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Huskar
Huskar.png
Strength
21 + 2.4
Agility
15 + 1.4
Intelligence
18 + 1.5
Level 1 16 25
Hit Points 549 1271 2012
Mana 234 546 962
Damage 42‒51 80-89 119‒128
Armor 1.1 4.32 8.6
Attacks / Second 0.71 0.86 1.05
Movement Speed 300
Turn Rate 0.5
Sight Range 1800/800
Attack Range 400
Missile Speed 1400
Attack Duration 0.4+0.5
Cast Duration 0.3+2.4
Base Attack Time 1.6
Collision Size 24

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 near by to save them. Unlike most heroes, he doesn't 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 HP 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]

Huskar Huskar, the Sacred Warrior
Play "Those who are given more in life must not cling to it but risk it all in every moment."
Role: Pip carry.png Carry / Pip initiator.png Initiator / Pip tank.png Durable
Lore: Emerging from the throes of the sacred Nothl Realm, Huskar opened his eyes to see the prodigal shadow priest Dazzle working a deep incantation over him. Against the ancient rites of the Dezun Order, Huskar’s spirit had been saved from eternity, but like all who encounter the Nothl he found himself irrevocably changed. No longer at the mercy of a mortal body, his very lifeblood became a source of incredible power; every drop spilled was returned tenfold with a fierce, burning energy. However this newfound gift infuriated Huskar, for in his rescue from the Nothl, Dazzle had denied him a place among the gods. He had been denied his own holy sacrifice. In time the elders of the order sought to expand their influence and Huskar, they agreed, would be a formidable tool in their campaign. Yet becoming a mere weapon for the order that denied him his birthright only upset him further. As the first embers of war appeared on the horizon, he fled his ancestral home to find new allies, all the while seeking a cause worthy of unleashing the power his total sacrifice could bring.
Voice: Dave Fennoy (Responses)

Abilities[edit]

Inner Vitality
Not blocked by Spell Immunity. Can be purged. Play
Q
V
Inner Vitality icon.png
Ability Affects
Target Unit Allied Heroes
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 Range: 550
Duration: 16
Health Regeneration: 2/4/6/8
Bonus Heal Amount: 5/10/15/20% of main attribute
Bonus Heal Amount Below 40% HP: 30/45/60/75% of main attribute
Cooldown 25/22/19/16 Mana 170
While Huskar has little use for magic, this minor enchantment was learned from the Dazzle and the Dezun priests, to be used in times of great injury.

Notes:

  • The HP percentage and the primary stats are checked periodically and the regeneration adjusted instantly.
  • Can be cast on magic immune allies.
  • Over the full duration it will heal 32/64/96/128 health and between 80/160/240/320% to 480/720/960/1200% of their primary attribute.


Burning Spear
Blocked by Spell Immunity. Not blocked by Linken's Sphere. Cannot be purged. Play
W
R
Burning Spear icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
Auto-Cast Enemies Magical
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.
Duration: 8
Cast Range: 450
Damage per Second: 5/10/15/20
Health Cost: 15
Cooldown 0
The Sacred Warrior ignites his weaponry after marking it with his own blood - causing far greater pain than he himself feels.

Notes:

  • Burning Spear is not a unique attack modifier.
  • Burning Spears 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 independant 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 1st attack which placed the debuff. This means that 4/2/2/1 stacks are enough to make the dot cancel consumables.
  • Huskar cannot kill himself using this ability.
  • Cannot be dispelled by anything.
  • Deals a total of 40/80/120/160 damage per burning spear instance.


Berserker's Blood
Cannot be used by illusions.
E
B
Berserker's Blood icon.png
Ability Affects
Passive Self
Huskar's injuries feed his power, giving increased attack speed and magic resistance based on missing health.
Increase Attack Speed: 14/16/18/20
Bonus Magic Resistance: 4%/5%/6%/7%
After losing his birthright, Huskar gained a lethality in physical combat that is only heightened as his own blood is spilled.

Notes:

  • Huskar's size will increase, his skin color will darken and he'll glow red, the more stacks he has. At 25% hp or less, he'll also stop using his attack stance and use his default animations.
  • First stack lasts from 100% to 87% of Huskar's maximum HP. Each following stack is added for each 7% max hp missing.
  • The maximum bonus (14 stacks) is achieved when Huskar has strictly less than 3% of his maximum HP, which will provide bonus 112/168/224/280 attack speed and 56%/70%/84%/98% magic resistance.
  • The HP percentage is checked periodically and the effects adapted instantly.
  • Doom ability icon.png Doom will disable this passive if upgraded with Aghanim's Scepter.


Life Break
Not blocked by Spell Immunity. Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Can be purged. Play
R
F
Life Break icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
Target Unit Enemies Magical
Huskar draws upon his health to break an enemy's life, leaping at a target within attack range to inflict a percentage of that hero's current HP, and slow at the cost of his own vitality. While leaping, Huskar is spell immune. Slow lasts 5 seconds. Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter.
Cast Range: 550
Slow: 40%/50%/60%
Slow Duration: 4/5/6
Damage: 35% (65%*) of target's current HP
Self Damage: 35% of Huskar's current HP
Cooldown 12 (4*)
Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Blocked on impact. However, Huskar takes no damage.
Can be purged. The slow can be purged.
Can be Improved by Aghanim's Scepter (* shows the improved values). Increases damage dealt, reduces cooldown.
No matter the danger, Huskar thrusts himself into melees that only he can survive.

Notes:

  • Life Break cannot be disjointed.
  • Life Break moves Huskar with 1000ms.
  • Huskar can use items and spells during the leap, but can't attack.
  • If Huskar is disabled during the leap or the target moves more than 1400 units in 0.015 seconds, the leap stops.
  • Self-inflicted damage to Huskar is Magical damage. Thus, it can be reduced by magic resistance (including the effect from Berserker's Blood).
  • With base magic resistance included,the targeted enemy will lose 26,25%(48,75*) of his current HP, if it's not Visage icon.png Visage or Meepo icon.png Meepo.
  • Meepo with his 35% magic resistance will lose 22,75% (42,25*) and Visage 29,75% (55.25*) of their current hp.

Recommended items[edit]

Explanation:
Starting:

  • Tangoes and a Healing Salve help Huskar to regain lost health from Burning Spears.
  • Gauntlets of Strength give extra damage and health to draw from when using Burning Spears. They also build into Urn of Shadows.

Early-game:

Core:

  • Armlet of Mordiggian provides bonuses to Huskar's health, 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 his ultimate, 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 damage, and allows Huskar to make liberal usage of Burning Spears.
  • 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 Spears stacks.
  • Heaven's Halberd gives some Strength and evasion, and it's also able to disarm an attacking enemy.
  • Mekansm can heal Huskar in a pinch, and also provides some armor.

Equipment[edit]


Tips[edit]

  • Remember that Huskar becomes more powerful with less health, but can still die. Figure out when enough is enough.
  • You can use Inner Vitality on yourself before jumping into a fight to counteract the damage you take.
  • Burning Spear and Life Break both use up health, and feed your Berserker's Blood.
  • Remember that Burning Spears will stack on an enemy. Switch it to auto-attack and burn them down!
  • Life Break lowers the target's current HP to 1/2 (1/3 if upgraded), and lets Huskar jump to his target immediately. Consider between chasing a wounded enemy and dealing damage to a tough one.
  • You should be warned not to use your ultimate on a hero who has an active spell immunity or else you lose a percentage of your health while the target does not. However, the slow will still pass through spell immunity.
  • Huskar's Berserker's Blood increases your survivability significantly. At 30% health, and level 4 Berserker's Blood, you have 83% magic resistance, allowing you to keep your HP in place while taking physical attacks if you have lifesteal and decent damage from items. It is also worth noting that with enough stacks and HP left, it can help you survive execution spells that deal magic damage such as Sniper icon.png Sniper's Assassinate and Necrophos icon.png Necrophos' Reaper's Scythe.
  • Black King Bar is important to keep in mind on Huskar since you don't lose a percentage of your health when you use your ultimate, and allows you to kill pure damage based Heroes like Timbersaw without the risk of death.
  • Some players only level Burning Spears to level 1 (for early harassment), and then go on to max Berserker's blood and pick up an early Morbid Mask (later Helm of the Dominator and eventually Satanic). You will absorb more HP and deal more damage the lower your hp is, and the Helm of the Dominator is a great tool for jungling, but ever since latest buff to Burning Spears, this build (or not taking the ability at all) is considered outdated.
  • Huskar is effective at dealing with lone targets, but often time struggles when enemies are grouped up. Don't get too cocky, even if you can take on anybody on the enemy team. It's 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.
    • One can build a Maelstrom or Mjollnir to take advantage of Huskar's fast attack speed, and proc Chain Lightning, giving Huskar decent teamfight ability.
  • Use Inner Vitality before you use Life Break because Inner Vitality has a fairly long duration.
  • While with Berserker's Blood Huskar is nigh impossible to be killed by spell casters, be very cautious of pure damage and HP removal. Dealing with heroes such as Bane and Timbersaw can result in death, as using Life Break in their presence can have dire consequences, since their spells aren't reduced by magic resistance.
  • Also beware that despite his agility gain 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 such as Bane, Alchemist, Shadow Shaman, Dragon Knight etc.
  • As Life Break deals Magical damage to an enemy relative to his current HP, it is possible through damage amplification to kill any enemy in one hit provided it is not spell immune or has access to very high Magical 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, 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 onto Huskar himself will destroy a great deal of his carry potential. This same effect can be achieved using Shadow Demon icon.png Shadow Demon's Soul Catcher instead of Veil of Discord or Pugna icon.png Pugna's Decrepify instead of Ethereal Blade.
  • When faced with fed physical damage dealing carries 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 Heaven's Halberd or in special cases Orchid Malevolence for heroes with escapes like Storm Spirit icon.png Storm Spirit or Anti-Mage icon.png Anti-Mage.
  • 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 Vendetta. Also it is worth noting that any hero using Blade Mail with sufficiently high HP will kill you if you use Life Break on them assuming that you don't have spell immunity.

Trivia[edit]

  • 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 icon.png Dazzle, who is a Shadow Priest (Fits in the Native American shaman role).
  • Before 6.79, you could use a Ghost Scepter icon.png Ghost Scepter and then manually cast Burning Spear icon.png Burning Spear on enemies. You would take little Magic damage since the Magic Resistance provided by Berserker's Blood icon.png Berserker's Blood reduced the incoming magic damage significantly.

Update history[edit]

December 12, 2013 Patch

  • Added Huskar Huskar in CM.

July 12, 2013 Patch

  • Fixed being able to attack while he is leaping in Life Break icon.png Life Break.

June 14, 2013 Patch

  • Fixed Burning Spear icon.png Burning Spear counter logic getting forgotten when purged.

March 28, 2013 Patch

February 28, 2013 Patch

November 08, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed Life Break icon.png Life Break not properly dispelling buffs on you when cast.

September 13, 2012 Patch

August 15, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed Life Break not hurting Huskar Huskar if he jumped on a magic immune unit.

April 26, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed Burning Spear counter being reset by BKB.

April 12, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added an injured running animation for Huskar.

February 16, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed Life Break partially ignoring Linken's Sphere.
  • Fixed Life Break continuing to follow a target that teleported away.

January 12, 2012 Patch

December 08, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed Burning Spears working through silence.

November 17, 2011 Patch

November 03, 2011 Patch

October 27, 2011 Patch


Balance changelog[edit]

6.82

6.81

6.80

6.79c

  • Added to Captain's Mode.

6.79

6.78

Old Berserker's Blood:
Huskar feels each of his wounds and channels the pain, increasing attack speed and damage for each 7% missing health. First bonus starts at full health.
Attack Speed: 3/6/9/12 IAS per stack
Damage: 2/4/6/8 damage per stack
New Berserker's Blood:
Huskar feels each of his wounds and channels the pain, increasing magic resistance and attack speed for each 7% missing health. First bonus starts at full health.
Magic Resistance: 4/5/6/7% magic resistance
Attack Speed: 8/12/16/20 per stack
  • Removed from Captain's Mode.

6.75

6.72c

6.72

  • Life Break icon.png Life Break changed from a melee range ability to a leap strike with 600 range.

6.71

  • Life Break icon.png Life Break HP cost rescaled from 40/33/25% to 35/30/25%.

6.69

6.67

6.64

6.63

6.60

6.58

  • Life Break icon.png Life Break now properly slows magic immune units.

6.57

6.54

6.52

  • Increased Huskar's attack range from 350 to 400.
  • Improved Huskar's attack animation time slightly.

6.44b

  • Inner Vitality manacost is the same at all levels now (a nerf)

6.44

  • Created.

Replaced Abilities[edit]

Berserker's Blood (Old)
Cannot be purged.
E
B
Berserker's Blood icon.png
Ability Affects
Passive Self
Huskar's injuries feed his power, giving increased attack speed and damage for each 7% of missing health.
Increase Attack Speed: 3%/6%/9%/12%
Bonus Damage: 2/4/6/8
After losing his birthright, Huskar gained a lethality in physical combat that is only heightened as his own blood is spilled.

Notes:

  • There will be a special effect when Berserker's Blood is giving a large bonus (60% missing health).
  • First stack lasts from 100% to 87% of Huskar's maximum HP.
  • Maximum bonus (14 stacks) is achieved when Huskar has strictly less than 3% of his maximum HP.

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