Brightwing Talents

Last updated on Sep 28, 2021 at 19:25 by Derenash 41 comments
General Information

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

1.

Brightwing's Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Greater Polymorph ✘︎ Hyper Shift Pixie Charm ?
4 Dream Shot ? Unstable Anomaly ? Magic Spit
7 Sticky Flare ? Peekaboo! Critical Mist ?
10 Blink Heal Emerald Wind ?
13 Pixie Boost ✘︎ Safety Dust Pixie Power ?
16 Hush! ? Critterize Phase Out ?
20 Invisible Friends Intensive Winds ? Speedy Dragon ? Faerie Protector ?
2.

Brightwing's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Critical Mist Build

Recommended
Level 1 Hyper Shift Icon
Level 4 Magic Spit Icon
Level 7 Critical Mist Icon
Level 10 Blink Heal Icon Emerald Wind Icon ?
Level 13 Safety Dust Icon
Level 16 Critterize Icon Hush! Icon ? Phase Out Icon ?
Level 20 Invisible Friends Icon Faerie Protector Icon ? Intensive Winds Icon ?

Brightwing's Critical Mist Icon Critical Mist Build focuses on denying crowd control engages from enemies while providing good healing for your team. It is a great option against compositions with many different AoE stuns or roots, like Blaze and E.T.C. have.

Teleport Build

Situational
Level 1 Hyper Shift Icon
Level 4 Unstable Anomaly Icon Dream Shot Icon ?
Level 7 Peekaboo! Icon
Level 10 Blink Heal Icon Emerald Wind Icon ?
Level 13 Safety Dust Icon Pixie Power Icon ?
Level 16 Critterize Icon Hush! Icon ? Phase Out Icon ?
Level 20 Invisible Friends Icon Speedy Dragon Icon ? Intensive Winds Icon ?

The Teleport Build focuses on providing great global mobility, which becomes particularly useful on larger maps like Cursed Hollow, Garden of Terror, or Infernal Shrines.

At level 16, we mention Critterize Icon Critterize as the main Talent, since it will greatly enhance Brightwing's capabilities to kill a displaced target. However, Hush! Icon Hush! is a great option if your team is more focused on dealing sustain damage, instead of on blowing up a target. Phase Out Icon Phase Out is not necessary, but is an option if you are being the target very often.

Arcane Flare Build

Situational
Level 1 Hyper Shift Icon Pixie Charm Icon ?
Level 4 Dream Shot Icon
Level 7 Sticky Flare Icon Peekaboo! Icon ?
Level 10 Blink Heal Icon
Level 13 Safety Dust Icon Pixie Power Icon ?
Level 16 Hush! Icon Phase Out Icon ?
Level 20 Invisible Friends Icon

The Arcane Flare Build emphasizes Brightwing's unexpectedly strong damage and crowd control when combining several Q-based talents such as Dream Shot Icon Dream Shot at Level 4, Sticky Flare Icon Sticky Flare at Level 7, and Hush! Icon Hush! at Level 16. Phase Out Icon Phase Out can be a helpful defensive talent to pick up at Level 16, since casting Blink Heal Icon Blink Heal may sometimes cause Brightwing to get too close to the enemy team.

3.

Level 1 Talents for Brightwing

Brightwing Greater Polymorph ✘︎
Greater Polymorph (Level 1) World of Warcraft Brightwing

Passive: Increase Polymorph's range by 30%.

If Brightwing hits an enemy Hero with Arcane Flare's center within 2 seconds of being Polymorphed, then reduce Polymorph's cooldown by 7 seconds and gain 50 Mana.

Brightwing Hyper Shift
Hyper Shift (Level 1) World of Warcraft Brightwing

Increase Phase Shift's healing by an additional 8% of the target's maximum Health. Nearby enemy Minion deaths reduce Phase Shift's cooldown by 1 second.

Brightwing Pixie Charm ?
Pixie Charm (Level 1) World of Warcraft Brightwing
  • Cooldown: 0.25 seconds

Activate to consume 20 stacks of Bribe to instantly defeat an uncaptured non-Elite Mercenary.

Passive: Gain 1 stack of Bribe when a nearby enemy Minion dies, and 5 stacks when hitting an enemy Hero with Arcane Flare's center. Maximum 80 stacks.

3.1.

Discussion

Greater Polymorph Icon Greater Polymorph could perhaps be considered if the enemy team composition runs dangerous melee Assassins like Illidan or The Butcher that need to be shut down for as long as possible. And even then, the extra healing and cooldown reduction coming from Hyper Shift Icon Hyper Shift proves to be more useful throughout the game.

Pixie Charm Icon Pixie Charm is only recommended on maps with a lot of Mercenary Camps that are also relatively safely to access, like Garden of Terror, Dragon Shire, or Sky Temple.

Hyper Shift Icon Hyper Shift allows Brightwing to teleport across the map a lot more frequently by staying close to dying minions. This proves to be especially useful on larger maps like Cursed Hollow or Garden of Terror, as Brightwing is able to split-push more efficiently if she has her teleport available allowing her to assist her teammates if need be. This talent has great synergy with Peekaboo! Icon Peekaboo! at Level 7, which will add a shield and additional vision whenever Brightwing teleports to a friendly Hero.

4.

Level 4 Talents for Brightwing

Brightwing Dream Shot ?
Dream Shot (Level 4) World of Warcraft Brightwing

Increase Arcane Flare's range by 50%. Hitting a Hero with Arcane Flare's center reduces its cooldown to 2 seconds.

Brightwing Unstable Anomaly ?
Unstable Anomaly (Level 4) World of Warcraft Brightwing

Increase Polymorph's Slow by 15%. Upon expiration, Polymorph deals damage to nearby enemy Heroes equal to 2% of their maximum Health.

Brightwing Magic Spit
Magic Spit (Level 4) World of Warcraft Brightwing

Increase Basic Attack range by 1.1. Basic Attacks against Heroes reduce the cooldown of Soothing Mist by 6 seconds.

4.1.

Discussion

Dream Shot Icon Dream Shot is a strong choice. The additional range allows Brightwing to keep a safer distance from her enemies, while the cooldown reduction has great synergy with talents like Sticky Flare Icon Sticky Flare at Level 7 and Hush! Icon Hush! at Level 16.

Unstable Anomaly Icon Unstable Anomaly's extra slow can be the difference between killing a priority target or not. This Talent is a great choice in games where your team needs extra crowd control to secure the kill on the polymorphed enemy.

Magic Spit Icon Magic Spit increases Brightwing's Basic Attack range, which allows her to stay away from enemy Heroes more easily. The additional cooldown reduction on her Trait is a great extra to have. This Talent has great synergy with Critical Mist Icon Critical Mist.

5.

Level 7 Talents for Brightwing

Brightwing Sticky Flare ?
Sticky Flare (Level 7) World of Warcraft Brightwing

Enemy Heroes hit by Arcane Flare have their Movement Speed Slowed by 20% for 3 seconds. Increase the Slow to 40% if they are hit by the center portion.

Brightwing Peekaboo!
Peekaboo! (Level 7) World of Warcraft Brightwing

Phase Shifting to an ally grants both Brightwing and her target a 335 (+4% per level) Shield for 4 seconds and reveals a large area around them for 5 seconds.

Brightwing Critical Mist ?
Critical Mist (Level 7) World of Warcraft Brightwing

Soothing Mist heals allied Heroes for 165 (+4% per level). Increase this healing by 140% if Soothing Mist removed a disabling effect from that ally.

5.1.

Discussion

Sticky Flare Icon Sticky Flare should mainly be considered if your team is lacking crowd control in general. Unlike other talents related to Arcane Flare Icon Arcane Flare, Sticky Flare's slow effect is a useful tool that allows you to slow several enemies at the same time, which can aid you in many different situations.

Peekaboo! Icon Peekaboo! works very well if you chose Hyper Shift Icon Hyper Shift at Level 1. Being able to reveal Stealthed enemies like Nova or Zeratul in a large radius around your selected ally can thwart the enemy team's plans of initiating a team fight and turn the momentum in your favour. The additional shield applied on the target is the icing on the cake that makes this talent a very solid choice.

Critical Mist Icon Critical Mist will be an excellent option in most games. Even if the opposing team has no Stuns, it can be used to cleanse a slow and provide great healing for your teammates. It should always be paired with Magic Spit Icon Magic Spit.

6.

Level 10 Talents for Brightwing

Brightwing Blink Heal
Blink Heal (Level 10) World of Warcraft Brightwing
  • Mana: 40
  • Charges: 2
  • Recharge Time: 9 seconds

Teleport to a nearby ally. When teleporting to a Hero, heal them for 200 (+4% per level).

Stores up to 2 charges.

Brightwing Emerald Wind ?
Emerald Wind (Level 10) World of Warcraft Brightwing
  • Mana: 90
  • Cooldown: 50 seconds

After 0.5 seconds, create an expanding nova of wind, dealing 225 (+4% per level) damage and pushing enemies away.

6.1.

Discussion

Blink Heal Icon Blink Heal enables Brightwing to teleport to allies over short distances, which allows her to manoeuvre both defensively and offensively during team fights. Dodging enemy Basic Attacks or skill-shot abilities like Muradin's Storm Bolt Icon Storm Bolt or Stitches' Hook Icon Hook with the help of Blink Heal allows your team to turn on the enemy without worrying about the respective crowd control effects. By the same token, Brightwing is able to use Blink Heal as a gap-closing ability by using it on an allied unit to get in range of an enemy and cast an unexpected Polymorph Icon Polymorph on them.

Brightwing's second Heroic Ability, Emerald Wind Icon Emerald Wind, is a very effective, yet situational choice that needs to be used with great caution. There are several requirements that need to be met before you should decide to pick Emerald Wind instead of Blink Heal Icon Blink Heal. Firstly, you should consider if you need a strong disengage ability to counter enemy initiators like Tyrael or Anub'arak. If the opposing team consists of at least two or more aggressive Warriors, Emerald Wind may indeed become a useful tool to keep them at bay. Secondly, you need to double-check whether your team has another Support or Healer in its lineup. Heroes like Medivh or Zarya can be enough to assist Brightwing in keeping her teammates alive, which makes Emerald Wind a valid alternative to Blink Heal.

7.

Level 13 Talents for Brightwing

Brightwing Pixie Boost ✘︎
Pixie Boost (Level 13) World of Warcraft Brightwing

Pixie Dust gives 50% bonus Movement Speed, decaying to 20% over 3 seconds.

Brightwing Safety Dust
Safety Dust (Level 13) World of Warcraft Brightwing

Increase Pixie Dust's duration by 1 second. Soothing Mist and Blink Heal heal allies with an active Pixie Dust for 75% more.

Brightwing Pixie Power ?
Pixie Power (Level 13) World of Warcraft Brightwing

Reduce the cooldown of Pixie Dust by 3 seconds and increase the Spell Armor granted by 25.

7.1.

Discussion

Pixie Boost Icon Pixie Boost's Movement Speed Boost is usually not strong enough to outperform the extra healing and Spell Armor from the other Level 13 talents.

Safety Dust Icon Safety Dust provides a great healing boost. This Talent does not increase Phase Shift Icon Phase Shift's Healing, which is Brightwing's main source of healing in teamfights. For this reason, we only recommend this Talent if the opposing team does not have many different Spell Damage Abilities to be reduced by Pixie Power Icon Pixie Power.

Pixie Power Icon Pixie Power provides an additional Spell Armor buff to the target of Brightwing's Pixie Dust Icon Pixie Dust ability. If the enemy team relies on Mages and their Spell damage, this talent becomes a great choice.

8.

Level 16 Talents for Brightwing

Brightwing Hush! ?
Hush! (Level 16) World of Warcraft Brightwing

Enemy Heroes hit by the center of Arcane Flare are Silenced for 1 second and deal 25% less damage for 3 seconds.

Brightwing Critterize
Critterize (Level 16) World of Warcraft Brightwing

While Polymorphed, the target's Armor is reduced by 25, increasing the damage they take by 25%.

Brightwing Phase Out ?
Phase Out (Level 16) World of Warcraft Brightwing
  • Cooldown: 20 seconds

Activate to place Brightwing in Stasis for 0.75 seconds.

8.1.

Discussion

Hush! Icon Hush! is only recommended if you picked the other Q-related talents at Level 4 and 7. Combined, Brightwing turns into a quite potent damage and crowd control heavy Hero.

Critterize Icon Critterize enables Brightwing's Polymorph Icon Polymorph ability to increase all damage done to a single enemy Hero by 25%, which will allow your team to burst it down very quickly. Do not hesitate to make use of Critterize against engaging Warriors like Tyrael or E.T.C. to bring them down more quickly.

Phase Out Icon Phase Out can be a recommended talent if the enemy team has a lot of burst damage and crowd control. The short 20-second cooldown makes it a very forgiving ability.

9.

Level 20 Talents for Brightwing

Brightwing Invisible Friends
Invisible Friends (Level 20) World of Warcraft Brightwing

Blink Heal grants Stealth to Brightwing. If Blink Heal is cast on a Hero, they are also granted Stealth. While Stealthed by Invisible Friends, Heroes heal for 20 (+4% per level) Health per second and are Unrevealable for the first 0.5 seconds.

Remaining stationary for at least 1.5 seconds while Stealthed grants Invisible.

Brightwing Intensive Winds ?
Intensive Winds (Level 20) World of Warcraft Brightwing

Permanently reduce Emerald Wind's cooldown to 5 seconds.

Brightwing Speedy Dragon ?
Speedy Dragon (Level 20) World of Warcraft Brightwing

Permanently gain 20% Movement Speed. Reduce Phase Shift's cast time by 1 second.

Brightwing Faerie Protector ?
Faerie Protector (Level 20) World of Warcraft Brightwing
  • Cooldown: 45 seconds

Activate to apply Pixie Dust to all nearby Heroes.

Passive: Pixie Dust always bounces back and applies to Brightwing.

9.1.

Discussion

Invisible Friends Icon Invisible Friends provides an infinite Stealth effect on both Brightwing and the healed target. This makes the talent a great saving or initiating tool to hit enemies unseen from the shadows.

Intensive Winds Icon Intensive Winds is an excellent Talent. It allows Brightwing to always decide when a fight is happening. With a 5-second Cooldown, Emerald Wind can be used several times in the same fight, to either disengage or to apply high damage and crowd control to the enemy team.

Speedy Dragon Icon Speedy Dragon increases Brightwing's Movement Speed by a large margin, which makes her much harder to catch. Despite that, it divides the cast time of Phase Shift Icon Phase Shift, which is an excellent improvement for fights. It will always ensure that your ally will be healed before getting hit by a high burst damage.

Faerie Protector Icon Faerie Protector applies a talented instance of Pixie Dust Icon Pixie Dust on all nearby allied Heroes. This is an excellent Talent against wombo combo compositions. It is excellent with Safety Dust Icon Safety Dust and Critical Mist Icon Critical Mist, as it can be used right before a Soothing Mist Icon Soothing Mist activation, providing great heals for your whole team.

10.

Changelog

  • 28 Sep. 2021: Builds and Talents updated after recent balance patch.
  • 25 Jun. 2021: Guide updated after recent balance patch.
  • 26 Mar. 2021: Builds and Talents updated to reflect current meta.
  • 20 Jan. 2021: Builds and Talents updated after Safety Dust changes in recent patch.
  • 03 Dec. 2020: Updated Invisible Friends' description.
  • 20 Nov. 2020: Updated Talents recommendations.
  • 27 Oct. 2020: Updated Talents recommendations.
  • 19 Dec. 2019: Revised Brightwing's guide. No talent changes needed to be applied despite the most recent Balance Update.
  • 25 Nov. 2019: Revised Brightwing's guide. No talent changes needed to be applied despite the most recent Balance Update.
  • 06 Jun. 2019: Applied a major update to the Brightwing guide.
  • 28 Sep. 2018: Updated Brighting's guide in accordance with her latest rework.
  • 29 Jan. 2018: Fixed a small wording issue in the Manic Pixie description.
  • 13 Oct. 2017: Completely revamped the predefined talent builds.
  • 21 Sep. 2017: Updated Brightwing's talents in accordance with the latest balance update.
  • 03 Sep. 2017: Updated Shield Dust's description.
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