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Abathur is a specialist hero from the StarCraft franchise. Abathur uses his high mobility to move quickly about the battlefield and infest his allies, allowing him to use his abilities from inside them while remaining safe. Though he's strong inside an ally, Abathur is weak alone and has very little ability to fight on his own.

Background Edit

Abathur, the Evolution Master of Kerrigan's Swarm, works ceaselessly to improve the zerg from the genetic level up. His hate for chaos and imperfection almost rivals his hatred of pronouns.

Abilities Edit

For ability and trait patch changes, see Abathur/Patch changes.


Symbiote (Q)
Cooldown: 4 seconds

Assist another allied Unit or Combat Structure, allowing you to shield them and use new Abilities.Cannot be used on another Hero's Summons.

Toxic Nest (W)
Cooldown: 10 seconds

Charge Spawn a mine that becomes active after a short time. Deals 50 (+15 per level) damage and reveals the enemy for 4 seconds. Lasts 90 seconds.

Deep Tunnel (Z)
Cooldown: 30 seconds

Quickly tunnel to a visible location.

Symbiosis AbilitiesEdit

While using this ability, Abathur is an immobile inactive cocoon while part of him "possesses" an allied hero. Abathur's player can use these abilities from the location of the possessed hero.

Stab (Q) [Skillshot]
Cooldown: 3 seconds

Shoots a spike towards target area that deals 55.5 (+9.5 per level) damage to the first enemy it contacts.

Spike Burst (W)
Cooldown: 6 seconds

Deals 42 (+10 per level) damage to nearby enemies.

Carapace (E)
Cooldown: 12 seconds

Shields the assisted ally for 148 (+8 per level). Lasts for 8 seconds.

Traits Edit

Locust Strain (D) [Passive]
Cooldown: 15 seconds

Spawns a Locust to attack down the nearest lane every 15 seconds. Locusts last for 25 seconds.

Heroic Abilities Edit

Ultimate Evolution (R)
Cooldown: 70 seconds

Clone target allied Hero and control it for 20 seconds. Abathur has perfected the clone, granting it 20% Ability Power, 20% bonus Attack Damage, and 10% bonus Movement Speed. Cannot use their Heroic Ability.

Evolve Monstrosity (R)
Cooldown: 90 seconds

Turn an allied Minion or Locust into a Monstrosity. When enemy Minions near the Monstrosity die, it gains 5% Health and 5% Basic Attack damage, stacking up to 30 times. The Monstrosity takes 50% less damage from Minions and Structures.Using Symbiote on the Monstrosity allows you to control it, in addition to Symbiote's normal benefits.

Talents Edit

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Level1 Pressurized Glands Survival Instincts Regenerative Microbes Envenomed Nest
Level4 Prolific Dispersal Ballistospores Sustained Carapace Adrenal Overload
Level7 Needlespine Vile Nest Networked Carapace Calldown: MULE
Level10 Ultimate Evolution Evolve Monstrosity
Level13 Assault Strain Bombard Strain Spatial Efficiency Soma Transference
Level16 Envenomed Spikes Adrenaline Boost Locust Brood Volatile Mutation
Level20 Evolutionary Link Evolution Complete Hivemind Locust Nest

Skins Edit

Evolution Master

Upon occasion reality appears unsuitable. Desire for absence occurs. Inhibit ocular reception. Internally visualize. Possible for current location to alter. Make dreams come true.


Exoendoskeleton...logical next advancement. Secondary benefit, elicits fear in adolescent terrans. Useful.

Hero level 10, 10,000 gold

Evolution is a process that's unending. Survival requires adaptation. Even Abathur, a master of manipulating evolution itself, is no exception to this cardinal rule of nature.

Development Edit

The inspiration for Abathur in the game came from the Overmind, what with the concept of there being an immobile hero with global powers.[1] He was chosen for inclusion because of the gameplay opportunities he offered, despite the lack of appearance in a cinematic.[2]

In Alpha, Abathur only had his Ultimate Evolution Heroic. Evolve Monstrosity wasn't added until Beta.[3]

Removed TalentsEdit

Name Level Description
Basic attacks against enemy structures destroy 2 ammo and deal an additional 10% damage.

Quotes and Facts Edit

See also: Abathur quotations

Related Content Edit


Patch changes Edit

  • IconHotS (Patch October 6, 2015Note: Leoric: Abathur will now properly receive Takedown credit after dealing the killing blow to Leoric. Abathur will no longer receive Takedown credit after casting Symbiote on an allied Leoric that is then killed by the enemy team. Abathur's Hivemind Symbiote will no longer persist on Leoric after he enters Undying form.
  • IconHotS (Patch August 18, 2015Note: Fixed an issue that could allow Abathur to become permanently invulnerable under certain circumstances.


  1. 2014-05-04, Hero Suggestion Overmind. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2014-05-04
  2. 2014-05-30, Blizzard Says Heroes of the Storm Is "Much Closer to a World of Warcraft Experience". Gamespot, accessed on 2014-05-31
  3. 2014-12-05, HEROES OF THE STORM AMA TRANSCRIPT. Blizzpro, accessed on 2014-12-07

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