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Batrider is a ranged intelligence hero who excels in lane control and harassing enemies, especially in the early phase of the game. Usually, Batrider is played as a heavy support, items are not needed to utilise his abilities. Batrider is a mobile burst damage raider, capable of dealing enormous amounts of damage on stacks, at a risky close range. Before moving in for the kill, the Batrider hinders his targets with Sticky Napalm, a stacking debuff ability that slows his enemies and amplifies the damage taken from Batrider himself, be it with attacks, spells, or items. When his enemies are greatly crippled, he is ready to attack. With Flamebreak, he launches an explosive cocktail which damages and knocks back enemies in a targeted area. Then, the Batrider activates his Firefly ability, allowing the Batrider to fly high in the sky, creating a burning trail of liquid fire, scorching enemies who dare to go in his path, while giving him the ability to cross and phase through impassable grounds. With Sticky Napalm stacked, he is capable of amplifying and inflicting massive damage quickly, burning them with Flamebreak and Firefly. The Batrider then uses his ultimate, Flaming Lasso, which catches a target with a lasso, shackling and pulling them to his Firefly trail or to the clutches of his merciless allies. When these spells are used altogether, the Batrider is a dangerous hero that the enemy should be aware of, risking his own safety enough to cause fiery chaos and mass destruction.
|Play "It's not the bat you gotta worry about. She eats fruit."|
|Role:||Initiator / Jungler / Disabler / Escape|
|Lore:||There is no such thing as harmony among the creatures of the Yama Raskav Jungle. By bite, or claw, or pincer, or hoof, even the slightest sign of weakness means a swift death. They say the Rider was just a lad cutting chaff in his family's field when he was taken, swept up by a massive morde-bat looking for take-out. But this boy had a better idea, and wriggled his way from his captor's grip, onto the beast's back, and hacked it down with his tools. Emerging from the bloody wreckage and intoxicated by the thrill of flight, the boy realized he'd found his calling. The boy grew, and every summer he'd return to his family's field, often setting out into the bush seeking to reclaim that first thrill of facing death in the form of jaws or a fatal fall. The years went on, but his fire only grew stronger. He studied the overgrowth, plunging deeper with each expedition, until finally he found his way to the caves at the heart of hostility. They say the Rider, on the eve of a scorching summer night, had nothing but a rope, a bottle of liquid courage and a burning determination to feel the skies once more, when he plunged inside....|
|Voice:||Dave Fennoy (Responses)|
Batrider excels in his lane in the early game, and plays as a highly mobile, damage dealing Hero. His Sticky Napalm slows targets and increases his damage against them, and can stack up to 10 times. Once properly coated, Batrider can stun a target and leave them open with his Flamebreak, which knocks back and deals high damage. He can use this to clear out more dangerous enemies, and disrupt targets while he moves in for the kill. His last two abilities, Firefly and Flaming Lasso work best together. Firefly allows him to move over any terrain, leaving a trail of fire behind him that burns enemies and destroys trees. Flaming Lasso pulls the target enemy behind him and into his allies. When used together, it allows him to pull an enemy into his fire, igniting them, and dealing significant damage.
Batrider's lane dominance comes from his Sticky Napalm, which makes last hitting a cinch, and Flamebreak, which knocks enemy Heroes away from the creep wave. He can also harass easily, by stacking Sticky Napalm on a target and either knocking them with Flamebreak, flying over them with Firefly, or by doing both to deal massive damage. His high attribute gains make him very dangerous, as he can not only tank a lot of damage, but can also output a lot with his large Mana supply. Batrider can also gank very easily, able to appear from anywhere with his Firefly ability, push an enemy with Flamebreak, and then immediately grab them with Flaming Lasso. In teamfights, he can also very easily isolate an enemy and remove them temporarily, while still dealing tons of damage to the enemy team by flying past with Firefly. He is not very item-dependent, only requiring a blink dagger to be effective, though greatly benefits from items that provide health and mana for him to deal significant damage to enemy units who are amplified by Sticky Napalm, cast his spells long enough, and for him to function as a potent semi-carry with his spells.
- Applies a debuff to enemies inside the area. Leaving or entering the area afterwards has no effect.
- Each cast refreshes the duration of the whole stack while adding one more instance.
- The debuff slows and causes the damage. It also shows the amount of current Sticky Napalm stacks on the target.
- Affected units also have a number above them, showing the amount of stacks. This number is only visible to Batrider and his allies, however, they require vision over the target to see it.
- Can slow movement speed for up to 30%/50%/70%/90%. One stack is enough to apply the 70% turn rate slow.
- Can deal up to 100/150/200/250 (50/75/100/125 to creeps) damage per triggering damage instance (before reductions).
- Sticky Napalm triggers on any damage instance caused by Batrider, except from Orb of Venom, Radiance, Urn of Shadows, and damage with the no-reflection flag.
- Batrider himself has to cause the damage. Other units under his control do not trigger Sticky Napalm.
- Sticky Napalm deals its damage in a separate damage instance, right after the triggering damage.
- Provides 400 radius flying vision at the targeted point upon cast for 2 seconds.
- Flamebreak travels at a speed of 900 until reaching the targeted point.
- The projectile has 175 radius flying vision. This vision does not last.
- The knockback is not a set distance. It pushes every enemy so they are 400 ( 700) range away from the center of the targeted area. So the minimum knockback distance is 25.
- The knockback duration is always 0.25, so the speed varies between 100 and 1600 ( 2800), depending on the knockback distance.
- Enemies are not disabled during the knockback, and are, besides moving, able to act freely during it.
- Can push units over impassable terrain. Any tree a knocked back unit collides with gets destroyed.
- Applies a debuff to the affected targets upon projectile impact which deals damage in 1 second intervals, starting 1 second after it is placed, resulting in 4/5/6/7 total instances.
- Can deal up to 100/150/210/280 damage (before reductions).
- The debuff from successive casts does not stack, only the duration gets refreshed.
- Choosing the radius and knockback distance upgrading talent immediately upgrades all of Batrider's currently flying Flamebreak projectiles.
- The projectile blocks neutral creep camps.
- Does not affect Roshan.
- Firefly interrupts Batrider's channeling spells upon cast.
- Temporarily turns Batrider into a flying unit, allowing him to fly over impassable terrain, units and buildings and have flying vision.
- The entire spell effect lasts 18 ( 26) seconds, meaning when the duration ends, the entire flame trail disappears at once as well.
- Damage is dealt to every enemy unit which comes within 200 radius of the fire trail.
- Deals 5/15/25/35 damage in 0.4 or 0.5 seconds intervals, starting 0.1 seconds after cast, the first interval is 0.4 seconds, the rest are 0.5 seconds, resulting in 37 ( 53) damage instances.
- Can deal up to 185/555/925/1295 ( 265/795/1325/1855) damage to a single unit (before reductions) when it stays in range for the full duration.
- During Firefly, every tree within 100 radius of Batrider is destroyed.
- The fire trails from successive casts fully stack. Each cast creates its own fire trail.
- When Batrider dies during Firefly, the fire trail still stays for the remaining duration.
- During Firefly, Batrider can neither trigger nor take damage from Proximity Mines.
- Choosing the duration upgrading talent does not affect any of Batrider's currently ongoing Firefly instances.
- Does not affect Roshan.
- Flaming Lasso fully disables the target for its duration.
- Drags the targeted unit with a 300 distance behind Batrider. Despite the description, can drag the target over impassable terrain.
- If Batrider teleports a distance greater than 425, the lasso breaks.
- If the target gets teleported any distance (even a 0 range teleport is enough), the lasso breaks.
- Flaming Lasso overrides every other position changing effect, making only teleports able to break the lasso.
- The lasso also breaks when either Batrider or the target dies. Casting Dismember or Walrus Kick on the lasso target breaks the lasso as well.
- Batrider is disarmed during Flaming Lasso. The disarm either lasts 3/3.5/4 seconds, or until the lasso is broken, whichever is shorter.
- Can be cast on Roshan, but he is neither disabled nor dragged ( nor damaged). Batrider is still disarmed.
- It is possible to have multiple units lassoed at the same time (e.g. by using Refresher Orb).
- Aghanim's Scepter causes the closest allied hero (including creep-heroes and illusions) of the target within a 400 range to get lassoed as well. It does not lasso any non-hero units.
- The secondary target is bound to the first, so it is dragged after it, at the same distance as the primary target is dragged behind Batrider.
- This means the secondary target is dragged 600 distance behind Batrider.
- The secondary lasso is independent from primary. When primary lasso is broken its target can act freely and drags secondary target.
- The damage added by Aghanim's Scepter affects both lassoed targets.
- Deals 50 damage in 0.5 seconds intervals, starting immediately upon cast, resulting in 6/7/8 possible instances.
- Can deal up to 300/350/400 damage to each lassoed unit (before reductions).
|+300 Flamebreak AoE/Knockback||25||+8s Firefly Duration|
|+35 Movement Speed||20||15% Cooldown Reduction|
|+200 Health||15||+5% Spell Amplification|
|+4 Armor||10||+10 Intelligence|
- The armor is added as bonus armor, and therefore does not benefit illusions.
- Upgrading health increases maximum health capacity and keeps the current health percentage.
- Cooldown reduction affects abilities and items. Stacks multiplicatively with Octarine Core and additively with Arcane Rune.
- Flamebreak's explosion visual effects change when upgraded.
- Tango gives needed health regeneration during the laning phase.
- Iron Branch gives cheap health, mana, and damage and can build into Magic Wand.
- Clarity sustains mana in lane to keep using abilities.
- Wind Lace increases movement speed to make plays in the offlane, can upgrade to Tranquil Boots in the Side Land Shop.
- Boots of Speed increases movement speed to keep Firefly on targets.
- Magic Stick helps with sustainability through burst health and mana.
- Tranquil Boots provides a source of health regeneration and huge movement speed bonus to allow Batrider to remain in lane.
- Magic Wand provides attributes and more burst health and mana than Magic Stick.
- Blink Dagger offers exceptional mobility for Batrider to easily go for Flaming Lasso, the most important item for him.
- Force Staff can be used while Lassoing a target, allowing you to drag them even further.
- Black King Bar protects Batrider from disables, meaning he can drag the target further out of position without dying as quickly himself.
- Shiva's Guard has an active slow that may prevent enemies from reacting to your initiation; the damage it deals can put their Blink Dagger on cooldown. Also, it gives armor and intelligence for sustainability.
- Infused Raindrop gives early mana regeneration and absorbs some magical damage.
- Drum of Endurance gives some attributes and mana regeneration; but more importantly, the movement speed aura allows Batrider to quickly grab target with Flaming Lasso to his team.
- Eul's Scepter of Divinity gives movement speed to improve Flaming Lasso's drag distance, mana regeneration to help spam your abilities, and also another disable to aid in teamfights or to disjoint projectiles.
- Gem of True Sight, along with unobstructed vision of Firefly and flying vision of Sticky Napalm, enables Batrider to initiate safely from the covers of trees with True Sight.
- Ghost Scepter provides some attributes and makes Batrider invulnerable to physical attacks, a great item to escape or complete your initiation without dying too quickly against carries.
- Boots of Travel gives unmatched global presence and the extra movement speed allows Batrider to drag enemies further.
- Rod of Atos gives attributes to Batrider and can root a target, preventing them from moving.
- Aghanim's Scepter allows Batrider to latch Flaming Lasso on two heroes instead of one, giving tremendous control especially in the late game.
- Linken's Sphere grants regeneration, attributes, and Spellblock to protect Batrider during execution of Flaming Lasso.
- Scythe of Vyse gives attributes, mana regeneration, and hex to further disable a single target which proves deadly in the late game.
- Octarine Core supplies health, mana, intelligence, and Spell Lifesteal; also, Cooldown Reduction allows Batrider to keep using abilities, especially threatening to enemies with increased frequency of Flaming Lasso.
- Batrider is occasionally referred to as "Batman" in game, mostly due to the recent popularity of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy starring Christian Bale and Gary Oldman.
- In DotA, Batrider's full name was "Jin'zakk, the Batrider". In Dota 2, his name was removed for unspecified reasons.
- After killing Faceless Void, Batrider says Play "Hey Void! Have you seen Bat to the Future?", which is a reference to the film "Back to The Future"
- Batrider's concept may well be based on Project X-Ray, a military strategy developed during World War II which involved using bats equipped with small, timed, napalm-like incendiaries to decimate towns (See Alexis C. Madrigal's "Old, Weird Tech: The Bat Bombs of World War II," in The Atlantic, 14 April 2011).