LoL 2023 Zed Skins To Best Portray As The Master of Shadows

Fahim Shahriar
By Fahim Shahriar
13 Min Read
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Being one of the most popular champions in the game, Zed has a bunch of skins at his disposal. Let’s take a closer look at them.

Zed, The Master of Shadows, released in 2012, is one of League of Legends‘ most iconic assassins. Hailing from the region of Ionia, Zed is an absolutely vicious and brutal head of the Order of Shadow, an organization he founded to militarize Ionia’s magical and martial traditions to drive off Noxian invaders.

In-game Zed is an AD assassin who excels at small skirmishes and picking off priority targets. He is also a very mobile champion with the ability to blink and become untargetable with his ultimate ability, Death Mark. He is also a highly adaptable champion in terms of roles since he can be played in both the mid-lane and the jungle.

Having said that, Zed is presently in a very good state. So now is a great time to play him in Soloqueue and get some LP.

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How Many Zed Skins Are There in 2023?

As of writing this article, Zed currently has Eleven Skins in total.

Before we go into more detail about Zed’s skins, let’s first organize all of Zed’s skins using Riot’s skin tier system to understand their values better.

  • Timeworn or Classic (520 RP): 0
  • Budget or Deluxe (750 RP): 1 (SKT T1 Zed)
  • Standard or Superior (975 RP): 2 (Shockblade Zed, Championship Zed)
  • Epic (1350 RP): 4 (PROJECT: Zed, PsyOps Zed, Empyrean Zed, Death Sworn Zed, Immortal Journey Zed)
  • Legendary (1820 RP): 2 (Debonair Zed, Galaxy Slayer Zed)
  • Mythic (Special): 1 (Prestige PROJECT: Zed)
  • Ultimate (3250/2775 RP): 0

Best Zed Skins

Now that we better understand the skins, we’ll rank each of the Zed skins released in League of Legends thus far.

We will rate them by putting them from worst to best.

10. SKT T1 Zed

SKT T1 Zed
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  • Release Date: May 4th, 2014
  • Price: 750 RP
  • Chroma: 0

SKT T1 Zed is undoubtedly one of the worst worlds-themed skins ever created, as well as the worst Zed skin. The SKT T1 Zed skin includes no additional effects, a model that is inferior to the standard Zed model, and no new recall animation.

We strongly advise against purchasing the skin.

9. Shockblade Zed

Shockblade Zed
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  • Release Date: November 13th, 2012
  • Price: 975 RP
  • Chroma: 6

Shockblade Zed currently has Six chromas, and each chroma costs 290RP.

Shockblade Zed Chroma
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Before we dive deeper into the skin, let us look at the skin’s features first.

  • New Model
  • New Animations
  • New Sound Effects
  • New Visual Effects

For a skin released back in 2012, Shockblade Zed looks and feels surprisingly decent. It has some good visual and sound effects, but there are better Zed skins available. Aside from that, there isn’t much to say about this skin.

8. Death Sworn Zed

Death Sworn Zed
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  • Release Date: October 25th, 2017
  • Price: 1350 RP
  • Chroma: 0

Before we dive deeper into the skin, let us look at the skin’s features first.

  • New Model
  • New Animations
  • New Recall Animation
  • New Sound Effects
  • New Visual Effects

In terms of the splash art and model work, Death Sworn Zed is a pretty cool-looking skin. However, the skin has several issues with animation. First and foremost, his skin substitutes Zed’s famous shurikens with swords, while his mask feels less like Zed’s mask and more like Mordekaiser’s helmet. As a result, Death Sworn Zed ranks so low on the list.

7. PROJECT: Zed

PROJECT: Zed
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  • Release Date: September 7th, 2015
  • Price: 1350 RP
  • Chroma: 1

PROJECT: Zed currently has a single chroma called Reckoning, a limited-time chroma.

PROJECT: Zed Chroma
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Before we dive deeper into the skin, let us look at the skin’s features first.

  • New Model
  • New Animations
  • New Recall Animation
  • New Sound Effects
  • New Visual Effects
  • Voice Filter

PROJECT: Zed was one of the first PROJECT skins to be released in League of Legends. It was also one of the best skins for Zed, but with newer and better skins arriving, PROJECT: Zed kind of fell off.

Having said that, PROJECT: Zed is still a solid skin.

6. PsyOps Zed

PsyOps Zed
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  • Release Date: September 17th, 2020
  • Price: 1350 RP
  • Chroma: 8

PsyOps Zed currently has Eight chromas, and each chroma costs 290RP. The Ruby version of the PsyOps Zed chroma can be obtained by purchasing the PsyOps Zed chroma bundle. The Hunter version of the PsyOps Zed is a Limited-time chroma.

PsyOps Zed Chroma 1
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PsyOps Zed Chroma 2
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Before we dive deeper into the skin, let us look at the skin’s features first.

  • New Model
  • New Animations
  • New Recall Animation
  • New Sound Effects
  • New Visual Effects
  • Voice Filter

PsyOps Zed is a very solid-looking skin, but PsyOps Zed falls into the same problem that Death Sworn Zed does. The skin changes way too much about Zed. Furthermore, PsyOps Zed resembles Master Yi rather than Zed.

5. Prestige PROJECT: Zed

Prestige PROJECT: Zed
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  • Release Date: June 24th, 2021
  • Price: 975 RP
  • Chroma: Special Pricing

Before we dive deeper into the skin, let us look at the skin’s features first.

  • New Model
  • New Animations
  • New Recall Animation
  • New Sound Effects
  • New Visual Effects
  • Voice Filter

Given the popularity of PROJECT: ZED, it’s no wonder Riot produced a Prestige edition of the game. The skin has a golden and white model instead of the base model’s typical black and red model. It also has updated animations and effects.

5. Immortal Journey Zed

Immortal Journey Zed
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  • Release Date: August 16th, 2023
  • Price: 1350 RP
  • Chroma: 8

Immortal Journey Zed currently has Eight chromas, and each chroma costs 290RP. The Ruby version of the Immortal Journey Zed chroma can be obtained by purchasing the Immortal Journey Zed chroma bundle.

Immortal Journey Zed Chroma 1
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Immortal Journey Zed Chroma 2
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Before we dive deeper into the skin, let us look at the skin’s features first.

  • New Model
  • New Animations
  • New Recall Animation
  • New Sound Effects
  • New Visual Effects

Immortal Journey Zed is the newst skin added to Zed’s skin collection. Visually Immortal Journey Zed is pretty distinct from other Zed skins and its effects are pretty decent.

Overall, its a pretty decent skin.

4. Debonair Zed

Debonair Zed
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  • Release Date: December 9th, 2021
  • Price: 1350 RP
  • Chroma: 6

Before we dive deeper into the skin, let us look at the skin’s features first.

Debonair Zed currently has Six chromas, and each chroma costs 290RP. The Ruby version of the Debonair Zed chroma can be obtained by purchasing the Debonair Zed chroma bundle. The Cerulean Club version of the Debonair Zed is a Limited-time chroma.

Debonair Zed Chroma
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  • New Model
  • New Animations
  • New Recall Animation
  • New Sound Effects
  • New Visual Effects
  • New Voice
  • Voice Filter

Debonair Zed is one of the most appealing Zed skins. The skin puts on an immaculate white suit and a cold voice to match. When you go to the base, the skin also rolls out a crimson carpet for you. Furthermore, the skin has a JoJo reference in his voice lines, which is pretty awesome.

3. Championship Zed

Championship Zed
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  • Release Date: September 25th, 2016
  • Price: 975 RP
  • Chroma: 1

Championship Zed has a single limited-time chroma.

Championship Zed Chroma
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Before we dive deeper into the skin, let us look at the skin’s features first.

  • New Model
  • New Animations
  • New Recall Animation
  • New Sound Effects
  • New Visual Effects

Championship Zed is most likely one of Riot’s greatest Championship skins. It has great VFX/SFX, recall animation, and other aspects, and it just costs 975 RP. On the other hand, the skin has just one chroma, which is a disadvantage. Aside from that, it is a fantastic skin.

2. Empyrean Zed

Empyrean Zed
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  • Release Date: November 3rd, 2022
  • Price: 1350 RP
  • Chroma: 9

Empyrean Zed currently has Nine chromas, and each chroma costs 290RP. The Ruby version of the Empyrean Zed chroma can be obtained by purchasing the Empyrean Zed chroma bundle. The Neon Flare version of the Empyrean Zed is a Limited-time chroma.

Empyrean Zed Chroma 1
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Empyrean Zed Chroma 2
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Before we dive deeper into the skin, let us look at the skin’s features first.

  • New Model
  • New Animations
  • New Recall Animation
  • New Sound Effects
  • New Visual Effects

Empyrean Zed is one of the most impressive skins in Zed’s skin collection. The skin has unique effects, incredible models and animations, and excellent recall animation. It also contains some nice chromas.

Overall, the best Zed skin for Zed if you are only counting Epic skins.

1. Galaxy Slayer Zed

Galaxy Slayer Zed
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  • Release Date: April 18th, 2019
  • Price: 1850 RP
  • Chroma: 7

Galaxy Slayer Zed currently has Seven chromas, and each chroma costs 290RP. The Ruby version of the Galaxy Slayer Zed chroma can be obtained by purchasing the Galaxy Slayer Zed chroma bundle. The Merc version of the Galaxy Slayer Zed is a Limited-time chroma. Galaxy Slayer Zed also has a Mythic Chroma.

Galaxy Slayer Zed Chroma
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Before we dive deeper into the skin, let us look at the skin’s features first.

  • New Model
  • New Animations
  • New Recall Animation
  • New Sound Effects
  • New Visual Effects
  • New Voice
  • Voice Filter

Zed’s finest skin is undoubtedly Galaxy Slayer Zed. It’s an iconic skin with a new voice, model animation, and effects. The skin also includes some really great emotes. The skin also makes a homage to the classic Faker versus Ryuu outplay moment.

Galaxy Slayer Zed is the greatest Zed skin you can get for Zed, and it is well worth the money.

All Zed Skins in League of Legends

Now that we have some idea about all the skins, let’s list all of Zed’s skins from best to worst for a brief overview.

  1. Galaxy Slayer Zed
  2. Empyrean Zed
  3. Championship Zed
  4. Debonair Zed
  5. Prestige PROJECT: Zed
  6. PsyOps Zed
  7. PROJECT: Zed
  8. Death Sworn Zed
  9. Shockblade Zed
  10. SKT T1 Zed

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Shahriar is a League of Legends writer at GameRiv. He enjoys playing Video Games, watching Anime, and browsing the internet for outdated memes.