Abathur is one of Hero of the Storm’s strangest Heroes. Rather than roaming the map like others, you use him to boost other Heroes in your team through your Symbiote. He’s capable of pushing lanes by using his Symbiote skill on creeps and bolstering your Heroes so they’re never outnumbered. He does require lots of skill to play well and you need to have exceptional map awareness. I know of many Abathur players that simply stay in one lane, Symbiote one person for far too long and do little else but use their skills. It's not really the right way to play him as you should be making valuable use of your ability to soak experience in lanes, supporting all allies wherever they are but also pushing other lanes where possible. Unsurprisingly, Abathur is hard to play well. 

Guide Updated: 1 December 2015



Very good at allowing your teams to pressure lanes

A passive playstyle (you don't control a character, per se)

Able to “cover” the entire map quickly

Has a poor reputation due to bad players

Flexible in allowing you to support teammates in different lanes thanks to Symbiote

Limited skill set means your presence in fights is somewhat narrow

His mines give great visibility

Relies on good players for maximum effectiveness


Locust Strain is Abathur's trait and allows him to spawn Locusts down the nearest lane. You can Symbiote the Locust but you cannot directly control it.  Its primary use is to allow you and your team to continually soak XP whilst you're in lane, even if you aren't directly interacting with that lane. 

Symbiote is Abathur's most powerful skill and it allows you to assist another unit or structure. You can then use your Symbiote skills to protect your ally or harm enemies. I'd advise that when you do Symbiote someone, use your skills when appropriate but don't stay Symbioted if your skills are on cooldown. There's little point as you can't actually do anything during skill cooldowns, so it's best to place Toxic Nest's or help another ally. 

Toxic Nest's are surprisingly strong and a valuable tool for Abathur. You can place them anywhere on the map (although the range is limited to where Abathur is). When planted, they'll turn invisible after a brief period and if an enemy player touches them, they'll explode causing high damage. You can place a good handful of them but be aware that they don't last forever and you'll need to keep replenishing them. Try to place them in strategic locations such as the entrance to The Mines or 

Evolve Monstrosity allows Abathur to target a minion or locust and evolve it. When he does so, the Monstrosity will erupt and you can control it. The Monstrosity is amazing at pushing lanes and it gains strength from killing other minions, to a maximum of 30. Considering it also takes 50% less damage from minions and structures, it's incredible for pushing lane. 

When playing Abathur, your team is inevitably down a player due to the nature of your Symbiote play. Taking Ultimate Evolution allows you to clone another Hero and as such, bring the play back to 5 versus 5. Although you cannot use a Heoric Ability, you can use your cloned Heroes skills. Having x2 Kael or x2 Muradin is amazing and for a brief period, can easily win you team fights. 


Level 1: Pressurized Glands

Your Spike Burst is great for clearing creeps and pressuring groups of Heroes. A 25% range increase and lower cooldown thanks to Pressurized Glands is significant.

Variable: Regenerative Microbes is great if paired with Illidan as it allows you to provide some healing to your Symbiote host. 

Level 4: Adrenal Overload

Providing a 25% increase to attack speed, Adrenal Overload is amazing on fast melee Heroes such as Illidan or The Butcher. It's a huge damage boost and a must-have.

Level 7: Needlespine

Your primary DPS skill when in Symbiote just got a significant boost, with Needlespine providing an increased range and a 20% damage increase.

Level 10: Evolve Monstrosity

Probably one of the best Elite skills in the game, you can transform a creep into a Monstrosity. The more creeps it kills, the stronger it gets. It'll auto pilot down lanes but if you Symbiote it, it's a hell of a lot stronger. Greater for pushing lanes where enemy Heroes are missing.

Variable: Ultimate Evolution is great if your team is struggling in team fights. If you're already pushing hard on lanes, take this instead of Evolve Monstrosity. It can be a good thing to have double Kael or Muradin or even double Lt. Morales. 

Level 13: Spatial Efficiency

Your main skill just received an additional charge with Spatial Efficiency, allowing you to do even more damage when using Symbiote. 

Level 16: Envenomed Spikes

Envenomed Spikes allows your Spike Burst to slow enemies by 40%. This skill is amazing at pressuring groups of Heroes and allowing you to chase them down. With an agile Hero like Illidan it's amazing. 

Variable: Adrenaline Boost is a good alternative as it provides your Symbiote host with more survivability thanks to the speed buff.

Level 20: Hivemind

When you cast Symbiote on a Hero, you can now affect one other with Hivemind. Double the fun, double the damage and shields. Your team is now effectively 6 versus 5 in all fights. 


These Hero Threat Levels (1 being lowest threat and 10 being highest threat) are to help you determine which enemy Heroes can give you a headache. Primarily the biggest problem for Abathur are Heroes capable of diving in for you behind walls or cloaking to you. All the rest are easily avoided as long as you keep your eyes open. 



Illidan: His mobility and dives mean he's always a nuisance against you. A good illidan can comfortably leap over a wall, kill you, and leap back. 


Nova: Her ability to cloak mean that she can comfortably kill you even behind the safety of a keep wall. Her Orbital Strike can also blow you up anywhere on the map. 


Zeratul: He is much like Nova, only he kills you quicker. Be nervous if he's in the enemy team. 




This list of tips and tricks are just a handful of things we think will help your Abathur. We'll continue to add to the list as required and if you have any tips you'd like to share, let us know in the comments below and we'll place them here. 

1. Abathur releases a Locust every 15 seconds. This can reveal your position if you place your body outside of protective walls. 

2. Always try to assist melee or ranged assassins that attack quickly - Illidan, Thrall and Valla are excellent choices.

3. Remember to regularly change lanes to soak XP. Your Locust will continually move into the nearest lane, so if enemy Heroes are on the bottom - move to the top.

4. Abathur doesn't have a mount but does have a travel ability that allows him to burrow underground to anywhere on the map that is visible. 

5. If your team aren't under pressure, Symbiote your Monstrosity to quickly clear and pressure lanes.

6. When using your Monstrosity, always try to use it on a lane where there's no Hero. Doing this allows it to survive much longer, undisturbed.

7. If there's cloak users on the opposing team, you aren't really safe in any base. Place plenty of mines to help detect them and regularly check your body. 

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Last Updated: Mar 21, 2016

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