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Gameplay[edit]

Playstyle
Batrider minimap icon.png 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. His Flaming Lasso icon.png Flaming Lasso can be used to single out certain heroes, along with using his Sticky Napalm icon.png Sticky Napalm to increase the damage his enemies take from each damage tick by batrider, which helps him end his enemies with his Firefly icon.png Firefly which also allows him to move over terrain, opening numerous possibilities for him.
Pros Cons
  • Deadly disable that goes through spell immunity.
  • Good ganker.
  • Strong early game presence.
  • Low attack range.
  • Low Movement Speed.
  • Needs team co-ordination.

Generic Batrider[edit]

Batrider is traditionally played as an initiator, dragging enemies back to his team with Flaming Lasso. Lasso was and 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 magic damage, or a bit of attributes.

You will usually want to head to the offlane. If you're 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 auto-attacks while he 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 it's impossible to 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 a Smoke of Deceit icon.png Smoke of Deceit.

As for items, you'll usually start off with a Ring of Protection icon.png Ring of Protection that will upgrade into Tranquil Boots (Active) icon.png Tranquil Boots. Get some Tango icon.png Tangoes, perhaps an Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branch or two that you can either plant for extra regen from your tangoes, or turn into a Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand if you're facing plenty of spammers. Once you've 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. Maybe you want to guarantee your initiation so a Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar can be necessary. But maybe the enemies' spells go through magic 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 flying 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, the extra stats and the cooldown reduction is always nice...

Damage-oriented Batrider[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've seen pro-players skip entirely the Lasso in the early game. It's 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've 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's best to max it out first since it's eventually the skill that will dish out the most damage. However, in practice, it's 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 regen 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 don't see the need for Lasso/Blink Dagger yet, you can get even more cheap stats: 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]

Generic 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 Nil 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 Nil icon.png Flaming Lasso icon.png Talent icon.png Talent icon.png

Talents[edit]

Hero Talents
+300 Flamebreak icon.png Flamebreak AoE/Knockback 25 +8s Firefly icon.png Firefly Duration
+35 Movement Speed 20 15% Cooldown Reduction
+200 Health 15 +5% Spell Amplification
+4 Armor 10 +10 Intelligence attribute symbol.png Intelligence
Notes:
  • 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 icon.png Octarine Core and additively with Arcane Rune minimap icon.png Arcane Rune.
  • Flamebreak icon.png Flamebreak's explosion visual effects change when upgraded.

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 only one other hero is needed to secure kills.

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, it should be impossible to juke you.
  • Firefly's damage is dealt twice per second, so the bonus damage from sticky napalm will also be counted twice. 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.

Flamebreak icon.png Flamebreak[edit]

  • It has an insane 1500 cast range. If you've managed to get away from a team fight with a sliver of HP, you can still probably turn around and throw your molotov from a safe distance before going back to your fountain.
  • Be wary however that the knock-back from Flamebreak can push an opponent at a safe distance from your ally.... Just as easily as it can shove him 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 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 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 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 magic damage before any reduction or amplification.
  • When you're 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 center around movement speed and positioning items to get the most out of his ultimate.
  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter can be bought as a way of initiating on 2 clumped up targets, this can be devastating late game as it means batrider can effectively pull two targets out of position.
    • This item also causes Flaming Lasso to deal 100 damage per second, adding more total damage due to its longer duration at higher ranks.

Items[edit]

Starting items:

  • Tango icon.png Tangoes gives needed health regeneration during the laning phase.
  • Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branch gives cheap health, mana, and damage and can later be built into a Magic Wand.

Early-game items:

Core items:

  • Tranquil Boots (Active) icon.png Tranquil Boots is mandatory for an offlane batrider, providing a source of HP regen to allow him to remain on lane.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger is essential for Batrider as both Firefly and Flaming Lasso require deliberate positioning to be effective.

Situational items:

  • Arcane Boots icon.png Arcane Boots can be a good pickup for Batrider because he is mana dependent early game.
  • Force Staff icon.png Force Staff can be used while lassoing a target, allowing you to drag them even further.
  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity is a great pickup for Batrider. It gives you movement speed to improve Lasso effect, mana regen to help spam your abilities and also another disable to help in teamfights or to disjoint projectiles.
  • Boots of Travel 1 icon.png Boots of Travel gives unmatched global presence and the extra movement speed allows Batrider to drag enemies farther during his ultimate.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar prevents Batrider from being stopped by most stuns meaning he can drag the target further out of position without dying as quickly himself.
  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter seems pretty expensive on Batrider, but it can prove itself seriously efficiency. Because, it allows him to catch two heroes instead of one, and if it haves Refresher Orb, it can catch two more, which means he can become a real threat to grouped heroes on low HP.
  • Octarine Core icon.png Octarine Core can be bought in late game as a luxury item, which will give you a much higher health and mana pool supplying health and mana regen, magic lifesteal which will fit with Firefly and Flamebreak and also will reduce your cooldowns allowing for an even better spam of all skills.
  • Shiva's Guard icon.png Shiva's Guard has an interesting active that fits nicely in your initiator role. The slow it does can prevent your enemies from reacting on your initiation, the damage it deals can put their Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Daggers on cooldown. The +15 armor and +30 intelligence is always nice to have.