Storm Spirit

From Dota 2 Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
Storm Spirit
Storm Spirit.png
19 + 1.5
22 + 1.8
23 + 2.6
Level Base 1 16 25
Hit Points 150 511 976 1575
Mana 0 299 832 1370
Damage 22‒32 45‒55 86‒96 127‒137
Armor 2 5.08 9.14 13.93
Attacks / Second 0.58 0.71 0.88 1.08
Movement Speed 285
Turn Rate 0.8
Sight Range 1800/800
Attack Range 480
Missile Speed 1100
Attack Duration 0.5+0.3
Base Attack Time 1.7
Collision Size 24

Raijin Thunderkeg , the Storm Spirit, is a ranged Intelligence hero who wields the elemental power of lightning. He has high mobility, strong ganking and carrying potential, and very good synergy between his hero abilities.

Static Remnant creates an immobile clone of himself that, upon contact with an enemy, shocks all enemies in a small area for damage. It has a very low cooldown, making it a good farming skill. Electric Vortex binds an enemy to himself, drawing it in slowly; at higher levels of the skill, it will always be able to pull the target into a Static Remnant. Overload further supplements this combo by harnessing the excess charge whenever Raijin casts a spell, adding it in the form of magical damage to his next attack and zapping enemies in a radius around the target. Finally, Storm Spirit's ultimate and signature skill is Ball Lightning, in which he transforms into pure energy, sacrificing his own mana to dash quickly around the map in an invulnerable state, inflicting minor damage to foes he impacts as well as giving him an Overload charge. It can be used to initiate and escape long distances with ease.

Because his ultimate disjoints enemy projectiles and has no cooldown, he can prove to be one of the most slippery foes in the game, provided that he has enough mana regeneration to sustain it and/or the enemy team does not have strong disables such as stuns and silences. However, without proper mana management, he will run out of juice very quickly and become a sitting duck. While extremely vulnerable early game before he acquires his ultimate, once he does so, if he gets a few quick kills and some mana-sustaining items, he will become an unstoppable force of nature.

Bio[edit | edit source]

Storm Spirit Raijin, the Storm Spirit
Play "Everyone complains about the weather...well, I'm doing something about it!"
Role: Pip carry.png Carry / Pip initiator.png Initiator / Pip tank.png Escape / Pip disabler.png Disabler
Lore: Storm Spirit is literally a force of nature--the wild power of wind and weather, bottled in human form. And a boisterous, jovial, irrepressible form it is! As jolly as a favorite uncle, he injects every scene with crackling energy. But it was not always thus, and there was tragedy in his creation. Generations ago, in the plains beyond the Wailing Mountains, a good people lay starving in drought and famine. A simple elementalist, Thunderkeg by name, used a forbidden spell to summon the spirit of the storm, asking for rain. Enraged at this mortal’s presumption, the Storm Celestial known as Raijin lay waste to the land, scouring it bare with winds and flood. Thunderkeg was no match for the Celestial--at least until he cast a suicidal spell that forged their fates into one: he captured the Celestial in the cage of his own body. Trapped together, Thunderkeg's boundless good humor fused with Raijin's crazed energy, creating the jovial Raijin Thunderkeg, a Celestial who walks the world in physical form.
Voice: John Patrick Lowrie (Responses)

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Static Remnant
Not blocked by Spell Immunity. Not blocked by Linken's Sphere. Play
Static Remnant icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
No Target Enemies Magical
Creates an explosively charged image of Storm Spirit that lasts 12 seconds and will detonate and deal damage if an enemy unit comes near it.
Cast Time: 0+1.1
Trigger Radius: 235
Damage Radius: 260
Activation Delay: 1
Damage: 140/180/220/260
Remnant duration: 12
Cooldown 3.5 Mana 70/80/90/100
Not blocked by Spell Immunity. Triggers on spell immune units.
Raijin Thunderkeg's duality allowed him to admire himself in shocking fashion.


  • After a remnant is placed, it takes 1 second for it to be able to explode and damage in aoe.
  • When a remnant expires, it still will explode and deal damage around it.
  • The remnants are visible on the mini-map with the same color as radiant/dire units, not the color of the player.
  • Remnants provide 800 range flying vision at their location for their duration or until detonating.

Electric Vortex
Partially blocked by Spell Immunity. Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Partially dispellable. Play
Electric Vortex icon.png
Ability Affects
Target Unit Enemies
A vortex that pulls an enemy unit to Storm Spirit's location, it also slows the Storm Spirit by 50% for 3 seconds.
Cast Time: 0.3+0.77
Cast Range: 300
Pull Distance: 100/150/200/250
Pull Duration: 1/1.5/2/2.5
Self Movement Speed Slow: 50%
Slow Duration: 3
Cooldown 21/20/19/18 Mana 100/110/120/130
Partially blocked by Spell Immunity. Self-slow is not blocked when spell immune upon cast.
Blocked by Linken's Sphere. When blocked, Storm Spirit is not slowed either.
Partially dispellable. Self-slow is purgeable, the pull is not.
Raijin's thunderous, boisterous energy often draws others into an electrifying situation.


Not a Unique Attack Modifier. Partially blocked by Spell Immunity. Not blocked by Linken's Sphere. Can be dispelled. Disabled by Break. Play
Overload icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
Passive Enemies Magical
Casting a spell creates an electrical charge, which is released in a burst on his next attack, dealing damage and slowing nearby enemies.
Radius: 275
Damage: 30/50/70/90
Move Speed Slow: 80%
Attack Speed Slow: 50
Slow Duration: 0.6
Partially blocked by Spell Immunity. Attacking spell immune units will still release the charge and affect units around it.
Can be dispelled. Both, the charge on Storm Spirit and the slow are purgeable.
Pow! Zip! Zap!


  • The slow and damage are applied to all enemy units within the radius around the attacked target.
  • The charge is released upon successfully hitting a target. If the attack misses or is disjointed, nothing will happen.
  • Each attack checks for the buff on Storm Spirit upon successfully hitting the target. If the buff is present, the charge will be released.
  • This means when Storm Spirit gains the buff while an attack projectile is flying, that attack will still release the charge when it hits.
  • Attacking buildings or allies does not release the charge, however attacking wards does.

Ball Lightning
Blocked by Spell Immunity. Not blocked by Linken's Sphere. Cannot be dispelled. Play
Ball Lightning icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
Target Point Enemies Magical
Storm Spirit becomes volatile electricity, charging across the battlefield until he depletes his mana or reaches his target. The mana activation cost is 15+7% of his total mana pool, and the cost per 100 units traveled is 12+0.7% of his total mana pool. Damage is expressed in damage per 100 units traveled.
Cast Time: 0.3+0
Cast Range: Global
Damage Radius: 125/200/275
Travel Speed: 1250/1875/2500
Damage per 100 Units: 8/12/16
Mana Cost Per 100 Units: 12 + 0.7% of Max Mana
Mana 15 + 7% of Max Mana
The Storm is coming in.


  • Storm Spirit can turn, cast spells, use items and attack during Ball Lightning.
  • If Storm Spirit runs out of mana while traveling he will stop immediately.
  • Ball Lightning destroys trees within 100 radius of Storm Spirit while traveling.
  • Provides 400 radius flying vision around Storm Spirit during Ball Lightning.
  • The damage is increased by 0.08/0.12/0.16 damage per traveled unit, while mana is drained after each 100 distance traveled (= 0.08/0.05/0.04 second intervals).
  • The spell's tooltip mana cost shows the current initial mana cost of the spell based on Storm Spirit's current maximum mana pool.
  • The damage is applied within the radius during the whole traveling, not only upon reaching the destination.
  • This is how much damage Ball Lightning icon.png Ball Lightning can deal at certain travel distances (before reductions):
    • 50 distance: 4/6/8 damage
    • 500 distance: 40/60/80 damage
    • 1000 distance:80/120/160 damage
    • 2500 distance:200/300/400 damage
    • 5000 distance:400/600/800 damage
    • 10000 distance:800/1200/1600 damage

Recommended items[edit | edit source]



  • Magic Stick can give Storm Spirit a quick burst of mana and health during a gank, or can help to counter harassment.
  • Boots of Speed help positioning in lane.


  • Magic Wand is a cheap upgrade from Magic Stick which provides very cost effective attributes.
  • Power Treads give some extra health and can also be used to tread-switch to get the most out of a Bottle or your spells.
  • Orchid Malevolence gives Intelligence and attack speed. Its active helps greatly for ganking targets with good escapes.
  • Bottle lessens the amount of trips spent walking to the fountain, and allows more liberal usage of Storm Spirit's spells to farm.
  • Town Portal Scroll will give you a fast escape when necessary, and the ability to help your teammates in other lanes


  • Scythe of Vyse is great for locking down an enemy who tends to get away from you. It also provides good mana regeneration and health.
  • Bloodstone helps offset Storm Spirit's extreme mana usage. Getting charges on your Bloodstone will help mana regeneration further. It also provides health regeneration.
  • Linken's Sphere makes Storm Spirit significantly harder to kill. It also provides good mana regeneration and some max health.
  • Black King Bar is useful when the enemy team has many stuns. Use it to pick off key enemy heroes during teamfights.
  • Dagon is actually a good item on a snowballing Storm, as it grants extra int and increases your burst damage significantly, especially when used with ball lightning
  • Shiva's Guard gives Intelligence, armor, and a giant slow that is useful for teamfights. Note that you can activate Shiva's Guard while in Ball Lightning.
  • Octarine Core grants big flat intelligence, health and mana, as well as regen for each. It also reduces the cooldown of all of your spells, making your abilities all the more spammable, and it also lets him gain lifesteal from his spells, which is huge for a hero as ability intensive as Storm.

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Electric Vortex allows Raijin to pull his target close enough to his Static Remnant, triggering its damage.
  • Ball Lightning can be cast at minuscule ranges to trigger Overload.
  • Using Ball Lightning, Storm Spirit can travel behind enemies, forcing them to turn around to attack him. Dance around an enemy with Ball Lightning to confuse them even more.
  • A very common combo Storm Spirit uses to nuke down lone heroes is to ambush them with: Ball Lightning > Attack > Vortex > Attack > Remnant > Attack > Ball Lightning through them to dodge their retaliation > Attack > Escape if enemy has not died. This will greatly injure most heroes, and kill those foolish enough to be walking around alone with weakened HP.
  • Another alternative would be to use Ball Lightning > Attack > Vortex > Remnant > Attack > then just normal attack and use Ball Lightning to chase enemies when out of range. When engaging heroes like Earthshaker/ Vengeful Spirit, a wise move would be to use Ball Lightning after Vortex is over since the enemy would most likely cast a stun first which Storm would be able to dodge.
  • When engaging a group of heroes, Storm Spirit can actually, although at a risk, be the first one to engage them, followed by several allies already behind him to back him up. This strategy can make enemy heroes blow most cooldowns on Storm Spirit while he can simple run away with Ball Lightning, disable a hero with Electric Vortex, leave a Static Remnant behind and pave the way for allied heroes and their counter initiation.
  • While in Ball Lightning, you can use items like Shiva's Guard to bring a dazzling yet deadly cold storm which follows around while rolling on. Great for initiating and crippling enemies, along with Overload, escaping away is most unlikely. You can also cast Static Remnant for farming or pushing, or just show some amazing power.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Storm Spirit icon.png Storm Spirit, like Brewmaster icon.png Brewmaster, Earth Spirit icon.png Earth Spirit and Ember Spirit icon.png Ember Spirit, was a Pandaren in DotA. However, he was re-skinned to avoid copyright issues with Blizzard Entertainment, since Pandaren are a race of creatures in the Warcraft Universe.
  • Raijin is the name of the god of thunder and lightning in the Japanese Shinto religion.[1]
  • The line Play I'll spirit you away!, as well as him muttering Spirit... Away... when he dies may be a reference to the film Spirited Away.
  • Storm Spirit's speech is very similar to Ninjor, a character from the Power Rangers franchise, who's voice acting is largely based on the character Dudley Do-Right, from the Dudley Do-Right Show.

Update history[edit | edit source]

November 18, 2014 Patch

November 14, 2013 Patch

  • Changed model.

September 13, 2012 Patch

July 19, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed Static Remnant blocking Creep camps.

May 17, 2012 Patch

  • Added additional dialog for Earthshaker, Pudge, Storm Spirit, Shadow Fiend, and Doombringer.

March 22, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed attack projectile speed.

January 19, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed Ball Lightning costing draining more mana if you cast it again while still in it.

January 12, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed Overload charge being used up if the target dies before impact.

November 17, 2011 Patch

November 03, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed an exploit with Ball Lightning that could cause you to kill enemy units from your fountain.
  • Fixed Ball Lightning's stopping a little too early when almost out of mana

October 13, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed Electric Vortex affecting Roshan.
  • Fixed Static Remnant cast point.

September 09, 2011 Patch

  • Ball Lightning now properly gives 1000/1000 flying vision for its duration.

July 16, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed Static Remnant affecting ancients.
  • Fixed Static Remnant triggering rules.

May 26, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed Static Remnant not giving vision.

May 13, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed Electric Vortex sometimes not pulling a unit if it is running away while casting.

March 12, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed Storm's Overcharge being used up on denies.

January 27, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed Storm's Overload using up charges against towers.

Balance changelog[edit | edit source]




  • Rescaled Ball Lightning icon.png Ball Lightning manacost per 100 traveled units from 10 + 1% to 12 + 0.7% of max mana.





  • Increased Overload icon.png Overload damage from 30/45/60/75 to 30/50/70/90.




  • Increased base Intelligence intelligence and gain from 26 + 2.6 to 23 + 2.2.
  • Increased Electric Vortex icon.png Electric Vortex manacost from 100 on each level to 100/110/120/130.


  • Reduced attack range from 500 to 480.




  • Ball Lightning icon.png Ball Lightning now gives an error message when cast without enough mana.



Static Remnant icon.png Static Remnant:
Raijin creates a remnant of himself containing his essence. The Static Remnant will release its stored energy whenever an enemy units comes near it. Lasts up to 12 seconds.
Trigger radius: 235
Damage radius: 260
Activation delay: 1
Damage: 140/180/220/260
Remnant duration: 12
Manacost: 70/80/90/100
Cooldown: 4
Notes: Has an instant cast time. After the remnant is placed, it takes 1 second for it to get active. Once active, it triggers on any enemy coming too close to it, dealing damage.
Electric Vortex icon.png Electric Vortex:
Storm focuses his energy to rip open a vortex drawing an enemy to it. This process slows the Storm Spirit down for a brief period.
Cast range: 300
Pull distance: 100/150/200/250
Pull duration: 1/1.5/2/2.5
Self movement speed slow: 50%
Slow duration: 3
Manacost: 100
Cooldown: 20
Notes: Is not a channeling spell. Can pull the target over impassable terrain.
Old Overload icon.png Overload:
Each successful attack builds up a static charge, eventually releasing in the form of an electrical burst. The burst deals damage and does a minor slow effect to the attacked foe and nearby area.
Radius: 350
Attacks to trigger: 8/7/6/5
Damage: 30/45/60/75
Movement speed slow: 80%
Attack speed slow: 50
Slow duration: 0.6
Notes: After having done 7/6/5/4 attacks, the next attack will deal damage and slow units around the attack target including the target.
New Overload icon.png Overload:
Storm Spirit becomes overloaded with electrical energy whenever he casts a spell. The charge is released on his next attack as an electrical burst, dealing damage and slowing nearby units.
Radius: 275
Damage: 30/45/60/75
Movement speed slow: 80%
Attack speed slow: 50
Slow duration: 0.6
Notes: Similar to the old Overload. Instead of giving a charge every x attacks, gives a charge upon spell cast.
Ball Lightning icon.png Ball Lightning:
Storm Spirit becomes enveloped with energy, losing his physical form, and travels until he depletes his mana or chooses to stop. While in this form, he deals damage to nearby units based on how far his electrical form has traversed. Damage, speed and area of effect improves per level.
Cast range: Global
Damage radius: 125/200/275
Travel speed: 1250/1875/2500
Damage per traveled 100 units: 8/12/16
Manacost per traveled 100 units: 10 + 1% of max mana pool
Activation manacost: 15 + 7% of max mana pool
Cooldown: 0
Notes: Storm Spirit is invulnerable while traveling. Stops traveling whenever Storm Spirit runs out of mana or reaches the targeted point. The further he travels, the more damage it deals around him. Damage is dealt throughout the whole traveling. Storm Spirit can cast spells, use items and attack during Ball Lightning.


  • Increased base armor from -1 to 3 (total armor is now 4.38).
  • Fixed Static Remnant icon.png Electric Rave toggling itself off when affected by Last Word icon.png Last Word.
  • Overload icon.png Overload no longer uses its charge up when attacking allied units.


  • Static Remnant icon.png Electric Rave
    • Fixed sometimes not stopping to drain mana after toggled off.
    • Reduced activation manacost from 6/9/12/15 to 3/6/9/12.






  • Created.

Replaced abilities[edit | edit source]

Electric Rave
Not blocked by Spell Immunity. Cannot be dispelled. Cannot be used by illusions.
Static Remnant icon.png
Ability Affects
Toggle Self
Transfers mana into pure electric current at a rapid rate, increasing the Storm Spirit's attack speed by a large amount as long as there is magic to drain.
Cast Time: 0+0
Mana Cost per Second: 6/9/12/15
Attack Speed Bonus: 20/40/60/80
Cooldown 2.5 Mana 3/6/9/12


  • This ability was replaced by Static Remnant icon.png Static Remnant in the 6.58 gameplay patch.
  • Does not interrupt Storm Spirit's channeling spells upon toggling.

Blocked by Spell Immunity. Not blocked by Linken's Sphere. Cannot be dispelled.
Unknown icon.png
Ability Affects
Target Unit Allies
Shields a target with Raijin's discharged mana, resisting spell damage while under the effect.
Cast Time: 0.3+0.51
Cast Range: 600
Magical Damage Absorbed: 150/300/450/600
Duration: 20
Cooldown 20 Mana 75


  • Barrier blocks damage before any reductions. The only exception here is spell immunity, during which it does not block any magic damage.

Overload (pre 6.58)
Not a Unique Attack Modifier. Blocked by Spell Immunity. Not blocked by Linken's Sphere. Cannot be dispelled. Play
Overload icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
Passive Enemies Magical
Each successful attack builds up a static charge, eventually releasing in the form for an electrical burst. The burst deals damage and does a minor Purge-like effect to the attacked foe and nearby area.
Radius: 350
Attacks to Trigger: 8/7/6/5
Damage: 30/45/60/75
Movement Speed Slow: 80%
Attack Speed Slow: 50
Slow Duration: 0.6
Pow! Zip! Zap!


  • This ability got reworked into the current Overload icon.png Overload in the 6.58 gameplay patch.
  • When making 7/6/5/4 attacks, particle effects appear on Storm Spirit's hands, showing that the next attack is with Overload.
  • Pre 6.45, this ability used to apply a dispel to all affected enemy units within the radius.

Lightning Grapple
Blocked by Spell Immunity. Not blocked by Linken's Sphere. Cannot be dispelled.
Ball Lightning icon.png
Ability Affects
Target Point Heroes
Creates an electrical attraction between the Storm Spirit and a target area, pulling him and all nearby units to that point.
Cast Time: 0.3+0.0
Cast Range: 700/1050/1400
Radius: 200
Cooldown 35 Mana 100


  • This ability got replaced by Ball Lightning icon.png Ball Lightning in the 6.58 gameplay patch.
  • Storm Spirit and pulled units travel at a speed of 1200.
  • Lightning Grapple cannot be cast on cliff areas.
  • Any enemy hero which comes within 200 radius of Storm Spirit while he travels to the targeted point gets pulled with him.
  • Does not turn Storm Spirit or any affected unit invulnerable for the duration.
  • Storm Spirit and affected units can still attack, use items and cast abilities while being pulled.
  • Destroys trees within a 200 radius around Storm Spirit upon reaching the targeted point.
  • Pre 6.46, this ability used to pull all units in its path along, not only heroes.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]