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17 + 2.5
18 + 2.2
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 HP 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]

Broodmother Spiderling model.png
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
Spawn Spiderlings icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
Target Unit Enemies 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.
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.


  • 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
Spin Web icon.png
Ability Affects
Target Area 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
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.


  • Has a global cast range when a part of another web is within the targeted area.
  • Upon learning, Broodmother instantly gains 1 charge. However, but 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.
  • When leaving the radius of the web, all its granted effects linger 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.
Incapacitating Bite icon.png
Ability Affects
Passive 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.
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.


  • 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
Insatiable Hunger icon.png
Ability Affects
No Target 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
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.


  • 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
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
Destroy Spin Web icon.png Destroy Spin Web

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


  • 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]

Broodmother Spiderling model.png
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 Affects Damage
Passive Enemies Magical
Poisons and slows enemies with each attack.
Damage per Second: 8
Move Speed Slow: 8%
Hero Duration: 2
Creep Duration: 6
Debuff Poison Sting Debuff: Dispellable with any dispel.


  • 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 Affects
Passive 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.
Debuff Spawn Spiderite Debuff: Dispellable with any dispel.


  • 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:

  • The extra mana burst from Soul Ring icon.png Soul Ring allows her to use Spawn Spiderlings icon.png 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 Vladimir's Offering later on.

Core items:

  • Power Treads icon.png Power Treads provide attack speed and more survivability through additional attribute bonuses.
  • The silence from Orchid Malevolence icon.png Orchid Malevolence allows her 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 icon.png 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, Unknown icon.png 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.

Counters[edit | edit source]


  • Axe icon.png Axe​ is the curse of every Broodmother. She has to reveal herself and the spiderlings if caught by Berserker's Call icon.png Berserker's Call​ and feeds huge amounts of gold to the Counter Helix icon.png Counter Helix​. A follow-up Battle Hunger icon.png Battle Hunger​ prevents her from escaping in the trees and gives a chance to keep up with her immense speed.
  • Dark Seer icon.png Dark Seer​ zones you out from creepwaves with Ion Shell icon.png Ion Shell​. He might even cast it on your spiderlings, who will get damaged quickly unless you sort out the afflicted ones. Vacuum icon.png Vacuum​ destroys the trees you might try to hide and Surge icon.png Surge​ lets him escape in case you try to turn on him.
  • Legion Commander icon.png Legion Commander​'s first ability, Overwhelming Odds icon.png Overwhelming Odds​, scales off how many units are in the AoE. It destroys her spiderlings and does a huge amount of damage to Broodmother icon.png Broodmother​.
  • If playing against Undying icon.png Undying​, you should leave spiderlings to a safe distance. His Tombstone icon.png Tombstone​ spawns 1 zombie for each spiderling every second killing them in 2-3 seconds. Thus Undying icon.png Undying​ gets a huge gold and XP boost while they hinder your ability to fight when they suddenly lose their free pathing. Undying icon.png Undying​'s Soul Rip icon.png Soul Rip​ also gains power for each unit within its radius. Send spiderlings to attack only when you are certain that he cannot use Tombstone icon.png Tombstone​.


  • Be cautious when the enemy has picked Earthshaker icon.png Earthshaker​ as Echo Slam icon.png Echo Slam​ annihilates her if multiple spiderlings are present.
  • Ember Spirit icon.png Ember Spirit​, Meepo icon.png Meepo​ and Naga Siren icon.png Naga Siren​ have good tools to counterpush and easily clear out your minions.
  • Slardar icon.png Slardar​ can track you with Amplify Damage icon.png Amplify Damage​ and catch up with Sprint icon.png Sprint​. In a direct confrontation he comes out on top by bursting your spiderlings with Slithereen Crush icon.png Slithereen Crush​ and hitting you down with Bash icon.png Bash​ faster than Insatiable Hunger can compensate for.
  • It's suicidal to stay close to Timbersaw icon.png Timbersaw​ because all of his spells deal pure AoE damage and destroy your tree hiding spots. Your spiderlings boot up Reactive Armor icon.png Reactive Armor​ within the shortest time possible.


  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger is one of the best tools to catch you out and get in range for disables.
  • Boots of Travel 1 icon.png Boots of Travel allow the enemy to come back to defend against splitpush or join a fight after pushing back your lane.
  • Crimson Guard icon.png Crimson Guard and Vanguard icon.png Vanguard negate most of the spiderling damage.
  • Sentry Ward icon.png Sentry Wards restrict your movement heavily as it's very easy to predict your whereabouts due to the nets. Gem of True Sight icon.png Gem of True Sight is the even better alternative once they investments for wards are too high or in case you are counterwarding.
  • Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade allows enemies to purge Insatiable Hunger and stops you from getting away.
  • Radiance (Active) icon.png Radiance disables your unobstructed movement and burns down the spiderlings very fast.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Broodmother icon.png Broodmother​ is a prime choice for going into the offlane, as her webs give her the survivability and the pushing power from the spiderlings can overwhelm a lane without need of her being babysat by an additional hero.
  • Spawn Spiderlings icon.png Spawn Spiderlings​ acts as a ranged nuke, and is very useful for killing weak enemies that are fleeing.
  • Soul Ring icon.png Soul Ring is a great item to have on her as the instant mana boost gives her the ability to spawn more spiderlings and the HP regen from the webs can cover for the loss of HP from the Soul Ring icon.png Soul Ring.
  • Going right into a Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar is a good choice as the combination of magic immunity and the powerful lifesteal from Insatiable Hunger icon.png Insatiable Hunger​ makes the Broodmother icon.png Broodmother​ a very difficult opponent to kill.
  • Casting Spin Web icon.png Spin Web​ on top of an enemy tower makes it easy to dive in on weak heroes. The regen and movespeed bonus combined with Broodmother icon.png Broodmother​'s slow is very effective for diving on heroes with no reliable escape or stun.
  • Broodmother icon.png Broodmother​ is very effective against solitary targets, but against multiple enemies she suffers; as her lifesteal can generally only replenish the damage taken from a solitary foe.
  • A quick Yasha icon.png Yasha gives her more movement speed to evade ganks and remain a threat for that lane. Then this can be made into a Manta Style icon.png Manta Style which gives her a way to remove dust and confuse the enemy to escape ganks and waste their crowd control spells.
  • Incapacitating Bite icon.png Incapacitating Bite​ is not a Unique Attack Modifier and stacks fully with Orb of Venom icon.png Orb of Venom and Eye of Skadi icon.png Eye of Skadi and also with Poison Sting (Spiderling) icon.png Poison Sting​ making almost impossible for your enemies to escape on foot.

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. In Dota 2, such tie between the two heroes does not exist.
  • Broodmother's Fun/Alternate name was Broodmama.
  • Broodmother's rarer response Play "some pig." is a reference to the children's novel Charlotte's Web.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]