Hextech Crafting Guide

Earn Hextech Chests through high Champion Mastery scores, or purchase them through the store. Earn keys by playing any matchmade game; keys drop more frequently when you group with friends. Unlock chests with keys to reveal shards, permanents, and essence. Turn shards and essence into permanents, turn permanents into content. That’s it!

The Hextech Crafting table comes with its own inventory separate from your current inventory. You can’t disenchant content that you’ve purchased from the store, and anything you earn in Hextech Crafting must be manually redeemed into your personal inventory before you can use it. It also means that there’s some new content types, so there are a few terms you need to know.

HEXTECH CRAFTING GLOSSARY

 


HEXTECH CHEST

Earn these through achieving a Mastery rank of S- or higher, or purchase them in the store for RP. A chest requires a key to open, and will contain a piece of content and possibly a certain amount of essence. Some details:

  • You have four chest slots in your profile; once you’ve earned four chests, you won’t be able to earn more until a chest slot unlocks. Chest slots unlock seven days from when you first locked the slot, but only one slot unlocks at a time. Purchasing chests doesn’t contribute to this limit, so even after locking all four slots, you can purchase another. You can purchase up to 25 chests per day.
  • Once you earn a chest from achieving S rank on a champion, you won’t be able to earn another with that champion until the beginning of the next season. You can see which champions you’ve earned chests with in your profile’s Champions tab. This chest cap resets each season.
  • If someone in your premade group earns an S rank, you’ll receive a chest as well! The chest you receive is tied to the champion you’re playing, so that champion will be unable to earn more chests for this season. If multiple players in your premade receive an S- or higher in a single game, only one chest will be granted for that game.
  • You can only earn chests if you're playing a champion you own. So, if you rent a champion or play an unowned champion on the free rotation, you won't be able to earn a chest with them. However, if your premade partner earns an S rank on a champion they don't own, you can still earn a chest from their S rank as long as you own the champion you're playing.

HEXTECH KEY

Keys, perhaps unsurprisingly, open chests. Key fragments are now linked to Honor and will drop by playing games and avoiding penalties like chat restrictions and bans. Fragments will not drop immediately after games but rather while browsing the client or upon logging in sometime after you’ve played some games.

Each player's key fragment drop rate is unique. You can earn up to 12 key fragments in a 4 week period, and the drops should feel evenly spread out through the month. After four weeks, the timer is reset.

 

 


ESSENCE

Use essence to forge shards into permanent content. There are two types of essence, each unique to the corresponding shard type. Disenchanting a champion shard provides Blue Essence, which can only be used for unlocking champions. Disenchanting a skin shard provides cosmetic essence, which can only be used for unlocking skins. The essence cost of unlocking a piece of content scales with its RP cost.

You can use Blue Essence, along with Mastery tokens, to unlock Mastery Levels 6 and 7.

 

 


PERMANENT

A completed piece of content in your Hextech inventory. As with shards, you can disenchant a permanent, or combine three permanents to receive a random new permanent. Of course, you can redeem it to add it to your account...permanently. Once activated, permanents disappear from your Hextech inventory and are available for use immediately.

You can use a champion permanent, along with Mastery tokens of the same champion, to unlock Mastery levels 6 and 7.

When you choose the "re-roll" option you select 3 permanent shards to use - the 3 permanent shards are burned and the result is automatically added to your champion or skin pool. Think about this carefully before you shout YOLO and slam dunk the re-roll button!

 

 


GEM

Forge gems into a key-and-chest bundle, or use them to unlock other content. You’ll sometimes find gems in chests alongside another reward.

  • 1 gem: Chest and Key
  • 5 gems: Hextech Ward
  • 10 gems: Hextech Annie or Soulstealer Vayne

 

 


CHAMPION SHARD

Used to unlock champions. You can do the following with a champion shard:

  • Upgrade a shard to add the champion to your collection. You’ll need a certain amount of the right kind of essence (explained below) to upgrade a shard.
  • Activate a shard to “rent” a champion for 7 days. This does consume the shard, so you won't be able to use it again until you find another.
  • Disenchant a shard to turn it into Blue Essence. Shards are worth an increasing amount of essence based on their RP cost.

You can also use champion shards, along with Mastery tokens of the same champion, to unlock Mastery Levels 6 and 7.

 

 


SKIN SHARD

Similar to champion shards, skin shards unlock skins. You can discover cosmetic shards for champions you don’t own, but to redeem them permanently you must first purchase the champion. Cosmetic shards can be any non-limited skin. This means you might find DJ Sona, but you won’t find Victorious Jarvan IV. You can find a list of excluded content here.

Be aware that using a shard to rent a skin ('activating' it) will consume the shard. Rent with caution!

 

 


WARD SKIN SHARD

You can upgradeactivatereroll, and disenchant these shards, same as the rest. Rerolled ward shards will not award limited ward skins,such as Championship ward skins.

 

 


MASTERY TOKEN

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Mastery Tokens are combined with champion shards, permanents, or essence at the crafting table to unlock Champion Mastery levels 6 and 7. Mastery tokens are unique to the champion you earn them on, and each tier has its own requirements:

  • Mastery 6 tokens require an S-, S, or S+ score on a champion with whom you’ve already earned Mastery level 5. Two Mastery 6 tokens plus that champion’s Shard, Permanent, or 2450 Blue Essence will unlock Mastery Level 6 for that champion.
  • Mastery 7 tokens require an S or S+ score on a champion with whom you’ve already earned Mastery level 6. Three Mastery 7 tokens plus that champion’s Shard, Permanent, or 2950 Blue Essence will unlock Mastery Level 7 for that champion.

 


 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT'S INSIDE HEXTECH CHESTS?

Hextech Chests are little treasure chests full of goodies from League's store. You can earn them for free (if you have a really great game) or you can purchase them directly from the store. Below, you can see full loot tables—and lists of special rules—that determine what loot is included in each Hextech chest type.

This page will be updated whenever we make changes to Hextech chests. We'll also update it to include all paid chest types we introduce in the future, including event-specific Hextech chests or capsules.

Hextech chests are purchasable from the store for 45RP (70 RP for a Chest and Key), or 700 RP for a bundle of 11 chests and keys. You can also earn them throughout the season by earning "S" rank on different champions.

WHAT'S IN A HEXTECH CHEST?
Content Type % of Openings
Skin Shard 50%
Champion Shard 25%
Emote Permanent 10%
Ward Skin Shard + 150 Bonus Orange Essence 11.5%
Summoner Icon Shard + 150 Bonus Orange Essence 3.5%
BONUS DROPS
Gemstone 3.6%
Bonus Chest + Key 10%

There are some special rules for Hextech Chests:

Equal Odds: Outside of Hextech exclusive skins, all skins in the system have the same odds of dropping. Any given ultimate skin is just as likely to drop as a cheaper skin.

Big Drops, Free Unlock: Ultimate and mythic skins drop as auto-redeeming permanents (no orange essence required to upgrade them). If you already own the skin, you'll be able to disenchant them for orange essence. (This is coming with patch 8.5!)

Bad Luck Protection: You can't open three chests in a row without dropping at least one skin shard. This raises the effective drop rate of skin shards to roughly 57 percent.

Bonus Gemstones: Gemstones have a chance of dropping as a bonus alongside normal chest content. Gemstones have light "bad luck protection," so you can't go more than 50 boxes without getting a gemstone. This results in a 3.6% chance of getting a gemstone. Gemstones can also drop from bonus chests, bringing the overall drop rate up to 4%.

Chests inside Chests: Bonus chests (with a key) have a 10 percent chance to drop whenever you open a Hextech chest. Each of these chests also have a 10 percent chance to drop with another bonus chest (and key).

Hextech Exclusives: Outside of redeeming Gemstones for these skins, they also have a 1 in 2,500 chance to drop alongside the normal Hextech chest content.

No Cheap Champs: Hextech chests only drop shards for champions worth 4800BE or more. Sorry, Nunu fans. (This is coming with patch 8.5!)

Beginning during patch 8.8, Masterwork Chests will be purchasable from the store for 60RP (80RP for a chest and key), or 800 RP for a bundle of 11 chests and keys.

WHAT'S IN A MASTERWORK CHEST?
Content Type % of Openings
Skin Shard 70%
190 Orange Essence 10%
Emote Permanent 10%
Ward Skin Shard + 55 Bonus Orange Essence 10%
BONUS DROPS
Gemstone 3.6%
Bonus Chest + Key 10%

All the same "special rules" that govern normal Hextech Chests also apply to Masterwork Chests (minus champion-specific stuff). Because of bad luck protection the effective drop rate of skin shards is 71.94 percent.

 

WHY DO CHESTS CONTAIN CONTENT THAT I ALREADY OWN?

Chests are random, and can contain content you may already own.

We're looking at features to allow you to use the duplicate shards in various ways. For now, you can re-roll shards to guarantee a piece of content you don't own, or you can disenchant already-owned shards to help you create permanent content from shards you don't own.

 

CAN I EARN CONTENT THAT JUST GOT ADDED TO THE STORE?

Yes! However, it takes a bit for new content to get added to the Hextech system, so we recommend waiting at least a day after a new item hits the store before trying to roll for anything new.

 

WHY AM I NOT EARNING CHESTS?

There are a few reasons you might not earn a chest:

  • If you're playing a champion you don't own, you can't earn a chest.
    If you do earn an S rank on a champion you don't own, allies in your premade group may still earn a chest through your achievement.
     
  • You may have already earned a chest with the champion you're playing.
    You can see which champions you've earned chests with by hovering over their portraits in the Champions tab of your profile. When you earn a chest through a premade ally's S rank, the chest counts as though you earned it on the champion you played in that game.
     
     
  • You may have reached the chest limit for the week.
    Your profile has four chest slots, and once you've filled them up you must wait until another chest becomes available. One chest slot opens up per week; you can see how many more days you'll have to wait in your profile.

     
  • You can't earn a chest in a game if you leave that game.
     
  • You may have been punished by a behavior system recently, meaning you won't be able to earn rewards from Hextech Crafting. More on that below.

 

HOW DOES BEHAVIOR AFFECT LOOT ELIGIBILITY?

If you've been punished recently for negative behavior, you'll be locked out of earning chests and keys from playing games for a duration of time.

The length of time you're restricted from earning loot is relative to two things:

  • Severity of punishment. You won't earn loot for the duration of your punishment, be it a temporary suspension or a chat restriction.
  • Signs of reform. Once your punishment has ended, you'll continue to be restricted from earning loot until you're recognized to have made significant progress in amending your past behavior. There isn't a specific timeframe for this--it all depends on your behavior.

You can learn more about crafting restrictions here.

 

HOW DO I EARN HEXTECH ANNIE / SOULSTEALER VAYNE / DREADNOVA DARIUS?

You can unlock Hextech Annie, Soulstealer Vayne or Dreadnova Darius by forging ten gems together. These skins also have a chance to appear when you reroll skin shards and permanents!

 

HOW DO I GET THE HEXTECH WARD?

You can unlock the Hextech Ward by forging five gems together. It also has a chance to drop as a skin shard when rerolling ward skin shards and permanents!