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Brightwing,[1] is a Ranged Support Hero based on the Faerie Dragons from the Warcraft universe.[2]

The Faerie Dragons of Ashenvale are known for their playful demeanor, seemingly disappearing at a whim. The mischievous Brightwing is no exception, often materializing out of nowhere to save her allies or just mock her foes.

Background Edit

Faerie dragons have long been used by the night elves in their endeavors. They have a powerful natural defense against magic and the unique ability to phase out of reality. The faerie dragon's defense mechanism appears to work by encasing itself within a strong energy shield, which repels most magic and conventional attacks. While in this form they can siphon the unused magical energy wasted in basic spell casting, and then focus, amplify, and direct it back at the unfortunate caster in a sort of "feedback" attack. This ability is very powerful but requires a great deal of effort, and can only be used sporadically, requiring the dragon to rest between uses. For this reason, the faerie dragons often travel in packs.

Gameplay Summary Edit

Strengths Edit

  • Global presence thanks to Phase Shift
  • Strong waveclear and siege with Arcane Flare
  • Large range of utility from spell armor, Polymorph, vision to area denial
  • Can assist any ally in all phases thanks to Soothing Mist having no cost

Weaknesses Edit

  • Very vulnerable to burst damage
  • Moves slower than most heroes since it cannot use mount
  • Cannot solo
  • Vulnerable to resilient physical attackers
  • Low and difficult-to-control burst heal

Abilities Edit

IconArcaneFlare
Arcane Flare (Q)
Mana: 35
Cooldown: 6 seconds

Deal 260 (+4% per level) damage in a small area and 87 (+4% per level) damage in a larger area.

IconPolymorph
Polymorph (W)
Mana: 50
Cooldown: 10 seconds

Target is slowed by 25% Movement Speed, and cannot attack and is Silenced making them unable to use Abilities for 1.25 seconds.

IconPixieDust
Pixie Dust (E)
Mana: 60
Cooldown: 10 seconds

Increase target's Movement Speed by 20%, and grant them 25 Spell Armor for 3 seconds, reducing Spell damage taken by 25%.

IconPhaseShift
Phase Shift (Z)
Cooldown: 55 seconds

Instead of mounting, teleport to an allied Hero.

Traits Edit

IconSoothingMist
Soothing Mist [Trait]
Cooldown: 4 seconds

Brightwing heals nearby allied Heroes for 109 (+4% per level) every 4 seconds.

Heroic Abilities Edit

IconBlinkHealBrightwing
Blink Heal [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 40
Cooldown: 9 seconds

Teleport to a nearby ally, healing them for 194 (+4% per level). Can store 2 charges.

IconEmeraldWind
Emerald Wind [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 90
Cooldown: 60 seconds

Create an expanding nova of wind, dealing 303 (+4% per level) damage and pushing enemies away. Also passively increases the healing of Soothing Mist healing by 5%.

Talents Edit

Tier 1, Hero Level 1 Edit

IconArcaneFlare
Dream Shot [Passive]
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

Increases the range of Arcane Flare by 50%. Hitting an enemy Hero in the center portion of Arcane Flare reduces the cooldown of Arcane Flare to 1 second.

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Hyper Shift
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

Each allied Hero healed by Soothing Mist reduces the cooldown of Phase Shift by 3 seconds.

IconBribe
Pixie Charm
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

Each time Soothing Mist heals an allied Hero, excluding yourself, gain a stack of Bribe. Use 20 stacks to Bribe a Mercenary, instantly defeating them. Does not work on Bosses. Maximum of 80 stacks.

Tier 2, Hero Level 4 Edit

IconPixieDust
Manic Pixie
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

When Soothing Mist heals an ally with Pixie Dust on them, they heal for an additional 108.16 (+4% per level) over 4 seconds.

IconMount
Peekaboo!
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

Phase Shifting to an ally grants vision and reveals cloakers in a large area for 6 seconds. Pixie Dust is applied to the target of Phase Shift.

IconPolymorph
Unstable Anomaly
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

When Polymorph ends, deal 108 (+4% per level) damage to the target and all nearby enemies.

Tier 3, Hero Level 7 Edit

IconSoothingMist
Mistified
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

Reduces the cooldown of Soothing Mist by 0.50 seconds every time you cast a Basic Ability.

IconMount
Phase Shield
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

After finishing the teleport, you and the target of your Phase Shift gain a 335 (+4% per level) point Shield for 10 seconds.

IconCleanse
Cleanse
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)
Cooldown: 60 seconds

Activate to make target ally Unstoppable for 1 second. Cannot be cast on yourself.

Tier 4, Hero Level 10 Edit

IconBlinkHealBrightwing
Blink Heal [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 40
Cooldown: 9 seconds

Teleport to a nearby ally, healing them for 194 (+4% per level). Can store 2 charges.

IconEmeraldWind
Emerald Wind [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 90
Cooldown: 60 seconds

Create an expanding nova of wind, dealing 303 (+4% per level) damage and pushing enemies away. Also passively increases the healing of Soothing Mist healing by 5%.

Tier 5, Hero Level 13 Edit

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Sticky Flare
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

Targets are slowed by 40% Movement Speed for 3 seconds.

IconPixieDust
Pixie Boost
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

Pixie Dust gives 50% bonus Move Speed, decaying to 20% over 1.5 seconds.

IconShieldDust
Shield Dust
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

Pixie Dust grants 50 Physical Armor for 3 seconds, reducing Physical damage taken by 50%.

IconIceBlock
Ice Block
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)
Cooldown: 60 seconds

Activate to place yourself in Stasis and gain Invulnerability for 3 seconds.

Tier 6, Hero Level 16 Edit

IconPolymorph
Greater Polymorph
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Increases the duration of Polymorph by 0.75 second.

IconPixieDust
Bouncy Dust
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Pixie Dust bounces to another nearby ally upon impact.

IconCritterize
Critterize
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

While Polymorphed, the target's Armor is reduced by 25, increasing the damage they take by 25%.

IconHardenedFocus
Hardened Focus
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

While above 80% life, your Basic Ability cooldowns regenerate 50% faster.

Tier 7, Hero Level 20 Edit

IconBlinkHealBrightwing
Double Wyrmhole
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Blink Heal can be cast a second time on a different target within 2 seconds without consuming a charge.

IconEmeraldWind
Continuous Winds
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

Emerald Wind releases two additional novas that deal 25% damage. Also further increases the healing bonus of Soothing Mist by 7%.

IconSoothingMist
Revitalizing Mist
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

Healing another Hero with Soothing Mist increases their healing received from Soothing Mist by 25% for 6 seconds. Stacks 3 times.

IconStormShield
Storm Shield
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)
Cooldown: 45 seconds

Activate to give all nearby allied Heroes a Shield for 20% of their max Health for 3 seconds.

Talent Builds Edit

Tips Edit

  • Instead of using a mount, Brightwing is able to teleport to an ally Hero using "Phase Shift" [Z]. This mobility-focused ability can be especially useful on Dragon Shire, where Brightwing’s "Phase Shift" can help teammates secure objectives on the other side of the map.
  • Stay near your teammates! Brightwing’s combat trait "Soothing Mist" will automatically heal any allies next to her after a short amount of time.
  • "Arcane Flair" [Q] has a short cast time, so try using it as a zoning tool, rather than simply as a source of damage.
  • Use "Polymorph" [W] on huge targets such as Tassadar’s Twilight Messiah, Stitches, or Diablo!

Matchups Edit

Pairings Edit

Valeeraplate
Valeera is at her best when she can roam the battlefield securing kills, and Brightwing provides decent wave clear from the support position, while also being able to use her Phase Shift ability to teleport to Valeera to turn ganks into near-certain kills.


Effective against Edit

The Butcherplate
Altough Brightwing has poor movement options outside of Phase Shift, she has the right tools to keep The Butcher at bay and frustrate his advances, with Polymorph and Emerald Wind capable of negating Ruthless Onslaught.


Tracerplate
Polymorph is considered a strong counter against Tracer, who is highly reliant on her mobility for survivability and engagement. Due to having it as a point and click for Brightwing means that Tracer is going to have an extremely hard time trying to engage and escape Brightwing and her opponoments from bursting her down when Tracer cannot even use her Blink or Recall. Her Soothing Mist and Blink Heal can easily mitigate alot of Tracer's harassment as well.


Effective foes Edit

Skins Edit

Faerie Dragon (base)
Brightwing - FD Brightwing - FD - Tropical Brightwing - FD - Darkwing Brightwing - FD - Primal
Faerie Dragon Tropical Darkwing Primal IconShard 150
Monarch IconShard 100
Just like the flawless butterfly from which she takes her name, Monarch Brightwing has many ways to sting. Kneel peasant! For you face the Monarch! And her wrath is cruel...
Brightwing - Monarch Brightwing - M - Nether Brightwing - M - Magenta Brightwing - M - Emerald
Monarch Nether Magenta Emerald
Fey Dragon IconShard 100
The fey magic from which Brightwing draws her power is wild and chaotic. Her very form reflects its unstable nature, ever shifting, like an image from a dream.
Brightwing - Fey Dragon Brightwing - FD - Pink Brightwing - FD - Onyx
Fey Dragon Pink Onyx
Flying Monkey IconShard 400
The magical flying creatures of Sky Temple often cause troubles for the locals. It can be hard to run a successful bazaar when your merchandise disappears into thin air.
This skin is related to the Luxoria themed-skins. Features altered voice-over and themed abilities.
Brightwing - Flying Monkey Brightwing - FM - Violet Brightwing - FM - Elder
Flying Monkey Violet Elder
Bewitching IconShard 150 (Hallow's End event)
Taking her Hallow's End costume seriously, Brightwing has amassed an impressive variety of "ingredients" for her cauldron. Just don't ask where they came from.
This skin is related to the Hallow's End themed-skins.
Brightwing - Bewitching Brightwing - Bewitching - Crimson Brightwing - Bewitching - Dusk Brightwing - Bewitching - Spirited
Bewitching Crimson Dusk Spirited
Brightwing - Bewitching - Wild
Wild

Trivia Edit

  • Brightwing comes from a long line of Faerie Dragons who first appeared in Warcraft III’s expansion Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, which premiered in 2003.
  • Faerie Dragons have also been called Sprite Darters and Fey Dragons.
  • While the two characters have no correlation, there is a Blood Elf Ranger-General in the Warcraft universe called Halduron Brightwing.

Patch changes Edit

  • IconHotS (Patch March 27, 2018Note: Primal Brightwing added.
  • IconHotS (Patch January 24, 2018Note: Base Maximum Health increased from 1395 to 1450; Health Regen increased from 2.91 to 3.02.
  • IconHotS (Patch November 29, 2017Note: Base Maximum Health reduced from 1470 to 1395; Health Regen reduced from 3.06 to 2.91; Basic Attack Damage reduced from 85 to 81.
  • IconHotS (Patch October 17, 2017Note: Bewitching Brightwing added.
  • IconHotS (Patch August 18, 2015Note: Brightwing’s prices have been reduced to 7,000 Gold and $8.49 USD.
  • IconHotS (Patch July 21, 2015Note: Brightwing’s in-game Hero portrait has received animation polish.; Brightwing has received updated art and visual effects to coincide with her Talent rework.

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