion, a grisly task that eventually led him to the invasion’s most infamous perpetrators.

Varus Abilities

Living Vengeance

On kill or assist, Varus temporarily gains Attack Speed. This bonus is larger if the enemy is a champion.

Piercing Arrow

Varus readies and then fires a powerful shot that gains extra range and damage the longer he spends preparing to fire.

Blighted Quiver

Varus' basic attacks deal bonus magic damage and apply Blight. Varus' other abilities detonate Blight, dealing magic damage based on the target's maximum Health.

Hail of Arrows

Varus fires a hail of arrows that deal physical damage and desecrate the ground. Desecrated ground slows enemies' Movement Speed and reduces their self healing and regeneration.

Chain of Corruption

Varus flings out a damaging tendril of corruption that immobilizes the first enemy champion hit and then spreads towards nearby uninfected champions, immobilizing them too on contact.