Puck

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Puck
Puck.png
Strength
15 + 1.7
Agility
22 + 1.7
Intelligence
25 + 2.4
Level Base 1 16 25
Health 200 500 1040 1700
H Regen 0.25 0.7 1.53 2.52
Mana 50 350 806 1274
M Regen 0.01 1.01 2.53 4.11
Damage 22‒33 47‒58 85‒96 124‒135
Armor -1 2.14 6.07 10.83
Spell Dmg 0% 1.56% 3.94% 6.41%
Att / Sec 0.58 0.71 0.87 1.07
Movement Speed 295
Turn Rate 0.4
Sight Range 1800/800
Attack Range 550
Missile Speed 900
Attack Duration 0.5+0.8
Base Attack Time 1.7
Magic resistance 25%
Collision Size 24

Puck the Faerie Dragon is a highly mobile ranged intelligence hero best known for being an extremely unpredictable and slippery target. Puck is commonly played as an initiator and ganker, with spells that are equally useful for super-aggressive maneuvers as well as daring escapes. Expert use of Puck's abilities will let you appear out of nowhere, suddenly leave your enemies crippled and disadvantaged, and get away in the blink of an eye - but mess up your timing or misjudge the situation, and there is little left to save this fragile Hero from death.

Bio[edit | edit source]

Puck Puck, the Faerie Dragon
Play "The Scrolls of Haize are concise on this matter: with youth comes grave responsibility. A thousand years of youth have fallen behind, and still I fill the time with games."
Role: Initiator Initiator / Disabler Disabler / Escape Escape / Nuker Nuker
Lore: While Puck seems at first glance a mischievous, childish character, this quality masks an alien personality. The juvenile form of a Faerie Dragon, a creature that lives for eons, Puck spends countless millennia in its childish form. So while it is technically true that Puck is juvenile, it will continue to be so when the cities of the present age have sloughed away into dust. Its motives are therefore inscrutable, and what appears to be play may in fact indicate a darker purpose or just its endless fondness for mischief.
Voice: Jen Taylor (Responses)

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Illusory Orb
Not blocked by Linken's Sphere. Blocked by Spell Immunity. Play
Q
R
Illusory Orb icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
Target Point Enemies Magical
Puck launches a magic orb that floats in a straight path, damaging enemy units along the way. At any point, Puck may teleport to the orb's location using Ethereal Jaunt.
Cast Animation0.1+0.27
Cast Range: 3000
Travel Distance: 1950
Damage Radius: 225
Damage: 70/140/210/280
Cooldown 14/13/12/11 Mana 80/100/120/140
The playful Faerie Dragon delights in confusing others, vanishing and reappearing where unexpected.

Notes:

  • Illusory Orb travels at a speed of 651, resulting in a total of 2.995 second travel time.
  • The orb emits red pulses for the last 650 distance, indicating that it is about to reach its maximum travel range.
  • The orb can damage units up to 2175 range away (1950 travel distance + 225 radius).
  • The orb also spawns 4 extra vision fields with the same vision range every 487.5 distance traveled.
  • These vision fields last for 3.34 seconds each.


Ethereal Jaunt
Play
D
E
Ethereal Jaunt icon.png
Ability Affects
No Target Self
Teleports Puck to a flying Illusory Orb.
Cast Animation0+0.53
Cooldown 0

Notes:

  • This ability is automatically learned whenever Illusory Orb icon.png Illusory Orb is learned.
  • This ability stays inactive until Illusory Orb is cast and turns inactive again once the orb of that cast is gone.
  • The cast of Ethereal Jaunt is not registered as a spell cast and thus does not proc any on-cast effects.
  • Ethereal Jaunt disjoints projectiles upon cast.
  • When two orbs are cast in succession, this ability only stays active for the duration of the first cast orb.
  • However, it always teleports Puck to its last created orb.


Waning Rift
Can be dispelled. Not blocked by Linken's Sphere. Blocked by Spell Immunity. Play
W
W
Waning Rift icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
No Target Enemies Magical
Puck releases a burst of faerie dust that deals damage and silences enemy units nearby.
Cast Animation0.1+0.27
Radius: 400
Damage: 100/160/220/280
Duration: 0.75/1.5/2.25/3.0
Cooldown 16/15/14/13 Mana 100/110/120/130
Blocked by Spell Immunity. Silence persists if debuff was placed before spell immunity and when not dispelled.
With a mischievous grin, Puck spreads its enchanted powder which disrupts magical flow.

Notes:

  • Despite the visual effects, the silence and damage are applied instantly in the entire radius.


Phase Shift
Cannot be dispelled. Not blocked by Spell Immunity. Play
E
F
Phase Shift icon.png
Ability Affects
No Target / Channeled Self
Puck briefly shifts into another dimension where it is immune from harm.
Cast Animation0+0
Max Channel Time: 0.75/1.5/2.25/3.25
Cooldown 6
With a quip and flash, Puck returns to the alien dimension from whence it came.

Notes:

  • The cast of Phase Shift is not registered as a spell cast and thus does not proc any on-cast effects.
  • Phase Shift disjoints projectiles upon cast.
  • Puck is invulnerable and hidden during Phase Shift, turning it to an invalid target for every spell.
  • Puck retains its collision size during Phase Shift.
  • Puck can cancel Phase Shift at any time with any action.
  • Puck cannot cast this while rooted. On attempt, the player gets the error message "Can't cast this while rooted".


Dream Coil
Cannot be dispelled. Not blocked by Linken's Sphere. Partially blocked by Spell Immunity. Play
R
C
Dream Coil icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
Target Area Enemy Heroes Magical
Creates a coil of volatile magic that latches onto enemy Heroes, stunning them for 0.5 seconds and damaging them. If the enemy hero stretches the coil by moving too far away, it snaps, stunning and dealing additional damage.
Cast Animation0.1+0.27
Cast Range: 750
Coil Latch Radius: 375
Link Break Radius: 600
Initial Damage: 100/150/200
Link Break Damage: 100/150/200 (Can be Improved by Aghanim's Scepter. 200/250/300)
Initial Stun Duration: 0.5
Link Break Stun Duration: 1.5/2.25/3 (Can be Improved by Aghanim's Scepter. 1.5/3/4.5)
Coil Duration: 6 (Can be Improved by Aghanim's Scepter. 8)
Cooldown 75 Mana 100/150/200
Partially blocked by Spell Immunity. Latches on spell immune enemies. Attempts to damage spell immune enemies. Does not stun spell immune enemies. When upgraded, leash break stun pierces spell immunity.
Can be Improved by Aghanim's Scepter. Increases coil duration, coil-break damage and coil-break stun duration. Makes coil-break stun pierce spell immunity.
The Faerie Dragon sows confusion by forcing its enemies to vividly dream about their own mortality.

Notes:

  • Every enemy hero within 375 range of the coil upon cast gets linked to it. The links last as long as the coil itself or until broken.
  • Walking within 375 range to the coil after cast has no effect.
  • Can link heroes up to 1125 range away (750 cast range + 375 coil radius).
  • If the linked heroes move 600 range away from the coil, they break the link and get stunned and damaged.
  • It does not matter how far or how fast the hero moves away, the stun and damage always hits it, unless they are invulnerable.
  • Dream Coil latches on invisible units and on units in the Fog of War. But the visible link draws to their last known location.


Recommended items[edit | edit source]

Starting Items

Early Game

  • In the mid lane, a Bottle (Full) icon.png Bottle can provide much needed mana for Puck, as well as provide excellent rune control.
  • It is always a good idea to have a Town Portal Scroll icon.png Town Portal Scroll, no matter which hero you are playing.

Core Items

  • Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick can help Puck sustain mana and health to keep active in the mid lane.
  • Power Treads icon.png Power Treads help Puck in the early-mid game, as they supplement both Puck's small health pool, as well as Puck's mana pool.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger provides great synergy with Puck's other abilities and further augments Puck's evasive nature.

Situational Items

  • Scythe of Vyse icon.png Scythe of Vyse provides a large amount of mana and mana regen (which are useful as Puck's abilities have a large mana cost), as well as having a very effective disable.
  • Bloodstone icon.png Bloodstone will eliminate any need for extra mana regen, while also giving you a large amount of HP. However, it should be only picked up if you are snowballing.
  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter is really good on Puck against Black King Bar carriers. It Increases coil duration, coil-break damage and coil-break stun duration. Makes Coil-break stun pierce spell immunity.
  • Dagon 1 icon.png Dagon is a good extension from your core if the enemy team doesn't have the resources to focus you down, as it greatly increases your magic damage.
  • Shiva's Guard icon.png Shiva's Guard will increase your mana pool and your resistance to physical damage, which makes it an ideal item against right-click heroes. It will also provide you with a fairly powerful AoE nuke and slow.
  • Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere is very useful if you are more of an initiator than a damage dealer, and it will also provide you with helpful attribute bonuses.
  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity is a useful pickup if your team needs another disable really soon. The extra movement speed and mana regeneration is also very useful on Puck.
  • Force Staff icon.png Force Staff gives Puck extra mobility. Can also be used to break Dream Coil to trigger a stun.

Counters[edit | edit source]

Lane:

  • Riki can keep you silenced and slowed, giving him enough time to take a serious toll on your HP, and even if you survive and try to escape, he has a Blink Strike icon.png Blink Strike ready to prevent you from getting away. Once he gets his Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade, he will have an even easier time not only killing you by slowing you in the smokescreen, but also sapping your mana.
  • Early on, Lion can easily one shot you with his Finger of Death icon.png Finger of Death, along with the ability to disable you and steal your mana, both things that can easily get Puck killed or forced to go back to base early on.
  • Legion Commander will heal off most of your spells, nuke you with her Overwhelming Odds icon.png Overwhelming Odds, and easily win against you in duels due to your low HP and armor.
  • Huskar can get heavy harass on you, and with his ultimate he can pursue you if you try to escape.
  • Wraith King's high HP pool and durability makes him shrug off all of your spells, he can also manage some easy kills on you with his stun if your HP is low enough. Even if you do manage to kill him once, it's unlikely you'll be able to get the second kill.

Combat:

  • Riki can easily sneak up on you and keep you out of the fight with a smokescreen and tons of backstabs, the smokescreen will also prevent you from using your spells and most importantly; your ultimate.
  • Normally Bloodseeker is pretty easy to deal with as Puck, but in a team fight he will make you a sitting duck with his Rupture icon.png Rupture
  • Faceless Void will likely make you his first target in his Chronosphere icon.png Chronosphere due to you not being able to use shift, jaunt, blink dagger, or any of the normal ways you would be able to get away, not to forget your relatively low HP and armor.
  • Huskar's spell immunity and magic resistance can really put a damper on your damage towards him, and due to your rather squishy nature he can easily destroy you in combat.

Items:

  • Scythe of Vyse icon.png Scythe of Vyse Will make you slow and unable to resist, by the time it wears off there's a good chance you might just be dead.
  • Orchid Malevolence icon.png Orchid Malevolence is like Scythe of Vyse in that it makes you unable to fight back or use your spells to escape, not quite as effective as Scythe of Vyse but more common and easily gotten.
  • Puck already has rather unimpressive armor, and when being attacked by a Desolator icon.png Desolator it will make you an easier target in team fights.

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Puck can easily play a solo lane against a dual lane because of Phase Shift icon.png Phase Shift, Ethereal Jaunt icon.png Ethereal Jaunt and Illusory Orb icon.png Illusory Orb.
    • Puck does very well in the middle lane, with the easy access to either side lane for ganking, and access to runes to refill Bottle (Full) icon.png Bottle.
  • When escaping from danger, Phase Shift icon.png Phase Shift after using Illusory Orb icon.png Illusory Orb. This way, you can sit invulnerable and wait for the orb to travel before you slip away.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger is a great item to get, as it helps with initiating and escaping in addition to the many escape methods that Puck has.
    • Level 4 Phase Shift icon.png Phase Shift's duration is long enough to wait out Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger's 3 second cooldown, allowing Puck to escape from many dangerous situations. Keep in mind that Puck must still turn in the direction blinked. Puck's turn speed is among the lowest of all heroes.
  • Play mind games on opponents. For example, cast Illusory Orb, and run in a different direction from the orb. Opponents must choose which direction to follow.
  • Ethereal Jaunt icon.png Ethereal Jaunt can be used in combination with some teleports such as Chen icon.png Chen's Test of Faith (Teleport) icon.png Test of Faith (Teleport) to refill Puck's Bottle (Full) icon.png Bottle. Cast Illusory Orb icon.png Illusory Orb just before getting sent to the fountain, refill the Bottle (Full) icon.png Bottle, and Ethereal Jaunt icon.png Ethereal Jaunt back to the Orb before it disappears.
  • Illusory Orb icon.png Illusory Orb does not disappear when Puck dies. This means it is possible to quickly buy back and Ethereal Jaunt icon.png Ethereal Jaunt to the Orb if it still remains.
  • A good initiation combo is as follows: Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger in to the fight, use Waning Rift icon.png Waning Rift, Dream Coil icon.png Dream Coil, shoot an Illusory Orb icon.png Illusory Orb through as many enemies as possible but in a safe direction, Phase Shift icon.png Phase Shift, then use Ethereal Jaunt icon.png Ethereal Jaunt to teleport to the Orb. The silence from Waning Rift is long enough to execute this combination.
  • Phase Shift icon.png Phase Shift, when used, removes creep aggro. This allows you to freely harass with auto-attacks, then use Phase Shift icon.png Phase Shift to avoid taking damage from creeps.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Puck's alternate name was Kupu-Kupu, which means "moth" or "butterfly" in Malay and Indonesian language
  • Puck was introduced in v6.48 as result of a hero creation contest for the Warcraft III: Frozen Throne faerie dragon model held by the dota-allstars.com forums, making Puck to the first (and as of now, the only) community-created hero.
  • Puck pays homage to a character of the same name from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream; aside from Puck's playful attitude, its line "A midsummer nightmare" is also an allusion to the play.
  • Since Puck pays homage to a Shakespeare character, most of its lines are delivered in phrasing similar to iambic pentameter.
  • The 6.87 Illusory Orb speed change was a developer's joke based on this reddit thread.

Update history[edit | edit source]

March 24, 2016 Patch

November 18, 2014 Patch

  • Fixed Puck's Dream Coil icon.png Dream Coil not playing the cast animation properly.

June 14, 2013 Patch

  • Updated Puck icon.png Puck's face.

October 25, 2012 Patch

September 13, 2012 Patch

July 12, 2012 Patch

May 17, 2012 Patch

May 10, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed attack range.
  • Fixed channel time on level 4 Phase Shift icon.png Phase Shift.

April 12, 2012 Patch

March 08, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Updated textures.

February 16, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed Phase Shift icon.png Phase Shift sometimes not dodging incoming attack projectiles.
  • Fixed some types of spells (like EMP) from causing damage when already Phase Shift icon.png Phase Shift.

January 19, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed Phase Shift icon.png Phase Shift from triggering Last Word/Magic Stick.
  • Fixed Phase Shift icon.png Phase Shift autocasting if you were already stunned before.
  • Fixed being able to move in certain situations while auto-casting Phase Shift icon.png Phase Shift.

December 01, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed a bug with Phase Shift icon.png Phase Shift that could let you use it an infinite number of times.
  • Fixed endless Phase Shift icon.png Phase Shift during Chronosphere.

August 06, 2011 Patch

  • Changed legacy keys for the following heroes: Drow Ult from P to M, Puck secondary 1 from D to E, Dazzles Ult from E to W, Enchantress ability1 from P to N.

August 02, 2011 Patch

July 29, 2011 Patch

  • Phase Shift icon.png Phase Shift is now a channeled ability, so it displays a channel bar and allows actions to be queued after it.

July 22, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed a bug with Phase Shift icon.png Phase Shift on autocast that could cause him/her/it to get stuck attacking Axe permanently.

July 16, 2011 Patch

July 08, 2011 Patch

  • Dream Coil icon.png Dream Coil will no longer do its initial attachment to invisible units.
  • Fixed Phase Shift icon.png Phase Shift avoiding all damag while silenced if set to autocast.

July 01, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed Phase Shift icon.png Phase Shift autocast not interrupting other actions (ie. continuing to move while shifted).

March 12, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed a few bugs with Dream Coil icon.png Dream Coil interaction with magic immune.

March 03, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed Dream Coil icon.png Dream Coil stunning invulnerable units (waveform, omnislash, etc).

February 12, 2011 Patch

  • Added a modifier to indicate that you are tethered by Dream Coil icon.png Dream Coil.

January 30, 2011 Patch

January 22, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed abilities not updating their buttons when changing states. (ie. Phase Shift icon.png Phase Shift).

Balance changelog[edit | edit source]

6.87

6.86

  • Illusory Orb icon.png Illusory Orb
    • Reduced mana cost from 150 on each level to 80/100/120/140.
    • Increased cooldown from 11 on each level to 14/13/12/11.
  • Waning Rift icon.png Waning Rift
    • Now also silences non-hero units.
    • Reduced cooldown from 16 on each level to 16/15/14/13.

6.85

  • Illusory Orb icon.png Illusory Orb
    • Increased projectile speed from 600 to 650.
    • Increased travel distance from 1800 to 1950.
    • Reduced cooldown from 12 to 11.
  • Reduced Dream Coil icon.png Dream Coil cooldown from 85 to 75.

6.84

  • Increased Waning Rift icon.png Waning Rift damage from 70/140/210/280 to 100/160/220/280.

6.82

6.79

6.77

6.76

  • Increased base attack damage from 17-28 to 22-33 (total attack damage is now 47-58).

6.75

6.74

  • Ethereal Jaunt icon.png Ethereal Jaunt now disjoints projectiles upon cast.
  • Phase Shift icon.png Phase Shift
    • Can no longer be set on auto-cast.
    • Reduced mana cost from 50/40/30/20 to 0 on each level.
    • Increased duration from 0.75/1.5/2.25/3 to 0.75/1.5/2.25/3.25.
  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter no longer increases Dream Coil icon.png Dream Coil mana cost from 100/150/200 to 150/200/250.

6.72

  • Increased base attack damage from 13-24 to 17-28 (total attack damage is now 42-53).
  • Increased Waning Rift icon.png Waning Rift silence duration from 0.1/1/2/3 to 0.75/1.5/2.25/3.

6.71

  • Illusory Orb icon.png Illusory Orb now starts flashing 1 second before it expires.

6.70

6.69

  • Fixed Waning Rift icon.png Waning Rift damage radius being slightly smaller than the silence radius.

6.68

6.67

  • Added Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter upgrade for Puck: Increases Dream Coil icon.png Dream Coil duration from 5 to 7, link break damage 100/150/200 to 200/250/300 and mana cost from 100/150/200 to 150/200/250.

6.63b

  • Fixed an exploit possible with Puck.

6.63

6.57

6.52

6.49

  • Reduced base Intelligence intelligence and gain from 27 + 3.1 to 25 + 2.4.

6.48b

6.48

6.47

  • Created.

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References[edit | edit source]