Skeleton King

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Skeleton King
Skeleton King.png
22 + 2.9
18 + 1.7
18 + 1.6
Level Base 1 16 25
Health 200 640 1540 2420
H Regen 0.25 0.91 2.28 3.6
Mana 50 266 578 962
M Regen 0.01 0.73 1.77 3.07
Damage 32‒34 54‒56 99‒101 143‒145
Armor 1 3.57 7.5 12.26
Spell Dmg 0% 1.13% 2.75% 4.78%
Att / Sec 0.58 0.69 0.85 1.04
Movement Speed 300
Turn Rate 0.4
Sight Range 1800/800
Attack Range 128
Missile Speed Instant
Attack Duration 0.56+0.44
Base Attack Time 1.7
Magic resistance 25%
Collision Size 24

Ostarion the Skeleton King is a powerful melee strength hero, capable of taking plenty of damage before dying. His ultimate allows him to rise again, acting like an Aegis of the Immortal, making him especially difficult to kill. He also has a nuke that deals reliable damage and stun, and he is able to stay in his lane longer because of his passive lifesteal aura. He can become a hard carry in later stages of game depending on his farm.


Skeleton King Ostarion, the Skeleton King
Play "Bone is strongest where it's mended."
Role: Durable Durable / Carry Carry / Disabler Disabler
Lore: The victim of a longevity spell that backfired, the Skeleton King Ostarion has built an empire from the bones of his enemies. He lives only to extend his reach, for as long as he is perpetually building and adding to his domain he cannot die. The walls of his palace are formed of fired bone; the streets are paved with bones of every sort of creature and every enemy; and even the wood and other natural features of his land have been swept away and replaced with replicas formed of bone. From the Ivory Forest to Ostarion's towering Throne of Bone, nothing happens in the Empire of Bones without the full knowledge of its Skeleton King.
Voice: Dave Fennoy (Responses)


Hellfire Blast
Can be dispelled. Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Blocked by Spell Immunity. Play
Hellfire Blast icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
Target Unit Enemies Magical
Skeleton King fires a sphere of hellfire at an enemy unit, dealing damage and stunning, then dealing damage over time and slowing the target.
Cast Animation0.35+0.5
Cast Range: 525
Base Damage: 50/100/150/200
Damage over Time: 15/30/40/50
Move Speed Slow: 20%
Slow Duration: 2
Stun Duration: 2
Cooldown 8 Mana 140
Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Blocked upon projectile impact.
Ostarion calls on his hellish lineage, laying waste to his opponents.


  • Hellfire Blast travels at a speed of 1000 and can be disjointed.
  • Deals the base damage instantly upon hitting, and the damage over time in 1 second intervals, starting immediately after the stun.
  • Can deal up to 80/160/230/300 damage (before reductions).

Vampiric Aura
Can be used by illusions. Cannot be dispelled. Not blocked by Spell Immunity.
Vampiric Aura (Skeleton King) icon.png
Ability Affects
Aura Allies
Nearby friendly melee and ranged units gain HP based on their damage dealt when attacking enemy units.
Radius: 900
Lifesteal: 15%/20%/25%/30%
Skeleton King's blade drains the marrow of bones into his own kingdom.


  • The aura's buff lingers for 0.5 seconds.

Mortal Strike
Not a Unique Attack Modifier. Can be used by illusions. Not blocked by Linken's Sphere. Not blocked by Spell Immunity. Play
Mortal Strike (Skeleton King) icon.png
Ability Affects
Passive Enemies
Skeleton King gains a chance to deal bonus damage on an attack.
Proc Chance: 15%
Critical Damage: 150%/200%/250%/300%
Can be used by illusions. Red critical numbers are before illusion and armor reduction.
The power to crush a skull.


  • The sound and particles play upon start of the attack, not when the attack lands.
  • Increases attack damage by an average of 7.5%/15%/22.5%/30%.

Cannot be used by illusions. Can be dispelled. Not blocked by Linken's Sphere. Blocked by Spell Immunity. Play
Reincarnation (Skeleton King) icon.png
Ability Affects
Passive Self
Skeleton King's bones reform after death, causing him to resurrect when killed in battle. Upon death, enemy units in the area will have movement and attack speed slowed by 50%.
Slow Radius: 900
Effect Delay: 3
Move Speed Slow: 50%
Attack Speed Slow: 50
Slow Duration: 4
Cooldown 260/160/60 Mana 140
Blocked by Spell Immunity. Slow does not affect spell immune enemies.
Conspirators of the Skeleton King wonder why he never stays dead.


  • Skeleton King won't revive if he doesn't have enough mana.
  • If Skeleton King has an Aegis of the Immortal icon.png Aegis of the Immortal and Reincarnation off cooldown, the latter triggers first.
  • Reincarnation cannot be prevented in any way as long as Skeleton King has enough mana and the ability is off cooldown.
  • Revives with full health and mana. Spells and items are not refreshed.
  • Slow is applied at the beginning of the revival, not the end.

Recommended items

Starting items:
  • Buying a Healing Salve or a Tango provides Ostarion with a decent amount of regeneration in the laning phase.
  • Buying a Clarity gives Ostarion more opportunities to set up kills early on with Hellfire Blast icon.png Hellfire Blast.
  • Starting with two Iron Branches give Skeleton King enough mana pool to cast Hellfire Blast icon.png Hellfire Blast two times at level 1.
  • A Quelling Blade is an excellent starting item for Ostarion as it allows him to get last hits easier. It also makes Mortal Strike hit harder against creeps and increases the effectiveness of Vampiric Aura when attacking creeps.

Early-game items:

Core items:

  • Magic Wand provides the same kind of benefit as the Magic Stick does, but it also provides a small amount of attributes. It makes great use of the earlier bought branches, making room for new items.
  • Power Treads increases Ostarion's damage per second; attribute switching can also make his limited mana pool go much further if the treads are switched to intelligence.
  • Armlet of Mordiggian is Ostarion's main DPS item. It is also easy to negate the health drain with the help of Vampiric Aura (Skeleton King) icon.png Vampiric Aura.


  • Desolator makes Ostarion's physical attacks to hit harder, especially against targets with already low armor. Vampiric Aura also benefits greatly from it, as it heals based on dealt damage after armor reduction.
  • Black King Bar negates Ostarion's main weakness: being chain-stunned and then burst down after Reincarnation (Skeleton King) icon.png Reincarnation. Furthermore, as long as he isn't disabled, he can keep hitting enemies, healing himself up with his aura.
  • Assault Cuirass increases Ostarion's damage output by increasing his attack speed and further reducing enemy armor. The aura from this item also increases his team's armor and attack speed. Since Skeleton King usually survives longer, the item's aura provides more impact.
  • Abyssal Blade not only gives Ostarion some health and a decent attack damage boost, it also gives his attacks a chance to bash and, on top of Hellfire Blast icon.png Hellfire Blast, another active stun which also pierces spell immunity, which is very handy as he is easy to run away from if his own stun is on cooldown.
  • Heart of Tarrasque gives Ostarion a great health, health regeneration and attack damage boost, making him even harder to kill and harder to ignore.
  • Heaven's Halberd gives Ostarion some evasion against enemies which rely on their physical attacks, and lets him cut off an enemy carry from their primary source of damage for a while.
  • Monkey King Bar increases Ostarion's attack damage, counters enemies with evasion abilities or items such as Butterfly or Heaven's Halberd, and provides him with a high chance to interrupt channeling spells when Hellfire Blast is not an option.
  • Divine Rapier is an excellent item for Ostarion to get due to it not dropping if Reincarnation (Skeleton King) icon.png Reincarnation activates upon death, thus making it less likely for him to lose it. When carrying the Aegis of the Immortal, Ostarion has to die 3 times to lose the Rapier. The great damage boost also increases his endurance by improving his lifesteal aura's returns.



  • In DotA, Ostarion was known as King Leoric. Leoric was a recurring boss in the Diablo franchise, another game made by Blizzard.[1] He is an iconic boss in Diablo; he reprises his role in Diablo III, through the alias "Skeleton King."


See also