Enigma, The Darchow - Dota Hero Guide

This guide was created by louie_law, thanks!
Writer’s Foreword:I have decided to write a short guide for enigma because I have seen its true power and I have made destruction in pub games.I wrote this guide to share my knowledge of enigma. Enjoy!

Table of Contents
skils and meet darchrow
pros and cons
skill build
core items
good allies
bad enemies

Skills and Meet Darchrow

Darchrow - The Enigma
Range: 500 | | Move Speed: 300 | Primary: INT
Str: 16 + 2.1 | Agi: 14 + 1 | Int: 20 + 3.4
Damage: 42 - 48 | HP: 454 | Mana: 260
HP Regen: 0.73 | Mana Regen: 0.81
Attack Speed: 1.46 (+ 14% IAS) | Armor: 4

Malefice (F)
Focuses Darchow’s hatred on a target, causing it to take damage over time and become repeatedly stunned.
Lasts 2/4/4/6 seconds.
Level 1 - 30 damage every 2 seconds.
Level 2 - 40 damage every 2 seconds.
Level 3 - 65 damage every 2 seconds.
Level 4 - 80 damage every 2 seconds.
Mana Cost: 110/ 130/ 150/ 160
Cooldown: 15

Note:A very nice skill indeed,if at level 4 malefice it deals 240 damage and a 6 second over all stun!

Conversion ©
Splits a friendly creep into 3 malevolant aspects of itself, coming under your control. Lasts 30 seconds.
Level 1 - Spawns 3 Lesser Eidolons.
Level 2 - Spawns 3 Eidolons.
Level 3 - Spawns 3 Greater Eidolons.
Level 4 - Spawns 3 Dire Eidolons.

Lesser Eidolon Eidolon Greater Eidolon Dire Eidolon
HP:200 225 225 275
Damage: 16 - 24 24 - 32 34 - 42 43 - 51
Damage type:Normal Normal Piercing Piercing
Armor: 2 3 4 5
All Eidolons have average movespeed, 450 range, heavy armor type, and 33% magic resistant.
Mana Cost: 125
Cooldown: 15

Note:This skill is maxed ASAP, why? because I concentrate on a farmer/pushing Enigma.

Midnight Pulse (D)
Steeps an area of 300 AOE in dark magic, causing all opponents who dare enter to take damage.
Lasts 8 seconds.
Level 1 - 3% max life lost per second.
Level 2 - 4% max life lost per second.
Level 3 - 5% max life lost per second.
Level 4 - 6% max life lost per second.
Mana Cost: 135/ 150/ 165/ 180
Cooldown: 25

Note:This is a great mid/late game skill.It synergies well with Black Hole

Black Hole (B)
Summons the powers from the darkest abyss, creating a vortex that sucks enemies within 400 range closer, dealing damage. 1 second casting time. Lasts 4 seconds. Channeling spell.
Level 1 - 30 damage at range, 60 damage close up.
Level 2 - 50 damage at range, 100 damage close up.
Level 3 - 70 damage at range, 140 damage close up.
Mana Cost: 200/ 300/ 400
Cooldown: 200/ 190/ 180

Note:This is my favorite ultimate in the game(as long as you have BKB you can kick ass).

Pros and Cons

high int growth
very nice ultimate
good lane control
high AOE damage

low hp
low armor
a big target
hard to use ultimate
low base damage

Skill Build
1 - Malefice
2 - Conversion
3 - Conversion
4 - Malefice
5 - Conversion
6 - Malefice
7 - Conversion
8 - Malefice
9 - Black Hole
10 - stats
11 - Black Hole
12 - Midnight Pulse
13 - Midnight Pulse
14 - Midnight Pulse
15 - Midnight Pulse
16 - Black Hole

Note: This is probably the best way to play Darchrow, malefice is maxed the second because I maxed conversion first for pushing/farming. Midnight pulse is maxed the third because it is not useful early game because enemy heroes wont have big big life for midnight pulse to be a pain.

Core Items

Shivas Guard: It gives you everything you need (except hp), armor and mana, the slow is also important after you do your black hole in case someone is alive for some reason.

BOT:Fuck the IAS given by PT, BOT is always better for Enigma, wasting the tp given by BOT is bad.

BKB:To pull out for combo and the strength given could be useful.

Blink Dagger: Your an initiator you will need this to do black hole easier.

Item Order

2mantles,1circlet,2 pack of tangoes and 2 branches
complete 2 null talismans
blink dagger
ogre axe
complete BKB
mystic staff
complete shivas guard
complete BOT


Early Game:Choose mid or bottom,going solo is preferred.Do the last hit method and keep summoning eidelons for pushing.Go home to buy 2 nulls and boots then tp back to your lane,do the same thing over and over again.You may roam around the map for 1-3 kills for 5mins.Buy blink dagger and you can start a clash or something.

Middle Game:Starting clashes is necessary because your an initiator and so that your allies can kick the asses of your enemies.Buy ogre axe and broadsword together then keep farming in your lane always gank when needed and push when necessary,complete BKB.

Late Game:Always start a clash and keep pushing (summon your eidelons all the time),spam your malefice on bastards like drow,razor,void,etc. use your black hole to get a hold of them.Buy mystic staff,then go back to pushing,if your low in hp go home and buy plate mail (it is better if you go home with 2k gold so that you can get shivas,go back to pushing again.Buy BOT when you have the money then finish the game!


Ultimatum:blink + midnight pulse + BKB + black hole = rape
1 and 3:Malefice + midnight pulse = go home


Everything except double damage.

Good Allies and Bad Enemies

Good Allies
The ultimate combo blink rp then blink black hole
Repel during black hole = no need of BKB and GG!
A toss from tiny (make him toss to the enemies) and do black hole.

Bad Enemies

Blinkers/Windwalkers,because they can run away from you.

Free Food

Low hp heroes w/o escape mechs are your food,because they cant do anything but watch you.

14 Comments yet..:

Anonymous said...

nice guide !!!
me so noob use this hero...
damn hard to used it

Anonymous said...

because your weak..
using this hero i got triple kill no ks..

just shiva+midnight+blackhole .. dedsss

use ur head!

Anonymous said...

what a loser. . .

Anonymous said...

i think that the best ally for enygma is lich

Anonymous said...

hello, it would be better if you build the lothar's edge. after the black hole use lothar so that when the clash happens the stunners cant stop ur black hole because the blk hole is channeling, i prefer this to be safe.

Anonymous said...

i don't usually use enigma during battles but i think he's a great hero

and you don't actually have to be the best player to enjoy the game

Anonymous said...

These Free Foods Can Kill Enigma In 3 Seconds!

Anonymous said...

This My Favorite Hero Im Good At using Enigma

Anonymous said...

wata f** i don't know to use it

Anonymous said...

but my build is


sorry for wrong spelling

Anonymous said...

Yeah! In the free food thingy(Except for Phropet)...
It would take 3 sec. for them to kill Enigma... ^^

Anonymous said...

i think nevermore is the best ally for enigma.............

Anonymous said...

No. Nevermore,Kunka,Earthshaker, And The Hero that has Soundwave is the best. Because BH+ROS+FISHUR+SOUNDWAVE+Ghost Ship=Dead!

Anonymous said...

Noob all!!

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