Dark Seer

From Dota 2 Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
Dark Seer
Dark Seer.png
22 + 2.3
12 + 1.2
25 + 2.7
Level Base 1 16 25
Health 200 640 1360 2140
H Regen 0.25 0.91 2.01 3.17
Mana 50 350 854 1358
M Regen 0.01 1.01 2.71 4.4
Damage 31‒37 56‒62 98‒104 140‒146
Armor 5 6.71 9.57 13.69
Spell Dmg 0% 1.56% 4.22% 6.86%
Att / Sec 0.58 0.65 0.77 0.94
Movement Speed 300
Turn Rate 0.6
Sight Range 1800/800
Attack Range 150
Missile Speed Instant
Attack Duration 0.59+0.58
Base Attack Time 1.7
Magic resistance 25%
Collision Size 24

Ish'kafel the Dark Seer is a melee intelligence hero with versatile abilities that allow him to assist allies and greatly change the conditions of combat. His Vacuum in particular affects enemies in a large area and is a powerful crowd-control. It not only disorients and damages enemies, but also pushes them into a small area to follow up with area spells or to trigger other abilities, such as his Wall of Replica ultimate that turns the very power of enemies against them in the form of illusions that replicate their statistics. His other spells focus on buffing allies with speed, or in the case of his Ion Shell, granting an aura that radiates damage onto enemies who venture within it.

Bio[edit | edit source]

Dark Seer Ish'Kafel, the Dark Seer
Play "An enemy destroyed cannot rise against you."
Role: Initiator Initiator / Jungler Jungler / Escape Escape / Disabler Disabler
Lore: Fast when he needs to be, and a cunning strategist, Ish'Kafel the Dark Seer requires no edged weapons to vanquish his enemies, relying instead on the strength of his powerful mind. His talent lies in his ability to maneuver the fight to his advantage. Hailing from a place he calls 'The Land behind the wall,' Dark Seer remains an outsider here—a warrior from a realm beyond the veil of this reality.

Once a great general among his people, and a valiant defender of the god-king Damathryx, Dark Seer’s army was wiped out by a much larger force in the final days of the Great Boundaries War. Facing certain defeat, he made one last desperate act: he led the enemy forces into the maze between the walls. At the last moment, just before capture, he crossed over—then sealed the walls forever in an explosive release of dark energy. When the dust settled, he saw that he had saved his people but found himself blinking at the sun of a different world, with no way to return. Now he is committed to proving his worth as a military strategist, and vows to show that he’s the greatest tactician this strange new world has ever seen.

Voice: John Patrick Lowrie (Responses)

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Cannot be dispelled. Not blocked by Linken's Sphere. Blocked by Spell Immunity. Play
Vacuum icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
Target Area Enemies Magical
Dark Seer creates a vacuum over the target area that sucks in enemy units, disrupting them and dealing damage.
Cast Animation: 0.4+0.7
Cast Range: 500
Effect Radius: 250/350/450/550
Damage: 40/80/120/160
Pull Duration: 0.5
Cooldown 28 Mana 100/130/160/190
Ish'Kafel modifies the center of gravity to a place of his choosing.


  • The pull duration always takes 0.5 seconds, no matter how far or close the units are from the center, so the speed varies.
  • Affected units are fully disabled during the pull.
  • The damage is applied after the 0.5 second pull duration.
  • Can pull units over impassable terrain.
  • Vacuum destroys trees within 275 radius at the targeted point upon cast.

Ion Shell
Can be dispelled. Not blocked by Linken's Sphere. Partially blocked by Spell Immunity. Play
Ion Shell icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
Target Unit Enemies Magical
Surrounds the target unit with a bristling shield that damages enemy units in an area around it.
Cast Animation: 0.4+0.7
Cast Range: 600
Damage Radius: 250
Damage per Second: 30/50/70/90
Duration: 25
Cooldown 9 Mana 70/90/110/130
Partially blocked by Spell Immunity. Can be cast on spell immune allies.
The Dark Seer slices holes into the 'Land Behind the Wall,' causing prismatic energy to seep forth.


  • The shell can be put on enemy and allied units, damaging only enemy units. The unit with the shell itself is not damaged.
  • Successive casts on the same unit do not stack. Casting it on a unit that already has the Ion Shell on, only refreshes the duration.
  • Deals 3/5/7/9 damage in 0.1 second intervals, starting 0.1 second after the cast, resulting in 250 damage instances.
  • Can deal up to 750/1250/1750/2250 damage to a single unit (before reductions), if it stays in range for the full duration.
  • Affects invisible units that go close to the shell wearer. The shell nor the visual effects do not appear if the wearer is invisible.

Can be dispelled. Not blocked by Linken's Sphere. Not blocked by Spell Immunity. Play
Surge icon.png
Ability Affects
Target Unit Allies
Charges a target friendly unit with power, giving it a brief burst of maximum movement speed.
Cast Animation: 0.4+0.57
Cast Range: 600
Movement Speed: 522
Duration: 3/4.5/6/7.5
Cooldown 12/11/10/9 Mana 50
Ish'Kafel once used his speed of mind to navigate the maze between the walls.


  • Applies a haste on the target, meaning it cannot be slowed below the set value.

Wall of Replica
Not blocked by Linken's Sphere. Not blocked by Spell Immunity. Play
Wall of Replica icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
Target Point Enemy Heroes Magical
Raises a wall of warping light that damages and creates replicas of any enemy hero who crosses it. Enemy replicas serve at the Dark Seer's will. Replicas last until they are destroyed, or until the wall's duration ends.
Cast Animation: 0.4+0.57
Cast Range: 500/900/1300
Wall Length: 1000
Wall Width: 50
Wall Damage: 150
Illusion Damage Dealt: 60%/75%/90% (Can be Improved by Aghanim's Scepter. 100%/120%/140%)
Illusion Damage Taken: 400%
Duration: 45
Cooldown 100 Mana 125/250/375
Can be Improved by Aghanim's Scepter. Increases the damage dealt by illusions.
The Dark Seer, while unable to return to his natural realm, can channel part of the prismatic wall with powerful strength of mind, sowing confusion amongst enemy ranks.


  • The wall is always created perpendicular to the line between Dark Seer and the targeted point.
  • Only creates illusions of heroes. Does not create them of illusions.
  • Does not create an illusion for each Meepo icon.png Meepo clone, only one of them can have a Wall of Replica illusion at a time.
  • When the illusion dies, the wall can create a new one of that hero as soon as it comes in range.
  • Every time the wall creates an illusion, it damages the hero right afterwards.
  • The illusions are invulnerable for 0.1 second after creation and have a unique skin. They last as long as the wall lasts.
  • Unlike most other illusions in the game, Wall of Replica illusions look the same for everyone, instead of looking like normal heroes for the enemy.

Recommended items[edit | edit source]

Starting Items:
  • Stout Shield gives you resistance to physical attacks whether you are laning or jungling.
  • Consumables like Tangos cover your health and mana issues until you build up your early game items.
  • Filling a few item slots with Branches is beneficial with its early boost to Dark Seer's attributes, but also help you build up to a Magic Wand and/or Mekansm later on.
  • Only the recipe for a Soul Ring can be considered as it can be assembled in the side shop and lets your team use the courier more. This is especially important if your midlaner plans on getting a Bottle quickly.

Early Game:

  • Soul Ring covers most of your mana issues and allows you to constantly cast your Ion Shell in order to harass your lane opponents and get some last hits.
  • Boots of Speed gives mobility for chasing or running away.

Core Items:

  • A Magic Wand allows you to sustain your presence in fights.
  • Arcane Boots increase your mana pool and allow you to give your teammates mana.
  • A Mekansm adds to Dark Seer's teamfight effectiveness and increases your durability. Also his decent Intelligence gain means he will generally have enough mana to use the heal.
  • A Town Portal Scroll allows you to be at any lane for a gank, countergank, or push in seconds.

Situational Items:

  • Crimson Guard can protect your team from enemy carries in teamfights.
  • Aghanim's Scepter effectively allows your illusions to deal more damage than your opponents, thereby significantly increasing your team fight potential.
  • Hood of Defiance grants you magic resist and a lot of health regeneration, and can be upgraded into a Pipe of Insight.
  • Pipe of Insight grants you and your allies protection from magic damage.
  • Blink Dagger can help you positioning to place a better Wall into Vacuum combo.
  • Ghost Scepter should be considered to counter high physical damage dealers and it is relatively cheap.
  • Scythe of Vyse is always a great pickup for the hex and mana regen. If you need to turn off a carry's damage output, this is a very strong pickup.
  • Shiva's Guard grants you more punch to your Vacuum and Wall of Replica initiation, and gives you armor and intelligence.
  • Heart of Tarrasque allows you to initiate with little fear of dying.
  • Refresher Orb allows you to cast your abilities and items twice in a row if needed.

Counters[edit | edit source]


Equipment[edit | edit source]

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Surge can be cast on the team's courier, allowing it to get out of danger, or finish its delivery to allies faster.
  • Dark Seer can farm rapidly in lane and jungle thanks to Ion Shell icon.png Ion Shell. To jungle, stack the hard and medium camps several times, and then place an ion shell on one of the lesser creeps. The shell should clear out the whole camp(including the stacks). Do this repeatedly to accumulate a large sum of gold. However, be sure to stay within experience range.
  • If laning, be sure to harass enemies with Ion Shell by placing it on their melee creeps (for melee heroes) or ranged creeps (for ranged heroes). Additionally, placing Ion Shell on the second allied melee creep to arrive at the creep line is a good way to push the lane as well as create a moving damage-dealing creep that chases enemy heroes. This can make it hard for the enemy carry to last hit, as they have to do it under tower and while taking damage from creep aggro and ion shell at the same time.
  • While normally pushing the lane is a bad thing, Surge icon.png Surge and his high Strength gain makes it hard for the enemies to lock down Dark Seer and kill him.
  • When chasing, self-cast Ion Shell and run next to the enemy without attacking, using Surge if the enemy is faster. Even better, use surge to body-block enemy heroes (that is, get in front of them to hinder their movement) and deal damage with basic attacks without moving out of range of the Ion Shell.
  • AoE spells, especially those that require positioning, greatly benefit from Vacuum, as it can place all of them together to ensure a hit.
  • Using Vacuum on enemy heroes to send them through Wall of Replica disallows foes from preventing illusions, as well as causing guaranteed damage from passing through the Wall.
  • Due to Vacuum being able to clump up a large group of enemies fast, and Ion Shell's high damage output considering enemies are affected by it for a longer while, they permit Dark Seer to synergize extremely well with heroes such as Enigma and Jakiro icon.png Jakiro. Make sure to cast these abilities with Black Hole and Ice Path/Macropyre/Liquid Fire to maximize AoE damage and maybe turn the tide in battle.
  • Mekansm is a strong pickup on Dark Seer, as it makes him tankier and he can very quickly farm one up.
  • A Bottle can also be used to sustain high mana use, if the Dark Seer is put midlane. It has the added benefit of rune control as most runes are useful for Ion Shell harass.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Dark Seer's response, Play "No, I will not calm my beard." is a response to Beastmaster icon.png Beastmaster's and Clockwerk icon.png Clockwerk's rival hero taunts, both voiced by Sam A. Mowry.
  • Dark Seer's Vacuum's lore is based on the military term, center of gravity ,which is a concept developed by Carl Von Clausewitz, a Prussian military theorist, in his work On War.

Update history[edit | edit source]

July 12, 2013 Patch

February 28, 2013 Patch

  • Fixed two ledges (below the two rune spots) where you could get units stuck with Telekinesis icon.png Telekinesis and Vacuum icon.png Vacuum.

February 07, 2013 Patch

  • Fixed being able to cast Ion Shell icon.png Ion Shell on special units like Spirit Bear and Warlock icon.png Warlock's Golem.

November 08, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed Wall of Replica icon.png Wall of Replica illusion creation timing (affects instantly dying illusions mainly).

October 25, 2012 Patch

October 18, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed Ion Shell icon.png Ion Shell damage interval and it triggering Cold Snap icon.png Cold Snap.
  • [Undocumented] Updated model and textures for Dark Seer icon.png Dark Seer.

June 14, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed Ion Shell showing the visual connecting effect on invisible targets.

May 10, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed turn rates for the following heroes: Lifestealer, Alchemist, Clockwerk, Bounty Hunter, Dark Seer, Dazzle, Ancient Apparition, Brewmaster, Chen, Silencer, Lone Druid, Spectre and Spiritbreaker.
  • Fixed Vacuum tree aoe destruction being too big.

April 26, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed Brewmaster's primal splits creating illusions from Wall of Replica.

February 16, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed Vacuum continuously pulling new units in the aoe for a period of time after initial cast.
  • Fixed Vacuum disable/pull duration lasting too long.
  • Made Dark Seer's illusion effect more differentiated from a normal illusion effect.
  • Made all known illusions draw with a creep style healthbar. This does not effect enemy illusions, but does apply to Dark Seer's Wall of Illusion illusions.

January 12, 2012 Patch

  • Changed how Dark Seer's illusions look — smaller and illusion color for both teams.

December 01, 2011 Patch

November 17, 2011 Patch

October 13, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed Wall of Replica not providing vision.

October 06, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed Ion Shell being dispelled during Blade Fury icon.png Blade Fury.

July 29, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed Vacuum to allow pulling of units through buildings.

June 24, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed Vacuum to properly stun vacuumed units while they are being moved, so it will now interrupt channels such as teleports.

May 20, 2011 Patch

  • Vacuum now destroys trees around the targeted area.

April 30, 2011 Patch

  • Added Dark Seer.

February 09, 2011 Patch

  • Dark Seer now resumes his previous movement if he casts Surge on himself.

Balance changelog[edit | edit source]



  • Increased Surge icon.png Surge mana cost from 20/30/40/50 to 50 on each level.




  • Increased Ion Shell icon.png Ion Shell duration from 20 to 25.
  • Wall of Replica icon.png Wall of Replica
    • Reduced illusion damage dealt from 70%/80%/90% to 60%/75%/90%.
    • Increased duration from 15/30/45 to 45.
    • Reduced mana cost from 200/300/400 to 125/250/375.


  • Increased base armor from 4 to 5 (total armor is now 6.68).
  • Increased Vacuum icon.png Vacuum pull duration from 0.4 to 0.5.


  • Vacuum icon.png Vacuum cooldown rescaled from 28.0 seconds to 28 seconds.



  • Increased Vacuum icon.png Vacuum cooldown from 24 to 28.


  • Increased Vacuum icon.png Vacuum cooldown from 22 to 24.



  • Reduced movement speed from 305 to 300.
  • Vacuum icon.png Vacuum
    • No longer affects invulnerable units.
    • Reduced cast range from 550 to 500.
    • Reduced radius from 275/375/475/575 to 250/350/450/550.
    • Increased cooldown from 16 to 19.



  • Ion Shell icon.png Ion Shell
    • Increased damage radius from 225 to 250.
    • Increased duration from 15 to 20.
    • Increased damage per second from 30/45/60/75 to 30/50/70/90.
    • Increased cooldown from 7 to 10.
  • Wall of Replica icon.png Wall of Replica illusions are now visually distinguishable for enemies.


  • Increased collision size from 12 to 24.


  • Reduced collision size from 24 to 12.


  • Increased attack range from 125 to 128.
  • Increased Wall of Replica icon.png Wall of Replica illusion damage dealt from 70% on each level to 70%/80%/90%.
  • Added Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter upgrade for Dark Seer: Causes Wall of Replica icon.png Wall of Replica to create illusions of allied heroes as well, which deal 50% and take 250% damage.


  • Vacuum icon.png Vacuum
    • Reduced cast range from 800 to 550.
    • Reduced damage from 60/120/180/240 to 40/80/120/160.
  • Fixed some Ion Shell icon.png Ion Shell stacking bugs.


  • Recasting Ion Shell icon.png Ion Shell on the same unit now refreshes the duration, instead of stacking.
  • Wall of Replica icon.png Wall of Replica
    • Increased damage from 125 to 150.
    • Increased illusions dealt damage from 60% to 70%.


  • Increased Ion Shell icon.png Ion Shell mana cost from 60/80/100/120 to 70/90/110/130.
  • Wall of Replica icon.png Wall of Replica
    • No longer creates illusions of allies.
    • Now deals 125 damage to heroes whenever it creates illusions of them.
    • Increased illusions dealt damage from 25% to 60%.


  • Vacuum icon.png Vacuum
    • No longer pierces spell immunity.
    • Now pulls affected units to the center over 0.4 seconds, instead of instantly (units are disabled during this).
    • Increased cast range from 550 to 800.
  • Ion Shell icon.png Ion Shell
    • Fixed some minor potential bugs.
    • Reduced cooldown from 15 to 7.


  • Increased Surge icon.png Surge duration from 2/3.5/5/6.5 to 3/4.5/6/7.5.



  • Reduced all spells' cast time from unknown to 0.4.
  • Increased Wall of Replica icon.png Wall of Replica length from 800 to 1000.




  • Vacuum icon.png Vacuum
    • Fixed from working on various exploitable areas.
    • The small disable effect (still interrupts channeling).


  • Created.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]