Ancient Apparition/Counters

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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Blink (Anti-Mage) icon.png Blink enables Anti-Mage to escape from Cold Feet with ease, and be only mildly hindered by Ice Vortex.
  • Spell Shield icon.png Spell Shield minimizes the damage Anti-Mage takes from all of Ancient Apparition's skills.
  • Mana Break icon.png Mana Break and thus Mana Void icon.png Mana Void deal a lot of damage to Ancient Apparition as he tends to have a high mana pool.
  • Anti-Mage tends to build a Manta Style icon.png Manta Style, which allows to him to purge off Cold Feet.
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  • False Promise icon.png 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 icon.png Purifying Flames because of delayed effect.
  • Fate's Edict icon.png Fate's Edict is good against all Ancient Apparition's spells in all stages of the game.
  • Fortune's End icon.png Fortune's End can purge off Cold Feet from allies and Chilling Touch from enemies.
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  • Icarus Dive icon.png Icarus Dive helps Phoenix to escape from Cold Feet.
  • Fire Spirits icon.png Fire Spirits stacks with Chilling Touch, making AA teammates attacks very slow.
  • Supernova icon.png Supernova can save Phoenix from Ice Blast
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  • Sunder icon.png Sunder allows Terrorblade (or an ally) to regain HP whilst affected by Ice Blast.
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  • Corrosive Skin icon.png Corrosive Skin the magic resistance helps viper to stay alive in iceblast.Also damages you and slows you.Overall it is good combination of offensive and defensive skill for viper to have.
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  • Time Lapse icon.png 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 icon.png Shukuchi completely ignores the slow from Ice Vortex, and should help him escape the freeze range of Cold Feet.


  • Silences are very effective against Ancient Apparition, making the Apparition bad against picks like Silencer minimap icon.png Silencer, Drow Ranger minimap icon.png Drow Ranger and others.
  • Since he is fragile, has no mobility and is vulnerable to silences, Riki minimap icon.png Riki might be the greatest threat to the Apparition, as he has an AoE silence, good damage output and a psedo-blink.


  • Orchid Malevolence icon.png Orchid Malevolence might be the only real item that counters Ancient Apparition.
  • Pipe of Insight icon.png Pipe of Insight and Glimmer Cape icon.png Glimmer Cape both do wonders to reduce the Apparition's damage output. Both can also save an ally that's about to shatter from Ice Blast.
  • 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 icon.png Chemical Rage, which Alchemist greatly relies on in battle
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  • Shallow Grave icon.png 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 icon.png Shadow Wave from healing them.
  • Weave icon.png 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 icon.png Spirit Siphon and Exorcism icon.png Exorcism.
  • Ice Vortex lowers her magic resistance and her kiting(keeping away) potential.
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  • Ice Blast prevents Huskar from healing and 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.
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  • Ice Blast negates lifesteal, making Lifestealer's signature ability useless


  • 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, Wraith King minimap icon.png Wraith King 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 reduced when hit by an Ice Blast due to the risk of shattering, standing in a tricky situation. Actually, all Heroes will have.
  • 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 items that grant high health regen, such as Tranquil Boots, Bloodstone and Heart of Tarrasque.
  • Ice Blast's damage per second also disable 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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  • Chilling Touch applies to Meepo clones, granting a considerable amount of bonus magical damage.
  • Successive casts of Earthbind icon.png 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 icon.png Stifling Dagger.
  • The slow from the dagger can also help Cold Feet to proc from a long distance.
  • The attack speed bonus from Phantom Strike icon.png Blink Strike will help you make the most out of Chilling Touch.
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Shadow Demon
  • You can almost always ensure a stun by casting Cold Feet followed by Disruption icon.png Disruption.
  • Shadow Poison icon.png Shadow Poison is magic damage, which is amplified by Ice Vortex, which in turn stacks with Shadow Demon's own amplify damage, Soul Catcher icon.png Soul Catcher. These spells, paired with the Cold Feet + Disruption icon.png Disruption combination, make for an extremely powerful and reliable ganking duo.
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  • Slark and Ancient Apparition make for a nearly unlosable lane. The 3.5 seconds of being tethered by Pounce icon.png Pounce at all levels are the perfect setup for your Cold Feet. Later on it will also help you land your Ice Blast with ease.
  • While locked in place by Pounce icon.png Pounce, both heroes have enough time to hit an enemy for all three hits of Chilling Touch, which is often enough to secure first blood as early as on level 1.
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  • Chilling Touch and Overpower icon.png Overpower last for the same number of hits, allowing Ursa to quickly deal more damage. The attack speed boost on Ursa also negotiates the slow from Ancient Apparition.



  • 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.