LoL Lore: The Story of Ekko, the Boy who Shattered Time

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Who is Ekko? | © Riot Games

What would you do if you were able to turn back time? Would you win the lottery? Would you stop a catastrophe from happening? Those are questions that Ekko has found answers to since he is the boy who shattered time. How did he manage such a feat though? Through his champion lore you will find out!

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Who is Ekko According to LoL Lore?

Ekko is a young boy who grew up in Zaun. From a young age on, he was able to tinker and build small machines. His parents, vowing to build a better future for their child, would work tirelessly in Zaunite factories, which left Ekko to his own devices.

He and other kids on the streets of Zaun would run around, play games and cause mischief. Then, one day, Ekko found a bright blue crystal in the rubble of a recently torn down factory. Never before had he seen Hextech, but there it was, a crystal in his hands.

He hid it and quickly took it home where he began experimenting on the crystal. Sure, not all of the experiments were the most scientific, but he wanted to learn about the crystal. Then, one of his experiments went awry, creating a cloud of temporal realities in which he saw several ‘echo’ realities of his own.

He managed to repair the hole he had torn in the fabric of reality and managed to harness the temporal power of the shattered crystal in a device with which he would then be able to manipulate small increments of time.

Then, on his name day, the friends he had made in the streets dared him to climb with them to the top of a clock tower. He decided to follow them and as they were climbing, one of the other kids tried to heave themselves up, but the piece of the building broke loose, the child falling to their death.

Without a second thought, Ekko used his device to turn back time, managing to stop the child from falling and dying, only for them to fall into the clockwork of the tower and die once more. Ekko used the device over and over to save his friend until finally, he managed to get it right.

His friends, not knowing anything, just thought Ekko used his superb reflexes.

The underground of Zaun can also be vibrant. | © Riot Games

Ekko ended up telling his friends about the device he created, swearing them to secrecy. His friends were so impressed that they continued on dangerous adventures, knowing that Ekko could turn back time to save them.

So now, even though various inventors of Zaun and Piltover seek the power Ekko holds, he continues to try to make a positive change for his hometown, hoping to one day have Zaun overshadow the golden veneer of Piltover.

Does Ekko Have a Crush on Jinx?

In Ekko’s champion lore, Jinx isn’t directly mentioned. They’re both from Zaun which could mean that they’ve interacted before. Jinx also doesn’t appear in his color story, but through his voice lines, we can discern that he had once liked Jinx.

I had a crush. Until you started talking to the gun.

Does this mean that we will be seeing Ekko appear in the Netflix show Arcane? Through the voice line, we know that he knew Jinx before she went insane, which is when the show takes place.

What Race is Ekko According to his Champion Lore?

According to his champion lore, Ekko was born and raised in Zaun. His parents worked tirelessly, seeing the genius in their son and wanting a better future for him. They wanted him to move up to Piltover, which is seen as a more prosperous city.

Ekko, on the other hand doesn’t mind the Zaun underbelly and sees a dynamic place overflowing with energy and potential.

So, there you have it folks, a bit of backstory to our favorite junglers. Next time we will be back with the LoL champion lore of none other than Elise!

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