[Top 10] Dota 2 Best Ranged Heroes That Wreck Hard!

Melee heroes are often overpowered by the ranged as they can harass and bully them out of the lane with their damage. Though not all ranged heroes are capable of doing that, a wrong pick can make the enemy bully you instead!

To assist you on your MMR journey, we have compiled a list of the best 10 ranged heroes in the game. These heroes are guaranteed to guide you towards victory. Some heroes may vary in complexity but that shouldn’t stop you from trying them out!

10. Lina

You should never play with fire, you’ll end up losing! Lina smokes her enemies with her insane magical burst damage, there is no way you recover from this arson! Lina is a beginner-friendly hero but only the most experienced players can understand her true potential. She can rip through enemies effortlessly, with both her abilities and physical damage output. Her AoE spells can easily demolish squishy support heroes. High movement speed allows her to rotate through lanes quickly. 

What makes Lina a great ranged hero?

  • Immense magic burst potential.
  • AoE and wave clear spells that help her farm faster.
  • Can easily harass/kill enemy heroes after getting her ultimate.
  • Physical item build turns her into a turret.

Items to buy on Lina

  • Eul’s Scepter
  • Monkey King Bar
  • Black King Bar
  • Silver Edge
  • Aghanim’s Scepter

9. Huskar

This ferocious hunter leaves no stone unturned. His crazy damage potential is unmatched by his foes. He makes them weaker with his fire. Huskar is a very aggressive hero, which fares well against melee heroes. His annoying nature makes people rage quit! Though a slow farmer, he relies more on kills to acquire gold, hence ganking other lanes as soon as possible. Huskar is known to initiate, hence he builds items that allow him to start and sustain team fights.

What makes Huskar a great ranged hero? 

  • Lethal DoT (Damage over time)
  • High base attack speed which is amplified his passive
  • Threat to squishy heroes
  • Can gank as early as level 6!

Items to buy on Huskar

  • Armlet of Mordiggian
  • Aghanim’s Scepter
  • Overwhelming Blink
  • Black King Bar
  • Heaven’s Halberd

8. Silencer 

Silence is one aspect that counters spell casting heroes the most. And well, Silencer… you know it’s kind of self-explanatory. Having spells that silence or prevent from using any items makes him very powerful against Timbersaw. The best part is that laning is totally not fun for most spellcasting heroes against a Silencer, frequent right-click damage, low CD spells shove them out of the lane! 

Why is Silencer a great ranged hero? 

  • Arcane Curse deals repeated stacks of damage making sure enemies do not spam their abilities.
  • Glaives of Wisdom deals pure damage.
  • Global Silence will silence enemies no matter where they are on the map. This can be used to help allies kill, or prevent them from getting killed.

Items to Buy on Silencer

  • Scythe of Vyse
  • Hurricane Pike
  • Silver Edge
  • Black King Bar
  • Aghanim’s Scepter

7. Storm Spirit

This charming and electrifying hero is a crowd favorite! Storm Spirit is one of the most picked heroes in the current meta, due to his highly active play style and fast farming speed. He is widely regarded as one of the best mid laners in the game! The storm is mostly played as a fast tempo mid hero, meaning he usually rotates to gank other lanes and quickly goes back to farming or taking towers. His high mana pool enables him to jump into enemy heroes and catch them off-guard. Late game Storm is a disaster for the enemy team!

What makes Storm Spirit a great ranged hero?

  • Immense mobility with the Lighting Ball ultimate.
  • More dependant on levels as opposed to items.
  • Insane magic damage output with long-range ultimate.
  • Great for wave clear and farming.

Items to buy on Storm Spirit

  • Orchid of Maleovalnece
  • Scythe of Vyse
  • Bloodstone
  • Sange, and Kaya
  • Arcane Blink

6. Templar Assassin

This mysterious and bold assassin has proven to be lethal for anyone who mistakes her for an easy target. Templar Assassin is nothing but a killing machine, she ruthlessly shreds enemy heroes apart while making it look easy! The temple has rewarded her abilities that make her a silent but deadly cold-blooded assassin. She has immense physical damage potential which is supplemented by her quick base attack speed. She can ward off the enemy hero after putting a few levels in Psi Blade which deals insane damage, allowing her to farm quickly at the same time.

What makes Templar Assassin a great ranged hero?

  • Global presence with Aghanim’s Scepter 
  • Can turn invisible, allowing her to hide or camp in the enemy jungle.
  • Can push waves remotely with max duration ultimate
  • She can farm faster and shove lanes

Items to buy on Templar Assassin 

  • Desolator
  • Swift Blink
  • Daedalus
  • Butterfly
  • Black King Bar
  • Aghanim’s Scepter 

5. Medusa

This serpentine warrior is quite hard to play against, her identity and prowess cement her as one of the most lethal heroes in the game. Medusa is an ultra late-game hero, even if her early game is disastrous, she can bounce back and turn the game around just with one fight. Her tankiness allows her to be the center of the fight without worrying much about her HP. If not ganked and ignored, she can obliterate enemies and win the game even with a 1v5 situation. Medusa farms fast than most other heroes in the game. 

Why is Medusa a great ranged hero? 

  • Tanky right from the early game
  • Can split push and farm effortlessly with Split Shot
  • High physical damage output 
  • Can turn around fights with Stone Gaze

Items to buy on Medusa

  • Eye of Skadi
  • Butterfly
  • Daedalus
  • Hurricane Pike
  • Satanic
  • Monkey King Bar

4. Outworld Destroyer

Being a ranged hero does wonders especially if you’re against melee heroes in the mid-lane. His foes do not fare well if they are facing OD. The INT disparity damage is simply too much to handle for them, combined with the magical damage output, and Astral save can turn around team fights. OD is essentially a beast against most mid-laners in the late game!

Why is Outworld Devourer a great ranged hero? 

  • You can Astral yourself or your allies to save them from potential stuns and combos
  • Menace in the laning stage 1v1
  • Relies more on kills to get farm, meaning more rotations and faster item timings compared to most opponents

Items to Buy on Outworld Devourer 

  • Black King Bar
  • Force Staff/Hurricane Pike
  • Scythe of Vyse
  • Aghanim’s Shard
  • Eul’s Scepter


3. Arc Warden

This space warden has seen shifts in time and energy. He has bent time itself to neutralize his enemies and prove victorious on the battlefield. He is the one and only, Arc Warden! He might have a weak lane presence, but he scales exponentially after reaching level 6! He farms easily with his Double and is known to split push effortlessly. Though he is slightly complex, he can be mastered within no time if you manage to micro efficiently.

What makes Arc Warden a great ranged hero? 

  • High farming potential with Tempest Double
  • Can split push lanes effortlessly 
  • High DPS and AoE magical output
  • Immense physical damage output

Items to buy on Arc Warden

  • Mjolnir
  • Silver Edge
  • Glepnir
  • Black King Bar
  • Scythe of Vyse

2. Drow Ranger 

This skilled markswoman is very precise and deadly. Her cool and calm demeanor is deceiving due to her lethal force on the battlefield. Drow might be a slow laner but her late-game potential is unmatched. She can deal heavy damage with just a few items in her inventory! She can destroy enemies effortlessly as she acquires items and gains levels. Having a high attack range provides her with an edge over her foes!

What makes Drow Ranger a great ranged hero? 

  • High physical damage output
  • High base armor and movement speed
  • Can mow down towers and squishy heroes easily 
  • Great disabler

Items to buy on Drow Ranger

  • Hurricane Pike
  • Silver Edge 
  • Monkey King Bar
  • Butterfly
  • Daedalus

1. Sniper

Sniper may appear to be a harmless dwarf but don’t let his appearance deceive you! He has made millions of players rage quit all around the world! His voice and gameplay induce fear and disgust even amongst the most experienced players. Sniper is suitable both as a mid and a carry hero due to his space-making and farming abilities. He may be a squishy hero but his incredible physical damage output and range make it impossible for enemies to come close to him. He is often considered to be the counter for squishy heroes or primarily for melee heroes.

What makes Sniper a great ranged hero? 

  • High base attack range and movement speed
  • AoE spell that accelerates his farm
  • Flexible build potential
  • Excellent Aghanim’s Scepter upgrade

Items to buy on Sniper

  • Hurricane Pike
  • Mjolnir
  • Monkey King Bar
  • Daedalus
  • Black King Bar

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