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eyefury's guide to crystal maiden

Created by eyefury on 2007-04-23
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hi this is my first guide. i chose to write a guide on rylai since i only found one and it does not teach you anything about playing rylai. i hope this guide can change the way you play rylai.
Rylai Crestfall

Rylai Crestfall - Crystal Maiden

Range: | Move Speed: 280
Primary: INT
Str: 16 + 1.7 | Agi: 16 + 1.6 | Int: 21 + 2.9
Damage: 38 44 | HP: 454 | Mana: 273
HP Regen: 0.73 | Mana Regen: 0.85
Attack Speed: 0.68 | Armor: 1
Crystal Nova
Crystal Nova (V)
Blasts enemy units around a target point with a wave of damaging frost that slows movement speed and attack rate.
Level 1 - 100 damage and slows for 3.5 seconds.
Level 2 - 150 damage and slows for 4 seconds.
Level 3 - 200 damage and slows for 4.5 seconds.
Level 4 - 250 damage and slows for 5 seconds.
Damage type: magical
Will slow the affected units' movespeed by 30% and attack speed by 20%.
Casting range: 700
Area of Effect: 400
Mana Cost: 100/120/140/160
Cooldown: 15 seconds
Comment: this is rylai's only nuke. this skill in conjunction with frostbite is what makes rylai a good ganker. early game, you should NEVER EVER use this skill for creeping as it costs too much mana. a note on using frost nova: when doing the frostbite-frostnova combo, do not use frost nova while the hero is still encased in bite so that the slow wont be wasted.

Frostbite (E)
Freezes the target in a case of ice, prohibiting movement and attacking. Deals 70 damage per second.
Level 1 - Disables the target and deals 70 damage per second, lasts 1.5 seconds.
Level 2 - Disables the target and deals 70 damage per second, lasts 2 seconds.
Level 3 - Disables the target and deals 70 damage per second, lasts 2.5 seconds.
Level 4 - Disables the target and deals 70 damage per second, lasts 3 seconds.
Damage type: magical
Blink- and Metarmophosis-based skills cannot be used while under the effect of Frostbite.
Lasts 10 seconds on creeps level 5 or lower.
Casting range: 500
Mana Cost: 115/125/140/150
Cooldown: 10
Comment: this is rylai's primary skill. a frostbite + whack + frost nova + whack combo will net you early game kills. though its best used with a teammate. when creeping: frostbite actually last 10 seconds against creeps, dealing 700 damage. use this to farm neutrals only when you have mana to spare.
Brilliance Aura
Brilliance Aura (R)
Gives additional mana regeneration to all friendly units on the entire map.
Level 1 - Adds 0.5 mana regeneration.
Level 2 - Adds 1 mana regeneration.
Level 3 - Adds 1.5 mana regeneration.
Level 4 - Adds 2 mana regeneration.
Stacks with the Brilliance Aura given by Ring of Basillus.
The bonus mana regeneration is not considered for percentage mana regeneration increases.
Mana Cost: N/A
Cooldown: N/A
Comment: though this skill got buffed in one of the latest version of the map, you're still better off with stats. brilliance aura gives you mana regen, something you do not really need since you wont be spamming any of you're skills.
Freezing Field
Freezing Field (F)
Causes many random icy explosions in an area surrounding Rylai. Enemy units in the Freezing Field are slowed. Lasts for 4 seconds.
Level 1 - Each explosion deals 105 (170*) damage.
Level 2 - Each explosion deals 170 (250*) damage.
Level 3 - Each explosion deals 250 (310*) damage.
Area of Effect: 635** / 190***
(**) Total area of effect of the spell.
(***) Area of effect of each explosion.
Damage type: magical
The slow is applied on all enemy units within an AoE of 635, even if they aren't hit by any explosion (lasts 1 second).
Every 0.1 seconds one explosion is made, for a total of 40 explosions.
Aghanim's Scepter improves explosion damage.
Mana Cost: 200/400/ 600
Cooldown: 150/120/90 seconds
Comment: this skill deals massive aoe damage and is chanelling. i will discuss it in depth in the latter sections of the guide.
Skill Build

Skill Build:

1. Frostbite
2. Frost Nova
3. Frostbite
4. Frost Nova
5. Frostbite
6. Frost Nova
7. Frostbite
8. Frost Nova
9. Stats
10. Freezing Field
11. Freezing Field
12. Stats
13. Stats
14. Stats
15. Stats
16. Freezing Field
17. Stats
18. Stats
19. Stats
20. Stats
21. Stats
22. Brilliance Aura
23. Brilliance Aura
24. Brilliance Aura
25. Brilliance Aura
Item Build

Item Build:

1.View Details for Bracer
6 Strength
3 Agility
3 Intelligence
3 Damage
Gauntlets of Ogre Strength + Circlet of Nobility + Bracer Recipe Scroll
provides cheap source of hp. rylai needs bracers since her str gain is crap
2.View Details for Bracer
6 Strength
3 Agility
3 Intelligence
3 Damage
Gauntlets of Ogre Strength + Circlet of Nobility + Bracer Recipe Scroll
if you feel you're not safe enough with just one , make it two
3. Kelens Dagger of Escape
you're primary item. rylai has a sick ulti, but it needs good positioning which is what this item actually gives you. try to get it as early as possible.
4.View Details for Black King Bar
Black King Bar
10 Strength
24 Damage

Active: Avatar
- Gives magic immunity
- Duration and cooldown decrease each time it is used
- Manacost: 0
- Duration: 10/9/8/7/6/5 seconds
- Cooldown: 80/75/70/65/60/55 seconds

Cannot be sold

Ogre Axe + Mithril Hammer + Black King Bar Recipe Scroll
now that you can have the best position for freezing field with blink dagger, bkb allows you to channel it for 3 seconds without getting interrupted. the additional str it gives is also a bonus.
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
rylai is slow. tele is priceless
6. Eul`s Scepter of Divinity
if your team needs one or needs another one(due to recent nerf on cyclone's cooldown), you should be the one to get it. also, the mana regen is a bonus
7.View Details for Aghanim`s Scepter
Aghanim`s Scepter
10 All Attributes
200 HP
150 Mana
Passive: Ultimate Upgrade
Upgrades the ultimate of Earthshaker, Pandaren Brewmaster, Stone Giant, Clockwerk Goblin, Sacred Warrior, Sand King, Spiritbreaker, Axe, Doom Bringer, Lord of Avernus, Night Stalker, Butcher, Undying, Juggernaut, Moon Rider, Faceless Void, Lightning Revenant, Vengeful Spirit, Venomancer, Netherdrake, Crystal Maiden, Enchantress, Faerie Dragon, Holy Knight, Prophet, Lord of Olympia, Slayer, Windrunner, Goblin Techies, Invoker, Shadow Priest, Shadow Shaman, Tormented Soul, Twin Head Dragon, Witch Doctor, Bane Elemental, Demon Witch, Lich, Necrolyte, Oblivion, Obsidian Destroyer, Queen of Pain, and Warlock.
Point Booster + 1 each of Ogre Axe, Blade of Alacrity and Staff of Wizardry + Aghanim's Scepter Recipe Scroll
get this if you need more damage instead of hp
8.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
get this if you need more hp than damage
Skill Build

Early Game:



1. frost bite is maxed first since its a lot more useful than nova

2. freezing field is should be gotten at lvls 10 and 11 due to the following reasons:

a. rylai does not have the mana pool to cast bite, nova, field, bite then nova.

b. bite and nova with an ally is more than enough to kill enemies when ganking.

c. rylai needs all the str from stats because she is a very fragile hero.

3. no brilliance aura due to the following reasons:

a. rylai needs all the str from stats because she is a very fragile hero.

b. rylai needs all the int from stats to cast more bite and nova.

c. rylai needs mana pool not mana regen since rylai is not a spammer like jakiro but a combo hero.



1. blink dagger is a must to be able to channel freezing field at the best position possible

2. bkb is a must to channel freezing field without getting interrupted

3. bracers are cheap sources of str.

4. rylai needs boots of travel because she is really slow. also, tele is good for pushing/ defending. anyone who gets treads for rylai is a moron ( she does not attack in team battles, she bombards enemies with spells)

5. blink, bkb and bot are the core items.




starting items: Gauntlets of Ogre StrengthGauntlets of Ogre StrengthAncient Tango of Essifation

note that when your lane partner's needs intensive mana, you can buy a basilus while your partner buys a headdress

choose rylai as you're hero, choose a lane partner then go to a side lane. good lane partners include heroes with nukes and disable so you can chain your spells.

when you have chosen your lane, wait at the entrance and CREEP BLOCK. creep blocking is blocking the path of your creeps using your hero so that the creeps will engage near your tower. to creep block, just run in front of your creeps and when the creeps touch your hero, press h to hold position, the creeps will stop for about half a second. during this time order your hero to move in front again and repeat the process.

when your creeps engage last hit only. its hard to last hit with rylai because of her crappy base dmg and slow projectile but you should at least get one kill every creep wave. when you reach level 3 you now have two options:

1. if your lane partner is a nuker/disabler, aim for a kill by chaining your skills to deal massive damage. a good example is the lina-rylai combo. lina's LSA is hard to aim but frostbite allows lina to position it well. also, a frostbite-LSA-nova-slave combo can kill almost any opposing hero by lvl 3.

2. do your usual last hitting but if enemy gets to tower range, frostbite immediately then follow up with nova, and you got yourself a kill. if not, CHASE ONLY IF YOU"RE 100% SURE YOU CAN KILL THE OPPONENT. early game, you're priority is farming as you need to get your blink dagger fast.

if you can farm 2k gold without returning to base skip the bracers and get blink dagger first. you should also skip bracers if you have farmed 1k gold in which case you should get an ogre axe for bkb.

as soon as you reach lvl 6, initialte a gank. at this point of the game your first priority is now ganking. 3 lvls of bite and nova with teammates' spells are more than enough to kill a hero who isnt named bradwarden.

NOTES ON GANKING: always start with bite then follow up with teamates' disables but these disables should not overlap to get its full potential. nova the hero if he tries to escape and chase while waiting for bite to cooldown.


when rylai (or any hero) attacks or casts a spell, you'll notice that the damage is actually done about halfway the entire animation. meaning to say, after the damage, the animation you see is just a filler. this filler animation can be canceled by issuing another command right after the damage is done. this is called ANIMATION CANCELING. for rylai, the filler animation lasts about a second which is actually lots of time wasted. so whenever you use a spell or attack, try to animation cancel.


what you should have by end of early game

:BracerBracerBoots of Speed

or just Boots of Speed with almost enough for a dagger


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306 By snowman2530 2011-06-30

@304 A very dumb person who commented on a very old guide. Also applies for @297, 302, 303

305 By snowman2530 2011-06-30

@304 A very dumb person who commented on a very old guide. Also applies for @297, 302, 303

304 By tasik 2011-06-30

very bad guide by a bad player that never played Rylai before

303 By espiri2 2010-10-25

WTF!! DOTA is not a 1v1 game. its a TEAM game. in other words, the whole team benefits to CM's aura,not just her

302 By 0wn@g3!!! 2010-10-25

Okay, so this is a guide that I would never suggest to any player, novice or advanced. The items are somewhat pathetic, the skill build is nonsense, the style of play is wrong, All in all please users, DO NOT follow this guide in any way at all. The usefulness of this guide stopped after you picked Rylai, from then on it's all rubbish. Rylai is a hero that never gets kills, dies often, and has little to no items, but STILL ends up being a huge factor in a game changing role.

301 By Alleriawindrunner101 2010-10-24

Rylai is my best pick so this really helped me.

300 By OkiDokitoFrito 2010-06-04

rylai in tri-lanes.

299 By ted 2010-06-04

lmao at lothars> BKB and dagger..

BKB+dagger is core.. the only core i might say..

298 By the dark lord 2010-06-03

and who the f**k gave this guide 4 stars??

297 By the dark lord 2010-06-03 brilliance aura in the start?? Have u ever played league matches?? Ur Clannies gonna kick ur ass if u follow this skill build...!!!

296 By silentzero 2010-05-14

suddenly a leviathan blinks in and uses ravage,

aoe stun > lothar

295 By dktw 2010-05-14

lothar is a bkb and a blink in one... other than stuns that do not need targeting that is. trade bkb and blink for lothar man... lol. go in, ulti, immediately use ur lothar... they cant get u even if they have wards coz ur teammates will be pwning them...

294 By Mythos86 2010-01-31

Lothars doesnt work, it cancels the channeling is not like the witch doctor. She needs
kelen dagger
boots of travel
Black King Bar

293 By jamesh1002 2010-01-18

You definitely need Brilliance Aura over Stats...

292 By Dotashaman434 2010-01-18

Dude, your supposed to get aura as one of the first ones, its global as well so it pwns for all ure allies as well. plus, for kills, best way(at least to me) is to ambush noob heroes on the way back to their base, just bite them and then use freezing field, then nova them while they run away, easy kills, plus with scepter its pretty easy to just jump in use freezing field and get a double and triple kills.

291 By White Crane 2009-12-29

you make me sick wit ur wack ass guide you should stop playin dota

290 By turt45 2009-12-19

rylai can use shiva or not?

289 By edsel346 2009-11-06

yeah lothar's is needed for her
she can be easily interrupted when she's using her last skill
she really neede lothar's because freezing field is channeling(like on witch doctor)

288 By pierre93 2009-11-04

useless guide...lothar's useless for rylai?think again...

287 By Cyan 2009-10-31

with bite nova bite nova xdxd