Artanis Talents

Last updated on Jan 15, 2019 at 09:00 by Kendric 30 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Talents page for Artanis. Here, we give you an overview of how strong each of Artanis' 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 Seasoned Marksman
4 Psionic Synergy Shield Battery Shield Surge ?
7 Solarite Reaper Warp Sickness Chrono Surge Follow Through ?
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' Talent Build Cheatsheet

Prism Bruiser Build

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Level 1 Seasoned Marksman Icon Amateur Opponent Icon ?
Level 4 Psionic Synergy Icon
Level 7 Follow Through Icon
Level 10 Purifier Beam Icon
Level 13 Triple Strike Icon Graviton Vortex Icon ?
Level 16 Blades of a Templar Icon
Level 20 Target Purified Icon Zealot Charge Icon ?

The Prism 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 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.

Defensive Build

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Level 1 Reactive Parry Icon Amateur Opponent Icon ?
Level 4 Shield Battery Icon Psionic Synergy Icon ?
Level 7 Chrono Surge Icon Warp Sickness Icon ?
Level 10 Suppression Pulse Icon
Level 13 Triple Strike Icon Phase Bulwark 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 Bosses for instance. 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.

3. Level 1 Talents for Artanis

Artanis Reactive Parry
Reactive Parry (Level 1) Starcraft Artanis

Using Twin Blades grants 50 Physical Armor against the next enemy Hero Basic Attack, reducing its damage by 50%.

Stores up to 2 charges.

Artanis Amateur Opponent
Amateur Opponent (Level 1) Starcraft Artanis

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

Artanis Seasoned Marksman
Seasoned Marksman (Level 1) Starcraft Artanis

Quest: Every Minion killed near you grants 0.2 Attack Damage, and Takedowns grant 0.5 Attack Damage.

Reward: Upon gaining 40 bonus Attack Damage, you can also activate Seasoned Marksman to increase your Attack Speed by 40% for 3 seconds. 60 second cooldown.

3.1. Discussion

Reactive Parry Icon Reactive Parry is quite the useful talent against Assassins who rely on their Basic Attacks. You should take Reactive Parry if you notice that the enemy team composition consists of Heroes, such as Illidan or Valla or if you are the only Warrior in your team.

Amateur Opponent Icon Amateur Opponent makes it slightly easier to capture Mercenary Camps and has great value on maps that require you to clear Objectives very quickly. On Battlefield of Eternity and Infernal Shrines, in particular, Amateur Opponent can make a significant difference when it comes to damaging Immortals and Punishers.

Seasoned Marksman Icon Seasoned Marksman can be excellent on maps where lanes are close together and you can aquire more stacks, such as Dragon Shire and Tomb of the Spider Queen, but it can be useful on other maps as well. Choose Seasoned Marksman when you do not need the damage mitigation of Reactive Parry Icon Reactive Parry.

4. Level 4 Talents for Artanis

Artanis Psionic Synergy
Psionic Synergy (Level 4) Starcraft Artanis

Hitting an enemy Hero with Phase Prism grants 20 Armor for 3 seconds.

Artanis Shield Battery
Shield Battery (Level 4) Starcraft Artanis

Shield Overload's cooldown recharges 100% faster while its Shield is active, and the Shield duration is increased by 1 second.

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

Increases Shield Overload's Shields by 75% while below 25% Health.

4.1. Discussion

Shield Battery Icon Shield Battery significantly lowers the cooldown of Shield Overload Icon Shield Overload. This talent is great against slow and sustained damage from Heroes like Lunara or Raynor, since these Heroes are usually not able to immediately burst down Artanis' shields, which gives this talent more value. For the same reason, Shield Battery is amazing when clearing Mercenary Camps.

Psionic Synergy Icon Psionic Synergy grants Artanis a nice amount of Armor, which has great built-in synergy with Shield Overload Icon Shield Overload, since Shields also benefit from the Armor value and thus get destroyed more slowly. We recommend picking this talent against burst damage heavy enemy team compositions.

Shield Surge Icon Shield Surge dramatically increases the strength of Shield Overload Icon Shield Overload, especially if you find yourself at the brink of death. This makes it very effective versus enemy teams with plenty of burst damage and has incredible synergy with talents like Force of Will Icon Force of Will which drastically reduce the cooldown of Shield Overload.

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 150%.

Artanis Warp Sickness
Warp Sickness (Level 7) Starcraft Artanis

Phase Prism also Slows the enemy's Movement Speed by 35% for 4 seconds.

Artanis Chrono Surge
Chrono Surge (Level 7) Starcraft Artanis

Hitting an enemy Hero with Phase Prism grants 75% bonus Attack Speed for 5 seconds.

Artanis Follow Through ?
Follow Through (Level 7) Starcraft Artanis

After using an Ability, your next Basic Attack within 6 seconds deals 40% additional damage.

5.1. Discussion

Warp Sickness Icon Warp Sickness can help you stick to your targets, especially since Warp Sickness is the only Slow available to Artanis. We strongly recommend this talent if you plan on going for Purifier Beam Icon Purifier Beam at Level 10.

Follow Through Icon Follow Through works best off of abilities with short cooldowns. Artanis' shortest cooldown is 4 seconds and his other abilities are primarily utility based, so Follow Through will not be procced very often, yet it can work on maps like Dragon Shire orTomb of the Spider Queen, where accumulating Seasoned Marksman Icon Seasoned Marksman stacks is very easy and will give Follow Through a lot more hitting power.

Chrono Surge Icon Chrono Surge increases your Attack Speed when Phase Prism Icon Phase Prism hits a target, which works great with the cooldown reduction on Artanis' Basic Attacks restoring Shield Overload Icon Shield Overload. Combined with other Basic Attack dependent talents, such as Blades of a Templar Icon Blades of a Templar at Level 16, Artanis becomes a lethal duelist.

Solarite Reaper Icon Solarite Reaper provides considerable additional damage, however, we consider the other talents to be slightly stronger in terms of consistent damage or value during team fights.

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.

Artanis Purifier Beam
Purifier Beam (Level 10) Starcraft Artanis
  • Mana: 80
  • Cooldown: 80 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.

6.1. Discussion

Purifier Beam Icon Purifier Beam is an underrated ability that deals a significant amount of single target damage, especially in team fights. It forces enemies to always move, sometimes putting themselves in poor positions in an attempt to avoid the beam (and the damage). You can place Purifier Beam on your main target to help you take them down more quickly or on another enemy to zone them out of a fight. However, keep in mind that Purifier Beam becomes particularly deadly on slow enemies who lack innate escape mechanisms, such as dashes, teleports, or sprints.

Suppression Pulse Icon Suppression Pulse can be great when used against Heroes that rely on Basic Attacks to deal damage, like Raynor, Sgt. Hammer, Illidan, or Thrall. If the enemy team lacks Basic Attack reliant Heroes, however, it is best to stick with Purifier Beam Icon Purifier Beam. Use Supression Pulse to prevent damage from the enemy team as you initiate. Supression Pulse's range is global, so always look for opportunities to use it. As a rule of thumb, it is usually better to use Suppression Pulse early while your allies are still in good condition, rather than too late while your allies might already be on the retreat.

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 5 seconds.

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.

Artanis Graviton Vortex
Graviton Vortex (Level 13) Starcraft Artanis

Reduce the Mana cost of Phase Prism from 60 to 30. Hitting an enemy Hero with Basic Attacks or Blade Dash reduces the cooldown of Phase Prism by 1.25 seconds.

Artanis Phase Bulwark ?
Phase Bulwark (Level 13) Starcraft Artanis

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

7.1. Discussion

Triple Strike Icon Triple Strike increases the effectiveness of Twin Blades Icon Twin Blades by dealing increased damage and further reducing the cooldown of Shield Overload Icon Shield Overload. Triple Strike has incredible synergy with Titan Killer Icon Titan Killer at Level 16.

Graviton Vortex Icon Graviton Vortex lowers Phase Prism Icon Phase Prism's cooldown, which is very useful if you picked Chrono Surge Icon Chrono Surge or Warp Sickness Icon Warp Sickness at Level 7.

Phase Bulwark Icon Phase Bulwark is a situational talent that we usually recommend if the enemy team is stacked with several Mage Assassins like Li-Ming, Jaina, or Kael'thas.

Templar's Zeal Icon Templar's Zeal significantly reduces the cooldown of Blade Dash Icon Blade Dash, which is not a bad thing per se. Unfortunately, Templar's Zeal comes too late in his talent tree to still be relevant.

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.

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

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

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

Increase Attack Speed by 30%. Basic Attacks Slow by 20% for 1.25 seconds.

8.1. Discussion

Blades of a Templar Icon Blades of a Templar is a good choice if you feel that you require the additional sticking power to chase down enemies, especially against Heroes that are mobile and or ranged and thus intend to kite you.

Titan Killer Icon Titan Killer is a fantastic choice if the enemy team consists of two or more high health targets (primarily Warriors), such as Diablo or Stitches. In order to maximize its value, we recommend pairing it with Triple Strike Icon Triple Strike at Level 13.

Force of Will Icon Force of Will provides good synergy with other Shield Overload Icon Shield Overload-related talents and causes Artanis to become even tankier if you feel the need for extra protection.

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.

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.

Artanis Zealot Charge
Zealot Charge (Level 20) Starcraft Artanis

Increase Twin Blades' charge distance by 100%.

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.

9.1. Discussion

Target Purified Icon Target Purified can win team fights on its own, from anywhere on the map. If you placed Purifier Beam Icon Purifier Beam on a target that is likely to die, Purifier Beam will be recast on nearby enemies when the target dies. This can be overwhelming for the enemy team to deal with.

Zealot Charge Icon Zealot Charge is an extremely useful talent, since greatly improves the only gap-closer that Artanis has access to, aside from Phase Prism Icon Phase Prism. It allows you to dash to your target on a fairly short cooldown. It can also be used as a short distance disengage tool if you target distant enemy Minions or Heroes.

Plasma Burn Icon Plasma Burn's damage is great to boost Artanis' waveclear and team fight damage. Since Artanis is usually surrounded by several enemy Heroes who seek to take him down, Plasma Burn can provide a surprising amount of damage during longer team fights.

Orbital Bombardment Icon Orbital Bombardment is a useful upgrade for Suppression Pulse Icon Suppression Pulse, allowing you to use 2 charges in quick succession. Note that although there is a 10-second cooldown in-between uses, the Blind effect lasts for 4 seconds, so there is really only a 6-second difference in-between effective uses. It is also important to note that after using both charges, there is a 90-second cooldown before both will be available again, as opposed to 50 seconds for a single charge.

10. Changelog

  • 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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