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Vengeful Spirit/Guide

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Gameplay[edit]

Playstyle
Vengeful Spirit minimap icon.png Vengeful Spirit is a very strong and well-balanced support who specializes in roaming, ganking, and disabling. Unlike most other casting supports, her skill set emphasizes physical damage over magical, allowing her abilities to be useful in the late game.
Pros Cons
  • Not item dependent.
  • Abilities useful at all stages of the game.
  • Has nukes and disables.
  • High combat attribute gains.
  • Has good debuffs.
  • Can be played as support or carry.
  • Can be ganked very easily.
  • Limited mana pool.
  • Low attack range.
  • Has mana problems in early to mid game, due to Magic Missile's high mana cost.

Support[edit]

Carry[edit]

Ability Builds[edit]

Generic Vengeful Spirit
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Magic Missile icon.pngWave of Terror icon.pngWave of Terror icon.pngVengeance Aura icon.pngWave of Terror icon.pngNether Swap icon.pngMagic Missile icon.pngWave of Terror icon.pngMagic Missile icon.pngTalent icon.pngMagic Missile icon.pngNether Swap icon.pngVengeance Aura icon.pngVengeance Aura icon.pngTalent icon.pngVengeance Aura icon.pngUnknown icon.pngNether Swap icon.pngTalent icon.pngTalent icon.png

Talents[edit]

Hero Talents
Magic Missile Pierces Spell Immunity25+400 Magic Missile Damage
+15% Vengeance Aura Damage20-6s Magic Missile Cooldown
-6s Wave of Terror Cooldown15+15 Agility attribute symbol.png Agility
-1 Wave of Terror Armor10+15% Magic Resistance
Notes:
  • The magic resistance talent stacks multiplicatively with other sources of magic resistance.
  • The magic resistance talent increases Vengeful Spirit's magic resistance to 36.25%.

Tips & Tactics[edit]

General[edit]

  • Because of her combination of disables and debuffs, Vengeful Spirit is an excellent roaming partner, as she can reliably stun an enemy and reduce their armor, setting them up for being finished off by teammates. Her lack of meaningful damage output and more than one disable means that she must rely on her teammates to land follow-up stuns and kill the target, however.
  • Unlike most casting-focused supports, Vengeful Spirit benefits from an innately high strength and agility growth, giving her plenty of HP and armor. This means that, despite her sacrificial nature, she is very resilient against all types of damage, and under unusual circumstances can transition into playing as a semi-carry.
  • Vengeful Spirit is a very item-independent hero, and can greatly contribute to fights and ganks even with only a few basic items. Combined with her strong ganking prowess, she should focus on constantly roaming and engaging the enemy, singling out key targets for elimination to buy time and space for her team.
  • Due to her skill set, Vengeful Spirit benefits from building support utility items that grant her team an advantage in fights. Her ability to displace heroes with Nether Swap means that she benefits greatly from building mobility items that help her initiate, and her low base intelligence ensures that she must purchase mana items to allow her to cast her spells more regularly.

Abilities[edit]

Magic Missile[edit]

  • Magic Missile is a basic unit-targeted nuke that stuns and deals damage to the target.
  • Because it is Vengeful Spirit's only damage nuke, Magic Missile is a good spell to max out first, as magic damage is more powerful in the early game when heroes have small HP pools.
  • Beware that Magic Missile has a very high mana cost relative to Vengeful Spirit's mana pool, and will deplete more than half of it at level 1. The target for Magic Missile must be chosen with care, as wasting the spell on a failed gank will set her back greatly.
  • Magic Missile is a reliable stun since it will home in on its target, however it also has a very short disable duration that allows its target to act earlier. This makes Magic Missile a strong initiating stun, but also means that it requires follow-up disables from allies in order to ensure a successful kill.
    • Magic Missile is capable of piercing spell immunity if the Talent is chosen, giving it even greater utility by allowing Vengeful Spirit to truly interrupt any Heroes that happen to have both a Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar and Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere in their inventory.

Wave of Terror[edit]

  • Wave of Terror is a long-ranged spell that decreases enemy armor while dealing minor damage.
  • Wave of Terror is a good candidate for maxing out early in a game, since its armor reduction can soften up enemies to weaken them against physical damage. It is a strong spell at all points in the game, since physical damage becomes a stronger factor in teamfights in the late game.
  • Combined with Magic Missile, Wave of Terror is a strong set-up ability that damages and debuffs a gank target after they are stunned. The combination of stun, damage, and armor reduction from both abilities will greatly weaken an enemy, making them much easier to kill by Vengeful Spirit and partners.
  • Despite its narrow width, Wave of Terror has an extremely long cast range, capable of inflicting its debuff on targets from far away. This allows Vengeful Spirit to get off the debuff very reliably, inflicting multiple enemies with armor reduction before the start of a teamfight.
  • While it deals a very small amount of damage, Wave of Terror's long cast range allows it to be used to deal player-based damage at long range. This allows the spell to be used to put an enemy Blink Dagger on cooldown, burn their Healing Salve or Clarity, and numerous other effects.
  • Wave of Terror provides vision over its travel path, allowing the spell to be used to scout enemies in the fog of war. Combined with its ability to put Blink Dagger on cooldown, Vengeful Spirit can use it to scout out hidden initiators and foul their attempts to initiate on her team. As well, the vision and damage can be used to reveal enemies inside of treelines, particularly useful for hunting down split-pushers like Tinker minimap icon.png Tinker, Nature's Prophet minimap icon.png Nature's Prophet and Broodmother minimap icon.png Broodmother.

Vengeance Aura[edit]

  • Because physical damage is very low in the early game, Vengeance Aura is best reserved to skill only after both Magic Missile and Wave of Terror are maxed out. The ability is not very strong in the early game, and is only truly effective once maxed out and teammates have enough attack speed to make use of the bonus damage.
  • Combined with Wave of Terror, Vengeance Aura can greatly amplify the amount of damage that allies deal with their attacks in ganks and teamfights.
  • Vengeance Illusion spawns when Vengeful Spirit dies, bestowing Vengeance Aura. She can use it to scout the enemies or just continue farming creeps.
  • With Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter, Vengeance Illusion spawns with all of its abilities off cooldown, meaning that it is immediately able to cast spells. Use this to get off an immediate round of spells if possible, as the enemy may attempt to focus down and destroy the illusion before it causes too much damage.
    • Be mindful that as it possesses the properties of an illusion, the Vengeance Illusion can still be instantly destroyed by the right abilities. Mana Drain, Glimpse, hex, and so on, can immediately remove the illusion, so beware of the enemy's lineup and what items they possess.

Nether Swap[edit]

  • Nether Swap, Vengeful Spirit's signature ability, allows her to immediately reposition herself and a target hero, enemy or ally.
  • Despite its simple mechanic, Nether Swap is an extremely flexible spell, allowing Vengeful Spirit to use it for a variety of purposes. Good use of Nether Swap requires impeccable positioning on Vengeful Spirit's part, but can make or break crucial teamfights and engagements, and in the right circumstances can outright win a match.
  • The most basic use of Nether Swap is to displace an important enemy hero, immediately placing them in the middle of Vengeful Spirit's allies and effectively securing a guaranteed kill in the right circumstances. Similarly, it can be cast on an ally who has been caught by the enemy team, bringing them to immediate safety at the cost of her own life.
  • In the early game, try to utilize the environment and architecture to your advantage, when allies alone cannot guarantee a kill. For instance, positioning Vengeful Spirit within attack range of an allied tower before swapping with an enemy will bring them inside of the tower's range, which can be followed up with by Magic Missile to increase the number of tower attacks they are forced to take.
  • Nether Swap pierces spell immunity and interrupts channeling abilities, making it a strong spell even if it is not used to explicitly gank an enemy or save a teammate. For instance, an Enigma minimap icon.png Enigma who is channeling Black Hole can be immediately interrupted from a distance even if he has an active BKB. The same applies to Freezing Field, Death Ward, and so on. Additionally, Nether Swap can be cast to immediately break Flaming Lasso if cast from a great enough distance.
  • Beware that while Nether Swap has a very long cast range, it does not deal any damage to enemy targets, which can allow players with a Blink Dagger to simply jump away after the swap. If ganking an enemy with a Blink Dagger, try to disable it with Wave of Terror first, then target them with Magic Missile after the swap.
  • Keep in mind that Nether Swap can be combined with other forced movement items and abilities. For instance, Force Staff can be used to push Vengeful Spirit back to safety after swapping out an enemy, and similar results can be obtained with an allied X Marks the Spot.
  • Nether Swap can also make unreliable disables and nukes easier to land by allies, with good communication and timing. For instance, standing on top of a large Techies minimap icon.png Techies trap or in the path of an allied Sacred Arrow or Meat Hook can allow allies to instantly secure kills using Nether Swap.
  • Be careful about Vengeful Spirit's positioning prior to casting Nether Swap, and which heroes to cast it on. Placing an enemy initiator or disabler in the middle of Vengeful Spirit's team can allow them to initiate on them with abilities like Ravage or Echo Slam. Pick your target with care, and always be sure that Vengeful Spirit herself is in a position that allies are capable of exploiting prior to swapping an enemy in.
  • If being pursued by multiple heroes, Nether Swap can be used as a juking spell. By targeting it on the furthest enemy hero, Vengeful Spirit can cause the nearest pursuers to overshoot due to a sudden change in direction, giving her extra time to escape in a different direction.
  • With Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter, the cooldown on Nether Swap decreases, and she can use it on creeps.

Items[edit]

Starting items:

  • Tango icon.png Tango helps Vengeful Spirit sustain during the laning phase, preventing her from returning to base due to enemy harassment.
  • Clarity icon.png Clarity is crucial for replenishing Vengeful Spirit's mana from casting Magic Missile during early ganks, as her small base mana pool means that she will run completely out after one or two casts.
  • Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branch is a cheap way to improve Vengeful Spirit's attributes, particularly her HP and mana, both of which are lacking in the early game. It can be used to build Magic Wand later.
  • Observer Ward icon.png Observer Ward are crucial for purchasing regularly as a support hero. Map vision provides intelligence about enemy movements, and is particularly useful for Vengeful Spirit given her ability to roam and get kills on lone enemies.

Early game:

  • Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick is a useful pickup when in a lane against heroes who have low mana cost spells, and are harassing you with those. The burst HP and mana regen allows Vengeful Spirit to survive slightly longer and cast at least one more spell in an engagement, which can make or break a fight.
  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed are essential early on for Vengeful Spirit, as the improved speed will allow her to escape deadly situations, as well as quickly get within range to stun them with Magic Missile

Mid game:

  • Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand is a useful pick up for the same reasons as the Magic Stick. Its attribute bonuses are very useful on low-farm supports, and the increased charge storage allows Vengeful Spirit to instantly replenish a large fraction of her HP and mana, enough to stay in a fight long enough to make a greater difference.
  • Power Treads icon.png Power Treads increase Vengeful Spirit's attack speed, which synergizes well with Vengeance Aura, greatly increasing her physical damage output. The ability to switch attributes allows her to either give herself more HP for survivability, more mana for casting her powerful spells, or more damage and attack speed for damage output.
  • Medallion of Courage icon.png Medallion of Courage stacks with Wave of Terror to further reduce enemy armor. Vengeful Spirit can also use it on friendly target to increase their armor, which may help them survive in fights. The bonuses on Vengeful Spirit herself give her increased armor for survivability against physical damage, and mana regeneration that helps to maintain her mana pool.
  • Force Staff icon.png Force Staff is a cheap support item that is very useful on Vengeful Spirit. It can be used to re-position her in order to cast her abilities particularly Magic Missile and Nether Swap. It can also be used to escape from failed fights or ganks as well as save nearby allies, or push enemies into your grasp. It also improves her mana pool, allowing her to cast her spells more often in fights.

Late game:

  • Solar Crest icon.png Solar Crest, upgraded from Medallion of Courage icon.png Medallion of Courage, further augments the bonuses it brings. The increased armor shift allows Vengeful Spirit to make an even bigger dent in the enemy's armor, or provide even more protection to a target ally in combination with the bonus movement and attack speed.
  • Aether Lens icon.png Aether Lens increases the size of her meager mana pool, allowing her to cast her spells more easily, and provides mana regen for improved sustainability. Boosting the cast range on all of her spells allows her to stun enemies with Magic Missile from farther away, and debuff more enemies with Wave of Terror. But most importantly, it increases the cast range of Nether Swap, allowing her to displace enemies from long distances.

Situational items:

  • Tranquil Boots (Active) icon.png Tranquil Boots are a powerful alternative option for a roaming Vengeful Spirit. The increased movement speed allows her to roam more effectively, chasing down enemies more quickly to stun them, while the armor helps her to survive more easily after a successful Nether Swap. The passive HP regen can replenish any HP lost during an engagement, allowing Vengeful Spirit to be ready for another gank shortly afterward.
  • Arcane Boots icon.png Arcane Boots is a good support item that helps Vengeful Spirit and any roaming partners to cast their spells. Increasing the size of Vengeful Spirit's mana pool reduces the strain of casting Magic Missile and Nether Swap, and the active can allow her to replenish her own mana pool and that of teammates, whether they need their spells to function in teamfights or to kill gank targets.
  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter greatly reduces the cooldown on Nether Swap, allowing Vengeful Spirit to use it repeatedly in engagements, and gives her access to the Vengeance Illusion sub-ability. With a reduced cooldown, Vengeful Spirit can swap enemies frequently, preventing them from easily escaping so long as she is nearby, and the Vengeance Illusion spawning upon her death allows her to continue to contribute to fights even after death. The item itself also greatly improves her HP and mana, making her more resilient and improving her mana pool to reduce the strain that repeated casting of her ultimate will induce.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger is extremely strong in the hands of Vengeful Spirit. While it cannot be used to trap enemies on impassable terrain with Nether Swap, it greatly increases her mobility and lets her quickly get in position to stun an enemy or swap a key target. It also greatly improves her roaming potential as she can traverse over cliffs and trees while hunting for targets.
  • Desolator icon.png Desolator is a powerful carry item that boosts Vengeful Spirit's damage output. Combining the attack modifier with Wave of Terror and Medallion of Courage can reduce a target's armor by up to 19, which can be enough to bring down even the tankiest heroes.
  • Butterfly icon.png Butterfly is an expensive but strong luxury item for a carry build. The item drastically increases Vengeful Spirit's physical damage output, particularly when combined with Vengeance Aura and Wave of Terror, and provides evasion to make her harder to focus down in engagements.
  • Manta Style icon.png Manta Style increases Vengeful Spirit's carry potential further. It improves her overall attributes, particularly her agility, and improves her movement speed for better mobility. The active allows her to remove debuffs from herself while also creating illusions to confuse the enemy; as well, the illusions can carry Vengeance Aura to benefit her team even while she herself is not within range.
  • Aeon Disk icon.png Aeon Disk enhances Vengeful Spirit's survivability and ability usage with health and mana. Furthermore, the strong dispel, status resistance, and damage reduction gives her a much higher chance of survival when swapping herself into a group of enemy heroes.
  • Drum of Endurance icon.png Drum of Endurance gives Vengeful Spirit all-around attributes for a cheap price, and the active provides increased movement and attack speed for both herself and nearby allies, allowing Vengeful Spirit and her team to chase down enemies during ganks, or escape from pursuers.
  • Glimmer Cape icon.png Glimmer Cape is a strong utility item on any support hero. Vengeful Spirit can use it in conjunction with Nether Swap to help ensure that an endangered ally survives, and cast on herself can improve her ganking ability as she can approach targets invisibly before disabling them with Magic Missile.
  • Soul Ring icon.png Soul Ring is a cheap mana item that improves Vengeful Spirit's ability to roam independently. It gives her health regeneration, allowing her to sustain her HP more easily without going back to base. The active allows her to draw on her HP pool for immediate mana, useful for getting the mana she needs to cast Magic Missile and Nether Swap.
  • Urn of Shadows icon.png Urn of Shadows is a useful roaming item that gives Vengeful Spirit many powerful benefits. The bonus strength and mana regen give her more HP and help to maintain her mana pool. Charges can be easily obtained through successful ganks, and the charges can be used to heal herself or allies, synergizing with Nether Swap in keeping teammates alive, or can be used to add additional Pure damage in a gank, increasing the odds of success.
  • Vladmir's Offering icon.png Vladmir's Offering is a utility item that increases Vengeful Spirit's teamfight presence. The aura's damage bonus stacks additively with Vengeance Aura further increasing the physical damage output of nearby teammates. Other components of aura also are very good in general.
  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity can be a cheap utility item that serves multiple purposes, both in teamfights and ganks. The intelligence and mana regen bonuses will solve all of Vengeful Spirit's casting problems, and its movement speed boost allows her to position herself for casting spells or chasing down enemies more easily. The active can be used to temporarily disable secondary enemy targets while her team focuses down the primary target, or can be cast on herself to provide temporary invulnerability after a successful Nether Swap while also dispelling debuffs.
  • Assault Cuirass icon.png Assault Cuirass is a very strong semi-carry item that drastically boosts Vengeful Spirit's damage output. The increased armor will make her extremely resilient against physical damage, while the attack speed bonus allows her and nearby allies to further capitalize on Vengeance Aura's bonus damage. The enemy armor reduction can further reduce their resistance to physical damage alongside Wave of Terror.
  • Scythe of Vyse icon.png Scythe of Vyse is a powerful ganking item that can help to secure guaranteed kills. While expensive, Scythe of Vyse provides an instant hard-disable that can be combined with Magic Missile to pin down gank targets reliably. The increased intelligence and mana regen also solve all of Vengeful Spirit's mana issues.