Dark Willow

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Dark Willow
Dark Willow icon.png
Strength attribute symbol.png
18 + 1.8
Agility attribute symbol.png
18 + 1.6
Intelligence primary attribute symbol.png
20 + 3
Level Base 1 15 25
Health 200 560 1060 1420
H. regen amp 0% 12.86% 30.86% 43.71%
Mana 75 315 819 1179
M. regen amp 0% 40% 124% 184%
Armor -1 2 5.73 8.4
Spell dmg 0% 1.43% 4.43% 6.57%
Att/sec 0.77 0.91 1.08 1.2
Damage 25‒33 45‒53 87‒95 117‒125
Magic res. 25% 27.25% 31.98% 35.35%
Base health regen 1.5
Base mana regen 0.9
Movement speed 295
Turn rate 0.7
Vision range 1800/800
Attack range 475
Projectile speed 1200
Attack animation 0.3+Example
Base attack time 1.3
Collision size 24
Legs 2

Mireska Sunbreeze, the Dark Willow, is a ranged intelligence hero with a powerful array of disables and nukes. She can summon a tangle of thorns to root enemies in her Bramble Maze, or curse an enemies to stun them after a delay with Cursed Crown. Slipping into the Shadow Realm to avoid attacks, she re-emerges with a powerful magical burst. Calling upon her companion Jex, Dark Willow dishes out a flurry of heavy magic damage, and sends her enemies fleeing in fear with Terrorize. This wide arsenal of disables and nukes allows her gank, roam, and support with equal efficiency, making her indispensable in teamfights.


Dark Willow Mireska Sunbreeze, the Dark Willow
Play "Let's have some fun, shall we?"
Lore: Children love telling stories about the whimsical adventures of fairies... That's because children don't know that most fairies are spiteful jerks. And in the world of spiteful fairies there are few names spoken of with more contempt than Mireska Sunbreeze.

Born to a fae merchant king, Mireska grew up in Revtel; a cutthroat nation where manipulation and murder were the norm. But while she was quite adept at navigating the etiquette, unspoken laws, and social rituals that permeated every element of her life, she found the whole thing rather boring.

So, Mireska did what most rebellious children do: burn down her family estate and set off with her pet wisp Jex to live the life of a wandering grifter.
Voice: Ashly Burch (Responses)


The brambles' formation.
Bramble Maze's custom targeting indicator.

Bramble Maze
Bramble Maze icon.png
Target Area
Dark Willow creates a maze of brambles in the target area. Enemies that walk into a bramble are rooted and take damage over time.
Cast Animation: 0.3+0.8
Cast Range: 1200 (Talent 1325)
Bramble Spawn Radius: 500
Root Search Radius: 90
Bramble Spawn Delay: 0.5
Bramble Spawn Interval: 0.075
Bramble Activation Delay: 0.1
Number of Brambles: 8
Damage per Second: 100
Root Duration: 1/1.5/2/2.5
Bramble Duration: 15
Cooldown symbol.png 40/35/30/25
Mana symbol.png 140/150/160/170
Debuff Bramble Maze: Dispellable with any dispel.
The fae realm exists all around you, merely waiting to draw you in…


  • The visual effects and the sound during the 0.5 second effect delay are only visible and audible to allies.
  • The projectile launched upon cast has only cosmetic purposes, and does not affect the delay.
  • The brambles are always placed in the same formation.
    • 4 brambles are placed 200 range away from the center of the target area, towards north, east, south, and west.
    • 4 brambles are placed 500 range away from the center of the target area, towards north-east, south-east, south-west, and north-west.
    • The brambles spawn in 0.075 second intervals, starting 0.5 seconds after cast, so it takes 1.025 seconds for all brambles to spawn.
    • The inner circle spawns first, starting with the east bramble, going counter-clockwise. The outer circle starts with the north-east bramble.
  • Each bramble is inactive for 0.1 seconds after spawning.
  • A bramble roots the first enemy unit which comes within 90 range of it, after which it then disappears.
    • Does not interrupt channeling spells upon rooting.
    • Does not provide True Sight over rooted enemies.
  • Deals 50 damage in 0.5 second intervals, starting 0.5 seconds after the buff is applied, resulting in 2/3/4/5 instances.
  • The Brambles' duration starts running after the initial creation delay. This means the last bramble disappears 16.025 seconds after cast.
  • Multiple instances of the debuff fully stack. Each bramble places its own independent debuff.
  • Leveling the spell up while there are still brambles on the field does not update the root duration of those brambles.

Shadow Realm
Shadow Realm icon.png
No Target
Self / Enemies
Dark Willow recedes into the shadows, becoming untargetable. Her next attack has increased attack range and deals bonus magic damage, and will end Shadow Realm. Damage scales based on how long she remains under the effects of Shadow Realm, the maximum being reached after 3 seconds.
Cast Animation: 0+0
Attack Range Bonus: 600
Max Damage: 120/200/280/360 (Talent 420/500/580/660)
Max Damage Duration: 3
Duration: 5
Cooldown symbol.png 30/24/18/12
Mana symbol.png 70/80/90/100
Does not pierce spell immunity. Does not attempt to damage spell immune enemies.
Buff Shadow Realm Buff: Undispellable.
Buff Shadow Realm Buff Attack Logic: Undispellable.
What you can't see will most definitely hurt you.


  • Shadow Realm disjoints projectiles upon cast.
  • During Shadow Realm, Dark Willow cannot be targeted by attacks and single-target spells.
    • Any attack targeting Dark Willow which is already in its its attack animation gets canceled.
    • However, single-target spells targeting Dark Willow which are already in their cast animation do not get canceled.
    • Does not prevent Lotus Orb icon.png Echo Shell or Spell Shield icon.png Spell Shield from reflecting spells back at her.
  • Spells which require vision to affect a unit cannot affect Dark Willow during Shadow Realm.
  • Dark Willow is phased during Shadow Realm, allowing her to pass through units.
  • When cast while attacking an enemy, Dark Willow is ordered to stop, so that the attack out of Shadow Realm is not wasted.
    • However, when she is given an attack order and has to move closer to the target, casting Shadow Realm while she moves does not stop her from attacking immediately.
  • Casting spells or items during Shadow Realm does not end it, only attacking does.
  • The Shadow Realm buff is lost upon launching an attack. Upon launch, Dark Willow gets the attack logic buff, which is responsible for the damage.
    • This buff disappears upon hitting the target, or within 3 seconds, whichever is shorter.
    • This means if the projectile flies for more than 3 seconds, the damage is not applied.
    • The buff responsible for the damage is lost on death, so when dying before projectile hit negates the damage.
    • The buff only works for the attack that created it. Any other projectiles launched afterwards do not apply the bonus damage.
  • The damage increases by 1.2/2/2.8/3.6 (Talent 4.2/5/5.8/6.6) on each server tick (0.03 seconds), reaching its maximum in 3 seconds.
  • The damage stops growing as soon as the attack is launched. It does not continue to grow while flying towards the target.
  • The damage is dealt in a separate instance and is not added to Dark Willow's attack damage.
  • The bonus damage of Shadow Realm does not work against buildings and wards, but works on allies.

Cursed Crown
Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Does not pierce spell immunity. Play
Cursed Crown icon.png
Target Unit
Dark Willow casts an ancient fae curse on the target. After a delay, the target and nearby enemies are stunned.
Cast Animation: 0.1+0.97
Cast Range: 600 (Talent 725)
Radius: 325
Delay: 4
Stun Duration: 2/2.5/3/3.5
Cooldown symbol.png 18/16/14/12
Mana symbol.png 100/120/140/160
Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Blocked upon cast.
Debuff Cursed Crown: Dispellable with any dispel.
Debuff Stunned: Dispellable with strong dispels.
Didn't anyone ever tell you? Never strike a deal with a fairy…


  • The sound and visual effect during the delay on the target is audible and visible to everyone.
    • The visual effect indicates the area to be affected on each second.
  • Turning invulnerable or hidden does not prevent the debuff from affecting the area around the target.
  • Provides 325 radius ground vision around the target upon applying the stun.
    • No vision is granted during the delay or if the target turns invisible.

Dark Willow Jex model.png
Level 1
Health 100
Health regeneration 0
Armor 0
Magic resistance 0 %
Collision size 8
Vision range 600600 (G)
Bounty 150
Experience 0
Model scale 1
Notes Uncontrollable.

Bedlam icon.png
No Target
Dark Willow's pet wisp roams around her for the duration, rapidly attacking nearby enemies. Bedlam cannot be used while Terrorize is active.
Cast Animation: 0+0
Roam Radius: 200
Attack Radius: 300
Attack Interval: 0.25
Damage per Attack: 60/140/220
Seconds per Rotation: 1.5
Duration: 4
Cooldown symbol.png 40/30/20
Mana symbol.png 100/150/200
Buff Bedlam: Undispellable.
You'll have to excuse my friend Jex. He's really into murder.


  • Bedlam and Terrorize are linked abilities; leveling up one automatically levels up the other as well.
  • Interrupts Dark Willow's channeling spells upon cast.
  • While active, Terrorize icon.png Terrorize is inactive and cannot be cast.
  • Bedlam is inactive when Terrorize is being cast, and stays inactive until Jex fully returned to Dark Willow after terrorizing enemies.
  • On cast, Jex always appears on the west side and rotates clockwise around Dark Willow.
  • Jex rotates around Dark Willow at a speed of 837.76, taking 1.5 seconds to finish a rotation.
    • This results in 2.67 rotations over the whole duration.
  • On each attack, Jex chooses a visible random target within range. There are no priorities. Does not attack buildings or wards.
    • The attack radius is centered on Jex. A light pink glow surrounds it, indicating the attack area.
    • Jex continues attacking even when Dark Willow is disabled. It stops only whens he dies, or when expiring.
    • Jex' attacks are not regular attacks. They are treated like a spell, and thus do not interact with any on attack effects.
    • The attack projectiles traveling at a speed of 1400.
    • This means that spell damage amplification and spell lifesteal does work with it. Dark Willow is the damage source.
  • With its 0.25 second attack rate, it can attack up to 16 times.
  • With the current attack rate and damage, it can deal up to 240/560/880 damage per second to a single hero.
  • Recasting Bedlam before the previous cast finishes refreshes the duration.
  • The spell itself provides no vision, but Jex itself has 600 ground vision which he provides the whole time.

Terrorize icon.png
Target Area
Dark Willow releases her pet wisp to terrorize her enemies. After a short delay, all enemies in the target area become fearful and run toward their home fountain. Terrorize cannot be used while Bedlam is active.
Cast Animation: 0.8+2.57
Cast Range: 1500 (Talent 1625)
Radius: 400
Effect Delay: 0.8
Duration: 4 (Talent 5)
Cooldown symbol.png 100/80/60
Mana symbol.png 150
Debuff Debuff Fear: Dispellable with any dispel.
You think you know the first thing about fear? Jex'll show you what that word truly means…


  • Terrorize and Bedlam are linked abilities; leveling up one automatically levels up the other as well.
  • Terrorize is inactive during Bedlam.
  • Terrorize is also inactive when Terrorize is being cast, and stays inactive until Jex fully returned to Dark Willow after terrorizing enemies.
    • This means Terrorize cannot be cast again until Jex returned from a previous cast.
  • Jex travels to the target point at a speed of 2000, and returns to Dark Willow at a speed of 500.
  • The visual effect at the target area during the cast time/effect delay is visible to allies only. The sound is audible to everyone.
  • The effect delay of Terrorize begins immediately upon cast. This means, for Dark Willow, it effectively has no delay, due to the equally long cast time.
    • However, for Rubick Rubick, who has an instant cast time for this spell, the delay does matter.
  • The spell itself provides no vision, but Jex itself has 600 ground vision which he provides the whole time.


Hero Talents
+1 Terrorize icon.png Terrorize Duration 25 +200 Attack Speed
+300 Shadow Realm icon.png Shadow Realm Max Damage 20 10% Spell Lifesteal
+40 Movement Speed 15 +90 Gold/Min
+125 Cast Range 10 +20 Damage
  • The spell lifesteal talent stacks additively with other sources of spell lifesteal.
  • The spell lifesteal talent heals for 2% from non-hero units. Treats creep-heroes as creeps and does not heal off of illusions.

Recommended items[edit]

Starting items:

  • Clarity icon.png Clarity helps Dark Willow play more aggressively in the early game.
  • Tango icon.png Tango supplements Dark Willow's low natural health.
  • Stout Shield icon.png Stout Shield slightly offsets Dark Willow's low armor.
  • Bottle (Full) icon.png Bottle first can facilitate Bounty Rune control, offsetting the high mana cost of Dark Willow's abilities.

Early game:

Mid game:

  • Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand gives Dark Willow a quick mana and health heal.
  • Arcane Boots icon.png Arcane Boots lets Dark Willow use her magical nukes more often.
  • Phase Boots icon.png Phase Boots can be considered to keep up with enemies while using Bedlam.
  • Mekansm icon.png Mekansm greatly improves Dark Willow's survivability.

Late game:

  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity prevents enemies from running too far away when debuffed with Cursed Crown.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger helps Dark Willow get close to enemies to land as many Bedlam hits as possible, and allows her to get behind enemies for Terrorize.
  • Guardian Greaves icon.png Guardian Greaves protects Dark Willow from counterattacks when she is ganking with Bedlam.
  • Kaya icon.png Kaya increases Dark Willow's burst damage, and reduces some of her mana costs.
  • Maelstrom icon.png Maelstrom's passive triggers very often with Dark Willow picks her level 25 attack speed bonus talent.

Situational items

  • Shadow Blade icon.png Shadow Blade allows Dark Willow to strike enemies continuously with Bedlam without retaliation.
  • Spirit Vessel icon.png Spirit Vessel makes Dark Willow more durable, and its active adds to her nuke damage.
  • Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere protects Dark Willow from disables, which can quickly kill her in the late game.
  • Force Staff icon.png Force Staff helps Dark Willow stay next to enemies during Bedlam.
  • Veil of Discord icon.png Veil of Discord keeps Dark Willow alive against AoE nukes, and let's her deal more damage with her own nukes.
  • Rod of Atos icon.png Rod of Atos keeps enemies within range of Bedlam.
  • Mjollnir icon.png Mjollnir's passive triggers very often with Dark Willow picks her level 25 attack speed bonus talent, and its active dissuades her targets from counterattacking during gank.
  • Boots of Travel 1 icon.png Boots of Travel in combination with Shadow Realm allow Dark Willow to teleport and split-push safely.


Roles: Support Support Nuker Nuker Disabler Disabler Escape Escape


Playstyle: Mireska Sunbreeze is a devious rebel for whom deceit and backstabbing are but business norms. Her Fae heritage lets her to slip into the Shadow Realm, avoiding attacks while entrapping victims in a thorny Bramble Maze. She lays a Cursed Crown on her foes, stunning them no matter where they run. The Dark Willow's companion wisp is no less to fear. Jex circles its mistress, creating total Bedlam before tapping into primal fears to Terrorize enemies into submission.





  • Dark Willow is sometimes labeled in the game files as Sylph and Fairy, her early working names.
  • Dark Willow's accent has some Scottish influences.


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