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| explanation = * [[Armlet of Mordiggian]] cos his anus is delicious
| explanation = * [[Armlet of Mordiggian]] is N'aix's core item due to his lifesteal. The player may have this item active throughout every fight, since his Feast ability negates the health loss.
* N'aix's [[Lifestealer#Rage|Rage]] increases his attack speed, thus the players should aim for either [[Mjollnir]] or [[Skull Basher]] which are chance based items and with a higher attack speed it allows the items to proc more.
* [[Desolator]] increases Lifestealer's feast damage (lifesteal remains the same) and eventually critical hits (if you chose to go for [[Daedalus]] or [[Crystalys]]) to hit incredibly hard against any targets.
* [[Assault Cuirass]] compensates for N'aix's very low base armor, and also gives more attack speed for use with [[Feast]]. It is also useful for pushing enemy towers.
* [[Assault Cuirass]] compensates for N'aix's very low base armor, and also gives more attack speed for use with [[Feast]]. It is also useful for pushing enemy towers.
* [[Skull Basher]] / [[Abyssal Blade]] is situational, though it greatly improves the Lifestealer's attack capabilities, able to disable his prey long enough for him to tear down.
* [[Skull Basher]] / [[Abyssal Blade]] is situational, though it greatly improves the Lifestealer's attack capabilities, able to disable his prey long enough for him to tear down.

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Unknown Hero icon.png
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Intelligence attribute symbol.png
25 + 2.4
18 + 1.9
15 + 1.75
Level 0 1 15 25 30
Health 200 700 1360 2080 2360
Health regen 0 2.5 5.86 9.46 10.86
Mana 75 255 543 903 1023
Mana regen 0 0.75 1.98 3.45 3.99
Armor 1.52 4.52 8.95 14.12 16.04
Att/sec 0.59 0.69 0.85 1.03 1.1
Damage 0‒0 25‒25 58‒58 94‒94 108‒108
Magic resistance 25%
Movement speed 315
Attack speed 100
Turn rate 1.0
Vision range 1800/800
Attack range 128
Projectile speed Instant
Attack animation 0.39+0.44
Base attack time 0
Damage block 0
Collision size 0

N'aix the Lifestealer is a vicious melee Strength hero whose abilities give him the power to bring down durable heroes quickly, while sustaining his health from absorbing the very life of his enemies.

The main role of the Lifestealer is to fulfill the job as a formidable carry, able to restore his life thanks to his abilities. Feast is his passive ability and his signature, every attack he lands deals extra physical damage and consumes the flesh and blood of his victim, regenerating his health. With Feast, he can munch down tough and strong tanks. N'aix can send himself into a bloody Rage, increasing his attack speed and a short period of magic immunity. Open Wounds tears the enemy, causing the prey's wounds to open, bleeding their life essence, allowing him and his allies to feast down as well as greatly slowing them to a crawl. Rage and Open Wounds allows the Lifestealer to brutally rip his victim apart, feasting on their health in the process. When in need, N'aix can use Infest to hide himself inside of his allies or any non-hero units, laying dormant, until he is ready to come out, devouring the flesh from the inside, killing the non-hero unit, and bursting out the chunks of flesh and bones of his unfortunate host, damaging his foes around him, and ambushing them with carnivorous savagery. The Lifestealer is a monstrous beast of gluttony and greed, bent on stealing the lives of every living creature he encounters, violently killing them to sate the Lifestealer's terrifying thirst and hunger.


Lifestealer minimap icon.pngN'aix, the Lifestealer
▶️ "Oh Master, behold all these lives for the taking!"
In the dungeons of Devarque, a vengeful wizard lay in shackles, plotting his escape. He shared his cell with a gibbering creature known as N'aix, a thief cursed by the Vile Council with longevity, so that its life-sentence for theft and cozening might be as punishing as possible. Over the years, its chains had corroded, along with its sanity; N'aix retained no memory of its former life and no longer dreamt of escape. Seeing a perfect vessel for his plans, the wizard wove a spell of Infestation and cast his life-force into N'aix's body, intending to compel N'aix to sacrifice itself in a frenzy of violence while the mage returned to his body and crept away unnoticed. Instead, the wizard found his mind caught in a vortex of madness so powerful that it swept away his plans and shattered his will. Jarred to consciousness by the sudden infusion of fresh life, N'aix woke from its nightmare of madness and obeyed the disembodied voice that filled its skull, which had only the one thought: To escape. In that moment Lifestealer was born. The creature cast its mind into dungeon guards and soldiers, compelling them to open locks and cut down their companions, opening an unobstructed path to freedom while feeding on their lives. Lifestealer still wears the broken shackles as a warning that none may hold him, but on the inside remains a prisoner. Two minds inhabit the single form--a nameless creature of malevolent cunning, and the Master whose voice he pretends to obey.
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Launch into a maddened rage, becoming immune to magic spells and gaining increased attack speed.
Attack Speed Bonus: 30/45/60/80
Duration: 3/4/5/6
Cooldown: 19
Mana: 75
The madness and brutality of N'aix makes him a vicious and unrelenting foe in combat.


  • Just like any other abilities which grant Magic immunity, upon casting, many buffs and debuffs will be removed.
  • Has a 0 cast time, making it very useful for dodging stuns.

Not blocked by Linken's Sphere. Pierces spell immunity. WF
Regenerates a portion of the attacked enemy's current HP and deals the same portion of damage per attack.
Life Leech: 4%/5%/6%/7%
After escaping from his cell in Devarque, N'aix subsisted on flesh and bones of those unfortunate enough to cross his path.


  • The regeneration does not work on Roshan.
  • Affects magic immune units.
  • Heal works independent of damage.
  • Lifesteal works on damage dealt by Feast, including Open Wounds.
  • Ability is disabled by Doom.

Open Wounds
Lifestealer rends an enemy unit, slowing the victim's movespeed and allowing all allies to lifesteal on that unit. All damage dealt will steal life, including damage from spells. The victim recovers movement speed over the duration.
Casting Range: 200/300/400/500
Duration: 8
Movement Speed Slow: 70%
Life Leech: 15%/20%/25%/30%
Cooldown: 24/20/16/12
Mana: 110
Fresh wounds and the scent of blood often draw out the scavengers to finish the job.


  • Any damage dealt will activate lifesteal, including magical damage from spells.
  • Slows by 70%/70%/60%/50%/30%/10%/10%/10%, decreasing one step per second.

Lifestealer will infest the body of the target unit, lying dormant and undetectable inside. When he reveals himself, he deals damage to all nearby enemy units. The Lifestealer can gain experience from units that die while he is Infesting a unit. If the unit is an enemy creep, he will devour it first, gaining health equal to the unit's current HP. Does not work on enemy Heroes.
Damage: 150/275/400
Damage Radius: 700
Casting Range: 150
Cooldown: 100
Mana: 50
With this infestation, N'aix consumes the life blood of the host, restoring him back to full unholy power.


  • If the infested unit dies before Lifestealer consumes it, no health is gained.
  • Lifestealer gains experience while under the effects of Infest.
  • N'aix is treated as banished for the purposes of spell detection upon infesting a target, disjointing most spells. In addition, damage is not taken from area spells nor any other spells that add damage onto other targets. (A side effect of banishment means he also will not gain gold from assists.)
  • True Sight from Gem works normally under the effect of Infest.
  • If Lifestealer infests Brewmaster minimap icon.png Brewmaster, who then uses Primal Split, Lifestealer will be inside the Earth spirit.
  • Works on Mud golem, but not on Ancients.
  • Cannot target a courier.

Lifestealer eats the host body from the inside out.


  • Lifestealer will not be healed if he is released as a result of the infected unit being killed or if it is an allied hero.
  • Consume will not harm an allied unit that Lifestealer has infested.

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  • There is a term called the N'aix bomb among players which includes a N'aix player infesting a high mobility hero such as Storm Spirit, Puck, or Queen of Pain to initiate upon enemies by having these heroes enter the fray and unleashing all of their own spells in quick succession before N'aix himself comes out of them and dealing the nuke damage of Infest while following it up with his dps using Rage.
  • Heart of Tarrasque is a good item pickup as it will allow Lifestealer to keep Armlet of Mordiggian activated indefinitely, and gives him greater durability and damage.
  • It is possible to Solo Roshan if you're a higher leveled Lifestealer, although it takes a very long time. To do this, you keep attacking Roshan until you reach low health, then go to the nearby Radiant Jungle, and use your abilities to heal, then go back to Roshan and repeat the process. If you plan on doing this, be careful of enemy wards anywhere nearby, as if you get ganked by the enemy team you have a low chance of surviving.
  • Phase Boots allows the Lifestealer to close distance on his targets early on in order to get within Open Wounds' short range, and is ideal for ganking from the jungle. The lack of Attack Speed from not purchasing Power Treads is negated by allowing the player to level more levels of Rage, increasing both survivability and damage.
  • A Drum of Endurance works well when combined with Phase Boots as the combined movement speed from both will allow players to catch up with faster enemy Heroes. The attributes also help boost Lifestealer's lacking mana pool, and allow him to gank more often through frequent use of Open Wounds.


  • Lifestealer's fun/alternate name in DotA was Gollum, a significant character in the Lord of the Rings book series.
  • The old version of Lifestealer was a strength hero with an incredibly high agility potential (+4.5), much more than almost all the agility heroes themselves. Despite being a strength hero, he had poor overall strength. His old abilities are as follows:
    • Feast used to be an aura-based lifesteal which stacks with lifesteal attack modifiers. Unlike Wraith King minimap icon.png Wraith King's Lua error in Module:Ability_ID at line 61: Could not find Cargo data for "Vampiric Aura"., Feast only applies to himself. The high life gain and high agility makes N'aix a vicious warrior of great survivability, able to take down powerful targets.
    • Poison Sting acts almost similar to Venomancer's Poison Sting, but the slow is more potent, and is an attack modifier.
    • Anabolic Frenzy was also a passive ability that granted him additional attack and movement speed.
    • Rage used to be his ultimate, with a longer duration, but it increases attack damage instead of attack speed.

Update history

June 28, 2013 Patch

  • Fixed Feast's lifesteal component still happening while under the effects of Doom.
  • Fixed Infest visual effect stuttering behind the Infested unit.

June 14, 2013 Patch

  • Fixed allied cast Infest killing the creeps and healing you.

January 24, 2013 Patch

September 13, 2012 Patch

August 09, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed Ensnare not going away after using Infest.

August 02, 2012 Patch

  • [U] Added Teleport animations for Beastmaster, Bounty Hunter, Broodmother, Clinkz, Lifestealer, Necrolyte and Shadow Shaman.

May 24, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed Rage being dispellable.

May 17, 2012 Patch

  • Added healing overhead messages for Mekansm, Chen, Lifestealer, Necrolyte, and Witch Doctor.
  • Added bonus damage overhead message for Lifestealer's Feast.

May 10, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed turn rates for the following heroes: Lifestealer, Alchemist, Clockwerk, Bounty Hunter, Dark Seer, Dazzle, Ancient Apparition, Brewmaster, Chen, Silencer, Lone Druid, Spectre and Spiritbreaker.
  • Fixed Feast working against wards.

April 26, 2012 Patch

  • [U] Updated the hero selection portrait.

April 12, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed being able to hide inside an enemy Spirit Bear/Golem with Infest (wasn't doing damage to it though).
  • Fixed Infest not removing buffs before jumping in.
  • Fixed Feast bonus damage type allowing it to critical strike.

March 28, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed being unable to Infest Mud Golems.

March 08, 2012 Patch

  • Lifestealer now has his own variation on the lifesteal effect rather than using the generic one.
  • Updated Lifestealer's Open Wounds and Infest effects for clarity.
  • Added idle injured animations.

January 19, 2012 Patch

  • [U] Added injured-animation for Lifestealer.

January 12, 2012 Patch

  • Made Lifestealer's Rage effect slightly more subtle.
  • Fixed Rage not properly dispelling negative debuffs
  • Fixed Open Wounds healing towers.
  • Fixed Infest not working on Mud Golems.

December 16, 2011 Patch

  • Enabled Lifestealer and Death Prophet in Captain's Mode.
  • Fixed a bug where ground blood wasn't showing up for a bloody Infest emerge.

December 08, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed Feast working on denies.

December 02, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed Feast not working properly.

December 01, 2011 Patch

  • Added Lifestealer minimap icon.png Lifestealer!

November 23, 2011 Patch

  • [U] Added new icon for Lifestealer and all abilities.

Balance changelog



  • Rage icon.png Rage cooldown increased from 15 to 17.


  • Open Wounds icon.png Open Wounds cast range decreased from 600 to 200/300/400/500.


  • Rage icon.png Rage duration increased from 2.5/3.25/4/4.75 to 3/4/5/6.


  • Undid melee hero collision change from 6.72c


  • Melee hero collision size now reduced from 24 to 12.


Old Infest:
Naix infests a target, hiding in it.
Regains health based on the HP the unit has when he gets out of it.
Level 1 Targets: Allied and Neutral Units,
Level 2/3 Targets: Enemy, Allied and Neutral Units,
HP Healed: Current Target HP (for level 1/2), Max Target HP (for level 3).
Cooldown: 100/60/30
Casting Range: 150
Manacost: 50
Note: This kills the infested unit.

New Infest:
Naix infests a target, hiding in it. When he comes out of a unit, he deals damage to all nearby enemy units.
Damage: 150/275/400
AOE: 700
Targets: Allied Heroes, Allied Creeps, Enemy Creeps (including neutrals).
If the unit is an enemy creep, Naix will devour it first, gaining health equal to the unit's current HP.
Cooldown: 100
Casting Range: 150
Manacost: 50
  • Rebalanced all Melee heroes between 100 and 128 range to be 128 range
    • Lifestealer previously had 100 range.


  • Open Wounds icon.png Open Wounds team life steal increased from 10/15/20/25% to 15/20/25/30%.


  • Base damage improved by 5.
  • Casting Open Wounds icon.png Open Wounds no longer loses attack focus.


  • Open Wounds icon.png Open Wounds cooldown from 30/25/20/15 to 24/20/16/12 .


  • Movement speed increased from 300 to 315.


  • Reworked.


  • Minor armor buff (usually 1) to most melee heroes


  • Feast percentage reduced, but feast no longer orb effect (like he used to be)


  • Increased attack cooldown time on N'aix from 1.60 to 1.70 (like the majority of heroes, more of a fix then balancing act).


  • Naix Lifesteal now orb effect


  • Gave naix his aura back


See also