StarCraft’s Stukov is in Heroes of the Storm – here are his skins, sprays, and more

Stukov HotS

Update July 3, 2017: Blizzard are now showing off Stukov’s skins, sprays, and all that jazz, so you can plan exactly how you want to kit him out when you get your hands on him.

You can check out all the cosmetics above. If you’re more interested in what’s going on in the mechanics of the game, though, hang around. Blizzard have also released the PTR patch notes.

What is the best MOBA? Click that link and ye shall see. 

Obviously, Stukov himself takers centre stage in the notes, but there are plenty of other changes besides the infested Terran. Xul has been buffed, there’s new art and animation updates, and there’s also some changes to maps. Check it all out on

Update June 30, 2017:Stukov has been revealed in a Heroes of the Storm spotlight video. You can even watch it above, because we’re nice like that.

Being an infested Terran, this support character’s healing powers will spread among his allies. When not healing his pals, he’s launching gross pustules at his enemies.

Here’s what he can do:


  • Bio-Kill Switch
    • Activate to detonate all of Stukov’s Viruses. Each Healing Pathogen heals its target for 500 health, and each Weighted Pustule does 100 damage and Slows its target by 70% for 2 seconds. Can be cast while channeling Lurking Arm.

Basic Abilities

  • Healing Pathogen (Q)
    • Infest an allied Hero with a Healing Pathogen that heals the target for 240 Health over 4.5 seconds. Healing Pathogens can spread to a nearby allied Hero every 0.75 seconds, and a single Healing Pathogen can spread to each allied Hero 1 time.
      • Can cast it on self, and spread to self.
      • Cannot spread to targets to whom it has already spread.
  • Weighted Pustule (W)
    • Hurl a pustule that impacts all enemy Heroes in its path, dealing 20 damage and Slowing by 5%, increasing to 50% over 3 seconds. Deals an additional 80 damage upon expiring or being removed.
  • Lurking Arm (E)
    • Channel at a target location, creating an area that Silences enemies inside and deals 144 damage per second to them. Deals 50% reduced damage to non-Heroes. Does not cost Mana while Channeling, and lasts until canceled or interrupted.

Heroic Abilities

  • Massive Shove (R)
    • Extend Stukov’s arm. If it hits an enemy Hero, they are rapidly shoved until they collide with terrain, taking 200 damage. Stukov gains 50 Armor while shoving an enemy.
  • Flailing Swipe (R)
    • Swipe 3 times in front of Stukov over 1.75 seconds, dealing 50 damage to enemies hit and knocking them away. Each swipe is larger than the previous.

As for his Talents, see below:


  • Level 1
    • [Passive]Spine Launcher:Basic Attacks become ranged and Slow enemies by 20% for 1 second, but deal 50% less damage.
    • [W] Fetid Touch – Quest: Hit Heroes with Weighted Pustule. Reward: After hitting 20 Heroes, reduce the cooldown of Weighted Pustule by 2.5 seconds. Reward 2: After hitting 40 Heroes, reduce the cooldown of Weighted Pustule by an additional 2.5 seconds and remove its Mana cost.
    • [E] Growing Infestation: Lurking Arm’s area expands by 50% over 2.5 seconds.
    • [Trait] Poppin’ Pustules – Quest: Detonate 10 Weighted Pustules without dying. Reward: Detonating a Weighted Pustule now applies its damage and Slow in an area.
  • Level 4
    • [Q] One Good Spread:
    • After a Healing Pathogen infests 4 targets, restore 30 Mana and reduce the cooldown of Healing Pathogen by 2 seconds.
    • [Q] Top Off: Healing Pathogen’s healing-over-time on its initial target is increased by 50% while they are above 60% Health.
    • [Q] Biotic Armor: Healing Pathogen grants 50 Physical Armor to its initial target while active on them.
    • [Trait] Vigorous Reuptake – Quest: Detonate 50 Healing Pathogens with Bio-Kill Switch. Reward: Increase Bio-Kill Switch’s healing by 50%.
  • Level 7
    • [W] The Long Pitch:
    • Increase the range of Weighted Pustule by 100%.
    • [E] Within My Reach: Increase the range of Lurking Arm by 50%.
    • [E] It Hungers: Each time an enemy Hero is hit by Lurking Arm, reduce its cooldown by 0.5 seconds, up to 6.5 seconds, and restore 5 Mana.
    • [Trait] Targeted Excision: Detonating exactly 1 Weighted Pustule (but any number of Healing Pathogens) with Bio-Kill Switch reduces the cooldown of Bio-Kill Switch to 5 seconds.
  • Level 10
    • [Active] Massive Shove:
    • Extend Stukov’s arm. If it hits an enemy Hero, they are rapidly shoved until they collide with terrain, taking 200 damage. Stukov gains 50 Armor while shoving an enemy.
    • [Active] Flailing Swipe: Swipe 3 times in front of Stukov over 1.75 seconds, dealing 50 damage to enemies hit and knocking them away. Each swipe is larger than the previous.
  • Level 13
    • [W] Reactive Ballistospores:
    • When taking damage below 50% Health, instantly spread a Weighted Pustule to all nearby enemy Heroes and reset the cooldown of Bio-Kill Switch. This effect has a 10 second cooldown.
    • [E] Low Blow: Lurking Arm deals 150% more damage to enemy Heroes below 25% Health.
    • [E] Lingering Spines: Lurking Arm persists for 1.5 seconds after it is canceled.
    • [E] Virulent Reaction: Detonating a Weighted Pustule on an enemy who is inside of Lurking Arm Roots them for 2 seconds.
  • Level 16
    • [Trait] Pox Populi:
    • Bio-Kill Switch no longer removes Healing Pathogen and instead refreshes its duration.
    • [Q] Universal Carrier
    • Healing Pathogen can continually spread through Stukov, but its healing is reduced by 60%.
    • [Trait] Eye Infection: Increase the final damage of Weighted Pustule by 50%. Additionally, detonating a Weighted Pustule with Bio-Kill Switch Blinds the target for 3 seconds.
    • [Q] Superstrain: Whenever an ally with Healing Pathogen is Stunned, they are instantly healed for 250 Health.
  • Level 20
    • [R1] Controlled Chaos:
    • Flailing Swipe’s Mana cost is reduced from 100 to 50 and it gains 2 additional charges, but each use only swings 1 time, at maximum range.
    • [R2] Push Comes To Shove: Massive Shove travels 25% faster. If Massive Shove pushes a target for more than 1.5 seconds, its cooldown is reduced by 15 seconds.
    • [Trait] Bio-Explosion Switch: Bio-Kill Switch now also detonates Lurking Arm, applying a Weighted Pustule to enemy Heroes inside and Silencing them for 2 seconds.

Update June 29, 2017:It’s official – Stukov is infesting HotS in an upcoming update. The Hero hasn’t been fully revealed yet, with his moveset and whatnot, but Blizzard have released a new tease.

Gameplay will be unveiled during tomorrow’s first HGC matches, so you can get a proper look at him in action then. We’ll update when he’s been shown.

For now, here’s the tease:

Original Story June 28, 2017: The official Heroes of the Storm Twitter account just started teasing a new announcement for Blizzard’s MOBA. As is usually the case with these things, it’s likely a new character. Since HotS is so fond of cameos from other Blizzard games, we’re betting it’s another – this time from StarCraft.

Here’s the tease:

Look at the first reply to that – it’s only the StarCraft account with some cheeky emoji. Our best guess? Stukov, an infested Terran character from Heart of the Swarm.

We’ll update when we’re proven right.