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DoTA 2 Monkey King Updates: Arcana Leaked; Skills, Lore, Release Date Revealed [Watch]

DoTA 2 Monkey King Updates — The legend of Sun Wukong is one of the most popular stories in the land of video games and it comes as no surprise that DoTA 2 is the latest title to adapt this iconic tale. Fans are excited for the new update which is scheduled to drop next month.

With the wait coming to a close, get to know the infamous hero’s skills, lore, and exciting rumored details surrounding the much-awaited somersaulting champion’s arcana.

DoTA 2 Monkey King Story

Sun Wukong, or more popularly known as Monkey King has appeared in almost ever major hybrid shooter in existing, with all of them drawing from a similar roster of abilities.

In fact, a report from PCGamesN notes that Monkey King’s story is “one of the most enduring from East Asian history” where a Monkey statue was brought to life and was given incredible fighting strength by the power of Taoist practices. Moreover, among Wukong’s powers are his flying cloud Nimbus, a magical Bo staff, and his hair.

Each of Wukong’s hair strands possess magical properties that allow him to clone himself, similar to what can be seen in the DoTA 2 trailer below. Interestingly, it is said that Monkey King is able to somersault over 13,000 miles at once!

Dota 2 Monkey King’s Skills

Another report from iTechPost reveals interesting speculations prior to DoTA 2 including the hero in its lineup. With every hero able to conjure three unique abilities, Monkey King’s skills already seem overpowered. The report details the new hero’s skills as follows:

Echo Sweep
Monkey King unleashes his spirit and sweeps the ground, dealing damage and striking all foes with a single attack from an illusion.
Cast Animation: 0.3 seconds
Radius: 350
Base Damage: 100/150/200/250
Illusion Damage Dealt: 35%

Performs a quick dash leaving behind a trail of illusions to attack anyone in your wake.
Cast Animation: 0.51 seconds
Cast Range: 600
Radius: 275
Damage: 40/80/120/150
Illusion Damage Dealt: 33%
Move Speed Slow: 20%/25%/30%/35%
Duration: 2 seconds

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 backs.
Proc Chance: 10%/15%/20%/25%
Bonus Damage: 20/30/40/50
Turn Speed Slow: 80%
Slow Duration: 1 second

Cloud Dance
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.
Cast Animation: 0.3 seconds
Channel Time: 1 second
Cast Range: 500
Illusion Damage Dealt: 33%
Illusion Damage Taken: 200%
Duration: 3/4/5 seconds

DoTA 2 Monkey King Arcana Leaked?

Interestingly, a post on Reddit from an anonymous developer has allegedly leaked the upcoming DoTA 2 hero’s arcana details as soon as the hero is made available. The post details a complex algorithm that highlights four definitive elements in Monkey King’s look.

Reportedly, the arcana will provide cosmetic effects while the hero is moving (much like Terrorblade’s trail) as well as provide two look options, Water and Fire. For players familiar with Phantom Assassin’s arcana, Monkey King’s version will also include in-game upgrades and effects once a certain number of kills has been reached. The Reddit post has sent many of the game’s followers to speculate what else lies in store once Monkey King’s arcana is available.

Check out the official teaser from Valve below. DoTA 2 reports that Monkey King will be available for play next month.

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