We want to encourage honorable behavior that will continue over the long-term. Over time, your honor will decay (and your crests may disappear) if you do not continue to earn Honor throughout your games played on the Fields of Justice. We made Crests temporary because we didn't want players to be able to permanently unlock them and potentially turn to bad behavior. A player who is truly Honorable should never be in the 1.5% of players that are punished by the Tribunal. If you are banned or suspended by the Tribunal, you will lose all of your crests and will have to earn them again once your suspension is up.
As of February 8th, 2013, we reduced the threshold for unlocking the Great Teamwork, Leader and Mentor crests, making them slightly easier to obtain. At that time, some players were granted new crests, since they qualified under the new criteria.
We also increased the threshold required to unlock the Honorable Opponent crest, making it more difficult to earn. Players who did not meet this new criteria lost their Honorable Opponent crest, but can regain it by earning enough honor to meet the new requirement.
Will it be possible to choose which Crest (each color represents one of the four types of honor) will be shown during Champion select and the loading screen?
Currently it is not possible to select Crests; however, if you have multiple Crests it will show the one that was the most difficult to unlock.
What if I have earned more than one Crest? Will it be possible to display all Crests at the same time?
No, it will not be possible to display all Crests at once. We may re-visit this in the future. Please also note that, by design, only your opponents can see your Honorable Opponent Crest.
My friend has less honor than me but received a crest! Why don't I have one?
The number you see on your profile is actually the number of people that have honored you — not your honor value. Your honor value depends on what sort of players are granting you honor. Being honored by a player you've just met will have greater weight than being honored by a friend you play with all the time or that you have queued together with. Also, if you are being honored by players who grant honor very frequently, their honor will be less valuable than players who save their commendations for only those who are a shining example of the Summoner's Code.
Does honor transfer?
Honor does not transfer. Each server should be looked at as a unique culture/environment. Just because you have been honored in one does not necessarily mean you will be honored in another. If you play on more than one server, you will need to work to earn honor points on each server.
When should I honor someone?
Anytime a player has really gone above and beyond to make your experience better, we encourage you to award Honor. Just select the THUMBS_UP_ICON at the end-of-game screen and select the category that best describes their contribution to your game.
In which game modes can I receive Honor?
Currently, you can receive Honor in all matchmade games. Unfortunately, this does exclude Custom games, including those on the Proving Grounds.
Since Honor is supposed to be an unbiased reflection of your overall contribution to the community, we want to do everything possible to ensure your Honor comes from a random sampling of players like those found through matchmaking.
How much does my score increase each time I’m honored?
The amount of Honor you receive will depend on who honors you.
We designed Honor to reward you for being consistently awesome with a large number of players. As such, being honored by someone that you just met in a matchmade game will always award the most Honor.
Where can I see my Honor score?
Please note that the number you see on your profile is actually the number of people that have honored you - not your honor value. Your actual honor value depends on which players are giving you Honor. For example, some of the highest value Honor is received from strangers that play with you in matchmade games.
Can I run out of Honor to distribute?
Yes. While you’re stocked with a generous quantity of Honor to hand out, the number is limited based on the number of games you play.
If you’re truly using Honor to responsibly reward players who went out of their way to make your experience better, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll ever run out. Trading or spamming Honor, however, is likely to make the well run dry, and you may need to play more matches to accrue new Honor to give out.
What is the significance of my Honor total?
Your total Honor represents your ongoing commitment to making games better for your fellow summoners. It’s not a currency, and you can’t spend it – we’re going to experiment with some potential bonuses to being an honorable summoner in the future.
How are you planning to combat Honor trading?
You can only distribute Honor following a matchmade game, so it will not be possible to set up games specifically to trade Honor. We also have a lot of math in place to track down players who might be trading Honor. Those who abuse the system may find themselves subject to disciplinary action.
What do I do if I see people trading or selling Honor?
Please report them! For now, we’ll be accepting reports for Honor trading under the “Spamming” category.
What happens to my Honor if I get punished by the Tribunal?
Getting punished by the Tribunal will knock your Honor back down to zero. However you can still accrue new Honor once your punishment has expired.
If I have earned many Honor Points, but a Tribunal case is created around my in-game behavior, will I lose my Honor Points if I’m pardoned?
You will only lose honor points if you are found guilty by the Tribunal. Pardoned cases will not affect your honor.
Will non-Tribunal Suspensions/Bans result in the player losing honor? (LeaverBuster, Manual Bans etc.)
LeaverBuster Bans will not result in the loss of Honor; however, manual bans for toxic behaviors will reset your Honor.
For more information about the Honor system, please see the following forum posts: