Level Talent Name Description Cooldown
1 Death's Reach Increase Wraith Strike's range by 35%.
1 Fear the Reaper Activate to increase Movement Speed by 25% and pass through other units for 4 seconds. 25
1 On a Pale Horse Gain an additional 20% Movement Speed while mounted.
4 Black Harvest Quest: Apply Reaper's Mark to Heroes for a total of 180 seconds. Reward: Permanently increase Reaper's Mark's duration by 2 seconds.
4 Die Alone Soul Rip deals 50% more damage to Heroes if it hits only one Hero.
4 Throwing Shade Quest: Hit 15 Heroes with Death Shroud. Reward: Permanently increase Death Shroud's range by 33%, reduce its cooldown by 3.75 seconds, and reduce its Mana cost from 50 to 25.
7 Cold Hand Soul Rip Slows enemies by 20% for 2.5 seconds.
7 Massacre Wraith Strike now damages and applies Reaper's Mark to enemies around its target.
7 Touch of Death Activate to reduce healing received by Heroes afflicted by Reaper's Mark by 50% for 4 seconds. 25
10 Last Rites Apply a death sentence to an enemy Hero that, after 2 seconds, deals damage equal to 50% of their missing Health. Quest: Enemies killed between the application of Last Rites and within 1.5 seconds of it dealing damage permanently reduce its cooldown by 5 seconds, to a minimum of 15 seconds. 65
10 Tormented Souls Unleash a torrent of souls, continually applying Reaper's Mark to nearby enemies for 4 seconds. 80
13 Ethereal Existence Gain 10 Physical Armor per enemy Hero afflicted by Reaper's Mark, up to a maximum of 30.
13 Inevitable End Activate to become Unstoppable for 2 seconds, but remove all active Reaper's Marks. 20
13 Shroud of Wisdom After 2 seconds, gain 50 Spell Armor for 4 seconds. 30
13 Soul Siphon Increase Soul Rip's bonus healing from Heroes to 4.75% of the Hero's maximum Health.
16 Memento Mori Reaper's Mark deals 80% increased damage after afflicting an enemy for more than 4 seconds.
16 Mortality When damaging a Hero, Wraith Strike deals bonus damage equal to 6% of the Hero's maximum Health.
16 Soul Collector Reduce Soul Rip's cooldown by 0.5 seconds and increase its range by 25%.
20 Angel of Death Last Rites heals for 100% of the damage dealt, and its current and future cooldown reduction bonuses are doubled.
20 Final Curtain Death Shroud leaves a trail in its wake for 4 seconds, applying Reaper's Mark to enemies in its area.
20 No One Can Stop Death Activate while dead to immediately respawn at the Altar but increase Malthael's next respawn time by 25%. 180
20 Reaper of Souls Increase Tormented Souls' duration by 2 seconds. While Tormented Souls is active, Hero Takedowns refresh the duration.
Shortcut Ability Name Description Cooldown Mana Cost
Q Soul Rip Extract the souls of nearby enemies afflicted by Reaper's Mark, dealing 100 (+4% per level) damage and healing Malthael for 25 (+4% per level) per target hit. Heroic targets heal Malthael for an additional 4% of the Hero's maximum Health. 2 25
W Wraith Strike Instantly teleport through an enemy afflicted by Reaper's Mark, dealing 59 (+4% per level) damage and refreshing Reaper's Mark. 5 30
E Death Shroud After 0.25 seconds, unleash a wave of dark mist that applies Reaper's Mark to enemies it hits. 8 50
R Tormented Souls Unleash a torrent of souls, continually applying Reaper's Mark to nearby enemies for 4 seconds. 80 100
R Last Rites Apply a death sentence to an enemy Hero that, after 2 seconds, deals damage equal to 50% of their missing Health. Quest: Enemies killed between the application of Last Rites and within 1.5 seconds of it dealing damage permanently reduce its cooldown by 5 seconds, to a minimum of 15 seconds. 65 100
None Reaper's Mark Basic Attacks afflict non-Structure targets with Reaper's Mark for 4 seconds. Marked enemies are revealed and take damage equal to 1.75% of their maximum Health every 1 second.

Malthael

2018-07-10 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Malthael: Fear the Reaper's icon art in the buff bar now correctly matches its icon art in the Talent pane.

2018-04-11 Balance Update

Bug Fixes

  • Malthael: After learning Black Harvest, quest progress indicators now correctly appear every second while a target is affected by Reaper’s Mark.

2018-03-27 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Malthael: Reaper's Mark visual effects will no longer persist if the target is killed just before Reaper’s Mark is applied.

2018-03-21 Balance Update

Bug Fixes

  • Malthael: Fixed an issue with the size of Death Shroud’s area of effect.

2018-02-21 Balance Update

Hero Updates

Abilities

  • Soul Rip (Q)
    • Mana cost increased from 20 to 25
    • Healing reduced from 36 to 25 per target hit
    • Healing from Heroic targets increased from 3% to 4% of the Hero’s maximum Health
  • Tormented Souls (R)
    • Cooldown reduced from 100 to 80 seconds

Talents

  • Level 4
    • Die Alone (Q)
      • Damage bonus reduced from 75% to 50%
  • Level 13
    • Soul Siphon (Q) Undocumented
      • Bonus healing from Heroic targets increased from 3.75% to 4.75% of the Hero's maximum Health
  • Level 16
    • Soul Collector (Q)
      • Bonus range reduced from 50% to 25%

Developer Comment: Malthael was designed to be powerful in the solo lane, but his dominance in the game’s early laning phase was unrivaled. We’re reducing this by making him heal less when Soul Ripping Minions, but increasing his Hero-only healing so that he can still keep himself alive in late-game team fights. We’re also reducing the power of Die Alone and increasing his Mana tension to taper some of his early game power. By increasing Soul Rip’s Mana usage, we’re also reducing some of the power Malthael had when double-soaking lanes (especially when combined with On a Pale Horse), as he tends to use Soul Rip twice as often when doing so. The overall goal is to reduce the power of a few particularly dominating builds, while making sure that he still feels powerful past the early game.


2018-02-14 Hotfix Patch

Bug Fixes

  • Genji: Fixed an issue preventing certain cleave attacks, such as Malthael’s Basic Attacks and Xul’s Cursed Strikes, from removing stacks of Genji’s Dodge.

2018-02-06 Patch Notes

Hero Updates

Stats

  • Basic Attacks now cleave in a radius of 3.25 in an arc in front of Malthael
  • Damage reduced from 117 to 82

Abilities

  • Soul Rip (Q)
    • Healing reduced from 44 to 36 per enemy hit
  • Death’s Shroud (E)
    • Width increased from 2.25 to 3
  • Reaper's Mark (Trait)
    • Damage reduced from 2% to 1.75% of an enemy's maximum Health
  • Tormented Souls (R)
    • No longer applies Armor to Malthael
  • Last Rites (R)
    • Cooldown reduced from 75 to 65 seconds
    • Malthael can now also gain Quest credit if the enemy Hero dies within 1.5 seconds of Last Rites damage
    • Range increased from 4 to 5

Talents

  • Level 4
    • Die Alone (Q)
      • This now once again applies bonus damage if only 1 Hero is marked, even if multiple other non-Heroes are also marked
    • Throwing Shade (E)
      • Reduced the hits needed to complete the quest from 20 to 15
    • Black Harvest (Trait)
      • Quest completion requirement increased from 150 to 180 seconds
  • Level 7
    • Massacre (W)
      • Moved from Level 16 to Level 7
    • Touch of Death (Active)
      • Cooldown reduced from 30 to 25 seconds
  • Level 13
    • Soul Siphon (Q)
      • Reduced the healing from 4% to 3.75% versus Heroes
    • Ethereal Existence (Trait)
      • Maximum Physical Armor reduced from 40 to 30
  • Level 16
    • Mortality (W)
      • Moved from Level 7 to Level 16
      • Damage increased from 4 to 6% of an enemy Hero's maximum Health
  • Level 20
    • Reaper of Souls (R)
      • Bonus duration increased from 1 to 2 seconds.
      • Hero Takedowns will now reset the duration instead of increasing it by 4 seconds

Developer Comment: Malthael, while powerful, has relied heavily on Tormented Souls to apply his Reaper's Mark during team fights. By making his Basic Attacks cleave and increasing the usability of Death's Shroud, we're providing more ways to him to apply his Mark to multiple enemies. Not only does this increase his survivability and damage without relying solely on Tormented Souls, it also gives him more options to use Wraith Strike. We've also sought to increase the usability of Last Rites to make it a more enticing Heroic option. Lastly, the ability to apply Reaper's Mark reliably makes it much more powerful, so we've adjusted the tuning of its damage and associated Talents.


2017-11-14 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Malthael: Movement Speed bonus visual effects will now correctly appear if Malthael learns On a Pale Horse while mounted.

2017-10-11 Balance Update

Hero Updates

Abilities

  • Reaper’s Mark (Trait)
    • Damage reduced from 2.25 to 2% of enemy Hero maximum Health

2017-07-11 Patch Notes

Hero Updates

Abilities

  • Reaper’s Mark (Trait)
    • Damage reduced from 2.5% to 2.25%
  • Tormented Souls (R)
    • Armor reduced from 20 to 10

Talents

  • Level 13
    • Ethereal Existence (Trait)
      • Maximum Physical Armor reduced from 50 to 40

2017-06-28 Balance Update

Hero Updates

Abilities

  • Tormented Souls (R)
    • Cooldown increased from 80 to 100 seconds

Talents

  • Level 4
    • Throwing Shade (E)
      • Cooldown reduction increased from 2 to 4 seconds
      • Added functionality:
        • Now also reduces the Mana cost of Death Shroud on quest completion from 50 to 25
  • Level 13
    • Ethereal Existence (Trait)
      • Armor reduced from 15 to 10 per Hero hit
      • Maximum Armor bonus increased from 45 to 50
    • Inevitable End (Active)
      • Cooldown reduced from 30 to 20 seconds
  • Level 16
    • Memento Mori (Trait)
      • Damage bonus reduced from 100% to 80%
  • Level 20
    • Reaper of Souls (R)
      • Added functionality:
        • Now passively increases the duration of Tormented Souls by 1 second

Developer Comment: Death has arrived, and he’s definitely doing his job (somewhat too well). His winrate has climbed a lot faster (and higher) than anticipated, so the majority of these changes are nerfs. In particular, there was really powerful synergy between Trait focused Talent choices and Tormented Souls. We think that by reducing the power of each individual part, it will bring this angel down to Earth.


2017-06-13 Patch Notes

New Hero

Once the Aspect of Wisdom, Malthael abandoned heaven after the Worldstone’s destruction. In secret, he had resolved to end the Eternal Conflict by becoming a Reaper of Souls and eliminating everything affected by demonic corruption, including humanity.

Trait

  • Reaper’s Mark
    • Basic Attacks afflict non-Structure targets with Reaper’s Mark for 4 seconds. Marked enemies are revealed and take damage equal to 2.5% of their maximum Health every second.

Basic Abilities

  • Soul Rip (Q)
    • Extract the souls of nearby enemies afflicted with Reaper’s Mark, dealing damage and Healing Malthael for a portion of the damage dealt to each target hit.
    • Heroic targets heal Malthael for an additional 3% of the Hero’s maximum Health.
  • Wraith Strike (W)
    • Instantly teleport through an enemy afflicted by Reaper’s Mark, dealing damage and refreshing Reaper’s Mark.
  • Death Shroud (E)
    • After 0.25 seconds, unleash a wave of dark mist that applies Reaper’s Mark to the enemies it hits.

Heroic Abilities

  • Tormented Strike (R)
    • Gain 20 Armor and unleash a torrent of souls, continually applying Reaper’s Mark to enemies for 4 seconds.
  • Last Rites (R)
    • Apply a death sentence to an enemy Hero that, after 2 seconds, deals damage equal to 50% of their missing Health.
    • (!) Repeatable Quest: Enemies killed while under the effect of Last Rites permanently reduce its cooldown by 5 seconds, to a minimum of 15 seconds.