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Pugna icon.png
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Intelligence attribute symbol.png
19 + 2
16 + 1.3
24 + 5.2
Level Base 1 15 25
Health 200 580 1140 1540
Health regen 0 1.9 4.7 6.7
Magic res. 25% 26.14% 27.82% 29.02%
Mana 75 363 1227 1851
Mana regen 0.5 1.7 5.34 7.94
Spell dmg 0% 1.68% 6.78% 10.42%
Armor 0 2.56 5.47 7.55
Att/sec 0.59 0.68 0.79 0.87
Move sp amp. 0% 0.8% 1.71% 2.36%
Damage 19‒27 43‒51 115‒123 167‒175
Movement speed 330
Attack speed 100
Turn rate 0.5
Vision range 1800/800
Attack range 630
Projectile speed 900
Attack animation 0.5+0.5
Base attack time 1.7
Collision size 24
Gib type Default

Pugna is a ranged intelligence hero whose spells give him powerful nuking and pushing capability. Nether Blast is a delayed low-cooldown area nuke which also deals damage to buildings, allowing Pugna to use it as a basic nuke as well as a pushing spell. Decrepify is a unit-targeted spell that gives its target the ethereal status effect, rendering them unable to take physical damage but also slowing them and decreasing their magic resistance. Nether Ward is a ward-type ability that debilitates enemy casting, degenerating their mana while punishing them with powerful nukes based on the mana cost of the spells they cast within its domain. Pugna's ultimate ability, Life Drain, is a channeling ability which saps enemy health and grants it to himself, and can be cast on allies to give them health and mana as well. With a strong array of versatile nukes, Pugna can be a force to be reckoned with in teamfights, able to blast his foes into Oblivion with ease.


Pugna minimap icon.png Pugna
▶️ "Who needs a blade when you have oblivion?"
In the realm of Pugna's birth, near the vents of the Nether Reaches, there stood a lamasery devoted to the Arts of Oblivion, which drew its power from the nether energies. The Grandmaster of the temple compound had himself passed into Oblivion several years prior, leaving his academy without a leader. From the moment of their master's death, the regents of the temple began rites of divination to identify their master's reincarnation, and eventually all signs converged on the immediate neighborhood. Several villages squatted in the shadow of the temple, their alleys and plazas full of the laughter of squalling children. Pugna, a mere thirteen months of age, was but one candidate among the local brats, and on the appointed day he was presented at the temple alongside two other promising tots. The lamas offered a jumble of worn relics to the children, treasured possessions of their former grandmaster. One boy reached for a porphyry wand that had belonged to the lama...and put it in his nostril. An impish girl pulled out an amulet that had also been the lama's, and immediately swallowed it. Pugna regarded the other two coolly, gave a merry laugh, and blasted them with gouts of emerald flame, reducing them to ashes in an instant. He then snatched up the wand and amulet, saying 'Mine!' The regents hoisted the beaming Pugna on their shoulders, wrapped him in their grandmaster's vestments, and rushed him to the throne before his mood could change. Within five years, the temple itself was another pile of ash, which pleased Pugna to no end.


Nether Blast
Nether Blast icon.png
An exploding pulse deals damage to enemies and structures in the area. Deals half damage to structures.
Cast Animation: 0.2+0
Cast Range: 400
Blast Radius: 400
Effect Delay: 0.9
Damage: 100/175/250/325 (Talent 300/375/450/525)
Building Damage Percentage: 50%
Cooldown: 5 (With talent: 4)
Mana: 85/105/125/145
The Arts of Oblivion include a deafening blast of emerald flames from the Nether Reaches.


  • Deals 50/87.5/125/162.5 (Talent 150/187.5/225/262.5) damage to buildings.
  • The visual effects and the sound during the 0.9 second effect delay are only visible and audible to allies.

Decrepify icon.png
Enemies / Allies
A powerful banishing spell that slows a unit and renders it unable to attack or be attacked. Afflicted units take extra magic damage.
Cast Animation: 0.2+0.4
Cast Range: 700
Enemy Move Speed Slow: 30%/40%/50%/60%
Ally Magic Resistance Reduction: 25%
Enemy Magic Resistance Reduction: 30%/40%/50%/60%
Duration: 3.5 (Talent 5.5)
Cooldown: 15/12/9/6
Mana: 60
Does not pierce spell immunity. All effects persist if buff/debuff was placed before spell immunity and when not dispelled.
Buff or Debuff, based on the target's alliance Decrepify: Dispellable with any dispel.
A now-mastered relic from his childhood, Pugna delights in banishing others into the Nether Realm, whether for good, evil, or simple enjoyment.


  • Reduces most allied heroes' total magic resistance to 6.25%, assuming basic 25% magic resistance and no other sources of magic resistance.
  • Reduces most enemy heroes' total magic resistance to 2%/-5%/-13%/-20%, assuming basic 25% magic resistance and no other sources of magic resistance.
  • Can be cast on Nether Wards and Tombstones.
    • This includes allied Nether Wards and Tombstones, and enemy Nether Wards, but not enemy Tombstones, since it does not pierce spell immunity on enemies.
    • Cannot be cast on any other ward.
  • Does not slow allied targets.

Nether Ward
Pugna Nether Ward model.png
Level 0
Duration 30
Health 16 (Talent 28)
Health regeneration 0
Armor 0
Magic resistance 0%
Status resistance 0%
Collision size 8
Vision range 600
Vision type Ground
Bounty 20/40/60/80
Experience 0
Model scale 1

Nether Ward
Nether Ward icon.png
Pugna places a Nether Ward at the target location. The ward reduces the causes nearby enemy heroes to lose a percentage of their max mana every second, and will fire at any enemy hero who casts a spell. Nether Ward deals damage equal to the damage multiplier times the mana spent by the enemy hero.
Cast Animation: 0.2+0.4
Cast Range: 150
Radius: 1600
Hero Attacks to Destroy: 4 (Talent 7)
Non-Hero Attacks to Destroy: 16 (Talent 28)
Damage per Used Mana: 1.25/1.5/1.75/2 (Talent 3/3.25/3.5/3.75)
Max Mana Loss per Second: 0.3%/0.6%/0.9%/1.2%
Aura Linger Duration: 0.5
Ward Duration: 30
Cooldown: 35
Mana: 80
Partially pierces spell immunity. The Mana degen aura does not pierce spell immunity.
The damage on cast pierces spell immunity, and attempts to apply its damage.
Debuff Nether Ward Aura: Undispellable.
While at the lamasery for the Arts of Oblivion, Pugna learned to dominate his classmates with a simple ward charged with Nether magic.


  • When double-clicking the ability, the ward is placed right in front of Pugna, 150 range away from him.
  • The mana loss is provided by an aura with 1600 radius. Its debuff lingers for 0.5 seconds. The flare is independent from the aura.
  • Causes mana loss by directly decreasing mana regeneration, which is also reflected in the UI with a lower mana regen value.
  • Can degenerate up to 9.15%/18.3%/27.45%/36.6% of a unit's max mana over its full duration.
  • Can fully degenerate a unit's mana within 333.33/166.67/111.11/83.33 seconds.
  • Mana Flare deals the damage before the actual spell is cast, so if the target dies, the spell stays unused.
    • This means that spells which provide protection (e.g. Rage, Refraction) do not save the caster from a lethal Mana Flare.
    • Dying with Reincarnation active triggers Mana Flare, but it does not prevent Reincarnation from going off.
  • Illusions are treated as creeps when attacking the ward, so they take 16 (Talent 28) attacks to destroy it, instead of 4 (Talent 7) like heroes.

Life Drain
Life Drain icon.png
Enemies / Allies
When cast on an enemy, Pugna drains health from the target enemy unit to heal himself and granting vision over the target. If Pugna has full HP, and the enemy target is a Hero, Life Drain will restore mana instead.

When cast on an ally, Pugna will drain his own health into his ally.
Cast Animation: 0.2+0
Cast Range: 700
Max Channel Time: 10
Link Break Distance: 1000
Health Drain per Second: 150/250/350
Life Drain Heal Amplification: 0 (Talent 25%)
Cooldown: 22 (With Aghanim's: 0)
Mana: 125/175/225
Aghanim's upgrade: Removes cooldown.
Partially pierces spell immunity. Can be cast on spell immune allies
Cannot be cast on spell immune enemies.
Debuff Life Drain: Undispellable.
Pugna has truly become more powerful than even the grandmaster of Oblivion.


  • The link breaks when the target turns invulnerable or hidden, exceeds the break distance, or runs out of health.
  • The health restored equals the amount of damage dealt per tick after all reductions.
    • This means when a damage instance is reduced (e.g. magic resistance, Refraction, etc), it heals for the reduced amount.
    • But this also means that amplifying the damage (e.g. Decrepify), causes it to heal for more.
    • This also goes for targeting allies. The more damage it deals to Pugna, the more it heals and vice versa.
    • This means that Pugna cannot heal his allies while he has 100% magic resistance (e.g. via spell immunity), since he takes 0 damage from the spell.
    • The +25% heal talent for Life Drain amplifies the healing done by Life Drain by 25%. It is still based on the damage dealt.
  • If Pugna's or the allied hero's health is full and the damaged unit is a hero, it restores their mana instead.
    • This means it also restores mana on allied non-hero units when they are at full health, since Pugna (a hero) is damaged.
    • Just like the health restoring, the amount of mana restored equals the amount of damage dealt after all reductions.
  • The self-damage when targeting allies is lethal, so it can be used to deny oneself.
  • Drains 37.5/62.5/87.5 health in 0.25 second intervals, starting 0.25 seconds after cast, resulting in up to 40 instances.
    • The talent amplifies the heal value to 46.875/78.125/109.375 without changing the damage value.
  • The color of the drain changes depending on the situation:
    • When draining life from an enemy, the drain is red/green (pink/blue if Pugna is at full health).
    • When draining life into an ally, the drain is green/green (blue/green if the ally is at full health).
  • Can drain up to 1500/2500/3500 health (before reductions) when fully channeled.
    • With the talent, it can heal up to 1875/3125/4375 health, while the damage dealt remains unchanged.
  • Instantly destroys targeted enemy illusions on the first instance. Allied illusions are not destroyed.


Hero Talents
+1.75 Netherward Damage Per Mana25+200 Nether Blast Damage
+2s Decrepify Duration20+25% Life Drain Heal
+3 Nether Ward Health15-1s Netherblast Cooldown
+225 Health10+20 Movement Speed
  • The health talent increases maximum health capacity, and keeps the current health percentage.

Recommended items[edit]

Starting items:

  • Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branch gives cheap attributes, helping Pugna to some health and mana.
  • Clarity icon.png Clarity replenishes mana in lane to use abilities; Pugna may ferry out Clarity throughout the game as an inexpensive source of mana regeneration.
  • Tango icon.png Tango sustains Pugna's health in lane.
  • Healing Salve icon.png Healing Salve restores large amount of health in the early game.
  • Enchanted Mango icon.png Enchanted Mango gives passive health regeneration and a source of mana when consumed.
  • Null Talisman icon.png Null Talisman gives some attributes, mostly intelligence, to help with getting last hits.

Early game:

  • Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick provides burst health and mana in a pinch, allowing Pugna to survive and cast more spells.
  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed give Pugna movement speed to compensate for his low defense.
  • Wind Lace icon.png Wind Lace offers a boost to movement speed for cheap.

Mid game:

  • Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand grants additional attributes and increased charge storage for health and mana.
  • Arcane Boots icon.png Arcane Boots increases the size of Pugna's mana pool while allowing him to replenish it. He can disassemble them later to make Aether Lens.
  • Aether Lens icon.png Aether Lens increases mana pool and mana regeneration, facilitating Pugna's spell casting. The increased cast range helps Pugna stay a safe distance from enemies.
  • Rod of Atos icon.png Rod of Atos gives Pugna attributes and a root to hold enemies down for Life Drain.

Late game:

  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar's spell immunity protects Pugna from being interrupted while channeling Life Drain. When combined with a self-cast Decrepify, enemies will find him virtually invulnerable to damage.
  • Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere provides attributes, regeneration, and Spellblock to protect against certain single targeted disables that may interrupt Life Drain.
  • Boots of Travel 1 icon.png Boots of Travel gives movement speed and global presence.

Situational items:

  • Bottle (Full) icon.png Bottle sustains health and mana, while giving abilitiy to store runes for later opportunities.
  • Dagon 1 icon.png Dagon provides intelligence and an additional huge magical burst in combination with Decrepify. A full nether blast, decrepify, dagon 5 combo deals about ~1500 damage before resistances.
  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter provides attributes across the board, giving Pugna more health and mana to use abilities frequently. The upgraded Life Drain with removed cooldown allows for infinite uptime given enough mana.
  • Kaya icon.png Kaya enhances abilities of Pugna by increasing their damage while reducing their mana cost.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger greatly improves Pugna's mobility and allows him to quickly get off a full dagon combo and blink out before any enemies can react.
  • Force Staff icon.png Force Staff gives Pugna mobility and escape that works on himself and allies. The increased intelligence boosts the size of his mana pool, while the health regeneration keeps him topped up.
  • Glimmer Cape icon.png Glimmer Cape increases magic resistance which helps with survivability. The active ability provides invisibility for Pugna while channeling Life Drain, or for using on himself or teammates to escape.
  • Veil of Discord icon.png Veil of Discord gives attributes, armor, health regeneration, and a way to reduce enemies' magic resistance, complementing Nether Blast and Life Drain.
  • Meteor Hammer icon.png Meteor Hammer synergies with Nether Blast and Decrepify and even Life Drain if successfully landed a stun.
  • Ghost Scepter icon.png Ghost Scepter might seem to be redundant, since you have Decrepify. However, having Ghost Scepter allows you to counter enemy heroes with dispels, like Nullifier icon.png Nullifier, to dispel a self-cast Decrepify, and it allows you to be bolder when casting Decrepify on allies and enemies alike.
  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity grants mana regeneration, mana, and movement speed to keep Pugna ready to fight. The active ability gives further utilities like removing debuffs, setting up kills, and delaying while Decrepify or other abilities are cooling down.
  • Tranquil Boots (Active) icon.png Tranquil Boots provides movement speed, as well as health regeneration which can be passed onto allies with Life Drain.
  • Spirit Vessel icon.png Spirit Vessel gives small bonuses including mana regeneration and movement speed, as well as an active heal and a tool to counter enemy healing.
  • Drum of Endurance icon.png Drum of Endurance provides Pugna with attributes and movement speed for early skirmishes.
  • Lotus Orb icon.png Lotus Orb grants armor, regeneration, and Echo Shell to dispel and reflect single targeted abilities.
  • Scythe of Vyse icon.png Scythe of Vyse gives Pugna more attributes and a hex to further control enemy heroes.
  • Shiva's Guard icon.png Shiva's Guard grants Pugna armor, intelligence, as well as a way to slow many enemies.
  • Necronomicon 1 icon.png Necronomicon aids Pugna and team during sieging, especially with tier 3 tower pushes.
  • Guardian Greaves icon.png Guardian Greaves recovers a large amount of health and mana to Pugna and allies.


Roles: Nuker Nuker Pusher Pusher
Complexity: ★★☆
Playstyle: Chosen at a tender age to be the next lama, Pugna wasted no time in demonstrating his abilities. He Decrepifies his classmates, briefly banishing them to another realm. His Nether Ward fires mana flares at the source of any nearby magic, discouraging even the most powerful casters. A Nether Blast soon rocked the lamasery, razing it to the ground. The temple no longer served any purpose. Pugna had transcended his predecessors—a fact few would doubt lest he decides to Life Drain them into oblivion.





  • According to Alchemist minimap icon.png Alchemist's rival hero taunt, Pugna is composed largely of phosphorus. Being a skeleton, he would be made of the phosphorus-containing mineral hydroxyapatite, a major component of bone.
  • Several lines of dialogue reference Viper minimap icon.png Viper being Pugna's pet before he was summoned from the Nether by a wizard.
  • "Pugna" is a Latin word that translates to a few meanings, namely "fight", "dispute", or "conflict".
  • Pugna's unused response ▶️ "First, do no harm." is a reference to the medical principle "Primum non nocere", which is latin and translates into "First, do no harm".[1]
  • In DotA, Pugna's title was Oblivion. While his lore and lines still mention "Oblivion" in Dota 2, this is now the name of his art of sorcery rather than his title, making Pugna one of the few Dota 2 heroes without both a name and a title.