[Top 10] Dota 2 Primal Beast Counters (Best Heroes Against Primal Beast in Dota 2)

The newest addition to the game, the threatening and ferocious Primal Beast was one of the most picked heroes of the recent International 10. He was highly picked due to his exceptional damage and crowd control, making him an excellent mid-laner. He can easily separate the fights with the help of his Onslaught, and deal loads of damage with Trample. He is quite unavoidable if you see his recent pick rate, it has plummeted after finding success at the International. The best part about Primal Beast is that he does not rely on items to get his work done, all he needs is a few levels and voila, you have yourself a grumpy mighty dinosaur!

The Primal Beast is a lethal entity for sure, his spells can terrorize multiple heroes at once, but there are ways around countering him with certain items and spells. We bring you the Best 10 Primal Spirit Counters in the current meta, these heroes are highly lethal and have spells that can render the mighty dino quite useless from the early stages of the game.

Best general items against Primal Beast

  • Rod of Atos - Locks Primal down, making him unable to move or use any spells, allowing you to punish him without having him escape with his Onslaught.
  • Black King Bar - On usage, it provides spell immunity. This entirely negates the damage from all of Primal Beast’s spells, as they all are magical types.
  • Eul’s Scepter - Can be used to sweep yourself or the targetted enemy into the air for 2.5 seconds, making them unable to use spells or move. This can be used to lock Primal Beast down or temporarily shut him off from the fights in case he uses Onslaught or his ultimate.
  • Pipe of Insight - Upon activation, it provides magic resistance to the caster and nearby allies, which is essential against Primal Beast as it reduces the magic damage that you take from his spells. The duration lasts for 12 seconds and can block up to 400 magic damage.
  • Force Staff - Allows you to force yourself or the targetted unit 600 units ahead in the direction they are facing, it can be useful to catch or initiate on Primal Beast in case he uses Onslaught.
  • Glimmer Cape - Provides invisibility upon usage, and can also be used on allies to escape or to initiate on Primal Beast.

10. Death Prophet

Death Prophet in pub games is quite a rare sight in the recent meta, but she is a textbook counterpick to spell-casting heroes like Primal Beast. The latter is obliterated in the laning phase as is subjected to constant harassment and also has the attack range disadvantage. The chilling Death Prophet looms over the Primal Beast, dealing high magical damage to him and silencing him, reducing his impact by a big margin. She also has high late-game potential and can push towers quickly compared to Primal Beast, courtesy of her ultimate.

DP can ward Primal Beast off the lane with her Spirit Siphon, further solidifying her lead in the early game. Late-game Death Prophet is a whole different beast as her ultimate, Exorcism allows her to not only fight well but also take down towers. It also heals her at the end of the duration. The game can essentially be over for Primal Beast if Death Prophet manages to silence him and have all her Exorcism spirits target him.

Why is Death Prophet a great counter to Primal Beast?

  • Silence can be used to interrupt Primal Beast while he is channeling Pulverize.
  • Spirit Siphon while not as strong as before is still a problem if he uses Onslaught to initiate.
  • Exorcism also does a good amount of damage due to Primal Beast being slowed and unable to cast Onslaught.

Items to buy against Primal Beast

  • Eul’s Scepter - Can be used to lock Primal Beast down and set him up for silence 
  • Black King Bar - Magic Immunity from all of Primal Beast’s magic damage spells
  • Aghanim’s Scepter and Shard - High damage which can be used to push towers or deal immense damage during teamfights
  • Kaya and Sange - Increases stats along with increasing mana gain and reducing mana cost, allowing DP to cast her spells freely against Primal Beast.
  • Shiva’s Guard - Upon activation, it deals damage in an AoE, slowing down the affected targets. It also provides increased armor and reduces enemy armor in an AoE.


9. Weaver

Weaver is one of the most dominant heroes in the current meta. His spells make him extremely elusive while also making him deal high damage to Primal Beast. The reason why Weaver is highly picked against Primal Beast is due to his great mobility along with the ability to reduce his armor with the help of Germinate. Primal Beast has decent armor but he can quickly be threatened if Weaver has armor corruption items, weakening his armor even further. Weaver can be brought down low with Primal Beast’s toolkit, but all it takes is a Time Lapse to go back in time, restoring this lethal bug’s HP and mana. This can further backfire on Primal Beast if he does not have a backup.

it is essential to pick a ranged hero if you are against Primal Beast to prevent the ungodly damage dealt to you with all the magic damage in close range and Weaver is a great ranged hero as he can also escape the clutches of Primal Beast. In the late game, Weaver can be quite unkillable as he acquires a farm and gets tanky while Primal Beast eventually falls off, making it easy for the massive bug to strike the venom monger down within no time.

Why is Weaver a great counter to Primal Beast?

  • Shukuchi allows Weaver to escape from Trample.
  • Trample disarms Primal Beast, so when he uses it Weaver can cast The Swarm to make him vulnerable to physical damage.
  • Primal Beast has a slow attack speed, making it harder for him to kill The Swarm beetles.

Items to buy on Weaver

  • Desolator - Provides increased damage along with armor corruption on physical attacks. It can also gain stacks and increased the mentioned perks with the increase in stacks. Desolator is ideal to mow down the squishy Primal Beast.
  • Black King Bar - Provides spell immunity from all of Primal Beast’s magic damage spells, making Weaver invulnerable in the fight. It is always a top priority, as most seasoned players prefer to purchase the BKB as their first item.
  • Daedalus - Provides immense critical damage which can’t be negated by Primal Beast.
  • Monkey King Bar - Gives increased physical damage and also provides a true strike.


8. Bloodseeker

Bloodseeker, the cold-blooded hunter is a mighty force against numerous heroes regardless of their attack range. Primal Beast, in theory, should perform better than Bloodseeker due to his range advantage but is a squishy hero so he finds it extremely hard to withstand the composite damage of the vicious vampire. Bloodseeker can withstand the heavy beatings of Primal Beast with the help of his lifesteal as well as his Q which sustains him in the laning phase as well as in the teamfights. Although Primal Beast has the range advantage, Bloodseeker has more potential as a carry in the later stages of the game. 

Blood Rite is extremely useful to lock Primal Beast down and silence him, which allows him to kill him in skirmishes. Primal Beast can also fall victim to Rupture which can pierce Black King Bar making him take immense amounts of damage if he moves with his Onslaught. It may result in his instant death or make him low enough for Bloodseeker to hunt him and further neutralize him. Thirst is extremely powerful against Primal Beast as it reveals his location if he falls low enough to reach the threshold.

Why is Bloodseeker a great counter to Primal Beast?

  • Rupture negates the mobility provided by Onslaught in any attempt to escape or reposition in fights.
  • Primal Beast's abilities require movement to deal damage, making Rupture potentially deadly and debilitating. Furthermore, its initial damage based on the target's current health is devastating to a full-health Primal Beast with his high strength gain and thus high HP.
  • Due to his reliance on spells, Primal Beast is vulnerable to Blood Rite's powerful silence without items to counter it. While silenced, Primal Beast cannot retaliate effectively with his spells.

Items to buy on Bloodseeker

  • Black King Bar - Provides spell immunity, making him invulnerable in the fight against Primal Beast.
  • Monkey King Bar - Provides increased physical damage along with true strike 
  • Mjolnir - Provides a chance to deal AoE damage in an area, it can be used on allies or allied units to make them do the same. Exceptional for pushing lanes and farming quickly
  • Sange and Yasha - Provide decent stats, status resistance, attack speed, and attack damage
  • Abyssal Blade - Can be used to quickly lock down Primal Beast after getting on top of him, allowing you to beat him down with the physical damage


7. Oracle

The sinister Oracle is a great addition to your team if you are lacking a dominant support hero. Oracle proves to be a great counter to Primal Beast as he is extremely great against both magic and physical damage heroes as he provides your allies with both resistance and heals to support them. Oracle is also great in the late game, where the fights are long and dragged out while Primal Beast gradually falls off. A few failed ganks can significantly lead to the downfall of Primal Beast in the late stages of the game.

Oracle is a strong laner who can both shove and ensure a few kills on Primal Beast if he is not too cautious. Oracle can also be a victim of Primal Beast’s damage if he is not positioned properly. As it is known, the position is the key when you are playing squishy support heroes against high-damage cores that can brute force through the front lines and aim directly at you. Oracle has various tools to safeguard himself and also save his allies during fights.

Why is Oracle a great counter to Primal Beast? 

  • Oracle's Fate's Edict will protect an ally from Primal Beast's nuking damage.
  • Oracle's False Promise can dispel Primal Beast's stun and slow his abilities, allowing an ally to escape.
  • Fortune's End can stop Primal Beast from chasing Oracle or his allies or from running away.

Items to buy on Oracle

  • Glimmer Cape- Upon cast, it turns Oracle or the targetted ally invisible, allowing him to escape from Primal Beast or initiate on him.
  • Aether Lens - Provides increased cast range on both spells and items, can be used to catch Primal Beast off-guard
  • Force Staff - Allows Oracle to force himself or the targetted unit 600 units ahead in the direction they are facing, it can be useful to escape or initiate on the Primal Beast.
  • Aeon Disk - Saves him from getting burst quickly from Primal Beast’s spell combo and also applies a basic dispel, although it has an extremely hefty cooldown of 180 seconds.
  • Eul’s Scepter - It can be used to sweep Oracle or Primal Beast into the air for 2.5 seconds, making them unable to use spells or move. This can be used to lock him down or temporarily remove Oracle from the fight, it dispels most debuffs upon self-cast. Pangolier can use it to escape from his ultimate if he is trying to gank him with it.


6. Dazzle

The dashing Dazzle is a slightly overseen pick in the recent few patches, but it is undoubtedly one of the best support counters to Primal Beast. He has various spells to safeguard his allies and help them survive teamfights. He also is an annoying hero to lane against if you’re a melee hero like Primal Beast. There is no way you can escape the obnoxious damage dealt by this sinister priest, his powers only amplify in the late game. Primal Beast is also countered by Dazzle’s Aghanim’s Shard which causes him to get Hexed if the latter uses his Poison Touch ability.

Dazzle also offers armor reduction to Primal Beast with the help of his ultimate. He can also initiate well and is relevant throughout the game as his spells do not fall off in the late game, unlike the Primal Beast. The best part about Dazzle is that you don't even need items to get kills or secure the laning phase, all you need are levels. A high leveled Dazzle is enough to give long-lasting nightmares to the Primal Beast.

Why is Dazzle great against Primal Beast? 

  • Shallow Grave can prevent the death of an ally that is being focused on by the Primal Beast.
  • Shadow Wave lets Dazzle heal allies and damage enemies from a decent range, ensuring he does not get targeted by the Primal Beast.

Items to Buy on Dazzle

  • Glimmer Cape - Provides invisibility, and can also be used on allies to escape or to initiate
  • Solar Crest - Provides armor to allies and reduces enemy armor on usage
  • Force Staff - Another great tool to close gaps or escape
  • Aghanim’s Shard - Hexes units affected by Poison Touch, it can be used to disable the Primal Beast to either initiate or run away from him. 


5. Shadow Demon

Shadow Demon has to be one of the most underrated heroes in the game. The terrifying magic damage dealt by him is lethal for heroes with low magic resistance. Laning against a Shadow Demon is not fun for the dino as he is constantly getting harassed with Shadow Poison, as enough stacks can quickly make him disappear from the lane due to his low magic resistance and lack of immunity in the early game. Primal Beast absolutely hates facing the likes of Shadow Demon, his spells disable him, annoy him, and pretty much make him useless if he is caught off-guard. 

Shadow Demon can be played both as a core and as a support against Primal Beast. The late game boils down to positioning and ultimately the pure mechanical skill of the players involved. Shadow Demon can effectively disable Primal Beast if he isn’t caught out first in teamfights. An excellent player will always keep his eye out on the map, ensuring he isn’t getting ganked by the Primal Beast.

Why is Shadow Demon a great counter to Primal Beast? 

  • Disruption can banish Primal Beast when he uses Onslaught, making it a less effective ability.
  • Casting Disruption after releasing Shadow Poison charges will make Time Walk unable to backtrack the damage.
  • Shadow Poison is a good way to deal damage as the initial damage and the release damage can't both be Time Walked at the same time.
  • Demonic Purge is a great slow, useful to force out a Time Walk early, and can break Time Lock with Aghanim's Scepter.

Items to buy on Shadow Demon 

  • Aether Lens - It provides increased cast range on both spells and items, and can be used to catch Primal Beast off-guard
  • Force Staff - Allows Shadow Demon to force himself or the targetted unit 600 units ahead in the direction he is facing. This is a great item against Primal Beast if used properly as it can be used to escape or set up on him.
  • Ethereal Blade - Upon usage, it transforms the targetted enemy or ally into ghost form, making them unable to attack or get attacked, while taking increased magic damage.
  • Aghanim's Scepter - It applies to break with two extra charges which are well worth the cost, and you should always consider it at one point or another.
  • Scythe of Vyse - It can be used to hex Primal Beast, essentially making him unable to use spells or items, along with reducing his movement speed for 3.5 seconds. Highly useful to shut him down, making him useless in teamfights.
  • Shiva’s Guard - Upon usage, it lets out a freezing burst in a radius that slows enemies and deals magic damage. It also provides immense armor which is essential for squishy heroes like Shadow Demon


4. Faceless Void

The time-bending Faceless Void is a hot commodity in the recent patches and this was quite evident during the recent International. He has a high pick rate due to his ability to catch multiple nimble heroes, and Primal Beast is no exception to this list. Faceless Void is a highly lethal hero in the late game against Primal Beast due to his high damage and crowd control potential. Agreed that the mighty dinosaur has high armor, but it wears off in the late game when the nefarious Void beats him down with his immense damage.

Primal Beast can’t match Void’s efficient and fast-paced farming skills. The latter works best if paired with heroes that supplement his Chronosphere ultimate ex. Kunkka, Invoker, Skywrath Mage. His mid-game potential is unmatched because all he needs to brawl is his ultimate and a few items against Primal Beast.

What makes Faceless Void a great counter to Primal Beast?

  • Time Walk makes it impossible for Primal Beast to stay on top of Faceless Void with his abilities and allows him to backtrack almost all damage taken during Pulverize if he survives it.
  • Once Faceless Void has Aghanim's Shard Onslaught can be easily escaped. He could also choose to get a lower cooldown on Time Walk, making it even harder for Primal Beast to catch him in fights or stop his initiations.
  • Time Dilation will make Primal Beast useless for an extended time after casting his abilities if he does not have a dispel.
  • Chronosphere stops Primal Beast from casting abilities or stopping Faceless Void from damaging allies within.

Items to buy against Primal Beast

  • Shadow Blade - Provides invisibility upon cast which can be used to escape or set up on Primal Beast.
  • Monkey King Bar - Gives increased physical damage and also provides a true strike.
  • Butterfly - Provides Faceless Void with increased evasion, agility, and movement speed. Butterfly essentially makes him untouchable in the late game due to the high miss chance and physical damage.
  • Eye of Skadi - It reduces HP regen and healing upon physical attacks from the Void. It helps reduce Primal Beast’s regen. Eye of Skadi also provides increased stats and HP to Faceless Void. 
  • Satanic - Allows Faceless Void to lifesteal and sustain himself in teamfights. This item also dispels any negative buffs, quickly life-stealing from 0 to 100 in no time. 


3. Enigma

Enigma is a hero that you see picked often in pub games, but his impact is visible only when he is fighting heroes who are countered by him. Primal Beast is vulnerable to magical damage as he has low magic resistance. Enigma takes advantage of this and disrupts Primal Beast whenever he finds the chance to. Laning can go either way but Enigma can prevail on top if he has the level advantage, allowing him to shove the furious dinosaur out of the lane. 

Enigma is a deadly force that is feared by every other Primal Beast main. He has various tools which help him farm faster and more efficiently while also allowing him to split push with the help of his Eidolons. He is known for his almighty ultimate, the Black Hole. It is regarded as one of the best ultimates in the game. It can change the trajectory of the game, and turn around team fights if Primal Beast and his allies are caught in it.

What makes Enigma a great counter to Primal Beast? 

  • Malefice and Midnight Pulse Combo will do an insane amount of damage against Primal Beast and prevent him from using any of his spells effectively during the fight.
  • Black Hole as you'd expect completely counters a hero who needs to move to deal damage. It also prevents Uproar from being an issue, since he can't use it during the disable.
  • Even during the laning stage Enigma can get away from Primal Beast very reliably while denying the solid experience start that he needs.

Items to buy on Enigma

  • Blink Dagger - Great for gap-closing or initiating     
  • Black King Bar - Provides spell immunity 
  • Aghanim’s Scepter - Increases damage done during Black Hole
  • Refresher’s Orb - Can refresh spells and items and use them again in quick succession to delete Monkey King from the fight


2. Disruptor

Disruptor is by far the most obvious support counter to Primal Beast regardless of the meta. This electrifying hero has all the right abilities to counter the mighty dino in his toolkit. Disruptor’s electrifying low cooldown spells and surprisingly high damage make him a perfect fit against Primal Beast. He is an exceptional hero to lane with, as he can ensure his enemies get interrupted and annoyed. Primal Beast is highly privy to magic damage, making him the number one target of Disruptor before the former can even get his Black King Bar. 

As we know, Disruptor is a level-reliant hero, making him prone to a team fighting more. Disruptor can change the direction of the game if he manages to separate the enemy Primal Beast from the team fight by Glimpsing him back or silencing him, rendering him highly useless. The Static Storm ultimate is further amplified by Aghanim’s Scepter that not only silences him but mutes his items as well. Primal Beast can easily be caught off guard by Disruptor if he does not have any magic immunity.

Why is Disruptor a great counter to Primal Beast? 

  • Glimpse can simply send Primal Beast back after using Onslaught to close the gap.
  • While Static Storm is not much of a threat in terms of damage, it does prevent Primal Beast from casting any spells.
  • Kinetic Field can prevent Primal Beast from leaving a specified area.
  • Overall, Disruptor forces Primal Beast to buy a Black King Bar much earlier than he might like but becomes a major threat to Disruptor once he does.

Items to Buy against Primal Beast

  • Aghanim’s Scepter - Causes ultimate to mute Primal Beast’s items.
  • Aeon Disk - Saves him from getting burst quickly from Primal Beast and also applies a basic dispel.
  • Glimmer Cape - Invisibility can be used to escape or set up to gank Primal Beast.
  • Eul’s Scepter - Can be used to set up for Lighting Storm ultimate.
  • Force Staff - Allows you to force yourself or the targetted unit 600 units ahead in the direction they are facing, it can be useful to catch or initiate on Primal Beast.


1. Sven

Sven, the rogue knight is known as a deadly carry hero due to the ungodly physical damage that he dishes out. There is no way Primal Beast escapes the devastating damage being dealt by Sven as the latter can lock him down or charge at him with his increased movement speed. Primal Beast does well in the lane against Sven due to the high damage being dished out, but as the game progresses, it is Sven who comes out on top as he acquires more farm with his cleave.

There are various reasons why Sven is number one on this list. He has it all, the toolkit to lock down and dominate the Primal Beast along with ways to farm and acquire more items as the game progresses. Sven can easily fight an entire team all by himself if he has the levels and the items to back him up. A late-game Sven is nothing short of a nightmare for the Primal Beast.

Why makes Sven a great counter to Primal Beast? 

  • Storm Hammer is a very good spell against Trample, as it has a long duration of stun time and can be used to stun Primal Beast as he charges toward Sven or his allies.
  • God's Strength will make very short work of Primal Beast in the right circumstances (like if he has no allies nearby) due to its increased damage.
  • Warcry can be used to outrun Trample and make it hard for Primal Beast to get on top of Sven and his allies to deal damage with Trample or cast other abilities.

Items to buy against Primal Beast

  • Echo Sabre - Provides great stat gain along with immense damage and attack speed.
  • Assault Cuirass - Immense armor gain, also reduces Primal Beast's armor at the same time
  • Daedalus - Provides immense critical damage upon physical attacks
  • Black King Bar - Provides spell immunity, making you invulnerable in the fight against the onslaught of Primal Beast
  • Bloodthorn - Can silence Primal Beast and turn him into rubbles in no time, disabling Primal Beast ensures he has minimal impact in the fights


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