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]

Hero Attack Range Attack Point Attack Backswing Missile Speed
Abaddon icon.png Abaddon Melee 0.56 0.41 -
Alchemist icon.png Alchemist Melee 0.35 0.65 -
Ancient Apparition icon.png Ancient Apparition 675 0.45 0.3 1250
Anti-Mage icon.png Anti-Mage Melee 0.3 0.6 -
Arc Warden icon.png Arc Warden 625 0.3 0.7 800
Axe icon.png Axe Melee 0.5 0.5 -
Bane icon.png Bane 400 0.3 0.7 900
Batrider icon.png Batrider 375 0.3 0.54 900
Beastmaster icon.png Beastmaster Melee 0.3 0.7 -
Bloodseeker icon.png Bloodseeker Melee 0.43 0.74 -
Bounty Hunter icon.png Bounty Hunter Melee 0.59 0.59 -
Brewmaster icon.png Brewmaster Melee 0.35 0.65 -
Bristleback icon.png Bristleback Melee 0.3 0.3 -
Broodmother icon.png Broodmother Melee 0.4 0.5 -
Centaur Warrunner icon.png Centaur Warrunner Melee 0.3 0.3 -
Chaos Knight icon.png Chaos Knight Melee 0.5 0.5 -
Chen icon.png Chen 600 0.5 0.5 1100
Clinkz icon.png Clinkz 640 0.7 0.3 900
Clockwerk icon.png Clockwerk Melee 0.33 0.64 -
Crystal Maiden icon.png Crystal Maiden 600 0.55 0 900
Dark Seer icon.png Dark Seer Melee 0.59 0.58 -
Dazzle icon.png Dazzle 550 0.3 0.3 1200
Death Prophet icon.png Death Prophet 600 0.56 0.51 1000
Disruptor icon.png Disruptor 600 0.4 0.5 1200
Doom icon.png Doom Melee 0.5 0.7 -
Dragon Knight icon.png Dragon Knight Melee 0.5 0.5 -
Drow Ranger icon.png Drow Ranger 625 0.7 0.3 1250
Earth Spirit icon.png Earth Spirit Melee 0.35 0.65 -
Earthshaker icon.png Earthshaker Melee 0.467 0.863 -
Elder Titan icon.png Elder Titan Melee 0.35 0.97 -
Ember Spirit icon.png Ember Spirit Melee 0.4 0.3 -
Enchantress icon.png Enchantress 550 0.3 0.7 900
Enigma icon.png Enigma 500 0.4 0.77 900
Faceless Void icon.png Faceless Void Melee 0.5 0.56 -
Gyrocopter icon.png Gyrocopter 365 0.2 0.97 3000
Huskar icon.png Huskar 400 0.4 0.5 1400
Invoker icon.png Invoker 600 0.4 0.7 900
Io icon.png Io 575 0.15 0.4 1200
Jakiro icon.png Jakiro 400 0.4 0.5 1100
Juggernaut icon.png Juggernaut Melee 0.33 0.84 -
Keeper of the Light icon.png Keeper of the Light 600 0.3 0.85 900
Kunkka icon.png Kunkka Melee 0.4 0.3 -
Legion Commander icon.png Legion Commander Melee 0.46 0.64 -
Leshrac icon.png Leshrac 600 0.4 0.77 900
Lich icon.png Lich 550 0.46 0.54 900
Lifestealer icon.png Lifestealer Melee 0.39 0.44 -
Lina icon.png Lina 670 0.75 0.78 1000
Lion icon.png Lion 600 0.43 0.74 1000
Lone Druid icon.png Lone Druid 550 0.33 0.53 900
Luna icon.png Luna 330 0.46 0.54 900
Lycan icon.png Lycan Melee 0.55 0.55 -
Magnus icon.png Magnus Melee 0.5 0.84 -
Medusa icon.png Medusa 600 0.5 0.6 1200
Meepo icon.png Meepo Melee 0.38 0.6 -
Mirana icon.png Mirana 630 0.3 0.7 900
Monkey King icon.png Monkey King Melee 0.45 0.2 -
Morphling icon.png Morphling 350 0.5 0.5 1300
Naga Siren icon.png Naga Siren Melee 0.5 0.5 -
Nature's Prophet icon.png Nature's Prophet 600 0.4 0.77 1125
Necrophos icon.png Necrophos 550 0.53 0.47 900
Night Stalker icon.png Night Stalker Melee 0.55 0.55 -
Nyx Assassin icon.png Nyx Assassin Melee 0.46 0.54 -
Ogre Magi icon.png Ogre Magi Melee 0.3 0.3 -
Omniknight icon.png Omniknight Melee 0.433 0.567 -
Oracle icon.png Oracle 620 0.3 0.7 900
Outworld Devourer icon.png Outworld Devourer 450 0.46 0.54 900
Phantom Assassin icon.png Phantom Assassin Melee 0.3 0.7 -
Phantom Lancer icon.png Phantom Lancer Melee 0.5 0.5 -
Phoenix icon.png Phoenix 500 0.35 0.633 1100
Puck icon.png Puck 550 0.5 0.8 900
Pudge icon.png Pudge Melee 0.5 1.17 -
Pugna icon.png Pugna 600 0.5 0.5 900
Queen of Pain icon.png Queen of Pain 550 0.56 0.41 1500
Razor icon.png Razor 475 0.3 0.7 2000
Riki icon.png Riki Melee 0.3 0.3 -
Rubick icon.png Rubick 550 0.4 0.77 1125
Sand King icon.png Sand King Melee 0.53 0.47 -
Shadow Demon icon.png Shadow Demon 500 0.35 0.5 900
Shadow Fiend icon.png Shadow Fiend 500 0.5 0.54 1200
Shadow Shaman icon.png Shadow Shaman 400 0.3 0.5 900
Silencer icon.png Silencer 600 0.5 0.5 1000
Skywrath Mage icon.png Skywrath Mage 600 0.4 0.78 1000
Slardar icon.png Slardar Melee 0.36 0.64 -
Slark icon.png Slark Melee 0.5 0.3 -
Sniper icon.png Sniper 550 0.17 0.7 3000
Spectre icon.png Spectre Melee 0.3 0.7 -
Spirit Breaker icon.png Spirit Breaker Melee 0.6 0.3 -
Storm Spirit icon.png Storm Spirit 480 0.5 0.3 1100
Sven icon.png Sven Melee 0.4 0.3 -
Techies icon.png Techies 700 0.5 0.5 900
Templar Assassin icon.png Templar Assassin 140 0.3 0.5 900
Terrorblade icon.png Terrorblade Melee 0.3 0.6 -
Tidehunter icon.png Tidehunter Melee 0.6 0.56 -
Timbersaw icon.png Timbersaw Melee 0.36 0.64 -
Tinker icon.png Tinker 500 0.35 0.65 900
Tiny icon.png Tiny Melee 0.49 1 -
Treant Protector icon.png Treant Protector Melee 0.6 0.4 -
Troll Warlord icon.png Troll Warlord 500 0.3 0.3 1200
Tusk icon.png Tusk Melee 0.36 0.64 -
Underlord icon.png Underlord Melee 0.45 0.7 -
Undying icon.png Undying Melee 0.3 0.3 -
Ursa icon.png Ursa Melee 0.3 0.3 -
Vengeful Spirit icon.png Vengeful Spirit 400 0.33 0.64 1500
Venomancer icon.png Venomancer 450 0.3 0.7 900
Viper icon.png Viper 575 0.33 1 1200
Visage icon.png Visage 600 0.46 0.54 900
Warlock icon.png Warlock 600 0.3 0.3 1200
Weaver icon.png Weaver 425 0.64 0.36 900
Windranger icon.png Windranger 600 0.4 0.3 1250
Winter Wyvern icon.png Winter Wyvern 425 0.25 0.8 700
Witch Doctor icon.png Witch Doctor 600 0.4 0.5 1200
Wraith King icon.png Wraith King Melee 0.56 0.44 -
Zeus icon.png Zeus 350 0.633 0.366 1100

Attack animation of other units[edit]

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.png Tower b8700 0.6 0.4 750
Fountains.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 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

See also[edit]