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Artanis Build Guide “Direct my wrath.”

Last updated on Dec 06, 2019 at 09:00 by Kendric 30 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Artanis, a Bruiser 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.


Artanis' Overview

Artanis is an aggressive frontline Bruiser 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 and Phase Prism Icon Phase Prism combination in order to effectively engage team fights from longer distances.


Artanis' Strengths and Weaknesses

V 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
X Weaknesses

Artanis' Talent Build Cheatsheet

Aggressive Bruiser Build

Talent calculator »
Level 1 Amateur Opponent Icon Seasoned Marksman Icon ?
Level 4 Shield Surge Icon Shield Battery Icon ?
Level 7 Follow Through Icon
Level 10 Purifier Beam Icon Suppression Pulse Icon ?
Level 13 Triple Strike Icon
Level 16 Blades of a Templar Icon Titan Killer Icon ?
Level 20 Target Purified Icon Zealot Charge Icon ?

The Aggressive Bruiser Build emphasizes Artanis' strong damage potential. Follow Through Icon Follow Through enables Artanis to win duels against most other Heroes. The bonus damage it provides pairs off really well with Amateur Opponent Icon Amateur Opponent when it comes to dealing with PvE Objectives, such as the Immortal on Battlefield of Eternity but also Mercenaries, Structures, or Bosses. While Artanis' early game can sometimes be a little rough, talents like Blades of a Templar Icon Blades of a Templar at Level 16 and Target Purified Icon Target Purified at Level 20 mark a significant late game power spike. If the enemy team consists of 2 or more high health Heroes, Titan Killer Icon Titan Killer can unfold great synergy with Triple Strike Icon Triple Strike making it a solid alternative choice. We would also like to stress the necessity of picking Suppression Pulse Icon Suppression Pulse at Level 10 if the enemy team features strong Basic Attackers.

Defensive Build

Talent calculator »
Level 1 Reactive Parry Icon Amateur Opponent Icon ?
Level 4 Shield Battery Icon Shield Surge Icon ?
Level 7 Follow Through Icon Chrono Surge Icon ? Warp Sickness Icon ?
Level 10 Suppression Pulse Icon
Level 13 Triple Strike Icon
Level 16 Blades of a Templar Icon
Level 20 Orbital Bombardment Icon Zealot Charge Icon ?

The Defensive Build focuses mainly on Artanis' own survivability and his ability to absorb as much incoming damage as possible. As such, protective talents like Reactive Parry Icon Reactive Parry or Shield Battery Icon Shield Battery are recommended. Depending on the map, however, Amateur Opponent Icon Amateur Opponent can be picked at Level 1, especially on battlegrounds with important PvE objectives, such as Immortals (e.g. Battlefield of Eternity) or Bosses (e.g. Cursed Hollow, Alterac Pass). Since Artanis' main source of self-protection is his Shield Overload Icon Shield Overload Trait, lowering its cooldown by using as many Basic Attacks as possible make Triple Strike Icon Triple Strike and Blades of a Templar Icon Blades of a Templar powerful choices.


Artanis' Synergies and Counters

V Artanis synergizes with

Artanis pairs extremely well with Heroes like Malfurion or Whitemane, whose sustained healing will gradually replenish Artanis' health, while his own shields guarantee him protection against burst damage. Since Artanis should usually not be played as the team's main Tank, we recommend picking another frontliner such as Muradin.

X 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. The same applies to Heroes like Cassia, whose Blinds can cripple his combat performance. 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' Maps

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

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.


Artanis' Tips and Tricks


Artanis' Role in the Current Meta

Artanis is one of the strongest duelists in the game, which makes him a formidable solo laner. Consequently, he performs very well in the current Anomaly, as he has the potential to overpower his lane opponent in longer skirmishes due to his superior self-sustain granted by Shield Overload Icon Shield Overload.

Artanis should be played as a Bruiser. In this role, 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 it much easier for Artanis to stick to a target.



  • 06 Dec. 2019 (this page): Added an entry about the current Anomaly to the guide.
  • 20 Nov. 2019 (talents page): Revised Artanis' guide and found it to up-to-date. Also added Alterac Pass to Artanis' maps rankings, as it was still missing.
  • 05 Jun. 2019 (talents page): Changed and updated Artanis' talents and builds to the latest standard. For Aiur!
  • 15 Jan. 2019 (this page): Updated Artanis' introduction and Talent Builds.
  • 15 Jan. 2019 (talents page): Changed Target Purified from Situational to Recommended and Plasma Burn from Recommended to Situational.
  • 26 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Updated Artanis' talents section and recommended Builds in accordance with the latest Balance Update.
  • 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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