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Phantom Lancer
Phantom Lancer.png
Strength
21 + 1.7
Agility
29 + 3
Intelligence
21 + 2
Level Base 1 16 25
Hit Points 150 549 1062 1689
Mana 0 273 689 1157
Damage 22‒44 51‒73 98‒120 143‒165
Armor 0 4.06 10.64 16.94
Attacks / Second 0.58 0.75 1.03 1.3
Movement Speed 290
Turn Rate 0.6
Sight Range 1800/800
Attack Range Melee
Missile Speed Instant
Attack Duration 0.5+0.5
Base Attack Time 1.7
Collision Size 8

Azwraith the Phantom Lancer is a melee agility carry and pusher because of his capability of generating multiple illusions in a matter of seconds. He requires deep cunning, positioning, and most importantly, great micromanagement as his illusions might just get in the way rather than help the situation if not utilized correctly. Many of his abilities help him in his creation of images, allowing him to always have a companion. He has a nuke ability in Spirit Lance icon.png Spirit Lance, which deals high damage, slows the target, and creates an illusion at his target's location. His escape ability Doppelganger icon.png Doppelganger allows him to quickly relocate himself and any nearby illusions while creating additional ones, possibly tricking enemies into wasting their spells and time in trying to kill said illusions. His passive Phantom Rush icon.png Phantom Rush allows him and his illusions to close the distance toward a target when issued an attack order, giving him the ability to quickly focus single targets in battle. His ultimate Juxtapose icon.png Juxtapose gives him the ability to generate a large number of illusions when attacking a target, while giving said illusions the ability to replicate themselves as well. Phantom Lancer is an extremely mobile hero who is hard to pin down and can quickly overwhelm his opponents in battle.

Bio[edit]

Phantom Lancer Azwraith, the Phantom Lancer
Play "We outnumbered you. We outnumber them all!"
Role: Pip carry.png Carry / Pip tank.png Escape / Pip pusher.png Pusher
Lore: The remote village of Pole had no knowledge of the wars raging in the heart of the kingdom. For them, the quiet of spear fishing and a family meal were all that a full life required. Yet war came for them nonetheless. Joining the able-bodied conscripts as they filed past their homes, the humble lancer Azwraith vowed to bring peace to his kingdom, and in so doing, his people. Placed with his kin in the vanguard of the final assault against the Dread Magus Vorn, the cost to his fellows was absolute. As the charging force battled toward the fortress, Azwraith alone among his kind remained standing, and he alone was able to infiltrate the keep. Focused and infuriated by the slaughter of his brothers, Azwraith bested each of the wizard's deadly traps and conjured guardians. Soon the simple fisherman arrived at Vorn's tower sanctum. The pair dueled through the night, pike to staff, as chaos raged below, and with a deafening cry Azwraith pierced his enemy. But the wizard did not simply expire; he exploded into uncountable shards of light, penetrating his killer with power. As the dust settled and the smoke of combat began to clear, Azwraith found himself standing among a throng of his kin. Each seemed to be dressed as he was, each seemed armed as he was, and he could sense that each thought as he did. Aware that his allies were approaching, he willed these phantoms to hide themselves, and one by one they began to vanish into nothingness. As the soldiers came upon the sanctum, they found the warrior that had bested the wizard. When they approached their champion, the lancer vanished. The pikeman who had stood before them was no more than another phantom.
Voice: Barry Dennen (Responses)

Gameplay[edit]

Abilities[edit]

Spirit Lance
Blocked by Spell Immunity. Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Can be purged. Play
Q
T
Spirit Lance icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
Target Unit Enemies Magical
Sends a magical spirit lance to a target enemy unit that damages and slows, while summoning an illusory phantom to attack the unit.
Cast Time: 0.3+0.73
Cast Range: 750
Damage: 100/150/200/250
Move Speed Slow: 10/20/30/40%
Illusion Damage Taken: 400%
Illusion Damage Dealt: 20%
Illusion Duration: 2/4/6/8
Slow Duration: 3.25
Cooldown 7 Mana 125/130/135/140
Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Blocked upon projectile impact.
Can be purged. The illusion takes Purge damage. The slow debuff can be purged.
Azwraith's proficiency at spearing his family's meal of fish is proving quite useful in the battlefield.

Notes:

  • Illusions of Phantom Lancer within 675 radius of Phantom Lancer will cast a fake Spirit Lance icon.png Spirit Lance.
    • They will play the whole cast animation and release their fake lances at the same time the real Spirit Lance icon.png Spirit Lance is released.
    • When illusions currently aren't having any order and are standing still, they'll turn and face the target and cast the fake lance.
    • When illusions are moving or attacking, they will continue to do so and will not face the target. They still will play the cast animation, overriding their move or attack animations.
    • When canceling the cast, the illusions will still play the full cast animation, but won't release fake lances.
    • The fake lances do not interact with anything, deal no damage, don't slow and spawn no illusions.

Doppelganger
Not blocked by Spell Immunity. Can be purged. Play
W
D
Doppelganger icon.png
Ability Affects
Target Area Self
Phantom Lancer briefly vanishes from the battlefield. After 1 second, Phantom Lancer and any of his nearby illusions reappear at a random position within the targeted location, along with two additional doppelgangers. The two added doppelgangers have different properties: one takes normal damage and deals none, while the other takes 600% bonus damage and deals 20% damage.
Cast Time: 0+0
Cast Range: 600
Target Area Radius: 325
Illusion Gather Radius: 900
Reappear Delay: 1
Illusion Duration: 8
Cooldown 25/20/15/10 Mana 50
Can be purged. Illusions take Purge damage.
Dread Magus Vorn's death imbued the Phantom Lancer with the ability to blend with all spectrums of light.

Notes:

  • Phantom Lancer cannot do anything during the reappear delay. Any order given during it will be queued as next order.
  • Phantom Lancer and the 2 created illusions will face the direction Phantom Lancer was facing upon cast.
  • Other illusions which got gathered will keep their previous facing angle.
  • Phantom Lancer and his illusions are position into formation shaped like a plus (+).
  • Illusions which were moving or attacking a target will continue to move or attack their target after reappearing.
  • The 600% damage taking and 20% damage dealing illusion looks like any other illusion Phantom Lancer can create.
  • The normal damage taking and no damage dealing illusion is brighter and can be distinguished by Phantom Lancer and his allies from other illusions.
  • Destroys trees within 200 radius of Phantom Lancer and every affected illusion.

Phantom Rush
Not blocked by Spell Immunity. Not blocked by Linken's Sphere. Can be purged. Can be used by illusions. Disabled by Break. Play
E
R
Phantom Rush icon.png
Ability Affects
Passive Self
When targetting an enemy for an attack, Phantom Lancer quickly charges into range. Phantom Lancer's illusions also have this ability.
Minimum Proc Distance: 300
Maximum Proc Distance: 600/700/800/900
Rush Speed: 800
Speed Buff duration: 5
Cooldown 16/12/8/4
Azwraith knows that on the field of battle, speed can mean everything.

Notes:

  • Requires a direct attack order to trigger. Auto attacks or attack ground orders do not trigger Phantom Rush icon.png Phantom Rush.
  • Cannot rush through units or over impassable terrain.
  • Disarm or ethereal state do not prevent Phantom Lancer from rushing.
  • However, units which cannot be attacked (invulnerable, target in ethereal state), cannot be targeted and rushed towards.
  • Applies a haste effect on Phantom Lancer. Means his movement speed cannot be slowed while having the buff.
  • Roots do not cause Phantom Lancer to lose the buff and he will continue rushing once the ensnare expires.
  • The only exceptions are Frostbite icon.png Frostbite and Overgrowth icon.png Overgrowth, which cause him to not automatically continue rushing afterwards.
  • Taunts cause Phantom Lancer to rush the taunting unit instead without making him lose the buff. Forced attacks caused by taunts also don't make him lose it.
  • When the target turns hidden, invisible, teleports far away or moves into the Fog of War, Phantom Lancer will rush towards the unit's last known location.

Juxtapose
Not a Unique Attack Modifier. Not blocked by Spell Immunity. Not blocked by Linken's Sphere. Can be purged. Can be used by illusions. Disabled by Break. Play
R
X
Juxtapose icon.png
Ability Affects
Passive Self
Phantom Lancer has a chance to fracture his presence, creating an illusion of himself. Illusions also have a chance to fracture further. Illusions created from Phantom Lancer last for 8 seconds, while illusions created from other illusions last 4 seconds.
Hero Proc Chance: 40%/45%/50%
Illusion Proc Chance: 8%
Max illusions: 5/7/9
Illusion Damage Taken: 500%
Illusion Damage Dealt: 16%
Illusion Duration: 4
Can be purged. Illusions take Purge damage.
Each of Azwraith's lance attacks feels like two from a normal warrior; or three; or four...

Notes:

  • Illusions created by Juxtapose icon.png Juxtapose will attack the target that the ability was triggered upon.
  • This means that illusions created by Juxtapose icon.png Juxtapose will use Phantom Rush icon.png Phantom Rush when their target is in correct range.
  • Affects all illusions of Phantom Lancer, not just the ones from his abilities.
    • This includes illusions created with items (Manta Style icon.png Manta Style) or with other abilities (Disruption icon.png Disruption, Reflection icon.png Reflection)
    • This means that even enemy illusions of Phantom Lancer (create with e.g. Disruption icon.png Disruption) have a chance to spawn illusions for the owner of the illusion.

Recommended items[edit]

Explanation:
Starting Items

Early Game

  • Ring of Aquila is a cheap way to get some damage and mana regen, so that you can use Spirit Lance more.

Core Items

  • Diffusal Blade has one of the few attack modifiers that work with illusions, and it isn't watered down by the illusion's reduced damage - each hit from an illusion of Phantom Lancer will burn the full amount of mana, and deal the full amount of corresponding damage. It also gives a large amount of Phantom Lancer's primary attribute, agility.

Situational Items

  • Manta Style, when activated, will Purge debuffs, and create some instant illusions which can then multiply on their own.
  • Heart of Tarrasque provides Phantom Lancer with a large amount of much-needed HP, which carries over to his illusions making them harder to kill, and provided you're not bombarded with splash damage, Phantom Lancer's natural difficulty to pin down will make it easy for him to blend with his illusions and regenerate mid-fight.
  • Butterfly is a damage item that is a worthwhile late-game pickup on most agility carries. Illusions will also benefit from the evasion.
  • Sange and Yasha provides strength and agility, both of which are useful on Phantom Lancer, as well as his illusions.
  • Daedalus may be purchased if you need your illusions to deal extra damage, as they receive the critical strike.
  • Radiance improves his farm which is otherwise fairly slow due to lack of splash damage, while granting an aura burn which synergizes very well with Phantom Lancer's strong chasing capabilities, making it almost impossible for his enemies to escape from him. It also provides a blind to enemies around him, causing them to have a chance to miss whatever target they attack until they get away from the aura, making him and his illusions more slippery.

Equipment[edit]


Tips[edit]

  • Though attack speed is still important on Phantom Lancer and still a by-product of making the hero stronger, it is no longer needed as much to create images as he now creates an image on every other attack at level 16.
  • Illusions are counted as Heroes in a target check. However, they receive effects intended for units. An example is Witch Doctor's Paralyzing Cask, which will stun Phantom Lancer's illusions by 5 seconds. Even with this fact, Hero-only spells like Doom's LVL? Death can be cast on illusions.
  • Watch out for Earthshaker! His Echo Slam also generates an echo for every illusion and Legion Commander's Overwhelming Odds dealing high damage per illusion.
  • Creating confusion for your enemies is what the Phantom Lancer is known for along with outnumbering the enemy. Use illusions to cause unnecessary chases, wasted skillshots, pointless ultimates, and frustration for your enemy. But be sure to pay attention to the real Phantom Lancer while your illusions run around, however.
  • Illusions can have Shallow Grave icon.png Shallow Grave cast on them if a Dazzle is on your team; you can further fool your enemy by making them chase the wrong Phantom Lancer.
  • When choosing an item build, remember that not all passive abilities are shared with illusions.
  • An Eye of Skadi is an extremely effective purchase for Phantom Lancer - Great stats across the board, all of which will benefit illusions, and a spell immunity-piercing slow which, in conjunction with his slows and speed buffs, along with the mana drain from Diffusal Blade that prevents enemies from casting any possible escape mechanisms, will make Phantom Lancer impossible to escape from assuming no teammate is around to help his enemy.
  • Because of the fact that illusions do not last very long, a Manta Style should be considered in every game if the player wishes to use Phantom Lancer's deceiving abilities effectively, as the illusions provided by it last much longer and hit harder, giving him a higher chance to bait the enemy into poor spots or using their ultimates without the real Phantom Lancer around.

Trivia[edit]

  • In DotA, Phantom Lancer's in-game model was a fan interpretation of Kimahri Ronso, a playable character in the RPG game Final Fantasy X. As such, the Phantom Lancer of Dota 2 gained many similarities with Kimahri, namely the blue skin, humanoid feline appearance, and halberd weapon.

Update history[edit]

March 28, 2013 Patch

  • Fixed being able to have 1 juxtapose illusion too many.

February 28, 2013 Patch

  • Fixed an issue where illusions made by a player on the other team would create uncontrollable Juxtapose icon.png Juxtapose illusions.

November 08, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed not reproducing his abilities (including stat bonuses) correctly on his Doppelwalk icon.png Doppelwalk illusion.
  • Fixed Doppelwalk icon.png Doppelwalk illusions never Juxtaposing.

October 25, 2012 Patch

July 26, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed Doppelwalk illusions not correctly replicating their inventory item slots.

May 10, 2012 Patch

  • Enabled Phantom Lancer icon.png Phantom Lancer in Captain's Mode.

May 04, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed bug where Doppelwalk illusions weren't getting stats from their attribute bonus.
  • Fixed bug where a red ring was visible to the opposing team under an invisible PL after his Doppelwalk illusion died.
  • Fixed bug when Doppelwalking where there would sometimes be a visible jump in PL’s health bar to the enemy team.
  • Fixed some values in damage output/input from Juxtapose illusions.

May 03, 2012 Patch

  • Added Phantom Lancer icon.png Phantom Lancer!

January 12, 2012 Patch

Balance changelog[edit]

6.83c

6.82c

6.82

Doppelganger icon.png Doppelganger:
Target an area. Phantom Lancer and all nearby illusions will disappear for 1 second, then have their positions shuffled into the target area. This also creates two illusions of opposite types.
Cast range: 600
Target area radius: 325
Illusion gather radius: 900
Reappear delay: 1
Illusion 1: Deals 0% damage and takes 100% damage.
Illusion 2: Deals 20% damage and takes 600% damage.
Illusion duration: 8
Manacost: 50
Cooldown: 25/20/15/10
Notes: Has an instant cast time. disjoints projectiles upon cast. Allies an distinguish the 2 different illusions. Phantom Lancer and all gathered illusions are hidden and invulnerable for the second.
Phantom Rush icon.png Phantom Rush:
Passive with cooldown. Triggers when issuing an attack order on an enemy unit outside of attack range. Grants bonus movement speed and Phase until Phantom Lancer strikes his target.
Minimum rush distance: 300
Maximum rush distance: 600/700/800/900
Rush speed: 800
Cooldown: 16/12/8/4
Notes: Illusions also have this passive. If the attack order on the original target is canceled, the speed bonus is lost.
Old Juxtapose icon.png Juxtapose:
Phantom Lancer's attacks have a chance to create illusions to confuse enemies.
Proc chance: 12%
Max illusions: 2/4/6/8
Illusion stats: 20% damage dealt, 450% damage taken
Illusion duration: 20
Notes: Juxtapose illusions attack the target that the passive triggered on.
New Juxtapose icon.png Juxtapose:
Grants Phantom Lancer, and his illusions, a chance to create an illusion when attacking.
Hero proc chance: 40%/45%/50%
Illusion proc chance: 8%
Max illusinos: 6/8/10
Illusion stats: 16% damage dealth, 500% damage taken
Hero illusion duration: 8
Illusion illusion duration: 4
Notes: Juxtapose illusions attack the target that the passive triggered on.

6.79

6.78

6.76

  • Reduced collision size from 24 to 8.

6.75

6.73

6.72d

  • Undid melee hero collision change from 6.72c

6.72c

  • Increased base health regeneration from 0.25 to 0.75.
  • Juxtapose icon.png Juxtapose
    • Increased proc chance from 3%/6%/9%/12% to 12% on each level.
    • Reduced max illusions cap from 5 on each level to 2/3/4/5.
  • Melee hero collision size now reduced from 24 to 12.

6.72

  • Increased attack range from 100 to 128.

6.69

  • Reduced Strength strength gain from 2.0 to 1.7.

6.67

6.63

6.55

6.54

  • Spirit Lance icon.png Spirit Lance
    • No longer mini-stuns the target upon projectile impact.
    • The slow is now applied upon projectile impact, instead of launch.
    • Now creates an illusion of Phantom Lancer upon projectile impact. The illusion deals 20% damage, takes 400% damage and lasts 2/4/6/8 seconds.
    • All of Phantom Lancer's illusions within 675 radius around him now cast a fake Spirit Lance whenever Phantom Lancer casts it.
    • Can no longer be disjointed.
    • Reduced damage from 100/150/215/310 to 100/150/200/250.
    • Reduced manacost from 140 on each level to 125/130/135/140.
    • Reduced cooldown from 9 to 7.
  • Doppelwalk icon.png Doppelwalk
  • Juxtapose icon.png Juxtapose
    • Reduced max illusions cap from 6 to 5.
    • Increased illusions damage taken from 300% to 400%.

6.52

  • Doppelwalk icon.png Doppelwalk illusions will now automatically walk forwards for a short distance upon spawning, to make it less obvious to the enemies that the spell was cast.

6.51

6.50

  • Increased Strength strength gain from 1.5 to 2.0.

6.36

  • Increased base Intelligence and gain from 16 + 1.7 to 21 + 2.0.
  • Reduced Doppelwalk icon.png Doppelwalk cooldown from 30 on each level to 30/25/20/15.

6.35

  • Increased base armor from -1 to 0 (total armor is now 3.22).

6.20

  • Reduced base Strength strength and gain from 19 + 2.0 to 18 + 1.5.

6.13

  • Increased Agility agility gain from 2.7 to 2.8.

6.10

6.06

  • Increased Spirit Lance icon.png Spirit Lance damage from 80/135/200/295 to 100/150/215/310.

6.04

6.03

6.02

6.00

  • Created.

Replaced abilities[edit]

Doppelwalk
Not blocked by Spell Immunity. Partially purgeable. Play
W
W
Doppelwalk icon.png
Ability Affects
No Target Self
Renders Phantom Lancer invisible, while generating a duplicate image to confuse enemies.
Cast Time: 0+0
Fade Time: 0
Move Speed Bonus: 15%
Invisibility Duration: 8
Number of Illusions: 1
Illusion Damage Taken: 400%
Illusion Damage Dealt: 20%
Illusion Duration: 20
Cooldown 30/25/20/15 Mana 150/120/90/60
Partially purgeable. The invisibility cannot be purged. The illusion takes purge damage.
Dread Magus Vorn's death imbued the Phantom Lancer with the ability to blend with all spectrums of light.

Notes:

  • This ability got replaced by Doppelganger icon.png Doppelganger in the 6.82 gameplay patch.
  • The invisibility and illusion are fully independent from each other. When one of them ends, the other still persists.
  • The illusion will automatically walk forwards in the direction Phantom Lancer was facing upon cast for about 3 seconds.
  • Invisibility is broken upon reaching the cast point of spells or items, or upon landing an attack.
  • Doppelwalk allows Phantom Lancer to path through other units, including wards, but not through buildings.
  • Phantom Lancer can pick up, drop or attack items without breaking the invisibility.

Juxtapose (Pre 6.82)
Not a Unique Attack Modifier. Not blocked by Spell Immunity. Can be purged. Cannot be used by illusions. Play
E
X
Juxtapose icon.png
Ability Affects
Passive Self
Phantom Lancer's attacks have a chance to create illusions to confuse enemies.
Proc Chance: 12%
Max Illusions: 2/4/6/8
Illusion Damage Taken: 450%
Illusion Damage Dealt: 20%
Illusion Duration: 20
Can be purged. Illusions take purge damage.
Each of Azwraith's lance attacks feels like two from a normal warrior; or three; or four..

Notes:

  • This ability got replaced by Phantom Rush icon.png Phantom Rush in the 6.82 gameplay patch.
  • Illusions created by Juxtapose icon.png Juxtapose will attack the target that the ability was triggered upon.

Phantom Edge
Not a Unique Attack Modifier. Not blocked by Spell Immunity. Can be purged. Can be used by illusions.
R
D
Phantom Edge icon.png
Ability Affects
Passive Self
Phantom Lancer hones his abilities. Improves chance of Juxtaposing, and the Juxtapose illusions can now create their own illusions. Phantom Edge also increases Phantom Lancer's magic resistance.
Magic Resistance Bonus: 10/15/20%
Juxtapose Proc Chance Bonus: 2/4/6%
Juxtapose Illusion Proc Chance: 3/5/7%
Can be purged. Illusions take purge damage.
Azwraith accepts his fate, embracing his infinite army of phantoms.

Notes:

  • This ability got replaced by the reworked Juxtapose icon.png Juxtapose in the 6.82 gameplay patch.
  • Affects all illusions of Phantom Lancer, not just the ones from his abilities.
    • This includes illusions created with items (Manta Style icon.png Manta Style) or with other abilities (Disruption icon.png Disruption, Reflection icon.png Reflection)
    • This means that even enemy illusions of Phantom Lancer (create with e.g. Disruption icon.png Disruption) have a chance to spawn illusions for the owner of the illusion.

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