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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Track hinders Nyx Assassin's ganking attempts with Vendetta, making him an easy kill for gold as well.
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  • Corrosive Haze hinders Nyx Assassin's ganking attempts with Vendetta, as well as reducing his armor.
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  • Thirst is always a threat to Nyx Assassin, hindering his attempt of escape using Vendetta.
  • Rupture also prevents Nyx Assassin from escaping with Vendetta, as it forces him to stay still.
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  • Blade Fury completely counters all of Nyx Assassin's abilities except Vendetta.
  • Omnislash makes quick work of Nyx Assassin.
  • Both Blade Fury and Omnislash ignores Spiked Carapace.
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  • Familiars deal many instances of damage quickly, minimizing the effectiveness of Spiked Carapace. They are, however, relatively fragile and can be killed quickly with Nyx Assassin's high burst damage, especially from Vendetta.
  • Gravekeeper's Cloak and tanky item builds make him hard to kill with burst damage.
  • Visage's long range on Soul Assumption and Grave Chill make him hard to escape from, and Soul Assumption's low cooldown outmatches Spiked Carapace.
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  • Necronomicon 3 icon.png Necronomicon 3 on Arc Warden and his Tempest Double will reveal Nyx Assassin and quickly drain his mana.
  • Spiked Carapace has a short duration, so Arc Warden can use other units in his control to slow Nyx Assassin down.
  • Arc Warden can farm Dagon 1 icon.png Dagon and Ethereal Blade icon.png Ethereal Blade faster than Nyx and can use them twice thanks to Tempest Double, letting him out-burst Nyx Assassin.
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  • Any hero with damage over time abilities can easily pierce Spiked Carapace and damage Nyx Assassin; however, this also means they are easily stunned.
  • Heroes with high HP easily shrug off Nyx Assassin's burst damage and fend him off.
  • Mana Burn is useless against heroes that are not relying on abilities.
  • Nyx Assassin is ability-dependent and thus vulnerable to silence, especially while Burrowed.


Good against...[edit]

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  • Illusory Orb is easy to reflect with Spiked Carapace, either stunning Puck and setting up an easy Impale or forcing a premature Phase Shift.
  • Puck is an intelligence hero that tends to build intelligence items, making it vulnerable to Mana Burn.
  • An ill-timed Phase Shift can easily set Puck up to be stunned by Impale.
  • Puck's low base armor and below average agility gain mean it is always susceptible to Vendetta.
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  • Spike Carapace easily interrupts Freezing Field.
  • Frostbite's damage over time sets up an easy Spiked Carapace stun.
  • Crystal Maiden is extremely fragile and dies quickly to Nyx Assassin's burst damage.
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  • Assassinate is easy to reflect with Spiked Carapace for massive damage.
  • Shrapnel's area damage can set up an easy stun with Spiked Carapace, especially when combined with Vendetta.
  • In the early game, Sniper's low health pool and high intelligence makes him easy prey for Nyx Assassin.
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  • Enigma's uncontrollable damage from Malefice and Midnight Pulse make him easy to stun with Spiked Carapace.
  • Black Hole can be easily interrupted by Impale or Spiked Carapace.
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  • Spiked Carapace reacts on any of Phoenix's damage over time to interrupt Sun Ray and Icarus Dive.
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  • Mana Burn quickly destroys Mana Shield, especially if Medusa only increases her mana pool by bolstering Intelligence, however this greatly increases Mana Burn's damage.
  • Uncontrollable damage from Mystic Snake and Split Shot can trigger Spiked Carapace.
  • Medusa minimap icon.png Medusa lacks single target damage, making a Burrowed Nyx Assassin hard to kill.
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  • All of Nyx Assassin's skills can penetrate Windrun, as Vendetta attacks have True Strike.
  • Spiked Carapace can potentially reflect Powershot for heavy damage.
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  • March of the Machines and Heat-Seeking Missile allow easy Spiked Carapace stuns.
  • As a fragile hero that relies on mana and intelligence items, Tinker is vulnerable to Mana Burn.
  • Nyx Assassin's stuns can interrupt Rearm and leave Tinker helpless.
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  • Outworld Devourer's high intelligence gain and fragility makes him an easy target for Mana Burn, as well as killing him outwards with Nyx Assassin's high burst damage.
  • Astral Imprisonment can be easily exploited by Nyx Assassin with his abilities. As long as Astral Imprisonment was not casted on Nyx Assassin, it will make opportunity for an easy stun, either by Spiked Carapace if Outworld Devourer hid his allies or your allies) or Impale if he hid himself. And if Astral Imprisonment was casted on Nyx Assassin, using Spiked Carapace while banished will proc the stun after disable, since Spike Carapace has 0 cast time, and Astral Imprisonment deals damage right after the disable ended.
  • An ill-timed Sanity's Eclipse or well timed Spiked Carapace can deal a lot of damage to Outworld Devourer and stun him, unless Outworld Devourer is using Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar beforehand. However, the mana burn from Sanity's Eclipse might leave Nyx Assassin with insufficient mana to release his combo.


  • Heroes with slow-moving projectiles, large area-of-effect abilities, and/or damage over time are easily stunned by Spiked Carapace: Doom minimap icon.png Doom, Invoker minimap icon.png Invoker, Keeper of the Light minimap icon.png Keeper of the Light, Pugna minimap icon.png Pugna, Skywrath Mage minimap icon.png Skywrath Mage.
  • Heroes with high intelligence gain and low durability are vulnerable to Mana Burn.
  • Positioning-dependent heroes are threatened by Vendetta: Ember Spirit minimap icon.png Ember Spirit, Drow Ranger minimap icon.png Drow Ranger.


  • With Spiked Carapace off cooldown, Nyx Assassin is somewhat a hard counter to Lotus Orb icon.png Lotus Orb. He can use Carapace, then Mana Burn a target with an active Lotus Orb, protecting him from the damage of the reflected mana burn (but not the burnt mana), reflecting the damage back and stunning the target.
    • This becomes even better if he bought a Dagon 1 icon.png Dagon, which he often does, since all it does it deals damage so Lotus Orb will 100% backfire, and the target will suffer twice the dagon's damage.
    • This becomes EVEN BETTER with the 175% spiked carapace talent (at level 20), reflecting the dagon's damage twice, resulting in three times the dagon's damage in total. With dagon 5, this becomes an instant 2400 damage nuke and 2.4 second stun (before amplification/reduction).
    • Another thing needed to be pointed is that Lotus Orb itself is a good item itself for Nyx Assassin. Alongside with Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail, a combination of Dagon, Blade Mail, Lotus Orb, and Spiked Carapace hit on enemy with Lotus Orb activated will deals about 2400(3000 with level 20 talent) magic damage (before reduction/amplification) and solid stun.
  • Items with area damage may catch Spiked Carapace, stunning the wielders and allowing Nyx Assassin to follow with other abilities: Battle Fury icon.png Battle Fury, Maelstrom icon.png Maelstrom, Mjollnir icon.png Mjollnir, Radiance (Active) icon.png Radiance, Shiva's Guard icon.png Shiva's Guard.

Works well with...[edit]

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  • Nyx Assassin's initiation potential works great in conjunction with Invoker's high damage spells.
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  • Nyx Assassin can initiate using Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger and Vendetta, making him an ideal Infest target.
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  • Thirst helps Nyx Assassin locate and eliminate weakened enemies.
  • Rupture can help land Impale, which can in turn set up Blood Rite.


  • Heroes with global or very long range spells can help Nyx Assassin take out tougher enemies: Zeus minimap icon.png Zeus, Ancient Apparition minimap icon.png Ancient Apparition, Spectre minimap icon.png Spectre.
  • Tanky heroes who can lure enemies to use their AoE nukes, allowing Nyx Assassin to counter-initiate with Spiked Carapace.
  • Heroes with area disables that can help Nyx Assassin land an Impale: Lion minimap icon.png Lion, Tidehunter minimap icon.png Tidehunter, and Underlord minimap icon.png Underlord.
  • Heroes with Boots of Travel 2 icon.png Boots of Travel 2 can take advantage of Vendetta to sneak behind enemy lines.