Deckard Cain Talents

Last updated on Aug 26, 2021 at 14:00 by Elitesparkle 56 comments
General Information

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

1.

Deckard Cain's Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Scroll of Identify ? Field Study ? Sapphire
4 Potion of Shielding Rejuvenation Potion ? Ruby ?
7 Cube Mastery ? Kanai's Cube ? Emerald
10 Stay Awhile and Listen Lorenado ?
13 Super Healing Potion Potion of Revival ? Ancient Blessings ?
16 Scroll of Stone Curse Safety in Numbers ? Horadric Staff ?
20 Respect the Elderly Morenados! ? Bottomless Flask ? Perfect Gems ?
2.

Deckard Cain's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Healing Potion Build

Recommended
Level 1 Sapphire Icon
Level 4 Potion of Shielding Icon
Level 7 Emerald Icon Kanai's Cube Icon ?
Level 10 Stay Awhile and Listen Icon Lorenado Icon ?
Level 13 Super Healing Potion Icon Ancient Blessings Icon ?
Level 16 Scroll of Stone Curse Icon Horadric Staff Icon ?

Deckard's Healing Potion Build provides superior crowd control and improves your healing, with a bit of flexibility between burst healing and sustain healing depending on some Talents.

The most important Tier to know how to adapt to each situation is Level 13:

  • Super Healing Potion Icon Super Healing Potion (best for new players) is great for team fights in a given area that take a while because it provides an insanely high amount of sustain healing to your team;
  • Ancient Blessings Icon Ancient Blessings (best for coordinated play) is particularly effective when your team's plan is to quickly take down an enemy Hero as it increases the damage output of all your teammates, in addition to basically burst healing them.
3.

Level 1 Talents for Deckard Cain

Deckard Cain Scroll of Identify ?
Scroll of Identify (Level 1) Diablo Deckard Cain

Quest: Hitting an enemy Hero with Scroll of Sealing permanently increases its damage by 2.

Reward: After hitting 15 Heroes, Scroll of Sealing reveals and reduces the Armor of Heroes hit by 10 for 4 seconds.

Reward: After hitting 30 Heroes, this talent's Armor reduction effect is increased to 15 and its duration to 6 seconds.

Scroll of Identify Icon Scroll of Identify is a decent Quest-based Talent which slightly increases the damage of Scroll Of Sealing Icon Scroll Of Sealing when hitting enemy Heroes with it. Unlock the first Reward to reduce the Armor of enemy Heroes hit and to Reveal them for a few seconds. Unlock the second Reward to slightly empower the amount and duration of the Armor reduction.

Deckard Cain Field Study ?
Field Study (Level 1) Diablo Deckard Cain

Each enemy Hero hit by Scroll of Sealing grants 20% Spell Power for 16 seconds, up to 40%.

Field Study Icon Field Study is a good Talent that provides Deckard with a respectable healing power increase as well as a bit of offensive power, particularly when combined with Scroll of Stone Curse Icon Scroll of Stone Curse at Level 16.

Deckard Cain Sapphire
Sapphire (Level 1) Diablo Deckard Cain
  • Cooldown: 30 seconds

Activate to increase the damage of the next Horadric Cube by 100% and its slow by 30%.

Only 1 Gem may be active at a time.

Sapphire Icon Sapphire is a strong Talent that can be activated to make your next cast of Horadric Cube Icon Horadric Cube apply a better Slow and, like for any other Gem, deal double damage.

We recommend this Talent because it allows you to easily engage or peel for your team as well as connect Scroll Of Sealing Icon Scroll Of Sealing.

4.

Level 4 Talents for Deckard Cain

Deckard Cain Potion of Shielding
Potion of Shielding (Level 4) Diablo Deckard Cain

Whenever an ally is healed by a Healing Potion, they gain a 140 (+4% per level) Shield for 6 seconds.

Potion of Shielding Icon Potion of Shielding is a strong Talent which provides a decent Shield to allied Heroes healed by Healing Potion Icon Healing Potion.

While it does not increase your sustain healing, Potion of Shielding Icon Potion of Shielding is still a powerful addition to your kit as Deckard struggles against burst damage.

Shields generated by different instances of Healing Potion Icon Healing Potion do not stack, but only refresh the duration. As a consequence, you and allied Heroes should ideally wait for the Shield to be almost destroyed or expired before picking another Healing Potion Icon Healing Potion, unless relatively low on Health.

Deckard Cain Rejuvenation Potion ?
Rejuvenation Potion (Level 4) Diablo Deckard Cain

Healing Potions restore 15 Mana and heal for an additional 114 (+4% per level) over 3 seconds.

Rejuvenation Potion Icon Rejuvenation Potion is a good Talent that makes each Healing Potion Icon Healing Potion heal over time for a few seconds and restore Mana to whoever picks them.

Consider going for this Talent when you want to further empower your already good sustain healing, something which is useful on Battlegrounds where the Objective is powerful and takes a while to be contested (such as Braxis Holdout).

Deckard Cain Ruby ?
Ruby (Level 4) Diablo Deckard Cain
  • Cooldown: 20 seconds

Activate to increase the damage of the next Horadric Cube by 100% and it spawns 3 Lesser Healing Potions from each enemy Hero hit, healing allied Heroes for 250 (+4% per level) when picked up. Lesser Healing Potions last for 10 seconds.

Only 1 Gem may be active at a time.

Ruby Icon Ruby is a good Talent that can be activated to make your next Horadric Cube Icon Horadric Cube generate 3 Lesser Healing Potions for each enemy Hero hit and, like for any other Gem, deal double damage. Contrary to Healing Potion Icon Healing Potion, they disappear after 10 seconds and heal for a bit less.

The way this Talent works make it more valuable when your team has one or more diving Heroes or when your team is trying to contest a Capture Point, because in those situations it will be easier for you to hit multiple Heroes with Horadric Cube Icon Horadric Cube and for allied Heroes to collect Lesser Healing Potions.

The fact each Lesser Healing Potion spawns in a random location nearby makes Ruby Icon Ruby weak against crowd control effects that can impair movement because it will be harder or even impossible to catch them.

5.

Level 7 Talents for Deckard Cain

Deckard Cain Cube Mastery ?
Cube Mastery (Level 7) Diablo Deckard Cain

Reduce the Mana cost of Scroll of Sealing from 40 to 25. Each enemy Hero hit by Horadric Cube reduces the cooldown of Scroll of Sealing by 4 seconds.

Cube Mastery Icon Cube Mastery is a good Talent which reduces cooldown and Mana cost of Scroll Of Sealing Icon Scroll Of Sealing, allowing you to Root enemy Heroes more often, sometimes even in quick succession if you manage to hit enough enemy Heroes with Horadric Cube Icon Horadric Cube.

The cooldown reduction provided has synergy with Scroll of Identify Icon Scroll of Identify at Level 1 because it can be helpful to stack the Quest faster and with Scroll of Stone Curse Icon Scroll of Stone Curse at Level 16 because it can drastically increase your damage done, especially if combined with Field Study Icon Field Study at Level 1.

Deckard Cain Kanai's Cube ?
Kanai's Cube (Level 7) Diablo Deckard Cain

Horadric Cube reduces Hero damage dealt by 30% for 4 seconds.

Kanai's Cube Icon Kanai's Cube is a good Talent that turns Horadric Cube Icon Horadric Cube into a defensive Ability, allowing you to reduce the damage done by enemy Heroes hit.

We find this Talent particularly good when playing against Heroes who can deal high but predictable damage in a short time frame (for example The Butcher).

Even if not a Gem, this Talent can be combined with Perfect Gems Icon Perfect Gems at Level 20 to constantly reduce the damage done by enemy Heroes during team fights, with about 80% uptime.

Deckard Cain Emerald
Emerald (Level 7) Diablo Deckard Cain
  • Cooldown: 30 seconds

Activate to increase the damage of the next Horadric Cube by 100% and have it reduce the healing received of enemy Heroes by 75% for 4 seconds.

Only 1 Gem may be active at a time.

Emerald Icon Emerald is a strong Talent that can be activated to make your next Horadric Cube Icon Horadric Cube drastically reduce the healing received by enemy Heroes hit and, like for any other Gem, deal double damage.

The healing reduction provided by this Talent is great on a Hero like Deckard because he has access to crowd control which can be used to lock down enemy Heroes for your team to burst damage them while the enemy Healer cannot do much.

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Level 10 Talents for Deckard Cain

In this section we discuss when and why to pick a given Heroic Ability. If you want to read how they work and/or you are looking for some tips on how to use them, check the dedicated section in the Abilities and Strategy page.

Deckard Cain Stay Awhile and Listen
Stay Awhile and Listen (Level 10) Diablo Deckard Cain
  • Mana: 60
  • Cooldown: 70 seconds

After 1 second, Channel for 3 seconds, putting enemy Heroes in front of Deckard to Sleep while Channeling, and for 2 seconds after.

Enemies can only be put to Sleep once per cast, and Sleep's effects end instantly if they take damage.

Stay Awhile and Listen Icon Stay Awhile and Listen is a strong Heroic Ability which can be picked in most if not all situations, however, it has clear weaknesses you have to play around when facing Heroes who have access to interrupts, Unstoppable effects, and/or mobility tools.

Deckard Cain Lorenado ?
Lorenado (Level 10) Diablo Deckard Cain
  • Mana: 35
  • Cooldown: 30 seconds

Vector Targeting

After 1 second, create a twirling tome tornado that travels towards the targeted direction, continually knocking away enemies that come into contact with it. Deals 20 (+4% per level) damage to Heroes hit.

Lorenado Icon Lorenado is a good Heroic Ability that you can use to peel from melee Heroes, to push enemy Heroes inside Scroll Of Sealing Icon Scroll Of Sealing, or to contest a Capture Point—this last point makes it valuable on Battlegrounds with a Boss Camp.

7.

Level 13 Talents for Deckard Cain

Deckard Cain Super Healing Potion
Super Healing Potion (Level 13) Diablo Deckard Cain

If a Healing Potion isn't picked up for at least 2 seconds, it heals for 100% more.

Passive: Healing Potion heals for 25% more when the target is under 50% health.

Super Healing Potion Icon Super Healing Potion is a strong Talent that empowers Healing Potion Icon Healing Potion in two ways: increases by 25% their healing when used by allied Heroes below 50% Health and doubles their healing after staying on the ground for 2 seconds.

The delayed effect is particularly effective on Battlegrounds where the Objective is stationary and powerful, allowing you and your team to get there a dozen of seconds before it starts to safely cast Healing Potion Icon Healing Potion multiple times in the area and prepare them for later use.

We recommend this Talent because it is quite easy to get value from it, especially if you are new to the Hero, as it heavily increases your sustain healing during the game.

Super Healing Potion Icon Super Healing Potion has synergy with Bottomless Flask Icon Bottomless Flask at Level 20. When picked together, Potions will refill like usual and then become bigger after 2 more seconds.

Deckard Cain Potion of Revival ?
Potion of Revival (Level 13) Diablo Deckard Cain

When a Healing Potion is picked up, it also heals all nearby allied Heroes for 75% of the healing amount.

Potion of Revival Icon Potion of Revival is a decent Talent which makes each Healing Potion Icon Healing Potion heal for 75% value all Heroes around the main target who gets 100% healing instead.

You may consider going for this Talent when your team features a lot of melee Heroes and the enemy team has ways to deal area of effect damage.

Deckard Cain Ancient Blessings ?
Ancient Blessings (Level 13) Diablo Deckard Cain
  • Cooldown: 45 seconds

Activate Fortitude of the Faithful to empower nearby allied Hero Basic Attacks for 8 seconds, causing them to deal an additional 62 (+4% per level) damage in an area and heal for 90 (+4% per level) for each Hero hit. This effect can only occur once per second.

Ancient Blessings Icon Ancient Blessings is a good Talent that, once every 45 seconds, can be used to boost allied Heroes for 8 seconds. Heroes affected by this buff can deal additional damage in an area with their Basic Attacks and heal themselves based on the number of Heroes hit.

This effect has an internal cooldown of 1 seconds, so it has no synergy with Heroes who have high Attack Speed and works just fine with most Heroes, unless they cannot really expose to use Basic Attacks (notably Probius).

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Level 16 Talents for Deckard Cain

Deckard Cain Scroll of Stone Curse
Scroll of Stone Curse (Level 16) Diablo Deckard Cain

Scroll of Sealing deals 200% more damage when hitting at least 2 Heroes.

Scroll of Stone Curse Icon Scroll of Stone Curse is a strong Talent which drastically increases the damage done by Scroll Of Sealing Icon Scroll Of Sealing, but only if you manage to hit multiple Heroes with it.

Due to how it works, we recommend combining it with Sapphire Icon Sapphire at Level 1 and/or Stay Awhile and Listen Icon Stay Awhile and Listen, unless you can rely on your Tank to hit more than a single Hero with Scroll Of Sealing Icon Scroll Of Sealing.

Deckard Cain Safety in Numbers ?
Safety in Numbers (Level 16) Diablo Deckard Cain

If at least 2 allied Heroes are nearby, Fortitude of the Faithful grants an additional 10 Armor, 50% Mana Regeneration per second, and causes Deckard's Basic Abilities to recharge an additional 50% faster.

Safety in Numbers Icon Safety in Numbers is a decent Talent which improves Fortitude of the Faithful Icon Fortitude of the Faithful in various ways when there is more than one allied Hero within range: further reduce the cooldown of your Basic Abilities, give you more Armor, and increase your Mana Regeneration.

You may consider going for this Talent when you want to improve your sustain healing. That said, we think that going for Super Healing Potion Icon Super Healing Potion at Level 13 should be always enough to cover that aspect.

Deckard Cain Horadric Staff ?
Horadric Staff (Level 16) Diablo Deckard Cain

Every 5 seconds, Deckard's next Basic Attack Stuns Heroes for 0.75 seconds.

Horadric Staff Icon Horadric Staff is a situational Talent that, once every 5 seconds, Stuns the next enemy Hero you hit with a Basic Attack. You cannot toggle it, so be careful not to waste it when you need it as a counter for a specific enemy Hero (such as Sonya using Whirlwind Icon Whirlwind).

When playing against melee Heroes who play aggressively, you can use Horadric Staff Icon Horadric Staff to keep them inside Scroll Of Sealing Icon Scroll Of Sealing while it goes off. Due to your short Attack Range, ranged and/or high-mobility Heroes will not be easy to catch with this, unless they misplay.

9.

Level 20 Talents for Deckard Cain

Deckard Cain Respect the Elderly
Respect the Elderly (Level 20) Diablo Deckard Cain

Stay Awhile and Listen Silences and Blinds enemies for 3 seconds upon waking up from Sleep.

Respect the Elderly Icon Respect the Elderly is a strong Talent which makes Stay Awhile and Listen Icon Stay Awhile and Listen apply a long-lasting Silence and Blind when its Sleep ends, gets removed, or is canceled by damage.

We recommend this Talent because it has huge playmaking potential in team fights, something that is extremely valuable in the late game. If it connects, the team fight will immediately shift in your team's favor.

Deckard Cain Morenados! ?
Morenados! (Level 20) Diablo Deckard Cain

Lorenado gains an additional charge and its cooldown is reduced by 10 seconds every time an enemy Hero is knocked back. This effect can only occur once per 0.5 seconds.

Morenados! Icon Morenados! is a good Talent that gives you a second charge of Lorenado Icon Lorenado and makes it reduce its cooldown by 10 seconds when hitting enemy Heroes.

This kind of Talent helps you to peel for your team—especially in narrow areas—and to Knockback enemy Heroes out of Capture Points (such as a game-ending Boss).

Deckard Cain Bottomless Flask ?
Bottomless Flask (Level 20) Diablo Deckard Cain

After use, Healing Potions recharge after 8 seconds.

Bottomless Flask Icon Bottomless Flask is a good Talent that changes the way you can use by making Healing Potion Icon Healing Potion refill after a few seconds. Even if empty, they still count for the cap and thus get replaced when exceeding it.

This kind of effect increases your healing output during prolonged team fights and is particularly effective when your team wants to control a given area, even if your team decided to split for some reason and you are not there anymore.

Bottomless Flask Icon Bottomless Flask has synergy with Super Healing Potion Icon Super Healing Potion at Level 13. When picked together, Potions will refill like usual and then become bigger after 2 more seconds.

Deckard Cain Perfect Gems ?
Perfect Gems (Level 20) Diablo Deckard Cain

Reduce the cooldown of all Gems to 5 seconds and the cooldown of Horadric Cube by 6 seconds.

Perfect Gems Icon Perfect Gems is a good Talent that allows you to use Gems (Sapphire Icon Sapphire, Ruby Icon Ruby, and Emerald Icon Emerald) as well as Horadric Cube Icon Horadric Cube more often.

A single Gem is enough to get value from Perfect Gems Icon Perfect Gems because, after picking it, having more Gems will only increase your versatility and not help to have a Gem ready every time that Horadric Cube Icon Horadric Cube is available.

In addition to Gems, Kanai's Cube Icon Kanai's Cube has synergy with Perfect Gems Icon Perfect Gems as well because it allows you to constantly reduce the damage done by enemy Heroes, up to around 80% uptime.

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Changelog

  • 26 Aug. 2021: Talent Build page updated.
    • Builds updated.
    • Descriptions improved.
    • New layout.
  • 27 Oct. 2020: Talent build reviewed and updated.
  • 07 Sep. 2020: Talent build reviewed and updated.
  • 19 Jul. 2020: Talent build reviewed and updated.
  • 05 Apr. 2020: Description for Scroll of Identify and Morenadoes! updated.
  • 16 Oct. 2019: Talent builds and recommendations reviewed and updated.
  • 06 Jun. 2018: Talent recommendations updated.
  • 24 Apr. 2018: Guide created.
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