The second ultimate skin is finally coming to the League of Legends. Embracing his primal spirits and becoming one with them Spirit Guard Udyr appears. This ultimate skin offers a mystical monk with the power to physically manifest the will of animal spirits. If you want to know more, keep reading.
Spirit Guard Udyr provides a new model that nicely represents a classic martial artist monk with supernatural powers. The base stances modify the base model with new arms according to the spirit chosen. When the maximum rank of a stance is reached the model is further modified altering Udyr’s human features, body and head, with animalistic traits. In essence, the base monk model is modified to reveal the features and advancement of each stance. Thus, it reveals how you have spent your skill points.
New particles and animations are also integrated to each stance as well as sounds. In the case of sounds that also includes an extensive new voice-over with new callouts when facing certain champions in a specific stance. Additionally, there are callouts when defeating minions, neutral monsters, the Dragon and Baron Nashor in Summoner’s Rift. Whether other maps benefit from this is not yet known.
Finally, as an ultimate skin Spirit Guard Udyr offers extra icons and banners. The skin incorporates a set of four icons with associated banners that correspond to each of Udyr stances. You choose which icon you like and that alters the banner on your Summoner Profile.
Spirit Guard Udyr will be available in three ways. For four days after release there will be a promotional sale and bundle, the latter includes the skin and champion, at 1950 RP and 2295 RP respectively. The bundle charges 345 RP for Udyr whereas his normal price is 585 RP and his price on sale is 292 RP. When the promotional sale ends the skin will be priced at the usual 3250 RP and no bundle will be available.
As far as features go, Spirit Guard Udyr offers quite a lot. The model looks good while its modifications are clear, the particles are attractive and the sounds functional. The new voice-over makes Udyr a rather chatty monk but it’s also part of its identity. Maybe one would’ve expected deeper transformations that place Udyr closer to the aesthetic of each animal spirit. However, that could’ve had an overlap with Primal Udyr’s concept; even if each skin has its own particular style.
One thing is to be noted: at 1950 RP Spirit Guard Udyr seems like a very good choice as it offers more than a legendary skin and the price is just 100 RP away from one. At 3250 RP it may be too much of an expense so if you are interested in Spirit Guard Udyr, better make up your mind in the first four days after release.
What do you think of Spirit Guard Udyr?