Rigwarl, the Bristleback
|Carry Durable Initiator Nuker|
Never one to turn his back on a fight, Rigwarl was known for battling the biggest, meanest scrappers he could get his hands on. Christened Bristleback by the drunken crowds, he waded into backroom brawls in every road tavern between Slom and Elze, until his exploits finally caught the eye of a barkeep in need of an enforcer. For a bit of brew, Bristleback was hired to collect tabs, keep the peace, and break the occasional leg or two (or five, in the case of one unfortunate web-hund).
After indulging in a night of merriment during which bodily harm was meted out in equal parts upon both delinquent patrons and his own liver, Bristleback finally met his match. "Your tusks offend me, sir," he was heard to drunkenly slur to one particularly large fellow from the northern wastes whose bill had come due. What followed was a fight for the ages. A dozen fighters jumped in. No stool was left unbroken, and in the end, the impossible happened: the tab went unpaid. Over the weeks that followed, Bristleback's wounds healed, and his quills grew back; but an enforcer's honor can be a prickly thing. He paid the tab from his own coin, vowing to track down this northerner and extract redemption. And then he did something he'd never done before—he actually trained, and in so doing made a startling discovery about himself. A smile peeled back from his teeth as he flexed his quills. Turning his back to a fight might be just the thing.
When it comes to a fight, Bristleback really puts his back into it. Reducing all damage arriving from the rear or from the sides, he wades into battle with barely a care, spraying enemies with damaging quills and slowing snot.Bristleback (In-Game Description)
- Maximum movement speed slow:
- Maximum armor reduction:
- The goo projectile travels at 1000 speed.
- Quill Spray deals damage radiating out from Bristleback at 2400 speed over 0.3 seconds.
|Reduced Damage (Rear)||16%/24%/32%/40%|
|Reduced Damage (Side)||8%/12%/16%/20%|
- Does not reduce HP Cost damage.
- Bristleback's rear is considered to be within 70° angle from the back.
- Bristleback's side is considered to be within 110° angle from the back.
- For a visual of Bristleback passive reduction areas, see here.
- The bonus Quill Spray does not cost mana and does not have a cooldown.
|Movement Speed Per Stack||3%/4%/5%|
|Damage Per Stack||25/30/35 |
- Maximum movement speed bonus:
- Maximum attack damage bonus:
- Using items will not earn Warpath stacks.
- Bristleback visually grows slightly larger per stack.
- The bonus Quill Spray triggers from Bristleback's passive does not earn a Warpath stack.
Aghanim's Shard Ability
|+24 Warpath Damage Per Stack||25||12% Spell Lifesteal|
|+20 Quill Spray Stack Damage||20||+20 Health Regen|
|+20 Attack Speed||15||+200 Health|
|+2 Mana Regen||10||+20 Movement Speed|
Although his spells seem very weak at first glance, Rigwarl is not to be underestimated. Quill Spray, Viscous Nasal Goo, and Warpath all provide relatively small effects when used only once, but each ability stacks when cast multiple times. Enemies of the Bristleback will soon find themselves covered in goo and shredded by constant quill fire if they aren't careful. Quill Spray deals increasing damage with each cast on the same target, and due to its low cooldown and mana cost it can be very deadly over time. When Rigwarl sees that his enemies are sufficiently weakened, he can move in for the kill with Viscous Nasal Goo. This ability slows the target and reduces their armor, increasing the damage of Quill Spray and Bristleback's physical attack and making it impossible to escape. Furthermore, casting spells puts Bristleback on the Warpath, which increases his movement and attack speeds as he uses his abilities. Bristleback's signature skill, and where he gets his name, is his near invulnerability to attacks that strike his back. All attacks and spells that come from behind him will be heavily reduced and cause additional Quill Sprays.