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Magnus icon.png
Strength attribute symbol.png
Agility attribute symbol.png
Intelligence attribute symbol.png
25 + 3.5
15 + 2.5
19 + 1.7
Level Base 1 15 25
Health 200 700 1680 2380
Health regen 0.5 3 7.9 11.4
Magic res. 25% 26.5% 29.44% 31.54%
Mana 75 303 579 783
Mana regen 0 0.95 2.14 2.99
Spell dmg 0% 1.33% 3% 4.19%
Armor 1 3.4 9 13
Att/sec 0.56 0.64 0.83 0.97
Move sp amp. 0% 0.75% 2.5% 3.75%
Damage 32‒44 57‒69 106‒118 141‒153
Movement speed 305
Attack speed 100
Turn rate 0.8
Vision range 1800/800
Attack range 150
Projectile speed Instant
Attack animation 0.5+0.84
Base attack time 1.8
Collision size 24
Gib type Default

Magnus, the Magnoceros, is a monstrous melee strength hero who is usually played as a ganker, initiator, or semi-carry. His ability to battle multiple heroes at once gives him an excellent presence in team fights. In addition to his teamfight presence, he can buff allies or himself with bonus damage and cleave, capitalizing on his ability to group up multiple enemies. As a hero who possesses multiple area-of-effect abilities with a manageable mana cost, and a very powerful ultimate that serves as a great team fight initiation ability, Magnus is truly a force to be reckoned with.


Magnus minimap icon.png Magnus, the Magnoceros
▶️ "No, I blame no one who covets my horn. But to desire more than sight of it is a guarantee of death."
The master-smiths of Mt. Joerlak agree on only a single point: that the horn of a magnoceros is more precious than any alloy. And of all such horns, the largest and sharpest belongs to the beast they call Magnus. For half a generation, Magnus took easy sport goring hunters come to claim the treasures of his kin. Each time he would return to his cave with hooves and horns stained red, until his Matriarch urged him and all their kin to seek refuge to the north beyond the shadow of the mountain. But Magnus scoffed, having never failed to defend his people. The magnoceroi would stay, he decided, for a magnoceros does not believe in chance... nor does it ever change its mind. But when Mt. Joerlak erupted without warning, and half his kin perished in the fire and ash, Magnus changed his mind after all. The survivors pushed north, until they reached a blockade watched over by a hundred hunters armed with bow and steel. Magnus expected no less. He led his fiercest brothers and sisters in a charge against their enemies, and fought with a ferocity matched only by the fire-spewing mountain at his back. Meanwhile the magnoceros elders, mothers, and calves vanished into the drifts. The master-smiths are divided about what happened next. Some say Magnus reunited with his kin, while others claim he suffered mortal injuries and expired alongside the body of his Matriarch. Neither theory is correct. Magnus did vow to rejoin his kin...but only after seeking out those responsible for the eruption of Mt. Joerlak and watching them die upon his horn, for a magnoceros does not believe in chance.


Shockwave icon.png
Magnus sends out a wave of force, damaging enemy units in a line, pulling them towards him and slowing them for 0.75 seconds.
Cast Animation: 0.3+1.2
Cast Range: 1200 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 2000)
Wave Distance: 1200 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 2000)
Wave Radius: 200
Damage: 75/150/225/300 (Talent 150/225/300/375)
Movement Speed Slow: 60%
Pull Distance: 100
Pull Duration: 0.2
Slow Duration: 0.75
Returning Shockwave Slow Duration: 0 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 2)
Cooldown: 14/13/12/11
Mana: 90/100/110/120
Aghanim's upgrade: Increases travel distance and speed, and causes Shockwave to come back. Return wave slows units, but deals half damage to creeps.
Debuff Shockwave: Dispellable with any dispel.
Debuff Shockwave Pull: Dispellable with any dispel.
Mt. Joerlak was a somewhat unstable mass, and Magnus has learned to channel its reverberations.


  • The Shockwave travels at a speed of 900 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 1500), taking 1.333 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 1.667) seconds to reach the maximum distance.
  • Can hit units up to 1400 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 2200) range away (travel distance + radius).
  • Hit enemies are pulled towards the center of the Shockwave and towards Magnus.
    • The further enemies are from the center of the shockwave, the stronger the pull force is towards its center than towards Magnus.
    • Pulls hit enemies 100 range over 0.2 seconds, resulting in a speed of 500.
  • The shockwave first applies the debuffs, then the damage.
  • Plays an initial sound and particles upon start casting.
  • When upgraded, the shockwave travels back to where the caster was upon cast, and not to where the caster currently is, or is upon reaching max distance.
    • The returning shockwave acts like a separate cast. Therefore, enemies at the very tip may be hit only once.
    • This is because Shockwave does not hit units behind the caster, so units hit by it 200 range beyond its max travel distance do not get hit upon returning.
    • On the other side, units 200 range beyond the original cast point do get hit.
    • On its way back, the shockwave can hit previously already hit enemies a second time. The slow from the returning shockwave lasts longer.
    • Treats creep-heroes as creeps, dealing 37.5/75/112.5/150 (Talent 75/112.5/150/187.5) damage to them upon returning.
  • The slow of multiple casts does not stack, it only refreshes the duration. This includes the returning shockwave from the upgrade.

Empower icon.png
Gives an allied unit bonus damage and cleave on attack.
Cast Animation: 0.3+1.07
Cast Range: 800
Cleave Starting Radius: 150
Cleave Distance: 650
Cleave End Radius: 360
Cleave Damage: 14%/34%/54%/74% (Talent 34%/54%/74%/94%)
Attack Damage Bonus: 10%/20%/30%/40% (Talent 30%/40%/50%/60%)
Duration: 40
Cooldown: 8
Mana: 45/60/75/90
Buff Empower: Dispellable with any dispel.
With a deep bellow, Magnus displays his true power.


  • Only increases base damage and that given by the primary attribute of affected units. Raw bonus damage is not increased.
  • The unit's current main damage is periodically checked, and the bonuses adapted instantly.
  • Grants melee targets cleave and attack damage, and ranged targets only attack damage.
  • Cleave damage depends on the attack damage value of the cleaving unit, not on how much their primary attack target took.
  • The complete cleave area is shaped like an isosceles trapezoid in front of the attacking unit.
  • Fully stacks with other sources of cleave. Each source of cleave works completely independent.
  • Does not cleave upon attacking wards, buildings or allied units. Wards and buildings are unaffected by cleave.
  • Despite the visual effect, cleave damage is applied instantly in the whole area.

Skewer icon.png
Enemy Heroes / Self
Magnus rushes forward, goring enemy units on his massive tusk. Heroes hit on the way will be dragged to the destination, then damaged and affected by slowed movement and attack speed.
Cast Animation: 0.3+0.33
Cast Range: Global
Max Skewer Distance: 887/982/1077/1172 (Talent 1393/1488/1583/1678)
Skewer Radius: 135
Damage: 70/140/210/280
Move Speed Slow: 10%/20%/30%/40%
Attack Speed Slow: 25/30/35/40
Slow Duration: 3.25
Cooldown: 26/24/22/20
Mana: 80
Partially pierces spell immunity. Cannot hit spell immune enemies. Slows and attempts to damage enemies when they turn spell immune while already hit.
Cannot be cast while rooted or leashed. Getting rooted while already charging does not cancel the charge.
Buff Skewer Movement: Undispellable.
Debuff Skewer Impact: Undispellable.
Debuff Skewer Slow: Dispellable with any dispel.
Magnoceros horns are valuable in direct proportion to their danger to prospective merchants.


  • Magnus charges at a speed of 950.
  • Moves Magnus in 31.67 range instances. When targeting any distance which is not a multiplier of that number, it gets rounded down.
    • This means the minimal possible distance is 31.67 and the maximum possible 887/982/1077/1172 (Talent 1393/1488/1583/1678), which amounts to a mulitplier of 28/31/34/37 (Talent 44/47/50/53).
  • During the Skewer, Magnus is fully disabled.
  • Enemy heroes within 135 radius around Magnus get moved in front of him and dragged along.
  • Dragged heroes are stunned during the drag.
  • Dragged heroes land 200 range away in front of Magnus at the end of the charge.
  • Can charge through and drag enemies over impassable terrain.
  • Skewer first applies the slow debuff, then the damage.
  • Destroys trees within 200 radius during the charge, and 400 radius at the destination point.

Reverse Polarity
Reverse Polarity icon.png
No Target
Magnus changes properties of matter, sucking all nearby enemies in front of him and stunning them with a powerful slam and dealing damage.
Cast Animation: 0.3+1.3
Radius: 410
Damage: 50/125/200
Stun Duration: 2.75/3.25/3.75 (Talent 3.75/4.25/4.75)
Cooldown: 130
Mana: 200/250/300
Debuff Stunned: Dispellable with strong dispels.
Magnus fights with the fury of the erupting Mt. Joerlak.


  • Reverse Polarity first applies the debuff, then the damage.
  • There is no limit of how many units can be affected.
  • Stuns Roshan icon.png Roshan but does not pull him.
  • The particle effects and a sound effect start playing at the beginning of the cast.


Hero Talents
+1s Reverse Polarity Stun Duration25+20% Empower Damage/Cleave
+500 Skewer Range20+10 Armor
+75 Shockwave Damage15+12 Strength attribute symbol.png Strength
+200 Health10+25 Attack Speed
  • The health talent increases maximum health capacity, and keeps the current health percentage.

Recommended items[edit]

Starting items:

  • Tango icon.png Tango provides health sustain during laning stage.
  • Stout Shield icon.png Stout Shield blocks some damage taken in lane.

Early game:

  • Bottle (Full) icon.png Bottle can save Magnus trips to the fountain, since its mana rejuvenation works well with his low-mana cost abilities. It is crucial if soloing the middle lane, allowing for rune control.
  • Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand will not only provide him bonus attributes, but also more sustain.
  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed provide movement speed bonus early on, helping Magnus collect runes and perhaps kills.

Mid game:

  • Power Treads icon.png Power Treads give attack speed, and attributes switch between strength for damage output and health, and intelligence for mana to use abilities.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger will help Magnus initiate with Reverse Polarity, as well as give him more mobility. Shockwave and Skewer can also be efficiently used after blinking in front of the enemy.
  • Force Staff icon.png Force Staff provides additional intelligence so Magnus can use more abilities, as well as mobility so he can position Skewer and Reverse Polarity.

Late game:

  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar makes it easier for Magnus to use his ultimate, as he can place himself in the middle of heroes without being interrupted. It can also be used so that he can live longer against too many disablers.
  • Refresher Orb icon.png Refresher Orb gives Magnus more regeneration and the ability to cast his ultimate in a shorter period of time.

Situational items:

  • Drum of Endurance icon.png Drum of Endurance gives him additional strength and intelligence for his health and mana pool, as well as give him a small boost to his attack and movement speed.
  • Aeon Disk icon.png Aeon Disk greatly increases his survivability and gives him a chance to counter-initiate or escape even if he got caught.
  • Battle Fury icon.png Battle Fury gives Magnus more regeneration, additional attack damage, and a permanent cleave that stacks with Empower.
  • Heart of Tarrasque icon.png Heart of Tarrasque makes him more tanky and gives him additional attack damage.
  • Mask of Madness icon.png Mask of Madness will give him a quick boost in attack speed, which could help when he is buffed with Empower.
  • Daedalus icon.png Daedalus gives Magnus critical strike, enabling him to deal huge damage without relying on his spells.
  • Assault Cuirass icon.png Assault Cuirass gives Magnus additional attack speed as well as armor, and also debuff his enemies' armor.
  • Shiva's Guard icon.png Shiva's Guard gives Magnus an additional nuke once he's in the middle of the enemy team, much needed armor, and a large boost to his somewhat small mana pool.


Roles: Initiator Initiator Disabler Disabler Nuker Nuker Escape Escape
Complexity: ★★☆
Playstyle: A magnoceros does not believe in chance, and the eruption of Mount Joerlak was no accident. For this reason Magnus set out, never to return to his kin until those responsible had been impaled upon his horn. He charges into battle, Skewering and dragging enemies through any terrain. With a deep bellow, the magnoceros Empowers his companions to strike beyond their normal scope, and devastates entire enemy columns with subterranean Shockwaves. In the midst of the fray, Magnus unleashes his most remarkable ability, Reverse Polarity. Nearby foes are pulled instantly to a spot before him, dazed and immobilized, ready to be dispatched by his allies.





  • In the transition to Dota 2, Magnus's race was changed from Magnataur to Magnoceros, most likely to avoid copyright issues with Blizzard, since the Magnataur are an existing race in the Warcraft universe.
  • "Magnus" means "great" in Latin.
    • This was used as an honorific in certain esteemed Romans; the most famous being Gnaeus Pompey Magnus (Pompey the great), party with Caesar on two triumvirates. When Caesar refused to disband his army and enter Rome as a citizen, Pompey led the Roman's evacuation and was the main general to oppose Caesar, until his (Pompey's) death.
  • Magnus' lore was written by Greg Kasavin of Supergiant Games. In Greg's original draft, the Magnoceri were a dying race due to the males having the tendency of killing the females after mating, leading Magnus to go on a search for a new mate that could please him. Magnus still has many rivalry lines directed towards female heroes referencing that original draft.[1]
  • Magnus is named after Gustav Magnus, a German physicist who discovered the Magnus effect, an effect in which a spinning ball/cylinder curves away from its principle flight path.
    • Reverse Polarity acts similarly in this regard, moving everyone around himself to a position in front of him.