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Gameplay[edit]

Playstyle
Jakiro minimap icon.png Jakiro is a tanky intelligence hero with low cooldown damage over time abilities and high amounts of magical damage. He contributes disables and damage in team fights with Ice Path and Macropyre, and can push very quickly with Dual Breath and Liquid Fire. While usually played as a support, he may also find great success as a mid, utilizing fast levels to push and fight more effectively.
Pros Cons
  • Tanky lane support, great harasser.
  • Effective in almost any lineup with great teamfight and pushing potential.
  • Low cooldowns and efficient AoE spells.
  • Mostly item independent, although benefits from utility items.
  • Can clear waves and stacks quickly to get the few items he needs.
  • Predictable abilities due to longer cast points, may be hard to land without items or allies
  • Very low mobility and armor without items
  • Loses effectiveness should enemies spread out
  • Level dependent, especially in the early game

Lane Support and Pusher[edit]

Using low mana cost Dual Breath along with no mana cost Liquid Fire, Jakiro can bully even the tankiest heroes with damage block such as Axe minimap icon.png Axe and Tidehunter minimap icon.png Tidehunter out of experience range. While Dual Breath helps with killing heroes during rune fights with its decent slow and damage, level one liquid fire gives earlier spammable harass and may force an early Healing Salve from enemy offlaners, crippling their laning. Either ability at level one is acceptable, just save your skill point until lane. Once your Liquid Fire has lost some of its potency against the enemy offlaner and your carry is farmed you should be aiming to take as many Tier 1 towers as you can, your Liquid Fire does huge amount of damage to buildings if you are ever left alone with them for a short period of time. By securing your team as many early towers as possible you open the enemy team to ganks and limit their farming. When grouping to team fight, open with Liquid Fire, then catch as many in your Macropyre as you can and drop an Ice Path over them, following up with Dual Breath to slow as many targets attempting to escape your ult as you can.

Disabler[edit]

Similar to the other style of Jakiro in lane except with an extra early point in Dual Breath and stopping Liquid Fire at level 2 to put towards earlier Ice Path levels for teamfights, forgoing some early push. Level 2 Dual Breath is twice the damage as level 1 for 5 extra mana. By level 8 Ice Path gives a 2 second disable on a 10 second cooldown, giving you serious disruption to enemy teams. This build is far more reliant on your teammate's pushing power and damage, but is effective when combined with a team that likes to group early with powerful abilities like Decay and Snowball, items such as Mekansm icon.png Mekansm and Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger, or heroes like Viper minimap icon.png Viper, Clockwerk minimap icon.png Clockwerk, and Slardar minimap icon.png Slardar.

Ability Builds[edit]

Lane Support and Pusher Jakiro
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Disabler Jakiro
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Talents[edit]

Hero Talents
+1s Ice Path Duration25 Macropyre Pure and Pierces Immunity
+325 Dual Breath Range20-50 Liquid Fire Attack Speed
+25 Dual Breath Burn Damage15-1s Ice Path Cooldown
+6% Spell Amplification10+325 Attack Range
Notes:

Tips & Tactics[edit]

General[edit]

  • Jakiro has a below average turn rate. Coupled with his long animations and low movement speed, Jakiro has difficulties landing his abilities when his enemies are behind him, spread out, or can react quickly, as nimble opponents are able to see Jakiro's actions being played out to them and can take the appropriate measures to either sidestep or counter them. Consider purchasing additional mobility items as necessary, to help compensate these difficulties.
  • Most of the time, a value point into Ice Path early game is enough for disabling channeling spells, stopping movement and stacking camps.
    • In certain cases, however, such as a team composition relying on burst damage, you may wish to max Ice Path first to set up kills or keep enemies at bay.
  • If you intend to max out Liquid Fire first on the other hand, you may want to opt for different boots, as you may not be consuming enough mana for Arcane Boots icon.png Arcane Boots to be useful instead of stacking up Clarity icon.png Clarity potions. Instead, purchase Tranquil Boots (Active) icon.png Tranquil Boots for health regeneration and mobility, possibly buying Soul Ring icon.png Soul Ring later on to solve mana problems. Alternatively, you can even keep your Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed to upgrade into Boots of Travel 1 icon.png Boots of Travel, giving you split-pushing potential, a way of gaining resources without taking from allies, and ensuring your presence in teamfights with a 40 second cooldown TP across the map.
  • Combine Macropyre with spells that keep the enemy in place as long as possible, such as Chronosphere, Black Hole, Upheaval, or Duel. It does not guarantee damage without these effects, and is a fairly low damage spell, so chaining it with other spells is necessary for any real effect.
    • This also works to counter enemy abilities and melee heroes that require they stay in an area; throw Macropyre from outside Chronosphere, for example, to dissuade Faceless Void from attacking your teammates.
  • Because of Jakiro's slow cast points and backswings, you should aim to cancel animation as often as possible to minimize downtime.
    • For instance, applying Liquid Fire right after the first wave of Dual Breath could make the difference between a core's death, and letting your target escape.
  • With deft timing, you may combo Ice Path into Meteor Hammer icon.png Meteor Hammer for additional stun time, potentially on Macropyre, in a similar way to Nyx Assassin minimap icon.png Nyx Assassin's stun combo. Just be wary about enemies with status resistance, or any instant cast spells and items that may break the disable or damage in progress (things like spell immunity, silences, and hard dispels).

Abilities[edit]

Dual Breath[edit]

  • Jakiro usually wants to max Dual Breath first as it offers high damage increase for minor mana cost increase.
  • Dual Breath has an enormous cast backswing, so you should cancel it by hitting "stop" key after Dual Breath reaches its cast point, allowing Jakiro to use another ability, attack, or move quickly after.
  • Dual Breath deals a greater than average damage compared to other similar area of effect abilities, helping Jakiro harass and gank the enemies.
    • However, avoid spamming this ability at level 1 as its damage at that time is still low.
  • The damage is dealt overtime and can be countered by high health regeneration and can be dispelled by heroes such as Abaddon minimap icon.png Abaddon, Oracle minimap icon.png Oracle, and Legion Commander minimap icon.png Legion Commander.
  • Dual Breath applies a slow debuff first before the damage overtime debuff. Along with its long casting animation, quick-fingered opponents may be able to evade the damage overtime debuff.
    • When chasing opponents alone, use the ability when they are within about half of the cast range; otherwise, they will get the slow debuff but not the damage debuff. Although you should opt for the slow only if you have teammates that can take advantage of it.
    • Enemies can use Force Staff or some other forced movement to expel themselves out of reach of the flame debuff.
  • Use Dual Breath along with Liquid Fire to wear down creep waves and medium or large jungle camps, giving Jakiro quick farm; Liquid Fire by itself is usually enough to clean up small camps.

Ice Path[edit]

  • Ice Path will stun any enemy unit that comes in contact with it for the duration it has remaining on the battlefield, meaning that opponents won't be stunned for the full duration of Ice Path if it doesn't land directly on them.
  • Ice Path makes for a good area denial spell, as it covers a large area, similar to Invoker minimap icon.png Invoker's Ice Wall and Underlord minimap icon.png Underlord's Pit of Malice.
  • Predicting where an enemy will go and casting Ice Path at that area right before the enemy gets there, causing the enemy walk into Ice Path, is just as effective as casting the Ice Path directly on an enemy. Be wary of those keen at dodging the spell.
  • Ice Path deals only 50 magical damage even at the highest level. Be sure to use Jakiro's other offensive abilities to follow Ice Path, or have teammates to support you to maximize the effectiveness of Ice Path's utility.
    • The low damage is still enough to score last hits in situations where Jakiro is at low health, is too far away to use an attack, or there are multiple low health creeps.
  • Shooting Ice Path from outside enemy vision is much more advantageous than using it in front of their faces, since its linear area and animation make it easily avoidable.
    • Try to surprise enemies from the night's fog of war, higher ground, or from invisibility effects like Glimmer Cape.
  • When being chased, you may want to use Ice Path in the direction Jakiro is heading rather than having to turn around. The long duration and radius of Ice Path may stun to enemies who were getting too close to Jakiro before, although melee heroes may still be able to attack you if they keep their distance.
  • The level 25 talent increases Ice Path's stun duration up to a devastating 3 and a half seconds, which easily shut down enemy carries while allowing Jakiro and teammates to dish out wipe out enemies with a low cooldown.
    • Take this talent against enemy teams that have a lot of damage output, since it will give your teammates some breathing space in a team fight.
    • The talent also has the niche of giving room to channel Meteor Hammer icon.png Meteor Hammer even on enemies with moderate Status Resistance, potentially on top of Macropyre.
    • However, you may wish not opt for this talent if the enemy team (especially their carries) have hard dispels or abilities that give spell immunity.
  • Ice Path grants flying vision in its area, so use it to check Roshan's pit or scout ahead.
  • Account for Ice Path's cast point when chain disabling.
    • Using it too early after Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity for example can shorten the duration considerably, wasting a chunk of the 2.5 second stun.
  • Be careful, while Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity allows you to have a guaranteed combo, it will still be easy for them to break out of Ice Path if they have any instant cast ability or item, as there is a short period of time where they can act before the stun.
  • Whether you are intending to clear stacks yourself or simply wish to help out a teammate that can clear them instead, Ice Path also allows you to stack effectively due its long range, low mana cost and short stun time. With proper timing, (2-4 seconds before the usual camp timing accounting for delay and stun), it's relatively easy to stack without even being inside the jungle proper, allowing Jakiro to multitask while pushing out a lane or even stacking additional camps with ease.

Liquid Fire[edit]

  • Liquid Fire is an amazing pushing skill due to being manaless area damage that can affect towers. Over time, even hit-and-runs with Liquid Fire chip away tower health significantly, particularly with the Level 10 Attack Range talent.
  • Use Liquid Fire to kill creeps, especially with Dual Breath, making Jakiro great at pushing lanes and clearing any nearby camps.
  • Use Liquid Fire to harass opponents during the laning stage. On top of the damage, the attack speed reduction should mess with the enemy laner's ability to last hit or deny effectively.
  • At level 4, Liquid Fire can be applied to the same opponent continuously, as the debuff lasts for 5 seconds while the ability has a cooldown of 4 seconds.
    • Liquid Fire can keep enemies in check by hampering their attack speed almost indefinitely should Jakiro be in range and able to attack.
    • Liquid Fire counters enemies with low natural attack speed, such as Tiny minimap icon.png Tiny, Roshan, and siege creeps. In turn this effect is minuscule against enemies with fast attack speed such as Windranger minimap icon.png Windranger or Troll Warlord minimap icon.png Troll Warlord.
  • Liquid Fire has 200 bonus attack range when cast manually. Keep this in mind whenever when you're against enemies with a naturally greater attack range than you or when your target is just out of reach of your own natural attack range.
    • The damage over time may be enough to kill opponents, with similar effect to Urn of Shadows icon.png Urn of Shadows. Combine both to finish off enemies even after they use their mobility or invisiblity.
    • Like all active attack modifiers, a manual cast of Liquid Fire does not draw lane creep aggro, but autocast does.
    • Also like other modifiers, the bonus range stacks with other attack range bonuses.

Macropyre[edit]

  • Like Dual Breath, Macropyre has a long cast backswing animation. Hitting the "stop" key during Macropyre's backswing animation after the cast point will make Jakiro ready for other actions. As in the case of Dual Breath, mastering this mechanic increases Jakiro's damage output and effectiveness.
    • If the enemy is preoccupied with chasing down or attack an ally for example, you may be able to get away with a fast Macropyre into Ice Path combo if you are out of focus.
  • Macropyre lasts for a long duration and has a relatively short cooldown, making it good at area-denial.
    • Use this whenever the creep wave arrives to score free gold and experience while damaging and potentially scoring a kill on heroes.
    • While you should use Macropyre to damage the enemy directly, you should also try to position it to block off or protect strategically important areas e.g. allied/enemy towers, treelines, escape routes, or Roshan's Pit.
    • In addition Jakiro can opt to use Macropyre on creep waves, helping with pushing or defending buildings, and even shutting down 5 man pushes before they can break backdoor. You may also wish to use it on stacked camps should you lack points into Dual Breath, preferably multiple camps at once.
    • If the situation isn't to your advantage, have you and your allies retreat towards Macropyre, damaging any enemy that dares chase you.
  • Macropyre has potential for huge damage output; considering the situation you can use it to bump off any low health enemy, preferably after slowing or stunning them first. Merely touching the large AOE guarantees 2 seconds of damage, with potential for even more the longer they stay.
  • With Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter's upgrade, Macropyre lasts for 30 seconds. When cast at the right intervals, it can clear 2 waves of creeps and give your team a huge advantage in terms of pushing.
  • Macropyre can clear vast areas of trees. Bear this in mind if you have allies or enemies who utilize trees for their abilities or for juking, or if you need to clear out enemy Mango Tree icon.png Mango Trees with relative safe distance.
  • The level 25 talent changes Macropyre's damage to pure and allows it to pierce spell immunity.
    • Opt for this talent if the enemy team has tanky heroes, spell immunity, or a significant gold advantage over your team.
    • Choose this talent if your team has a low damage output, or if the enemy has high base armor.
    • Choose this talent if you already have Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter. Otherwise you may wish to choose the Ice Path talent instead, with it having a much higher all around impact in the late game.

Items[edit]

Starting items:

  • Tango icon.png Tango offers cheap health regeneration during the laning phase, allowing Jakiro to stay longer in lane and get the experience he needs.
  • Healing Salve icon.png Healing Salve also restores health to Jakiro and allies.
  • Clarity icon.png Clarity replenishes Jakiro's mana over time, allowing him to keep harassing enemies using Dual Breath.
  • Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branch increases Jakiro's overall survivability by providing additional attribute bonuses for cheap; Jakiro can use it to get more heal out of Tango, or save up to build Magic Wand.
  • Observer Ward icon.png Observer Ward grants vision of the enemies so Jakiro and allies can better plan ganks and pushes.

Early game:

  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed provide a significant bonus to Jakiro's movement speed, which help catch up to fleeing heroes or escape from danger himself. They can later upgrade into Arcane Boots icon.png Arcane Boots to help with Jakiro's mana.
  • Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick grant charges as enemy heroes use abilities, which exchange for a burst of health and mana restoration.
  • Wind Lace icon.png Wind Lace adds a little bit to Jakiro's low movement speed, and builds into Eul's Scepter of Divinity.
  • Town Portal Scroll icon.png Town Portal Scroll transports Jakiro across the map. After death, use it to quickly return to lane and not miss out on creep experience. After the laning phase, carrying one can prove helpful as both an escape mechanism and a quick way to help allied heroes across the map.

Mid game:

  • Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand, a cost effective upgrade of Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick, increases the maximum amount of charges, as well as providing additional attribute bonuses.
  • Arcane Boots icon.png Arcane Boots expands Jakiro's mana pool so he can use abilities more. The active ability sustains Jakiro's and nearby teammates' ability usage. In the late game, Jakiro has an option to upgrade Arcane Boots to Guardian Greaves icon.png Guardian Greaves to better support his team.
  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity provides intelligence and mana regeneration at a cost effective price, and it gives Jakiro an active ability that allows him to land his abilities easier. After using Cyclone, Jakiro will have enough time to set up Macropyre and time Ice Path to ensure maximum stun duration on enemy target. Jakiro can also use the active on himself to dispel debuffs or silences.

Late game:

  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger allows Jakiro to initiate teamfights much easier, along with the added ability to travel the map quicker and offers quick escape from incoming enemies. However, it does not guarantee escape because taking damage will disable the ability to blink for 3 seconds.
  • Force Staff icon.png Force Staff acts more as an escape item compared to Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger, as Jakiro can use it while taking damage. Jakiro can also use it on allies if they want to chase after a kill or escape from danger themselves.
  • Shiva's Guard icon.png Shiva's Guard provides a massive increase to Jakiro's mana pool and resistance to physical attacks. The active Arctic Blast provides additional damage in a teamfight and slows enemies' movement speeds, making Jakiro's abilities easier to hit. The passive Freezing Aura helps reduce damage from enemy carries by slowing their attack speed.

Situational items:

  • Veil of Discord icon.png Veil of Discord's active Magic Weakness increases the magical damage enemies take from Jakiro's and his teammates' abilities. It also gives good attribute bonuses, costs less than Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter, and benefits all of his abilities.
  • Rod of Atos icon.png Rod of Atos' long-ranged root can set up Ice Path as well as Jakiro's other abilities. The bonus mana and health also help Jakiro's survivability.
  • Aether Lens icon.png Aether Lens' cast range increase helps Jakiro maintain a safe distance during fights. Because almost all of his abilities affect the whole area between him and the maximum cast range, this also greatly increases the area in which enemies may be hit.
  • Kaya icon.png Kaya improves damage output of Jakiro's abilities, also sparing additional mana, allowing him to use more abilities in a single fight. When used in conjunction with Veil of Discord, Jakiro's abilities will inflict serious magical damage.
  • Glimmer Cape icon.png Glimmer Cape helps increase survivability of Jakiro and allies by granting invisibility and magic resistance.
  • Mekansm icon.png Mekansm supports Jakiro and team with health restoration and armor. It goes hand in hand with his natural build of Arcane Boots icon.png Arcane Boots into Guardian Greaves icon.png Guardian Greaves.
  • Pipe of Insight icon.png Pipe of Insight shields Jakiro and allies from magical damage, on top of giving passive health regeneration and magic resistance.
  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter increases the effectiveness of Macropyre by prolonging the duration and increasing the damage, as well as giving Jakiro attributes to remedy his health and mana pools.
  • Guardian Greaves icon.png Guardian Greaves provide a steady supply of health and mana to the team, and increases Jakiro's survivability with armor, health regeneration, and dispel.
  • Scythe of Vyse icon.png Scythe of Vyse provides a great disable with its active ability, Hex. It also provides a great increase to Jakiro's mana and mana regeneration, as well as all around attributes to help with his survivability.
  • Octarine Core icon.png Octarine Core greatly increases Jakiro's survivability by not only giving him all round health and mana boosts, but also by allowing his abilities to lifesteal a portion of their damage. In addition, the cooldown reduction dramatically increases his damage and crowd control in teamfights.