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Night Stalker

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Night Stalker
23 + 3
18 + 2.2
15 + 1.6
Grants the following bonuses per attribute point:
+22HP and +0.1HP regeneration
+1 Main Attack Damage
+0.17 armor and 1 attack speed
+12MP and +0.05MP regeneration
+0.1% base magic resistance
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(813.8 EHP)
Magic Resist
(851.7 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
0.55 + 0.55
Turn Rate This unit takes 0.175s to turn 180°.
800 / 1800
Gib Type
Competitive Span
2011-06-11 — Present
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Empowered by the shadows of nightfall.
The beast of bedtime tales, Balanar is the primal terror that every child knows to fear. Once the sun goes down, Night Stalker's hunt begins. Charging through the shadowy forests, he snares prey in a debilitating Void, slowing and forcing his quarry to flee, arms withering and spells fizzling as their hearts are stricken with Crippling Fear. Should sunrise threaten to end his terror, the Hunter in the Night transforms through a Dark Ascension, spreading his wings under the blackened veil of night, and goes on the prowl for ever more victims.
Crippling Fear
Hunter in the Night
Hunter in the Night
Dark Ascension
Roles:Carry Carry Initiator Initiator Durable Durable Disabler Disabler Nuker Nuker
ComplexityHero Complexity
AdjectivesBlue, Flying, NicePecs, Wings
Legs ( 2 )


Enemies affected by Void do not share vision with their allies. Affected enemies take damage per second when they are not visible to their allies.

Damage Per Second: 50
The game now starts at night instead of day. Night is longer than day.



Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter.
Aghanim's Scepter Upgrade:
Crippling Fear
Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard.
Aghanim's Shard Upgrade:
Hunter in the Night
The hunter in the night consumes a creep while restoring some of its max health and mana as the stone glows.


-50s Dark Ascension Cooldown25+100 Hunter in the Night Attack Speed
+20 Strength20+20 Crippling Fear Damage per Second
+35% Hunter in the Night Status Resistance15+25 Dark Ascension Attack Damage
+6s Dark Ascension Duration10+80 Void Damage
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+2 All / / Attributes


I feed the darkness and the darkness feeds me.
Night Stalker
Of the Night Stalker, there is no history, only stories. There are ancient tales woven into the lore of every race and every culture, of an impossible time before sunlight and daytime, when night reigned alone and the world was covered with the creatures of darkness--creatures like Balanar the Night Stalker.

It is said that on the dawn of the First Day, all the night creatures perished. All, that is, save one. Evil's embodiment, Night Stalker delights in his malevolence. He created the primal role of the Night Terror, the Boogeyman, and as long as there have been younglings, his is the specter summoned to terrify them. This is a role he relishes; nor are these empty theatrics. He does indeed stalk the unwary, the defenseless, those who have strayed beyond the lighted paths or denied the warnings of their communities. Night Stalker serves as living proof that every child's worst true.


Heart of Darkness[edit]

Heart of Darkness
Neither affected nor disabled by Break.
At night, Night Stalker's Health Regen is increased by 40%, but during the day it is decreased by 20%.

Night Reign[edit]

Night Reign
Neither affected nor disabled by Break.
Starts the game at nighttime, with nighttime having a longer duration than daytime.



Does not pierce Debuff Immunity sources.
Unit / Area
Enemies / Self
Spell / Magical
Creates a damaging void that slows an enemy unit and deals damage.
Cast Animation: 0.3 + 0.47
Cast RangeAffected by Cast Range increasing sources. 525
Damage: 80/160/240/320 (With level 10 Right Talent.With level 10 Right Talent. 160/240/320/400)
Move Speed Slow: 50%
Attack Speed Slow: 50
Day Slow Duration: 1.25
During nighttime, Void also mini-stuns with the slowing effect being more effective.
Night Slow Duration: 2.5/3/3.5/4
Night Stun Duration: 0.1 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 1)
 Blinding Void
Enemies affected by Void do not share vision with their allies. Affected enemies take damage per second when they are not visible to their allies.
Damage Per Second: 50
Mana Cost
Balanar creates a vortex of infinite night, tearing opponents violently into the eternal darkness that once was.

Crippling Fear[edit]

Crippling Fear
Does not pierce Debuff Immunity sources.
Spell / Magical
Night Stalker horrifies all nearby enemies, causing them to become silenced and take damage over time while near him.
Radius: Affected by AoE Radius increasing sources. 375
Damage per Second: 25/30/35/40
Day Damage Duration: 3
Day Silence Duration: 3
Aura Linger Duration: 0.5
Crippling Fear is more effective during nighttime.
Night Damage Duration: 4.5/5/5.5/6
Night Silence Duration: 4.5/5/5.5/6
Mana Cost
A vision of the twisted maw of Balanar etches itself into the minds of the poor souls unlucky enough to cross his path.

Hunter in the Night[edit]

Hunter in the Night
This ability can be bestowed by Illusions. Fully disabled by Break.
Passive / Unit
Self / Units
Instant Kill
Night Stalker is in his element at night, attacking and moving with great swiftness.
Move Speed Bonus: 22%/28%/34%/40%
Attack Speed Bonus: 20/40/60/80 (With level 25 Right Talent.With level 25 Right Talent. 120/140/160/180)
Status Resist Bonus: (With level 15 Left Talent.With level 15 Left Talent. 35%)
Aghanim's Shard Upgrade
Aghanim's Shard Upgrade
The hunter in the night consumes a creep while restoring some of its max health and mana as the stone glows.
Cast Animation: 0 + 1.07
Max Health as Heal: Affected by Heal Manipulation sources. (Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard. 25%)
Max Mana as Mana Restore: Affected by Mana Restore Manipulation sources. (Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard. 25%)
(Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard. 30)
Mana Cost
(Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard. 50)
The hunting prowess of Balanar improves as the night beckons.

Dark Ascension[edit]

Dark Ascension
This ability is not bestowed by Illusions.
Night Stalker smothers the sun and summons instant darkness, so that he might use his powers at their fullest. Grants Night Stalker flying movement, unobstructed vision and bonus attack damage during his ascension.
Attack Damage Bonus: 50/100/150 (With level 15 Right Talent.With level 15 Right Talent. 75/125/175)
Flying Vision Bonus: 1800
Duration: 30 (With level 10 Left Talent.With level 10 Left Talent. 36)
Mana Cost
It is a humbling sight to see when the mightiest of warriors become afraid of the dark.

Recent Changes[edit]

Main Articles: Changelogs, Old Abilities and Hero Lore
  • ADDED the Heart of Darkness innate ability for Night Stalker :
    • Grants self 0.8 and 1.4 health regeneration factor during daytime and nighttime respectively.
  • ADDED the Facet component:
    • Blinding Void
      • Void
        • Affected enemy heroes no longer grant shared vision with their allies.
        • Deals 50 magical spell damage per second when the affected enemy unit cannot be seen by their allies.
    • Night Reign
  • Void now applies a 100/200/300/400 vision radius reduction on the affected enemy unit.
  • REWORKED Aghanim's Scepter upgrade:
    • OLD Void
      • Turns into an area-targeted ability applying all of its effects within the radius. [?]
      • The 5-second 450-radius Void Zone at the targeted area triggers the nighttime values for all Night Stalker 's abilities.
    • NEW Crippling Fear
      • Reduces cooldown by 5.
      • Adds a toggle functionality, that allows Night Stalker to continously apply its ability effect within the radius. [?]
      • Has a 50-mana cost activation with 6% or 4% max mana cost per second during daytime and nighttime respectively.

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.

Night Stalker's Relics Voice Lines

Channels Cancelled With Void

Night Time Kills

Slow Duration From Void

Damage During Dark Ascension

Crippling Fear Silence Duration

Teleports Leading To Kills

Urn Charges Used

Silences Leading To Kills

Slows Leading To Kills

Solar Crest Casts Leading To Kills

Triple Kills

Mega Kill Streaks

Kill Assists


  • <ab>vo_night_stalker_nstalk_laugh_06.mp3</ab> Heh heh heh hah heh hehhhh.
  • <ab>vo_night_stalker_nstalk_purch_03.mp3</ab> Now they will suffer.

  • <ab>vo_night_stalker_nstalk_respawn_05.mp3</ab> Your nightmare continues.
  • <ab>vo_night_stalker_nstalk_purch_01.mp3</ab> Just what I needed!

  • <ab>vo_night_stalker_nstalk_cast_01.mp3</ab> There's no escape.
  • <ab>vo_night_stalker_nstalk_attack_11.mp3</ab> Darkness hungers.

  • <ab>vo_night_stalker_nstalk_battlebegins_01.mp3</ab> It's feeding time.

  • <ab>vo_night_stalker_nstalk_spawn_03.mp3</ab> I'm the beast of bedtime tales.

  • <ab>vo_night_stalker_nstalk_kill_08.mp3</ab> Nighty night.



  • Many of Night Stalker's responses that refer to his vampiric qualities make reference to Bram Stoker's Dracula, a film adaptation of the classic novel starring Gary Oldman.
  • <ab>vo_night_stalker_nstalk_dayrise_05.mp3</ab> "If I ever get my claws on that bird." is likely a reference to the rooster that crows when the game transitions from nighttime to daytime.
    • Additionally it is a reference to a line used by "Looney Tunes" character Sylvester the cat when describing "Tweety Bird."
  • Night Stalker's deep and raspy voice is a possible reference to Batman.
  • In an earlier version DotA, there existed a hero similar to Night Stalker called File:Void Demon icon.png [[Void Demon|]]. His first ability "Time Void" had similar effects to the present Void ability, except it also stunned the target for 5 seconds. Void Demon also had an ability similar to Omniknight's Degen Aura, though it had a larger radius of 600 units. His third ability was a pushing spell called "Quake" which was useful for destroying towers. Finally, his ultimate was called "Mass Haste". This aura gave Void Demon and nearby allies benefits similar to Night Stalker's Hunter in the Night, except that it had no conditions and enabled Void Demon and his team to hunt Heroes relentlessly both day and night. Ultimately, Void Demon was replaced with Night Stalker as his skill set was deemed too powerful.
  • "In the forest of the night" is a reference to the poem The Tyger by William Blake.