When Will the Blue Essence Emporium Return in League of Legends?

Sadakshi Kalyan Ramun
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<div class="paragraphs"><p>League of Legends Blue Essence Emporium went on a hiatus after LoL Patch 12.12 </p></div>
League of Legends Blue Essence Emporium went on a hiatus after LoL Patch 12.12


The last time players were treated to the Blue Essence Emporium was in 2022 in LoL Patch 12.12.
While Riot Games said it will go into a hiatus after that, players are starting to wonder when it will be back given that it has been over eight months.

Update: Riot Games gives tentative return date for Blue Essence Emporium

On 17th March, via a Dev Update, Riot Games finally addressed the return of the Blue Essence Emporium in League of Legends. The company said it is aiming to bring back Blue Essence Emporium mid-year with tech improvements.

In the latest Dev Update video talking about the Emporium, Riot Games developer Jeremy “Brightmoon” Lee said, "We've revamped the tech that supports it, and we're aiming to bring it back this summer. That's not a guaranteed timeline but it's looking very likely."

He noted that the new version will pretty much look the same to players but it's going to function a lot differently under the hood so that they can make cool changes to it in the future.

[The original article from 6th March continues below]

The Blue Essence Emporium in League of Legends was a sale that occurred twice a year in the game and it was introduced at the start of pre-season eight by Riot Games. The last time League of Legends players were treated to the Blue Essence Emporium was in 2022 in LoL Patch 12.12 between 28th June and 12th July. Players could buy their favorite chromas for their skin collection and also purchase emotes, ward skins, icons, and more using their Blue Essence balance. The URFWick skin was also available for sale at the cost of 150 Thousand Blue Essence. However, after that Blue Essence Emporium Riot Games made it clear that the limited-time store would go offline while it rebuilds it.

Riot Games said in 2022, “After this run, the Essence Emporium is going on hiatus while we rebuild it. The Emporium is built, tested, and shipped in a... not so great way that takes astronomically more work than any reasonable person would fathom.

Since it was the last time the community heard about the Blue Essence Emporium, League of Legends players have been asking the publisher when it will be back or if there are any updates regarding the store. 

Here’s all we know about the return of Blue Essence Emporium in League of Legends.

What’s the latest update about the Blue Essence Emporium?

On the League of Legends subreddit, one user named AiPyro posted, “Hey I have 999K Blue Essence and idk what to do with themand shared a screenshot of their message to Riot Support. In the reply, the Riot Games support person noted that Blue Essence gets capped at 999K and that players cannot earn beyond that number. The support even suggested that the player spend some of it in-game so that they are eligible to earn more again.

AiPyro wrote back asking if there was any award or reward for achieving the 999K Blue Essence since Riot Games acknowledged that they were the first and only person to reach out to the company with this accomplishment. AiPyro even added that they have bought the URFWick skin, suggesting that there really is nothing else to spend their Blue Essence on.

One of the Redditors commented on the post, “Change your summoner's name 71 times,” referring to the amount of Blue Essence it takes to change one’s in-game name.

Interestingly, Riot Games developer GalaxySmash also commented on the post, stating that the actual amount of Blue Essence goes beyond 999K, and only the display is capped at that number. 

One user further asked, “Hi GalaxySmash, any update on the emporium? I feel like it's one of the only big things that hasn't been addressed yet.” Replying to this, Riot GalaxySmash said, “No update [on the Blue Essence Emporium] but it has not been forgotten.

Notably, it has been eight months since the store last appeared in the clients, and from the looks of it, it might take a tad bit longer to return to the game.

Blue Essence is one of the primary currencies to unlock League of Legends content apart from Riot Points (RP). Blue Essence can be obtained by leveling up, completing missions, disenchanting champion shards, or opening Champion Capsules that one receives for leveling up.

Blue Essence is used for purchasing champions, hextech crafting mystery champion shards, additional rune pages, upgrading champion mastery to level six or seven, and changing summoner names.

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Sadakshi has been a gamer throughout her life and has followed League of Legends since Season 3, immediately falling in love with the esports scene. Bringing in her print journalism experience, she focuses on content that is both informative and innovative. While her heart still remains with League, her love for competition has pushed her to explore other titles such as Valorant and Apex Legends.