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Radiant Hero
Kunkka large.png
Strength Icon Main.png
24 +3.3
Agility Icon.png
14 +1.3
Intelligence Icon.png
18 +1.5
Base Stats
Sight Range:
1800 / 800
Attack Range:
Missile Speed:
Attack Duration:
0.4 + 0.3
Cast Duration:
0.4 + 0.51
Base Attack Time:
Magic Resistance:
Turn Rate:
Level Changes
Hit Points:
Spell Amp:
Most played as

Kunkka icon.png Kunkka, the Admiral[edit]

Recommended Roles
Carry.png Carry Disabler.png Disabler Initiator.png Initiator Durable.png Durable Nuker.png Nuker

As The Admiral of the mighty Claddish Navy, Kunkka was charged with protecting the isles of his homeland when the demons of the Cataract made a concerted grab at the lands of men. After years of small sorties, and increasingly bold and devastating attacks, the demon fleet flung all its carnivorous ships at the Trembling Isle. Desperate, the Suicide-Mages of Cladd committed their ultimate rite, summoning a host of ancestral spirits to protect the fleet. Against the demons, this was just barely enough to turn the tide. As Kunkka watched the demons take his ships down one by one, he had the satisfaction of wearing away their fleet with his ancestral magic. But at the battle's peak, something in the clash of demons, men and atavistic spirits must have stirred a fourth power that had been slumbering in the depths. The waves rose up in towering spouts around the few remaining ships, and Maelrawn the Tentacular appeared amid the fray. His tendrils wove among the ships, drawing demon and human craft together, churning the water and wind into a raging chaos. What happened in the crucible of that storm, none may truly say. The Cataract roars off into the void, deserted by its former denizens. Kunkka is now The Admiral of but one ship, a ghostly rig which endlessly replays the final seconds of its destruction. Whether he died in that crash is anyone's guess. Not even Tidehunter, who summoned Maelrawn, knows for sure.


Kunkka torrent.png
Targeting Type
Point Target
Enemy Units
Damage Type
Summons a rising torrent of water that hurls enemy units into the sky after a short delay. It stuns, deals damage, and slows movement speed.
Mana Cost dota2.png 90 / 100 / 110 / 120
Cooldown Clock.png 16 / 14 / 12 / 10
Damage75 / 150 / 225 / 300
115 / 190 / 265 / 340
(Level 10 talent)
425 (Level 25 talent)
Slow Duration1.75 / 2.5 / 3.25 / 4
Stun Duration1.6
Cast Range1500
Cast Point0.4
 Affected By: Blocked by Spell Immunity Can be dispelled
An ancestral rush of water explodes from the center of the world, called upon by the Admiral.
  • Damage is dealt every 0.2 seconds in 8 instances.
  • Damage per instance: 9.375 / 18.75 / 28.125 / 37.5.
  • Damage per instance: 14.375 / 23.75 / 33.125 / 42.5. (Level 10 talent)
  • Kunkka does not need to face the targeted area to cast Torrent.
  • Enemies cannot see the bubbling water effect before Torrent bursts.
  • Provides ground vision over its area upon cast until it triggers.
  • Blocked by Spell Immunity.
  • The slow can be dispelled.
Kunkka tidebringer.png
Targeting Type
Unit Target
Enemy Units
Damage Type
Kunkka's legendary sword grants increased damage and cleaves a large area of effect in front of him for a single strike.

Cooldown Clock.png 13 / 10 / 7 / 4
Bonus Damage25 / 45 / 65 / 85
Starting Radius150
Ending Radius500 / 550 / 600 / 650
Distance650 / 800 / 950 / 1100
Cleave Damage100%
Cast Range150
 Affected By:  Illusions gain part of this ability
A lost Claddish soul inhabits Kunkka's trusty Tidebringer, empowering it to destroy demons of the Cataract.
  • Can be set to Auto-Cast.
  • Quell does not work with this ability.
  • The bonus damage will apply to denies and will not put the ability on cooldown or cleave.
  • Enemies can see the Tidebringer visual effect on Kunkka's weapon when it is available.
  • Illusions do not gain the damage or cleave, but they do display the visual effect.
X Marks the Spot
Kunkka x marks the spot.png
Targeting Type
Unit Target
Targets a friendly or enemy Hero, marks their position with an X, and returns them to it after several seconds. Kunkka can trigger the return at any time during the duration. Has double the duration on allies.
Mana Cost dota2.png 50
Cooldown Clock.png 26 / 20 / 14 / 8
Enemy Duration4
Ally Duration8
Cast Range400 / 600 / 800 / 1000
Cast Point0.4
 Affected By: Blocked by Spell Immunity Blocked by Linken's Sphere and echoed by Lotus Orb
The Admiral's set of arcane abilities includes some that can be used for battle as well as entertainment.
  • Interrupts channeling upon return.
  • The target leaves behind a trail showing the path it has traveled from the X.
  • The X provides 400 ground vision.
  • Can be cast on spell immune allies.
  • Blocked by Spell Immunity and Linken's Sphere on enemies.
Kunkka x marks the spot.png
Targeting Type
No Target
Returns the marked hero to the X.
Cooldown Clock.png 1
Cast Point0.4
 Affected By: Blocked by Spell Immunity
Kunkka ghost ship.png
Targeting Type
Point Target
Damage Type
Summons a ghostly ship that sails through the battle before smashing apart, damaging and stunning all enemies caught near the wreckage. Allied heroes touched by the Ghostship are given a swig of The Admiral's Rum, receiving bonus movement speed and a delayed reaction to all incoming damage.
Upgradeable by Aghanim's Scepter to drag enemies with the Ghostship.
Mana Cost dota2.png 125 / 175 / 225
Cooldown Clock.png 60 / 50 / 40
Damage400 / 500 / 600
Stun Duration1.4
Bonus Speed10%
Damage Delayed40% / 45% / 50%
Buff Duration10
Cast Range1000
Cast Point0.3
Scepter Ability
Drags Enemies
Drag Radius
 Affected By: Blocked by Spell Immunity
The final ship of the Claddish Navy is nothing but a phantom, but it is all too real to the enemies of the Admiral.
  • When cast, the ship appears behind Kunkka and travels forward to land in front of Kunkka.
  • Always crashes where Kunkka targets it. It spawns the appropriate distance behind him to travel the full 2000 units.
  • The boat's movement speed is 650, taking 3 seconds to reach the impact area.
  • The boat appears directly on Kunkka and lands 1000 units ahead of Kunkka.
  • Effectively shortens the travel time to 1.5 seconds.
  • Enemies dragged by the ship can still perform actions and channel spells.
  • Destroys trees units are pushed into within 100 range.
  • Enemies cannot see the visual indicator marking the impact area.
  • The boat has 300 flying vision.
  • The Admiral's Rum buff gives allies a glossy wetness visual for the duration of the buff.
  • After The Admiral's Rum buff wears off, the delayed damage is dealt in 10 instances over 10 seconds.
  • The damage from Rum Hangover is non-lethal hp cost.
  • Blocked by Spell Immunity.

Talent Tree[edit]

Talent Tree
+200 Torrent AoE 25 +35% Magic Resistance
+120 Gold/Min 20 +300 Health
+30 Movement Speed 15 +15 Health Regen
+40 Torrent Damage 10 +30 Damage

Recommended Items[edit]

Standard Build
Starting Items Early Game Mid Game Late Game
Tango Stout Shield Iron Branch Bottle Boots of Speed Magic Stick Phase Boots Magic Wand Drum of Endurance Daedalus Black King Bar NoItem.png
Gauntlets of Strength NoItem.png NoItem.png Bracer NoItem.png NoItem.png Shadow Blade NoItem.png NoItem.png NoItem.png NoItem.png NoItem.png

General Strategy[edit]

Kunkka is always predicting where his enemies will go next. Able to attack a location with a geyser of water or a ghostly shipwreck, should his aim prove true, he and his allies will have no trouble cleaning up whatever is left.


Skill Build[edit]

Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Spell Kunkka tidebringer.png Kunkka torrent.png Kunkka x marks the spot.png Kunkka tidebringer.png Kunkka tidebringer.png Kunkka ghost ship.png Kunkka tidebringer.png Kunkka torrent.png Kunkka x marks the spot.png Talents.png
Level 11 12 13 14 15 16 18 20 25
Spell Kunkka torrent.png Kunkka ghost ship.png Kunkka x marks the spot.png Kunkka x marks the spot.png Talents.png Kunkka torrent.png Kunkka ghost ship.png Talents.png Talents.png

Early Game[edit]

Mid Game[edit]

Late Game[edit]

Version History[edit]

Balance Patch History
Patch Version Balance Changes[1]
  • Buff Ghost Ship now always crashes where Kunkka targets it (Spawns the appropriate distance behind him to travel the full 2000 units)
  • Buff Level 10 Talent increased from +25 Damage to +30
  • Buff Level 15 Talent increased from +20 Movement Speed to +30
  • Buff Level 15 Talent increased from +15 Movement Speed to +20
  • Buff Tidebringer Cleave Distance from 675/750/825/900 to 650/800/950/1100
  • Buff Tidebringer Cleave Radius from 450/500/550/600 to 500/550/600/650
  • Rework Level 10 Talent from +150 Mana to +40 Torrent Damage
  • Buff Level 10 Talent from +20 Damage to +25
  • Buff Level 25 Talent from +25% Magic Resistance to +35%
  • New Added Talent Tree
  • Nerf Torrent cooldown increased from 10 to 16/14/12/10
  • Nerf Ghostship Rum damage reduction changed from 50% to 40/45/50%
  • Nerf Torrent damage reduced from 120/180/240/300 to 75/150/225/300
  • Buff Torrent slow duration increased from 1/2/3/4 to 1.75/2.5/3.25/4
  • Buff Tidebringer bonus damage increased from 25/40/55/70 to 25/45/65/85
  • Rework Torrent damage is now dealt evenly over 8 ticks
  • Buff Torrent stun duration increased from 1.53 to 1.6
  • Buff Torrent mana cost reduced from 120 to 90/100/110/120
  • Buff Base armor increased by 2
  • Buff Added Scepter to Kunkka
  • Buff Torrent now gives your team vision over target area immediately upon cast, rather than just when triggering
  • Buff Tidebringer is now an autocast ability, will only trigger if turned on or cast directly on the target
  • Buff Tidebringer damage bonus increased from 20/35/50/65 to 25/40/55/70
  • Rework Tidebringer AoE from rescaled 500/500/500/600 to 450/500/550/600
  • Buff Ghost Ship mana cost reduced from 150/200/250 to 125/175/225
  • Buff Tidebringer damage increased from 15/30/45/60 to 20/35/50/65
  • Buff X Marks the Spot cast range rescaled from 350/550/750/1000 to 400/600/800/1000
  • Nerf X Marks the Spot cooldown rescaled from 19/16/13/10 to 26/20/14/8
  • Buff Ghost Ship cast point reduced from 0.4 to 0.3
  • Buff Kunkka no longer turns to cast Torrent
  • Buff Torrent cooldown reduced from 12 to 10 seconds
  • Buff X Marks The Spot mana cost from 80 to 50
  • Buff X Marks the Spot enemy delay from 1/2/3/4 to 4, and allied delay from 2/4/6/8 to 8
  • Nerf X Marks the Spot cast range from 500/650/800/950 to 350/550/750/1000
  • Nerf X Marks the Spot cooldown from 14/13/12/11 to 19/16/13/10
  • Buff X Marks the Spot Return mana cost reduced from 50 to 0
  • Buff X Marks The Spot cooldown from 13 to 14/13/12/11
  • Buff Torrent area of effect increased from 215 to 225
  • Buff X Marks The Spot can now last twice as long on allied heroes
  • Buff Ghost Ship allied buff duration increased from 8 to 10
  • Buff Added Ghost Ship AOE indicator for allies
  • Buff X Marks The Spot cooldown reduced from 16 to 13
  • Buff Ghost Ship damage increased from 350/450/550 to 400/500/600
  • Buff Ghost Ship damage increased from 300/400/500 to 350/450/550
  • Buff X Marks The Spot manacost decreased from 80/90/100/110 to 80
  • Nerf X Marks The Spot vision from 1000 flying to 400 ground vision
  • Buff Tidebringer level 4 AoE increased from 500 to 600
  • Buff Base strength increased by 3 from 21 to 24
  • Buff Ghost Ship cooldown decreased from 90/80/70 to 60/50/40
  • Buff Ghost Ship impact AoE increased from 400 to 425
  • Buff Torrent AOE increased from 200 to 215
  • Buff X Marks The Spot cooldown decreased from 20 to 16 seconds
  • Buff Ghost Ship stun duration increased from 1.2 to 1.4
  • Buff Strength growth increased from 2.7 to 3.0
  • Buff Ghost Ship's CoCo's Rum duration increased from 5/6/7 to 8
  • Buff Tidebringer cleave AoE improved from 380/420/460/500 to 500
  • Buff Torrent slow increased from 30 to 35%
  • Buff X Marks The Spot cooldown decreased from 30 to 20 seconds
  • Buff Ghost Ship cooldown from now scales 90 to 90/80/70
  • Buff Base Intelligence from 16 to 18
  • Buff Tidebringer cooldown rescaled from 16/12/8/4 to 13/10/7/4
  • Buff Ghost Ship stun increased from 1 to 1.2 seconds
  • Buff Ghost Ship cooldown reduced from 100 to 90
  • Nerf Lowered Agility (18➜14) and Agility Per Level (1.7➜1.3)
  • Nerf Reduced Captain Coco's Rum movement bonus (30%➜10%)
  • Nerf Ghost Ship cooldown increased from 100/80/60 to a constant 100
  • Nerf Lowered Admiral Proudmoore's base Intelligence and intelligence gain
  • Nerf Decreased X Marks The Spot duration
  • Nerf Added manacost to manual return ability of X Marks The Spot
  • Nerf Increased Ghost Ship's manacost
  • Nerf Lowered Admiral Proudmoore's starting Strength
  • Nerf Slightly reduced slow duration and increased manacost on Torrent
  • Rework Tweaked the scaling of Tidebringer's AOE
  • Nerf X Marks The Spot no longer recalls the target if he becomes magic immune
  • New New hero

Notable Players[edit]

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