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Bristleback

Popularity: #63

Leaderboard: #100

Ban Rank: #14

KDA Rank: #114

Takes reduced damage when facing away from enemies

When it comes to a fight, Bristleback really puts his back into it. Reducing all damage arriving from the rear or from the sides, he wades into battle with barely a care, spraying enemies with damaging quills and slowing snot.

Attributes
bristleback Image

484 +59.4/lvl

168 +33.6/lvl

Strength Image

22 +2.7/lvl

Agility Image

17 +1.8/lvl

Intelligence Image

14 +2.8/lvl

Stats
Attack

Damage:

25 - 31 + 1.8/level (77.2 - 83.2 at level 30)

Attack

Range:

150

Attack

Armor:

1 + 0.3/level (9.7 at level 30)

Attack

Movement:

295

Roles

Carry

Escape

Nuker

Initiator

Durable

Disabler

Support

Pusher

Strategy

If you can be aggressive, take a point in Viscous Nasal Goo as it will greatly improve physical damage output.

Turn your back to opponents, their towers or stacks of neutral creeps whenever you expect to take loads of damage.

Alert your supports to stack for you, especially ancient camps as you can clear it at level 7.

Apply aggression on the map as Bristleback by taking and defending towers, as well as rotating through portals.

Check opponents' inventories frequently in search for break effects and healing reductions. Black King Bar and dispel items counter some of them.

You can take Roshan down fast and early with your team thanks to Viscous Nasal Goo.

Use the Bloodstone active together with Bristleback active with Aghanims Scepter to do a massive burst of damage while healing yourself.

Counter Strategy

Magic Stick and Wand are must items against Bristleback's Quill Spray spam.

Someone should buy Spirit Vessel against Bristleback to counter his regeneration and healing.

If you have no good way of dealing with Bristleback, leave and don't waste too many resources on him.

Silver Edge allows you to break Bristleback's passives.

Armor items are good to counter Bristleback's physical damage output.

Stats

Win Rate 46.7%
Pick Rate 6.4%

Facets

damage icon

Berserk

Win Rate: 46.9%

Pick Rate: 78.1%

Warpath grants scaling Attack Speed instead of Damage.

Warpath

Warpath grants scaling Attack Speed instead of Damage.

DAMAGE PER STACK:

5

ATTACK SPEED PER STACK:

5/10/15/20

snot icon

Snot Rocket

Win Rate: 46.2%

Pick Rate: 21.9%

Bristleback now fires Viscous Nasal Goo instead of Quills when damaged. Viscous Nasal Goo effects are stronger.

Viscous Nasal Goo

Max stacks and armor reduction per stack increased.

ARMOR LOSS PER STACK:

1

STACK LIMIT:

2

Bristleback

Instead of releasing Quill Spray from taking damage, he instead launches Nasal Goo of the current level at all nearby enemies.

NASAL GOO RADIUS:

900

Abilities

Q

Viscous Nasal Goo

Covers a target in snot, causing it to have reduced armor and movement speed for 6 seconds. Multiple casts stack and refresh the duration.

  • AFFECTS:unit

  • PASSIVE:No

  • DISPELLABLE:basic

  • DEBUFF:yes

  • goo speed:1000

  • goo duration:6

  • base armor:2 / 2 / 3 / 3

  • armor per stack:1.5 / 2 / 2.5 / 3

  • base move slow:15

  • move slow per stack:3 / 6 / 9 / 12

  • stack limit:4

  • goo duration creep:10

  • AbilityCastRange:650

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+250 Goo Cast Range

Cool Down

1.75

Mana Cost

12 / 16 / 20 / 24

W

Quill Spray

Sprays enemy units with quills dealing damage in an area of effect around Bristleback. Deals bonus damage for every time a unit was hit by Quill Spray in the last 14 seconds.

  • PASSIVE:No

  • radius:700

  • quill base damage:25 / 45 / 65 / 85

  • quill stack damage:30

  • quill stack duration:14

  • max damage:500

  • projectile speed:2400

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+20 Quill Stack Damage

Cool Down

3 / 3 / 3 / 3

Mana Cost

35 / 35 / 35 / 35

Bristleback

Bristleback takes less damage if hit on the sides or rear. If Bristleback takes 275 / 250 / 225 / 200 damage from the rear, he releases a Quill Spray of the current level.

  • PASSIVE:Breakable

  • side damage reduction:8 / 12 / 16 / 20

  • back damage reduction:16 / 24 / 32 / 40

  • side angle:110

  • back angle:70

  • quill release threshold:275 / 250 / 225 / 200

  • quill release interval:0.1

  • activation cooldown:24

  • activation manacost:100

  • activation delay:0.5

  • activation num quill sprays:6

  • activation spray interval:0.4

  • activation angle:45

  • activation movement speed pct:-40

  • activation turn rate pct:-100

  • activation disable turning:1

  • activation ignore cast angle:1

  • activation turn rate:500

Aghanim ScepterAghanim Shard

Aghanim`s Scepter Upgrade

Adds active ability to Bristleback. Bristleback rotates towards the targeted direction and, after 0.5s, forcefully ejects 6 sequential Quill Sprays in a tight conical pattern out of his back every 0.4s. Bristleback's facing is locked during this time, he is disarmed, and his speed is reduced by -40.

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    +8%/4% Bristleback Back/Side Damage Reduction

    Warpath

    Bristleback works himself up into a fury every time he casts a spell, increasing his movement speed and damage.

    • PASSIVE:Breakable

    • damage per stack:5 / 15 / 20 / 25

    • move speed per stack:0 / 2 / 3 / 4

    • stack duration:12 / 16 / 18 / 20

    • max stacks:4 / 8 / 10 / 12

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    +18 Warpath Damage Per Stack

    Hairball

    Coughs a quill-packed hairball towards the target location. Erupts at the location, hitting enemies with Viscous Nasal Goo stacks and Quill Spray.

    • AFFECTS:area

    • PASSIVE:No

    • DISPELLABLE:basic

    • DEBUFF:yes

    • projectile speed:1200

    • radius:700

    • quill stacks:1

    • goo stacks:2

    Cool Down

    13

    Mana Cost

    40

    Talents

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    +25 Attack Speed

    +1.5 Mana Regen

    Talet tree backgroundTalent tree branchesTalent tree branchTalent tree branch

    +250 Goo Cast Range

    +8%/4% Bristleback Back/Side Damage Reduction

    Talet tree backgroundTalent tree branchesTalent tree branchTalent tree branch

    +25 Health Regen

    +20 Quill Stack Damage

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    +12% Spell Lifesteal

    +18 Warpath Damage Per Stack

    Lore

    Never one to turn his back on a fight, Rigwarl was known for battling the biggest, meanest scrappers he could get his hands on. Christened Bristleback by the drunken crowds, he waded into backroom brawls in every road tavern between Slom and Elze, until his exploits finally caught the eye of a barkeep in need of an enforcer. For a bit of brew, Bristleback was hired to collect tabs, keep the peace, and break the occasional leg or two (or five, in the case of one unfortunate web-hund). After indulging in a night of merriment during which bodily harm was meted out in equal parts upon both delinquent patrons and his own liver, Bristleback finally met his match. "Your tusks offend me, sir," he was heard to drunkenly slur to one particularly large fellow from the northern wastes whose bill had come due. What followed was a fight for the ages. A dozen fighters jumped in. No stool was left unbroken, and in the end, the impossible happened: the tab went unpaid. Over the weeks that followed, Bristleback's wounds healed, and his quills grew back; but an enforcer's honor can be a prickly thing. He paid the tab from his own coin, vowing to track down this northerner and extract redemption. And then he did something he'd never done before: he actually trained, and in so doing made a startling discovery about himself. A smile peeled back from his teeth as he flexed his quills. Turning his back to a fight might be just the thing.