Nyx Assassin

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[e][h]Nyx Assassin
Dire Hero
Attributes
Strength
18 +2
Agility
19 +2.2
Intelligence
18 +2.1
Damage
30 - 34
Armor
3.66
Movespeed
305
Stats
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
1,120
1,520
Mana:
266
614
866
Spell Amp:
1.1%
2.9%
4.3%
Armor:
4
8
11
Damage:
49-53
79-83
101-105
LessMost played asMore
1
2
3
4
5
Notes
Base HP Regen: 3.5

Nyx Assassin

Recommended Roles
Disabler Disabler Nuker Nuker Initiator Initiator Escape 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

Impale
Ability: Point Target
Affects: Enemy Units
Damage: 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
95 / 115 / 135 / 155
13
Damage:


Stun Duration:

Radius:
Distance:
Burrowed Distance:
Burrowed Cooldown:
 80 / 140 / 200 / 260
 130 / 190 / 250 / 310
 with level 15 talent

 1.6 / 2 / 2.4 / 2.8
 125
 700
 1225
 7
 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
Ability: Unit Target
Affects: Enemy Heroes
Damage: Magical
Burns the target hero's mana equal to a multiplier of its Intelligence, and deals damage equal to the mana burned.
WR
100
28 / 20 / 12 / 4
Damage/Mana Burn:

Cast Range:

Burrowed Cast Range:
 3.5× / 4× / 4.5× / 5×
 total enemy Intelligence
 600
 1050
 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
Ability: No Target
Affects: Enemy Units
Damage: 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
40
22 / 18 / 14 / 10
Stun Duration:
Reflect Duration:
Damage Reflected:

Burrowed Radius:

 0.6 / 1.2 / 1.8 / 2.4
 2.25
 100%
 200% with talent
 300
 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
Ability: No Target
Affects: Self
Damage: 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
160 / 210 / 260
70 / 60 / 50
Bonus Damage:
Bonus Movement Speed:
Duration:
 250 / 400 / 550
 16% / 18% / 20%
 40 / 50 / 60
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

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

Burrow
Ability: 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 Resistance:
HP/Mana Regeneration:

Cast Time:

 40%
 1.5% of maximum
 HP/Mana per second
 1.5
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.
  • Aghanim's Scepter cannot be dropped or sold by Nyx Assassin.
Unburrow
Ability: No Target
Affects: Self
Emerge from the burrow.
DF
Some castes of zealot scarab are known to create small burrows to lie in wait, ready to ambush their prey.

Talent Tree

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

Standard Build
Starting Items Early Game Core Items Situational Items
Circlet Mantle of Intelligence Tango Boots of Speed Null Talisman Urn of Shadows Arcane Boots Dagon Town Portal Scroll Blink Dagger Force Staff Scythe of Vyse
Clarity Healing Salve Drum of Endurance Ethereal Blade Linkens Sphere
Aghanims Scepter Silver Edge Boots of Travel

General Strategy

[e][h]Nyx Assassin
Strategy Information
Patch Version:

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



Skill Build


Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Spell Impale Mana Burn Impale Spiked Carapace Impale Vendetta Impale Mana Burn Mana Burn Mana Burn Vendetta Spiked Carapace Spiked Carapace Spiked Carapace Stats Vendetta

Early Game



Mid Game



Late Game



Version History

Balance Patch History
Patch Version Balance Changes[1]
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 1.6/2.0/2.4/2.8
  • 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 manacost 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 manacost 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 Manacost 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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