Dota 2 Lion Guide – Builds, Items and Strategy

  • By Pedro

  • August 31, 2012

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Lion is a very straightforward hero that can be useful in every game with his ability to deal a ton of burst damage through Finger of Death while having some control over the enemies with his remaining spells.

He is a ranged intelligence hero that doesn’t need items to be effective, so he can be a great pick if your team needs a support.

His combo is feared by all other fragile heroes since Lion can instantly kill them. He can perform really well even in the hands of unexperienced players since he is relatively easy to play. He went to hell and back multiple times, here is Lion, the Demon Witch!

With his Sacrifice, he can win lanes by denying EXP, making him out level the opponents. His ultimate Chain Frost, makes him a force to be reckoned with in team fights.

For more help on Dota 2, read our Phantom Assassin, Ogri Magi and Enchantress Guide.

Pros and Cons

  • +Ranged hero with 600 range
  • +Item independant
  • +Great disabler
  • +Versatile
  • -Slow movement speed
  • -Fragile hero due to low hp and low armor
  • -Most likely the first target for enemies to kill

Dota 2 – Lion Abilities

Earth Spikes
Rock spikes burst from the earth along a straight path. Enemy units are hurled into the air, then are stunned and take damage when they fall.

  • Duration: 1.02/1.52/2.02/2.52
  • Damage: 60/130/200/260
  • Manacost: 100/120/145/170
  • Cooldown: 12 seconds

Lion’s basic nuke and stun. It has an aoe so you can stun multiple enemies if you line it right.

Hex
Transforms an enemy unit into a harmless beast, with all special abilities disabled.

  • Duration: 1.75/2.5/3.25/4
  • Manacost: 125/150/175/200
  • Cooldown: 15 seconds

4 seconds you make the enemy hop around as a frog. That’s right, it is the longest hex duration in the game.

Mana Drain
CHANNELED – Absorbs the magical energies of a target enemy unit by taking mana from it every second.

  • Range: 600/650/700/750
  • Channel Time: 4
  • Mana per Second: 20/40/60/120
  • Manacost: 25
  • Cooldown: 25/20/15/10 seconds

Another way to disable an enemy is to leave him without mana. This spell can be used on ranged creeps (who have mana like heroes) and if you use it on an enemy illusion, it will disappear.

Finger of Death
Rips at an enemy unit, trying to turn it inside-out. Deals massive damage.

  • Damage: 500/650/850
  • Manacost: 200/420/650
  • Cooldown: 150/90/55 seconds

Lion’s big red bolt of death. As you can see it does a TON of instant damage so you can kill a lot of heroes with it. It has a Scepter upgrade but currently it is one of the worst upgrades in the game.

Dota 2 – Lion Skill Builds

Normal Stun + Hex Build

  • Level 1 – Earth Spike
  • Level 2 – Hex
  • Level 3 – Earth Spike
  • Level 4 – Hex
  • Level 5 – Earth Spike
  • Level 6 – Finger of Death
  • Level 7 – Earth Spike
  • Level 8 – Hex
  • Level 9 – Hex
  • Level 10 – Stats
  • Level 11 – Finger of Death
  • Level 12 – Frost Armor
  • Level 13 – Stats
  • Level 14 – Stats
  • Level 15 – Stats
  • Level 16 – Finger of Death

This is the standard build that most Lions go for, you take Spikes at level one since it is the best spell in case a level one fight breaks out.

You get both your disables maxed at level 9, which add up to almost 7 seconds that the enemy can’t do anything only due to 2 spells.  Earth Spikes is maxed first because of the damage.

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By Pedro

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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