League of Legends has multiple, thousand skin lines and skins, but there are some that stand out. There are legacy skins, epic skins, ultimate skins and legendary skins, but then there are also prestige skins in LoL.
But, what are prestige skins? How are you able to get these golden skins even? Well, that’s what we’re going to be diving into in this article. Everything you need to know about LoL prestige skins right here!
What Are Prestige Skins?
Prestige Skins take existing skins and re-imagine them in a whole new 'prestigious' way. Until 2022, many fans thought prestige skins looked like 'golden chromas', but Riot has decided to make a change to their Prestige Skin philosophy.
League of Legends Patch 12.6 will introduce a new mythic shop into the League of Legends client and Riot is going to look to upgrade Prestige skins even more, drawing inspiration from high end fashion brands.
How Do You Earn Prestige Skins?
Earning LoL prestige skins means you’ve got to save up for them. So, if you see your favorite champion getting a new skin, as well as a prestige edition, then you’ll need to earn some Mythic Essence.
Before 2022 players had to use prestige points to get a chance to pick up prestige skins, but to unify all mythic content – since gemstones were also a currency to get mythic content – Riot has decided to create one currency which is now known as Mythic Essence.
What is Mythic Essence?
Mythic Essence will be the new currency that will replace prestige points, as well as gemstones. Therefore, players will only have to worry about one mythic currency in League of Legends.
Can You Earn Prestige Skins Through Loot?
Going forward, prestige skins will not be made available through loot pulls anymore. Riot has decided to introduce a dedicated mythic shop, in which players can use mythic essence to pick up skins, chests and more. In this shop, players will be able to purchase older prestige skins as well.
Therefore, Riot has decided that these skins will be exclusive to the shop, which is why you won't be able to get prestige skins through loot pools, which include rerolls. The mythic shop will include older Prestige Skins. They have to be over 1-year old at least for them to be eligible to be part of the shop.
If you've got an old event orb and capsule, that would have the chance to drop exclusive mythic content, this chest will still do so. New capsules will not have exclusive content included anymore though.
How to Earn Mythic Essence
Buying Masterwork Chest Bundles
One way to earn Mythic Essence in League of Legends is by buying Masterwork Chest Bundles. Masterwork chests are available in the shop under ‘Loot’ and go for 165 RP – Riot Points. Buying just a chest won’t get you any Mythic Essence though.
To get Mythic Essence you’ll have to purchase the Masterwork Chest Bundles. These usually include the chest, a key as well as Mythic Essence. Depending on which bundle you buy, you get different amounts of Mythic Essence.
Through In-Game Events
You can also earn Mythic Essence for the prestige edition skin of your dreams through the Riot Games in-client events. By completing missions players earn event tokens. How do you know which missions you must complete? Easy, just check in the client on the bottom right between your chat and microphone icon.
If you click on that symbol, all missions for the running event will be shown to you. Completing those missions will give you event tokens, which can then be used to exchange for Mythic Essence at the end of the in-client event.
With Event Tokens
You’ll also be able to get event-specific prestige skins by exchanging event tokens. For most events, one champion will receive an event prestige skin. For example, Nightbringer Kayn was released with a prestige edition skin.
By buying the Nightbringer and Dawnbringer event pass, players were able to complete missions – either by winning games or playing a certain number. For each completed mission, they were gifted event tokens, which they could later find in their Loot.
There, players are able to choose what they want to purchase with their event tokens. If you had enough to get the prestige skin edition of Nightbringer Kayn, then congratulations to you!
How To Earn Prestige Skins Starting 2022
With the inclusion of a new currency, Riot has shaken up how players can earn event-exclusive prestige skins. So let's go over the different ways to earn prestige skins and mythic essence!
One way of earning your favorite prestige skin in 2022 is through showcase milestones. Loot showcase events, like 2021's PROJECT or Battle Academia, are switching from Prestige Point bundles to a rewards track that progresses as you open event capsules. Skins will be released exclusively at the end of the progression track before being vaulted until made available in the mythic shop at some point.
Through the showcase milestone track, you'll have the same amount of loot as you would have before to earn 100 prestige points through capsule bundles. Now there are loot rewards attached, though.
Masterwork milestones are an infinitely repeatable rewards track for opening Masterwork chests. So, continue buying them to earn some mythic essence and get those exclusive skins in the future.
In the future, Riot will want to continue to have a token shop, but add in a battle pass system. Players will get experience by playing games, earning points through missions and unlocking tokens and other rewards.
Here are some examples of missions and battle pass tracks:
- Free event missions: Converted to free pass track rewards. Still includes 300 total tokens and an Event Orb, among other content. You'll earn all free rewards by level 30.
- Pass token bank missions: Converted to paid pass track rewards at each level. After all 50 event pass levels, there's an infinitely repeatable "51st" level for pass holders that grants tokens.
- Pass milestone missions: Converted to paid pass track rewards.
- Pass weekly wins missions: Now grant XP instead of tokens. Stacks with First Win of the Day missions.
- (NEW) Free First Win of the Day missions: Earn pass XP for your first win (or 3 played matches) each day. Like the standard First Win mission, this is a use-it-or-lose-it model; you can't accrue multiple First Win missions.
You'll be able to use the tokens in an event shop, just like before. Riot will improve the interface of the shop though, which means you'll have an easier time browsing and finding what you're looking for to purchase.
How Do You Use Mythic Essence?
So you’ve bought a bunch of Masterwork Chest Bundles and are now rich in Mythic Essence? Well, now it’s time to spend those hard-earned bad boys! You’re really eyeing that Duality Dragon Volibear prestige edition skin, eh? Well, to get it you’ll have to go into your LoL client and click on ‘Loot’ in the top right corner.
Once you’re there, you see everything you’ve earned so far, those Masterwork Chests, the keys, a few skin shards, orange essence and, of course, Mythic Essence. Click on the Mythic Essence and every prestige edition skin you can get is shown to you.
So then, you simply press the one you want, click ‘Forge’ and then you’re the lucky owner of a prestige skin.
Does Mythic Essence Expire?
Mythic essence, like gemstones and unlike prestige points previously, will not expire. This means you can hoard as much mythic essence as you want and as long as you want.
It is important to note though, that when the switch from prestige points to mythic essence happens, your prestige points will not carry over and be turned into mythic essence. That is why there will be a last-minute prestige shop open for anyone who still has some prestige points left in their inventory.
Do Prestige Points Expire?
Note: As of Patch 12.6 Prestige Points will not be used anymore for mythic content.
Prestige skins do expire. You cannot hold onto your prestige skins for more than one year, though Riot Games did make an exception in 2020 and 2021. At the end of the year, any prestige points that a player owned are reset.
The idea behind prestige skins was to make these skins ‘rare’ and ‘desirable’ according to Riot Games IamCarlos, Lead Producer of Skins and Personalization.
Prestige skins are about taking an existing skin and adding rarity and desirability through more expensive-looking (and often sparkly!) materials in the model
To keep your prestige points from expiring Riot usually brings out a prestige shop at the end of the year where players are able to make last-minute purchases for prestige skins as well.
What Prestige Skins Exist in League of Legends
We’ve got quite a list of prestige skins already available in League of Legends. Fan favorites are part of the list as well. Here is a full list of all prestige edition skins Riot Games has released thus far:
- Blood Moon Aatrox Prestige
- K/DA Akali Prestige
- K/DA Kai’Sa Prestige
- K/DA Evelynn Prestige
- K/DA Ahri Prestige
- Firecracker Vayne Prestige
- Arcade Caitlyn Prestige
- Fuzz Fizz Prestige
- PROJECT: Irelia Prestige
- Nightbringer Lee Sin Prestige
- Battle Academia Lux Prestige
- Star Guardian Neeko Prestige
- True Damage Qiyana Prestige
- Valiant Sword Riven Prestige
- Pulsefire Thresh Prestige
- Bewitching Miss Fortune Prestige
- Mecha Kingdoms Garen Prestige
- Pulsefire Lucian Prestige
- Dark Star Malphite Prestige
- True Damage Senna Prestige
- Obsidian Dragon Sett Prestige
- Star Guardian Soraka Prestige
- Spirit Blossom Teemo Prestige
- Battle Queen Diana Prestige
- PsyOps Ezreal Prestige
- True Damage Yasuo Prestige
- K/DA ALL OUT Kai’Sa Prestige
- Arcanist Zoe Prestige
- Coven Zyra Prestige
- Lunar Beast Fiora Prestige
- Space Groove Lulu Prestige
- Conqueror Jax Prestige
- PROJECT: Sylas Prestige
- PROJECT: Zed Prestige
- Battle Academia Leona Prestige
- Ascended Pantheon Prestige
- Coven LeBlanc Prestige
- Nightbringer Kayn Prestige
- Bewitching Morgana Prestige
- Duality Dragon Volibear Prestige
- Debonair 2.0 Brand Prestige
- Brave Phoenix Xayah Prestige
- Porcelain Lux Prestige
- Anima Squad Jinx Prestige
- High Noon Talon Prestige
- Eclipse Senna Prestige
The final prestige skin of 2021 was released in LoL Patch 11.24 with the Debonair 2.0 skins. Now, in 2022 we will see a big change in how Riot makes prestige skins, but they will continue to be something special for players.