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Raynor Abilities and Strategy

Last updated on Jul 13, 2018 at 08:20 by Kendric 45 comments

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General Information

Below, we give you an overview of the abilities that Raynor has access to. We also explain how to best your these abilities.

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

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. Tips on Raynor's Ability Usage

  • Movement is crucial when playing Raynor, since he lacks any gap-closing abilities. Thus, make sure to constantly keep stutter stepping in between each Basic Attack even while fighting Minions in lane.
  • You can manually reassign a new target to your Banshee by hovering your cursor over the desired target and pressing R again.
  • Penetrating Round Icon Penetrating Round can be used to knock enemies away from you. It can also be used to knock enemies towards your teammates.
  • Inspire Icon Inspire also works on Minions and Mercenaries. Use it during pushes to take down enemy Structures more quickly.

2. Penetrating Round

Raynor Penetrating Round
Penetrating Round (Q) Starcraft Raynor
  • Mana: 50
  • Cooldown: 10 seconds

Deal 220 (+4% per level) damage, knock back, and Slow enemies in a line by 20% for 2 seconds. Enemies close to Raynor are knocked back further.

Penetrating Round Icon Penetrating Round fulfills a variety of purposes. This enables Raynor to use it both defensively and offensively. If used defensively, this ability is capable of knocking enemy initiators back from Raynor, which allows him to reposition himself. If used offensively, Penetrating Round acts as a solid form of waveclear capable of damaging an entire Minion Wave as they walk in a file towards you.

3. Inspire

Raynor Inspire
Inspire (W) Starcraft Raynor
  • Mana: 40
  • Cooldown: 12 seconds

Raynor and all nearby allied Minions and Mercenaries gain 30% Attack Speed and 10% Movement Speed for 4 seconds.

Casting Inspire resets Raynor's Basic Attack cooldown.

Inspire Icon Inspire is an impactful ability, as it buffs not only Raynor's Attack Speed but that of every nearby ally as well, including Minions and Mercenaries. This causes it to be particularly useful during team fights and pushes. Keep in mind that once activated, Inspire works like an aura, meaning it affects allies as long as they remain in its area of effect.

4. Adrenaline Rush

Raynor Adrenaline Rush
Adrenaline Rush (E) Starcraft Raynor
  • Mana: 75
  • Cooldown: 45 seconds

Heal Raynor for 25% of his maximum Health over 1 second. Raynor's Basic Attacks lower the cooldown of this by 0.5 seconds, doubled against Heroes.

Adrenaline Rush Icon Adrenaline Rush is Raynor's main source of self-sustain. Similarly to other healing abilities, it can be manually activated and then restores a significant amount of his health.

Adrenaline Rush can help you to stay in lane, which allows you to keep soaking experience. However, keep in mind that Adrenaline Rush's cooldown is quite high. Thus, make sure to keep attacking enemies in order to lower the it slowly but surely.

5. Hyperion

Raynor Hyperion
Hyperion (R) Starcraft Raynor
  • Heroic
  • Mana: 100
  • Cooldown: 100 seconds

Order the Hyperion to make a strafing run for 12 seconds, hitting up to 4 enemies for 66 (+4% per level) damage every second. Every 4 seconds, it can fire its Yamato Cannon at a Structure, dealing 794 (+4% per level) damage.

Although it moves very slowly, Hyperion Icon Hyperion can be an impactful Heroic Ability, as it damages several enemies in a very large area. The Hyperion should be used when pushing towards the enemy base or when fighting over static Map Objectives, such as the Guardians on Infernal Shrines or the Temples on Sky Temple. This forces the enemy team to either fight within its area of effect and thus take heavy damage from its lasers, or to give up a Map Objective. Either way it becomes a win-win situation. This strength, however, also becomes its weakness when fighting in open space, which simply allows the enemy to walk away from it and re-engage from another position.

6. Raynor's Raider

Raynor Raynor's Raider
Raynor's Raider (R) Starcraft Raynor
  • Cooldown: 45 seconds

Summon a Banshee that assists Raynor. The Banshee deals 84 (+4% per level) damage per second and regenerates 75 (+4% per level) Health per second if it hasn't taken damage in the last 4 seconds. Can reactivate to retarget or move the Banshee.

The Banshee respawns automatically after 45 seconds.

While Hyperion Icon Hyperion focuses more on pushing and damaging multiple enemies at the same time, Raynor's Raider Icon Raynor's Raider increases Raynor's damage against single targets. The sustained damage provided by the Banshee can cause his enemies to retreat, which then allows Raynor to either focus on a new target or chase down his original one. The Banshee's superior movement speed outpaces most Heroes, which makes them very effective pursuers.

There are a couple of things to keep in mind when using Raynor's Raider.

  • The Banshee should almost always be used on priority targets, notably enemy Assassins and Specialists, to take them down as quickly as possible.
  • The Banshee moves faster than Heroes which makes it a formidable chaser.
  • Hovering over a different Hero with your mouse and pressing R causes the Banshee to attack the desired target. This procedure also allows you to manually re-assign a different target.
  • When Raynor dies, the Banshee disappears as well.

7. Give 'Em Some Pepper

Raynor Give 'Em Some Pepper
Give 'Em Some Pepper (D) Starcraft Raynor
  • Passive

Every 4th Basic Attack splashes in a small area and deals 125% more damage to the main target.

Give 'Em Some Pepper Icon Give 'Em Some Pepper is Raynor's passive Trait, which greatly increases both his damage during team fights and waveclear. Make sure to spend as much time using Basic Attacks as possible in order to trigger its bonus damage. Bear in mind that the bonus damage also applies to PvE targets, such as Structures, Minions, or Mercenaries, which turns Raynor into a decent pusher.

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