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Gul'dan Abilities

Last updated on Jul 12, 2016 at 16:58 by Micekrispies 4 comments

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General Information

Below, we give you a brief overview of the abilities that Gul'dan has access to. You should read these ability descriptions before reading further, because the other pages of the guide assume that you have a basic knowledge of Gul'dan's abilities.

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

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1. Fel Flame

Gul'dan Fel Flame
Fel Flame (Q) World of Warcraft Gul'dan
  • Mana: 75
  • Cooldown: 0 seconds

Release a wave of flame, dealing 483 (209 + 4.5% per level) damage to enemies.

Fel Flame Icon Fel Flame releases a cone of flame, which damages all enemies struck.

Gul'dan is a mid range assassin who relies heavily on his ability to quickly burst down enemies. Fel Flame Icon Fel Flame is the core ability used to achieve this. Not only does this ability provide great waveclear, but its short cooldown allows Gul'dan to somewhat safely bully his lane opponent. Gul'dan should be always slightly repositioned after every consecutive cast of Fel Flames. When Drain Life Icon Drain Life and Corruption Icon Corruption are on cooldown, Basic Attacks can be used in between casts of Fel Flames to further maximize Gul'dan's damage output.

Keep in mind that Fel Flames' conical shape causes it to be very hard to land against opponents who are directly up against Gul'dan. When poking with Fel Flames try to maintain a distance at which the widest point of the cone would strike your opponent should the ability be cast.

2. Drain Life

Gul'dan Drain Life
Drain Life (W) World of Warcraft Gul'dan
  • Cooldown: 10 seconds

Drain the life from an enemy over 3 seconds, dealing 290 (138 + 4% per level) damage per second and healing Gul'dan for 377 (179 + 4% per level) Health per second.

Drain Life Icon Drain Life causes Gul'dan to drain the life from an enemy over 3 seconds. This deals massive damage and heals Gul'dan for a large amount of Health.

Drain Life Icon Drain Life is incredibly strong in that a single cast for its full duration will heal Gul'dan over a quarter of his maximum Health. The fact this ability can be used on minions greatly increases its versatility, providing a means of seemingly endless sustain in lane. Drain Life is integral to replenishing valuable Health when constantly drawing from Life Tap Icon Life Tap to gain Mana back.

It is imperative to note that most enemy Heroes will try to escape Drain Life's range once it has been cast on them. This could result in Gul'dan not only receiving very little amounts of Health, but force him to try and further survive while the ability is then put on cooldown. It is best to cast Drain Life on targets closer to Gul'dan as there is a greater chance they will be forced to spend more time within its proximity before the channel expires. Also do not be afraid to maintain the cast channel when confronted with smaller amounts of damage. The replenishing Health will act as somewhat of a shield while the opponent is still being significantly damaged by the ability. Be wary of your position once casting Drain Life as it is a channeled-ability that can leave Gul'dan vulnerable and can be easily interrupted.

3. Corruption

Gul'dan Corruption
Corruption (E) World of Warcraft Gul'dan
  • Mana: 90
  • Cooldown: 16 seconds

Call forth three bursts of shadow energy, dealing 492 (214 + 4.5% per level) damage over 6 seconds. Corruption can stack up to 3 times on an enemy.

Corruption Icon Corruption calls forth 3 bursts of shadow energy in a line away from Gul'dan that deal massive damage over time. These bursts of Corruption can stack up to 3 times on an enemy.

Corruption Icon Corruption is Gul'dan's longest range ability and his primary source of team-wide AoE damage. This ability does have the longest cooldown of Gul'dans Basic Abilities and should be used accordingly. The 3 bursts of Corruption travel directly away from Gul'dan in a line, starting at the cast location. This can be used to his advantage to apply multiple stacks of corruption to fleeing targets.

After having talented into Echoed Corruption Icon Echoed Corruption and completing the quest, the 3 bursts of Corruption will strike again in the opposite direction. This can be useful for applying multiple stacks to targets who may have otherwise been able to avoid one or more of the stacks the first time around. Corruption is most effective when cast on target traveling through a choke-hold as they will be unable to avoid the damage by means of walking to the side of the cast.

4. Horrify

Gul'dan Horrify
Horrify (R) World of Warcraft Gul'dan
  • Mana: 90
  • Cooldown: 80 seconds

After a short delay, deal 263 (125 + 4% per level) damage and fear enemy Heroes in the area for 2 seconds.

Horrify Icon Horrify deals damage and causes all enemies stuck to flee for 2 seconds.

Horrify Icon Horrify is an incredibly strong ability that not only deals damage but brings a much welcomed element of utility to Gul'dan's kit. The most useful aspect of this ability is the way it can be used to manipulate the enemy teams positioning. Enemies stuck by Horrify will flee directly outward from the epicenter of where the ability was cast. Knowing this, players have several options with how they may choose utilize Horrify.

Horrify usually will be used in one of three main scenarios: offensively, defensively, or situationally. An offensive cast would involve Gul'dan placing Horrify behind his opponents, forcing them to travel in a direction towards Gul'dan. The defensive use would involve placing Horrify between Gul'dan and his opponents, causing them to run in the opposite direction of him. And lastly, Gul'dan may choose to place the ability within the group of his opponents, forcing them to travel in opposite directions of one another and ideally isolating the target of focus.

When it comes to mechanic synergy, the cast order of important abilities should be discussed early on in the match if not before hand. The Hero displacing effect of Horrify can greatly impede the effectiveness of many other Heroes abilities such as E.T.C.'s Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit or Zagara's Devouring Maw Icon Devouring Maw.

5. Rain of Destruction

Gul'dan Rain of Destruction
Rain of Destruction (R) World of Warcraft Gul'dan
  • Mana: 90
  • Cooldown: 100 seconds

Summon a rain of meteors in an area for 7 seconds. Each meteor deals 362 (172 + 4% per level) damage in a small area.

Rain of Destruction Icon Rain of Destruction summons a rain of meteors in an area for 7 seconds. Each of these meteors deals damage in a small area.

Rain of Destruction Icon Rain of Destruction is yet another channeled-ability Gul'dan possesses which this time does AoE damage at random over a very large amount of space. It is important to reiterate that this ability is completely RNG based and there is no way to directly control where and when each of the meteors will strike. Talenting into Deep Impact Icon Deep Impact at level 20 does add an additional slow effect to each of the impacts which provides a nice bit of utility to Rain of Destruction.

6. Life Tap

Gul'dan Life Tap
Life Tap (D) World of Warcraft Gul'dan
  • Trait
  • Cooldown: 0 seconds

Gul'dan does not regenerate Mana. Activate to restore 25% mana.

Life Tap Icon Life Tap can be activated to restore Mana to Gul'dan at the cost of his own Health.

Life Tap Icon Life Tap is imperative to Gul'dan as he does not have any passive Mana regeneration. Life Tap should be consistently used in tandem with Drain Life Icon Drain Life to ensure Gul'dan is never left hungry for either Health or Mana. Being able to understand when is best to activate Life Tap takes practice and can be frustrating at first. Many new Gul'dan players will find themselves either over or under-tapping which both can result in difficult situations. Finding a healthy balance and figuring out what sequence works best for each different situation will take practice but is definitely a must when wanting to play Gul'dan most effectively.

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