Intelligence is one of the three primary attributes with the theme of improving spell-casting. It grants mana, mana regeneration and spell damage amplification to every hero. Intelligence heroes also gain attack damage per point of intelligence.
Intelligence heroes tend to have a greater number of active abilities compared to other heroes; all intelligence heroes have at least three active abilities, with a large number of them having all four of their abilities being actives, and some even having 5 or more. Their larger mana pools and higher mana regen rates go a long way to help them use these abilities frequently.
As a whole, intelligence heroes have by far the greatest number of disabling capabilities, making them essential in most lineups. The items they build also tend to be highly caster based, since those items primarily provide intelligence. With a few exceptions, most intelligence heroes are ranged. Most intelligence heroes rely on their spells for damage, but in most cases, these have static damage values only increased by spell damage amplification or damage manipulation.
They do not scale well into the late game, so that most intelligence heroes peak during the early to mid game, where their spells deal the most damage in relation to enemy health pools and resistance, and then start to fall off in the late game. Because of this, they often fit into support and ganker roles. There are exceptions to this though, some intelligence heroes have scaling abilities which make them excellent in the late game. There are 42 intelligence heroes in Dota 2.
For each point of intelligence, a hero gains the following bonuses:
- 12 mana
- 0.05 mana regeneration
- 0.07%spell damage amplification
Additionally, agility heroes also get 1 attack damage per point of intelligence. The mana bonus is only applied to the maximum mana pool. The hero’s current mana is not increased, but keeps the current mana percentage. To gain 1 mana regeneration, 20 intelligence points are required. To gain 1% spell damage amplification, 15 intelligence points are required.
Windranger channels the wind, gaining bonus attack speed against the chosen enemy unit or building. What skill is it?
The Queen of Pain lets loose a piercing scream around her. What skill is it?
Invoker draws the heat from an enemy, chilling them to their very core. What skill is it?
Pugna places a nether ward that fires mana flares at enemy heroes who dare to cast spells. What skill is it?
Witch Doctor launches a cask of paralyzing powder that ricochets between enemy units. What skill is it?
Ogre Magic incites a frenzy in a friendly unit. What skill is it?
Death Prophet unleashes evil spirits to drain the life of nearby enemy units and structures.
Enigma summons a vortex that sucks in nearby enemy units. What skill is it?
Surrounds Crystal Maiden with random ice explosions that slow enemies and deal massive damage. What skill is it?
Shadow Demon purges the target enemy unit, removing positive buffs and slowing the target. What skill is it?
Bane puts the target enemy or friendly hero to sleep. What skill is it?
Lich releases an orb of frost that bounces many times, slowing and damaging enemy units. What skill is it?
Shadow Shaman magically binds an enemy unit so that it cannot move or attack. What skill is it?
Enchantress summons a cloud of wisps to heal her and friendly units nearby. What skill is it?
Outworld Devour can passively provides mana steal. What skill is it?
Chen takes control of an enemy or neutral creep. What skill is it?
Skywrath Mage draws a mystical rune on the enemy. What skill is it?
Oracle enraptures the target, rendering it unable to attack and granting it spell resistance. What skill is it?
Batrider takes to the skies, laying down a flaming trail from the air. What skill is it?
Necrophos stuns the target enemy hero, then deals damage based on how much life it is missing.
Ancient Apparition creates a vortex of icy energy that slows movement speed and increases magic damage done in its range. What skill is it?
Storm Spirit becomes volatile electricity, charging across the battlefield. What skill is it?
Silencer stops all sound, preventing enemy heroes and units on the map from casting spells. What skill is it?
Summons a phantom that moves quickly towards the target, latching to it when she arrives. What skill is it?
Techies plants an invisible mine that will only activate when manually detonated. What skill is it?
Dark Willow recedes into the shadows. What skill is it?
Tinker launches a pair of rockets at the nearest visible enemy heroes within range. What skill is it?
Winter Wyvern encases an ally in an icy cocoon. What skill is it?
Dark Seer raises a wall of warping light that slows and creates replicas of any enemy hero who crosses it. What skill is it?
Warlock summons a Golem from the depths. What skill is it?
Visage drains the movement and attack speed of the targeted unit, gaining it for itself. What skill is it?
Disruptor can teleports the target hero back to where it was a few seconds ago. What skill is it?
Leshac creates waves of damaging energy around Leshrac, damaging nearby enemy units. What skill is it?
Puck creates a coil of volatile magic that latches onto enemy. What skill is it?
Lion transforms an enemy unit into a harmless beast, with active abilities, items, and attacks disabled. What skill is it?
Jakiro burns his enemies in an area of effect with fire. What skill is it?
Keeper of the Light can restores mana to the target ally and reduces the cooldown of basic abilities currently on cooldown. What skill is it?
Nature's Prophet damaging energy bounces around the map, striking enemies close to the cast point that are in vision. What skill is it?
Lina fires off a bolt of lightning at a single enemy unit, dealing massive damage. What skill is it?
Rubick studies the trace magical essence of one enemy hero. What skill is it?
Shadow Wave heals several allies. What skill is it?
Zeus creates a storm cloud anywhere on the map. What skill is it?
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