Shadow Fiend

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Shadow Fiend
Shadow Fiend.png
15 + 2
20 + 2.9
18 + 2
Level Base 1 16 25
Health 200 500 1140 1860
H. Regen 0.5 0.95 1.91 2.99
Mana 50 266 650 1082
M. Regen 0.01 0.73 2.01 3.45
Damage 15‒21 35‒41 80‒86 124‒130
Armor -2 0.86 7.36 13.66
Spell Dmg 0% 1.13% 3.13% 5.38%
Att / Sec 0.58 0.7 0.97 1.22
Movement Speed 315
Turn Rate 1.0
Vision Range 1800/800
Attack Range 500
Projectile Speed 1200
Attack Animation 0.5+0.54
Base Attack Time 1.7
Magic resistance 25%
Collision Size 24
Legs 0

Nevermore the Shadow Fiend is a ranged agility hero possessing abilities that inflict superb burst damage from varying distances. Whether near or far, Shadow Fiend is able to release incredible offensive power, both physical and magical. Shadow Fiend's true power comes from the souls he takes, thus, he is more dangerous every time he kills. With enough souls, he can release all of the captured souls in a devastating burst, dealing more damage to enemies that are closer to him. Shadow Fiend is a carry who is powerful at all stages of the game, a trait most carries don't share. He can harass and conquer early game, gank unsuspecting heroes during the mid stages of the game, and has huge right-click potential lategame thanks to his passives, although his active abilities scale off by the end-game.

Bio[edit | edit source]

Shadow Fiend Nevermore, the Shadow Fiend
Play "So, you're curious where I come from? There's one easy way to find out for yourself."
Role: Carry Carry / Nuker Nuker
Lore: It is said that Nevermore the Shadow Fiend has the soul of a poet, and in fact he has thousands of them. Over the ages he has claimed the souls of poets, priests, emperors, beggars, slaves, philosophers, criminals and (naturally) heroes; no sort of soul escapes him. What he does with them is unknown. No one has ever peered into the Abysm whence Nevermore reaches out like an eel from among astral rocks. Does he devour them one after another? Does he mount them along the halls of an eldritch temple, or pickle the souls in necromantic brine? Is he merely a puppet, pushed through the dimensional rift by a demonic puppeteer? Such is his evil, so intense his aura of darkness, that no rational mind may penetrate it. Of course, if you really want to know where the stolen souls go, there's one sure way to find out: Add your soul to his collection. Or just wait for Nevermore.
Voice: John Patrick Lowrie (Responses)

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Shadowraze (Near)
Does not pierce spell immunity. Play
Shadowraze (Near) icon.png
No Target
Shadow Fiend razes the area in front of him, dealing damage to enemy units in an area.
Cast Animation0.67+0
Distance: 200
Radius: 250
Damage: 100/175/250/325
Cooldown 10
Mana 90
Debuff Shadowraze Counter: Dispellable with any dispel.
Nevermore's trademark for harvesting souls.


  • All three Shadowraze spells are always on the same level. Leveling one of them automatically levels the others as well.
  • Shadowraze (Near) blasts a 250 radius area 200 range in front of Nevermore upon cast.
    • This means that it can hit units up to 50 range behind Shadow Fiend, and up to 450 range in front of him.
  • All three razes together can deal up to 300/525/750/975 damage to a single unit (before reductions), if all of them hit.
  • The Shadowraze Counter debuff placed on heroes is used to count successive Shadowraze hits. It lasts for 3 seconds.
    • Although only the Demon Eater cosmetic item makes use of it, the counter is always placed.

Shadowraze (Medium)
Does not pierce spell immunity. Play
Shadowraze (Medium) icon.png
No Target
Shadow Fiend razes the area in front of him, dealing damage to enemy units in an area.
Cast Animation0.67+0
Distance: 450
Radius: 250
Damage: 100/175/250/325
Cooldown 10
Mana 90
Debuff Shadowraze Counter: Dispellable with any dispel.
Nevermore's trademark for harvesting souls.


  • Shadowraze (Medium) blasts a 250 radius area 450 range in front of Nevermore upon cast.
    • This means that it can hit units from 200 to 700 range in front of Shadow Fiend.

Shadowraze (Far)
Does not pierce spell immunity. Play
Shadowraze (Far) icon.png
No Target
Shadow Fiend razes the area in front of him, dealing damage to enemy units in an area.
Cast Animation0.67+0
Distance: 700
Radius: 250
Damage: 100/175/250/325
Cooldown 10
Mana 90
Debuff Shadowraze Counter: Dispellable with any dispel.
Nevermore's trademark for harvesting souls.


  • Shadowraze (Far) blasts a 250 radius area 700 range in front of Nevermore upon cast.
    • This means that it can hit units from 450 to 950 range in front of Shadow Fiend.

Partially usable by illusions. Disabled by Break. Pierces spell immunity.
Necromastery icon.png
Shadow Fiend steals the soul from units he kills, gaining bonus damage. If the killed unit is a hero, he gains 12 souls. On death, he releases half of them from bondage.
Max Souls: 18/24/30/36 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 22/30/38/46)
Attack Damage Bonus per Soul: 2
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. Increases max souls.
Disabled by Break. Prevents gaining new stacks. Already existing stacks still provide bonus attack damage.
Partially usable by illusions. Illusions start with 0 souls. Illusions can gather souls for themselves, but cannot make use of the raw bonus damage.
Buff Necromastery: Undispellable.
Harvested souls swirl in and out of the Abysm, empowering the Shadow Fiend to increase the size of his collection.


  • Despite the visual effects, Shadow Fiend instantly gains the soul and thus the damage of killed units.
  • The number of current souls is visible on the status buff icon.
  • If Shadow Fiend has an odd number of souls upon death, the number of lost souls is rounded down.
    • This means that he never can lose all his souls. He still keeps 1 soul, even when dying while only having 1 soul.
  • The more souls Shadow Fiend has, the more red particles fly around his chest area.
  • The maximum possible amount of souls with each level of Necromastery provides 36/48/60/72 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 44/60/76/92) bonus damage.
  • The extra souls from Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter do affect the number of lines created by Requiem of Souls icon.png Requiem of Souls​.
    • It effectively increases the number of possible lines from 9/12/15/18 to 11/15/19/23.
    • When dropping Aghanim's Scepter, Shadow Fiend keeps his souls even when having more than the default allowed amount.
    • This means Requiem of Souls still releases more lines even when not holding the Scepter.
    • However, the attack damage bonus adapts immediately and does not account the extra souls when not holding the Scepter.

Presence of the Dark Lord
Can be used by illusions. Disabled by Break. Pierces spell immunity.
Presence of the Dark Lord icon.png
Shadow Fiend's presence reduces the armor of nearby enemies.
Radius: 900
Armor Reduction: 3/4/5/6
Debuff Presence: Undispellable.
Even being near Nevermore eats away at one's soul.


  • The armor reduction debuff lingers for 0.5 seconds after getting out of range.
  • Has no effect on enemies that have no vision of Shadow Fiend, thus, it shows no debuff icon on them either.

Requiem of Souls
Not disabled by Break. Pierces spell immunity. Play
Requiem of Souls icon.png
No Target
(Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. Self)
Shadow Fiend gathers his captured souls to release them as lines of demonic energy. Units near Shadow Fiend when the souls are released can be damaged by several lines of energy. Any unit damaged by Requiem of Souls will have its movement speed and attack damage reduced. Lines of energy are created for every 2 souls captured through Necromastery. Requiem of Souls is automatically cast whenever Shadow Fiend dies, regardless of its cooldown.
Cast Animation1.67+0.77
Damage Lines Travel Distance: 1000
Damage Lines Starting Width: 125
Damage Lines End Width: 425
Damage per Line: 80/120/160
Damage & Heal per Line on Return: 0/0/0 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 32/48/64)
Move Speed Slow: 25%
Attack Damage Reduction: 50%
Debuff Duration: 5
Cooldown 120/110/100
Mana 150/175/200
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. Increases Necromastery Max Souls and causes Requiem of Souls to return back to Shadow Fiend. The wave back to Shadow Fiend deals less damage, but heals Shadow Fiend for all the damage it dealt.
Not disabled by Break. The passive cast upon death is not disabled by Break.
Buff Requiem Invis Break: Undispellable.
Debuff Requiem: Dispellable with any dispel.
The captured souls of those past slain are released to ravage their former allies.


  • The damaging lines travel at a speed of 700, taking 1.43 seconds to reach the max distance.
  • Shadow Fiend is phased while casting this ability.
  • The damage is entirely based on the amount of souls gathered with Necromastery icon.png Necromastery​. Each 2 souls create 1 damaging line.
  • If an odd number of souls are gathered, the number gets rounded down to the next even number.
  • The area of every single damaging line is shaped like a cone.
  • Damaging lines can hit units up to 1425 range away (1000 travel distance + 425 end width).
  • The distance between the damaging lines is always even. One line is always released towards east and the others adapt accordingly.
    • So the distance between the lines on each amount of lines is:
    2 lines: 180°, 3 lines: 120°, 4 lines: 90°, 5 lines: 72°, 6 lines: 60°, 7 lines: 51.43°, 8 lines: 45°, 9 lines: 40°, 10 lines: 36°,
    11 lines: 32.73°, 12 lines: 30°, 13 lines: 27.69°, 14 lines: 25.71°, 15 lines: 24°, 16 lines: 22.5°, 17 lines: 21.18°, 18 lines: 20°
    (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 19 lines: 18.95°, 20 lines: 18°, 21 lines: 17.14°, 22 lines: 16.36°, 23 lines: 15.65°)
  • Only reduces base damage and that given by the primary attribute of affected units. Raw bonus damage is not reduced.
  • Can deal up to 1440/2160/2880 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 1840/2760/3680) damage to a single unit (before reductions), if all lines hit.
  • Upon death, Requiem of Souls is cast automatically and instantly, regardless of mana and cooldown.
    • Shadow Fiend first loses 50% of his souls before this happens. So this passive requiem can only have 9 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 11) lines at max.
    • If Shadow Fiend had 1 soul left upon death, it still releases 1 line, despite requiring at least 2 souls when normally cast.
    • When dying while holding Aegis of the Immortal icon.png Aegis of the Immortal no passive Requiem of Souls is released.
  • When having Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter, after reaching their max distance, each line starts moving back to Shadow Fiend.
    • Despite the visual effects, the lines do not "respawn" around Shadow Fiend. They start moving back exactly where they stopped.
    • The lines return to Shadow Fiend's current location, not to the location he originally cast the spell from.
    • The lines do not adapt to new locations if Shadow Fiend moves. Once they started to return, their path cannot be further altered.
    • The max travel distance applies to the lines also upon returning, meaning they travel a total distance of 2000.
    • The width of the lines is reversed upon returning: They start with maximum width and get thinner towards the end.
    • Lines from the passive Requiem of Souls released on death do not return.
    • The returning lines deal 40% damage. They hit all units regularly like the expanding lines and also apply the debuff.
  • The returning lines can deal up to 736/1104/1472 damage to a single unit (before reductions), if all lines hit.
    • Together with the expanding lines, Requiem of Souls can deal up to 2576/3864/5152 damage to a single unit (before reductions).
  • The heal is only based on the damage dealt by the returning lines, not by the initial expanding lines.
  • Only heals from damage dealt to heroes, including illusions. The heal is applied as soon as the lines stop moving.
  • Always heals for 32/48/64 health per hit, regardless of how much damage the lines actually did.

Recommended items[edit | edit source]

Starting Items:

  • Tango icon.png Tango provide the necessary health regeneration to help you staying in lane.
  • Healing Salve icon.png Healing Salve can save Shadow Fiend when activated at the last moment.
  • Slippers of Agility icon.png Slippers of Agility compensate for your low starting damage by allowing you to last hit easier in the laning phase. The more last hits you get, the stronger you become, so this is important.
  • Clarity icon.png Clarity lets Shadow Fiend use Shadowraze more often in lane, helping him build up his Necromastery.

Early Game:

  • Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick will help supplement mana for casting Shadowraze.
  • Ring of Aquila (Active) icon.png Ring of Aquila will give you decent early stats, but more importantly, the mana regen means you can cast Shadowraze more often.

Core Items:

  • Bottle (Full) icon.png Bottle is crucial for surviving in lane, and capturing runes.
  • Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand will save inventory space and provide a small attribute bonus.
  • Power Treads icon.png Power Treads increase your damage per second and can also be used for extra survivability.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar provides good HP and damage, but more importantly, can be used to ensure Requiem of Souls is not interrupted.
  • Shadow Blade icon.png Shadow Blade provides Shadow Fiend with an escape mechanism, and helps him position for Requiem of Souls positioning. The invisibility fade time means you won't be visible until you're close to actually casting Requiem of Souls. Using this item and getting directly on top of an enemy and unleashing your ultimate will usually lead to a one-hit kill.
  • Helm of the Dominator icon.png Helm of the Dominator makes Shadow Fiend much tougher in fights, and benefits greatly from his high damage.

Situational Items:

  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter greatly increases the damage from Requiem of Souls, and raises Necromastery's maximum soul count.
  • Assault Cuirass icon.png Assault Cuirass increases your team's DPS and survivability while reducing the other team's DPS and survivability. The armor reduction aura also stacks with Presence of the Dark Lord.
  • Boots of Travel 1 icon.png Boots of Travel is commonly picked up during the late game to push lanes.
  • Manta Style icon.png Manta Style is good for disjointing and confusing enemies, giving Shadow Fiend a little extra time to deal damage. It is also excellent for attacking towers and buildings.
  • Satanic icon.png Satanic allows Shadow Fiend to quickly regain health during late game teamfights.
  • Sange and Yasha icon.png Sange and Yasha provides Shadow Fiend with a decent mix of speed and tankiness.
  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity can be used to cyclone an enemy, giving Shadow Fiend the time to charge Requiem of Souls and hit the enemy upon landing. It is also a great counter to heroes that rely on Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger to get away since enemy heroes will take 50 damage upon landing.
  • Daedalus icon.png Daedalus increases your damage by a considerable amount. It also scales well into the lategame.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger gives Shadow Fiend some much needed mobility, and can be used to jump into fights with Requiem of Souls.
  • Desolator icon.png Desolator, in combination with a maximized Presence of the Dark Lord, reduces an enemy's armor by 13, which means your physical damage goes quite a bit further.
  • Daedalus icon.png Daedalus allows Shadow Fiend to deal tremendous damage during the late game.
  • Silver Edge icon.png Silver Edge is a natural upgrade from Shadow Blade icon.png Shadow Blade, and provides a decent break mechanism.
  • Butterfly icon.png Butterfly increases your DPS and makes you much more survivable against enemy carries who are reliant on their physical attacks.
  • Monkey King Bar icon.png Monkey King Bar increases your damage, counters enemies with evasion, and gives your physical attack the ability to interrupt channeling spells.
  • Eye of Skadi icon.png Eye of Skadi grants a massive attribute bonus. The slow will go through spell immunity and stacks with lifesteal damage modifiers. This also ensures enemies cannot kite you too easily.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Audio[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Shadow Fiend's alternate/fun name in DotA was "YaphetS", a tribute to a professional DotA player who skillfully used Nevermore.
  • The name "Nevermore" likely refers to the poem The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe. This is also referenced in his bio.
  • The voice response Play "Never say Nevermore..." is in reference to the James Bond movie "Never say never again".
  • Apart for popular demand by fans, Shadow Fiend's model rework may have also been done to adhere to certain countries' censorship laws, namely the Chinese client.

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