Falstad Build Guide “Time to drop the hammer!”

Last updated on Mar 04, 2021 at 16:00 by Elitesparkle 33 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Falstad, a Ranged Assassin in Heroes of the Storm. Within these pages, you will find everything required to understand how best to play this hero, in both different map styles and team compositions.


Falstad's Overview

Falstad is a versatile and flexible ranged damage dealer. His strong points are his solid single-target DPS, extreme on-demand area of effect ranged burst damage, and map-wide mobility. However, his relative fragility makes him a high priority target.


Falstad's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
X Weaknesses

Falstad's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Lightning Rod Build

Level 1 Dishonorable Discharge Icon
Level 4 Static Shield Icon
Level 7 Charged Up Icon
Level 10 Mighty Gust Icon
Level 13 Thunderstrikes Icon
Level 16 Afterburner Icon
Level 20 Wind Tunnel Icon

Falstad's Lightning Rod Build offers a scary amount of burst damage on a single target by empowering Lightning Rod Icon Lightning Rod with multiple Talents.

Chose this Build when you are facing dive Heroes as it greatly increases your dueling power, usually forcing them to retreat.

Basic Attacks Build

Level 1 Frequent Flyer Icon
Level 4 Hammer Gains Icon
Level 7 Secret Weapon Icon
Level 10 Mighty Gust Icon
Level 13 Sustained Winds Icon
Level 16 Afterburner Icon
Level 20 Wind Tunnel Icon

Falstad's Basic Attacks Build provides a fair amount of sustain damage on a single target thanks to multiple Talents that improve your damage via Basic Attacks: Frequent Flyer Icon Frequent Flyer at Level 1, Secret Weapon Icon Secret Weapon at Level 7, and Sustained Winds Icon Sustained Winds at Level 13.

As this Build gives you access to Percent Damage, it is great for pressuring and/or taking down the enemy frontline even if they have access to Armor effects.

Tailwind Build

Not recommended
Level 1 Gathering Storm Icon
Level 4 Updraft Icon
Level 7 BOOMerang Icon
Level 10 Mighty Gust Icon
Level 13 Flow Rider Icon
Level 16 Aerie Gusts Icon
Level 20 Wind Tunnel Icon

Falstad's Tailwind Build provides both poke damage while fighting and macro value while laning thanks to Flow Rider Icon Flow Rider at Level 13 halving the cooldown of Basic Abilities when Falstad has not taken damage for 6 seconds, reduced to 3 seconds thanks to Aerie Gusts Icon Aerie Gusts at Level 16.

We do not recommended this Build because Gathering Storm Icon Gathering Storm at Level 1 is heavily undertuned nowadays.


Falstad's Synergies and Counters

V Falstad synergizes with

Falstad is at his best when something stands between him and his enemies. Large, Healthy Tanks are particularly desirable as they draw attention away from Falstad, and often provide their own form of crowd control for potential follow-ups. Otherwise, anything that can protect Falstad is also desirable. Shielding effects are particularly impactful due to his limited Health pool.

X Falstad is countered by

As a frail ranged Assassin, Falstad tends to naturally struggle against other high damage Assassins who have the ability to effectively gap close past his Barrel Roll Icon Barrel Roll's range or otherwise sneak up on him. With little in the way of self-peeling, see to stay near your Healer when possible against such Heroes, and make no bold attempts at outplaying your opponents. Also consider running a Lightning Rod Icon Lightning Rod-centric build, as such builds tend to do better against the majority of Falstad's counters.


Falstad's Maps

Falstad's stronger maps
Braxis Holdout Cursed Hollow Dragon Shire Hanamura Temple Towers of Doom Warhead Junction
Falstad's average maps
Alterac Pass Battlefield of Eternity Blackheart's Bay Garden of Terror Infernal Shrines Sky Temple Tomb of the Spider Queen Volskaya Foundry
Falstad's weaker maps

Flight Icon Flight makes Falstad particularly effective on larger Maps that feature multiple Objectives that must be contested, as it allows him to effectively soak and push without giving up potential team fighting presence, as would other Heroes. Falstad's Mighty Gust Icon Mighty Gust also makes him potent on Maps that feature Bosses, as he makes it particularly difficult for opponents to safely try and claim or contest due to the fear of being pushed away. Overall, Falstad's versatility makes him a viable pick almost anywhere.


Falstad's Tips and Tricks

  • Capitalize on Flight Icon Flight's global range to split push or soak Experience. It can also be used to gank.
  • Using Hammerang Icon Hammerang and Hinterland Blast Icon Hinterland Blast against targets under crowd control will greatly improves your accuracy. Nothing beats practice, however.
  • Limit your offensive use of Barrel Roll Icon Barrel Roll, as it leaves you vulnerable.
  • Use Mighty Gust Icon Mighty Gust to disengage a losing battle, to split the opposing forces in half, push your enemies into your team for blocking their retreat, or steal Capture Points.

Falstad's Role in the Current Meta

Falstad is preferred over other Ranged Assassin when a given team composition needs a global to handle side lanes, especially if the rest of the team can poke the enemy team that is trying to capture the Objective while Falstad is soaking and therefore slowly giving an Experience advantage to his whole team.



  • 04 Mar. 2021 (talents page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 04 Mar. 2021 (abilities page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 04 Mar. 2021 (this page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 25 Feb. 2021 (talents page): New layout.
  • 30 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Talent Descriptions fixed.
  • 05 Nov. 2020 (this page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 05 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 05 Nov. 2020 (abilities page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 20 Sep. 2020 (talents page): Builds and Talent discussions updated.
  • 20 Sep. 2020 (this page): Builds updated.
  • 20 Sep. 2020 (abilities page): Minor fixes.
  • 30 Aug. 2020 (this page): Role in Current Meta section updated.
  • 19 Jul. 2020 (talents page): Talents reviewed and updated; AA build added.
  • 05 Apr. 2020 (talents page): Mage build recommendation added.
  • 13 Dec. 2019 (this page): Added a note about current Anomaly.
  • 12 Oct. 2019 (talents page): Talents section reviewed and updated.
  • 12 Oct. 2019 (abilities page): Abilities section reviewed.
  • 12 Oct. 2019 (this page): Guide updated.
  • 03 May 2017 (this page): Guide updated and moved to new format.
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