May 102012
 
Tristana, the Megling Gunner
Tristana, the Megling Gunner

Tristana, the Megling Gunner is a long range carry easily identifiable by her little figure which contrasts with the size of her weapon of choice: the cannon. Her skins show quite some variety in clothes selection and also in cannon designs. To know more about Tristana’s trigger-happy, styles blast off right into her skins’ review.

Riot Girl Tristana
Riot Girl Tristana Splash Art Riot Girl Tristana Model
Category: Promotional
Price: Free for Facebook fans
Concept: Tristana with pink hair, gold armour and mail plus several stickers.
Model: New textures for Tristana and her cannon.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This splash art is a little tricky to analyse. On the one hand, it’s a simple re-colour of Classic Tristana. On the other hand, it’s a very well painted piece with good use of colour and perspective; in spite of the fact that a quarter of the piece is a simple patch of black. In the end, it should be taken as what it is: a simple modification of a good piece whose quality is heavily reliant on its source. Even in the realm of splash arts, re-colours are a possibility and while good looking, it’s a letdown.
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Conclusion: Riot Girl Tristana is a nice re-texture but a minimal one. Only her clothes, hair and cannon show any change, the rest is left as in Classic Tristana. Still, the new textures don’t seem to aim for a heavy style change instead they offer an alternate colour scheme and a few extras. The gold armour and mail plus the stickers, coupled with her pink hair, do provide a different look for Tristana but it invariably harkens back to her classic look. In the end, as a free skin there isn’t much reason not to get it; no matter how little it offers. However, those opposed to Facebook will find that they aren’t losing much.

Earnest Elf Tristana
Earnest Elf Tristana Splash Art Earnest Elf Tristana Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Tristana dressed as a Santa elf.
Model: Minor model changes for Tristana and new textures for her cannon.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Earnest Elf Tristana is a piece with background and foreground working in unison. The background sets the appropriate setting and mood of the piece. It’s a little blurry but the falling snow makes the effect reasonable. Tristana looks quite cute and suitably childish while holding a present; sitting on top of a chimney. The cartoon style is fitting and well done: the clothes show complex folds, different textures and her equipment clearly displays metal and wood. Consequently, this is an excellent splash art with great quality and a distinct style; one of League of Legends best.
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Conclusion: As a limited skin, Earnest Elf Tristana can be considered a collector’s item. Regardless, it’s a skin that may have more value for its lack of availability than the originality of its aspect. It’s not a bad looking skin but it adds very little to Tristana; just giving a Christmas reference with a new set of clothes. For a low price the skin delivers a nice look but it’s hardly worth worrying if you missed it.

Firefighter Tristana
Firefighter Tristana Splash Art Firefighter Tristana Model
Category: Legacy, Legendary
Price: 1820 RP
Concept: Tristana dressed as a fire-fighter carrying a water supply.
Model: Major model changes for Tristana and her cannon.
Particles: New water effect for her auto-attack.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Big black patches seem to be a staple of Tristana’s splash arts. In this piece it serves to contrast the light coming from the fire, presumably behind Tristana. However, a background of actual flames or some sort of building ablaze would’ve added a lot to the context. Despite the simplistic background, Tristana is very well drawn with great colouring and lighting. It’s a bit strange then, that the quality of the water leaking from her cannon doesn’t match her depiction. In conclusion, a very nice portrait of Tristana that could’ve, or even should’ve, had a better frame.
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Conclusion: Firefighter Tristana is practically a full re-model of Tristana, sans her head; yet, truth be told, there isn’t much reason to change it. The concept is quite original and actually fares quite well in its execution finding Tristana a suitable subject for the job. The problem is that this is a legendary skin, so while the look is very nice and the water effect when auto-attacking adds to the concept it’s doesn’t seem like much in the end. Furthermore, the remaining explosions from her abilities make the theme look inconsistent and the model isn’t very refined. As it stands, Firefighter Tristana is not worth the legendary label, it’s too high an asking price for an execution that doesn’t go an extra step as it should.

Guerilla Tristana
Guerilla Tristana Splash Art Guerilla Tristana Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Tristana dressed as a guerrilla fighter.
Model: Major model changes for Tristana and her cannon.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: To the right of a compulsory patch of black, Tristana leans against her cannon, holding a torch in the jungle. The background is a good complement but it looks sketchy, drab and blurry. Tristana is well depicted but there are some issues, especially the area of her face closest to the torch. Regardless, it has adequate lighting and reflections that salvage the quality of the piece. In summary, a good base that seems not to have been sufficiently exploited to make a wonderful splash art.
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Conclusion: Guerilla Tristana changes every aspect of Tristana, including the spelling of guerrilla, but it keeps the head mostly intact; which isn’t actually a big issue. The casual clothes fit her well as a guerrilla member and the belt, bandana and knife support the civilian at war look. However, the cannon is heavily deformed to resemble a machine gun so the execution doesn’t suit the concept well: a bazooka, grenade or missile launcher would’ve been a better fit. It seems strange that such a defining and prominent aspect of Tristana would’ve received such an inappropriate execution. In conclusion, if you think that the cannon turned machine gun looks good then there’s nothing in the way to prevent a purchase of Guerilla Tristana. Nonetheless, if you are looking for a consistent and sensible guerrilla style for Tristana, you’ll find that Guerilla Tristana almost delivers but fails by a little in the end.

Buccaneer Tristana
Buccaneer Tristana Splash Art Buccaneer Tristana Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Tristana dressed as a cannon-wielding pirate.
Model: Major model changes for Tristana and her cannon.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: It could be said that the absence of a black patch of nothingness is a good indication of the potential of this piece. In actuality, the piece is quite well rendered with excellent use of colours, reflections and an superb background that perfectly frames the action. The background is far from simple with ample amount of details showing the destruction onboard. Tristana looks great, from her strands of hair to the cracks on her cannon; even the fire coming from it is complex. Buccaneer Tristana is undoubtedly and awesome piece and one of League of Legend’s best splash arts; at last.
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Conclusion: Buccaneer Tristana provides an almost re-model for Tristana, except the head; which still receives quite a few modifications. The concept of a cannon carrying corsair appears custom made for Tristana and suits her perfectly well in both concept and execution. The algae covering the cannon, the barrel filled with cannon balls on her back, the multiple earrings plus the patch, hook and wooden leg hinting at wounds from an explosion hurting the left side of her body; this skin is full of nice details that add up becoming more than the sum of its parts. Buccaneer Tristana is a great looking skin with a very reasonable price and the best possible purchase for a Tristana fan.

Rocket Girl Tristana
Rocket Girl Tristana Splash Art Rocket Girl Tristana Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Tristana wearing a jumpsuit and visor and wielding a rocket launcher.
Model: New model for Tristana and her cannon.
Particles: New particles for her auto-attack and abilities.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: New sound for her auto-attack and abilities.
Splash Art: The background is a simple cloudy sky and even though there’s a good amount of detail on the cloud formations there really isn’t much to see. Tritana appears to the right as if rocket-jumping. Her portrayal is adequate: the rocket launcher is clearly visible in all its technological glory as well as her apparel. The jumpsuit is alright but the rocket in her back is almost completely covered; still it’s a logical compromise. Tristana’s face looks rather good with an ample smile and bright eyes. Overall, it’s a good splash art and serves as a portrayal but it doesn’t actually do much to stand out.
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Conclusion: Rocket Girl Tristana gives a futuristic angle to the Megling Gunner that retains all of her classic style while updating the visuals. The changes are consistent: the modifications to the model as well as the particles and sounds effectively expose the rocket theme. Moreover, it’s all suitably cartoony and very nice to look at as the refined explosions give another coat of visual flare. To sum up, Tristana remains a trigger-happy yordle that loves shooting things but her style switches cannon balls for rockets. Therefore, an excellent skin for fans of explosions or Tristana.

Conclusion

Tristana has very different looking skins available at all price ranges, unfortunately the quality of the skins also covers all available ranges. Rocket Girl Tristana is the recommended skin as it keeps her core while updating the visual aspect with a futuristic style.

Buccaneer Tristana is also a good alternative: great concept and execution at an affordable price. Guerilla Tristana is not a bad skin but it has a few inconsistencies so if you can overlook them it may be worth getting.

  12 Responses to “League of Legends: Tristana Skins’ Review”

  1. Awesome reviews!

    Do Janna next please. :)

  2. Glad that you like them, Janna added to the list.

  3. I was wondering if you could make Firefighter Tristana available again?

    • Unfortunately, we can’t influence which skins are made available as we aren’t affiliated with Riot.

      However, Firefighter Tristana is a legacy skin which means that it can return on legacy sales. By the end of last year there was a huge sale that included Firefighter Tristana. Therefore, by the end of this year it could be made available again on a similar sale.

      We are sorry we can’t help more but with some patience and attention to sales you might find Firefighter Tristana available again.

  4. Hello Zero, do you think Rocket Gril Tristana will be on sale any time soon?

  5. Is riot girl tristana good?

    • It’s only a re-texture that adds some different colours. Considering that it’s free there aren’t many reasons not to get it. However, if you don’t have a Facebook account you aren’t losing on much.

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