Braum Q&A - Art & Sound [Completed]

**Alright everyone, we're heading out for the day. Thanks for taking the time to speak with us!** Hey all! We’re the team behind Braum’s art and sounds, and we’ll be around for the next couple of hours to answer your moustachiest questions about the Heart of the Freljord. If your query leans more to [**gameplay**](http://community.na.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/champions-skins/4iUzAEEA-braum-qa-gameplay) or [**creative**](http://community.na.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/champions-skins/BkKZUcUt-braum-qa-creative-release-campaign), check out those discussions by clicking the handy links you just read. Otherwise, ask away below! -Art maestros and licensed soundologists --- If you would like to learn more about Braum: http://na.leagueoflegends.com/sites/default/files/styles/wide_small/public/upload/b-splash.jpg?itok=5aVVOKTh [Braum, the Heart of the Freljord, revealed](http://na.leagueoflegends.com/en/news/champions-skins/champion-reveal/braum-heart-freljord-revealed) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dvYxkyQFZU [Trials of the Poro](http://na.leagueoflegends.com/en/news/champions-skins/champion-preview/trials-poro)
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What were the inspirations behind Braum's look? There appears to be a heavy influence from a certain animation series from Japan.
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Braum's look had many influences from different popular archetypes ranging from movies, games and anime. We really wanted to hit the strong man, yet jovial thematic, while giving him a look that was unique to league.
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Why did you not give him Bag pipes of awesome? Hes scottish, i prayed that you would make his Dance him pull out a Bagpipe (like Yasuo pulls out a flute), and just PLAYYY that BEAUTIFUL SOUND. DAT GOD GRACIOUS BEAUTIFUL BAG PIPE SOUND. Please make a Skin in the Future (could be octobefest) where he Pulls out a Bagpipe and just plays it indefinitely. Have different tunes. HES SCOTTISH DAMMIT! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39-UQ1Urvo4 I see Braum and it brings back Childhood memories of the Scotsman From Samurai Jack, playing his damn, beautiful Bagpipes.... and kicking asss
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LOL.. This is awesome idea~!!! :) sorry we didn't think about that earlier :P
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/:D this one is to good.
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Is Braum the new support?
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Yes he is the new support, hope you guys like it :)
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How long did it take to go from designing him in idea and sketches to the finished product? Was he based on any community suggestions? :)
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Braum took a fair amount of time to get him where he needed to be thematically. He actually started off as a female support character. As time went on, we always make time to listen to our player, we knew that we needed another male support. So it was decided, to change gears and make the most manly support in league! Of course this meant he had to have a mustache and muscles to spare.
Thales (NA)
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Braum's VO is incredibly rich and expansive, a step up from anything we've seen yet, including legendary and ultimate skins. Can we expect to see this level of care and sheer amount of content for future champion releases and visual updates?
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Yes.. We will always try to add more contents and new stuffs for future champions. (Aniamtion, VFX, model and sound)
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I can try to shed some light on this, hopefully a sound guy can chime in too. We wanted to explore Extended V.O on Braum, to ulitzlze more of his personality. He became our first champion to plunge into see what was possible with item purchases, events, etc. There is a lot of problems that can arise when adding new features such as sound extensions for V.O events. So we started slowly and continued to find new ways to explore for future content. I think the team did a great job taking that first step to bringing a deeper overall experience to Braum.
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Seeing his abilities, I just can't help but think of how awesome it would be if you guys made a skin based on Captain America!
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lol. Awesome skin idea~~ thx :)
Is there a reson his unbreakable shield has a horn broken off of the ram? Aside from that I think he looks awesome!
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Yes I can see how that may be a little confusing. It was designed that way for interest and to help break the silhouette of the shield from game height. It adds a nice story telling element that helps provide visual interest. We also thought it gave a little story, how did it break off if was supposedly unbreakable?
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If Braum was to get another skin what direction would riots design team head with?Can you think of anything you know you want to see him come out with?
RiotLamz (NA)
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I vote for wrestler Braum! just like hollywood Hogan but he would carry a half smashed table instead of shield :)
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Braum takes a lot of references from pro wrestling, look at his arm band, looks kinda familiar to the old days of pro wrestling.?
lorewise (NA)
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One of my favorite authors is Nietzsche. Any chance we will see a skin based on one of the West's most influential philosophers? Was Braum's appearance in any way inspired by him?
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Man I thought this skin was well on its way already! Gentleman Braum fits his personality so well!
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I am curious how he would look in a suit myself? *(how would he fit?)* but what to do with the make of his shield? Any thoughts? Either way I think it is a good idea!
iPaulos (EUNE)
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I really love how Braum looks. Great job on him :) I have one question. Does movement animation with Poro strolling on Braum's shield have any special condition to occur or it's random? If it's random, frequency seems a bit to low.
RiotLamz (NA)
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The little easter egg that we had to remove, it ended up effecting gameplay and if Braum is ever used in the LCS this could be a serious distraction :( It was set to be random and only occurred like once every 1000 clicks.
I have One Question who was the artist that made that beautiful mustache?
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Many talented artists worked on Braum. and it is Brave Ray who did the awesome concept art, and it was Lee Strauss who made the beautiful model and texture of Braum in game. :)
Rholfgar (NA)
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Here are a couple skin ideas for you... War of the Northern Front Braum, basically dressed up like a Cossack. Swedish Massage Braum, Yup...Braum in nothing but a towel, swinging a massage table around. Gentleman Braum, which I believe has already been mentioned. Strongman Braum, your classic carnival/circus favorite. How about a WWII themed fighter pilot entitled "Braums Away"? Have him use a wing tip or a bomb for a shield. Soooo.......yeah, I was bored lol.
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lol. i am saving these ideas for later skin ideation meeting :)
Lunaeris (NA)
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> lol. i am saving this ideas for later skin ideation meeting :) "these not this" :< Rito wai no spell :(
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lol edited!!
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Great job you did on Braum, art team! ;D
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Thank you :) hope you guys enjoy playing him :)
Xallan (NA)
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Is it true that The Bravo Ray was the model for Braum?
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LOL this is awesome.!!!
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> Is it true that The Bravo Ray was the model for Braum? Uhmmm... /:P We took a lot inspirations from multiple sources to get the final look for the big guy.
Griftrix (NA)
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This is 100% true.
PlazmaTV (EUNE)
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Will he have any special things with the poros? like taunt or something? :)
RiotLamz (NA)
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The joke animations have poros in them!
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Do Braum's tattoos symbolize something? Or are they battle scars of some sort?
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The band tattoos are there for visual interest. One goal of ours was to make sure he would fit in his faction thematically. So we made the art to help tie him in together with the rest of the design language of the Freljord.
Zorg655 (NA)
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Why is Braum's moustache not fluffier and bigger?
RiotLamz (NA)
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we actually tried animating his mustache in the early stages but it looked SUPER fluffy when you zoomed in, but from normal game view height it just wasn't really noticeable.
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Will Braum have any interaction with Volibear? Be it a special taunt or anything.
Braum doesn't have any interactions with Volibear, but he does have several taunt and shield block interactions with other Champions though...
VelGodd (NA)
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I can't count to the end of requests I've seen for a Strongarm Braum skin. Will riot deign to please this large portion of it's players?
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Definitely, we will take that in consideration when we do ideation meeting about Braum skin :)
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What kind of skins can we expect? something along the lines of bad cop braum to match the mustache?
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We haven't decided any of skin ideas, however we will definitely take you guy's ideas seriously.
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I have a **HUGE** list of awesome skin ideas for Braum. What is the best way for me to get it to your team? As a support player, I want to participate as much as possible in the release of the new support.
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The Art Feedback section of our forums. We have artists and members of the skins team frequently check this for ideas and feedback. :)
SeekerK (EUNE)
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I assume Braum will be main roled as support and secondary tank. If you tell me, how long is the "Unbreakable" ability and what is its cooldown. Could make some plans. Also will it block ults. As a skin idea, something like a russian baron. With white or red or both colored cloak, as his one of his dance styles is near to a russian dance. And make him speak with russian accent. Currently he seems to have scottish accent.. mybe a celts skirt etc with pipes.. but thats mybe too akward. Also as braum likes poros, u can give him somekind of funny poros skins with abilitys that shoot, hit and block with poros ;) Thx for reading
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That poro shield idea is so brutal, but funny.. lol the unbreakable ability is 3 - 4 seconds base on levels, and cool-down decreases from 18 secs to 10 secs.
Say mew (EUNE)
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is there any chance to put a poro there ?:D
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Check his joke :)
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