Imperius Talents

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General Information

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

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Imperius's Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Impaling Light Consuming Flame ? Burn the Impure ?
4 Sovereign Armor Battle Hunger ? Press Forward ?
7 Flash of Anger Blaze of Glory ✘︎ Holy Fervor ?
10 Angelic Armaments Wrath of the Angiris ?
13 Pathetic Mortals ? Divine Rage Heat of Battle ?
16 Celestial Swiftness ? Melting Touch Valorous Pursuit ?
20 Heavenly Host ? Unrelenting Descent ✘︎ Brand of Solarion Impervious ?
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Imperius's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Molten Armor Build

Recommended
Level 1 Impaling Light Icon Consuming Flame Icon ? Burn the Impure Icon ?
Level 4 Sovereign Armor Icon
Level 7 Flash of Anger Icon
Level 10 Angelic Armaments Icon Wrath of the Angiris Icon ?
Level 13 Divine Rage Icon Pathetic Mortals Icon ?
Level 16 Melting Touch Icon
Level 20 Brand of Solarion Icon Heavenly Host Icon ? Impervious Icon ?

Imperius's Molten Armor Build allows you and your team to deal a high amount of burst damage to enemy Heroes caught by your quick engage with Celestial Charge Icon Celestial Charge.

In particular, Melting Touch Icon Melting Touch at Level 16 allows Imperius to reduce the Armor of enemy Heroes.

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Level 1 Talents for Imperius

Imperius Impaling Light
Impaling Light (Level 1) Diablo Imperius

Celestial Charge's final damage is increased by 75% and its cooldown is reduced by 1.25 seconds for each Valorous Brand on the target when the Stun completes.

Imperius Consuming Flame ?
Consuming Flame (Level 1) Diablo Imperius

Increase the center damage of Solarion's Fire by an additional 125% and its Slow amount by 15%. The first enemy Hero hit with Solarion's Fire restores 30 Mana.

Imperius Burn the Impure ?
Burn the Impure (Level 1) Diablo Imperius

Consuming a Valorous Brand mark deals bonus damage equal to 2.5% of the Hero's maximum Health.

3.1.

Discussion

Impaling Light Icon Impaling Light is a strong Talent that, based on how many Valorous Brands are up when its Stun ends, increases the damage dealt by and reduces the cooldown of Celestial Charge Icon Celestial Charge, indirectly empowering any related Talent. If you want to maximize the benefits of this Talent, you should hit your target with Solarion's Fire Icon Solarion's Fire before using Celestial Charge Icon Celestial Charge on them and then use Molten Armor Icon Molten Armor a moment before the animation of the previous Ability ends.

Consuming Flame Icon Consuming Flame is a good Talent that increases the damage done and Slow applied by Solarion's Fire Icon Solarion's Fire, while also giving some Mana back when hitting any number of enemy Heroes. Pick this Talent to improve Imperius's waveclear when playing him as Solo Laner, else you will struggle at clearing Minions.

Burn the Impure Icon Burn the Impure amplifies Imperius's early game damage output tremendously. The additional percentage damage works particularly well with Molten Armor Icon Molten Armor if Imperius maintains a consistent Basic Attack sequence after each tick. This is the standard Talent for this tier, will be good against every hero, but excels against enemies with high Health.

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Level 4 Talents for Imperius

Imperius Sovereign Armor
Sovereign Armor (Level 4) Diablo Imperius

Molten Armor grants 20 Armor for 1.5 seconds. Damaging an enemy Hero with Molten Armor increases the duration of the Armor by 0.5 seconds.

Imperius Battle Hunger ?
Battle Hunger (Level 4) Diablo Imperius

Increase the healing of Valorous Brand by 70%.

Imperius Press Forward ?
Press Forward (Level 4) Diablo Imperius

Gain 10 Armor while being healed by a Regeneration Globe. Damaging an enemy Hero sets the duration of an active Regeneration Globe on Imperius to 8 seconds (unless it is already higher).

4.1.

Discussion

Sovereign Armor Icon Sovereign Armor is a strong Talent that boosts Imperius's survivability for almost 2 seconds, right after using Molten Armor Icon Molten Armor. It has great synergy with Divine Rage Icon Divine Rage at Level 13, allowing Imperius to be have the Armor almost constantly. We do not recommend this Talent if you have Uther in your team, since his Armor would overlap with Imperius's.

Battle Hunger Icon Battle Hunger is a great Talent when paired with Holy Fervor Icon Holy Fervor, greatly increasing Imperius's sustain in fights.

Press Forward Icon Press Forward is a very useful talent during duels in the laning phase, but with almost zero value during team fights, where Regeneration Globes are rarely found. It can be an optimal choice if you are losing the lane in Braxis Holdout or Dragon Shire.

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Level 7 Talents for Imperius

Imperius Flash of Anger
Flash of Anger (Level 7) Diablo Imperius

Consuming a mark from Celestial Charge deals 150 (+4% per level) damage to the target and nearby enemies and grants Imperius a 250 (+4% per level) point Shield for 4 seconds.

Imperius Blaze of Glory ✘︎
Blaze of Glory (Level 7) Diablo Imperius

Solarion's Fire leaves a line of scorched earth along its center, exploding after 2 seconds and dealing 150 (+4% per level) damage. This explosion benefits from and consumes Valorous Brand marks.

Imperius Holy Fervor ?
Holy Fervor (Level 7) Diablo Imperius
  • Cooldown: 25 seconds

Activate to cause the next 4 Basic Attacks within 10 seconds to cleave for 30% additional damage.

5.1.

Discussion

Flash of Anger Icon Flash of Anger's shield and damage should not be understated, those are incredibly good and can be activated once for each Hero hit by Celestial Charge Icon Celestial Charge. It has great synergy with Brand of Solarion Icon Brand of Solarion.

Blaze of Glory Icon Blaze of Glory is a weak Talent that increases the damage done by Solarion's Fire Icon Solarion's Fire, but with a short delay. We do not recommend this Talent because it does not provide enough value compared to the other options in the same Tier.

Holy Fervor Icon Holy Fervor is a decent Talent that, once activated, makes the next 4 Basic Attacks deal 130% damage on the main target and cleave for 30% damage. The 25-second cooldown—that starts after the first empowered Basic Attack—allows you to easily take care of Minions as they spawn once every 30 seconds. Pick this Talent only if your team has a desperate need of waveclear.

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Level 10 Talents for Imperius

Imperius Angelic Armaments
Angelic Armaments (Level 10) Diablo Imperius
  • Mana: 70
  • Cooldown: 70 seconds

Summon a ring of blazing swords that grants 850 (+4% per level) Shield for 3 seconds.

If the Shield lasts the full duration, this ability can be reactivated within 5 seconds to launch 6 swords toward an area, each dealing 140 (+4% per level) damage to the first enemy hit.

Imperius Wrath of the Angiris ?
Wrath of the Angiris (Level 10) Diablo Imperius
  • Mana: 80
  • Cooldown: 80 seconds

After 0.75 seconds, charge in the target direction, lifting the first enemy Hero hit into the Heavens. While in the air, Imperius can steer the landing location by moving.

After 2 seconds, slam the target into the ground, dealing 375 (+4% per level) damage and Stunning them for 1 second.

6.1.

Discussion

Angelic Armaments Icon Angelic Armaments comes with everything an aggressive Bruiser like Imperius needs. Its massive shield prevents enemies from bursting him down. The activable damage component can wreak havoc on the enemy team's backline, making him an even scarier foe to face.

Wrath of the Angiris Icon Wrath of the Angiris is too unreliable and can be dodged too easily due to its channeled activation animation. It is a high risk high reward talent with an even higher cooldown than Angelic Armaments Icon Angelic Armaments.

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Level 13 Talents for Imperius

Imperius Pathetic Mortals ?
Pathetic Mortals (Level 13) Diablo Imperius

Stunning enemy Heroes with Celestial Charge reduces their Movement Speed by 25% and their damage by 50% for 4 seconds.

Imperius Divine Rage
Divine Rage (Level 13) Diablo Imperius

Consuming a Valorous Brand mark reduces the cooldown of Molten Armor by 1 second.

Imperius Heat of Battle ?
Heat of Battle (Level 13) Diablo Imperius

Increase Molten Armor's healing against Heroes by 2% for every 1% Health Imperius is missing.

7.1.

Discussion

Pathetic Mortals Icon Pathetic Mortals is a situational Talent that drastically reduces the damage done by enemy Heroes hit with Celestial Charge Icon Celestial Charge for multiple seconds while also Slowing them for a moderate amount. The damage reduction effect is great to shut down enemy Heroes who deal a lot of damage, regardless of their Role. The small Slow provided is nice to have because it can help you land a few more Basic Attacks on retreating enemy Heroes.

Divine Rage Icon Divine Rage significantly lowers Molten Armor Icon Molten Armor's cooldown, which greatly increases Imperius's survivability. Furthermore, it possesses great synergy with both Sovereign Armor Icon Sovereign Armor at Level 4 and Melting Touch Icon Melting Touch at Level 16.

Heat of Battle Icon Heat of Battle is a situational Talent that comes with stronger healing the lower Imperius's Health is. You may need this Talent when playing against Heroes who can inflict a good amount of Percent Damage (for example Tychus with Minigun Icon Minigun).

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Level 16 Talents for Imperius

Imperius Celestial Swiftness ?
Celestial Swiftness (Level 16) Diablo Imperius

Gain 20% Movement Speed for 5 seconds after casting Celestial Charge. Gain 40% Attack Speed for 5 seconds for each Hero stunned with Celestial Charge.

Imperius Melting Touch
Melting Touch (Level 16) Diablo Imperius

Consuming a Molten Armor mark reduces the target's Armor by 25 for 4 seconds.

Imperius Valorous Pursuit ?
Valorous Pursuit (Level 16) Diablo Imperius
  • Cooldown: 20 seconds

Activate to teleport to an enemy that has been marked by Valorous Brand and gain 25 Armor for 3 seconds.

8.1.

Discussion

Celestial Swiftness Icon Celestial Swiftness increases Imperius's Attack and Movement Speed after stunning foes using Celestial Charge Icon Celestial Charge. This Talent can be good when paired with Brand of Solarion Icon Brand of Solarion and Flash of Anger Icon Flash of Anger. However, it is very dependent on hitting your Celestial Charge, so go for this if you are very confident in doing that.

Melting Touch Icon Melting Touch Is the default Talent for this tier, it has strong synergy with Divine Rage Icon Divine Rage, which allows Imperius to consistently lower nearby enemies' armor. You can weave attacks between targets in order to reduce armor of them all. This talent will greatly increase your and your teammates' damage.

Valorous Pursuit Icon Valorous Pursuit is a decent Talent that gives you access to mobility on a moderate cooldown. You may occasionally want this Talent as a counter to kite.

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Level 20 Talents for Imperius

Imperius Heavenly Host ?
Heavenly Host (Level 20) Diablo Imperius

Nearby allied Heroes gain 600 (+4% per level) Shield for 3 seconds.

If the Shield lasts the full duration, fire a sword at the nearest enemy Hero, dealing 140 (+4% per level) damage.

Imperius Unrelenting Descent ✘︎
Unrelenting Descent (Level 20) Diablo Imperius

Consuming a Valorous Brand reduces the cooldown of Wrath of the Angiris by 10 seconds.

Imperius Brand of Solarion
Brand of Solarion (Level 20) Diablo Imperius

Reduce the duration of Valorous Brand to 5 seconds, but it is no longer consumed when triggered.

Imperius Impervious ?
Impervious (Level 20) Diablo Imperius
  • Cooldown: 75 seconds

Activate to become Unstoppable and gain 75 Spell Armor for 3 seconds. Hitting Heroes with the center of Solarion's Fire reduces this cooldown by 5 seconds.

9.1.

Discussion

Heavenly Host Icon Heavenly Host turns Angelic Armaments Icon Angelic Armaments into an amazing team fighting ability. Similar to Storm Shield Icon Storm Shield, it protects every allied Hero in Imperius's vicinity every 70 seconds. We recommend choosing Heavenly Host when you feel you need to protect your team, or if you did not go for Burn the Impure Icon Burn the Impure at level 1.

Unrelenting Descent Icon Unrelenting Descent sounds like a good Talent, but with Wrath of the Angiris Icon Wrath of the Angiris, you want to make sure you kill the target you get, instead of using it at diverse times. For this reason, we recommend going for Brand of Solarion or Impervious instead.

Brand of Solarion Icon Brand of Solarion is a strong Talent that heavily increases Imperius's damage by making each Valorous Brand stay on enemy Heroes for 5 seconds regardless of it being used. This kind of effect has synergy with Burn the Impure Icon Burn the Impure at Level 1 and especially Flash of Anger Icon Flash of Anger at Level 7, which will give you even more Shields.

Impervious Icon Impervious can be a great choice if the enemy team focuses heavily on killing on Imperius. Then, the extra Armor and Unstoppable effect makes it much easier for Imperius to approach his opponents and set up strong combos.

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Changelog

  • 20 Jan. 2021: Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 01 Dec. 2020: Guide reviewed for the latest Patch.
  • 25 Oct. 2020: Builds and Descriptions updated.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 19 Sep. 2020: Builds updated.
  • 16 Jul. 2020: Updated Talents and Builds to reflect current meta.
  • 19 Jun. 2020: Updated Builds and Talents to better reflect current meta.
  • 15 May 2020: Updated Builds and Talents to reflect Pathetic Mortals' changes.
  • 13 Apr. 2020: Updated Builds and Talents to better reflect current meta.
  • 12 Jul. 2019: Updated Imperius' Talents and Builds in accordance with the latest Balance Update.
  • 10 Jun. 2019: Revised the Imperius guide and applied several minor updates.
  • 28 Jan. 2019: Changed Burn the Impure from from Situational to Recommended and updated the Build accordingly.
  • 10 Jan. 2019: Changed Sovereign Armor from Situational to Recommended.
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