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Lunara is a Ranged Assassin Hero from the Warcraft universe, based on the Warcraft III dryad unit.

Background Edit

Most dryads are fierce protectors of the forest, preferring to spend their days keeping watch over the trees. Lunara, First Daughter of Cenarius, however, has ventured out of the woodlands she once called home, turning her ferocity—and her spears—toward any who would seek to exploit nature’s bounty.[1]

Gameplay Summary Edit

Strengths Edit

  • Good poke
  • Wide and flexible vision
  • Can also specialize on countering stealth heroes
  • Has innate mobility that may outmanuver many heroes if skillshots are dodged
  • Can be built to deal extreme single-target damage, decent multi-target damage or sustained solo damage
  • Can nullify incoming threats with Leaping Strike
  • Cooldown of both heroic abilities are short

Weaknesses Edit

  • She has no burst potential at all
  • She is easily countered by many heroes who have decent heal-over-time abilties
  • On the other hand, stealth heroes with burst damage can also counter her
  • Most of her damage comes from basic attacks and her trait
  • Incredibly weak against blinds, roots and vulnerable to all other sorts of crowd control
  • Heavily overpowered when the enemy position is not in her favor, for example, multiple heroes against single-target build Lunara will easily push her away
  • Very weak against heroes with good self-sustain
  • Weak waveclear without Thornwood Vine
  • Has to rely on allied heroes to block exit and protect her
  • Her only crowd control is decaying slow which can be easily countered even by minor talents
  • Awful durability and bad escape
  • Ill-positioned Leaping Strike can lead her to certain doom
  • Hard to learn and master
  • No access to mount, which is very punishing on bigger maps (like Warhead Juction)

Abilities Edit

Noxious Blossom Icon
Noxious Blossoms (Q)
Mana: 60
Cooldown: 8 seconds

After 0.5 seconds, cause an area to explode with pollen dealing 167 (+4% per level) damage.

Crippling Spores Icon
Crippling Spores (W)
Mana: 40
Cooldown: 10 seconds

Enemies currently afflicted by Nature's Toxin have its duration increased by 3 seconds and are slowed by 40% decaying over 3 seconds.

Wisp Icon
Wisp (E)
Mana: 30
Cooldown: 30 seconds

Spawn a Wisp to scout an area. Can be redirected once active. Lasts 45 seconds.

Dryad's Swiftness (Z) [Passive]
Cooldown: 30 seconds

You move 20% faster by leaping short distances.

Trait Edit

Natures Toxin Icon
Nature's Toxin [Passive]

Your Basic Attacks and damaging Abilities poison their target, dealing 36 (+5% per level) damage a second for 3 seconds. Every additional application increases the duration by 3 seconds, up to a maximum of 9 seconds.

Heroic Abilities Edit

Thornwood Vine Icon
Thornwood Vine
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 35
Cooldown: 15 seconds

Send forth vines that deal 170.56 (+4% per level) damage to all enemies in a line. Can hold 3 charges.

Leaping Strike Icon
Leaping Strike (R)
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 50
Cooldown: 20 seconds

Leap over an enemy, slowing them by 80% for 0.35 seconds and attacking for 271 (+4% per level) damage. Has 2 charges.

Talents Edit

Tier 1, Hero Level 1 Edit

Noxious Blossom Icon
Blossom Swell
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

Increases Noxious Blossom's radius by 20%.

Photosynthesis [Passive]
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

Crippling Spores returns 10 Mana per enemy hit, up to 40 Mana.

Natures Toxin Icon
Natural Perspective
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

Nature's Toxin reveals enemies for its duration.

Crippling Spores Icon
Cruel Spores
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

Crippling Spores' cooldown is reduced by 80% and 20 Mana is refunded when only Minions or Mercenaries are affected by it.

Tier 2, Hero Level 4 Edit

Wisp Icon
Nimble Wisp
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

Increases Wisp Movement Speed by 100% and vision radius by 50%.

Timelost Wisp Icon
Timelost Wisp [Passive]
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

Wisp costs no Mana and its cooldown recharges 125% faster while no Wisp is active.

Skybound Wisp Icon
Skybound Wisp [Passive]
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

Wisp can see over obstacles and reveals the area for 4 seconds after dying.

Dividing Wisp
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

The first time you relocate a wisp it leaves a copy of itself in the previous location. Only one Dividing Wisp can be active at a time.

Tier 3, Hero Level 7 Edit

Siphoning Toxin Icon
Siphoning Toxin
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

As long as you have Nature's Toxin active on an enemy you heal for 18.72 (+4% per level) Health a second.

Crippling Spores Icon
Wild Vigor
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

Using Crippling Spores increases the damage of your next 4 basic attacks by 40%.

Noxious Blossom Icon
Splintered Spear [Passive]
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

Using Noxious Blossom causes your next Basic Attack to hit up to 4 enemies. These extra attacks can apply Nature's Toxin.

Natures Toxin Icon
Nature's Culling [Passive]
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

Increases Nature's Toxin's damage by 150% to non-Heroes.

Tier 4, Hero Level 10 Edit

Thornwood Vine Icon
Thornwood Vine
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 35
Cooldown: 15 seconds

Send forth vines that deal 170.56 (+4% per level) damage to all enemies in a line. Can hold 3 charges.

Leaping Strike Icon
Leaping Strike (R)
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 50
Cooldown: 20 seconds

Leap over an enemy, slowing them by 80% for 0.35 seconds and attacking for 271 (+4% per level) damage. Has 2 charges.

Tier 5, Hero Level 13 Edit

Noxious Blossom Icon
Pestering Blossom [Passive]
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

Increases Noxious Blossom's range by 50%.

Natures Toxin Icon
Unfair Advantage
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

Nature's Toxin deals 50% more damage to Heroes that are slowed.

Giant Killer
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes deal bonus damage equal to 1.5% of the Hero's maximum Health.

Greater Spell Shield
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

Every 30 seconds, gain 75 Spell Armor against the next enemy Ability and subsequent Abilities for 1.5 seconds, reducing the damage taken by 75%.

Can be toggled to allow or prevent this talent from triggering automatically.

Tier 6, Hero Level 16 Edit

Noxious Blossom Icon
Choking Pollen [Passive]
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Increases Noxious Blossom damage by 125% against enemies afflicted with Nature's Toxin.

Crippling Spores Icon
Star Wood Spear
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Using Crippling Spores increases your basic attacks range by 50% for 6 seconds.

Photosynthesis Icon
Invigorating Spores
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Using Crippling Spores increases your attack speed by 50% for 6 seconds.

Let them Wither Icon
Let them Wither
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Increases Crippling Spores slow to 50%.

Tier 7, Hero Level 20 Edit

Thornwood Vine Icon
Forest's Wrath
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

Increases Thornwood Vine's range by 35%, its speed by 20%, and your vision radius by 35%.

Leaping Strike Icon
Boundless Stride
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

All Leaping Strike charges are returned every 30 seconds. You can also use Leaping Strike on allies.

Galloping Gait
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

Activate to increase the movement speed bonus of Dryad's Swiftness to 80% for 6 seconds.

Abolish Magic
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)
Cooldown: 35 seconds

Activate to remove all stuns, roots, silences, slows, fears, and damage over time effects from yourself and an ally. For 2 seconds after, the duration of stuns, roots, silences, slows, and fears are reduced by 50%.

Talent Builds Edit

Tips Edit

Matchups Edit

Pairings Edit

Auriel shines when she has an ally that can consistently deal damage, steadily fueling her healing power. The consistent and predictable nature of Lunara’s damage also makes it a lot easier to use Ray of Hope’s healing efficiently, rarely wasting energy.

Genji often must patiently bide his time, waiting to prey on low health heroes that can be taken down to reset his Swift Strike ability. Heroes like Lunara who do significant AoE damage are excellent for lowering the Health pools of the enemy team, setting Genji up to engage and finish them off.

Lunara's Nature's Toxin combined with Malthael's Reaper's Mark is perfect to slowly execute Heroes as they try to escape. Since damage-over-time effects stack, this results in an outstanding sustained damage that slowly cripples opponents.

Effective against Edit

Lunara can bait Genji into overextending, resulting on him getting outnumbered by the opposing team. Additionally, any form of damage-over-time will continue to tick after Genji's Deflect, which makes Lunara a very dangerous enemy for him to face directly.

Despite his outstanding self-sustain, Lunara can dish out damage faster than Malthael can heal. Her natural increased speed allows her to easily avoid and kite Maltahel, preventing him to inflict her with Reaper's Mark, thus negating his only form of gap closer, Wraith Strike.

Ragnaros has no great way to engage on enemy heroes by himself, and can be easily kited. Heroes like Lunara that have great poke and can easily run away when he tries to engage give him a hard time.

Samuro lives and dies by his Wind Walk ability, and if you can find a way to make that harder to use, you will fare much better against him. Lunara’s Nature's Toxin does a great job of keeping the slippery Orc from vanishing and escaping. Although Windwalk makes Samuro unrevealable for 1 second, Lunara’s Toxin damage will break him out soon after.

Once Lunara has applied her damage over time to Valeera, it can be difficult for her to effectively Vanish during a team fight.

While Zarya’s shielding is great against predictable burst damage, she struggles against damage over time and area of effect damage. In addition, Zarya doesn’t have the lockdown necessary to really punish the fast moving Lunara.

Effective foes Edit

Altough Lunara technically has advantage over Malfurion, he can outheal her poison damage under the right conditions (namely Gift of Ysera).

Sgt. Hammerplate
Sgt. Hammer can outheal Lunara's poison with Regenerative Bio-Steel talent, and her range, damage and health pool are higher than Lunara's health, range and damage. This allows Sgt. Hammer to duel with Lunara at almost anytime.

Skins Edit

First Daughter of Cenarius (base)
Lunara - FDOC - Green Lunara - FDOC - Red Lunara - FDOC - White
First Daughter of Cenarius Autumn Frost
Sentinel IconShard 100
Lunara watched as the betrayer Malfurion's fel magic coonsumed her beloved wilds. When High Priestess Shadowsong called upon the dryads to join the Sentinels, she was the first to volunteer.
Lunara - SL - Purple Lunara - SL - Red Lunara - SL - Green Lunara - Sentinel - Dark
Sentinel Blood Enchanted Dark
Champion IconShard 100
As her power grew. Lunara began to hear the wilds of the Nexus crying out for a champion. They granted her untold power, and she granted them ruthless protection.
Lunara - Master - Green Lunara - Master - Blue Lunara - Master - Pink Lunara - Champion - Harvest
Wild Northern Floral Harvest IconShard 150
Warden IconShard 100
When the war was finally over, the Betrayer Malfurion sat in chains. Unable to return to an idyllic life in the wilds. Lunara joined the Watchers in order to keep an eye on their accursed prisoner.
Lunara - Warden Lunara - Warden - Gray
Warden Gray
Winter Veil IconShard 400
Lunara, the festive Dryad, has a very pointy spear. And if you ever see it, you should probably run in fear.
This skin is related to the Winter Veil themed-skins. Features themed abilities.
Lunara - Winter Veil Lunara - Winter Veil - Cold Lunara - Winter Veil - Mistletoe
Winter Veil Cold IconShard 600 Mistletoe
Lunara - Winter Veil - Snowfall Lunara - Winter Veil - Starry
Snowfall Starry IconShard 600

Development Edit

Lunara's appearance was taken from the classic designs of the dryad unit in Warcraft III. Her abilities are based on those of the unit.[2]

Patch changes Edit

  • IconHotS (Patch December 12, 2017Note: Harvest Champion Lunara added.
  • IconHotS (Patch March 14, 2017Note: Changing Lunara's Skin selection during draft mode will now correctly update her draft portrait.
  • IconHotS (Patch December 14, 2016Note: Winterveil skin added.
  • IconHotS (Patch September 27, 2016Note: Auriel and Lunara: Fixed an issue causing Lunara’s camera to behave strangely after being resurrected by Auriel’s Resurrect.
  • IconHotS (Patch June 14, 2016Note: Lunara's prices have been reduced to $8.49 USD and 7,000 Gold.
  • IconHotS (Patch February 2, 2016Note: Lunara's Basic Attack has received responsiveness improvements; Ranged Basic Attack animation speed increased by 50%.; Melee Basic Attack animation speed increased by 300% to match the ranged animation’s new speed.
  • IconHotS (Patch January 20, 2016Note: Health increased from 1300 to 1430; Health Regeneration increased from 2.7083 to 2.9804 Health per second.
  • IconHotS (Patch December 15, 2015Note: Added.

References Edit

  1. 2015-11-06, NEW HEROES & BATTLEGROUNDS ANNOUNCED AT BLIZZCON 2015. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2015-11-15
  2. 2015-12-28, BlizzCon 2015 Heroes of the Storm Deep Dive Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2016-01-03

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