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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

bonus damage

+ 18 Damage

+ 7 Armor

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

Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Axe
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.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Bloodseeker
A core item if you are playing Offlane to force enemies to fight you after Rupturing them. Also provides tankiness.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Centaur Warrunner
A core item that provides armor as well as extra damage output
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Clockwerk
A core item that makes it difficult for enemy heroes to fight back against you when you trap them inside Power Cogs. Also provides damage from the armor gain.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Kunkka
A core item that uses your high HP pool and Ghostship rum buff to reflect damage back to enemy heroes.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Legion Commander
A core item to get you kills with Duel and snowball in the game with the extra damage.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Primal Beast
A core item that uses your high HP pool to reflect damage back to enemy heroes. When you choose to build Blade Mail, get it as your first major item and rush Eternal Shroud and BKB afterwards to make it more effective.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Spectre
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

Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Bloodseeker
Lets you reflect Rupture damage back onto Bloodseeker and potentially kill him by running in its duration.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Clinkz
Lets you reflect Clinkz's high damage back to him and possibly kill him if he does not stop attacking you.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Dark Willow
Lets you counter Dark Willow's Aghanims Scepter by reflecting her high damage and possibly kill her if she does not stop attacking you.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Death Prophet
Lets you reflect Death Prophet's high damage back to her and possibly burst her down if she does not stop chasing you with her spells.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Disruptor
Lets you reflect all of Disruptor's damage back to him and possibly burst him down from it.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Hoodwink
Lets you reflect damage back onto Hoodwink and potentially kill her from the massive burst of Sharpshooter.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Huskar
Lets you reflect damage back onto Huskar and potentially kill him from the massive burst of Life Break and Burning Spear.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Invoker
Lets you reflect damage back onto Invoker from his spells and right clicks, and possibly kill him particularly from the high Chaos Meteor damage.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Jakiro
Lets you reflect damage back onto Jakiro and possibly kill him particularly from the high damage of Macropyre.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Leshrac
Lets you reflect damage back onto Leshrac and possibly kill him with his heavy burst damage from spells.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Lich
Lets you reflect damage back onto Lich and possibly kill him particularly from the high damage of multiple Chain Frost bounces.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Luna
Lets you reflect Lunas high damage back to her and possibly kill her from the massive burst of Eclipse and her right clicks.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Marci
Lets you reflect Marci's high damage back to her and possibly kill her if she does not stop hitting you during Unleash.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Outworld Devourer
Lets you reflect damage back onto Outworld Destroyer and possibly kill him from the high burst of Arcane Orb and Sanity's Eclipse.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Primal Beast
Lets you reflect damage back onto Primal Beast and potentially kill him from the massive burst from all his spells.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Sand King
Lets you reflect damage back onto Sand King and possibly kill him particularly from the massive burst damage of Epicenter.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Skywrath Mage
Lets you reflect damage back onto Skywrath Mage and burst him down particularly from the Mystic Flare damage.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Snapfire
Lets you reflect damage back onto Snapfire and burst her down particularly from the Mortimer Kisses damage.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Sniper
Lets you reflect Sniper's high damage back to him and possibly kill him if he does not stop attacking you.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Sven
Lets you reflect Sven's high damage back to him and possibly kill him if he does not stop attacking you.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Techies
Lets you reflect Techies' high spell damage back to him and possibly burst him down from it.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Tinker
Lets you reflect damage back onto Tinker and possibly burst him from the burst of Laser. Also cancels his Blink Dagger from the returned damage.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Windranger
Lets you reflect damage back onto Windranger and potentially burst her down if she does not stop attacking you during Focus Fire.

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.