Unlike most heroes, his abilities revolve around an innate ability, Stone Remnant, which allows him to place statues that can be used to augment his abilities. Using his abilities in tandem with these remnants, Earth Spirit can slow enemies with Boulder Smash, stun them and initiate with Rolling Boulder, and silence them with Geomagnetic Grip. His ultimate, Magnetize, inflicts nearby enemies with a damage over time debuff, and allows him to spread the slow and silence from his abilities to other nearby enemies while refreshing the debuff duration by using his Stone Remnants, stopping entire groups of enemies in their tracks. With good timing and skill he can initiate fights from a distance, and given the right circumstances can deal a surprising amount of damage to both single and multiple targets, all the while disrupting enemy positioning allowing for easy kills. A useful ally and a dangerous enemy, the Earth Spirit's versatility and flexibility make him an ideal hero in almost any lineup or lane.
- Boulder Smash has different targeting rules based on whether Earth Spirit wants to smash a distant remnant, nearby remnant or a unit.
- Smashing a distant remnant:
- To do this, the ground must be targeted. There must be a within 200 radius around the targeted point.
- If a remnant is found, he walks towards the point until the remnant is within 200 range.
- Any remnant he meets on the way are ignored. Only the closest remnant to the targeted point is smashed.
- Upon reaching the remnant, he smashes it towards the direction he approached it from.
- Smashing a nearby remnant:
- To do this, the ground must be targeted. There must not be a Stone Remnant within 200 radius around the targeted point.
- There must be a Stone Remnant within 200 radius around Earth Spirit.
- Boulder Smash has a default cast range of 2000. This range allows him to aim the Stone Remnant precisely.
- When targeting beyond 2000 range, he walks up until the point is within range. If there is a remnant nearby, he smashes it.
- Smashing a unit:
- To do this, the unit must be directly targeted.
- There must not be a Stone Remnant between Earth Spirit and the targeted unit.
- He walks up until the target is within 150 range and smashes it towards the direction he approached the target from.
- If he meets a remnant while walking up to the target, he smashes the remnant towards the targeted unit instead.
- Boulder Smash first applies the damage, then the knockback debuff. Smashed remnants first applies the damage, then the slow debuff.
- The slow is applied to all enemy units within the radius of a smashed remnant. A smashed unit is not and does not slow.
- Damage is applied to all enemy units within the radius of a smashed Stone Remnant or smashed unit.
- The smashed enemy is damaged instantly on cast.
- Smashed allies are not damaged.
- Smashed units are not disabled during the knockback, and are able to act freely during it. Does not interrupt channeling abilities.
- Cannot be cast on ancient creeps.
- Can move units and Stone Remnants over impassable terrain.
- Destroys trees which the targeted units or Stone Remnant collide with during the knockback.
, when Earth Spirit is enchanted by , Boulder Smash turns into a non-targeted ability and automatically casts on himself when used.
- ↓↓ Double-tapping automatically target self.
- Rolls at a speed of 800 and always rolls the full 750 ( ) distance within 0.94 ( ) seconds when not colliding with an enemy hero.
- When rolling over a ).
, the rolling speed is doubled, and the total rolling distance is increased to 1500 (
- The stun duration also gets increased to 0.8/1.2/1.6/2 ( )
- The stun is applied to all enemy units (except for ) in the path, not just the hero it collides with.
- Rolling Boulder first applies the damage, then the debuff.
- While rolling, Earth Spirit is rooted and disarmed, so he cannot move, blink or attack during it.
- Other abilities and items can be used normally while rolling, except for Rolling Boulder, which cannot be re-cast while rolling.
- Earth Spirit is placed 80 range away from an enemy hero upon colliding, on the opposite side he collided into them from.
- Does not affect invulnerable units and heroes. Cannot collide with invulnerable heroes. Fully affects invisible units.
- Can move Earth Spirit over impassable terrain. Destroys trees Earth Spirit collides with while rolling.
- Rolling Boulder is canceled when Earth Spirit gets stunned, cycloned, hexed, slept, hidden, feared, hypnotized or hit by Forced Movement at any time during it.
- It is not canceled by taunts. Instead, Earth Spirit starts attacking the taunting unit once the rolling stops.
- Non-disabling forced movement does not cancel it when applied while stationary, but does once the rolling begins.
- This ability is not available in Ability Draft.
- When targeting ground, a
within 180 radius of the targeted point is pulled.
- When no Stone Remnants are within the range, nothing happens. The ability is not cast.
- When cast on allies or Stone Remnants affected by , the smash gets canceled out by the grip.
- In order to pull a unit, it has to be targeted directly. Cannot target allied heroes and treats creep-heroes as creeps.
- With the level 25 talent, Geomagnetic Grip .
- Silence is applied to all enemy units within the radius of a pulled unit or remnant.
- Damage is applied to all enemy units within the radius of a pulled Stone Remnant. A pulled unit is not damaged and does no damage.
- Targeted units are not disabled during the pull. They are able to turn, attack, cast abilities and use items.
- Geomagnetic Grip does not pull the target if it is affected by
, , , or .
- In the last two cases, it does not even pull the target if it is affected by .
- The pulled remnant first applies the debuff, then the damage.
- Can move Stone Remnants over impassable terrain.
- This is an innate ability and does not need to be skilled.
- In Ability Draft, Stone Remnant is bound to , and is granted to the player that drafts it.
- Earth Spirit begins the game with all 7 charges.
- When acquiring , he immediately gains the extra charges as well.
- ↓↓ Double-tapping places a Stone Remnant 100 range in front of Earth Spirit.
- It is possible to have up to 7 ( ) remnants when placing all 7 ( ) remnants at once, and then every time after the 25 seconds recharge.
- Remnants cannot be attacked or destroyed by anyone. They may only be destroyed by
, or by expiring.
- When used by Magnetize, the remnant remains for 8 seconds before crumbling down.
- Rolling Boulder destroys them instantly.
is unable to steal Stone Remnant with .
- An enemy Rubick can make use of the same remnants when stealing and using one of Earth Spirit's abilities.
- Stone Remnants can be seen through the Fog of War by all players.
- Enemies can also see and hear the following effects through the Fog of War:
- Stone Remnants being smashed by .
- Stone Remnants being consumed by to roll farther.
- Stone Remnants being pulled by .
- With ground vision.
, Stone Remnant provides
- Instantly grants charges as well.
- However, even with Aghanim's Shard, it does not instantly grant the extra charges upon .
- Alt creates a range indicator around all Stone Remnants, showing their vision range.
Cannot be cast on spell immune enemies.
Does not attempt to damage spell immune enemies.
- Requires to be unlocked.
- Can be cast on any hero, allied and enemies. Can be cast on illusions and clones, but not on creep-heroes.
- ↓↓ Double-tapping automatically target self.
- When Earth Spirit is enchanted, Boulder Smash turns into a non-targeted ability and automatically casts on himself when used.
- Provides True Sight over the target for the full duration.
- An enchanted hero is fully disabled, invulnerable and reacts on Earth Spirit's abilities just like a regular .
- slow and damage enemies they collide with. : Enchanted heroes are knocked back for 2000 distance and
- : Enchanted heroes boost the rolling, ending the enchantment early. Earth Spirit does not collide with them.
- : Enchanted heroes are pulled at a speed of 900 and apply the damage. Can pull enchanted enemies.
- : Enchanted heroes receive, refresh and spread Magnetize when within its stone search radius.
- If the enchantment expires during Boulder Smash, the unit still moves the full distance, but stops applying the slow.
- If the enchantment expires while an enemy is being smashed back, they take the boulder smash damage, but are not slowed.
- If the enchantment expires during Geomagnetic Grip, it still is pulled at the higher speed, but stops applying the damage.
- Can be cast on
as well, using the lower cooldown when doing so.
- The Stone Remnant cannot expire while affected by Enchant Remnant. However, it gets destroyed once Enchant Remnant expires on it.
- The area damage at the end hits all enemies, not just heroes.
- Checks for nearby s in 0.5-second intervals, starting 0.5 seconds after cast.
- If a remnant is found near an affected unit, Magnetize gets spread to enemies within a 600 radius around the remnant.
- If an enemy within range already was affected by Magnetize, it gets the debuff refreshed instead.
- Deals 20/40/60 damage in 0.5-second intervals, starting 0.5 seconds after cast.
- Without refreshing the duration once, Magnetize can deal up to 240/480/720 damage per affected unit (before reductions).
- Earth Spirit can still utilize a Stone Remnant for 8 seconds after it has spread Magnetize, before it is destroyed.
- The invisible and invulnerable units, but not on or from hidden units and couriers. can be placed on and spread from
- A number is visible above all magnetized enemies, counting down the duration. This is visible to allies only.
- Refreshing the duration with a Stone Remnant also resets the timer.
- In Ability Draft, is bound to Magnetize.
|+0.6sStun Duration||25||Targets Allies|
|+3Silence Duration||20||+18% Spell Amplification|
- Reduced stone movement speed slow from 60% to 50%.
- Reduced default roll distance from 800 to 750.
- Reduced stone roll distance from 1600 to 1500.
- Increased damage from 70/80/90/100 to 70/90/110/130.
- Reduced stone pull speed from 1000 to 900.
- Increased damage radius from 300 to 450.
- Increased damage from 300 to 450.
- Reduced vision radius from 400 to 375.
- Reduced duration from 120 to 60.
- can now be cast on as well. Has a 5 second cooldown when used on remnants.
upgrade for :
- Increases max charges by 4, and grants the remnants 400 radius ground vision.
- Notes: Holding Alt creates a range indicator around the remnants, showing the vision radius.
- provides some health regeneration to stay in lane.
- helps Earth Spirit to cast his spells more often to make a bigger impact in the early game, as he is limited more by his mana pool than by the number of Stone Remnant he has.
- improves Earth Spirit's attributes for cheap, particularly his strength and intelligence, which he lacks in the early game.
- enhances Earth Spirit's attacks to slow enemies' movement speed, greatly improving his ability to set up kills for his team.
- grants movement speed that will allow Earth Spirit to position himself more quickly for casting his spells.
- is a useful pickup when in a lane against heroes who are harassing you by spamming low mana cost spells. In particular, your low early mana pool means that you will greatly benefit from having an extra source of mana regeneration for casting your spells in a pinch.
- is a good pickup on very active Earth Spirit players since he is very powerful in teamfights and ganks, and is a strength hero who can benefit from additional mana regeneration. The active ability can be used to heal teammates after ganks or teamfights, or can add an additional damage to an enemy during a gank. Remember to check with teammates to see if any of them are purchasing one as well, as only one Urn will receive charges when a nearby enemy hero dies.
- provides health regeneration and movement speed to get Earth Spirit to desired position.
- provides more burst health and mana than Magic Stick.
- allows Earth Spirit to position himself easily for casting his spells; it has a short cooldown and cost no mana to use.
- quickly re-position Earth Spirit in order to more easily use his abilities, as well as escape from failed fights or ganks. Furthermore, the active can be used to save nearby allies, or disposition enemies for your spells. It also improves his mana pool to cast more, and the health regeneration helps keep him at full health as needed.
- , upgraded from Urn of Shadows, grants Earth Spirit more health; the active ability greatly counters healing from the enemies so Earth Spirit and his team can bring them down in ganks.
- is helpful if your team has multiple spell casters. It provides a large amount of intelligence to improve Earth Spirit's mana pool, and the extra armor is very useful as he often gets right in the middle of battles when initiating. The magic resistance reduction on enemies works well with all of Earth Spirit's spells, but synergizes best with his ultimate, Magnetize, as Magic Weakness' long debuff duration can stay in place throughout refreshing Magnetize on enemies.
- unlocks a new ability, Enchant Remnant, which greatly increases Earth Spirit's ability to disable enemies, save teammates, and initiate during teamfights and ganks.
- provides vision so gankers like Earth Spirit can set up kills for team.
- are almost essential on Earth Spirit if no other mana regenerating items are built. As a strength caster, he benefits greatly from the larger mana pool, as well as the mana replenishment given upon activation. Arcane Boots also greatly benefit your team, especially if your allies are having mana issues.
- cyclone can be used to make yourself temporarily invulnerable while also dispelling debuffs such as silences, or instantly disable an enemy to set up your other spells. can be useful to build in situations where farming a more expensive item is prohibitive. It improves Earth Spirit's mana pool and regeneration, ensuring that he will always have the mana to cast his spells, and the extra movement speed allows him to move into position for his spells more easily without resorting to using a Blink Dagger or Force Staff. Furthermore, the active
- is a cheap utility item can make Earth Spirit highly elusive and give him additional initiation power that augments his already strong mobility. The active can allow him to initiate invisibly, cloak himself for escapes when combined with Rolling Boulder, or give him strong magic resistance when jumping in during teamfights. It also allows him to do the same for allies, and synergizes with his ability to save teammates by pulling them from harm using Geomagnetic Grip.
- 's active makes Earth Spirit immune to physical attacks, useful to escape from enemy carries.
- gives Earth Spirit strong resistance against physical damage with bonus armor, and the passive mana regeneration keeps his mana pool topped up. The active can be used on allies or enemies, giving Earth Spirit even more utility beyond his already potent disables.
- status resistance, and evasion, all helpful for staying alive in fights. is useful against the enemies which rely on their attacks. The disarm will render the targeted hero unable to attack, making most hard carries useless until the effect wears off. Heaven's Halberd will also give Earth Spirit extra health,
- root so Earth Spirit can better aim his abilities at immobile targets. grants attributes to give health and mana, as well as a
- is a useful mid-game item that gives Earth Spirit many positive benefits. The intelligence shores up his small mana pool, the armor gives him survivability against physical damage, and the attack damage gives him more physical damage output which helps him farm late-game items more easily as needed. But most importantly, using the item's active ability while initiating can discourage the enemy from attacking you, giving you more time to cast your spells as needed.
- improves Earth Spirit's already good armor and health regeneration, and is a good utility pickup for your team. Keep in mind though, it has an extremely high mana cost, more than any of your other spells, so it is necessary to increase the size of your mana pool first. If you don't, you may render yourself unable to cast your other spells after healing your team, or healing your team after pulling off your spell combo. Remember to check whether a teammate is going to purchase Mekansm, as a team only needs one.
- is useful in most situations, but especially against a team of casters. The extra magic resistance helps keep Earth Spirit alive during initiations, and the active protects all allies from magical damage for a short period of time. Furthermore, the additional health regeneration allows Earth Spirit to remain out in the field for longer without having to return to base to heal.
- protects Earth Spirit from targeted spells, or allows him to share that protection with allies. The item provides health and mana regeneration, as well as armor and additional bonus damage.
- greatly increases Earth Spirit's physical survivability as well as the size of his mana pool. The active ability can be used in conjunction with initiating a teamfight with Rolling Boulder, as you can apply the blast to the entire enemy team almost instantly, slowing them down enough to catch them all with Magnetize.
- hex, an instant disable to control a key target. improves Earth Spirit's mana regeneration and attributes. Furthermore, it gives him
- can drastically improve Earth Spirit's survivability when initiating teamfights. When upgraded from Arcane Boots and Mekansm, it removes Mekansm's mana cost while providing Earth Spirit with a strong teamfight aura and a self-dispel to remove debuffs from himself.
|Roles:||Nuker Escape Disabler Initiator Durable|
|Playstyle:||Reborn of stone and jade, Kaolin fights with strength gathered from a thousand years of entombment. The great general places, like pieces on a grand board, silent Stone Remnants for use in strategies known only to himself. A master of positioning, Kaolin knocks back foes with Boulder Smash, pulls close allies with Geomagnetic Grip, and freely manipulates his Remnants at will. Never one to lead from behind, Kaolin crashes into the fray as a Rolling Boulder. Foes are left stumbling away from battle, their health slipping as they try in vain to escape from the general's maze of Magnetized stone.|
- Like Pandaren are a race of creatures in the Warcraft Universe. , and , Earth Spirit was a Pandaren in DotA. However, he was re-skinned to avoid copyright issues with Blizzard Entertainment, since
- Stone Remnant is called Stone Caller in DotA, and it summons an actual Rock rather than a Remnant. Its function and mechanics are the same.
- Stone Remnant is still named Stone Caller in Dota 2's NPC files.
- Earth Spirit's original design included a hat, but this was scrapped before release. It is still visible on his Stone Remnants.
- Earth Spirit's name, Kaolin, is a reference to a type of fine white clay of the same name.
- Earth Spirit's lore draws inspiration from the Terracotta Army, a collection of statues depicting Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang Di's armies.
- Earth Spirit's quote "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak" may be a reference from Matthew 26:41 in the Bible (KJV).