Troll Warlord

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Troll Warlord
Troll Warlord icon.png
Strength attribute symbol.png
20 + 2.5
Agility attribute symbol.png
21 + 2.5
Intelligence attribute symbol.png
13 + 1
Level Base 1 15 25
Health 200 600 1300 1800
H. regen amp 0% 14.29% 39.29% 57.14%
Mana 75 231 399 519
M. regen amp 0% 26% 54% 74%
Armor -1 2.5 8.33 12.5
Spell dmg 0% 0.93% 1.93% 2.64%
Att/sec 0.59 0.71 0.92 1.06
Damage 17‒35 38‒56 73‒91 98‒116
Move sp amp. 0% 1.26% 3.36% 4.86%
Base health regen 1.5
Base mana regen 0.9
Movement speed 295
Turn rate 0.5
Vision range 1800/800
Attack range 500
Projectile speed 1200
Attack animation 0.3+0.3
Base attack time 1.7
Magic resistance 25%
Collision size 24
Legs 2

Jah'rakal the Troll Warlord is a ranged Agility hero able to output mighty damage competitively at range and in melee. His Berserker's Rage gives him the unique ability to change his attack position from ranged to melee and back at will as the situation warrants. When in close combat, his stats are increased accordingly: he gains bonus armor, movement speed, reduced base attack time, and the ability to Bash. Not only does this greatly improve the Troll Warlord, but allows him to overpower most other carries, as well as permabash a target for extended amounts of time. The Troll Warlord is an axe specialist, using them in his unique Whirling Axes. Whirling Axes has two variations: the first is available to his ranged form wherein he throws five axes in a cone formation to damage and slow enemies down. The second is available to his melee form, unleashing axes around himself in a small radius to damage and blind nearby enemies. In keeping with his savage nature, Fervor builds up the Warlord's momentum. With each consecutive hit on the same target, he gains increased attack speed, up to a maximum of 7 stacks. His Ultimate, Battle Trance, increases the attack speed of all of his allies globally, making it useful both for teamfights and to shred towers down quickly. Notorious for his superbly fast attack speed that can be matched by few, Jah'rakal is truly a force to be reckoned with.


Troll Warlord Jah'rakal, the Troll Warlord
Play "I suffer the innocents and guilty alike. There are no innocents."
Lore: It's an easy thing to offend a troll. A prickly and contentious race, trolls thrive on argument and strife, missing no excuse to raise their voices in dispute. Males grow to maturity in subterranean chambers beneath their matriarch's domicile, feeding and amusing themselves while contributing nothing. Often they stay for years beyond the age of maturity, while the matriarch provides them with sustenance. When young trolls are finally pushed from their sub-chamber, they gather with others of their kind, forming roving gangs of malcontents who complain loudly about all manner of vexation.

As much as trolls love to argue, imagine how rare it is for a troll to be driven from his own kind for being too difficult to get along with. Such was Jah'rakal's fate, a monger troll from deep in the Hoven. So deluded was he, so bitter and abrasive, that even other trolls found his company intolerable. After one particularly vitriolic outburst in which he claimed the lion's share of loot from their latest raid, his cohorts finally snapped. They turned on him, beat him with clubs, and drove him from the encampment. Enraged at his banishment, he returned the next day, armed with steel, and slew them all, one by one. He then swore a blood oath: he would ever after be a fighting force unto himself. Now he roams the world as the Troll Warlord, bitter and angry, the Imperial high commander of an army of one.

Voice: Nolan North (Responses)


Icon while active.

Berserker's Rage
Berserker's Rage icon.png
Self / Enemies
While active, Troll Warlord swaps from using ranged to melee attacks. Melee attacks have a chance to bash, dealing bonus damage and stunning the target. Berserker's Rage also grants additional movement speed, armor, and increased attack speed.

Whirling Axes has different functionality while Berserker's Rage is active.
Cast Animation: 0+0
Armor Bonus: 6
Move Speed Bonus: 10/20/30/40
Attack Range Loss: 350
Base Attack Time: 1.5
Bash Chance: 10%
Bash Damage: 20/30/40/50
Bash Duration: 0.8/1.2/1.6/2
Cooldown symbol.png 0
Partially disabled by Break. The bash is disabled, all other components are not.
Partially usable by illusions. Melee illusions cannot bash.
Buff Berserkers Rage: Undispellable.
Debuff Bashed: Dispellable with strong dispels.
Like his anger, Troll Warlord's supply of axes is infinite.


  • Berserker's Rage does not interrupt Troll Warlord's channeling spells upon cast.
  • When toggling off, all changes are reverted and he becomes a ranged unit again.
  • Turns Troll Warlord into a melee unit with 150 attack range, meaning items treat him as such (e.g. Battle Fury icon.png Battle Fury, Stout Shield icon.png Stout Shield).
  • When toggling on while a ranged projectile is flying, it is treated as a melee attack by Battle Fury and Vladmir's Offering icon.png Vladmir's Offering.
    • This means that it can cleave in an area in front of Troll Warlord as well as lifesteal the full 15%.
  • Berserker's Rage persists through Troll Warlord's death. If Berserker's Rage was active upon death, he respawns with it activated.
  • The proccing attack first applies the debuff, then its own damage.
  • Troll Warlord can lifesteal off the damage dealt by his bash. However, it cannot crit or cleave.
  • The bash works against allied units, but not against wards and buildings.

Whirling Axes (Ranged)
Does not pierce spell immunity. Play
Whirling Axes (Ranged) icon.png
Troll hurls a fistful of five axes in a cone shape over 1000 range, slowing and damaging enemy units.
Cast Animation: 0.2+0
Cast Range: 1000
Axes Travel Distance: 1000
Axes Radius: 100
Axes Spread End Radius: 206.17
Damage: 75 (Talent 125)
Move Speed Slow: 40%
Slow Duration: 2.5/3/3.5/4
Cooldown symbol.png 9 (Talent 3)
Mana symbol.png 50
Does not pierce spell immunity. Slow persists if debuff was placed before spell immunity and when not dispelled.
Debuff Whirling Axes Slow: Dispellable with any dispel.
Only axes fueled by hate whirl with such a deadly spin.


  • The axes travel at a speed of 1500, taking 0.67 seconds to travel the full distance.
  • Spawns 5 axes which spread up to 25 degrees and affect units within 100 radius around them.
  • Has no starting radius, the axes spawn at one point in front of Troll Warlord. So the total area is shaped like a cone.
  • Can hit units up to 1100 range away (travel distance + axes radius).
  • The axes first apply the damage, then the debuff.

Whirling Axes (Melee)
Does not pierce spell immunity. Play
Whirling Axes (Melee) icon.png
No Target
Troll hurls two axes around him in a close range area of effect, damaging enemy units and causing them to miss some attacks.
Cast Animation: 0+0
Spin Radius: 350
Axes Radius: 100
Damage: 75/125/175/225 (Talent 125/175/225/275)
Miss Chance: 60%
Blind Duration: 5
Whirl Duration: 3
Cooldown symbol.png 9 (Talent 3)
Mana symbol.png 50
Does not pierce spell immunity. Blind effect persists if debuff was placed before spell immunity and when not dispelled.
Buff Whirling Axes Melee: Undispellable.
Debuff Whirling Axes Blind: Dispellable with any dispel.
Keep your enemies close.


  • Interrupts Troll Warlord's channeling spells upon cast.
  • If Troll Warlord dies, the spell ends and the axes disappear.
  • The axes always spawn towards east and west at Troll Warlord's position and rotate clock-wise.
  • The axes travel at a speed of 1250 and move out at a speed of 233.33 until reaching the max distance in 1.5 seconds, and then move back to Troll Warlord at the same speed.
  • Only units within 100 range of an axe get damaged and blinded.
  • Can hit units up to 450 range away (max spin radius + axes radius).
  • The axes first apply the damage, then the debuff.
  • The visual effects of this spell are offset and do not reflect the actual currently affected area.

Cannot be used by illusions. Disabled by Break. Pierces spell immunity.
Fervor icon.png
With each continuous blow on the same target, Troll gains increased attack speed. If Troll changes targets, the stacks drop to zero.
Max Stacks: 7 (Talent 10)
Attack Speed Bonus per Stack: 15/20/25/30
Disabled by Break. Prevents gaining new stacks. Also nullifies bonus attack speed of already existing stacks.
Buff Fervor: Undispellable.
If at first you don't succeed, strike, strike again.


  • Troll Warlord gains or loses stacks as soon as he reaches his attack point.
  • This is how much attack speed Fervor grants with a certain amount of stacks on each level.
    • Level 1: 15/30/45/60/75/90/105 (Talent /120/135/150)
    • Level 2: 20/40/60/80/100/120/140 (Talent /160/180/200)
    • Level 3: 25/50/75/100/125/150/175 (Talent /200/225/250)
    • Level 4: 30/60/90/120/150/180/210 (Talent /240/270/300)

Battle Trance
Pierces spell immunity. Play
Battle Trance icon.png
No Target
Troll's presence on the battlefield increases the attack speed of himself and all allied heroes.
Cast Animation: 0+0
Radius: Global
Attack Speed Bonus: 60/120/180
Duration: 5
Cooldown symbol.png 35
Mana symbol.png 75
Buff Battle Trance: Undispellable.
An adrenaline rush of pure hatred quickens your blades.


  • Battle Trance interrupts Troll Warlord's channeling spells upon cast.
  • The sound effect is global for allies and local for enemies. Enemies cannot hear it when having no vision over Troll Warlord.
  • When the talent is chosen, applies a basic dispel on all buffed units upon cast.


Hero Talents
Battle Trance icon.png Battle Trance Dispels 25 -6s Whirling Axes icon.png Whirling Axes Cooldown
+50 Damage 20 20% Evasion
+50 Whirling Axes icon.png Whirling Axes Damage 15 +3 Max Fervor icon.png Fervor Stacks
+200 Health 10 +10 Agility attribute symbol.png Agility
  • The health talent increases maximum health capacity, and keeps the current health percentage.
  • The evasion talent stacks multiplicatively with other sources of evasion.

Recommended items[edit]

Starting items:

Early-game items:

Core items:

  • Phase Boots icon.png Phase Boots help you escape bad situations as well as closing the distance to enemies to take advantage of your more powerful melee form. As Troll has built-in attack speed, he benefits more from the raw damage of Phase Boots than the attack speed provided by Power Treads icon.png Power Treads.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar is core on troll because Battle Trance only lasts 5 seconds. Every second matters, and stuns and disables potentially make you unable to do anything for several seconds, wasting the spell's potential.
  • Morbid Mask icon.png Morbid Mask provides lifesteal which works well with your high attack speed. Getting this can help you take out Roshan in the early game by yourself, especially when coupled with a critical strike, like that of Crystalys icon.png Crystalys. It also upgrades into Satanic icon.png Satanic, which helps with survivability in the late game.

Situational items:

  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger, as always, is the perfect gap closer. Most heroes are not too thrilled to get jumped on by an angry Troll.
  • Echo Sabre icon.png Echo Sabre is an interesting pick on Troll. The double attack will help you get a lucky bash, and it will immediately give you a second stack of Fervor against whatever target you're attacking, indirectly increasing the speed of your third (and fourth and fifth...) attack. The stats it gives are also very welcome.
  • Yasha icon.png Yasha is always a decent choice, for extra movement speed and agility. Upgrade it into either a Sange and Yasha icon.png Sange and Yasha for some durability and slow, or a Manta Style icon.png Manta Style for the illusions and dispel.
  • Dragon Lance icon.png Dragon Lance is not a bad choice on Troll. Although you usually want to fight in melee form, other melee carries might punish you for trying to man-fight them, especially if they're more farmed than you). This will provide additional range to your ranged form and good stats, and it can be upgraded in a Hurricane Pike icon.png Hurricane Pike for extra mobility and kiting potential.
  • Shadow Blade icon.png Shadow Blade offers cost effective attack speed and damage increases, strong initiation and mobility, and a mediocre escape. It also upgrades in the improved Silver Edge icon.png Silver Edge.
  • Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade provides good agility and helps you deplete (quickly) a target of its mana.
  • Daedalus icon.png Daedalus gives your attacks a great deal of damage. Because maximum attack speed is easily achieveable with his ultimate and passive, Troll Warlord can focus on damage and get multiple Daedalus to crit more often and lifesteal even more.
  • Monkey King Bar icon.png Monkey King Bar can also be picked up to counter the evasion of heroes such as Phantom Assassin Phantom Assassin, and give a big boost to your damage output. The mini bash can also help cancel spells and items that require channeling such as Town Portal Scroll icon.png Town Portal Scroll.
  • Butterfly icon.png Butterfly provides a massive agility and attack speed bonus as well as evasion. The attack speed part of the item makes perma bashing more likely when your ultimate is over. In addition, the evasion, combined with the blind provided by Whirling Axes provides a great deal of survivability. Finally, the Flutter ability allows you to chase or escape with ease.


Roles: Carry Carry Pusher Pusher Disabler Disabler Durable Durable


Playstyle: Jah'rakal is an intolerable scoundrel, even for a troll. As such, being kicked out of the troll encampment only served to fuel his anger. The next day, he returned with steel in hand, and slew his former comrades in a Berserker's Rage. With each passing blow, the self-styled Troll Warlord accelerates his swings in an irate Fervor. Swapping effortlessly between melee and ranged, he throws his weapons to cripple from afar, while chopping down adjacent foes with Whirling Axes. To challenge Jah'rakal is to invite one's own death. The Troll Warlord enters a Battle Trance, channeling pure hatred into unequaled speed as he decimates his opponents in a storm of bloody axes.





  • Jah'rakal's lore and certain dialogue lines make several references to Internet trolls, a type of identity or role assumed by certain Internet users.
  • Troll Warlord's alternate name in DotA was Cory Clark a nod to the famous internet troll.
  • Battle Trance's Play sound effect is based on Play this and Play this line combined.
  • Troll Warlord's rare Whirling Axes icon.png Whirling Axes cast response Play "Axes of evil." is a reference to the term "axis of evil" which former U.S. president George W. Bush coined and used many times during his presidency.



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