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Experience boosts (XP boosts) are a great way to get ahead of your friends and foes in League of Legends, but what will that boost do for you?
How much will it cost you, and how do you activate it once you have purchased it?
In this quick guide for new players, I’ll explain how an XP boost works, the kinds of boosts you can get, the amount of time they last, and much more.
What Does the XP Boost Do For You?
So, what exactly do XP boosts accomplish for you, and why do you need them?
An XP boost is a consumable item that’ll boost the amount of summoner experience points for a limited time.
You buy them using Riot Points (RP), which you can purchase from the Riot Store.
Tip: If you’re confused about the two types of in-game currencies, i.e., Riot Points vs. Blue Essence, I recommend you read this article.
The two types of XP Boosts.
In League of Legends, two types of XP boosts are available for purchase: duration and wins.
Both types of boosts increase the amount of XP you get after a game, but there is a difference in how long each boost lasts.
Duration-based boosts double the amount of experience points after EACH game for a certain period, with the smallest duration boosts lasting for one day.
Win-based boosts add a flat amount of 216 XP to your base XP for a certain amount of wins, with the smallest win XP boost being for three wins.
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What type of experience buff should you choose?
The type of XP boosts you choose should depend on your playing style.
The duration-based XP buffs are a good choice if you log in to play each following day after the initial purchase. Because it works as a “day boost,” you’ll get rewarded for playing each day.
This makes the duration boost the best value option in the long run.
The only drawback of this boost is that if you can’t find the time to log in, you’ll still pay for the days you don’t use.
If you’ve purchased a 7-day boost for 1020 RP but can only find time for a couple of matches that week, you’ll have paid a lot for a small amount of extra XP.
On the other hand, the Win XP boosters will stay active until you win the number of wins you’ve paid for. So you can play whenever you have the time.
But Win boosts will cost you more for the extra skill points in the long run.
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So does XP boosts stack in LoL?
Okay, so you’re loaded with RP, and now your thinking about buying both the duration boost and the win boost. After all, you want to get ahead of your friends.
But XP boosts stack?
Yes, XP boosts stack in LoL! If you have both the duration and win boosts active, you get the double XP boost from the Duration boost and the extra 216 XP for each win from the Win boost!
How to purchase an XP Boost
Now that you know the different XP boosts available and what they do, how much will each boost cost?
Check out the list below to see how long each boost lasts, and the necessary amount of RP needed to buy them:
Duration XP Boost levels:
- 1 day: 290 RP
- 3 days: 520 RP
- 7 days: 1020 RP
- 14 days: 1846 RP
- 30 days: 3490 RP
Win XP Boost levels:
- 3 wins: 290 RP
- 5 wins: 390 RP
- 10 wins: 670 RP
- 15 wins: 990 RP
- 25 wins: 1590 RP
- 40 wins: 2240 RP
If you are unsure how to purchase XP boosts in League of Legends, check out the quick step-by-step guide below!
How to Purchase XP Boosts:
- Navigate to the Store Tab in the game client.
- Locate the “Accessories” Tab and click on it.
- In the left navigation bar, select the Boosts option from the list of options.
- Choose the boost you would like to purchase.
- Complete the transaction.
- Your boost is now active!
Activating the Boost After Purchase
Now that you have purchased your XP boost, it is time to activate it so you can enjoy the benefits.
Luckily, Riot Games makes the process easy, and that is because both duration and win boosts are activated as soon as you make the purchase.
All you have to do is start playing games and making the most of the boost.
But what if you don’t purchase the boost and instead get XP bonuses through capsules?
Well, in that case, when you open the capsule, the XP boost will be activated automatically, just like if you had purchased it yourself.
Now you know how to purchase and activate XP boosts in League of Legends, which will go a long way in speeding up the leveling process.
If you use the available boosts wisely – fx using stacking, you’ll quickly increase your summoner level from the extra points.
If you enjoyed this article and found it helpful, check out some of my other articles, like this one, on the fastest way to level up in League of Legends.
Until next time, happy gaming!
Can You Get XP Boosts Without Purchase?
Yes, you can get free XP boosts without purchasing them, primarily through Prime Gaming capsules and other capsules received as rewards in-game.
There is currently no way to be gifted additional bonus XP, though RP can be gifted, which can then be used to purchase an XP boost.
What Type of Boost Should I Get?
That depends entirely on whether you are a grinder or only play a few games every so often.
If you are a grinder seeking to level up your character quickly, you should go with a duration boost, as you can have the boost on for all the games you play.
If you only play a few games at a time, though, on the other hand, then you should purchase the wins boost because then you do not have to worry about wasting the boost you spent your precious RP on.
I Don’t Have Enough RP. What Do I Do?
You have several options if you do not have enough RP to purchase a boost. First, purchase RP using real money from the Riot Games store and use that to get an XP boost. You can also hope you get a capsule by playing or via Prime Gaming with a boost, or you can ask a friend to gift you RP.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jan has played video games since the early 1980s. He loves getting immersed in video games as a way to take his mind off stuff when the outside world gets too scary. A lifelong gamer, the big interest led to a job as a lecturer on game sound at the University of Copenhagen and several written articles on video games for magazines.