Artanis Talents

Last updated on Mar 30, 2022 at 13:00 by Elitesparkle 30 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Talents page for Artanis. Here, we give you an overview of how strong each of Artanis's talents is. Then, we present several viable builds, before analyzing each talent row separately, so that you can make informed decisions.

1.

Artanis's Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Reactive Parry ? Amateur Opponent Protector Of Aiur ?
4 Psionic Synergy ? Shield Battery Shield Surge ?
7 Solarite Reaper Chrono Surge ? Final Cut ?
10 Suppression Pulse Purifier Beam ?
13 Templar's Zeal ? Triple Strike ? Graviton Vortex ? Phase Bulwark
16 Titan Killer ? Force of Will Blades of a Templar ?
20 Orbital Bombardment ? Target Purified ✘︎ Zealot Charge ? Plasma Burn
2.

Artanis's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Shield Overload Build

Recommended
Level 1 Amateur Opponent Icon
Level 4 Shield Battery Icon
Level 7 Solarite Reaper Icon
Level 10 Suppression Pulse Icon
Level 13 Phase Bulwark Icon Templar's Zeal Icon ?
Level 16 Force of Will Icon
Level 20 Plasma Burn Icon

Artanis's Shield Overload Build is designed to heavily increase your survivability by empowering Shield Overload Icon Shield Overload as much as possible, indirectly helping you to deal more damage over the course of a team fight.

The combination of Shield Battery Icon Shield Battery at Level 4 and Force of Will Icon Force of Will at Level 16 makes Artanis hard to take down. Level 13 can be either Phase Bulwark Icon Phase Bulwark against burst damage or Templar's Zeal Icon Templar's Zeal against sustain damage and/or Blinds.

Phase Prism Build

Situational
Level 1 Amateur Opponent Icon
Level 4 Psionic Synergy Icon
Level 7 Chrono Surge Icon
Level 10 Suppression Pulse Icon Purifier Beam Icon ?
Level 13 Graviton Vortex Icon
Level 16 Force of Will Icon
Level 20 Plasma Burn Icon

Artanis's Phase Prism Build is quite powerful when it works, however, its strength depends on how many times you hit or miss enemy Heroes with Phase Prism Icon Phase Prism.

You can go for this Build when the enemy team has some low-mobility Heroes who are easy to hit with Phase Prism Icon Phase Prism and Basic Attacks.

Twin Blades Build

Situational
Level 1 Amateur Opponent Icon
Level 4 Shield Surge Icon
Level 7 Final Cut Icon
Level 10 Suppression Pulse Icon
Level 13 Triple Strike Icon
Level 16 Titan Killer Icon
Level 20 Zealot Charge Icon

Artanis's Twin Blades Build is designed to give you a high amount of damage, mostly in the form of burst damage right after activating Twin Blades Icon Twin Blades.

You should consider this Build only if you really want to take down high-mobility Heroes who are diving in the backline of your team or if you need Percent Damage.

3.

Level 1 Talents for Artanis

Artanis Reactive Parry ?
Reactive Parry (Level 1) Starcraft Artanis

Damaging enemy Heroes with Twin Blades or Blade Dash grants Artanis 50 Physical Armor against the next enemy Hero Basic Attack, reducing its damage by 50%.

Stores up to 2 charges.

Reactive Parry Icon Reactive Parry is a situational Talent that gives Physical Armor in the form of Block charges when hitting enemy Heroes with Twin Blades Icon Twin Blades or Blade Dash Icon Blade Dash, storing up to 2 charges.

Thanks to how the aforementioned Abilities work, it is possible to get multiple Block charges per cast. In order to maximize them, try to wait a bit after using one of those Abilities, so that the Block charges generated by the second Ability you use will not be wasted due to the cap.

Block charges are especially valuable against Heroes with slow but heavy-hitting Basic Attacks (such as Leoric) and really bad when playing against Heroes with fast-hitting Basic Attacks (like D.Va), in particular to mitigate the damage received from the enemy Solo Laner.

Artanis Amateur Opponent
Amateur Opponent (Level 1) Starcraft Artanis

Twin Blades attacks deal 150% bonus damage to non-Heroes.

Amateur Opponent Icon Amateur Opponent is a strong Talent that makes it slightly easier to capture and/or defend Mercenary Camps, and it has great value on Maps that require you to clear Objectives very quickly (for example to win the Immortal on Battlefield of Eternity or to destroy enemy Turrets on Volskaya Foundry).

It is good to mention that you can use this Talent to easily take down Summons (such as the Hydralisk summoned via Hunter Killer Icon Hunter Killer by Zagara).

Artanis Protector Of Aiur ?
Protector Of Aiur (Level 1) Starcraft Artanis

Quest: Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes increase Artanis's Attack damage by 0.1%. Takedowns grant 1% bonus damage.

Protector Of Aiur Icon Protector Of Aiur is a decent Talent that gives additional Attack Damage based on the number of Basic Attacks done to enemy Heroes and the number of enemy Heroes that you helped to kill during the game.

4.

Level 4 Talents for Artanis

Artanis Psionic Synergy ?
Psionic Synergy (Level 4) Starcraft Artanis

Hitting an enemy Hero with Phase Prism grants 30 Armor for 5 seconds.

Psionic Synergy Icon Psionic Synergy is a good Talent that grants Artanis a nice amount of Armor for a few seconds, but depending on the ability to successfully land Phase Prism Icon Phase Prism, which cannot always be guaranteed.

Only pick this Talent when you plan to go for Graviton Vortex Icon Graviton Vortex at Level 13 because it will help you to quickly get another Phase Prism Icon Phase Prism off when you happen to miss.

Artanis Shield Battery
Shield Battery (Level 4) Starcraft Artanis

Shield Overload's cooldown recharges 125% faster while its Shield is active.

Passive: Reduce Shield Overload's cooldown by 4 seconds.

Shield Battery Icon Shield Battery is a strong Talent that lowers the cooldown of Shield Overload Icon Shield Overload by a few seconds and make it cooldown progress faster while its Shield is active.

You can easily get value out of this Talent while taking poke damage, while freezing enemy Minions, or while clearing a Mercenary Camp because it works regardless of how much Health you have.

Artanis Shield Surge ?
Shield Surge (Level 4) Starcraft Artanis

Increases Shield Overload's Shields by 80% while below 25% Health.

Shield Surge Icon Shield Surge is a good Talent that increases the strength of Shield Overload Icon Shield Overload if it gets triggered when you are below 25% maximum Health and it does nothing otherwise.

While this Talent provides a powerful effect, it is not easy to get value from it because it only works when low on Health, something that makes it not reliable against burst damage as it could completely bypass its effect.

5.

Level 7 Talents for Artanis

Artanis Solarite Reaper
Solarite Reaper (Level 7) Starcraft Artanis

Increases the damage of the first dash of Blade Dash by 175%.

Solarite Reaper Icon Solarite Reaper is a strong Talent that increases the damage done by the first part of Blade Dash Icon Blade Dash.

We recommend this Talent to increase your waveclear, something that indirectly helps you join your team faster and allows you to double soak.

Notice how Solarite Reaper Icon Solarite Reaper is the only Talent in this Tier that is not affected by Blinds, therefore it can be a good choice to mitigate their effectiveness.

Considering that it deals damage to enemy Heroes as well, Solarite Reaper Icon Solarite Reaper has good synergy with Templar's Zeal Icon Templar's Zeal at Level 13.

Artanis Chrono Surge ?
Chrono Surge (Level 7) Starcraft Artanis

Hitting an enemy Hero with Phase Prism grants 40% bonus Attack Speed for 5 seconds and Slows the enemy's Movement Speed by 30% for 4 seconds.

Chrono Surge Icon Chrono Surge is a good Talent that, if you land Phase Prism Icon Phase Prism on an enemy Hero, applies a Slow to the enemy Hero hit—useful to stick on them and/or to make Purifier Beam Icon Purifier Beam deal a bit more damage— and gives a solid amout of Attack Speed to Artanis—useful in some matchups and good in synergy with Protector Of Aiur Icon Protector Of Aiur at Level 1 and/or Titan Killer Icon Titan Killer at Level 16.

Artanis Final Cut ?
Final Cut (Level 7) Starcraft Artanis

After using an Ability, your next Basic Attack within 6 seconds deals 40% additional damage. While under 25% Health, this damage bonus is increased to 60%.

Final Cut Icon Final Cut is a decent Talent that gives Artanis additional Physical Damage after he uses any Ability, including his Heroic Ability.

The damage bonus provided by Final Cut Icon Final Cut is increased when Artanis has less than 25% maximum Health, making it better in combination with Shield Surge Icon Shield Surge at Level 4.

Keep in mind that Final Cut Icon Final Cut does not amplify the bonus damage from Protector Of Aiur Icon Protector Of Aiur at Level 1.

6.

Level 10 Talents for Artanis

Artanis Suppression Pulse
Suppression Pulse (Level 10) Starcraft Artanis
  • Mana: 40
  • Cooldown: 50 seconds

Fire a large area pulse from the Spear of Adun, dealing 114 (+4% per level) damage and Blinding enemies for 4 seconds. Unlimited range.

Suppression Pulse Icon Suppression Pulse is a strong Heroic Ability because it provides a good amount of damage mitigation during team fights, and it can be even better when used against Heroes that heavily rely on Basic Attacks to deal damage (such as The Butcher), especially if they do not have any Unstoppable effect in team to remove it (for example it can be used to counter Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust by Rehgar, unless paired with Sanctification Icon Sanctification by Tyrael).

Artanis Purifier Beam ?
Purifier Beam (Level 10) Starcraft Artanis
  • Mana: 65
  • Cooldown: 70 seconds

Target an enemy Hero with an orbital beam from the Spear of Adun, dealing 184 (+4% per level) damage per second for 8 seconds. The beam will chase the target as they move. Unlimited range.

Purifier Beam Icon Purifier Beam is a situational Heroic Ability that can be used as a counter for Heroes who have to stand still (such as Sgt. Hammer) because it will zone them out of the team fight for a few seconds or just to add a significant amount of single-target damage on the focused enemy Hero that is being kept in place by your team with crowd control.

The target tracking effect forces the affected enemy Hero to keep moving, stopping to use channeled Abilities for a few seconds and/or putting themselves in poor positions in an attempt to avoid the beam.

Remember that it is completely useless to cast it on enemy Heroes with mobility (such as Li-Ming that has Teleport Icon Teleport).

7.

Level 13 Talents for Artanis

Artanis Templar's Zeal ?
Templar's Zeal (Level 13) Starcraft Artanis

Reduce the Mana cost of Blade Dash from 50 to 25. Each time that Shield Overload activates, reduce the cooldown of Blade Dash by 6 seconds.

Templar's Zeal Icon Templar's Zeal is a good Talent that significantly reduces the cooldown of Blade Dash Icon Blade Dash when Shield Overload Icon Shield Overload activates, however, it has good value only if paired with Solarite Reaper Icon Solarite Reaper at Level 7 and Force of Will Icon Force of Will at Level 16. The reduced Mana cost helps to keep up with the cooldown reduction.

Artanis Triple Strike ?
Triple Strike (Level 13) Starcraft Artanis

Increases Twin Blades's number of Basic Attacks to 3, but increase its cooldown by 1 second.

Triple Strike Icon Triple Strike is a decent Talent that increases the effectiveness of Twin Blades Icon Twin Blades by adding a Basic Attack to it, something that increases the damage done and helps reducing the cooldown of Shield Overload Icon Shield Overload.

Triple Strike Icon Triple Strike has strong synergy with Titan Killer Icon Titan Killer at Level 16.

Artanis Graviton Vortex ?
Graviton Vortex (Level 13) Starcraft Artanis

Reduce the Mana cost of Phase Prism from 50 to 25. Hitting an enemy Hero with Basic Attacks or Blade Dash reduces the cooldown of Phase Prism by 2 seconds.

Graviton Vortex Icon Graviton Vortex is a good Talent that reduces the cooldown of Phase Prism Icon Phase Prism when hitting an enemy Hero with Basic Attacks or Blade Dash Icon Blade Dash. The reduced Mana cost helps to keep up with the cooldown reduction.

The cooldown reduction provided helps you Displacing enemy Heroes more often, becoming Unstoppable more often, and getting Phase Prism Icon Phase Prism back faster than usual when it misses. The last point helps a lot when spending Talents on Phase Prism Icon Phase Prism: Psionic Synergy Icon Psionic Synergy at Level 4 and Chrono Surge Icon Chrono Surge at Level 7.

Artanis Phase Bulwark
Phase Bulwark (Level 13) Starcraft Artanis

Shield Overload grants 50 Spell Armor while active and for 2 seconds after it expires.

Phase Bulwark Icon Phase Bulwark is a strong Talent that can be chosen when you are scared of dying from Spell Damage because the enemy team has a powerful Mage (such as Jaina) and enough crowd control (for example Johanna) to scare you, especially if your Healer cannot help with that.

8.

Level 16 Talents for Artanis

Artanis Titan Killer ?
Titan Killer (Level 16) Starcraft Artanis

Basic Attacks against Heroes deal bonus damage equal to 0.5% of the target's maximum Health in damage, increased to 1.5% when empowered by Twin Blades.

Titan Killer Icon Titan Killer is a decent Talent to use against enemy Heroes that have a high maximum Health (for example Tanks like Stitches or Bruiser like Deathwing) or to deal as much damage as possible to high-mobility Heroes before they outrange you (such as Zeratul).

In order to maximize its value, we highly recommend to pair Titan Killer Icon Titan Killer with Triple Strike Icon Triple Strike at Level 13.

Artanis Force of Will
Force of Will (Level 16) Starcraft Artanis

Casting Basic Abilities reduces the cooldown of Shield Overload by 5 seconds.

Force of Will Icon Force of Will is a strong Talent that increases your survivability, especially if paired with Templar's Zeal Icon Templar's Zeal at Level 13. You can pick this combination of Talents to get value from Shield Overload Icon Shield Overload when playing against Blind effects.

Artanis Blades of a Templar ?
Blades of a Templar (Level 16) Starcraft Artanis

Increase Attack Speed by 20%. Basic Attacks Slow by 20% for 1.25 seconds.

Blades of a Templar Icon Blades of a Templar is good Talent that increases your Attack Damage and helps you stick on enemy Heroes thanks to the Slow provided, however, it does not help against enemy Heroes who have mobility tools.

Purifier Beam Icon Purifier Beam benefits from this Talent because the Slow provided helps to keep the targeted enemy Hero under it.

9.

Level 20 Talents for Artanis

Artanis Orbital Bombardment ?
Orbital Bombardment (Level 20) Starcraft Artanis

Suppression Pulse gains an additional charge. There is a 10 second cooldown between uses.

Orbital Bombardment Icon Orbital Bombardment is a situational Talent that gives you another Charge of Suppression Pulse Icon Suppression Pulse. Note that there is a 10-second cooldown between uses.

Considering that the Blind effect provided lasts 4 seconds, there is really only a 6-second window between two sequential activations.

After using both Charges in quick succession, there is a 90-second cooldown before both will be available again.

Artanis Target Purified
Target Purified (Level 20) Starcraft Artanis

Increase the speed of Purifier Beam by 15%. If the target of Purifier Beam dies, it automatically recasts on the nearest visible enemy Hero.

Target Purified Icon Target Purified is a weak Talent that increases the Movement Speed of Purifier Beam Icon Purifier Beam and, if you get a Takedown with it, a new instance of the Ability is automatically cast on the nearest enemy Hero in vision.

We do not recommend this Talent because it only helps you win the team fight when you are already winning it as it does not contribute to giving you the first Takedown needed for it to trigger.

Artanis Zealot Charge ?
Zealot Charge (Level 20) Starcraft Artanis

Increase Twin Blades' charge distance by 75%.

Zealot Charge Icon Zealot Charge is a good Talent because it greatly improves the main gap-closer that Artanis has access to: Twin Blades Icon Twin Blades.

In particular, it allows you to dash on an enemy from a good distance, something that can be used to engage, to reposition in a team fight, or even to escape if used on an enemy (not necessarily a Hero) that is located in a safe position.

Artanis Plasma Burn
Plasma Burn (Level 20) Starcraft Artanis

While Shield Overload is active, deal 70 (+4% per level) damage per second to nearby enemies.

Plasma Burn Icon Plasma Burn is a strong Talent that provides additional damage on enemies (including Structures) at about 3 range from Artanis.

You can go for this Talent to improve your damage output when you do not need the utility provided by Zealot Charge Icon Zealot Charge—especially if you are playing Force of Will Icon Force of Will at Level 16—or when going Core—regardless of your Build.

10.

Changelog

  • 30 Mar. 2022: Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 01 Oct. 2021: Builds updated.
  • 24 Jul. 2021: Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 26 Apr. 2021: Builds updated.
  • 22 Mar. 2021: Builds updated.
  • 03 Mar. 2021: Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 25 Feb. 2021: New layout.
  • 01 Nov. 2020: Builds updated.
  • 15 Sep. 2020: Builds updated.
  • 07 May 2020: Builds and Descriptions changed according to the latest Balance Update.
  • 22 Apr. 2020: Talent Build fully revised to match new standards.
    • Talent Build and Talent Build Cheatsheet modified to reflect the current metagame.
    • Talent Descriptions modified to better describe when to pick them.
  • 20 Nov. 2019: 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: Changed and updated Artanis' talents and builds to the latest standard. For Aiur!
  • 15 Jan. 2019: Changed Target Purified from Situational to Recommended and Plasma Burn from Recommended to Situational.
  • 26 Jul. 2018: Updated Artanis' talents section and recommended Builds in accordance with the latest Balance Update.
  • 22 Dec. 2017: Updated Phase Bulwark's and Psionic Wound's descriptions.
  • 06 Jul. 2017: Updated Chrono Surge's description.
  • 04 May 2017: Updated Artanis' talents section with new descriptions for Graviton Vortex and Titan Killer.
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