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Rexxar Talents

Last updated on Jun 23, 2016 at 07:00 by Kendric 11 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 Grizzled Bear Hunter-Gatherer Survivalist Training Flare ?
4 Hungry Bear ? Crippling Talons Taking Flight Easy Prey
7 Blood of the Rhino Aspect of the Beast Bird of Prey
10 Bestial Wrath Unleash the Boars
13 Wildfire Bear Thrill of the Hunt Bear Necessities Barkskin
16 Critical Care Aspect of the Hawk Primal Intimidation ? Feign Death
20 Spirit Bond Kill Command Frenzy of Kalimdor Hardened Skin

2. Common Talent Paths

Mobility Build: outstanding sustained single-target damage and exceptional chase potential

Misha Build: high damage output and strong self-sustain on Rexxar's bear companion

PvE Build: exceptional waveclear and late game crowd control

Dependencies:

3. Level 1 Talents

Grizzled Bear Hunter-Gatherer Survivalist Training Flare ?

3.1. Descriptions

Grizzled Bear Icon Grizzled Bear causes Misha to generate 1 stack of Block every 5 seconds. 1 stack is expended whenever she takes damage from an enemy Hero Basic Attack, reducing this damage by 50%. Misha can store up to 2 stacks of Block.

Hunter-Gatherer Icon Hunter-Gatherer increases Rexxar's and Misha's health regeneration by 1 per second for every Regeneration Globe he collects, up to a maximum of 30. After reaching 30 stacks, only Rexxar gains 600 bonus health. Purple Regeneration Globes dropped from neutral Boss monsters count as well.

Survivalist Training Icon Survivalist Training causes Regeneration Globes to regenerate 100% more Mana.

Flare Icon Flare is an activatable talent that fires a flare at a target area, granting vision and revealing cloaked enemies for 5 seconds. Flare has a 20-second cooldown.

3.2. Recommended

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

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 have short distances between lanes like Tomb of the Spider Queen or Dragon Shire. If you choose Hunter-Gatherer at Level 1, you should definitely make sure to rotate between lanes in order to accumulate as many globes as possible. However, make sure not to neglect soaking experience, especially if your team has not reached Level 10 yet.

3.3. Situational

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 cooldown of 20 seconds it can also be cast to reveal bushes and other obscured terrain, which helps your teammates avoid dangerous facechecking.

3.4. Not Recommended

Survivalist Training Icon Survivalist Training is not needed, since Rexxar is usually not a very Mana-hungry Hero. Furthermore, it does not improve Rexxar's or Misha's survivability, nor does it provide him with any utility. Thus, Survivalist Training remains a weak talent at Level 1, especially when compared to its alternatives.

4. Level 4 Talents

Hungry Bear ? Crippling Talons Taking Flight Easy Prey

4.1. Descriptions

Hungry Bear Icon Hungry Bear causes Misha's Basic Attacks to heal her for 3.9% of her maximum health. This effect also applies when attacking Structures.

Crippling Talons Icon Crippling Talons increases Spirit Swoop Icon Spirit Swoop's slow amount from 30% to 40% and its slow duration from 2 to 3 seconds.

Taking Flight Icon Taking Flight increases Spirit Swoop Icon Spirit Swoop's range by 20% and also causes it to refund 100% of its Mana cost if it hits an enemy Hero.

Easy Prey Icon Easy Prey increases Misha's damage against Minions and Mercenaries by 150% and also reduces the damage Misha takes from these sources by 50%, excluding Skeletal Defenders on Infernal Shrines.

4.2. Recommended

Crippling Talons Icon Crippling Talons greatly improves Rexxar's chase capabilities. By increasing the duration and amount of Spirit Swoop Icon Spirit Swoop's slow effect, Misha can also stun retreating enemies more easily with Misha, Charge! Icon Misha, Charge!.

Taking Flight Icon Taking Flight is slightly inferior to Crippling Talons Icon Crippling Talons. Spirit Swoop Icon Spirit Swoop already has a fairly high range and Rexxar does not really depend on the 100% Mana refund that Taking Flight provides him with. However, if you really need the additional casting range, for example when trying to hit enemies in the back line or if you have to keep Rexxar safe from enemy hard engage, Taking Flight can work surprisingly well.

4.3. Situational

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 tank and capture Mercenary Camps or even bigger objectives like the Garden Terror quite easily.

4.4. Not Recommended

Easy Prey Icon Easy Prey cannot compete against its alternative choices for a few reasons. Firstly, Rexxar and Misha can clear Mercenary Camps fairly quickly even without picking Easy Prey, which makes the talent obsolete. Secondly, Easy Prey has hardly any impact on team fights, which become more and more important as the game progresses. If you go for a PvE build, both Crippling Talons Icon Crippling Talons and Taking Flight Icon Taking Flight have better synergy with Bird of Prey Icon Bird of Prey at Level 7.

5. Level 7 Talents

Blood of the Rhino Aspect of the Beast Bird of Prey

5.1. Descriptions

Blood of the Rhino Icon Blood of the Rhino increases Mend Pet Icon Mend Pet's duration by 5 seconds.

Aspect of the Beast Icon Aspect of the Beast causes each of Misha's Basic Attacks to reduce the cooldown of Misha, Charge! Icon Misha, Charge! by 2 seconds.

Bird of Prey Icon Bird of Prey increases Spirit Swoop Icon Spirit Swoop's damage against non-heroic enemies by 200%, excluding Skeletal Defenders on Infernal Shrines.

5.2. Recommended

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 this talent, especially if you feel confident about how to control and position Misha.

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. Still, Aspect of the Beast Icon Aspect of the Beast is the better talent if you require more team fight presence. However, if you seek to clear Minion waves and Mercenary Camps extremely fast, Bird of Prey is the go-to choice.

5.3. Not Recommended

Blood of the Rhino Icon Blood of the Rhino provides better healing to Misha, however, Mend Pet Icon Mend Pet is strong enough already to ensure her survival on the battlefield in most cases. Furthermore, good control and knowing when to use Misha, Attack! Icon Misha, Attack! and Misha, Follow! Icon Misha, Follow! helps you avoid most of the damage on Misha and makes Blood of the Rhino unnecessary.

6. Level 10 Talents

Bestial Wrath Unleash the Boars

6.1. Descriptions

At this level, Heroic Abilities become available. Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath and Unleash the Boars Icon Unleash the Boars have already been described in the Abilities section.

6.2. Recommended

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 13.

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. However, keep in mind that this ability has no synergy at all with Rexxar's bear companion Misha. Thus, we primarily recommend this Heroic Ability on talent builds that focus on mobility and enhancing Rexxar's abilities, such as Crippling Talons Icon Crippling Talons and Frenzy of Kalimdor Icon Frenzy of Kalimdor.

7. Level 13 Talents

Wildfire Bear Thrill of the Hunt Bear Necessities Barkskin

7.1. Descriptions

Wildfire Bear Icon Wildfire Bear creates a fiery aura around Misha that deals 10 (+2.5 per level) damage every second to nearby enemies. This effect is also active while Rexxar is mounted.

Thrill of the Hunt Icon Thrill of the Hunt causes Rexxar's Basic Attacks to increase both his and Misha's movement speed by 25% for 2 seconds.

Bear Necessities Icon Bear Necessities allows Rexxar to cast Misha, Charge! Icon Misha, Charge! again for free for the next 3 seconds if it did not hit an enemy Hero.

Barkskin Icon Barkskin causes Misha to take 50% reduced damage from all sources after using Misha, Charge! Icon Misha, Charge!.

7.2. Recommended

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.

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.

7.3. Not Recommended

Bear Necessities Icon Bear Necessities allows Misha to leap twice if Misha, Charge! Icon Misha, Charge! did not hit an enemy Hero. This talent can make missing her first attempt to stun her opponents a lot more forgiving. However, it usually does not justify ignoring the signifact damage boost provided by Wildfire Bear Icon Wildfire Bear or the increased mobility by Thrill of the Hunt Icon Thrill of the Hunt. Still, this talent can be a relevant alternative for less experienced Rexxar players who do not feel confident enough about controlling Misha yet.

Barkskin Icon Barkskin is an unnecessary talent, since Misha is usually durable enough to survive team fights with the help of Mend Pet Icon Mend Pet alone, especially if you know how to control her well. Thus, we suggest choosing a different talent at Level 13.

8. Level 16 Talents

Critical Care Aspect of the Hawk Primal Intimidation ? Feign Death

8.1. Descriptions

Primal Intimidation Icon Primal Intimidation passively reduces the attack speed of enemies who use Basic Attacks against Rexxar and Misha by 40% for 2 seconds. This effect wears off from an affected enemy if they attack a target that does not have Primal Intimidation.

Critical Care Icon Critical Care increases the healing of Mend Pet Icon Mend Pet by 50% while Misha is under 50% health.

Aspect of the Hawk Icon Aspect of the Hawk increases Rexxar's attack speed by 100% for 3 seconds when Spirit Swoop Icon Spirit Swoop hits an enemy Hero.

Feign Death Icon Feign Death is an activatable talent that causes Rexxar to become invulnerable and untargetable for 5 seconds. During that time, you can only control Misha while Rexxar remains frozen in place. Feign Death has a 35-second cooldown. Feign Death can also be cancelled manually by activating the ability again.

8.2. Recommended

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.

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. Furthermore, it is a fairly reliable talent, since hitting an enemy Hero with Spirit Swoop Icon Spirit Swoop is usually not very difficult. However, if you go for a Misha build, you should neglect this talent in favour of Feign Death Icon Feign Death or Primal Intimidation Icon Primal Intimidation.

8.3. Situational

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 you trust your healer to keep you alive, and if the enemy team consists of at least two or more Basic Attack dependent Assassins or Specialists.

8.4. Not Recommended

Critical Care Icon Critical Care is not a recommended talent for similar reasons as Barkskin Icon Barkskin. Mend Pet Icon Mend Pet is already a strong healing ability in its original state and should suffice to keep Misha alive in most situations. Thus, choosing a talent that further boosts Mending Pet feels like a waste of resources.

9. Level 20 Talents

Spirit Bond Kill Command Frenzy of Kalimdor Hardened Skin

9.1. Descriptions

Spirit Bond Icon Spirit Bond increases the duration of Bestial Wrath Icon Bestial Wrath by 50%. It also causes Misha's Basic Attacks to heal Rexxar for 50% of the damage dealt as long as Bestial Wrath is active.

Kill Command Icon Kill Command causes Unleash the Boars Icon Unleash the Boars to deal 50% more damage and to also root each target for 1.5 seconds.

Frenzy of Kalimdor Icon Frenzy of Kalimdor increases the damage of Rexxar's Basic Attacks by 10% and also causes Misha's Basic Attacks to slow the movement speed of the target by 20% for 1.25 seconds.

Hardened Skin Icon Hardened Skin is an activatable talent on a 60-second cooldown that causes Rexxar and Misha to take 75% less damage from all sources for 4 seconds.

9.2. Recommended

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.

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.

9.3. Not Recommended

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 barely noticeable.

Hardened Skin Icon Hardened Skin adds a lot of protection and durability to Rexxar and Misha, however, in our opinion this is not needed. Mend Pet Icon Mend Pet usually provides enough healing to keep Misha alive in most situations, while Feign Death Icon Feign Death helps Rexxar to dodge enemy burst damage exceptionally well. Furthermore, more experienced Rexxar players know in general how to position themselves and Misha in order to avoid taking unnecessary damage. All these aspects make Hardened Skin a non-essential talent.

10. ChangeLog

  • 23 Jun. 2016: Adjusted and renamed Boar Build into PvE Build. Also, Changed talent priorities at Level 4.
  • 16 May 2016: Updated Hunter-Gatherer's description following Chromie's patch changes. Talent recommendations remain unchanged.
  • 26 Apr. 2016: Changed Bird of Prey from Situational to Recommended and removed Thrill of the Hunt in accordance with the latest balance update.
  • 10 Jan. 2016: Changed Kill Command from Not Recommended to Recommended and changed Spirit Bond from Recommended to Not Recommended.
  • 07 Oct. 2015: Updated Bird of Prey's description in accordance with the Lt. Morales update.
  • 24 Sep. 2015: Updated Rexxar's Quick Reference PvE Build.
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