Lifestealer/Old Abilities

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Feast (6.49-7.22h)
Cannot be used by illusions. Disabled by Break. Pierces spell immunity.
W
F
Feast icon.png
Ability
Passive
Affects
Enemies / Self
Damage
Physical
Lifestealer's attacks damage enemies and heal himself for a percentage of his target's max health.
Enemy Max Health as Damage/Lifesteal: 1.5%/2.25%/3%/3.75% (Talent 2.5%/3.25%/4%/4.75%)
After escaping from his cell in Devarque, N'aix subsisted on flesh and bones of those unfortunate to cross his path.

Notes:

  • This ability got reworked into the current Feast in the 7.23 gameplay patch.
  • The damage is directly added to Lifestealer's attack damage. It can be reduced with e.g. Static Link and also be increased with e.g. Empower.
  • On top of the skill's own lifesteal, Lifestealer additionally can lifesteal the damage dealt by this ability with other sources of lifesteal. It also can crit or cleave.
  • The heal is fully independent from the bonus damage dealt, meaning it always heals for the full amount, regardless of how much damage Feast did to the target.


Infest (6.72-7.22h)
Infest icon.png
Affects
Self
Damage
Magical
Lifestealer infests the body of a target unit, becoming undetectable 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, and when consumed the creep will heal Lifestealer's health equal to the creep's current health. Does not work on enemy heroes.
Cast Animation: 0.2+0
Cast Range: 150
Cooldown: 100/75/50
Mana: 50
Aghanim's upgrade: Grants new ability: Assimilate. Swallows an allied hero, allowing them to hide within him.
Modifiers
Buff Infest: Undispellable.
Buff or Debuff, based on the target's alliance Infest Effect: Undispellable.
With this infestation, N'aix consumes the life blood of the host, restoring him back to full unholy power.

Notes:

  • This ability got reworked into the current Infest in the 7.23 gameplay patch.
  • Applies a basic dispel on Lifestealer and disjoints projectiles upon cast.
    • This basic dispel removes buffs as well, and not only debuffs.
  • During Infest, all three spells of Lifestealer are turned inactive, Infest is replaced by Consume, and Control is added.
  • 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 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.


Control
Does not proc any on-cast effects when cast. Pierces spell immunity.
E
W
Control icon.png
Ability
No Target
Affects
Allied Units / Enemy Units
Lifestealer seizes control of the host body's nervous system, allowing him to issue movement and attack orders from within. Controlled units share Lifestealer's movement speed. Cannot be used on heroes.
Cast Animation: 0+0
Cooldown: 0
Modifiers
Buff or Debuff, based on the target's alliance Infest Creep: Undispellable.

Notes:

  • This ability got removed in the 7.23 gameplay patch.
  • Appears when Infest is cast and stays until Lifestealer gets out of the host.
  • Cannot take control over heroes, creep-heroes and units already owned by Lifestealer. All other infestable units can be controlled.
  • When the host cannot be controlled, this spell is inactive.
  • Upon cast, Lifestealer gets de-selected and the infested unit gets selected automatically.
  • The unit also gains the Consume ability, allowing Lifestealer to consume it from the unit's HUD. It disappears when the unit's ownership changes again.
  • Unlike other dominating spells, Control does not applies any dispel on the target.
  • Fully restores the unit's mana upon cast. Its health stays unaffected.
  • Constantly sets the unit's movement speed to Lifestealer's current movement speed, regardless of its default movement speed.
  • If the infested unit was an ally of the opposing team, it still appears as an ally to them after taking control over it.
    • However, since its ownership changes to that of Lifestealer's, they can attack it by ordering it. It is not automatically attacked.
  • Control can take over a unit only once per host. This means if an enemy takes over it with another dominating spell, Control cannot take it back.


Consume (6.72-7.22h)
Consume icon.png
Ability
No Target
Affects
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

Notes:

  • This ability got reworked into the current Infest in the 7.23 gameplay patch.
  • Appears when Infest is cast and stays until Lifestealer gets out of the host.
  • If the infested unit dies before Lifestealer consumes it, no health is gained. Though the area damage is always applied.
  • Does not kill or harm an allied unit (except for lane creeps) that Lifestealer has infested, unless Control was used.
  • The damage is applied instantly in the area.
  • When not taking control over the creep, Consume's legacy hotkey is T. When using Control, it changes and is different based on the controlled creep.


Assimilate
Assimilate icon.png
Lifestealer swallows an allied hero, allowing them to hide within him. Any healing Lifestealer receives is shared with the hero within. When an assimilated hero leaves Lifestealer, they erupt outward, damaging nearby enemies.
Cast Animation: 0.2+0.5
Cast Range: 150
Heal Transfer: 100%
Ally Order Lock Duration: 2
Cooldown: 50
Mana: 50
Modifiers
Buff Assimilate: Undispellable.
Buff Assimilate Effect: Undispellable.
How can Lifestealer resist the chance to sample an ally?

Notes:

  • This ability got removed in the 7.23 gameplay patch.
  • The hero can simply get out of N'aix themself, still dealing the area damage, by issuing any order 2 seconds after being assimilated.
  • During Assimilate, the allied hero is periodically moved to Lifestealer's current position. This affects multiple things such as:
    • When Assimilate ends (be it via Eject, or Lifestealer dies), the allied hero appears at Lifestealer's location.
    • Every aura the allied hero has (including Gem of True Sight icon.png Gem of True Sight and Radiance (Active) icon.png Radiance) affects units around Lifestealer.
    • Relocate and Holy Persuasion forces the ally out of Lifestealer, dealing area damage.
  • Lifestealer receives the Assimilate Effect buff, which creates the visual effect above him, visible to allies only.


Eject
Eject (Lifestealer) icon.png
Ability
No Target
Affects
Enemies
Damage
Magical
Ejects an Assimilated hero, damaging nearby enemies.
Cast Animation: 0+0
Damage Radius: 700
Damage: 300
Cooldown: 0

Notes:

  • This ability got removed in the 7.23 gameplay patch.
  • Replaces Assimilate until the ally gets out of Lifestealer.
  • Interrupts Lifestealer's channeling spells upon cast.
  • If Lifestealer dies before the ally is ejected, the AoE damage is still applied.
  • Does not kill or harm Lifestealer upon ejecting the ally.
  • The damage is applied instantly in the area.


Infest (Pre 6.72)
Infest icon.png
Affects
Self
The Lifestealer tears its way into the unfortunate body of a target unit, laying dormant and undetectable inside its living frame until he is ready to consume it and come to form. Regains health from the infested unit.
Cast Animation: 0.1+0
Cast Range: 150
Level 1 Allowed Targets: Allied & Neutral Units
Level 2 Allowed Targets: Allied, Enemy & Neutral Units
Level 3 Allowed Targets: Allied, Enemy & Neutral Units
Cooldown: 100/60/30
Mana: 50
Modifiers
Buff Infest: Undispellable.
With this infestation, N'aix consumes the life blood of the host, restoring him back to full unholy power.

Notes:

  • This ability got reworked into the following Infest in the 6.72 gameplay patch.
  • Lifestealer gains experience and gold while under the effect of Infest.
  • During Infest, all of Lifestealer's other spells are turned inactive, and 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) affect 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.
  • Infest does not stop any regeneration. So Lifestealer returns with the health and mana he had before Infest + the Infest heal + what he could regenerate during it.
  • The infested unit is marked with a visual effect above it, visible to allies only.


Consume (Pre 6.72)
Consume icon.png
Ability
No Target
Affects
Self
Lifestealer consumes this unit's life, healing him and bursting out of it.
Cast Animation: 0+0.01
Level 1: Heals for the unit's current health
Level 2: Heals for the unit's current health
Level 3: Heals for the unit's maximum health
Cooldown: 0

Notes:

  • This ability got reworked into the following Consume in the 6.72 gameplay patch.
  • Appears when Infest is cast and stays until Lifestealer gets out of the host.
  • If the infested unit dies before Lifestealer consumes it, no health is gained.
  • Consume always kills the host upon using it.


Feast (Pre 6.49)
Cannot be used by illusions. Pierces spell immunity.
Q
F
Feast icon.png
Ability
Passive
Affects
Self
N'aix restores some of his life force by eating flesh.
Lifesteal: 10%/20%/30%/40%
Cannot be used by illusions. The particle effects play on illusions, but they do not get healed.
After escaping from his cell in Devarque, N'aix subsisted on flesh and bones of those unfortunate to cross his path.

Notes:

  • This ability got moved into the second ability slot and reworked into the current Feast in the 6.49 gameplay patch.
  • Fully stacks with other sources of lifesteal.
  • Cannot lifesteal off of wards, buildings and allied units.


Poison Sting
Cannot be used by illusions. Pierces spell immunity.
W
T
Unknown icon.png
Ability
Passive
Affects
Enemies
Damage
Magical
N'aix attacks sting, adding a slight poison-based damage and significantly slowing movement speed.
Damage per Second: 2/4/7/10
Movement Speed Slow: 10%/20%/30%/40%
Duration: 2
Cannot be used by illusions. Illusions place a fake debuff. It neither slows, nor deals damage.
Modifiers
Debuff Poison Sting: Dispellable with any dispel.

Notes:

  • This ability was in Lifestealer's second ability slot and was removed in the 6.49 gameplay patch.
  • Debuffs of successive attacks do not stack, but refresh the duration instead.
  • The damage ticks in 1 second intervals, starting immediately when the debuff is placed, resulting in 2 damage ticks.


Anabolic Frenzy
Can be used by illusions. Pierces spell immunity.
E
Z
Unknown icon.png
Ability
Passive
Affects
Self
Increases attack speed and movement of N'aix.
Movement Speed Bonus: 3%/5%/7%/9%
Attack Speed Bonus: 10/20/30/40

Notes:

  • Fully stacks with other attack speed and movement speed increasing effects.


Rage (Pre 6.49)
R
R
Rage icon.png
Ability
No Target
Affects
Self
Shrugging off magic spells as if they were insects, N'aix closes in on his prey, poison oozing from his jaws and a maddened rage in his eyes...
Cast Animation: 0+0
Attack Damage Bonus: 10/15/20
Duration: 10/15/20
Cooldown: 90
Mana: 150/200/250
Modifiers
Buff Rage: Undispellable.
The madness and brutality of N'aix makes him a vicious and unrelenting foe in combat.

Notes:

  • This ability got moved into the first ability slot and reworked into the current Rage in the 6.49 gameplay patch.
  • Interrupts Lifestealer's channeling spells upon cast.
  • When using Manta Style icon.png Manta Style while Rage is active, Rage ends prematurely.
  • Increases Lifestealer's size by 25% for its duration.


Siphon Strength (Pre 5.55)
R
G
Unknown icon.png
Ability
No Target
Affects
Self / Enemies
Instantly reduces the hit points of all enemies in the area of efecty by 33%. Absorbs som of this damage into the form of hit points.
Radius: 200/300/400
Absorption: 10/20/30%
Enemy Health Reduction: 33%
Cooldown: 75 (With Aghanim's: 15)
Mana: 250
Aghanim's upgrade: Reduces Siphon Strength cooldown.
Modifiers
Buff Siphon Strength: Undispellable.

Notes:


Drain Life
Q
I
Unknown icon.png
Affects
Self / Enemies
Damage
Magical
Absorbs some hit points away from a target unit. Lasts 3 seconds
HP Drained per Second: 20/40/60/80
Channel Duration: 3
Cast Range: 400
Cooldown: 10
Mana: 60/80/100/120
Modifiers
Buff Drain Life: Undispellable.

Notes: