Medusa

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[e][h]Medusa
Dire Hero
Attributes

14 +1.5

20 +2.5

19 +2.1

285
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
900
1200
Mana:
303
651
903
Spell Amp:
1.3%
3.4%
4.9%
Armor:
2.3
8.2
12.3
Damage:
44-50
79-85
104-110
Most played as
LessMore
1
2
3
4
5

Medusa, the Gorgon[edit]

Recommended Roles
Carry Disabler Durable

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
Targeting Type
Passive
Affects
Self
Medusa magically splits her attack into extra arrows that deal lower damage.
Extra Targets3
10 (Level 25 talent)
Damage30% / 45% / 60% / 75%
Extra Range100
Cast Point0
Talent AbilityApplies Attack Modifiers (Level 25 talent)
 Affected By  Illusions gain this ability
All who encounter the cursed Gorgon will feel her rage.
Notes
  • Reduces her base damage and bonus damage. Reduction does not affect primary target.
  • Only the primary target will receive attack modifiers.
  • With talent, all targets will receive Medusa's attack modifiers. (Level 25 talent)
  • Has no effect when attacking allies.
  • Extra targets will be the closest enemy units excluding the primary target.
  • Range of search for extra targets is determined by Medusa's attack range +100.
  • Does not target buildings, wards and units that are not visible to Medusa.
  • Illusions can use this ability.
Mystic Snake
Targeting Type
Unit Target
Affects
Enemy Units
Damage Type
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. Causes Mystic Snake to turn enemies into stone. Stone duration increases each bounce.

WC
140 / 150 / 160 / 170
11
Base Damage80 / 120 / 160 / 200
Bonus Damage35% per bounce
Maximum Bounces3 / 4 / 5 / 6
Mana Drain11% / 14% / 17% / 20%
of maximum mana
26% / 29% / 32% / 35%
(Level 15 talent)
Bounce Radius475
Cast Range800
Cast Point0.4
Petrify Duration
1
Bonus Duration
0.3 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, totaling 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
Targeting Type
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%
Cast Point0
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
Targeting Type
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
200
90
Enemy Movement Slow35%
Enemy Attack Slow35
Enemy Turn Rate Slow35%
Enemy Look Time2
Petrify Duration3
Bonus Physical Damage50%
Enemy Magic Resist100%
Gaze Duration5 / 6 / 7
9.5 (Level 20 Talent)
Radius1000
Cast Point0.4
 Affected By  Can be removed by 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.
  • Enemies that turn away from Medusa will stop being affected by the slow. If they turn to look at her again it is reapplied, but the petrify timer is reset.
  • Petrified illusions are instantly killed.
  • Stops immediately if Medusa is killed.
  • Can be removed by a strong dispel.

Talent Tree[edit]

Talent Tree
Split Shot Uses Modifiers 25 +7 Split Shot Targets
+2.5s Stone Gaze Duration 20 +800 Mana
+15% Mystic Snake Mana Steal 15 +30 Attack Speed
12% Evasion 10 +25 Damage


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
Tango Healing Salve Linkens Sphere

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
Level 11 12 13 14 15 16 18 20 25
Spell

Early Game[edit]



Mid Game[edit]



Late Game[edit]



Version History[edit]

Balance Patch History
Patch Version Balance Changes[1]
7.07b
  • Nerf Strength gain reduced from 1.95 to 1.5
  • Buff Level 10 Talent increased from 10% Evasion to +12%
  • Buff Level 15 Talent increased from 10% Mystic Snake Mana Steal to +15%
  • Buff Level 20 Talent increased from +2s Stone Gaze Duration to +2.5s
  • Nerf Split Shot damage from 35/50/65/80% to 30/45/60/75%
7.07
  • Nerf Stone Gaze slow no longer continues to affect targets after they turn away from Medusa
  • Buff Stone Gaze can now be reapplied after it wears off if the target continues to face Medusa (timer on facing direction is reset after a Stone debuff is over)
  • Rework Split Shot is now a passive
  • Rework Split Shot projectiles rescaled from 1/2/3/4 to 3
  • Nerf Split Shot rescaled from -20% damage to -65/50/35/20%
  • Buff Split Shot no longer reduces damage for the primary target
  • Buff Split Shot range now uses your attack range +100, rather than a fixed 700
  • Rework Split Shot does not fire when attacking allied units
  • Nerf Movement Speed reduced by 5
  • Rework Reworked Talent Tree
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
ZSMJ Jeyo

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