DotA Hero Strategy Guide: Kunkka, the Admiral Proudmoore

Kunkka, The Admiral Proudmoore is a new inventory(Hero) to the sentinel by with some great Abilities. And the guide is written below.

Kunkka - Admiral Proudmoore
Range: 128 | Move Speed: 300
Primary: STR
Str: 24 + 2.7 | Agi: 18 + 1.7 | Int: 18 + 2.2
Damage: 50-60 | HP: 606 | Mana: 234
HP Regen: | Mana Regen:
Attack Speed: | Armor: 4

Hero Abilities


Using his unparalleled knowledge of the sea, Kunkka is able to summon a blast of water at a targeted area. After 2 seconds a fierce torrent of water errupts from the ground, the stream blasting enemies caught in the AoE into the sky, dealing damage and slowing movement speed by 30%.

Level 1 - 120 damage, lasts 2 seconds.
Level 2 - 180 damage, lasts 3 seconds.
Level 3 - 240 damage, lasts 4 seconds.
Level 4 - 300 damage, lasts 5 seconds.

Cooldown: 12
Manacost: 105

Level 1: 105 mana, 12 sec cooldown.
Level 2: 105 mana, 12 sec cooldown.
Level 3: 105 mana, 12 sec cooldown.
Level 4: 105 mana, 12 sec cooldown.


Kunkka's legendary sword Tidebringer is infused with the very power of the sea. Akin to the ebb and flow, Tidebringer passively grants the hero increased damage and 500 AoE cleave for a single strike every once in awhile.

Level 1 - +15 damage, 16 second cooldown
Level 2 - +30 damage, 12 second cooldown
Level 3 - +45 damage, 8 second cooldown
Level 4 - +60 damage, 4 second cooldown


X Marks The Spot

In order to make an assembly for his troops, Admiral Proudmore targets a hero and marks its current position on the ground. After a few seconds, the hero will instantly return to the mark.

Level 1 - 2 seconds, 500 cast range.
Level 2 - 3 seconds, 650 cast range.
Level 3 - 4 seconds, 800 cast range.
Level 4 - 5 seconds, 950 cast range.

Cooldown: 60/50/40/30
Manacost: 110

Level 1: 110 mana, 60 sec cooldown.
Level 2: 110 mana, 50 sec cooldown.
Level 3: 110 mana, 40 sec cooldown.
Level 4: 110 mana, 30 sec cooldown.

Ghost Ship

The admiral summons the mythical ghost ship S.S. CoCo to the battlefield. Allies are doused in Captain CoCo's Rum, inebriating them for 30% bonus movespeed and numbness to incoming damage, causing them to feel only half of the pain now and half after the Rum wears off. Enemies, pirates and scurvy knaves are dashed on the rocks for damage and a brief stun when the ship crashes.

Level 1 - CoCo's Rum lasts 5 seconds, 300 crash damage.
Level 2 - CoCo's Rum lasts 6 seconds, 400 crash damage.
Level 3 - CoCo's Rum lasts 7 seconds, 500 crash damage.

Cooldown: 100/80/60
Manacost: 150

Level 1: 150 mana, 100 sec cooldown.
Level 2: 150 mana, 80 sec cooldown.
Level 3: 150 mana, 60 sec cooldown.

Skill Build and Reason

The one and only skill build recommended for Kunkka
1 - Tidebringer
2 - Torrent
3 - Tidebringer
4 - Torrent
5 - Tidebringer
6 - Ghost Ship
7 - Tidebringer
8 - Torrent
9 - Torrent
10 - X marks the Spot
11 - Ghost Ship
12 - X marks the Spot
13 - X marks the Spot
14 - X marks the Spot
15 - Stats
16 - Ghost Ship
17 - 25 - Stats

Why max Tidebringer first than torrent?
Well, Tidebringer is the greatest skill of the Proudmoore. 100% with 500 AoE splash. Also a fast farming skill, great damage dealer

Why no X marks the Spot first?
Well, you don't need this skill actually until you've max the torrent. This is also a game breaker skill. Example. If your Lina Inverse is ready for the stun (1 sec casting time) She didn't noticed the X mark on the ground (Dumbass, Newb) and she advanced her stun to be able to hit the running enemy, and the duration of the XmtS had ended and the target moved into the X mark. So the stun didn't hit the target. Game Breaker huh?

Item Build and Reason

Early Game items....... Start With:

Bottle for survivability of the Admiral. Plus Iron Wood Branch for stats bonuses also for regeneration and damage and so what more. Bottle also captures a rune which is also called "instant refilling" Which allows you to use power ups and to instantly refill the bottle. Iron wood branch says: Item that ensures a good game. Well let's believe that sayings because it is really true.

Early Game items....... Continue with:

Also try making a pair of bracer to boost the Admiral's hp and hp regeneration. Very useful item against enemies that has low damage. Boots for escaping and chasing also. Perseverance for descent hp and mana regen (Survivability)

Mid game Items....... Continue with:

Although you have 100% cleave from tidebringer. You need skill damaging and regenerating item which is this golden axe called battlefury. When tidebringer took effect. The main target takes 100% damage and every all near targets receive 135% of the dealt damage because of the bonus 35% cleave from Battlefury. Did you know that?. Admiral's attack speed growth is very slow. You will be needing power treads for attack speed and movement speed.

Get also an item which has the lifesteal ability. Lifesteal is really helpful for survivability when fighting hero slash to slash. Not only that is the benefit of the HoD. You can also get a alpha wolf that has 30% increased damage aura. You gain bonus damage from Tidebringer which gives more lifesteal.

Late Game....... Continue with:

Heart of Tarrasque for huge hp and regeneration boost. Thanks to this Item for helping the Admiral a good tank. Sange and Yasha provides health, attack speed and most of all the useful movement speed. You don't need the maim effect of this skill. Just the health, attack speed, and the movement speed. You just need lifesteal to survive See core items for more details. You also don't need the feedback from Manta Style. You just need it's illusions that's all. Used to confuse enemies.

Core Items

Holy Shit!! 3 orb effects at the same time? Yup you herd that right. You don't need maim nor feedback. You just need lifesteal for survivability when facing many enemies. 2 axes at the same time is holy shit! yup that's right illusions without cleave is alright but they need damage for the greater good. Satanic 40% lifesteal recovers 40% of the total damage dealt on the enemies + 60 damage from tide bringer. Isn't that awesome?

Other Possible Items

Vanguard is one of a good item for the Admiral. It grants an ability which is called "Tank" Vanguard adds 300 hp which is very useful early game. 5 hp regen per second is very useful on early game system especially when getting harassed by ranged heroes. Block rate and Block amount is also good both early and mid game.

Vladmir's Offering is used often in this hero. Satanic is greater than this item. You only get this if you want to buff your enemy with maim or any orb effect item. This item is not orb effect but grants lifesteal, advantage.

Radiance grants evasion and immolation. you need the damage. Immolation for farming and evasion for survivability. Overall nice item.

Cuirass grants attack speed and armor reduction aura. Very useful item against late gamers enemy. Because armor bonus is too much. I mean large boost which reduces all physical damage taken.


Always when casting advance the target area for instant hit. Do this when your enemy is running away. Always advance the casting of the skill

When tidebringer comes just attack the nearest creep. It's a sure hit even your enemy hero is long range (600 range) can still be cleaved by tidebringer

X marks the Spot
Use this carefully because it can break skill chains. Like meepo's Earthbind. A great combo with torrent and ghost ship

Ghost Ship
When casting advance where you are targetting a chasing enemy. Because I think it has a .75 or 1 second delay before the ship launch

X marks the Spot + Torrent
After casting XmtS on a running enemy target the torrent exactly where the X mark is on. After 1 second or just a timing when the torrent will explode. Use the command "return" which instantly returns the marked enemy back to the X mark. Then a perfect timing a torrent will follow up. A very good combo

X marks the Spot + Ghost Ship
After Casting XmtS immediately target the cross hair of the Ghost Ship into the X mark for a sure hit then use the "return" command before the Ship crashes on the target location. A very good combo

X marks the Spot + Ghost Ship + Torrent
After Casting XmtS immediately target the cross hair of the Ghost Ship into the X mark for a sure hit then use the "return" command before the Ship crashes on the target location. Before you activate the command "return" be sure to cast a torrent for a follow up after the brief stun period from the Ghost Ship. It is a complete ownage combo

Where to lane
Bottom part for sentinel and top for scourge. If you lane at bottom for sentinel, the creep wave is so close to your tower which means easy last hitting. There is also a bunch of trees to cast an unnoticeable torrent. Same as scourge

Here are some Screenshots

Perfect spot for torrent

How to gank properly

Use this awesome spot for casting torrent. After casting (2 seconds delay) Immediately cast Ghost Ship for a brief stun to follow. Then your ally will do the job. Second way is to cast XmtS then cast torrent on the ground then use "return" then summon the ship then your ally will do the job. Repeat this until your enemy quit. JOKE!


Mouz.Kurouky with Kunkka

38 Comments yet..:

Anonymous said...

wow, 3 orb effects in the core build ?

Unknown said...

to cooooooool !

Anonymous said...

man 3 orb effects wtf?
well the replay is kinda ....
i would build different and i would level up x mark the spot earlier

You dont need to use torrent after x mark , sure its a good combo but not a must have. if your enemy is low hp then just use xmark and surround the area -> early kill

my build

power treads
vlads offering
radiance or battlefury

chester said...

will 3 orb even stack?

Anonymous said...

he said already just wan the damm lifesteal from satanic he just need S&Y for the stats atk/movement speed & manta for illusions confuse enemy...but i dun think its seems a good idea...i would rather take some alternate items over these 2 or take S&Y+vldamir instead of satanic

Anonymous said...

i would just take sny.. satanic & manta doesnt seems good to kunkka..

Anonymous said...

Buriza is the best item foe kunkka...good foe def and attack

Anonymous said...

Dont ever make kunkka tanker...magic really damage him....kunkka is the starter of big fight...

Anonymous said...

item build
Kelen Dagger

Anonymous said...

if you going to fight magic using kunkka you should bring hood of defiance

Anonymous said...

This is my item build

1. Battlefury
2. Satanic
3. Boots of Travel
4. Heart of tarrascue
5. Buriza
6. Assault Cuirass

* Good thing about buriza is that you have a chance to take out enemy wave with just one hit.
It can really scare the sh!t out of ur enemies.

Anonymous said...

there are 3 ord effect items? what is the porpose of that? hehehheheheheheheheheh

Anonymous said...

are you trying to teachs us to build items that is mostly orb effects

Anonymous said...

item build like this lah

battle fury
cranium basher
2x bracer

Anonymous said...

zzz.. why cranium for kunkka? he's atk speed is too slow, so low chance of stun. zz

Ken said...

3 orb effect item? Need only S&Y's HP, mana, Damage, IAS and Movespeed? Need only Satanic's orb effect life steal? Need only Manta's Illusion? That's inefffective... S&Y does not gives much damage (What does Kunkka need? Damage of course!), Satanic's life steal is okay, Manta is damn ineffective since you already have Tidebringer, which deals insane damage to all nearby enemies every 4 seconds. I would rather go for Vanguard + Power Treads + Battle Fury + Satanic + Assault Cuirass. No more orb effect stacking problem.

Kunkka is hard to be considered as a DPSer, coz his attack speed growth is too slow... Unless you have Assault Cuirass, but that is too expensive. Hand of Midas seems good, only if you want to go jungling, and it only works for early games.

If you can kill like crazy, you can go for Heart of Tarasque, of course. That final item makes Kunkka a God. :-)

Anonymous said...

my build is:
power treads
battle fury

Also i put xmts at levels 7-8 (lvl 2 xmts at lvl 8 - till end of the game), a sure hit lvl 2 torrent is not bad for an early game gank since youll gonna have an ally to kill the ganked enemy plus a lvl 2 Xmts is a great combo for torrent + ghost ship so you wont bother clicking return (good for clashes and ganks to lessen the pressure).
(cast lvl 2 Xmts to an enemy then immidiately cast torrent + ghostship on the x mark for a sure hit combo).

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dmZ.Shade said...

Check this nice Kunkka tribute for some skills:

Anonymous said...

I use lothars here for ganking...

Anonymous said...

pity you guys..

my build for kunkka mega pusher / hunter :]

1.power threads
6.assault cuirass

Anonymous said...

Im not a pro but TORENT is very avoidable.
buy a magic stick or magic wand.
avoiding vendetta, TORENT, ARROW etc.

Anonymous said...

as u hear.
u don't need maim for clash.
if u're good in doing good jobs in teamworks and noob reading this at my back.

123 said...

im new here played about 2 months from now but
should kunkka use cranium basher? yes his atk spd is bullshit but it really gives that extra time for u to finish off that red hp enemy of yours so i was wondering supposingly cranium basher is nt a good item,is there any item to replace it?for (stunning,purging,slowing) or smth like that? pls gv me suggestions thx write 123 in front so i no your referring to me =) thx a lot

Anonymous said...

I rather use phase boots that power treads because of damage and kunnka often needs to chase so i helps u much.

Anonymous said...

I prefer phase boots more that treads because kunnka often needs too chase and it's cheaper so u can get it in early game.

Anonymous said...

is it okay to put MKB on the inventory of kunkka and khadgar's pipe of insight. asking if it is effective. not pro!!

Anonymous said...

I prefer to use MKB than basher because if you're enemy has a channeling skill, it will be "deactivated" and it has a stun effect if you prefer to put HoD than vanguard, complete it to khagdar's pipe of insight.

sacredone said...

in kunkka can be build a satanic...or lifesteal..can be..??

Anonymous said...

my build is x6 bracers

Anonymous said...

my build is

x3 branches
x2 bracers
x1 boots of speed

is that alright?

Anonymous said...

in dota. it's only depend on prediction. good prediction means good game.

Anonymous said...

I used Helm of Dominator, not bad at all..see it I got a pic:

Anonymous said...

o c'mon newbie:)

my build is:
battle fury
Boots of Travel

Anonymous said...

man g00d

Anonymous said...

Armlet .p.t,battlefury,buriza,divine reaper,heartz, one slash into critic over 😊

Anonymous said...

I prefer 2 bracers over vanguard for kunkka

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