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Purist Thunderwrath: ninong's guide to the Omniknight

Created by ninong on 2006-05-28
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Omniknight..imo one of the best support heroes in dota allstars. Support heroes are treasured in team plays. However, being a "support" hero has its negative connotations. You might say that support heroes don't usually get kills. Hopefully, this guide will help you become a hero-killer aside from doing your usual "supporting-role" job in a 2-2 up to a 5-5 game. Omniknight has been my favorite hero in dota in the past month or so but this is my first time actually writing a strat for him..hehe. Omnknight's importance as a support hero does not only depend on his items, but rather on the user's ability to spot dying or low HP teamates in a "harapan" situation wherein all 10 heroes from both teams are facing each other in a single area. I understand the importance of having a huge mana pool and regen to be able to help your teammates. However, I find plain 'supporting' boring..hopefully with this strat, you will be able to enjoy killing your enemies as well. Remember: Omnknight, like anti-mage, is a very good hero to use against INT heroes. Here goes..
Purist Thunderwrath

Purist Thunderwrath - The Omniknight

Range: | Move Speed: 300
Primary: STR
Str: 20 + 2.65 | Agi: 15 + 1.75 | Int: 17 + 1.8
Damage: 51 61 | HP: 530 | Mana: 221
HP Regen: 0.85 | Mana Regen: 0.69
Attack Speed: 0.68 | Armor: 4
Purification (R)
Instantly heals a friendly unit and damages all nearby enemy units within a 225 AOE.
Level 1 - Purifies 90 hit points.
Level 2 - Purifies 180 hit points.
Level 3 - Purifies 270 hit points.
Level 4 - Purifies 360 hit points.
Casting Range: 400/500/600/700
Damage type: pure
Mana Cost: 100/ 120/ 140/ 160
Cooldown: 12 seconds
Comment: Your single most important skill. You can heal yourself or your ally as well as damage enemy units in an AoE of around 150. Think of a 360 HP life steal :)

Repel (E)
Creates a powerful divine ward that blocks all magic from affecting a target unit.
Level 1 - Lasts 6 seconds.
Level 2 - Lasts 8 seconds.
Level 3 - Lasts 10 seconds.
Level 4 - Lasts 12 seconds.
Repel removes most effects from the target when cast, including Guardian Angel.
Mana Cost: 50
Cooldown: 15
Comment: No need for a BKB for your teammates once you maxed this skill. I intentionally selected this skill later because your opponents won't be using their special spells against you in early game..and if they do, this won't help much against early game nukers either. Purification is a better counter against nukers.
Degen Aura
Degen Aura (D)
Greatly degenerates the movement and attacking capabilities of units that stray too near.
Level 1 - Reduces movement and attack speed by 7%.
Level 2 - Reduces movement and attack speed by 14%.
Level 3 - Reduces movement and attack speed by 21%.
Level 4 - Reduces movement and attack speed by 28%.
300 AOE
Mana Cost: N/A
Cooldown: N/A
Comment: Another great skill, slows enemy units in a 360 AoE. With this, you can chase dying enemy heroes as well escape from gangbangs.
Guardian Angel
Guardian Angel (G)
Grants all nearby friendly units near physical invulnerability and increases hit point regeneration greatly.
Level 1 - Lasts 5 seconds.
Level 2 - Lasts 7 seconds.
Level 3 - Lasts 9 seconds.
Affects allies with magic immunity.
Grants +1000 Armor and +25 hp/sec regeneration
Mana Cost: 125/ 175/ 250
Cooldown: 150
Comment: Self-explanatory :) Use this skill wisely.
Skill Build

Skill Build:

1. Purification
2. Degen Aura
3. Purification
4. Degen Aura
5. Purification
6. Guardian Angel
7. Purification
8. Repel
9. Repel
10. Degen Aura
11. Guardian Angel
12. Degen Aura
13. Repel
14. Repel
15. Stats
16. Guardian Angel
17. Stats
18. Stats
19. Stats
20. Stats
21. Stats
22. Stats
23. Stats
24. Stats
25. Stats
Item Build

Item Build:

1.View Details for Ring of Basilius
Ring of Basilius
6 Damage
1 armor
Passive: Mana Aura
0.65 Mana Regeneration. 900 AoE
Passive: Armor Aura
2 armor. 900 AoE. Doesn't stack with armor auras from Assault Cuirass, Ring of Basilius, or Vladmir's Offering.
Note: Clicking the item will toggle whether Armor Aura affects heroes and units, or just heroes. Can be disassembled.
Ring of Protection + Sobi Mask
2.View Details for Null Talisman
Null Talisman
6 Intelligence
3 Strength
3 Agility
3 Damage

Mantle of Intelligence + Circlet of Nobility + Null Talisman Recipe Scroll (145)
3.View Details for Lesser Clarity Potion
Lesser Clarity Potion
Active: Regenerate Mana
Restores 100 mana over 30 seconds. Effect ends if affected unit takes damage. You can target an ally or yourself to receive the effect.
Double clicking on Clarity Potion causes it to be used on your hero.
Note: Stacks with itself in inventory. 1 charge.
4.View Details for Ring of Regeneration
Ring of Regeneration
2 HP Regeneration
5.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.
6.View Details for Sange
16 Strength
10 Damage
Passive: Lesser Maim
15% chance on attack to slow movement speed by 20% and attack speed by 20% for 4 seconds.
Belt of Giant Strength + Ogre Axe + Sange Recipe Scroll (600)
7.View Details for Power Treads
Power Treads
60 Movement Speed
30 Attack Speed
8 Selected Attribute

Active: Switch Attribute
Switches the attribute that receives a bonus. From Strength to Intelligence, Intelligence to Agility, and Agility to Strength.
Note: Can only carry one. Movement speed bonus doesn't stack with Boots of Travel, Phase Boots, Power Treads, or Boots of Speed.
Boots of Speed + Gloves of Haste + Boots of Elvenskin or Robe of the Magi or Belt of Giant Strength
8.View Details for Yasha
16 Agility
15 Attack Speed
10% Movement Speed
Note: Movement speed bonus doesn't stack with Yasha, Sange and Yasha, or Manta Style.
Blade of Alacrity + Boots of Elvenskin + Yasha Recipe Scroll (600)
9. Sange&Yasha
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
11.View Details for Satanic
25 Strength
20 Damage
5 Armor
Passive: Lifesteal
25% lifesteal on attacks. Orb effect.
Active: Unholy Rage
Adds 175% lifesteal. Lasts 3.5 seconds. 35 seconds cooldown.
Helm of the Dominator + Messerschmidt's Reaver + Satanic Recipe Scroll
Skill Build

Early Game:

Lvl 1-6


In any order: ring of basillus & null talisman. then clarity potions, boots of speed.

The null talisman and ring of basillus (ang potions) will take care of spammers, harrasers. All you have to do is heal yourself. It will take care of your mana pool/regen requirements in the early game. That's the reason I didn't select the repel skill in the early game , the null + mana regen + purification will take care of nukers (As I have mentioned in the items section).


Farm fast, Omniknight has a relatively high base damage and is good for making last hits. Do not choose the middle lane.

When you are facing ranged heroes/nukers, stay behind your creeps and hold the alt button and make the last hit on dying creeps. Continue doing this until you have lvl 4 of purification. As for melee heroes, go straight to hitting enemy creeps while hold the alt button to watch for dying creeps.

If the melee hero tries to harras you, let him hit you 1-2 times to get your creeps' attention, and after that hit him back. He'll be losing a lot of HP more than you now and will try to run back to his tower. If you already have at least lvl 2 of degen aura, he won't be able to run far. You'll be able to kill him doing normal attacks, or you could outrun and go ahead of him a bit without hitting him, then use purification on yourself. First blood ;) If the melee hero you are facing has a disabling/stunning skill, most likely he will use it when you have a low HP. It is important for you to use purification at once when you have 1/2 of your HP left if your opponent does not run away(he is obviously planning to disable you).

Lvl 7 - 11


in specific order: sange, power treads, yasha, sange & yasha


Team Battle Support:

This is the part where most hero-killings start and teams start packing up the middle lane. Your support skills will be great greatly valued from this point on. In a team battle situation, hold the alt button to check your allies's HP, once you see one having less than half of his HP and being targeted by the enemy, heal him at once. Purification has a long casting range. Prioritize on allies in that kind of situation. Do not pay attention to those insisting on being healed especially during a team-battle unless they are in that situation. Tell them you are not a walking fountain of health and that you need to use your mana/spells wisely. Use your guardian angel to push through towers that have been damaged to half it's HP and also, in team battles. Do not use guardian angel at once when a team battle just begins...your opponents will only back off until the guardian angel wears will be rendered useless. Use in the middle of the battle, when the enemy starts to think they can kill one of your team members. You will eventually become a natural at this if you frequently use omniknight in a game.

Farming/Escaping from ambushes: 

Also, continue farming when your team isn't engaging in a team battle. Hit each enemy creeps 2-3 times until their HP is around half, then cast lvl 4 purification. 

You won't have to worry about ambushes that much because omniknight's skills are perfect for survival during ambushes. your degen aura will slow down those who will chase you while you can render their stun/disabling spells with repel. You'd have a relatively high movespeed because of s&y and treads. By the time repel wears off, you'd be near your allies already. If not, prepare to use guardian angel (only in extreme situations).


During this period, you still don't have the items to go on solo hero hunting, as well as the enough level of repel. We will reserve that later on in mid-game. Stick to being a good support hero in the meanwhile :) Well, you can go against enemy spell casters going solo if you chose lvl 2 of repel instead of degen aura if you're really itching for a kill, but just be careful, use your brain ;)

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246 By sr_kakashi 2011-12-18

245 By rochynson 2010-05-05

244 By sipps 2009-12-02

If you want to be more OP when the enemy runs back to the towers buy Eye of Skadi.

243 By Shuyi000 2009-11-22

An update is definitely needed... for your guide is way too out-dated...

242 By mad_man 90 2009-10-17

add pics

241 By sanchapistol 2009-08-03

lol i usually play the omni based on his slow making radiance and skadi, thats a bye bye to runaways

240 By lovelle 2009-07-21

i understand what u aer syaing i fucked up but u can easily make him into a tank
with like 4 items treads heart satanic and a armlet of mordi i really dont know how 2 spell it are u happy NOW

239 By Vatiz 2009-07-17

Now it's ok to have different opinion on play style, that's what DotA strategy is for, always find new ways to Improve yourself - but remember the basics...

10-15k gold per match, Effient items that fit the hero and entitle your role within the game / chose a perfection.

as for making a guide It's more about getting an approval... other than that your just to lazy

238 By Vatiz 2009-07-17

hmmm, @lovelle

the items you mentioned were for 24125g! you normally get around 10-15k once per match depeding on how you play your hero, you also had 2 orb effects (Sange & Satanic) + lifesteal isn't that much of a deal because you don't deal enough DPS like other heroes (phantom assassin) - though vladmir is fine (luxury!). Being a Tank is not your primary concern - it's more about staying alive and support your team with Slow, Magical Immunity and heals and some Semi DPS in the mean time.

237 By lovelle 2009-07-13

i like it but after the vlads and monkey king bar he should get a heart and then satanic and s and y and he will be the perfect tank he will have around 4,000 health try it out i cant make a guide cause i dont know how 2

236 By badiie11 2009-06-20

eee.. fuck off guys

235 By anders_h23 2009-06-15

234 By far2zzz 2009-06-06

update la plss... old version

233 By ursawarriorrulz 2009-05-27


232 By ursawarriorrulz 2009-05-27


231 By Lethoz 2009-05-23

Lol... Update?

this guide needs to be deleted!

(JK )

230 By tsirdiesalot 2009-05-23

update your shit kid

229 By ninong 2009-05-17

oh and thanks for still commenting anyway..lmao

228 By ninong 2009-05-17

omg you guys are still commenting on a strat posted over 3 years ago and never updated since then? yeah i know i suck but thats just pathetic lol

227 By Anterus 2009-05-10

This guy is apretty pathetic lane farmer, with one aoe spell that isn't spammable till later game, i would suggest a radience? or a Battlefury? and if ur gonna get lifesteal u may aswell upgrade ur RoB