Zet, the Arc Warden, is a ranged agility hero that requires micromanagement and farm to spiral out of control. In the early stages of the game, it is a very powerful nuker. Its first ability, Flux, allows Arc Warden to cripple an enemy down and deal large amounts of damage. It and other allied heroes or buildings can be protected from physical attacks with its second ability Magnetic Field, while gaining swift attack speed. Similar to Techies' Proximity Mines, Arc Warden's third ability, Spark Wraith, allows it to place wraiths that attack when an enemy goes near them, potentially dealing large amounts of magical damage. Finally, thanks to its ultimate, Tempest Double, which allows it to make a perfect copy of itself that can use all of Arc Warden's spells and item abilities, it can spam all of its other abilities and most items twice and easily take down fragile heroes in the early game, or keep itself or its team doubly sustained through certain buffing or healing items. This makes Arc Warden very powerful in both early and late game if given enough farm, from magical nuker to physical carry, or if the time calls it, a very potent support.
- If the target has allies or neutral creeps within a 225 radius, the spell temporarily stops slowing and damaging the target, until it is alone again.
- Checks for enemies and neutrals in 0.5 second intervals, beginning instantly upon cast. The slow updates based on the result of the checks.
- Also deals damage in the same intervals, based on the checks, dealing 7.5/15/22.5/30 damage, resulting in 13 possible instances.
- While Flux is muted, the particle effects on the target vanish, with only a red glow remaining on the unit, indicating the debuff is still there.
- Nearby buildings, wards and hidden units are ignored and do not mute the effects. Invulnerable units, however, are not ignored.
- Can deal up to 97.5/195/292.5/390 damage to the target if all instances are applied (before reductions).
- Multiple casts on the same target fully stack, with all instances working independently from each other.
- The effects are provided by an aura. Its buff lingers for 0.1 seconds.
- Does not evade attacks landing on allies when the source of the attack is within the field.
- The evasion effect of fields from Arc Warden and its
- This means when an ally is within the intersection of two fields, attacks are evaded unless their source is also within the intersection.
- Affects heroes (including illusions and clones), creep-heroes and buildings. All other units are completely unaffected.
- Does not affect invulnerable units, so buildings are only affected when attackable.
- The Spark Wraith travels at a speed of 400.
- Once the activation delay is over, it checks for enemies (including neutral creeps) in 0.2 second intervals and launches towards the first registered enemy.
- If multiple enemies are within range after the delay, the closest enemy is targeted.
- Deals damage based on the level upon cast of the ability. Leveling up Spark Wraith does not update the damage of already placed Spark Wraiths.
- The wraith first applies the damage, then the debuff.
- The Spark Wraith is fully visible to the enemy.
- Fully affects invisible units. Can target units inside the Fog of War, but not invulnerable or hidden units.
- The activation delay is not included in the wraith's duration.
- Provides 300 radius ground vision for its full duration. The vision does not linger.
- The launched projectile also provides the same vision, which lingers for 3.34 seconds after reaching the target.
- Choosing the damage upgrading talent immediately upgrades all already placed wraiths, including ones which already seek a target.
- Only the cooldown reduction from the level 20 talent is displayed. The level 15 talent can further reduce this to 2.125 (3.4 without the level 20 talent).
- The Tempest Double always spawns with Arc Warden's current mana and health.
- On the first cast of Tempest Double, the double is actually summoned. On every following cast, it is just healed or revived.
- The double gets dispelled as if it died, removing all modifiers which are removed by death. This means most modifiers which persist through death are not removed.
- Its cooldowns are not refreshed upon getting re-summoned, so all cooldowns from the previous cast carry over.
- Resummoning the Tempest Double does not disjoint projectiles.
- Arc Warden and his clone are represented by an icon with health and mana bars for each on the top left corner of the screen.
- When a Zet is selected, its icon becomes brighter. When a Zet takes damage, its icon blinks red.
- The Tempest Double is visually distinguishable from the original Zet for enemies, just like how it is for allies, except for its minimap icon.
- The buffs of a consumed
, and are copied as well.
- However, other permanent buffs (e.g. , ) are not.
- Any Duel victory damage the double gains during its uptime is lost upon death.
- The double is a clone and therefore treated exactly like a hero by all spells, since it is not an illusion.
- The double has a 180/240/300 gold and a 180/240/300 experience bounty. The gold is granted to the killing player, the experience is distributed like any other experience.
- However, if the double is killed by creeps or buildings, the gold gets distributed as well, similar to how hero kills do when not killed by players.
- Spell effects, that grant bonuses when an enemy unit dies (such as
), do not grant any bonuses for killing the double.
- This non-crediting also prevents Duel from granting damage when the double loses.
- It does not grant any bounty either when it dies while tracked.
- The upgraded version of only spawns a regular (not a ) when the double dies.
- The Tempest Double does not gain any experience like heroes usually do, so it does not leech experience.
- This ability is not available in Ability Draft.
- Requires to be unlocked.
- The rune is placed 200 range in front of the caster. Disregards whether the spawn location is pathable or not.
- Any of the 7 runes can spawn, with all having equal chances.
- The rune disappears 20 seconds after being created if not picked up.
- In Ability Draft, since -granted spells are bound to the ultimates, this ability is not available.
- The double has its own, independent inventory, carrying the same item as the original Arc Warden does.
- On each cast, the double's inventory gets updated and adapted to that of Arc Warden. This also sets all charges of charge-based spells to match the charges on Arc Warden, no matter how many the double had left the last time it was summoned.
- The double can neither pick up, nor drop any items. It cannot be given items by allies or Arc Warden directly either.
- It can be given an and , since their sharing mechanics work different (CTRL override) than those of other items.
- Since the double gets resummoned on each cast, all its item (and ability) cooldowns do not reset, just like how heroes do not get their cooldowns reset as they respawn.
- The double does not copy the following items: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , or any muted item which Arc Warden has in its inventory (allied and enemy items alike).
- All other items are copied, although some have a slightly altered effect. Shareable items (e.g. and neutral items) are copied.
- The double's does gain charges, but does not retain the charges when the duration ends and any kills the double gets are credited to the main hero. The double will spawn with the same amount of charges as the main hero.
- Transmute grants the gold and experience to the main hero. can be used by the double. Using
- If or are toggled off upon summoning the double, they are also toggled off on the double. The toggle status gets copied.
- The same applies to . The double copies whichever attribute the main hero had selected.
- The Tempest Double's
works completely independent from the main hero's Black King Bar. Its "level" is not bound to the main hero's Black King Bar.
- This means the double's Black King Bar starts off fresh and its duration decreases whenever it uses it throughout the entire match, regardless of the duration of the main hero's Black King Bar.
- When having a unit dominated with , the unit does not die when the double expires. However, it does die as soon as the double gets re-summoned, even if the unit was dominated by the hero and not the double.
- 's active ability cannot be used by the double itself, but it can still be copied as a standalone item or as a buff, if the main Arc Warden carries the buff.
- While is always on cooldown for the double (it can still benefit from its stats), , an item-only refresher, is fully functional.
|+100 Attack Range||20||-1.5sCooldown|
|15% Cooldown Reduction||15||+50 Attack Speed|
|+200 Health||10||+350Cast Range|
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- Increased base from -2 to -1.
- Reduced duration from 50 to 45.
- Level 10 left talent changed: +30 -> +200 .
- Level 10 right talent changed: 6% -> +350 cast range.
- Level 15 left talent changed: +325 cast range -> 15% .
- Level 15 right talent changed: +250 -> +50 .
- Level 10 left talent: +35 reduced to +30.
- Level 10 right talent: 8% reduced to 6%.
- Level 15 left talent: +400 cast range reduced to +325.
- Level 15 right talent: +300 reduced to +250.
- Level 20 left talent: +125 reduced to +100.
- Level 20 right talent: -2s cooldown reduced to -1.5s.
- Level 25 left talent: +300 reduced to +250.
- Level 25 right talent: 30% reduced to 25%.
- Increased base from 280 to 285.
- gives Arc Warden sustain in lane.
- gives a bit of damage and can be a lifesaver.
- restores large amount of health in the early game.
- provides attribute bonuses and build into Magic Wand.
- gives agility for Arc Warden to last hit early on and can later be built into a .
- can be an alternative starting item if playing against casters.
- improves Arc Warden's mediocre movement speed and gives him some form of escape from enemies.
- restores some health and mana, allowing Arc Warden to use his abilities and escape items like .
- accelerates Arc Warden farming game. Keep track of its cooldown on Tempest Double to know when optimal times to use it are.
- grants intelligence so Arc Warden can keep using abilities. The item also boosts his damage output with bonus agility and attack speed.
- gives Arc Warden map wide presence for fighting, pushing, and farming.
- improves Arc Warden's farming and pushing and later upgrades to .
- provides useful attributes for a highly cost effective price and the increased range allows Arc Warden to easily achieve good positioning to space himself from enemies from inside his Magnetic Field.
- buffs both yours and your Tempest Double's attack speed as well as punishing enemies who attack either.
- lets Arc Warden stay in the back with the increased attack range, and gives him an escape that, if used by Tempest Double as well, can effectively double the distance traveled.
- silence also prevents much of retaliation from enemies. boosts mana regeneration as well as damage output with attack speed, attack damage, critical strike, and True Strike. The
- mute enemies so they cannot use defensive items like , coupling with Bloodthorn's silence to completely shut down targets. allows Arc Warden to
- allows offensive Arc Warden and Tempest Double to approach enemy targets and unleash their abilities and items; works better in the late game when Arc Warden has high damage output and impactful items.
- break, ruining enemy passive abilities. provides attack speed and attack damage, as well as invisibility for Arc Warden to escape or initiate on enemies. It can upgrade to to apply
- grants Arc Warden a slow, allowing him to keep enemies within attack range; it also improves Arc Warden's damage output with Manabreak and agility.
- hex as well, doubling the disabling duration. boosts Arc Warden's mana and mana regeneration to use abilities liberally. The Tempest Double can use
- counters most disables so Arc Warden can attack and use items. It can also be used to send in the double in fights and staying back in safety with the main Arc Warden. The Double can use Avatar, but its duration is independent of the main Arc Warden's Black King Bar.
- turns Arc Warden into a heavy hitter. His primary attribute is agility, so he benefits a lot from its attributes. The Tempest Double has no attack damage penalties like most illusions do, since it is not an illusion, so it can greatly increase Arc Warden's overall damage output. Arc Warden's two damaging spells deal both magical damage and do not scale. A Butterfly helps him keep on doing damage to the enemy in the late game. The attack damage he gets from the item is also great for pushing and synergizes very well with Magnetic Field.
- critical strikes more effective. can be good on Arc Warden for the same reason why Butterfly can be: it turns him into a strong hitter in the later phases of the game. Although Daedalus is chance based, Arc Warden can still constantly deliver crits thanks to the enormous attack speed boost provided by Magnetic Field. Butterfly should be acquired before a Daedalus, to first get some attack damage and more speed first, to make
- evasion or high armor. Thanks to its high chance to deal bonus damage to an enemy with its passive, it can even take down a high armor enemy when attacking it with the Double as well, due to the amount of magical damage procs from two heroes attacking it with Monkey King Bar. is a great alternative to Daedalus when dealing with
- is a great item for pushes, as Arc Warden can have four illusions thanks to the Double. Just like with Necronomicon, the double's and the original's Manta Style are independent from and do not replace each other. The illusions also benefit from Magnetic Field, making them more resistance against physical attacks and speeding up their attack speed.
- regenerates mana to fuel Arc Warden's abilities. Furthermore, the Tempest Double can use this item, giving two sets of summons, helping with farming, ganking, and pushing.
- Can be useful in the late game, especially facing right-click heroes. Synergizes very well with Spark Wraith talents.
|Roles:||Carry Escape Nuker|
|Playstyle:||As old as the Ancients themselves, Zet endeavors to end the disharmony among the warring factions through whatever means necessary. Solitary foes are thrown into a volatile state of Flux, ripping away at their health over time. Allies find shelter under its Magnetic Field, evading and attacking with greater efficiency. Zet summons Spark Wraiths, fragments of its former self that circle in place, and seek out nearby foes. Is there one Arc Warden, or two? Armed with the original's items and abilities, Zet's Tempest Double duplicates each spell and every attack, bringing twice the chaos to any fight.|
- The line ▶️ "You will just have to accept this, and move on." is a reference to a Dota 2 based web cartoon The Dota 2 Reporter, where it is a recurring gag for the characters to question the game's logic, only to be answered by this line.
- The lines ▶️ "Doggedly." and ▶️ "Hounding." are references to Arc Warden's former appearance in DotA, where its model was that of a Gnoll, a canine-like creature from Warcraft. Its rivalry lines towards , ▶️ "Inferior form." and ▶️ "Apex predator, you are not. ", are also a nudge to this.