Huskar the Sacred Warrior is a ranged strength hero who is an effective ganker and carry, with both great benefits and risks offered. He is known to be a powerful adversary in most games, as his damage per second can easily kill other heroes at any point in the game assuming no one is nearby to save them. Unlike most heroes, he does not use mana much to use his abilities, rather, he sacrifices his own health to inflict the highest damage possible. His passive Berserker's Blood defines the power of sacrifice; he gets more dangerous the more he gets hurt. This gives him increased magic resistance and attack speed depending how much life is missing, and the given magic resistance and attack speed are staggering, potentially having the highest damage output in the earliest stage. Huskar can use his own life force to attack using Burning Spears which scorches foes and gives him an advantage early on. Due to the health cost of Burning Spears, his Berserker's Blood activates, granting him the ability to decimate any target. Inner Vitality magically heals Huskar or his allies, regenerating health each second based upon the target's primary attribute, and heals more when the health is on a critical level. His Life Break is his most dangerous ability and a risky one too. Charging towards his target, Huskar sheds a large amount of life force to cut a target's current health to fractions. This is great to use as an initiation spell, as it deals immense damage based on the target's current health, breaking it down, allowing Huskar and his allies to feel the pain that the Sacred Warrior felt. Courageous and fearless, Huskar is powerful at any stage of the game, and is willing to suffer and face death, for him to contribute and deliver a marvelous victory to his team.
Bio[edit | edit source]
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Abilities[edit | edit source]
|Unlocks the regenerative power of a friendly unit, with healing based upon its primary attribute. If the target is below 40%, it will heal faster. Lasts 16 seconds.|
|Cast Animation: +|
Cast Range: 800
Health Regen Bonus: 10
Main Attribute as Regen above Threshold: 5%/10%/15%/20%
Main Attribute as Regen below Threshold: 20%/40%/60%/80%
Health Threshold: 40%
- The health percentage and the primary stats are checked periodically and the regeneration adjusted instantly.
- Restores in form of regeneration, so it regenerates 0.1 + of primary attribute in 0.1 second intervals.
- Over the full duration it heals 160 health and between 80%/160%/240%/320% to 320%/640%/960%/1280% of their primary attribute.
- Can be cast on creep-heroes, applying only the base regen on them, since they have no attributes.
|Huskar sets his spears aflame, dealing damage over time with his regular attack. Multiple attacks will stack additional damage. Each attack drains some of Huskar's health. Lasts 8 seconds.|
|Cast Range: 450|
Health Cost: 15
Damage per Second: 5/10/15/20
- Damage type on self is HP Removal.
- Huskar cannot kill himself using this ability.
- Uses Huskar's 400 attack range when using autocast. Manually casting it uses the 450 cast range.
- Burning Spear stacks additively when used multiple times on one target.
- It places 1 debuff on the target, which shows how many instances are stacked on the target (a number is visible on the icon).
- Every instance's duration is completely independent from other instances. They do not prolong or refresh each other.
- The damage however is summed up to 1 damage instance and happens every second after the first attack that placed the debuff.
- This means that 4/2/2/1 stacks are enough to make the damage cancel consumables.
- Deals a total of 40/80/120/160 damage per Burning Spear instance (before reductions).
|Huskar's injuries feed his power, giving increased attack speed and magic damage resistance based on missing health.|
|Max Attack Speed Bonus: 220/260/300/340|
Max Magic Resistance Bonus: 20%/30%/40%/50%
- Huskar's size increases the closer he gets to the max bonuses of Berserker's Blood, up to 35%.
- Although not visible in the HUD due to it no showing enough decimals, each missing point of health grants bonuses.
- No bonuses are applied at 100% health and maximum is applied when strictly below 10% health.
- The health percentage is checked periodically and the effects adapted instantly.
- Increases Huskar's total magic resistance to 40%/47.5%%/55%/62.50% when below 10% health.
|Huskar draws upon his health to break an enemy's life, leaping at a target within attack range to shatter a percentage of that hero's current health, and slowing them. While leaping, Huskar is spell immune.|
|Cast Animation: +|
Cast Range: 550
Current Health as Cost: 35%
Target's Current Health as Damage: 35% ( 65%)
Move Speed Slow: 40%/50%/60%
Slow Duration: 4/5/6
- Huskar leaps at a speed of 1000 and cannot be disjointed.
- Upon cast, places a modifier on Huskar, which lasts for 5 second or until reaching the target, whichever is shorter.
- This modifier turns him spell immune, disarms him, and forces him to face the target. The spell immunity dispels debuffs upon cast.
- Since the modifier has a set max duration, it can expire while leaping, continuing the rest of the leap without its effects.
- Huskar can use items and spells during the leap. However, position changing effects like Blink Dagger cancel it.
- The damage to self is magical as well. Thus, it can be reduced by magic resistance (including the effect from Berserker's Blood).
- The self-damage is not lethal, no matter how strong it gets amplified. Huskar cannot deny himself with Life Break.
- If Huskar is disabled during the leap or the distance between the target and Huskar becomes more than 1400, the leap stops.
Recommended items[edit | edit source]
- Tangoes and a Healing Salve help Huskar to regain lost health from Burning Spear.
- Gauntlets of Strength give extra attack damage and health to draw from when using Burning Spear. They also build into Urn of Shadows.
- Boots of Speed give a nice movement speed boost.
- Magic Stick helps Huskar recover health in a pinch.
- Urn of Shadows helps Huskar to restore health after a gank.
- Armlet of Mordiggian provides bonuses to Huskar's health, attack damage, and attack speed. It also synergizes with Berserker's Blood by depleting his health.
- Black King Bar will cause Huskar to take no self-damage from Life Break, allowing him to use it to initiate with little risk of dying.
- Satanic allows Huskar to sustain his health while under focus from the enemy team.
- Heart of Tarrasque gives even more health and attack damage, and allows Huskar to make liberal usage of Burning Spear.
- Assault Cuirass gives protection from physical damage, which synergizes well with Berserker's Blood which gives magic resistance.
- Aghanim's Scepter increases the effectiveness of Life Break.
- Shadow Blade makes Huskar into a much better ganker. It also gives attack speed for more Burning Spear stacks.
- Heaven's Halberd gives some strength and evasion, and it is also able to disarm an attacking enemy.
- Mekansm can heal Huskar in a pinch, and also provides some armor.
Counters[edit | edit source]
- Templar Assassin has the ability to out-lasthit Huskar early and can reduce his Armor with Meld, making him much easier to kill. However, she may have trouble due to Burning Spear peeling off her charges of Refraction.
- Queen of Pain can harass early with Shadow Strike, contest runes easily, and can easily kill a low health Huskar by level 6 with the pure damage of Sonic Wave.
- Many of Alchemist's spells deal physical damage, making quick work of Huskar if he's caught by an Unstable Concoction. He can also make it difficult to be laned against by covering a large area with Armor-Reducing Acid Spray.
- In General, Heroes with access to abilities that reduce Armor, like The Swarm, Weave, Viscous Nasal Goo, and others limit the tankiness of Huskar by a lot.
- Bristleback can reduce Huskar's armor with Viscous Nasal Goo and tank through his burst with Bristleback.
- Lifestealer can become immune to the damage from Huskar's Life Break and Burning Spears with Rage and can fight for long periods of time due to his healing from Feast and Open Wounds.
- Huskar has issues against Illusion Heroes, as most of his damage is single target-based. Bonus points go to Naga Siren, who also has Armor Reduction with Rip Tide.
- Ursa can fight Huskar for long periods of time without fear of dying, as he tends to build some sort of Lifesteal. This in conjunction with the damage of Fury Swipes and the damage-reduction of Enrage makes for a high physical DPS threat.
- Lina isn't usually a problem due to most of her damage being magical, but the moment she picks up an Aghanim's Scepter, she becomes a menace, being able to burst Huskar with pure damage.
- Axe can easily whittle down Huskar's health with the pure damage of Counter Helix and end his life quickly with a Culling Blade once he's low.
- Items that reduce his already low Armor like Assault Cuirass or Desolator will make Huskar very vulnerable.
- Pipe of Insight and Hood of Defiance will both reduce and/or block the damage dealt by Burning Spears and Life Break, which greatly reduces Huskar's damage output. The same applies for a unit that activates Glimmer Cape.
- Huskar's reliance on magical damage from both your ultimate and Burning Spear means Black King Bar's spell immunity is very strong.
- Though a unit under the effects of Ghost Scepter or Ethereal Blade will take additional damage from Life Break, it will greatly reduce Huskar's overall damage output as it mostly comes from his physical Attacks.
- Silver Edge will disable Berserker's Blood, making it much easier to burst down Huskar while also reducing his damage.
- Heaven's Halberd heavily limits the physical DPS of the Hero and may force him to build a Monkey King Bar.
Equipment[edit | edit source]
Tips[edit | edit source]
- Huskar becomes more powerful with less health due to Berserker's Blood, but can still die. Figure out when enough is enough.
- Berserker's Blood is Huskar's signature ability and passively gives him heavy magical resistance and attack speed when low HP. Thanks to this, Huskar is very potent against heavy magic damage teams. Additionally, Inner Vitality gives Huskar a very powerful heal when below 40% HP, making him very durable. However, due to his low base Armor, he is susceptible to physical burst damage. Good examples of this is Clinkz and Sven as well as any carry who has a Daedalus or Desolator completed.
- Keep in mind the cast range of Burning Spear is 450, but Huskar's attack range is only 400. Therefore you can increase your range by 50 when manually casting Burning Spear. However, putting Burning Spear on autocast will not increase your range.
- Huskar's abilities synergizes well with each other, Burning Spear and Life Break both use up health, and feed your Berserker's Blood increasing your damage output while Inner Vitality makes you more durable.
- Remember that Burning Spears will stack on an enemy. You can manual cast them repeatedly on laning phase to harass enemies without drawing creep aggro. When you can regenerate health enough to sustain Burning Spear, switch it to auto-attack and burn them down!
- If you are low on health, you can turn it off at times to recuperate health if you have lifesteal.
- Inner Vitality provides a huge amount of regen especially when at a low HP. You can use it on yourself or your allies before jumping into a fight to increase their durability.
- Do not worry about casting it too early before a team fight as it has a fairly long duration and its cooldown at max level is a few seconds shorter than its duration. This will reduce the chances that you are caught off-guard and become disabled long enough before being able to cast it. This will also increase the chance that you can re-cast it during a fight in case that you are Purged or another team mate is in dire need of regeneration.
- Always use Inner Vitality before using your ultimate to increase your chance of surviving and reduce the toll on your HP done by your ultimate.
- With enough mana regeneration, you can even use Inner Vitality constantly, mitigating the need to return to base. This makes heroes such as Crystal Maiden and Keeper of the Light a good ally of Huskar.
- Soul Ring is also a viable situational item if you find yourself constantly out of mana because the static HP regeneration of Inner Vitality alone is enough to recuperate the loss of HP from Soul Ring even at level 1 while also providing a net excess of stat-based HP regeneration. Having a constant source of mana will also enable Huskar to cast Inner Vitality to his teammates who might need it at the time.
- The ability to reduce Huskar's HP on demand also provides a tactical advantage that can be used before a fight. However, keep in mind that the HP removal is not mitigated by Berserker's Blood and as such is dangerous to be used when at a really low health.
- Life Break lowers the target's current health by about 1/4 (1/2 if upgraded), and lets Huskar jump to his target rapidly. Consider between chasing a wounded enemy and dealing damage to a tough one.
- Be wary of heroes who has high natural magic resistance like Anti-Mage due to his Spell Shield because using Life Break against them might deal more damage to you than to them. Same can be said against heroes who usually build Hood of Defiance or Pipe of Insight.
- You should also be warned not to use your ultimate on a hero who has spell immunity or else you lose a percentage of your health while the target does not. However, the slow will still pierce through spell immunity.
- Black King Bar is important to keep in mind on Huskar since you do not lose a percentage of your health when you use your ultimate while spell immune.
- As Life Break deals magical damage to an enemy relative to his current health, it is possible to kill any enemy in one hit with the help of damage amplification, provided it is not spell immune or has access to very high magic resistance (e.g. Spell Shield).
- It is possible to use certain combinations of items and heroes together with Huskar to kill any hero instantly. For example applying the effects of Veil of Discord, Ethereal Blade and Orchid Malevolence to a target and then hitting them with an Aghanim's Scepter upgraded Life Break will cause an instant death. However, building all these utility items on Huskar himself will destroy a great deal of his carry potential. This same effect can be achieved using Soul Catcher instead of Veil of Discord or Decrepify instead of Ethereal Blade.
- Beware of heroes with Blade Mail as they can destroy you if you use Life Break on them recklessly.
- A special mention goes to Axe who can use Culling Blade immediately after countering your Life Break.
- A similar case is Nyx Assassin who can reflect Life Break using Spiked Carapace and then follow up with any of his other abilities to finish you off.
- Also it is worth noting that any hero using Blade Mail with sufficiently high health will kill you if you use Life Break on them assuming that you do not have spell immunity.
- Building an Aghanim's Scepter enables Huskar to destroy enemy heroes with high health very quickly. The reduced cooldown will allow Huskar deal magical damage equal to 73.74% of the enemy's health in 4 seconds if he is able to use Life Break twice in succession. You can also use Life Break on multiple different enemies in a team fight making it easier for the rest of your team to finish them off. It is also worth noting that building an Aghanim's Scepter will enable Huskar to constantly apply a 60% slow that pierces through spell immunity.
- If timed just right, Life Break can be used to chase an enemy with a Blink Dagger or a similar escape skill. In most cases, if an enemy hero used their escape skill while Huskar is airborne, Huskar will still be able to finish his jump.
- An Aghanim's Scepter will also allow Huskar to reposition in teamfights frequently. In the event that you are being focused on by a melee carry who happen to have spell immunity, you can jump to other ranged or far off enemy heroes. This will give you a chance to kill them off and resulting into an even trade, stall enough time so that the duration of the melee carry's spell immunity runs out, remove debuffs, recast Inner Vitality and if you have an Armlet of Mordiggian, toggle Unholy Strength twice to regain some HP. Even without an Aghanim's Scepter, this tactic can be used if you did not initiate with Life Break.
- The most important part of this tactic is the ability to remove debuffs. Since Huskar is really vulnerable to debuffs, jumping to another enemy while you are slowed, rooted or disarmed will give you a chance to turn the tables against your enemy.
- Berserker's Blood increases Huskar's survivability significantly. It is worth noting that with enough stacks and health left, it can help you survive finishing spells that deal magical damage such as Thundergod's Wrath, Assassinate and Reaper's Scythe.
- While with Berserker's Blood Huskar is difficult to be killed by magical spells alone, be very cautious of pure damage. Dealing with heroes such as Bane and Timbersaw can result in death, as using your ultimate in their presence can have dire consequences, since some of their spells are not reduced by magic resistance.
- Huskar is a great counter against heroes that rely mostly on magical damage like Skywrath Mage, Sand King and Zeus. If an enemy team consist of mostly or even entirely of spellcasters consider maxing Berserker's Blood first.
- It is important to remember that the magic resistance from Berserker's Blood DOES NOT equate to magic immunity, a common mistake for new players is to treat it as such. Huskar is still vulnerable to huge burst of magical damage when at nearly full health. Examples of this would be Requiem of Souls at point blank range (most likely after using Life Break) with the maximum amount of souls and stacks of Remote Mines both of which could kill Huskar even at full health. Berserker's Blood works best against gradual magical damage or damage spread over multiple instances like Rot, Life Drain, Mystic Flare, Static Storm, Epicenter, Echo Slam, and Poison Nova, all of which are almost impossible to be used to insta-kill Huskar since their damage will be greatly reduced. But keep in mind that some of these also provide debuffs like stun, slow and silence that could hinder Huskar.
- Berserker's Blood also gives Huskar a huge attack speed bonus when at a low enough health. This enables Huskar to deal a significant amount of damage with Burning Spears and damage increasing items. Shallow Grave or False Promise makes Huskar even more dangerous at team fights because it enables Huskar to maintain the maximum number of stacks for a short duration before dying.
- Maelstrom or Mjollnir is a good item to pick to proc Chain Lightning as much as possible and to increase your farming potential.
- Diffusal Blade is a decent item if against low mana pool heroes such as Wraith King to prevent them from using their abilities. However, this is not recommended as it does not provide either strength or damage and is quite a hefty investment.
- Monkey King Bar is a good pickup due to its 35% chance to deal a 100 damage mini-stun and if against heroes with evasion like Phantom Assassin, Brewmaster or any carry who is planning to or already built evasion items like Heaven's Halberd or Butterfly.
- Skull Basher and Abyssal Blade are also viable items because Huskar will proc Bash at a decent rate due to his attack speed. When Skull Basher is upgraded to Abyssal Blade, he can make use of Overwhelm after using Life Break. Keep in mind that melee carries will still proc it more even if you have the same attack speed, you do however have the range advantage.
- Keep in mind that the attack speed from Berserker's Blood is unreliable as it depends on your current health. If you are your team's main carry, consider building attack speed items like Mjollnir and Assault Cuirass to further boost your DPS.
- Huskar's armor is relatively low even until the middle stages of the game and thus if your ultimate is used carelessly the enemy team will only require one or two disables to allow their own carries to kill you. In this respect you must pay special attention to heroes with long duration disables like Bane, Alchemist, Shadow Shaman, Dragon Knight etc. or invest in items that increase your durability so that you could survive such encounters and even use yourself to bait the enemy's skills to make it easier for the rest of your team.
- Helm of Iron Will could be bought first when planning on building a Helm of the Dominator. Due to Huskar's reliance on Burning Spears for damage and not from physical basic attacks which you rarely use against creeps in lane, an early Helm of Iron Will offers more benefits than buying an early Morbid Mask and will allow Huskar to regenerate more in the laning phase. You can even buy 2 Helms if you plan to build an Armlet of Mordiggian too, a +10 in armor and the bonus 6 HP regeneration will reduce damage in the laning phase significantly and will allow you to spam Burning Spear.
- Mekansm provides regeneration, armor, and burst heal that could make a significant difference when low in health. Since Huskar only has one skill that uses mana, Mekansm gives a way to utilize Huskar's remaining mana and in higher tier games, Mekansm on Huskar is not unheard of. It could also be paired with a Magic Wand to further add to Mekansm's burst heal.
- Huskar in general is very vulnerable to disables due to his tendency to be low in health, and if he is using life steal he is dependent on his ability to attack to survive fights. Black King Bar will allow Huskar to attack relentlessly during its duration and hopefully will last long enough to kill off the enemy disablers. Linken's Sphere's spell block will also work better in some situations such as against Doom, Fiend's Grip or Focus Fire.
- Guardian Greaves in theory is the best boots for Huskar to tank up as it will provide a huge amount of armor if he is below 20% HP and the free mana will make it possible to keep Inner Vitality up indefinitely. Keep in mind however that it does not provide significant DPS, its passive works better if you have a huge amount of HP already, and it costs whopping 5300 gold, although the components are less useful to build on Huskar except for Mekansm. It is best that you build it after your major HP item or better yet let a more natural carrier on your team build it so that you can build other boots.
- A casual Platemail will drastically improve Huskar's survivability and can be used to build an Assault Cuirass or a Shiva's Guard or both if you plan to stack armor. Since Huskar is already durable against magic damage, Stacking armor will help reduce his second biggest weakness which is physical damage. However, against a pure damage heavy lineup, stacking strength or HP items is still the better solution.
- Huskar benefits greatly from strength as each point increases his survivability by increasing his health and regeneration rate from Inner Vitality while also increasing his damage output. However, if you only gear for strength, you might not have enough damage to fight effectively in the late game. Also keep in mind that armor will provide you with more effective HP against physical damage than strength in later stages of the match and as such should not be neglected.
- Armlet of Mordiggian provides literally every stat that Huskar needs to be more effective and its Unholy Strength provides a way for Huskar to control his health. If you are able to practice armlet toggling, it will drastically improve Huskar's damage output and allow him to use it to survive fights as long as there is no Heartstopper Aura or Radiance Aura or you are not afflicted by any DPS debuff. An important fact to remember is that its active ability also adds to Inner Vitality's regeneration.
- Heart of Tarrasque gives a massive HP regen bonus from Inner Vitality, it allows Huskar to keep Unholy Strength active indefinitely and it gives enough health to allow you to be at a low enough percentage to increase stacks from your Berserker's Blood but not low enough to be bursted down. This also complements an Aghanim's Scepter pickup as it will allow you to use Life Break sparingly, even against Roshan or creeps.
- Sange and its upgrades Sange and Yasha, Heaven's Halberd, and Silver Edge provides a good amount of strength to cost ratio and gives a fair amount of utility.
- Satanic provides strength, armor and 25% lifesteal. Its active could also be used in a pinch to keep yourself from dying.
- Huskar has no natural escape mechanisms and it makes committing into a fight very risky if it does not go as planned. Consider building escape items like Shadow Blade or its upgrade Silver Edge or even a Blink Dagger because it will provide you immense survivability that no strength, HP or armor item that can replace.
- Huskar is effective at dealing with lone targets, but often time struggles when enemies are grouped up. Do not get too complacent, even if you can take on anybody on the enemy team. It is usually best to let somebody else initiate, and then come into the fight when the enemies are spread out, that way, you can take them on one at a time and most likely win each of the duels.
- When faced with physical damage dealing heroes and you have no counter-pick on your team, it is wise to build items that specifically counter them so that you can duel them such as Blade Mail, Heaven's Halberd or in special cases Orchid Malevolence for heroes with escapes like Storm Spirit or Anti-Mage.
- Huskar has a huge early game presence, however there are many heroes that are difficult for Huskar to fight and as such he is a very situational hero to pick.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Huskar's name might be derived from the Old Norse word "Huskarl", the title given to the highly-skilled bodyguards of important Norse lords and kings.
- His name might also be derived from Huáscar Inca, a leader of the Inca Empire in the 16th century. Huskar's lore also connects him to Dazzle, who is a Shadow Priest (Fits in the Native American shaman role).
- Before 6.79, you could use a Ghost Scepter and then manually cast Burning Spear on enemies. You would take little Magic damage since the Magic Resistance provided by Berserker's Blood reduced the incoming magic damage significantly, while also being immune to physical damage because of the ethereal state.
Update history[edit | edit source]
Balance changelog[edit | edit source]
Replaced abilities[edit | edit source]
|Berserker's Blood (pre 6.78)|
|Huskar's injuries feed his power, giving increased attack speed and damage for each 7% of missing health.|
|Attack Speed Bonus per Stack: 3/6/9/12|
Attack Damage Bonus per Stack: 2/4/6/8
- This ability got reworked into the current Berserker's Blood in the 6.78 gameplay patch.
- Huskar's size increases and he glows red, the more stacks he has. At 25% health or less, he also stops using his attack stance and use his default animations.
- First stack lasts from 100% to 87% of Huskar's maximum health. Each following stack is added for each 7% max health missing.
- The maximum bonus (14 stacks) is achieved when Huskar has strictly less than 3% of his maximum health, which will provide bonus 42/84/126/168 attack speed and 24/56/84/112 attack damage.
- The health percentage is checked periodically and the effects adapted instantly.
|Life Break (pre 6.72)|
|Huskar draws upon his health to break an enemy's life, shattering a percentage of that hero's current health, and slowing them.|
|Cast Animation: +|
Cast Range: 100
Current Health as Cost: 35%/30%/25%
Target's Current Health as Damage: 50% ( 65%)
Move Speed Slow: 50%
Slow Duration: 5
- This ability got reworked into the current Life Break in the 6.72 gameplay patch.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
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