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Abathur Talents

Last updated on Feb 15, 2020 at 19:02 by Straften 42 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Talents page for Abathur. Here, we give you an overview of how strong each of Abathur's talents is. Then, we present several viable builds, before analyzing each talent row separately, so that you can make informed decisions.


Abathur's Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Pressurized Glands ? Envenomed Nest ? Reinforced Carapace ? Survival Instincts
4 Adrenal Overload ? Needlespine ? Prolific Dispersal
7 Vile Nest ? Networked Carapace Calldown: MULE
10 Ultimate Evolution Evolve Monstrosity ?
13 Spatial Efficiency ? Soma Transference ? Bombard Strain
16 Envenomed Spikes ? Adrenaline Boost ? Volatile Mutation ? Locust Brood
20 Evolutionary Link ? Evolution Complete ? Hivemind Locust Nest ?

Abathur's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Carapace Build

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Level 1 Reinforced Carapace Icon
Level 4 Adrenal Overload Icon Needlespine Icon ? Prolific Dispersal Icon ?
Level 7 Networked Carapace Icon Calldown: MULE Icon ?
Level 10 Evolve Monstrosity Icon
Level 13 Soma Transference Icon Spatial Efficiency Icon ?
Level 16 Adrenaline Boost Icon Volatile Mutation Icon ?
Level 20 Evolution Complete Icon

The Carapace Icon Carapace Build focuses on talenting Carapace into a powerful and versatile Ability. This build can provide great map pressure and out-of-combat healing to additional allies, but lacks on-demand team-fight damage. Reinforced Carapace Icon Reinforced Carapace significantly increases the shield value. Networked Carapace Icon Networked Carapace allows Carapace's heal to affect more than one Hero at a time. Networked Carapace is aslo very strong when pushing Minion waves remotely, because you can shield all of the Minions in a wave. While Evolve Monstrosity Icon Evolve Monstrosity deals massive team fight damage in ideal situations, it must be stacked ahead of time in order to be effective. It is best if you do not spend much time controlling the Monstrosity until you get Adrenaline Boost Icon Adrenaline Boost at Level 16. Allow it to pressure in an empty lane, while you soak experience with your body and Symbiote. It is possible to gather experience from three lanes at once when using this method, especially while teams rotate to map objectives. This build path is recommended in team compositions that can effectively draw out fights and objectives while you create an experience lead and threaten Structures. It is not recommended for use in dive compositions that require your allies to fully commit to team fights.

Locust Strain Build

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Level 1 Survival Instincts Icon
Level 4 Prolific Dispersal Icon
Level 7 Calldown: MULE Icon Networked Carapace Icon ?
Level 10 Ultimate Evolution Icon
Level 13 Bombard Strain Icon
Level 16 Locust Brood Icon
Level 20 Locust Nest Icon

The Locust Strain Icon Locust Strain Build focuses on talents that produce and enhance Locusts. It excels at creating debilitating static pressure in lanes of your choosing. You can have a significant impact on mid-game team fights via Ultimate Evolution Icon Ultimate Evolution. This build path is highly recommended against enemy team compositions that lack strong waveclear, as they will have to spend more time and resources responding to your push. While an enemy is clearing your Locusts, your team can engage a favourable team fight.

Symbiote Build

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Level 1 Pressurized Glands Icon
Level 4 Adrenal Overload Icon Needlespine Icon ?
Level 7 Calldown: MULE Icon Vile Nest Icon ?
Level 10 Ultimate Evolution Icon
Level 13 Soma Transference Icon
Level 16 Envenomed Spikes Icon
Level 20 Hivemind Icon

The Symbiote Build maximises Abathur's team fight presence by taking Talents that improve Symbiote's damage dealing Abilities. This team fight presence comes at the cost of global pressure, as you will lack the huge lane pressure provided by other builds. Although this is not a build that focuses on pushing lanes, it is still important to soak as much experience as possible. Due to the short range of Symbiote's Abilities, this build is ideally paired with a melee assassin who benefits from increased attack speed.


Level 1 Talents for Abathur

Abathur Pressurized Glands ?
Pressurized Glands (Level 1) Starcraft Abathur

Increases the range of Symbiote's Spike Burst by 25% and decreases the cooldown by 1 second.

Abathur Envenomed Nest ?
Envenomed Nest (Level 1) Starcraft Abathur

Toxic Nests deal 75% more damage over 3 seconds and reduce the Armor of enemy Heroes hit by 10 for 4 seconds.

Abathur Reinforced Carapace ?
Reinforced Carapace (Level 1) Starcraft Abathur

Increase the Shield amount of Carapace by 40%.

Abathur Survival Instincts
Survival Instincts (Level 1) Starcraft Abathur

Increases Locust's Health by 100% and damage by 60%.



Pressurized Glands Icon Pressurized Glands provides Spike Burst Icon Spike Burst with a reasonable power increase during the early game, and has good synergy with Soma Transference Icon Soma Transference and Envenomed Spikes Icon Envenomed Spikes at Levels 13 and 16 respectively. Pressurized Glands also helps improve your waveclear.

Envenomed Nest Icon Envenomed Nest dramatically increases the damage of Toxic Nest Icon Toxic Nest, but deals this extra damage over time. Consider taking this if you really need to punish enemy rotations, and are planning on taking the other Toxic nest talents at levels 4 and 7. This Talent can also be useful in Quick Match games when the enemy team lacks a healer or self-sustain options.

Reinforced Carapace Icon Reinforced Carapace increases Carapace's shield amount. Carapace's healing effect ends if the shield is destroyed. This Talent will make it slightly more difficult for enemies to remove the shield and its healing effect.

Survival Instincts Icon Survival Instincts will pressure the enemy team by increasing the health and damage of your Locusts. If you want to get the most out of Survival Instincts, take Bombard Strain Icon Bombard Strain at 13, Locust Brood Icon Locust Brood at 16, and Locust Nest Icon Locust Nest at 20.


Level 4 Talents for Abathur

Abathur Adrenal Overload ?
Adrenal Overload (Level 4) Starcraft Abathur

Heroic Symbiote hosts gain 25% increased Attack Speed.

Abathur Needlespine ?
Needlespine (Level 4) Starcraft Abathur

Increases the damage and range of Symbiote's Stab by 20%.

Abathur Prolific Dispersal
Prolific Dispersal (Level 4) Starcraft Abathur

Increase the duration of Toxic Nests by 45 seconds, reduce its cooldown by 2 seconds, and add 2 additional charges.



Adrenal Overload Icon Adrenal Overload significantly increases the damage potential of Heroes who depend on Basic Attacks for damage, self-sustain, or to trigger other effects. Heroes that do not rely on Basic Attacks benefit much less from this Talent; its usefulness depends on team composition.

Needlespine Icon Needlespine allows Abathur to deal more damage with Symbiote by increasing Stab Icon Stab's range and damage. This talent can be especially helpful if the enemy team is made up of multiple ranged Heroes.

Prolific Dispersal Icon Prolific Dispersal dramatically increases the number of Toxic Nest Icon Toxic Nests Abathur can deploy simultaneously. Prolific Dispersal has strong synergy with Vile Nest Icon Vile Nest at level 7, even in the absence of Envenomed Nest Icon Envenomed Nest from level 1.


Level 7 Talents for Abathur

Abathur Vile Nest ?
Vile Nest (Level 7) Starcraft Abathur

Toxic Nests Slow enemy Movement Speed by 40% for 2.5 seconds.

Abathur Networked Carapace
Networked Carapace (Level 7) Starcraft Abathur

Using Symbiote's Carapace also applies an untalented Carapace Shield to all nearby allied Heroes, Minions, and Mercenaries.

Abathur Calldown: MULE
Calldown: MULE (Level 7) Starcraft Abathur
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

Activate to calldown a Mule that repairs Structures, one at a time, near target point for 40 seconds, healing for 90 Health every 1 second.



Vile Nest Icon Vile Nest can be extremely annoying for the enemy team. This talent can help your team secure objectives and kills by reducing the effectiveness of enemy rotations and ganks. Vile Nest has great synergy with Prolific Dispersal Icon Prolific Dispersal.

Networked Carapace Icon Networked Carapace is predominantly a PvE Talent focused on pushing empty lanes by keeping large numbers of Minions and Mercenaries healthy. It applies untalented shields to allied Heroes who are nearby the Symbiote host. Carapace Icon Carapace's heal effect is not applied to Minions or Mercenaries, but it is applied to all Heroes that are shielded by Networked Carapace. While each individual shield is weak, the effects can add up to a meaningful advantage in long team fights.

Calldown: MULE Icon Calldown: MULE should almost always be taken on Sky Temple, because it gets insane value due to the way the main objective plays out there. It is a situational pick on other maps. Calldown: Mule is usually a very strong choice. It allows you to apply pressure and push lanes during all stages of the game while repairing your own Structures.


Level 10 Talents for Abathur

Abathur Ultimate Evolution
Ultimate Evolution (Level 10) Starcraft Abathur
  • Cooldown: 70 seconds

Clone target allied Hero and control it for 20 seconds. Abathur has perfected the clone, granting it 20% Spell Power, 20% bonus Attack Damage, and 10% bonus Movement Speed. Cannot use their Heroic Ability.

Abathur Evolve Monstrosity ?
Evolve Monstrosity (Level 10) Starcraft Abathur
  • Cooldown: 90 seconds

Turn an allied Minion or Locust into a Monstrosity. When enemy Minions near the Monstrosity die, it gains 2% Health and 2% Basic Attack damage, stacking up to 40 times. The Monstrosity can be healed by Carapace and has the ability to Burrow to a visible location every 80 seconds.

Using Symbiote on the Monstrosity allows Abathur to control it, in addition to Symbiote's normal benefits. This Ability can be reactivated to automatically cast Symbiote on his Monstrosity.



Ultimate Evolution Icon Ultimate Evolution is a fantastic and versatile Heroic ability. It should usually be used on high damage Heroes, as these clones will benefit the most from the extra Ability Power and Basic Attack damage. Ideally, the cloned Hero will also have a gap closer to ensure that you are able to close in on enemies and deal meaningful damage during the 20 second window. Cloning Tanks will yield less damage, but can be useful if your team requires more crowd control.

Evolve Monstrosity Icon Evolve Monstrosity is a strong pushing and sieging tool, but you must sacrifice a lot of team fight presence in order to take it. Evolve Monstrosity deals massive team fight damage in ideal situations, but it is unrealistic to assume that you will be able to get the monstrosity into an ideal position. You need to build very specifically to properly mobilise a monstrosity.


Level 13 Talents for Abathur

Abathur Spatial Efficiency ?
Spatial Efficiency (Level 13) Starcraft Abathur

Symbiote's Stab gains 1 additional charge and its cooldown is reduced by .5 seconds.

Abathur Soma Transference ?
Soma Transference (Level 13) Starcraft Abathur

Symbiote's Spike Burst heals the host for 64 (+4% per level) Health per enemy Hero hit.

Abathur Bombard Strain
Bombard Strain (Level 13) Starcraft Abathur

Locust's Basic Attacks become a long-range siege attack and their duration is increased by 75%.



Spatial Efficiency Icon Spatial Efficiency can put out a lot of damage when paired with Needlespine Icon Needlespine. This can be useful when you find yourself primarily using Symbiote to imbue a ranged Basic Attacker with Adrenal Overload Icon Adrenal Overload, or would otherwise get decreased value out of Spike Burst Icon Spike Burst Talents.

Soma Transference Icon Soma Transference can heal the host for a significant amount of Health, especially if Symbiote Icon Symbiote is on a melee Hero who will be within range of multiple enemy Heroes. Pressurized Glands Icon Pressurized Glands synergises very well with this Talent. Soma Transference is less effective on ranged allies, and is also very weak against enemy compositions that have access to a lot of burst damage.

Bombard Strain Icon Bombard Strain increases the distance that Locusts can travel before expiring; it also the number of Basic Attacks that they can deliver during this time. When this talent is paired with Locust Brood Icon Locust Brood and Locust Nest Icon Locust Nest, you can threaten enemy Keeps with waves of Locusts. This will force the enemy team to choose between splitting to clear the Locusts, or losing a Keep.


Level 16 Talents for Abathur

Abathur Envenomed Spikes ?
Envenomed Spikes (Level 16) Starcraft Abathur

Abathur's Symbiote's Spike Burst also Slows enemy Movement Speed by 40% for 2 seconds.

Abathur Adrenaline Boost ?
Adrenaline Boost (Level 16) Starcraft Abathur

Symbiote's Carapace increases the Movement Speed of the target by 40% for 3.5 seconds.

Abathur Volatile Mutation ?
Volatile Mutation (Level 16) Starcraft Abathur

Ultimate Evolution clones and Monstrosities deal 137 (+4% per level) damage to nearby enemies every 3 seconds and when they die. Enemy Heroes hit heal the clone or Monstrosity for 100% of the damage dealt.

Abathur Locust Brood
Locust Brood (Level 16) Starcraft Abathur
  • Cooldown: 45 seconds

Activate to spawn 3 Locusts at a nearby location.



Envenomed Spikes Icon Envenomed Spikes provides a significant Slow over a large area, especially when combined with Pressurized Glands Icon Pressurized Glands at Level 1. It allows melee Heroes to stick to targets much more easily than they would otherwise be able to. One advantage this has over Adrenaline Boost Icon Adrenaline Boost is that its effect cannot be removed by damaging your Symbiote host. The other important difference is that Envenomed Spikes can affect multiple enemies.

Adrenaline Boost Icon Adrenaline Boost is essentially the opposite of Envenomed Spikes Icon Envenomed Spikes, speeding up a single ally, rather than slowing down multiple enemies. Slowing enemies allows your entire team to reposition, as opposed to giving a single ally increased movement speed. However, Adrenaline Boost can help your team run down kills that would otherwise escape. Adrenaline Boost is very useful for Evolve Monstrosity, which otherwise lacks mobility during combat. The main drawback to Adrenaline Boost is that its effect is removed when Carapace shield is destroyed. This talent is recommended within a Carapace oriented build, where it can really shine.

Volatile Mutation Icon Volatile Mutation deals damage to enemies very near Abathur's Heroic entities. This talent may have some conflicts with Ultimate Evolution Icon Ultimate Evolution, where you will often clone a ranged Hero and may only be within range for Volatile Mutation very briefly. Volatile Mutation can help Evolve Monstrosity Icon Evolve Monstrosity waveclear lanes more quickly, but Adrenaline Boost Icon Adrenaline Boost is extremely important in order to effectively mobilise Evolve Monstrosity.

Locust Brood Icon Locust Brood can be used in combination with Deep Tunnel Icon Deep Tunnel to instantly create pressure at any location. Locust Brood is required in any kind of Locust oriented build, as it is the only Talent capable of producing Locusts in bursts. Locust Brood can also be effective in situational hybrid builds, as it only needs Bombard Strain Icon Bombard Strain in order to get decent value.


Level 20 Talents for Abathur

Abathur Evolutionary Link ?
Evolutionary Link (Level 20) Starcraft Abathur

Increase the duration of Ultimate Evolution by 50%. As long as the Ultimate Evolution is alive, the original target of the clone gains a Shield equal to 35% of their maximum Health. Refreshes every 5 seconds.

Abathur Evolution Complete ?
Evolution Complete (Level 20) Starcraft Abathur

Increase Monstrosity's Basic Attack damage by 100%.

Abathur Hivemind
Hivemind (Level 20) Starcraft Abathur

Symbiote creates an additional Symbiote on a nearby allied Hero. This Symbiote mimics the commands of the first, but does half damage and Shielding.

Abathur Locust Nest ?
Locust Nest (Level 20) Starcraft Abathur
  • Cooldown: 45 seconds

Activate to create a nest that periodically spawns Locusts. Only one Locust Nest can be active at a time.



Evolutionary Link Icon Evolutionary Link makes it harder for the enemy team to kill Ultimate Evolution Icon Ultimate Evolution's target. Because the shield is based on the target's maximum Health, this can be situationally useful if your composition's preferred clone is a Warrior. This Talent can also be strong with melee Assassins, as it will give them more Health for late-game fights.

Evolution Complete Icon Evolution Complete is a great Level 20 talent to take in games where Evolve Monstrosity has been selected. The bonus damage is so high that it will be hard to get as much value out of the other options. There are exceptions of course. If Evolve Monstrosity is taken with a Locust oriented build, Locust Nest would compete with it. Similarly, Hive Mind will get a lot of value in Spike Burst oriented builds.

Hivemind Icon Hivemind increases Symbiote Icon Symbiote's effectiveness by 50% when considering Symbiote Abilities directly. However, Hivemind doubles Symbiote's effectiveness when considering Talents like Soma Transference Icon Soma Transference and Envenomed Spikes Icon Envenomed Spikes, as these Talents work per Hero hit, rather than per Ability cast. This provides you with greatly increased team fight presence. Regardless of what other Talents you take, you will almost always get good value out of Hivemind in team fights.

Locust Nest Icon Locust Nest pushes a full Locust build to the limit, helping to generate as many Locusts as possible. It will double the number of passively generated Locusts, and allows you to simultaneously spawn Locusts in different lanes. This Talent is only recommended when you have several Talents already invested into Locusts, as other options at this tier will get more value otherwise.



  • 15 Feb. 2020: Updated text for Prolific Dispersal to account for balance patch.
  • 29 Jan. 2020: Reviewed Talents section for relevance and fixed grammatical error.
  • 18 Apr. 2019: Updated Talents section to account for balance patch.
  • 12 Feb. 2019: Updated guide to reflect Hero rework in balance patch.
  • 12 Dec. 2017: Edited Calldown: MULE to reflect 2018 game design changes.
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