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Broodmother icon.png
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Intelligence attribute symbol.png
18 + 2.8
15 + 2.2
18 + 2
Level Base 1 15 25
Health 200 524 1226 1730
Health regen 0 1.8 5.72 8.52
Magic res. 25% 26.08% 27.76% 28.96%
Mana 75 291 627 867
Mana regen 0 0.9 2.3 3.3
Spell dmg 0% 1.26% 3.22% 4.62%
Armor 0 3 9.16 13.56
Att/sec 0.59 0.7 0.93 1.09
Move sp amp. 0% 0.94% 2.86% 4.24%
Damage 26‒32 41‒47 71‒77 93‒99
Movement speed 275
Turn rate 0.5
Vision range 1800/800
Attack range 150
Projectile speed Instant
Attack animation 0.4+0.5
Base attack time 1.7
Collision size 24
Gib type Goo

Black Arachnia, the Broodmother, is a melee agility hero who is a notably powerful pusher. Her trademark spiderlings, as both an asset and a liability, define her play style. While a possible additional source of income, experience and lane pushes, spiderlings can easily feed opponents when not handled with deft micro and great awareness. Broodmother's abilities allow her to summon those spiderlings to do her bidding and to slow and kill heroes with relative ease if caught off guard, all while staying as elusive as possible with her webs and passives. She spends most of the early game pressuring a lane with little concern, due to her spiderlings and her added health regeneration, but she can also transition into a difficult to kill melee carry, which can dive in on and rapidly kill lone enemies with the right items later on.


Broodmother minimap icon.png Black Arachnia, the Broodmother
Play "I've promised you to my children."
For centuries, Black Arachnia the Broodmother lurked in the dark lava tubes beneath the smoldering caldera of Mount Pyrotheos, raising millions of spiderlings in safety before sending them to find prey in the wide world above. In a later age, the Vizier of Greed, Ptholopthales, erected his lodestone ziggurat on the slopes of the dead volcano, knowing that any looters who sought his magnetic wealth must survive the spider-haunted passages. After millennia of maternal peace, Black Arachnia found herself beset by a steady trickle of furfeet and cutpurses, bold knights and noble youths--all of them delicious, certainly, and yet tending to create a less than nurturing environment for her innocent offspring. Tiring of the intrusions, she paid a visit to Ptholopthales; and when he proved unwilling to discuss a compromise, she wrapped the Vizier in silk and set him aside to be the centerpiece of a special birthday feast. Unfortunately, the absence of the Magnetic Ziggurat's master merely emboldened a new generation of intruders. When one of her newborns was trodden underfoot by a clumsy adventurer, she reached the end of her silken rope. Broodmother headed for the surface, declaring her intent to rid the world of each and every possible invader, down to the last Hero if necessary, until she could ensure her nursery might once more be a safe and wholesome environment for her precious spiderspawn.


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Spawn Spiderlings
Can be disjointed. Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Does not pierce spell immunity. Play
Spawn Spiderlings icon.png
Broodmother injects her young into an enemy unit, dealing damage. The spiderlings will hatch if the target is killed while under this influence.
Cast Animation: 0.2+0.5
Cast Range: 700
Damage: 70/140/210/280 (Talent 145/215/285/355)
Number of Spiderlings: 1/2/3/4
Debuff Duration: 2
Spiderling Duration: 60
Cooldown: 11/10/9/8 (With talent: 8.8/8/7.2/6.4)
Mana: 100
Does not pierce spell immunity. Debuff persists if debuff was placed before spell immunity and when not dispelled.
Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Blocked upon impact.
Buff Spider Hp: Undispellable.
Debuff Spawn Spiderlings: Dispellable with any dispel.
Black Arachnia continues to raise her young, even amidst the field of combat. The brood quickly learns how to support their mother.


  • Spawn Spiderlings' projectile travels at a speed of 1200.
  • Spawn Spiderling first applies the debuff, then the damage.
  • Spiderlings only spawn when the targeted unit dies while having the debuff on.
  • It does not matter who kills the target, if it dies in any way, the Spiderlings spawn.
  • The amount of spiders spawned is based on the level of the ability as the spawn happens, and not on what level it was upon cast.
  • Spiderlings are fully affected by Spin Web.
  • Choosing the damage upgrading talent immediately upgrades all of Broodmother's currently flying Spawn Spiderling projectiles.
  • Choosing the health or attack damage upgrading talent does not upgrade any of Broodmother's currently living Spiderlings or Spiderites.

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Spin Web
Cannot be used by illusions. Pierces spell immunity. Play
Spin Web icon.png
Spins a large web that grants Broodmother a passive movement speed increase, gives free movement, and boosts regeneration while in its vicinity. Spin Web charges restore every 45 seconds. Spin Web can be cast from anywhere as long as the new web touches an existing web. Webs never expire, and can be manually destroyed. When the maximum limit of webs is exceeded, the oldest web disappears.
Cast Animation: 0.4+0.4
Cast Range: 1000
Web Radius: 900
Max Amount of Webs: 2/4/6/8
Health Regen Bonus: 3/5/7/9
Move Speed Bonus: 25%/40%/55%/70%
Aura Linger Duration: 0.2
Number of Charges: 2/4/6/8
Charge Replenish Time: 45 (Talent 36)
Cooldown: 0
Mana: 50
Buff Spin Web Charge Counter: Undispellable.
Buff Spin Web Invisible Applier: Undispellable.
Buff Spin Web: Undispellable.
Weaving a bed of silken fibers, Arachnia's web both protects her and her offspring, as well as giving advancing opponents a sense of foreboding.


  • Has a global cast range when a part of another web is within the targeted area.
  • Upon learning, Broodmother instantly gains 2 charges. However, leveling it up further does not instantly grant the other charges.
  • Only affects the caster, and all Spiderlings and Spiderites under the player's control. Other player-controlled units are unaffected.
  • Movement speed bonus, unobstructed movement, and health regeneration are instantly granted upon entering the web.
  • Restores health in the form of regeneration, so it restores 0.3/0.5/0.7/0.9 health in 0.1 second intervals, which is 3/5/7/9 per second.
  • Can restore up to 180/300/420/540 health in one minute.
  • The effects are provided by an aura. Its buff lingers for 0.2 seconds.
  • Webs are visible on the minimap for Broodmother and her team. They do not provide vision but are selectable through the Fog of War.

Incapacitating Bite
Can be used by illusions. Disabled by Break. Does not pierce spell immunity.
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Broodmother's venom cripples enemy units, causing her attacks to slow and giving the affected unit a chance to miss its attacks.
Move Speed Slow: 16%/26%/36%/46%
Miss Chance: 30%/40%/50%/60%
Duration: 2
Does not pierce spell immunity. Slow and blind persist if debuff was placed before spell immunity and when not dispelled.
Debuff Incapacitating Bite Orb: Dispellable with any dispel.
Paralytic toxins come from Black Arachnia's fangs, causing a slow and painful death to those who intrude on her webs.


  • Successive hits with Incapacitating Bite on the same target do not stack, only the debuff gets refreshed.
  • The attacks first apply the debuff, then their own damage.
  • Does not affect buildings, wards, or allied units when attacking them.

Insatiable Hunger
Pierces spell immunity. Play
Insatiable Hunger icon.png
No Target
A violent lust for vital fluids increases Broodmother's attack damage and gives her a vampiric attack.
Cast Animation: 0.2+0.5
Attack Damage Bonus: 60/100/140 (Talent 120/160/200)
Lifesteal: 60%/100%/140% (Talent 120%/160%/200%)
Duration: 14
Cooldown: 45 (With talent: 36)
Mana: 100
Buff Insatiable Hunger: Undispellable.
While most of her prey is wrapped in silken cocoons and saved for her young, the Broodmother herself has a taste for wandering heroes.


  • The bonus damage is a regular attack damage bonus.
  • Stacks additively with other sources of lifesteal.
  • Cannot lifesteal off of buildings, but can lifesteal off of wards and allied units.

Spin Web ability[edit]

Destroy Spin Web
Destroy Spin Web icon.png
No Target
Destroys the selected Spin Web.
Cast Animation: 0+0
Cooldown: 0


  • This is cast from the web itself, allowing Broodmother to destroy webs individually instead of having the oldest one destroyed.
  • Spin webs do not leave corpses.

Spiderling abilities[edit]

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Poison Sting
Not disabled by Break. Does not pierce spell immunity.
Poison Sting (Spiderling) icon.png
Poisons and slows enemies with each attack.
Damage per Second: 8
Move Speed Slow: 8%
Hero Duration: 2
Creep Duration: 6
Debuff Poison Sting Debuff: Dispellable with any dispel.


  • Successive hits with Poison Sting on the same target do not stack, only the debuff gets refreshed.
  • The attacks first apply their damage, then the debuff.
  • Deals damage in 1 second intervals, starting 1 second after the debuff is applied, resulting in 2 (6) damage ticks.
  • Spiderites do not possess this ability.

Spawn Spiderite
Not disabled by Break. Does not pierce spell immunity.
Spawn Spiderite (Spiderling) icon.png
Applies debuff on attack. If debuffed unit dies, a spiderite will spawn.
Number of Spiderites: 1
Debuff Duration: 2
Spiderite Duration: 60
Does not pierce spell immunity. Debuff persists if debuff was placed before spell immunity and when not dispelled.
Buff Spider Hp: Undispellable.
Debuff Spawn Spiderite Debuff: Dispellable with any dispel.


  • Successive hits with Spawn Spiderite on the same target do not stack, only the debuff gets refreshed.
  • The attacks first apply their damage, then the debuff.
  • Spiderites only spawn when the attacked unit dies while having the debuff on.
  • It does not matter who kills the target, if it dies in any way, the Spiderite spawns.
  • Spiderites are fully affected by Spin Web.
  • Spiderites do not possess this ability.
  • Choosing the health or attack damage upgrading talent does not upgrade any of Broodmother's currently living Spiderites.


Hero Talents
+350 Spiders Health25+60 Insatiable Hunger Damage/Lifesteal
+50 Attack Speed20+20 Spiders Attack Damage
+35% XP Gain1520% Cooldown Reduction
+200 Health10+75 Spawn Spiderlings Damage
  • The Spiders health and attack damage talents affect Spiderlings and Spiderites.
  • The health talent increases maximum health capacity, and keeps the current health percentage.

Recommended items[edit]

Starting items:

  • Tango icon.png Tango provides needed health restoration during the laning phase.
  • Healing Salve icon.png Healing Salve keeps Broodmother in lane by restoring her health.
  • Enchanted Mango icon.png Enchanted Mango provides some passive health regeneration and burst mana, enough to finish off an enemy with Spawn Spiderlings.
  • Clarity icon.png Clarity gives mana to produce Spiderlings.
  • Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branch provides cheap attributes. Use with Tango for more healing.

Early game:

  • Soul Ring icon.png Soul Ring allows her to use Spawn Spiderlings more often without fear of running out of mana to harass the enemies, take last hits, and amass Spiderlings.
  • Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand gives attributes and restores health and mana in burst, keeping Broodmother healthy to continue making Spiderlings.
  • Medallion of Courage icon.png Medallion of Courage increases mana regeneration so Broodmother can make more babies. Also, the active ability decreases armor of target unit so she can farm faster.

Mid game:

  • Power Treads icon.png Power Treads provides attack damage and agility, as well as more survivability by switching to strength, or more mana by switching to intelligence.
  • Orchid Malevolence icon.png Orchid Malevolence's silence aids Broodmother in killing heroes with escape or disable abilities. The mana regeneration helps in making Spiderlings and webs; it can upgrade to Bloodthorn later on.
  • Solar Crest icon.png Solar Crest bolsters Broodmother defense with armor and evasion. Its active ability helps Broodmother and Spiderlings tear down neutral creeps and enemy heroes by lowering their armor.

Late game:

  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar's spell immunity synergizes with the huge lifesteal from Insatiable Hunger to let Broodmother survives in team fights.
  • Nullifier icon.png Nullifier applies mute to disable enemy items, coupling with Orchid Malevolence's silence to turn the target into a helpless prey.
  • Bloodthorn icon.png Bloodthorn supplies mana and boosts Broodmother's damage output. Its active ability, Soul Rend, silences the target, as well as giving True Strike and crit to ensure a kill.

Situational items:

  • Quelling Blade icon.png Quelling Blade makes last hitting easier.
  • Hand of Midas icon.png Hand of Midas, along with bonus experience talent, increases Broodmother's experience gain greatly, allowing her to gain an advantage with early powerful talents.
  • Phase Boots icon.png Phase Boots gives even more attack and movement speed, allowing Broodmother to stick to targets.
  • Vladmir's Offering icon.png Vladmir's Offering provides a useful lifesteal effect on both Broodmother and nearby Spiderlings, fully stacking with the effects of Insatiable Hunger. The bonus armor and attack damage also help Broodmother and her spiders to push lanes and towers.
  • Mask of Madness icon.png Mask of Madness grants cost-effective attack speed to combine with attack damage bonus of Insatiable Hunger for a cheap overall increase in damage output.
  • Echo Sabre icon.png Echo Sabre provides intelligence and mana regeneration for Broodmother to Spawn Spiderlings. The attack speed, damage, and slow gives her an easier time to hunt down heroes.
  • Desolator icon.png Desolator gives excellent damage and an armor reduction debuff on hit, increasing Broodmother's pushing and killing speed. Use with Insatiable Hunger for more damage and lifesteal.
  • Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade grants useful slow on enemies so they cannot easily escape. Manabreak also burns mana to deal extra physical damage, coupling with bonus agility to make a great item for carry Broodmother.
  • Radiance (Active) icon.png Radiance applies area damage and miss chance during team fights. With high mobility in webs, Broodmother can reach the enemy backline to cancel Blink initiation.
  • Assault Cuirass icon.png Assault Cuirass boosts the attack speed and armor of Broodmother and spiders, while also reducing the armor of nearby towers, allowing her to push faster.
  • Butterfly icon.png Butterfly offers agility, bonus attack speed, and bonus attack damage, increasing Broodmother's carry potential. The evasion, coupling with Incapacitating Bite's miss chance, will give enemies a hard time to bring her down with physical attacks.
  • Abyssal Blade icon.png Abyssal Blade grants reliable stun and occasional bashes to further lock down enemies, as well as block chance to protect Broodmother against physical attacks.
  • Necronomicon 3 icon.png Necronomicon 3 strengthens your pushes with summons and their bonus attack speed aura.


Roles: Carry Carry Pusher Pusher Escape Escape Nuker Nuker
Complexity: ★★☆
Playstyle: Inhabiting the lava tubes below the caldera of Mount Pyrotheos, Black Arachnia grew tired of recent adventurers stepping on her many offspring. And so, the Broodmother set out to rid the world of every potential intruder, one hero at a time. Paralytic venom drips from her fangs, crippling and blinding her prey with each Incapacitating Bite. Warm bodies make ideal nurseries, a fact not lost on Black Arachnia as she injects her eggs into dying foes to Spawn Spiderlings. Across patches of land she Spins Webs of silken fiber, sheltering herself within to recuperate injuries. Driven by Insatiable Hunger, the Broodmother goes into a feeding frenzy, sucking the vital fluids from wandering heroes to replenish herself for the next spawn cycle.





  • In her DotA biography, Broodmother's spiderlings originated from her relationship with Anub'arak, the Nerubian Assassin (Nyx Assassin minimap icon.png Nyx Assassin). In Dota 2, no relationship between the two heroes exists.
  • Broodmother is sometimes called by her nickname, "Broodmama".
  • Broodmother's response Play "Some pig." is a reference to the children's novel Charlotte's Web.