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Kerrigan Build Guide “Long live the real Queen.”

Last updated on Sep 01, 2017 at 08:23 by Micekrispies 23 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Kerrigan guide for Heroes of the Storm. Here you will learn everything you need to know in order to play Kerrigan in a competitive environment, whether you play on your own or with a team.

About the Author

Micekrispies is a Grand Master Hero League player who has a passion for the MOBA scene and its community. Having over 6 years of experience in the upper divisions of League of Legends, Micekrispies saw Heroes of the Storm as an exciting new endeavor. His priority is to share his knowledge of the MOBA genre with any and all who desire to learn more. Feel free to drop off a comment in the comments section or check out him out on Twitch where he will gladly answer any of your questions.

1. Quick Reference for Kerrigan

Pure Damage Build (talent calculator link)

Level 1 Sharpened Blades Icon
Level 4 Psionic Pulse Icon
Level 7 Bladed Momentum Icon
Level 10 Maelstrom Icon
Level 13 Double Strike Icon
Level 16 Essence for Essence Icon
Level 20 Psionic Shift Icon

As the name implies, the Pure Damage Build favors Talent options that give Kerrigan the most damage output possible (aside from Psionic Shift Icon Psionic Shift at Level 20, which is often just too good to pass up). This build is recommended when Kerrigan's highest priority is bursting down a specific target, such as an assassin, specialist, or support. In order to effectively utilize this build, Kerrigan must have an ally that will be able to prevent her from being immediately killed from focus-fire after engaging the enemy, such as Tyrael, Uther, or Medivh. This build revolves around a high-risk, high-reward playstyle and should not be used against enemies that will likewise be able to prevent an ally from being immediately picked off by Kerrigan.

Ravage Build (talent calculator link)

Level 1 Siphoning Impact Icon
Level 4 Clean Kill Icon
Level 7 Bladed Momentum Icon
Level 10 Maelstrom Icon
Level 13 Eviscerate Icon
Level 16 Aggressive Defense Icon
Level 20 Psionic Shift Icon

The Ravage Build is comprised of Talents that provide Kerrigan a well-rounded balance of damage mitigation and utility. Siphoning Impact Icon Siphoning Impact and Clean Kill Icon Clean Kill give Kerrigan a large amount of self-sustain and staying power, particularly during the early and mid-game. Eviscerate Icon Eviscerate and Psionic Shift Icon Psionic Shift vastly improve Kerrigan's mobility and allow her to more easily stick to her team's target of focus fire. Aggressive Defense Icon Aggressive Defense will help Kerrigan survive the initial burst damage she will sustain after diving into the enemy team with Ravage.

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Synergies and Counters

Kerrigan synergizes with Kerrigan works best with allies who are able to prevent her from being immediately killed by the enemy after engaging onto a target with Ravage Icon Ravage. Also, Heroes that are able to followup on her Primal Grasp/Impaling Blades combo with additional crowd-control and burst damage are always a bonus.
Kerrigan is countered by Kerrigan is countered by Heroes who are able to prevent her target of focus from being immediately killed, which most often will leave her vulnerable and without means of escape deep within the enemy backline. She will also struggle against teams with multiple sources of strong crowd-control that will lock her up after she initiates.


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

Kerrigan is best suited for smaller Battlegrounds that are oriented primarily around team fighting, as that is where she excels most. Maps that contain multiple bushes with paths that lead behind the enemy team will more easily allow Kerrigan to flank her opponents. Kerrigan should avoid larger maps where team fights are rare and the ability to split-push is a much more valuable asset to the team.

TL;DR Tips

  • Kerrigan should always use her Basic Abilities wisely in order to conserve Mana.
  • Always use Impaling Blades Icon Impaling Blades and Primal Grasp Icon Primal Grasp together. Use Primal Grasp to pull enemies into Impaling Blades' area-of-effect.
  • Primal Grasp Icon Primal Grasp will always pull enemies the same distance. Take this into account when placing Impaling Blades Icon Impaling Blades.
  • Use Siphoning Impact Icon Siphoning Impact and Clean Kill Icon Clean Kill on enemy minions to quickly restore Kerrigan's health in lane.
  • Ravage Icon Ravage can be used on enemy Structures or summoned creatures to close the gap between enemy Heroes or to retreat from a compromised position.
  • Kerrigan excels with allied Heroes that can follow-up on her burst damage and crowd-control, however is weak against enemy teams with a strong frontline and lots of lockdown.
  • Kerrigan is a fantastic early-game Hero. Take advantage of this by ganking early and often by maintaining extreme aggression.
  • Attempt to flank enemies whenever possible to take advantage of their poor positioning.
  • Enemies will usually attempt to avoid Kerrigan's Primal Grasp Icon Primal Grasp/Impaling Blades Icon Impaling Blades combo by side-stepping it preemptively. Use this to your advantage when pursuing them by holding onto Kerrigan's combo until her target puts themselves in a bad position, making her combo unavoidable.
See our Abilities page for further information

2. Overview

Kerrigan is a melee assassin that utilizes a devestating combo of Primal Grasp Icon Primal Grasp and Impaling Blades Icon Impaling Blades to Stun and damage groups of enemies. Kerrigan is able to deal very high burst damage to her target, although she is vulnerable to burst damage herself due to her low health pool and lack of defensive abilities. One of Kerrigan's greatest strenghts is her ability to roam the map in search of ganks, as simply one or two successful picks will provide her team a significant experience lead that can many times snowball into an easy victory.

3. Strengths

4. Weaknesses

  • Incredibly vulnerable to crowd-control
  • Very reliant on ability cooldowns
  • Low sustained damage
  • High skill cap/learning curve
  • No means of escape (without Psionic Shift Icon Psionic Shift)
  • Waveclear dependent on the use of core Basic Abilities

5. Role in the Current Meta

Teams with Kerrigan are generally centered around her, similar to other melee Assassins, such as The Butcher and Illidan. Kerrigan's allies should be made up of Heroes that can assist her in dealing burst damage, Stunning or Rooting enemies, and keeping her alive. Uther is an example of a fantastic support to pair with Kerrigan, while a Hero like Jaina would be a great assassin to provide additional damage and crowd control. Team compositions that include Kerrigan fare exceptionally well against opponents with multiple squishy Heroes, however tend to do poorly against enemies with a strong frontline consisting of multiple tanks or bruisers.

Kerrigan, while decent on all maps, thrives on small, early-game focused maps, such as Dragon Shire, Tomb of the Spider Queen, and Braxis Holdout. She can bully entire enemy teams merely with the her presence and the threat of her high burst damage and crowd-control. This is because of how quickly and easily Kerrigan can roam to different lanes on small maps and how significant early kills are to establishing an experience/objective lead. Kerrigan should always use this to her advantage and play extremely aggressively, ganking as many lanes as often whenever possible. Playing on a larger map forces her to focus more on waveclearing and less on ganking, which is not what Kerrigan should be used for.

6. Reading Further

To take things further, we have 2 more pages that you can read:

7. ChangeLog

  • 01 Sep. 2017 (talents page): Level 1 Talent Energizing Grasp and Level 7 Talent Adaption have been removed in accordance to the Aug. 31 Balance update.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Level 20 Talent Bolt-of-the-Storm replaced with Psionic Shift. Discussion and builds updated accordingly.
  • 04 Nov. 2016 (this page): Kerrigan rework with new guide format.
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