Next League of Legends Champion Revealed: Nilah, the Joy Unbound

The next League of Legends champion is a bottom lane skirmisher with a water whip and an ancient demon in her pocket. Nilah, the Joy Unbound, is a warrior monk committed to a legendary order who has sealed a demon of joy in a spiritual lake. That prison allows the ascetics of his order to channel the demon, but as a result Nilah can only experience joy.

Since the Sentinels of Light have locked up Viego in ancient Camavour at the end of their event, Nilah sets out to investigate who did this and why. She discovers an even greater threat: perhaps Bel’Veth, the Empress of the Void? -and she prepares to face them so that she can defeat the villains of the world and live forever in song and myth.

Nilah is a melee champion, but thrives in the bottom lane thanks to her kit, which gives her a lot of synergy with spellcasters like Lulu, Karma, and Janna.

Passive – Infinite Joy

If Nilah hits a minion for the last time, she and the closest ally champion gain 50% of the experience that would normally be lost by sharing it with nearby allies.

Nilah gains additional effectiveness from healing and datile shields from allied champions. When a close ally casts an ability that heals or protects Nilah or herself, Nilah grants the additional benefit to both herself and her ally.

D – Formless Lama

Passive: Attacks and skill damage against champions ignore part of their armor and heal Nilah for part of the damage dealt. This effect increases with critical hit chance and can overheal, granting Nilah a shield.

Active: Nilah hits in line damaging all enemies hit. Hitting an enemy increases Nilah’s attack range and attack speed for a few seconds. Additionally, his basic attacks will splash into a cone, dealing additional damage.

W – Jubilant Veil

Nilah shrouds herself in fog, causing her to briefly gain movement speed, reduce incoming magic damage, and dodge all incoming basic attacks. Touching an allied champion hides them in the fog, granting them the same bonuses for half the duration.

E – Slide Tackle

Nilah rushes through a target unit, damaging all enemies she passes through. Nilah can hold 2 Slipstream charges at the same time.

Nilah can cast Formless Blade (Q) during Slipstream to lure a wave in her path, dealing damage and activating her power attacks.

R – Apotheosis

Nilah swings her weapon in an area around her, dealing damage and luring enemies towards the center with one final burst. This damage heals Nilah for a portion of the damage dealt, converting the excess healing into a shield. Healing and shield scales with a critical hit chance and is shared with nearby allies.

While some players may be tempted to try Nilah in another lane or in the jungle, her kit really rewards playing with someone else, especially if that champion has shields or heals. Nilah is also quite mobile thanks to Slipstream; he doesn’t need to lag behind and wait for an opportunity to move all-in. Instead, he dances around a fight, supporting himself while dealing damage with the Formless Blade.

Nilah will also be part of the alternate Star Guardian universe, where a host of popular champions are girl-inspired magical heroes. The next Star Guardian event, Return to Valoran City, will begin on July 14th.

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