Jun 142012
 
Warwick, the Blood Hunter
Warwick, the Blood Hunter

Warwick, the Blood Hunter is a werewolf with quite an assortment of styles despite being able to simply rely on his fur. He not only wears different clothes and armours but also skins; even literally. He is prone to sport the look of diverse werewolf variants or to purely impersonate others. If you want to know how good this multifaceted werewolf can look, read further on this skins’ review.

Grey Warwick
Grey Warwick Splash Art Grey Warwick Model
Category: Exclusive (Refer a Friend reward)
Price: Not Applicable
Concept: Warwick with grey fur.
Model: New textures for Warwick.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background is simple but provides a good setting: a full Moon over the woods. Warwick appears from a side while slashing the air; which looks more like an empty threat rather than a cool move. The fur is well done in some places and flat in others. Besides, the clothes’ decorations are vastly exaggerated from the look in-game; not even the colours match. If we add that most of the picture is a diffuse and empty background instead of a portrayal we can conclude that there’s a problem. Overall, the piece serves as a very inexact spotlight of Warwick plagued by ineffective efforts to generate excitement about the skin.
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Conclusion: Grey Warwick is an alright re-texture that is a definite change from the classic look yet not a particularly engaging one. The armour is painted in plain blue and the fur is coloured in two tones: grey and red; which is actually nice. Regardless, as a whole Grey Warwick looks rather dull because of the subdued and drab colours. In conclusion, Grey Warwick is a modest skin that isn’t worth any kind of effort to get yet it’s not so horrible that it’s unusable.

Urf the Manatee
Urf the Manatee Splash Art Urf the Manatee Model
Category: Limited
Price: 5000 RP
Concept: Warwick dressed with Urf’s skin.
Model: Major model changes for Warwick.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: To start with, the beach on the background is suitable but simply depicted. Additions like a sand Summoner’s Rift tower, a probably clawed beach ball and water pools marking Warwick’s path help give the setting more relevance. Warwick, including what’s left of Urf, is quite well portrayed with good use of colours and shadows. The water dripping from Warwick’s body is a good touch but there isn’t any kind of reflection on Urf’s wet skin. At least the fur, more or less, appears to be wet. Overall, this splash art is good; it has it’s issues but it provides more than a simple look at Warwick’s style.
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Conclusion: Urf the Manatee is a skin that may look disgusting to some and hilarious to others; depending on personal taste. As far as its execution goes it’s a noticeable change of look that makes Warwick larger yet isn’t particularly striking. As a concept it’s sensible enough for an evil werewolf but heavily reliant on Urf as a joke. In consequence, Urf the Manatee is a skin dedicated to those that embraced the April Fool’s entry of Urf as a champion; because it brings nothing else.

Big Bad Warwick
Big Bad Warwick Splash Art Big Bad Warwick Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Warwick dressed as a granny like the Big Bad Wolf from Little Red Riding Hood.
Model: Moderate model changes for Warwick.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Big Bad Warwick is a splash art that tries to be more than a pose but without putting much actual effort. The background contributes an appropriate setting but is blurry, not to say plain. Besides, the patch of black on the left hardly helps. Warwick suffers from similar ailments: on the one hand he’s well delineated, having the dress’ cloth texture visible, dents on the bracelets and claw armour. On the other hand, the painting is quite simplistic on the dress including folds and cloth, the fur, the metal armour, bracelets and glasses frame. This splash art seems to be at odds with itself, it tries to show a complete picture but it does so with disappointing quality.
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Conclusion: Big Bad Warwick is quite a straightforward skin: it’s Classic Warwick wearing a granny dress, hat and glasses. While the concept also draws on Little Red Riding Hood, the execution is as direct as it could possibly be. Therefore, Big Bad Warwick’s allure largely depends on how much you like the Big Bad Wolf reference and its execution. This is a skin that gets the job done but with as little work as possible.

Tundra Hunter Warwick
Tundra Hunter Warwick Splash Art Tundra Hunter Warwick Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Warwick as a white snow werewolf.
Model: New textures for Warwick.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: As a portrait of Tundra Hunter Warwick it gives a good first impression but further analysis reveals a few issues. The background is minimal, more than a setting it’s simple filler to avoid a plain dark backdrop. Warwick is quite well painted despite his fur looking oily but the shoulder armour seems strange; the perspective just doesn’t look right and colouring is merely passable. Still, the worst offender is the placement of Warwick at the right edge of the piece, not even entirely visible. This leaves too much empty space and needlessly unbalances the image towards the right. The blood drenched teeth and glowing blue eyes are a good extra but they can’t save the piece. In conclusion, a good concept with an extremely disappointing execution.
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Conclusion: Tundra Hunter Warwick may be a simple re-texture but it’s a reasonably well done one. Firstly, the white fur looks quite good as its pristine white colour contrasts with its own shading. The blue eyes are intense so as to stand apart from the fur yet the hue is a good match to the white fur. The armour is nicely painted in two tones with a fair, though static, bit of shiny touches. However, the colours chosen for the armour mesh with the fur shading and don’t stand out well. Overall, Tundra Hunter Warwick is a nice and cheap skin, with a few flaws, but with an appealing look.

Feral Warwick
Feral Warwick Splash Art Feral Warwick Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Warwick as a shackled classic werewolf.
Model: Major model changes for Warwick.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This is a piece that uses all space in a relevant way and makes both background and foreground complement each other. Let’s start with the background, while it’s indeed blurry the lack of clarity can be attributed to Warwick’s rampage; to which the motion of his fur attests. This is reinforced by the destroyed tree trunks in his path which place Warwick as a predator, or as prey. Warwick is quite well displayed: his right arm leads to the broken trees while his pose and glowing in-human eyes are menacing and desperate; hinting at the predator or prey dichotomy. The drawing, colouring, lighting, and shading of Warwick, in particular his fur, are great; even the shackles show dents and are forcibly deformed. Besides, the blood on his mouth and left claw contrast the arrows piercing him; again referencing the predator or prey motif. The moonlight shining on Warwick’s back is the perfect addition to close the werewolf theme. Therefore, Feral Warwick is a magnificent splash art that puts its elements to great use to provide a compelling setting and narration. There is absolutely no doubt that this is one of League of Legends best splash arts.
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Conclusion: You might recognize these wolfish feet but from the legs and up it’s a whole new Warwick. It’s as classic a werewolf look as it could be and it’s also quite stunning thanks to its conception. Warwick’s design has many facets: the fur has several tones and good shading, the back shows huge claw scars while the expression of his face is very explicit. Furthermore, the shackles are detailed adornments that imply a broken restraint that matches his visage. All in all, Feral Warwick is an accomplished skin that effectively furthers Warwick’s ferocity in a sound and appealing way.

Firefang Warwick
Firefang Warwick Splash Art Firefang Warwick Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Warwick resembling a fire wolf-demon.
Model: Major model changes for Warwick.
Particles: New flame particles for Warwick’s body and Hungering Strike.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: As a splash art Firefang Warwick produces mixed results. The background is almost non-existent, some rocks seem to surround Warwick but for the most part it’s just Warwick and the fire. Fortunately, Warwick and the flames cover most of the piece. Warwick depiction is good: he’s well drawn and the colours are fine. However the fur looks too solid, the armour doesn’t reflect much light, considering the amount of fire around, and the flames look thready and unsubstantial. Consequently, this piece puts forth an attractive fire concept that isn’t effectively executed and feels like a letdown.
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Conclusion: Firefang Warwick is a skin that gives a great first impression that is able to hide most of its flaws. The first noticeable thing is the flames over Warwick’s body. They are a pleasant addition that masks the fact that Warwick’s body is unchanged from the waist down, except for textures, and that his chest is quite strange: his pectoral muscles seem flattened and extended in an unnatural way by the armour. At least the skin furthers the fire theme with a new lava-like effect for Hungering Strike. Overall, the flaws are not visible enough to disvalue the skin, especially considering the new particles. Still, the whole execution isn’t that exciting anyway: it’s red Warwick wearing different armour. Consequently, if you can ignore the flaws, Firefang Warwick is a nice looking skin with an adequate classic theme.

Hyena Warwick
Hyena Warwick Splash Art Hyena Warwick Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Warwick in the form of a spotted were-hyena.
Model: New model for Warwick.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: New animation for Hungering Strike, new running animation for Blood Scent and new laugh animation.
Sounds: New hyena-like laugh for Warwick.
Splash Art: Hyena Warwick has quite an accomplished splash art with a detailed setting and, at times, photo-realistic quality. The background serves as a solid frame: a dark savannah with a heavy sky and a few bushes. The scarce vegetation almost makes it look like a wasteland which matches Warwick’s punk-like attire. Additionally, the carcasses surrounding Warwick are a good demonstration of his hunger and prowess as a hunter. The portrayal of Warwick is quite good: the fur is appropriately painted and different textures are visible on the various materials that compose his clothes. Spots are not easily discernible on his fur though and the overall quality can be alright in certain parts, the legs and left arm, or amazing in others, the muzzle and right claws. Consequently, this is a very good splash art that suffers from uneven quality.
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Conclusion: Hyena Warwick is great skin from concept to execution. To start with, the model is finely crafted: the fur is detailed, the punk clothes are carefully designed and the armour is dented and well strapped. Even the expression on Warwick’s face is a good match for his funny hyena attitude; this attitude is affirmed by his frequent bouts of hyena laughter. Moreover, the new animations are a great bonus; especially the Blood Scent running animation. To sum up, Hyena Warwick is a wonderful skin that provides a distinct, playful feel for Warwick. If you like skins that offer a different impression of a champion, you will definitely like Hyena Warwick.

Marauder Warwick
Marauder Warwick Splash Art Marauder Warwick Model
Category: Regular
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Warwick as an armoured bandit.
Model: New model for Warwick.
Particles: New particles for Hungering Strike.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Somewhere, armoured bandits attack. The intensely diffuse background makes identifying the setting almost impossible. Is it the outskirts of a town or a desolate road? Much is suggested but nothing is stated.
Ashe shoots a frosted arrow in the air which looks small and weak; even the blurriness doesn’t convey speed. She also struggles to escape from said blur. Her upper body is clearly shown with attractive shading; even if the bow isn’t fully displayed. Her lower body, though, as well as her cape lack definition. At least the dark helmet gives her an air of mystery.
Warwick, despite standing in the foreground, shares the same problems: clear upper body but diffuse legs. On top of that his right arm, and also tail, are blurred even though they aren’t so far back. The fact that his fur is also diffuse doesn’t help matters. Fortunately, his dented armour is detailed and catches the eye, despite his unassuming stance.
All in all, this is an uneven piece with arbitrary use of depth of field. The way the blur is used conveys neither distance nor speed and merely occludes parts at random. The composition is good: bandits on the attack. However, that idea is only suggested, like the background, and the potential story remains undeveloped.
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Conclusion: It may seem overkill to cover a werewolf in armour but no one can argue about how dangerous that combination would be. Marauder Warwick provides the Blood Hunter with multi-layered plates to keep his fur safe while prominent blades on his gauntlets make sure he slashes without survivors. The armour looks effective, but the exposed paws, tail and, more importantly, neck makes one wonder about what ideas the blacksmith had in mind. While the superimposed layers look believable the decoration strikes as exaggerated. The helmet horns, like the left shoulder pad serve no practical purpose and also, like the unprotected areas, diminish the fantasy of an effective, armoured predator. The spikes at the elbow side of the vambraces are passable but the huge blades can seem like overkill; though the idea is understandable it’s also impractical and unnecessary.
One thing that strikes as strange is the combination of gauntlet blades, head on a shoulder pad and scarf: it brings Rengar’s aesthetic to mind but realized in full metal; which isn’t Warwick’s style at all.
On the whole, Marauder Warwick is a weird skin with several questionable choices. The idea seems to have been to let ideas flow free and make a stylized fantasy. In spite of the exaggerations the result is attractive; as long as one throws practicality out of the window. Therefore, this is an interesting option for fans of Warwick but it asks for an additional dose of suspension of disbelief.

Conclusion

Warwick has many skin choices available but some rise above others without much effort. Hyena Warwick is without doubt the best one because it simply changes how Warwick is perceived in an appealing way. Feral Warwick and Firefang Warwick are also good options: the former is flawless and classic while the latter is stunning.

Marauder Warwick is a fantastical option that goes an extra step to make him as deadly as possible. Finally, for a truly cheap alternative Tundra Hunter Warwick is not a bad choice but it’s worth considering if it offers enough for its price.

Image Credits

Grey Warwick model screen-shot taken with Gamebase’s League of Legends Skin Viewer.

  34 Responses to “League of Legends: Warwick Skins’ Review”

  1. So the Urf skin did cost 5000 rp just for it? Also, when was it possible to buy?

    • Actually, it was mostly on sale at a 99% discount: 50 RP. Then the price rose to 500 RP and finally reached the listed price, 5000 RP. Pulsefire Ezreal is probably envious.

      It was available in 2010, around April’s Fools Day. Besides, each year a skin including Urf is released around the same time; it seems like the report of his death was an exaggeration.

  2. Gray Warwick has a new artwork, that new artwork is really perfect.
    Change this old artwork 😉
    Which fizz skin is better for buy, Tundra or Fisherman?

    • Yes sir!

      That depends on which concept you like the most actually: snow gear or Urf fishing. In addition to this, Fisherman offers a completely new Chomper but Tundra reasonably dresses Fizz with more clothes. Therefore, you can decide where you want the most changes: on Fizz or on Chomper.

  3. Is is worth getting the new Fierce Feral Flarers Bundle?

    I already have Jax/Xin skins

    I already have Assassin Master Yi/Eternum Nocturne

    I have been WW recently and I want to get a skin for him.

    It costs me 1462rp, so do you think it is worth it, considering ill probably never use frozen nocturne. I really do like the WW skin tho.

    (I also have been looking for a Master Yi skin upgrade to go on sale, as Assassin is easily out-classed)

    • If you already have skins that you prefer for four of the five available champions then you’ll be paying much more for a single skin. Feral Warwick is quite nice but next Halloween it could be made available on its own. If not, then the Legacy Vault Sale at the end of the year should be a good option.

      The bad news is that you’ll have to wait to get Feral Warwick on its own. The good news is that you wouldn’t be spending on skins that you won’t use. If you did like the other skins then the bundle would be a good option. However, if you know that Frozen Terror Nocture will be ignored then Feral Warwick becomes expensive.

      Also, maybe you’d rather get another skin for Yi instead of Ionia. Regardless, even if you do like Ionia Master Yi, as you don’t like Frozen Terror you’ll be paying for three skins and using only two. From the look of things, the bundle is not the best of options because you’ll be getting things you don’t want. That’s the classic problem with bundles and as the skins aren’t better discounted than in regular sales with a bit of patience you’d save some valuable RP.

  4. I dont agree with this list at all. Hyena warwick does not look that good. its an ok skin but i wouldnt spend the 975 rp on it. i also dont think that feral warwick is that great either. they made him brown and gave him chains. neither of your top two rated skins are really that appealing to me. they look ok in game im not saying theyre bad but i feel you rated them too highly.

    • It’s possible that the ratings need some adjustments as the review was done a good while ago. We are currently progressively updating ratings to better reflect the current technical standards of skins. Regardless, in general we still think that both Hyena and Feral are the best skins that Warwick has; though the latter is legacy.

      As far as Warwick is concerned, that is without comparing his skins to those of other champions, we think the ratings are accurate. We probably need to modify things a little when a comparison with newer skins is made. However, each review should give a good idea of how each skin from a champion compares to the others from the same champion.

      Besides, this is just our view on the matter and not the ultimate analysis of skin quality. We merely intend to provide our advice so that you can make a better informed purchase. Your personal preference should be the final arbiter on whether a skin appeals to you or not. We simply try to give you a an opinion with which you can disagree to make a good decision.

      • “Oh hey a wolf on fire that’s pretty cool”

        “A wolf wearing armor requires a bit more suspension of disbelief”

        Get the fuck out of here, hahaha

        • Sometimes skins can be attractive in concept but disappoint in their execution; Firefang Warwick is an example. Marauder Warwick isn’t a skin that doesn’t work because of its concept but that has problems with how stylised the implementation is. Armour on a werewolf is nothing out of the ordinary in League but fancy designs can only go so far before they result more incredible than attractive.

          We can perfectly disagree in how we see skins. It’s only our opinion and advice on how we see them. If you like a skin then it’s irrelevant whether we think it’s well done or not. We only aim to give as much information for purchases so as to make educated decisions. If you like a skin you are bound to enjoy it and even more if you are aware of its strenghts and weaknesses and can accept it for what it really is.

  5. Up to your usual standards sir.
    I totally agree that Hyena is the best skin for warwick.
    I wish you had given the Tundra one more credit though.
    The textures,illustration and everything in overall seems better than feral warwick.
    Of course,this is only one man’s opinion.
    thanks for the spectacular overview on warwick skins.
    Peace out.

    • Glad that you like the review.

      The concept of Tundra Hunter isn’t bad at all but the implementation doesn’t do much with it. However, Feral Warwick, even though it’s a more traditional skin in concept, is better developed. The thing is that Tundra Hunter is essentially a re-colour while Feral has noticeable model changes. When playing, what matters the most is that get something different according to the price paid.

  6. Marauder Warwick is another paid visual update, although it’s a cheap one (not like Udyr’s). But still a paid visual update.

    • In a sense, you are right. The polished visuals contrast with Warwick’s otherwise dated style. If a visual upgrade finally came for Warwick the skin would welcome some extras.

  7. Hey,nice review,but can you update it? After the new texture update it feels like feral warwick isn’t as cool as other skins (for example Firefang)

    • Thanks, we usually don’t make changes to reviews after texture updated because changes are usually rather tame. In the case of Warwick it’s a welcome layer of polish that makes the skins look better but that don’t affect the core features that each offers.

      Specifically, Feral Warwick still looks good but more refined. We don’t see anything bad about the texture update with regards to Feral. Other skins might look a bit too fluffy for a werewolf but Feral, as far as we can tell, still has it’s charm intact.

  8. Did you forget to update the Grey Warwick and Medeivial Twitch skins?
    You still state that they are obtainable through refferals but they removed the refer a friend program some time ago, you also didn’t update the price which was reduced to 5 refferals for both skins (which, in my opinion, should probably up their ratings a bit)

    I think the skins are unobtainable right now..

    • Now that refer a friend doesn’t exist we may leave them as explanation for how and when they were available. We should update the price though as it no longer makes any sense; thanks for the notice. We don’t think the lower amount of referrals would’ve changed their ratings much but we’ll give it a look.

  9. With the upcoming sales, i was thinking of getting marauder warwick. Could be be more specific of the particle change on his hungering strike, eg what is different about it than the classic because im stuck between marauder and tundra due to TH nice texture. Ty.

    • It’s a subtle difference that is different to notice at normal speed. There’s a red, transparent, trailing claw when Marauder Warwick uses Hungering Strike. You can see it in the top right image of the screenshot.

      If you are deciding between Trundra Hunter and Marauder the new particles isn’t significant enough to give much of an advantage to Marauder; after all it’s more expensive as well. The real difference is that one is a re-model that suits him in armour and the other a change of colours.

  10. Lol what is the purpose the ‘Urf the manatee skin’ XD. It literally has nothing but a model change for 5000 RP. A 50 dollar skin for a 5 dollar value.

    Gj Riot.

    • It initially was quite cheap but only for a while and then the price rose to the ridiculous. Currently, it’s little more than an anecdote.

  11. Are you going to review warwick new splash art? i would be cool

  12. Hi, what are your thought about the warwick rework and their new skins?

    • Classic Warwick has been refined into a more interesting character that stands apart from a werewolf; for better and worse. The skins show a standarization that mostly benefits from the classic polish. They have improved but only with regards to their previous versions. Between them, they look more similar and less distinct than before. We’ll have to give them a closer look to have a final assessment.

  13. Are you going to change the reviews for the re-worked warwick skins?

  14. Please review the rework Warwick skins! They look so much better than the old ones!

    • Indeed they do but that’s because the classic version of Warwick from which they are all based on has improved so much. As far as changes go they all look rather similar without venturing far into the fantasy that each skin is supposed to offer. Still, we’ll try to review them as soon as possible.

  15. Which skin is better to buy: hyena or firefang? Hyena will be on sale this month, however I prefer firefang. What do you propose me?

    • We haven’t seen all the upgraded skins. Hyena used to be more different but also to offer more while Firefang used to be uneven. After the upgrade they look more similar; as visual upgrades tend to standarise the look across skins.

      From what we see of Hyena and Firefang, they are essentially re-models with a few touches here and there. We’d recommend to choose based on the concept you like the most and to get the skins while on sale. Sadly, the upgraded skins don’t seem to be as special as the used to be.

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