Nyx Assassin

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[e][h]Nyx Assassin
Dire Hero
Attributes
Base Stats
Base HP Regen
Base MP Regen
Sight Range
Attack Range
Missile Speed
Attack Duration
Cast Duration
Base Attack Time
Base Magic Resist
Turn Rate
Level Changes
Level
1
15
25
Health
542
1118
1532
Mana
291
639
891
Armor
4.8
11
15.4
Damage
46-50
76-80
98-102
Spell Amp
1.3%
3.3%
4.8%
Magic Resist
26%
28%
29%
Movement Speed Amp

1%
2.5%
3.6%
Most Played As
LessMore
1
2
3
4
5

Nyx Assassin Nyx Assassin[edit]

Recommended Roles
Disabler Nuker Initiator Escape

Deep in the Archive of Ultimyr, shelved between scholarly treatises on dragon cladistics and books of untranslatable spells, there is an ancient tome of entomological curiosities. Compiled by scholars, the book describes the telepathic talents of the zealot scarab, a strange species of social insect with abilities unique to all the seven planes.

Unlike most grubs of his colony, Nyx Assassin did not arise from metamorphosis with the plodding thoughts and blunted appendages common to the worker caste of his kind. For his was a special transformation, guided by the grace of Nyx. He was the chosen one, selected from the many and anointed with an extract of the queen goddess herself. Not all survive the dark blessing of the queen's chamber, but he emerged with a penetrating mind, and dagger-like claws—his razor sharp mandibles raking the air while his thoughts projected directly into the minds of those around him. Of all zealot scarabs, he alone was selected for the highest calling. After his metamorphosis, he was reborn, by grace of Nyx, with abilities which shaped him for one thing and one thing only: to kill in the name of his goddess.

Abilities[edit]

Impale
QE
Targeting
Point Target
Affects
Enemy Units
{{#if:Magical|
Damage Type
Magical
Rock spikes burst from the earth along a straight path. Enemy units are hurled into the air, then are stunned and take damage when they fall.
Damage80 / 140 / 200 / 260
435
Stun Duration1.6 / 2 / 2.4 / 2.8
Radius125
Distance700
Cast Point0.4
Burrowed Distance
1225
Burrowed Cooldown
7
14
95 / 115 / 135 / 155
Does not pierce Spell Immunity.
All zealot scarabs possess intimate knowledge of underground pathways, using them to their advantage.
Notes
  • Spikes travel at 1600 speed.
  • Has a visibly larger spike when a unit is hit.
Mana Burn
WR
Targeting
Unit Target
Affects
Enemy Heroes
{{#if:Magical|
Damage Type
Magical
Burns the target hero's mana equal to a multiplier of its Intelligence, and deals damage equal to the mana burned.
Intelligence Mana Burn3.5× / 4× / 4.5× / 5×
Mana Burn Damage100%
Cast Range600
Cast Point0.4
Burrowed Cast Range
1050
28 / 20 / 12 / 4
100
Does not pierce Spell Immunity.
Blocked by Linken's Sphere and echoed by Lotus Orb.
The tome in Ultimyr describes one scarab with the ability to eat away at the minds of lesser beings.
Spiked Carapace
ED
Targeting
No Target
Affects
Enemy Units
{{#if:|
Damage Type
When activated, Spiked Carapace reflects and negates damage dealt (max once from each source), as well as stunning the source of the damage.
Stun Duration0.6 / 1.2 / 1.8 / 2.4
Reflect Duration2.25
Damage Reflected100%
175%
Cast Point0
Burrowed Radius
300
25 / 20 / 15 / 10
40
Does not pierce Spell Immunity.
While their carapaces are relatively thin, they're guarded by a retractable field of razor-sharp spikes.
Notes
  • Only reflects damage from player controlled units.
  • Reflects the same damage type as received.
  • Blocks the damage but does not block the spell effects.
  • During
     ,
      stuns in an area of effect, without requiring Nyx Assassin to be hit first.
Vendetta
RV
Targeting
No Target
Affects
Self
{{#if:Physical|
Damage Type
Physical
Allows Nyx Assassin to become invisible and gain a movement speed bonus. If Nyx Assassin attacks to break the invisibility, massive bonus damage is dealt with the attack.
Bonus Damage250 / 400 / 550
Bonus Movement Speed16% / 18% / 20%
Duration40 / 50 / 60
Cast Point0
Ability Unobstructed Pathing
70 / 60 / 50
140 / 200 / 260
The scarab kills for the glory of his queen.
Notes
  • Does not interrupt channeling.
  • Vendetta's bonus damage is dealt in a separate instance immediately prior to the attack.
  • Vendetta has true strike and cannot miss.
  • Casting
      does not break invisibility.

Aghanim's Scepter Abilities[edit]

Burrow
DF
Targeting
No Target
Affects
Self
{{#if:|
Damage Type
While burrowed, Nyx Assassin is invisible and unable to move or attack, but has extra damage resistance and regenerates a portion of his health and mana per second. Nyx Assassin's abilities also have improved properties while burrowed:
  •   and
      have increased cast range.
  •   cooldown is reduced.
  •   instantly stuns any enemy units within an area of effect without requiring them to hurt him first.
  • Casting
      immediately ends Burrow.
Damage Resistance40%
HP/Mana Regen Per Second1.5%
Cast Time1.5
This ability is independent from Nyx Assassin's spells and is granted directly by the scepter.
Some castes of zealot scarab are known to create small burrows to lie in wait, ready to ambush their prey.
Notes
  • Regen is based on Nyx Assassin's maximum HP/Mana.
  • Scepter cannot be dropped or sold by Nyx Assassin.
  • Unburrow
    DF
    Targeting
    No Target
    Affects
    Self
    {{#if:|
    Damage Type
    Emerge from the burrow.
    Cast Point0
    Some castes of zealot scarab are known to create small burrows to lie in wait, ready to ambush their prey.

    Talent Tree[edit]

    Talent Tree
    Vendetta Unobstructed Pathing 25 +100 Agility
    +175 Impale Damage 20 +75% Spiked Carapace Damage
    +35 Movement Speed 15 +325 Health
    +60 Gold/Min 10 +6% Spell Amplification

    Recommended Items[edit]

    Starting Items Early Game
    Iron Branch
    Iron Branch
    Clarity
    Boots of Speed
    Urn of Shadows
    Magic Stick
    Stout Shield
    Tango
    Observer Ward
    Mid Game Late Game
    Arcane Boots
    Magic Wand
    Blink Dagger
    Aether Lens
    Aghanims Scepter

    General Strategy[edit]

    Nyx Assassin is always hunting for fragile targets. Sneaking invisibly through the forest, when he spots his prey, he swipes them with his deadly claws and impales them on stunning spikes, then reverses any counterattack with his reflecting carapace.
    Nyx Assassin (In-Game Description)

    Overview


    Skill Build

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    Version History[edit]

    Version Balance Changes
    7.18
    • Buff Vendetta mana cost decreased from 160/210/260 to 140/200/260
    7.07
    • Nerf Base movement speed reduced by 5
    • Buff Base HP regen increased from 3.25 to 4.75
    • Rework Spiked Carapace damage return mechanics now work like Blade Mail
      • (Still returns only once per enemy, does not stun Spell Immune)
    • Rework Reworked Talent Tree
    7.06f
    • Nerf Base damage reduced by 3
    7.06e
    • Nerf Movement Speed reduced from 305 to 300
    7.06c
    • Nerf Impale cooldown increased from 13 to 14
    7.03
    • Nerf Spiked Carapace cooldown rescaled from 22/18/14/10 to 25/20/15/10
    7.02
    • Rework Level 15 Talent from +10 Strength to +50 Impale Damage
    • Rework Level 15 Talent from +25 Agility to +12% Magic Resistance
    • Rework Level 20 Talent from +15% Magic Resistance to +40 Agility
    7.00
    • New Added Talent Tree
    6.88f
    • Nerf Nyx's Scepter Burrow cast time increased from 1 to 1.5
    6.88
    • Buff Movement speed increased from 300 to 305
    6.87
    • Bug Fix Fixed Spiked Carapace not preventing damage when a Spell Immune attacker damages you
    • Buff Base HP regeneration increased from 2.5 to 3.5
    6.86
    • Buff Nyx Impale duration increased from 1.27/1.77/2.27/2.77 to 1.6/2/2.4/2.8
    • Buff Spiked Carapace cooldown reduced from 23/20/17/14 to 22/18/14/10
    6.85
    • Buff Burrow Impale cooldown reduced from 9 to 7
    • Buff Burrow Impale and Mana Burn bonus range increased from 50% to 75%
    • Buff Vendetta duration increased from 25/35/50 to 40/50/60
    6.84
    • Buff Using Spiked Carapace no longer removes Vendetta
    • Buff Added Aghanim's Scepter upgrade to Nyx: Adds a new ability, Burrow
    6.81
    • Nerf Impale cooldown increased from 11 to 13
    • Buff Impale can no longer be blocked by Linken's Sphere
    6.80
    • Buff Cast Range on Impale now matches the travel range
      • (This has no impact on the length or the area the Impale covers)
    6.79
    • Nerf Spiked Carapace no longer stuns your hero when your summoned units proc it
      • (The summoned units get stunned instead)
    • Nerf Impale no longer has unit targeting, it is now only a point targeted spell
    6.78
    • Nerf Mana Burn drain and damage decreased from 5× Int to 3.5/4/4.5/5×
    • Buff Mana Burn mana cost rescaled from 130/120/110/100 to 100
    6.77c
    • Nerf Spiked Carapace duration reduced from 2.75 to 2.25
    • Nerf Spiked Carapace cooldown increased from 14 to 23/20/17/14
    6.76
    • Buff Vendetta damage increased from 225/375/525 to 250/400/550
    6.75
    • Buff Base HP regeneration increased to 2.5
    • Buff Mana Burn drain amount increased from 4×Int to 5×Int
    • Rescale Mana Burn mana cost rescaled from 90/110/130/150 to 130/120/110/100
    • Buff Vendetta movement speed increased from 10/15/20% to 16/18/20%
    • Rework Spiked Carapace reworked
    6.74
    • Rework Urna Swarm replaced with a new spell
    6.73
    • Buff Mana Burn cooldown decreased from 35/25/15/5 to 28/20/12/4
    • Buff Vendetta cooldown decreased from 90/75/60 to 70/60/50
    6.71
    • Buff Urna Swarm Infestation aoe increased from 275 to 300
    • Buff Urna Swarm Infestation dps increased from 20 to 40
    • Nerf Urna Swarm maximum summons reduced from 2/4/6/8 to 2/3/4/5
    • Nerf Urna Swarm Cooldown rescaled from 14/11/8/5 to 26/19/12/5
    • Nerf Urna Swarm mana cost rescaled from 10 to 40/30/20/10
    6.67
    • Rework Spiked Carapace replaced with Urna Swarm
    • Nerf Impale damage reduced from 80/160/230/300 to 80/140/200/260
    6.64
    • Rework Mana Burn can no longer target creeps since it no longer affects them
    6.63
    • Rework Mana Burn reworked

    Notable Players[edit]

    Kai 
    Tone 

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