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Brightwing

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Brightwing
Brightwing
Basic Info
Title Faerie Dragon
Role Support Support
Franchise Warcraft Warcraft
Price 625Gem.png / 7,000Money.png
Release Date April 15, 2014
Base Stats
Attack Type Ranged
Health 1529
Health Regen 3.18
Resource 500 Mana
Armor 0
Attack Speed 1.11
Attack Range 5.5
Attack Damage 88
Data Page

Brightwing, the Faerie Dragon, is a ranged support hero from the Warcraft universe.[1][2] The Faerie Dragons of Ashenvale are known for their playful demeanor, seemingly disappearing at a whim. The mischevious Brightwing is no exception, often materializing out of nowhere to save her allies or just to mock her foes by some sort of faerie trickery.

Brightwing is a strategic support that can quickly teleport to allies, and Polymorphs enemies.[3]

Background[edit | edit source]

Warcraft This section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft universe.

Brightwing is a faerie dragon located in the Emerald Dreamway in World of Warcraft.

Faerie dragons (also known as sprites, sprite darters, blink dragons, fey dragons or fey drakes)[4] are diminutive, intelligent creatures that look like flying lizards (much like a chameleon with butterfly wings). Though not actual dragons, these mystical looking creatures police the Emerald Dream from magic. As such they are immune to magic.

The faerie dragons of Ashenvale are known for their playful demeanor, seemingly disappearing on a whim. The more mischievous ones will often materialize out of nowhere to save their allies, or simply to mock their foes.[4] One wouldn't know it from looking at them, but the lovely faerie dragons can be truly fearsome if trained properly. They can do amazing things to magical energy: absorb it, redirect it, even nullify it entirely. They're nearly harmless alone, but in large numbers, they can have a stunning effect on a battle.[5] Faerie dragons can speak, but few of them choose to do so.[4] The faerie dragons that dwell near Nordrassil in Mount Hyjal can see through enemy illusions. They are quite intelligent and able to speak, albeit with broken grammar.[6]

This creature resembles a dragon in some respects, but feathery antennae sprout from its head and its wings are moth-like. Its turquoise scales shimmer in the sparkles that dance from its body. It turns its head to look at you with a beady black eye before emitting a small keen. They have a powerful natural defense against magic and the unique ability to phase out of reality. Their defense seems to work by the dragon encasing itself within a strong energy shield that repels most magic and conventional attacks. While in this form they can siphon the unused magical energy wasted in basic spell casting, and then focus, amplify, and direct it back at the unfortunate caster in a sort of "feedback" attack. This ability is very powerful but requires a great deal of effort, and can only be used sporadically, requiring the dragon to rest between uses. For this reason, the faerie dragons often travel in packs.


Abilities[edit | edit source]

Soothing Mist Icon.png
Soothing Mist
Cooldown: 4 seconds
Brightwing heals nearby allied Heroes for 115 (+4% per level) every 4 seconds.
Arcane Flare Icon.png
Q
Arcane Flare
50 Mana Cooldown: 8 seconds
Deal 274 (+4% per level) damage in a small area and 91 (+4% per level) damage in a larger area.
Polymorph Icon.png
W
Polymorph
75 Mana Cooldown: 15 seconds
Polymorph a target for 1.25 seconds, Slowing their Movement Speed and Silencing them. Targets are not able to attack while Polymorphed.
Pixie Dust Icon.png
E
Pixie Dust
60 Mana Cooldown: 10 seconds
Increase target's Movement Speed by 20%, and grant them 30 Spell Armor for 3 seconds, reducing Spell damage taken by 30%.
Blink Heal Icon.png
R
Blink Heal
40 Mana Cooldown: 9 seconds
Teleport to a nearby ally, healing them for 204 (+4% per level). Stores up to 2 charges.
Emerald Wind Icon.png
R
Emerald Wind
90 Mana Cooldown: 60 seconds
After 0.5 seconds, create an expanding nova of wind, dealing 319 (+4% per level) damage and pushing enemies away.
Passive: Increases the healing of Soothing Mist by 8%.
Icon brightwing mount.png
Z
Phase Shift
Cooldown: 55 seconds
Instead of mounting, teleport to an allied Hero.

Talents[edit | edit source]

1
Dream Shot Icon.png
Dream Shot
Increases the range of Arcane Flare by 50%. If an enemy Hero is hit by the inner radius, reduce its cooldown to 1 second.
Hyper Shift Icon.png
Hyper Shift
Each allied Hero healed by Soothing Mist reduces the cooldown of Phase Shift by 3 seconds.
Bribe Icon.png
Pixie Charm
Each time Brightwing heals an Allied Hero with Soothing Mist, she gains a stack of Bribe. Use 20 stacks to bribe a Mercenary, instantly defeating them. Does not work on Bosses. Maximum of 80 stacks.
4
Unstable Anomaly Icon.png
Unstable Anomaly
When Polymorph ends, deal 114 (+4% per level) damage to the target and all nearby enemies.
Manic Pixie Icon.png
Manic Pixie
When Soothing Mist heals an ally with Pixie Dust on them, they heal for an additional 104 (+4% per level) over 4 seconds.
Peekaboo! Icon.png
Peekaboo!
Phase Shifting to an ally casts a free Pixie Dust on them and reveals a large area around them and all enemies in it for 6 seconds.
7
Mistified Icon.png
Mistified
Reduces the cooldown of Soothing Mist by 0.5 seconds every time Brightwing casts a Basic Ability.
Phase Shield Icon.png
Phase Shield
After finishing the teleport, both Brightwing and the target of Brightwing's Phase Shift gains a 400 (+4% per level) point Shield for 10 seconds.
Cleanse Icon.png
Cleanse
Cooldown: 60 seconds
Activate to make target ally Unstoppable for 1 second. Cannot be cast on yourself.
10
Blink Heal Icon.png
Blink Heal
Cooldown: 9 seconds
Teleport to a nearby ally, healing them for 204 (+4% per level). Stores up to 2 charges.
Emerald Wind Icon.png
Emerald Wind
Cooldown: 60 seconds
After 0.5 seconds, create an expanding nova of wind, dealing 319 (+4% per level) damage and pushing enemies away.
Passive: Increases the healing of Soothing Mist by 8%.
13
Sticky Flare Icon.png
Sticky Flare
Enemies hit by Arcane Flare have their Movement Speed slowed by 40% for 2 seconds.
Pixie Boost Icon.png
Pixie Boost
Pixie Dust gives 50% bonus Move Speed, decaying to 20% over 1.5 seconds.
Shield Dust Icon.png
Shield Dust
Pixie Dust also grants 50 Physical Armor for the duration.
Ice Block Icon.png
Ice Block
Cooldown: 60 seconds
Activate to place yourself in Stasis and gain Invulnerability for 3 seconds.
16
Greater Polymorph Icon.png
Greater Polymorph
Increases the duration of Polymorph by 0.75 seconds.
Critterize Icon.png
Critterize
While Polymorphed, the target's Armor is reduced by 25, increasing the damage they take by 25%.
Bouncy Dust Icon.png
Bouncy Dust
Pixie Dust bounces to another nearby ally upon impact.
Hardened Focus Icon.png
Hardened Focus
While above 80% life, your Basic Ability cooldowns regenerate 50% faster.
20
Double Wyrmhole Icon.png
Double Wyrmhole
Blink Heal can be cast a second time on a different target within 2 seconds without consuming a charge.
Continuous Winds Icon.png
Continuous Winds
Emerald Wind releases two additional novas that deal 25% damage. Also further increases the healing bonus of Soothing Mist by 7%.
Revitalizing Mist Icon.png
Revitalizing Mist
Healing another Hero with Soothing Mist increases their healing received from Soothing Mist by 25% for 6 seconds. Stacks 3 times.
Storm Shield Icon.png
Storm Shield
Cooldown: 45 seconds
Activate to give all nearby allied Heroes a Shield for 20% of their max Health for 3 seconds.

Skins[edit | edit source]

Brightwing Skins
 
Rare Brightwing
Backstory: Like many Faerie Dragons, Brightwing is happiest darting around the forests of Ashenvale, healing friends, and then grabbing a light snack. By the way, did you know a human head only weighs ten pounds? Talk about light!
Brightwing Faerie Dragon.jpg
625Gem.png / 7,000Money.png
Faerie Dragon
Brightwing Tropical.jpg
Free
Tropical
Brightwing Darkwing.jpg
Free
Darkwing
Rare Fey Dragon
Backstory: The fey magic from which Brightwing draws her power is wild and chaotic. Her very form reflects its unstable nature, ever shifting, like an image from a dream.
Brightwing Fey Dragon.jpg
Shard.png 100
Brightwing Fey Dragon Onyx.jpg
Shard.png 100
Onyx
Brightwing Fey Dragon Pink.jpg
Shard.png 100
Pink
Epic Flying Monkey
Backstory: The magical flying creatures of Sky Temple often cause trouble for the locals. It can be hard to run a successful bazaar when your merchandise disappears into thin air.
Features: Replaced voice-over, themed abilities.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of Luxoria skins.
Brightwing Flying Monkey.jpg
Shard.png 400
Brightwing Flying Monkey Violet.jpg
Shard.png 400
Violet
Brightwing Flying Monkey Elder.jpg
Shard.png 400
Elder
Rare Monarch
Backstory: Just like the flawless butterfly from which she takes her name, Monarch Brightwing has many ways to sting. Kneel peasant! For you face the Monarch! And her wrath is cruel...
Brightwing Monarch.jpg
Shard.png 100
Brightwing Monarch Nether.jpg
Shard.png 100
Nether
Brightwing Monarch Magenta.jpg
Shard.png 100
Magenta
Brightwing Monarch Emerald.jpg
Shard.png 100
Emerald


Brightwing Event Skins
 
Rare Bewitching (Hallow's End)
Backstory: Taking her Hallow's End costume seriously, Brightwing has amassed an impressive variety of "ingredients" for her cauldron. Just don't ask where they came from.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of holiday skins.
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Shard.png 150
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Shard.png 150
Crimson
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Shard.png 150
Wild
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Shard.png 150
Spirited
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Shard.png 150
Dusk

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Brightwing represents the faerie dragon unit from Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne (2003).
  • The Developers knew from the beginning that they wanted Brightwing to be about mitigating damage rather than traditional healing. When they examined the Warcraft 3 Faerie Dragon, they decided to focus on the fantasy of whimsical powers and pixie dust. The abilities ”Polymorph” and “Pixie Dust” quickly became two staples to build the rest of her kit around. To really push the envelope, they debated and experimented with some complicated mechanics like mana burn and giving her the ability to fly to allies, but eventually had to tone it back because the extra mechanics got really complicated. They knew they had something special when we designed the Phase Shift ability as a replacement for a traditional mount power. The goal was to create an omnipresent hero similar to Abathur, but unlike Abathur, Brightwing has a stronger tactical presence. The Developers wanted Phase Shift to require an ally to play off of and support her trait's design. The trait is purposely designed to be simple, which allows Brightwing players to scan the battlefield constantly. They also wanted to give Phase Shift global range so that there were more opportunities to cast it and to play up soft split pushing strategies.[7]
  • After being introduced in Heroes of the Storm, Brightwing went on to appear in World of Warcraft: Legion (2016).
  • Brightwing was one of the four heroes revealed at PAX East 2014.[8]
  • The Monarch blurb is a reference to the Venture Bros., whose arch nemesis the Monarch insists the butterfly of the same name has a deadly sting.
  • Brightwing has an older brother who affirms that she was, in fact, adopted.[9]
  • Brightwing has a twin brother named Darkwing who she believes is not very nice.
  • Brightwing has a large appitite, though she dislikes beetles.
  • One of Brightwing's gag quotes refers to the constant flapping of her wings.
  • There is a Brightwing's model update that was shelved after the backlash due to Murky's model update. Both Murky and Brightwing were built in ways that made them difficult to alter, and the art team wanted to address the issue by fixing these problems internally before release. Their schedule didn't permit them to complete the updates before going live. The visual differences are primarily intended to bridge the gap between the current in-game Brightwing and Samwise's concept and improve Brightwing's presence from game-view.[10]

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