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Dire Hero
Abaddon Large.png
Strength Icon Main.png
23 +2.6
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17 +1.5
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21 +2
32 - 42
Base Stats
Sight Range:
1800 / 800
Attack Range:
Missile Speed:
Attack Duration:
0.56 + 0.41
Cast Duration:
0.45 + 1.008
Base Attack Time:
Magic Resistance:
Turn Rate:
Level Changes
Hit Points:
Spell Amp:
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Abaddon icon.png Abaddon, the Lord of Avernus[edit]

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The Font of Avernus is the source of a family’s strength, a crack in primal stones from which vapors of prophetic power have issued for generations. Each newborn of the cavernous House Avernus is bathed in the black mist, and by this baptism they are given an innate connection to the mystic energies of the land. They grow up believing themselves fierce protectors of their lineal traditions, the customs of the realm—but what they really are protecting is the Font itself. And the motives of the mist are unclear.

When the infant Abaddon was bathed in the Font, they say something went awry. In the child’s eyes there flared a light of comprehension that startled all present and set the sacerdotes to whispering. He was raised with every expectation of following the path all scions of Avernus took—to train in war, that in times of need he might lead the family’s army in defense of the ancestral lands. But Abaddon was always one apart. Where others trained with weapons, he bent himself to meditation in the presence of the mist. He drank deep from the vapors that welled from the Font, learning to blend his spirit with the potency that flowed from far beneath the House; he became a creature of the black mist.

There was bitterness within the House Avernus—elders and young alike accusing him of neglecting his responsibilities. But all such accusations stopped when Abaddon rode into battle, and they saw how the powers of the mist had given him mastery over life and death beyond those of any lord the House had ever known.


Mist Coil
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Ability: Unit Target
Affects: Units
Damage: Magical
Abaddon releases a coil of deathly mist that can damage an enemy unit or heal a friendly unit at the cost of some of Abaddon's health.
Mana Cost dota2.png 50 / 60 / 70 / 80
Cooldown Clock.png 4.5
Target Heal/Damage:
Self Damage:
Cast Range:
Cast Point:
 100 / 150 / 200 / 250
 75 / 100 / 125 / 150
 Affected By:  Partially blocked by Spell Immunity Blocked by Linken's Sphere and echoed by Lotus Orb
A mysterious vapor from the Font of Avernus now infuses the breath of Abaddon, who releases it at will.
  • Mist Coil projectile has 1600 speed.
  • The self damage is Pure damage.
  • The self damage can be absorbed by Aphotic Shield.
  • Abaddon can deny himself with this ability.
  • Blocked by Spell Immunity. The self damage is not blocked. Can heal spell immune allies.
  • Blocked by Linken's Sphere.
Aphotic Shield
Abaddon aphotic shield.png
Ability: Unit Target
Affects: Allied Units
Damage: Magical
Summons dark energies around an ally unit, creating a shield that absorbs a set amount of damage before expiring. When the shield is destroyed it will burst and deal damage equal to the amount it absorbed to an area around it. Performs a strong dispel on cast.
Mana Cost dota2.png 115
Cooldown Clock.png 12 / 10 / 8 / 6
Absorbed Damage:


Blast Radius:
Cast Range:
Cast Point:
 110 / 140 / 170 / 200
 500 (Level 25 talent)
 Affected By:  Blocked by Spell Immunity Can be Dispelled
The powers of the black mist rise to absorb attacks like the black mist absorbs light.
  • Aphotic Shield bursts as soon as the maximum damage has been absorbed.
  • When the duration runs out, the shield bursts and the maximum damage is dealt regardless of how much was absorbed.
  • Casting on the same unit again will replace the Aphotic Shield currently active on the target, causing the first shield to burst immediately.
  • Does not damage invisible units.
  • Blocked by Spell Immunity.
  • Can be dispelled.
Curse of Avernus
Abaddon curse of avernus.png
Ability: Passive
Affects: Units
Abaddon strikes an enemy with chilling power on each attack, slowing them and causing all units who attack the slowed enemy to gain increased movement speed, along with faster attack speed, for a limited time.
Movement Slow:
Attack Slow:
Slow Duration:
Bonus Movement Speed:
Bonus Attack Speed:
Bonus Duration:
 8% / 12% / 16% / 20%
 8 / 12 / 16 / 20
 10 / 20 / 30 / 40
 Affected By:   Can be Dispelled Disabled by Break Illusions gain part of this ability
The curse that slows an enemy, speeds an ally.
Borrowed Time
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Affects: Self
When activated, all damage dealt to you will heal instead of harm. Performs a strong dispel on cast. If the ability is not on cooldown, it will passively activate if Abaddon takes damage while his health is below the threshold.
Upgradeable by Aghanim's Scepter to increase the duration and redirect damage from allies to Abaddon.
Cooldown Clock.png 60 / 50 / 40
Health Threshold:

Scepter Ability:

Redirect Radius:

 4 / 5 / 6
 5 / 6 / 7
 Redirects 50% of damage
 dealt to allies to Abaddon

 Affected By:   Partially disabled by Break
The most unnatural of all the gifts of the Font of Avernus, this power defies mortal understanding. What should hurt, instead heals; and what should kill gives strength anew.
  • Borrowed Time will activate automatically if Abaddon suffers damage while having less than 400 HP.
  • Damage nukes greater than Abaddon's current health will kill Abaddon without passively activating Borrowed Time.
  • When Borrowed Time is active, Abaddon is visually covered in a bright blue glow.
  • Can be cast while disabled, and performs a strong dispel on cast. This allows Abaddon to remove a stun from himself while stunned.
  • When broken, only the passive activation is disabled. The ability may still be manually activated.

Talent Tree[edit]

Talent Tree
+300 Aphotic Shield Health 25 +25 Strength
15% Cooldown Reduction 20 +25 Movement Speed
+5 Armor 15 +200 Mana
+20% XP Gain 10 +25 Damage

Recommended Items[edit]

Standard Build
Starting Items Early Game Mid Game Late Game
Observer Ward Tango Healing Salve Boots of Speed Magic Stick Ring of Basilius Tranquil Boots Magic Wand Urn of Shadows Solar Crest Assault Cuirass NoItem.png
Clarity Stout Shield Iron Branch NoItem.png NoItem.png NoItem.png Vladmirs Offering NoItem.png NoItem.png NoItem.png NoItem.png NoItem.png

General Strategy[edit]

Able to transform enemy attacks into self-healing, Abaddon can survive almost any assault. Shielding allies and launching his double-edged coil at a friend or foe, he is always ready to ride into the thick of battle.


Abaddon is a seemingly unkillable hero. His abilities are useful for his own potential protection as well as to save those who desperately need to stay alive. Proper play of Abaddon requires good management skills of your hp and mana.

Skill Build[edit]

Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Spell Abaddon aphotic shield.png Abaddon curse of avernus.png Abaddon aphotic shield.png Abaddon mist coil.png Abaddon aphotic shield.png Abaddon borrowed time.png Abaddon aphotic shield.png Abaddon mist coil.png Abaddon mist coil.png Talents.png
Level 11 12 13 14 15 16 18 20 25
Spell Abaddon mist coil.png Abaddon borrowed time.png Abaddon curse of avernus.png Abaddon curse of avernus.png Talents.png Abaddon curse of avernus.png Abaddon borrowed time.png Talents.png Talents.png

Mist Coil is Abaddon's main damage nuke and heal ability. By using early levels of Aphotic Shield you mitigate damage in the early game, have the utility to remove stuns, and cover the self damage dealt by Mist Coil as you level it up. Abaddon's slow is very minor, so it is saved for later in the game due to his other skills having a much more powerful impact.

Early Game[edit]

Mid Game[edit]

Late Game[edit]

Version History[edit]

Balance Patch History
Patch Version Balance Changes[1]
  • Nerf Strength gain reduced from 2.5 to 2.3
  • Nerf Strength gain reduced from 2.7 to 2.5
  • Nerf Mist Coil projectile speed reduced from 2000 to 1600
  • Nerf Aphotic Shield manacost rescaled from 100/105/110/115 to 115
  • Buff Level 25 Talent increased from +200 Aphotic Shield Health to +300
  • Buff Level 10 Talent from +15% XP Gain to +20%
  • Buff Mist Coil cast point reduced from 0.35 to 0.25
  • Nerf Mist Coil now has a fast projectile
  • Buff Aphotic Shield cast point reduced from 0.452 to 0.4
  • Nerf Borrowed Time no longer disjoints projectiles
  • New Added Talent Tree
  • Buff Mist Coil cast point reduced from 0.452 to 0.35
  • Buff Curse of Avernus slow increased from 5/10/15/20% to 8/12/16/20%
  • Buff Mist Coil cooldown reduced from 5 to 4.5
  • Buff Borrowed Time Aghanim's Scepter damage redirection increased from 35% to 50%
  • Buff Borrowed Time can now be cast while disabled (same rules as Morphling's Morph)
  • Buff Borrowed Time duration increased from 3/4/5 to 4/5/6
  • Buff Mist Coil mana cost rescaled from 75 to 50/60/70/80
  • Buff Aghanim's Scepter Borrowed Time now redirects 35% of all damage dealt to nearby allied heroes to Abaddon when active
  • Nerf Base armor reduced by 1
  • Nerf Mist Coil self damage increased from 50/75/100/125 to 75/100/125/150
  • Nerf Aphotic Shield is now dispellable
  • Nerf Borrowed Time no longer activates while Doomed
  • Buff Movement speed increased from 300 to 310
  • Buff Aphotic Shield cooldown decreased from 14/12/10/8 to 12/10/8/6
  • Buff Borrowed Time cooldown now scales from 60 to 60/50/40
  • Buff Death Coil cooldown decreased from 6 to 5 seconds
  • Buff Frostmourne enemy debuff duration increased from 2 to 2.5
  • Nerf Armor decreased by 2
  • Buff Aphotic Shield will explode at the end of its duration if it has not taken sufficient damage
  • Buff Aphotic Shield cooldown decreased from 18/15/12/9 to 14/12/10/8
  • Buff Aphotic Shield cast range increased from 450 to 500
  • Buff Aphotic Shield cast range increased from 350 to 450
  • Buff Increased Aphotic Shield cast range by 50
  • Buff Frostmourne bonus movement speed increased from 10 to 15%
  • Nerf Aphotic Shield cast range decreased from 800 to 300
  • Buff Death Coil cast range increased from 300 to 800
  • Nerf Death Coil cast range reduced from 600 to 300
  • Buff Lowered Death Coil cooldown (7 ➜ 6 seconds)
  • Buff Gets the Mark of the Abyss buff on his first attack instead of on his second attack
  • Buff Added Aghanim's Scepter to Lord of Avernus
  • Buff Improved Aphotic Shield's life from 100/125/150/175 to 110/140/170/200
  • Rework Changes to Aphotic shield and Borrowed Time
  • Buff Increased Abaddon's movement speed slightly
  • Buff Lowered Death Coil's cooldown
  • Buff Decreased cooldown on Death Coil from 15 to 11 seconds
  • New New Hero

Notable Players[edit]

Notable Players
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