Mar 082013
Nasus, the Curator of the Sands
Nasus, the Curator of the Sands

Nasus, the Curator of the Sands has few but interesting skins that always provide something different yet fitting for him. From classic Egyptian mythology to more traditional fantasy or sci-fi there’s something for everyone. Unleash the fury of the sands with style along his skins’ review.

Galactic Nasus
Galactic Nasus Splash Art Galactic Nasus Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Nasus as a futuristic alien warrior.
Model: Moderate model changes for Nasus plus new textures for his halberd and Fury of the Sands.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The dark and largely empty background passes for the depths of space but it’s obvious that the swirl of stars is simple filler. Regardless, the starlight does shine over Nasus’ armour which gives a very nice effect. His pose may be simple but is certainly fitting to demonstrate the power of an advanced being. In general, the lines are a little simple but the shading makes up for it. However, it should be noted that his legs and halberd look rather diffuse so some of the charm is lost there. On the whole, it’s a nice portrayal that even if simple does a good job at presenting Nasus.
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Conclusion: Galactic Nasus maintains a profound similarity to his classic counterpart but manages to instil a certain sci-fi feel to Nasus’ look. The Stargate aesthetic is appealing but it doesn’t feel particularly distinct. The silver armour’s design is a little more extensive and ornamented but the general lines echo the classic style in every way. There’s also a fine mesh protecting Nasus’ fur but his halberd is only re-coloured. In the end, Galactic Nasus doesn’t feel as futuristic as it could. The aspect is nice at this price but seems too tied to the classic base.

Pharaoh Nasus
Pharaoh Nasus Splash Art Pharaoh Nasus Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Nasus as an Egyptian god.
Model: Major model changes for Nasus, new model for his halberd and new textures for Fury of the Sands.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The presence of pyramids in a desert is the base of the background. However, one has to make an effort to look through the chaotic sand storm that, more than adding to the piece, seems to be hiding the setting. Nasus appears surprisingly visible among the whirlwinds: the colours are clear and even sharp for the most part; even if a tad dark. His legs and right arm, as well as his halberd become diffuse but most of the shading is good. The pose also brings some meaning to the action: with sand in hand he appears to be responsible for the storm. Unfortunately, there’s one major complaint to have: his appearance doesn’t reflect his aspect after the visual upgrade. Currently, he has lost many classic Egyptian elements that are visible in the depiction and that makes it misleading. In general, the piece works because the background, while blurry, conveys the setting and Nasus interacts with it. Sadly, his portrayal carries an air of nostalgia for how he looked that marks a contrast with his current, fancier appearance.
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Conclusion: Pharaoh Nasus is the closest that any champion will probably ever get to Anubis. In fact, it seems like a simple evolution of Nasus’ classic concept but with a more overt Egyptian feel. In essence, it’s a mere change of clothes and fur colour. In actuality, it’s a fascinating interpretation of an Egyptian god that remains fresh and attractive. The armour is adequate and well ornamented but hardly astonishing. However, the crook-shaped halberd along the nemes and false beard are the elements that cement the pharaoh look. Sadly, the absence of the previously present uraeus is puzzling as the crown he receives instead is derivative and even unfitting. In the end, Pharaoh Nasus is a great skin at a reasonable price. It may not be perfect but if you like Nasus then Pharaoh is a natural choice.

Dreadknight Nasus
Dreadknight Nasus Splash Art Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Nasus as a dark, armoured warrior.
Model: Major model changes for Nasus, new model for his halberd and new textures for Fury of the Sands.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Some sort of temple can be discerned among the thick fog but the background feels like a mess of shades instead of a proper setting. At least Nasus looks better: his lines and proportions are adequate though his torso seems small and the shading is acceptable albeit uneven. Only the upper body stands out due to its great shading but the segmented arm and knuckles taint the best part of the piece. The halberd isn’t bad either but its quality is very irregular; as if it went down as you follow its descent towards the right. To sum up, a lacklustre piece with just a few good touches.
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Conclusion: With longer fur and a sinister looking armour Dreadknight Nasus adopts a more aggressive appearance than his classic one. The fur is nice and different just like his halberd but what really sets the skin apart is the armour’s asymmetrical design and peculiar ornamentation. The presence of multiple patterns over a chainmail base instils a lot of personality on the skin. Therefore, the result is well decorated armour that doesn’t sacrifice its structure for looks. Ultimately, the individual elements are good on their own but together accomplish an aspect that feels fresh yet suitable. Fans of Nasus will certainly appreciate this dark version of the Curator of the Sands.

Riot K-9 Nasus
Riot K-9 Nasus Splash Art Riot K-9 Nasus Model
Category: Promotional
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Nasus as a riot police-doberman.
Model: Major model changes for Nasus, new model for his halberd and new textures for Fury of the Sands.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: On the left we have nothing while on the right we find chaos; not precisely due to the explosion. The confusion of dull hues manages to hint at some heavy action but practically nothing is shown. Nasus appears rather lean, definitely leaner than his wide in-game persona, as he dashes forward. The proportions are quite good, even if unfaithful, and the shading incorporates the light emitted by the flames. Some parts of his body are a bit sketchy, like his left hand and feet, but the great use of colour masks them well. In essence, it’s a rather good portrayal but as a splash art it seems lacking.
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Conclusion: This is a straightforward skin: Nasus dressed as a riot police officer. The padded armour that covers him is functional and believable though it only offers frontal protection and doesn’t seem very sturdy. Casual clothing is visible underneath, instead of a uniform, and the armour should extend over other parts of his body, including his middle section. The halberd is turned into an overly stretched baton that fills the need of the skin but doesn’t impress. In the end, Riot K-9 Nasus is a skin with adequate looks and a whimsical thematic that doesn’t feel particularly special.

Infernal Nasus
Infernal Nasus Splash Art Infernal Nasus Model
Category: Legendary
Price: 1820 RP
Concept: Nasus as a keeper of hell.
Model: New model for Nasus and major model changes for Fury of the Sands.
Particles: New particles for his abilities and auto-attack.
Animations: New animations for his abilities, auto-attack, critical strike, recall, death, respawn, run, standing idle, emotes and tower channel. New animations for his emotes and extra heads during Fury of the Sands.
Sounds: New sounds for his abilities, auto-attack, recall and emotes. New voice-over plus new quotes for killing with Siphoning Strike as well as Wither and Fury of the Sands.
Splash Art: The background barely displays some monoliths engraved with runes around an explosion of magical energy. The blue tones make a clear contrast with Nasus’ body but hardly convey a hellish environment. The Curator is also bathed in blue light which dims the fiery red of his body and the lustrous surface of his armour and halberd. The stance is certainly eye-catching but not much of Nasus’ true aspect is clearly seen due to the intruding and yet meaningless setting; the halberd-inclined perspective doesn’t help either. It’s sad to realize the potential of the piece by looking at Nasus head and then noticing the disappointing rest. On the whole, it’s an interesting splash art brought down by a background that instead of enhancing the champion’s spotlight does the complete opposite.
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Conclusion: Infernal Nasus’ demonic style is more than evident yet it’s well integrated and different from the norm. The aesthetic is based on Cerberus and the Underworld so the result, while sinister, isn’t dark and gloomy. In fact, the skin is rather colourful with a varied and reasonable palette of tones. The armour also has a fantastic canine design and the halberd, while unimposing, is a good match. The particles add a lot to the personality of the skin so even though the animations aren’t very different the ultimate successfully cements it. Fury of the Sands not only evolves from the armour’s shape but it also reveals the true power at Nasus’ disposal. It truly feels like the big moment it should be with an eye-catching and impressive display of supernatural power. Sadly, the new sounds are mostly unnoticeable despite keeping everything consistent. To sum up, the skin does many things well however, while many additions are impressive others are barely noticeable. On the whole, it manages to become more than the sum of its parts. Therefore, Nasus’ fans and those looking for a skin that invigorates and reinterprets a champion should seriously consider Infernal Nasus.


In general, Nasus has a good selection of skins which draw from different and usually interesting themes. The recommended purchase is Pharaoh Nasus as it’s a natural step for the Curator’s fans. The appearance isn’t perfectly Egyptian but it effectively communicates its theme at an affordable price; despite its incomprehensible crown.

Dreadknight Nasus is also quite a good choice that offers a formidable inhuman warrior with a sinister aspect. Additionally, Galactic Nasus is also a fine and cheap choice for Stargate fans or those with a liking for science fiction; even if it reminds of Classic Nasus too much.

Riot K-9 Nasus is probably a skin that collectors will value more than Nasus fans. The concept certainly has a clever take on Nasus canine persona but it ultimately doesn’t offer anything really attractive. It’s not a bad skin but it could’ve tried something more elaborate.

Finally, Infernal Nasus is a skin that really deserves its legendary label. The skin builds on top of the Curator’s base a formidable Underworld theme that is appealing and novel. If you are a dedicated Nasus fan or like skins that do more than offer new looks then this is an option worth giving a good look.

  56 Responses to “League of Legends: Nasus Skins’ Review”

  1. Do a Kassadin Review!

  2. Can you please review karma as soon as her skins are redone? Thanks!

  3. hey zero do you think which one is better prevoid or harbringer kassadin im think of buying one of his skin soon

    • Conceptually, Prevoid Kassadin is more interesting but that means that the void powers make little sense. On the other hand, Harbinger Kassadin is a simple but natural extension of his classic theme.

      In terms of looks, Harbinger offers a complex and attractive design that ends in a fantastic, Giger-esque look. Conversely, Prevoid is more modest and doesn’t stray far from Kassadin’s classic style.

      In the end, Harbinger stands out due to a great style that fits his void theme quite well. Still, Prevoid isn’t a bad skin at all: the concept is nice but you’ll have to excuse its idiosyncrasies.

      • thanks but anyway do you think he will gets a new skin soon ? if not I think I would buy harbringer after see next reduce price

  4. I bought Pharaoh Nasus a long time ago cause the splash looked so epic.
    Was immediately disappointed by the model, unfortunately.
    I very much hope that Nasus is after Sion/Sivir for visual upgrades so that it looks good.

    • We wouldn’t say that Pharaoh Nasus looks bad but there’s always room for improvement. As far as we know, there are no set dates for visual upgrades. Regardless, Nasus should eventually benefit from one; we’ll have to be patient.

  5. Can you please make a Infernal Nasus skin review ASAP please?

    Thanks so much. Cant wait to see the review. :D

  6. Hey zero, do you think you could update these reviews and review infernal nasus? Thanks.

  7. infernal nasus plox xD

  8. What about infernal nasus ??

  9. Y u no do Infernal nasus review

    • We were checking the skin so as to reduce the probability of missing any features. The rest of the visual upgrade also took a while to check.

  10. pleaseeeeeeeee updateeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  11. Zero, do you think infernal nasus is the best developed legendary skin to date? Do you like infernal nasus more than say, blackfrost anivia or eternum nocturne?

    • Truth be told, Infernal Nasus is a good skin but doesn’t stand above previous offerings. The model and particles are fine but the sounds and animations are barely different from the classic ones. In fact, you could say that it was probably designed along the rest of the visual upgrade. Therefore, it stays rather near to its style. What sets the skin apart is Fury of the Sands with its animated extra heads but, that aside, the skin has all it should but not in a particularly impressive way.

      In conclusion, the skin is just as good as previous legendary skins. With some extra work on the animations and sounds it could’ve been great. Maybe the new head animations for Fury of the Sands took too many resources; its a great addition anyway. Nevertheless, on the whole it feels like it still falls short of that extra stretch needed to reach excellence.

  12. Just wanted to say thanks for all these reviews. It helped me a lot to choose between one skin or another, if it was worth to buy some skins in sale and comparison with other champs skins. For infernal nasus I was waiting for the review to decide if buy it or not and really helped me (ended buying it and was worth :D ) Keep the good work (y)

  13. I bought the Infernal SUSAN too :3

  14. I dont know if it does or not but to me it seems like at infernal nasus , the scars that the Q leaves on the ground ,change depending on the stacks nasus has on Q , it’d be nice if you guys could check that!

    • Interesting feature and definitely worth checking. Thanks for the notice.

      • So was it a feature or it just looked like that to me ?

        • We couldn’t check it yet but it’s not far-fetched for a legendary skin. So far it seems like we have to test it in-game which will take some time due to resources. We’ll try to find a way to confirm it but it seems that a hands-on approach would be the best course.

  15. So Zero, I was wondering what I should buy for Nasus as I am a dedicated Nasus fan, and once reading all your equally weighted reviews (mind you very details and good ones xD) I couldn’t decide what to get! My solution- buy every single one, including K-9 Nasus! LOL Thanks for your great reviews, always check your opinion and star rating before I buy something from League. Cheers TheLegionX

    • Not at all and glad that you find the reviews useful.

      If you are a super Nasus fans then you should consider Infernal Nasus. If that’s out of your grasp or you simply prefer more variety or a different style then Dreadknight Nasus has quite a nice style. Also, you shouldn’t disregard the cheapest skins like Galactic and Pharaoh. They may not be fantastic but they are good and cheap.

      Considering the availability of K-9 it might not be worth going through too much trouble to get it. At any rate, if you want a varied wardrobe you could get most of his skin on sale to save a good amount of RP. Then, if still want more Nasus you would have some saved RP to finally jump on his Infernal realm.

  16. Zero, I have a question. Is it worthy to buy Infernal Nasus or Demomblade Tryndamere? I do good on both champs but I don’t know which skin I should buy.

    • Demonblade*

    • Well, they are different in that they show a noticeable difference in technical elaboration. Both are nice skins but Infernal Nasus fits better under the legendary label. Practically everything has been modified even though changes aren’t always easily noticeable; like some of the new animations.

      Demonblade Tryndamere has nice particles but his auto-attacks and animations are the same as those of his classic counterpart. As a legendary skin more is to be expected to realize the theme. At times, it can feel as if his newer skins are competing at the same technical level.

      If you are a great fan of either of these champions then a legendary could be a good investment. Both skins are good but Infernal Nasus has the advantage as it’s more recent. Still, Demonblade Tryndamere has its charm but you’ll have to accept its age.

  17. After thinking for quite a while I’ve decided to go for either infernal nasus or eternum nocturne. I love both champions and have been successful with each but am not sure which is the better buy. Based on which skin does more, which do you think is better Zero?

    • As two modern legendary skins they are more or less equal on technical terms. There’s the fact that Nasus recently received a visual upgrade but Nocturne didn’t. This makes the Curator look leaner while Noc shows his age a bit. Thus, a legendary skin improves Noc’s looks more than Nasus; though it can be a matter of taste.

      Infernal Nasus also has significant changes for Fury of the Sands which almost mean a new second model; along some new animations. Eternum Nocturne’s Paranoia is also well done with nice particles and animation but isn’t as eye-catching in comparison. However, Infernal Nasus particles and animations don’t stand out as much as Eternum Nocturne’s as the visual upgrade made Nasus more modern.

      In the end, it would be difficult to go wrong with any of these skins as they are both good. Maybe the concept would help in the decision: Infernal being the evil, hellish interpretation while Eternum is based on sci-fi. Both manage to fit in the fantasy of the game but there’s always the matter of personal preference.

      • Thanks so much. I completely agree with the classic nasus skin already being nice enough due to the VU (as I thought so myself) and hearing someone else say the same thing makes this choice that much easier. I can’t wait to try out my first legendary!

  18. Is Riot Nasus really worth 975rp? Im thinking of getting it as i wont he heading to any conventions in the near or long term future. Is it worth my rp or should i save it on skin sales or upcoming skins? Help plz.
    I play a decent amount of Nasus :P

    • If you play a lot of Nasus then maybe you could wait for a sale on some of his better skins: Pharaoh and Dreadknight; Galatic isn’t bad either. In case you are a dedicated fan you could even consider Infernal Nasus; though we are talking about a lot of RP.

      Riot K-9 Nasus is unique in its police dog appearance but that’s all it offers. Unless you really like his look the skin doesn’t have anything else to offer, except the exclusivity of a promotional-legacy skin.

  19. Did you forget to update the Splash Art section of Pharaoh Nasus? I just noticed it is still the old one even though plenty of time has passed since the update and other skins who got this have been updated, such as Irelia and Cassiopeia’s skins. I am really interested in your analysis on splash arts.

  20. Hi Zero, big fan of your site. Was hoping you could help me make a decision. I can’t decide between purchasing Infernal Nasus or Final boss Veigar. I love both of the champs and think both are amazing skins. In your opinion which one do you think is better? I mean that in terms of quality as I like both concepts very much. which one do you think has smoother animiations, and gives me the most for my money? thanks again!

    • Glad that you like the site.

      In terms of changes Infernal Nasus has more significant modifications that stand out more. For instance, during Fury of the Sands his model is altered with extra heads that are also animated. A problem the skin has is that the new particles, animations and sounds don’t stand out much over the classic ones because the visual upgrade increased their quality a lot.

      Final Boss Veigar has more work in the model but the particles and sounds aren’t as striking while the animations are only remarkable for his emotes. It’s a skin that communicates the theme well but that tends to disappoint in some areas. In fact, in terms of value Bad Santa Veigar is more convincing; though the theme is radically different.

      The technical merits and value should give you a basis for your decision but you should ultimately decide based on your personal preference. If you like the retro-gaming style of Final Boss Veigar more interesting the get that one. If you prefer Infernal Nasus’ hellish style then that should be the one.

      Consider also which champion you like and enjoy more playing. Both are good skins but try to buy one that will see a lot of use and that you truly like to play. After all it’s quite an expense and the price isn’t going to change so take your time and decide with care.

  21. In the beginning of the Conclusion section of Infernal Nasus’ skin review, I think it would be much more proper to write “Infernal Nasus’ demonic style is…” or “Infernal Nasus’s demonic style is…” instead of just “Infernal Nasus demonic style is…”, which looks strange and grammatically incorrect. I think the first version is more grammatically correct.

    • Definitely agreed, that’s a grammatical error. Thanks for the correction.

      From what we’ve read the latter seems to be prefered because it’s clear when spoken unlike the former. Both are, technically, correct even if the latter sounds a bit convoluted.

  22. I got Riot K9 Nasus for free at the beginning of season 5 when they gave out the free mystery skins. It was a happy day.

    • Indeed, the free skins. Glad that you got a skin you liked, we know not everyone got a good one; rules of the game but disappointing all the same for some.

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