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Broodmother icon.png
Strength attribute symbol.png
17 + 2.8
Agility primary attribute symbol.png
18 + 2.2
Intelligence attribute symbol.png
18 + 2
Level Base 1 15 25
Health 200 540 1320 1880
H. regen 0 1.02 3.37 5.05
Mana 75 273 581 801
M. regen 0.01 0.73 1.85 2.65
Damage 26‒32 44‒50 74‒80 96‒102
Armor 0 2.57 6.97 10.11
Spell dmg 0% 1.29% 3.29% 4.71%
Att/sec 0.59 0.69 0.88 1
Movement speed 295
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
Magic resistance 25%
Collision size 24
Legs 8

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, to conceal herself and her spiderlings in an area, 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 invisibility/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 Black Arachnia, the Broodmother
Play "I've promised you to my children."
Role: Carry Carry / Pusher Pusher / Escape Escape / Nuker Nuker
Lore: 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.
Voice: Ellen McLain (Responses)


Broodmother Spiderling model.png
Broodmother Spiderling icon.png
Level 3
Duration 60
Health 450 (Talent 675)
Health regeneration 0.5
Armor 0
Magic resistance 0 %
Attack damage 18‒19 (Talent 32‒33)
Acquisition range 500
Attack range 100
Base attack time 1.35
Attack animation 0.5+0.3
Movement speed 350
Follow range 100
Turn rate 0.5
Collision size 8
Vision range 1100800 (G)
Bounty 11‒13
Experience 31
Model scale 0.3
Notes Abilities:
Poison Sting (Spiderling) icon.png Poison Sting
Spawn Spiderite (Spiderling) icon.png Spawn Spiderite

Spawn Spiderlings
Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Does not pierce spell immunity. Play
Spawn Spiderlings icon.png
Target Unit
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 130/200/270/340)
Number of Spiderlings: 1/2/3/4
Debuff Duration: 2
Spiderling Duration: 60
Cooldown symbol.png 10 (Talent 8)
Mana symbol.png 120
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 and can be disjointed.
  • 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 icon.png 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.

Spin Web
Cannot be used by illusions. Pierces spell immunity. Play
Spin Web icon.png
Target Area
Spins a large web that renders Broodmother invisible, grants a passive movement speed increase, gives free movement, and boosts regeneration while in its vicinity. Spin Web charges restore every 40 seconds. If damage is taken, free movement is disabled and the movement speed increase is halved for 6 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
Number of Web Charges: 1/2/3/4
Max Amount of Webs: 2/4/6/8 (Talent 10/12/14/16)
Fade Delay: 2
Health Regen Bonus: 3/5/7/9
Move Speed Bonus: 40%/50%/60%/70%
Damage Slow Duration: 6
Charge Replenish Time: 40 (Talent 32)
Cooldown symbol.png 0
Mana symbol.png 50
Buff Spin Web Charge Counter: Undispellable.
Buff Spin Web Invisible Applier: Undispellable.
Buff Spin Web: Undispellable.
Buff Invisible: 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 1 charge. 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 invisibility has a fade delay of 2 seconds and instantly starts upon entering the web.
  • The effects are provided by an aura. Its buff lingers for 0.15 seconds.
  • Damage greater than 0 from any player (including allies and self) or Roshan icon.png Roshan disables the unobstructed movement and reduces the speed bonus to 20%/25%/30%/35%.
  • When Broodmother or a summoned spider is taken out of their unobstructed pathing, trees within 150 radius around them are destroyed.
  • Webs are visible on the minimap for Broodmother and her team. They do not provide vision but are selectable through the Fog of War.
  • The web's twitching caused by Broodmother or her spiders moving in it is only visible to enemies when they have True Sight.

Incapacitating Bite
Can be used by illusions. Disabled by Break. Does not pierce spell immunity.
Incapacitating Bite icon.png
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.
  • 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
Lifesteal: 60%/100%/140%
Duration: 14
Cooldown symbol.png 45 (Talent 36)
Mana symbol.png 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.


  • Fully stacks with all other sources of lifesteal.
  • The damage is added as raw damage bonus, so it can be reduced with e.g. Enfeeble icon.png Enfeeble, but not amplified with e.g. Empower icon.png Empower.
  • Cannot lifesteal off of buildings, but can lifesteal off of wards and allied units.

Spin Web ability[edit]

Spin Web
Spin Web icon.png
Unknown Unit icon.png
Level 1
Duration Permanent
Health 100
Health regeneration 0
Armor 0
Magic resistance 0 %
Collision size 8
Vision range 00 (G)
Bounty 0
Experience 0
Model scale 1
Notes Invulnerable
Destroy Spin Web icon.png Destroy Spin Web

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

Broodmother Spiderling model.png
Unknown Unit icon.png
Level 2
Duration 60
Health 175 (Talent 400)
Health regeneration 0.5
Armor 0
Magic resistance 0 %
Attack damage 9‒10 (Talent 23‒24)
Acquisition range 500
Attack range 100
Base attack time 1.35
Attack animation 0.5+0.3
Movement speed 350
Follow range 100
Turn rate 0.5
Collision size 8
Vision range 1100800 (G)
Bounty 16‒21
Experience 20
Model scale 0.23

Poison Sting
Not disabled by Break. Pierces 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.
  • 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.


  • 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 icon.png 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
+225 Spiders Health 25 +8 Max Spin Web icon.png Webs
+70 Attack Speed 20 +14 Spiders Attack Damage
+350 Health 15 20% Cooldown Reduction
+25% XP Gain 10 +60 Spawn Spiderlings icon.png Spawn Spiderlings Damage
  • 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.
  • Cooldown reduction affects replenish time of Spin Web icon.png Spin Web.
  • Upgrading health increases maximum health capacity and keeps the current health percentage.
  • The Spin Web icon.png Spin Web upgrade allows to have 8 more webs on the map. It does not add 8 charges.
  • The health and attack damage upgrades to spiders apply to Spiderlings and Spiderites. They do not apply to Broodmother herself.

Recommended items[edit]

Starting items:

  • Tango icon.png Tango provides needed health restoration during the laning phase; you can target it on enemy wards to quickly take them out.
  • 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 in lane and later builds into Soul Ring icon.png Soul Ring with components from the Side Lane Shop.
  • Clarity icon.png Clarity gives mana to produce Spiderlings.
  • Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branch provides cheap attributes. Use in conjuction with Tango for more healing.

Early game:

  • Soul Ring icon.png Soul Ring allows her to use Spawn Spiderlings more frequently without fear of running out of mana to harass the enemies, take last hits, and amass Spiderlings.
  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed gives movement speed to chase, jungle, or retreat.
  • Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick gives burst health and mana, useful to get Broodmother healthy and making Spiderlings. You can upgrade it to Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand later.
  • Sentry Ward icon.png Sentry Ward provides True Sight to help dewarding. Enemies will have a hard time keeping up detection with their own Sentry Wards since Broodmother farms extremely fast to deward back.

Mid game:

  • Phase Boots icon.png Phase Boots allows Broodmother to pass through Spiderlings when attacking enemies. It also provides some movement speed when she took damage in webs.
  • 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 boosts Broodmother defense with armor and evasion. Its active ability helps Broodmother and Spiderlings tear down neutral creeps as well as heroes.

Late game:

  • 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.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar's spell immunity synergizes with the huge lifesteal from Insatiable Hunger to let Broodmother survives in teamfights.

Situational items:

  • Quelling Blade icon.png Quelling Blade allows Broodmother to quickly chop down enemy wards. She can also use it to cut down trees when stuck or escaping to the jungle. It can upgrade to Iron Talon icon.png Iron Talon to boost jungling speed.
  • Poor Man's Shield icon.png Poor Man's Shield bolsters Broodmother's defense against early harassment. It also gives some agility which help her to last hit.
  • Hand of Midas icon.png Hand of Midas, along with the level 10 talent, increases Broodmother's experience gain greatly, allowing her to gain an advantage with early powerful talents.
  • Power Treads icon.png Power Treads provides attack speed to complement Insatiable Hunger, as well as more survivability through additional attribute bonuses.
  • 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 greatly increase the ability of 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 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 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 in conjunction with Insatiable Hunger for more damage and lifesteal.
  • Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade grants useful purge to slow and remove buffs on enemies so they cannot easily escape or fight back. 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 teamfight. 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.
  • Manta Style icon.png Manta Style offers bonus attack speed, damage, movement speed, and attributes. Use the active Mirror Image to dispel debuffs such as Dust of Appearance icon.png Dust of Appearance, dodge projectiles such as Storm Hammer icon.png Storm Hammer, or enhance pushes with illusions.
  • 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 provides True Sight to spot enemy wards, as well as strengthens your pushes with summons and their bonus attack speed aura.






  • 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.