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Legends of Runeterra’s progression system has a lot of moving parts, from the Vault to Region Rewards. Here’s our run through of it all.

How does Legends of Runeterra progression work?

In a post from Ryan Giuliany, the Legends of Runeterra progression design lead, the full philosophy for progression in Legends of Runeterra was described. It's pretty long winded, so we've simplified it for you here.

What rewards are available?

Capsules and Chests can be opened to earn cards. You can upgrade them to gain better and rarer rewards, with the chance of chaining upgrades to increase rewards multiple times.

See below the table detailing the potential Chests and Capsules you can earn - Chests contain both Shards and Capsules, whilst Capsules contain wildcards.

What are Wildcards?

Wildcards can be traded for any card of the same rarity. The four rarities are Common, Rare, Epic, and Champion. So, if you’ve got a Common Wildcard, you can trade it in for any common card you want.

You can buy Wildcards in the Store with Coins, purchasable with real money, or you can earn them as rewards for progressing within the game.

It was also confirmed by Giuliany that you won’t be able to obtain a fourth version of the same card, since you’re only allowed to play with three in a single deck. If you receive a fourth copy of an Epic or Champion rarity card, it’ll automatically change into a card of the same rarity you don’t already own. If you get a fourth Common or Rare, the card will be transformed into Shards.

How do Shards convert to cards?

Shards are the other way you can create cards, aside from Wildcards. You’ll be able to earn them from Chests, as detailed above, as well as Quests. When you receive duplicates of Common and Rare cards, you’ll receive Shards instead of the automatic reroll you get from Epic and Champion cards.

Here’s how many Shards you’ll get from each card rarity, and how many Shards you’ll require in order to create a card of that rarity.

  • Common: 25 Shards (150 required to craft)
  • Rare: 75 Shards (400 required to craft)
  • Epic: 300 Shards (1500 required to craft)
  • Champion: 1000 Shards (4000 required to craft)

Remember: you won’t need to worry about getting Shards for Epic and Champion cards until you own every single one, meaning there’ll be a constant stream of new unlocks for you to try out.

What are Quests and how do you complete them?

You’ll be able to earn XP each day from Quests. These work in a very similar manner to Hearthstone’s Quests, in that you’ll receive one per day and you can hold up to three at a time.

They reward you with different levels of XP depending on the level of difficulty. Remember to keep a slot clear so you don’t miss any!

You can reroll a Quest once a day too, so if you get told to play a bunch of Noxus cards and you’re not really feeling it, you can immediately get another Quest that’ll offer the same amount of XP as a reward.

What are Region Rewards?

You’ll earn XP as well as other rewards for playing with specific Regions. There’s an in-depth description on the Legends of Runeterra FAQ site, but to put it simply: you earn rewards for playing cards from certain Regions.

Even though you can have decks including two separate Regions, only one can be ranked up at a time. You can choose which Region to rank up by clicking Rewards on the left hand side of the LoR client. From there, select Change Regions, and choose the one you want to rank up.

Keep playing cards from your chosen Region and you’ll start unlocking rewards. You’ll need to earn 52,500 XP to fully rank up to Level 20 in a single region. Level 1 is 250 XP, and each level requires 250 XP more than the last.

Here’s the rewards available for fully ranking up a single region.

  • 1 Rare Wildcard
  • 1 Epic Wildcard
  • 1 Champion Wildcard
  • 2 Random Epic Cards
  • 1 Bronze Chest
  • 1 Silver Chest
  • 2 Golden Chests
  • 2 Platinum Chests
  • 1 Diamond Chest
  • 2 Capsules
  • 2 Wild Capsules
  • 2 Epic Capsules
  • 2 Champion Capsules

What is the Legends of Runeterra Vault?

Each week, you’ll be able to open the Vault. The more XP you’ve earned in the past week, the better your rewards, giving a similar feeling to random pack openings without the required payment.

Your Vault levels up to a maximum of 13, which requires 25,000 XP to be earned within a week. You’re guaranteed a Champion card at level 10 too. You can see below the rewards available for ranking up your Vault in Legends of Runeterra - the Chests correspond to the graphic above, so check that out to see what rewards are in each Chest.

Will I keep what I've purchased after the Account Reset?

In a Reddit AMA, the game's developers discussed the fact that many players will have far larger collections than they should do at the beginning of the game's life span. For this reason, all accounts will be reset at some point before the game's full release. We've got more information on the game's launch on our pre-registration page, but to put it simply: you'll get all coins you spend back to your account when the reset hits. Therefore, you can spend them again on Wildcards if you've already invested time or money into the game.

That’s all for our progression guide for Legends of Runeterra! There’s a lot to take in but hopefully it all makes sense. Check out our guide hub for more tips on Legends of Runeterra, as well as our page detailing the best decks to try!

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