Dota 2 Timbersaw Guide – Reduce Incoming Damage with Reactive Armor

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Dota 2 Timbersaw Guide – Reduce Incoming Damage with Reactive Armor

Here’s how you can reduce the damage from incoming attacks using Reactive Armor while playing Timbersaw in Dota 2.


A ton of Dota 2 players are pairing up with their friends to fight people online in exciting 5v5 matches. The massively multiplayer game is providing loads of new skins for your favorite heroes to wear during the start of the new year. 

2023 promises to bring hundreds of hours of gameplay to entertain Dota 2 players throughout the year in the coming days. You’ll need to learn a few strategies to prevent taking damage in battles and to assist your teammates in defeating enemy heroes online. 

There are dozens of Strength, Agility, and Intelligence heroes to choose from in Dota 2. These heroes can help you kill enemy creeps, destroy enemy towers, and take down the Ancient structure near the fountain. 

Take a look at this detailed guide on how you can reduce incoming damage by leveling up Reactive Armor with Timbersaw. 

How to Reduce Incoming Damage using Reactive Armor
with Timbersaw

Timbersaw latches onto trees using Timber Chain

Timbersaw is a Strength hero who can take a considerable amount of damage during team fights. His increased durability makes Timbersaw a strong pick in most games in Dota 2. He can use his abilities to latch onto trees and deal Pure damage to enemy heroes with his magical spells. 

The tank hero can move fast on the map to assist allies in different lanes. Timbersaw can enter battles and strike his opponents with a number of spells to drain their health. He has a base HP of 700, allowing Timbersaw to stay longer in lanes without having to return to the fountain to restore his health and mana. 

Reactive Armor is an ability that grants Timbersaw several boosts to his armor and health regeneration rate. Timbersaw gains 0.5 armor and 0.4 regeneration rate per hit at level one of Reactive Armor. These bonuses can be stacked for up 10 times and lasts for 10 seconds by taking at least one level of Reactive Armor in the game. 

The passive ability, Reactive Armor, provides 0.8 bonus armor and 0.7 bonus health regeneration rate at level 4. A maxed out Reactive Armor can be stacked for up to 40 times, turning Timbersaw into a frightening Strength hero during battles in the strategy game. These bonuses can last for up to 16 seconds after leveling up Reactive Armor completely. 

You can head toward the safe lane after choosing Timbersaw in Dota 2 matches. The safe lane has a number of neutral creep camps that can be used to pull creeps away from enemies. Timbersaw can tank several hits from neutral creeps to increase his health regeneration rate while farming in the safe lane. 

Dota 2 players can purchase early game items, such as, Tranquil Boots and Magic Wand to further boost the health regeneration rate of Timbersaw. People playing Timbersaw can reach level 10 before the first few minutes of the game to either increase their health by 200 or gain a bonus mana regeneration rate of 1.5. You can increase the maximum number of stacks and duration of Reactive Armor by 6 at level 15 through the Talent Tree. 

Timbersaw can chop trees instantly using Whirling Death. Enemy units hit by Whirling Death can take up to 200 Pure damage. You can use Whirling Death to destroy nearby trees. Each tree destroyed using Whirling Death deals 32 Pure damage to enemy units in a radius of 325. Whirling Death has a cooldown of 6 seconds and consumes 80 mana per cast. 

The Strength hero can travel far distances using Timber Chain. You can cast Timber Chain to latch onto a tree and pull yourself toward that location while playing Timbersaw. Timber Chain has a maximum range of 1200. 

Timbersaw can easily make his way around the lane using Timber Chain in Dota 2 games. All enemy units around Timbersaw in a radius of 225 can take up to 220 Pure damage. Timber Chain has a cooldown of 4 seconds and requires 90 mana. You can extend the range of Timber Chain by 1125 after reaching level 25 with Timbersaw. 

His ulti, Chakram, can be used to cut through trees on the map. Any opponent who is hit by Chakram will have their movement speed reduced during battles. Chakram deals an initial damage of 200 while passing through enemy units in the game. Timbersaw can deal 100 Pure damage per second (DPS) to his enemies using his ulti. 

Chakram has a cooldown of 8 seconds and needs 175 mana. Timbersaw will not be able to attack while Chakram is active. The Strength hero can retract Chakram at any time during team fights. You can use Chakram after using Timber Chain to avoid chopping down trees that can be used to move in the game. 

Items to buy for Timbersaw

Tranquil Boots 

Tranquil Boots can be bought for 925 gold. Timbersaw gains 65 movement speed and 14 health regeneration rate by purchasing Tranquil Boots. Timbersaw has a base movement speed of 290, gaining adequate speed after equipping Tranquil Boots in his inventory. The low cost of Tranquil Boots makes the item a priority while farming in the lane with Timbersaw. 

Aether Lens

Aether Lens provides 300 mana and 2.5 mana regeneration to Timbersaw. The item increases the range of Timbersaw’s items and spells by 225. You can upgrade Aether Lens to an Octarine Core later in the game to reduce the cooldown of Timber’s abilities and items by 25%. 

Spirit Vessel

Spirit Vessel provides 250 health, 2 armor, 2 Strength, 2 Agility, 2 Intelligence, and 1.75 mana regeneration to Timbersaw. You can purchase Spirit Vessel for 2980 gold in the game. Spirit Vessel can be used to cast Soul Release on allies and enemies. 

Timbersaw can deal up to 35 DPS for up to 8 seconds to enemy units by casting Soul Release on them. Enemy units affected by Soul Release have their max health reduced by 4% and their health regeneration rate reduced by 45%. Spirit Vessel has a cooldown of 7 seconds. Timbersaw can also restore up to 40 health per second for 8 seconds by using Spirit Vessel on his allies.  

Aeon Disk

Aeon Disk grants 250 health and 300 mana to Timbersaw. It can cost players 3000 gold to make an Aeon Disk for the Strength hero in Dota 2. An Aeon Disk can be triggered to turn on Combo Breaker after the health of Timbersaw falls below 70% in the game. 

Combo Breaker is a passive ability provided by Aeon Disk that protects Timbersaw against damage. Once the item is triggered, all incoming damage is reduced by 100% for 2.5 seconds. It also provides a 75% status resistance for the duration of Combo Breaker. The passive ability has a cooldown of 165 seconds.

Pipe of Insight

Pipe of Insight provides 30% magic resistance and 8.5 health regeneration rate to the Strength hero. You can purchase a Pipe of Insight for 3475 gold in the game. Timbersaw can guard his allies from magical damage by casting Barrier using a Pipe of Insight. 

Barrier affects all allied units in a radius of 1200. Allies can absorb up to 450 damage from incoming spells using Barrier after Timbersaw activates a Pipe of Insight during team fights. Barrier lasts for 12 seconds. It has a cooldown of 60 seconds and consumes 100 mana. 

Timbersaw also provides a bonus 2.5 health regeneration rate and 15% magic resistance to all of his allies in a 1200 radius by equipping a Pipe of Insight. It can significantly reduce incoming damage taken by Timbersaw and his teammates, along with Reactive Armor, during battles in Dota 2. 

Best Allies for Timbersaw

Lich

Lich uses Frost Shield on Timbersaw

Lich can use his skills to shield Timbersaw from incoming attacks. His spells can be cast on Timbersaw to increase the effectiveness of Reactive Armor during team fights. Lich can slow the movement speed of his enemies, allowing Timbersaw to move into battles and deal Pure damage to the enemy team. 

Allies can protect Timbersaw in the game by casting Frost Shield while playing Lich. Timbersaw will have 60% damage reduction from all incoming attacks after having Frost Shield cast on him. Enemy units around Timbersaw will have their movement speed slowed by 35%. 

Frost Shield deals up to 50 DPS to enemy units moving close to Timbersaw for 8 seconds. It can also be used on towers to defend them against enemy heroes in Dota 2. Frost Shield has a cooldown of 15 seconds and consumes 130 mana. 

Teammates can plant a few Observer Wards on the map to provide vision to Timbersaw while roaming with Lich. The Intelligence hero can signal Timbersaw to move into position after spotting enemy heroes. Allies can stay close to Timbersaw for easy kills. 

Lich can cast his ulti, Chain Frost, to deal 550 damage per bounce. Chain Frost can bounce off of a maximum of 10 times after being cast in the game. Lich’s ulti will also restrict the movement speed of enemy heroes by 65% and reduce the attack speed of enemy heroes by 65 for 2.5 seconds. Chain Frost has a cooldown of 60 seconds and requires 420 mana. 

Omniknight

Omniknight restores health to Timbersaw

Omniknight is a durable Strength hero to help Timbersaw regain health during battles. Allies playing Omniknight can cast Purification to restore 300 health to Timbersaw. Purification has a cooldown of 12 seconds and consumes 125 mana.  Omniknight can also cast Heavenly Grace to guard Timbersaw from death while fighting enemies in the game. 

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