Greymane Talents

Last updated on Oct 21, 2020 at 19:25 by Derenash 28 comments
General Information

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

1.

Greymane's Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Wolfheart ? Perfect Aim ✘︎ Viciousness
4 Thick Skin ? Eyes in the Dark Insatiable ?
7 Quicksilver Bullets Incendiary Elixir ✘︎ Wizened Duelist ?
10 Go for the Throat Cursed Bullet
13 Running Wild ? Unfettered Assault ? On the Prowl
16 Eager Wolf ? Executioner Alpha Killer ?
20 Unleashed ? Gilnean Roulette ✘︎ Hunter's Blunderbuss Tooth and Claw ?
2.

Greymane's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Attack Build

Recommended
Level 1 Viciousness Icon Wolfheart Icon ?
Level 4 Eyes in the Dark Icon Thick Skin Icon ?
Level 7 Quicksilver Bullets Icon
Level 10 Cursed Bullet Icon Go for the Throat Icon ?
Level 13 On the Prowl Icon
Level 16 Executioner Icon Alpha Killer Icon ? Eager Wolf Icon ?
Level 20 Hunter's Blunderbuss Icon

The Attack Build revolves around improving Greymane's Basic Attacks and sustained damage output. Although it provides less waveclear and burst damage than its counterpart, it provides Greymane with more consistent sustained damage.

Executioner Icon Executioner greatly increases Greymane's damage, and should be the pick in most games where you have any kind of crowd control. If you do not have many Abilities to trigger Executioner in your team, Alpha Killer Icon Alpha Killer is a great option for more power in teamfights, while Eager Wolf Icon Eager Wolf is better in the PvE.

Worgen Build

Situational
Level 1 Viciousness Icon Wolfheart Icon ?
Level 4 Thick Skin Icon Eyes in the Dark Icon ?
Level 7 Wizened Duelist Icon
Level 10 Go for the Throat Icon Cursed Bullet Icon ?
Level 13 Unfettered Assault Icon On the Prowl Icon ?
Level 16 Alpha Killer Icon
Level 20 Tooth and Claw Icon Unleashed Icon ?

As the name suggests, Worgen Build is totally focused on dealing high damage as a Worgen. This build may not have the reliability provided by Quicksilver Bullets Icon Quicksilver Bullets, but it has a much better kill potential and higher burst damage in melee form.

Considering this build has several Talents that require Greymane to play as Worgen in fights, it is much riskier to use. We do not recommend using this Build against Team Compositions with good single target damage and several crowd control tools to punish you. Otherwise, this build provides an excellent chase potential, dive capability, and a good way to dodge skillshots with Unfettered Assault Icon Unfettered Assault.

3.

Level 1 Talents for Greymane

Greymane Wolfheart ?
Wolfheart (Level 1) World of Warcraft Greymane

Increase the cooldown reduction from Basic Attacks during Inner Beast from 0.5 to 1 second.

Greymane Perfect Aim ✘︎
Perfect Aim (Level 1) World of Warcraft Greymane

Increases Gilnean Cocktail's range by 30% and refunds 45 Mana if it hits an enemy Hero.

Greymane Viciousness
Viciousness (Level 1) World of Warcraft Greymane

Increases Inner Beast's duration to 4 seconds, and causes Ability damage to also refresh its duration.

3.1.

Discussion

Wolfheart Icon Wolfheart provides a significant increase to Inner Beast Icon Inner Beast's potential uptime. This Talent's usefulness is more obvious in situations where you may need to repeatedly use the Ability, such as when claiming Mercenary Camps, roaming, or simply laning; it is never a poor choice. It is particularly useful in Battlefield of Eternity, because it will guarantee that Greymane will have Inner Beast Icon Inner Beast after Immortals' first phase.

Perfect Aim Icon Perfect Aim is overshadowed by the other options at this tier. While Wolfheart Icon Wolfheart and Viciousness Icon Viciousness will greatly enhance Greymane's fighting capabilities by having Inner Beast Icon Inner Beast constantly active, Perfect Aim will just slightly boost an already underwhelming Ability. For this reason, we do not recommend Perfect Aim.

Viciousness Icon Viciousness fulfills a purpose that is similar to Wolfheart Icon Wolfheart. It is typically considered to be the weaker choice for extended fights, but may help you maintain Inner Beast Icon Inner Beast's duration in skirmishing situations such as while laning.

4.

Level 4 Talents for Greymane

Greymane Thick Skin ?
Thick Skin (Level 4) World of Warcraft Greymane

Using Darkflight grants 50 Physical Armor against the next 2 Hero Basic Attacks while in Worgen Form, reducing the damage taken by 50%.

Greymane Eyes in the Dark
Eyes in the Dark (Level 4) World of Warcraft Greymane

Disengage grants Stealth for 3 seconds.

Greymane Insatiable ?
Insatiable (Level 4) World of Warcraft Greymane

Inner Beast causes Basic Attacks to restore 10 Mana.

4.1.

Discussion

Thick Skin Icon Thick Skin provides a amall amount of survivability with limited uptime when you need it. Thick Skin is a good choice to improve your ability to trade against Basic Attack-reliant Heroes. However, since it only gives 2 Block charges, it is useless against fast attackers such as Tracer, D.Va, or Tychus.

Eyes in the Dark Icon Eyes in the Dark provides Greymane with a reliable escape mechanism that essentially makes him impossible to chase down for Heroes who do not possess area of effect Abilities, or do not currently have them off Cooldown.

Insatiable Icon Insatiable is Greymane's main choice for Mana management. By simply attacking, it shall replenish all wasted Mana. However, since Greymane's main damage source comes from Basic Attacks, he does not have frequent Mana issues. This Talent is only decent in maps where you need to be constantly doing mercenaries, such as Garden of Terror.

5.

Level 7 Talents for Greymane

Greymane Quicksilver Bullets
Quicksilver Bullets (Level 7) World of Warcraft Greymane

Increases Greymane's Human Basic Attack range by 1.1.

Greymane Incendiary Elixir ✘︎
Incendiary Elixir (Level 7) World of Warcraft Greymane

Quest: Reduce the cooldown of Gilnean Cocktail by 2 seconds. Every time Greymane hits an enemy Hero with the explosion damage from Gilnean Cocktail, increase its explosion damage by 20, up to 300.

Reward: After hitting 15 Heroes, the cooldown is reduced by an additional 2 seconds.

Greymane Wizened Duelist ?
Wizened Duelist (Level 7) World of Warcraft Greymane

Quest: Every 6 Human Basic Attacks against Heroes increase Basic Attack damage by 1%, up to 30%. Worgen Basic Attacks grant credit for 3 Basic Attacks. Half of this bonus is lost upon death.

5.1.

Discussion

Quicksilver Bullets Icon Quicksilver Bullets is an excellent Talent, as it facilitates Greymane's kite, applies good pressure onto the enemy Tank, and allows for a much safer playstyle in fights. This is the standard Talent for this tier, but Wizened Duelist Icon Wizened Duelist is also a great option if you can reliably fight in Worgen form.

Like other Gilnean Cocktail Icon Gilnean Cocktail Talents, we do not recommend Incendiary Elixir Icon Incendiary Elixir. This quest takes too long to stack, and its bonuses are not as strong as the benefits from its counterparts.

Wizened Duelist Icon Wizened Duelist has the potential of providing an outstanding 30% increase to your Basic Attack damage. Daring players may find this Talent appealing, especially against team compositions with low single-target damage or little crowd control. Since this Talent takes too long to stack in Human form, it should only be picked if you can fight as a Worgen without dying.

6.

Level 10 Talents for Greymane

Greymane Go for the Throat
Go for the Throat (Level 10) World of Warcraft Greymane
  • Mana: 90
  • Cooldown: 80 seconds

Leap at an enemy Hero and shapeshift into a Worgen, slashing for 355 (+4% per level) damage. If this kills them, the Ability can be used a second time within 10 seconds for free.

Greymane Cursed Bullet
Cursed Bullet (Level 10) World of Warcraft Greymane
  • Mana: 50
  • Cooldown: 30 seconds

Greymane shapeshifts into a Human and fires a bullet that hits the first enemy Hero in its path, dealing 35% of their current Health in damage.

Does not affect Vehicles.

6.1.

Discussion

At this Level, Heroic Abilities become available. Both Heroic Abilities have already been described in the abilities section.

Go for the Throat Icon Go for the Throat perfectly complements Greymane's playstyle by providing him with potent unavoidable burst damage. Go for the Throat is particularly effective when the reset clause allows you to snowball one kill into more damage.

Cursed Bullet Icon Cursed Bullet gives Greymane a unique niche role: that of bursting down Tanks or otherwise very Healthy Heroes, such as Azmodan. This is not to say, however, that Cursed Bullet should not be used against any other target; 35% damage is nothing to scoff at for most Heroes. In general, Cursed Bullet tends to be prefered over Go for the Throat Icon Go for the Throat when faced with team compositions that feature multiple crowd control effects and make it difficult for you to single out opponents.

7.

Level 13 Talents for Greymane

Greymane Running Wild ?
Running Wild (Level 13) World of Warcraft Greymane

Increases Darkflight and Disengage's range by 35%.

Greymane Unfettered Assault ?
Unfettered Assault (Level 13) World of Warcraft Greymane

Increases Razor Swipe's lunge distance by 60%, and Worgen Basic Attacks reduce Razor Swipe's cooldown by 1.5 seconds.

Greymane On the Prowl
On the Prowl (Level 13) World of Warcraft Greymane

Inner Beast increases Movement Speed by 30% once it has been active for 3 seconds.

7.1.

Discussion

Running Wild Icon Running Wild provides you with some very effective engaging and disengaging utility, as it turns Darkflight Icon Darkflight and Disengage Icon Disengage into some of the longest-ranged gap closers around. This Talent is effective when you are unable to deliver many Basic Attacks.

On the Prowl Icon On the Prowl provides Greymane with a movement speed increase that is as reliable as it is potent, allowing you to keep up with or kite all but the most mobile of targets. This, in turn, increases your uptime potential and survivability. Proper Inner Beast Icon Inner Beast management allows one to maintain this effect almost indefinitely.

Unfettered Assault Icon Unfettered Assault fulfils a purpose that is similar to On the Prowl Icon On the Prowl, although it does so differently. While the aforementioned Talent provides a steady boost to your mobility, Unfettered Assault does so in a "bursty" fashion, allowing you to use Razor Swipe Icon Razor Swipe to very reliably avoid dangerous area of effect Abilities and position yourself for nearly unavoidable body blocking maneuvers. Unfettered Assault is particularly useful against E.T.C., Jaina, and Kerrigan, amongst others, as they heavily rely on hitting you with specific Abilities to be effective. Furthermore, Unfettered Assault is the only Talent available at this tier to provide a direct damage output increase through the Cooldown reduction clause, making it useful for claiming Mercenary Camps. It synergises particularly well with Wizened Duelist Icon Wizened Duelist, Alpha Killer Icon Alpha Killer, and Tooth and Claw Icon Tooth and Claw.

8.

Level 16 Talents for Greymane

Greymane Eager Wolf ?
Eager Wolf (Level 16) World of Warcraft Greymane

Increases the Attack Speed bonus of Inner Beast by an additional 40% after it has been active for 4 seconds.

Greymane Executioner
Executioner (Level 16) World of Warcraft Greymane

Attacking a Hero that is slowed, rooted, or stunned increases your Basic Attack damage by 30% for 3 seconds.

Greymane Alpha Killer ?
Alpha Killer (Level 16) World of Warcraft Greymane

Worgen Basic Attacks against Heroes deal bonus damage equal to 3% of the Hero's maximum Health.

8.1.

Discussion

Eager Wolf Icon Eager Wolf provides a reliable increase to Greymane's main source of damage. It is particularly effective in PvE situations, where DPS greatly contributes to securing objectives and Structure kills.

Executioner Icon Executioner is an alternative to the two aforementioned Talents when one or several of your teammates can provide you with a reliable means of meeting the Talent's triggering condition. Heroes such as Arthas, Jaina, and Rehgar are particularly effective for this. In general, Executioner is often chosen alongside Quicksilver Bullets Icon Quicksilver Bullets.

Alpha Killer Icon Alpha Killer allows you to punish Tank-heavy team compositions by providing a substantial damage increase against tougher Heroes. However, since this Talent is only active during Worgen form, it should not be picked if the enemy team can easily punish your dives.

9.

Level 20 Talents for Greymane

Greymane Unleashed ?
Unleashed (Level 20) World of Warcraft Greymane

Passive: Go For The Throat's damage is increased by 25%.

If Go for the Throat kills its target, refund its Mana cost and reset the cooldowns of Greymane's Abilities.

Greymane Gilnean Roulette ✘︎
Gilnean Roulette (Level 20) World of Warcraft Greymane

Cursed Bullet's damage is reduced to 30% of current health but its cooldown is reduced by 20 seconds.

Greymane Hunter's Blunderbuss
Hunter's Blunderbuss (Level 20) World of Warcraft Greymane

Human Basic Attacks splash for 100% damage behind the target.

Greymane Tooth and Claw ?
Tooth and Claw (Level 20) World of Warcraft Greymane

Worgen Basic Attacks cleave for 100% damage. Increase Razor Swipe's damage by 100%.

9.1.

Discussion

Unleashed Icon Unleashed is mostly picked for the extra damage added to Go for the Throat Icon Go for the Throat, being a good option against very squishy Heroes.

Gilnean Roulette Icon Gilnean Roulette is an extremely underwhelming Talent when compared to Hunter's Blunderbuss Icon Hunter's Blunderbuss and Tooth and Claw Icon Tooth and Claw, which greatly increase Greymane's proficiency in fights by making his Basic Attacks cleave.

Hunter's Blunderbuss Icon Hunter's Blunderbuss takes Greymane's poking potential to stratospheric levels. Combined with Gilnean Cocktail Icon Gilnean Cocktail and related Talents, Hunter's Blunderbuss creates an immense amount of pressure by forcing opponents to spread out at all times. Blunderbuss is particularly potent in sieging scenarios, as the area of effect damage makes it very difficult to mount an effective defense. The waveclear potential provided by the Talent can not be overstated.

Tooth and Claw Icon Tooth and Claw is Hunter's Blunderbuss Icon Hunter's Blunderbuss' Worgen counterpart. While it is able to deal a significantly more damage than the former Talent, it is also much riskier, requiring you to spend an extended amount of time in melee range. However, if your Healers and Supports enable Greymane to go in during Worgen form, it will greatly increase his damage. It is important to note that it has great synergy with Unfettered Assault Icon Unfettered Assault, Alpha Killer Icon Alpha Killer, and Wizened Duelist Icon Wizened Duelist.

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Changelog

  • 21 Oct. 2020: Updated Talents and Builds.
  • 24 Sep. 2020: Talents and Builds updated to reflect current meta.
  • 19 Jul. 2020: Talent builds and recommendations updated.
  • 05 Apr. 2020: Updated description for Gilnean Roulette.
  • 30 Jun. 2018: Updated Talents to account for the June 27 balance patch changes.
  • 07 Feb. 2018: Updated Talents and Build to account for the Maiev's patch changes.
  • 14 Jan. 2018: Updated Cocktail Party build.
  • 26 Jun. 2017: Updated the amount of damage Cursed Bullet deals to 40%.
  • 19 Feb. 2017: Added Cursed Bullet.
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