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Maximus.` Legendary Beastmaster.

Created by Maximus. on 2008-10-30
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Hello, i`m Maximus. I want to share about how to play Rexxar-The Beasmaster. Rexxar is a great support hero with his ulti is so great I want to help DS reader to play Rexxar properly. Ganking here with necronomicon and roar is my focus. Thank you guys for reading my guide.

Rexxar - The Beastmaster

Range: | Move Speed: 310
Primary: STR
Str: 23 + 2.2 | Agi: 18 + 1.6 | Int: 16 + 1.9
Damage: 56 - 60 | HP: 587 | Mana: 208
HP Regen: 0.94 | Mana Regen: 0.65
Attack Speed: 0.69 | Armor: 5
Wild Axes
Wild Axes (W)
Rexxar hurls his two axes to as far as 1300 range from him, which then intersect and return to him. Each axe can only damage a unit once.
Level 1 - Each axe deals 90 damage.
Level 2 - Each axe deals 120 damage.
Level 3 - Each axe deals 150 damage.
Level 4 - Each axe deals 180 damage.
Damage type: mixed
This ability can hit magic immune units.
Wild Axes destroys trees.
This skill will not damage invisible units.
Casting range: 1300
Area of Effect: 100
Mana Cost: 120
Cooldown: 13
Comment: Same mana cost at all level. A great nuke skill. Can cut down trees too. Cool. Damage enemy on the line.

Call of the Wild
Call of the Wild (D)
Rexxar calls upon wild beasts to aid him. The duration, strength and number of beasts increases per level. Previous summons are removed upon casting. Summons last for 60 seconds.
Level 1 - Summons a Scout Hawk.
Level 2 - Summons a Scout Hawk and a Quilbeast.
Level 3 - Summons a Greater Hawk and a Quilbeast.
Level 4 - Summons a Greater Hawk and a Greater Quilbeast.
Greater Hawk has an Invisibility ability (fades out after 5 seconds without movement).
Quilbeast has a poisonous attack which slows enemy movement speed and attack speed by 20% (35% for Greater Quilbeast).
Mana Cost: 25
Cooldown: 40 seconds
Comment: A rare skill. You can summon a scouting hawk. Which means free observer and can walk through anything and a pig which help its master to catch the enemy. 35% slow.
Inner Beast
Inner Beast (B)
Releases the inner beast inside nearby allies, passively increasing their attack speed.
Level 1 - 18% Attack Speed.
Level 2 - 26% Attack Speed.
Level 3 - 32% Attack Speed.
Level 4 - 40% Attack Speed.
Area of Effect: 1000
Mana Cost: N/A
Cooldown: N/A
Comment: Great skill. You can pawn your enemy fastly with this skill. If you focused on one enemy, Rexxar ASPD will move up faster.
Primal Roar
Primal Roar (R)
The Beastmaster looses a deafening roar which deals damage and stuns its target. Enemy units near the roar wave take minor damage and have their movement speed and attack rate reduced. Due to the force of the roar, all units between the Beastmaster and his prey are shoved aside, creating an open path.
Level 1 - 200 primary damage, stun lasts 3 seconds, 100 side damage, slows for 50% and lasts 2 seconds.
Level 2 - 250 primary damage, stun lasts 3.5 seconds, 200 side damage, slows for 50% and lasts 3 seconds.
Level 3 - 300 primary damage, stun lasts 4 seconds, 300 side damage, slows for 50% and lasts 4 seconds.
Damage type: magic
Stuns but doesn't damage magic immune units.
The slow won't affect mechanical units.
Casting range: 600 (950*)
Area of Effect: 250
Can be improved by Aghanim's Scepter (*shows the improved values)
Mana Cost: 150/175/ 200
Cooldown: 80/75/70 (45*) seconds
Comment: One of the best ulti in DotA. The 3-4 second stun and the slow effect is great. The cooldown is just within 60s-70s. Great ganking ability.
Skill Build

Skill Build:

1. Wild Axes
2. Call of the Wild
3. Call of the Wild
4. Wild Axes
5. Wild Axes
6. Primal Roar
7. Wild Axes
8. Call of the Wild
9. Call of the Wild
10. Stats
11. Primal Roar
12. Stats
13. Stats
14. Stats
15. Beast Rage
16. Primal Roar
17. Beast Rage
18. Beast Rage
19. Beast Rage
20. Stats
21. Stats
22. Stats
23. Stats
24. Stats
25. Stats
Item Build

Item Build:

1.View Details for Animal Courier
Animal Courier
Active: Summon Animal Courier
- Creates an Animal Courier to carry items
- 5 manacost
- Animal Courier has 45HP, 0 armor and magic immunity

**Gives 150 gold to each enemy player when killed
**Does not drop items it is holding when killed
**Respawns 3 minutes after being killed, items inaccessible during that time

To buy your item and bring it to you, so you will get exp and gold without back to your base.
2.View Details for Empty Bottle
Empty Bottle
Active: Regenerate
Restores 135 HP and 70 mana over 3 seconds. Effect ends if you take damage. When used, Magic Bottle 3/3 changes to 2/3, 2/3 changes to 1/3, and 1/3 changes to Empty Bottle. Can't be used when Empty Bottle. 0.5 second cooldown.
Active: Rune Capture
Stores a rune in an Empty Bottle. When a rune is used, this item is refilled to Magic Bottle 3/3. Stored runes are automatically used after 120 seconds. Can't be drop if it has a rune stored.
Note: This item is refilled to Magic Bottle 3/3 when near the fountain.
For your regen mana and hp. Can fill up in your fountain or catch up a rune.
3.View Details for Bracer
6 Strength
3 Agility
3 Intelligence
3 Damage
Gauntlets of Ogre Strength + Circlet of Nobility + Bracer Recipe Scroll
Get two of these for your early status boost. Rexxar is a fragile str hero.
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.
For your movementspeed.
5.View Details for Necronomicon
15/21/24 Intelligence
8/12/16 Strength

Active: Demonic Summoning
- Summons a Necronomicon Warrior and a Necronomicon Archer to fight for you, their strength and abilities are dependant on the Necronomicon's level
- Lasts 35 seconds
- 50 manacost
- 80 seconds cooldown

Note: Buy recipe to upgrade (3 levels).

Summoned Units:
Necronomicon Warrior
- 400/600/800 HP
- Melee Damage: 21/41/61
- Mana Break: burns 25/50/75 mana per hit, 60% burned mana dealt as damage
- Spell Resistance: 40% against spell damage
- Last Will: 400/500/600 pure damage dealt to the killing unit on death

Necronomicon Archer
- 400/600/800 HP
- Ranged (350) Damage: 31/61/91
- Mana Burn: burns 125/175/225 mana on target, 20 seconds cooldown, 600 cast range
- Endurance Aura: 3%/6%/9% movement and attack speed bonus, 400 AoE
- Spell Resistance: 40% against spell damage

Belt of Giant Strength + Staff of Wizardry + Necronomicon Recipe Scroll
Your core item. Can summon two demon mages which can help you.
6.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
More movement speed from travel is better than powertread. We need more movement speed than attack speed. You can teleport to your allies unit too.
Skill Build

Early Game:

Rexxar The Beastmaster

Rexxar - The Beastmaster


You will like to play Rexxar if you are:

-A ganker player

-Not a farmer

-High teamwork with your teammate

-Not an egoist player

-You want to support your teammate


This guide is for a player who want Rexxar to be a support hero. So, this build is for the team, not an egoist build. Hopefully, you will like my strategy.


Rexxar level 1

HP 587

Mana 208

Damage 56-60

Armor 2

Str 23

Agi 18

Int 16

Range 100


Rexxar level 25

HP 1575

Mana 793

Damage 108-112

Armor 7

Str 75

Agi 56

Int 61


Pros :

-Quick animation.

-You are a lovely teammate with your support skill.

-Imba Roar. Great cooldown.

-Great solo hero.

-Rune/power up taker (with bottle).

-You can scout your enemies area.

-You are strong at your lane. High survivability.



-As a str hero, he is fragile.

-Hard to play with necronomicon (many switch).

-Very busy hero (ganking all the time).

-Have to coordinate well with your teammate.




Wild Axes



Your wild axes range is 1300. It is a long range. You can cut down all enemies within a lane. For example, a wave of creep come. Just click back of the mage creep. Rexxar will cast it through all of the creep, so the axes damaged all of the creep.


The purposes of wild axes:

1.Damage a line of enemy.

2.Cut down forest tree,which maybe your enemy is hiding there. You can open a path too for ganking or maybe escape.

3.Cut down tree which contained Rofftrellen Eyes in the forest.

4.Give sight.








As you can see, traxex didn`t know that my axes will come to her.


Aw, she didn`t know that the Wild Axe have hurted her.





The Wild Axes also give you sight. 


Call Of The Wild


Scout Hawk : 300 HP, 0 Armor, 1600 Sight at day, 1200 Sight at night, and visible.

Quilbeast : 400 HP, 0 Armor, 23-29 Damage, Slow enemy 20% for 2 seconds.

Greater Hawk : 875 HP, 5 Armor. 1600 Sight at day, 1200 sight at night and no more permanent invisible again in the new dota version, but hawk get invisible skill that invisible for 4s.

Greater quilbeast : 700 HP, 0 Armor, Slow enemy 35% for 3 seconds.

Scout Hawk and Greater Hawk usually to track an enemy in the forest and to view rune (PowerUp) wheter it is on the upper river or the lower river. With the low mana cost, you should use it anytime for it`s total useness. So, ready to feel tired because you always have to move your Hawk.


The area sight Of Greater Hawk



This is the sight of Rexxar without hawk 


This is the area sight of Rexxar with his hawk nearby. 



The new version of the hawk is no longer has permanent invisible, but it get invisible for 4s.



As you can see, the neutral creep being infected by the poison from quillbeast. The creep/hero will walk slower by 33%. 

The quillbeast is to catch up your enemy. Since it has a passive poison attack, you can chase your hero easily. But, quilbeast sometime stuck or maybe loss his target, so you must click on the target not just one time, maybe at the moment again you target your enemy again because you won`t loss your prey right? Since the roar make your quilbeast aside, you must reclick it to your target.


Beast Rage


This skill is synergy with your slow from your quillbeast. When the chasing, you attack your enemy repeatly, so this skill makes you attack your enemy faster and faster. It is probably useful at the middle to late game. At the early game, it is not very effective.



Primal Roar


His ultimate is my favourite, with the 3s-4s stuns at the targeted enemy and the side slow effect to the area near the targeted enemy. With this stun, really synergy with your Necronomicon and you can cast Wild Axes too. Your Necronomicon can freely attack your enemy which is stunned for 3-4s. That`s really hurt to your enemy.


The creep which i targeted by primal roar stunned and the creep nearby pushed aside and get slower.




Here, some screenshot again about Primal Roar. The targeted creep is stun and the other creep pushed aside and slow.



Item Consideration


Empty Bottle Empty Bottle

Since we don`t buy any regen item and mana, we will need this. It is a very suitable early game item for rexxar. You can regen your HP and mana with this item. You can fill up empty bottle to bottle full in the fountain by your courier or captured a rune ( in -AP mode). The rune is on the river, and random place within upper or bottom river. Spawn every 2 minutes (2:00,4:00, and so on). The rune contain different effect (invisible,double damage,haste,regeneration,illusion). You can use it by clicking on it. The effect of the rune is also nice to gank/kill an enemy. Catch the rune by clicking the empty bottle to the rune. This item is a suitable for a ganker hero since he will travel around and around, so he needs his HP and mana enough.




You can fill it by your crow/chicken at your fountain as you can see.


You must make your bottle empty to catch a rune.



Bracer X2


Rexxar is a good hero at early-mid game. So, he needs something to boost his HP. Because he like to gank, he should have more HP. Since he is a fragile str hero, he need 2 of this. Why don`t we choose WB or null? We don`t need agility actually, and boost mana is not to worthed because rexxar skill isn`t cost much mana and we have empty bottle to regen it. 1 bracer boost 114 HP (+6str,+3agi,+3int). If you think that you don`t need bracer, you can get two gauntlet to fast the completion of necronomicon.




Necronomicon lv1 Necronomicon

Staff of Wizardy 1000

Belt of giant strength 450

Necronomicon recipe 1300

Total 2750



+15 Int

+6 Str

Activable cost 50 mana (summoning 2 demon mage)


Summon detail (Necronomicon lv1)

Necronomicon Archer lv1 NA archer

400 HP

31 Damage

3% Endurance Aura (3%MS,3%IAS)

125 Active manaburn ability


Necronomicon Warrior lv1 nw war

400 HP

21 Damage

Feedback (25 manaburn passive)

Last wish (200 damage if killed)





Necronomicon lv2 Necronomicon

Necronomicon lv1 2750

Necronomicon Recipe 1300

Total 4050



+21 Int

+10 Str

Activable cost 50 mana (summoning 2 demon mage)


Summon detail (Necronomicon lv2)



Necronomicon Archer lv2  

600 HP

61 Damage

6% Endurance Aura (6%MS,6%IAS)

175 Active Manaburn Ability



Necronomicon Warrior lv2  

600 HP

41 Damage

Feedback (50 Manaburn Passive)

Last Wish (400 Damage if killed)



Necronomicon lv3 Necronomicon

Necronomicon lv2 4050

Necronomicon Recipe 1300

Total 5350



+24 Int

+14 Str

Activable cost 50 mana (summoning 2 demon mage)


Summon Detail (Necronomicon lv3)


Necronomicon Archer lv3  

800 HP

91 Damage

9% Endurance Aura (9%MS,9%IAS)

225 Active Manaburn ability



Necronomicon Warrior lv3  

800 HP

61 Damage

Feedback (75 Manaburn Passive)

Have truesight ability


A lot of detail huh? Yes, this is our core item for rexxar, so i must provide a complete information about necronomicon. This item summon 2 unit which help us to attack the enemy. They have manaburn skill which is passive,activable manaburn ability,Endurance Aura which give us more MS and ASPD, and have truesight ability which you can see invisible enemy.


The truesight ability war


Example of invisible enemy:


Rikimaru - The Stealth AssassinGondar - The Bounty HunterBlack Arachnia - The BroodmotherBone Clinkz - The Bone FletcherAnub`seran - The Nerubian Weaver

Crixalis - The Sand KingAnub`arak - The Nerubian AssassinAzwraith - The Phantom LancerRooftrellen - The Treant ProtectorMirana Nightshade - Priestess of the Moon


Necronomicon also can detect invisble item & skill (thecies bomb,Lanaya trap,anubseran watcher) :

Observer WardsSentry WardsSquee and Spleen - The Goblin TechiesLanaya - Templar AssassinAnub`seran - The Nerubian Weaver



Ganking time with Necronomicon

Your necronomicon feedback (manaburn passive),activable manaburn and the endurance aura really cool to gank. Since you can cast primal roar 3-4s stun, your demon mage can freely attack your enemy, and then your quilbeast slow your enemy with his poison attack and you and your micon can continue to attack it. With your +MS and +IAS you can cahse your enemy and attack it more fast. Really cool isnt it?

The pattern is

Find your enemy with your Greater Hawk which is invisible.

If you find your enemy, go to that place with your Greater Quilbeast too.

If closer, cast micon,hot key them (both of your micon).

Roar your enemy, hit them with your wild axe, quilbeast and necronomicon.

After the wild axes, keep hit it and tab your micon hot key and use "r" to cast a active manaburn to your enemy. It will cast active manaburn which like Anubarak`s manaburn.

With the slow from the quilbeast let your micon and you keep hit your enemy until he/she die.

Try to follow your enemy if you&your necronomicon didn`t follow your enemy.


The melee necronomicon manaburn.



The Range necronomicon manaburn active ablity


The range necronomicon has active manaburn ability which like anubarak manaburn.


Pushing with Necronomicon

Since your lv 3 necronomicon have big HP, it can tank wave of creep and tower, so you,your teammate and your creep have time to kill the creep or attack the tower. The last will also make your enemy creep damaged a lot. So it will be very effective to pus with necronomicon. The damage from micon also useful to attack the tower.


Boots Of Travel Boots of Travel

I choose travel than power thread because we need more mobilize than ASPD. So, since rexxar a support hero, he will need travel than power thread.



Starting item

4VS4 / 5VS5 -AP

Empty Bottle or Animal Courier

If your teammate buy courrier you can buy empty bottle. Tell your friend to share the courier. But if none of your teammate buy courier you can buy courier first. If you buy courier automaticly your money is not enough to buy empty bottle. Just wait for a few seconds because your money will regen. The sufficient is not big so just wait and farming on your lane. If your money get to 600, just buy empty bottle with your courier.

Empty bottle regen is enough to tank you on your lane, if you find yourself hard, you can add up some tango or flask to support your HP.Always check powerup or rune to fill up your bottle.


Choose your lane

Pick up mid lane and tell your teammate that you want to solo. Yes mid lane, i`m not joking. A melee hero on the mid lane. Rexxar is a good lane hero. With his Wild axe he can spamming their enemy. Usually on the mid lane you will against int hero. So the advantage is your enemy will be a low health hero (int hero). So, your wild axes will really hurt them. Try to denying and last hitting creep as many as you can. Always last hitting. Remember, always last hitting. Why? Since you probably facing a nuker hero, their skill are so painful. Try to use the blindspot area. Blind spot is the place on your lane which is dark, so your enemy won`t see you so he/she cannot cast magic on you. Try to last hitting the creep both for deny and farm. Last hit is you attack the low HP creep, use alt to see the creep HP. If you got the creep, it will make you rich and denying should make your enemy level lower than you. Harrast them with your lv 2++ Wild Axe.


Animation Cancel Last Hit

Another trick to get 99.99% succesful last hit creep. I will teach you how to do it. For example, one of your melee creep is on low health, click on it, so BM will auto-attack to attack that creep. Move your mouse to the low-HP health creep,so you will know it HP to last hit, since your BM will keep attack it, use STOP to cancel his attack, so his axe won`t continue to hit the creep. Use STOP STOP STOP like that to cancel his animation, so when the creep really-really on the last hit health, release your stop so DK will attack the creep and you get the creep. This tehnique really works to melee hero enemy, but i don`t recommend it against nuker hero. Since you wil STOP STOP STOP, he/she will attack you freely T_T, hoho, so use it wisely.


Blocking creep at 2:00

On 2:00, your first wave of your creep will come out. Try to block their way, so they will hard to move. Use Stop and then walk again on the first melee creep. So, their way will be stuck and then they will go upper or lower than you. Your creeps will go zig-zag to find their way. It will give some time to make your enemy creep to come to your tower.


The advantage of blocking creep

You can tower hug farming which means it is safe. You can last hitting enemy creep safely since you are on your tower, it means your enemy wont brave enough to tank the tower. It is really hurt actually, so they wont come and harrast you. Also, you give your creep more army to push the enemy tower. The second wave will come and join the first wave so they are togeteher pushing your enemy tower. Two advantage from blocking creep: Safety & Easy Pushing.


Harrassing enemy

Try to get a kill with Rexxar. Use it at lvl 2/3 Wild Axes. Try to launch your axes to all of enemy creep and enemy heroes. So, you will get more advantage not just try to harrast your enemy but you can earn some gold from killing creep too. You have bottle, courier and it is -AP mode. You can spamming your Wild Axes and regen your mana with your bottle, Fill up with your courier or catch up a rune.


Killing enemy

With the scenario that your enemy HP is about a half and you can cast 1 Wild Axes, 1 Primal Roar and Quilbeast. Just make sure you are with your boots, go near him with your quilbeast and roar it. Immedeatly cast wild axes on your enemy and your quilbeast attack your enemy. You probably get a kill from that scenario. Don`t waste your enemy. If you sure you can get a kill, kill them.


Maximize your Hawk useness

Use your Hawk yo find runes or maybe all on the map are missing. (Look at your minimap). Use it to search for your enemy whether they want to gank you or gank your teammate. So, you have to maximize your hawk useness and use it.



Ganking enemy hero

At level 6, you are ready to gank enemy hero. Help your friend which lane is hard against their enemy. Call your quilbeast, catch the enemy, cast Primal Roar on the enemy and then use your Wild Axes. Your friend will help you to attack the enemy and cast the nuke/disable skill to your enemy. You / your friend will get a kill of course.


Hi there rusty oldman.



 I call my quill,hawk and necronomicon to gank sniper.


I cast Primal Roar on him to start the killing.


After that, i cast wild axes on him and drag all of my unit to attack him.


He is slowed by the quill, so he cannot run away.


Now, he is dead.


Drag your army


After call your quill, hawk and your necronomicon, drag them.


It`s now in Rexxar.


Press TAB to move to another unit and so on. 


Your early item expected on your inventory


Empty BottleBoots of SpeedBracerBracerStaff of WizardryBelt of Giant Strenth





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327 By Robby656 2011-11-13

Mask of Madness-Hand of Mordigan-Tarasque-Refresher orb-Travel-Battle Fury

326 By The Guardian Angel 2011-05-15

Yeah Travels, Necro, Bottle and Urn is the dream Build. I can barely farm Necro lvl 3.

325 By Shin Imagine 2011-05-14

@322 not to say your build is a fail. but your build is inclined to a semi carry build which contributes less to a team, which is less effective in high level gameplay. the author may have bad english, but he knows his stuff.

324 By ->F3lix<-/ 2011-02-28


hahahahaHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAA.....More pls, i needz moar

323 By Maximus. 2011-02-28

Hahaha, my english is very poor here, sorry. @lionel4426 mmm...

322 By lionel4426 2011-02-07

Update pls, BM shuld not be use tis way,
Go for PT instead of BOT, gives him str, then offering, then SNY, and
cranium basher, B-Fury Last item shuld be hearts

321 By OrganizedChaos 2011-02-05

Good, smart guide and funny english make it enjoyable to read !

320 By Kavleva 2011-01-17

Very nice guide though plz update. No offence but your English isn't so great XD

319 By Mortredx4 2010-11-09

This guy can beat anyone mauahahahahhahahahahahahahahaahahaha

318 By bmndude 2010-10-03

I tried a semi dps- semi support build.... kinda godlike :)


then GG

317 By Maximus. 2010-08-05

Thanks guys :)

316 By fastkid195 2010-08-02

great guide.
rexxar has been one of my crappiest heros in game, just never figured out how to play him.. tried him twice after reading this guide and im pwning noobs all over the place:)

315 By pog_rules 2010-06-12

@313 It is core because

A. The summons are enhanced by his aura greatly

B. Gives him insane burst (well around 3 seconds) damage mid game with his ult

C. Stats are great for him

314 By Ephemeral96 2010-05-20

@300 He is Not a Farmer........He is Either Support or TAnk

313 By Ephemeral96 2010-05-20

Can SOmeone Explain mE Necro Is His Core?
Sori Im new......

312 By lealealealea 2010-05-16

can this hero defeats barathrum ?????

311 By ravenscout17 2010-05-13

this really is the right build
nice guide
necro is really his core
dont argue with that
he's best as a ganker

310 By Eekka 2010-05-11

nice guide man

309 By Eekka 2010-05-11

308 By lealealealea 2010-05-09

can this hero defeat barathrum ????? xD