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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Mana Break quickly burns Tidehunter's mana pool, preventing him from spamming his abilities, and Kraken Shell does not mitigate the bonus damage component.
  • Blink allows Anti-Mage to enter combat quickly and safely after Ravage.
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  • Mana Burn can instantly deplete Tidehunter's low mana pool, especially in the early game, potentially preventing Tidehunter from casting Ravage.
  • Ravage's travel time allows Nyx Assassin to easily stun Tidehunter with Spiked Carapace.
  • Vendetta offers a very rare break effect, which fully disables Kraken Shell and makes Tidehunter susceptible to follow-up disables.
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  • Kraken Shell's dispel does not restore damage stolen by Static Link, and the stolen damage easily offsets Anchor Smash's damage reduction. Razor can keep attacking Tidehunter from afar, denying his chance to use Anchor Smash.
  • Eye of the Storm melts Tidehunter's armor and makes him much less tanky.
  • Razor can chase Tidehunter by himself without relying on actual crowd control ability, so the strong dispel from Kraken Shell is less useful.
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  • Fade Bolt reduces damage output of Anchor Smash.
  • Ravage is an easy target to Spell Steal, so always be sure to use Anchor Smash immediately after Ravage when playing against a Rubick.
    • Spells stolen by Rubick are potentially stronger due to the lack of cast animations, his talents, and his passive, Arcane Supremacy.
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  • Fury Swipes will keep stacking on Tidehunter since it cannot be dispelled by Kraken Shell and its bonus damage cannot be reduced by Anchor Smash.
  • Enrage dispels the slow from Gush, and if upgraded with Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter, can even dispel Ravage's stun.



  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar prevents nearly all of Tidehunter's spells for its entire duration.
  • Silver Edge icon.png Silver Edge's break can disable Kraken Shell.
  • Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade burns Tidehunter's mana pool, although the slow can be dispelled by Kraken Shell.

Good against...[edit]

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  • Kraken Shell is very useful against Sticky Napalm and Flamebreak, easily dispelling them regularly.
  • Tidehunter is probably the worst hero to target with Flaming Lasso, as Kraken Shell will remove it and Tidehunter often survives long enough to cast Ravage in the middle of Batrider's team. At the same time, if Batrider initiates on his teammate, Tidehunter will have the perfect opportunity to counter-initiate.
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  • Kraken Shell dispels the damage amplification stacks of Shadowraze as well as the damage reduction from Requiem of Souls (provided he has taken enough damage).
  • Anchor Smash reduces Shadow Fiend's large attack damage, Kraken Shell makes Tidehunter the last target Shadow Fiend wants to attack.
  • Ravage can easily cancel Requiem of Souls if Shadow Fiend isn't protected by Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar.
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  • A dozen of Phantom Lancer's illusions with all their might can barely hurt Tidehunter at all thanks to Kraken Shell and Anchor Smash. The only way Phantom Lancer can hurt Tidehunter is through the mana burn provided by Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade.
  • Even with high chasing power from Spirit Lance and Phantom Rush (and even Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade), Tide Hunter can shrug it all off with Kraken Shell and escape by using a Town Portal Scroll icon.png Town Portal Scroll or just moving away.
  • The AoE nukes from Ravage, Anchor Smash, and an Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter-upgraded Gush can clear Phantom Lancer's illusions easily.
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  • Kraken Shell easily dispels the lengthy stun from Shackleshot.
  • Kraken Shell (and possibly Anchor Smash) blocks huge amount of damage from Focus Fire.
  • Anchor Smash is one of the few sources of True Strike, which means Tidehunter can deal significant damage through Windrun, while also reducing Windranger's damage output.


Works well with...[edit]

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  • Pit of Malice and Firestorm are two good spells to combine with Ravage.
  • Atrophy Aura combined with Kraken Shell will make you near immune to physical damage before the enemy carries build up some considerable damage.
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  • Since Kraken Shell blocks a fixed amount of damage, it becomes proportionately more effective the less damage enemy heroes deal through right clicks. Therefore, any ally that can reduce their right click damage though a spell or an aura (such as Breathe Fire or Fade Bolt) will turn you progressively tankier and harder to kill.
  • Tidehunter is a dedicated teamfighter thanks to Ravage and will benefit from other big team fight spells to combine with Ravage ( Black Hole or Macropyre to name a couple). The triumvirate of dota (5-man beats ganks beats split-push beats 5-man) holds quite true with Tidehunter : he is somewhat ill-suited to deal with split-push, but very hard to take down in a gank by one or two people.