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Mephisto is a Ranged Assassin from the Diablo universe. He is a highly aggressive Mage who deals incredible sustained damage by reducing the cooldowns of his abilities when damaging enemies.

Dul’Mephistos, the Lord of Hatred, is said to the be most cunning among his brethren. Even while imprisoned in a soulstone, his vile influence corrupted the Zakarum and manipulated them into breaking the seal, giving him free reign to reunite the Prime Evils and enslave humanity.

Background Edit

Mephisto is one of three Prime Evils, alongside his brothers Baal and Diablo. Like all the Great Evils, Mephisto was born from one of the seven heads of Tathamet.

He is the eldest of three Prime Evils, and is known for being cunning and manipulative, pulling the strings behind many of the major events that unfolded during his rule over the Burning Hells, while commanding armies against the High Heavens.

Mephisto's daughter, Lilith, was responsible for the creation of the world of men, Sanctuary, alongside her lover, Inarius, as a way to escape from the Eternal Conflict that forever plagued their existence. Once Mephisto and his brothers learned of it, they made their efforts to slowly infiltrate Sanctuary and conquer it for the Burning Hells. Mephisto created the Triune, a religious order to hide their power from the High Heavens, as well to corrupt the mind of the men from afar.

Directly under the Prime Evils in power are the Lesser Evils - Andariel, Duriel, Belial and Azmodan. The four Lesser Evils rose up against the Primes, and despite the efforts of Mephisto and his brothers, they were cast out of Hell into the mortal realm of Sanctuary. As the Three appeared on Sanctuary they were very weak and roamed the world for forty years, spreading terror, destruction and hatred wherever they went. Eventually however the Horadrim, a united order of mages, was created by Tyrael to hunt down and imprison the Prime Evils. Mephisto was the first to be captured and then taken to the city of Kurast, where the Zakarum church was entrusted with guarding him.

Mephisto does not stay silent for long. He immediately begins to try and corrupt the priesthood and its archbishops. Mephisto continued to strengthen his hold over Kurast, and by the time Diablo and Baal arrived to meet him little except for fanatical Zakarum zealots remained. Together the Three opened a portal to Hell through which Diablo stepped through to once again secure their hold over the Burning Hells. Mephisto remained in Kurast, but was killed shortly thereafter by the heroes pursuing Diablo. The heroes then took his soulstone with them to Hell, where they smashed it at the Hellforge.

Gameplay Summary Edit

Mephisto a slippery Assassin with a hit-and-run gameplay style, capable of dealing high amounts of sustained damage in organized teams that can pin down opponents in crowd control chains. He is notable as his trait, Lord of Hatred, causes his Basic Abilities to reduce the cooldown of all his Basic Abilities, essentially allowing him to get resets as long he hits enemy Heroes.

Overall, he fits into most team compositions thanks to his flexibility and talent diversity.

Strengths Edit

  • Considerably high waveclear.
  • Fantastic at follow ups from the rest of the team.
  • Skull Missile pierces all opponents, making Mephisto very effective in lane skirmishes, as minions won't be a problem to hinder his ability to hit enemy Heroes.
  • Lightning Nova is Mephisto main form of sustained damage, which scales as it hits opponents repeatedly.
  • Shade of Mephisto is a quick way to get into combat in order to deal as much damage as possible and then teleport back to safety.
    • Mephisto will teleport back even if he is rooted or stunned.
  • Lord of Hatred rewards Mephisto for hitting multiple opponents with his abilities in order to maximize the cooldown reduction.
    • It can be further improved by talents such as Anger and Spite, further boosting his cooldown reduction.
  • Consume Souls is global-range Heroic that will hit opponents even if they are in stealth.
  • Durance of Hate covers a huge radius and can incapacitate the entire enemy team if well timed.

Weaknesses Edit

  • Relatively mana intensive, despite not having very high costs on his abilities.
  • Requires careful positioning to make the best of his abilities.
  • Not very effective at clearing mercenary camps.
  • Relies on setups from allies in order to maximize his damage.
  • Lacks burst damage.
  • High learning curve.
  • Skull Missile has a small cast time that should be taken in consideration when aiming.
  • Lightning Nova only affects enemies in the circle, meaning Mephisto is vulnerable and won't deal any damage to opponents at melee range.
  • Shade of Mephisto is very telegraphed as it leaves an indicator of where Mephisto will teleport back, meaning it is not effective as a escape tool.
    • Mephisto will not teleport back if he is subject of abilities that remove him from the battlefield temporarily, such as Stitches' Gorge or entering Blaze's Bunker Drop.
  • Lord of Hatred only grants cooldown reduction if Mephisto hits enemy Heroes with Basic Abilities, meaning he gets no value when hitting minions.
  • Consume Souls has a startup and can be anticipated by Heroes that can shield themselves from damage.
  • Durance of Hate is easy to avoid due being a slow skillshot with a cast time, resulting in a very telegraphed attack.

Abilities Edit

Icon Skull Missile
Skull Missile (Q)
Mana: 20
Cooldown: 8 seconds

Conjure a skull that travels in the target direction after 0.75 seconds, dealing 127 damage to enemies hit and Slowing Heroes hit by 25% for 2 seconds.

Icon Lightning Nova
Lightning Nova (W)
Mana: 55
Cooldown: 14 seconds

A ring of lightning appears around Mephisto for 2.5 seconds. Enemies within the ring take 48 damage every 0.25 seconds. Each time a cast of Lightning Nova hits a Hero, its damage is increased by 4%, up to 40%.

Icon Shade of Mephisto
Shade of Mephisto (E)
Mana: 40
Cooldown: 18 seconds

Teleport to a location, dealing 78 damage to nearby enemies and leaving behind a Shade of Mephisto at Mephisto's original location. After 2.5 seconds, Mephisto is teleported back to the Shade's location.

Traits Edit

Icon Lord of Hatred
Lord of Hatred [Passive]

Hitting enemy Heroes with Basic Abilities reduces Mephisto's Basic Ability cooldowns.

Skull Missile and Shade of Mephisto grant 1.5 seconds of cooldown reduction per Hero hit, and Lightning Nova grants 0.3 seconds per Hero hit.

Heroic Abilities Edit

Icon Consume Souls
Consume Souls (R) [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 80
Cooldown: 120 seconds

Channel for 2.5 seconds, revealing all enemy Heroes. After the Channel completes, all enemy Heroes take 357 damage and are Slowed by 40% for 2.5 seconds.

Icon Durance of Hate
Durance of Hate (R) [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 60
Cooldown: 80 seconds

After 1 second, unleash a wave of evil spirits that Root the first enemy Hero hit for 2 seconds and deal 160 damage to them over the same duration. Durance of Hate spreads outwards from its initial target, Rooting and damaging additional nearby enemy Heroes.

Talents Edit

Tier 1, Hero Level 1 Edit

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Unyielding Power
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

IconQuestTalent Quest: Hit Heroes with Skull Missile.
IconQuestTalent Reward: After hitting 20 Heroes, increase Skull Missile's damage by 60.
IconQuestTalent Reward: After hitting 40 Heroes, Skull Missile's cooldown is permanently reduced by 3 seconds.

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Furious Spark
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

Every 5th hit from Lightning Nova against the same target deals 90 bonus damage.

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Malicious Intent
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

Shade of Mephisto grants 20% Spell Power while active and for 2.5 seconds after ending.

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Anger
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

Basic Attacks also activate Lord of Hatred, reducing Basic Ability cooldowns by 0.75 seconds.

Tier 2, Hero Level 4 Edit

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Hateful Mending
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

Skull Missile heals Mephisto for 50% of the damage it deals to Heroes.

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Static Barrier
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

At the end of its duration, Lightning Nova grants Mephisto a Shield equal to 50% of the damage it dealt to Heroes. Lasts 7 seconds.

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Spite
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

Increase Regeneration Globe healing duration by 60%. Every tick of Regeneration Globe healing activates Lord of Hatred, reducing Basic Ability cooldowns by 0.5 seconds.

Tier 3, Hero Level 7 Edit

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Frost Storm
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

Enemies near Shade of Mephisto are Slowed by 40% for 2 seconds.

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Ghastly Armor
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

Shade of Mephisto grants 20 Armor while active and for 2.5 seconds after it ends.

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Trickery
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

After Shade of Mephisto expires, all Slows and Roots are removed from Mephisto and he gains 20% Movement Speed for 3 seconds.

Cooldown: 60 seconds

Tier 4, Hero Level 10 Edit

Icon Consume Souls
Consume Souls (R) [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 80
Cooldown: 120 seconds

Channel for 2.5 seconds, revealing all enemy Heroes. After the Channel completes, all enemy Heroes take 357 damage and are Slowed by 40% for 2.5 seconds.

Icon Durance of Hate
Durance of Hate (R) [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 60
Cooldown: 80 seconds

After 1 second, unleash a wave of evil spirits that Root the first enemy Hero hit for 2 seconds and deal 160 damage to them over the same duration. Durance of Hate spreads outwards from its initial target, Rooting and damaging additional nearby enemy Heroes.

Tier 5, Hero Level 13 Edit

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Abhorred Skull
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

Hitting a Hero with Skull Missile grants 20% Spell Power for 6 seconds.

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Hysteria
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

Lord of Hatred also reduces the cooldown of Mephisto's Heroic Ability.

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Shard of Hate
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

Basic Attacks hit enemies near the primary target.

Tier 6, Hero Level 16 Edit

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Lightning Reaction
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Skull Missile explodes on contact with Lightning Nova, dealing 144 damage to nearby enemies.

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Static Field
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

When Lightning Nova's damage bonus reaches 40%, enemy Heroes within its radius take damage equal to 12% of their maximum Health.

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Animosity
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Activate to extend the duration of Lightning Nova by 2.5 seconds.

Passive: Basic Attacks while Lightning Nova is active cause an immediate pulse of Lightning Nova damage.

Tier 7, Hero Level 20 Edit

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Consumed by Hatred
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

Consume Souls deals bonus damage equal to 10% of the target's missing Health. If Consume Souls kills a Hero it will cast again 1 additional time.

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Unspeakable Horror
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

Durance of Hate Silences enemies for 2 seconds after its Root expires.

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Shade Lord
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

Activate to swap locations with Shade of Mephisto and refresh its duration.

Passive: Shade of Mephisto benefits from all of Mephisto's level 7 Talents.

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Mimic
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

While both Shade of Mephisto and Lightning Nova are active, Lightning Nova also casts from the Shade's location.

Tips Edit

  • Lightning Nova's range is the same as Mephisto basic attack range. Take this in consideration when trying to hit opponents and maximize his damage output.
  • Try to hit as many enemies as possible with Mephisto's Basic Abilities to maximize the cooldown reduction from Lord of Hatred.

Talent Builds Edit

Matchups Edit

Pairings Edit

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Effective foes Edit

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Skins Edit

Lord of Hatred (base)
Star Wraith
The Eternal Empire is built upon conquest and servitude, but not all planets submit easily. Upon the Star Lord's command, the legion of Star Wraiths descend upon rebellious worlds leaving only scarred husks in their wake.

Development Edit

In August 20, 2018, Mephisto was announced as a playable Hero.

Videos Edit

TriviaEdit

  • Mephisto appeared in the promotional trailer for the Heroes Founder's Pack alongside Baal.[1]
  • Paul Eiding, Mephisto's voice actor, is credited for voicing many other characters from all Diablo games aside from the Lord of Hatred, most notably the Narrator in both Diablo and Diablo II, Aidan (the Warrior) in Diablo I, and Mayor Holus in Diablo III.
  • Some of Mephisto's abilities and talents make reference to the Diablo universe:

Patch changes Edit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 2015-01-21, Heroes Founder's Pack. Facebook, accessed on 2015-01-21
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