Intelligence

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Intelligence Intelligence attribute symbol.png is the attribute that grants mana, mana regen amplification and spell damage amplification to every hero, and additionally magic resistance and attack damage to intelligence heroes.

Bonuses[edit]

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

Additionally, intelligence heroes also get the following bonuses per point:

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% spell damage, 14 intelligence points are required. For intelligence heroes, to gain 1% magic resistance, 7 intelligence points are required. Magic resistance from intelligence points gets summed up and is treated as one instance and stacks multiplicatively with other magic resistance sources, including the hero's base magic resistance. Intelligence heroes can reach 100% magic resistance with 667 intelligence.

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 41 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
Ancient Apparition icon.png Ancient Apparition 18 1.7 20 2.2 25 2.6
Bane icon.png Bane 23 2.4 23 2.4 23 2.4
Batrider icon.png Batrider 23 2.7 15 1.5 24 2.5
Chen icon.png Chen 23 1.8 15 2.1 21 2.8
Crystal Maiden icon.png Crystal Maiden 16 2 16 1.6 16 2.9
Dark Seer icon.png Dark Seer 22 2.6 12 1.2 23 2.7
Dark Willow icon.png Dark Willow 18 1.8 18 1.6 20 3
Dazzle icon.png Dazzle 16 2.15 21 1.7 27 3.4
Death Prophet icon.png Death Prophet 17 2.6 14 1.4 23 3
Disruptor icon.png Disruptor 19 2.2 15 1.4 22 2.5
Enchantress icon.png Enchantress 16 1.3 19 1.8 21 3.1
Enigma icon.png Enigma 17 2.4 14 1 20 3.4
Invoker icon.png Invoker 16 2.2 14 1.9 16 4
Jakiro icon.png Jakiro 25 2.6 10 1.2 28 2.8
Keeper of the Light icon.png Keeper of the Light 14 2.1 15 1.6 25 2.8
Leshrac icon.png Leshrac 16 1.8 23 1.7 26 3
Lich icon.png Lich 18 1.85 15 2 18 3.25
Lina icon.png Lina 18 1.8 16 1.5 27 3.2
Lion icon.png Lion 16 2 15 1.5 20 3
Nature's Prophet icon.png Nature's Prophet 19 2.1 18 1.9 25 2.9
Necrophos icon.png Necrophos 16 2.3 15 1.2 22 2.5
Ogre Magi icon.png Ogre Magi 23 3.5 14 1.55 17 2
Oracle icon.png Oracle 18 2.2 15 1.7 23 2.9
Outworld Devourer icon.png Outworld Devourer 19 2.6 24 2 26 2.7
Puck icon.png Puck 15 2 22 1.7 25 2.4
Pugna icon.png Pugna 17 1.5 16 1 26 4.5
Queen of Pain icon.png Queen of Pain 16 2 18 2 24 2.5
Rubick icon.png Rubick 19 1.8 14 1.6 27 2.4
Shadow Demon icon.png Shadow Demon 21 2.2 18 2.2 23 2.7
Shadow Shaman icon.png Shadow Shaman 21 2.1 16 1.6 21 3
Silencer icon.png Silencer 17 2.5 22 3 27 2.5
Skywrath Mage icon.png Skywrath Mage 19 1.8 13 0.8 27 3.6
Storm Spirit icon.png Storm Spirit 19 1.8 22 1.5 24 3
Techies icon.png Techies 17 2.3 14 1.3 22 2.9
Tinker icon.png Tinker 17 2.3 13 1.2 30 2.2
Visage icon.png Visage 22 2.7 11 1.3 24 2.5
Warlock icon.png Warlock 22 2.8 10 1 24 2.7
Windranger icon.png Windranger 15 2.8 17 1.4 22 2.6
Winter Wyvern icon.png Winter Wyvern 24 2.4 16 1.9 25 3.1
Witch Doctor icon.png Witch Doctor 16 2.1 13 1.4 24 2.9
Zeus icon.png Zeus 19 2.6 11 1.2 22 2.7

Intelligence 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
Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail 10 2200 220
Bloodthorn icon.png Bloodthorn 25 7195 287.8
Bracer icon.png Bracer 3 465 155
Buckler icon.png Buckler 2 800 400
Circlet icon.png Circlet 2 165 82.5
Crimson Guard icon.png Crimson Guard 2 3550 1775
Dagon 1 icon.png Dagon 1 18 2715 150.83
Dagon 2 icon.png Dagon 2 21 3965 188.81
Dagon 3 icon.png Dagon 3 24 5215 217.29
Dagon 4 icon.png Dagon 4 27 6465 239.44
Dagon 5 icon.png Dagon 5 30 7715 257.17
Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade 10 3150 315
Drum of Endurance icon.png Drum of Endurance 6 1615 269.17
Echo Sabre icon.png Echo Sabre 10 2650 265
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
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 5350 1070
Headdress icon.png Headdress 2 650 325
Helm of the Dominator icon.png Helm of the Dominator 2 2000 1000
Hurricane Pike icon.png Hurricane Pike 13 4615 355
Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branch 1 50 50
Kaya icon.png Kaya 16 1950 121.88
Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere 15 4850 323.33
Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand 2 400 200
Manta Style icon.png Manta Style 10 5000 500
Mantle of Intelligence icon.png Mantle of Intelligence 3 135 45
Mekansm icon.png Mekansm 5 2350 470
Meteor Hammer icon.png Meteor Hammer 12 2625 218.75
Mystic Staff icon.png Mystic Staff 25 2700 108
Null Talisman icon.png Null Talisman 7 465 66.43
Oblivion Staff icon.png Oblivion Staff 10 1650 165
Octarine Core icon.png Octarine Core 25 5900 236
Orchid Malevolence icon.png Orchid Malevolence 25 4075 163
Power Treads (Intelligence) icon.png Power Treads (Intelligence) 10 1350 135
Ring of Aquila (Active) icon.png Ring of Aquila 3 965 321.67
Robe of the Magi icon.png Robe of the Magi 6 450 75
Rod of Atos icon.png Rod of Atos 20 3030 151.5
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
Spirit Vessel icon.png Spirit Vessel 2 2825 1412.5
Staff of Wizardry icon.png Staff of Wizardry 10 1000 100
Ultimate Orb icon.png Ultimate Orb 10 2150 215
Urn of Shadows icon.png Urn of Shadows 2 875 437.5
Veil of Discord icon.png Veil of Discord 14 2330 166.43
Vladmir's Offering icon.png Vladmir's Offering 2 2250 1125
Wraith Band icon.png Wraith Band 3 465 155
Values may include portions from actives or auras.

Version history[edit]

Version
Description
  • 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]