Night Stalker/Counters

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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Reality Rift pulls out Night Stalker while he tries to escape or chase.
  • Night Stalker doesn't have a lot of ways to deal with multiple targets, which makes him vulnerable to Phantasm illusions from early to mid game, until Night Stalker buys Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter.
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  • Void's slow is useless against Lycan by activating Shapeshift.
  • Night Stalker's single target abilities (with the exception of Void upgraded by Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter) is not very effective against Lycan's Summon Wolves and Necronomicon minions during the early and mid game.
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  • Ensnare and Song of the Siren prevents Night Stalker from escaping and ganking during daytime or even nighttime.
  • Rip Tide reduces Night Stalker's armor, making him easier to focus down.
  • Mirror Image can be effective against Night Stalker, due to his single target abilities.
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  • Void's slow is dispelled by Doppelganger or counteracted by Phantom Rush.
  • Spirit Lance's and Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade's slow reduces Night Stalker's mobility and helps him or his ally escape if they're inflicted by Void or Crippling Fear.
  • Night Stalker has no AoE abilites to take out Phantom Lancer's illusions. Even if Night Stalker gets an Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter, there will be way too many illusions for Night Stalker to handle.
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  • Night Stalker can't kill Sven quickly while he has the armor bonus from Warcry.
  • Sven under the effect of God's Strength and his various physical damage strength items can kill Night Stalker first.
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  • Whirling Axes (Melee) provides a 60% miss chance, which can make the attack speed bonus from Hunter in the Night largely ineffective.
  • Berserker's Rage together with Battle Trance and Fervor stacks gives him a high chance of rooting Night Stalker, which allows Troll Warlord to man-fight Night Stalker in any stage of the game, regardless of whether or not it's night.



Good against...[edit]

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  • Storm Spirit is absolutely helpless if caught within Night Stalker's silence range.
  • Common items a Storm Spirit will build will not remove the AoE silence.
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  • Puck cannot use any of its normal means to survive should Night Stalker catch it within Crippling Fear, and goes down quickly.
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  • The long silence at night prevents Clinkz from escaping with invisibility if Night Stalker can sneak up on him. He also has really low base health, so Night Stalker can usually kill him alone during one cast of Crippling Fear at night.
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  • Fissure has a short stun and creates an impassable ridge. However, Night Stalker can fly over it during Dark Ascension.
  • Night Stalker can find Earthshaker, disable his Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger with Void, and then take him out with Crippling Fear.
  • Earthshaker may fail his blink combo against Night Stalker's team if he is not careful, as he can blink into the silence.
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  • Keeper of the Light's Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter upgrade loses much of its power, due to Night Stalker being able to reduce the duration of daytime by a lot.
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  • Night Stalker is one of the best heroes to find (and silence) Tinker in the trees during Dark Ascension.
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  • With Dark Ascension and Gem of True Sight, Night Stalker can easily find and kill Riki. Riki will also find it harder to kill the tanky Night Stalker than he would many other heroes.
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  • With Dark Ascension he can keep vision on Slark, disabling his Shadow Dance regeneration. Slark is also too weak to seriously threaten Night Stalker in lane.


Works well with...[edit]

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  • Fortune's End counters the abilities of some heroes that are strong against Night Stalker in lane, such as Batrider minimap icon.png Batrider's Sticky Napalm, Ursa minimap icon.png Ursa's Overpower and Monkey King minimap icon.png Monkey King's Jingu Mastery. It roots Razor minimap icon.png Razor and Ursa in place when you need to run from them. This spell is also an additional source of interrupting teleports, and on a low cooldown.
  • Fate's Edict counters Juggernaut minimap icon.png Juggernaut's Blade Fury, and while Blade Fury is on cooldown, Fate's Edict and Fortune's End will combine to prevent Juggernaut from trading back or disengaging.
  • Oracle's combo of Fortune's End and Purifying Flames helps finish off targets within the duration of Crippling Fear.
  • False Promise can be amplified beyond its normal ability to save, as Night Stalker has a lifesteal talent and also likes to make Satanic. The delayed damage may also enable you to run somewhere where it is safe to teleport away from Rupture, while preventing Thirst from triggering as well.
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  • Eclipse turns day into night for 10 seconds while Dark Ascension grants Luna the bonus vision while active, which is minor but neat - although used effectively, it can help make up for Night Stalker's downtime in crucial situations. But Luna is also able to clear the illusions and minions that Night Stalker doesn't like, and Lunar Blessing makes Night Stalker significantly more tanky than he already is while also doing more damage.
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  • Reverse Polarity places all enemy heroes into a small area, lining the enemy team up for Crippling Fear. Empower also helps compensate for Night Stalker's lack of wave clearing, and lets him deal better with illusions and minions.
  • Empower helps Night Stalker farm easily.


  • Heroes that make up for Night Stalker's potentially lackluster team fighting so the draft is stronger overall: Medusa minimap icon.png Medusa, Elder Titan minimap icon.png Elder Titan, Ogre Magi minimap icon.png Ogre Magi...
  • Heroes that are tanky enough to help draw the enemy's attention, allowing Night Stalker to do his job of sneaking up on and cleaning out the enemy's backline heroes: Medusa minimap icon.png Medusa, Dragon Knight minimap icon.png Dragon Knight, Wraith King minimap icon.png Wraith King...
  • Heroes with bonus night vision get an advantage when Night Stalker uses Dark Ascension: Bounty Hunter minimap icon.png Bounty Hunter, Luna minimap icon.png Luna, Lycan minimap icon.png Lycan, Slark minimap icon.png Slark, Slardar minimap icon.png Slardar. However, this is likely to be quite minor as Night Stalker wants to save the spell for fights during which he'll provide vision for the team anyway.