Troll Warlord

dota 2 troll

Jah’rakal, the Troll Warlord, is a ranged agility hero able to output mighty damage competitively at range and in melee. His Berserker’s Rage gives him the unique ability to change his attack position from ranged to melee and back at will as the situation warrants. When in close combat, his stats are increased accordingly: he gains bonus armor, movement speed, reduced base attack time, and the ability to root. Not only does this greatly improve the Troll Warlord, but allows him to overpower most other carries, as well as permanently ensnare a target for extended amounts of time. The Troll Warlord is an axe specialist, using them in his unique Whirling Axes, which has two variations: the first is available to his ranged form wherein he throws axes in a cone formation to damage and slow enemies. The second is available to his melee form, whirling axes around himself in a small radius to damage and blind nearby enemies. In keeping with his savage nature, Fervor builds up the Warlord’s momentum, granting him attack speed with each consecutive hit on the same target, though the momentum is lost upon switching targets. His Ultimate, Battle Trance, increases his attack speed further, boosts his movement speed, prevents death and grants lifesteal at the expense of almost complete loss of control when enemies are nearby, mindlessly attacking them. Notorious for his superbly fast attack speed that can be matched by few, Jah’rakal is truly a force to be reckoned with.


Jah’rakal, the Troll Warlord


▶️ “I suffer the innocents and guilty alike. There are no innocents.”

It’s an easy thing to offend a troll. A prickly and contentious race, trolls thrive on argument and strife, missing no excuse to raise their voices in dispute. Males grow to maturity in subterranean chambers beneath their matriarch’s domicile, feeding and amusing themselves while contributing nothing. Often they stay for years beyond the age of maturity, while the matriarch provides them with sustenance. When young trolls are finally pushed from their sub-chamber, they gather with others of their kind, forming roving gangs of malcontents who complain loudly about all manner of vexation.

As much as trolls love to argue, imagine how rare it is for a troll to be driven from his own kind for being too difficult to get along with. Such was Jah’rakal’s fate, a monger troll from deep in the Hoven. So deluded was he, so bitter and abrasive, that even other trolls found his company intolerable. After one particularly vitriolic outburst in which he claimed the lion’s share of loot from their latest raid, his cohorts finally snapped. They turned on him, beat him with clubs, and drove him from the encampment. Enraged at his banishment, he returned the next day, armed with steel, and slew them all, one by one. He then swore a blood oath: he would ever after be a fighting force unto himself. Now he roams the world as the Troll Warlord, bitter and angry, the Imperial high commander of an army of one.


Berserker’s Rage ability icon while active.

While active, Troll Warlord swaps from using ranged to melee attacks. Melee attacks have a chance to ensnare, preventing the target from moving or using mobility spells. Berserker’s Rage also grants additional movement speed, armor, and decreases base attack time.

Whirling Axes has different functionality while Berserker’s Rage is active.

Cast Animation: 0+0

Armor Bonus: 4/5/6/7 ( 11/12/13/14)

Move Speed Bonus: 15/25/35/45 ( 40/50/60/70)

Attack Range Loss: 350

Base Attack Time: 1.45

Root Chance: 14%/16%/18%/20%

Root Duration: 0.8/1.2/1.6/2



The rooting is disabled, all other components are not.

Melee illusions cannot root.


modifier_troll_warlord_berserkers_rage: Undispellable. Persists death.

modifier_troll_warlord_berserkers_rage_ensnare: Dispellable with any dispel.

Ability Draft Notes:

This ability is not available in Ability Draft.

Like his anger, Troll Warlord’s supply of axes is infinite.


  • Does not interrupt Troll Warlord’s channeling abilities upon toggling.
  • When toggling On while a ranged projectile is airborne, the projectile is treated as a melee attack by items, but it does not proc Berserker’s Rage’s root chance.
    • These attacks landed are also considered as melee attacks, and therefore using melee values (i.e. can cleave, bash etc.).
    • However, Quelling Blade uses the ranged values if Troll Warlord is in ranged form at the start of the projectile.
  • Berserker’s Rage melee and ranged form persists through Troll Warlord’s death. He respawns with the same form as he dies.
  • The root proccing attack first applies the debuff, then its own damage.
    • Provides True Sight over the target for its duration.
    • Berserker’s Rage’s proc chance uses pseudo-random distribution.
  • The root does not work against allied units, wards and buildings.
  • When toggled Off, all changes are reverted and he becomes a ranged unit again.

Troll hurls a fistful of five axes in a cone shape over 950 range, slowing and damaging enemy units.

Cast Animation: 0.2+0

Cast Range: 950

Axes Travel Distance: 950

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Axes Radius: 100

Axes Spread End Radius: 206.17

Damage: 90 ( 180)

Move Speed Slow: 40%

Slow Duration: 2.5/3/3.5/4

9 4)

60 30)

Causes Ranged Axes to dispel enemies. Reduces cooldown and manacost.

Slow persists if debuff was placed before spell immunity and when not dispelled.


modifier_troll_warlord_whirling_axes_slow: Dispellable with any dispel.

Ability Draft Notes:

Both Whirling Axes abilities are separate, stand-alone abilities that can be drafted and leveled up independently.

Only axes fueled by hate whirl with such a deadly spin.




Troll hurls two axes around him in a close range area of effect, damaging enemy units and causing them to miss some attacks.

Cast Animation: 0+0

Spin Radius: 350

Axes Radius: 100

Damage: 50/100/150/200 ( 140/190/240/290)

Miss Chance: 60%

Blind Duration: 5

Whirl Duration: 3

9 4)

50 25)

Causes Melee Axes to dispel Troll Warlord. Reduces cooldown and manacost.

Blind effect persists if debuff was placed before spell immunity and when not dispelled.


modifier_troll_warlord_whirling_axes_melee: Dispellable with death only.

modifier_troll_warlord_axe_invulnerable: Undispellable. Persists death.

modifier_troll_warlord_whirling_axes_blind: Dispellable with any dispel.

Ability Draft Notes:

Both Whirling Axes abilities are separate, stand-alone abilities that can be drafted and leveled up independently.

With each continuous blow on the same target, Troll gains increased attack speed. If Troll changes targets, the stacks drop to zero.

Max Stacks: 12

Attack Speed Bonus per Stack: 15/20/25/30 ( 20/25/30/35)

Does not prevent gaining new stacks. Nullifies the bonus attack speed of all stacks.


modifier_troll_warlord_fervor: Dispellable with death only.

If at first you don’t succeed, strike, strike again.


  • Troll Warlord gains or loses stacks as soon as his attacks land on the target.
    • This means that missed or disjointed attacks do not count, and in ranged form, it reacts on projectile hit, not on launch.
  • This is how much attack speed Fervor grants with a certain amount of stacks on each level.
    • Level 1: 15/30/45/60/75/90/105/120/135/150/165/180
    • Level 2: 20/40/60/80/100/120/140/160/180/200/220/240
    • Level 3: 25/50/75/100/125/150/175/200/225/250/275/300
    • Level 4: 30/60/90/120/150/180/210/240/270/300/330/360
    • At level 4 with the attack speed bonus increasing talent, Ferver grants 35/70/105/140/175/210/245/280/315/350/385/420 attack speed bonus per stack.
  • When already having stacks, the first attack against a new target removes the previous stacks, without granting a new stack.
  • Fervor works against any unit, including allies, wards and buildings.



Global active. Grants all allied heroes 70 Attack Speed or 25% Status Resistance for 5 seconds based on whichever stance Troll is currently in. Ranged provides attack speed and melee provides status resistance.

Cast Animation: 0+0

Radius: Global

Attack Speed Bonus (Ranged): 70

Status Resistance Bonus (Melee): 25%

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Duration: 5




modifier_troll_warlord_rampage: Dispellable with any dispel.

Ability Draft Notes:

Troll unleashes a powerful battle trance, that forces you to continuously attack the closest enemy unit within 900 range, prioritizing heroes. Damage does not kill you during this mode. Grants you bonus lifesteal, attack speed and movement speed. Applies a Basic Dispel.

Cast Animation: 0+0.5

Enemy Search Radius: 900

Lifesteal: 40%/60%/80%

Self Move Speed Bonus: 25%/30%/35%

Self Attack Speed Bonus: 140/170/200

Duration: 6.5 ( 8.5)



Grants a new ability: Rampage.


modifier_troll_warlord_battle_trance: Dispellable with death only.

modifier_troll_warlord_battle_trance_aura: Undispellable. Persists death.

An adrenaline rush of pure hatred quickens your blades.


  • Battle Trance interrupts Troll Warlord’s channeling abilities upon cast.
  • Applies a basic dispel on Troll Warlord upon cast.
  • Battle Trance first applies the buff, then the dispel.
  • When cast while not attacking, Troll Warlord automatically chooses an attack target within the search radius.
    • Prioritizes heroes over other units. Uses ◉ Standard auto-attack rules to decide for attack targets.
    • Does not target Roshan, buildings, wards, allies, invulnerable or attack immune enemies.
  • When cast while already attacking a target, Troll Warlord sticks to that target, even if it is Roshan, buildings, wards, or an ally.
    • He only switches the current attack target when it becomes unattackable (turns invulnerable or attack immune, or dies).
  • Grants shared vision over the current attack target as long as he stays within 900 range of the target, revealing it through the Fog of War. Does not provide True Sight.
  • While attacking, Troll Warlord becomes almost fully uncontrollable. He is hasted, fully ignoring movement speed slows, and completely ignores taunts.
  • Prevents Troll Warlord from dying by setting his minimum health to 1.
  • Damage taken is technically not reduced, so any damage event still registers the full damage.
  • The Battle Trance strong dispel talent turns the basic dispel into a strong dispel.
    • Also allows Battle Trance to be cast while stunned, cycloned, taunted, slept, hidden, or during Forced Movement.
    • Does not allow it from being cast while silenced, hexed or prevented from acting.
    • Troll Warlord is unable to ⇧ Shift-queue this ability upon learning the talent.



  • This attack damage talent is added as bonus attack damage.
    • Does not benefit illusions and is not affected by most percentage-based damage increasing or reducing effects.
  • The evasion talent stacks multiplicatively with other sources of evasion.

Recent Changes[]

Grants all allied heroes on the map attack speed if Troll Warlord is in his ranged form, or status resistance if he is in his melee form.

Cast time: 0
Radius: Global
Attack speed bonus: 70
Status resistance bonus: 25%
Duration: 5
Mana cost: 75
Cooldown: 80
Notes: Affects Troll Warlord himself as well.
  • Talents:
Level 10 left talent: +200 health increased to +225.
Level 10 right talent: +8 agility reduced to +7.

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  • Jah’rakal’s lore and certain dialogue lines make several references to Internet trolls, a type of identity or role assumed by certain Internet users.
  • Troll Warlord’s alternate name in DotA was Cory Clark a nod to the famous internet troll.
  • Battle Trance’s ▶️ sound effect is based on ▶️ this and ▶️ this line combined.
  • Troll Warlord’s rare Whirling Axes cast response ▶️Axes of evil.” is a reference to the term “axis of evil” which former U.S. president George W. Bush coined and used many times during his presidency.


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