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Ancient Apparition
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20 + 1.9
20 + 2.2
23 + 3.4
Level 0 1 15 25 30
Health 200 600 1120 1740 1980
+0.25 +2.25 +4.91 +8.01 +9.16
Mana 75 351 915 1467 1695
+0 +1.15 +3.53 +5.83 +6.78
Armor -1 2.33 7.47 13.13 15.3
Damage Block -
Magic Resistance 25%
Status Resistance 0%
Damage 21‒31 44‒54 91‒101 137‒147 156‒166
Attack Rate 0.59/s 0.71/s 0.89/s 1.09/s 1.16/s
Attack Range Ranged 675 (800)
Attack Speed ▶️ 100 (1.7s BAT)
Attack Animation 0.45+0.3
Projectile Speed 1250
Movement Speed ▶️ 285
Turn Rate Takes 0.175s to turn 180°. 0.6
Collision Size 24
Vision Range (G) 1800 • 800
Legs 0
Gib Type Ice
Ability Upgrades
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter.
Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard.
Chilling Touch
Ice Vortex
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Launches a powerful icy blast from anywhere on the map.
Projected from the cold, infinite void, the Ancient Apparition known as Kaldr is but a faint image of his true self. Nevertheless, his Chilling Touch is enough to crack the sturdiest of armors. Caught in an Ice Vortex, heroes afflicted with Cold Feet seldom go far. A frozen sphere flies across the sky, expanding at its destination. Within seconds, an Ice Blast strikes the marked area. Flash frozen, enemies have no choice but to retreat before their brittle bodies shatter to pieces...
Cold Feet
Ice Vortex
Ice Vortex
Chilling Touch
Chilling Touch
Ice Blast
Roles: Support Support Disabler Disabler Nuker Nuker
Complexity: ★★☆


Ancient Apparition minimap icon.pngKaldr, the Ancient Apparition
▶️ "One day, ice will cover these lands, and it will be as if this war never happened."
Kaldr, the Ancient Apparition, is an image projected from outside time. He springs from the cold, infinite void that both predates the universe and awaits its end. Kaldr is, Kaldr was, Kaldr shall be… and what we perceive, powerful as it appears to us, is but the faintest faded echo of the true, eternal Kaldr. Some believe that as the cosmos ages and approaches its final moments, the brightness and power of Kaldr will also intensify—that the Ancient Apparition will grow younger and stronger as eternity's end draws nigh. His grip of ice will bring all matter to a stop, his image will cast a light too terrible to behold. An Apparition no longer!


Cold Feet
Cold Feet icon.png
Places a frozen hex on an enemy unit that deals damage over time, but can be dispelled by moving away from the initial cast point. If the enemy unit doesn't move out of the given range, it will be stunned and frozen in place after 4 seconds.
Cast Animation: 0.01+0
Cast Range: 700/800/900/1000
Break Distance: 715 (Talent 915)
Damage per Second: 30/50/70/90
Damage Duration: 4
Stun Duration: 2/2.5/3/3.5
Talent Radius: 450
Cooldown: 12/11/10/9
Mana: 125
Does not pierce spell immunity.
Attempts to deal damage, but does not stun if debuff was placed before spell immunity and when not dispelled.
Partially blocked by Linken's Sphere.
Blocked as a single-target ability,
Not blocked as an area-targeted ability.
Modifiers [?]
Kaldr's presence draws those around him into a frozen void, threatening to lock them in an icy prison for eternity.


  • Cold Feet places an initial debuff on the target and places an icy marker at its current position upon cast.
  • As long as the target stays within 715 (Talent 915) radius of the mark, it takes damage from the debuff and after 4 seconds it is stunned.
  • If the target moves 715 (Talent 915) range away from the mark at any point during the initial debuff, the ability completely stops, removing the debuff and the marker.
    • This means even when the target moves back within range, it is not frozen or damaged further.
    • Also considers the target's vertical position, so getting moved far up enough can stop Cold Feet as well.
  • When cast on units which already have the Cold Feet modifier, nothing happens.
  • Deals 15/25/35/45 damage in 0.5-second intervals, starting immediately upon cast, resulting in 8 instances.
  • The stun is applied 1 second after the last instance.
  • The break distance increasing Talent talent does not update the break distance of already placed Cold Feet debuffs.
  • The area of effect Talent talent turns Cold Feet into an area-targeted ability with 450 radius, so that it cannot directly target units anymore.
    • The break distances are different for each hit enemy. They do not share it.
    • Can target invisible enemies and enemies inside the Fog of War.

Ice Vortex
Ice Vortex icon.png
Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard. Magical
Creates a vortex of icy energy that slows movement speed and increases magic damage done to enemies in its range.
Cast Animation: 0.01+0
Cast Range: 1500
Effect Radius: 275
Move Speed Slow: 16%/19%/22%/25% (Talent 21%/24%/27%/30%)
Magic Resistance Reduction: 16%/19%/22%/25% (Talent 21%/24%/27%/30%)
Aura Linger Duration: 0.5
Duration: 16
With Aghanim's Shard Attack Speed Slow: 20
With Aghanim's Shard Damage per Second: 40
Cooldown: 7/6/5/4 (Talent 5/4/3/2)
Mana: 40/50/60/70
Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard.
Aghanim's Shard Upgrade:
Causes Ice Vortex to deal damage over time and slow enemy attack speed in the area.
Does not pierce spell immunity.
Debuff persists if it was placed before spell immunity.
Modifiers [?]
Frozen, caustic winds are at the whim of Kaldr, chilling the field of battle.


  • All effects are provided by an aura, (including the attack speed slow and damage per second debuff). The aura lingers for 0.5 seconds.
  • Reduces most heroes' total magic resistance to 13%/11%/9%/6% (Talent 9%/7%/5%/2%).
    • The movement speed slow and magic resistance reduction increasing Talent talent immediately upgrades all currently active Ice Vortexes, including already placed debuffs.
  • Successive casts of Ice Vortex do not stack. A unit can only be affected by one of them even when multiple of them are overlapping.
  • Provides 200 radius ground vision at the targeted point for its duration.
  • With Aghanim's Shard icon.png Aghanim's Shard, Ice Vortex deals damage in 1-second intervals, starting 1 second after receiving the debuff, resulting in up to 16 possible instances.
    • Can deal up to 640 damage (before reductions) to a single unit within the area for the entire duration.
    • Acquiring Aghanim's Shard immediately upgrades all currently active Ice Vortexes, including already placed debuffs.

Chilling Touch
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Enhances Ancient Apparition's attack with increased range, heavy magic damage, and movement slow.
Attack Range Bonus: 60/120/180/240 (Talent 260/320/380/440)
Damage: 40/80/120/160 (Talent 120/160/200/240)
Move Speed Slow: 100%
Slow Duration: 0.5
Cooldown: 12/9/6/3 (With Aghanim's Scepter 0)
Mana: 30/40/50/60 (With Aghanim's Scepter 15/20/25/30)
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter.
Aghanim's Scepter Upgrade:
Removes cooldown and reduces mana cost by 50%.
Does not pierce spell immunity.
The slow persists if debuff was placed before spell immunity and when not dispelled.
Modifiers [?]
The Ancient Apparition's eternal knowledge brings a frigid enchantment to his attacks.


  • The cast range equals the caster's attack range and the bonus attack range from the ability.
    • For Ancient Apparition, the total range for this ability is 735/795/855/915 (Talent 935/995/1055/1115).
    • The cast range can be further increased by other attack range bonuses. However, it is not affected by cast range bonuses.
  • The debuffs from successive casts fully stack, with each instance creating its own debuff.
  • The attacks first apply the debuff, then the spell damage, then the attack damage.
  • Chilling Touch does not work against allied units, buildings or wards.

Ice Blast
Ice Blast icon.png
Enemies / Enemy Heroes
Launches a tracer towards any location of the battlefield, which must be triggered again to mark the area to be blasted by a damaging explosion of hail. The further the tracer travels, the larger the explosion will be. Enemies caught in the explosion, or who touched the icy ball of hail as it travels, are frostbitten, taking damage and prevented from regenerating or healing. If a frostbitten unit's health drops below a certain percentage, they will instantly shatter.
Cast Animation: 0.01+1.07
Cast Range: Global
Projectile Radius: 275
Min Explosion Radius: 275
Max Explosion Radius: 1000
Explosion Damage: 250/325/400
Damage per Second: 12.5/20/32
Percentage Health Kill Threshold: 12%/13%/14% (Talent 16%/17%/18%)
Duration: 10/11/12
Cooldown: 60/50/40
Mana: 175
Modifiers [?]
Ice storms from ages past flow through Kaldr's frosty limbs, crashing into the world and turning its inhabitants into monuments to his eternal power.


  • Upon cast, Ice Blast is replaced by the Release sub-ability.
    • The tracer projectile travels at a speed of 1500 until Release is cast, Ancient Apparition dies, or it reaches the map boundaries.
    • The tracer projectile itself is harmless. It neither deals damage, nor places the debuff.
    • The tracer is visible to allies only. The initial cast sound is also only audible to allies.
  • The explosion radius starts at 275 and increases by 50 for every second the tracer has traveled, capped at 1000 radius.
    • Thus, it takes at least 15 seconds to reach the maximum radius, equaling 22500 units traveled.
  • The tracer provides 500 radius flying vision around itself as it travels. This vision does not last.
  • Unlike the debuff, the explosion damage hits all enemy units, including creeps, excluding buildings and wards.
  • Units affected by the debuff die instantly when their health drops below the threshold.
    • The debuff checks the unit's health upon taking damage, excluding damage flagged by HP removal.
    • The kill is credited to the source of the damage which brought them below the threshold.
    • However, if it was caused by self-inflicted damage, Ancient Apparition is credited instead.
    • Has a lower priority than Winter's Curse, so if affected by both, Winter's Curse takes priority.
    • Has a higher priority than Reaper's Scythe, so if affected by both, Ice Blast takes priority.
  • Min health prevents affected units from dying to the shatter for its duration. Invulnerable units cannot shatter.
  • The debuff deals damage in 1-second intervals, starting 1 second after the debuff is applied, resulting in 10/11/12 instances.
  • The debuff itself can deal up to 125/220/384 damage (before reductions).
    • Together with the explosion, Ice Blast can deal up to 375/545/784 damage.

Release icon.png
No Target
Releases the ice blast to explode at the tracer's current location.
Cast Animation: 0.01+1.1
Min Projectile Speed: 750
Max Travel Time: 1.75
Cooldown: 1
Sub-ability of Ice Blast.


  • Replaces Ice Blast until the sub-ability is used or the tracer disappears.
  • Upon cast, the tracer stops traveling and marks the total area hit by the explosion once the main projectile reaches its position.
  • It also provides 650 radius flying vision at that position for 4 seconds.
  • The Ice Blast projectile travels at a speed of 750, or reaches the targeted point 1.75 seconds after launch, whichever is faster.
  • The projectile is only released when the sub-ability is cast, or when Ancient Apparition dies while the tracer is still travelling.
  • It is not released when the tracer reaches the map boundary. In this case, the ability is wasted.
  • Every enemy unit which comes within 275 radius of the projectile as it travels, or is hit by the explosion, gets the frostbitten debuff.
    • The debuff starts expiring only once outside of range of the projectile. Getting within range again immediately refreshes the duration.
  • The projectile is fully visible to enemies. But unlike the tracer, it is not visible on the minimap.
  • The projectile provides 500 radius flying vision as it travels, which lasts for 3 seconds.


Hero Talents
+4% Ice Blast Kill Threshold25450 AoE Cold Feet
+80 Chilling Touch Damage20+5% Ice Vortex Slow/Resistance
+200 Cold Feet Breaking distance15-2s Ice Vortex Cooldown
+8% Spell Amplification10+200 Chilling Touch Attack Range

Recent Changes[]

  • Reduced Cold Feet damage interval from 1 to 0.5. [?]
  • Ice Vortex
    • Rescaled movement speed slow from 15%/20%/25%/30% to 16%/19%/22%/25%.
    • Increased magic resistance reduction from 12%/16%/20%/24% to 16%/19%/22%/25%.
  • Chilling Touch
    • Reduced damage from 50/90/130/170 to 40/80/120/160.
    • Reduced mana cost from 30/45/60/75 to 30/40/50/60.
    • Reduced cooldown from 15/11/7/3 to 12/9/6/3.
  • Talent Talents:
Level 20 right talent: +6% Ice Vortex movement speed slow and magic resistance reduction reduced to +5%.
Level 10 right talent: +175 Chilling Touch attack range increased to +200.
Level 15 left talent: +150 Cold Feet break distance increased to +200.
Level 20 left talent: +70 Chilling Touch damage increased to +80.
Level 25 right talent: 500 AoE Cold Feet reduced to 450 AoE.
Level 15 left talent changed: +12 health regen ➜ +150 Cold Feet break distance.

Recommended Items[]

Starting items:

  • Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branch gives cheap bonus attributes which is helpful for laning and can be built into Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand.
  • Clarity icon.png Clarity is needed because Ancient Apparition is very mana dependent in the early game. These potions will make spamming Cold Feet possible.
  • Tango icon.png Tango grants health restoration, which is very important for a fragile hero.
  • Healing Salve icon.png Healing Salve also restores health to you and allies.
  • Observer Ward icon.png Observer Ward not only helps your team out by providing vision, but help you out, too, by scouting low-HP enemies to Ice Blast.

Early game:

  • Urn of Shadows icon.png Urn of Shadows gives some overall attributes and good mana regeneration. Its ability will make ganking easier, while it can also be used to heal allies.
  • Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand helps with sustaining both your health and mana.
  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed are needed for the movement speed bonus.

Mid game:

  • Arcane Boots icon.png Arcane Boots provide Ancient Apparition and his allies with much-needed mana sustain, as well as increase Ancient Apparition's own mana pool.
  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity gives plenty of mana regeneration, some mana, and some movement speed. You can activate its ability on an enemy after casting Cold Feet and the opposing hero will be stunned and frozen most of the time.

Late game:

  • Force Staff icon.png Force Staff is an extremely useful item which can be picked up as an escape mechanism or a chasing item. It can be used to help teammates as well.
  • Glimmer Cape icon.png Glimmer Cape grants magic resistance and invisibility to help Ancient Apparition and allies escape or initiate without being seen.

Situational items:

  • Hand of Midas icon.png Hand of Midas can be a good item choice when Ancient Apparition has an above-average early game, sustaining him with a steady gold and experience gain.
  • Mekansm icon.png Mekansm is a great utility item which will make you and your team much harder to kill. Use its ability to heal you and nearby friendly heroes at the cost of some mana, while buffing everyone at the same time. It can be later upgraded into Guardian Greaves icon.png Guardian Greaves.
  • Tranquil Boots (Active) icon.png Tranquil Boots can be chosen over Arcane Boots to sustain Ancient Apparition's health, as his high Intelligence growth and low mana costs make mana less of an issue.
  • Ghost Scepter icon.png Ghost Scepter makes Ancient Apparition immune to physical attacks, allowing him to survive when enemy carries are coming for him.
  • Kaya icon.png Kaya boosts Ancient Apparition's damage output, making Ice Blast in particular more dangerous, at a cheap cost. It can be upgraded into Kaya and Sange icon.png Kaya and Sange for a much needed boost to durability.
  • Rod of Atos icon.png Rod of Atos grants a decent amount of overall stats, padding out Ancient Apparition's anemic health pool and bolstering his mana. Its root combines very well with Cold Feet, Ice Vortex, and Ice Blast.
  • Spirit Vessel icon.png Spirit Vessel is a natural upgrade to Urn of Shadows, and the percentage-based damage synergizes nicely with Ice Blast.
  • Scythe of Vyse icon.png Scythe of Vyse is a very strong late-game item that gives a great attribute increase, all the mana regeneration you'll ever need, and an amazing disable. Its only downside is its hefty price.
  • Shiva's Guard icon.png Shiva's Guard gives a lot of intelligence and armor. Its ability slows down enemies and damages them in a large radius, making it perfect in teamfights where you are the first priority target.
  • Octarine Core icon.png Octarine Core is good on most spell-casters and Ancient Apparition is no exception. But it's extremely expensive and should never be considered as the first major item on Ancient Apparition.
  • Refresher Orb icon.png Refresher Orb could theoretically prevent any kind of healing for 20/22/24 seconds with a double Ice Blast, an ultimate late game item.






  • Kaldr's lore suggests that he is the embodiment of the Heat Death, a theoretical fate of the universe. According to this theory, the universe will achieve thermodynamic equilibrium and will no longer transfer energy. This would result in a universal temperature growing colder and a cessation of processes that require energy consumption, such as life.
  • "Kaldr" is old norse and translates to "cold" in English.
  • In DotA, Ancient Apparition is one of several heroes with custom models. It utilizes a custom model called "IcyGhost", created in 2006 by the pseudonymous content creator PrMosquito, from the Hive Workshop community. The Dota 2 counterpart is modeled after the original design.