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Item was removed in Patch 5.22.
Avarice Blade
ItemSquareAvarice Blade.png
"Greed is Good"
UNIQUE - Avarice: Goldcurrency.png 3 per 10 seconds.
UNIQUE - Greed: Grants Goldcurrency.png 2 upon killing a unit.

Additional Information
Map AvailabilityALL
ItemSquareBrawler's Gloves.png + 400 Goldcurrency.png
Total Cost: 800 Goldcurrency.png
Sold For: 320 Goldcurrency.png
Builds Into
ItemSquareStatikk Shiv.png ItemSquareYoumuu's Ghostblade.png


  • Avarice Blade was the only gold-generating item without the Gold Income passive after the gold generation item change until Avarice Blade was removed, meaning it can be purchased alongside other gold per 10 items. However, only one Avarice Blade can generate gold at a time.
  • Avarice Blade generated enough money to pay for itself in 44 minutes and 26.4 seconds, assuming that zero unit kills are made.
  • Avarice Blade's tooltip stated the total gold earned with the item.
  • In the event of no missed last hits, Avarice Blade became gold efficient in 6 minutes and 55 seconds.


  • The item's description, "Greed is good", could be related to the Warcraft III cheat code for extra gold and lumber "greedisgood". Both instances are based on the quote by the fictional character Gordon Gekko in the American movie Wall Street.
  • The item's image appears to be that of
    Long Sword
    , with the addition of a golden glow.

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Patch History[]


on to the big heart of gold in the sky

Dearly beloved, friends, invocadores - we are gathered here today not to mourn the past, but to celebrate new strategies, new seasons, and new beginnings. While the items below, some of whom we've shared both victory and defeat, won't be moving on into that new age with us, we must remember them for who they were, letting them live on in our memories (even if we didn't let them into our inventories).

While not all of the below items were unsuccessful in the way you might expect, many were often restrictive, incomplete, or otherwise not very well supported, limiting design spaces for us to work. Others simply weren't worth the effort. We'll be covering some of the specifics below, but let's all take one last moment of silence before we commit them to the past. More important than providing us stats or building into other items - you built into our hearts.

Later, buddies.

On a more serious note, let's talk at-large about some items that might not be real threats to game balance (see: Sword of the Occult) but are still being removed. The answer is two-fold: design trust, and design clutter.

Design trust refers to an item sufficiently fulfilling its intended role. When a player sees X item, they should be able to trust that said item is cost-efficient and can fulfill its expectations. Some items in League just fall to the wayside (like Ohmwrecker. Every season.) and we try to cull the herd when possible (usually during preseason), but deliberately keeping an item undertuned so that it can remain fun but unbalanced is just not something we can uphold while still preserving a competitive game.

This leads to our next point about design clutter. Some items fulfill very niche roles in League and may not actually be undertuned to a very small subset of champions. In these cases we're careful to assess the individual impact of removing said item before taking action. You might have seen this with the removal of the Magus enchantment, where we had to think hard if jungle Fiddlesticks was truly going to be useless without his finely-tuned enchantment (we came to the conclusion of no). Niche items that tie themselves so closely to a champion's balance do end up skewing that champion to being dependent on the item to function, and can often ‘hide' real design problems that we can't get to.


  • Gold per 10 seconds increased to 3 from 2


  • Now builds into Youmuu's Ghostblade, Atma's Impaler, Executioner's Calling, and Statikk Shiv
  • Critical Strike Chance reduced from 12% to 10%
  • Unique Passive changed to "Avarice: Gain an additional 2 gold every 10 seconds"
  • Unique Passive added - "Greed: Gain an additional 2 gold every kill."
  • Cost increased from 750 (350) to 800 (400)


  • Now has a counter in its tooltip to indicate how much gold it has generated over the course of the game


  • The gold per 10 component is now unique to itself


  • Gold per 10 items no longer display a +x gold over the Champion although they are still granting the gold


  • Now sells back for 50% (down from 70%)


  • Combine cost increased from 300 to 350

July 10, 2009 Patch

  • Combine cost reduced from 350 to 300

May 9, 2009 Patch

  • Gold per 10 increased from 4 to 5

April 11, 2009 Patch

  • Cost increased from 350 to 375