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I started playing League of Legends recently, and I was thinking of buying one of the champions with the IP I have so far (a bit more than 3k).

My questions is: do the prices of champions change? If so, when?

I notice that some sell for 6k while Ashe - for instance - sells for around 500. Should I just buy all the low-price ones and wait until the expensive ones get cheaper, or should I save up until I get one of the better champions?

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Do not be impatient. Try all champions during free week rotations and when you are really sure invest the IP on them. –  Drake Jan 19 '11 at 23:57
    
Very recently, three champions went down in IP price permanently. Something like this, if it ever happens again, will probably be even rarer than champs going on RP sales. –  echoblaze May 8 '11 at 19:22

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While champions do sometimes get put on sale, the IP prices are not lowered, only the Riot Point costs are.

Do note, however, that in addition to a, perhaps quite lengthy, wait for the champion you're looking for, you will also have to pay real money (in Riot Points) to even take advantage of it.

The mechanic Riot has introduced for reducing champion IP costs over time is as follows:

  • Champions are released costing 7800 IP. After one week, this is reduced to 6300.
  • With each new champion released, the oldest 6300 IP champion is reduced in cost to 4800.
  • Every third champion release will also mark the reduction ofan older champion by one price tier (4800 -> 3150, or 3150 -> 1350).

Riot releases the schedule of which champions are up for price reduction in advance, so there should be few surprises on that front (though now that their time between champ releases has doubled, it'll be much longer between price reductions).

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As an update, Riot has recently lowered the IP prices on a few champions. It's still a very rare occurrence. –  Toast Oct 7 '11 at 21:03
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Here is the post about it : na.leagueoflegends.com/news/champion-pricing-reduction-plan –  Dalshim Oct 17 '11 at 18:36
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This is no longer true. –  Aeronth Jun 25 '13 at 14:45
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@Aeronth It's also 2 years old. ;) I'll update it. –  Raven Dreamer Jun 25 '13 at 14:54

Champions do get cheaper. Here is how the system works:

  • When a champion is new it is 7800 IP.
  • After one week it is reduced to 6300.
  • After a new champion the oldest champion that was 6300 IP gets reduced to 4800.
  • Then after each third release an already 4800 IP champ or lower gets reduced to another tier. (3150, 1350, or 450 IP)
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This is how it works now, it has been changed a few months ago I think. –  Lyrion Jun 25 '13 at 14:15

IP prices of champions do not change. Their RP cost may go on sale at times.

If you are looking for ways to get champions on the cheap, I reccommend grabbing the bundles. For what you pay, you get a lot of champions for what would normally take you a long time to gather the IP for or cost a lot of money individually to buy. This would still cost real money for you though.

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