Nature's Prophet is a ranged Intelligence hero, whose play style is different from most Intelligence heroes, because he can be almost anywhere at any given time with his Teleportation. This ability allows him to participate in most ganks and pushes at a moment's notice. With Sprout, he creates a ring of trees, trapping anyone within them in place, serving to disable anyone caught within them. The trees around him serve as his objects of power; using them, he summons sentient tree beings known as Treants from trees on the map with his Nature's Call ability. Wrath of Nature is the main and only directly damaging spell in his arsenal, but it can potentially be very powerful, as it can inflict increased damage with each bounce off subsequent enemies and can clear out multiple creep waves with its moderate cooldown and mana cost. Commonly played as a ganker, offlaner and jungler and known as a strong pusher, Nature's Prophet has superb farming capabilities and global presence, giving him the power to be anywhere on the map. Late-game, Nature's Prophet makes himself useful by constantly distracting and annoying the enemy team by pushing. If attention is not given to him, he can single-handedly win the game by constantly taking several towers or even the Ancient.
Bio[edit | edit source]
Abilities[edit | edit source]
- Can directly be cast on any unit which is not a building or a ward and not invulnerable, invisible or hidden.
- Creates a tree on every 45th° of a 150 radius circle, resulting in 8 trees forming a ring and trapping the targeted unit.
- Destroying one tree is enough to allow units to walk in and out of the ring of trees.
- Trees created with Sprout act exactly like the other trees on the map. They block vision, pathing and interact with spells the same way.
- Sprout grants 1000 range flying vision around the targeted point for its duration.
- Units not controlled by any player do not try to path around the Sprout trees, but simply walk against them as if they are not there.
- This effectively causes them to get stuck, until they change directions (e.g. when aggro-ing them).
- Sprout trees have a different model and are smaller than other trees on the map and they do not have a dying animation.
- Double-tapping the ability will automatically target the team's Fountain.
- Unlike the teleports from Town Portal Scroll and Boots of Travel, canceling this one does not consume the cooldown and mana.
- During the cast time, a visual effect is created around Nature's Prophet and at the target location. These visual effects are visible to everyone.
- Also plays a sound at the target location, however, this is only audible to enemies when Nature's Prophet is visible to them.
- Nature's Call can only create as many treants as there are trees in the targeted area.
- Destroys all trees in the target area, regardless of how many treants are created.
- Treants always spawn at the center of the area.
- Must have at least 1 tree within its area to be castable. Targeting an area without trees gives an error message.
- However, if trees within the targeted area disappear during the cast time, the spell is not canceled, wasting mana and cooldown.
- Wrath of Nature can be cast on the ground. It will automatically jump on the closest visible enemy.
- Targeting the ground will not trigger the effects from Unstable Current, Untouchable and Linken's Sphere.
- Bounces in 0.25 second intervals. So hitting all targets takes 3.75 (4.25) seconds. Each bounce increases the current damage by 7%.
- Can never hit the same unit twice per cast.
- This is how much damage each bounce deals on each level without Aghanim's Scepter (before reductions):
- Level 1: 140/149/160/171/183/196/210/224/240/257/275/294/315/337/360/386 damage per bounce
- Level 2: 180/192/206/220/235/252/270/289/309/330/354/378/405/433/464/496 damage per bounce
- Level 3: 225/240/257/275/294/315/337/361/386/413/442/473/506/542/580/620 damage per bounce
- This is how much damage each bounce deals on each level when upgraded (before reductions):
- Level 1: 155/165/177/189/203/217/232/248/266/284/304/326/349/373/399/427/457/489 damage per bounce
- Level 2: 210/224/240/257/275/294/315/337/360/386/413/442/472/506/541/579/619/663 damage per bounce
- Level 3: 275/294/314/336/360/385/412/441/472/505/540/578/619/662/709/758/811/868 damage per bounce
- All bounces together can collectively deal up to 3897/5013/6266 (5260/7133/9339) damage (before reductions).
- When upgraded, places a debuff on all hit enemies. When an enemy dies with the debuff on, a Treant spawns at its location.
Recommended items[edit | edit source]
- Tango and Healing Salve can provide health regeneration for Nature's Prophet in the early game as required. If jungling, one or both can be forgone in lieu of using Nature's Call to summon Treants to tank neutral creep attacks.
- Ring of Protection can provide Nature's Prophet with some armor, increasing his survivability, and builds into Ring of Basilius.
- At least two Clarity can help keep Nature's Prophet's mana topped up so he can continually use his spells in the early game, particularly Nature's Call, as his base intelligence and comparatively costly spells means that he will otherwise quickly run out.
- Iron Branch are cheap attribute items that can shore up Nature's Prophet's stats in the early game. Any leftover gold can be spent giving him a bit more HP, base damage and mana.
- Magic Stick can be useful to purchase on Nature's Prophet if he is laning rather than jungling. The burst HP and mana regen can give him the survivability to escape an enemy gank, or enough mana to cast one more spell.
- Boots of Speed provide Nature's Prophet with a boost to his movement speed, important for catching up to enemies to cast his spells during ganks. While he has strong global mobility in Teleportation, having enough speed to re-position during fights is crucial.
- Ring of Basilius provides Nature's Prophet with mana regeneration and an armor aura, which can increase the survivability of his Treants and lane creeps. This can help with jungling, and when pushing. If needed, it can be disassembled and the Sage's Mask recycled into another item, such as an Oblivion Staff for Orchid Malevolence.
- Magic Wand provide additional attribute bonuses to Nature's Prophet, and give him even more burst HP and mana regen. A fully-charged Magic Wand can give Nature's Prophet enough mana to cast any of his spells (short of a level 3 ultimate) even when completely empty.
- Power Treads provide Nature's Prophet with a boost to his attributes and additional attack speed, which are both very useful. The attributes allow him to give himself more HP or mana and base damage, while the attack speed allows him to land more physical attacks on enemy targets.
- Phase Boots is a useful alternative to Power Treads. As it augments Nature's Prophet's physical attacks and allows him to boost his movement speed, it can make him a bigger threat in ganks since he can maneuver into position more easily after casting Teleportation, to pen in an enemy with Sprout and deal heavily damaging right-clicks. The movement speed boost is also useful for escaping pursuing enemies, and in a pinch can be used to walk right through other units, such as your own Treants.
- Town Portal Scroll significantly augments Nature's Prophet's global mobility. While Teleportation already grants him global presence without the need to target his destination at an allied building, a Town Portal Scroll allows him to use the two in tandem, such as retreating to base or defending a tower after using his innate spell. As well, using the Town Portal Scroll will leave Teleportation at the ready should an opportunity to gank an enemy present itself shortly.
Hand of Midas, if obtained early, can greatly augment Nature's Prophet's late-game potential by accelerating his gold and experience gain at the cost of early-game aggression. As well, the bonus attack speed give his physical attacks more power.
- Scythe of Vyse massively increases the ganking power of Nature's Prophet by giving him a Hex ability, giving him another way to control enemies' movements on top of Sprout. It also provides a large increase to his intelligence, giving him more damage and mana, as well as all-around stats and powerful mana regeneration.
- Shadow Blade gives Nature's Prophet more initiation and escape ability, augmenting his already formidable global presence due to Teleportation. Used offensively, Nature's Prophet can get in a powerful first strike on unwary enemies prior to disabling and focusing them down. Used defensively, the invisibility and increased movement speed allow him to evade any enemy rotations aimed at halting his pushes, and can allow him to invisibly cast Teleportation.
- Aghanim's Scepter augments the strength of Wrath of Nature, allowing it to deal more damage overall and sprouting Treants upon successfully killing an enemy unit, be it a creep or hero. This greatly augments Nature's Prophet's pushing power, since it will summon reinforcements upon striking down enemy lane creeps.
- Orchid Malevolence is a powerful early aggression tool. Its low cost and easy buildup make it possible to obtain quickly in the early game, while the bonuses it provides augment Nature's Prophet's physical attacks (via increased intelligence, damage and attack speed) and allow him to gank enemies to great effect by silencing them, preventing them from casting retaliatory disables or escape spells. The augmented mana regen also allows him to stay out in the field longer without needing to return to base as often.
- Desolator can greatly augment Nature's Prophet's offensive and pushing potential. The increased damage and armor reduction on targets make his physical attacks much deadlier, allowing him to soften up gank targets or reduce tower armor to hasten pushes.
- Necronomicon provides Nature's Prophet with additional pushing power and an additional damage source when ganking enemy heroes. At level 3, the Necronomicon will also provide True Sight, which can be used to de-ward enemy vision and prevent invisible enemy heroes from escaping ganks.
- Daedalus provides Nature's Prophet with tremendously increased attack damage and a critical strike, allowing him to deal more damage to enemy heroes. It is primarily purchased with the intent to kill heroes rather than destroy towers, and can make him a force to be reckoned with when combined with his potent disables.
- Mekansm can be a strong utility item to build on Nature's Prophet. His global presence allows him to use this item to save allies when teleporting to their aid during an enemy gank, and can also be used to heal allied creep waves to augment their pushing power.
- Silver Edge, when upgraded from Shadow Blade, can give Nature's Prophet additional ganking power when used properly. By applying a break on gank targets, enemy passives can be removed from play, increasing the odds of a successful kill. As well, the bonus strength provided by the Sange component gives Nature's Prophet increased resilience.
- Null Talisman provides cheap stats, and improves Nature's Prophet's mana pool and damage output, making early jungling easier. Purchasing two or more can give him respectable early stats and allow him to fight enemies earlier on.
- Force Staff can be a useful item to purchase on Nature's Prophet, depending on the situation. It can enhance his mobility by allowing him to quickly re-position himself, such as pushing himself over a cliff, re-positioning allies, or breaking Linken's Sphere on a gank target prior to other disables.
- Blink Dagger can tremendously increase Nature's Prophet's maneuverability and ability to evade enemy ganks. After using Teleportation to arrive at a lane and Nature's Call to summon Treants to push, Blink Dagger can be used to instantly jump away to evade any enemies attempting to rotate in. It can also be used to initiate more easily on gank targets, as they may easily run away if they see a Teleportation coming in.
- Blade Mail is a very unorthodox early-game item to build on Nature's Prophet, as he does not have the HP to efficiently utilize any reflected damage. However, it can be a powerful offensive item, as it provides a large amount of attack damage and intelligence, tremendously increasing the power of his right-click damage. As well, the armor increases his survivability and the active can still be useful when focusing down single targets, and any damage incurred can be replenished by returning to the fountain with Teleportation.
- Dagon gives Nature's Prophet significantly more ganking power as he can instantly burst down a portion a gank target's HP, making successful kills more likely. His ability to farm and get kills also allows him to upgrade it to allow it to remain potent throughout a match.
- Assault Cuirass is a very powerful offensive and pushing item. By boosting his attack speed and inflicting the enemy with a negative armor aura, Nature's Prophet's physical attacks become much deadlier, and the increased armor also gives him survivability against physical damage. As well, the negative armor aura affects enemy buildings as well as creeps, and the allied aura increases creep armor and attack speed, making pushes more powerful when outside of teamfights.
- Monkey King Bar should be purchased if an enemy is building evasion items, as it allows Nature's Prophet to gank them without worrying about missing attacks. As well, the item gives him generally increased damage output and attack speed, allowing him to push more effectively.
- Mjollnir is a strong all-around pushing and fighting item. The greatly increased attack speed as well as attack modifier allows Nature's Prophet to make short work of creep waves, and increases the potency of his attacks during ganks and teamfights. The active can be cast to increase damage output via proccing the shield.
- Octarine Core is a situationally powerful casting item on Nature's Prophet, depending on the enemy lineup. While the spell lifesteal is not very beneficial due to Wrath of Nature being his only innate damage nuke, the cooldown reduction allows him to summon Treants more frequently, re-position around the map more often with Teleportation, and theoretically keep up a permanent Sprout on an enemy (excluding cast animation).
Counters[edit | edit source]
- Any Hero that is able to Silence Nature's Prophet will severely limit his escape options and combat effectiveness.
- Legion Commander can not only disable you by using Duel while you try to use Teleportation, but also can ruin Split-Pushing by killing Treants quickly with Overwhelming Odds.
- Heroes like Magnus and Sven are able to combat your Split-Pushing by quickly killing Treants with their Cleave. They also can disable you when you try to escape.
- Spirit Breaker can counter your Split-Pushing by ganking you using Charge of Darkness, unless you have Linken's Sphere in your inventory.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
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History[edit | edit source]
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Trivia[edit | edit source]
- In the transition from the original DotA to Dota 2, one of Prophet's abilities, Call of Nature, was renamed to Nature's Call.
- A fun/silly name for Nature's Prophet is Nature's Profit, due to his farming and splitpushing playstyle.
- Nature's Prophet original name was Furion, a reference to Malfurion Stormrage from the Warcraft universe. His Dota 2 name had to be changed in order to avoid copyright issues with Blizzard. He is still called Furion by the majority of the player base and is referred to as "Furion" in the game files.
- Prophet's spawning response, Play "I speak for the trees." is a direct reference and homage to Dr. Seuss' The Lorax.
- One of Prophet's last hitting responses, Play "Green is good.", is a reference to "greed is good," a quote from the 1987 film Wall Street, and the Warcraft III cheat code of the same name.