Medusa

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[e][h]Medusa
Dire Hero
Medusa Large.png
Attributes
Strength Icon.png
14 +1.95
Agility Icon Main.png
20 +2.5
Intelligence Icon.png
19 +2.1
Damage
24 - 30
Armor
1.8
Movespeed
290
Base Stats
Sight Range:
1800 / 800
Attack Range:
600
Missile Speed:
1200
Attack Duration:
0.5 + 0.6
Cast Duration:
0.4 + 0.5
Base Attack Time:
1.7
Magic Resistance:
25%
Turn Rate:
0.5
Level Changes
Level:
1
15
25
Hit Points:
480
1,020
1,400
Mana:
284
603
834
Spell Amp:
1.4%
3.4%
4.9%
Armor:
2
7
10
Damage:
44-50
79-85
104-110
Most played as
LessMore
1
2
3
4
5

Medusa icon.png Medusa, the Gorgon[edit]

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Beauty is power. This thought comforted Medusa—the youngest and loveliest of three beautiful Gorgon sisters, born to a sea goddess—because she alone of the sisters was mortal. It comforted her, that is, until the day masked assailants invaded the Gorgon realm and tore the two immortal sisters from their home, unmoved by their beauty or by their tears. One of the invaders seized Medusa as well, but then cast her aside with a disgusted look: 'This one has the mortal stink upon her. We have no use for that which dies.' Humiliated, enraged, Medusa fled to the temple of her mother and cast herself before the goddess, crying, 'You denied me eternal life—therefore I beg you, give me power! Power, so I can dedicate what life I have to rescuing my sisters and avenging this injustice!' After long thought, the goddess granted her daughter's request, allowing Medusa to trade her legendary beauty for a face and form of terrifying strength. Never for a moment has Medusa regretted her choice. She understands that power is the only beauty worth possessing—for only power can change the world.

Abilities[edit]

Split Shot
Medusa split shot.png
Ability: Toggle
Affects: Self
Medusa magically splits her shot into multiple arrows.
QT
Maximum Targets2 / 3 / 4 / 5
 6 (Level 20 talent)

Damage
80%
Radius700
 Affected By:  Illusions gain this ability
All who encounter the cursed Gorgon will feel her rage.
Notes
  • Reduces her base damage and bonus damage.
  • Only the primary target will receive attack effects like bash and orb effects.
  • Secondary targets will be the closest enemy units excluding the primary target.
  • Illusions will have Split Shot if created when this ability is active.
Mystic Snake
Medusa mystic snake.png
Ability: Unit Target
Affects: Enemy Units
Damage: Magical
Pure
A mystic snake made of energy jumps from target to target dealing damage and stealing mana. After it reaches its last target, it jumps back to Medusa to replenish it with mana. The snake's damage dealt increases each jump. Deals pure damage to petrified targets.
Upgradeable by Aghanim's Scepter to cause Mystic Snake to turn enemies into stone. Stone duration increases each bounce.
WC
Mana Cost dota2.png 140 / 150 / 160 / 170
Cooldown Clock.png 11
Base Damage80 / 120 / 160 / 200
Bonus Damage35% per bounce
Maximum Bounces3 / 4 / 5 / 6
Mana Drain11% / 14% / 17% / 20%
 of maximum mana

Bounce Radius
475
Cast Range800
Petrify Duration1
Bonus Duration0.3 per bounce
 Affected By: Partially blocked by Spell Immunity Blocked by Linken's Sphere and echoed by Lotus Orb
The Gorgon's curse is her greatest strength.
Notes
  • Damage increases by 35% of base damage, meaning 28 / 42 / 56 / 70 extra damage
  • Always steals the full amount of mana regardless of actual mana drained.
  • Bounces to the closest target that hasn't been hit before.
  • Bounces to targets in the Fog of War, but not invisible units.
  • The mystic snake moves at 800 speed and has 100 flying vision.
  • Cannot be disjointed.
  • Cannot target Spell Immune units, but can bounce to and from spell immune units, which don't take damage but still have their mana stolen.
  • Blocked by Linken's Sphere on impact.
Mana Shield
Medusa mana shield.png
Ability: Toggle
Affects: Self
Creates a shield that absorbs most incoming damage by using Medusa's mana.
EE
Damage Per Mana1.6 / 1.9 / 2.2 / 2.5
Damage Absorbed60%
While Medusa was not gifted with eternal life upon birth, her curse bestowed her with impressive defensive powers.
Notes
  • Absorbs damage before any damage reduction takes place, meaning that armor will not reduce the amount of mana needed to absorb damage.
Stone Gaze
Medusa stone gaze.png
Ability: No Target
Affects: Enemy Units
Any enemy units looking at Medusa will have their movement and attack speed slowed. If looking at Medusa while Stone Gaze is active, that unit will turn to stone. Petrified units are stunned, have magic resistance, and take bonus physical damage.
RG
Mana Cost dota2.png 200
Cooldown Clock.png 90
Enemy Movement Slow35%
Enemy Attack Slow35
Enemy Turn Rate Slow35%
Enemy Look Time2
Petrify Duration3
 5 (Level 25 talent)

Bonus Physical Damage
50%
Enemy Magic Resist100%
Gaze Duration5 / 6 / 7
Radius1000
 Affected By:  Can be removed with a Strong Dispel
The beauty of Medusa is legendary.
Notes
  • Mystic Snake deals Pure damage to petrified targets.
  • Affects invisible units but does not reveal them.
  • Affects any units that view Medusa at any time during the Gaze.
  • Every enemy unit in range that faces Medusa within 85° is affected by Stone Gaze.
  • Petrified illusions are instantly killed.
  • Stops immediately if Medusa is killed.
  • Can be removed by a strong dispel.

Talent Tree[edit]

Talent Tree
+2s Stone Gaze Stun 25 25% Lifesteal
+600 Mana 20 +1 Split Shot target
15% Evasion 15 +20 Attack Speed
+15 Damage 10 +12 Intelligence

Recommended Items[edit]

Standard Build
Starting Items Early Game Mid Game Late Game
Ring of Protection Iron Branch Iron Branch Ring of Basilius Boots of Speed Ring of Health Phase Boots Ring of Aquila Dragon Lance Eye of Skadi Butterfly NoItem.png
Tango Healing Salve NoItem.png NoItem.png NoItem.png NoItem.png Linkens Sphere NoItem.png NoItem.png NoItem.png NoItem.png NoItem.png

General Strategy[edit]

Constant attack is the key to Medusa's success. Using her mana shield to stave off assault, she employs split shots to mow down waves of enemies. Once she gathers her full strength, she becomes a force powerful enough to stop anyone in their tracks.

Overview[edit]



Skill Build[edit]


Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Spell Medusa mystic snake.png Medusa mana shield.png Medusa mystic snake.png Medusa mana shield.png Medusa mystic snake.png Medusa stone gaze.png Medusa mystic snake.png Medusa mana shield.png Medusa mana shield.png Talents.png
Level 11 12 13 14 15 16 18 20 25
Spell Medusa split shot.png Medusa stone gaze.png Medusa split shot.png Medusa split shot.png Talents.png Medusa split shot.png Medusa stone gaze.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]
7.06d
  • Buff Scepter stun increase per bounce from +0.2 to +0.3
7.06
  • Buff Added Scepter for Medusa. Causes Mystic Snake to turn enemies into stone for 1 second. Increases by 0.2 seconds per bounce.
7.03
  • Buff Level 25 Talent increased from +1s Stone Gaze Stun to +2s
7.02
  • Buff Level 10 Talent from +10 Intelligence to +12
  • Buff Level 15 Talent from 10% Evasion to 15%
  • Rework Level 20 Talent from +15 Agility to +1 Split Shot target
  • Buff Level 20 Talent from +500 Mana to +600
7.00
  • New Added Talent Tree
6.88
  • Buff Intelligence gain increased from 1.85 to 2.1
6.87
  • Buff Stone Gaze damage amplification increased from 30/40/50% to 50%
  • Rework Stone Gaze duration rescaled from 6 to 5/6/7 seconds
  • Nerf Stone Gaze slow reduced from 50 to 35%
6.86
  • Rework Mystic Snake no longer increases mana steal per jump
  • Rework Mystic Snake mana steal is now 11/14/17/20% of total mana
6.85
  • Buff Mystic Snake damage and mana steal boost per jump increased from 25% to 35%
6.84
  • Buff Split Shot and Mana Shield are no longer removed on death
6.82
  • Buff Mana Shield damage absorption rate increased from 50% to 60%
  • Buff Mystic Snake outgoing speed increased from 633 to 800
  • Nerf Mystic Snake return speed reduced from 833 to 800
  • Buff Mystic Snake mana steal increased from 20/30/40/50 to 20/35/50/65
6.81
  • Buff Split Shot reworked from 50/60/70/80% damage with 5 maximum targets, to 80% damage with 2/3/4/5 maximum targets
  • Buff Mystic Snake no longer requires Fog of War vision to bounce
  • Buff Mana Shield damage absorption per mana increased from 1/1.5/2/2.5 to 1.6/1.9/2.2/2.5
6.80
  • Buff Mana Shield damage absorption increased from 0.75/1.25/1.75/2.25 to 1/1.5/2/2.5
6.79
  • Buff Mystic Snake now does Pure damage to units in Stone Form
  • Rework Added to Captains Mode
6.78
  • Rework Stone Gaze Reworked
  • Rework Removed from Captains Mode
6.77
  • Buff Stone Gaze cooldown decreased from 140/110/80 to 140/100/60
6.75
  • Buff Mana Shield absorption rate increased from 0.75/1.25/1.5/2 to 0.75/1.25/1.75/2.25
  • Buff Mystic Snake damage bonus per jump increased from 20% to 25%
  • Buff Split Shot damage per arrow increased from 45/55/65/75% to 50/60/70/80%
6.74
  • Buff Split Shot now shoots 5 arrows instead of 4
6.73
  • Rework Stone Gaze rebalanced
  • Buff Toggle cooldown on mana shield removed
6.68
  • Nerf Movement speed decreased from 300 to 290
  • Nerf Strength gain decreased from 1.85 to 1.65
6.65
  • Nerf Stone Gaze cooldown increased from 35 to 100
6.61
  • Buff Lowered Stone Gaze cooldown (70➜35 seconds)
  • Buff Minor improvements to Mystic Snake speed, cast range, and cooldown
  • Buff Improved Mystic Snake's damage from 60/100/140/180 to 80/120/160/200
6.60
  • Rework Replaced Chain Lightning with a new ability Mystic Snake
  • Rework Replaced Purge with a new ability Stone Gaze
6.55
  • Buff Added an extra arrow to Medusa's Split Shot (3➜4)
  • Buff Rescaled Medusa's Purge cooldown from 12/11/10 to 12/10/8 seconds
6.52
  • Buff Increased level 2 and 3 Purge's damage to summoned unit
  • Buff Lowered Medusa's attack animation time to 0.5
6.50
  • Buff Removed mana cost on Mana Shield activation

Notable Players[edit]

Notable Players
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ZSMJ Jeyo

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