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Katarina, the Sinister Blade
Katarina, the Sinister Blade

Katarina, the Sinister Blade is a true fan of swords and daggers of all kinds; her preferred tools for her assassinations. Besides, Katarina is an attractive woman and prefers light, comfortable clothing to long cloaks or armour. Then, do her skins enhance both her lethality and appeal? Read further on her skins’ review and find out.

Mercenary Katarina
Mercenary Katarina Splash Art Mercenary Katarina Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Katarina reprising her original look: with pink hair and green clothes.
Model: New textures for Katarina.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Mercenary Katarina hints at a more modern look than she actually has. The background seems to be made of skyscrapers, one of which has its top floors on fire. Moreover, the other buildings are twisted and inclined as if collapsing. The whole of the background is covered by the dust of such falls which makes the lack of clarity reasonable. However, as a much as a show of Katarina’s intense destructive power as it may be it appears inapplicable: Katarina is an assassin not a demolisher. It is fortunate then that Katarina’s depiction is excellent. Her hair flows masterfully, her leather clothes shine under the light as well as her blades while her pose is focused, believable and appealing. For some reason her body tattoo is drawn on her left side which coupled with the extra detail absent from her in-game model make the piece not a faithful reproduction of her true aspect. Still, on the whole this is quite a good splash art despite the obvious flaws it suffers from.
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Conclusion: Mercenary Katarina is a re-texture and a hint at her original look. The mercenary colours aren’t particularly good nor are they unsuitable. Truth is, this is a skin that exists more for the nostalgia it provides than the quality it shows. On its own, besides the pink hair, which seems as pale as white, and green clothes you get absolutely nothing else. Therefore, except for nostalgic fans Mercenary Katarina isn’t worth getting.

Red Card Katarina
Red Card Katarina Splash Art Red Card Katarina Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Katarina dressed as an association football referee.
Model: Moderate model changes for Katarina.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This splash art is simple and straightforward: stadium on the background, Katarina on the foreground and work done. The background is simple with a minimal display of the stadium’s crowds and lights; most of it is a dark cloudy sky. Katarina looks nice and attractive in her referee clothes and while the red card makes sense the sword does not, at all. The quality of the drawing is very good but the composition is indeed simple. Overall, a nice splash art that does its job, with quality, but nothing more.
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Conclusion: In spite of how unfitting a referee is in the middle of a battlefield armed with a couple of swords, Katarina does look good. It can’t be denied that the clothes enhance her lean figure and do an excellent job at showing how attractive she is; maybe better than Kitty Cat Katarina does. Still, there isn’t anything striking about her look: it simply offers a clear view of her silhouette. On those grounds, it’s a nice skin but as far as concept and execution goes there isn’t much on offer.

Bilgewater Katarina
Bilgewater Katarina Splash Art Bilgewater Katarina Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Katarina as swashbuckling pirate.
Model: Major model changes for Katarina. New model for Katarina’s swords.
Particles: New projectile for Bouncing Blade.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Bilgewater Katarina’s splash art is good but feels like it could’ve been better. The setting is appropriate: a misty ship; Katarina is well depicted as well. Regardless, it all looks quite empty like a pose more than a glimpse of her seafaring adventures. Still the piece succeeds in its intent: Katarina is well delineated with great shading and good depiction of materials and proportions. Still, despite the visual quality the piece looks devoid of life; it’s just a spotlight. Overall, a good looking piece but with a lot of wasted potential.
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Conclusion: Bilgewater Katarina is a nice skin with a few inconsistencies. Firstly, it effectively delivers the sea scoundrel look: patch, hat and boarding sabres effectively work in tandem. Secondly, the revealing clothes and the unexplainable armour stain the quality. It seems as if the skin attempts to simultaneously present Katarina as a pirate and femme fatale with conflicting elements that generate a result that isn’t exactly a success. In conclusion, Bilgewater Katarina is a nice pirate skin as long as you don’t mind her baring skin and retaining traces of her classic incarnation.

Kitty Cat Katarina
Kitty Cat Katarina Splash Art Kitty Cat Katarina Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Katarina wearing a revealing cat costume.
Model: Moderate model changes for Katarina.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Kitty Cat Katarina isn’t a serious skin and it’s splash art has to be considered under the same light. The city background and moon with a cat face are a setting but one that simply frames the pose and just tells that cats like high places. Katarina is alluring and attractive in her cat suit and the excellent shading enhances her portrayal. In the end, the piece succeeds at what it wants to do: spotlight Katarina’s Kitty Cat look; it does nothing more and maybe it shouldn’t.
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Conclusion: Kitty Cat Katarina is a skin of extremes as its both desirable but disappointing. On the one hand, it dresses Katarina in an appealing and funny cat suit. On the other hand, that’s all this skin is: an exclusive fetish. There’s no denying that Kitty Cat Katarina is a skin with an attractive look but the concept is quite basic and the execution is limited. You could say that this is a bubblegum skin: it looks incredible in the beginning but in the end it doesn’t amount to much.

High Command Katarina
High Command Katarina Splash Art High Command Katarina Model
Category: Regular
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Katarina in her high rank Noxian military uniform.
Model: New model for Katarina and her swords.
Particles: New projectile for Bouncing Blade.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The siege engines stay silent behind Katarina, she stands defiant under the rain; with her swords drawn, her eyes face what’s coming. She waits calmly but focused: Katarina is always ready to do whatever her loyalty asks for. This piece makes a clear and interesting impression and backs it with great use of colours and lighting. The background does look rougher that Katarina but it also contrasts her precise assassin style with the blunt destruction of the catapults. While it is strange to find Katarina alone in the middle of such machinery it could very well be an infiltration to reach her target. Truth is, this is a piece that tells a lot and suggests even more. It’s not just a good spotlight, it also is a little story and that makes it one of League of Legends’ best splash arts.
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Conclusion: High Command Katarina is a skin that doesn’t deliver on the promises of the splash art; as unexpected as it may be. Still, what it does deliver is quite good as the overall aesthetic is well presented: it equally demonstrates Katarina’s attractiveness and lethality. For instance, the clothes show skin but are more suggestive than revealing. Moreover, the guards of the swords echo the knee caps with very eloquent skulls. The golden decorations add an aristocratic feel without standing in the way of practicality. While the daggers have the classic design the hooked style of her swords matches the skin perfectly and also modifies Bouncing Blade; which is a nice addition.
The design still has a few issues: the unnecessarily high boots make the gaps on the outsides of the tights almost insignificant. Furthermore, the jacket going under her trousers is a whimsical and ridiculous choice as it serves no other function than to show something unusual and make her tattoo disappear. Having the clothing as two separate pieces seems more natural and comfortable. All things considered, High Command Katarina is a very nice skin, despite its flaws, that heightens her classic theme with some militaristic aristocracy.

Sandstorm Katarina
Sandstorm Katarina Splash Art Sandstorm Katarina Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Katarina wearing desert style clothing and wielding serrated scimitars.
Model: New model for Katarina, her swords and daggers.
Particles: New projectiles for Death Lotus, new particles for Sinister Steel and Shunpo.
Animations: New animation for her taunt.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Flying sand is nothing uncommon in the desert, something quite convenient to get away with an unnecessarily fuzzy background. At least the structures’ silhouettes are enough to clearly convey the setting. Katarina looks really good: the loose clothes flow in the air, the metal decorations shine and the serrated scimitars look deadly and eye-catching; just like her. Regrettably, there seems to be a few perspective problems that, while minor, make certain aspects of Katarina look awkward. For instance, the size and width of the coins on her dress or the scar over her left eye and even her body’s proportions. The individual effects are minor but together they affect the perception of the piece. Overall, it’s quite a nice splash art that suffers from an underlying and not always subtle problem with the way things are delineated.
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Conclusion: As a homage to Prince of Persia’s 2008 version, Sandstorm Katarina is definitely faithful to its source material. In addition to this, the desert theme is executed effectively providing an appealing and fresh outfit without making it revealing. In other words, Katarina does show skin but it makes perfect sense for a hot environment; even though, in a true desert she would completely cover herself. The serrated scimitars and daggers are good but it’s strange that blades designed to be wielded with finesse are made less precise and cleaner by this characteristic.
Actually, the skin seems to be more about looks than source fidelity and at that the new particles make a great job adding sand and serrated blades to Katarina’s activities. On the whole, Sandstorm Katarina is a very nice skin that executes well an attractive concept. However, Bouncing Blade suffers from a glaring oversight: the blade she actually throws is one of her classic swords instead of the serrated scimitar she holds in her right hand. If this were to be fixed Sandstorm Katarina would be an excellent skin but as it stands it stays quite good but obviously defective.

Slay Belle Katarina
Slay Belle Katarina Splash Art Slay Belle Katarina Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Katarina dressed as a sexy Santa helper.
Model: New model for Katarina and her blades.
Particles: New projectile for Bouncing Blade and new particles for her abilities.
Animations: New spinning poses for Sinister Steel and Death Lotus and new recall animation.
Sounds: New sounds for her recall.
Splash Art: The background is actually undefined, some hints can be caught from the Christmas tree and walls, it could be a hallway or a manor’s entrance. Regardless, it’s more speculation than an actual display; much like the identity or even relevance of the startled and falling man. Katarina’s depiction has a pleasing cartoon style and interesting composition. She seems to have ripped a box open from the inside so as to make a surprise appearance; though she could just be on an anti-present rampage. Her portrayal is very nice: the stance is dynamic but it hides her body and boots. Besides, the shading is great yet her hair looks a bit waxy, her dress too wrinkled and her right blade quite plain. Overall, is a fine depiction of Katarina that serves its purpose, to a point, yet has some issues.
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Conclusion: Slay Belle Katarina is a fine skin with a simple but attractive concept: Katarina as an enticing Santa helper. The clothes are nice and the antlers acceptable but the outfit is hardly impressive. Conversely, the new blades have a fascinating design that greatly helps make the skin unique. The particles seem mostly like a re-colour of the classic ones, yet there are new light effects so they stand as a good addition. All things considered, Slay Belle Katarina doesn’t bedazzle with its style but it’s still an appealing skin for the Sinister Blade.

Warring Kingdoms Katarina
Warring Kingdoms Katarina Splash Art Warring Kingdoms Katarina Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Katarina as an elegant flower assassin.
Model: New model for Katarina, her swords and daggers.
Particles: New particles for her abilities.
Animations: New recall animation.
Sounds: New sounds for her abilities, auto-attack and recall.
Splash Art: Fantastically sliding through a rope of hanging paper lanterns Katarina swiftly makes her way through the city. The fireworks illuminate the city behind her but around her darkness extends its protective anonymity. For starters, the idea behind the piece is quite nice. The blurriness of the background can be attributed to her movement yet it may be a bit too much. Besides, the city looks lifeless. It’s reasonable to think that everybody is celebrating around the fireworks but it also appears lacking in decoration and detail.
Katarina looks like the completely opposite though. Her clothing is abundant in folds and the metal in highlights. However, her face seems a tad alien and her legs disproportionately big for her body. The right one is also too deformed by the perspective. The colours appear rather dim even though they’re quite good but her left arm is questionably blurry; it doesn’t look so far back.
All in all, it’s a piece that has a good setup but that ends up like the sparks at her feet: looks good for a while but then all the shine disappears.
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Conclusion: At a glance Warring Kingdoms Katarina is a simple skin and to an extent it is. The new outfit is unassuming and mostly consists of black trousers and a white blouse. There are some golden highlights here and there as well as the unavoidable cleavage but nothing that catches one’s attention. The blades have a nice design and Katarina doesn’t look bad but the Eastern style of the skin isn’t clear.
The particles incorporate red and flowers in a way that is appealing but, again, isn’t striking. The new sounds have a more clattering, metallic feel than the classic ones but still feel too similar. Her abilities do look and sound good but they also seem only acceptable because they fail to impress. In fact, they bear little relation to her simple, monochromatic outfit. The same could be said of the recall: it’s good and fancy but seems just sufficient.
In the end, Warring Kingdoms Katarina is a satisfying skin but not a remarkable one. Everything about her seems nice and different but just enough. Therefore, it’s an appropriate option for fans of the Sinister Blade but nothing out of this world.

PROJECT: Katarina
PROJECT: Katarina Splash Art PROJECT: Katarina Model
Category: Regular
Price: 1350 RP
Concept: Katarina as a cyborg assassin.
Model: New model for Katarina, her swords and daggers. New glow for her swords.
Particles: New particles for her abilities, auto-attack and recall.
Animations: New recall and spawn animation.
Sounds: New sounds for her abilities, auto-attack and recall plus processed voice-over.
Splash Art: The blur of a futuristic city is the place. Rain falls on streets that seem to need no help to reflect neon lights. An explosion stains the precision of the buildings’ designs and a cyborg appears as the one responsible; a sentinel looks from far away at the action. As far as context is concerned, the cyberpunk feel is present. It’s also only suggested so while the outline and coldness expected of a dystopia is appreciable there are few concrete elements to inspect. In fact, aside from Katarina and the street around her, it’s a diffuse mess.
Katarina does enjoy a nice portrayal. Her dashing pose shows her finishing a target that is left to explode behind her as she lands on the wet street and a pool splashes its water around while her leg leaves a trail of eye-catching sparks; a great touch. The lines are precise and the colours sharp with a measured use of highlights and reflections. That moderation suits the dark cyberpunk mood. Her blades look a bit simple and their glow is too faint. Conversely, her synthetic arms are brought to life with the raindrops making their simple, pristine surfaces more interesting. That effect isn’t always used as the dull look of her visor and cotton hair confirm. Fortunately, her body and legs do benefit from it. That’s particularly relevant as the right leg looks simple and disproportionate considering the perspective.
All in all, this is a great splash art with a good context to back an attractive portrayal. The background suffers from the chaotic blur that conceals any details while Katarina struggles against the plain areas of her cybernetic body. Regardless, the scene is simple yet fitting and appealing so this piece does a very fine job at presenting its futuristic take on the Sinister Blade.
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Conclusion: The move of the Sinister Blade to a cyberpunk dystopia is a swift one. The cybernetic enhancements naturally suit an assassin and so her armoured body and synthetic additions effortlessly portray her futuristic aspect. The lighter coloured left arm and hair easily stand out from the dark tones used elsewhere. In fact, there’re too many dark hues which don’t let the design of her artificial body be appreciated. Her jacket seems buried among the similarly busy design of her body which removes some of the youthful humanity that should be saved. It helps make the appearance unique by taking advantage of Katarina’s own human identity. The visor also looks solid and dull and that’s something shared with the blades used for swords and daggers alike. There’s no transparency or added effect to make them look made of energy and more than simple, solid material.
The particles follow the blades design with polygonal shapes and a red colour scheme. The colour is interesting but the structure is repeated between abilities which make them appear too similar. The only effects that help give them a distinct style are Shunpo’s vertical bands with the teleport distortion and Death Lotus’ diagonal swirls; which suit the ultimate so well that it’s surprising that they haven’t been used before on the classic incarnation. Sadly, Voracity doesn’t benefit from significant new particles or new sounds.
The new sounds seem similar to the classic ones but there’s a significant even if somewhat subtle difference. Abilities do incorporate energy bursts which better communicate the virtual feel of the abilities; still deeper changes were to be expected. The only new animation is the recall which is another example of this trend. The metallic sounds are all recognizable but the distortions’ look and sounds are what bring the PROJECT theme to life; the acrobatics are nice too. The processing of the voice-over is nothing surprising by now. It suits the concept but without any surprises.
All in all, this is a particularly adequate adaptation. It seems to do enough to communicate its message but it seldom makes an effort to differentiate itself from the rest. The only real highlights are synthetic limbs, some more noticeable than others, and the particles distortions; which appear like interesting glitches she takes advantage of. This makes PROJECT: Katarina an effective cyborg assassin but not an impressive one as she deserves; especially considering the ample potential of the concept.

Conclusion

Katarina shows different aesthetics befitting a blade wielding assassin. Sandstorm Katarina and High Command Katarina are the best exponents but are not without their issues. The former suffers from a visual oversight which, after a visual update left the classic dagger for her Bouncing Blade. That aside, the sand particles and desert aesthetic are appealing and distinct. The latter has a few stylish but questionable design choices. It still works well enough so as to display the more militaristic side of her life. It’s only a re-model but the lore reference helps it stand out.

Warring Kingdoms Katarina is also a fine choice: it has an attractive style but is nothing striking. It surely is elegant and classy with flowers added to her abilities. Yet, the core of the skin is still Katarina but a bit more aristocratic than usual. It’s a good skin with an acceptable execution but it plays it too safe.

The most expensive skin so far is PROJECT: Katarina. The adaptation into a cybernetic assassin is a natural fit for the Sinister Blade but it also seems somewhat basic. The model is good but seems busy in dark colours with little attention given to her synthetic enhancements. The particles rely on the familiar polygonal shapes and though the new colour helps only the distortions stand out. The sounds also suffer from only adding a few energy bursts. Overall, it’s a fine skin but not impressive enough given how much potential it has.

In legacy territory, we find Kitty Cat, Red Card and Slay Belle Katarina. The first, Kitty Cat, is a fancy costume that relies on revealing skin and being a fetish to appeal; as it’s not really funny. The second, Red Card, is a sporty look that reveals her fine figure but doesn’t do much beyond changing her clothes. The last one, Slay Belle, presents her as a sexy helper with a bad attitude. That suits her personality and the particles are rather nice so it can be an option for a less serious take on the Sinister Blade.

Bilgewater Katarina is a good choice if seafarers are to your liking but be aware of the lingering classic traits that remain in her. Finally, Mercenary Katarina is a cheap change of colours for the Sinister Blade. If you really like the colour scheme or feel nostalgic about Katarina it may be a skin for you; yet be mindful that there’s nothing else on offer.

  90 Responses to “League of Legends: Katarina Skins’ Review”

  1. Trank you very much for the skin review Zero!..

  2. pls do a nunu skin review not sure if i should get glacial Olaf and demolisher nunu.

    • Sure, Olaf added to the list and Nunu bumped in the order.

      With regards to the skins, Glacial Olaf is simply blue Olaf so consider how much you like Classic Olaf but with a blue colour scheme.
      Demolisher Nunu is more interesting as it outfits Nunu and Willump in heavy armour. The look is quite appealing and if you like Nunu there’s a good chance you’ll like the armour; despite Nunu’s gorilla face.

  3. I really do like katarina but I’ve never played her due to the fact that everyone else plays her. I really like her christmas skin and im not sure if I should buy it, wait for the sandstorm to go on sale or buy neither of them. Please tell me your opinion guys. I really do need it.

    • It’s true that Katarina has become quite popular after her visual upgrade but she’s still quite fun to play.

      Slay Belle Katarina is a nice skin but it’s firmly Christmas based. Therefore, you should consider whether the look is nice enough to use the skin for the rest of the year.

      Sandstorm Katarina has a distinct Persian style that isn’t tied to a season. However, the particle problem with Bouncing Blade is a bit detracting; though it should be fixed, sometime.

      In the end, you should purchase a skin if you intend to play the champion and like the skin. Sandstorm has a broader concept but Slay Belle is more exclusive; as it’s legacy.

      Besides, you shouldn’t discard new skins being released; as Katarina is quite popular. If you purchase any be sure that you like it enough that a new skin wouldn’t make them obsolete.

  4. There’s a small typo in the Mercenary Katarina: her hair is not pink, but some kind of greyish blue. I’m surprised nobody in the comments noticed it.

    • Actually, we were mostly quoting a Rioter who explained that Mercenary Katarina homages her original look with pink hair. We’ll check a bit further and update the review as needed. Thanks for the notice.

      • I thought I was colorblind for a sec, I had to check with my friends what her hair color was, haha!

        Still, I didn’t know her original look had pink hair. That is indeed a surprise on my part.

        • It probably goes as far back as beta, as only in her visual upgrade were her icons updated with her new aspect. Before that they showed her with pink hair as she looks in her mercenary style.

          Apparently, Katarina was a tad more lively in her origins. In the end, everyone has a dark past they want to conceal.

  5. For most of the skins you have stated “New projectile for Bouncing Blade.”, but how so are the projectiles new? I have seen several videos on the skins but cannot really notice any new projectile.

    Also, this is my personal opinion but, don’t you think Bilgewater Katarina deserves a 4 star rating?

    • What we mean is that when Katarina throws her Bouncing Blade the blade on the air matches the one she was holding in her hand. For instance, that’s not the case with Sandstorm Katarina as the blade she throws isn’t a serrated scimitar but instead her classic blade.

      Bilgewater Katarina is an appealing skin but for 975 RP it should let go more of Classic Katarina’s design. We agree that it’s charming but it could embody the pirate look a bit better.

  6. Zero, very good review as always I currently have bilge water,high command, sandstorm, and mercenary. And I love using katarina, I really love slay belle katarinas splash art and in game look and I live in Asia do you happen to know If they will be selling it and the rest of the showdown skins this Christmas thanks in advance and sorry for the long post

    • As far as we know, Slay Belle Katarina is a legacy skin and so will probably be available for purchase again during Christmas; as well as other 2011 and 2012 Snowdown skins. Theoretically, skins shouldn’t be unavailable depending on region so, unless something strange happens, next Christmas they should be back at the store.

  7. does anybody knows when kitty cat katarina will be available this month? i really want to take her!!!!!!!!!

  8. does anyone know when katarina will be able to buy slay belle skin? on chirstmas? or when?

  9. the slay belle katarina is 5* for me :3

    • Nothing wrong with that, in fact, we agree that it’s a great skin. However, to reach five stars as a legacy skin it needs something extra that pushes it beyond the usual quality. Nonetheless, it’s definitely quite a charming skin.

  10. What is the best skin for katarina?

    • If you like something serious then Sandstorm Katarina is the best though High Command is also quite good. For something funny then Slay Belle delivers good looks. Personal preference is probably the deciding factor as these three are all nice options.

      • I cant buy slaybelle and i dont like the look of sandstorm , I like high Command and i like mercenary too b’cuz it has blue hair … better to hear your opinion

        • High Command is quite nice, not only in looks but also in terms of lore: she’s reasonably, yet not flawlessly, dressed as a high ranking officer of the Noxian military.
          Mercenary is simpler and cheaper as well as a tribute to her original appearance.

          In this case, there are sufficient arguments to make both skins an attractive purchase because of the most important factor: you like them both. You only have to decide if you’d rather spend more for something more elaborate or not.

  11. Really good review! πŸ™‚ Do you know if bilgewater Katarina or high command katarina will be coming on sale soon? πŸ™‚

    • Bilgewater Katarina was discounted on July right after High Command. Therefore, a reasonable amount of time has passed since they were on sale. Sadly, there are some skins that haven’t been discounted for over a year. Ultimately, a sale including any of these skins is feasable in the foreseeable future but there’s some tough competition to beat.

  12. Zero, can you confirm on Red Card Katarina’s price? It says 520 rp on lolwiki.

  13. After looking at the kata skins for sometime I have decided to not get any, so do you think they (Riot) need to make a new skin for her. One with full FX changes! If so what skin would you guys like to see? (Make one up and use your imagination πŸ˜€ )

    • There should be another skin for Katarina as the ones she has are good but none are really impressive.

      We currently don’t have any specific ideas regarding possible skins. We’ll have to think long on this one as it’s not a matter of just having an idea that might work and doing what you can with it. Ideally, it should be an interesting and fitting concept backed by a meticulous execution.

      The people at Riot have the expertise to do something spectacular let’s just hope that the end result is satisfying to the player once released. After all, skins aren’t exactly a cheap thing.

  14. Well Zero, seems like its 975 RP. Thanks!

  15. Hi Zero, I read all the skins reviews before I buy a skin and I think there really cool and have stopped me from making stupid decisions. But anyways I would like to ask a question, I own all the KAT skins most of them I have got in special but i wanted to here your opinion on owning all of champions skins if you “main” them or play them heaps like I play KAT.
    Cheers

    • Glad that you find the reviews useful.

      We think it’s understandable and even a good idea to have a lot of skins for a champion you enjoy and play a lot. They provide variety and some champions do have many good skins so there’s satisfaction to be had in owning many skins.

      The other side of the matter is if a skin is purchased simply to have them all. There will be more skins, eventually, because it’s the nature of the game. So, unless you are a collector there’s little point in getting a skin that won’t see much use.

      The bottom line is that it’s not really a problem to have several skins if you use and like them. However, getting a skin just to fulfil a quota is a weak argument.

  16. My opion, and im not sure about others, is that mercenary is the best skin

  17. have they fixed the blade on sandstorm skin yet?

    • We just checked and they have not fixed it, the classic blade remains. It’s the only skin to have new blades without Bouncing Blade having new particles. Considering how things are it’ll probably never be changed.

  18. When will you make a reveiw for the upcoming warring kingdoms katarina skin?

  19. Warring Kingdoms Katarina only has new sounds on her recall. Placebo effect FTW.

    • We compared each sound side by side between Warring Kingdoms and Classic Katarina and we noticed a difference. It’s small as the abilities only sound a bit more metallic but it existed. Is there a place where it was stated that no new sounds were added, like a PBE announcement? We could be wrong so we’d appreciate more information, thanks.

  20. Doesn’t Mercenary Katarina have white hair? Not pink? Or am I terribly mistaken?

    • It’s a rather pale pink to be fair but, at least, the intention is supposed to be that. Pink hair was the original colour for Katarina and was visible in her old ability icons.

  21. Hey Zero just wondering what you thought of the new katarina splash art? I quite like it because it takes away the supermodel aspect of Kat and better matches her theme. But I’m interested more in what you thought of it as a price of art? Cheers

    • We agree, the current splash art better displays her as a Sinister Blade instead of the sexy femme fatale that she’s always displayed as; even in other media. The idea of a dashing assassin is conveyed by the piece but the blurry effect isn’t convincing. It tries to display how she moves or teleports between enemies but it’s too pronounced and doesn’t reflect her actual in-game effects.

      Katarina looks good but she still appears more sexy than fearsome though there’s more emphasis on the latter despite the former being clearly present. All in all, it’s a clearer portrayal of Katarina as a deadly assassin. It’s a bit messy but it’s an improvement.

  22. I found a noticeable typo on Mercenary Katarina:
    “Concept: Katarina with pink hair and green clothes.”
    I’m sure you meant white, but I thought you should know so you can correct it.

    • Also, in the Conclusion for it, it says “On its own, besides the pink hair and green clothes, you get absolutely nothing else.”

    • The thing is that originally Katarina did have pink hair and mercenary is a homage to her look. The hair does look a bit pink but we agree that it’s a rather pale hue. Perhaps we should clarify that in-game her hair looks practically white despite the intention of the skin.

  23. It says that the concept for Mercenary Katarina is “Katarina with pink hair and green clothes,” but she has white hair. My guess is that the skin had pink hair before her visual update.

    • The concept part of Mercenary Katarina is a bit confusing because it relates to the original look. We think it’s high time we go straight up and note it as such to avoid confusion. Thanks for the correction.

  24. Slay Belle Katarina’s E has a different animation btw, it’s more of a spin, its minor but noticeable.

    • We just checked online and couldn’t notice any difference she simply appears behind her target as she does in her classic Shunpo. We’ll check in-game to make sure and if we notice something we’ll update the review.

  25. oh thank god this is here im in a game right now and im wondering how much it costs so i went on google and looked :PPP

  26. I recently got Slay Belle Katarina from a mystery gift, and even though I don’t play Katarina and am very bad with her, it is a lovely skin. I have always noticed something in that skin though, and that is a small extra sound added to her Q I think. It is rather difficult to notice because it is small and added on top of the classic sound, but I am almost certain it is there.

    • The sounds seem to be a bit higher pitched but mostly the same and it happens in all abilities; which means it could just be our perception. We’ll check in-game to be sure but we never noticed anything. If there’s a difference it’s probably small and not obvious. Regardless, we’ve just discovered that Dead Lotus has a different animation; so to speak, she poses differently. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

  27. Hey Zero, cool review- since they brought back the legacy Harrowing skins I think I’m gonna get Kitty Cat Katarina, even though the skin I really want is Slay Belle, because hopefully they will also re-release all the Christmas skins this Christmas (ermagerd Earnest Elf Tristana hype) πŸ˜€

    • Hope you enjoy Kitty Cat Kat. It’s quite probable that by the end of the year the Snowdown Showdown will bring Slay Belle Katarina back. It could be a bit delayed as it happened with Harrowing but it’s the time of the year for Snowdown skins so: get ready for the Snow Wars; bombs away…

  28. Hiya, I was just wondering on your opinion on whether the warring kingdoms skins will ever be on the 50% off sales? I haven’t been playing that long, so don’t know if past lunar revel skins have been on sale. Thanks for looking at my stupid question XD

    • Confucius says: asking a stupid question is better than repairing a stupid mistake.

      Besides, it’s a valid question to make as seasonal and events skins sometimes are legacy and sometimes not and it can get confusing. Non-legacy skins of any event or season always go on regular sales for 50% of their value but it often takes a lot of patience. Legacy skins seldom go on sale and usually can only be found discounted at release sales or bundles.

      A quick look at the Warring Kingdoms skins shows that Katarina, Nidalee, Jarvan IV and Xin Zhao can go on sale as they are regular skins. However, as they are recent skins that haven’t yet reched a sale so that should happen sometime in the future; sales are unpredictable.

      The only exception is Tryndamere: as a legacy skin it won’t reach a regular sale; sans some particular exception. It won’t be available to purchase all year long either but should return at each Lunar Revel as other skins from that event.

      • Thank goodness, I really wanted some of the warring kingdoms skins, but wasn’t sure whether to just buy now at the discounted 975 or wait for the year cycle. Thank you for the clarification, helped me out a lot!!! Oh and love the reviews, as many mentioned, I always go here before buying any skin now, so great stuff πŸ™‚

        • Glad that you find the reviews useful.

          It’s usually better to wait for good discount when buying skins because there are a lot of good ones and the expense adds up quite fast. Most of the Warring Kingdoms skin will surely be discounted. Not sure if by next Lunar Revel they’ll all go to half price but during the next year they should. With some patience good sales can be found and it helps the wallet a lot.

  29. Hi! Just wanted to ask something πŸ™‚ and letting you know that I really enjoy your reviews and, before buyin any skin, I come right over here to read your opinion on it πŸ˜€
    My question is, when will Red Card Katarina be available? I know it’s only a skin for football World Cups, but is there any special event that will allow me to buy it? Even on a bundle or at 2016 European Cup πŸ™‚
    I have all Katarina’s skins, and it would mean a lot to me to finish my collection.
    Thank you and keep the excellent work! πŸ™‚

    • Glad that you find the reviews useful.

      Red Card Katarina’s availability is a good question. As far as we know it’s a skin for football events. The good news is that the 100th Anniversary of the America Cup, Copa AmΓ©rica, is to be held between the 3rd and the 26 of June of this year in the United States. So, there’s a reasonable chance that the football skins could return during that event.

      That aside, the skin could appear in a bundle or some other special event. More than that it’s only guesswork so it’s surely a matter of patience at this point.

  30. Good night Zero πŸ™‚ I have a silly question for you. And, before that, I want to let you know that I really appreciate this website of yours and the reviews. They are amazing, with the information you provide, little details that can make all the difference. Before buying a skin, I always take a look to your review.
    Anyway, my question is about Red Card Katarina. I’be been a main for a while, and I was wondering if the skin will only be available on 2018’s World Cup, or If is there anyway I can get it, even by bundles or any specific occasion, for instance, 2016’s European Cup (?) it is the only skin of her that I am missing.
    Keep up the good work.
    And btw, in my opinion, the best skin for Kata is High Command.

    • The only truly silly question is the one not asked. We are glad that you like the site and you find it useful.

      The possibility of Red Card Katarina being included in a bundle or an special event exists but it’s probability is only speculation. Following in that line, World Cups as well as European or America Cup are possible options for the skin to reapper. The 100th anniversary of the America Cup, from the 3rd to the 26th of June this year, to be held in the United States is another good opportunity for the skin to appear. It’s all about hope at this time but it seems like a reasonable time for the skin to be available again.

      Of course, this is all conjecture so take it as the guesswork it is.

      High Command is quite a nice skin for Katarina. While it’s not as elaborate as others skin it draws from her lore so that it is meaningful. As always, it’s a matter of personal preference but it surely remains among her best options.

  31. Hello Zero! what can you say about the upcoming Project Katarina skin?

    • It’s a good adaptation but not really great. PROJECT Katarina covers the expected changes and there are even a few particularly nice ones but nothing really impressive. We’d say that it does a good job but it needs more work to excel.

  32. I would like your opinion on Project Katarina. Do you think it’s superior than Warring Kingdoms Katarina?

    • As far as features go Warring Kingdoms and PROJECT: Katarina are equivalent. The advantage of PROJECT is that the concept is more ambitious and so the execution inevitably is more interesting that a new set of elegant clothes and some subtle new particles as Warring Kingdoms offers. However, while the particles are more eloquent they aren’t something impressive and while the new model is interesting it’s also subdued.

      In spite of Warring Kingdoms modesty it’s a more accomplished skin as it delivers its message better. PROJECT: Katarina is more attractive because of its potential but we find that the execution doesn’t make the most of it and only has a few shining moments. We’ll have an in-depth review soon.

  33. Another fantastic review though i think that Project: Katarina should be a 4 star skin as it offers much than the 975 skins at just 300 more RP and maybe Mercenary Katarina should probably be 3 star as its only 520 RP and offers the same as most 750 skins. Thank you gor the great work on this blog! I have bought every skin I want for Katarina and still read this. Its not only informative but also very interrsting. Keep up the great work!

    • And acctually (not sure if its written like this) it has a very little particle change on its Q. It look kinda blue-ish now.

    • Glad that you like the review. We didn’t see the vast difference between PROJECT: Katarina and a skin at 975 RP. We admit that it’s more elaborate but to a point. In fact, at 975 RP it wouldn’t have been too cheap. The main problem is that the changes don’t fully capture the cyberpunk idea. They present the concept but don’t develop it beyond the surface.

      We still think that it’s a good skin. However, there’s room for it to be something much more interesting; especially given the breadth of changes that 1350 RP offers.

  34. Hey Zero osmic here i think you wrote durable duable at the cyberneteic blade?

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