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Brightwing
Brightwing

"Fight time!"

Basic Info
Title Faerie Dragon
Role Healer Healer
Difficulty Hard
Franchise Warcraft Warcraft
Price Gem.png625 / Money.png7,000
Release Date April 15, 2014
Base Stats
Attack Type Ranged
Health 1425
Health Regen 2.9687
Resource 500 Mana
Unit Radius 0.6875
Attack Speed 1.11
Attack Range 5.5
Attack Damage 81
Data Page


Brightwing, the Faerie Dragon, is a ranged Healer Hero from the Warcraft universe.[1][2] The Faerie Dragons of Ashenvale are known for their playful demeanor, seemingly disappearing at a whim. The mischevious Brightwing is no exception, often materializing out of nowhere to save her allies or just to mock her foes by some sort of faerie trickery.

Brightwing is a Healer who can teleport to allies, excelling on large battlegrounds.

Background[]

Warcraft This section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft universe.

Brightwing is a Faerie Dragon located in the Emerald Dreamway in World of Warcraft.

Faerie Dragons (also known as sprites, sprite darters, blink dragons, fey dragons or fey drakes)[3] are diminutive, intelligent creatures that look like flying lizards (much like a chameleon with butterfly wings). Though not actual dragons, these mystical looking creatures police the Emerald Dream from magic. As such they are immune to magic.

The Faerie Dragons of Ashenvale are known for their playful demeanor, seemingly disappearing on a whim. The more mischievous ones will often materialize out of nowhere to save their allies, or simply to mock their foes.[3] One wouldn't know it from looking at them, but the lovely faerie dragons can be truly fearsome if trained properly. They can do amazing things to magical energy: absorb it, redirect it, even nullify it entirely. They're nearly harmless alone, but in large numbers, they can have a stunning effect on a battle.[4] Faerie dragons can speak, but few of them choose to do so.[3] The faerie dragons that dwell near Nordrassil in Mount Hyjal can see through enemy illusions. They are quite intelligent and able to speak, albeit with broken grammar.[5]

This creature resembles a dragon in some respects, but feathery antennae sprout from its head and its wings are moth-like. Its turquoise scales shimmer in the sparkles that dance from its body. It turns its head to look at you with a beady black eye before emitting a small keen. They have a powerful natural defense against magic and the unique ability to phase out of reality. Their defense seems to work by the dragon encasing itself within a strong energy shield that 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.


Abilities[]

See Data page for a table of scaled values at key levels.
Soothing Mist Icon.png
Soothing Mist
Cooldown: 75 seconds

Activate to remove all Stun, Root, Slow, and Silence effects from nearby allied Heroes.

Passive: Brightwing heals nearby allied Heroes for 110 every 4 seconds.


Type: CC removal (active) / Healing (passive)
Scaling: 4.00%
Affects: Allied Heroes, Self
Targeting: No target
Properties: Area of Effect
Cast time: Instant
Area of Effect: Circle
Radius:
- Initial: 1.0
- End: 7.0

  • Expands to its maximum radius over 0.6 seconds.
  • Passive heal does not trigger if Brightwing and all targetable allied Heroes in range are at full Health, but instead remains at 0 cooldown and automatically activates just after any valid target takes damage.
  • Upon entering a Vehicle, the cooldown from the Passive is frozen at its value prior to entering, and resumes counting down from there upon exiting.
  • If Brightwing enters a Vehicle while the Ability is off cooldown (usually because it hasn't triggered in awhile as Brightwing and any allied Heroes in range are all at full Health), the passive heal from this Ability will trigger from the Vehicle exactly one time as soon as any targetable allied Hero in range is not at full Health.
Arcane Flare Icon.png
Q
Arcane Flare
35 Mana Cooldown: 6 seconds

Shoot a flare dealing 75 damage to enemies hit, and an additional 105 damage to enemies in the center. If a Hero is hit by the center, Soothing Mist's passive healing instantly activates.


Type: Spell Damage
Scaling: 4.00%
Affects: Enemies
Targeting: Point target
Properties: Area of Effect
Cast time: 0.15 + 0 seconds
Range: 8
Area of Effect: Circle
Radius:
Outer - 2.5
Inner - 1.0
Missile speed: 11.4
Polymorph Icon.png
W
Polymorph
50 Mana Cooldown: 12 seconds

Polymorph a target for 1.5 seconds, Slowing their Movement Speed by 30% and Silencing them. Targets are not able to attack while Polymorphed.


Type: Crowd Control
Affects: Enemies
Targeting: Unit target
Properties: Polymorph
Cast time: 0.2 + 0 seconds
Range: 7.0

  • Polymorph counts as a Silence effect, but not as a Slow. Abilities that interact with Silences can also affect Polymorphed targets.
Pixie Dust Icon.png
E
Pixie Dust
60 Mana Cooldown: 10 seconds

Increase target's Movement Speed by 20%, and grant them 30 Spell Armor for 3 seconds, reducing Spell Damage taken by 30%.


Type: Defensive damage modifier, Status effect
Affects: Allied Heroes, Self
Targeting: Unit target
Cast time: Instant
Range: 7.0
Missile speed: 32

  • Does not stack with itself or other positive Spell Armor effects. Other defensive damage modifiers may stack.
Blink Heal Icon.png
R
Blink Heal
40 Mana Cooldown: 9 / 2 seconds

Charge Cooldown: 2 seconds
Teleport to a nearby ally. When teleporting to a Hero, heal them for 200.

Stores up to 2 charges.


Type: Healing / Movement: Teleport
Scaling: 4.00%
Affects: Allies / Self
Targeting: Unit target
Range: 10
Emerald Wind Icon.png
R
Emerald Wind
90 Mana Cooldown: 50 seconds

After 0.5 seconds, create an expanding nova of wind, dealing 225 damage and pushing enemies away.


Type: Spell Damage, Crowd Control
Scaling: 4.00%
Affects: Non-Structure enemies
Targeting: No target
Cast time: 0.5(ch) + Ch + 0 seconds
Area of Effect: Circle
Radius: 8.0
Tickrate: 16.0 per second (x27)
Knockback duration: 0.1875 seconds
Knockback speed: 4.5

  • Expands to its maximum radius over 1.625 seconds of channeling.
  • Interrupting the Ability during its windup puts it on a 10 second cooldown.
Icon brightwing mount.png
Z
Phase Shift
Cooldown: 40 seconds

After 2 seconds, teleport to an allied Hero and heal them for 25% of their maximum Health.


Type: Healing / Movement: Teleport
Scaling: -
Affects: Allied Heroes / Self
Targeting: Unit target
Properties: Channeled cast (stationary)
Cast time: 2.0 + 0 seconds
Range: Global

  • Interrupting the Ability during its windup puts it on a 10 second cooldown.

Talents[]

1
Greater Polymorph Icon.png
Greater Polymorph

Passive: Increase Polymorph's range by 30%.

If Brightwing hits an enemy Hero with Arcane Flare's center within 2 seconds of being Polymorphed, then reduce Polymorph's cooldown by 7 seconds and gain 50 Mana.


Bonus range: 2.1
Hyper Shift Icon.png
Hyper Shift

Increase Phase Shift's healing by an additional 8% of the target's maximum Health. Nearby enemy Minion deaths reduce Phase Shift's cooldown by 1 second.


Type: Bonus healing
Scaling: -
Affects: Allied Heroes

  • Bonus stacks multiplicatively with healing modifiers.
Bribe Icon.png
Pixie Charm

Activate to consume 20 stacks of Bribe to instantly defeat an uncaptured Mercenary.

Passive: Gain 1 stack of Bribe when a nearby enemy Minion dies, and 5 stacks when hitting an enemy Hero with Arcane Flare's center. Maximum 80 stacks.


Type: Instant kill
Affects: Non-Elite neutral Mercenaries
Targeting: Unit target
Properties: Bribe
Cast time: Instant
Range: 6.0
Charge cooldown: 0.25 seconds
4
Dream Shot Icon.png
Dream Shot

Increase Arcane Flare's range by 50%. Hitting a Hero with Arcane Flare's center reduces its cooldown to 2 seconds.


Bonus range: 4.0
Unstable Anomaly Icon.png
Unstable Anomaly

Increase Polymorph's Slow by 15%. Upon expiration, Polymorph deals damage to nearby enemy Heroes equal to 2% of their maximum Health.


Scaling: 4.00%
Affects: Enemy Heroes
Properties: Area of Effect
Area of Effect: Circle
Radius: 3.0
Magic Spit Icon.png
Magic Spit

Increase Basic Attack range by 1.1. Basic Attacks against Heroes reduce the cooldown of Soothing Mist by 6 seconds.


Properties: Attack Modifier
7
Sticky Flare Icon.png
Sticky Flare

Enemies hit by Arcane Flare have their Movement Speed Slowed by 20% for 3 seconds. Increase the Slow to 40% if they are hit by the center portion.


Type: Crowd control
Affects: Enemies
Properties: Slow
Peekaboo! Icon.png
Peekaboo!

Phase Shifting to an ally grants both Brightwing and her target a 335 point Shield for 4 seconds and reveals a large area around them for 5 seconds.


Type: Shield
Scaling: 4.00%
Affects: Self, Target
Properties: Revealed
Reveal radius: 15
Critical Mist Icon.png
Critical Mist

Soothing Mist heals for 165. Increase this by 140% if Soothing Mist removed a disabling effect from that ally.


Type: Healing
Scaling: 4.00%
Affects: Allied Heroes

  • Bonus healing from removing a disabling effect stacks additively with healing modifiers that affect healing dealt and multiplicatively with modifiers that affect healing received.
10
Blink Heal Icon.png
Blink Heal

Charge Cooldown: 9 seconds
Teleport to a nearby ally. When teleporting to a Hero, heal them for 200.

Stores up to 2 charges.

Emerald Wind Icon.png
Emerald Wind

Cooldown: 50 seconds
After 0.5 seconds, create an expanding nova of wind, dealing 225 damage and pushing enemies away.

13
Pixie Boost Icon.png
Pixie Boost

Pixie Dust gives 50% bonus Movement Speed, decaying to 20% over 3 seconds.


Type: Status effect
Affects: Allied Heroes
Properties: Movement Speed

  • Movement Speed bonus decreases by 5% every 0.5 seconds.
Safety Dust Icon.png
Safety Dust

Increase Pixie Dust's duration by 1 second. Soothing Mist and Blink Heal heal allies with an active Pixie Dust for 75% more.


Type: Healing dealt modifier
Affects: Self

  • Stacks additively with other healing modifiers that affect healing dealt and multiplicatively with modifiers that affect healing received.
Pixie Power Icon.png
Pixie Power

Reduce the cooldown of Pixie Dust by 3 seconds and increase the Spell Armor granted by 25.

16
Hush! Icon.png
Hush!

Enemy Heroes hit by the center of Arcane Flare are Silenced for 1 second and deal 25% less damage for 3 seconds.


Type: Crowd Control, Offensive damage modifier
Affects: Enemy Heroes
Properties: Silence

  • Damage debuff stacks additively with other offensive damage modifiers affecting the target's damage output.
Critterize Icon.png
Critterize

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


Type: Defensive damage modifier
Affects: Enemy Heroes

  • Does not stack with other negative Armor effects. Other defensive damage modifiers may stack.
  • Damage taken is only increased by 25% assuming no positive Armor is in play. E.g. at 75 positive Armor, applying this debuff doubles the relative damage the enemy Hero takes.
Phase Out Icon.png
Phase Out

Cooldown: 20 seconds
Active: Activate to place Brightwing in Stasis for 0.75 seconds.


Type: Status effect
Affects: Self
Targeting: No Target
Properties: Stasis
Cast time: Instant

  • Phase Out cannot be cancelled.
  • Brightwing retains collision during Phase Out.
20
Invisible Friends Icon.png
Invisible Friends

Blink Heal grants Stealth to Brightwing. If Blink Heal is cast on a Hero, they are also granted Stealth. While Stealthed by Invisible Friends, Heroes heal for 20 Health per second and are Unrevealable for the first 0.5 seconds.

Remaining stationary for at least 1.5 seconds while Stealthed grants Invisible.


Type: Status Effect, Healing
Scaling: 4.00%
Affects: Allied Heroes, Self
Properties: Heal over Time, Stealth
Tickrate: 1.0 per second
Intensive Winds Icon.png
Intensive Winds

Permanently reduce Emerald Wind's cooldown to 5 seconds.

Speedy Dragon Icon.png
Speedy Dragon

Permanently gain 20% Movement Speed. Reduce Phase Shift's cast time by 1 second.


Type: Status effect
Affects: Self
Properties: Movement Speed
Faerie Protector Icon.png
Faerie Protector

Cooldown: 45 seconds
Active: Activate to apply Pixie Dust to all nearby Heroes.

Passive: Pixie Dust always bounces back and applies to Brightwing.


Type: Defensive damage modifier
Affects: Allied Heroes, Self
Targeting: No target
Cast time: Instant
Area of Effect: Circle
Radius: 8.0

  • Benefits from all talents affecting Pixie Dust.
  • Does not stack with other positive Spell Armor effects. Other defensive damage modifiers may stack.

Builds and guides[]

Icy Veins Brightwing Guide

Brightwing Community Build Guides @ HeroesFire

Brightwing Community Build Guides @ Heroes Hearth

Skins[]

Brightwing Skins
 
Rare Faerie Dragon
Backstory: Like many Faerie Dragons, Brightwing is happiest darting around the forests of Ashenvale, healing friends, and then grabbing a light snack. By the way, did you know a human head only weighs ten pounds? Talk about light!
Brightwing Faerie Dragon.jpg
Gem.png625 / Money.png7,000
Faerie Dragon
Brightwing Tropical.jpg
Free
Tropical
Brightwing Darkwing.jpg
Free
Darkwing
Brightwing Primal.jpg
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Primal
Epic Destroyer
Backstory: All will burn beneath the shadow of her tiny, adorable wings.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of alternative history skins.
Brightwing Destroyer.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png400
Brightwing Destroyer Tyrannical.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png400
Tyrannical
Brightwing Destroyer Glorious.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png400
Glorious
Brightwing Destroyer Ancient.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png400
Ancient
Brightwing Destroyer Savage.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png400
Savage
Rare Fey Dragon
Backstory: 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.jpg
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Brightwing Fey Dragon Onyx.jpg
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Onyx
Brightwing Fey Dragon Pink.jpg
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Pink
Epic Flying Monkey
Backstory: The magical flying creatures of Sky Temple often cause trouble for the locals. It can be hard to run a successful bazaar when your merchandise disappears into thin air.
Features: Replaced voice-over, themed abilities.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of Luxoria skins.
Brightwing Flying Monkey.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png400
Brightwing Flying Monkey Violet.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png400
Violet
Brightwing Flying Monkey Elder.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png400
Elder
Rare Monarch
Backstory: 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.jpg
Gem.png160 / Shard.png100
Brightwing Monarch Nether.jpg
Gem.png160 / Shard.png100
Nether
Brightwing Monarch Magenta.jpg
Gem.png160 / Shard.png100
Magenta
Brightwing Monarch Emerald.jpg
Gem.png160 / Shard.png100
Emerald
Brightwing Event Skins
 
Rare / Epic Bewitching Hallow's End
Backstory: 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.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of holiday skins.
Brightwing Bewitching.jpg
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Brightwing Bewitching Crimson.jpg
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Crimson
Brightwing Bewitching Wild.jpg
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Wild
Brightwing Bewitching Spirited.jpg
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Spirited
Brightwing Bewitching Dusk.jpg
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Dusk
Brightwing Bewitching Spectral.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png400
Spectral

Portraits[]

Brightwing Portraits
 
Bewitching Brightwing Portrait.png
Hallow's End Bewitching Brightwing
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Brightwing Hero Portrait.png
Brightwing Hero
Brightwing Mastery Portrait.png
Brightwing Mastery
Burglar Brightwing Portrait.png
The Scarlet Heist Burglar Brightwing
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Carbot Brightwing Portrait.png
Carbot Brightwing
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Flying Monkey Brigthwing Portrait.png
Flying Monkey Brigthwing
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Fuzzums Brightwing Portrait.png
Toys II Fuzzums Brightwing
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40

Sprays[]

Brightwing Sprays
 
Bewitching Brightwing Spray.png
Hallow's End Bewitching Brightwing
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Carbot Brightwing Spray.png
Carbot Brightwing
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Cartoon Brightwing Spray.png
Cartoon Brightwing
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Máscara de Alasol Spray.gif
Nexomania Máscara de Alasol
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Old Timey Flying Monkey Brightwing Spray.png
Old Timey Flying Monkey Brightwing
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Tattoo Brightwing Spray.png
Tattoo Brightwing
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40

Emojis[]

Brightwing Pack 1 Emoji Brightwing Pack 1 Brightwing Happy.png Brightwing Pack 2 Emoji Brightwing Pack 2 Brightwing Angry.png
Emoji Name Shortcut Emoji Name Shortcut
Emoji Brightwing Pack 1 Brightwing Happy.png Brightwing Happy :brightwinghappy:
:bwhappy:
Emoji Brightwing Pack 2 Brightwing Angry.png Brightwing Angry :brightwingangry:
:bwangry:
Emoji Brightwing Pack 1 Brightwing ROFL.png Brightwing ROFL :brightwinglol:
:brightwingrofl:
:bwlol:
:bwrofl:
Emoji Brightwing Pack 2 Brightwing Cool.png Brightwing Cool :brightwingcool:
:bwcool:
Emoji Brightwing Pack 1 Brightwing Sad.png Brightwing Sad :brightwingsad:
:bwsad:
Emoji Brightwing Pack 2 Brightwing Oops.png Brightwing Embarrassed :brightwingoops:
:brightwingembarrassed:
:bwoops:
:bwembarrassed:
Emoji Brightwing Pack 1 Brightwing Silly.png Brightwing Silly :brightwingsilly:
:bwsilly:
Emoji Brightwing Pack 2 Brightwing Love.png Brightwing in Love :brightwinglove:
:brightwinginlove:
:bwlove:
:bwinlove:
Emoji Brightwing Pack 1 Brightwing Meh.png Brightwing Speechless :brightwingmeh:
:brightwingspeechless:
:bwmeh:
:bwspeechless:
Emoji Brightwing Pack 2 Brightwing Surprised.png Brightwing Surprised :brightwingwow:
:brightwingsurprised:
:bwwow:
:bwsurprised:

Quotes[]


Development[]

The developers wanted from the beginning Brightwing to be about mitigating damage rather than traditional healing. When they examined the Warcraft III Faerie Dragon, they decided to focus on the fantasy of whimsical powers and pixie dust. The abilities ”Polymorph” and “Pixie Dust” quickly became two staples to build the rest of her kit around. To really push the envelope, they debated and experimented with some complicated mechanics, like mana burn and giving her the ability to fly to allies, but eventually had to tone it back because the extra mechanics got really complicated.

Designing "Phase Shift" as a replacement for a traditional Mount ability was also something that struck the developer team as something special. The goal was to create an omnipresent hero similar to Abathur, but with a stronger tactical presence. The developers wanted Phase Shift to require an ally to play off of and support her trait's design. Brightwing's trait was then purposely designed to be simple, allowing Brightwing players to scan the battlefield constantly. They also wanted to give Phase Shift global range so that there were more opportunities to cast it and to play up soft split pushing strategies.[6]

During development, there were thoughts about giving Brightwing an ultimate where you would "draw" a path of healing with your mouse for a few seconds. Unfortunately, complex systems that sound really cool on paper often either end up with not-so-cool gameplay or a bottomless pit of technical problems to overcome. That idea was pared down and refined until it became Blink Heal.[7]

Trivia[]

  • Brightwing represents the faerie dragon unit from Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne (July 2003).
  • After being introduced in Heroes of the Storm, Brightwing went on to appear in World of Warcraft: Legion (August 2016).
  • Brightwing is voiced by Amber Hood.[8]
  • Brightwing was one of the four heroes revealed at PAX East 2014.[9]
  • Brightwing's "Polymorph" Ability randomly turns the target either into a pig, a squirrel or a crab.
    • The "Flying Monkey" skins cause the Polymorphed enemies to turn into little monkeys instead.
  • There is a Brightwing's model update that was shelved after the backlash due to Murky's model update. Both Murky and Brightwing were built in ways that made them difficult to alter, and the art team wanted to address the issue by fixing these problems internally before release. Their schedule didn't permit them to complete the updates before going live. The visual differences are primarily intended to bridge the gap between the current in-game Brightwing and Samwise's concept and improve Brightwing's presence from game-view.[10]
  • The Monarch blurb is a reference to the Venture Bros., whose arch nemesis the Monarch insists the butterfly of the same name has a deadly sting.

Gallery[]

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External links[]


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