Each League of Legends champion has a dance that’s unique to their character, and when it comes to picking which dance each champion will have, Riot Games has revealed some of their criteria that they look to during the decision-making process.
Whether it’s a goofy dance or one that fits the champion’s theme well, each dance is hand-picked for the champions in question. While the process applies to dances, the points below that were outlined by RiotLamz are also used when choosing the rest of a champion’s emotes such as their laugh, taunt, and joke.
- What’s the size, shape, and silhouette of the character?
- Is the character’s tone more humorous or serious? (Dances can sometimes be a moment to break a character, similar to the joke animations, so it can be fun to test something a little different.)
- Does the character’s design immediately pop out as something similar to what we reference in pop culture? An example: Warwick and the Thriller werewolf dance were a great match.
And with so many champions now in the game, Riot is also careful to make sure that a new champion’s dance doesn’t infringe too much on an older
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Of course, there are some dances that just make sense depending on champions’ relationships with other champions or parts of their kit. Rakan and Xayah is an obvious one that was mentioned, and the example of