[Top 10] Dota 2 Wraith King Counters That Are Powerful (Best Heroes Against Wraith King in Dota 2, Ranked)

None stand a chance against the Wraith King! He resurrects from his shattered bones and comes back with a vengeance. His vigor and lifesteal make him one of the most badass heroes in the game. Death and Wraith King are considered to be polar opposites.

If you’re fed up with seeing WK dominate in your pub games then you’re at the right place! We have compiled a list of the best 10 counters that can rip him apart and make him look like a complete idiot. 

10. Weaver

Weaver is the only unfixed bug in the game! Threading through the needle of time, Weaver arrives to devastate his enemies with his massive time-bending abilities, exceptionally countering Wraith King. Weaver is a great ranged hero as he can also escape the clutches of Wraith King hence faring well in the laning phase. Shukuchi is a lifesaver and can be used to harass enemies as well. The Swarm and Germinnate deal a great amount of damage and help neutralize WK. Weaver can be quite unkillable in the late game as he acquires farm and gets tanky.

Why is Weaver a great counter to Wraith King?

  • Weaver can run away after killing Wraith King once thanks to Shukuchi.
  • Weaver can easily harass Wraith King out of his lane thanks to his high base damage and Geminate Attack.
  • Weaver can burn Wraith King's mana quickly with his Mana Break or Diffusal Blade until Wraith King purchases Aghanim's Shard to remove Reincarnation's mana cost.

Items to buy on Weaver

  • Maelstorm
  • Desolator
  • Black King Bar
  • Daedalus
  • Monkey King Bar



9. Slark

This lethal creature of the deep sea knows no bounds! Slark is one of the stealthiest and deadly carry heroes in the game. His lethal skills make him quite popular in the current meta to counter the deadly Wraith King. Diffusal Blade makes him immensely strong as it causes his foes to lose mana quickly. He can also purge off Wraith Blast, allowing him to chase him effortlessly. Slark also farms faster compared to his counterparts and is capable of dodging spells.

Why is Slark a great counter to Wraith King? 

  • Dark Pact, if timed correctly, can dispel Wraithfire Blast's stun and slow.
  • Slark sometimes carries Diffusal Blade to burn mana in an attempt to shut down Reincarnation.
  • Because Wraith King has no AoE abilities, Shadow Dance is particularly useful against Wraith King.

Items to buy on Slark

  • Silver Edge
  • Aghanim’s Scepter
  • Eye of Skadi
  • Butterfly
  • Black King Bar


8. Lion

Considered to be sent from the deepest hells, Lion is considered to be the best disabler hero in the game, to disable heroes like Wraith King. Lion is a support hero's favorite, primarily due to his ease of spells and high burst damage potential. He can often rotate and gank other lanes at early levels. He is known for his chain-disable, which makes him a threat even in the late game. His Hex into Earth Spike is quite the deadly combo that can cause lethal damage with follow-up from his allies.

What makes Lion a great counter to Wraith King? 

  • While not being able to confront Wraith King by himself, Lion's Mana Drain helps in draining Wraith King's mana, preventing him from reincarnating unless he has his Aghanim's Shard.
  • Lion's Earth Spike and Hex provide decent lockdown against Wraith King as well, preventing the latter from benefiting from Vampiric Spirit bonuses.

Items to buy on Lion

  • Blink Dagger
  • Force Staff
  • Ghost Scepter
  • Aether Lens
  • Glimmer Cape


7. Juggernaut

Juggernaut is a masked Samurai that is better left untamed. It is impossible to contain him if he unleashes his true potential. Juggernaut is considered to be a top-notch counter to Wraith King but only the advanced players understand the true potential and mechanics of this hero. Not only is he great at farming, but he can also control the tempo with his ultimate. He is also known as one of the most flexible heroes in the game in terms of item builds, which explains his pick rate.

Why is Juggernaut a great counter to Wraith King? 

  • Wraithfire Blast is quite predictable, and players with good reflexes will disjoint it with Blade Fury.
  • Omnislash with Diffusal Blade & Aghanim's Scepter can prevent Wraith King from reincarnating unless he has his Aghanim's Shard that removes the mana cost from Reincarnation.

Items to buy on Juggernaut

  • Diffusal Blade
  • Sange and Yasha
  • Aghanim’s Scepter and shard
  • Butterfly
  • Eye of Skadi


6. Chaos Knight

Chaos ensues when this veteran of the countless battle of a thousand worlds steps his foot into the battlefield. Chaos Knight is unbearably strong against Wraith King due to the lack of AoE damage from him, allowing his phantasms to freely do the job and get some heavy-hitting done. Although he lacks in the farming department, CK is extremely tanky and is only threatened by multiple heroes at once. All he needs is a good early game and free farm to counter his Wraith King in the late game! 

Why is Chaos Knight a great counter to Wraith King? 

  • Wraith King has no form of AoE to clear Chaos Knight's illusions from Phantasm.
  • Wraith King is very vulnerable if he reincarnates in the middle of his illusions.

Items to Buy on CK

  • Armlet of Mordiggian
  • Black King Bar
  • Manta Style
  • Assault Cuirass
  • Shadow Blade



5. Invoker

Not all are capable of mastering this arcane magician. His skillset is often confusing and complicated but he fares exceptionally well against Wraith King. A good Invoker induces fear in the enemy WK, and a great Invoker makes him rage quit! Invoker may be seen as this squishy mid-hero but is very powerful even when he is low on levels. He is a great nuisance with Cold Snap and Forge Spirit combo. Various combinations can be used to secure kills or ward off enemies in a gank, such as the Tornado into Meteor and Deafening Blast combo or the Tornado into EMP combo.

Why is Invoker a great counter against Wraith King?

  • Invoker can drain Wraith King's mana with EMP, preventing him from reincarnating unless Wraith King has his Aghanim's Shard.
  • Even if Wraith King survives and reincarnates, Invoker still has an arsenal of spells to lockdown Wraith King, including an easily setup Ice Wall.
  • Tornado applies an area dispel to clear skeletons.

Items to buy on Invoker

  • Scythe of Vyse
  • Black King Bar
  • Aghanim’s Scepter
  • Blink Dagger
  • Refresher’s Orb


4. Monkey King

No WK counter list is ever complete without the King himself. Monkey King is one of the newest additions to the carry pool yet he manages to put up a show with his deadly and mischievous abilities. Monkey King is a flexible hero, who can be played in all positions but his optimal performance can be experienced only in the carry role to counter his counterpart, Monkey King. Melee heroes dread playing against him as he can get the Jingu stacks which provide him with great lifesteal. His mobility is unparalleled.

What makes Monkey King a great counter to Wraith King?

  • Wraith King cannot destroy trees from Tree Dance.
  • Monkey King tends to get Diffusal Blade, leaving Wraith King no mana to reincarnate unless Wraith King has his Aghanim's Shard.
  • A reincarnated Wraith King is an ideal target for Wukong's Command. 

Items to buy on Monkey King 

  • Eye of Skadi 
  • Satanic
  • Black King Bar
  • Abyssal Blade
  • Aghanim’s Scepter
  • Nullifier



3. Phantom Lancer

The countless army of fierce warriors is quite overwhelming for his foes. The sheer capability to multiply and confuse Wraith King is unmatchable. Phantom Lancer may be quite underwhelming in the early game due to the lack of items but the late game is quite a treat for him as he can fight with the help of his items. His ultimate is extremely great against heroes that lack AoE abilities to counter him, which includes Wraith King. He can pounce on enemies easily and deal a ton of physical damage.

Why is Phantom Lancer a great counter to Wraith King?

  • Doppelganger disjoints Wraithfire Blast.
  • Wraith King is not good at handling illusion-based heroes, as his only disable is single-target.
  • Phantom Lancer tends to get Diffusal Blade, leaving Wraith King no mana to reincarnate.

Items to buy on Phantom Lancer

  • Diffusal Blade
  • Manta Style
  • Butterfly
  • Eye of Skadi
  • Abyssal Blade
  • Heart of Tarrasque


2. Anti-Mage

This charismatic warrior has a bone to pick against the mages. His hatred for the arcane arts is unmatchable, he just hates mana! Anti-Mage is what you need to counter Wraith King, mana break! An early game AM can effortlessly decimate his Wraith King's mana and make him buy mangoes or Soul Ring to compensate. This will slow down their farm while AM is known to farm at a faster pace, allowing him to get ahead in the net worth charts. If he hits his right timings, there is no way you can counter him easily.

Why is Anti-Mage a great counter to Wraith King? 

  • Mana Break can prevent Wraith King from reincarnating unless Wraith King has his Aghanim's Shard that removes the mana cost from Reincarnation.
  • With Manta Style, his mana burning will triple because illusions can also use Mana Break.

Items to Buy on AM

  • Black King Bar
  • Manta Style 
  • Abyssal Blade
  • Battlefury
  • Eye of Skadi
  • Butterfly 


1. Riki

This silent assassin has overthrown empires and obliterated his enemies. He is known to be quick and slippery, not all are blessed enough to see him, exceptionally not Wraith King. Riki is the ultimate carry hero to counter the vampyric King. Riki is a threat if paired with the right support in the lane. He can snowball quite easily if fed off a few kills. His invisibility is the main selling point, as it is intriguing to the newer players. He may often gank other lanes in the early game, as his Blink Strike ability assists him in striking WK down.

Why is Riki a great counter to Wraith King? 

  • Riki can use Smoke Screen on top of you as you're reincarnating, making you a sitting duck for your second life. In addition, the blind prevents Wraith King from landing critical hits from Mortal Strike.
  • Wraithfire Blast is quite predictable, and players with good reflexes will disjoint it with Tricks of the Trade.
  • There is also a chance he will become invisible again as the projectile travels, disjointing it.

Items to buy on Riki

  • Diffusal Blade
  • Abyssal Blade
  • Manta Style
  • Black King Bar
  • Daedalus


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