Vel'Koz

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Vel'Koz
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The Eye of the Void
Release Date: February 27, 2014
Cost: 6300 BE 975 RP
Attribute: Mage
Resource: Mana
Statistics
Health Mini Icon.png Health: 520 (+ 88)
HealthRegen Mini Icon.png Health Regen: 5.5 (+ 0.55)
Mana Mini Icon.png Mana: 469 (+ 21)
ManaRegen Mini Icon.png Mana Regen: 8 (+ 0.8)
MovementSpeed Mini Icon.png Movespeed: 340
AttackDamage Mini Icon.png Attack Damage: 54.938 (+ 3.142)
AttackSpeed Mini Icon.png Attack Speed: 0.625 (+ 1.36%)
Range Mini Icon.png Range: 525
Armor Mini Icon.png Armor: 21.88 (+ 3.5)
MagicResist Mini Icon.png Magic Resist: 30 (+ 0.5)
Skins
Battlecast Vel'Koz Released: 2014-02-27 / 1350 RP
Arclight Vel'Koz Released: 2015-01-28 / 1350 RP
Definitely Not Vel'Koz Released: 2016-04-01 / 750 RP

Lore

  • Biography
  • Story
A tentacled horror of the Void, Vel’Koz explores Runeterra with singular purpose: to absorb all knowledge. With his unceasing gaze, Vel’Koz fires disintegrating beams that obliterate and analyze all in his path, feeding him vast quantities of information. None know why he requires such material, though some speculate he seeks to understand Runeterra in order to hasten its ruin.
"Only by deconstruction is truth revealed."

- Vel'KozSquare.png Vel'Koz

INSTRUMENT OF DESTRUCTION

I pass into the sudden glare. Blink. Blink, blink, blink. My eyes adjust and evaluate the landscape before me.

There's a scurrying. I look down to find a small, white creature standing on its hind legs, sniffing at my body. It intrigues me.

What use are you?

I analyze the creature. A flash of hot magenta light, a dust pile where it was quivering.

Mammalian... Nocturnal... Impeccable hearing. Incredibly weak. Yet they breed so prodigiously.

Hmm I mutter to myself. Hopefully there will be more complex things to be found; those fascinate me.

Consume and learn: this is my purpose. The others who travel with me are primitive: kill and eat, kill and eat. I need to gather all available information - harvest any valuable resources.

Eventually, we come upon a destroyed city, save for one pristine tower. It appears to be protected - or intentionally left standing. I deconstruct the composition of the ruins. My analysis suggests this habitat was a place of great magic; I'm not surprised it was a target of such destruction. There is something compelling about the tower. While the others are off scavenging, I enter the citadel.

Cryptic instruments are strewn about. I examine one. Another flash of hot magenta light, another dust pile.

Fascinating: a tool to alter their concept of time.

Strange.

Unprecedented.

From the state of the tower, it seems the owner departed only recently. The artifacts left behind have existed in more than one time and place. Some are more complex than others; all are more impressive than anything I have seen on this plane. Clearly, the owner knows things I have not encountered in any of my travels.

I require such knowledge.

Leaving the tower, I find the others closing in on the entrance, ready to destroy it as they have destroyed everything else we have met. They will only get in the way of my goal. There are some things the Void should not consume indiscriminately.

Without warning, I lash out a tentacle, its tip glowing white hot. Lightning arcs through the first creature, knocking it back. Its screams fade as I extend all three limbs, energy crackling between them, scorching the air where the streams meet. The other two run; they know what's coming.

Must they always flee?

I open my eye wide and unleash a beam of energy, following the escaping creatures. They are instantly reduced to ash. Hmm. Void-native melting point is inconsistent I note.

But that is of no consequence. The hunger inside me grows. I am ravenous. Insatiable, as never before.

I have glimpsed the ultimate knowledge.

And I will have it.

Abilities

Organic Deconstruction.png Organic Deconstruction [Passive]

Innate: Vel'Koz's basic abilities apply Organic Deconstruction to enemies on hit for 7 seconds. Basic Attacks refresh Deconstruction, but will not add stacks. The third hit on an enemy Deconstructs it, dealing True Damage.
True Damage: 25 + (8 x level) (+50%)
Plasma Fission.png Plasma Fission [Q]
Cost: 40 / 45 / 50 / 55 / 60 Mana Cooldown: 7 seconds Range: 1050

Active: Vel'Koz shoots a plasma bolt that deals magic damage and applies a slow of 70% that decays over the duration.

Upon reactivation or upon hitting an enemy, the bold splits at a 90 degree angle.

Killing a with this refunds 50% of the Mana cost.

Magic Damage: 80 / 120 / 160 / 200 / 240 (+80%)
Slow Duration: 1 / 1.4 / 1.8 / 2.2 / 2.6
Void Rift.png Void Rift [W]
Cost: 50 / 55 / 60 / 65 / 70 Mana + 1 charge Cooldown: 2s Recharge: 19 / 18 / 17 / 16/ 15s Range: 1050

Active: Vel'Koz opens a rift to the void that deals magic damage. After a delay, it deals additional magic damage. 1st Magic Damage: 30 / 50 / 70 / 90 / 110 (+15%)
2nd Magic Damage: 45 / 75 / 105 / 135 / 165 (+25%)
Tectonic Disruption.png Tectonic Disruption [E]
Cost: 50 / 55 / 60 / 65 / 70 Cooldown: 16 / 15 / 14 / 13 / 12 seconds Range: 810

Active: Vel'Koz disrupts a nearby area which, after a delay, deals magic damage and knocks up enemies hit for .75 seconds.

Any enemies hit that are close to Vel'Koz will be pushed slightly in the direction the ability was cast.

Magic Damage: 70 / 100 / 130 / 160 / 190 (+30%)
Lifeform Disintegration Ray.png Lifeform Disintegration Ray [R]
Cost: 100 Mana Cooldown: 120 / 110 / 80 seconds Range: 1575

Passive: Deconstructing enemy Champions Researches them for 7 seconds. Basic attacks and all abilities refresh Research.
Active: Vel'Koz channels a ray of energy that follows the cursor for 2.5 seconds, dealing magic damage, and slowing units hit by 20%.

Enemies that stay in the beam will periodically gain Organic Deconstruction.png Organic Deconstruction stacks. Deal true damage instead of magic against Researched units.

Damage: 450 / 625 / 800 (+125%)

Patch History

v8.14

Q damage ratio increased.

Plasma Fission.png Q - Plasma Fission

DAMAGE RATIO : [0.6] 0.8 ability power


v8.9
25 mages have more mana regen and base mana, but less mana growth. 5 other mages have more mana regen.

We’re increasing mana regen on the champions most affected by the changes to Doran's Ring and Last Chapter. Mages are also getting some changes to their mana pools and their mana growth. Overall, they’ll be up a bit of starting mana and mana regen, but be substantially down on mana per level.


v7.22

BASE HEALTH : [507.68] 520
HEALTH GROWTH STAT : [76] 88


v6.11
Q slow up. R damage partially shifted back into Organic Deconstruction stacking.

Vel'Koz's update has left Life Form Disintegration Ray in a confused state. We envisioned a world where Vel'Koz melts the enemy frontline with a look, but his ult lacks the throughput to reliably vaporize health-stacking tanks. Meanwhile, focusing the backline feels just as underwhelming since squishies rarely take Researched damage. These problems stand at odds with each other: we can’t completely fix Vel’Koz’s focus-fire and team-wide ult cases without blatantly overtuning him.

In this case, player feedback has clearly indicated which problem is more frustrating. The fantasy of a giant face laser is to melt everything in its path, but Life Form Disintegration Ray’s update overly constrained it to one primary target. We’re restoring some of Vel’Koz’s effectiveness against multiple enemies to give Life Form Disintegration Ray more ways to feel successful.

Plasma Fission.png Q - Plasma Fission

SLOW DURATION : [1/1.25/1.5/1.75/2 seconds] 1/1.4/1.8/2.2/2.6 seconds

Life Form Disintegration Ray.png R - Life Form Disintegration Ray

BASE DAMAGE : [500 / 725 / 950] 450 / 625 / 800
DECONSTRUCTED Enemies that stay in the beam accumulate 1 stack of Organic Deconstruction every 0.7 seconds (up to 3 stacks)
AS A REMINDER : Enemies that become Researched during Life Form Disintegration Ray take true damage for the remainder of its duration!


v6.10
Passive and R ratios up.

Vel’Koz’s update was meant to help solve his ‘spikes early but falls off’ power-curve by giving him meaningful scaling with ability power (and extra spicy lasers against researched targets). After a patch of careful research, it’s clear we didn’t go far enough to avoid VK’s drop-off, so we’re cranking up his scaling.

Organic Deconstruction.png Passive - Organic Deconstruction

RATIO : [0.4 ability power] 0.5 ability power

Life Form Disintegration Ray.png R - Life Form Disintegration Ray

RATIO : [1.0 ability power] 1.25 ability power


v6.9

Vel'Koz has some cool things going for him a his research-and-destroy thematic, the combo playstyle of his e, and his giant face laser to namfew. Problem is, there's no direction to these aspects. It makes little difference how or in what order Vel'Koz uses his abilities, so long as he hits them all to maximize his e procs. Repeated bursts of true damage are good in any situation, so where does Vel’Koz shine?

While some of our other mage updates overhaul the tools that define them, we're surgically adjusting Vel’Koz’s existing kit to accentuate his identity. Namely, Life Form Disintegration Ray's interaction with Organic Deconstruction has changed. Instead of quickly stacking his e against anything in its path, Vel'Koz's laser now requires him to do his research first, paying off the investment with massive amounts of true damage. Where Organic Deconstruction stings, Disintegration Ray burns, making Vel'Koz is the artillery mage to pick when you need to melt through beefy tanks and fighters.

Organic Deconstruction.png Passive - Organic Deconstruction

DAMAGE : [35 - 205 (at levels 1-18)] 33 - 169 (at levels 1-18)
RATIO Now additionally scales with 0.4 ability power

Plasma Fission.png Q - Plasma Fission

MANA POSITIVE Refunds 50% of its mana cost for each unit killed by Plasma Fission (up to a max of 150%)

Void Rift.png W - Void Rift

FIRST HIT RATIO : [0.25 ability power] 0.15 ability power
SECOND HIT RATIO : [0.375 ability power] 0.25 ability power

Tectonic Disruption.png E - Tectonic Disruption

RATIO : [0.5 ability power] 0.3 ability power

Life Form Disintegration Ray.png R - Life Form Disintegration Ray

RESEARCH AND DESTROY Deconstructed champions become Researched for the next 7 seconds (refreshed by basic attacks and abilities). Life Form Disintegration Ray deals true damage to Researched targets instead of magic damage.
STACKBOT No longer applies stacks of Organic Deconstruction
DAMAGE : [500/700/900] 500/725/950
RATIO : [0.6 ability power] 1.0 ability power
COOLDOWN : [130/110/90 seconds] 120/110/80 seconds


v5.22

In a world without mana potions (and generally less early mana regeneration), we've identified a few champions for some emergency rations, giving early mana boosts until they can get their footing and purchase items to make up the deficit. This also means we can really understand which champions relied on mana potions as a crutch to limp through the early to mid game, and we can give additional love if necessary.

Mana

The following champs have +50 base mana and -3 mana scaling (net -1 mana at level 18):


v5.16
Q's split has a shorter delay and longer range.

Despite his incredible intellect and penchant for disintegration, Vel'Koz is a champion that's never really quite caught on. We're not overhauling anything major in this update; instead, we’re amping up a more of VK’s ‘mathematical’ specialties, no matter what lane he takes.

Plasma Fission.png Q - Plasma Fission

REACTIVATION TIME : [0.3 seconds] 0.25 seconds
SECONDARY SHOT RANGE : [900] 1100


v5.6

"In this specific interaction, a Vel'Koz ulting in a bad spot wouldn't be able to click Thresh's Lantern to save himself - instead, needing to cancel using R and then click and usually dying anyways because that takes too long. Clicking now lets you passage to Thresh safely, undoing what may have been a poor decision. (Imagine if taking lantern didn't stop your ult though??)"
  • Life Form Disintegration Ray.png R - Life Form Disintegration Ray
    • [NEW] KEEP AN EYE OUT : Vel'Koz can now cancel his ultimate by taking Thresh's Lantern

v4.13

"These changes better match Vel'Koz's ability visuals. We're going to blame lack of depth perception here, which really isn't his fault."
  • Void Rift.png W - Void Rift
    • MISSILE WIDTH 65 ⇒ 88
  • Lifeform Disintegration Ray.png R - Life Form Disintegration Ray
    • RANGE 1500 ⇒ 1550

v4.12

  • Plasma Fission.png Q - Plasma Fission
    • KNOWLEDGE THROUGH DISINTEGRATION: Plasma Fission will now split after Vel'Koz has died

v4.4

  • General
    • VISUALS: We've updated base Vel'Koz's texture fidelity!

v4.3




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