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Damage Reduction Skeleton King

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This strategy focuses on increasing the skeleton king's damage reduction and survivability without losing damage output. This "SK" build is designed to be an amazing tank and hero killer.
King Leoric

King Leoric - The Skeleton King


Range: | Move Speed: 300
Primary: STR
Str: 22 + 2.9 | Agi: 18 + 1.7 | Int: 13 + 1.6
Damage: 54 56 | HP: 568 | Mana: 169
HP Regen: 0.91 | Mana Regen: 0.53
Attack Speed: 0.69 | Armor: 4
Hellfire Blast
Hellfire Blast (T)
Ignites the target on fire, dealing damage over time. Deals damage and stuns for 2 seconds followed by a 15% slow for 2 seconds.
Level 1 - 50 Impact Damage and 15 dps while slowed.
Level 2 - 100 Impact Damage and 30 dps while slowed.
Level 3 - 150 Impact Damage and 40 dps while slowed.
Level 4 - 200 Impact Damage and 60 dps while slowed.
Total damage: 80 / 160 / 230 / 300
Mana Cost: 140
Cooldown: 8
Comment: This is your hero ganking/killng skill. Skeleton King has a low mana pool so this is not spammable until mid to late game.

Vampiric Aura
Vampiric Aura (V)
Allied melee units within 900 AoE gain hit points when they hit enemy units.
Level 1 - Gains 15% of attack damage.
Level 2 - Gains 20% of attack damage.
Level 3 - Gains 25% of attack damage.
Level 4 - Gains 30% of attack damage.
Mana Cost: N/A
Cooldown: N/A
Comment: This is a great skill that will increase in value mid/late game. It combination with the Skeleton King's high critical strikes you will find yourself not returning to base to heal yourself.
 Critical Strike
Critical Strike (C)
Gives 15% chance to do more damage on an attack.
Level 1 - 1.25 times normal damage.
Level 2 - 1.75 times normal damage.
Level 3 - 2.25 times normal damage.
Level 4 - 2.75 times normal damage.
Mana Cost: N/A
Cooldown: N/A
Comment: Do not let the 15% deceive you! This spell prots, activates quite often and deals massive damage at level 4.
Reincarnation
Reincarnation (R)
When killed the Skeleton King will come back to life and slow enemies in a 700 aoe by 30% for 3 seconds.
Level 1 - 3 seconds delay, slows enemies' movement speed around him by 30%. 300 second cooldown.
Level 2 - 3 seconds delay, slows enemies' movement speed around him by 30%. 220 second cooldown.
Level 3 - 3 seconds delay, slows enemies' movement speed around him by 30%. 140 second cooldown.
Will revive even if silenced on death.
Will not revive if Skeleton King does not have required mana.
Will not revive if he dies on unpathable terrain.
If Skeleton King has an Aegis and Reincarnation is cooled down upon death, Reincarnation will trigger first.
Revives with full HP and full mana.
Mana Cost: 140
Cooldown: 300/ 220/140 seconds
Comment: This is arguably the best ultimate because you reincarnate with full health and mana. (I will discuss the importance of this later).
Skill Build

Skill Build:

1. Vampiric Aura
2. Storm Bolt
3. Storm Bolt
4. Critical Strike
5. Storm Bolt
6. Reincarnation
7. Storm Bolt
8. Critical Strike
9. Critical Strike
10. Critical Strike
11. Reincarnation
12. Vampiric Aura
13. Vampiric Aura
14. Vampiric Aura
15. Stats
16. Reincarnation
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 Boots of Speed
Boots of Speed
(450)
50 Movement Speed
Note: Movement speed bonus doesn't stack with Boots of Travel, Phase Boots, Power Treads, or Boots of Speed.
Buy this at the start. Without speed you are an easy gank early game.
2.View Details for Ancient Tango of Essifation
Ancient Tango of Essifation
(90)
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.
Wait around and buy this at the start. You will be able to afford it and still be ahead of the first wave of creeps.
3.View Details for Gloves of Haste
Gloves of Haste
(500)
15 Attack Speed
Increased attack speed is crucial to hero killing.
4.View Details for Power Treads
Power Treads
(1400)
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
This will greatly increase your affectiveness on the battlefield. More crits + More health recovery = More pwnage.
5. Chain Mail
Cheap, and adds 13% damage reduction.
6.View Details for Plate Mail
Plate Mail
(1400)
10 Armor
Still fairly cheap, adds 15% damage reduction with chain mail or 22% by itself.
7.View Details for Hyperstone
Hyperstone
(2100)
55 Attack Speed
This will increase your attack speed drastically allowing you to farm without losing health and drastically increasing the accectiveness of your critical strike ability.
8.View Details for Assault Cuirass
Assault Cuirass
(5350)
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 is what you've been waiting for. Increases not only your attack speed but your teamates as well. And as for a bonus reduces your enemies armor by 5. This armor reduction will increase your damage output.
Skill Build

Early Game:

Skeleton King is an amazing tank, stunner, and hero killer. Early game the goal is to try as much as possible to not take damage while dealing as much damage to enemy heros as you can. This is quite easy because of your storm bolt. If an enemy wanders too far into the fray stun him and let the creeps deal damage. Also, If they chase you close enough to your tower stun them and watch as the tower quickly takes their health into the red.

As far as fighting your size alone is intimidating and you should have no problem meleeing the creeps early game. The reason you should choose the vampiric aura as your first skill is because it is an aura. That means not only will it reduce the number of times you return to regenerate but your creeps gain the aura too. 5% may not seem like a lot but it makes a big difference over a period of time. Also, if you are sharing a lane with a melee ally he will also benefit from this skill.

Hero Killing Early Game: Never forget you are a tank, but you are also a stunner. If an enemy's health is getting low, communicate with your allies, and call for help. You do not do enough damage by yourself at this stage to kill but together if someone else you can. There are two ways to gank and this will be used throughout the game in similar ways.

1) If you are going to gank the hereo in your own lane.

a) Call for an ally to help and have them setup in the flank position. (In the trees behind the enemy).

b) Run up and storm bolt your prey. Then wack your beefy sword at them! ;)

c) Have your ally simultaneously come from behind and attack with nukes another stun or whatever they have.

d) Get the final blow melee or storm bolt if they are getting away.

e) Regenerate mana, wash, rinse, repeat.

Tip: Save your limited mana for ganking do not spam storm bolt or you will find yourself without mana when you need it.

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266 By mr.potatohead 2011-03-25

Butterfly? I don't think its worth the price, then are tons of items there that are much better for SK than Butterfly. If you want attack speed, just get a hyperstone.

265 By adityasridhar 2010-11-09

i woulnd't kill early game w/ leoric, especially if the person ur versing is as good as u are.

264 By ntts 2010-10-20

Only read from here "Why a Platemail?" to here " = major pwnage!" and went to find another guide

263 By moltpower 2010-10-19

To brian. Please remember, after you reincarnate, you hav full mana.

262 By moltpower 2010-10-19

To brian. Please remember, after you reincarnate, you hav full mana.

261 By salisbury_steak 2010-04-28

Guys, this is 2007 guide. Back then, storm bolt WAS the name of Hellfire Blast.

Go easy on it.

260 By Brian_bg 2010-04-17

Dislike. Skeleton king has a rly low int gain so his mana pool cant support the ref orb. And Just AC is stupid.. SK doesnt have enough dmg so attack speed is useles.. Make Armlet and Deso.. Then AC and HoT. I vote 1/10. There's rly nothing good in this guide. Include some screenshots, replays etc.

259 By izisky 2010-04-17

merci

258 By Genomax 2010-03-23

I'm a bit of a dota newbie, but wouldn't it be bad to put vampiric aura at level 1? It'd help your creeps push too fast, making it difficult to get exp early game.

257 By mordrid_blacksheep 2010-02-02

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fifth: no allied or enemy databases to support Leo's strengths and weaknesses.

256 By mordrid_blacksheep 2010-02-02

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fifth: no allied or enemy databases to support Leo's strengths and weaknesses.

255 By mordrid_blacksheep 2010-02-02

three: i dont see any damage delivering items on strat. remember that his 2nd and 3rd skill depend on it.
its that simple. the higher the damage, the scarier you are.

fourth: i dont see bkb in your strat. so how do you expect leo to fight in a 5v5 clash? he wont even get near anyone!

at the first sight of him they will all disable him, stun him, hex him, put him to sleep, cyclone him etc!

and by the time he's ready to go, he's the only hero left on your team!

(who happens to be running away

254 By mordrid_blacksheep 2010-02-02

hmmm your strat is pretty lame...



u know why?

first: you dont put critical strike on such a low level

(your skill build says that you put one on level four.)

two: leoric is not so much of a hardy bouncer that, like centaur, swallows everything you throw at him.

that would defeat the very purpose of his role as a tank since you must give the opponents the idea that you are vulnerable. do not concentrate on making him tough, otherwise, the enemy would pick off someone else.

253 By mordrid_blacksheep 2010-02-02

hmmm your strat is pretty lame...



u know why?

first: you dont put critical strike on such a low level

(your skill build says that you put one on level four.)

two: leoric is not so much of a hardy bouncer that, like centaur, swallows everything you throw at him.

that would defeat the very purpose of his role as a tank since you must give the opponents the idea that you are vulnerable. do not concentrate on making him tough, otherwise, the enemy would pick off someone else.

252 By stormzzzz 2009-12-23

poor guide gt assault still waste $$ to buy plate mail,butterfly doesnt incrase 30damage

251 By Jumba 2009-12-23

no, buriza just cancels out the crit skill when you see two red numbers. and ofcourse, you wouldn't want that high skill crit to go away now would you?

250 By White Crane 2009-12-18

buriza does stack wit every crit

249 By icefag 2009-11-20

fking weak guide pumping arua at lvl 1
and Refresher orb (imba monster) wtf how's ur guide got chosen at first? and its fking short compared to other guides
seriously failed

248 By icefag 2009-11-20

fking weak guide pumping arua at lvl 1
and Refresher orb (imba monster) wtf how's ur guide got chosen at first? and its fking short compared to other guides
seriously failed

247 By 11wavework11 2009-10-31

This has gotta be the most noobfriendly hero eva, in fact, i used him as my first hero, 1 acive skill that is stun AND damage. Items:

BattleFury X 2 OR 1
Heart OR Assualt Cuirass OR Amulet (I only used the amulet once on SK)
Orb item (No YnS)(I tried Stygian Des)

Item you shoulod not get:
Eye of Skadi- Sure it will be nice, but it is not worth the price, because the Int is a mass waste, you only have 1 active skill. It would be a lot better to get 2 Battle Furies for the same price!