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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Clinkz's high damage output and insane attack speed late-game can take Kunkka out of the fight before it begins.
  • Strafe and Searing Arrows together can kill allies easily even under Ghostship's buff.
  • Skeleton Walk can allow Clinkz to make a quick escape after Kunkka's combo, or even avoid it all together.
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  • Ursa's massive physical damage can destroy Kunkka quickly.
  • Enrage can be activated before being hit by Ghostship to prevent most of the damage.
  • Earthshock slows Kunkka's movement speed. With no escape abilities, Kunkka is easy prey.
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  • Kunkka relies on his powerful AOE spells to turn the tides of teamfights. He cannot use them while silenced.
  • Last Word can mess up Kunkka's ability synergy, silencing him in the middle of his strong combo.
  • Global Silence can disable Kunkka's spell casting from anywhere on the map, even if Kunkka is spell immune at the time.
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  • Leap allows Mirana to easily escape Torrent and Ghostship.
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  • Supernova negates Kunkka's combo entirely, as it can't be affected by spells while using Supernova.
  • Icarus Dive also allows Phoenix to dodge Ghostship and Torrent.
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  • Guardian Angel makes allies immune to all physical damage, effectively causing Tidebringer to do no damage.
  • Purification is a powerful, pure damaging heal that can save Omniknight's allies after Kunkka's large damage.
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  • Since Tidebringer has a 4 second cooldown, Kunkka has little availability to manfight Huskar.
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  • Blade Fury negates Kunkka's X Marks the Spot.
  • Kunkka has no way to dodge Omnislash.
  • Kunkka has no way to hit Healing Ward directly in battle, and it mitigates Ghostship and Tidebringer's damage.
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  • Rage negates Kunkka's X Marks the Spot.
  • As a strength hero with high strength gain and very little armor, as well as low agility gain, Kunkka is vulnerable to Lifestealer's Feast and Open Wounds.
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  • With his Take Aim, Sniper can simply sit out of your ability range and deal massive damage if not killed first.
  • Assassinate can target allies who are still alive with low health because of Ghostship's buff.
  • Headshot makes it harder for Kunkka to position/escape and makes it hard for Kunkka to hit with Tidebringer.
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  • Astral Imprisonment can allow Outworld Devourer to save himself or allies from Kunkka's full kit.
  • Sanity's Eclipse deal a large amount of damage, as Kunkka's mana pool is much smaller than Outworld Devourer's considering Kunkka is playing physical type.
  • Arcane Orb deals pure damage, shredding through Kunkka and his team even with Ghostship's buff.


  • Silences especially affect Kunkka's teamfighting ability, so be wary of enemies with silences.
  • Treant Protector minimap icon.png Treant Protector's Living Armor will also negate Tidebringer's damage.
  • Heroes with hide abilities can often dodge a Ghostship just before it hits.
  • Because of his powerful teamfight spells, Kunkka could very likely be the target for control spells like Doom or Primal Roar. Mind your position before battle.
  • Heroes with instant teleport or forced movement(e.g. Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger or Activate Fire Remnant) can dodge the X-mark & Torrent combo by shift-queuing. When being Returned, the last order is channeled but the order after it is not. So if those heroes is marked, order a move command then cast those instant abilities by shift-order for a stable dodge.


Good against...[edit]

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  • Tidebringer, Torrent and Ghostship destroys Chaos Knight's Phantasm army all through the game.
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  • Kunkka's entire kit is great for taking out multiple units at once.
  • Tidebringer's cleave will split through a wave of spiderlings.
  • X Marks the Spot is great for dragging Broodmother back out of her web for Kunkka's team to set up on her.
  • Torrent and Ghostship will demolish any spiderlings within the radius.
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  • Tidebringer's cleave will cripple any of his summons.
  • Could potentially build Heaven's Halberd to cripple Lycan even more.
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  • X Marks the Spot is good to prevent a single meepo from escaping from a deadly situation.
  • Tidebringer, Torrent and Ghostship destroys Meepo's clones.
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  • Tidebringer, Torrent and Ghostship destroys Phantom Lancer's illusion army.
  • Phantom Lancer minimap icon.png Phantom Lancer can't escape with Doppelganger under your X Marks the Spot, but can use it to dodge it.
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  • Spectre can't escape with Spectral Dagger under X Marks the Spot.
  • Kunkka can dominate Spectre's lane using Tidebringer and gain an advantage.
  • Ghostship helps your team soak up damage from Haunt.
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  • Ghostship helps your team soak up damage from Epicenter, especially if he initiates during the battle.
  • Sand King minimap icon.png Sand King can't dodge X Marks the Spot - Torrent combo by his abilities. Torrent drags him out of his Sand Storm
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  • Ghostship helps your team soak up damage from Chaotic Offering and hit summons hard.
  • Tidebringer clears summons later in the game.
  • Most of your spells can interrupt Upheaval.


  • X Marks the Spot is a counter to Disruptor minimap icon.png Disruptor's Glimpse, but you need quick reactions to pull it off.
  • Heroes with long channeling abilities like Witch Doctor minimap icon.png Witch Doctor are easy targets for Kunkka to interrupt in team fights.
  • In general, highly mobile heroes like Earth Spirit minimap icon.png Earth Spirit or Storm Spirit minimap icon.png Storm Spirit are at a disadvantage against X Marks the Spot.
    • Similarly, heroes with low cooldown teleports can be afraid to split push against X Marks the Spot, such as Tinker minimap icon.png Tinker and Nature's Prophet minimap icon.png Nature's Prophet.

Works well with...[edit]

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  • Vacuum - Wall of Replica combo can set Kunkka up for a perfect Torrent + Ghostship combo and a potential teamwipe. Vacuum could be placed right after Kunkka cast Torrent since Torrent has a delay.
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  • Ghostship allows Huskar to soak up even more magical damage and fight at low HP without dying. Berserker's Blood helps regenerate the Rum damage.
  • X Marks the Spot helps Huskar to chase high mobility heroes.
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  • Ghostship allows Lifestealer to stay in front as a fearsome melee fighter. Lifestealer could use Feast to regenerate the Rum damage.
  • Ghostship and Tidebringer clears illusions which Lifestealer cannot deal with easily.
  • X Marks the Spot helps Lifestealer to catch high mobility heroes.
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  • Ghostship allows Slark to stay in front and steal more attributes. Slark could easily regenerate the Rum damage thanks to Shadow Dance.
  • X Marks the Spot helps Slark to catch heroes that can easily break Pounce leash.
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  • Massive AOE damages from Kunkka's abilities work well with Warlock's Fatal bonds especially during a teamfight.
  • By channeling Upheaval through Torrent-Ghostship combo warlock can provide a follow up slow(up to 84%) after the combo.