Level Talent Name Description
1 Dreadful Wake Increases the effect of Black Arrow on Minions and Mercenaries to 7 seconds. Restores 5 Mana per Minion or Mercenary hit.
1 Mercenary Queen Friendly non-Boss Mercenaries near you deal 60% more damage.
1 Overflowing Quiver When a nearby enemy Minion dies, a free Withering Fire is shot. This cannot hit Heroes.
4 Lost Soul Reduce Shadow Dagger's cooldown by 1.25 seconds each time it spreads to a Hero.
4 With the Wind Increases Withering Fire's range by 25%.
4 Withering Barrage Increase Withering Fire charges by 1. Charges can be fired 33% faster.
7 Barbed Shot Withering Fire deals 200% bonus damage to Minions, Mercenaries, and Monsters.
7 Possession Force an enemy Minion to fight for you. 3 charges.
7 Unstable Poison Minions that die under the effects of Black Arrows explode, dealing 116 (+4% per level) damage to nearby enemies. Does not damage Heroes or Structures.
10 Mind Control After a 1 second cast, take control of an enemy Hero's movement and prevent them from doing anything else. Channel lasts 2.5 seconds.
10 Wailing Arrow Shoot an arrow that can be reactivated to deal 228 (+4% per level) damage and silence enemies in an area making them unable to use Abilities for 2.5 seconds. The arrow detonates automatically when it reaches maximum range.
13 Life Drain Shadow Dagger heals you for 37 (+4% per level) each time it spreads to an enemy.
13 Spell Shield Every 30 seconds, gain 50 Spell Armor against the next enemy Ability and subsequent Abilities for 1.5 seconds, reducing the damage taken by 50%. Can be toggled to allow or prevent this talent from triggering automatically.
13 Will of the Forsaken Activate to become Unstoppable and gain 40% Movement Speed for 3 seconds.
13 Windrunner Teleporting with Haunting Wave fully recharges your Withering Fire. Haunting Wave can be cast a second time for free within 5 seconds after teleporting.
16 Cold Embrace Shadow Dagger lowers the Armor of the initial enemy by 25 for 2 seconds, causing them to take 25% more damage.
16 Evasive Fire When you hit an enemy with Withering Fire, gain 10% Movement Speed for 2 seconds, stacking up to 30%.
16 Overwhelming Affliction Black Arrows now also applies to Heroes, slowing their Movement Speed by 6% for the duration. Stacks up to 5 times.
16 Remorseless After using an Ability, your next Basic Attack within 3 seconds deals 40% additional damage.
20 Bolt of the Storm Activate to teleport to a nearby location.
20 Dark Lady's Call Mind Controlled enemies gain 100% Movement Speed for the duration.
20 Deafening Blast Enemies at the center of Wailing Arrow's explosion take 50% more damage and are silenced for twice as long.
20 Fury of the Storm Every 5 seconds, your next Basic Attack will deal an additional 91 (+4% per level) damage to the target, and 228 (+4% per level) damage to all nearby Minions, Mercenaries, and Monsters.
Shortcut Ability Name Description
Q Withering Fire Shoot the closest enemy for 48 (+4% per level) damage, preferring Heroes. Stores 5 charges. Gain 1 charge on nearby enemy Minion or Mercenary deaths, and 3 charges on nearby enemy Hero deaths.
W Shadow Dagger Deals 37 (+4% per level) damage and an additional 148 (+4% per level) damage over 2 seconds to target unit. The effect spreads to nearby targets.
E Haunting Wave Send forth a wave of banshees dealing 114 (+4% per level) damage to all targets. Reactivate to teleport to the banshees' location.
R Wailing Arrow Shoot an arrow that can be reactivated to deal 228 (+4% per level) damage and silence enemies in an area making them unable to use Abilities for 2.5 seconds. The arrow detonates automatically when it reaches maximum range.
R Mind Control After a 1 second cast, take control of an enemy Hero's movement and prevent them from doing anything else. Channel lasts 2.5 seconds.
None Black Arrows Basic Attacks and Abilities stun Minions, Mercenaries, and Structures for 1 second.

Sylvanas

2017-01-04 Patch Notes

Hero Updates

Abilities

  • Mind Control (R)
    • Cast range increased from 10 to 11
    • Cooldown decreased from 70 to 60 seconds

Talents

  • Level 1
    • Paralysis (Trait)
      • Removed
    • New Talent: Dreadful Wake (E)
      • Haunting Wave now disables Minions and Mercenaries for 7 seconds
      • Restores 5 Mana per minion hit by Haunting Wave
  • Level 7
    • Possession (Active)
      • Cooldown per charge decreased from 12 to 8 seconds
  • Level 13
    • Will of the Forsaken (Active)
      • Movement speed increased from 30 to 40%

Developer Comments: With the reintroduction of Haunted Mines, we wanted to take a look at Sylvanas and her ability to disable structures. While we feel this is a very important aspect of who Sylvanas is, the Paralysis talent at level 1 pushed this gameplay a little too far. Beyond that, we introduced a new level 1 talent to fill this spot and made some tuning changes to some of her under-performing talents.


2016-11-15 Patch Notes

Hero Updates

Talents

  • Level 7
    • Possession (Active)
      • Can now be used on Catapult Minions

Bug Fixes

  • Spell Shield: A cooldown timer will now properly appear when Spell Shield’s effects are triggered in the same moment that the Talent was activated.

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.
  • Sylvanas: The Death Recap tooltip for Wailing Arrow now correctly displays the Ability’s description.

2016-09-13 Patch Notes

Talents

Spell Shield (Passive)

  • Added functionality:
    • Spell Shield can now be toggled on or off to allow for better control of which Abilities you want to mitigate

2016-08-09 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Sylvanas: Mind Control’s visual effects will no longer stretch across the Battleground, and Sylvanas will no longer attempt to chase Gul'dan if he uses Teleport to Demonic Circle during Mind Control’s casting time.
  • Sylvanas: Possession can no longer be cast on Doubloon Chests.

2016-07-12 Patch Notes

Hero Updates

Talents

  • Level 13
    • Windrunner (E)
      • A 0.5 second cooldown time has been added to prevent accidental casting of the second Haunting Wave

Bug Fixes

  • Executioner: This Talent will no longer deal bonus damage to Structures affected by Sylvanas’ Black Arrow.

2016-06-14 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Sylvanas and Xul: Fixed an issue that made Xul uncontrollable if Sylvanas and Xul cast Mind Control and Bone Prison on each other.

2016-04-19 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue that could cause Mind Contol’s graphic effects to persist until death when two Sylvanas players simultaneously cast Mind Control on one another.
  • Fixed an issue that could remove Mind Control’s graphic effects when cast on another Sylvanas that was already using Mind Control on an enemy Hero.
  • Sylvanas’ Mind Control will now properly cancel Abilities that are being channeled by the target, such as E.T.C.’s Mosh Pit and Li Li’s Jug of 1,000 Cups.

2016-03-29 Patch Notes

Hero Updates

  • This Hero has received significant Talent changes
  • Basic Attack damage increased from 74 (+4% per level) to 85 (+4% per level)
  • Corruption (Talent) removed
  • Envenom (Talent) removed
  • Blood for Blood (Talent) removed
  • Will of the Forsaken (Talent) moved from Level 16 to Level 13
  • Remorseless (Talent) moved from Level 7 to Level 16
    • Damage bonus increased from 25% to 40%
  • New Talent (Level 7): Possession
    • Turn the allegiance of a non-Catapult enemy Minion. Stores up to 3 charges
  • Black Arrows (Trait)
    • Paralysis (Talent) moved from Level 4 to Level 1
      • Duration bonus reduced from 100% to 75%
    • Unstable Poison (Talent)
      • Explosion damage no longer affects Heroes or Structures
    • Overwhelming Affliction (Talent) moved from Level 13 to Level 16
      • Slow amount per stack increased from 5% to 6%
    • New Talent (Level 1): Mercenary Queen
      • Nearby non-Boss, allied Mercenaries deal 50% more damage
  • Withering Fire (Q)
    • Damage increased from 39 (+4% per level) to 48 (+4% per level)
    • Splinter Shot (Talent) removed
    • With the Wind (Talent) moved from Level 1 to Level 4
    • Barbed Shot (Talent) moved from Level 1 to Level 7
    • Evasive Fire (Talent) moved from Level 13 to Level 16
    • Overflowing Quiver (Talent)
      • This Talent’s functionality has changed
      • Now releases a free Withering Fire shot whenever a nearby enemy Minion dies. The free shot can only hit non-Heroic targets
    • New Talent (level 4): Withering Barrage
      • Gain an additional charge of Withering Fire, and charges fire 33% faster.
  • Shadow Dagger (W)
    • Life Drain (Talent) moved from Level 7 to Level 13
    • Lost Soul (Talent) moved from Level 1 to Level 4
      • This Talent’s functionality has changed
      • Now reduces the cooldown of Shadow Dagger by 1.25 seconds for each enemy Hero hit
    • Cold Embrace (Talent)
      • This Talent’s functionality has changed
      • No longer reduces Shadow Dagger’s range
      • Only the initial Shadow Dagger target becomes Vulnerable
  • Haunting Wave (E)
    • Ranger’s Ambush (Talent) removed
    • Shade Form (Talent) removed
    • Windrunner (Talent) moved from Level 16 to Level 13
      • Withering Fire charges now refill after teleporting
      • The duration in which Haunting Wave can be cast a second time for free has been increased from 2 to 5 seconds
  • New Heroic (R): Mind Control
    • After channeling for 1 second, gain control of an enemy Hero’s movement for 2.5 seconds
    • Dark Lady’s Call (Talent)
      • This Talent’s functionality has changed and now affects Mind Control
      • Now increases target’s Movement Speed by 100%

Developer Comments: We started these changes off by looking for a more exciting Heroic ability for Sylvanas. After many iterations, we think we finally found something that can compete with Wailing Arrow. We’re excited to bring Mind Control to the Nexus, which will allow Sylvanas to ruin an enemy’s positioning while possibly sacrificing her own to do so.

Given its gravity, this change quickly led us down the rabbit hole of trying to fix her Talent pick-rates, so we took the opportunity to look into those while applying some of our newer Talent tree design philosophies. After the dust had settled, we realized our changes were going to remove a bit of the damage offered by her popular build paths, so we decided to increase her Basic Attack and Withering Fire damage to help even things out.

Sylvanas Talents

Level (Tier)
1 (1) Overflowing Quiver (Q) Paralysis (Trait) Mercenary Queen
4 (2) Withering Barrage (Q) With the Wind (Q) Lost Soul (W)
7 (3) Barbed Shot (Q) Unstable Poison (Trait) Possession
10 (4) Wailing Arrow (R) Mind Control (R)
13 (5) Life Drain (W) Windrunner (E) Will of the Forsaken Spell Shield
16 (6) Evasive Fire (Q) Cold Embrace (W) Overwhelming Affliction Remorseless
20 (7) Deafening Blast (R) Dark Lady's Call (R) Fury of the Storm Bolt of the Storm
  • Italics indicates a NEW Talent
  • Bold indicates a MOVED Talent

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.)

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

  • Mercenary Lord (Talent) removed

Bug Fixes

  • Battlefield of Eternity Minions affected by Sylvanas’ Possession will now properly grant vision to the controlling team.
  • Enemy Heroes within a Dragon Knight or Garden Terror will no longer become unresponsive if that vehicle is killed by Sylvanas’ Unstable Poison.
  • Minions affected by Sylvanas’ Possession will no longer occasionally appear to attack one another.

2015-06-30 Patch Notes

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

Spell Shield

  • Duration increased from 2 to 3 seconds

Hero Updates

  • Black Arrows (Trait)
    • Unstable Poison (Talent)
      • Players can no longer be damaged by multiple instances of Unstable Affliction that are inflicted at the same time
  • Possession (R)
    • Possession’s functionality has been reworked
    • Possession now has 7 charges, with a 12 second recharge time
    • Converting a normal Minion consumes 1 charge, and Catapults consume 5 charges
    • Minions affected by Possession no longer gain bonus Health
    • Dark Lady’s Call (Talent) has been reworked
      • Now increases the maximum number of charges by 3, and decreases the recharge time by 4 seconds
      • Converting enemy Mercenaries costs 5 charges
  • Wailing Arrow (R)
    • Damage decreased from 200 (+20 per level) to 140 (+18 per level)

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue that could cause Sylvanas’ Wailing Arrow to unintentionally be placed on reduced cooldown under certain circumstances.

2015-05-12 Patch Notes

Hero Updates

  • New Talent (Level 7): Remorseless
    • After using an Ability, the next Basic Attack within 3 seconds deals 25% additional damage.
    • This is a Sylvanas-specific replacement for the Follow Through Talent.

Bug Fixes

  • Sylvanas can no longer cast a second Haunting Wave after the Windrunner Talent’s timer has expired.
  • Sylvanas' Wailing Arrow Heroic Ability is now properly placed on a reduced cooldown if it becomes interrupted during its casting time.

2015-03-24 Patch Notes

New Hero

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

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.

Bug Fixes

  • Casting Sylvanas’ Shadow Dagger on Rehgar will no longer cancel his Ghost Wolf form.