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Shadow Blade

A versatile and stealth-boosting item that not only elevates your hero's damage and attack speed but also grants them the power of invisibility in the most enigmatic way!
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The blade of a fallen king, it allows you to move unseen and strike from the shadows.

A versatile and stealth-boosting item that not only elevates your hero's damage and attack speed but also grants them the power of invisibility in the most enigmatic way!

Base Combat Stats

Combat Stats

+ 20 Damage

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+ 35 Attack Speed

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Recipe

Silver Edge
A versatile and stealth-boosting item that not only elevates your hero's damage and attack speed but also grants them the power of invisibility in the most enigmatic way!
Shadow Amulet
Blitz Knuckles
Broadsword

Abilities

Active: Shadow Walk

Makes you invisible for 14.0 seconds, or until you attack or cast a spell. While Shadow Walk is active, you move 20% faster and can move through units.
If attacking to end the invisibility, you gain 175 bonus physical damage on that attack.

Mana: 75

Cooldown: 25

Additional Insights

  • Has a %windwalk_fade_time% second fade time.
  • If the invisibility ends without attacking, the bonus damage is lost.
  • It's perfect for heroes seeking increased damage, attack speed, and a tactical edge in battles. The Shadow Blade not only bolsters your hero's offensive capabilities but also grants them the element of surprise, enabling them to strike with cunning prowess.

Statistics

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

Itemization Strategy

If you wanna be evasive or too squishy in ganks and fights shadow blade is the item for you to keep you under the radar, built by most cores either it be from the three, This itemization gives them flexibility to sneak in or sneak out, best as an early game item after the basic needs ofcourse.

Heroes with Shadow Blade as Core Item

A core item that can be used during Charge of Darkness and connect with your target without breaking invsibility. The movement speed boost also increases your Greater Bash damage on impact with enemy heroes and creeps. Can be upgraded to Silver Edge later in the game.

Heroes countered by Shadow Blade

To find him while he`s jungling or splitpushing
To go invisible from Arc Warden to prevent being chased down.
To go invisibile so that her Exorcism is not able to hit you. Also provides extra movement speed to escape when activated.
To close the gap to Drow Ranger
Going invisible as Juggernaut uses Omnislash can cause his slash to stop as he will not be able to see you.
To disengage from Rebound and Unleash
To close the gap to Sniper
To hide from Sven before getting bursted down by him.
To close to gap to Tinker and dodge Missiles
To get on top of Void Spirit.
To get on top of Winter Wyvern

Trivia

One interesting trivia about the Shadow Blade in Dota is its origins and evolution in the game. The Shadow Blade has its roots in the original Defense of the Ancients (DotA) mod for Warcraft III. It was known as Lothar's Edge, named after the character Lothar, who wielded a similar item in the Warcraft lore.