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Malthael Talents

Last updated on Jun 14, 2017 at 10:41 by Oxygen 19 comments

Table of Contents

Malthael Image

General Information

On this page, we present the viable talent choices for playing Malthael in a competitive environment in Heroes of the Storm. For each talent, we explain what they do and why they should or should not be taken.

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

About the Author

Oxygen is a veteran of the MOBA genre, which he has been playing for nearly 15 years. He has coached some of Heroes of the Storm's most prominent North American players and teams alike, including Team Liquid. As a Master player, he enjoys playing all Heroes and roles.

1. Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Death's Reach ? On a Pale Horse Fear the Reaper
4 Die Alone Throwing Shade ? Black Harvest
7 Cold Hand ? Mortality ? Touch of Death ?
10 Tormented Souls ? Last Rites
13 Soul Siphon ? Ethereal Existence ? Inevitable End Shroud of Wisdom ?
16 Soul Collector Massacre Memento Mori
20 Reaper of Souls Angel of Death Final Curtain No One Can Stop Death ?
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2. Common Talent Paths

2.1. Soul Rip Build (talent calculator link)

Centered around Soul Rip Icon Soul Rip, this build seeks to greatly improve Malthael's self sustain and general ability to duel. Key Talents include Die Alone Icon Die Alone, which greatly increases Soul Rip's damage against isolated targets, and Soul Collector Icon Soul Collector, which reduces Soul Rip's Cooldown while increasing its area of effect significantly.

2.2. Reaper Build (talent calculator link)

Centered around Reaper's Mark Icon Reaper's Mark, this build aims to maximize Malthael's Armor-ignoring, Health-based damage over time. Key Talents include Black Harvest Icon Black Harvest, which significantly improves the duration of Reaper's Mark, and Memento Mori Icon Memento Mori, which increases its damage over longer durations.

3. Level 1 Talents

Malthael Death's Reach ?
Death's Reach (Level 1) Diablo Malthael

Increase Wraith Strike's range by 35%.

Malthael On a Pale Horse
On a Pale Horse (Level 1) Diablo Malthael

Gain an additional 20% Movement Speed while mounted.

Malthael Fear the Reaper
Fear the Reaper (Level 1) Diablo Malthael
  • Cooldown: 25 seconds

Activate to increase Movement Speed by 25% and pass through other units for 4 seconds.

3.1. Discussion

Death's Reach Icon Death's Reach significantly improves Malthael's effective threat range, and is often picked along Throwing Shade Icon Throwing Shade to give him a fighting chance against range-heavy team compositions. Against two or more melee Heroes, however, this Talent is unnecessary.

On a Pale Horse Icon On a Pale Horse provides no combat benefits on top of being relatively underwhelming on a Hero who is expected to rotate relatively little due to his solo nature. Still, the Talent could prove moderately useful on some of the larger Maps, such as Garden of Terror or Warhead Junction.

Fear the Reaper Icon Fear the Reaper provides Malthael with utility he sorely lacks: an on-demand means of improving his mobility. Fear the Reaper is particularly useful for its underrated ability to remove Malthael's collision, allowing him to move back to safety unhindered after using Wraith Strike Icon Wraith Strike. The collision removal is also deceptively useful for dodging Abilities by allowing you to unpredictably move right through your target. Fear the Reaper also works particularly well with Tormented Souls Icon Tormented Souls due to the movement speed it provides.

4. Level 4 Talents

Malthael Die Alone
Die Alone (Level 4) Diablo Malthael

Soul Rip deals 75% more damage if it hits only one Hero and no other enemies.

Malthael Throwing Shade ?
Throwing Shade (Level 4) Diablo Malthael

Quest: Hit 20 Heroes with Death Shroud.

Reward: Permanently increase Death Shroud's range by 33%, reduce its cooldown by 4 seconds, and reduce its Mana cost from 50 to 25.

Malthael Black Harvest
Black Harvest (Level 4) Diablo Malthael

Quest: Apply Reaper's Mark to Heroes for a total of 150 seconds.

Reward: Permanently increase Reaper's Mark's duration by 2 seconds.

4.1. Discussion

Die Alone Icon Die Alone pushes Malthael's single-target damage output to very reasonable amounts, allowing him to duel Heroes he would otherwise not be able to, such as Thrall. It should be noted that Die Alone can also be used in team fights by focusing your Reaper's Mark Icon Reaper's Mark on a single target, though this is seldom recommended unless you absolutely need to dispatch a specific target.

Throwing Shade Icon Throwing Shade improves Malthael's ability to poke on top of increasing his threat range. Throwing Shade is often picked along Death's Reach Icon Death's Reach to deal with team compositions that feature 3 or more ranged Heroes.

Black Harvest Icon Black Harvest significantly improves Malthael's area of effect damage over time output by increasing the duration of Reaper's Mark Icon Reaper's Mark. This duration increase also indirectly improves Malthael's survivability and mobility by making it easier to maintain Reaper's Mark up on multiple targets for Soul Rip Icon Soul Rip and Wraith Strike Icon Wraith Strike purposes. Black Harvest tends to be picked over Die Alone Icon Die Alone when the opposing team composition features two or more tanks or otherwise Healthy Heroes such as Azmodan, and if you plan to not solo lane.

5. Level 7 Talents

Malthael Cold Hand ?
Cold Hand (Level 7) Diablo Malthael

Soul Rip Slows enemies by 20% for 2.5 seconds.

Malthael Mortality ?
Mortality (Level 7) Diablo Malthael

When damaging a Hero, Wraith Strike deals bonus damage equal to 4% of the Hero's maximum Health.

Malthael Touch of Death ?
Touch of Death (Level 7) Diablo Malthael
  • Cooldown: 30 seconds

Activate to reduce healing received by Heroes afflicted by Reaper's Mark by 50% for 4 seconds.

5.1. Discussion

Cold Hand Icon Cold Hand improves Malthael's ability to stick to his targets by providing him with a very reliable movement speed reduction effect. Cold Hand is particularly debilitating when used along Tormented Souls Icon Tormented Souls, as the movement speed reduction helps improve Tormented Souls' uptime. Although every Talent at this tier are labeled as situational, Cold Hand is always a reasonably useful pick.

Mortality Icon Mortality improves Malthael's burst damage output, particularly against Healthy targets. The Talent is generally picked against two or more tanks to improve your ability to threaten them as needed.

Touch of Death Icon Touch of Death is a niche Talent that aims to counter double-healer team compositions and generally impair high burst Support Heroes such as Auriel or Uther.

6. Level 10 Talents

Malthael Tormented Souls ?
Tormented Souls (Level 10) Diablo Malthael
  • Mana: 100
  • Cooldown: 100 seconds

Gain 10 Armor and unleash a torrent of souls, continually applying Reaper's Mark to nearby enemies for 4 seconds.

Malthael Last Rites
Last Rites (Level 10) Diablo Malthael
  • Mana: 100
  • Cooldown: 75 seconds

Apply a death sentence to an enemy Hero that, after 2 seconds, deals damage equal to 50% of their missing Health.

Repeatable Quest: Enemies killed while under the effect of Last Rites permanently reduce its cooldown by 5 seconds, to a minimum of 15 seconds.

6.1. Discussion

Tormented Souls Icon Tormented Souls fulfills a role that is similar to Death Shroud Icon Death Shroud — that of applying Reaper's Mark Icon Reaper's Mark in an area of effect — although it does so much more reliably, as it is not a skillshot. Wading through an opposing team with Tormented Souls, when with Soul Rip Icon Soul Rip, deals a devastating amount of area of effect damage on top of making Malthael difficult to kill due to the Armor provided by the Heroic Ability and self sustain provided by Soul Rip. Wraith Strike Icon Wraith Strike can also then be used to reliability maintain the effects of Tormented Souls. As with all area of effect Heroic Abilities, and by nature of its effects, Tormented Souls should almost never be used againt less than three targets; not only is it not valuable to do so, but also does its effect increase exponentially the more targets it hits.

Last Rites Icon Last Rites's power lies in its ability to reliably deal some of the game's highest burst damage from range. By nature, Last Rites will kill any Hero at or below 33% of its maximum Health. This threshold is indicated by a skull icon floating above nearby enemy Heroes. It should be noted that even if the target does not die from Last Rites' effect, it is still damaged. Still, since Last Rites' damage scales with how proportionally low its target's Health is, the Ability should almost exclusively be used as a finisher.

Certain effects, such as Invulnerability or Stasis effects, can prevent Last Rites from dealing its damage, although Armor and other forms of damage mitigation will not. It is important to account for the aforementioned effects when using Last Rites, especially due to its delayed effect.

Another noteworthy point lies in Last Rites' Cooldown reduction clause: every target who dies while under Last Rites' effect permanently reduces the Ability's Cooldown by 5 seconds. This bonus is acquired whether or not Last Rites is the source of the killing blow, as long as the dying Hero was under the effects of Last Rites.

7. Level 13 Talents

Malthael Soul Siphon ?
Soul Siphon (Level 13) Diablo Malthael

Increase Soul Rip's bonus healing from Heroes to 4% of the Hero's maximum Health.

Malthael Ethereal Existence ?
Ethereal Existence (Level 13) Diablo Malthael

Gain 10 Physical Armor per enemy Hero afflicted by Reaper's Mark, up to a maximum of 40.

Malthael Inevitable End
Inevitable End (Level 13) Diablo Malthael
  • Cooldown: 20 seconds

Activate to become Unstoppable for 2 seconds, but remove all active Reaper's Marks.

Malthael Shroud of Wisdom ?
Shroud of Wisdom (Level 13) Diablo Malthael
  • Cooldown: 30 seconds

After 2 seconds, gain 50 Spell Armor for 4 seconds.

7.1. Discussion

This tier features different defensive Talents that should be tailor-used to respond to some of the opposing team's most important threats.

Soul Siphon Icon Soul Siphon greatly improves Malthael's self-sustain, and particularly when matched against at least two tanks or three or more melee Heroes. It should be noted, however, that if your opponents' team composition features at least two reliable Stunning or Silencing effects, you may find difficult to benefit from Soul Siphon, and Inevitable End Icon Inevitable End should instead be preferred.

Ethereal Existence Icon Ethereal Existence is used to counter team compositions that rely heavily on Basic Attacks, and specific Heroes such as Greymane and The Butcher. The Armor provided by Ethereal Existence becomes particularly potent when combined with that of Tormented Souls Icon Tormented Souls.

Shroud of Wisdom Icon Shroud of Wisdom is used to improve your survivability against Ability-damage heavy team compositions, featuring burst Heroes such as Jaina, Kael'thas, or Li-Ming. It should be noted that unlike similar Talents, Shroud of Wisdom has to be activated two seconds before the Spell Armor is needed; as such, you need to be wise, as the Talent's name implies, and predict impending damage burst. Generally, it is safe to assume retaliation after engaging through Wraith Strike Icon Wraith Strike.

8. Level 16 Talents

Malthael Soul Collector
Soul Collector (Level 16) Diablo Malthael

Reduce Soul Rip's cooldown by 0.5 seconds and increase its range by 50%.

Malthael Massacre
Massacre (Level 16) Diablo Malthael

Wraith Strike now damages and applies Reaper's Mark to enemies around its target.

Malthael Memento Mori
Memento Mori (Level 16) Diablo Malthael

Reaper's Mark deals 80% increased damage after afflicting an enemy for more than 4 seconds.

8.1. Discussion

Soul Collector Icon Soul Collector significantly improves Malthael's area of effect damage output and self-sustain, and particularly when picked along other Talents which improve Soul Rip Icon Soul Rip. If you have been struggling with team fight survival Soul Collector should help.

Massacre Icon Massacre is rather difficult to fully utilise due to its relatively small area of effect. In general, the other Talents offered at this tier will yield more damage, and do so more reliably.

Memento Mori Icon Memento Mori significantly improves Malthael's area of effect damage over time output by increasing the damage of Reaper's Mark Icon Reaper's Mark. Since Reaper's Mark's damage is based off its target's maximum Health, Memento Mori is particularly useful against two or more tanks, who will have to play much more carefully than they would generally have to against Assassins.

9. Level 20 Talents

Malthael Reaper of Souls
Reaper of Souls (Level 20) Diablo Malthael

Increase Tormented Souls' duration by 1 second. While Tormented Souls is active, Hero Takedowns extend its duration by 4 seconds.

Malthael Angel of Death
Angel of Death (Level 20) Diablo Malthael

Last Rites heals for 100% of the damage dealt, and its current and future cooldown reduction bonuses are doubled.

Malthael Final Curtain
Final Curtain (Level 20) Diablo Malthael

Death Shroud leaves a trail in its wake for 4 seconds, applying Reaper's Mark to enemies in its area.

Malthael No One Can Stop Death ?
No One Can Stop Death (Level 20) Diablo Malthael
  • Cooldown: 180 seconds

Activate while dead to immediately respawn at the Altar but increase Malthael's next respawn time by 25%.

9.1. Discussion

Reaper of Souls Icon Reaper of Souls is a winmore Talent with outstanding potential against team compositions featuring Murky or The Lost Vikings, who can reliably be killed to trigger Reaper of Souls' duration increase. Otherwise, you would be better served by Final Curtain Icon Final Curtain.

Angel of Death Icon Angel of Death provides Malthael with an alternative source of self-healing, and one that is potentially powerful. If you have been succesfully killing targets through Last Rites Icon Last Rites only to die shortly after, Angel of Death may be worth considering, though it is seldom more powerful than Final Curtain Icon Final Curtain.

Final Curtain Icon Final Curtain significantly improves your ability to apply Reaper's Mark Icon Reaper's Mark to multiple targets, greatly improving your damage over time potential and self-sustain. The trail created by this Talent also acts as a zoning tool, and is extremely punishing to opponents who must fight in enclosed spaces.

No One Can Stop Death Icon No One Can Stop Death is potentially useful to salvage losing matches by giving you another chance at life. It should be noted that this Talent can be picked while dead to allow you to revive. Be careful, however, as giving up Final Curtain Icon Final Curtain is a significant cost.

10. ChangeLog

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  • 14 Jun. 2017: Added talent discussions.
  • 13 Jun. 2017: Guide created.
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