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18 + 1.85
22 + 2.6
15 + 1.75
Level 1 16 25
Hit Points 492 1043 1708
Mana 195 559 1001
Damage 41‒43 82‒84 123‒125
Armor 3.08 8.82 14.62
Attacks / Second 0.71 0.95 1.2
Movement Speed 285
Turn Rate 0.4
Sight Range 1800/800
Attack Range 450
Missile Speed 900
Attack Duration 0.3+0.7
Cast Duration 0+0.51
Base Attack Time 1.7

Lesale Deathbringer the Venomancer is a ranged agility hero who is focused on dealing damage over time and slowing enemies down. He is not granted with a big amount of base attack and attribute gain, but he can bring enormous area damage with his poisonous abilities. Venomancer can unleash a Venomous Gale to enemies in a straight line, infecting them, damaging and slowing them over time. His attacks are hazardous thanks to his lethal Poison Sting, which adds a toxic effect to his normal attacks, poisoning opposing Heroes for a duration. Plague Ward, his next ability, lets him summon a sentient ward to a targeted point, which attacks enemies or structures. While weak on first use its power grows in numbers, which means the more the wards are placed the deadlier they become. This gives him good versatility, providing vision, pushing power, and a helpful block, preventing enemies from running away when trapped in a sticky situation. Venomancer's most dangerous ability is Poison Nova, though it isn't lethal and won't kill an enemy, the damage it inflicts is tremendous, the duration is very long, and it affects an area around him. It is mostly used to initiate battles, since Poison Nova isn't a killing type spell. When used altogether, the Venomancer is a powerful killing machine, like a virus, slowly killing enemies with venom and poisons. Despite being considered by most players as a support, because of his slowing capabilities, extra ward vision, and being item independent, this doesn't hinder his power to gank and kill enemies, especially in the earliest parts of the game, and with enough kills, farm, and domination, Venomancer can transition into a semi-carry, with formidable venomous power and deadly specialties.


Venomancer Lesale Deathbringer, the Venomancer
Play "No necromancer shall raise what the venomancer puts down."
Role: Pip roamer.png Support / Pip ganker.png Nuker / Pip initiator.png Initiator / Pip pusher.png Pusher
Lore: In the Acid Jungles of Jidi Isle, poison runs in the veins and bubbles in the guts of every creature that scuttles, climbs or swoops between fluorescent vines dripping with caustic sap. Yet even in this toxic menagerie, Venomancer is acknowledged as the most venomous. Ages ago, a Herbalist named Lesale crossed the Bay of Fradj by coracle, searching for potent essences that might be extracted from bark and root, and found instead a nightmare transformation. Two leagues into Jidi's jungle, Lesale encountered a reptile camouflaged as an epiphyte, which stung him as he mistakenly plucked it. In desperation, he used his partial knowledge of the jungle's herbal bounty, mixing the venom of the (swiftly throttled) reptile with the nectar of an armored orchid, to compound an antidote. In the moments before a black paralysis claimed him completely, he injected himself by orchid-thorn, and instantly fell into a coma. Seventeen years later, something stirred in the spot where he had fallen, throwing off the years' accumulation of humus: Venomancer. Lesale the Herbalist no longer—but Lesale the Deathbringer. His mind was all but erased, and his flesh had been consumed and replaced by a new type of matter—one fusing the venom of the reptile with the poisonous integument of the orchid. Jidi's Acid Jungles knew a new master, one before whom even the most vicious predators soon learned to bow or burrow for their lives. The lurid isle proved too confining, and some human hunger deep in the heart of the Venomancer drove Lesale out in search of new poisons—and new deaths to bring.
Voice: Dave Fennoy (Responses)


Venomous Gale
Partially blocked by Magic Immunity. Not blocked by Linken's Sphere. Cannot be purged. Play
Venomous Gale icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
Target Point Enemies Magical
Launches a ball of venom in a line, poisoning enemy units so that they take both initial damage and damage over time, as well as suffering slowed movement. Venomous Gale deals damage every 3 seconds over its duration.
Range: 800
Radius: 125
Duration: 15
Strike Damage: 25/50/75/100
Periodic Damage: 0/30/60/90
Periodic Damage Interval: 3
Cooldown 22 Mana 125
Partially blocked by Magic Immunity. Becoming magic immune while under its effects blocks damage but does not remove the movement slow debuff. Otherwise fully blocked.
A concoction of various stings, poisons, and toxins gathered from the jungles of Jidi Isle, victims surviving it are rare.


  • Units afflicted by Venomous Gale can be denied by their allies when their HP drops below 25% of their maximum health. This applies to Venomous Gale level 1 despite the lack of damage over time.
  • Slow starts at 50% and decreases as time passes.
  • Assuming normal hero magic resistance 25% total damage dealt is 19/150/281/413.
  • Can be lethal. (Damage from Venomous Gale can kill enemies)
  • Can hit invisible units.

Poison Sting
Partially blocked by Magic Immunity. Cannot be purged. Can be used by illusions.
Poison Sting icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
Passive Enemies Magical
Adds poison damage to Venomancer's normal attacks, slowing movement speed.
Duration: 6/9/12/15
Damage Per Second: 5/10/15/20
Movement Speed Slow: 11%/12%/13%/14%
Partially blocked by Magic Immunity. Slow still takes effect.
The paralytic sting of the creature which caused his transformation now belongs to the Venomancer.


  • Poison Sting damage can be lethal. (Damage from Poison Sting can kill enemies)
  • Assuming normal hero magic resistance 25% deals a total of 23/68/135/225 damage.
  • This ability does not allow for heroes to be denied.
  • Movement slow debuff applies to magic immune (non-mechanical) units.
  • Poison Sting damage doesn't cancel healing or disable Blink Dagger.
  • Poison Sting applied by illusions will only apply the slow, even though the damage numbers appear.
Plague Ward
Venomancer Plague Ward.png
Duration 40
Hit Points 75/200/325/450
Damage 9-11/17-21/26-32/34-42 (Piercing damage)
Armor 0
Movement Speed 0
Sight Range 1200/800
Attack Range 600
Missile Speed 1900
Attack Duration 0.3+
Base Attack Time 1.5
Bounty 14-17
Experience 20/25/30/35

Plague Ward
Plague Ward icon.png
Ability Affects
Target Point Enemies
Summons a plague ward to attack enemy units and structures. The ward is immune to magic.
Cast Range: 850
Ward Duration: 40
Ward Health: 75/200/325/450
Ward Damage: 10/19/29/38
Cooldown 5 Mana 20
A mixture of his old herbalist talents and newfound toxic mastery creates a living embodiment of plague.


  • Wards have Poison Sting icon.png Poison Sting for 50% of the damage at the current skilled level (When both Venomancer and a Plague Ward affect a target, only the highest dps is applied).
  • Enemy lane creeps and Towers will target Plague Wards at a lower priority than Heroes or creeps.
  • Some pathways can be completely blocked off by one or more Plague Wards.
  • Plague Wards give 1200 vision during the day, and 800 vision at night.
  • A Plague Ward will target and auto attack the closest enemy unit/structure within its attack range after it has been spawned.
  • The Wards are unaffected by Cleave.
  • The Wards are magic immune and the duration of an enemy ward can be determined by selecting the ward and checking the remaining duration of the magic immunity buff.

Poison Nova
Partially blocked by Magic Immunity. Not blocked by Linken's Sphere. Cannot be purged. Play
Poison Nova icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
No Target Enemies Magical
A spreading ring of poison that does damage over time to enemy units around Venomancer. Poison Nova's effect cannot bring units below 1 HP.
Radius: 830
Duration: 12/14/15 (14/15/16*)
Damage Per Second: 36/58/81 (58/81/108*)
Cooldown 140/120/100 (140/120/60*) Mana 200/300/400
Partially blocked by Magic Immunity. Becoming magic immune while under its effects blocks damage but does not remove the debuff. Otherwise fully blocked.
Can be Improved by Aghanim's Scepter (* shows the improved values). Increases damage and duration, and decreases cooldown.
In the Acid Jungles, creatures releasing noxious poison to their attackers is common; Venomancer spreads this plague beyond the Jidi Isle.


  • Assuming normal hero 25% magic resistance deals a total of 324/609/911 (609/911/1296*) damage.
  • Cannot deal lethal damage (target will be left with 1 HP).
  • Can hit invisible units.

Recommended items[edit]

Starting items:

  • Ring of Protection gives you some armor while laning, and will be turned into a Ring of Basilius.
  • Tango and Healing Salve allow you to stay in lane longer without going back to the fountain.
  • Slippers of Agility give you some Agility, which is your main attribute.
  • One Clarity is needed because you are quite mana dependent, and you need some mana regeneration before getting other items to cover this weakness.

Early game:

  • Magic Stick provides good regeneration, especially if you're laning against opponents who keep casting their abilities.
  • Boots of Speed grant more movement speed.
  • Ring of Aquila solves most of your problems in the early game. It gives mana regeneration, which is very needed, good attributes and some armor. All of this can also make pushing a bit easier.

Core items:

  • Magic Wand gives attributes and regeneration: it's always handy to have this item for emergencies.
  • Power Treads allow you to gain extra mana for a spell if switched to Intelligence (a boon in early-game) and allow for more durability in Strength mode or more damage in Agility, meaning that for Venomancer they are very useful in all three iterations.
  • Aghanim's Scepter greatly increases the killing potential of your ultimate: it will deal 1728 non-lethal damage without counting magic resistance, making it perfect for initiations while assisted by teammates.

Situational items:

  • Veil of Discord provides attributes for Venomancer as well as the item's active: Magic Weakness, which increases Venomancer's Venomous Gale and Poison Nova's damage over time. Though not as useful as Aghanim's Sceptre regarding Poison Nova, Veil can serve as a cheaper alternative if the player suffers from poor farm, on the other hand, however, a well-farmed player with Aghanim's Sceptre can invest on a Veil for potentially more damage over time. Having a veil can also be a valuable asset for your teammates.
  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity will give a lot of mana regeneration, some movement speed and some Intelligence. A very useful item if you want to place Plague Wards without worrying about running out of mana. It also makes positioning easier by disabling an opponent for some seconds.
  • Blink Dagger is the best choice if you are your team's main initiator. Use it to position yourself before casting your Poison Nova and/or your Venomous Gale.
  • Shadow Blade gives more damage, more attack speed and a reliable escape mechanism. You can also use its ability to sneak close to the opponents and cast your ultimate.
  • Butterfly grants really good attributes and good evasion, making it a very expensive but useful item both offensively and defensively.
  • Orchid Malevolence will probably solve all of your mana problems. Apart from that, it gives more damage and more attack speed, as well as a silence which is useful both if playing as a semi-carry or if playing as a support.
  • Manta Style is especially good if you've played aggressively and got a lot of kills: more attributes, more movement speed and an ability that allows you to create illusions are what you need if you had a good start and already have some other items that increase your damage.


  • It's usually better to wait a few levels (9-10) before getting your ult. Normally you don't have the mana pool to support all your spells until around then anyway.
  • Plague Wards deal weak damage in sparse numbers, but their power becomes significant when massed.
  • There is a temptation upon being killed to use Poison Nova out of spite. Resist this urge; as it is intended for initiation purposes and its cooldown, unless you have a Scepter at the ability's 3rd level, is not negligible.
  • Disabling or positioning items like Eul's Scepter of Divinity, Orchid Malevolence, Force Staff, Blink Dagger or Shadow Blade are very wise to build on Venomancer, as his frailty and lack of easily-used escape mechanisms are his Achilles' heel.
  • Use Plague Wards constantly in order to provide vision of your neighboring area, especially when across the river and inside enemy territory.
  • Early game, if you use Plague Wards during your laning phase, try to deny them or they will provide a gold bounty for enemy heroes.
  • Remember that you can control your Plague Wards as immoveable units. This can be useful if you want to change attack targets, stop a Plague Ward's auto attack or deny friendly creeps, and even the Aegis of the Immortal.
  • Keep Venomous Gale off cooldown during pushes, as its cooldown is quite long and you may need it at any time.
  • When chasing an enemy, constantly put Plague Wards ahead of them to maintain sight.
  • Note that the Valve recommended items are not for playing a support style Venomancer. To play support, starting items should include Observer Wards or Courier (or both), early game should be Observer Wards/Sentry Wards and Boots of Speed, and core should be Phase Boots/Power Treads/Arcane Boots, and Mekansm. Everything else listed would be luxury.
  • Buying an Orb of Venom is a cheap way to increase your slowing potential in the early game, as it stacks with Poison Sting, also applying good DOT for better harassment. This can later be upgraded to the Eye of Skadi, massively increasing the slow and providing additional attributes for Venomancer.


  • Venomancer's name, Lesale, may be a reference to "Le Sale", which is French for "The Dirty" or "The Nasty".
  • In Warcraft DotA, Venomancer's hero model was a hydralisk. Hydralisks are a type of alien combat unit in the RTS game Starcraft, which was also made by Blizzard. Hydralisks are a very common and well-known image in Blizzard games.


Update history[edit]

November 21, 2013 Patch

July 18, 2013 Patch

January 03, 2013 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added animations for Beastmaster Beastmaster, Undying Undying, and Venomancer Venomancer relating to their loadout stance.

November 08, 2012 Patch

October 25, 2012 Patch

September 13, 2012 Patch

June 14, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed Aghanim's Scepter not upgrading Poison Nova duration.

March 22, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed being able to dispell Venomous Gale, Poison Sting and Poison Nova.

February 16, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added injured animations for Venomancer.
  • [Undocumented] Added chase animations for Venomancer.

January 12, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed Plague Ward collision size.

September 23, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed how Venomancer's Poison Sting refreshes on attack.

September 09, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed Venomancer's Poison Sting from doing extra damage each attack on buff refresh.

August 06, 2011 Patch

  • Veno wards and Shadow shaman wards all use the smaller hull size. This should prevent them from blocking narrow paths.

August 03, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed Shadow Shaman's wards and Venomancer's Wards not being able to attack Roshan.

July 16, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed a bug where Veno's venomous gale wasn't visible.

July 08, 2011 Patch

  • Venomous gale travels at 1200 speed and provides 800 vision.
  • Poison sting does it's damage at the begining of the interval instead of the end.
  • Adding a fake modifier for poison sting to be used by illusions.
  • Poison Nova no longer hits units in the fog
  • The Nova starts with a radius of 255 and expands out over 1.15s to a radius of 830. Before it started at a radius of 0.
  • Nova Does an extra tick of damage when the effect is applied to enemies

July 01, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed Venomous Gale hitting invisible units.
  • Fixed Poison Nova hitting invisible units.

May 26, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed Poison Sting vs mechanical units.
  • Fixed Poison Sting from illusions.

April 09, 2011 Patch

  • Added Venomancer Venomancer.

Balance changelog[edit]


  • Base damage reduced by 5.
  • Base HP regen reduced from 0.75 to the default 0.25.


  • Plague Ward icon.png Plague Ward night vision reduced from 1200 to 800.
  • Base movement speed reduced from 290 to 285.


  • Poison Nova icon.png Poison Nova no longer ignores invis/fogged units.
  • Venomous Gale icon.png Venomous Gale
    • No longer ignores invis units.
    • Damage over time rebalanced from 15/30/45/60 to 0/30/60/90 .
  • Poison Sting icon.png Poison Sting:
    • Duration increased from 6/8/10/12 to 6/9/12/15.
    • Damage no longer dispels healing or disables dagger .
  • Plague Ward icon.png Plague Ward:
    • Wards now have Poison Sting icon.png Poison Sting for 50% of the damage at the current skilled level (When both Venomancer and a Plague Ward affect a target, only the highest dps is applied).
    • XP bounty increased from 12/12/25/25 to 20/25/30/35.


  • Poison Sting icon.png Poison Sting duration increased from 6/7/8/9 to 6/8/10/12.


  • Venomous Gale icon.png Venomous Gale
    • Manacost rescaled from 90/105/120/135 to 125.
    • Initial damage rescaled from 50/70/70/100 to 25/50/75/100.
    • Damage per tick increased from 10/20/40/50 to 15/30/45/60.
  • Poison Sting icon.png Poison Sting duration rescaled from 7 to 6/7/8/9.



  • Base HP regeneration increased from 0.25 to 0.75.





  • Reworked Shadow Strike
    • Old Shadow Strike:
      • Decay Damage 10/20/40/50. Initial Damage: 50/70/70/100. Movement Modifier: 50%. Decay Power: 3. Interval: 3. Duration: 15. Cast Range: 400. Cooldown: 22. Mana cost: 90/105/120/135.
    • Venomous Gale icon.png Venomous Gale:
      • Releases a Venomous Gale which poisons enemy units it comes in contact with. Units that are hit by it get a slow/dps like his previous shadow strike
      • AoE: 125. Cast Range/Distance: 800. Cooldown: 22. Mana cost: 90/105/120/135.
  • Improved Plague Ward icon.png Plague Ward cast range and vision radius
  • Poison Sting icon.png Poison Sting is now lethal


  • Plague Wards now give less gold and cost slightly less mana


  • Venomancer's attackrange from 490 to 450


  • Balance tweaks done to the following heroes (Don't panic, these are mostly VERY minor, but you guys like to know, so here):
    • Broodmother, Sven, SA, Enigma, Ursa, Tinker, Tiny, Sniper, Troll, Rhasta, Bristleback, Dragon Knight, Venomancer, Viper, Spiritbreaker, Bounty Hunter, Jugg, VS, Zeus, Weaver, Tide Hunter, Enchantress and Silencer.


  • Poison sting duration decreased from 3 to 2


  • Tweaked poison nova, same overall damage, but over 12 seconds instead of 7.


  • Recoded Poison Nova to multiinstance, so refresher allowed again


  • Poison nova range decreased

Replaced Abilities[edit]

Shadow Strike
Blocked by Linken's Sphere.
Unknown icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
Target Unit Enemies Magical
Hurls a poisoned dagger which deals large initial damage, and then deals damage over time. The poisoned unit has its movement speed slowed for 15 seconds. An instance of damage is dealt every 3 seconds.
Range: 400
Duration: 15.1
Strike Damage: 50/70/70/100
Periodic Damage: 10/20/40/50
Periodic Damage Interval: 3
Cooldown 22 Mana 90/105/120/135


  • Slow starts at 50% and decreases as time passes.
  • Total damage dealt is 100/170/270/350.


See also[edit]