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DOTA Shadow Fiend guide (item strategy)

Updated on May 16, 2010

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.

What items do you buy?

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      GaMmeRzZ 5 years ago

      for me

      6 divines

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      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

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      alham 5 years ago

      for me ! !

      skadi

      lifesteal

      deso

      vladi

      refresher

      arcane boots

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      YaphetS 5 years ago

      My item .

      Power Tread

      Kalen Dagger

      Etheral

      BKB

      MKB

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      Shadow Fiend 6 years ago

      Lothars

      BOT

      MANTA

      BUTTERFLY

      BURIZA

      ETHERIAL BLADE OR

      DOMINATOR FOR LATE GAME

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      Ds.SniPeR_ol8_ 6 years ago

      never more muild for me..

      1.bottle

      2.boots of travel

      3.desolator

      4.satanic

      5.assuilt cuirass

      6.ethanal

      high power..

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      malupit ako mag dota 6 years ago

      parasaakin

      :deso

      :manta

      :butterfly

      :BKB

      :travel

      :cuiras

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      Kyle_Gwapo xD 6 years ago

      item:

      6 iron branch

      is GG

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      to0cute 6 years ago

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

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      dddd 6 years ago

      6 iron woods can kill creeps

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      mavric ventura 6 years ago

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

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      manikore 6 years ago

      for me,i try

      stygian

      skadi

      mkb

      boT

      linken sphere

      buterfly

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      just play 6 years ago

      well for me:

      dagger

      bottle

      BkB

      B.O.T

      Manta

      tarasque

      u can change the bottle to lothars

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      Operation Roy/Joyce 6 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 =)

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      Neil Suriaga 6 years ago

      Nevermore Nevermore :

      bottle

      lothars edge

      BKB

      helm of dominator

      manta style

      butterfly

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      Raffy 6 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!!!!!!!!!

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      InSaNe 6 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

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      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

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      NEVERMORE 6 years ago

      BUTTERFLY

      LOTHARS

      MANTA STYLE

      DESOLATOR

      BOT

      KELEN'S DAGGER

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      reaLDriver 6 years ago

      PT

      Dagger

      BKB

      Manta

      Deso

      Heart

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      [jEg].OVRLD-iaH 6 years ago

      BOOTS OF TRAVEL

      LOTHARS EDGE

      BLACK KING BAR

      THE BUTTERFLY

      STYGIAN DESOLATOR

      MANTA STYLE

      ASSAULT CUIRASS

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      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 .

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      mInEsKi_aKo 7 years ago

      for me

      : BoT

      :lothars

      :desolator

      :cuirass

      :butterfly

      :manta

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      Asrul_nvm91 7 years ago

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

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      jalex 7 years ago

      for me lothars BOT BKB MANTA BUTTERFLY SATANIC

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      cloud 7 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.

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      devilblack21 7 years ago

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

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      dsa 7 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

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      jizzonmyants 7 years ago

      i'd go for

      -lothar's

      -travel

      -bkb

      -dagger

      -cuirass

      desolator

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      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

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      asd 7 years ago

      ghandah! tnx sa help mo!!