Level Talent Name Description Cooldown
1 Fetid Touch Quest: Hit Heroes with Weighted Pustule. Reward: After hitting 15 Heroes, reduce the cooldown of Weighted Pustule by 2.5 seconds. Reward: After hitting 30 Heroes, reduce the cooldown of Weighted Pustule by an additional 2.5 seconds and remove its Mana cost.
1 Low Blow Lurking Arm deals 100% more damage to enemy Heroes below 30% Health.
1 Poppin' Pustules Detonating Weighted Pustule with Bio-Kill Switch within 1.5 seconds of its expiration increases its damage by 100% and applies its damage and Slow in an area.
1 Spine Launcher Basic Attacks become ranged and Slow enemies by 20% for 1.5 seconds, but deal 40% less damage.
4 Biotic Armor Healing Pathogen grants 15 Physical Armor to targets while active on them. Detonating Bio-Kill Switch increases this bonus by 35 for 2.5 seconds.
4 One Good Spread... After a Healing Pathogen infests 3 targets, restore 10 Mana and reduce the cooldown of Healing Pathogen by 2 seconds.
4 Vigorous Reuptake Bio-Kill Switch heals for 30% more when detonating 3 or more Healing Pathogens.
7 Growing Infestation Lurking Arm's area expands by 50% over 2.5 seconds, but it cannot be Channeled for longer than 4 seconds.
7 Targeted Excision Detonating exactly 1 Weighted Pustule (but any number of Healing Pathogens) with Bio-Kill Switch reduces the cooldown of Bio-Kill Switch to 5 seconds.
7 The Long Pitch Increase the range of Weighted Pustule by 50%. Detonating 2 or more Weighted Pustules causes Stukov's Bio-Kill Switch and Basic Ability cooldowns to recharge 100% faster for 3 seconds.
10 Flailing Swipe Swipe 3 times in front of Stukov over 1.75 seconds, dealing 48 (+4% per level) damage to enemies hit and knocking them away. Each swipe is larger than the previous. 80
10 Massive Shove Extend Stukov's arm. If it hits an enemy Hero, they are rapidly shoved until they collide with terrain, dealing 190 (+4% per level) damage and Stunning them for 0.5 seconds. Stukov gains 50 Armor while shoving an enemy. 20
13 It Hungers Increase the range of Lurking Arm by 20%. If Lurking Arm damages enemy Heroes 12 times, its cooldown is reset and its Mana cost is refunded.
13 Lingering Spines Lurking Arm persists for 1.5 seconds after it is canceled.
13 Reactive Ballistospores When taking damage below 50% Health, instantly spread a Weighted Pustule to all nearby enemy Heroes and reset the cooldown of Bio-Kill Switch. This effect has a 10 second cooldown.
13 Virulent Reaction Detonating a Weighted Pustule on an enemy who is inside of Lurking Arm Roots them for 2 seconds.
16 Pox Populi Bio-Kill Switch no longer removes Healing Pathogen but instead sets its duration to 3 seconds.
16 Superstrain Whenever an ally with Healing Pathogen is Stunned or Rooted, they are instantly healed for 250 (+4% per level) Health.
16 Universal Carrier Healing Pathogen can continually spread through Stukov, but its healing is reduced by 50%.
20 Bio-Explosion Switch Bio-Kill Switch now also detonates Lurking Arm, applying a Weighted Pustule to enemy Heroes inside and Silencing them for 2 seconds.
20 Controlled Chaos Flailing Swipe gains 2 additional charges, but each use only swings 1 time, at maximum range. Additionally, its cooldown is decreased to 30 seconds, and its Mana cost is reduced from 100 to 50.
20 Push Comes To Shove Massive Shove Slows its target by 50% for 4 seconds upon colliding with terrain. If Massive Shove pushes a target for more than 1.25 seconds, its cooldown is reduced by 15 seconds.
20 Top Off Healing Pathogen's heal over time is increased by 30% while its target is above 60% Health.
Shortcut Ability Name Description Cooldown Mana Cost
Q Healing Pathogen Infest an allied Hero with a Healing Pathogen that heals the target for 222 (+4% per level) Health over 4.5 seconds. Healing Pathogens can spread to a nearby allied Hero every 0.75 seconds. Each cast of Healing Pathogen can only spread to each allied Hero 1 time. 10 40
W Weighted Pustule Hurl a pustule that impacts all enemy Heroes in its path, dealing 20 (+4% per level) damage and Slowing by 5%, increasing to 50% over 3 seconds. Deals an additional 80 (+4% per level) damage upon expiring or being removed. 10 50
E Lurking Arm Channel at a target location, creating an area that deals 136 (+4% per level) damage per second to non-Structure enemies and Silences them. Deals 50% reduced damage to non-Heroes. Does not cost Mana while Channeling, and lasts until canceled or interrupted. 10 60
R Flailing Swipe Swipe 3 times in front of Stukov over 1.75 seconds, dealing 48 (+4% per level) damage to enemies hit and knocking them away. Each swipe is larger than the previous. 80 100
R Massive Shove Extend Stukov's arm. If it hits an enemy Hero, they are rapidly shoved until they collide with terrain, dealing 190 (+4% per level) damage and Stunning them for 0.5 seconds. Stukov gains 50 Armor while shoving an enemy. 20 50
D Bio-Kill Switch Activate to detonate all of Stukov's Viruses. Each Healing Pathogen heals its target for 450 (+4% per level) Health, and each Weighted Pustule does 100 (+4% per level) damage and Slows its target by 70% for 2 seconds. Can be cast while Channeling Lurking Arm. 16

Stukov

2018-11-13 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Stukov: Fixed an issue preventing Lurking Arm from revealing damaged targets if they were at the edge of its area of effect.

2018-10-10 Balance Update

Hero Updates

Talents

  • Level 13
    • It Hungers (E)
      • Required Heroes hit reduced from 15 to 12

2018-08-22 Balance Update

Hero Updates

Stats

  • Base Maximum Health increased from 1682 to 1765
  • Health Regeneration increased from 3.5 to 3.7
  • Basic Attack damage increased from 249 to 261

Talents

  • Level 4
    • Vigorous Reuptake (Trait)
      • Bonus Healing increased from 25 to 30%

2018-08-07 Patch Notes

Hero Updates

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Low Blow (E)
      • Moved from Level 13
      • Bonus damage reduced from 150 to 100%
    • Poppin' Pustules (D)
      • No longer has a Quest component
      • New functionality:
        • Detonating a Weighted Pustule within 1.5 seconds of it expiring increases its damage by 100% and applies its damage and slow in an area
      • Explosion radius reduced from 4.5 to 3.75
  • Level 4
    • Biotic Armor (Q)
      • Physical Armor reduced from 50 to 15
      • Now works on all targets that have Healing Pathogen
      • Additional Functionality:
        • Now also grants 50 Physical Armor for 2.5 seconds to targets who have Healing Pathogen when Bio-Kill Switch is detonated
    • Vigorous Reuptake (D)
      • No longer has a Quest component
      • New functionality:
        • Bio-Kill Switch's healing is increased by 25% if 3 or more targets have Healing Pathogen on them when Bio-Kill Switch is detonated
  • Level 7
    • Within My Reach (E)
      • Removed
    • The Long Pitch (W)
      • Bonus range reduced from 100 to 50%
      • Additional functionality:
        • Detonating 2 or more Weighted Pustules with a single cast of Bio-Kill Switch causes the cooldowns of non-Heroic abilities to recharge 100% faster for 3 seconds.
    • Growing Infestation (E)
      • Moved from Level 1
      • No longer increases the cooldown of Lurking Arm
      • New functionality:
        • Now reduces Lurking Arm's channel duration to 4 seconds
  • Level 13
    • It Hungers (E)
      • Moved from Level 7
      • New functionality:
        • Increase the range of Lurking Arm by 20%. If Lurking Arm hits enemy Heroes 15 times, reset its cooldown and refund its Mana cost
  • Level 20
    • Push Comes to Shove (R)
      • Speed bonus removed
      • Additional functionality:
        • After colliding with terrain, enemy Heroes are slowed by 50% for 4 seconds
    • Top Off (Q)
      • Moved from Level 4
      • Bonus healing reduced from 50% to 30%
      • Adjusted Functionality:
        • Increased healing is now applied to all targets that have Healing Pathogen

Developer Comment: In the same vein as our earlier changes to Kael'thas, we felt that Stukov could use some love in the talent diversity department. We've made a number of functionality changes that should open up new builds and play styles, particularly in his earlier talent tiers.

Bug Fixes

  • Stukov: Fixed an issue that could prevent Virulent Reaction from rooting targets if the Poppin Pustules talent was chosen.

2018-07-10 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Abilities: Fixed an issue in which certain Abilities, like Stukov's Lurking Arm, could be unintentionally canceled immediately after casting.
  • Stukov: Healing Pathogen's timer is no longer visually removed if the target becomes Polymorphed.

2018-06-12 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Stukov: Healing done by the Superstrain Talent no longer displays as “Unknown” in Death Recaps.

2018-06-06 Balance Update

Hero Updates

Abilities

  • Bio-Kill Switch (Trait)
    • Amount Healed after detonating a Healing Pathogen increased from 435 to 450.
  • Healing Pathogen (Q)
    • Healing per tick increased from 35 to 37.

2018-05-09 Balance Update

Hero Updates

Abilities

  • Bio-Kill Switch (Trait)
    • Healing reduced from 475 to 435.
  • Lurking Arm (E)
    • Cooldown increased from 8 to 10 seconds.

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Growing Infestation (E)
      • Additional cooldown duration increased from 4 to 5 seconds.
  • Level 4
    • One Good Spread (Q)
      • Mana restoration reduced from 30 to 10.
  • Level 7
    • It Hungers (E)
      • Mana restoration increased from 5 to 10.

Bug Fixes

  • Stukov: The It Hungers Talent no longer grants cooldown reduction to Lurking Arm if the Ability is cast without hitting any enemy Heroes.

2018-03-27 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Stukov: Will no longer become unresponsive after attempting to cast Lurking Arm behind the allied Hall of Storms.

2017-12-20 Balance Update

Hero Updates

Talents

  • Level 4
    • One Good Spread (Q)
      • Mana restoration reduced from 40 to 30

2017-11-29 Balance Update

Hero Updates

Abilities

  • Healing Pathogen (Q)
    • Heal amount reduced from 37 to 35
  • Lurking Arm (E)
    • Damage reduced from 36 to 34
  • Bio-kill Switch (D)
    • Heal amount reduced from 500 to 475
  • Flailing Swipe (R)
    • Damage reduced from 50 to 48
  • Massive Shove (R)
    • Damage reduced from 200 to 190

2017-11-14 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Garrosh: Stukov’s Weighted Pustule will no longer be removed from targets hit by Wrecking Ball or Into the Fray.
  • Stukov: Nazeebo will now correctly be pushed if he is hit by Massive Shove while channeling Ravenous Spirit.

2017-11-01 Balance Update

Hero Updates

Stats

  • Base Maximum Health increased from 1590 to 1682
  • Health regen increased from 3.31 to 3.5

2017-10-17 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Stukov: Abilities that move Heroes, like Alarak’s Telekinesis and Stiches’ Hook, no longer remove Weighted Pustule from the affected Hero.

2017-10-11 Balance Update

Hero Updates

Stats

  • Health reduced from 1682 to 1590
  • Health regen reduced from 3.5 to 3.31

Abilities

  • Healing Pathogen (Q)
    • Heal amount reduced from 40 to 37

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Spine Launcher (Passive)
      • Damage reduction increased from 30 to 40%
    • Poppin Pustules (D)
      • Added functionality:
        • Now increases the final damage of Weighted Pustule by 50%
  • Level 16
    • Superstrain (Q)
      • Added functionality:
        • Now also applies to targets who are Rooted while under the effect of Healing Pathogen
    • Universal Carrier (Q)
      • Heal reduction decreased from 60 to 50%
    • Eye Infection (W)
      • Removed

2017-09-26 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Stukov: Abilities that move Heroes, like Alarak’s Telekinesis and Stiches’ Hook, no longer remove Weighted Pustule from the affected Hero.

2017-09-20 Balance Update

Hero Updates

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Spine Launcher (Passive)
      • Basic Attack damage reduction decreased from 50 to 30%

2017-07-26 Balance Update

Hero Updates

Abilities

  • Healing Pathogen (Q)
    • Mana cost increased from 30 to 40
  • Flailing Swipe (R)
    • Pushback distance increased by 50%

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Spine Launcher (Passive)
      • Slow duration increased from 1 to 1.5 seconds (now matches his attack speed)
    • Fetid Touch (W)
      • Quest requirements reduced from 20 and 40 Heroes hit to 15 and 30
    • Growing Infestation (E)
      • Added functionality:
        • Now increases the Cooldown of Lurking Arm by 4 seconds
  • Level 4
    • One Good Spread… (Q)
      • Spreading requirement reduced from 4 to 3 Heroes
      • Mana refund increased from 30 to 40
    • Vigorous Reuptake (D)
      • Healing bonus reduced from 50 to 40%
  • Level 16
    • Pox Populi (D)
      • Adjusted functionality:
        • Detonating Bio-Kill Switch no longer refreshes heal duration, but instead sets the duration to 3 seconds
  • Level 20
    • Controlled Chaos (R)
      • Cooldown between casts reduced from 3 to 1 second
      • Cooldown for each charge reduced from 40 to 30 seconds
    • Push Comes to Shove (R)
      • Duration requirement reduced from 1.5 to 1.25 seconds

Bug Fixes

  • Stukov: Fixed a typo in the tooltip for Fetid Touch.
  • Stukov: Fixed an issue that could cause FPS to drop to 30 when targeting Lurking Arm.
  • Stukov: Massive Shove will no longer be cancelled when used on Sgt. Hammer while she is in Siege Mode.
  • Stukov: Stop, Hold Fire, Taunt, and Dance commands can no longer be issued while casting or channeling Lurking Arm.

2017-07-11 Patch Notes

New Hero

Alexei Stukov had a hard life, and an even harder death. He has been betrayed, shot into space, resurrected and infested, almost cured, and then experimented upon as the infestation returned. Now, his infestation spreads within the Nexus...

Trait

  • Bio-Kill Switch (D)
    • Activate to detonate all of Stukov's Viruses. Each Healing Pathogen heals its target, and each Weighted Pustule does damage and Slows its target by 70% for 2 seconds. Can be cast while Channeling Lurking Arm.

Basic Abilities

  • Healing Pathogen (Q)
    • Infest an allied Hero with a Healing Pathogen that heals the target for 240 Health over 4.5 seconds. Healing Pathogens can spread to a nearby allied Hero every 0.75 seconds, and a single Healing Pathogen can spread to each allied Hero 1 time.
  • Weighted Pustule (W)
    • Hurl a pustule that impacts all enemy Heroes in its path, dealing damage and Slowing by 5%, increasing to 50% over 3 seconds. Deals additional damage upon expiring or being removed.
  • Lurking Arm (E)
    • Channel at a target location, creating an area that Silences enemies inside and deals 144 damage per second to them. Deals 50% reduced damage to non-Heroes.Does not cost Mana while Channeling, and lasts until canceled or interrupted.

Heroic Abilities

  • Flailing Swipe (R)
    • Swipe 3 times in front of Stukov over 1.75 seconds, dealing damage to enemies hit and knocking them away. Each swipe is larger than the previous.
  • Massive Shove (R)
    • Extend Stukov's arm. If it hits an enemy Hero, they are rapidly shoved until they collide with terrain, taking damage. Stukov gains 50 Armor while shoving an enemy.