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.
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Artanis's Talent Build Cheatsheet
Shield Overload BuildRecommended
Artanis's Shield Overload Build is designed to heavily increase your survivability by empowering 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 at Level 4 and Force of Will at Level 16 makes Artanis hard to take down. Level 13 can be either Phase Bulwark against burst damage or Templar's Zeal against sustain damage and/or Blinds.
Phase Prism BuildSituational
Twin Blades BuildSituational
Artanis's ARAM Build is quite powerful when it works, however, its strength depends on how many times you hit or miss enemy Heroes with Phase Prism.
Level 1 Talents for 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.
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 Offlaner.
Twin Blades attacks deal 150% bonus damage to non-Heroes.
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).
Quest: Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes increase Artanis's Attack damage by 0.1%. Takedowns grant 1% bonus damage.
Protector Of Aiur is a decent Talent that gives additional Basic 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.
Level 4 Talents for Artanis
Hitting an enemy Hero with Phase Prism grants 30 Armor for 5 seconds.
Shield Overload's cooldown recharges 125% faster while its Shield is active.
Passive: Reduce Shield Overload's cooldown by 4 seconds.
Increases Shield Overload's Shields by 80% while below 25% Health.
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.
Level 7 Talents for Artanis
Increases the damage of the first dash of Blade Dash by 175%.
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 is a good Talent that, if you land 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 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 at Level 1 and/or Titan Killer at Level 16.
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%.
Level 10 Talents for 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 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 by Rehgar, unless paired with Sanctification by Tyrael).
- 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 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.
Level 13 Talents for 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 is a good Talent that significantly reduces the cooldown of Blade Dash when Shield Overload activates, however, it has good value only if paired with Solarite Reaper at Level 7 and Force of Will at Level 16. The reduced Mana cost helps to keep up with the cooldown reduction.
Increases Twin Blades's number of Basic Attacks to 3, but increase its cooldown by 1 second.
Triple Strike is a decent Talent that increases the effectiveness of Twin Blades by adding a Basic Attack to it, something that increases the damage done and helps reducing the cooldown of Shield Overload.
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 is a good Talent that reduces the cooldown of Phase Prism when hitting an enemy Hero with Basic Attacks or 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 back faster than usual when it misses. The last point helps a lot when spending Talents on Phase Prism: Psionic Synergy at Level 4 and Chrono Surge at Level 7.
Shield Overload grants 50 Spell Armor while active and for 2 seconds after it expires.
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.
Level 16 Talents for 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 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).
Casting Basic Abilities reduces the cooldown of Shield Overload by 5 seconds.
Force of Will is a strong Talent that increases your survivability, especially if paired with Templar's Zeal at Level 13. You can pick this combination of Talents to get value from Shield Overload when playing against Blind effects.
Increase Attack Speed by 20%. Basic Attacks Slow by 20% for 1.25 seconds.
Blades of a Templar is good Talent that increases your Basic 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.
Level 20 Talents for Artanis
Suppression Pulse gains an additional charge. 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.
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 is a decent Talent that increases the Movement Speed of 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 outside ARAM because it only helps you win the team fight when you are already winning it as it barely contributes to giving you the first Takedown needed for it to trigger.
Increase Twin Blades' charge distance by 75%.
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.
While Shield Overload is active, deal 70 (+4% per level) damage per second to nearby enemies.
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—especially if you are playing Force of Will at Level 16—or when going Core—regardless of your Build.
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- 22 Apr. 2020: Talent Build fully revised to match new standards.
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- 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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