Janna VFX Update for LoL Patch 12.19

Riot has slowly been updating older champion models to make them look a bit better and to add some clarity into their kit. Janna is next on the list after successful VFX Updates for Fizz, Leona and Shaco.

Bewitching janna
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Every once in a while Riot takes an older champion and gives them a few visual updates. These updates aren't on the same scale as an ASU or a VGU, instead they're there to improve a champions' abilities to make them clearer and more readable for players.

So it's time we check out the new VFX update for our favorite bot lane enchanter Janna, since she is one of the older champions in League of Legends and she is in need of some texture and particle updates. It's only a matter of time until she is also on the VGU poll, right?

What is Riot Updating in Janna's VFX Update?

Before we start going over all the changes that Janna will receive let's first explain what a VFX Update even entails. Basically, VFX stands for visual effects, so the effects of her abilities will be updated and cleaned.

Riot Pehrek, Quality Assurance Engineer from the Riot Champions Team explained why they chose Janna for the next VFX update, stating that they are looking to update the readability of her abilities, as well as optimize them and finally help define the character's identity further.

This is similar to what Riot had done for Fizz not too long ago, and Leona as well earlier this season.

All of Janna's skins will be receiving some texture and particle upgrades with the VFX updates here is the complete list:

Janna Skin

VFX Update

Base JannaComplete Overhaul
Tempest JannaSame as Base
Hextech JannaComplete Overhaul
Frost Queen JannaComplete Overhaul
Victorious JannaComplete Overhaul
Forecast JannaComplete Overhaul

Fnatic Janna

Same as base, but with a custom W
Star Guardian JannaAdding impact effect to Q and Tornado small update, new healing VFX on R
Sacred Sword JannaAdding impact effect to Q and Tornado small update, new healing VFX on R
Bewitching JannaAdding impact effect to Q and Tornado small update, new healing VFX on R
Guardian of the Sands JannaAdding impact effect to Q and Tornado small update, new healing VFX on R
Battle Queen JannaAdding impact effect to Q, new healing VFX on R
Crystal Rose JannaAdding impact effect to Q, new healing VFX on R
Cyber Halo JannaAdding impact effect to Q, new healing VFX on R
Cyber Halo Janna PrestigeAdding impact effect to Q, new healing VFX on R

If you're wondering how these particle changes will affect Janna and her skins, then you can also watch the video below and you'll get a better image in your head of what exactly Riot is changing on her kit.

Janna VFX Update Release Date

This update is going to make it onto the PBE server this week, which means we will likely get it on live servers for LoL Patch 12.19. This is going to be just in time for the League of Legends World Championship, but we won't see the VFX update in action, since the event is being played on Patch 12.18.