Oct 182012
Kayle, the Judicator
Kayle, the Judicator

Kayle, the Judicator is an armoured angel dedicated to justice and massive swords. Her skins faithfully reflect her fervent love for armour and huge blades with different takes on her classic equipment. For the right look to dispense her righteous fury rely on her skins’ review.

Silver Kayle
Silver Kayle Splash Art Silver Kayle Model
Category: Exclusive (Collector’s Edition)
Price: Not applicable
Concept: Kalye wearing a silver and blue armour with matching sword and blue wings.
Model: New textures for Kayle and her sword.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: In a whirl of light, particles, feathers and who knows what else an angel appears in shining armour. As a setting the background is so brief that it seems like filler. Kayle looks better but only because a clear view of her silver armour is allowed. With regards to her depiction, the colours are alright but the proportions wrong all around. This makes the piece functional but hardly an exciting presentation card.
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Conclusion: Silver Kayle is a nice and simple re-texture of the Judicator. While it’s nothing out of this world it does use an attractive colour palette. The ensuing silver and blue colour scheme works quite well and gives Kayle a different but still familiar apparance. Based on its availability it’s mostly a collector’s item yet it has enough quality to be, at the very least, interesting.

Viridian Kayle
Viridian Kayle Splash Art Viridian Kayle Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Kayle wearing a grey-green armour with matching sword and dark grey wings.
Model: New texture for Kayle and her sword.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Before a cloudy starry sky an angel silently stares back. The background is full of colour but, ultimately, isn’t more than a nice frame. Fortunately, the framed portrayal is quite good. Kayle’s displayed with well defined lines and nice shading; though some plates look like tin and the panache like wax. The pose is interesting with its subtle flames and repressed power. However, the gigantic wings are a bit of an exaggeration; even if they give a fitting dynamic air to the portrayal. In the end, the piece works despite its idiosyncrasies and makes for a nice preview of Kayle’s Viridian style.
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Conclusion: Viridian Kayle is just a re-texture but it’s more ambitious than the usual ones. The grey and green colour scheme stands apart well from Classic Kayle yet it preserves her traditional style. The dark wings stand out thanks to the mute metal hue as well as the green decorations and clothes. All things considered, it isn’t a striking skin at all but for a re-texture it does enough and rather well.

Unmasked Kayle
Unmasked Kayle Splash Art Unmasked Kayle Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Kayle wearing a rusted golden armour without helmet plus dusty grey wings.
Model: Minor model changes for Kayle and new textures for her sword.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: For all intent and purposes this piece lacks a proper background. Maybe there are clouds and a bridge or maybe they are just random strokes of the brush. Kayle’s portrayal is adequate: the rusty golden armour and her finely delineated face are the best parts. Conversely, the wings appear too yellowish, unlike in-game, and the hair seems rather greasy. On top of that, her waist is compressed in such a way that the armour is either oversized on top or crushing her lower body. Acutally, from the waist down the piece is a mess that makes little sense; even the sword looks too short. To sum up, an extremely uneven piece that does its job but should do better.
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Conclusion: Unmasked Kayle is a skin that simply became obsolete with the release of Battleborn Kayle. The only characteristic worth highlighting is the lack of a helmet which exposes Kayle’s beautiful features. The other changes are as minimal as they could be: new textures that darken the golden armour and sword as well as her wings. The effect of rusty gold and dusted wings is appealing but also inconsequential due to the general similarity with Classic Kayle. In the end, Unmasked Kayle is a skin that isn’t worth its price except for collectors or dedicated Kayle fans.

Battleborn Kayle
Battleborn Kayle Splash Art Battleborn Kayle Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Kayle wearing a lavishly ornamented armour and wielding a dual blade sword.
Model: New model for Kayle and her sword.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The grey hues of a stormy sky become aplattered with the pristine white of feathers. The contrast of colours seems to make them glow as they depart the wings of an angel like a trail of petals behind a bride. So, clouds, feathers and an angel, nothing else. There truly isn’t much setting to speak about but at least the frame is passable. The focus of the piece is obviously Kayle and fortunately she does look great. The armour is very well drawn with excellent shading that combines dark and light tones to equally show it’s hardness and polish. The sword is a good match but the lines bordering it are too pronounced. Finally, Kayle’s face is beautiful, perfectly befitting an angel, and her wings look alright. In conclusion, a very nice splash art that stands above the norm but needs a little more polish to excel.
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Conclusion: Battleborn Kayle is a skin that shows the Judicator with a classic battle angel style. The armour is exquisitely ornamented and the sword elegantly designed; it sure looks as equipment befitting an angel. Moreover, Kayle’s beauty is displayed with the lack of a helmet yet a tiara or other decoration would’ve been appropriate. Her wings also receive a new elliptical shape but being based on the original Classic Kayle’s proportions they appear too small and short to support her; much like her uncomfortable boots’s toes. All things considered, Battleborn Kayle is a great skin that gives a satisfactory and attractive appearance to the angelic Judicator.

Judgment Kayle
Judgment Kayle Splash Art Judgment Kayle Model
Category: Exclusive (Season 1 Reward)
Price: Not applicable
Concept: Kayle dressed with a dark suit and hood decorated with an avian theme.
Model: New model for Kayle and her sword.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: A splash art suffering from uneven quality is nothing and so this piece hardly comes as a surprise. The background is an original stormy and Kayle just poses before it. There are other problems: Kayle’s wings are too large and the lower part of the piece seems rather sketchy; in particular the swords tip and her boots. However, as we move up the quality increases: her upper body is cleanly delineated as well as the shoulder ornaments. Moreover, her eyes shines with holy fervour and the perspective used to display her sword is almost flawless. In summary, a piece with obvious problems that has elements to be quite good but ends up being just passable.
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Conclusion: Judgment Kayle is rather unique in that it’s the only skin that gives clothes instead of armour to Kayle. Still, the appearance is befitting of Kayle’s traditional implacable style. The dark clothes are mute yet appealing and the decoration, while impractical, is finely designed. The hood shadows her visage so at to reinforce her stern look which matches the austere and dented aspect of her sword. Additionally, the contrasting tone of her wings as well as their high-lift shape make them, along with the whole of the skin, very appealing. Therefore, Judgment Kayle is an atypical but attractive skin for Kayle and an appreciated present for Season 1 veterans.

Aether Wing Kayle
Aether Wing Kayle Splash Art Aether Wing Kayle Model
Category: Legendary
Price: 1820 RP
Concept: Kayle as a hi-tech battle angel.
Model: New model for Kayle and her sword.
Particles: New particles for her abilities, auto-attack and high speed movement.
Animations: New animations for her abilities, auto-attack, walking, recall, death, capture, emotes and wings.
Sounds: New sounds for her abilities, recall, critical hits and new voice-over.
Splash Art: The background is limited to dark clouds and a glimpse of light among them. It may seem fitting but it mostly fills space rather than provide a setting. Kayle displays a dynamic yet overloaded stance: she seems to be advancing forward while slashing and charging a blast; simultaneously. Still, she looks very nice thanks to clear lines and good shading. Unfortunately, light reflections aren’t well depicted: the glow of her sword, hand or wings don’t affect nearby surfaces. Additionally, her wings seem to dissolve in the clouds, especially the right one, and her face looks quite different to other depictions. In the end, it’s a nice portrayal of Kayle that serves its purpose but doesn’t awe as it should.
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Conclusion: Aether Wing Kayle is a skin with its ups and downs: it has its brief moments of brilliance but fails at feeling truly inspiring. Firstly, the concept is a mixed bag that fuses technology with mysticism and ends up constantly crossing between the realms of fantasy and sci-fi but never fusing them together. Its elements not only feel confusing but they are also constantly clashing between both themes.
Secondly, the model is rather simple for a hi-tech angel: the wings stand out but the rest of the suit is rather unassuming. Her sword deserves special mention for being just a stylized chunk of iron instead of an example of future technology. Moreover, the visual effects let down, especially the quiet and plain particles used for her abilities. The animations fare better but her simple flying motions seem lacking.
When Aether Wing Kayle manages to impress it does a good job though it doesn’t compensate for its flaws. For instance, definite highlights are the excellent recall, the simple but pleasing auto-attack swings, the glow of her sword during Righteous Fury and her disappearance when dying.
All things considered, Aether Wing Kayle is a skin with an uncertain concept plus an implementation that fails at effectively mixing two often conflicting themes like fantasy and sci-fi. It’s not a bad product and can be enjoyed if its flaws are accepted. However, for a legendary skin, it simply doesn’t show the cohesion and visual flare that such a product deserves.

Riot Kayle
Riot Kayle Splash Art Riot Kayle Model
Category: Promotional (available during events)
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Kayle as a riot policewoman using a flying device.
Model: New model for Kayle and her sword plus blinking emergency lights during Righteous Fury. New drones for her recall.
Particles: New particles for Righteous Fury.
Animations: New animation for her wings and recall.
Sounds: New sounds for her auto-attack and Righteous Fury.
Splash Art: The background is chaotic, with a storm as the unique setting. It’s fortunate, then, to find Blitzcrank providing his support in a depiction that, despite its blurriness, is attractive. With identifiable colours and great use of lighting he’s a great addition. Considering Blitzcrank’s look Kayle’s impressive portrayal doesn’t come as a surprise. The quality and clarity of the lines and shading is impeccable. It’s also worth noting the excellent use of light and well chosen pose: both dynamic and useful to see her appearance. It has to be admitted that not everything is perfect. Kayle’s wings are not completely displayed and a tad diffuse, like the electric sword. The background could’ve been better and there are some instances of unnecessary blurriness. Nevertheless, the piece gives a striking glimpse at Kayle and Blitzcrank entering into action. That’s why, it’s worth including among League of Legends’ best splash arts.
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Conclusion: For a skin that isn’t exactly realistic Riot Kayle’s appearance is quite believable. The uniform is practical and well protected while the helmet is reasonably designed. The wings make for an attractive flying device thanks to the animated propellers; which also match the recall drones. The baton-sword is a bit exaggerated, like the emergency lights on the shoulders, but it’s a measured stretch. Besides, during Righteous Fury the siren is low and the electricity is eye-catching. So, the design is stylized but in a reasonable way. On top of that, Kayle’s personality is a good match for a tough cop style; with some added gadgets. In the end, the skin comes together in a nice and appealing way. It might not give an impressive visual display but it’s certainly a charming and fitting option for the Judicator.


In spite of most of Kayle’s skins closely adhering to her classic style they manage to provide some distinct looks. Battleborn Kayle is the recommended skin due to its elegant ornamentation and attractive style. It elaborates on her angelic persona with a suitable warrior style.

Viridian Kayle isn’t a bad skin for its price. It won’t impress but it manages to provide an appealing aesthetic and retain Classic Kayle’s familiar look. As far as re-textures go it’s an acceptable option.

The legendary choice, Aether Wing Kayle, is a skin better left for dedicated Kayle fans. Both fantasy and sci-fi fans will find conflicting elements in its concept and execution. It’s a skin with some shining moments but, in general, the pastiche of themes doesn’t feel as satisfying as it should.

Finally, Riot Kayle is worth catching for fans of Kayle while available. In spite of being a fictional take on her law enforcing role it manages a reasonable and appealing aspect. In terms of legacy-promotional skins, Riot Kayle is an interesting choice.

Image Credits

Silver Kayle model screen-shot taken with Gamebase’s League of Legends Skin Viewer.

  45 Responses to “League of Legends: Kayle Skins’ Review”

  1. Nice reviews. Next harrowing and shadow isles skin plz :D

    • Done. A pleasure as always.

      • What do u prefer Galio Gatekeeper or Aether Kayle? I main top with galio but i like kayle and i want to practise with her i prefer the aether skin but i like galio but but :(

        • It’s a difficult choice because both skins have interesting looks but executions that don’t make the most out of the concepts. Gatekeeper Galio has great particles but his animations are almost the same. Conversely, Aether Wing Kayle has more distinct animations, her auto-attack specially, but her particles are unimpressive.

          Additionally, Gatekeeper is a more modest skin in terms of changes as it’s older. Aether Wing has more features yet they aren’t always the best they could be. On the whole, both are nice yet flawed skins that are worth considering for fans of the respective champions.

          If you are a Galio fan then Gatekeeper is his best option. If you want to start learning Kayle then make sure that you really like her first and then decide how much you are willing to spend. In case Kayle becomes another favourite then Aether Wing could be a good option but if you end up not liking her much it may be an unnecessary purchase. After all, there’s no need to rush in your decision as legendary skins don’t go on sale.

  2. I was looking forward to hearing your point of view on Kayle’s skins and, as usual, it is a pleasure to read you.

    I could not agree more about Battleborn being the best skin for Kayle. Being a fan of Kayle myself I could not resist purchasing this fine piece of art soon after it was released.
    If I may add a little comment about it, I would say that it makes her look younger. It is like seeing her some thousands years back, leading the charge in her crusade against evil.
    The wings are indeed too small but you could say that it reinforces the impression that she is not quite yet mature.

    Keep up the good work.

    • Thanks for the compliments, we’ll continue to do our best.

      You give and interesting perspective about how the smaller wings and fresh design result in a younger aspect for Kayle. It sure is a great look for Kayle and she definitely needs more skins with such quality.

  3. when will the new legendery kayle’s skin be reviewed ?

  4. Will you be reviewing the new kayle skin? Im really curious to see how youll rate it.

  5. Thanks for the review. Just bought Kayle and I wish Judgement Kayle was available :(
    However, I’ll probably get Battleborn Kayle (I think Viridian Kayle’s splash art is cooler-looking thought)
    And if I end up REALLY enjoying Kayle, I MIGHT pick up Aether Wing Kayle.
    I say MIGHT because I usually don’t get legendaries. The only one I have is Lion Dance Kog’maw.
    Thanks again.

    • You’re welcome.

      Judgment Kayle is rather good but Battleborn Kayle is a great choice too. Battleborn is quite nice at displaying her battle angel side in a more fantastic and less imposing way.
      Viridian Kayle’s splash art sure has an interesting pose but it sadly shows its age.

      Aether Wing Kayle is a skin that isn’t bad but not as good as a legendary would be expected to be. In theory, it changes every aspect of Kayle but the result isn’t really impressive; except in a few specific features like the recall. It will help if you like Kayle but consider making sure that you find the skin worthwhile due to its price.

  6. I think kayle’s legendary skin is better than vlad’s. In this case you guys should start putting halve stars cuz aether wing kayle deserver three and a half. :-)

    • Aether Wing Kayle is certainly more elaborate than Blood Lord Vladimir; as it’s more recent. However, both skins have flaws that don’t let them shine as they should. Half stars are a rather subtle thing, are two skins separated by half a star really that different?

      We prefer to recommend instead of grading the quality of skins. Considering what they offer and their price the star rating gives a general recommendation. It’s just a piece of advise and should be taken as such.

    • Yep, aether is the best

  7. can i still buy unmasked kayle? i want this skin…. and judgement to… really want….. want to hear your comment….xD ^_^

    • Unmasked Kayle is a legacy skin and can return at any Legacy Skin Vault sale. The last one happened near the end of 2012. Thus, with a bit of patience, you should be able to buy it sometime in the future.

      Unfortunately, Judgment Kayle can’t be bought as it was a gift for players at the end of Season 1.

  8. Is it possible that Viridian Kayle’s splash art show’s Kayle ultimate? Her ultimate is supposed to “bathe the target in holy light”, so could it be her ultimate lighting up a dark area or something? Because, in my opinion, the background could be either day or night…

    • It’s an interesting interpretation yet the patch of homogeneous black still seems a disappointing stretch. If that were the case the splash art would be more attractive but it should be represented in a clearer way. Still, thanks for sharing your thoughts it’s a clever vision of the splash art.

  9. I think when Kayle will finally recieve VU (considering it’s comming due change of spell icons) the Aether Wing skin will recieve some good attention in terms of model detail and effects. I think it’s wise to wait for a while and see how it turns out.

    • Remember that Kayle already received a visual upgrade, it was one of the first even before recall animations were added. That’s not to say that she wouldn’t welcome some extra work though it might not be necessary to do a complete VU. The skins would definitely benefit from some extra additions, Aether Wing is especially in need of some refinement.

      • Yes I agree I feel there is no need for Kayle to get complete VU (I couldn’t explain myself :)but since I play her with original skin (for now at leat) her effects look pretty old and she even has no recall animation. Maybe they could do something like Vel’Koz in this patch update her model and effects with high resoulution/quality textures considering how good Vel’Koz now looks it would very good for Kayle.

        • That would be a good idea, maybe with some new animations and better particles she would be more satisfying. In terms of her model she seems alright but the rest feels archaic.

          • One last question you change skin ratings after reworks and updates of model or not?

          • Yes we do, if there is a difference. Some VUs have improved skins and so their rating has gone up while in other cases they stayed the same; let’s skip the remaining option. So, if Kayle were to receive new particles or animations then we would check if there’s anything that merits a change on the skins’ rating.

  10. Hi there (Again)

    Got another questions for you. I was looking at the Kayle skins and like the look of Aether Wing, however in my opinion it is too over priced. It seems like you can get that amount of content on a skin that cost 975-1300. For example Void fizz and Atlantean Syndra. I have looked at her other skins and only found one that I would buy, the Judgment Kayle, this skin offer a great new model for her. But….. it’s off limits to everyone. Forever!! So it leaves little choice for people that want a good, content filled, ok priced Kayle skin.

    For whatever reason I don’t like her standard skin (Except for the splash art)

    So my question is, whats would you guys do? Am i missing a champion similar to her that offers great skins? Is her Aether Wing skin worth it considering my situation? I feel really stuck for choice. If you were also wondering, yes the skin I buy for her would be used very frequently and I play her masses. I would also like to have some riot points left over, once having bought a skin to buy the TPA shen skin. If you have any reasons why I should not buy that skin please say. Sorry if this is too long winded for you to read/answer to.

    As always superb skin reviews, keep up the work and thank you for your time.

    • We’ll certainly keep working hard; glad that you find the reviews useful.

      We completely agree with you in that Aether Wing Kayle feels lacking for a legendary skin. There are new particles, sounds and animations but the result is closer to a cheaper skin than the spectacle expected from a legendary. We would only recommend Aether Wing to dedicated Kayle fans.

      The problem is that the changes neither feel significant nor memorable. In the end, aside from her new auto-attack animation combined with Righteous Fury there’s little to make the skin stand out. The new flying animations and recall help a bit but the former aren’t groundbreaking and the latter is circumstantial.

      You could buy a skin for another champion but it wouldn’t be the same. If you really like Kayle you want her to look good and another champion, regardless of how similar, won’t feel like playing with Kayle. We would suggest Battleborn Kayle as it has reasonable armour, a distinct sword and a different angelic aesthetic. It will feel familiar and even similar to Classic Kayle as it’s only a re-model but in terms of looks it has a clear and interesting appearance.

      TPA Shen is an interesting take on an urban ninja that feels quite unique despite struggling to fit in a fantasy realm. Regardless, it’s an appealing option for fans of Shen. If you like him chances are you’ll appreciate such a peculiar style.

      • Well firstly thanks for the response, I felt like I needed a second opinion. I think I will pass on buying a kayle skin, in the hope that one day in the next year there will be a new and good skin for her. Its a bit of a long shot but I don’t fancy spending money on her for a skin that I might not like.

        I was also wondering if there was somewhere I can Private Message you guys? I have something to ask that I would like to not be open for the public to see?

        Once again thanks for the reply and guidance.

        • Not at all. We are sorry that some skins simply aren’t as satisfying as they should. Aether Wing Kayle is a good skin but it stretches its legendary label as it doesn’t feel as special as it should. Fans will appreciate the changes but it leaves the feeling that a bit more should’ve been done. We still think that Battleborn Kayle is a good option and if you can catch it on sale it might be worth your time.

          You can try contacting us through Tweeter. Even though we don’t use it often as we usually centre on the site it could be what you are looking for.

    • I agree that Judgement Kayle is the most desirable Kayle skin. Sadly it’s off-limits to me, so I’m forced to regularly beg my friend to sport it.
      Aether Wing in particular has a really bad looking Q spell (or is it just me?). It should really be downgraded to a 1350 skin.

      • Truth be told, Aether Wing Kayle’s particles are not very spectacular. It feels like it pushes the limits of the definition of a legendary skin. The changes are there but, sadly, they don’t feel relevant.

  11. Riot Kayle?

  12. Should I get riot kayle or riot nasus?
    On one hand riot Kayle has better effects but i think Riot Nasus would give me more appreciation from the people im playing with..
    What do you think i should get? Which skin would get me more appreciation or make me special in the eyes of my teammates

    Keep up the good work :P

    • Well, we would recommend you choose a skin based on what you enjoy the most instead of what other people think. If you like Riot Kayle then go for it, it’s a good skin with some nice additions. Riot K-9 Nasus is simpler though it has a distinct identity.

      Regardless, it’s your money and time that will be spent on a skin so you should try to make the experience as worthwhile as possible. Therefore, consider playing what you like. If your teammates are really good they’ll accept your choices. If not, maybe they aren’t the best people to be around.

  13. About the Silver Kayle skin, you note she has blue wings in the skin but they are actually a bluish silver. The way you state it is not very clear, as they actually possess more silver/white than blue, or just an extremely light blue. Also, about the splash art of said skin, you note that the proportions of her body are wrong all around, but don’t actually specify anything, which seems like a letdown and an unfinished work.

    Additionally, I made a comparison here: If Unmasked Kayle, possibly one of the most overpriced skins in the game, is two stars, then why is Exiled Morgana only one star? I am not disagreeing that either skin is overpriced, but I don’t understand why Unmasked Kayle gets that one extra star. It is true that the Morgana skin lacks model changes aside from textures, but it makes up for it with fitting particles for her autoattack on top of a very nice theme. Is it because of how her classic ability particles clash with her new theme? I don’t think that is necessarily a bad thing as her lore mentions how she studied dark magic in her early days before falling from grace, and dark magic is dark magic however you look at it.

    • Perhaps we should clarify that it’s light blue instead of just blue. With regards to proportions it seemed obvious at the time but perhaps we should clarify.

      The main difference between Unmasked Kayle and Exiled Morgana is that the former has, minor but clear, model changes whereas the second is just a re-texture. The new particles are nice but are inconsistent as they only affect a few things. Thus, there’s a clear clash between the new and classic particles.

      In general, Unmasked Kayle gives the impression of an overpriced but finished product that isn’t as good on practice as it could sound on theory. However, Exiled Morgana not only is unbecoming of its price but, due to the particles, also seems unfinished. That’s our view on the matter but we are open to suggestions.

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