Warning It appears that you may be blocking the ads, and we are fine with it (read more here). That said, it would really be awesome if you decided to whitelist our website or make a donation :) You can also send us Bitcoins (1DEkropiHPWBmfJxogFaXQscfzhmdpTti4)!

Leoric Talents

Last updated on Aug 09, 2016 at 17:45 by Kendric 20 comments

Table of Contents

Leoric Image

General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for playing Leoric 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 Leoric guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About the Author

KendricSwissh is a Master League Warrior and Support player in Hero League. He has been playing Heroes of the Storm since the early stages of the Alpha version and has mastered a large number of Heroes. He is also creating Heroes of the Storm related content on YouTube, most notably his series called Epic Plays of the Week, which focuses on video clips submitted by his viewers. He is also a streamer on Twitch where he will gladly answer all of your questions about the game.

1. Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Mana Thirst Hopelessness Block ? Reanimation
4 Fealty Unto Death ? Willing Vessel Hardened Bones Royal Focus
7 Ghastly Reach Lingering Apparition Paralyzing Rage Ossein Renewal
10 Entomb ? March of the Black King
13 Burning Rage Crushing Hope Drain Momentum ? Spell Shield ?
16 Renewed Swing Consume Vitality Unyielding Despair Imposing Presence ?
20 Buried Alive Death March ? Spectral Leech Hardened Shield

2. Common Talent Paths

Survivability Build: high self-sustain with low death timer

Entomb Build: high damage with great waveclear

Drain Hope Build: powerful self-healing combined with strong single-target damage

3. Level 1 Talents

Mana Thirst Hopelessness Block ? Reanimation

3.1. Descriptions

Mana Thirst Icon Mana Thirst causes Skeletal Swing Icon Skeletal Swing to also restore 10 Mana per enemy unit hit.

Hopelessness Icon Hopelessness increases the range of Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope by 25%.

Block Icon Block causes you to generate 1 stack of Block every 5 seconds, up to a maximum of 2. Block stacks are consumed by individual enemy Hero Basic Attacks, reducing each of them by 75%.

Reanimation Icon Reanimation increases Leoric's health regeneration for every Regeneration Globe he collects. Upon gathering 30 Regeneration Globes, Leoric will respawn 10 seconds faster. Picking up Regeneration Globes while in Ghost form also accelerates Leoric's resurrection process. Purple Regeneration Globes dropped from neutral Boss monsters count as well.

3.2. Recommended

Reanimation Icon Reanimation is a great talent on Leoric, as he has outstanding waveclear which allows him to collect Regeneration Globes very quickly. Reanimation increases his overall survivability as a Warrior and also causes him to resurrect faster which can impact the outcome of a game during the later stages.

3.3. Situational

Block Icon Block is a very efficient defensive talent against enemy team compositions that rely heavily on dealing damage with Basic Attacks. Block makes Leoric considerably more durable if he is forced to stay in lane against strong ranged Assassins or Specialists like Sylvanas or Valla. In a late-game situation, Block will, on average, prevent between 100 to 150 damage every 5 seconds, which contributes a lot to Leoric's team fight presence as both Tank and Bruiser.

3.4. Not Recommended

Mana Thirst Icon Mana Thirst does not add a lot to Leoric's kit since he has very few Mana issues to begin with. While this talent may become useful while pushing lanes, it cannot keep up with the survivability Reanimation Icon Reanimation or Block Icon Block provide.

Hopelessness Icon Hopelessness is not a bad talent per se because the additional range on Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope can be quite useful to prevent enemies from walking out of range. However, Reanimation Icon Reanimation and Block Icon Block provide reliable sources of protection throughout all stages of the game, whereas Hopelessness does not contribute anything to Leoric's combat performance while his Drain Hope ability is on cooldown.

4. Level 4 Talents

Fealty Unto Death ? Willing Vessel Hardened Bones Royal Focus

4.1. Descriptions

Fealty Unto Death Icon Fealty Unto Death causes Leoric to regenerate 1% of his maximum health and 5 Mana if an enemy Minion dies in his vicinity. This effect is also active during Undying Icon Undying.

Willing Vessel Icon Willing Vessel increases the healing received from Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope to up to 30% (15% during Undying Icon Undying) of Leoric's maximum health.

Hardened Bones Icon Hardened Bones causes Leoric's body to take 25% reduced damage from all sources while Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk is active.

Royal Focus Icon Royal Focus reduces the cooldown of Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk by 4 seconds if Leoric's body does not take any damage during Wraith Walk's duration. Additionally causes Wraith Walk to increase the damage of your next Skeletal Swing Icon Skeletal Swing by 50%; taking damage during Wraith Walk's duration has no bearing on this effect.

4.2. Recommended

Hardened Bones Icon Hardened Bones allows Leoric to escape tough situations by making his body more resilient while Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk is active. Reducing all damage taken by 25% is a huge benefit against popular burst heavy Assassins such as Jaina or Kael'thas who are able to deal huge amounts of damage within a short period of time.

4.3. Situational

Fealty Unto Death Icon Fealty Unto Death is a useful talent while laning or if your team is very push-oriented. Yet, it does not contribute anything to Leoric's role as a Warrior when fighting for Map Objectives or Mercenary Camps on larger maps such as Cursed Hollow or Garden of Terror without any Minions nearby. On smaller maps like Towers of Doom or Tomb of the Spider Queen, however, there are generally enough Minions nearby to make Fealty Unto Death a solid choice.

4.4. Not Recommended

Willing Vessel Icon Willing Vessel increases Leoric's self-sustain even further, which allows him to stay in battle for an extended period of time. However, Hardened Bones Icon Hardened Bones' 25% damage reduction provides better overall protection than Willing Vessel's improved life leech. Also, Hardened Bones does not require you to land any skillshots in order to be useful, which makes it a more effective and more reliable choice at Level 4.

Royal Focus Icon Royal Focus is probably one of the worst talents in Leoric's entire talent tree, since it contradicts the very essence of how Warriors work. Being a tanky frontliner, it is one of Leoric's main duties to absorb damage from the enemy team by using his body and abilities in order to peel for his more fragile team members. Therefore, it is virtually impossible and actually not recommended to use Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk without taking damage.

5. Level 7 Talents

Ghastly Reach Lingering Apparition Paralyzing Rage Ossein Renewal

5.1. Description

Ghastly Reach Icon Ghastly Reach increases the range of Skeletal Swing Icon Skeletal Swing by 25%.

Lingering Apparition Icon Lingering Apparition increases the duration of Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk by 80%.

Paralyzing Rage Icon Paralyzing Rage increases the movement speed slow of Skeletal Swing Icon Skeletal Swing to 60% for 2.5 seconds.

Ossein Renewal Icon Ossein Renewal is an activatable talent that can be activated to heal Leoric for 20% (10% during Undying Icon Undying) of his maximum health over 6 seconds. Ossein Renewal can also be activated during Undying Icon Undying. Doing so will significantly shorten Leoric's resurrection process.

5.2. Recommended

Ghastly Reach Icon Ghastly Reach is a strong talent due to the fact that it adds a significantly improved range for Skeletal Swing Icon Skeletal Swing, which provides great waveclear and allows Leoric to slow and damage his enemies more efficiently. We strongly recommend picking Renewed Swing Icon Renewed Swing at Level 13 if you choose Ghastly Reach at Level 7, as these two talents work very well with each other.

Ossein Renewal Icon Ossein Renewal is an incredibly versatile talent on Leoric. It can be used to heal yourself over time for a large amount while Leoric is alive. Besides this, it can also be used to drastically reduce his resurrection timer while Undying Icon Undying is active.

5.3. Not Recommended

Paralyzing Rage Icon Paralyzing Rage is not a bad talent per se, but the improved slow amount cannot compete against the increased range Ghastly Reach Icon Ghastly Reach provides. Slowing several enemies at the same time thanks to an increased range is usually more beneficial to your allies during a teamfight than increasing the slow amount on a single target. Also, Ghastly Reach works better with Renewed Swing Icon Renewed Swing at Level 13 than Paralyzing Rage does.

Lingering Apparition Icon Lingering Apparition offers some tempting synergy with Hardened Bones Icon Hardened Bones. However, we found that Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk already provides Leoric with enough time to quickly reposition himself. Thus, we suggest to either bolster his survivability by choosing Ossein Renewal Icon Ossein Renewal or improve his crowd control by picking Paralyzing Rage Icon Paralyzing Rage instead.

6. Level 10 Talents

Entomb ? March of the Black King

6.1. Description

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

6.2. Recommended

March of the Black King Icon March of the Black King is a devastating short-range Heroic Ability that causes Leoric to become immune to any form of crowd control. The damage and self-sustain it provides him with allow him to wreak havoc within the enemy lines.

It is important to note that March of the Black King requires careful aim and precise timing in order to reach its maximum efficiency. If used too early, enemies can simply dodge or escape it, since Leoric marches quite slowly while swinging his mace. On the contrary, if used too late, March of the Black King's self-sustain may not be enough to keep him alive if he is already on the brink of death. As a rule of thumb, we recommend looking for narrow passages and choke points in order to hit as many enemy Heroes as possible.

6.3. Situational

Entomb Icon Entomb is by no means a bad Heroic Ability, yet it requires certain team compositions in order to shine on the battlefield. If your team lacks Heroes who can provide decent follow-up damage, Entomb often becomes a hindrance rather than a benefit during team fights. For that reason, make sure your team consists of at least one or two burst-heavy melee or ranged Assassins, such as The Butcher or Jaina, in order to secure quick and clean kills on imprisoned enemy targets.

7. Level 13 Talents

Burning Rage Crushing Hope Drain Momentum ? Spell Shield ?

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.

Crushing Hope Icon Crushing Hope causes Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope to deal bonus damage equal to 10% of the target's maximum health if Drain Hope lasts its full duration. This additional damage does not heal Leoric.

Drain Momentum Icon Drain Momentum causes Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope to increase Leoric's movement speed by 10% while it is active.

Spell Shield Icon Spell Shield causes you to take 50% less damage from Abilities for 2 seconds whenever you are damaged by an Ability. This effect has a 30-second cooldown.

7.2. Recommended

Burning Rage Icon Burning Rage further boosts Leoric's already strong waveclear potential. Besides that, it is capable of detecting invisible enemies and objects (for example Zagara's Creep Tumor Icon Creep Tumors) on the map as soon as you get near them. Burning Rage is also a useful tool to consistently boost your overall damage output against multiple enemies at the same time. As a Warrior, you often find yourself surrounded by two or more opponents throughout the course of the game, which is another reason why we consider Burning Rage a solid talent to be picked up at Level 13.

Crushing Hope Icon Crushing Hope is a decent talent on Leoric, as it provides you with a pretty hefty amount of extra damage. Bear in mind that you need to channel Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope until the end to benefit from this talent. However, we want to highlight that you should not overextend and chase your target too far just to trigger Crushing Hope.

7.3. Situational

Spell Shield Icon Spell Shield greatly increases Leoric's resilience against ability-based burst damage, most notably against Heroes like Jaina or Kael'thas. We suggest picking this talent if you get the impression that your healer struggles to keep you alive against a spell heavy compositions.

Drain Momentum Icon Drain Momentum allows Leoric to pursue the target of his Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope ability with increased movement speed. This allows Leoric to chase even more mobile targets like Illidan or Valla, which can be very important, especially during the late game.

7.4. Not Recommended

Crushing Hope Icon Crushing Hope is a very underperforming talent on Leoric, as it fully relies on your Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope to finish its full duration which is not always going to be the case. Based on how unreliable Crushing Hope is and comparing its overall inferior damage to Burning Rage Icon Burning Rage, we strongly suggest you avoid this talent.

8. Level 16 Talents

Renewed Swing Consume Vitality Unyielding Despair Imposing Presence ?

8.1. Descriptions

Renewed Swing Icon Renewed Swing enables Leoric to use a second instance of Skeletal Swing Icon Skeletal Swing which can be cast for free within 3 seconds after the ability was first used, dealing 50% of its original damage.

Consume Vitality Icon Consume Vitality causes Skeletal Swing Icon Skeletal Swing to also restore 2% (1% during Undying Icon Undying) of Leoric's maximum health per enemy hit, up to a maximum of 10%. This effect is also active during Undying Icon Undying which significantly shortens Leoric's resurrection process.

Unyielding Despair Icon Unyielding Despair causes Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope's cooldown to be reduced by 1 second for every second it remains active.

Imposing Presence Icon Imposing Presence passively reduces the attack speed of Heroes and Summons who use Basic Attacks against you by 40% for 2 seconds. This effect wears off from affected enemies that attack a target that does not have Imposing Presence.

8.2. Recommended

The additional damage and movement speed slow Renewed Swing Icon Renewed Swing offers to Leoric is significant enough to make up for the loss of survivability by neglecting Consume Vitality Icon Consume Vitality or Unyielding Despair Icon Unyielding Despair. As for waveclear, Renewed Swing works incredibly well with Ghastly Reach Icon Ghastly Reach at Level 7, which is why we strongly recommend picking these two talents together.

Consume Vitality Icon Consume Vitality causes Leoric's Skeletal Swing Icon Skeletal Swing ability to also heal him for a considerable amount, which increases his survivability even further. It is worth mentioning that Consume Vitality also causes Ghastly Swing Icon Ghastly Swing to reduce Leoric's resurrection timer if used while Undying Icon Undying is active.

8.3. Situational

Imposing Presence Icon Imposing Presence offers an unmatched amount of protection against enemy Heroes that rely on Basic Attacks as their primary damage source, such as Illidan, Valla, or Raynor. However, we generally do not recommend this talent on Leoric, as Consume Vitality Icon Consume Vitality and Unyielding Despair Icon Unyielding Despair usually provide more survivability than Imposing Presence. You should only consider picking this talent over its competitors if you trust your healer to keep you alive, and if the enemy team consists of at least two or more Basic Attack dependent Assassins.

8.4. Not Recommended

Unyielding Despair Icon Unyielding Despair offers great synergy with Willing Vessel Icon Willing Vessel and Drain Momentum Icon Drain Momentum however, it is an extremely chancy talent which does not add anything to Leoric's combat performance if he misses Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope. Thus, Unyielding Despair is a lot less reliable than Consume Vitality Icon Consume Vitality or Imposing Presence Icon Imposing Presence.

9. Level 20 Talents

Buried Alive Death March ? Spectral Leech Hardened Shield

9.1. Description

Buried Alive Icon Buried Alive causes all enemies trapped inside Entomb Icon Entomb to take a medium amount of damage every second.

Death March Icon Death March causes Leoric's final swing of March of the Black King Icon March of the Black King to apply the base version of Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope to all enemy Heroes in a larger area around Leoric.

Spectral Leech Icon Spectral Leech causes Leoric's Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes to also deal bonus damage equal to 5% of their maximum Health and heal Leoric for the same amount.

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.

9.2. Recommended

Spectral Leech Icon Spectral Leech is a very reliable talent and works exceptionally well with Leoric's high innate Basic Attack damage. Make sure to pick Spectral Leech when the enemy team consists of several Warriors and melee Assassins, since it deals more damage on Heroes with a large health pool.

Hardened Shield Icon Hardened Shield is Leoric's talent of choice when it comes to surviving team fights during the later stages of the game, especially when facing several burst-heavy Heroes like Jaina or Kael'thas. We suggest you activate Hardened Shield as soon as you notice that you have drawn the enemies' attention. As a rule of thumb, we would like to mention that it is often better to use this talent early during a team fight, rather than withholding it for too long.

9.3. Situational

Death March Icon Death March is a high-risk high-reward talent, as it fully relies on March of the Black King Icon March of the Black King's last swing to be close to as many enemy Heroes as possible. However, due to Leoric's slow movement speed while marching, this is easier said than done. We only recommend picking this talent if you are experienced enough to know how to use March of the Black King efficiently. Keep in mind that every instance of Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope applied by Death March does not benefit from previously chosen talents such as Willing Vessel Icon Willing Vessel or Drain Momentum Icon Drain Momentum.

9.4. Not Recommended

Buried Alive Icon Buried Alive requires you to pick Entomb Icon Entomb at Level 10, which is something we do not recommend in the majority of competitive games. Even if your team composition had enough follow-up damage to justify picking Entomb over March of the Black King Icon March of the Black King at Level 10, the additional survivability from Spectral Leech Icon Spectral Leech and Hardened Shield Icon Hardened Shield would still prove to be too important to be neglected.

10. ChangeLog

  • 09 Aug. 2016: Updated descriptions of Hopelessness and Royal Focus following slight changes in Auriel's patch.
  • 12 Jul. 2016: Made a few minor updates to talent descriptions following Gul'dan's patch changes. Changed Crushing Hope and Spectral Leech from Not Recommended to Recommended. Added 2 more default builds.
  • 17 May 2016: Updated Reanimation's description following Chromie's patch changes. Talent recommendations remain unchanged.
  • 24 Sep. 2015: Updated Leoric's Quick Reference talent builds.
    • Changed Willing Vessel from Recommended to Not Recommended;
    • Changed Ghastly Reach from Not Recommended to Recommended;
    • Changed Paralyzing Rage from Recommended to Not Recommended;
    • Changed Drain Momentum from Recommended to Situational;
    • Changed Renewed Swing from Not Recommended. to Recommended;
    • Changed Spectral Leech from Recommended to Not Recommended.
  • 26 Aug. 2015: Changed Unyielding Despair from Recommended to Not Recommended.
  • 21 Aug. 2015: Changed the description of Imposing Presence in accordance with the latest update. Updated talent descriptions for Reanimation, Ossein Renewal, Consume Vitality, and Willing Vessel, because their effects are now halved during Undying.
  • 30 Jul. 2015: Added talent explanations (in order to release the guide the day after Leoric's patch, we had skipped part of the content).
Force desktop version
Force mobile version