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Mini-Guide DOTA 2: Magnus – The great rhino in DOTA 2

Magnus - The great rhino in DOTA 2

Magnus is one of the heroes that have the ability to fight extremely hard with his ultimate Reverse Polarity stun. Let’s learn about how to play Magnus through the guide DOTA 2.

Magnus - The great rhino in DOTA 2
The great rhino in DOTA 2


Magnus in Latin means Great, this name is quite similar to the image of the Magnus general in the DOTA 2 world we are talking about here. With a very strong and almost unstoppable combat ability (Reverse Polarity has a stunning effect across the Black King Bar), Magnus easily stuns 2 to 3 enemy heroes and is pushed away from his allies to “wait for death”.

Knowing information about the champion’s skills is also one of the good playable tips for newbies who are learning how to play Magnus. 

All abilities of Magnus in DOTA 2
All abilities of Magnus in DOTA 2

To begin with, the Shockwave is a Magnus ability that unleashes a wave of energy, damaging enemies in a line.

  • Range of use: 1150
  • Damage: 75/150/225/300
  • Cooldown: 10/9/8/7
  • Mana cost: 90

Second, Empower is the ability that Magnus uses to empower an allied unit (including him) and give allies the ability to deal with bonus damage for each basic attack.

  • Range of use: 800
  • Spread damage: 200
  • Spread damage ratio: 20% / 30% / 40% / 50%
  • Damage ratio increased: 20% / 30% / 40% / 50%
  • Duration of action: 40s
  • Cooldown: 12s
  • Mana cost: 30/40/50/60

Next, the Skewer is a skill that when Magnus charges forward, will drag enemies along the way to the designated location and deal damage and slowing effect on him.

  • Range of use: 150/900/1050/1200
  • Damage: 70/140/210/280
  • Movement deceleration rate: 40%
  • Attack speed reduction ratio: 40
  • Slow down time: 2.5s
  • Cooldown: 30s
  • Mana cost: 80

Finally, Reverse Polarity will cause Magnus to attract all nearby enemies in an area into his location, damaging and stunning them.

  • Influence: 410
  • Damage: 50/125/200
  • Stun duration: 2.25 / 3 / 3.75s
  • Time of exchange: 120/110 / 100s
  • Mana cost: 200/250/300


Before getting to know the details of how to play Magnus, we must understand and know the way to increase the ability of Magnus to be able to use this hero more effectively.

The way increase ability for Magnus hero in DOTA 2 for the newbie player
The way increase ability hero in DOTA 2 for the newbie player

At level 1, you should increase Skewer first to be able to circle behind the enemy, drag him towards the tower, or near our teammates to eat first-blood. From level 2 onwards, maximize Shockwave first to get lane damage for ganking and farming. If you plan to gank a lot, you should maximize it to Skewer to kill the enemy champions. Conversely, if you plan to go farming and teamfight with lots of items, Empower is a pretty good choice.


In the early levels, you should buy some items for good early towering ability like Stout Shield and a few healing items, mana. Buying some Iron Branch to get on the Magic Wand later is also quite suitable for heroes or have to rush like Magnus.

In the middle of the game, try Power Tread to take advantage of its stats and change the shoe format to change the stats when you need mana. Blink Dagger is an item that needs to be prioritized next for combat.

In the late game, Magnus acts as a tanker hero, so go to Assault Cuirass, Heart of Tarrasque to stand firm in the teamfight. In addition, Daedalus is also a useful item for Magnus to deal damage to enemies when the Ultimate succeeds.

Buy items for Magnus for all stage in the game
Buy items for all stage in the game