Ember Spirit

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Ember Spirit
Ember Spirit icon.png
Strength attribute symbol.png
Agility attribute symbol.png
Intelligence attribute symbol.png
21 + 2.6
22 + 1.8
20 + 1.8
Level Base 1 15 25
Health 200 578 1226 1694
Health regen 0.5 2.6 6.24 8.84
Magic res. 25% 26.26% 28.44% 30%
Mana 75 315 615 831
Mana regen 0 1 2.26 3.16
Spell dmg 0% 1.4% 3.16% 4.42%
Armor 0 4.4 9.44 13.04
Att/sec 0.59 0.75 0.94 1.07
Move sp amp. 0% 1.38% 2.95% 4.08%
Damage 30‒34 52‒56 77‒81 95‒99
Movement speed 305
Turn rate 0.5
Vision range 1800/800
Attack range 150
Projectile speed Instant
Attack animation 0.4+0.3
Base attack time 1.7
Collision size 24
Legs
Gib type Fire

Xin, the Ember Spirit, is a highly mobile and versatile melee agility hero whose abilities make him a slippery foe who can dance around his enemies at will. His skill set allows for aggressive assaults on other heroes, as he can engage on them from long range using Sleight of Fist and tie them down with Searing Chains. His Flame Guard ability deals damage in a small area around him while shielding him from magic nukes, making him a force to be reckoned with by enemy casters. Finally, his Fire Remnant spell enables him to engage, escape, or move instantaneously around the map, allowing him to appear where the enemy least expects and disappear just as quickly.

Despite a decent health pool early on, he lacks armor and a sizable mana pool, making him frail and easy to kill with physical damage if caught or disabled. However, with good item choices and proper judgment, Ember Spirit can engage his foes using his speed and disables, dominating the battlefield with blinding speed. While he has only a limited presence in the early and mid game, Xin eventually becomes a dangerous opponent even on his own, proving to friend and foe alike that, for them, there is still much to be learned.

Bio[edit]

Ember Spirit minimap icon.png Xin, the Ember Spirit
Play "Balance in all things."
Lost within the Wailing Mountains, the Fortress of Flares lay abandoned, its training halls empty, its courtyard covered in leaves and dust. Upon a dais in its sealed temple rests a topaz cauldron filled with ancient ash, remnants of a pyre for the warrior-poet Xin. For three generations, Xin taught his acolytes the Bonds of the Guardian Flame, a series of mantras to train the mind and body for the harsh realities beyond the fortress walls. However, in teaching a warrior's way he earned a warrior's rivals, and in his autumn Xin was bested and slain. His followers spread to the wind. Yet as years turned to centuries and followers to descendants, his teachings endured by subtle whisper and deed. Touched by the teacher's lasting legacy, the Burning Celestial, inquisitive aspect of fire, cast himself to the Fortress of Flares and reignited the pyre ash. From these glowing embers emerged an image of Xin, wreathed in flame, his thoughtful countenance prepared to train and to teach, and to spread the fires of knowledge to all who seek guidance.

Abilities[edit]

Searing Chains
Does not pierce spell immunity. Play
Q
C
Searing Chains icon.png
Ability
No Target
Affects
Enemies
Damage
Magical
Ember Spirit unleashes fiery bolas that wrap around nearby enemies, anchoring them in place and dealing damage each second.
Cast Animation: 0+0.87
Search Radius: 400
Max Targets: 2
Damage per Second: 60/80/92/100
Duration: 1.5/2/2.5/3 (Talent 2.5/3/3.5/4)
Cooldown: 14/12/10/8
Mana: 110
Does not pierce spell immunity. Root effect persists and attempts to damage if debuff was placed before spell immunity and when not dispelled.
Modifiers
Debuff Searing Chains: Dispellable with any dispel.
Xin's harshest lessons often employed the use of red-hot chains.

Notes:

  • Searing Chains interrupts Ember Spirit's channeling spells upon cast.
  • Despite the visual effects, the Searing Chains' effects are applied instantly and cannot be disjointed.
  • The units are selected randomly within its range. There are no priorities.
  • Roots the targets, preventing them from moving and casting certain mobility spells.
    • Provides True Sight over the targets, but only when the targets were not invisible or within a fade time upon cast.
  • Does not target invisible units or units inside the Fog of War.
  • Deals damage in 0.5 second intervals, starting 0.5 second after cast, resulting in 3/4/5/6 (Talent 5/6/7/8) damage instances.
  • Can deal up to 90/160/230/300 (Talent 150/240/322/400) damage to each unit.


Sleight of Fist
Pierces spell immunity. Play
W
T
Sleight of Fist icon.png
Affects
Enemies / Self
Ember Spirit dashes around with blazing speed, attacking all enemies in the targeted area of effect, then returning to his start location. Deals bonus damage to heroes, and less damage to creeps.
Cast Animation: 0+0.7
Cast Range: 700
Effect Radius: 250/350/450/550
Jump Interval: 0.2
Hero Attack Damage Bonus: 40/80/120/160
Creep Attack Damage Reduction: 50%
Number of Charges: 0 (Talent 2)
Charge Replenish Time: 0 (Talent 30/22/14/6)
Cooldown: 30/22/14/6 (With talent: 0)
Mana: 50
Modifiers
Buff Sleight Of Fist Caster: Undispellable.
Buff Sleight Of Fist Invulnerability: Undispellable.
Debuff Sleight Of Fist Marker: Undispellable.
The studied warrior must whip and weave through its enemies, burning each without pause.

Notes:

  • During Sleight of Fist, this ability is inactive, so that it cannot be recast until the current cast finishes.
  • Upon cast, all targets within the area are marked. A flaming sword appears above them as an indicator, which lasts until they get hit.
  • Sleight of Fist has no range limit. Once a target is marked, it cannot escape Sleight of Fist with distance.
  • Does not affect invisible or attack immune units. When a marked unit turns invisible or attack immune, it gets fully skipped on its turn.
  • Fully affects units in the Fog of War. Fogged units get marked on cast, and get hit as well.
  • Jumps in 0.2 second intervals. The jumps are random between all marked units, there are no priorities.
  • On each jump, Ember Spirit is positioned 50 range away from his target, on a line between the target and the cast location of Sleight of Fist.
  • Makes Ember Spirit perform an instant attack on each jump against the targets.
    • This means the hits can proc any attack modifiers or on-hit effects like a regular attack.
    • If Ember Spirit is blinded, the hits can miss, unless he has True Strike. They can also miss to evasion.
    • When Ember Spirit is disarmed, no instant attack is performed on the jump.
    • The instant attacks of Sleight of Fist do not break Smoke of Deceit icon.png Smoke of Deceit's invisibility.
  • During Sleight of Fist, Ember Spirit does not need to turn to cast targeted spells or items.
  • After all marked targets have been slashed, Ember Spirit returns to the position he had upon casting Sleight of Fist.
    • That position is marked by a remnant for the duration.


Flame Guard
Cannot be used by illusions. Does not pierce spell immunity. Play
E
E
Flame Guard icon.png
Ability
No Target
Affects
Self / Enemies
Damage
Magical
Ember Spirit surrounds himself with a ring of fire that consumes incoming magic damage, leaving him unharmed. Flame Guard deals damage per second in an area around Ember Spirit while Flame Guard is active. If the shield is broken, the damage is also lost.
Cast Animation: 0+1.07
Damage Radius: 400
Damage per Second: 30/40/50/60 (Talent 90/100/110/120)
Magical Damage Absorbed: 80/220/360/500 (Talent 330/470/610/750)
Duration: 8/12/16/20
Cooldown: 35
Mana: 80/90/100/110
Modifiers
Buff Flame Guard: Dispellable with any dispel.
An enemy should never be allowed to approach without difficulty.

Notes:

  • Flame Guard interrupts Ember Spirit's channeling spells upon cast.
  • Deals 6/8/10/12 (Talent 18/20/22/24) damage in 0.2 seconds intervals, starting 0.2 seconds after cast.
  • Can deal a total of 240/480/800/1200 (Talent 720/1200/1760/2400) damage to a single unit (before reductions), assuming a max duration Flame Guard.
  • Recasting Flame Guard refreshes the buff and resets the barrier's absorb capacity.
  • Does not stack with other magical damage barriers.
    • If multiple sources of barriers are active on a unit, all of them lose capacity from the same absorbed damage instance.
  • Only blocks magical damage, coming from spells and attacks. Does not block any physical or pure damage.


Fire Remnant
Does not proc any on-cast effects when cast. Play
R
F
Fire Remnant icon.png
Ember Spirit generates Fire Remnant charges every 38 seconds, with a max of 3 charges. Releasing a charge sends a Fire Remnant that runs to the target location at 2.5x Ember Spirit's speed. Using Activate Fire Remnant, Ember Spirit can dash out to his Remnants, exploding them for area of effect damage. The targeted Remnant will be arrived at last.
Cast Animation: 0+0.53
Cast Range: 1500
Remnant Duration: 45
Number of Charges: 3
Charge Replenish Time: 38 (Talent 13)
Cooldown: 0
Modifiers
Buff Fire Remnant Charge Counter: Undispellable.
Buff Fire Remnant Timer: Undispellable.
By the spirit's power are Xin's teachings spread anew.

Notes:

  • Ember Spirit gets all 3 charges immediately upon learning Fire Remnant.
  • Fire Remnants move to their targeted location at a speed of 250% of Ember Spirit's movement speed.
    • The speed is set upon cast and does not adapt.
  • Since Fire Remnants last for 45 seconds and the replenish time is 38 (Talent 13) seconds, it is possible to have 4 (Talent 6) remnants up at a time.
  • Every time a Fire Remnant is placed, Ember Spirit gets a status buff, showing the duration of the remnant. The status buff disappears once the Remnant expires or is used.
  • Fire Remnants are visible to everyone. They do not grant any vision and thus cannot be seen when sent into the Fog of War.
  • Fire Remnants deal no damage when they expire.


Activate Fire Remnant
Cannot be cast while rooted or leashed. Does not pierce spell immunity. Play
D
R
Activate Fire Remnant icon.png
Affects
Self / Enemies
Damage
Magical
Select the Fire Remnant to arrive at.
Cast Animation: 0+1.07
Cast Range: Global
Remnant Damage Radius: 450
Remnant Damage: 100/200/300
Cooldown: 0
Mana: 150
Modifiers
Buff Fire Remnant: Undispellable.
With blazing speed does a spirit fly!

Notes:

  • Ember Spirit moves to a Fire Remnant with a speed of 1300, or reaches it in 0.4 seconds, whichever is faster.
  • Ember Spirit is invulnerable while traveling to a Fire Remnant.
  • Activate Fire Remnant always costs 150 mana, no matter if Ember Spirit has to travel to 1, 2, 3, or 4 Fire Remnants.
  • Does not disjoint projectiles that are traveling towards Ember Spirit when he casts this spell.
  • While traveling, Ember Spirit can attack, cast spells, and use items.
  • Forced movement cancels the movement of Activate Fire Remnant and removes its invulnerability.
    • However, the remnants still get used up and Ember Spirit gets instantly moved to the last one's location once it explodes.
  • Always travels to the Fire Remnant furthest away from the targeted point first.
  • Ember Spirit damages enemies within a 225 radius around him as he travels, and in a 450 radius around a remnant upon reaching it.
    • Enemies may only be damaged once per remnant, either by Ember Spirit as he travels towards the remnant, or by him upon reaching the remnant.
  • Destroys trees within 200 radius around Ember Spirit while traveling to a remnant.
    • Though at high speeds, some trees may be skipped.


Talents[edit]

Hero Talents
-25 Remnant Charge Restore Time252 Sleight of Fist Charges
True Strike20+10% Spell Amplification
+1s Searing Chains15+60 Flame Guard DPS
+250 Flame Guard Absorption10+25 Damage
Notes:
  • This attack damage talent is added as raw attack damage, so it does not benefit illusions, and is not affected by most percentage-based damage increasing or reducing effects.

Recommended items[edit]

Starting items:

  • Tango icon.png Tango helps Ember Spirit sustain during the laning phase, preventing him from being forced to return to base due to enemy harassment.
  • Healing Salve icon.png Healing Salve also restores health to Ember Spirit.
  • Faerie Fire icon.png Faerie Fire may help you survive a gank or lethal attack from tower after killing enemy. It also helps with last hitting.
  • Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branch is a cheap and effective way to improve Ember Spirit's mana pool and health pool, both of which are lacking in the early game.
  • Stout Shield icon.png Stout Shield is recommended as it will significantly reduce the enemy's attack harass potential, meaning Ember Spirit is able to sustain longer in lane.

Early game:

  • Bottle (Full) icon.png Bottle gives Ember Spirit a way to sustain his HP and mana, allowing him to remain out in the field to farm or fight. It is best purchased if Ember Spirit is played as a mid hero, as he can access runes more easily.
  • Infused Raindrop icon.png Infused Raindrop can mitigate magical damage in fights, also helps with mana regeneration.
  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed are essential for Ember Spirit, as the improved speed will allow him to escape deadly situations, as well as catch up to an escaping enemy. It also improves his ability to successfully catch an escaping hero with Searing Chains.
  • Town Portal Scroll icon.png Town Portal Scroll should be carried at all times by all heroes. TP scrolls allow Ember Spirit to move around the map to find farm and reach fights and ganks quickly, as his spells make him a force to be reckoned with in any engagement. When Combined with Fire Remnant, it allows Ember Spirit to regenerate in fountain and come back quickly.

Mid game:

  • Power Treads icon.png Power Treads give intelligence so Ember Spirit can use abilities more often. The attack damage and agility also add to his damage output.
  • Boots of Travel 1 icon.png Boots of Travel can be a powerful purchase on Ember Spirit in the mid-game. Aside from freeing up an inventory slot and saving gold from not having to constantly purchase Town Portal Scrolls, the increased movement speed gives Ember Spirit increased mobility, allowing him to chase down enemies more easily. As well, the teleport increases Ember Spirit's global presence, especially when combined with Fire Remnants, as he can make quick returns to base to grab items or replenish HP and mana, assist in gank opportunities on other parts of the map, and so on.
  • Battle Fury icon.png Battle Fury is a highly potent item in Ember Spirit's hands, both for farming and fighting. The HP and mana regen help to keep him topped up, allowing him to farm jungle camps using his spells and ensuring that he can enter fights will full HP and mana. The cleave allows him to farm creeps more easily, and can inflict vast amounts of damage to the enemy team when combined with Sleight of Fist.
    • A second Battle Fury icon.png Battle Fury, and possibly a third or more, is very powerful on Ember Spirit when dealing with illusion army or swarms of heroes, as it increases the cleave percentage as well as the amount of damage he deals with Sleight of Fist.
  • Maelstrom icon.png Maelstrom is an alternative item choice other than Battle Fury icon.png Battle Fury. The Chain Lightning effect will proc when casting Sleight of Fist. It is much cheaper than Battle Fury icon.png Battle Fury and allows Ember Spirit to clear illusions much earlier.

Late game:

  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger is very situational, but can drastically increase Ember Spirit's mobility by allowing him to initiate on enemies without having to use a Fire Remnant, so that Ember Spirit can save the remnant in the back and return to in bad situation. It also allows him to move around the map more quickly and bypass trees and terrain, which lets him catch enemies unaware or run from fights more easily. Blink Dagger also give Ember Spirit much more chance to right-click enemy by jumping forward and deal more damage.
  • Daedalus icon.png Daedalus provides Ember Spirit with great additional damage and a chance to deal 2.2x damage on an attack. It synergizes extremely well with Sleight of Fist, allowing for powerful damage output at a distance.
    • Multiple Daedalus icon.png Daedalus allows Ember Spirit to inflict tremendous amounts of physical damage using Sleight of Fist, potentially resulting in multi-kills against the enemy team if they are clustered together.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar is a must-have item in the face of heavy disables. As he can be killed very quickly if ever stunned or silenced, spell immunity allows Ember Spirit to engage the enemy head-on and ignore their disables while fighting, giving him a bigger damage window before he needs to retreat. As well, it gives him additional strength, increasing the size of his HP pool, as well as more raw damage.
  • Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere gives Ember Spirit stats across the board, as well as passive HP and mana regen. The Spell Block passive allows Ember Spirit to shrug off one targeted spell during a fight, hopefully a targeted disable, increasing his slipperiness and allowing him to fight without fear of being disabled.
  • Manta Style icon.png Manta Style gives Ember Spirit a measure of defense against silences, as he can instantly dispel debuffs, especially silence, while also creating two illusions with which to confuse the enemy. The item itself also provides very useful bonuses, giving him all-around stats, more agility and attack speed, and a movement speed bonus that increases his mobility. Finally, as items can be used during Sleight of Fist, combining this item, Sleight of Fist and Searing Chains can allow Ember Spirit to root and place illusions near a target from long range.

Situational items:

  • Drum of Endurance icon.png Drum of Endurance, gives Ember Spirit all-around stats, shoring up his HP and mana pool as well as giving him increased damage, which combined with the aura allows him to engage in teamfight earlier. The bonus movement speed increases his mobility, allowing him to position himself to use his spells more easily.
  • Veil of Discord icon.png Veil of Discord is a powerful mid game item for Ember Spirit. With Discord and spell amplification talent, Ember Spirit can deal lots of magical damage with his abilities.
  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity's movement speed bonus and cyclone helps Ember Spirit catch up to enemies. It also dispels silence and grants mana for him to keep using abilities.
  • Butterfly icon.png Butterfly can be very powerful in the hands of Ember Spirit, as it grants him evasion while also increasing his physical DPS. The passive evasion decreases his vulnerability against physical damage, while the active can give him more mobility to flee from a fight or chase an enemy down.
  • Eye of Skadi icon.png Eye of Skadi provides Ember Spirit with stats across the board, greatly increasing his survivability and offensive potential. Combined with Sleight of Fist, he can inflict the slow to multiple enemy heroes at once, through spell immunity, slowing them down drastically and preventing them from chasing, escaping or spreading out as quickly.
  • Octarine Core icon.png Octarine Core is a powerful late item for magical Ember, which gives hip more survivability and increases spells cooldowns. With 25% Cooldown Reduction and +1 sec Searing Chains talents, Ember Spirit can easily catch his opponents.
  • Mjollnir icon.png Mjollnir can be upgraded from Maelstrom icon.png Maelstrom. The Static Charge ability can be used to discourage enemies from attacking Ember Spirit as well, for fear of proccing the discharge. Note that the additional attack speed is not very useful on Ember Spirit as his main source of physical damage is Sleight of Fist.
  • Shadow Blade icon.png Shadow Blade increases Ember Spirit's physical DPS, and gives him an additional method with which to initiate on enemies during ganks. As well, if Sleight of Fist is cast during the 0.3 second fade time, Ember Spirit will deal the 175 bonus damage to all slashed targets and remain invisible upon returning to the remnant. However, beware that this tactic does not apply to Silver Edge icon.png Silver Edge.
  • Divine Rapier icon.png Divine Rapier is one of the strongest items that Ember Spirit can purchase, as, combined with a cleave and crit, can allow him to deal absurd amount of physical damage to the entire enemy team during Sleight of Fist. While it is extremely expensive and extremely risky due to the possibility of giving it to the enemy upon being killed, Ember Spirit's ability to evade the enemy and avoid damage allow him to push this item to its limit and emerge victorious.

Gameplay[edit]

Roles: Carry Carry Escape Escape Nuker Nuker Disabler Disabler Initiator Initiator
Complexity: ★★☆
Playstyle: Impressed by the teachings of Xin, the Burning Celestial breathed life into the warrior-poet's ashes, and from there an image of Xin appeared, born anew as the Ember Spirit. The great teacher dashes through his opponents, a Sleight of Fist that strikes each foe once before returning to his original spot. He immobilizes enemies with Searing Chains, holding them in place against the scorching heat of his Flame Guard. Across the land, Xin's glowing likenesses stand silent guard. The Ember Spirit arrives at his Fire Remnants from impossible distances, catching the unprepared in a burst of flame before they surrender their lives to Xin's burning blades.


Audio[edit]

History[edit]

Equipment[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Ember Spirit, like Brewmaster minimap icon.png Brewmaster, Earth Spirit minimap icon.png Earth Spirit, and Storm Spirit minimap icon.png Storm Spirit, was a Pandaren in DotA. However, he was re-skinned to avoid copyright issues with Blizzard Entertainment, since Pandaren are a race of creatures in the Warcraft Universe.
  • The hat on Ember Spirit's back was originally intended to be worn on his head. This model and positioning can still be seen when using Ember Spirit's Hat, a cosmetic item that was made available via drops when Ember Spirit was released.
  • Most of Ember Spirit's responses are exactly four words long, a reference to four-character Chinese idioms known as chengyu. According to Xin himself: Play "Four words is plenty."

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