Lifestealer

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[e][h]Lifestealer
Dire Hero
Lifestealer Large.png
Attributes
Strength Icon Main.png
25 +3.3
Agility Icon.png
18 +1.9
Intelligence Icon.png
15 +1.75
Damage
27 - 37
Armor
1.52
Movespeed
315
Base Stats
Sight Range:
1800 / 800
Attack Range:
150
Missile Speed:
Instant
Attack Duration:
0.39 + 0.44
Cast Duration:
0.01 + 0.01
Base Attack Time:
1.85
Magic Resistance:
25%
Turn Rate:
1
Level Changes
Level:
1
15
25
Hit Points:
700
1,620
2,280
Mana:
240
504
702
Spell Amp:
1.1%
2.8%
4.1%
Armor:
2
5
8
Damage:
52-62
98-108
131-141
Most played as
LessMore
1
2
3
4
5

Lifestealer icon.png N'aix, the Lifestealer[edit]

Recommended Roles
Carry.png Carry Durable.png Durable Jungler.png Jungler Escape role.png Escape Disabler.png Disabler

In the dungeons of Devarque, a vengeful wizard lay in shackles, plotting his escape. He shared his cell with a gibbering creature known as N'aix, a thief cursed by the Vile Council with longevity, so that its life-sentence for theft and cozening might be as punishing as possible. Over the years, its chains had corroded, along with its sanity; N'aix retained no memory of its former life and no longer dreamt of escape. Seeing a perfect vessel for his plans, the wizard wove a spell of Infestation and cast his life-force into N'aix's body, intending to compel N'aix to sacrifice itself in a frenzy of violence while the mage returned to his body and crept away unnoticed. Instead, the wizard found his mind caught in a vortex of madness so powerful that it swept away his plans and shattered his will. Jarred to consciousness by the sudden infusion of fresh life, N'aix woke from its nightmare of madness and obeyed the disembodied voice that filled its skull, which had only the one thought: To escape. In that moment Lifestealer was born. The creature cast its mind into dungeon guards and soldiers, compelling them to open locks and cut down their companions, opening an unobstructed path to freedom while feeding on their lives. Lifestealer still wears the broken shackles as a warning that none may hold him, but on the inside remains a prisoner. Two minds inhabit the single form—a nameless creature of malevolent cunning, and the Master whose voice he pretends to obey.

Abilities[edit]

Rage
Lifestealer rage.png
Ability: No Target
Affects: Self
Launch into a maddened rage, gaining Spell Immunity and increased attack speed.
QR
Mana Cost dota2.png 75
Cooldown Clock.png 16
Attack Speed Bonus40 / 50 / 60 / 70
Duration3 / 4 / 5 / 6
 7 (Level 25 talent)
The madness and brutality of N'aix makes him a vicious and unrelenting foe in combat.
Feast
Lifestealer feast.png
Ability: Passive
Affects: Enemy Units
Damage: Physical
Regenerates a portion of the attacked enemy's current HP and deals the same portion of damage per attack.
WF
Damage/Lifesteal4.5% / 5.5% / 6.5% / 7.5%
 of current enemy HP
 Affected By:  Disabled by Break
After escaping from his cell in Devarque, N'aix subsisted on flesh and bones of those unfortunate enough to cross his path.
Notes
  • Will always heal the full amount regardless of actual damage dealt.
  • Does not work on wards, buildings, and Roshan.
  • Disabled by Break.
  • The damage from this ability can be both amplified and reduced. It can also crit and cleave.
Open Wounds
Lifestealer open wounds.png
Ability: Unit Target
Affects: Enemy Units
Lifestealer rends an enemy unit, slowing the victim's movespeed and allowing all allies to lifesteal on that unit. All damage dealt will steal life, including damage from spells. The victim recovers movement speed over the duration.
EW
Mana Cost dota2.png 140 / 130 / 120 / 110
Cooldown Clock.png 24 / 20 / 16 / 12
Lifesteal50%
Movement Slow70%
Slow Duration8
Cast Range200 / 300 / 400 / 500
Cast Point0.2
 Affected By: Blocked by Spell Immunity Blocked by Linken's Sphere and echoed by Lotus Orb Can be Dispelled
Fresh wounds and the scent of blood often draw out the scavengers to finish the job.
Notes
Infest
Lifestealer infest.png
Ability: Unit Target
Affects: Units
Lifestealer will infest the body of the target unit, lying dormant and undetectable inside. Cannot be cast on enemy heroes.
RT
Mana Cost dota2.png 50
Cooldown Clock.png 100 / 75 / 50
Infestable Ancients0 / 1 / 1
Cast Range150
Cast Point0.2
With this infestation, N'aix consumes the life blood of the host, restoring him back to full unholy power.
Notes
  • Infest can target ancient creeps at level 2 and 3.
  • Lifestealer can still earn experience and gold while infesting.
  • Infest dispels debuffs off Lifestealer.
  • Lifestealer retains vision while infesting.
  • Lifestealer cannot cast spells and items while infesting.
  • Lifestealer is considered to be at the same position as his host. Item auras still work and Smoke of Deceit can be broken.
  • A visual icon appears over the infested unit, visible to allies only.
Consume
Lifestealer consume.png
Ability: No Target
Affects: Enemy Units
Damage: Magical
Lifestealer eats the host body from the inside out. When he reveals himself, he deals damage to all nearby enemy units. The Lifestealer can gain experience from units that die while he is Infesting a unit. If the unit is an enemy creep, he will devour it first, gaining health equal to the unit's current HP.
RT
Damage150 / 275 / 400
Damage Radius700
Self HealInfested Enemy Creep's current HP
 Affected By: Blocked by Spell Immunity
Notes
  • Lifestealer does not heal if cast from within an ally. Only heals from enemy/neutral creep infestations.
  • Damage blocked by Spell Immunity.
Control
Lifestealer control.png
Ability: No Target
Affects: Units
Lifestealer seizes control of the host body's nervous system, allowing him to issue movement and attack orders from within. Controlled units share Lifestealer's movement speed. Cannot be used on heroes.
DD
Notes
  • Allows you to take control of the unit you are infesting, including their abilities.
  • Can only be cast once per infestation. If Lifestealer loses ownership, he cannot take control again.
  • If you take control of a unit it will maintain its cover, however it will become attackable by your enemy.
  • Controlled units use Lifestealer's movement speed and vision values.
  • Restores the unit's mana on cast.

Aghanim's Scepter Abilities[edit]

This hero is upgradeable by Aghanim's Scepter. The scepter grants the Assimilate ability.

Assimilate
Lifestealer assimilate.png
Ability: Unit Target
Affects: Allied Heroes
Lifestealer swallows an allied hero, allowing them to hide inside him. Any healing Lifestealer receives is shared with the hero within. When an assimilated hero leaves Lifestealer, they erupt outwards, damaging nearby enemies.
DC
Mana Cost dota2.png 50
Cooldown Clock.png 50
Cast Range150
Cast Point0.2
Ally Heal100% of Lifestealer's HP gain
How can Lifestealer resist the chance to sample an ally?
Notes
  • 2 seconds after assimilating an allied hero, the hero can move out of Lifestealer by issuing any order.
  • This ability is independent from Infest and will be given even if the ultimate is not leveled.
  • Aghanim's Scepter cannot be dropped or sold by Lifestealer.
  • A visual icon appears over the Lifestealer, visible to allies only.
Eject
Lifestealer eject.png
Ability: No Target
Affects: Enemy Units
Damage: Magical
Ejects an assimilated hero, damaging nearby enemies.
DC
Damage300
Radius700
 Affected By: Blocked by Spell Immunity
Notes
  • The assimilated ally can eject by clicking on the buff icon.
  • Damage blocked by Spell Immunity.

Talent Tree[edit]

Talent Tree
+1s Rage Duration 25 +15 Armor
+25 Movement Speed 20 15% Evasion
+25 Damage 15 +250 Health
+15 Attack Speed 10 +5 All Stats

Recommended Items[edit]

Standard Build
Starting Items Early Game Mid Game Late Game
Tango Stout Shield Quelling Blade Boots of Speed Magic Stick Orb of Venom Phase Boots Armlet of Mordiggian Echo Sabre Desolator Abyssal Blade NoItem.png
Iron Branch Iron Branch NoItem.png NoItem.png NoItem.png NoItem.png NoItem.png NoItem.png NoItem.png NoItem.png NoItem.png NoItem.png

General Strategy[edit]

Should Lifestealer get close to his prey, there is little that can save them. Travelling within a creep or an allied hero, once he nears a foe he explodes from his host body, surprising enemies and tearing into them with his claws.

Overview[edit]



Skill Build[edit]


Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Spell Lifestealer feast.png Lifestealer open wounds.png Lifestealer rage.png Lifestealer feast.png Lifestealer rage.png Lifestealer infest.png Lifestealer rage.png Lifestealer feast.png Lifestealer rage.png Talents.png
Level 11 12 13 14 15 16 18 20 25
Spell Lifestealer feast.png Lifestealer infest.png Lifestealer open wounds.png Lifestealer open wounds.png Talents.png Lifestealer open wounds.png Lifestealer infest.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]
7.05
  • Nerf Open Wounds manacost rescaled from 110 to 140/130/120/110
  • Nerf Rage attack speed from 50/60/70/80 to 40/50/60/70
7.04
  • Nerf Base damage reduced by 2
7.03
  • Nerf Base damage reduced by 3
7.02
  • Buff Level 15 Talent from +200 Health to +250
7.00
  • New Added Talent Tree
6.88
  • Nerf Base attack time increased from 1.7 to 1.85
6.87
  • Nerf Infest can now only target ancients with Level 2 and Level 3
  • Buff Strength growth increased from 2.4 to 3.0
6.86
  • Buff Rage attack speed bonus increased from 30/45/60/80 to 50/60/70/80
  • Buff Feast damage and lifesteal increased from 4/5/6/7% to 4.5/5.5/6.5/7.5%
  • Buff Infest cooldown reduced from 100 to 100/75/50
6.85
  • Buff Rage cooldown reduced from 19 to 16
  • Buff Infest and Control can now be used on Ancient Creeps
6.84
  • Buff Feast is now considered as normal bonus damage (can Crit and Cleave off it)
  • Buff Open Wounds lifesteal increased from 15/20/25/30% to 50%
  • Buff Added Aghanim's Scepter upgrade to Lifestealer: Grants a new skill, Assimilate
6.83
  • Buff Infest now allows you to control the unit you are in using a sub-ability
6.79
  • Nerf Rage cooldown increased from 17 to 19
  • Nerf Open Wounds and Infest cast points increased from 0.01 to 0.2
6.78c
  • Nerf Rage cooldown increased from 15 to 17 seconds
6.78
  • Nerf Open Wounds cast range decreased from 600 to 200/300/400/500
6.75
  • Buff Rage duration increased from 2.5/3.25/4/4.75 to 3/4/5/6
6.72
  • Rework Reworked Infest
6.70
  • Buff Open Wounds team lifesteal increased from 10/15/20/25% to 15/20/25/30%
6.68
  • Buff Base damage improved by 5
  • Buff Casting Open Wounds no longer loses attack focus
6.67
  • Buff Open Wounds cooldown from 30/25/20/15 to 24/20/16/12
6.65
  • Buff Movement speed increased from 300 to 315
6.60
  • Nerf Removed the initial stun effect from Open Wounds
6.58
  • Nerf Increased Open Wounds manacost from 70/80/90/100 to a constant 110 mana
6.53
  • Buff Improved Open Wounds a little
  • Buff Lowered Infest manacost
6.49
  • Rework Remade N'aix

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