Attack animation

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Every unit in Dota 2 has an attack animation. In mechanical terms, this is a delay between when an attack command is issued, and damage is dealt (in the case of melee units) or a projectile is launched (in the case of ranged units).

Units also possess an animation backswing, which is a delay between the damage point of an attack and when another queued command will be performed. The backswing of an attack may be canceled by issuing another command, such as stop or move, to allow further commands to be followed more quickly.

Both attack point and backswing are reduced by the increased attack speed (IAS) attribute following the attack speed formula:

attack point = (base attack point) / (1 + IAS)
attack backswing = (base backswing) / (1 + IAS)

Where IAS is a percentage between -0.8 and 5.00.

With Arctic Burn icon.png Arctic Burn​ being the only exception (increasing attack projectile speed by 500), the speed of ranged attack projectiles cannot be altered. They can neither be hastened up, nor slowed down.

A unit's attack speed is completely independent of its attack animation. Attack animation strictly refers to the delay between when an attack order is issued and when the attack is launched. For example, if a unit has an attack time of one second, an attack point of 0.3 seconds, and an attack backswing of 0.5 seconds, they will be idle for 0.2 seconds during every attack cycle. Even if the backswing is canceled after 0.2 seconds, the idle period is extended to 0.5 seconds. However, during that idle period, other commands can be issued such as moving or casting spells.

In other words, canceling your animation does not allow you to attack faster.

Attack animations of heroes[edit | edit source]

Hero Attack Range Attack Point Attack Backswing Missile Speed
Abaddon.png Abaddon 150 0.56 0.41
Alchemist.png Alchemist 150 0.35 0.65
Ancient Apparition.png Ancient Apparition 600 0.45 0.3 1,250
Anti-Mage.png Anti-Mage 150 0.3 0.6
Arc Warden.png Arc Warden 625 0.3 0.7 800
Axe.png Axe 150 0.5 0.5
Bane.png Bane 400 0.3 0.7 900
Batrider.png Batrider 375 0.3 0.54 900
Beastmaster.png Beastmaster 150 0.3 0.7
Bloodseeker.png Bloodseeker 150 0.43 0.74
Bounty Hunter.png Bounty Hunter 150 0.59 0.59
Brewmaster.png Brewmaster 150 0.35 0.65
Bristleback.png Bristleback 150 0.3 0.3
Broodmother.png Broodmother 150 0.4 0.5
Centaur Warrunner.png Centaur Warrunner 150 0.3 0.3
Chaos Knight.png Chaos Knight 150 0.5 0.5
Chen.png Chen 600 0.5 0.5 1,100
Clinkz.png Clinkz 640 0.7 0.3 900
Clockwerk.png Clockwerk 150 0.33 0.64
Crystal Maiden.png Crystal Maiden 600 0.55 0 900
Dark Seer.png Dark Seer 150 0.59 0.58
Dazzle.png Dazzle 550 0.3 0.3 1,200
Death Prophet.png Death Prophet 600 0.56 0.51 1,000
Disruptor.png Disruptor 600 0.4 0.5 1,200
Doom.png Doom bMelee 0.5 0.7
Dragon Knight.png Dragon Knight 150 0.5 0.5
Drow Ranger.png Drow Ranger 625 0.7 0.3 1,250
Earth Spirit.png Earth Spirit 150 0.35 0.65
Earthshaker.png Earthshaker 150 0.467 0.863
Elder Titan.png Elder Titan 150 0.35 0.97
Ember Spirit.png Ember Spirit 150 0.4 0.3
Enchantress.png Enchantress 550 0.3 0.7 900
Enigma.png Enigma 500 0.4 0.77 900
Faceless Void.png Faceless Void 150 0.5 0.56
Gyrocopter.png Gyrocopter 365 0.2 0.97 3,000
Huskar.png Huskar 400 0.4 0.5 1,400
Invoker.png Invoker 600 0.4 0.7 900
Io.png Io 575 0.15 0.4 1,200
Jakiro.png Jakiro 400 0.4 0.5 1,100
Juggernaut.png Juggernaut 150 0.33 0.84
Keeper of the Light.png Keeper of the Light 600 0.3 0.85 900
Kunkka.png Kunkka 150 0.4 0.3
Legion Commander.png Legion Commander 150 0.46 0.64
Leshrac.png Leshrac 600 0.4 0.77 900
Lich.png Lich 550 0.46 0.54 900
Lifestealer.png Lifestealer 150 0.39 0.44
Lina.png Lina 670 0.75 0.78 1,000
Lion.png Lion 600 0.43 0.74 1,000
Lone Druid.png Lone Druid 550 0.33 0.53 900
Luna.png Luna 330 0.46 0.54 900
Lycan.png Lycan 150 0.55 0.55
Magnus.png Magnus 150 0.5 0.84
Medusa.png Medusa 600 0.5 0.6 1,200
Meepo.png Meepo 150 0.38 0.6
Mirana.png Mirana 630 0.3 0.7 900
Monkey King.png Monkey King 300 0.45 0.2
Morphling.png Morphling 350 0.5 0.5 1,300
Naga Siren.png Naga Siren 150 0.5 0.5
Nature's Prophet.png Nature's Prophet 600 0.4 0.77 1,125
Necrophos.png Necrophos 550 0.53 0.47 900
Night Stalker.png Night Stalker 150 0.55 0.55
Nyx Assassin.png Nyx Assassin 150 0.46 0.54
Ogre Magi.png Ogre Magi 150 0.3 0.3
Omniknight.png Omniknight 150 0.433 0.567
Oracle.png Oracle 620 0.3 0.7 900
Outworld Devourer.png Outworld Devourer 450 0.46 0.54 900
Phantom Assassin.png Phantom Assassin 150 0.3 0.7
Phantom Lancer.png Phantom Lancer 150 0.5 0.5
Phoenix.png Phoenix 500 0.35 0.633 1,100
Puck.png Puck 550 0.5 0.8 900
Pudge.png Pudge 150 0.5 1.17
Pugna.png Pugna 600 0.5 0.5 900
Queen of Pain.png Queen of Pain 550 0.56 0.41 1,500
Razor.png Razor 475 0.3 0.7 2,000
Riki.png Riki 150 0.3 0.3
Rubick.png Rubick 550 0.4 0.77 1,125
Sand King.png Sand King 150 0.53 0.47
Shadow Demon.png Shadow Demon 500 0.35 0.5 900
Shadow Fiend.png Shadow Fiend 500 0.5 0.54 1,200
Shadow Shaman.png Shadow Shaman 400 0.3 0.5 900
Silencer.png Silencer 600 0.5 0.5 1,000
Skywrath Mage.png Skywrath Mage 600 0.4 0.78 1,000
Slardar.png Slardar 150 0.36 0.64
Slark.png Slark 150 0.5 0.3
Sniper.png Sniper 550 0.17 0.7 3,000
Spectre.png Spectre 150 0.3 0.7
Spirit Breaker.png Spirit Breaker 150 0.6 0.3
Storm Spirit.png Storm Spirit 480 0.5 0.3 1,100
Sven.png Sven 150 0.4 0.3
Techies.png Techies 700 0.5 0.5 900
Templar Assassin.png Templar Assassin 140 0.3 0.5 900
Terrorblade.png Terrorblade 150 0.3 0.6
Tidehunter.png Tidehunter 150 0.6 0.56
Timbersaw.png Timbersaw 150 0.36 0.64
Tinker.png Tinker 500 0.35 0.65 900
Tiny.png Tiny 150 0.49 1
Treant Protector.png Treant Protector 150 0.6 0.4
Troll Warlord.png Troll Warlord 500 0.3 0.3 1,200
Tusk.png Tusk 150 0.36 0.64
Underlord.png Underlord 150 0.45 0.7
Undying.png Undying 150 0.3 0.3
Ursa.png Ursa 150 0.3 0.3
Vengeful Spirit.png Vengeful Spirit 400 0.33 0.64 1,500
Venomancer.png Venomancer 450 0.3 0.7 900
Viper.png Viper 575 0.33 1 1,200
Visage.png Visage 600 0.46 0.54 900
Warlock.png Warlock 600 0.3 0.3 1,200
Weaver.png Weaver 425 0.64 0.36 900
Windranger.png Windranger 600 0.4 0.3 1,250
Winter Wyvern.png Winter Wyvern 425 0.25 0.8 700
Witch Doctor.png Witch Doctor 600 0.4 0.5 1,200
Wraith King.png Wraith King 150 0.56 0.44
Zeus.png Zeus 350 0.633 0.366 1,100

Attack animation of other units[edit | edit source]

Unit Attack Range Attack Point Attack Backswing Missile Speed
Ranged creeps.png Ranged Creep b4500 0.5 0.67 900
Melee creeps.png Nature's Prophet Treant model.png Melee Creep, Treant a1Melee 0.467 0.533 -
Siege creeps.png Siege Creep b7690 0.7 1.3 1100
Towers.jpg Tower b8700 0.6 0.4 750
Fountain.png Fountain b91200 0 0 1400
Kobold model.png Kobold Soldier model.png Kobold, Kobold Soldier a1Melee 0.38 0.6 -
Kobold Foreman model.png Kobold Foreman a2Melee 0.38 0.6 -
Centaur Courser model.png Mud Golem model.png Broodmother Spiderling model.png Centaur Courser, Mud Golem, Spiderling, Spiderite a1Melee 0.5 0.3 -
Centaur Conqueror model.png Hellbear model.png Hellbear Smasher model.png Ogre Bruiser model.png Ogre Frostmage model.png Satyr Mindstealer model.png Satyr Tormenter model.png Ancient Rock Golem model.png Centaur Conqueror, Hellbear, Hellbear Smasher Ogre Bruiser, Ogre Frostmage, Satyr Mindstealer, Satyr Tormenter, Ancient Rock Golem a1Melee 0.3 0.3 -
Fell Spirit model.png Fell Spirit a1Melee 0.4 0.3 -
Ghost model.png Ghost b1300 0.3 0.3 900
Giant Wolf model.png Alpha Wolf model.png Lycan Wolf model.png Giant Wolf, Alpha Wolf, Lycan Wolf a0Melee 0.33 0.64 -
Wildwing model.png Wildwing Ripper model.png Roshan model.png Brewmaster Earth model.png Brewmaster Fire model.png Undying Zombie model.png Wildwing, Wildwing Ripper, Roshan, Earth, Fire, Undying Zombie a3Melee 0.3 0.3 -
Satyr Banisher model.png Satyr Banisher b1300 0.3 0.3 1500
Ancient Granite Golem model.png Ancient Granite Golem a3Melee 0.3 0.5 -
Ancient Thunderhide model.png Ancient Rumblehide model.png Ancient Thunderhide, Ancient Rumblehide b1300 0.5 0.56 1500
Vhoul Assassin model.png Vhoul Assassin b4500 0.4 0.3 1500
Hill Troll model.png Dark Troll Summoner model.png Hill Troll Berserker model.png Hill Troll, Dark Troll Summoner, Hill Troll Berserker b4500 0.3 0.3 1200
Hill Troll Priest model.png Hill Troll Priest b6600 0.3 0.3 900
Harpy Scout model.png Harpy Scout b1300 0.3 0.3 1200
Harpy Stormcrafter model.png Harpy Stormcrafter b3450 0.3 0.3 1200
Ancient Black Drake model.png Ancient Black Drake b1300 0.94 0.56 900
Ancient Black Dragon model.png Ancient Black Dragon b1300 0.94 0.56 1500
Dark Troll Summoner Skeleton Warrior model.png Skeleton Warrior a0Melee 0.56 0.44 -
Necronomicon Warrior 3 model.png Necronomicon Warrior a1Melee 0.56 0.44 -
Necronomicon Archer 3 model.png Necronomicon Archer b2350/450/550 0.7 0.3 900
Witch Doctor Death Ward model.png Death Ward b8700 0 0 1000
Shadow Shaman Mass Serpent Ward model.png Serpent Ward b6600 0.3 0.4 900
Venomancer Plague Ward model.png Plague Ward b6600 0.3 0.7 1900
Enigma Eidolon model.png Eidolon b3450 0.4 0.77 900
Invoker Forged Spirit model.png Forged Spirit b1300/365/430/495/560/625/690 0.2 0.4 1000
Warlock Golem model.png Warlock's Golem a4Melee 0.26 0.74 -
Beastmaster Boar model.png Boar b5550 0.633 0.337 1500
Brewmaster Storm model.png Storm b6600 0.4 0.77 1200
Lone Druid Spirit Bear model.png Spirit Bear a3Melee 0.43 0.67 -
Visage Familiar model.png Familiar b0160 0.33 0.2 900

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