How to: Use Nevermore or Shadow Fiend in DotA?

29 Jan

The Shadow Fiend (Nevermore)
Nevermore Shadow Fiend Item Skill Guide

Nevermore the Shadow Fiend, one of the demons of burning legion who eats cunning souls of the deep. Nevermore is one of the most powerful shadow fiend that consumes all helpless souls around him. Nevermore is not just an ordinary fiend for he can blast you with his powerful spiritual spells and decaying enchantments. Few have survived his doom, and those who come forth shall perish with his existance.

Nevermore has a normal starting stat like the other heroes.
movespeed: 300
atack range: 500
strenght: 15 ; +2.0/level
agility: 20 ; +2.4/level
intelligence: 18 ; +2.0/level
hit points: 435
mana points: 234
damage: 35-41
armor: 1.8

In game, Nevermore is one of the most picked hero in all other dota heroes. Nevermore has very strong nuke spell called Shadowraze, which has 3 kind of range, using C,X,Z. All other skills except for his ultimate Requiem of Souls are passive but not just passive they are freaking passive skills.

List of skills

Skill Build:
LvL 1: Necromastery
LvL 2: Shadowraze
LvL 3: Shadowraze
LvL 4: Necromastery
LvL 5: Shadowraze
LvL 6: Necromastery
LvL 7: Shadowraze
LvL 8: Necromastery
LvL 9: Requiem of Souls
LvL 10: Stats
LvL 11: Requiem of Souls
LvL 12-15: Stats
LvL 16: Requiem of Souls
LvL 17-20: Presence of the Dark Lord
LvL 21-25: Stats
You wonder why this is my skill build, no Requiem of Souls in level 6, coz you don’t really need it. All you need is Shadowraze max at level four also with Necromastery asap.

How to play Nevermore
Fresh start while having the first batch of creeps, go buy few tangos, 2 clarity potion and some woods. after minutes, buy magic bottle and a chicken which is a big help for life regen because you can travel your chicken from your position to your base (making it a crow is much more effective, specially if powerup is on). later on, go buy boots of travel and few bracers, ofcource don’t buy 2 boots because its not stackable even if nevermoe has no foot at all.

In Mid game, go buy Dagger of Escape or kelen’s dagger in dota 6.50, 6.50c. 6.51, this dagger is your escape item or best support item also. if you got all this stuff, go for more power items and distrupter items like Difuzal Blade, Black King Bar as a counter item or Ultimate Orbs for owning the game. You can also buy Hood of Defiance as a counter item for all skill nukers. Other power killing items for Nevermore is Sange and Yasha, Stygian Desolator. For 5v5, go to Lothar’s edge which you can sneak in then Requiem of Souls everyone which some oldschool players do.


Gives the Shadow Fiend the power to desecrate regions in front of him at varying distances.

Level 1 – 75 damage
Level 2 – 150 damage
Level 3 – 225 damage
Level 4 – 300 damage

Cooldown: 10 seconds.

Level 1: 75 mana, 10 sec cooldown.
Level 2: 75 mana, 10 sec cooldown.
Level 3: 75 mana, 10 sec cooldown.
Level 4: 75 mana, 10 sec cooldown.


Whenever the Shadow Fiend kills a target, he stores the unfortunate soul inside of him. For each stored soul he gains 2 bonus damage until his own death releases half of them from bondage.

Level 1 – 16 damage limit.
Level 2 – 30 damage limit.
Level 3 – 46 damage limit.
Level 4 – 60 damage limit.


Presence of the Dark Lord

The presence of such a horrible creature terrifies nearby enemies, reducing their armor.

Level 1 – 1 armor reduction.
Level 2 – 2 armor reduction.
Level 3 – 3 armor reduction.
Level 4 – 4 armor reduction.


Requiem of Souls

Summons evil spirits around you dealing damage to units in the area. Number of spirits is related to the number of souls stored and the movement/damage reduction is related to the distance from the Shadow Fiend. Lowers movement speed and damage of nearby units. The closer the units are the greater the effect.

Cooldown: 120/110/100 seconds.

Level 1: 150 mana, 120 sec cooldown.
Level 2: 175 mana, 110 sec cooldown.
Level 3: 200 mana, 100 sec cooldown

For late game items i’ll go for
Eye of Skady
Linken Sphere
Satanic or Heart
Monkey King Bar or Buriza or Butterfly
Also Add Cuirass if you can manage to buy them all, if you do you will rock the game killing your opponent even in their base.

Other Notes: This post originally came from Darren.

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Posted by on January 29, 2011 in Gaming, Guides


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