Level Talent Name Description
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 Energizing Grasp Reduces the Mana cost of Primal Grasp by 75%.
1 Sharpened Blades Impaling Blades deals 25% more damage.
1 Siphoning Impact If the targeted enemy dies within 1.5 seconds, Kerrigan heals for 10% of her maximum Health.
4 Clean Kill If Ravage kills the target, it restores 75% of its Mana cost and increases the damage of your next Ravage by 25%.
4 Envenom Activate to poison an enemy Hero, dealing 352 (+4% per level) damage over 10 seconds.
4 Fury of the Swarm Your Basic Attacks splash for 60% damage around the target.
4 Psionic Pulse After casting Primal Grasp, deal 36 (+4% per level) damage per second to nearby enemies. Lasts 5 seconds.
7 Adaptation Ravage can be used to jump to allies, refunding 50% of the cooldown and 100% of the Mana cost.
7 Assimilation Mastery Increases the duration of Assimilation by 100%. While Assimilation is active, your Health and Mana regeneration is increased by 100%.
7 Blade Torrent Increases Impaling Blades' radius by 30%.
7 Bladed Momentum Basic Attacks reduce your Basic Ability cooldowns by 0.6 seconds.
10 Maelstrom Deals 74 (+4% per level) damage per second to nearby enemies. Lasts for 7 seconds.
10 Summon Ultralisk Summon an Ultralisk that attacks the target to deal 100 (+4% per level) damage. Attacks splash to nearby enemies for 50% damage. Can reactivate the Ability to retarget the Ultralisk. Lasts for 20 seconds.
13 Double Strike When your Basic Abilities damage an enemy, your next Basic Attack hits for 75% bonus damage.
13 Eviscerate Increases Ravage's range by 40%.
13 Queen's Rush Activate to increase your Movement Speed by 30% for 4 seconds. Queen's Rush is also applied for free on Takedowns.
16 Aggressive Defense Increases base Shield amount gained from Assimilation by 100%.
16 Essence for Essence Activate to deal 10% of target enemy Hero's Max Health and gain Assimilation Shields for twice that amount.
16 Overdrive Activate to increase Ability Power by 25% and Mana costs by 40% for 5 seconds.
20 Bolt of the Storm Activate to teleport to a nearby location.
20 Nexus Blades Basic Attacks deal 20% more damage and slow enemy Movement Speed by 20% for 1 second.
20 Omegastorm Maelstrom size increased by 25%. Amount of Assimilation Shields generated by Maelstrom increased by 100%.
20 Torrasque The Ultralisk morphs into an egg when it dies. If the egg isn't killed within 4 seconds, a new Ultralisk is born.
Shortcut Ability Name Description
Q Ravage Leap to a target, dealing 228 (+4% per level) damage. If the enemy dies within 1.5 seconds, this cooldown is instantly reset.
W Impaling Blades After 1.25 seconds, deal 251 (+4% per level) damage to enemies within the target area, stunning them for 1 second.
E Primal Grasp Pulls enemies within the target area towards you, dealing 110 (+4% per level) damage.
R Summon Ultralisk Summon an Ultralisk that attacks the target to deal 100 (+4% per level) damage. Attacks splash to nearby enemies for 50% damage. Can reactivate the Ability to retarget the Ultralisk. Lasts for 20 seconds.
R Maelstrom Deals 74 (+4% per level) damage per second to nearby enemies. Lasts for 7 seconds.
None Assimilation Gain 10% of damage dealt from Basic Attacks and Abilities as Shields for 6 seconds. Shield amount gained doubled against Heroes. Current maximum: 1004 (+4% per level)

Kerrigan

2017-05-16 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Kerrigan: Bladed Momentum will no longer grant cooldown reduction for secondary targets hit by Basic Attacks after learning Fury of the Storm.

2017-05-10 Balance Update

Bug Fixes

  • Kerrigan: Bladed Momentum will no longer grant cooldown reduction for secondary targets hit by Basic Attacks after learning Fury of the Storm.

2017-03-14 Patch Notes

Hero Updates

Abilities

  • Summon Ultralisk (R)
    • Cooldown increased from 70 to 80 seconds
    • Cooldown now also counts down while the Ultralisk is alive

Bug Fixes

  • Kerrigan: Fixed an issue in which Essence for Essence would always follow the player’s global Quick Cast settings.

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.
  • Kharazim: Will no longer automatically resume attacking enemies after using Radiant Dash to dive to an ally. This fix also applies to Illidan’s Friend or Foe and Kerrigan’s Adaptation Talents.

2016-09-13 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Kerrigan: Using the Overdrive Talent will no longer remove the Energizing Grasp Talent’s Mana cost reduction for Primal Grasp.

2016-08-09 Patch Notes

Hero Updates

Abilities

  • Maelstrom (R)
    • Damage per pulse decreased from 41 to 37

Talents

  • Level 4
    • Psionic Pulse (E)
      • Damage per pulse decreased from 20 to 18

Developer Comments: We are trying to be very careful with changes to Kerrigan, as we are excited to see her return to the spotlight. She is not too far off, but we wanted to lower her area-of-effect damage just a tiny bit.

Bug Fixes

  • Kerrigan: Assimilation will now properly grant Shields for splash damage dealt by Kerrigan’s Basic Attacks after learning Fury of the Swarm.

2016-07-27 Balance Update

Hero Updates

Stats

  • Base Health decreased from 1848 to 1680
  • Base Health Regeneration decreased from 3.95 to 3.64 per second

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Sharpened Blades (W)
      • Damage reduced from 30 to 25%
  • Level 4
    • Psionic Pulse (E)
      • Damage reduced from 24 to 20 per pulse
  • Level 7
    • Bladed Momentum (Passive)
      • Cooldown reduction per Basic Attack reduced from .75 to .6

Developer Comments: Our recent changes to the Queen of Blades had a much larger impact than we were expecting. Since her damage directly fuels her survivability, we feel like the additional Health increase pushed her a bit too far. We love that she feels more aggressive now and are happy to see her back in the mix of contested Heroes. By reverting her Health buffs and targeting a few over-performing talents we expect to see her come back in line.


2016-07-12 Patch Notes

Hero Updates

Stats

  • Base Health increased from 1680 to 1848
  • Health Regen increased from 3.5 to 3.8 per second
  • Base Attack damage increased from 109 to 120

Abilities

  • Ravage (Q)
    • Mana cost reduced from 50 to 40

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Siphoning Impact (Q)
      • Now only applies if the target is killed by Ravage
    • Sharpened Blades (W)
      • Damage increased from 20% to 30%
  • Level 4
    • Clean Kill (Q)
      • Mana refund reduced from 100% to 75%
      • Damage bonus increased from 20% to 25%
    • Fury of the Swarm (Passive)
      • Splash damage increased from 50% to 60%
    • Psionic Pulse (E)
      • Damage increased from 17 to 24
  • Level 7
    • Impaling Swarm (W)
      • Removed
    • Adaptation (Q)
      • Mana refund increased from 50% to 100%
    • Assimilation Mastery (Trait)
      • Now increases the duration of Assimilation Shields by 100% in addition to its current functionality
  • Level 13
    • Queen’s Rush (Active)
      • Movement Speed increased from 25% to 30%
      • Cooldown reduced from 75 to 50 seconds
    • Lingering Essence (Trait)
      • Removed
  • Level 16
    • Blade Torrent (W)
      • Moved to Level 7

Developer Comments: Kerrigan definitely has her place as a niche pick on a few Battlegrounds. While her win-rate is fairly healthy, she has become a bit of a one-trick-pony. We feel this is okay for some Heroes and makes for interesting draft implications, but we knew we wanted to make some tweaks to help even her out. We increased her base stats in order to offset the added restrictions we applied to her Ravage, and overall did a large number of tweaks to help level out her whole Talent Tree.


2016-05-25 Hotfix Patch

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue causing the tooltip for Kerrigan’s Fury of the Swarm ability to display an incorrect value.

2016-05-17 Patch Notes

Talents

Battle Momentum

  • Battle Momentum has been made Hero-specific, and now only applies to Basic Ability cooldowns.
  • Diablo
    • Diabolical Momentum
      • Basic Attacks now reduce Basic Ability cooldowns by 0.75 seconds instead of 0.5.
      • No longer reduces Heroic Ability cooldowns.
  • Johanna
    • Blessed Momentum
      • No longer reduces Heroic Ability cooldowns.
  • Kerrigan
    • Bladed Momentum
      • Basic Attacks now reduce Basic Ability cooldowns by 0.75 seconds instead of 0.5.
      • No longer reduces Heroic Ability cooldowns.
  • Tyrael
    • Angelic Momentum
      • Basic Attacks now reduce Basic Ability cooldowns by 0.75 seconds instead of 0.5.
      • No longer reduces Heroic Ability cooldowns.
  • Tyrande
    • Lunar Momentum
      • Basic Attacks now reduce Basic Ability cooldowns by 0.6 seconds instead of 0.5.
      • No longer reduces Heroic Ability cooldowns.
  • Zagara
    • Swarm Momentum
      • Basic Attacks now reduce Basic Ability cooldowns by 0.75 seconds instead of 0.5.
      • No longer reduces Heroic Ability or Trait cooldowns.

Developer Comments: Our intention for Battle Momentum was to create more active gameplay by using your Basic Abilities more often, but we found that a lot of this Talent’s power lied in its ability to reduce your Heroic cooldowns. We wanted to increase the cooldown reduction granted by the Talent, but didn’t want Heroic Ability cooldowns to drop to absurdly low levels. By making it only reduce the cooldowns of Basic Abilities (Q, W, E), it allowed us to increase this cooldown reduction without making it overpowered. We’ve also made Battle Momentum Hero-specific, so that we can tune each one without affecting all the rest, since Attack Speed, melee versus range, and the nature of your Basic Abilities can all drastically change what is balanced.

Hero Updates

  • Summon Ultralisk (R)
    • Cooldown reduced from 80 to 70 seconds.
  • Maelstrom (R)
    • Cooldown reduced from 100 to 90 seconds.

Developer Comments: We are hearing your feedback about Kerrigan. Although the changes this patch are very minor, we are full aware of the community’s support and enthusiasm for revitalizing the Queen of Blades. Although we don’t currently have any extensive changes planned for her, she is definitely on our radar and you can expect to see some more tweaks coming soon™.


2016-04-12 Balance Update

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue that prevented Kerrigan from casting Ravage on Earthbind Totem and several other summoned units.

2016-03-29 Patch Notes

Design & Gameplay

Hero Movement Interaction Unification

  • Several Abilities have been changed in an effort to unify their usage.
    • The following Abilities can now be used to move to invulnerable units:
      • Kerrigan — Ravage (Q)
      • Illidan — Dive (Q)
    • The following Abilities can now be used to travel to objects created by an enemy, such as Sgt. Hammer’s Spider Mines:
      • Kerrigan — Ravage (Q)
      • Lunara — Leaping Strike (R)
      • Illidan — Dive (Q)
      • Kharazim — Radiant Dash (Q)
      • Chen — Flying Kick (Q)

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

  • Ultralisk (R)
    • Attack damage increased from 91 (+4% per level) to 100 (+4% per level)
    • Torrasque (Talent)
      • Egg timed life decreased from 8 to 4 seconds
      • Egg Health decreased from 1095 (+4% per level) to 594 (+4% per level)

2016-02-02 Patch Notes

Design & Gameplay

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.

2015-11-17 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • The cooldown for Kerrigan’s Ravage will now be properly reset when it is used to destroy an enemy Structure.

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.

Bug Fixes

  • Kerrigan will no longer receive multiplicative bonuses to Shield generation after learning the Aggressive Defense and Omegastorm Talents.

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

Hero Updates

Developer Comments: These changes are intended as a slight buff overall, and to provide Kerrigan with more options. Her level 1 range increase talent was almost always picked, so we made that baseline. Several new talents and mana alterations should allow Kerrigan players to try out some Ravage and Trait based builds.

  • Seasoned Marksman (Talent) removed
  • Focused Attack (Talent) removed
  • Searing Attacks (Talent) removed
  • Sprint (Talent) removed
  • Blood for Blood (Talent) removed
  • New Talent (Level 13): Queen’s Rush
    • Activate to increase Movement Speed by 25% for 4 seconds. Hero Takedowns automatically activate this effect.
  • New Talent (Level 16): Essence for Essence
    • Activate to steal 10% of an enemy Hero’s Health, and gain twice that amount as Assimilation Shields
  • Assimilation (Trait)
    • Lingering Essence (Talent)
      • Assimilation Shield duration increased from 12 to 20 seconds
    • New Talent (Level 7): Assimilation Mastery
      • Increases Health and Mana Regneration by 100% while Assimilation Shields are active
  • Ravage (Q)
    • Damage increased from 50 (+20 per level) to 60 (+22 per level)
    • Mana cost decreased from 75 to 50
    • Clean Kill (Talent)
      • Now also increases the damage dealt by Kerrigan’s next Ravage by 20%
    • Adaptation (Talent)
      • Half of Ravage’s Mana cost is now refunded when jumping to an ally
    • Eviscerate (Talent)
      • Range bonus increased from 25% to 40%
  • Impaling Blades (W)
    • Mana cost increased from 60 to 75
  • Primal Grasp (E)
    • Range increased by 20%
    • Mana cost increased from 50 to 60
    • Cooldown increased from 8 to 10 seconds
    • Damage decreased from 50 (+13 per level) to 40 (+10 per level)
    • Sweeping Grasp (Talent) removed
    • Psionic Pulse (Talent)
      • Damage per second increased from 12 (+2.4 per level) to 15 (+3 per level)
    • New Talent (Level 1): Energizing Grasp
      • Refunds 10 Mana per enemy hit, up to a maximum of 60
  • Maelstrom (R)
    • Damage per second increased from 25 (+2.5 per level) to 30 (+3 per level)
    • Cooldown reduced from 120 to 100 seconds
    • Duration reduced from 9 to 7 seconds
  • Ultralisk (R)
    • Cooldown now begins once the Ultralisk is killed
    • Torrasque (Talent)
      • Ultralisk can now be reborn more than once, so long as the egg isn’t destroyed within 8 seconds of the Ultralisk’s death

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue in which certain movement-based Abilities, such as Kerrigan’s Ravage or Chen’s Flying Kick, could not target the Doubloon Chests on Blackheart’s Bay, or Plant Terror Overgrowths on Garden of Terror.
  • Kerrigan's Aggressive Defense Talent now correctly increases the Assimilation Shield amount gained from Basic Attacks and Abilities by 100% when paired with her Fury of the Swarm Talent.

2015-06-30 Patch Notes

Design & Gameplay

General

  • Several Abilities were unintentionally providing brief moments of Unstoppable behavior during use. The following Abilities no longer provide Unstoppable:
    • Chen -- Flying Kick (Q)
    • Falstad -- Barrel Roll (E)
    • Illidan -- Dive (Q)
    • Illidan -- Sweeping Strikes (with the Unbound talent) (W)
    • Kerrigan -- Ravage (Q)
  • A number of Hero Abilities were not intended to completely Stun enemy targets. In these cases, Stuns have been converted to Dazes, which act similarly, but will no longer interrupt Abilities that can be channeled while the Hero is moving.
    • For example: Dazing Valla will not stop her from channeling Strafe.
    • The following abilities will now Daze, rather than Stun, enemy Heroes:
      • Brightwing -- Emerald Wind (R)
      • Chen -- Wandering Keg (R)
      • E.T.C. -- Face Melt (W)
      • Falstad -- Mighty Gust (R)
      • Kerrigan -- Primal Grasp (E)
      • Raynor -- Penetrating Round (Q)
      • Sgt. Hammer -- Concussive Blast (W)
      • Tychus -- Frag Grenade (W)

Talents

Blood for Blood

  • No longer slows the target
  • Damage decreased from 15% to 10% of the target’s maximum Health
  • Heal amount increased from 100% to 200% of damage dealt

Envenom

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

Hero Updates

  • Ultralisk (R)
    • Can now be re-targeted after Kerrigan is killed

2015-05-12 Patch Notes

Talents

Focused Attack

  • Bonus to Basic Attack damage increased from 50% to 75%

2015-03-24 Patch Notes

Talents

Blood for Blood

  • This Talent has received a visual update. It should now be much easier to identify both the target and caster of Blood for Blood.

Hero Updates

  • Ultralisk (R)
    • Ultralisk controls now mirror Jaina's Water Elemental.
      • Press R and click the terrain to issue a Move command.
      • Press R and click a unit to issue an Attack command on that target.

2015-02-10 Patch Notes

New Level 20 Talents

Nexus Blades

  • Provides 20% increased Attack Damage, and Basic Attacks slow enemies by 20% for 1 second
  • Found on the following Heroes:
    • Illidan, Kerrigan, Sonya, Thrall, Tyrael, Zeratul

Hero Updates

  • Executioner (Talent) removed
  • Ravage (Q)
    • Siphoning Impact (Talent)
      • Heal amount increased from 5% to 10% of maximum Health
  • Impaling Blades (W)
    • Starting damage decreased from 125 to 110
    • Scaling damage increased from 20 to 22
  • Primal Grasp (E)
    • Psionic Pulse (Talent)
      • Base damage tick increased from 3 to 6
      • Scaling damage tick increased from .65 to 1.2

Bug Fixes

  • Kerrigan’s Ultralisk can now properly walk through uncollected Doubloons on Blackheart’s Bay.

2015-01-13 Patch Notes

Hero Updates

  • Ultralisk (R)
    • The Ultralisk can now be re-targeted using the “R” key.
    • Torrasque (Talent)
      • This talent has been reworked. Duration and Health increases have been removed.
      • The Torrasque now morphs into an egg when it dies or expires. If the egg is not killed within a short time, a new Torrasque is spawned. This effect can only occur once.

Bug Fixes

  • Bolt of the Storm and Zeratul’s Blink can no longer be cast while rooted.
  • Kerrigan’s Assimilation Trait now appropriately grants Shields for damage dealt by her Psionic Pulse Talent.

2014-12-02 Patch Notes

Talents

Searing Attacks

  • While active, Basic Attacks will now display “Crit!” floating text on impact

Bug Fixes

  • Kerrigan's Primal Grasp will no longer occasionally fail to pull Mercenaries.

2014-10-07 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Kerrigan can no longer become invulnerable for the duration of her Assimilation Shield buff after landing the killing blow on an enemy Tyrael or Uther.

2014-09-10 Patch Notes

Talents

Seasoned Marksman

  • No longer requires last hits to gain stacks
  • Now only requires the player be in proximity when enemy Minions or Heroes are killed
  • One stack is earned per Minion kill, and two stacks per enemy Hero kill
  • Six stacks permanently add +1 to Basic Attack damage

Hero Updates

  • Impale (W)
    • Blade Torrent (Talent)
      • Radius increase has been reduced from 50% to 30%
  • Primal Grasp (E)
    • Search arc decreased from 70 to 35 degrees​

Bug Fixes

  • Heroes are no longer automatically dismounted when attempting to cast Envenom on a target that is out of range.
  • Kerrigan’s Ultralisk no longer ignores the barrier created by Sonya’s Arreat Crater Heroic Ability.

2014-07-23 Patch Notes

Talents

Block

  • Has been moved from Level 7 to Level 1

New Talent (Level 1): Seasoned Marksman

  • Grants +1 Basic Attack Damage permanently for every 5 Minions killed.
  • This effect stacks.
  • Only Minions damaged by Basic Attacks within moments of their death will count toward this bonus.

Overdrive

  • Has been moved from Level 13 to Level 16

With the addition of Artifacts, the following generic Talents have been removed:

  • Minion Killer
  • Path of the Assassin
  • Path of the Warrior
  • Path of the Wizard

Hero Updates

  • Assimilation (Trait)
    • New Talent (Level 16): Aggressive Defense
      • Increases shield amounts generated by using Basic Abilities from 20% to 30%
  • Ravage (Q)
    • Clean Kill (Talent)
      • Moved from Level 7 to Level 4
      • Mana refund increased from 75% to 100% if the target is killed by Ravage
    • New Talent (Level 7): Adaptation
      • Ravage can now be used to jump to allies (does not deal damage.)
      • Using Ravage on an ally reduces its cooldown duration by 50%.

2014-06-25 Patch Notes

Talents

Searing Attacks

  • Mana cost reduced from 20 to 15 per Basic Attack.

Hero Updates

  • Assimilation (Trait)
    • Shield percentage reduced from 20% to 10% on Abilities
  • Impaling Blades
    • Impaling Swarm (Talent)
      • Zergling count reduced from 3 to 2
      • Zergling speed increased from 3 to 5
  • Maelstrom
    • Duration reduced from 12 to 9 seconds

Bug Fixes

  • Kerrigan clones created by Abathur’s Ultimate Evolution Heroic Ability will now correctly gain Shields granted by Kerrigan’s Assimilation Trait.

2014-05-22 Patch Notes

Talents

Executioner

  • Damage bonus decreased from 50% to 40%

Focused Attack

  • Base cooldown has been increased from 5 to 10 seconds.
  • Each basic attack reduces this cooldown by 1 second.

Bug Fixes

  • Searing Attacks no longer drains mana for each target hit by attacks that cleave.

2014-04-15 Patch Notes

Hero Updates

  • Ultralisk Movement Speed increased from 4.5 to 5.

Bug Fixes

  • The Blood for Blood Talent can no longer target summoned Grave Golems on the Haunted Mines.

2014-03-25 Hotfix Patch

Talents

  • Focused Attack talent bonus to Basic Attack damage increased from +30% to +50%