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Lifestealer

[e][h]Lifestealer
Dire Hero
Attributes
Base Stats
Base HP Regen
Base Mana Regen
Sight Range
Attack Range
Missile Speed
Attack Duration
Cast Duration
Base Attack Speed
Base Attack Time
Base Magic Resist
Turn Rate
Level Changes
Level
1
15
25
Health
762
1505
2045
Mana
255
555
771
Armor
3.9
9.3
13.1
Damage
45-55
78-88
102-112
Spell Amp
1.1%
2.8%
4.1%
Magic Resist
26%
29%
31%
Movement Speed Amp

0.9%
2.6%
3.8%
Most Played As
LessMore
1
2
3
4
5

Lifestealer N'aix, the Lifestealer[edit]

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In the dungeons of Devarque, a vengeful wizard lay in shackles, plotting his escape. He shared his cell with a gibbering creature known as N'aix, a thief cursed by the Vile Council with longevity, so that its life-sentence for theft and cozening might be as punishing as possible. Over the years, its chains had corroded, along with its sanity; N'aix retained no memory of its former life and no longer dreamt of escape. Seeing a perfect vessel for his plans, the wizard wove a spell of Infestation and cast his life-force into N'aix's body, intending to compel N'aix to sacrifice itself in a frenzy of violence while the mage returned to his body and crept away unnoticed. Instead, the wizard found his mind caught in a vortex of madness so powerful that it swept away his plans and shattered his will. Jarred to consciousness by the sudden infusion of fresh life, N'aix woke from its nightmare of madness and obeyed the disembodied voice that filled its skull, which had only the one thought: To escape. In that moment Lifestealer was born. The creature cast its mind into dungeon guards and soldiers, compelling them to open locks and cut down their companions, opening an unobstructed path to freedom while feeding on their lives. Lifestealer still wears the broken shackles as a warning that none may hold him, but on the inside remains a prisoner. Two minds inhabit the single form—a nameless creature of malevolent cunning, and the Master whose voice he pretends to obey.

Abilities[edit]

Rage
QR
Targeting
No Target
Affects
Self
Launch into a maddened rage, gaining Spell Immunity.
Bonus Movement Speed15%
Duration3 / 4 / 5 / 6
8
Cast Point0
18
75
The madness and brutality of N'aix makes him a vicious and unrelenting foe in combat.
Feast
WF
Targeting
Passive
Affects
Enemy Units
Damage Type
Physical
Regenerates a portion of the attacked enemy's max HP and deals the same portion of damage per attack.
Max HP Lifesteal1.5% / 2% / 2.5% / 3%
4.5%
Bonus Attack Speed15 / 30 / 45 / 60
Disabled by break.
After escaping from his cell in Devarque, N'aix subsisted on flesh and bones of those unfortunate enough to cross his path.
Notes
  • Damage/lifesteal is based on a percentage of max enemy HP.
  • Will always heal the full amount regardless of actual damage dealt.
  • Does not work on wards, buildings, and Roshan.
Open Wounds
EW
Targeting
Unit Target
Affects
Enemy Units
Lifestealer rends an enemy unit, slowing the victim's movespeed and allowing all allies to lifesteal on that unit. All damage dealt will steal life, including damage from spells. The victim recovers movement speed over the duration.
Lifesteal35%
85%
Movement Speed Slow70%
Slow Duration8
Cast Range200 / 300 / 400 / 500
Cast Point0.2
24 / 20 / 16 / 12
140
Does not pierce Spell Immunity.
Blocked by Linken's Sphere and echoed by Lotus Orb.
Dispellable.
Fresh wounds and the scent of blood often draw out the scavengers to finish the job.
Notes
  • Lifesteals damage from any allied source.
  • Is a decaying slow, weakening over the duration.
Infest
RT
Targeting
Unit Target
Affects
Units
Lifestealer will infest the body of the target unit, lying dormant and undetectable inside. Cannot be cast on enemy heroes.
Bonus Movement Speed15% / 20% / 25%
Bonus Health400 / 800 / 1200
Infestable Ancients0 / 1 / 1
Cast Range150
600
Cast Point0.2
Ability
Applies Rage Rage
100 / 75 / 50
     
25
50
Reduces cooldown and increases cast range. Applies Rage.
With this infestation, N'aix consumes the life blood of the host, restoring him back to full unholy power.
Notes
  • Infest cooldown begins once you leave the infested unit.
  • Infest can target ancient creeps at level 2 and 3.
  • Lifestealer can still earn experience and gold while infesting.
  • Infest dispels debuffs off Lifestealer.
  • Lifestealer retains vision while infesting.
  • Lifestealer cannot cast spells and items while infesting.
  • Lifestealer is considered to be at the same position as his host. Item auras still work and Smoke of Deceit can be broken.
  • A visual icon appears over the infested unit, visible to allies only.
  • Scepter cannot be dropped or sold by Lifestealer.
Consume
RT
Targeting
No Target
Affects
Enemy Units
Damage Type
Magical
Lifestealer eats the host body from the inside out. When he reveals himself, he deals damage to all nearby enemy units. The Lifestealer can gain experience from units that die while he is Infesting a unit. If the unit is an enemy creep, he will devour it first, gaining health equal to the unit's current HP.
Damage150 / 275 / 400
Damage Radius700
Max Heal Per Second3% / 4% / 5%
Cast Point0
Notes
  • Lifestealer does not heal if cast from within an ally.
  • Only heals from enemy/neutral creep infestations.
Control
DD
Targeting
Passive
Affects
Units
Lifestealer automatically seizes control of the host body's nervous system, allowing him to issue movement and attack orders from within. Controlled units share Lifestealer's movement speed. Cannot be used on heroes.
Cast Point0
Notes
  • Allows you to take control of the unit you are infesting, including their abilities.
  • Can only be cast once per infestation. If Lifestealer loses ownership, he cannot take control again.
  • If you take control of a unit it will maintain its cover, however it will become attackable by your enemy.
  • Controlled units have Lifestealer's movement speed and vision.
  • Restores the unit's mana on cast.

Talent Tree[edit]

Talent Tree
+2s Rage Rage Duration 25 +1.5% Feast Feast Lifesteal
+50% Open Wounds Open Wounds Lifesteal 20 20% Evasion
+25 Movement Speed 15 +30 Damage
+30 Attack Speed 10 +200 Health

Recommended Items[edit]

Starting Items Early Game
Tango
Stout Shield
Quelling Blade
Boots of Speed
Magic Stick
Orb of Venom
Iron Branch
Mid Game Late Game
Phase Boots
Armlet of Mordiggian
Echo Sabre
Desolator
Abyssal Blade

General Strategy[edit]

Should Lifestealer get close to his prey, there is little that can save them. Travelling within a creep or an allied hero, once he nears a foe he explodes from his host body, surprising enemies and tearing into them with his claws.
Lifestealer (In-Game Description)

Overview


Skill Build

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Spell
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Spell

Early Game

Mid Game

Late Game

Version History[edit]

Version Balance Changes
7.23b
  • Nerf Infest movement speed for heroes is now the same as the creeps bonus
  • Nerf Infest health bonus reduced from 750/1000/1250 to 400/800/1200
  • Nerf Infest cooldown begins once you leave the infested unit
  • Nerf Infest scepter cooldown increased from 20 to 25
7.23
  • Nerf Strength gain reduced from 2.9 to 2.4
  • Buff Base attack time improved from 1.85 to 1.7
  • Buff Base attack speed improved from 100 to 140
  • Nerf Base damage reduced from 27-37 to 20-30
  • Buff Base armor increased from 0 to 1
  • Nerf Rage no longer increases attack speed
  • Buff Rage now provides +15% movement speed
  • Nerf Open Wounds lifesteal reduced from 50% to 35%
  • Buff Feast now passively provides +15/30/45/60 Attack Speed
  • Nerf Feast no longer deals damage based on the target's max health
  • Rework Feast now provides 1.5/2/2.5/3% lifesteal based on the target's max health
  • Rework Infest:
    • Now automatically takes control over the target when it is allowed
    • Infested heroes have bonus +30/40/50% movement speed and creeps have 15/20/25%
    • Infested units also gain +750/1000/1250 bonus health (and heals that amount)
    • Infest now heals you for 3/4/5% of max health per second while you are in another unit
    • (Instead of a burst heal on exit)
  • Rework Reworked Scepter:
    • Reduces Infest cooldown to 20 seconds and increases cast range to 600
    • Causes the Infested target to get the Rage buff (lasts as long as Rage does)
  • Rework Level 10 Talent increased from +20 Attack Speed to +30
  • Rework Level 25 Talent changed from +1% Feast Damage/Lifesteal to +1.5% Feast Lifesteal
7.21d
  • Nerf Rage cooldown increased from 16 to 18
7.21c
  • Nerf Strength gain reduced from 3.2 to 2.9
7.21
  • Nerf Strength gain reduced from 3.6 to 3.2
  • Nerf Feast reduced from 1.75/2.5/3.25/4% to 1.5/2.25/3/3.75%
7.21
  • Buff Base movement speed increased by 15
  • Buff Base armor increased by 2
  • Buff Level 15 Talent reduced from +30 Movement Speed to +25
7.20e
  • Buff Agility gain increased from 1.9 to 2.4
7.20
  • Rework Feast changed from 4.5/5.5/6.5/7.5% of Current Health to 1.75/2.5/3.25/4% of Max Health
  • Rework Level 25 Talent changed from +2% Current Health to +1% Max Health
7.16
  • Nerf Level 15 Talent Movement Speed reduced from +35 to +30
7.13b
  • Nerf Base movement speed reduced by 5
  • Nerf Base armor reduced by 1
7.12
  • Nerf Open Wounds mana cost increased from 140/130/120/110 to 140
7.07
  • Rework Reworked Talent Tree
7.06e
  • Nerf Strength gain reduced from 3.3 to 3.1
7.05
  • Nerf Open Wounds mana cost rescaled from 110 to 140/130/120/110
  • Nerf Rage attack speed from 50/60/70/80 to 40/50/60/70
7.04
  • Nerf Base damage reduced by 2
7.03
  • Nerf Base damage reduced by 3
7.02
  • Buff Level 15 Talent from +200 Health to +250
7.00
  • New Added Talent Tree
6.88
  • Nerf Base attack time increased from 1.7 to 1.85
6.87
  • Nerf Infest can now only target ancients with Level 2 and Level 3
  • Buff Strength growth increased from 2.4 to 3
6.86
  • Buff Rage attack speed bonus increased from 30/45/60/80 to 50/60/70/80
  • Buff Feast damage and lifesteal increased from 4/5/6/7% to 4.5/5.5/6.5/7.5%
  • Buff Infest cooldown reduced from 100 to 100/75/50
6.85
  • Buff Rage cooldown reduced from 19 to 16
  • Buff Infest and Control can now be used on Ancient Creeps
6.84
  • Buff Feast is now considered as normal bonus damage (can Crit and Cleave off it)
  • Buff Open Wounds lifesteal increased from 15/20/25/30% to 50%
  • Buff Added Aghanim's Scepter upgrade to Lifestealer: Grants a new skill, Assimilate
6.83
  • Buff Infest now allows you to control the unit you are in using a sub-ability
6.79
  • Nerf Rage cooldown increased from 17 to 19
  • Nerf Open Wounds and Infest cast points increased from 0.01 to 0.2
6.78c
  • Nerf Rage cooldown increased from 15 to 17 seconds
6.78
  • Nerf Open Wounds cast range decreased from 600 to 200/300/400/500
6.75
  • Buff Rage duration increased from 2.5/3.25/4/4.75 to 3/4/5/6
6.72
  • Rework Reworked Infest
6.70
  • Buff Open Wounds team lifesteal increased from 10/15/20/25% to 15/20/25/30%
6.68
  • Buff Base damage improved by 5
  • Buff Casting Open Wounds no longer loses attack focus
6.67
  • Buff Open Wounds cooldown from 30/25/20/15 to 24/20/16/12
6.65
  • Buff Movement speed increased from 300 to 315
6.60
  • Nerf Removed the initial stun effect from Open Wounds
6.58
  • Nerf Increased Open Wounds mana cost from 70/80/90/100 to a constant 110 mana
6.53
  • Buff Improved Open Wounds a little
  • Buff Lowered Infest mana cost
6.49
  • Rework Remade N'aix

Notable Players[edit]

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K1 

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