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August 7, 2015 by Bugg
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DotA2 Hero: Bristleback

Purchase Order


Early Game



Hero Skills

Viscous Nasal Goo

1 12 13 14

Quill Spray

2 3 5 7


4 8 9 10


6 11 16


15 17 18


August 7, 2015


Hai, I am Bugg and this is my guide on Bristleback (AKA: BB). Comment if there is anything you might want changed.


Never one to turn his back on a fight, Rigwarl was known for battling the biggest, meanest scrappers he could get his hands on. Christened Bristleback by the drunken crowds, he waded into backroom brawls in every road tavern between Slom and Elze, until his exploits finally caught the eye of a barkeep in need of an enforcer. For a bit of brew, Bristleback was hired to collect tabs, keep the peace, and break the occasional leg or two (or five, in the case of one unfortunate web-hund).
After indulging in a night of merriment during which bodily harm was meted out in equal parts upon both delinquent patrons and his own liver, Bristleback finally met his match. “Your tusks offend me, sir,” he was heard to drunkenly slur to one particularly large fellow from the northern wastes whose bill had come due. What followed was a fight for the ages. A dozen fighters jumped in. No stool was left unbroken, and in the end, the impossible happened: the tab went unpaid. Over the weeks that followed, Bristleback's wounds healed, and his quills grew back; but an enforcer's honor can be a prickly thing. He paid the tab from his own coin, vowing to track down this northerner and extract redemption. And then he did something he'd never done before--he actually trained, and in so doing made a startling discovery about himself. A smile peeled back from his teeth as he flexed his quills. Turning his back to a fight might be just the thing.

Pros / Cons

Can lower armor with goo
Awesome chaser
Great at early game ganks
Can carry late game depending on the farm he gets
Warpath's movement speed buff from using abilities could be used as a escape plan
Low mana cost, and low cooldown

Low strength gain
No disable
Not so durable when attacked from the front


Standard starting items, health regen, branches, and shield that could be built into Crimson Guard.

Ring of Health that builds into Vanguard, and Ring of Basilius for mana regen when your spamming your quills.

Power Treads for attack speed and strength and switch to intelligence for maximum quill spam. Heart for tankiness.

Core for spell heal when using quills. Radiance for burn and damage. SNY for maim and health. Shiva, Assault Cuirass and Blademail for armor.


Q: Viscous Nasal Goo:
Freaking awesome slow, armor reduction is always good, but not good enough to max first or second. Use this to chase. Take this early but max last.

W: Quill Spray:
Your signature ability, max first. Gives MAD damage if it stacks alot. Use this with your q for easy chasing.

E: Bristleback:
BB takes less damage if hit from his *** or from his sides. Pretty useful if your low and running away. Max second.

R: Warpath:
To be honest, the best name for a ultimate. Every single time he casts a spell he gains movement speed and damage. In combination with stacking quills? That is some pretty wicked damage!

Team Work

Once you get your q and w you can get some easy kills, possibly even first blood with nothing but you goo! Once you hit 6 (Or not?) you can start ganking.

Mid Game:
Teamfights start erupting and you don't know what to do... Your most likely going to have Crimson Guard and a little bit of your heart so to me, your considered "Tanky". You could initiate unless you have someone like Tide, Magnus and heroes like that. Start wacking your mace at the people that need it the most.

Late Game:
Depending on your earlier farm, you carry this ****. You should have some Luxury items built by now. Start kicking ***.


That it. Thank.

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