Banehallow the Lycan is a melee strength hero who is capable of immense physical damage and considerable movement speed, who also excels at pushing buildings and bolstering his team's damage. He is capable of summoning Wolves who make excellent sources of damage and objective control. His Howl gives a large boost to the attack damage of his allies, while Feral Impulse turns Lycan and his pack into prime fighters on their own. When the time is right, Shapeshift allows the Lycan himself to join in the hunt, overwhelming foes with deadly critical strikes and incredible movement speed.
Bio[edit | edit source]
Abilities[edit | edit source]
|Summons two wolves to fight for Lycan. Level 2-4 wolves have Cripple, level 3-4 wolves have permanent invisibility, and level 4 wolves have 15 HP regen.|
|Cast Animation: +|
Number of Wolves: 2
|The very enchantment that twisted his being also summons canine familiars.|
- Using this spell replaces currently active Lycan Wolves under his control.
- The wolves gain abilities as the spell gets leveled.
- Already summoned wolves do not get new abilities when the spell is leveled. Only wolves summoned after leveling get them.
- Has a cast backswing of 0.6 during Shapeshift.
|Grants bonus damage to Lycan, all allied heroes and all units under their control.|
|Cast Animation: +|
Hero Attack Damage Bonus: 14/26/38/50
Non-Hero Attack Damage Bonus: 5/10/15/20
Howl Aura: Undispellable.
|Blood-curdling wolf cries signal to opponents that Banehallow is among them.|
- The effects are provided by an aura and thus the buff lingers for 0.5 seconds after the duration.
- This means that any unit summoned after the cast of Howl still get the buff for its remaining duration.
- This also means that when Lycan is dead, the effects are lost. However, if he comes back to life before its duration ends, the effects are provided again for its remaining duration.
- Affects all allied and own units, including invulnerable and hidden units, except for the zombies from Tombstone, illusions and wards.
- Does not affect lane creeps.
- The sound effect is global for allies only.
- Upon cast, Lycan Wolves owned by him play a special animation. This has only visual purposes.
|Increases the damage and attack speed of Lycan and all units under his control.|
Attack Speed Bonus: 15/20/25/30
Attack Damage Bonus: 15%/20%/25%/30%
Feral Impulse: Undispellable.
|His animalistic symbiosis with canine kind gives Banehallow enhanced reflexes and hunting capabilities.|
- Only increases base damage and that given by the primary attribute of the affected units. Raw bonus damage is not increased.
- The buff lingers for 0.5 seconds after leaving the radius.
- Affects all units under Lycan's control, not just himself and his wolves.
- Lycan illusions dominated by Enchant do not grant Enchantress' units the bonuses, only the illusion itself keeps them.
|Lycan assumes his lupine form, granting him and his units critical strikes and added vision at night. During Shapeshift, Lycan and all units under his control move at increased speed, cannot be slowed and have a 40% chance to deal a critical strike doing 140%/160%/180% damage.|
|Cast Animation: +|
Transformation Time: 1.5
Night Vision Bonus: 1000
Haste Speed: 650
Critical Chance: 40%
Critical Damage: 140%/160%/180%
Shapeshift Transform: Undispellable.
Shapeshift Aura: Undispellable.
Shapeshift Speed: Undispellable.
|Forever a slave to his lycanthropy, Banehallow has come to accept his curse, and embrace his own savagery.|
- During the transformation, Lycan cannot do anything. Cannot be interrupted.
- Unlike other transformation spells with transformation time, Shapeshift does not disjoint projectiles.
- The movement speed and critical strike are provided by a global aura which affects all units owned by Lycan. The aura buff lingers for 0.1 seconds.
- The critical strike increases the attack damage of Lycan and all his units by an average of 16%/24%/32%.
- The proc chances of multiple crit sources stack.
- If two sources of critical strike proc at the same time, the higher multiplier has priority.
- The critical strike uses pseudo-random distribution.
- Shapeshift is fully canceled on death.
Lycan Wolf[edit | edit source]
|Gives 20% chance to cripple the target, causing 8 damage per second and lose 40 attack speed for 4 seconds.|
|Proc Chance: 20%|
Damage per Second: 8
Attack Speed Slow: 40
Summon Wolves Crit Maim: Dispellable with any dispel.
- Available for level 2-4 wolves.
- Deals damage in 1 second intervals, starting 1 second after proccing, resulting in 4 instances.
- Can deal up to 32 damage to the target (before reductions).
- Multiple procs on the same target do not stack, but refresh the duration instead.
|Permanently invisible when not attacking.|
|Fade Delay: 1.7|
Recommended items[edit | edit source]
- Quelling Blade helps Lycan farm, especially if he starts in the jungle.
- Ring of Protection gives some early durability and eventually builds into Vladmir's Offering
- Vladmir's Offering gives lifesteal, damage, and armor in an aura, so his wolves get more powerful as well. The mana regeneration also helps with his small mana pool.
- Power Treads give you movement speed, attack speed, and some extra damage and durability if you set them to give strength.
- Black King Bar is useful on many melee heroes. Lycan is no exception as more strength and temporary magic immunity let him get to his target and deal more damage when he gets there.
- Necronomicon is an amazing item for pushing and paired up with Howl, Feral Impulse, and Vladimir's Offering, it actually provides more DPS than any other item that Lycan can get - provided the Necronomicon units do not get killed.
- Assault Cuirass gives armor, attack speed to Lycan and his allies (including his wolves), and reduces opponents' armor.
- Skull Basher Since Lycan has no disable Abilities, basher can be the only way to stop someone, can be upgraded Later to a Abyssal Blade.
- Desolator helps push down buildings, as well as amplify the damage done by wolves.
- Heaven's Halberd gives Lycan's attacks a chance to lesser maim; slowing opponents attack and move speed helping him chase them down, with additional evasion.
- Sange and Yasha provides some health, armor ,greater maim , damage , attack and move speed.
- Heart of Tarrasque greatly increases health and health regeneration allowing Lycan to tank more effectively. The damage gained from it is also entirely from strength, which is amplified by both Feral Impulse and Vladmir's Offering. It is especially strong on Lycan thanks to his slipperiness - Lycan can run out of a fight at very low HP and come back into the fight after a short rest.
- Abyssal Blade gives a reliable stun as well as good survivability from damage block.
- Echo Sabre due his high damage and critical chance on wolf form, echo sabre can be a aditional in his build.
- Armlet of Mordiggian can be helpful in certain situations, as it provides good DPS for low cost and as well as some survivability. The HP drain is partially negated by the Lifesteal of Vladmir's Offering.
- Boots of Travel are highly recommended late game, or when the enemies tier 3 tower or barracks are vulnerable. Whenever the enemy tries to push, go to a lone lane and split push as much as you can. Lycan is arguably one of the best heroes at taking down towers fast, due to this enemies will have to send someone back to deal with you. However, if a teamfight starts anyways, you can teleport back to aid the fight.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Audio[edit | edit source]
History[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Lycanthropy refers to the ability of a human to transform into a wolf, or gain wolf-like characteristics. The term derives from the Greek word lykànthropos, which translates to "wolf man", or "werewolf" in English.
- The line Play "Was I a wolf who dreamed he was a man?" refers to a quote by Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi - "Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man."
- The line Play "Are you an air wolf?", refers to the American famous television series "Airwolf", counting this response is said to Gyrocopter.
- The line Play "Who fears the wolf should fear the forest." is a reference to Russian novelist Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky quote from 'The Gambler' : 'Who fears the wolf should never enter the forest'
- The line Play "I thought you were Team Yakov!" is a reference (and pun) to Jacob Black from the Twilight series, who is a werewolf. Fans divide themselves into "teams" by who their most preferred main character is, one of such teams is "Team Jacob".