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Just Traxex

Created by ced003 on 2008-07-18
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The Drow Ranger is one of the most powerful heroes in DOtA if used efficiently. I will show you how "I" use this hero, as this is "MY" way of playing it not yours, but feel free to comment. But avoid Flaming/Spamming, thank you.

Traxex - The Drow Ranger

Range: | Move Speed: 300
Primary: AGI
Str: 17 + 1.9 | Agi: 22 + 1.9 | Int: 15 + 1.4
Damage: 40-51 | HP: 473 | Mana: 195
HP Regen: 0.76 | Mana Regen: 0.61
Attack Speed: 0.72 | Armor: 2
Frost Arrows
Frost Arrows (R)
Induces a freezing effect to the hero's attacks. Each attack slows the enemy's movement rate.
Level 1 - Slows movement speed by 11%.
Level 2 - Slows movement speed by 24%
Level 3 - Slows movement speed by 37%
Level 4 - Slows movement speed by 50%
Frost arrows are Orb Effects and Buff Placers.
The slow will not be increased by successive casts, only prolonged.
Mana Cost: 12
Cooldown: 0 seconds
Comment: This skill will be your main harassing skill early on, so I'd suggest leveling it on level 1 early. We will be leveling this later after maxing Trueshot Aura to increase it's potential.

Silence (Drow Ranger)
Silence (Drow Ranger) (E)
Stops all enemies in a target area from casting spells.
Level 1 - Lasts 3 seconds.
Level 2 - Lasts 4 seconds.
Level 3 - Lasts 5 seconds.
Level 4 - Lasts 6 seconds.
Does not stop opponents from using items.
Disables Permanent Invisibility.
Mana Cost: 90
Cooldown: 15
Comment: I suggest leveling this skill at level 1 because 3 seconds is enough for you silencing your enemies. So this is your primary silencing skill.
Trueshot Aura
Trueshot Aura (T)
An aura that gives friendly nearby units bonus damage to their ranged attacks. Only amplifies base damage and damage gained from bonus stat items.
Level 1 - Increases base ranged damage by 7%.
Level 2 - Increases base ranged damage by 14%.
Level 3 - Increases base ranged damage by 21%.
Level 4 - Increases base ranged damage by 28%.
Aura bonuses consider only unit base damage + primary attribute increases (not raw damage items).
Mana Cost: N/A
Cooldown: N/A
Comment: This skill is very powerful if you know how to utilize its full potential. I'll explain more about this skill later.
Marksmanship (M)
The Ranger's accuracy has increased, giving her more agility.
Level 1 - +15 Agility.
Level 2 - +30 Agility.
Level 3 - +45 Agility.
Mana Cost: N/A
Cooldown: N/A
Comment: This skill is very helpful as this skill improves the base damage and the attack speed of Traxex. This is like a free agility item, thus saving you more gold ^_^
Skill Build

Skill Build:

1. Trueshot Aura
2. Frost Arrows
3. Silence
4. Trueshot Aura
5. Trueshot Aura
6. Marksmanship
7. Trueshot Aura
8. Frost Arrows
9. Frost Arrows
10. Frost Arrows
11. Marksmanship
12. Stats
13. Stats
14. Stats
15. Stats
16. Marksmanship
17. Stats
18. Stats
19. Stats
20. Stats
21. Stats
22. Stats
23. Silence
24. Silence
25. Silence
Item Build

Item Build:

1.View Details for Ring of Regeneration
Ring of Regeneration
2 HP Regeneration
This Item will help you survive early game, as this will be your regen item early on. You can sell this later if you want. ^_^
2.View Details for Wraith Band
Wraith Band
6 Agility
3 Strength
3 Intelligence
3 Damage
Slippers of Agility + Circlet of Nobility + Wraith Band Recipe Scroll
Upgrade your Slippers into these, adds 3 to all stats and 3 to agi, thus adds some hp and mana too ^_^ suggest getting at least 2.
3.View Details for Ancient Tango of Essifation
Ancient Tango of Essifation
Active: Eat Tree
Eats a tree to restore 115 HP over 16 seconds. Purge will end the effect even though the status icon will remain.
Note: Stacks with itself in inventory. 3 charges.
Use some of these because of early game harassment. ^_^
4.View Details for Boots of Speed
Boots of Speed
50 Movement Speed
Note: Movement speed bonus doesn't stack with Boots of Travel, Phase Boots, Power Treads, or Boots of Speed.
Some more ms won't hurt ^_^
5.View Details for Boots of Travel
Boots of Travel
100 Movement Speed

Active: Teleport
- Teleports you to an allied non-hero unit or building
- Casting time: 3 seconds
- Manacost: 75 mana
- Cooldown: 60 seconds
- Shares cooldown with Scroll of Town Portal

Note: Movement speed bonus does not stack with Boots of Travel, Phase Boots, Power Treads, Tranquil Boots or Boots of Speed.
Double clicking teleports you to your fountain.
Boots of Speed + Boots of Travel Recipe Scroll
Upgrade your Boots of Speed into this, more ms advantage, and this will make you farm more because you can just teleport to vacant lanes and farm almost all the creeps for gold. I suggest getting this at later stages because we will focuse more on other items, use tp instead early on. And one more thing, I suggest this over threads because you'll have the ability to teleport, and yes, +10 more stats and aspd can be tempting, but trust me on this. Because this'll be more useful mid to late game ^_^
6.View Details for Lothar`s Edge
Lothar`s Edge
30 Damage
30 Attack Speed

Active: Wind Walk
- Makes you invisible until the duration ends, or until you attack or use an ability
- Adds 20% movement speed
- Can move through units
- 0.3 second fade time
- Attacking to break the invisibility will cause you to deal 150 bonus physical damage on your attack
- Duration: 12 seconds
- Manacost: 75
- Cooldown: 18 seconds

Claymore + Shadow Amulet
We will be rushing this, as this item will give you Wind Walk. Also this item will utilize your Trueshot aura as +21 agility is helpful, there's also a +21 damage, so you'll be able to deal more damage ^_^ This item'll be your primary escaping skill. As for countering gems and wards, I'll explain later.
7.View Details for Heart of Tarrasque
Heart of Tarrasque
40 Strength
300 HP
Passive: Health Regeneration
Regenerates 2% of max health each second. Only regenerates health when the bearer has not taken damage from a player owned source or Roshan in the last 6 seconds (ranged) or 4 seconds (melee). Doesn't stack with itself.
Messerschmidt's Reaver + Vitality Booster + Heart of Tarrasque Recipe Scroll
Buy this to increase your survivability, because Traxex is a fragile character^_^ I usually buy vitality booster first, but if you farmed more, I guess you could buy a reaver directly^_^
8.View Details for The Butterfly
The Butterfly
30 Agility
30 Damage
30 Attack Speed
35% Evasion
Eaglehorn + Talisman of Evasion + Quarterstaff
This item will help you a lot, as this gives you a huge agility increase, thus improving your base damage for your Trueshot aura. A +30 damage increase and a 30% aspd increase is also helpful. The 30% evasion is also useful, because u can counter permabashers because of evasion. Remember not to stack evasion, because it cannot be stacked. ^_^
9.View Details for Assault Cuirass
Assault Cuirass
35 Attack Speed
10 Armor
Passive: Attack Speed Aura
Adds 20 attack speed. 900 AoE
Passive: Positive Armor Aura
Adds 5 armor. 900 AoE. Affects buildings. Doesn't stack with armor auras from Assault Cuirass, Ring of Basilius, or Vladmir's Offering.
Passive: Negative Armor Aura
Remove 5 armor to enemies. 900 AoE. Affects enemy buildings.
Plate Mail + Hyperstone + Chainmail + Assault Cuirass Recipe Scroll
This item is really useful, + armor= more survivability. More attack speed means more dps. -5 Armor will make your opponents softer. This is also helpful for counter pushing ^_^
10.View Details for Monkey King Bar
Monkey King Bar
88 Damage
15 Attack Speed
Passive: True Strike
Prevents your attacks from missing (except due to exceeding Movement Buffer Range on melee units). Interferes with some attack modifiers on ranged units.
Passive: Mini-Bash
35% chance to bash on attacks. 100 bonus damage. Stuns for 0.01 seconds.
Note: Clicking the item will toggle True Strike on and off.
Demon Edge + 2x Javelins
I prefer this over Buriza as the mini-stun is very useful for your dps. This item prevents channeling spells, so those who ise portals won't escape, or if some hero fought with you, they'll really be annoyed because of the mini-stun(hehe). Oh, and this item increases damage and aspd too, very useful ^_^
Skill Build

Early Game:

Traxex - The Drow Ranger 

Traxex - The Drow Ranger
Starting Stats
Range: 600 | Move Speed: 300
Primary: AGI
Str: 17 + 1.9 | Agi: 22 + 1.9 | Int: 15 + 1.4
Damage: 40-51 | HP: 473 | Mana: 195
HP Regen: 0.76 | Mana Regen: 0.61
Attack Speed: 1.33 | Armor: 2

Ending Stats(Without Items)
Range: 600
Move Speed: 300
Primary: AGI
Str: 63
Agi: 92
Int: 49
Damage: 110 - 121
HP: 1347
Mana: 637
HP Regen: 2.14
Mana Regen: 1.97
Attack Speed: 1 attack every 0.88 seconds
Armor: 12.1

Misc Stats:
Sight Range: 1800 Day/800 Night
Casting Animation: Traxex has an 0.4 second casting time and an 0.3 second casting backswing
Attack Animation: Traxex has a damage point at 0.7 seconds and an attack backswing of 0.3 seconds
Projectile Speed: 1250

Traxex’s starting stats are average at best, with nothing great in any department. Her range is average and so is her movement speed. She lacks base damage, HP and basically anything needed to be useful early in the game. Her Agility gain is quite high, something to take note of, as it will help later on in the game, when damage dealing through physical attacks is the way to go. As can be seen, her ending agility is very high, at 92, making her a potent late game hero. Her strength gain is quite decent, as she ends with 63 intelligence, but this is no excuse to slack off on Drow’s HP. It is still quite low. Her intelligence gain is ok, but as both her “spells” are cheap in mana cost, there is no need for us to worry ourselves on mana or mana boosting items. Traxex’s base attack speed is quite high, but her attack animation is relatively slow, with only Dragon Knight’s Elder Dragon form and Medusa having a longer damage point. It is therefore essential that you learn to animation cancel with Traxex, as her attacking time is already slower than normal, we will need to shave off at least 0.2 seconds on every attack. Despite this, Traxex’s projectile speed is fast, at 1250, with only Morphling, VS, Razor and Sniper having faster projectiles. Ursa has the fastest projectile, but I did not include him as he is literally a melee hero. Late game, however, Traxex attacks obscenely quickly, so it animation cancelling is not needed. I suggest you browse in the Mechanics section for more on attack speed and stats. Traxex’s casting time is short, 0.4 seconds, but she only has one spell that uses this, so it doesn’t make much of a difference.

Traxex was a skilled archer in her oppressive underground homeland, the Underdark, until she grew sick of her kin's evil ways and fled to the surface world. As a part of her resolution, she joined the Sentinel, bringing her excellent marksmanship to the fray. Some of her abilities include stripping magical beings of their voices, enchanting her arrows with an icy cold, and the renowned ability to slay lesser foes with a single arrow. While such powers are valuable, her true origin will never cease to linger around in the judging eyes of others.

First, this I'll explain her advantages and disadvantages:


She can be a:

-very fast farmer

-good chaser because of the frost arrow

-EARLY GAME harasser because of orb walking with frost arrows

-Very good late gamer

-Has high damage because of aura

-Has a good ulti,( ever had a free eaglehorn? ^_^)


-she's very fragile

-weak early to mid game if it does not have decent items in their repotoire

-no escape mechanism, (e.g. Wind walk, Blink, etc.) So we'll utilize the use of Lothar's ^_^

-becomes food if not farmed with properly

-item dependent

So, you really interested? Well then thanks for visiting this strategy, I hope this helps you and make you a better player. Now, let's get started.

(Please AVOID SPAMMING/FLAMING, it doesn't help anyone!! ^_^)

   Ironwood Branch     Ironwood BranchIronwood BranchIronwood BranchRing of Regeneration

This'll be your typical build for a 5v5 battle...

But if your enemies are harassers, e.g Zeus, Tormented Soul, or Viper, I recommend getting this...
Ancient Tango of Essifation          Ironwood BranchIronwood BranchIronwood BranchIronwood BranchIronwood Branch

Get 6 pcs or 3 pairs of Tangoes, and branches ^_^

Well stick to the item build,e.g. Ring of regen, Slippers, etc. for 4v4 to 1v1 battles.

 Oh well, early game,

This'll be the strategies:

I recommend going to the Bottom lane if you're Sentinel. And Upper Lane if Scourge. Because you will have advantage if you Creep Block at those lanes, having level advantage and being near to the tower will get you advantage. Prefer going solo, but if you need accompaniment, prefer having,

Purist Thunderwrath - The Omniknight Dazzle - Shadow PriestRotund`jere - The NecrolyteRooftrellen - The Treant ProtectorChen - The Holy Knight

(Omniknight) (Dazzle) (Necrolyte) (Treant) (Chen)

Because they've got support skills, specially Omniknight or Dazzle, because of ther heals. And Chen too, because of his skill of getting you into the fountain instantly. ^_^

Know versus other hero strategies,

Heroes like,

Viper - The NetherdrakeLucifer - The Doom BringerShendelzare Silkwood - The Vengeful SpiritLeshrac - The Tormented SoulKel`Thuzad - The LichKrobelus - The Death ProphetLesale Deathbringer - The Venomancer

Be very careful with them, because they'll harass the hell of you, because they know your potential late game.

But you've got range,

Try to use your range to your advantage, try to orb walk enemies with your frost arrows.

But first what is Orb walk?

It is manually using a skill without autocasting it, e.g. searing arrows, frost arrows, arcane orb, poison attack, etc. You can use it's potential fully by using and taking control of, Animation Cancelling.

But then, what is Animation Cancelling?

This is when you cast a skill or attack, then cancelling animation.

I'll give you this animation for example:

Now then when you see Traxex release the arrow, quickly right click to the ground, so as to cancel the later animations. This technique is very useful so you can harass other heroes early on.

Creep pulling can also be used, so you can have advantage over your opponent in terms of farming and level gain.

This is how to creep pull, issue an attack command to an enemy here while near to the creeps, and quickly animation cancel when the creeps try to attack you, then try to avoid the creeps attacks and repeat again.

But if you use frost arrow manually to attack an enemy hero, you won't creep pull. Because you used a skill instead of an attack command. But if you autocasted frost arrow and attack an enemy hero, creeps will come into you.

Here is an example of creep pulling,


I recommended to get silence level 1 so you'll have a silencing skill. This skill might help you in the most dire of situations.

This is the range of silence,


Try to hug the tower when you're heavily harassed, and if you are facing two heroes at a lane, be extra careful and only come out when you need to last hit and deny.

So much to that, I presume that you already have farmed this during early game...

Blade of AlacrityBlade of AlacrityBoots of Speed then Wraith BandWraith Band or BracerBracer

It depends if you need more damage or hp ^_^

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549 By >eLectric<89 2011-12-08


Helm of Domi

sure effective

548 By maliiik 2011-12-07

with agh can have 5 meepos???...why not add more by using Manta = 7 meepos XD

547 By sie_jum 2011-12-06



this items most appropriate for all enemies

hahah ^_^

546 By Pyroc0ntrol 2011-05-07


EoS and Lifesteal doesn't stack with Frost Arrow though... which is a far better slow even if illusions don't benefit...

545 By freedomg18 2011-05-07

i thnk manta is quite nice for traxex since u r quite soft throughout the game so some illusions woundnt go amidst

544 By Nabla 2010-08-28

guinsoos on trax is fail^^
its nice on nearly every hero but on trax totaly fail
get EoS instead you will slow while lifestealing+another 25 agi
and skadi is nice boost for illusions

543 By ->F3lix<-/ 2010-08-28


So, what you're saying is that every hero except you has 250 base ms?

542 By the486 2010-08-28

i chiong trueshot, attri ulti. wif my attk speed n dmg they cant run tat fast so i no nid slow silence is also a good spell

541 By L-N-K 2010-08-23

traxex lifesteal !!
such as helm of dominator !
dont say that lifesteal is not important for a hitter type like traxex !

540 By tjjl 2010-08-17


rest are luxuries such as bfly mkb and maybe guinsoo

539 By ozzwer 2010-07-08

my build :

538 By migrees 2010-07-08

Simmer down now, fellas. Yes lifesteal is great for trax and yes Bot>Treads late game.


537 By silentzero 2010-07-08

2008 guide, and the guide maker is already gone

536 By miko1105 2010-07-08

are u damm ????satanic is comparable for drow...know that???

535 By silentzero 2010-06-29

BoT > Treads late game

534 By yarocaracas 2010-06-29

Hey instead of travel change it to treads. its useless. treads is for speed attack speed and agi...

533 By ->F3lix<-/ 2010-06-19


Late game only...

532 By silentzero 2010-06-19

yes yes, continue bashing a guide in 2008

how mature can you get?

531 By .slarkvsriki 2010-06-19

satanic not needed by traxex?SUS! Tnga ata to. Lifesteal is good for traxex because he has a high damage means larger amount of lifesteal

530 By kiminmaster 2010-05-23

@530 u wanna get banned?