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Strength primary attribute symbol.png
21 + 2.9
Agility attribute symbol.png
15 + 2.5
Intelligence attribute symbol.png
19 + 1.65
Level Base 1 15 25
Health 200 620 1420 2000
H. Regen 0.75 1.38 2.6 3.47
Mana 50 278 554 746
M. Regen 0.01 0.77 1.69 2.35
Damage 32‒44 53‒65 93‒105 122‒134
Armor 2 4.14 9.14 12.71
Spell Dmg 0% 1.19% 2.63% 3.66%
Att / Sec 0.55 0.63 0.83 0.97
Movement Speed 315
Turn Rate 0.8
Vision Range 1800/800
Attack Range 150
Projectile Speed Instant
Attack Animation 0.5+0.84
Base Attack Time 1.8
Magic resistance 25%
Collision Size 24
Legs 4

Magnus the Magnoceros is a monstrous melee strength hero who is usually played as a ganker, initiator, or semi-carry. His ability to battle multiple heroes at once gives him an excellent presence in team fights. In addition to his teamfight presence, he can buff allies or himself with bonus damage and cleave, capitalizing on his ability to group up multiple enemies. As a hero who possesses multiple area-of-effect abilities with a manageable mana cost, and a very powerful ultimate that serves as a great team fight initiation ability, Magnus is truly a force to be reckoned with.

Bio[edit | edit source]

Magnus Magnus, the Magnoceros
Play "No, I blame no one who covets my horn. But to desire more than sight of it is a guarantee of death."
Role: Initiator Initiator / Disabler Disabler / Nuker Nuker / Escape Escape
Lore: The master-smiths of Mt. Joerlak agree on only a single point: that the horn of a magnoceros is more precious than any alloy. And of all such horns, the largest and sharpest belongs to the beast they call Magnus. For half a generation, Magnus took easy sport goring hunters come to claim the treasures of his kin. Each time he would return to his cave with hooves and horns stained red, until his Matriarch urged him and all their kin to seek refuge to the north beyond the shadow of the mountain. But Magnus scoffed, having never failed to defend his people. The magnoceroi would stay, he decided, for a magnoceros does not believe in chance... nor does it ever change its mind. But when Mt. Joerlak erupted without warning, and half his kin perished in the fire and ash, Magnus changed his mind after all. The survivors pushed north, until they reached a blockade watched over by a hundred hunters armed with bow and steel. Magnus expected no less. He led his fiercest brothers and sisters in a charge against their enemies, and fought with a ferocity matched only by the fire-spewing mountain at his back. Meanwhile the magnoceros elders, mothers, and calves vanished into the drifts. The master-smiths are divided about what happened next. Some say Magnus reunited with his kin, while others claim he suffered mortal injuries and expired alongside the body of his Matriarch. Neither theory is correct. Magnus did vow to rejoin his kin...but only after seeking out those responsible for the eruption of Mt. Joerlak and watching them die upon his horn, for a magnoceros does not believe in chance.
Voice: Dempsey Pappion (Responses)

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Does not pierce spell immunity. Play
Shockwave icon.png
Target Point
Magnus sends out a wave of force, damaging enemy units in a line.
Cast Animation: 0.3+1.2
Cast Range: 1150
Wave Distance: 1150
Wave Radius: 150
Damage: 75/150/225/300
Cooldown symbol.png 10/9/8/7 (Talent 6/5/4/3)
Mana symbol.png 90
Mt. Joerlak was a somewhat unstable mass, and Magnus has learned to channel its reverberations.


  • The Shockwave travels at a speed of 1050.
  • Can hit units up to 1300 range away (1150 travel distance + 150 radius).
  • Plays an initial sound and particles upon start casting.

Not a Unique Attack Modifier. Cannot be used by illusions. Not disabled by Break. Pierces spell immunity. Play
Empower icon.png
Target Unit
(Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. Aura)
(Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. Allied Heroes)
Gives an allied unit bonus damage and cleave on attack.
Cast Animation: 0.3+1.07
Cast Range: 800
Starting Radius: 150
Distance: 460
End Radius: 240
Cleave Damage: 20%/30%/40%/50% (Talent 35%/45%/55%/65%)
Attack Damage Bonus: 20%/30%/40%/50% (Talent 35%/45%/55%/65%)
Duration: 40
Aura Radius: 0 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 900)
Splash Radius: 0 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 240)
Splash Damage: 0 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 10%/15%/20%/25%)
Cooldown symbol.png 8
Mana symbol.png 30/40/50/60
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. Changes Empower to be an allied hero aura. Affects ranged heroes for half values and causes them to splash around the target. Can still be cast on units, but doesn't stack.
Not disabled by Break. The aura granted by Aghanim's Scepter is not disabled.
Buff Empower: Dispellable with any dispel.
Buff Empower Aura Buff: Undispellable.
With a deep bellow, Magnus displays his true power.


  • Only increases base damage and that given by the primary attribute of affected units. Raw bonus damage is not increased.
  • The unit's current main damage is periodically checked, and the bonuses adapted instantly.
  • Grants melee targets cleave and attack damage, and ranged targets only attack damage. Grants ranged targets splash when upgraded.
  • Cleave damage is reduced by armor type but not by armor value. Splash damage is reduced by both.
  • Cleave and splash damage depends on the attack damage value of the cleaving/splashing unit, not on how much their primary attack target took.
  • The complete cleave area is shaped like an isosceles trapezoid in front of the attacking unit. The splash area is a circular area around the attack target.
  • Fully stacks with other sources of cleave. Each source of cleave works completely independent. Same applies to splash.
  • Does not cleave or splash upon attacking wards, buildings or allied units. Wards and buildings are unaffected by cleave and splash.
  • Despite the visual effect, cleave and splash damage is applied instantly in the whole area.
  • When upgraded with Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter, the ability gains a passive aura.
    • The aura only affects heroes and its buff lingers for 0.5 seconds.
    • Treats creep-heroes as heroes, so the aura fully affects them.
    • Can still be cast on units, but does not stack with the aura's buff.

Partially pierces spell immunity. Play
Skewer icon.png
Target Point
Enemy Heroes / Self
Magnus rushes forward, goring enemy units on his massive tusk. Heroes hit on the way will be dragged to the destination, then damaged and slowed.
Cast Animation: 0.3+0.33
Cast Range: Global
Max Skewer Distance: 887/982/1077/1172
Skewer Radius: 125
Damage: 70/140/210/280
Move Speed Slow: 25%/30%/35%/40%
Attack Speed Slow: 25/30/35/40
Slow Duration: 2.5/2.75/3/3.25
Cooldown symbol.png 25
Mana symbol.png 80
Partially pierces spell immunity. Cannot hit spell immune enemies. Slows and attempts to damage enemies when they turn spell immune while already hit.
Buff Skewer Movement: Undispellable.
Debuff Skewer Impact: Undispellable.
Debuff Skewer Slow: Dispellable with any dispel.
Magnoceros horns are valuable in direct proportion to their danger to prospective merchants.


  • Magnus charges at a speed of 950.
  • Cannot be cast while rooted. However, getting rooted while already charging does not cancel the charge.
  • Moves Magnus in 31.6 range instances. When targeting any distance which is not a multiplier of that number, it gets rounded down.
    • This means the minimal possible distance is 31.6, and the maximum possible 886.6/981.6/1076.6/1171.6 (31.6 × 28/31/34/37).
  • During the Skewer, Magnus is fully disabled.
  • Enemy heroes within 125 radius around Magnus get moved in front of him and dragged along.
  • Dragged heroes are fully disabled during the drag.
  • Dragged heroes land 200 range away in front of Magnus at the end of the charge.
  • Can charge through and drag enemies over impassable terrain.
  • Destroys trees within 200 radius during the charge, and 400 radius at the destination point.

Reverse Polarity
Pierces spell immunity. Play
Reverse Polarity icon.png
No Target
Magnus changes properties of matter, sucking all nearby enemies in front of him and stunning them with a powerful slam and dealing damage.
Cast Animation: 0.3+1.3
Radius: 410
Damage: 50/125/200
Hero Stun Duration: 2.25/3/3.75
Creep Stun Duration: 3/4/5
Cooldown symbol.png 120
Mana symbol.png 200/250/300
Debuff Stunned: Dispellable with strong dispels.
Magnus fights with the fury of the erupting Mt. Joerlak.


  • There is no limit of how many units can be affected.
  • Stuns Roshan but does not pull him.
  • The particle effects and a sound effect start playing at the beginning of the cast.

Talents[edit | edit source]

Hero Talents
-4s Shockwave icon.png Shockwave​ Cooldown 25 -35s Respawn Time
+40 Movement Speed 20 +15% Empower icon.png Empower​ Damage/Cleave
+12 Strength attribute symbol.png Strength 15 +90 Gold/Min
+15% Spell Amplification 10 +25 Attack Speed
  • Respawn reductions cannot reduce respawn time below 1 second.

Recommended items[edit | edit source]

Early Game:

  • Bracer icon.png Bracer provides additional Strength and damage.
  • Bottle (Full) icon.png Bottle can save Magnus trips to the fountain, since its mana rejuvenation works well with his low-mana cost abilities. It is crucial if soloing the middle lane, allowing for rune control.
  • Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand will not only provide him bonus attributes, but also more regeneration.

Core Items:

  • Power Treads icon.png Power Treads give slight attribute buffs for damage/attack speed/mana regen depending on what you set them on (strength/agility/intelligence respectively). Recommended to get set on Strength.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger will help Magnus initiate with Reverse Polarity, as well as give him more mobility. Shockwave and Skewer can also be efficiently used after blinking in front of the enemy.
  • Drum of Endurance icon.png Drum of Endurance gives him additional strength and intelligence for his health and mana pool, as well as give him a small boost to his attack and movement speed.

Situational Items:

  • Battle Fury icon.png Battle Fury gives Magnus more regeneration, additional attack damage, and a permanent cleave that stacks with Empower.
  • Refresher Orb icon.png Refresher Orb gives Magnus more regeneration and the ability to cast his ultimate in a shorter period of time.
  • Heart of Tarrasque icon.png Heart of Tarrasque helps him tank more damage, as well as give him additional attack damage.
  • Mask of Madness icon.png Mask of Madness will give him a quick boost in attack speed, which could help when he is buffed with Empower.
  • Daedalus icon.png Daedalus gives Magnus critical strike, enabling him to deal huge damage without relying on his spells.
  • Assault Cuirass icon.png Assault Cuirass gives Magnus additional attack speed as well as armor, and also debuff his enemies' armor.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar makes it easier for Magnus to use his ultimate, as he can place himself in the middle of heroes without being interrupted. It can also be used so that he can live longer against too many disablers.
  • Shiva's Guard icon.png Shiva's Guard gives Magnus an additional nuke once he's in the middle of the enemy team, much needed armor, and a large boost to his somewhat small mana pool.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Audio[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In the transition to Dota 2, Magnus's race was changed from Magnataur to Magnoceros, most likely to avoid copyright issues with Blizzard, since the Magnataur are an existing race in the Warcraft universe.[1]
  • "Magnus" means "great" in Latin.
  • Magnus' lore was written by Greg Kasavin of Supergiant Games. In Greg's original draft, the Magnoceri were a dying race due to the males having the tendency of killing the females after mating, leading Magnus to go on a search for a new mate that could please him. Magnus still has many rivalry lines directed towards female heroes referencing that original draft.[2]
  • Magnus is named after Gustav Magnus, a German physicist who discovered the Magnus effect, an effect in which a spinning ball/cylinder curves away from its principle flight path.
    • Reverse Polarity acts similarly in this regard, moving everyone around himself to a position in front of him.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  2. Dota Today Podcast Ep. 6