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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

bonus damage

+ 20 Damage

+ 35 Attack Speed

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 17.0 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

Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Spirit Breaker
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.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Tiny
A core item to improve your damage output and mobility through invisibility to find specific targets and burst them down quickly with your right clicks and spell combo.

Heroes countered by Shadow Blade

Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Anti-Mage
Lets you find and get on top of Anti Mage through invisibility and kill him before he Blinks away.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Arc Warden
Lets you find and get on top of Arc Warden so he cannot protect himself inside Magnetic Field. Can also be used as an escape tool.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Death Prophet
Lets you go invisible and take no damage from Exorcism. Also gives you mobility to get close to Death Propher and burst her down.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Drow Ranger
Lets you find and get on top of Drow Ranger through invisibility and possibly delete her before she can react.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Juggernaut
Lets you go invisible and interrupt Omnislash. Also gives you mobility to get close to Juggernaut and burst him down before he uses any spells.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Marci
Lets you go invisible to kite Marci during Unleash. Also gives you mobility to get close to her and burst her down at the start of the fight.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Sniper
Lets you close the gap on Sniper through invisibility to burst him down at the start of the fight.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Sven
Lets you kite Sven through invisibility to avoid getting bursted. Also lets you close the gap on him to burst him down at the start of the fight.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Tinker
Lets you close the gap on Tinker through invisibility to burst him down at the start of the fight.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Void Spirit
Lets you kite Void Spirit through invisibility to avoid getting bursted. Also lets you close the gap on him to burst him down at the start of the fight.
Rectangular image of Dota 2 hero Winter Wyvern
Lets you close the gap on Winter Wyvern through invisibility to burst her down at the start of the fight.

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.
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