LoL players will eagerly await the Smolder release date to take the chipper baby dragon for a run in the bot lane.
The (questionably) adorable little dragon Smolder is the new AD carry option for the bot lane. However, it has a focus on spells and scaling over direct auto attacking.
This means Smolder is closer to an Ezreal than a Kalista, adding another option for AD casters.
LoL Smolder release date
Smolder’s release date for League of Legends is in LoL patch 14.2.
Among the myriad other changes, patch 14.2 will also feature the debut of the Fiery Fledgling.
Smolder releases a week after the patch drops, on January 31 2024.
As a hybrid of a marksman and a mage, Smolder features a new but familiar kit that should be easy to understand.
Moreover, the development team stated their intention was to add a colorful personality to the bot lane.
Many AD Carries tend to be quite serious or subdued, so they hope to brighten up the roster with a cheerful child.
As part of that identity, they sought to bring back the complexity of recent champion releases like Aphelios, Zeri, or Nilah in favor of a fairly straightforward kit.
Smolder also seeks to differentiate from existing prominent dragons like Shyvana, Aurelion Sol, or the elemental drakes. Instead, the team took inspiration from the Camavoran Dragon in Legends of Runeterra.
While his initial design tripped hard into the uncanny valley, the quick impromptu fixes helped land Smolder more on the cute side by the time of his release date.
For a rush job, it did manage to salvage him from the unfavorable comparisons to the first trailer of Sonic the Hedgehog.
Smolder is indeed much easier to understand at release than other recent LoL champs, at least visually. There’s a lot going on under the surface.
His passive is Dragon Practice. Whenever he kills a unit with his Q or hits an enemy champion with an ability, Smolder gains a stack of Dragon Practice. His basic abilities deal bonus magic damage dependent on how many stacks he has.
His Q is Super Scorcher Breath. Smolder shoots a ball of flame at his target that does physical damage (increasing with crit chance).
This skillshot applies on-hit and on-attack effects. Further, it gains additional effects at certain stack breakpoints.
- At 25 stacks, the fireball explodes on collision to deal the same physical damage to nearby enemies
- At 125 stacks, additional bolts of fire in an arc that explodes on collision with other enemies, dealing 75% physical damage
- At 225 stacks, Q sets enemies on fire for 3 seconds, taking bonus true damage for that time. It also executes them if they fall beneath a low percentage of their maximum health.
His W is Achooo! Smolder sneezes a fiery glob that damages and slows enemies. Further, if the wave-shaped projectile hits an enemy champion, it explodes in an AOE around them.
His E is Flap, Flap, Flap. Smolder takes flight, gaining movement speed and ignoring terrain for a short time. While in flight, Smolder automatically release 5-10 (based on crit chance) bolts at the nearest and most wounded enemies, prioritizing champions. His E immediately ends if he casts a different ability or if he is immobilized.
Last but not least, Smolder’s R is his ultimate, MMOOOMMMM! Smolder calls out to his mom for help. She flies overhead to breathe a large wave of flame starting from behind Smolder, granting sight as it travels.
The fiery wave heals Smolder and deals physical damage to enemies hit. Enemies in the center of the wave take 30% increased damage and are slowed for 2 seconds.