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Short Guide to Enigma, the Darchrow by louie_law

Written by admin on September 27th, 2008

This guide was created by louie_law, thanks!
Writer’s Foreword:I have decided to write a 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
strategy
tricks
runes
good allies
bad enemies
changelog
conclusion

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

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

Cons
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
boots
blink dagger
ogre axe
broadsword
complete BKB
mystic staff
platemail
complete shivas guard
complete BOT

Strategy

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!


Tricks


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

Runes


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.

26 Comments so far ↓

  1. Oct
    28
    10:11
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    not so pro

    this is a step hero
    i tin u noe wat i mean rite??
    if one on one, near de enemy, midnite pulse den black hole.if haven die, stun den hit him. if de hero doesnt die. count himself lucky.

  2. Feb
    8
    2:49
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    marto

    The free food can kill you in 3 sec. Luna’s eclipse > You, Troll’s bash > You, Furion can smash you 1v1 without any problems. Farm heroes > Enigma.

  3. Mar
    8
    7:35
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    Internet_zombie

    Martio, all those heroes u said do not one hit kill enigma and enigma can easily avoid those….other than that a very good guide but one problem is that enigma has no escape abilities. A very good and fun hero nontheless….peace

  4. Mar
    8
    7:36
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    Internet_zombie

    Marto, all those heroes u said do not one hit kill enigma and enigma can easily avoid those….other than that a very good guide but one problem is that enigma has no escape abilities. A very good and fun hero nontheless….peace

  5. Mar
    15
    4:05
    AM
    dotaking

    why not we buy Dagon for middle game

  6. Apr
    3
    2:54
    AM
    jHAz

    it’s nice to read. tnx for a new tips for a newbie like me! keep up the good work! Thanks a lot. GM

  7. Apr
    11
    2:02
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    enigma_player

    hi louie_law
    Ive been playing for a long time now with enigma, and I agree with your items build but you definetly should add Perseverance to it too, cause enigma really needs the hp and mana regeneration.
    thats all

    cheers

  8. Jun
    11
    4:09
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    mariossan

    this is a bullshit guide,you make things to simple….

  9. Jun
    20
    12:51
    AM
    Sage Of The Six Path

    Why don’t you try to use Monkey king and butterfly. It add more damage and make darchrow attack more faster. I also use satanic & Eye of Skadi for darchrow. So I can steal other hero HP and add frost attack. Two more thing that confuse me! First. Why you use BOT with Kellen Dagger?
    Second. Furion is hard to kill you know! Whe I Chase him he always Trap me. Like Dark seer who always use Replica wall to run away! So I think he’s not free food!

  10. Jun
    21
    11:53
    AM
    Bull_KastarN

    I think this guide is good :)

  11. Jul
    7
    9:57
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    Brobro

    Nicely done.

  12. Jul
    16
    9:55
    AM
    mario junaidi

    well for the eguip i think you should go to aganim after that radiance (^^) BKB = fuck ,(waste money,let someone in your party become the bait not you)

    For skill the best is to replace the eidolons with stats. Why ?? its give you more hp/mana,Eidolons is great skill for farming (^^) but for support in the earlier and mid game stats is more usefull , there are no point get rich while your allies begging for mercy from your enemy ,your role is support hero .SO PLISS STOP FARMING SELFISH SYNDROM . *_*

    So far i ever see in my life the best patner is Venomancer

    Why ?? they complete each other ,
    Blackhole + Midnight pulse+Venom ulti+ skill 1 )= dead meat ,
    oh yeah i forget to tell you is there any survivor from that case it will take care by Enigma malifice and the rest of your party will rape it ,

    if there anymore survivor they will surely die because veno poison will eat their soul T_T

    In lane control there are no doubt if enemy dont have blink or windwalk they will surely die ,so it was common if they join in the same lane in the earlier game they will own that lane .

    veno skill 1+ enigma skill 1 =imba (gg) even the bravest AXE knell to it./LOL

  13. Jul
    24
    8:42
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    n00ber

    why not up Midnight Pulse in early game? this good skill ma..

  14. Aug
    26
    1:29
    AM
    Fallen angel

    to “sage of the six path”……..thats why u neeed kelens dagger.

  15. Aug
    31
    12:43
    AM
    whew.....

    radiance is good i think…is conversion and midnight pulse bad???for the first skills to fill in??

  16. Sep
    17
    8:58
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    Kampret

    I think you will need refresher orb, because this item will give you regen hp and mana, and the cooldown of the blackhole is so long…. so you can refresh it with refresher orb..

  17. Sep
    18
    11:24
    AM
    carlo

    Salamat sa Guide! HElped me alot! I use enigma for the first time and got an UNstoppable streak! :D

  18. Oct
    18
    2:40
    AM
    Megatron

    Nice guide.I first use enigma got dominating and unstoppable streak.Thx

  19. Oct
    27
    1:21
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    generalofwar

    ring of bassilius + 4 @ 2 clarity,
    go solo jungling

    with 2 kill b4 lvl 9, out lothar
    & shoe

    = imba mid game gb hero

  20. Oct
    30
    7:16
    AM
    Necessities

    MY POWER COMBINATION FOR ENIGMA IS:
    1. WHEN USING THE BLACK HOLE, COUNT UP TO 4 SEC. AFTER, USE THE SKILL MIDNIGHT PULSE THAT WILL TAKE MORE DAMAGE TO YOUR ENEMIES.
    A GOOD HERO COMBINATION FOR ME FOR ENIGMA IS RYLAI CRESTFALL.

  21. Nov
    7
    4:45
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    Mogul Kahnt Kill Anything

    at Necessities…
    So your combination is to use your disable….wait for them to be able to LEAVE…then use your Midnight pulse…?

    You are aware you can use Black hole, then right after use Pulse? Also Shiva is in fact an excellent item, because if you lack a partner the spike from it along with malefic (and of course black hole/pulse) could take out 2-3 people if one can take advantage of battle chaos, or ambush using dagger.

    Also bkb is good, because it lets you go in and disable the enemy, casting off pulse, and before you can be countered, your team runs them down.

    Anyways good guide. I found it very effective when i first started enigma and needed some guidance. It helped a lot.

  22. Dec
    15
    8:46
    AM
    Superfanger

    The way I always play enigma is this.. get these items… lothars…. boots of travel… blink dagger… and bkb… thats all you need….

    This is how it works…

    While the opponent is running to defend their tower… use boots of travel in plain sight of their creeps but dont teleport.. at the last second use lothars… they think you are gone… run off to the side somewhere and wait to blink in for the pulse dark hole combo…

    GG… they never saw it coming because they “knew” that you were gone… this will get you so many kills…

    I also try to go refresher…

  23. Dec
    29
    5:23
    AM
    hairless void

    i dunno if im a noob or anything but ulti should be added as soon as u reach lvl 6 cause of ganking enemies.
    1 more thing, i like buying maelstorm then later use it for another item recipe…..is it okay?

  24. Feb
    16
    1:35
    AM
    icecreamkid

    @sage of six path
    enig is not a dps hero, dont buy bfly or mkb, this is silly.

    max eidolon and malefice first, and jungle to lvl 6, rush dagger and can start to gank.

  25. Feb
    16
    1:37
    AM
    icecreamkid

    @hairless void

    not quite maelstrom for enig, his not really for dps.

    support your team! your stun and ult will do this.
    get rads after dagger and then farm will be easier

    if the game go on longer, make sheepstick for more disable support

  26. Feb
    28
    3:08
    AM
    bhej

    i think what he means is FUrion has a pretty low hp.. so if managed carefully,you can pawn him when doing the combo..besides, the 1st skill of furion(sorry, i forgot the name)can easily be countered using tango.

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