Kestrel Builds

Last updated 7/24/2016 for update 1.20.

You’ll find the best and most popular builds for Kestrel on this page! For more information regarding situational items, check out our guides for situational items on roams and carries! To see how well this hero performs in the current meta, check out our hero tier list.

The Goatslayer

Kestrel does enormous backline damage with her Glimmershots. If all else fails, she can finish her target off with her One Shot One Kill ultimate. Kestrel can be played in both lane and jungle effectively.

Skill Path

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It’s no secret that Kestrel’s arrows from A, Glimmershot, are a nightmare to deal with. Overdriving Glimmershot first gives her arrows a huge buff. Then, max out Kestrel’s ultimate, One Shot One Kill, for some sweet snipes to complete your kill!

Core Items

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Kestrel really needs that Weapon Power. Most players will rush towards a Sorrowblade immediately, and start building towards Breaking Point for the easy stacks it provides on her. After that, buying one (or even two) Tyrant’s Monocle for huge crits on her Glimmershots is common. The amount of pierce already on Glimmershot synergizes well with building a heck of a lot of Weapon Power and crit.

As Needed

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Halcyon Chargers provide the obvious advantage of picking up boots, but as well give Kestrel the energy she needs to use her B, Active Camo, more often. Some players prefer to build double Tyrant’s Monocle instead of or in addition to Breaking Point. Bonesaw may be considered if the enemy has a lot of armor, however, the armor pierce already built into her Glimmershots makes it very situational; much like Breaking Point, Kestrel can stack up very quickly with Glimmershots, then use auto-attacks to finish the job if necessary. There are a lot of options, all of which work well. Defense is obvious – build what you need!

The Herdslayer

Crystal Kestrel’s demise is a body-blocking support that prevents her Glimmershots from reaching her correct targets. A Crystal Power build focuses on the splash damage on Glimmershot, removing the effectiveness of a body-blocker. Building Crystal Power also increases the stealth and trap duration of Active Camo, allowing Kestrel to set up crazy plays. All of this comes at the cost of her auto-attacks not doing much besides tickling, however. As above, Kestrel can be played in both lane and jungle.

Skill Path

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Core Items

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Both Broken Myth and Shatterglass increase the damage of Kestrel’s skills enormously. Eve of Harvest gives Kestrel some sustain in the form of lifesteal and energy regeneration.

As Needed

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Unlike Weapon Kestrel, Crystal Kestrel cannot activate Active Camo directly after taking damage. Because of this, Journey Boots are great to pick up because of the short cooldown on them after damaging an enemy hero. Frostburn is an option if you find yourself still being jumped on too frequently. Double Shatterglass allows for, well, double the splash damage as opposed to only building one. Kestrel’s skills are very energy-reliant, so picking up a Clockwork early-to-mid game may help; you should always avoid purchasing Clockwork as your first item, though. Defense is obvious, and can all be situational even.


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