Hextech Crafting Guide

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Earn Hextech Chests through high Champion Mastery scores, or purchase them through the store. Earn keys by playing any matchmade game; keys drop more frequently when you group with friends. Unlock chests with keys to reveal shards, permanents, and essence. Turn shards and essence into permanents, turn permanents into content. That’s it!

The Hextech Crafting table comes with its own inventory separate from your current inventory. You can’t disenchant content that you’ve purchased from the store, and anything you earn in Hextech Crafting must be manually redeemed into your personal inventory before you can use it. It also means that there’s some new content types, so there are a few terms you need to know.

Click the terms below to browse the Hextech Crafting Glossary.


Hextech Chest
Hextech Key

Champion Shard

Skin Shard
Ward Skin Shard
Mastery Token



Frequently Asked Questions


Why do chests contain content that I already own?

Chests are random, and can contain content you may already own.

We're looking at features to allow you to use the duplicate shards in various ways. For now, you can re-roll shards to guarantee a piece of content you don't own, or you can disenchant already-owned shards to help you create permanent content from shards you don't own.


Can I earn content that just got added to the store?

Yes! However, it takes a bit for new content to get added to the Hextech system, so we recommend waiting at least a day after a new item hits the store before trying to roll for anything new.


Why am I not earning chests?

There are a few reasons you might not earn a chest:

  • If you're playing a champion you don't own, you can't earn a chest.
    If you do earn an S rank on a champion you don't own, allies in your premade group may still earn a chest through your achievement.

  • You may have already earned a chest with the champion you're playing.
    You can see which champions you've earned chests with by hovering over their portraits in the Champions tab of your profile. When you earn a chest through a premade ally's S rank, the chest counts as though you earned it on the champion you played in that game.

  • You may have reached the chest limit for the week.
    Your profile has four chest slots, and once you've filled them up you must wait until another chest becomes available. One chest slot opens up per week; you can see how many more days you'll have to wait in your profile.

  • You can't earn a chest in a game if you leave that game.

  • You may have been punished by a behavior system recently, meaning you won't be able to earn rewards from Hextech Crafting. More on that below.


How does behavior affect loot eligibility?

If you've been punished recently for negative behavior, you'll be locked out of earning chests and keys from playing games for a duration of time.

The length of time you're restricted from earning loot is relative to two things:

  • Severity of punishment. You won't earn loot for the duration of your punishment, be it a temporary suspension or a chat restriction.
  • Signs of reform. Once your puinshment has ended, you'll continue to be restricted from earning loot until you're recognized to have made significant progress in amending your past behavior. There isn't a specific timeframe for this--it all depends on your behavior.

You can learn more about crafting restrictions here.

How do I earn Hextech Annie / Soulstealer Vayne / Dreadnova Darius?

You can unlock Hextech Annie, Soulstealer Vayne or Dreadnova Darius by forging ten gems together. These skins also have a chance to appear when you reroll skin shards and permanents!

How do I get the Hextech Ward?

You can unlock the Hextech Ward by forging five gems together. It also has a chance to drop as a skin shard when rerolling ward skin shards and permanents!

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