Hextech Crafting FAQ

Loot Milestones:

Looking for info about Loot Milestones specifically? Check out the dedicated Loot Milestones FAQ!

Hextech is pretty magical... No really. It's the fusion of technology and magic! For those of us just learning about wizardry, Hextech Crafting may seem overwhelming. Worry not! It's time to answer some frequently asked questions. Interested in learning some more terminology? Check out the Hextech Crafting Glossary

How do I get Hextech Chests?

Earn Hextech Chests through high Champion Mastery scores, or purchase them through the store. Earn keys by playing any matchmade game; keys drop more frequently when you group with friends. Unlock chests with keys to reveal shards, permanents, and essence. Turn shards and essence into permanents, turn permanents into content. That’s it!

Where can I find the Hextech Crafting table?

The Hextech Crafting table comes with its own inventory separate from your current inventory. You can’t disenchant content that you’ve purchased from the store, and anything you earn in Hextech Crafting must be manually redeemed into your personal inventory before you can use it. It also means that there’s some new content types, so there are a few terms you need to know.

What's inside Hextech Chests?

Hextech Chests are little treasure chests full of goodies from League's store. You can earn them for free (if you have a really great game) or you can purchase them directly from the store. Below, you can see full loot tables—and lists of special rules—that determine what loot is included in each Hextech chest type.

This page will be updated whenever we make changes to Hextech chests. We'll also update it to include all paid chest types we introduce in the future, including event-specific Hextech chests or capsules.

Hextech chests are purchasable from the store for 125RP (195 RP for a Chest and Key), or 1950 RP for a bundle of 11 chests and keys. You can also earn them throughout the season by earning "S" rank on different champions.

What's in a Hextech Chest?

Content Type % of Openings
Skin Shard 50%
Champion Shard 25%
Emote Permanent 10%
Ward Skin Shard + 150 Bonus Orange Essence 11.5%
Summoner Icon Permanent + 150 Bonus Orange Essence 3.5%

Bonus Drops

Content Type % of Openings
10 Mythic Essence 3.6%
Bonus Chest + Key 10%

There are some special rules for Hextech Chests:

Big Drops, Free Unlock: Ultimate and mythic skins drop as auto-redeeming permanents (no orange essence required to upgrade them). If you already own the skin, you'll be able to disenchant them for orange essence.

Bad Luck Protection: You can't open three chests in a row without dropping at least one skin shard. This raises the effective drop rate of skin shards to roughly 57 percent.

Bonus Mythic Essence: Mythic Essence has a chance of dropping as a bonus alongside normal chest content. Mythic Essence has light "bad luck protection," so you can't go more than 50 boxes without getting Mythic Essence. This results in a 3.6% chance of getting ME. ME can also drop from bonus chests, bringing the overall drop rate up to 4%.

Chests inside Chests: Bonus chests (with a key) have a 10 percent chance to drop whenever you open a Hextech chest. Each of these chests also have a 10 percent chance to drop with another bonus chest (and key).

Hextech Exclusives: Outside of redeeming Mythic Essence for these skins, they also have a 1 in 2,500 chance to drop alongside the normal Hextech chest content.

No Cheap Champs: Hextech chests only drop shards for champions worth 4800BE or more. Sorry, Nunu fans.

Masterwork Chests are purchasable from the store for 165RP (225 RP for a chest and key), or 2250 RP for a bundle of 11 chests and keys.

What's in a Masterwork Chest?

Content Type % of Openings
Skin Shard 70%
525 Orange Essence 10%
Emote Permanent 10%
Ward Skin Shard + 150 Bonus Orange Essence 10%

Bonus Drops

Content Type % of Openings
5 Mythic Essence 4.2%


Masterwork Chests are now subject to Masterwork Milestones, a progress and rewards system that debut with Patch 12.07. Read the Loot Milestones FAQ for more information about how Masterwork Chest drop rates have changed to balance now-guaranteed rewards. All the same "special rules" that govern normal Hextech Chests also apply to Masterwork Chests (minus champion-specific stuff). Because of bad luck protection the effective drop rate of skin shards is 71.94 percent.

What are Loot Milestones?

Loot Milestones are a new progression and bonus rewards system that arrived in Patch 12.07. They guarantee additional rewards for opening multiple Masterwork Chests and Showcase Capsules. Go here to read the dedicated FAQ:

Read the Loot Milestones FAQ

What are Loot Odds?

Loot Odds are League’s way of leveling up transparency so that players can make more informed decisions around how to spend their hard-earned RP. 

With Loot Odds, players who visit the Store and shop for Loot will be able to see drop rates for the various types of content that can be obtained from Loot items. Previously, drop rate information was primarily available in this FAQ; with Loot Odds, we’re bringing that info directly into the client at the point-of-purchase of Loot.   

Why can’t I see Loot Odds in my region? 

We’re taking extra care to make sure Loot Odds deliver a great experience to League players all over the globe. Some regions have unique approaches to Loot and legal requirements around selling it, and it’ll take additional time to verify if Loot Odds sufficiently supports those. 

Will Loot Odds exist in the Loot tab? 

Currently, Loot Odds only exists in the Store tab, since the feature is meant to provide players with more information to guide their purchase of Loot. Since drop rate information is less relevant for the decision to open or craft a Loot item once you’ve acquired it, we won’t be adding Loot Odds to the Loot tab just yet. 

Will all Loot items have Loot Odds enabled?

Only Loot items that can be purchased in the Store—whether individually or as part of a bundle—will have drop rate information displayed in the client. Loot items acquired through other means will not have Loot Odds enabled. 

Why do chests contain content that I already own?

Chests are random, and can contain content you may already own.

We're looking at features to allow you to use the duplicate shards in various ways. For now, you can re-roll shards to guarantee a piece of content you don't own, or you can disenchant already-owned shards to help you create permanent content from shards you don't own.

Can I earn content that just got added to the store?

Yes! However, it takes a bit for new content to get added to the Hextech system, so we recommend waiting at least a day after a new item hits the store before trying to roll for anything new. Some Mythic Content (such as Prestige and Mythic skins) will not be added into the Hextech system until after they are no longer obtainable through their debut means (whether Mythic Shop, Event Pass, etc.). Note: Mythic Content received through loot won't include accessories such as borders and icons.

Why am I not earning chests?

There are a few reasons you might not earn a chest:

  • If you're playing a champion you don't own, you can't earn a chest.
    If you do earn an S rank on a champion you don't own, allies in your premade group may still earn a chest through your achievement.
  • You may have already earned a chest with the champion you're playing.
    You can see which champions you've earned chests with by hovering over their portraits in the Champions tab of your profile. When you earn a chest through a premade ally's S rank, the chest counts as though you earned it on the champion you played in that game.

  • You may have reached the chest limit for the week.
    Your profile has four chest slots, and once you've filled them up you must wait until another chest becomes available. One chest slot opens up per week; you can see how many more days you'll have to wait in your profile.

  • You can't earn a chest in a game if you leave that game.
  • You may have been punished by a behavior system recently, meaning you won't be able to earn rewards from Hextech Crafting. More on that below.

How does behavior affect loot eligibility?

If you've been punished recently for negative behavior, you'll be locked out of earning chests and keys from playing games for a duration of time.

The length of time you're restricted from earning loot is relative to two things:

  • Severity of punishment. You won't earn loot for the duration of your punishment, be it a temporary suspension or a chat restriction.
  • Signs of reform. Once your punishment has ended, you'll continue to be restricted from earning loot until you're recognized to have made significant progress in amending your past behavior. There isn't a specific timeframe for this--it all depends on your behavior.

For more details, check out Honor and Hextech Crafting Restrictions.

How do I earn Hextech-only skins?

Hextech skins will be rotated through the Mythic Shop. More detail can be found in the Mythic Content Overhaul article.

How do I get the Hextech Ward?

The Exclusive Hextech Ward and Exclusive 2021 Hextech Ward will no longer be available for crafting following the transition to Mythic Essence. These ward skins will be entered into the vault and may return at a later date.

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