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Queen of Pain
Strength attribute symbol
Agility attribute symbol
Intelligence attribute symbol
18 + 2.4
22 + 2.5
25 + 3.4
Level 0 1 15 25 30
Health 20 416 1142 1934 2242
+0.25 +2.05 +5.41 +9.01 +10.41
Mana 80 380 944 1496 1724
+0 +1.25 +3.63 +5.93 +6.88
Armor 0 3.67 9.5 15.67 18.08
Magic Resist 25% 27.5% 32.26% 36.86% 38.76%
Damage Block -






Attack Rate 0.67/s 0.81/s 1.05/s 1.29/s 1.39/s
Attack Range Ranged 550 (750)
Attack Speed ▶️ 100 (1.5s BAT)
Attack Animation 0.56 + 0.41
Projectile Speed 1500
Move Speed ▶️ 290 (Nighttime 320)
Turn Rate Takes 0.262s to turn 180°. 0.6
Collision Size 27
Bound Radius 24
Vision Range (G) 1800 (Nighttime 800)
Gib Type Default
Internal npc_dota_hero_queenofpain
Blinks in to deal massive magical damage.
Queen of Pain strikes without warning, she Blinks past defenses, wracking her victims with her deafening Screams. Should an enemy survive her onslaught, she slows their escape with a hurl of Shadow Strikes, drawing out their suffering over time. Running is futile. There is only one release from such torture. The Queen flexes her membranous wings, then delivers an ear-piercing Sonic Wave that will put an end to all misery.
Shadow Strike
Shadow Strike
Scream of Pain
Sonic Wave
Roles: Carry Carry Nuker Nuker Escape Escape
Complexity: Hero ComplexityHero Complexity
Adjectives: Demon, Female, Horns, Wings, Nose
Legs ( 2 )


Queen of Pain minimap iconAkasha, the Queen of Pain
▶️ "They say pain is all in the mind, but they're wrong: It's all in my hands."
The Ecclesiast-King of Elze nursed a desire for pain — forbidden pain. In a less prominent political figure, such desires might be considered unwise, but in a monarch of his stature, to satisfy such thirsts would have threatened the virtue of the Divine Throne itself. Therefore he turned to his dungeon full of demonologists, promising freedom to whoever could summon a personal succubus of torment and bind it entirely to his service. The creature who arrived, Akasha by name, visited upon him such exquisite torments that he named her his Secret Queen, and he began to spend all his spare moments submitting to her clever torments—eventually abdicating all his responsibilities in his pursuit of the painful pleasures that only she could bring. Queen of Pain could bring him to the brink of death, but she was rune-bound to keep him alive. At last the King's neglect of state brought on an uprising. He was dragged from his chamber and hurled from the Tower of Invocations, and at the moment of death, Queen of Pain was let loose into the world, freed from servitude—freed to visit her sufferings on anyone she deigned to notice.
Akasha, QOP


Shadow Strike
Shadow Strike icon
Enemies / Self
Hurls a poisoned dagger which deals large initial damage, and then deals damage over time. The poisoned unit has its movement speed slowed for 15 seconds. An instance of damage is dealt every 3 seconds. Queen of Pain relishes in the pain inflicted, healing every time the enemy takes damage. Creeps heal for half the damage only.
Cast Animation: 0.4+0.67
Cast Range: Affected by Cast Range bonuses. 450/500/550/600
Initial Damage: 30/60/90/120 (With Aghanim's Scepter 80/110/140/170)
Instance Interval: 3 (Talent 2.5)
Damage per Instance: 20/40/60/80
Self Heal per Instance: 10/20/30/40 (Talent 20/30/40/50)
Creep Heal Multiplier: 0.5
Move Speed Slow: 20%/35%/50%/65%
Duration: 15
With Aghanim's Scepter Radius: Affected by AoE Radius bonuses. 375
Cooldown symbol
Mana symbol
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter.
Aghanim's Scepter Upgrade:
Causes Shadow Strike to become a 375 AoE Spell, and have increased initial damage. When Shadow Strike ends or is re-applied to an enemy Hero, the target emits a Scream of Pain, hitting any nearby enemies.
Partially blocked by Linken's Sphere.
Blocked upon impact.
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter.
Not blocked.
Does not proc any on-cast effects when cast.
Cast Event Notes:
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter.
Scream of Pain released by the affected targets does not proc on-cast effects.
Modifiers [?]
Ability Draft Notes
Ability Draft Notes:
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter.
Scream of Pain icon Scream of Pain must be drafted as well for it to get applied.
Akasha's envenomed dagger allows her to delight in the drawn out suffering of her victims.

  • A unit with less than 25% of its max health can be denied when it has the Shadow Strike debuff on.
  • The dagger travels at a speed of 900.
  • Successive casts on the same target remove the debuff from the previous cast and place a new one.
    • This means if the initial damage is dealt again, and the movement speed slow values and instance interval are effectively reset.
  • The movement speed slow starts off at 20%/35%/50%/65% and decreases in 1-second intervals. For how much movement speed slow Shadow Strike slows on each level at each second, please refer to the chart below.
  • 3 (Talent 2.5) seconds after cast, Shadow Strike deals damage and self-heal over time in 3 (Talent 2.5)-second intervals.
    • TALENT
      The number of instance intervals can be defined as
      Duration / (3 - Talent 0.7).
    • Therefore, the instance interval's value is reduced to 2.5 seconds instead, resulting in a total of 6 instances within the entire duration.
  • The initial damage is dealt upon projectile impact, resulting in 6 (Talent 7) total damage instances.
    • Can deal up to 130/260/390/520 (Talent 150/300/450/600) (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 180/310/440/570, Talent 200/350/500/650) damage (before reductions) to the affected target(s).
  • However, it does not heal initially on projectile impact, resulting in 5 (Talent 6) total heal instances.
    • Treats clones and creep-heroes as heroes, and illusions as creeps.
    • Therefore, it can heal Queen of Pain for up to 50/100/150/200 (Talent 60/120/180/240) health from heroes, and 25/50/75/100 (Talent 30/60/90/120) health from non-hero units.
    • Always heals for the full amount per instance, regardless of how much damage the target actually takes.
    • Does not continue to heal Queen of Pain at full health.
  • Shadow Strike now hits all enemy targets within 375 radius of the primary target.
    • These daggers behave just like a regular cast, and can be disjointed normally.
    • Also targets units inside the Fog of War and invisible units. However, invisible targets instantly disjoint it.
    • Scream of Pain icon Scream of Pain projectiles are released based on its current level within 600 radius around the affected target in the following conditions:
      • Losing the debuff in any way (e.g. via dispels), including successive casts on the same target, or by debuff expiring.
      • Projectiles are released even when the affected target turns spell immune, invulnerable and hidden, if the conditions are met.
  • The primary affected target releasing the projectiles is also damaged. The damage of the released projectiles are sourced to the affected target, and not to Queen of Pain.
    • Scream of Pain projectiles are not released in the following conditions:
      • When the affected target(s) dies while affected by the debuff.
      • When there are no valid targets within range upon debuff expiration.
      • If the affected target is an illusion or the Tempest Double minimap icon Tempest Double expiring.
    • Projectiles released by the affected target(s) this way do not interrupt their current channeling abilities.
    • Scream of Pain notes fully apply. If it is not learned, Scream of Pain is not released upon losing the debuff.
  •  /  The passive Scream of Pain icon Scream of Pain cast upon debuff expiration is based on Queen of Pain minimap icon Queen of Pain's current ability level when acquired.

Blink (Queen of Pain) icon
(Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard. Enemies)
Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard. Magical
Short distance teleportation that allows Queen of Pain to move in and out of combat.
Cast Animation: 0.33+0.07
Cast Range: Global
Min Blink Distance: 200
Max Blink Distance: Affected by Cast Range bonuses. 1075/1150/1225/1300
With Aghanim's Shard Radius: Affected by AoE Radius bonuses. 300
With Aghanim's Shard Damage: 125
With Aghanim's Shard Silence Duration: 1.75
Cooldown symbol
 12/10/8/6 (Talent 10/8/6/4)
Mana symbol
Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard.
Aghanim's Shard Upgrade:
Releases a sonic boom when Queen of Pain blinks, at both her starting and ending locations. Deals 125 damage in a 300 AoE and silences the target for 1.75 seconds.
Modifiers [?]
The Secret Queen lives up to her title, making her pain impossible to escape.

  • Attempting to blink less than the minimum distance will blink for 200 range instead.
  • Does not blink for the full distance when targeting closer than the max distance.
    • When targeting beyond the max blink distance, Queen of Pain blinks for the max distance towards the targeted point.
  • Blink first applies the silence debuff, then the damage.
    • The damage fully stack, so enemies within 300 radius of the starting and end location are hit twice, taking 250 damage.
    • The silence debuff from multiple casts does not stack but refreshes the duration instead.

Scream of Pain
Scream of Pain icon
No Target
The Queen of Pain lets loose a piercing scream around her, damaging nearby enemies.
Search Radius: Affected by AoE Radius bonuses. 600
Damage: 75/150/225/300 (Talent 175/250/325/400)
Cooldown symbol
Mana symbol
The sultry voice of Akasha beckons her opponents while stealing their souls.

  • The projectiles travel at a speed of 900.

Sonic Wave
Sonic Wave icon
Creates a gigantic wave of sound in front of Queen of Pain, dealing heavy damage to all enemy units in its wake and pushing them back.
Cast Animation: 0.452+0.9
Cast Range: Affected by Cast Range bonuses. 700
Starting Radius: 100
Travel Distance: Affected by Cast Range bonuses. 900
End Radius: Affected by AoE Radius bonuses. 450
Knockback Distance: Affected by AoE Radius bonuses. 350
Knockback Duration: 1.4
Total Damage: 350/500/650 (Talent 600/750/900)
Cooldown symbol
 110/95/80 (Talent 65/50/35)
Mana symbol
Modifiers [?]
Her most exquisite of all of torments, Akasha's Sonic Wave puts her poor foes out of their misery.

  • Sonic Wave travels at a speed of 900, taking 1 second to travel the full distance.
  • With the travel distance and end radius, it can hit units up to 1350.
  • The complete area is shaped like a cone.
  • The knockback angle depends on the angle between the hit target and Queen of Pain's cast location.
    • This means the knockback direction does not equal the cast direction. Enemies within close proximity may get pushed to the sides.
    • Knocks hit enemies 350 range back over 1.4 seconds, resulting in a knockback speed of 250.
    • Units are not disabled during the knockback. They can still turn, attack, cast abilities, and use items. Does not interrupt channeling abilities.
  • Destroys trees within 200 radius enemies come in contact with during the knockback.
  • Deals 25/35.71/46.43 (Talent 42.86/53.57/64.29) damage in 0.1-second intervals, starting immediately upon cast, ending 0.1 seconds after the last damage instance is over, resulting in 14 instances.
  • Sonic Wave first applies its damage, then the knockback debuff.

Shadow Strike Calculations[]

Shadow Strike icon Shadow Strike Movement Speed Movement Speed Slow Values at nth Interval
Level / Interval 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Level 1 20% 16.3% 13.1% 10.3% 8.1% 6.2% 4.7% 3.5% 2.5% 1.8% 1.3% 0.9% 0.6% 0.4% 0.3%
Level 2 35% 28.5% 22.9% 18.1% 14.1% 10.8% 8.2% 6.1% 4.5% 3.2% 2.3% 1.6% 1.1% 0.8% 0.5%
Level 3 50% 40.8% 32.7% 25.9% 20.1% 15.5% 11.7% 8.7% 6.4% 4.6% 3.3% 2.3% 1.6% 1.1% 0.7%
Level 4 65% 53% 42.5% 33.6% 26.2% 20.1% 15.2% 11.3% 8.3% 6% 4.3% 3.0% 2.1% 1.4% 0.9%


Hero Talents
+250 Sonic Wave icon Sonic Wave Damage25-2s Blink (Queen of Pain) icon Blink Cooldown
-45s Sonic Wave icon Sonic Wave Cooldown20+100 Scream of Pain icon Scream of Pain Damage
+30 Attack Speed15-0.7s Shadow Strike icon Shadow Strike Damage Interval
+10 Shadow Strike icon Shadow Strike Heal Per Tick10+20 Damage

Recent Changes[]

Main Articles: Changelogs, Old Abilities and Hero Lore
  • Reduced Shadow Strike icon Shadow Strike cooldown from 16/12/8/4 to 13/10/7/4.
  • Increased Scream of Pain icon Scream of Pain radius from 550 to 600.
  • Sonic Wave icon Sonic Wave
    • The knockback debuff is now dispellable.
      from applying 1 instance of damage to applying damage over the 1.4-second knockback duration.
    • Now deals damage in 0.1-second intervals, starting immediately upon cast, resulting in 14 instances.
    • Increased total damage from 310/430/550 to 350/500/650.
    • Reduced cooldown from 110/100/90 to 110/95/80.

Recommended Items[]

Starting items:

  • Null Talisman icon Null Talisman gives Queen of Pain a decent early game attributes boost.
  • Faerie Fire icon Faerie Fire helps Queen of Pain score last hits and gives a chance to survive a gank.
  • Iron Branch icon Iron Branch improves Queen of Pain's early attributes and can be built into a Magic Wand icon Magic Wand later on, or eaten with Tango.
  • Healing Salve icon Healing Salve can patch Queen of Pain up after a gank or heavy trading with her opponent.
  • Clarity icon Clarity helps Queen of Pain to continue harassing her opponent with Shadow Strike.

Early game:

  • Magic Wand icon Magic Wand gives Queen of Pain much needed burst regen which can be used in emergency situations.
  • Bottle icon Bottle provides Queen of Pain with reliable health and mana regeneration. Blink grants her almost incontestable rune control allowing her to easily replenish Bottle charges.
  • Infused Raindrop icon Infused Raindrops helps Queen of Pain resist harassment and gankers, while providing much needed mana regeneration.

Mid game:

  • Power Treads icon Power Treads provide Queen of Pain attack speed and attribute switch, allowing her to be more durable and gain more value from Bottle icon Bottle.
  • Witch Blade icon Witch Blade gives her intelligence, armor, attack speed and passive ability.
  • Orchid Malevolence icon Orchid Malevolence gives Queen of Pain a silence to prevent the hero she blinks on from fighting back, as well as plenty of mana regeneration and damage increase.
  • Linken's Sphere icon Linken's Sphere's Spellblock helps Queen of Pain to survive long enough to blink to safety, while providing all-around attributes and regen.
  • Black King Bar icon Black King Bar protects against most disables and nukes, allowing Queen of Pain to blink into fight with no fear.

Late game:

  • Shiva's Guard icon Shiva's Guard increases armor, as well as mana pool. The Shiva's Guard icon Arctic Blast active double-downs on Queen of Pain's ability to slowdown and nuke enemies.
  • Mjollnir icon Mjollnir's Chain Lightning and Static Charge paired with Spell Lifesteal talent can tremendously boost Queen of Pain's survivability in teamfights.
  • Assault Cuirass icon Assault Cuirass is an alternative armor piece that helps Queen of Pain's team take objectives such as towers and Roshan.

Situational items:

  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon Eul's Scepter of Divinity can dispel silence, or it can buy Queen of Pain enough time to get a blink off, while providing cheap mana regen.
  • Scythe of Vyse icon Scythe of Vyse gives good attributes, increasing Queen of Pain's survivability while also giving her the mana she needs to cast her costly spells. Hex is also one of the strongest hard-disables in the game that can completely turn teamfights around.

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
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Spells Blocked With Linken's Sphere icon Linken's Sphere
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Orchid Malevolence icon Orchids leading To Kills
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Pure Damage
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Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon Eul's leading To Kills
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Spells Disjointed
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Veil of Discord icon Veil of Discord leading To Kills
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Triple Kills
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Mega Kill Streaks
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Kill Assists
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  • ▶️ Uh ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
  • ▶️ There will be pain, there will be screaming.
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  • ▶️ I know I'm a pain, but you love me anyway.
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  • Akasha is the name (or variant of the name) of the fifth element in many religions such as Hinduism, Wicca (or other Neopaganism), with its roots deriving from ancient Paganism. "Akasha", when translated to English (from Sanskrit), means "aether" (air/spirit, depending on context).
    • This element is seen/represented as the top point of a pentagram, a symbol sometimes misused as one of evil (there is no Devil-esque figure in Paganism), and could have been intended to show or derive from Queen of Pain's sadistic nature. The Doom ability icon Doom ability icon is a regular pentagram, so it might be a misconception held by the DotA staff and the reasoning for her name. A regular pentagram on someone, ignoring misconceptions, is actually protective.
    • The name Aether is one of the many references Dota 2 makes to Greek mythology, as it is derived from a Greek deity of the same name.
    • Akasha is also the name of the Queen of the Damned from Anne Rice's "Vampire Chronicles" novel series, which could have inspired Queen of Pain's name, who, in turn, could have derived her name from the above roots.
  • "Your queen is dead" is possibly a reference to an album from "The Smiths", "The Queen is Dead".
  • Most of Queen of Pain's abilities were derived from the "Warcraft III" Night Elf hero, the Warden, with Sonic Wave icon Sonic Wave being the only new ability introduced, replacing Vengeance. Fan of Knives was also substituted for Scream of Pain with the same effect, though an older version of Queen of Pain did have the Fan of Knives ability.
  • Queen of Pain's response for killing Phantom Assassin minimap icon Phantom Assassin "Blink! You're dead." likely refers to the popular Dr. Who episode "Don't Blink" in which the Doctor says, referring to Weeping Angels, "Don't blink, don't even blink. Blink, and you're dead."
  • ▶️ "The Queen is dead, long live the Queen." is a reference to the saying "The King is dead, long live the King" which has been used throughout the centuries in the UK.
  • "Misery loves company.", which plays when Queen of Pain activates Illusion Rune minimap icon Illusion Rune or Manta Style icon Mirror Image is a well-known proverb that originated over 400 years ago in Christopher Marlowe's "The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus". It could also be a reference to the Metallica song "My Friend of Misery".