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Tyrande Talents

Last updated on May 17, 2016 at 15:16 by Kendric 23 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for playing Tyrande 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 Tyrande 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 Celestial Attunement Ranger's Mark Seasoned Marksman Empower ?
4 Pierce ? Focused Attack Protective Shield Healing Ward Searing Arrows
7 Quickening Blessing Lunar Blaze Lunar Momentum Calldown: MULE ?
10 Shadowstalk Starfall
13 Overflowing Light Huntress' Fury Sprint ? Shrink Ray ?
16 Trueshot Aura Mark of Mending Ranger ? Shooting Star
20 Hunter's Swiftness Celestial Wrath Nexus Frenzy Storm Shield Rewind

2. Common Talent Paths

Owl Support Build: high damage with great disruption and low cooldowns

Utility Build: strong single target heals and shields combined with useful talent-based abilities

Starfall Build: great AoE damage at the cost of reduced AoE healing

3. Level 1 Talents

Celestial Attunement Ranger's Mark Seasoned Marksman Empower ?

3.1. Descriptions

Celestial Attunement Icon Celestial Attunement reduces the Mana cost of Light of Elune Icon Light of Elune by 15.

Ranger's Mark Icon Ranger's Mark lowers the cooldown of Hunter's Mark Icon Hunter's Mark by 6 seconds.

Seasoned Marksman Icon Seasoned Marksman permanently increases your Basic Attack damage by 0.2 whenever a nearby enemy Minion or Mercenary dies, and by 0.5 for each enemy Hero takedown, up to 40. Upon reaching 40 bonus Basic Attack damage, Seasoned Marksman can be activated to increase your attack speed by 30% for 3 seconds. This has a 60-second cooldown.

Empower Icon Empower causes Sentinel Icon Sentinel to instantly lower Tyrande's ability cooldowns by 2 seconds when hitting enemy Heroes.

3.2. Recommended

Ranger's Mark Icon Ranger's Mark almost halves the cooldown of Hunter's Mark Icon Hunter's Mark which allows Tyrande to weaken an enemy's defenses by 25% a lot more frequently. The biggest advantage of Ranger's Mark is the fact that is a very useful talent throughout all stages of the game.

3.3. Situational

Empower Icon Empower is part of the so-called "Owl Build" in which Tyrande focuses on dealing damage with her Sentinel Icon Sentinel ability instead of providing support to her team. Empower reduces the cooldown of Tyrande's other abilities by 2 seconds if Sentinel hits an enemy Hero, which makes it a very solid talent, especially if you choose Pierce Icon Pierce at Level 4 and Ranger Icon Ranger at Level 16.

3.4. Not Recommended

Seasoned Marksman Icon Seasoned Marksman is not a recommended talent on a Support Hero like Tyrande. Although she has various talents that could in theory benefit from higher Base Attack damage, such as Searing Arrows Icon Searing Arrows or Nexus Frenzy Icon Nexus Frenzy, Tyrande shines most when she is protecting her allies which is why we suggest avoiding any talent that improves her own Basic Attacks.

Celestial Attunement Icon Celestial Attunement allows Tyrande to cast Light of Elune Icon Light of Elune more freely due to the reduced Mana cost, however it does not contribute to ganks or team fights in a way that Ranger's Mark Icon Ranger's Mark does.

4. Level 4 Talents

Pierce ? Focused Attack Protective Shield Healing Ward Searing Arrows

4.1. Descriptions

Pierce Icon Pierce causes Sentinel Icon Sentinel to no longer stop after hitting an enemy Hero, which means it will now damage and reveal all enemy Heroes in its flight path.

Focused Attack Icon Focused Attack increases the damage of your next Basic Attack used against a Hero by 75%. This effect has a 10-second cooldown that is reduced by 1 second whenever you hit with a Basic Attack.

Protective Shield Icon Protective Shield is an activatable talent that grants an allied Hero or oneself with a damage-absorbing Shield equal to 15% of the target's maximum Health for 5 seconds. Protective Shield has a 60-second cooldown.

Healing Ward Icon Healing Ward is an activatable talent that summons a Healing Ward with 50 Health at the targeted location for 10 seconds. The Healing Ward heals nearby allied Heroes for 2% of their maximum Health every second. Healing Ward has a 60-second cooldown.

Searing Arrows Icon Searing Arrows is an activatable talent that increases Tyrande's Basic Attack damage by 50% for 5 seconds at the cost of 10 Mana per attack.

4.2. Recommended

Protective Shield Icon Protective Shield provides Tyrande with a shield that compensates for her weak early single target burst heal. This talent becomes especially useful if cast on a melee Assassin like Illidan or Thrall, or Warriors such as Anub'arak or Muradin, as these Heroes need special protection in order to survive battles at the frontline.

Healing Ward Icon Healing Ward is a strong talent, as it provides significant healing power and forces a lot of attention from the enemy team towards it. If Tyrande hides her Healing Ward in a bush or behind a wall, she will make it very hard for her enemies to even spot it at all. Keep in mind, however, that her team cannot benefit from multiple Healing Wards at the same time. Thus, in order to avoid any unnecessary confusion, we recommend communicating with the rest of your team first if there are several Heroes with Healing Ward in their talent tree.

4.3. Situational

Pierce Icon Pierce is an essential talent if Tyrande goes for a so called "Owl Build" which focuses a lot on dealing damage with Sentinel Icon Sentinel. Pierce allows Tyrande's Sentinel to damage several enemy Heroes at the same time which also means that it provides more vision, as hitting an enemy Hero will no longer cause it to stop.

4.4. Not Recommended

Focused Attack Icon Focused Attack works well on Assassins with high base Attack damage, however, not so much on Supporters like Tyrande, whose base Attack damage is innately very low and whose main objective should be to keep allies alive and not to deal more damage with Basic Attacks.

Searing Arrows Icon Searing Arrows increases Tyrande's Basic Attack damage at the cost of 10 Mana per attack. This contradicts Tyrande's role of a Support as she should be focusing on healing allies and stunning enemies with Lunar Flare Icon Lunar Flare instead of damaging them with her Basic Attacks. Just like Focused Attack Icon Focused Attack, this talent would work well on true Assassins but not on a Support Hero like Tyrande.

5. Level 7 Talents

Quickening Blessing Lunar Blaze Lunar Momentum Calldown: MULE ?

5.1. Descriptions

Quickening Blessing Icon Quickening Blessing causes Light of Elune Icon Light of Elune to also increase the targeted ally's movement speed by 25% for 3 seconds.

Lunar Blaze Icon Lunar Blaze increases the range of Lunar Flare Icon Lunar Flare by 40%.

Lunar Momentum Icon Lunar Momentum causes Tyrande's Basic Attacks to lower the cooldown of her Basic Abilities by 0.75 seconds.

Calldown: MULE Icon Calldown: MULE is an activatable talent that summons a MULE at the targeted location for 40 seconds. The MULE attempts to repair nearby individual allied Structures in an area around it, healing them at the rate of 100 Health per second and replenishing their Ammo at the rate of 1 per 3 seconds. Calldown MULE has a 60-second cooldown.

5.2. Recommended

Lunar Blaze Icon Lunar Blaze greatly increases Lunar Flare Icon Lunar Flare's range which allows Tyrande to stun enemies from even greater distance. This is particularly important on fragile and immobile Support Heroes like Tyrande in order to avoid getting focused by the enemy.

Lunar Momentum Icon Lunar Momentum becomes Tyrande's talent of choice if her team is not too dependent on her landing Lunar Flare Icon Lunar Flare. Lunar Momentum lowers all of Tyrande's Basic Ability cooldowns at the same time, which means that she is able to heal, provide vision and stun enemies more frequently.

5.3. Situational

Calldown: MULE Icon Calldown: MULE can be a legitimate alternate choice to Lunar Blaze Icon Lunar Blaze or Lunar Momentum Icon Lunar Momentum on Towers of Doom, Blackheart's Bay, or Sky Temple due to the way the Map Objectives work on those maps. Keep in mind, however, that Tyrande loses a lot of utility if she goes for this talent and she will thus suffer more from this choice than other Heroes with Mule in their talent trees like Abathur. Nevertheless, Mule can be a rewarding talent on the maps mentioned above, as it is able to repair a lot of damage done to your Structures by the Map Objectives.

5.4. Not Recommended

Quickening Blessing Icon Quickening Blessing is not a bad talent per se as a 25% movement speed buff on an ability with a cooldown of 8 seconds is quite strong. Unfortunately, the alternative choices at Level 7 are simply too useful to be neglected.

6. Level 10 Talents

Shadowstalk Starfall

6.1. Descriptions

At this level, Heroic abilities become available. Starfall Icon Starfall has already been described in the Abilities section.

6.2. Recommended

Starfall Icon Starfall provides Tyrande with one of the strongest zoning abilities in the game. Being able to slow and damage multiple enemies at the same time for 8 seconds is especially useful when fighting over static Map Objectives such as Temples or Tributes. Thus, we recommend casting Starfall on narrow terrain and choke points in order to make it harder for the enemy to escape.

When choosing Starfall, it is of utmost importance to know when to use it in order to maximise its efficiency. It is generally a good idea to synchronise Starfall with other AoE abilities such as E.T.C.'s Mosh Pit Icon Mosh Pit or Kael'thas' Phoenix Icon Phoenix, however Tyrande should not wait too long until she uses Starfall as otherwise she risks losing a lot of its value. Just like other AoE abilities, Starfall reveals cloaked Heroes as soon as they enter its area of effect.

Shadowstalk Icon Shadowstalk is a strong Heroic Ability for several reasons. Firstly, it enhances Tyrande's AoE-healing capabilities significantly, which is otherwise one of her greatest weaknesses. Secondly, it allows experienced players and teams to execute deadly ambushes and ganks on enemy Heroes. This makes it particularly rewarding on bigger maps like Crused Hollow or Sky Temple, on which it is quite hard for the opposing team to predict your current position.

Thirdly, Shadowstalk is a very diverse Heroic Ability. Not only can it be used to catch your opponents off guard, it can also be used to escape dangerous situations by stealthing all of your allies, which may end up saving their lives.

7. Level 13 Talents

Overflowing Light Huntress' Fury Sprint ? Shrink Ray ?

7.1. Descriptions

Overflowing Light Icon Overflowing Light increases Light of Elune Icon Light of Elune healing amount on allied Heroes by 30% as long as Tyrande is above 50% health.

Huntress' Fury Icon Huntress' Fury increases Tyrande's attack speed by 40% for 5 seconds when using Hunter's Mark Icon Hunter's Mark.

Sprint Icon Sprint is an activatable talent that increases your movement speed by 75% for 3 seconds. Sprint has a 60-second cooldown.

Shrink Ray Icon Shrink Ray reduces the damage and movement speed of the targeted Hero by 50% for 4 seconds. Although Shrink Ray affects both Basic Attacks and Abilities, it does not reduce the damage of the target's summoned units or other activatable talents, such as Envenom Icon Envenom and Blood for Blood Icon Blood for Blood. Shrink Ray has a 60-second cooldown.

7.2. Recommended

Overflowing Light Icon Overflowing Light increases the efficiency of Light of Elune Icon Light of Elune and thus makes up for one of her most prominent weaknesses, which is a lack of strong single target heals in the early game. Picking Overflowing Light adds a lot of healing power to Tyrande's kit that enables her to sustain even heavily injured teammates. We consider this talent essential if there is no full Support in your team or if the enemy team composition relies heavily on burst damage.

7.3. Situational

Sprint Icon Sprint is a powerful talent on Heroes that do not have any form of escape mechanisms at their disposal. It allows Tyrande to quickly catch up to fleeing enemies in order to stun them with Lunar Flare Icon Lunar Flare or to escape sticky situations. However, more experienced Tyrande players who know how to position themselves and when to take a fight may want to pick Overflowing Light Icon Overflowing Light or Shrink Ray Icon Shrink Ray instead.

Shrink Ray Icon Shrink Ray is a great talent if used correctly, and under the right circumstances. It will shut down a lot of aggressive Heroes like Illidan, Tyrael, or Zeratul, who are known for diving deep into your backline. The tricky thing about Shrink Ray is the fact that it needs a team to follow up on a shrunk target during team fights, as otherwise Shrink Ray will just vanish without great effect. We suggest carefully checking on how well you communicate and harmonise with your teammates. If the chemistry is right (for example if you queued up as a five man team), then Shrink Ray can be a great talent to have. If the chemistry is not that great, go for either Overflowing Light Icon Overflowing Light or Sprint Icon Sprint instead.

7.4. Not Recommended

Huntress' Fury Icon Huntress' Fury suffers from the same problems as Seasoned Marksman Icon Seasoned Marksman or Focused Attack Icon Focused Attack: while they would be great talents on Assassins, Tyrande's priority should not be to attack a single target faster for 4 seconds while Hunter's Mark Icon Hunter's Mark is active on them. Instead, her main goal should be to heal injured allies and assist her team with her crowd control and scouting abilities.

8. Level 16 Talents

Trueshot Aura Mark of Mending Ranger ? Shooting Star

8.1. Descriptions

Trueshot Aura Icon Trueshot Aura passively grants a 15% Basic Attack damage bonus to nearby allies. Trueshot Aura also increases the damage of nearby allied Minions and Mercenaries by 15%.

Mark of Mending Icon Mark of Mending causes Basic Attacks against a target marked by Hunter's Mark Icon Hunter's Mark to heal for 2.5% maximum health.

Ranger Icon Ranger increases the width of Tyrande's Sentinel Icon Sentinel ability by 100%. It also increases the damage done by Sentinel based on the distance it travelled, up to a maximum of 200%.

Shooting Star Icon Shooting Star increases Lunar Flare Icon Lunar Flare's damage by 50% and causes it to restore 100% of its Mana cost if it hits at least one enemy Hero.

8.2. Recommended

Trueshot Aura Icon Trueshot Aura is a great talent if Tyrande's team composition consists of several Assassins like Valla or Illidan who are dependent on dealing damage through Basic Attacks. Trueshot Aura has literally no real down sides and should only be neglected if your team focuses on spell damage instead.

Shooting Star Icon Shooting Star is a solid alternative choice to Trueshot Aura Icon Trueshot Aura if you consider yourself a more experienced Tyrande player capable of landing most of your Lunar Flare Icon Lunar Flares. This talent works extremely well with Hunter's Mark Icon Hunter's Mark as the increased damage from Shooting Star deals a huge amount of damage on a marked target.

8.3. Situational

Ranger Icon Ranger completes Tyrande's offensive Owl build. The increased width on Sentinel Icon Sentinel allows her to hit enemies more easily, while Pierce Icon Pierce enables her to hit several opponents at the same time. After picking up Ranger, Tyrande reaches a great power level which allows her to deal an incredible amount of damage. It is not unusual to see a Tyrande, that went for an Owl Build, surpass even Assassins in terms of overall damage numbers.

8.4. Not Recommended

Mark of Mending Icon Mark of Mending is an underwhelming talent, since the healing it provides is rather marginal. Unlike the alternative talent choices at Level 16, Mark of Mending does not contribute much to Tyrande's overall combat performance during the later stages of the game.

9. Level 20 Talents

Hunter's Swiftness Celestial Wrath Nexus Frenzy Storm Shield Rewind

9.1. Descriptions

Celestial Wrath Icon Celestial Wrath allows Tyrande to cast Starfall Icon Starfall from global range and also increases its damage by 30%.

Hunter's Swiftness Icon Hunter's Swiftness increases the movement speed of allied Heroes by 30% for 8 seconds after using Shadowstalk Icon Shadowstalk. Additionally, Tyrande's next Basic Attack deals 100% more damage.

Nexus Frenzy Icon Nexus Frenzy increases the range of your Basic Attacks by 20% and your attack speed by 20%.

Storm Shield Icon Storm Shield is an activatable talent that provides all nearby allied Heroes, including oneself, with a Shield equal to 20% each respective target's maximum Health for 3 seconds. Storm Shield has a 45-second cooldown.

Rewind Icon Rewind is an activatable talent that instantly resets the cooldown of your Basic Abilities. Rewind has a 60-second cooldown.

9.2. Recommended

Hunter's Swiftness Icon Hunter's Swiftness is an incredibly versatile talent, which adds a lot of mobility to your entire team. Both melee and ranged Heroes benefit greatly from the increased movement, since it allows them to either engage or disengage more efficiently. Especially if your team has another dedicated Support, Hunter's Swiftness becomes our top recommended talent.

Storm Shield Icon Storm Shield is on of the most powerful defensive talents in the game. However, Tyrande needs to mind her positioning as she may lack the mobility to quickly reach injured allies in time. Storm Shield allows you to sustain ongoing pushes and sieges, and is a great tool to stop enemy AoE burst damage, especially from spell-dependant Assassins like Jaina or Kael'thas.

Rewind Icon Rewind is a very efficient talent on Heroes who rely on their crowd control and scouting abilities. Tyrande's Lunar Flare Icon Lunar Flare and Sentinel Icon Sentinel spells fall into that category, which is the main reason why Rewind works wonders on her. Ideally, Tyrande should activate Rewind after she used all of her Basic Abilities, however, Lunar Flare should remain your main focus. Try to use Rewind as soon as the first instance of Lunar Flare has run out. This allows you to chain your stuns efficiently which will result in preventing your target from using any escape abilities.

9.3. Not Recommended

Celestial Wrath Icon Celestial Wrath is a solid talent choice on smaller maps like Towers of Doom or Tomb of the Spider Queen in order to deal more damage while pushing. However, in most cases it is better to either provide your team with additional protection using Storm Shield Icon Storm Shield or crowd control using Rewind Icon Rewind.

Nexus Frenzy Icon Nexus Frenzy is one of the best talents on ranged Assassins like Raynor or Sgt. Hammer who inflict most of their damage by using Basic Attacks, however, not on Tyrande. As good as Nexus Frenzy is on other Heroes, we strongly recommend choosing a Storm Talent that actually fits Tyrande's role instead of improving her innately weak Basic Attacks.

10. ChangeLog

  • 17 May 2016: Replaced Battle Momentum with Lunar Momentum and updated Regeneration Master's description following Chromie's patch updates. Talent recommendations remain unchanged.
  • 14 Apr. 2016: Added the Starfall Quick Reference Talent Build.
  • 21 Mar. 2016: Updated the Quick Reference Talent Builds according to the current meta.
  • 20 Jan. 2016: Changed various talents in accordance with the latest update.
  • 17 Dec. 2015: Changed Hunter's Swiftness from Not Recommended to Recommended.
  • 07 Oct. 2015: Changed Shadowstalk from Not Recommended to Reference.
  • 21 Aug. 2015: Changed the description of Seasoned Marksman and Focused Attacks in accordance with Kharazim's patch.
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