DotA2 Nyx Assassin Skill Build Guide

Dota2 Nyx AssassinDotA2 Nyx Assassin (Anub’arak): Deep in the Archive of Ultimyr, shelved between scholarly treatises on dragon cladistics and books of untranslatable spells, there is an ancient tome of entomological curiosities. Compiled by scholars, the book describes the telepathic talents of the zealot scarab, a strange species of social insect with abilities unique to all the seven planes. Unlike most grubs of his colony, Nyx Assassin did not arise from metamorphosis with the plodding thoughts and blunted appendages common to the worker caste of his kind. For his was a special transformation, guided by the grace of Nyx. He was the chosen one, selected from the many and anointed with an extract of the queen goddess herself. Not all survive the dark blessing of the queen’s chamber, but he emerged with a penetrating mind, and dagger-like claws–his razor sharp mandibles raking the air while his thoughts projected directly into the minds of those around him. Of all zealot scarabs, he alone was selected for the highest calling. After his metamorphosis, he was reborn, by grace of Nyx, with abilities which shaped him for one thing and one thing only: to kill in the name of his goddess.

Nyx Assassin Overview

Faction: The Dire
Primary Attribute: Agility
Attack Type: Melee
Role(s): Disabler, Semi-Carry

Nyx Assassin Stats

STR: 68 at 25 (18 + 2/level)
AGI: 74 at 25 (19 + 2.2/level)
INT: 70.5 at 25 (18 + 2.1/level)
Health: 1784 at 25
Mana: 1144 at 25
Damage: 49 – 53
Range: 128
Armor: 3.66
Movement: 300

Nyx Assassin Skills

Impale Impale (Active)
Targetting Method: Unit / Point | Allowed Targets: Enemy Units
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.
Range: 700
Radius: 125
Stun duration: 1.6 / 2.0 / 2.4 / 2.8
Damage: 80 / 140 / 200 / 260
Mana Cost: 95 / 115 / 135 / 155
Cooldown Time: 13


  • All zealot scarabs possess intimate knowledge of underground pathways, using them to their advantage.
  • Impaled units will be knocked into the air for 0.52 seconds before they are stunned.
  • Distance traveled is 700.
  • The path of spikes moves at 1600 movement speed.
Mana Burn Mana Burn (Active)
Targetting Method: Unit | Allowed Targets: Enemy Heroes
Destroys the target hero’s mana equal to a multiplier of its Intelligence, and deals damage equal to the mana burned.
Range: 600
Intelligence multiplier: 3.5× / 4× / 4.5× / 5×
Mana Cost: 100
Cooldown Time: 28 / 20 / 12 / 4


  • The tome in Ultimyr describes one scarab with the ability to eat away at the minds of lesser beings.
  • Effectively burns {26.8%/30.7%/34.5%/38.4%} of the target’s maximum mana pool, provided it has no flat mana increase (e.g. Arcane Boots, Eye of Skadi).
Spiked Carapace Spiked Carapace (Active)
Targetting Method: Instant | Allowed Targets: Enemy Units
Duration: 2.25
Damage returned: 100% of negated damage
Stun duration: 0.6 / 1.2 / 1.8 / 2.4
Mana Cost: 40
Cooldown Time: 22 / 18 / 14 / 10


  • While their carapaces are relatively thin, they’re guarded by a retractable field of razor-sharp spikes.
  • Only triggers on player-based damage, of any type with the exception of HP loss (since this type is not considered damage).
  • Does not prevent debuffs.
Vendetta Vendetta (Active)
Targetting Method: Instant | Allowed Targets: Enemy Unit
Allows Nyx Assassin to become invisible and gain a speed bonus. If Nyx Assassin attacks to break the invisibility, massive bonus damage is dealt with the attack.
Fade time: 0
Duration: 40 / 50 / 60
Bonus movement speed: 16% / 18% / 20%
Bonus damage: 250 / 400 / 550
Mana Cost: 160 / 210 / 260
Cooldown Time: 70 / 60 / 50


  • If Nyx Assassin’s invisibility expires, the bonus damage will not be applied to the next attack.
  • Nyx Assassin is revealed when he damages the target, not at the beginning of his attack.
  • Vendetta bonus damage cannot proc critical effects. a critical strike occurs, just the bonus damage from Vendetta does not increase crit damage. (Damage = Crit Damage + Vendetta Damage).
  • Going invisible using Vendetta does not break the channeling of a Town Portal Scroll.
  • A Vendetta-imbued attack cannot miss or be evaded.

Nyx Assassin Skill Build Guide

  1. Impale (1)
  2. Spiked Carapace (1)
  3. Mana Burn (1)
  4. Impale (2)
  5. Impale (3)
  6. Vendetta (1)
  7. Mana Burn (2)
  8. Impale (MAX)
  9. Mana Burn (3)
  10. Mana Burn (MAX)
  11. Vendetta (2)
  12. Spiked Carapace (2)
  13. Spiked Carapace (3)
  14. Spiked Carapace (MAX)
  15. Stats (1)
  16. Vendetta (MAX)
  17. Stats (MAX)

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