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Illidan Stormrage is an assassin hero from the Warcraft franchise. He employs great mobility and quick damage to quickly kill his enemies while applying Mark of Azzinoth with various other abilities to further amplify and increase his effectiveness against enemy heroes.

Background Edit

Illidan Stormrage, the first Demon Hunter, betrayed his people by creating a new Well of Eternity after the demonic invasion of Azeroth. Now Illidan lords over the realm of Outland slaughtering unsuitably prepared Heroes who venture in to his domain.

Gameplay Summary Edit

Strengths Edit

Weaknesses Edit

Abilities Edit

Rapid Chase Icon New
Dive (Q)
Cooldown: 6 seconds

Dive at the target, dealing 69 (+4% per level) damage and flipping to the other side of the target.

Immolation Icon New
Sweeping Strike (W)
Cooldown: 8 seconds

Dash towards target point, dealing 123.76 (+4% per level) damage to enemies along the way. Hitting an enemy increases your Basic Attack damage by 35% for 3 seconds.

Elusive Strike Icon New
Evasion (E)
Cooldown: 15 seconds

Evade enemy Basic Attacks for 2.5 seconds.

Traits Edit

Thirsting Blade Icon New
Betrayer's Thirst [Passive]

Basic Attacks heal for 30% of damage dealt and reduce your Ability cooldowns by 1 second.

Heroic Abilities Edit

Metamorphosis Icon New
Metamorphosis [Heroic Ability]
Cooldown: 120 seconds

Transform into Demon Form at the target location, dealing 47.84 (+4% per level) damage in the area. Temporarily increase your maximum Health by 208 (+4% per level) for each Hero hit. Lasts for 18 seconds.

Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
The Hunt Icon New
The Hunt
Cooldown: 100 seconds

Charge to target unit, dealing 261.04 (+4% per level) damage on impact and stunning for 1 second.

Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)

Talents Edit

Level1 Tier 1, Hero Level 1
Battered Assault Icon New
Battered Assault

Increase Sweeping Strike's Basic Attack damage bonus duration from 3 to 5 seconds. If Sweeping Strike hits 2 Heroes its damage bonus is increased from 35% to 125%.

Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)
Unending Hatred Icon New
Unending Hatred

IconQuestTalent Quest: Every Minion you kill gives you 0.2 Attack Damage. Every Takedown gives 1 Attack Damage.
IconQuestTalent Reward: Once you reach 20 Attack Damage, receive an additional 20 Attack damage.

Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)
Immolation Icon New

After using Sweeping Strike, burn nearby enemies for 22.88 (+4% per level) damage a second for 4 seconds.

Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

Level4 Tier 2, Hero Level 4
Immolation Icon New

Sweeping Strike can go over walls and terrain.
IconQuestTalent Reward: After hitting 30 Heroes with Sweeping Strike, gain a second charge of Sweeping Strike.

Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)
Friend or Foe Icon New
Friend or Foe

Increases the range of Dive by 20% and allows it to be used on allied Heroes without damaging them.

Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)
Rapid Chase Icon New
Rapid Chase

Dive grants 15% Movement Speed for 2.188 seconds.

Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

Level7 Tier 3, Hero Level 7
Rapid Chase Icon New
Reflexive Block

Using Dive grants 75 Physical Armor against the next 2 Hero Basic Attacks for 3 seconds, reducing the damage taken by 75%.

Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)
Thirsting Blade Icon New
Thirsting Blade

Betrayer's Thirst's healing from Basic Attacks is increased from 30% to 50% while Sweeping Strike's damage bonus is active.

Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)
Hunter's Onslaught Icon New
Hunter's Onslaught

Basic Abilities heal for 25% of the damage they deal. Double this bonus versus Heroes.

Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

Level10 Tier 4, Hero Level 10
Metamorphosis Icon New
Metamorphosis [Heroic Ability]
Cooldown: 120 seconds

Transform into Demon Form at the target location, dealing 47.84 (+4% per level) damage in the area. Temporarily increase your maximum Health by 208 (+4% per level) for each Hero hit. Lasts for 18 seconds.

Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
The Hunt Icon New
The Hunt
Cooldown: 100 seconds

Charge to target unit, dealing 261.04 (+4% per level) damage on impact and stunning for 1 second.

Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)

Level13 Tier 5, Hero Level 13
Immolation Icon New
Nimble Defender

If Sweeping Strikes hits an enemy Hero, gain 25 Armor 2 seconds, reducing damage taken by 25%.

Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)
Elusive Strike Icon New
Elusive Strike

Sweeping Strike reduces the cooldown of Evasion by 3 seconds every time it damages an enemy Hero.

Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)
Sixth Sense New
Sixth Sense

Evasion reduces the damage you take from the next 2 Abilities by 75% while it's active.

Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

Level16 Tier 6, Hero Level 16
Rapid Chase Icon New
Marked for Death

Dive deals an extra 180 (+4% per level) damage if you hit a target consecutively within 10 seconds.

Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)
Blades of Azzinoth Icon
Blades of Azzinoth

Hitting 5 Heroes with Sweeping Strike allows you to activate Blades of Azzinoth to increase your Basic Attack damage by 75% for 8 seconds.

Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)
Fiery Brand

Every 4th attack against the same Hero deals an additional 6% of their maximum Health as damage.

Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Level20 Tier 7, Hero Level 20
Metamorphosis Icon New
Demonic Form [Heroic Ability Modifier]

Permanently remain in Demonic Form. Metamorphosis also increases your Attack Speed by 20% and reduces the duration of disabling effects against you by 50%. You can now mount in Demonic Form.

Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)
The Hunt Icon New
Nowhere to Hide [Heroic Ability Modifier]

The Hunt gains unlimited range. You passively reveal enemy Heroes below 25% Health anywhere on the Battleground.

Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)
Nexus Blades Icon New
Nexus Blades

Basic Attacks deal 20% more damage and slow enemy Movement Speed by 20% for 1 second.

Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)
Bolt of the Storm Icon New
Bolt of the Storm [Active]
Cooldown: 70 seconds

Activate to teleport to a nearby location.

Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

Talent Builds Edit

Tips Edit

Matchups Edit

Pairings Edit

Illidan loves dive partners, and Zarya adds the extra tankiness that Illidan love. Since he thrives on aggressiveness, he makes a great shield target, as he can dive deeper and give Zarya a ton of energy in the process.

Effective against Edit

Stukov struggles against dive Heroes who don’t care very much about being silenced. He has no hope of outrunning Illidan, and needs to land a very good Massive Shove to push the Assassin a safe distance away, which can be hard considering Illidan's high mobility.

Effective foes Edit

Skins Edit

The Betrayer (base)
Illidan - The Betrayer Illidan - Void Illidan - Crimson Illidan - Felblood
The Betrayer Void Crimson Fel Blood IconShard100
Shan'do IconShard100
Stormrage was born with amber eyes; a sign of great destiny...But as he learned from Cenarius, his brother grew distant. Still, none expected Malfurion's betrayal.
Illidan - Shan'do Illidan - Shan'do - Nightmare Illidan - Shan'do - Northrend Illidan - Shan'do - Vordrassil
Shan'do Nightmare Northrend Vordrassil IconShard150
Betrayer IconShard100
Free after ten thousand years, Illidan would sacrifice everything in order to defeat the Burning Legion, prove himself superior to Malfurion, and redeem himself in the eyes of Tyrande.
Illidan - Betrayer Illidan - Betrayer - Fel
Betrayer Fel
Eredar Armor IconShard100
The Blades of Azzinoth had served Illidan as dutiful companions while he tracked his prey across the Nexus...perhaps these Man'ari warplates would as well, in time.
Illidan - Eredar Armor Illidan - Eredar Armor - Crimson Illidan - Eredar Armor - Wretched
Eredar Armor Crimson Wretched
Spectre IconShard1600
As the terrazine haze cleared from his mind, Illidan saw what he had become. His body had mutated, grown irreversibly addicted...but it did not matter. The power was worth any price.
Illidan - Spectre Illidan - Spectre - Neon Illidan - Spectre - Night Illidan - Ghost
Spectre Neon Night Ghost
Lunar (currently unavailable)
For most of the year, Illidan loathes druidic customs. But during the Lunar Festival, even he sets aside old grudges and joins his brother in honoring the departed elders of the Stormrage family.
Illidan - Lunar - Red Illidan - Lunar - White Illidan - Lunar - Purple

Notes Edit

  • A 2UP Illidan figure based on his appearance in Heroes of the Storm will be released in 2015.[1]
  • Illidan is immortal. In the demon hunter starting experience he reveals he has an immortal demon soul and that he cannot truly die. Instead, his soul makes his way to the Twisting Nether until it can find another suitable body to inhabit.
  • Malfurion is Illidan's twin brother.
  • An Illidan 7" figure was be released by NECA, based on his Heroes appearance.[2]
  • Illidan was conceived within the first two years of the game's development.[3]

Patch changes Edit

  • IconHotS (Patch July 11, 2017Note: Vordrassil Shan’do Illidan skin added.
  • IconHotS (Patch October 18, 2016Note: Received additional facial animation polish.
  • IconHotS (Patch March 29, 2016Note: Health increased from 1426 to 1650; Health Regeneration increased from 2.97 to 3.44; Attack Speed increased from 1.66 to 1.82 attacks per second.
  • IconHotS (Patch February 2, 2016Note: Spectre and Shan'do skins have received additional visual polish for certain Abilities, which more closely match that Skin’s theme: Dive (Q), Sweeping Strikes (W), Metamorphosis (R), The Hunt (R).; Lunar skin added.; Basic Attack damage increased from 74 (+4% per level) to 78 (+4% per level).
  • IconHotS (Patch July 21, 2015Note: Corrected a texture issue on the Spectre Illidan Skin.


  1. 2015-02-14, Toy Fair NY 2015 NECA Heroes of the Storm Action Figures Photos. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-02-15
  2. 2015-07-08, SDCC 2015 – NECA Reveals Heroes of the Storm 7″ Scale Action Figures Series 2. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-07-26
  3. 2016-11-21, BlizzCon 2016 Heroes of the Storm Deep Dive Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2016-11-21

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