Arena of Valor (AoV) - Fafnir’s Talon

Information for Fafnir's Talon, a usable item in Arena of Valor (AoV). Included are its effects, unique passives and/or actives, price, and item tree. We also measure effect ranges, explain any ambiguous effects, and give our recommendations on how to use the item.

Fafnir’s Talon Details

Arena of Valor Fafnir's Talon
Type Arena of Valor Attack Damage Attack
Price Arena of Valor Gold Coin 2040
Tier 3
Attack Damage +60
Attack Speed +30%
Life Steal +10%
Gold Efficiency 96.86% (not including Dragon’s Breath)
Unique Passive(s) Dragon’s Breath: Normal attacks deal additional damage equal to 8% of target’s current HP.
SG Notes
1: The additional damage is displayed separately and is reduced by armor.
2: The target’s HP is calculated after the damage from your attack is dealt, which means the 8% isn’t doubled on a critical blow. Dragon’s Breath adds a maximum of 80 damage to minions and monsters.

Fafnir’s Talon is a decent attack damage item, thanks to the bonus attack damage, attack speed and life steal it gives its wielder. What separates Fafnir’s Talon from other offensive items, however, is its percentage-based damage, making it very effective against tanks or heroes who buy items that bolster their HP. Getting this item on your team’s marksman or offensive warrior will help take down the opposing team’s tanks easier. Just keep in mind that the 8% refers to the target’s current HP, so Fenrir’s Tooth may be necessary to counter the diminishing returns.

Recommended Heroes and/or Situation:

Get this item when facing tanky heroes who build HP items. These are typically Grakk, Taara, Chaugnar, Arthur, Thane, and the like. Have your marksman get Fafnir’s Talon so that they can shred the enemy tank’s HP from a safe distance. Likewise, melee heroes who have good attack speed can also increase their damage output with Fafnir’s Talon.

Abilities that enhance attacks like Violet’s Tactical Fire benefit from Fafnir’s Talon, as does Yorn’s passive ability (albeit just 70% of 8%).

Because Dragon’s Breath is affected by opposing armor, items that pierce armor will enhance Fafnir’s Talon’s effects.

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  1. I have one question on fefnir talon.Does the dragon breath effect (8% current hp of target) had reduction damage dealed by target’s armor in calculation or not?

    Ex If taara(Current HP=1000 and 30% damage reduction) has been dealed with fefnir talon by Hero A with total 100dmg
    It should be calculated by this formula
    1.normal damage dealt 100-30 = 70dmg
    2.fefnir talon damage dealth ((8%x1000)x0.7)=56 dmg
    Total dmg = 126 dmg

    Or (not calculate armor reduction) will change the formula to
    (8%x1000)= 80 and totol dmg is 150 dmg

    Which one is correct for fefnir talon dmg calculation?

    • The former (126 in your example).

      The latter calculation is true damage, that ignores the damage reduction. In such case this item is OP.