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Drow Ranger minimap icon.png Drow Ranger is a deadly archer, chilling and killing her enemies with volleys of Frost Arrows. Her powerful Multishots will tear through her enemies from a safe distance, and a timely Gust can silence groups of enemies at pivotal moments. With her great Marksmanship, she can pierce the armor of her foes and deal tremendous damage. However, Drow Ranger is fairly fragile with no decent escape ability, thus she often struggles against faster and more aggressive melee heroes.
Pros Cons
  • High single target damage.
  • Powerful early pusher.
  • Good chaser.
  • Buffs other ranged heroes.
  • Decent at farming.
  • Dependent on attributes.
  • No escape mechanism.
  • Fragile and easily ganked.
  • Slow attack animation.
  • Ultimate can be disabled if opponents get too close.


  • Prioritize Multishot and Marksmanship to increase Drow Ranger's damage output.
  • An early point in Frost Arrows allows Drow Ranger to harass without drawing creep aggro.
  • If properly protected by supports, Drow Ranger can rush Multishot instead of Frost Arrows in order to maximize her damage potential, thus ensuring a power spike at level six.

Ability Builds[]

Generic Drow Ranger
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Free Farming Drow Ranger
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Hero Talents
+2 Multishot Waves25+12% Marksmanship Chance
-4s Gust Cooldown20+28% Multishot Damage
-8s Multishot Cooldown15+250 Gust Width
+15 Frost Arrow Damage10+50% Gust Blind

Tips & Tactics[]


  • Drow Ranger is usually played in the safe lane, with a support.
  • Drow Ranger is easily ganked. Make sure not to overextend if your support is not nearby.
  • Drow Ranger is all about positioning, since her Marksmanship bonus is disabled if an enemy closes to within 400 range.
    • Stay behind your teammates and use them as a buffer. Keep moving throughout fights to keep your tankier teammates between you and the enemy.
    • Approach fights from the edges, and rely on the slow from Frost Arrows instead of physical proximity to keep enemies in range.
    • Rely on items that help Drow Ranger keep her distance, such as Dragon Lance icon.png Dragon Lance, Shadow Blade icon.png Shadow Blade, Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger, and Force Staff icon.png Force Staff.
    • Like other ranged heroes, stutter stepping is useful for Drow Ranger, but not as important due to the slow from Frost Arrows.
  • Because of the damage bonuses from her abilities, Drow Ranger is slightly less dependent on items than other carries, but can still be shut down in the early game. Be careful not to take any needless risks.
  • Drow Ranger deals high damage to buildings, and should always capitalize on any opportunity to take down a tower.
  • Due to her slow attack animation, Drow Ranger should focus primarily on farming until she has her first point in Marksmanship.
  • If you are having trouble timing last hits, try moving closer to the creep wave.
  • Animation cancelling with the Stop hotkey (S by default) can also help with timing.


Frost Arrows[]

With level four Frost Arrows, Drow Ranger can kite most melee heroes.

  • Manually casting Frost Arrows (known as orbwalking) prevents Drow Ranger from drawing creep/tower aggro. Use this tactic to harass, kite, and escape enemies when caught out.
    • Manual casts still count as attacks for Silver Edge icon.png Silver Edge and Shadow Blade icon.png Shadow Blade, applying the effects of attacking from invisibility.
  • Use Frost Arrows sparingly during the early game, as they can drain Drow Ranger's mana fairly quickly.
  • Frost Arrows are good for harassing enemies in lane, allowing Drow Ranger to land several hits while the target slowly retreats.
  • Because of the slow, Drow Ranger does not need to constantly try and catch up to her target, meaning that she should always be kept at least 400 range away to ensure Marksmanship's bonus damage is active.
  • At higher levels, Drow Ranger can simultaneously kite and attack enemies with Frost Arrows.
  • Frost Arrows can be used to slow and prevent an enemy from chasing down an ally.
  • Always toggle autocast on Frost Arrows when you anticipate an incoming fight.
  • Combined with almost any other source of slow, Frost Arrows will reduce enemies to a crawl.
    • 4 levels of Frost Arrows applying 64% slow will reduce 277.77 move speed to the minimum speed of 100, meaning the addition of other slows only gradually becomes more useful for enemy hero move speeds above this.
    • Frost Arrows' slow fully stacks with Eye of Skadi icon.png Eye of Skadi, allowing her to slow fast heroes like Bloodseeker minimap icon.png Bloodseeker. It also allows Drow Ranger to slow enemies without using mana, and through spell immunity.
  • Frost Arrows can be used to kite and farm jungle creeps, although this can be mana intensive.
  • When chasing multiple enemies with your team, hitting each target once, or cycling through targets, may prevent any of them from getting away.
  • With Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter, Frost Arrows essentially becomes an area-of-effect slow.
    • Keep in mind that each splinter shot will cost additional mana, and this can deplete Drow Ranger's mana pool surprisingly fast.


  • Gust is Drow Ranger's only means of defense, and should not be used lightly.
  • Use Gust defensively to push enemies who get too close, keeping them beyond the 400 Marksmanship bonus range.
  • Use Gust offensively to interrupt enemies who try to react to your attacks with a disable or an escape ability.
  • With Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger, Drow Ranger can use Gust to initiate on and gank single targets.
  • If an enemy is already hit by a long disable (such as Cyclone or Disruption), Drow Ranger can move to the opposite side of her target, and push them backwards with Gust right after the first disable ends.
  • In a teamfight, try to catch as many enemies with Gust as possible, preferably as a follow up to your team's initiator. This will shut down the enemy for several seconds, during which Drow Ranger can pick off one or two targets.
  • Use Gust on an enemy team in the Roshan Pit to push them further inside, and render them unable to respond.
  • With good timing, it is possible to push enemies onto different elevations like cliffs.
  • With a Shadow Blade icon.png Shadow Blade, Drow Ranger can gank by taking a shot (with the effect of Frost Arrows) to break the invisibility, then immediately using Gust.
    • This leaves the target slowed, and silenced, and therefore unable to react (apart from using items).


  • Multishot can be used to great extent when flash farming, having a support stack the small camp in the early game then using Multishot can help Drow possibly acquire a neutral drop, which could accelerate her game.
  • Multishot can be used during team fights from a safe distance, potentially hitting multiple heroes up to 3 times with high damage frost arrows.
  • Multishot can be used to hit multiple camps at the same time.
  • Multishot is excellent when defending towers, as you hit creeps and heroes from a safe distance.
  • Multishot can be useful to finish off enemies that get out of range or into the fog of war with low health; as it has two times Drow's normal attack range and can hit enemies in the fog of war.
  • Tips needed.


Marksmanship's particle effect disappears when enemies are nearby.

  • Even a single point in Marksmanship will make Drow Ranger farm creeps much more quickly.
    • Because of this, levels 6, 12, and 18 are especially important milestones for Drow Ranger.
    • Stacked creep camps and Tome of Knowledge icon.png Tome of Knowledge can be used to reach these critical levels before a showdown.
  • Attacks proccing Marksmanship deal bonus damage, have True Strike, and pierce base armor.
  • Marksmanship's particle effect around Drow Ranger's body disappears when enemies are within 400 range.
    • Keep an eye on Drow Ranger to know when an enemy is too close.
    • The effect will also disappear if an invisible enemy is within 400 range, meaning that it can be used as an approximate means of detection.
  • Enemies with teleport like Anti-Mage minimap icon.png Anti-Mage or Phantom Assassin minimap icon.png Phantom Assassin can instantly close the gap with Drow Ranger, thus disabling Marksmanship.
  • With Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter, additional interactions occur:
    • Silver Edge icon.png Silver Edge's and Shadow Blade icon.png Shadow Blade's modifiers (bonus damage / damage reduction and Break) only work on the primary target, not targets hit by the splinters.
    • Mjollnir icon.png Mjollnir and Maelstrom icon.png Maelstrom have 3 opportunities to proc for each of Drow Ranger's attacks (assuming two additional targets are in search range), thus giving the following proc chances:
      • 57.8% chance of at least one proc
      • 42.2% chance of 1 proc
      • 14.1% chance of 2 procs
      • 1.56% chance of 3 procs
    • Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail will reflect damage done by splinters. Attacking into a group of several heroes with Blade Mail active can quickly be lethal, unless Satanic icon.png Satanic is used to restore health through lifesteal.


Starting items:

  • Healing Salve icon.png Healing Salve gives Drow Ranger a massive boost of health regeneration in one go.
  • Tango icon.png Tango provides Drow Ranger health regeneration in the early game.
  • Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branch provides a cheap a boost to Drow Ranger's attributes, and builds into Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand.

Early game:

  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed give Drow Ranger a speed boost which can be helpful for getting around.
  • Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand can be a good idea to pick up if the enemy is using a lot of spells, as the burst heal can help her survive or win early fights.

Mid game:

  • Power Treads icon.png Power Treads provide Drow Ranger with attack speed and additional attributes.
  • Dragon Lance icon.png Dragon Lance provides useful stats for a highly cost effective price, and the increased range allows Drow Ranger to easily achieve good positioning. It also allows her to out-range towers and destroy them without much risk. Upgrades later into Hurricane Pike icon.png Hurricane Pike.
  • Shadow Blade icon.png Shadow Blade provides mobility and stealth for Drow Ranger, allowing her to approach an ideal position for team-fights. It also provides some useful attack speed and damage.

Late game:

  • Butterfly icon.png Butterfly provides ever-useful agility for Drow Ranger. It is usually picked up to help Drow Ranger defend against efficient backline attackers.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar is important if Drow Ranger is facing a team with many disables, giving her enough time to deal at least some damage.

Situational items:

  • Mask of Madness icon.png Mask of Madness is a good source of lifesteal, and is useful for farming. It also provides a nice boost to Drow Ranger's attack and movement speed, but it comes at the cost of being unable to use her Frost Arrows. In late game, it can be disassembled to build Satanic icon.png Satanic and/or Butterfly icon.png Butterfly.
  • Silver Edge icon.png Silver Edge builds naturally from Shadow Blade icon.png Shadow Blade, providing valuable stats and break. It can be disassembled to build another item with the Ultimate Orb icon.png Ultimate Orb.
  • Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade allows Drow Ranger to ambush an enemy hero with Gust, then quickly burn away their mana during the silence period.
  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter causes Drow Ranger's attacks to splinter, hitting two random units near the primary target. Alone, it can be a weak upgrade, but combined with several attack modifier items, it can allow Drow to heavily damage a grouped up enemy team.
  • Mjollnir icon.png Mjollnir is typically picked up if planning to build Aghanim's, as it speeds up her early farming ability, and the secondary splinter shots will be able to proc Chain Lightning.
  • Satanic icon.png Satanic provides Drow Ranger with a huge amount of lifesteal for a short period of time, allowing Drow Ranger to stand her ground and regain practically all of her health with just a few shots.
  • Manta Style icon.png Manta Style provides Drow Ranger with mobility, stats, and the ability to dispel debuffs and create illusions of herself. Since the illusions spawn with it benefit from Marksmanship agility bonus, the item considerably increases Drow Ranger's damage output, especially when sieging buildings.
  • Consider an Eye of Skadi icon.png Eye of Skadi late game if you are fighting fast and or tanky heroes. It provides valuable attributes, useful health and mana to sustain Frost Arrows for longer, and the slow stacks with Frost Arrows, reducing most opponents to minimum movement speed. It also has the utility of reducing health regen, making it very valuable against tanks. Also consider picking up Aghanim's Shard icon.png Aghanim's Shard to further reduce your target’s regeneration.
  • Monkey King Bar icon.png Monkey King Bar provides a considerable damage boost. However, it provides no defensive bonuses, thus making Drow Ranger into even more of a glass cannon. Besides, Drow Ranger does not need to rely on it as a counter against evasion heroes, since she generally benefits accuracy from Marksmanship.
  • Daedalus icon.png Daedalus provides Drow Ranger with a critical strike chance, which synergizes well with the attack speed and damage she gets from her abilities, maximizing her damage output.