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The best stunner

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Before we go through the other sections of this guide, we'll have to know raigor's strength and weaknesses. We'll discuss all his skills and i'll explain how to use them. And so as his statistics, i'll explain all of those matters that here. I really recommend everybody to read this section since it will explain why I chose the item and skill builds i'll post later on in this guide. Each hero in dotA has his/her distinctive ability. Some hero has the power to disable, some to tank, to damage, to empower team mates or to curse enemies. That's why team work is very needed. Thus having heroes of various abilities can give your team a bigger chance to win. Moreover, earthshaker's special ability is to stun huge amounts of enemies which is the best disable ever. Why? Stun halts every movement available to enemies. They can't attack, cast skils, or even move!
Raigor Stonehoof

Raigor Stonehoof - The Earthshaker

Range: | Move Speed: 300
Primary: STR
Str: 22 + 2.5 | Agi: 12 + 1.4 | Int: 16 + 1.8
Damage: 46 – 56 | HP: 568 | Mana: 208
HP Regen: 0.91 | Mana Regen: 0.65
Attack Speed: 0.66 | Armor: 3
Fissure (F)
Slams the ground with the Raigor`s mighty totem, causing the ground of around 1000 range to crack in half in front of him, damaging opponents and leaving an impassible trail for 8 seconds.
Level 1 - 125 damage, 1 second stun.
Level 2 - 175 damage, 1.25 second stun.
Level 3 - 225 damage, 1,5 second stun.
Level 4 - 275 damage, 1.75 second stun.
Mana Cost: 125/ 140/ 155/ 170
Cooldown: 15
Comment: Fissure's impassible trail looks very interesting. It can be used in various strategic plans. But that's not the only use of fissure. Fissure's stun effect, long range and 275 damage looks attractive too. Fissure can be used to spam, to harrass, to kill and many more!

Enchant Totem
Enchant Totem (E)
Empowers the totem resting on Raigor`s back, causing it to deal extra damage on the next attack. Lasts for 14 seconds or 1 attack.
Level 1 - 75% increased damage.
Level 2 - 150% increased damage.
Level 3 - 225% increased damage.
Level 4 - 300% increased damage.
Mana Cost: 50
Cooldown: 7
Comment: Enchant Totem can be very useful when you attain daggers of escape. Casting this skill without learning aftershock will be totally useless because there is no stun effect. But aside from the stun effect, this skill enhance your damage for the next attack. One attack only! When I compared this skill to S-Ven's ultimate, this skill is a little bit stronger. God's Strength at level 3 iincreases your damage by 175% while enchant totem bolster your next attack for 200%. But there is a big difference in the usefulness of each skill. Earthshaker's Enchant totem only enhances your next attack while S-Ven's God's Strength improves your attack for 30 seconds i think... That means you can use GS for destroying towers and killing more efficiently than ET of Earthshaker. That makes ET less interesting.
Aftershock (A)
The power of Raigor casting a spell causes the earth to shake below him, dealing additional damage and stunning within a 300 AOE.
Level 1 - 25 damage, .3 second stun.
Level 2 - 45 damage, .7 second stun.
Level 3 - 75 damage, 1.2 second stun.
Level 4 - 115 damage, 1.5 second stun.
Mana Cost: N/A
Cooldown: N/A
Comment: quite interseting and effecient skill. It is used to enhance stunning skills of Raigor.
Echo Slam
Echo Slam (C)
Raigor sends shockwaves shooting through the ground, dealing damage ricocheting to nearby targets for additional damage.
Level 1 - 160 initial damage, 40 echo damage.
Level 2 - 210 initial damage, 55 echo damage
Level 3 - 270 initial damage, 70 echo damage.
• Damage type: magic
• Will not damage ethereal units.
• The initial damage will go through magic immunity, the additional damage will not.
• The initial damage is dealt in an AoE of 500 around Earthshaker.
• Each unit within 550 AoE of the initial blast will produce an echo wave, dealing damage to units around it.
• Can be upgraded with Aghanim's Scepter, causes each hero hit by the initial shockwave to echo the wave twice.
Mana Cost: 145/ 205/ 265
Cooldown: 150/130/110 seconds
Comment: Sick of strong pushers or crowds of creeps? This is the answer of all your problem. Everytime there is a creep, Echo Slam grows more powerful. So those who like broodmother, Furion, Necrolic' too much, WATCH OUT!! Joke!!
Skill Build

Skill Build:

1. Fissure
2. Enchant Totem
3. Fissure
4. Aftershock
5. Fissure
6. Echo Slam
7. Fissure
8. Aftershock
9. Aftershock
10. Aftershock
11. Echo Slam
12. Stats
13. Stats
14. Stats
15. Stats
16. Echo Slam
17. Stats
18. Stats
19. Stats
20. Stats
21. Stats
22. Stats
23. Enchant Totem
24. Enchant Totem
25. Enchant Totem
Item Build

Item Build:

1.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
90 Movespeed, and unlimited travel, a very decent item for earthshaker. Since you'll have to use portal scrolls in traveling from one place to another to support other team mates, 2700 gold won't be useless, right? You should'nt be buying Power Treads, attack speed is very useless to you. Power tread's efficiency for moving is lesser but it gives IAS while BoT gives a higher movespeed but no IAS but has active skill:Travel. Price differs too. BoT defenitly is harder to earn and is a lot more expensive. But with this build, you could tackle these problems easily. Better have BoT, you don't need any AS anyways but need to change location a lot
2. Guinsoo`s Scythe of Vyse
Due to Earthshaker's lack of mana, guinsoo will fix the problem for you, giving him lots of intelligence, bonus damages, 150% mana regeneration, and another disabling skill.. Guinsoo is perfect for him. Besides this would be your primary item, so you can spam and span and spam... Buying other items such as Linken Sphere could be creative too but linken does'nt have any disabling skill, only a passive defence skill. Though linken has an additional stats to strength and agility, but it lacks additional stats for int itself which is the most important stat for this build since you need lots and lots of mana and mana regeneration. Besides a prerequisite item for guinsoo isn't bad. Eul's has an active skill too: Cyclone but only 6 charges. If you already consumed all of the charge, you can finish your guinsoo. One last thing, Guinsoo can be bought in a cut-cut manner. I mean everything is cheap but just many. Linken's ulti orb is very expensive and very hard to buy for just one shopping time. The advantages of Guinsoo are too much compared to linken and other int booster item so this item is very perfect for Earthshaker.
3. Kelens Dagger of Escape
All of earthshaker's skill has a short AoE except Fissure... Echo Slam has a medium AoE. So buying dagger's is wise too. Getting near the enemy before he gets informed and get killed badly, why not? Not only that?! Daggers can help you escape in hopeless situations. This used to be the favourite item of most earthshaker users. A very useful item indeed so I decide to buy it all the time.( When I use this build ONLY ) Lothar's Edge is an alternative item for DoE. But it's not a wise idea to buy Lothar's since it's more expensive but only gives additional agility. Blink is more useful in escapes because gem can't stop you from surviving while WW gets detected. Both items has fast cooldown but DoE has a lesser mana cost. DoE requires 90 mana only while LE needs 125. Big difference. Blink can chase enemies more efficient when their escaping, lothar's isn't. Besides, the price is 3800 and 2150 for LE and DoE respectively. A big difference. Lothar's is only recommended for agile heroes. They get lots of advantages from it.
4.View Details for Refresher Orb
Refresher Orb
6 Intelligence
5 HP Regeneration
200% Mana Regeneration
40 Damage
Active: Reset Cooldowns
- Resets the cooldowns of all your abilities and items.
- 375 manacost.
- 160 seconds cooldown.

Perseverance + Oblivion Staff + Refresher Orb Recipe Scroll
Earthshaker's skills for disabling gets limited when he finish casting all of his spells so another batch of combo will hurt a lot. Buying this item would be wise too but be sure that you have guinsoo already since your maximum mana can't reach your combo+refresh+combo, it requires loads of mana. After casting all your spells with your refresher, you can blink safely away from the battlefield since you get useless without mana and skills. Refresher orb not only gives an active ability:Refresh but also gives a mana regen same as linken and guinsoo. There are no alternatives to discuss on this item because there are no other items that can refresh skills which is the point of buying this item.
5.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
While focusing on intelligence items, your earthshaker get softer and softer. Bracer's help gets wrecked up since 6 str is way so cheap. You need to buy this so you won't get killed before you finish casting all your spells. Heart of Tarrasque adds your hp pool and helps you go to battle and another without going home, 11 hp regeneration is something! HoT is better than skadi or Linken. All of these items makes your character go more sturdy. But skadi does'nt give any regeneration, only a frost orb effect so were not going to discuss this. Linken gives only 15 str but adds 15 to both agi and int. 6 hp regen and 150% regen. Good item too. But with guinsoo you don't need any int bonuses already and mana regen too. You need to focus on str. It's like buying a pure int item and pure str item. It's better than buying one for two stats because you really need to boost str and int since these stats is the basis of your power in this build. HoT gives an astonishing 11 HP regen compared to linken only 6. linken is a little cheaper but the difference won't reach a meter. Linken's price and HoT's price is the same but HoT is just harder to buy. HoT gives an additional 30 str while linken gives 15 only. Overall: HoT is better than Linken and EoS for this build.
6.View Details for Mekansm
5 All Attributes
5 Armor
Passive: Mekansm Aura
4 HP regeneration. 500 AoE
Active: Heal
Heals 250 HP and gives +2 armor in 750 AoE. Armor bonus lasts 25 seconds. Doesn't affect units that have been healed by any Restore in the last 25 seconds. 150 manacost. 45 seconds cooldown.
Headdress of Rejuvenation + Netherezim Buckler + Mekansm Recipe Scroll
It took me lots of hours thinking what could be the best item for the last slot for my Premium Build! I thought of buying a ring of regeneration in the beginning to aid up the fast loss of life because of the wicked sick! armor of raigor. I finished off thinking of a much better item, which is mekanism. Mekanism will fit a lot in this hero since he lacks armor. Practically, weaknessess are ought to be remedied so bonus armor and regeneration isn't that bad. Revitalize active skill is one of the best saving item skill in the game. If your about to die or your weak enough, you can still escape through revitalize skill. I was thinking Linken Sphere is one of the best items that'll fit the last slot but due to its price, i think it's not wise enough to run for a linken sphere. One thing that bothers me is selling the RoR, so if you're fond of buying a RoH instead of RoR; better go for Linken's Sphere. Revitalize, compared to linken's active ability, entangle; is better in some conditions. Fighting against disabler-spellcasters definitely will need a blocking skill which makes entangle better. Revitalize skill is better off with normal attackers such as Na'iX. Somehow, if you were badly bitten by the old Na'iX, your off to the graveyard (considering that you're using raigor happy.gif)
Skill Build

Early Game:

When you’re farming during early games on your lane stay low and don't play safely since earthshaker has a desolate armour so when you try to farm uncautiously, you’ll take too much damage, which will cause you to go home again and again. Try having denies and do your best to have money. There are tips how to farm more efficiently. First, When you see the enemy farming too, and when he's in line with a low-hp enemy creep, you can use fissure as long as you have a mana regeneration item. When you reach eul's already, always use fissure in farming but just watch out for your mana- don't let it drop below 150 mana. In case you're beeing ganked, use fissure when it's possible so you can escape. Farming for earthshaker is very flexible and easy for a few people. You don't need any single lane; you can bring with you an ally. Maximize the use of fissure, when you're using fissure in farming, try aiming it at an enemy hero or try making more creep kills while using it. So by doing that, you're both harrassing and farming a lot. When the enemy gets hit a lot, he will surely go home again and again crippling his item for late games. Early Game Spamming Harrassing enemies early on will force them to visit fountain as much as they could, allowing you to farm more peacefully. While harrassing them, you can simply farm in the same time too. It's like using fissure for dual purposes. PUSHING When you're pushing, you must be cautious where all enemy heroes are. When you're sure all heroes are in their lane, you can go through the river and push. When the red lights around your mini-map disappear, be alert. Return to your tower quickly and wait until they reappear in their lanes again, then you can continue pushing.

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189 By migrees 2010-07-24

yay let's all flame the four year old guide.

noobs, get some common sense.

188 By reinwald123 2010-07-24

Refresher is not for Raigor...This guide sucks

187 By reinwald123 2010-07-24

Refresher is not for Raigor...This guide sucks

186 By dotafever96 2010-03-11

skill build should be :
after shock and then ET

185 By dotafever96 2010-03-11

first u shud buy arcane ring , vladimir,refresher,power threads and finnally MKB

184 By overpower darknezz 2010-02-03

u said it by yourself that et is useless before aftershock..
why ET at lvl 2?

183 By Dotarian 2009-12-24

omg wht the i rather gt a arcane for spamming skill when mid game than a refresher when late game lols

182 By michelc 2009-12-16

I think better to buy

[early game]bottle, claritys, boot of speed, teleports,

[mid game]energy boster, dagger,

[late game]boots of travel, arcane rings and guinsso...

181 By googleson78 2009-12-03

Wall of text =/ also too old to be good. Almost no effort put into it. And for any1 saying refresher is bad it isn't. It's just very rarely used anymore. Also meka wtf? Raigor = Initiator Meka = Support Initiator = Dagger u can't combine support and initiator

180 By lrily 2009-12-03

i dont know why noob players buy refresher's orb!they suck.. this guide sucks. dont try to use this guide as a help. this is a NOOB build!

179 By Jinzakk007 2009-12-03

plz tell me any item that trigger aftershock, i dunno, but i trust arcane can't

178 By schnabbeldiwabbel 2009-12-03


177 By ivErjabs 2009-11-04

ES refresher??? tsk2x bad....

176 By marvindood1 2009-10-13

me too, i rush arcane!!! so i could spam skills more often! :D

175 By Rhofiano 2009-08-21

I uselly Rush to buy a Arcane ring first

174 By fmario12 2009-08-09

173 By DivineSniper 2009-07-25

yes vegetasun, both of those count as a spell.

172 By vegetasun 2009-07-20

noob question:
using dagon or guinsoo, does that triggers aftershock?

171 By m8n 2009-07-20

my build:

arcane ring
roh --> later refresher orb
kelens dagger

170 By gcueca 2009-06-09

Start with:
x2 circlets
x1 Ancient Tango of Essifation
x2 Clarity potions.

Them Goes to Speedy Boots, Focus on Arcane Ring and try to get Kelen'a asasp, make one Null and one Bracer with the Circlets.

From lvl 16 Ahead, change your Boots to Travel Boots, Shiva's Armor and focus on Guinsoo, wich will help yah finishing combos. Refresh Orb if you made a good work till here and your cool to Nuke until the Hero Dies xD

Use a lot of teleport to help yah team mates
PS: Learn how to use fissure o.O