Channeled Ability

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Murky channeling March of the Murlocs

A Channeled Ability is a type of Ability that requires a certain determined period of focus from the caster to bear fruit. Some abilities require a casting period before the ability is cast, while others require a continuous channel to maintain their effect. Most channeled abilities disable other actions until the channel is cancelled, interrupted, or its duration ends. There are many different channels but the 2 general ones are stationary and mobile, with some exceptions.

Channeled abilities can be interrupted by Stuns, Silences and Stasis effects. It is important to note that Time Stop effect, like Zeratul's Void Prison, does not interrupt channels, and will only stall them. If an ability is interrupted during a channeled cast time, it is put on a 10 seconds cooldown (or the ability's normal cooldown, if it is shorter than 10 seconds).

Abilities that have a delayed effect (e.g. Johanna's Condemn) or abilities with a toggled or persistent effect (e.g. Kerrigan's Maelstrom) are not counted as channels.

Stationary[edit | edit source]

Stationary channels require the hero to stay still in order for the ability to work. They are generally interruptable by hard cc such as a stun or silence, but are also interrupted by being dazed from a knockback. There are many abilities with a very brief casting animation, so only those with a recordable cast time are recorded here.

Channeled Abilities[edit | edit source]

  • Abathur's "Symbiote" can channel indefinitely, grants a new set of abilities.
  • Alarak's heroic "Counter Strike" is an unstoppable 1 second channel.
  • Ana's heroic "Eye of Horus" can channel indefinitely until all shots are depleted.
  • Cassia's "Fend" channels for 1.5 seconds, increased to 2 seconds with the level 13 talent "Lunging Strike".
  • Chen's trait "Fortifying Brew" can channel up to 5 seconds.
  • Deckard's heroic "Stay Awhile and Listen" has a 1 second cast period, then a channel for 3 seconds.
  • Diablo's heroic "Lightning Breath" is an unstoppable 4 second channel (increased to 12 seconds with level 20 talent "Hellstorm").
  • D.Va's level 20 talent "Pew! Pew! Pew!" causes her heroic "Big Shot" to become a channeled attack that channels for 0.5 seconds.
  • E.T.C.'s heroic "Mosh Pit" has a 0.75 second cast period, then a channel for 4 seconds.
  • Fenix's heroic "Planet Cracker" has a 0.5 second cast period and channels for 4 seconds.
  • Gul'dan's "Life Drain" can be channeled up to 3 seconds unless the target travels too far away.
  • Gul'dan's heroic "Rain of Destruction" can channel up to 4 seconds.
  • Imperius' Basic Ability "Celestial Charge" channels a Stun for up to 1 second.
  • Junkrat's heroic "RIP-Tire" has a 1 second cast period and can be channeled up to 15 seconds.
  • Leoric's "Wraith Walk" can be channeled up to 2.5 seconds (increased to 5 with the level 13 talent "Ominous Wraith") and is unstoppable.
  • Li-Ming's heroic "Disintegrate" is channeled for 2.5 seconds (can be channeled indefinitely with the level 20 talent "Archon").
  • Murky's heroic "March of the Murlocs" has a 0.75 second cast period, and at level 20 with "Neverending Murlocs" can be channeled indefinitely.
  • Murky's heroic "Octo-grab" is an unstoppable 3 second channel.
  • Nazeebo's heroic "Ravenous Spirit" is channeled for 8 seconds.
  • Nova's heroic "Triple-Tap" is channeled until all 3 shots are fired or the target becomes untargetable.
  • Stukov's heroic "Flailing Swipe" channels for 1.75 seconds.
  • Stukov's "Lurking Arm" has a 0.75 second cast period and can be channeled indefinitely. Stukov can still use "Bio-Kill Switch" while channeling.
  • Stukov's heroic "Massive Shove" channels indefinitely until enemy hit collides a terrain.
  • Sylvanas' heroic "Mind Control" has a 1 second cast period, then a channel for 2.5 seconds.
  • Whitemane's "Inquisition" and "Clemency" can be channeled for up to 3 seconds.

Channeled Cast[edit | edit source]

  • Abathur's heroic "Ultimate Evolution" has a 1 second cast period.
  • Abathur's mount "Deep Tunnel" has an unstoppable 2.5 second cast period.
  • Alarak's "Discord Strike" has a 0.5 second cast period.
  • Alexstrasza's trait "Dragonqueen" and heroic "Cleansing Flame" both have a 1.25 second cast period.
  • Arthas' heroic "Sindragosa" has a 0.75 cast period.
  • Auriel's level 20 talent "Angelic Flight" has a 2 second cast period.
  • Auriel's heroic "Resurrect" has a 0.5 second cast period.
  • Azmodan's "All Shall Burn" has a 0.5 second cast period.
  • Azmodan's "Globe of Annihilation" has a 0.5625 second cast period.
  • Blaze's "Jet Propulsion" has a 0.5 second cast period.
  • Brightwing's heroic "Emerald Wind" has a 0.5 second cast period.
  • Brightwing's "Phase Shift" has a 2 second cast period.
  • Chen's heroic "Storm, Earth, Fire" has a 1 second cast period.
  • Chromie's "Sand Blast" has a 1 second cast period.
  • Chromie's "Bye Bye" talent makes her Hearthstone have a 1.5 second cast period that is uninterruptible by taking damage.
  • Dehaka's mount "Brushstalker" has a 1.5 second cast period, reduced to 1 second with the level 20 talent "Apex Predator".
  • Dehaka's heroic "Isolation" has a 0.375 second cast period.
  • D.Va's ability "Call Mech" has a 0.5 second cast period, becoming instant with the level 20 talent "MEKAfall".
  • D.Va's heroic "Big Shot" has a 0.5 second cast period.
  • E.T.C.'s heroic "Stage Dive" has a 1 second cast period.
  • Falstad's heroic "Hinterland Blast" has a 1 second cast period.
  • Falstad's mount "Take Flight" has a 2 second cast period, reduced to .5 seconds with the level 20 talent "Epic Mount".
  • Fenix's "Warp" has a 0.5 second cast period.
  • Garrosh's "Groundbreaker" has a 0.5 second cast period.
  • Gazlowe's "Deth Lazor" can be channeled indefinitely until activated.
  • Gul'dan's level 20 talent "Demonic Circle" allows him to use "Summon Demonic Circle" that has a 1 second cast period.
  • Illidan's heroic "The Hunt" has a 0.75 second cast period.
  • Imperius' heroic "Wrath of the Angiris" has a 0.75 second cast period.
  • Hanzo's heroic "Dragonstrike" has a 1.5 second cast period.
  • Junkrat's heroic "Rocket Ride" has a 1.25 second cast period.
  • Kael'thas' heroic "Pyroblast" has a 1.5 second cast period.
  • Kel'Thuzad's "Death and Decay" has a 0.5 second cast period.
  • Lt. Morales' heroic "Medivac Dropship" has a 0.75 second cast period, then allied heroes can channel on the Dropship for .5 seconds to enter.
  • Lt. Morales' heroic "Stim Drone" has a 0.75 second cast period.
  • Malfurion's heroic "Twilight Dream" has a 0.5 second cast period, and at level 20 "Astral Communion" has a 1 second cast period.
  • Entering Medivh's "Portal" is a very brief channel that is only interrupted by stuns.
  • Medivh's heroic "Ley-Line Seal" has a 0.5 second cast period.
  • Mephisto's heroic "Consume Souls" has a 2.5 second cast period.
  • Mephisto's heroic "Durance of Hate" has a 1 second cast period.
  • Murky's egg has a 2 second cast time to place.
  • Ragnaros' trait "Molten Core" has a 1.5 second cast period.
  • Sgt. Hammer's heroic "BFG" has a 1 second cast period.
  • Thrall's heroics "Sundering" and "Earthquake" have a 0.5 second cast period.
  • The Butcher's "Ruthless Onslaught" has a 0.5 second cast period.
  • The Lost Vikings' heroic "Play Again" has a 2 second cast period.
  • Triglav Protector's "Charge" has an unstoppable 0.5 second cast period.
  • Triglav Protector's "Swap Vehicle" has an unstoppable 1 second cast period.
  • Tychus' heroic "Odin" has an unstoppable 2 second cast period.
  • Tyrael's heroic "Judgement" has a 0.75 second cast period.
  • Tyrael's heroic "Sanctification" has a 0.5 second cast period.
  • Xul's heroic "Poison Nova" has a 0.5 second cast period.
  • The Dragon Knight's "Savage Charge" has an unstoppable 0.75 second cast period, while exiting the DK or Garden Terror or Triglav Protector has an unstoppable 1 second cast period.
  • Entering or exiting the Mines on Haunted Mines takes 0.5 seconds.
  • Nukes on Warhead Junction have a 1.5 second cast period.

Mobile[edit | edit source]

Mobile channels do not prevent the hero from moving and are never interrupted by dazes, often requiring harder CC such as a stun or silence to interrupt. Many of these are also unstoppable altogether.

Channeled Abilities[edit | edit source]

  • Azmodan's "All Shall Burn" channels for 2.5 seconds. Azmodan can still use "Summon Demon Warrior" and "Demon Lieutenant" while channeling.
    • His level 13 talent, "Cydaea's Kiss", reduces the duration to 2 seconds for the cost of self-healing.
  • Chen's heroic "Wandering Keg" channels for 5 seconds and is unstoppable.
  • Dehaka's "Drag" channels for 1.75 seconds. He can still use basic attacks, "Dark Swarm" and "Essence Collection" while channeling.
    • His level 7 talent, "Constriction", increases the duration to 2.25 seconds.
  • D.Va's "Boosters" channel for 2 seconds. D.Va can still use "Self-Destruct" while channeling.
  • D.Va's heroic "Bunny Hop" is an unstoppable 4 second channel.
  • D.Va's "Defensive Matrix" channels for 3 seconds, increased to 6 seconds with the level 4 talent Get Through This!
  • Gall's heroic "Shadowbolt Volley" is an unstoppable 4 second channel.
  • Gall's heroic "Twisting Nether" is unstoppable and can be channeled up to 5 seconds.
  • Genji's "Deflect" channels for 1.25 seconds.
  • Kharazim's level 16 talent "Way of the 100 Fists" causes "Radiant Dash" to become a channeled attack that hits the enemy 6 times if he stays close enough.
  • Leoric's heroic "March of the Black King" is an unstoppable 3 second channel that cannot be controlled.
  • Li Li's heroic "Jug of 1000 Cups" channels for 6 seconds.
  • Lt. Morales's "Healing Beam" channels as long as the target is in range. Lt. Morales can still attack and use abilities while channeling.
  • Samuro's heroic "Bladestorm" is an unstoppable 4 second channel.
  • Sonya's "Whirlwind" channels for 3 seconds. Sonya can still use "Shot of Fury", "Ferocious Healing", "Nerves of Steel" and "Ignore Pain" while channeling.
  • The Butcher's "Ruthless Onslaught" is an unstoppable channel that lasts until he reaches his target or has charged for ~ 4 seconds. The Butcher can still use "Furnace Blast" while channeling.
  • The Lost Vikings' "Longboat Raid" is an unstoppable 15 second channel that ends early if the boat is destroyed.
  • Triglav Protector's "Gatling Cannon" can be channeled for up to 4 seconds and is unstoppable.
  • Tychus' "Overkill" channels for 4 seconds. Tychus can still use abilities while channeling.
  • Valla's heroic "Strafe" channels for 4 seconds. Valla can still use "Vault" while channeling.

Channeled Cast[edit | edit source]

  • Blaze's heroic "Combustion" can be channeled for up to 2.6 seconds until activated.
  • Cho's "Surging Fist" can be channeled for up to 5 seconds until activated.
  • Fenix's heroic "Purification Salvo" has a 1.5 second cast period.
  • Hanzo's "Storm Bow" can be channeled indefinitely until activated.
  • Li Li's heroic "Water Dragon" has a 2 second cast period.
  • Lúcio's heroic "Sound Barrier" has a 1 second cast period.
  • Triglav Protector's "Particle Cannon" can be channeled indefinitely until activated and is unstoppable.

Other[edit | edit source]

There is a special category of channeled abilities that is composed of either out-of-combat abilities or map objectives. These channels are interruptable simply by taking damage that is not in the form of DoT or by taking any other action.

  • All heroes without an alternate mount must channel for 1 second to get on their mount.
  • All heroes must channel for 6 seconds to use Hearthstone.
  • Alarak's heroic "Deadly Charge" can be channeled indefinitely until reactivated.
  • Medivh must channel for 2 seconds to transform into Raven form.
  • Zagara's heroic "Nydus Network" must be channeled for 1.5 seconds.
  • Zul'jin's "Troll Regeneration" channels for 4 seconds.
  • Dragon Shire's Dragon Statue must be channeled for 3 seconds.
  • Garden of Terror's Garden Terror must be channeled for 1 second.
  • Entering the tunnel in Towers of Doom takes 1 second.
  • Towers of Doom Altars, Blackheart's Bay/Revenge Cannons, and Cursed Hollow Tributes, all must be channeled for 6 seconds.
  • Warhead Junction Nukes and the Tomb of the Spider Queen Altars must be channeled for 5 seconds.