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Nyx Assassin

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[e][h]Nyx Assassin
Dire Hero
Attributes
Base Stats
Health Regen
Mana Regen
Magic Resistance
Attack Speed
Attack Time
Attack Duration
Attack Range
Missile Speed
Turn Rate
Sight Range
Level Changes
Level
1
15
25
Health
506
1136
1586
Mana
327
675
927
Armor
4.6
11.6
16.6
Damage
45-49
80-84
105-109
Most Played As
LessMore
1
2
3
4
5
Notes
Release Date
2012-07-26
Competitive Release
2012-07-26
Collision Size
Legs

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.

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.

Abilities[edit]

Impale
QE
Targeting
Point Target
Affects
Enemy Units
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.
Damage100/160/220/280
230/290/350/410
Stun Duration1.4/1.8/2.2/2.6
1.65/2.05/2.45/2.85
Radius140
Distance700
Cast Point0.3
Burrowed Distance
1225
Burrowed Cooldown
7
17/16/15/14
100/110/120/130
Does not pierce Spell Immunity.
Dispellable with strong dispels.
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
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 Burn2.3×/3.2×/4.1×/5×
2.8×/3.7×/4.6×/5.5×
Mana Burn Damage100%
Cast Range600
Cast Point0.4
AoE Mana Burn300
Burrowed Cast Range
1050
20/15/10/5
70/80/90/100
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
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
1.2/1.8/2.4/3
Reflect Duration2
Damage Reflected100%
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 Burrow Burrow, this spell stuns in an area of effect without requiring Nyx Assassin to be hit first.
Ultimate Ability
Vendetta
RV
Targeting
No Target
Affects
Self
Damage Type
Pure
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 Damage300/450/600
Bonus Movement Speed16%/18%/20%
41%/43%/45%
Attack Animation Amplification50%
Vendetta Duration40/50/60
Cast Point0
AbilityUnobstructed Pathing
Magic Resistance Reduction
20%
Debuff Duration
4
90/75/60
180/240/300
Causes your Vendetta attack to reduce magic resistance.
Increases Vendetta movement speed, unlocking max speed.
The scarab kills for the glory of his queen.
Notes
  • Does not interrupt channeling.
  • Does not apply Break.
  • Vendetta's bonus damage is dealt in a separate instance immediately prior to the attack.
  • Vendetta has true strike and cannot miss.
  • Casting Spiked Carapace Spiked Carapace does not break invisibility.

Aghanim's Scepter Abilities[edit]

Burrow
DF
Targeting
No Target
Affects
Self
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:
  • Mana Burn Mana Burn and Impale Impale have increased cast range.
  • Impale Impale cooldown is reduced.
  • Spiked Carapace Spiked Carapace instantly stuns any enemy units within an area of effect without requiring them to hurt him first.
  • Casting Vendetta Vendetta immediately ends Burrow.
Damage Resistance50%
HP/Mana Regen Per Second1%
Cast Time1.5
Cast Backswing0.1
This spell 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.
  • Sub Ability
    Unburrow
    DF
    Targeting
    No Target
    Affects
    Self
    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 Vendetta Unobstructed Pathing 25 300 AoE Mana Burn Mana Burn
    +130 Impale Impale Damage 20 +0.6s Spiked Carapace Spiked Carapace Stun
    +0.5x Mana Burn Mana Burn Multiplier 15 +250 Health
    +0.25s Impale Impale Stun Duration 10 +8% Spell Amplification

    Recent Changes[edit]

    Version Balance Changes
    7.31c
    • Impale Impale
      • Buff Mana Cost reduced from 105/120/135/150 to 100/110/120/130
      • Buff Spike radius increased from 125 to 140
    7.31
    • Impale Impale
      • Nerf Cooldown reduced from 14s to 17/16/15/14s
    • Mana Burn Mana Burn
      • Buff Cooldown reduced from 28/20/12/4s to 20/15/10/5s
      • Buff Mana cost reduced from 100 to 70/80/90/100
      • Nerf Intelligence damage multiplier reduced from 3.5/4/4.5/5x to 2.3/3.2/4.1/5x
    • Vendetta Vendetta
      • Rework Aghanim's Shard Shard now increases target's incoming spell damage by 17% instead of reducing their magic resistance
      • Rework Aghanim's Shard Shard now applies the debuff before the damage
    • Talent Tree Talents
      • Rework Level 15 Talent +20 movement speed replaced with +0.5x Mana Burn damage multiplier
      • Rework Level 25 Talent +80 Agility replaced with 300 AoE Mana Burn

    Notable Players[edit]

    Super 
    Tims 
    Raging Potato 
    Zayac 
    RR 

    See also[edit]

    Additional Content[edit]

    References[edit]