Slark

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[e][h]Slark
Dire Hero
Attributes
Base Stats
Base HP Regen
Base Mana Regen
Sight Range
Attack Range
Missile Speed
Attack Duration
Cast Duration
Base Attack Speed
Base Attack Time
Base Magic Resist
Turn Rate
Level Changes
Level
1
15
25
Health
578
1046
1388
Mana
267
543
747
Armor
4.2
9
12.4
Damage
53-61
76-84
93-101
Most Played As
LessMore
1
2
3
4
5

Slark Slark, the Nightcrawler[edit]

Recommended Roles
Carry Escape Disabler Nuker

Little known to the inhabitants of the dry world, Dark Reef is a sunken prison where the worst of the sea-bred are sent for crimes against their fellows. It is a razor barbed warren full of murderous slithereen, treacherous Deep Ones, sociopathic meranths. In this dim labyrinth, patrolled by eels and guarded by enormous anemones, only the vicious survive. Pitched into Dark Reef for crimes unknown, Slark spent half a lifetime without kin or kindness, trusting no one, surviving through a combination of stealth and ruthlessness, keeping his thoughts and his plans to himself. When the infamous Dark Reef Dozen plotted their ill-fated breakout, they kept their plans a perfect secret, murdering anyone who could have put the pieces together—but somehow Slark discovered their scheme and made a place for himself in it. Ten of the Dozen died in the escape attempt, and two were captured, hauled back to Dark Reef, then executed for the entertainment of their fellow inmates. But Slark, the unsung thirteenth, used the commotion as cover and slipped away, never to be caught. Now a furtive resident of the carnivorous mangrove scrub that grips the southern reach of Shadeshore, Slark remains the only successful escapee from Dark Reef.

Pouncing into danger then slipping back out is what Slark does best. He rushes at the chance to pin or corner a lone foe, steals their essence with each cut from his dagger, and is always ready to vanish should the tables turn.
Slark (In-Game Description)

Abilities[edit]

Dark Pact
QC
Targeting
No Target
Affects
Enemy Units
Damage Type
Magical
After a short delay, Slark sacrifices some of his life blood, purging debuffs and dealing damage to enemy units around him.
Damage75/150/225/300
195/270/345/420
Self Damage50%
Duration1
Radius325
Delay1.5
Cast Point0
9/8/7/6
60
Does not pierce Spell Immunity.
Slithereen are capable of quickly regrowing appendages, in case of critical injury, to save their own lives.
Notes
  • After a short delay, Dark Pact begins damaging in a series of 10 pulses every 0.1 seconds.
  • Each pulse applies a strong dispel to Slark. If Slark dies, the pulses immediately stop.
  • The self damage is non-lethal.
Pounce
WE
Targeting
No Target
Affects
Enemy Heroes
Damage Type
Magical
Slark leaps forward, grabbing the first enemy hero he connects with. That unit is leashed to Slark, and can only move a limited distance away from Slark's landing position.
Leash Duration2.5/2.75/3/3.25
4.05
Leash Radius400
Pounce Distance700
1200
Collision Radius95
Cast Point0
Cast Backswing0.53
Charges
2
20/16/12/8
     
10
75
Provides 2 charges and increases pounce range.
Does not pierce Spell Immunity.
Cannot be cast while rooted.
Time in the Dark Reef made Slark a dangerous assassin; aggressive and fearless.
Notes
  • On cast, Slark leaps forward at a speed of 933, stopping early if he latches onto an enemy unit in a 95 radius along the 700 distance.
  • Moving more than 100 distance away in less than 0.03 seconds will break the leash.
  • Trees are destroyed in a 200×200 rectangle around Slark's landing area.
  • Blink, teleport, or other movement abilities cannot break the leash.
  •  Force Staff can break the leash.
  • Scepter also doubles the speed.
Essence Shift
EN
Targeting
Passive
Affects
Enemy Heroes
Slark steals the life essence of enemy heroes with his attacks, draining each of their attributes and converting them to bonus Agility. If Slark kills an affected enemy hero, he permanently steals 1 Agility.
Enemy Attribute Loss1 Strength
1 Agility
1 Intelligence
Self Agility Gain3
Steal Duration15/30/60/100
165
Permanent Steal On Kill1 Agility
0.4/0.35/0.3/0.25
Disabled by break.
With each strike at his adversaries, Slark's knowledge of their weaknesses improves.
Notes
  • When an enemy hero dies under the effect of Essence Shift, the hero will revive with their attributes restored but Slark will not immediately lose his agility gained.
Ultimate Ability
Shadow Dance
RD
Affects
Self
Slark hides himself in a cloud of shadows, becoming completely invisible and untargetable. Attacking, casting spells, and using items do not reveal Slark, and True Sight does not reveal him either.
Additionally, when not visible to the enemy team, Slark gains bonus movement speed and health regeneration.
Movement Speed Bonus24%/36%/48%
HP Regeneration Bonus5%/6%/7%
Passive Delay0.5
Duration4/4.25/4.5
5.5
Cast Point0
80/65/50
120
When broken, only the passive regeneration and speed are disabled.
The hidden Thirteenth is a slippery foe.
Notes
  • When cast, the Slark becomes invisible for 4 seconds, this invisibility is not broken by casting abilities, using items, or attacking. True Sight from any source does not reveal him either.
  • While invisible from this ability's active effect, a visible dark cloud effect is shown at Slark's position.
  • If Slark is damaged by a neutral creep, the passive effect is disabled for 2 seconds.

Aghanim's Shard Ability[edit]

Depth Shroud
Targeting
Area Target
Affects
Allied Units
Creates a cloud at the target location. All allies inside the cloud are hidden and have increased regeneration and movement speed
Cast Range800
Cast Point0.1
Cast Backswing?
Bonus Move Speed24%/36%/48%
Max HP as Regen Per Second5%/6%/7%
Shroud Radius300
Shroud Duration3
Aura Linger Duration0.5
75
75
This ability is granted by Aghanim's Shard

Talent Tree[edit]

Talent Tree
+65s Essence Shift Essence Shift duration 25 +1s Shadow Dance Shadow Dance Duration
+0.8s Pounce Pounce Leash 20 +120 Dark Pact Dark Pact Damage
+18% Lifesteal 15 +20 Attack Speed
+8 Agility 10 +9 Strength

Version History[edit]

Version Balance Changes
7.29
  • Rework Reworked Shard upgrade. Grants Depth Shroud. Creates a 300 AoE cloud at the target location for 3 seconds. All allies inside the radius are hidden and have increased regeneration and movement speed. Cast Range: 800. Cooldown: 75. Manacost: 75
  • Rescale Shadow Dance movement speed rescaled from 20/35/50% to 24/36/48%
  • Buff Level 10 Talent increased from +7 Agility to +8
  • Buff Level 15 Talent increased from +15% Lifesteal to +18%
7.28b
  • Buff Fish Bait shard attack speed bonus increased from 50 to 75
  • Buff Fish Bait shard cooldown reduced from 12 to 9
7.28a
  • Buff Fish Bait shard manacost reduced from 100 to 50
  • Buff Fish Bait shard cooldown reduced from 20 to 12
  • Buff Fish Bait shard duration increased from 4 to 6 seconds
7.28
  • Buff Shadow Dance cooldown reduced from 80/70/60 to 80/65/50
  • Buff Pounce scepter range increased from 1100 to 1200
  • Buff Level 10 Talent increased from +6 Agility to +7
  • Buff Added Aghanim's Shard
    • Grants Fish Bait
      • Can throw it on enemies to reduce their movement speed by 30% and grant you truesight over them for 4 seconds.
      • If you pounce an enemy during that time, you will be rewarded with 50 attack speed for the duration of Pounce.
      • Cast range: 1100. Manacost: 100. Cooldown: 20.
7.27b
  • Nerf Base attack speed reduced from 120 to 115
7.26c
  • Buff Level 10 Talent increased from +5 Agility to +6
  • Buff Level 10 Talent increased from +8 Strength to +9
  • Buff Level 25 Talent increased from +0.8s Shadow Dance Duration to +1s
7.26b
  • Nerf All talents are now about 20% weaker
7.25
  • Nerf Pounce scepter range reduced from 1200 to 1100
7.24
  • Rework Pounce scepter replenish time increased from 20/16/12/8 to 10
  • Nerf Pounce scepter range reduced from 1400 to 1200
  • Nerf Level 15 Talent reduced from +30 Attack Speed to +25
7.23
  • Rework Reworked Scepter: Pounce now has two charges and travels double the distance/speed.
7.22f
  • Nerf Base damage reduced by 1
  • Nerf Level 20 Talent reduced from +1.25s Pounce Leash to +1s
7.22b
  • Nerf Essence Shift level 4 duration reduced from 120 to 100
7.22
  • Buff Base attack speed increased from 100 to 120
  • Buff Shadow Dance passive health regen rescaled from 3/5/7% to 5/6/7%
  • Buff Shadow Dance Scepter range increased from 325 to 425
7.21b
  • Buff Base armor increased by 1
7.21
  • Nerf Pounce no longer does 30/60/90/120 damage
7.20e
  • Nerf Level 20 talent reduced from +1.5s Pounce Leash to +1.25s
7.20d
  • Nerf Pounce leash distance increased from 350 to 400
  • Nerf Shadow Dance movement speed reduced from 30/40/50% to 20/35/50%
  • Nerf Level 25 Talent reduced from +100s Essense Shift Duration to +80s
7.20c
  • Nerf Pounce duration reduced from 2.75/3/3.25/3.5 to 2.5/2.75/3/3.25
  • Nerf Dark Pact mana cost from 55/50/45/40 to 60
  • Nerf Shadow Dance duration from 4/4.5/5 to 4/4.25/4.5
  • Buff Agility steal now also occurs when an enemy dies within 300 units from you with the debuff
    • (Rather than only when you get the killing blow)
  • Nerf Level 10 Talent reduced from +8 Agility to +6 Agility
  • Nerf Level 20 Talent reduced from +2s Pounce Leash to +1.5s
  • Nerf Level 25 Talent reduced from +120s Essence Shift Duration to +100s
7.20b
  • Nerf Now only steals agility when he kills the enemy himself
  • Nerf Pounce leash duration reduced from 3.5 to 2.75/3/3.25/3.5
  • Nerf Pounce leash range increased from 325 to 350
  • Nerf Shadow Dance cooldown increased from 60 to 80/70/60
  • Nerf Level 20 Talent reduced from +3s Pounce Leash to +2s
7.20
  • Buff Turn rate improved from 0.6 to 0.7
  • Buff Pounce now applies a Leashed state to the target, disallowing teleportation and mobility based abilities
  • Buff Shadow Dance duration improved from 4 to 4/4.5/5
  • Buff A hero dying with Essence Shift debuff on them causes Slark to permanently steal 1 Agility
7.18
  • Nerf Level 10 Talent reduced from +10 Agility to +8
7.16
  • Nerf Pounce damage reduced from 40/80/120/160 to 30/60/90/120
7.14
  • Buff Base HP regen increased from 2.75 to 3.25
  • Buff Shadow Dance move speed bonus increased from 30/35/40% to 30/40/50%
7.12
  • Buff Base HP regen increased from 1.5 to 2.75
  • Buff Turn rate improved from 0.5 to 0.6
7.10
  • Buff Level 10 Talent increased from +8 Strength to +10
7.07
  • Nerf Movement Speed reduced by 5
  • Rework Reworked Talent Tree
7.06
  • Nerf Intelligence gain reduced from 1.9 to 1.7
7.02
  • Nerf Movement speed reduced from 305 to 300
  • Buff Level 15 Talent from +10 Strength to +15
  • Rework Level 20 Talent from +250 Health to +10% Cooldown Reduction
7.01
  • Nerf Slark strength reduced from 21 + 1.8 to 20 + 1.6
7.00
  • Buff Added Scepter to Slark:
    • Reduces ultimate cooldown from 60 to 30
    • Causes Shadow Dance active to be a 325 AoE, hiding allied heroes underneath it
  • Nerf Pounce no longer disjoints projectiles
  • New Added Talent Tree
6.88
  • Nerf Pounce damage reduced from 50/100/150/200 to 40/80/120/160
6.83b
  • Nerf Pounce damage reduced from 55/110/165/220 to 50/100/150/200
6.83
  • Nerf Pounce damage reduced from 60/120/180/240 to 55/110/165/220
6.82
  • Buff Slark is no longer visible inside Chronosphere during Shadow Dance
6.80
  • Nerf Pounce damage reduced from 70/140/210/280 to 60/120/180/240
  • Buff Shadow Dance cooldown reduced from 65 to 60
6.79
  • Nerf Shadow Dance duration reduced from 5.5 to 4
  • Nerf Shadow Dance cooldown increased from 25 to 65
  • Buff Shadow Dance can no longer be revealed by True Sight
6.77
  • Buff Base agility increased by 6
6.75
  • Buff Shadow Dance HP regen increased from 3/4/5% to 3/5/7%
  • Buff Dark Pact cooldown decreased from 10/9/8/7 to 9/8/7/6
6.73
  • Buff Pounce damage increased from 40/80/120/160 to 70/140/210/280
  • Buff Pounce cast range increased from 400/500/600/700 to 700
  • Buff Shadow Dance regen increased from 2/3/4% to 3/4/5%
  • Buff Shadow Dance passive bonuses activation delay decreased from 0.7 to 0.5
  • Nerf Pounce cooldown rescaled from 12 to 20/16/12/8
6.72b
  • Nerf Essence Shift no longer permanently steals attributes
6.72
  • Bug Fix Pounce speed fixed to be the same at all levels
  • Buff Pounce no longer hits non-hero units
  • Buff Essence Shift duration increased from 15/30/45/60 to 15/30/60/120
  • Buff Strength growth increased from 1 to 1.8
  • Buff Intelligence growth increased from 1.6 to 1.9
  • Buff Essence Shift permanently reduces each stat of a hero Slark kills by 1 and he gains 3 Agi permanently
  • Buff Pounce AoE increased from 85 to 95
  • Nerf Agility growth reduced from 2 to 1.5
  • Rework Essence Shift now reduces each stat by 1 on attacks (no longer reduces the primary by 2)
  • Nerf Essence Shift agility bonus reduced from 4 to 3 per attack
6.71
  • Buff Pounce cooldown reduced from 16 to 12
6.70
  • Rework Adjusted the timing on Dark Pact
  • Rework Dark Pact self damage is now dealt to himself as he deals it to the area around him instead of at cast time
6.69
  • Nerf Decreased base Agility from 21 to 15 and increased starting damage by the same amount
  • Buff Pounce damage rescaled from 50/75/100/125 to 40/80/120/160
  • Buff Dark Pact cooldown reduced from 10 to 10/9/8/7
6.66
  • Nerf Pounce Leash now gets removed if the target blinks or teleports away
  • Nerf Shadow Dance passive no longer works if Slark is Doomed
6.65
  • New New Hero

Removed Abilities[edit]

Fish Bait
Targeting
Unit Target
Affects
Enemy Units
Self
Damage Type
Magical
Reduce movement speed of an enemy and provide true sight vision over them. If Slark pounces on the enemy during that time, he will be rewarded with bonus Attack Speed for the duration of the Leash.
Cast Range1100
Move Speed Slow30%
Pounce Attack Speed Bonus75
Duration6
9
50
This ability is granted by Aghanim's Shard
Blocked by Linken's Sphere and echoed by Lotus Orb.
Notes
  • Removed in patch 7.29

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