Falstad Talents

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

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

1.

Falstad's Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Gathering Storm ✘︎ Dishonorable Discharge Frequent Flyer ?
4 Static Shield Updraft ? Hammer Gains ?
7 Secret Weapon ? BOOMerang ? Charged Up
10 Hinterland Blast ? Mighty Gust
13 Thunderstrikes Flow Rider ? Sustained Winds ?
16 Crippling Hammer ? Aerie Gusts ? Afterburner
20 Call of the Wildhammer ? Wind Tunnel Nexus Frenzy ? Epic Mount ?
2.

Falstad's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Lightning Rod Build

Recommended
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

Situational
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.

3.

Level 1 Talents for Falstad

Falstad Gathering Storm
Gathering Storm (Level 1) World of Warcraft Falstad

Quest: Every time Hammerang hits a Hero increase its damage by 0.2% and refund 6 Mana.

Gathering Storm Icon Gathering Storm is a weak Quest-based Talent that increases the damage done by Hammerang Icon Hammerang each time it hits an enemy Hero.

We currently do not recommended picking this Talent because the bonus damage per stack is way too low.

Falstad Dishonorable Discharge
Dishonorable Discharge (Level 1) World of Warcraft Falstad

Reduce Lightning Rod's cooldown by 3 seconds, and Takedowns reset its cooldown.

Quest: After 3 Lightning Rod strikes, subsequent strikes on enemy Heroes increases its damage by 1%, up to 75%.

Dishonorable Discharge Icon Dishonorable Discharge is a strong Quest-based Talent that reduces the cooldown of Lightning Rod Icon Lightning Rod by a few seconds and resets its cooldown when your team kills an enemy Hero. Furthermore, hitting enemy Heroes with Lightning Rod Icon Lightning Rod will permanently increase the damage done by Lightning Rod Icon Lightning Rod.

Considering that Lightning Rod Icon Lightning Rod hits once immediately and once every second while active, you have to channel it for at least 3 seconds in order to get 1 stack and then you will get 1 stack per second, up to 2 stacks total over 4 seconds without any Talent and up to 4 stacks over 6 seconds with Charged Up Icon Charged Up at Level 7.

There is notable synergy between this Talent, Static Shield Icon Static Shield at Level 4, Charged Up Icon Charged Up at Level 7, and Thunderstrikes Icon Thunderstrikes at Level 13 that make Falstad very difficult to duel.

Falstad Frequent Flyer ?
Frequent Flyer (Level 1) World of Warcraft Falstad
  • Cooldown: 45 seconds

Activate Frequent Flyer to gain 40% Attack Speed and Tailwind for 5 seconds.

Quest: Minion kills grant 0.2 Basic Attack Damage. Hero Takedowns grant 0 Basic Attack Damage.

Frequent Flyer Icon Frequent Flyer is a good Active and Quest-based Talent that can be activated once every 45 seconds to increase your Attack Speed and to enable Tailwind Icon Tailwind for 5 seconds. In addition to that, killing Minions and Heroes will permanently increase your Attack Damage. There is no cap for this Quest.

Contrary to normal Tailwind Icon Tailwind, the effect coming from this Talent does not get canceled when taking damage, so it always last 5 seconds; therefore, other than to boost your Attack Damage, you can activate it to refresh your Trait right after taking damage while fighting, especially if you are playing with other Trait-based Talents in addition to this one.

As it does not require to hit enemy Heroes, this Talent is particularly good for a Hero like Falstad who can easily take care of Minions in lanes that are far from the rest of the team and quickly join them with Flight Icon Flight when a team fight starts.

4.

Level 4 Talents for Falstad

Falstad Static Shield
Static Shield (Level 4) World of Warcraft Falstad

Lightning Rod strikes grant a Shield equal to 4% of Falstad's maximum Health, up to 28%, for 4 seconds.

Static Shield Icon Static Shield is a strong Talent that creates a powerful Shield when Falstad is hitting enemy Heroes with Lightning Rod Icon Lightning Rod, based on the damage it deals.

You may want to pick this Talent when facing dive Heroes (such as Tracer), to increase your survivability against their quick and scary attacks.

There is notable synergy between this Talent, Dishonorable Discharge Icon Dishonorable Discharge at Level 1, Charged Up Icon Charged Up at Level 7, and Thunderstrikes Icon Thunderstrikes at Level 13 that make Falstad very difficult to duel.

Falstad Updraft ?
Updraft (Level 4) World of Warcraft Falstad

Increases Barrel Roll's range by 40% and Shield amount by 70%, and its Shield now lasts indefinitely.

Updraft Icon Updraft turns Barrel Roll Icon Barrel Roll into one of the longest Basic movement Abilities in the game. The Talent is mostly useful against two or more Stealthed melee Assassins, against which you typically need to create plenty of space to survive, and for which the added Shields is also useful.

Falstad Hammer Gains ?
Hammer Gains (Level 4) World of Warcraft Falstad

Basic Attacks heal for 20% of the damage dealt to the primary target.

Hammer Gains Icon Hammer Gains is a strong Talent that increases your self-sustain, something that is especially useful while taking care of side lanes on your own and sligthly increases your survivability during team fights.

Being based on the amount of damage done with your Basic Attacks, this Talent has synergy with Frequent Flyer Icon Frequent Flyer at Level 1 and Secret Weapon Icon Secret Weapon at Level 7, but has no synergy with Sustained Winds Icon Sustained Winds at Level 13.

5.

Level 7 Talents for Falstad

Falstad Secret Weapon ?
Secret Weapon (Level 7) World of Warcraft Falstad

Increases Hammerang's range by 30% and Basic Attacks deal 90% bonus damage while Hammerang is in flight.

Secret Weapon Icon Secret Weapon is a good Talent that increases the range of Hammerang Icon Hammerang and temporarily allows Falstad's Basic Attacks to deal more damage.

With this Talent, you have to focus on using as many Basic Attacks as possible while Hammerang Icon Hammerang is flying in the air.

The range increase makes Secret Weapon Icon Secret Weapon generally safer and easier to use.

The damage increase provided has synergy with other Talents based on Basic Attacks: Frequent Flyer Icon Frequent Flyer at Level 1, Hammer Gains Icon Hammer Gains at Level 4, and Nexus Frenzy Icon Nexus Frenzy at Level 20.

Falstad BOOMerang ?
BOOMerang (Level 7) World of Warcraft Falstad

Hammerang's explosion deals 75% additional damage, and hitting enemy Heroes reduces their Spell Armor by 15 for 3 seconds.

BOOMerang Icon BOOMerang is a good Talent that increases the damage you deal by reactivating Hammerang Icon Hammerang and also briefly reduces the Spell Armor of enemy Heroes damaged by the explosion.

Pick this Talent when you want to empower the burst damage of your team and/or when you want to increase your waveclear even more.

Falstad Charged Up
Charged Up (Level 7) World of Warcraft Falstad

Increases the number of Lightning Rod strikes by 2 and its range by 25%.

Charged Up Icon Charged Up is a strong Talent that empowers Lightning Rod Icon Lightning Rod by increasing its range, so that it becomes harder for enemy Heroes to exit its area, and by extending its duration by 2 seconds makes it hit 2 more times.

There is notable synergy between this Talent, Dishonorable Discharge Icon Dishonorable Discharge at Level 1, Static Shield Icon Static Shield at Level 4, and Thunderstrikes Icon Thunderstrikes at Level 13 that make Falstad very difficult to duel.

6.

Level 10 Talents for Falstad

Falstad Hinterland Blast ?
Hinterland Blast (Level 10) World of Warcraft Falstad
  • Mana: 80
  • Cooldown: 120 seconds

After 1 second, deal 475 (+4.75% per level) damage to enemies within a long line. The cooldown is reduced by 30 seconds for every enemy Hero hit.

Hinterland Blast Icon Hinterland Blast deals a substantial amount of area of effect damage from great range that most players have come to take for granted from Falstad. It is usually chosen as the damaging piece of any kind of teamwide combo that involves a certain amount of crowd control. Hinterland Blast, however, must compete with Gust, widely recognized as one of the best Heroic Abilities available in the game.

Falstad Mighty Gust
Mighty Gust (Level 10) World of Warcraft Falstad
  • Mana: 70
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

Push enemies away, and slow their Movement Speed by 40% decaying over 4 seconds.

Mighty Gust Icon Mighty Gust is a unique Ability that uniquely provides a ranged Assassin with a reliable area of effect crowd control, something that is seldom seen in other Heroes.

Its relatively short cooldown makes it difficult to pick out Falstad or any of his allies, making the Ability an excellent counterpick to dive-oriented team compositions. It also shines against Healers such as Kharazim and Uther, who strongly rely on specific positioning to be effective.

The displacement effect is also useful for attempting to steal Boss Mercenary Camps from your opponents by using Flight Icon Flight or Barrel Roll Icon Barrel Roll to position yourself on the capture point just as the Boss is about to die.

7.

Level 13 Talents for Falstad

Falstad Thunderstrikes
Thunderstrikes (Level 13) World of Warcraft Falstad

Lightning Rod deals 20% more damage each subsequent strike.

The damage increase provided by Thunderstrikes Icon Thunderstrikes is underwhelming on its own. However, Lightning Rod Icon Lightning Rod becomes very potent with proper Talent support; Thunderstrikes is what pushes the entire damage synergy behind the Ability to make it very threatening.

There is notable synergy between this Talent, Dishonorable Discharge Icon Dishonorable Discharge at Level 1, Static Shield Icon Static Shield at Level 4, and Charged Up Icon Charged Up at Level 7 that make Falstad very difficult to duel.

Falstad Flow Rider ?
Flow Rider (Level 13) World of Warcraft Falstad

While Tailwind is active, Falstad's Basic Abilities recharge 100% faster.

Flow Rider Icon Flow Rider has the potential of vastly increasing Falstad's damage potential. It does, however, require you to play extremely safely, to the point of not letting Tailwind Icon Tailwind fall off by taking damage. The task is often impossible against Heroes with plenty of area of effect damage. Otherwise, however, this Talent has great potential, and should be considered for any Falstad build, granted you are not facing Stealthed Heroes.

Falstad Sustained Winds ?
Sustained Winds (Level 13) World of Warcraft Falstad

Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes deal bonus damage equal to 1% of the Hero's maximum Health, increased to 2% while Tailwind is active.

Sustained Winds Icon Sustained Winds is a strong Talent that increases your damage output in the form of Percent Damage on your Basic Attacks, slightly increased when under the effect of Tailwind Icon Tailwind.

The damage increase provided has synergy with Frequent Flyer Icon Frequent Flyer at Level 1 and Nexus Frenzy Icon Nexus Frenzy at Level 20, but not with Hammer Gains Icon Hammer Gains at Level 4.

Pick this Talent when you want to pressure and/or take down the enemy frontline and/or when you need damage that goes through Armor effects.

8.

Level 16 Talents for Falstad

Falstad Crippling Hammer ?
Crippling Hammer (Level 16) World of Warcraft Falstad

Increase Hammerang's Slow from 25% to 50%, and Hammerang's explosion also Slows.

Crippling Hammer Icon Crippling Hammer is a decent Talent that empowers the Slow applied by Hammerang Icon Hammerang and allows you to apply it via its explosion as well.

You may need this Talent to kite enemy Heroes who lack mobility and/or range in order to help your team damage them or escape, based on the situation.

Falstad Aerie Gusts ?
Aerie Gusts (Level 16) World of Warcraft Falstad

Reduces the activation time for Tailwind from 6 to 3 seconds, and increases the Movement Speed bonus from 15% to 25%.

Aerie Gusts Icon Aerie Gusts simultaneously provides offense, defense, and utility in the form of more movement speed. This is on top of greatly increasing the uptime of Flow Rider Icon Flow Rider, another potent Talent.

Falstad Afterburner
Afterburner (Level 16) World of Warcraft Falstad

Barrel Roll increases Movement Speed by 60%, decaying over 3 seconds.

Afterburner Icon Afterburner is a strong defensive choice that can also be used to easily chase down opponents. As with Updraft Icon Updraft and Static Shield Icon Static Shield, Afterburner is primarily picked against aggressive team compositions that make it hard for you to stay alive.

9.

Level 20 Talents for Falstad

Falstad Call of the Wildhammer ?
Call of the Wildhammer (Level 20) World of Warcraft Falstad

Hinterland Blast has double the range and deals 25% more damage.

Call of the Wildhammer Icon Call of the Wildhammer is a decent Talent that increases the damage done by Hinterland Blast Icon Hinterland Blast by 25% and its range by 100%. The bonus damage is high enough to make this Talent interesting to pick without even taking into account the bonus range, especially if we consider that it will be rarely useful as the baseline range will already cover your whole screen.

Falstad Wind Tunnel
Wind Tunnel (Level 20) World of Warcraft Falstad

Mighty Gust creates a wind tunnel for 4 seconds. Enemies caught in the tunnel will periodically be pushed back.

Wind Tunnel Icon Wind Tunnel is a strong Talent that transforms Mighty Gust Icon Mighty Gust in one of the most powerful crowd control effects in the game by allowing you to lock one or more enemy Heroes on top of impassable terrain, rendering them unable to act for the duration.

Falstad Nexus Frenzy ?
Nexus Frenzy (Level 20) World of Warcraft Falstad

Increases Attack Speed by 20% and Attack Range by 1.1.

Nexus Frenzy Icon Nexus Frenzy is a good Talent that provides you with additional Attack Damage and Attack Range, something that gives more value when you are playing the Basic Attack Build but it is not required nor advised because it competes with the powerful Wind Tunnel Icon Wind Tunnel.

Falstad Epic Mount ?
Epic Mount (Level 20) World of Warcraft Falstad

Reduce the cooldown of Flight by 50 seconds, reduce the cast time before flying to 0.5 seconds, and increase the speed by 50%.

Epic Mount Icon Epic Mount is a good Talent that drastically lowers the cooldown of Flight Icon Flight, reduces its channel time from 2 to only 0.5 seconds, and makes the flight animation 50% faster.

The cooldown reduction allows him to completely negate any Catapult pressure on the Core and/or to quickly travel across the battlefield for claiming Capture Points when needed (for example on Dragon Shire).

The shorter cast time and increased travel speed combined together can be useful for when you need to use Flight Icon Flight as a form of escape because the enemy team will have less time to damage you.

10.

Changelog

  • 04 Mar. 2021: Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 25 Feb. 2021: New layout.
  • 30 Nov. 2020: Talent Descriptions fixed.
  • 05 Nov. 2020: Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 20 Sep. 2020: Builds and Talent discussions updated.
  • 19 Jul. 2020: Talents reviewed and updated; AA build added.
  • 05 Apr. 2020: Mage build recommendation added.
  • 12 Oct. 2019: Talents section reviewed and updated.
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