Sep 182012
 
Malphite, Shard of the Monolith
Malphite, Shard of the Monolith

Malphite, Shard of the Monolith is a golem, in the strict sense of the word, that doesn’t stay in his rocky origin. His skins reflect several kinds of material in which he takes shape like coral, marble, obsidian, ice and metal. Which one makes him look the best? Read his skins’ review and find out what makes Malphite look good.

Shamrock Malphite
Shamrock Malphite Splash Art Shamrock Malphite Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Malphite with a light-green hue over his body and a shamrock as decoration.
Model: New textures for Malphite and Granite Shield.
Particles: New particle for Seismic Shard.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Somewhere within League of Legends’ splash arts there had to be a piece that completely skipped a background; Shamrock Malphite is the one. That’s not all, as a simple re-colour of Classic Malphite’s splash art the piece hardly has any merit: it simple adds some green and a shamrock over Malphite. The portrayal does reflect his in-game look but it’s done with as little effort as could be possible. Truth be told, this is a shame of a splash art.
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Conclusion: Shamrock Malphite is an unimpressive re-texture that tries to be more than a colour swap but ends up barely different from Classic Malphite. As far as re-colours go it has an interesting style that hints at a Malphite covered in moss. However, the change isn’t substantial and ends up looking like Classic Malphite with a bit of green splattered on. The change on Seismic Shard matches the shamrock on his chest but the theme isn’t well implemented. Overall, it’s a disappointing skin that doesn’t strive for much with its limited changes.

Coral Reef Malphite
Coral Reef Malphite Splash Art Coral Reef Malphite Model
Category: Regular
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Malphite covered in algae and made out of coral.
Model: New model for Malphite and new textures for Granite Shield.
Particles: New particles for his abilities.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: As a splash art this piece doesn’t aim to astound but it’s quality allows it to provide a good portrayal of Malphite backed by an undefined setting. The background is strange because it looks as if it’s underwater yet Malphite is walking over pools. The treasure chest is a nice addition but in general the setting isn’t very clear. Malphite doesn’t impress but he does show his coral based being rather well. Still, the pose and depiction is unconvincing, just like the background. This makes for a piece that is acceptable but leaves the feeling that could’ve been much better.
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Conclusion: Coral Reef Malphite is quite a consistent and satisfying skin. Malphite’s coral based model is complex and eye-catching: several types of coral adorn Malphite’s body as well as some algae. The sea theme is not only well implemented in Malphite’s look but it also is nicely complemented by the particles. The look could be more attractive or impressive but still is definitely good. Without doubt, a nice skin for fans of Malphite and the sea alike.

Marble Malphite
Marble Malphite Splash Art Marble Malphite Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Malphite consisting of disjointed marble stones.
Model: New model for Malphite and new textures for Granite Shield.
Particles: New particles for Seismic Shard.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background of this piece is as unexciting as it is simple: a prairie with a cloudy sky behind. It’s so plain and uninteresting that while well delineated it ends up being unsatisfying. Malphite doesn’t fare much better: the in-game look is rather faithfully represented but the sketchy and plain depiction disappoints. It could be said that this splash art is simple and to the point, as such it isn’t bad at all but seldom is something so flat appropriate as a spotlight.
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Conclusion: This is a simple but effective new style for Malphite: the irregular marble body covered in moss gives Malphite an interesting and distinct look. However, the disjointed body parts make him look a bit comical and lacking in consistency. This perceived fragility directly opposes Malphite’s innate sturdiness. Besides, his shape bears more than a passing resemblance to Classic Malphite. In spite of this, the look is singular and attractive and coupled with the price makes for a good product.

Obsidian Malphite
Obsidian Malphite Splash Art Obsidian Malphite Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Malphite formed by obsidian and lava.
Model: New model for Malphite and new textures for Granite Shield.
Particles: New particles for Seismic Shard and Brutal Strikes.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Sulphuric vapours cloud this piece’s background, which is quite convenient, made of falling molten rocks and a lava furrowed ground. In front of this spectacle Malphite advances in a heated state; literally. Malphite looks like a furnace: barely containing the fire within yet powered by it. The obsidian that makes his body is irregular but polished giving an idea of contained strength. Overall, it’s quite a nice splash art but the worst part is the lack of clarity. It’s a piece that shows a great scene then covers it up; which is contradictory, disappointing and regrettable.
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Conclusion: Obsidian Malphite provides a very attractive look for Malphite based on polished yet asymmetric obsidian. The concept is particularly fitting for Malphite with a rather pleasing execution. For instance, just as Brutal Strikes shows him powered by the lava coursing through his body, when his Granite Shield falls similar lava lines become visible. The rest of the abilities don’t match his volcanic style that well but are acceptable. On the whole, Obsidian Malphite is a very appealing look for the Shard of the Monolith that could’ve been better but still is quite nice.

Glacial Malphite
Glacial Malphite Splash Art Glacial Malphite Model
Category: Regular
Price: 1350 RP
Concept: Malphite as an armoured ice golem.
Model: New model and reflections for Malphite and new textures for Granite Shield.
Particles: New particles for his abilities.
Animations: New animations for Seismic Shard and Ground Slam.
Sounds: New sounds for his abilities.
Splash Art: How Malphite got so big may be a mystery but the extent of his power is hardly on question: the ice is demolished with the impact and the shockwave sends his enemies flying like leaves in the wind. Sadly, that’s also the whole of the background; some clouds fill the extra room but there’s still a lot of wasted space. Malphite is well depicted in both armour and ice shards; his expression is also eloquent. Nonetheless, his lower body is little more than a shadow and so coupled with the incomplete background gives a feeling of mixed quality to the piece. In conclusion, it’s a piece that has a good composition and basic idea but the execution doesn’t fully capitalize on them.
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Conclusion: Glacial Malphite is an impressive skin that delivers a fascinating ice theme for the Shard of the Monolith. The shards that compose Malphite’s body are carefully designed to show his resistance in addition to the armour; which also reflects his low temperature. The armour is carefully placed over the less firm parts of his body and the ice shards over his back reflect incoming light. On top of that the new particles are stunning; especially the trail of freezing air left by Malphite when Brutal Strikes is active. Besides, the new icy sounds are subtle but complete the implementation well. In conclusion, Glacial Malphite is a skin that flawlessly reflects its ice theme in every aspect. The price is quite high, almost legendary, and the product is also quite good though not quite legendary. Thus, better left for dedicated Malphite fans or collectors.

Mecha Malphite
Mecha Malphite Splash Art Mecha Malphite Model
Category: Regular
Price: 1350 RP
Concept: Malphite stylized as an advanced war robot.
Model: New model, reflections and animated turbine for Malphite. New textures for Granite Shield and new fists for Brutal Strikes.
Particles: New particles for his abilities and auto-attack. Also for his auto-attack during Brutal Strikes.
Animations: New animations for his abilities and recall.
Sounds: New sounds for his abilities, auto-attack and recall plus processed voice-over.
Splash Art: The hangar that houses the mechas impresses with its size and fumes. So much so, that Mecha Aatrox is barely visible despite its size; like the rest of the setting. It’s good then to find a nice touch like Ziggs and Heimerdinger giving some final touches to their massive creation. The problem is that the scale makes Malphite a suggestion. While his head and chest are vividly coloured the rest of what is discernible remains shrouded in the thick fog. Therefore, the piece offers a unique composition that exposes the scale of the mecha, but that also prevents a clear view of the main subject. In conclusion, it’s an ambitious splash art with a great idea behind it that seems to run out of space.
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Conclusion: To recreate the looks of a machine Mecha Malphite sports a good model that strikes as rather unassuming and even simple, until the complex mechanisms on his back are discovered. Still, considering his familiar auto-attacks and their simple sounds it’s difficult to be impressed. Thus, it’s pleasing to discover the effort of his abilities to cement the mecha fantasy. With a good combination of particles, sounds and animations every one of them has a unique touch. His recall also furthers the idea though the drill-transformer seems unexpected as it’s a concept that isn’t reflected anywhere else. That’s just the tip of some qualms that one can have. After all, the main reason that Mecha Malphite is so successful is thanks to the great work of Glacial Malphite. The reflections as well as the animations used for Seismic Shard and Ground Slam are all based on said skin; the animations practically borrowed intact. Furthermore, the new particles are rather brief and even weak so that they don’t demonstrate the expected strength. In general the skin’s seems disconnected: his particles suggest hi-tech, his body and blunt force something more industrial while his recall displays drills. In the end, Mecha Malphite is a great skin that may have some flaws but that justifies its price. It’s an attractive option for fans of Malphite or robots, but an expensive one.

Conclusion

Most of Malphite skins are good yet there are shades to this colour. Glacial Malphite is recommended due to its exceptional cohesiveness and appeal. Its price means it’s a significant investment but the skin offers quite a bit and surely looks good also.

Another recommended skin is Mecha Malphite as it incorporates multiple changes to realize its theme. There is a certain lack of consistency and impact but the result is certainly appealing nonetheless. It’s an expensive choice but one with a lot to offer.

Worth keeping in mind are Obsidian Malphite and Coral Reef Malphite, which are recommended as well. These skins deliver interesting and unique themes, so while they aren’t as striking as they could be, they both are satisfying products.

Finally, Marble Malphite stands as the cheapest alternative: the style has its peculiarities but it’s distinct and engaging. Considering what it offers and how much it asks for it’s a skin to consider.

  20 Responses to “League of Legends: Malphite Skins’ Review”

  1. please review twisted fate skins all of his skin are cool hard to choose one

  2. Correction, the Glacial Malphite has a new sound effects when using abilities..

  3. his first skin is the second best skin in the game
    ask me

  4. When are you going to review the new mecha malphite and mecha aatrox skins?

  5. Please do one for Mecha Malph!

  6. You forgot to add Light-Blue Titanium(don’t know if that is true) at “His skins reflect several kinds of material in which he takes shape like coral, marble, obsidian and ice”.

  7. After taking Mecha for a test drive, I picked up Glacial Malphite while it was on sale. The new metal golem does feel a bit disconnected. They had many of the parts to make an amazing skin, but it seems like there were problems during assembly (maybe they didn’t read the instructions).

    My big complaint is just how much the splash differs from the skin. Of course it’s going to have more detail than the in-game model; but I find that everything, right down to the color, seems to be dramatically different. In the end, I’d rather be a regal ice golem than a Happy Meal toy.

    • We agree completely. Glacial Malphite might not have as many bells and whistles but ultimately feels more consistently satisfying. That’s not to say that Mecha Malphite is bad but it does seem like they had several nice ideas and they put them together without checking how well they’d work with each other.

      Besides, as you mention, Mecha Malphite does look rather plain. His back has a lot of mechanisms that make it interesting but the rest looks quite simple.

  8. After playing with mecha malphite for a while I like the skin a lot but if they could darken up the colors it would be perfect.

    • Considering the splash art you have a point; even though it can be due to a lack of lighting. However, the idea probably is to have a bright, dashing mecha fighting all around.

  9. Hello Zero, sorry for writing here but i didn’t knew where should I.. I am in a really big doubt and I hope you can help me out ;( I really enjoy playing malphite and fiddlesticks but I am doubt what skin to buy , currently I can only afford 1 of them, Surprise Party Fiddlesticks or Glacial Malphite, I will be glad if you tell me which skin do you prefer and which one does it worth it more for a purchase.. I will be glad if you answer this when you have some free time ;) And also sorry for my english, it’s not very good, but I guess you can atleast understand me. Thanks in advance and keep up the good work :)

    • Both are good skins but there’s the matter of the price. Glacial Malphite went on sale roughly a month ago, by the end of July, and Surprise Party Fiddlesticks is on permanent sale as a legendary skin. If possible, we would advise to wait for a sale but in Glacial’s case it could mean a year as it was recently discounted. In Surprise Party’s case it doesn’t matter when you get the skin because it should keep its price intact.

      In terms of value, Surprise Party is an old legendary that shows its age but is certainly satisfying at its price. Glacial is also quite good and offers a lot but the price is certainly high; which makes a sale relevant.

      Adding it all up, we think that, if possible, it would be better to wait for a sale on Glacial Malphite. It will definitely take a good while but at 1350 RP it will mean a lot of RP saved. Surprise Party is a skin that you can get whenever you want so there’s no rush to catch.

      In the end, it depends how much you like each champion and each skin. If you are a great Malphite fanatic you might want to ignore the benefits and long wait of a sale. At any rate, Surprise Party can be an ace up your sleeve thanks to its constant price.

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