Ancient Apparition/Counters

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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Anti-Mage can Blink (Anti-Mage) icon.png Blink from Cold Feet and tends to build a Manta Style icon.png Manta Style to dispel it.
  • 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 high mana pool Ancient Apparition.
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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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Phantom Lancer
  • Phantom Lancer can dispel or escape from Cold Feet with Doppelganger icon.png Doppelganger and Phantom Rush icon.png Phantom Rush.
  • Ancient Apparition have a troubles to deal 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 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 minimizes the damage Viper takes from all of Ancient Apparition's skills.
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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 Silencer, Drow Ranger Drow Ranger and others.
  • Since he is fragile, has no mobility and is vulnerable to silences, Riki 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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  • Ice Blast prevents all of Chen's heals.
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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.


  • Ice Blast negates all regeneration, healing and lifesteal, making some heroes and heal-strats risky.
  • Heroes like Slark Slark, Witch Doctor Witch Doctor and others also tend to suffer in Ice Blast's heal deny.
  • Heroes that withstand damage like Timbersaw Timbersaw, Bristleback Bristleback, Dragon Knight 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 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.
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Shadow Demon
  • You can almost always ensure a stun by casting Cold Feet followed by Disruption icon.png Disruption.
  • Ice Vortex stacks with Soul Catcher icon.png Soul Catcher and both has only magical damage.
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  • Pounce icon.png Pounce is perfect setup for Cold Feet and Ice Blast.
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  • Chilling Touch and Overpower icon.png 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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