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Bad against...[]

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  • Primal Roar allows Beastmaster to keep Lycan in place after he used his Shapeshift.
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  • Rupture completely negates Lycan's high mobility.
  • All of Lycan's summons are good sources of healing with Bloodrage.
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  • Quill Spray can be used to kill Lycan's summons.
  • Bristleback allows him to stay alive against Lycan while dishing out counter attacks
  • He can overpower Lycan with his Warpath instead.
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  • A well landed Fissure can potentially take Lycan out of the fight for several seconds, who heavily relies on precious seconds from Black king bar and Shapeshift to fight.
  • Aftershock reduces the effectiveness of his summons and can prove quite irritating for Lycan.
  • Echo Slam is very powerful with the sheer amount of Lycan's units and will cause him to think twice when pushing towers.
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  • Can cast Demonic Conversion on one of Lycan's Wolves, making this a numbers fight.
  • Malefice will greatly reduce his ability to engage
  • Midnight Pulse can steep an area making it harder for Lycan to engage in.
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  • She can Enchant one of the wolves to her side.
  • Untouchable still slows Lycan's attack speed.
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  • Stroke of Fate deals more damage when it hits more targets which makes it very effective in dealing with Lycan and his units.
  • Soulbind prevents Lycan from running away and makes him very easy to deal with.
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  • Tidebringer can be used to kill Lycan's summons.
  • Can also build into Heaven's Halberd icon.png Heaven's Halberd which will disable Lycan's auto attacks, crippling him even more.
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  • Her Mana Shield is too tough for Lycan to break.
  • Mystic Snake can hit for a massive damage once it spread between his summons.
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  • Guardian Angel completely negates all of Lycan's damage since Lycan mainly deals physical damage.
  • Purification can also be a problem for Lycan, as Purification deals damage around the target, which poses a problem for him and his summons.
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  • Blur is a real problem for Lycan, while she deals critical hits.
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  • Great Cleave will kill Lycan's summons very rapidly.
  • Warcry will allow Sven and his allies to tank Lycan's damage, which is mainly physical.
  • Storm Hammer will damage and stun Lycan's as well as his summons.
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  • All of Timbersaw's spells deal AoE damage, killing Lycan's summons very quickly.
  • Reactive Armor will gain stacks quickly because of Lycan's summons.
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  • Arctic Burn allows Winter Wyvern to escape Lycan, even when he uses his ultimate.
  • Splinter Blast is very effective in dealing with Lycan's summons.
  • Cold Embrace saves allies from Lycan's raw physical damage and can buy allies enough time to turn the tide of battle.
  • Winter's Curse stops Lycan in his tracks and is very effective because of his summons.



  • Town Portal Scroll icon.png Town Portal Scroll is rather efficient against Lycan, as he lacks disables to stop a teleporting Hero from escaping.
    • Or if he is split-pushing a lane, this might make him turn around. If not, stay alert as he might dive.
  • Heaven's Halberd icon.png Heaven's Halberd is a good counter to attacks, on which Lycan heavily relies.
  • Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail's return damage might cause Lycan to stop attacking his victim. If not, Lycan will take loads of returned damage.
  • Ghost Scepter icon.png Ghost Scepter and Ethereal Blade icon.png Ethereal Blade prevents the user from taking physical damage. Lycan is mainly a physical damage dealer.
  • Rod of Atos icon.png Rod of Atos limits Lycan's mobility during his ultimate.
  • Crimson Guard icon.png Crimson Guard reduces the damage taken from Lycan's units and drastically improves how long a tower survives his push.

Good against...[]

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  • Lich minimap icon.png Lich possesses a lot of slows, which Lycan doesn't care about when he Shapeshifts.
  • Lich minimap icon.png Lich has no in-built escape, which makes him a good target for Lycan.
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  • He can send wolves to defuse Proximity Mines, and he can catch up Techies and kill him before they can deny themselves. Even if the suicide is successful, Lycan can still survive because of his tankiness.
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  • Magnetic Field is useless against melee heroes, so Lycan can attack Arc Warden without missing.
  • Flux doesn't affect Lycan that much, because Shapeshift grants immunity to slows and because he is never alone.
  • If their Tempest Double has been called, Lycan can still kill Arc Warden before the double expires.
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  • The Wolves' speed causes the knockback from Gust to be ineffective.
  • She lacks escapes and loses her Marksmanship when someone is near her. Lycan takes advantage of these weaknesses.
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  • Lycan's ultimate makes him immune to slows from Ursa minimap icon.png Ursa's Earthshock as well as allowing him to outmaneuver Ursa minimap icon.png Ursa during Enrage. Lycan can also easily chase down Ursa minimap icon.png Ursa while shapeshifted, should Ursa minimap icon.png Ursa try to flee.


  • Heroes with single-target abilities will be overwhelmed by Lycan and his summons: Wraith King minimap icon.png Wraith King, Bane minimap icon.png Bane, Phantom Assassin minimap icon.png Phantom Assassin.
  • You can easily kill a squishy Sniper minimap icon.png Sniper, due to your high movement speed and his lack of escape.
  • Once you get a Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar, squishy spellcasters like Zeus minimap icon.png Zeus, Skywrath Mage minimap icon.png Skywrath Mage and others will be probably easy to deal with.
  • Heroes with low armor and little mobility, like Huskar minimap icon.png Huskar, Io minimap icon.png Io, etc. will also have an unfortunate fate.

Works well with...[]

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  • Creeps enchanted with Holy Persuasion benefit from Howl.
  • Plenty of those creeps provide auras that strengthen Lycan and his minions.
  • Lycan is a notable solo-pusher. If he over-stayed his welcome in the enemy's base, perhaps he can be kept alive with Hand of God.
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  • Nature's Prophet is (like Lycan) a jungling and laning hero, so his absence while fighting Roshan is not a great concern for his teammates. Finally, the Prophet's ability to teleport directly into Roshan's pit is also useful for avoiding enemy wards (using Nature's Call in Roshan's Pit with Sprout is advised, however, in order to remain undetected by said wards).


  • Perhaps your allies don't have any summons, but maybe they'll bring one in through purchase of a Helm of the Dominator icon.png Helm of the Dominator. You might as well do it.
  • Heroes that can reduce the armor of enemies can greatly increase Lycan's damage, such as Slardar minimap icon.png Slardar's Corrosive Haze.