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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Anti-Mage has higher mobility from Blink (Anti-Mage) icon.png Blink, allowing him to deal with the Tempest Double while it is split-pushing.
  • Arc Warden has an above-average mana pool but little mana regeneration, which Anti-Mage can take advantage of with Mana Break icon.png Mana Break and Mana Void icon.png Mana Void.
  • Arc Warden tends to build Necronomicon 1 icon.png Necronomicon. With Battle Fury icon.png Battle Fury, Anti-Mage can easily deal with the Necronomicon's summons, and Anti-Mage will take minimal damage from Last Will (Necronomicon Warrior) icon.png Last Will due to Spell Shield icon.png Spell Shield.
  • Magnetic Field is useless against melee heroes. So Anti-Mage still can attack without miss.
  • Manta Style cancels Flux.
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  • Bristleback ability icon.png Bristleback works frequently while he escapes from a Necronomicon army of Arc Warden.
  • Arc Warden has little armor, and has very low mobility each of which making arc warden very susceptiable to the damage from quill spray and stacks of nasal goo.
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  • Flux is useless against Meepo who always has a fellow Meepo nearby with Divided We Stand.
  • Without Black King Bar, Earthbind and Poof finish Arc Warden before he has time to react.
  • Magnetic Field's evasion is not effective against melee heroes.
  • Meepo has high magical resistance so he can Poof on top of spark Wraith's or Arc Warden's Necronomicon warrior units without too much risk.
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Naga Siren
  • Song of Siren stops him from acting and her illusions can push better than him because Mirror Image has longer duration.
  • Arc Warden does not often build radiance which useful for illusion and counter illusion pushes.
  • Mirror Image purges Flux or prevents Flux's slow.
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  • Smoke Screen prevents Arc Warden from initiating or helping his team.
  • With Arc Warden's low mobility, Tricks of the Trade is wide enough to deal decent damage to him.
  • However, if Arc Warden buys Necronomicon(s) he may reveal Riki without spending gold on Sentry Wards, Dust of appearance or a Gem of True Sight.
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Phantom Lancer
  • Diffusal Blade drains Arc Warden mana fast, meaning the lockdown that arc warden will offer later on will be null and void if Arc Warden doesn't have a Mjollnir active available.
  • Doppelganger purges Flux.
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Chaos Knight
  • Chaos Knight is literally Arc Warden's absolute nightmare. First, Flux can be negated since Nessaj usually builds Manta Style icon.png Manta Style.
  • Magnetic Field cannot save Arc Warden from Chaos Knight. Since Chaos Knight is a melee hero, he can easily enter the field, negating the evasion. Another way is that, Chaos Knight can use Reality Rift icon.png Reality Rift to pull him out from Magnetic Field, rendering Arc Warden helpless.
  • Chaos Knight is also tanky mid to late game, since he will almost always build Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar and Heart of Tarrasque icon.png Heart of Tarrasque, so Spark Wraith is like a tickle to him.
  • Finally, Phantasm icon.png Phantasm can make a short work of Arc Warden, since his illusions deal 100% damage. Combined with Rift and a lucky 4 second stun from Chaos Bolt, and also critical from Chaos Strike, Arc Warden is pretty much dead meat in the face of Chaos Knight's armies.



  • Force Staff icon.png Force Staff shoves Arc Warden or his allies out of Magnetic Field.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar makes magical Arc Warden useless (Note that he can still build into heavy physical damage, making Black King Bar useless later on).
  • Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade can burn Arc Warden's and his Tempest Double's mana preventing him from using spells and items.
  • Lotus Orb icon.png Lotus Orb reflects all of Arc Warden's item usages back onto himself.
  • Monkey King Bar icon.png Monkey King Bar allowes enemies to attack Arc Warden through Magnetic Field.

Good against...[edit]

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Sand King
  • Spark Wraith can scare Sand King from continuing to channel Sand Storm icon.png Sand Storm because it will hit invisible units.
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Bounty Hunter
  • If Arc Warden builds Necronomicon 3 icon.png Necronomicon 3, Bounty Hunter can be revealed from invisibility as well as doing high amounts of damage to Bounty Hunter's low base HP pool.
  • Bounty hunter often roams alone, meaning he will take the full effect from Flux, making it easy to land a Spark Wraith. And due to Bounty Hunter's low HP pool this is often enough to kill him.
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Ancient Apparition
  • Ancient Apparition often travels alone to get a good Ice Blast icon.png Ice Blast and has very few defences against summons, like your Tempest double or Necronomicon, making him a juicy target.
  • Flux is very effective against heroes traveling alone.
  • The high split-push potential of Arc Warden can punish Ancient Apparition very heavily, since he is not built to push waves or defend against summons.
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Templar Assassin
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  • If Arc Warden builds Necronomicon 3 icon.png Necronomicon 3 he can reveal Mirana's team while Moonlight Shadow icon.png Moonlight Shadow is active.
  • Mirana's Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter upgraded Starstorm icon.png Starstorm can accidentally kill a Necronomicon Warrior which can lead to her death if she hasn't built a Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar.
  • Arc Warden can use his summon to prevents Sacred Arrow icon.png Sacred Arrow to himself or his allies.
  • Mirana often doesn't build armor items so usually can't stand against a late game Arc Warden.
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  • Tempest Double, Magnetic Field's attack speed bonus, and Arc Warden's high attack range kill Supernova icon.png Supernova much faster than usual.
  • Phoenix is very weak against pushers, especially those like Arc Warden who can kill him easily, as his skillset works best in teamfights.


  • Ranged heroes will have a hard time hitting Magnetic Field: Silencer minimap icon.png Silencer, Viper minimap icon.png Viper,...
  • Crystal Maiden is same as Sand King when it comes to Spark Wraith forcing them to move out of channel.
  • Nyx Assassin is another solo hero who is single target focused. His Vendetta is maybe useful for surprising Arc Warden, but if Arc Warden builds Necronomicon 3rd Level, Nyx Assassin can be caught off guard from the True Sight. Also with Necronomicon since Spiked Carapace stuns back from each source. Arc Warden can't die from Nyx Assassin's Spiked Carapace.

Works well with...[edit]

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Ancient Apparition
  • Putting Chilling Touch icon.png Chilling Touch on Arc Warden and his double is very effective early-game. Works well with Magnetic Field.
  • Flux and Cold Feet icon.png Cold Feet also have some synergy. Spark Wraith also applies a 100% slow, in case Flux is muted by allies or neutrals.
  • Ice Vortex icon.png Ice Vortex does somewhat buff the heavy magic damage coming from Spark Wraiths and Flux. Two fluxes cast by both clones do stack, increasing the damage.
  • A global Ice Blast icon.png Ice Blast can certainly help any hero with pick-off potential, like Arc Warden.
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Drow Ranger
  • Arc Warden has double the benefit from Drow Rangers Precision Aura icon.png Precision Aura, giving him a huge boost of damage.
  • There is high pushing potential with Magnetic Field and Precision Aura.
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  • Berserker's Blood icon.png Berserker's Blood's magic resistance bonus and Magnetic Field's evasion shield Huskar's against both magic damage and physical attacks.
  • Magnetic Field's attack speed bonus helps Huskar dominate enemies.
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  • Sacred Arrow icon.png Sacred Arrow can hold someone still while Arc Warden nukes them down.
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  • Fortune's End can be used to hold a hero in place for a long period of time, allowing a spark wraith to form and land every time.
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  • Flux can help Pudge land his Meat Hook icon.png Meat Hook.
  • Spark Wraith traps can be laid down where Pudge can hook unsuspecting enemies to, much like the combination of Techies and Pudge.
    • Note: The same mechanic can be abused by many other heroes besides Pudge, he is just a very common example.
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  • Tempest Double can help Terrorblade push a lane while the actual Arc Warden is in a different place.
  • High pushing potential with Magnetic Field and Metamorphosis, note that Magnetic Field does not work on illusions.


  • Any Disable or Nuker Carry heroes - Sven - Slark - Lina - Wraith King - Phantom Assassin (Even in game she isn't both type but her dagger it's kind of disable)