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Gameplay[]

Playstyle
Ancient Apparition minimap icon Ancient Apparition is a spellcaster hero whose abilities can empower, disable, and destroy with the power of ice. His ultimate, Ice Blast, damages and freezes his foes' health regeneration, placing them on disadvantages during every team fight, thus making him scale well into the game. However, Ancient Apparition is not a beginner friendly support as his abilities requires precise timing and judgement to execute. He is also quite fragile as he does not really possesses any reliable or instant escape and disable abilities.
Pros Cons
  • Strong teamfight ultimate.
  • Long range scouting abilities.
  • Counter to Heroes who depend on heal.
  • Good at harassing and zoning.
  • Squishy and slow movement speed.
  • Low mobility and durability.
  • Require good precision and judgement to make use of his abilities—especially his ultimate.
  • Slightly level dependent.
  • Dependent on his ultimate in teamfight.

Lane Support[]

  • Ancient Apparition has little potential to roam like Lion minimap icon Lion, and limited capacity to react to ganks like Dazzle minimap icon Dazzle since Cold Feet's stun is unreliable, so he usually babysits the carry in lane.
  • Start with Chilling Touch to harass.
  • You may level Cold Feet if the enemies lack mobility, or your allies have disables to guarantee the stun.
  • A value point in Ice Vortex helps with vision and movement speed slow.
  • Once your carry has enough farm to either push towers or farm the jungle, you should take the lane for yourself for a while, to catch up on experience and get level 6 to help your team's pushes with long-ranged Ice Blasts.

Roaming[]

  • Pair with a partner with disables to guarantee Cold Feet.

Ability Builds[]

Lane Support Ancient Apparition
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Roaming Ancient Apparition
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Talents[]

Hero Talents
+4% Ice Blast icon Ice Blast Kill Threshold25450 AoE Cold Feet icon Cold Feet
+80 Chilling Touch icon Chilling Touch Damage20+5s Ice Blast icon Ice Blast Duration
+300 Cold Feet icon Cold Feet Breaking distance15-2s Ice Vortex icon Ice Vortex Cooldown
+40 Cold Feet icon Cold Feet Damage Per Second10+300 Chilling Touch icon Chilling Touch Attack Range

Tips & Tactics[]

General[]

  • Ancient Apparition's spells, although spammable, are very mana-expensive. Be mindful of your mana consumption.
  • Any heroes that possess reliable stun/slows such as Wraith King/Lion/Shadow Demon etc. synergize well with Cold Feet and Ice Vortex; results in extensive magical damage and disables duration.
  • Compare to other supports alike, Ancient Apparition scales well with levels, thus making Hand of Midas icon Hand of Midas good on him.
  • Ancient Apparition 's abilities require a certain amount of skill and teamwork to make the best out of him; although primarily played as a lane support hero, a good early game allows Ancient Apparition to snowball and possessing a Aghanim's Scepter icon Aghanim's Scepter allows him to scale well into late game.
  • Ancient Apparition can solo mid in the early game, as he has all the necessary tools to control his lane. He will look to start ganking as soon as possible and use the early Ice Blasts to his team's advantage.
  • In spite of his ability to solo, Ancient Apparition is still potent in a dual or tri lane. Cold Feet functions well as a follow-up to an ally's stun, and Ice Vortex lowers enemy magic resistance so allies can nuke them down.
  • All of Ancient Apparition's spells have good range. Try to avoid close combat when possible.
  • You do not have an escape mechanism, so having vision of your opponents is crucial for you to survive. Ask your teammates to ward or do it yourself whenever possible.
  • Adapt the ability build depending on the allies and enemies.
    • Luna minimap icon Luna won't help you trigger Cold Feet, so don't level it, but she will gladly chase enemies slowed by Ice Vortex with Lucent Beam icon Lucent Beam.
    • Similarly, an enemy Weaver minimap icon Weaver will not care much for either Ice Vortex or Cold Feet, but he will think twice about getting a last hit if you're ready to hit him with Chilling Touch.
    • An allied Zeus minimap icon Zeus will care only for the magic resistance reduction of Ice Vortex, as well as the vision it provides to keep spamming Arc Lightning icon Arc Lightning.
  • Ancient Apparition makes a decent mid-laner. He has a good attack animation and fair base damage. He can secure last hits and harass with Chilling Touch. He can sort of zone an opponent in a 1v1 situation with Cold Feet, as either they will cancel it and perhaps miss a last hit or two while doing so, or they will get stunned by it in which case you can hit them (with buffed up right-clicks) a couple of times. You can also hit them from the low-ground with the vision provided by Ice Vortex. And once you reach level 6, you can gank the side lanes without moving with Ice Blast. The thing you will struggle the most with is enemy ganks, since you have no defence or mobility whatsoever. Since you're such a bully in a 1v1 scenario, there are high chances that the enemy will choose to simply push the lane with any AoE ability, something that you lack as well. As for items, an early Dagon icon Dagon will definitely help you reach the enemies' shatter threshold.

Abilities[]

Cold Feet icon Cold Feet[]

  • At level 4, Cold Feet's cooldown is only 9 seconds while the stun lasts for seconds and it takes 4 seconds to trigger it. It is possible to keep an enemy always under the effect of Cold Feet, either the stun or the damage.
  • The damage part is dispellable by any dispel, so don't waste your mana against a hero that will shrug it off with a low-cooldown spell (such as Abaddon minimap icon Abaddon with Aphotic Shield icon Aphotic Shield and Legion Commander minimap icon Legion Commander with Press the Attack icon Press the Attack).
  • Tiny's Toss icon Toss counts as distance travelled, and will therefore remove Cold Feet's debuff, even when the target is tossed straight up.
  • Use Cold Feet to harass in the early game, but mind your mana pool.
  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon Eul's Scepter of Divinity in combination with Cold Feet can almost always guarantee a stun (though at the cost of Cold Feet's damage over time). It also allows you to land a short-range Ice Blast in quick succession. Rod of Atos icon Rod of Atos can do the same while maintaining the damage over time, though unlike Eul's, it can be disjointed.
  • More tips needed.

Ice Vortex icon Ice Vortex[]

  • Ice Vortex's cast range is huge. Use it to scout Roshan, to give vision of the high ground, to reveal common juking spots etc.
  • Ice Vortex's cooldown is only 10/8/6/4 seconds. In the later stages of a game, once you have enough mana, spam it.
  • If you already used Chilling Touch and you're too fragile to get near a team fight to use Cold Feet, you should at least stay behind and spam Ice Vortex.
  • Ice Vortex can slow enemies when chasing or being chased, as well as reducing their magic resistance.
  • Ice Vortex's magic resistance reduction works well with every one of Ancient Apparition's abilities as they all deal magical damage.

Chilling Touch icon Chilling Touch[]

  • Use Chilling Touch to harass and slow enemies in the laning stage from a safe distance.
  • Chilling Touch's slow may keep enemies within radius of Cold Feet or Ice Vortex.
  • Chilling Touch can be toggled to be used as auto-attack.
  • With Aghanim Scepter, Removes cooldown and Reduced Mana, AA can be hard hitter at this point. You may change from support to semi-carry build with dragon lance for more attack speed and range.

Ice Blast icon Ice Blast[]

  • The only ability in the game that prevents healing, making it a direct counter to a plethora of heroes.
  • There are only four abilities that can help heroes regain health while frostbitten: Terrorblade's Sunder icon Sunder, Weaver's Time Lapse icon Time Lapse, Undying's Decay icon Decay, and Phoenix's Supernova icon Supernova.
  • Heroes who rely on regenerating rapidly during teamfight with abilities such as Alchemist minimap icon Alchemist and Abaddon minimap icon Abaddon or those who wields healing items like Mekansm icon Mekansm will be rendered useless under the effect of Ice Blast, thus placing them on disadvantages during the encounters. Although becoming spell immune prior to getting hit by the blast can negate the impact damage, the freezing debuff pierces through immunity and cannot be dispelled.
  • Remember that Ice Blast debuff prevents all health gain, including healing spells, natural health regeneration, lifesteal, health gained indirectly such as from activating an Armlet of Mordiggian icon Armlet of Mordiggian, and even bonus health gained from Morphling's Attribute Shift icon Attribute Shift strength gain and the strength obtained by leveling up under its effects (however, there ARE a few exceptions, namely abilities that directly manipulate health such as Sunder icon Sunder or Supernova icon Supernova). Landing this spell on the enemy team at the start of a team fight will put heroes that rely on survivability such as Huskar minimap icon Huskar, Necrophos minimap icon Necrophos, or Death Prophet minimap icon Death Prophet into dangerous situation.
  • Ice Blast is a multi-purpose spell that can be cast to anywhere on the map. Use it to aid your allies in ganks, initiate team battles, finish off low-HP heroes, and clear large creep waves.
    • Do not worry about using your ultimate sparingly, it has only a 60/50/40 second cooldown and therefore can be used even for harassment or as a deterrent for pushing. The cooldown starts running upon launching the initial tracer, so it already starts cooling down before the actual blast even released.
  • Ice Blast's tracer gives vision, allowing you to use it for global scouting with free harassment on the side if it hits. Firing it into Roshan's pit at an inopportune moment can be particularly lethal.

Items[]

Starting items:

  • Iron Branch icon Iron Branch gives cheap bonus attributes which is helpful for laning and can be built into Magic Wand icon Magic Wand.
  • Clarity icon Clarity is needed because Ancient Apparition is very mana-dependent in the early game. These potions will make spamming Cold Feet possible.
  • Tango icon Tango grants health restoration, which is very important for a fragile hero like Ancient Apparition.
  • Healing Salve icon Healing Salve also restores health to Ancient Apparition and allies.
  • Boots of Speed icon Boots of Speed are needed for the movement speed bonus Ancient Apparition lacks.
  • Magic Wand icon Magic Wand helps with sustaining both Ancient Apparition's health and mana.

Early game:

  • Arcane Boots icon Arcane Boots provide Ancient Apparition and his allies with much-needed mana sustain, as well as increase Ancient Apparition's own mana pool.
  • Urn of Shadows icon Urn of Shadows gives Ancient Apparition some overall attributes and good mana regeneration. Its ability will make ganking easier, while it can also be used to heal allies.
  • Force Staff icon 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.

Mid game:

  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon 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.
  • Dragon Lance icon Dragon Lance can increase Ancient Apparition's attack range, which can allow him to use Chilling Touch icon Chilling Touch from longer distances. When this is combined with the 300 Chilling Touch Attack Range talent, Ancient Apparition will gain a very big attack range for Chilling Touch icon Chilling Touch. Later it can be upgraded into Hurricane Pike icon Hurricane Pike for extra mobility and escape mechanism.
  • Aghanim's Scepter icon Aghanim's Scepter will give Ancient Apparition nice attributes, and will also remove cooldown and reduce mana cost of Chilling Touch icon Chilling Touch, allowing him to use Chilling Touch icon Chilling Touch more often.
  • Rod of Atos icon Rod of Atos can give Ancient Apparition bonus health and intelligence, and the ability to root an enemy hero, making it easier for Ancient Apparition to land Cold Feet icon Cold Feet and Ice Blast icon Ice Blast, and to keep them in range for Ice Vortex icon Ice Vortex. Later it can be upgraded into Gleipnir icon Gleipnir that can root multiple enemies at once and allow Ancient Apparition's attacks to release a chain lightning that can bounce between enemies and damage them, giving Ancient Apparition much needed area-of-effect capabilities.

Late game:

  • Gleipnir icon Gleipnir will give Ancient Apparition more health, intelligence, attack damage, attack speed, and the ability to root multiple enemies at once for his Cold Feet icon Cold Feet, Ice Vortex icon Ice Vortex and Ice Blast icon Ice Blast, while also allowing Ancient Apparition's attacks to release a chain lightning that can bounce between enemies and damage them, giving Ancient Apparition much needed area-of-effect capabilities.
  • Dagon icon Dagon will give Ancient Apparition nice attributes, spell lifesteal, and it's magical damage burst can help Ancient Apparition finish off enemy heroes affected by Ice Blast icon Ice Blast, helping it reach the enemy heroes's shatter threshold, making this item very effective against heroes who rely on abilities that ignore Ice Blast icon Ice Blast's health freezing like Terrorblade minimap icon Terrorblade and Weaver minimap icon Weaver.
  • Hurricane Pike icon Hurricane Pike will give Ancient Apparition good attributes, extra attack range for Chilling Touch icon Chilling Touch, and will also allow him to either escape from enemy heroes or to chase after them.
  • Aghanim's Shard icon Aghanim's Shard will allow Ice Blast icon Ice Blast to apply current level of Cold Feet icon Cold Feet for 60% of it's normal duration on the enemy heroes who get struck by Ice Blast icon Ice Blast.
  • Spirit Vessel icon Spirit Vessel is a natural upgrade to Urn of Shadows, and the percentage-based damage synergizes nicely with Ancient Apparition's Ice Blast icon Ice Blast.

Situational items:

  • Hand of Midas icon 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.
  • Veil of Discord icon Veil of Discord will give Ancient Apparition good attribute points and armor. And it will also allow Ancient Apparition to make enemies more vulnerable to his magical damage output from Cold Feet icon Cold Feet, Ice Vortex icon Ice Vortex, Chilling Touch icon Chilling Touch and Ice Blast icon Ice Blast. Later it can be upgraded into Shiva's Guard icon Shiva's Guard that can do the same and which can also reduce attack speed, heals and lifesteal of enemy heroes around Ancient Apparition.
  • Tranquil Boots icon 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 Ghost Scepter makes Ancient Apparition immune to physical attacks, allowing him to survive when enemy carries who rely on attack damage to be effective are coming for him. Later it can be upgraded into Ethereal Blade icon Ethereal Blade that can do the same, and which can allow Ancient Apparition to disarm an enemy hero and make them more vulnerable to Cold Feet icon Cold Feet's, Ice Vortex icon Ice Vortex's and Ice Blast icon Ice Blast's magical damage output while also increasing the cast range of Cold Feet icon Cold Feet and Ice Vortex icon Ice Vortex.
  • Kaya icon 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 Kaya and Sange for a much needed boost to durability or into Meteor Hammer icon Meteor Hammer for an area-of-effect stun that can deal damage to both, enemy heroes and buildings alike.
  • Ethereal Blade icon Ethereal Blade will give Ancient Apparition good attributes, extra cast range for Cold Feet icon Cold Feet and Ice Vortex icon Ice Vortex, and will also allow Ancient Apparition to disarm an enemy hero and make them more vulnerable to his magical damage output from Cold Feet icon Cold Feet, Ice Vortex icon Ice Vortex and Ice Blast icon Ice Blast. Bear in mind, however, that Ancient Appariton will not be able to use Chilling Touch icon Chilling Touch on ethereal units, as that is an ability that requires direct attacks.
  • Revenant's Brooch icon Revenant's Brooch will give Ancient Apparition great attack damage, spell lifesteal, and will also allow Ancient Apparition to attack ethereal units with the Chilling Touch icon Chilling Touch.
  • Witch Blade icon Witch Blade will give Ancient Apparition bonus intelligence, attack speed, armor, bonus attack projectile speed that will allow attacks from Chilling Touch icon Chilling Touch to travel faster, and will also give Chilling Touch icon Chilling Touch true strike every 9 seconds. Later it can be upgraded into Parasma icon Parasma that can also allow attacks from Chilling Touch icon Chilling Touch to weaken magic resistance of the affected enemies.
  • Silver Edge icon Silver Edge will give Ancient Apparition good attack damage output, escape mechanism, and will also allow Chilling Touch icon Chilling Touch to apply a break on enemy heroes that will disable their passive abilities.
  • Moon Shard icon Moon Shard will give Ancient Apparition lots of attack speed, which synergizes excellently with the Aghanim's Scepter icon Aghanim's Scepter upgraded Chilling Touch icon Chilling Touch
  • Glimmer Cape icon Glimmer Cape grants magic resistance and invisibility to help Ancient Apparition and allies escape or initiate without being seen.
  • Scythe of Vyse icon Scythe of Vyse is a very strong late-game item that gives a great attribute increase, all the mana regeneration Ancient Apparition needs, and the ability to hex enemy heroes, preventing them from using both, abilities and items. Its only downside is its hefty price.
  • Shiva's Guard icon Shiva's Guard will give Ancient Apparition good amount of attribute points, great armor. And will also allow Ancient Apparition to make enemy heroes more vulnerable to his magical damage output from Cold Feet icon Cold Feet, Ice Vortex icon Ice Vortex, Chilling Touch icon Chilling Touch and Ice Blast icon Ice Blast while also reducing attack speed, heals and lifesteal of enemy heroes around Ancient Apparition.
  • Eye of Skadi icon Eye of Skadi will give a very great amount of attribute points for Ancient Apparition, allowing him to withstand more damage and use his abilities more often. And will also allow Ancient Apparition's attacks from Chilling Touch icon Chilling Touch to reduce attack speed, movement speed, heals, lifesteal and spell lifesteal of enemy heroes, allowing him to keep enemies in range for his abilities.
  • Octarine Core icon 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 Refresher Orb will allow Ancient Apparition to theoretically prevent any kind of healing for 20 seconds with a double Ice Blast, an ultimate late game item.
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