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Bane icon.png
Strength attribute symbol.png
22 + 2.4
Agility attribute symbol.png
22 + 2.4
Intelligence primary attribute symbol.png
22 + 2.4
Level Base 1 15 25
Health 200 640 1300 1780
H. regen 0 1.32 3.34 4.78
Mana 75 317 680 944
M. regen 0.01 0.89 2.23 3.19
Damage 37‒43 59‒65 92‒98 116‒122
Armor 1 4.14 8.94 12.37
Spell dmg 0% 1.57% 3.97% 5.69%
Att/sec 0.59 0.72 0.92 1.06
Movement speed 310
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
Magic resistance 25%
Collision size 24
Legs 4

Atropos the Bane Elemental, also known simply as Bane, is a ranged intelligence Hero, possessing dark and nightmarish abilities that give him strong disabling, ganking, and nuking prowess. Mostly played as a support, he has some of the highest starting stats of any hero, yet is unique in the sense that all his attributes and stat growths are equivalent. In addition, he possesses four highly potent single-target spells, which if used properly can more than make up for his complete lack of area of effect presence and pushing power. Enfeeble reduces the target's attack damage by a tremendous amount, which can highly reduce an attack-reliant enemy hero's effectiveness from as early as the laning stage all the way to the endgame. Brain Sap is a nuke that deals hefty pure damage to the target, healing himself for the same amount as well. Nightmare puts a unit to sleep, completely disabling for several seconds and dealing minor damage per second. If the slept target is physically attacked, it wakes up and the spell transfers to the attacker (spells will also wake the target up, but will not transfer the effect to the caster). Finally, Bane's Fiend's Grip is a channeling spell that completely disables the target for several seconds, dealing heavy damage per second and giving Bane some mana back as well. Bane's debilitating lockdown abilities are what make him an invaluable support to allies, and a feared one for enemies.


Bane Atropos, the Bane
Play "I dreamt a field of war…and woke to find myself upon it."
Role: Support Support / Disabler Disabler / Nuker Nuker / Durable Durable
Lore: 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.
Voice: David Scully (Responses)


Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Does not pierce spell immunity. Play
Enfeeble icon.png
Target Unit
Weakens an enemy unit, reducing its physical damage. Lasts 20 seconds.
Cast Animation: 0.5+0
Cast Range: 1000 (Talent 1175)
Attack Damage Reduction: 30/60/90/120 (Talent 120/150/180/210)
Duration: 20
Cooldown symbol.png 8
Mana symbol.png 95
Does not pierce spell immunity. Attack damage reduction debuff persists if placed before spell immunity.
Debuff Enfeeble: Undispellable.
Even the mightiest of warriors crumble before the terror of Atropos.


  • Successive casts of Enfeeble on the same target do not stack, only the debuff gets refreshed and updated to the current level.
  • Choosing the damage reduction upgrading talent does not upgrade any of Bane's currently active Enfeeble debuffs.

Brain Sap
Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Partially pierces spell immunity. Play
Brain Sap icon.png
Target Unit
Enemies / Self
Feasts on the vital energies of an enemy unit, healing Bane and dealing damage.
Cast Animation: 0.5+0.43
Cast Range: 600 (Talent 775)
Damage: 90/160/230/300 (Talent 290/360/430/500)
Heal: 90/160/230/300 (Talent 290/360/430/500)
Cooldown symbol.png 14/13/12/11 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 1.5)
Mana symbol.png 70/100/130/160
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. Decreases cooldown 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.


  • Deals damage before it heals.
  • Always heals for the full amount of health, regardless of the amount of damage dealt.
  • Despite the visual effects, the heal and damage happen simultaneously.

Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Does not pierce spell immunity. Play
Nightmare icon.png
Target Unit
Enemies / Allies
Puts the target enemy or friendly Hero to sleep and deals damage per second. Sleeping units are awakened when attacked, but the Nightmare passes to the attacking unit. The nightmared unit instantly wakes up if it takes damage.
Cast Animation: 0.5+0.43
Cast Range: 500/550/600/650 (Talent 675/725/775/825)
Damage per Second: 20
Sleep Duration: 4/5/6/7
Invulnerability Duration: 1
Cooldown symbol.png 22/19/16/13
Mana symbol.png 165
Does not pierce spell immunity. Deals damage and 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 Nightmare Invulnerable: Undispellable.
Debuff 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 0. Only their model remains visible.
  • The target wakes up when a unit starts attacking it (including manual casting of active attack modifiers), or when the target takes damage.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Deals damage in 1 second intervals, starting 1 second after the debuff is placed, resulting in 4/5/6/7 damage instances.
  • Can deal up to 80/100/120/140 damage (before reductions). The damage of Nightmare is lethal and can deny allied units.
  • Whenever units are affected Nightmare, Bane gains a sub-ability which allows him to wake the units up.
  • Nightmare's invulnerability status effect uses the default Invulnerability icon.png invulnerability icon, instead of its own ability icon.

Nightmare End
Nightmare End icon.png
Ends all ongoing Nightmares.
Cast Animation: 0+0
Cooldown symbol.png 0


  • Replaces Nightmare icon.png Nightmare until there is no Nightmare debuff from Bane active.
  • The toggling of Nightmare End is not registered as a spell cast and thus does not proc any on-cast effects.
  • 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 Bane.

Fiend's Grip
Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Pierces spell immunity. Play
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: 0.53+0
Cast Range: 625 (Talent 800)
Max Channel Time: 5
Damage per Second: 100/155/215
Max Mana Drain per Second: 5%
Cooldown symbol.png 100
Mana symbol.png 200/300/400
Pierces spell immunity. Does not attempt to damage spell immune enemies.
Debuff 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 10 instances.
  • Can drain up to 25% of the target's maximum mana.
  • Applies the damage first on each tick, and then the mana loss.


Hero Talents
+200 Brain Sap icon.png Brain Sap Damage/Heal 25 +100 Movement Speed
+175 Cast Range 20 +90 Enfeeble icon.png Enfeeble Damage Reduction
+30% XP Gain 15 +250 Health
+200 Mana 10 +6 Armor
  • The armor is added as bonus armor, and therefore does not benefit illusions.
  • Upgrading health and mana increases maximum health and maximum mana capacity and keeps the current health and mana percentage.
  • Upgrading Enfeeble icon.png Enfeeble's attack damage reduction does not update already placed Enfeeble debuffs.

Recommended items[edit]

Starting items:

  • Tango icon.png Tango allows Bane to maintain his HP pool in-lane to avoid being harassed away. As well, it can be used to destroy trees to create pathing for support functions such as chain-pulling jungle camps, revealing blocking wards, or instantly destroying enemy wards from a distance.
  • Two Clarity icon.png Clarity give Bane the ability to replenish his mediocre mana pool, allowing him to sustain casting his spells in the lane. Nightmare icon.png Nightmare costs more than half of his early mana pool, so having the ability to cast it more than once in the early game allows Bane to set up ganks and kills more frequently.
  • Mantle of Intelligence icon.png Mantle of Intelligence increases Bane's intelligence, reducing the strain that his costly spells put on his mana pool. The increased base damage also helps him to deny allied creeps more easily and apply more harass damage to the enemy with his physical attacks.
  • Animal Courier (Radiant) icon.png Animal Courier should be purchased on Bane, as his laning phase does not rely heavily on needing items to be effective.

Early game:

  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed is crucial to get on Bane, as he must get within range of enemies to cast Nightmare on them. As well, the increased movement speed allows him to escape ganks by the enemy more easily.
  • Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick is crucial to get on Bane in order to give him burst HP and mana regen. This can tremendously increase his effectiveness as a fully-charged Magic Stick can give him enough mana to cast his high-impact spells in a fight if he runs out.
  • Soul Ring icon.png Soul Ring is extremely important to get early on Bane in order to give him the mana to cast his spells more often, offsetting his abysmal intelligence growth. Its HP cost can be offset by casting Brain Sap icon.png Brain Sap.
  • Null Talisman icon.png Null Talisman can be upgraded from a Mantle of Intelligence for a relatively cheap price. It gives Bane useful stats, particularly to his intelligence, giving him more mana and attack damage.

Core items:

  • Arcane Boots icon.png Arcane Boots increases the size of Bane's mana pool and gives him some additional movement speed, allowing him to cast spells more often and get into position for casting those spells more easily. As he otherwise has problems casting spells on his small mana pool, Arcane Boots can allow him to be more effective in any engagement. It also allows him to replenish his mana and that of his allies, important for supports.
  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter is expensive but can be a very powerful tool in Bane's hands. It allows Brain Sap to pierce spell immunity and drastically reduces its cooldown to 1.5 seconds, allowing Bane to spam it constantly during teamfights. The pure damage of an Aghanim's upgraded Brain Sap is particularly good during the lategame, when most carries would likely have spell immunity and/or high armor values.
  • Observer Ward icon.png Observer Ward are important to regularly purchase on support heroes. Aside from providing rune vision in the laning stage, it provides intelligence on the enemy team's movements and helps spot potential gank targets.
  • Town Portal Scroll icon.png Town Portal Scroll is crucial to always carry on high-impact supports. By being able to re-position around the map, Bane can save allies from ganks by disabling the opponent and even turn them completely around, or can position to gank an important enemy hero when the opportunity presents itself.
  • Force Staff icon.png Force Staff provides Bane with many useful bonuses. Its easy and cheap buildup makes it easy to obtain even as a support, and the item provides more intelligence and HP regen, giving Bane a larger mana pool and some HP sustain. The active can be used to re-position Bane for casting his spells or escaping, on allies to help them escape pursuing enemies, or on enemies with Linken's Sphere to break it prior to casting a disable.

Situational items:

  • Necronomicon 1 icon.png Necronomicon can be used in conjunction with Fiend's Grip, as the summons can be used to attack the gripped target. In addition, it provides Bane with increased survivability through bonus strength and a bigger mana pool through bonus intelligence.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar protects against most stuns and disables. When casting Fiend's Grip with Black King Bar active, the only way for the enemy team to interrupt it is either with spell immunity-piercing disables or to attempt to focus Bane down with physical attacks.
  • Scythe of Vyse icon.png Scythe of Vyse is extremely powerful in Bane's hands and should be built in the late game if possible. The item provides a large intelligence bonus and scaling mana regen that alleviates Bane's casting problems, while also providing all-around stats to increase survivability. The active adds yet another disable to Bane's arsenal, giving him a ranged instant hard disable to use.
  • Shiva's Guard icon.png Shiva's Guard provides Bane with armor, increasing his resistance to physical damage. The added intelligence improves his damage and expands his mana pool, and the active slow can be used to add more damage in teamfights or to slow fleeing enemies to catch up to them for casting disables.
  • Rod of Atos icon.png Rod of Atos gives Bane more HP and a larger mana pool, both useful on casting-focused low-HP supports. The active lets Bane drastically slow enemies from an extremely long range, allowing him to quickly get within range to cast a harder disable.
  • Boots of Travel 1 icon.png Boots of Travel is an expensive investment, but it gives Bane increased positioning and ganking capability. The increased movement speed allows Bane to get within range for casting his disables on targets, while the ability to teleport allows
  • Ghost Scepter icon.png Ghost Scepter gives Bane a way to shield himself from physical damage for a short duration, giving him time to cast his disables if the enemy attempts to focus him down. It can also be used while channeling Fiend's Grip to prevent the enemy from killing him with physical attacks.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger is extremely powerful, and should be considered a core item for Bane. It drastically increases his initiation power by allowing him to instantly get within range to cast his disables, crucial for getting ganks off or disabling the right targets in teamfights.
  • Flying Courier (Radiant) icon.png Flying Courier should be purchased as early as possible as a support, in order to ferry items to teammates faster. This is particularly important for your mid player, who may need to use it for Bottle crowing.
  • Glimmer Cape icon.png Glimmer Cape is a cheap utility item that increases Bane's overall effectiveness. It can be cast on allies to save them from enemy initiations, it can be cast on Bane himself to allow him to invisibly initiate on an enemy with his disables, or it can be used while channeling Fiend's Grip to cloak him from enemy vision, preventing them from hitting him with targeted disables.
  • Sentry Ward icon.png Sentry Wards are important to purchase regularly on supports, especially ranged heroes that can de-ward elevated ward spots.
  • Enchanted Mango icon.png Enchanted Mango is a useful laning item, as it provides Bane with a small amount of passive HP regeneration, allowing him to mitigate harass damage. More importantly, it gives him burst mana regen in the early game, allowing him to get off one more spell if he runs out of mana at an inopportune moment.
  • Bottle (Full) icon.png Bottle can be a useful roaming pickup for replenishing Bane's mana, allowing him to cast his spells more frequently. A full Bottle can restore up to 210 mana (more if attribute switching is employed), giving Bane more mana to use.
  • Tranquil Boots (Active) icon.png Tranquil Boots is best reserved for playing the roaming hard support role where gold is harder to come by. While Bane will be more mana-starved without Arcane Boots, the increased armor and HP regen helps give him more survivability, while the higher movement speed lets him roam and position for spells better. The passive HP regen also helps to offset Soul Ring's HP cost, increasing Bane's independent roaming potential.
  • 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. The item also provides bonus strength, giving Bane more HP, and some mana regen for casting purposes.
  • Medallion of Courage icon.png Medallion of Courage is a strong utility item that gives Bane more setup power. Casting the active on a gank target will weaken their armor, allowing allies to deal more physical damage to them, and the passive mana regen helps Bane to maintain his mana pool. As well, it can be used to help take Roshan more easily.
  • Aether Lens icon.png Aether Lens greatly increases Bane's overall effectiveness, as all of his spells are single-target. It can be easily completed from disassembling Arcane Boots, and provides a boost to HP regen, allowing Bane to roam more effectively due to the reduced need to return to base. Increasing the cast range of all of Bane's spells allows him to disable enemies from much longer ranges with Nightmare, inflict enemy carries with Enfeeble well before they enter combat range, and channel Fiend's Grip from behind allies so that it cannot be easily interrupted.
  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity is very powerful on Bane should he be able to build it up. The increased movement speed allows Bane to position for spells or chase enemies more easily, and the intelligence and strong scaling mana regen 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 can be cast on Bane himself to provide a short duration of invulnerability while also dispelling debuffs such as silences.






  • 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 Play "Do Tinkers dream of electric sheepsticks?" is a reference to the book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?[1]. "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 Play "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 ("Play The bane of your existence").
  • Bane's Last hit Response "Play The wages of fear" is a reference to the film of the same name.