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Medusa - The Ugly Tank

Created by rain9441 on 2007-06-06
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Unfortunately, Medusa cannot turn players into stone like its mythological stories tell, but she does have her powers in DOTA. Unlike most heroes, her skills are somewhat confusing to the average player, and don't seem to relate to any other hero in DOTA. With a lot of practice, anyone can bring out the best in Medusa, but it does require some advanced knowledge. Medusa is also cool because she can fire arrows out of her ass.

Medusa - The Gorgon

Range: | Move Speed: 290
Primary: AGI
Str: 14 + 1.65 | Agi: 20 + 2.5 | Int: 19 + 1.85
Damage: 44 50 | HP: 416 | Mana: 247
HP Regen: 0.67 | Mana Regen: 0.77
Attack Speed: 0.71 | Armor: 2
Split Shot
Split Shot (T)
Medusa magically splits her shot into four arrows. These arrows deal a lower percent of her normal damage.
Level 1 - 45% damage
Level 2 - 55% damage
Level 3 - 65% damage
Level 4 - 75% damage
Only the primary target will recieve attack effects like bash and orb effects.
Secondary targets will be the three closest enemy units excluding the primary target.
Mana Cost: N/A
Cooldown: N/A
Comment: Deceiving at first. This is Medusa's damage skill, and a great one at that. Three arrows at 75% damage equates to a 125% increase in total DPS (damage per second). Slightly better than Viper/Clinkz/Razor's attack speed increase, but not as easy to use since it is distributed amungst 3 units.

Mystic snake
Mystic snake (C)
A mystic snake made of energy jumps from target to target dealing damage and stealing some energy. After it reaches its last target, it jumps back to Medusa to replenish it with mana. The snake deals more damage and steals more mana per jump. The snake's power is increased by 20% each jump.
Level 1 - 80 base damage, 20 base mana. 3 jumps.
Level 2 - 120 base damage, 30 base mana. 4 jumps.
Level 3 - 160 base damage, 40 base mana. 5 jumps.
Level 4 - 200 base damage, 50 base mana. 6 jumps.
Every time it steals mana (only happens on units with mana), the amount it steals is increased by 20% of its base value.
Every time it damages, the damage amount is increased by 20% of its base value.
The damage and mana steal amounts increase independently.
The mystic snake moves at a speed of 633 until it is returning, at which point it moves at a speed of 833.
Mana Cost: 140/150/160/170
Cooldown: 11 seconds
Comment: Useless. At level 4 it requires 145 mana and deals 290 damage. That 145 mana could be used with mana shield to prevent 290 damage, so you are not winning either way.
Mana Shield
Mana Shield (E)
Creates a shield that absorbs 50% of the incoming damage by using Medusa's mana.
Level 1 - .75 damage per point of mana.
Level 2 - 1.25 damage per point of mana.
Level 3 - 1.5 damage per point of mana.
Level 4 - 2 damage per point of mana.
Absorbs damage before any damage reduction takes place, meaning that armor will not reduce the amount of mana needed to absorb damage.
Mana Cost: 0
Cooldown: 10 seconds
Comment: Medusa's signature ability, this baby theoretically adds 2 mana pools into your health pool. Keep this skill on all the time except when you are getting extremely low on mana and want to save some for a purge.
Stone Gaze
Stone Gaze (G)
Any enemy units staring at the Gorgon will slowly turn to stone, removing status buffs and slowing all speed properties. Deals more damage to summoned units per level.
Level 1 - Slow attacks by a factor 2, stops movement. Deals 600 damage to illusions.
Level 2 - Slow attacks by a factor 3, stops movement. Deals 800 damage to illusions.
Level 3 - Slow attacks by a factor 5, stops movement. Deals 1000 damage to illusions.
Affects any units that have line of sight with Medusa at any period during 0.6 seconds after cast.
Mana Cost: 100/50/0
Cooldown: 100
Comment: Unfortunately probably one of the weakest ultimates in the game. Its not a stun, and the slow effect only lasts a whopping 5 seconds. The bonus damage vs summoned units is nice, but this ability only really gets its power when facing heroes such as Sven, Broodmother, Bloodseeker, Magnataur, or a hero with a rune. The primary use of this ability is the 5 second slow.
Skill Build

Skill Build:

1. Stats
2. Mana Shield
3. Mana Shield
4. Stats
5. Mana Shield
6. Purge
7. Mana Shield
8. Stats
9. Stats
10. Stats
11. Stats
12. Split Shot
13. Split Shot
14. Split Shot
15. Split Shot
16. Stats
17. Stats
18. Stats
19. Stats
20. Purge
21. Purge
22. Chain Lightning
23. Chain Lightning
24. Chain Lightning
25. Chain Lightning
Item Build

Item Build:

1.View Details for Ring of Regeneration
Ring of Regeneration
2 HP Regeneration
Basic health regen: This should cover the damage you take after mana shield absorbs most of it.
2.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

Medusa is a farmer early game, you don't want to leave your lane but you do want to spend your money.
3.View Details for Sobi Mask
Sobi Mask
50% Mana Regeneration
For Medusa, mana is health, so a Sobi/RoR combo gives you a really nice regen.
4.View Details for Bracer
6 Strength
3 Agility
3 Intelligence
3 Damage
Gauntlets of Ogre Strength + Circlet of Nobility + Bracer Recipe Scroll
114 HP, 39 Mana. Survivability early game is essential.
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 The Butterfly
The Butterfly
30 Agility
30 Damage
30 Attack Speed
35% Evasion
Eaglehorn + Talisman of Evasion + Quarterstaff
60 Damage, 60 IAS, and 30 evasion: Everything Medusa could ever want.
7.View Details for Eye of Skadi
Eye of Skadi
25 Agility
25 Strength
25 Intelligence
200 HP
150 Mana

Passive: Cold Attack
- Causes attacks to slow the movement speed of the target by 30% and attack speed by 20%.
Melee hero:
- Lasts 5 seconds
- Orb effect
- Buff placer
Ranged hero:
- Lasts 3 seconds
- Buff placer

2x Ultimate Orb + Point Booster + Orb of Venom
The signature Medusa item: EoS: Health, Mana, Damage, IAS, and a frost attack. Nothing is wasted here.
8.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
BoT is priceless late game, and its a nice boost to ms.
9.View Details for Linken`s Sphere
Linken`s Sphere
10 Damge
6 HP Regeneration
150% Mana Regeneration
15 All Attributes

Passive: Spell Block
- Blocks most targeted spells once every 20 seconds
- Not triggered by Medallion of Courage of Urn of Shadows

Perseverance + Ultimate Orb + Linken`s Sphere Recipe Scroll
Again, with Medusa, nothing is wasted here.
10.View Details for Sacred Relic
Sacred Relic
60 Damage
Highest non-orb non-proccing damage item in the game, fill the rest of your inventory with these babies.
Skill Build

Early Game:


IMPORTANT: Medusa is not a hero to be chosen by players new to Dota.  Medusa requires a lot of intermediate Dota skills to be used effectively.  Without this experience, it is likely you won't be able to progress your hero properly to maximize her full potential.

  • An Agility/Tank Hybrid.  You benefit from agility twice fold (damage and IAS), and you benefit from both strength and intelligence (both improve overall health and survivability).  No stat increase is wasted.
  • Outstanding A+ mid/late game farmer with split shot.
  • Pitiful starting stats and terrible stat growth.
  • Very long pre-attack animation, making last-hitting difficult
  • Item dependant
  • Slow movement speed
  • A no damage, no stun ultimate
  • Chain Lightning does not synergize with Mana Shield, making one skill useless.
  • Cannot use orb effects and must carefully consider proccing effects due to splitshot's limits.
  • Difficult to successfully finish off enemies without help from allies.

Obviously from the list above the cons outweigh the pros, so this hero is already at a disadvantage.  The key to success as Medusa is to take full advantage of her pros.  Her development reminds me of that of a Butterfly, so I'll relate that into the stages of the life of a butterfly.

Levels 1-11 (Larva stage):

A chicken is a good idea for medusa, she has the ability to stay in a lane for a very long time due to her mana shield.  Grab a RoR, and if -AR also a circlet OR a few branches.  Stats are the most useful boosters for Medusa.  Take stats at level 1 to improve your pitiful health a bit.  The only exception is if you are facing Silencer who casts curse, you'll want 1 level of mana shield in this case to counter the curse.  At level 1 you are probably the worst hero in DOTA.  Avoid taking damage and focus on last hitting creeps for cash.  Medusa has a very long pre-attack animation, and to make things worse, a low base attack damage, so last hitting is difficult.  A solo lane is preferred, but chances are you'll be with an ally.

As soon as you hit level 3, activate your mana shield and keep it on at all times.  Hopefully you had your chicken bring you a sobi mask as well, this will give you a lot of regen for your money since mana is used as health.  Keep last hitting and denying.  The early game is boring for Medusa, but it is important that you farm well.  At levels 5 and 7 be sure to deactivate and reactivate mana shield, because if you don't you'll still be using the old skill.

At level 6, you pickup purge.  Purge will be your harassing tool.  When an enemy creep wave is about to dissipate, move close to the enemy, purge them, and start attacking them.  Hopefully you get in 5-6 good hits (as well as your ally) and if they are really careless your creeps should get in a few hits as well.  Its not much of harassment, but it is all you have.  Enemies learn fast so don't be surprised if they back off a creep wave a bit earlier.  If your mana pool is below half, save your mana and let it regen.  You want to harass your opponent if possible, but don't expend all your life doing so.  Purge is also an oh-shit maneuver to get away from a gank.

If you are facing heavy nukers or a lethal double stun combo, you may want to have invested in either a bracer or a null talisman.  I prefer bracer because mana shield absorbs damage before armor is taken into consideration (meaning mana is drained quickly).  Also, pick up some boots at this point.  Boots are not that important early game for you because you have almost nil chance of chasing an enemy due to the nasty pre-attack animation.

Levels 8-11, grab stats as you level, do not invest more than 1 point into purge!  A level 1 purge is as good as a level 3 purge, regardless of the description of the skill.  Remember, Medusa benefits greatly from all 3 stats, unlike other heroes: Str = HP, Agi = Dmg/IAS, Int = HP.

Hopefully you have farmed well early game and have the following items at level 11 (as well as 0 deaths):

Expected Inventory:

Ring of RegenerationSobi MaskBoots of SpeedEaglehorn

Total Cost: 4600


Bracer or Null Talisman

If you have anything less, you may be in trouble.

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393 By ultima7 2010-11-26

old guide =P

392 By ..Master Demon.. 2010-10-24

good strategy men!!!!!!!!!

391 By xkelvinpoynter 2010-06-05

imo, first item to rush is linken sphere...followed by bfly then whatever u want ^^

390 By mohsend 2010-05-26

I'd uploaded a REPLAY of Medusa in 1 to 5 SD ST mode game. one item at the end of game sucks!! I was sleepy!!
I put the link below:

389 By The Ronin 2010-05-24

this guide is old as my grand momma. now stop complaining and make your own guide if you are thaaaaaat pro.

388 By Mortredx4 2010-04-13

how is snakes useless....? Its actually very spamable

387 By dodo25 2010-04-12

y dont like the skill build

386 By silentzero 2010-04-11

oh look @ the guide, its 2007! Let's flame it for being outdated and the user being n00b for not updating it!

please have common sense people

385 By nederlink 2010-04-11

Weak Guide... this guide are just for the weakling's.... noob guide

384 By nicolbolas>jace 2010-04-07

soul ring any1, lets u tank 300 dmg over 10s for 150hp and also gives u a single item RoR/Sobi

383 By sebastiansb1 2010-03-21


382 By Galleryman 2010-03-16

Tnx for the guide. I didn't kill a lot but they didn't kill me. the game ended for me 2-0. I think it's impressive given the Gorgon has the lowest hp in the game.

381 By harrydude 2010-03-08

nice guide man thanks a lot

380 By SantaClausz 2010-02-24

N O O B !

379 By White Crane 2010-02-18

bad item build

378 By hackspree17 2010-02-14

an chogeh

377 By SuntaX10 2010-01-19

luma na

376 By tres cepas 2010-01-08

someone make a new guide plz!!!!!!!!!!

375 By darkflame631 2010-01-06

pls update the guide

374 By Vintage243 2010-01-03

outdated :(