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Skull Basher

A stunning hammer, a powerful and reliable item that not only bolsters your hero's damage and strength but also grants them a chance to bash and stun enemies!
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A feared weapon in the right hands, this maul's ability to shatter the defenses of its opponents should not be underestimated.

A stunning hammer, a powerful and reliable item that not only bolsters your hero's damage and strength but also grants them a chance to bash and stun enemies!

Base Combat Stats

Combat Stats

+ 30 Damage

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+ 10 Damage for Strength Heroes

+ 220 Health (from attributes)

+ 0.9 Health Regen (from attributes)

Attributes

Recipe

Abyssal Blade
A stunning hammer, a powerful and reliable item that not only bolsters your hero's damage and strength but also grants them a chance to bash and stun enemies!
Mithril Hammer
Belt of Strength
Skull Basher Recipe

Abilities

Passive: Bash

Grants melee heroes a 25% chance on hit to stun the target for 1.2 seconds and deal 100 bonus physical damage. Bash chance for ranged heroes is 10%.

Additional Insights

  • Does not stack with other sources of Bash.
  • The following heroes cannot trigger Bash on this item: Spirit Breaker, Faceless Void, and Slardar.
  • Does not grant Bash to Clones and Tempest Doubles.
  • The advantage of the Skull Basher lies in its ability to deliver unexpected and disabling stuns during engagements. It's particularly valuable for heroes seeking to disrupt enemy movements or channeling abilities, offering a chance to control crucial moments in battles.

Statistics

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

Itemization Strategy

Explicitly disgusting, one of the most disruptive item in the game. The Skull basher is a right clicking core item that is well inclined to be mid game item that is upgradeable to it's bigger brother later in the game.

Heroes with Skull Basher as Core Item

Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Abaddon
A core item to utilize your high attack speed with Curse of Avernus for lockdown against elusive heroes to chain stun and kill them.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Alchemist
A core item to utilize your high attack speed for lockdown against elusive heroes to chain stun and kill them.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Bloodseeker
A core item that utilizes the attack speed buff from Bloodrage to lock down elusive heroes and right click them freely.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Lifestealer
A core item that utilizes your high attack speed from Ghoul Frenzy to lock down elusive enemy heroes and get off more right clicks to do damage.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Lone Druid
A core item on your Spirit Bear to have another form of lockdown on top of Entangling Roots and Savage Roar. Gives you a better chance to chain stun elusive enemy heroes and kill them with right clicks.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Marci
A core item that utilizes your high attack speed during Unleash to lock down elusive enemy heroes and burst them down.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Night Stalker
A core item to have lock down against elusive enemy heroes to get off more right clicks.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Pangolier
A core item that utilizes your Swashbuckle ticks to lock down elusive enemy heroes. Works well with Aghanims Scepter to possibly lockdown enemy heroes with Shield Crash during Rolling Thunder.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Phantom Assassin
A core item that utilizes your high attack speed during Phantom Strike to lock down elusive enemy heroes and burst them down. Can also proc from Stifling Dagger.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Ursa
A core item that utilizes your high attack speed during Overpower to lock down elusive enemy heroes and burst them down with right clicks.

Heroes countered by Skull Basher

Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Monkey King
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Morphling
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Nature's Prophet
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Slark
Bash Slark to root him in place and render him temporarily useless.

Trivia

It has a name of 'Cranium Basher' in DotA which is a reference to Diablo 2