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Ember Spirit
Ember Spirit.png
Strength
19 + 2.0
Agility
22 + 1.8
Intelligence
20 + 1.8
Level Base 1 16 25
Health 200 580 1220 1940
H Regen 0.75 1.32 2.28 3.36
Mana 50 290 638 1046
M Regen 0.01 0.81 1.97 3.34
Damage 30‒34 52‒56 81‒85 115‒119
Armor -2 1.14 5.29 10.17
Spell Dmg 0% 1.25% 3.06% 5.2%
Att / Sec 0.58 0.71 0.88 1.08
Movement Speed 310
Turn Rate 0.6
Sight Range 1800/800
Attack Range 150
Projectile Speed Instant
Attack Duration 0.4+0.3
Base Attack Time 1.7
Magic resistance 25%
Collision Size 24

Xin the Ember Spirit is a highly mobile and versatile melee Agility carry, whose abilities make him a very slippery foe and enable him to dance around his enemies at will. His skill set allows for incredibly aggressive assaults on other heroes, as he can engage on them from long range using Sleight of Fist, and tie them down with Searing Chains to halt their movements. His Flame Guard ability deals damage while active and shields Xin from magic nukes, making him a force to be reckoned with by enemy casters. And finally, his Fire Remnant spell allows him to engage, escape or move instantaneously around the map, allowing him to show up where the enemy least expects and disappear just as quickly.

Despite a good HP pool early on, he lacks armor and a sizable mana pool, making him quite frail and easy to bring down with physical damage if caught or disabled. However, with good item choices and proper judgement, Ember Spirit can engage his foes using his speed and disables, dominating the battlefield with blinding speed. While he has only a limited presence in the early and mid game, in time Xin becomes a dangerous opponent even on his own, proving to friend and foe alike that for them, there is still much to be learned.

Bio[edit | edit source]

Ember Spirit Xin, the Ember Spirit
Play "Balance in all things."
Role: Carry Carry / Escape Escape / Nuker Nuker / Disabler Disabler / Initiator Initiator
Lore: Lost within the Wailing Mountains, the Fortress of Flares lay abandoned, its training halls empty, its courtyard covered in leaves and dust. Upon a dais in its sealed temple rests a topaz cauldron filled with ancient ash, remnants of a pyre for the warrior-poet Xin. For three generations, Xin taught his acolytes the Bonds of the Guardian Flame, a series of mantras to train the mind and body for the harsh realities beyond the fortress walls. However, in teaching a warrior's way he earned a warrior's rivals, and in his autumn Xin was bested and slain. His followers spread to the wind. Yet as years turned to centuries and followers to descendants, his teachings endured by subtle whisper and deed. Touched by the teacher's lasting legacy, the Burning Celestial, inquisitive aspect of fire, cast himself to the Fortress of Flares and reignited the pyre ash. From these glowing embers emerged an image of Xin, wreathed in flame, his thoughtful countenance prepared to train and to teach, and to spread the fires of knowledge to all who seek guidance.
Voice: Dave Fennoy (Responses)

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Searing Chains
Blocked by Spell Immunity. Play
Q
C
Searing Chains icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
No Target Enemies Magical
Ember Spirit unleashes fiery bolas that wrap around nearby enemies, anchoring them in place and dealing damage each second.
Cast Animation0+0.87
Search Radius: 400
Max Targets: 2
Damage per Second: 80/60/120/100
Total Damage: 80/120/240/300
Duration: 1/2/2/3
Cooldown 14/12/10/8 Mana 110
Blocked by Spell Immunity. Root effect persists and attempts to damage if debuff was placed before spell immunity and when not dispelled.
Modifiers
Debuff Searing Chains: Dispellable with any dispel.
Xin's harshest lessons often employed the use of red-hot chains.

Notes:

  • Searing Chains interrupts Ember Spirit's channeling spells upon cast.
  • Despite the visual effects, the root and damage are applied instantly and cannot be disjointed.
  • Roots 2 random enemy units within the radius. There are no priorities.
  • Affected units can still turn, cast most spells, use items and attack. Affected units receive a stop command upon getting rooted.
  • Interrupts channeling spells of the target upon ensnaring, but affected units can channel spells during it.
  • Searing Chains does not reveal invisible units for their duration.
  • Does not target invisible units or units in the Fog of War.
  • Deals damage in 1 second intervals, starting 1 second after cast.


Sleight of Fist
Not blocked by Spell Immunity. Play
W
T
Sleight of Fist icon.png
Ability Affects
Target Area Enemies / Self
Ember Spirit dashes around with blazing speed, attacking all enemies in the targeted area of effect, then returning to his start location. Deals bonus damage to heroes, and less damage to creeps.
Cast Animation0+0.7
Cast Range: 700
Effect Radius: 250/350/450/550
Hero Attack Damage Bonus: 20/40/60/80
Creep Attack Damage Reduction: 50%
Cooldown 30/22/14/6 Mana 50
Modifiers
Buff Sleight Of Fist Caster: Undispellable.
Buff Sleight Of Fist Invulnerability: Undispellable.
Debuff Sleight Of Fist Marker: Undispellable.
The studied warrior must whip and weave through its enemies, burning each without pause.

Notes:

  • Upon cast, all targets within the area are marked. A flaming sword appears above them as an indicator, which lasts until they get hit.
  • All targets are determined upon cast. Entering or leaving the area after cast has no effect.
  • Sleight of Fist has no range limit. Once a target is marked, it cannot escape Sleight of Fist with distance.
  • Does not affect invisible units. When a marked unit turns invisible, it gets fully skipped if it is still invisible on its turn.
  • Fully affects units in the Fog of War. Fogged units do get marked on cast, and get hit as well.
  • Jumps in 0.2 second intervals. The jumps are randomly between all marked units, there are no priorities.
  • Makes Ember Spirit perform an instant attack on each jump against the targets.
    • This means the hits can proc any attack modifier or on-hit effects like a regular attack.
    • If Ember Spirit is blinded, the hits can miss, unless he has True Strike. They can also miss to evasion.
    • When Ember Spirit is in disarmed, no instant attack is performed on the jump.
  • During Sleight of Fist, Ember Spirit does not need to turn to cast targeted spells or items.
  • After all marked targets have been slashed, Ember Spirit returns to the position he had upon casting Sleight of Fist.
    • That position is marked by a remnant for the duration.


Flame Guard
Cannot be used by illusions. Blocked by Spell Immunity. Play
E
E
Flame Guard icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
No Target Self / Enemies Magical
Ember Spirit surrounds himself with a ring of fire that consumes incoming magic damage, leaving him unharmed. Flame Guard deals damage per second in an area around Ember Spirit while Flame Guard is active. If the shield is broken, the damage is also lost.
Cast Animation0+1.07
Damage Radius: 400
Damage per Second: 30/40/50/60
Magical Damage Absorbed: 50/200/350/500
Duration: 8/12/16/20
Cooldown 35 Mana 80/90/100/110
Modifiers
Buff Flame Guard: Dispellable with any dispel.
An enemy should never be allowed to approach without difficulty.

Notes:

  • Flame Guard interrupts Ember Spirit's channeling spells upon cast.
  • Deals 6/8/10/12 damage in 0.2 seconds intervals, starting 0.2 seconds after cast.
  • Can deal a total of 240/480/800/1200 damage to a single unit (before reductions), assuming a max duration Flame Guard.
  • Recasting Flame Guard refreshes the buff and resets the barrier's absorb capacity.
  • Does not stack with other magical damage barriers.
    • If multiple sources of barriers are active on a unit, all of them lose capacity from the same absorbed damage instance.


Fire Remnant
Play
R
F
Fire Remnant icon.png
Ability
Target Point
Ember Spirit generates Fire Remnant charges every 35 seconds, with a max of 3 charges. Releasing a charge sends a Fire Remnant that runs to the target location at 2.5x Ember Spirit's speed. Using Activate Fire Remnant, Ember Spirit can dash out to his Remnants, exploding them for area of effect damage. The targeted Remnant will be arrived at last.
Cast Animation0+0.53
Cast Range: 1500
Max Charges: 3
Remnant Duration: 45
Charge Replenish Time: 35
Cooldown 0
Modifiers
Buff Fire Remnant Charge Counter: Undispellable.
Buff Fire Remnant Timer: Undispellable.
By the spirit's power are Xin's teachings spread anew.

Notes:

  • Ember Spirit gets all 3 charges immediately upon learning Fire Remnant.
  • The cast of Fire Remnant is not registered as a spell cast and thus does not proc any on-cast effects.
  • Fire Remnants move to their targeted location at a speed of 250% of Ember Spirit's movement speed.
    • The speed is set upon cast and does not adapt.
  • Since Fire Remnants last for 45 seconds and the replenish time is 35 seconds, it is possible to have 4 remnants up at a time.
  • Every time a Fire Remnant is placed, Ember Spirit gets a status buff, showing the duration of the remnant. The status buff disappears once the Remnant expires or is used.
  • Fire Remnants are visible to everyone. They do not grant any vision and thus cannot be seen when sent into the Fog of War.
  • Fire Remnants deal no damage when they expire.


Activate Fire Remnant
Blocked by Spell Immunity. Play
D
R
Activate Fire Remnant icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
Target Point Self / Enemies Magical
Select the Fire Remnant to arrive at.
Cast Animation0+1.07
Cast Range: Global
Remnant Damage Radius: 450
Remnant Damage: 100/150/200
Cooldown 0 Mana 150
Modifiers
Buff Fire Remnant: Undispellable.
With blazing speed does a spirit fly!

Notes:

  • Ember Spirit moves to a Fire Remnant icon.png Fire Remnant​ with a speed of 1300, or reaches it in 0.4 seconds, whichever is faster.
  • Ember Spirit is invulnerable while traveling to a Fire Remnant.
  • Activate Fire Remnant always costs 150 mana, no matter if Ember Spirit has to travel to 1, 2, 3 or 4 Fire Remnants.
  • Does not disjoint projectiles that are traveling towards Ember Spirit when he casts this spell.
  • While traveling, Ember Spirit can attack, cast spells and use items.
  • Forced movement cancels the movement of Activate Fire Remnant and removes its invulnerability.
    • However, the remnants still get used up and Ember Spirit gets instantly moved to the last one's location once it explodes.
  • Always travels to the Fire Remnant furthest away from the targeted point first.
  • The damage is dealt around each Fire Remnant upon reaching them.
  • Destroys trees within 200 radius around Ember Spirit while traveling to a remnant.
    • Though at high speeds, some trees may be skipped.


Recommended Items[edit | edit source]

Starting items:

  • Tango icon.png Tango and a Healing Salve icon.png Healing Salve help Ember Spirit sustain during the laning phase, preventing him from being forced to return to base due to enemy harassment.
  • Clarity icon.png Clarity will allow Ember Spirit to refresh his mana after a gank from an ally, as he has a relatively small mana pool.
  • Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branch is a cheap and effective way to improve Ember Spirit's mana pool and health pool, both of which are lacking in the early game.
  • Stout Shield icon.png Stout Shield is recommended as it will significantly reduce the enemy's auto-attack harass potential, meaning Ember Spirit is able to sustain longer in lane.

Early game:

  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed are essential for Ember Spirit, as the improved speed will allow him to escape deadly situations, as well as catch up to an escaping enemy. It also improves his ability to successfully catch an escaping hero with Searing Chains icon.png Searing Chains​.
  • Bracer icon.png Bracer will give Ember Spirit good stats all around, most importantly more HP. It can be upgraded into a Drum of Endurance icon.png Drum of Endurance.
  • Bottle (Full) icon.png Bottle gives Ember Spirit a way to sustain his HP and mana, allowing him to remain out in the field to farm or fight. It is best purchased if Ember Spirit is played as a mid hero, as he can access runes more easily.
  • Town Portal Scroll icon.png Town Portal Scroll should be carried at all times by all heroes. TP scrolls allow Ember Spirit to move around the map to find farm and reach fights and ganks quickly, as his spells make him a force to be reckoned with in any engagement. As Xin also possesses Fire Remnant icon.png Fire Remnant​, combining the two can give him strong global mobility.

Core items:

  • Boots of Travel 1 icon.png Boots of Travel can be a powerful purchase on Ember Spirit in the mid-game. Aside from freeing up an inventory slot and saving gold from not having to constantly purchase Town Portal Scrolls, the increased movement speed gives Ember Spirit increased mobility, allowing him to chase down enemies more easily. As well, the teleport increases Xin's global presence, especially when combined with Fire Remnants, as he can make quick returns to base to grab items or replenish HP and mana, assist in gank opportunities on other parts of the map, and so on.
  • Drum of Endurance icon.png Drum of Endurance, gives Ember Spirit all-around stats, shoring up his HP and mana pool as well as giving him increased damage, which combined with the aura allows him to engage in teamfights earlier. The bonus movement speed increases his mobility, allowing him to position himself to use his spells more easily.
  • Battle Fury icon.png Battle Fury is a highly potent item in Ember Spirit's hands, both for farming and fighting. The HP and mana regen help to keep him topped up, allowing him to farm jungle camps using his spells and ensuring that he can enter fights will full HP and mana. The cleave allows him to farm creeps more easily, and can inflict vast amounts of damage to the enemy team when combined with Sleight of Fist.
    • A second Battle Fury icon.png Battle Fury, and possibly a third or more, is very powerful on Xin. Increasing the cleave percentage as well as the amount of damage he deals with each strike allows Ember Spirit to inflict tremendous amounts of physical damage using Sleight of Fist, potentially resulting in multi-kills against the enemy team if they are clustered together.

Situational items:

  • Daedalus icon.png Daedalus is a very powerful item that provides Ember Spirit with additional damage and a chance to deal 2.2x damage on an attack. It synergizes extremely well with Sleight of Fist, allowing for powerful damage output at a distance.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar is a must-have item in the face of heavy disables. As he can be killed very quickly if ever stunned or silenced, spell immunity allows Ember Spirit to engage the enemy head-on and ignore their disables while fighting, giving him a bigger damage window before he needs to retreat. As well, it gives him additional strength, increasing the size of his HP pool, as well as more raw damage.
  • Eye of Skadi icon.png Eye of Skadi provides Ember Spirit with stats across the board, greatly increasing his survivability and offensive potential. Combined with Sleight of Fist, he can inflict the slow to multiple enemy heroes at once, through spell immunity, slowing them down drastically and preventing them from chasing, escaping or spreading out as quickly.
  • Desolator icon.png Desolator is a strong mid-game item that gives Ember Spirit more damage output and is relatively cheap to farm. On top of the bonus damage, its Unique Attack Modifier reduces the armor of any attacked enemy, making it a strong item to combine with Sleight of Fist.
  • Assault Cuirass icon.png Assault Cuirass increases Ember Spirit's damage output while also negating his weakness to physical damage. The increased armor and attack speed mitigate his low agility growth, giving him stronger presence on the battlefield. The aura helps give allies more armor and attack speed, and reduces enemy armor as well, making them more vulnerable to Sleight of Fist strikes.
  • Mjollnir icon.png Mjollnir offer a very large amount of attack speed, synergizing very well with other damage items Ember Spirit may have. The Chain Lightning effect will not only allow Ember Spirit to farm neutral camps and push lanes faster, but also deal significant damage to all enemy heroes in a fight, as its proc chance increases drastically when combined with Sleight of Fist. The Static Charge ability can be used to discourage enemies from attacking Ember Spirit as well, for fear of proccing the discharge.
  • Satanic icon.png Satanic greatly increases Ember Spirit's survivability in fights. The lifesteal, on top of allowing him to farm more easily, also procs during Sleight of Fist, allowing Xin to lifesteal drastic amounts of HP in fights, especially when the active ability is used. The increased strength and armor also give him more survivability against physical damage, making him harder to kill if he is ever caught.
  • Orb of Venom icon.png Orb of Venom in the early game can help Ember Spirit to chase down enemies. Combined with an early level in Sleight of Fist, the slow modifier can be applied to multiple enemies at once, slowing them down from range. It can either be sold once another Unique Attack Modifier is purchased, or kept to build into an Eye of Skadi icon.png Eye of Skadi.
  • Ring of Aquila (Active) icon.png Ring of Aquila can be a useful early-game pickup, as the increased agility, damage and armor give Ember Spirit more last-hitting power and protection against physical damage, while the small amount of mana regen can allow him to use his spells more often.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger is very situational, but can drastically increase Ember Spirit's mobility, allowing him to initiate on enemies without having to use a Fire Remnant. It also allows him to move around the map more quickly and bypass trees and terrain, which lets him catch enemies unaware or run from fights more easily. Judicious use of Sleight of Fist or Fire Remnants can allow Xin to dodge enemy attacks to prevent it from going on cooldown from player-based damage, while Flame Guard does the same for magical damage.
  • Shadow Blade icon.png Shadow Blade increases Ember Spirit's physical DPS, and gives him an additional method with which to initiate on enemies during ganks. As well, if Sleight of Fist is cast during the 0.3 second fade time, Ember Spirit will deal the 175 bonus damage to all slashed targets and remain invisible upon returning to the remnant. However, beware that this tactic does not apply to Silver Edge icon.png Silver Edge.
  • Manta Style icon.png Manta Style gives Ember Spirit a measure of defense against silences, as he can instantly purge off debuffs while also creating two illusions with which to confuse the enemy. The item itself also provides very useful bonuses, giving him all-around stats, more agility and attack speed, and a movement speed bonus that increases his mobility. Finally, as items can be used during Sleight of Fist, combining this item, Sleight of Fist and Searing Chains can allow Ember Spirit to root and place illusions near a target from long range.
  • Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere gives Ember Spirit stats across the board, as well as passive HP and mana regen. The spellblock allows Ember Spirit to shrug off one targeted spell during a fight, hopefully a targeted disable, increasing his slipperiness and allowing him to fight without fear of being disabled.
  • Monkey King Bar icon.png Monkey King Bar is a strong damage item that also provides True Strike, eliminating any possibility of the enemy evading his Sleight of Fist slashes via evasion or blind. It can be a powerful purchase in the face of enemies purchasing evasion or when facing enemies with blind spells, and the mini-bash proc can allow Ember Spirit to deal even more damage during Sleight of Fist.
  • Butterfly icon.png Butterfly can be very powerful in the hands of Ember Spirit, as it grants him evasion while also increasing his physical DPS. The passive evasion decreases his vulnerability against physical damage, while the active can give him more mobility to flee from a fight or chase an enemy down.
  • Divine Rapier icon.png Divine Rapier is one of the strongest items that Ember Spirit can purchase, as, combined with a cleave and crit, can allow him to deal absurd amounts of physical damage to the entire enemy team during Sleight of Fist. While it is extremely expensive and extremely risky due to the possibility of giving it to the enemy upon being killed, Ember Spirit's ability to evade the enemy and avoid damage allow him to push this item to its limit and emerge victorious.
  • Phase Boots icon.png Phase Boots give Ember Spirit the mobility to chase or escape engagements. The raw bonus damage also increases the potency of Sleight of Fist icon.png Sleight of Fist​ in the early/mid game, as each target will take increased damage.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Audio[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Update History[edit | edit source]

May 26, 2016 Patch

  • Fixed Flame Guard icon.png Flame Guard​'s Barrier capacity not being refreshed when recasting Flame Guard.

March 24, 2016 Patch

December 22, 2015 Patch

  • Ember Spirit's Fire Remnant icon.png Fire Remnant​ now render while in Fog of War.

November 03, 2015 Patch

  • Fixed Ember Spirit's Fire Remnant icon.png Fire Remnant​ rarely creating the remnant visual effect in the wrong place.

October 09, 2015 Patch

March 06, 2015 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Fixed Sleight of Fist icon.png Sleight of Fist​ leaving its permanent firy image when barely missing an enemy which just turned invisible.
  • [Undocumented] Fixed another case where Ember Spirit icon.png Ember Spirit​ would get stuck using Activate Fire Remnant icon.png Activate Fire Remnant​.

February 24, 2015 Patch

  • Fixed a rare bug with Ember Spirit icon.png Ember Spirit​ getting stuck after using Fire Remnant icon.png Fire Remnant​.
  • Fixed Ember Spirit icon.png Ember Spirit​ sometimes becoming invisible after Sleight of Fist icon.png Sleight of Fist​.
  • Fixed Fire Remnant icon.png Fire Remnant​ buff icons remaining stuck after Remnants expire.

November 18, 2014 Patch

November 14, 2013 Patch

  • Added Ember Spirit icon.png Ember Spirit​.

Balance Changelog[edit | edit source]

6.87

6.86

6.81

  • Searing Chains icon.png Searing Chains
    • Reduced duration from 2/2/3/3 to 1/2/2/3.
    • Rescaled damage per second from 40/60/80/100 to 80/60/120/100.
      total damage is still 80/120/240/300.
  • Reduced Sleight of Fist icon.png Sleight of Fist​ attack damage bonus against heroes from 30/60/90/120 to 20/40/60/80.

6.79

6.78

6.75

  • Reduced base armor from -1 to -2 (total armor is now 1.08).
  • Increased Fire Remnant icon.png Fire Remnant​ recharge time from 30 to 35.
  • Reduced Activate Fire Remnant icon.png Activate Fire Remnant​ damage per spirit from 120/160/200 to 100/150/200.

6.74

6.73c

6.73

  • Created.

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