Apr 182013
Nunu, the Yeti Rider
Nunu, the Yeti Rider

Nunu, the Yeti Rider is a good example of cooperation: if the yeti doesn’t kill you the kid will. This union is also present when the time to choose a look comes, because they always match each other. Thus, if you need a guide to throw ice-balls or freeze your surroundings with style, this skins’ review can lend you a cold hand.

Sasquatch Nunu
Sasquatch Nunu Splash Art Sasquatch Nunu Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Nunu wearing dark clothes and Willump with brown fur.
Model: New textures for Nunu and Willump.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: A re-colour couldn’t be any simpler than this: it’s the same exact sketch but painted differently. The background is largely absent and the depiction is adequate but to a point. The stance shows most of Willump and Nunu and the colours are alright. However, the boy seems to be on the yeti’s shoulder rather than hanging from a bag on his back. Besides, most of the yeti’s body isn’t clearly shown. Overall, it gets the job done but just that.
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Conclusion: If the splash art was as simple a re-colour as it could be then the actual model doesn’t disappoint: same model but different colour for the textures. The result could be considered a more classic yeti look but, as with most mythological creatures, descriptions are based more on imagination than fact. If you like the colour scheme then it may be worth getting but it’s as basic and unsurprising a skin as it can be.

Workshop Nunu
Workshop Nunu Splash Art Workshop Nunu Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Nunu and Willump dressed as Santa helpers.
Model: Minor model changes for Nunu and moderate model changes for Willump.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Mostly blue shades and snowflakes, the background hints at a snowed forest but doesn’t elaborate on the setting. It looks a bit like filler and it may well be. Nunu and Willump don’t look much better either: they seem like a shot of the three-dimensional model with some shading added over. The general look is rather rough and doesn’t really stand out in terms of quality. On the whole, it’s a passable splash art that does its job but seems to be outdated.
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Conclusion: Workshop Nunu is direct and unimaginative in its approach to Christmas. Willump is crudely outfitted in a Santa suit and Nunu hides behind his hat with only the aforementioned as an addition. The concept is realized and the reference clear but the result is more a quick solution than an elaborate or clever concoction. Collector’s and avid Nunu fans will probably value this skin but there are much better exponents of the Christmas spirit available.

Grungy Nunu
Grungy Nunu Splash Art Grungy Nunu Model
Category: Regular
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Nunu and Willump as junkyard dwellers.
Model: New model for Nunu and Willump.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: A blurry junkyard is the setting but the piles all look the same and become undetermined heaps of grey. Nunu and Willump appear in front of such scenery: one practically greeting the viewer and the other enthralled in a fit of munching. The portrayal manages a reference to Sesame Street but only in passing. The lines and shading are actually quite rough and the impression is that of a draft. It’s an acceptable splash art and the style may fit the concept but still feels disappointing.
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Conclusion: This trash-based skin has to carry a concept that is hardly attractive. Thus, it depends on how it is developed and implemented to consider its eventual appeal. In this case, Grungy Nunu chooses a Sesame Street reference that is rather clear: Nunu and Willump become Oscar the Grouch and the Cookie Monster, respectively. If you are a fan of the Muppets there’s little doubt that this skin offers an interesting adaptation. However, for those on whom the reference is lost only a couple of eccentric junkyard dwellers with peculiar ice powers will they find.

Nunu Bot
Nunu Bot Splash Art Nunu Bot Model
Category: Legendary
Price: 1820 RP
Concept: Nunu and Willump as automata.
Model: New model for Nunu and Willump plus new vapour from his engine.
Particles: New particles for Absolute Zero.
Animations: New walk, joke, taunt and dance animations.
Sounds: New voiceover for Nunu and Willump.
Splash Art: Nothing is sacred when a patch of black would do to fill the background. Such is the case of this laboratory where Nunu Bot is being worked upon. The crude machines are unbelievable and the inexact displays hardly demonstrate advanced technology. The same can be said about Nunu and Willump as the former is barely visible and the latter seems made of wood and tin; with a fitting bronze coat. The problem is the sketchy shading and careless lines that don’t exhibit the precise and careful design proper of an advanced machine. The piece serves its purpose to a point but a legendary skin is deserving of much more than this.
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Conclusion: Nunu Bot surely has a good model that exhibits a retro robot style that is rather peculiar and attractive. The application of a combustion engine generator to power the pair is evident which coupled with the lights and decoration place Nunu Bot closer to a unit used for production than one for the end consumer. This places it in a unique spot as it distances itself from the Battlecast line and offers a different take on the automata concept.
Unfortunately, the skin doesn’t complement the model well. The new voice-over is largely a collection of naive jokes and references that break the fourth wall and become more annoying than funny. On top of this, the only new particles added are too minor. Therefore, no real connection is established between an electricity powered bot and its ice based abilities.
In the end, Nunu Bot has a distinct style that makes it stand on its own. However, the voice-over can be grating and the lack of further significant additions let down.

Demolisher Nunu
Demolisher Nunu Splash Art Demolisher Nunu Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Nunu and Willump wearing heavy armour.
Model: New model Nunu and Willump.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The turbid background is for the most part just a thick fog. Only a few soldiers are visible in the foreground, as well as some weapons on the left side, but in general one can guess at a battle but be completely unable to glimpse any details. Nunu appears quite lively atop Willump: both show reliable armour that has seen its share of abuse yet that can only be said about their upper bodies. Additionally, the left side of Willump dissolves too much on the fog, his right arm seems detached from the body and the helmet appears rather small as if his face protruded from it at any chance. In fact, the soldiers in the front look more clearly depicted despite being secondary in relevance to them. It could be said that the thick fog adds an air of mystery yet it also abruptly devours large parts of the action. As a splash art it’s certainly interesting but could’ve showed more while keeping the heavy fog in check.
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Conclusion: Demolisher Nunu takes a significant departure from the yeti’s usual comical style and adapts him into an armoured simian. Conversely, Nunu doesn’t stray far, only donning some armour, but he matches Willump’s style well. The armour is evidently sturdy and centred on function over form. The riveted plates appear heavily marked by their use but seem able to resist much more that they already have. Regardless, the armour tends to look a bit clumsily adapted and flatly conceived. Besides, Willump’s ape features may not be as well received by all Nunu fans. In the end, it’s a rather nice skin that shows a unique battle-centred look that is quite attractive. The adaptation seems uninspired in the armour and too liberal in the features but certainly has its charms.

TPA Nunu
TPA Nunu Splash Art TPA Nunu Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Nunu as a gamer and Willump as the TPA mascot.
Model: New model for Nunu and Willump.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background suggests a big arena where the audience clamours for the champions. At least the lights of such incredible place are visible because the rest is just the imagination working. The champions are clearly portrayed though, but their simultaneous exposition makes them compete for attention.
Regardless, they manage to convey a bit of their personality in the depiction: Mundo is brutal and towering, Orianna vaguely humane, Ezreal overconfident, Shen sneaky while Nunu and Willump display their close teamwork. In parts they seem to be escaping from the diffuse maws of the background but the portrayals are correct anyway.
All in all, it’s a nice splash art that displays a team of champions celebrating the fruit of their labour. While it’s unclear in certain parts each champion has its place. Nevertheless, it’s a piece that seems better suited for a presentation of the full set of TPA champions than to be used in individual spotlights.
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Conclusion: Nunu might be considered the central figure but the one that steals the show this time is Willump. In fact, Nunu simply dons some casual clothing and a headset so he barely looks anything out of the ordinary. It’s Willump in the image of the TPA mascot that provides all the appeal the skin has to offer. The mascot’s design is easily transferred onto Willump but the underlying yeti features become noticeable remnants: his physiognomy at large but also his hands and feet mostly. While the mascot does display irregular and rough features the grotesque appendages and blubbery belly make a stark contrast with the otherwise clean style of the rest of the body; only interrupted by the spiked bands.
Even though the necessity to keep a measure of Willump’s yeti nature is understandable the elements don’t mesh well nor seem appealing. The result is that of a funny and comical monster that looks like a furry and cute creature with a forced bestial facet. A simian aesthetic could’ve been planned but it doesn’t feel fluidly implemented. On top of that, the unaltered Absolute Zero seems like a wasted opportunity to further integrate the TPA logo into the skin. Nevertheless, the skin certainly has a unique style and that is its saving grace. TPA Nunu looks good enough and if you don’t mind a yeti wearing a mascot’s fur then this is a choice to keep in mind.

Zombie Nunu
Zombie Nunu Splash Art Zombie Nunu Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 1350 RP
Concept: Nunu as a mad scientist and Willump as his monstrous creation.
Model: New model for Nunu and Willump. New drool for Willump.
Particles: New particles for their abilities and auto-attack.
Animations: New animations for Consume, running during Blood Boil, Absolute Zero, running and recall.
Sounds: New sounds for his Consume, Blood Boil, Ice Blast, Absolute Zero, auto-attack and recall plus new voice-over.
Splash Art: In the distance, explosions destroy what the zombies haven’t. The red fumes cover most of what remains but one can guess that there isn’t much to see. At least that’s the idea, because the background is notable for its poor quality with regards to the simple and dull depiction of the setting. The foreground is, fortunately, the complete opposite. Here we find the zombie slayers enjoying their job against the hordes of the undead. The stains on their clothes and bodies show that they like the get quite involved in the activity. However, they are being flanked by an unusual enemy. In this area, the context is not only clearer but also more meaningful. While the zombie horde is suggested more than shown their presence is clear. The only exception to the emptiness of the background is the presence of a certain legendary undead that has his flames ready to join the battle; if he can stagger there on time. The vertical stripe on the left of Jinx and Pantheon’s splash art also catches the eye but isn’t as evocative.
Without a doubt the portrayal of the champions at combat is the central part of the piece. Their portrayal exhibits a magnificent use of colour and light that manages an attractive display. Their combat poses don’t compete with the need to allow a clear view and their expressions are reminiscent of their joy. Even the regular zombie on the corner of the foreground displays quite a bit of detail. Each surface and texture is meticulously drawn and shaded with the correct use of depth of field effects; which adds to the portrayal. It’s only when certain elements move towards the background, like Pantheon’s jetpack, that they become sketchy. For the most part, each champion has their place and their personality is eloquently presented. So, between Jinx’s dementia, Pantheon’s blood lust, Nunu’s derangement and Willump’s ferocity there’s much to appreciate.
Ultimately, it is an uneven splash art. The background, though clearly secondary in importance, is plain and uninteresting. In stark contrast, the foreground takes the reins of the whole piece and presents a battle for survival that shows the best that each champion has to offer. In consequence, this is a great portrayal backed by a disappointingly presented setting.
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Conclusion: The first thing that comes to mind when looking at Zombie Nunu is that it’s an eye-catching, even interesting, skin but, despite that, it’s not exactly what would be called appealing. The repulsive aesthetic is well presented, very effectively indeed, but it’s something that can feel undesirable. It’s also as much a reference to Frankenstein’s monster as to a zombie because the monster would technically qualify as such. That being said, the monstrous style is finely realised and consistently implemented across all areas of the skin. Thanks to a varied selection of changes Zombie Nunu is quite close to a legendary skin and it shows. The skin modifies almost every aspect of the duo and splatters the theme effectively on them. On top of that, it doesn’t forget to add some fitting touches like Willump’s drooling or a new running animation evoking the classic zombie walk.
The goo particles follow the style displayed by the model: they catch the eye with their disgusting appearance yet at the same time can induce one to avert the eyes. The trail left by Blood Boil is attractive but seems out of place with regards to the goo-base. The sounds complement the idea without being particularly prominent or special. Regardless, the new grunt and gibberish voice-over furthers the theme and allows it to be more convincing. The few new animations can be as unremarkable as Consume’s or as perfectly chosen as Blood Boil’s. One thing that seems uneven is Absolute Zero; what ought to be their finest moment. The bloating animation is a great addition but the actual explosion of goo and other unmentionable elements looks weak and lacking any impact.
All things considered, Zombie Nunu is a skin that shows a lot of effort and a willingness to go beyond usual expectations to make a satisfying product. Such dedication shows in the implementation which is full of additions to better present the theme. The concept may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Being so well realised the repugnant nature of the zombified duo is evident. Additionally, not all changes are as effective as they could be and Absolute Zero should certainly explode with an impressive display. The good, ultimately, defeats the flaws and for fans of monsters Zombie Nunu is a recommended skin; provided they can stomach it.


Nunu and Willump display several styles that range from traditional clothes to future technology. Regardless, the skins seldom impress with their choice of concept and way of execution. The recommended skin is Demolisher Nunu: a good choice if you want a more serious take on the duo. It’s essentially and armoured version of Nunu and Willump but fitting and appealing.

Another recommendation, mainly for monster fans, is Zombie Nunu. The concept is very well executed and so all the unpleasantness of a zombified duo is plainly displayed. The vile aesthetic will probably not appeal to everyone but there’s no doubt that a lot of work went into making the skin special and it surely is. Not everything is as well done as it could be but the sum of its parts presents an interesting skin that fans of horror will appreciate and enjoy.

Alternatively, Grungy Nunu will probably please Muppet’s fans. The combination of characters is distinct but not everyone may find its concept appealing as the reference is all that it offers.

Dedicated Nunu fans may consider Nunu Bot and in terms of looks there’s reason to. However, while the style stands out the implementation doesn’t develop the theme as much as it could and should. It might’ve been a legendary skin once but, nowadays, it’s past it due.

Finally, Sasquatch Nunu is as simple a re-colour as it could be. You may like it for what it is but don’t expect anything else.

  35 Responses to “League of Legends: Nunu Skins’ Review”

  1. Dat Nunu Bot laugh

  2. Nunu Bot is so amazing… Though the abilities aren’t much to cheer for, the voice-over is great. Having fitting lines like “My element will devestate them, or not.” Also, the laugh is great if you wanna piss off the enemy and allied team, especially in Aram when everyone gets annoyed. Thanks for the review.

    • Not at all, we agree that Nunu Bot has a rather nice voice tone and some interesting quotes; as long as it’s not reminding us that we are playing a game. The laugh is a definite stand out but as a legendary skin more is to be expected nowadays. Regardless, it’s a skin that at least merits being considered.

      • From what I’ve read, the Nunu Bot skin itself is something of a tribute to a fan-made League of Legends web series with the same name. As a result, a lot of the voice was taken from that, including most of the fourth wall breaking stuff. Not that it would make much of a difference to 99% of the player base, of course.

        • Interesting, thanks for the information. Fans of the web series will surely find more to like but we agree that on most people the reference will be lost; unfortunately. Maybe unusual references should be made more explicit in the post when the skin is released; though part of the charm of references is catching them.

    • nunu bot sucks

  3. Nunu bot has a new dance
    It’s the robot XD

  4. Hey zero i need ur help once more!!ive really gotten into playng nunu especially top and i need a skin for him!the legacy skins are a no for sure i just think they look terrible.that leaves Demolisher tpa and nunu bot.I dont mind the price so plz answer without considering the price.which do u think i should get??btw im really into nunu bot I just really like its model and its sort of “Im a real boy” theme.Do u think nunu bot is worth it?I know everybody is always bitching about how it has no particles but if u think a bit u will see that the champion itself has no room for particles or atleast not as much as other champs.heeeeeeeeeeeelp meeeeeee

    • Technically, any champion has room for particles because they can be added on top of any active or passive ability. Thus, we don’t think that’s much of a reason for a sub-optimal skin.

      Demolisher Nunu has a nice armoured style and TPA has its cartoony charm. Nunu Bot isn’t bad but a legendary simply should deliver something special. It’s good but without a doubt you’ll feel the difference with more modern legendaries.

      Demolisher Nunu does have an advantage over the others and that’s that it can go on sale; if you are patient. If not, then TPA is the cheaper option despite being somewhat uneven.

      Specifically, unless you are a great Nunu & Willump fan then Nunu Bot may not be for you. After all, while it has a distinct personality its underdeveloped. In that case, Demolisher and TPA are the remaining options; both with pros and cons.

  5. Omg You put so much work onto this.
    It seems Nunu doesnt have very decent skins,huh?
    Riot pls lolol
    Nice work and thanks for the overview.
    Peace out.

    • We are glad you find the reviews of interest.

      Indeed, Nunu and Willump seem to be somewhat forgotten with regards to skins. Hopefully they’ll receive some attractive skins in the future.

  6. Question: Why do you guys write your reviews as if you are writing a fourth year thesis for a degree in English? Just curious.

    • We think that we should write the reviews in a professional way or as much as possible. Just because the topic isn’t as serious or relevant to life as others doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t do our best. We think that a neutral tone allows for the ideas to be more clearly exposed. However, we agree that sometimes the tone is too distant so we are trying to make it more approachable while still being professional.

  7. Hi Zero,
    Just wanted to ask your opinion about Zombie Nunu and if it will be reduced at 975 rp in the first week.
    PS. Will his passive color change?
    Thx, a player.

    • As a rule, 1350 RP skins are discounted to 975 RP on the first four days after release. There could be an exception but, so far, that’s been held.

      We didn’t notice any difference in Zombie Nunu’s passive even though all his other abilities and auto-attack have a new look. It could be kept unchanged for visual consistency or perhaps the change wasn’t done yet. The latter is unusual as skins reach the PBE ready to be released. There’s the possibility of a change but it’s not there and there’s no telling if it was considered by Riot.

  8. Hi Zero,
    Planning to get a Nunu skin, should I wait for Zombie Nunu? But I don’t really feel the zombie theme suits Nunu, goo spitting Ice Blast and the goo sucking ult, it just seem weird.
    PS: love your work, appreciate it

    • Glad that you find the reviews useful.

      It depends on how much goo you want in your life. We agree that Zombie Nunu isn’t exactly what could be called appealing. It’s certainly a monstrous aspect that stands out but if you feel it weird then there’s little point in getting something that you, ultimately, won’t enjoy.

      There aren’t any skins for Nunu that really impress. Demolisher Nunu could be something sensible and interesting. Granted, it’s only a re-model that essentially translates as armoured Nunu but, at least at that, it’s effective. Something more playful could be TPA Nunu when it’s available. The TPA mascot fits Willump well and the skin manages a good look; even if it’s nothing groundbreaking.

      In any case, we would recommend waiting for a sale. None of Nunu’s skins are really impressive and so barely justify their price at best. With that in mind you may want to wait for the release of Zombie Nunu to see the final product. In the meantime, a Demolisher sale could appear or you may find another skin that offers something that you like.

  9. Hi, Zero!

    I’m from the PH Server and right now is the last day sale for Haunted Maokai ( ’til 11 59 PST).
    Right now, I’m in a pinch choosing between Zombie Nunu which is currently on sale for 200 RP (Equivalent to 975 RP in NA) until the 10th of November.

    Can you suggest which to choose between the two? I like them both but which is wiser to choose.

    Your fan from PH,

    • Sorry for the late answer.

      It depends a lot on the aesthetic you prefer. Both are quite good skins but also quite different. Haunted Maokai has a more traditional approach of producing horror through association with its graveyard theme. Zombie Nunu is more direct by putting the horror at first sight with a decomposing corpse. It could be said that Haunted delivers horror through a creepy feeling and Zombie through raw disgust. They are valid ways but accommodate to different tastes.

      We don’t think that any skin would be a bad choice provided you like them. The prices are resonable considering the features they offer. Haunted Maokai may be a safer purchase as there’s nothing about the skin that can strike as objectionalble. Zombie Nunu is somewhat riskier in that if you don’t enjoy the gruesome style it can end up unused; though it has to be said that the implementation is very effective at delivering the theme.

      In this case it’s clear that both are good skins but that which one is a better option largely depends on you taste.

      • Thank you very much, Zero!

        Indeed, Maokai is much more of a safer choice. To my surprise, I got Zombie Nunu as a mystery gift including Slayer Pantheon.

        I both like them but Maokai certainly gives much better considering it’s price and quality.

  10. Zombie Nunu is the definition of how 1350rp skins should be.

  11. I checked out the Model Viewer, and noticed that Demolisher Nunu has animation changes. Surprisingly, they trimmed a bit of Nunu’s default animations; Willump doesn’t stretch his arms occasionally while idle, and his taunt no longer shows him beating his chest with his fist.

    Is this going to affect your review score?

    • Not at all, it’s even possible that the animations remain. A few months ago Riot changed the way that models are stored, including their associated assets, which made extracting animations more difficult. For that reason there are some skins that lacked some animations in LolKing’s viewer even though they were present in-game; for example. It’s possible that the viewer hasn’t eveything present in the skin because it’s not so easy to extract.

      As a re-model, it’s improbable that Demolisher Nunu has anything extra beyond minor adjustments to the animations to make them fit the new model. We didn’t notice anything different about the skin though it’s been a while. If we find out that there’re relevant changes we might have to update the review but from what we gather it doesn’t go beyond the new model.

      • Well, yeah. The changes are very minor, but at least it fits the skin as a more serious take on Nunu. If you need proof, you can always check out YouTube or ingame so you can see what I mean by the trimmed animations.

        • We agree that Demolisher aims at a more serious style for Nunu and Willump. We gave it another look and the changes are indeed minor. We’ll check in-game but as there isn’t anything significant, only adaptations, we’d probaly only add it as adapted animations. It’s worthwhile to note but doesn’t amount to much in the great scheme of things. Thanks for the information.

  12. TPA Nunu ,,Nunu simply dons some casual clothing and a headset so he barely looks anything out of the ordinary”. Well, i dont see Shirt-Fur.Hoodies everyday… 😛

    • Fair enough, in the real world a yeti dressed like a gamer would raise some eyebrows. However, it’s hardly something we haven’t seen before in a world were even a tree dresses like a cat; or a mermaid like a manatee.

  13. Just an FYI Oscar the grouch and Cookie Monster are sesame street and not muppets. You are thinking of Kermit and Gonzo from the Muppets.

    • Thanks for the clarification. However, according to a quick search, the Muppets are a set of puppets used in Sesame Street. So, they both belong to the same program.

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