Udyr Rework: Release Date, Info & more

Udyr is the next champion to receive a Visual Gameplay Update in 2022, but what do we know about the changes coming to the champion?

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Udyr rework, when? | © Riot Games

Udyr is going to be getting his long-anticipated VGU in 2022. Players have been asking for this update for over a year, and it couldn't come soon enough for those jungle mains who love to slap their enemies over and over and run at them with full speed.

Sure, we've got Bel'Veth to do those things for us as well with her unique four dashes, but Udyr is the OG, and he is going to roar and run straight at you from the jungle when he's coming in for a gank. But when can we expect this epic visual and gameplay update from Riot?

What is Riot Reworking on Udyr?

Udyr is one of the most outdated champions in the game, which is why Riot is going to rework his abilities without sacrificing the essence of who Udyr is as a champion. Even if he is outdated, he's an iconic champion to the game and the team wants to keep him feeling like the same champion.

In 2020, Riot reworked Fiddlesticks and the VGU was well-received since the kit was updated to fit into modern League of Legends, but it wasn't too different from his old kit, keeping the essence of the Runeterran scarecrow. Similarly, Riot is approaching the Udyr rework.

Keeping Udyr Melee-Centric

Udyr is known for his melee combat abilities and Riot will want to keep those in the game. The different stances make Udyr who he is and that is something Riot doesn't want to change. In a dev post from January 2022, Luis “Riot Bloois” Aguas, the visual effect's artist on the Udyr rework explained that he wanted Udyr to look like he was in a fighting game and in League.

A key factor is to differentiate the stances from one another, so players know which Udyr stance is currently active, as well as his passive. He's always been a melee skirmisher and that essence is supposed to shine through once more after the rework.

Udyr Visual Rework

Of course, a huge part of the VGU is also to refresh and renew a champion's model. This means, some champions will go through a complete overhaul by Riot. Udyr went through various phases according to the rework team, at first with antlers which were later taken away because the team "couldn’t get them to not look goofy because of how hunched over [Udyr] is."

So, goodbye concept of giant antlers and hello a well-proportioned mountain man. The team focused on making him look like an older man living in the mountains, giving him long, thick hair. Once again, this is what he looked like in essence before, but his character model will be able to reflect the stances much better and just look much cleaner once the rework is live.

According to Jason “OOYOO” Namgung, Udyr's character artist, the base body was easy to create, while the four stances were the hardest part.

His base body was pretty straight forward, but his four stances were a major hurdle. Not only were there four of them, but we also had to make sure each one amplified the fantasy of the animal spirit they’re associated with.
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This is a concept we can get behind. | © Riot Games

Re-Working Udyr's Skins

Of course, as with every champion rework, we will also be receiving some new, reworked skins. The skins themselves are getting a glow-up, as well as the splash arts, which in Udyr's case is pretty important since he is one of the oldest champions in League of Legends.

Which Udyr Skins Are Getting Reworked?

Udyr doesn't have too many skins in his inventory, but one of them is an ultimate skin. Reworking an ultimate skin is going to be the most difficult part when it comes to visually enhancing his cosmetics, since it is one of the most expensive skin tiers in the game and therefore Riot will have to make sure that the new look is worth the price.

These are all of Udyr's skins getting reworked
  • Black Belt Udyr (520 RP)
  • Definitely Not Udyr (975 RP)
  • Dragon Oracle Udyr (1350 RP)
  • Spirit Guard Udyr (3250 RP)

When Will Riot Release the Udyr Rework?

The Udyr rework has been confirmed to hit the PBE server for League of Legends Patch 12.16. Many fans had hoped that Udyr would be making an appearance at the beginning of August, but he will likely be announced along with the upcoming League of Legends Roadmap which should come in the second week of August.