Intelligence

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Intelligence Intelligence attribute symbol.png is one of the three primary attributes with the theme of improving spell-casting. It grants mana, mana regeneration and spell damage amplification to every hero. Intelligence heroes also gain attack damage per point of intelligence.

Bonuses[edit]

For each point of intelligence, a hero gains the following bonuses:

Additionally, intelligence heroes also get 1 attack damage per point of intelligence.

The mana bonus is only applied to the maximum mana pool. The hero's current mana is not increased, but keeps the current mana percentage. To gain 1 mana regeneration, 20 intelligence points are required. To gain 1% spell damage amplification, 15 intelligence points are required.

Intelligence heroes[edit]

Intelligence heroes tend to have a greater number of active abilities compared to other heroes; all intelligence heroes have at least three active abilities, with a large number of them having all four of their abilities being actives, and some even having 5 or more. Their larger mana pools and higher mana regen rates go a long way to help them use these abilities frequently. As a whole, intelligence heroes have by far the greatest number of disabling capabilities, making them essential in most lineups. The items they build also tend to be highly caster based, since those items primarily provide intelligence. With a few exceptions, most intelligence heroes are ranged. Most intelligence heroes rely on their spells for damage, but in most cases, these have static damage values only increased by spell damage amplification or damage manipulation. They do not scale well into the late game, so that most intelligence heroes peak during the early to mid game, where their spells deal the most damage in relation to enemy health pools and resistance, and then start to fall off in the late game. Because of this, they often fit into support and ganker roles. There are exceptions to this though, some intelligence heroes have scaling abilities which make them excellent in the late game.

There are 43 intelligence heroes in Dota 2.

Below is a table of all heroes with intelligence as their primary attribute. The growth columns indicate by how much the base values increases for each level of the hero.

Hero Base Strength Strength Growth Base Agility Agility Growth Base Intelligence Intelligence Growth
link={{{1}}} Ancient Apparition 20 1.9 20 2.2 23 3.4
link={{{1}}} Bane 23 2.6 23 2.6 23 2.6
link={{{1}}} Batrider 28 2.9 15 1.5 22 2.9
link={{{1}}} Chen 25 2 15 2.1 19 3.2
link={{{1}}} Crystal Maiden 18 2.2 16 1.6 14 3.3
link={{{1}}} Dark Seer 20 3.1 12 1.8 21 3.1
link={{{1}}} Dark Willow 20 2 18 1.6 18 3.5
link={{{1}}} Dazzle 18 2.5 21 1.7 25 3.7
link={{{1}}} Death Prophet 19 3.1 14 1.4 24 3.5
link={{{1}}} Disruptor 21 2.4 15 1.4 20 2.9
link={{{1}}} Enchantress 17 1.7 19 1.8 22 3.6
link={{{1}}} Enigma 21 2.5 14 1 16 3.6
link={{{1}}} Grimstroke 21 2.4 18 1.9 23 3.8
link={{{1}}} Invoker 18 2.4 14 1.9 15 4.6
link={{{1}}} Jakiro 27 3 10 1.2 26 3.2
link={{{1}}} Keeper of the Light 16 2.3 15 1.6 23 3.2
link={{{1}}} Leshrac 18 2.3 23 2.3 22 3.5
link={{{1}}} Lich 20 2.1 15 2 24 4.1
link={{{1}}} Lina 20 2.4 23 1.8 30 3.7
link={{{1}}} Lion 18 2.2 15 1.5 18 3.5
link={{{1}}} Nature's Prophet 21 2.6 22 3.6 23 3.7
link={{{1}}} Necrophos 18 2.8 12 1.3 21 2.9
link={{{1}}} Ogre Magi 23 3.5 14 1.9 15 2.5
link={{{1}}} Oracle 20 2.4 15 1.7 26 4
link={{{1}}} Outworld Devourer 21 2.9 24 2 30 4.2
link={{{1}}} Puck 17 2.4 22 2.2 23 3.5
link={{{1}}} Pugna 19 2 16 1.3 24 5.2
link={{{1}}} Queen of Pain 18 2.3 22 2.5 25 2.9
link={{{1}}} Rubick 21 2 23 2.5 25 3.1
link={{{1}}} Shadow Demon 23 2.6 18 2.2 21 3.3
link={{{1}}} Shadow Shaman 23 2.3 16 1.6 19 3.5
link={{{1}}} Silencer 19 2.7 22 2.4 25 2.9
link={{{1}}} Skywrath Mage 21 2 13 0.8 25 4.1
link={{{1}}} Storm Spirit 21 2 22 1.5 23 3.9
link={{{1}}} Techies 19 2.5 14 1.3 25 3.3
link={{{1}}} Tinker 18 2.5 13 1.2 30 3.3
link={{{1}}} Visage 22 2.8 11 1.3 22 2.9
link={{{1}}} Void Spirit 22 2.8 19 2.2 24 3.1
link={{{1}}} Warlock 26 3 10 1 25 3.1
link={{{1}}} Windranger 18 3 17 1.4 18 3
link={{{1}}} Winter Wyvern 26 2.6 16 1.9 26 3.6
link={{{1}}} Witch Doctor 18 2.3 13 1.4 22 3.3
link={{{1}}} Zeus 21 2.1 11 1.2 22 3.3

Intelligence granting talents[edit]

The following heroes have a talent that grants them bonus intelligence.

Bonus Level 10 Level 15 Level 20 Level 25
Left Right Left Right Left Right Left Right
Intelligence

Intelligence granting items[edit]

These items grant heroes a passive intelligence bonus by having them merely equipped.

Bonus intelligence
Item Value Item cost Cost per value point
Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter 10 4200 420
Arcane Ring icon.png Arcane Ring 8 N/A N/A
Assault Cuirass icon.png Assault Cuirass 5 5150 1030
Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail 10 2200 220
Bloodstone icon.png Bloodstone 16 5250 328.13
Bloodthorn icon.png Bloodthorn 25 7055 282.2
Book of the Dead icon.png Book of the Dead 35 N/A N/A
Bracer icon.png Bracer 3 510 170
Buckler (Active) icon.png Buckler 3 500 166.67
Circlet icon.png Circlet 2 155 77.5
Clumsy Net icon.png Clumsy Net 5 N/A N/A
Crimson Guard icon.png Crimson Guard 3 3800 1266.67
Crown icon.png Crown 4 450 112.5
Dagon 1 icon.png Dagon 1 18 2700 150
Dagon 2 icon.png Dagon 2 21 3950 188.1
Dagon 3 icon.png Dagon 3 24 5200 216.67
Dagon 4 icon.png Dagon 4 27 6450 238.89
Dagon 5 icon.png Dagon 5 30 7700 256.67
Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade 10 3150 315
Drum of Endurance icon.png Drum of Endurance 4 1900 475
Echo Sabre icon.png Echo Sabre 10 2575 257.5
Essence Ring icon.png Essence Ring 6 N/A N/A
Ethereal Blade icon.png Ethereal Blade 10 4700 470
Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity 10 2750 275
Eye of Skadi icon.png Eye of Skadi 25 5500 220
Fallen Sky icon.png Fallen Sky 20 4750 237.5
Force Staff icon.png Force Staff 10 2250 225
Ghost Scepter icon.png Ghost Scepter 5 1500 300
Guardian Greaves icon.png Guardian Greaves 5 4950 990
Headdress icon.png Headdress 3 450 150
Helm of the Dominator icon.png Helm of the Dominator 7 2400 342.86
Holy Locket icon.png Holy Locket 3 2900 966.67
Hurricane Pike icon.png Hurricane Pike 13 4600 353.85
Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branch 1 50 50
Ironwood Tree icon.png Ironwood Tree 7 150 21.43
Kaya icon.png Kaya 16 2050 128.13
Kaya and Sange icon.png Kaya and Sange 16 4100 256.25
Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere 14 5050 360.71
Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand 3 450 150
Manta Style icon.png Manta Style 10 4700 470
Mantle of Intelligence icon.png Mantle of Intelligence 3 145 48.33
Mekansm icon.png Mekansm 4 1950 487.5
Meteor Hammer icon.png Meteor Hammer 12 2500 208.33
Mirror Shield icon.png Mirror Shield 20 N/A N/A
Mystic Staff icon.png Mystic Staff 25 2700 108
Null Talisman icon.png Null Talisman 6 510 85
Oblivion Staff icon.png Oblivion Staff 10 1575 157.5
Ocean Heart icon.png Ocean Heart 5 N/A N/A
Octarine Core icon.png Octarine Core 25 5900 236
Orchid Malevolence icon.png Orchid Malevolence 25 3925 157
Pipe of Insight icon.png Pipe of Insight 2 2900 1450
Power Treads (Intelligence) icon.png Power Treads (Intelligence) 10 1350 135
Ring of Aquila (Active) icon.png Ring of Aquila 3 N/A N/A
Ring of Basilius (Active) icon.png Ring of Basilius 3 450 150
Robe of the Magi icon.png Robe of the Magi 6 450 75
Rod of Atos icon.png Rod of Atos 20 2750 137.5
Scythe of Vyse icon.png Scythe of Vyse 35 5700 162.86
Shiva's Guard icon.png Shiva's Guard 30 4750 158.33
Silver Edge icon.png Silver Edge 15 5550 370
Solar Crest icon.png Solar Crest 10 3900 390
Spell Prism icon.png Spell Prism 12 N/A N/A
Spirit Vessel icon.png Spirit Vessel 2 2965 1482.5
Staff of Wizardry icon.png Staff of Wizardry 10 1000 100
Trident icon.png Trident 33 6150 186.36
Ultimate Orb icon.png Ultimate Orb 10 2150 215
Urn of Shadows icon.png Urn of Shadows 2 865 432.5
Vambrace (Agility) icon.png Vambrace (Agility) 6 1030 171.67
Vambrace (Intelligence) icon.png Vambrace (Intelligence) 12 1030 85.83
Vambrace (Strength) icon.png Vambrace (Strength) 6 1030 171.67
Veil of Discord icon.png Veil of Discord 9 2050 227.78
Vladmir's Offering icon.png Vladmir's Offering 6 2300 383.33
Wraith Band icon.png Wraith Band 3 510 170
Yasha and Kaya icon.png Yasha and Kaya 16 4100 256.25
Values may include portions from actives or auras.

Version history[edit]

Version
Description
  • Intelligence heroes no longer gain 25% more mana/mana regen/spell damage amplification per point of intelligence.
  • Intelligence now grants 0.05 flat mana regeneration, instead of 1.8% mana regen amplification.
  • Reworked intelligence bonuses
    • Intelligence heroes now gain 25% more of all intelligence stats than strength and agility heroes.
    • Intelligence heroes no longer gain 0.15% magic resistance per point of intelligence.
    • Reduced mana regen amplification bonus per intelligence from 2% to 1.8%. [?]
    • Reduced spell damage bonus per intelligence from 0.071% (1/14) to 0.07%. [?]
    • Mana bonus remains at 12 per intelligence. [?]
  • Increased mana per intelligence from 11 to 12.
  • Intelligence no longer grants 0.04 mana regeneration per point.
  • Intelligence now grants 2% mana regen amplification per point.
  • Intelligence heroes now gain 0.15% magic resistance for each point of intelligence.
  • Reduced mana per intelligence from 12 to 11.
  • Increased spell damage bonus from 1% per 15 intelligence to 1% per 14 intelligence. [?]
  • Increased spell damage bonus from 1% per 16 intelligence to 1% per 15 intelligence. [?]
  • Reduced mana per intelligence from 13 to 12.
  • Intelligence now increases your spell damage by 1% per 16 intelligence points.

See also[edit]