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Dead men tell my tale.
~ Gangplank's catchphrase.
Neither the flames nor the depths could claim me.
~ Gangplank
Remember this, boy. Sometimes, even those who are loyal forget their place. Sometimes, it's necessary to remind them. Real power is all about how people see you. Look weak, even for a moment, and you're done.
~ Gangplank in Burning Tides: Act 1.

Gangplank, also known as the Saltwater Scourge, is a villainous playable character in the multiplayer online battle arena game League of Legends, the main antagonist of the Burning Tides lore event, and one of the two secondary antagonists (alongside Thresh) of the 2021 RPG Ruined King. He is the archenemy of Miss Fortune, having murdered her parents.

Once the uncrowned reaver king of the port city of Bilgewater, Gangplank's defeat at the hands of the bounty hunter Miss Fortune left his his status lost, his ship destroyed, his crew dead, and his body horrifically injured. But despite this, Gangplank himself survived. Outfitted with a new metal arm, Gangplank is determined to reclaim what he believes to be rightfully his, and seek revenge on all who have turned against him.

The 31st champion added to the game, he was released on August 19, 2009, and later reworked on July 22, 2015. He is most commonly played in the top lane.

He was voiced by Matthew Mercer, who also voices Anarky in Batman: Arkham OriginsKilrogg Deadeye in World of Warcraft: Warlords of DraenorDeadshot in Injustice 2, Maximus in Leo the Lion, and Kiritsugu Emiya in Fate/Zero.


I was cutting throats and sinking Noxian war galleys when you were still pissing your britches, boy. You don't want to take me on!
~ Gangplank


Once a lethal and mighty pirate king, Gangplank for some time ruled over Bilgewater's underground, gaining large wealth through stalking and looting throughout the Twelve Seas' trade routes. This lifestyle of course gave him his enemies from stealing what was theirs, with enemies such as Zed, Swain, and Miss Fortune. However, no one has yet brought the pirate king to justice, even with the large attempts to end his life. However, his forces were eventually crippled by Miss Fortune's trickery, causing his ship and crew to be lost and Gangplank himself to lose an arm. Ready to take back his glory after losing it, Gangplank joins as a ruthless, greedy enemy to be feared.


In the game, Gangplank takes the role of a specialist type character, with abilities revolving around his pistol, cutlass, and explosives. His passive ability, Trial by Fire, allows Gangplank to increase his next attack's power, increasing speed if the attack lands. Gangplank can also heal himself and clean crowd control with Remove Scurvy, fire a round that steals gold if the attack kills with Parrrley, set down explosive barrels with Power Keg, and fire a barrage of cannonfire and buff allies with Cannon Barrage.


I rarely forget, and never forgive.
~ Gangplank

Gangplank is a cruel pirate captain who maintains his power through fear alone. As such, he can be exceedingly brutal in his methods, even torturing members of his own crew should they step out of line. With bone-carving and mutilation, Gangplank also showcases an artistic side in his own sick and twisted way. In his quest to be feared, Gangplank often touts his own reputation to frighten people into submission. He often remarks at how many have tried (and failed) to kill him, and shows a remarkable resistance to pain when he orders a doctor to amputate his arm without a fuss.

Gangplank is shown to have little remorse for his cruel behavior, killing Sarah Fortune's parents without mercy before attempting to kill the young girl too. But when Miss Fortune got her revenge by destroying Gangplank's ship and reputation, Gangplank was furious due to his self-centered nature. The vengeful reaver king is not going away anytime soon, because now he is out for blood.





  • A tip in Legends of Runeterra reveals that Gangplank eats his oranges "sweet and salty" by dipping them in the ocean first.
    • Additionally, his splash art reveals he sometimes eats them without peeling first.
  • Gangplank's old ship was named the Dead Pool, which was destroyed by Miss Fortune in Burning Tides.
    • Gangplank also stole the warship Leviathan from Swain, though it is unknown if this is the same ship that appears in Legends of Runeterra.
  • His post-rework design may be a reference to John Silver in Treasure Planet.


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