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Lt. Morales Abilities and Strategy

Last updated on Jan 09, 2017 at 12:09 by Kendric 14 comments

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Lt. Morales Image

General Information

Below, we give you an overview of the abilities that Lt. Morales has access to. We also explain how to best your these abilities.

The other pages of our Lt. Morales 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. Tips on Ability Usage

  • Healing Beam Icon Healing Beam does not consume any Mana if channeled on a full health target.
  • When healing a frontliner, notably Warriors and Melee Assassins, try to synchronise your movement with theirs to avoid getting in front of them. This prevents you from exposing yourself to the enemy team.
  • Medivac Dropship Icon Medivac Dropship can be a great Heroic Ability if you play Team League as a premade team, however, it usually performs rather poorly if you play Hero League or Quick Match.
  • Make sure to use Stim Drone Icon Stim Drone on ranged Assassins like Falstad, Raynor, or Valla, since Heroes who rely on their Basic Attacks benefit most of it.
  • If the enemy team has several Warriors and melee Assassins who can threaten you, casting Medivac Dropship Icon Medivac Dropship and navigating it to a nearby location while they are attacking you can save your life.

2. Healing Beam

Lt. Morales Healing Beam
Healing Beam (Q) Starcraft Lt. Morales
  • Cooldown: 0 seconds

Heal an ally for 192 (+4% per level) health a second as long as they are in range.

Reactivate to switch targets, or activate Caduceus Reactor to cancel the channel.

Healing Beam Icon Healing Beam is Lt. Morales' only healing ability and affects one allied unit at a time. There are two major factors which greatly influence the efficiency of Healing Beam. Firstly, it is of utmost importance to know which ally to heal and when to heal them. Thus, keeping an eye on both your frontline and backline is imperative when playing Lt. Morales. The fact that Healing Beam has no cooldown allows you to quickly rotate between multiple targets and will help you in that regard.

Secondly, Healing Beam is consuming a significant amount of Mana if channeled for an extensive amount of time, which is why tracking Lt. Morales' Mana bar is crucial. However, keep in mind that using it on an ally with full health does not cost any Mana. This is particularly important to remember, as talents like Bioshield Icon Bioshield or Couples Therapy Icon Couples Therapy greatly rely on Lt. Morales keeping her Healing Beam active on full health targets.

3. Safeguard

Lt. Morales Safeguard
Safeguard (W) Starcraft Lt. Morales
  • Mana: 60
  • Cooldown: 15 seconds

Grant target Ally 25 Armor, reducing damage taken by 25% for 3 seconds.

Safeguard Icon Safeguard is an ability whose importance is often overlooked. However, its relatively low cooldown and strong single-target protection can make the difference between successfully saving an ally or seeing them die before you. To use Safeguard with maximum efficiency, timing is of the essence.

As a rule of thumb it is better to use Safeguard the moment an allied Warrior or melee Assassin initiates a team fight. Doing so usually allows you to use another instance of Safeguard within the same team fight and also allows your chosen target to engage more confidently. Safeguard is also a very important ability to use on Lt. Morales herself, as she lacks any form of innate escape or self-healing mechanisms.

4. Displacement Grenade

Lt. Morales Displacement Grenade
Displacement Grenade (E) Starcraft Lt. Morales
  • Mana: 50
  • Cooldown: 12 seconds

Fire a grenade that can be manually detonated, dealing 210 (+4% per level) damage and knocking enemies away.

Displacement Grenade Icon Displacement Grenade is Lt. Morales' only source of crowd control. Consequently, we generally recommend using Displacement Grenade as a defensive ability, meaning you should try to knock engaging enemies away from you or a threatened ally.

If used offensively, Displacement Grenade can actually help a retreating enemy to escape if it hits them directly. To avoid this from happening, try to aim Displacement Grenade in a way that the center of its explosion does not directly hit your target.

5. Stim Drone

Lt. Morales Stim Drone
Stim Drone (R) Starcraft Lt. Morales
  • Heroic
  • Mana: 100
  • Cooldown: 90 seconds

Grant an allied Hero 75% Attack Speed and 25% Movement Speed for 10 seconds.

Stim Drone Icon Stim Drone is a powerful buff, which greatly increases the mobility and damage output of a single allied Hero. One important thing to remember when using Stim Drone is the fact that it has a short channeling animation. If Lt. Morales gets interrupted while channeling, Stim Drone is put on a 10-second cooldown, so make sure to keep a safe distance from enemy crowd control abilities. The following list contains examples of Heroes that harmonise particularly well with Lt. Morales' Stim Drone.

It is worth mentioning that Assassins and Specialists who deal most of their damage through Basic Attacks are always priority targets for Stim Drone. Also keep in mind that Lt. Morales cannot use Stim Drone on herself unless she chooses Transfusion Icon Transfusion at Level 20, which we do not recommend.

6. Medivac Dropship

Lt. Morales Medivac Dropship
Medivac Dropship (R) Starcraft Lt. Morales
  • Heroic
  • Mana: 60
  • Cooldown: 50 seconds

Target a location for a Medivac transport. For up to 10 seconds before takeoff, allies can right-click to enter the Medivac.

Medivac Dropship Icon Medivac Dropship turns out to be an oftentimes underrated Heroic Ability. On larger maps, in particular, the global mobility it provides Lt. Morales and her teammates with, can secure multiple Map Objectives in quick succession. However, good communication with the rest of her team is crucial, since once cast, you cannot cancel Medivac Dropship's flight animation anymore.

Another way to use Medivac Dropship, albeit a bit more unorthodox, is to use it as an escape mechanism, especially when enemy Warriors and melee Assassins are threatening your life. Simply call down the Medivac Dropship and place it on a nearby location. By entering the Medivac, Morales becomes invulnerable until the Medivac lands or gets destroyed before take-off.

7. Caduceus Reactor

Lt. Morales Caduceus Reactor
Caduceus Reactor (D) Starcraft Lt. Morales

Lt. Morales regenerates 3% of her maximum Health every second after not taking damage for 4 seconds.

Caduceus Reactor Icon Caduceus Reactor is very similar to Muradin's Second Wind Icon Second Wind trait, since it also regenerates health per second after not taking damage for 4 seconds. Caduceus Reactor's effect makes Lt. Morales a very durable in lane if she knows how to dodge enemy abilities and Basic Attacks.

After reaching Level 20, the Caduceus Reactor 2.0 Icon Caduceus Reactor 2.0 talent adds Mana regeneration and a stackable shield, which balances two of Lt. Morales' greatest weaknesses: survivability and Mana dependency.

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