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League of Legends patch 12.6 notes - Rengar rework, Anima Squad skins

League of Legends' 12.6 patch keeps the animal theme going with some cool new skins and some changes for everyone's favourite vampire champ Swain

The splash art for League of Legends' prestige Battle Cat Jinx skin

The League of Legends updates are coming thick and fast. LoL patch 12.5 has hit the live server, introducing a wonderful selection of bee-inspired skins to the MOBA. Don’t bee-lieve for one second, though, that’s all we got. Riot has tweaked Master Yi and Seraphine with some solid changes, while several other LoL champs got some quality-of-life adjustments, too.

Now, though, it’s time to look toward LoL patch 12.6. We’re sticking with the animal theme this time around as the new Anima Squad skins have hit the PBE. If you’ve been out of the loop, a few champions – such as Vayne, Miss Fortune, and Jinx – are getting some punky skins themed around bats, bunnies, cats, and more. You can check out the in-game clips of these in action and their splash art in the skins section below.

We’re close to the end of the patch cycle, so we know what champion changes are coming our way. Check them all out below.

Without further ado, here are the League of Legends patch 12.6 notes from your pals at Riot Games.

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS PATCH 12.6 RELEASE DATE AND DOWNTIME

According to the League of Legends 2022 patch schedule, the League of Legends patch 12.6 release date is set for Wednesday, March 30, 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 12.6 balance CHANGES

Champion changes

Azir – buffed

Stats:
Health growth increased to 105 from 92
Health at level 18 increased to 2,337 from 2,116

Darius – buffed

Noxian Guillotine (R):
Minimum true damage increased to 125/250/375 (+75% bonus AD) from 100/200/300 (+75% bonus AD)

Hecarim – nerfed

Rampage (Q):
Base damage decreased to 60/90/120/150/180 (+85% bonus AD) from 60/97/134/171/208 (+85% bonus AD)
Devastating Charge (E):
Minimum total damage decreased to 30/45/60/75/90 (+55% bonus AD) from 30/50/70/90/110 (+55% bonus AD)
Maximum total damage decreased to 60/90/120/150/180 (+110% bonus AD) from 60/100/140/180/220 (+110% bonus AD)

Illaoi – changed

Leap of faith (R):
Illaoi will now face your cursor when this move is used, which should allow for more favourable tentacle spawn locations
Bugfixes
Nearby inactive tentacles will now slam Illaoi’s target when they become active after she attacks a vessel while empowered by Harsh Lesson
Spell queueing has been added to Harsh Lesson and Leap of Faith
Harsh Lesson’s visual indicators will now show the correct range of her empowered basic attacks
Tentacles will no longer spawn on either team’s base gates on Summoner’s Rift

Jax – buffed

Stats:
Base health increased to 615 from 593
Empower (W):
Magic damage increased to 50/85/120/155/190 (+60% AP) from 40/75/110/145/180 (+60% AP)

Nidalee – buffed

Bushwhack (W):
Mana cost decreased to 30/35/40/45/50 from 40/45/50/55/60
Primal surge (E):
Mana cost decreased to 50/55/60/65/70 from 50/60/70/89/90 Cast range increased to 900 from 600
Pounce – cougar form (W):
AoE damage radius increased to 250 from 225

Rengar – reworked

Unseen Predator (Passive):
Here, Kitty Kitty grants one ferocity on Rengar’s next leap when he loses all stacks
Purrfect Pounces allows Rengar to leap after 0.35 seconds in brush or camouflage
Ferocious Feline – Rengar now has a Ferocity resource bar that indicates how much Ferocity he currently has
Savagery (Q):
New! Savage Strikes – Rengar’s Q-empowered basic attack is now always a critical strike
Scratching Posts – Savagery now also applies to basic attacks against towers
That Wasn’t Catnip – Savagery no longer applies to basic attacks against plants
Bola Strike (E):
No Cast, Only Throw – Rengar can now throw his Bola Strike instantly with zero cast time during leaps
Peekabo – Now grants true sight and normal vision 150 units around the first enemy hit for two seconds
Thrill of the Hunt (R):
Predatory Instinct – Now grants not only true sight, but also normal vision 100 units around the nearest enemy

Tryndamere – nerfed

Spinning Slash (E):
Cooldown reduction per critical strike decreased to 0.75 from one second
Undying Rage (R):
Cooldown increased to 130/110/90 seconds from 110/100/90 seconds

Item changes

Vampiric Scepter – nerfed

Effects:
Lifesteal decreased to 8% from 10%

Blade of the Ruined King – nerfed

Effects:
Life steal decreased to 8% from 10%

Immortal Shieldbow – changed

Effects:
Lifesteal decreased to 8% from 10%
Mythic passive health increased to 70 from 50

Rune changes

Ravenous Hunter (D4) – removed!

Removed!

Treasure Hunter (D4) – new!

Stats:
“Gain an additional zero gold the next time you collect a Bounty Hunter stack. Increase the gold gained by 20 gold for each Bounty Hunter stack. Bounty Hunter stacks are earned the first time you get a takedown on each enemy champion.”

Fleet Footwork – nerfed

Stats:
Energized Attack damage decreased to 10 – 100 (+0.3 Bonus AD, +0.2 AP) from 10 – 100 (+0.4 Bonus AD, +0.3 AP)

Legend: Bloodline (P3) – changed

Stats:
“Gain 0.4% lifesteal for every Legend stack (max 15 stacks). At maximum Legend stacks, gain 100 max health. Earn progress toward Legend stacks for every champion takedown, epic monster takedown, large monster kill, and minion kill.”

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS PATCH 12.6 CHAMPION SKINS

New Champion skins

 Ashen Knight Pyke – 100 ME

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Here’s the Ashen Knight Pyke splash art:

The splash art for League of Legends' Ashen Knight Pyke skin

Battle Bat Vayne – 1350 RP

“Vayne is Anima Squad’s premiere intel expert, infiltrating enemy strongholds to strike first, strike fast, and strike hard. She’s willing to do anything it takes to ensure humanity’s survival, even if sometimes that means butting heads with the leadership of Commander Fortune.”

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Here’s the shared Battle Bat Vayne and Battle Wolf Sylas splash art:

Splash art for LoL's Battle Bat Vayne and Battle Wolf Sylas skins

Battle Cat Jinx – 1350 RP

“Jinx is a one-cat demolitions squad, her natural destructive impulses turned toward more productive ends: fighting off the Primordians. She’s not really a soldier, doesn’t seem to care about humanity’s cause, and doesn’t follow orders – but there’s no arguing with Jinx’s results.”

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Here’s the Battle Cat Jinx splash art:

The splash art for League of Legends' Battle Cat Jinx skin

Battle Cat Jinx Prestige Edition

“Unleashed and brandishing an arsenal of squid-stomping explosives strong enough to knock over a Primordian warship, Jinx has the enemy right in her claws. With this Battle Cat on the prowl? The war is as good as over.”

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Here’s the Battle Cat Jinx prestige edition splash art:

The splash art for League of Legends' prestige Battle Cat Jinx skin

Battle Bunny Miss Fortune – 1820 RP

“Sarah Fortune is the second to take on the title of Anima Squad Commander, after her predecessor Riven’s mysterious disappearance. They’re big leporine shoes to fill, considering Riven’s status as a war hero, but Sarah is smart, skilled, and courageous enough to forge her own legend in the fight for humanity.”

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Here’s the Battle Bunny Miss Fortune splash art:

The splash art for League of Legends' prestige Battle Bunny Miss Fortune skin

Battle Bunny Miss Fortune also comes with a new voiceover! Check it out:

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Battle Bunny Prime Riven

“Riven volunteered for what would eventually become Anima Squad after losing many comrades in the early days of the Primordian invasion. A string of victories later, she is famous: a war hero looked up to by all. So why has she suddenly vanished when the world needs her most?”

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Here’s the Battle Bunny Prime Riven splash art:

The splash art for League of Legends' prestige Battle Bunny Riven skin

Battle Wolf Sylas

“Sylas is the leader of Wolf Team: a daring, ruthless strike force under the banner of Anima Squad. Though he rejects anyone claiming authority over him (Commander Fortune included), Sylas knows that if humanity falls, there will be nothing left to fight for.”

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Mythic skin overhaul

 As part of the Mythic content overhaul, we’ve also got several prestige skins on PBE! Check them out:
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Extras

Product lead Ken Adams confirms on Twitter that Ashen Knight Pyke will cost 100 ME when LoL patch 12.6 releases later this month.

We also have some new splash art for Kassadin:


That’s all there is in the way of League of Legends patch 12.6 notes for now.

Go catch up on the League of Legends patch 12.5 notes if you’re keen to see what’s just hit the live game, 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.