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Rexxar Talents

Last updated on Jan 26, 2017 at 16:04 by Kendric 21 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for playing Rexxar 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 Rexxar 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 Easy Prey Bird of Prey Flare ?
4 Hungry Bear Hunter-Gatherer ? Grizzled Fortitude ? Animal Husbandry
7 Aspect of the Beast Crippling Talons Taking Flight
10 Bestial Wrath Unleash the Boars
13 Wildfire Bear Aspect of the Hawk Dire Beast
16 Thrill of the Hunt Primal Intimidation ? Feign Death
20 Spirit Bond Kill Command ? Frenzy of Kalimdor Hardened Skin
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2. Common Talent Paths

2.1. True Survivor Build (talent calculator link)

The True Survivor Build focuses, as the name suggests, on keeping Rexxar alive for as long as possible in order to keep stacking Animal Husbandry Icon Animal Husbandry. If successful, this build will give you an incredible amount of bonus health on both Misha and Rexxar. We definitely recommend picking defensive talents like Feign Death Icon Feign Death at Level 16 and Hardened Skin Icon Hardened Skin at Level 20 to help you in that matter.

2.2. Laning Misha Build (talent calculator link)

The Misha Build focuses more on buffing Misha's role as a Bruiser. Talents like Easy Prey Icon Easy Prey and Hungry Bear Icon Hungry Bear allow Rexxar to clear Mercenary Camps with great ease, while Thrill of the Hunt Icon Thrill of the Hunt turn both Misha and Rexxar into very efficient late game hunters.

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3. Level 1 Talents

Rexxar Easy Prey
Easy Prey (Level 1) World of Warcraft Rexxar

Increases Misha's damage to Minions and Mercenaries by 150%, and Misha gains 50 Armor against Minions and Mercenaries, reducing damage taken by 50%.

Rexxar Bird of Prey
Bird of Prey (Level 1) World of Warcraft Rexxar

Increases Spirit Swoop's damage by 150% to Minions.

Rexxar Flare ?
Flare (Level 1) World of Warcraft Rexxar
  • Cooldown: 25 seconds

Fire a flare at an area, revealing it for 20 seconds.

3.1. Discussion

Easy Prey Icon Easy Prey is a solid all-round talent that improves both Misha's damage and resistance against both Minions and Mercenaries. This talent becomes particularly strong on maps like Braxis Holdout, Blackheart's Bay, or Warhead Junction on which you can clear Mercenary and Boss Camps all by yourself. Keep in mind that Easy Prey also works on Misha, Charge! Icon Misha, Charge!, which adds additional AoE damage to Misha's leap.

Bird of Prey Icon Bird of Prey offers very decent waveclear and can be a useful talent on smaller maps, such as Tomb of the Spider Queen or Infernal Shrines. If you seek to clear Mercenary Camps by yourself, Easy Prey Icon Easy Prey remains the superior choice, as Bird of Prey's bonus damage only works on enemy Minions.

Flare Icon Flare is an effective yet situational talent, which unfolds its full potential if the enemy team consists of at least one cloaked Hero. Due to the Flare's low effective cooldown of 10 seconds it can also be cast to reveal bushes and other obscured terrain, which helps your teammates avoid dangerous facechecking.

4. Level 4 Talents

Rexxar Hungry Bear
Hungry Bear (Level 4) World of Warcraft Rexxar

Misha's Basic Attacks heal her for 4.5% of her maximum Health.

Rexxar Hunter-Gatherer ?
Hunter-Gatherer (Level 4) World of Warcraft Rexxar

Quest: Gathering a Regeneration Globe increases Rexxar's Health Regeneration by 1.25 per second, up to 25 per second.

Reward: After gathering 20 Globes, Rexxar and Misha gain 10 Armor.

Rexxar Grizzled Fortitude ?
Grizzled Fortitude (Level 4) World of Warcraft Rexxar

Every 7 seconds, Rexxar and Misha gain 75 Physical Armor against the next enemy Hero Basic Attack, reducing the damage taken by 75%.

Stores up to 2 charges. Both Rexxar and Misha have their own charges.

Rexxar Animal Husbandry
Animal Husbandry (Level 4) World of Warcraft Rexxar

Rexxar and Misha gain 2 Maximum Health every second Rexxar remains alive. These bonuses are lost on Rexxar's death.

4.1. Discussion

Hungry Bear Icon Hungry Bear has great synergy with Rexxar's Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath Heroic Ability. The self-sustain provided by Hungry Bear makes Misha strong enough to easily dominate early one-on-one lanes and also allows her to tank Mercenary Camps quite easily.

Animal Husbandry Icon Animal Husbandry is a chancy yet powerful talent, which can cause Rexxar and Misha to snowball very hard into the late game as long as Rexxar manages to survive. To make this talent less risky, it is crucial to be aware of potential ganks at any give time. Furthermore, defensive talents like Feign Death Icon Feign Death at Level 16 or Hardened Skin Icon Hardened Skin at Level 20 can help Rexxar to stay alive and keep stacking Animal Husbandry.

Hunter-Gatherer Icon Hunter-Gatherer is a solid all-round talent that improves both Misha's and Rexxar's health regeneration. This talent becomes particularly strong on maps which offer plenty of opportunities to obtain Regeneration Globes like Braxis Holdout or Tomb of the Spider Queen.

Grizzled Fortitude Icon Grizzled Fortitude is a very efficient defensive talent against enemy team compositions that rely heavily on dealing damage with Basic Attacks. Grizzled Fortitude makes Misha considerably more durable while fighting against strong ranged Assassins or Specialists like Sgt. Hammer or Valla.

5. Level 7 Talents

Rexxar Aspect of the Beast
Aspect of the Beast (Level 7) World of Warcraft Rexxar

Misha's Basic Attacks lower the cooldown of Misha, Charge! by 1.25 seconds.

Rexxar Crippling Talons
Crippling Talons (Level 7) World of Warcraft Rexxar

Increases Spirit Swoop's slow amount to 50% and its duration to 3 seconds.

Rexxar Taking Flight
Taking Flight (Level 7) World of Warcraft Rexxar

Increases Spirit Swoop's range by 20%. If Spirit Swoop hits an enemy Hero, the Mana cost is refunded and its cooldown is reduced by 2 seconds.

5.1. Discussion

We consider Aspect of the Beast Icon Aspect of the Beast to be one of the best talents in Rexxar's entire talent tree. Being able to reduce the cooldown of Misha, Charge! Icon Misha, Charge! allows Rexxar to dominate team fights by disrupting priority targets more frequently. We definitely recommend combining this talent with Dire Beast Icon Dire Beast at Level 13 to boost Misha's damage even further.

Crippling Talons Icon Crippling Talons greatly improves Rexxar's chase capabilities, however, it cannot compete with the reduced Stun cooldown Aspect of the Beast Icon Aspect of the Beast provides Rexxar with.

Taking Flight Icon Taking Flight remains a rather useless talent in most games, since Rexxar is not really dependent on Mana regeneration. The increased length on Spirit Swoop Icon Spirit Swoop is nice to have, however, it does not justify neglecting Aspect of the Beast Icon Aspect of the Beast.

6. Level 10 Talents

Rexxar Bestial Wrath
Bestial Wrath (Level 10) World of Warcraft Rexxar
  • Mana: 75
  • Cooldown: 50 seconds

Increases Misha's Basic Attack damage by 150% for 12 seconds.

Rexxar Unleash the Boars
Unleash the Boars (Level 10) World of Warcraft Rexxar
  • Mana: 75
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

Release a herd of boars that track down all enemy Heroes in a direction, dealing 110 (+4% per level) damage, revealing, and slowing enemies by 40% for 5 seconds.

6.1. Discussion

Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath is a strong Heroic Ability that causes Misha's Basic Attacks to hit very hard. Its relatively low cooldown of 50 seconds makes Bestial Wrath very versatile. It can be used to clear big Minion Waves and especially Mercenary Camps more quickly or it can be a significant factor to pressure enemy priority targets, mostly Assassins and Specialists, in the backline. Furthermore, Bestial Wrath possesses great synergy with some of the talents in Rexxar's tree, such as Hungry Bear Icon Hungry Bear at Level 4 or Thrill of the Hunt Icon Thrill of the Hunt at Level 16.

Unleash the Boars Icon Unleash the Boars should be taken into consideration if Rexxar's team lacks crowd control in general. The movement speed slow provided by each boar is a powerful tool to hunt down fleeing enemies and to reveal nearby cloaked Heroes.

7. Level 13 Talents

Rexxar Wildfire Bear
Wildfire Bear (Level 13) World of Warcraft Rexxar

Misha deals 28 (+4% per level) damage per second to nearby enemies.

Rexxar Aspect of the Hawk
Aspect of the Hawk (Level 13) World of Warcraft Rexxar

When Spirit Swoop hits an enemy Hero, Rexxar gains 125% Attack Speed for 3 seconds. Misha's Basic Attacks increase the duration of this buff by 0.75 seconds.

Rexxar Dire Beast
Dire Beast (Level 13) World of Warcraft Rexxar

Rexxar and Misha's Basic Attacks increase the damage of the next Misha, Charge! by 40%, stacking up to a 400% bonus.

7.1. Discussion

Dire Beast Icon Dire Beast marks a significant power spike for both Rexxar, as it greatly increases Misha's overall damage. If combined with Aspect of the Beast Icon Aspect of the Beast at Level 7, the drastically reduced cooldown on Misha, Charge! Icon Misha, Charge! causes Misha to inflict heavy damage on both enemy Minions and Heroes alike.

Wildfire Bear Icon Wildfire Bear further boosts Rexxar'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 Misha gets near them. Burning Rage is also a useful tool to consistently boost her overall damage output against multiple enemies at the same time. Misha will often find herself surrounded by two or more opponents throughout the course of the game, which is another reason why we consider Wildfire Bear a solid talent to be picked up at Level 13.

Aspect of the Hawk Icon Aspect of the Hawk focuses on a Rexxar-oriented talent build and provides him with a significant amount of attack speed, which increases his overall combat performance quite a bit. Still, we find the synergy between Aspect of the Beast Icon Aspect of the Beast and Dire Beast Icon Dire Beast too powerful to be ignored.

8. Level 16 Talents

Rexxar Thrill of the Hunt
Thrill of the Hunt (Level 16) World of Warcraft Rexxar

Your Basic Attacks increase both you and Misha's Movement Speed by 25% for 2 seconds.

Rexxar Primal Intimidation ?
Primal Intimidation (Level 16) World of Warcraft Rexxar

Heroes and Summons that attack you or Misha have their Attack Speed slowed by 20% for 2.5 seconds.

Activate to slow the Attack Speed by 50% and Movement Speed by 20% of nearby Heroes and Summons near Rexxar and Misha for 2.5 seconds.

Rexxar Feign Death
Feign Death (Level 16) World of Warcraft Rexxar
  • Cooldown: 0 seconds

Fake your death, becoming Invulnerable and untargetable for 5 seconds. During this time you control Misha.

8.1. Discussion

Thrill of the Hunt Icon Thrill of the Hunt's bonus movement speed works incredibly well with Misha's ability to stun retreating targets, while it also allows Rexxar to escape more easily himself. Furthermore, the synergy between Thrill of the Hunt and Frenzy of Kalimdor Icon Frenzy of Kalimdor's movement speed slow at Level 20 make Rexxar (and Misha) one of the most powerful chasers in the game.

Feign Death Icon Feign Death works like Ice Block Icon Ice Block, meaning it makes Rexxar Untargetable and Invulnerable, which makes it an ideal tool to dodge enemy skillshots and surprise attacks. What makes this talent particularly great on Rexxar is the fact that he can still control Misha while Feign Death is active, which allows him to keep playing an important role during team fights. We definitely recommend this talent if you went for Animal Husbandry Icon Animal Husbandry at Level 4, as it provides you with additional protection to survive dangerous situations.

Primal Intimidation Icon Primal Intimidation 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 Rexxar, as Feign Death Icon Feign Death usually provides more overall survivability than Primal Intimidation. You should only consider picking this talent over its competitors if the enemy team consists of at least two or more Basic Attack dependent Assassins or Specialists.

9. Level 20 Talents

Rexxar Spirit Bond
Spirit Bond (Level 20) World of Warcraft Rexxar

Increases the duration of Bestial Wrath by 50% and Misha's Basic Attacks heal Rexxar for 50% of her damage dealt during Bestial Wrath.

Rexxar Kill Command ?
Kill Command (Level 20) World of Warcraft Rexxar

Unleash the Boars deals 50% more damage and roots for 1.5 seconds.

Rexxar Frenzy of Kalimdor
Frenzy of Kalimdor (Level 20) World of Warcraft Rexxar

Your Basic Attacks deal 10% more damage, and Misha's Basic Attacks slow the target by 20% for 1.25 seconds.

Rexxar Hardened Skin
Hardened Skin (Level 20) World of Warcraft Rexxar
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

Rexxar and Misha gain 75 Armor for 4 seconds, reducing damage taken by 75%.

9.1. Discussion

Frenzy of Kalimdor Icon Frenzy of Kalimdor has great synergy with several of Rexxar's earlier talents that focus on improving his chasing capabilities, most notably Crippling Talons Icon Crippling Talons and Thrill of the Hunt Icon Thrill of the Hunt. What makes this talent particularly strong is the 20% movement speed slow from Misha's Basic Attacks, causing her to be extremely sticky and hard to run away from. This makes landing Misha, Charge! Icon Misha, Charge! a lot easier and also allows the rest of your team to catch up more quickly.

Hardened Skin Icon Hardened Skin adds a lot of protection and durability to Rexxar and Misha and is recommended if you picked Animal Husbandry Icon Animal Husbandry at Level 4 to guarantee your survival on the battlefield.

Kill Command Icon Kill Command is a great talent if the enemy team consists of one or several mobile Assassins and Specialists. Although Unleash the Boars Icon Unleash the Boars's innate damage is so low that a 50% increase will not cause much of a difference, the 1.5-second root effect makes for an efficient tool to initiate team fights.

Spirit Bond Icon Spirit Bond fails to have a major impact during team fights. While increased duration on Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath is quite useful, the life steal is b(e)arely noticeable.

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