[Guide] What is Barrier in Legends of Runeterra?


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 Barrier.


Barrier is a protective veil for your units. Whereas normally incoming damage is directly subtracted from a unit’s health, Barrier intervenes. It protects the unit once, for an unlimited amount of damage. You could build a Fluft of Poros with fifty attack power, but a unit with Barrier will not feel anything the first time. 


If you’re playing against a unit with Barrier it’s best to try break it with as little damage as possible. Once the Barrier has been damaged by any amount of damage it disappears, and the unit behind it becomes vulnerable like any other unit. Try to commit your high attack values to enemies that are vulnerable immediately, and return to the unit with Barrier once its shield has been removed. Some examples of cards that work with the Barrier keyword can be found below.


A simple Barrier card in Legends of Runeterra is Brightsteel Protector, a card from Demacia. Although the card itself doesn’t have Barrier, it gives it to any ally in play to support them before they head into combat. It’s also a great way of protecting an ally when you’re on the defense; if you want to protect one of your units against, for example, an enemy card with Challenger, Brightsteel Protector is a perfect card to do so.


Another Demacian card, Brightsteel Formation, steps up the Barrier game significantly. The card itself boasts the keyword and, with nine attack power, can deliver a devastating blow without taking damage itself. But that’s not all: Brightsteel Formation takes all allies with it. Upon being played, all other allies in play receive Barrier. From then onward, every time you drag Brightsteel Formation into the offense, your allies receive a Barrier again.


Not only cards from Demacia have Barrier though. An example of applying a Barrier to other cards is Stand United, the six mana Burst spell from Ionia. Not only does it provide two units with the shield, it also swaps the units it has given Barrier to. This asks for more advanced positioning on the board to be used optimally. Stand United can also be added to your deck by including multiple Shens—it’s the ninja’s Champion Spell.


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