Wraith King

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Wraith King
Wraith King.png
Strength primary attribute symbol.png
22 + 2.9
Agility attribute symbol.png
18 + 1.7
Intelligence attribute symbol.png
18 + 1.6
Level Base 1 15 25
Health 200 640 1440 2020
H. Regen 0.25 0.91 2.13 3
Mana 50 266 530 722
M. Regen 0.01 0.73 1.63 2.27
Damage 39‒41 61‒63 101‒103 130‒132
Armor 0 2.57 5.97 8.4
Spell Dmg 0% 1.13% 2.53% 3.53%
Att / Sec 0.58 0.69 0.82 0.92
Movement Speed 300
Turn Rate 0.4
Vision Range 1800/800
Attack Range 150
Projectile Speed Instant
Attack Animation 0.56+0.44
Base Attack Time 1.7
Magic resistance 25%
Collision Size 24
Legs 2

Ostarion, the Wraith King, is a melee strength hero, as well as a carry and tank, capable of both dealing and taking plenty of damage. His infamous Reincarnation allows the Wraith King to rise again after death, acting like an Aegis of the Immortal, making him especially difficult to kill. But if left alive, the Wraith King can wreak havoc upon his enemies; his Wraithfire Blast provides reliable damage and a stun on a short cooldown, Vampiric Aura grants his team sizeable lifesteal, and Mortal Strike helps make short work of foes.

Bio[edit | edit source]

Wraith King Ostarion, the Wraith King
Play "Purer than flesh, stronger than bone, imperishable is the essence of the wraith."
Role: Carry Carry / Support Support / Durable Durable / Disabler Disabler / Initiator Initiator
Lore: For untold years, King Ostarion built a kingdom from the remains of his enemies. It was an obsessive's errand, done to pass the long eternities of a monarchy that seemed fated never to end. He believed that as long as he built up the towers of his palace, he could not die. But eventually he learned that he had been deluded... that bone itself could perish. Deeply mistrustful of flesh, he sought a more permanent way of extending his reign, and at last settled on pursuit of wraith energy, a form of pure spirit given off by certain dark souls at death. Should he infuse himself with Wraith Essence, he thought he might create a body as luminous and eternal as his ego. On the millennial solstice known as Wraith-Night, he submitted to a rite of transformation, compelling his subjects to harvest enough souls to fuel his ambition for immortality. No one knows how many of his champions died, for the only survivor who mattered was the Wraith King who rose with the sun on the following morn. Now he rarely spends a moment on his glowing throne--but strides out with sword drawn, demanding a fealty that extends far beyond death.
Voice: Dave Fennoy (Responses)

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Wraithfire Blast
Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Does not pierce spell immunity. Play
Wraithfire Blast icon.png
Target Unit
Wraith King sears an enemy unit with spectral fire, dealing damage and stunning, then dealing damage over time and slowing the target.
Cast Animation: 0.35+0.5
Cast Range: 525
Base Damage: 50/100/150/200
Damage over Time: 20/35/50/65 (Talent 70/85/100/115)
Move Speed Slow: 20%
Slow Duration: 2
Stun Duration: 2
Cooldown symbol.png 8
Mana symbol.png 140
Does not pierce spell immunity. Slow persists and attempts to damage if debuff was placed before spell immunity and when not dispelled.
Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Blocked upon impact.
Debuff Hellfire Blast: Dispellable with any dispel.
Debuff Stunned: Dispellable with strong dispels.
Ostarion calls on his damned lineage, laying waste to his opponents.


  • Wraithfire Blast travels at a speed of 1000 and can be disjointed.
  • The stun and slow are applied at the same time, so overall, the slow lasts for 4 seconds.
  • Deals the base damage instantly upon hitting, and the damage over time in 1 second intervals, starting immediately after the stun.

Vampiric Aura
Can be used by illusions. Disabled by Break. Pierces spell immunity.
Vampiric Aura icon.png
Toggle / Aura
Nearby friendly units restore health based on the damage they deal when attacking enemy units.
Radius: 900
Lifesteal: 15%/20%/25%/30% (Talent 35%/40%/45%/50%)
Cooldown symbol.png 0
Can be used by illusions. Illusions always spawn with the aura toggled off, so they always bestow it for nearby creeps.
Buff Vampiric Aura Buff: Undispellable.
Wraith King's blade drains his enemy's essence to feed his aura.


  • Can be toggled on to make it only affect heroes. Treats creep-heroes as heroes.
  • The toggling of Vampiric Aura is not registered as a spell cast and thus does not proc any on-cast effects.
  • The aura's buff lingers for 0.5 seconds.
  • The lifesteal particle effects do not appear when Wraith King is not visible to the enemy.

Mortal Strike
Not a Unique Attack Modifier. Can be used by illusions. Disabled by Break. Pierces spell immunity. Play
Mortal Strike icon.png
Wraith King passively gains a chance to deal bonus damage on an attack.
Proc Chance: 15%
Hero Critical Damage: 150%/200%/250%/300%
Non-Hero Critical Damage: 200%/300%/400%/500%
Can be used by illusions. Red critical numbers are before illusion and armor reduction.
One blow to crush a foe.


  • Increases attack damage by an average of 7.5%/15%/22.5%/30% against heroes and 15%/30%/45%/60% against creeps.
  • The proc chances of multiple crit sources stack.
    • If two sources of critical strike proc at the same time, the higher multiplier has priority.
  • Unlike other critical strikes, this one also works against wards.
  • The sound and particles play upon start of the attack, not when the attack lands.

Reincarnation icon.png
(Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. Aura)
(Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. Allied Heroes)
Wraith King's form regroups after death, allowing him to resurrect when killed in battle. Upon death, enemy units in a 900 radius will be slowed.
Slow Radius: 900
Effect Delay: 3
Move Speed Slow: 75%
Attack Speed Slow: 75
Slow Duration: 5
Wraith Delay Radius: 0 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 1200)
Wraith Delay Duration: 0 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 7)
Cooldown symbol.png 240/140/40
Mana symbol.png 160 (Talent 0)
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. If a nearby allied hero is slain, they will be transformed into a wraith and have their death delayed for 7 seconds.
Partially pierces spell immunity. The slow does not affect spell immune enemies. Slow persists if debuff was placed before spell immunity and when not dispelled.
Wraith Delay aura affects spell immune allies.
Buff Reincarnation: Undispellable.
Buff Reincarnation Scepter: Undispellable.
Buff Reincarnation Scepter Active: Undispellable.
Debuff Reincarnate Slow: Dispellable with any dispel.
Conspirators against the Wraith King wonder why he never stays dead.


  • Reincarnation cannot be prevented in any way as long as Wraith King has enough mana and the ability is off cooldown.
  • Revives with full health and mana. Spells and items are not refreshed.
  • Provides 1800/800 ground vision at the death location during its delay.
  • If Wraith King has an Aegis of the Immortal icon.png Aegis of the Immortal, Reincarnation triggers first, considering it is off cooldown and Wraith King has sufficient mana.
  • The slow is applied only once at the beginning of the revival, not at the end.
  • The aura affects allied heroes exclusively including Wraith King himself. It does not affect illusions or creep-heroes.
  • Wraith Delay does not affect invulnerable or hidden heroes, so they die without getting into Wraith form when killed.
  • An ally enters Wraith form when their health reaches 1, unless they are affected by Shallow Grave icon.png Shallow Grave​ or have Reincarnation or Aegis of the Immortal ready.
    • Units in Wraith form are kept alive with the Pre-Heal mechanic, which prevents the heroes' health from dropping below 1 without directly reducing incoming damage.
    • When an ally suicides with Bloodstone icon.png Bloodstone, it does not enter Wraith form. However, an ally in Wraith form cannot suicide with it.
    • When Meepo icon.png Meepo​ or one of his clones gets killed outside of the aura's range while 1 of them is within range, he does not enter Wraith form either.
    • However, when a Meepo clone dies within the aura's range, that Meepo enters Wraith form, delaying the death.
    • Multiple Meepoes can be in Wraith form at the same time. When the one who entered it first expires, or another Meepo gets killed outside the aura's range, Meepo dies.
    • An allied Tempest Double icon.png Tempest Double​ can enter Wraith form as well, if its health reaches 1 before it expires.
    • A Tempest Double does not enter Wraith form if its duration timer reaches 0. It simply vanishes, regardless of being affected by the Wraith Delay aura or not.
    • A Tempest Double, that has already entered Wraith form, still vanishes when its duration timer reaches 0. Its duration is not extended.
  • Wraith Delay grants the affected heroes unobstructed movement, allowing them to move through units and trees and over cliffs.
  • Allies in Wraith form can act freely like regular heroes, but are also still affected by everything like a regular hero, except that they cannot die during it by any means.
    • This means they can still be attacked and targeted by spells regularly, making it possible to disable them.
    • It also means that, upon entering Wraith form, all buffs and debuffs affecting the hero persist through it. They are not dispelled.
  • When the Wraith duration ends, the hero dies. The kill is credited to whoever put the hero in Wraith form.
  • Once in Wraith form, the hero cannot be saved by any means. It will die once the duration is over, even while invulnerable or under the effect of e.g. Shallow Grave.
    • If the hero gains reincarnation during Wraith form, it still triggers regularly and reincarnates the hero.
  • Wraith form causes the hero's model size to increase by 25% for its duration. This has no impact on its collision size.
  • Unlike other auras, the Wraith Delay aura is bestowed to nearby allies while Wraith King is dead.

Talents[edit | edit source]

Hero Talents
+20% Vampiric Aura icon.png Vampiric Aura​ Lifesteal 25 No Reincarnation icon.png Reincarnation​ Mana Cost
+20 Strength attribute symbol.png Strength 20 +40 Attack Speed
+50 Wraithfire Blast icon.png Wraithfire Blast​ DPS 15 +15 Movement Speed
+10 Intelligence attribute symbol.png Intelligence 10 +15 Damage
  • The attack damage is added as bonus attack damage, and therefore does not benefit illusions.
  • Upgrading health increases maximum health capacity and keeps the current health percentage.

Recommended items[edit | edit source]

Starting items:

  • Healing Salve icon.png Healing Salve and Tango icon.png Tango help Wraith King sustain his health against lane harassment.
  • Clarity icon.png Clarity gives Ostarion more opportunities to set up kills early on with Wraithfire Blast.
  • Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branches give Wraith King enough mana pool to cast Wraithfire Blast two times at level 1.
  • Quelling Blade icon.png 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 which makes you clean camps and creep waves faster. Increases the effectiveness of Vampiric Aura when attacking creeps. It can be used to cut trees and move faster from one camp to another while farming the jungle.

Early-game items:

  • Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick can sometimes be the difference between a death and a kill. Its active usually grants enough mana to sustain Reincarnation. It also combos with Armlet of Mordiggian (Inactive) icon.png Armlet of Mordiggian toggle, as one can deactivate, use magic stick, and reactivate buying enough time for it to provide the 500 bonus hp.
  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed provide an excellent boost of speed for any hero.

Core items:

  • Magic Wand icon.png 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 icon.png Power Treads provides attack speed which is one of Ostarion's main needs. Attribute switching also make his limited mana pool go much further if the treads are switched to intelligence before casting a spell. Due to Mortal Strike and his already high base damage it is better to leave treads in agility form to achieve maximum dps. One can use strength if tanking is essential or if last hitting is difficult.
  • Armlet of Mordiggian (Inactive) icon.png Armlet of Mordiggian is a very cost efficient item which provides lots of damage at cost of health degen, however Vampiric Aura easily negates the health drain effect making it Ostarion's main core item.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger solves another of Ostarion deficiency, mobility. It negates countering through kiting, helps with positioning, as well as moving across the maps quicker, thus increasing farm speed. Another possible trick is to instantly blink away after using Reincarnation icon.png Reincarnation​, as Reincarnation delay and Dagger cooldown are both 3 seconds.


  • Mask of Madness icon.png Mask of Madness gives massive attack and movement speed while debuff (silence and minus armor) doesn't hurts him at all. Lifesteal also stacks with his aura if he doesn't go for Desolator. Satanic icon.png Satanic can be a good choice if he decide to go for Divine Rapier icon.png Divine Rapier.
  • Desolator icon.png Desolator causes his 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. It also helps pushing towers.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar is a very situational item that you want to avoid. There are two situations, however, that it may be necessary: 1) Against heavy mana burn, which counters Reincarnation icon.png Reincarnation​. 2) Being heavily kited even after buying Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger. It is better to spend gold on items that give you more health and/or more damage, forcing the enemy team to spend their spells on you first, which creates space for your teammates during a teamfight.
  • Assault Cuirass icon.png Assault Cuirass increases his 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 Wraith King usually survives longer, the item's aura provides more impact. It has nice synergy with Desolator icon.png Desolator.
  • Mjollnir icon.png Mjollnir increases his attack speed and damage output and gives good active ability - Static Charge.
  • Abyssal Blade icon.png Abyssal Blade provides Ostarion a decent HP and some damage bonus, blocks 40 damage from incoming attacks and it also gives his attacks a chance to bash. On top of Wraithfire Blast another active stun which also pierces spell immunity provides immense control, which is very handy as he is easy to run away from.
  • Heart of Tarrasque icon.png Heart of Tarrasque gives Ostarion a great health, health regeneration, and attack damage boost, making him even harder to kill and harder to ignore. It also provides enough hp regen to compensate Armlet of Mordiggian (Inactive) icon.png Armlet of Mordiggian health drain.
  • Heaven's Halberd icon.png 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 icon.png Monkey King Bar increases Ostarion's attack damage, counters enemies with evasion abilities or items such as Butterfly icon.png Butterfly or Heaven's Halberd icon.png Heaven's Halberd, and provides him with a high chance to interrupt channeling spells when Wraithfire Blast is not an option.
  • Divine Rapier icon.png Divine Rapier is an excellent item for Ostarion to get due to it not dropping if 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.
  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter is a useful item if he is playing a support character, as it makes him able to elongate his teammate's lives, potentially getting more kills or other objectives. It also provides overall decent stats.
  • Moon Shard icon.png Moon Shard is able to be consumed, granting him more attack speed and allowing him an effectively higher chance to proc Mortal Strike.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Audio[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Prior to December 13th of 2013, Wraith King icon.png Ostarion, the Wraith King was known as Skeleton King icon.png Ostarion, the Skeleton King.
    • On December 10th of 2013, Skeleton King was removed from the game for "pressing ceremonial reasons". After the Wraith Night event, he returned as the Wraith King.
    • His model was completely reworked from the previous skeleton model to the current model. His color theme was changed from red to green and all his icons were changed accordingly.
    • He also got a new voice set, by the same voice actor who also voiced Skeleton King previously. Skeleton King's responses can be found here.
  • In DotA1, Wraith King's (who is still known as the Skeleton King in DotA1) name is Leoric. This is a reference to the Skeleton King of Diablo who is also named Leoric. In the transition to Dota 2, his name was changed to Ostarion to avoid copyright issues.
  • Copyright issues may also be a reason to why Skeleton King was remodeled and re-titled into Wraith King. Another likely factor for the remodeling was to solve many cosmetic item conflicts with the low-violence model which was made for the Perfect World client. A low-violence model was required for Skeleton King due to strict policies in China against the usage of skeletons in video games.
  • Wraith King's responses for buying Armlet of Mordiggian (Inactive) icon.png Armlet of Mordiggian Play "I NOW HAVE ALL THE SEXY", buying a Divine Rapier icon.png Divine Rapier Play "Oh, Rapier. NOW YOUR KING IS BALLING OUT OF CONTROL!" and his battle begin line Play "I'LL HELP MY WEAK AND PUNY ALLIES WHERE I CAN." are a reference to a popular DotA hero guide called "CAPS LOCK LEORIC".
  • In several responses, he refers to himself as the "Once and Future King", which is also a title for the legendary King Arthur.
  • One of Wraith King's lines is "We'll lead as three kings" when he activates an Rune icon Illusion.png Illusion Rune. This line has close reference to the song "City Hall" by Tenacious D with the line "We'll lead as two kings".

Gallery[edit | edit source]