Zeus

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Zeus
Zeus icon.png
Strength attribute symbol.png
Agility attribute symbol.png
Intelligence attribute symbol.png
19 + 2.1
11 + 1.2
22 + 3.3
Level 0 1 15 25 30
Health 200 580 1160 1820 2060
Health regen 0 1.9 4.84 8.14 9.39
Mana 75 339 891 1431 1647
Mana regen 0 1.1 3.41 5.66 6.59
Armor 2 3.83 6.63 10.63 11.97
Att/sec 0.59 0.65 0.75 0.89 0.94
Damage 33‒41 55‒63 101‒109 146‒154 164‒172
Magic resistance 25%
▶️ Movement speed 310
▶️ Attack speed 100
Turn rate 0.6
Vision range 1800/800
Attack range 380
Projectile speed 1100
Attack animation 0.35+0.55
Base attack time 1.7
Damage block 0
Collision size 24
Legs
Gib type Electric

Zeus, the Lord of Heaven, is a ranged intelligence hero who functions almost solely as a nuker. He is usually played as a semi-carry ganker type hero, who instead of utilizing disables, focuses solely on delivering tremendous amounts of magical damage to his foes. With the high cast range, and ease of use and low cooldown on his spells, he is able to deliver the most superb and consistent magical damage of any hero in the game. Arc Lightning is a highly spammable nuke that creates a stream of lightning that bounces between enemy foes (up to fifteen times at max level), dealing minor damage. Lightning Bolt is more focused, dealing heavy damage to a single target, also on a very low cooldown. It can also be targeted on the ground, providing vision and True Sight and potentially striking a nearby enemy, making him effective even against fogged and invisible enemies as well and allowing him to locate enemy wards. Static Field is a potent passive ability that allows Zeus's magical damage to scale into late game, dealing damage to all enemies equal to a certain percentage of their' health whenever he hits them with a spell. Finally, his ultimate Thundergod's Wrath allows him to strike all enemy heroes with a bolt of lightning, no matter their position, inflicting heavy damage. It can be used for multiple purposes: to finish off low-health enemy heroes limping away, to soften up the entire enemy team during a teamfight, or even to scout out the enemy's position. With the ability to strike down enemies both near and afar, the Lord of Heaven ensures that nobody can escape his wrath.

Bio[edit]

Zeus minimap icon.pngZeus, the Lord of Heaven
▶️ "Immortality was overrated. This is much more interesting."
Lord of Heaven, father of gods, Zeus treats all the Heroes as if they are his rambunctious, rebellious children. After being caught unnumbered times in the midst of trysts with countless mortal women, his divine wife finally gave him an ultimatum: 'If you love mortals so much, go and become one. If you can prove yourself faithful, then return to me as my immortal husband. Otherwise, go and die among your creatures.' Zeus found her logic (and her magic) irrefutable, and agreed to her plan. He has been on his best behavior ever since, being somewhat fonder of immortality than he is of mortals. But to prove himself worthy of his eternal spouse, he must continue to pursue victory on the field of battle.

Abilities[edit]

Arc Lightning
Arc Lightning icon.png
Affects
Enemies
Damage
Magical
Hurls a bolt of lightning that leaps through nearby enemy units.
Cast Animation: 0.2+0.63
Cast Range: 850
Bounce Distance: 500
Number of Bounces: 5/7/9/15
Bounce Interval: 0.25
Damage: 75/100/125/150 (Talent 175/200/225/250)
Cooldown: 1.6
Mana: 80
Partially blocked by Linken's Sphere. Blocked fully only when primary target.
Modifiers
Buff modifier_zuus_arc_lightning: Undispellable. Persists death.
Arc Lightning is Zeus' favorite spell to use against puny mortals.

Notes:

  • The lightning bounces in 0.25-second intervals, so hitting all targets takes 1/1.5/2/3.5 seconds.
    • All bounces together can deal up to 375/700/1125/2250 (Talent 875/1400/2025/3750) damage (before reductions).
  • A hidden buff is required for the lightning to jump.
    • Does not bounce on invisible units or units in the Fog of War.
    • Can never hit the same unit twice per cast.


Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt icon.png
Affects
Enemies
Damage
Magical
Calls down a bolt of lightning to strike an enemy unit, causing damage and a mini-stun. When cast, Lightning Bolt briefly provides unobstructed vision and True Sight around the target in a 750 radius. Can be cast on the ground, affecting the closest enemy hero in 375 range.
Cast Animation: 0.4+0.43
Cast Range: 700/750/800/850
Hero Search Radius: 375
Vision & True Sight Radius: 750
Damage: 125/200/275/350
Stun Duration: 0.2 (Talent 0.6)
Vision & True Sight Duration: 4.5
True Sight Linger Duration: 0.5
Cooldown: 6
Mana: 125/130/135/140
Does not pierce spell immunity. Spell immune units are still revealed by the True Sight.
Partially blocked by Linken's Sphere. Mini-stun and damage are blocked when hit, no matter if directly targeted or not. Vision is only blocked when directly targeted.
Bolts from the Nimbus are not blocked.
Modifiers
Buff modifier_zuus_lightningbolt_vision_thinker: Undispellable. Persists death.
Debuff modifier_stunned: Dispellable with strong dispels.
Debuff modifier_truesight: Undispellable. Persists death.
A shocking punishment for rebellious heathen.

Notes:

  • When cast on the ground with no heroes within 375 radius, it still provides the 750 range flying vision and True Sight.
  • The lightning first applies the damage, then the debuff.
  • When targeting a unit, vision and True Sight are provided at its position upon cast. The vision is stationary, it does not follow the unit.
    • However, when the ground is targeted but the bolt hits a hero, the vision is centered on the targeted point, not on the found hero.
    • When targeting the ground, Lightning Bolt does not require any vision or true sight to hit invisible or fogged enemies.
  • With the cast range and search radius, targeting the ground can hit an enemy hero up to 1075/1125/1175/1225 range away.
  • The flying vision and True Sight last for 4.5 seconds. The True Sight is provided by an aura, and its debuff lingers for 0.5 seconds.
  • Searches for enemy heroes, illusions and creep-heroes when targeting ground. Whichever is the within the 375 search radius closest gets hit.
  • In order to hit a non-hero unit, it must be directly targeted.
  • The lightning particles and sound effect during the cast time are visible and audible to everyone.


Static Field
Static Field icon.png
Ability
Passive
(Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard. No Target)
Affects
Enemies
(Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard. Self)
Zeus shocks any enemy hit by his abilities, causing damage proportional to their current health.
With Aghanim's Shard Cast Animation: 0+0
Current Health as Damage: 4%/6%/8%/10% (Talent 5.2%/7.2%/9.2%/11.2%)
With Aghanim's Shard Shock Search Radius: 2000
With Aghanim's Shard Leap Distance: 450
With Aghanim's Shard Shock Move Speed Slow: 100%
With Aghanim's Shard Shock Slow Duration: 2.5
With Aghanim's Shard Leap Duration: 0.5
Cooldown: With Aghanim's Shard 11
Mana: With Aghanim's Shard 100
Aghanim's Shard upgrade: Static Field can be cast to perform a Heavenly Jump, shocking the closest visible enemy (prioritizing heroes) within 2000 range, dealing Static Field damage to them and reducing their movement speed by 100% for 2.5 seconds. If Zeus is moving forward, he will jump towards that direction. Cooldown: 11. Manacost: 100.
Modifiers
Buff modifier_zuus_heavenly_jump: Dispellable with death only.
Debuff modifier_zuus_static_field_slow: Dispellable with any dispel.
The air crackles with static when the Thundergod walks the world.

Notes:

  • Static Field only works with Zeus' abilities.
    • It does not react on items, or on other units' abilities (e.g. in Ability Draft).
    • Arc Lightning applies Static Field's damage on each enemy it jumps on, before the Arc Lightning applies its own damage.
    • Regular Lightning Bolt casts, and from Nimbus, both apply Static Field's damage on whoever it hits before applying its own effects, regardless of whether they were directly targeted or not.
    • Thundergod's Wrath applies Static Field's damage on all hit enemies before applying its own effects. If an enemy was not hit due to invisibility, they are not damaged.
      • If Arc Lightning or Lightning Bolt is blocked by Spell Block, Static Field damage is not applied.
  • With Aghanim's Shard icon.png Aghanim's Shard, Static Field can be cast to leap 450 range forward, and immediately applies the current health as damage and the movement speed slow debuff to the closest enemy within the 2000 search radius.
    • Interrupts Zeus's channeling abilities upon cast.
    • Static Field first applies the current health as damage, then the slow debuff.
    • If cast while stationary, the jump only goes in vertical direction, jumping 250 range up.
    • If cast while in motion (be in by moving normally, or with forced movement), Zeus leaps 450 forward, in an arc towards the facing direction.
    • During the leap, Zeus is not disabled, he can still turn, attack, cast abilities and items during it.
    • Static Field can target any unit, but prioritizes heroes. Treats creep-heroes as heroes.
    • Can target Roshan icon.png Roshan as well, but only applies the slow debuff on him.


Nimbus
Zeus Nimbus model.png
Ward
Level 0
Duration 35
Health 16
Health regeneration 0
Armor 0
Magic resistance 0%
Status resistance 0%
Collision size 8
Vision range 500 (G)
Bounty 100
Experience 0
Model scale 1

Nimbus icon.png
Affects
Enemies
Damage
Magical
Creates a storm cloud anywhere on the map that automatically casts Lightning Bolt on nearby enemies.
Cast Animation: 0.2+0.64
Cast Range: Global
Radius: 450
Melee Hero Attacks to Destroy: 4
Ranged Hero Attacks to Destroy: 8
Non-Hero Attacks to Destroy: 16
Lightning Bolt Interval: 2.25
Duration: 35
Cooldown: 45
Mana: 325
Does not pierce spell immunity. Spell immune units are still revealed by the True Sight.
Modifiers
Buff modifier_zuus_cloud: Dispellable with death only.
Buff modifier_kill: Dispellable with death only.
Buff modifier_zuus_lightningbolt_vision_thinker: Undispellable. Persists death.
Debuff modifier_stunned: Dispellable with strong dispels.
Debuff modifier_truesight: Undispellable. Persists death.
Where the thunder god's ire grows, storm clouds quickly gather.

Notes:

  • Casts regular Lightning Bolt based on its current level on the closest valid enemy target.
    • The bolts from Nimbus also applies the 0.2 (Talent 0.6) stun duration, and provides flying vision and True Sight around the target.
    • If Lightning Bolt is not learned, Nimbus does no damage.
    • In Ability Draft, Lightning Bolt must be drafted as well for the Nimbus to strike enemies with it.
  • The damage source is the Nimbus itself, meaning certain on-damage effects react on the Nimbus rather than on Zeus (e.g. Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail).
    • This also means that any outgoing damage amplification or damage reduction do not affect the Nimbus' bolt damage either.
    • Despite this, the bolts still trigger Static Field based on its level on their targets, which is still sourced to Zeus, and thus affected by outgoing damage manipulation.
  • Starts striking immediately upon cast if an enemy is within the area.
  • Also strikes immediately when the last strike was longer than an interval ago and an enemy enters the area.
    • Can strike up to 16 times over its full duration, considering the default 2.25 strike interval.
  • Does not require vision over the targets.
    • Nimbus can strike invisible units and units inside the Fog of War.
    • Always strikes the closest valid target. There are no priorities. Cannot target wards or buildings.
  • The visual effects on the ground which marks the Nimbus' radius are visible to everyone.


Thundergod's Wrath
Thundergod's Wrath icon.png
Ability
No Target
Damage
Magical
Strikes all enemy heroes with a bolt of lightning, no matter where they may be. Thundergod's Wrath also provides True Sight around each hero struck. If an enemy hero is invisible, it takes no damage, but the True Sight is still created at that hero's location.
Cast Animation: 0.4+0.43
Effect Radius: Global
Vision Radius: 500
True Sight Radius: 900
Damage: 300/400/500 (Talent 400/500/600)
Vision & True Sight Duration: 3
True Sight Aura Linger Duration: 0.5
Cooldown: 130/125/120
Mana: 300/400/500
Aghanim's Scepter upgrade: Grants a new ability: Nimbus.
Partially pierces spell immunity. Provides vision and True Sight over spell immune enemies. Does not attempt to damage spell immune enemies. Spell immune units are still revealed by the True Sight.
Modifiers
Buff modifier_zuus_thundergodswrath_vision_thinker: Undispellable. Persists death.
Debuff modifier_truesight: Dispellable with death only.
The Lord of Heaven smites all who oppose him, near or far.

Notes:

  • Provides 500 range flying vision and 900 range True Sight around each struck hero.
    • Does not provide any vision around invulnerable or hidden heroes, with invisible heroes being the exception.
    • The flying vision and True Sight last for 3 seconds.
    • The True Sight is provided by an aura, and its debuff lingers for 0.5 seconds.
  • Thundergod's Wrath first applies the damage on every hero (if possible), and then applies the vision around every enemy hero.
    • This means it cannot damage invisible units, unless they are already revealed by another source of True Sight.
  • The visuals and sound effects during the cast time are visible and audible to everyone.
    • The sound upon cast is global. Enemies can hear it when they have vision over Zeus. Else they can only hear the local hit sound.
  • Shifts the lighting of the whole map for a split second as another indicator of it being cast.


Talents[edit]

Hero Talents
+100 Arc Lightning Damage2550% Spell Lifesteal
+0.4s Lightning Bolt Ministun20+100 Thundergod's Wrath Damage
+1.2% Static Field Damage15+350 Health
+20 Movement Speed10+1.25 Mana Regen
Notes:
  • 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[edit]

Main Article: Zeus/Changelogs
Version
Description
Level 10 left talent changed: +200 health ➜ +20 movement speed.
Level 15 right talent changed: +25 movement speed ➜ +350 health.
Level 25 right talent changed: +275 cast range ➜ +50% spell lifesteal.
  • Reduced Static Field current health as damage from 6%/8%/10%/12% to 4%/6%/8%/10%.
Can be cast to perform a jump, shocking the closest enemy within a large radius (prioritizing heroes) with Static Field's damage and slowing their movement speed. If Zeus was moving during cast, he jumps forwards.
Cast time: 0
Search Radius: 2000
Jump height: 250
Jump distance: 450
Jump duration: 0.5
Movement speed slow: 100%
Slow duration: 2.5
Mana cost: 100
Cooldown: 14
Notes: If cast while stationary, only jumps upwards. If cast while moving, jumps forward in an arc.
  • Talents:
Level 10 right talent: +1.5 mana regen reduced to +1.25.
Level 20 right talent changed: 12% cooldown reduction ➜ +100 Thundergod's Wrath damage.
Level 25 left talent: +115 Arc Lightning damage reduced to +100.

Recommended Items[edit]

Starting items:

  • Tango icon.png Tango regenerates HP for Zeus to stay in lane.
  • Healing Salve icon.png Healing Salve also restores health.
  • Enchanted Mango icon.png Enchanted Mango gives burst mana for Zeus to use abilities.
  • Clarity icon.png Clarity gives constant supply of mana for Zeus to farm with Arc Lightning.
  • Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branch gives attributes, and Zeus can combine it with Tango for more heal.

Early game:

  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed will make you faster, allowing for easier escapes and a better time catching up to enemy heroes.
  • Bottle (Full) icon.png Bottle allows for lane control and sustainability through runes and crowing. Getting it early helps you to maintain your mana to get last hits consistently.
  • Null Talisman icon.png Null Talisman gives more intelligence, allowing for a larger mana pool and more damage, as well as bonus attributes to help with survivability.

Mid game:

  • Arcane Boots icon.png Arcane Boots sustain Zeus' high rate of spell casting and give him the mana pool necessary to remain relevant in longer engagements. It can also be later disassembled to use the energy booster in another item like Aether Lens, and eventually upgrades into Boots of Travel 1 icon.png Boots of Travel.
  • Aether Lens icon.png Aether Lens makes you better at your job by dealing lots of magical damage from as far back as possible.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger can also be picked up, as Zeus benefits a lot from mobility items.
  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity gives mana regeneration, a bit more of speed and a good ability to incapacitate enemy heroes.
  • Veil of Discord icon.png Veil of Discord provides a useful amplification of your magical damage dealt to any enemy caught in its blast. In addition to this, the armor bonus helps mitigate the impact of Zeus' poor base armor, allowing him to survive longer against physical damage.
  • Bloodstone icon.png Bloodstone grants more health and more mana, which are very needed for Zeus. The more kills you score, the more mana regeneration you get.

Late game:

  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter unlocks Nimbus, giving Zeus extra nuking power and global influence.
  • Octarine Core icon.png Octarine Core increases Zeus's damage output with its cooldown reduction and gives Spell Lifesteal to counteract his squishiness.

Situational items:

  • Soul Ring icon.png Soul Ring can help with early mana issues.
  • Force Staff icon.png Force Staff is a good choice for mobility and utility, very useful for evading carries and kiting spell immune targets.
  • Ghost Scepter icon.png Ghost Scepter can be a great choice if you find yourself getting blown up by physical damage. It can also be upgraded into an Ethereal Blade icon.png Ethereal Blade, which can be used to disable the enemy carry, save allies and deal a massive amount of burst damage in combination with your spells.
  • Kaya icon.png Kaya increases spell damage and decreases mana cost, making Zeus a better caster in the mid game as he can use more abilities and deal more damage.
  • Refresher Orb icon.png Refresher Orb allows Zeus to use Thundergod's Wrath and Nimbus twice in quick succession given sufficient mana, increasing his damage output in fights.
  • Scythe of Vyse icon.png Scythe of Vyse gives a much-needed boost to Zeus's mana and grants a hard disable to deal with troublesome enemies.
  • Shiva's Guard icon.png Shiva's Guard increase your mana pool enough to cast your combo while offering good enemy control.

Gameplay[edit]

Roles: Nuker Nuker Carry Carry
Complexity: ★☆☆
Playstyle: Fond of mortal women, but even fonder of immortality, the Lord of Heaven descends from the clouds to prove himself a faithful spouse. Charged with godly might, Zeus calls down Lightning Bolts, smiting the wicked and revealing the hidden. Arc Lightning crackles between his fingers, jolts of electricity that leap from one puny mortal to the next. There is no running from heaven. Zeus points his arms skyward, bringing divine punishment down on each and every foe. Wherever they may be, none shall stand against the Thundergod's Wrath.


Audio[edit]

History[edit]

Equipment[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Zeus was the first hero to be implemented in Dota 2.
  • Zeus is based on the Greek mythological god of the same name.
  • As suggested by the game's files, Zeus's name was, at one time, Zuus. The possible reason being that 'Zuus' is the correct pronunciation of his name 'Zeus'.
  • Zeus' alternate/fun name in DotA was "Merlini", a tribute to a professional DotA player.
  • Zeus' title in DotA was "Lord of Olympus".
  • Static Field is most likely a reference to the Sorceress' skill of the same name in Diablo II. In Diablo II, the spell also reduced enemies' HP by a percentage within a short radius.
  • Zeus' respawn line ▶️ "To err is human. To respawn, divine." is a reference to Alexander Pope, whose quote is "To err is human; to forgive, divine."
  • Zeus' rival line towards Chen minimap icon.png Chen, ▶️ "Keep in mind, Chen, Godliness is next to deadliness." is a reference to an old and well-known saying "Cleanliness is next to godliness."
  • Zeus' rare response line, ▶️ "In Me I Trust.", refers to the national motto of the United States – "In God We Trust".
  • Zeus' rare response line, ▶️ "If I didn't exist, it would be necessary to invent me.", is a reference to a similar quote by french philosopher Voltaire: "If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him."
  • Zeus' bottling line, ▶️ "Nature abhors an empty bottle.", is a reference to D.J. Griffiths' summary of Lenz's law – "Nature abhors a change in flux."

Gallery[edit]