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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

With r being the Magic Resistance Reduction Value.

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

Ethereal Sources[]


Version History[]

  • Added Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. Nihilism, an ability that uses the Ethereal mechanic.
Grants Leshrac an aura for a short duration that turns him and nearby enemies ethereal, reducing their magic resistance, while also increasing his movement speed and slowing enemies.
New Ghost Shroud
Necrophos slips into the realm that separates the living from the dead, emitting an aura that slows enemies around him. He takes additional magic damage in this form, but his restorative powers are amplified.
  • Dueling units no longer ignore disarms and ethereal state.
  • Ethereal now blocks in-flight attack projectiles fully, rather than just ones launched before entering Ethereal form. [?]
  • Dueling units now fully ignore disarms and ethereal state.
  • Can no longer orb-attack while attack restricted (such as Ethereal or Frostbite).
Ether Blast
Converts the target unit to ethereal form, rendering them immune to physical damage, but unable to attack and are more vulnerable to magic damage.
Ghost Form
Enters ghost form, becoming immune to physical damage, but are unable to attack and are more vulnerable to magic damage.
  • Added Decrepify, an ability that uses the Ethereal mechanic.
A powerful banishing spell that slows a unit and renders it unable to attack or be attacked. Afflicted units take extra magic damage.

Patch History[]

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