Lunara Build Guide “Taste my spear!”

Last updated on May 23, 2018 at 21:53 by Kendric 31 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Lunara, a Ranged Assassin in Heroes of the Storm. Within these pages, you will find everything required to understand how best to play this hero, in both different map styles and team compositions.

1. Lunara's 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.

2. Lunara's Strengths and Weaknesses

V 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
X Weaknesses

3. Lunara's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Unfair Advantage Build

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Level 1 Hippity Hop Icon Sentinel Wisp Icon ?
Level 4 Nature's Culling Icon
Level 7 Splintered Spear Icon
Level 10 Leaping Strike Icon
Level 13 Let Them Wither Icon
Level 16 Unfair Advantage Icon
Level 20 Intensifying Toxin Icon Galloping Gait 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 16.

Level 1 Hippity Hop Icon Natural Perspective Icon ?
Level 4 Nature's Culling Icon
Level 7 Splintered Spear Icon
Level 10 Thornwood Vine Icon Leaping Strike Icon ?
Level 13 Let Them Wither Icon
Level 16 Unfair Advantage 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.

4. Lunara's Synergies and Counters

V 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 16 to get value from.

X 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.

5. Lunara's 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 Temple 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 4 talent Nature's Culling Icon Nature's Culling, which allows her to inflict heavy damage onto enemy Immortals.

6. Lunara's Tips and Tricks

  • 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.
  • On larger maps, Hippity Hop Icon Hippity Hop allows Lunara to rotate as fast as any mounted Hero, which greatly helps her to stay close to her allies.

7. Lunara's 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.

8. Changelog

  • 23 May 2018 (talents page): Updated Lunara's talents in accordance with her most recent rework.
  • 23 May 2018 (abilities page): Updated Lunara's abilities in accordance with her most recent rework.
  • 16 Jan. 2018 (this page): Guide moved to new format.
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