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Gameplay[edit]

Playstyle
Batrider Batrider is an intelligence hero mostly played in the offlane role, although sometimes played by professional players as a mid hero. Batrider is most focused on disrupting the enemy team's positioning and isolating enemies. Flaming Lasso icon.png Flaming Lasso singles out certain heroes, along with Sticky Napalm icon.png Sticky Napalm which increases the damage Batrider deals to targets, helping him end his enemies with Firefly icon.png Firefly which also allows him to move over impassable terrain, opening up numerous possibilities.
Pros Cons
  • Deadly disable that goes through spell immunity.
  • Good ganker.
  • Strong early game presence.
  • Low attack range.
  • Low movement speed.
  • Needs team coordination.

Initiator[edit]

Batrider is traditionally played as an initiator, dragging enemies back to his team with Flaming Lasso. The ability remains the number one reason he is played competitively. However, considering how strong Lasso is in the right hands, it often gets nerfed a little, and Icefrog compensates by giving Batrider more magical damage, or a bit of attributes.

You will usually want to head to the offlane. If you are not facing a mean-looking trilane, you can probably start with a point in Sticky Napalm, that will help you secure last hits, harass the enemy carry, and trade hits with his support. Not only does it increase your right-click damage and applies a small slow, it mostly drastically reduces their turn-rate. Once the support is done harassing you (perhaps a new creep wave is coming along), you can assuredly land two or three extra attacks while they ever-so-slowly turns around. Of course, you should cross that if he can purge off your Sticky Napalm (Fortune's End icon.png Fortune's End, Aphotic Shield icon.png Aphotic Shield...). If you cannot get near enough anything to attack it, you could be better off with a starting point in Firefly as the unobstructed movement can help you run away to safety, or perhaps to hide in the trees to leech experience without getting noticed.

In your average game, the offlane should become unsafe soon enough and you'll want to head to the jungle to catch-up on gold and experience. Batrider is a terrible jungler at level 1, he can barely manage at level 2, and he's just fine at level 3 with two points in Napalm and one in Firefly. Stack the neutrals, stack your Napalm, and farm up your core Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger, then gank somebody with Smoke of Deceit icon.png Smoke of Deceit.

As for items, you'll usually start off with Wind Lace icon.png Wind Lace that will upgrade into Tranquil Boots (Active) icon.png Tranquil Boots. Get Tango icon.png Tango, perhaps an Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branch or two that you can either plant for extra regeneration from Tango, or turn into Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand. Once you have farmed a Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger, your next core item is Force Staff icon.png Force Staff.

From there, every other item is luxury. Get a Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar to guarantee your initiation. But, maybe the enemies' abilities go through spell immunity so a Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere is a better choice. Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity is nice to have for the extra movement speed to drag your enemies further, as is Boots of Travel 1 icon.png Boots of Travel. Thanks to the unobstructed vision you get from Firefly, you're also a great Gem of True Sight icon.png Gem of True Sight carrier. If you're getting starved for item slots, consider upgrading your Force Staff into a Hurricane Pike icon.png Hurricane Pike for extra attributes and lower cooldown.

Damage-oriented[edit]

Oh boy this is a tough one. Now that Flaming Lasso has such a bad cast range, and that Flamebreak deals so much damage combined with Napalm, we have seen pro-players skip entirely the Lasso in the early game. It is a good choice to make if you can bully the enemies with Napalm (no mobility or purge on their side), and instead go for extra points in Flamebreak and wait until you have farmed a Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger to take some points in Lasso.

The build order we give is only an example. If you've already read the tips we give on Napalm, you may think it is best to max it out first since it is eventually the skill that will dish out the most damage. However, in practice, it is sometimes difficult to get enough stacks of Napalm to justify leveling it over your other skills, mainly Firefly which is much more reliable and has a much larger AoE once you've circled around for a couple of seconds.

In an actual team fight, you'll have to consider all the enemies instead of a single one, and you certainly won't be able to stack Napalm on all of them. These enemies will disrupt you as you're chasing a target covered in Napalm, and that enemy will try his hardest to stay away from your Firefly. That's where Flamebreak comes in. If you can't keep up with your target, Flamebreak can either bring him back in your Firefly, or the DoT can be enough to finish him off, especially if he's covered in Napalm. If you only took a value point in Firefly since the damage scales poorly, any target that hasn't got a stack of Napalm on him can ignore it entirely, whereas it's at least a little significant with more points in Firefly and no stack of Napalm. Overall, you'll have to adapt your build every game and see what's working best for you.

For items, Tranquil Boots (Active) icon.png Tranquil Boots should still be your boots of choice, although Arcane Boots icon.png Arcane Boots can be a good alternative. The Energy Booster icon.png Energy Booster it comes with can be recycled later for an Aether Lens icon.png Aether Lens or a Lotus Orb icon.png Lotus Orb. You can take an Enchanted Mango icon.png Enchanted Mango or two to further boost up your regeneration and cast an extra Flamebreak when low on mana, and get an early Wind Lace icon.png Wind Lace as well, to increase your chasing power. This Wind Lace can be upgraded into Drum of Endurance icon.png Drum of Endurance, a great cost-effective item that suits Batrider quite nicely. If things are going very nicely on your lane and you do not see the need for Lasso/Blink Dagger yet, you can get even more cheap attributes: two Null Talisman icon.png Null Talismans will upgrade later into a Veil of Discord icon.png Veil of Discord that will do wonders for your damage output.

The game should eventually settle down and you should return to your tradtional initiating role and go back to your standard Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger and Force Staff icon.png Force Staff.

Ability Builds[edit]

Initiator Batrider
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 25
Sticky Napalm icon.png Firefly icon.png Firefly icon.png Sticky Napalm icon.png Firefly icon.png Flaming Lasso icon.png Firefly icon.png Flamebreak icon.png Flamebreak icon.png Talent icon.png Flamebreak icon.png Flaming Lasso icon.png Flamebreak icon.png Sticky Napalm icon.png Talent icon.png Sticky Napalm icon.png Unknown icon.png Flaming Lasso icon.png Talent icon.png Talent icon.png


Damage-oriented Batrider
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 25
Sticky Napalm icon.png Firefly icon.png Sticky Napalm icon.png Flamebreak icon.png Flamebreak icon.png Firefly icon.png Sticky Napalm icon.png Flamebreak icon.png Firefly icon.png Talent icon.png Flaming Lasso icon.png Flaming Lasso icon.png Sticky Napalm icon.png Flamebreak icon.png Talent icon.png Firefly icon.png Unknown icon.png Flaming Lasso icon.png Talent icon.png Talent icon.png

Talents[edit]

Hero Talents
-13s Flamebreak icon.png Flamebreak Cooldown 25 +8s Firefly icon.png Firefly Duration
+50 Movement Speed 20 15% Cooldown Reduction
+300 Health 15 +2s Flamebreak icon.png Flamebreak Burn Duration
+5 Armor 10 +6% Spell Amplification
Notes:
  • The health talent increases maximum health capacity, and keeps the current health percentage.

Tips & Tactics[edit]

General[edit]

  • Batrider can effectively jungle early with a few points put into Firefly and Sticky Napalm. Make sure to stack the camps to maximize income!
  • Make sure you have a Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger and a Smoke of Deceit icon.png Smoke of Deceit when you gank with Flaming Lasso. Most enemies will not know what hit them.
  • Remember that Batrider has only 1200 day vision while most other heroes have 1800, keep this in mind when ganking.
  • During the mid-game, remember to go for ganks with Smoke, often times you can secure kills with just one ally.

Abilities[edit]

Sticky Napalm icon.png Sticky Napalm[edit]

  • Batrider can dominate the middle lane thanks to Sticky Napalm, and even be able to go for kills with Firefly and a few stacks of Napalm on the enemy midlaner.
  • Always keep in mind that Sticky Napalm provides vision for 2 seconds on its location. Combined with the free-pathing from Firefly, enemies cannot juke you easily.
  • Firefly's damage is dealt twice per second, so the bonus damage from Sticky Napalm actually applies twice a second. Therefore, one single stack of Napalm will increase Firefly's DPS on heroes by 20/30/40/50.
    • Against heroes, an extra point in Napalm will be as valuable as an extra point in Firefly once you've reached two stacks of Napalm on that hero. If you're having troubles getting more than one or two on an opponent, you're better off with extra points in Firefly since it will also increase the damage of everything that's not covered in Napalm. However, if you can isolate a target, the DPS increase from Napalm will be better than the on from Firefly once you reach three stacks.
  • Sticky Napalm slows turn rate as well, so affected enemies cannot easily turn to attack or aim abilities against you.

Flamebreak icon.png Flamebreak[edit]

  • With an insane 1500 cast range, if you have managed to get away from a team fight with a sliver of health, you can still probably turn around and throw your molotov from a safe distance before going back to fountain.
  • Be wary however that the knock-back from Flamebreak can push an opponent away from your ally, just as easily as it can shove them back into your ally's grip.
  • Flamebreak does not cancel any channeled abilities, so the previous point becomes especially important when someone is trying to cancel a Town Portal Scroll icon.png Town Portal Scroll for example.
  • Does 4/5/6/7 (Talent 6/7/8/9) instances of damage. As a purely hypothetical scenario, with 10 stacks of level 4 Napalm, it could deal up to 4/5/6/7*(25/30/35/40 + 10*25) = 1,100/1,400/1,710/2,030 (Talent 1,650/1,960/2,280/2,610) magic damage before any reduction or amplification.

Firefly icon.png Firefly[edit]

  • Use Firefly to approach enemies from angles they would not expect you, or to hide in the trees and wait for an opportunity to arise.
  • Batrider can also be a viable solo offlaner thanks to flying movement Firefly gives, allowing for a somewhat reliable escape from bad situations.
  • Does a total of 37 (Talent 53) ticks of damage. As a purely hypothetical scenario, with 10 stacks of level 4 Napalm, it could deal up to 37*(35 + 10*25) = 10,545 (Talent 15,105) magic damage before any reduction or amplification.
  • When jungling, extra points in Sticky Napalm are more valuable than extra points in Firefly. Even with its damage reduced against creeps, Napalm scales better once you've reached 4-5 stacks.
    • As an example, let's assume you are level 3. You can either have 2 points in Firefly in which case you can deal 37*(15 + 10*2.5) = 1480 damage; or two points in Napalm in which case you can deal 37*(5 + 10*5) = 2035 damage. Overall, that extra point in Napalm is as valuable as the extra point in Firefly once you've reached 4 stacks (since 4*2.5 = 10 which equals Firelfy's DPS increase), and it becomes more valuable once you have 5 stacks. This is true at all levels of Firefly and Napalm since they both scale linearly.

Flaming Lasso icon.png Flaming Lasso[edit]

  • Batrider should focus on acquiring movement speed and positioning items to get the most out of Flaming Lasso.
  • You can turn around and apply Flame Break right before Flaming Lasso ends to further push target unit in a more disadvanted position, especially powerful with the right talent.
  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter allows Batrider to initiate on two clumped up targets, so Batrider can pull them both out of position, devastating enemy team in the late game.
    • This item also causes Flaming Lasso to deal 100 damage per second, adding more total damage due to its longer duration at higher levels.

Items[edit]

Starting items:

  • Tango icon.png Tango gives needed health regeneration during the laning phase.
  • Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branch gives cheap health, mana, and damage and can build into Magic Wand.
  • Clarity icon.png Clarity sustains mana in lane to keep using abilities.
  • Wind Lace icon.png Wind Lace increases movement speed to make plays in the offlane, can upgrade to Tranquil Boots in the Side Land Shop.

Early game:

  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed increases movement speed to keep Firefly on targets.
  • Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick helps with sustainability through burst health and mana.

Mid game:

  • Tranquil Boots (Active) icon.png Tranquil Boots provides a source of health regeneration and huge movement speed bonus to allow Batrider to remain in lane.
  • Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand provides attributes and more burst health and mana than Magic Stick.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger offers exceptional mobility for Batrider to easily go for Flaming Lasso, the most important item for him.
  • Force Staff icon.png Force Staff can be used while Lassoing a target, allowing you to drag them even further.

Late game:

  • Black King Bar icon.png 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 icon.png 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 icon.png Blink Dagger on cooldown. Also, it gives armor and intelligence for sustainability.

Situational items:

  • Infused Raindrop icon.png Infused Raindrop gives early mana regeneration and absorbs some magical damage.
  • Drum of Endurance icon.png 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 icon.png 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 icon.png 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 icon.png 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 1 icon.png Boots of Travel gives unmatched global presence and the extra movement speed allows Batrider to drag enemies further.
  • Rod of Atos icon.png Rod of Atos gives attributes to Batrider and can root a target, preventing them from moving.
  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png 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 icon.png Linken's Sphere grants regeneration, attributes, and Spellblock to protect Batrider during execution of Flaming Lasso.
  • Scythe of Vyse icon.png Scythe of Vyse gives attributes, mana regeneration, and hex to further disable a single target which proves deadly in the late game.
  • Octarine Core icon.png 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.