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Ethereal, sometimes referred to as ghost form, is a type of status effect that makes affected units immune to all physical damage, grants them attack immunity, while also disarming them. It also usually - but not always - reduces their magic resistance, causing them to take additional magical damage. Affected units are able to control every other aspect of their character.

The magic resistance reduction of multiple ethereal effects does not stack, the one with a higher value takes priority, and it is defined as:

Ethereal Magic Resistance Reduction = (1 + MAX Ethereal Magic Resistance Reduction)

Ethereal units can be affected by abilities or spell damage, but physical damage does not apply to them. For example, Slithereen Crush icon Slithereen Crush cannot damage ethereal units, but still stuns and slows them. Entering ethereal form does not dispel anything.


Mechanic Definition Examples
Ethereal Decrepify icon Decrepify
  • Does not includes Hide sources.
  • Grants Attack Immunity and Phased.
  • Not selectable and does not have a Hitbox.
  • Cannot be targeted by both allies and enemies.
Hitch A Ride icon Hitch A Ride
Misc Non-targetable
  • Can be selectable and still has a Hitbox.
  • However, it cannot be targeted by either allies or enemies.
Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard. Smoke Screen icon Smoke Screen


1 Requires Talent talent.
2a Requires Aghanim's Scepter icon Aghanim's Scepter.
2b Requires Aghanim's Shard icon Aghanim's Shard.


Version History[]

  • Added
    new Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. Nihilism icon Nihilism ability that uses the Ethereal mechanic.
  • Added
    new Ghost Shroud icon Ghost Shroud ability that uses the Ethereal mechanic.
  • Units affected by Duel icon Duel no longer ignore disarms and ethereal state.
  • Ethereal now blocks in-flight attack projectiles fully, rather than just ones launched before entering Ethereal form. [?]
  • Units affected by Duel icon Duel now fully ignore disarms and ethereal state.
  • Added
    the Ethereal mechanic.
    • Decrepify icon Decrepify is an ability that uses the Ethereal mechanic.

Patch History[]

  • Fixed cases where units under Ethereal form could still take physical damage.