Wild Rift patch 2.6 will release on December 3, 2021. Many players debated whether Riot Games would push the release back to 2022, but we finally have confirmation. Alan Moore, game director for the Wild Rift team, details the last major patch of the year in a YouTube video. Notable changes and additions for the Wild Rift patch 2.6 are highlighted below.
Wild Rift Patch 2.6 changes
Wild Rift patch 2.6 introduces two new champions, new items, and a rework to the rewards system, along with some quality of life changes and more.
Two new meta-defining champions will make their way to Wild Rift. First up is Kayle, an early game melee fighter who slowly evolved into a ranged DPS powerhouse. The second fight is Kayle’s sister Morgana, a mid-laner and support champion with great offensive and defensive moves for lane control and team fight control.
Players can pick up either of these champions for free during the Path of Justice event in December. Patch 2.6 also marks the start of some video and gameplay updates (VGU) for older champions, with the first being Dr. Mundo. The Madman of Zaun will be getting an updated theme to fit in with the evolving visual style of League.
Next up, some news items will be debuting in Wild Rift patch 2.6 to shake up the meta. First are two new spell shield items to protect from crowd control. These items are Banshee’s Veil and Edge of Night. Banshee’s Veil is a magic resist item for added survivability. The Edge of Night is an armor pen item for assassins, good for close-range DPS champions and defending against stuns and immobilizing effects.
Additionally, two brand new items also come to Wild Rift, the Hextech Megadrive and Ixtali Seedjar. Megadrive reduces your active item cooldown when you heal and shield allies and immobilize enemies. The Seedjar grants health and ability haste and an additional unique effect that drops a seed you can replant anywhere for a bonus.
Ranked champion bans are increasing from three to five, giving each player on the team one ban. Player rewards are also reworked, giving players some more progress with a new seasonal reward system. Players earn season points for playing ranked games, and you earn more points the better you play. The Weekend Reward Series gives players double rewards during a limited-time window for winning games.
The new and more rewarding progression system also includes Ranked Coins, which players can spend in the Ranked Store for unique skins and accessories and Glorious skins from past seasons, such as Glorious Tryndamere in Season 4 and Glorious Jinx in Season 5. This all supplements the existing rewards system already in place. The new mission track this patch is themed around Jinx, the Loose Cannon, popularized by Riot’s new Arcane series.
Wild Rift 2.6 releases on December 3, 2021 and is available on iOS and Android.