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Bane icon.png
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22 + 2.6
22 + 2.6
22 + 2.6
Level 0 1 15 25 30
Health 200 640 1360 1880 2140
Health regen 0 2.2 5.84 8.44 9.74
Mana 75 339 771 1083 1239
Mana regen 0 1.1 2.92 4.22 4.87
Armor 1 4.67 10.73 15.07 17.23
Att/sec 0.59 0.72 0.93 1.08 1.16
Damage 35‒41 57‒63 93‒99 119‒125 132‒138
Magic resistance 25%
▶️ Movement speed 305
▶️ Attack speed 100
Turn rate 0.6
Vision range 1800/800
Attack range 400
Projectile speed 900
Attack animation 0.3+0.7
Base attack time 1.7
Damage block 0
Collision size 24
Gib type Ethereal
Not to be confused with Banehallow.

Atropos, the Bane Elemental (or simply Bane), is a ranged intelligence hero whose dark and nightmarish abilities give him prowess as a disabler, ganker, and nuker. Mostly played as a support, his high starting stats make him a menace in lane. Bane possesses one passive spell and three potent single-target spells, which must be used well to make up for his lack of pushing power or area of effect presence. Bane's passive spell, Enfeeble, reduces the target's status resistance and magic resistance. Brain Sap deals hefty damage to the target and heals Atropos for the same amount. Nightmare puts a unit to sleep, completely disabling it for several seconds. The unit awakes when it is attacked or takes damage, though Bane can freely attack nightmared targets without waking them. Finally, Bane's Fiend's Grip is a channeled spell that completely disables the target, drains its mana and deals high damage over time. Bane's aptitude for incapacitating and debilitating enemies make him an invaluable support to allies—and a nightmare for enemies.


Bane minimap icon.pngAtropos, the Bane
▶️ "I dreamt a field of war…and woke to find myself upon it."
When the gods have nightmares, it is Bane Elemental who brings them. Also known as Atropos, Bane was born from the midnight terrors of the goddess Nyctasha. A force of terror too powerful to be contained by sleep, he surfaced from her slumbers, fed upon her immortality, and stole his vaporous form from her inky blood. He is the essence of fear. Mortals who hear his voice hear their darkest secrets whispered in their ear. He calls to the hidden fear in every Hero's heart. Wakefulness is no protection, for Bane's black blood, continuously dripping, is a tar that traps his enemies in nightmare. In the presence of Bane, every Hero remembers to fear the dark.


Nightmare icon.png
Enemies / Allies
Puts the target enemy or friendly Hero to sleep. Sleeping units are awakened when damaged. If the target was directly attacked, the Nightmare passes to the attacking unit. Bane can attack nightmared targets freely.
Cast Animation: 0.4+0.57
Cast Range: 425/500/575/650 (Talent 550/625/700/775)
Sleep Duration: 4/5/6/7
Invulnerability Duration: 1
Cooldown: 22/19/16/13 (With talent: 19/16/13/10)
Mana: 165
Does not pierce spell immunity. Sleep and invulnerability debuffs persist if placed before spell immunity and when not dispelled.
Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Blocked when primary target. Blocked upon attacking a unit affected by an enemy Nightmare.
Buff or Debuff, based on the target's alliance modifier_bane_nightmare_invulnerable: Dispellable with death only.
Debuff modifier_bane_nightmare: Dispellable with any dispel.
A stolen prowess from the goddess Nyctasha is to put his prey into forever sleep.


  • Applies a sleep on affected units, preventing them from acting.
  • Nightmare turns affected targets invulnerable for 1 second, preventing affected units from waking up.
  • Nightmare reduces affected enemy unit's vision to 200.
  • The target wakes up when a unit starts attacking it (including manual casting of active attack modifiers), or when the target takes damage.
  • The target does not wake up when taking damage from certain sources and under a few rare conditions:
  • When waking up with an attack, the Nightmare is transferred to the attacking unit at the start of an attack, not when the attack hits.
  • When Nightmare is transferred, its duration is refreshed, including the 1 second invulnerability.
  • The Nightmare cannot be transferred to spell immune units, or to wards and buildings. So their attacks only wake up nightmared units.
  • Bane and illusions of him (be it his own, enemy or allied illusions) can attack nightmared units without waking the target up, and without the Nightmare transfering to them.
    • This is innate to Bane, and does not apply to other heroes who use this ability (Rubick minimap icon.png Rubick and Morphling minimap icon.png Morphling).
    • In Ability Draft, Bane keeps this innate ability. However, the hero and illusions of the player who drafts Nightmare gain this ability as well.
  • Nightmared units are never automatically attacked, regardless of settings. A forced attack order is required to attack them.
    • This prevents enemies from accidentally afflicting themselves with Nightmare by auto-attacking a nightmared unit.
    • This also means that nightmared units are never attacked by lane creeps, neutral creeps, towers and fountains.
    • Units can force an attack on an allied nightmared unit to transfer the Nightmare to themselves.
  • As long as a unit is affected by Nightmare from Bane, Nightmare is replaced by a sub-ability which allows Bane to wake the unit up.
  • Nightmare's invulnerability status effect uses the default Invulnerability icon.png invulnerability icon, instead of its own ability icon.

Nightmare End
Does not proc any on-cast effects when cast.
Nightmare End icon.png
Ends all ongoing Nightmares.
Cast Animation: 0+0
Cooldown: 0


  • Replaces Nightmare until there is no Nightmare debuff from Bane active.
  • Can wake a unit up at any time during a Nightmare, even during the 1 second invulnerability.
  • Wakes up all units which were put asleep by Nightmare, no matter who put them asleep.

Brain Sap
Brain Sap icon.png
Enemies / Self
Feasts on the vital energies of an enemy unit, healing Bane and dealing damage.
Cast Animation: 0.4+0.57 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 0.2+0.77)
Cast Range: 600 (Talent 725)
Damage: 100/200/300/400 (Talent 300/400/500/600)
Cooldown: 14/13/12/11 (With Aghanim's: 1.5)
Mana: 120/140/160/180
Aghanim's upgrade: Decreases cooldown, cast point, and makes Brain Sap pierce Spell Immunity.
Partially pierces spell immunity. Cannot be cast on spell immune enemies.
Can be cast on spell immune enemies when upgraded.
Atropos finds no greater pleasure than to harvest the fear he creates.


  • Despite the visual effects, the heal happens instantly after the damage is dealt, there is no travel time.
  • The heal amount is based on how much damage the target took from Brain Sap.
    • This means amplifying or reducing the damage affects the heal value.
    • The heal value itself is still subject to heal manipulation.

Enfeeble icon.png
Bane's abilities enfeeble his targets, lowering the affected unit's magic and status resistances.
Status Resistance Reduction: 15%/20%/25%/30%
Magic Resistance Reduction: 4%/8%/12%/16%
Duration: 8
Not blocked by Linken's Sphere. Enfeeble places its debuff even when the triggering spell gets blocked.
Buff modifier_bane_enfeeble: Undispellable. Persists death.
Debuff modifier_bane_enfeeble_effect: Dispellable with any dispel.
Each tendril of fear that Atropos weaves increases the vulnerability of his victims to arcane and unknown arts.


  • Enfeeble does not trigger upon using items. Triggers only on single-targeted hero abilities (compatible with Ability Draft).
  • Enfeeble's debuff is placed before the triggering ability applies any of its effects.
    • This means it fully affects the spell triggering it as well, and not only following spells.
  • Successive spell casts on the same target do not stack the debuff, only the duration and level get updated.
    • Due to the status resistance reduction effect, refreshing the debuff will result in a longer duration of the debuff than usual.
  • Reduces most heroes' total magic resistance to 22%/19%/16%/13%, assuming basic 25% magic resistance and no other sources of magic resistance.

Fiend's Grip
Fiend's Grip icon.png
Enemies / Self
Grips an enemy unit, disabling it and causing heavy damage over time, while stealing mana every 0.5 second based on the unit's maximum mana.
Cast Animation: 0.4+0
Cast Range: 625 (Talent 750)
Max Channel Time: 6 (Talent 11.5)
Damage per Second: 100/155/215
Max Mana Drain per Second: 5%
Cooldown: 120/110/100
Mana: 200/300/400
Debuff modifier_bane_fiends_grip: Dispellable with strong dispels.
Victims of Atropos are frequently torn apart by vivid conjurations of their own nightmares.


  • Provides True Sight over the target until the channeling ends.
  • Deals 50/77.5/107.5 damage and drains 2.5% mana in 0.5 second intervals, starting immediately as the channeling begins, resulting in up to 12 (Talent 23) instances.
  • Can drain up to 30% (Talent 57.5%) of the target's maximum mana.
  • Applies the damage first on each tick, and then the mana loss.
  • Choosing the duration increasing talent does not affect Bane's currently active Fiend's Grip instance.
  • Unlike other targeted spells, the caster vision of Fiend's Grip lasts for the entire channel duration (even if it gets canceled), instead of just 2 seconds.


Hero Talents
+5.5s Fiend's Grip Duration25+200 Brain Sap Damage/Heal
+30 Movement Speed20-3s Nightmare Cooldown
+125 Cast Range15+9% Spell Amplification
+15% Magic Resistance10+6 Armor
  • The magic resistance talent stacks multiplicatively with other sources of magic resistance.
  • The magic resistance talent increases Bane's magic resistance to 36.25%.

Recent Changes[edit]

Main Article: Bane/Changelogs
  • Increased Brain Sap mana cost from 110/130/150/170 to 120/140/160/180.
Level 15 right talent: +7% spell damage amplification increased to +9%.
Level 20 left talent: +40 movement speed reduced to +30.
  • Talents:
Level 10 left talent changed: +75 cast range ➜ +15% magic resistance.
Level 15 left talent changed: +15% magic resistance ➜ +125 cast range.
Level 15 right talent: +6% spell damage amplification increased to +7%.
Level 20 right talent changed: 15% spell lifesteal ➜ -3s Nightmare cooldown.

Recommended items[edit]

Starting items:

  • Tango icon.png Tango keeps Bane's health pool up in the early game. It also destroys trees to make chain pulling of neutral camps easier, or instantly chops down enemy wards.
  • Healing Salve icon.png Healing Salve restores health to Bane or a teammate.
  • Clarity icon.png Clarity gives Bane mana replenishment, sustaining his abilities like Nightmare, allowing him to set up kills more frequently.
  • Observer Ward icon.png Observer Ward provides vision around the map to spot enemy team's movements, setting up ganks or avoiding them.
  • Enchanted Mango icon.png Enchanted Mango provides Bane with a small amount of passive health regeneration, allowing him to mitigate harass damage. More importantly, it gives him burst mana restoration in the early game, allowing him to get off one more ability for a key moment in ganks.

Early game:

  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed gives movement speed for Bane to position.
  • Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick gives Bane burst health and mana to use abilities in fights.
  • Infused Raindrops icon.png Infused Raindrops grants cheap mana regeneration and some protection against magical nukes.
  • Sentry Ward icon.png Sentry Ward allows Bane to deward or spot invisible foes.

Core items:

  • Arcane Boots icon.png Arcane Boots increase the size of Bane's mana pool and gives him some additional movement speed, allowing him to get into position to use abilities more often. They also replenish mana to him and teammates.
  • Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand provides even more burst health and mana than Magic Stick.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger boosts mobility, allowing Bane to play with perfect position.
  • Aether Lens icon.png Aether Lens completes from disassembling Arcane Boots, and provides mana regeneration for Bane to use abilities. It also increases Bane's cast range of his abilities and items, keeping him further away from enemy aggression.

Situational items:

  • Tranquil Boots (Active) icon.png Tranquil Boots give movement speed for mobility. The passive health regeneration also helps to offset Soul Ring's health cost.
  • Urn of Shadows icon.png Urn of Shadows gives Bane more utility while also providing useful bonuses. As he is already a strong ganker, Bane can easily get charges that can then be used to heal teammates or add additional damage to ganks.
  • Force Staff icon.png Force Staff provides intelligence and health regeneration to use abilities. The active can get Bane and allies to the right position, or break Linken's Sphere, opening up opportunities for disables.
  • Ghost Scepter icon.png Ghost Scepter gives Bane a way to shield himself from physical attacks for a short duration, gaining him time to use his abilities or to retreat. Use with Fiend's Grip to prevent the enemy from killing him with physical attacks.
  • Glimmer Cape icon.png Glimmer Cape brings invisibility and magic resistance to Bane and his allies, allowing them to initiate on enemies or escape from engagements. Use on Bane while channeling Fiend's Grip to conceal himself from enemies.
  • Solar Crest icon.png Solar Crest weakens armor of target, including Roshan, allowing allies to deal more physical damage to them, and the passive mana regeneration helps Bane to maintain his mana pool.
  • Meteor Hammer icon.png Meteor Hammer grants strength, intelligence, and regeneration. The item's channel time benefits from Nightmare's long duration disable, ensuring the stun on targets. The item also applies damage to enemy buildings and creeps, helping Bane push and clear waves.
  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity gives increased movement speed, allowing Bane to position for abilities, and the intelligence and strong scaling mana regeneration greatly help with his casting. The active provides yet another disable that Bane can use on the enemy to set up ganks or hinder them in teamfights, or use on Bane himself to provide a short duration of invulnerability while also dispelling debuffs such as silences.
  • Rod of Atos icon.png Rod of Atos gives Bane more health and a larger mana pool. It also provides a root disable, giving Bane and allies time to pin down the target.
  • Lotus Orb icon.png Lotus Orb grants armor, regeneration, and Echo Shell that can be used on Bane or allies to remove debuffs and reflect targeted abilities.
  • Shiva's Guard icon.png Shiva's Guard provides Bane with armor and attack speed slow aura, increasing his resilience against physical attacks. The added intelligence improves his damage and expands his mana pool; the active adds more damage in teamfights and slow movement speed of enemies.
  • Scythe of Vyse icon.png Scythe of Vyse provides a large intelligence bonus and mana regeneration that alleviates Bane's casting problems, while also providing all-around attributes to increase survivability. The active allows him to utilize an instant hex.
  • Guardian Greaves icon.png Guardian Greaves restores mana and health to team while removing debuffs from Bane. The armor and health regenerating aura works better on heroes at low HP, potentially saving them from deaths.
  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter allows Brain Sap to pierce spell immunity, and reduces its cooldown and cast point, allowing Bane to spam it more often during teamfights. The stream of magic damage from upgraded Brain Sap is valuable during the late game to counter spell immunity and/or high armor from enemy heroes.


Roles: Support Support Disabler Disabler Nuker Nuker Durable Durable
Complexity: ★★☆
Playstyle: Formed from the ichor of Nyctasha, Atropos is the vaporous embodiment of pure fear. Sheer terror Enfeebles his enemies, diminishing their attacks. The Bane Elemental puts heroes to sleep, sending them into a restless Nightmare as he feeds on their vital energies through Brain Sap. Some will never wake. Caught in the Fiend's Grip, Bane's victims can only swing at imagined phantoms as fear chokes the life from their bodies.





  • The origin of the name "Atropos" comes from Greek mythology. One of the Moirai Sisters (commonly referred to as the Sisters of Fate), Atropos was the sister in charge of cutting the "Life Thread" of those who were going to die. Her name literally means 'the no-Turning One' (> α 'no, without' + τρέπειν 'to turn'), referring to the irreversible and inevitable destiny of death.
  • Bane's rival line towards Tinker minimap icon.png Tinker ▶️ "Do Tinkers dream of electric sheepsticks?" is a reference to the book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. "Sheepstick" is also a commonly used name for the Scythe of Vyse icon.png Scythe of Vyse.
  • The theme and abilities of Bane are based on the game Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis. In this game, there is a Bane "element" which provides spells that are named Enfeeble, Brain Sap, Nightmare and Fiend's Grip, with a similar theme of Bane in Dota 2.
  • Bane's move line ▶️ "Sleep no more!" is a reference to Shakespeare's play Hamlet, in particular, his famous "To be or not to be" soliloquy. Hamlet reasons over whether to take his own life or carry on: "To die, to sleep-. No more-and by a sleep we say to end..."
  • Fiend's Grip sound effect makes use of one of Bane's lines ("▶️ The bane of your existence").
  • Bane's Last hit Response "▶️ The wages of fear" is a reference to the film of the same name.
  • Bane is the only hero in Dota that has both the same base value as well as the same growth value on all 3 attributes. Even when general attribute value adjustments have been made on other heroes through different versions, Bane has still kept this peculiarity in every version, intentionally.