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Leona, the Radiant Dawn
Leona, the Radiant Dawn

Leona, the Radiant Dawn is a champion entirely based on the theme of a protector. Her skins are not an exception so whether she dresses more avian or spiky Leona is ready to defend while sporting some good looks. If you need some guidance as to which of Leona’s skin to purchase, lean on this review.

Valkyrie Leona
Valkyrie Leona Splash Art Valkyrie Leona Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Leona dressed as a Valkyrie from the poems of the Poetic Edda.
Model: New model for Leona, her sword and shield.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The art offers a fresh and nice representation of Leona. The lighter colours, her pose and the rich bucolic background make the piece feel vivid and relaxed. Details abound like the dents on the shield or the reflections on the armour and sword. Without doubt one of the finest pieces of splash art available.
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Conclusion: Leona dressed as a Valkyrie is a good concept that is well executed. Even if her body armour is lighter than usual her model is elaborate and original: every aspect of her is different from Classic Leona. Each piece of armour contributes to the whole feel and provides an alternative novel look at the armour-heavy Leona. At this price point it’s unusual to find such a nice and thorough model for a champion. If you like Leona you should consider getting Valkyrie Leona.

Defender Leona
Defender Leona Splash Art Defender Leona Model
Category: Regular
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Leona wears heavy battle-worn armour.
Model: New model for Leona, her sword and shield.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The art shows Leona defiantly standing in front of a battle-torn landscape. Leona’s armour evokes the same feeling, dented and scratched but standing. While the background appears a bit simple the amount of detail on Leona and her dramatic stance are able to evoke the urgency of the situation. When a piece is able to capture a moment and transmit it’s feel it means that it’s something special.
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Conclusion: Defender Leona is a very well done skin that shows Leona as the vanguard of a staunch defence. Dents and cracks cover the whole armour, though the armour inexplicably doesn’t cover Leona’s right arm, and not even the sword and shield are spared of battle marks. The consistency of the model, reliance on darker tones and aggressive spikes convey a dedication to protecting that perfectly fits Leona. Moreover, it helps it stand apart from the other, brighter, skins. Few skins carry out a concept this well and for that Defender Leona is recommended.

Iron Solari Leona
Iron Solari Leona Splash Art Iron Solari Leona Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Leona dresses in avian-themed armour as a member of the Iron Solari.
Model: New model for Leona, her sword and shield.
Particles: New particles for Eclipse, Zenith Blade and Solar Flare.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Leona is a protector and the art perfectly reflects that as she is shown before the quarters of the Iron Solari. The sun shining on her remind of her commitment to the Sun while it highlights the intricacies of her armour. The background compliments the piece and spreads the avian theme all over the piece. A great work with a consistent and original theme.
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Conclusion: Iron Solari Leona could be considered the best skin that Leona has available. While the source material wasn’t serious the dedication provided to this model definitely was. The avian theme permeates the whole model; feather-based sword, feathered armour and bird-emblem shield. Moreover, her abilities are changed to contribute to the Iron Solari theme. Unless the idea of the Iron Solari parrot-faction doesn’t convince you, you shouldn’t miss Iron Solari Leona.

Pool Party Leona
Pool Party Leona Splash Art Pool Party Leona Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Leona dressed for the beach with sunflower adornments.
Model: New model for Leona, her sword and shield.
Particles: New Zenith Blade particles.
Animations: New recall animation.
Sounds: New auto-attack sounds.
Splash Art: The beach, a mermaid and Ezreal in a bad mood while Lux and Taric run, is the setting. Leona looks good but the background seems more interesting than her simple pose. At least her portrayal is quite nice as she seems to have all the necessary tools to enjoy a comfortable stay under the sun. The shading is also quite detailed and nice even if a tad too saturated. All in all, it’s good splash art that does a good job at alluringly presenting Leona. Although, the background steals the show more than it should.
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Conclusion: Pool Party Leona is essentially the Radiant Dawn as a beachgoer. The clothes display Leona as an attractive lady without leaving her half-naked. Besides, the impractical parasol and board suffice as weapons for battle. The new sounds are good at complementing the change as well as the new particles. The recall is particularly appealing as a welcome finishing touch. On the whole, Pool Party Leona is a lovely skin that could’ve toyed more with her solar thematic. It’s certainly a good choice for Leona’s fans but it doesn’t do enough to really stand out.

Conclusion

Leona has a wonderful collection of skins, all different and inspiring. From the serenity of Valkyrie Leona to the stern dedication of Defender Leona, without ignoring the parrot-esque Iron Solari Leona or the beach-inspired Pool Party Leona, none of her skins disappoint.

Regardless, when the time comes to make purchases Iron Solari Leona stands above thanks to its new particles. Both Defender and Valkyrie Leona are also good, though a bit more modest, so you can choose based on concept or price. Pool Party Leona is also a fine option for something less serious despite not making the most of its concept.

No matter what you buy, it’s difficult to go wrong with any of Leona’s skins. Some are certainly more attractive than others yet all skins offer something unique and interesting.

  6 Responses to “League of Legends: Leona Skins’ Review”

  1. Isn’t the particles on Iron Solari Leona’s Eclipse the same?

    • Apparently not as the magical explosion has a different pattern. Although, to be fair, it’s not as noticeable as it should probably be.

  2. Nice review of all the current skin. though cheaper with little to no changes, I decided to buy Valkyrie Leona. Iron Solari doesn’t seem toattract me more than Valkyrie.

    • Glad that you like it. Truth be told, Valkyrie Leona offers a new model for her that is quite appealing even if somewhat fantastic. It may not have new particles but, for the price, it’s quite nice.

      Iron Solari seems more sensible, in terms of gear, with a clear bird design; of a parrot, specifically. The nice model and new particles make it a great option for the price but it also falls under the ‘new armour’ skin category. Valkyrie is more of a departure and so it stands out more.

  3. In the Iron Solare skin, there is an animation on her shield, the wings opens when she uses her w.

    • We are aware and that’s an animation that happens in all of her other skins; even the classic one. The shield is composed of three parts and the ones on the sides extend to provide more protection when Eclipse is activated. It’s a nice touch that remains across skins but with some differences due to the dissimilar shield designs.

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