In League of Legends, there are a number of effects which revive a champion upon death. The item Guardian Angel is the most well-known and widely used of these. I was wondering, however, whether its effect would come before or after other revive effects?

I have two examples.

First, Zilean's ultimate Chrono Shift will provide a champion with a Guardian Angel -like buff for a limited time. If a champion has this buff in addition to a Guardian Angel, which effect will happen first?

Second, Anivia's passive Rebirth allows her to come back to life if her egg is not destroyed after she is killed. If she has a Guardian Angel, will her passive be triggered before or after it? How does this compare to Zac's Cell Division and Aatrox's Blood Well?

It seems like in one case it is more beneficial to have Guardian Angel's precedence be greater, and in the other it is more beneficial to have it be less. In the first scenario, if the Guardian Angel was triggered first, then Zilean would have a good chance of simply wasting his ultimate. On the other hand, if it is triggered after these revival effects, then Anivia could not get the full benefit of her passive.

Is there a set order of precedence, or does each revival effect have their own unique "priority level" that is explicitly detailed for each ability?

  • Except that that question and answer doesn't even mention Guardian Angel, which is the focus of my question.
    – asteri
    Oct 1, 2012 at 18:11
  • Edited the question and added links of items/abilities, click any to have your question answered :) the lolwiki has this covered pretty well, anything not mentioned in the links will be covered in the question i linked above
    – Brian
    Oct 1, 2012 at 18:23
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    And what if you are already an egg (as anivia) and suddenly your GA get's off cooldown?
    – Sir Ksilem
    Aug 14, 2013 at 9:28

3 Answers 3


Although the links provided in the question answer it fully, just so we have an accurate answer on the site.

  1. Zilean's Chrono Shift ability. Caveats being:
    • Chrono Shift will not activate if the holder is killed by the Nexus Obelisk.
    • Chrono Shift will always take precedence over other revival abilities, like Guardian Angel and Rebirth.
  2. Guardian Angel item. Caveats being:
    • The passive does not activate when killed by the Nexus Obelisk.
    • Its passive will always activate before Rebirth, but after the Chrono Shift buff if the owner has it.
  3. 3a Aniva's Rebirth ability. Caveats being:
    • If Anivia is affected by Chrono Shift, Omen of Death and/or Guardian Angel, Chrono Shift will activate first, Guardian Angel second, and Rebirth will be third. Omen of Death will have last priority, granting Anivia the potential to survive up to four "deaths".
  4. 3b Zac's Cell Division passive.
    • Each bloblet is 12% of Zac's max health, has 50% of his armor/mr, and take 33% reduced ae damage.
    • Based on the bloblet's life on joining is the amount Zac will be at.(eg. if ones dead, another is at 50% and the other 2 are at 100%, Zac will revive at 30%).
    • Bloblet's are treated as minions in terms of abilities like consume and smite.
  5. 3c Aatrox's Blood Well passive.
    • The amount of health returned is equal to the amount in the blood well + (10.5 + 15.75*lvl).
    • Affected by passive of Spirit Visage.
  6. Yorick's Omen of Death ability. Caveats being:
    • Omen of Death has the lowest priority in terms of revival because it does not resurrect the champion, only revives them temporarily. This means that if an ally were to die while under the effects of Zilean's Chrono Shift or Guardian Angel as well as Omen of Death, the champion would be affected by the one that prevents death.
    • In Dominion, during the reincarnation of Omen of Death, Yorick or the champion brought back can not capture a point or stabilize a point to stop it from firing at an ally.
    • During the reincarnation of Omen of Death, you cannot use any summoner spells.

Other notes: Although not considered a revive ability, Mordekaiser's Children of the Grave ability has lowest priority. In most cases, the debuff is cleared by the original death if the person is revived. When Aniva's ghost is revived by this ability, it may enter the egg state, but this will not affect the actual Aniva's ability cooldown.


Since the Patch V1.0.0.113 revive effects trigger in this order:

This means if you would die as a Tryndamere with Guardian Angel and your Ultimate is available, your ultimate would trigger first - goes on cooldown, gives you fury and GAs passive is still available. This means if you get the Chrono Shift Buff at the right moment (when Undying Rage ends) Tryndamere could technically drop to zero health 3 times before a kill is awarded.

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    If you want to be technical, Tryndamere isn't a revive ability, it is a immune to dying
    – Brian
    Oct 1, 2012 at 18:25

Tested this with a buddy a while ago as Anivia and Zillean:

The order of which i got revived: Chronoshift -> Egg -> Guardian Angel

Still unsure whether or not Any of those can revive anivia while in egg form tho xD

  • Your answer raises an interesting question...(about the egg)
    – SaadBen
    Apr 17, 2013 at 13:55

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