Ancient Apparition

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Ancient Apparition
Ancient Apparition.png
18 + 1.4
20 + 2.2
25 + 2.6
Level 1 16 25
Hit Points 492 929 1499
Mana 325 858 1391
Damage 44‒54 85‒95 126‒136
Armor 1.8 6.7 11.99
Attacks / Second 0.7 0.91 1.12
Movement Speed 295
Turn Rate 0.6
Sight Range 1800/800
Attack Range 600
Missile Speed 1250
Attack Duration 0.45+0.3
Cast Duration 0.01+0.75
Base Attack Time 1.7
Collision Size 24

Kaldr the Ancient Apparition is a ranged intelligence hero. This spell-caster elemental being possesses high range, great attributes and strong semi-spammable spells. He is commonly played as a ganker or support role and due to his high agility and an attack enhancing spell, he can be played as a Semi-Carry too. His ultimate is one of the most devastating spells in the game as it can hit multiple units, has global range, freezes health regeneration, and instantly kill units if low on life.


Ancient Apparition Kaldr, the Ancient Apparition
Play "One day, ice will cover these lands, and it will be as if this war never happened."
Role: Pip roamer.png Support / Pip disabler.png Disabler
Lore: Kaldr, the Ancient Apparition, is an image projected from outside time. He springs from the cold, infinite void that both predates the universe and awaits its end. Kaldr is, Kaldr was, Kaldr shall be… and what we perceive, powerful as it appears to us, is but the faintest faded echo of the true, eternal Kaldr. Some believe that as the cosmos ages and approaches its final moments, the brightness and power of Kaldr will also intensify—that the Ancient Apparition will grow younger and stronger as eternity's end draws nigh. His grip of ice will bring all matter to a stop, his image will cast a light too terrible to behold. An Apparition no longer!
Voice: John Patrick Lowrie (Responses)


Ancient Apparition is considered an efficient Ganker for his very powerful abilities, despite each of them requiring precision and good timing to reach their full potential. Because his spells work very well with those of other heroes, a good ganking partner can easily ensure a kill. Kaldr is also a good Support because of his Chilling Touch ability, which gives a large amount of bonus magic damage to his teammates' attacks, but more importantly for his Ice Vortex, which slows and helps him and his team deal more damage. He can also be an Initiator by using his ultimate, but to do so effectively requires more strategy and coordination with your team.

Ancient Apparition is recommended for Intermediate/Advanced players because he requires large amounts of map knowledge to maximize the use of his ultimate, but also to avoid getting ganked because he doesn't have any true escape mechanism. Because his abilities are most powerful when cast in succession, pulling off quick ability combos is very helpful. Consequently, he requires lots of mana management because casting all of his spells in combination can consume a lot of mana, which can leave you unable to cast any more spells until you replenish.

Ancient Apparition can solo mid effectively because of his quick lane dominance through harassing and denying, but side-laning is also viable, especially with a partner who can disable. He shines most during the Early & Mid Game-Phase because his abilities are naturally strong while he is laning. Ancient Apparition also does not require as many items as other heroes. He is good with just his abilities and therefore doesn't need to farm. Even the most basic items are all that this hero needs. Because of his mana issues, a few good mana-regen items could help. Despite how good he is early on, he isn't necessarily less so during the late game. In fact, because of his supportive nature, he can be extremely helpful during later teamfights.


Cold Feet
Blocked by Spell Immunity. Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Partially purgeable. Play
Cold Feet icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
Target Unit Enemy Units Magical
Places a frozen hex on an enemy unit that deals damage over time, but can be dispelled by moving away from the initial cast point. If the enemy unit doesn't move out of the given range, it will be stunned and frozen in place after 4 seconds.
Range: 700
Duration: 4
Damage over Time: 37.5/50/62.5/75
Stun Duration: 1.25/2/2.75/3.5
Break Distance: 740
Cooldown 15/13/11/9 Mana 150
Partially purgeable. Initial debuff can be purged.
Kaldr's presence draws those around him into a frozen void, threatening to lock them in an icy prison for eternity.


  • Deals 37.5/50/62.5/75 magic damage at 0.8, 1.6, 2.5, 3.4 seconds (Total Damage: 150, 200, 250, 300).
  • Effect ends when the unit either dies, walks 740 distance from the mark or has the debuff removed.

Ice Vortex
Blocked by Spell Immunity. Not blocked by Linken's Sphere. Play
Ice Vortex icon.png
Ability Affects
Target Point Enemy Units
Creates a vortex of icy energy that slows movement speed and increases magic damage done in its range. Lasts 16 seconds.
Range: 1500
Radius: 275
Movement Speed Slow: 15%/20%/25%/30%
Magic Resistance Reduction: 15%/20%/25%/30%
Duration: 16
Cooldown 4 Mana 80/90/100/110
Frozen, caustic winds are at the whim of Kaldr, chilling the field of battle.


  • New units are checked for every 0.5 seconds.
  • Does not affect Visage's Familiars.
  • Provides vision in the area.

Chilling Touch
Not blocked by Spell Immunity. Can be purged. Play
Chilling Touch icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
Target Point Allied Heroes Magical
A frigid gust enchants allied heroes, granting them bonus magical damage for a given number of physical attacks, while slowing their attack speed slightly. Lasts 30 seconds.
Range: 800
Radius: 525
Duration: 3/4/5/6 attacks or 30 seconds
Bonus Magical Damage: 50/60/70/80
Attack Speed Reduction: 20
Cooldown 50/42/34/26 Mana 110/120/130/140
The Ancient Apparition's eternal knowledge brings a frigid enchantment to his allies.


  • Extra damage is its own instance of damage as opposed to added to the attack.
  • Only works against heroes and creeps.
  • If an attack is interrupted before dealing damage the count of attacks is not lowered.
  • Each ally buffed can deal up to 150/240/350/480 bonus damage, and if all 5 allies are buffed, they can do to 750/1200/1750/2400 damage.
  • The buff is always applied to Ancient Apparition even if he is not within the target area.

Ice Blast
Not blocked by Spell Immunity. Not blocked by Linken's Sphere. Cannot be purged. Play
Ice Blast icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
Target Point Enemy Units Magical
An explosive ball of icy hail that can be used to strike targets anywhere on the map. On first use, Kaldr launches a tracer towards the targeted location. The second use marks the current location of the blast, upon which the actual projectile is launched - the greater the distance, the larger the radius affected. It deals damage to enemy units and applies a frostbite curse to units in and around the area that prevents regeneration or healing. Frostbitten units will take minor damage over time; if the units drop below a certain percentage of hitpoints, they'll instantly shatter.
Range: Global
Radius: See notes
Frostbite Duration: 8/9/10 (17*)
Frostbite Damage per Second: 12.5/20/32
HP for Kill: 10%/11%/12%
Damage: 250/350/450
Cooldown 40 Mana 100/125/150
Can be Improved by Aghanim's Scepter (* shows the improved values). Increases duration.
Ice storms from ages past flow through Kaldr's frosty limbs, crashing into the world and turning its inhabitants into monuments to his eternal power.


  • The radius for the damage is 250+50*TimeTraveled (by the second projectile) capped at 975 (14.5 seconds, 21500 units), The radius for HP freeze is 275 along the path of the second projectile and upon the final strike area.
  • The instant kill doesn't work on illusions.
  • First projectile has a 1500 movement speed, stops when the caster dies or casts the second part of the projectile.
  • First projectile clears fog in a 500 radius circle at its end.
  • Kill will be granted to the source of the damage that triggers the shatter.
  • HP freeze prevents all kinds of healing. Sunder icon.png Sunder will still work, since it is not properly a heal, but a "HP exchange".
  • The shatter damage will not kill units affected by Shallow Grave icon.png Shallow Grave.
  • Total damage : 350/530/770 (462.5/690/994*)
  • Cannot be dispelled by anything.
  • Tracer can be seen by true sight. It appears as a red dot on the minimap when passing towers and sentries or a hero with a gem. It is possible to see the tracer as an enemy hero, without true sight: it is seen as a feeble distortion on the map when the tracer passes through. (Possible bug)

Recommended items[edit]

Starting items:

  • Three Iron Branches are cheap and give bonus attributes.
  • Clarities are needed because Ancient Apparition is very mana dependent in the early game. These potions will make spamming Cold Feet easier.
  • Two Tangos and a Healing Salve grant good health regeneration, which is very important for a fragile Hero.

Early game:

  • Urn of Shadows gives some Strength, a necessary attribute for Ancient Apparition, and good mana regeneration. Its ability will make ganking easier, while it can also be used to heal allies.
  • Magic Wand helps with both your health regeneration and mana regeneration.
  • Boots of Speed are needed for the speed bonus.

Core items:

  • Power Treads will give you more attack speed and health/mana. Because of the good bonus and lack of attribute, they're usually kept into Strength most of the time.
  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity gives plenty of mana regeneration, some mana and some movement speed. You can activate its ability on an enemy after casting Cold Feet and the opposing Hero will be stunned and frozen most of the times.
  • Mekansm is a great utility item which will make you and your team much harder to kill. Use its ability to heal you and nearby friendly Heroes at the cost of some mana, while buffing everyone at the same time.
  • Observer Ward not only helps your team out by providing vision, but helps you out, too, by scouting low-hp enemies to Ice Blast.

Situational items:

  • Scythe of Vyse is a great item that gives a great attribute increase, all the mana regeneration you'll ever need, and an amazing disable. Its only downside is its hefty price.
  • Rod of Atos grants a lot of intelligence and nice HP bulk. It makes you less fragile and able to spam your spells without worrying as much. Its 60% slow can be used with your Cold Feet (and Ice Vortex) to easily land your spells.
  • Force Staff is an extremely useful item which can be picked up as an escape mechanism or a chasing item. It can be used to help teammates as well.
  • Eye of Skadi gives a great increase to attributes, and the passive ability is useful in conjuction with your Cold Feet. It's also a good item in teamfights, since you can slow enemies and let your teammates chase them.
  • Linken's Sphere is a good counter to teams with abilities that could leave you stunned or disabled for a long time. Overall, it grants an additional bonus to attributes, some health and mana regeneration and a bit more of damage.
  • Shiva's Guard gives a lot of Intelligence and armor. Its ability slows down enemies and damages them in a large radius, making it perfect in team battles where you are the first priority target.
  • Aghanim's Scepter gives Ancient Apparition a much needed improvement to his attributes as well as increasing the duration of Ice Blast's debuff to 17 seconds, effectively preventing all enemy support heroes with healing spells from healing for an extended period of time. This makes your ultimate ability extremely lethal to low HP intelligence and agility heroes even when they are at full health.


  • Use Cold Feet to harass in the early game, but mind your mana pool.
  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity in combination with Cold Feet can almost always guarantee a stun (though at the cost of Cold Feet's damage over time). It also allows you to land a short-range Ice Blast in quick succession.
  • Chilling Touch can be useful to max along with Cold Feet if you are laning with another ranged hero. The harass is extremely potent and can often push your enemies out of the lane.
  • Ice Vortex can be used to slow enemies when chasing or being chased, as well as reduce their resistance. It also gives vision, so it can be used to scout the Roshan pit, ancients, trees (if someone jukes into them), high ground, and so on. The cast range is very long, so all of this can be done from a safe distance.
  • Ice Blast is a multi-purpose spell that can be cast to anywhere on the map. Use it to aid your allies in ganks, initiate team battles, finish off low-HP heroes, and clear large creep waves.
  • Remember that Ice Blast debuff prevents all health gain, including healing spells, natural health regeneration, lifesteal, health gained indirectly such as from activating an Armlet and even bonus health gained from the strength obtained by leveling up under its effects! Landing this spell on the enemy team at the start of a team fight will prevent healers such as Dazzle, Chen and Omniknight or a Mekansm carrying hero from regenerating any hp to their team. The debuff reaches its ideal effect especially if you have an Aghanim's Scepter.
  • Ancient Apparition can solo mid in the early game, as he has all the necessary tools to control his lane. AA will look to start ganking as soon as possible and use the early Ice Blasts to his team's advantage.
  • In spite of his ability to solo, AA is still very potent in a dual or tri lane. Cold Feet functions well as a follow-up to an ally's stun, and Chilling Touch is able to buff every one of AA's allies, effectively multiplying its effectiveness by the number of allies you have available.
  • All of Ancient Apparition's spells have incredible range. Try to avoid close combat when possible.
  • You don't have an escape mechanism, so having vision of your opponents is crucial for you to survive. Ask your teammates to ward or do it yourself whenever possible.

Update history[edit]

July 18, 2013 Patch

June 28, 2013 Patch

March 21, 2013 Patch

  • Fixed Ancient Apparition icon.png Ancient Apparition's ult cast sounds to only play for teammates or nearby enemies that have vision.

December 13, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed status effect ignoring magic immune units (HP Freeze and Shatter).

July 26, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed Ice Blast debuff not getting added to units slept by Song of the Siren.

June 20, 2012 Patch

  • Added the following animations for Ancient Apparition Ancient Apparition:
    • Injured Idle (and alternate animation)
    • Victory
    • Haste Rune Run
    • Injured Run
    • Spawn
    • Teleport (Start and End)

May 17, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed Ethereal and Guardian Angel blocking Ice Blast's shatter.

May 10, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed turn rates for the following heroes: Lifestealer, Alchemist, Clockwerk, Bounty Hunter, Dark Seer, Dazzle, Ancient Apparition, Brewmaster, Chen, Silencer, Lone Druid, Spectre and Spiritbreaker.

April 26, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Updated the hero selection portrait.

April 12, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed Ice Blast impact damage not hurting illusions.
  • Fixed Chilling Touch affecting Spirit Bear and Warlock's Golem.

March 28, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed a bug where Ice Blast could get stuck on the map.

February 16, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed Ice Blast's secondary ability not firing off when you die.

November 17, 2011 Patch

November 04, 2011 Patch

  • Issues with items that used the negative health regen - this fixes the interaction of Ancient Apparition with Armlet.

October 27, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed a recent bug with Ice Blast trail debuff happening a little too early.
  • Fixed a bug with Chilling Touch attack speed reduction display.

October 20, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed a recent bug that caused the Ice Blast trail debuff to not get applied to heroes.

September 29, 2011 Patch

September 23, 2011 Patch

  • Rocket Flare and Iceblast should now behave correctly when they are cast while queueing commands.

September 09, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed Ice Vortex debuff lasting a little too long on enemies that leave the area.

August 05, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed broken AA tooltips.

August 04, 2011 Patch

  • Removed death effect blood from AA.
  • Added quick death effect to AA.
  • death anim for Ancient Appa.

July 29, 2011 Patch

  • Ice Blast spells now shows up for spectators.

July 22, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed Ice Blast's projectile not showing up on the minimap.

July 16, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed Cold Feet purgability.

June 28, 2011 Patch

  • Changed how Ice Blast secondary projectile works visually. It now calculates it's intended target for the explosion time rather than waiting on a message from the server. This allows it to be accurate regardless of latency.
  • Ice Blast wont shatter units that are attack immune.
  • Fixed Ice Blast release cast point to be 0.0f.
  • Fixed Ice Vortex's magic damage amp not working.
  • Fixed Ice Vortex affecting ancients.
  • Fixed losing the debuff when moving between two patches of ice vortex. Also made the debuff not purgable.
  • Fixed Chilling Touch affecting friendly illusions, also fixed it so attacking illusions wont consume a charge nor do the extra damage.
  • Fixed Ice Blast affecting illusions.

June 17, 2011 Patch

  • New Hero: Ancient Apparition.

Balance changelog[edit]


  • Ice Vortex icon.png Ice Vortex slow decreased from 18/22/26/30% to 15/20/25/30%.



  • Ice Vortex icon.png Ice Vortex
    • Spell damage amplification increased from 10/15/20/25 to 15/20/25/30.
    • Duration increased from 12 to 16.
    • Aura stickiness increased from 0.1 to the standard 0.5 aura value.


  • Ice Vortex icon.png Ice Vortex cooldown reduced from 5 to 4.
  • Ice Blast icon.png Ice Blast cooldown reduced from 45 to 40.
  • Chilling Touch icon.png Chilling Touch
    • The buff is now always applied to Ancient Apparition even if he is not within the target area.
    • Cooldown reduced from 50/46/42/38 to 50/42/34/26.
  • Night vision reduced from 1400 to 800.





  • Chilling Touch icon.png Chilling Touch
    • Now deals its bonus damage and uses a charge when attacking creeps.
    • AoE increased from 450 to 525.
    • Bonus damage increased from 40/50/60/70 to 50/60/70/80.
    • Duration reduced from 40 to 30.
  • Ice Blast icon.png Ice Blast is no longer dispelled by the Fountain.


  • Armor reduced from 4 to 2.


  • Added to Captain's Mode.


  • Armor reduced by 1.
  • Ice Blast icon.png Ice Blast cooldown from 44/32/20 to 45.


  • Cold Feet icon.png Cold Feet mana cost increased from 90/10/110/120 to 150.


  • Cold Feet icon.png Cold Feet manacost increased from 90 to 90/100/110/120.
  • Ice Blast icon.png Ice Blast
    • Impact delay is a little slower now.
    • No longer pierces Shallow Grave.
    • Debuff is now purgable.


  • Created.


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