Blade Mail

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Blade Mail
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Blade Mail icon.png
A razor-sharp coat of mail, it is the choice of selfless martyrs in combat.
Cost
2200
Bought From
Armor
Active Damage Return
Bonus +10 Intelligence
+22 Attack damage
+6 Armor
Disassemble? No
Alert allies? No
Recipe
Blade Mail (2200)
Broadsword (1200)
Chainmail (550)
Robe of the Magi (450)

Blade Mail is an Item purchasable at the Main Shop, under Armor. It can also be completed solely with items from the Side Lane Shop.

Additional information[edit | edit source]

Ability[edit | edit source]

Damage Return
Ability Affects
No Target Enemies
Reflects any damage taken back to the unit that dealt the damage. Lasts 4.5 seconds.
Damage Returned: 100%
Duration: 4.5
Cooldown 18
Mana 25
Pierces Spell Immunity. Returned magical damage is reduced to 0.
Modifiers
Buff Item Blade Mail Reflect: Undispellable.

Notes:

  • Interrupts the owner's channeling spells upon cast.
  • Returned damage has the no-reflection flag, preventing its damage from interacting with other sources of damage with the same flag.
  • Fully ignores self-inflicted damage, and damage flagged as HP Removal.
  • Returns damage back to the source. This means damage done by summons is reflected back to the summons, not to their owner.


Recommended heroes[edit | edit source]

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Having more armor than your enemy allows to return more physical damage than you take, since it gets reflected before reductions. Assault Cuirass icon.png Assault Cuirass is the best item in combination you can get with Blade Mail as it gives armor and armor reduction.
    • However, on the other side of the situation, if the enemy has copious amounts of damage resistance or high health, they could very easily ignore Blade Mail's ability. Heroes like Ursa icon.png Ursa​ or Spectre icon.png Spectre​ are good examples of said resistant Heroes, or items such as Pipe of Insight icon.png Pipe of Insight or Heart of Tarrasque icon.png Heart of Tarrasque.
  • It can be useful to get Blade Mail if you get outcarried, to counter the DPS and turn the enemy's damage against them.
  • Buy it as a counter if the opposing team has high damage (crits, nukes or attack speed) and have low health. If timed properly, some heroes can get killed just from their own damage. And even if you cannot do that, it could make the enemy hesitant to attack you for 4.5 seconds.
  • A good situation to use Blade Mail is if you're inflicted with a heavy damage over time ability. For example, you can kill (or severely damage) Bloodseeker icon.png Bloodseeker​ by walking around with Rupture icon.png Rupture​, or Tinker icon.png Tinker​ by staying under his March of the Machines icon.png March of the Machines​. However, do make sure that you yourself can take the damage you'll be receiving, else you'll just be helping the enemy instead.
  • The return is only dealt to the unit who attacks. Therefore, Techies icon.png Techies​' mines and Witch Doctor icon.png Witch Doctor​'s Death Ward icon.png Death Ward​ will not affect their main hero as they are considered a separate unit.
  • This is a commonly bought item for initiator Heroes that can soak up some damage (commonly Strength heroes), such as Clockwerk icon.png Clockwerk​ or Spirit Breaker icon.png Spirit Breaker​.
  • Blade Mail is less effective with evasion because it reduces the hits you receive.

Gallery[edit | edit source]