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Bristleback

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[e][h]Bristleback
Radiant Hero
Attributes
Primary Attribute
Base Stats
Attack Type
0.3 + 0.3
Level Changes
Level
1
15
25
30
Health
(Regen)
604
3.2
1418
6.98
2276
10.88
2628
12.43
Mana
(Regen)
243
1.1
711
3.06
1191
5.06
1383
5.86
Armor
3.83
8.03
13.03
14.87
Magic R
26.4%
30.32%
34.32%
35.92%
Damage
55-61
92-98
131-137
147-153
Notes
2
Release Date
2013-03-28
Competitive Span
2013-05-02 — Present

Bristleback Rigwarl, the Bristleback[edit]

Recommended Roles
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.

Abilities[edit]

Viscous Nasal Goo
QG
Affects
Enemy Units
Covers a target in snot, causing it to have reduced armor and movement speed. Multiple casts stack and refresh the duration.
Base Movement Speed Slow15%
Movement Speed Slow Per Stack3%/6%/9%/12%
Base Armor Reduction2/2/3/3
Armor Reduction Per Stack1.5/2/2.5/3
Maximum Stacks4
6
Duration5
Cast Point 0.3
Cast Backswing 0
Cooldown
1.75
12/16/20/24
Increases stack limit.
Does not pierce Debuff Immunity.

Blocked by Spell Block.

Reflected by Spell Reflection.

Dispellable.

Affected by cast range bonus.
Having caught a cold while stuck in the snow, Bristleback turns it to his advantage.
Notes
  • Maximum movement speed slow:
    • 32%/44%/56%/68%
    • 50%/80%/110%/140%
  • Maximum armor reduction:
    • 7.6/9.2/10.8/12.4
    • 16/21/26/30
  • The goo projectile travels at 1000 speed.
Quill Spray
WR
Targeting
No Target
Affects
Enemy Units
Damage Type
Physical
Sprays enemy units with quills dealing damage in an area of effect around Bristleback. Deals bonus damage for every time a unit was hit by Quill Spray in the last few seconds.
Base Damage25/45/65/85
Damage Per Stack28/30/32/34
48/50/52/54
Damage Cap500
Stack Duration14
Radius700

Cast Point 0
Cast Backswing 0
Cooldown
3
35
Does not pierce Debuff Immunity.

Dispellable only by death.

An enforcer's honor can be a prickly thing. So can his quills.
Notes
  • Quill Spray deals damage radiating out from Bristleback at 2400 speed over 0.3 seconds.
Bristleback
EK
Targeting
Passive
Affects
Self
Bristleback takes less damage if hit on the sides or rear. If Bristleback takes a certain amount of damage from the rear, he releases a Quill Spray Quill Spray of the current level.
Reduced Damage (Rear)16%/24%/32%/40%
24%/32%/40%/48%
Reduced Damage (Side)8%/12%/16%/20%
12%/16%/20%/24%
Rear Angle70°
Side Angle110°
Damage Threshold275/250/225/200

Quill Sprays Count6
Spray Interval0.35
Spray Angle45°
Self Move Speed Slow40%
Effect Delay0.5

Cast Range -
                     Global
Cast Point -
                   0
Cast Backswing -
                            0
Cooldown
-
     24
-
      100
Adds active ability to Bristleback. Bristleback rotates towards the targeted direction and, after a moment, forcefully ejects a few sequential Quill Sprays in a tight conical pattern out of his back every while. Bristleback's facing is locked during this time, he is disarmed, and his speed is reduced by %.
Undispellable.

Disabled by Break.

Illusions gain the damage reduction but does not proc Quill Spray.
Turning his back to a fight might be just the thing.
Notes
  • 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.
Ultimate Ability
Warpath
RW
Targeting
Passive
Affects
Self
Bristleback works himself up into a fury every time he casts a spell, increasing his movement speed and damage.
Movement Speed per Stack2%/3%/4%
Damage per Stack15/20/25
33/38/43
Maximum Stacks8/10/12
Stack Duration16/18/20
Undispellable.

Disabled by Break.

Illusions gain a stack when Bristleback gain a stack but does not gain the damage bonus.
‘Temper, temper,’ his mum always chided. But in a fight, a temper can come in handy.
Notes
  • Maximum movement speed bonus:
    • 15%/28%/45%
  • Maximum attack damage bonus:
    • 90/168/270
    • 540
  • 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[edit]

Hairball
DB
Targeting
Point Target
Affects
Enemy
Damage Type
Magical
Coughs a quill-packed hairball towards the target location. Erupts at the location, hitting enemies in with Viscous Nasal Goo and stacks of Quill Spray.
Radius700
Viscous Nasal Goo Count2
Quill Sprays Count1

Cast Range 1000
Cast Point 0.1
Cast Backswing 0.6
Cooldown
13
40
Granted by Aghanim's Shard.
Goo effect is Dispellable
Can be disjointed.

Affected by cast range bonus.

Talent Tree[edit]

+18 Warpath Warpath Damage Per Stack 25 12% Spell Lifesteal
+20 Quill Spray Quill Spray Stack Damage 20 +25 Health Regen
+8%/+4% Bristleback Bristleback Back/Side Damage Reduction 15 +250 Viscous Nasal Goo Viscous Nasal Goo Cast Range
+1.5 Mana Regen 10 +25 Attack Speed

Recent Changes[edit]

Version Balance Changes
7.35b
  • Bristleback Bristleback
    • Buff Damage Threshold decreased from 300/275/250/225 to 275/250/225/200
7.35
  • Viscous Nasal Goo Viscous Nasal Goo
    • Nerf Aghanim's Shard Stack Limit decreased from 7 to 6
  • Bristleback Bristleback
    • Nerf Aghanim's Scepter Cooldown increased from 20s to 24s
  • Talent Talent
    • Rework Level 10 Talent +20 Damage replaced with +25 Attack Speed
7.34e
  • Quill Spray Quill Spray
    • Nerf Max Damage decreased from 550 to 500
  • Bristleback Bristleback
    • Nerf Damage Threshold increased from 225 to 300/275/250/225
  • Hairball Hairball
    • Nerf Cast Range decreased from 1500 to 1000
    • Nerf Cooldown increased from 10s to 13s
  • Talent Talent
    • Nerf Level 20 Talent Quill Spray Stack Damage decreased from +25 to +20

Notable Players[edit]

Dame 
Scourge McDuck 
Otaker 

Additional Content[edit]

References[edit]