Crowd Control (commonly shortened to CC) is a blanket term used in MMORPGs (Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games) and MOBAs (Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas) to describe abilities or spells that remove or diminish the control a target unit has over aspects of itself - aspects such as being able to cast spells or initiate movement commands. As crowd controls impact a unit's combat ability, they are essentially more specialized forms of debuffs - however, this ability to directly hinder a unit's ability to fight means that crowd controls are often given significantly more importance in regular gameplay than normal debuffs, resulting in their special classification.

Slow

The most common form of CC, Slow effect reduces the target's Movement Speed by a certain percent, up to 90%. Most heroes in the game possess some form of Slow effect.

Stun

Heroes that are stunned cannot move, use their basic attack or use skills. Stun effect can last from less than 1 second to 2 whole seconds. Some examples are Eudora.png Eudora's Electric Arrow.png Electric Arrow, Rafaela.png Rafaela's Holy Baptism.png Holy Baptism or Gord.png Gord's Mystic Projectile.png Mystic Projectile. People that can stun include:

Immobilize

A form of CC that prevents the enemy from moving, locking them in place. It does not prevent them from using Basic Attack or skills except for most Blink skills or other movement abilities. Heroes with this type of CC include:

Taunt

A special form of CC that forces affected targets to get close to the caster and use Basic Attacks against them. The only heroes with this form of CC are:

Silence

A form of CC that prevents the target from using skills, without hindering Movement or Basic Attacks. The only characters that can inflict Silence effect are:

NOTE:

  • Silence Helcurt.png Helcurt has been nerfed in the latest 2 Patch Notes.
    • Silence in Race Advantage.png Passives only can triggered when affected CC skill in Patch 1.5.08.
    • Silence in Shadow Transition.png 1st skill only during his Dark Night Falls.png Ultimate in Patch 1.5.32.
      • Using Shadow Transition.png 1st skill without Dark Night Falls.png Ultimate, Silence effect was removed and replaced to Slow effect.

Suppression

A powerful form of CC that disables all sorts of actions.

It will ignore CC Immunity effects (like Badang.png Badang's Fist Crack.png Fist Crack and Guinevere.png Guinevere's Violet Requiem.png Violet Requiem.

Suppression cannot be removed by:

  • Purify.png Purify,
  • Crowd Control removing skills (like Wanwan.png Wanwan's Needles in Flowers.png Needles in Flowers and Valir.png Valir's Vengeance Flame.png Vengeance Flame)
  • Time Controlled Reduction (like Tough Boots.png Tough Boots).

    Heroes that can use this form of CC are:


Knock Up / Airborne

A type of CC that launches the target in the air, preventing them from moving or attacking for a few moments, and can be removed using the "Purify" Battle Spell or other skills that clear CC effects. Several characters have knock up / airborne effects, including:

Pull

A form of displacement CC that displaces an enemy by dragging them towards the caster or towards a designated location.

Some forms of Pull will have a continuous effect over time while others will pull the targets only once. Most Pull skills have AoE effect, except for Franco.png Franco's Iron Hook.png Iron Hook , Minsitthar.png Minsitthar's Spear of Glory.png Spear of Glory and Diggie.png Diggie's Reverse Time.png Reverse Time, which can only pull a single enemy.

Heroes that can pull enemies towards themselves include:

Heroes that can pull enemies towards a location include:

Knockback

A form of CC that displaces an enemy by knocking them away from the caster or pushing them in the same direction that the caster is traveling. Knock Back distance ranges from barely noticeable, such as Balmond.png Balmond's Soul Lock.png Soul Lock or Hilda.png Hilda's Art of Hunting.png Art Of Hunting, to very long distances, such as Chou.png Chou's The Way of Dragon.png The Way Of Dragon or Valir.png Valir's Searing Torrent.png Searing Torrent, and even slightly knock enemies in the air, such as Bane.png Bane's Deadly Catch.png Deadly Catch or Lesley.png Lesley's Tactical Grenade.png Tactical Grenade. Independently from its strenght, Knock Back is a form of istantaneous CC that will stop enemy heroes from casting skills by very briefly stunning them, but won't usually have lasting effects.
Heroes that can inflict Knock Back includes:

Unique types of CC that are only exclusive to one hero in the game.

Lift

Raises a target above the hero's head and places them behind the hero.
Exclusive to:

Disarm

Causes the target to drop their weapons, preventing them from using Basic Attacks; weapons can be picked up to immediately end this effect.
Exclusive to:

Nightfall

Restricts target's field of view and obscures the mini-map.
Exclusive to:

Blind

Reduces targets' Basic Attack hit rate.
Exclusive to:

Grounded

Prevents affected enemies from using Blink skills. Does not inhibit their movement.
Exclusive to:

Curse

Creates a link between targets, causing them to share Damage and CC effects received.
Exclusive to:

Restrain

Prevents one enemy hero to escape a certain area for a few seconds.
Exclusive to:

Polymorph

Transforms an enemy hero into a harmless creature, unable to cast Basic Attack.png Basic Attack or skills, but not hindering their movement.
Exclusive to:

Fear/Horrified

Causes an enemy to lose control of their character's movement, and affected heroes will be unable to use Basic Attacks or skills and will move randomly in a small area.
Exclusive to:

Freeze

Similar to stun, this Crowd Control makes a target unable to move, cast skills, or Basic Attack.png Basic Attack - however, this Crowd Control is not affected by any Time Controlled Reduction stats.
Exclusive to:

Trivia

  • Fanny.png Fanny is the only hero who does not have any form of crowd control, not even slow.
  • Alucard.png Alucard has a unique interaction with the Silence effect: due to his Passive, that lets him move closer to a target with his Basic Attack after using a skill (counts as a skill), when affected by Silence, Alucard will be unable to use Basic Attacks.
  • Jawhead.png Jawhead is the only hero in the game who can inflict CC on his allies, by using his second skill Ejector.png Ejector.
    • Allies can prevent this effect by buying Odd Potion.png Odd Potion.
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