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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 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 higher value takes priority, and it is defined as

Eth = (1 - MAX Ethereal Magic Resistance Reduction)

Ethereal units are normally and can be fully affected by abilities. However, physical damage is blocked. For example, Slithereen Crush cannot damage ethereal units, but still stuns and slows them. Entering ethereal form does not dispel anything.


Ethereal Sources


Version History[]

  • Added new Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. Nihilism ability that uses the Ethereal mechanic.
  • Added new Ghost Shroud ability that uses the Ethereal mechanic.
  • Units affected by 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 now fully ignore disarms and ethereal state.
  • Added the Ethereal mechanic
  • Added new Decrepify ability that uses the Ethereal mechanic.

Patch History[]

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