Apr 192012
 
Ahri, the Nine Tails Fox
Ahri, the Nine Tails Fox

Ahri, the Nine Tails Fox is a champion based on the Korean kumiho or gumiho; the legendary nine tailed fox. The legend says that they can turn into a beautiful girl and seduce men to eat their liver. Her skins do reflect that origin: traditional Korean clothing and a dark furry coat start her wardrobe while a fire theme rounds it. If you need advice to outfit this foxy champion keep reading this skin review.

Dynasty Ahri
Dynasty Ahri Splash Art Dynasty Ahri Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Ahri wearing a modern version of the traditional Korean Hanbok.
Model: New model for Ahri.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: New dance animation.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This splash art is an interesting example of how the whole can be more than the sum of its parts. The background is not particularly complex but it shows a complete scene with tree leaves and the grass reacting to the wind. Ahri doesn’t look astounding but is nicely drawn. Moreover, there’s good use of light sources: the sun shines on her head and left arm while the ball’s glow is reflected by her clothes. The final composition results in a great piece that rises above average.
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Conclusion: Dynasty Ahri executes well its concept but the concept isn’t particularly interesting. Therefore, it ends up looking good but being unexciting; and a little weird as she has four ears. The Hanbok isn’t a bad idea but it’s not very effective in providing a cool look for Ahri. It’s not a bad purchase and you should definitely get Dynasty Ahri if the idea of Ahri wearing a Hanbok appeals to you. However, if the Hanbok doesn’t seduce you then there isn’t much in Dynasty Ahri for you. The new dance sure is a plus but it’s not enough to gather new adepts.

Midnight Ahri
Midnight Ahri Splash Art Midnight Ahri Model
Category: Regular
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Ahri wearing a dark fur suit and a tiara.
Model: New model for Ahri.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This piece makes great use of point light sources to decorate surfaces with multiple reflections. The background features lamps and, possibly, fireflies. Their light falls on the nearby roof and reaches into the woods. Ahri bathes herself in the glow of her ball while the lights behind her shine on her back. If we add the high quality of the drawing and clever colouring there’s no denying that this splash art is excellent.
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Conclusion: Midnight Ahri is a simple concept that succeeds though raw good execution. This skin is nothing more than Ahri wearing a dark fur coat and a tiara; that’s it. Regardless, the dark look is appropriate and highlights the glow of her ball. Moreover, this outfit increases her allure without exposing too much skin; which perfectly suits Ahri. Consequently, even if the concept is simple it does a wonderful job at displaying Ahri in a different but equally adequate light. Definitely recommended.

Foxfire Ahri
Foxfire Ahri Splash Art Foxfire Ahri Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Ahri as a nine tailed fire fox.
Model: New model for Ahri.
Particles: New flame particles for her orb and tails. New particles for her auto-attack, Fox-Fire and Spirit Rush.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Foxfire Ahri’s splash art is a very direct spotlight of Ahri’s fire look; it even lacks a proper background. On the plus side, Ahri is very well depicted: the hair, fur, clothes, everything is properly displayed and highlighted by the multiple light sources. The orb and her tails add depth with their reflections but there are areas where their effect is missing. Furthermore, while the pose is dynamic and the flurry of blazing tails surround Ahri they still can’t fill the void like an actual background can. Overall, this is a great depiction of Ahri but as a splash art it’s missing context.
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Conclusion: Foxfire Ahri is a skin with a very good concept but with some issues in the way it’s delivered. Ahri’s model is excellent: the clothes are attractive but not overly revealing, the hair matches her playful style and the tails look appropriately kindled. The particle work is nice for the most part but here lies the inconsistencies. The flame incorporated to the orb is a good way of keeping its classic colours while Fox-Fire and Spirit Rush receive nice fire particles. However, the auto-attack particles seem uninspired as there’s little reason to keep them anchored to the classic style. Moreover, the dark blue trail left by Orb of Deception and the pink particles of Charm are simply incompatible with the fire palette. It’s understandable for the orb to keep its colours so as not to compromise readability. Nonetheless, this particular mix of classic and fire colours makes the skin seem unfinished or badly executed. All things considered, Foxfire Ahri is a very good skin but one that doesn’t realize its true potential.

Popstar Ahri
Popstar Ahri Splash Art Popstar Ahri Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Ahri as a modern singer.
Model: New model for Ahri.
Particles: New particles for her tails, orb, abilities, auto-attack and dance.
Animations: New dance and recall animations.
Sounds: New sound for Orb of Deception and recall.
Splash Art: The background gives a hint of a concert arena full with fans and special effects. The multiple references to her hit, Charm’d, are a good touch so despite being so limited the background is more than mere filler. Ahri takes up most of the piece’s space but her tails end up as part of the background as well as a bit disconnected from her. Her posture is certainly dramatic but also forced, just like her proportions: her overly svelte body seems too idealized and not in a very believable or even appealing way. The shading is quite good on her body but diffuse elsewhere. This way, her clothes show ample folds and reflections yet her tails look out of focus; even when they are by her side. On the whole, it’s a pleasant portrayal of Ahri with some evident issues.
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Conclusion: At a glance, it’s clear that this is Girls Generation Ahri; which is a great theme. The clothes are a good match and the orb is more florid in its shape and magical display. In general, it all works but still seems there’s unexploited potential. That’s because of the colour palette: the clothes and tail practically share the same hue and mesh with each other which makes Ahri look monochromatic. Additionally, her shoes have a rough shape that is visible even at a distance. Fortunately, the new particles and dancing animations further the theme; though, it’s strange that only her recall has a song added. The skin could’ve included another song for her dance as well as some tunes for her abilities. In the end, thanks to Ahri’s natural charm it all fits together but the skin would’ve benefitted from a more varied colour selection, a finer model and a deeper musical touch.

Conclusion

Ahri’s release skins are simple but well done and her other additions aren’t bad at all. Foxfire and Popstar Ahri are the recommended purchases as they provide the most elaborate looks for Ahri. The former provides a very nice theme with a slightly flawed execution while the latter delivers a charming musical theme.

Also worth considering is Midnight Ahri. While it’s simpler than the mentioned skins it still offers a cohesive and elegant style. For those that prefer little but well done, Midnight Ahri may only provide a fur coat but it’s the classiest choice for her.

Lastly, if the Hanbok succeeds in seducing you then Dynasty Ahri would be a fine addition to Ahri’s wardrobe. It’s a skin with a few rough edges but it also has something unique to offer.

Ultimately, it could be said that Ahri’s skins come down to personal preference. Foxfire and Popstar Ahri will probably convince more people than Midnight or Dynasty Ahri. Still, that doesn’t make any skin intrinsically worse than the others: some concepts are simply more universal and better delivered than others.

  29 Responses to “League of Legends: Ahri Skins’ Review”

  1. I like the color palette for Midnight, but her original skin is by far her best, in my opinion…

    • I agree that the Classic skin has a great concept and execution. In fact, several non-classic skins usually fail to improve on the Classic look.

  2. Hey Zero, look at this: >w<
    http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120601005732/leagueoflegends/images/7/7a/Ahri_FireFoxSkin.jpg

    What do you think of it? My girlfriend is actually very excited about this in particular. Hope it's real.

    • Looks very promising. Especially if her orb is made of fire and her abilities are changed to flames as well. Although, from the look of it, her orb stays the same and only her tails become flames. Let’s hope for the better anyway.

      • I just hope they add some new particule effect on Fire Fox Ahri. Something to give a more fire-like sensation.

        • Agreed, fire tails are nice but without further additions it falls flat of how good the concept can be executed. Not to mention that it would be inconsistent to have Fox-Fire with the classic colour.

  3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j01l7xW9sys&feature=g-u-u

    Fire Fox Ahri, In-Game (as in the beta). What do you think?

    • Also, here’s the 3D model up close:
      http://lol.zones.gamebase.com.tw/skin_view/ahri_fire?mode=#skin

    • Well it’s interesting as a concept but a bit disappointing in its execution. The model is quite nice but the classic ability particles simply don’t match the fire theme.

      It’s understandable that the ball should keep its classic colour scheme due to it’s use of hue changes. However, it could leave a fire trail instead of a dark one; also there’s no excuse for the other abilities not having a touch of fire. Spirit Rush does show new particles but they seem like a little addition that doesn’t add up with the whole.

      It’s not a bad skin by any means but it has the potential to be great and in its current, beta, state it isn’t. Sorry this got so long and ended as a mini-review.

      • It’s ok, there’s a reason why I’m asking you this. XD

        I agree completely with this opinion. The model is great but the execution looks… well… unfinished… undone. It really is a contrast when comparing with the newer skins that are amazing, while Foxfire Ahri appears just like a “reskin” instead of “something more”.

        My girlfriend was really excited with the idea of Foxfire Ahri considering she loves the concept itself and she really liked the splash art. But when she saw it on the beta was like “It’s not what i expected.” and i can see why.

        Supposedly this skin won’t be released on the next patch and i hope it is because they will rework it a bit more. It looks pretty, but incomplete by today’s skin standards.

  4. New changes on Foxfire Ahri:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_bjyqdr_OY
    I guess you don’t need me to tell you the changes considering you have a sharp eye with skins.

    Also, sorry I’m filling your pages with a lot of posts. >.<

    • You’re welcome to post as much as you like. We do value our readers opinions.

      The changes are an improvement but are also the least that could be done. It was both funny and sad that a skin called Foxfire didn’t actually change Fox-Fire’s flames. Now the skin seems a bit more consistent: the flames share the same colour. However, the addition of flame trails for Orb of Deception and Charm would be a great addition; as long as it doesn’t compromise clarity.

      There’s a post by ricklessabandon about Foxfire Ahri that explains the rationale behind keeping the orb’s colours and abilities’ changes here.

      • Oh yeah, i saw that, i made that thread by the way. XD

        While the changes are “minimal” in a way that you need to look at the skin twice to see the changes (at least that’s what happened to me) i really like it so far as to consider it buyable and fitting to its concept.

        More could be done, true. But i am satisfied at the moment.

        • Didn’t notice you were the thread started. Indeed, it’s a small but good step in the right direction. You have a good eye for skins too, catched the subtle orb flame and auto-attack changes.

          While it’s understandable that the orb flame is coloured like the orb for clarity the auto-attack could perfectly have a new colour. It’s no big deal but considering that a flame effect was added it makes sense to follow the colour scheme.

          All in all, getting better.

  5. What are you’re first impressions of the new skin preview: Popstar Ahri?

    • Charming for sure. Specifically, it looks nice in model and particles without resorting to removing clothes to show Ahri’s appeal. We’ll have to see if there’s more than good looks in the end but so far it seems promising. Still, her shoes look a bit weird and the general appearance maybe too subdued for a flashy popstar.

  6. Please prepare for popstar ahri

  7. Hi Zero do you think ahri will be on sale anytime soon?

    • Ahri was on sale last August, between the 9th and 12th. Since then 72 of the 116 champions have been on sale. Therefore, it would take 44 champions, around 14 sale or weeks, which is a bit over 3 months and a half to have all champions discounted before Ahri could be repeated.

      Of course, this is pure maths as sales could repeat champions due to events or other reasons. As a very rough estimate it may take a while for Ahri to go on sale. Depending on how much IP you gather you could get her much faster with IP instead of waiting for a sale. You can always pay full price but as she’s an expensive champion an alternative is always worth considering.

      For example, you could gather IP until a skin you are interested in goes on sale. That way you can get both and maybe you will only have to pay for the skin at a discount as you might have enough IP.

  8. If you look closely and listen, Popstar Ahri’s recall animation is Billie jean, it even has the classic tone.

  9. umm… may i ask how did popstar ahri lose out on a star?

    • Sure, the skin is based on music and while the looks are right the audio could’ve better integrated pop tunes. For instance, only Orb of Deception has new sounds instead of her other abilities. Besides, just like the recall, her dance is a perfect spot to place a song; even the same one.

      The point is that, for a music based skin it doesn’t incorporate much actual music in it.

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