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Artanis Build Guide “Direct my wrath.”

Last updated on Dec 22, 2017 at 07:32 by Kendric 26 comments

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General Information

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

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. Quick Reference for Artanis

Defensive Tank Build (talent calculator link)

Level 1 Reactive Parry Icon
Level 4 Shield Surge Icon
Level 7 Warp Sickness Icon
Level 10 Suppression Pulse Icon
Level 13 Triple Strike Icon
Level 16 Zealot Charge Icon
Level 20 Force of Will Icon

The Tank Build focuses mainly on Artanis' own survivability and his ability to absorb as much incoming damage as possible. As such, defensive talents like Reactive Parry Icon Reactive Parry or Shield Surge Icon Shield Surge are crucial. Since Artanis' main source of self-protection is his Shield Overload Icon Shield Overload Trait, lowering its cooldown by using Basic Attacks makes Triple Strike Icon Triple Strike a powerful choice.

Prism Bruiser Build (talent calculator link)

Level 1 Seasoned Marksman Icon
Level 4 Shield Surge Icon
Level 7 Warp Sickness Icon
Level 10 Purifier Beam Icon
Level 13 Graviton Vortex Icon
Level 16 Psionic Wound Icon
Level 20 Nexus Blades Icon

The Prism Bruiser Build emphasizes Artanis' strong damage potential. Warp Sickness Icon Warp Sickness enables Artanis to chase his targets more efficiently, which also synergizes very well with his Purifier Beam Icon Purifier Beam Heroic Ability at Level 10. While Artanis' early game can sometimes be a little rough, talents like Graviton Vortex Icon Graviton Vortex at Level 13 and Psionic Wound Icon Psionic Wound at Level 16 mark a significant late game power spike.

PvE Objective Build (talent calculator link)

Level 1 Amateur Opponent Icon
Level 4 Shield Surge Icon
Level 7 Follow Through Icon
Level 10 Suppression Pulse Icon
Level 13 Triple Strike Icon
Level 16 Titan Killer Icon
Level 20 Force of Will Icon

The PvE Build is a fantastic choice on maps like Battlefield of Eternity, Tomb of the Spider Queen, or Infernal Shrines, on which it is very important to destroy non-Heroic Objectives as quickly as possible. Artanis' core talent in this Build is Amateur Opponent Icon Amateur Opponent at Level 1, which allows him to cut down Immortals, Punishers, or Webweavers extremely fast.

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Synergies and Counters

Artanis synergizes with

Artanis pairs extremely well with Heroes like Tassadar or Zarya, who can provide him with additional shields. Furthermore, Malfurion's powerful sustained healing will gradually replenish Artanis' health, while his own shields guarantee him protection against burst damage.

Artanis is countered by

Artanis gets countered by Heroes like Muradin or Brightwing whose Slows, Stuns, and Polymorphs abilities can prevent Artanis from using his Basic Attacks. Varian's Stuns and his Level 16 talent Shattering Throw Icon Shattering Throw, in particular, pose a serious threat to Artanis' shields, which makes him the ultimate counter.


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

Artanis thrives on Battlefield of Eternity, as his Amateur Opponent Icon Amateur Opponent talent provides him with outstanding single target damage against the enemy Immortal. On maps like Blackheart's Bay or Towers of Doom, on which there are no non-Heroic Objectives, Artanis loses a lot of his potency.

TL;DR Tips

See our Abilities page for further information

2. Artanis' Overview

Artanis is an aggressive frontline Warrior that thrives on combat while below 75% maximum health, as Shield Overload Icon Shield Overload and related talents can make him deceptively difficult to kill. Artanis' lack of innate gap-closers means that he must commit to his Blade Dash Icon Blade Dash + Phase Prism Icon Phase Prism combination in order to effectively engage team fights from longer distances.

3. Artanis' Strengths

  • Great sustained damage
  • Phase Prism Icon Phase Prism can be used during Blade Dash Icon Blade Dash, which provides Artanis with unexpected mobility
  • Once below 75% health, Shield Overload Icon Shield Overload can make Artanis very difficult to kill if not focused
  • Both Suppression Pulse Icon Suppression Pulse and Purifier Beam Icon Purifier Beam are global, allowing Artanis to influence team fighs from anywhere on the battlefield
  • Uses very little Mana

4. Artanis' Weaknesses

5. Artanis' Role in the Current Meta

Artanis can be played as a stalwart Tank or an aggressive Bruiser. In both roles, he thrives on extended combat, as long he is able to consistently attack a nearby target. Aside from Phase Prism Icon Phase Prism, Blade Dash Icon Blade Dash is Artanis' only gap-closer. In order for Artanis to reach enemy ranged Heroes, assistance from his team is usually required. Additionally, crowd control counters Artanis hard, as he must be able to use Basic Attacks to keep up his shields from Shield Overload Icon Shield Overload.

Due to his lack of crowd control and gap-closers, Artanis relies more heavily on his team than other Heroes. For instance, Jaina and Muradin are able to Slow and Stun enemies, making much easier for Artanis to stick to a target. Tassadar is another Hero that synergises well with Artanis. Plasma Shield Icon Plasma Shield provides survivability without healing Artanis past 50% of his maximum health, allowing him to still benefit from Shield Overload. Conversely, be wary of picking Artanis into teams with plenty of Stuns and burst damage.

6. Reading Further

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

7. ChangeLog

  • 22 Dec. 2017 (talents page): Updated Phase Bulwark's and Psionic Wound's descriptions.
  • 06 Jul. 2017 (talents page): Updated Chrono Surge's description.
  • 04 May 2017 (talents page): Updated Artanis' talents section with new descriptions for Graviton Vortex and Titan Killer.
  • 14 Dec. 2016 (this page): Moved Artanis to the new format, following its rework in Ragnaros patch.
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