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22 + 3.6
25 + 3.6
Grants the following bonuses per attribute point:
+22HP and +0.1HP regeneration
+0.17 armor and 1 attack speed
+1 Main Attack Damage
+12MP and +0.05MP regeneration
+0.1% base magic resistance
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(139.22 EHP)
Magic Resist
(165.52 EHP)
Projectile Speed
Melee Melee units have their projectile speed set to 900, if they should ever need it.
Base Attack Time Attacks per Second is defined as
ΣAS / BAT / 100
0.5 + 0.6
Turn Rate This unit takes 0.175s to turn 180°.
1800 / 800
Gib Type
Competitive Span
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Immobilizes her enemies with her stone gaze.
Constant attack is the key to Medusa's success. Encased in a Mana Shield, she survives against even the most unfavorable odds. Foes bitten by Mystic Snake charge it up with energy, a resource that returns to Medusa for her defensive use. She magically Split her Arrows to mow down waves of enemies. Heroes who lay eyes on her may find it hard to turn away. Petrified, none could hope to approach the Cold Blooded Medusa before the Gorgon's legendary Stone Gaze turns their bodies into statues.
Split Shot
Mystic Snake
Mystic Snake
Mana Shield
Cold Blooded
Cold Blooded
Stone Gaze
Roles:Carry Carry Disabler Disabler Durable Durable
ComplexityHero Complexity
AdjectivesFemale, Green, Nose
Legs ( 0 )


Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter.
Aghanim's Scepter Upgrade:
Mystic Snake
The Stone Gaze petrify duration increases per bounce of Mystic Snake.
Cold Blooded
Fully affects the single-targeted Mystic Snake of Cold Blooded.
Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard.
Aghanim's Shard Upgrade:
Cold Blooded
Grants the Cold Blooded ability.

When Medusa is unit-targeted by an enemy spell, a single-target Mystic Snake is sent back towards the enemy.


The only real beauty is power.
Beauty is power. This thought comforted Medusa--the youngest and loveliest of three beautiful Gorgon sisters, born to a sea goddess--because she alone of the sisters was mortal. It comforted her, that is, until the day masked assailants invaded the Gorgon realm and tore the two immortal sisters from their home, unmoved by their beauty or by their tears. One of the invaders seized Medusa as well, but then cast her aside with a disgusted look: 'This one has the mortal stink upon her. We have no use for that which dies.' Humiliated, enraged, Medusa fled to the temple of her mother and cast herself before the goddess, crying, 'You denied me eternal life--therefore I beg you, give me power! Power, so I can dedicate what life I have to rescuing my sisters and avenging this injustice!' After long thought, the goddess granted her daughter's request, allowing Medusa to trade her legendary beauty for a face and form of terrifying strength. Never for a moment has Medusa regretted her choice. She understands that power is the only beauty worth possessing--for only power can change the world.


Mana Shield[edit]

Mana Shield
<ab>Medusa Mana Shield 1.mp3</ab> <ab>Medusa Mana Shield 3.mp3</ab> This ability can be bestowed by Illusions. Neither affected nor disabled by Break.
Creates a shield that absorbs incoming damage in exchange for Medusa's mana.
Damage Reduction: 98%
Damage to Mana Factor: Reduces the incoming damage type of the affected unit. 2/2.4/2.8/3.2/3.6 (With level 25 Right Talent.With level 25 Right Talent. 3.9/4.3/4.7/5.1/5.5)
Illusions absorb less damage per point of mana.
Damage Reduction: Reduces the incoming damage type of the affected unit. 100%
Damage to Mana Factor: 1/1.4/1.8/2.2/2.6 (With level 25 Right Talent.With level 25 Right Talent. 1.9/2.3/2.7/3.1/3.5)
While Medusa was not gifted with eternal life upon birth, her curse bestowed her with impressive defensive powers.


Split Shot[edit]

Split Shot
<ab>Medusa Split Shot attack.mp3</ab> This ability can be bestowed by Illusions. Partially or conditionally disabled by Break. Casting this ability does not proc any on-cast effects.
Instant Attack / Physical
Medusa magically splits her shot into several arrows. These arrows deal a lower percent of her normal damage.
Search Radius: Affected by Attack Range increasing sources. 750
Bonus Attack Targets: 4
Self Attack Damage Factor: 0.4/0.55/0.7/0.85 (With level 15 Right Talent.With level 15 Right Talent. 0.48/0.63/0.78/0.93)
Mana Cost
All who encounter the cursed Gorgon will feel her rage.

Mystic Snake[edit]

Mystic Snake
<ab>Medusa Mystic Snake 1.mp3</ab> <ab>Medusa Mystic Snake 2.mp3</ab> <ab>Medusa Mystic Snake 3.mp3</ab> <ab>Medusa Mystic Snake 4.mp3</ab> Does not pierce Debuff Immunity sources. This ability is nullified by Spell Block sources. This ability is nullified by Spell Reflection sources. This ability cannot be disjointed.
Enemies / Unit
Spell / Magical
Fires an energy bolt that jumps from target to target dealing damage. After it reaches its last target, it returns and to replenishes her mana.
Cast Animation: 0.2 + 0.67
Cast RangeAffected by Cast Range increasing sources. 750
Bounce Radius: Affected by AoE Radius increasing sources. 450
Number of Bounces: 3/4/5/6 (With level 20 Right Talent.With level 20 Right Talent. 6/7/8/9)
Projectile Speed: 800
Damage: 85/130/175/220
Enemy Max Mana as Mana Restore: Affected by Mana Restore Manipulation sources. 14%/15%/16%/17%
Move Speed Slow: 30% (With level 10 Right Talent.With level 10 Right Talent. 70%)
Turn Rate Slow: 50% (With level 10 Right Talent.With level 10 Right Talent. 90%)
Petrify Duration: (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 1)
Mystic Snakes travels faster and deals more damage per bounce.
Projectile Speed Factor: 1.15
Damage Factor: 1.35
Petrify Duration Increment: (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 0.2)
Aghanim's Scepter Upgrade
Aghanim's Scepter Upgrade
The Stone Gaze petrify duration increases per bounce of Mystic Snake.
13/12/11/10 (With level 15 Left Talent.With level 15 Left Talent. 10/9/8/7)
Mana Cost
The Gorgon's curse is her greatest strength.

Cold Blooded[edit]

Cold Blooded
<ab>Medusa Mystic Snake 1.mp3</ab> <ab>Medusa Mystic Snake 2.mp3</ab> <ab>Medusa Mystic Snake 3.mp3</ab> This ability is nullified by Spell Block sources. This ability is nullified by Spell Reflection sources. This ability is not bestowed by Illusions. Fully disabled by Break. This ability cannot be disjointed.
Enemies / Self
Spell / Magical
When Medusa is unit-targeted by an enemy spell, a single-target Mystic Snake is sent back towards the enemy.
Max Distance: 2000
Number of Bounces: 1
Aghanim's Scepter Upgrade
Aghanim's Scepter Upgrade
Applies Stone Gaze of the corresponding level upon projectile impact.
Stone Duration: (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 1)
Mana Cost

Stone Gaze[edit]

Stone Gaze
<ab>Medusa Stone Gaze 1.mp3</ab> <ab>Medusa Stone Gaze 2.mp3</ab> Pierces Debuff Immunity sources.
Enemies / Self
Any enemy units looking at Medusa will have their movement and attack speed slowed.
Cast Animation: 0.4 + 0.5
Effect Radius: Affected by AoE Radius increasing sources. 1200
Facing Angle: 85°
Move Speed Slow: 35%
Attack Speed Slow: 35
Turn Rate Slow: Increases the incoming damage type of the affected unit. 35%
Gaze Duration: 5/5.5/6 (With level 20 Left Talent.With level 20 Left Talent. 6.5/7/7.5)
Medusa has increased movement speed while active. If a certain amount of time is accumulated looking at Medusa while Stone Gaze is active, that unit be petrified. Petrified units are stunned, and take bonus physical damage.
Self Move Speed Bonus: 50%
Facing Timer: 2
Physical Damage Amp: 35%/45%/55% (With level 10 Left Talent.With level 10 Left Talent. 43%/53%/63%)
Stone Duration: 2/2.2/2.4
Mana Cost
The beauty of Medusa is legendary.


Split Shot Uses Modifiers25+1.9 Mana Shield Damage per Mana
+1.5s Stone Gaze Duration20+3 Mystic Snake Bounces
-3s Mystic Snake Cooldown15-8% Split Shot Damage Penalty
+8% Stone Gaze Bonus Physical Damage10+40 Mystic Snake Damage
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Recent Changes[edit]

Main Articles: Changelogs, Old Abilities and Hero Lore
  • Mana Pact Mana Shield
    • Increased max mana as mana cost per second from 3% to 3.5%.
    • Increased max attack speed bonus from 30% to 35%.
  • Increased Intelligence intelligence gain from 3.4 to 3.6.
  • Mana Shield no longer grants 0/50/100/150/200 mana bonus.
  • ADDED the Facet component:
    • Engorged
      • Mystic Snake now grants a 5-second 3-attack buff that deals MPRestore / 6 physical damage bonus upon projectile return.
    • Mana Pact
      • Adds a toggle component to Mana Shield .
      • Grants 3% attack speed bonus per second upon toggle ON up to 30% max attack speed bonus.
      • Has a 4% max mana as mana cost per second.
      • Has a 3-second downtime upon toggle ON .
      • The active component and the buff have a max 15-second duration and toggle OFF afterward.
      • The cooldown starts upon the active component ends.
  • Mystic Snake
    • Reduced damage factor per hit from 1.35 to 1.25.
    • Increased projectile speed factor per hit from 1.15 to 1.25.
    • Increased damage from 85/130/175/220 to 90/150/210/270.
    • Reduced turn rate slow from 50% to 30%.

Dota Plus Progress[edit]

Main Article: Hero Challenges

Relics track a hero's actions and statistics, and display in-game notifications when a milestone is reached. They are only available to Dota Plus subscribers.

Medusa's Relics Voice Lines

Kills With Split Shot Arrows

Mystic Snake Mana Stolen

Damage Absorbed By Mana Shield

Three Hero Stone Gaze Petrifies

Enemies Petrified

Hurricane Pike Target Damage

Mana Reduction

Teleports Leading To Kills

Physical Damage

Slows Leading To Kills

Triple Kills

Mega Kill Streaks

Kill Assists


  • <ab>vo_medusa_medus_laugh_05.mp3</ab> Hmm hmm hmm ha ha ha ha ha!
  • <ab>vo_medusa_medus_items_15.mp3</ab> Brilliant.

  • <ab>vo_medusa_medus_deny_01.mp3</ab> In your face.
  • <ab>vo_medusa_medus_kill_09.mp3</ab> Don't resist the cobra, little bird.

  • <ab>vo_medusa_medus_failure_01.mp3</ab> Oh, crap!
  • <ab>vo_medusa_medus_deny_12.mp3</ab> You knew I was cold-blooded.

  • <ab>vo_medusa_medus_illus_02.mp3</ab> Nobody look at anybody!

  • <ab>vo_medusa_medus_begin_03.mp3</ab> Gaze upon Medusa's beauty, and despair!

  • <ab>vo_medusa_medus_bottle_01.mp3</ab> Whatever will I do with you?



  • Medusa (ruler or queen) is one of three member of Gorgon's sisters، including Stheno (strength), Euryale (wide-leaping).
  • While the lore of Medusa is heavily inspired by its ancient Greek counterpart it should be noted that in the early versions of the myth, Medusa was born hideous to primordial sea deities Phorcys and Ceto who are described as cthonic monsters from an archaic world.
  • The mythology that describes Medusa as having incomprehensible beauty was introduced later by the Roman poet Ovid and in that version Medusa did not exchange her beauty for power. Rather after being attacked by Poseidon in the temple of Athena the enraged goddess twisted Medusa's beautiful visage to the point that merely looking at her would turn the onlookers to stone.
  • Mars' Immortal Off-hand item, File:God's Mercy God's Rebuke icon.png God's Mercy, references elements from the Greek Myth as well, namely Perseus and Medusa. Perseus (who is another one of the Greek god Zeus' sons) uses a polished shield to act as a mirror to approach and behead the sleeping Medusa without looking directly at her eyes, thereby avoiding her infamous stone gaze. Perseus also used Medusa's head as a weapon to turn King Atlas into stone.
  • Mystic Snake's slow debuff does not have its own particle system and uses the particle effects of Thunder Clap's slow debuff instead.