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]
Abilities[edit | edit source]
- 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 Broodmother or a summoned spider taken out of their unobstructed pathing, trees within 150 radius around them 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.
- Spin webs possess the Destroy Spin Web ability.
- Spin webs do not block neutral creep camps.
- 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, but not amplified with e.g. Empower.
Spin Web ability[edit | edit source]
- 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]
- 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.
- Can deal up to 16 (48) damage (before reductions).
- Treats creep-heroes as creeps.
- Spiderites do not possess this ability.
- 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.
- Spiderites do not possess this ability.
Talents[edit | edit source]
|+200 Spiderlings Health||25||+8 Max Webs|
|+50 Attack Speed||20||+300 Health|
|+7 Armor||15||20% Cooldown Reduction|
|+15% XP Gain||10||+10 Agility|
- Cooldown reduction affects abilities and items. Stacks multiplicatively with Octarine Core and additively with Arcane Rune.
- Cooldown reduction affects replenish time of Spin Web.
- The armor is added as bonus armor, and therefore does not benefit illusions.
- Upgrading health increases maximum health capacity and keeps the current health percentage.
- The Spin Web upgrade allows to have 8 more webs on the map. It does not add 8 charges.
- The health upgrade to Spiderlings also applies to Spiderites.
Recommended items[edit | edit source]
- Tango provide needed health regeneration during the laning phase.
- Healing Salve keeps Broodmother in lane.
- Ring of Protection gives extra armor and can be built into a Ring of Basilius from the side-shop.
- Soul Ring allows her to use Spawn Spiderlings to harass the lane rival and safely take last hits.
- 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.
- Power Treads provide attack speed and more survivability through additional attribute bonuses.
- Orchid Malevolence's silence allows Broodmother to kill heroes with escape abilities and/or stuns.
- 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.
- Black King Bar's magic immunity synergies with the huge lifesteal from Insatiable Hunger and makes her very hard to kill.
- 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, dodge stunning projectiles such as Storm Hammer, or to increase Broodmother's ability to push lanes and towers.
- 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 on their carries to counter you anyway, making the evasion of Butterfly less useful.
- 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.
- 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 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). 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.