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Vainglory Malene Hero Reveal: Abilities, Talents, Builds

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Two years after being mentioned in lore, Malene is the most anticipated hero to arrive in Vainglory (sorry, Corpus). To ensure her debut feels special, Malene breaks previous standards, boasting her ultimate at level 1 and five total abilities. Broken Myth is here with an early look at Malene’s abilities, talents, and best builds for an easy time transforming into the Update 3.2 meta.

In the early game, Malene is vulnerable to incoming ganks and poke damage. She plays best in the mid lane as a hyper crystal carry where her team captain can quickly rotate to and from, but can also flex into the top lane. Before transforming, know what you want to accomplish in the seconds thereafter while you’re locked into your next form. Familiarize yourself with each form’s different crowd control and DPS scaling to maximize your damage output in the midst of a fight. Mobile enemies can pounce onto Malene if she is not kiting effectively, so position yourself in the backline before they spot an opportunity to take you down. Let’s break down Malene’s abilities.


Vainglory Malene Abilities

Masked Ball (Heroic Perk)

Malene’s ultimate is available at level 1 and allows her to switch between Light Form and Shadow Form. Additionally, Malene’s basic attacks deal crystal damage.

  • Basic attack crystal damage: 60-126 (level 1-12) (+60% crystal power).
  • For 6 seconds after switching form, Malene’s next basic attack is empowered.
LVL 1 LVL 12
Health 696 2148
Energy 300 685
Armor/Shield 20 50
Base Weapon 10
Attack Speed 100% 122%
Range 6.2
Move Speed 3.3

Light Ribbons (A)

Light Form — Light Ribbons: Malene sends ribbons of light in the target direction, damaging and rooting the first enemy hit.

Shadow Form — Shadow Tendrils: Malene unleashes three shadow tendrils in the target direction, dealing crystal damage to all enemies along their path.

  • Each tendril deals its own instance of damage.
  • Deals 50% less damage to minions.
LVL 1 LVL 2 LVL 3 LVL 4 LVL 5 Crystal Ratio
Cooldown 14s 13s 12s 11s 10s
Energy Cost 40 50 60 70 0
Damage 60 115 170 225 280 120%
Root Duration 0.7s 0.8s 0.9s 1s 1.2s
Cooldown (Shadow Form) 8s 7.5s 7s 6.5s 6s
Energy Cost (Shadow Form) 40 50 60 70 0
Damage (Shadow Form) 35 60 85 110 135  55%

Royal Amnesty (B)

Light Form — Royal Amnesty: Malene instantly imbues herself with light, granting herself a barrier and a burst of movement speed for 3 seconds.

Shadow Form — Wicked Escapade: Malene instantly becomes a trail of shadows for 1.5 seconds, becoming invulnerable and slowing enemies she passes through. When this effect ends, enemies near her original location receive a burst of damage.

LVL 1 LVL 2 LVL 3 LVL 4 LVL 5 Crystal Ratio
Cooldown 15s 14s 13s 12s 11s
Energy Cost 60 70 80 90 100
Barrier Strength 60 105 150 195 285 60%
Speed Boost 1 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4
Cooldown (Shadow Form) 21s 20s 19s 18s 16s
Energy Cost (Shadow Form) 80 90 100 110 120
Slow (Shadow Form) 30% 35% 40% 45% 50%
Damage (Shadow Form) 80 160 240 320 480  70%

Enchanted Transformation (Ultimate)

Malene switches between Light Form and Shadow Form, swapping abilities and gaining an empowerment on her next basic attack based on which form she switches into.

  • Shadow Empowerment: Deals bonus damage.
  • Light Empowerment: Slows target.
LVL 1 LVL 2 LVL 3 LVL 4 Crystal Ratio
Cooldown 5s 4s 3s  2s
Energy Cost 0 0 0  0
Bonus Damage 60 120 180 240  100%
Slow 30% 45% 60%  75%

Vainglory Malene Talents

Spiky-Spiky (Rare)

Wicked Escapade (Shadow B) will also deal damage where Malene appears. Level 1 stats:

  • Damage: 103%
  • Cooldown: 90%

Shadow Terror (Epic)

Shadow Tendrils (Shadow A) will also fear enemies. Level 1 stats:

  • Damage: 101%
  • Duration: 0.4 seconds

Royal Favors (Legendary)

Royal Amnesty (Light B) will also apply to nearby allies and deal damage around shielded targets upon expiration. Level 1 stats:

  • Barrier: 110%
  • Damage: 100

Vainglory Malene Builds

Below are the three recommended builds SEMC has curated for Malene. For more information on situational items for carries, visit our complete breakdown. Be sure to check our top hero builds page soon for Broken Myth’s Malene hero guide!

Sheltered Royalty

Deal heavy damage from the backline without putting yourself at risk.
(High Damage, Low Defense)

slumbering husk

Malevolent Deity

Unleash true terror and put your enemies in their place.
(Massive Damage, No Defense)

Benevolent Nobility

Help your allies, but make sure they don’t get the wrong idea.
(High Utility, Moderate Defense)


The Update 3.2 activation day is currently unknown, but is hoped to release sometime next week with no downtime. If you have any questions about Vainglory’s newest hero Malene, ask away in the comments below, and we’d be happy to answer them!

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