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


Windrunner is a hero that should be in every match, and nearly is. She can do everything and can fill in any role. This ranged intelligence hero is the jack of all trades, master of all. The only thing that keeps her from ruining every game, is the fact that she has two skillshots.

Your ability to accurately cast these abilities, will determine your effectiveness as Windrunner. Mastery of them will break the game. While poor use of them will leave you a drain on your team. Are you up for the challenge?

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Windrunner Skills

Shackleshot

  • Targets: Enemy units
  • Effects: Stuns for .75 or 1.5/2.25/3/3.75 seconds if the shackle attaches to a unit or tree.
  • Cast Range: 800
  • Shackle Range: 500
  • Cooldown: 12
  • Mana: 90/100/110/120

Shackleshot is one of the best disables in the game, if you can land it. If a tree or unit is behind a target, up to 500 distance, then both targets are stunned.

Powershot

  • Targets: Enemy units, trees
  • Damage: 120/200/280/360 initial damage, deals 10% less damage per unit the projectile passes through
  • Range: 1800
  • AoE: 125
  • Cooldown: 9 seconds
  • Mana: 90/100/110/120

Powershot has a 1 second channel time, before the arrow is released. You can break the channel early, but the arrow will do less damage, depending on when you broke the channeling.

Windrun

  • Effects: 100% evasion, 50% increased move speed and slows nearby enemies by 8/16/24/30%
  • AoE of Slow: 300
  • Duration: 2.75/3.5/4.25/5 seconds
  • Cooldown: 15
  • Mana: 100

If I were to start listing the ways in which this ability is useful, I would be here till the end of time. Simply put, this is one of the most versatile escape skills in the game.

Focus Fire

  • Targets: Enemy units, buildings
  • Effects: Max attack speed, while dealing 50/40/30% reduced damage.
  • Duration: 20 seconds
  • Range: 600
  • Cooldown: 60
  • Mana: 200/300/400

Ironically, Windrunner’s ultimate is her least attractive ability. It’s hard to find points for it, when each of her basic skills are worthy of being ultimate skills.

The only times I put points into this, before I’ve maxed out Windrunner’s first three skills, is when my team is pushing heavily, early on and we need the extra tower killing power.

Purchasing Aghanimn’s Scepter will reduce the cooldown of this skill, to 15 seconds. It also removes the damage debuff on item effects, like chain lightning.

Windrunner Builds

  1. Windrun
  2. Powershot
  3. Shackleshot
  4. Powershot
  5. Powershot
  6. Shackleshot
  7. Powershot (maxed)
  8. Shackleshot
  9. Shackleshot (maxed)
  10. Windrun
  11. Windrun
  12. Windrun (maxed)
  13. Focus Fire
  14. Focus Fire
  15. Stats
  16. Focus Fire (maxed)

Windrunner can be extremely flexible with her skill builds. Take what you need, as you need it. This is the most basic build that is taken in most situations.

Some games, you may find yourself needing to be extremely offensive, without the need to be defensive. In such an event, you can forgo taking Windrun until level four.

Recommended Items

Starting: Courier, and/or Observer Wards, Consumables, Iron Branches

Alternative Starting: 2x Mantle of Intelligence, 2x Iron Branch, 2x Tango

Early: Arcane Boots

Core: Force Staff

Situational: Mekansm, Blink Dagger, Scythe of Vyse, Diffusal Blade, Aghanimn’s Scepter, Linken’s Sphere, Ghost Scepter, Magic Stick/Wand, Wards, Flying Courier

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