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Sorceress
BTNSorceress
Sorceress
RaceHuman (High elf, Blood elf)
Base unitN/A
FactionHuman Alliance
Statistics
Hit points 325 (405*)
Hit point regeneration Always
Hit point regen. rate 0.25 HP/sec.
Mana 200 (400*)
Mana regen. rate 0.667 (1.167*) Mana/sec.
Unit Classified As:Ground
Level 2
Gold155 WC3gold
Lumber20 WC3lumber
Food2 WC3food
Produced at Arcane Sanctum
Build time 30 sec.
RequiresN/A
Gold Bounty Awarded 32-46BTNPillage
Transport slots1
Attacking priority 8
Sleeps False
Hotkey S
Combat
Weapon(s)None
Normal attack:11 avg
Can attack:Ground, Structure, Debris, Air, Item, Ward
Range600
Attack typeMagic
Cooldown1.75 sec.
Weapon typeMissile
Armor TypeFlesh
Defense TypeUnarmored
Armor0
Day Sight1400
Night Sight800
Movement SpeedAverage (270)
Sound
Sound SetSorceress

These female Magi, sent by the Magocrats of Dalaran to watch over the volatile Battle Magi, use their arcane powers to aid the Alliance forces whenever Humanity is imperiled. Although their powers are not often used directly in combat, the Sorceresses are able to aid the Alliance warriors with a wide array of specialized conjurings and magical effects.

Information Edit

The Sorceress is one of the most powerful spellcasters besides the Orc Shaman. The Sorceress's Slow spell can render a unit almost useless. With 400 Mana the Sorceress can slow 8 units. A few Sorceresses can slow an entire army. The Polymorph ability is also very powerful because it can take a unit instantly out of action, possibly never to return. Polymorph is excellent on expensive units such as Tauren, Abominations, Bears, and Knights. Invisibility also has its uses.

  • Remember to research Adept and Master Training. Besides just giving extra spells these upgrades also increase mana capacity and mana regeneration, which is exactly what you want on spell casting units.
  • Build at least two Arcane Sanctums. This will allow you to research upgrades in one building and train units in another at the same time. Some build as many as three Arcane Sanctums.
  • Sorceresses are very weak so you need to run whenever they are attacked. Use Slow to get away from the enemy.
  • If you plan on using Polymorph, turn off the autocast of Slow. If you leave Slow on you will dip below the 220 Mana needed for Polymorph.
  • The Sorceress works very well with the Archmage's Brilliance Aura.
Sorceress Counters

Sorceresses are very weak. Rush them with Melee units or used focused fire with ranged units. It should be easy to kill them if you can get them before they Slow you.

Spells and Abilities Edit

Slow (Autocast) Edit

BTNSlowOff
Slows a target enemy unit's attack rate by 25% and movement speed by 60%.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements
None Always Available None
Duration (Hero) Cooldown Mana Cost Range Area of Effect Allowed Targets Effect
60 (10) sec. 1 sec. 50 70 Unit Air, Ground, Enemy Attack Rate reduced 25% Movement Speed reduced 60%

Slow is a very powerful spell. You can always benefit from several Sorceresses Slowing the enemy. Slow is also the perfect spell to use when the enemy is trying to run away. Often the enemy will leave behind several Slowed units that you can easily take care of for experience.

Invisibility Edit

BTNInvisibility
Makes a target unit invisible. If the unit attacks, uses an ability or casts a spell, it will become visible.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements
100 WC3gold 50 WC3lumber Arcane Sanctum Sorceress Adept Training
Duration Cooldown Mana Cost Range Area of Effect Allowed Targets Effect
120 sec. None 50 30 Unit Air, Ground, Organic, Friend, Non Sapper Makes target Invisible

Invisibility is useful for scouting. Cast it on a ground or air unit, and then use it to scout the map. The unit can scout without having to worry about attacks from towers or Creeps.

  • Another use for Invisibility is for saving units before they are about to die. Using Sub Groups, watch the unit's hit points and cast Invisibility on the unit before it is about to die. Then run the unit away to someone that can heal it, or back to base, or send it to a Fountain of Health.
  • Use Invisibility on a unit and use it to spy on enemy towns. This Invisible unit can also spot for Mortar Teams.
  • Cast Invisibility on a unit then send it to an enemy town. Then use Mass Teleport to Teleport to that unit.
  • You can use Invisibility to buy items at shops that are defended by Creeps.

Polymorph Edit

BTNPolymorph
Slows a target enemy unit's attack rate by 25% and movement speed by 60%.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements
100 WC3gold 150 WC3lumber Arcane Sanctum Sorceress Master Training
Duration Cooldown Mana Cost Range Area of Effect Allowed Targets Effect
60 sec. None 220 50 Unit Air, Ground, Non Hero, Enemy, Organic Turns target into a Sheep or Flying Sheep

Polymorph can be a total game winner, especially if the enemy has nothing to Dispel it. Polymorph can quickly turn an army into nothing. In team games a Human player can take out as many as 3-4 players using Polymorph and a lot of Sorceresses. Polymorph is the perfect counter to Knights, Abominations, Druids of the Claw, and Tauren.

  • If you cast Polymorph on a unit that is already a sheep it resets the timer and uses additional mana.
  • You can only use Polymorph on Creeps level 5 and below.
  • Polymorph can be dispelled!
  • Polymorph changes a unit's normal armor type to "Medium" armor type while they are in the form of a sheep.
  • Polymorph will not work on Summoned units.

Upgrades Edit

BTNSorceressAdept
Sorceress Adept Training
Increases mana capacity by 100, mana regeneration rate by 30%, hit points by 40, and gives the Sorceress the ability to cast Invisibility.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
100 WC3gold 50 WC3lumber Arcane Sanctum None 60 sec.
BTNSorceressMaster
Sorceress Master Training
Further increases mana capacity by 100, mana regeneration rate by 30%, hit points by 40, and gives the Sorceress the ability to cast Polymorph.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
100 WC3gold 150 WC3lumber Arcane Sanctum Sorceress Adept Training, Castle 75 sec.

Manual descriptionEdit

As with the elven priests, the elven sorceresses who remained in Lordaeron paid little heed to their race's departure from the Alliance. These female magic users, serving as agents to the Kirin Tor of Dalaran, use their arcane powers to aid the Alliance in times of peril. Although their powers are not always used directly in combat, the sorceresses are able to aid their comrades with a wide array of specialized conjurings and magical effects.

World Editor descriptionEdit

Versatile spellcaster. Can initially cast Slow, which decreases movement and attack speed on enemy units. Can also learn Invisibility and Polymorph.

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