Mar 222012
Fiora, the Grand Duelist
Fiora, the Grand Duelist

Fiora, the Grand Duelist has few but very nice skins available. Whether you prefer to be a Musketeer or a capped vigilante you won’t be disappointed; not even at the classroom. While her wardrobe selection may be small, it stands up to the best skins available. If you want to know more about Fiora’s fashion choices lunge at her skins’ review.

Royal Guard Fiora
Royal Guard Fiora Splash Art Royal Guard Fiora Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Fiora dresses as a French Musketeer of the Guard.
Model: New model for Fiora and her rapier.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This piece is a perfect example of how to use a rich background to enhance the importance of the champion depicted. Fiora stands surrounded by the darkness of assailants while the Sun shines over her as she leads the way for reinforcements. Not only does the piece place Fiora at the centre of attention but it makes all the surrounding action to be based on her presence. A wonderful splash art without doubt.
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Conclusion: Royal Guard Fiora is a good skin in every aspect. The Musketeer concept is adequate and well executed. The skin changes all aspects of Fiora, without forgetting her oversized rapier, while portraying an unmistakable Musketeer look. The model is well made and uses quality textures to good effect resulting in a very detailed and colourful looking skin. The appearance is, admittedly, cartoony and even though it has a pleasing style it’s not faithful to history. It does, however, fulfil the intended fantasy in a clearly fictionalized way. Ultimately, it’s an effective re-model at a low price and so a good concept meets a good execution and a great product is born: Royal Guard Fiora is such a product.

Nightraven Fiora
Nightraven Fiora Splash Art Nightraven Fiora Model
Category: Regular
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Fiora wears a dark suit of light armour.
Model: New model for Fiora, her rapier and parrying dagger.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The piece is dynamic spotlighting Fiora in action as she slices through her enemies with her rapier and parrying dagger. The moonlight shining on her armoured body highlights the charge against her enemies while the simple background frames the action. A solid piece that showcases Fiora without distracting.
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Conclusion: Nightraven Fiora used to draw from the traditional capped vigilante to provide a more battle oriented look for her. The Zorro inspiration is no longer as evident as it was. The new armour and rapier show a distinct style that certainly seems ready for battle. However, the simple red cape hanging from an oversized spaulder pales in comparison to the iconic large ‘N’ or ‘Z’ on her former tiered cape. It’s true that Fiora’s model benefits from good polygon quality and equally good textures that provide complex and multiple details. Regardless, such richness seems to have been wasted in an uninspired style that abandons the evocative elements it used to have and replaces them with inferior substitutes. All things considered, Nightraven Fiora is a good skin choice if you don’t ask for more than an armoured duellist. Unfortunately if you expect more from the skin then you’ll be disappointed.

Headmistress Fiora
Headmistress Fiora Splash Art Headmistress Fiora Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Fiora as a traditional ruler-wielding headmistress.
Model: New model for Fiora and her rapier.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: New animation for her taunt.
Sounds: New ruler-smacking sounds for her auto-attack and taunt.
Splash Art: The sunrays coming through the stained-glass window bathe the room with a warm radiance. As admiring followers, the lamps join in to highlight the pristine surface of the bookcase. On a side of the room a smirking Fiora signals with her ruler as the light shines on her porcelain skin and immaculate dress. The quality of this piece is absorbing and stunning: an incredible achievement. It isn’t a perfect piece but is so close that its minor flaws become irrelevant. The detail of the background, you can even notice the texture of the wood, added to the superlative portrayal of Fiora make this splash art one of League of Legends best without any shadow of a doubt.
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Conclusion: Headmistress Fiora aims to inspire the classic pupil fear of a strict and severe authority figure. However, she simply looks too attractive and elegant to elicit any terror. Nevertheless, the refined and enticing look is well done while the concept is a perfect fit for Fiora’s aloof personality. Actually, the ruler makes for a comical yet effective method of punishment and the smacking sounds of her auto-attacks are great proof of the allure of such a weapon. Sadly, contrary to the release statement, her abilities keep their classic sound which makes for quite an inconsistent combination; especially when using Lunge or Riposte. Furthermore, the ability sounds are so loud that they completely eclipse the smacking auto-attacks and so they often become inaudible. All things considered, Headmistress Fiora is a great looking skin but the inconsistent smacking sounds feel like a mere afterthought that wasn’t integrated into the skin nor even completely added. Maybe it would’ve been better to wield a ruler with a keen edge.

PROJECT: Fiora Splash Art PROJECT: Fiora Model
Category: Regular
Price: 1350 RP
Concept: Fiora as a hi-tech swordswoman.
Model: New model for Fiora and her rapier plus new glow for her rapier.
Particles: New particles for her abilities, auto-attack, recall, taunt and joke.
Animations: New recall animation.
Sounds: New sounds for her abilities, auto-attack, recall and joke. Processed voice-over and one new quote when attacking.
Splash Art: In the background, neon lights the androids that fail in their approach to the dashing figure. It seems like the action takes place at a rooftop in a futuristic city but most of it is a guess because it’s all so blurry. Thus, the setting is too weakly suggested which wastes all its futuristic potential.
Conversely, Fiora is sharply depicted, for the most part, with detail that doesn’t omit the splash of raindrops and the texture of the metal. The lines, colours, reflections, shadows and lights make for a wonderful spectacle of technology. Her legs are a bit diffuse, except for her left tight, and her midriff looks plain but the overall effect is very attractive. The measured yet eye-catching glow of her blade and suit make a strong statement with regards to using the right amount of lights.
Unfortunately, when the whole piece is considered as a whole the result is clearly uneven: Fiora looks spectacular but the setting isn’t even clear. In spite of it blurriness, the background doesn’t communicate speed of movement it simply appears sketchy. Therefore, this is a fantastic depiction of Fiora before an undeserving context.
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Conclusion: For a cybernetic take on the duelist PROJECT: Fiora is a correct skin. The model conveys the technological concept well with a body’s motion that is fully improved by mechanical additions. It could be a fully artificial body or a suit but the messge is clear. Her rapier changes a bit into a saber with a dimly glowing blade. The red hue isn’t a bad choice but the colour isn’t bright enough to stand out. The new model still tries to conform to her classic design and that is noticeable in its lack of freedom. In other words, this PROJECT skin exhibits a restraint that doesn’t suit it. Instead it should try to show something novel that stands apart from the usual.
The particles try to do that but they end up following the same digitial pattern that other PROJECT skins do. That isn’t a bad thing as they are pleasing to behold but the constraints of the theme make them look too similar. More or less the same can be said about the sounds: they nice but they end up feeling analogous to the others. Grand Challenge deserves special mention for its lack of inventive. It only offers a new design for the particles but the rest is identical. Something extra could’ve been added to make it more special.
The recall does something different though: besides the fitting dramatics it shows Fiora’s face which is able to display some of her remaining humanity. Still, a protected head seems reasonable for a swordswoman so the fancy hairstyle could’ve been better exploited. The processed voice-over adds that final touch of robotics but her classic quotes don’t help further the theme.
All in all, there’s nothing particularly wrong with PROJECT: Fiora but there’s a distinct lack of innovation. If we ignore the processed voice-over it could very well be a 975 RP skin. PROJECT only offers a new model, particles, sounds and recall which is nothing out of the ordinary. Due to this, PROJECT: Fiora doesn’t disappoint but also doesn’t really fulfill the expectations set by its attractive theme. If you like it, get it on sale.


Besides her legacy headmistress attire, Fiora’s only has her release skins available but few champions came with such quality skins. Both Royal Guard and Nightraven Fiora are good products that deliver a good concept backed by effective production. The lower price and cleaner implementation of Royal Guard places it as the recommended skin. Sadly, Nightraven has become an insipid armoured duellist that, frankly, feels boring in comparison with its previous fascinating incarnation.

The legacy alternative is Headmistress Fiora which has a fitting concept but a lazy execution. To a point, it can feel like a change of clothes with an incomplete change of sounds. The result certainly has its charm but the inconsistent implementation can get on the way. For its price and category much more is to be expected.

The most expensive of the Duelist’s skins is PROJECT: Fiora. The cybernetic theme is clear in all its areas but the skin does just the necessary to realize its premise. At its high price the skin could and should add something extra to stand out and feel special. There’s nothing really wrong with it but also nothing actually extraordinary.

At any rate, the choice should be based on personal taste according to the referenced material. As far as quality goes, Fiora’s skins were excellent and certainly an example for other release skins. They still are good even though they visual upgrade was unable to keep their glory intact.

  16 Responses to “League of Legends: Fiora Skins’ Review”

  1. How you make those screencaptures?

    • There are screens available at the League of Legends’ site when skins are released and at sales. Also you can take a screenshot in-game by pressing F12.

      • Yes, but, I mean… How you get that 3d, effect? If i do a screenshot I just see my champion in the same perpective than allways.

        • Riot undoubtedly has tools or options to see the champions from whatever perspective they desire. Those aren’t available in the client but you can always rely on LoLReplay. With it you can watch a replay from different perspectives by simply dragging the mouse; if memory serves. So, you can take a screenshot seeing the battlefield from the side, for instance. Hope it helps.

  2. Zero, I love your site. I use it everytime I buy a new skin. Your descriptions, your advices… you are wonderful in what you do, my friend.

    I have a suggestion. What about a new section – thematic teams?

    All yordle team, all pirate team, all soldier team… I would love to see that!


    • Thanks for the kind words, we are glad you find the reviews useful.

      Some themes are based on the champions but the skins add a lot of variety so that you can have champions as soldiers even if they are mages; Lux frowns at this. The possibilities are many, perhaps too many, but we wonder how to organize it and of what use it would be.

      It could be said that part of the fun is finding out the combinations but the real point is that they are rather evident. We understand that it’s helpful to have information organized though but it would be a huge list.

      It’s not an idea we are opposed to. It could be a way of finding skins by theme instead of by champion. However, we think that the champion is more important than the theme. First you should enjoy playing a champion and then you may want a specific theme that you can find, if possible, at the champion’s skins’ review.

      The idea isn’t bad and it’s an alternative that could be considered. Regardless, we think that it’s more important to have the champion first and from there to find the theme or skin. We are still open to ideas and if you have a way of organizing it all in a simple but useful way we’d appreciate the feedback.

  3. Headmistress Fiora additionally has a new sound to go with her new taunt animation – the sound of the ruler breaking. It is such a shame that the skin’s unavoidable main flaw is the classic metallic blade sounds present on all of her abilities. The dress and scarf she is wearing are exquisite, I overall love the model even if the other two skins’ models are also great.

    • That’s true, it’s a little thing but worth noting; thanks. The worst part about Headmistress Fiora is that the release announcement stated very clearly that there were supposed to be new smacking sounds for her auto-attacks but also her abilities; the latter are still nowhere to be found. Not only is the release page rather difficult to find nowadays, after the site revamp, but Riot never acknowledged the issue. Bussiness as usual; we just need to see Sandstorm Katarina’s classic Bouncing Dagger.

  4. Hola
    So the Updated Fiora Just came out, and I just want to see what your thoughts are on the new look (mainly the new Classic Fiora, as i feel that one has changed the most)
    Thanks 😀

    • Indeed, Classic Fiora has a more elegant and less fancy style that seems more practical and less fictional. The skins seem to be only polished so there are not big differences there. Hopefully, the Headmistress will receive her missing ruler-smacking sounds.

      Back to Classic, the refined identity suits her well as she’s all about being practical but without forgetting to be classy. Therefore the clean lines allow her to feel agile yet also elegant. In terms of looks it does seem like an improvement that reduces the fantasy and centres on the characteristics that better define her.

  5. Will you be doing Project Fiora when it comes out?

    • Definitely, we are preparing everything for her release.

      • In your opinion what is your favorite project skin? (Not including Yasuo)

        • That’s a difficult question as we find fault in all of them. Conceptually they are all quite good but the implementation seldom seems to fully capture the value that their price indicates. Perhaps PROJECT: Zed stands out due to his new shadows but that’s a necessary change more than an extra; like Leona’s new death particles. They are nice changes but unavoidable.

          Fiora and Lucian have nothing special about the changes: they simply follow the theme and to a point the same can be said about most of the new PROJECT skins. Considering their prices we were expecting a few extras to better realize the theme but we haven’t noticed any; except for Leona’s death.

          That’s not the case with PROJECT: Yasuo which leads us to believe that Riot might’ve bitten more than it can chew. So many expensive skins developed at once meant that resources had to be spread thinner that usual and it shows; especially at the legendary Yi level.

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