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Anub'arak Build Guide “Time is fleeting.”

Last updated on Jun 30, 2018 at 12:25 by Oxygen 14 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Anub'arak guide for Heroes of the Storm. Here you will learn everything you need to know in order to play Anub'arak in a competitive environment, whether you play on your own or with a team.

About the Author

Oxygen is a veteran of the MOBA genre, which he has been playing for nearly 15 years. He has coached some of Heroes of the Storm's most prominent North American players and teams alike, including Team Liquid. As a Master player, he enjoys playing all Heroes and roles.

1. Quick Reference for Anub'arak

Balanced Build (talent calculator link)

Level 1 Nerubian Armor Icon Regeneration Master Icon ?
Level 4 Bed of Barbs 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 Nerubian Armor Icon Nerubian Armor, and 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, 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 spike.

See our Talents page for further information Create your own build and share it with friends!

Synergies and Counters

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.

Anub'arak is countered by

Although very well rounded, Anub'arak may struggle against Heroes that have ways of avoiding his skillshot based Abilities or otherwise kiting him.


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

Having a well-rounded Ability set, Anub'arak works well on most Maps. His sub-par PvE damage dealing capacity, however, makes him a poor choice on any Map featuring Objectives that need to be taken out quickly.

TL;DR Tips

  • 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.
See our Abilities page for further information

2. Introduction

Anub'arak is an aggressive anti-caster Warrior. His strongest points are his long-range disruption and high resistance to Ability-based damage. Although considered an archetypal tank, his Health pool is significantly lower than that of other tanks; Anub'arak must therefore rely on his summons and Abilities to survive in battle.

3. Strengths

4. Weaknesses

  • Relatively fragile
  • Limited damage dealing potential
  • Main Abilities are skillshots that can be avoided

5. Role in the Current Meta

Anub'arak is a unique tank that sacrifices raw durability for Spell Armor and more long-range crowd-control-based utility than other tanks. As such, Anub'arak players are expected to aggressively provide crowd-control (through Impale Icon Impale and Burrow Charge Icon Burrow Charge) for their teammates to follow up on with their own Abilities, and then pressure fragile backline Heroes. Finding the right time to initiate, peel, and pressure isolated Heroes while avoiding dangerous situations are the skills that one should develop in order to become a strong Anub'arak player.

6. Reading Further

To take things further, we have 2 more pages that you can read:

7. ChangeLog

  • 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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