Dota 2 Terrorblade Guide

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Dota 2 Terrorblade Guide

Harness the boundless demonic energy and strike terror into the hearts of your enemies with our Dota 2 Terrorblade Guide

Terrorblade (TB), the demon marauder, is renowned for his ability to wreak havoc on the battlefield with his high-damage illusions and metamorphosis power. As a unique Hero in Dota 2, TB combines his mirror image and metamorphosis skills to create powerful illusions capable of annihilating enemy Heroes and structures. 

Terrorblade is a melee/range Agility Hero with a starting HP of 472 and a Mana pool of 303. He deals 52-58 damage per hit and has a movement speed of 315. But what's most impressive about TB is that he has a starting armor of 8.7, which is the highest in the game.

TB is almost always played as a carry because of his substantial damage output and significant farming speed. With proper farm, he becomes a late-game powerhouse. But mastering him requires deep knowledge of his abilities and the correct execution of his skills.


Dota 2 Terrorblade Guide

To learn how to play with the Demon Lord, let's explore each of Terrorblade's abilities in detail.

  • Reflection – Terrorblade projects a dark reflection of all enemy Heroes in a target area. These reflections mimic the enemies' movements and attack them for a percentage of their damage. Reflection lasts for 5 seconds and does not pierce spell immunity. It deals 55% damage at level 1 and 100% damage at max level.

  • Conjure Image – TB creates an illusion of himself. This illusion deals a fraction of his damage and receives extra damage. The duration of the illusion is 34 seconds. It deals 30% damage at level 1, increasing to 60% at the max level. The illusion takes 300% of incoming damage.

  • Metamorphosis – Terrorblade transforms into a powerful demon with a ranged attack. While in this form, he can create illusions that also possess the metamorphosis form. Metamorphosis lasts for 35 seconds at level 1 and 50 seconds at level 4. Tb gets an added bonus damage of 60 per hit at max level. Casting this ability ends Demon Zeal prematurely. This ability can be upgraded by Aghanim’s Scepter.

    • Aghanim’s Scepter Upgrade (Terror Wave) – Causes a wave to spread out in all directions, turning enemy Heroes into Feared at impact and briefly granting TB Metamorphosis. Fear duration is 2 seconds, and Metamorphosis lasts for 10 seconds.

  • Sunder – TB’s ultimate ability, Sunder, allows him to swap health percentages with an enemy or allied Hero, disregarding the base and bonus health points. Sunder has a cooldown of only 40 seconds at max level. So it can be used often in the late game.

    • Aghanim’s Shard Upgrade (Demon Zeal) – Casting this spell will use some of TB’s current HP to give you extra movement and attack speed of 100. He creates a 1200 radius aura which grants his illusions Demon Zeal as well. It’s duration is 30 seconds, but Casting Metamorphosis or Terror Wave ends this ability early.


Let’s look at the talents Terrorblade can choose from as he levels up.

  • Level 10 – +10% Conjure Image Damage or -3s Reflection Cooldown
  • Level 15 – +10% Reflection Slow/Damage or +300 Health
  • Level 20 – +10s Conjure Image Duration or +10 All Stats
  • Level 25 – +20s Metamorphosis Duration or -30s Sunder Cooldown

Dota 2 Terrorblade Guide – Tips

Positioning, timing, and decision-making play vital roles when playing this Hero. In the laning phase, Terrorblade's Conjure Image can be used to disrupt enemy's last hits or to control the lane's equilibrium. Reflection can be a powerful harassment tool against Heroes reliant on their attack damage. Metamorphosis gives you incredible damage output, but it has a long cooldown. This ability should be used strategically during fights or to push towers. Sunder can be a game-changer in close fights.

Since TB is mostly played as a carry, it is important to farm efficiently. Use your illusions to farm jungle camps and push lanes while you secure farm elsewhere on the map. A common strategy is to use Metamorphosis in conjunction with Conjure Image, creating powerful illusions that can deal high damage.

With TB, you need to farm fast and make sure to become a beast in the late game. To do that, you will need physical damage dealing items like Power Treads, Manta Style, and Eye of Skadi. Black King Bar, Daedalus, and Silver Edge are also important items. Sometimes you might have to buy Satanic and Assault Cuirass depending on the game.

Dota 2 Terrorblade – Pros and Cons

Terrorblade, like all Dota 2 Heroes, has his strengths and weaknesses.


  • High armor and agility
  • Fast farmer with illusions
  • High physical damage output in Metamorphosis form
  • Sunder can change the outcome of fights
  • Strong late-game presence


  • Vulnerable to magical damage
  • Metamorphosis has a long cooldown
  • Sunder requires careful positioning and timing
  • Struggles against illusion counters 

How to Play Terrorblade

Playing Terrorblade requires understanding his power spikes and leveraging them appropriately throughout the game. Here's a more detailed breakdown of how to play TB during different phases of the game.

Starting Items

As you head into the battlefield, start your journey with a Tango, Quelling Blade, and Iron Branches for some basic regeneration and damage. Additionally, you can get a couple of Slippers of Agility that will not only give you an edge in terms of damage but also build into your early Wraith Bands. Buy a faerie fire for some instant HP regen.

Early Game

In the early game, you should primarily focus on securing last hits and surviving the lane. Thanks to his high base armor and damage, contesting last hits should be manageable. With the help of his Conjure Image, maintaining lane control and accelerating farm becomes much more accessible. 

You should aim to build a Wraith Band for beneficial stats, Power Treads for increased attack speed and flexibility in stats, and a Magic Wand for burst health and Mana regeneration.


As you transition into the mid-game, your goal shifts towards farming efficiently while participating in pivotal team fights when your Metamorphosis is up. A smart Terrorblade player will leverage his illusions to farm jungle camps while pushing lanes with the main Hero. 

The key items to build during this phase are Manta Style and Dragon Lance. Manta Style allows you to create more illusions and offers a useful way to dispel some debuffs and dodge certain abilities. On the other hand, Dragon Lance enhances your attack range during Metamorphosis, providing him with a much-needed edge in skirmishes and team fights. You can also buy a Black King Bar if the enemy has a high magic damage lineup.

Late Game

In the late game, a well-farmed TB becomes a threatening presence on the battlefield. The ability to Sunder health with your allies or enemies can create game-changing moments, particularly in late-game high-stakes team fights. Just remember to use it wisely and time it right.

With items such as Eye of Skadi for durability and control, Butterfly for evasiveness and damage, and Satanic for lifesteal and survivability, you can turn the tides of battle. Upgrade your Dragon Lance into Hurricane Pike and buy a Refresher Orb as the last item to become fully 6-slotted. If the game goes above 60 minutes, you can sell your Boots to buy a Swift Blink for better positioning.

Dota 2 Terrorblade Counters

Dealing with TB can be challenging, but certain Heroes have abilities that can exploit his vulnerabilities. Here are the top 4 counters of his.

  • Zeus – Zeus's high magical damage can cut through TB's impressive armor. With his abilities, like Arc Lightning and Lightning Bolt, he can quickly burst down TB, and his ultimate, Thundergod's Wrath, can target TB no matter where he is on the map. 
  • Timbersaw – Timbersaw's Whirling Death ability reduces Terrorblade’s primary attribute, weakening his overall damage output and making him much easier to kill. Also, Timber's high burst magic damage and durability make him a formidable adversary for TB. 
  • Tinker – Tinker's magical burst damage can heavily pressure TB. Laser's miss chance can significantly hinder his ability to last hit and fight effectively. Also, March of the Machines provides excellent area denial, limiting his farming space. 
  • Earthshaker – Earthshaker excels at punishing illusion-based Heroes like TB. His Echo Slam ability deals more damage based on the number of units present in the vicinity, meaning Terrorblade's illusions only amplify Earthshaker's potential damage output.


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Dota 2 Terrorblade Guide
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