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Lunara Build Guide “Taste my spear!”

Last updated on Jan 16, 2018 at 07:00 by Kendric 30 comments

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General Information

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

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. Quick Reference

Unfair Advantage Build (talent calculator link)

Level 1 Natural Perspective Icon
Level 4 Nimble Wisp Icon
Level 7 Splintered Spear Icon Nature's Culling Icon ?
Level 10 Leaping Strike Icon
Level 13 Unfair Advantage Icon
Level 16 Star Wood Spear Icon Invigorating Spores Icon ?
Level 20 Galloping Gait Icon Boundless Stride Icon ?

The Unfair Advantage Build is our go-to build and will give you great value in most games. While both of Lunara's Heroic Abilities are viable, we definitely recommend going Leaping Strike Icon Leaping Strike with this build, as its Movement Speed Slow has built-in synergy with one of the key talents, Unfair Advantage Icon Unfair Advantage at Level 13. At Level 16, Star Wood Spear Icon Star Wood Spear can sometimes be replaced by Invigorating Spores Icon Invigorating Spores, especially if you feel like you can get away playing more aggressively without getting punished.

Poke Build (talent calculator link)

Level 1 Natural Perspective Icon
Level 4 Nimble Wisp Icon
Level 7 Splintered Spear Icon Nature's Culling Icon ?
Level 10 Thornwood Vine Icon Leaping Strike Icon ?
Level 13 Unfair Advantage Icon Giant Killer Icon ?
Level 16 Star Wood Spear Icon
Level 20 Forest's Wrath Icon Galloping Gait Icon ?

The Poke Build is a safe choice against team compositions that feature several ranged Assassins and/or slow Warriors like Arthas or Johanna who cannot really close in on Lunara that easily. As such, Thornwood Vine Icon Thornwood Vine becomes a natural choice at Level 10, however, Leaping Strike Icon Leaping Strike still remains a good ability. In the late game, Forest's Wrath Icon Forest's Wrath provides Lunara with even more long distance damage, however, we can also recommend Galloping Gait Icon Galloping Gait for faster rotations and combat maneuverability.

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Synergies and Counters

Lunara synergizes with

Lunara works with a variety of different Heroes and team compositions, however, she truly shines if paired with crowd control heavy Heroes such as Arthas, Jaina, or Muradin who all provide plenty of Movement Speed Slows for Lunara's Unfair Advantage Icon Unfair Advantage talent at Level 13 to get value from.

Lunara is countered by

Lunara gets countered by two things: mobile Assassins like Illidan or Genji that can chase her down even after she used Leaping Strike Icon Leaping Strike and strong AoE healing provided by Supports like Malfurion or Stukov who can shut down Nature's Toxin Icon Nature's Toxin's poison damage.

Maps

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

Lunara performs quite well on most maps with the exception of Warhead Junction where the fact that Lunara cannot use a mount causes her to feel very clunky and slow. On Battlefield of Eternity, however, Lunara feels even more powerful than on other battlegrounds thanks to her Level 7 talent Nature's Culling Icon Nature's Culling, which allows her to inflict heavy damage onto enemy Immortals.

TL;DR Tips

  • The fact that Lunara cannot use a mount is a both blessing and curse. In team fights, make sure to use your increased Movement Speed to kite enemy Heroes. Out of combat, do not forget about informing your allies about your position during rotations. if you are falling behind.
  • Leaping Strike Icon Leaping Strike is a great escape mechanism against hard engaging Warriors and melee Assassins like Illidan or Muradin.
  • Lunara's efficiency sometimes depends on the type of Support Hero the enemy team chose during draft. While she counters single target Healers like Lt. Morales or Uther, her AoE damage over time gets countered by strong AoE Healers like Stukov or Malfurion.
  • Lunara's Nature's Toxin Icon Nature's Toxin can be a great weapon against enemy stealth Heroes, since it prevents them from going invisible again.
See our Abilities page for further information

2. Overview

Lunara is a ranged Assassin who relies on her high Movement Speed and damage over time abilities to fight her enemies from a large distance. She combines the ability to grant vision to her team with strong Basic Attacks and outstanding maneuverability, especially during the later stages of the game. As most ranged Assassins, she requires good positioning and map awareness in order to unfold her true strength. Lunara is a challenging Hero to master, however, she is a very rewarding Assassin, capable of having a massive impact on team fights and skirmishes.

3. Strengths

  • Strong damage over time abilities
  • Provides vision to her team
  • Both Thornwood Vine Icon Thornwood Vine and Leaping Strike Icon Leaping Strike are viable Heroic Abilities
  • Long range

4. Weaknesses

5. Role in the Current Meta

Lunara shines when she is able to stack and spread Nature's Toxin Icon Nature's Toxin on multiple targets undisturbed. Thus, keeping her poison active should become her primary goal. Fortunately, abilities like Noxious Blossom Icon Noxious Blossom and Crippling Spores Icon Crippling Spores can help out greatly in that regard. Crippling Spores, in particular, can be used to instantly refresh the duration of Nature's Toxin and also slows each affected enemy.

Although Lunara's Heroic Abilities are quite easy to understand, it is extremely important to know when to use them. Thornwood Vine Icon Thornwood Vine adds a fairly reliable source of additional AoE damage and also allows Lunara to control her Nature's Toxin Icon Nature's Toxin stacks more efficiently. Leaping Strike Icon Leaping Strike, on the other hand, focuses more on mobility and repositioning. As such, you should carefully assess your own and the enemy team composition and then decide which ability to pick at Level 10.

6. Reading Further

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

7. ChangeLog

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  • 16 Jan. 2018 (this page): Guide moved to new format.
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