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Lifestealer icon.png
Strength attribute symbol.png
Agility attribute symbol.png
Intelligence attribute symbol.png
25 + 2.4
18 + 2.4
15 + 1.8
Level 0 1 15 25 30
Health 200 700 1360 1840 2080
Health regen 0 2.5 5.86 8.26 9.46
Mana 75 255 555 771 879
Mana regen 0 0.75 2.01 2.91 3.36
Armor 1 4 9.6 13.6 15.6
Att/sec 0.76 0.87 1.07 1.21 1.28
Damage 21‒27 46‒52 79‒85 103‒109 115‒121
Magic resistance 25%
▶️ Movement speed 325
▶️ Attack speed 130
Turn rate 1
Vision range 1800/800
Attack range 150
Projectile speed Instant
Attack animation 0.39+0.44
Base attack time 1.7
Damage block 8
Collision size 24
Gib type Default

N'aix, the Lifestealer, is a vicious melee strength hero whose abilities give him the power to bring down durable heroes quickly, while sustaining his health by leeching the very life of his enemies.

The main role of the Lifestealer is to fulfill the job of a formidable carry, he is able to do so by restoring his life through his abilities. Feast is his passive ability and his signature, every attack he lands consumes the flesh and blood of his victim, regenerating his own health. N'aix can send himself into a bloody Rage, increasing his movement speed, while granting a short period of spell immunity. Open Wounds tears the enemy, causing the prey's wounds to open, bleeding their life essence, allowing Lifestealer and his allies to feast down as well as greatly slowing them to a crawl. When in need, N'aix can use Infest to hide himself inside his allies or any non-hero unit, laying dormant, until he is ready to come out, devouring the flesh from the inside, killing the non-hero unit, bursting out the chunks of flesh and bones of his unfortunate host, damaging foes around him and ambushing them with carnivorous savagery.

The Lifestealer is a monstrous beast of gluttony and greed, bent on stealing the lives of every living creature he encounters, violently killing them to sate the Lifestealer's terrifying thirst and hunger.


Lifestealer minimap icon.pngN'aix, the Lifestealer
▶️ "Oh Master, behold all these lives for the taking!"
In the dungeons of Devarque, a vengeful wizard lay in shackles, plotting his escape. He shared his cell with a gibbering creature known as N'aix, a thief cursed by the Vile Council with longevity, so that its life-sentence for theft and cozening might be as punishing as possible. Over the years, its chains had corroded, along with its sanity; N'aix retained no memory of its former life and no longer dreamt of escape. Seeing a perfect vessel for his plans, the wizard wove a spell of Infestation and cast his life-force into N'aix's body, intending to compel N'aix to sacrifice itself in a frenzy of violence while the mage returned to his body and crept away unnoticed. Instead, the wizard found his mind caught in a vortex of madness so powerful that it swept away his plans and shattered his will. Jarred to consciousness by the sudden infusion of fresh life, N'aix woke from its nightmare of madness and obeyed the disembodied voice that filled its skull, which had only the one thought: To escape. In that moment Lifestealer was born. The creature cast its mind into dungeon guards and soldiers, compelling them to open locks and cut down their companions, opening an unobstructed path to freedom while feeding on their lives. Lifestealer still wears the broken shackles as a warning that none may hold him, but on the inside remains a prisoner. Two minds inhabit the single form--a nameless creature of malevolent cunning, and the Master whose voice he pretends to obey.


Rage icon.png
No Target
Launch into a maddened rage, becoming Spell Immune, and gaining increased movement speed.
Cast Animation: 0+0
Movement Speed Bonus: 15%
Duration: 3/4/5/6 (Talent 4.5/5.5/6.5/7.5)
Cooldown: 18
Mana: 75
Buff modifier_life_stealer_rage: Dispellable with death only.
The madness and brutality of N'aix makes him a vicious and unrelenting foe in combat.


  • Interrupts Lifestealer's channeling spells upon cast.
  • During Rage, Lifestealer cannot be affected by Ghost Scepter icon.png Ghost Scepter. The buff gets removed immediately.

Cannot be used by illusions. Partially disabled by Break. Pierces spell immunity.
Feast icon.png
Enemies / Self
Lifestealer's attacks heal himself for a percentage of his target's max health. Increases attack speed.
Enemy Max Health as Lifesteal: 1.5%/2%/2.5%/3% (Talent 2.7%/3.2%/3.7%/4.2%)
Attack Speed Bonus: 15/30/45/60
Partially disabled by Break. Lifesteal is disabled. Attack speed is not disabled.
Buff modifier_life_stealer_feast: Undispellable. Persists death.
After escaping from his cell in Devarque, N'aix subsisted on flesh and bones of those unfortunate to cross his path.


  • Stacks additively with other sources of lifesteal.

Open Wounds
Open Wounds icon.png
Enemies / Allies
Lifestealer rends an enemy unit, slowing the victim's movement speed and allowing all allies to regain health for a percentage of the damage they deal to that unit. All damage dealt will steal life, including damage from spells. The victim recovers movement speed over the duration.
Cast Animation: 0.2+0.4
Cast Range: 200/300/400/500
Lifesteal: 35%
Max Move Speed Slow: 70%
Slow Duration: 8
Cooldown: 24/20/16/12 (With talent: 20/16/12/8)
Mana: 140
Does not pierce spell immunity. Slow persists and heal works if debuff was placed before spell immunity and when not dispelled.
Debuff modifier_life_stealer_open_wounds: Dispellable with any dispel.
Fresh wounds and the scent of blood often draw out the scavengers to finish the job.


  • Slows for 70%/70%/60%/50%/30%/10%/10%/10%, decreasing one step per second.
  • Casting an instantly killing ability on a unit affected by Open Wounds heals the caster based on the target's remaining health.
  • Does not heal enemies damaging their affected ally, or the affected unit through self-inflicted damage.
  • Stacks additively with other sources of lifesteal.
Visual indicator above the target.

Infest icon.png
Lifestealer infests the body of a target unit, becoming undetectable, and healing for a portion of his max hitpoints every second while inside. He can then explode from the host body, dealing damage to nearby enemies. If the infested unit is an enemy creep or a neutral creep, he can take control of the unit's ability to move and attack. Does not work on enemy heroes.
Cast Animation: 0.2+0
Cast Range: 150 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 600)
Target Max Health Bonus: 400/800/1200
Target Movement Speed Bonus: 15%/20%/25%
Self Max Health as Health Regen Bonus: 3%/4%/5%
Cooldown: 100/75/50 (With Aghanim's: 25)
Mana: 50
Aghanim's upgrade: Reduces Infest cooldown, increases cast range, and applies Rage buff to the infested unit.
Pierces spell immunity. Can take control over spell immune units.
Buff modifier_life_stealer_infest: Dispellable with death only.
Buff or Debuff, based on the target's alliance modifier_life_stealer_infest_effect: Dispellable with death only.
Buff modifier_life_stealer_infest_creep: Dispellable with death only.
With this infestation, N'aix consumes the life blood of the host, restoring him back to full unholy power.


  • During Infest, all three spells of Lifestealer are hidden, while Infest is replaced by Consume.
  • During Infest, Lifestealer is periodically moved to the host's current position. This affects multiple things such as:
    • When Infest ends (be it via Consume, or the host dies), Lifestealer appears at the host's location.
    • Every aura Lifestealer has (including Gem of True Sight icon.png Gem of True Sight and Radiance (Active) icon.png Radiance) affects units around the host.
    • Effects which react on heroes' presence, such as Smoke of Deceit icon.png Smoke of Deceit, Marksmanship or Blur, react on the host's presence.
    • Relocate forces Lifestealer out of the infested unit, dealing area damage.
    • Holy Persuasion gets dispelled as soon as Lifestealer casts Infest.
  • Can regenerate up to 180%/240%/300% of the Lifestealer's max health in one minute.
  • Can fully regenerate the Lifestealer's health within 33.33/25/20 seconds.
  • The infested unit gets its maximum and current health increased by the given value.
    • The current health increase does not count as a heal and bypasses everything.
  • The infested unit also gets its movement speed increased by the given value.
    • If the target is not a hero or creep-hero, its base movement speed also gets set equal to Lifestealer's current movement speed.
  • If the target is not a hero, Lifestealer automatically takes control over it, turning it into his unit.
    • If the target was an enemy, it retains its health bar colors, making it harder for enemies to tell that it got taken over.
  • Can be cast on, but cannot take control over allied heroes and allied creep-heroes.
  • When on level 2 or higher, can be cast on and take control over ancient creeps.
  • The infested unit receives the Infest Effect modifier, which creates the visual effect above it, visible to allies only.
  • Infest's cooldown starts upon leaving the infested unit, not upon cast.
  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter causes the current level of Rage to be applied on the infested target.
    • The Rage lasts its regular duration, or until Lifestealer leaves the target in any way, whichever is shorter.
    • In Ability Draft, Rage must be drafted as well for this upgrade to work.

Does not proc any on-cast effects when cast. Does not pierce spell immunity. ▶️
Consume icon.png
No Target
Enemies / Self
Lifestealer eats the host body from the inside out, exploding from within.
Cast Animation: 0+0
Damage Radius: 700
Damage: 150/275/400
Cooldown: 0


  • Appears when Infest is cast and stays until Lifestealer gets out of the host.
    • If the infested target is not a hero or creep-hero, and Lifestealer takes control over it, it also appears in the infested unit's UI, in the 4th ability slot.
  • If the infested unit dies before Lifestealer consumes it, the area damage is still applied.
  • Does not kill or harm an infested allied heroes or creep-heroes.
  • The damage is applied instantly in the area, it does not have a travel time.
  • If the infested target gets taken over, Consume's legacy hotkey may vary based on what unit got taken over.


Hero Talents
+1.5s Rage Duration25+1.2% Feast Lifesteal
-4s Open Wounds Cooldown2016% Evasion
+20 Movement Speed15+25 Damage
+30 Attack Speed10+200 Health
  • The health talent increases maximum health capacity, and keeps the current health percentage.
  • This attack damage talent is added as raw attack damage, so it does not benefit illusions, and is not affected by most percentage-based damage increasing or reducing effects.
  • The evasion talent stacks multiplicatively with other sources of evasion.

Recent Changes[edit]

Level 10 left talent: +25 attack speed increased to +30.
Level 10 right talent: +150 health increased to +200.
Level 20 left talent changed: +40% Open Wounds lifesteal ➜ -4s Open Wounds cooldown.
  • Talents:
Level 10 left talent: +30 attack speed reduced to +25.
Level 10 right talent: +200 health reduced to +150.
Level 15 left talent: +25 movement speed reduced to +20.
Level 15 right talent: +30 attack damage reduced to +25.
Level 20 left talent: +50% Open Wounds lifesteal reduced to +40%.
Level 20 right talent: 20% evasion reduced to 16%.
Level 25 left talent: +2s Rage duration reduced to +1.5s.
Level 25 right talent: +1.5% Feast max health as lifesteal reduced to +1.2%.

Recommended items[edit]

Starting items:

Early game:

  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed are needed to gank in combination with Open Wounds.
  • Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick sustains Lifestealer if the enemy has a certain number of spammable skills.
  • Blight Stone icon.png Blight Stone increases Lifestealer's early game damage, and builds into Desolator icon.png Desolator later.
  • Orb of Venom icon.png Orb of Venom is a nice early game pickup if his lane has a moderate level of kill potential, as the slow helps Lifestealer to catch up with the enemy.

Mid game:

  • Phase Boots icon.png Phase Boots allows Lifestealer to close the distance on his targets in order to get within Open Wounds' short range.
  • Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand, as an upgrade of Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick, greatly improves the hero's effectiveness mostly by compensating for low mana pool.
  • Armlet of Mordiggian (Inactive) icon.png Armlet of Mordiggian shines with the extra HP, armor, and damage from the active Unholy Strength, all of which Lifestealer wants. Feast and Open Wounds negates the health loss to some extent, while the rest of the abilities offer a chance of armlet toggling.
  • Heaven's Halberd icon.png Heaven's Halberd provide evasion against the physical attack of enemies, extra heal from Feast and Open Wounds, status resistance as well as a disarm for the enemy carry.

Late game:

  • Desolator icon.png Desolator increases Lifestealer's damage output greatly as it reduces armor of the enemy, allows him to tear down supports and carries with the help of extra attack speed and Spell Immunity of Rage. The item helps with farming and pushing towers as well.
  • Abyssal Blade icon.png Abyssal Blade gives Lifestealer a reliable source of stun, allows him to disable an enemy long enough for him to tear down. Lifestealer has almost no damage output outside of melee range, so it is really crucial to stick to his target as a melee carry. Besides, this item improves the hero's survivability with damage block and bonus health.

Situational items:

  • Hand of Midas icon.png Hand of Midas allows Lifestealer to comeback from a bad laning stage. Note that the item would delay your mid-game power spike as better items could be purchased with the gold spent.
  • Sange and Yasha icon.png Sange and Yasha gives Lifestealer movement speed, attack speed, and attack damage. The movement speed bonus helps Lifestealer catch up with the enemies.
  • Assault Cuirass icon.png Assault Cuirass compensates for Lifestealer's low base armor and gives more attack speed to use with Feast. The armor reduction allows for a faster tower pushing and stronger team fight presence.
  • Monkey King Bar icon.png Monkey King Bar helps with the problem of evasion. The magical damage procs also help improve damage output, but the main draw for this item is the attack damage it offers.
  • Maelstrom icon.png Maelstrom is a very good item due to the attack speed provided by Feast allowing you to get more procs from Chain Lightning. It provides extra damage, early flash farming capability and overall improve your DPS. If you're going for this item, it is recommended to get this item early on and to forego Armlet of Mordiggian (Inactive) icon.png Armlet of Mordiggian.
  • Mjollnir icon.png Mjollnir can be useful against illusion heroes, as both Static Charge and Chain Lightning help dealing with them. As a frontliner, Static Charge can be triggered towards its maximum effect. Meanwhile, the item helps with farming and wave-clearing.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger gives Lifestealer the opportunity to close the gap between heroes who like to keep their distance from fights; or can work as an escape after using Infest. This is useful if you find yourself unable to get in range for what would otherwise be free kills. Keep in mind that with the help of allies, Infest could do the same job as well.
  • Radiance (Active) icon.png Radiance gives Lifestealer both physical and magical damage through Burn and its additional damage, accelerating his farming speed. Also allows for Lifestealer to have more impact in the middle of fights, providing a damaging and blinding aura.
  • Heart of Tarrasque icon.png Heart of Tarrasque gives Lifestealer immense durability and some damage. Can be a good item to pick up if Lifestealer is acting as the main initiator and/or tank for his team and needs the additional health.


Roles: Carry Carry Durable Durable Jungler Jungler Escape Escape Disabler Disabler
Complexity: ★★☆
Playstyle: What was once a man is now little more than a husk, its mind long since departed from lifetimes of imprisonment. Or has it? Now on the loose, N'aix appears to be driven by a new purpose, although what precisely that is, none would know. The Lifestealer Feasts on raw flesh, nourishing himself with every attack while inflicting grievous Open Wounds that make escape near impossible. By sheer ferocity, or perhaps madness, N'aix flies into a Rage, intensifying his assault while defying all wizardry. For a particularly nasty surprise, the Lifestealer Infests an unhappy victim, hiding inside its body in wait for the opportunity to burst out in a gory explosion.





  • Lifestealer's fun/alternate name in DotA was Gollum, a significant character in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit book series.
    • The references to Gollum are kept up in Dota 2:
      Just like written in Lifestealer's lore, Lifestealer is no longer the former self he was, but rather a possessed body. Gollum has a similar story. Once being a Hobbit, his soul got corrupted by the ring, turning into the Gollum he is now.
      Both Lifestealer and Gollum sometimes speak from themselves in plural form ("we", instead of "I"). They also talk to or about a "master".
      His rivalry line towards Tidehunter minimap icon.png Tidehunter ▶️ "Tidehunter…I love a bit of raw fish now and again." refers to Gollum's hate towards stewing - or the preparing in general - of fish. Gollum prefers his fish raw and "wriggling".[1]