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Popularity: #16

Leaderboard: #6

Ban Rank: #11

KDA Rank: #3

Infests other units for mobility and strength

Should Lifestealer get close to his prey, there is little that can save them. Travelling within a creep or an allied hero, once he nears a foe he explodes from his host body, surprising enemies and tearing into them with his claws.

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550 +52.8/lvl

180 +21.6/lvl

Strength Image

25 +2.4/lvl

Agility Image

19 +1.9/lvl

Intelligence Image

15 +1.8/lvl



16 - 22 + 1.9/level (71.1 - 77.1 at level 30)






1 + 0.3/level (9.7 at level 30)














Right-click opponents as much as you can on the lane for extra damage and sustain from Feast.

Orb of corrosion is great at harrassing enemies in the laning stage and works well with lifestealers spells.

Consider investing a point in Rage early on if there's a need for dispel or spell-immunity.

If the enemy has no way to cancel rage TP, be more aggresive on sides lanes and rage TP out.

Once you hit 6, you are really hard to kill and you can dispatch your support to help other lanes.

You can save an ally by Infesting it.

Lifestealer doesn't farm fast but is decent at fighting in early to mid game. Join good looking fights.

If you have gap-closing ally you can choose to Infest him to be able to get on top of opponents quickly.

Orchid, Basher and Scythe are problematic. Adjust your playstyle and itemization accordingly.

You can slow siege opponents' building by damaging it during Rage and then backing away.

Counter Strategy

Chip damage doesn't work against Lifestealer as he is able to recover with Feast. If you manage to bring him below half HP it will be hard for him to feast as he risks dying

Buy boots early against Lifestealer as he is a fast hero who often buys Venom Orb and rushes Phase Boots

Items and spells that go through spell immunity are effective against Lifestealer

When you gank Lifestealer he will Rage and teleport out on first signs of trouble. Make sure you disable him before he rages if you do not yet have a disable that goes through spell immunity

Lifestealer's main spell in fights is Rage. Play around it by disabling him or by saving heroes he is chasing

Lifestealer tends to have lots of evasion due to his level 20 talent and a Halberd purchase. Look to counter it by getting true strike items

Keep in mind that Lifestealer might be infested in the initiating hero or that he can use Infest to escape


Win Rate 53.9%
Pick Rate 14.5%


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Corpse Eater

Win Rate: 55.3%

Pick Rate: 87.1%

Lifestealer gains 2 HP whenever he kills a unit.

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Win Rate: 44.1%

Pick Rate: 12.9%

Descend into a violent fury, gaining increased status and magic resistance. Applies a Strong Dispel and can be cast while disabled.







Cool Down


Mana Cost





Launch into a maddened rage, becoming Debuff Immune and increasing magic resistance. DISPEL TYPE: Basic Dispel


  • duration:3 / 4 / 5 / 6

  • magic resist:80

  • debuff immunity:1

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+1s Rage Duration

Cool Down

20 / 19 / 18 / 17

Mana Cost

80 / 100 / 120 / 140


Open Wounds

Lifestealer rends an enemy unit, slowing the victim's movement speed and allowing all allies to regain health for a percentage of the damage they deal to that unit. All damage dealt will steal life, including damage from spells. The victim recovers movement speed over the duration.

  • AFFECTS:unit



  • DEBUFF:yes

  • duration:7

  • slow steps:-50 / -50 / -40 / -30 / -20 / -10 / -10 / -10

  • heal percent:20 / 30 / 40 / 50

  • spread radius:700

  • slow tooltip:50

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+15% Open Wounds Slow

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+25% Open Wounds Lifesteal

Cool Down

30 / 25 / 20 / 15

Mana Cost


Ghoul Frenzy

Passively grants Lifestealer Movement and Attack Speed.

  • PASSIVE:Breakable


  • DEBUFF:yes

  • movement speed bonus:2 / 4 / 6 / 8

  • attack speed bonus:30 / 50 / 70 / 90

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+3% Ghoul Frenzy Movement Speed

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+50 Ghoul Frenzy Attack Speed



Lifestealer infests the body of a target unit, becoming undetectable, and healing for a portion of his max hitpoints every second while inside. He can then explode from the host body, dealing damage to nearby enemies. If the infested unit is an enemy creep or a neutral creep, he can take control of the unit's ability to move and attack. Does not work on enemy heroes. DISPEL TYPE: Basic Dispel

  • AFFECTS:unit


  • BUFF:yes

  • radius:700 / 700 / 700

  • damage:150 / 275 / 400

  • bonus movement speed:15 / 20 / 25

  • bonus health:400 / 800 / 1200

  • self regen:3 / 4 / 5

  • AbilityCastRange:150

Aghanim ScepterAghanim Shard

Aghanim`s Scepter Upgrade

Increases cast range and reduces cooldown to =20s. Infest may target enemy heroes for a short duration, disarming them and attacking them from the inside while increasing Lifestealer's regeneration rate.

  • self regen:+100%

  • infest duration enemy:5

  • AbilityCastRange:250

  • attack rate enemy:1.25

  • AbilityCooldown:=20

Aghanim ScepterAghanim Shard

Aghanim`s Shard Upgrade

Infest explosion applies a undefined duration Open Wounds to enemies in the damage radius.

  • open wounds duration pct:50

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+150 Infest Damage

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+15% Infest Target Movespeed/Health

Cool Down

80 / 65 / 50

Mana Cost

100 / 125 / 150


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+150 Infest Damage

+3% Ghoul Frenzy Movement Speed

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+50 Ghoul Frenzy Attack Speed

+15% Open Wounds Slow

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+15% Infest Target Movespeed/Health

+25% Open Wounds Lifesteal

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+1% Feast Lifesteal and Damage

+1s Rage Duration


In the dungeons of Devarque, a vengeful wizard lay in shackles, plotting his escape. He shared his cell with a gibbering creature known as N'aix, a thief cursed by the Vile Council with longevity, so that its life-sentence for theft and cozening might be as punishing as possible. Over the years, its chains had corroded, along with its sanity; N'aix retained no memory of its former life and no longer dreamt of escape. Seeing a perfect vessel for his plans, the wizard wove a spell of Infestation and cast his life-force into N'aix's body, intending to compel N'aix to sacrifice itself in a frenzy of violence while the mage returned to his body and crept away unnoticed. Instead, the wizard found his mind caught in a vortex of madness so powerful that it swept away his plans and shattered his will. Jarred to consciousness by the sudden infusion of fresh life, N'aix woke from its nightmare of madness and obeyed the disembodied voice that filled its skull, which had only the one thought: To escape. In that moment Lifestealer was born. The creature cast its mind into dungeon guards and soldiers, compelling them to open locks and cut down their companions, opening an unobstructed path to freedom while feeding on their lives. Lifestealer still wears the broken shackles as a warning that none may hold him, but on the inside remains a prisoner. Two minds inhabit the single form--a nameless creature of malevolent cunning, and the Master whose voice he pretends to obey.