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Skeleton KingDotA guideKing Leoric

IntroductionBefore you continue I want to state clearly that my English is not the world's best and you may happen to find a lot of incorrect grammar. Furthermore I have never played a high competitive game, so I cannot assure that this guide will help you through a tougher match. Thanks for your patience and understanding. The Skeleton King isa unique hero to play with since he only have 1 active skill that makes his play style is different from any other hero. I believe he is a unique character and I decided to make a guide about him (umm, actually all hero in DotA is unique, this is the third time i write like this, so welcome to my third Dota Guide). Thanks for reading this and let me introduce you to my guide to the Skeleton King. There are a lot of various ways to play this hero and in my opinion this is the best. I dont want you to copy my play style and you shouldn't. I didnt write this guide so you can play like "me". It should rather help you to create your own play style. There are no certain rules how to play Leoric; you can form this hero as you wish. Use my guide as a help and not as the play style.

Table of contents1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Hero details Pros & Cons Skills Item build Skill build Game play Skill use Early game Mid game and Late game Tips and tricks 7. Friends and foes Worst enemies Best friends 8. Credits

Chapter I Hero DetailsSkeleton KingKing Leoric

Strength: 22 + 2.9 Agility: 18 + 1.7 Intelligence: 13 + 1.6

Advance statistic

Affiliation: Scourge Attack Animation: 0.56 / 0.44 Damage: 54-56 Casting Animation: 0.35 / 0.51 Armor: 3.52 Base Attack Time: 1.7 Move speed: 300 Missile Speed: Instant Attack Range: 128 (melee) Sight Range: 1800 / 800

Hero introductionDespite the overall simplicity of the Skeleton King's skills, he is one of the most dangerous close combat heroes to fight against, and he becomes extremely powerful when equipped with good items. Hellfire Blast is his one active spell, and it allows him to catch and kill enemies. Vampiric Aura and Critical Strike make him deadly in a straight fight; the Skeleton King hits hard and gains life with every attack. Even if Leoric seems to be destroyed, he is still not beaten. This is where his signature ability comes in: Reincarnation. As long as Reincarnation is ready and the Skeleton King has enough mana, he will revive where he fell after a few seconds at full strength. Reincarnation makes the Skeleton King very difficult to defeat, since you essentially have to kill him twice.

Background storyOnce a noble knight protecting his kingdom, the man was thrown into Hell, where he was ripped apart over and over for centuries. Now, Lucifer has thrown him back onto the soil, corrupted and mindless, as King Leoric, the Skeleton King. He marches on, leading his minions with an unfaltering gaze, knowing only one thing: the orders given to him by the dark lord himself. Able to cripple his opponents by drawing power from the fiery depths of hell itself, King Leoric is a major threat on the battlefield. His mighty

blade allows him and others in his presence to drain the blood of their enemies. It is said that he is unkillable, and those who are struck down by his hellfire don't wake up again.

Chapter II Pros & ConsPros Very Durable, tanky because of good strength growth and good starting armor (moreover if you have Heart of Tarrasque you can activate Armlet of Mordiggian without consuming your health [the activation of the armlet and the heart will also increase your hit points], also with the vampiric aura, it will help you to regenerate your health Has aegis as an ultimate(plus slow after you reincarnate) Has a low cooldown stun with slow and a good damage Good DPS hero with a critical strike The only one with one active skill Has a good starting damage and movespeed

Cons Mana Problem(you must keep some mana to reincarnate) He is a melee hero

Chapter III SkillHellfire Blast

Ability Type: Active Targeting Type: Unit Ability Hotkey: T

Leoric launches a sphere of hellfire from the end of his sword, causing his victim to burst into flames. Deals damage and stuns for 2 seconds followed by a 15% slow for 2 seconds.

Skill table Level 1 Mana Cost 140 Cool down 8s Casting range 525 Area of Effect N/A Duration 4s* Allowed Targets Enemy unit Effects 50 impact damage, 15 dps, stun, 15% slow 100 impact damage, 30 dps, stun, 15% slow 150 impact damage, 40 dps, stun, 15% slow 200 impact damage, 50 dps, stun, 15% slow

2

140

8s

525

N/A

4s*

Enemy unit

3

140

8s

525

N/A

4s*

Enemy unit

4

140

8s

525

N/A

4s*

Enemy unit

Notes

Damage type: magical Total damage: 80/160/230/300. (*) 2seconds stun, then 2 seconds slow

Vampiric Aura

Ability Type: Passive Targeting Type: N/A Ability Hotkey: V

Nearby friendly melee units gain hit points when they hit enemy units.

Skill table Level 1 Mana Cost N/A Cool down N/A Casting range N/A Area of Effect 900 Duration N/A Allowed Targets Allied melee unit Allied melee unit Allied melee unit Allied melee unit Effects Gains 15% of attack damage Gains 20% of attack damage Gains 25% of attack damage Gains 30% of attack damage

2

N/A

N/A

N/A

900

N/A

3

N/A

N/A

N/A

900

N/A

4

N/A

N/A

N/A

900

N/A

Notes Stacks additively with Vladmir's Offering lifesteal aura.

Critical Strike

Ability Type: Passive Targeting Type: N/A Ability Hotkey: C

Gives a chance to do more damage on an attack. Skill table Level 1 Mana Cost N/A Cool down N/A Casting range N/A Area of Effect N/A DurationN/A

Allowed TargetsAny Unit

Effects 15% chance, 1.25 times normal damage 15% chance, 1.75 times normal damage 15% chance, 2.25 times normal damage 15% chance, 2.75 times normal damage

2

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Any Unit

3

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Any Unit

4

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Any Unit

Notes

Reincarnation

Ability Type: Passive Targeting Type: N/A Ability Hotkey: R

When killed the Skeleton King will come back to life and slow enemies in a 700 AoE by 30% for 3 seconds.

Skill table

Level 1

Mana Cost 140

Cool down 260 s

Casting range N/A

Area of Effect700

Duration4s

Allowed TargetsEnemy unit

Effects 3 seconds delay, slows enemies' movement speed around him by 30% 3 seconds delay, slows enemies' movement speed around him by 30% 3 seconds delay, slows enemies' movement speed around him by 30%

2

140

160 s

N/A

700

4s

Enemy unit

3

140

60 s

N/A

700

4s

Enemy unit

Notes Will revive even if silenced on death. Will not revive if Skeleton King does not have required mana. Will not revive if he dies on unpathable terrain. If Skeleton King has an Aegis and Reincarnation is cooled down upon death, Reincarnation will trigger first. Revives with full HP and full mana.

Chapter IV Item BuildStarting itemYou can use combination of these itemsName Ancient Tango of Essifation Circlet of Nobility Empty Bottle Icon Use Consuming tree, restores 115 hit points over 16 seconds. 3 charges +2 all atributtes

Ironwood Branch Magic Stick (can be upgraded into Magic Wand) Quelling Blade

It can stores healing water for 3 charges. Each restores 135 health and 60 mana for 3 seconds, if youre being attacked when drink the healing water,the healing effect is lost. You can use it for capture runes (power up) too.once you capture a rune it automatically refilled by healing water +1 all atributes

Magic Stick: give 15 health and mana for each charges. Collect charges from nearby enemy that casting spell Magic wand: +3 all atributes and energy charges 32% bonus damage fo non hero unit (12% for range) and a tree chop

If I were you I prefer this Ancient Tango of Essifation: because this item is a very cheap healing item (if you play with someone use this) Empty Bottle: if you play np mode do not use this item Magic Stick (no upgrade): if you face nuker heroes use this item to collect their spell trace to heal you

Alternate starting item

Bracer

Very cheap items that can boost your stats, also if you want some aura upgrade it to Ancient Janggo of Endurance

Core item

Armlet of MordiggianThis item makes you tougher also you get more damage, increases attack speed and armor. All in 1 item that only cost 2600 gold

Stygian DesolatorThis is a very good DPS items that automatically increased your critical attack and health you gained because vampiric aura

Boots choice

Power treadsHelp you to chase the enemy. Can increase your stats, also you can activate switch attribute Example: You need more damage (place it in strength attribute) You need more attack speed (place it in agility attribute) You need more mana (place it in intelligence attribute)

Luxury itemName Assault Cuirass Icon Use This item is good although you cant complete the recipe, plate mail and hyperstone is great in their own way. This item is good to give you magic immunity, to counter if your enemy is a nuker This item is truly great. It can boost your HP also if you want the activation of your armlet do not reduce your health, this is the solution Type Pack 1 Increasing Survivability