[Misc. Guide] How to 'Get' Skins for 'Free'

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WWJDFTW

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04-29-2010

Note: This SHOULD be completely legal, since you're not actually getting any skins at all.

So you see Warwicks running around with Urf suits and those stupid looking Shens in Sub Zero and Scorpion knock-off skins, and you wish you had those too, but you don't want to spend cash on them. Well there's a way to get them...for free!

1) Go to your LoL folder (...blah blah\Riot Games\League of Legends) and go to the game folder.

2) You'll see a file called 'HeroPak_client.zip' Before you start messing around PLEASE make a backup of this in case you screw something up. I haven't messed up yet, but I forsee problems such as game crashing and forcing you to get a left game.

3) Open it and there will be a folder called 'DATA'. Open that and there will be several folders. Go to the 'Characters' folder.

4) There will be a lot of folders here. For example's sake let's go to the one labeled 'Annie'.

5) You'll see 3 folders and a whole lot of stuff you probably don't really know what that is. With the recent update there's a new Annie skin which is "Little Red Riding Annie" (or something). Look for the files 'Annie.dds' and 'Annie_littleRed.dds'. Check their properties and they should have the same file size.

6) If you want to use the new Annie skin simply extract the 'Annie' folder, switch the names of the .dds files ('Annie.dds' -> 'Annie_litteRed.dds' and vice versa) and put the new 'Annie' folder back into the 'HeroPak_client.zip' file under DATA\Characters.

Compare it to going to the library, going to the history section, taking out an Abe Lincoln book, being an ******* by drawing on his face and putting it back where you found it.

7) Start up LoL and test your handiwork by playing a game (practice game in case something went wrong and LoL possibly crashes). It'll still say that the alternate skin is unlocked, and that you're using Classic. However, if everything went well then your champion should look like he/she/it's using the alternate skin.

Ramifications of this include completely swapping out the appearances of various champions (i.e. playing as Jax while looking like Evelyn. There might be some limitations, such as how Evelyn doesn't have a move like Leap Strike, and so this would either best case just have an Eve in her attack animation just jumping towards the target, glitched graphics or worst case LoL would crash when you tried to Leap Strike). You could even possibly use a creep's graphics for a hero and vice versa. You could have everyone look like Fiddlesticks or the lizard creep. I haven't tested that much, but it's possible.

Edit: Apparently I'm light-years behind >< consider this a bigass bump

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Originally Posted by Neodymus View Post
such a thread got posted about...8 months ago already?

http://www.leagueoflegends.com/board...ead.php?t=5966
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Originally Posted by Grand Xerxes View Post
Edit 2: This WILL crash your game if you mess something up. Like I deleted the TF folder by mistake and then the game crashed. So make sure you haven't made any mistakes

Note: This is CLIENT SIDED, meaning only YOU can see it. NOBODY ELSE playing with you can see this. Also if some player happens to actually be using the alternate skin you switched out with, they will appear to not be using a skin at all :P (If this is actually illegal well I'm sorry Riot guys; I'll remove it.)


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Neodymus

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04-29-2010

such a thread got posted about...8 months ago already?

http://www.leagueoflegends.com/board...ead.php?t=5966


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Kynaeus

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04-29-2010

I can't figure out why, but some of the characters are missing in the .zip file, I didn't check against everyone but mine is missing Ashe and Zilean =/


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Yellow Jester

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04-29-2010

If I want skins I'll buy them god dammit.

Riot i'm sorry I should've bought more stuff. I'll try harder. I might get a job soon and if i do, expect money.


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OrthodoxChaote

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04-29-2010

What's the point of skins the enemy can't see, I mean, the whole advantage of 5th Age Taric is to defeat the enemy with glamour...


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xDiamantx

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04-29-2010

That's probably why it's not illegal, because only you can see them.


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Ovis

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04-29-2010

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Originally Posted by Kynaeus View Post
I can't figure out why, but some of the characters are missing in the .zip file, I didn't check against everyone but mine is missing Ashe and Zilean =/
it's because not all champions are stored with their ingame names.
ashe = bowmaster
zilean = chronokeeper


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Lightyears

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04-29-2010

Buy skins and support the game. If everyone only plays the free aspect, the game won't last.

Riot is providing you with entertainement. A couple bucks here and there is not much to ask, like the friend who's always broke at the bar.


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Kynaeus

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04-29-2010

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Originally Posted by Ovis View Post
it's because not all champions are stored with their ingame names.
ashe = bowmaster
zilean = chronokeeper
And it seems Twisted Fate is cardmaster, cool.

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Originally Posted by Lightyears View Post
Buy skins and support the game. If everyone only plays the free aspect, the game won't last.
With this method I can see if I like the skins before I spend anything on them


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Grand Xerxes

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04-29-2010

skins that are user made

http://leaguecraft.com/skins

how to use user made skins

http://forum.leaguecraft.com/showthread.php?tid=1814


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