Armlet of Mordiggian

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Armlet of Mordiggian
Armlet of Mordiggian icon.png
Armlet of Mordiggian inactive icon.png
Armlet of Mordiggian icon.png
Weapon of choice among brutes, the bearer sacrifices his life energy to gain immense strength and power.
2370 (500)
Bought From
Active Unholy Strength
Bonus +7 HP regeneration
+9 Damage
+5 Armor
+25 Attack speed
Disassemble? No
Alert allies? No
Armlet of Mordiggian (2370)
Helm of Iron Will (950)
Gloves of Haste (500)
Blades of Attack (420)
Recipe Cost: 500

The Armlet of Mordiggian is an item purchasable at the Main Shop, under Weapons.

Additional Information[edit]

Heroes can buy multiple Armlets, but the active effect does not stack.

One Armlet of Mordiggian grants the following


Unholy Strength
Ability Affects Damage
Toggle Self HP removal
Gives +31 damage and +25 strength while active, but drains 40 HP per second. You cannot die from the health loss when the bonus strength is gone, or the health drain per second.
Attack Damage Bonus: 31
Strength Bonus: 25
Health Cost per Second: 40
Partially usable by illusions. Illusions do not benefit from the raw attack damage and do not lose health per second. Illusions gain the strength over 0.6 seconds and copy the original's current health, resulting in them having 475 current health more than the hero if it wasn't at full health as the illusion was created.


  • Does not interupt the owner's channeling spells upon toggling.
  • Upon toggling on, it instantly provides the attack damage and starts draining 4 health in 0.1 second intervals.
  • Grants 4.17 strength in 0.1 second intervals, so it needs 0.6 seconds to grant the full strength bonus.
  • Grants a total of 475 health.
  • Health drain can not bring the owner's health below 1. Does not toggle itself off when reaching 1 health.
  • Considering the passive health regen and the regen gained from the strength, the health cost is effectively reduced to 32.25 per second.
  • When toggling off, all bonuses are instantly lost. However, it cannot bring the user below 1 health.

Armlet toggling[edit]

By turning on the armlet you will gradually gain 475 hp due to the strength it gives you. You lose the health again when you deactivate it, but you cannot go below 1 hp. This can be used to your advantage. If you are below 475 hp, you will lose all but 1 health. When you activate it again (as quickly as possible, so the enemy won't have time to kill you when you're at 1 hp) you will end up with 475 hp, more than what you had before. This can make you survive much longer assuming sufficient burst damage is not received.

Recommended heroes[edit]


  • This item is very good with lifesteal, because when activated together your damage output with lifesteal will make up for the 40 hp per second loss.
  • The item gives the highest strength/gold and raw damage/gold (65). It is also useful on strength heroes with illusions or abilities that increase their base damage (like Sven's ultimate).
  • After buying it, you will have enough DPS and armor to go for a disabler like a Skull Basher.


  • Armlet of Mordiggian is named after Mordiggian, a deity in the Cthulhu Mythos created by Clark Ashton Smith in his story The Charnel God (1934), whose powers consist of sucking away life force and whose cult consists entirely of ghouls.
  • Lone Druid's Spirit Bear is normally affected by the HP drain, and does not benefit from the strength bonus.

Update History[edit]

January 27, 2015 Patch

  • Fixed Armlet draining more health than intended (50 instead of 40).

November 24, 2014 Patch

November 18, 2014 Patch

  • Fixed the mechanism Armlet of Mordiggian icon.png Armlet of Mordiggian and Overcharge icon.png Overcharge to use proper health modification (meaning their health manipulation is now completely unaffected by anything).

Balance changelog[edit]


  • Attack Speed from +15 to +25.
  • Unholy Strength no longer grants +10 Attack Speed.
  • Unholy Strength strength gain period from 0.7 to 0.6 seconds.
  • Total cost reduced by 30 (Blades of Attack cost reduced from 450 to 420)


  • Recipe cost reduced from 600 to 500.


  • Recipe cost reduced from 700 to 600.


  • Unholy Strength STR gain is provided over 0.7 seconds.
  • Unholy Strength has no toggle on or off cooldown.


  • HP regen decreased from 8 to 7.


  • Unholy Strength cooldown increased from 1 to 2 seconds.


  • Armlet HP regeneration increased from 5 to 8.
  • Armlet lifedrain increased from 37 to 40.
  • Armlet toggle cooldown reduced from 5 to 1 second.


  • HP regen and lifedrain increased by 2 (overall +2 regen while inactive, no effective change while active)
  • Recipe cost decreased from 900 to 700


  • Toggle cooldown from 10 to 5 seconds


  • Recipe restored to previous version since there is no more recipe conflict. Requires claw and 900 gold recipe instead of quarter staff and 500 gold recipe


  • Armlet recipe now changed to include Quarterstaff instead of Blades of Attack (bonuses and total price unaffected)


  • Total cost unchanged (Blades of Attack cost reduced from 650 to 500, Gloves of Haste cost reduced from 550 to 500, and Armlet recipe cost increased by the same amount Blades of Attack and Gloves of Haste were reduced)


  • Increased HP loss rate when Armlet is activated


  • Created.