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Forage to survive on the battlefield.
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Tango is a basic healing item purchasable from the Consumables section at the Home Shop. Each tango comes in batches of multiple and stacks with itself in the inventory.


Targeting Type
Unit Target
Use a charge to consume a tree or ward. Restores the user's HP slowly over time.
Tree HP Restored115
Ward HP Restored230
Tree Cast Range165
Ward Cast Range450
Tree Duration16
Ward Duration32
Share Tango
Targeting Type
Unit Target
Allied Heroes
Shares a tango for allies to use, transferring a tango charge to them. The given tango has 1 charge, does not stack in the inventory, and has a long cooldown. If the ally's inventory is full, the tango is put in their backpack. Heals the same amount as a normal tango charge. This tango is fully shareable.
Cast Range165


Tangoes are mostly seen during the early game laning phases as on-the-fly regeneration items. They are similar to the Healing Salve in that they regenerate health, but do so at a slower rate. A major benefit over salves is that a Tango comes with multiple charges, and can therefore be used before the user drops to dangerously low levels of health. Another advantage is that the Tango's effect does not stop if damage is taken. This can allow heroes to continue farming against enemy harassment while regenerating health. This also means that a Tango can be consumed when being attacked during ganks and skirmishes to stay alive. Tangos can also be used to remove trees to facilitate escape or chase.

Tangoes may be used during the act of "juking" enemy heroes while running away. Many forest areas on the map have pathways that you can 'eat' your way out of or in to avoid or confuse an enemy chasing you.

The Tango has an additional use in games involving a Nature's Prophet on the opposing side. The item can be used to mitigate Nature's Prophet's Sprout spell, which creates a ring of trees around a target. By eating one or more of the trees with a Tango the target can easily escape the ring. Quelling Blade, an item which also destroys a tree, can be used in a similar fashion.

This item is recommended for nearly all heroes during the early game. The ability to heal during combat early on is essential to surviving the laning phase.

Recommended Heroes[edit]

Sniper Necrophos Viper Invoker Pudge Crystal Maiden Shadow Shaman Phantom Assassin
Lion Zeus Drow Ranger Earthshaker Ogre Magi Axe Bloodseeker Spirit Breaker

Version History[edit]

Patch Version Balance Changes[1]
  • Rework Tango cost rescaled from 125 for 4 uses to 150 for 5 uses
  • Rework Boosted Tangoes now last for double the duration instead of providing double the healing rate
  • Rework Using Tango on Iron Branch trees provides double healing duration
  • Buff Can now be used on to eat Wards (Eating a ward heals for double the amount, 230 HP over 16 seconds)
  • Buff Has a 450 cast range when targeting Wards
  • Buff Charges increased from 3 to 4
  • Nerf Gold cost increased from 90 to 125
  • Nerf Is no longer shareable
  • Rework Tango can be targeted on an allied hero to create a 1 charge non-stacking tango item in their inventory
  • Rework Rebalanced tangos to come in batches of 3 (same overall regen per pack)

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