"I am Nikolai, of Gael. In my homeland, they say you measure a man by what makes him angry. Everything makes me angry!"

- Nikolai(src)

Gael Gael
Health 766(+55)
Health Regen 3.08(+0.22)
Mana 288(+10)
Mana Regen 2.64(+0.08)
Damage 63(+2.93)
Attack Speed 0.9
Armor 10 (+1.5)
Magic Armor 20 (+2.5)
Movement Speed 350
Attack Range 160
Turn Rate 900
Role Tank

Nikolai, Mover of Mountains is a tank-type hero in Strife.


"Fighting relaxes me. It's like meditation...but I get to kill something."

- Nikolai.(src)

Not much is known about Nikolai’s past. He recently emerged from the Central Highlands of Gael leading a savage band of raiders. Never in it for the money, Nikolai strengthened his band for the sole purpose of spreading his infamy by attacking larger and larger garrisons. Eventually, this ran him into trouble at the Tower of Osirio. In a decisive move, The Guard ambushed Nikolai’s band of brigands, scattering them to the winds. Rather than chase down the desperate raiders, LexiKhan offered them safe passage back to the Highlands on one condition: Nikolai, their leader, come with him to the Trials of Strife and forswear sedition against Osirio.[1]


Although having high hp, Nikolai has the shortest attack range (160) compare with other melee heroes (180)

Relentless Might Mana Cost: 80 Cooldown: 17/14/12/10 seconds 
Relentless Might
Activate to attack faster and dash towards targeted enemies for 3 attacks. Your 3rd attack will knock target into the air, dealing a 1s stun. Buff lasts for 6s

While active, your attacks deal 90/100/110/120% damage.

Earthen Slam Mana Cost: 100 Cooldown: 10 seconds Range: 950 
Earthen Slam
Target direction to send 3 shockwaves. Each shockwave deals 70/95/120/145 Magic Damage and slows targets by 30% for 3 seconds. Bonus hits deal 30% damage.

Cast time 0.4s

Bolster Mana Cost: 75 Cooldown: 13 seconds Radius: 600 
Activate to damage all nearby enemies for 6/8/10/12% of their Max HP and gain a shield equal to the attempted damage. Shield lasts for 6s

Cast time 0.35s

Piledriver Mana Cost: 100/1110/120 Cooldown: 60/50/40 seconds Range: 525 Radius: 300 
Target direction to lunge, grabbing the first enemy hero you contact - launching you both into the air. While airborn you may continue to move.

Upon landing, you deal 195/260/325 Magic Damage in a 300 radius small area and stuns for 0.5s Cast time 0.4s


  • Patch 0.4.11
    • Relentless Might (Q): Fixed bug causing it to deal about 10% bonus damage at all levels consistently
  • Patch 0.4.6
    • Reduced Nikolai’s base attack damage as well as the attack damage gained each level by about 15%
    • Fixed bug which allowed enemies to cast spells during ultimate
    • Earthen Slam (W): Projectile speed increased from 900 to 1000
    • Piledriver (R): Damage reduced from 210/280/350 to 195/260/325
  • Patch 0.4.5
    • Piledriver (R): Changes have been implemented that will make landing this ability a bit more reliable.
    • Piledriver (R): Cast indicator corrected to not be wider than it’s actual hit radius
  • Patch 0.4.2
    • Hero Introduced


  1. Nikolai, S2 Games. Accessed on 2014-11-13

Heroes and Keepers
Heroes — Ace · Bastion · Blazer · Bo · Caprice · Carter · Claudessa · Fetterstone · Gokong · Hale · Harrower · Jin She · Lady Tinder · Malady · Minerva · Moxie · Nikolai · Ray · Rook · Shank · Trixie · Vermillion · Vex · Zaku
Keepers — Auros · Draknia · Fobus · Kabbal · LexiKhan · Rhao