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18 + 3.2
19 + 3
18 + 2
Level 0 1 15 25 30
Health 200 560 1440 2320 2680
Health regen 0 1.8 6.28 10.68 12.48
Mana 75 291 627 1011 1155
Mana regen 0 0.9 2.3 3.9 4.5
Armor 0 3.17 10.17 17.17 20
Att/sec 0.74 0.85 1.09 1.34 1.44
Damage 29‒35 48‒54 90‒96 132‒138 149‒155
Magic resistance 25%
▶️ Movement speed 275
▶️ Attack speed 125
Turn rate 0.6
Vision range 1800/800
Attack range 150
Projectile speed Instant
Attack animation 0.4+0.5
Base attack time 1.7
Damage block 16
Collision size 24
Gib type Goo

Black Arachnia, the Broodmother, is a melee agility hero who is a notably powerful pusher. Her trademark spiderlings, as both an asset and a liability, define her play style. While a possible additional source of income, experience and lane pushes, spiderlings can easily feed opponents when not handled with deft micro and great awareness. Broodmother's abilities allow her to summon those spiderlings to do her bidding and to slow and kill heroes with relative ease if caught off guard, all while staying as elusive as possible with her webs and passives. She spends most of the early game pressuring a lane with little concern, due to her spiderlings and her added health regeneration, but she can also transition into a difficult to kill melee carry, which can dive in on and rapidly kill lone enemies with the right items later on.


Broodmother minimap icon.pngBlack Arachnia, the Broodmother
▶️ "I've promised you to my children."
For centuries, Black Arachnia the Broodmother lurked in the dark lava tubes beneath the smoldering caldera of Mount Pyrotheos, raising millions of spiderlings in safety before sending them to find prey in the wide world above. In a later age, the Vizier of Greed, Ptholopthales, erected his lodestone ziggurat on the slopes of the dead volcano, knowing that any looters who sought his magnetic wealth must survive the spider-haunted passages.

After millennia of maternal peace, Black Arachnia found herself beset by a steady trickle of furfeet and cutpurses, bold knights and noble youths--all of them delicious, certainly, and yet tending to create a less than nurturing environment for her innocent offspring. Tiring of the intrusions, she paid a visit to Ptholopthales; and when he proved unwilling to discuss a compromise, she wrapped the Vizier in silk and set him aside to be the centerpiece of a special birthday feast.

Unfortunately, the absence of the Magnetic Ziggurat's master merely emboldened a new generation of intruders. When one of her newborns was trodden underfoot by a clumsy adventurer, she reached the end of her silken rope. Broodmother headed for the surface, declaring her intent to rid the world of each and every possible invader, down to the last Hero if necessary, until she could ensure her nursery might once more be a safe and wholesome environment for her precious spiderspawn.


Insatiable Hunger
Insatiable Hunger icon.png
No Target
A violent lust for vital fluids increases Broodmother's attack damage and gives her a vampiric attack.
Cast Animation: 0.2+0.5
Attack Damage Bonus: 35/40/45/50 (Talent 85/90/95/100)
Lifesteal: 40%/60%/80%/100% (Talent 90%/110%/130%/150%)
Duration: 8/10/12/14
Cooldown: 40/35/30/25
Mana: 50/60/70/80
Buff modifier_broodmother_insatiable_hunger: Dispellable with death only.
While most of her prey is wrapped in silken cocoons and saved for her young, the Broodmother herself has a taste for wandering heroes.


  • The bonus damage is a regular attack damage bonus.
  • Stacks additively with other sources of lifesteal.
  • Cannot lifesteal off of buildings or allied units.
    • Can lifesteal off of wards that do not require a fixed amount of attacks to be destroyed.

Spin Web
Spin Web icon.png
Level 1
Duration Permanent
Health 100
Health regeneration 0
Armor 0
Magic resistance 0%
Status resistance 0%
Collision size 8
Vision range 0 (G)
Bounty 0
Experience 0
Model scale 1
Abilities Destroy Spin Web
Notes Invulnerable

Spin Web
Spin Web icon.png
Spins a large web that grants Broodmother a passive movement speed increase, gives free movement, and boosts regeneration while in its vicinity. Spin Web charges restore every 40 seconds. Spin Web can be cast from anywhere as long as the new web touches an existing web. Webs never expire, and can be manually destroyed. When the maximum limit of webs is exceeded, the oldest web disappears.
Cast Animation: 0.4+0.4
Cast Range: 1000
Web Radius: 900
Max Amount of Webs: 3/5/7/9 (With Aghanim's Scepter 6/10/14/18)
Health Regen Bonus: 3/5/7/9
Move Speed Bonus: 18%/30%/42%/54% (With Aghanim's Scepter 35%/50%/65%/80%)
Aura Linger Duration: 0.2
Number of Charges: 3/5/7/9 (With Aghanim's Scepter 6/10/14/18)
Charge Replenish Time: 40 (Talent 25)
Cooldown: 0
Mana: 50
Aghanim's Scepter upgrade: Increases movement speed and increases Spin Web max count.
Buff modifier_broodmother_spin_web_web: Undispellable. Persists death.
Buff modifier_broodmother_spin_web_invisible_applier: Undispellable. Persists death.
Buff modifier_broodmother_spin_web: Dispellable with death only.
Weaving a bed of silken fibers, Arachnia's web both protects her and her offspring, as well as giving advancing opponents a sense of foreboding.


  • Has a global cast range when a part of another web is within the targeted area.
  • Upon learning, Broodmother instantly gains 3 charges. However, leveling it up further does not instantly grant the other charges.
    • Acquiring Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter instantly grants 9 charges as well. This only happens once, so re-acquiring it does not grant another 9 charges.
  • Can regenerate up to 180/300/420/540 health in one minute.
  • The effects are provided by an aura. Its buff lingers for 0.2 seconds.
  • Unknown Unit icon.png Spin Webs are visible on the minimap for Broodmother and her team. They do not provide vision but are selectable through the Fog of War.

Silken Bola
Silken Bola icon.png
Slows the target enemy, causes them to miss and deals impact damage. Units that attack the target deal bonus magic damage.
Cast Animation: 0.1+0.67
Cast Range: 750
Damage: 100/120/140/160
Attack Damage Bonus Against Target: 5/6/7/8
Move Speed Slow: 25%/35%/45%/55%
Miss Chance: 40% (With Aghanim's Shard 80%)
Duration: 6
With Aghanim's Shard Radius: 550
Cooldown: 24/20/16/12
Mana: 70/75/80/85
Aghanim's Shard upgrade: Causes Silken Bola to be a 550 AoE spell and increases the miss chance to 80%.
Partially blocked by Linken's Sphere. Blocked upon impact, not blocked when upgraded.
Debuff modifier_broodmother_silken_bola: Dispellable with any dispel.


  • The projectile travels at a speed of 1200.
  • Silken Bola first applies the damage, then the debuff.
  • The bonus damage only triggers on allied hero attacks (including illusions and clones, excluding creep-heroes), and on any attacks done by units owned by Broodmother.
    • The damage is magical, and is dealt in one instance together with the attack damage, and counts as attack damage as well.
    • However, it is not considered by lifesteal, crit or cleave.
    • It is also not affected by percentage-based attack damage bonuses or reductions, but can be reduced with flat reductions.
  • With Aghanim's Shard icon.png Aghanim's Shard, Silken Bola turns into an area-targeted ability, so that it cannot directly target units anymore.

Broodmother Spiderling model.png
Level 3
Duration 60
Health 320 (Talent 670)
Health regeneration 2
Armor 0
Magic resistance 25%
Status resistance 0%
Attack damage 14‒16 (Talent 3234)
Acquisition range 500
Attack range 100
Base attack time 1.35
Attack animation 0.5+0.3
Movement speed 350
Follow range 100
Turn rate 0.5
Collision size 8
Vision range 700 (G)
Bounty 9
Experience 9
Model scale 0.3
Abilities Poison Sting
Spawn Spiderite

Spawn Spiderlings
Spawn Spiderlings icon.png
Broodmother injects her young into an enemy unit, dealing damage. The spiderlings will hatch if the target is killed while under this influence.
Cast Animation: 0.2+0.5
Cast Range: 900
Damage: 300/370/440 (Talent 380/450/520)
Number of Spiderlings: 4/5/6
Debuff Duration: 20
Spiderling Duration: 60
Cooldown: 9/8/7
Mana: 100
Does not pierce spell immunity. Debuff persists if debuff was placed before spell immunity and when not dispelled.
Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Blocked upon impact.
Buff modifier_kill: Dispellable with death only.
Buff modifier_broodmother_spider_hp: Undispellable. Persists death.
Debuff modifier_broodmother_spawn_spiderlings: Dispellable with any dispel.
Black Arachnia continues to raise her young, even amidst the field of combat. The brood quickly learns how to support their mother.


  • The projectile travels at a speed of 1200.
  • Spawn Spiderling first applies the debuff, then the damage.
  • Broodmother Spiderling icon.png Spiderlings only spawn when the targeted unit dies while having the debuff on.
    • It does not matter who kills the target, if it dies in any way, the Spiderlings spawn.
    • The amount of spiders spawned is based on the level of the ability as the spawn happens, and not on what level it was upon cast.
  • Multiple instances of Spawn Spiderlings on the same target fully stack, with each cast placing a separate debuff.
    • Has a stack limit of 7. If an enemy has already 7 instances of the debuff, a new cast does not affect them at all.
  • Spiderlings are fully affected by Spin Web.
  • The damage increasing Talent talent immediately upgrades all of Broodmother's currently flying Spawn Spiderling projectiles.
  • The health increasing or attack damage increasing Talent talent does not upgrade any of Broodmother's currently living Spiderlings or Spiderites.

Spin Web Ability[]

Destroy Spin Web
Does not proc any on-cast effects when cast. QD
Destroy Spin Web icon.png
No Target
Destroys the selected Spin Web.
Cast Animation: 0+0
Cooldown: 0


  • This is cast from the web itself, allowing Broodmother to destroy webs individually instead of having the oldest one destroyed.
  • The webs do not leave corpses.

Spiderling Abilities[]

Broodmother Spiderling model.png
Level 2
Duration 60
Health 120 (Talent 470)
Health regeneration 2
Armor 0
Magic resistance 25%
Status resistance 0%
Attack damage 9‒10 (Talent 2728)
Acquisition range 500
Attack range 100
Base attack time 1.35
Attack animation 0.5+0.3
Movement speed 350
Follow range 100
Turn rate 0.5
Collision size 8
Vision range 700 (G)
Bounty 3
Experience 3
Model scale 0.23

Poison Sting
Not disabled by Break. Does not pierce spell immunity.
Poison Sting (Spiderling) icon.png
Poisons and slows enemies with each attack.
Damage per Second: 8
Move Speed Slow: 8%
Hero Duration: 2
Non-Hero Duration: 6
Buff modifier_broodmother_poison_sting: Undispellable. Persists death.
Debuff modifier_broodmother_poison_sting_debuff: Dispellable with any dispel.


  • Successive hits with Poison Sting on the same target do not stack, only the debuff gets refreshed.
  • The attacks first apply their damage, then the debuff.
  • Deals damage in 1-second intervals, starting 1 second after the debuff is applied, resulting in 2 damage ticks (or 6 damage ticks against creeps).
  • Spiderites do not have this ability.

Spawn Spiderite
Not disabled by Break. Does not pierce spell immunity.
Spawn Spiderite (Spiderling) icon.png
Applies debuff on attack. If debuffed unit dies, a spiderite will spawn.
Number of Spiderites: 1
Debuff Duration: 2
Spiderite Duration: 60
Does not pierce spell immunity. Debuff persists if debuff was placed before spell immunity and when not dispelled.
Buff modifier_broodmother_spawn_spiderite: Undispellable. Persists death.
Buff modifier_kill: Dispellable with death only.
Buff modifier_broodmother_spider_hp: Undispellable. Persists death.
Debuff modifier_broodmother_spawn_spiderite_debuff: Dispellable with any dispel.


  • Successive hits with Spawn Spiderite on the same target do not stack, only the debuff gets refreshed.
  • The attacks first apply their damage, then the debuff.
  • Unknown Unit icon.png Spiderites only spawn when the attacked unit dies while having the debuff on.
    • It does not matter who kills the target, if it dies in any way, the Spiderite spawns.
  • Spiderites are fully affected by Spin Web.
  • Spiderites do not possess this ability.


Hero Talents
+350 Spiders Health25+50 Insatiable Hunger Damage/Lifesteal
+400 Health20+15 Spiders Attack Damage
+30 Attack Speed15-15s Spin Web Recharge Time
+10 Agility attribute symbol.png Agility10+80 Spawn Spiderlings Damage
  • The Spiders health and attack damage talents affect Spiderlings and Spiderites.
  • The health talent increases maximum health capacity, and keeps the current health percentage.

Recent Changes[]

Level 15 right talent changed: 15% cooldown reduction ➜ -15s Spin Web charge replenish time.
Level 20 right talent: +18 spiders attack damage reduced to +15.

Recommended Items[]

Starting items:

  • Tango icon.png Tango provides needed health restoration during the laning phase.
  • Healing Salve icon.png Healing Salve keeps Broodmother in lane by restoring her health.
  • Enchanted Mango icon.png Enchanted Mango provides some passive health regeneration and burst mana until she is able to get soul rings.
  • Clarity icon.png Clarity gives mana to produce Spiderlings.
  • Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branch provides cheap attributes. Use with Tango for more healing.
  • Quelling Blade icon.png Quelling Blade makes last hitting easier.

Early game:

  • Soul Ring icon.png Soul Ring allows her to use Spawn Spiderlings more often without fear of running out of mana to harass the enemies, take last hits, and amass Spiderlings.
  • Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand gives attributes and restores health and mana in burst, keeping Broodmother healthy to continue making Spiderlings.
  • Medallion of Courage icon.png Medallion of Courage increases mana regeneration so Broodmother can continue to spawn spiderlings and it's active helps to hasten farm speed.

Mid game:

  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter increases the maximum number of Spin Web charges to 18 and increases the movement speed bonus applied by her webs. This typically removes the need for boots as the movement speed granted by her webs is more than enough.
  • Solar Crest icon.png Solar Crest bolsters Broodmother defense with armor and attributes. Its active ability helps Broodmother and Spiderlings tear down neutral creeps and enemy heroes by lowering their armor.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar prevents Broodmother from being affected by most stuns allowing her to continue to attack her enemy and benefit from the amplified damage and lifesteal of Insatiable Hunger to keep Broodmother alive in team fights.

Late game:

  • Assault Cuirass icon.png Assault Cuirass increases the attack speed and armor of Broodmother and her spiders, while also reducing the armor of nearby towers. A fantastic item to compliment Broodmother's strengths.
  • Butterfly icon.png Butterfly works very well with her passive making it even harder for enemies to hit her along with its excellent stats to increase Broodmother's carry potential.
  • Nullifier icon.png Nullifier can prove useful against items like Ghost Scepter icon.png Ghost Scepter or to prevent enemies from dispelling Orchid Malevolence's silence.
  • Bloodthorn icon.png Bloodthorn supplies mana and increases Broodmother's damage output. Its active ability silences the target and grants True Strike to any enemy affected.

Situational items:

  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed If the enemy has multiple slows combining boots with her webs' move speed bonus will nullify their effectiveness.
  • Hand of Midas icon.png Hand of Midas accelerates Broodmother's leveling allowing her to reach her level 20 and 25 talents sooner.
  • Vladmir's Offering icon.png Vladmir's Offering useful aura that benefits both Broodmother and her spiders.
  • Mask of Madness icon.png Mask of Madness offers cost-effective attack speed to combine with the bonus damage granted by Insatiable Hunger for a cheap increase in damage output.
  • Orchid Malevolence icon.png Orchid Malevolence aids Broodmother in killing heroes that have abilities that allow them to escape or disable Broodmother. Also solving most of her mana problems.
  • Desolator icon.png Desolator gives excellent damage and armor reduction increasing Broodmother's pushing and killing speed.
  • Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade can be picked up early for an additional slow on enemies in addition to its decent stats.
  • Pipe of Insight icon.png Pipe of Insight because Broodmother can farm so fast, picking up a pipe for the team can allow her and her spiders to survive heavy magic burst that would usually prove lethal.
  • Radiance (Active) icon.png Radiance applies area damage and blind chance during team fights. Because Broodmother is usually in the middle of team fights she can apply the burn to most enemies.
  • Abyssal Blade icon.png Abyssal Blade offers a reliable stun and occasional bashes to further lock down enemies.


Roles: Carry Carry Pusher Pusher Escape Escape Nuker Nuker
Complexity: ★★☆
Playstyle: Inhabiting the lava tubes below the caldera of Mount Pyrotheos, Black Arachnia grew tired of recent adventurers stepping on her many offspring. And so, the Broodmother set out to rid the world of every potential intruder, one hero at a time. Paralytic venom drips from her fangs, crippling and blinding her prey with each Incapacitating Bite. Warm bodies make ideal nurseries, a fact not lost on Black Arachnia as she injects her eggs into dying foes to Spawn Spiderlings. Across patches of land she Spins Webs of silken fiber, sheltering herself within to recuperate injuries. Driven by Insatiable Hunger, the Broodmother goes into a feeding frenzy, sucking the vital fluids from wandering heroes to replenish herself for the next spawn cycle.





  • In her DotA biography, Broodmother's spiderlings originated from her relationship with Anub'arak, the Nerubian Assassin (Nyx Assassin minimap icon.png Nyx Assassin). In Dota 2, no relationship between the two heroes exists.
  • Broodmother is sometimes called by her nickname, "Broodmama".
  • Broodmother's response ▶️ "Some pig." is a reference to the children's novel Charlotte's Web.
  • Broodmother's name, Black Arachnia, resembles the name of the character Blackarachnia from the Transformers franchise.