Lifestealer

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Lifestealer
Lifestealer.png
Strength primary attribute symbol.png
25 + 3
Agility attribute symbol.png
18 + 1.9
Intelligence attribute symbol.png
15 + 1.75
Level Base 1 15 25
Health 200 700 1540 2140
H. Regen 0.25 1 2.26 3.16
Mana 50 230 518 734
M. Regen 0.01 0.61 1.59 2.29
Damage 32‒42 57‒67 99‒109 129‒139
Armor -1 1.57 5.37 8.09
Spell Dmg 0% 0.94% 2.47% 3.56%
Att / Sec 0.54 0.63 0.77 0.88
Movement Speed 315
Turn Rate 1.0
Vision Range 1800/800
Attack Range 150
Projectile Speed Instant
Attack Animation 0.39+0.44
Base Attack Time 1.85
Magic resistance 25%
Collision Size 24
Legs 2

N'aix, the Lifestealer, is a vicious melee Strength hero whose abilities give him the power to bring down durable heroes quickly, while sustaining his health by leeching the very life of his enemies.

The main role of the Lifestealer is to fulfill the job of a formidable carry, he is able to do so by restoring his life through his abilities. Feast is his passive ability and his signature, every attack he lands consumes the flesh and blood of his victim, dealing bonus physical damage while regenerating his own health. With Feast, he can munch down strong tanks. N'aix can send himself into a bloody Rage, increasing his attack speed, while granting a short period of spell immunity. Open Wounds tears the enemy, causing the prey's wounds to open, bleeding their life essence, allowing Lifestealer and his allies to feast down as well as greatly slowing them to a crawl. Rage and Open Wounds allows Lifestealer to brutally rip his victim apart, feasting on their health in the process. When in need, N'aix can use Infest to hide himself inside his allies or any non-hero unit, laying dormant, until he is ready to come out, devouring the flesh from the inside, killing the non-hero unit, bursting out the chunks of flesh and bones of his unfortunate host, damaging foes around him and ambushing them with carnivorous savagery.

The Lifestealer is a monstrous beast of gluttony and greed, bent on stealing the lives of every living creature he encounters, violently killing them to sate the Lifestealer's terrifying thirst and hunger.

Bio[edit | edit source]

Lifestealer N'aix, the Lifestealer
Play "Oh Master, behold all these lives for the taking!"
Role: Carry Carry / Durable Durable / Jungler Jungler / Escape Escape / Disabler Disabler
Lore: In the dungeons of Devarque, a vengeful wizard lay in shackles, plotting his escape. He shared his cell with a gibbering creature known as N'aix, a thief cursed by the Vile Council with longevity, so that its life-sentence for theft and cozening might be as punishing as possible. Over the years, its chains had corroded, along with its sanity; N'aix retained no memory of its former life and no longer dreamt of escape. Seeing a perfect vessel for his plans, the wizard wove a spell of Infestation and cast his life-force into N'aix's body, intending to compel N'aix to sacrifice itself in a frenzy of violence while the mage returned to his body and crept away unnoticed. Instead, the wizard found his mind caught in a vortex of madness so powerful that it swept away his plans and shattered his will. Jarred to consciousness by the sudden infusion of fresh life, N'aix woke from its nightmare of madness and obeyed the disembodied voice that filled its skull, which had only the one thought: To escape. In that moment Lifestealer was born. The creature cast its mind into dungeon guards and soldiers, compelling them to open locks and cut down their companions, opening an unobstructed path to freedom while feeding on their lives. Lifestealer still wears the broken shackles as a warning that none may hold him, but on the inside remains a prisoner. Two minds inhabit the single form--a nameless creature of malevolent cunning, and the Master whose voice he pretends to obey.
Voice: Bruce Miles (Responses)

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Rage
Play
Q
R
Rage icon.png
Ability
No Target
Affects
Self
Launch into a maddened rage, becoming Spell Immune, 100% resistant to magic damage, and gaining increased attack speed.
Cast Animation: 0+0
Attack Speed Bonus: 50/60/70/80
Duration: 3/4/5/6 (Talent 4/5/6/7)
Cooldown symbol.png 16
Mana symbol.png 75
Modifiers
Buff Rage: Undispellable.
The madness and brutality of N'aix makes him a vicious and unrelenting foe in combat.

Notes:

  • Interrupts Lifestealer's channeling spells upon cast.


Feast
Not a Unique Attack Modifier. Cannot be used by illusions. Disabled by Break. Pierces spell immunity.
W
F
Feast icon.png
Ability
Passive
Affects
Enemies / Self
Damage
Physical
Lifestealer's attacks damage enemies and heal himself for a percentage of his target's current health.
Enemy Current Health as Damage/Lifesteal: 4.5%/5.5%/6.5%/7.5%
After escaping from his cell in Devarque, N'aix subsisted on flesh and bones of those unfortunate to cross his path.

Notes:

  • The damage is directly added to Lifestealer's attack damage. It can be reduced with e.g. Enfeeble icon.png Enfeeble​ and also be increased with e.g. Empower icon.png Empower​.
  • On top of the skill's own lifesteal, Lifestealer additionally can lifesteal the damage dealt by this ability with other sources of lifesteal. It also can crit or cleave.
  • The heal is fully independent from the bonus damage dealt, meaning it always heals for the full amount, regardless of how much damage Feast did to the target.


Open Wounds
Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Does not pierce spell immunity. Play
E
W
Open Wounds icon.png
Ability
Target Unit
Affects
Enemies / Allies
Lifestealer rends an enemy unit, slowing the victim's movement speed and allowing all allies to regain health for a percentage of the damage they deal to that unit. All damage dealt will steal life, including damage from spells. The victim recovers movement speed over the duration.
Cast Animation: 0.2+0.4
Cast Range: 200/300/400/500
Lifesteal: 50%
Max Move Speed Slow: 70%
Slow Duration: 8
Cooldown symbol.png 24/20/16/12
Mana symbol.png 110
Does not pierce spell immunity. Slow persists and heal works if debuff was placed before spell immunity and when not dispelled.
Modifiers
Debuff Open Wounds: Dispellable with any dispel.
Fresh wounds and the scent of blood often draw out the scavengers to finish the job.

Notes:

  • Slows for 70%/70%/60%/50%/30%/10%/10%/10%, decreasing one step per second.
  • Casting an instantly killing ability on a unit affected by Open Wounds heals the caster based on the target's remaining health.
  • Does not heal enemies damaging their affected ally, or the affected unit through self-inflicted damage.
  • Stacks additively with other sources of lifesteal.


Infest
Not blocked by Linken's Sphere. Pierces spell immunity. Play
R
T
Infest icon.png
Ability
Target Unit
Affects
Self
Damage
Magical
Lifestealer infests the body of a target unit, becoming undetectable inside. He can then explode from the host body, dealing damage to nearby enemies. If the infested unit is an enemy creep or a neutral creep, he can take control of the unit's ability to move and attack, and when consumed the creep will heal Lifestealer's health equal to the creep's current health. Does not work on enemy heroes.
Cast Animation: 0.2+0
Cast Range: 150
Damage Radius: 700
Damage: 150/275/400
Cooldown symbol.png 100/75/50
Mana symbol.png 50
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. Grants the Assimilate ability.
Modifiers
Buff Infest: Undispellable.
Buff or Debuff, based on the target's alliance Infest Effect: Undispellable.
With this infestation, N'aix consumes the life blood of the host, restoring him back to full unholy power.

Notes:

  • During Infest, all three spells of Lifestealer are turned inactive, Infest is replaced by Consume icon.png Consume​, and Control icon.png Control​ is added.
  • During Infest, Lifestealer is periodically moved to the host's current position. This affects multiple things such as:
    • When Infest ends (be it via Consume, or the host dies), Lifestealer appears at the host's location.
    • Every aura Lifestealer has (including Gem of True Sight icon.png Gem of True Sight and Radiance (Active) icon.png Radiance) affects units around the host.
    • Effects which react on heroes' presence, such as Smoke of Deceit icon.png Smoke of Deceit, Marksmanship icon.png Marksmanship​ or Blur icon.png Blur​, react on the host's presence.
    • Relocate icon.png Relocate​ and Recall icon.png Recall​ force Lifestealer out of the infested unit, dealing area damage.
    • Test of Faith (Teleport) icon.png Test of Faith (Teleport)​ gets dispelled as soon as Lifestealer casts Infest.
  • Can be cast on, but cannot take control over allied heroes and allied creep-heroes.
  • When on level 2 or higher, can be cast on and can take control over ancient creeps.
  • The infested unit receives the Infest Effect modifier, which creates the visual effect above it, visible to allies only.


Control
Pierces spell immunity.
D
R
Control icon.png
Ability
No Target
Affects
Allied Units / Enemy Units
Lifestealer seizes control of the host body's nervous system, allowing him to issue movement and attack orders from within. Controlled units share Lifestealer's movement speed. Cannot be used on heroes.
Cast Animation: 0+0
Cooldown symbol.png 0
Modifiers
Buff or Debuff, based on the target's alliance Infest Creep: Undispellable.

Notes:

  • Appears when Infest icon.png Infest​ is cast and stays until Lifestealer gets out of the host.
  • The cast of Control is not registered as a spell cast and thus does not proc any on-cast effects.
  • Cannot take control over heroes, creep-heroes and units already owned by Lifestealer. All other infestable units can be controlled.
  • When the host cannot be controlled, casting this spell has no effect.
  • Mechanics upon cast:
    • This ability turns inactive from Lifestealer's HUD (it is inactive when the unit is under Lifestealer's control in general).
    • Lifestealer gets de-selected and the infested unit gets selected automatically.
    • The unit also gains the Consume icon.png Consume​ ability, allowing Lifestealer to consume it from the unit's HUD.
    • The unit's mana gets fully restored. Its health stays unaffected.
    • Constantly sets the unit's movement speed to Lifestealer's current movement speed, regardless of its default movement speed.
    • The unit's ownership changes to that of Lifestealer, so upon casting Consume, no bounty is granted and it counts as a deny.
    • If the infested unit was an enemy unit, it appears as an ally for the enemy (its health bar appears green to them).
    • However, since its ownership changes to that of Lifestealer's, enemies can attack it by ordering it. It is not automatically attacked.
  • Mechanics when an enemy takes control over the creep (Enchant icon.png Enchant​, Holy Persuasion icon.png Holy Persuasion​, Helm of the Dominator icon.png Helm of the Dominator):
    • The Consume ability disappears from its HUD, so Lifestealer cannot consume it from its HUD anymore.
    • The ownership changes from Lifestealer's to that of the enemy which took control over it, so Lifestealer cannot control it anymore.
    • The unit's health bar color changes from green to red for the enemy, despite being an ally to them now.
    • Casting Control again as Lifestealer has no effect. He cannot take back the control over the unit.


Consume
Does not pierce spell immunity. Play
R
T
Consume icon.png
Ability
No Target
Affects
Enemies / Self
Damage
Magical
Lifestealer eats the host body from the inside out, exploding from within.
Cast Animation: 0+0
Damage Radius: 700
Damage: 150/275/400
Cooldown symbol.png 0

Notes:

  • Appears when Infest icon.png Infest​ is cast and stays until Lifestealer gets out of the host.
  • The cast of Consume is not registered as a spell cast and thus does not proc any on-cast effects.
  • If the infested unit dies before Lifestealer consumes it, no health is gained. Though the area damage is always applied.
  • Does not kill or harm an allied unit (except for lane creeps) that Lifestealer has infested, unless Control icon.png Control​ was used.
  • The damage is applied instantly in the area.


Assimilate
Pierces spell immunity. Play
D
C
Assimilate icon.png
Ability
Target Unit
Lifestealer swallows an allied hero, allowing them to hide within him. Any healing Lifestealer receives is shared with the hero within. When an assimilated hero leaves Lifestealer, they erupt outward, damaging nearby enemies.
Cast Animation: 0.2+0.5
Cast Range: 150
Damage Radius: 700
Damage: 300
Ally Order Lock Duration: 2
Cooldown symbol.png 50
Mana symbol.png 50
Modifiers
Buff Assimilate: Undispellable.
Buff Assimilate Effect: Undispellable.
How can Lifestealer resist the chance to sample an ally?

Notes:

  • Unlike Infest, Assimilate applies a strong dispel on the target.
  • The hero can simply get out of N'aix themself, still dealing the area damage, by issuing any order 2 seconds after being assimilated.
  • During Assimilate, the allied hero is periodically moved to Lifestealer's current position. This affects multiple things such as:
  • Lifestealer receives the Assimilate Effect buff, which creates the visual effect above it, visible to allies only.


Eject
Does not pierce spell immunity. Play
D
C
Eject icon.png
Ability
No Target
Affects
Enemies
Damage
Magical
Ejects an Assimilated hero, damaging nearby enemies.
Cast Animation: 0+0
Damage Radius: 700
Damage: 300
Cooldown symbol.png 0

Notes:

  • Replaces Assimilate icon.png Assimilate​ until the ally gets out of Lifestealer.
  • The cast of Eject is not registered as a spell cast and thus does not proc any on-cast effects.
  • Interrupts Lifestealer's channeling spells upon cast.
  • If Lifestealer dies before the ally is ejected, the AoE damage is still applied.
  • Does not kill or harm Lifestealer upon ejecting the ally.
  • The damage is applied instantly in the area.


Talents[edit | edit source]

Hero Talents
+1s Rage icon.png Rage​ Duration 25 +15 Armor
+25 Movement Speed 20 15% Evasion
+25 Damage 15 +250 Health
+15 Attack Speed 10 +5 All Stats
Notes:
  • The armor and attack damage are added as bonus armor and bonus attack damage, and therefore do not benefit illusions.
  • Upgrading health increases maximum health capacity and keeps the current health percentage.
  • The evasion stacks multiplicatively with other sources of evasion.

Recommended items[edit | edit source]

Starting Items

Early Game

Core Items

  • Armlet of Mordiggian (Inactive) icon.png Armlet of Mordiggian is N'aix's core item due to his lifesteal. The player may have this item active throughout every fight, since his Feast ability negates the health loss.

Situational Items

  • Desolator icon.png Desolator increases Lifestealer's feast damage (lifesteal remains the same) and eventually critical hits (if you choose to go for Daedalus icon.png Daedalus or Crystalys icon.png Crystalys) to hit incredibly hard against any targets.
  • Assault Cuirass icon.png Assault Cuirass compensates for N'aix's very low base armor, and also gives more attack speed for use with Feast icon.png Feast​. It is also useful for pushing enemy towers.
  • Skull Basher icon.png Skull Basher and its upgrade Abyssal Blade icon.png Abyssal Blade are situational, though they greatly improve the Lifestealer's attack capabilities, able to disable his prey long enough for him to tear down.
  • Get a Monkey King Bar icon.png Monkey King Bar if the enemy carry has evasion or has a way of making you miss attacks such as Riki icon.png Riki​'s Smoke Screen icon.png Smoke Screen​ or Brewmaster icon.png Brewmaster​'s Drunken Haze icon.png Drunken Haze​, as it makes these abilities partially useless.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger lets N'aix close the gap between vulnerable heroes who like to keep their distance from fights such as Sniper icon.png Sniper​ or Skywrath Mage icon.png Skywrath Mage​ before casting Open Wounds and Rage. This is useful if you find yourself unable to get in range for what would otherwise be free kills. At the same time, it is excellent for escape after using Infest.
  • Heart of Tarrasque icon.png Heart of Tarrasque is a good item pickup as it allows Lifestealer to keep Armlet of Mordiggian (Inactive) icon.png Armlet of Mordiggian activated indefinitely, and gives him greater durability and damage.
  • Phase Boots icon.png Phase Boots allows the Lifestealer to close distance on his targets early on in order to get within Open Wounds' short range, and is ideal for ganking from the jungle. The lack of Attack Speed from not purchasing Power Treads icon.png Power Treads is negated by allowing the player to level more levels of Rage, increasing both survivability and damage.
  • Drum of Endurance icon.png Drum of Endurance works well when combined with Phase Boots icon.png Phase Boots as the combined movement speed from both allows players to catch up with faster enemy heroes. The attributes also help boost Lifestealer's lacking mana pool, and allow him to gank more often through frequent use of Open Wounds.
  • Daedalus icon.png Daedalus lets Lifestealer crit his feast damage. Against high health heroes, such as Pudge icon.png Pudge​ and Sven icon.png Sven​, Lifestealer can deal huge crits to his enemies and heal himself for immense amounts of health.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Audio[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Lifestealer's fun/alternate name in DotA was Gollum, a significant character in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit book series.
    • The references to Gollum are kept up in Dota2:
      Just like written in Lifestealer's lore, Lifestealer is no longer the former self he was, but rather a possessed body. Gollum has a similar story. Once being a Hobbit, his soul got corrupted by the ring, turning into the Gollum he is now.
      Both, Lifestealer and Gollum sometimes speak from themselves in plural form ("we", instead of "I"). They also talk to or about a "master".
      His rivalry line towards Tidehunter icon.png TidehunterPlay "Tidehunter…I love a bit of raw fish now and again." refers to Gollum's hate towards stewing - or the preparing in general - of fish. Gollum prefers his fish raw and "wriggling".[1]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYiCPmwOV4A