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16 + 1.7
15 + 1.5
22 + 3
Level 1 16 25
Hit Points 454 967 1594
Mana 286 897 1482
Damage 49‒55 96‒102 141‒147
Armor 1.1 4.53 8.94
Attacks / Second 0.67 0.81 1
Movement Speed 290
Turn Rate 0.5
Sight Range 1800/800
Attack Range 600
Missile Speed 1000
Attack Duration 0.43+0.74
Cast Duration 0.3+0.51
Base Attack Time 1.7
Collision Size 24

Lion the Demon Witch is a ranged intelligence hero who is adept at disabling and nuking his enemies, as well as being a strong lane support. Although his abilities do not scale into the lategame, his offensive power can destroy enemies during the early game and remain somewhat useful throughout the later game.

Lion is famous for his outstanding ability combos, making him a solid and versatile choice in any team composition. He has the ability to drain mana from enemy heroes with his Mana Drain ability and his complement of disables makes him an effective team-fighter and support in any stage of the game.


Lion Lion, the Demon Witch
Play "I don't fear Hell; Hell fears me."
Role: Pip disabler.png Disabler / Pip ganker.png Nuker / Pip babysitter.png Lane Support / Pip roamer.png Support
Lore: Once a Grandmaster of the Demon Witch tradition of sorcery, Lion earned fame among his brethren for fighting on the side of light and righteousness. But adulation corrupts. With powers surpassed only by his ambition, the mage was seduced by a demon and turned to evil, trading his soul for prestige. After committing horrible crimes that marred his soul, he was abandoned. The demon betrayed him, striking better deals with his enemies. Such was Lion’s rage that he followed the demon back to hell and slew it, ripping it limb from limb, taking its demonic hand for his own. However, such demonoplasty comes at a cost. Lion was transfigured by the process, his body transformed into something unrecognizable. He rose from hell, rage incarnate, slaying even those who had once called him master, and laying waste to the lands where he had once been so adored. He survives now as the sole practitioner of the Demon Witch tradition, and those who present themselves as acolytes or students are soon relieved of their mana and carried off by the faintest gust of wind.
Voice: Tom Chantler (Responses)



Earth Spike
Blocked by Spell Immunity. Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Cannot be purged. Play
Earth Spike icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
Target Point / Target Unit Enemies Magical
Rock spikes burst from the earth along a straight path. Enemy units are hurled into the air, then are stunned and will take damage when they fall.
Cast Range: 500
Spikes Travel Distance: 825
Spikes Radius: 125
Damage: 80/140/200/260
Stun Duration: 1.02/1.52/2.02/2.52
Cooldown 12 Mana 100/120/145/170
Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Completely blocked for every hit Linken's holder.
The Demon Witch exercises his demonic covenant, opening a fissure from hell.


  • The spikes travel at a speed of 1600.
  • When targeting a unit, the spikes will be released towards its current location upon cast. Spikes do not home.
  • Stun duration consists of 0.52 seconds air time + 0.5/1/1.5/2 seconds actual stun time.
  • Can hit units up to 950 range away (825 travel distance + 125 spikes radius).

Blocked by Spell Immunity. Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Can be purged. Play
Hex (Lion) icon.png
Ability Affects
Target Unit Enemies
Transforms an enemy unit into a harmless beast, with all special abilities disabled.
Cast Range: 500
Duration: 2.5/3/3.5/4
Cooldown 30/24/18/12 Mana 125/150/175/200
Lion is compelled to share his transfiguration, twisting the essence of those who oppose him.


  • Hex (Lion) icon.png Hex has an instant cast time.
  • Because hex changes base move speed and doesn't actually apply a slow, all speed effects are calculated using the 140 base speed.
  • For example:
    • a hexed unit with no speed bonuses has 140 move speed
    • a hexed unit with +10% from Yasha icon.png Yasha has 154 move speed
    • a hexed unit with +50 from Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed has 190 move speed
    • a hexed unit with both Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed and Yasha icon.png Yasha has 209 move speed
  • Lion's hex transforms the target into a Play frog.

Mana Drain
Blocked by Spell Immunity. Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Cannot be purged. Play
Mana Drain icon.png
Ability Affects
Target Unit / Channeled Enemies
Absorbs the magical energies of a target enemy unit by taking mana from it every second.
Cast Range: 850
Max Channel Time: 5
Link Break Distance: 1200
Mana Drain per Second: 20/40/60/120
Cooldown 20/15/10/5 Mana 10
Lesser magi are nothing more than a source of magical restoration for the Demon Witch.


  • Can only be cast on units which have a mana pool.
  • Drains 2/4/6/12 mana in 0.1 second intervals, starting 0.1 seconds after cast, resulting in 50 instances.
  • Can drain up to 100/200/300/600 mana when fully channeled.
  • Instantly destroys targeted illusions on the first interval.

Finger of Death
Blocked by Spell Immunity. Partially blocked by Linken's Sphere. Cannot be purged. Play
Finger of Death icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
Target Unit Enemies Magical
Rips at an enemy unit, trying to turn it inside-out. Deals massive damage.
Cast Range: 900
Radius: 0 (200*)
Damage: 600/725/850 (725/875/1025*)
Cooldown 160/100/40 (100/60/20*) Mana 200/420/650
Partially blocked by Linken's Sphere. Blocked completely (including aoe effect) when primary target is Linken's holder. Not blocked for secondary targets.
Can be Improved by Aghanim's Scepter (* shows the improved values). Increases damage, decreases cooldown and level 3 mana cost. Adds 200 damage radius.
Lion's disfigured hand is also the source of his greatest power, capable of flooding victims with malefic force.


Recommended Items[edit]

Starting Items:

Early Game:

  • Magic Stick will help sustain Lion's easily depleted HP and Mana pools.
  • Bracer is great for additional cheap strength and attributes.
  • Observer Wards should always be picked up when available by the support.


  • Magic Wand is a great upgrade for extra attributes and the additional charges.
  • Tranquil Boots allow Lion to have enough regeneration when paired with his Mana Drain, as well as provide extra armor to help survivability.
  • Mekansm is a must for the support to build for the invaluable healing and bonus armor.
  • And again, Observer Wards should always be picked up when available.


  • Boots of Travel are invaluable late game for the additional movement speed and teleport.
  • Dagon allows Lion to instantly kill most any hero when paired with his Finger of Death.
  • Flying Courier should be purchased as soon as it is available if playing support.
  • Blink Dagger is a great pick up on Lion to allow him to easily escape or initiate a fight with his powerful spells.
  • Scythe of Vyse is a great item to build to give Lion an additional disable as well as an infinite Mana pool.
  • Aghanim's Scepter allows Lion's Finger of Death to be cast more often, do more damage, and have an Area of Effect.



  • Earth Spike works as both a nuke and a stun, and can hit multiple enemies. Targeting Earth Spike on the ground can be less accurate, but is necessary to utilize the ability's max range.
  • Level 4 Earth Spike does approximately the same damage and stun as a level 2 Ravage, with only a 12-second cooldown. While it's obviously much harder to land a multi-hero Earth Spike, this can be Lion's most important spell when used effectively. Positional items, particularly Blink Dagger, make it much easier to land Earth Spike on multiple heroes.
  • As a pure disable spell, Hex doesn't deal damage but lasts longer than Earth Spike. It also has an instant cast time, making it a more secure standard opening spell when going on the offensive in a gank (rather than risking a swift enemy reaction to Earth Spike).
  • Use your disables one after the other so you maximize potential disable time.
  • Using Mana Drain on enemy heroes is a very good form of harrassment, and it maximises killing potential for laning partners like Anti-Mage.
    • Whether leveling Mana Drain as a semi-carry is more or less effective is dependent on the situation. If Hex and Earth Spike are leveled and Arcane Boots are built (with an optional Attribute Bonus) Lion will be much harder to kill, and still have enough mana at any time. However, some enemy heroes will be impaired by having their mana stolen from them, and some allied ones will be facilitated. Let the hero lineup on both sides inform your decision. For example, if there is a Storm Spirit or Leshrac on the opposing team, leveling Mana Drain is wise as these heroes are crippled horribly by accelerated loss of mana. However, if the enemy team has an Outworld Devourer or a Keeper of the Light, leveling Mana Drain is fairly pointless as these heroes have abilities which replenish mana for themselves and others.
    • Mana Drain is still useful if left for late-game, as it greatly reduces Lion's need to return to base.
    • Mana Drain also pops Linken's Sphere, which makes Lion an excellent hero for catching and focusing down elusive heroes that commonly carry Linken's Sphere like Weaver, Puck, and Storm Spirit. At level 4, it has a 5-second cooldown, which means it should always be available when you need it.
  • Finger of Death is a very powerful nuke, especially considering Lion's largely supportive role. Use it to help damage enemy carries or to eliminate supports; but try not to use it for a sure kill unless a carry is unable to execute it themselves, as they require kills much more than Lion does. Combined with Dagon, it deals enough damage to one-shot many heroes throughout most of the game, but its best to resist this to allow allies to level.
  • The low cooldown of Hex and Mana Drain are good for dispelling Linken's Sphere and any illusions.
  • Lion combos exceptionally well with Lina and Shadow Shaman as his disable will allow Lina to land Light Strike Array not to mention that together they can cut down even high HP heroes within moments. With Shadow Shaman due to the fact that both possess two disable abilities they can effectively disable a hero indefinitely or for a very lengthy duration.
  • It is not uncommon to see support heroes such as Lion to purchase Ghost Scepter in order to protect themselves from DPS heroes in team fights. If the game is going well you might even consider completing the item into an Ethereal Blade as it not only makes you impervious to physical attacks it allows you to greatly increase the damage output of your spells. Be wary however to not use the Ethereal Blade on a hero your team carry is about to kill as it impedes your own team's dps heroes from attacking your target.
  • Force Staff is a good alternate to Blink Dagger, it gives more mobility and initiate options, especially if the enemy team has a Radiance.
  • Phase Boots on a roaming support Lion, when paired with a Bottle, give better chasing and kill potential.
  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity should also be considered if you are constantly out of mana or need the additional movement speed and disable, and you can not afford Scythe of Vyse.


  • In the transition from DotA to Dota 2, the names of two of Lion's abilities were changed. Impale changed to Earth Spike and Voodoo changed to Hex.
  • Lion's rival response towards Witch Doctor icon.png Witch Doctor Play "All we need now is a wardrobe." is a reference to the second book in The Chronicles of Narnia book series by C.S. Lewis, titled The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.[1]

Update History[edit]

July 03, 2013 Patch

  • Updated Lion icon.png Lion's head.

February 07, 2013 Patch

May 24, 2012 Patch

  • Updated Lion's hero selection icon to reflect his new texture.

May 10, 2012 Patch

  • Updated Lion's minimap icon to match his new texture.

April 26, 2012 Patch

  • New visual style for Lion.

April 12, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed Mana Drain missing its last 1/4 tick.

August 04, 2011 Patch

  • Lion portrait is less clown colors.

August 03, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed Lion's Mana Drain and Shadow Shaman's Shackles to properly handle getting purged.

August 02, 2011 Patch

  • Impale no longer uses a frontal cone.

July 08, 2011 Patch

  • Mana Drain will now stop if the unit goes into the FOW
  • Mana Drain will now kill illusions in 1 second instead of 2
  • Fixed Impale' timing.
  • Fixed Impale to not affect Ancients.

July 01, 2011 Patch

  • Mana Drain is now eaten by Sphere and it will cancel the channel.
  • Mana Drain now ticks once per second over 4 seconds.
  • Mana Drain is now not purgable.
  • Finger of Death damage is now delayed by 0.25 seconds.

June 24, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed Lion being able to cast Mana Drain on units without mana.
  • New Shape Model and Animation for Lion [has no updated textures/details yet]

June 10, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed cast point issues with Shadow Shaman, Lion and Tinker.

March 17, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed Lion's impale starting too far away from him.

February 04, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed Lion's Mana drain working on units with no remaining mana.

January 30, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed cases where creating a linear projectile directly on yourself would cause it to get stuck. This includes fixes to Fissure, Ghost Ship, Dragon Slave, Arrow, Impale, Waveform, Illusory Orb, Meat Hook, Burrowstrike, Wave of Terror, and Power Shot.

Balance Changelog[edit]


  • Increased Hex (Lion) icon.png Hex unit movement speed from 100 to 140.


  • Base attack damage increased by 7
  • Mana Drain drain interval from 0.25 to 0.1


  • Earth Spike icon.png Earth Spike damage increased from 60/130/200/260 to 80/140/200/260


  • Hex (Lion) icon.png Hex cooldown reduced from 30/25/20/15 to 30/24/18/12.



  • Mana Drain icon.png Mana Drain duration increased from 4 to 5.
  • Hex (Lion) icon.png Hex:
    • Cooldown increased from 15 to 30/25/20/15.
    • Duration increased from 1.75/2.5/3.25/4 to 2.5/3/3.5/4.




  • Finger of Death icon.png Finger of Death cooldown rescaled from 150/90/55 to 170/105/40.
  • Finger of Death icon.png Finger of Death damage increased from 500/650/850 to 600/725/850 (Aghanim's from 600/800/1025 to 725/875/1025).
  • Mana Drain icon.png Mana Drain initial cast range increased from 600/650/700/750 to 750.
  • Mana Drain icon.png Mana Drain threshold range increased from 800 to 850.
  • Mana Drain icon.png Mana Drain cooldown decreased from 25/20/15/10 to 20/15/10/5.


  • Hex (Lion) icon.png Hex cooldown increased from 13 to 15.
  • Hex (Lion) icon.png Hex manacost increased from 110/140/170/200 to 125/150/175/200.
  • Hex (Lion) icon.png Hex duration increased from 1.25/2/2.75/3.5 to 1.75/2.5/3.25/4.


  • Mana Drain icon.png Mana Drain level 4 increased from 100 to 120 per second.
  • Mana Drain icon.png Mana Drain now drains at 0.25 second intervals instead of 1 second.


  • Finger of Death and Laguna Blade no longer target magic immune (since they do 0 damage but waste spell)


  • Hex (Lion) icon.png Hex duration reduced from 1/2/3/4 to 1.25/2/2.75/3.5 seconds.


  • Lion's Mana Drain icon.png Mana Drain is now faster (same mana drain over 4 seconds instead of 5).


  • Improved Lion's movement speed a little.


  • Improved Lion's Mana Drain level 4 a little


  • Reduced duration of Lion's Hex from 2/3/4/5 to 1/2/3/4


See also[edit]


  1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.