The Definitive League of Legends Hextech Crafting Guide
Hextech crafting is one of the most popular ways of obtaining skins in League of Legends. Initially launched in March of 2016, Hextech crafting now allows players to unlock a total of 7 rare skins by collecting rare gems.
If you want to know how to unlock some rare skins, then you’ve come to the right place. We’re taking a detailed look at the League of Legends Hextech crafting system and how it works. From the drop rates, to rare skins available, we’ve got you covered with everything you need to know.
Let’s start off by taking a look at how Hextech crafting works.
How Hextech Crafting Works
Hextech crafting all starts with Hextech chests. Players earn a mastery chest whenever they or a member of their premade part earn an S-, S or S+ while they are playing certain champions and have an available chest slot.
There are a few rules to this such as:
- Players can only earn chests on champions they own
- Players can only earn 1 chest per champion per season
- Players can earn 1 chest every 7 days, storing up to 4 chests in their reserves
- Chests must be unlocked with a Hextech key
Once a player has collected a few chests, the chances are they’ll want to open them up to get the loot inside. To do this, players have 2 options. Either they buy the Hextech keys from the Riot store for 125 RP, or they combine 3 key fragments to forge a key. Key fragments can be dropped randomly after winning a game as well as being collected through Mission Tokens.
When a player has finally obtained a key, they can then open their chests and receive a special shard, gem or essence which can be forged into a champion or skin.
Exclusive League of Legends Hextech Crafting Skins
Currently in game, there are a total of 7 exclusive rare skins with another limited skin available up until January 2018. Here’s a full list of the skins:
- Hextech Annie – 10 gems
- Dreadnova Darius – 10 gems
- Lancer Zeo Hecarim – 10 gems
- NEO Pax Sivir (limited redeemability) – 10 gems
- Soulstealer Vayne – 10 gems
- Dawnbringer Ward – 3 gems
- Hextech Ward – 5 gems
- Nightbringer Ward – 3 gems
One of the exclusive skins available at the moment is the NEO Pax Sivir. Released at the 2017 PAX event, the skin was gifted to all players on a redeemable coupon. For people who couldn’t make it to the event, the skin is also available through the crafting system until January 2018 where it will be removed for good.
Players currently need a total of 10 rare gems before they can redeem a champion skin or 3 rare gems for a ward skin. Skins can also be crafted through their individual shards by combining 3 cosmetic shards together to permanently unlock it, or upgrading a shard with cosmetic essence.
Champion Skin Shard Drop Dates
Although League of Legends Hextech crafting does allow you to unlock some very rare skins in game. The chances of actually collecting enough shards to unlock one is very slim.
According to a Tweet with links from Riot KR (see below), the drop rate for unsold skin shards (e.g. Hextech Annie) is 0.05% or 1 in 2,000. Compare this to normal skins shards that have a drop rate of 10-22% and you can see why it’s takes so long to unlock a rare skin.
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Instead of farming shards themselves, many players prefer just to get the gemstones. They have a much higher drop rate and can still be used to redeem any exclusive skin. The guys over at PCGamesn recently calculated that it would cost $2,181 in crates to get a single rare champion skin shard. Considering you actually need 3 champion skin shards to make them permanent, that’s a lot of money. Luckily by the time you got 3 shards you would have enough essence to make up for the shards you’re missing. This means it would cost you around the $2,181 for just 1 skin. We don’t know about you, but that’s very expensive!
However, considering there are currently 8 exclusive rare skins available, you would have to spend nearly $17,000 to unlock them all. At this point, it would be far more efficient to collect the 10 gemstones instead.
From looking at the Tweet above, Gemstones have a drop rate between 3 and 5.5%. Another study on the Riot forms also concluded that the drop rate was indeed around 4%. Compare this to drop rate of unsold skin shards at 0.05%, and it’s significantly faster to collect Gemstones.
So there you have it, that pretty much sums up the League of Legends Hextech crafting system. Be sure to keep an eye out on new releases at Riot are continually adding new and exclusive skins that can only be redeemed through Hextech crafting.