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Leoric Talents

Last updated on Apr 06, 2017 at 09:00 by Kendric 33 comments

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General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for playing Leoric in a competitive environment in Heroes of the Storm. For each talent, we explain what they do and why they should or should not be taken.

The other pages of our Leoric guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About the Author

KendricSwissh is a Master League Warrior and Support player in Hero League. He has been playing Heroes of the Storm since the early stages of the Alpha version and has mastered a large number of Heroes. He is also creating Heroes of the Storm related content on YouTube, most notably his series called Epic Plays of the Week, which focuses on video clips submitted by his viewers. He is also a streamer on Twitch where he will gladly answer all of your questions about the game.

1. Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Mana Thirst Hopelessness Block ? Reanimation
4 Fealty Unto Death Willing Vessel Hardened Bones ? Royal Focus
7 Ghastly Reach Lingering Apparition Paralyzing Rage Ossein Renewal
10 Entomb March of the Black King
13 Burning Rage Crushing Hope Drain Momentum Spell Shield ?
16 Renewed Swing Consume Vitality Unyielding Despair Imposing Presence ?
20 Buried Alive Death March Spectral Leech Hardened Shield
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2. Common Talent Paths

2.1. Drain Hope Build (talent calculator link)

The Drain Hope Build is particularly good against enemy Warriors with a large health pool, such as Diablo or Muradin. Make sure to cast Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope on a relatively immobile target in order to prevent your target from escaping its reach. At Level 7, Ghastly Reach Icon Ghastly Reach can be replaced by Paralyzing Rage Icon Paralyzing Rage if the enemy team consists of mostly melee Heroes who tend to clump during team fights.

2.2. Waveclear Build (talent calculator link)

The Waveclear Build is a solid choice on push-oriented maps like Braxis Holdout, Dragon Shire, or Tomb of the Spider Queen. It provides Leoric with outstanding AoE damage, which allows him to quickly clear enemy Minion Waves and Map Objectives like Webweavers or Zerg Waves. Hardened Shield Icon Hardened Shield at Level 20 can get replaced by Spectral Leech Icon Spectral Leech if you feel like you do not need the additional protection.

3. Level 1 Talents

Leoric Mana Thirst
Mana Thirst (Level 1) Diablo Leoric

Skeletal Swing restores 10 Mana per enemy hit.

Leoric Hopelessness
Hopelessness (Level 1) Diablo Leoric

Increases the range of Drain Hope by 25%.

Leoric Block ?
Block (Level 1) Diablo Leoric

Every 5 seconds, gain 75 Physical Armor against the next enemy Hero Basic Attack, reducing the damage taken by 75%.

Stores up to 2 charges.

Leoric Reanimation
Reanimation (Level 1) Diablo Leoric

Leoric can gather Regeneration Globes while Undying.

Quest: Gathering a Regeneration Globe increases Leoric's Health Regeneration by 1 per second, up to 30 per second.

Reward: After gathering 30 Globes, Leoric always respawns 10 seconds faster.

3.1. Discussion

Hopelessness Icon Hopelessness is a good talent because the additional range on Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope can be quite useful to prevent enemies from walking out of range. It also lays the foundation for future synergy with other Drain Hope-related talents.

Reanimation Icon Reanimation is a great talent on Leoric, as he has outstanding waveclear which allows him to collect Regeneration Globes very quickly. Reanimation increases his overall survivability as a Warrior and also causes him to resurrect faster, which can impact the outcome of a game during the later stages.

Block Icon Block is a very efficient defensive talent against enemy team compositions that rely heavily on dealing damage with Basic Attacks. Block makes Leoric considerably more durable if he is forced to stay in lane against Heroes like Sonya or Valla.

Mana Thirst Icon Mana Thirst does not add a lot to Leoric's kit since he has very few Mana issues to begin with. While this talent may become useful while pushing lanes, it cannot keep up with the survivability Reanimation Icon Reanimation or Block Icon Block provide.

4. Level 4 Talents

Leoric Fealty Unto Death
Fealty Unto Death (Level 4) Diablo Leoric

When a nearby Minion dies, Leoric restores 1% of his maximum Health and 5 Mana. Half as effective while Undying.

Leoric Willing Vessel
Willing Vessel (Level 4) Diablo Leoric

Increases the healing from Drain Hope to 30% of your maximum Health and Drain Essence to 15% of your maximum Health.

Leoric Hardened Bones ?
Hardened Bones (Level 4) Diablo Leoric

During Wraith Walk, gain 25 Armor, taking 25% less damage.

Leoric Royal Focus
Royal Focus (Level 4) Diablo Leoric

If Leoric's body takes no damage during Wraith Walk's duration, the cooldown is reduced to 4 seconds. Wraith Walk also increases the damage of the next Skeletal Swing within 5 seconds by 50%.

4.1. Discussion

Fealty Unto Death Icon Fealty Unto Death is a useful talent while laning or if your team is very push-oriented. Yet, it does not contribute anything to Leoric's role as a Warrior when fighting for Map Objectives or Mercenary Camps on larger maps such as Cursed Hollow or Garden of Terror without any Minions nearby. On smaller maps like Towers of Doom or Tomb of the Spider Queen, however, there are generally enough Minions nearby to make Fealty Unto Death a solid choice.

Willing Vessel Icon Willing Vessel increases Leoric's self-sustain even further, which allows him to stay in battle for an extended period of time. Only pick this talent if you went for Hopelessness Icon Hopelessness at Level 1.

Hardened Bones Icon Hardened Bones allows Leoric to escape tough situations by making his body more resilient while Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk is active. Reducing all damage taken by 25% is a huge benefit against popular burst heavy Assassins such as Jaina or Kael'thas who are able to deal huge amounts of damage within a short period of time.

Royal Focus Icon Royal Focus is probably one of the worst talents in Leoric's entire talent tree, since it contradicts the very essence of how Warriors work. Being a tanky frontliner, it is one of Leoric's main duties to absorb damage from the enemy team by using his body and abilities in order to peel for his more fragile team members. Therefore, it is virtually impossible and actually not recommended to use Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk without taking damage.

5. Level 7 Talents

Leoric Ghastly Reach
Ghastly Reach (Level 7) Diablo Leoric

Increases the range of Skeletal Swing by 25%.

Leoric Lingering Apparition
Lingering Apparition (Level 7) Diablo Leoric

Increases the duration of Wraith Walk by 80%.

Leoric Paralyzing Rage
Paralyzing Rage (Level 7) Diablo Leoric

Increases the Movement Speed slow of Skeletal Swing to 60%.

Leoric Ossein Renewal
Ossein Renewal (Level 7) Diablo Leoric
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

Activate to heal 20% of Leoric's maximum life over 6 seconds. Half as effective while Undying.

5.1. Discussion

Ghastly Reach Icon Ghastly Reach is a strong talent due to the fact that it adds a significantly improved range for Skeletal Swing Icon Skeletal Swing, which provides great waveclear and allows Leoric to slow and damage his enemies more efficiently. We strongly recommend picking Renewed Swing Icon Renewed Swing at Level 13 if you choose Ghastly Reach at Level 7, as these two talents work very well with each other.

Paralyzing Rage Icon Paralyzing Rage is a recommended talent if the enemy team features multiple melee Heroes who are likely going to clump during team fights.

Ossein Renewal Icon Ossein Renewal is an incredibly versatile talent on Leoric. It can be used to heal yourself over time for a large amount while Leoric is alive. Unfortunately, its cooldown is too long to make it a worthwhile investment.

Lingering Apparition Icon Lingering Apparition offers some tempting synergy with Hardened Bones Icon Hardened Bones. However, we found that Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk already provides Leoric with enough time to quickly reposition himself. Thus, we suggest to either bolster his survivability by choosing Ossein Renewal Icon Ossein Renewal or improve his crowd control by picking Paralyzing Rage Icon Paralyzing Rage instead.

6. Level 10 Talents

Leoric Entomb
Entomb (Level 10) Diablo Leoric
  • Mana: 75
  • Cooldown: 50 seconds

Create an unpathable tomb for 4 seconds.

Leoric March of the Black King
March of the Black King (Level 10) Diablo Leoric
  • Mana: 100
  • Cooldown: 80 seconds

Leoric becomes Unstoppable and swings his mace three times, healing himself for 7% of his maximum Health for each enemy Hero hit and dealing 183 (+4% per level) damage.

6.1. Discussion

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

Entomb Icon Entomb is a strong Heroic Ability, yet it requires certain team compositions in order to shine on the battlefield. If your team lacks Heroes who can provide decent follow-up damage, Entomb often becomes a hindrance rather than a benefit during team fights. For that reason, make sure your team consists of at least one or two burst-heavy melee or ranged Assassins, such as The Butcher or Jaina, in order to secure quick and clean kills on imprisoned enemy targets.

March of the Black King Icon March of the Black King is a devastating short-range Heroic Ability that causes Leoric to become immune to any form of crowd control. The damage and self-sustain it provides him with allow him to wreak havoc within the enemy lines.

It is important to note that March of the Black King requires careful aim and precise timing in order to reach its maximum efficiency. If used too early, enemies can simply dodge or escape it, since Leoric marches quite slowly while swinging his mace. On the contrary, if used too late, March of the Black King's self-sustain may not be enough to keep him alive if he is already on the brink of death. As a rule of thumb, we recommend looking for narrow passages and choke points in order to hit as many enemy Heroes as possible.

7. Level 13 Talents

Leoric Burning Rage
Burning Rage (Level 13) Diablo Leoric

Deal 23 damage per second to nearby enemies.

Leoric Crushing Hope
Crushing Hope (Level 13) Diablo Leoric

If Drain Hope lasts its full duration, it deals bonus damage equal to 10% of the victim's Maximum Health. This damage does not heal Leoric.

Leoric Drain Momentum
Drain Momentum (Level 13) Diablo Leoric

Drain Hope now increases Leoric's Movement Speed by 10% instead of reducing it.

Leoric Spell Shield ?
Spell Shield (Level 13) Diablo Leoric
  • Cooldown: 0 seconds

Every 30 seconds, gain 50 Spell Armor against the next enemy Ability and subsequent Abilities for 3 seconds, reducing the damage taken by 50%.

Can be toggled to allow or prevent this talent from triggering automatically.

7.1. Discussion

Burning Rage Icon Burning Rage further boosts Leoric's already strong waveclear potential. Besides that, it is capable of detecting invisible enemies and objects (for example Zagara's Creep Tumor Icon Creep Tumors) on the map as soon as you get near them. Burning Rage is also a useful tool to consistently boost your overall damage output against multiple enemies at the same time. As a Warrior, you often find yourself surrounded by two or more opponents throughout the course of the game, which is another reason why we consider Burning Rage a solid talent to be picked up at Level 13.

Crushing Hope Icon Crushing Hope is a decent talent on Leoric, as it provides you with a pretty hefty amount of extra damage. Bear in mind that you need to channel Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope until the end to benefit from this talent. However, we want to highlight that you should not overextend and chase your target too far just to trigger Crushing Hope.

Spell Shield Icon Spell Shield greatly increases Leoric's resilience against ability-based burst damage, most notably against Heroes like Jaina or Kael'thas. We suggest picking this talent if you get the impression that your healer struggles to keep you alive against a spell heavy compositions.

Drain Momentum Icon Drain Momentum does not offer any offensive boons, while the Movement Speed bonus it provides is rather insignificant. Thus, we do not recommend picking this talent.

8. Level 16 Talents

Leoric Renewed Swing
Renewed Swing (Level 16) Diablo Leoric

Skeletal Swing can be recast again for free within 3 seconds for 50% damage.

Leoric Consume Vitality
Consume Vitality (Level 16) Diablo Leoric

Skeletal Swing heals Leoric for 2% of his maximum Health per target hit, up to 10%. Half as effective while Undying.

Leoric Unyielding Despair
Unyielding Despair (Level 16) Diablo Leoric

Every second Drain Hope is active, its cooldown is reduced by 1 second.

Leoric Imposing Presence ?
Imposing Presence (Level 16) Diablo Leoric
  • Cooldown: 20 seconds

Activate to slow the Attack Speed by 50% and Movement Speed by 20% of nearby Heroes and Summons for 2.5 seconds.

Passive: Heroes and Summons that attack your Hero have their Attack Speed slowed by 20% for 2.5 seconds.

8.1. Discussion

The additional damage and movement speed slow Renewed Swing Icon Renewed Swing offers to Leoric is significant enough to make up for the loss of survivability by neglecting Consume Vitality Icon Consume Vitality or Unyielding Despair Icon Unyielding Despair. As for waveclear, Renewed Swing works incredibly well with Ghastly Reach Icon Ghastly Reach at Level 7, which is why we strongly recommend picking these two talents together.

Unyielding Despair Icon Unyielding Despair offers great synergy with Willing Vessel Icon Willing Vessel and Drain Momentum Icon Drain Momentum. If you make sure to constantly target low-mobility Heroes with Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope, the cooldown reduction from Unyielding Despair can make Leoric exceptionally hard to kill.

Imposing Presence Icon Imposing Presence offers an unmatched amount of protection against enemy Heroes that rely on Basic Attacks as their primary damage source, such as Illidan, Valla, or Raynor. However, we generally do not recommend this talent on Leoric, as Consume Vitality Icon Consume Vitality and Unyielding Despair Icon Unyielding Despair usually provide more survivability than Imposing Presence. You should only consider picking this talent over its competitors if you trust your healer to keep you alive, and if the enemy team consists of at least two or more Basic Attack dependent Assassins.

Consume Vitality Icon Consume Vitality causes Leoric's Skeletal Swing Icon Skeletal Swing ability to also heal himself. Unfortunately, the healing it provides is not strong enough to make this talent superior to Unyielding Despair Icon Unyielding Despair.

9. Level 20 Talents

Leoric Buried Alive
Buried Alive (Level 20) Diablo Leoric

Enemies inside Entomb take 90 (+4% per level) damage per second.

Leoric Death March
Death March (Level 20) Diablo Leoric

The final swing of March of the Black King also applies an untalented Drain Hope to all enemy Heroes in a large area.

Leoric Spectral Leech
Spectral Leech (Level 20) Diablo Leoric

Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes deal bonus damage equal to 5% of the Hero's maximum Health and heal Leoric for the same amount.

Leoric Hardened Shield
Hardened Shield (Level 20) Diablo Leoric
  • Cooldown: 60 seconds

Activate to gain 75 Armor for 4 seconds, taking 75% less damage.

9.1. Discussion

Spectral Leech Icon Spectral Leech is a very reliable talent and works exceptionally well with Leoric's high innate Basic Attack damage. Make sure to pick Spectral Leech when the enemy team consists of several Warriors and melee Assassins, since it deals more damage on Heroes with a large health pool.

Hardened Shield Icon Hardened Shield is Leoric's talent of choice when it comes to surviving team fights during the later stages of the game, especially when facing several burst-heavy Heroes like Jaina or Kael'thas. We suggest you activate Hardened Shield as soon as you notice that you have drawn the enemies' attention. As a rule of thumb, we would like to mention that it is often better to use this talent early during a team fight, rather than withholding it for too long.

Death March Icon Death March is a high-risk high-reward talent, as it fully relies on March of the Black King Icon March of the Black King's last swing to be close to as many enemy Heroes as possible. However, due to Leoric's slow movement speed while marching, this is easier said than done. We usually do not recommend picking this talent.

Buried Alive Icon Buried Alive's damage is too minimal to become relevant. Instead, we recommend picking Spectral Leech Icon Spectral Leech which is a lot more reliable overall.

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