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Samuro
Samuro

"I hear and obey."

Basic Info
Title The Blademaster
Role Melee Assassin Melee Assassin
Difficulty Hard
Franchise Warcraft Warcraft
Price Gem750 / Money10,000
Release Date October 18, 2016
Base Stats
Attack Type Melee
Health 1725
Health Regen 3.5898
Resource None
Unit Radius 0.6875
Attack Speed 1.67
Attack Range 2.0
Attack Damage 102
Data Page

Samuro, the Blademaster, is a Melee Assassin Hero from the Warcraft universe. Samuro, the last remaining Blademaster to wear the banner of the Burning Blade, is on a warrior's pilgrimage in search of vengeance and redemption for his fallen clan. It will be a long journey, but he has sworn an oath to restore his clan's honor.

Samuro is a stealthed Assassin who's great at capturing Mercenary camps and is difficult to kill.

Background[ | ]

Warcraft This section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft universe.

Samuro once lived in a village with his brethren. Unfortunately for him, a bloodthirsty Wildkin known as Bloodbeak destroyed his village. With vengeance in mind, Samuro hunted Bloodbeak until he finally met with success. Bloodbeak was slain, and Samuro could pay attention to his newly assigned task of sabotaging a Kul Tiras base camp near the coast.

Samuro was successful in this as well by using stealth to place demolition charges near vital structures of the Kul Tiras base (likely Tiragarde Keep in World of Warcraft). With his mission accomplished, Rexxar, Rokhan, and Chen Stormstout could continue with a mission of their own, and Samuro was free to continue as he wished.

Gameplay[ | ]

Samuro is a Melee Assassin who can Stealth and create Images of himself on demand.

Strength[ | ]

  • Can create disposable copies of himself making him difficult to kill.
  • Ganking
  • Very good at capturing Mercenary Camps

Weaknesses[ | ]

Abilities[ | ]

See Data page for a table of scaled values at key levels.
Advancing Strikes Icon
Image Transmission
Cooldown: 14 seconds

Activate to switch places with a target Mirror Image, removing most negative effects from Samuro and the Mirror Image.


Type: Movement: Teleport, Status effect
Affects: Self, Images
Targeting: Unit target
Properties: Stasis
Cast time: Instant
Range: Global

  • Samuro can not use Image Transmission on a target Image that is Stunned, Silenced, in Stasis or in Time Stop.
  • Using Image Transmission to swap between Images puts Samuro and his Images in Stasis for 0.125 seconds, removing debuffs from them and making them briefly untargetable and immune to damage, regardless of which Image was targeted.
  • All of Samuro's Mirror Images' Health are set to match the percentage of Samuro's current Health when the swap is finished.
  • Using Image Transmission during Wind Walk's Unrevealable period doesn't break Stealth, but using it after the Unrevealable period is over will. Real Samuro retains Stealth through the swap.

Advancing Strikes
Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes increase Samuro's Movement Speed by 25% for 2 seconds.

Type: Status effect
Affects: Self, Images

  • Advancing Strikes and the talents enhancing it proc independently on Samuro and each of his Mirror Images.
Mirror Image Icon
Q
Mirror Image
Cooldown: 14 seconds

Teleport a short distance in the direction of the mouse cursor, creating 2 images for 8 seconds with 100% of Samuro's current Health that Basic Attack enemies for 11 damage. Images have their duration increased by 1 second each time they or Samuro use a Basic Attack against an enemy Hero. Whenever an Image takes damage, it deals that amount of damage to itself, effectively doubling the damage it takes.

Maximum 2 Mirror images can be active at a time. Using Mirror Image removes most negative effects from Samuro.


Type: Summon / Movement: Teleport, Status effect
Affects: Self
Targeting: Point target
Properties: Clamping, Stasis
Cast time: Instant
Range: 3.5

Mirror Image
Scaling: 4.00% (damage)
Targeting: Automatic
Health: 100%
Basic Attack damage: 11
Attack speed: 100%
Attack range: 100%
Movement Speed: 100%
Sight radius: 100%
Leash radius: -

  • Samuro appears in the direction of the player's mouse cursor when Mirror Image is cast. Samuro and his Mirror Images spawn in an equilateral triangle around the point where the ability was cast from.
  • Using Mirror Image puts Samuro in Stasis for 0.125 seconds, removing most debuffs from Samuro and making him briefly untargetable and immune to damage. Usable while Rooted as it is cleansed by the Stasis.
  • Samuro and the Images retain the last attack command given to Samuro before casting the Ability and attempt to complete it when the cast ends, unless they are spawned within Basic Attack range of another target, in which case they will focus that target instead.
  • Mirror Images deal the same type of damage that Samuro does.
  • Mirror Images gain all benefits from Samuro's Trait and Talents affecting it.
  • Mirror Images can be affected by Regeneration Globes' healing, but cannot pick them up themselves. The effect is not shared between Samuro and his Images.
  • Killing Mirror Images rewards no XP or Takedown credit.
Critical Strike Icon
W
Critical Strike
Cooldown: 10 seconds

Samuro's next Basic Attack within 8 seconds will be a Critical Strike, dealing 50% increased damage. This also applies to Images, and does not break Wind Walk.

Passive: Samuro and his Images deal a Critical Strike on every 4th Basic Attack.


Type: Offensive damage modifier
Affects: Self, Images
Targeting: No target
Properties: Attack Modifier
Cast time: Instant

  • Does not stack with itself. Activating sets Samuro's next attack to be a critical strike (regardless of if it already was), putting the Ability on cooldown.
  • Activating resets Samuro's Basic Attack cooldown, causing his next Basic Attack to strike immediately.
  • Stacks additively with other offensive damage modifiers that can affect Samuro's Basic Attack damage.
Wind Walk Icon
E
Wind Walk
Cooldown: 15 seconds

Grant Samuro Stealth for up to 10 seconds or until he attacks, uses an Ability, or takes damage.

While Stealthed, Samuro heals for 3% of his maximum Health per second, his Movement Speed is increased by 20%, and he can pass through other units. Remaining stationary for at least 1.5 seconds while Stealthed grants Invisible.

Samuro is Unrevealable for the first 1 second of Wind Walk.


Type: Healing, Status effect
Scaling: -
Affects: Self
Targeting: No target
Properties: Movement Speed, Stealth
Cast time: Instant
Tickrate: 1.0 per second (x10)

  • Using Mirror Image and Mounting during the Unrevealable period will break Stealth once the period ends.
Bladestorm Icon
R
Bladestorm
Cooldown: 25 / 0.5 seconds

Cause a Bladestorm of destructive force around Samuro for 3 seconds, granting him 25 Armor and dealing 180 damage per second to nearby enemies.


Type: Spell Damage / Defensive damage modifier
Scaling: 4.00%
Affects: Enemies / Self
Targeting: No target
Cast time: Instant
Area of Effect: Circle
Radius: 4.25
Tickrate: 5.0 per second (x15)
Damage per tick: 36

  • Bladestorm can be ended prematurely by reactivating the Ability.
  • All other Abilities are disabled during Bladestorm, and Bladestorm is also disabled during the brief Stasis window of Mirror Image and Image Transmission. This also prevents them from being successively cast using the Command Queue system (hold Shift by default).
  • Does not stack with other positive Armor effects. Other defensive damage modifiers may stack.
Illusion Master Icon
R
Illusion Master
Cooldown: 8 seconds

Mirror Images can be controlled individually or as a group and their damage is increased by 100%.

Passive: Image Transmission's cooldown is reduced to 8 seconds.


Type: Offensive damage modifier
Affects: Images

  • Illusion bonus damage stacks additively with other damage modifiers.
  • Illusion Master's active shares a cooldown with Image Transmission, and has all the same properties.
  • Mirror Images have a copy of Illusion Master active and Image Transmission, both of which swap the Image using it with Samuro. The cooldown is shared between Samuro and all his Images.
  • Mirror Images can Mount, Hearth and drink from Healing Fountains. The effect and cooldowns are independent from Samuro and his other Images, including those that have expired.
  • Images can fake capturing Objectives.
  • A Mirror Image Hearthing does not destroy any Mirror Images, but real Samuro Hearthing still does.
  • The Command Queue system can be used to queue Mirror Image and then Illusion Master to swap places with a targeted Mirror Image and then create a new set at his location prior to the swap.

Talents[ | ]

1
Way of Illusion Icon
Way of Illusion

❢ Quest: Every time a Mirror Image Critically Strikes a Hero, Samuro gains 0.25 Basic Attack damage, up to 10.

❢ Reward: After hitting 40 Heroes, Samuro gains an additional 30 Basic Attack damage.


Type: Bonus damage
Scaling: -
Affects: Self
Way of the Blade Icon
Way of the Blade

Critical Strike now happens for Samuro and his Mirror Images every 3rd Basic Attack.

Samuro and his Mirror Images' Critical Strikes against enemy Heroes reduce their Physical Armor by 5 for 2.25 seconds, stacking up to 3 times.


Type: Defensive damage modifier
Affects: Enemy Heroes
Properties: Armor reduction

  • Stacks additively with itself, but not with other negative Physical Armor effects. Other defensive damage modifiers may stack.
Way of the Wind Icon
Way of the Wind

Gain 40% Movement Speed for 3 seconds after entering or exiting Wind Walk. Casting Wind Walk heals Samuro for 4% of his maximum Health.


Type: Healing, Status effect
Scaling: -
Affects: Self
Properties: Movement Speed

  • Does not stack with Wind Walk's baseline Movement Speed bonus nor other sources of Movement Speed.
4
Mirage Icon
Mirage

Mirror Image grants Samuro and his Images 40 Spell Armor against the next 2 sources of Spell Damage, reducing their damage by 40%.


Type: Defensive damage modifier
Affects: Self, Images

  • Stacks are not removed by Spell Damage from Heroic Summons, although their damage is reduced.
  • Does not stack with itself or other positive Spell Armor effects. Other defensive damage modifiers may stack.
One with the Wind Icon
One With The Wind

While Samuro has Wind Walk and for 3 seconds after breaking it, both he and his Mirror Images gain 30 Armor, taking 30% reduced damage from all sources.


Type: Defensive damage modifier
Affects: Self, Images
Properties: Armor

  • Does not stack with other positive Armor effects. Other defensive damage modifiers may stack.
Deflection Icon
Deflection

Advancing Strikes grants Samuro and his Mirror Images 35 Physical Armor.


Type: Defensive damage modifier
Affects: Self, Images
Properties: Physical Armor

  • Does not stack with itself or other positive Armor effects. Other defensive damage modifiers may stack.
7
Burning Blade Icon
Burning Blade

Critical Strikes from Samuro and Mirror Images deal an additional 50% of their Basic Attack damage as Spell Damage to the target and nearby enemies.


Type: Spell Damage
Scaling: 4.00%
Affects: Enemies
Properties: Attack Modifier, Splash
Radius: 2.5

  • Samuro's Burning Blade attacks deal 51 damage around the target and his Images' attacks 5.5 damage.
  • Samuro's Burning Blade attacks benefit from 50% of flat damage bonuses from Way of Illusion.
  • Burning Blade damage is unaffected by Basic Attack damage modifiers, like Critical Strike or Illusion Master's Image bonus damage, but can be affected by offensive damage modifiers that affect Samuro's Spell Damage output.
  • Burning Blade's damage reduction to Samuro himself stacks multiplicatively and damage reduction to Images stacks additively with other offensive damage modifiers affecting Samuro's Spell Damage output.
Phantom Pain Icon
Phantom Pain

Samuro's Critical Strikes against enemy Heroes deal an additional 35% of his Basic Attack damage for each Mirror Image that is active and reduce the cooldown of Image Transmission by 1 second.


Type: Offensive damage modifier
Affects: Self

  • Stacks additively with other offensive damage modifiers that can affect Samuro's Basic Attack damage.
Crushing Blows Icon
Crushing Blows

Samuro's Basic Attacks against Heroes reduce the cooldown of Critical Strike by 2 seconds.

Critical Strikes against enemy Heroes increase Samuro's Basic Attack damage by 10% for 4 seconds, stacking up to 3 times.


Type: Offensive damage modifier
Affects: Self

  • Images' Critical Strikes do not grant stacks.
  • Basic Attack damage buff is incremented just before each Basic Attack connects, and hence each Basic Attack itself benefits from the increased damage.
  • Stacks additively with itself and other offensive damage modifiers that can affect Samuro's Basic Attack damage.
10
Bladestorm Icon
Bladestorm

Cooldown: 25 seconds
Cause a Bladestorm of destructive force around Samuro for 3 seconds, granting him 25 Armor and dealing 180 damage per second to nearby enemies.

Illusion Master Icon
Illusion Master

Cooldown: 8 seconds
Mirror Images can be controlled individually or as a group and their damage is increased by 100%.

Passive: Image Transmission's cooldown is reduced to 8 seconds.

13
Mirrored Steel Icon
Mirrored Steel

Samuro's Basic Attacks against Heroes reduce the cooldown of Mirror Image by 0.75 seconds.


Properties: Attack Modifier
Kawarimi Icon
Kawarimi

Wind Walk creates an Image at Samuro's location that will continue whatever he was doing.


  • If there are already two Images active, the one farthest from Samuro will be destroyed.
Shukuchi Icon
Shukuchi

Wind Walk teleports Samuro a short distance in the direction he's currently facing.


Type: Movement: Teleport
Affects: Self
Targeting: No target
Range: 4.0

  • If Samuro is Rooted when Wind Walk is cast, he will be Stealthed normally, but cannot teleport.
16
Merciless Strikes Icon
Merciless Strikes

Samuro's Basic Attacks against Stunned, Rooted, or Slowed enemies are always Critical Strikes.


  • These attacks benefit from all Talents affecting Critical Strike.
Harsh Winds Icon
Harsh Winds

Attacking a Hero during Wind Walk causes them to take 30% increased damage from Samuro for 3 seconds.


Type: Defensive damage modifier
Affects: Enemies

  • Increased damage effect is applied just before the first instance of damage connects, and hence the first instance also benefits from this buff.
  • Stacks multiplicatively with other defensive damage modifiers affecting the target.
Press the Attack Icon
Press the Attack

While Advancing Strikes is active, Samuro and his Mirror Images gain 10% Attack Speed every time they Basic Attack, up to 40%.


Type: Status effect
20
Dance of Death Icon
Dance of Death

Mirror Images use Bladestorm when Samuro does, but for 45% damage. If Samuro hits at least 20 enemy Heroes with Bladestorm, then reset its cooldown.


Type: Spell Damage
Scaling: 4.00%
Affects: Enemies
Mirror Image Bladestorm damage: 81 per second
Damage per tick: 16.2

  • Mirror Images' Bladestorm hits do not count for the cooldown reset.
  • Dance of Death uses its own damage base value, causing the given percentage to stack multiplicatively with offensive damage modifiers.
Three Blade Style Icon
Three Blade Style

Samuro's Images only deal half of the damage they take to themselves, effectively increasing their Health by 25%, and their duration is increased to 16 seconds.


  • The effective Health increase is stated incorrectly in the description. The functionality causes Samuro's Images to take 25% less damage, which is equivalent to a 33% increase in effective Health.
Wind Strider Icon
Wind Strider

Wind Walk's cooldown is reduced by 6 seconds.

Blademasters Pursuit Icon
Blademaster's Pursuit

Advancing Strikes grants an additional 15% Movement Speed for Samuro and his Mirror Images, and its duration is increased by 2 seconds.

Builds and guides[ | ]

Icy Veins Samuro Guide

Samuro Community Build Guides @ HeroesFire

Samuro Community Build Guides @ Heroes Hearth

Skins[ | ]

Samuro Skins
 
Rare The Blademaster
Backstory: Samuro, the last remaining blademaster to wear the banner of the Burning Blade, is on a warrior's pilgrimage in search of vengeance and redemption for his fallen clan. It will be a long journey, but he has sworn an oath to restore his clan's honor.
Samuro The Blademaster
Gem750 / Money10,000
The Blademaster
Samuro Warsong
Free
Warsong
Samuro Shattered Hand
Free
Shattered Hand
Samuro Dark Hand
Gem120 / Shard75
Dark Hand
Rare Burning Blade
Backstory: There are no clans in the New Horde, but Samuro will not abandon the Burning Blade. Adorned in his family's ancestral armor, he will fight under both banners until his clan's honor is restored.
Samuro Burning Blade
Gem120 / Shard75
Samuro Burning Blade Pallid
Gem120 / Shard75
Pallid
Samuro Burning Blade Amber
Gem120 / Shard75
Amber
Samuro Burning Blade Draenor
Gem120 / Shard75
Draenor
Samuro Burning Blade Fel
Gem120 / Shard75
Fel
Epic Hellblade
Backstory: The Blackrock chieftain is dead and the Doomhammer has been stolen. Samuro may have failed to protect his master, but he has sworn to exact vengeance upon the Warlord of the Ashwolf clan.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of Warcraft alternative shared history skins.
Samuro Hellblade
Gem350 / Shard400
Samuro Hellblade Felblade
Gem350 / Shard400
Felblade
Samuro Hellblade Shadowmoon
Gem350 / Shard400
Shadowmoon
Samuro Hellblade Warsong
Gem350 / Shard400
Warsong
Legendary Monkey King
Backstory: The Legend of the Monkey King has spread wide, across both earthly and heavenly realms alike. It is no wonder his incredible fighting spirit was drawn to the conflicted lands of the Nexus.
Features: Themed abilities, replaced voice-over, themed animations.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of holiday skins.
Samuro Monkey King
Gem750 / Shard1,600
Samuro Monkey King Jade
Gem750 / Shard1,600
Jade
Samuro Monkey King Super
Gem750 / Shard1,600
Super
Samuro Monkey King Midnight
Gem750 / Shard1,600
Midnight
Samuro Monkey King Genius
Gem750 / Shard1,600
Genius
Samuro Monkey King Golden
Gem750 / Shard1,600
Golden

Portraits[ | ]

Samuro Portraits
 
Carbot Samuro Portrait
Carbot Samuro
Gem120 / Shard75
Genius Monkey King Samuro Portrait
Lunar Festival Genius Monkey King Samuro
Gem75 / Shard40
Hellblade Samuro Portrait
Hellblade Samuro
Gem75 / Shard40
Lil' Lunar Samuro Portrait
Lunar Festival Lil' Lunar Samuro
Gem75 / Shard40
Monkey King Samuro Portrait
Lunar Festival Monkey King Samuro
Gem75 / Shard40
Samuro Emblem Portrait
Samuro Emblem
Gem75 / Shard40
Samuro Hero Portrait
Samuro Hero

Samuro Mastery Portrait
Samuro Mastery
Samurobot Insignia Portrait
Samurobot Insignia
Gem75 / Shard40
Stylized Monkey King Samuro Portrait
Stylized Monkey King Samuro
Gem75 / Shard40
Toon Monkey King Samuro Portrait
Lunar Festival Toon Monkey King Samuro
Gem75 / Shard40

Sprays[ | ]

Samuro Sprays
 
Carbot Samuro Spray
Carbot Samuro
Gem120 / Shard75
Feast-ival Samuro Spray
Lunar Festival Feast-ival Samuro
Gem120 / Shard75
Gingerbread Samuro Spray
Winter Veil Gingerbread Samuro
Gem120 / Shard75
Lunar Samuro Lantern Spray
Lunar Festival Lunar Samuro Lantern
Gem120 / Shard75
Ironblade Samuro Spray
Ironblade Samuro
Gem75 / Shard40
Samurobot Insignia Spray
Samurobot Insignia
Gem75 / Shard40
Stylized Monkey King Samuro Spray
Stylized Monkey King Samuro
Gem75 / Shard40

Emojis[ | ]

Samuro Pack 1 Emoji Samuro Pack 1 Samuro Happy Samuro Pack 2 Emoji Samuro Pack 2 Samuro Angry
Emoji Name Shortcut Emoji Name Shortcut
Emoji Samuro Pack 1 Samuro Happy Samuro Happy :samurohappy:
:samhappy:
Emoji Samuro Pack 2 Samuro Angry Samuro Angry :samuroangry:
:samangry:
Emoji Samuro Pack 1 Samuro ROFL Samuro ROFL :samurolol:
:samurorofl:
:samlol:
:samrofl:
Emoji Samuro Pack 2 Samuro Cool Samuro Cool :samurocool:
:samcool:
Emoji Samuro Pack 1 Samuro Sad Samuro Sad :samurosad:
:samsad:
Emoji Samuro Pack 2 Samuro Oops Samuro Embarrassed :samurooops:
:samuroembarrassed:
:samoops:
:samembarrassed:
Emoji Samuro Pack 1 Samuro Silly Samuro Silly :samurosilly:
:samsilly:
Emoji Samuro Pack 2 Samuro Love Samuro in Love :samurolove:
:samuroinlove:
:samlove:
:saminlove:
Emoji Samuro Pack 1 Samuro Meh Samuro Speechless :samuromeh:
:samurospeechless:
:sammeh:
:samspeechless:
Emoji Samuro Pack 2 Samuro Surprised Samuro Surprised :samurowow:
:samurosurprised:
:samwow:
:samsurprised:

Quotes[ | ]


Trivia[ | ]

  • Samuro was one of the names given to blademaster heroes in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (July 2002). He also appeared during the Horde campaign in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne (July 2003).
  • Samuro is voiced by veteran Blizzard artist Samwise Didier.
  • In earlier builds of the game, Samuro was known as Za'Muro and his design had StarCraft influences.
  • Samuro's flag changes pattern, color, symbol, and shape depending on the palettes. On his default skin, it becomes the symbol of the Burning_Blade_clan. His other tints change the flags to the Warsong clan and the Shattered Hand Clan symbols.
  • One of the arcade machines on Braxis Holdout has the title "Samuro Shodown" (a reference to the 1993 game Samurai Shodown).[1] When clicked, two holographic blademasters start dueling each other.[2]
  • One of Samuro's quotes references Usagi Yojimbo, a comic book rabbit samurai from 1984 - present.
  • Samuro's Genius Monkey King skin is likely a reference to character Mojo Jojo from the 1998 cartoon Powerpuff Girls.
  • Samuro's Super Monkey King skin is likely a reference to character Goku from Dragon Ball.

Gallery[ | ]

General[ | ]

Abilities[ | ]

Prerelease[ | ]

Videos[ | ]

References[ | ]

  1. Samurai Shodown. Wikipedia, accessed on 2016-08-29
  2. 2016-08-23, Gamescom 2016 Braxis Holdout gameplay footage. YouTube, accessed on 2016-08-23

External links[ | ]

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