DotA2 Skill: Spell Steal

Spell Steal

Casting Method:Active
Targetting Method:Unit
Allowed Targets:Enemy Heroes
Rubick studies the trace magical essence of one enemy hero, learning the secrets of the last spell the hero cast. Rubick can use this spell as his own for several minutes or until he dies.

Range: 1000 (1400*)
Duration: 3 / 4 / 5 minutes
Mana Cost: 25 Cooldown Time: 20 / 18 / 16 (2*)
Additional Information
Reduces cooldown and increases cast range. Stolen spell receives Aghanim's Scepter upgrade.

...but even their lesser magics can be a source of much utility.

  • Cannot steal passive abilities, item abilities, or creep abilities. (However Rubick can steal creep abilities cast by Doom via Devour.)
  • Can steal toggle abilities (such as Rot).
  • There is a small gap between the spell steal and the spell cooldown reset (Resets the spell cooldown before it changes the spell to the stolen spell). Because of this, you can cast a spell 2 times back to back. This can be done by casting the spell, stealing another spell, and in that gap casting the spell again. (This combo is difficult to do, and needs a lot of practice to perform successfully.)
  • If a spell has an associated scaling effect (like the souls for Requiem of Souls, Lucent Beam scaling for Luna's Eclipse, or levels of Witchcraft from Death Prophet), Rubick steals a static copy of that scaling effect.
  • Cannot steal Quas, Wex, Exort, or Invoke. Cannot steal auto-cast abilities (such as Frost Arrows) even if they were manually cast.
  • If a spell with a long cooldown is stolen then used, you can reset the cooldown by first stealing a different spell then re-stealing the original spell. If done in this manner, the spell will have a reset cooldown. Re-stealing the spell directly will not reset the cooldown, only refresh the duration of Spell Steal. Example: Steal Elder Dragon Form, use it, then steal another spell like Fissure. If Rubick then steals Elder Dragon Form again, it will be instantly usable without having to wait the 115 seconds since it was last used.
  • Every spell stolen by Rubick has a cast time of 0.1 seconds, regardless of its owner's animation. This allows Rubick to cast certain spells faster than their original owners, like with Pudge's Meat Hook, or Leshrac's Split Earth. Spells with extended cast times such as Sniper's Assassinate and Shadow Fiend's Requiem of Souls keep their additional cast times.
  • If the target enemy Hero has Aghanim's Scepter but Rubick does not, then he will not steal an upgraded version of the spell. However, if Rubick has an Aghanim's Scepter then he will steal an upgraded version of the spell even if the spell's owner does not have one.
  • When stealing Shadowraze, Rubick only acquires the Shadowraze instance that was used, not all 3 Shadowrazes.
  • Even though the UI might make it look possible to have two different stolen spells at a time, this is not possible except for when stealing spells like Illusory Orb that have a secondary ability built in.
  • A full list of unique interactions with spell steal can be found under Spell Steal Interaction.

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Capacious Maxis (3) | December 25, 2012 11:02am
wilddeonpwn wrote:

Notes: cannot steal toggle spells or quas wex
Exort invoke

That would be semi-accurate; orb effects like Frost Arrows cannot be stolen, but non-orb toggles like Rot can be stolen.
Mirror (22) | December 14, 2012 3:10pm
It is even more funny when you steal morph agility.
SuperNova (16) | December 11, 2012 6:51am
steals transformations as well. you can be a plague golem or bear with this ability. funny as hell if u steal morph strength.
wilddeonpwn (102) | August 13, 2012 11:39pm
Notes: cannot steal toggle spells or quas wex
Exort invoke
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