Giant Killer

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Giant Killer [Passive]

Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes deal bonus damage equal to 1.5% of the Hero's maximum Health.


Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

Giant Killer is a generic Talent that increases your Basic Attack damage against high-health targets. The bonus damage is negligible against enemies with low maximum health, but against targets with a high health pool it can double your damage. For instance, if an enemy hero has 5000 health, your basic attack will deal an additional 75 damage on top of the damage it already deals. It has no real synergy with high attack damage, but it is much stronger the higher your attack speed is.

The bonus damage from Giant Killer is dealt in a separate instance of Percent damage, meaning that it ignores all Armor completely. This makes it one of the strongest tools against tanks. While the effectiveness of percent-based damage is capped at 36.5 (+4% per attacker's level) damage per percent for every instance dealing Percent damage, this rarely has any effect, as there are no Heroes in the game whose health pool is high enough to exceed this cap in regular play.

Heroes with Giant Killer[edit | edit source]

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  • Artanis' level 16 talent "Titan Killer" causes his Basic Attacks deal additional damage equal to 0.5% of the target Hero's maximum Health. Basic Attacks empowered by "Twin Blades" have this amount increased to 1.5%.
  • Cassia's level 16 talent "Martial Law" causes her Basic Attacks against Stunned, Rooted, or Slowed enemy Heroes to deal additional damage equal to 3% of the target Hero's maximum Health.
  • Fenix's level 16 talent "Offensive Cadence" causes every 3rd Basic Attack against the same enemy Hero to deal additional damage equal to 6% of the target's maximum Health.
  • Greymane's level 16 talent "Alpha Killer" causes his Worgen form Basic Attacks to deal additional damage equal to 3% of the target Hero's maximum Health.
  • Hanzo's level 16 talent "Giant Slayer" causes his Basic Attacks and Scatter Arrow hits to deal additional damage equal to 1.5% of the target Hero's maximum Health.
  • Illidan's level 16 talent "Fiery Brand" causes his every 4th Basic Attack against the same Hero to deal additional damage equal to 6% of the target Hero's maximum Health.
  • Leoric's level 20 talent "Spectral Leech" causes his Basic Attacks to deal additional damage equal to 3% of the target Hero's maximum Health and heal Leoric for twice that amount.
  • Raynor's level 16 talent "Bounty Hunter" causes his trait empowered Basic Attacks to deal additional damage equal to 3% of the target Hero's maximum Health and grant himself Armor for a short duration.
  • Rehgar's level 16 talent "Hunger of the Wolf" causes Ghost Wolf attacks to deal additional damage equal to 5% of the target Hero's maximum Health and heal Rehgar for 5% of his own maximum Health.
  • Sonya's level 16 talent "Giant Slammer" causes her Basic Attacks and Seismic Slam to deal additional damage equal to 1.25% of affected Heroes' maximum Health.
  • Tassadar's level 16 talent "Focused Beam" causes his Basic Attacks while his trait is active to deal additional damage equal to 1% of affected Heroes' maximum Health.
  • The Lost Vikings' level 13 talent "Nordic Attack Squad" can be activated to cause each Viking's Basic Attacks to deal additional damage equal to 1% of the target Hero's maximum Health.
  • Valla's level 16 "Manticore" causes her every 3rd Basic Attack against the same target to deal additional damage equal to 5% of the target Hero's maximum Health.

Removed[edit | edit source]

These heroes no longer have Giant Killer as a talent option.