Hogger Build Guide “More bones to gnaw on...”

Last updated on May 17, 2021 at 08:00 by Elitesparkle 5 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Hogger, a Bruiser 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.

1.

Hogger's Overview

Hogger is a Bruiser with the unique Ability to create and get advantage of impassable terrain with terrain outlines, something that works great in narrow spaces and has low value in wide areas.

Thanks to having Rage instead of Mana, Hogger inherently prefers drawn-out battles that tend to exhaust enemy resources, especially when paired with a sustain Healer that can keep him healthy for long periods of time.

2.

Hogger's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
X Weaknesses
3.

Hogger's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Rage Build

Recommended
Level 1 On The Prowl Icon
Level 4 Aggro Range Icon Hogger's Joggers Icon ?
Level 7 Seeing Red Icon Garbage Fire Icon ?
Level 10 Shockwave Icon Hoardapult Icon ?
Level 13 Pummel Icon
Level 16 Headbanger Icon
Level 20 No Control Icon Power Spike Icon ? Anger Management Icon ?

Hogger's Rage Build is designed in a way that allows you to keep Loot Hoard Icon Loot Hoard ready for offensive plays rather than wasting it for self-sustain needs because you can heal with On The Prowl Icon On The Prowl instead.

Prefer this Build when you want the option to punish the enemy Solo Laner by aggressively using Loot Hoard Icon Loot Hoard and Staggering Blow Icon Staggering Blow together.

Ez-Thro Dynamite Build

Situational
Level 1 Journeyman Cooking Icon
Level 4 Aggro Range Icon
Level 7 Dense Blasting Powder Icon
Level 10 Shockwave Icon Hoardapult Icon ?
Level 13 Pummel Icon
Level 16 Kablooie! Icon
Level 20 No Control Icon Power Spike Icon ? Anger Management Icon ?

Hogger's Ez-Thro Dynamite Build gives you more damage and survivability, especially during team fights, by empowering many aspects of Ez-Thro Dynamite Icon Ez-Thro Dynamite.

Dense Blasting Powder Icon Dense Blasting Powder at Level 7 makes this Build particularly interesting when you can poke the enemy team, however, this Talent is also good in burst scenarios as you can hit the same Hero multiple times with it.

Prefer this Build when playing on Battlegrounds that do not have a lot of narrow areas because, albeit being good in choke points, it does not rely on impassable terrain that much.

Loot Hoard Build

Situational
Level 1 Bones to Gnaw Icon
Level 4 Aggro Range Icon
Level 7 Garbage Fire Icon Seeing Red Icon ?
Level 10 Hoardapult Icon Shockwave Icon ?
Level 13 Pummel Icon
Level 16 Headbanger Icon
Level 20 No Control Icon Power Spike Icon ? Anger Management Icon ?

Hogger's Loot Hoard Build increases your damage and self-sustain, something that is particularly effective while laning, by improving Loot Hoard Icon Loot Hoard in various ways.

Prefer this Build when playing on Battlegrounds with narrow areas because there you can easily block the path of enemy Heroes by strategically using Loot Hoard Icon Loot Hoard and/or Hoardapult Icon Hoardapult.

4.

Hogger's Synergies and Counters

V Hogger synergizes with

Heroes who benefit from impassable terrain with (for example Hanzo with Scatter Arrow Icon Scatter Arrow) or without (such as Auriel with Detainment Strike Icon Detainment Strike) terrain outlines can get value from Loot Hoard Icon Loot Hoard.

When enemy Heroes are stuck between Hogger and impassable terrain, allied Heroes can easily follow up with Abilities that require their target to stay still for a moment (like Chromie) or inside one area for a few seconds (for example Stukov).

X Hogger is countered by

Try to lock Hogger in place with quick and unpredictable crowd control Abilities and then burst him down before he can get out with either Hogg Wild Icon Hogg Wild or Hoardapult Icon Hoardapult, if picked and not on cooldown after an aggressive play. Since he has access to Armor, Percent Damage helps with that.

Being a melee Hero, Hogger does not like to play against poke damage and kite (for example Lunara) unless he can dive them.

There are some Heroes who can easily deny any value which Hogger could get with impassable terrain thanks to their mobility tools (such as Zeratul with Blink Icon Blink or even Medivh with Portal Icon Portal).

Be careful when playing against Heroes who can reduce healing (such as Ana with Biotic Grenade Icon Biotic Grenade) because they reduce your survivability by partially or completely denying the healing provided by your chunks of Meat.

5.

Hogger's Maps

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

Hogger is great on medium-sized Battlegrounds where he can double soak (such as Infernal Shrines) and on Maps with narrow spaces where he can get value from impassable terrain by Knocking back enemy Heroes towards it or by blocking enemy Heroes in small corridors (notably Cursed Hollow).

Battlegrounds where most of the action happens in wide areas (for example Hanamura Temple) do not favor Hogger because he will not be able to get enough value from impassable terrain and 2-lane Maps will not allow him to dominate the early game by double soaking.

6.

Hogger's Tips and Tricks

7.

Hogger's Role in the Current Meta

Thanks to his self-sustain and waveclear, Hogger is a solid Solo Laner who can easily take care of side lanes and is also able to double soak when needed. That said, he can also be played in the 4-man, similarly to a Melee Assassin.

During team fights, Hogger will act as a powerful Bruiser capable of providing additional peeling for allied Heroes and dealing a respectable amount of damage to enemy Heroes.

8.

Changelog

  • 17 May 2021 (abilities page): Guide reviewed for the latest Patch.
  • 17 May 2021 (talents page): Guide reviewed for the latest Patch.
  • 17 May 2021 (this page): Guide reviewed for the latest Patch.
  • 22 Apr. 2021 (abilities page): Abilities page improved.
  • 21 Apr. 2021 (this page): Builds updated.
  • 21 Apr. 2021 (talents page): Builds updated.
  • 16 Mar. 2021 (this page): Builds updated.
  • 16 Mar. 2021 (talents page): Builds updated.
  • 03 Mar. 2021 (this page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 03 Mar. 2021 (talents page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 03 Mar. 2021 (abilities page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 18 Feb. 2021 (this page): Synergies and Counters updated.
  • 15 Feb. 2021 (talents page): Builds updated.
  • 15 Feb. 2021 (this page): Builds updated.
  • 20 Jan. 2021 (talents page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 20 Jan. 2021 (this page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 20 Jan. 2021 (abilities page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 21 Dec. 2020 (talents page): Builds and Talents updated.
  • 21 Dec. 2020 (this page): Builds updated.
  • 04 Dec. 2020 (abilities page): Abilities page improved.
  • 04 Dec. 2020 (this page): Builds updated.
  • 04 Dec. 2020 (talents page): Builds updated.
  • 01 Dec. 2020 (this page): Guide reviewed for the latest Patch.
  • 01 Dec. 2020 (talents page): Guide reviewed for the latest Patch.
  • 01 Dec. 2020 (abilities page): Guide reviewed for the latest Patch.
  • 30 Nov. 2020 (talents page): Guide created.
  • 30 Nov. 2020 (abilities page): Guide created.
  • 30 Nov. 2020 (this page): Guide created.
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