Dota 2 Grimstroke Guide – Stun Multiple Enemies with Ink Swell

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Dota 2 Grimstroke Guide – Stun Multiple Enemies with Ink Swell

Find out how to stun multiple enemies with Ink Swell while playing Grimstroke in Dota 2.

People can use a variety of spells to stun heroes during battles in the strategy game. Dota 2 allows players to use abilities that can disable enemy heroes, letting allies close in on their opponents to get kills faster in team fights. 

Dota 2 players can nuke enemy heroes with spells like Ink Swell to stun multiple enemy units at a time. Intelligence heroes, such as Grimstroke, can stun enemies around a small radius to deal damage to them. Grimstroke can assist allies in killing dozens of heroes in a Dota 2 game using Ink Swell. 

Take a look at how you can use Ink Swell to stun multiple enemies with Grimstroke. 

Grimstroke – Stun Multiple Enemies with Ink Swell

Grimstroke disables enemy heroes using Ink Swell

Grimstroke is an Intelligence hero who can silence enemy heroes and stun his opponents with his skills. The ranged hero can nuke enemy creeps and enemy heroes to drain their health in lanes and prevent them from farming gold in Dota 2 matches. 

The support hero has a maximum range of 600 on his physical attacks. The extended range of his physical hits lets Grimstroke deny creeps in his lane. Denying creeps can frustrate enemy heroes, making them cast spells to counter Grimstroke during battles. 

Grimstroke can purchase a Magic Wand to help him cast his spells consistently in a lane. Magic Wand can be bought for 450 gold, letting most players equip it from the beginning of a match. The Intelligence hero gains 3 Intelligence, 3 Strength, and 3 Agility by purchasing a Magic Wand. You can restore up to 15 health and mana instantly to Grimstroke using a Magic Wand in team fights. 

Magic Wand gains a charge every time an enemy hero uses an ability around Grimstroke in a radius of 1200. The item can gain up to a maximum of 20 charges, making a Magic Wand highly effective for Grimstroke against other Intelligence heroes who can nuke their opponents in Dota 2. You can upgrade a Magic Wand to Holy Locket to increase the health of Grimstroke by 250 and increase his mana pool by 300. 

Grimstroke can head to the off lane to help carry heroes earn more gold. You can use the ranged attacks from Grimstroke to punish enemy heroes in the off lane, preventing them from farming their core items early in Dota 2 matches. You can purchase a Null Talisman and have it delivered by a courier to the off lane to gain more mana for Grimstroke. 

Items like a Null Talisman and a Magic Wand will allow Grimstroke to cast Ink Swell several times to stun enemy heroes before taking down the first enemy tower in the off lane. Ink Swell can be used on an allied unit by Grimstroke to stun enemy heroes around the targeted ally for 1.1 seconds at level one. 

Allies who have Ink Swell cast on them at the start of a game by Grimstroke gain a 12% increase in their movement speed. Grimstroke has a cast range of 400 for Ink Swell, providing him plenty of distance to use the ability on allies. Enemy units hit by Ink Swell take up to 90 damage with one level of the spell. 

You can max out Ink Swell to cast the ability on allied units who are up to 775 distance away from Grimstroke. Ink Swell can deal up to 360 damage to all enemy units around an ally in a radius of 375 at level 4. Enemy units affected by level 4 of Ink Swell can be stunned for 3.5 seconds. 

Grimstroke can time his abilities to stun multiple enemies using Ink Swell to obliterate opponents in team fights. Ink Swell has a cooldown of 18 seconds and consumes 150 mana to be used in the game. You can reduce the cooldown of Ink Swell by 5 seconds at level 10 through the Talent Tree.  

The ranged hero can cast Stroke of Fate to deal a base damage of 280 to all enemy units in a distance of 1400. The increased cast range of Stroke of Fate enables Grimstroke to hit multiple enemy heroes with minimal effort in Dota 2. Stroke of Fate deals an additional 50 damage per enemy unit it comes in contact with. Enemy units affected by Stroke of Fate have their movement speed slowed by 80% for 1.8 seconds. Stroke of Fate has a cooldown of 5 seconds and requires 130 mana
per cast. 

Grimstroke can use Phantom’s Embrace to silence an enemy unit. Phantom’s Embrace latches onto an enemy unit, preventing them from using any of their spells for 5 seconds. Enemy units affected by Phantom’s Embrace take up to 40 damage per second (DPS) and an additional 360 damage at the end of the duration. Phantom’s Embrace can be destroyed by using physical attacks. Grimstroke can cast Phantom’s Embrace once every 18 seconds and needs 140 mana to use it on an
enemy unit. 

The Intelligence hero can cast his ulti, Soulbind, to tie 2 enemy heroes together for up to 8 seconds. Any spell cast on either of the 2 bound heroes is cast on the other hero as well while Soulbind is active. Grimstroke’s ulti has a cooldown of 50 seconds and consumes 250 mana. 

You can use Soulbind to prevent enemy heroes from fleeing battles. Grimstroke can use Ink Swell on allies who enter combat to stun enemies around them for easy assists in the game. Ink Swell can disable more than one enemy hero at a time, making Grimstroke an integral part of the team during battles in Dota 2. 

Items to Buy for Grimstroke

Veil of Discord

Veil of Discord provides 5 Intelligence, 5 Agility, and 5 Strength to the Intelligence hero. Grimstroke can grant allies in a radius of 1200 with an increased mana regeneration rate of 1.75 with Basilius Aura using Veil of Discord. The support hero can cast Magic Weakness on enemy units in a radius of 600 to deal an additional 18% damage from magical spells. 

Magic Weakness lasts for up to 16 seconds. Veil of Discord has a cooldown of 22 seconds and requires 50 mana to be used in the game. You can purchase a Veil of Discord for 1525 gold in Dota 2. 

Glimmer Cape

Glimmer Cape is an item that can be bought for 1950 gold in the strategy game. Grimstroke gains 20% magic resistance with Glimmer Cape. The support hero can turn invisible between battles using Glimmer Cape to cast spells without being detected. 

Grimstroke can become invisible for up to 5 seconds using Glimmer Cape. The Intelligence hero gains an additional 50% magic resistance while he is invisible. Glimmer Cape has a cooldown of 14 seconds and needs 90 mana. 

Aether Lens

Aether Lens grants 300 mana and 2.5 mana regeneration to Grimstroke. The Intelligence hero can extend the cast range of all his spells and items by 225 after purchasing Aether Lens in the game. The item costs 2275 gold in the game. You can stun more enemies using Ink Swell while playing Grimstroke by equipping Aether Lens in your inventory. 


Dagon can be purchased for 2700 gold. Grimstroke gains 14 Intelligence, 6 Strength, and 6 Agility by purchasing a Dagon in Dota 2. The Intelligence hero can use Dagon to deal 400 damage in an instant. You can upgrade Dagon up to 4 times after buying the recipe. A level 4 Dagon can deal 800 damage to enemy heroes. 

You can destroy enemy heroes stunned by Ink Swell by casting Dagon on them. Grimstroke can nuke his opponents using Stroke of Fate before casting Ink Swell and Dagon to annihilate them in battles. Dagon has a cooldown of 15 seconds and consumes 200 mana. 

Scythe of Vyse

Scythe of Vyse provides 35 Intelligence, 10 Strength, 10 Agility, and 9 mana regeneration to the ranged hero. Grimstroke can cast Hex using Scythe of Vyse to disable enemy heroes for up to 3.5 seconds. Enemy units affected by Scythe of Vyse will not be able to cast spells or attack your allies for the duration of the spell. Scythe of Vyse has a cooldown of 20 seconds and requires 250 mana per cast. 

Best Allies for Grimstroke

Legion Commander

Legion Commander gets easy kills after being cast with Ink Swell in battles

Legion Commander is a carry hero who gets stronger with each battle she fights in Dota 2. People can pick Legion Commander to kill more enemy heroes while teaming up with Grimstroke. Legion Commander has a base attack damage of 60 – 64, making her an admirable ally after spawning into the game.

Grimstroke can cast Ink Swell on Legion Commander to grant her bonus movement speed to chase enemy heroes. Legion Commander has a base movement speed of 330, letting her get to battles faster on foot. The carry hero can let Grimstroke cast Ink Swell on her before using a Blink Dagger to initiate team fights in Dota 2. 

The melee hero gains 140 bonus attack speed and 60 health regeneration for up to 5 seconds using Press The Attack. Legion Commander can use Press The Attack once every 13 seconds and requires 110 mana. 

Legion Commander has a 25% chance to regain 85% of her attack damage using Moment of Courage. The passive ability, Moment of Courage, has a cooldown of 0.7 seconds. Grimstroke can use Stroke of Fate on enemy heroes to slow them down while Legion Commander can get closer to cast her ulti, Duel. 

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