Anub'arak Build Guide “Time is fleeting.”

Last updated on Oct 10, 2020 at 21:00 by Elitesparkle 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.

1.

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."

2.

Anub'arak's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
X Weaknesses
3.

Anub'arak's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Burrow Charge Build

Recommended
Level 1 Regeneration Master Icon Nerubian Armor Icon ?
Level 4 Underking Icon
Level 7 Subterranean Shield Icon
Level 10 Cocoon Icon
Level 13 Urticating Spines Icon
Level 16 Epicenter Icon Debilitation Icon ?
Level 20 Rewind Icon

Anub'arak's Burrow Charge Build increases his burst damage and survivability while engaging with Burrow Charge Icon Burrow Charge.

The survivability comes from Subterranean Shield Icon Subterranean Shield at Level 7 while the damage comes from Underking Icon Underking at Level 4 and Urticating Spines Icon Urticating Spines at Level 13.

Hardened Carapace Build

Situational
Level 1 Regeneration Master Icon Nerubian Armor Icon ?
Level 4 Shed Exoskeleton Icon
Level 7 Chitinous Plating Icon
Level 10 Cocoon Icon
Level 13 Urticating Spines Icon
Level 16 Epicenter Icon Debilitation Icon ?
Level 20 Rewind Icon

Anub'arak's Hardened Carapace Build increases his mobility and survivability during prolonged team fights.

Choose this Build when you need the Spell Armor from Harden Carapace Icon Harden Carapace and Movement Speed from Shed Exoskeleton Icon Shed Exoskeleton at Level 4 more often because Chitinous Plating Icon Chitinous Plating at Level 7 reduces its cooldown.

Scarab Host Build

Beginner
Level 1 Legion of Beetles Icon
Level 4 Bed of Barbs Icon
Level 7 Leeching Scarabs Icon
Level 10 Locust Swarm Icon
Level 13 Burning Beetles Icon
Level 16 Beetle, Juiced Icon
Level 20 Rewind Icon

Anub'arak's Scarab Host Build increases his damage output and survivability during prolonged team fights.

The increased damage comes from Burning Beetles Icon Burning Beetles at Level 13 while the survivability comes form Leeching Scarabs Icon Leeching Scarabs at Level 7, both empowered by Legion of Beetles Icon Legion of Beetles at Level 1 and Beetle, Juiced Icon Beetle, Juiced at Level 16.

4.

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.

5.

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.

6.

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.
7.

Role in the Current Meta

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.

8.

Changelog

  • 10 Oct. 2020 (abilities page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 10 Oct. 2020 (talents page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 10 Oct. 2020 (this page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 30 Aug. 2020 (this page): Role in Current Meta section updated.
  • 19 Aug. 2020 (talents page): Burning Beetles added.
  • 19 Jul. 2020 (talents page): Talents reviewed and updated.
  • 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.
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