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Since even before the launch of League of Legends in 2009, Riot has been creating rare, limited edition skins for the game's many, many champions. From Collector's Edition preorder incentives to codes handed out only at gaming cons to skins issued to commemorate ranked season achievements and even April Fools pranks, there are rare champion skins littered through the game's history. We've researched 15 of the rarest LoL skins in existence for you to marvel at.

Prelaunch and Collectible editions skins

1. King Rammus

The only way to to snag this Mario-inspired Bowser Rammus clone was to participate in the closed beta of League of Legends. Even without this rare skin, though, he is still a solid choice. This armordillo has the highest base armor of any LoL champion in the game.

2. Human Ryze

Human Ryze was only available to those who preordered a retail box of the Collector's Edition of the game. The other Collector's Edition skins are Black Alistar, Silver Kayle, and Goth Annie - but the Annie Skin has since been made available for purchase since then unlike the others.

3. Black Alistar

Black Alistar was only available by ordering the digital version of the Collector's Edition of League of Legends. Good luck seeing this one in-game as not many player's preordered a game that was already free-to-play.

4. Silver Kayle

Silver Kayle was available to those who purchased a copy of the Collector's Edition of League of Legends in a retail store. Some of these were available on eBay for a few years at very high prices, but now they are almost impossible to find.

Seasonal play rewards

5. Judgement Kayle

This skin was given to players who competed in at least 10 games in Season 1. The art style, particularly the shoulder pads, were a reference to the popular UK comic book character, Judge Dredd.

6. Victorious Jarvan

Prince Jarvan Lightshield the Fourth, The Exemplar of Demacia had the Victorious skin created as a reward to players who achieved Gold or better status in 2011's Season 1 ranked ladder. In the following years, Victorious skins were crafted for Janna, Morganna, Sivir, and Elise.

7. Championship Riven

Originally created as a normal skin, it was instead used in honor of 2012's Season 2 World Championships. The ice blue lava design was inspired by Indonesia's Kawah Ijen Volcano which contains large amounts of pure sulfur giving it a distinct bluish coloring. Other Championship skins include Kalista, Thresh, and Shyvana.

Limited edition convention code skins

8. PAX Twisted Fate

League of Legends had just launched and at PAX 2009 Riot handed out cards with a special skin for Twisted Fate that only PAX attendees could get. The PAX logo can be seen in-game on his hat, shoulders, and cape.

9. PAX Jax

The next year, 2010, Riot rolled out the PAX Jax code to hand out to con goers. This time Riot modeled the skin after the Cardboard Tube Samurai from the Penny Arcade Comic, which is the sponsor of the annual gaming convention.

10. PAX Sivir

The final PAX skin came in 2011 and paid homage to the Tron movies with a console directional pad replacing Sivir's thrown blade. PAX skin codes sold for insane amounts of money on eBay for a few years until Riot disabled the ability for these codes to be redeemed in-game.

11. Riot Squad Singed

Similar to the PAX codes, the Riot Squad Singed skin code was handed out by Riot, but this time at whatever event the game designers happened to be at – from Gamescom to E3. They retired this code in 2011 and replaced it with other Riot Squad skins over the years including Riot K-9 Nasus, Riot Graves, Riot Blitzcrank, and Riot Kayle.

The best of the rest

12. UFO Corki

This is the first Legendary skin completed by Riot and was granted to all players who had signed up for League of Legends before January 14, 2010. Players also received the Ice Toboggan Corki skin for free as well.

13. Urf Warwick

The first April Fool's prank by Riot, this skin was priced at 5,000 RP in April 2010, but discounted to just 50 RP. A week later the discount was reduced so it cost 500 RP and on the last weekend it was full price. All proceeds went to a charity that protected sea manatees. Later April Fools skins include Urf Nami and this year Urf Kench.

14. Rusty Blitzcrank

This skin has the honor of being the only one to ever be pulled from the store for its low quality. It's virtually identical to the base skin, just tinted darker. Riot was very unhappy with it and took it down from sale in 2010 never to be seen again.

15. Triumphant Ryze

We've been showing you a lot of rare skins you'll never get your hands on, but here's the exception. Triumphant Ryze is still awarded every year to the winner of a sanctioned LCS event. So, hone your skills on the Rift, enter the local competitions, and maybe one day you'll have a special skin of your own. Or wait 'til next April Fools for a funny Urf skin. Your call.