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Venomancer icon.png
Strength attribute symbol.png
Agility attribute symbol.png
Intelligence attribute symbol.png
19 + 2.1
24 + 2.8
19 + 1.8
Level 0 1 15 25 30
Health 200 580 1160 1820 2060
+0.25 +2.15 +5.09 +8.39 +9.64
Mana 75 303 603 963 1095
+0 +0.95 +2.21 +3.71 +4.26
Armor 0 4 10.53 17.2 19.87
Damage Block -
Magic Resistance 25%
Status Resistance 0%
Damage 22‒25 46‒49 85‒88 125‒128 141‒144
Attack Rate 0.68/s 0.82/s 1.05/s 1.28/s 1.38/s
Attack Range Ranged 450 (800)
Attack Speed ▶️ 115 (1.7s BAT)
Attack Animation 0.3+0.7
Projectile Speed 900
Movement Speed ▶️ 280
Turn Rate Takes 0.175s to turn 180°. 0.6
Collision Size 24
Vision Range (G) 1800 • 800
Legs 0
Gib Type Goo
Ability Upgrades
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter.
Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard.
Poison Nova
Venomous Gale
Deals damage over time with venomous attacks.
Venomancer bring slow death to its enemies. It infects other living beings by its very touch, and spewed Venomous Gales to slow and poison escaping prey. Part reptile and part orchid, it sprouts an endless army of toxin-spitting sentinels, the Plague Wards, to defend its perimeters with Acid Spit. Should foes draw near, they are sprayed with a massive, noxious Poison Nova, ensuring that even those who get away eventually succumb to the Venomancer's many toxins.
Venomous Gale
Venomous Gale
Poison Sting
Plague Ward
Poison Nova
Poison Nova
Roles: Support Support Nuker Nuker Initiator Initiator Pusher Pusher Disabler Disabler
Complexity: ★☆☆


Venomancer minimap icon.pngLesale Deathbringer, the Venomancer
▶️ "No necromancer shall raise what the venomancer puts down."
In the Acid Jungles of Jidi Isle, poison runs in the veins and bubbles in the guts of every creature that scuttles, climbs or swoops between fluorescent vines dripping with caustic sap. Yet even in this toxic menagerie, Venomancer is acknowledged as the most venomous. Ages ago, an Herbalist named Lesale crossed the Bay of Fradj by coracle, searching for potent essences that might be extracted from bark and root, and found instead a nightmare transformation. Two leagues into Jidi's jungle, Lesale encountered a reptile camouflaged as an epiphyte, which stung him as he mistakenly plucked it. In desperation, he used his partial knowledge of the jungle's herbal bounty, mixing the venom of the (swiftly throttled) reptile with the nectar of an armored orchid, to compound an antidote. In the moments before a black paralysis claimed him completely, he injected himself by orchid-thorn, and instantly fell into a coma.

Seventeen years later, something stirred in the spot where he had fallen, throwing off the years' accumulation of humus: Venomancer. Lesale the Herbalist no longer—but Lesale the Deathbringer. His mind was all but erased, and his flesh had been consumed and replaced by a new type of matter—one fusing the venom of the reptile with the poisonous integument of the orchid. Jidi's Acid Jungles knew a new master, one before whom even the most vicious predators soon learned to bow or burrow for their lives. The lurid isle proved too confining, and some human hunger deep in the heart of the Venomancer drove Lesale out in search of new poisons—and new deaths to bring.


Venomous Gale
Venomous Gale icon.png
Launches a ball of venom in a line, poisoning enemy units so that they take both initial damage and damage over time, as well as suffering slowed movement. Venomous Gale deals damage every 3 seconds over its duration.
Cast Animation: 0+0.57
Cast Range: 800 (With Aghanim's Shard 1200)
Max Travel Distance: 850 (With Aghanim's Shard 1250)
Gale Radius: 125
Initial Damage: 50/75/100/125
Number of Instances: 5
Damage per Instance: 15/45/75/105
Move Speed Slow: 50%
Duration: 15
With Aghanim's Shard Number of Plague Wards: 2
Cooldown: 21/20/19/18 (Talent 15/14/13/12)
Mana: 125
Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard.
Aghanim's Shard Upgrade:
Increases travel range, and when Venomous Gale impacts enemy Heroes, it creates Plague Wards around them.
Does not pierce spell immunity.
The slow persists and attempts to damage if debuff was placed before spell immunity and when not dispelled.
Modifiers [?]
modifier_projectile vision
Ability Draft Notes
Ability Draft Notes:
Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard.
Plague Ward must be drafted as well for Venomancer Plague Ward icon.png Plague Wards to spawn.
A concoction of various stings, poisons, and toxins gathered from the jungles of Jidi Isle, victims surviving it are rare.


  • The gale travels at a speed of 1200, taking 0.71 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard. 1.04) seconds to reach max distance.
  • With the travel distance and gale radius, it can hit units up to 975 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard. 1375) range away.
  • The movement speed slow decreases over time. Hit units regain 1% of their movement speed in 0.3-second intervals, starting 0.3 seconds after the debuff is applied.
  • A unit with less than 25% of its maximum health can be denied when it has the Venomous Gale debuff on.
  • After the initial damage, it deals damage over time in 3-second intervals, resulting in overall 6 damage instances.
  • Venomous Gale can deal up to 125/300/475/650 damage to a single unit (before reductions).
  • The debuff from successive casts does not stack, only the duration is refreshed.
    • This means the initial damage is not dealt again, since it only applies upon debuff creation.
  • The projectile has 280 radius flying vision. This vision does not last.
  • With Aghanim's Shard icon.png Aghanim's Shard, Venomous Gale spawns 2 Venomancer Plague Ward icon.png Plague Wards based on its current level around each hit enemy hero, including clones, excluding illusions.
    • The wards are placed within 100 range of every enemy hero affected, on opposite sides of each other.
    • If Plague Ward is not learned, no wards are spawned.

Poison Sting
Can be used by illusions. Disabled by Break. Does not pierce spell immunity. WT
Poison Sting icon.png
Adds poison damage to Venomancer's normal attacks and slowing movement speed.
Damage per Second: 8/16/24/32
Plague Wards Damage Percentage: 50%
Move Speed Slow: 8%/10%/12%/14% (Talent 16%/18%/20%/22%)
Duration: 6/9/12/15
Disabled by Break.
Break Notes:
Disables all aspects of the ability, including Plague Wards applying Poison Sting.
Can be used by illusions.
Illusion Notes:
Poison Sting is fully functional.
Modifiers [?]
The paralytic sting of the creature which caused his transformation now belongs to the Venomancer.


  • The damage ticks in 1-second intervals, starting 1 second after the debuff is placed, resulting in 6/9/12/15 damage ticks.
  • The debuff from successive attacks does not stack, only the duration is refreshed.
  • Venomancer Plague Ward icon.png Plague Wards' attacks apply Poison Sting based on its current level on enemies as well.
    • If Poison Sting is not learned, no debuffs are applied.
    • The Poison Sting applied by the wards uses a different modifier than Venomancer. These modifiers do not interfere with each other.
    • However, the wards' debuff neither applies damage nor movement speed slow, if the enemy is also affected by both debuffs.
    • The wards' Poison Sting can deal up to Lua error in Module:Calculate at line 35: Unrecognized word "v" in expression "8*v2*50/100". damage.

Plague Ward
Venomancer Plague Ward model.png
Summoned Ward
This unit has no mana.
Level 1
Duration Ability Duration 40
Armor Armor 0
Magic Resistance 0%
Status Resistance 0%
Attack Damage ▶️ Piercing icon.png Piercing
12/21/30/39 ‒ 14/23/32/41 (Talent 31.5/54/76.5/9933.5/56/78.5/101)
Attack Range Ranged 600
Acquisition Range 600
Attack Speed 0.71 attack(s) per second. 100 • 1.4s BAT
Attack Animation 0.3+0.7
Projectile Speed 1900
Turn Rate Takes 0.209s to turn 180°. 0.5
Collision Size 24
Vision Range (G) 800
Bounty Gold 15/17/19/21
Experience 20/25/30/35
Model Scale 0.8
Abilities Spell Immunity
Notes Applies Poison Sting based on its current level on hit.
Ability damage is halved.

Plague Ward
Plague Ward icon.png
Summons a plague ward to attack enemy units and structures. The ward is immune to magic. Wards gain the Poison Sting level from Venomancer, dealing 50% of the full damage.
Cast Animation: 0+0.63
Cast Range: 850
Ward Duration: 40
Cooldown: 5 (Talent 3.5)
Mana: 20/22/24/26
Modifiers [?]
Ability Draft Notes
Ability Draft Notes:
Poison Sting must be drafted as well for it to get applied.
A mixture of his old herbalist talents and newfound toxic mastery creates a living embodiment of plague.


  • Venomancer Plague Ward icon.png Plague Wards automatically attack enemies within their attack range, using Standard auto-attack rules.
    • It is possible to manually give the wards an attack target with A or Keyboard White Mouse Right.png Right Click an enemy in range.
    • With Unified Orders with Ctrl, Ctrl+Keyboard White Mouse Right.png Right Click an enemy in range commands all wards to attack the target.
    • It is also possible to stop the wards from attacking with S (only works when the auto-attack option is Never).
  • Plague Wards' attacks apply Poison Sting based on its current level on enemies as well.
    • Poison Sting notes fully apply.
    • The damage source of the wards' Poison Sting is Venomancer, meaning certain on-damage effects (e.g. Damage Return) react on the Venomancer rather on the wards.
  • Plague Wards have a lower target priority than units and heroes, so they are attacked by towers and lane creeps last.
  • The wards gain their spell immunity through a buff, so it is possible for enemies to Ping it to display its remaining duration.

Poison Nova
Poison Nova icon.png
No Target
A spreading ring of poison that does damage over time to enemy units around Venomancer. Poison Nova cannot deal lethal damage; targets will be left with at least 1 health.
Cast Animation: 0+0.87
Radius: 595/645/695
Nova Width: 255
Base Damage per Second: 20/30/40
Max Health as Damage per Second: 2%/2.75%/3.5% (With Aghanim's Scepter 3%/3.75%/4.5%)
Duration: 20 (Talent 25)
Talent Attack Speed Slow: 100
Cooldown: 140/120/100 (With Aghanim's Scepter 100/80/60)
Mana: 200/300/400
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter.
Aghanim's Scepter Upgrade:
Increases damage and decreases cooldown.
Partially pierces spell immunity.
Places debuff, but does not deal damage to spell immune enemies.
Modifiers [?]
In the Acid Jungles, creatures releasing noxious poison to their attackers is common; Venomancer spreads this plague beyond the Jidi Isle.


  • Interrupts Venomancer's channeling abilities upon cast.
  • Poison Nova's ring expands with a speed of 550.
  • With the travel distance and width, Poison Nova can hit units up to 850/900/950 range away.
    • Despite Poison Nova having a width, units between the ring and Venomancer are still affected, even when not within 255 width of the ring.
  • Deals damage in 1-second intervals, starting immediately as the debuff is placed, resulting in 21 (Talent 26) instances.
    • Poison Nova's damage over time is not lethal. It does not drop affected units below 1 health from its damage ticks.
    • Can deal up to 420/630/840 + 42%/57.75%/73.5% of maximum health (Talent 520/780/1040 + 52%/71.5%/91%) damage to a single unit (before reductions).
    • With Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter, can deal up to 420/630/840 + 63%/78.75%/94.5% of maximum health (Talent 520/780/1040 + 78%/97.5%/117%) damage to a single unit.
  • The debuff from successive casts does not stack, only the duration is refreshed.


Hero Talents
2.5x Venomancer Plague Ward icon.png Plague Ward HP/Damage25 Poison Nova Reduces 100 Attack Speed
-1.5s Plague Ward Cooldown20+5s Poison Nova Duration
+8% Poison Sting Slow1512% Spell Lifesteal
+175 Health10-6 Venomous Gale CD
  • The health talent increases maximum health capacity, and keeps the current health percentage.
  • The spell lifesteal talent stacks additively with other sources of spell lifesteal.

Recent Changes[]

Main Article: Venomancer/Changelogs
  • Increased base attack damage from 18‒21 to 22‒25.
  • Poison Sting
    • No longer deals damage on the same interval that applies the debuff.
    • Increased damage per second from 6/14/22/30 to 8/16/24/32.
  • Venomancer Plague Ward icon.png Plague Ward
  • Poison Nova
    • Increased travel speed from 500 to 550.
    • Rescaled damage radius from 630 on each level to 595/645/695.
  • Talent Talents:
Level 25 right talent changed: +640 Poison Nova radius ➜ Poison Nova reduces 100 attack speed.
Level 25 left talent: 2.6x Venomancer Plague Ward icon.png Plague Ward health/attack damage reduced to 2.5x.
Level 10 left talent changed: +100 attack range ➜ +175 health.

Recommended Items[]

Starting items:

  • Tango icon.png Tango regenerates health, allowing Venomancer to stay longer in lane without going back to the fountain.
  • Healing Salve icon.png Healing Salve restores health as well.
  • Clarity icon.png Clarity is highly recommended in the laning stage, as Venomancer is highly dependent on casting spells in order to be effective. Venomancer's base mana pool and intelligence growth are quite poor, and casting Venomous Gale once at level 1 drains more than half of your mana pool.
  • Observer Ward icon.png Observer Wards are a core requirement as a support. While you can place Plague Wards to scout enemy movement, they are limited in vision, duration and sight range, and can be far more easily spotted and destroyed.

Early game:

  • Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick provides good regeneration, especially if you are laning against opponents who keep casting their abilities.
  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed are important to get early on Venomancer, as his base movement speed is quite low. More mobility allows you to position yourself for your spells, particularly getting within range to cast Venomous Gale.
  • Sentry Ward icon.png Sentry Ward is crucial on Venomancer as a support item. As he can place Plague Wards through terrain and fog of war to get vision, he can easily place Sentry Wards alongside them to de-ward enemy Observer Wards. Since Plague Wards are summoned units, he can "set and forget" them after finding an Observer Ward, rather than risk getting ganked by staying to de-ward.

Mid game:

  • Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand gives attributes, and health and mana restoration for emergencies.
  • Power Treads icon.png Power Treads are a good purchase as the extra attributes can be used either to increase your intelligence to make casting easier or to increase your strength to give you more survivability.
  • Force Staff icon.png Force Staff is useful on Venomancer if you are having trouble farming a Blink Dagger. The increased mana pool helps greatly with his ability to cast spells, and the item's active ability serves as a useful escape mechanism on a frail hero without escape abilities.
  • Town Portal Scroll icon.png Town Portal Scroll is necessary on virtually all heroes, but is important in Venomancer's case due to his ability to show up to teamfights to cast his nukes and slows, and defend a tower and counter-push at the same time. As well, his low mobility and lack of escape abilities means that having a TP scroll on hand at all times should be the case.

Late game:

  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter greatly increases the killing potential of Poison Nova: it can deal tremendous amounts of magical damage to the entire enemy team, making it perfect for initiations when assisted by teammates.

Situational items:

  • Veil of Discord icon.png Veil of Discord provides attributes and armor for Venomancer as well as the item's active, Magic Weakness, which increases the effectiveness of all of Venomancer's spells and even his passive. Though not as powerful as Aghanim's Scepter regarding Poison Nova, it is much cheaper and easier to build. Combining both can result in an astounding amount of damage over time, and also benefits teammates if you have a caster-heavy lineup.
  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity gives a lot of mana regeneration, some movement speed and intelligence, eliminating your mobility and mana issues almost entirely. It also makes positioning for casting your spells easier by disabling an opponent for a short time, and can be used to temporarily save yourself after casting Poison Nova amongst the middle of the enemy team.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger is the best choice if you are your team's main initiator. Use it to position yourself before casting Poison Nova and/or Venomous Gale.
  • Shadow Blade icon.png Shadow Blade gives more damage, more attack speed and a useful escape mechanism. You can also use its ability to initiate on the enemy team and cast your ultimate.
  • Butterfly icon.png Butterfly is a very expensive item and generally not recommended when playing as a support. It drastically increases Venomancer's attack speed and damage, as well as giving him evasion and a small amount of armor, allowing him to weather physical attacks better and apply Poison Sting to multiple targets over a short amount of time.
  • Orchid Malevolence icon.png Orchid Malevolence solves all of your mana problems and gives you more physical damage per second. Additionally, the silence can be used to disable enemies, which is useful both as a semi-carry and support.
  • Manta Style icon.png Manta Style gives Venomancer more overall stats, as well as movement speed. Its active can be used to remove debuffs from yourself, and the illusions can assist in applying slows to enemy targets.
  • Drum of Endurance icon.png Drum of Endurance gives Venomancer stats across the board, and the increased movement speed can offset his low mobility somewhat. The extra attack speed also helps him apply his Poison Sting more easily.
  • Octarine Core icon.png Octarine Core is a highly expensive item, but can give Venomancer many strong benefits. The item grants increased HP and mana, giving Venomancer more staying power. More importantly, the cooldown reduction allows Venomancer to place Plague Wards much more frequently, and the spell lifesteal combined with his powerful damage-over-time spells, particularly Poison Nova, give him immense survivability in any fight as he can regenerate health almost as quickly as he takes damage.
  • Gem of True Sight icon.png Gem of True Sight is a stronger permanent investment but also risks surrendering the gem to the enemy if they can successfully kill Venomancer.
  • Arcane Boots icon.png Arcane Boots are highly recommended on Venomancer, as his ultimate costs a large amount of mana and his mana pool is otherwise extremely limited. As a support, you also help your team by being able to replenish their mana as well as your own, allowing you to cast your spells more often.
  • Ghost Scepter icon.png Ghost Scepter is very helpful for giving Venomancer protection against physical damage. It can be used to buy yourself some time if you are jumped on by the enemy team in a gank or teamfight, or allow you to survive long enough to cast Venomous Gale after using your ultimate.
  • Glimmer Cape icon.png Glimmer Cape can be a very useful utility item. The magic resistance gives Venomancer survivability against magic nukes, while the attack speed facilitates the utility of Poison Sting. The active can be used to initiate with Poison Nova if a Blink Dagger or Force Staff is unavailable, and can be used to shield yourself or a teammate from magic nukes, or as an escape tool if the enemy has no detection.
  • Rod of Atos icon.png Rod of Atos gives Venomancer a lot of health, a lot of intelligence to increase the size of his mana pool, and a long range root that can help him with initiating and ganking. The active allows Venomancer to set up his Venomous Gale.
  • Shiva's Guard icon.png Shiva's Guard is expensive, but provides Venomancer with many strong benefits. It gives him a much larger mana pool to use, allowing him to better utilize his spells, and gives him armor for resisting physical damage. The auras add to his ability to slow enemy heroes, and the active can be used in conjunction with Poison Nova to slow enemies enough to catch them in its radius, as well as add an additional movement speed slow on top of Venomous Gale and Poison Sting.
  • Scythe of Vyse icon.png Scythe of Vyse is a very farm-intensive item to purchase, however, it permanently solves all of Venomancer's mana issues while also giving him an instant hard disable that he can cast on the enemy in a teamfight, even in the late game.






  • Venomancer's name, Lesale, may be a reference to "Le Sale", which is French for "The Dirty" or "The Nasty".
  • In DotA, Venomancer's hero model was a hydralisk. Hydralisks are a ranged combat unit of the Zerg, an alien race in Blizzard Entertainment's RTS game Starcraft. Hydralisks are a very common and well-known image in Blizzard games.[1]
  • Venomancer's response ▶️ "It's in my nature." likely alludes to the animal fable The Scorpion and the Frog, in which the scorpion answers to why it stings the frog in the middle of a river, drowning them both.