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Anub'arak Build Guide “Time is fleeting.”

Last updated on Jun 20, 2020 at 09:50 by Oxygen 20 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Anub'arak, a Tank in Heroes of the Storm. Within these pages, you will find everything required to understand how best to play this hero, in both different map styles and team compositions.


Anub'arak's Overview

Anub'arak is an aggressive anti-caster Tank. His strongest points are his long-range disruption and powerful on-demand resistance to Ability-based damage. Although considered an archetypal Tank, Anub'arak's Health pool is considerably lower than that of other Tanks. He relies on opportunism and teamwork to survive, exemplifying the adage "the best defence is a good offence."


Anub'arak's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
X Weaknesses

Anub'arak's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Balanced Build

Level 1 Legion of Beetles Icon Nerubian Armor Icon ? Regeneration Master Icon ?
Level 4 Bed of Barbs Icon Underking Icon ?
Level 7 Subterranean Shield Icon Chitinous Plating Icon ?
Level 10 Cocoon Icon
Level 13 Acid Drenched Mandibles Icon Burning Rage Icon ? Urticating Spines Icon ?
Level 16 Epicenter Icon Debilitation Icon ?
Level 20 Rewind Icon

This Balanced Build seeks to provide Anub'arak with a healthy mix of offense, defense, and crowd control. Key defensive aspects of the build lie in the synergistic interaction between Subterranean Shield Icon Subterranean Shield and Epicenter Icon Epicenter to readily generate powerful Shields. Offensively, the build exploits the movement speed reduction and stunning effects provided by Impale Icon Impale, Bed of Barbs Icon Bed of Barbs or Underking Icon Underking, and Burrow Charge Icon Burrow Charge to reliably trigger Acid Drenched Mandibles Icon Acid Drenched Mandibles. For crowd control purposes, most of the aforementioned Talents come into play, with Epicenter making team-wide hits with Burrow Charge particularly debilitating. At Hero Level 20, Rewind Icon Rewind more or less allows you to double any of the above tricks for one of the game's most powerful power spikes.


Anub'arak's Synergies and Counters

V Anub'arak synergizes with

Anub'arak's aggressive crowd control-oriented Ability set makes him particularly useful to any Hero who is able to follow up on said crowd control with their own Ability combo.

X Anub'arak is countered by

Anub'arak's aggressive game plan is difficult to execute against Heroes that have ways of avoiding his skillshot or becoming immune to crowd control on-demand.


Anub'arak's Maps

Anub'arak's stronger maps
Dragon Shire
Anub'arak's average maps
Alterac Pass Blackheart's Bay Braxis Holdout Cursed Hollow Garden of Terror Hanamura Temple Sky Temple Tomb of the Spider Queen Towers of Doom Volskaya Foundry Warhead Junction
Anub'arak's weaker maps
Battlefield of Eternity Infernal Shrines

Anub'arak's aggressive gameplan works well on most Maps, provided teammates follow through. His sub-par PvE damage output means that someone else will have to help with the many Map Objectives that require killing.


Anub'arak's Tips and Tricks

  • Exploit Scarab Host Icon Scarab Host Beetles to soak damage from Structures and Mercenaries, and to intercept skillshots.
  • Use Burrow Charge Icon Burrow Charge to close up on a target, then follow up with Impale Icon Impale for much crowd control.
  • Harden Carapace Icon Harden Carapace should be used on-Cooldown during fights due to its low Mana cost and ability to summon Beetles.
  • Use Locust Swarm Icon Locust Swarm with caution; it heals for a large amount, but does not make you invincible, especially versus burst damage.
  • Hold onto your Cocoon Icon Cocoon's Cooldown to interrupt and deny strong enemy Heroic Abilities.

Role in the Current Meta

Note about the current Anomaly: Anub'arak is a fine choice for this Anomaly, with plenty of mobility to safely collect Experience Globes and on-demand crowd-control to punish opponents trying to claim their own Globes. Anub'arak players should see to stay with their teammates, however, as Anub'arak alone has little killing power.

Anub'arak is a unique Tank that sacrifices raw durability for powerful on-demand initiations. In general, Anub'arak players are expected to look for opportunities to lock down isolated targets (through Impale Icon Impale and Burrow Charge Icon Burrow Charge) to allow their teammates to follow up.

In the early stages of the game, Anub'arak is well-suited for roaming and protecting teammates in lanes. Burrow Charge lets him effectively scout with very little danger. This task is just as important as initiating throughout the entire game. As Heroic Abilities become available, Cocoon Icon Cocoon is the expected choice to catch and aggressively collapse on rotating opponents on top of being generally useful.



  • 20 Jun. 2020 (talents page): Talents reviewed following June 3 balance patch. No changes to Talent recommendations.
  • 05 Apr. 2020 (talents page): Description reviewed for Bed of Barbs.
  • 27 Jan. 2020 (talents page): Guide reviewed following January 22 balance patch. No changes to Talent recommendations.
  • 15 Dec. 2019 (this page): Added a note about current Anomaly.
  • 26 Jun. 2019 (talents page): Guide reviewed and updated.
  • 26 Jun. 2019 (this page): Guide reviewed and updated.
  • 05 Feb. 2019 (talents page): Talents and recommendations updated following Legion of Beetles rework.
  • 20 Jan. 2019 (talents page): Build recommendations updated.
  • 30 Jun. 2018 (talents page): Updated for the latest Balance update.
  • 14 Jan. 2018 (talents page): Updated Balance build.
  • 15 Mar. 2017 (this page): Guide updated for Probius' patch and moved to the new format.
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