Level Talent Name Description
1 Enduring Swarm Dark Swarm grants 40 Spell Armor, reducing Ability damage taken by 40%.
1 Enhanced Agility Quest: Each time Dehaka collects 50 Essence, his Brushstalker Movement Speed bonus is permanently increased by 1.5%, up to 15%.
1 Primal Aggression Dark Swarm duration increased by 0.5 seconds and it deals 90% bonus damage to Minions and Mercenaries.
1 Tissue Regeneration Quest: Each time Dehaka collects 50 Essence, his Health Regeneration is permanently increased by 5, up to 50.
4 Hero Stalker Increases Essence gained from Takedowns by 100%.
4 Lurker Strain Emerging from Burrow grants Dehaka Stealth for 3 seconds and also knocks nearby enemies back, slowing them by 30% for 2 seconds.
4 One-Who-Collects Increases Essence collected from Minions by 50%.
7 Constriction Increases Drag duration by 0.5 seconds.
7 Essence Devourer Quest: Regeneration Globes grant 10 Essence and increases maximum Essence by 1, up to 10. Reward: After collecting 10, Regeneration Globes will instead grant 15 Essence.
7 Feeding Frenzy Basic Attacks reduce Drag's cooldown by 1.5 seconds.
7 Symbiosis Every time Dark Swarm damages an enemy Hero, reduce its cooldown by 0.4 seconds.
10 Adaptation After 4 seconds, heal for 100% of the damage Dehaka took over this period.
10 Isolation Launch biomass that hits the first enemy Hero dealing 200 (+4% per level) damage, silencing and slowing them 30% for 3 seconds. Only allows them to see a very short distance for 6 seconds.
13 Ferocious Stalker Brushstalker increases Dehaka's damage by 25% for 10 seconds.
13 Primal Swarm Dark Swarm causes enemies hit to lose 10 Armor for 0.75 seconds, causing them to take 10% extra damage.
13 Swift Pursuit Brushstalker's bush movement speed bonus now lasts for 3 seconds after leaving the bush.
16 Elongated Tongue Increase Drag range by 20%.
16 Paralyzing Enzymes Drag slows enemies by 50% for 2 seconds after it ends.
16 Tunneling Claws Dehaka can move while Burrowed.
20 Apex Predator Reduces Brushstalker's cooldown by 25 seconds and the cast time by 0.5 seconds.
20 Change Is Survival Increases Adaptation healing to 200% of the damage received and reduces the cooldown by 30 seconds.
20 Contagion Isolation hits all Heroes near the first target.
20 Essence Claws Dehaka's Basic Attacks slow the target by 20% for 1 second. If the target is a Hero, Dehaka gains 5 Essence.
Shortcut Ability Name Description
Q Drag Lash out with your tongue, dealing 160 (+4% per level) damage to the first enemy hit, stunning and dragging them with you for 1.75 seconds. If you are stunned or silenced while using Drag, the effect ends.
W Dark Swarm Deal 60 (+4% per level) damage a second to nearby enemies for 3 seconds, and become able to move through units. Deals double damage to Heroes. Can be cast during Drag and Burrow.
E Burrow Burrow into the ground, entering Stasis and becoming Invulnerable for 2 seconds.
R Isolation Launch biomass that hits the first enemy Hero dealing 200 (+4% per level) damage, silencing and slowing them 30% for 3 seconds. Only allows them to see a very short distance for 6 seconds.
R Adaptation After 4 seconds, heal for 100% of the damage Dehaka took over this period.
D Essence Collection Gain 10 Essence from Takedowns and 2 Essence from nearby Minions dying. Activate to consume all Essence and heal yourself for 29 (+4% per level) Health over 5 seconds for each Essence stored. Maximum of 50 Essence. Can be cast during Drag and Burrow.
Z Brushstalker Activate to burrow to a bush on the battleground. Passive: Gain 15% movement speed while in a bush and for 1 second after leaving.

Dehaka

2017-01-27 Balance Update

Bug Fixes

  • Dehaka: Bonus Essence granted by Regeneration Globes after completing the Essence Devourer quest will now properly grant credit toward Enhanced Agility and Tissue Regeneration quests.
  • Dehaka: Essence Devourer will now grant the intended amount of Essence per Regeneration Globe collected before and after completing its quest.

2017-01-06 Balance Update

Hero Updates

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Primal Aggression (W)
      • Bonus damage to Minions and Mercenaries reduced from 100 to 90%
  • ​​Level 7
    • Symbiosis (W)
      • Cooldown reduction per Hero hit decreased from 0.5 to 0.4 seconds
  • ​​Level 13
    • Primal Swarm (W)
      • Armor reduction after being hit by Dark Swarm decreased from -15 to -10

Bug Fixes

  • Dehaka: Fixed an issue that caused Dark Swarm to deal bonus damage to Monsters after learning Primal Aggression.
  • Dehaka: Fixed an issue that caused Dark Swarm to deal more damage than intended to Minions, and Mercenaries after learning Primal Aggression.

2016-12-20 Balance Update

Hero Updates

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Enhanced Agility (Trait)
      • Increased Quest reward per 50 Essence Stacks from 1 to 1.5% Movement Speed

Developer Comments: We couldn't be happier with the state that Dehaka is in, but we have heard the feedback on Enhanced Agility. While we feel it is still a bit too early to make any large changes to the talent, we are happy to bring the numbers up in order to give him Mounted Move Speed when this is fully unlocked.

Bug Fixes

  • Dehaka: The Essence Collection Ability tooltip now correctly lists a 5 second cooldown.
  • Dehaka: The Talent tooltip for Lurker Strain now correctly states that Stealth is granted upon emerging from Burrow.

2016-12-14 Patch Notes

Hero Updates

Abilities

  • Brushstalker (Trait)
    • Cooldown increased from 40 to 50 seconds
    • Functionality added:
      • Dehaka gains 15% Movement Speed while in a Bush and for 1 second after exiting a Bush
  • Essence Collection (Trait) (D)
    • Essence Collection will now be placed on a 5 second cooldown after activation
  • Burrow (E)
    • Functionality added:
      • Burrow can now be cancelled early by pressing the hotkey again
  • Adaptation (R)
    • Heal amount increased from 60 to 100% of incoming damage

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Enduring Swarm (W)
      • New functionality:
        • Dehaka takes 40% less damage from Abilities while Dark Swarm is active
    • Enhanced Agility (Trait)
      • New functionality:
        • Quest: For every 50 Essence you collect, increase your Brushstalker Movement Speed bonus by 1%. This can stack 10 times.
  • Level 4
    • Lurker Strain (E)
      • Functionality added:
        • Emerging from Burrow knocks away enemies and slows their Movement Speed by 30% for 2 seconds
    • Numbing Eruption (E)
      • Removed
    • Hero Stalker (Trait)
      • ​Bonus Essence gained from takedowns reduced from 150 to 100%
  • Level 13
    • Swift Pursuit (Z)
      • New Functionality:
        • Brushstalker’s Movement Speed duration after leaving a Bush is increased from 1 to 3 seconds
    • Ferocious Stalker (Z)
      • New Functionality:
        • After using Brushstalker, increase all damage Dehaka deals by 25% for 10 seconds
    • Whirling Dervish (W)
      • Removed
    • New Talent: Primal Swarm (W)
      • Enemies affected by Dark Swarm take 15% increased damage from all sources
  • Level 16
    • Rapid Regeneration (E)
      • Removed
    • New Talent: Tunneling Claws (E)
      • Dehaka can now move while Burrowed
  • Level 20
    • Change is Survival (R)
      • Heal amount increased from 125 to 200% of incoming damage
    • Hardened Shield (Active)
      • Removed
    • New Talent: Essence Claws (Passive)
      • Basic Attacks slow enemies by 20% for 1 second
      • Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes grant Dehaka 5 Essence

Developer Comments: We started doing some small changes to Dehaka’s talent tree in order to increase diversity and fix some talent pick issues. As is par for the course, this opened a rabbit-hole of design opportunities that we ended up falling into. While Dehaka’s changes were mostly complete before the BlizzCon Finals, his resurgence as a dark horse of competitive play helped us narrow down and finalize the rework. Base movement speed on Brushstalker helps meld his design while some brand new talents should open up some fun new ways to hunt your prey.

Level (Tier) DEHAKA TALENTS
1 (1) Enduring Swarm (W) Primal Aggression (W) (!) Enhanced Agility (Trait) (!) Tissue Regeneration (Trait)
4 (2) Lurker Strain (E) One-Who-Collects (Trait) Hero Stalker (Trait)
7 (3) Feeding Frenzy (Q) Constriction (Q) Symbiosis (W) (!) Essence Devourer (Trait)
10 (4) Isolation Adaptation
13 (5) Swift Pursuit (Z) Ferocious Stalker (Z) Primal Swarm (W)
16 (6) Paralyzing Enzymes (Q) Elongated Tongue (Q) Tunneling Claws (E)
20 (7) Contagion (R) Change is Survival (R) Apex Predator (Z) Essence Claws (Trait)
  • (!) indicates a Questing Talent.
  • Italic text indicates a NEW Talent.
  • Bold text indicates a MOVED Talent.

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.

2016-09-13 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Dehaka: Isolation’s parasite will no longer visually persist until death on a target that was simultaneously hit by Isolation and Chromie’s Time Trap.

2016-08-09 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Dehaka: Polymorph will no longer remove the effects of Dark Swarm.

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.

Hero Updates

Abilities

  • Adaptation (R)
    • Time before Heal activates reduced from 5 to 4 seconds

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Enduring Swarm (W)
      • Increased Spell Resistance from 25 to 50%
    • Primal Aggression (W)
      • Also increases the duration of Dark Swarm by 0.5 seconds
  • Level 7
    • Essence Devourer (Trait)
      • Added Quest:
        • Quest: Every Regen Globe collected increases maximum Essence by 1
        • Reward: Upon collecting 10 Regen Globes, increase the amount of Essence gained from Regen Globes from 10 to 15
  • Level 16
    • Rapid Regeneration (E)
      • Increased Heal amount from 76 to 90
  • Level 20
    • Change is Survival (R)
      • Also lowers the cooldown of Adaptation by 30 seconds in addition to its current functionality
    • Apex Predator (Z)
      • Decreased cooldown reduction from 30 to 25 seconds

Developer Comments: It took a lot of pressure to get the balance team to make some adjustments to Dehaka. With absolutely no changes since launch, we finally have a few tweaks to help bring up some struggling talents.

Bug Fixes

  • Dehaka: Drag will now properly interrupt Tychus if he is struck while attempting to cast Grenade.

2016-06-14 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Dehaka: Shift queuing a command to use Essence Collection will now correctly heal Dehaka.

2016-05-17 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Casting Dehaka’s Isolation on a summoned unit or Heroic pet, such as Misha, Gargantuan, or a Holo Decoy, will no longer also cause the Hero who owns that unit to lose allied vision.
    • Additionally, if one of The Lost Vikings or Chen’s Storm, Earth, Fire Spirits are hit by Isolation, only the affected unit will have reduced personal vision, but the player should retain allied vision.
    • Alternatively, if the only living Viking or Spirit is hit by Isolation, the player will have reduced personal vision and lose allied vision for Isolation’s full duration.

2016-04-19 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Dehaka’s Brushstalker will no longer be placed on cooldown if the target location is blocked by other units.
  • The graphic effects for Dehaka’s Isolation will no longer visually persist on the Battleground if it deals the killing blow to one of Nova’s Holo Decoys.

2016-03-29 Patch Notes

New Hero

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