Level Talent Name Description
1 Abattoir Decreases the amount of Fresh Meat lost on death from 10 to 5. Once the Fresh Meat Quest is completed, Heroes continue to drop Meat that grants Attack Damage. This bonus Meat is not lost on death.
1 Block Every 5 seconds, gain 75 Physical Armor against the next enemy Hero Basic Attack, reducing the damage taken by 75%. Stores up to 2 charges.
1 Chop Meat Increases Hamstring damage by 100% to Minions and Mercenaries.
1 Invigoration If Hamstring hits a Hero, half of the Mana cost is refunded and the cooldown is reduced by 1 second.
4 Cheap Shot Hamstring does 100% more damage to targets affected by a Slow, Root, or Stun.
4 Flail Axe Increases the length of Hamstring by 40%.
4 Unrelenting Pursuit Reduces the cooldown of Ruthless Onslaught by 33% upon impact.
7 Insatiable Blade Increases Butcher's Brand's healing from 75% to 100% of Physical damage dealt. While facing the branded enemy, The Butcher's Movement Speed is increased by 20%.
7 Meat Shield When Ruthless Onslaught impacts an enemy Hero, The Butcher gains 50 Spell Armor for 2.5 seconds, reducing Ability Damage taken by 50%.
7 Victuals Every time a nearby enemy minion dies, The Butcher heals 4% of his maximum health.
10 Furnace Blast After a 3 second delay, fire explodes around The Butcher dealing 500 (+4% per level) damage to enemies. Can be cast while using Ruthless Onslaught.
10 Lamb to the Slaughter Throw a hitching post that attaches to the nearest enemy Hero after a 1 second delay. This deals 171 (+4% per level) damage and causes the enemy to be chained to the post and Silenced for 3 seconds.
13 Brutal Strike After using Hamstring, The Butcher's next 3 Basic Attacks within 5 seconds deal an additional 15% damage.
13 Cleaver Basic Attacks deal 35% of The Butcher's Basic Attack Damage in an area around the target.
13 Savage Charge Ruthless Onslaught deals bonus damage to Heroes equal to 10% of their maximum Health.
16 Blood Frenzy Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes grant 5% increased Attack and Movement Speed for 3 seconds, up to 25%.
16 Crippling Slam Hamstring's slow no longer fades out, and the duration is increased by 25%.
16 Enraged Receiving damage that reduces The Butcher below 50% of his maximum Health causes him to become Enraged for 10 seconds, gaining 40% Attack Speed and 25 Armor, reducing damage taken by 25%.
20 Bolt of the Storm Activate to teleport to a nearby location.
20 Fires of Hell Furnace Blast explodes a second time 3 seconds after the initial explosion.
20 Nexus Blades Basic Attacks deal 20% more damage and slow enemy Movement Speed by 20% for 1 second.
20 Slaughterhouse Lamb to the Slaughter now chains all enemy Heroes in range.
Shortcut Ability Name Description
Q Hamstring Deal 110 (+4% per level) damage and slow enemies by 50% fading over 2 seconds. Your next Basic Attack will strike immediately.
W Butcher's Brand Deal 37 (+4% per level) damage to an enemy and cause your Basic Attacks against them to heal you for 75% of the damage done. Healing doubled versus Heroes. Lasts 4 seconds. Your Basic Attacks against a branded Hero increase the duration by 0.5 seconds.
E Ruthless Onslaught Charge at an enemy, becoming Unstoppable and gaining Movement Speed. If you reach the target, they are stunned for 1 second and take 119 (+4% per level) damage.
R Lamb to the Slaughter Throw a hitching post that attaches to the nearest enemy Hero after a 1 second delay. This deals 171 (+4% per level) damage and causes the enemy to be chained to the post and Silenced for 3 seconds.
R Furnace Blast After a 3 second delay, fire explodes around The Butcher dealing 500 (+4% per level) damage to enemies. Can be cast while using Ruthless Onslaught.
None Fresh Meat Quest: Nearby Minions drop 1 Fresh Meat and Heroes drop 5 Fresh Meat when they die. You can pick up Fresh Meat to gain 1 Attack Damage per Meat. Can hold up to 125 Meat. You drop up to 10 Fresh Meat upon dying. Reward: After acquiring 125 pieces of Fresh Meat, gain an additional 100 Attack Damage and 25% increased Attack Speed. You also no longer lose Fresh Meat on death.

Butcher

2017-04-25 2.0 Launch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • The Butcher: Butcher’s Brand visual effects will no longer persist on a Punisher until it is killed.
  • The Butcher: Victuals will no longer stop functioning after completing Fresh Meat’s quest.
  • The Butcher: Will now properly receive Healing for Basic Attack damage dealt to a Punisher affected by Butcher’s Brand.

2017-04-04 Patch Notes

Hero Updates

Abilities

  • Fresh Meat (Trait)
    • Hold ALT and click the Fresh Meat Ability icon to notify allies of The Butcher's current number of Meat stacks.

2017-02-14 Patch Notes

Hero Updates

Abilities

  • Butcher's Brand (W)
    • Casting animation has been sped up by roughly 33%. This should reduce instances of canceling this ability by rapidly issuing other commands.

2016-10-18 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Damage Reduction: When two damage reduction effects, such as Resistant (25%) and Hardened Shield (75%), are simultaneously applied to a Hero, the larger effect will no longer be overridden by the lesser effect.
  • The Butcher: Hamstring will now correctly deal bonus damage to non-Heroic targets after learning the Cheap Shot Talent.

2016-09-27 Patch Notes

Hero Updates

Abilities

  • Furnace Blast (R)
    • Cooldown reduced from 80 to 60 seconds

2016-09-13 Patch Notes

Hero Updates

Stats

  • Basic Attack damage reduced from 169 to 140

Abilities

  • Fresh Meat (Trait)
    • New functionality:
      • Quest: Nearby Minions drop 1 Fresh Meat and Heroes drop 5 Fresh Meat when they die. You can pick up Fresh Meat to gain 1 Basic Attack damage per Meat. Can hold up to 125 Meat. You drop up to 10 Fresh Meat upon dying.
      • Reward: After acquiring 125 pieces of Fresh Meat, gain and additional 100 Basic Attack damage and 25% increased Attack Speed. You also no longer lose Fresh Meat on death.
  • Hamstring (Q)
    • Mana cost reduced from 50 to 40
  • Butcher’s Brand (W)
    • Base duration decreased from 5 to 4 seconds
    • Mana cost increased from 60 to 65
    • Added functionality:
      • Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes affected by Butcher’s Brand will increase the duration by .5 seconds
  • Ruthless Onslaught (E)
    • Slightly reduced the time between The Butcher hitting his target and his first Basic Attack

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Victuals
      • New functionality:
        • Every time a nearby Minion dies, regain 4% of maximum Health.
      • Moved to level 7
  • Level 4
    • Envenom (Active)
      • Removed
  • Level 7
    • Final Assault (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Abattoir (Trait)
      • Decreased the reduced amount of Meat lost on death from 10 to 5. Once you complete the Fresh Meat quest, Heroes will continue to drop Meat. This bonus Meat is not lost on death.
      • Moved to Level 1
    • Insatiable Blade (W)
      • Reduced the amount of bonus healing gained from 125 to 100%
      • New functionality:
        • While an enemy is affected by Butcher’s Brand, you move 20% faster towards them
    • New Talent: Meat Shield (E)
      • Hitting an enemy Hero with Ruthless Onslaught grants Spell Shield, reducing damage from enemy spells by 50% for 2.5 seconds
  • Level 13
    • Burning Rage (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Crave Flesh (Passive)
      • Removed
    • Spell Shield (Passive)
      • Removed
    • New Talent: Cleaver (Passive)
      • Basic Attacks deal 35% of your Basic Attack damage to nearby enemies.
    • Brutal Strikes (Q)
      • New Functionality:
        • After using Hamstring, your next 3 Basic Attacks within 5 seconds deal an additional 15% bonus damage.
  • Level 16
    • Blood Frenzy (Passive)
      • New Functionality:
        • Basic Attacks against enemy heroes increase your Basic Attack and Movement Speed by 5% for 3 seconds. Stacks up to 5 times.
    • Enraged (Passive)
      • No longer reduces the duration of disabling effects by 75%
      • Added functionality:
        • Now provides Resistant, reducing all damage taken by 25% for the duration of Enraged.

Developer Comments: We’ve redefined The Butcher to have a more unique role as a powerful late-game hero who feeds on the flesh of his victims via his Fresh Meat Trait. His early game is weaker than before, but if he can complete his quest he will become an incredibly potent force that the enemy team must answer. We had a ton of fun testing him, and hope you all enjoy the new Butcher!

The Butcher Talents

Level (Tier)
1 (1) Invigoration (Q) Block (Passive) Chop Meat (Q) Abattoir (Trait)
4 (2) Flail Axe (Q) Unrelenting Pursuit (E) Cheap Shot (Q)
7 (3) Insatiable Blade (W) Victuals (Passive) NEW: Meat Shield (E)
10 (4) Furnace Blast (R) Lamb to the Slaughter (R)
13 (5) NEW: Cleaver (Passive) Savage Charge (E) Brutal Strike (Q)
16 (6) Crippling Slam (Q) Enraged (Passive) Blood Frenzy (Passive)
20 (7) Fires of Hell (R) Slaughterhouse (R) Nexus Blades (Passive) Bolt of the Storm (Active)
  • (!) indicates a Questing Talent.
  • Italic text indicates a NEW Talent.
  • Bold text indicates a MOVED Talent.

2016-07-12 Patch Notes

Talents

Relentless

  • Relentless and similar Hero-specific Talents will now only reduce the duration of Slows, Stuns and Roots. Silence effects will no longer be reduced by this talent.

Developer Comments: With an increasing number of CC effects entering the Nexus we found ourselves constantly asking ourselves “Should Relentless work against this?” which quickly turned into a rabbit hole of ‘what-ifs’ and ‘how comes’. We agreed that the talent was going to continue to become stronger as we moved forward and decided to limit the number of effects that it can reduce.


2016-06-14 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • The Butcher: Hamstring now deals the correct amount of damage to Heroic targets when both the Cheap Shot and Chop Meat talents are selected.
  • The Butcher: The cooldown of the Enraged talent now accurately matches the tooltip at 25 seconds.

2016-04-27 Balance Update

Hero Updates

  • Enraged (Talent)
    • Cooldown reduced from 30 to 25 seconds.
  • Hamstring (Q)
    • Chop Meat (Talent)
      • Bonus damage to Minions and Mercenaries increased from 50% to 100%.
  • Butcher’s Brand (W)
    • Insatiable Blade (Talent)
      • Bonus Healing from Basic Attacks increased from 25% to 50%.
  • Ruthless Onslaught (E)
    • Cooldown reduced from 20 to 15 seconds.
    • Mana cost from 75 to 55.
    • Unrelenting Pursuit (Talent)
      • Cooldown reduction decreased from 40% to 33%.
  • Furnace Blast (R)
    • Cooldown reduced from 90 to 80 seconds.
    • Damage increased from 456 (+4% per level) to 500 (+4% per level).

Developer Comments: There are a lot of ways for enemy teams to shut down our favorite meat-cleaving demon friend. We want to give him some more opportunities to engage enemies by reducing the cooldown of Ruthless Onslaught, which we feel is appropriate since he puts himself at risk when diving opponents. While taking a look, we saw an opportunity to buff up some of his weaker Talents, which should make him feel more compelling to play.


2016-03-29 Patch Notes

Talents

Block

  • Damage reduction increased from 50% to 75%

Developer Comments: We want to improve counter-pick talents like Block that are meant to be strong against certain hero types. We’re hoping that these kinds of Talents will have a more meaningful impact in games in which they are picked, and that there are more situations where the enemy team’s composition drives intelligent Talent choices.

Other effects similar to Block have been evaluated on a case-by-case basis for all Heroes, with some gaining increased Block damage reduction, while others stayed at 50%.

Hero Updates

  • Lamb to the Slaughter (R)
    • Targets affected by Lamb to the Slaughter are now Silenced for the Ability’s duration
    • Duration reduced from 4 to 3 seconds
    • Lamb to the Slaughter’s chain and Silence effects will now be removed if the target becomes Invulnerable or Unstoppable
    • Cooldown increased from 60 to 90 seconds

Developer Comments: As you might have noticed from our numerous Lamb to the Slaughter changes over the past year, we have been trying to create rule-sets that make this Heroic work the way we envisioned it. Every time we solved one problem, another one would pop up. After many long discussions about the proper use-cases and our intended design, we decided to make this ability a little bit meaner toward the intended target, while still allowing some counter-play through Talents and abilities that grant Unstoppable.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug affecting Stitches and The Butcher that could cause performance issues under certain circumstances.

2016-02-02 Patch Notes

Design & Gameplay

Battleground Monsters

  • Battleground-specific creatures are now universally defined as Monsters (ex: Neutral Garden Terrors, Sky Temple Guardians, etc.)
  • Several Talents and Abilities have been changed to reflect this new categorization, and the following no longer affect Monsters:
    • Mercenary Lord
    • Johanna's Knight Takes Pawn
    • Lunara's Cruel Bloom
    • Rexxar's Easy Prey and Bird of Prey
    • The Butcher's Chop Meat
  • The following now affect Monsters:
    • Anub'arak's Beetle, Juiced
    • Azmodan's Demonic Smite
  • Several Talents that could previously trigger against both captured Mercenaries and Minions will now only affect Minions (ex: Seasoned Marksman, Black Soulstone, etc.)

General

  • Damage dealt by splash and cleave attacks will no longer trigger effects that would otherwise require a direct attack to trigger (ex: Block, Spell Shield, Imposing Presence, etc.)

Talents

Block

  • Block charges are now tracked in the buff bar next to the Hero portrait, and a timer has been added to show the time remaining until a new charge is generated.

Hero Updates

  • Lamb to the Slaughter (R)
    • Invulnerability and Unstoppable now suppress the chain effect, rather than remove it
    • Stasis effects no longer remove the chain
    • Enemy Heroes affected by Lamb to the Slaughter can no longer enter the Dragon Knight, Garden Terror, or Lt. Morales’ Medivac, and Tyrael can no longer cast Judgment

Developer Comments: We really like what Lamb to the Slaughter brings to The Butcher’s kit, but felt there were too many hard counters to it. These changes should help make The Butcher’s target feel more like they should when bound to a stake: scared and helpless.


2015-12-21 Hotfix Patch

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue that could grant a significant cooldown reduction for The Butcher’s Ruthless Onslaught.

2015-11-17 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • The visual effects for Butcher’s Brand will no longer persist on a target that is protected from death by Kharazim’s Divine Palm.

2015-10-06 Patch Notes

Design & Gameplay

Summoned Unit Attacks

  • Summoned unit Basic Attacks will now miss if that Summon is Blinded or the target is Evading.
  • Summoned unit Basic Attacks will no longer consume Block Talent stacks.

Hero Updates

  • Ruthless Onslaught (E)
    • Savage Charge (Talent)
      • Bonus damage changed from 15% of the target’s current Health to 10% of the target’s maximum Health
  • Lamb to the Slaughter (R)
    • New art has been added that will better indicate which players are affected by Lamb to the Slaughter

Developer Comments: We’d like to avoid ‘current Health’ for the Savage Charge Talent, as what players get out of this can vary wildly. Using Savage Charge against a low Health target could net less than a Basic Attack, so the damage will be much more consistent with this change.

Bug Fixes

  • Falstad’s Hinterland Blast will no longer be placed on reduced cooldown when it is successfully cast at the same moment that Falstad is stunned by The Butcher’s Ruthless Onslaught.
  • The Butcher will no longer stop his Ruthless Onslaught charge if Abathur's Ultimate Evolution clone charges the target first.

2015-08-26 Hotfix Patch

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue that could allow the player a limited amount of control over The Butcher’s movement while using Ruthless Onslaught.

2015-08-18 Patch Notes

Talents

Bolt of the Storm

Developer Comments: We love this talent and think it can create a lot of really interesting moments, but the cooldown was just too short. At 70 seconds we think this talent is still a great level 20 pick, but now players will have to be more strategic with how they use it. Forcing someone to use their Bolt to avoid a gank can now be a meaningful moment with this increased cooldown. We hope this also entices players towards choosing their Heroic upgrades instead of Bolt when the situation calls for it.

  • Cooldown increased from 40 to 70 seconds

Bug Fixes

  • Heroes that are struck by Tyrael’s Judgment and another knockback effect, such as The Butcher’s Ruthless Onslaught, in rapid succession will no longer be pushed farther than intended.
  • Ruthless Onslaught will no longer cause The Butcher to continue searching for the target even after losing vision of that Hero.
  • The Butcher’s Savage Charge Talent will now properly apply its damage bonus when using Ruthless Onslaught on an enemy Hero that has less than 50% Health remaining.

2015-06-30 Patch Notes

New Hero

  • Butcher has been added to Heroes of the Storm and is now available for play!

Talents

Envenom

  • Duration increased from 5 to 10 seconds, but damage has not been changed

Spell Shield

  • Duration increased from 2 to 3 seconds