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League of Legends: Nasus Skins’ Review – StrategyZero
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. Nonetheless, nowadays more is to be expected from a skin at this price. Fans of Nasus will certainly appreciate this dark version of the Curator of the Sands even if it’s a bit expensive.

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 his halberd plus 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.

Archduke Nasus
Archduke Nasus Splash Art Archduke Nasus Model
Category: Regular
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Nasus as a canine aristocrat.
Model: New model for Nasus and his halberd and new textures for Fury of the Sands.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: As a shared splash art five champions need to distribute the spotlight in equal parts and, for the most part, that’s accomplished; though the effect is diluted. The setup is believable but some elements stand as predictable. The idea of a costume party is well chosen: it allows the champions to stay together while also adding multiple references as miscellaneous items: like the Urf banner, the bannana skin or the champion head balloons.
The selfie angle seems like a way to standardize and even freeze behaviour. A photograph in the middle of the fun is reasonable but it would’ve been more interesting to see how each of the champions behaves and what they do at the party. The spotlight is effectively shared like this and the champions manage to instil some of their personality with their poses but the feeling remains that more could’ve been revealed.
What can be an irking element is the ever depressing situation of Amumu. While his sadness is a defining characteristic he appears to have been left out of the fun instead of being a victim to his moods; as would be expected. Perhaps if he was in the party but unable to partake in the fun, hiding in a corner, it would be a better representation, and probably less cruel, of the champion’s nature.
The shading and lines used in the piece are correct even if the colours can look waxy in places. The aesthetic is stylized but in a fitting way that doesn’t detract from the picture. What does affect it negatively is the arbitrary and profound depth of feel effect. It might be a camera with a narrow focus but it also seems to clearly display certain elements from the background which are surrounded by fog, because they might be relevant, and not others; regardless of how believable that might be.
All in all, it’s a correct piece that does a good job at displaying five champions in a relevant setting. The composition is good, some elements are unsurprising and the impact of each champion is weakened but, ultimately, it works.
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Conclusion: In practical terms, Archduke Nasus is another version of the classy gentleman brand of skins. In this case the clothes have a more distinguished air to suit an aristocrat. The moustache-styled whiskers, along the sideburns and monocle, further develop the caricature of nobility though the staff doesn’t pass for a walking cane. The feel is that of classic cartoon showing an anthropomorphic dog dressed as a 19th century English noble.
At that the skin is effective but it also appears to be content with doing just enough. The aesthetic is accomplished and nothing more is added. Thus, for fans of the Curator it’s an amusing skin with a cartoony style that, while not really funny, is rather charming.

Worldbreaker Nasus
Worldbreaker Nasus Splash Art Worldbreaker Nasus Model
Category: Regular
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Nasus as an Incan soldier.
Model: New model for Nasus and his halberd and new textures for Fury of the Sands. New purple glow for Nasus and Fury of the Sands.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: A temple burns bright under intense blue light. A hapless human is sent flying with the sheer power of pure spectral might. The setup is simple and also briefly exposed. There’s an idea but hardly developed. The same applies to both Hecarim and Nasus. The translucent, glowing bodies place them between ghost and ice but nowhere specific. The portrayals also largely ignore their lower bodies and even aren’t very clear about what is actually depicted. Nasus has the sharpest portrayal with vibrant colours. There’s good use of light though it tends to occlude areas. Colours are limited to the point of everything appearing monochromatic. Even the golden decoration appears dull and dark.
Hecarim doesn’t fare any better. Being almost part of the background means that his look is a bit more diffuse in areas; what little lower body is visible mainly. Although there are some good touches of light and floating particles which resemble condensing air the same problems apply to Hecarim. The contrast between the lit back and the dim front is a small saving grace.
Sadly, even being a shared splash art isn’t excuse for the piece not to do a good job at presenting Hecarim and Nasus in an attractive way. Space is unevenly distributed, the limited colours make everything look monotonous and the setting is barely suggested. As a presentation card, it barely works.
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Conclusion: For an Incan warrior there’s actually quite a bit of Nasus’ classic design on display. In fact, with a pinch of cynicism, it could be said that it’s the same Curator but with different armour. Truth be told, aside from the ghostly look of the body everything looks quite familiar. It’s the armour with the golden straps, silver spaulders and triangular decoration that gives Nasus a new look. A singular contributor is also the helmet with the circles on the sides. The blue feathers would better fit an Aztec eagle knight than an Incan warrior but they don’t feel out of place; they also, thinly, hint at a crowned Incan helmet.
The halberd also contributes with a flat design that, again, seems to mix Incan and Aztec characteristics. The halberd head seems to display a partial echo of the Aztec Sun Stone. However, it has a clear Incan face which would perfectly accept a golden crown around it. The handle of the halberd is much simpler though a distant match for the head is found in the simpler lower end.
When all is added together, the armour is quite attractive and despite some tints of Aztec culture over the more developed Incan designs it’s an appealing look. The major problem is that there’s too much of the base Nasus in use. Even if it’s sensible for an Incan warrior not to be encumbered with much protection there aren’t any attempts at including additional changes to make the supernatural angle more significant. Because of this uneven implementation, the skin is unable to be more than a fine change of gear.

Lunar Guardian Nasus
Lunar Guardian Nasus Splash Art Lunar Guardian Nasus Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 1350 RP
Concept: Nasus as a celestial protector.
Model: New model for Nasus and his halberd plus new glow for his golden band. New textures and glow for Fury of the Sands.
Particles: New particles for his abilities, auto-attack and recall.
Animations: New animations for his golden band and recall.
Sounds: New sounds for his abilities, auto-attack and recall.
Splash Art: Colossal proportions for an environment that only shows passing life and the fall of rocks against incoming fireballs. More than anything, there are clouds and some light before a gate in the heavens. Is this the way to welcome a celestial being?
Whatever the reason for this, Nasus makes his presence felt. He stands tall and wide but also unevenly depicted. The upper body, even if a bit sketchy, is clear, homogeneous and vibrant. The lower body is dull, subdued and the halberd, for all its importance, largely omitted. Even the glowing band, notorious in-game, is relegated to a simple decoration. There’s a hint at even more power as the closed left fist gleams with inner might. There’s a strange effect on Nasus’ body and arm as if his shirt were burning but it seems like it’s magic coursing through his body. It’s certainly not clear and while a little ambiguity can make the supernatural more interesting this is a simple, confusing, magical effect.
All added together, it’s clear that the duality of light in the heavens and darkness on the world aims at presenting an interesting dichotomy. It is, but it barely comes through given how pronounced Nasus importance is. Such details get lost behind the uneven portrayal and they aren’t vividly depicted either. This makes the splash art functional yet with untapped potential.
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Conclusion: If there’s one thing that stands out in Lunar Guardian Nasus is the heavily stylised model. Employing multiple designs the model’s eye-catching style gives Nasus a distinct look. The appearance borders on cartoony even though there’s an Eastern feel to it. The golden decoration on Nasus’ body culminates in an attractive golden band that hangs behind his long, dark mane of hair. In contrast the lower body, despite additional patterns used on the clothes, looks dull and uninteresting. The halberd also displays an elaborate style that matches his upper body. It seems heavy yet ceremonial so that its lethality could be put into question.
What can’t be questioned is how uneven and frail the new particles are. They have a classy, subtle style that isn’t unfitting but the abilities end up feeling weak. A highlight is the varying translucence of Spirit Fire on the golden, canine face is an appealing though timid touch. Fury of the Sands is the ability which stands out the most; as should be expected of an ultimate. The new streaks of power as he transforms and the large, imposing aura of power are good changes to make the ultimate feel powerful and special. The new textures, despite their noticeable bright colours, are a disappointing change for a skin that hints at much more with its model.
Sounds are strangely unremarkable as well as repetitive. There’re different metal clanks as well as vibrations but no ability has a sound that is distinct or even fitting to the specific action. It’s as if a bunch of metallic sounds had been distributed so as to have cohesion without regards to suitability.
The new recall sees Nasus closing a florid gate which is a good representation of his guardian role. The action is simple though and most of the work and style seems to have gone to the gate; even to the point that it seems more evenly decorated than Nasus. Oddly, the same gate is shared with Lunar Guardian Warwick so that the skins seem linked but the asset reuse makes the gate less special; especially as each guardian is supposed to guard a different entrance to the realm.
All added together, Lunar Guardian Nasus is a skin with great potential and a fascinating style that is wasted instead of exploited. The flourish of the design isn’t evenly employed or spread across all of the skin. This leaves the skin feeling flawed instead of impressive.


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.

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.

Dreadknight Nasus is also quite a good choice that offers a formidable inhuman warrior with a sinister aspect. However, at its price more than model changes should be offered .

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.

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.

Displaying some of the Curator’s humour, Archduke Nasus is a skin that offers elegance in cartoony style. It’s a fine skin as far as looks go but the theme seems to be executed with just as much as is necessary.

It has to be admitted that Worldbreaker Nasus is an interesting skin, on paper. The Incan warrior idea is good but it’s tinted by bits of Aztec culture and a noticeable reliance on the classic design. The supernatural angle isn’t developed and is wasted as a way of adding a different flavour to the base. Still, the looks are good even if only the armour and halberd stand out.

For Lunar Revel we have Lunar Guardian Nasus. It’s a skin with a florid style that is unevenly employed and often wasted. It has some features that stand out but it stands far from the special place that would be assigned to an event, legacy skin. It’s an interesting skin, no doubt, but more of the interest lies in the potential rather than the realisation.

  96 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. 😀

  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.

      • Which do you find more appealing and more justifiable by its price, Infernal Nasus or Super Galaxy Rumble?

        • Both offer enough for their price. Infernal Nasus relies more on his ultimate to impress but the general hellish air is clearly displayed. Super Galaxy Rumble does a better work with the cartoon-styled animations that help deliver the theme in an appealing way. They are different skins with their unique mertis but we don’t that one is strictly superior to the other.

          This could be a case of choosing what you like the most considering which champion you prefer and the theme the legendary skin presents. Either concept fits the respective champion and is effectively delivered. It’s probably a matter of personal preference.

  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 😀 ) 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 😛

    • 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.

  23. Hey Zero,

    I have question for you, between galactic and pharaoh nasus. What you choose ?
    Can u tell me the strongs aspects and weak, of those 2 skins?
    Btw, i love your website, keep going ! Very usefull and good ! I recommend it to my friends.

    • Glad that you like the site.

      On the technical side, Pharaoh has a few more changes in the model but nothing too significant and they both share the same price. Therefore, we’d say that it’s a matter of personal preference: sci-fi or Egypt. You could say that Pharaoh fits Nasus more but if Galactic is taken as a Stargate reference it also works well.

      Perhaps Pharaoh has an advantage because it fits the fantasy style better than Galactic. The classic particles don’t really pass as futuristic so, even if it’s nothing terrible, Galactic would’ve benefitted from a more extensive implementation.

      In the end, the differences aren’t huge as both skins are quite good and rather cheap. If in doubt it’s better to decide based on which theme you prefer.

      • Ok, ty i think im going with farao then 😉

        • If you enjoy Egypt then Pharaoh is an imperfect but appealing skin that suits Nasus well. Galactic is a better choice for Stargate or sci-fi fans. Both are good but in the theme lays their most significant differences.

  24. And why Dreadknight have only 3 stars ?

    • Dreadknight has only three stars because it only offers model changes but asks for 975 RP. At that price we expect a skin to do much more. Technically, it does the same as Pharaoh but for a higher price.

  25. Another thing that i really think is that this website is very originall, because 70% of LoL players say that the best skins are those that are more expensive and with more “special effects”, and with this amazing website we can see that many times that isnt true. We also can see that u put a lot of time and effort in this, like on the reply of the comments (so much patient !) and detailled information.So congralutions Zero because you have here an amazing thing !

    • Thank you very much, we make an effort to make useful reviews that can help people make the best purchases.

      The truth is that ideally we shouldn’t be necessary and the price should be enough of an indicator of the quality of a skin. That is, the more expensive a skin the more it offers. Sadly, that’s not always the case as there are cheap skins like Chosen Yi that go above and beyond to realize their theme. Whereas, we can also find skins that ask for a lot of money and are actually lacking in special effects, model changes, sounds, animations and other extras.

      Therefore, as long as skins have a value that isn’t fully reflected in the price the reviews will be a good guide. If the prices ever manage to be a good reflection of quality then the reviews would, hopefully, become handy guides to see what’s there to like in each skin.

  26. Hey Zero, is it worth it to by archduke nasus? (I already own Infernal And Riot K-9)

    • If you already own a couple skins, including a legendary,then the questions are: do you play Nasus enough to use three skins? Would you choose Archduke over Infernal and Riot K-9? If the answer is yes then it’s a skin to get though you could wait for a sale; with a lot of patience. In the meantime you could get the most out of the skins you already own and then save some RP to add some variety to the Nasus experience.

      In the end, it’s a matter of whether you like Nasus and Archduke enough to spend on the skin. If you play Nasus a lot and you like Archduke then it’s a reasonable expense. However, there’s no point in buying a skin that will ultimately be ignored in favour of another, like Infernal.

  27. which nasus skin should i buy?(i like archduke nasus the best)

    • Depends on which theme you prefer, the extent of changes you are looking for and how much you are willing to spend. Both Galactic and Pharoh are cheap but appealing re-models with fitting concepts for Nasus. If you want to spend more and would like more additions then Infernal could be worth considering. You can also wait for a sale on the skins and get more than one as they go to half their price.

  28. is it worth buying archduke?

    • If you really like the aristocratic elegance of Archduke then it can be an option for Nasus. It’s only a re-model though so if you aren’t particuarly interested in the added class by his appearance then there are cheaper options. In case you just want a different style there’re cheaper skins that offer just as much.

  29. what different does archduke have?

    • It only changes Nasus’ model as well as the textures for Fury of the Sands. All of Nasus’ re-models offer the same so we don’t see why Archduke costs more than those skins at 520 RP.

  30. please tell me the changes of archduke skin and if i should buy it or bot.
    i love your website i always use it!

    • Glad that you like the site.

      We’d say that, unless you particularly like the Archduke concept you’re better off getting a cheaper re-model at 520 RP; like Galactic or Pharaoh. These three skins offer roughly the same and while Archduke is a full re-model, it doesn’t reuse assets from the classic skin, the cheaper skins realize their themes well enough anyway.

      It mostly depends on taste as to which concept is more attractive to you. Technically, they aren’t that far from each other.

  31. Hi Zero!
    Can you tell me which skin I should go for?
    Galactic, Pharaoh or Archduke Nasus?
    Thanks a lot!

    • Depends on what you prefer but Galactic and Pharaoh are the better options. Archduke isn’t bad but it’s more expensive and also is a diversion that aims to be funny. Galactic has a sci-fi theme that isn’t the best fit for fantasy either. However, it’s quite effective and the homage to Stargate can add to the skin. Pharaoh is, to a point, a reinterpretation of the Curator with a clear Egyptian style. It’s quite a good skin and suits Nasus perfectly. From the three it may be the safest yet also most traditional option.

  32. Infernal Nasus has a new dance, did you forget that? But nice reviews, i appreciate your hard work!

    • Glad that you like the reviews.

      The new dance is included in the brief ‘new emotes’ part of the sentece that describes new animations. We take emotes as per Riot’s use: joke, taunt, dance and laugh. The extras that, usually, aren’t part of the normal gameplay of the champion.

  33. Could you guys do a review on the new Worldbreaker Skins?

  34. Can u review new swain skins and lunar guardian nasus

  35. Can’t wait for the Lunar Revel skins and your toughts about them!

    • They should be ready soon; hopefully.

      • Thanks for the reviews the are very good as usual, even tho it only got 2 start i will get Lunar Guardian Nasus because i loved how everything looks about it

        • Not at all. We agree, the model of Lunar Guardian Nasus is quite interesting with its florid design. The problem is when you look beyond and see that the rest of addition are quite hit and miss. Even the model is a bit uneven but there’s appeal in the skin.
          Hope you enjoy the skin.

  36. Well, whenever I want to buy a skin on any champ, instantly going to Strategy Zero is becoming a habit. And usually I have the same opinion! Thanks a bunch for all of your reviews!

  37. Hey so i noticed in the skin list Galatic Nasus has 5 stars but in the actual skin list he has 4. Did something change to where he lost a star? Thank you!

    • We evidently made a mistake. The correct rating is always in the review page so we’ll have to fix the skin list. Thanks for the headsup.

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