Lt. Morales Talents

Last updated on Sep 01, 2021 at 15:00 by Elitesparkle 25 comments
General Information

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

1.

Lt. Morales's Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Caduceus Feedback ? Life Support Clear! ?
4 Cellular Reactor Trauma Trigger ? Blast Shield ?
7 Physical Therapy ? Vanadium Plating Medi-Drone ?
10 Stim Drone Medivac Dropships ?
13 EMP Grenade ? System Shock ? Bedside Manner
16 Extended Care ? First Responder Shield Sequencer ?
20 Hyperactivity ? Safe Zone ? Hospice Care Second Opinion ?
2.

Lt. Morales's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Healing Beam Build

Recommended
Level 1 Life Support Icon
Level 4 Cellular Reactor Icon
Level 7 Vanadium Plating Icon Physical Therapy Icon ?
Level 10 Stim Drone Icon Medivac Dropships Icon ?
Level 13 Bedside Manner Icon System Shock Icon ? EMP Grenade Icon ?
Level 16 First Responder Icon
Level 20 Hyperactivity Icon Safe Zone Icon ?

Lt. Morales's Healing Beam Build allows you to constantly heal your team when they take poke damage without spending too much Energy in the process.

Life Support Icon Life Support at Level 1 provides you extra Energy and, if you cast Healing Beam Icon Healing Beam for 4 seconds and then pause for 4 seconds, allows you to stay above the threshold for First Responder Icon First Responder at Level 16.

Safeguard Build

Beginner
Level 1 Caduceus Feedback Icon
Level 4 Cellular Reactor Icon
Level 7 Medi-Drone Icon
Level 10 Stim Drone Icon Medivac Dropships Icon ?
Level 13 Bedside Manner Icon System Shock Icon ? EMP Grenade Icon ?
Level 16 Shield Sequencer Icon
Level 20 Hospice Care Icon Hyperactivity Icon ? Safe Zone Icon ?

Lt. Morales's Safeguard Build drastically increases your own survivability against dive by empowering Safeguard Icon Safeguard in various ways.

The second charge of Safeguard Icon Safeguard provided by Shield Sequencer Icon Shield Sequencer at Level 16, combined with Medi-Drone Icon Medi-Drone at Level 7, makes Lt. Morales extremely hard to kill for the enemy team.

Displacement Grenade Build

Situational
Level 1 Clear! Icon
Level 4 Blast Shield Icon
Level 7 Vanadium Plating Icon Physical Therapy Icon ?
Level 10 Stim Drone Icon Medivac Dropships Icon ?
Level 13 Bedside Manner Icon System Shock Icon ? EMP Grenade Icon ?
Level 16 Extended Care Icon
Level 20 Second Opinion Icon Hyperactivity Icon ? Safe Zone Icon ?

Lt. Morales's Displacement Grenade Build gives you a lot of utility in the form of personal Shields and constant knockbacks once you reach the late game.

You can use this Build against team compositions featuring a lot of melee Heroes, who tend to play near each other, as you will make their life harder and at the same time it will be easier to get value from Second Opinion Icon Second Opinion at Level 20 and Blast Shield Icon Blast Shield at Level 4.

3.

Level 1 Talents for Lt. Morales

Lt. Morales Caduceus Feedback ?
Caduceus Feedback (Level 1) Starcraft Lt. Morales

Increases Attack Range by 1.1 and Basic Attacks against Heroes generate 4 Energy.

Caduceus Feedback Icon Caduceus Feedback is a good Talent that increases your Attack Range and, more importantly, makes your Basic Attacks generate Energy.

Ideally, this is the best Energy Regeneration tool you have at your disposal for when you need to constantly channel Healing Beam Icon Healing Beam, but you will not be able to use Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes all the time, so its real value will vary based on how aggressive the enemy team will be and it obviously will not work while not fighting against enemy Heroes.

Pick this Talent only if you can use Basic Attacks without risking death because it allows you to generate a considerable amount of Energy, even while channeling Healing Beam Icon Healing Beam, extending its theoretical duration from about 17 seconds to about 25 seconds if you can Basic Attack once every 2 seconds (occasionally possible) or to about 50 seconds if you can Basic Attack once per second (not realistic). All that said, in order to match the value of Life Support Icon Life Support in a sustain healing scenario, you only need about 1 Basic Attacks every 3 seconds.

Lt. Morales Life Support
Life Support (Level 1) Starcraft Lt. Morales

During the first 2 seconds of Energy regeneration, Healing Beam regenerates 100% more Energy.

Passive: Increase your maximum Energy by 10.

Life Support Icon Life Support is a strong Talent that increases your maximum Energy by a small amount and slightly empowers your Energy Regeneration for a brief period after stopping channeling Healing Beam Icon Healing Beam.

The additional maximum Energy provided can be used to channel Healing Beam Icon Healing Beam for 2 more seconds than usual, going from about 17 seconds to about 19 seconds, while the extra Energy Regeneration helps you get back to maximum Energy in the same time you would get to 100 Energy when not having this Talent.

Thanks to how the bonus Energy Regeneration works, assuming you are in a situation where your team needs sustain healing and not burst healing, you can basically heal for 50% value without spending Energy by playing as follows: channel Healing Beam Icon Healing Beam for 4 seconds, stop channeling it, wait 4 seconds, and repeat.

Lt. Morales Clear! ?
Clear! (Level 1) Starcraft Lt. Morales

Quest: Each enemy Hero hit with Displacement Grenade restores 3 Energy.

Reward: After hitting 15 Heroes, reduce the cooldown of Displacement Grenade from 12 seconds to 9 seconds.

Reward: After hitting 30 Heroes, increase the detonation area of Displacement Grenade by 25%.

Clear! Icon Clear! is a decent Talent that empowers Displacement Grenade Icon Displacement Grenade by reducing its cooldown, increasing its detonation area, and making it restore 3 Energy for each enemy Hero hit.

Thanks to the cooldown reduction and the area increase provided, this Talent has synergy with Blast Shield Icon Blast Shield at Level 4 and Second Opinion Icon Second Opinion at Level 20, as well as with any Level 13 Talent: EMP Grenade Icon EMP Grenade, System Shock Icon System Shock, and Bedside Manner Icon Bedside Manner.

4.

Level 4 Talents for Lt. Morales

Lt. Morales Cellular Reactor
Cellular Reactor (Level 4) Starcraft Lt. Morales

Consume 30 Energy to heal Lt. Morales for 30% of her maximum Health over 3 seconds. Caduceus Reactor is disabled while this is active.

Passive: Generate 2 Energy each time Safeguard reduces damage, up to a maximum of 10 Energy per use.

Cellular Reactor Icon Cellular Reactor is a strong Talent for keeping Lt. Morales alive in dangerous situations at the cost of 30 Energy. In addition to that, Safeguard Icon Safeguard will regenerate 2 Energy for each instance of damage, up to 5 instances of damage per cast, for a total of 10 Energy gained in the best-case scenario.

Without this Talent, she can only heal herself via Caduceus Reactor Icon Caduceus Reactor because Healing Beam Icon Healing Beam cannot be self-cast. While its cooldown is relatively low, try to have it ready for team fights and keep an eye on your Energy consumption otherwise you will not have enough Energy to heal allied Heroes with Healing Beam Icon Healing Beam.

Lt. Morales Trauma Trigger ?
Trauma Trigger (Level 4) Starcraft Lt. Morales

Taking damage while below 40% Health grants 40 Armor for 3 seconds. This effect has a 30 second cooldown.

Passive: Increase the healing provided by Caduceus Reactor from 2% to 4% of Lt. Morales's maximum Health per second.

Trauma Trigger Icon Trauma Trigger is a situational Talent that, once every 30 seconds, automatically provides a solid amount of Armor to Lt. Morales if she gets damaged when below 40% of her maximum Health and passively doubles the healing provided by Caduceus Reactor Icon Caduceus Reactor, healing her for about 20% of the healing done by Healing Beam Icon Healing Beam to allied Heroes.

The extra Armor provided by this Talent is only useful when the enemy team wants to take you down using crowd control that will not allow you to cast Safeguard Icon Safeguard on yourself and/or activate Cellular Reactor Icon Cellular Reactor before it is too late.

Keep in mind that Armor effects do not stack, so you should try to use Safeguard Icon Safeguard either before or after Trauma Trigger Icon Trauma Trigger automatically goes off.

Lt. Morales Blast Shield ?
Blast Shield (Level 4) Starcraft Lt. Morales

Enemy Heroes hit by Displacement Grenade are Slowed by 50% for 1 second after being knocked away and grant Lt. Morales a Shield equal to 6% of her maximum Health. This shield stacks up to 5 times.

Blast Shield Icon Blast Shield is a good Talent that allows Lt. Morales to Shield herself with Displacement Grenade Icon Displacement Grenade while also Slowing every enemy hit.

To get the most out of this Talent, you need Clear! Icon Clear! at Level 1 to increase the area of Displacement Grenade Icon Displacement Grenade and Second Opinion Icon Second Opinion at Level 20 to heavily reduce its cooldown when hitting multiple Heroes at the same time.

5.

Level 7 Talents for Lt. Morales

Lt. Morales Physical Therapy ?
Physical Therapy (Level 7) Starcraft Lt. Morales

Safeguard removes all Slows from its target and its cooldown is reduced by 3 seconds.

Physical Therapy Icon Physical Therapy is a situational Talent that slightly reduces the cooldown of Safeguard Icon Safeguard and makes it able to remove Slow effects from the targeted allied Hero.

Lt. Morales Vanadium Plating
Vanadium Plating (Level 7) Starcraft Lt. Morales

While an ally affected by Safeguard is Stunned or Rooted, Safeguard grants an additional 20 Armor.

Passive: Increase the duration of Safeguard by 1 second.

Vanadium Plating Icon Vanadium Plating is a strong Talent that slightly increases the duration of the Armor provided by Safeguard Icon Safeguard and, if you are diligent and fast enough to cast it before the same allied Hero gets hit by a Stun or Root effect, then they will get additional Armor from it.

Pick this Talent when the enemy team has at least a Stun (for example Powerslide Icon Powerslide by E.T.C.) or Root (such as Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots by Malfurion) to get Armor value from.

Lt. Morales Medi-Drone ?
Medi-Drone (Level 7) Starcraft Lt. Morales

Allies with Safeguard receive 75% of the healing done by Healing Beam on another ally.

Medi-Drone Icon Medi-Drone is a situational Talent that makes Safeguard Icon Safeguard heal for 75% of the healing done via Healing Beam Icon Healing Beam while the Armor effect is up.

Pick this Talent when you want to mitigate Lt. Morales's weakness to area of effect damage and dive because it basically lets you heal 2 Heroes at the same time and can even be used to redirect the healing to your own Hero while, Caduceus Reactor Icon Caduceus Reactor keeps healing you as well.

6.

Level 10 Talents for Lt. Morales

In this section we discuss when and why to pick a given Heroic Ability. If you want to read how they work and/or you are looking for some tips on how to use them, check the dedicated section in the Abilities and Strategy page.

Lt. Morales Stim Drone
Stim Drone (Level 10) Starcraft Lt. Morales
  • Cooldown: 70 seconds

Grant an allied Hero 75% Attack Speed and 25% Movement Speed for 10 seconds.

Stim Drone Icon Stim Drone is a strong Heroic Ability that can be used to boost the combat performance of a marksman or even a bruiser who heavily relies on Basic Attacks.

Lt. Morales Medivac Dropships ?
Medivac Dropships (Level 10) Starcraft Lt. Morales
  • Cooldown: 45 seconds

Unlock the Medivac Dropship and Reinforcements abilities. These abilities share a cooldown.

Medivac Dropship

Target a location for a Medivac transport. For up to 10 seconds before takeoff, allies can right-click to enter the Medivac.

Reinforcements

Call down a Medivac Dropship at your Hall of Storms for your allies. After 10 seconds, or when the Ability is activated again, the Medivac will travel to the original cast location to unload its passengers.

Medivac Dropships Icon Medivac Dropships provides a situational Heroic Ability that can be chosen when you need additional protection or—in case you are playing with a coordinated team—a global.

7.

Level 13 Talents for Lt. Morales

Lt. Morales EMP Grenade ?
EMP Grenade (Level 13) Starcraft Lt. Morales

Displacement Grenade deals an additional 96 (+4% per level) damage over 2 seconds, and up to 400 (+4% per level) bonus damage to Shields.

EMP Grenade Icon EMP Grenade is a situational Talent that deals damage against enemy Shields (such as Shield Overload Icon Shield Overload on Artanis). Do not automatically pick this Talent if the enemy team has Shields, but think if you do not need the other options in the same Tier first.

Lt. Morales System Shock ?
System Shock (Level 13) Starcraft Lt. Morales

Heroes hit by Displacement Grenade deal 30% less damage for 3 seconds.

System Shock Icon System Shock is a good Talent in most games because it helps Lt. Morales to mitigate incoming damage, increasing her strength against burst damage even more.

Lt. Morales Bedside Manner
Bedside Manner (Level 13) Starcraft Lt. Morales

Heroes hit by Displacement Grenade will take an additional 6% of maximum Health as damage from Lt. Morales' next Basic Attack against them.

Passive: Basic Attacks against Heroes deal an additional 1% of maximum Health as damage.

Bedside Manner Icon Bedside Manner is a strong Talent that gives you access to Percent Damage: 1% from Basic Attacks against any enemy Hero and 6% from the next Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes who have been recently hit by Displacement Grenade Icon Displacement Grenade.

You can combine this Talent with Caduceus Feedback Icon Caduceus Feedback at Level 1 to get more value from it, especially if the enemy team has a low-threat Tank that you can constantly pressure from the distance.

8.

Level 16 Talents for Lt. Morales

Lt. Morales Extended Care ?
Extended Care (Level 16) Starcraft Lt. Morales

Channeling Healing Beam on a Hero for at least 3 seconds causes them to be healed for 258 (+4% per level) over 3 seconds when Healing Beam ends.

Passive: Increase the range of Healing Beam by 30%.

Extended Care Icon Extended Care is a good Talent which slightly increases the range of Healing Beam Icon Healing Beam so that Lt. Morales has to expose a bit less for healing an allied Hero and which provides extra healing over time when Healing Beam Icon Healing Beam ends.

You can trigger the extra healing from Extended Care Icon Extended Care by switching the allied Hero you are targeting with Healing Beam Icon Healing Beam, assuming the target your are currently healing does not need your help anymore.

Lt. Morales First Responder
First Responder (Level 16) Starcraft Lt. Morales

While above 60 Energy, Healing Beam's healing is increased by 20% and both Lt. Morales and her Healing Beam target gain 15% Movement Speed.

First Responder Icon First Responder is a strong Talent that basically gives burst healing when having high Energy, something that can make a significant difference in keeping focused allies Heroes alive against enemy burst damage.

In case you picked Medi-Drone Icon Medi-Drone at Level 7, the additional healing provided by this Talent increases its healing as well. You can use this synergy to make Lt. Morales harder to kill for a few seconds by using Safeguard Icon Safeguard on herself while channeling Healing Beam Icon Healing Beam on a Minion or allied Hero nearby.

Talents that increase the Energy at your disposal have synergy with First Responder Icon First Responder because they allow you to stay above the Energy threshold for longer.

Lt. Morales Shield Sequencer ?
Shield Sequencer (Level 16) Starcraft Lt. Morales

Safeguard gains a second charge and its range is increased by 60%.

Shield Sequencer Icon Shield Sequencer is a good Talent that empowers Safeguard Icon Safeguard by increasing its range, to easily cast it on aggressively positioned allied Heroes without exposing too much, and by giving you an extra Charge, something that enables Lt. Morales to get double value from any related Talent.

9.

Level 20 Talents for Lt. Morales

Lt. Morales Hyperactivity ?
Hyperactivity (Level 20) Starcraft Lt. Morales

Reduce the cooldown of Stim Drone from 70 seconds to 35 seconds, and increase the Movement Speed bonus from 25% to 50%.

Hyperactivity Icon Hyperactivity is a good Talent that doubles the Movement Speed increase and heavily reduces the cooldown of Stim Drone Icon Stim Drone.

If you do not really need the defensive value provided by Hospice Care Icon Hospice Care, then you can consider picking this Talent to further empower the Hero in your team that you buffed with Stim Drone Icon Stim Drone during the game.

Lt. Morales Safe Zone ?
Safe Zone (Level 20) Starcraft Lt. Morales

After exiting the Medivac, allies are Protected from all damage for 3 seconds.

Passive: Reduce the cooldown of Medivac Dropship abilities by 15 seconds.

Safe Zone Icon Safe Zone is a situational Talent that may be useful when using Medivac Dropships Icon Medivac Dropships for a backdoor or to force an engage, strategies that only work if playing with a coordinated team. To get value from this Talent, land near Structures so that you can start damaging them when the Protected effect is still up. Reinforcements Icon Reinforcements benefits from this Talent as well.

Lt. Morales Hospice Care
Hospice Care (Level 20) Starcraft Lt. Morales

Safeguard grants its target Unkillable for 1 second. If the target is under 50% maximum Health when the Unkillable effect ends, they are healed for 8% of their maximum Health.

Hospice Care Icon Hospice Care is a strong Talent which empowers Safeguard Icon Safeguard so that it gives the Unkillable status to the targeted allied Hero and then, if they have less than 50% maximum Health, they get healed for 8% maximum Health. You can use it on Lt. Morales as well.

Lt. Morales Second Opinion ?
Second Opinion (Level 20) Starcraft Lt. Morales

Hitting 2 or more Heroes with Displacement Grenade reduces its cooldown to 2 seconds.

Second Opinion Icon Second Opinion is a decent Talent that almost resets the cooldown of Displacement Grenade Icon Displacement Grenade when hitting multiple enemy Heroes with it.

You can use this Talent to increase the value you can get from Blast Shield Icon Blast Shield at Level 4. Regardless of that, you have to pair this Talent with Clear! Icon Clear! at Level 1 to make it easier to hit multiple enemy Heroes at the same time thanks to the area increase.

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Changelog

  • 01 Sep. 2021: Builds updated.
  • 26 Aug. 2021: Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 23 Jul. 2021: Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 14 Jun. 2021: Builds updated.
  • 25 Feb. 2021: New layout.
  • 17 Jul. 2020: Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 05 Jun. 2020: Builds and Descriptions changed according to the latest Balance Update.
  • 28 Apr. 2020: Talent Build fully 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.
  • 23 Mar. 2020: Outdated and misleading information corrected.
  • 16 Oct. 2019: Added the Medi-Drone talent at Level 7 and applied it to Lt. Morales' builds in accordance with the latest Balance Update.
  • 17 Jun. 2019: Updated Lt. Morales' talents in accordance with the latest state of the game.
  • 13 Oct. 2018: Updated Lt. Morales' Talent Builds in accordance with the recent Balance Update.
  • 15 Jan. 2017: Changed Cellular Reactor from Not Recommended to Situational.
  • 22 Dec. 2017: Changed First Responder from Not Recommended to Recommended.
  • 12 Sep. 2017: Changed Life Support from Not Recommended to Recommended.
  • 08 Sep. 2017: Updated Lt. Morales' talents page in accordance with the Kel'thuzad patch.
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