Talent and ability descriptions for heroes in Heroes of the Storm in handy JSON format
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Hero Talents & Abilities

Talent? Hah. That seems generous.

--Raven Lord

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  "id": "68",
  "shortName": "malthael",
  "attributeId": "MALT",
  "name": "Malthael",
  "icon": "malthael.png",
  "role": "Assassin",
  "type": "Melee",
  "releaseDate": "2017-06-13",
  "abilities": {
    "Malthael": [
        "name": "Soul Rip",
        "description": "Extract the souls of nearby enemies afflicted by Reaper's Mark, dealing 100 (+4% per level) damage and healing Malthael for 25 (+4% per level) per target hit. Heroic targets heal Malthael for an additional 4% of the Hero's maximum Health.",
        "hotkey": "Q",
        "abilityId": "Malthael|Q1",
        "cooldown": 2,
        "manaCost": 25,
        "icon": "storm_ui_icon_malthael_soulrip.png",
        "type": "basic"
        "name": "Tormented Souls",
        "description": "Unleash a torrent of souls, continually applying Reaper's Mark to nearby enemies for 4 seconds.",
        "hotkey": "R",
        "abilityId": "Malthael|R1",
        "cooldown": 80,
        "manaCost": 100,
        "icon": "storm_ui_icon_malthael_tormentedsoul.png",
        "type": "heroic"
        "name": "Reaper's Mark",
        "description": "Basic Attacks cleave in an area in front of Malthael and afflict non-Structure targets with Reaper's Mark for 4 seconds.  Marked enemies are revealed and take damage equal to 1.75% of their maximum Health every 1 second.",
        "trait": true,
        "abilityId": "Malthael|D1",
        "icon": "storm_ui_icon_malthael_reapersmark.png",
        "type": "trait"
  "talents": {
    "1": [
        "tooltipId": "MalthaelDeathsReach",
        "talentTreeId": "MalthaelDeathsReach",
        "name": "Death's Reach",
        "description": "Increase Wraith Strike's range by 35%.",
        "icon": "storm_ui_icon_malthael_wraithstrike.png",
        "type": "W",
        "sort": 1,
        "abilityId": "Malthael|W1",
        "abilityLinks": [
        "tooltipId": "MalthaelOnAPaleHorse",
        "talentTreeId": "MalthaelOnAPaleHorse",
        "name": "On a Pale Horse",
        "description": "Gain an additional 20% Movement Speed while mounted.",
        "icon": "storm_ui_icon_malthael_onpalehorse.png",
        "type": "Passive",
        "sort": 2,
        "abilityId": "_stormhero|Z1",
        "abilityLinks": [
        "tooltipId": "MalthaelFearTheReaper",
        "talentTreeId": "MalthaelFearTheReaper",
        "name": "Fear the Reaper",
        "description": "Activate to increase Movement Speed by 25% and pass through other units for 4 seconds.",
        "icon": "storm_ui_icon_malthael_fearthereaper.png",
        "type": "Active",
        "sort": 3,
        "cooldown": 25,
        "abilityId": "Malthael|Active"
    "4": [

Notes on key/value pairs

  • shortName is the hero's name with periods, dashes, apostrophes, spaces, and capitalization removed; it is currently used as the name of a hero's JSON file and image
  • manaCost is a string due to several Heroes (Azmodan, Arthas, etc.) having channeled abilities with per-second mana costs
  • abilityId can be used to link a talent to its related ability.
    • Talents that create a new ability will have abilityId of HeroName|Active. Ex: Fear the Reaper (seen above), Bolt of the Storm
    • Talents granting changes to Basic Attacks or other passive effects will have abilityId of HeroName|Passive. Ex: On a Pale Horse (above), Burning Rage, Executioner
  • talentTreeId is the name of the talent as used in replay files
  • sort indicates the order of talents on that level/tier
  • icon is the image name for the talent from game files

Game data

  • heroes/ and images/ contain standardized and optimized version of the game data
  • raw/ contains game data directly extracted using HeroesDataParser with the following command: ./HeroesData --description 3 --storagePath [Live/PTR HotS directory] --extract all --json --outputDirectory "/tmp/HeroesDataParser" --heroWarnings --localization all


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