The following League of Legends champion is a bot lane skirmisher with a water whip and an ancient demon in his pocket. Nilah, the Joy Unbound, is a warrior monk hired by a legendary order who sealed a demon of joy in a spiritual lake. This prison allows the ascetics of her order to channel the demon, but suddenly, Nilah can only feel joy.
Since the Sentinels of Light locked Viego in the old Camavor 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, Empress of the Void? – and prepares to face them so she can defeat the villains of the world and live forever in song and myth.
Nilah is a melee champion, but she thrives in the bot lane thanks to her kit, which gives her a lot of synergy with enchanting supports like Lulu, Karma, and Janna.
Passive – Endless Joy
If Nilah last touches a minion, she and the nearest allied champion gain 50% of the experience that would normally be lost when sharing with nearby allies.
Nilah gains in effectiveness thanks to the heals and shields given to her by allied champions. When a nearby ally casts an ability that heals or protects Nilah or herself, Nilah grants the extra benefit to herself and her ally.
Q – Formless Blade
Passive: Attacks and ability damage against champions ignores a portion of their armor and heals Nilah for a portion of the damage dealt. This effect scales with critical strike chance and can over-heal, granting Nilah a shield.
Asset: Nilah strikes in a line, damaging all enemies hit. Hitting an enemy increases Nilah’s range and attack speed for a few seconds. Additionally, his basic attacks will splash in a cone, dealing bonus damage.
W – Jubilant Veil
Nilah shrouds herself in mist, briefly gaining movement speed, reducing incoming magic damage, and dodging all incoming basic attacks. Hitting an allied champion hides them in mist, granting them the same bonuses for half the duration.
Nilah dashes through a targeted unit, damaging all enemies she passes through. Nilah can hold 2 Slipstream charges at a time.
Nilah can cast Formless Blade (Q) during Slipstream to shoot a wave in her path, dealing damage and activating her empowered attacks.
R – Apotheosis
Nilah spins her weapon in an area around her, dealing damage and pulling enemies towards the center with a final burst. This damage heals Nilah for a portion of the damage dealt, converting the excess healing into a shield. Healing and shield scale with critical strike chance and are shared with nearby allies.
While some players might be tempted to try Nilah in another lane or in the jungle, his kit really rewards playing with someone else, especially if that champion has shields or heals. Nilah is also quite mobile thanks to Slipstream; she doesn’t need to hang back and wait for an opportunity to go all-in. Instead, she dances around in combat, supporting herself while dealing damage with Formless Blade.
Nilah will also be part of the Star Guardian alternate 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 14.