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Balanar, the Night Stalker Guide by iQ-w00t

Written by admin on September 28th, 2008

This guide was created by iQ-w00t, thank you!


Index

1. Core idea of the balanar strategy
2. The Hero balanar
3. Skilling
4. Items
5. Strategy


1. Core idea of the balanar strategy

I was playing a game of -ar and i got Balanar.. it had been a while but i knew what had to be done!

If you view the skills of balanar you notice its all focused on the night!

so obviously the night is where balanars strategy lies. I will explain a guide of total domination with balanar.

2. The Hero Balanar

Balanar – The Night Stalker

Range: 100 | | Move Speed: 295 | Primary: STR
Str: 23 + 2.8 | Agi: 18 + 2.25 | Int: 16 + 1.25
Damage: 47 – 51 | HP: 587 | Mana: 208
HP Regen: 0.94 | Mana Regen: 0.65
Attack Speed: 1.39 (+ 18% IAS) | Armor: 5.5

Void (V)

Creates a damaging void. If cast at night, slows the target for 4 seconds.
Level 1 – Deals 90 damage.
Level 2 – Deals 160 damage.
Level 3 – Deals 255 damage.
Level 4 – Deals 335 damage.
Mana Cost: 90/ 112/ 130/ 145
Cooldown: 7

Crippling Fear ()

In the night, the Night Stalker can cause intense fear in enemy units, causing them to miss attacks and be unable to cast spells.
Level 1 – Miss on 10% of attacks, slow by 4%. Lasts 5 seconds.
Level 2 – Miss on 20% of attacks, slow by 8%. Lasts 6 seconds.
Level 3 – Miss on 30% of attacks, slow by 12%. Lasts 7 seconds.
Level 4 – Miss on 40% of attacks, slow by 16%. Lasts 8 seconds.
Mana Cost: 125
Cooldown: 11

Hunter in the Night ()

The Night Stalker is at home at night. He attacks and moves more swiftly.
Level 1 – 15% movement speed, 20% attack speed.
Level 2 – 20% movement speed, 35% attack speed.
Level 3 – 30% movement speed, 55% attack speed.
Level 4 – 35% movement speed, 75% attack speed.
Mana Cost: N/A
Cooldown: N/A

Darkness ®

Freezes the time and create a period of Darkness for the Night Stalker to thrive in.
Level 1 – Create darkness for 25 second night.
Level 2 – Create darkness for 50 seconds.
Level 3 – Create darkness for 80 seconds.
Mana Cost: N/A
Cooldown: 240/ 210/ 150

3. Skilling

What to skill when?

[color=#9ACD32]1. Void
2. Hunter in the night
3. Void.
4. Hunter in the night
5. Hunter in the night

6. Void
[color=#FFA500]7. Hunter in the night

8. Void
9. Darkness
10. Crippling Fear
11. Darkness
12-14. Crippling Fear
15. Attribute Bonus
16. Darkness
17-25. Attribute Bonus

Explanation

Picking void first is obvious.. till the first night that’s the only skill that actually does something and is one of the most important skills in the night. Besides maybe you can do a lucky kill with the dmg of void smile.gif

Hunter in the night is the second skill you need when it turns night. why did I pick 2x void en 3x hunter instead of 3x void and 2x hunter… you would think a stronger spell would make the target easier to kill.. so i thought about it and I came to the conclusion that skilling more levels of “hunter in the night” is better then void anyway. why?The slow doesn’t get better and it costs to much mana to use all the time so.. hunter is more useful. Besides wasting time to go heal is wasting precious time !

Obviously they are both better then crippling fear, but crippling fear is better then attribute bonus because its still very good (the silence effect especially)

Darkness is always necessary!!But you wont need it before lvl 9 because you will be lvl 9 after first night.. when played properly! if you think you wont make lvl 9 before first night then make it lvl 8 btw longer night.. is pwnage time!!! laugh.gif

4. Items

Starting item
Ring of Regeneration.



First items after that

Boots of speed
1/2/3 Bracer
clarity potions/trees


Items after or during first nightly ownage
Treads
Sange


The rest
Finnish S&Y
Buriza
Helm of the dominator
Heart
Satanic


Explanation

Ok… starting at the begin!

ring of regeneration, this is important item.. you dont wanna waste any time in leveling because the sooner you get lvl 6 the sooner you start owning! So if you get harassed a bit or lose some hp other wise (unlucky tower hits) you want this item to keep you alive and gaining XP

why not boots first? because you cant afford it nex to RoR!..
then if you have to go heal or if night is approaching get your boots of speed, you need this item because else they can escape you!

what to do with the rest of cash? start on bracer’s and maybe a clarity potion or trees!
why? well you need the bracers for hp/dmg/mp.. cheap items to give that extra bit you need for total ownage not just 1/2 kills in the night.. and those potions/trees for regaining some mp/hp while running of for more killings!!

getting treads next is logical, because you dont want enemy heroes with threads outrunning you when you get stunned or something, after that sange -> more chance to slow and more HP

and then… finishing s&y more speed you might need when ppl get BoT and its extra attack speed, dmg and HP.

Buriza for the dmg/crit

heart / satanic

much stronger balanar and lifesteal smile.gif
first Helm of dominator though because you want that armor/lifesteal before you start saving on heart!

5. Strategy

Beginning of game

You bought your RoR and now you are going to level, try getting a lane alone but thats normally not possible so just level up dont do anything stupid, because you are going to hunt at night! NOT daylight….

Try getting some last creep hits so you can afford as many items at night as possible, if you are lucky you might even get a kill but in pro games.. dont expect so!

Now lvl lvl lvl, gain cash gain cash gain cash … TILL THE FIRST NIGHT! laugh.gif
The first night

Depending on how fast you lvl will determine if the first night is a natural one or one created by yourself (lvl 6. darkness)

i assume its a natural one.. you can see this night coming, so just before it happens go back and buy the stuff (boots, bracer’s etc) or if you allready bought it due early death or early healing.. then just wait till night occurs.

so ok the night begins.. not look at the map for targets!!! what are we looking for? there are two categories:

1. Their current HP
2. Their position towards their own Tower

So what are we looking for?
a good combination of those 2 factors..

near dead heroes are always instant kills, you run –> you void –> run, hit and kill.

then you have the half dead heroes.. these are also always kills UNLESS they are stunners with mana or their partner is one. or if they are invis heroes
then you have to look at things, how far are they from tower, if they are far enough you can afford 1 stun if they are to close you wont survive.

so either you expect them to get away from tower OR you have to find another target.

so… what about full HP heroes? if they are no stunners/invis they are kills most of the times unless you are weak and they are hiding at their tower.

so now you are running like hell finding targets if they are not there go heal or creep.. and keep buying items (threads, sange, bracer)

you continue this whole night! and its so imba that most heroes cant counter this >=]

then the night ends.. go heal and buy items. then cast your darkness skills and own some more! laugh.gif

The second daylight!

Now are pimped in lvls and HP so now you are going to creep and only kill when the occasion occurs (low hp hero closeby or something) till the new night!
The second night

Time to finish this game

by this time you got your crippling fear skilled that means you can own every hero who is alone.. by crippling them you can silence them and own them all!

if they are supported by other heroes just kill the stunner first and continue with the other if you have enough HP left.. or ask for help from your allied heroes! to kill them both smile.gif

easy enough? yea! kill kill kiLLLLL … .

Obstacles and downsides

What are the problems in this strategy? disablers!

They can ruin your hunts, a net from siren or a sleep from atropos are a kill for your huntings!
so always think of disablers when you hunt!

a few tips!:

balanar is feared during the night, so most times they wont fight back.. make use of that! dont be scared of them when they are with two of them..

you can kill faster and run faster so no problem!

59 Comments so far ↓

  1. Dec
    10
    11:36
    AM
    Dotinha Master

    mihna buil de bala é
    Power Treads
    Vanguard
    Sange Yasha
    MKB
    Tarrask
    Buriza

    Claro que eu nunca terminei essa build,mas,se eu terminasse,ia ficar ROBADAÇO!!!XD

  2. Dec
    16
    9:52
    PM
    daniel

    balanar is a good

    hero coz i like it!!!

  3. Dec
    22
    4:06
    AM
    Dymez

    Balanar is so scary. He have an interesting but creepy history…
    “You can pray, you can cry, but the darkness won’t be stopped – until you…”
    But just like what i wonder with! His main build, i always wonder that it’s better to have Powertreads coupled with a SnY, “Beware, you who wonder ‘the forest in’ the night..”

  4. Jan
    15
    6:51
    PM
    uhhh

    uhhh orb effects don’t stack? so if i were you I’d change the helm of dom to Vlads

  5. Jan
    26
    7:12
    PM
    worm4u

    thanks for the great tips and advice hope that you will give more tips.. thank you very much!!

  6. Feb
    12
    11:34
    PM
    autPwned

    Nighstalker is a realy good hero, but on day, he lost everyfight without your ally, so be very carefull with him.

  7. Feb
    16
    3:52
    AM
    firefrog

    In my opinion think yours are to
    first is to…..Anyway
    Boots of Travel
    SnY
    Heart of Terrasque
    Dagon lvl 5
    next is Butterfly/Boriza
    finally a Blademail/Diffusal Blade

    WHY DIFFUSAL BLADE?
    First use Criplling Fear hit hit
    2nd void hit hit hit
    3rd is purge from diffusal blade(hit hit hit) then dagon lvl5.

  8. Feb
    20
    12:23
    PM
    firefrog

    im just a noob…
    i have just thought of my item build is so hard to do

  9. Feb
    20
    12:33
    PM
    unknown

    balanar can use:
    HoD -> satanic
    armlet of mordiggian
    Phase boots
    basher
    Crystalis -> Buriza
    Refresher Orb(untested)(optional)
    this items can be use w/ an ally w/ vlad

    Vladmirs
    Armlet
    Phase Boots
    SnY
    Basher
    Refresher Orb/Buriza
    (Solo)

    Best Allies:
    Fast moving melee w/ slow/stun/disable

  10. Feb
    23
    1:59
    AM
    gman

    man when i used this guy
    i use vlad offering
    s&y, power tread
    vanguard
    2 bracer/2 wraith band

  11. Feb
    23
    2:00
    AM
    gman

    hey what is boriza give the full
    name of the item

  12. Feb
    28
    7:13
    PM
    all of u...u don't know how to use balanar!

    items:
    1st vladmirs
    2nd power threads(strenght)
    3rd sange and yasha
    4th hearth of tarraque
    5th battle fury
    6th buriza
    thats the perfect

    skills:
    3rd,1st,3rd,1st,3rd,4th,1st,3rd,1st,attributes points,until it master and the last is second skill!

    TRY IT!!!

  13. Mar
    5
    6:37
    AM
    .

    Starting items:
    2 Circlets, Mantle of Intelligence
    1. Boots of Speed, Empty Bottle
    2. Complete Null Talisman, Bracer
    3. Mask of Madness, Black King Bar
    4. Exchange Bracer for Monkey King Bar
    5. Exchange Empty Bottle for Buriza

    This is one of the best buids for Balanar. The empty bottle is for your first night and it solves your mana problems. Most DPS heroes need BKB or else he’ll get disabled all the time and won’t be able to contribute to the team fights. Sange is not needed because the enemy hero won’t be able to run away from you anyways, it will be better just to get DPS items and the power treads would be a waste on him because with HitN, BoS and frenzy on he’ll have 508 ms and spending the extra 1000 will delay your other items. Balanar does not need any other items which increase hp(e.g. HoT) or armor because with his godly ms he can outrun any hero without dying.

    The skill build should be
    1. Void
    2. Hunter in the Night
    3. Void
    4. Hunter in the Night
    5. Void
    6. Hunter in the Night
    7. Void
    8. Hunter in the Night
    9. Darkness
    10.Crippling Fear
    11.Darkness
    12-14.Crippling Fear
    15.Attributes
    16.Darkness
    17-25.Attributes

    This is the only way of playing Balanar for the other people who have not played him properly, this is the best way to play him.

  14. Mar
    7
    2:51
    AM
    Lordofthetroll

    good job,this guide is good thanks

  15. Mar
    21
    8:22
    PM
    ubecharge

    Well, my build is this, (final bild)

    Treads
    Vlads
    SnY
    Cuirass
    HoT

    Cuirass becuse of attack speed,

    Ogre mgi is the best ally cuz of his attk speed buff!

  16. Mar
    25
    3:48
    PM
    Nahian-SP

    Best items:
    1. Power Treads
    2. Madness ( u need this item 4 daytime)
    3. Basher
    4. Heart
    5. Buriza
    6. Deso/ Battlefury/ BKB/ MKB (Best is MKB) But 1st 5 items must!

  17. Mar
    28
    10:17
    AM
    lols

    my builds are

    threads
    vladmirs
    sNy
    cranium bahier
    mkb
    and heart

  18. Apr
    4
    6:38
    PM
    raz44

    why not use:

    MKB
    dominator(for satanic)
    BKB
    BoT
    fury
    + luxury maybe buttefly

    achievable in 3v3 games but maybe but not quite in 4v4 or 5v5 games coz balanar is not a good farmer..
    i use fury on him to farm faster and the damage it gives…mkb for damage n attck speed..bkb for immunity in team battle..dominator for survivality..BoT for pushing purposes..butterfly maybe for everything…

  19. Apr
    7
    8:31
    PM
    mannynoy

    all of you are so slow

    1st.. vladimirs
    2nd .. pwer treads
    3rd heart
    4. . . .divine
    hahaha thats good
    get the aegis from roshan

    play wisely

  20. Apr
    27
    10:17
    PM
    SweEt

    Thanx guys real help!! Bit of contraversy, but all is good ty!?!!

  21. May
    11
    11:59
    AM
    andros_skc

    hahahahhaah divine….with aegis good choise…must try.

    My item build:
    Trads
    Vlads
    S&Y
    Basher
    Assaulth cuirras
    heart

  22. Jun
    12
    5:04
    AM
    lil

    vanguard

  23. Jun
    12
    5:06
    AM
    lil

    1 basher
    2 basher
    3 mom
    4 buriza
    5 hot
    6 boots

  24. Jun
    15
    5:08
    AM
    getdotawisely

    fuck you all you are weak and balanar is a weak hero!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Jun
    25
    3:43
    AM
    win01

    1.vladi.
    2.power treads.
    3.battle fury.
    4. s&y.
    5. heart.
    6. buriza

  26. Jul
    19
    6:25
    PM
    urahobo

    1) 2 Bracers
    2) Treads
    3) Basher or Crysalis
    4) Heart
    5) Buriza
    6) Anyfin

  27. Jul
    22
    8:37
    AM
    Silenth21

    1.Vladmrs
    2.Power Treads (str)
    3.Sange n\’ Yasha
    4.Cranium Basher
    5.Battle Fury
    6.Assult Cuirass
    \”Kill n\’ Kill n\’ Kill\”

  28. Jul
    23
    7:19
    AM
    DoMmeLâ„¢

    AmFF……
    this is My way Of Best Build For balanar:

    1)treads
    2)Basher
    3)Bkb
    4)Buriza
    5)Tarasque
    6)Lothar`s

    If you get that all you will be so GODLIKE unpredictable ^_^

  29. Jul
    24
    6:59
    PM
    03blaise03(GG acct)

    my build:
    vlad
    boots
    sange
    threadz
    finish s&y
    quiras
    and anything i want…..depend on my kalaban…..^_~…..try dis it so good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Jul
    28
    1:20
    AM
    ryan(pampanga)

    balanar is the hottest ….

    my build for balanat is …

    1.treads(str)
    2.vanguard
    3.battle fury(can make many last hits)
    4.sange first and then go to s and y
    5.mask of madness if necessry..pro vladmirs nlng because MOM is a orb effect ..s and y also orb effect …so do vladimirs
    6.tarrasquee

    thats olll …

  31. Aug
    4
    9:34
    PM
    zac(GG player)

    balanar

    THis IS MY BUILD

    1.treads
    2.vanguard
    3.Sange And YASHA
    4.battle fury
    5.basher
    6.Assault Cuirass

    tats all fou u to OWN the game at night

  32. Aug
    20
    12:09
    AM
    aztech_stalker

    balanar pro hero

  33. Sep
    7
    3:06
    AM
    -_-lll

    wat mean deso?

  34. Sep
    16
    4:02
    PM
    ice_cool_

    This is my build for balanar i almost always use it , almost:
    1.Bracer
    2.Bracer
    3.Power threads
    4.Helm of the dominator
    5.Monkey king bar
    6.Heart of tarrsuqe

    This almost always ends the game or if the game prolongs get stanic and assault curias. But these 6 items i alwas get and they really work and i get them in the same order as they are written. Hope this is a good bulid , want more comments on this.

  35. Sep
    16
    4:05
    PM
    ice_cool_

    ooo forgot to add i use this build only in 5v5 games or if there is bloodseeker on the other side i found that balanar is really a good counterpick to bloodseeker.

  36. Sep
    19
    12:03
    AM
    andy

    best item to balanar by me : (hehe)
    1power treads
    2vladimir
    3vanguard
    4s&y
    5satanic
    6battlefury(easy money)

  37. Oct
    10
    12:09
    PM
    pentagram

    best item 4 balanar iz valdmir PT Desolater b.f basher n HOT jus try it n see the rape of eniems

  38. Oct
    11
    1:04
    AM
    answerplz

    is armlet are good in balanar???

  39. Oct
    26
    4:49
    PM
    Somebody

    My Items Of Balanar
    Threads
    Vladimirs
    S&Y
    Heart
    MKB
    Buriza

  40. Nov
    7
    12:45
    PM
    omfg

    Sorry, this guide sucks. It only outlines the basic idea of balanar.

    It assumes at every turn that enemy heroes are entirely fucking retarded and will never do anything to counter you. It just assumes that everything goes smoothly.

    This isn’t a guide. It’s a new player tutorial.

  41. Nov
    13
    11:22
    AM
    ricardo

    the best built for BALANAR is
    1.Helm of dominator
    2.treads
    3.basher
    4.MKB(monkey king bar)
    5.satanic
    6.blade mail
    AND REMEMBER I ALWAYS USE BALANAR AND POWNED WITH THIS USE IT AND IT WILL HELP YOU TRUST ME

  42. Dec
    3
    7:15
    AM
    ian zoleta

    WWWHHHOOOAAAHHH!!!!!
    my build for balanar is
    1.power threads
    2.vladimirs offerings
    3.battle fury
    4.cranium basher
    5.monkey king bar
    6.sange and yasha
    try to build it your balanar will be unstopable!!! OWNAGE!!

  43. Dec
    5
    6:28
    AM
    Pk

    The best item for balanar is
    BkB
    Vladimir
    AC
    Heart
    SnY
    Mask of death

  44. Dec
    5
    11:39
    PM
    Stallin

    This is a Perfect Balanar I build :
    1. Vanguard (Buy Stout Shield First)
    2. Vanguard
    3. Phase Boot
    4. Gem Of trueshight(if VS Rikimaru) / Sange Yasha
    5. Butterfly
    6. Heart of Tarrasque

    Try it and you will be perfect

  45. Dec
    16
    5:22
    AM
    frankestein

    hahahaha….good suggestion,thanks for all.

  46. Dec
    16
    5:33
    AM
    werewolf

    balanar is good killed…

  47. Dec
    26
    8:25
    PM
    Stallin

    BALANAR IS A GOOD KILLER

  48. Jan
    18
    2:18
    AM
    Ego Phresh

    you don’t really need to improve his attack speed. the reason : hunter in the night. my build is :

    phase boots
    Vladimirs offering
    MKB
    HoD

  49. Feb
    1
    1:36
    AM
    gonzales'aldrich

    nice strtigies but not good enough for pro killings!!

  50. Feb
    24
    2:59
    AM
    yeayeayea

    best item builds
    empty bottle X 6 ^_^

  51. Feb
    26
    2:40
    AM
    MAKIBAHOY

    mga weak kayo FUCK YOU
    DI NYO ALAM Ang buo ng BALANAR
    bobo GAGSTI

    AKP
    TAU GAMMA PHI.
    TBS
    GURDIANS
    APO
    PMC
    DSG
    AKD

  52. Mar
    8
    6:14
    AM
    elvis

    qng aq bbuo ng gmit dun nq sa cnav ni stallin kc kailangan tlga ni balanar ng hp pra mkasurvive tpos s and y sunod pra dagdag hp,damage,attack speed nd movement speed..tpos sunod nman ay aghanims scepter pra puro gabi na laki na hp taas pa mana at di lang yn lkas pa ng regen mu..cguro pg nag level 16 c balanar 3k buhay if nbuo mu lhat ng cnav ni stallin..=)

  53. Mar
    20
    3:14
    AM
    NightHunteR

    my stuff for balanar :
    -Power Threads
    -Mask Of Madness
    -Cranium Basher
    -Heart Of tarasuque
    -Assault cuirass
    -Buriza

    ITS COOL TRY IT..GOOD LUCK

  54. Mar
    31
    2:44
    PM
    neos

    good guide

    build:

    1st: 2 bracers + tango
    2nd: PT
    3rd: helmet of the dominator
    4th: crystals
    5th: heart
    6th: buriza

    if you have more gold buy heart or if you need bkb (more than one nuker in enemys team)

    alternative:

    1st: 2 bracers
    2nd: PT
    3rd: VLadmirs offering (no orb!)
    4th: S&Y
    5th: buriza/mkb/basher
    6th: heart

    if noone in your team has a magic bottle you can take one but dont steal your team runes you just need double dmg

    personally i think first build is better: becaus with satanic survival is given and you have nice dps

  55. Mar
    31
    2:45
    PM
    neos

    sry in 1st build change heart and buriza by reading

  56. Mar
    31
    2:47
    PM
    neos

    ok next try xD

    1st build

    1: 2bracers
    2: PT
    3: Helmet
    4:crystals
    5. satanic
    6: buriza
    7: heart

  57. Apr
    2
    11:30
    PM
    huehehe

    hey, thanks for the tips and the guide, because of the tip my balanar can do a double kill now :) thanks man

  58. Jul
    29
    2:21
    AM
    BosZz KeVIn

    COMBO WITH SKELETON KING AND BALANAR
    1ST:YOUR TEAMMATE MUST BE SKELETON KING
    2ND:BALANAR IS YOURS
    3RD:YOUR TEAMMATE MUST CHOOSE THE 3RD SKILL TO LIFESTEAL YOUR HERO
    4TH:THEN YOUR TEAMMATE FIRE’S THE HELLFIRE BLAST THEN YOU VOID THE ENEMY THEN………HE LOSE

  59. Jul
    29
    8:47
    PM
    bergs

    batter you wear battle fury at the middle game to farm..more easier to get gold..just give advice atleast

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