[Guide] What is Lifesteal in Legends of Runeterra?

Nov 22, 2019


There are many cards in Legends of Runeterra, and each have their own stats and effects to make them unique. It can be overwhelming, especially if you’re new to the card game genre, to learn all these effects. That’s why we’re dissecting all the keywords in a series of guides. In this one we’re taking a look at Lifesteal.


Lifesteal is among the most—if not the most—defensive mechanics in Legends of Runeterra. If your unit has Lifesteal, the damage it deals to any enemy is directly restored as health to your Nexus. It’s a way to stall when the enemy is on the offense, and once you’ve fended that off, climb back up to a more comfortable health total. If you have any buffs to raise a unit’s attack power, using them on a unit with Lifesteal is a great investment.


If you want to prevent your opponent from healing too much off the back of their Lifesteal units, allocating all damage to be directed to them may be a good option. Alternatives are to give your unit Barrier if it’s being attacked by an enemy Lifesteal unit—if no damage is done, no life is restored. Below are a few examples of cards with the Lifesteal keyword.


Over in the Shadow Isles region, the most expensive unit with Lifesteal is found. Soulgorger may look very unimpressive, with his three attack power and seven health at the cost of six mana. But in dire need, he can tank two enemy attacks most of the time, while restoring six health to your Nexus.


If including a unit with Lifesteal isn’t your jam, but instead you want to play big units and then grant them Lifesteal, Spirit’s Refuge is the card for you. The Ionian spell can be cast immediately, without interference of the opponent. By not only giving your unit Lifesteal but also a Barrier, it’s almost guaranteed that your ally survives. It’s a double-defensive measure.


Images via Riot Games.

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