League of Legends developer Riot Games has announced the new character they've been teasing over the past few days. Kindred is a marksman that spends his time in the jungle rather than the bottom lane.
Kindred is composed of two spirits- the Wolf and Lamb - that possess offensive and defensive abilities. Here's a run-down of his kit:
Passive: Mark of the Kindred - Lamb marks an enemy champion - anywhere on the map - for death. After a delay, the mark activates - if Kindred kills them, or assists in their death, they gain a permanent stackable bonus to their basic attacks. In addition to Lamb choosing an enemy champion for the Mark of the Kindred, Wolf automatically hungers for large enemy jungle monsters from time to time. All champions can see targets that are marked for death.
Q: Dance of Arrows - Kindred dashes in a target direction before firing at up to three nearby enemies.
W: Wolf's Frenzy - Passive: Kindred builds stacks of Hunter’s Vigor as they move around. Once fully stacked, Kindred’s next basic attack steals a flat amount of health.
Active: Wolf temporarily splits from Lamb, creating a large spirit zone around him and attacking whoever Lamb attacks, or his closest enemy. Lamb can cast Dance of Arrows with a greatly reduced cooldown while inside Wolf's Frenzy.
E: Mounting Dread - Kindred initially slows a targeted enemy. If they’re then able to attack their crippled target three times in quick succession, the target suffers a burst of percent max health damage.
R: Lamb's Respite - Kindred creates a large but temporary zone beneath itself or a targeted ally. While active, Lamb's Respite prevents ALL units within its boundaries from dropping below critical levels of health. Finally, Lamb's Respite applies a flat heal to all champions still inside as it ends.
He definitely sounds like a strange duck. His Passive, like Bard's, encourages him to roam all over the map. Lamb's Respite has all sorts of utility. You can tip a teamfight in your favor or stop your enemy team from killing Baron Nashor. It's also great for finishing off a tower - or the enemy hiding behind it. He could turn out to be one of the most annoying champions to fight
Riot Games hasn't announced the release date for Kindred just yet. Don't be surprised to see him stalking Summoner's Rift soon. Maybe we'll see him after the PROJECT Skins sale ends?