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Venomancer Hero Killer Build

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Venomancer is one of my top heroes in DOTA. You can build him either as a hero killer or a pusher. It depends on how you want to play him. This guide is dedicated to build him as a hero killer
Lesale Deathbringer

Lesale Deathbringer - The Venomancer

Range: | Move Speed: 290
Primary: AGI
Str: 18 + 1.85 | Agi: 22 + 2.6 | Int: 15 + 1.75
Damage: 46 48 | HP: 492 | Mana: 195
HP Regen: 1.29 | Mana Regen: 0.61
Attack Speed: 0.72 | Armor: 3
Venomous Gale
Venomous Gale (E)
Releases a Venomous Gale which poisons enemy units it comes in contact with. Poisoned units take initial damage, damage over time, and have their movement speed slowed for a short duration. Lasts for 15 seconds.
Level 1 - 50 strike damage, 10 duration damage.
Level 2 - 70 strike damage, 20 duration damage.
Level 3 - 70 strike damage, 40 duration damage.
Level 4 - 100 strike damage, 50 duration damage.
Damage type: magical
Allied unit can be denied if under effect of this spell and has less than 25% of his Max HP.
Duration damage is dealt every 3 seconds.
Casting range: 800
Area of Effect: 125
Mana Cost: 90/105/120/135
Cooldown: 22
Comment: This is an essential skill for Venomancer. This will set your hero killing. Once you have inflicted shadow strike it will deal an inital damage and poison damage for a duration of time and most importantly it slows the opponent and you can hit him with your normal attack.

Poison Sting
Poison Sting (T)
Adds poison damage to this hero's normal attacks, slowing movement speed. Lasts 7 seconds.
Level 1 - Deals 5 damage per second. Slows movement speed for 11%.
Level 2 - Deals 10 damage per second. Slows movement speed for 12%.
Level 3 - Deals 15 damage per second. Slows movement speed for 13%.
Level 4 - Deals 20 damage per second. Slows movement speed for 14%.
Damage type: magical
Damage from Poison Sting can kill.
Poison sting is a buff placer.
Mana Cost: N/A
Cooldown: N/A
Comment: Another good skill for Venomancer, since it adds poison damage to your normal attack and it slows opponents' movement slightly.
Plague Ward
Plague Ward (W)
Summons an immobile serpentine ward. The ward is immune to magic. Lasts 40 seconds.
Level 1 - 75 hit points, 11 max damage.
Level 2 - 200 hit points, 21 max damage.
Level 3 - 325 hit points, 32 max damage.
Level 4 - 450 hit points, 42 max damage.
Damage type: piercing
Casting range: 850
Mana Cost: 20
Cooldown: 5
Comment: Since this is a hero killer build, having this skill is not advisable. Just priotize on the 2 skills above his ultimate skills and his stats.
Poison Nova
Poison Nova (V)
Creates a ring of noxious poison that damages enemy units.
Level 1 - 36 (58*) damage per second. Lasts for 12 (14*) seconds.
Level 2 - 58 (81*) damage per second. Lasts for 14 (15*) seconds.
Level 3 - 81 (108*) damage per second. Lasts for 15 (16*) seconds.
Damage type: magical
Cannot deal lethal damage (target will be left with 1 HP).
Area of Effect: 950
Can be improved by Aghanim's Scepter (* shows the improved values).
Mana Cost: 200/ 300/ 400
Cooldown: 140/120/100(60)
Comment: This one of the deadliest ultimate skills in DoTA. It poisons everyone hit by it for 12 seconds and if it is in level 3 it deals 81 damage/sec (w/ aghanim scepter 108 damage/sec). Ouch...
Skill Build

Skill Build:

1. Shadow Strike
2. Poison Sting2
3. Shadow Strike
4. Poison Sting2
5. Shadow Strike
6. Poison Nova
7. Shadow Strike
8. Poison Sting2
9. Poison Sting2
10. Stats
11. Poison Nova
12. Stats
13. Stats
14. Stats
15. Stats
16. Poison Nova
17. Stats
18. Stats
19. Stats
20. Stats
21. Stats
22. Plague Ward
23. Plague Ward
24. Plague Ward
25. Plague Ward
Item Build

Item Build:

1.View Details for Ring of Regeneration
Ring of Regeneration
2 HP Regeneration
2.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
For extra armor and mana regeneration. Good item early game since venomancer needs mana for shadow strike and poison nova
3.View Details for Ironwood Branch
Ironwood Branch
1 All Attributes
if you have extra money. this would be a good help (+1 to all stats)
4. Flask of Sapphire Water
if you dont want ironwood branch you can just use it for this item to restore lost HP
5.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.
having this item early game would be essential. Venomancer has low mana. at level 6 it would not yet be enough for the shaodw strike + poison nova combo.
6.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.
essential to have to add movement speed. But i get this after i completed Sange and Yasha. Since early game movement speed is not that important
7.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)
Now some people would ask.. why sange first? why not yasha?.. its plain and simple... venomancer has low HP and with sange this solves the problems and it has a maim ability.. and remeber venomancer has a nice attack speed to start with
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)
of course need this to enhance attack and agility
9. Sange&Yasha
need to have the recipe to merge sange and yasha to save item slots.
10.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
enhance your boots of speed to this item to increase movement and attack speed
11.View Details for The Butterfly
The Butterfly
30 Agility
30 Damage
30 Attack Speed
35% Evasion
Eaglehorn + Talisman of Evasion + Quarterstaff
this is a nice to have item... + agility and evasion
12.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
13.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
14.View Details for Aegis of the Immortal
Aegis of the Immortal
Passive: Reincarnation
Brings you to life with full health and mana 5 seconds after you die at the location where you died. Item is removed from your inventory after reincarnating you once. Item is also removed from your inventory when Roshan respawns (10 minutes after he was killed).
Note: 1 charge. + Drops from Roshan
who would pass up for 3 extra lives.. plus armor and magic reduction
15.View Details for Divine Rapier
Divine Rapier
300 Damage

Note: Drops upon Death
Sacred Relic + Demon Edge
(optional) now you have an aegis.. it would really be great to have a this.. when you have this and aegis..2 over
16.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
(optional) why heart.. i sometimes use this to buff venomancers HP and HP regen
17.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
they say this is essential for venomancer... but i do seldom buy this.. it just adds damage to poison nova... I will just but damage item rather than this..
18.View Details for Hyperstone
55 Attack Speed
this is a neat item for venomancer if you have enough damage... he would be like a machine gun
Skill Build

Early Game:

Start the game with buying ring of regeneration and ring of basilius.. for HP and mana regeneration.. if you have gold left you can purchase ironwood branches or spphire water and clarity potions... Then choose a lane.. i suggest going top or bottom lane so that you have an opportunity to backstab heroes. During early game all you can do is farm, farm and farm to have enough gold and also to level up... its nice to have boots and a sange atleast once you have earned enough gold... once you have reach level 7-8 here the killings begin... Here are my strategy for killing heroes using venomancer.. Killing Strategy 1: (Head On) - This is a face to face action against an opponent... you start it with hitting the opponent with shadow strike and once he is taking damage from poison and he slows down.. hit him with your normal attack then use poison nova. For sure kill. Killing Strategy 2: (Back Stab) - This can be done mostly on the top or bottom lanes.. wait behind the trees were the opponent's can't see you..Let him push up to or close to your tower.. then go behind him and activate poison nova then hit him with shadow strike. Once the opponent slows down hit him with your normal attack until it dies.. * usually target int and agi heroes since they have low HP * for str heroes i suggest doing strategy 1 since they have more HP and damage.. You can hit them once in awhile to lessen their HP then when you have damage him atleast 1/4 of its life you can do startegy 1.

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179 By Hyperion1O1 2012-08-06

You shouldn't be able to get loths and aghs, much less a travel in a serious game.

178 By McFLy_STuNKiNG 2012-08-05

i build him bottle, crow, threads/travel, lothars, then aghanims. . .

177 By ghost1997 2012-07-12

Go venomancer B)

176 By ian900 2011-08-07

i use wards to block my enemy's path. Use the poison sting bonus to pre-slow them using the wards too. What im trying to say is WARDS is anything you want to be. Wards open a door of possibility in micro-ing and mind games on enemy, its on the placement that determines ward use.

175 By Sentineled 2011-08-07

I used my own plan- hit until the enemy have his life below 40% use Venomous Gale to slow him and keep hitting until the enemy dies. I have gotten a first blood when Im Lv1.

174 By Akshay 2010-10-16

When i say it i meant to reffer to the plague wards

173 By Akshay 2010-10-16

Yeah I agee with Every thing except the Skill Build.Its Crazy.I think u need to upgrade it in mid game it self

172 By SpectreSho 2010-09-12

getting plague ward to kill Roshan is also good. you just need to tank him

171 By GawDzilla23 2010-06-17

1. I don't think they stack
2. Hotd is not necessary
3. If your opponents are smart, veno will never get a kill, poisoned heroes can be denied

170 By hani_cute 2010-06-16

1. Is sange stack with Poison Sting?
2. Movement speed is important, either in early,middle or late game,, if our enemy is pro, they will try to kill u anytime in any chance.
3.Ageis of immortal only charge one life lol.
4.If you take 2 butter,the evasion will not be accumulated, imagine if we get 4 butter,,100% miss?Aww...^^?
5. I usually get this build
go to bottom,try to get:
>ring of health
>boot of speed
>finish vanguard
>thread agi or skip this to boot of travel later
>finish lothar
>try to take butterfly
>helm of dominator
>if u don take thread,get travel

finish item:
5.dominator/can be upgraded to satanic
6.situasional,,manta/linken/etheralblade/dagon (for fun)

169 By _RedScar_ 2010-06-11

Great guide overall dude! But having all those expensive items would mean to much to earn for noobs like me. When I started to use venom, I tried phase instead of treads, then yasha, a buckler and some circlets. Then after that, you can obliterate enemies early. I've seen skilled gamers use easy-to-build skillset.

168 By _RedScar_ 2010-06-10

Not all can speak English that well. Instead of bad mouthing at his mistakes, let's try to teach what we think is appropriate.
Good, Better, Best! Never rest until good is better and better is best. Try to use 'better' dude instead of 'good' if you want to compare two things. =D

167 By zakaria 2010-06-10

Lol "gooder".

166 By Jammer4life 2010-06-06

hey dude how bout trying to talk properly in english ,there is no fucking word as "gooder" its "better" stupid shit, learn to talk or go to school plus you dont have a topic in ur comment fucking mamas bitch. OHSNAP

165 By hasyir112 2010-06-03

short guide..... but still powerfull..... xD

164 By xanfrozen 2010-05-22

@144 omg r u a newcomer ? dun talk crap noob

163 By Arch_Vince 2010-05-21

Mods better look into this.. Too many violations.. XD

162 By xanfrozen 2010-05-21

@144 u retarded arse

161 By Too_noob 2010-05-16

ThaNx 4 dis GuiDe. .ac2Ly i juZ LearNed 2 Using Dis Heroe n i goT conFuSed in buiLding soMe iTem's. .heHee. .

160 By Brian_bg 2010-03-28

This guide is rly old.. Roaming veno needs bottle, wand, Boots, Phase, 2 Wraits.. Manta later..