Ancient Apparition/Counters

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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Anti-Mage can Blink from Cold Feet and tends to build a Manta Style icon.png Manta Style to dispel it.
  • Spell Shield minimizes the damage Anti-Mage takes from all of Ancient Apparition's skills.
  • Mana Break and thus Mana Void deal a lot of damage to high mana pool Ancient Apparition.
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  • Primal Split makes Brewmaster invulnerable for the duration, rendering effects of Cold Feet and Ice Blast useless.
  • Dispel Magic can dispel Cold Feet from allies and Chilling Touch from enemies.
  • Brewmaster can easily run Ancient Apparition down with slow from Thunder Clap and Drunken Haze.
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  • False Promise can dispel stun from Cold Feet and can save an ally that's about to shatter and even allows to heal with Purifying Flames because of delayed effect.
  • Fate's Edict is good against all Ancient Apparition's spells in all stages of the game.
  • Fortune's End can dispel Cold Feet from allies and Chilling Touch from enemies.
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Phantom Lancer
  • Phantom Lancer can dispel or escape from Cold Feet with Doppelganger and Phantom Rush.
  • Ancient Apparition has trouble dealing with Phantom Lancer illusions.
  • Ancient Apparition has no escape/mobility mechanisms, making him an easy target for Phantom Lancer in any stage of the game.
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  • Sunder allows Terrorblade (or an ally) to regain HP whilst affected by Ice Blast.
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  • Corrosive Skin minimizes the damage Viper takes from all of Ancient Apparition's skills.
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  • Time Lapse allows Weaver (or ally if upgraded with Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter) to regain HP whilst affected by Ice Blast.
  • Shukuchi completely ignores the slow from Ice Vortex, and helps him escape the freeze range of Cold Feet.


  • Ancient Apparition has no escape or reliable control and is very fragile, which makes him the easiest hero to kill for anyone who can get on top of him, like Phantom Assassin minimap icon.png Phantom Assassin or Clinkz minimap icon.png Clinkz.


  • Cloak icon.png Cloak and its upgrades reduce damage from all of Ancient Apparition's spells.
  • Hood of Defiance icon.png Hood of Defiance and Pipe of Insight icon.png Pipe of Insight both can save from Ice Blast damage with the barrier.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar prevents all damage from the Apparition's spells. The only thing it doesn't stop is the frostbitten debuff.

Good against...[edit]

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  • Ice Blast nullifies the health regeneration granted by Chemical Rage, which Alchemist greatly relies on in battle to stay alive.
  • Alchemist tends to build Armlet of Mordiggian (Inactive) icon.png Armlet of Mordiggian which can be deadly during Ice Blast.
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  • Shallow Grave prevents Ice Blast's shatter for up to 5 seconds, but can mostly only delay it as Ice Blast lasts 10 seconds (17 seconds with Aghanim's Scepter) and prevents Shadow Wave from healing them.
  • Weave doesn't protect the team from Ancient Apparition's damage which is magical only.
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Death Prophet
  • Ice Blast prevents Death Prophet from gaining health from Spirit Siphon and Exorcism.
  • Ice Vortex lowers her magic resistance and her kiting(keeping away) potential.
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  • Ice Blast prevents Huskar from healing with Inner Vitalityand negates any lifesteal, making him significantly weaker in battle.
  • Ice Blast instantly kills Huskar if he falls below a certain health threshold.
  • Ice Vortex helps to lower Huskar's high magic resistance.
  • Burning Spear and Life Break cost Huskar his own health, killing him under the effects from Ice Blast.


  • Ice Blast negates all regeneration, healing and lifesteal, making some heroes and heal-strats risky.
  • Heroes like Slark minimap icon.png Slark, Witch Doctor minimap icon.png Witch Doctor and others also tend to suffer in Ice Blast's heal deny.
  • Heroes that withstand damage like Timbersaw minimap icon.png Timbersaw, Bristleback minimap icon.png Bristleback, Dragon Knight minimap icon.png Dragon Knight and others will have their durability largely reduced when hit by an Ice Blast due to the risk of shattering.
  • Ice Blast does not debuff illusions, so it can be used to detect the real hero out of his illusions, since the real hero gets debuffed, while the illusions do not. This does not work against Meepo however, since the clones and the main Meepo are debuffed.


  • Ice Blast's ability to nullify health regeneration makes it effective against health regeneration items likeTranquil Boots (Active) icon.png Tranquil Boots, Heart of Tarrasque icon.png Heart of Tarrasque, Urn of Shadows icon.png Urn of Shadows/Spirit Vessel icon.png Spirit Vessel, Mekansm icon.png Mekansm and Guardian Greaves icon.png Guardian Greaves etc.
  • Ice Blast's damage per second also disables items like Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger.
  • Ice Blast is devastating against Armlet of Mordiggian (Inactive) icon.png Armlet of Mordiggian as users cannot activate it to gain HP and toggling it off can result in health immediately dropping below shatter threshold. However, keeping the Armlet toggled on is dangerous as the damage over time from the Armlet can bring a hero down to shatter threshold.

Works well with...[edit]

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Faceless Void
  • Chronosphere is perfect setup for Ice Blast and can be followed by Cold Feet to stun enemies for an additional amount of time.
  • Time Dilation and Time Lock both help Cold Feet for a successful stun on enemies.
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  • Chilling Touch applies to Meepo clones, granting a considerable amount of bonus magical damage.
  • Successive casts of Earthbind lock the enemy in place long enough for both Cold Feet and Ice Blast to hit.
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Phantom Assassin
  • The effects of Chilling Touch apply to Phantom Assassin's Stifling Dagger.
  • The slow from the dagger can also help Cold Feet to proc from a long distance.
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Shadow Demon
  • You can almost always ensure a stun by casting Cold Feet followed by Disruption.
  • Ice Vortex stacks with Soul Catcher to amplify damage output of allies, especially magical damage.
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  • Pounce is perfect setup for Cold Feet and Ice Blast.
  • Essence Shift may bring enemies closer to the threshold for Ice Blast.
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  • Chilling Touch and Overpower last for the same number of hits, allowing Ursa to quickly deal much more damage.



  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity is usually the Apparition's item of choice to set up Cold Feet. Don't forget to place an Ice Vortex below the target!
  • Rod of Atos icon.png Rod of Atos can serve the same purpose as Eul's, but doesn't provide you with any mobility.
  • Dagon 1 icon.png Dagon can help burst enemies that are Frostbitten and under the effect of an Ice Vortex.
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