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Sylla, the Lone Druid, is an adaptable and versatile ranged or melee agility hero, who summons a Spirit Bear, which has its own set of abilities and can equip items, as his ally. With the help of his Spirit Bear, he can carry, jungle, and push lanes effectively. Because of this, technically speaking, the Spirit Bear and Lone Druid himself are two available heroes at once. The Lone Druid himself is mostly played as the aura giver, while the Spirit Bear is played as the main damage dealer and tank. When he activates his abilities, it will not only buff him but the Spirit Bear as well. Lone Druid is versatile as he can change from a fast ranged warrior to a tough and mighty melee bear himself. Together, they can push lanes and towers quickly, farm neutrals in a clinch, and even take down Roshan by themselves if equipped with the right items. Due to the Spirit Bear not benefiting from attributes, it scales weakly into the later portions of the game, encouraging a midgame-oriented playstyle. However, should the need arise, its six extra usable item slots make Lone Druid a force to be reckoned with far into the lategame.
|Sylla, the Lone Druid|
|Play "I wonder what awaits me at the end of everything…"|
|Role:||Carry / Pusher / Jungler / Durable|
|Lore:||Long before the first words of the first histories there rose the druidic Bear Clan. Wise and just they were, and focused in their ways to seek an understanding of the natural order. The arch forces of nature saw this, and so sought the most learned among them. Wise old Sylla, clan justiciar and seer, stepped forward for his kin, and to him was given the Seed with these words: 'When all of the world has dimmed, when civilization has left these lands, when the world is slain and wracked by the endless deserts at the end of ages, plant the Seed.' As he grasped his trust, Sylla felt his years recede and his vitality returned. Vast knowledge burst into his mind. He found himself able to project his very will into reality and, with some concentration, alter his own physical form as well. Yet subtle whispers and cruel ears brought word of the Seed and its power to other peoples, and a terrible war crashed upon the Bear Clan. As his ancestral home burned, Sylla took his burden and fled to the wild places. Ages passed, and time and myth forgot the Bear Clan, forgot Sylla and the Seed, forgot wondrous civilizations that rose and fell in Bear Clan's wake. For millenia Sylla has waited, waited for word from his deities, waited for peace to come to the ever warring realms, waited in exile and in secret for the end of all things and for the conclusion of his sacred commitment, preparing himself always to face and destroy whatever would dare threaten his purpose.|
|Voice:||Nolan North (Responses)|
- For all of the Spirit Bear's stats, see here.
- The bear is a creep-hero, making it interact differently with several spells. For detailed interactions follow the link.
- On the first cast of Summon Spirit Bear, the bear is actually summoned. On every following cast, it is just healed or revived.
- This means buffs and debuffs are not dispelled upon re-summoning it.
- The backlash damage is dealt as pure damage from the unit that killed the Spirit Bear.
- The Spirit Bear cannot be resummoned if it has taken damage from a player in the last 3 seconds. Has no minimum damage threshold.
- Damage is checked before any sort of reduction, so fully blocked damage also prevents resummoning it.
- If the Spirit Bear dies, it can be resummoned immediately.
- The Spirit Bear can use every item, except for placing Observer Wards and Sentry Wards. It can also use runes.
- The Spirit Bear cannot have illusions of itself, so the Illusion Rune and Manta Style do not spawn illusions of the bear.
- When the Spirit Bear is 1100 range away from Lone Druid, it gets disarmed, turns slightly grey and uses different animations.
- The grey hue and disarm symbol are visible to allies only. The animations are visible to everyone.
- Has a cast backswing of 0.57 while in True Form.
- Rabid cancels Lone Druid's channeling spells upon cast.
- The effect radius is global but not provided by an aura.
- This means that the Spirit Bear has to be alive while Rabid is cast in order to be affected by it.
- This also means that, when the Spirit Bear dies while under the effect of Rabid, the buff on the Spirit Bear is fully lost.
- However, when Lone Druid dies while having Aghanim's Scepter, the effects on the Spirit Bear are not lost.
- Applies an effect similar to taunt on enemies. Instead of forcing to attack, it forces a move command towards the team's fountain.
- Only affects enemy units controlled by a player. AI-controlled units (lane and neutral creeps) are unaffected.
- Does not affect couriers, wards and buildings. Affects invisible, but not invulnerable or hidden units.
- Since it orders units to move, they cannot flee while affected by root effects (e.g. Entangling Claws).
- Units affected by Savage Roar cannot act at all, so that any actions cannot even be ordered or queued up during it.
- Interacts with other taunt spells based on cast order.
- If Savage Roar was cast after Berserker's Call or Winter's Curse, units flee until Roar expires and then return to attack.
- If Roar was cast before any of the two, units stop fleeing and attempt to attack the taunting hero. They do not continue fleeing once the taunt expires, but stand still instead.
- However, while affected by Savage Roar, units cannot attack during Berserker's Call or Winter's Curse. They attack as soon as Savage Roar expires.
- Does not affect units which are in a Duel. If Duel is cast after Roar, Duel takes full priority.
- Shares cooldown with the Spirit Bear's Savage Roar.
- Despite the lack of cooldown, True Form does proc all on-cast effects like a regular spell.
- During the transformation, Lone Druid cannot do anything. Cannot be interrupted.
- Reduces Lone Druid's movement speed to 275 and attack range to 150 while giving him melee attack properties.
- True Form persists through Lone Druid's death. If he dies during it, he respawns in True Form.
- Changes Lone Druid's model and alters his voice.
- Battle Cry is only available while True Form is active.
- Battle Cry's level is set equal to True Form's level.
- Affects all units owned by Lone Druid and his Spirit Bear, not just him and the bear.
- Plays a part of the sound at the beginning of the cast.
- Return requires Summon Spirit Bear level 2 to be unlocked.
- Return interrupts the Spirit Bear's channeling spells upon cast.
- Disjoints projectiles upon cast.
- Can be cast from anywhere on the map.
- Issues a stop order to the Spirit Bear after teleporting.
- Taking player based damage puts Return on a 3 second cooldown. Has no minimum damage threshold.
- Damage is checked before any sort of reduction, so fully blocked damage also triggers the cooldown.
- If Lone Druid dies and Return is cast, the Spirit Bear teleports back to Lone Druid's death location.
- Entangling Claws requires Summon Spirit Bear level 3 to be unlocked.
- Roots the target, preventing it from moving and casting certain mobility spells.
- Forces a stop command onto the target upon cast, so that its current move, attack and spell cast orders get canceled.
- Deals damage in 1 second intervals, starting immediately as the debuff is placed, resulting in 3 damage instances against heroes and 9 against non-heroes.
- Deals a total of 180 physical damage to heroes and 540 to creeps.
- Does not affect ancient creeps.
- Entangling Claws uses pseudo-random distribution.
- Same notes as for Lone Druid's Savage Roar apply.
- The Spirit Bear acquires this spell as soon as Lone Druid learns it.
- It is always in the third ability slot, regardless of the bear's level.
- Shares cooldown with Lone Druid's Savage Roar.
- Demolish requires Summon Spirit Bear level 4 to be unlocked.
- Increases Spirit Bear's total base magic resistance to 33%.
- The cooldown of an item is bound to the item itself, and not to the unit holding the item. This means that giving the bear an item which already is on cooldown, is still on cooldown in its inventory, it does not get refreshed for the bear.
- If the Spirit Bear has an item on cooldown, and then receives the same item again from Lone Druid but off cooldown, the newly received item is usable right away, despite the other one being still on cooldown. Using it puts it on cooldown and restarts the cooldown of the other one.
- However, when an item went on cooldown due to a shared cooldown (e.g. Medallion of Courage going on cooldown because of Solar Crest getting used, or when having multiple Faerie Fire), it is not on cooldown when given to the bear, since the item itself was not used to proc the cooldown.
- Gem of True Sight functions on the Spirit Bear as it does on couriers. This means it does not reveal invisible units when held by Spirit Bear. It is still dropped when Spirit Bear dies.
- Spirit Bear cannot pick up the Aegis of the Immortal, but can attack (destroy) it.
- Spirit Bear can pick up Cheese and consume it normally.
- Divine Rapiers on the Spirit Bear work exactly like how they do for heroes. It can be purchased normally, and manually dropped from the inventory. It is muted when given to allies.
- It is possible to swap an original Rapier between Lone Druid and the Spirit Bear, as it is not muted like how it is for allies. When picked up by an enemy, it turns into a free Rapier as usual.
- The Spirit Bear can pick up free Rapiers. But just like heroes, it cannot manually drop a free Rapier from its inventory. This means free Rapiers cannot be swapped between Lone Druid and the Spirit Bear like an original Rapier.
- Divine Rapiers carried by the Spirit Bear drop on its death.
- Spirit Bear can activate any rune.
- When activating Bounty Runes, Lone Druid gains gold and experience from it.
- When activating the Illusion Rune, nothing happens, since only heroes can have illusions of themselves. All other runes work normally and fully for the Spirit Bear.
- The Spirit Bear can also attack runes to deny them, like other units.
- However, unlike for heroes, the rune's selection box does not get prioritized for the Spirit Bear, so that another unit standing on top of it can prevent the bear from picking it up.
- Spirit Bear can bottle runes and use runes like heroes. Its Bottle also gets refilled when doing so.
- The team chat message displays "Lone Druid", and not "Spirit Bear" when it uses runes.
|Battle Cry Grants Spell Immunity||25||0 Entangle Cooldown|
|+40 Rabid Attack Speed||20||-25s Battle Cry Cooldown|
|+10 Spirit Bear Armor||15||-8s Savage Roar Cooldown|
|+175 Attack Range||10||+250 Health|
- The attack range bonus only affects Lone Druid's ranged attacks. His attack range while in True Form is not increased.
- Upgrading health increases maximum health capacity and keeps the current health percentage.
- The armor bonuses to the Spirit Bear are applied immediately upon selecting the talents. No re-summoning required.
- Tango keeps Lone Druid in lane with health sustain.
- Iron Branch gives Lone Druid cheap attributes.
- Healing Salve can heal both Lone Druid and Spirit Bear.
Starting items (Bear):
- Stout Shield helps Spirit Bear tank creeps.
- Quelling Blade helps Spirit Bear score last hits with bonus damage against creeps.
- Boots of Speed for movement speed boost; sometimes, Lone Druid will not upgrade his boots in favor of spending gold on Spirit Bear.
- Magic Stick can save Lone Druid with burst health and mana.
Early game (Bear):
- Boots of Speed gives Spirit Bear extra movement speed.
- Orb of Venom applies slow on attacks to harass and chase enemies.
- Blight Stone slightly increases damage early by reducing target's armor; can build into Desolator late game.
- Phase Boots give Lone Druid fast movement speed and combine well with Rabid.
- Magic Wand gives attributes, as well as more burst health and mana.
- Ring of Aquila offers cost efficient attributes, and gives mana regeneration to use Rabid freely.
- Hurricane Pike, along with attack range talent, gives Lone Druid incredible range for fights and tower sieges. The active abilitiy, Hurricane Thrust, allows Lone Druid to position better against enemies.
- Mjollnir can deal large amounts of damage with Rabid's attack speed buff, and let Lone Druid farm and push quickly.
Core items (Bear):
- Phase Boots helps Spirit Bear with movement speed boost to run down enemies and catch them with Entangling Claws.
- Radiance greatly increases Spirit Bear's damage output, as its high health allows it to stay in the center of fights.
- Tranquil Boots heals Lone Druid and grants great movement speed to catch up with Spirit Bear.
- Boots of Travel grants teleportation around the map for quick farm and pushes; you can teleport using Spirit Bear.
- Aghanim's Scepter allows Spirit Bear to attack without having Lone Druid nearby and alive, making it a more autonomous farmer and pusher.
- Black King Bar grants spell immunity so Lone Druid can continue to attack without fear of disables.
- Desolator greatly increases damage output and applies armor reduction debuff on attack targets, including buildings.
- Butterfly increases attack damage output and evasion; the active Flutter trades evasion for movement speed, good for chasing or escaping.
Situational items (Bear):
- Hand of Midas grants gold and experience boost to help Lone Druid and Spirit Bear scale faster. Using Transmute with Spirit Bear will not grant experience, thus you should let Lone Druid uses the active ability, then gives the item back to Spirit Bear for attack speed.
- Vladmir's Offering grants aura of lifesteal and attack damage for both Lone Druid and Spirit Bear.
- Desolator lets Spirit Bear push extremely fast because armor reduction on buildings combining with Demolish.
- Mjollnir increases attack speed and damage, aiding in pushes.
- Assault Cuirass's attack speed increases potency of Demolish on buildings and chance to proc Entangling Claws, as well as synergizes with Rabid and True Form's base attack time reduction.
- Moon Shard gives Spirit Bear high attack speed to proc Entangling Claws.
- Abyssal Blade keeps enemies immobilized with stun and bashes in addition to Entangling Claws.
- Lone Druid's original name was "Syllabear", a pun on the name of Syl-lab-le, one of the developers who worked with Guinsoo. Before retiring, he created this hero. It has now been shortened to "Sylla".
- Lone Druid's design, including sickle and cauldrons, is based on depictions of Celtic druids.