Zeratul Talents

Last updated on Oct 11, 2019 at 18:00 by Oxygen 64 comments
General Information

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

1.

Zeratul's Talent Build

Level Choices
1 Greater Cleave Shadow Hunter Move Unseen ?
4 Rending Cleave Psionic Strength Darkness Descends
7 Wormhole ? Seeker in the Dark Warp Skirmisher ?
10 Might Of The Nerazim Void Prison
13 Shroud of Adun Mending Strikes Spell Shield
16 Master Warp-Blade ? Void Slash Sentenced to Death ?
20 Twilight Falls ? Gift of the Xel'Naga Nexus Blades Shadow Mending
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Zeratul's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Standard Build

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Level 1 Greater Cleave Icon
Level 4 Psionic Strength Icon
Level 7 Seeker in the Dark Icon
Level 10 Might Of The Nerazim Icon Void Prison Icon ?
Level 13 Mending Strikes Icon
Level 16 Void Slash Icon
Level 20 Twilight Falls Icon Shadow Mending Icon ?

This standard build provides a balanced mix of mobility, survivability, and damage, making it effective in most situations, although unspecialised. As a key Talent, Seeker in the Dark Icon Seeker in the Dark provides you with a very useful second ranged gap closer. This allows you to use Blink Icon Blink more liberally for escaping or repositioning.

Attack Build

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Level 1 Move Unseen Icon
Level 4 Psionic Strength Icon
Level 7 Warp Skirmisher Icon
Level 10 Might Of The Nerazim Icon Void Prison Icon ?
Level 13 Mending Strikes Icon
Level 16 Master Warp-Blade Icon
Level 20 Twilight Falls Icon

This specialised attack build provides superior single-target damage and offensive mobility at the cost of personal safety. As a key Talent, Warp Skirmisher Icon Warp Skirmisher makes it difficult for isolated enemies to escape you. This allows you to gank more aggressively and effectively hunt down squishy ranged Heroes such as Chromie, Jaina, Kael'thas, and Valla.

Combo Build

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Level 1 Greater Cleave Icon
Level 4 Psionic Strength Icon
Level 7 Wormhole Icon
Level 10 Void Prison Icon
Level 13 Mending Strikes Icon
Level 16 Void Slash Icon
Level 20 Shadow Mending Icon

This niche combo build provides superior crowd control at the cost of damage. As a key Talent, Void Prison Icon Void Prison gives you a clear purpose: to reliably set up for your teammates by disabling several opponents at once. This build is often used with allied Heroes that have powerful area of effect Abilities such as Diablo, Kel'Thuzad, and Gazlowe.

3.

Level 1 Talents for Zeratul

Zeratul Greater Cleave
Greater Cleave (Level 1) Starcraft Zeratul

Increases the radius of Cleave by 33%.

Zeratul Shadow Hunter
Shadow Hunter (Level 1) Starcraft Zeratul

Quest: Gather Regeneration Globes to lower the Mana cost of Blink by 3, up to 45.

Reward: Upon gathering 15 Regeneration Globes, Basic Attacks reduce the cooldown of Blink by 1.5 seconds.

Zeratul Move Unseen ?
Move Unseen (Level 1) Starcraft Zeratul

Reduce the cooldown of Permanent Cloak by 1 second. Gain 30% Movement Speed while Stealthed.

3.1.

Discussion

This Talent tier improves Zeratul's reach.

Greater Cleave Icon Greater Cleave allows Cleave Icon Cleave to hit opponents who are running directly away from Zeratul after a Basic Attack (which creates a gap between the two, putting the target out of range). Many kills can be secured this way, considering that Zeratul's basic rotation leaves many Heroes with a sliver of Health remaining. Further, Greater Cleave synergises well with both Psionic Strength Icon Psionic Strength and Void Slash Icon Void Slash by making it easier to Cleave several enemies at once.

Shadow Hunter Icon Shadow Hunter is in an odd place as a Talent because Blink Icon Blink is rarely on-Cooldown when Zeratul is in position to deliver sustained Basic Attacks. The Mana cost reduction clause is at best superficial as well. The Talent's Quest makes it inactive until the mid-game as well, making it even less appealing.

Move Unseen Icon Move Unseen may situationally improve Zeratul's survivability and capacity to harass Heroes without area of effect Abilities. It also has a small amount of synergy with Warp Skirmisher Icon Warp Skirmisher, as Stealthing 1 second faster may allow you to get an empowered Basic Attack where you would usually not.

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Level 4 Talents for Zeratul

Zeratul Rending Cleave
Rending Cleave (Level 4) Starcraft Zeratul

Cleave deals an additional 40% damage over 3 seconds.

Zeratul Psionic Strength
Psionic Strength (Level 4) Starcraft Zeratul

Dealing damage to enemy Heroes increases all damage dealt by 6% for 3 seconds, stacking up to 30%.

Zeratul Darkness Descends
Darkness Descends (Level 4) Starcraft Zeratul
  • Cooldown: 30 seconds

Activate to gain 40% Attack Speed for 5 seconds.

Passive: Gain 20% Attack Speed.

4.1.

Discussion

This Talent tier improves Zeratul's sustained damage output.

Rending Cleave Icon Rending Cleave is overshadowed completely by its Psionic Strength Icon Psionic Strength counterpart; 40% more damage on Cleave Icon Cleave alone ends up yielding less damage than a single stack of Psionic Strength, let alone five.

Psionic Strength Icon Psionic Strength provides an easy to use and reliable damage increase. Its main downside compared to the alternative Talents, however, is that it does not function in PvE. Still, its damage bonus is by far superior to said alternatives, making it the only reasonable option.

Darkness Descends Icon Darkness Descends requires sustained Basic Attacks to generate value. In general however, Psionic Strength Icon Psionic Strength will yield more overall damage.

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Level 7 Talents for Zeratul

Zeratul Wormhole ?
Wormhole (Level 7) Starcraft Zeratul

After 1.25 seconds, reactivate Blink to return to the point where it was cast from within 4 seconds.

Zeratul Seeker in the Dark
Seeker in the Dark (Level 7) Starcraft Zeratul

Singularity Spike takes 50% longer to explode. It can be reactivated to teleport to the target, granting 30% increased Move Speed for 3 seconds.

Zeratul Warp Skirmisher ?
Warp Skirmisher (Level 7) Starcraft Zeratul

Vorpal Blade gains a 2nd charge. Teleporting to an enemy with Vorpal Blade or entering Permanent Cloak causes Zeratul's next Basic Attack to deal 50% more damage.

5.1.

Discussion

This Talent tier improves Zeratul's mobility.

Wormhole Icon Wormhole competes with Seeker in the Dark Icon Seeker in the Dark as two of Zeratul's most important Talents. Individually, they each in essence serve to greatly improve Zeratul's combat mobility, though they do so slightly differently. Wormhole is generally more reliable than its counterpart as it does not require you to hit with Singularity Spike Icon Singularity Spike at the cost of being less flexible as you get one less gap closer to work with. It is generally picked along Cleave Icon Cleave-centric Talents to provide you with an easy way to go in and out.

Seeker in the Dark Icon Seeker in the Dark's main attraction point over Wormhole Icon Wormhole are the Movement Speed increase it provides and the added flexibility of being able to conserve Blink Icon Blink's Cooldown, as Seeker in the Dark acts as a second gap closer. However, Singularity Spike Icon Singularity Spike's skillshot nature makes it blockable by undesirable targets, or, at worst, missable. Still, Seeker in the Dark is generally considered the superior choice at higher levels of play due to the aforenoted flexibility it provides.

Warp Skirmisher Icon Warp Skirmisher is a highly aggressive Talent choice that makes Zeratul more or less inescapable for most if not all Heroes, on top of providing a notable Basic Attack damage increase. Although similar to in usage and easier to use than Seeker in the Dark Icon Seeker in the Dark, its main downside is that its Cooldown is significantly higher than that of the alternative Talent choices. Warp Skirmisher works well with Master Warp-Blade Icon Master Warp-Blade.

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Level 10 Talents for Zeratul

Zeratul Might Of The Nerazim
Might Of The Nerazim (Level 10) Starcraft Zeratul
  • Mana: 30
  • Cooldown: 20 seconds

Activate to cast an untalented version of Zeratul's most recently used Basic Ability, dealing 50% less damage.

Passive: After using an Ability, Zeratul's next Basic Attack within 6 seconds deals 30% more damage.

Zeratul Void Prison
Void Prison (Level 10) Starcraft Zeratul
  • Mana: 80
  • Cooldown: 100 seconds

Slows time in an area to a near standstill, placing allies and enemies in Time Stop for 5 seconds. Zeratul is not affected.

6.1.

Discussion

Might Of The Nerazim Icon Might Of The Nerazim is Zeratul's more selfish and offense-oriented Heroic Ability choice. It is generally chosen when you are unable to determine whether your teammates will be willing (or able) to cooperate with you for strong Void Prison Icon Void Prison plays. Might Of The Nerazim is also an excellent choice for bursting down a key target if the opposing team relies on a single squishy healer or Assassin.

Void Prison Icon Void Prison, we mentioned on the Abilities page, Void Prison Icon Void Prison is a powerful Heroic ability with a variety of uses. It can be used to catch fleeing enemies, setup combos, and even delay the capturing of Mercenary Camps, giving your team time contest the objective.

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Level 13 Talents for Zeratul

Zeratul Shroud of Adun
Shroud of Adun (Level 13) Starcraft Zeratul

Zeratul gains a Shield equal to 20% of his Maximum Health over 3 seconds while under Permanent Cloak.

Zeratul Mending Strikes
Mending Strikes (Level 13) Starcraft Zeratul

Basic Attacks heal for 35% of the damage dealt.

Zeratul Spell Shield
Spell Shield (Level 13) Starcraft Zeratul

Every 30 seconds, gain 50 Spell Armor against the next enemy Ability and subsequent Abilities for 3 seconds, reducing the damage taken by 50%.

Can be toggled to allow or prevent this talent from triggering automatically.

7.1.

Discussion

This Talent tier improves Zeratul's combat survivability.

Shroud of Adun Icon Shroud of Adun's automatic Shielding effect meshes well with Zeratul's in-and-out playstyle, in theory. It is, however, overshadowed by Mending Strikes Icon Mending Strikes's hefty healing effect.

Mending Strikes Icon Mending Strikes provides a massive amount of self sustain, allowing Zeratul to deal with Mercenary Camps with ease, and recuperate from most damage very quickly, granted there is something to beat up nearby. It also makes Zeratul unkillable in 1v1 situations by most Supports and certain Tanks as well. Mending Strikes works particularly well with Darkness Descends Icon Darkness Descends, Might Of The Nerazim Icon Might Of The Nerazim, and Master Warp-Blade Icon Master Warp-Blade.

Spell Shield Icon Spell Shield is overshadowed by its Mending Strikes Icon Mending Strikes counterpart. With his mobility, Zeratul is rarely in a situation where Spell damage is the main threat. If it is, work on predicting and avoiding skillshots.

8.

Level 16 Talents for Zeratul

Zeratul Master Warp-Blade ?
Master Warp-Blade (Level 16) Starcraft Zeratul

Every third consecutive Basic Attack against the same target deals 125% bonus damage.

Zeratul Void Slash
Void Slash (Level 16) Starcraft Zeratul

If Cleave hits more than one enemy Hero, it deals 40% increased damage and its cooldown is reduced by 3 seconds.

Zeratul Sentenced to Death ?
Sentenced to Death (Level 16) Starcraft Zeratul

Deal 25% increased damage to enemies while they are marked or Slowed by Singularity Spike.

8.1.

Discussion

This Talent tier significantly improves Zeratul's damage output.

Master Warp-Blade Icon Master Warp-Blade offers a reliable mean of increasing your damage output. Although Master Warp Blade offers less burst damage than its Sentenced to Death Icon Sentenced to Death alternative, it does allow Zeratul to very efficiently claim Mercenary Camps and generally deal PvE or Structural damage. This Talent is worth considering on Maps where Mercenary Camps are abundant, such as on Cursed Hollow and Garden of Terror. Master Warp Blade also works exceptionally well with Darkness Descends Icon Darkness Descends.

Void Slash Icon Void Slash has the potential of dealing a large amount of area of effect damage during teamfights. It is generally picked along Greater Cleave Icon Greater Cleave and Wormhole Icon Wormhole, which allows you to use Blink Icon Blink into several opponents to use Cleave Icon Cleave and then come out alive before they can react.

Sentenced to Death Icon Sentenced to Death has the potential of dealing more burst damage than Master Warp-Blade Icon Master Warp-Blade, at the cost of much sustained damage, and of having much less PvE flexibility. This Talent is situationally recommendable if your team relies on taking down a very specific targets to rip team fights away from opponents. When picked, it is generally done so along Seeker in the Dark Icon Seeker in the Dark, as the Singularity Spike Icon Singularity Spike duration increase allows you to get more damage out of the Talent. Pick only if your team is well coordinated.

9.

Level 20 Talents for Zeratul

Zeratul Twilight Falls ?
Twilight Falls (Level 20) Starcraft Zeratul

Might of the Nerazim resets the cooldown of all Basic Abilities.

Zeratul Gift of the Xel'Naga
Gift of the Xel'Naga (Level 20) Starcraft Zeratul

Allies are no longer affected by Void Prison, and enemies are slowed by 50% for 3 seconds once Void Prison ends.

Zeratul Nexus Blades
Nexus Blades (Level 20) Starcraft Zeratul

Basic Attacks deal 20% more damage and Slow enemy Movement Speed by 20% for 1 second.

Zeratul Shadow Mending
Shadow Mending (Level 20) Starcraft Zeratul

Heal for 60% of Spell Damage dealt to Heroes.

9.1.

Discussion

This Talent tier improves Zeratul's late-game options.

Twilight Falls Icon Twilight Falls is a fantastic Talent for Zeratul. Ideally, you want to use Twilight Falls immediately after you use all of your Basic Abilities to maximise its benefit. However, if you just need damage, you can simply use Might Of The Nerazim Icon Might Of The Nerazim to reset Cleave Icon Cleave and Singularity Spike Icon Singularity Spike. You can also use the Talent just to get a third use of Blink Icon Blink when trying to escape pursuers or chase particularly slippery Heroes. Note that the Abilities that you reset still have their full Mana cost; see to have enough to go through a second round.

Gift of the Xel'Naga Icon Gift of the Xel'Naga can be an effective tool to save allies, allowing Void Prison Icon Void Prison to be used directly on your allies, stopping enemies in their tracks. However, Void Prison can be just as effective if placed well, making this Talent unnecessary.

Nexus Blades Icon Nexus Blades is an alternative to Twilight Falls Icon Twilight Falls. Its main factor of appeal lies in the large sustained damage it provides, as well as in the respectable Movement Speed reduction effect. It is, however, much less flexible in terms of playmaking or dealing burst damage, which are ultimately more valuable.

Shadow Mending Icon Shadow Mending makes Zeratul exceptionally difficult to kill, let alone duelist without proper focus fire. If you are having difficulty surviving or simply cannot make the best out of Twilight Falls Icon Twilight Falls's Cooldown reset, Shadow Mending is an excellent choice.

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Changelog

  • 11 Oct. 2019: Talent builds and recommendations reviewed and updated.
  • 11 Feb. 2018: Talent builds and recommendations updated to better reflect metagame state.
  • 17 Dec. 2017: Talents fully updated to account for the Stealth and Zeratul rework patches.
  • 29 Apr. 2017: Rewrote Level 7 and 16 talent discussions.
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