Dota 2 Venomancer Guide – Builds, Items, Abilities and Strategy

  • By Pedro

  • April 9, 2012

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Venomancer is one of the most common picks in Dota due to his great versatility. He is an item independent pusher hero that can also gank and deal a huge amount of damage in a teamfight. He brings plague upon your enemies!

Pros and Cons

  • + Very strong slow at level 1
  • + Great Pusher and Tower defender
  • + Item independent
  • + Is a decent solo laner
  • + Has an ability that can be used to scout
  • + Big teamfight presence
  • - Low hp
  • - Low base damage
  • - 3 of his skills can get the enemies denied by their allies
  • - Easily countered by hood and pipe

Browse through the guide – Abilities, Skill Builds, Recommended Items and Strategy Tips. For more help on Dota 2, read our Sven, Skeleton King and Beastmaster Guide.

Dota 2 – Venomancer Abilities

Venomous Gale
It launches a ball of venom in a line, poisoning enemy units so that they take both initial damage and damage over time, as well as suffering slowed movement. Venomous Gale deals damage every three seconds over its duration.

  • Duration: 15 seconds
  • Slows by 50% at all levels. (only starting value, slow decreases over time)
  • Total damage: 100/170/270/350
  • Cooldown: 22
  • Mana: 90/105/120/135

Poison Sting
Adds poison damage to Venomancer’s normal attacks, slowing movement speed.

  • Duration: 7
  • Damage Per Second: 5/10/15/20
  • Movement Speed Slow: 11%/12%/13%/14%

Plague Ward
Summons a plague ward to attack enemy unit and structures. The ward is immune to magic.

  • Ward Duration: 40
  • Ward Health: 75/200/325/450
  • Ward Damage: 11/21/32/42
  • Cooldown: 5
  • Mana: 20

Poison Nova
A spreading ring of poison that does damage over time to enemy units around Venomancer. Poison Nova’s effect cannot bring units below 1 HP. SCEPTER UPGRADABLE: Increases damage and duration, and decreases cooldown.

  • Duration: 12/14/15 (14/15/16*)
  • Damage Per Second: 36/58/81 (58/81/108*)
  • Cooldown: 140/120/100 (60*)
  • Mana: 200/300/400

Dota 2 – Venomancer Skill Builds

Regular Build

  • Level 1 – Venomous Gale
  • Level 2 – Poison Sting (Plague Ward)
  • Level 3 – Plague Ward (Venomous Gale)
  • Level 4 – Plague Ward
  • Level 5 – Plague Ward
  • Level 6 – Poison Nova
  • Level 7 – Plague Ward
  • Level 8 – Venomous Gale (Poison Sting)
  • Level 9 – Venomous Gale
  • Level 10 – Venomous Gale
  • Level 11 – Poison Nova
  • Level 12 – Poison Sting
  • Level 13 – Poison Sting
  • Level 14 – Poison Sting
  • Level 15 – Stats
  • Level 16 – Poison Nova

This is the most common and effective Venomancer build. At level 5, you are able to destroy towers by yourself, as well as having a good lane control.

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The elusive Pedro is the man from Portugal, currently living in the big city of London, who reports on all the e-sports shenanigans for us, so that you can keep up with what's going on in the competitive gaming world. Not one to shy away from the competitive scene, Pedro likes a few e-sports games himself, most notably Valve's Dota 2.

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