Morphling Guide


Starting items:

Early game:

  • Bottle should be the first item purchased if Morphling is running mid, as every rune can be used to effectively speed his farm, and can later be used in combination with Boots of Travel to quickly refill mana and health.
  • Boots of Speed are necessary on Morphling to improve his slow 285 base movement speed.
  • Infused Raindrops are a valuable source of mana regen, and provide a strong source of protection against magical nukes.

Core items:

Situational items:

  • Dragon Lance is a cheap source of stats, and gives valuable attack range to improve Morphling`s early fights. Later, it may be upgraded to Hurricane Pike for additional mobility, mana, and regen, or it can be disassembled to make Black King Bar and/or Yasha.
  • Boots of Travel are a strong alternative to Power Treads, as between the teleports of the item and Replicate, Morphling gains the ability to quickly move about the map, using the fountain to easily regenerate and quickly pushing multiple lanes for quick farming.
  • Manta Style is very strong on Morphling and a common alternative to Ethereal Blade. His items are primarily attribute-based, which illusions inherit. An agility morphed Morphling with a few items can produce durable illusions that can deal a large amount of damage.
    • Because silences and roots are also potent counters against Morphling, a Manta Style`s ability to purge debuffs and silences synergies well with his escape mechanisms. After using Manta Style, Morphling can escape with Waveform or Replicate, leaving behind powerful illusions to distract or finish off wounded opponents.
  • Diffusal Blade provides modest stats, and allows his attacks to burn mana. It can be an effective item to increase Morphling`s damage output in situations where he has a large amount of strength, and after a stunning adaptive strike, one can burn enough mana to prevent the enemy from responding with their own spells.
  • Aether Lens provides much of what a supporting Morphling needs to be effective. More mana and mana regeneration, and amplifying the cast range and damage of his spells.
  • Aghanim`s Scepter is rarely worth the valuable item slot for a carry Morphling. On a support Morphling, with an appropriately strong ally, this can effectively make late teamfights 6v5. Of particular value is allies who have a passive ultimate ability, and allies who can summon powerful wards.

Extension items:


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  • Short attack range.
  • Low mana.
  • One of the slowest heroes in the game.



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Morphling typically enters the game with a sensitive laning phase. His short auto attack range and extremely low base damage require him to morph early points into agility early on to keep up in last hits, leaving him fragile for the first few levels. As he gains levels, be that as it may, his Waveform evolves into a potent area-of-effect nuke which can easily grab him kills to accelerate his farm. Additionally, early points in Morph Agility/Strength allow him escape out of danger so long he has mana or is not silenced.

In order to transition to the mid-game safely, be that as it may, Morphling requires a significant amount of mana and mana regeneration to keep up. All four of his spells are demanding on mana, but a healthy supply of it will allow him to escape, gank, split push, and adapt to all manners of fighting with impunity. This is typically why Linken`s Sphere is a strong item to pick up on him. He benefits from the stats it provides and Perseverance gives him early game sustenance. The spell block is invaluable; the strongest silences and hexes in the game are instant and targeted, giving him enough reaction time to Morph Replicate out of very dangerous situations. Be that as it may, an early Bottle and good use of Morph Replicate and Boots of Travel can provide sustainability and a huge amount of mobility to farm faster. This is especially powerful when paired with Keeper of the Light, who can supply mana and Recall Morphling around the map.

Carry Morphling typically transitions into the mid-game in two primary ways. The first is through the Shotgun build, where one can purchase an Ethereal Blade. In combination with Adaptive Strike, this allows him to shut down fragile targets with ease, especially in games where the enemy team is often separated. The second is a more defensive, farming oriented build with Manta Style, which allows him to split push and dispel debuffs with ease. In the late game, Morphling has many options. With a full set of stat-heavy items, he boasts the strongest natural auto-attack speed and damage in the game, making items such as Satanic, Daedalus, and Monkey King Bar very profitable on him. He also makes incredible use of every stat on Eye of Skadi and Butterfly, two must-have late game items which allow him to go toe-to-toe with even the hardest of carries.

Despite his strengths as a scaling carry, Morphling is a difficult carry to play from behind. Waveform is an expensive spell and he has no in-built sustain to farm jungle creeps easily, and Adaptive Strike requires levels and items to become an effective nuke. In addition, his lack of multiple-target damage makes it difficult for him to join larger teamfights in the early or mid game. Careful consideration needs to be made when picking him into your team. For instance, you can consider choosing magic-heavy team compositions to abuse his Ethereal Blade magic damage amplification, a split-push composition, or a composition which is heavy on initiation power so he can unload his damage without risk.


Support Morphling is a build which maxes Adaptive Strike early on to abuse a 4.25 second stun with 900 cast range. An Adaptive Strike with this power is unlocked as early as level 7, allowing Morphling to contribute as an extremely powerful early-game ganker. Because of this, a solo lane (typically offlane) suits support Morphling the best. The sooner he can attain his levels, the sooner he can disrupt other lanes. With some gold, support Morphling can build initiation items like Eul`s Scepter of Divinity, Blink Dagger, Force Staff, Shadow Blade, and so on. In certain team compositions an early Aghanim`s Scepter opens up an entirely new playstyle. Hybrid has a huge amount of uses. Purchasing Aghanim`s Scepter allows Support Morphling to transition into more than a hero that stuns from long range, and is a good idea to pick up if you have extra gold around.

Ability Builds

Carry Morphling
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  • As a carry, Morphling should maximize Waveform and Morph early. usually skipping his ultimate early.
    • Putting the first point into Morph while in the fountain allows him to shift extra points into agility, making it easier to last hit.
    • Morph should be maxed out over Waveform against an aggressive lane, as higher level morph gives him hp faster and costs less mana per point shifted.
  • Replicate`s first level is short lived and has a short cast range, giving it minimal utility in the early game.
    • In some cases, taking the spell early can be useful to gain an instant escape or enable a temporary relocation to another lane or the fountain, but keep in mind the high mana cost of jumping to the illusion`s location
    • Replicating a durable ally can also be used to tank the attacks of a jungle camp, should you be struggling to find farm in lane.
  • As a carry, Adaptive strike is primarily used to deal damage with a large pool of agility, making it weak in the early game.
    • In a game with uncontested farm (eg. a successful trilane), it can be preferable to skip one or two points in Morph and/or Replicate in order to max out Adaptive Strike faster.
Support Morphling
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  • Like carry Morphling, the first point is usually put into Morph, but a supporting Morphling will shift towards strength, increasing his survivability and preparing for a stunning Adaptive Strike.
    • Morph`s higher levels can be delayed for a supporting Morphling.
  • Waveform`s scaling only increases damage and mana cost, and so the value point is enough to gain the mobility value from the spell.
  • Adaptive Strike`s early value in a supporting morphling lies in the long stun available when morphed towards Strength, giving plenty of time for allies to kill off the target.
  • An early point of Replicate is far more valuable for support Morphling, allowing him to quickly relocate to assist in another lane then return, or to stack additional camps.





  • Use this to escape from ganks early game. If going for kills, use this after using Adaptive Strike if you have that leveled.
  • Assuming you have the regen and the mana pool, you can use waveform to speed up farming while going for those big items.
  • Morphling`s early game damage is relatively high with Waveform and decent right click through Morph. Consider laning with an aggressive support to grab some early game kills so you can accelerate your farm and reach your late game faster.
  • Waveform`s travel speed is slightly higher than the projectile of Etherial Blade, meaning that while you can cast the blade during the wave form, you must use the item before casting if you wish to amplify the damage of this spell.

Adaptive Strike



Replicate is a powerful spell, and has many uses, both as a general utility spell and for combat. "Utility tips:"

  • If struggling in lane to farm, an early point in Replicate can be used like an illusory support, stacking and/or pulling a neutral camp, or it can be used to tank neutral creep attacks to keep Morphling`s low HP pool intact.
  • A replicate illusion allows Morphling to teleport Teleportation is a form of movement in Dota that instantly moves a target from one point to another. The most common teleports are Blink Dagger s Blink and Town Portal Scroll s Teleport. Teleports can be distinguishing dota2 back to the fountain to regenerate and purchase items, then instantly jump back to creeps.
  • After making a Replicate and moving the illusion to a safe place, Morphling can afford to take more risks such as pushing into dangerous territory or joining a teamfight, and jump to the illusion to escape.
  • Creating a Replicate costs far less mana than teleporting to the illusion`s position, and in most cases Morphling should create an illusion to help him as often as possible.
  • Don`t be afraid to create Replicates of enemy heroes if you wish to prepare an escape replicate, it can be very difficult for an enemy hero to kill an illusion of themselves which promptly flees to your towers.
  • When supporting, consider enabling allied control so the carries can control the illusion directly to help with whatever they`re doing.
  • Replicate illusions do not take bonus damage, and so can be difficult for enemies to identify. Moving a ally`s illusion into a dangerous position can often be used to bait out spells from the enemy if it behaves convincingly.

"Combat tips:"

  • To maximize damage use this on a carry who has built a lot of stat items.
  • Replicating an enemy with a powerful aura Auras are passive abilities that grant a buff or debuff to units in an area of effect around the holder, or in some cases, over a short period at a targeted point or unit. By dota2 is an efficient way to amplify your entire team.
  • When levelled, Replicate has an extremely long cast range, and so can be used as a way to effectively blink to an enemy hero, but the long cooldown makes this move best reserved as a last resort. In most cases, it will be better to use the Replicate illusion to secure vision on the target to aim Waveform and/or Adaptive Strike, preserving the illusion to continue assisting you.
  • Remember there are a handful of abilities that are able to kill illusions instantly, easily wasting Replicate or Hybrid. Such abilities include Life Drain, Mana Drain and Hex.
  • Avoid creating a Replicate if near death, as the Replicate illusion dies if Morphling dies.