| Divine Rapier
|So powerful, it cannot have a single owner.
The Divine Rapier is an Item listed at the Main Shop, under Weapons. However, it is assembled entirely with items from the Secret Shop.
- This item drops when its wielder dies, unless it has Reincarnation.
- Divine Rapier cannot be destroyed or sold.
- Unlike other upgrade items, Divine Rapier cannot be disassembled within 10 seconds after it is assembled.
- Couriers can be used to buy a Divine Rapier, but they cannot pick rapiers up from the ground.
- Divine Rapier has two states:
- Original Rapier: initial state upon buying the item
- Free Rapier: state after being picked up by an enemy once
|| Manually droppable
|| Drops on death
|| Damage bonus
| Original Rapier
|| Only for purchasing hero
| Free Rapier
|| The hero who claims it
- Heroes who can attack multiple enemies at once are effective carriers by essentially becoming a constant AOE damager in teamfights.
- Medusa is a very good carrier of the Rapier, since she can attack up to five targets with each attack, her ultimate increases damage dealt if the enemy try to keep fighting her, and her Mana Shield offers an immense amount of damage reduction. Even then, she does need a large pool of bonus stats from her items to be properly durable.
- Gyrocopter, like Medusa, can attack the entire enemy team at once with full damage, and Aghanim's Scepter allows him to attack nearby enemies even when disabled, So a Rapier gives him a massive increase in damage output. However, Gyrocopter's has no defensive spells, and he is extremely vulnerable to disables without Black King Bar, and without Satanic he has no way to refill his HP midfight.
- Luna has Moon Glaive, allowing her the potential to destroy several enemy buildings at once during a T3 push, as well as improve her lategame Teamfighting potential. Like Gyrocopter, she requires multiple survivability items to be a truly safe carrier of Divine Rapier.
- Heroes who have reliable escapes to avoid being focused by the enemy team can use Divine Rapier sparingly, but deal immense damage with minimal risk to themselves.
- Ember Spirit can deal extreme damage to the enemy team when using Sleight of Fist, especially combined with Battle Fury and Daedalus. He is also elusive and hard to catch by putting Fire Remnant behind. Because Ember Spirit doesn't need other items to stay in battlefield, it is possible for him to hold two, even three, Divine Rapiers at a time.
- Kunkka can do extreme damage to the entire enemy team when he combines Divine Rapier and Daedalus with his Tidebringer, even more so if he has multiple Divine Rapiers. He can keep himself alive by self-casting X Marks the Spot in a safe place, running in to attack before returning to safety by activating X Marks the Spot again.
- Weaver is a valid carrier of Rapier due to his extreme elusiveness from Shukuchi and Time Lapse, and can tear up support in two hits from Geminate Attack.
- Heroes with Critical strikes, Armor reduction, or large Attack speed bonuses multiply Divine Rapier's effective damage, and Divine Rapier increases the survivability of heroes with a source of Magic immunity and Lifesteal. While these are rarely enough to justify purchasing one, this should be considered when deciding which teammate should pick up a captured Rapier.
- Wraith King is possibly the safest user for a Rapier, since Wraith King has essentially two lives to spare.
- A known strategy is purchasing an Aghanim's Scepter, Black King Bar and then Divine Rapier. Once both lives are spent, Black King Bar would be activated as one would teleport back to base, allowing Wraith King's team to keep the Rapier. This should not be done if the enemies have anyone with a bash or BKB-piercing stun, since they will mess up the combo and make you drop the Rapier.
- Because of his Borrowed Time, Abaddon has a similar reason to hold Divine Rapier. However, beware that both Wraith King and Abaddon can be easily kited.
- With Divine Rapier, Windranger with Blink Dagger and Aghanim's Scepter can pick off anyone bonded by a 3.5 second Shackleshot by casting Focus Fire. Her Windrun can protect her by some extent, but when get caught out of position Windranger is still fairly fragile.
- Phantom Assassin can output an absurd amount of single-target damage thanks to her Coup de Grace. Together with lockdown items such as Abyssal Blade she can kill most heroes if her passive procs. Rapier also adds extreme damage to her Stifling Dagger. Beware that she is still vulnerable to lockdown and magic burst damage, as well as Monkey King Bar.
- Juggernaut Can attack with potential critical strikes while invulnerable during his ultimate, and has a built in Magic Immunity spell he can use to escape afterwards.
- Sniper excels at dealing damage from a safe distance. Under his teammates' protection, Sniper can output massive damage from behind when holding Divine Rapier, and with Aghanim's Scepter his ultimate's damage is based on his attack damage, making Divine rapier ideal in the late game. Yet Sniper is fairly fragile, and one single negligence could feed the Rapier to enemy.
- The components of Divine Rapier can be stored separately by locking one of the components to prevent disassembly. This can be used to purchase both parts with the courier without risking the loss of the item before delivery, or to save the item until the owner judges the time is right.
- Although it is a very expensive item, it is the most cost-effective damage item. Keep it in mind when your team is losing, Divine Rapier is a great last-stand item under such conditions.
- No matter what, Divine Rapier should always be considered a purely situational item and never a core, since it can result in throwing the game. Avoid purchasing it in games with poor team co-ordination, as even the strongest carry will need the support of the rest of their team to survive being the highest-priority target.
- Some heroes can utilize Divine Rapier much better than others by dealing splash damage or having better output environment. Even if enemy carry manages to get the Rapier, depending on their hero, they may not be able to use it just as effectively.
- Rapier-holders should consider buy a second Rapier (when possible) to keep in their stash as backup so that after a possible death they still have another Rapier to use.
- If a poor carrier of picks up a Free Rapier, it can be transferred to an ally by Denying oneself on neutral creeps.
- Divine Rapier cannot be copied by Tempest Doubles and so does not affect their damage.
- Divine Rapier does not synergize well with heroes who rely on Illusions to deal damage, as illusion damage is based on a hero's base damage, not factoring any bonus damage into its attacks.
- Because Divine Rapier gives 254 more extra damage than Daedalus, and Daedalus' Critical strike gives 40.5% extra DPS, Divine Rapier gives more damage than Daedalus when the hero deals less than 627 damage without crits.