Jan 022013
Ziggs, the Hexplosives Expert
Ziggs, the Hexplosives Expert

Ziggs, the Hexplosives Expert is a bomber from every angle: powder, water or snow; if it explodes then Ziggs uses it. Being Dean of Demolitions and having his whole life revolving around detonations definitely shows how dedicated, fascinated and obsessed the yordle is. His skins even reinforce his passion showing how versatile a bombardier can be. If choosing outfits lights your fuse or you just want to have a blast then hurl yourself at this skins’ review.

Mad Scientist Ziggs
Mad Scientist Ziggs Splash Art Mad Scientist Ziggs Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Ziggs as a manic scientist.
Model: Major model changes for Ziggs and new model for his bombs.
Particles: Green flames for Bouncing Bomb and grey smoke for his auto-attack.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: New breaking glass sounds for his abilities.
Splash Art: The setting is quite elaborate: a laboratory full of tools, beakers, flasks and cylinders; filled with who knows what. The few colours used make the background look murky but it’s acceptable nonetheless. Ziggs stands on one side of the picture with his thinking cap on as well as a remote control and a flask. The shading seems rather rough but manages to display the weird design of his the glasses and cap; though it also shows his deformed nose and waxy fur. Overall, the issues of the piece aren’t a deal breaker but they do affect its quality. Consequently, it’s an interesting portrayal that suffers from some problems.
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Conclusion: Mad Scientist Ziggs has a good concept but a peculiar implementation. The round-bottom flasks as bombs are nice and the uniform is acceptable though not explicitly evocative of a laboratory coat. Nonetheless, it’s the peculiar goggles and bizarre helmet that stand out the most on Ziggs. If you don’t mind them then it’s a nice scientist skin but if you find them convoluted then you may not enjoy the skin as much. All things considered, it’s a strange but interesting skin for Ziggs.

Major Ziggs
Major Ziggs Splash Art Major Ziggs Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Ziggs as a highly condecorated grenadier.
Model: Major model changes for Ziggs and new textures for his bombs.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background suggest, more than show, a battlefield: some soldier silhouettes on the left, an explosion and barbed wire all around. Most of the setting is just smoke or, better said, just some dark hues to fill the space. Ziggs is outlined well but the shading looks a bit dull; especially the sparks and reflections. Nevertheless, the portrayal works even though it hardly impresses.
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Conclusion: Major Ziggs offers an appealing militaristic style that shares a few traits with Classic Ziggs. In particular, the bombs are simply re-coloured so they are essentially identical. Still, the uniform is nice looking, the goggles passable and the helmet too tall; yet not a big issue. If you wanted a more serious, earring-less, look for Ziggs then this is probably as close as the yordle desires to go. In conclusion, it’s an acceptable skin that may cater to army fans but that fails at impressing.

Pool Party Ziggs
Pool Party Ziggs Splash Art Pool Party Ziggs Model
Category: Regular
Price: 1350 RP
Concept: Ziggs as an humorous water bomber.
Model: Major model changes for Ziggs and new model for his bombs plus new glow for his bombs.
Particles: New water particles for his abilities, auto-attack, death, taunt and joke.
Animations: New animation when knocked away by Satchel Charge.
Sounds: New water sounds for his abilities, auto-attack, death, taunt, joke and standing idle.
Splash Art: This piece is fascinating due to the multiple cameos which actually become it’s saving grace and most prominent feature. The background is good but mostly sky due to the chosen perspective. Furthermore, the champions’ depictions look quite sketchy and plain; even those that are closest. Ziggs shows a stark difference in quality as he has a clear outline and bright colours. Unfortunately, while the stance is quite fitting it also covers a good part of his body. On the whole, it’s a splash art with an attractive composition but an execution that lets down a bit.
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Conclusion: In spite of being a joke skin, Pool Party Ziggs is remarkable not only for the extent and consistency of features but also for the suitability and clever adaptation. Water bombs with an abundance of splashes make for a novel feel for the yordle bomber. The model is uninspired but appropriate: Ziggs is dressed with a complete array of floating aids plus some scuba and swimming gear. The bombs are simple but fitting as the outfit yet, just like the goggles, they seem rather plain. Fortunately, the water particles add a nice layer of visual effects that allow the skin to distinguish itself. In the end, it’s a nice and fun skin that stays fresh thanks to a concept close to Ziggs persona. Nonetheless, it seems to try too hard to be funny and still not feel really comical.

Snow Day Ziggs
Snow Day Ziggs Splash Art Snow Day Ziggs Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Ziggs ready for a snow war.
Model: New model for Ziggs and his bombs.
Particles: New snow particles for his abilities, auto-attack, death, taunt and joke.
Animations: New animation for recall and when knocked away by Satchel Charge.
Sounds: New snow sounds for his abilities, auto-attack, recall, death, joke, taunt and standing idle.
Splash Art: The idea of this piece seems to be Ziggs jumping in front of the moon to throw his Mega Inferno Bomb. Unfortunately, that means that the background is a simple and diffuse sky with a few trees nearby. At least, Ziggs portrayal is quite good: the body is fully visible so as to appreciate the great use of colours, lights and attention to detail. Not only is the depiction clear and well defined but it also goes to the point of displaying wrinkles and seams on the clothes. Still, the fur looks unconvincing, too flat and diffuse; maybe even fuzzy. In the end, it’s a piece that serves as a great portrayal but not the best splash art.
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Conclusion: Snow Day Ziggs is a skin that chooses the perfect concept for the yordle bomber and executes it near flawlessly. The clothes are nothing new but reasonable designed. However, the snow bombs are simply great: they have faces, carrot noses or other elements to clearly resemble snow-man heads. Moreover, the snow particles and sounds greatly help round the theme; despite leftover sounds like a lit fuse, metal clashing or explosions being present. Even the recall has Ziggs making a snow-man with his bombs so that the concept is implemented with a pleasing cohesiveness. On the whole, Snow Day Ziggs could’ve been better but the concept is so well chosen and delivered that it overcomes any minor deficiencies it may have.

Master Arcanist Ziggs
Master Arcanist Ziggs Splash Art Master Arcanist Ziggs Model
Category: Regular
Price: 1350 RP
Concept: Ziggs as an arcane wizard.
Model: New model for Ziggs and his bombs plus new glow for his bombs.
Particles: New particles for his abilities, auto-attack, recall, death, taunt and joke.
Animations: New recall animation.
Sounds: New sounds for his abilities, auto-attack, recall, death, taunt, joke and standing idle.
Splash Art: The lair of a wizard is usually a mysterious place and, despite it being too diffuse, one can get a general idea of where they prefer to spend their time. The lack of detail is a missed opportunity to reveal mysterious tomes and a rich bookcase surrounded by atypical architecture. The desk where Ziggs furiously works is lit by candles that have little concern for the books they lay on. The pages where he writes appear charred and even burning which, though impactful, is an exaggeration.
Looking from left to right we can notice how Ziggs clarity diminishes. Leaving the mystery of his lower body behind, Ziggs’ head is sharp and detailed. Surfaces reflect light and the textures are clear. It’s strange to notice that his otherwise perfect smile exhibits some uneven dental pieces but the tooth that goes from top to bottom is just bizarre. His clothes are uneven as well just like his fur: the metal straps on his chest look good but the cloth is sketchy while the fur on his finger is much waxier than in his face; though there’s a bit of that. Past a scroll and a sand clock Ziggs holds a burning bomb that blurs everything around it. The effect is actually good as it demonstrates its magical power. Even if more clarity is missed the disturbance is justified and adds to the piece.
In the end, this is a rather interesting and attractive splash art with flaws that affect the communication of its message. Nevertheless, it’s not far from being one of League of Legends best.
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Conclusion: A look at Master Arcanist Ziggs gives the idea that he makes a rather dangerous and volatile sorcerer. The usual tools of the trade are present: a fancy, pointy hat; bombs glowing with power and a mysterious tome that doesn’t seem as well strapped as it should be. His clothes are nothing out of the ordinary, disappointing actually, and the cowl under the hat seems whimsical; or perhaps reasonable for Ziggs’ mind. Still, there are good touches like the wound on the right ear, even if the earring would be on the left ear, and the styled goggles that should look more like glasses and less like a mask.
That star of the skin is the glowing bombs and their new magical sounds. They have a mysterious, attractive feel that communicates the magical angle quite well. The abilities make a lot out of it, from offering satisfying explosions to relying on an explosive mixture of items for Satchel Charge or a tome of uncontainable power for Mega Inferno Bomb. Both particles and sounds are very well done and the consistency of the skin is exemplary: the bombs always look and sound as they should and the magic always appears mystical yet powerful.
The new recall attempts to capture the present mystic air but ends up lacking direction. It seems like an afterthought that doesn’t reinforce enough the lunatic wizard image one gets out of the skin.
In general, this is a well done skin that explains its high price quite well. With a bit more work it could’ve reached excellence but, as it is, it’s a great option for fans of magical explosions. For fans of Ziggs, Master Arcanist is an alternative with a lot to like.


Ziggs’s skins are based on his demolisher nature and so take many aspects from the multiple uses of bombs. The recommended purchase, despite the high price, is Master Arcanist Ziggs. The model is adequate but the bombs steal the show. Additionally, both particles and sounds make a great job at defining the identity of the skin. For a fan of explosions with a touch of mysticism this is a great choice.

An alternative with less bang but a distinct identity is Pool Party Ziggs. It never feels as funny as it seems and water as a weapon noticeably lacks impact. Regardless, it manages to present a different style that has its appeal. In spite of being somewhat exaggerated it has a nice water theme.

One skin that shouldn’t be ignored is Snow Day Ziggs: it has as many features as more expensive alternatives at a lower price but it’s a legacy skin. Nevertheless, it has a pleasing snow theme that, even if still not actually lethal, seems able to cause some harm with its convincing particles and sounds.

Finally, Ziggs’ release skins are simply not as good as the other options. The prices are certainly lower but the extent of the changes is limited and that affects the implementation of the themes. Specifically, Mad Scientist Ziggs may be too extravagant and Major Ziggs a tad uninspired. They aren’t bad options at all but paying less means getting less in this case.

  24 Responses to “League of Legends: Ziggs Skins’ Review”

  1. In Mad Scientist Ziggs, aren’t the explosions sort of green? And black-ish for Major Ziggs? I noticed those in the skin spotlight on Youtube. Could you second check? Because I don’t have the skins so I figure you would have a better idea of if they’re there or not.

    • Good eye, Mad Scientist Ziggs has subtle green flames when Bouncing Bomb explodes and grey smoke for his auto-attack. However, Major Ziggs seems to have the same particles as Classic Ziggs.

      Thanks for the information.

      • I think you should update this. Mad Scientist Ziggs is his best skin hands down. Bear with me here while I explain. The skin splash art in itself is quite elaborate, especially the details (the brain in the jar, the warning sign). It might not be super colourful, but that is not the theme of the skin – the bleak colours give it a “Zaunian lab” feel, which is what Riot was going for. The skin itself is even better than the splash art, from the gloves (which are black security golves) to the particles, which are almost all changed (except for Satchel Charge). All his retextured skills have different sounds, and even while standing still you can hear the liquid in the bottles making a sound. His autoattacks (which do have new particles) also have special sounds on impact. His Q has a glass bouncing sound and a new sound when exploding. All of Ziggs’s skills emit a green cloud when they explode. I don’t see how you could say that Snow Day is better than Mad Scientist. Snow Day’s sounds ruin his bombs, by removing any sort of “explosion” or “destruction” – they sound just like someone throwing a pillow (which is fine, but it sort of ruins ziggs). Snow Day’s recall animation itself isn’t too great, and only comes from the fact that it is a more recent skin (just like monarch kogmaw doesn’t have new particles but is still an amazing skin). I don’t mean to impose my opinion on you, but this review is quite lacking.

        • We try our best to provide advice and we certainly don’t have the last word on skins’ quality. You make good points and we are far from infallible at catching additions. Also, consider that Riot has been sneakily adding extras, like Classic Blitzcrank’s dance sounds from iBlitzcrank, so the skin could’ve received a few changes.

          We agree that Monarch Kog’Maw is a very good example of how to do much with little. However, that’s not the case of Snow Day Ziggs; quite the opposite in fact. Snow Day Ziggs is an elaborate skin that succeeds at changing part of the core of the champion: the feel of the bombs. Instead of explosives, snow is used and at that the skin is very effective.

          In our opinion Snow Day Ziggs is quite good at what it does but that may not be to everyone’s liking. In the case of Mad Scientist Ziggs we thought that the skin could’ve elaborated more on the concept to better reflect its angles. Regardless, we’ll give the skin another look taking into consideration your words; we could’ve missed some extras.

          • I might’ve written that poorly – what I meant was that Mad Scientist is an extremely good skin even though it was released with ziggs himself 😛
            I suggest you do look again at that skin – you seem to be criticizing it for not being a “scientist” skin, while it is a “MAD scientist” skin! The hat on his head is wonky high tech gear that showcases exactly that – the “mad” part of the skin. Personally I would rate the skin a 5/5, but I can see other people not liking it as much as me. It does deserve at least a 4 out of 5 though!

          • The time when it was released isn’t really relevant what actually matters is how good the skin is at delivering it’s theme. While it’s true that the skin has a mad scientist feel it seems to exaggerate in parts and be just alright in others. The helmet and googles aren’t exactly a bad thing but they look a little more strange than usual.

            We agree that it’s worth giving another look at the skin, especially to check for sneaky additions, but as far as looks go the mad scientist feel is there but doesn’t impress.

        • I actually Recommend Snowday Ziggs It is more Impressive Look and Skills. And also It is Legacy :)))))))))))))))))))))))) love the snowday

          • Snowday Ziggs is really well done: the concept fits Ziggs perfectly and the implementation is really good. If you can get your hands on it then it won’t disappoint.

      • I recently started playing Ziggs significantly and I too find the Mad Scientist Ziggs to be the best of all the skins. I almost always wait for skin sales, but I think I am going to just go ahead and get it for 975. I will probably get Snow Ziggs when it comes on sale again soon but I think I like the mad scientist one better any.

        The splash art is fantastic. Very detailed, interesting, and funny. Thematically they hit the nail on the head with the skin in general, because quite simply, he looks like a cooky mad scientist.

        I am a bit suprised it only received a 3 out of 5. I liken this skin to the Monarch Kog’Maw or Sewn Chaos Orianna (which I have both of). Maybe not that great of particle effects, but the theme and execution on these skins are spot-on. It would be nice to have more particle effects, but it isn’t quite necessary due to how cool the skins are without them.

        For the most part I agree with this site, and as a collector of on sale skins I frequently visit it to get some insight. I just feel 3 out of 5 for the Mad Scientist Ziggs is not fair. Keep up the good work!

        Happy Summoning!


        • Glad that you like the site, we hope you find it useful.

          We understand your comparison, it seems like a skin that does much with little. The problem is that both Monarch and Sewn Chaos cost almost half of Mad Scientist’s price. The idea of a Mad Scientist, even if convoluted, is delivered well but for the price we would expect the skin to be more refined.

  2. Well, even after this excellent review, I’m still gonna go with Major Ziggs. It may not be as good a value as Pool Party or even Mad Scientist, but the model is so detailed and looks excellent. The individual badges, patches, and shoulder thingies are really cool and the jacket and helmet…. just….. I don’t know why but they just make this skin haha.
    But still thanks for the review 😀

    • Major Ziggs isn’t a bad skin at all; even though there are better options. Besides, we just recommend skins so if you like Major Ziggs chances are that you will enjoy it.

  3. Is there a new animation for when Ziggs jumps off his Satchel Charge with Pool Party Ziggs?

  4. Love your reviews man, and hate to be that guy but… there’s a spelling error. In your description for the pool party Ziggs, you’ve written: “…the championsf depictions…” I think that f snuck up on ya man. Don’t mean to be a pest, just trying to keep your stuff as high quality as the work you put into it.

    • Glad that you like them and no need to worry, we appreciate the correction. Readers deserve that we work to our highest standards so correct spelling is basic. Specifically, it was an issue with the apostrophe and its codification which has been rectified.

      Thanks for the notice and if you notice anything else don’t hesitate to drop us a line.

  5. Are you guys gonna get bought out buy Curse too? Like Leaguepedia, LolNexus, and I think there is one more im forgetting. I’m assuming with how ‘wealthy’ the Crs organization is they probably offered a pretty penny for it.

    • We haven’t been contacted by any organization yet so maybe we aren’t as valuable as it seems. Still, don’t worry, we plan to keep skins’ review as useful as possible regardless of the situation.

  6. It said Pool Party Ziggs is better option but why isit still 3 stars? O.o

    • Sorry we didn’t notice your message before. Pool Party Ziggs is his better skin because it provides more elements and they are rather well done. The only issue the skin has is it’s high price; which sales alleviate but don’t elliminate. Major and Mad Scientist aren’t bad skins but if you have to choose one then Pool Party on sale would be a tempting option.

  7. I just realized that there are many champions in Pool Party ziggs splash art. There is katarina, garen, darius, ahri, riven, diana, renekton, and many others i cant recognize. I really like the pool party ziggs look in game too.

    • Many splash arts have quite a few cameos by other champions. We often reference the fact but don’t make an entire list so as not to spoil the fun. Overall, for a fun skin, both splash art and in-game execution of Pool Party Ziggs is rather good.

  8. What is your opinion of classic Ziggs? I really like the detail in the background, although the lighting of the city could definitely be a bit brighter.

    • Speaking of the splash art, we agree. The background is unnecessarily lacking in detail as there’s little doubt who’s the star of the piece. The explosive chaos also seems too straightforward, Ziggs seems like the kind that would leave quite a mark. Regardless, it works even though with some issues.

      As far as looks go in-game it all seems reasonably well done. It’s difficult to compare as we use Classic Ziggs as the base to review his skins. We’d say that the skin goes straight to the point: it gives the yordle some protection and lots of bombs. The big smile is a good aspect that the voice-over and animations try to capitalize on and, for the most part, he does seem unstable enough like a bomb.

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