Winter Wyvern

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[e][h]Winter Wyvern
Dire Hero
24 +2.1
16 +1.9
25 +3.1
13 - 20
Base Stats
Sight Range:
1800 / 800
Attack Range:
Missile Speed:
Attack Duration:
0.25 + 0.8
Cast Duration:
0.3 + 0.51
Base Attack Time:
Magic Resistance:
Turn Rate:
Level Changes
Hit Points:
Spell Amp:
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Auroth, the Winter Wyvern[edit]

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Like many great poets, Auroth just wants time to write, but the Winter Wyvern's life is full of interruptions. The epics of the Eldwurms have a long and colorful history, but some fear that the remaining dragon scholars are not as prolific as they once were, with few lines added to the Eldwurm Eddas since the last age of greatness. Auroth laments: "We forget that there is more to life than triumph and dominion over enemies. We must also live our lives in the pursuit of creative expression." She embarks on research expeditions, collecting books for inspiration. But all this research can be terribly distracting, and she spends less time writing than she should. Although she knows she should be lurking in her lair, adding to the Eddas, she finds herself engaged in epic battles against powerful enemies. She loots castles, raids ancient libraries ... and if she happens to heap glory on herself in the process, she tells herself that it's merely a side effect of her research. The fact is, while her skill and power on the battlefield are legendary, her scholarly travails have thus far hardly been the stuff of literary acclaim. But she is not content to stand as a protagonist of heroic lore. She wishes also to create it.


Arctic Burn
Ability: No Target
Affects: Enemy Units
Damage: Magical
Winter Wyvern soars upon an arctic wind, granting her unobstructed movement and allowing her to exhale a blistering chill into each attack. While soaring, her attacks travel further and faster, and slow enemies with a burning freeze that strips them of a percentage of their current health each second. Her sight is also hardened against night's chill, granting her additional vision range at night.
Upgradeable by Aghanim's Scepter to become a toggled ability.
120 / 110 / 100 / 90
50 / 40 / 30 / 20
Health Burn Per Second:
Movement Slow:

Debuff Duration:

Attack Range:
Night Vision:
Missile Speed:
Attack Point:
Buff Duration:
Scepter Ability:
Mana Cost Per Second:
 8% of current enemy HP
 19% / 26% / 33% / 40%
 55% (Level 25 talent)
 700 / 800 / 900 / 1000
 Becomes a toggled ability
 Affected By:  Blocked by Spell Immunity Can be Dispelled
The same organ where some dragons stoke their inner flame is, in Auroth, a crucible of unimaginable cold. From deep within her frosty gullet, an exhalation sends enemies into burning agony.
  • Auroth can move through impassable terrain for the duration.
  • Destroys trees in a 250 radius around Auroth when the duration ends.
  • The debuff can only be applied to enemies once per cast. Aghanim's Scepter removes this limit.
  • Does not affect Roshan.
  • Blocked by Spell Immunity.
  • The debuff can be dispelled.
Splinter Blast
Ability: Unit Target
Affects: Enemy Units
Damage: Magical
Launches a ball of brittle ice toward an enemy. The ice shatters on impact, leaving the primary target unaffected, while hurling damaging splinters into nearby enemies. Enemies struck by these splinters are slowed.
120 / 130 / 140 / 150
Slow Duration:
Shatter Radius:
Cast Range:
Talent Cooldown:
 100 / 180 / 260 / 340
 4 (Level 25 talent)
 Affected By:  Partially blocked by Spell Immunity Partially blocked by Linken's Sphere and echoed by Lotus Orb Can be Dispelled
Produced slowly by specialized vesicles in her frozen gullet, Winter Wyvern blasts shards of ice at her enemies.
  • Primary projectile speed is dynamic and moves at either 650 speed or lands in 1 second, whichever is faster.
  • Secondary projectiles travel at 600 speed.
  • Cannot be disjointed.
  • Blocked by Spell Immunity. Still explodes on spell immune units.
  • Blocked by Linken's Sphere on impact of primary target.
  • The slow can be dispelled.
Cold Embrace
Ability: Unit Target
Affects: Allied Units
Encases an ally in an icy cocoon which heals a base amount as well as a percentage of their maximum health each second. The cocoon blocks all physical damage.
24 / 21 / 18 / 15
Bonus Heal Per Second:

Base Heal Per Second:

Heal Duration:
Cast Range:
 3% / 4% / 5% / 6%
 of unit's maximum HP
From winter's heart comes a cold, healing embrace. The ice slows the blood and allows the spell to better work its curative magic.
  • The allied unit is disabled for the duration of the buff.
  • Cannot be dispelled.
  • Can be cast on spell immune allies.
Winter's Curse
Ability: Unit Target
Affects: Enemy Units
Winter Wyvern freezes an enemy in place while striking those nearby with a maddening curse which causes them to attack their frozen ally with increased attack speed. Units affected by Winter's Curse are immune to damage from enemies.
Damage Resistance:
Bonus Attack Speed:
Cast Range:
 3.25 / 4 / 4.75
 Affected By:  Partially blocked by Spell Immunity Blocked by Linken's Sphere and echoed by Lotus Orb
The oldest of Auroth's spells, the curse lends truth to the old saw: sometimes the enemy of my enemy is my enemy still.
  • Auroth gets credit for kills done this way.
  • The radius moves with the primary target. Entering the radius will force attacks to the target. Exiting the radius will not dispel it. The curse ends when the primary target dies.
  • All units affected by Winter's curse are immune to damage from enemies.
  • Cannot be dispelled.
  • Blocked by Spell Immunity on enemies in the area. The stun to the primary target is not blocked.
  • Blocked by Linken's Sphere on primary target.

Talent Tree[edit]

Talent Tree
-3s Splinter Blast Cooldown 25 +15% Arctic Burn Slow
-35s Respawn Time 20 +120 Gold/Min
+50 Damage 15 +20 Movement Speed
+7 Strength 10 +8 Intelligence

Recommended Items[edit]

Standard Build
Starting Items Early Game Mid Game Late Game
Tango Clarity Clarity Magic Stick Boots of Speed Urn of Shadows Magic Wand Arcane Boots Force Staff Glimmer Cape Guardian Greaves Aether Lens
Iron Branch Iron Branch

General Strategy[edit]

Winter Wyvern stalks the skies, slowing foes with burning cold as she soars over the battlefield. Should the enemy be foolish enough to gather, she curses them to attack one of their own as she blasts the gathering with icy splinters.


Skill Build[edit]

Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Spell Arctic Burn Cold Embrace Splinter Blast Splinter Blast Splinter Blast Winter's Curse Splinter Blast Arctic Burn Arctic Burn Talent
Level 11 12 13 14 15 16 18 20 25
Spell Arctic Burn Winter's Curse Cold Embrace Cold Embrace Talent Cold Embrace Winter's Curse Talent Talent

Early Game[edit]

Mid Game[edit]

Late Game[edit]

Version History[edit]

Balance Patch History
Patch Version Balance Changes[1]
  • Buff Level 15 Talent increased from +40 Damage to +50
  • Buff Level 15 Talent increased from +15 Movement Speed to +20
  • Buff Level 10 Talent from +6 Strength to +7
  • Buff Level 10 Talent from +5 Strength to +6
  • New Added Talent Tree
  • Buff Winter's Curse cooldown reduced from 90 to 80
  • Buff Added Scepter to Winter Wyvern
  • Buff Winter's Curse cooldown reduced from 120/110/100 to 90
  • Buff Winter's Curse attack speed bonus increased from 50 to 70
  • Rework Enabled in Captains Mode
  • Rework Temporarily removed from Captains Mode
  • Nerf Cold Embrace cooldown increased from 17/16/15/14 to 24/21/18/15
  • Nerf Arctic Burn slow reduced from 25/30/35/40% to 19/26/33/40%
  • Nerf Winter's Curse primary and secondary units are now immune to all damage from their enemies
  • Buff Winter's Curse secondary units now have 50 attack speed bonus
  • Buff Winter's Curse AoE increased from 400 to 500
  • Nerf Winter's Curse cooldown increased from 110/100/90 to 120/110/100
  • Buff Winter's Curse duration increased from 2.5/3/3.5 to 3.25/4/4.75
  • Nerf Fixed Winter's Curse lingering if the primary target died
  • Nerf Winter's Curse no longer affects Spell Immune enemies in the area, but it still affects the primary target
  • Rework Enabled Winter Wyvern in Captains Mode
  • Rework Reworked Winter's Curse
  • Nerf Those cursed to attack their ally now take 70% less damage from all sources.
  • Buff Area of effect increased from 350 to 400
  • Buff Duration from 2.5/2.75/3 to 2.5/3/3.5
  • Nerf Cooldown from 90/80/70 to 110/100/90
  • Nerf Arctic Burn is now dispellable
  • Buff Arctic Burn damage per second from 6% of health to 8%
  • Nerf Arctic Burn damage type from Pure to Magic
  • Nerf Arctic Burn no longer pierces Spell Immunity
  • Buff Splinter Blast speed increased 500→650 (1.35 to 1.0 seconds max)
  • Nerf Splinter Blast debuff is now dispellable
  • Buff Cold Embrace now behaves as normal regeneration instead of 0.1 interval heals
  • Buff Arctic Burn slow duration increased from 4 to 5 to match the burn duration
  • Buff Arctic Burn now pierces Spell Immunity
  • Buff Arctic Burn now only gives bonus night vision for the duration of the spell instead of permanently when learned
  • Nerf Splinter Blast no longer ignores Linken's Sphere
  • Buff Cold Embrace can now be cast on spell immune allies
  • Buff Cold Embrace can no longer be dispelled
  • Buff Winter's Curse now fully pierces spell immunity and forces spell immune units to attack the cursed target
  • Buff Intelligence growth increased from 2.4 to 3.1
  • Nerf Arctic Burn no longer provides flying vision
  • Buff Arctic Burn cooldown decreased from 60/50/40/30 to 50/40/30/20
  • Buff Splinter Blast cooldown decreased from 8 to 7
  • Nerf Fixed Arctic Burn vs Roshan
  • Buff Winter's Curse cooldown rescaled from 90 to 90/80/70
  • Buff Splinter Blast initial projectile speed improved from 1.5 to 1.35 seconds
  • Buff Arctic Burn debuff duration increased from 4 to 5
  • Nerf Cold Embrace cooldown rescaled from 14 to 17/16/15/14
  • New New Hero

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