Phantom Lancer

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[e][h]Phantom Lancer
Radiant Hero
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Base HP Regen
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Sight Range
Attack Range
Missile Speed
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Base Attack Speed
Base Attack Time
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Collision Size: 8
Illusions: Illusions created by Phantom Lancer's abilities are yellow instead of blue. This color is only seen by allies.

Phantom Lancer Azwraith, the Phantom Lancer[edit]

Recommended Roles
Carry Escape Pusher Nuker

The remote village of Pole had no knowledge of the wars raging in the heart of the kingdom. For them, the quiet of spear fishing, and a family meal were all that a full life required. Yet war came for them nonetheless. Joining the able-bodied conscripts as they filed passed their homes, the humble lancer Azwraith vowed to bring peace to his kingdom, and in so doing, his people. Placed with his kin in the vanguard of the final assault against the Dread Magus Vorn, the cost to his fellows was absolute. As the charging force battled toward the fortress, Azwraith alone among his kind remained standing, and he alone was able to infiltrate the keep. Focused and infuriated by the slaughter of his brothers, Azwraith bested each of the wizard's deadly traps and conjured guardians. Soon the simple fisherman arrived at Vorn's tower sanctum. The pair dueled through the night, pike to staff, as chaos raged below, and with a deafening cry Azwraith pierced his enemy. But the wizard did not simply expire; he exploded into uncountable shards of light, penetrating his killer with power. As the dust settled and the smoke of combat began to clear, Azwraith found himself standing among a throng of his kin. Each seemed to be dressed as he was, each seemed armed as he was, and he could sense that each thought as he did. Aware that his allies were approaching, he willed these phantoms to hide themselves, and one by one they began to vanish into nothingness. As the soldiers came upon the sanctum, they found the warrior that had bested the wizard. When they approached their champion, the lancer vanished. The pikeman who had stood before them was no more than another phantom.

Phantom Lancer storms enemy forces with an endless supply of clones. Leading his illusory army, he can cut foes apart in a breathtaking flurry of attacks, send clones to push into enemy territory, or use his doppelgangers to mislead and elude foes if cornered.
Phantom Lancer (In-Game Description)


Spirit Lance
Unit Target
Enemy Units
Damage Type
Casts a magical spirit lance on a target enemy unit that damages and slows, while a Phantom is summoned to attack the unit.
Movement Speed Slow10%/18%/26%/34%
Slow Duration3.25
Cast Range525/600/675/750
Cast Point0.3
Cast Backswing0.73
Illusion Duration2/4/6/8
Illusion Damage Dealt20%
Illusion Damage Taken400%
Bounce Radius
Bounces once towards an enemy up, prioritizing heroes. Increases Spirit Lance Illusion damage.
Does not pierce Spell Immunity.
Blocked by Linken's Sphere and echoed by Lotus Orb.
Illusions within 675 range will cast a fake Spirit Lance.
Azwraith's proficiency at spearing his family's meal of fish is proving quite useful in the battlefield.
  • The projectile travels at 1000 speed.
  • Spirit Lance illusions always give 5 experience and gold regardless of Phantom Lancer's level.
Point Target
Target an area. Phantom Lancer and all nearby illusions will disappear for a second, then have their positions shuffled into the target area. This also creates two illusions of opposite types.
Banish Duration1
Illusion 1Damage Dealt: 0%
Damage Taken: 100%
Illusion 2Damage Dealt: 20%
Damage Taken: 600%
Illusion Duration8
Illusion Duration Extension2
Illusion Gather Radius900
Reappearance Radius325
Cast Range575
Cast Point0.1
Cannot be cast while rooted.
Dread Magus Vorn's death imbued the Phantom Lancer with the ability to bend and fracture all spectrums of light.
  • The illusion that takes more damage looks identical to a Juxtapose illusion, while the illusion that takes less damage is a brighter, more solid yellow. This difference is only visible to allies.
  • The illusion that deals 0% damage still applies mana burn damage if Phantom Lancer has a  Diffusal Blade.
  • This ability can disjoint projectiles.
  • Destroys trees in the target area.
Phantom Rush
Passive with cooldown. Triggers when issuing an attack order on an enemy unit outside of attack range. Grants bonus movement speed and phase until Phantom Lancer strikes his target, upon which he is granted bonus Agility.
Maximum Trigger Distance600/675/750/825
Minimum Trigger Distance200
Movement Speed800
Maximum Speed Duration5
Bonus Agility10/20/30/40
Bonus Agility Duration2
Disabled by break.
Illusions gain this ability.
Azwraith knows that on the field of battle, speed can mean everything.
  • The speed bonus is lost when the attack order on the original target is completed or canceled.
  • Agility is gained upon reaching the target and is counted for the first attack.
  • Phantom Rush can be toggled to disable it.
Ultimate Ability
Grants Phantom Lancer and his illusions a chance to create an illusion when attacking.
Hero Chance40%/45%/50%
Illusion Chance8%
Maximum Illusions6/8/10
Hero Duration8
Illusion Duration4
Illusion Damage Dealt22%
Illusion Damage Taken650%
Illusions Created
Illusion Duration
Cast Point
Cast Backswing
Juxtapose can now be cast, destroying your other juxtapose illusions and quickly creating the max illusions it allows, with a bonus duration.
Disabled by break.
Illusions gain this ability.
Each of Azwraith's lance attacks feels like two from a normal warrior; or three; or four...
  • Juxtapose illusions attack the target that the passive triggered on.
  • Juxtapose illusions always give 5 experience and gold regardless of Phantom Lancer's level.

Talent Ability[edit]

Critical Strike
Grants a chance to deal a bonus damage critical strike.
Critical Damage200%
Critical Chance24%
Illusions gain this ability.

Talent Tree[edit]

Talent Tree
+24% Critical Strike (2×) 25 -4s Doppelganger Doppelganger Cooldown
+5% Juxtapose Juxtapose Illusions Damage 20 +300 Phantom Rush Phantom Rush Range
-3s Spirit Lance Spirit Lance Cooldown 15 +16% Evasion
+15 Attack Speed 10 +150 Health

General Strategy[edit]


Phantom Lancer is a carry, relying on his illusions to farm and fight. With his strong nuke he is able to bully his opponents in lane, and his doppelganger provides him with mobility and elusiveness. With an early Diffusal Blade he is able to kill most heroes solo throughout the mid game. Watch out for heroes that can clear his illusions, since Phantom Lancer is vulnerable without them.

Early Game

Phantom Lancer generally goes safe lane, being paired up with one or two supports to give him a comfortable early game and the space to farm. Use your Spirit Lance to keep the enemy offlaner away, and focus on getting your Diffusal Blade as soon as you can.

With the release of patch 6.82 Phantom Lancer has moved away from the passive, farm/split push until late game role that he has assumed for many years. He is now much more effective and versatile during the early game phase than he has ever been with more agility from level 1-4, evening out at level 5, and having 1.2 less natural agility gain every level from 6 on and is no longer as squishy early with a base strength increase of 3. This in no way diminishes his viability as a late game carry as Juxtapose has been reworked so that Phantom Lancer is much more effective in ganking and short skirmishes owing to the fact that the chance to create images was significantly increased (increased by 28%/33%/38% rather than a flat 12%) while more than halving the duration. The illusions also take significantly more damage and deal significantly less (500% taken from 350% and 16% dealt from 20%) making reliance on illusion damage (based on stat/base dmg) no longer the focus as 1 point in agility only provides the illusions with 0.16 additional dmg.

Mid Game

With a Diffusal Blade you're able to kill most heroes solo, and contribute in team fights. Boots of Travel give you global map presence, but you can also build the normal Power Treads.

Radiance is no longer a viable/cost effective item on Phantom Lancer owing to the fact that his images only last 8 or 4 seconds depending on the source of the image and can no longer split push with it. Spirit Lance was not changed so he is still unlike many other carries, with a strong and spammable level one nuke. Combined with a mana battery hero such as the Keeper of the Light, the reworked Outworld Devourer, or a Soul Ring, Phantom Lancer exerts more early game lane control than most other carries. He also has a significant amount of durability throughout the game with the new skill Doppelganger that allows Phantom Lancer to remove himself from the game for 1 second, moving 275 to 925 units away from his current location and creating more images on a 10 second cool down and meaningless 50 mana. To provide him with even more mobility when offensively ganking (could, in certain situations, provide a means of escape much like a lesser blink strike) with Phantom Rush. When combined with Spirit Lance, it is nearly impossible to escape this hero.

Late Game

Focus on items that increase your illusions durability, like Eye of Skadi or Butterfly. Your illusions will start falling off if the game goes very late, and enemies will have items to clear them out as fast as they can.

Version History[edit]

Version Balance Changes
  • Nerf Base damage reduced by 2
  • Nerf Base armor reduced by 1
  • Nerf Spirit Lance Shard no longer increases cast range by 200
  • Nerf Spirit Lance Shard damage reduced from 50% to 40%
  • Nerf Spirit Lance Shard bounce range reduced from 900 to 750
  • Nerf Phantom Rush Agility bonus reduced from 11/22/33/44 to 10/20/30/40
  • Rework Level 10 Talent changed from +16% Evasion to +150 Health
  • Rework Level 15 Talent changed from +200 Health to +16% Evasion
  • Rescale Base damage range rescaled from 52-66 to 54-64
  • Nerf Doppelganger cast range reduced from 600 to 575
  • Nerf Phantom Rush range reduced from 600/700/800/900 to 600/675/750/825
  • Buff Spirit Lance shard damage increased from +30% to +50%
  • Buff Level 15 Talent increased from -2s Spirit Lance Cooldown to -3
  • Nerf Level 20 Talent reduced from +350 Phantom Rush Range to +300
  • Buff Level 20 Talent increased from +4% Juxtapose Damage to +5%
  • Buff Spirit Lance shard now also increases cast range by 200
  • Buff Spirit Lance shard illusion damage increased from +20% to +30%
  • Buff Base intelligence increased from 19 to 21
  • Rescale Spirit Lance manacost rescaled from 110/120/130/140 to 120
  • Buff Phantom Rush agility bonus is still provided if the dash is canceled
  • Buff Phantom Rush minimum proc distance reduced from 250 to 200
  • Buff Level 15 Talent increased from -1s Spirit Lance Cooldown to -2s
  • Nerf Level 20 Talent decreased from +400 Phantom Rush Range to +350
  • Rework Scepter Rework
    • Juxtapose can now be cast, destroying your other juxtapose illusions and quickly creating the max illusions it allows (6/8/10), with a bonus 10 seconds duration.
    • Cooldown: 60. Manacost: 75.
  • Buff Added Aghanim's Shard
    • Upgrades Spirit Lance
      • Bounces once towards an enemy up to 900 units away, prioritizing heroes.
      • Increases Spirit Lance Illusion damage by +20%.
  • Rescale Attack damage spread reduced from 48-70 to 52-66 (same average damage)
  • Buff Spirit Lance damage increased from 100/150/200/250 to 100/160/220/280
  • Rework Level 15 Talent changed from +100 Spirit Lance Damage to -1s Spirit Lance Cooldown
  • Nerf Level 20 Talent changed from +5 Max Juxtapose Illusions to +4% Juxtapose Illusion Dama
  • Nerf All talents are now about 20% weaker
  • Nerf Base Agility reduced by 3
  • Nerf Level 15 Talent reduced from +275 Health to +250
  • Nerf Level 25 Talent reduced from -6s Doppelganger Cooldown to -5s
  • Rework Reworked Scepter:
    • Phantom Rush agility bonus duration reduced from 2 to 1.5
    • Phantom Rush speed boost is now always available when attacking enemy units, regardless of the cooldown
    • (Agility bonus is still cooldown limited)
  • Buff Juxtapose illusions damage increased from 20% to 22%
  • Buff Spirit Lance mana cost reduced from 125/130/135/140 to 110/120/130/140
  • Buff Level 15 Talent increased from +250 Health to +275
  • Buff Juxtapose illusion damage increased from 18% to 20%
  • Buff Juxtapose illusion damage increased from 16% to 18%
  • Buff Level 10 Talent increased from +15% Evasion to +20%
  • Buff Strength gain increased from 2 to 2.2
  • Buff Agility gain increased from 3 to 3.2
  • Buff Phantom Rush Agility bonus increased from 6/14/22/30 to 11/22/33/44
  • Buff Phantom Rush Agility bonus increased from 6/14/22/30 to 9/18/27/36
  • Buff Level 10 Talent increased from +10% Evasion to +15%
  • Buff Level 20 Talent increased from +4 Max Juxtapose Illusions to +5
  • Nerf Spirit Lance slow reduced from 10/20/30/40% to 10/18/26/34%
  • Nerf Juxtapose incoming damage increased from 600% to 650%
  • Nerf Spirit Lance cast range rescaled from 750 to 525/600/675/750
  • Nerf Agility gain reduced from 2.8 to 2.6
  • Nerf Level 25 Talent reduced from -7s Doppelganger CD to -6s
  • Nerf Juxtapose Illusion incoming damage increased from 500% to 600%
  • Nerf Base intelligence reduced by 2
  • Nerf Base strength reduced by 3
  • Nerf Doppelganger can no longer be cast while rooted
  • Buff Level 25 Talent increased from -5s Doppelganger Cooldown to -7s
  • Buff Base HP regen increased from 1.5 to 3
  • Nerf Base movement speed reduced by 5
  • Buff Phantom Rush can now be toggled to be disable it (default state is enabled)
  • Buff Doppelganger now adds 2 seconds to the duration of all your illusions
  • Rework Reworked Talent Tree
  • Buff Agility gain increased from 2.6 to 2.8
  • Buff Base HP regen increased from 0.5 to 1.5
  • Bug Fix Fixed Doppelganger Illusions lasting one second less than intended
  • Buff Phantom Rush agility bonus is now granted before the first hit lands, rather than after
  • Buff Juxtapose max illusions increased from 5/7/9 to 6/8/10
  • Buff Phantom Rush bonus agility from 6/12/18/24 to 6/14/22/30
  • Buff Spirit Lance illusions now give the same constant 5 bounty as Juxtapose, rather than scaling with levels
  • Rework Level 10 Talent from +150 Health to +75 Spirit Lance Damage
  • Buff Phantom Rush now provides 6/12/18/24 Agility when you reach the enemy (Lasts 2 seconds)
  • Buff Phantom Rush minimum proc range reduced from 300 to 250
  • Buff Added Scepter to Phantom Lancer:
    • Causes Spirit Lance to bounce on nearby enemies
    • Bounce Range: 400
    • Bounce cap: 5
  • New Added Talent Tree
  • Nerf Agility growth reduced from 3 to 2.6
  • Nerf Doppelganger cast time increased from 0 to 0.1
  • Rework Enabled in Captains Mode
  • Nerf Juxtapose max illusions reduced from 6/8/10 to 5/7/9
  • Rework Removed from Captains Mode
  • Nerf Agility gain reduced from 4.2 to 3
  • Buff Base Agility increased from 23 to 29
  • Buff Base Strength increased from 18 to 21
  • Rework Replaced Doppelwalk with a new ability, Doppelganger
  • Rework New passive ability, Phantom Rush
  • Rework Replaced Phantom Edge with a reworked version of Juxtapose
  • Nerf Spirit Lance, Dopplewalk, Juxtapose, and Phantom Edge illusions damage dealt decreased from 25% to 20%
  • Buff Collision size decreased from 24 to 8
  • Buff Agility growth increased from 2.8 to 4.2
  • Buff Spirit Lance slow duration increased from 3 to 3.25 seconds
  • Buff Doppelwalk movement bonus increased from 10 to 15%
  • Buff Juxtapose illusions cap increased from 2/3/4/5 to 2/4/6/8
  • Rework Juxtapose rebalanced to have a 12% creation chance at all levels with a max of 2/3/4/5 illusions
  • Buff Base HP regeneration increased to 0.75
  • Nerf Strength growth reduced from 2 to 1.7
  • Nerf Juxtapose illusions now take 450% extra damage (up from 400%)
  • Buff image lifetime increased from 15 to 20 seconds
  • Buff Increased Spirit Lance cast range from 600 to 750
  • Nerf Various changes to Phantom Lancer and Spirit Lance
  • Buff Phantom Lancer's images now create a dummy Spirit Lance effect when the primary casts it
  • Buff Improved initial AI on Dopplewalk image to make it less obvious when it's created
  • Rework Changed Phantom Edge's secondary ability from evasion to magic resistance
  • Buff Increased Phantom Lancer's Strength gain from 1.5 to 2

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