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Un1t3D_ & DarkMedina proudly present:

-=-=- Beneath The Shifting Sands - Crixalis - The Sand King -=-=-

Version 0.1


[21/08/09] - Guide Started.

Table Of Contents :
  • -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
  • Foreword & Introduction [#FwI]
  • Hero Description & Stats [#HdS]
  • Hero Skills & Builds [#HsB]
  • Items - Builds & Recommendations [#IbR]
  • Strategies & Tips [#SaT]
  • Replays & Other Media [#RoM]
  • Credits & Thanks [#CaT]
  • -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

To use this ToC, Simply CtrL + F, then type in the section code into the bar to find the section.

Section 1: Foreword & Introduction [#FwI]

Authors' Foreword:

Un1t3D_: This is a collaborated guide by both me and DarkMedina. As you might have realised, this looks quite like my Storm Spirit guide. This is because I have used the same kind style I used for the SS guide, and I will continue to use this style in the future.

Before I start, I will state that I personally have no competitive experience, which means this guide might not be suited for competitive play.

Also, English is not my native language, so please bare with me, I would be glad if you point out any spelling/grammar mistakes I made.

DarkMedina: This is a collaborated guide by both me and Un1t3D_. The style was chosen by him, I quite agree that it's very cool.
I play mostly on competitive scenery: Brazilian leagues and clan war. You might know be for my replays and for my Lion guide. I'll try to fit this guide to competitive play also.
We hope that you appreciate this guide and that it becomes useful for you when you play this amazing hero: Crixalis, the Sand King.


The Sand King emphasizes area of effect damage more than most. All four of his abilities can damage multiple foes at once. Burrowstrike, his mainstay, damages and stuns targets in a line. In addition, when using this ability, the Sand King burrows to the target location which sets him up for additional attacks or spells. This can get him into trouble though, and to help evade counter attacks Crixalis uses Sand Storm. While active, this ability makes the Sand King invisible in the middle of a swirling storm of dust. Although he is unable to move while remaining invisible, nearby enemies will take damage as long as they remain in the storm. The Sand King can finish off groups off units with his Caustic Finale passive skill, which causes a deadly explosion every time he kills a unit with his physical attack. Epicenter, arguably Crixalis' most deadly ability, creates a pulsing earthquake centered on his location. When combined with Burrowstrike, this ability is often fatal to fragile heroes, and leaves tougher enemies wounded and limping for safety.

This guide was designed to fit the competitive matches metagame, where Sand King is played to his maximum potential.

Section 2 : Hero Description and Stats [#HdS]


A guardian of the ancient Nerubian Kingdom of Azjol-Nerub, Crixalis fled to the deserts of Kalimdor in an attempt to escape the genocide of the Lich King. The harsh climate transformed this warrior into a master of the earth, able to tear the skin off his foes with vicious sand storms. Those unfortunate to succumb to his potent toxins are condemned to violently burst apart in a cloud of noxious fumes. Sensing his growing power, the Lich King sought out Crixalis and, unable to sway him, slew him in battle. Summoned to aid the Undead Scourge, the heart of the Sentinel quivers each time the ground trembles beneath them.

Hero Page on PlayDotA: Sand King - DotA Hero Details

Pros & Cons

[+]Huge Aoe Damage
[+]2 Escape skills
[+]Item Independent
[+]Easy to farm with

[-]Mana Dependant
[-]Low base armor/Hp
[-]Low strength gain for STR hero
[-]2 Spells are channeling, requires BKB/Blink to use properly.

Hero Stats:

Crixalis, the Sand King

Strength Gain: 18 + 2.3/Per Level
Agility Gain: 19 + 2.1/Per Level
Intelligence Gain: 16 + 1.8/Per Level

Affiliation: Neutral
Attack Animation: 0.53 / 0.47
Damage: 43 - 59
Casting Animation: 0 / 0.51
Armor: 0.7
Base Attack Time: 1.7
Movespeed: 300
Missile Speed: Instant
Attack Range: 128 (melee)
Sight Range: 1800 / 800
Section 3: Hero Skills & Builds [#HsB]

His skills are as follows:


Ability Type: Active
Targeting Type: Point
Ability Hotkey: E
The Sand King burrows into the ground and tunnels forward, impaling everything above him, then resurfaces.
Level 1: 100 Damage, 400 Casting Range.
Level 2: 160 Damage, 500 Casting Range.
Level 3: 220 Damage, 600 Casting Range.
Level 4: 280 Damage, 700 Casting Range.
  • Damage type: magical.
  • Hit units will fly for 0.52 seconds before the real stun is applied.
  • Aoe is always 175.
  • Manacost is always 140.
  • Cooldown is always 11 seconds.

Sand Storm

Ability Type: Active
Targeting Type: Instant
Ability Hotkey: R
Sand King creates a fearsome Sand Storm. The storm blinds his enemies and he becomes invisible to them. The storm also causes his opponents to take damage.
Level 1: 20 DPS, 300 AOE, 60 mana, 40 sec CD, 20 sec duration, 0.6 sec extra invis.
Level 2: 40 DPS, 350 AOE, 50 mana, 35 sec CD, 40 sec duration, 0.9 sec extra invis.
Level 3: 60 DPS, 400 AOE, 40 mana, 30 sec CD, 60 sec duration, 1.2 sec extra invis.
Level 4: 80 DPS, 550 AOE, 30 mana, 25 sec CD, 80 sec duration, 1.5 sec extra invis.
  • Damage type: magical.
  • If the Sand King is magic immune at the moment of casting Sand Storm, it will not become invisible.
  • Sand Storm is considered a channeling spell.

Caustic Finale

Ability Type: Passive
Targeting Type: N/A
Ability Hotkey: L
Each of the Sand King's attacks injects a deadly venom that causes the target to explode violently on death, dealing damage in an area.
Level 1: 90 Damage
Level 2: 130 Damage
Level 3: 170 Damage
Level 4: 220 Damage

  • Duration is always 0.25 seconds.
  • AoE is always 400 units.
  • Damage type: magical.
  • Exploding units leave no corpse.
  • Caustic Finale places a buff on the attacked unit that lasts 0.25 seconds. If a unit dies with the buff on it, it will still explode, regardless if Sand King delivered the killing blow or not.
  • Does not work on denies(the buff is not placed on allied units)
  • Caustic Finale is an Orb Effect.


Ability Type: Active
Targeting Type: Instant/Channeling
Ability Hotkey: C
Sends a disturbance into the earth, causing it to shudder violently. All caught within range will take damage and become slowed. The closer to the epicenter, the more damage taken.
Level 1: Emits 6 (7*) pulses. Each pulse deals 110 damage and slows by 30%. CD of 140 (120*) seconds. 175 Manacost.

Level 2: Emits 8 (9*) pulses. Each pulse deals 110 damage and slows by 30%. CD of 120 (100*) seconds. 250 Manacost.

Level 3: Emits 10 (11*) pulses. CD of 100 (80*) seconds. 325 Manacost.

  • Each pulse deals 110 damage and slows by 30%.
  • Damage type: magical
  • Sand King channels for 2 seconds before activating this skill. Stopping the channeling will waste the cooldown and mana required for the skill.
  • The pulses are centered on the Sand King's current location, not where he first casted the spell.
  • The AoE of the pulses is 300 / 350 / 400 / 450 / 500 / 550 / 600 / 675 / 700 / 725 / (800*)
  • Can be improved by Aghanim's Scepter (* shows the improved values).

Crixalis the Sand King
Author: Un1t3D_
Map Vers.: 6.61c

Beneath The Shifting Sands [V0.1]

Beneath The Shifting Sands [V0.1]

Date Posted: 08/22/09
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