League of Legends dropped their first patch of 2022 earlier this week, but fans got another pleasant surprise with the reveal of the game's next champion to join the game.
'Zeri, the Spark of Zaun' is League of Legends 158th playable champion, and whilst she has been teased for some time, her official reveal looks to have been made available slightly prematurely, following a substantial biography leak from Riot Games own website. Either way, it looks like the next champion should be coming pretty soon.
Keep reading for a full breakdown of everything we know about Riot Game's next League of Legends champion, including when we expect to see her released in the game, her potential abilities, and much more.
17 January 2022 -
As a reminder, this week's new LoL patch is dropping slightly later than usual. As per the LoL 2022 patch schedule, We should see patch 12.2 released on Thursday, January 20. It's only an extra day compared to when we normally see new updates launch, but it'll be worth it once new champion Zeri finally hits live servers. Stay tuned over the next few days for any last-minute changes on the PBE. Otherwise, we should have official 12.2 patch notes on Thursday.
12 January 2022 -
Riot Games Principal Character Designer (@RiotAugust) has announced some Zeri adjustments going live on the Patch.12.2 PBE which nerf new legend, Zeri. We've noted the changes just below:
8 January 2022 -
Following her official reveal, along with a more in-depth look at her abilities, Zeri has now been added to the game's PBE server for testing. We've also been given a better look at Zeri's release skin, which is called 'Withered Rose Zeri' and can be seen below.
7 January 2022 -
League of Legends' new champion 'Zeri, the Spark of Zaun' has now been officially revealed with a brand new champion trailer. There is still no firm details on Zeri's release date or when she'll be added to the game's PBE.
For now, let's just enjoy the brand new trailer, just below:
For those interested, Zeri is voiced by Filipino voice actor Vanille Velasquez, who intriguingly is also the voice actor for Valorent's new agent, Neon.
Who Is Zeri, the Spark of Zaun?
Here's a snippet of info courtesy of Zeri's leaked bio:
"A headstrong, spirited young woman from Zaun’s working-class, Zeri channels her electric magic to charge herself and her custom-crafted gun. Her volatile power mirrors her emotions, its sparks reflecting her lightning-fast approach to life. Deeply compassionate toward others, Zeri carries the love of her family and her home into every fight. Though her eagerness to help can sometimes backfire, Zeri believes one truth to be certain: stand up for your community, and it will stand up with you."
Zeri's bio has also hinted at Ekko as a related champion, but it's not clear precisely how the two are linked. Although, it would certainly be interesting to potentially see Zeri in Arcane Season 2 further down the line.
LoL Zeri Release Date
Although the developers at Riot have been teasing the release of Zeri for a number of months, her official reveal looks to have been slightly premature, after the team accidentally published her champion biography.
Anyone attempting to visit Zeri's bio on the official League of Legends website will now be met with a 404 and it remains to be seen if her premature reveal will prompt an earlier release.
When does Zeri release in League?
At the time of writing, we can't give a firm date for when we'll see Zeri released, but we know she's not available on the game's PBE testing servers with the LoL 12.2 Patch. As such, you can rule out seeing her launch before Thursday 20 January.
It's possible we could see Zeri launch with the game's following update, Patch 12.3, which is currently penciled to release on 1 February 2022 (According to Riot's own League of Legends 2022 Patch Schedule).
If Zeri is being planned for release with 12.3, we can expect to see the champion hit the game's PBE on around Friday, 21 January later this month. As with all things, this is mere speculation until such a point that Riot officially confirms their plans, so take it with a pinch of salt until we get some more official details.
LoL Zeri Biography & Lore
The below biography for Zeri was previously available on the League of Legends website before the page was pulled from the site. Thankfully, some fans are quick with the copy and paste. Here's a look at Zeri's full (leaked) biography:
LoL Zeri Stats
- Base Mana: 250
- Mana Per Level: 45
- Base MR: 30
- MR Per Level: 0.5
- Base HP: 500
- HP Per Level: 85
- HP5: 3.25
- HP Regen Per Level: 0.11
- Base AD: 58
- AD Per Level: 2
- Base Armor: 23
- Armor Per Level: 3.5
- Base Move Speed: 330
- AS Per Level: 2
- Attack Range: 500
LoL Zeri Abilities
Passive – Living Battery: Zeri gains Move Speed whenever she receives a shield. When she damages an enemy shield she absorbs its energy, shielding herself.
Q – Burst Fire
Passive: Zeri’s basic attack deals magic damage, scales with AP, and is treated as an ability. Moving and casting Burst Fire stores up energy in Zeri’s Sparkpack. When fully charged, her next basic attack will slow and deal bonus damage.
Active: Burst Fire shoots a burst of 7 rounds that deal physical damage to the first enemy hit. Burst Fire scales with AD and is treated like an attack, with the first round applying on-hit effects. Its cooldown matches Zeri’s basic attack timer.
W – Ultrashock Laser: Zeri fires an electric pulse that slows and damages the first enemy hit. If the pulse hits a wall it fires a long range laser from the point of impact.
E – Spark Surge: Zeri dashes a short distance and energizes her next 3 casts of Burst Fire, causing them to pierce through enemies. She will vault over or grind along any terrain she dashes into, depending on the angle. Hitting a champion with an attack or ability reduces Spark Surge’s cooldown.
R – Lightning Crash: Zeri discharges a nova of electricity, damaging nearby enemies, and overcharges herself for a moderate duration. While overcharged, Zeri gains increased damage, Attack Speed, and Move Speed. Attacking enemy champions refreshes the overcharge duration and adds another stack of Move Speed. While overcharged, Burst Fire’s damage concentrates into a faster triple shot that chains lightning between enemies.
What Lane is Zeri?
Although Riot Games hasn't confirmed a lot of the key details surrounding the champion's role in League of Legends yet, it's believed she's operated as a bot lane/ad carry champion in the game.
All LoL Zeri Skins
For the time being, we only have Zeri's default appearance (seen in the main image at the top of the page) to show us what this new champion will look like in the game.
We should in theory get a better look at Zeri and her many skins when Riot eventually drops her showcase trailer and potentially this could include a look at her alternate outfit. Once the champion hits the PBE server's we should also get a better look at her skins, but for now, we'll have to hold tight for more info.