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DOTA 2 News Update: Monkey King Release Date on December 2016

In the latest DOTA 2 news, the new hero Monkey King is expected to arrive as a part of the “New Journey” update this December.

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Monkey King is set to be the newest hero to round up DOTA 2’s roster of over 100 heroes. Valve announced the new hero during the final day of The International 2016 and revealed him through a live dance performance as well as the teaser video below.

Based on a post made early this October, the next major update for DOTA 2 will come on December 12, 2016.

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The Monkey King

As of now, Valve has not released any information regarding the Monkey King with regards to his abilities. However, an old version beta version of the game already had a hero named Monkey King that never officially released.

The beta version of DOTA 2 Monkey King had these skills in that build.

Echo Sweep

Monkey King unleashes his spirit and sweeps the ground, dealing damage and striking all foes with a single attack from an illusion.

  • Ability: Target Area
  • Cast Animation: 0.3+0.51
  • Cast Range: ?
  • Radius: 350
  • Base Damage: 100/150/200/250
  • Illusion Damage Dealt: 33%
  • Cooldown: 12/11/10/9
  • Mana Cost: 90


Performs a quick dash, leaving behind a trail of illusions to attack anyone in your wake.

  • Ability: Target Area
  • Cast Animation: 0.3+0.51
  • Cast Range: 600
  • Radius: 275
  • Damage: 40/80/120/160
  • Illusion Damage Dealt: 33%
  • Move Speed Slow: 20%/25%/30%/35%
  • Duration: 2
  • Cooldown: 15/12/9/6
  • Mana Cost: 75

Nimble Nimbus

Monkey King and his illusions have a chance to vault over their target on each hit, swapping positions. Enemies are spun facing away from Monkey King after the flip, while he is turned to their back.

  • Ability: Passive
  • Proc Chance: 10%/15%/20%/25%
  • Bonus Damage: 20/30/40/50
  • Turn Speed Slow: 80%
  • Slow Duration: 1

Cloud Dance (Ultimate Ability)

Target hero becomes immobilized as Monkey King performs a sky-high somersault off a cloud, then crashes back down surrounding his target with three illusions on all four sides.

  • Ability: Target Unit
  • Cast Animation: 0.3+0.51
  • Channel Time: 1
  • Cast Range: 500
  • Illusion Damage Dealt: 33%
  • Illusion Damage Taken: 200%
  • Duration: 3/4/5
  • Cooldown: 70/50/30
  • Mana Cost: 125/150/175

It is unknown whether or not he will retain these abilities during his official release. Based on the teaser video, it’s safe to assume that he will be an illusion-based hero in some capacity so there’s a good chance something like these will appear.

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A New Set of Skills?

However, the already existing hero Phantom Lancer is also an illusion-based hero and received large changes back in 2014 in patch 6.82 which gave him skills very similar to the ones listed above. So, what used to be Monkey King may have been scrapped to become the new Phantom Lancer, and we’ll instead be getting a completely new set of abilities.

As it is now, Valve has not released any official details regarding the hero.

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