Hextech Crafting 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 Shard + 150 Bonus Orange Essence 3.5%

Bonus Drops

Content Type % of Openings
Gemstone 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 Gemstones: Gemstones have a chance of dropping as a bonus alongside normal chest content. Gemstones have light "bad luck protection," so you can't go more than 50 boxes without getting a gemstone. This results in a 3.6% chance of getting a gemstone. Gemstones 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 Gemstones 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
Gemstone 3.6%
Bonus Chest + Key 10%


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.

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.

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.

You can learn more about crafting restrictions here.

How do I earn Hextech-only skins?

You can unlock exclusive Hextech skins (such as Hextech Annie, Soulstealer Vayne, and Dreadnova Darius) by forging ten gems together. These skins also have a chance to appear when you re-roll skin shards and permanents!

How do I get the Hextech Ward?

You can unlock the Hextech Ward by forging five gems together. It also has a chance to drop as a skin shard when re-rolling ward skin shards and permanents!

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