Night Stalker

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[e][h]Night Stalker
Dire Hero
Night Stalker Large.png
Attributes
Strength Icon Main.png
23 +3.1
Agility Icon.png
18 +2.25
Intelligence Icon.png
13 +1.6
Damage
38 - 42
Armor
5.52
Movespeed
295
Base Stats
Sight Range:
1200 / 1800
Attack Range:
150
Missile Speed:
Instant
Attack Duration:
0.55 + 0.55
Cast Duration:
0.3 + 0.3
Base Attack Time:
1.7
Magic Resistance:
25%
Turn Rate:
0.5
Level Changes
Level:
1
15
25
Hit Points:
660
1,520
2,140
Mana:
218
460
636
Spell Amp:
0.9%
2.5%
3.6%
Armor:
6
10
13
Damage:
61-65
104-108
135-139
Most played as
LessMore
1
2
3
4
5
Notes
Base HP Regen: 1.75
Sight: Night Stalker has a reduced 1200 sight range during the day. However, he maintains the full 1800 sight range at night. This lends him an advantage at night, as the standard night vision for most heroes is 800.

Night Stalker icon.png Balanar, the Night Stalker[edit]

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

Of the Night Stalker, there is no history, only stories. There are ancient tales woven into the lore of every race and every culture, of an impossible time before sunlight and daytime, when night reigned alone and the world was covered with the creatures of darkness—creatures like Balanar the Night Stalker.

It is said that on the dawn of the First Day, all the night creatures perished. All, that is, save one. Evil's embodiment, Night Stalker delights in his malevolence. He created the primal role of the Night Terror, the Boogeyman, and as long as there have been younglings, his is the specter summoned to terrify them. This is a role he relishes—nor are these empty theatrics. He does indeed stalk the unwary, the defenseless, those who have strayed beyond the lighted paths or denied the warnings of their communities. Night Stalker serves as living proof that every child's worst nightmare....is true.

Abilities[edit]

Void
Night stalker void.png
Targeting Type
Unit Target
Affects
Enemy Units
Damage Type
Magical
Creates a damaging void that slows an enemy unit and deals damage. Void also mini-stuns, interrupting channeling abilities. The slowing effect lasts longer at night.
QV
Mana Cost dota2.png 80 / 90 / 100 / 110
Cooldown Clock.png 8
Damage90 / 160 / 255 / 335
Day Duration1.25
Night Duration2.5 / 3 / 3.5 / 4
Movement Slow50%
Attack Slow50
Mini-Stun Duration0.1
Cast Range525
 Affected By: Blocked by Spell Immunity Blocked by Linken's Sphere and echoed by Lotus Orb Can be Dispelled
Balanar creates a vortex of infinite night, tearing opponents violently into the eternal darkness that once was.
Notes
Crippling Fear
Night stalker crippling fear.png
Targeting Type
Unit Target
Affects
Enemy Heroes
Night Stalker horrifies the target enemy Hero, causing it to miss attacks and become silenced. The effect lasts longer at night.
WF
Mana Cost dota2.png 50
Cooldown Clock.png 12
Day Duration3
Night Duration5 / 6 / 7 / 8
Day Chance To Miss10%
Night Chance To Miss50%
Cast Range500
Talent Cooldown4 (Level 25 talent)
 Affected By: Blocked by Spell Immunity Blocked by Linken's Sphere and echoed by Lotus Orb Can be Dispelled
A vision of the twisted maw of Balanar etches itself into the minds of the poor souls unlucky enough to cross his path.
Notes
Hunter in the Night
Night stalker hunter in the night.png
Targeting Type
Passive
No Target
Affects
Self
Night Stalker is in his element at night, attacking and moving with great swiftness. Can be activated during the night to grant Night Stalker flying movement for a few seconds.
EG
Mana Cost dota2.png 80
Cooldown Clock.png 30 / 26 / 22 / 18
Passive Move Speed20% / 25% / 30% / 35%
Passive Attack Speed45 / 60 / 75 / 90
Flight Vision1200
Flight Duration2
 Affected By:  Disabled by Break Illusions gain this ability
The hunting prowess of Balanar improves as the night beckons.
Notes
  • This ability is only active at night.
  • Illusions gain this ability.
  • Disabled by Break.
Darkness
Night stalker darkness.png
Targeting Type
No Target
Affects
Enemy Units
Buildings
Night Stalker smothers the sun and summons instant darkness, so that he may use his powers at their fullest. While Darkness is in effect all enemies, including buildings, have their maximum vision range reduced.
Upgradeable by Aghanim's Scepter to grant Night Stalker flying vision at night.
RR
Cooldown Clock.png 160 / 120 / 80
Night Duration50
Max Enemy Vision675
Scepter AbilityGrants Night Stalker flying vision at night
It is a humbling sight to see when the mightiest of warriors become afraid of the dark.
Notes
  • Does not pause the clock. This effectively shortens the day time if cast during the day.
  • Darkness changes day to night for the duration, limiting enemy vision and improving Night Stalker's skills.
  • Enemy wards and buildings also have their vision affected, and cannot see past the maximum limit set by Darkness.
  • When used at night, the only benefit to using Darkness is limiting enemy sight range as Night Stalker is already buffed.
  • Aghanim's Scepter passively gives Night Stalker flying vision at night. This passive is independent from the use of his ultimate and will be active as long as it is night.

Talent Tree[edit]

Talent Tree
-8s Crippling Fear Cooldown 25 +12 Armor
+50 Damage 20 +30 Movement Speed
+25 Attack Speed 15 +300 Mana
+100 Cast Range 10 +7 Strength

Recommended Items[edit]

Standard Build
Starting Items Early Game Mid Game Late Game
Stout Shield Healing Salve Tango Magic Stick Boots of Speed Urn of Shadows Magic Wand Phase Boots Aghanims Scepter Assault Cuirass Abyssal Blade NoItem.png
Enchanted Mango NoItem.png NoItem.png NoItem.png NoItem.png NoItem.png NoItem.png NoItem.png NoItem.png NoItem.png NoItem.png NoItem.png

General Strategy[edit]

Once the sun goes down, Night Stalker's hunt begins. Charging through the shadowy forests, he snares prey in a slowing void as he tears them to shreds. Should sunrise threaten to end his terror, he can darken the skies to extend his onslaught.

Overview[edit]


Night Stalker is a ganking hero that thrives during the mid game. As his name implies, he is especially dangerous during the night, as his skills become much more powerful while the sun is down. The first night of a match is when Night Stalker is at his strongest, so capitalizing on that advantage through ganks is essential. However, he becomes less intimidating as the match enters the late game, due to his inability to compete with the raw damage output of carries.

Skill Build[edit]


Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Spell Night stalker void.png Night stalker hunter in the night.png Night stalker void.png Night stalker crippling fear.png Night stalker void.png Night stalker darkness.png Night stalker void.png Night stalker hunter in the night.png Night stalker hunter in the night.png Talents.png
Level 11 12 13 14 15 16 18 20 25
Spell Night stalker hunter in the night.png Night stalker darkness.png Night stalker crippling fear.png Night stalker crippling fear.png Talents.png Night stalker crippling fear.png Night stalker darkness.png Talents.png Talents.png

Early Game[edit]


Night Stalker can be played in the middle lane with a Bottle, allowing for excellent ganking opportunities thanks to Rune control and decent mana regeneration, or in the safe lane going straight into an Armlet.

When ganking it is often important to remember that Night Stalker has no hard disables, but void will cancel channeling spells with its ministun. This is quite useful when trying to gank a hero that is attempting to use a teleport scroll to escape.

Mid Game[edit]



Late Game[edit]



Version History[edit]

Balance Patch History
Patch Version Balance Changes[1]
7.06e
  • Nerf Base Intelligence reduced from 16 to 13
  • Nerf Hunter In The Night cooldown increased from 26/22/18/14 to 30/26/22/18
7.06d
  • Nerf Hunter in the Night mana cost increased from 50 to 80
  • Nerf Void day slow duration reduced from 2 to 1.25 seconds
7.06
  • Buff Hunter in the Night can now be activated during the night to grant Night Stalker flying movement for 2 seconds. Cooldown 26/22/18/14. Mana cost 50. 1200 Vision.
7.02
  • Buff Level 25 Talent from -6s Crippling Fear Cooldown to -8s
7.00
  • New Added Talent Tree
6.86
  • Nerf Void slow at night reduced from 4 to 2.5/3/3.5/4 seconds
6.85
  • Buff Base health regen increased from 0.25 to 2
6.84
  • Buff Void attack speed slow increased from -35 to -50 (now matches movement speed slow)
6.83
  • Buff Base attack damage increased by 4
  • Buff Crippling Fear mana cost reduced from 90 to 50
  • Rework Darkness now sets all enemy vision to a maximum of 675, instead of reducing it by 25%
  • Buff Darkness no longer pauses the day/night timer
  • Nerf Darkness duration from 40/60/80 to 50
  • Buff Darkness cooldown reduced from 180/150/120 to 160/120/80
6.82
  • Buff Hunter in the Night attack speed increased from 45/55/65/75 to 45/60/75/90
  • Buff Darkness duration increased from 25/50/80 to 40/60/80
6.81
  • Buff Darkness now also affects the vision of buildings
6.80
  • Buff Crippling Fear's night miss chance increased from 40 to 50%
6.79
  • Buff Darkness causes enemy vision to be reduced by 25% (affects heroes, creeps and wards)
6.78
  • Buff Hunter in the Night attack speed rescaled from 30/45/60/75 to 45/55/65/75 (MS remains 20/25/30/35)
6.72
  • Buff Hunter in the Night attack speed bonus rescaled from 20/35/55/75 to 30/45/60/75
  • Buff Hunter in the Night movement bonus rescaled from 15/20/30/35 to 20/25/30/35%
6.68
  • Buff Base damage increased by 10
  • Buff Crippling Fear's miss chance from 10/20/30/40% to 40%
6.65
  • Buff Void mana cost decreased from 90/112/130/145 to 80/90/100/110
6.64
  • Buff Darkness cooldown reduced from 240/180/125 to 180/150/120
6.63
  • Buff Void now slows for 2 seconds during daytime
6.61
  • Buff Improved Intelligence growth from 1.25 to 1.6
6.60
  • Buff Added Nightstalker to Aghanim's Scepter
6.55
  • Buff Improved how the mana cost scales on Crippling Fear

Notable Players[edit]

Notable Players
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