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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Primal Roar allows Beastmaster to keep Lycan in place after he used his Shapeshift.
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  • Rupture completely negates Lycan's high mobility.
  • All of Lycan's summons are good sources of healing with Bloodrage.
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  • Guardian Angel completely negates all of Lycan's damage since Lycan mainly deals physical damage.
  • Purification can also be a problem for Lycan, as Purification deals damage around the target, which poses a problem for him and his summons.
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  • Blur is a real problem for Lycan, as a Monkey King Bar will not prevent his summons from missing.
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  • Great Cleave will kill Lycan's summons very fast.
  • Warcry will allow Sven and his allies to tank Lycan's damage, which is mainly physical.
  • Storm Hammer will damage and stun Lycan's as well as his summons.
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  • All of Timbersaw's spells deal AoE damage, killing Lycan's summons very quickly.
  • Reactive Armor will gain stacks quickly because of Lycan's summons.
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  • Chronosphere will prevent you from running away with your ultimate.
  • Time Walk can be used to initiate on you from far away, leaving you unprepared.



  • Town Portal Scroll icon.png Town Portal Scroll is rather efficient against Lycan, as he lacks disables to stop a teleporting Hero from escaping.
    • Or if he is split-pushing a lane, this might make him turn around. If not, stay in alert as he might dive.
  • Heaven's Halberd icon.png Heaven's Halberd is a good counter to attacks, and Lycan heavily relies on them.
  • Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail's return damage might cause Lycan to stop attacking his victim. If not, Lycan will take loads of returned damage.
  • Ghost Scepter icon.png Ghost Scepter and Ethereal Blade icon.png Ethereal Blade prevents the user from taking physical damage. Lycan is mainly a physical damage dealer.
  • Rod of Atos icon.png Rod of Atos limits Lycan's mobility during his ultimate.

Good against...[edit]

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  • Lich minimap icon.png Lich possesses a lot of slows, which Lycan doesn't care when he Shapeshifts.
  • Lich minimap icon.png Lich has no in-built escape, which makes him a good target for Lycan.
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  • He can send wolves to defuse Proximity Mines, and he can catch up Techies and kill him before they can deny themselves. Even if the suicide is successful, Lycan can still survive because of his tankiness.
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  • Magnetic Field is useless against melee heroes, so Lycan can attack Arc Warden without missing.
  • Flux doesn't affect Lycan that much, because Shapeshift grants immunity to slows and because he is never alone.
  • If their Tempest Double has been called, Lycan can still kill Arc Warden before the double expires.
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  • The Wolves' speed causes the knockback from Gust to be ineffective.
  • She lacks escapes and loses her Marksmanship when someone is near her. Lycan takes advantage of these weaknesses.
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  • Lycan's ultimate makes him immune to slows from Ursa minimap icon.png Ursa's Earthshock as well as allowing him to outmaneuver Ursa minimap icon.png Ursa during Enrage. Lycan can also easily chase down Ursa minimap icon.png Ursa while shapeshifted, should Ursa minimap icon.png Ursa try to flee.


  • You can easily kill a squishy Sniper minimap icon.png Sniper, due to your high movement speed and his lack of escape.
  • Once you get a Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar, squishy spellcasters like Zeus minimap icon.png Zeus, Skywrath Mage minimap icon.png Skywrath Mage and others will be probably easy to deal with.
  • Heroes with low armor and little mobility, like Huskar minimap icon.png Huskar, Io minimap icon.png Io, etc. will also have an unfortunate fate.

Works well with...[edit]

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  • His Inner Beast also work on Lycan's own minions.
  • His own summons benefit from Lycan's Howl.
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  • Howl increases the damage of Broodmother minimap icon.png Broodmother's spiderlings, increasing her pushing power.
  • Because Broodmother minimap icon.png Broodmother is not typically played in the jungle, she will not impede on Lycan's farm.
  • Since Howl is a global ability, Lycan can push one lane while Broodmother minimap icon.png Broodmother pushes another and both will benefit from howl.
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  • Creeps enchanted with Holy Persuasion benefit from Howl.
  • Plenty of those creeps provide auras that strengthen Lycan and his minions.
  • Lycan is a notable solo-pusher. If he over-stayed his welcome in the enemy's base, perhaps he can be kept alive with Hand of God.
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  • Nature's Prophet has great synergy with Lycan, for several reasons. Howl can drastically increase the damage output of his treants, making your pushes that much deadlier.
  • Nature's Prophet is (like Lycan) a jungling and laning hero, so his absence while fighting Roshan is not a great concern for his teammates. Finally, the Prophet's ability to teleport directly into Roshan's pit is also useful for avoiding enemy wards (using Nature's Call in Roshan's Pit with Sprout is advised, however, in order to remain undetected by said wards).


  • Perhaps your allies don't have any summons, but maybe they'll bring one in through purchase of a Helm of the Dominator icon.png Helm of the Dominator. You might as well do it.
  • Heroes that can reduce the armor of enemies can greatly increase Lycan's damage, such as Slardar minimap icon.png Slardar's Corrosive Haze.