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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

bonus damage

+ 25 Damage

+ 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 25% chance on attack to release a bolt of electricity that leaps between 4 targets within a 650 radius, dealing 110 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

Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Arc Warden
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.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Bloodseeker
A core item that benefits from the spell amplification and attack speed with Bloodrage for some high damage Chain Lightning procs.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Ember Spirit
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.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Faceless Void
A core item that improves your fighting and farming with increased DPS in an area. The Chain Lightning procs can help secure multiple kills in Chronosphere and can be proc'd by your time lock extra hit. Can be upgraded to Mjollnir later in the game.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Muerta
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.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Razor
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 and attacks during static link. Can be upgraded to Gleipnir or Mjollnir later in the game.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Sniper
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.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Weaver
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.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Windranger
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

Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Chaos Knight
Gives you AoE damage with Chain Lightning procs to kill Chaos Knight and his illusions much quicker.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Dragon Knight
Gives you bursts of magic damage on right clicks with Chain Lightning procs that do not get negated by Dragon Knight's high armor.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Naga Siren
Gives you AoE damage with Chain Lightning procs to kill Naga Siren and her illusions much quicker.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Omniknight
Lets you do some right click damage through Guardian Angel with Chain Lightning procs as it is considered magical damage.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Phantom Lancer
Gives you AoE damage with Chain Lightning procs to kill Phantom Lancer and his illusions much quicker.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Terrorblade
Gives you AoE damage with Chain Lightning procs to kill Terrorblade and his illusions much quicker.

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.