Teemo is a legend among his yordle brothers and sisters in Bandle City. As far as yordles are concerned, there is something just slightly off about him. While Teemo enjoys the companionship of other yordles, he also insists on frequent solo missions in the ongoing defense of Bandle City. Despite his genuinely warm personality, something switches off inside Teemo's mind during combat so that the lives he must end while on patrol do not burden him. Even as a young recruit, the drill instructors and other trainees found it a little disconcerting that, while Teemo was normally charming and kind, he turned deadly serious and highly efficient the minute combat exercises began. Teemo's superiors quickly steered him toward the Scouts of the Mothership, which is one of Bandle City's most distinguished Special Forces unit alongside the Megling Commandos.
While most yordles do not handle solo scouting missions with a great deal of finesse, Teemo is remarkably efficient at them. His record of success in defending Bandle City from infiltrators easily makes him one of the most dangerous yordles alive, though you'd never know it by having a cup of honey mead with him at his favorite inn. Bandle City chose Teemo as their first champion for the League, and he has taken to it like a duck to water. His signature weapon - a blowgun - uses a rare ajunta poison he personally gathers from the jungles of Kumungu. To help cope with his lengthy periods of isolation, Teemo recently struck up a friendship with Tristana, a fellow League champion and fellow member of Bandle City's Special Forces. This connection is healthy for both yordles, though now Valoran's voracious media outlets circulate rumors that the friendship is turning into a romantic relationship. Regardless, Teemo is a crowd favorite in the League of Legends, and a pint-sized foe that many have come to fear.
"Teemo rides a thin line between chipper compatriot and unrepentant killer, but there's no one else I'd rather have as a friend."
As far as yordles are concerned, there is something slightly wrong with Teemo. While he enjoys - and in fact needs - the level of community and companionship inherent to all yordles, Teemo feels it so strongly that he ventures out on his own to destroy the enemies of Bandle City. There is something that switches off in Teemo, so that the lives he ends do not burden him. It seemed only logical to send him to fight in the League of Legends as the champion of Bandle City. He has taken to the League like a duck to water, seeking out the foes of the yordles and extinguishing them with the rare ajunta poison he personally gathers from the jungles of Kumungu. However, the limited company of his own kind wears on Teemo, and cracks are beginning to show in his innocent and chipper facade.
"Though he is known as the Swift Scout, it is clear that Teemo is actually something else - the unrepentant assassin of Bandle City."
Captain of the Bandle City Scouts, Teemo is the foremost defender of the yordle homeland. In addition to his duties as scout leader—which include planning the soap-box derby, teaching new recruits the scout’s pledge, and judging the yearly s’more-eating contest—Teemo is also responsible for the defense of Bandle City itself. In Teemo’s bestselling autobiography, Accuracy by Volume, the leader of the Bandle City Scouts expounds on yordle military tactics, such as blow-dart carpet bombing, and filling trebuchets with poison-tipped sewing needles.
Though he can often be found in the courtyard outside the practice arenas signing copies of his book, Teemo is really at the League of Legends for another reason. He has come, as the emissary for the entire yordle nation, to petition the Institute of War to start a new type of tournament. His proposition includes wood carving, rope bridge building, and campfire cooking to the list of approved forms of “combat” sanctioned inside the League. So far, he hasn’t had much luck.
(Passive) Grants increased movement speed until struck by a champion or turret. This bonus is restored 5 seconds after last being struck by a champion or turret.
(Active) For 3 seconds, Teemo gains double his passive movement speed and will not lose it regardless of whether he is hit or not. The passive is restored after the duration of the active.
Cost: 40 mana
Cooldown: 17 seconds
Passive Movement Speed: 10 / 14 / 18 / 22 / 26%
(Active) Teemo deals extra magic damage with his autoattacks. Additionally, his attacks will poison the target, dealing magic damage each second for 4 seconds. This poison will not stack but the duration will be refreshed with every subsequent attack.
Magic Damage on Hit: 10 / 20 / 30 / 40 / 50 (+30% of Ability Power)
Magic Damage per Second: 6 / 12 / 18 / 24 / 30 (+10% of Ability Power)
Total Magic Damage: 33 / 66 / 99 / 132 / 165 (+70% of Ability Power)
(Active) Uses a stored mushroom to toss a trap that detonates if an enemy steps on it, spreading poison to nearby enemies that slows Movement Speed by 30% and deals magic damage over 4 seconds.
Traps last 5 minutes and take 1 second to arm and stealth. If a thrown trap lands on another trap, it will bounce additional Teemos further before planting.
Teemo forages for a mushroom every once and a while, but is only big enough to carry 3 at once.
Alright. We know people are going to come into this section thinking ‘Why buff Teemo?’, but let’s be honest with ourselves. While Teemo’s always been a serviceable laner, the Swift Scout has been on the weaker side of the spectrum folong while. The root causes are many, but we’re targeting two: Teemo’s awkward mana usage, and his inability powerto set up the mushroom fields he’s known for.
Getting into specifics, Teemo players find themselves opting into sometimes ranking up Move Quick not because it’s particularly good, but so the costs of his other spells don’t go through the roof. Similarly, a Teemo that’s behind is pressured against laying traps due to their high cost and cooldown, making them lackluster when the enemy team’s already gaining control of the map. Releasing the mana pressures across Teemo’s kit allows him to spend more time thinking critically about when and where to use his abilities.
SHH : Entering stealth won’t interrupt autoattacks in wind-up
Q - Blinding Dart
COST : 70/80/90/100/110 mana⇒ 70/75/80/85/90 mana
R - Noxious Trap
COST : 75/100/125 mana⇒ 75 mana at all ranks
AMMO RECHARGE TIME : 34/28/22 seconds⇒ 30/25/20 seconds
v6.1 Attack damage up. R range increased. Passive stealths while moving in brush.
Another champion that's been struggling in 2016, Teemo's woes have not gone unnoticed. The prevalence of Farsight Totem has hurt his ability to play hide-and-seek with Camouflage, while losing out on the bonus attack damage from the old masteries means he's having a harder time in lane. Tuning these while adding a bit of range to Noxious Trap go a long way toward improving his strategic ability to scout - as well as feed into his natural prey of fighters and juggernauts.
While the below changes might look like a buff and a nerf to Camouflage, the double stealth mechanic wasn't necessary (as you will now be entering stealth the moment you walk in instead of needing to stop), so you take about the same time to stealth but can also stealth while running. Now that's sneaky.
Heads Up! Due to a mistake behind the scenes, only the tooltip for Noxious Trap’s cooldown was changed, not the actual value. As-is, only the arm time change will be in 5.20. We’ll have the CD fix in for the next patch. Sorry!
We’ll leave the Teemo jokes at the door; we recognize the scout’s not performing well after our last round of changes, so we’re stepping in to aid his swift recovery. The big idea for 5.15 was to broaden Teemo’s traps applications (trapplications?), allowing him the option to convert advantages from a solo lane to teamfights, but we drained too much power in the process. Administering a booster-shot to Noxious Trap’s arm-time and ammo count helps Teemo’s reliability across all phases of the game, no matter how you choose to terrorize your enemies.
R - Noxious Trap
ARM TIME : 1.5 seconds⇒ 1 second
COOLDOWN : 35/31/27 seconds per charge⇒ 34/28/22 seconds per charge
v5.16 R slow no longer decays, but enemies poisoned by traps are revealed.
We're still evaluating exactly how 5.15's update to our lord and savior is panning out, but we were already able to identify some places for improvement. It's been cool to see players utilize Noxious Trap's range flexibly for both teamfighting and minefields, but it's clear that Teemo’s traps have lost a lot of peeling power. Given that traps are now half their original duration, we think that there is room to return this safety so that even though Teemo's nest of ‘shrooms is smaller, each one is still an effective tool to be used for planning escape routes.
FIND THE TEEMO : Fixed a bug where displacing Teemo while in brush wouldn’t reveal him
R - Noxious Trap
REMOVED THAT DIDN'T LAST LONG : Reduction⇒ Noxious Trap’s slow no longer decays
NEW VENOMOUS VISION : Enemies poisoned by Noxious Trap are revealed for its duration
TOSSIN TUNE-UP : Teemo's visual effects for tossing and bouncing traps have been upgraded
=v5.15 Teemo’s trickier in brush, and his passive's attack speed now scales with level. R's traps last a shorter amount of time and take longer to arm, but can now be cast from further away and bounce on pre-existing traps.
We've finally done it. After years of slumber, the dark lord of League of Legends has returned. Despite his notoriety, Teemo's actually been on the less attractive side of viability for quite some time. Often seen as a niche 'anti-melee' top-laner or as an AP-focused map-control mage in the mid-lane, Teemo's always been around but never as powerful as the cries of his victims would have you believe.
No matter how you like to play your Swift Scout, we're focusing on delivering more to Teemo players looking to express their skill in more ways his teammates can appreciate. Teeto's applications in a 5v5 setting have always been questionable; the nature of his power is largely loaded into whether or not his opponents manage to step on a mushroom - something that became even more binary if your team wasn’t willing to utilize your minefields. Adding a couple of neat tricks to Camouflage and accessibility for tossing Noxious Traps while draining some of their more ambient sources of power - like duration - should empower Bandle City's Boogeyman to take a more proactive role in crushing the hopes and dreams of his enemies with a smile (bouncing Cottontail Teemo's eggs is seriously really cute).
"With this last bundle of champions, the "Mass" part of our Texture Rebalancing has been completed. That doesn't mean we'll never update a texture again - we'll continue to do so as opportunities arise - but this is the end of seeing these as a major patch note item. Thank you everyone for your continued feedback!"
"For those interested in final numbers, these ten installments have rebalanced around 311 skins across 62 champions over 7 months (we started back in patch 4.17)!"
Previously, Blinds would check your status when you began your attack. This meant that sometimes attacks that looked like they should have missed would land right on target. With this fix, you should feel a lot better about your tossing poisonous darts into the eyes of enemy marksmen."
Q - Blinding Dart
THAT'S GOTTA STING : Blind 'miss' window changed from on-attack declaration to on-attack launch (For reference, 'attack launch' is when the missile is created for ranged champions, and the moment before an attack hits for melee champions)
“Late game, Teemos stacking pure AP could pretty much opt out of fighting by laying deathshrooms everywhere and spamming the laugh button. If you’re ever close to losing it after dying to a shroom, just remember; millions of Teemos die each day .”