Aug 302012
 
Caitlyn, the Sheriff of Piltover
Caitlyn, the Sheriff of Piltover

Caitlyn, the Sheriff of Piltover may be League of Legends’ famous sheriff but her repertoire of clothes allows her quite a bit of variation: from antique hunters to deadly snipers. Read further on this skins’ review and discover which skins make Caitlyn and her rifles shine.

Resistance Caitlyn
Resistance Caitlyn Splash Art Resistance Caitlyn Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Caitlyn geared as a guerrilla soldier.
Model: Major model changes for Caitlyn and new textures for her rifle.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Resistance Caitlyn’s splash art is impressive. The background sets the frame adequately, not only with a forest but also with the effects of Caitlyn’s activity: empty shells on the ground. Caitlyn looks great in her well delineated clothes, with a focused expression, believable pose and flowing hair. Besides, the rifle lights up the surroundings, Caitlyn and itself with a, maybe, exaggerated but satisfying bang. It’s not a perfect piece: Caitlyn should probably lay her left arm on her knee for a stable support, the background is fuzzy, the bang is overblown and her clothing doesn’t match her in-game look. Regardless, as a whole the piece works and pretty well.
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Conclusion: Resistance Caitlyn is, in essence, a guerrilla fighter skin that combines elements from very different sources. Unfortunately, using Caitlyn’s classic model as a base results in a mix of: short dress, reasonable gear and steam-punk rifle that doesn’t work that well. The pastiche of styles results in a skin that tries a more realistic look without taking enough distance from fantasy. As a skin that tries to convey realism and fantasy at the same time, two concepts that are usually opposites, it simply fails. Overall, it’s a passable skin and for the price it’s not a bad product but the attachment to Caitlyn’s classic look affects it too much.

Sheriff Caitlyn
Sheriff Caitlyn Splash Art Sheriff Caitlyn Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Caitlyn as a sexy far west sheriff.
Model: Moderate model changes for Caitlyn and new textures for her rifle.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Sheriff Caitlyn’s splash art is really well done. The background provides a detailed and fitting setting, despite looking like an abandoned town. Additionally, the sky is a tad simple, the distance fading is somewhat abrupt and there are a few problems with perspective. Caitlyn looks great, with well defined clothes, nice hair and appealing expression. Nonetheless, the rifle is too wide and the lenses appear deformed; especially the bigger one. Overall, this is a nice piece and while it has its flaws it works as a whole.
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Conclusion: Sheriff Caitlyn is definitely a sexy take on the far west sheriff but its design successfully makes the look attractive without sexualizing Caitlyn. This is mainly due to the fact that it doesn’t tread far from Caitlyn’s classic style. Therefore, the sheriff style isn’t perfectly executed as the skin does as little as possible to fulfil its objective. In spite of this, it’s a skin that looks good and is alluring. If you don’t mind the lack of resources and style of Sheriff Caitlyn, it’s hardly a bad product.

Safari Caitlyn
Safari Caitlyn Splash Art Safari Caitlyn Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Caitlyn dressed for a safari excursion.
Model: New model for Caitlyn and minor model changes to her rifle.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: In spite of making for an evocative scenery of ruins the background is particularly blurred with inexact lines and muddy colours. This draft feel makes most of the setting feel empty but it still manages to give an interesting frame for Caitlyn to lean on. The safari feel is completely lost but the interaction, even if minimal, with Caitlyn gives the background some significance.
Caitlyn appears completely different from the sketchy background like some specific areas do. Her clean lines, bright colours and pose easily catch the eye. Her pose midway between unassuming and ready to shoot speaks of her skill with her rifle. It manages to be enticing without solely relying on her sex appeal. The lighting adds depth to the depiction but it’s more vivid in Caitlyn. Her hat does appear a bit waxy and the rifle plastic instead of metal and wood. Fortunately, that doesn’t apply to the rest of the clothes and skin. Her hair also looks soft and believable even if the intense sunlight unnecessarily blurs it. In spite of some issues the portrayal is appealing and clearly the high point of the piece.
All in all, the portrayal is quite good but the background is a bit of a mess. It doesn’t fit the safari theme and seems to be a Tomb Raider reference instead. The fact that it’s uneven and mostly empty as well as lacking much relevance makes it much less important that it could’ve been. This makes the splash art good but with noticeable problems.
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Conclusion: A safari skin is quite appropriate for Caitlyn as both sniper and hunter have much in common. The skin is really nice: the clothes are appealing and believable while also practical. The high-heeled boots are acceptable as she shouldn’t need to run much; yet they are bit of a stretch. Besides, the rifle is barely modified to resemble some sort of steam-punk blunderbuss. In spite of the minimal modifications the result is effective: the lenses coupled with the ample muzzle give the rifle and old style that hints at the earliest safari ventures. The problem with Safari Caitlyn is that it definitely is a good skin, but not good enough for its price. It’s a pity that it was made legacy as a simple price reduction would’ve been enough to make it an excellent product.

Arctic Warfare Caitlyn
Arctic Warfare Caitlyn Splash Art Arctic Warfare Caitlyn Model
Category: Regular
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Caitlyn outfitted for warfare in a cold climate.
Model: New model for Caitlyn and her rifle.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: As far as arctic settings go, this piece aims at masking the unnecessary blur of the background as a consequence of the inclement weather. The falling snow is supposed to leave a, reasonably, hazy background behind Caitlyn and that’s acceptable to a point. When the tank that’s just behind Caitlyn is also diffuse then neither depth of field nor weather can be justification. A good part is also just filler: some rocks and trees to the left, ample snow and a lot of sky. In fact, only the tank seems relevant. Said vehicle has a notoriously sketchy depiction due to inexact lines and colours that look washed out. The complex surfaces appear flat as the elevations on each element are far from convincing. The peculiar design of the tank is of little concern then.
In spite of all this, Caitlyn’s depiction is quite good. In fact, it’s a great depiction with a soft but appealing use of sunlight. The lines are tidy and exact while the colours can seem cartoony but fit the style rather well. Her face has softer shading than other areas, like her boots or sunbathing zone, but as the shading is soft it transitions rather well from region to region. Her rifle doesn’t have the right proportions as it does in-game and appears malformed. The stock is too big with an unrecognizable shape while the forestock is too thick, the barrel is too short, the muzzle thick, the magazine tiny and the trigger guard lacking the curved design it should have.
Even though there are many issues Caitlyn’s portrayal is attractive thanks to the warmth of the depiction. The rifle is an obstacle that gets in the way more than a display of the tool of her trade. The background intends to give a reasonable context and while the intention is good the result is clearly uneven. This makes a splash art that presents a nice spotlight for Caitlyn but with obvious problems.
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Conclusion: Winter clothing isn’t known for making its wearer seductive but in this case the form fitting attire enhances Caitlyn’s lean silhouette. On top of that, the clothes are elegant, realistic and simply good looking. Moreover, the rifle is nicely designed, looking functional and modern yet with a certain old style about it. The textures are quite good as the fur, wood and cloth folds are nicely defined. Overall, Arctic Warfare Caitlyn is a very good looking skin, perfect for those that would like a believably dressed sniper, sans high-heels, for a change.

Officer Caitlyn
Officer Caitlyn Splash Art Officer Caitlyn Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Caitlyn as a sexualized police sniper.
Model: Major model changes for Caitlyn and new model for her rifle.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Officer Caitlyn’s splash art can barely be considered passable because it should be much better than this. The background is little more than a blur that barely lets a police car visible to Caitlyn’s left. While the composition uses the background as a complement to the foreground, instead of a as a setting, the result isn’t good. The same can be said about Caitlyn, her pose is dynamic but unfitting for a sniper. Furthermore, while the clothes are alright, the angry face doesn’t suit Caitlyn and her right arm seems inexplicably absent. As if this wasn’t enough her legs look deformed: it’s proportions and placement look wrong. Even the rifle doesn’t accurately represent the massive piece of technology that the skin does show. All things considered, this is a bad piece; it does what it’s supposed to but in a flawed way.
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Conclusion: Officer Caitlyn is a skin that can be divided in two: one part very good and the other not so much. The rifle is quite impressive with its lean design and astounding scope; it really looks like a great tool for a sniper. Conversely, Caitlyn’s outfit doesn’t look that great. The overall idea seems to be that of a sexualized policewoman but the end result doesn’t convince. For example, almost all skins have Caitlyn wearing high heels, regardless of suitability. However, the one skin that goes all out for sex appeal has her wearing low heeled boots. The skirt is practically a re-texture of her classic skin and though passable it simply doesn’t match the chosen police style; just like the tall hat. Even her top doesn’t further the police concept with a badge, instead preferring a tie. On the whole, the skin does deliver the general idea but it doesn’t execute it well; even to the point of detracting from it. In conclusion, Officer Caitlyn is a thorough disappointment that only offers a neat looking rifle as its single saving grace. Unless the rifle wins you over, or you have a thing for underdressed figures of authority, better avoid this skin.

Headhunter Caitlyn
Headhunter Caitlyn Splash Art Headhunter Caitlyn Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Caitlyn as a futuristic hunter.
Model: New model for Caitlyn and her rifle.
Particles: New particles for her abilities, auto-attack and recall.
Animations: New rifle animations when standing idle, joke, auto-attack, Headshot, Piltover Peacemaker, 90 Caliber Net and Ace in the Hole. New recall animation.
Sounds: New sounds for her abilities, auto-attack and recall.
Splash Art: Under the rain a dark jungle extends its twisted branches. One could say that it’s a sea of bark with nothing definite in it. As a setting, the background is more of a frame than an actual place. However, Caitlyn’s depiction is the complete opposite: clear, colourful and attractive. The excellent use of colour allows lights to shine and drops to glow with the unexplained, eerie glow behind Caitlyn. Nevertheless, the attention to detail lets Caitlyn appear alive; much like her rifle. The only qualm is that her weapon covers much of her body and so a good part of her isn’t visible. The pose still allows a reasonable view of her aspect but rather incomplete. All things considered, it’s a piece with an unassuming background and an excellent portrayal.
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Conclusion: With an attractive yet practical appearance Headhunter Caitlyn is a clearly fictional but surely appealing skin for the Sheriff. The outfit is sensible, striking a good balance between form and function. Caitlyn looks sexy but also dangerous without being half-naked or buried in armour. Her rifle follows suit with an unusual design yet its new animations display advanced technology as well as lethality. The new particles add cohesion and a fitting degree of eye-catching visuals. They are complemented by the new sounds though they round the skin more than stand out on their own. Special mention deserves Ace in the Hole as the particles and sounds make it an even more satisfying moment. On the whole, the hunter theme is clear in all aspects of the skin; recall included, though one could wish for more use of the visor elsewhere. In conclusion, Headhunter Caitlyn is an excellent skin with lots of pleasing modifications that successfully adapts the Sheriff to wilder game.

Lunar Wraith Caitlyn
Lunar Wraith Caitlyn Splash Art Lunar Wraith Caitlyn Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 1350 RP
Concept: Caitlyn as a dreamlike markswoman.
Model: New model for Caitlyn and her rifle.
Particles: New particles for her abilities, auto-attack and recall.
Animations: New recall animation.
Sounds: New sounds for Headshot, Piltover Peacemaker, Ace in the Hole, auto-attack and recall.
Splash Art: To one side, a lady stands altered by magic. On the other side, another sits elegant and mysterious. Behind them there are heavy, solid clouds or a low cavern ceiling; who can truly say? A few scaly bodies appear nearby, perhaps ethereal snakes that answer to the ladies presence. Nothing is certain, it’s an oneiric chaos that shows a lot but says little.
The ladies are a different matter, though. Caitlyn is the one that more clearly displays the effect of this dream on her persona. The sharp lines and vivid colours attract the eye but her slender, even weak, frame and are as alien as her right arm and long ears. Her rifle looks fascinating and questions easily gather as to the nature of its mechanisms. She doesn’t seem as familiar as one would expect her to be; in fact, she looks like another person. Of course, all the mystery doesn’t dare to interfere with an unnecessary dose of cleavage.
Sitting opposite her we find Morgana exuding class. Her appearance is as alluring as it is classy but the suggestion made by the naked back is clear. Fur appears dull and waxy but the metal decorations glint above the pervading dimness. Her skirt lights up with the mystic forces around, just like her visible eye, and invigorate the bland aspect of her skin. The blurry happenings around her right arm add to the mystery despite looking unnecessarily drab. While we may not be able to get a full view of her dress, the pose suits her well.
When we add it all together we find a piece that lets two ladies share the spotlight with equal measure. They both appear relevant and attractive and even display a duality between light and shade that ends up benefiting Caitlyn more than Morgana. Regardless, both are captivating and present appealing portrayals before a setting that tries to be so mysterious and dreamlike that more than surreal appears chaotic and undefined. This results in a piece that doesn’t expose the supernatural aspects of the theme as clearly as it should. More oneiric that anything else, both ladies are enticing but struggle to offer more than a good pose in a nice portrayal.
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Conclusion: Visually, Lunar Wraith Caitlyn is an attractive and pleasing skin. With a distinct style that is both elegant as well as oneiric she easily stands apart from the usual sniper look. The dress is elaborate and classy and her rifle takes both aspects a step further. Of course, such attention to form leaves several doubts about how plausible and practical it is to go about shooting with such gear. However, if the skin sets itself only to provide an interesting appearance it is effective at it. It isn’t very believable but manages to compensate with an unusual aspect that stays close to the fantastic.
That’s also part of the skin’s problem. Caitlyn looks like an extravagant lady with a strange taste and, with a pinch of imagination, she appears unreal like escaped from a dream. Nevertheless, there’s little evidence of her wraith nature in the skin and she also lacks the vibrancy displayed in the splash art. There’s only a large blue eye on the rifle and the strange shape of her right arm, which could be a peculiar sleeve from the look of things, to present her supernatural life. These elements don’t really convey the feel of a spirit; less so anything snake related. Instead, it seems like a strange ornamentation or a dream-like woman with some weird aspects. That is emphasised by the decorative aesthetic that, far from being wraithlike, looks colourful and fantastic.
The particles and sounds follow the same trend. They do appear different but the blue design and soft sounds don’t feel like coming from a wraith. It all seems magical but lacks the impact expected from a spirit. Perhaps it’s a matter of what kind of image a wraith brings to the mind. In that case, Caitlyn remains closer to the extravagant but classy lady with magic powers more than a spirit. Her recall aims at stating the wraith theme with more clarity but, again, can seem more dreamlike than wraithlike.
All things said and done, Lunar Wraith Caitlyn is an appealing skin that may not evoke the expected image and sound of a wraith but that presents an attractive oneiric aesthetic; at best. The price is rather hefty for a re-model with new particles, sounds and recall, though. While attractive there’s nothing here that doesn’t fit at 975 RP. Add to this unclear focus of her appearance plus diluted theme and we are left with a skin that can be quite interesting but that doesn’t present its personal allure as it should.

Conclusion

Caitlyn’s skins are all more than just re-textures but that doesn’t mean that their quality doesn’t cover the entire spectrum. Headhunter Caitlyn is the recommended skin thanks to its attractive concept and fantastic implementation. The modifications to the skin accomplish a different and appealing look that fans of the Sheriff will surely enjoy.

A great alternative is Arctic Warfare Caitlyn with its lean and reasonable appearance. Its style and design are not only consistent but also appealing while reinforcing Caitlyn’s sniper side.

As far as unusual and attractive, Lunar Wraith Caitlyn is a skin with much to offer. While she can be a mere extravagant lady she can also surface as a strange dreamlike sniper. The wraith idea doesn’t convince but there’re magical elements that supplement the unique aesthetic. Sadly, the price bears no relation to how much the skin offers and with its peculiar focus it feels like a skin that doesn’t try enough to appeal.

Both Resistance Caitlyn and Sheriff Caitlyn are cheaper alternatives that even though far from excellence do provide enough to make them worthwhile despite their limitations.

Finally, Officer Caitlyn is a skin that ends as a mishmash of elements that barely work together to deliver their concept. It’s not a horrible skin, the notion of an attractive police officer comes through, barely, and the rifle is great. Still, it’s an obvious case of a concept not well executed.

  27 Responses to “League of Legends: Caitlyn Skins’ Review”

  1. Do Jarvan

  2. Thanks for the reviews.

  3. Well haven’t really gotten a chance to play her yet, but I have a few friends that was playing her and played against a few that was annoying. They were probably fed a little, but they were doing a large amount of damage. But, how she is good in lol compared to other ranged carries like Miss Fortune or Ashe etc.

    • Caitlyn offers some unique tools of her own: long range and zone control with her traps. Tristana also has long range but only late game. Thanks to her constant long range Caitlyn can deal damage without retribution and so win the lane and stay safe in team-fights. Besides, the traps work as wards and also stun enemies which can be devastating as she would build only damage.

      This is just our humble opinion. More professional advice could be more practical; like build guides.

  4. Hi strategy zero,
    I was just wondering why you rated officer caitlyn very low. I find that skin to be really good because of its excellent model. Anyway, what are the things that u dont like about officer caitlyn. Finally, do u think it is worth it for 975 rp? Thanks

    • Oh i forgot to add.l.ur reviews are awesome!!!

    • Glad that you like our reviews.

      The biggest problem with Officer Caitlyn is that her outfit doesn’t clearly convey the image of a police officer. Additionally, while the idea of sex appeal is clear it isn’t implemented with finesse. For instance, her skirt is a mere re-texture of her classic one, her boots have low heels and, why is she wearing a tie instead of a badge? At least her rifle looks great but, sadly, Caitlyn doesn’t really embody the sexy officer concept that the skin set to achieve.

      We don’t think it’s a skin worth 975 RP. If you really like her rifle and overall concept getting it while on sale could be an option. However, be mindful that the skin isn’t the best it could’ve been.

  5. Hi there! I love your blog and I always check it to see what you think of the skins before I buy.
    I have a question for you today: What do you think of the Headhunter Caitlyn skin from the previews that we can see?

    Thanks.

    • Glad that you like it.

      The idea is quite nice but her outfit seems unnecessarily skimpy. It might be understandable for Headhunter Nidalee, as she’s a predator, but Caitlyn should look like a deadly futuristic sniper instead of simply wearing a brief dress made of metal.

  6. Hey can you do a review on Headhunter Caitlyn? Thanks.

  7. Headhunter Cait splash bothers me so much. It’s like they drew the gun and then drew her; if you try to follow her spine, it becomes remarkably clear that her head could not possibly be where it is with that pose. In all ways it looks like her head is detached from the rest of her body, and it ruins the skin for me.

    • She doesn’t seem to be the only contortionist in the League. Still, remember that a splash art is just a presentation card for a skin. The actual Headhunter Caitlyn is a good skin and stands apart from the splash art.

  8. Hi, will you be doing reviews of the chromas?

  9. Caitlyn musketeers, why not?

  10. you saw the new lunar reveal skin have you got a pbe acc to test her?

    • We gave it a quick look and it seems a bit overloaded. The concept doesn’t seem too clear except for having an Eastern style. We’ll give it a more detailed look for the review and see what it all amounts to. Could be an interesting skin, we’ll have to check it more thoroughly.

  11. shoudl i get officer or headhunte

    • We’d recommend Headhunter Caitlyn over Officer. The former has an attractive sci-fi theme with an execution that brings out the best in it. Officer is a re-model that can be appealing but doesn’t do enough to be special.

  12. hey zero! any thoughts about the cait chroma pack?

  13. Will lunar wraith Caitlyn be released again during lunar revel? I want that skin so bad…

    • It sure should be available again during Lunar Revel. Chances are that it’ll be a similar even to Snowdown Showdown with all the legacy skins returning as well as collected in yearly bundles.

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