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Pugna: the underdog

Created by bucci on 2006-09-28
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Probably the most overlooked hero in the game... but that can be used to your advantage. Get the right itmes on this guy and you got an early game anoyer and an unexpected number of hero kills later on. BTW this is my first strategy.

Pugna - Oblivion

Range: | Move Speed: 315
Primary: INT
Str: 17 + 1.2 | Agi: 16 + 1 | Int: 26 + 4
Damage: 45 53 | HP: 473 | Mana: 338
HP Regen: 0.76 | Mana Regen: 1.05
Attack Speed: 0.68 | Armor: 1
Nether Blast
Nether Blast (B)
Creates a blast of exploding pulses from the Nether Plane, dealing damage to units and buildings.
Level 1 - Deals 100 Damage (40 to structures).
Level 2 - Deals 175 Damage (60 to structures).
Level 3 - Deals 250 Damage (80 to structures).
Level 4 - Deals 325 Damage (100 to structures).
Damage type: magical
Effect is delayed 0.5 seconds.
Casting range: 400
Area of Effect: 400
Mana Cost: 85/105/125/145
Cooldown: 5.5
Comment: Essential for farming and nuking. Especially early game...

Decrepify (C)
Pugna casts a powerful banishing magic on a unit. The unit is sent to the ethereal plane for a small period of time, reducing its movement speed by 50% and rendering it unable to attack. It takes 44% extra damage from spells.
Level 1 - Affected unit takes 44% extra damage from spells, lasts 2 seconds.
Level 2 - Affected unit takes 44% extra damage from spells, lasts 2.5 seconds.
Level 3 - Affected unit takes 44% extra damage from spells, lasts 3 seconds.
Level 4 - Affected unit takes 44% extra damage from spells, lasts 3.5 seconds.
Only magical and pure damage can harm units under the effect of Decrepify.
Scream of Pain, Echo Slam, and Heat Seeking Missile will not damage a Decrepified target, even though they deal magical damage.
Casting range: 550
Mana Cost: 100
Cooldown: 13/11/9/7 Seconds
Comment: Use before any nuke for major damage. Goog for running away and chasing. NEVER cast this on yourself.
Nether Ward
Nether Ward (W)
Summons a Nether Ward that prevents enemy heroes from regenerating mana and can cast Mana Flare, which deals damage to enemy heroes as they cast spells. Lasts 25 seconds. Each level increases the area of effect of the Ward's Mana Flare, the Mana Flare damage, the negative mana regen and the hp of the ward.
Level 1 - Ward has 75 HP, -1.5 Mana regeneration to enemies, Mana Flare deals 0.75 damage per each point of Mana.
Level 2 - Ward has 150 HP, -3.0 Mana regeneration to enemies, Mana Flare deals 1.00 damage per each point of Mana.
Level 3 - Ward has 225 HP, -4.5 Mana regeneration to enemies, Mana Flare deals 1.25 damage per each point of Mana.
Level 4 - Ward has 300 HP, -6.0 Mana regeneration to enemies, Mana Flare deals 1.50 damage per each point of Mana.
Damage type: magical
Mana Flare is triggered when an enemy casts a spell and the damage is based on the spell's mana-cost.
Mana Flare deals the damage before the actual spell is cast, so if the target dies the spell will have no effect.
Area of Effect: 700/1000/1300/1600
Mana Cost: 80
Cooldown: 35 seconds
Comment: Int heros beware. be careful to kill the ward yourself if its low on health. Dont gives your enemies unneccesary gold.
Life Drain
Life Drain (D)
Pugna summons a very powerful draining magic that absorbs the life essence of an enemy unit. Lasts 9 seconds.
Level 1 - Drains 95 (150*) HP per second.
Level 2 - Drains 140 (200*) HP per second.
Level 3 - Drains 185 (250*) HP per second.
Damage type: magical
Life Drain is a channeling spell.
HP drained depends on the actual damage dealt, so Decrepify increases it and spell reduction reduces it.
Will continue to drain as long as the target stays within 850 range from Pugna.
If the target is an illusion it's destroyed on the first damage tick.
Casting range: 850
Can be improved by Aghanim's Scepter (* shows the improved values).
Mana Cost: 125/175/225
Cooldown: 22 (0*) seconds
Comment: Can be lethal when used at the right time. Dont be apprehensive on using it on a creep if you have to.
Skill Build

Skill Build:

1. Nether Blast
2. Decrepify
3. Nether Blast
4. Decrepify
5. Nether Blast
6. Life Drain
7. Nether Blast
8. Decrepify
9. Decrepify
10. Stats
11. Life Drain
12. Nether Ward
13. Nether Ward
14. Nether Ward
15. Nether Ward
16. Life Drain
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
50 Movement Speed
Note: Movement speed bonus doesn't stack with Boots of Travel, Phase Boots, Power Treads, or Boots of Speed.
2. Flask of Sapphire Water
3.View Details for Bracer
6 Strength
3 Agility
3 Intelligence
3 Damage
Gauntlets of Ogre Strength + Circlet of Nobility + Bracer Recipe Scroll
For much needed hitpoints early on in the game.
4.View Details for Void Stone
Void Stone
100% Mana Regeneration
5.View Details for Ring of Health
Ring of Health
5 HP Regeneration
6.View Details for Perseverance
10 Damage
5 HP Regeneration
125% Mana Regeneration
Note : Can be disassembled.
Ring of Health + Void Stone
7.View Details for Point Booster
Point Booster
200 HP
150 Mana
You are set for early game and you wont be first blood.
8.View Details for Dagon
13/15/17/19/21 Intelligence
3 All Attributes
9 Damage

Active: Energy Burst
- Deals 400/500/600/700/800 damage to a target unit
- Manacost: 180/160/140/120/100
- Cooldown: 35/30/25/20/15 seconds
- Cast range: 600/650/700/750/800

Note: Buy recipe to upgrade Dagon (up to 5 levels)

Null Talisman + Staff of Wizardry + Dagon Recipe Scroll
With decripify its the best final crack you can get for a fleeing enemy.
9.View Details for Vitality Booster
Vitality Booster
250 HP
10.View Details for Mystic Staff
Mystic Staff
25 Intelligence
For Pugna always get this before energy booster.
11.View Details for Energy Booster
Energy Booster
250 Mana
12.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
13.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
14.View Details for Ultimate Orb
Ultimate Orb
10 All Attributes
15.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
You'l have enough hit points after this little item and your enemies cant cancel your life drain easily.
16.View Details for Radiance
60 Damage

Passive: Burn Damage
Deals 45 damage per second. 650 AoE.
Note: Clicking Radiance will toggle Burn Damage on and off.
Sacred Relic + Radiance Recipe Scroll
it's 40 area effect damage is a good combo when you are life draining and its excelent for farming along with nether blast. I also added it because I didn't want pugna's alarmingly high base damage to go to waste.
17.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
This is needed because pugna has very low armour.
18.View Details for Dagon
13/15/17/19/21 Intelligence
3 All Attributes
9 Damage

Active: Energy Burst
- Deals 400/500/600/700/800 damage to a target unit
- Manacost: 180/160/140/120/100
- Cooldown: 35/30/25/20/15 seconds
- Cast range: 600/650/700/750/800

Note: Buy recipe to upgrade Dagon (up to 5 levels)

Null Talisman + Staff of Wizardry + Dagon Recipe Scroll
Upgrade the dagon completely if the game still continues.
Skill Build

Early Game:

Try to pick the top lane if you are scourge or bottom if you are sentinal. This is when you play the annoyer/farmer. Attack the creep wave normally until one of the creep is at low health. Use nether blast and the creep will die, then attack the ranged creep at the back. After that just try to get the last hit on the rest of the creeps. Pugna is an excellent farmer. If there are melee heros in your lane stand at the side of your creeps and crack them if they come to near. If they dont run away, use decripify and nether blast. HEAVY crack. They will limp away if they arent stupid. You sholuld have your dagon by the end of early game. When your opponents are low on health because of your nether blast just dissappear into the forest, pop up behind them, attack till they either engage or start running. This is when you banish and dagon them.  You cand banish+dagon them directly when their health is arround the 475 mark. That's after factoring in the 15% in built spell damage reduction and the + 40% spell damage from decripify. If it isn't clear already, when i say banish i mean decripify. By the end of early game you should have point booster, dagon, boots of speed, perseverence and bracer.

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224 By Ne0aly 2010-10-27

captain obvious much?

223 By Ne0aly 2010-10-27

captain obvious much?

222 By ShadowNinja25 2010-10-27

@215 use decrepify on enemies like ursa

221 By Damdidam 2010-10-27

@215 did you ever think of decrpifyin ursa idiot???

220 By veLe 2010-10-26

linkens for pugna????huh,i dont think so

219 By The sewer rattt 2010-10-21

Travel or power Treads
Dagon (level 3)

218 By silentzero 2010-10-21

ah, the good old DPS pugna to abuse the +4 int gain, though I'd switch MoM for a Deso though since you can abuse the Decrepify+Deso trick

217 By veLe 2010-10-21

my built:power treads
dagon believe me fast attact an ms..and big damage ofc!!!

216 By silentzero 2010-05-25

2006 FTW

215 By nigielee 2010-05-25

NEVER CAST DECREPIFY ON YOURSELF??? HAHAHA I WANT TO LAUGH. Go fight and Ursa without decrepifying yourself.

214 By nigielee 2010-05-25

I would love to fight you 1v1 -apomsh Pugna.

213 By mzyeong 2010-04-16

212 By mpower 2010-04-01

211 By lAM 2010-02-27

210 By gekkofame 2009-10-20

wheres the guide here???toinks...

209 By dotalover911 2009-10-19

You! sUCK bITCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

208 By Randolpito2 2009-10-09

207 By dark_skyline 2009-08-28

shit guide ever, too short with no screenshot

206 By jcrapprotector 2009-07-30

I like to get Ring of Basilus right away so you can be more effective with your blast. But the rest of the build if pretty good.

And I agree that you shouldn't upgrade Dagon... unless the game is going FOREVER.

Naix's Level 6 avatar. Lol. Definitely a bit outdated. Like 10 versions ago outdated.

205 By DayronEZ 2009-07-10

@ S|C0000FF00P33D :
dedicating money to upg dagoon on early or mid game will get u nothing. Yeah you'll be terrible nuke, but it's gonna let u defensless with your low HP. So u will need great partners. And with great partners everybody is good. Believe me, DO NOT UPGRADE DAGOON!! at least you're very VERY confortable at gold or with great level advantage. I tried (too many times I think) to upgrade dagoon. It doesn't worth it.