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DotA Hero Strategy Guide : Jah’rakal, the Troll Warlord

Hello there! Jah’rakal is a really fun to play but rather underused hero because he has little potential in league games, so this guide will focus on Jah’rakal as a killer/rambo type and not a team player:)

Jah’rakal – The Troll Warlord
Range: 500 | | Move Speed: 300 | Primary: AGI
Str: 17 + 2.2 | Agi: 21 + 2.75 | Int: 13 + 1
Damage: 36 – 58 | HP: 473 | Mana: 169
HP Regen: 0.76 | Mana Regen: 0.53
Attack Speed: 1.34 (+ 21% IAS) | Armor: 2

Berserker’s Rage (G)
Jah’rakal goes berserk, using his throwing axes as a melee weapon. He gains 27 minimum damage and 12 maximum damage, 100 HP, 3 armor, 7% move speed, and the Bash ability, but can only attack at melee range.
Level 1 – Bash has a 5% chance to deal 25 bonus damage and stun for 2 seconds.
Level 2 – Bash has a 5% chance to deal 50 bonus damage and stun for 2 seconds.
Level 3 – Bash has a 10% chance to deal 25 bonus damage and stun for 2 seconds.
Level 4 – Bash has a 10% chance to deal 50 bonus damage and stun for 2 seconds.
Mana Cost: 0
Cooldown: 0

A good mid-late game skill. The best time for hunting is once you Max this skill

Blind (D)
A searing light blinds the vision of a target enemy unit, making it miss on some attacks.
Lasts 15 seconds.
Level 1 – Misses on 15% of attacks.
Level 2 – Misses on 24% of attacks.
Level 3 – Misses on 33% of attacks.
Level 4 – Misses on 42% of attacks.
Mana Cost: 20
Cooldown: 8

When people say that Silencer/Viper is the most annoying harraser, they are WRONG. Blind is the most annoying harassing spell in the game(Note That I didnt say best) as there is nothing more annoying than missing a perfectly timed last hit on a creep. The skill that is to be Maxed out early

Fervor ()
Passively increases the attack speed of friendly units within 300 AoE.
Level 1 – Increases attack speed by 5%.
Level 2 – Increases attack speed by 15%.
Level 3 – Increases attack speed by 20%.
Level 4 – Increases attack speed by 30%.
Stack with Necronomicon Archer’s Endurance Aura.
Mana Cost: N/A
Cooldown: N/A

Fantastic skill mid late game for pushing and killing. You wont be learning this early though as it causes you to push more quickly.

Rampage ®
Troll Warlord goes into a feral rampage, increasing his attack and movement speeds.
Lasts 30 seconds.
Level 1 – Increases attack speed by 40% and movement speed by 5%.
Level 2 – Increases attack speed by 80% and movement speed by 7%.
Level 3 – Increases attack speed by 120% and movement speed by 9%.
Mana Cost: 100/ 150/ 205
Cooldown: 55

Add this to Fervour and you get 150% attack speed. Add this to Rage and you get 16% movement speed. This skill is the reason why people fear troll.

Skill build.







Max Rage, then fervour and add points to your ulti whenever possible

Skill build justification

-Blind is maxed because its your only harassing tool(and a very annoying one)

-Stats is next because rage is useless earlygame and Fervour pushes your creeps too far in to the enemys camp.

-Max ulti whenevr you can cause its pawnage. MS grants can save your ass during ganks and you might score a lucky kill.

Item build

0) As many Wraiths as you want, max of 3.

1) BKB

2) BoT (complete as and when you feel like it)

3) Crystalys——> 6) buriza (Luxury)

4) Maelstrom——-> 5)Mjollnir (Luxury)

6) Vlads??? (if you want to, you can use this item after buying Crystalys)(Situational)

Troll is a shitty farmer, so I dont think most games would even allow you to complete Mjollnir, so I wont add more Luxury items.

Thumbs up to the smart guy who guessed where i got the 3 images that look funny from
Item build justification

0) Wraiths

There shouldnt be an argument against this item actually, because its a cheap way to boost your agility and strength.

1) BKB

This item should be gotten first because Troll gets owned by disables and stuns , which almost all heros have. With this item, its possible to attempt a kill everytime the cool down is up. The prospect of missing nearly 50% of your physical attacks and not being able to stun/disable Troll while he is on a Rampage is scary.

Strength component is relavant for survivalbility as you are one weak troll earlygame

Damage is always welcome for Troll as he is a dps hero with insane attack speed.

2) BoT (Complete it as and when you feel like it)
I hate the BoT vs Power treads arguement so I will keep this short.

Troll has enough attack speed, so the attack speed treads provides is redundant.

Teleport is pretty useful for many reasons, escaping, farming…etc.

3) Crystalys

Q: WTF? Why dont complete Buriza? Why just this crap.

Well, I dont know about you, but I find it impossible to farm up 2600 gold for my Demon Edge. If you can do it, fine, but you gotta farm up a hell of a long time without attempting hero kills which will be pretty boring.

Crystalys is a cheap and easy way to boost Trolls dps as it adds a very nice 35 damage and 1.75x crit. Adding damage is the best way to improve Trolls dps as Troll already has a monster attack speed.

4) Maelstrom

The Maelstrom is also another easy way to increase trolls dps.

It adds 25 damage, 6 agility+ Chainlightning orb which increases your dps by around 60-70 which is not bad given its low cost!

Total cost of Item Build with BKB+ Crystalys+ BoT + Maelstrom + 1 wraith

3360+2200+2350+3800+460= 12170 gold, which isnt so bad given the fact that the most of the components are pretty cheap and wasy to farm up.

5+6) Mjollnir+buriza

Since you already have the basic components, why not get these items to furthur improve dps? These items will usually not be gotten as the game would have ended by then, but they are the best ways to improve damage, which is the main focus of Troll.

7) Vlads?

If you are having big problems with survivalbility, you can get this item after Crystalys for the Lifesteal. It also adds damage, which is pretty useful.


Q: Why not S+Y

A: Its not a bad item actually, but I like maelstroms orb better as it contributes more to your dps. Furthurmore, adding damage will increase Trolls dps more than adding agility. The strength you get is overkill as My build already contains so many survivalbility items!

Q: Why not MKB?

A: The quarter staff sadly

Game walkthrough+ Strategy

Earlygame (1-6)

1) Get your prefered choice of starting items. I like getting a flask, a circlet, a slipper, and stock up on tangos.

Lane with another hero at the side lanes because Troll sucks big time earlygame(no stun) and will get harassed to no end. Last hitting willnot be discussed because its common sense.

Try blinding the hero everytime the creep wave is low on health so that that you can deny him the deny and sucessfully last hit. Also, he may miss whilst trying to harass you, which is a big help. Remember, it cost only 50 mana, so spam it!

Good lane combos include Axe and Lich.

Axe can use his battle hunger which synergises with blind as the opponent cannot last hit properly, causing him to suffer the full duration of battle hunger. The lich can easily deny creeps with dark ritual and combine that with blind, your opponents will be pretty pissed. This is not to mention that With his frost nova, you may actually get a lucky kill with rampage.

Early- Midgame (6-12)

By now, you should have

2) Boots of speed

3) BKB(almost completed)

The main objective of this period is to farm for your BKB, because killing other heros is very difficult without it. (Actually, the reason why troll is hardly used in high level games is because he cant do shit without a BKB which takes quite awhile to get, which is darn irritating.) Remember that unlike may ultimates, you dont have to save Rampage for later uses as it has a very low cool down. It is OK to use it if an ally stuns an enemy at full health, even though your ulti most likely wont kill him.


Ahh this is when the fun begins. This stage to me is the reason why Dota is so fun because it is jam packed with ganks which are sooooooo enjoyable.

You should have these items

4) Crystalys
5) Maelstrom
6) BoT

These items are mainly to provide cheap and easy to farm up damage to boost dps. The reason why you should not be busy farming up for a demon edge is because you have to participate in ganks(well its more fun than farming) and the chances of dying is pretty high.

Killing techinques

Trolls combo is very straightfoward.

Get ally to stun, BKB, Rampage, blind, wack away

Reason why BKB is so important is because Troll is weak against stuns or disables, and in that state, he cant deal damage and can easily die. Your dps at this stage can easily touch 160 per second,which is pretty good, considering that you did not farm much.

At level 10, get a tank to tank the damage for you when you want to kill roshan and grab the ageis B4 your ally can take it(be a bastard, its fun:)) After Roshan respwans, Convince the tank to help you once more and promise him that you would give the aegis to him. After you have killed Roshan once more, break your promise and take the second Aegis.

Late game

Chances are, the game is over with luck, your kills will top 20. It dosent matter if you win the game really, the kills are the fun. Without kills, dota wont be fun, so have fun!


Those 2 items should be your final ones if the game continues further, although the game would have to drag for more than 1.5 hours in order for that to happen.


Well have fun playing with Troll Warlord. He has one of the highest dps in the game so, it should be fun seeing the red numbers fly!

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