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League of Legends patch 12.5 notes - Bees! champion skins, Master Yi changes

League of Legends' 12.5 patch ushers in some buzzing new skins for four lucky champions

The updates keep on coming, LoL fans. League of Legends patch 12.4 has made its way to the live Rift, bringing a raft of new skins, champion balance changes, and – of course – steely new Champon Renata Glasc. That means it’s now time to see what’s headed our way with its follow-up update. While the latest round of skins gave Kassadin, Shen, and Qiyana some dazzling new Shockblade styles, this fortnight’s offerings are fare more whimsical. Let’s take a look.

The new skins coming with League of Legends patch 12.5 add more champions to the game’s Bees! alternate universe, with four new looks on the way. As you’d expect, the names are pun-tastic, with Heimerstinger, Nunu and Beelump, Orbeeanna, and BZZZiggs joining the skin line. You can check out the in-game clips of these in action and their splash art in the skins section below.

As for balance changes, this cycle we’re not seeing too many champions getting a round of buffs or nerfs, though if you’re a Seraphine or Master Yi main, you’ll want to check out the updates below as they’re both receiving a few key tweaks each.

Without further ado, here are the tentative League of Legends patch 12.5 notes based on what’s up for testing on the PBE so far (cheers, Surrenderat20)!

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS PATCH 12.5 RELEASE DATE AND DOWNTIME

According to the League of Legends 2022 patch schedule, the League of Legends patch 12.5 release date is set for Wednesday, March 2, 2022.

Maintenance times haven’t yet been confirmed, but usually begin at 3am PT for NA servers, 5am UK time for EUW servers, and 3am CET for EUNE servers, and last for approximately three hours, so expect downtime to start sometime around then.

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS PATCH 12.5 BALANCE CHANGES

Champion Changes

Ahri – nerfed

Fox-Fire (W):
Ability’s mana cost increased to 30 from 25
Damage dealt has decreased to 50/75/100/125/150 (+30% AP) from 60/85/110/135/160 (+30% AP)
Charm (E):
Ability’s mana cost increased to 60 from 50

Gwen – nerfed

Thousand Cuts (passive):
Maximum damage against monsters reduced to 10 (+15% AP) from 10 (+25% AP)
Skip ‘n Slash (E):
Bonus attack range reduced to 50 from 100

Kennen – buffed

Electrical Surge (W):
Damage dealt by fourth attack increased to 35/45/55/65/75 (+120% bAD)(35% AP) from 20/30/40/50/60 (100% bAD)(+25% AP)

Master Yi – changed

Alpha Strike (Q):
Damage dealt increased to 30/60/90/120/150 (+60%AD) from 25/60/95/130/165(+90% AD)
Critical hits changed to 50% (+Bonus Crit Damage%) extra damage from 60% (+Bonus Crit Damage%) extra damage
Ability “now applies on-hit effects (on-hits from subsequent hits are also reduced)”
“CD Refund now scales relative to the max cooldown reduction from ability haste (no longer double dips haste)”
Wuju Style (E):
Damage dealt has decreased to 30/38/46/54/62(+35% bAD) from 30/40/50/60/70 (+35% bAD)
Ability duration has changed to ‘does not decrease during Q (Alpha Strike) or W (Meditate)’ from ‘does not decrease during W’
This can now be case during Q
Highlander (R):
Ability duration has changed to ‘does not decrease during Q (Alpha Strike) or W (Meditate)’ from ‘does not decrease during W’
This can now be cast during Q

Miss Fortune – changed

Strut (W):
Miss Fortune now spawns with the maximum amount of movespeed granted by Strut’s passive

Samira – buffed

Stats:
HP per level has increased to 94 from 88
Armour per level has increased to 3.5 from 3
Inferno Trigger (R):
Ability cooldown has decreased to 5 seconds from 8 seconds

Seraphine – changed

Surround Sound (W):
Ability’s mana cost has decreased to 50/60/70/80/90 from 50/70/90/110/130
Ability cooldown has increased to 28/26/24/22/20 seconds from 26/25/24/23/22 seconds
Shield effect changed to 60/80/100/120/140 (+40% AP) from 75-225 (based on level)(+45% AP)
“Allies are now granted this same shield value (up from 2/3 of Seraphine’s value)”
Healing effect has changed to 5/5.5/6/6.5/7% (+0.75% per 100 AP) missing health per ally from 5% (+1.125% per 100 AP) missing health per ally
Beat Drop (E):
Ability cooldown has decreased to 11/10.5/10/9.5/9 from 13/12/11/10/9

Xin Zhao – nerfed

Audacious Charge (E):
Ability cooldown increased to 12 seconds from 11 seconds
Crescent Guard (R):
Ability duration decreased to 4 seconds from 5 seconds

League of Legends patch 12.5 New Champion Skins

New Champion Skins

BZZZiggs – 1350 RP

“According to all known laws of apiculture, bees shouldn’t be given explosives. Hey! Put that bouncing bomb down, bee!”

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Here’s the shared BZZZIGGS and HEIMERSTINGER splash art:

HEIMERSTINGER – 1350 RP

“Now isn’t he just the buzziest little worker bee?”

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Orbeeanna – 1350 RP

“Careful not to get honey caught in those gears!”

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Here’s the ORBEEANNA splash art:

NUNU AND BEELUMP – 1350 RP

“They’re like two bees in a pod. Err… in a hive?”

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Here’s the NUNU AND BEELUMP splash art:

Here’s Riot Games’ clip of the buzzing new skins in action:


League of Legends patch 12.5 Elise VFX update

Elise VFX update

While there doesn’t seem to have been any word from Riot Games on the League of Legends PBE subreddit just yet, it seems Elise could be getting some visual effects updates this patch, and some changes have hit the PBE for testing. League YouTuber SkinSpotlights has posted a handy comparison clip showing the changes in for testing, which you can check out below:
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Here are a couple notes on the changes:


And there you have it! That’s the League of Legends patch 12.5 notes. Go catch up on the League of Legends patch 12.4 notes if you’re keen to see what’s hit the live game previously, or you can always head to our sister site The Loadout for its LoL ranks explainer if you’re after some tips on how to climb those ladders. If you’re looking to get into the game as a newbie, then our best League of Legends champions for beginners and LoL beginners’ guides can help you get started.