Achievement hunting is one of the great joys of gaming. Piling hours into meticulously searching every nook and cranny to finally attain that one collectible that’s been eluding you is undoubtedly a great feeling. While games like League of Legends don’t quite offer that same sense of completionism, developer Riot games has introduced a new achievement system – dubbed ‘Challenges’ – that seeks to help LoL players express their own unique playstyles.
Revealed back in summer 2021, the new system will allow players to earn Achievement Points through completing any of the over 300 challenges included. What’s more, once a challenge is completed, it will rank up, eventually offering more rewards as players move from its Iron version all the way to its Challenger one.
Challenges are divided into five categories, which each offer their own brand of task. From quickly cutting down epic monsters, to racking up pentakills, to obtaining various cosmetics, Riot appears to have gone all out on ensuring there are plenty of ways to show off your LoL progression regardless of what type of player you are.
So, without further ado, let’s dig deeper into the League of Legends Challenges, including the League of Legends Challenges release date and the League of Legends Challenges rewards that are on offer.
League of Legends Challenges release date
League of Legends Challenges are set to arrive in early Season 12. The system is currently on the PBE for testing, with Riot hoping to release it onto the live servers as the season progresses.
How do League of Legends Challenges work?
During the Season 2022 opening stream, Riot shared further details on what challenges will be available and how they’ll work. Currently, over 300 challenges will be made available at launch, with more planned to be added throughout the course of Season 12. Challenges are displayed as cards, which display the number of points it will contribute to your overall Challenges score, which modes it can be earned in, and the rewards you can gain from ranking it up.
Each challenge will start at Iron rank and can be taken all the way to Challenger rank by completing it over and over again – though each time you will be required to do an increased amount of work. On the topic of Challenger rank, similarly to how Challenger works in the LoL ranks, only a set number of players will be able to hold a Challenger-tier challenge at any given time. As such, players will need to keep grinding to stay on top of their game.
There are currently five main categories of Challenges:
- Imagination: challenges based around some of the more unique interactions LoL has to offer. Examples include hitting snowballs in ARAM and rapidly killing masses of minions in a short amount of time
- Expertise: challenges based around flexing your prowess. Examples include winning games without dying and winning games with 100 or more CS than your opponent – a classic Flame Horizon.
- Teamwork & Strategy: challenges based around coordinating with your team to achieve victory. Examples include getting kills through roaming and securing all the dragon souls in a game.
- Veterancy: challenges based on time dedicated to playing LoL. Examples include winning games with different Mythic items and dodging skillshots.
- Collection: challenges based on collecting in-game loot. Examples include obtaining Summoner Icons and champion skins.
Alongside the five main categories, Riot has stated that there will also be special ‘Legacy’ challenges. These time-limited challenges will pop up from time to time during major events, and can only be progressed during their active period. Additionally, Legacy challenges won’t contribute to your overall progress, and the category itself cannot be levelled up. They will, presumably, also offer rewards.
League of Legends Challenges rewards
League of Legends Season 12 is heralding a huge lobby and loading screen overhaul, creating space for active challenges and their rewards to be displayed. As the changes roll out, players will see a Challenges ranking crystal appear beneath their Summoner Icon in the lobby. This crystal will evolve over time as players progress through all of the Challenges categories.
Alongside the Challenges crystal, players will also be able to choose three challenge tokens to display on their lobby banner. Like the crystal, these tokens will change colour based on the current rank of the chosen challenge. For example, a player may choose to display a Diamond token for dodging skillshots, a Platinum token for winning ARAM games, and a Challenger token for skins collected.
The final way to show your League of Legends Challenges progression is through unlocking titles. Titles can be accrued through clearing certain challenge milestones, and are set to be displayed under Summoner names in the lobby.
And that’s it – everything you need to know about the League of Legends Challenges system. Of course, we’ll keep this guide updated as more information is revealed. To ensure you’re primed to quickly scale to Challenger challenges, you’ll want to arm yourself with the knowledge of the best League of Legends champions.