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Leoric Talents

Last updated on Jan 08, 2018 at 09:00 by Kendric 44 comments

Table of Contents

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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 Consume Vitality Fealty Unto Death ? Ossein Renewal ?
4 Ghastly Reach Paralyzing Rage Kneel, Peasants!
7 Willing Vessel Drain Momentum Hopelessness
10 Entomb March of the Black King
13 Unyielding Despair Hardened Bones Ominous Wraith
16 Crushing Hope Royal Focus Mithril Mace
20 Buried Alive ? Death March Spectral Leech ? Burning Despair Shroud of the Dead King
Create your own build and share it with friends!

2. Common Talent Paths

2.1. Wraith Walk Build (talent calculator link)

Level 1 Consume Vitality Icon
Level 4 Kneel, Peasants! Icon
Level 7 Hopelessness Icon
Level 10 Entomb Icon
Level 13 Ominous Wraith Icon
Level 16 Royal Focus Icon
Level 20 Buried Alive Icon

The Wraith Walk Build provides a powerful and unique playstyle that allows Leoric to severly cripple the enemy team's combat performance while diving deep into the enemy team's backline using Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk. Hitting hostile Assassins and Warriors over and over again reducing their damage by 50% allows the rest of your team to seize the initiative. At Level 20 Buried Alive Icon Buried Alive becomes a really powerful talent that allows you to trap and silence targets, which can single-handedly decide the outcome of late game team fights.

2.2. Life Leech Build (talent calculator link)

Level 1 Consume Vitality Icon
Level 4 Kneel, Peasants! Icon
Level 7 Hopelessness Icon
Level 10 March of the Black King Icon
Level 13 Hardened Bones Icon
Level 16 Crushing Hope Icon
Level 20 Burning Despair Icon

The Life Leech Build is particularly good against enemy Warriors with a large health pool, such as Diablo or Muradin. We generally recommend this Build if the enemy team features at least 3 melee Heroes, as March of the Black King Icon March of the Black King gets exceptional value against them. 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 4, Kneel, Peasants! Icon Kneel, Peasants! can be replaced by Ghastly Reach Icon Ghastly Reach, which has outstanding synergy with Consume Vitality Icon Consume Vitality at Level 1, if the map does not require a lot of waveclear. At Level 13, Ominous Wraith Icon Ominous Wraith can be a powerful substitute choice, especially if the enemy team has low mobility targets that have a hard time dodging your Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk.

3. Level 1 Talents

Leoric Consume Vitality
Consume Vitality (Level 1) Diablo Leoric

Skeletal Swing's cooldown is reduced by 2 seconds. Enemy Heroes hit heal Leoric for 4% of his maximum Health.

Leoric Fealty Unto Death ?
Fealty Unto Death (Level 1) Diablo Leoric

When a nearby friendly or enemy Minion dies, Leoric restores 1% of his maximum Health and 5 Mana.

Leoric Ossein Renewal ?
Ossein Renewal (Level 1) Diablo Leoric
  • Cooldown: 120 seconds

Activate to heal Leoric for 30% of his maximum Health over 5 seconds. Regeneration Globes lower the cooldown of this Ability by 20 seconds.

3.1. Discussion

Consume Vitality Icon Consume Vitality is a good talent because the additional healing on Skeletal Swing Icon Skeletal Swing can be quite useful during both the laning phase and late game team fights. It also lays the foundation for future synergy with other Skeletal Swing related talents.

Ossein Renewal Icon Ossein Renewal is a very efficient defensive talent on smaller maps like Dragon Shire or Tomb of the Spider Queen, on which it is relatively easy to collect Regeneration Globes in order to reduce its cooldown significantly.

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.

4. Level 4 Talents

Leoric Ghastly Reach
Ghastly Reach (Level 4) Diablo Leoric

Increase the range of Skeletal Swing by 25%.

Leoric Paralyzing Rage
Paralyzing Rage (Level 4) Diablo Leoric

Increase the Slow of Skeletal Swing by 20%.

Leoric Kneel, Peasants!
Kneel, Peasants! (Level 4) Diablo Leoric

Skeletal Swing deals 100% more damage to Minions, Mercenaries, and Monsters.

4.1. Discussion

Ghastly Reach Icon Ghastly Reach has outstanding synergy with a variety of talents, most importantly Consume Vitality Icon Consume Vitality at Level 1 and Royal Focus Icon Royal Focus at Level 16.

Kneel, Peasants! Icon Kneel, Peasants! adds an astounding amount of waveclear to Leoric's Skeletal Swing Icon Skeletal Swing, which makes it a formidable choice on push heavy maps like Braxis Holdout or Tomb of the Spider Queen. Keep in mind that Kneel, Peasants! also works against Mercenaries, which allows Leoric to clear Camps much more easily.

Paralyzing Rage Icon Paralyzing Rage is not really needed, since we find the original slow on Skeletal Swing Icon Skeletal Swing to be sufficient.

5. Level 7 Talents

Leoric Willing Vessel
Willing Vessel (Level 7) Diablo Leoric

Increase the healing from Drain Hope to 25% of Leoric's maximum Health. If Drain Hope lasts its full duration, Leoric instantly heals for an additional 5% of his maximum Health.

Leoric Drain Momentum
Drain Momentum (Level 7) Diablo Leoric

Drain Hope no longer reduces Leoric's Movement Speed. If Drain Hope lasts its full duration, gain 30% Movement Speed for 4 seconds.

Leoric Hopelessness
Hopelessness (Level 7) Diablo Leoric

Increase the range of Drain Hope by 25%.

5.1. Discussion

Willing Vessel Icon Willing Vessel is a strong talent due to the fact that it adds a greatly improved self-heal amount for Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope, which allows Leoric to stay in team fights longer.

Drain Momentum Icon Drain Momentum offers a significant Movement Speed bonus, which allows you to both chase and escape enemy Heroes much more efficiently.

Hopelessness Icon Hopelessness can be picked in almost any situation. However, it is particularly useful if the enemy team consists of several high mobility and ranged Heroes that have an easy time running away from Leoric's Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope.

6. Level 10 Talents

Leoric Entomb
Entomb (Level 10) Diablo Leoric
  • Mana: 90
  • Cooldown: 50 seconds

Create an unpassable tomb for 4 seconds.

Leoric March of the Black King
March of the Black King (Level 10) Diablo Leoric
  • Mana: 75
  • Cooldown: 50 seconds

Leoric becomes Unstoppable and walks forward, swinging his mace 3 times. Enemies hit take 250 (+4% per level) damage, and Heroes hit heal Leoric for 12% of his maximum Health.

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 Unyielding Despair
Unyielding Despair (Level 13) Diablo Leoric

Drain Hope's cooldown is reduced by 0.5 seconds for every 1 second it is active. If Drain Hope lasts its full duration, its cooldown is reduced by an additional 2 seconds.

Leoric Hardened Bones
Hardened Bones (Level 13) Diablo Leoric

Gain 20 Armor while Drain Hope is active. If Drain Hope lasts its full duration, retain the Armor bonus for 3 seconds.

Leoric Ominous Wraith
Ominous Wraith (Level 13) Diablo Leoric

Increase Wraith Walk's duration by 100%. Enemy Heroes that come in contact with the wraith deal 50% less damage for 4 seconds.

7.1. Discussion

Unyielding Despair Icon Unyielding Despair offers great synergy with Drain Momentum Icon Drain Momentum, as the latter allows you to fully channel Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope more easily. If you make sure to constantly target low-mobility Heroes, the cooldown reduction from Unyielding Despair can make Leoric exceptionally hard to kill.

Hardened Bones Icon Hardened Bones is a decent talent on Leoric, as it provides you with a solid amount of extra protection. Bear in mind that you need to channel Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope until the end to further benefit from this talent. However, we want to highlight that you should not overextend and chase your target too far just to trigger the bonus armor duration.

Ominous Wraith Icon Ominous Wraith offers a strong damage reduction effect on opponents who get hit by Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk. Make sure to hit enemy priority targets, especially Assassins, with Wraith Walk and it will drastically reduce their combat performance.

8. Level 16 Talents

Leoric Crushing Hope
Crushing Hope (Level 16) Diablo Leoric

If Drain Hope lasts its full duration, it instantly deals an additional 15% of the target's maximum Health as damage. This damage does not heal Leoric.

Leoric Royal Focus
Royal Focus (Level 16) Diablo Leoric

Wraith Walk increases the damage of the next Skeletal Swing within 5 seconds by 50%. Each enemy Hero hit by this Skeletal Swing reduces the cooldown of Wraith Walk by 7 seconds.

Leoric Mithril Mace
Mithril Mace (Level 16) Diablo Leoric

Increase Leoric's Attack Speed by 20%.

Repeatable Quest: Nearby enemy Minion deaths grant 0.3% permanent Attack Speed, and Takedowns grant 3% permanent Attack Speed, up to 30%.

8.1. Discussion

Crushing Hope Icon Crushing Hope is extremely powerful against enemy Warriors and other high health targets, such as Azmodan or Muradin or certain Map Objectives like the Dragon Knight or the Garden Terror.

Royal Focus Icon Royal Focus should usually only be picked with Ominous Wraith Icon Ominous Wraith at Level 13. Combined, these two talents have great synergy, since Royal Focus grants much-needed cooldown reduction to trigger the benefits of Ominous Wraith more often.

Mithril Mace Icon Mithril Mace offers a strong Attack Speed boost, which is amazing on Leoric. However, during the later stages of the game you usually do not have much time to use your Basic Attacks extensively against enemy Heroes, which renders Mithril Mace a nice talent on paper but with little relevance in actualy gameplay.

9. Level 20 Talents

Leoric Buried Alive ?
Buried Alive (Level 20) Diablo Leoric

The duration of Entomb is lowered by 1 second, but enemies trapped inside are Silenced and take 50 (+4% per level) damage every 1 second.

Leoric Death March
Death March (Level 20) Diablo Leoric

The final swing of March of the Black King also applies Drain Hope to nearby enemy Heroes.

Leoric Spectral Leech ?
Spectral Leech (Level 20) Diablo Leoric

Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes deal bonus damage equal to 2.5% of the Hero's maximum Health and heal Leoric for twice that amount.

Leoric Burning Despair
Burning Despair (Level 20) Diablo Leoric

Deal 40 (+4% per level) damage per second to nearby enemies. The damage and area is increased by 100% while Drain Hope is active.

Leoric Shroud of the Dead King
Shroud of the Dead King (Level 20) Diablo Leoric
  • Cooldown: 75 seconds

Activate to become Protected for 3 seconds, preventing all damage.

9.1. Discussion

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. Yet, March of the Black King's relatively low cooldown makes this talent very forgiving if it does not land perfectly. Keep in mind that any instance of Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope applied by Death March will be a fully talented one, causing Leoric to become a very scary foe to face.

Burning Despair Icon Burning Despair offers a significant amount of extra damage in a medium-sized area around Leoric. With Drain Hope Icon Drain Hope active on an enemy Hero, the damage gets amplified even more, which can turn Leoric into one of the scariest AoE damage Warriors in the game. We recommend picking Hopelessness Icon Hopelessness at Level 7 to maximize the duration of Drain Hope and the extra damage from Burning Despair.

Spectral Leech Icon Spectral Leech is a situational talent and works exceptionally well against multiple high-health Warriors or melee Assassins.

Buried Alive Icon Buried Alive's damage is a nice bonus but what makes this talent really outstanding is the Silence effect it provides. Consequently, it is an excellent — albeit situational — choice against Heroes with either high mobility or self-healing, as they are completely defenseless when caught in the Entomb Icon Entomb.

Shroud of the Dead King Icon Shroud of the Dead King's 3-seconds of damage immunity sound tempting, however, it comes with a very long cooldown of 75 seconds. Furthermore, the Protected status will cause good opponents to simply ignore Leoric, which can often be somewhat counter productive, as you normally want enemies to attack you when playing Warriors.

10. ChangeLog

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  • 08 Jan. 2018: Updated builds and talent recommendations to reflect changes in meta.
  • 12 Sep. 2017: Changed Hopelessness from Not Recommended to Recommended.
  • 08 Sep. 2017: Updated Ominous Wraith discussion.
  • 07 Sep. 2017: Completely overhauled and updated Leoric's talents in accordance with the Kel'Thuzad patch.
  • 03 Jul. 2017: Updated Royal Focus' and Lingering Apparition's descriptions.
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