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Wraith King
Strength attribute symbol
Agility attribute symbol
Intelligence attribute symbol
22 + 2.8
16 + 1.7
18 + 1.6
Level 0 1 15 25 30
Health 20 504 1362 2242 2594
+0.5 +2.7 +6.62 +10.62 +12.22
Mana 80 296 560 896 1016
+0 +0.9 +2.02 +3.42 +3.92
Armor -1 1.67 5.63 10.47 12.22
Magic Resist 25% 26.8% 29.04% 31.84% 32.84%
Damage Block 16 (50%)
Damage

38
40

60
62

99
101

139
141

155
157

Attack Rate 0.59/s 0.68/s 0.82/s 0.99/s 1.05/s
Attack Range Melee 150 (400)
Attack Speed ▶️ 100 (1.7s BAT)
Attack Animation 0.56 + 0.44
Projectile Speed 0
Move Speed ▶️ 315 (Nighttime 345)
Turn Rate Takes 0.262s to turn 180°. 0.6
Collision Size 27
Bound Radius 24
Vision Range (G) 1800 (Nighttime 800)
Gib Type Ethereal
Internal npc_dota_hero_skeleton_king
Can reincarnate instantly upon death.
On the millennial solstice known as Wraith-Night, Ostarion stood frozen amid the carnage, absorbing innumerable souls as his champions sacrificed their lives for the King. Now brimming with Wraith Essence, Ostarion immobilizes his adversaries with Wraithfire Blast, stunning and searing them over time. His great-sword smashes foes in one Mortal Strike, sapping their essence to feed his Vampiric Spirit. Only fools trust the erratic reports of Ostarion's death. For when slain, the wraith energies that bind his body begin to reconstitute his parts, joining limb to torso until the Wraith King's Reincarnation comes full circle as his strides fearlessly towards his enemies, again.
Wraithfire Blast
Vampiric Spirit
Mortal Strike
Reincarnation
Reincarnation
Roles: Carry Carry Support Support Durable Durable Disabler Disabler Initiator Initiator
Complexity: Hero Complexity
Adjectives: Bearded, Green, Undead, Nose
Legs ( 2 )


Bio[]

Wraith King minimap iconOstarion, the Wraith King
▶️ "Purer than flesh, stronger than bone, imperishable is the essence of the wraith."
For untold years, King Ostarion built a kingdom from the remains of his enemies. It was an obsessive's errand, done to pass the long eternities of a monarchy that seemed fated never to end. He believed that as long as he built up the towers of his palace, he could not die. But eventually he learned that he had been deluded... that bone itself could perish. Deeply mistrustful of flesh, he sought a more permanent way of extending his reign, and at last settled on pursuit of wraith energy, a form of pure spirit given off by certain dark souls at death. Should he infuse himself with Wraith Essence, he thought he might create a body as luminous and eternal as his ego. On the millennial solstice known as Wraith-Night, he submitted to a rite of transformation, compelling his subjects to harvest enough souls to fuel his ambition for immortality. No one knows how many of his champions died, for the only survivor who mattered was the Wraith King who rose with the sun on the following morn. Now he rarely spends a moment on his glowing throne--but strides out with sword drawn, demanding a fealty that extends far beyond death.
Aliases:
One True King, Ostarion, SK, SNK, Skeleton, WK

Abilities[]

Wraithfire Blast
Wraithfire Blast icon
Ability
Target Unit
(Talent Passive)
Affects
Enemies
(Wraith King Skeletons)
Damage
Magical
Wraith King sears an enemy unit with spectral fire, dealing damage and stunning, then dealing damage over time and slowing the target. Summoned skeletons around the target will receive bonus movement and attack speed for the duration of the debuff.
Cast Animation: 0.35+0.5
Cast Range: Affected by Cast Range bonuses. 525
Impact Damage: 75/90/105/120
Damage over Time: 20/40/60/80
Enemy Move Speed Slow: 20%
Skeleton Move Speed Bonus: 25
Skeleton Attack Speed Bonus: 25
Buff/Debuff Duration: 3 (Talent 4)
Stun Duration: 1/1.2/1.4/1.6 (Talent 2/2.2/2.4/2.6)
Cooldown symbol
 17/14/11/8
Mana symbol
 95/110/125/140
Blocked by Linken's Sphere.
Blocked upon impact.
Talent
Passive cast from Reincarnation are blocked as well.
Can be disjointed.
Talent
Passive cast from Reincarnation are disjointable as well.
Buff/Debuff
Modifiers [?]
modifier_skeleton_king_hellfire_blast_skeleton_buff
Death
modifier_skeleton_king_hellfire_blast
modifier_stunned
Ability Draft Notes
Ability Draft Notes:
Wraithfire Blast icon Wraithfire Blast only orders Wraith King Skeleton icon Wraith King Skeletons to attack the affected target.
Does not affect any other player-controlled units.
Ostarion calls on his damned lineage, laying waste to his opponents.

  • Wraithfire Blast travels at a speed of 1200.
  • The stun and movement speed slow are applied at the same time, so overall, the slow lasts for 4/4.2/4.4/4.6 (Talent 6/6.2/6.4/6.6) seconds.
  • Upon cast, it deals the impact damage instantly, and the damage over time in 1-second intervals, starting immediately after the stun.
    • Can deal up to 135/210/285/360 (Talent 155/250/345/440) damage (before reductions).
    • TALENT
      The duration increasing Talent talent immediately updates the currently active instance and also increases the damage over time.
  • The blast first applies the impact damage, then the debuffs.
  • Successive casts do not update the ability values but increase the debuff duration.
  • TALENT
    With the Reincarnation casts Wraithfire Blast Talent talent, Wraithfire Blast gets cast on enemies within 900 radius upon triggering Reincarnation icon Reincarnation.
    • These projectile travels at a speed of 500.
    • Only targets enemy heroes and clones.
    • Treats illusions and creep-heroes as creeps.
    • These blasts can target enemies inside the Fog of War and invisible units. However, invisible targets instantly disjoint them.
    • These Wraithfire Blasts are passively cast automatically and instantly, regardless of mana and cooldown.
    • They fully replace Reincarnation's slow, however, only when both Wraithfire Blast and the Talent talent are learned.


Vampiric Spirit
Vampiric Spirit icon
Affects
Self
(Wraith King Skeletons)
Restore health based on the damage Wraith King deals when attacking enemy units. Can be cast to summon skeletons with Vampiric Spirit. For every two kills Wraith King or any unit he controls accrue on enemy units, Vampiric Aura adds a skeleton charge. Skeletons respawn once when killed.

Skeletons deal more damage to heroes and less damage to buildings.

Lifesteal from creeps is reduced by 40%.
Passive Component
Aura Radius: 1200
Lifesteal: 20%/30%/40%/50% (Talent 30%/40%/50%/60%)
Creep Lifesteal Multiplier: 0.6
Creep Kills per Charge: 2
Max Skeleton Charges: 2/4/6/8
Skeleton Building Damage Multiplier: 0.65
Skeleton Hero Damage Multiplier: 1.25
Cast Animation: 0.1+0.6
Skeletons Spawn Radius: 300
Base Number of Skeletons: 0 (Talent 5)
Skeleton Spawn per Charge: 1
Skeleton Respawn Delay: 3
Skeleton Duration: 40 (Talent 50)
Cooldown symbol
 50 (Talent 37.5)
Mana symbol
 70/80/90/100
Partially disabled by Break.
Break Notes:
Disables lifesteal for Wraith King and all skeletons.
Does not prevent gaining charges.
Buff/Debuff
Modifiers [?]
modifier_skeleton_king_vampiric_aura
Undispellable
modifier_skeleton_king_vampiric_aura_summon_thinker
Undispellable
modifier_skeleton_king_vampiric_aura_summon
Undispellable
Wraith King's blade drains his enemy's essence to feed his aura.

Wraith King Skeleton
Wraith King Skeleton model
Summoned Creep
175
+0
This unit has no mana.
Level 1
Duration Ability Duration 1
Armor Armor 3
Magic Resistance 50%
Status Resistance 0
Attack Damage ▶️ Default
29 ‒ 34 (Talent 5560)
Attack Range Melee 115
Acquisition Range 300
Attack Speed 0.83 attack(s) per second. 100 • 1.2s BAT
Attack Animation 0.56+0.64
Projectile Speed Instant
Move Speed 350 (100)
Turn Rate Takes 0.314s to turn 180°. 0.5
Collision Size 4
Bound Radius 2
Vision Range (G) 800600
Bounty Gold 5
Experience 5
Notes Reincarnate once when killed.

  • Stacks additively with other lifesteal sources.
    • Cannot lifesteal off of wards, buildings, and ally units.
    • The lifesteal aura affects Wraith King and Wraith King Skeleton icon Wraith King Skeleton within 1200 radius. Does not affect other heroes or any of Wraith King's player-controlled units.
  • Grants 1 Wraith King Skeleton icon Wraith King Skeleton charge per 2 units killed by Wraith King or any of his player-controlled units within the same aura radius.
    • Does not grant charges from denies.
    • Spawns 1 skeleton per charge.
      • TALENT
        The min number of Skeletons spawned Talent increases the base number of skeletons spawn to 5, resulting in 5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/13 at 0 ‒ 8 charges.
    • The skeletons spawn in 0.25-second intervals, starting immediately upon cast.
    • This results in a total spawn time of 0/0.25/0.5/0.75/1/1.25/1.5/1.75/2/2.25/2.5/2.75/3/3.25/3.5 seconds.
    • Does not spawn the remaining skeletons if Wraith King dies during the total spawn time.
  • The skeletons spawn at a random spot within a 300 radius of Wraith King.
  • These skeletons reincarnate once when killed. This cannot be prevented.
    • Just like with hero reincarnation, killing the skeletons grants no gold or experience bounty when they reincarnate.
    • Reincarnating does not reset the skeleton's duration. This means they do not reincarnate when expiring either.
  • These skeletons cannot be controlled. They automatically choose an attack target within ≈6500 range.
    • If no unit is within that range, they move to the closest lane and walk it down like lane creeps.
    • If their current attack target turns invisible, the skeletons may stop and do nothing. After a while, they select a new target or return to the lanes.
    • The skeletons do not block neutral creep camps.
    • Casting Wraithfire Blast icon Wraithfire Blast on a target affects the following things:
      • Upon its cast point, it orders all skeletons within ≈2000 radius to attack that target, even when the ability is blocked, reflected, or disjointed.
      • The order lasts for 2 seconds. If the skeletons do not reach the target within the order duration, they automatically search for a new target within ≈600 radius.
      • Successive Wraithfire Blast casts from the same faction, re-order the skeletons to attack the latest affected target.
      • Wraithfire Blast casts while the skeletons reincarnate do not order them to attack the target.
      • TALENT
        The Reincarnation casts Wraithfire Blast Talent talent also do not order the skeletons to attack the target as well.
  • Applies a Total Damage Manipulation on the skeletons' attack damage when attacking buildings and heroes.
    • Treat creep-heroes as heroes and illusions as creeps.
    • Though this effect is not shown in Attack Damage HUD, but actually stacks additively with other Total Damage Manipulation Source (e.g. Enfeeble icon Enfeeble).
    • Stacks multiplicatively with other unique incoming damage manipulation sources (e.g. Reinforced icon Reinforced).
    • Therefore, the skeleton's damage dealt against buildings can be defined as
      expr
      SkeletonDamageDealt × 0.585.


Mortal Strike
Mortal Strike icon
Ability
Passive
Affects
Enemies
Wraith King passively deals bonus damage on an attack with a cooldown.
Critical Damage: 150%/200%/250%/300%
Cooldown symbol
 5.5/5/4.5/4 (Talent 3.5/3/2.5/2)
Can be used by illusions.
Illusion Notes:
Critical strike values shown are before illusion outgoing damage and armor reduction.
Buff/Debuff
Modifiers [?]
modifier_skeleton_king_mortal_strike
Undispellable
One blow to crush a foe.

  • If another source of critical strike procs on the same attack as Mortal Strike, the crit with the higher multiplier takes priority.
  • A critical strike proc is determined during Wraith King's attack point.
    • When a critical strike procs, Wraith King uses a specific crit attack animation, and particle effects appear on his weapon.
  • Missed attacks do not trigger the ability cooldown.


Reincarnation
Reincarnation icon
Ability
No Target / Aura
Affects
Self
(Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. Allied Heroes)
Wraith King's form regroups after death, allowing him to resurrect when killed in battle. Upon death, enemy units in a 900 radius will be slowed, and spawn 1/2/3 skeleton(s) to attack each nearby enemy hero. Can be self-cast to kill Wraith King instantly.
Passive Component
Enemy Effect Radius: Affected by AoE Radius bonuses. 900
Reincarnation Delay: 3
Enemy Move Speed Slow: 75% (Talent 0%)
Enemy Attack Speed Slow: 75 (Talent 0)
Enemy Slow Duration: 5 (Talent 0)
Number of Skeletons per Enemy Hero: 1/2/3 (With Aghanim's Shard 3/4/5)
With Aghanim's Scepter Wraith Delay Radius: 1200
With Aghanim's Scepter Wraith Delay Move Speed Bonus: 25%
With Aghanim's Scepter Wraith Delay Attack Speed Bonus: 75
With Aghanim's Scepter Wraith Delay Duration: 7
With Aghanim's Scepter Respawn Time Reduction: 10%
With Aghanim's Scepter Aura Linger Duration: 0.5
Talent Wraithfire Blast Radius: 900
Current Health as Self Damage: 100%
Cooldown symbol
 180/150/120 (With Aghanim's Scepter 165/135/105)
Mana symbol
 180 (With Aghanim's Shard 0)
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter.
Aghanim's Scepter Upgrade:
Reduces cooldown by 15s. If a nearby allied hero is slain, they will be transformed into a wraith and have their death delayed and gain bonus attack and movement speed. Heroes who die this way respawn at a faster rate.
Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard.
Aghanim's Shard Upgrade:
Causes Reincarnation to have no mana cost and increases Skeleton Spawn count.
Buff/Debuff
Modifiers [?]
modifier_skeleton_king_reincarnation
Undispellable
modifier_skeleton_king_reincarnation_scepter
Undispellable
modifier_skeleton_king_reincarnation_scepter_active
Undispellable
modifier_skeleton_king_reincarnate_slow
Ability Draft Notes
Ability Draft Notes:
Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard.
Vampiric Spirit icon Vampiric Spirit has to be drafted as well for Wraith King Skeleton icon Wraith King Skeletons to spawn.
Conspirators against the Wraith King wonder why he never stays dead.

  • Wraith King's Reincarnation has the highest priority in the group of Reincarnation sources. This means when combined with other sources (e.g. Aegis of the Immortal icon Aegis of the Immortal), this ability will be activated first as long as Wraith King has enough mana and the ability is off-cooldown.
    • Revives with full health and mana. Does not resets the cooldowns of items and abilities.
    • Provides Lua error in Module:Show at line 24: attempt to index field '?' (a nil value). Daytime daytime and Lua error in Module:Show at line 24: attempt to index field '?' (a nil value). Nighttime nighttime ground vision respectively at Wraith King's death location during its delay.
  • ↓↓ Double-tapping automatically targets self.
    • The current health as self-inflicted damage is applied instantly upon cast, effectively killing himself.
    • When Wraith King is invulnerable or hidden, he is unable to cast abilities on himself, hence being unable to ↓↓ Double-tapping to activate Reincarnation.
  • The movement speed slow is applied on enemy heroes and clones upon triggering Reincarnation.
  • Reincarnation now provides another radius aura and its buff lingers for 0.5 seconds.
    • The aura only affects all ally heroes, clones and illusions.
    • Does not affect invulnerable or hidden heroes, and creep-heroes.
    • The aura is bestowed to nearby allies even while Wraith King is dead.
  • Wraith Delay's 7-second duration triggers when the hero reaches 1 health.
    • Units in Wraith Form are kept alive by having their minimum health set to 1. Damage taken is technically not reduced.
    • Does not trigger in the following circumstances:
  • Grants the affected heroes phased and unobstructed movement, allowing them to move through units and trees and impassable terrain.
    • Wraith Form causes the hero's model size to increase by 25% for its duration. This has no impact on its collision size.
    • It also increases movement speed by 25% and attack speed by 75 for the duration.
    • Allies in Wraith Form can act freely like regular heroes, and can still be interacted normally, without any restrictions.
    • This means they still are fully affected by attacks and abilities normally, and already existing buffs and debuffs continue to affect them.
    • During Wraith Delay, the hero's health bar is visible to allies only.
  • When the Wraith Delay duration ends, the hero dies. The kill is credited to whoever put the hero in Wraith Form.
    • This death cannot be prevented in any way. It ignores invulnerability and everything that would typically prevent death.
    • If the hero has Reincarnation sources, it triggers normally once the hero dies.
    • Affected ally heroes have their respawn time reduced by 10% as shown at the chart below.
  • TALENT
    With the Reincarnation casts Wraithfire Blast Talent talent, Wraithfire Blast gets cast on enemies within 900 radius upon triggering Reincarnation icon Reincarnation.
    • These projectile travels at a speed of 500.
    • Only targets enemy heroes and clones.
    • Treats illusions and creep-heroes as creeps.
    • These blasts can target enemies inside the Fog of War and invisible units. However, invisible targets instantly disjoint them.
    • These Wraithfire Blasts are passively cast automatically and instantly, regardless of mana and cooldown.
    • They fully replace Reincarnation's slow, however, only when both Wraithfire Blast and the Talent talent are learned.


Respawn Time Reduction[]

Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. Reincarnation icon Wraith Delay Respawn Time Reduction / Level
LVL 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25+
Default 12s 15s 18s 21s 24s 26s 28s 30s 32s 34s 36s 44s 46s 48s 50s 52s 54s 65s 70s 75s 80s 85s 90s 95s 100s
Wraith Delay 10.8s 13.5s 16.2s 18.9s 21.6s 23.4s 25.2s 27s 28.8s 30.6s 32.4s 39.6s 41.4s 43.2s 45s 46.8s 48.6s 58.5s 63s 67.5s 72s 76.5s 81s 85.5s 90s

Talents[]

Hero Talents
Reincarnation icon Reincarnation Casts Wraithfire Blast icon Wraithfire Blast25-2s Mortal Strike icon Mortal Strike Cooldown
+5 Minimum Wraith King Skeleton icon Skeletons Spawned20+35% Cleave
+23 Wraith King Skeleton icon Skeletons Attack Damage15+1s Wraithfire Blast icon Wraithfire Blast Stun Duration
+25% Summon Wraith King Skeleton icon Skeleton Duration/-25% Cooldown10+10% Vampiric Spirit icon Vampiric Spirit Lifesteal
Notes:

Recent Changes[]

Main Articles: Changelogs, Old Abilities and Hero Lore
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Recommended Items[]

Starting items:

  • Tango icon Tango helps Wraith King sustain his health against lane harassment.
  • Quelling Blade icon Quelling Blade allows Wraith King to get last hits easier. It also makes Mortal Strike hit harder against creeps which makes you clean camps and creep waves faster. It increases the effectiveness of Vampiric Aura when attacking creeps as well. It can be used to cut trees and move faster from one camp to another while farming the jungle.
  • Iron Branch icon Iron Branch gives attributes like intelligence so Wraith King will have enough mana to use Wraithfire Blast twice at level 1.
  • Enchanted Mango icon Enchanted Mango provides passive health regeneration and burst mana to use Wraithfire Blast.

Early game:

  • Magic Wand icon Magic Wand can sometimes be the difference between a death and a kill. Its active usually grants enough mana to sustain Reincarnation. It also combos with Armlet of Mordiggian icon Armlet of Mordiggian toggle, as one can deactivate, use Magic Stick, and reactivate buying enough time for it to provide the 500 bonus hp.
  • Clarity icon Clarity sustains mana when jungling, where it is unlikely to be canceled by hero damage.

Mid game:

  • Radiance icon Radiance can be picked up early to easily flash-farm and stack skeleton charges, while making Wraith King a very threatening presence in early teamfights.
  • Desolator icon Desolator is an alternative to Radiance that shreds armor, boosting the damage output of Wraith King and his skeletons while improving Vampiric Aura's lifesteal, making him more powerful in ganks and against structures.
  • Phase Boots icon Phase Boots Gives armor and damage to help contest his lane. Increased speed and phased movement allow Wraith King to stay on targets in fights when Wraithfire Blast is on cooldown.
  • Armlet of Mordiggian icon Armlet of Mordiggian provides lots of damage at a reasonable cost, while the health drain is mitigated by Vampiric Aura and Reincarnation. This item synergizes greatly with Desolator, causing larger crits and heals with Mortal Strike and Vampiric Spirit.
  • Blink Dagger icon Blink Dagger solves Wraith King's mobility issues, letting him engage and chase more effectively and giving him an escape after Reincarnating.

Late game:

  • Assault Cuirass icon Assault Cuirass solves Wraith King's armor problems and gives bonus damage output to him, his teammates, and his skeletons.
  • Black King Bar icon Black King Bar grants spell immunity to protect Wraith King against disables and mana break, so he can survive and output damage.
  • Heart of Tarrasque icon Heart of Tarrasque gives Wraith King excellent amount of Health pool and regeneration, makes him difficult to kill, besides he also has Reincarnation which causes a long effective presence in fights.
  • Overwhelming Blink icon Overwhelming Blink upgrades from Blink Dagger to give a large Strength bonus and a more powerful initiation with its area damage and slow.

Situational items:

  • Power Treads icon Power Treads provides attack speed and attribute switching to make his limited mana pool go much further if the treads are switched to intelligence before casting a spell, though Wraith King usually benefits more from Phase Boots granting damage and Phase.
  • Silver Edge icon Silver Edge grants Shadow Walk to help Wraith King initiate on enemies, and can shut down enemies reliant on passive abilities. The backstab damage from Shadow Walk supplements Mortal Strike to open fights with a large burst of damage.
  • Blade Mail icon Blade Mail takes advantage of Wraith King's high durability to severely punish fragile damage dealers.
  • Abyssal Blade icon Abyssal Blade gives Wraith King high lockdown potential in combination with Wraithfire Blast, and the bash lets him manfight more effectively.
  • Mjollnir icon Mjollnir grants attack speed and can efficiently clear out hordes of illusions and/or summoned units, though it competes with Radiance.
  • Refresher Orb icon Refresher Orb is highly situational, as it allows to potentially use Reincarnation and/or Black King Bar twice in a fight allowing him to deal damage for longer periods of time.
  • Divine Rapier icon Divine Rapier grants damage that synergizes with Vampiric Aura and Mortal Strike, and is not dropped if Reincarnation activates; combine with Aegis of the Immortal and/or Refresher Orb for best results.

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
Wraith King Skeleton icon Skeletons Summoned
Relic Rare icon
Wraith King Skeleton icon Skeleton Hero Kills
Relic Rare icon
Kills after Reincarnation icon Reincarnation
Relic strength icon
Crit Damage
Relic strength icon
Damage with Armlet of Mordiggian icon Unholy Strength
Relic strength icon
Blade Mail icon Blade Mail Damage
Relic strength icon
Radiance icon Radiance Damage
Relic strength icon
Blink Dagger icon Blink Kills
Relic strength icon
Stuns leading to Kills
Relic strength icon
Mega Kill Streaks
Relic strength icon
Triple Kills
Relic strength icon
Kill Assists
Relic strength icon
Kills
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Bronze
Plus Hero Badge 2
Silver
Plus Hero Badge 3
Gold
Plus Hero Badge 4
Platinum
Plus Hero Badge 5
Master
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Plus Hero Badge 6
Grandmaster

Equipment[]

Trivia[]

  • Prior to December 13 of 2013, Wraith King minimap icon "Ostarion, the Wraith King" was known as Skeleton King minimap icon "Ostarion, the Skeleton King".
    • On December 10 of 2013, Skeleton King was removed from the game for "pressing ceremonial reasons". After the Wraith Night event, he returned as the Wraith King.
    • His model was completely reworked from the previous skeleton model to the current model. His color theme was changed from red to green and all his icons were changed accordingly.
    • He also got a new voice set, by the same voice actor who also voiced Skeleton King previously. Skeleton King's responses can be found "here".
    • For The International 10 Battle Pass, however, Skeleton King would return as an Arcana, which can be acquired by players that reach Level 375.
  • In DotA 1, Wraith King's (who is still known as the Skeleton King in DotA 1) name is "Leoric". This is a reference to the Skeleton King of Diablo who is also named Leoric. In the transition to Dota 2, his name was changed to Ostarion to avoid copyright issues.
  • Copyright issues may also be a reason to why Skeleton King was remodeled and re-titled into Wraith King. Another likely factor for the remodeling was to solve many cosmetic item conflicts with the low-violence model which was made for the Perfect World client. A low-violence model was required for Skeleton King due to strict policies in China against the usage of skeletons in video games.
  • Wraith King's responses for buying Armlet of Mordiggian icon Armlet of Mordiggian ▶️ "I NOW HAVE ALL THE SEXY", buying a Divine Rapier icon Divine Rapier ▶️ "Oh, Rapier. NOW YOUR KING IS BALLING OUT OF CONTROL!" and his battle begin line ▶️ "I'LL HELP MY WEAK AND PUNY ALLIES WHERE I CAN." are a reference to a popular DotA hero guide called "CAPS LOCK LEORIC".
    • When Dota Plus first emerged with the use of a Hero's responses, many community members asked Valve to properly make the text of all of Wraith King's lines in all caps, which was done after multiple requests.
  • In several responses, he refers to himself as the "Once and Future King", which is also a title for the legendary King Arthur.
  • One of Wraith King's lines is "We'll lead as three kings" when he activates an Illusion Rune minimap icon Illusion Rune. This line is a reference to the three kings or three wise men story from Christmas.

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