From Dota 2


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23 + 2.3
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17 + 1.5
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21 + 2
LEVEL 1 15 25
MANA 302
DAMAGE DAMAGE55—6587—97110—120
ARMOR ARMOR 1.43 4.43 6.57
Attacks/seconds 0.69 0.81 0.9
Movement Speed:Movement Speed: 310
Sight radius: 1800/800
Attack Range: 150

Abaddon the Lord of Avernus is a melee strength Hero known as one of the most versatile characters in Dota due to his rather low mana dependence, short spell cooldowns and a large number of viable item choices. His ability to help sustain his allies and himself plus his strong tower diving capacity give him solid lane presence. Many of his abilities offer a large sum of utility, which makes him a strong support Hero. Abaddon death coil.pngMist Coil serves as both a single target nuke and heal that helps shift the sustainability of both allied and enemy heroes in a lane at his will, though sacrificing a portion of his own health. Abaddon aphotic shield.pngAphotic Shield holds as one of the most useful abilities in the game, able to shield a target from some damage while also able to reflect said damage to a huge area. The most important aspect is how it is able to dispel many status effects such as slows and stuns. His other abilities allow him to become a mix between a semi-carry and tank. Abaddon's passive, Abaddon frostmourne.pngCurse of Avernus, allows his attacks to not only slow down his enemy, but also increase the attack and movement speed of any ally attacking the same target. With his ultimate, Abaddon borrowed time.pngBorrowed Time, Abaddon is able to shift all non-HP removal damage he receives into health. When not on cooldown, Borrowed Time may activate passively when his health falls under a certain threshold, even under the most dire situations. Due to his powerful spells and versatility, Abaddon is an excellent addition to any team.



The Font of Avernus is the source of a family's strength, a crack in primal stones from which vapors of prophetic power have issued for generations. Each newborn of the cavernous House Avernus is bathed in the black mist, and by this baptism they are given an innate connection to the mystic energies of the land. They grow up believing themselves fierce protectors of their lineal traditions, the customs of the realm--but what they really are protecting is the Font itself. And the motives of the mist are unclear. When the infant Abaddon was bathed in the Font, they say something went awry. In the child's eyes there flared a light of comprehension that startled all present and set the sacerdotes to whispering. He was raised with every expectation of following the path all scions of Avernus took--to train in war, that in times of need he might lead the family's army in defense of the ancestral lands. But Abaddon was always one apart. Where others trained with weapons, he bent himself to meditation in the presence of the mist. He drank deep from the vapors that welled from the Font, learning to blend his spirit with the potency that flowed from far beneath the House; he became a creature of the black mist. There was bitterness within the House Avernus--elders and young alike accusing him of neglecting his responsibilities. But all such accusations stopped when Abaddon rode into battle, and they saw how the powers of the mist had given him mastery over life and death beyond those of any lord the House had ever known.


Mist Coil

Mist Coil

Abaddon releases a coil of deathly mist that can damage an enemy unit or heal a friendly unit at the cost of some of Abaddon's health.

Unit Target
Mana cost: 50/60/70/80
Cooldown: 4.5
  • Cast range: 800
  • Cast time: 0.25
  • Damage type: Magical
  • Pierces spell immunity: Yes

  • Self damage: 75/100/125/150
  • Damage/heal: 100/150/200/250
  • heal_amount: 100/150/200/250
  • missile_speed: 1600
A mysterious vapor from the Font of Avernus now infuses the breath of Abaddon, who releases it at will.

Aphotic Shield

Aphotic Shield

Summons dark energies around an ally unit, creating a shield that absorbs a set amount of damage before expiring. When the shield is destroyed it will burst and deal damage equal to the amount it could absorb to an area around it. Removes certain types of negative buffs and stuns on cast.

DISPEL TYPE: Strong Dispel

Unit Target
Mana cost: 115
Cooldown: 12.0/10.0/8.0/6.0
  • Cast range: 500
  • Cast time: 0.4
  • Pierces spell immunity: No

  • Duration: 15.0
  • Max damage absorbed: 110/140/170/200
  • Burst radius: 675
The powers of the black mist rise to absorb attacks like the black mist absorbs light.

Curse of Avernus

Curse of Avernus

Abaddon strikes an enemy with chilling curse on each attack, causing all units who attack the slowed enemy to gain increased movement speed, along with faster attack speed, for a limited time.

  • Pierces spell immunity: Yes

  • Debuff duration: 2.5
  • Buff duration: 4.5
  •  %movement slow: 8/12/16/20
  • Attack slow: 8/12/16/20
  •  %move speed bonus: 15
  • Attack speed bonus: 10/20/30/40
The curse that slows an enemy, speeds an ally.

Borrowed Time

Borrowed Time

When activated, all damage dealt to you will heal instead of harm. Most negative buffs will also be removed. If the ability is not on cooldown, it will automatically activate if your health falls below 400.

Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter.

DISPEL TYPE: Strong Dispel

  • Borrowed Time can be activated while Abaddon is disabled, but not while silenced.
Aghanim's ScepterAghanim's Scepter: Increases duration. While Borrowed Time is active, a percentage of all damage taken by allied Heroes in a radius will be redirected to Abaddon.
No Target
Mana cost: 0
Cooldown: 60.0/50.0/40.0

  • Health threshold: 400
  • Duration: 4.0/5.0/6.0
  • Scepter duration: 5.0/6.0/7.0
  • redirect: 0.5
  •  %scepter damage redirect: 50
  • Scepter redirect range: 900
The most unnatural of all the gifts of the Font of Avernus, this power defies mortal understanding. What should hurt, instead heals; and what should kill gives strength anew.


+25 Damage
+20% XP Gain
+200 Mana
+5 Armor
+25 Movement Speed
15% Cooldown Reduction
+25 Strength
+300 Aphotic Shield Health


It’s hard to kill someone who’s already dead. Those words describe Abaddon completely. He is strong support who is almost impossible to kill. He will let his allies to play on any lane, because of heal and the ability to tank, and in late he helps a lot with attack speed increase.

Ability setup

Abaddon death coil.pngMist Coil — Versatile spell that may attack or defend. Heal allies or harass enemies depends on situation. This spell has huge radius of use, so you can sure last hit running enemies. Don’t think if we should leave the frag for carry or not, because dead enemy is always better than alive enemy. Mist Coil works well with Abaddon aphotic shield.pngAphotic Shield, especially when shield learned for 1st level that allows us give great nuke damage.

  • The spell let’s stop Aphotic Shield giving the damage in the area.
  • Does not work on magical immunity (damage to oneself is not given too).
  • It will let you kill yourself and not give yourself into the enemy’s hands.

Abaddon aphotic shield.pngAphotic Shield — This is additional health for us and our allies. It also cancels all debuffs from target, we should remember of that when we play 3v3 on lane against aggressive heroes like BaneBane, AlchemistAlchemist etc. We can push the lane but to do that we need to use the shield on creep or on hero who tanks. If we play aggressively we need to attack the enemy with combo + mist Coil, but run behind the creeps first so they won’t get any damage. But until we get Arcane BootsArcane Boots its better to watch your mana.

  • If enemy does not want to destroy our Aphotic Shield it will blow up after the time will pass.
  • It does not stack, but can be renewed.
  • Under our ultimate the shield won’t consume damage.

Abaddon frostmourne.pngCurse of Avernus — Passive that lets us kill one target, and that makes us kind of gunner for allies. In early game the main advantage of this spell is increase of move speed. And in team fights, increase of attack speed and slowdown for enemy will be more useful, but we need high level of skill for that.

  • It is not orb effect
  • We get bonus before we hit the enemy

Abaddon borrowed time.pngBorrowed Time — This spell gives us a lot of survivability in team fights. We need to practice a little to use this spell effectively, and pick the right moment to use it. The beginners will be saved by the auto activation when the HP is lower than 400. We almost always invulnerable for all types of damage for 3/4/5 seconds, this is just great for support, who has no money for expensive items.

  • Turns on automatically when your HP is lower than 400
  • It will consume damage from attacks and spells that were used before the activation of ultimate.
  • Cancels all disables from us.
  • You can use it in any time you want.
  • Ability doesn't work under Doom bringer doom.pngDoom debuff.
  • Borrowed Time with Aghanim's ScepterAghanim's Scepter now redirects 35% of all damage dealt to nearby allied heroes to Abaddon when active

Early game

Early game for Abaddon (up to 15 minute)

We need to think of enemy’s potential for early fights and pick the right lane. If there is no such probability of fights we will go to easy lane (top for Dire bottom for Radiant), to get gold and experience from pulls. If we have aggressive hero we may go to hard lane and kill enemy’s carry.

On first levels we will have problems with mana, so we need to buy Arcane BootsArcane Boots faster, especially on hard lane, because there we will have to use spells all the time. We should try not to die from enemies but from our Abaddon death coil.pngMist Coil if there is no other choice.

Next item will be Urn of ShadowsUrn of Shadows that will increase our survivability, mana regeneration, and will restore our HP that we wasted on Abaddon death coil.pngMist Coil. Abaddon earns a lot of assists with Abaddon aphotic shield.pngAphotic Shield that has nice AoE, so we will have enough charges in Urn of ShadowsUrn of Shadows.

Middle game

Middle game for Abaddon (from 15 till 35 minute)

Now we may try to gank, because farm will be for our carry. But if we have chance to farm pack of creeps we should do that, because usually we don’t have a lot of gold. If we have another melee hero in team we may buy Vladmir's OfferingVladmir's Offering. That item is easy to buy and will give useful auras. Alternative item is Drum of EnduranceDrum of Endurance that will increase our stats, and will give us mobility, so we will move around battlefield and pick the target we need.

Now we can buy MekansmMekansm, because we are usually deep inside the fights, and we will heal effectively. We should try to tank as much damage as possible, so our team will get less damage, don’t be afraid to run in front of your team, and provoke your enemy to use spells. We always have Abaddon borrowed time.pngBorrowed Time, if something bad happens.

After that it’s great moment to buy NecronomiconNecronomicon, because Abaddon frostmourne.pngCurse of Avernus is now of 4th level and minions will kill targets really fast. It’s important to upgrade NecronomiconNecronomicon to 3rd level because it’s not so effective without it. In team fights we need to think fast and pick the right target that our team will focus. It can be carry or hero with low HP. You may target minions from NecronomiconNecronomicon onto fragile support and hero will deal with dangerous enemy, decreasing his mobility.

We should always use Urn of ShadowsUrn of Shadows, on the hero we chose. You need to know all your active abilities and items. Usually on that time game comes to an end, but if it carries on we should be always close to our team and buy Observer WardObserver Ward to control the map, and don’t forget to buy Town Portal ScrollTown Portal Scroll.

Late game

Late game for Abaddon (from 35 minute)

In late game we need to increase control, and Scythe of VyseScythe of Vyse works great for that, it will give us Hex, the ability to turn the enemy into animal and kill him much faster.

Last slot is for such great item as Shiva's GuardShiva's Guard. That item will passively decrease attack speed of enemy, increase our armor and will give us active slow down, when we will be in the middle of the fight. We always need to have money on buyback on this stage, especially for Abaddon, because our ultimate will be ready again while enemy comes to our towers.

It’s time to change Arcane BootsArcane Boots for Boots of TravelBoots of Travel, because we can push effectively with auras and NecronomiconNecronomicon. We need to use this and exchange the towers on bases especially if things are going bad.

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Abaddon Abaddon
Mist Coil Mist Coil    Aphotic Shield Aphotic Shield    Curse of Avernus Curse of Avernus    Borrowed Time Borrowed Time


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