Lifesteal

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Lifesteal allows the attacking unit to gain health when damaging an enemy, which includes any attack modifier with attack damage. The lifesteal ability can be gained via items, passive abilities or the auras of other units.

The amount of health a unit gains from lifesteal is calculated by a percentage of the actual damage done to the attacked unit. This means it does not heal for overkill damage dealt to a unit, so if an attack's damage exceeded the target's current health and killed it, the heal is based on the target's remaining health.

All sources of lifesteal stack additively with each other.

Sources of Lifesteal[edit]

Interactions with other abilities[edit]

  • Lifesteal is calculated after critical strikes, which means that lifesteal heals more on attacks that crit.
  • Illusions do not benefit from lifesteal. However, the particle effects of lifesteal do appear on them. This is to make lifesteal not instantly give away that they are illusions.
  • Secondary targets of instant attacks can be lifestealed off as long as the instant attack is able to carry attack modifiers.
  • If an attack modifier directly adds the damage it deals to the attack damage (like bashes), its damage can lifesteal:

Spell Lifesteal[edit]

Main article: Spell Lifesteal

Spell lifesteal allows the hero to heal from spell damage they deal. Just like attack damage lifesteal, spell lifesteal is calculated by a percentage of the actual damage done to units. This means it does not heal for overkill damage dealt to a unit, so if a spell's damage exceeded the target's current health and killed it, the heal is based on the target's remaining health.

Pseudo-Lifesteal[edit]

Some lifesteal abilities work different from the regular lifesteal. Their mechanics are unique to the spell they are provided by.

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    Lifesteal: 4.5%/5.5%/6.5%/7.5% (Talent 6.5%/7.5%/8.5%/9.5%)
    Heals based on the attacked unit's current health, it does not depend on damage dealt to the target.
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    Lifesteal: 50% (Talent 100%)
    Duration: 8
    Heals everyone for all the damage they deal to the debuffed target, including spell damage.

Gallery[edit]

Patch history[edit]

Patch
Description
  • Fixed interaction between lifesteal and negative attack damage, where lifesteal would cause the attacker to lose health.

See also[edit]