Ancient (unit type)

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"Ancient creep" redirects here. For the neutral ancient camps, see Ancient camps.

The Ancient unit tag causes the tagged units to be treated differently by spells and other effects. It also turns them completely immune (i.e. untargetable) for some spells, mainly spells which instantly kill the target.

The following units are ancient creeps: Ancient Black Dragon icon.png Ancient Black Dragon, Ancient Black Drake icon.png Ancient Black Drake, Ancient Granite Golem icon.png Ancient Granite Golem, Ancient Rock Golem icon.png Ancient Rock Golem, Ancient Thunderhide icon.png Ancient Thunderhide, Ancient Rumblehide icon.png Ancient Rumblehide, Ancient Prowler Shaman icon.png Ancient Prowler Shaman, Ancient Prowler Acolyte icon.png Ancient Prowler Acolyte, Roshan icon.png Roshan, Animal Courier (Radiant) icon.png Animal Courier, Flying Courier (Radiant) icon.png Flying Courier, Brewmaster Earth icon.png Earth, Brewmaster Storm icon.png Storm, Brewmaster Fire icon.png Fire, Astral Spirit icon.png Astral Spirit, Visage Familiar icon.png Familiar, Warlock Golem icon.png Warlock's Golem, Tombstone icon.png Tombstone.

Spell interactions[edit]

If a spell has different effects on heroes as it does on creeps, then it uses the creep effect on ancient creeps. For example, spells with different durations on creeps than on heroes use the creep duration.

Not affecting[edit]

The following spells are unable to target or affect units tagged as ancients.

The following spells cannot target units tagged as ancients by default, but can be made to target them with upgrades.

1 These spells can target or affect ancients when having Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter.

2 These spells can target or affect ancients after the required Talent talent is chosen.

Note: If the target is a creep-hero with the ancient unit tag, these spells still treat them as heroes, Holy Persuasion and Devour still cannot target them and Enchant slows them, rather than converting.

Unique[edit]

The following spells treat units tagged as ancients differently than regular creeps.

  • Frostbite icon.png
    Uses the hero duration against ancient creeps, rather than the creep duration.
  • Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png
    Does not root enemy ancient creeps like how it does when used on regular creeps.
  • Boulder Smash icon.png
    Cannot be cast on ancient creeps to smash them. Ancient creeps are affected by the damage/stun normally.
  • Omnislash icon.png
    Cannot be cast on ancient creeps. Can jump onto ancient creeps and damage them normally, and instantly kill them when not player-controlled.
  • Infest icon.png
    Cannot be cast on ancient creeps when on level 1. Can target them normally when on level 2 or 3.
  • Sacred Arrow icon.png
    Does not instantly kill ancient creeps like how it does when hitting regular creeps.
  • Sun Ray icon.png
    Does not affect/damage enemy ancient creeps. Does affect/heal allied ancient creeps.
  • Chakram icon.png
    Does not affect ancient creeps when passing through them. Does affect ancients while stationary.
  • Chakram 2 icon.png
    Does not affect ancient creeps when passing through them. Does affect ancients while stationary.
  • Toss icon.png
    Cannot toss ancient creeps. Can target ancient creeps to toss units towards them.