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Illidan Stormrage is a Melee Assassin Hero from the Warcraft universe.

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

Ilidan is an Assassin that 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.

Strengths Edit

  • Capable to solo mercenary camps easily
  • Powerful solo duelist
  • Capable to go over structures with Dive and Sweeping Strike
  • Able to cross lanes to ambush enemy hero or escape almost instantly with The Hunt
  • When left alone, can pressure enemy lane with consistent lifesteal
  • Evasion grants strong damage bleed which outmaneuvers multiple physical attackers

Weaknesses Edit

  • Demands extended knowledge of map mechanics and enemy placing
  • Burst damage is very low, and sustainability against multiple enemies is limited.
  • Awful waveclear.
  • Weak on maps where pushing is required (like Battlefield of Eternity).
  • Extremely weak when played from behind.
  • Exceptionally vulnerable to all sources of crowd control, especially blind, root, silence, attack speed reduction and stun.
  • Heavy reliance on physical attacks.
  • Relies on Sixth Sense for Spell armor.
  • Very weak against multiple heroes (especially during teamfight).
  • Almost no access to crowd control.
  • Incompetent pushing.
  • Must rely on allied hero to enable him in team fight.
  • Low Health Pool.
  • Struggles to fight against other high mobility heroes (like Genji).

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]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
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.

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

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

Talents Edit

Tier 1, Hero Level 1 Edit

Battered Assault Icon New
Battered Assault
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

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%.

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

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.

Immolation Icon New
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

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

Tier 2, Hero Level 4 Edit

Immolation Icon New
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

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

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

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

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Rapid Chase
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

Dive grants 15% Movement Speed for 2.188 seconds.

Tier 3, Hero Level 7 Edit

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Reflexive Block
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

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

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

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

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

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

Tier 4, Hero Level 10 Edit

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Metamorphosis [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
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.

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

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

Tier 5, Hero Level 13 Edit

Immolation Icon New
Nimble Defender
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

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

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Elusive Strike
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

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

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Sixth Sense
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

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

Tier 6, Hero Level 16 Edit

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Marked for Death
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

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

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Blades of Azzinoth
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

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

Fiery Brand
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

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

Tier 7, Hero Level 20 Edit

Metamorphosis Icon New
Demonic Form [Heroic Ability Modifier]
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

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.

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Nowhere to Hide [Heroic Ability Modifier]
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

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

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Nexus Blades
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

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

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

Activate to teleport to a nearby location.

Talent Builds Edit

  • Unending Hatred, Friend or Foe, Hunter's Onslaught, The Hunt, Sixth Sense, Blades of Azzinoth, Nexus Blades

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 IconShard 100
Shan'do IconShard 100
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.
Features themed abilities.
Illidan - Shan'do Illidan - Shan'do - Nightmare Illidan - Shan'do - Northrend Illidan - Shan'do - Vordrassil
Shan'do Nightmare Northrend Vordrassil IconShard 150
Betrayer IconShard 100
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 IconShard 100
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 IconShard 1600
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.
This skin is related to the StarCraft themed-skins. Features altered voice-over and themed abilities.
Illidan - Spectre Illidan - Spectre - Neon Illidan - Spectre - Night Illidan - Ghost
Spectre Neon Night Ghost
Lunar IconShard 400
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.
This skin is related to the Lunar Festival themed-skins. Features themed abilities.
Illidan - Lunar - Red Illidan - Lunar - White Illidan - Lunar - Purple Illidan - Lunar - Dragon
Lunar Heavenly Fire Dragon IconShard 600

Notes Edit

  • A 2UP Illidan figure based on his appearance in Heroes of the Storm will be released in 2015.[1]
  • 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

  • Patch (Patch February 6, 2018Note: Lunar skin added.
  • Patch (Patch July 11, 2017Note: Vordrassil Shan’do Illidan skin added.
  • Patch (Patch October 18, 2016Note: Received additional facial animation polish.
  • Patch (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.
  • Patch (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).
  • Patch (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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