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Agility attribute symbol
Intelligence attribute symbol
25 + 3.1
9 + 2
19 + 1.6
Level 0 1 15 25 30
Health 20 570 1516 2462 2836
+0.5 +3 +7.34 +11.64 +13.39
Mana 80 308 572 908 1028
+0.5 +1.45 +2.57 +3.97 +4.47
Armor 1 2.5 7.17 12.5 14.5
Magic Resist 25% 26.9% 29.14% 31.94% 32.94%
Damage Block 16 (50%)






Attack Rate 0.56/s 0.61/s 0.76/s 0.94/s 1.01/s
Attack Range Melee 200 (400)
Attack Speed ▶️ 100 (1.8s BAT)
Attack Animation 0.5 + 0.84
Projectile Speed Instant
Move Speed ▶️ 305 (Nighttime 335)
Turn Rate Takes 0.196s to turn 180°. 0.8
Collision Size 27
Bound Radius 24
Vision Range (G) 1800 (Nighttime 800)
Gib Type Default
Internal npc_dota_hero_magnataur
Charges in to reposition his enemies.
A Magnoceros does not believe in chance, and the eruption of Mount Joerlak was no accident. For this reason Magnus set out, never to return to his kin until those responsible had been Impaled upon his horn. For enemies who are foolish enough to gather learn to fear the horn of Magnus. With a deep bellow, he Empowers his companions to strike beyond their normal scope, and devastates entire enemy columns with subterranean Shockwaves. Able to pull nearby foes together with his most remarkable ability, Reverse Polarity, dazed and immobilized, Magnus Skewers them with his horn to bring them before his merciless allies.
Horn Toss
Horn Toss
Reverse Polarity
Roles: Initiator Initiator Disabler Disabler Nuker Nuker Escape Escape
Complexity: Hero ComplexityHero Complexity
Adjectives: Fuzzy, Horns, Nose
Legs ( 4 )


Magnus minimap iconMagnus, the Magnoceros
▶️ "No, I blame no one who covets my horn. But to desire more than sight of it is a guarantee of death."
The master-smiths of Mt. Joerlak agree on only a single point: that the horn of a magnoceros is more precious than any alloy. And of all such horns, the largest and sharpest belongs to the beast they call Magnus. For half a generation, Magnus took easy sport goring hunters come to claim the treasures of his kin. Each time he would return to his cave with hooves and horns stained red, until his Matriarch urged him and all their kin to seek refuge to the north beyond the shadow of the mountain. But Magnus scoffed, having never failed to defend his people. The magnoceroi would stay, he decided, for a magnoceros does not believe in chance… nor does it ever change its mind.

But when Mt. Joerlak erupted without warning, and half his kin perished in the fire and ash, Magnus changed his mind after all. The survivors pushed north, until they reached a blockade watched over by a hundred hunters armed with bow and steel. Magnus expected no less. He led his fiercest brothers and sisters in a charge against their enemies, and fought with a ferocity matched only by the fire-spewing mountain at his back. Meanwhile the magnoceros elders, mothers, and calves vanished into the drifts. The master-smiths are divided about what happened next.

Some say Magnus reunited with his kin, while others claim he suffered mortal injuries and expired alongside the body of his Matriarch. Neither theory is correct. Magnus did vow to rejoin his kin…but only after seeking out those responsible for the eruption of Mt. Joerlak and watching them die upon his horn, for a magnoceros does not believe in chance.


Shockwave icon
Magnus sends out a wave of force, damaging enemy units in a line, pulling them towards him and slowing them for a brief period.
Cast Animation: 0.3+1.2
Cast Range: Affected by Cast Range bonuses. 1200 (With Aghanim's Shard 1600)
Wave Distance: Affected by Cast Range bonuses. 1200 (With Aghanim's Shard 1600)
Wave Radius: Affected by AoE Radius bonuses. 200
Damage: 90/160/230/300 (Talent 215/285/355/425)
Move Speed Slow: 75%
Pull Distance: 150
Pull Duration: 0.2
Slow Duration: 0.9 (Talent 1.4)
With Aghanim's Shard Returning Damage Multiplier: 0.75
Cooldown symbol
Mana symbol
Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard.
Aghanim's Shard Upgrade:
Increases range, and causes Shockwave to return towards the caster's original cast location after reaching max length, hitting enemies a second time for 75% of the damage.
Does not pierce debuff immunity.
The forced movement is instantly canceled.
Modifiers [?]
Mt. Joerlak was a somewhat unstable mass, and Magnus has learned to channel its reverberations.

  • The Shockwaves travel at a speed of 900 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard. 1200), taking 1.333 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard. 1.333) seconds to reach the maximum distance.
  • With the travel distance and radius, it can hit units up to 1400 Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard. 1800) range away.
  • Hit enemies are pulled towards the center of the Shockwave and towards the cast location.
    • The further enemies are from the center of the shockwave, the stronger the pull force is towards its center than towards the cast location.
    • Pulls hit enemies 150 range over 0.2 seconds, resulting in a speed of 750.
    • Pulled enemies destroy trees in their path.
  • Shockwave first applies the pull debuff, the movement speed slow debuff, and then the damage.
    • Applies the slow and damage to Roshan icon Roshan, but does not pull him.
  • The particle effects and a sound effect start playing at the beginning of the cast.
  • The slow of multiple casts does not stack, it only refreshes the duration.
  • After reaching the max distance, the Shockwave returns, dealing 67.5/120/172.5/225 (Talent 161.25/213.75/266.25/318.75) damage (before reductions) and applying all of its effects.
    • An enemy may only be hit by one of the shockwaves upon traveling outwards, and once again upon returning.
    • Can deal up to 157.5/280/402.5/525 (Talent 376.25/498.75/621.25/743.75) damage to a single target with both Shockwave hits.

Empower icon
Gives an allied unit bonus damage and cleave on attack. Magnus receives 50% larger bonus.
Cast Animation: 0.3+1.07
Cast Range: Affected by Cast Range bonuses. 800
Cleave Starting Radius: Affected by AoE Radius bonuses. 150
Cleave Distance: Affected by AoE Radius bonuses. 650
Cleave End Radius: Affected by AoE Radius bonuses. 360
Cleave Damage: 16%/24%/32%/40% (Talent 26%/34%/42%/50%)
Attack Damage Bonus: 16%/24%/32%/40% (Talent 26%/34%/42%/50%)
Self Empower Multiplier: 0.5
Duration: 35 (Talent 45)
Cooldown symbol
Mana symbol
Modifiers [?]
With a deep bellow, Magnus displays his true power.

  • Grants regular flat bonus attack damage based on the affected unit's main attack damage. Does not further increase bonus attack damage.
    • The unit's current main attack damage is periodically checked and the bonuses are adapted instantly.
    • TALENT
      The damage and cleave increasing Talent talent instantly upgrade the current active instance as well.
  • Grants cleave if the affected hero's range type is Melee melee.
  • Grants the following bonuses when self-cast:
    • 24%/36%/48%/60% (Talent 39%/51%/63%/75%) cleave damage.
    • 24%/36%/48%/60% (Talent 39%/51%/63%/75%) attack damage bonus.
  • Cleave damage has the following properties:
    • It counts as spell damage. However, it has the following flags:
    • Cleave damage depends on the attack damage value of the cleaving unit, not on how much their primary attack target took. It is reduced by damage block.
  • The complete cleave area is shaped like an isocseles trapezoid in front of the attacking unit.
    • Multiple sources of cleave fully stack and work independently.
    • Does not cleave upon attacking wards, buildings or allied units. Animal Courier Radiant minimap icon Couriers, wards and buildings are unaffected by cleave.
    • Despite the visual effect, the cleave damage is applied instantly in the whole area.

Skewer icon
Enemy Heroes / Self
Magnus rushes forward, goring enemy units on his massive tusk. Heroes hit on the way will be dragged to the destination, then damaged and affected by slowed movement and attack speed.
Cast Animation: 0.3+0.33
Cast Range: Global
Max Skewer Distance: Affected by Cast Range bonuses. 900/975/1050/1125 (Talent 1175/1250/1325/1400)
Skewer Radius: Affected by AoE Radius bonuses. 145
Base Damage: 70/140/210/280
Moved Distance As Damage: 6%/9%/12%/15%
Move Speed Slow: 20%/30%/40%/50%
Attack Speed Slow: 10/20/30/40
Slow Duration: 3.25
Tree Destruction Radius: Affected by AoE Radius bonuses. 200
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 22/20/18/16 (Talent 17/15/13/11)
Mana symbol
Does not pierce debuff immunity.
The forced movement is instantly canceled.
Cannot be cast while rooted or leashed.
Root Notes:
Getting rooted while already charging does not cancel the charge.
Modifiers [?]
Magnoceros horns are valuable in direct proportion to their danger to prospective merchants.

  • Magnus charges forward at a speed of 900.
    • While charging, he is fully disabled and prevented from acting.
    • When targeting beyond the max skewer distance, Magnus charges for the max distance towards the targeted point.
  • Moves Magnus in 45 range instances. Targeting any distance which is not a multiplier of that number rounds down the distance.
    • Therefore, the min possible distance is 45, and the actual max distance is 900/945/1035/1125 (Talent 1170/1215/1305/1395).
  • Enemy heroes within 145 radius around Magnus get moved in front of him, are stunned and dragged along.
    • Enemy heroes then land 200 range away in front of Magnus at the end of the charge.
    • Skewer does not affect the same enemy hero again per cast.
    • Treat illusions, clones and creep-heroes as heroes.
  • Skewer can only be interrupted by death or by other forced movement sources.
    • Only when Magnus' charge is interrupted, the enemy heroes are no longer dragged.
    • When interrupted, the slow and damage are applied prematurely at the unit's current location.
  • Can charge through and drag enemy heroes over impassable terrain.
  • Destroys trees within 200 radius while charging, and within 400 radius upon reaching the destination.

Horn Toss icon
No Target
Magnus tosses any enemies in front of him, launching them to his rear. Enemies take damage, spend 0.6 seconds in the air, and then are stunned upon landing.
Cast Animation: 0.2+0.79
Search Radius: Affected by AoE Radius bonuses. 325
Facing Angle: 115°
Search Area Offset: 75
Damage: 275
Toss Duration: 0.6
Landing Stun Duration: 0.75
Cooldown symbol
Mana symbol
Does not pierce debuff immunity.
The forced movement is instantly canceled.
Modifiers [?]
Ability Draft Notes
Ability Draft Notes:
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter.
Requires drafting Reverse Polarity icon Reverse Polarity to be unlocked.
Magnus Horn Toss angle

Horn Toss angle visualised.
Teal dot marks the center.
Red dot marks the landing location.

  • Horn Toss' search radius is a circular segment with a radius of 325, and cutting off and at a total angle of 230°.
    • This means it affects units in front of Magnus, and to his left and right up to a certain degree.
  • The center of the search area is located 75 range in front of Magnus, which approximately aligns with the position of his horn.
    • This means Horn Toss can hit units up to 400 range in front of Magnus.
  • Enemies are always tossed at a location between 180 ‒ 210 range behind Magnus, varying based on where they were in front of him.
  • Enemies are moved over Magnus' head, in an arc with a height of 300, and varying lengths. The toss always takes 0.6 seconds.
    • Stun affected enemies for both the toss duration and landing duration, with a total duration of 1.35 seconds.
    • Affected enemies destroy trees within 200 radius upon landing.
  • The damage is applied upon cast, while the movement speed slow is applied upon landing. However, the toss modifier itself applies the slow as well.
    • Applies the damage and debuff to Roshan icon Roshan, but does not toss him.

Reverse Polarity
Reverse Polarity icon
No Target
(Talent Self)
Magnus changes properties of matter, sucking all nearby enemies in front of him and stunning them with a powerful slam and dealing damage.
Cast Animation: 0.3+1.3
Radius: Affected by AoE Radius bonuses. 430
Damage: 75/150/225
Stun Duration: 2.5/3/3.5 (Talent 3.3/3.8/4.3)
Talent All Attribute Bonus per Hero Hit: 10
Talent Buff Duration: 15
Cooldown symbol
Mana symbol
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter.
Aghanim's Scepter Upgrade:
Grants the Horn Toss ability.
Modifiers [?]
Magnus fights with the fury of the erupting Mt. Joerlak.

  • Instantly pulls all affected units 150 range in front of Magnus.
    • The particle effects and a sound effect start playing at the beginning of the cast.
  • Reverse Polarity first applies the all attributes buff, the debuff, then the damage.
  • There is no limit to how many units can be affected within the radius.
  • Applies the stun and damage to Roshan icon Roshan, but does not pull him.


Hero Talents
+0.8s Reverse Polarity icon Reverse Polarity Stun Duration25+10% Empower icon Empower Damage/Cleave
+275 Skewer icon Skewer Range20+125 Shockwave icon Shockwave Damage
-5s Skewer icon Skewer Cooldown15+10 Universal attribute symbol all stats per hero hit with Reverse Polarity icon Reverse Polarity
+0.5s Shockwave icon Shockwave Slow Duration10+10s Empower icon Empower Duration

Recent Changes[]

Main Articles: Changelogs, Old Abilities and Hero Lore
  • Fixed interactions between Skewer icon Skewer and other forced movement abilities (e.g: Primal Beast Pulverize) causing Skewer to deal damage relative to the distance between the target and the center of the map.
  • Talent Talents:
    • LVL 15
      -7s Skewer icon Skewer Cooldown reduced to -5.
      LVL 20
      +375 Skewer icon Skewer Range reduced to +275.
  • Changed
    Skewer icon Skewer damage from 90/180/270/360 to 70/140/210/280 + 6%/9%/12%/15% self moved distance as damage.
  • Rescaled Shockwave icon Shockwave mana cost from 70/80/90/100 to 75 on each level.

Recommended Items[]

Starting items:

  • Tango icon Tango provides health sustain during the laning stage.
  • Iron Branch icon Iron Branch is an item Universal heroes use better than others. It increases Magnus' damage and last hitting ability, and can be planted for extra Tango healing.
  • Circlet icon Circlet builds into Bracer or Wraith Band and gives a decent boost to attack damage for Universal heroes like Magnus.

Early game:

  • Bottle icon Bottle can save Magnus trips to the fountain, since its mana rejuvenation works well with his low-mana cost abilities. It is crucial if soloing the middle lane, allowing for rune control.
  • Magic Wand icon Magic Wand will not only provide him bonus attributes, but also more sustain.
  • Boots of Speed icon Boots of Speed provide movement speed bonus early on, helping Magnus collect runes and perhaps kills.
  • Bracer icon Bracer provides all around stats which aid Magnus, and the bonus damage and health regen help him secure last hits and stay in lane.
  • Wraith Band icon Wraith Band provides armor and attack speed in addition to attributes to help Magnus trade blows more effectively.

Mid game:

  • Power Treads icon Power Treads give attack speed, and can switch between attributes for bonus health, attack speed, or mana as the situation demands.
  • Blink Dagger icon Blink Dagger will help Magnus initiate with Reverse Polarity, as well as give him more mobility. Shockwave and Skewer can also be efficiently used after blinking in front of the enemy.
  • Harpoon icon Harpoon increases Magnus' physical damage considerably with its attribute bonuses and Echo Strike, and Draw Forth combos exceptionally well with Skewer for picking off enemies.

Late game:

  • Black King Bar icon Black King Bar makes it easier for Magnus to use his ultimate, as he can place himself in the middle of heroes without being interrupted. It can also be used so that he can live longer against too many disablers.
  • Aghanim's Scepter icon Aghanim's Scepter unlocks Horn Toss, which combos excellently with Skewer to force enemies out of position.
  • Refresher Orb icon Refresher Orb gives Magnus more regeneration and the ability to cast his abilities twice, letting him lock down enemies for extended periods of time.

Situational items:

  • Force Staff icon Force Staff provides additional intelligence so Magnus can use more abilities, as well as more mobility so he can position for Skewer and Reverse Polarity.
  • Shadow Blade icon Shadow Blade offers cost effective attack speed and damage increases that synergy with Empower, strong initiation and mobility, and a mediocre escape trough Shadow Walk. It also can be upgraded into Silver Edge to Break enemies.
  • Guardian Greaves icon Guardian Greaves can be considered for a more support-oriented Magnus to keep his allies healthy and supplied with mana in the middle of fights.
  • Aeon Disk icon Aeon Disk greatly increases his survivability and gives him a chance to counter-initiate or escape even if he got caught.
  • Heart of Tarrasque icon Heart of Tarrasque makes him more tanky and gives him additional attack damage.
  • Mask of Madness icon Mask of Madness will give him a quick boost in attack speed, which could help when he is buffed with Empower.
  • Daedalus icon Daedalus gives Magnus critical strike, enabling him to deal huge damage without relying on his spells. Empower allows his critical hits to devastate entire teams.
  • Assault Cuirass icon Assault Cuirass gives Magnus additional attack speed as well as armor, and also debuff his enemies' armor.
  • Shiva's Guard icon Shiva's Guard gives Magnus an additional nuke and disable once he's in the middle of the enemy team. The armor and Freezing Aura make it good against enemies with strong basic attacks.

Dota Plus Progress[]

Main Article: Hero Challenges

Relics track a hero's actions and statistics, and display in-game notifications when a milestone is reached. They are only available to Dota Plus subscribers.

Relics Voice Lines
Relic Rare icon
Heroes Slowed With Shockwave icon Shockwave
Relic Rare icon
Empower icon Empower Allies Duration
Relic Rare icon
Skewer icon Skewer 2 or More Enemy Heroes
Relic Rare icon
Three Hero Reverse Polarity icon Reverse Polaritys
Relic universal icon
Skewer icon Skewers Leading To Kills
Relic universal icon
Teleports Leading To Kills
Relic universal icon
Blink Dagger icon Blink Stuns
Relic universal icon
Stuns Leading To Kills
Relic universal icon
Blink Dagger icon Blinks Leading To Kills
Relic universal icon
Smoke of Deceit icon Smoke of Deceit Leading To Kills
Relic universal icon
Triple Kills
Relic universal icon
Mega Kill Streaks
Relic universal icon
Kill Assists
Relic universal icon
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Plus Hero Badge 4
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  • ▶️ I tell you what. You touch my horn, I break your face.
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  • In the transition to Dota 2, Magnus's race was changed from Magnataur to Magnoceros, most likely to avoid copyright issues with Blizzard, since the Magnataur are an existing race in the "Warcraft" universe.
  • "Magnus" means "great" in Latin.
    • This was used as an honorific in certain esteemed Romans; the most famous being Gnaeus Pompey Magnus (Pompey the great), party with Caesar on two triumvirates. When Caesar refused to disband his army and enter Rome as a citizen, Pompey led the Roman's evacuation and was the main general to oppose Caesar, until his (Pompey's) death.
  • Magnus' lore was written by Greg Kasavin of Supergiant Games. In Greg's original draft, the Magnoceri were a dying race due to the males having the tendency of killing the females after mating, leading Magnus to go on a search for a new mate that could please him. Magnus still has many rivalry lines directed towards female heroes referencing that original draft.[1]