Ahri Rework: Release Date, Abilities & More

Riot has revealed all the changes they're making to Ahri in 2022. When will they go live though?
Dynasty Ahri rework splash
How will Ahri's reworked splash look? | © Riot Games

[Update: 1.6.2022]

Riot Leaks Ahri's ASU

It looks like Riot accidentally leaked Ahri's new in-game model, while showcasing their pride month update. To celebrate pride month, Riot released a new trailer showcasing all the new things, that players can expect to get. At the end of the trailer, you can see Ahri running around with the upcoming rainbow-colored trail. If you look closely, Ahri's in game model appears to look different. Remus on YouTube was quick to point this out.

This will be the same update Caitlyn got, it's just a remodel of her character, but gameplay wise she will stay the same. Not a lot has changed, so we assume the ASU is in its early stages, but she definitely looks more polished. She also seems to have gotten a color update, as her tail looks whiter than before. Her clothing also appears to brighter and going more into a pinkish tone, rather than the bright red she has now. The last difference is her orb. It's a darker blue, and doesn't resemble Naruto's rasengan as much anymore. Instead, it looks more water-y and spirit-y. Those are all the differences we were able to spot. Did we miss any?

When Will Ahri's ASU Release?

Riot only confirmed that Ahri would be getting a visual rework later this year. That was in January. Judging by the leak, it seems they still have some work to do, as some details were still missing. Most notably, Ahri's trademark ears. If you look closely at the leak, you can see that they are missing. Pretty sure Riot isn't going to remove them, that would upset a lot of people. With the upcoming release of Bel'Veth, Riot has the next patch covered, so it's safe to assume we won't see her in Patch 12.11; otherwise we would see her new model dashing around on the PBE server. Judging by their progress, 12.12 also seems to be a bit of a stretch. If we had to guess, we would probably see her ASU on the PBE server around patch 12.15, so still some time away. But when the time comes, I'm sure Riot will let us know.

[Original Article]

Ahri is one of League of Legends' most iconic champions and characters. She’s featured in multiple ad campaigns and is a huge part of the Riot Forge and Airship Syndicate game Ruined King: A League of Legends Story.

She’s been a part of the game since December 2011 and just recently celebrated her 10-year anniversary. So, what is Riot doing to freshen up this aged champion? Quite a lot, and we’re going to go over all the details.

Why is Ahri Getting a Mini Rework?

As just mentioned, Ahri is one of the older champions in League of Legends. Thus, her visuals are slightly outdated and her abilities don’t feel as fresh or fun anymore as they once did. A lot has changed since 2011.

So, in an effort to revamp older champions like Syndra, Vayne and Rengar, Riot is going to ship a few updates onto the PBE server to improve Ahri as a champion. Maybe she’ll be a viable pick in ranked again and not just there for fanservice?

What Is Being Updated on Ahri’s Kit?

Riot August sent out a tweet explaining the changes to Ahri and what the focus of the mini rework is going to entail. Basically, the balance team will want to work around her mobility to keep her character the same as she’s always been.

Here is an overview of all the planned changes for the Ahri Rework

Ahri Buffs in Season 12

Two of her abilities will be getting buffed in the rework. This is done to improve her gameplay and make her a viable pick.

  • W - Fox Fire: Damage increased and mana cost decreased. Flame duration and movement speed duration increased and an update to the visuals of the ability.
  • R - Spirit Rush: 15 second duration instead of 10. Also, consuming a champion's essence with her passive while spirit rush is active, extends its recast duration by up to 10s. The visuals have also been updated.

Ahri Adjustments in Season 12

Her passive and her E are also being adjusted. These abilities just aren’t up to par with other abilities in 2022, which is why Riot has decided to take them under the microscope and change them around.

  • P - Essence Theft: Killing minions and monsters grants Ahri an essence fragment, after obtaining 9 fragments, Ahri consumes them to heal 40-120 (+25%AP). When Ahri scores a takedown against an enemy champion within 3 seconds of damaging them, she feasts upon their essence healing for 80-200 (+35%AP)
  • E - Charm: Damage increased to 80-200(+60%AP) and mana cost lowered. The 20% damage amp on target has been removed.

Ahri will also be receiving a new VFX and SFX for her base skin, as well as all other skins where needed.

Ahri Nerfs in Season 12

Since Ahri is getting a mini rework, Riot will also have to nerf a few aspects of her kit, so she doesn’t turn into the most OP mage out there. Just imagine what she could do with Crown of the Shattered Queen in the early game!

  • Base stats have all been lowered
  • Q - Orb of Deception: Mana cost increased 60-100

When Will Ahri’s Rework Go Live?

The rework should hit the PBE server quite soon. This could mean that the rework will be available by LoL Patch 12.03. Maybe it will take a bit longer though, since Riot is going to focus on changing her visuals as well.

This is likely on the same scale as the Caitlyn ASU, which also took a few weeks before Riot officially released her. Therefore, we’ll have to wait and see whether the reworked Ahri will be springing across the right in Patch 12.03 with the new Crystal Rose skins, or sometime later in 2022.