Sky Temple

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Sky Temple
Sky Temple.jpg
Battleground Information
Unique Objectives
  • Temples activate periodically
  • Stand in the temple and it will fire lasers in the enemy's buildings
  • Defeat the Guardians and the Temple will shoot 5 powerful laser shots
First Objective 3:00 minutes
Subsequent Objectives 2:00 minutes after all temples clear
Lanes 3
Announcer Ka
Realm Luxoria
Release Date Janary 13, 2015
Floating above the vast desert sands of Luxoria, the Sky Temple serves as a center of worship for the snake god, Ka. He stores his great power within the temples, each of them secured by guardians. With such defenses, no warriors would think to seize the god's power for themselves... or would they?[1]

Sky Temple is a three-lane battleground set in the realm of Luxoria. The objective of the map resides within the temples located on the map. Periodically these temples will activate. Once activated players can attempt to control the temples by standing within the grounds harnessing the temple's lasers to attack the enemy buildings.

The first Battleground objective event will activate 3 minutes into the match, following a 30-second warning.

Map layout[edit | edit source]

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Areas of interest[edit | edit source]

  • Watchtower - One watchtowers overlooks the north sections of the map.
  • Mercenary camps: There are five mercenary camps to be recruited in this battleground:
    • Siege giants - located near the bottom lane will push the nearest lane when captured.
    • Knights - located located near the top lane. They do the same.
    • Sand Golem - located near bottom lane.

Map objective[edit | edit source]

Core Ability: Tornadoes[edit | edit source]

  • Every 23 seconds, the Core will spawn 2 sets of 6 tornadoes which swirl around it, dealing 25 damage to enemy Heroes and knocking them back.

Capture the Temples[edit | edit source]

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Sky Temple features three temples located in different spots on the battleground. Throughout the duration of the game, any of the temples can activate, allowing players to capture them.

The location of the first Temple will appear on the Minimap 30 seconds after the game begins. The first Temples will activate 3:00 minutes into the match, following a 30-second warning. The first temple spawn will always activate the top and middle temples. The second temple spawn will always activate the bottom temple. For the third temple spawn, the bottom temple and either the top or middle temple will activate. Subsequent temple spawns will activate either one or two temples, determined randomly.

The temples, from top to bottom, are named:

  • Crocodile Temple
  • Snake Temple
  • Jackal Temple

Hold the Temples[edit | edit source]

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Capturing a temple requires merely positioning a hero within the applicable, highlighted temple area. Any hero standing on a Temple will activate it over the course of 2 seconds, beginning to fire off shots at the nearest set of structures at a rate of 1 shot per second as long as one or more players remain within the capture point. Temples will initially fire their shots at forts and other outer lane structures, such as towers and healing fountains. Once all outer lane structures are destroyed, temples will then attack keeps and the inner lane structures surrounding them. Temples will always prioritize their own lane when attacking forts and keeps. After all other structures (except walls) are destroyed, the temples will directly attack the core.

Each temple has a total of 45 shots that each deal 450 (+20 per minute) damage. The final five shots of the temple deal 450 (+80 per minute) damage will fire automatically and in rapid succession for the team that currently has possession of the temple once the first forty shots have expended. This means that teams can leave the temples once the charging sequence for the final five shots begins.

The opposing team can contest the location by standing in the capture circle and can potentially steal the temple for themselves. Teams will need to coordinate and work together to harness the full power of Sky Temple's map mechanic.

Defend the Temples[edit | edit source]

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When a team captures a temple, they will have to battle the Sky Temple Guardians which will attempt to protect the captured temples. There are five Guardians surrounding the capture point. The first Guardian deals the most damage and will use a knockback attack in an attempt to remove heroes from the capture point. After 10 shots have been fired, two smaller, ranged Temple Defenders step down from their posts to attack nearby heroes; after another 15 (25 total) shots have been fired, another pair of ranged Temple Defenders step down. The Temple Guardians can be defeated in order to stop their damage; however, defeating them will not affect the progress of the temple objective itself. The Temple Guardians will prioritize attacking the team currently controlling the capture point, which can help the opposing team if a temple is being contested. After a temple has been exhausted, any remaining Temple Guardians will automatically despawn.

The location of the next Temples will appear on the Minimap 30 seconds after all Temples have been depleted.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • A well with a stone lid can be found south of the boss. Clicking on it five times causes the lid to break and allows Harrison Jones to climb out. If a player does this, Harrison will circle the defeated team's core on his flying carpet at the end of the match.[2]
  • With Patch 48.0 on September 24, 2019, Sky Temple got some new lightning. The battleground went from bright daylight to a darker "desert night" with a bluish tint. Befort the change, Sky Temple had a unique combination of art and lighting choices that added up to make certain FX very difficult to read. Examples would be Kael'thas' flamestrike and Nova's Precision Strike, which were very hard to see against the bright gold background. It was a hard problem to solve because any solution the developers made to the FX would carry across the game and potentially affect abilities on other maps (like Tomb of the Spider Queen).[3] So the battleground went a little more darker to have a better contrast.

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External links[edit | edit source]

In Rotation_ Alterac PassBattlefield of EternityBlackheart's BayBraxis HoldoutCursed HollowDragon ShireGarden of TerrorHanamura TempleInfernal ShrinesSky TempleTomb of the Spider QueenTowers of DoomVolskaya FoundryWarhead Junction
Custom Mode Only_ Haunted MinesLost Cavern
Removed_ Hanamura