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Lycan
Lycan.png
Strength
22 + 3
Agility
16 + 1.9
Intelligence
17 + 1.55
Level Base 1 16 25
Health 200 640 1580 2480
H. Regen 0.25 0.91 2.32 3.67
Mana 50 254 554 938
M. Regen 0.01 0.69 1.7 2.98
Damage 36‒41 58‒63 105‒110 150‒155
Armor 1 3.29 7.64 12.66
Spell Dmg 0% 1.06% 2.64% 4.64%
Att / Sec 0.58 0.68 0.85 1.06
Movement Speed 305
Turn Rate 0.5
Vision Range 1800/800
Attack Range 150
Projectile Speed Instant
Attack Animation 0.55+0.55
Base Attack Time 1.7
Magic resistance 25%
Collision Size 8
Legs 2

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]

Lycan Banehallow, the Lycan
Play "Wolves need no armor."
Role: Carry Carry / Pusher Pusher / Jungler Jungler / Durable Durable / Escape Escape
Lore: Banehallow was noble-born to the house of Ambry, the greatest of the landed castes in the old kingdom of Slom. Before the Fall, as the King's wants grew strange, and his court grew crowded with sorcerers and charlatans, the house of Ambry was the first to rise against the avarice of the throne. No longer willing to pay homage and fealty, they instead sent six-thousand swords into the capital, where they were wiped out in the Massacre of the Apostates. And then came the teeth behind the old truth: When you strike a king's neck, you had better take his head. Enraged by the betrayal, the king exterminated the vast Ambry bloodline, sparing only the lord of the house and his youngest son, Banehallow. Before all the royal court, with the disgraced lord chained to the ornate marble floor, the King bade his magicians transform the boy into a wolf so that he might tear out his own father's throat. "Do this," the king said, "so that Lord Ambry will understand the bite of betrayal." Powerful magic was invoked, and the child was transformed. But though his body was changed, his spirit remained intact, and instead of biting the exposed neck of his father, he attacked his handlers, tearing them to pieces. A dozen of the King's knights perished under the wolf's teeth before they managed to drive it off into the night. Lord Ambry laughed from his chains even as the King ran him through with a sword. Now the heir to the lost house of Ambry, Banehallow wanders the trail as the Lycan, part warrior, part wolf, in search of justice for all that he lost.
Voice: Nolan North (Responses)

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Summon Wolves
Play
Q
V
Summon Wolves icon.png
Ability Damage
No Target Physical
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 Animation0.3+0.73
Number of Wolves: 2
Duration: 55
Cooldown 30
Mana 145
The very enchantment that twisted his being also summons canine familiars.

Notes:

  • Using this spell replaces currently active Lycan Wolves under his control.
  • The wolves gain abilities as the spell gets leveled.
    • Level 1: No abilities
    • Level 2: Cripple (Lycan Wolf) icon.png Cripple
    • Level 3: Cripple, Invisibility (Lycan Wolf) icon.png Invisibility
    • Level 4: Cripple, Invisibility, 15 health regen
  • 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 icon.png Shapeshift​.


Howl
Cannot be used by illusions. Pierces Spell Immunity. Play
W
W
Howl icon.png
Ability Affects
No Target Allies
Grants bonus damage to Lycan, all allied heroes and all units under their control.
Cast Animation0.3+0
Radius: Global
Hero Attack Damage Bonus: 14/26/38/50
Non-Hero Attack Damage Bonus: 5/10/15/20
Duration: 10
Cooldown 50/45/40/35
Mana 15/20/25/30
Cannot be used by illusions. Illusions get the buff and particles, but they cannot make use of the raw damage bonus.
Modifiers
Buff Howl Aura: Undispellable.
Buff Howl: Undispellable.
Blood-curdling wolf cries signal to opponents that Banehallow is among them.

Notes:

  • 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.
  • The sound effect is global for allies only.
  • Upon cast, Lycan Wolves owned by him play a special animation. This has only visual purposes.


Feral Impulse
Partially usable by illusions. Disabled by Break. Pierces Spell Immunity.
E
I
Feral Impulse icon.png
Ability Affects
Aura Self
Increases the damage and attack speed of Lycan and all units under his control.
Radius: 900
Attack Speed Bonus: 15/20/25/30
Attack Damage Bonus: 15%/20%/25%/30%
Partially usable by illusions. Illusions carry the aura but only benefit from the attack speed.
Modifiers
Buff Feral Impulse: Undispellable.
His animalistic symbiosis with canine kind gives Banehallow enhanced reflexes and hunting capabilities.

Notes:

  • 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.


Shapeshift
Not a Unique Attack Modifier. Partially usable by illusions. Not disabled by Break. Pierces Spell Immunity. Play
R
F
Shapeshift icon.png
Ability Affects
No Target Self
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 Animation0+0
Transformation Time: 1.5
Night Vision Bonus: 1000
Haste Speed: 650
Critical Chance: 40%
Critical Damage: 140%/160%/180%
Duration: 18
Cooldown 120/90/60
Mana 100
Partially usable by illusions. Illusions get their own Shapeshift buff lasting its regular duration. Illusions benefit from the aura's effects (movement speed and critical strike), but do not bestow it. Illusions gain the night vision.
Modifiers
Buff Shapeshift Transform: Undispellable.
Buff Shapeshift Aura: Undispellable.
Buff Shapeshift Speed: Undispellable.
Forever a slave to his lycanthropy, Banehallow has come to accept his curse, and embrace his own savagery.

Notes:

  • 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 boost is a haste, means affected units cannot be slowed by any means.
  • 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.
  • Shapeshift is fully canceled on death.


Lycan Wolf[edit | edit source]

Lycan Wolf model.png
Unknown

Cripple
Cripple (Lycan Wolf) icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
Passive Enemies / Allies Magical
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
Duration: 4
Modifiers
Debuff Summon Wolves Crit Maim: Dispellable with any dispel.

Notes:

  • Available for level 2-4 wolves.
  • Deals damage in 1 second intervals, starting 1 second after proccing, resulting in 4 instances.
  • Multiple procs on the same target do not stack, but refresh the duration instead.
  • Can proc on allied units as well. Does not proc on buildings and wards.


Invisibility
Not disabled by Break. Pierces Spell Immunity.
Invisibility (Lycan Wolf) icon.png
Ability Affects
Passive Self
Permanently invisible when not attacking.
Fade Delay: 1.7
Modifiers
Buff Invisible: Undispellable.

Notes:

  • Available for level 3-4 wolves.
  • The invisibility is broken upon landing an attack. Missed attacks or attacking items does break it.
  • Does not allow to pass through other units.


Recommended items[edit | edit source]

Starting Items:

Early Game:

  • Vladmir's Offering icon.png 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 icon.png Power Treads give you movement speed, attack speed, and some extra damage and durability if you set them to give strength.

Core Items:

  • Black King Bar icon.png 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 1 icon.png 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 icon.png Assault Cuirass gives armor, attack speed to Lycan and his allies (including his wolves), and reduces opponents' armor.

Situational Items:

  • Skull Basher icon.png 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 icon.png Abyssal Blade.
  • Desolator icon.png Desolator helps push down buildings, as well as amplify the damage done by wolves.
  • Heaven's Halberd icon.png 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 icon.png Sange and Yasha provides some health, armor ,greater maim , damage , attack and move speed.
  • Heart of Tarrasque icon.png 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 icon.png Abyssal Blade gives a reliable stun as well as good survivability from damage block.
  • Echo Sabre icon.png Echo Sabre due his high damage and critical chance on wolf form, echo sabre can be a aditional in his build.
  • Armlet of Mordiggian (Inactive) icon.png 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 icon.png Vladmir's Offering.
  • Boots of Travel 1 icon.png 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.[1]
  • 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".

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