Chaos Knight is a melee strength Hero with one of the highest physical damage outputs of all heroes. He is mostly played as a semi-carry and ganker. As his name implies, he has a theme based on randomness and uncertainty. His regular attack has an incredibly high thirty damage spread, making his last hitting ability somewhat unreliable. Chaos Bolt is his most notorious luck-based ability which, at max level, can stun a target anywhere between a mediocre 2 seconds to an effective 4 seconds that will almost certainly assure the target's death; it will also deal a variable amount of damage ranging from miniscule to moderate. Reality Rift pulls Chaos Knight and his target to a randomly chosen point along the line between the two and gives him bonus damage for one attack. Chaos Strike is a crit-based ability with one of the lowest proc chances, yet also one of the highest multipliers. The illusions produced by his ultimate, which retain his full damage and only take double damage, benefit from his Chaos Strike and can teleport alongside him to attack the target whenever he uses Reality Rift. With up to four illusions being produced at Phantasm's highest level, Chaos Knight's damage output can be multiplied to be five times as great during teamfights later in the game, and it is not uncommon to see enemy heroes being killed instantly after being Reality Rifted by the apocalyptic horsemen. Thus, Chaos Knight is played as a carry who excels in both the mid and late game, if the game drags on long enough and he is able to acquire enough strength-based and survivability items to ensure that his illusions can stay alive, he will be able to overpower most hard carries.
Bio[edit | edit source]
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Abilities[edit | edit source]
|Throws a mysterious bolt of energy at the target unit. It stuns for a random duration and deals random damage.|
|Cast Animation: +|
Cast Range: 500
Min Damage: 75/100/125/150
Max Damage: 200/225/250/275
Min Stun Duration: 1/1/1/2
Max Stun Duration: 2/3/4/4
- The Chaos Bolt travels at a speed of 1000 and can be disjointed.
- The stun duration is not strictly exact 1/2/3/4 seconds, it ranges between the given values (e.g. at level 1, it could stun for 1.74 seconds).
- Damage and stun values are inversely related, meaning the longer the stun is, the less damage it deals and vice versa.
- Stun duration and damage values are shown above the target's head upon hit (visible to allies and enemies).
- The stun duration is shown as a rounded integer.
|Teleports you, any images you have and the target unit to a random point along the line between the two of you. Gives you bonus attack damage for one attack.|
|Cast Animation: +|
Cast Range: 550/600/650/700
Illusion Search Radius: 1375
Attack Damage Bonus: 60/100/140/180
Number of Attacks: 1
Damage Bonus Duration: 1.2
- Teleports Chaos Knight, his illusions within the search radius and the target to a random point on the line between him and the target.
- This random point is always situated between 30% and 80% of the distance from Chaos Knight to his target upon cast.
- Chaos Knight lands at the opposite side of the hero from where he cast. His illusions land at random angles around the target.
- The location is determined at the beginning of the cast.
- The visual effects also play at the beginning, revealing the point at which Chaos Knight and his target are about to land.
- Chaos Knight and his illusions are made to face his target and are issued an attack order against the target.
- When cast on Roshan, teleports only Chaos Knight (and his illusions) in front of Roshan from where he cast, not both to a random point.
- The attack bonus damage is a raw damage bonus provided by a short buff, meaning it can make use of crits, cleave and lifesteal.
- The buff is also placed on his illusions, but since it is a raw damage bonus, they cannot make use of it.
- Does not interrupt the target's channeling spells.
- Reality Rift cannot disjoint projectiles.
|Each of Chaos Knight's attacks has a chance to deal bonus damage and reduce the target's armor by 5 for 8 seconds.|
|Proc Chance: 10%|
Critical Damage: 125%/175%/225%/275%
Proc Armor Reduction: 5
- Increases attack damage by an average of 2.5%/7.5%/12.5%/17.5%.
- The proc chances of multiple crit sources stack.
- If two sources of critical strike proc at the same time, the higher multiplier has priority.
- Upon proccing, the target's armor gets reduced. The reduction is applied before the attack damage, effectively amplifying the damage.
- Multiple procs do not stack the armor reduction, but refresh the duration instead.
- Chaos Strike uses pseudo-random distribution.
- The sound and particles play upon start of the attack, not when the attack lands.
|Summons several phantasmal copies of the Chaos Knight from alternate dimensions. There is a 50% chance an extra phantasm will be summoned. The phantasms deal full damage, but take double damage.|
|Cast Animation: +|
Split Time: 0.5
Number of Illusions: 1/2/3
Extra Illusion Chance: 50%
Illusion Damage Dealt: 100%
Illusion Damage Taken: 200%
- Disjoints projectiles upon cast.
- Applies a basic dispel on Chaos Knight upon cast.
- Resets current attack and spell targeting priorities on Chaos Knight.
- After the split time, Chaos Knight reappears with his illusions.
- The formation of Chaos Knight and the illusions is always the same. One spawns at Chaos Knight's cast location and the others randomly on the north, east, south or west side each.
- Though the formation is always the same, Chaos Knight and his illusions take a random position in the formation and have all the same facing angle.
- When the 50% extra phantasm spawns, an additional Play sound effect is played.
- Recasting this replaces the illusions from the previous cast, no matter under whose control they are.
Recommended items[edit | edit source]
- Power Treads are easily the strongest boot on Chaos Knight, as they provide tankiness, which transfer to his illusions, and allow him to tread switch if he has a source of regeneration.
- Drum of Endurance provide useful attribute bonuses for a cheap price, which is nice as it helps increase Chaos Knight's tankiness and bolster his weak mana pool. It also provides extra mobility which helps Chaos Knight move around between uses of Reality Rift.
- Armlet of Mordiggian provides a very large amount of strength, which will transfer to his illusions if it is activated before Phantasm is used. As Chaos Knight's main source of damage is his illusions, this allows them to stick around much longer.
- Heart of Tarrasque makes Chaos Knight and his illusions very durable, and gives them a nice damage boost. This also enables you to keep Armlet of Mordiggian permanently on, as the heart will regen faster than the health loss, resulting in a large amount of bonus strength, damage, and attack speed at all times.
- Assault Cuirass is a very strong pickup, giving Chaos Knight much needed armor and attack speed.
- Black King Bar provides a bit of tankiness and a bit of damage on top of much prized magic immunity. As magic immunity does not transfer to illusions, this is best when picked up against teams that can easily isolate the real CK and either lock him down for a long period of time or burst him down with single target magical damage.
- Heaven's Halberd is a strong pickup for Chaos Knight if there are one or more strong right-click heroes on the enemy team, or when it's picked up after CK has started to fall off and another carry on his team is the primary damage dealer.
- Manta Style is a strong pickup on Chaos Knight if the enemy team does not have a way to clear out your illusions. They take more damage and deal less damage than the illusions made by Phantasm. However, they triple your chance to apply the armor reduction and combined with a level 3 Phantasm, Reality Rift will completely surround and trap any enemy that does not have the ability to blink away, phase through, or instantly kill an illusion; this often guarantees a kill.
- Sange and Yasha is a decent item to pick up on Chaos Knight if it is finished early and you intend to build both Heaven's Halberd and Manta Style by disassembling this item.
- Satanic gives Strength and armor, which increases durability. Its active ability allows Chaos Knight to stay in the fight much longer. Note that illusions do not lifesteal.
Counters[edit | edit source]
- Ursa can easily pick almost any early game carries due quickly escalating Fury Swipes damage. Chaos Knight has almost no chance in early game against early game gankers, and his ultimate is not always taken at level 6 due high farm requirement.
- Earthshaker's ultimate ability Echo Slam is very effective against Chaos Knight's Phantasm Illusions.
- Medusa's ultimate ability Stone Gaze is very effective against Chaos Knight's Phantasm Illusions.
Equipment[edit | edit source]
Tips[edit | edit source]
- While ganking in the early-mid game, use Reality Rift to get close to the enemy, then hit him once with your bonus damage and use Chaos Bolt to stun. If you are lucky, you could even get more than 2 hits while he's stunned.
- In most situations, max Chaos Bolt and Reality Rift first, since the critical damage from your Chaos Strike is negligible in the early game (except the armor reduction), and you will not have enough mana to summon the Phantasm(s) with your ultimate.
- Always activate your Armlet of Mordiggian before using your ultimate, since the illusions also gain bonuses from it.
- By buying a Sange & Yasha, you will be able to disassemble it later and build a Heaven's Halberd and a Manta Style. You may buy the first item if you need more survivability, since it gives you more health, some evasion and a reliable disarm; buy Manta Style first if you farmed really well, and you wish to confuse your enemies even more. It also grants additional increases to attributes.
- Diffusal Blade will give Chaos Knight's illusions Manabreak. Like Phantom Lancer, an army of Chaos Knights can deplete enemy's mana very quickly. Its active ability can also be used to ensure that enemies do not escape Chaos Knight's army after Reality Rift, if Chaos Bolt is unavailable.
- Buying an early Soul Ring will solve most of Chaos Knight's mana problems.
- Phantasm boasts the most powerful illusions in the game, creating an army that can boost Chaos Knight's damage output for up to 400%. When used in conjunction with Reality Rift and Chaos Bolt it is often possible to destroy the target before they get a chance for retaliation. Given that your illusions do full damage and are far more durable than illusions produced by any other hero always remember that even if your main hero dies your illusions still pose a very serious threat.
- If you manage to farm a Manta style you gain two additional albeit somewhat weaker illusions that serve to wreck havoc among enemy ranks, Manta Style illusions much like Phantasm and rune illusions are pulled to your target with Reality Rift. You can often use this to block your target in a swarm of illusions they will not be able to escape from. The ultimate orb from Manta Style also boosts your mana pool just enough to allow you to cast illusions together with your ultimate ability.
- It is not entirely advisable to pick Chaos Knight against an enemy Medusa owing to the fact that Medusa's Stone Gaze destroys illusions regardless of their stats and given that your illusions are produced by your ultimate ability with a rather long cool down you cannot afford to have them destroyed easily like Naga Siren, Terrorblade and Phantom Lancer who can produce illusions much more frequently.
- You may also want to be careful against an enemy Quas Wex focused Invoker. Given Chaos Knight's dismal mana pool and intelligence gain Invoker's EMP can completely drain him of mana even in later stages of the game and without his active abilities Chaos Knight is not nearly as potent.
- Eye of Skadi is the most cost-effective stat item in the game and give the highest DPS for him; It makes you and your illusions far stronger by giving you 25 strength and 25 agility, and with 25 intelligence it almost single-handedly fixes any mana issues Chaos Knight could have by giving nearly 600 points of raw mana and some regen. At max level, it is even possible to use Refresher Orb after Phantasm, immediately cast Phantasm again, and still have a reasonably large amount of mana to work with.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Chaos Strike's ability icon bears a similar appearance to a D20 dice, commonly used in table-top RPG games, where a full 20 usually results in a critical. This is representative of the chance that comes with the ability.
- Chaos Knight's lore and responses draw many references to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and his ultimate is a literalisation of it.
- The line Play "Ah, Tidehunter, can I offer you a seabiscuit?" is a reference to Seabiscuit, a famous American racehorse.
- Fitting his theme, Chaos Knight has the most varying attack damage in the game. His actual damage on attack can be up to 15 more or 15 less than his displayed damage.
- Chaos Knight's actual name in DotA was "Nessaj". This was removed in his transition to Dota 2, likely due to the change in his background story.
- Enigma, Io, Keeper of the Light and Chaos Knight together represent the four fundamental forces of the universe with Chaos Knight representing the strong nuclear force. This is reflected in several of Enigma's responses to these heroes.
- Chaos Knight's mount's name is Armageddon and most responses that talk of Armageddon are actually referring to his steed rather than the event itself. An additional point in most of his death responses, Chaos Knight will voice concern for his horse over himself; this suggests that Chaos Knight is very attached to his faithful companion.
- Chaos Knight's response upon killing Dragon Knight "You did need a steed,didn't you?" answers to his when he moves "I need no steed".
Update history[edit | edit source]
Balance changelog[edit | edit source]
Replaced abilities[edit | edit source]
|Teleports to a unit and strikes it if it is a foe, dealing bonus damage.|
|Cast Animation: +|
Cast Range: 700
- This ability got reworked into the current Reality Rift in the 6.65 gameplay patch.
- The bonus damage is independent from Chaos Knight's attack damage and is instantly dealt to the target.
- Chaos Knight is ordered to attack the target, if it is an enemy.
- Can be cast on allies without damaging them.
|Nessaj's mojo gives him a chance to deal bonus damage.|
|Evasion Proc Chance: 11%/0%/0%/0%|
Crit Proc Chance: 1%/11%/11%/11%
Critical Damage: 1100%/150%/250%/333%
- This ability got reworked into the current Chaos Strike in the 6.11.
- The evasion was only provided on level 1.
- The actual chance to proc a critical strike was 0%/10%/10%/10%, since the Warcraft 3 engine always rounded the percentage numbers to the next 5 position.
- This means the chance to proc a 1100% damage hit was non-existent, so it only provided the evasion on level 1.
- Increased attack damage by an average of 0%/5.5%/16.5%/25.63%.