Windranger/Guide

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Gameplay[edit]

Playstyle
Windranger minimap icon.png Windranger is a very flexible hero who can be played in any lane, and who can perform many roles from support-disabler to DPS carry.
Pros Cons
  • Good escape.
  • Decent pusher.
  • Strong at any stage of the game.
  • High skill cap.
  • Farm and level dependent.
  • Low armor.
  • Single-target damage.
  • Requires good positioning.

Carry[edit]

Windranger can be very agressive carry. As carry, she need agressive support like Crystal Maiden, Oracle, Winter Wywern, Mirana or another support with stun.

Support[edit]

Windranger is good support, when she can use Shackleshot everywhere. As support, she is still low but can do some damage to enemies.

Ability Builds[edit]

Generic Windranger
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Windrun icon.pngPowershot icon.pngShackleshot icon.pngPowershot icon.pngPowershot icon.pngFocus Fire icon.pngPowershot icon.pngShackleshot icon.pngShackleshot icon.pngTalent icon.pngShackleshot icon.pngFocus Fire icon.pngWindrun icon.pngWindrun icon.pngTalent icon.pngWindrun icon.pngUnknown icon.pngFocus Fire icon.pngTalent icon.pngTalent icon.png

Talents[edit]

Hero Talents
30% Cooldown Reduction25+35% Ministun Focus Fire
Windrun Grants Invisibility20+1s Shackleshot Duration
+125 Attack Range15+125 Powershot Damage
+30% Windrun Slow10+3 Mana Regen
Notes:

Tips & Tactics[edit]

General[edit]

  • In general, Windranger should focus on either maximizing her potential in disabling enemies, or increasing her raw damage and upgrading her ultimate for physical DPS; it is not feasible to aim for both. The former may be done as a support or core, however the latter is only feasible if Windranger is given farm priority.
  • Played as an offlaner, it is recommended to get Windrun first in order to give yourself survivability against the enemy's supports. You have decent last-hitting capability due to being a ranged hero with a low base attack time, and your escape ability can save you from ganks if used properly. Once you have enough levels, you can use Powershot to get last-hits from a safe range and to harass down the enemy heroes enough to give yourself a chance at a kill.
  • As a mid, Windranger should purchase an early Null Talisman icon.png Null Talisman for more last-hitting power, and save up for a Bottle to give her mana for her spells. Survivability is less of an issue as the enemy's supports will have to rotate in order to gank you, so priority should be given to beating the enemy's mid and leveling up your nukes and disables so that you have a chance to get a kill.
  • As a safelane support, Windranger can focus on harassing down the enemy's offlaner using her ranged attacks, and landing full-duration Shackleshots during ganks. Priority here is given to protecting the safe-lane carry and shutting down the enemy offlaner, so nukes and disables take priority.

Abilities[edit]

Shackleshot[edit]

  • Aimed properly, Shackleshot can stun two enemy heroes for almost four seconds, giving your team a major opportunity to capitalize on.
  • Positioning is very important when casting Shackleshot, both on yourself and the enemy. Even if shackling two enemy heroes together is not possible in a fight, tying one enemy hero to a tree or nearby creep still gives you a very long-duration disable. Always keep an eye out for possible latch targets, as Windranger has entire treelines to use when fights occur in either jungle.
  • Shackleshot is very powerful when used in conjunction with any other leading disable. As smart enemies will deliberately attempt to avoid lining themselves up with creeps or trees to allow themselves to be shackled for the full duration, stopping them in their tracks first will give you much more time to re-position yourself around them and cast Shackleshot from an angle of your choosing.
  • One important facet to keep in mind about Shackleshot is that you do not have to directly cast it on your target in order to disable them. If there are nearby enemy creeps, you can line up Shackleshot on them, and attempt to latch the enemy player as the spell's secondary target. This can be a very useful tactic if the enemy is deliberately attempting to avoid putting themselves between yourself and the treeline or nearby creeps.
  • In concert to the above, Shackleshot is capable of latching enemies through Linken's Sphere in this way. By targeting the enemy player as the secondary target of Shackleshot, it is possible to stun them for the full duration regardless of their Linken's Sphere. You can then break the Linken's at your leisure during the stun duration using an expendable targeted ability such as Force Staff.
  • While Shackleshot's mini-stun is very weak, don't forget that it is a mini-stun regardless. This makes it useful if you need a fast interrupting disable against enemies with powerful channeling spells such as Dismember, Death Ward, and so on.
  • If there is no tree, secondary Hero or creeps near a Shackleshot target, you can still stun them long enough by using Shackleshot, then quickly use Blink Dagger and place Ironwood Branch behind them.

Powershot[edit]

  • Powershot is a potent damage nuke with an extremely long range. It is generally recommended to max it out first, as its long reach allows you to harass, last-hit, scout and kill from surprising ranges.
  • Powershot's long range and nuking power makes it ideal for sniping fleeing enemy heroes, as well as hitting invisible enemies that you know the approximate location of. As well, keep in mind that you can hit multiple enemies with it at once, so it pays to line up your shots.
  • Remember that Powershot grants vision over the arrow's travel path. Use this to your advantage to scout out areas ahead of moving in, such as checking if enemies are waiting behind a certain treeline to gank or if the enemy team is killing Roshan.
  • Powershot's long range allows Windranger to hit multiple jungle camps with a single cast if she lines it up properly. This allows her to farm quickly in the jungle, or even use Powershot to draw aggro and stack more than one neutral camp at once.

Windrun[edit]

  • Windrun is a very flexible spell as it provides Windranger with both movement speed and evasion, allowing it to be used both defensively and offensively. If you expect to encounter ganks from the enemy team, one early level is usually wise.
  • While the primary use for Windrun is as an escape spell against enemy ganks, it also has uses as an offensive spell. Used aggressively, Windrun allows you to chase down enemies and slow and body-block them for teammates to catch up, and ignore their physical attacks if they try to trade attacks with you. The bonus movement speed also allows easier positioning for Shackleshot and Powershot, but mind the mana cost and cooldowns so that you don't get caught short.
  • If you are getting ganked and cannot outrun the enemy with Windrun, consider activating it once the enemy's disables have been used and then channeling a Town Portal Scroll for escape. The enemy will be unable to hit you with physical attacks, preventing them from killing you as you teleport.
  • In a similar vein, Windrun combined with Healing Salve will prevent attacks from cancelling the salve for its duration, potentially allowing you to survive a tough situation early in lane.
  • Depending on how much of a threat you are posing to the enemy team, they may buy a Monkey King Bar to counter Windrun's evasion, so be aware of that possibility if you are relying on Windrun to evade enemy attacks in teamfights.
  • Use Windrun to tank towers and Roshan for your team.

Focus Fire[edit]

  • Focus Fire is a very potent spell that allows Windranger's physical damage to scale. It is useful to get at least one early level no matter what role she is played in.
  • An early level of Focus Fire allows Windranger to deal tremendous damage to towers if left alone. If possible, try to bait out the enemy's Glyph of Fortification prior to casting Focus Fire on their tower, so that they cannot reduce the amount of damage your ultimate does to it.
  • Unless you are building a DPS-focused Windranger, it is not recommended to target the enemy's main carry with Focus Fire at the start of a teamfight, as it is not guaranteed that you will be able to do so for the full duration of the spell. While you can use the spell to whittle down lone targets during ganks, it is most profitably used against enemy towers if you cannot guarantee that it will do enough damage to the enemy's carry in teamfights.
  • Due to the amount of raw attack speed that Windranger gets from her ultimate, it may be wise to build attack modifiers with stable proc chances, so that you can proc them multiple times over the course of the ultimate. For instance, a Maelstrom has a 25% chance to proc on each attack and thus can deal a significant amount of magical damage in a short period of time, however a Skull Basher will go into cooldown for two seconds once it procs, preventing you from stun-locking a foe.
  • If building Windranger for a DPS role, an Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter is more or less mandatory, as it will remove the damage penalty on her attacks and reduce the cooldown such that she can have Focus Fire active constantly.
  • Combining Focus Fire with Windrun allows Windranger to keep her target slow and showered with arrows.

Items[edit]

Starting items:

  • Tango icon.png Tango regenerates health for Windranger to stay in lane.
  • Healing Salve icon.png Healing Salve also restores health.
  • Clarity icon.png Clarity supplies mana for Windranger to use Powershot for last hits.
  • Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branch gives cheap attribute bonuses to increase damage, mana, and health.

Early game:

  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed increases movement speed to escape or gank enemies.
  • Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand provides attributes and charges to restore health and mana.
  • Null Talisman icon.png Null Talisman gives Windranger useful attributes for a cheap price. The intelligence gives her more base damage and a larger mana pool, while the strength gives her some survivability.
  • Infused Raindrop icon.png Infused Raindrop can allow Windranger more freedom to be left alone in the offlane. Between this item and Windrun, it can be quite hard to lock her down, allowing her to be much more aggressive in finding farm in the lane.

Mid game:

  • Power Treads icon.png Power Treads provide intelligence and attack damage, so Windranger can use more abilities and deal more damage with Focus Fire.
  • Force Staff icon.png Force Staff is very effective and versatile for positioning a Shackleshot, allowing you to force a unit in front of a tree, force a creep/unit in front of another unit, or force yourself into position. The additional intelligence gives her more mana and base damage as well, and in emergencies it can be used to displace yourself during escapes.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger allows Windranger to instantly reposition for her abilities, especially Shackleshot. It is a powerful item to buy for initiating for your disables, or for being more evasive. May not give the extra attributes provided by Force Staff but allows for faster, further, and Windrun can be activated to avoid physical damage, thus providing more opportunities to blink away from unfavorable situations.
  • Maelstrom icon.png Maelstrom increases attack damage and adds Chain Lightning modifier. It allows Windranger to clear creep waves and jungle camps quickly when combined with Powershot, and can be combined with Focus Fire to inflict large amounts of magical damage to the enemy team. Upgrading it to Mjollnir icon.png Mjollnir can give you a more powerful Chain Lightning, attack speed that gives you DPS without the need for your ultimate, and an active shield that can discourage enemies from attacking you or a chosen ally for fear of taking even more magical damage.
  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter gives Windranger stats across the board, and greatly improves Windranger's damage output using Focus Fire. As well, the cooldown reduction allows her to cast Focus Fire at will, vastly increasing her damage output and target flexibility.

Late game:

  • Orchid Malevolence icon.png Orchid Malevolence can greatly increase Windranger's physical damage output, as she will get both more mana and base damage from the extra intelligence, and the attack speed greatly complements her low base attack time. The silence adds yet another disable to Windranger's repertoire, allowing her to lock down enemies who rely on escape spells to survive. Later can be upgraded to a Bloodthorn icon.png Bloodthorn for True Strike and critical damage proc.
  • Monkey King Bar icon.png Monkey King Bar greatly increases Windranger's damage output, and synergizes well with Focus Fire. Pierce can proc multiple times during the course of her ultimate, bypassing evasion and dealing bonus magical damage.

Situational items:

  • Desolator icon.png Desolator gives Windranger additional damage output, as well as an armor reduction debuff that can be applied to buildings as well as heroes. As Windranger is a ranged hero, she can simply "tag" multiple enemies with the debuff prior to focusing on a single target, though it is recommended to purchase Aghanim's Scepter as well in order to maximize your physical DPS.
  • Scythe of Vyse icon.png Scythe of Vyse grants extra intelligence and mana regeneration to increase her base damage and ability to cast spells, and the additional strength and agility shore up her HP and armor, granting her much more survivability. The hex can be used to instantly hard-disable the enemy's carry in a fight, and serves as a potent complement to Shackleshot.
  • Rod of Atos icon.png Rod of Atos greatly increases Windranger's survivability as well as her damage output and mana pool. The long range root can hold a target down so that Shackleshot may be cast from an angle of Windranger's choosing.
  • Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere gives Windranger stats across the board and powerful mana regen. Its spellblock helps to make Windranger much more slippery when evading enemy ganks, or gives her a larger window of opportunity to cast her disables in a teamfight without being disabled herself.
  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity is a good cheap utility item if the aim is not to build raw damage items to fuel Focus Fire. The increased base movement speed greatly augments Windranger's mobility in combination with Phase Boots or Windrun, and the extra intelligence and mana regen give her much more utility with her spells. The active can be used to stop an enemy in their tracks and position yourself for landing a full-duration Shackleshot, or for generally disabling enemies or giving yourself temporary invulnerability (while removing debuffs from yourself) during fights.
  • Observer Ward icon.png Observer Ward provides map vision for team.
  • Bottle (Full) icon.png Bottle helps Windranger manage runes, as well as restoring her health and mana.
  • Drum of Endurance icon.png Drum of Endurance gives Windranger attributes boost, as well as additional movement and attack speed, both of which are important on Windranger.
  • Medallion of Courage icon.png Medallion of Courage can be a useful utility item to augment Focus Fire's effectiveness even if you are not building a physical DPS Windranger. The armor gives you more survivability while the mana helps with casting your spells, and the active allows you to deal large amounts of damage to enemies even without a lot of damage items. As well, the active can be used on allies to give them armor, and can be used to make Roshan easier to kill.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar is a good defensive item to build on a DPS Windranger, as you can be sure that the enemy will attempt to disable and focus you down to prevent you from dishing out too much damage in a teamfight. Preventing yourself from being disabled will allow you to take full advantage of Focus Fire during a teamfight, especially as it can be combined with Windrun to give yourself immunity to disables as well as physical attacks.
  • Daedalus icon.png Daedalus is very powerful in the hands of a farmed DPS Windranger, as combined with Focus Fire and enough damage it can eviscerate most enemy heroes in seconds.