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Lunara Abilities

Last updated on Dec 18, 2015 at 10:28 by Kendric 30 comments

Table of Contents

Lunara Image

General Information

Below, we give you a brief overview of the abilities that Lunara has access to. You should read these ability descriptions before reading further, because the other pages of the guide assume that you have a basic knowledge of Lunara's abilities.

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

About the Author

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1. Noxious Blossom

Lunara Noxious Blossom
Noxious Blossom (Q) World of Warcraft Lunara
  • Mana: 60
  • Cooldown: 8 seconds

After 0.5 seconds, cause an area to explode with pollen dealing 160 (+4% per level) damage.

Noxious Blossom Icon Noxious Blossom causes Lunara, after a 0.5-second delay, to damage all enemies in a small area and apply 1 stack of Nature's Toxin Icon Nature's Toxin to each target hit.

Noxious Blossom Icon Noxious Blossom is a solid ability to spread your first stacks of Nature's Toxin Icon Nature's Toxin with from a safer distance, since its casting range is larger than your normal Basic Attack range. It is also a very useful tool to scout vision obscured terrain before facechecking it.

If you go for a poison heavy talent Build, make sure to cast Noxious Blossom Icon Noxious Blossom after poisoning them with Nature's Toxin Icon Nature's Toxin in order to get full value of Choking Pollen Icon Choking Pollen. You should also keep in mind that Lunara runs out of Mana rather quickly if you spam Noxious Blossom Icon Noxious Blossom too frequently.

2. Crippling Spores

Lunara Crippling Spores
Crippling Spores (W) World of Warcraft Lunara
  • Mana: 40
  • Cooldown: 10 seconds

Enemies currently afflicted by Nature's Toxin have its duration increased by 3 seconds and are slowed by 40% decaying over 3 seconds.

Crippling Spores Icon Crippling Spores allows Lunara to slow each target currently suffering from Nature's Toxin Icon Nature's Toxin by 40%, decaying over 3 seconds. Furthermore, activating Crippling Spores causes each affected enemy to instantly receive 1 additional stack of Nature's Toxin.

Knowing when to use Crippling Spores Icon Crippling Spores efficiently is one of the most important things to master when playing Lunara. There are a couple of talents like Wild Vigor Icon Wild Vigor or Star Wood Spear Icon Star Wood Spear that depend on good timing. As a rule of thumb, we suggest observing the course of a team fight carefully before using Crippling Spores.

If the fight goes well, feel free to use it early in order to maximise your damage. If the fight does not go well, try to utilise Crippling Spores' slow effect to keep enemy Warriors and melee Assassins away from you. It is also worth mentioning that activating Crippling Spores shortly before Nature's Toxin Icon Nature's Toxin expires, increases its value.

3. Wisp

Lunara Wisp
Wisp (E) World of Warcraft Lunara
  • Mana: 30
  • Cooldown: 30 seconds

Spawn a Wisp to scout an area. Can be redirected once active. Lasts 45 seconds.

Wisp Icon Wisp causes Lunara to summon a Wisp, which can be manually controlled to scout an area. The Wisp lasts 45 seconds and will remain active until it expires or takes damage from an enemy unit.

Lunara is not an easy Hero to master, since she requires great positioning and quite a lot of multi-tasking. Consequently, Wisp Icon Wisp sometimes becomes an underrated ability, which many players seem to forget about at some point during the game. However, Wisp turns out to have a significant impact on the game, since it provides a lot of useful vision on your enemy team if placed wisely. Thus, always try to keep Wisp Icon Wisp on cooldown and remember that is has a global casting range.

4. Thornwood Vine

Lunara Thornwood Vine
Thornwood Vine (R) World of Warcraft Lunara
  • Heroic
  • Mana: 35
  • Charges: 3
  • Recharge Time: 15 seconds

Send forth vines that deal 164 (+4% per level) damage to all enemies in a line.

Stores up to 3 charges.

Thornwood Vine Icon Thornwood Vine causes Lunara to send out vines in a straight line, damaging and applying 1 stack of Nature's Toxin Icon Nature's Toxin to all enemies in their path. Thornwood Vine has 3 charges, which can be used in quick succession. Each charge has a cooldown of 15 seconds.

One of Lunara's biggest strengths is the fact that both of her Heroic Abilities can be used to great effect. Thornwood Vine Icon Thornwood Vine is an excellent long-range poking ability, which applies Nature's Toxin Icon Nature's Toxin to each enemy it hits. Due to the relatively short cooldown of 15 seconds pert charge, Thornwood Vine can be used to clear Minion waves as well, which makes it a formidable Ability on maps like Sky Temple or Tomb of the Spider Queen, where pushing and de-pushing lanes is crucial.

If you choose to go for a poison oriented talent build, Thornwood Vine Icon Thornwood Vine is your Heroic Ability of choice. Noxious Blossom Icon Noxious Blossom, in particular, synergises really well with Thornwood Vine. However, after acquiring Choking Pollen Icon Choking Pollen at Level 16, you should always make sure to cast Thornwood Vine first and then follow up with Noxious Blossom to benefit from its increased damage effect.

5. Leaping Strike

Lunara Leaping Strike
Leaping Strike (R) World of Warcraft Lunara
  • Heroic
  • Mana: 50
  • Charges: 2
  • Recharge Time: 20 seconds

Leap over an enemy, slowing them by 80% for 0.35 seconds and dealing 271 (+4% per level) damage.

Stores up to 2 charges.

Leaping Strike Icon Leaping Strike causes Lunara to leap over an enemy target, slowing their movement speed by 80% for 0.35 seconds and damaging them. Leaping Strike has 2 charges, which can be used in quick succession. Each charge has a cooldown of 20 seconds.

Mobility is of the essence when playing a fragile ranged Assassin like Lunara. Thus, Leaping Strike Icon Leaping Strike proves to be a very important asset to her kit, especially if you choose to play a Basic Attack oriented talent Build. However, Leaping Strike does not only provide Lunara with a powerful engage and disengage mechanic, it also deals a significant amount of damage and movement speed slow to its target, which makes it a strong finishing ability.

Keeping track of your target's positioning is important when using Leaping Strike Icon Leaping Strike, since it will always place Lunara behind her target in a straight line. Thus, you should avoid using it if the entire enemy team is still located behind your target. Instead, wait until a team fight has erupted and the enemy team has spread out. Keep in mind that Leaping Strike can also be used on Structures, which makes it a great escape mechanism if you get caught too deep inside the enemy team's base.

6. Nature's Toxin

Lunara Nature's Toxin
Nature's Toxin (D) World of Warcraft Lunara
  • Passive

Lunara's Basic Attacks and damaging Abilities poison their target, dealing 34 (+5% per level) damage a second for 3 seconds. Every additional application increases the duration by 3 seconds, up to a maximum of 9 seconds.

Nature's Toxin Icon Nature's Toxin causes each of Lunara's Basic Attacks and damaging abilities to also apply a stack of poison damage to her target, which lasts for 3 seconds. Each subsequent attack will add another stack up to a maximum of 3 stacks, increasing the poison's duration by 3 seconds. Nature's Toxin can be spread and stacked on multiple enemy targets at the same time.

Nature's Toxin Icon Nature's Toxin is a strong damage over time trait, which allows Lunara to poison multiple enemies at the same time using her Basic Attacks and damaging abilities. Experienced Lunara players usually try to stack Nature's Toxin as quickly as possible and maintain the stacks active using Crippling Spores Icon Crippling Spores to refresh their duration.

Stealthed Heroes like Nova or Zeratul, in particular, can be kept visible thanks to Nature's Toxin Icon Nature's Toxin, as its poison damage prevents them from re-stealthing.

7. Dryad's Swiftness

Dryad's Swiftness passively increases Lunara's movement speed by 20% in and out of combat. In return, Lunara cannot use mounts.

While Dryad's Swiftness causes Lunara to be one of the most mobile Heroes during team fights, it can also cause her to fall behind her teammates when covering large distances around the map. Thus, we strongly recommend using any means of communication (ingame ping notifications or chat messages for instance) to alert your allies if you need more time to catch up to them.

Lunara's Level 20 talent called Galloping Gait Icon Galloping Gait adds an incredibly powerful activatable component to Dryad's Swiftness, which allows her to outrun any other Hero in the game. Use it to escape dangerous situations, to rush to your allies' aid in time, or to chase down retreating enemies.

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