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Death Prophet
Death Prophet icon.png
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21 + 3.1
14 + 1.8
24 + 3.3
Level 0 1 15 25 30
Health 200 620 1480 2340 2680
+0.25 +2.35 +6.69 +10.99 +12.74
Mana 75 363 915 1455 1671
+0.5 +1.7 +4.01 +6.26 +7.19
Armor 1 3.33 7.53 12.53 14.37
Damage Block -
Magic Resistance 25%
Status Resistance 0%
Damage 23‒33 47‒57 93‒103 138‒148 156‒166
Attack Rate 0.59/s 0.67/s 0.82/s 1/s 1.06/s
Attack Range Ranged 600 (800)
Attack Speed ▶️ 100 (1.7s BAT)
Attack Animation 0.5+0.51
Projectile Speed 1000
Movement Speed ▶️ 325
Turn Rate Takes 0.131s to turn 180°. 0.8
Collision Size 24
Vision Range (G) 1800 • 800
Legs 2
Gib Type Ethereal
Ability Upgrades
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter.
Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard.
Spirit Siphon

Krobelus, the Death Prophet, is a ranged intelligence hero who excels at pushing lanes. She is often played in the mid lane, since her Crypt Swarm gives her strong magic damage that can be spammed to her heart's content. As she levels her ultimate, Exorcism, Death Prophet can deal a huge amount of damage to towers and heroes alike, while healing at the end of the duration. If Exorcism's own heal isn't enough, she still has Spirit Siphon which drains health based on the target's health and can even be used on multiple targets at the same time. Finally, her Silence gives her a powerful tool to disable enemy casters and heroes that rely on escape abilities. Because she can deal large amounts of damage over time with her ultimate and Crypt Swarm, Death Prophet is mostly built as a tank, to ensure she can continue to stay in the fight.


Death Prophet minimap icon.pngKrobelus, the Death Prophet
▶️ "What I've seen goes far beyond death."
Krobelus was a Death Prophet—which is one way of saying she told fortunes for the wealthiest of those who wished to look beyond the veil. But after years of inquiring on behalf of others, she began to seek clues on her own fate. When death refused to yield its secrets, she tried to buy them with her life. But the ultimate price proved insufficient.

Death disgorged her again and again, always holding back its deepest mysteries. Her jealousy grew. Others could die for eternity—why not she? Why must she alone be cast back on the shores of life with such tiresome regularity? Why was she not worthy of the one thing all other living creatures took for granted? Still, she would not be discouraged.

Each time she returned from the grave, she brought a bit of death back with her. Wraiths followed her like fragments of her shattered soul; her blood grew thin and ectoplasmic; the feasting creatures of twilight took her for their kin.. She gave a little of her life with every demise, and it began to seem as if her end was in sight. With her dedication to death redoubled, and no client other than herself, Krobelus threw herself ever more fervently into death's abyss, intent on fulfilling the one prophecy that eluded her: That someday the Death Prophet would return from death no more.


Crypt Swarm
Crypt Swarm icon.png
Sends a swarm of winged beasts to savage enemy units in front of Death Prophet.
Cast Animation: 0.2+0.5
Cast Range: 600
Starting Radius: 110
Travel Distance: 810
End Radius: 300
Damage: 75/150/225/300
Cooldown: 8/7/6/5 (Talent 6/5/4/3)
Mana: 80/95/110/125
Krobelus' many trips to the grave gather a flock of the damned.


  • When targeting a unit, the Crypt Swarm is released towards its current location upon cast.
  • Crypt Swarm travels at a speed of 1100, taking 0.74 seconds to travel the full distance.
  • With the travel distance and end radius, Crypt Swarm can hit units up to 1110 range away.
    • The complete area is shaped like a cone.

Silence icon.png
Fires a projectile that prevents enemy units in a target area from casting spells.
Cast Animation: 0.2+0.9
Cast Range: 900
Radius: 425
Duration: 3/4/5/6
Cooldown: 15/14/13/12
Mana: 80/90/100/110
Does not pierce spell immunity. Silence persists if debuff was placed before spell immunity and when not dispelled.
Debuff modifier_death_prophet_silence: Dispellable with any dispel.
Debuff modifier_deathprophet_silence_debuff: Dispellable with any dispel.
Peering into the veil of her opponent's demise, Krobelus sees a silent future.


  • The projectile travels at a speed of 1000.
  • Applies a debuff on enemies within the area upon projectile impact, entering or leaving the area afterwards has no effect.

Spirit Siphon
Spirit Siphon icon.png
Enemies / Self
Creates a spirit link between Death Prophet and an enemy unit, draining health from the enemy.
Cast Animation: 0.1+0
Cast Range: 500
Link Break Distance: 750
Base Health Drain per Second: 16
Max Health Drain per Second: 1%/2.5%/4%/5.5% (Talent 2%/3.5%/5%/6.5%)
Drain Duration: 6
Number of Charges: 1/2/3/4 (With Aghanim's Shard 2/3/4/5)
Charge Replenish Time: 36/34/32/30 (Talent 16/14/12/10)
Talent Move Speed Slow: 20%
With Aghanim's Shard Drain Time Required to Fear: 4
With Aghanim's Shard Fear Duration: 2
Cooldown: 0
Mana: 80
Aghanim's Shard upgrade: Increases Spirit Siphon charges by 1 and causes enemies to be feared for 2 seconds if they are siphoned for 4 seconds consecutively.
Buff modifier_death_prophet_spirit_siphon: Dispellable with death only.
Buff modifier_death_prophet_spirit_siphon_buff: Dispellable with any dispel.
Debuff modifier_death_prophet_spirit_siphon_slow: Dispellable with any dispel.
Debuff modifier_death_prophet_spirit_siphon_fear: Dispellable with any dispel.
Krobelus willingly shows others the path she alone cannot follow.


  • Upon learning, Death Prophet instantly gains charges. However, leveling it up further does not instantly grant the other charges.
  • The link breaks only when the target gets out of range or dies.
  • The health restored on Death Prophet is independent from the actual amount of damage dealt.
    • This means even if the target takes no damage at all, Death Prophet still gets healed.
  • Drains 4 + 0.25%/0.625%/1%/1.375% (Talent 0.5%/0.875%/1.25%/1.625%) of the enemy's max health in 0.25-second intervals, starting 0.25 seconds after cast, resulting in 24 instances.
    • Can drain up to 96 + 6%/15%/24%/33% (Talent 12%/21%/30%/39%) of the enemy's max health when the link lasts its full duration (before reductions).
    • The max health drain Talent talent does not increase the draining of any currently active Spirit Siphon links.
  • Cannot be cast on units which already are affected by Spirit Siphon.
  • Does not provide vision over the target. However, the link does not break upon losing vision.
    • When losing vision over the target, the link visually draws to the location where the target was seen last time.
  • The movement slow adding Talent talent immediately updates all currently active Spirit Siphon links.
  • With Aghanim's Shard icon.png Aghanim's Shard, Spirit Siphon applies fear on the target on the 4th second of the link's duration.
    • The fear relies on the link buff on Death Prophet, not on the debuff on the target, so even if the debuff gets dispelled, the fear is still applied.
    • Cannot apply the fear if the target is invulnerable, hidden, or spell immune on the 4th second.
    • Spirit Siphon's fear makes affected enemies run away from the caster, rather than make them run towards their team's fountain.

Exorcism icon.png
No Target
Enemies / Self
Unleashes evil spirits to drain the life of nearby enemy units and structures. At the end of the spell's duration, Death Prophet is healed in proportion to the damage dealt. Lasts 35 seconds.
Cast Animation: 0.5+0.77
Spirits Acquisition Radius: 700
Max Attack Radius: 1200
Spirits Spawn Interval: 0.35
Number of Spirits: 8/16/24 (Talent 16/24/32)
Spirits Min Damage: 59
Spirits Max Damage: 64
Life Drain: 25%
Self Move Speed Bonus: 16%/18%/20%
Exorcism Duration: 35
Passive Spirit Damage Multiplier: 1 (With Aghanim's Scepter 1.5)
With Aghanim's Scepter Passive Spirit Move Speed Slow: 100%
With Aghanim's Scepter Passive Spirit Slow Duration: 0.3
With Aghanim's Scepter Passive Spirit Max Duration: 20
Cooldown: 150
Mana: 250/350/450
Aghanim's Scepter upgrade: Whenever an enemy is affected by your spells or when you attack an enemy, a ghost will fly out, slow and hit the enemy for bonus its usual damage then return to you with life.
Pierces spell immunity. The slow pierces spell immunity as well.
Buff modifier_death_prophet_exorcism: Dispellable with death only.
Buff modifier_death_prophet_attack_scepter: Undispellable. Persists death.
Buff modifier_death_prophet_scepter: Dispellable with death only.
Debuff modifier_death_prophet_slow: Dispellable with any dispel.
Ability Draft Notes
Ability Draft Notes:
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter.
Exorcism passive spirit spawns only works with the drafting hero's attacks, Crypt Swarm, Silence and Spirit Siphon.
Over time, the banshee remnants of her previous lives return to haunt the present.


  • The spirits are spawned from Death Prophet in 0.35-second intervals, starting immediately on cast, taking 2.45/5.25/8.05 (Talent 5.25/8.05/10.85) seconds for all spirits to be released.
  • The spirits are not units and cannot be interacted with, or affected by anything in any way.
  • Spirits move at a speed of 525, roam around and automatically attack nearby enemies within the 700 radius around Death Prophet.
    • They can only turn by moving in approximately 150 radius arcs.
  • Spirits choose their target randomly, but prioritize units Death Prophet is attacking currently.
    • Once having chosen a target, a spirit sticks to that target until the target dies, gets out of range, or until Death Prophet starts attacking a new target.
    • A spirit's ongoing chase cannot be canceled. A spirit only stops chasing its target after reaching it, or when the distance gets greater than 1900.
    • Although chasing for much further, the spirits cannot damage units which are 1200 range away from Death Prophet.
    • After each attack, the spirits need to return to Death Prophet before being able to attack again.
  • The spirits can attack every attackable enemy unit, including buildings, wards, and units inside the Fog of War, but not invisible units.
    • Spirits do not choose invulnerable or ethereal units as their attack targets, but will continue to attack the target if it turns invulnerable or ethereal after being acquired as a target.
  • When a spirit gets 2000 range away from Death Prophet, it disappears and then respawns from Death Prophet.
    • Reappearing spirits are still bound to the spawn interval, so when multiple spirits disappear, they do not reappear simultaneously on Death Prophet.
  • The spirits heal Death Prophet upon returning once Exorcism's duration is up. They do not heal her upon returning after each attack.
    • The heal amount per spirit is based on their damage value, and not on how much damage they actually dealt.
    • This means upon having fully returned, a spirit heals Death Prophet by 14.75‒16 for each attack it did, regardless of how much damage the enemies actually took.
  • Recasting Exorcism causes the previous cast to end prematurely, making the spirits start returning to Death Prophet and heal her.
  • The Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter upgrade works specifically only with Death Prophet's basic abilities, Crypt Swarm, Silence, and Spirit Siphon.
    • A spirit is spawned for every enemy hit by Crypt Swarm and Silence, for every Spirit Siphon target, and for enemies (including buildings, excluding wards) hit by Death Prophet's regular attacks. It does not react on items or other abilities.
    • If Spirit Siphon is blocked with Spell Block, or if her attack missed or disjointed, no spirit spawns.
    • When acquired via Spell Steal, the spirit spawns for Rubick minimap icon.png Rubick's attacks, or with a properly timed Crypt Swarm and Silence, stealing Exorcism while the projectiles are still traveling.
  • These spirits spawned behave like the spirits from a regular cast, meaning they still use the max distances, and have the same move behaviors.
    • These spirits deal 88.5‒96 damage, and therefore also heal for 22.13‒24 health upon returning.
    • These spirits can chase their targets for up to 20 seconds before giving up and returning to Death Prophet.


Hero Talents
+8 Exorcism Spirits25-20s Spirit Siphon Replenish Time
+400 Health20-20% Spirit Siphon Move Speed Slow
-2s Crypt Swarm Cooldown15+1% Max Health Spirit Siphon
+12% Magic Resistance10+30 Damage
  • The magic resistance talent stacks multiplicatively with other sources of magic resistance.
    • Increases Death Prophet's magic resistance to 34%.
  • This attack damage talent is added as bonus attack damage.
    • Does not benefit illusions and is not affected by most percentage-based damage increasing or reducing effects.
  • The health talent increases maximum health capacity, and keeps the current health percentage.

Recent Changes[]

  • Increased Spirit Siphon base health drain per second from 14 to 16.
  • Increased base Strength attribute symbol.png strength from 19 to 21.
  • Increased health regeneration from 0 to 0.25.
  • Silence
    • Now uses a projectile that travels towards the target area at a speed of 1000, applying the effects upon reaching the area, instead of being instant.
    • Reduced cast time from 0.4 to 0.2.
  • Increased Exorcism cooldown from 145 to 150.
  • Talents:
Level 15 left talent changed: +6% movement speed ➜ -2s Crypt Swarm cooldown.
Level 15 right talent: +0.8% Spirit Siphon max health drained per second increased to +1%.
Level 20 left talent changed: -3.5s Crypt Swarm cooldown ➜ +400 health.
Level 20 right talent changed: +400 health ➜ 20% Spirit Siphon movement speed slow.

Recommended Items[]

Starting items:

  • Clarity icon.png Clarity allows Death Prophet to keep using Crypt Swarm.
  • Tango icon.png Tango provides health regeneration to keep Death Prophet in lane.
  • Healing Salve icon.png Healing Salve also restores health.
  • Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branch gives intelligence that boosts mana pool and attack damage to last hit; Death Prophet can use it with Tango to heal more.

Early game:

  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed allows Death Prophet to be more efficient at ganking early.
  • Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick is generally good to pick up because even minimum charges can mean the difference between casting a spell or not.
  • Null Talisman icon.png Null Talisman increases Death Prophet's mana pool, as well as giving some extra health and damage.

Mid game:

  • Phase Boots icon.png Phase Boots have strong synergy with Death Prophet's movement speed.
  • Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand is a fairly inexpensive upgrade to the early Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branches and Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick that provides an extra heal.
  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity is an amazing item on Death Prophet because it gives movement speed, mana, and a way to disable an enemy or herself. When paired with Exorcism, Death Prophet can be kept out of combat while her spirits do massive damage to enemies.
  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter gives Death Prophet bonus damage and sustain for a relatively cheap cost, lessening her dependence on Exorcism.

Late game:

  • Octarine Core icon.png Octarine Core allows Death Prophet to use her abilities more frequently in fights, and reduces the time she has to wait between fights for Exorcism to come off cooldown.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar gives a boost to HP as well as the ability to get in the middle of team fights, giving Exorcism the most damage potential.

Situational items:

  • Eternal Shroud icon.png Eternal Shroud significantly increases Death Prophet's durability against magic damage, as well as allowing her to recover health in fights with her abilities.
  • Bloodstone icon.png Bloodstone provides exceptional mana regeneration, spell amp, and spell lifesteal, allowing Death Prophet to stay in fights longer and freely use Crypt Swarm to farm and push lanes.
  • Drum of Endurance icon.png Drum of Endurance gives good attribute boosts for the price as well as even more movement and attack speed for her team, and generally should have one person buy this item on your team in almost any situation because the buff can win team fights.
  • Pipe of Insight icon.png Pipe of Insight is a notable pick up because of the health regeneration as well as magic resistance, and when paired with Mekansm icon.png Mekansm, Death Prophet can turn around a losing fight, or create a strong initiation.
  • Solar Crest icon.png Solar Crest slows and makes Exorcism do a lot more damage to a single target, as well as providing mana regeneration, armor, and attributes, which Death Prophet wants.
  • Assault Cuirass icon.png Assault Cuirass is fairly easy for Death Prophet to farm because of Crypt Swarm being a fast farming tool, and her ability to take towers in seconds with Exorcism. Assault Cuirass gives a lot of armor and attack speed to herself and her team, as well as reducing the enemy's armor, allowing Exorcism to do even more damage in engagements and pushes.
  • Shiva's Guard icon.png Shiva's Guard gives Death Prophet another nuke, as well as a larger mana pool and a lot of armor, both of which she needs.
  • Scythe of Vyse icon.png Scythe of Vyse gives a full disable as well as a larger mana pool.
  • Heart of Tarrasque icon.png Heart of Tarrasque allows Death Prophet to stay in team-fights much longer.
  • Kaya icon.png Kaya improves Death Prophet's damage output and lessens the strain on her mana pool. Can be built into Kaya and Sange icon.png Kaya and Sange.
  • Rod of Atos icon.png Rod of Atos gives bonus stats, keeps enemies within range of Death Prophet's spells, and makes it easier to land Silence.


Roles: Carry Carry Pusher Pusher Nuker Nuker Disabler Disabler
Complexity: ★☆☆
Playstyle: Denied her own death time and again, Krobelus returns from the grave with skills acquired from the beyond. Gathering a Crypt Swarm, she sends forth a flock of winged beasts to harass the living. A pall of Silence falls over the land, stifling any objection as she Spirit Siphons her enemies dry. Mortals beware. The Death Prophet performs an Exorcism, unleashing the banshee remnants of her previous lives to turn the battlefield into her own haunted ground.





  • At some point, she, along with Io minimap icon.png Io and Silencer minimap icon.png Silencer, had her costume and ability color palettes changed. Before, Death Prophet's garments and ability icons were more purple in color.
  • The icon for her old ability, Witchcraft, shows a pentacle, a symbol that became associated with magic in the Middle Ages and traditionally used in witchcraft.