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Blade Mail

A hero's reflective shield, an ingenious and tactical item that not only protects your hero but also turns enemy damage against them in the most daring cost.
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A razor-sharp coat of mail, it is the choice of selfless martyrs in combat.

A hero's reflective shield, an ingenious and tactical item that not only protects your hero but also turns enemy damage against them in the most daring cost.

Base Combat Stats

Combat Stats

+ 7 Armor

+ 18 Damage

Recipe

A hero's reflective shield, an ingenious and tactical item that not only protects your hero but also turns enemy damage against them in the most daring cost.
Broadsword
Chainmail
Blade Mail Recipe

Abilities

Active: Damage Return

For 5.5 seconds, the damage returned from all sources is increased by 85%.

Mana: 25

Cooldown: 25

Passive: Damage Return

Everytime you are attacked, you return 20 damage plus 20% of the attack damage dealt to you.

Additional Insights

  • Damage Return is calculated before any kind of reduction.
  • Damage Return doesn't reflect damage from other forms of Blade Mail.
  • Returned damage type is the same as it was received.
  • Offering a defensive option that doubles as an offensive tactic. It's particularly effective when activated at the right moment during engagements, deterring enemies from targeting your hero or punishing them for doing so.

Statistics

The statistics below shows the percentage of hero builds which contain Blade Mail as a core or non-core item for each role. These statistics are based on our hero guides.

Itemization Strategy

Fist Fight! Yes you read that right this item is heavily favored by cores who are highly to be targeted to return more a significant ammount of damage as he fights through the opponents, Best for hereos like Axe and Legion Commander.

Heroes with Blade Mail as Core Item

A core item that combines well with Berserkers Call. It is especially strong against high dps right clickers and uncontrollable high AoE damage, e.g. Eclipse.
A core item if you are playing Offlane to force enemies to fight you after Rupturing them. Also provides tankiness.
A core item that uses your high HP pool and Ghostship rum buff to reflect damage back to enemy heroes.
A core item to get you kills with Duel and snowball in the game with the extra damage.
A core item to reflect back more damage dealt to you along with Dispersion. Also improves your farming speed by doing damage to creeps that hit you. Allows you to farm Ancients faster to catch up on farm.

Heroes countered by Blade Mail

Could potentially be lethal as you run with the Rupture effect and kill him while Blade Mail is on.
To reflect all spell damage back to Death Prophet.
Could potentially be lethal to Hoodwink as you absorb his Sharpshooter.
Reflecting a big chunk of damage back to him as he jumps with Life Break.
Invoker tends to throw several spell at once and Blademail could be a big threat.
As Luna uses Eclipse, Blademail could be potentially lethal.
To reflect high damage output back to Outworld Destroyer due to his high DPS.
When Sandking initiates you can quickly react with Blade Mail and reflect a lot of damage back to him
To reflect Sven's huge physical damage back to him.

Trivia

The concept and mechanics of Blade Mail have their origins in the original Defense of the Ancients (DotA) mod for Warcraft III. In DotA, Blade Mail was known as 'Return Damage', featuring similar mechanics where it reflected a portion of the damage taken by the hero back to the attacker for a duration.