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Anub'arak Talents

Last updated on Jun 16, 2016 at 06:55 by Oxygen 6 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for playing Anub'arak in a competitive environment in Heroes of the Storm. For each talent, we explain what they do and why they should or should not be taken.

The other pages of our Anub'arak guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About the Author

Oxygen is a veteran of the MOBA genre, which he has been playing for nearly 15 years. He has coached some of Heroes of the Storm's most prominent North American players and teams alike, including Team Liquid. As a Diamond Flex player, he enjoys playing all Heroes and roles.

1. Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Extended Spikes Dampen Magic ? Assault Scarab Regeneration Master
4 Underking Locust Needles Legion of Beetles
7 Shed Exoskeleton ? Chitinous Plating Leeching Scarabs
10 Locust Swarm ? Cocoon
13 Burning Rage Urticating Spines Bed of Barbs ?
16 Epicenter Beetle, Juiced Blood for Blood
20 Hive Master ? Cryptweave Hardened Shield Rewind

2. Common Talent Paths

Spiky Build: crowd control and area of effect damage

3. Level 1 Talents

Extended Spikes Dampen Magic ? Assault Scarab Regeneration Master

3.1. Description

Extended Spikes Icon Extended Spikes adds two extra spikes to Impale Icon Impale's effect, for a total of nine, ultimately increasing the ability's range by approximately 25%. Also increases the ability's damage by 25%.

Dampen Magic Icon Dampen Magic causes you to take 50% less damage from Abilities for 1.5 seconds whenever you are damaged by an Ability. This effect has an 8-second cooldown.

Assault Scarab Icon Assault Scarab increases the attack damage of Beetles by 30%.

Regeneration Master Icon Regeneration Master permanently increases your Health Regeneration by 1 per second for every Regeneration Globe you collect, up to 30. After gathering 30 Regeneration Globes, your maximum Health is also increased by 500. Purple Regeneration Globes dropped from neutral Boss monsters count as well.

3.2. Recommended

Regeneration Master Icon Regeneration Master provides a meaningful level of self-sustain. The additional Health is also meaningful to Anub'arak, for whom the flat bonus represents a large percent increase.

3.3. Situational

Dampen Magic Icon Dampen Magic is an extremely potent talent against any ability-based Hero. It should be your go-to choice against team compositions featuring Azmodan, Chromie, Jaina, or Kael'thas.

3.4. Not Recommended

The additional range and damage provided by Extended Spikes Icon Extended Spikes are too negligible to really be worth considering.

Assault Scarab Icon Assault Scarab provides your Beetles with a non-negligible damage boost that, unfortunately, must compete with two excellent survivability talents.

4. Level 4 Talents

Underking Locust Needles Legion of Beetles

4.1. Description

Underking Icon Underking increases the range of Burrow Charge Icon Burrow Charge by 20% and increases the ability's damage by 100%.

Locust Needles Icon Locust Needles causes Anub'arak's basic attacks to deal 60% of their total damage in a very small area around their target. The target itself does not take additional damage.

Legion of Beetles Icon Legion of Beetles causes Scarab Host Icon Scarab Host to automatically spawn a Beetle every 8 seconds.

4.2. Recommended

The additional range provided by Underking Icon Underking is useful to initiate, interrupt channeled abilities, and catch fleeing Heroes. This talent makes Burrow Charge Icon Burrow Charge one of the longer ranged basic abilities in the game, increasing Anub'arak's effective threat radius. The damage increase is also respectable.

4.3. Not Recommended

Locust Needles Icon Locust Needles has a pathetic area of effect that essentially makes this talent a non-factor for any task. Avoid this talent with extreme prejudice.

Legion of Beetles Icon Legion of Beetles unconditionally provides you with more Beetles, which translates into a bit more damage. However, the range increase provided by Underking is simply more central to Anub'arak's effectiveness.

5. Level 7 Talents

Shed Exoskeleton ? Chitinous Plating Leeching Scarabs

5.1. Description

Shed Exoskeleton Icon Shed Exoskeleton causes Harden Carapace Icon Harden Carapace to also increase Anub'arak's movement speed by 30% for 3 seconds.

Chitinous Plating Icon Chitinous Plating reduces the cooldown of Harden Carapace Icon Harden Carapace by 0.75 second (up to 3 seconds) whenever you take damage from abilities while the shield provided by the ability is still active.

Leeching Scarabs Icon Leeching Scarabs causes Beetles to heal Anub'arak for 50% of the damage they deal as long they are within Anub'arak's vision radius.

5.2. Recommended

Chitinous Plating Icon Chitinous Plating has the potential of nearly halving the cooldown of Harden Carapace Icon Harden Carapace. This translates into more survivability, more Beetles, and, later on, more damage, through Urticating Spines Icon Urticating Spines. This talent is versatile.

5.3. Situational

Shed Exoskeleton Icon Shed Exoskeleton provides a strong and reliable movement speed increase. It is particularly useful when the opposing team has a limited amount of damaging abilities to trigger Chitinous Plating's cooldown reduction.

5.4. Not Recommended

Leeching Scarabs Icon Leeching Scarabs offers a mediocre amount of self-sustain while out of combat. In-combat, however, Beetles often die quickly to incidental area of effect damage, making the talent less than effective then.

6. Level 10 Talents

Locust Swarm ? Cocoon

6.1. Description

At this level, Heroic abilities become available. Both Heroic abilities have already been described in the abilities section.

6.2. Recommended

As of the current metagame state, many teams elect to pick a single, powerful single-target healer such as Rehgar or Uther. Cocoon Icon Cocoon can make it difficult for such team compositions to survive, as instantly disabling these Heroes can essentially negate the usefulness of their defensive Heroic Abilities. Avoid picking Cocoon against Valla, as her Strafe ability can quickly destroy the cocoon it produces, thereby making the ability ineffective.

6.3. Situational

Locust Swarm Icon Locust Swarm makes Anub'arak extremely difficult to take out for its duration, on top of making him impossible to ignore due to the ability's sheer area of effect damage output. Locust Swarm's only downside is a lengthy cooldown that reflects its power and versatility.

7. Level 13 Talents

Burning Rage Urticating Spines Bed of Barbs ?

7.1. Description

Burning Rage Icon Burning Rage causes you to deal damage to all adjacent enemies every second. This effect is not active while Cloaked or Mounted.

Urticating Spines Icon Urticating Spines causes Harden Carapace Icon Harden Carapace to also instantly damage nearby units. This damage is doubled against Heroic targets.

Bed of Barbs Icon Bed of Barbs causes Impale Icon Impale's spikes to leave smaller spikes behind as they disappear, dealing damage per second and reducing the movement speed of enemies on them by 30%. These smaller spikes last for 3.5 seconds.

7.2. Recommended

Urticating Spines Icon Urticating Spines provides Anub'arak with the damage output any self-respecting Tank needs to become a threat. This is particularly true when considering that the Chitinous Plating Icon Chitinous Plating talent can nearly double the cast rate of Harden Carapace Icon Harden Carapace. Urticating Spines also trivially provides an increase in PvE damage.

7.3. Situational

Bed of Barbs Icon Bed of Barbs provides you with a respectable movement speed reduction effect. The damage provided by the talent is also useful for improving Anub'arak's somewhat lacking waveclear. Bed of Barbs should be picked when when you are unable to benefit from the cooldown reduction provided by Chitinous Plating Icon Chitinous Plating, which, in turn, makes Urticating Spines Icon Urticating Spines less appealing.

7.4. Not Recommended

Burning Rage Icon Burning Rage offers less damage and utility than Urticating Spines Icon Urticating Spines and Bed of Barbs Icon Bed of Barbs, respectively.

8. Level 16 Talents

Epicenter Beetle, Juiced Blood for Blood

8.1. Description

Epicenter Icon Epicenter increases the area of effect of Burrow Charge Icon Burrow Charge by 85%, and reduces its cooldown by 4 seconds for each Hero it hits.

Beetle, Juiced Icon Beetle, Juiced causes every third Basic Attack against Heroes to spawn a Beetle.

Blood for Blood Icon Blood for Blood is an activatable talent that instantly deals 10% of the targeted Hero's maximum Health as damage to it, healing the caster for 200% of this damage. Blood for Blood has a 60-second cooldown.

8.2. Recommended

The potency of the cooldown reduction provided by Epicenter Icon Epicenter cannot be understated, as Burrow Charge Icon Burrow Charge is a key ability to Anub'arak. The increased area of effect is also extremely helpful in reliably hitting more targets, making the talent synergise with itself.

8.3. Not Recommended

Beetle, Juiced Icon Beetle, Juiced requires an unnaturally large amount of Basic Attacks to truly see any effect. Even when this is possible, the talent fails to impress, and pales in comparison with Epicenter Icon Epicenter.

Blood for Blood Icon Blood for Blood is an outstanding talent that lets you deal a large amount of single-target burst damage, an option not usually available to tanks. This damage can help you finish off injured foes in a surprising manner. Since Blood for Blood Icon Blood for Blood's damage and incidental healing is based on your target's maximum Health, targeting other tanks will yield the most Health return. As such, targeting Tanks is also a valid option if you find yourself dying. Unfortunately, it must compete with Epicenter Icon Epicenter, which is too useful to skip.

9. Level 20 Talents

Hive Master ? Cryptweave Hardened Shield Rewind

9.1. Description

Hive Master Icon Hive Master causes an invulnerable Vampire Locust to permanently accompany Anub'arak. The Locust attacks nearby enemies at the rate of once every 3 seconds, dealing damage and healing Anub'arak.

Cryptweave Icon Cryptweave gradually increases the duration of Cocoon Icon Cocoon by up to 4 seconds as Anub'arak remains near the Cocoon.

Hardened Shield Icon Hardened Shield is an activatable talent that causes you to take 75% less damage from all sources for 4 seconds. Hardened Shield has a 60-second cooldown.

Rewind Icon Rewind is an activatable talent that instantly resets the cooldown of your Basic Abilities. Rewind has a 60-second cooldown.

9.2. Recommended

Rewind Icon Rewind is outstanding and versatile, allowing you to double your short term damage, survivability, and crowd control on demand. Casting Impale Icon Impale and Burrow Charge Icon Burrow Charge can lead to some of the game's longest crowd control chains, and the possibility of quickly summoning six Beetles to assist you is significant. Simply make sure that you have used all of your basic abilities before using Rewind Icon Rewind.

9.3. Situational

Although Hive Master Icon Hive Master adds a significant amount of damage and self-healing, making Anub'arak one of the strongest duelists, the talent typically comes into play so late that team fight-oriented talents should be prefered. Still, if you feel that your team lacks damage, Hive Master may be the way to go.

9.4. Not Recommended

Cryptweave Icon Cryptweave requires Anub'arak to remain relatively close to Cocoon Icon Cocoon's target for to see any value. However, the Ability is often used specifically against Healers, whom tend to remain away from combat. The only exception to this would be Kharazim, against whom the Talent may be viable as a counter to Divine Palm Icon Divine Palm.

Certain team compositions, especially those that rely on vulnerability, can elect to very effectively focus Anub'arak down when talents that cause vulnerability become available at level 16. Hardened Shield Icon Hardened Shield is your response to such team compositions. Using Hardened Shield depends on determining when you are about to take large amounts of damage, which reliably occurs after using Burrow Charge Icon Burrow Charge. It should not be understated, however, that Rewind Icon Rewind provides significantly more utility than Hardened Shield.

10. ChangeLog

  • 18 May 2016: Updated several talents to account for the changes brought by the Chromie patch. Talent recommendations changed to reflect these changes.
  • 25 Oct. 2015: Added Regeneration Master as a situational talent choice.
  • 21 Aug. 2015: Removed Superiority. It was not recommended, so there is no change in the talent recommendations. Updated talent description for Imposing Presence (40% attack speed reduction, down from 50%). No changes in recommendations. Web Blast was renamed to Cocoon.
  • 02 Jul. 2015: Level 13 talents: Burning Rage is now a recommended talent and Chitinous Plating a situational talent. Updated description of Regeneration Master and Blood for Blood.
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