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Lycan
Lycan icon.png
Strength attribute symbol.png
Agility attribute symbol.png
Intelligence attribute symbol.png
26 + 3.4
16 + 1.7
23 + 1.7
Level 0 1 15 25 30
Health 200 720 1660 2580 2960
+0.25 +2.85 +7.61 +12.21 +14.11
Mana 75 351 627 975 1107
+0 +1.15 +2.34 +3.79 +4.32
Armor 0 2.67 6.63 11.47 13.22
Damage Block 16 (50%)
Magic Resistance 25%
Status Resistance 0%
Damage 24‒29 50‒55 97‒102 143‒148 162‒167
Attack Rate 0.65/s 0.74/s 0.88/s 1.05/s 1.11/s
Attack Range Melee 150 (600)
Attack Speed ▶️ 110 (1.7s BAT)
Attack Animation 0.55+0.25
Projectile Speed Instant
Movement Speed ▶️ 315
Turn Rate Takes 0.175s to turn 180°. 0.6
Collision Size 8
Vision Range (G) 1800 • 800
Legs 2
Gib Type Default
Ability Upgrades
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter.
Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard.
Wolf Bite
Summon Wolves
Shapeshifts into a ferocious beast.
Part man and part wolf, Banehallow stands as the lone surviving heir to the noble House of Ambry. Not one to squander his curse, Banehallow Summon Wolves to scout ahead and aid him in the hunt. A blood-curdling Howl empowers his animal companions, sinking fang and claw to cripple his prey. But these abilities pale in comparison to the true manifestation of his lycanthropy. Under the full moon, he Shapeshifts and Bites his ally, transforming both of them into a lupine form, and takes on supernatural haste with Feral Impulse as they sprint unhindered across the battlefield to tear the throats from their enemies.
Summon Wolves
Summon Wolves
Howl
Feral Impulse
Wolf Bite
Wolf Bite
Shapeshift
Roles: Carry Carry Pusher Pusher Jungler Jungler Durable Durable Escape Escape
Complexity: ★★☆


Bio[]

Lycan minimap icon.pngBanehallow, the Lycan
▶️ "A wolf in man's clothing."
Banehallow was noble-born to the house of Ambry, the greatest of the landed castes in the old kingdom of Slom. Before the Fall, as the King's wants grew strange, and his court grew crowded with sorcerers and charlatans, the house of Ambry was the first to rise against the avarice of the throne. No longer willing to pay homage and fealty, they instead sent six-thousand swords into the capital, where they were wiped out in the Massacre of the Apostates. And then came the teeth behind the old truth: When you strike a king's neck, you had better take his head.

Enraged by the betrayal, the king exterminated the vast Ambry bloodline, sparing only the lord of the house and his youngest son, Banehallow. Before all the royal court, with the disgraced lord chained to the ornate marble floor, the King bade his magicians transform the boy into a wolf so that he might tear out his own father's throat. "Do this," the king said, "so that Lord Ambry will understand the bite of betrayal." Powerful magic was invoked, and the child was transformed. But though his body was changed, his spirit remained intact, and instead of biting the exposed neck of his father, he attacked his handlers, tearing them to pieces. A dozen of the King's knights perished under the wolf's teeth before they managed to drive it off into the night. Lord Ambry laughed from his chains even as the King ran him through with a sword. Now the heir to the lost house of Ambry, Banehallow wanders the trail as the Lycan, part warrior, part wolf, in search of justice for all that he lost.

Abilities[]

The wolves' formations.

Lycan Lane Wolf
Lycan Wolf model.png
Summoned Lane Creep
450
+0.5
Talent
650HP
This unit has no mana.
Level 3
Armor Armor 0
Magic Resistance 70%
Status Resistance 0%
Attack Damage ▶️ Default
38 ‒ 40 (Talent 4850)
Attack Range Melee 90
Acquisition Range 500
Attack Speed 1.11 attack(s) per second. 100 • 0.9s BAT
Attack Animation 0.33+0.64
Projectile Speed Instant
Movement Speed ▶️ 325 (100)
Turn Rate Takes 0.209s to turn 180°. 0.5
Collision Size 8
Vision Range (G) 1200800
Bounty Gold 15
Experience 10
Model Scale 0.99
Abilities Cripple

Summon Wolves
Summon Wolves icon.png
Ability
No Target
Summons two wolves to fight for Lycan. Level 3-4 wolves have Permanent Invisibility, and level 4 wolves have Cripple.
Cast Animation: 0.3+0.73
Number of Wolves: 2 (Talent 4)
Duration: 50
With Aghanim's Shard Number of Lane Wolves: 1
Cooldown: 30
Mana: 125/130/135/140
Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard.
Aghanim's Shard Upgrade:
Causes one of your creep waves to include one uncontrollable wolf that moves with the wave. Additionally, wolves spawned this way may Cripple towers.
Buff/Debuff
Modifiers [?]
modifier_kill
Death
The very enchantment that twisted his being also summons canine familiars.

Notes:

  • Casting Summon Wolves replaces currently active wolves from a previous cast.
  • The wolves gain Invisibility on level 3 and Cripple on level 4.
    • Already summoned wolves do not get new abilities when the ability is leveled. Only wolves summoned after leveling get them.
    • Leveling up the ability or the health increasing Talent talent do not upgrade any of Lycan's currently living wolves.
    • However, the attack damage increasing Talent talent does immediately upgrade all of Lycan's currently living wolves.
  • The wolves are summoned 200 range in front of Lycan, with 120 range distance between the wolves. Lycan is always at the center of the line.
  • With Aghanim's Shard icon.png Aghanim's Shard, 1 Lycan Wolf icon.png Lane Wolf is spawned together with each creep wave in one random lane.
    • The lane for the wolf is selected at complete random each time.
    • If Summon Wolves is not learned, the Lane Wolf does not spawn.
    • Although the Lane Wolf is uncontrollable, Lycan is considered their owner, meaning last hits they make grant bounty and experience to Lycan.
    • This also means they are affected by Feral Impulse and can gain critical strike from Shapeshift, but not the haste speed.
    • The Lane Wolf has Cripple, but not Invisibility. The Lane Wolf's Cripple can proc on buildings.
    • The Lane Wolf have the lowest target priority than any other unit, so they are targeted by auto-attacks as last.


Howl
Howl icon.png
Ability
No Target
Affects
Enemies
Strikes fear into enemies, reducing armor and attack damage to all enemies within 2000 range of Lycan and his wolves.
Cast Animation: 0.3+0
Radius: 2000
Attack Damage Reduction: 25%/30%/35%/40% (Talent 45%/50%/55%/60%)
Armor Reduction: 4/5/6/7
Duration: 8
Cooldown: 22/20/18/16
Mana: 35/40/45/50
Buff/Debuff
Modifiers [?]
modifier_lycan_howl
Ability Draft Notes
Ability Draft Notes:
The Howl debuff can only be applied by the drafting hero, Lycan Wolf icon.png Lycan Wolves and Lycan Wolf icon.png Lane Wolves.
Other player-controlled units do not apply the debuff around them.
Blood-curdling wolf cries signal to opponents that Banehallow is among them.

Notes:

  • The debuff does not stack, so if an enemy is within range of more than one source, it gets affected by the debuff once.
  • Lycan and his wolves (both Lycan Wolf icon.png Lycan Wolf and Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard. Lycan Wolf icon.png Lane Wolf) apply the effects around them simultaneously, there is no delay.


Feral Impulse
Can be used by illusions. Disabled by Break. Pierces spell immunity. EI
Feral Impulse icon.png
Ability
Aura
Affects
Self
Increases the HP regeneration and damage of Lycan and all units under his control.
Radius: Global
Attack Damage Bonus: 10%/20%/30%/40% (Talent 35%/45%/55%/65%)
Health Regen Bonus: 1/3/5/7
Aura Linger Duration: 0.5
Can be used by illusions.
Illusion Notes:
Bestow the aura and benifits from the health regeneration.
Does not benefit from the flat attack damage bonus.
Buff/Debuff
Modifiers [?]
modifier_lycan_feral_impulse_aura
Undispellable
modifier_lycan_feral_impulse
Death
His animalistic symbiosis with canine kind gives Banehallow enhanced reflexes and hunting capabilities.

Notes:

  • Feral Impulse affects all units under Lycan's control, not just himself and his wolves.
  • Can regenerate up to 60/180/300/420 health in one minute.
  • The aura's buff lingers for 0.5 seconds.
  • Lycan illusions created by abilities (e.g. Disruption etc.) do provide their owner and units the bonuses.
    • However, illusions that are Enchanted do not grant Enchantress minimap icon.png Enchantress' units the bonuses, only the illusion itself keeps them.


Wolf Bite
Wolf Bite icon.png
Lycan bites an ally, granting them Shapeshift properties. Lycan and the bitten target gain 30% Lifesteal and share the healing effect of Lifesteal with each other as long as they are within 1200 range of each other.
Cast Animation: 0.3+0.73
Cast Range: 300
Lifesteal Radius: 1200
Lifesteal: 30%
Shared Lifesteal: 30%
Cooldown: 125/110/95 (Talent 110/95/80)
Mana: 150
Partially usable by illusions.
Illusion Notes:
Shapeshift notes fully apply.
Buff/Debuff
Modifiers [?]
modifier_lycan_wolf_bite_lifesteal
Death
modifier_lycan_shapeshift_transform
Death
modifier_lycan_shapeshift
Death
modifier_lycan_shapeshift_aura
Death
modifier_lycan_shapeshift_speed
Undispellable
Ability Draft Notes
Ability Draft Notes:
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter.
Requires drafting Shapeshift to be unlocked.
Sub-ability
Sub-ability of Shapeshift.
Does this bite look infected?

Notes:

  • Requires Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter to be unlocked.
    • This ability automatically levels up with Shapeshift and cannot be leveled up separately.
    • If the item is acquired before Shapeshift was learned, Wolf Bite will be at level 1.
    • However, casting it without having Shapeshift has no effect, wasting the mana and cooldown.
  • Applies all effects of Shapeshift based on its current level on the ally, including the transformation time, the night vision, the critical strike and the haste speed.
    • However, the aura only affects the targeted ally, other player-controlled units owned by them do not gain these bonuses.
    • Other Shapeshift notes fully apply.
  • Grants regular lifesteal and shared lifesteal to both, the caster and the target.
    • This means, no matter who of them attacks, both always get healed.
    • Lifesteal amplification affects shared lifesteal as well, but only if the amplification source is the healed unit.
    • Stacks additively with other sources of lifesteal.
  • The lifesteal is granted immediately upon cast. It does not rely on the transformation to finish.
  • The shared lifesteal requires the caster and the target to be within 1200 range of each other.
    • The regular lifesteal works regardless of distance.


Shapeshift
Shapeshift icon.png
Ability
No Target
Affects
Self
Lycan assumes his lupine form, granting him and his units critical strikes and added vision at night. During Shapeshift, Lycan and all units under his control move at increased speed, cannot be slowed and have a 40% chance to deal a critical strike doing 160%/190%/220% damage.
Cast Animation: 0+0
Transformation Time: 1.1
Radius: Global
Night Vision Bonus: 1000
Set Base Attack Range: 150
Haste Speed: 550
Health Bonus: 200/300/400
Critical Chance: 40% (Talent 70%)
Critical Damage: 160%/190%/220%
Aura Linger Duration: 0.1
Duration: 25 (Talent 31)
Cooldown: 125/110/95 (Talent 110/95/80)
Mana: 100
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter.
Aghanim's Scepter Upgrade:
Grants the Wolf Bite ability.
Partially usable by illusions.
Illusion Notes:
Illusions created while the ability is active copy the modifier with matching duration.
Benefits but does not bestow the Shapeshift aura.
Critical strike values shown are before illusion outgoing damage and armor reduction.
Buff/Debuff
Modifiers [?]
modifier_lycan_shapeshift_transform
Death
modifier_lycan_shapeshift
Death
modifier_lycan_shapeshift_aura
Death
modifier_lycan_shapeshift_speed
Undispellable
Forever a slave to his lycanthropy, Banehallow has come to accept his curse, and embrace his own savagery.

Notes:

  • During the transformation, Lycan cannot do anything. Cannot be interrupted.
  • Turns the caster into a Melee melee unit with 150 attack range for its duration.
    • This causes items that use different values for melee and ranged heroes (e.g. Manta Style icon.png Manta Style) treat the caster as a melee hero.
    • Attack range bonuses are fully overridden, including passive item bonuses.
  • Hastes affected units, meaning they cannot be slowed below 550 movement speed.
  • The critical strike increases the attack damage of Lycan and all his units by an average of 24%/36%/48% (Talent 42%/63%/84%).
    • The proc chances of multiple crit sources stack.
    • If two sources of critical strike proc at the same time, the higher multiplier has priority.
    • The critical strike uses pseudo-random distribution.
  • Lycan gets his maximum and current health increased by the given value. This does not count as a heal.
    • Upon losing the buff, his current health stays the same and only the maximum health bonus gets reverted.
  • Shapeshift is fully canceled on death.


Lycan Wolf[]

Lycan Wolf
Lycan Wolf model.png
Summoned Creep
325/375/425/475
+0.5
Talent
525/575/625/675HP
This unit has no mana.
Level 1/2/3/3
Duration Ability Duration 50
Armor Armor 0
Magic Resistance 70%
Status Resistance 0%
Attack Damage ▶️ Default
20/26/32/38 ‒ 23/29/34/40 (Talent 30/36/42/4833/39/44/50)
Attack Range Melee 90
Acquisition Range 500
Attack Speed 0.83/0.91/1/1.11 attack(s) per second. 100 • 1.2/1.1/1/0.9s BAT
Attack Animation 0.33+0.64
Projectile Speed Instant
Movement Speed ▶️ 400/420/440/460 (100)
Turn Rate Takes 0.209s to turn 180°. 0.5
Collision Size 8
Vision Range (G) 1200800
Bounty Gold 21/26/36/41
Experience 20
Model Scale 0.9/0.95/0.975/0.99
Abilities L3
L4
Invisibility
Cripple

Invisibility
Not disabled by Break. Pierces spell immunity.
Invisibility (Lycan Wolf) icon.png
Ability
Passive
Affects
Self
Permanently invisible when not attacking.
Fade Delay: 1.7
Buff/Debuff
Modifiers [?]
modifier_lycan_summon_wolves_invisibility
Death
modifier_invisible
Death
Leveling up this ability levels another ability at the same time.
Both Invisibility and Summon Wolves are linked abilities.

Notes:

  • Requires level 3 Summon Wolves to be unlocked.
    • Available for level 3 and level 4 wolves.
  • The invisibility is broken upon landing an attack. Missed attacks or attacking items do break it.
  • Does not provide phased movement.


Cripple
Cripple (Lycan Wolf) icon.png
Ability
Passive
Affects
Enemies / Allies
Damage
Magical
Gives 20% chance to cripple the target, causing 8 damage per second and lose 60 attack speed for 4 seconds.
Proc Chance: 20%
Damage per Second: 8
Move Speed Slow: 15%
Attack Speed Slow: 60
Duration: 4
Buff/Debuff
Modifiers [?]
modifier_lycan_summon_wolves_critical_strike
Undispellable
modifier_lycan_summon_wolves_crit_maim
Leveling up this ability levels another ability at the same time.
Both Cripple and Summon Wolves are linked abilities.

Notes:

  • Deals damage in 1-second intervals, starting second after proccing, resulting in 4 instances.
  • Multiple procs on the same target do not stack, but refresh the duration instead.
  • The proccing attack first applies the debuff, then its own damage.
  • Can proc on allied units as well. Does not proc on wards or buildings.

Talents[]

Hero Talents
+2 Lycan Wolf icon.png Wolves Summoned25+30% Chance Shapeshift Critical Strike
+25% Feral Impulse Damage20+6s Shapeshift Duration
-15s Shapeshift Cooldown15+200 Summon Wolves Health
+10 Summon Wolves Damage10+20% Howl Attack Damage Reduction
Notes:

Recent Changes[]

Main Article: Lycan/Changelogs
Version
Description
  • Increased Shapeshift critical damage from 150%/175%/200% to 160%/190%/220%.
  • Increased base attack speed from 100 to 110.
  • Lycan Wolf icon.png Lycan Wolf
    • Increased attack damage from 17‒20/23‒26/29‒32/35‒38 to 20‒23/26‒29/32‒34/38‒40.
  • Aghanim's Shard icon.png Aghanim's Shard upgrade:
    • Lycan Wolf icon.png Lane Wolf
      • Increased attack damage from 35‒38 to 38‒40.
  • Lycan Wolf icon.png Lycan Wolf
    • Reduced attack damage from 24‒28/32‒36/40‒44/48‒52 to 17‒20/23‒26/29‒32/35‒38.
  • Aghanim's Shard icon.png Aghanim's Shard upgrade:
    • Lycan Wolf icon.png Lane Wolf
      • Reduced attack damage from 48‒52 to 35‒38.


Recommended Items[]

Starting items:

  • Tango icon.png Tango sustains health in lane.
  • Healing Salve icon.png Healing Salve restores good amount of health in the early game.
  • Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branch gives attributes for cheap; use with Tango to get more heal.
  • Quelling Blade icon.png Quelling Blade helps Lycan with getting last hits.

Early game:

Mid game:

  • Power Treads icon.png Power Treads gives you movement speed, attack speed, and ability to switch to suitable attributes.
  • Helm of the Dominator icon.png Helm of the Dominator controls a neutral creep, which will also benefit from Lycan's abilities.

Late game:

  • Assault Cuirass icon.png Assault Cuirass gives armor and attack speed to Lycan and his allies (including his summons), and reduces the opponents' armor (including their towers').
  • Desolator icon.png Desolator improves Lycan's tower pushing and increases his damage. It also synergizes with an Assault Cuirass icon.png Assault Cuirass pickup and creates a huge armor disparity.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar gives more strength and temporary spell immunity so Lycan can shred his targets without worrying about disables.

Situational items:

  • Smoke of Deceit icon.png Smoke of Deceit lets Lycan and teammates slip into Roshan's pit unnoticed by the enemies.
  • Solar Crest icon.png Solar Crest applies armor reduction to take down enemies as well as Roshan.
  • Armlet of Mordiggian icon.png Armlet of Mordiggian boosts the damage output of strength heroes efficiently with bonus attack speed, attack damage, and strength. It also increases survivability with health regeneration, armor, and toggling of Unholy Strength to create more health.
  • Mask of Madness icon.png Mask of Madness greatly increases attack speed to farm creeps and heroes.
  • Vladmir's Offering icon.png Vladmir's Offering gives lifesteal, damage, and armor in an aura, so his wolves get more powerful as well. The mana regeneration also helps with his small mana pool.
  • Echo Sabre icon.png Echo Sabre applies double attacks and movement speed slow, easing ganking.
  • Diffusal Blade icon.png Diffusal Blade slows the target, so they will have a harder time retaliating or fleeing from Lycan.
  • Heaven's Halberd icon.png Heaven's Halberd boosts Lycan's survivability with strength, status resistance, and evasion. The bonus attack damage and disarm also helps him fight enemy heroes better.
  • Boots of Travel icon.png Boots of Travel gives superb navigation in the late game, allowing Lycan to teleport to and push down lanes or join allies in ganks. You can target any friendly creeps, including your wolves.
  • Abyssal Blade icon.png Abyssal Blade provides a reliable stun and random bashes to lockdown a target, ameliorating Lycan's lacks of disables.
  • Heart of Tarrasque icon.png Heart of Tarrasque greatly increases health and health regeneration allowing Lycan to tank more effectively. The damage gained from it is also entirely from strength, which is amplified by both Feral Impulse and Vladmir's Offering. Lycan can also run out of a fight with Shapeshift at very low HP and come right back into it after a short rest.
  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter gives Lycan the Wolf Bite ability, with which he can boost an allied hero with Shapeshift properties, giving them increased speed, immunity to slows, 40% chance to deal a critical strike doing 150% damage and lifesteal. Bear in mind, however, that the Wolf Bite effect will stop if the hero affected with Wolf Bite gets away from Lycan for more than 300 range besides him, and that the affected hero will have melee range attack if the hero affected with Wolf Bite ability would happen to be ranged hero.

Gameplay[]

Audio[]

History[]

Equipment[]

Trivia[]

  • Lycanthropy refers to the ability of a human to transform into a wolf, or gain wolf-like characteristics. The term derives from the Greek word lykànthropos, which translates to "wolf man", or "werewolf" in English.
  • The name Banehallow was derived from a Warcraft 3 hero unit called Dreadlord.
  • The line ▶️ "Was I a wolf who dreamed he was a man?" refers to a quote by Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi - "Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man."
  • The line ▶️ "Are you an air wolf?", refers to the American famous television series "Airwolf", counting this response is said to Gyrocopter.
  • The line ▶️ "Who fears the wolf should fear the forest." is a reference to Russian novelist Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky quote from 'The Gambler' : 'Who fears the wolf should never enter the forest'
  • The line ▶️ "I thought you were Team Yakov!" is a reference (and pun) to Jacob Black from the Twilight series, who is a werewolf. Fans divide themselves into "teams" by who their most preferred main character is, one of such teams is "Team Jacob".
  • The line ▶️ "One eye is better than none." indicates that Lycan was supposed to have only one functioning eye, with the other one probably covered by an eye patch, as seen in one of the concept arts below.

Gallery[]

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