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Malthael Build Guide “Death is beyond your reach.”

Last updated on Feb 15, 2020 at 17:00 by Oxygen 29 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Malthael, a Bruiser 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.


Malthael's Overview

Malthael is a melee Assassin who naturally counters high-Health targets. Calm players who are able to maximise the impact of this damage-over-time Ability, Reaper's Mark Icon Reaper's Mark, will find him to be able to deal an overwhelming amount of damage to all targets, granted you are able to deal with kiting.


Malthael's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Outstanding sustained damage against ALL Heroes
  • +Excellent self-sustain
  • +Potent duelist
  • +Solid non-Structural PvE damage
  • +Very difficult to escape from once marked by Reaper's Mark Icon Reaper's Mark
X Weaknesses
  • -Highly prone to being kited
  • -Offers limited utility beyond raw damage
  • -Limited burst damage
  • -Weak siege damage

Malthael's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Standard Build

Talent calculator »
Level 1 Fear the Reaper Icon On a Pale Horse Icon ? Death's Reach Icon ?
Level 4 Die Alone Icon
Level 7 Cold Hand Icon Touch of Death Icon ?
Level 10 Last Rites Icon Tormented Souls Icon ?
Level 16 Soul Collector Icon
Level 20 Final Curtain Icon Angel of Death Icon ? No One Can Stop Death Icon ?

This standard build provides superior survivability and sustained damage. Key Soul Rip Icon Soul Rip-related Talents provide you with powerful self-sustain and continuous area of effect damage that force your opponents to spread out, reducing their effectiveness.


Malthael's Synergies and Counters

V Malthael synergizes with

Malthael's outstanding self-sustain makes him a natural ally for most Healers, although he will tend to prefer damage mitigation over raw healing. Strong initiation and team fight presence goes a long way to opening windows of opportunity for him to pick off Heroes that are out of position. Area of effect crowd control is also particularly valuable when combined with Tormented Souls Icon Tormented Souls.

X Malthael is countered by

As a melee Assassin with a rather telegraphed play style, Malthael is very vulnerable to any form of targeted crowd control. Furthermore, since his main gap closer, Wraith Strike Icon Wraith Strike, requires him to either attack or hit a slow skillshot, he is naturally bound to be kited by nimble ranged Heroes.


Malthael's Maps

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

Malthael's outstanding single-target DPS makes him particularly potent on Maps where PvE-like Objectives have to be killed. Beyond this point, Malthael's relative well-roundedness does not make him particularly effective or weak anywhere. Every Map can benefit from a strong solo laner who has the ability to claim Mercenary Camps, an attribute which Malthael provides.


Malthael's Tips and Tricks

  • Reaper's Mark Icon Reaper's Mark can be maintained on up to 3 targets through regular Basic Attacks; spread its effects as much as possible.
  • Reaper's Mark's damage also works against most non-Structure units, making it effective against Bosses and Map Objectives.
  • You can hold the default Q hotkey to repeatedly cast Soul Rip Icon Soul Rip without effort.
  • Wraith Strike Icon Wraith Strike is useful for quickly avoiding impending skillshots and areas of effect.
  • A marker appears above Heroes that would die to Last Rites Icon Last Rites's damage.

Role in the Current Meta

Note about the current Anomaly: Malthael is the perfect Hero to gather Experience Globes, as his playstyle naturally lends itself to remaining close to Minions. Forcing opponents to approach you is also an outstanding boon, improving your ability to harass and ultimately deny Experience.

As a strong duelist with outstanding self-sustain and passable waveclear, Malthael makes for a strong solo laner, though he can also dispatch Mercenary Camps with ease.

Reaper's Mark Icon Reaper's Mark defines Malthael as a premiere counterpick to team compositions that are melee-heavy or otherwise feature Heroes with large Health pools. This Trait also allows Malthael to deal a significant amount of damage to Bosses and Map Objectives which need to be killed. In general however, he tends to do poorly against ranged Heroes, and should not be picked against two or less melee opponents.



  • 15 Feb. 2020 (talents page): Talents and recommendations reviewed following February 12 patch changes.
  • 12 Dec. 2019 (this page): Added a note about current Anomaly.
  • 11 Oct. 2019 (abilities page): Abilities section reviewed.
  • 11 Oct. 2019 (this page): Guide updated.
  • 11 Oct. 2019 (talents page): Talent builds and recommendations reviewed and updated.
  • 15 Feb. 2018 (talents page): Talents and builds updated to better reflect current metagame state.
  • 06 Feb. 2018 (talents page): Talents and builds updated following Maiev patch changes.
  • 14 Jan. 2018 (talents page): Updated Heroic Talent discussion. Updated Soul Rip and Reaper builds.
  • 14 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Added Talent discussions.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Guide created.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (abilities page): Guide created.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (this page): Guide created.
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