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Luna the Moon Rider is a Ranged Agility carry hero. Even though she can be seen as a tempting target for enemy heroes, Luna possesses solid early game laning presence due to her Lucent Beams, a cheap, low-cooldown nuke, and her Lunar Blessing aura, which grants all nearby allied heroes increased damage. Mid-game, she becomes far more formidable with Moon Glaives, allowing her to kill entire creep waves with two to three attacks, and Eclipse, which can very quickly kill a hero if that hero is unfortunate enough to catch its full blast. Her Achilles' Heel is her fragility; she has no escape abilities and cannot handle a lot of punishment, relying on her enormous movement speed to keep her out of harm's way. Luna begins and ends a match dangerously, and if played carefully and skillfully, she will destroy anybody who stands against her.
| Luna, the Moon Rider
| Play "I would water the trees with their entrails if Selemene would smile on me."
|| Carry / Nuker / Pusher
|| How had she been reduced to this? She was once the Scourge of the Plains, a merciless leader of men and beasts, and able to sow terror wherever she dared. Now she was far from her homeland, driven half mad from starvation and months of wandering, her army long dead or turned to worse. As she stood at the edge of an ancient forest, a pair of glowing eyes spied on from an elder branch. Something beautiful and deadly sought a meal in the wilting dusk. Without a sound, it turned and left. Fury overtook her. Clutching a rust-eaten dagger, she charged after the beast determined to reclaim even a shred of her past glory, but her quarry would not be caught. Three times she cornered the creature among the rocks and trees, and three times she pounced only to witness its fading shadow darting further into the woods. Yet the full moon shone brightly, and the creature’s trail was easy to follow. Arriving in a clearing atop a high hill, the beast’s massive feline form sat in the open, attentive and waiting. When the woman brandished her dagger, the creature reared and roared and charged. Death, it seemed, had come for her at long last in this strange place. She stood, calm and ready. A flash of movement, and the beast snatched the dagger from her hand before vanishing into the forest. Stillness. Hooded figures approached. In reverent tones they revealed that Selemene, Goddess of the Moon, had chosen her, had guided her, had tested her. Unwittingly she had endured the sacred rites of the Dark Moon, warriors of the Nightsilver Woods. |
She was offered a choice: join the Dark Moon and pledge herself to the service of Selemene, or leave and never return. She did not hesitate. Embracing her absolution, she renounced her bloody past, and took up a new mantle as Luna of the Dark Moon, the dreaded Moon Rider, ruthless and ever-loyal guardian of the Nightsilver Woods.
|| Linda K. Morris (Responses)
Ver 1 - Feb 2016
Luna is a short Ranged Agility carry, who specialises in being able to fight early with her magical damage ultimate (Eclipse), push well with her damage aura (Lunar Blessing) and farm quickly with her 2nd ability Moon Glaives.
Luna has a low hp pool to start with and as such will require lane support against the majority of offlaners.
A recommended set of starting items is One set of Tangoes; a Salve, a Ring of Protection, 2 Iron Branches and a Faerie Fire. This grants you a suitable amount of regeneration to successfully endure a bit of harassment in the laning stage, whilst still successfully allow you to farm and dealing damage.
A Typical Luna starting skill build at Level 1 is "0 0 1 0", however as your ultimate is directly related to the level of your first spell (Lucent Beam) it is important to have the following build by Level 6 "3 0 2 1"; to allow your Eclipse to do the maximum possible damage. By level 7 you should of completely maxed Lucent Beam.
You should avoid get early levels in Moon Glaives as it pushed the lane and the additional damage bounces do not aid last hitting.
If you are ganked by a solo enemy without his creep wave; it is very possible to kill the ganking enemy. However, if they have invisibility or any creeps nearby Eclipse will not hit them often enough to kill them.
An early game item build is make a Magic Wand from your Iron Branches, pick up a Boots of Speed from the side shop and then build into a Ring of Aquila using your Ring of Protection. Then finish your Power Treads
Your next item is one of a few choices, you can build Drums of Endurance if you need to team fight and push early, Helm of the Dominator if you have enough space to farm or, alternatively a Black King Bar if you're against an early burst magic damage line up such as Lina, Crystal Maiden or Lion.
Luna is a very low hp carry and is often targeted by the enemy team's magical damage nukers, in the mid game you must have Black King Bar.
As for mid to late game items Sange and Yasha, Manta Style, Butterfly, Satanic (built from the Helm of the Dominator), Skadi, and Daedalus are good choices.
When fighting illusion heroes such as Phantom Lancer or Naga Siren, Mjollnir is good choice, against Elder Titan, Slardar and Sven Assault Cuirass is also situationally good, and finally Monkey King Bar is very important against Windranger, Brewmaster and Phantom Assassin. Aghanim's Scepter is not a good Luna Carry item and should not be bought on a Core Carry Luna.
- Luna's glaive emits some particles during the cast time, visible to everyone.
- The bouncing glaive travels at a speed of 900 (the same speed as her attack projectile).
- When the initial attack misses or is disjointed, the Moon Glaive does not bounce.
- When a bounce is disjointed however (bounces can never miss), it bounces on the disjointing unit again if it is in range. If not, it bounces on the nearest valid target.
- A disjointed bounce still counts as a bounce, so it reduces the amount of bounces left.
- It does not matter how much damage the initial target from the attack takes, the bounces always deal damage based on Luna's average main damage + bonus damage.
- This means that the armor of the initial attack target does not influence the bounce's damage at all.
- It also means that damage from attack modifiers like crits or Quell’s bonus damage against creeps do not affect it either.
- So the only way to make the glaives deal more damage is to increase Luna's base damage via stats, give her a raw damage bonus, or reduce the armor of the bounce targets.
- Can bounce back to the same units if it already hit all other units nearby. If no other units are nearby, this skill does nothing. Cannot bounce on enemies in the Fog of War.
- Does not bounce towards wards and allies, but it does bounce off of them when attacking them. Fully works against buildings.
- The bounces deal 65%, 42%, 27%, 18%, 12%, 8% of Luna’s original attack damage.
- Moon Glaive can deal up to 100%/142%/142%/168% damage to the primary attack target.
- Deals a total of 165%/207%/235%/272% physical damage, assuming max bounces per level.
- Upon learning, Luna's glaive permanentally emits blue particles, visible to everyone.
- Increases Luna's night vision to a total of 1800.
- Grants Luna the bonus damage as well, not just her allies.
- The damage buff lingers for 0.5 seconds after leaving the area.
- Upon learning, Luna emits very faint pulsing particles around her.
- A Magic Stick helps Luna survive against heroes that constantly cast spells.
- Boots of Speed are core on any hero for extra move speed in order to chase and to escape.
- Ring of Aquila gives Luna a bit of damage, mana regeneration, and other attributes that are helpful throughout the early and mid-game.
- Magic Wand is good on most heroes in order to get some bonus burst health as well as bonus stats.
- Power Treads are the boots of choice for Luna, their attributes and attack speed are helpful throughout the game.
- Helm of the Dominator allows Luna to stack and kill Ancient creeps. She also benefits from the lifesteal in order to live throughout teamfights. It can also be built into Satanic later in the game.
- A Black King Bar helps Luna's damage and survivability with Magic Immunity and Strength if the enemy team mainly uses magic damage.
- Town Portal Scroll is helpful to quickly enter fights from across the map.
- Satanic gives Luna some much needed survivability, giving Luna enough health to live through immense amounts of burst damage in fights.
- Manta Style is almost a core item on Luna giving her damage, health, and bonus move speed. Manta Style's illusions also get Moon Glaive.
- Butterfly is great mixtures of heavy damage and survivability, giving Luna bonus attack speed, damage, armor, and evasion. Butterfly's active flutter also can help chase enemy heroes at the end of a fight.
- Shadow Blade can grant Luna a critical escape. Eclipse also continues to work when Luna is invisible, allowing you to chase down enemy heroes with bonus move speed and invisibility.
- Monkey King Bar's damage makes Luna's glaives more damage, and is a great counter to enemies with evasion.
- Aghanim's Scepter increases the max single target damage of Eclipse. Some interesting plays can also be made by putting Eclipse on an initiator as well.
- Luna and Night Stalker complement each other well; as Eclipse causes day to become night and Darkness gives both of them a very long vision range.
- Early points in Lunar Blessing makes last-hitting creeps easier. At any rate, make sure you have a single point in it before the first night as only one point is needed for the full amount of vision it bestows.
- Early points in Moon Glaive push the lane, this skill is commonly not leveled at all until the laning phase has concluded.
- A very odd trait for a hard carry is that Luna gains significant killing power with a level advantage because of Lucent Beam and by extension Eclipse.
- Lucent Beam's cast range is gigantic. Use it to pick off fleeing heroes.
- Under almost all circumstances Luna should be paired with a disabler for her laning phase; as aside from her high movement speed she has absolutely nothing to help her avoid ganks or kill attempts.
- It takes significant skill and knowledge of the game to solo a lane with Luna. Her very small attack range and purely damage-oriented skill set mean she is extremely easy to kill. Even then, it is recommended to have ward vision and easy access to team backup for her to be successful in a solo lane. The advantage of running a solo Luna is that it is essentially high-risk high-reward. A Luna with level advantage doing well can easily set the momentum of the game in her team's favor.
- Watch out for enemy heroes that carry a Blade Mail. Enemy heroes who carry it will most likely use it when you activate Eclipse. Any damage they take from Eclipse is reflected back to you as pure damage, and since Luna is such a fragile hero, she gets hit back hard. Buying a Black King Bar remedies this problem.
- With an Aghanim's Scepter upgraded Eclipse, Luna has the possibility to cast her ultimate above your team's initiator, in a specific location from a big distance, or cast above the area around your towers to defend. You can even use it above a hero with some invisibility skill like Riki or Bounty Hunter and let them wreak havoc for you. All of these possibilities are great for Luna since you can stay away from the fight instead in the middle of it.
- In DotA, Luna was a night elf. Night elves are a prominent race in the Warcraft universe, so this change was likely made to avoid copyright issues with Blizzard.
- Judging from their lore and dialogue, Luna and Mirana are both affiliated, with Mirana bearing a higher royalty than her, something Luna seems to resent.
- Luna's lore, quotes, accent, and reverence for Selemene derive largely from the Celts. Celtic lore heavily features warrior queens, who were often associated mystically with the moon.
- The name Selemene is a reference to the Greek goddess Selene, who was associated with the moon and the night. The Greek goddess Artemis also bears relevance, as she represented both lunar powers and the hunting of prey. Similarly Luna in Roman mythology is the goddess and embodiment of the moon.
- The name Luna means moon in Latin, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Romanian.
- Her mount's name is Nova.
December 17, 2014 Patch Update 4
- Fixed Eclipse not turning day into night properly
November 21, 2013 Patch
- Updated Luna's model
June 05, 2013 Patch
- Fixed headless Luna.
December 19, 2012 Patch
September 13, 2012 Patch
July 12, 2012 Patch
July 05, 2012 Patch
- Enabled Rubick, Io, and Luna in Captain's Mode.
- Fixed Eclipse ending if you get Cycloned.
June 28, 2012 Patch
- Added Luna, Io.
May 13, 2011 Patch
- Fixed a number of abilities having incorrect interaction with Sphere: Slithereen Crush, Jinada, Wind Walk, Echo Slam, Moon Glaive, Death Pulse, Purification, Scream of Pain, Fatal Bonds.
- Increased base armor from 0 to 1 (total armor is now 3.52).
- Eclipse no longer ignores ancient creeps, Roshan and creep-heroes.
- Aghanim's Scepter now allows Eclipse to be cast on an area within 2500 range, granting obstructed vision of that area. Can also target any allied unit to center Eclipse on their location, even while moving.
- Still provides its old upgrade bonuses as well.
- Reduced base agility from 22 to 18.
- Moon Glaive
- Can now bounce back on the same units if it already hit all other units nearby.
- Increased damage reduction per bounce from 30% to 35%.
- Aghanim's Scepter upgraded Eclipse no longer has a max beam per unit limit (was 6).
- Increased Lunar Blessing attack damage bonus from 14/20/26/32 to 14/22/30/38.
- Increased Moon Glaive number of bounces from 1/2/3/4 to 1/2/3/5.
- Reduced Moon Glaive damage reduction per bounce from 35% to 30%.
- Increased base attack damage from 21-27 to 26-32 (total attack damage is now 47-54).
- Increased Lunar Blessing attack damage bonus from 8/16/24/32 to 14/20/26/32.
- Lunar Blessing
- Increased attack damage bonus from 6/12/18/24 to 8/16/24/32.
- Increased night vision bonus from 250/500/750/1000 to 1000 on each level.
- Eclipse now turns day into night for 10 seconds.
- Old Lunar Blessing:
- Nearby ranged units gain the power of the moon, increasing their attack damage.
- Radius: 900
- Ranged attack damage bonus: 6%/13%/20%/27%
- New Lunar Blessing
- Provides all nearby allied heroes with constant bonus damage as well as extra night vision for Luna.
- Radius: 900
- Attack damage bonus: 6/12/18/24
- Night vision bonus: 250/500/750/1000
- Notes: Only affects heroes. The damage bonus is flat.
- Increased Lucent Beam stun duration from 0.01/0.1/0.3/0.6 to 0.6 on each level.
- Increased beam interval from 0.5 to 0.6.
- No longer continues after Luna's death.
- Increased cooldown from 140 on each level to 160/150/140.
- Lucent Beam
- Increased cast range from 600 to 800.
- Increased stun duration from 0.01 on each level to 0.01/0.1/0.3/0.6.
- Reduced manacost from 95/110/125/140 to 90/100/110/120.
- Damage is now based on Lucent Beam's level once again.
- No longer mini-stuns enemies.
- Reduced manacost from 250/350/450 to 150/200/250.
- Increased cooldown from 140/120/100 to 140 on each level.
- Aghanim's Scepter
- Reduced manacost from 225/325/425 to 150/200/250.
- Reduced cooldown from 130/110/90 to 90 on each level.
- Increased base attack damage from 11-17 to 21-27 (total attack damage is now 43-49).
- Eclipse now always uses level 4 Lucent Beams, instead of the current level Lucent Beam is at.
- Reduced Moon Glaive damage reduction per bounce from 40% to 35%.
- Fixed the first beam of Eclipse happening 0.5 seconds after cast instead of immediatly.
- Increased Eclipse beam interval from 0.1 to 0.5.
- Increased cooldown from 130/110/65 to 140/120/100.
- Increased Aghanim's Scepter upgraded cooldown from 125/90/45 to 130/110/90.
- Increased Eclipse cooldown from 130/95/50 to 130/110/65.
|Lunar Blessing (Pre 6.67)
| Nearby ranged units gain the power of the moon, dealing bonus damage with their attacks.
Ranged Attack Damage Bonus: 6%/13%/20%/27%
|The Goddess of the Moon smiles upon her kin.
- This ability got reworked into the current Lunar Blessing in the 6.67 gameplay patch.
- The bonus damage only increases base damage and damage gained via primary attribute.
- The buff lingers for 0.5 seconds.
- ↑ , Night elves, the race Luna belongs to in DotA.