Sonya

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Sonya
Sonya
Basic Info
Title Wandering Barbarian
Role
Franchise Diablo (franchise) Diablo
Type Melee
Release Date March 13, 2014
Base Stats
Health 2435
Health Regen 5.08
Energy 100
Energy Regen 0
Speed 4.3984
Attack Speed 1.25
Attack Range 1.5
Attack Damage 92
Stats per level
Max Health 220
Health Regen 0.457
Ranged Damage 4
Splash Damage 4
Max Energy 0
Energy Regen 0

Sonya, the Wandering Barbarian, is a melee warrior hero from the Diablo universe.[1][2] From the frozen Dreadlands of the north come the mighty Barbarian warriors. After surviving the destruction of her home and death of her tribe, Sonya wanders Sanctuary in search of battle and a better life for her people.

Sonya is a direct fighter who uses Fury instead of Mana. Leeches life from enemies by attacking and using Abilities.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

Diablo (franchise) This section concerns content exclusive to Diablo universe.

Steeped in mystery and tradition, these people refer to themselves as the "Children of Bul-Kathos," the great and ancient king. To better protect their lands from outside forces, they adopted a nomadic lifestyle, frequently moving within the confines of the Steppes and maintaining few permanent settlements. Isolating themselves from the world outside their territories, they eschew the use of magics and complex machinery, as they believe these things can only weaken their resolve developed over so many years.

The Children of Bul-Kathos have developed a kinship with the land and have learned to harness the primal energies within nature to enhance their own substantial physical prowess. It is because of this, together with their freedom from the trappings of the outside world, that the Western Kingdoms have historically referred to these tribes as "Barbarians," an epithet that belies the rich cultural and spiritual history these people truly possess. Although some trade with these curious bands of nomads, they do so only along the outermost borders of their lands. All intrusions into the territory surrounding Mount Arreat are forbidden, and warriors from the northern tribes are quick to thwart any incursions. Every foreign attempt at conquest has been met with fierce and decisive resistance.

An account of one skirmish recounts how hordes of Barbarian tribesmen silently appeared where none had been but moments before. Their bodies painted in mysterious designs and their faces howling as they charged like the fierce mountain winds, the tribesmen descended on the invaders. Fully half of the trespassing army immediately dropped their weapons and fled, the remainder were set upon by the Northmen with fervor that none of the battle-hardened invaders had ever witnessed. No mercy was asked and none was given, but in the end, when the outlanders sounded a full retreat, no chase was given either... at least none that could be observed.

Since news of Diablo's re-emergence has spread, a small number of Barbarian warriors have begun roving the lands outside the Steppes, prepared for war and seeking information regarding the recent activities of the Prime Evils.

Renowned for their awesome combat prowess as well as their arrogant demeanor, the Barbarians appear to be perpetually girt for battle. Through harsh conditioning, the Barbarians excel in physical combat and tremendous feats of strength. They derive their power chiefly through intense physical training, but they also tap primal energies from the living world around them. They can manifest these or add to their already considerable catalogue of superhuman feats of strength and power.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Fury Icon.png
Fury
Use Fury instead of Mana, which is gained by taking or dealing damage. Using a Basic or Heroic Ability grants 10% Movement Speed for 4 seconds.
Ancient Spear Icon.png
Q
Ancient Spear
Cooldown: 13 seconds
Throw out a spear that pulls you to the first enemy hit, dealing 380 (180 + 4% per level) damage and briefly stunning them. If this hits an enemy, generate 40 Fury.
Seismic Slam Icon.png
W
Seismic Slam
25 Mana Cooldown: 1 seconds
Deals 421 (200 + 4% per level) damage to the target enemy, and 106 (50 + 4% per level) to enemies behind the target.
Whirlwind Icon.png
E
Whirlwind
40 Mana Cooldown: 4 seconds
Deals 875 (415 + 4% per level) damage to nearby enemies over 3 seconds, and heals for 20% of damage dealt. Healing tripled versus Heroes.
Leap Icon.png
R
Leap
Cooldown: 70 seconds
Leap into the air, dealing 270 (128 + 4% per level) damage to nearby enemies, and stunning them for 1.5 seconds.
Wrath of the Berserker Icon.png
R
Wrath of the Berserker
Cooldown: 45 seconds
Increase damage dealt by 40%. Reduce the duration of silences, stuns, slows, roots, and polymorphs against you by 50%. Lasts 15 seconds, and extends by 1 second for every 10 Fury gained.

Talents[edit | edit source]

1
War Paint Icon.png
War Paint
Basic Attacks heal you for 30% of the damage dealt.
Block Icon.png
Block
Every 5 seconds, you can Block a Basic Attack from an enemy Hero reducing its damage by 50%. Stores up to 2 charges.
Shot of Fury Icon.png
Shot of Fury
Increases your maximum Fury by 50. You can also activate your Trait to gain 50 Fury. Usable while Whirlwinding.
4
Focused Attack Icon.png
Focused Attack
Every 10 seconds, your next Basic Attack against a Hero deals 75% additional damage. Basic Attacks reduce this cooldown by 1 second.
Shattered Ground Icon.png
Shattered Ground
Increases Seismic Slam splash damage to 75% of primary target damage.
Hurricane Icon.png
Hurricane
Reduces the cooldown of Whirlwind by 1 second and Whirlwind removes all slows and roots on Sonya.
Mercenary Lord Icon.png
Mercenary Lord
Non-Boss Mercenaries near your hero deal 50% more damage. Reduces damage taken from Minions and Mercenaries by 50%.
7
Poisoned Spear Icon.png
Poisoned Spear
Ancient Spear deals an additional 75% damage over 4 seconds.
Composite Spear Icon.png
Composite Spear
Increases the range of Ancient Spear by 30% and increases Fury generated by 20.
Follow Through Icon.png
Follow Through
After using an ability, your next Basic Attack within 6 seconds deals 40% additional damage.
Ferocious Healing Icon.png
Ferocious Healing
Consume 20 Fury to heal 10.15% of your maximum Health.Usable while Whirlwinding.
10
Leap Icon.png
Leap
Leap into the air, dealing 123 damage to nearby enemies, and stunning them for 1.5 seconds.
Wrath of the Berserker Icon.png
Wrath of the Berserker
Increase damage dealt by 40%. Reduce the duration of silences, stuns, slows, roots, and polymorphs against you by 50%. Lasts 15 seconds, and extends by 1 second for every 10 Fury gained.
13
Life Funnel Icon.png
Life Funnel
Increases the healing of Whirlwind to 30%, tripled versus Heroes.
Aftershock Icon.png
Aftershock
Using Seismic Slam reduces its Fury cost by 50% for 2 seconds.
Mystical Spear Icon.png
Mystical Spear
Reduces the cooldown of Ancient Spear by 3 seconds. You are pulled to the target location even if you don't hit an enemy.
Spell Shield Icon.png
Spell Shield
Upon taking Ability Damage, reduce that damage and further Ability Damage by 50% for 3 seconds. Can only trigger once every 30 seconds.
16
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Furious Blow
Increases Seismic Slam damage by 50%, but costs 40 Fury.
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No Escape
Increases the Movement Speed bonus from using Basic and Heroic Abilities to 25%.
Imposing Presence Icon.png
Imposing Presence
Enemies that attack you have their Attack Speed slowed by 40%.
Nerves of Steel Icon.png
Nerves of Steel
Activate to gain 30% of your maximum Health as a Shield for 5 seconds. Usable while Whirlwinding.
20
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Arreat Crater
Leap leaves behind an impassable crater for 5 seconds. Reduces Leap's cooldown by 20 seconds.
Anger Management Icon.png
Anger Management
Increases all Fury generated during Wrath of the Berserker by 100%.
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Nexus Blades
Basic Attacks deal 20% more damage and slow enemy Movement Speed by 20% for 1 second.
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Ignore Pain
Activate to reduce damage taken by 75% for 4 seconds. Usable while Whirlwinding.

Skins[edit | edit source]

  • Wandering Barbarian
    • Backstory: From the frozen Dreadlands of the north come the mighty Barbarian warriors. After surviving the destruction of her home and death of her tribe, Sonya wanders Sanctuary in search of battle and a better life for her people.
    • Price: 4,000g / $6.49 / 6.49
  • Master Master
    • Backstory: The Valor of Harrogath is not opulent armor... It is simple, direct... and a perfect fit for warrior like Sonya.
    • Price: 10,000g (requires Hero Level 10)
  • Rare Wrath (Tier 2 Warrior set)
    • Backstory: The portal-loving treasure goblins collect spoils from many worlds. There's no telling which hero this Battlegear of Wrath once belonged to, but they're probably not alive to miss it.
    • Price: $9.99 / 8.99€
    • Note: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of Warcraft tier sets skins.
  • Epic Super
    • Backstory: While traveling through time, the gladiatrix Sonya was exposed to a radioactive robo-virus. Without a way home, she fights tirelessly to keep the streets of New York safe.
    • Price: $9.99 / 9.99€
    • Skin Features: Themed abilities. Ancient Spear, Seismic Slam, and Whirlwind have comic book-style animations.
    • Note: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of Earth vs Mars skins.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Sonya represents the barbarian class from Diablo III (2012).
  • Sonya is voiced by Athena Karkanis.
  • Sonya was one of the 18 heroes revealed at BlizzCon 2013.
  • The idea to include a barbarian in the game was in place as early as 2011.[4]
  • She may have been named after and/or inspired by Red Sonja.
  • Several of her gag quotes are inspired by the 1982 Conan the Barbarian movie.
  • The Super Sonya skin incorporates elements from the X-Men character Cable (such as the glowing eye and robotic virus) and from the X-Men character Shatterstar (such as the eye-mark and swords).

Balance changelog[edit | edit source]

  • March 9th, 2016 (16.4.4)
-Wrath of the Berserker (R)
  >Cooldown increased from 45 to 60 seconds 
  • February 2nd, 2016 (16.0.4)
-Seismic Slam (W)
   >Primary target damage reduced from 192 (+4% per level) to 176 (+4% per level)
   >Splash damage decreased from 48 (+4% per level) to 44 (+4% per level)
  • August 18th, 2015 (13.0.0)
-Health increased from 930 (+210 per level) to 950 (+220 per level).
-Fury (Trait)
   >Shot of Fury (Talent) No longer dismounts Sonya on activation.
-Whirlwind (E) Healing reduced from 25% to 20% of damage dealt and healing for damage dealt to Heroes has increased from double to triple.
   >Life Funnel (Talent) Healing bonus decreased from +10% to +5% of damage dealt.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2013-12-01
  2. 2013-11-15, Character List of Heroes of the Storm. Blizzpro, accessed on 2013-12-01
  3. http://www.heroesnexus.com/heroes/13-sonya
  4. 2011-10-23, BlizzCon 2011 - Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm and Blizzard DOTA - Art & Technology Panel (Full). YouTube, accessed on 2011-11-07

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