Hextech Crafting released into League of Legends about a year ago, but it is still pretty confusing.
Using this (mostly) free loot system, even players who don’t spend any money on the game can get champion and ward skins pretty easily!
To get chests, you or somebody in your premade team has to get at least an S- on their champion.
Here’s the tricky bit — you can only earn one box per champion you own per season. If the Nidalee in your premade goes ham and gets an S while you’re playing Soraka, you have earned Soraka’s box and you can’t get any more boxes playing Soraka until the next season.
You can check if you’ve earned a box on that champion by hovering over them on your collections screen!
The number of boxes you can get a week caps at 4, but they refresh over time.
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You can check how many boxes you can win from your profile!
You can also buy boxes in the shop for RP.
Yes, you need keys to open the boxes. You get keys from being a good egg and for being honored in the new honor system!
You can also get them for honoring other players.
Similarly to boxes, you can also buy keys from the shop, in bundles or alone.
Capsules are a little bit different.
You still get them for free, but you get them from fulfilling special requirements.
Honor Capsules can be received randomly for being a good egg.
They hold all the usual goods, but they typically come with a bundle of key fragments. They also have a chance to drop the rare Medieval Twitch or Grey Warwick skins as shards. You can only get a Honor Capsule if your honor level is at three or higher.
Leveling Capsules are rewarded every time you level and have goods worth a random amount of Blue Essence.
This means you mainly get Champion Shards and Blue Essence from these capsules. You may also get milestone rewards, like Gemstones(!) and special emotes depending on what level you are.
You do not need keys to open Capsules.
This is the fun part!
When you have a key and a box, you can open it for loot. Inside you may find any of the following:
- Champion shards
- Skin shards
- Ward skin shards
- Blue and Orange Essence
Champion shards allow you to unlock champions for less BE.
Using Blue Essence, you can unlock the champion permanently (for cheaper than buying them) or you can choose to rent the champion for a week for free. You can also disenchant it for more essence.
They can also be crafted with Mastery Tokens to unlock Level 6 and 7 Champion Mastery.