Winter Wyvern

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[e][h]Winter Wyvern
Dire Hero

24 +2.4

16 +1.9

25 +3.1

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:
Most played as

Auroth, the Winter Wyvern[edit]

Recommended Roles
Support Disabler Nuker

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
Targeting Type
No Target
Enemy Units
Damage Type
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.
Aghanim's Scepter Upgrade Upgradeable by Aghanim's Scepter. Becomes a toggled ability.

120 / 110 / 100 / 90
50 / 40 / 30 / 20
Current HP Burn Per Second6% / 7% / 8% / 9%
Movement Speed Slow22% / 28% / 34% / 40%
55% Level 20 Talent
Debuff Duration5
Attack Range700 / 800 / 900 / 1000
Night Vision1200
Missile Speed1200
Attack Point0.1
Buff Duration8
Mana Cost Per Second
 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.
  • The health burn is based on a percentage of the enemy's current hp.
  • 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
Targeting Type
Unit Target
Enemy Units
Damage Type
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
Damage100 / 180 / 260 / 340
Movement Speed Slow25%
Slow Duration4
Shatter Radius500
Cast Range1200
Cast Point0.3
Stun Duration2 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
Targeting Type
Unit Target
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
      10 Level 20 Talent
Max HP Heal Per Second3% / 4% / 5% / 6%
Base Heal Per Second10
Heal Duration4
Cast Range1000
Cast Point0.3
From winter's heart comes a cold, healing embrace. The ice slows the blood and allows the spell to better work its curative magic.
  • Total heal:
    • 40 + 12% / 16% / 20% / 24%
  • The heal is based on a percentage of the ally's maximum HP.
  • The allied unit is disabled for the duration of the buff.
  • Can be cast on spell immune allies.
  • Cannot be dispelled.
Winter's Curse
Targeting Type
Unit Target
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.
Duration3.25 / 4 / 4.75
6.25 Level 25 Talent
Damage Resistance100%
Bonus Attack Speed85
Cast Range800
Cast Point0.3
 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.
  • 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.
  • Cannot be dispelled.

Talent Tree[edit]

Talent Tree
Splinter Blast 2s Stun 25 +1.5s Winter's Curse Duration
-5s Cold Embrace Cooldown 20 +15% Arctic Burn Slow
+500 Night Vision 15 +350 Health
+50 Damage 10 +90 Gold/Min

Recommended Items[edit]

Starting Items Early Game
Magic Stick
Boots of Speed
Urn of Shadows
Iron Branch
Observer Ward
Animal Courier
Mid Game Late Game
Magic Wand
Arcane Boots
Force Staff
Glimmer Cape
Guardian Greaves
Aether Lens

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
Level 11 12 13 14 15 16 18 20 25

Early Game[edit]

Mid Game[edit]

Late Game[edit]

Version History[edit]

Balance Patch History
Patch Version Balance Changes[1]
  • Nerf Cold Embrace base heal reduced from 15 to 10
  • Nerf Arctic Burn damage reduced from 7.5/8/8.5/9% to 6/7/8/9%
  • Nerf Arctic Burn damage reduced from 9% to 7.5/8/8.5/9%
  • Nerf Base damage reduced by 3
  • Nerf Level 15 Talent reduced from +600 Night Vision to +500
  • Nerf Cold Embrace base heal reduced from 25 to 15
  • Buff Turn Rate increased from 0.4 to 0.5
  • Rework Reworked Talent Tree
  • Buff Level 15 Talent increased from +20 Movement Speed to +35
  • Buff Level 15 Talent increased from +50 Damage to +75
  • Buff Cold Embrace base health regen increased from 20 to 25
  • Buff Winter Wyvern: Arctic Burn slow increased from 19/26/33/40% to 22/28/34/40%
  • Buff Arctic Burn health damage increased from 8% to 9%
  • Buff Arctic Burn flight duration from 6 to 8 seconds
  • Buff Winter's Curse attack speed from 70 to 85
  • Rework Replaced Respawn Talent: +1s Cold Embrace Duration (Level 20)
  • 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 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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