Johanna Build Guide “The Crusade marches on!”

Last updated on Mar 30, 2022 at 17:00 by Elitesparkle 41 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Johanna, a Tank 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.

Johanna's Overview

Johanna is a low-mobility, extremely resilient Tank, capable of Blinding, Slowing, Stunning, and briefly Pulling enemies. She excels at creating chaos and disruption in the midst of the enemy team for extended periods of time while also peeling for her allies. Johanna is one of the handful of Heroes in the game with no direct counters, and is able to fit into nearly any team composition.

2.

Johanna's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
X Weaknesses
  • -Low damage
  • -No tools to handle high-mobility Heroes
  • -Low mobility
3.

Johanna's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Shield Glare Build

Recommended
Level 1 Zealous Glare Icon
Level 4 Subdue Icon
Level 7 Conviction Icon Sins Exposed Icon ? Steed Charge Icon ?
Level 10 Blessed Shield Icon
Level 13 Blessed Hammer Icon Roar Icon ?
Level 16 Holy Renewal Icon
Level 20 Blinded By The Light Icon Radiating Faith Icon ?

Johanna's Shield Glare Build gives you the opportunity to Blind enemy Heroes more often and, in the late-game, get self-healing and cooldown reduction from that.

You can play this Build when you and your teammates need help against enemy Heroes who rely on Basic Attacks (for example Greymane). Just make sure to keep at least one charge of Shield Glare Icon Shield Glare for peeling.

Basic Attacks Build

Situational
Level 1 Laws of Hope Icon
Level 4 Subdue Icon
Level 7 Conviction Icon Sins Exposed Icon ? Steed Charge Icon ?
Level 10 Blessed Shield Icon
Level 13 Blessed Hammer Icon Roar Icon ?
Level 16 Blessed Momentum Icon
Level 20 Radiating Faith Icon

Johanna's Basic Attacks Build allows you to crowd control enemy Heroes more often in the late game while also having a respectable amount of additional survivability.

You can play this Build when you want more self-sustain in the early game, thanks to Laws of Hope Icon Laws of Hope at Level 1, and when you want more playmaking potential later on, thanks to Blessed Momentum Icon Blessed Momentum at Level 16.

4.

Johanna's Synergies and Counters

V Johanna synergizes with

Johanna pairs extremely well with Heroes that can follow up her slow but powerful engage with any kind of area of effect Ability to deal burst damage to enemy Heroes and/or to crowd control them.

Due to her weak engage when her Heroic Ability is not available, Johanna greatly benefits from Heroes that can help her with that in the 4-man (such as Maiev) and/or from the solo lane (for example Blaze).

X Johanna is countered by

Johanna can be countered by constantly depleting her Health with sustain damage, targeting her while Iron Skin Icon Iron Skin is on cooldown, or using high-mobility Heroes to target her backline.

Varian, due to Shattering Throw Icon Shattering Throw at Level 13, can completely destroy Johanna's main defensive tools: Iron Skin Icon Iron Skin baseline and Indestructible Icon Indestructible at Level 20.

5.

Johanna's Maps

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

Johanna performs better on medium-sized Battlegrounds that favor early-game rotations with tons of waveclear (such as Tomb of the Spider Queen) or on Battlegrounds where it is easy to reach the late game (for example Warhead Junction). On the other hand, she is lackluster on most 2-lane Maps as well as Maps with wide empty areas (such as Hanamura Temple).

6.

Johanna's Tips and Tricks

7.

Johanna's Role in the Current Meta

Johanna's survivability, disruption, waveclear, and crowd control make her a very solid Hero overall, and a good fit for nearly any team composition.

Johanna can be played either defensively, by blocking enemy Heroes approaching her team, or offensively, by walking towards enemy Heroes and disrupting their moves. Iron Skin Icon Iron Skin, with its potential 4 seconds of Unstoppable, makes Johanna very effective versus teams with a lot of crowd control.

Last but not the least, Johanna can be played as either main Tank or Solo Laner. Just makes sure to choose the appropriate Talents based on your Role in the team, otherwise you will lack important features on your Hero.

8.

Changelog

  • 30 Mar. 2022 (talents page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 30 Mar. 2022 (abilities page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 30 Mar. 2022 (this page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 28 Jan. 2022 (talents page): Builds updated.
  • 28 Jan. 2022 (this page): Builds and Maps updated.
  • 13 Dec. 2021 (this page): Builds updated.
  • 13 Dec. 2021 (talents page): Builds updated.
  • 07 Dec. 2021 (abilities page): Guide reviewed for the latest Major Patch.
  • 07 Dec. 2021 (talents page): Guide reviewed for the latest Major Patch.
  • 07 Dec. 2021 (this page): Guide reviewed for the latest Major Patch.
  • 03 Nov. 2021 (talents page): Builds updated.
  • 03 Nov. 2021 (this page): Builds updated.
  • 21 Sep. 2021 (talents page): Builds updated.
  • 21 Sep. 2021 (this page): Builds updated.
  • 16 Jul. 2021 (talents page): Builds updated.
  • 16 Jul. 2021 (this page): Builds updated.
  • 18 Jun. 2021 (abilities page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 18 Jun. 2021 (this page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 18 Jun. 2021 (talents page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 30 May 2021 (talents page): Builds updated.
  • 30 May 2021 (this page): Builds updated.
  • 17 May 2021 (this page): Guide reviewed for the latest Patch.
  • 17 May 2021 (talents page): Guide reviewed for the latest Patch.
  • 17 May 2021 (abilities page): Guide reviewed for the latest Patch.
  • 27 Feb. 2021 (talents page): Build Tags updated.
  • 27 Feb. 2021 (this page): Build Tags updated.
  • 25 Feb. 2021 (talents page): New layout.
  • 10 Nov. 2020 (this page): Synergies updated.
  • 09 Nov. 2020 (abilities page): Ability descriptions fixed.
  • 16 Jul. 2020 (abilities page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 16 Jul. 2020 (this page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 16 Jul. 2020 (talents page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 10 Jul. 2020 (talents page): Builds and Descriptions modified to reflect the current metagame.
  • 10 Jul. 2020 (abilities page): Ability Descriptions modified to better explain how to use Abilities effectively.
  • 10 Jul. 2020 (this page): Builds and Descriptions modified to reflect the current metagame.
  • 15 Apr. 2020 (talents page): Talent Build partially revised to match new standards.
    • Talent Build and Talent Build Cheatsheet modified to reflect the current metagame.
    • Talent Descriptions modified to better describe when to pick them.
  • 15 Apr. 2020 (this page): Introduction partially revised to match new standards.
    • Talent Build Cheatsheet updated to reflect the current metagame.
    • Role in the Current Meta modified to remove the unnecessary part about the now fixed Experience Globes.
  • 12 Dec. 2019 (this page): Added an entry about the current Anomaly to the guide.
  • 11 Jun. 2019 (talents page): Updated Johanna's guide to align it more with the current state of the game.
  • 16 Oct. 2018 (talents page): Changed Sins Exposed from Situational to Recommended.
  • 29 Jan. 2018 (abilities page): Added Falling Sword to the page.
  • 02 Nov. 2017 (talents page): Changed Subdue from Not Recommended to Recommended.
  • 29 Sep. 2017 (talents page): Updated Johanna's talents for Ana's patch.
  • 04 May 2017 (talents page): Updated Heaven's Fury's talent description and recommendation.
  • 17 Mar. 2017 (this page): Guide updated for Probius' patch and moved to the new format.
  • 29 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Changed Blessed Hammer from Not Recommended to Recommended and updated Johanna's Builds.
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