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Probius is Ranged Specialist Hero based on the protoss probe unit from the StarCraft universe, first introduced in Heroes of the Storm.[1]

Since his activation, Probius has always wanted to prove himself. He may be small, but he made a big difference by warping in a critical pylon during the retaking of Aiur. As the bravest of probes, Probius is eager to fulfill his purpose in the Nexus.

Background Edit

During the early stages of the End War, Probius took part in the Reclamation of Aiur as part of an akhundelar under Kaldalis. During the initial landing, Probius was able to set down a warp beacon for a pylon while the conflict raged around him. Though the akhundelar suffered heavy casualties, Probius's pylon allowed reinforcements to be warped in at a key moment, allowing the Daelaam to establish to a beachhead on Aiur.[2]

Gameplay Summary Edit

Strengths Edit

  • Strong area control
    • With sufficient backup, Probius can safely place area denial with Warp Rift and Photon Cannon, it can choose to hide behind these defenses with enemy being distracted, and both abilities have formidable staying time.
  • High burst and area damage
  • Flexible vision granted by Warp In Pylon
  • Null Gate has exceptional lockdown strength in enclosed area
  • Strong in waveclear and siege

Weaknesses Edit

  • Fragile
  • Requires set-up time
  • Needs a front line
    • Probius is in dire need of hero who can protect it from divers who may shut down or kill it in a split second
  • Vulnerable to isolation
    • Separating it from its base or allied heroes will render Probius or the other hero easy target

Abilities Edit

Disruption Pulse (Q) [Skillshot]
Mana: 75
Cooldown: 3 seconds

Fire a burst of energy forward, dealing 142 (+4% per level) damage to all enemies it passes through.

Hitting the center of a Warp Rift will cause it to explode, dealing additional damage.

Warp Rift (W)
Mana: 150
Cooldown: 6 seconds

Open an unstable Warp Rift at a location that takes 1.25 seconds to arm, which then slos nearby enemies by 25%, lasting 9 seconds.

Armed Warp Rifts explode when hit by a Disruption Pulse, dealing 261 (+4% per level) damage to nearby enemies.

Photon Cannon (E)
Cooldown: 15 seconds

Warp in a Photon Cannon that deals 105 (+4% per level) damage per second. Lasts 13 seconds.

Must be placed within a Pylon's Power Field. Deactivates if it doesn't have a Pylon powering it.

Worker Rush (Z)
Cooldown: 30 seconds

Activate to gain an additional 50% Movement Speed for 5 seconds. Taking damage ends this effect early.

Passive: Probius moves 10% faster by hovering over the ground.

Traits Edit

Warp In Pylon
Cooldown: 12 seconds

Warp in a Pylon that generates a Power Field and grants vision of the surrounding area. Probius only generates mana while inside a Power Field.

Up to 2 Pylons can be active at a time.

Heroic Abilities Edit

Pylon Overcharge (R)
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 100
Cooldown: 80 seconds

Increase the size of Pylon power fields and allow them to attack enemies within it for 48 (+4% per level) damage per second. Lasts 10 seconds.

Null Gate (R) [Vector Targeting]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 100
Cooldown: 30 seconds

Project a barrier of negative energy in the target direction that lasts 4 seconds. Enemies who touch the barrier take 17 (+4% per level) damage per second and are slowed by 80% for as long as they remain in contact with it.

Talents Edit

Tier 1, Hero Level 1 Edit

Echo Pulse
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

Disruption Pulse now returns to Probius 1.25 seconds after reaching its target, dealing 75% damage on the return trip.

Warp Resonance
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

IconQuestTalent Quest: Hit Heroes with Warp Rift explosions.
IconQuestTalent Reward: After hitting 10 Heroes with Warp Rift explosions, increase the explosion damage by 100.
IconQuestTalent Reward: After hitting 20 Heroes with Warp Rift explosions, Warp Rift gains 1 additional charge.

Gather Minerals
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

IconQuestTalent Quest: Enemy Heroes and Minions drop Minerals when killed. Collect them to increase the Health of Photon Cannons by 8, up to 560.
IconQuestTalent Reward: After collecting 70 Minerals, Photon Cannon deals 35% more damage, can see over obstacles, and reveal Cloaked units.

Tier 2, Hero Level 4 Edit

Photon Barrier
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

While a Photon Cannon is alive and powered, Probius gains 30 Spell Armor.

Turbo Charged
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

Worker Rush gains an additional 10% passive Movement Speed while in a Power Field, and its cooldown is reduced by 10 seconds.

Shield Capacitor
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

Probius gains permanent Shields equal to 10% of his max Health. Shield regenerate quickly as long as he hasn't taken damage recently.

Tier 3, Hero Level 7 Edit

Particle Accelerator
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

Disruption Pulse deals 10% more damage for each enemy or Warp Rift hit, up to 50%.

Rift Shock
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

Hitting an enemy Hero with Warp Rift explosion increases Probius's damage against them by 20% for 10 seconds.

Tower Defense
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

When Photon Cannon damages an enemy Hero, its cooldown is reduced by 1.25 seconds.

Tier 4, Hero Level 10 Edit

Pylon Overcharge (R)
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 100
Cooldown: 80 seconds

Increase the size of Pylon power fields and allow them to attack enemies within it for 48 (+4% per level) damage per second. Lasts 10 seconds.

Null Gate (R) [Vector Targeting]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 100
Cooldown: 30 seconds

Project a barrier of negative energy in the target direction that lasts 4 seconds. Enemies who touch the barrier take 17 (+4% per level) damage per second and are slowed by 80% for as long as they remain in contact with it.

Tier 5, Hero Level 13 Edit

Aggressive Matrix
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

Pylon's Power Field grants allied Heroes 35% increased Attack Damage.

Power Overflowing
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

Pylon's Power Field grants allied Heroes 10% increased Spell Power and 2 Mana per second.

Shield Battery
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

Pylon's Power Field grants allied Heroes 14 (+4% per level) Shields per second, up to 56 (+4% per level). Shields persist for 2 seconds after exiting a Pylon Power Field.

Tier 6, Hero Level 16 Edit

Quantum Entanglement
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Enemies continue to be slowed for 3 seconds after their last contact with a Warp Rift.

Gravity Well
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Enemies are slowed more the closer they are to the center of the Warp Rift, up to a maximum slow of 60%.

Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Enemies hit by a Warp Rift explosion are knocked away from the center.

Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Enemy Heroes hit by a Warp Rift detonations have their Spell Power reduced by 35% for 5 seconds.

Tier 7, Hero Level 20 Edit

Construct Additional Pylons
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

Probius can now have up to 3 active Pylons, and increase the damage of Pylon Overcharge by 25%.

Gate Keeper
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

Null Gate lasts indefinitely if either end is within a Power Field.

Only one Null Gate may be active at a time.

Shoot 'Em Up
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

Hitting a Warp Rift with Disruption Pulse causes 4 additional pulses that deal 50% damage to be fired from the impact location in different directions.

Additional Pulses do not benefit from Echo Pulse or Particle Accelerator.

Probius Loop
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

Whenever a Rift explosion hits 2 or more enemy Heroes, create a new Warp Rift in the same location.

Talent Builds Edit

Tips Edit

Matchups Edit

Pairings Edit

Probius needs a strong frontline hero who can take a lot of punishment and act as a wall between him and his opponents. It also helps if his frontline consists more of heroes who do not tend to dive the enemy team, as that leaves Probius in a vulnerable position. Arthas’s commanding battlefield presence and great peel between Howling Blast and Frozen Tempest make him a good tool to keep the enemy team from getting to and quickly eliminating Probius in teamfights.

Like Probius, Jaina is also great at controlling space and zoning enemy heroes away from her team for a time. Jaina’s constant slows are great for setting up Warp Rift combos as well as for peeling enemies away from Probius when he gets in danger.

Lúcio and Probius work very well together, as they both can siege an enemy base almost indefinitely. These two heroes complement each other very well in other ways too, as Lucio’s Speed Boost is great for getting Probius out of a pinch, and Probius makes up for Lucio’s lack of wave clear.

Effective against Edit

Effective foes Edit

Anub'arak can easily bypass Probius’ defenses and get to him with a well-timed Burrow Charge, and his Beetles are great for tanking Photon Cannon shots while Probius runs for his life. Anub’arak’s Heroics are also both great against Probius, as Locust Swarm naturally has more targets due to Pylons and Photon Cannons, and Cocoon is a great tool for isolating either Probius himself or one of his key frontline heroes, leaving him vulnerable for an easy kill.

Nothing is quite as frustrating for a Probius player than the constant loss of his Pylons. Li-Ming has enough range that she can easily kill Pylons almost as soon as they come up, and Probius doesn’t have a great answer to zone Li-Ming away due to her Teleport. She’s a difficult target to hit with Warp Rifts, and Probius’ low Health also makes him a prime kill target for a quick reset, which can dramatically swing the fight in Li-Ming’s favor.

Probius has trouble with heroes who can consistently get to him, and no one is quite as good at that as Zeratul. Zeratul has a plethora of ways to get to Probius, and he can often safely retreat if things go south once he engages. Both Shadow Assault and Void Prison are also great tools for catching and eliminating Probius if he is even a little out of position.

Skins Edit

Curious Probe
Probius - CP - Yellow Probius - CP - White Probius - CP - Red
Curious Probe Purifier Tal'darim
Probius - Curious Probe - Ara Tribe Probius - Curious Probe - Nerazim
Ara Tribe IconShard 150 Nerazim IconShard 150
Terran IconShard 100
Despite loud opposition from the SCV pilot's union, the Dominion Engineering Corps continues its attempt to replicate the technology utilized by the protoss in their construction of probes.
Features themed abilities.
Probius - TR - Blue Probius - TR - Yellow Probius - TR - Purple
Terran Probius 01 G1
Probius - TR - Red One Probius - TR - X1
Red One IconShard 150 X1 IconShard 150
Prime IconShard 100
Though the probe's basic design has remained unchanged for many cycles, inventive phase-smiths are always experimenting with ways to improve its operational efficiency.
Probius - Master - Yellow Probius - Master - Black Probius - Master - White Probius - Prime - Sargas
Prime Ascandant Warpforge Sargas IconShard 150
Probius - Prime - Solarite
Solarite IconShard 150

Trivia Edit

  • Alexstrasza's second Heroic Ability, Cleansing Flame, had its core concept originally meant for Probius, where he would summon a protoss mothership to bombard his enemies. The development team found that to contradict with his builder-oriented gameplay, and scrapped the idea. This was later moved to Alexstrasza instead.[3]

Patch changes Edit

  • IconHotS (Patch January 9, 2018Note: Ara Tribe Probius and Nerazim Probius skins added.
  • IconHotS (Patch September 5, 2017Note: Terran Probius Red One and Terran Probius X1 skins added.
  • IconHotS (Patch August 8, 2017Note: Sargas Probius Prime, Solarite Probius Prime skins added.
  • IconHotS (Patch July 11, 2017Note: Fixed an issue preventing Probius from gathering minerals while inside the Garden Terror on Garden of Terror.
  • IconHotS (Patch April 4, 2017Note: Fixed an issue preventing crowd control duration bars to fail to display on Probius’ health bar while he was in a Pylon power field.
  • IconHotS (Patch March 14, 2017Note: Added.

References Edit

  1. 2016-01-22, Probius Trailer – Heroes of the Storm . YouTube, accessed on 2017-03-04
  2. From the StarCraft wiki
  3. 2017-11-23, BlizzCon 2017 Heroes of the Storm Deep Dive Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2017-11-26

External links Edit