Version 3.8.6

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Design[edit | edit source]

Hero Mastery System[edit | edit source]

  • The Hero Mastery System: Phase One has been added to Heroes of Newerth.
    • Players will now earn hero-specific experience for completing both ranked and unranked matchmaking games of Forests of Caldavar, Mid Wars, Capture the Flag, Grimm's Crossing, and The Grimm Hunt.
    • Phase One will allow heroes to be taken to level 3, and includes 25 levels of universal mastery rewards (the culmination of the levels of all of your heroes).
    • Experience will be awarded based on the length of a match, with a bonus for the winning team.
    • Mastery Boost is available for purchase upon the completion of a match, doubling the match experience.

Hero Balance[edit | edit source]

Amun-Ra.jpg Amun-Ra

  • Amun-Ra Path of Destruction.jpg Path of Destruction
    • Max Health cost increased from {15% to 20%}.
    • Now deals {75%} damage to non-hero units.
  • Amun-Ra Ignite.jpg Ignite
    • Max Health cost increased from {12% to 15%}.
    • Now deals {75%} damage to non-hero units.

Deadlift.jpg Deadlift

  • Deadlift Unholy Strength.jpg Death Grip
    • Projectile Speed decreased from {600 to 500}.
  • Deadlift Soul Syphon.jpg The Dead Shall Rise
    • Revived pets’ receive-damage multiplier increased from {200% to 350/300/250/200%}.

Draconis.jpg Draconis

  • Draconis Draconic Defense.jpg Draconic Defense
    • Bonus Attack Range decreased from {1200 to 1000} while the skill is active.
  • Draconis Fiery Barrage.jpg Fiery Barrage
    • Physical Damage per 4 seconds rescaled from {10/15/20/25 + 10/15/20/25% of Draconis' Attack Damage to 4/8/12/16 + 25% of Draconis' Attack Damage}.
    • Damage multiplier against heroes decreased from {1.3/1.6/1.9/2.2x Damage to 0.5/0.8/1.1/1.4x Damage}.
    • Max charges increased from {7 to 8}.
  • Draconis Cataclysm.jpg Cataclysm
    • Initial damage reduction decreased from {88% to 70%}.
    • Bonus Attack Range decreased from {1200 to 1000} while the skill is active.
    • Max damage taken per damage instance increased from {1/6th to 1/5th} of the Volcano's maximum Health.

Monarch.jpg Monarch

  • Monarch Crippling Pollen.jpg Crippling Pollen
    • Mana cost rescaled from {85/100/115/130 to 100/110/120/130}.
    • Duration decreased from {1.4/2.1/2.8/3.5 seconds to 1.3/1.7/2.1/2.5 seconds}.
    • Magic Damage per second increased from {50 to 70}.
      • Overall Magic Damage output changed from {70/105/140/175 to 91/119/147/175}.

Skrap.jpg Skrap

  • Skrap Scavenge.jpg Scavenge
    • Heal value per Morsel to non-Vorax ally units changed from {5/10/15/20 to 10 at all levels}.

Item Balance[edit | edit source]

Merrick's Bounty.jpg Merrick's Bounty

  • Cost reduced from {225 gold to 200 gold}.
  • Gold mechanics changed:
    • If a real ally hero is within 4000 radius of Merrick's Bounty, you gain a charge every 10 seconds.
    • If no real ally heroes are within 4000 radius, the timer for gaining charges becomes paused.

General[edit | edit source]

  • Added a "Disable Auto Aggro" option.
    • If enabled, the issued hero will Hold Position after all commands are completed, and will not automatically aggro onto nearby enemy units.
    • This option is disabled by default.


  • "Use Courier" cooldown reduced from {1.5 seconds to 0.5 seconds}.

Community[edit | edit source]

The War Effort and Ranked MMR Ladder[edit | edit source]

  • Cycle 14 finished on March 22nd and rewards will be distributed by March 25th.
    • There will be a break in the War Effort starting on March 22nd.

HoN Tour Season 4[edit | edit source]

  • The fourth edition of the official competitive circuit for Heroes of Newerth has finished! With the regular season over, look forward to some off-season content before the epic conclusion at HoN Tour Season 4 World Finals. Head over to for more information.

Dragon Wars[edit | edit source]

  • Dragon Wars is a global HoN community event challenging the entire community to achieve goals and handsomely rewarding them when they are completed. Find out more about Dragon Wars here:
  • Dragon Wars lasts until April 5th.

Luck of the Clover[edit | edit source]

  • St. Patrick's Day is here and Newerth is throwing a celebration!
    • Check the forums or HoN social media to get the scoop on all of the events going on during the Luck of the Clover Promotion.
    • Promotions will last until March 25th.

Scoutzo's Birthday Bash[edit | edit source]

  • With Easter and April Fool's just around the corner, Scoutzo is excited to celebrate his 3rd birthday!
    • Check the forums or HoN social media to find out everything happening during Scoutzo's Birthday Bash.

Matchmaking Maps & Modes[edit | edit source]

New Content[edit | edit source]

Garena Star League[edit | edit source]

  • New Garena Star League Avatar: GSL Ravenor.jpg Ravenna
Gisele's younger sister Ravenna watched her older sibling get massive accolades and endless attention at Newerth's ultimate battle event, the Garena Star League, and she made a vow that she would become an even more powerful and impressive participant in the illustrious tournament. But she knew she wouldn't be satisfied to watch from the sidelines – she would be on the battlefield! And while Gisele does indeed have a dazzling display of sparklers, beams, and stars, Ravenna prefers a much more electrifying approach, and she is prepared to overwhelm the competition with a shocking storm of GSL-inspired lightning and a case of sibling rivalry that would put Jeraziah and Ophelia to shame!

April Fool's Day[edit | edit source]

  • New April Fool's Day Holiday Edition Avatar: Harlequin Tarot.jpg Harlequin
Assemble all ye Royal Warriors of Newerth, for the holiday entertainment is about to begin courtesy of Harlequin Tarot! This mischievous jester is the first avatar to showcase the "Uninstall" upgrade -- if you are using Harlequin in a game and earn an Annihilation, this new feature will uninstall Heroes of Newerth from the computers of everyone on the opposing team.
The Uninstall upgrade is a complete farce and does not exist. See, Harlequin got us already. Curse ye, jester!

Easter[edit | edit source]

Let the Easter egg hunt begin! Oh, you thought this was going to be a fun, festive event of searching for beautifully painted eggs and delicious candy? Wrong! This disgusting Easter egg is the hunter, not the hunted, so scatter into the forest and dive beneath the bushes, little children, because the Easter feast is about to begin, and you are the main course!
Centuries ago, when Death's Cradle was known by a much more benign name, the peaceful inhabitants of one of the many islands would carve a statue when one of their tribe passed into the next world. The deceased's epic and joyous life story would be meticulously inscribed and painted on the stone for all to appreciate. Well, the Hellflower poachers don't have any time for that nonsense. They found the massive stone statues along the coast of the overgrown island unsettling at first, but quickly forgot about them and began hacking through the undergrowth and churning the fertile soil in search of those lethal, elusive blossoms. Even the human remains they unearthed only slowed them long enough to toss the brittle bones aside, and in their haste they were oblivious when the statues began to move. The desecration was unacceptable to these honored dead, and the poachers were the first of many to get launched from the island straight into the next world for further punishment.
Peep all the hidden eggs (and gankers) with the Easter ward!

General[edit | edit source]

Oderr isn't the mightiest Viking to ever walk the mortal plane, so he has to make up for any physical shortcomings with ingenuity and a generous application of his personal incendiary concoction of grain alcohol, pine resin, sulphur, and crude oil. Entire shield walls flee in terror and longships become instant funeral pyres when Oderr lobs his firebombs into their midst, and when the battlefield is just a smoldering testament to his warfare prowess, his flammable brew doubles as a tolerable victory beverage.

The War Effort[edit | edit source]

  • New War Effort Trophy Avatar: Trophy Tarot.jpg Tarot
The only way to get this rare, auspicious avatar is to be ranked among The War Effort's top 50 at the end of each 28-day cycle, so keep checking that leaderboard and completing those quests! Even the staff can't get the Trophy avatars!

Bug Fixes & Optimizations[edit | edit source]

General[edit | edit source]

Fortification of Sol & Demonic Fortification

  • Can now be properly used while channeling Homecoming Stone/Post Haste with the Safe Teleport option enabled.
  • Will no longer interrupt your previous orders.

Heroes[edit | edit source]

Artesia.jpg Artesia

  • Artesia Essence Projection.jpg Essence Projection's cooldown is no longer refreshed if the subskill to move it is used on the same frame that it expires.

Dampeer.jpg Dampeer

Gunblade.jpg Gunblade

  • Gunblade Grappling Shot.jpg Grappling Shot's armor debuff now properly affects units with Push Immunity.
  • Gunblade Grappling Shot.jpg Grappling Shot now properly drags Gunblade towards units with Push Immunity.

Silhouette.jpg Silhouette

Tarot.jpg Tarot

  • Rift Hunter Tarot.jpg Rift Hunter Tarot now shows the Tarot Card visuals if you own the proper Tarot Cards.