Updated on September 5, 1:30 p.m. (GMT+8): Updated recommended emblem.
With his simple yet devastating combos, he is a great hero for beginners to pick up and learn quickly. Moreover, he is versatile and can be played effectively in both the EXP lane and jungle.
Learn how to play this hero with the help of this comprehensive ONE Esports guide covering the ideal emblem, battle spell, best build, skill tips, and combos.
Balmond’s skills in Mobile Legends
Passive – Bloodthirst
Balmond recovers a percentage of his max HP on minion or creep kills, and a larger percentage on hero kills.
First skill – Soul Lock
Balmond charges in the target direction for a set distance or until he hits an enemy hero, dealing physical damage to enemies along the way. The enemy hero hit will be slightly knocked back and slowed for a few seconds.
- Soul Lock is Balmond’s mobility skill. Use this to initiate a fight, or escape from sticky situations.
- As soon as you hit an enemy hero, you will stop while you knock them back slightly and slow them down.
- When you use this on minions and jungle creeps, you will simply dash through them.
- You can go through walls and turrets using this skill.
Second skill – Cyclone Sweep
Balmond spins with his axe for several seconds, continuously dealing physical damage to nearby enemies. Enemies hit multiple times will take increased damage. The part of damage affected by physical attack can critically strike.
- Cyclone Sweep is Balmond’s bread and butter, so make sure to max out this skill first.
- This skill can only be interrupted by airborne, suppressed, frozen or transformed control effects.
- You can tap on the skill button again or cast Soul Lock to cancel the spinning.
Ultimate – Lethal Counter
After a short delay, Balmond smashes his axe in the target direction, dealing base physical damage plus a big percentage of the targets’ lost HP as true damage to enemies in a fan-shaped area and slowing them for several seconds. This skill deals massive damage to non-hero enemies.
- Lethal Counter deals additional damage based on the target’s lost HP. Use this as a finishing blow to enemies with low health.
- This ultimate has a delay. So, keep in mind the enemies’ mobility spells to make sure you hit them.
- You can combo this with Flicker to reposition and hit your intended target, or make a surprise attack.
- If you’re playing as a jungler, you can use this together with Retribution to increase your chances of securing the Turtle or Lord against the opponent.
A comprehensive guide on how to play Balmond in Mobile Legends
Recommended battle spell
For Balmond players in the EXP lane, Flicker is a fantastic option that provides extra mobility for chasing down enemies or escaping from danger.
Alternatively, Execute can be a great choice for finishing off a target who manages to survive your combo.
As a jungler, Retribution is the go-to battle spell for quickly clearing creeps and securing critical objectives like the purple and orange buff monsters, Turtle, and Lord.
Choosing the right emblem set is crucial for maximizing the Bloody Beast’s effectiveness in different roles.
The Tank emblem works best if you’re playing as a tank jungler, for it grants a significant amount of health points, along with hybrid defense and HP regen.
But if you’re playing in the EXP lane and your team lacks damage potential, you might want to consider equipping Fighter or Assassin emblem.
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In terms of talents, take Rupture in the first tier for extra adaptive penetration, and Seasoned Hunter in the second tier for additional damage against the Lord, Turtle, and creeps if you’re a jungler.
However, if you’re playing in a side lane, pick Festival of Blood for extra spell vamp.
For your core talent, choose Concussive Blast, which enables you to deal HP-based magic damage to nearby enemies. Alternatively, you can select Killing Spree, which instantly restores your HP, and provides you a movement speed boost for several seconds after killing an enemy, allowing you to go for more kills in team fights.
Balmond best build
For an EXP lane Balmond, it’s important to find the right balance of offensive and defensive items to deal damage and stay alive on the battlefield.
Start with your preferred Boots, then purchase Bloodlust Axe and War Axe to boost your spell vamp, physical attack, penetration, and cooldown reduction.
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Finally, consider adding Immortality to your build to increase your survivability.
The best build for EXP lane Balmond in Mobile Legends
- Warrior Boots
- Bloodlust Axe
- War Axe
- Dominance Ice
- Radiant Armor
- Blade Armor
When playing as a jungle Balmond, your item build should focus on tankiness to allow you to survive and secure the objectives.
After getting your Boots, buy Molten Essence, which is a component of Cursed Helmet, then pick up Guardian Helmet. These items will help you inflict substantial magic DPS to nearby enemies.
Upgrade Molten Essence to Cursed Helmet, before completing your inventory with Dominance Ice, Radiant Armor or Athena’s Shield, and Blade Armor or Antique Cuirass.
In longer games, consider swapping out one of your items for Immortality to improve your survivability and ensure that you can stay in the fight.
The best build for jungle Balmond in Mobile Legends
- Tough Boots with Ice Retribution
- Cursed Helmet
- Guardian Helmet
- Dominance Ice
- Radiant Armor
Skill combos to learn
Balmond’s skill combos are pretty simple yet effective, making him a great hero for players who are new to the game or the fighter role.
In the laning stage, close the gap against your opponent and slow them down using Soul Lock. Then, follow up with Cyclone Sweep and basic attacks to deal huge damage.
Once you’ve reached level four, continue using the same combo to bring your opponent’s HP down before finishing them off with Lethal Counter.
If you have Execute as your battle spell, have it ready to secure the kill in case the target survives your skills.