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Radiant Hero
Tusk Large.png
Strength Icon Main.png
23 +2.6
Agility Icon.png
23 +2.1
Intelligence Icon.png
18 +1.7
Base Stats
Sight Range:
1800 / 800
Attack Range:
Missile Speed:
Attack Duration:
0.36 + 0.64
Cast Duration:
0.1 + 1
Base Attack Time:
Magic Resistance:
Turn Rate:
Level Changes
Hit Points:
Spell Amp:
Most played as

Tusk icon.png Ymir, the Tusk[edit]

Recommended Roles
Initiator.png Initiator Disabler.png Disabler Nuker.png Nuker

It had been a brawl to remember. There stood Ymir, the Tusk, the Terror from the Barrier, the Snowball from Cobalt, the only fighter to have bested the Bristled Bruiser in a fair fight, and now the last man standing in Wolfsden Tavern. What started as a simple bar bet of supremacy ended with four regulars, a blacksmith, and six of the Frost Brigade's best soldiers writhing against the shards and splinters of almost every bottle, mug, and chair in the building. The Tusk boasted and toasted his victory as he emptied his brew.

No sooner had the defeated regained consciousness than the cries for double-or-nothing rang out. The Tusk was pleased at the prospect, but none could think of a bet bigger than the one he just conquered. Horrified at the damage to his tavern and desperate to avoid another brawl, the barkeep had an idea. As skilled as he was, Ymir had never taken part in a real battle, never tested himself against the indiscriminate death and chaos of war. He proposed a wager to the fighter: seek out the biggest battle he could find, survive, and win it for whichever side he chose. The stakes? The next round of drinks.


Ice Shards
Tusk ice shards.png
Targeting Type
Point Target
Enemy Units
Damage Type
Tusk compresses shards of ice into a wave of frozen energy that damages all enemies in comes in contact with. When the wave reaches the targeted point the shards are released, creating a barrier.
Mana Cost dota2.png 100 / 105 / 110 / 115
Cooldown Clock.png 19 / 16 / 13 / 10
Damage60 / 120 / 180 / 240
Shard Duration7
Cast Range2000
Cast Point0.1
 Affected By: Partially blocked by Spell Immunity
In the frozen tundra near the Barrier, after the last sun of autumn has set, ice can form with alarming speed.
  • The shards travel at 1200 speed.
  • The projectile has 100 flying vision that lasts 2 seconds.
  • Damage blocked by Spell Immunity. The wall of shards is still created.
Tusk snowball.png
Targeting Type
Unit Target
Enemy Units
Damage Type
Tusk begins rolling into a snowball. Allies nearby can be added to the snowball by right clicking on them. Once launched, any enemies caught in the snowball's path will be stunned and take damage. Each allied hero in the snowball will add to its speed and damage.
Mana Cost dota2.png 75
Cooldown Clock.png 21 / 20 / 19 / 18
Base Damage80 / 120 / 160 / 200
230 / 270 / 310 / 350
(Level 15 talent)
Bonus Damage20 / 30 / 40 / 50 per hero
Stun Duration0.5 / 0.75 / 1 / 1.25
Stun & Damage Radius200 + 40 per second
Snowball Speed675
Allied Hero Grab Radius350
Max Launch Time3
Cast Range1250
Cast Point0.1
 Affected By: Blocked by Spell Immunity Echoed by Lotus Orb
Tales are still told of the wild feat that ended the grand brawl at White Fields.
  • Tusk cannot use items or attack while in the snowball, but can still cast spells.
  • Meepo clones count as heroes, adding to the bonus damage value.
  • Units controlled by Tusk can also be rolled into the snowball.
  • Illusions cannot roll into the snowball.
  • Tusk can add allies to the Snowball while it is moving.
  • Allies can also right click on the snowball to enter it.
  • The snowball stops chasing its target after 3 seconds.
  • The snowball can cross cliffs and destroy trees.
  • Allies affected by Black Hole and Chronosphere cannot be grabbed into the snowball.
  • Blocked by Spell Immunity. Can add spell immune allies.
  • Echoed by Lotus Orb on impact. Is not blocked by Linken's Sphere.
Launch Snowball
Tusk snowball.png
Targeting Type
No Target
Enemy Units
The snowball begins rolling toward the target. This will occur automatically if not cast within 3 seconds.
Cast Point0
Into the great wide white!
Frozen Sigil
Tusk frozen sigil.png
Targeting Type
No Target
Enemy Units
Tusk summons a flying Frozen Sigil by calling upon the deepest cold of winter. The Sigil creates a snowstorm which slows all enemy units within range.
Mana Cost dota2.png 75
Cooldown Clock.png 50
Movement Slow10% / 15% / 20% / 25%
Attack Slow30 / 40 / 50 / 60
Attacks To Destroy3 / 3 / 4 / 4 for heroes
12 / 12 / 16 / 16 for units
Cast Point0.1
 Affected By: Blocked by Spell Immunity
The chill of home!
Walrus PUNCH!
Tusk walrus punch.png
Targeting Type
Unit Target
Enemy Units
Damage Type
Tusk connects with his mighty Walrus Punch, a critical strike that launches its victim into the air. The victim will be slowed upon landing.
Mana Cost dota2.png 50 / 75 / 100
Cooldown Clock.png 36 / 24 / 12
Stun Duration1
Movement Slow40%
Slow Duration2 / 3 / 4
Critical Damage350%
500% (Level 25 talent)
Cast Range150
 Affected By:  Can be dispelled
It never matters who throws the first punch, only who throws the last.

Aghanim's Scepter Abilities[edit]

This hero is upgradeable by Aghanim's Scepter. The upgrade grants the Walrus Kick ability.
Walrus Kick
Tusk walrus kick.png
Targeting Type
Unit Target
Enemy Units
Damage Type
Kicks the target away, dealing damage and slowing them for a few seconds.
Mana Cost dota2.png 100
Cooldown Clock.png 8
Stun Duration1
Movement Slow40%
Slow Duration4
Kick Distance1400
Cast Range150
Cast Point0.2
 Affected By: Partially blocked by Spell Immunity Blocked by Linken's Sphere and echoed by Lotus Orb Can be dispelled

Talent Tree[edit]

Talent Tree
+150% Walrus Punch Crit 25 +700 Health
+12% Magic Resistance 20 +6 Armor
+90 Gold/Min 15 +150 Snowball Damage
+35 Damage 10 +40% XP Gain

Summon Stats[edit]

Frozen Sigil [h]
Tusk frozen sigil.jpg
Attack Type
Armor Type
Enchantress untouchable.png
Basic Armor
Unit Type:
Hit Points:
3 / 3 / 4 / 4
Cast Duration:
0 + 0.51
Sight Range:
400 / 400
Gold Bounty:
90 / 100 / 110 / 120
Will automatically follow Tusk upon summoning unless given a command. Takes 1 damage from heroes, and 0.25 from non-hero units.

Recommended Items[edit]

Standard Build
Starting Items Early Game Mid Game Late Game
Tango Healing Salve Clarity Boots of Speed Magic Wand Wind Lace Arcane Boots Mekansm NoItem.png Blink Dagger Solar Crest Force Staff
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General Strategy[edit]

Tusk is always eager to start a fight. Able to instantly corner an enemy with a wall of ice shards, he gathers with his allies and rolls into enemies inside of a massive snowball, bringing him in range to land his signature knockout punch.


Skill Build[edit]

Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Spell Tusk snowball.png Tusk ice shards.png Tusk snowball.png Tusk ice shards.png Tusk snowball.png Tusk walrus punch.png Tusk snowball.png Tusk ice shards.png Tusk ice shards.png Talents.png
Level 11 12 13 14 15 16 18 20 25
Spell Tusk frozen sigil.png Tusk walrus punch.png Tusk frozen sigil.png Tusk frozen sigil.png Talents.png Tusk frozen sigil.png Tusk walrus punch.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]
  • Buff Improved consistency of Ice Shards when pushing units in/out of the shards on impact
  • Buff Ice Shards now starts the blockers at the cast location, rather than centering the blockers around the cast location
  • Buff Ice Shards cast range increased by 200 (As a result of the other change, the effective cast range would have been 200 less)
  • Buff Ice Shards speed increased from 1100 to 1200
  • Buff Level 10 Talent increased from +35% XP Gain to +40%
  • Buff Level 10 Talent from +20% XP Gain to +35%
  • Buff Level 10 Talent from +30 Damage to +35
  • Rework Level 15 Talent from +15 Strength to +150 Snowball Damage
  • Buff Level 20 Talent from +10% Magic Resistance to +12%
  • Buff Level 25 Talent from +500 Health to +700
  • Buff Tusk turn rate improved from 0.5 to 0.7
  • Buff Walrus Kick range increased from 900 to 1400
  • Buff Walrus Punch attack range increased from 128 to 150
  • Buff Walrus Kick attack range increased from 128 to 150
  • Nerf Fixed Walrus Punch having old cooldown values on Level 1 and 2 when Scepter is equipped (it went from 36/24/12 to 20/16/12)
  • New Added Talent Tree
  • Buff Walrus Kick cooldown reduced from 12 to 8
  • Buff Walrus Kick damage increased from 200 to 350
  • Nerf Walrus Punch cooldown increased from 20/16/12 to 36/24/12
  • Nerf Movement speed reduced from 305 to 300
  • Nerf Ice Shards damage reduced from 70/140/210/280 to 60/120/180/240
  • Nerf Snowball can no longer pull units out of Black Hole or Chronosphere
  • Nerf Snowball gather radius reduced from 400 to 350
  • Nerf Ice Shards mana cost increased from 90 to 100/105/110/115
  • Nerf Snowball max launch time reduced from 4 to 3 seconds
  • Nerf Frozen Sigil no longer goes through Spell Immunity
  • Buff Aghanim's Scepter Walrus Kick now deals 200 damage
  • Buff Ice Shards mana cost reduced from 120 to 90
  • Buff Ice Shards cooldown from 18/16/14/12 to 19/16/13/10
  • Buff Ice Shards vision reveal from 0.5 seconds to 2 seconds
  • Rework Snowball speed is now a constant 675
  • Buff Snowball no longer auto-loads units in 100 range
  • Buff Tusk can now add allies to Snowball while it is moving
  • Buff Added Aghanim's Scepter to Tusk: Adds a new ability called Walrus Kick. Kicks the target back 900 units. The kick slows by 40% for 4 seconds. 12 second cooldown
  • Buff Ice Shards projectile speed from 900 to 1100
  • Buff Ice Shards shard duration from 5 to 7 seconds
  • Buff Walrus PUNCH! is now an enemy target ability, and is auto-castable
  • Buff Walrus PUNCH! cooldown reduced from 25/20/15 to 20/16/12
  • Buff Ice Shards no longer stops when it hits a hero
  • Buff Ice Shards now travels until the cast location and creates its blockade there
  • Buff Ice Shards cast range increased from 1500 to 1800
  • Buff Ice Shards no longer destroys trees
  • Buff Snowball bonus speed per hero increased from 75 to 100
  • Buff Allies can now click in the snowball to jump into it
  • Buff Snowball cooldown reduced from 21 to 21/20/19/18
  • Buff Walrus Punch cooldown reduced from 30/24/18 to 25/20/15
  • Rework Snowball reworked
  • Buff Secondary units hit by the Snowball now take the same impact as the primary unit (Damage increased from 40/80/120/160 to 80/120/160/200 and stun increased from 0.25/.5/.75/1 to 0.5/.75/1/1.25 seconds)
  • Buff Removed 50% threshold mechanic from Walrus Punch
  • Buff Walrus Punch base crit increased from 3x to 3.5x
  • Buff Frozen Sigil now requires a constant number of hits (3/3/4/4) instead of 200/220/240/260 HP (heroes hurt it for 1, others for 0.25)
  • Buff Snowball cooldown decreased from 24 to 21
  • Buff Snowball now carries all Tuskarr's controlled units as well
  • Buff Snowball cooldown decreased from 28 to 24
  • Buff Walrus Punch crit increased from 2.5x to 3x for above 50% HP targets
  • Buff Backswing animation time decreased (cosmetic)
  • Buff Snowball cooldown decreased from 40 to 28
  • Nerf Ice Shards now kills trees around the area it is created
  • Nerf Snowball no longer moves faster based on the allies inside of it
  • Nerf Snowball maximum roll duration reduced to 3 seconds
  • Nerf Snowball movement speed per extra hero reduced from 100% to 50%
  • Nerf Frozen Sigil HP reduced from 300 to 220/240/260/280
  • Nerf Removed the extra landing damage from Walrus Punch
  • Nerf Walrus Punch cooldown from 18/16/14 to 30/24/18
  • Nerf Walrus Punch landing damage from 100/200/300 to 75/150/225
  • Nerf Walrus Punch crit from 2.5 to 2.25
  • Nerf Snowball max chase duration from 4 to 3.25 seconds
  • Nerf Snowball no longer dispels negative buffs on you and your allies while rolling
  • New New Hero

Notable Players[edit]

Notable Players
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