Nyx Assassin

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[e][h]Nyx Assassin
Dire Hero
Nyx Assassin Large.png
Attributes
Strength Icon.png
18 +2.3
Agility Icon Main.png
19 +2.2
Intelligence Icon.png
18 +2.1
Movespeed
300
Base Stats
Sight Range:
1800 / 800
Attack Range:
150
Missile Speed:
Instant
Attack Duration:
0.46 + 0.54
Cast Duration:
0.4 + 1.1
Base Attack Time:
1.7
Magic Resistance:
25%
Turn Rate:
0.5
Level Changes
Level:
1
15
25
Hit Points:
560
1200
1660
Mana:
273
592
823
Spell Amp:
1.3%
3.4%
4.9%
Armor:
3.7
8.1
11.3
Damage:
46-50
76-80
98-102
Most played as
LessMore
1
2
3
4
5
Notes
Base HP Regen: 3.25

Nyx Assassin icon.png Nyx Assassin[edit]

Recommended Roles
Disabler.png Disabler Nuker.png Nuker Initiator.png Initiator Escape role.png Escape

Deep in the Archive of Ultimyr, shelved between scholarly treatises on dragon cladistics and books of untranslatable spells, there is an ancient tome of entomological curiosities. Compiled by scholars, the book describes the telepathic talents of the zealot scarab, a strange species of social insect with abilities unique to all the seven planes.

Unlike most grubs of his colony, Nyx Assassin did not arise from metamorphosis with the plodding thoughts and blunted appendages common to the worker caste of his kind. For his was a special transformation, guided by the grace of Nyx. He was the chosen one, selected from the many and anointed with an extract of the queen goddess herself. Not all survive the dark blessing of the queen's chamber, but he emerged with a penetrating mind, and dagger-like claws—his razor sharp mandibles raking the air while his thoughts projected directly into the minds of those around him. Of all zealot scarabs, he alone was selected for the highest calling. After his metamorphosis, he was reborn, by grace of Nyx, with abilities which shaped him for one thing and one thing only: to kill in the name of his goddess.

Abilities[edit]

Impale
Nyx assassin impale.png
Targeting Type
Point Target
Affects
Enemy Units
Damage Type
Magical
Rock spikes burst from the earth along a straight path. Enemy units are hurled into the air, then are stunned and take damage when they fall.
QE
Mana Cost dota2.png 95 / 115 / 135 / 155
Cooldown Clock.png 14
Damage80 / 140 / 200 / 260
130 / 190 / 250 / 310
(Level 15 talent)
Stun Duration1.6 / 2 / 2.4 / 2.8
Radius125
Distance700
Burrowed Distance
1225
Burrowed Cooldown
7
Cast Point0.4
 Affected By: Blocked by Spell Immunity
All zealot scarabs possess intimate knowledge of underground pathways, using them to their advantage.
Notes
  • Spikes travel at 1600 speed.
  • Has a visibly larger spike when a unit is hit.
  • Blocked by Spell Immunity.
Mana Burn
Nyx assassin mana burn.png
Targeting Type
Unit Target
Affects
Enemy Heroes
Damage Type
Magical
Burns the target hero's mana equal to a multiplier of its Intelligence, and deals damage equal to the mana burned.
WR
Mana Cost dota2.png 100
Cooldown Clock.png 28 / 20 / 12 / 4
Damage/Mana Burn3.5× / 4× / 4.5× / 5×
total enemy Intelligence
Cast Range600
Burrowed Cast Range
1050
Cast Point0.4
 Affected By: Blocked by Spell Immunity Blocked by Linken's Sphere and echoed by Lotus Orb
The tome in Ultimyr describes one scarab with the ability to eat away at the minds of lesser beings.
Notes
Spiked Carapace
Nyx assassin spiked carapace.png
Targeting Type
No Target
Affects
Enemy Units
Damage Type
Pure
When activated, Spiked Carapace reflects and negates damage dealt (max once from each source), as well as stunning the source of the damage.
ED
Mana Cost dota2.png 40
Cooldown Clock.png 25 / 20 / 15 / 10
Stun Duration0.6 / 1.2 / 1.8 / 2.4
Reflect Duration2.25
Damage Reflected100%
200% (Level 25 talent)
Burrowed Radius
300
Cast Point0
 Affected By: Partially blocked by Spell Immunity
While their carapaces are relatively thin, they're guarded by a retractable field of razor-sharp spikes.
Notes
  • Only reflects damage from player controlled units.
  • Blocks the damage but does not block the spell effects.
  • When burrowed, Spiked Carapace stuns without requiring Nyx Assassin to be hit first.
  • Reflected damage and stun blocked by Spell Immunity, but Nyx still negates the attack.
Vendetta
Nyx assassin vendetta.png
Targeting Type
No Target
Affects
Self
Damage Type
Physical
Allows Nyx Assassin to become invisible and gain a movement speed bonus. If Nyx Assassin attacks to break the invisibility, massive bonus damage is dealt with the attack.
RV
Mana Cost dota2.png 160 / 210 / 260
Cooldown Clock.png 70 / 60 / 50
Bonus Damage250 / 400 / 550
Bonus Movement Speed16% / 18% / 20%
Duration40 / 50 / 60
Cast Point0
The scarab kills for the glory of his queen.
Notes
  • Does not interrupt channeling.
  • Vendetta's bonus damage is dealt in a separate instance immediately prior to the attack.
  • Vendetta has true strike and cannot miss.
  • Casting Spiked Carapace will not break the invisibility.

Aghanim's Scepter Abilities[edit]

This hero is upgradeable by Aghanim's Scepter. The scepter grants the Burrow ability.
Burrow
Nyx assassin burrow.png
Targeting Type
No Target
Affects
Self
While burrowed, Nyx Assassin is invisible and unable to move or attack, but has extra damage resistance and regenerates a portion of his health and mana per second. Nyx Assassin's abilities also have improved properties while burrowed: Mana Burn and Impale have increased cast range, Impale cooldown is reduced, and Spiked Carapace instantly stuns any enemy units within an area of effect without requiring them to hurt him first. Casting Vendetta causes Burrow to end.
DF
Damage Resistance40%
HP/Mana Regeneration1.5% of maximum
HP/Mana per second
Cast Time1.5
Some castes of zealot scarab are known to create small burrows to lie in wait, ready to ambush their prey.
Notes
  • Casting Vendetta causes Burrow to end.
  • This ability is independent from Vendetta and will be given even if the ultimate is not leveled.
  • Scepter cannot be dropped or sold by Nyx Assassin.
Unburrow
Nyx assassin unburrow.png
Targeting Type
No Target
Affects
Self
Emerge from the burrow.
DF
Cast Point0
Some castes of zealot scarab are known to create small burrows to lie in wait, ready to ambush their prey.

Talent Tree[edit]

Talent Tree
200% Spiked Carapace Damage 25 +40 Movement Speed
+40 Agility 20 +120 Gold/Min
+50 Impale Damage 15 +12% Magic Resistance
+175 Health 10 +5% Spell Amplification


Recommended Items[edit]

Standard Build
Starting Items Early Game Mid Game Late Game
Iron Branch Iron Branch Clarity Boots of Speed Urn of Shadows Magic Stick Arcane Boots Magic Wand Blink Dagger Aether Lens Aghanims Scepter NoItem.png
Tango 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]

Nyx Assassin is always hunting for fragile targets. Sneaking invisibly through the forest, when he spots his prey, he swipes them with his deadly claws and impales them on stunning spikes, then reverses any counterattack with his reflecting carapace.

Overview[edit]



Skill Build[edit]


Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Spell Nyx assassin impale.png Nyx assassin mana burn.png Nyx assassin impale.png Nyx assassin spiked carapace.png Nyx assassin impale.png Nyx assassin vendetta.png Nyx assassin impale.png Nyx assassin mana burn.png Nyx assassin mana burn.png Talents.png
Level 11 12 13 14 15 16 18 20 25
Spell Nyx assassin mana burn.png Nyx assassin vendetta.png Nyx assassin spiked carapace.png Nyx assassin spiked carapace.png Talents.png Nyx assassin spiked carapace.png Nyx assassin vendetta.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]
7.06f
  • Nerf Base damage reduced by 3
7.06e
  • Nerf Movement Speed reduced from 305 to 300
7.06c
  • Nerf Impale cooldown increased from 13 to 14
7.03
  • Nerf Spiked Carapace cooldown rescaled from 22/18/14/10 to 25/20/15/10
7.02
  • Rework Level 15 Talent from +10 Strength to +50 Impale Damage
  • Rework Level 15 Talent from +25 Agility to +12% Magic Resistance
  • Rework Level 20 Talent from +15% Magic Resistance to +40 Agility
7.00
  • New Added Talent Tree
6.88f
  • Nerf Nyx's Scepter Burrow cast time increased from 1 to 1.5
6.88
  • Buff Movement speed increased from 300 to 305
6.87
  • Buff Fixed Spiked Carapace not preventing damage when a Spell Immune attacker damages you
  • Buff Base HP regeneration increased from 2.5 to 3.5
6.86
  • Buff Nyx Impale duration increased from 1.27/1.77/2.27/2.77 to 1.6/2/2.4/2.8
  • Buff Spiked Carapace cooldown reduced from 23/20/17/14 to 22/18/14/10
6.85
  • Buff Burrow Impale cooldown reduced from 9 to 7
  • Buff Burrow Impale and Mana Burn bonus range increased from 50% to 75%
  • Buff Vendetta duration increased from 25/35/50 to 40/50/60
6.84
  • Buff Using Spiked Carapace no longer removes Vendetta
  • Buff Added Aghanim's Scepter upgrade to Nyx: Adds a new ability, Burrow, with a one second cast time. While Burrowed, Nyx Assassin is invisible and unable to move/attack, but has 40% damage resistance, and regenerates 1.5% of his health and mana per second. Nyx Assassin's abilities also have improved properties while burrowed: Mana Burn and Impale have 50% increased cast range, Impale Cooldown is reduced from 13 to 9, and Spiked Carapace instantly stuns any enemy units within a 300 area of effect without requiring them to hurt him first. Casting Vendetta causes Burrow to end
6.81
  • Nerf Impale cooldown increased from 11 to 13
  • Buff Impale can no longer be blocked by Linken's Sphere
6.80
  • Buff Cast Range on Impale now matches the travel range (This has no impact on the length or the area the Impale covers)
6.79
  • Nerf Spiked Carapace no longer stuns your hero when your summoned units proc it (the summoned units get stunned instead)
  • Nerf Impale no longer has unit targeting, it is now only a point targeted spell
6.78
  • Nerf Mana Burn drain and damage decreased from 5× Int to 3.5/4/4.5/5×
  • Buff Mana Burn mana cost rescaled from 130/120/110/100 to 100
6.77c
  • Nerf Spiked Carapace duration reduced from 2.75 to 2.25
  • Nerf Spiked Carapace cooldown increased from 14 to 23/20/17/14
6.76
  • Buff Vendetta damage increased from 225/375/525 to 250/400/550
6.75
  • Buff Base HP regeneration increased to 2.5
  • Buff Mana Burn drain amount increased from 4×Int to 5×Int
  • Rework Mana Burn mana cost rescaled from 90/110/130/150 to 130/120/110/100
  • Buff Vendetta movement speed increased from 10/15/20% to 16/18/20%
  • Rework Spiked Carapace reworked
6.74
  • Rework Urna Swarm replaced with a new spell
6.73
  • Buff Mana Burn cooldown decreased from 35/25/15/5 to 28/20/12/4
  • Buff Vendetta cooldown decreased from 90/75/60 to 70/60/50
6.71
  • Buff Urna Swarm Infestation aoe increased from 275 to 300
  • Buff Urna Swarm Infestation dps increased from 20 to 40
  • Nerf Urna Swarm maximum summons reduced from 2/4/6/8 to 2/3/4/5
  • Nerf Urna Swarm Cooldown rescaled from 14/11/8/5 to 26/19/12/5
  • Nerf Urna Swarm mana cost rescaled from 10 to 40/30/20/10
6.67
  • Rework Spiked Carapace replaced with Urna Swarm
  • Nerf Impale damage reduced from 80/160/230/300 to 80/140/200/260
6.64
  • Rework Mana Burn can no longer target creeps since it no longer affects them
6.63
  • Rework Mana Burn reworked

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