Broodmother

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Broodmother
Broodmother.png
Strength
17 + 2.5
Agility
18 + 2.2
Intelligence
18 + 2
Level Base 1 16 25
Health 200 540 1320 2140
H. Regen 0.25 0.76 1.95 3.16
Mana 50 266 650 1082
M. Regen 0.01 0.73 2.01 3.45
Damage 26‒32 44‒50 79‒85 116‒122
Armor 0 2.57 7.57 12.97
Spell Dmg 0% 1.13% 3.13% 5.38%
Att / Sec 0.58 0.69 0.9 1.11
Movement Speed 295
Turn Rate 0.5
Vision Range 1800/800
Attack Range 150
Projectile Speed Instant
Attack Animation 0.4+0.5
Base Attack Time 1.7
Magic resistance 25%
Collision Size 24
Legs 8

Black Arachnia, the Broodmother, is a melee agility hero who is a notably powerful pusher. Her trademark spiderlings, as both an asset and a liability, define her play style. While a possible additional source of income, experience and lane pushes, spiderlings can easily feed opponents when not handled with deft micro and great awareness. Broodmother's abilities allow her to summon those spiderlings to do her bidding, to conceal herself and her spiderlings in an area, and to slow and kill heroes with relative ease if caught off guard, all while staying as elusive as possible with her webs and passives. She spends most of the early game pressuring a lane with little concern, due to her spiderlings and her invisibility/added health regeneration, but she can also transition into a difficult to kill melee carry, which can dive in on and rapidly kill lone enemies with the right items later on.

Bio[edit | edit source]

Broodmother Black Arachnia, the Broodmother
Play "I've promised you to my children."
Role: Carry Carry / Pusher Pusher / Escape Escape / Nuker Nuker
Lore: For centuries, Black Arachnia the Broodmother lurked in the dark lava tubes beneath the smoldering caldera of Mount Pyrotheos, raising millions of spiderlings in safety before sending them to find prey in the wide world above. In a later age, the Vizier of Greed, Ptholopthales, erected his lodestone ziggurat on the slopes of the dead volcano, knowing that any looters who sought his magnetic wealth must survive the spider-haunted passages. After millennia of maternal peace, Black Arachnia found herself beset by a steady trickle of furfeet and cutpurses, bold knights and noble youths--all of them delicious, certainly, and yet tending to create a less than nurturing environment for her innocent offspring. Tiring of the intrusions, she paid a visit to Ptholopthales; and when he proved unwilling to discuss a compromise, she wrapped the Vizier in silk and set him aside to be the centerpiece of a special birthday feast. Unfortunately, the absence of the Magnetic Ziggurat's master merely emboldened a new generation of intruders. When one of her newborns was trodden underfoot by a clumsy adventurer, she reached the end of her silken rope. Broodmother headed for the surface, declaring her intent to rid the world of each and every possible invader, down to the last Hero if necessary, until she could ensure her nursery might once more be a safe and wholesome environment for her precious spiderspawn.
Voice: Ellen McLain (Responses)

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Spiderling
Broodmother Spiderling model.png
Summon
Level 3
Duration 60
Health 450
Health regeneration 0.5
Armor 0
Magic resistance 0 %
Damage 18‒19
Acquisition range 500
Attack Range 100
Base Attack Time 1.35
Attack Animation 0.5+0.3
Movement Speed 350
Follow range 100
Turn Rate 0.5
Collision Size 8
Vision Range 1100  •  800 (G)
Bounty 11‒13
Experience 31
Model scale 0.3
Notes Abilities:
Poison Sting (Spiderling) icon.png Poison Sting
Spawn Spiderite (Spiderling) icon.png Spawn Spiderite

Spawn Spiderlings
Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Does not pierce spell immunity. Play
Q
W
Spawn Spiderlings icon.png
Ability
Target Unit
Affects
Enemies
Damage
Magical
Broodmother injects her young into an enemy unit, dealing damage. The spiderlings will hatch if the target is killed while under this influence.
Cast Animation0.2+0.5
Cast Range: 700
Damage: 70/140/210/280
Number of Spiderlings: 1/2/3/4
Debuff Duration: 2
Spiderling Duration: 60
Cooldown 10
Mana 120
Does not pierce spell immunity. Debuff persists if debuff was placed before spell immunity and when not dispelled.
Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Blocked upon impact.
Modifiers
Debuff Spawn Spiderlings: Dispellable with any dispel.
Black Arachnia continues to raise her young, even amidst the field of combat. The brood quickly learns how to support their mother.

Notes:

  • Spawn Spiderlings' projectile travels at a speed of 1200 and can be disjointed.
  • Spiderlings only spawn when the targeted unit dies while having the debuff on.
  • It does not matter who kills the target, if it dies in any way, the Spiderlings spawn.
  • Spiderlings are fully affected by Spin Web icon.png Spin Web​.


Spin Web
Cannot be used by illusions. Pierces spell immunity. Play
W
B
Spin Web icon.png
Ability
Target Area
Affects
Self
Spins a large web that renders Broodmother invisible, grants a passive movement speed increase, gives free movement, and boosts regeneration while in its vicinity. Spin Web charges restore every 40 seconds. If damage is taken, free movement is disabled and the movement speed increase is halved for 6 seconds. Spin Web can be cast from anywhere as long as the new web touches an existing web. Webs never expire, and can be manually destroyed. When the maximum limit of webs is exceeded, the oldest web disappears.
Cast Animation0.4+0.4
Cast Range: 1000
Web Radius: 900
Number of Web Charges: 1/2/3/4
Max Amount of Webs: 2/4/6/8
Fade Delay: 2
Health Regen Bonus: 2/4/6/8
Move Speed Bonus: 40%/50%/60%/70%
Charge Replenish Time: 40
Cooldown 0
Mana 50
Modifiers
Buff Spin Web Charge Counter: Undispellable.
Buff Spin Web Invisible Applier: Undispellable.
Buff Spin Web: Undispellable.
Buff Invisible: Undispellable.
Weaving a bed of silken fibers, Arachnia's web both protects her and her offspring, as well as giving advancing opponents a sense of foreboding.

Notes:

  • Has a global cast range when a part of another web is within the targeted area.
  • Upon learning, Broodmother instantly gains 1 charge. However, leveling it up further does not instantly grant the other charges.
  • Only affects the caster, and all Spiderlings and Spiderites under the player's control. Other player-controlled units are unaffected.
  • Movement speed, unobstructed movement and health regeneration are instantly granted upon entering the web.
  • Restores health in the form of regeneration, so it restores 0.2/0.4/0.6/0.8 health in 0.1 second intervals, which makes 2/4/6/8 per second.
  • Can restore up to 120/240/360/480 health in one minute.
  • The invisibility has a fade delay of 2 seconds and instantly starts upon entering the web.
  • The effects are provided by an aura. Its buff lingers for 0.15 seconds.
  • When taking player-based damage, the unobstructed movement is instantly lost and the speed bonus reduced to 20%/25%/30%/35%.
  • When taken out of her unobstructed pathing, trees within 150 radius around her get destroyed.
  • Webs are visible on the minimap for Broodmother and her team. They do not provide vision but are selectable through the Fog of War.
  • The web's twitching caused by Broodmother or her spiders moving in it is only visible to enemies when they have True Sight.


Incapacitating Bite
Not a Unique Attack Modifier. Can be used by illusions. Disabled by Break. Does not pierce spell immunity.
E
P
Incapacitating Bite icon.png
Ability
Passive
Affects
Enemies
Broodmother's venom cripples enemy units, causing her attacks to slow and giving the affected unit a chance to miss its attacks.
Move Speed Slow: 10%/20%/30%/40%
Miss Chance: 30%/40%/50%/60%
Duration: 2
Does not pierce spell immunity. Slow and blind persist if debuff was placed before spell immunity and when not dispelled.
Modifiers
Debuff Incapacitating Bite Orb: Dispellable with any dispel.
Paralytic toxins come from Black Arachnia's fangs, causing a slow and painful death to those who intrude on her webs.

Notes:

  • Successive hits with Incapacitating Bite on the same target do not stack, only the debuff gets refreshed.
  • Does not affect buildings, wards and allied units when attacking them.


Insatiable Hunger
Not a Unique Attack Modifier. Pierces spell immunity. Play
R
T
Insatiable Hunger icon.png
Ability
No Target
Affects
Self
A violent lust for vital fluids increases Broodmother's attack damage and gives her a vampiric attack.
Cast Animation0.2+0.5
Attack Damage Bonus: 60/90/120
Lifesteal: 60%/80%/100%
Duration: 14
Cooldown 45
Mana 100
Modifiers
Buff Insatiable Hunger: Dispellable with any dispel.
While most of her prey is wrapped in silken cocoons and saved for her young, the Broodmother herself has a taste for wandering heroes.

Notes:

  • Fully stacks with all other sources of lifesteal.
  • The damage is added as raw damage bonus, so it can be reduced with e.g. Enfeeble icon.png Enfeeble​, but not amplified with e.g. Empower icon.png Empower​.
  • Cannot lifesteal off of buildings, but can lifesteal off of wards and allied units.


Spin Web ability[edit | edit source]

Spin Web
Spin Web icon.png
Other
Level 1
Duration Permanent
Health 100
Health regeneration 0
Armor 0
Magic resistance 0 %
Collision Size 8
Vision Range 0  •  0 (G)
Bounty 0
Experience 0
Model scale 1
Notes Invulnerable
Phased
Abilities:
Destroy Spin Web icon.png Destroy Spin Web

Destroy Spin Web
Q
D
Destroy Spin Web icon.png
Ability
No Target
Affects
Self
Destroys the selected Spin Web.
Cast Animation0+0
Cooldown 0

Notes:

  • This is cast from the web itself, allowing Broodmother to destroy webs individually instead of having the oldest one destroyed.
  • The cast of Destroy Spin Web is not registered as a spell cast and thus does not proc any on-cast effects.
  • Spin webs do not leave corpses.


Spiderling abilities[edit | edit source]

Spiderite
Broodmother Spiderling model.png
Summon
Level 2
Duration 60
Health 175
Health regeneration 0.5
Armor 0
Magic resistance 0 %
Damage 9‒10
Acquisition range 500
Attack Range 100
Base Attack Time 1.35
Attack Animation 0.5+0.3
Movement Speed 350
Follow range 100
Turn Rate 0.5
Collision Size 8
Vision Range 1100  •  800 (G)
Bounty 16‒21
Experience 20
Model scale 0.23

Poison Sting
Not a Unique Attack Modifier. Not disabled by Break. Pierces spell immunity.
Poison Sting (Spiderling) icon.png
Ability
Passive
Affects
Enemies
Damage
Magical
Poisons and slows enemies with each attack.
Damage per Second: 8
Move Speed Slow: 8%
Hero Duration: 2
Creep Duration: 6
Modifiers
Debuff Poison Sting Debuff: Dispellable with any dispel.

Notes:

  • Successive hits with Poison Sting on the same target do not stack, only the debuff gets refreshed.
  • Deals damage in 1 second intervals, starting 1 second after the debuff is applied, resulting in 2 (6) damage ticks.
  • Spiderites do not possess this ability.


Spawn Spiderite
Not a Unique Attack Modifier. Not disabled by Break. Does not pierce spell immunity.
Spawn Spiderite (Spiderling) icon.png
Ability
Passive
Affects
Enemies
Applies debuff on attack. If debuffed unit dies, a spiderite will spawn.
Number of Spiderites: 1
Debuff Duration: 2
Does not pierce spell immunity. Debuff persists if debuff was placed before spell immunity and when not dispelled.
Modifiers
Debuff Spawn Spiderite Debuff: Dispellable with any dispel.

Notes:

  • Spiderites only spawn when the attacked unit dies while having the debuff on.
  • It does not matter who kills the target, if it dies in any way, the spiderites spawn.
  • Spiderites are fully affected by Spin Web icon.png Spin Web​.
  • Spiderites do not possess this ability.


Recommended items[edit | edit source]

Starting items:

Early-game items:

  • Soul Ring icon.png Soul Ring allows her to use Spawn Spiderlings to harass the lane rival and safely take last hits.
  • Ring of Basilius (Active) icon.png Ring of Basilius provides attribute bonuses as well as an armor aura for extra pushing power and can be upgraded into Vladmir's Offering later on.

Core items:

  • Power Treads icon.png Power Treads provide attack speed and more survivability through additional attribute bonuses.
  • Orchid Malevolence icon.png Orchid Malevolence's silence allows Broodmother to kill heroes with escape abilities and/or stuns.
  • Vladmir's Offering icon.png Vladmir's Offering provides a useful lifesteal effect on both Broodmother and nearby spiderlings, fully stacking with the effects of her ultimate ability. The bonus armor and attack damage greatly increase the ability of Broodmother and her spiders to push lanes and towers.

Situational items:

  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar's magic immunity synergies with the huge lifesteal from Insatiable Hunger and makes her very hard to kill.
  • Manta Style icon.png Manta Style offers bonus attack speed, damage, movement speed and stats. The active ability, Mirror Image, can be used to dispel debuffs such as Dust of Appearance icon.png Dust of Appearance, dodge stunning projectiles such as Storm Hammer icon.png Storm Hammer​, or to increase Broodmother's ability to push lanes and towers.
  • Butterfly icon.png Butterfly offers bonus attack speed, damage and armor, increasing Broodmother's carry potential. The only downside is that the enemy most likely purchases Monkey King Bar icon.png Monkey King Bar on their carries to counter you anyway, making the evasion of Butterfly less useful.
  • Monkey King Bar icon.png Monkey King Bar is bought to dominate enemies with evasion and the built-in mini-bash can prevent enemies from escaping with a Town Portal Scroll icon.png Town Portal Scroll.
  • Radiance (Active) icon.png Radiance provides useful area damage that Broodmother can easily apply while invisible and/or unreachable both to push lanes faster and to harass incautious enemy heroes.
  • Assault Cuirass icon.png Assault Cuirass boosts the attack speed and armor of Broodmother and her spiders.


Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Audio[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In her DotA biography, Broodmother's spiderlings originated from her relationship with Anub'arak, the Nerubian Assassin (Nyx Assassin icon.png Nyx Assassin​). In Dota 2, no relationship between the two heroes exists.
  • Broodmother's is sometimes called by her nickname, "Broodmama".
  • Broodmother's response Play "Some pig." is a reference to the children's novel Charlotte's Web.

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