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Maelstrom

An electrifying companion, a fantastic item that not only supercharges your hero's attacks with lightning but also showers enemies with stunning bolts in a dazzling fashion!
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A hammer forged for the gods themselves, Maelstrom allows its user to harness the power of lightning.

An electrifying companion, a fantastic item that not only supercharges your hero's attacks with lightning but also showers enemies with stunning bolts in a dazzling fashion!

Base Combat Stats

Combat Stats

+ 25 Damage

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+ 25 Attack Speed

Recipe

Mjollnir
Gleipnir
An electrifying companion, a fantastic item that not only supercharges your hero's attacks with lightning but also showers enemies with stunning bolts in a dazzling fashion!
Mithril Hammer
Javelin
Gloves of Haste

Abilities

Passive: Chain Lightning

Grants a 30% chance on attack to release a bolt of electricity that leaps between 4 targets within a 650 radius, dealing 120 magical damage to each. Lightning proc pierces evasion. Deals 150% damage to illusions.

Additional Insights

The Maelstrom is perfect for heroes seeking increased attack speed, damage, and a chance to unleash electrifying mayhem in battles. It's an item that can turn your hero's attacks into dazzling displays of lightning and create thrilling moments of surprise in Dota 2!

Statistics

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

Itemization Strategy

Commonly built by carries who wanna accelerate their farming in the early game that can be used all througout the duration of their game. Most notable heroes that benefits from it are Juggernaut and Faceless Void.

Heroes with Maelstrom as Core Item

A core farming item to also improve your split push potential with Tempest Double. Increases your DPS to do more AoE damage and clear creep waves quickly. Builds into Mjollnir or Gleipnir later in the game.
A core item that benefits from the spell amplification and attack speed with Bloodrage for some high damage Chain Lightning procs.
A core mid game item that allows you to flash farm and deal a lot of damage in fights. Pairs really well with Sleight of Fist to hit multiple targets for higher chances of Chain Lightning procs.
A core item that improves your fighting and farming with increased DPS in an area. The Chain Lightning procs frequently from your high attack speed through Fiery Soul stacks. Can be upgraded to Gleipnir or Mjollnir later in the game.
A core item that improves your fighting and farming with increased DPS in an area. The Chain Lightning can also proc on the second hit with Gunslinger. Can be upgraded to Mjollnir or Gleipnir later in the game.
A core item that improves your fighting and farming with increased DPS in an area. The Chain Lightning procs frequently with your high attack speed. Can be upgraded to Mjollnir later in the game.
A mid game pick up that improves your fighting and farming with increased DPS in an area and lets you transition towards a damage dealer in the late game. The Chain Lightning can also proc from the second hit with Geminate Attack. Builds into Gleipnir later in the game.
A core item that improves your fighting and farming with increased DPS in an area. The Chain Lightning procs frequently with the attack speed gain during Focus Fire.

Heroes countered by Maelstrom

Magical damage from procs doesn`t get reduced by Dragon Blood.

Trivia

The Maelstrom is based on Norse mythology, specifically inspired by the mythological weapon 'Mjölnir', which is the hammer wielded by Thor, the Norse god associated with thunder and lightning. In Dota, the Maelstrom reflects this connection by imbuing attacks with lightning-based damage and stunning capabilities, reminiscent of the thunderous power associated with Thor's hammer.