May Patch Notes

2019-05-29 15:09:41

Dear Challengers!


Arena of Valor is about to be updated with a brand new patch and will include a wealth of changes, including hero balancing, battlefield mechanics, and more! We hope that these changes will bring a more balanced and fun experience for all of our players!


PLEASE NOTE: If you are playing on iOS, you will need to update to iOS version 12.2 in order to continue playing Arena of Valor.



 I.Interface Improvements


1.Friend Request Notifications

You will now receive a notification when you receive a friend request while browsing the menus, allowing you to accept or decline quickly.



You can now set how your friend’s name will show up in your friend’s list and in other locations in the Arena of Valor UI.


3.New Friend Source and Location

Friend requests will now show where they added you and where they are from, helping you to decide whether to add the person as a friend.


4.Improved weekly reports

Star changes after each ranked match are now reflected in weekly reports, excluding those in the final placement process.



II.Battlefield Changes


1.[Blood of the Dragon]: Lasts 90 sec. Total Magical Damage to an enemy on ability or normal attack hit within 3 sec has been adjusted to 81 (+9/lv)(+0.51AP)(+0.9 additional AD)


2.Slayer and Enraged Abyssal Dragon base ATK: 300->350, base Armor: 183->300. Slayer base EXP: 300->200, base Gold: 150->75, AOE DMG: 3.0AD->4.0AD. Single armor piercing increased to 40%, damage reduction increased to 60%, group AOE also reduces Armor by 120.


3.Drake DMG vs towers: 130+0.1AD->40+0.15AD, base EXP: 10->100, base Gold: 25->50, minion HP increase: 25%->15%


Other changes:

4.Bonus Gold from last-hitting: 40%->30%

5.Reduced death time in the first 4 minutes of a match

6.Enraged Abyssal Dragon Buff time: 3min->2min

7.Lane movement speed: Increases at 10, 14, 18 and 22 minutes now take place earlier at 9, 12, 15, and 18 minutes respectively



III.Hero Balance


Fennik, Vulpis Ignis


[Balance Team Notes] Fennik's usage and win rate hasn't been where we want it. We're making some tweaks to make him more competitive, and we'll be keeping an eye on how it affects him on the battlefield.

Overall, we want Fennik to stand out more as a ranged assassin, and be more effective dealing damage in the late-game to ensure his value as a damage dealer, and also simply to make him more fun to play. To balance things out, however, he will continue to be a "glass cannon" who's reliant on abilities.


Fennik used to be one of the few ranged heroes with an advantage against monsters, enjoying relatively strong burst damage capability and survivability with his first and second abilities. As the metagame developed, however, these advantages are no longer enough for him to stand out among the crowd.


Passive: Hidden Weapons

[Balance Team Notes] The additional damage from Fennik's normal attacks now affect enemy heroes, but trigger less frequently. This ensures that he has an auto attack advantage as a marksman in the late game.


Every third auto attack deals additional physical damage (+0.4 bonus AD) to the target and nearby enemies (including buildings, +75% against monsters and lanes). This damage can crit.

(2.5m radius, 50% explosion damage, 7.5m range)


Ability 1: Thief's Mark

[Balance Team Notes]The early cooldown for Thief's Mark has been reduced, with an eye towards focusing on dealing with a single enemy as well as AOE. While explosion damage is now only triggered at max layers, the addition of stun and blink makes it easier for Fennik to run away or keep up the pressure. In addition, every normal attack against a marked target deals passive additional damage, resulting in more consistent damage output overall.

Fennik marks an enemy (including buildings) for 4 seconds. For the duration of the effect, each normal attack hit against the target triggers the passive [Hidden Weapons] effect and adds an additional Thief's Mark that explodes when it expires, stunning the target for 0.25-1 seconds depending on how many times it was marked. Attack speed is increased by (25/30/35/40/45/50)% for 4 sec.

If the mark explodes after reaching 4 stacks, it deals an additional 500/580/660/740/820/900(+0.75AD) damage. The cooldown for Rolling Lightning is reset if the target is a hero.

New: Able to blink a short distance while using this ability.

Cooldown: 7 sec

Mana cost: 45/50/55/60/65/70


Ability 2: Rolling Lightning

[Balance Team Notes] Rolling lightning now increases Thief's Mark stacks, and the cooldown is reset if the max number of stacks is reached. In combination with Thief's Mark, this allows Fennik to kill targets more effectively, and get out safely more often.

Fennik rolls forward (cannot be activated while moving), leaving behind a trail of lightning that deals 100/108/116/124/132/140(+0.4AD) every 0.5 sec to enemies that touch it, reducing their movement speed by 25/30/35/40/45/50% for 1 second.

New: Damage from the trail inflicts Thief's Mark

Cooldown: 11/10.6/10.2/9.8/9.4/9

Mana cost: 65/70/75/80/85/90


Ability 3: Chain Hammer Cyclone

[Balance Team Notes] Ultimates have a long duration, so damage buffs against the center of the ultimate rarely work the way you want them to. In addition, the Thief's Mark mechanism encourages players to chain into Ability 1, while large-area slow effects are better against large groups—a bit of a contradiction. The change makes the ultimate more of a pure damage skill, which is why it now benefits from crit. Stage 1 and 2 have a recast mechanism to maximize the ultimate's effect, whether for self-defense or to quickly wipe out monsters. As a final touch, we've also improved how Fennik feels overall; you will find that he's more agile and responsive than ever.


Fennik throws a flail to create a thunder cyclone that lasts for 6 seconds, dealing 120/150/180(+0.4AD) damage every 0.5 sec to enemies in its area of effect (crit damage fixed at 50% additional damage).

Recast: Stacks with Thief's Mark, double damage at center.

Cooldown: 35/30/25

Mana cost: 100/125/50


Xeniel, The Immaculate


Ability 1: Divine Protection


Damage absorbed: 400/520/640/760/880/1000(+0.4AP) + max HP (4/5/6/7/8/9%)-> 450/560/670/780/890/1000(+0.4AP) + max HP (4/5/6/7/8/9%)

Magic Damage: 400/520/640/760/880/1000(+0.4AP) + max HP (4/5/6/7/8/9%)-> 450/560/670/780/890/1000(+0.4AP) + max HP (4/5/6/7/8/9%)


Ability 2: Malleus


Magic Damage: 280/340/400/460/520/580(+0.54AP)-> 350/400/450/500/550/600(+0.6AP)




[Balance Team Notes] Right now, Ilumia combines long range, high damage, and crowd control. The combination of her second ability, upgraded first ability, and ultimate can lock enemies into a stun loop at range, while dealing heavy damage. We've reduced the disabling effect of the first ability to give her enemies more of a fighting chance.

Ability 1: Divine Light

Fixed a bug that caused upgraded Divine Light to have a larger area than expected

Ability 1 Stun duration: 1 sec -> 0.75 sec


Ormarr, The Frenzy


[Balance Team Notes] We want Ormarr to be more of a focused tank, combining survivability with some degree of damage output. The intention is that he should be a support hero who can help with taking on Slayer. We made a number of tweaks, reducing the first ability’s cooldown, the second ability’s base damage ratio and channeling time, with the aim of increasing his strength in the early and mid-game, and still be able to make a difference with his crowd control ability in the late game.


Passive: Gut Punch


Magical Damage: 3%-7% -> 4%-8%


Ability 1: Unstoppable

Physical Damage: 150+50/Lv.->150+30/Lv.

Cooldown: 10/9/8/7/6/5 -> 8/7.6/7.2/6.8/6.4/6


Ability 2: Swagger

Channeling time: 0.467s -> 0.333s

Physical Damage: (215/260/305/350/395/440+1.05AD) -> 250/300/350/400/450/500(+0.8AD)


Ability 3: Walking Tall

Heal limit removed



Lumburr, The Elemental


[Balance Team Notes] The description of Lumburr's Shattered Earth was inconsistent with its actual effect, reducing enemy heroes' ATK rather than Physical Damage. We're making sure its description matches the effect, while keeping its power roughly the same.


Ability 1: Shattered Earth

Reduces damage output by 10%-15% (heroes only)


Errol, The Tainted


[Balance Team Notes] Errol's upgraded Boneshaver is his main damage and crowd control ability, but it leaves him vulnerable and is easily interrupted, often resulting in an untimely death. Upgraded Boneshaver now grants temporary invincibility, which should make him more consistent in the mid to late-game.


Ability 1: Ghostscythe

Cooldown: 7 -> 7-6

Ability 2: Boneshaver

When passive skill reaches 5, consume all rage, gain invincibility, +50% damage and healing effect, and knocks enemies into the air for 1 sec.


Florentino, The Gentle Blade


Passive: Shuffle

No immunity while lunging

Ability 2: Triple Threat

[1st attack] Physical Damage: 225(+55/lv) ->175(+65/lv)

[2nd attack] Physical Damage: 225(+55/lv) ->175(+65/lv)

[3rd attack] Physical Damage per stage: 175(+35/lv) ->150(+40/lv)




[Balance Team Notes] We reduced the burst damage of jungling weapons in this version, and among assassins, Quillen is most reliant on burst damage. To minimize the effect of this change on him, we've rolled back some of the nerfs he received in previous patches.


Ability 1: Mutilate

Physical Damage: 160/185/210/235/260/285(+0.45AD) -> 175/200/225/250/275/300(+0.5AD)


Veres, The Thorn


[Balance Team Notes] Fire armor and the passive healing bug have weakened Veres more than we expected in the last patch. We've improved her passive damage and attack boost from her ultimate in order to address this.


Passive: Bloody Kiss

Physical Damage: 250(+25 per level)(+1.5AD)-> 250(+40 per level)(+1.5AD)


Ability 3: Venom

Attack Damage boost: 120/170/220 -> 150/200/250


Amily, The Crusher


Ability 1: Kickblade

Heal: 125/150/175/200/225/250(+0.5AD) -> 8% of max HP


Ability 3: Enrage

Cooldown: 60/55/50 -> 50/45/40


Murad, The Wanderer


[Balance Team Notes] We fixed a bug that prevented Murad's first ability from hitting close enemies, meaning he's now stronger in melee. We've reduced his ultimate damage to balance things out.

Ability 1: Piercing Spike

Fixed a bug that prevented the ability from hitting close enemies.


Ability 3: Temporal Turbulence

Physical Damage: 150-280(+0.68AD)-> 140-250(+0.68AD)


Nakroth, The Executioner's Blade


Ability 2: Death Sentence

Physical Damage: 150-300(+1.2AD)-> 150-300(+1.0AD)


Hayate, The Ghostwalker


[Balance Team Notes] Hayate was a little too good in lane, and the combination of his second ability and ultimate made him more mobile and flexible than we wanted. His first ability is now less effective at clearing lanes, and his ultimate now has a longer cooldown, which should make him a more manageable opponent.


Ability 1: Shuriken Toss

Damage reduction per target pierced: 20% -> 30%


Ability 3: Kunai Blitz

Cooldown: 40 -> 50/45/40


Violet, The Pistol Assassin


[Balance Team Notes] Violet's first ability was too powerful: it had long range, explosive damage, and was hard to avoid. We've reduced the power of her first ability, but also gave her more ways to reduce its cooldown, making her battles more interactive.


Normal attack range: 6.75m -> 7m

Base movement speed: 340->350


Passive: Reload

Normal attack, Fire in the Hole and Concussive Rounds hits on heroes reduce Tactical Fire cooldown by 0.5 sec.


Ability 1: Tactical Fire

Physical Damage: 275/305/335/365/395/425(+1.0AD) ->250/270/290/310/330/350(+1.0AD)

Boosted normal attack range: 10m - >9.5m

Mana cost: 45/50/55/60/65/70 ->30/35/40/45/50/55


Ability 2: Fire in the Hole

Cooldown: 10/9.2/8.4/7.6/6.8/6 -> 9/8.4/7.8/7.2/6.6/6




Ability 1: Rapid Shot

Damage per shot in machine gun form: 35(+15/Lv)(+0.25 AD) -> 40(+10/Lv)(+0.25 AD)


Ability 3: Fusillade

Physical Damage: 80(+60/Lv )(+0.3AD)-> 75(+55/Lv )(+0.25AD)

Cooldown: 40/35/30 -> 50/45/40


TeeMee, The Stalwart Twins


Ability 1: Pooty Poots

Cooldown change: 40% -> 30%

Cooldown: 5 ->6





Omni Arms

Life Steal: 10% -> 8%

Max HP: 500 -> 400

New Passive: Speed Up

Normal attacks increase movement speed by 10%



Physical Damage: 55 -> 60


Magical Damage: (300+20*lv.)->(225+15*lv)

Damage increase vs heroes in 3 sec: 7% ->5%

Cooldown: 30 sec -> 25 sec


Hercules' Madness

Crafted from: Claymore + Light Armor + Light Armor -> Chainhammer + Light Armor + Light Armor

Armor: +225 -> +180

[Unique Passive: Berserk] Life Steal does not work at range


Scorching Wind

0.3 sec minimum trigger interval for normal attack orb

Water Support

T2 and T3 water support equipment healing aura range increased from 6m to 8m

[Unique Passive: Devotion] Gold for nearest ally: 30 -> 20/30

EXP for nearest ally: 40 -> 26/40



V.Bug Fixes

1.Fixed a bug where Murad's first ability doesn't affect enemies at close range

2.Fixed a bug with Omen's Thirst gain from combo attacks

3.Fixed a bug where Amily's second ability doesn't cause knockback when chained with blink

4.Fixed a bug where Hayate's ultimate doesn't affect targets outside FOV

5.Fixed a bug where Hayate's ultimate could not be interrupted manually at certain attack speeds

6.Fixed a bug where Hayate will not continue to move when his ultimate is chained with blink

7.Fixed a big with Riktor's movement when moving between different terrain

8.Fixed a bug with Annette's ultimate that could cause clipping errors with enemies

9.Fixed a bug with Hercules' Madness's timer

10.Arum and Aleister's ultimate can now interrupt Iron Body and stop its effects

11.Fixed graphic issues with Capheny's normal attack and Tulen's ultimate

12.Fixed delays with the follow-up in multi-stage skills of certain heroes (e.g. Murad and Nakroth) where the previous stage could not be interrupted immediately