Custom aesthetic features have been a key part of the marketing plan for League of Legends throughout the years. These features include skins for champions, in-game emotes and icons for people’s personal profiles.
Icons have been in the game since its launch. You can only have one icon equipped on your profile at a given time, but there is a vast array of icons to choose from.
Ultimately, people like to show off and equip the rarest summoner icons possible. If that sounds like you, then you’re in luck—here are 10 of the rarest League of Legends icons you can obtain.
10. Radiant Wukong
The Radiant Wukong icon is only obtainable by buying the Radiant Wukong figure in the Riot store. The downside? It’s pretty rare, and you won’t see it very often.
It doesn’t help that Radiant Wukong is considered one of the most unpopular champions in the game. Unless you’re a die-hard Wukong main, this isn’t the icon for you.
9. Dominion Icon
Only the old school League of Legends players will remember the “Dominion” game mode. Poorly balanced and with a lack of consistent support, Dominion was closed down back in 2016—a lifetime ago for LoL fans.
For those fans who did enjoy it, Riot gave a Dominion icon to anyone with over 100 wins. Unfortunately, that’s your lot—it was never reproduced again, making it one of the rarest League of Legends icons.
8. Great Mentor
Before Riot revamped the honor system for LoL in 2018, honor stats would be displayed through badges and numbers on summoner profiles. There were 4 honor icons available, but they were given to the top 10% of the most honored players.
There were also four honor categories: Teamwork, Helpful, Honorable Opponent, and Friendly. Each of these categories had a different icon, but the best and rarest of the lot was the Great mentor icon. As the system has changed, this icon is an increasingly rare sight in LoL today.
7. Hextech Hard Candy
This special event icon dates back to 2014—so don’t expect to find it as a new player.
Hextech Hard Candy was handed out to players who awarded a gift to another player during the Sugar Rush event. When we say rare, we mean it—it was only available to LoL players for a single week in later 2014.
You’ll still see this rare League of Legends icon from time to time, but it’s not very likely.
6. Perfect Ascension
The Perfect Ascension icon remains one of the rarest League of Legends icons ever to grace the game. To unlock this icon, the player is required to win a round of the Ascension game mode where their team ascends at least once whilst the enemy team is prevented from doing so.
To become ascended, the player must kill the neutral boss Xerath without any enemy team member inside the ring around him. They must do this at least once and at the same time—make sure the enemy team doesn’t do it themselves.
Sounds tough? It should—the difficulty in completing this task is what makes the icon so rare.
5. Season Two Championship Icon
During the season two championship finals, Riot released certain limited-edition icons. They were given to players who watched the World Championship Finals via their live stream.
To gain the icon, you needed to be watching the live scream—a code would appear at some point in the World Championship Final broadcast.
Players could then redeem the icon and make it available for use on their profile. Oh, and if you weren’t aware, season two of the LoL World Championships was back in 2012, so it’s a pretty uncommon sight for players, these days.
4. Vintage Icon
This is a very rare icon, but it’s also an icon with a pretty bad rep. It’s often been criticized by other players for a lack of creativity in the design. It was available to players that purchased limited edition skins during specific events.
Unlike other rare icons, this one is still available. Players who desire this icon are still able to get it by buying one of these skins, provided that they are listed on the store.
3. Vengeful Wrath
In the distant past (2012 and 2013), there were special “Harrowing” events set up to celebrate Halloween. These events led to the release of some very rare icons.
The most exclusive of these rare releases is called Vengeful Wrath, given to players who spent 10,000 or more Riot points. As the most expensive icon in the game, it’s also one of the rarest.
2. Challenger Icons
If you’re new to League of Legends, you might not be aware that icons are awarded to some players based on their ranking.
The player must be at least honor level 2, meaning people who are overly toxic in-game are automatically ruled out. Prior to the honor system, ranked icons were only given to players who did not get banned during the season.
Challenger is the highest possible rank to achieve in League of Legends, with only 0.02% of the player population able to reach that tier. Given how rare this level is to achieve, the Challenger icon remains one of the ultimate summoner icons to show off to friends.
1. Master & Grand Master Beta Tester Icons
If you helped to beta-test League of Legends back in 2009, congratulations—you probably have one of the rarest summoner icons you can get.
To get the Master Beta Tester icon, you needed to be one of the first players to participate in beta testing and be among the top 500 players in your region. Above that is the Grand Master Beta Icon—if you’ve got this, you’re an LoL wizard, as you managed to hit the top 100 players in your region during beta testing.
Not bad, and extremely rare. If you see this icon, you’re playing against LoL players who have seen it all.
Spotting the Rarest League of Legends Icons
We’ve covered some of the most exclusive icons in League of Legends in this list, but it certainly isn’t an exhaustive one. There are plenty of other icons that are unique and rare out there.
That’s the joy behind using icons in League of Legends—it allows you to stand out from the crowd. People are naturally interested in what they haven’t seen before. The rarer the icon, the more likely you’ll be respected for your achievements—as long as you don’t lose!