[Top 10] Dota 2 Best Wave Clear Heroes That Are Powerful

Clearing waves is often a hard task for most heroes as they may lack the AoE or the damage to do so. Waves are nothing but hordes of enemy creeps or units which stack up, making it essential to have some sort of AoE to clear them. This is quite vital in the late game if your enemy manages to secure mega creeps or if they have multiple spawnable units.

Pretty much all heroes have AoE spells, but not all of them are effective to clear waves. To assist you in finding the best heroes, we have compiled this list of the Best 10 Powerful Wave Clear Heoeres!

10. Windranger

Behold the ranger of the gusts and the wild winds! Windranger is one of the few heroes who can be picked in any lane. No matter the position, she is known to deal some heavy damage or assist her allies in doing so. To utilize her to her full potential, she is picked in the middle lane, where she can thrive in most matchups due to the insane damage that she is known to dish out. Along with winning the lane, she can also dominate the middle and late game if she hits the right item timings, hence her pick rate skyrockets.

Why is Windranger a great wave clear hero? 

  • High AoE physical damage output with just a few items
  • Immense magical damage with Powershot, which is exceptional for clearing waves 
  • Can quickly farm and shove lanes

Items to Buy on Windranger 

  • Monkey King Bar
  • Maelstorm
  • Black King Bar
  • Aghanim’s Scepter and Shard
  • Daedalus

Windranger full details: https://dota2.fandom.com/wiki/Windranger

9. Pugna

The skeletal figure comes alive after he drains their life and turns them into bones and dust. Pugna is infamous for sucking the soul out of you. A pure lane matchup can favor Pugna as he has more INT and mana pool compared to most heroes along with that you face constant harassment and get shoved out of the lane due to the bonkers damage he deals. He is known to farm effortlessly due to his AoE spell and hit his item timings relatively early. You can also save your low HP allies with Life Drain!

Why is Pugna a great wave clear hero? 

  • All of Pugna's Spells are magical, hence the damage can be devastating to most heroes, especially when combined with Decrepify
  • High AoE damage with Nether Blast, which affects both buildings and enemy units

Items to Buy as Pugna

  • Aether Lens
  • Aeon Disk
  • Scythe of Vyse
  • Dagon
  • Blink Dagger

Pugna full details: https://dota2.fandom.com/wiki/Pugna


8. Shadow Fiend

This spine-chilling beast induces fear into his enemies. His presence weakens the enemies and makes it easy for him to pierce through their feeble armor. He embodies all that is evil and none shall escape him! The almighty Shadow Fiend. Shadow Fiend rarely appears in the pro scene but he is vastly picked in pub games. This is mostly due to his farming capabilities and massive damage output. His early game prowess is unmatched since he can solo kill his mid counterpart easily. Shadow Fiend can go both Physical or Magical build.

Why is Shadow Fiend a great mid-hero?

  • Deals insane magic damage at very early levels.
  • Can go for both magical/physical item builds.
  • All 3 Razes can be used to push lanes and farm faster

Items to buy on Shadow Fiend

  • Eul’s Scepter
  • Silver Edge
  • Black King Bar
  • Eye of Skadi
  • Monkey King Bar

Shadow Fiend full details: https://dota2.fandom.com/wiki/Shadow_Fiend


7. Ember Spirit

The fiery spirit of this warrior is unparalleled and he is back into the meta! His immense knowledge and capabilities are surely a sight worth witnessing. Being a melee hero vs. ranged heroes can be a hard task, especially in the late stages of the game, but Ember defies all odds and is considered to be a great counter simply due to his AoE damage output along with the ability to soak up some serious damage. His flexibility allows him to obliterate enemies of all different kinds. 

Why is Ember Spirit a great wave clear hero? 

  • Great AoE damage which is hybrid (physical and magical)
  • Can destroy illusions and clear waves effortlessly. 
  • Great talent tree that scales well with items and spells 

Items to Buy on Ember Spirit

  • Mjolnir
  • Radiance
  • Shiva’s Guard
  • Blademail
  • Aghanim’s Scepter and Shard

Ember Spirit full details: https://dota2.fandom.com/wiki/Ember_Spirit

6. Gyrocopter

Waging hell from above comes the Gyrocopter. He is one of the most feared heroes in the game! Along with the immense base damage, he deals magical damage with Rocket Barrage and Call Down ultimate. Melee heroes hate laning against him due to the constant harassment and shove back from the lane. The late game is completely dominated by Gyro if he is given the free rein. His AoE spells and physical damage is quite unmatched in the later stages of the game.

What makes Gyrocopter great for wave clearing? 

  • Flak Cannon and Rocket Barrage deal immense AoE damage.
  • Low CD on spells.
  • High base damage

Items to buy on Gyrocopter 

  • Daedalus
  • Satanic
  • Butterfly 
  • Monkey King Bar
  • Mjolnir
  • Swift Blink

Gyrocopter full details: https://dota2.fandom.com/wiki/Gyrocopter

5. Timbersaw

Other than hating trees for a living, Timbersaw loves hating on melee strength heroes, something that he is himself! Apart from this, he is quite a dominating force against melee heroes, his immense damage can not be negated very early into the game. Timber can triumph undoubtedly if he is put in a 1v1 matchup against most strength and melee heroes, the strength disparity damage is just intense and the nuke damage is why he is considered to be one of the best in the business. 

Why is Timbersaw a great wave clear hero?

  • Has mix of both pure and magical damage, which is great as all of his spells are AoE, making it easy for him to push lanes.
  • Absurdly high armor that can negate heaps of physical damage 
  • Good at chasing and slowing enemies, helpfully specifically against escape heroes

Items to Buy on Timbersaw

  • Eul’s Scepter
  • Pipe of Insight 
  • Crimson Guard
  • Blade Mail
  • Lotus Orb

Timbersaw full details: https://dota2.fandom.com/wiki/Timbersaw


4. Queen of Pain

Behold the Queen of dominance! Queen of Pain is a very annoying hero for the enemy mid-laner. It is irritating to lane against constant spam and harassment, if overlooked then it can result in your death! She has the perfect skillset to both harass and kills the enemy hero, her mobility makes her even harder to catch. QoP is active as soon as she gets her level 6, allowing her to gank other lanes. You’re at the wrong end of the leash if you face off against her!

Why is QoP a great wave clear hero?

  • Immensely high AoE damage with all her spells
  • Can nuke waves and heroes quite early on in the game
  • Active hero and a decent early game ganker.
  • Items supplement her ability to kill.

Items to buy on QoP

  • Aghanim’s Scepter and Shard
  • Scythe of Vyse
  • Refresher’s Orb
  • Bloodthorn
  • Black King Bar
  • Eul’s Scepter

Queen of Pain full details: https://dota2.fandom.com/wiki/Queen_of_Pain


3. Kunkka

The Admiral almighty himself! Kunkka is known to be a great tank hero due to his strength gain which is naturally high from the early levels. He can effortlessly survive ganks as his high-status resistance and HP pool come to the rescue. His ultimate proves to be of great use as well as it makes sure he and his allies take the least damage in fights, allowing the fight to be in their favor. The tanky nature of Kunkka is only amplified further by high armor and high HP items. 

Why is Kunkka such a great hero for wave clear?

  • High AoE physical damage with Tidebringer, which can kill waves in one hit!
  • Ultimate that makes him and his allies tanky

Items to buy on Kunnka

  • Daedalus
  • Assault Cuirass
  • Armlet of Mordiggian 
  • Aghanim’s Scepter
  • Black King Bar

Kunkka full details: https://dota2.fandom.com/wiki/Kunkka


2. Puck

Looks can be deceiving! This faery dragon is often considered as one of the most adorable heroes in the game, but at the same time Puck is a menace and not all like playing against it. Puck is often known as the most elusive hero in the game, providing an immense amount of magical damage and crowd control. It is also a great disabler and does well in the early stages of the game. Puck relies more on items than levels but can easily knock down enemy support heroes at level 6.

What makes Puck a great hero for clearing waves?

  • Immensely mobile and slippery hero.
  • Can dominate the early game after reaching level 6.
  • Can dodge spells and projectiles with the Phase Shift ability. 
  • Lots of wave push and farming potential with Illusory Orb and Waning Rift

Items to buy on Puck

  • Blink Dagger
  • Dagon
  • Ethereal Blade
  • Aghanim’s Scepter
  • Eul’s Scepter

Puck full details: https://dota2.fandom.com/wiki/Puck


1. Axe

Doing immense physical damage right off the bat is quite unheard of in the early stages of the game, but Axe is one noble exception! A few Counter Helix spins and boom you’re dead. It gets messy to communicate with your team as you have more units around you, the more damage the Axe Call does. No matter how farmed you are as a carry hero, all it takes is one Axe Blink Call to get you down to 0 HP in no time. 

Why is Axe a great hero for clearing waves?  

  • Counter Helix combined with Blade Mail clears waves quickly.
  • Talents that scale well against illusions
  • Offers great initiation, allowing his team to follow up. 

Items to Buy on Axe

  • Blink Dagger
  • Blade Mail
  • Aghanim’s Scepter and Shard
  • Force Staff
  • Crimson Guard

Axe full details: https://dota2.fandom.com/wiki/Axe

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