Demon Hunter (Warcraft III)

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Demon Hunter

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Race Night elf
Faction Night Elf Sentinels
Hit points 575 (1100*)
Hit point regeneration Always
Hit point regeneration rate 0.95 (2.03*) +0.50 at Night. HP/sec.
Mana 240 (510*)
Mana Regeneration rate 0.81 (1.76*) Mana/sec.
Gold 425 Gold
Lumber 100 Lumber
Food 5 Food
Produced at Altar of Elders
Build time 55 sec.
Hotkey D
Collision Size 3.2
Normal attack: 35 (48*) avg
Can attack: Ground, Structure
Range Melee
Attack type Hero
Cooldown 1.26 (0.99*) sec.
Weapon type Normal
Armor Type Hero
Armor 5 (9*)
Day Sight 180
Night Sight 80 (180*)
Movement Speed Fast (320)
Turn Rate 0.50
Sound Set HeroDemonHunter
Hero Parameters
Primary Attribute Agility
Strength Infocard-heroattributes-str.png 19 (+2.4/level)
Agility Infocard-heroattributes-agi.png 22 (+1.5/level)
Intelligence Infocard-heroattributes-int.png 16 (+2.1/level)
This article or section contains lore taken from Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, the manuals, and/or official bonus maps.

Demon Hunters are dark, shadowy warriors who are shunned by the greater night elf society. They made a pact, long ago, to fight against the forces of chaos using its own terrible powers against it. These mysterious warriors ritually blind themselves so that they develop 'spectral sight' that enables them to see demons and undead with greater clarity. They wield demonically charged warblades in battle and even call upon demonic energies to augment their formidable combat skills. Although they are counted as some of the mightiest warriors within the Night Elves' society, the Demon Hunters are always maligned and misunderstood for making their selfless pact with darkness.


Level Attack (Ground/Air) Armor Strength Agility Intelligence Hit Points Mana
1 24-46 [35 avg]/None 5 19 22 16 575 240
2 25-47 [36 avg]/None 5 21 23 18 625 270
3 27-49 [38 avg]/None 6 23 25 20 675 300
4 28-50 [39 avg]/None 6 26 26 22 750 330
5 30-52 [41 avg]/None 6 28 28 24 800 360
6 31-53 [42 avg]/None 7 31 29 26 875 390
7 33-55 [44 avg]/None 7 33 31 28 925 420
8 34-56 [45 avg]/None 8 35 32 30 975 450
9 36-58 [47 avg]/None 8 38 34 32 1050 480
10 37-59 [48 avg]/None 9 40 35 34 1100 510

Hero names

Shadowsong, Shadowfury, Shadowstalker, Flameseeker, Darkweaver, Darkterror, Darksorrow, Sindweller, Painkiller, Hellbourne, Wrathbringer, Ragerunner, Firebrand, Bloodwrath, Terrorblade.


The Demon Hunter's focus is hunting Demons but he's also great at fighting Heroes! Fans of custom Hero Arena maps have discovered that the Demon Hunter is one of the best Hero killers. The Demon Hunter is one of the toughest melee Heroes and also has the Mana Burn ability, which instantly takes away mana from enemy Heroes that could be otherwise used against you. Mana Burn also damages the health of the enemy Hero that softens them up for you to finish off. The Demon Hunter can remove 150 Mana with level 3 Mana Burn. The Demon Hunter can also use Evasion to reduce the amount of damage received and can later become very powerful with Metamorphosis.

To use the Demon Hunter effectively players will need to control him well. The Demon Hunter can be very weak against focused fire ranged units or melee units that surround him. It's important to use hit-and-run attacks and to run whenever the enemy focuses their army on the Demon Hunter. The Demon Hunter can also use Druid of the Claw Rejuvenation and items such as Healing Potions to stay alive under fierce attack.

Experts are divided as to how to properly spend points with the Demon Hunter. Some argue that the Immolation is a waste for early Creep hunting since the Demon Hunter can just heal with Moon Wells. Immolation can be good against tightly packed units, especially if they try to surround and kill the Demon Hunter. Some prefer to spend points in Mana Burn, then Evasion, then Mana Burn, until 6 for Metamorphosis. Others prefer to focus in Immolation and Evasion. Still other players like to spread points around with some in Mana Burn and some in Immolation. One option suggested by TillerMaN is mixing Mana Burn and Immolation since higher level Mana Burn generates a reserve of unused Mana.

The Demon Hunter is very good at Creeping at the start of the game. Use him to take out powerful Item dropping Creeps, grab the item and run back to Moon Wells for healing. You can even lead Creeps back to the Moon Wells and fight them there. You can even use Mana Burn against Creeps with Mana depending on the map.

The Demon Hunter is one of the best Heroes to have when the enemy Hero rushes you at the start of the game. When the enemy comes in you can Mana Burn them and that will greatly reduce the amount of damage they can do against you. You can also combine with Wisp Detonate to further take away more Mana. You can refill the Demon Hunter with the Moon Wells and continue to use Mana Burn. The Demon Hunter is weak against Dread Lord's Sleep and the Keeper of the Grove's Entangle but can use units to wake him from Sleep and can use Moon Wells to heal after Entangling Roots. In a duel with a Dread Lord using Sleep it's important to Mana Burn him before he can put you to Sleep. Wake up your Demon Hunter with an Archer or Huntress if he puts you to sleep. The Demon Hunter is also slightly weak to the Mountain King's Storm Bolt but can also use Moon Wells in defense and Mana Burn.

The Demon Hunter is also an excellent Hero rusher as he can deal with most enemy Heroes, kill buildings, and enemy workers. One downside of the Demon Hunter is his lack of an Aura. This can make quite a difference in large team games. In later stages of the game you should take advantage of a second hero with either Thorns if they have a lot of melee units or Trueshot Aura for your Huntresses, Archers, or Dryads.

The Demon Hunter needs lots of support with Archers, Dryads, and Huntresses to distract the enemy so he can sneak in and clean up.

Spells and abilities

Mana Burn

Sends a bolt of negative energy that burns a target enemy unit's mana. Burned mana combusts, dealing damage to the target equal to the amount of mana burned.
Mana Cost Range Area of Effect Allowed Targets
50 30 Unit Air, Ground, Enemy, Neutral
Level Cooldown Effect Hero Level Req
1 7 sec. Burns 50 mana 1
2 6 sec. Burns 100 mana 3
3 5 sec. Burns 150 mana 5

Mana Burn is best used against enemy Heroes. You can also use Mana Burn against annoying enemy spellcasters such as Priests, Sorceresses, or Shamans.

If you use this ability against enemy Heroes you will not get the full amount of damage due to Hero Magic Resistance. Some Creeps and units also have resistances to this ability.

Make sure you check the Mana of the enemy unit before using this ability. Don't waste your mana if they barely have any to cast spells.

Mana Burn Counters

This spell has little chance of being countered. To prevent Mana Burn you need to have Spell Immunity, kill the Demon Hunter, or hope he runs out of mana.


Engulfs the Demon Hunter in flames, causing damage to nearby enemy land units. Drains mana until deactivated.
Mana Cost Area of Effect Allowed Targets
35 + 7/sec 16 Ground, Enemy, Neutral, Organic
Level Effect Hero Level Req
1 10 damage/sec 1
2 15 damage/sec 3
3 20 damage/sec 5

Use the ability when the Demon Hunter is engaged in combat with the enemy - it drains an immense amount of mana.

Evasion (Passive)

Gives the Demon Hunter a chance to avoid attacks.
Level Effect Hero Level Req
1 10% chance opponent misses 1
2 20% chance opponent misses 3
3 30% chance opponent misses 5

Evasion is a very powerful ability because it allows the Demon Hunter to avoid attacks and take no damage in return. Try to invest in this ability first so he can survive potentially fatal encounters.

Metamorphosis (Ultimate)

Transforms the Demon Hunter into a powerful demon with a ranged attack (600 range) and 500 bonus hit points.
Duration Cooldown Mana Cost Effect Hero Level Req
60 sec. 180 sec. 150 +500 HP, 3 HP regenerated/sec 6

In addition to the bonuses above, the Demon Hunter obtains increased health regeneration. His attacks also deal Chaos damage (making it effective against all armor types) and has area of effect properties making him effective against clustered units. Thanks to Agility being his primary skill, he will also attack faster which compliments the attack's splash effects.

Metamorphosis Counters

Run away until the spell wears off, quickly kill the Demon Hunter with massed units, or use a Hero killing spell or ability.


Gives Night Elves the ability to see as far at night as they do during the day.
Research Cost Researched At Upgrade Time
50 Gold 50 Lumber Hunter's Hall 45 sec.


Patch changes

  • WC3tFT-logo.png Patch 1.10 (2003-07-03): Mana Burn cooldown is now 7/6/5 seconds by level, down from 7/7/7 seconds by level.
  • WC3RoC-logo.png Patch 1.04 (2002-11-04):
    • Mana Burn mana cost reduced to 50 from 75.
    • Mana Burn drain amount reduced to 50/100/150 from 100/200/300.
    • Mana Burn cooldown reduced to 7 from 9.
    • Metamorphosis cooldown increased to 180 from 120.
  • WC3RoC-logo.png Patch 1.03 (2002-10-09):
    • Fixed a supply issue related to the Demon Hunter and his Metamorphosis ability.
    • Demon Hunter's attack while in Demon Form no longer damages self or allies.
    • Mana Burn no longer affects units with Mana Burn (Demon Hunters, Satyr Soulstealers, Felhounds, etc.).
  • WC3RoC-logo.png Patch 1.01 (2002-07-05): Mana Burn range increased from 25 to 30.

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