Sylvanas

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Sylvanas
Sylvanas
Basic Info
Title The Banshee Queen
Role Specialist Specialist
Franchise Warcraft Warcraft
Type Ranged
Release Date March 24, 2015
Base Stats
Health 1515
Health Regen 3.15
Energy 500
Energy Regen 3
Speed 4.3984
Attack Speed 1.67
Attack Range 5.5
Attack Damage 88
Stats per level
Max Health 4
Health Regen 4
Ranged Damage 4
Splash Damage 0
Max Energy 0
Energy Regen 0


Sylvanas Windrunner, the Banshee Queen, is a ranged specialist hero from the Warcraft universe. She was not always the Dark Lady of the Forsaken. In another life, Sylvanas was the Ranger-General of Silvermoon. But that was before the death knight Arthas slew her and her people and raised her as the first banshee.

Sylvanas disables enemy minions and fortifications. Killing enemies replenishes her Withering Fire for continuous damage.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

Warcraft This section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft universe.

As the Queen of the undead Forsaken, Sylvanas Windrunner seeks a higher purpose for a people who have already died once.

Sylvanas was once the ranger-general of Silvermoon, a commander charged with defending the elven kingdom of Quel'Thalas. She perished during the Third War, when her homeland was ravaged by Arthas Menethil and the undead Scourge, but her death was not the end. Cruelly, Arthas ripped her soul from her body, subjugating her as a banshee, a hate-filled agent of the Scourge. When the Lich King was weakened by an assault from Illidan Stormrage, Sylvanas and other willful undead broke free from his control and built a new home beneath the fallen kingdom of Lordaeron. They called themselves the Forsaken, and vowed to exterminate the Lich King at all costs.

After fighting for their right to join the Horde, Sylvanas led her "people" to the continent of Northrend to destroy the Lich King. Before they could succeed, an uprising among the Forsaken killed members of the Horde and Alliance, casting a shadow of mistrust over Sylvanas. She came to dwell on the Forsaken's dim prospects for the future; they were despised and unable to procreate. Ultimately, the Banshee Queen made a pact with the Val'kyr, nightmarish creatures capable of creating more undead, to give the Forsaken a chance to persist on Azeroth.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Black Arrows Icon.png
Black Arrows
Basic Attacks and Abilities stun Minions, Mercenaries, and Towers for 1 second.
Withering Fire Icon.png
Q
Withering Fire
Cooldown: 2 seconds
Shoot the closest enemy for 106 (50 + 4% per level) damage, preferring Heroes. Stores 5 charges.Gain 1 charge on nearby enemy Minion or Mercenary deaths, and 3 charges on nearby enemy Hero deaths.
Shadow Dagger Icon.png
W
Shadow Dagger
75 Mana Cooldown: 10 seconds
Deals 82 (39 + 4% per level) damage and an additional 325 (154 + 4% per level) damage over 2 seconds to target unit. The effect spreads to nearby targets.
Haunting Wave Icon.png
E
Haunting Wave
75 Mana Cooldown: 11 seconds
Send forth a wave of banshees dealing 250 (119 + 4% per level) damage to all targets. Reactivate to teleport to the banshees' location.
Wailing Arrow Icon.png
R
Wailing Arrow
100 Mana Cooldown: 90 seconds
Shoot an arrow that can be reactivated to deal 500 (238 + 4% per level) damage and Silencing enemies in an area making them unable to use Abilities for 2.5 seconds. The arrow detonates automatically when it reaches maximum range.
Mind Control Icon.png
R
Mind Control
75 Mana Cooldown: 60 seconds
After 1 second cast, take control of an emeny Hero's movement and prevent them for doing anything else. Channel last 2.5 seconds.

Talents[edit | edit source]

1
Overflowing Quiver Icon.png
Overflowing Quiver
When a nearby enemy Minion dies, a free Withering Fire is shot. This cannot hit Heroes and has a short cooldown.
Haunting Wave Icon.png
Dreadful Wake
Increases the effect of Black Arrow on Minions and Mercenaries to 7 seconds. Restores 5 Mana per minion or mercenary hit.
Mercenary Queen Icon.png
Mercenary Queen
Friendly non-Boss Mercenaries near you deal 50% more damage.
4
Withering Barrage Icon.png
Withering Barrage
Increase Withering Fire charges by 1. Charges can be fired 33% faster.
With the Wind Icon.png
With the Wind
Increases Withering Fire's range by 25%.
Lost Soul Icon.png
Lost Soul
Reduce Shadow Dagger's cooldown by 1.25 seconds each time it spreads to a Hero.
7
Barbed Shot Icon.png
Barbed Shot
Withering Fire deals 200% bonus damage to Minions, Mercenaries, and Monsters.
Unstable Poison Icon.png
Unstable Poison
Minions and Mercenaries that die under the effects of Black Arrows explode, dealing 255 (121 + 4% per level) damage to nearby enemies. Does not damage Heroes or Structures.
Possession Icon.png
Possession
Force an enemy Minion to fight for you. 3 charges. 8 second charge cooldown.
10
Wailing Arrow Icon.png
Wailing Arrow
Shoot an arrow that can be reactivated to deal 228 damage and Silencing enemies in an area making them unable to use Abilities for 2.5 seconds. The arrow detonates automatically when it reaches maximum range.
Mind Control Icon.png
Mind Control
After 1 second cast, take control of an emeny Hero's movement and prevent them for doing anything else. Channel last 2.5 seconds.
13
Life Drain Icon.png
Life Drain
Shadow Dagger heals you for 82 (39 + 4% per level) each time it spreads to a new enemy.
Windrunner Icon.png
Windrunner
After you teleport from Haunting Wave, you can cast a second one for free within 2 seconds.
Will of the Forsaken Icon.png
Will of the Forsaken
Activate to become Unstoppable and gain 40% Movement Speed for 3 seconds.
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
Evasive Fire Icon.png
Evasive Fire
When you hit an emeny with Whitering Fire, gain 10% Movement Speed for 2 seconds, stacking up to 30%.
Cold Embrace Icon.png
Cold Embrace
Shadow Dagger makes the initial enemy Vulnerable, taking 25% more damage, for 2 seconds.
Overwhelming Affliction Icon.png
Overwhelming Affliction
Black Arrows now also applies to Heroes, slowing their Movement Speed by 6% for the duration. Stacks up to 5 times.
Remorseless Icon.png
Remorseless
After using an Ability, your next Basic Attack within 3 seconds deals 40% additional damage.
20
Deafening Blast Icon.png
Deafening Blast
Enemies at the center of Wailing Arrow's explosion take 50% more damage and are silenced for twice as long.
Dark Lady's Call Icon.png
Dark Lady's Call
Mind Controlled enemies gain 100% Movement Speed for the duration.
Fury of the Storm Icon.png
Fury of the Storm
Every 5 seconds, your next basic attack will deal an additional 91 damage to the target, and 228 damage to all nearby Minions and Mercenaries.
Bolt of the Storm Icon.png
Bolt of the Storm
Activate to teleport to a nearby location.

Skins[edit | edit source]

  • The Banshee Queen
    • Backstory: Sylvanas Windrunner was not always the Dark Lady of the Forsaken. In another life, she was the Ranger-General of Silvermoon. But that was before the Death Knight Arthas slew her and her people and raised her as the first Banshee.
    • Price: 10,000g / $9.99 / 8.99 (free for players recruited by Recruit a Friend upon reaching player level 10)
  • Master Master
    • Backstory: The guise of a Dark Ranger strikes fear into the hearts of their enemies. The guise of the Dark Ranger Queen will send them running for reinforcements...
    • Price: 10,000g (requires Hero Level 10)
  • Rare Ranger-General
    • Backstory: The Ranger-Generals are the commanders of the Farstriders of Quel'Thalas. It is their solemn duty to ensure the protection of Silvermoon, or give their life in its defense.
    • Price: $7.49 / 6.49€
    • Skin Features: Altered voice-over.
    • Note: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of character's pre-change skins.
  • Epic Sugar Plum
    • Backstory: Sugar and spice? Maybe. Everything nice? Not by a long shot.
    • Price: $9.99 / 8.99€
    • Skin Features: Themed abilities. Withering Fire, Shadow Dagger, Haunting Wave, and Wailing Arrow have new spell effects, and her banshees have fairy wings.
    • Note: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of holiday skins.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Sylvanas first appeared in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (2002).
  • Piera Coppola voiced Sylvanas in Warcraft III. Patty Mattson voices Sylvanas in World of Warcraft and Heroes of the Storm.
  • She was under consideration for inclusion as early as 2011.[2]
  • Sylvanas was one of the heroes announced at BlizzCon 2014.
  • The second tint of the Ranger-General skin (with its green hood and facepaint) may have been inspired by the disguise Oliver Queen used in the first season of Arrow.
  • One of Sylvanas's gag quotes references her signature song, the Lament of the Highborne.

Balance changelog[edit | edit source]

  • March 29th, 2016 (17.0.4)
-Basic Attack damage increased from 74 (+4% per level) to 85 (+4% per level)
-Corruption (Talent) removed
-Envenom (Talent) removed
-Blood for Blood (Talent) removed
-Will of the Forsaken (Talent) moved from Level 16 to Level 13
-Remorseless (Talent) moved from Level 7 to Level 16
   >Damage bonus increased from 25% to 40%
-New Talent (Level 7): Possession
   >Turn the allegiance of a non-Catapult enemy Minion. Stores up to 3 charges
-Black Arrows (Trait)
   >Paralysis (Talent) moved from Level 4 to Level 1
        Duration bonus reduced from 100% to 75%
   >Unstable Poison (Talent)
        Explosion damage no longer affects Heroes or Structures
   >Overwhelming Affliction (Talent) moved from Level 13 to Level 16
        Slow amount per stack increased from 5% to 6%
-New Talent (Level 1): Mercenary Queen
   >Nearby non-Boss, allied Mercenaries deal 50% more damage
-Withering Fire (Q)
   >Damage increased from 39 (+4% per level) to 48 (+4% per level)
   >Splinter Shot (Talent) removed
   >With the Wind (Talent) moved from Level 1 to Level 4
   >Barbed Shot (Talent) moved from Level 1 to Level 7
   >Evasive Fire (Talent) moved from Level 13 to Level 16
   >Overflowing Quiver (Talent)
      This Talent’s functionality has changed
      Now releases a free Withering Fire shot whenever a nearby enemy Minion dies. The free shot can only hit non-Heroic targets
   >New Talent (level 4): Withering Barrage
      Gain an additional charge of Withering Fire, and charges fire 33% faster.
-Shadow Dagger (W)
   >Life Drain (Talent) moved from Level 7 to Level 13
   >Lost Soul (Talent) moved from Level 1 to Level 4
      This Talent’s functionality has changed
      Now reduces the cooldown of Shadow Dagger by 1.25 seconds for each enemy Hero hit
   >Cold Embrace (Talent)
      This Talent’s functionality has changed
      No longer reduces Shadow Dagger’s range
      Only the initial Shadow Dagger target becomes Vulnerable
-Haunting Wave (E)
   >Ranger’s Ambush (Talent) removed
   >Shade Form (Talent) removed
   >Windrunner (Talent) moved from Level 16 to Level 13
      Withering Fire charges now refill after teleporting
      The duration in which Haunting Wave can be cast a second time for free has been increased from 2 to 5 seconds
-New Heroic (R): Mind Control
   >After channeling for 1 second, gain control of an enemy Hero’s movement for 2.5 seconds
   >Dark Lady’s Call (Talent)
      This Talent’s functionality has changed and now affects Mind Control
      Now increases target’s Movement Speed by 100%
  • August 18th, 2015 (13.0.0)
 -Mercenary Lord (Talent) removed.

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