Yrel Talents

Last updated on Dec 11, 2022 at 10:10 by Derenash 25 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Talents page for Yrel. Here, we give you an overview of how strong each of Yrel's talents is. Then, we present several viable builds, before analyzing each talent row separately, so that you can make informed decisions.


Yrel's Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Light of Karabor ? Dauntless Maraad's Insight ✘︎
4 Aegis of Light ? Gift of the Naaru ✘︎ Hand of Freedom
7 Righteous Momentum ? Holy Avenger ? Divine Steed
10 Ardent Defender Sacred Ground ?
13 Aldor Peacekeeper ? Repentance ? Velen's Chosen
16 Templar's Verdict Divine Favor ✘︎ Holy Wrath ✘︎
20 Word of Glory ? Hallowed Ground ? Bubble Hearth ✘︎ Seraphim

Yrel's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Bruiser Build

Level 1 Dauntless Icon Light of Karabor Icon ?
Level 4 Hand of Freedom Icon
Level 7 Divine Steed Icon Righteous Momentum Icon ? Holy Avenger Icon ?
Level 10 Ardent Defender Icon Sacred Ground Icon ?
Level 13 Velen's Chosen Icon Aldor Peacekeeper Icon ?
Level 16 Templar's Verdict Icon
Level 20 Seraphim Icon

The Bruiser Build is designed to make Yrel a formidable solo laner and—as the name suggests—a Bruiser. Both Dauntless Icon Dauntless and Light of Karabor Icon Light of Karabor will greatly increase Yrel's survivability, making sure that you have enough resistance to outlast most other Heroes in lane or at least trade evenly.

Every Talent at Level 7 is excellent in its niche.

  • Divine Steed Icon Divine Steed excels in double soak situations by speeding up your rotation. It is also good for Yrel to reposition herself in a team fight, so she can either play aggresively or defensively.
  • Righteous Momentum Icon Righteous Momentum will very often be the best Talent in team fights, because it not only helps Yrel to peel her allies, but it also improves her flanks with Righteous Hammer Icon Righteous Hammer.
  • Holy Avenger Icon Holy Avenger can greatly increase your damage against certain compositions. However, it may have no value if enemies can easily cancel Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath.

Seraphim Icon Seraphim at Level 20 removes one of Yrel's core weaknesses and makes her much less susceptible to enemy crowd control by giving her a short time window during which she becomes Unstoppable. Be aware that you can activate Seraphim during the channeling of an ability, denying a premeditated interrupt.


Level 1 Talents for Yrel

Yrel Light of Karabor ?
Light of Karabor (Level 1) World of Warcraft Yrel

Increase Vindication's radius by 15%. Hitting an enemy Hero increases Vindication's healing by 45%. If more than one Hero is hit, the bonus is increased to 90%.

Yrel Dauntless
Dauntless (Level 1) World of Warcraft Yrel

Casting a Basic Ability grants Yrel 35 Physical Armor for 2.5 seconds.

Yrel Maraad's Insight ✘︎
Maraad's Insight (Level 1) World of Warcraft Yrel

After damaging an enemy Hero with a Basic Ability, Yrel's next Basic Attack heals her for 140 (+4% per level).



Light of Karabor Icon Light of Karabor will greatly increase Yrel's Healing, while also increasing the poke range of Vindication Icon Vindication. It has a great synergy with Aldor Peacekeeper Icon Aldor Peacekeeper at Level 13. This Talent will be a good choice if you do not need Dauntless Icon Dauntless's armor.

Dauntless Icon Dauntless is the standard choice for level 1. It will greatly reduce damage dealt by all enemy Heroes in the game. Your Abilities should be used with around 3 seconds between each others, so Dauntless will have a 100% uptime.

Maraad's Insight Icon Maraad's Insight's healing is not as significant as Dauntless Icon Dauntless. Even though it gives Yrel slightly more self sustain, it is not necessary. Dauntless will be a better choice, as the damage mitigation it provides is excellent.


Level 4 Talents for Yrel

Yrel Aegis of Light ?
Aegis of Light (Level 4) World of Warcraft Yrel

Upon landing, Avenging Wrath grants other nearby allied Heroes 30 Armor for 4 seconds.

Yrel Gift of the Naaru ✘︎
Gift of the Naaru (Level 4) World of Warcraft Yrel

Divine Purpose heals the lowest Health nearby allied Hero other than Yrel for 275 (+4% per level).

Yrel Hand of Freedom
Hand of Freedom (Level 4) World of Warcraft Yrel
  • Cooldown: 30 seconds

Grant an allied Hero 30% Movement Speed for 3 seconds and remove all Slows and Roots from them.



Aegis of Light Icon Aegis of Light is a good talent if your team has a dive composition, since you will be diving with them, providing more resistance to all your team.

Gift of the Naaru Icon Gift of the Naaru is not a good choice. The healing provided by it is mostly minimum and it cannot compare to the usefulness and versatility of Hand of Freedom.

Hand of Freedom Icon Hand of Freedom's effect is strong against enemy Slows and Roots. But even if no ally is currently affected by these debuffs, the mere Movement Speed is great to empower Yrel, since the Movement Speed can be enough for you to land an Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath or to reach enemy targets.


Level 7 Talents for Yrel

Yrel Righteous Momentum ?
Righteous Momentum (Level 7) World of Warcraft Yrel

Gain 5% Movement Speed. Yrel is no longer Slowed while Channeling Righteous Hammer, and instead this bonus is quadrupled.

Yrel Holy Avenger ?
Holy Avenger (Level 7) World of Warcraft Yrel

Hitting an enemy Hero with Avenging Wrath at maximum charge deals 25% more damage and reduces its cooldown to 1 second.

Yrel Divine Steed
Divine Steed (Level 7) World of Warcraft Yrel

Mounting is instant and grants 60% Movement Speed that decays over 3 seconds.



Righteous Momentum Icon Righteous Momentum permanently increases Yrel's Movement Speed which is always useful. Furthermore, it allows Yrel to land Righteous Hammer Icon Righteous Hammer more reliably, which definitely helps her combat performance. It is specially useful to peel for your teammates, especially the most vulnerable ones. Furthermore, it is important to note that getting this Talent gives Yrel more options in team fights. With it she does not need to constantly use Divine Purpose Icon Divine Purpose with Righteous Hammer Icon Righteous Hammer, enabling a more versatile playstyle.

Holy Avenger Icon Holy Avenger will greatly increase Yrel's performance, damage and mobility in fights and solo lane. However, this Talent will not be good against team compositions with many interrupts for Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath, like Lúcio or E.T.C. have.

Divine Steed Icon Divine Steed causes Yrel to rotate very swiftly. Without a channel time and with the initial Movement Speed boost on her Mount, Yrel can get out of many dangerous situations. It can also be used during fights to give you a small speed boost, so you reach your target faster.


Level 10 Talents for Yrel

Yrel Ardent Defender
Ardent Defender (Level 10) World of Warcraft Yrel
  • Mana: 80
  • Cooldown: 120 seconds

Surround Yrel in a barrier for 3 seconds, absorbing all damage taken and healing her for 50% of the damage received.

Yrel Sacred Ground ?
Sacred Ground (Level 10) World of Warcraft Yrel
  • Mana: 40
  • Cooldown: 40 seconds

Yrel sanctifies the ground around her, gaining 50 Armor until she leaves the area.



Ardent Defender Icon Ardent Defender is the ultimate defensive ability available for Yrel. It makes her Invulnerable, however, unlike Uther's Divine Shield Icon Divine Shield, Yrel remains targetable for the enemy team. The more damage she absorbs while Ardent Defender is active, the more healing she receives. Use this ability to shut down hard-hitting abilities, such as Jaina's Ring of Frost Icon Ring of Frost or Kael'thas's Pyroblast Icon Pyroblast and strike back with replenished health. It is absolutely worth mentioning that Ardent Defender should usually be used while Yrel is still at 50% of her health or higher, in order to guarantee her participation during a team fight once the ability has expired. If used while Yrel is on the brink of death, it will usually result in her retreating anyway.

Sacred Ground Icon Sacred Ground has a relatively low cooldown when compared to Ardent Defender Icon Ardent Defender, so it can be used to reset Divine Purpose Icon Divine Purpose's cooldown, to frequently jump behind squishy targets to stun them towards your team with an empowered Righteous Hammer Icon Righteous Hammer. Unfortunately, its armor does not stack with Dauntless Icon Dauntless, not being as useful as it could be. For these reasons, we only recommend Sacred Ground in point control maps, when Yrel's against low mobility heroes.


Level 13 Talents for Yrel

Yrel Aldor Peacekeeper ?
Aldor Peacekeeper (Level 13) World of Warcraft Yrel

Enemy Heroes hit by Vindication at maximum charge deal 40% less damage for 3 seconds.

Yrel Repentance ?
Repentance (Level 13) World of Warcraft Yrel

Increase Avenging Wrath's Slow by 25% and duration by 0.75 seconds.

Yrel Velen's Chosen
Velen's Chosen (Level 13) World of Warcraft Yrel

Hitting an enemy Hero with a Basic Ability at maximum charge grants 10% Spell Power for 10 seconds, up to 30%.



Aldor Peacekeeper Icon Aldor Peacekeeper provides relatively consistent damage mitigation on enemy Heroes. When you do not pick Holy Avenger Icon Holy Avenger, Aldor Peacekeeper should be the choice in this tier, since Velen's Chosen Icon Velen's Chosen will not increase damage as much as it would with Holy Avenger.

Repentance Icon Repentance greatly enhances Yrel's slow. It is a good choice if your team has many skillshots, as it will be easier to hit them. However, it should only be picked together with Holy Avenger Icon Holy Avenger.

Velen's Chosen Icon Velen's Chosen will greatly increase Yrel's damage output when picked together with Holy Avenger Icon Holy Avenger, it is the default talent at this tier.


Level 16 Talents for Yrel

Yrel Templar's Verdict
Templar's Verdict (Level 16) World of Warcraft Yrel

Righteous Hammer reduces the Armor of enemy Heroes hit by 20 for 4 seconds and deals bonus damage equal to 7% of their maximum Health.

Yrel Divine Favor ✘︎
Divine Favor (Level 16) World of Warcraft Yrel

Casting a Basic Ability reduces the cooldown of Divine Purpose by 2.5 seconds.

Yrel Holy Wrath ✘︎
Holy Wrath (Level 16) World of Warcraft Yrel

After casting a Basic Ability, Yrel's next Basic Attack splashes for 35% increased damage around the target.



Templar's Verdict Icon Templar's Verdict is one of the best Talents in the game, it reduces the armor of many targets by 20 for 4 seconds in a 6-second Cooldown. The percentage damage is also very impactful, allowing your team to easily kill a target after you push it towards them. Remember that Righteous Hammer Icon Righteous Hammer does not need to be charged to get value out of this Talent, making it even more powerful.

Divine Favor Icon Divine Favor is not really needed, since the innate cooldown on Divine Purpose Icon Divine Purpose feels low enough already.

Holy Wrath Icon Holy Wrath's damage bonus is good. It allows Yrel to consistently (as long as she uses Basic Abilities) deal with Minion Waves but also nearby enemy Heroes. Since the bonus damage also applies to Structures, it makes her a pretty formidable Hero during pushes or while defending against one. However, Templar's Verdict is mostly too strong to be passed on. Holy Wrath still can be picked, but be aware that the counterpart is much more versatile and useful in fights.


Level 20 Talents for Yrel

Yrel Word of Glory ?
Word of Glory (Level 20) World of Warcraft Yrel

Increase the amount that Yrel heals from damage received from 50% to 75%. Ardent Defender heals nearby allied Heroes for 100% of the healing received by Yrel.

Yrel Hallowed Ground ?
Hallowed Ground (Level 20) World of Warcraft Yrel

Casting Avenging Wrath while inside Sacred Ground moves Sacred Ground to Yrel's location upon landing.

Yrel Bubble Hearth ✘︎
Bubble Hearth (Level 20) World of Warcraft Yrel
  • Cooldown: 80 seconds

After 1 second, Yrel becomes Invulnerable and casts Hearthstone. Cannot be canceled.

Yrel Seraphim
Seraphim (Level 20) World of Warcraft Yrel
  • Cooldown: 10 seconds

Activate to become Unstoppable for 2 seconds.



Word of Glory Icon Word of Glory can be good against much AoE damage, since you could easily protect your team with it. However, since Yrel gets easily punished by crowd control, it is recommended to go for Seraphim Icon Seraphim every game.

Hallowed Ground Icon Hallowed Ground is a good option at 20. However, be aware that Seraphim will be the better choice if you got Holy Avenger Icon Holy Avenger at level 7, since the unstoppable is necessary to be able to properly get value from that Talent.

Bubble Hearth Icon Bubble Hearth is a fun talent. Unfortunately, it offers very little value in most situations. Yrel needs to channel it for a short period of time and any Stun or Silence she receives during that channel will cause Bubble Hearth to get interrupted.

Seraphim Icon Seraphim basically nullifies all Yrel's counters. It can be used while channeling an Ability, making her unstoppable for 2 seconds. It should be the pick in all games. It also nullifies slows, roots, and blinds on her.



  • 11 Dec. 2022: Updated Level 7 Talents recommendations and discussions.
  • 09 Feb. 2022: Updated Builds and Talents after recent balance patch.
  • 26 Mar. 2021: Updated Talent recommendations.
  • 25 Jan. 2021: Updated Righteous Momentum's description and relevancy.
  • 30 Jul. 2020: Updated Builds and Talents to reflect Level 1 Talent changes.
  • 13 Apr. 2020: Updated Builds and Talent to better reflect current meta.
  • 12 Jul. 2019: Revised and overhauled Yrel's Talents and Builds in accordance with the latest Balance Update.
  • 28 Jun. 2018: Completely overhauled Yrel's talents section in accordance with the latest Balance Update.
  • 15 Jun. 2018: Changed Maraad's Insight from Not Recommended to Recommended.
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