DOTA Shadow Fiend guide (item strategy)

Quicky DOTA tips

  • You already get a large boost in damage from Necromastery. Don't worry about extra stats at the start of the DOTA game.
  • A lothar's dirk or blinking dagger will greatly improve your chances landing the Shadow Fiend's ultimate skill.

Nevermore story

A demon of the burning legion so abhorred that he makes the skin of even his fellow demons crawl, Nevermore is a creature of the shadows that consumes the souls of those around him. He augments his power with the souls he has consumed, bearing down on his enemies with spiritually enhanced attacks and powerful spiritual blasts. Nevermore the Shadow Fiend is a terrifying opponent whom few have survive, and those who have perished under his tyranny have faced the most despicable fate of all.

Shadow Fiend art by makrura
Shadow Fiend art by makrura

Shadow Fiend's Items

First off, we're assuming that you're already familiar with this DOTA character. If you're not, take a look at the Nevermore hero guide page here for more information. Here's some of the popular Nevermore items in a build and my thoughts on them:

  • Blink Dagger: Kelen's Dagger is fantastic on the Shadow Fiend, more so than a lot of other common characters. It's extremely useful for two purposes: Strategically aligning enemies for your requiem ultimate spell (there's many youtube videos of an entire team kill (5 heroes) this way). It's also useful for chasing after people and constantly razing them. Blink dagger is a fantastic DotA mid-game item for the shadowfiend.
  • Mask of Madness: You generally don't need lifesteal on this hero in DOTA. However, getting this version does help with chasing and increased DPS. A decent choice early on as one of your first items. This is only assuming you took necromastery, which would raise your damage quite a bit based on the number of kills you have.
  • The Butterfly: A common choice. The extra agility, damage, and attack speed are all nice. However, they're expensive in this item, and you don't really need evasion on Nevermore.
  • Lothar's Edge: An invisible shadow fiend is a scary one. Works great if there's no invisible heroes on your team or you're playing against people who won't counter it. Start fights by sneaking up to someone and casting your ultimate. Many won't even notice until it's too late! Not recommended vs DOTA heroes who can stun.
  • Force Staff: Perfect for defending yourself against melee heroes. Proper use of this item will get you a lot of kills during the middle of the match. It'll also help you position people to have them hit by extra shadowrazes.
  • Buriza & MKB: More DPS items. You already get a nice DPS from your skills, so you can ignore these until late game.
  • Eye of Skadi: A great choice of orbs if there's no one else on your DOTA team who can slow down enemies. As a side effect, it also reduces their attack speed, giving you a boost in any fight who's winner might be dependant on luck.
  • Stygian Desolator: Has a good synergy with your armor reduction aura. That's pretty much the only reason to take it. It's always good for someone on your side to have the corruption orb effect though, so it's something to consider on the shadow fiend if no one else is grabbing a deso.

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What items do you buy? 31 comments

GaMmeRzZ 5 years ago

for me

6 divines


paxawaii na cute 5 years ago

item in SHADOW FIEND VS BALANAR

:BOOTS OF TRAVEL

:DAGGER

:ETHEREAL BLADE

:SATANIC

:EYE OF SKADI

:SANGE AND YASHA


alham 5 years ago

for me ! !

skadi

lifesteal

deso

vladi

refresher

arcane boots


YaphetS 5 years ago

My item .

Power Tread

Kalen Dagger

Etheral

BKB

MKB


Shadow Fiend 5 years ago

Lothars

BOT

MANTA

BUTTERFLY

BURIZA

ETHERIAL BLADE OR

DOMINATOR FOR LATE GAME


Ds.SniPeR_ol8_ 5 years ago

never more muild for me..

1.bottle

2.boots of travel

3.desolator

4.satanic

5.assuilt cuirass

6.ethanal

high power..


malupit ako mag dota 5 years ago

parasaakin

:deso

:manta

:butterfly

:BKB

:travel

:cuiras


Kyle_Gwapo xD 5 years ago

item:

6 iron branch

is GG


to0cute 5 years ago

i think DPS stands for damage for second. ._.


dddd 5 years ago

6 iron woods can kill creeps


mavric ventura 5 years ago

i prefer eul's,dagger,phase boots, butterfly, tarasque, BKB


manikore 5 years ago

for me,i try

stygian

skadi

mkb

boT

linken sphere

buterfly


just play 5 years ago

well for me:

dagger

bottle

BkB

B.O.T

Manta

tarasque

u can change the bottle to lothars


Operation Roy/Joyce 5 years ago

For me,

1st 10-20min buy 3 health potion 4mana potion,1power thread and 1 vanguard 20-40,bloodstone/heart,butterfly and you're almost mighty =)


Neil Suriaga 5 years ago

Nevermore Nevermore :

bottle

lothars edge

BKB

helm of dominator

manta style

butterfly


Raffy 5 years ago

i think nevermore needs:

Kellen's Dagger of Escape

Boots of Travel

Manta Style

Ethereal Blade

Stygian Desolator

Assault Cuirass

Believe me this is the perfect build. I always got rampage on this build. So try it..

Using the ethereal blade, you can kill the running opponent without delay.

Or before you do it, use shadow raze on your enemies then blink dagger in front of them and tada, rampage!!!!!!!!!


InSaNe 5 years ago

1.bottle

2.dagger

3.lothars [in case u become main target]

4.desolater

5.butterfly

6.ethanal

all these items GG and with nevermore never leave mid untill you farm fr dagger and boots


AS.mOshyQ! 6 years ago

im a SF user and ive been using this hero for how many years. my build is Travel

Lothars Edge

BKB (optional)

Skadi

EB


NEVERMORE 6 years ago

BUTTERFLY

LOTHARS

MANTA STYLE

DESOLATOR

BOT

KELEN'S DAGGER


reaLDriver 6 years ago

PT

Dagger

BKB

Manta

Deso

Heart


[jEg].OVRLD-iaH 6 years ago

BOOTS OF TRAVEL

LOTHARS EDGE

BLACK KING BAR

THE BUTTERFLY

STYGIAN DESOLATOR

MANTA STYLE

ASSAULT CUIRASS


DNI.BAMF 6 years ago

u should save power trade . bottle , at lv 7 . and then do back shot using Z X C . This is a shortcut to kill more .


mInEsKi_aKo 6 years ago

for me

: BoT

:lothars

:desolator

:cuirass

:butterfly

:manta


Asrul_nvm91 6 years ago

ITEM BUILD ME,DESOLATOR,MKB,BUTTERFLY,POWER TREAD(STRENGHT),DAGGER


jalex 6 years ago

for me lothars BOT BKB MANTA BUTTERFLY SATANIC


cloud 6 years ago

the exactly use for nevermor is

lothar

bot

avatar

manta

deso

butterfly

but there is some other hero

because for me

shadow fiend is for expert

try cardel for begginer

ask me if you want

info about the

build for cardel.

thanks for listening.


devilblack21 6 years ago

FOR MY BUILD IN NEVERMORE DAGGER,BOT,DESOLATOR,BKB,MANTHASTYLE,BUTTERFLY


dsa 6 years ago

i'd go for

-dagger (for better ulti)

-bkb (for better ulti)

use dagger then bkb and use ultimate

-PT/Travels

-Butterfly/Skadi (stack with Satanic)

-Mkb

-Satanic


jizzonmyants 6 years ago

i'd go for

-lothar's

-travel

-bkb

-dagger

-cuirass

desolator


N3v3rmor3 43v3rmor3 7 years ago

for me MY BUILD

Lothars

BoT(Boots of Travel)

Butterfly

Desolator

Assualt Cuirass

BKB(Black King Bar)

Note:

If u dont like The BKB just make manta or another butterfly for me suggestions


asd 7 years ago

ghandah! tnx sa help mo!!

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