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Lone Druid's ultimate is called True Form and allow morphing himself into a raging bear, losing his ranged advantage but gaining melee power as well as the Battle Cry ability. This skill has no cooldown and use very low mana.

I never used this hero before, so I am wondering in which situations morphing into a bear is useful and in which situation instead is better remain in human form.

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If you build Lone Druid correctly, such as giving your bear attack speed and some decent items, you can play straight towards the ranged form, which is also the way I play him. With the bears root ability you are able to kite people around easier and if you build your ranged form correctly the DPS that you and your bear cause can become very high to the point you can even carry your team to victory. – user24093 Apr 18 '12 at 9:50
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The Bear Form has considerably more HP and a melee attack (as well as a few abilities that improve both his and his spirit bear's attack). And still has access to all the abilities the Druid Form Has.

The Druid Form has considerably less HP and a ranged attack. And none of the Bear Form exclusive abilities.

Realistically, the bear form is flat out superior in every way EXCEPT that it's attack is not ranged, so during situations where a ranged attack is absolutly neccesary (attacking from high ground down into the river for example) you would want to be in Druid Form. Or if your trying to have the spirit bear tank for you because the enemy melee heroes have some kind of ZOMG horrid orb that would really ruin your day.

In the end its basically the argument of is there some reason you NEED a ranged attack at this moment?

Interesting after-thought: I don't know if Dota 2 is different when compared with the original DotA mechanics, but I know that some items work differently depending on if they are equipped to a Ranged or Melee hero in the original DotA. I also know that these items only remember the status of the hero at the time of purchase. This opens up all kinds of interesting situations with your ultimate.

IE: Morph into the Bear Form, and buy yourself a Vanguard. Now you can morph freely between ranged or melee form and still have the 'melee' version of the Vanguard. There are many other exploits like this one, but that wasn't the nature of the question so I'll leave it at that.

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Good answer. Also worth noting is that during the ultimate cast time you are able to dodge some projectile spells. It's really useful if you're good at it. – Decency Apr 1 '12 at 0:56

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