Skywrath Mage

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Skywrath Mage
Skywrath Mage icon.png
Strength attribute symbol.png
Agility attribute symbol.png
Intelligence attribute symbol.png
21 + 2
13 + 0.8
25 + 3.6
Level Base 1 15 25
Health 200 578 1082 1442
Health regen 0 2.1 4.9 6.9
Magic res. 25% 26.5% 29.52% 31.68%
Mana 75 450 1200 1740
Mana regen 0 1.56 4.71 6.96
Spell dmg 0% 2.19% 6.6% 9.75%
Armor -2 0.08 1.87 3.15
Att/sec 0.59 0.66 0.73 0.78
Move sp amp. 0% 0.65% 1.21% 1.61%
Damage 14‒24 39‒49 89‒99 125‒135
Movement speed 330
Turn rate 0.5
Vision range 1800/800
Attack range 600
Projectile speed 1000
Attack animation 0.4+0.78
Base attack time 1.7
Collision size 24
Gib type Default

Dragonus, the Skywrath Mage, is a ranged intelligence hero equipped with tremendously powerful nukes, able to enhance magical damage and thus scales well into late game. However, he is a proverbial glass cannon; while he can bring superb amounts of damage, he is dangerously vulnerable and will most likely meet a swift end if the player isn't careful. Arcane Bolt is his main spell; its damage is based on his current Intelligence level. Concussive Shot blasts the nearest enemy hero, along with nearby units around the foe, slowing them down. The Ancient Seal marks the target with magic amplification and silence, leaving the target vulnerable to magic and unable to cast spells. Skywrath Mage's ultimate Mystic Flare is one of the most dangerous nukes in the game. Enemy heroes caught in this field will suffer massive damage. Its power is split equally among enemy heroes within its radius; if it is used on a single hero, it will deal its full damage potential. His spells are most effective when targeted on a lone hero and thus suffer decreased effectiveness when used on groups.


Skywrath Mage minimap icon.png Dragonus, the Skywrath Mage
Play "Even on this fallen field, I dedicate my powers to the lofty Skywrath."
A highly placed mage in the court of the Ghastly Eyrie, Dragonus lives a troubled existence. Sworn by birth to protect whomever sits within the Nest of Thorns, he hates the current Skywrath queen with all his soul. As a youth, high-born, he was a friend and companion to the eldest Skywrath princess, Shendelzare, first in line for the Nest. He had loved her warmly and unshakably, but as his studies took hold, his mind turned to arcane learning and the mastery of Skywrath sorcery.

Obsessed with matters aetherial, he missed the mundane signs of courtly treachery that hinted at a plot against Shendelzare, and lost his chance to foil it. When the court was shaken by a swift and violent coup, he emerged from his studies to discover his oldest and dearest friend had been lost to him. The Nest of Thorns now belonged to Shendelzare's ruthless younger sister, and Dragonus could do nothing. The magic of the Skywrath Mage serves only the sworn protector of the Skywrath scion, so to act against the Nest would render him helpless. He clings to his post, believing it to be the best hope of one day restoring his true love to her rightful place. Meanwhile, his secret is known only to the goddess Scree'auk, whose magic it was transformed Shendelzare from a crippled physical creature into an embodiment of pure vengeful energy.

While he dreams of restoring his beloved queen to the Ghastly Eyrie, he dreams even more desperately of restoring Shendelzare herself to a fully healed physical form. The duplicity of his role at court tortures him, for he is a noble and good-hearted creature; but the worst torture of all is imagining the hatred that Vengeful Spirit must hold in her heart for him.


Arcane Bolt
Cannot be disjointed. Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Does not pierce spell immunity. Play
Arcane Bolt icon.png
Skywrath Mage launches a slow-moving bolt of arcane magic, dealing damage to an enemy unit based on Skywrath Mage's intelligence.
Cast Animation: 0.1+0.9
Cast Range: 875
Secondary Targets Search Radius: 0 (Talent 700) (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 700)
Number of Targets: 1 (Talent 2) (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 2, Talent 3)
Base Damage: 60/80/100/120
Intelligence as Bonus Damage: 160%
Cooldown: 5/4/3/2
Mana: 90
Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Blocked upon impact, as primary and secondary target.
Within the Ghastly Eyrie's endless intrigue, only the clever and calm can hope to survive.


  • The bolt travels at a speed of 500.
  • Checks Skywrath's intelligence upon releasing the projectile.
  • This means that the projectile's damage is set upon launch and does not adapt when losing or gaining intelligence.
  • This is how much damage Arcane Bolt deals with a certain amount of intelligence including spell amplification (before reductions):
    • 25 Intelligence (Level 1): 102/122/142/163 damage
    • 43 Intelligence (Level 6): 133/153/174/194 damage
    • 64 Intelligence (Level 12): 170/191/211/232 damage
    • 86 Intelligence (Level 18): 209/231/252/273 damage
    • 111 Intelligence (Level 25): 256/278/299/321 damage
  • The projectile has a 325 radius flying vision. This vision does not linger.
  • Also provides the same vision at the target's location for 3.34 seconds upon successfully hitting it.
  • With Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter, whenever Arcane Bolt is cast, a different random target within the search radius is also targeted by a second Arcane Bolt.
    • The search radius is centered around the primary target, not around Skywrath Mage.
    • Since it uses a defined radius and is not based on the cast range, it is not affected by cast range modifying abilities (e.g. Aether Lens icon.png Aether Lens).
    • Heroes and illusions have a higher priority than other units. Treats creep-heroes as creeps.
    • The talent adds a third target to this, following the same rules.

Concussive Shot
Can be disjointed. Partially pierces spell immunity. Play
Concussive Shot icon.png
No Target
Skywrath Mage sets off a long range shot that hits the closest hero within a long range. Upon impact, it deals damage and slows in an area of effect.
Cast Animation: 0+1.03
Search Radius: 1600 (Talent Global)
Secondary Target Search Radius: 0 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 700, Talent Global)
Damage & Slow Radius: 250
Number of Targets: 1 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 2)
Hero Damage: 70/140/210/280
Creep Damage Percentage: 75%
Move Speed Slow: 30%/35%/40%/45%
Slow Duration: 4
Cooldown: 18/16/14/12
Mana: 95
Partially pierces spell immunity. Can launch the shot on spell immune units, but does not slow or damage them. Area effects are still applied.
Cannot target secondary spell immune units.
Can be disjointed. Disjointing the projectile causes it to completely fizzle.
Debuff Concussive Shot Slow: Dispellable with any dispel.
Those who serve the court of the Ghastly Eyrie are ever locked in covert war. One must always know where danger lurks nearest.


  • Concussive Shot interrupts Skywrath Mage's channeling spells upon cast.
  • Concussive Shot travels at a speed of 800.
  • When no visible heroes are nearby, the spell targets the closest creep instead.
  • The area damage and slow fully affect creeps and summons in range, dealing 52.5/105/157.5/210 damage to them.
  • The shot first applies the damage, then the debuff.
  • The projectile has 300 radius flying vision. This vision does not linger.
  • Also provides the same vision at the target's location for 3.34 seconds upon successfully hitting it.
  • With Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter, whenever Concussive Shot is cast, a different random target within the search radius is also targeted by a second Concussive Shot.
    • The search radius is centered around the primary target, not around Skywrath Mage.
    • Unlike the primary projectile, the secondary projectile can target non-hero units. However, heroes and illusions are prioritized. Treats creep-heroes as creeps.
    • Also unlike the primary projectile, the secondary projectile does not target spell immune or invulnerable units.

Ancient Seal
Partially blocked by Linken's Sphere. Does not pierce spell immunity. Play
Ancient Seal icon.png
Skywrath Mage seals the targeted unit with an ancient rune, silencing it and causing it to take additional damage from spells.
Cast Animation: 0.1+0.97
Cast Range: 700
Secondary Target Search Radius: 0 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 700)
Number of Targets: 1 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 2)
Magic Resistance Reduction: 30%/35%/40%/45% (Talent 45%/50%/55%/60%)
Duration: 3/4/5/6
Cooldown: 14 (With talent: 6)
Mana: 80/90/100/110
Partially blocked by Linken's Sphere. When upgraded, blocked only for the primary target. Secondary target still gets hit.
Debuff Ancient Seal: Dispellable with any dispel.
A holy incantation, whosoever finds themselves touched by Avilliva's sigil must suffer in penitent silence.


  • Reduces most heroes' total magic resistance to 2%/-1%/-5%/-9% (Talent -9%/-13%/-16%/-20%), assuming basic 25% magic resistance and no other sources of magic resistance.
    • Reduces Visage minimap icon.png Visage's total magic resistance to -17%/-22%/-26%/-31% (Talent -31%/-35%/-40%/-44%), assuming his basic 10% magic resistance and no other sources of magic resistance.
  • The magic resistance reduction does not affect non-hero units.
  • Successive casts on the same target do not stack, but refresh the duration instead.
  • With Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter, whenever Ancient Seal is cast, a different random target within the search radius is also targeted.
    • The search radius is centered around the primary target, not around Skywrath Mage.
    • Heroes and illusions have a higher priority than other units. Treats creep-heroes as creeps.

Mystic Flare
Does not pierce spell immunity. Play
Mystic Flare icon.png
Skywrath Mage uses his ultimate magical ability to conjure a precise and violent mystical field that lays waste to his adversaries. Deals massive damage distributed evenly among any Heroes in the area over 2.4 seconds.
Cast Animation: 0.1+0
Cast Range: 1200
Secondary Target Search Radius: 0 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 700)
Flare Radius: 170
Number of Flares: 1 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 2)
Total Damage: 600/1000/1400 (Talent 1200/1600/2000)
Flare Duration: 2.4
Cooldown: 60/40/20
Mana: 300/550/800
Aghanim's upgrade: Anytime Skywrath Mage casts an ability, a different random nearby target will be hit with the same ability. Heroes will take priority.
Debuff Mystic Flare Effect: Undispellable.
Only the most practiced of Skywrath sorcerers could hope to shape the skies into such a storm.


  • Deals damage in 0.1 second intervals, starting 0.1 second after spell cast, resulting in 24 damage instances.
  • This is how much damage Mystic Flare deals when hitting a certain amount of heroes for the full duration (before reductions):
    • 1 Hero: 25/41.67/58.33 (Talent 50/66.67/83.33) per interval, 600/1000/1400 (Talent 1200/1600/2000) total
    • 2 Heroes: 12.5/20.83/29.17 (Talent 25/33.33/41.67) per interval, 300/500/700 (Talent 600/800/1000) total
    • 3 Heroes: 8.33/13.89/19.44 (Talent 16.67/22.22/27.78) per interval, 200/333.33/466.67 (Talent 400/533.33/666.67) total
    • 4 Heroes: 6.25/10.42/14.58 (Talent 12.5/16.67/20.83) per interval, 150/250/350 (Talent 300/400/500) total
    • 5 Heroes: 5/8.33/11.67 (Talent 10/13.33/16.67) per interval, 120/200/280 (Talent 240/320/400) total
  • The Mystic Flare Effect debuff is responsible for the particle effects on hit enemies. It has only visual purposes.
    • The debuff is placed by an aura, and lingers for 0.5 seconds.
  • Skywrath Mage's Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter upgrade does not require Mystic Flare to be learned. It works for each of his abilities individually.
  • With Aghanim's Scepter, casting Mystic Flare automatically casts a second Mystic Flare centered on a random enemy within the search radius but outside the 170 effect radius.
    • The search radius is centered around the targeted area, not around Skywrath Mage.
    • Despite being able to only damage heroes and illusions, it does select non-hero units as well. However, heroes and illusions are prioritized. Treats creep-heroes as creeps.
    • Ignores spell immune or invulnerable units within the search radius.


Hero Talents
+600 Mystic Flare Damage25+300 Gold/Min
+15% Ancient Seal Magic Resistance Reduction20Global Concussive Shot
+1 Arcane Bolt Per Cast15-8s Ancient Seal Cooldown
+8 Intelligence attribute symbol.png Intelligence10+20 Movement Speed

Recommended items[edit]

Starting items:

  • Tango icon.png Tango gives health sustain to Skywrath Mage and to lane mates who are constantly getting harassed by the enemy.
  • Healing Salve icon.png Healing Salve restores health to Skywrath Mage and allies.
  • Clarity icon.png Clarity ensure that you do not run out of mana while laning. Due to how spammable Arcane Bolt is, having the mana to use it consistently can allow you to harass and zone out your lane opponents.
  • Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branch gives a helpful boost to all your attributes for a cheap price, and later build into a Magic Wand should you need one.

Early game:

  • Arcane Boots icon.png Arcane Boots should be purchased as quickly as possible, as they expand the size of Skywrath's mana pool and allow him to replenish a portion of it occasionally (as well as that of his allies).
  • Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick can instantly restore some of Skywrath's health and mana. The health replenishment is crucial given his very small health pool, while the mana replenishment can allow him to cast one or two more spells in an emergency.
  • Null Talisman icon.png Null Talisman provides an assortment of attributes, most important among them intelligence, giving Skywrath Mage more mana, more damage, and increasing the power of Arcane Bolt.

Mid game:

  • Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand grants all the same benefits of Magic Stick, along with attributes and larger charge storage. If Skywrath is given low farm priority, building one of these is cheap and effective.
  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity is a good utility item that is also cheap and easy to build. It provides Skywrath with more intelligence and mana regeneration, and the increased movement speed allows him to chase and flee much more effectively, compounding his already impressive base movement speed. The active can be used as an interrupting disable, something that Skywrath Mage otherwise lacks, or can be used to give himself temporary invulnerability (such as to prevent himself from being damaged by an enemy Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail) while also dispelling debuffs from himself (such as silences).
  • Rod of Atos icon.png Rod of Atos boosts Skywrath Mage's health and intelligence, both of which are extremely important. Its active ability can root a target from a very long distance away, allowing him to keep a single target in place for Mystic Flare.

Late game:

  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter is a powerful item in that it allows Skywrath Mage to zone out enemies for a significant amount of time with Mystic Flare. When used in choke points like small ramps or between trees, enemies have to either stay back, allowing Skywrath Mage to escape, or cage an enemy in, or go through and take heavy damage and risk their lives. It is also very strong when combined with long disables like Chronosphere, Sacred Arrow or Adaptive Strike (Strength), capable of mowing down even the tankiest targets.
  • Scythe of Vyse icon.png Scythe of Vyse is a costly item, but one which is very strong on any support hero. The great amount of intelligence and attributes greatly benefits Skywrath Mage, and the scaling mana regeneration allows him to sustain his mana pool. Most importantly, the active is a very strong hard-disable that can set up kills for his spells, or for allies to focus the target down.

Situational items:

  • Ethereal Blade icon.png Ethereal Blade, while expensive, serves dual purposes for Skywrath Mage. Used offensively, the active ability can inflict tremendous nuke damage to an enemy due to Skywrath's high intelligence gain and weaken their magic resistance, stacking with Ancient Seal to increase the target's vulnerability to his nukes. Used defensively, it can provide Skywrath with immunity to physical damage for a short time, though it can be left as a Ghost Scepter icon.png Ghost Scepter if farm is an issue.
  • Force Staff icon.png Force Staff is a strong utility item on any support, and synergizes with Skywrath Mage's needs. It provides him with instant mobility, allowing him to re-position to cast his spells against the enemy, or to aid in escaping from enemies; it can be used to this end on allies as well. The item's bonus intelligence gives Skywrath more mana, base damage and strengthens Arcane Bolt, and the health regeneration keeps his meager health pool topped up.
  • Bloodstone icon.png Bloodstone is a very powerful item on Skywrath Mage, and can be built up by disassembling your Arcane Boots. It grants him a greatly increased health and mana pool and powerful mana regeneration, increasing his staying power in fights and keeping up with the mana cost of his spells.
  • Shiva's Guard icon.png Shiva's Guard gives Skywrath Mage a large amount of intelligence as well as powerful survivability against physical damage. The aura can help him to contribute more in teamfights, and the armor can help keep him alive for longer as his agility gain is among the worst in the game.
  • Veil of Discord icon.png Veil of Discord is a cheap purchase that grants Skywrath Mage with strong benefits, particularly boosting his intelligence and giving him armor and health regeneration. The active can weaken enemies' magic resistance on top of Ancient Seal and make them more vulnerable to his magic nukes, as well as those of his allies.
  • Dagon 1 icon.png Dagon synergizes with Skywrath Mage's ability to nuke down targets by giving him even more magic damage and increasing his intelligence.
  • Octarine Core icon.png Octarine Core allows Skywrath Mage to take advantage of his tremendous nuking power and spammable spells. The item gives him more intelligence, as well as mana and health, increasing his battlefield presence. The cooldown reduction and spell lifesteal allow him to use Arcane Bolt much more frequently and increase his survivability by replenishing his health as he deals damage to the enemy with his spells.
  • Aether Lens icon.png Aether Lens can be easily obtained through disassembling Arcane Boots. Besides providing extra mana regeneration, boosting the cast range on Skywrath Mage's spells allows him to bombard the enemy from even farther away, extending his safety radius.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger greatly increases Skywrath Mage's ability to position himself for casting his spells, allowing him to extend the range of his already long-reaching spells. It can allow him to get the drop on enemies and nuke them down with very little warning, or escape from pursuing enemies provided that he can activate it before taking player damage.


Roles: Support Support Nuker Nuker Disabler Disabler
Complexity: ★☆☆
Playstyle: Ensconced in his studies, Dragonus hardly noticed the treachery being plotted against his lover. By the time Shendelzare had fallen from grace, it was already too late. Bound to his courtly duties, Dragonus could only dream in secret of restoring his beloved to her rightful throne. Until then, he would sharpen his skills, blasting away at targets with Arcane Bolt and slowing them with Concussive Shot. Those who stand in his way would be muted by an Ancient Seal, exposing their vulnerability before the Skywrath Mage annihilates them in the storm of Mystic Flare.





  • In the start of Vengeful Spirit minimap icon.png Vengeful Spirit's lore, the Skywrath are stated as being hateful and vengeful, yet Dragonus carries none of these traits, and is instead mild-mannered and tempered.
  • In DotA, Dragonus's hero model was a Dragonhawk Rider, a unit of the blood elves. Skywrath Mage and Invoker were related due to them both being blood elves. Blood elves are also a playable race in World of Warcraft.[1]
  • The Skywrath race did not exist in Warcraft universe; rather, it was created in the Dota 2 lore for Vengeful Spirit, and then grandfathered into DotA afterward. Skywrath Mage was one of the first heroes created in DotA following the opening of the beta for Dota 2.
  • A silhouette of what appears to be Skywrath Mage can be seen in Bristleback minimap icon.png Bristleback's splash artwork, seemingly still having a beta model/texture.