While it is the main source of income for Riot Games, some skins are not for sale in the game anymore. So, their value has skyrocketed due to their rarity. These are the skins that make you stand out on Summoner's Rift.
Only the old guard of League of Legends, the incredibly skilled, or the incredibly lucky are in possession of the skins found on our list. In addition to those, however, are the ones that bought accounts that are in possession of these skins, but that costs a pretty penny these days.
PAX Twisted Fate
The PAX Twisted Fate skin was released on September 03, 2009. This is a skin that is older than most League of Legends champions. In addition, PAX Twisted Fate is a skin that has never had a price.
This is a promotional and event-limited skin that was given away at gaming conventions and events and has not, is not, and will never be available for purchase in the in-game store. PAX Twisted Fate could only be unlocked by a code given out at Penny Arcade Expo, also known as PAX, held in 2009, and is an incredible flex to have these days for all mid-lane mains.
The Black Alistar skin is the rarest skin in League of Legends, without a doubt. This is due to the fact that the Black Alistar skin was only obtainable via the Retail Collector’s Edition Pack, alongside some other skins on our list, of the oldest champions in the game.
One interesting fact about the Black Alistar skin is that it is the first non-Classic or Original champion skin ever released in League of Legends, being released on June 13, 2009. It, quite literally, kick-started the main LoL industry we have today.
Interestingly enough, Silver Kayle is not the oldest Kayle skin. That honor goes to Viridiscent Kayle instead. However, due to the way of purchasing the skin, the same as Black Alistar, it makes the skin much rarer.
And while it doesn't come close in value to Black Alistar, its colleague from the Retail Collector's Edition Pack, the skin is still as rare as they get. The name itself is enough to get us back into a simpler time when skins were themed by a color prefix to a champion's name.
There are, that there were, only two ways to obtain the Championship Riven skin. The first is via buying it in the old League of Legends in-game store during 2012 while the second one is getting it for free by achieving a perfect pick in Worlds Pick'em 2015.
This skin leans into Riven's Roman theme, as we have seen with some cinematics years after it came out. League of Draven anyone? In any case, the various Riven abilities portray Roman numerals when used, which is a cool feature for sure , especially in a top lane champion with such a high skill ceiling.
The original lore of Blitzcrank was that he is a Zaun-made golem that was discarded and gained sapience by itself. Due to that, it was already believed to be a rusty tin can.
That was why, the Rusty Blitzcrank skin was considered a skin equivalent of tautology, and is one of the rare skins that was removed from League of Legends entirely. Of course, those that bought it still have access to Rust Blitzcrank, but no one else can use this skin which, in all actuality, only had minor differences from the default champion skin.
In the days before Ryze entered the fields of Justice, which was the in-game explanation for League of Legends, he was young, still unchanged by Rue magic and RIot Games' reworks.
And that is exactly what Young Ryze is supposed to represent. It is also one of the skins that could only be obtained by buying the Retail Collector’s Edition Pack, which has not been an option for years now. That makes the skin rare, though not as rare as seeing Ryze win a game of Solo Queue.
Another champion whose rare skin is part of the PAX line is Jax, the top lane nightmare. It was awarded two years in a row, during the PAX Events of 2010 and 2011, making it less rare than the PAX Twisted Fate skin.
In addition, it's a skin that doesn't take itself seriously, with prominent pop-culture references branded on his clothes. With this skin, Jax is not only without a weapon but proper armor as well.
Much like the Rusty Blitzcrank skin, King Rammus had nothing to offer to the champion that his default skin couldn't. It was supposed to be a reference to Bowser from the Super Mario franchise, but Rammus is already that, no skin required.
However, if there is one skin that says you are the OG of League of Legends, that would be King Rammus. This skin was only obtainable for those that participated in the League of Legends beta test, back when it was called Clash of Fates.
Other Rare Skins in League of Legends
Of course, aside from these, there are other rare skins that can be found in the game. Most of the skins' rarity comes from the unusual way of obtaining them, as can be seen from our list. The following skins are those that share the same feature, but to a lesser extent as more players have them:
- Grey Warwick - Friend Referral
- Medieval Twitch - Friend Referral
- UFO Corki - Account registered before January 14, 2010
- Victorious Jarvan IV - First end-of-season reward in League of Legends history
Of course, there are those skins that just cost far too much, so that not a lot of players own them, such as the Ultimate skins. However, the number of players owning those grows daily, while these skins remain static.
What Skin Tiers Exist in League of Legends?
While we categorize skins according to their rarity, Riot Games, as all companies do, to be honest, categorize them by how much they are worth. Of course, that refers to RP and not illegal account trading. Currently, there are, officially, 8 skin types in League of Legends:
- Chroma Skins
- Classic Skins
- Budget Skins
- Standard Skins
- Epic Skins
- Legendary Skins
- Mythic Skins
- Ultimate Skins
When it comes to skin rarity, though, as we can see there is no skin tier or type that is more represented than others. In fact, circumstances and exclusivity those circumstances lead to are the main cause of a skin to be considered rare, so hold on to your accounts, perhaps you are in possession of a skin that will be worth a lot of money in the future.