Guide to Visual Indicators in Vainglory by PlexSaber

Guide to Visual Indicators in Vainglory

By: PlexSaber
Last Updated: May 3, 2015
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Table of Contents Top

Change Log Top

Version 1.0 - 15th Februrary 2015 - Guide published in VaingloryFire.
Version 1.1 - 16th Februrary 2015 - Minor typographical and grammatical mistakes corrected.
Version 1.2 - 16th Februrary 2015 - Updated guide with additional Wiki links to Heroes, Ultimates and Items.
Version 1.3 - 18th Februrary 2015 - Minor typographical mistakes fixed.
Version 1.4 - 20th Februrary 2015 - Information about the visual indicators at the bottom left corner of the screen has been added.
Version 1.5 - 23rd Februrary 2015 - Changed Petal's healing aura image to one where the healing aura is more noticible, fixed Adagio abilities mislabeling, added Skaarf's burn stack indicator and minor typography mistakes fixed.
Version 1.6 - 26th Februrary 2015 - Updated guide with new Celeste visual indicators, indicators at top right of screen and new tactical pings.
Version 1.7 - 3rd March 2015 - Added indicator of damage taken while standing at enemy base, changed Celeste's Heliogenesis image, minor typographical errors corrected.
Version 1.8 - 18th March 2015 - Added indicator of being targeted by Ringo's Ultimate ability, made minor changes to formating.
Version 1.9 - 26th March 2015 - Made minor changes to sentence structures, added Ironguard Contract indicator.
Version 2.0 - 2nd April 2015 - Updated guide with new Vox visual indicators, added new role selection indicator, changed mini-map image, and made a few other minor changes.
Version 2.1 - 5th April 2015 - Updated description of Celeste's Solar Storm Ultimate ability.
Version 2.2 - 14th April 2015 - Made minor changes to formatting.

Introduction Top

This guide started out as a reply to a question asked by Buyabha on the Vainglory Forums, and due to encouragements from Halcyon, Nealael and Sixx, I had decided to create a thread on the forums.

There has been a lot of positive feedback for the guide on the Vainglory Forums and now I have decided to publish this guide on VaingloryFire as this is usually the first place where many people will go to seek out Vainglory Guides. I am hoping that by publishing the guide here, it could reach a wider audience and thus benefit more people! :D

Many experienced players would have already known what these each visual indications mean, but I hope the information in this guide will be able help new players understand what each visual indicators in Vainglory means.

Heroes Visual Indicators Top

Koshka

When Koshka has a cat icon on her head, this means that she has Twirly Death stacks. Twirly Death will boost Koshka's basic attack.







Ringo

Ringo has a dice on his head when he has his Double Down perk. This means that Ringo's next basic attack will be a critical strike.








Adagio's Heal / Buff

You can tell that someone has been healed by Adagio's Gift of Fire ability when you see green runes surrounding them.

You can also tell that someone has been buffed by Adagio's Agent of Wrath ability when you see white runes surrounding them.








Catherine

When Catherine uses Merciless Pursuit, her next basic attack will stun you. Her shield will glow to indicate that her next basic attack will stun you.








Joule

When Joule has Thunder Strike stacks, her blade will have an electric blue glow.







Taka

When Taka has a guaranteed Critical Stike from his House Kamuha heroic perk, his blades will have a red glow.





Skaarf

When you are burned by Skarrf's Spitfire or Dragon's Breath abilities, you will be set ablaze. This is Skaarf's heroic perk Fan the Flames.

When you are on fire, you can see the burn stack counter on the bottom left of the screen.
With each basic attack, the flame will become more intense and deal more damage.





Krul's Stacks ( Spectral Smite)

The stacks are indicated by the glowing dots, each stack will reduce the target's attack speed and Crystal power by 10% and also increase Krul's Life Steal against the weakened target.
Krul can detonate the stacks to deal damage and regain health.





Stormguard Barrier

This is what you will see when Catherine activates her Stormguard barrier. It will burn nearby enemies and deflect damage above 77 (+7 per level) to nearby
enemies.





Adagio's Gift of Fire Perk

When Adagio heals an ally (or himself), he will splash Arcane Fire onto nearby enemies. (Shown in the picture below)
When enemies who are on fire take any damage, Adagio will recover 20% of that damage as energy.





Petal's Seeds

When Petal's Ally Hero stands on the Bramblethorn Seeds, they will be provided with a healing and armor aura. Healing Aura can stack 5 times from multiple seeds.




Glaive's Afterburn

This is what you will see when Glaive's next basic attack is replaced by a knock-back punt.





Ardan's Vanguard

When Ardan casts Vanguard barrier on himself or his allies, the target will receive a speed boost and a health barrier.





Ardan Vengeance Bar

Unlike normal heroes, Ardan does not have a blue energy bar. Instead, he has a yellow Vengeance Bar. This will build up over time, you can also gain additional vengeance by attacking, or when enemies attack your Vanguard barrier.





Joule's Rocklet Leap Indicator

When Joule uses her Rocket Leap, a red circle will appear on the ground where she is going to land on. Enemies within the radius of this circle will be stunned, Enemies near the impact will be knocked away and slowed.





Mortal Wound

When Taka strikes a Target with X-Retsu, a passive ability called 'Mortal Wound' will be triggered. This is indicated by a Heartbeat Monitor on the target. The target's healing wil be reduced by 50% and also take 24 - 68 damage per second over the next 4 seconds.





Twirling Silver

This is what you will see when Ringo has his Twirling Silver skill activated. This increases his attack speed.





Kaku

This is what you will see when Taka uses his Kaku ability and throws a smoke bomb.
After this, he will turn invisible. Taka can be revealed by Scout Traps and Flare Guns.



Celeste's Heliogenesis

When Celeste uses her Heliogenesis ability, a small star will form and damage nearby enemies. The star will linger for a short period and grant vision.

If Celeste uses her Heliogenesis on an existing star, it will go supernova and deal more crystal damage in a larger area.

Ally stars will appear in violet, enemy stars will be red.




Celeste's Core Collapse

After a brief delay, enemies standing in the radius of this circle will be stunned and take crystal damage.

Ally Core Collapse will appear in violet, enemy Core Collapse will be red.



Celeste's Solar Storm

These stars are celeste's ultimate, they can travel across the whole map.

This does reduced damage to non-heroes and does not dmamage structures.

Ally stars will appear in purple, enemy stars will appear in red.




Vox's Pulse

This will slow nearby enemies and also apply Resonance to them.





Vox's Resonance

This is what enemies which has been tagged with a resonance looks like. When enemies are under the effects of resonance, Vox's basic attacks will bounce off them and hit other targets with resonance.





When Vox uses his Pulse ability, it will also reveal nearby enemies for a brief moment (only visible to Vox)


Heroes Ultimate Tell-Tale Signs Top

Koshka Ultimate Tell-Tale Sign

This is what you will see before Koshka executes her Yummy Catnip Frenzy Ultimate and stun you. You can disrupt this by stunning her. You can also block this by using a Reflex Block.




Adagio Ultimate Tell-Tale sign

When Adagio channels his Verse of Judgement Ultimate, a circle with runes will appear on the ground. You will take damage (and be stunned if you are on fire) when you are in this circle. You can disrupt this by stunning him. You can also block with with a Reflex Block.




Skaarf's Ultimate Tell-Tale Sign

This is what you will see before Skaarf breathes his Dragon's Breath flames. You can disrupt this by stunning him. You can also block this with a Reflex Block.




Joule's Ultimate Tell-Tale sign

Red lines will appear right before Joule fires her Big Red Button Ultimate. You can step out of the red lines to dodge this. You can also block this with a Reflex Block.




Petal's Spontaneous Combustion Ultimate Tell-Tale Sign

Petal's Munion Pets will glow right before they explode. You can block this with a Reflex Block.




Catherine Ultimate

This is what you will see before Catherine launches her Blast Tremor Ultimate. Her Ultimate will launch a cone radius and anyone standing in the cone radius will be silenced for 2.5 - 3.5 seconds. (Unable to use skills or consumables)




Krul's Ultimate

When Krul uses his From Hell's Heart Ultimate, he will throw a sword.
If this sword hits an enemy hero, they will get stunned.




Ringo Ultimate Tell-Tale Sign

The first image is what you will see when you have been targeted by Ringo's Hellfire Brew Ultimate ability
The second image is what you will see when Ringo is channeling his Hellfire Brew Ultimate, you can disrupt this by stunning him.
The third image is what you will see after Ringo uses his Hellfire Brew Ultimate. The fireball will chase the Target no matter where they run to. You can block this with a Reflex Block before the fireball hits you.
The fourth image shows the burn damage after the fireball hits the Target.



Ardan Ultimate

This is what you will see when Ardan uses his Gauntlet Ultimate. When an enemy crosses the perimeter, they will be stunned. You can leave the perimeter if you activate Reflex Block.




Vox's Ultimate ability ' Wait for It'

Vox 's Ultimate ability will apply resonance to all enemies in its path, and shortly after that, a shockwave will explode along the same path. This deals Crystal damage and will silence enemies.


Item Visual Indicators Top

Tension Bow

A red glow on a hero's hands indicates they have a Tension Bow and their next basic attack will deal a bonus 180 damage.




Alternating Current / Aftershock

A purple glow on a hero's hands indicates that they either have an Alternating Current or an Aftershock.




Atlas Pauldron Activation




Atlas Pauldron Effect Indication

When someone is under the effects of Atlas Pauldron, you can see black clouds surrounding them.
When under the effects of Atlas Pauldron, attack speed will be reduced by 65%. This will last for 5 seconds.




Frostburn

When someone is under the effects of Frostburn, you can see a blue icy glow around them, and they will leave a blue ice trail behind them when they move.
(In this image, Catherine is under the effects of Frostburn)




Shiversteel

When someone activates Shiversteel, their arms will have an icy blue glow. Their next basic attack will slow the target.




Shiversteel Effect Indicator

When someone is under the effects of Shiversteel, a dark cloud will appear on their feet. While under the effects, their movements will be slowed.




Reflex Block / Crucible / Aegis Activation

This will block up to 200 damage for 1.5 seconds, and it will also block all debuffs.
When it is activated, you will see a bubble similar to Catherine's Stormguard Barrier.




Weapon Infusion / Crystal Infusion

This is what you will see when a Hero consumes Weapon Infusion / Crystal Infusion. The image on the left is Weapon Infusion, the image on the right is Crystal Infusion

Weapon Infusion grants 6 Weapon Power per Hero level, 25% Attack Speed increase, 30 Armor and 30 Shield, this will last for 3 minutes.
Crystal Infusion grants 6 Crystal Power per Hero level, 35% Ability Cooldown Acceleration, 30 Armor and 30 Shield, this will last for 3 minutes.




Minion Candy

When minions are empowered by a Minion Candy, you can see a red cherry icon on the minions.




Halcyon Potion

When someone uses a Halcyon Potion, you will see their character sparkling.
This will restore both HP and Energy.




Flare Gun

This is what it looks like when the enemy uses a Flare Gun. This will reveal your location to the enemy team.





Scout Trap (Mines)


This is what a Mine / Scout Trap looks like.
Mines are normally invisible, however, if you are standing near the enemy hero when he plants the mine, you will have vision of it for a second.
Mines can also be revealed if you plant a mine of your own near the enemy's mine.




Warhorn

This is what you will see when a Warhorn is triggered. This will grant a speed boost all nearby teammates.




Fountain of Renewal

This is what you will see when a Fountain of Renewal is activated. This will heal the User and their nearby Allies.



Boots Activation

This is what you will see when Sprint Boots / Travel Boots / Journey Boots are activated. this grants a speed boost for 1.5 seconds.

Visual Indicators At Bottom Left Corner Of Screen Top

Explanation of the stacks:

If you have Ironguard Contract, you will earn 20 gold after taking 5 hits from minions / jungle monsters. You will be able to see a counter at the bottom left corner of your screen.
After you have received the 20 gold, there will be a 10 seconds cooldown before the counter will start counting again.

When Vox uses his basic attacks, he will gain a small health barrier as part of his Heroic Perk ' Julia's Song'.

When Adagio uses his Gift of Fire ability to heal an ally, nearby enemies will be splashed with 'Arcane Fire', dealing damage for a few seconds.
If Adagio uses his Gift of Fire ability to heal himself, in addition to splashing 'Arcane Fire', he will also slow nearby enemies by 70% for 1.5 seconds.
When you are set ablaze by this, you will be able to see the burn indicator at the bottom left corner of the screen.

When you are burned by Skaarf's Spitfire or Dragon's Breath abilities, you will be set ablaze. this is Skaarf's heroic perk Fan the Flames.
When you are on fire, you can see the burn stack counter on the bottom left corner of the screen.
With each Skaarf basic attack, the stack counter will increase (capped at 4) and the flames will become more intense and deal more damage.

SAW gains his Spin Up stacks (Max. 12) when he attacks an enemy. Each stack increases SAW's attack speed by 30% and armor by 1, and decreases SAW's movement speed by 0.12.

Catherine gains Captain of the Guard stacks whenever she stuns or silences an enemy hero, each stack grants her 1 bonus armor.

Koshka gains Twirly Death stacks (Max. 12) whenever she attacks enemies with her Twirly Death ability, these stacks will boost her basic attack.

Koshka gains Bloodrush stacks (Max. 4) whenever she attacks enemy heroes, each of these stacks will grant 0.5 movement speed and 16 armor & shield.

Glaive gains Bloodsong stacks (Max. 20) whenever he attacks an enemy and whenever an enemy attacks him. These Bloodsong stacks will grant bonus Attack damage and lifesteal when Glaive uses his Ultimate ability.

Taka gains his Ki stacks (Max. 5) when he lands a critical strike or when he uses an ability. Each Ki stack will speed up his guaranteed critical strikes by 0.9 seconds and also grant 25% Cooldown acceleration.

Joule gains Thunder Strike stacks (Max. 6) whenever she successfully lands a hit with her Thunder Strike ability. The more stacks Joule has, the more damage her Thunder Strike ability will do. Her Thunder Strike ability will also cost more energy when Joule has more stacks.


I believe the other indicators shown in the image below are sufficiently explained by the image itself, but if I'm wrong and you require further information, feel free to leave a reply and I'll help in anyway I can! :)

Miscellaneous Top

Hero Selection

Tapping on your hero portrait on the hero selection screen will allow you to specify the role you want.



Lane Minions

The size of Lane Minions will change depending on how many Minion Mines are under your Team's control. The more minion mines you are in control of, the bigger your minions on the lane will be.




Healing Camp

You can tell that someone has been healed by the healing camp creep in the forest when they have a blue circular glow.




Teleporting back to base




Health Barrier

A health barrier is essentially temporary bonus HP.
Krul's ability ' Dead Man's Rush' grants a health barrier for 2 seconds.
Ardan's Ability, ' Vanguard' grants a health barrier for 3 seconds.




Life Steal / Regeneratim

Lifesteal / Regeneration will show up as green numbers on your hero.
Some heroes like Krul, Glaive and Taka have natural lifesteal. You can also get lifesteal by purchasing items such as
Book of Eulogies, Barbed Needle, Serpent Mask and Eve of Harvest.



Lane Minion HP Indicator

When a lane minion's HP glows red, it means that it will be kill-able with one basic attack.



HP Indicator

You can tell how much base HP someone has by looking at the number of bars on their HP indicator.




Last Hits

This is an indication that you have successfully last hitted a minion and got the gold.




Aced

Your team will get an Ace Buff when all enemy heroes are killed. This will give you temporary faster Health and Energy regeneration and make your minions stronger.




Turret Agrro'ed

An exclamation mark will appear on the enemy turret when it has you or your allies targeted.
This will happen if you walk up to it without any friendly minions or if you target an enemy hero when they are near the turret.




Stunned Indicator

This is what you will see when someone has been stunned.




Invisibility Indicator

When you are sitting in a bush, your health bar will be translucent and your hero will be in a crouching position.
When in this state, you will be invisible if there are no enemy scout traps nearby.




AFK / Disconnect

This is what you will see on the scoreboard when someone has AFKed or Disconnected.
(This screenshot was taken in a private match, I did not AFK or desert a public match)




Enemy Base

When you enter the enemy base, you will receive damage.




Tactical Pings

These are some of the common ways the pings are used.

Green Ping - Go to a certain location / Target a certain enemy
White Triangle Ping - Group up at a certain location
Yellow Caution Ping - Avoid a certain location / enemy
Question Mark - Used to signal that an enemy hero is missing or to ask your teammates wether they want to capture a certain objective (gold mine, kraken, minion mine, etc)
Blue Running Man ping - "On my Way"




Indicators at top right of screen



Mini-Map

When enemies are nearby your teammates, you will be able to see that on the mini-map, so keeping an eye on the map will allow you to get to your teammates who need help.

You can also see your teammate's pings on the mini-map.
If enemies are standing near a scout trap your team planted, their location will be visible on the mini-map, so if you have Scout Traps planted at key locations such as Gold / Minion mines, you will be able to see on your mini-map when your enemies are trying to capture them.

Using a Flare Gun will also reveal the enemies' location on the mini-map.
Objectives you are in control of are in blue, objectives which are under the enemies' control are in red. Neutral objectives are in white.

Thanks! Top

Thanks Nealael for suggesting the addition Atlas Paduldron (Dark Clouds on target), Shiversteel and Frostburn and also for helping me take the screenshots for Skaarf, Krul and Adagio.
Thanks UKN0WN for contributing to the screenshots of the visual effects of Atlas Pauldron (Dark clouds on Target), Shiversteel, Frostburn and Catherine's shield glow.
Thanks Halcyon for suggesting the addition of visual effects of Taka and Joule.
Thanks ArcticJelly for suggesting the addition of Skaarf's burn stack counter.
Thanks Yesname for suggesting the addition of the visual effects on Shiversteel's Target's feet.
Thanks Cocottely for suggesting the addition of Crystal / Weapon Infusion, Potion, Minion candy and Ardan barrier on teammates.
Thanks VideoVillain for suggesting the addition of Glaive's Afterburn pose.
Thanks Kooka for suggesting addition of the healing indication when standing on Petal's seeds.
Thanks bizzutts for suggesting the addition of Ultimates which has tell-tale signs before it has been executed (Only Ults which can reasonably be dodged / blocked will be added).
Thanks mabarry3 for letting me know I made a mistake and had mislabeled Weapon / Crystal Infusion, and forgetting to include Petal's Ult and Healing Aura.
Thanks Buyabha for letting me know I made a mistake and forgot to include Petal's Ult.
Thanks Vincitore for suggesting the addition of Ringo's Ultimate, Koskha's Ultimate, Joule's Rocket Leap and Speed boost streaks.
Thanks Worosei for suggesting the addition of Health Barrier and Warhorn activation.
Thanks Kooka for suggesting the addition of Fountain of Renewal, lane minion sizes, last hit indications, Taka's Ultimate passive indicator and Kaku indicator.
Thanks VideoVillain for helping me to create 3 additional reserved posts in the forum thread.
Without this, I would've hit the limit for embeded images per post and can't add anymore images on the forum thread.
Thanks ArcticJelly and Whitney for confirming the visual indication of stuns.
Thanks Suiram for suggesting the addition of Catherine's Stormguard Barrier and her Ultimate.
Thanks Korlithiel for suggesting that I add "Bonus Armor" to Petal's seeds description
Thanks Doovy for correcting my typo on Ardan's Vengeance.
Thanks PuddleJumper for letting me know I used the wrong screenshot for "Stunned Indicator".
Thanks Badtoro and Kooka for suggesting the addition of Bush Invisibility Indicator.
Thanks Sixx for helping me with the 'Table of Contents' formatting code for the guide.
Thanks maayce for suggesting the addition of the visual indicators on the bottom of the screen to the guide.
Thanks PuddleJumper for letting me know I mixed up the labeling of Adagio's 'Gift of Fire' and 'Agent of Wrath' abilities.
Thanks VideoVillain and ArcticJelly for letting me know about Skaaarf's burn stack indicator at bottom left corner of screen.
Thanks VideoVillain for letting me know Petal's healing aura was difficult to see in the previous picture.
Thanks Nshek for suggesting the addition of the indicator of the damage taken while standing at enemy base.
Thanks HipsterSkaarf for suggesting the addition of the indication of being targeted by Ringo's Ultimate ability.
Thanks Hakk for suggesting the addition of the Ironguard Contract indicator.

Conclusion Top

Thanks for reading, I hope this guide has been of some benefit to you!
If you have anything to add to the guide, please let me know in the comments below!

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