Lifesteal

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Lifesteal allows the attacking unit to gain health when damaging an enemy, which includes any attack modifier with attack damage. The lifesteal ability can be gained via items, passive abilities or the auras of other units.

The amount of health a unit gains from lifesteal is calculated by a percentage of the actual damage done to the attacked unit. This means it does not heal for overkill damage dealt to a unit, so if an attack's damage exceeded the target's current health and killed it, the heal is based on the target's remaining health.

Sources of Lifesteal[edit | edit source]

Unique Attack Modifiers[edit | edit source]

Lifesteal as a Unique Attack Modifier is the most common form of lifesteal and can be used by both melee and ranged units. With the exception of Satanic icon.png Satanic's Unholy Rage ability, they are all passive abilities. Items that give this type of lifesteal are:

These items do not stack with each other. The one in the highest priority slot overrides the others.

Stacking sources[edit | edit source]

These lifesteal effects fully stack with every other source of lifesteal and every other attack modifier, except with themselves.

Interactions with other abilities[edit | edit source]

  • Lifesteal is calculated after critical strikes, which means that it increases the amount of life you steal.
  • Illusions do not benefit from lifesteal or lifesteal auras. However, the particle effects of lifesteal do show. This is to make lifesteal not instantly give away that they are illusions.
  • Secondary targets of instant attacks can be lifestealed off as long as the instant attack is able to carry attack modifiers. Therefore, Flak Cannon icon.png Flak Cannon and Split Shot icon.png Split Shot are excluded.
  • If an attack modifier directly adds the damage it deals to the attack damage (like bashes), its damage can lifesteal:

1 Cannot lifesteal when originated from Unique Attack Modifiers.

Spell Lifesteal[edit | edit source]

Main article: Spell Lifesteal

Spell lifesteal allows the hero to heal from spell damage they deal. Just like attack damage lifesteal, spell lifesteal is calculated by a percentage of the actual damage done to units. This means it does not heal for overkill damage dealt to a unit, so if a spell's damage exceeded the target's current health and killed it, the heal is based on the target's remaining health.

Pseudo-Lifesteal[edit | edit source]

Certain lifesteal effects work quite a bit different from regular lifesteal. Their mechanics are unique to the spell they are provided by.

  • Feast icon.png
    Lifesteal: 4.5%/5.5%/6.5%/7.5%
    Deals damage to the attack target and heals Lifestealer on each attack based on a percentage of the target's current health. The heal is fully independent from the actual damage dealt, so even when the attack deals no damage, Feast still heals for exactly the named percentage values.
  • Open Wounds icon.png
    Lifesteal: 50%
    Duration: 8
    Allows all allies to lifesteal off the targeted unit. All damage dealt steals life, including damage from spells.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Patch history[edit | edit source]

Patch
Description
  • Fixed interaction between lifesteal and negative attack damage, where lifesteal would cause the attacker to lose health.

See also[edit | edit source]