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Ana Talents

Last updated on Oct 12, 2017 at 20:42 by Kendric 23 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for playing Ana 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 Ana 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 Grenade Calibration Piercing Darts Detachable Box Magazine
4 Air Strike Overdose Aim Down Sights
7 Temporary Blindness ? Mind-Numbing Agent Debilitating Dart
10 Nano Boost Eye of Horus
13 Speed Serum ? Purifying Darts ? Smelling Salts ?
16 Sharpshooter Concentrated Doses Contact Healing
20 Nano Infusion Ballistic Advantage Somnolent Doses Dynamic Shooting Custom Optics
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2. Common Talent Paths

2.1. All-round Build (talent calculator link)

The All-round Build comes with a lot of utility and provides, as the name suggests, solid value in most games. However, it is very important to carefully analyze the enemy team composition in terms of crowd control and damage type. If the opposing roster features strong ability damage dependent Assassins, Mind-Numbing Agent Icon Mind-Numbing Agent at Level 7 can be a strong choice to lower their combat efficiency. Similarly, Speed Serum Icon Speed Serum at Level 13 can be replaced by Purifying Darts Icon Purifying Darts or Smelling Salts Icon Smelling Salts depending on what form of crowd control the enemy team relies on the most.

2.2. Grenade Build (talent calculator link)

The Grenade Build provides strong AoE healing, which is particularly good if your team has several melee Heroes who usually clump next to each other. When playing Ana it is very important to carefully analyze the enemy team composition in terms of crowd control and damage type. Mind-Numbing Agent Icon Mind-Numbing Agent at Level 7 can be a strong choice against Mages, whereas Speed Serum Icon Speed Serum at Level 13 can be replaced by Purifying Darts Icon Purifying Darts or Smelling Salts Icon Smelling Salts depending on what form of crowd control the enemy team relies on the most.

3. Level 1 Talents

Ana Grenade Calibration
Grenade Calibration (Level 1) Ana

Quest: Hit enemy Heroes with Biotic Grenade.

Reward: After hitting 10 Heroes, Biotic Grenade does 75% more damage per allied and enemy Hero hit.

Reward: After hitting 20 Heroes, Biotic Grenade's duration on allies is increased from 4 seconds to 12 seconds, and its healing radius is increased by 100%.

Ana Piercing Darts
Piercing Darts (Level 1) Ana

Quest: Hit Heroes with Sleep Dart.

Reward: After hitting 10 Heroes, Sleep Dart now hits 2 Heroes and its range is increased by 50%.

Reward: After hitting 20 Heroes, Healing Dart now hits 2 Heroes and its range is increased by 50%.

Ana Detachable Box Magazine
Detachable Box Magazine (Level 1) Ana

Quest: Stack 5 Doses on an enemy Hero.

Reward: After reaching maximum Dosage 5 times, Doses deal 50% increase damage to enemies with 5 Doses.

Reward: After reaching maximum Dosage 15 times, unlock the Active Reload Ability, which can be activated to instantly gain 3 charges of Healing Dart.

3.1. Discussion

Grenade Calibration Icon Grenade Calibration works very well with Heroes who are capable of using self-healing abilities, since they benefit heavily from the increased duration of the healing buff. The increased damage on enemies is a beautiful extra to have.

Piercing Darts Icon Piercing Darts seems weak at first glance, however, after successfully completing it, Ana's power level increases significantly. Being able to hit up to 2 Heroes instead of just 1 allows her to reach targets that would get body-blocked otherwise.

Detachable Box Magazine Icon Detachable Box Magazine's reward is quite powerful, however, it usually takes too long to unlock the quest reward. As such, we found it to be underwhelming when compared to the other Level 1 talents.

4. Level 4 Talents

Ana Air Strike
Air Strike (Level 4) Ana

Activate to use Biotic Grenade with a 200% increased range, but Grenades thrown this way take 4 seconds to land.

Passive: Reduce Biotic Grenade cooldown by 4 seconds.

Ana Overdose
Overdose (Level 4) Ana

Hitting enemy Heroes with Sleep Dart applies 3 Doses.

Ana Aim Down Sights
Aim Down Sights (Level 4) Ana

Shrike can be activated to increase vision radius by 100% and Basic Attack range by 2 but reduce Movement Speed by 20%. Lasts until canceled.

4.1. Discussion

Overdose Icon Overdose is a quite reliable talent, especially if Piercing Darts Icon Piercing Darts was picked at Level 1. After completing Piercing Darts, Overdose's effect can affect two enemy Heroes at the same time.

Air Strike Icon Air Strike causes Biotic Grenade Icon Biotic Grenade to have a lower cooldown, which is particularly useful if you go for a Grenade Build in the first place. The resulting synergy with talents like Grenade Calibration Icon Grenade Calibration at Level 1 and Contact Healing Icon Contact Healing at Level 16 turns Ana into a quite potent AoE healer.

Aim Down Sights Icon Aim Down Sights's Movement Speed reduction of 20% is too much of a drawback to make this talent relevant, since Ana's overall mobility is already very limited.

5. Level 7 Talents

Ana Temporary Blindness ?
Temporary Blindness (Level 7) Ana

After Sleep Dart's effects wear off, targets are Blinded for 2 seconds.

Ana Mind-Numbing Agent
Mind-Numbing Agent (Level 7) Ana

Every Dose a Hero has reduces their Spell Power by 15%.

Ana Debilitating Dart
Debilitating Dart (Level 7) Ana
  • Cooldown: 45 seconds

Activate to fire a dart which reduces the damage dealt by the first enemy Hero it hits by 50% for 4 seconds.

5.1. Discussion

Debilitating Dart Icon Debilitating Dart is a fantastic defensive talent to keep Ana safe from engagin Assassins and Warriors who could pressure her otherwise. The 45-second cooldown is low enough to make this talent worth the pick.

Mind-Numbing Agent Icon Mind-Numbing Agent is a great talent if the enemy team features multiple Mages. But even without a lot of spell damage in their ranks, Numbing Agents will cripple enemy Heroes significantly. The best part about this talent is the fact that it gets applied passively, which makes it very reliable.

Temporary Blindness Icon Temporary Blindness is a very situational talent that we only recommend if the enemy team completely relies on Basic Attackers, such as Illidan or The Butcher.

6. Level 10 Talents

Ana Nano Boost
Nano Boost (Level 10) Ana
  • Mana: 40
  • Cooldown: 50 seconds

Instantly boost an allied Hero, restoring 200 Mana. For the next 8 seconds, they gain 30% Spell Power and their Basic Ability cooldowns recharge 150% faster.

Cannot be used on Ana.

Ana Eye of Horus
Eye of Horus (Level 10) Ana
  • Mana: 75
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

Assume a sniping position, gaining the ability to fire up to 8 specialized rounds with unlimited range. Rounds hit the first allied or enemy Hero or enemy Structure in their path. Allies are healed for 300 (+4% per level) and enemies are damaged for 175 (+4% per level). Deals 50% less damage to Structures.

Ana is unable to move while Eye of Horus is active.

6.1. Discussion

Nano Boost Icon Nano Boost is the ultimate weapon when your team features one or several ability damage heavy Assassins like Alarak, Kael'thas, or Kel'Thuzad in your roster. Since the ability comes with a relatively long duration of 8 seconds, make sure to cast it at the beginning of a team fight rather than keeping it for too long.

Eye of Horus Icon Eye of Horus is an interesting Heroic Ability since it allows Ana to heal allies and damage opponents from anywhere on the map. However, the global range comes with a major drawback: it forces Ana to temporarily take on a stationary position, rendering her vulnerable to any form of crowd control and damage.

7. Level 13 Talents

Ana Speed Serum ?
Speed Serum (Level 13) Ana

Healing Dart grants 25% Movement Speed to affected Heroes for 1 seconds.

Ana Purifying Darts ?
Purifying Darts (Level 13) Ana

Healing Dart removes Roots and Slows from the target, and heals for 20% more when doing so.

Ana Smelling Salts ?
Smelling Salts (Level 13) Ana

Healing Dart removes Stuns from the target, and grants them 50 Armor for 2 seconds when doing so.

7.1. Discussion

Speed Serum Icon Speed Serum is a great all-round talent. Increased Movement Speed is something every ally will find useful. As a rule of thumb, choose this talent if you are not entirely sure what to pick.

Purifying Darts Icon Purifying Darts is a bit more situational than Speed Serum Icon Speed Serum. This talent is worth taking if the enemy team features multiple sources of Slows and Roots like Arthas or Jaina.

Smelling Salts Icon Smelling Salts, too, is more situational than Speed Serum Icon Speed Serum. However, if used against Stun-heavy team compositions it can have massive value.

8. Level 16 Talents

Ana Sharpshooter
Sharpshooter (Level 16) Ana

Healing Dart's healing is increased by 5% if it heals a Hero, up to 50%. This bonus is reset if Healing Dart fails to hit a Hero.

Ana Concentrated Doses
Concentrated Doses (Level 16) Ana

Increase Healing Dart's healing by 10% for each Dose active on enemy Heroes.

Ana Contact Healing
Contact Healing (Level 16) Ana

Biotic Grenade heals for 30% more per allied and enemy Hero hit.

8.1. Discussion

Concentrated Doses Icon Concentrated Doses has great synergy with Overdose Icon Overdose at Level 4, as it allows you to immediately generate 2 Doses, increasing Ana's healing by 20%.

Contact Healing Icon Contact Healing can be an incredibly powerful talent during team fights with several Heroes — regardless of friend or foe — clumping next to each other. We also recommend this talent over Concentrated Doses Icon Concentrated Doses if the enemy team has plenty of AoE damage that requires immediate AoE counter healing.

Sharpshooter Icon Sharpshooter is a risky choice, since it requires Ana to consecutively hit Healing Dart Icon Healing Dart. Missing only one is enough to lose all value of this talent, making it very unreliable.

9. Level 20 Talents

Ana Nano Infusion
Nano Infusion (Level 20) Ana

Allies affected by Nano Boost heal for 50% of Spell Damage dealt.

Ana Ballistic Advantage
Ballistic Advantage (Level 20) Ana

Eye of Horus rounds explodes upon impacting a Hero, healing nearby allies for 300 (+4% per level) and dealing 150 (+4% per level) damage to nearby enemy Heroes.

Ana Somnolent Doses
Somnolent Doses (Level 20) Ana

Upon stacking 5 Doses, Heroes are put to Sleep for 2 seconds.

Ana Dynamic Shooting
Dynamic Shooting (Level 20) Ana

Basic Attacks increase Attack Speed by 10% for 4 seconds, up to 100%.

Ana Custom Optics
Custom Optics (Level 20) Ana

Increase the Aim Down Sights Basic Attack range bonus from 2 to 4.

9.1. Discussion

Somnolent Doses Icon Somnolent Doses has great synergy with Overdose Icon Overdose at Level 4, which helps stacking up to 5 Doses tremendously. The ability to cause enemy Heroes to fall asleep can be huge in many ways. It is great to catch up to fleeing opponents, and by the same token it keeps pesky Assassins and Warriors at bay. We consider this talent to be the big winner at Level 20.

Dynamic Shooting Icon Dynamic Shooting is a relatively safe choice. The bonus Attack Speed is a solid boon to spread Shrike Icon Shrike reliably and the 4-second duration is long enough to make it a worthwhile investment.

Nano Infusion Icon Nano Infusion is not bad per se. However, its healing usually remains too unimpactful to make it a worthy replacement to Somnolent Doses Icon Somnolent Doses.

Ballistic Advantage Icon Ballistic Advantage's explosion radius is rather small and the extra healing or damage it causes is too little to make it worth the investment.

Custom Optics Icon Custom Optics can only be taken if Ana chose Aim Down Sights Icon Aim Down Sights at Level 4, which is something we do not recommend in the first place.

10. ChangeLog

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  • 13 Oct. 2017: Changed Dynamic Shooting from Not Recommended to Recommended and fixed Overdose's description.
  • 29 Sep. 2017: Updated talent builds and descriptions after further playtesting.
  • 28 Sep. 2017: Added talent discussions.
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