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21 + 2.4
15 + 1.4
18 + 1.5
Level Base 1 16 25
Health 200 620 1380 2160
H Regen 0.25 0.88 2.02 3.21
Mana 50 266 554 938
M Regen 0.01 0.73 1.71 2.97
Damage 21‒30 42‒51 80‒89 119‒128
Armor -1 1.1 4.32 8.6
Spell Dmg 0% 1.13% 2.66% 4.63%
Att / Sec 0.62 0.71 0.86 1.05
Movement Speed 300
Turn Rate 0.5
Sight Range 1800/800
Attack Range 400
Missile Speed 1400
Attack Duration 0.4+0.5
Base Attack Time 1.6
Magic resistance 25%
Collision Size 24

Huskar the Sacred Warrior is a ranged strength hero who is an effective ganker and carry, with both great benefits and risks offered. He is known to be a powerful adversary in most games, as his damage per second can easily kill other heroes at any point in the game assuming no one is nearby to save them. Unlike most heroes, he does not use mana much to use his abilities, rather, he sacrifices his own health to inflict the highest damage possible. His passive Berserker's Blood defines the power of sacrifice; he gets more dangerous the more he gets hurt. This gives him increased magic resistance and attack speed depending how much life is missing, and the given magic resistance and attack speed are staggering, potentially having the highest damage output in the earliest stage. Huskar can use his own life force to attack using Burning Spears which scorches foes and gives him an advantage early on. Due to the health cost of Burning Spears, his Berserker's Blood activates, granting him the ability to decimate any target. Inner Vitality magically heals Huskar or his allies, regenerating health each second based upon the target's primary attribute, and heals more when the health is on a critical level. His Life Break is his most dangerous ability and a risky one too. Charging towards his target, Huskar sheds a large amount of life force to cut a target's current health to fractions. This is great to use as an initiation spell, as it deals immense damage based on the target's current health, breaking it down, allowing Huskar and his allies to feel the pain that the Sacred Warrior felt. Courageous and fearless, Huskar is powerful at any stage of the game, and is willing to suffer and face death, for him to contribute and deliver a marvelous victory to his team.

Bio[edit | edit source]

Huskar Huskar, the Sacred Warrior
Play "Those who are given more in life must not cling to it but risk it all in every moment."
Role: Carry Carry / Durable Durable / Initiator Initiator
Lore: Emerging from the throes of the sacred Nothl Realm, Huskar opened his eyes to see the prodigal shadow priest Dazzle working a deep incantation over him. Against the ancient rites of the Dezun Order, Huskar’s spirit had been saved from eternity, but like all who encounter the Nothl he found himself irrevocably changed. No longer at the mercy of a mortal body, his very lifeblood became a source of incredible power; every drop spilled was returned tenfold with a fierce, burning energy. However this newfound gift infuriated Huskar, for in his rescue from the Nothl, Dazzle had denied him a place among the gods. He had been denied his own holy sacrifice. In time the elders of the order sought to expand their influence and Huskar, they agreed, would be a formidable tool in their campaign. Yet becoming a mere weapon for the order that denied him his birthright only upset him further. As the first embers of war appeared on the horizon, he fled his ancestral home to find new allies, all the while seeking a cause worthy of unleashing the power his total sacrifice could bring.
Voice: Dave Fennoy (Responses)

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Inner Vitality
Can be dispelled. Not blocked by Spell Immunity. Play
Inner Vitality icon.png
Ability Affects
Target Unit Allied Heroes
Unlocks the regenerative power of a friendly unit, with healing based upon its primary attribute. If the target is below 40%, it will heal faster. Lasts 16 seconds.
Cast Animation: 0.3+0.53
Cast Range: 800
Health Regen Bonus: 10
Main Attribute as Regen above Threshold: 5%/10%/15%/20%
Main Attribute as Regen below Threshold: 20%/40%/60%/80%
Health Threshold: 40%
Duration: 16
Cooldown 22/18/14/10 Mana 170
While Huskar has little use for magic, this minor enchantment was learned from the Dazzle and the Dezun priests, to be used in times of great injury.


  • The health percentage and the primary stats are checked periodically and the regeneration adjusted instantly.
  • Restores health in form of health regeneration, so it regenerates 0.1 + 0.5%/1%/1.5%/2% or 0.1 + 2%/4%/6%/8% of primary attribute in 0.1 second intervals.
  • Over the full duration it heals 160 health and between 80%/160%/240%/320% to 320%/640%/960%/1280% of their primary attribute.
  • Can be cast on creep-heroes, applying only the base regen on them, since they have no attributes.

Burning Spear
Not a Unique Attack Modifier. Cannot be dispelled. Not blocked by Linken's Sphere. Blocked by Spell Immunity. Play
Burning Spear icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
Target Unit / Autocast Enemies Magical
Huskar sets his spears aflame, dealing damage over time with his regular attack. Multiple attacks will stack additional damage. Each attack drains some of Huskar's health. Lasts 8 seconds.
Cast Range: 450
Health Cost: 15
Damage per Second: 5/10/15/20
Duration: 8
Cooldown 0
The Sacred Warrior ignites his weaponry after marking it with his own blood - causing far greater pain than he himself feels.


  • Huskar cannot kill himself using this ability.
  • Casting Burning Spears manually uses the 450 cast range. Attacking normally with Burning Spears on autocast uses Huskar's default 400 attack range.
  • Burning Spear stacks additively when used multiple times on one target.
    • It places 1 debuff on the target, which shows how many instances are stacked on the target (a number is visible on the icon).
    • Every instance's duration is completely independent from other instances. They do not prolong or refresh each other.
    • The damage however is summed up to 1 damage instance and happens every second after the first attack that placed the debuff.
    This means that 4/2/2/1 stacks are enough to make the damage cancel consumables.
  • Deals a total of 40/80/120/160 damage per Burning Spear instance (before reductions).

Berserker's Blood
Cannot be used by illusions. Disabled by Break. Cannot be dispelled. Not blocked by Spell Immunity.
Berserker's Blood icon.png
Ability Affects
Passive Self
Huskar's injuries feed his power, giving increased attack speed and magic damage resistance based on missing health.
Max Attack Speed Bonus: 220/260/300/340
Max Magic Resistance Bonus: 20%/30%/40%/50%
Cannot be used by illusions. Visually, illusions are affected. But neither attack speed nor magic resistance works for them.
After losing his birthright, Huskar gained a lethality in physical combat that is only heightened as his own blood is spilled.


  • Huskar's size increases the closer he gets to the max bonuses of Berserker's Blood, up to 35%.
  • Although not visible in the HUD due to it no showing enough decimals, each missing point of health grants bonuses.
  • No bonuses are applied at 100% health and maximum is applied when strictly below 10% health.
  • The health percentage is checked periodically and the effects adapted instantly.
  • Increases Huskar's total magic resistance to 40%/47.5%%/55%/62.50% when below 10% health.

Life Break
Can be dispelled. Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Not blocked by Spell Immunity. Play
Life Break icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
Target Unit Enemies / Self Magical
Huskar draws upon his health to break an enemy's life, leaping at a target within attack range to shatter a percentage of that hero's current health, and slowing them. While leaping, Huskar is spell immune.
Cast Animation: 0.3+0.5
Cast Range: 550
Current Health as Cost: 35%
Target's Current Health as Damage: 35% (Can be Improved by Aghanim's Scepter. 65%)
Move Speed Slow: 40%/50%/60%
Slow Duration: 4/5/6
Cooldown 12 (Can be Improved by Aghanim's Scepter. 4)
Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Blocked upon impact. When blocked, Huskar takes no damage either.
Can be dispelled. The slow is dispellable with any dispel. The leap is not dispellable.
Can be Improved by Aghanim's Scepter. Increases damage dealt, reduces cooldown.
No matter the danger, Huskar thrusts himself into melees that only he can survive.


  • Huskar leaps at a speed of 1000 and cannot be disjointed.
  • Upon cast, places a modifier on Huskar, which lasts for 5 second or until reaching the target, whichever is shorter. The modifier is not displayed in his status bar.
  • This modifier turns him spell immune, disarms him, and forces him to face the target. The spell immunity dispels debuffs upon cast.
  • Since the modifier has a set max duration, it can expire while leaping, continuing the rest of the leap without spell immunity, disarm and locked facing.
  • Huskar can use items and spells during the leap. However, position changing effects like Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger cancel it.
  • The damage to self is magical as well. Thus, it can be reduced by magic resistance (including the effect from Berserker's Blood icon.png Berserker's Blood).
    • The self-damage is not lethal, no matter how strong it gets amplified. Huskar cannot deny himself with Life Break.
  • If Huskar is disabled during the leap or the distance between the target and Huskar becomes more than 1400, the leap stops.
  • With base magic resistance included, the targeted enemy loses 26.25% (Can be Improved by Aghanim's Scepter. 48.75%) of its current health, if it is not Visage icon.png Visage or Meepo icon.png Meepo.
    • Meepo, with his 35% magic resistance, loses 22.75% (Can be Improved by Aghanim's Scepter. 42.25%) of his current health.
    • Visage, with his 10% magic resistance loses 31.5% (Can be Improved by Aghanim's Scepter. 58.5%) of his current health.

Recommended items[edit | edit source]





Counters[edit | edit source]


  • Broodmother icon.png Broodmother deals a lot of physical damage through her Spiderlings, which Huskar has no means of killing. Additionally her Incapacitating Bite icon.png Incapacitating Bite causes Huskar to miss up to 60% of his Burning Spears.


  • Ancient Apparition icon.png Ancient Apparition's Ice Blast icon.png Ice Blast is a great counter to Huskar since sacrificing his health can easily bring him to the kill threshold of frostbite. During the frostbite duration, you also cannot heal, preventing recovery by Inner Vitality or Armlet Toggling and making fights impossible to survive.
  • Axe icon.png Axe is a durable ganker/teamfighter who can match Huskar toe to toe in the early to mid game. His Counter Helix icon.png Counter Helix deals pure damage, which is effective against Huskar's low armor, and when Huskar becomes low health, Axe can finish him off with Culling Blade icon.png Culling Blade. Due to Blade Mail being a commonly build item on Axe, refrain from using your Life Break against him unless you are sure that it is on cooldown. Do not get in range of Berserker's Call and kite him with Burning Spear. If he manages to build a Blink Dagger, be more wary and do not engage in fights unless you know where he is and use Burning Spear to make his Blink Dagger unusable for a long duration.
  • Bloodseeker icon.png Bloodseeker is a dangerous counter to Huskar due to Huskar's tendency to stay low on health. Thirst will make it easy for enemies to track Huskar and give Bloodseeker a free buff even if he is away from Huskar, and both of his damaging spells (Blood Rite and Rupture) deal pure damage. If Huskar is ruptured and then uses Life Break, it will deal a huge portion of damage because it deals pure damage and the fact that Life Break makes Huskar travel a significant distance. It is best to increase Huskar's durability when facing Bloodseeker. Also do not forget to cast Inner Vitality to yourself if you think you cannot dodge Blood Rite because your survivability will be drastically reduced without it.
  • Chaos Knight icon.png Chaos Knight not only has the ability to summon up to four illusions, capitalizing on the fact that Huskar is not good versus crowds, but every single illusion deals just as much damage as the original, effectively multiplying his physical damage output by up to four times. Additionally, he has a stun that can last up to 4 seconds, a quick and effective way to close the gap between himself and his illusions and you with Reality Rift icon.png Reality Rift, and a powerful critical strike that his illusions share, allowing for him to burst you down with ease.
  • Doom icon.png Doom is also a dangerous counter to Huskar because his ultimate Doom ability icon.png Doom disables Berserker's Blood when upgraded. Not only does it deal pure damage, it also removes Huskar's durability against magical damage, reduces his attack speed significantly and prevents him from using Burning Spears and Life Break, essentially removing him from a fight for 15 seconds.
  • Lina icon.png Lina is a dangerous hero to face when she purchases an Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter. Her Laguna Blade when upgraded with an Aghanim's Scepter deals a huge burst of 850 pure damage, as well as being able to stun you repeatedly. Be cautious and do not allow her to farm, press your advantage as she does not pose significant threat to Huskar in the early game save.
  • Phantom Assassin icon.png Phantom Assassin deals a huge amount of physical damage and her Blur makes Huskar's attacks miss by 50% effectively reducing the number of times he can stack Burning Spear and lifesteal, and she commonly builds a Black King Bar. However, her early game presence is limited, if you manage to build a Monkey King Bar in time, you will have a great chance of defeating her. It is also crucial that you build tanking items like Heart of Tarrasque and Assault Cuirass to prevent her from bursting you down with a lucky crit and living through the duration of her Black King Bar.
  • Phantom Lancer icon.png Phantom Lancer further capitalizes on your ineffectiveness against crowds by releasing an army of illusions which can swarm Huskar and kill him quickly. Your lack of escape mechanism also hurts you due to his ability to endlessly chase you with his low-cool down slows and speed buffs. Additionally, he gains momentary invulnerability with Doppelganger icon.png Doppelganger, allowing him to very easily dodge Life Break. Consider building a Mjollnir icon.png Mjollnir to deal with his illusions. Also it is important to remember that Burning Spear is not dispelled by Doppelganger and will show which Phantom Lancer is the real one assuming that you managed to hit him with Burning Spear before he uses Doppelganger. You can use this to your advantage if you managed to build initiating items like Shadow Blade or Blink Dagger.
  • Pudge icon.png Pudge is a special case since the ability he uses to initiate Meat Hook deals pure damage but the abilities he uses to secure a kill (Rot and Dismember) deal magical damage. If he uses Meat Hook to initiate a one-on-one fight, Huskar will almost always win assuming he has put levels into Berserker's Blood. However, be careful if you initiate with Life Break since Pudge can use Rot and Dismember to reduce Huskar's health to a point where Pudge can use Meat Hook as a finisher. He can also ruin your positioning and disable you long enough so that his team can kill you. When fighting a Pudge, it is best that you wait out his hook and put priority in Berserker's Blood first. In the event that Pudge builds a Force Staff or a Blink Dagger or even walks towards you to initiate, be quick and cast Inner Vitality to yourself, the regeneration will mitigate the damage from Rot and Dismember, and in most cases will save your life from a close range Meat Hook.
  • Sven icon.png Sven deals immense physical damage while under the effects of his ultimate God's Strength icon.png God's Strength and has a strong disable which prevents you from retaliating. Daedalus is a very common pick for Sven due to his ability to cleave a crit to multiple enemies, dealing gigantic damage, and almost without exception buys a Black King Bar which cuts out the damage from Life Break and Burning Spears. As such, in almost any given stage of the game, Sven's damage output is enough to take you out with little problems. If you wish to approach him, do so when his ultimate is on cooldown/unavailable due to low mana, he is at low health, and his black king bar is on cooldown. Consider purchasing a Heaven's Halberd icon.png Heaven's Halberd, which gives you evasion and the ability to disarm Sven.
  • Timbersaw icon.png Timbersaw is a very special case of a spellcaster hero that can kill you regardless of whatever your Berserker's Blood icon.png Berserker's Blood status is, as all of his abilities can deal pure damage, meaning they will completely ignore your magic resistance and burst you down very quickly, and killing him can prove quite difficult due to Timber Chain icon.png Timber Chain, making him a slippery foe. Also, his Whirling Death icon.png Whirling Death removes 15% of your strength, which lowers your health and healing from Inner Vitality.
  • Troll Warlord icon.png Troll Warlord deals high physical damage has a very strong bash with Berserker's Rage icon.png Berserker's Rage, disabling you for potentially very long periods of time, as well being able to blind you by 60%, reducing your ability to stack Burning Spears.
  • Ursa icon.png Ursa deals very large amount of physical damage with his Fury Swipes icon.png Fury Swipes, while his ultimate Enrage icon.png Enrage reduces all incoming damage for 4 seconds by 80% and dramatically increases the damage of his fury swipes stacks. As such, the best possible source to fighting an Ursa without the help of your team is to buy a Silver Edge and disable his passive in order to cut out a huge portion of his damage and effectively negate the offensive aspect of his ultimate, or a Heaven's Halberd to prevent Fury Swipe stacks and the ability to disarm Ursa.
  • Windranger icon.png Windranger is a difficult hero to pin down and attack due to her Windrun evading all your Burning Spears and her Shackleshot disabling you long enough for her to kill you with Focus Fire. When dealing with her, it is best that you team up with another hero who can prevent her from escaping. If she is the enemy's main carry, also consider getting a Monkey King Bar. If she does fill in for main carry, try to not go on her in the late game until you obtain it. With an Aghanim's Scepter and a maxed out Focus Fire icon.png Focus Fire, her physical damage output far outclasses yours and with her evasion, you are barely able to touch her before she kills you.


  • Break applied by Silver Edge icon.png Silver Edge cannot be dispelled, making Life Break unable to remove it. When being on low on health and benefiting from Berserker's Blood the most, Huskar turns really squishy as soon as the Shadow Walk hits.

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Huskar icon.png Huskar becomes more powerful with less health due to Berserker's Blood, but can still die. Figure out when enough is enough.
  • Berserker's Blood icon.png Berserker's Blood is Huskar's signature ability and passively gives him heavy magical resistance and attack speed when low HP. Thanks to this, Huskar is very potent against heavy magic damage teams. Additionally, Inner Vitality icon.png Inner Vitality gives Huskar a very powerful heal when below 40% HP, making him very durable. However, due to his low base Armor, he is susceptible to physical burst damage. Good examples of this is Clinkz icon.png Clinkz and Sven icon.png Sven as well as any carry who has a Daedalus icon.png Daedalus or Desolator icon.png Desolator completed.
  • Keep in mind the cast range of Burning Spear icon.png Burning Spear is 450, but Huskar's attack range is only 400. Therefore you can increase your range by 50 when manually casting Burning Spear icon.png Burning Spear. However, putting Burning Spear icon.png Burning Spear on autocast will not increase your range.
  • Huskar's abilities synergizes well with each other, Burning Spear icon.png Burning Spear and Life Break icon.png Life Break both use up health, and feed your Berserker's Blood icon.png Berserker's Blood increasing your damage output while Inner Vitality icon.png Inner Vitality makes you more durable.
    • Remember that Burning Spears will stack on an enemy. You can manual cast them repeatedly on laning phase to harass enemies without drawing creep aggro. When you can regenerate health enough to sustain Burning Spear, switch it to auto-attack and burn them down!
    • If you are low on health, you can turn it off at times to recuperate health if you have lifesteal.
  • Inner Vitality icon.png Inner Vitality provides a huge amount of regen especially when at a low HP. You can use it on yourself or your allies before jumping into a fight to increase their durability.
    • Do not worry about casting it too early before a team fight as it has a fairly long duration and its cooldown at max level is a few seconds shorter than its duration. This will reduce the chances that you are caught off-guard and become disabled long enough before being able to cast it. This will also increase the chance that you can re-cast it during a fight in case that you are Purged or another team mate is in dire need of regeneration.
    • Always use Inner Vitality before using your ultimate to increase your chance of surviving and reduce the toll on your HP done by your ultimate.
    • With enough mana regeneration, you can even use Inner Vitality constantly, mitigating the need to return to base. This makes heroes such as Crystal Maiden icon.png Crystal Maiden and Keeper of the Light icon.png Keeper of the Light a good ally of Huskar.
    • Soul Ring icon.png Soul Ring is also a viable situational item if you find yourself constantly out of mana because the static HP regeneration of Inner Vitality alone is enough to recuperate the loss of HP from Soul Ring even at level 1 while also providing a net excess of stat-based HP regeneration. Having a constant source of mana will also enable Huskar to cast Inner Vitality to his teammates who might need it at the time.
      • The ability to reduce Huskar's HP on demand also provides a tactical advantage that can be used before a fight. However, keep in mind that the HP removal is not mitigated by Berserker's Blood and as such is dangerous to be used when at a really low health.
  • Life Break icon.png Life Break lowers the target's current health by about 1/4 (1/2 if upgraded), and lets Huskar jump to his target rapidly. Consider between chasing a wounded enemy and dealing damage to a tough one.
    • Be wary of heroes who has high natural magic resistance like Anti-Mage icon.png Anti-Mage due to his Spell Shield icon.png Spell Shield because using Life Break against them might deal more damage to you than to them. Same can be said against heroes who usually build Hood of Defiance icon.png Hood of Defiance or Pipe of Insight icon.png Pipe of Insight.
    • You should also be warned not to use your ultimate on a hero who has spell immunity or else you lose a percentage of your health while the target does not. However, the slow will still pierce through spell immunity.
    • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar is important to keep in mind on Huskar since you do not lose a percentage of your health when you use your ultimate while spell immune.
    • As Life Break deals magical damage to an enemy relative to his current health, it is possible to kill any enemy in one hit with the help of damage amplification, provided it is not spell immune or has access to very high magic resistance (e.g. Spell Shield icon.png Spell Shield).
      • It is possible to use certain combinations of items and heroes together with Huskar to kill any hero instantly. For example applying the effects of Veil of Discord icon.png Veil of Discord, Ethereal Blade icon.png Ethereal Blade and Orchid Malevolence icon.png Orchid Malevolence to a target and then hitting them with an Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter upgraded Life Break will cause an instant death. However, building all these utility items on Huskar himself will destroy a great deal of his carry potential. This same effect can be achieved using Soul Catcher icon.png Soul Catcher instead of Veil of Discord or Decrepify icon.png Decrepify instead of Ethereal Blade.
    • Beware of heroes with Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail as they can destroy you if you use Life Break on them recklessly.
    • A special mention goes to Axe icon.png Axe who can use Culling Blade icon.png Culling Blade immediately after countering your Life Break.
    • A similar case is Nyx Assassin icon.png Nyx Assassin who can reflect Life Break using Spiked Carapace icon.png Spiked Carapace and then follow up with any of his other abilities to finish you off.
    • Also it is worth noting that any hero using Blade Mail with sufficiently high health will kill you if you use Life Break on them assuming that you do not have spell immunity.
    • Building an Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter enables Huskar to destroy enemy heroes with high health very quickly. The reduced cooldown will allow Huskar deal magical damage equal to 73.74% of the enemy's health in 4 seconds if he is able to use Life Break twice in succession. You can also use Life Break on multiple different enemies in a team fight making it easier for the rest of your team to finish them off. It is also worth noting that building an Aghanim's Scepter will enable Huskar to constantly apply a 60% slow that pierces through spell immunity.
    • If timed just right, Life Break can be used to chase an enemy with a Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger or a similar escape skill. In most cases, if an enemy hero used their escape skill while Huskar is airborne, Huskar will still be able to finish his jump.
    • An Aghanim's Scepter will also allow Huskar to reposition in teamfights frequently. In the event that you are being focused on by a melee carry who happen to have spell immunity, you can jump to other ranged or far off enemy heroes. This will give you a chance to kill them off and resulting into an even trade, stall enough time so that the duration of the melee carry's spell immunity runs out, remove debuffs, recast Inner Vitality and if you have an Armlet of Mordiggian, toggle Unholy Strength twice to regain some HP. Even without an Aghanim's Scepter, this tactic can be used if you did not initiate with Life Break.
      • The most important part of this tactic is the ability to remove debuffs. Since Huskar is really vulnerable to debuffs, jumping to another enemy while you are slowed, rooted or disarmed will give you a chance to turn the tables against your enemy.
  • Berserker's Blood icon.png Berserker's Blood increases Huskar's survivability significantly. It is worth noting that with enough stacks and health left, it can help you survive finishing spells that deal magical damage such as Thundergod's Wrath icon.png Thundergod's Wrath, Assassinate icon.png Assassinate and Reaper's Scythe icon.png Reaper's Scythe.
    • While with Berserker's Blood Huskar is difficult to be killed by magical spells alone, be very cautious of pure damage. Dealing with heroes such as Bane icon.png Bane and Timbersaw icon.png Timbersaw can result in death, as using your ultimate in their presence can have dire consequences, since some of their spells are not reduced by magic resistance.
    • Huskar is a great counter against heroes that rely mostly on magical damage like Skywrath Mage icon.png Skywrath Mage, Sand King icon.png Sand King and Zeus icon.png Zeus. If an enemy team consist of mostly or even entirely of spellcasters consider maxing Berserker's Blood first.
    • It is important to remember that the magic resistance from Berserker's Blood DOES NOT equate to magic immunity, a common mistake for new players is to treat it as such. Huskar is still vulnerable to huge burst of magical damage when at nearly full health. Examples of this would be Requiem of Souls icon.png Requiem of Souls at point blank range (most likely after using Life Break) with the maximum amount of souls and stacks of Remote Mines icon.png Remote Mines both of which could kill Huskar even at full health. Berserker's Blood works best against gradual magical damage or damage spread over multiple instances like Rot icon.png Rot, Life Drain icon.png Life Drain, Mystic Flare icon.png Mystic Flare, Static Storm icon.png Static Storm, Epicenter icon.png Epicenter, Echo Slam icon.png Echo Slam, and Poison Nova icon.png Poison Nova, all of which are almost impossible to be used to insta-kill Huskar since their damage will be greatly reduced. But keep in mind that some of these also provide debuffs like stun, slow and silence that could hinder Huskar.
    • Berserker's Blood also gives Huskar a huge attack speed bonus when at a low enough health. This enables Huskar to deal a significant amount of damage with Burning Spears and damage increasing items. Shallow Grave icon.png Shallow Grave or False Promise icon.png False Promise makes Huskar even more dangerous at team fights because it enables Huskar to maintain the maximum number of stacks for a short duration before dying.
      • Maelstrom icon.png Maelstrom or Mjollnir icon.png Mjollnir is a good item to pick to proc Chain Lightning as much as possible and to increase your farming potential.
      • Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade is a decent item if against low mana pool heroes such as Wraith King icon.png Wraith King to prevent them from using their abilities. However, this is not recommended as it does not provide either strength or damage and is quite a hefty investment.
      • Monkey King Bar icon.png Monkey King Bar is a good pickup due to its 35% chance to deal a 100 damage mini-stun and if against heroes with evasion like Phantom Assassin icon.png Phantom Assassin, Brewmaster icon.png Brewmaster or any carry who is planning to or already built evasion items like Heaven's Halberd or Butterfly.
      • Skull Basher icon.png Skull Basher and Abyssal Blade icon.png Abyssal Blade are also viable items because Huskar will proc Bash at a decent rate due to his attack speed. When Skull Basher is upgraded to Abyssal Blade, he can make use of Overwhelm after using Life Break. Keep in mind that melee carries will still proc it more even if you have the same attack speed, you do however have the range advantage.
      • Keep in mind that the attack speed from Berserker's Blood is unreliable as it depends on your current health. If you are your team's main carry, consider building attack speed items like Mjollnir and Assault Cuirass to further boost your DPS.
  • Huskar's armor is relatively low even until the middle stages of the game and thus if your ultimate is used carelessly the enemy team will only require one or two disables to allow their own carries to kill you. In this respect you must pay special attention to heroes with long duration disables like Bane icon.png Bane, Alchemist icon.png Alchemist, Shadow Shaman icon.png Shadow Shaman, Dragon Knight icon.png Dragon Knight etc. or invest in items that increase your durability so that you could survive such encounters and even use yourself to bait the enemy's skills to make it easier for the rest of your team.
    • Helm of Iron Will icon.png Helm of Iron Will could be bought first when planning on building a Helm of the Dominator. Due to Huskar's reliance on Burning Spears for damage and not from physical basic attacks which you rarely use against creeps in lane, an early Helm of Iron Will offers more benefits than buying an early Morbid Mask and will allow Huskar to regenerate more in the laning phase. You can even buy 2 Helms if you plan to build an Armlet of Mordiggian too, a +10 in armor and the bonus 6 HP regeneration will reduce damage in the laning phase significantly and will allow you to spam Burning Spear.
    • Mekansm icon.png Mekansm provides regeneration, armor, and burst heal that could make a significant difference when low in health. Since Huskar only has one skill that uses mana, Mekansm gives a way to utilize Huskar's remaining mana and in higher tier games, Mekansm on Huskar is not unheard of. It could also be paired with a Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand to further add to Mekansm's burst heal.
    • Huskar in general is very vulnerable to disables due to his tendency to be low in health, and if he is using life steal he is dependent on his ability to attack to survive fights. Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar will allow Huskar to attack relentlessly during its duration and hopefully will last long enough to kill off the enemy disablers. Linken's Sphere's spell block will also work better in some situations such as against Doom ability icon.png Doom, Fiend's Grip icon.png Fiend's Grip or Focus Fire icon.png Focus Fire.
    • Guardian Greaves icon.png Guardian Greaves in theory is the best boots for Huskar to tank up as it will provide a huge amount of armor if he is below 20% HP and the free mana will make it possible to keep Inner Vitality up indefinitely. Keep in mind however that it does not provide significant DPS, its passive works better if you have a huge amount of HP already, and it costs whopping 5300 gold, although the components are less useful to build on Huskar except for Mekansm. It is best that you build it after your major HP item or better yet let a more natural carrier on your team build it so that you can build other boots.
    • A casual Platemail icon.png Platemail will drastically improve Huskar's survivability and can be used to build an Assault Cuirass icon.png Assault Cuirass or a Shiva's Guard icon.png Shiva's Guard or both if you plan to stack armor. Since Huskar is already durable against magic damage, Stacking armor will help reduce his second biggest weakness which is physical damage. However, against a pure damage heavy lineup, stacking strength or HP items is still the better solution.
  • Huskar benefits greatly from strength as each point increases his survivability by increasing his health and regeneration rate from Inner Vitality icon.png Inner Vitality while also increasing his damage output. However, if you only gear for strength, you might not have enough damage to fight effectively in the late game. Also keep in mind that armor will provide you with more effective HP against physical damage than strength in later stages of the match and as such should not be neglected.
    • Armlet of Mordiggian (Inactive) icon.png Armlet of Mordiggian provides literally every stat that Huskar needs to be more effective and its Unholy Strength provides a way for Huskar to control his health. If you are able to practice armlet toggling, it will drastically improve Huskar's damage output and allow him to use it to survive fights as long as there is no Heartstopper Aura or Radiance Aura or you are not afflicted by any DPS debuff. An important fact to remember is that its active ability also adds to Inner Vitality's regeneration.
    • Heart of Tarrasque icon.png Heart of Tarrasque gives a massive HP regen bonus from Inner Vitality, it allows Huskar to keep Unholy Strength active indefinitely and it gives enough health to allow you to be at a low enough percentage to increase stacks from your Berserker's Blood but not low enough to be bursted down. This also complements an Aghanim's Scepter pickup as it will allow you to use Life Break sparingly, even against Roshan or creeps.
    • Sange icon.png Sange and its upgrades Sange and Yasha icon.png Sange and Yasha, Heaven's Halberd icon.png Heaven's Halberd, and Silver Edge icon.png Silver Edge provides a good amount of strength to cost ratio and gives a fair amount of utility.
    • Satanic icon.png Satanic provides strength, armor and 25% lifesteal. Its active could also be used in a pinch to keep yourself from dying.
  • Huskar has no natural escape mechanisms and it makes committing into a fight very risky if it does not go as planned. Consider building escape items like Shadow Blade icon.png Shadow Blade or its upgrade Silver Edge icon.png Silver Edge or even a Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger because it will provide you immense survivability that no strength, HP or armor item that can replace.
  • Huskar is effective at dealing with lone targets, but often time struggles when enemies are grouped up. Do not get too complacent, even if you can take on anybody on the enemy team. It is usually best to let somebody else initiate, and then come into the fight when the enemies are spread out, that way, you can take them on one at a time and most likely win each of the duels.
    • When faced with physical damage dealing heroes and you have no counter-pick on your team, it is wise to build items that specifically counter them so that you can duel them such as Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail, Heaven's Halberd icon.png Heaven's Halberd or in special cases Orchid Malevolence icon.png Orchid Malevolence for heroes with escapes like Storm Spirit icon.png Storm Spirit or Anti-Mage icon.png Anti-Mage.
    • Huskar has a huge early game presence, however there are many heroes that are difficult for Huskar to fight and as such he is a very situational hero to pick.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Huskar's name might be derived from the Old Norse word "Huskarl", the title given to the highly-skilled bodyguards of important Norse lords and kings.
  • His name might also be derived from Huáscar Inca, a leader of the Inca Empire in the 16th century. Huskar's lore also connects him to Dazzle icon.png Dazzle, who is a Shadow Priest (Fits in the Native American shaman role).
  • Before 6.79, you could use a Ghost Scepter icon.png Ghost Scepter and then manually cast Burning Spear icon.png Burning Spear on enemies. You would take little Magic damage since the Magic Resistance provided by Berserker's Blood icon.png Berserker's Blood reduced the incoming magic damage significantly, while also being immune to physical damage because of the ethereal state.

Update history[edit | edit source]

March 24, 2016 Patch

November 18, 2014 Patch

December 12, 2013 Patch

July 12, 2013 Patch

  • Fixed being able to attack while he is leaping in Life Break icon.png Life Break.

June 14, 2013 Patch

March 28, 2013 Patch

February 28, 2013 Patch

November 08, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed Life Break icon.png Life Break not properly dispelling buffs on you when cast.

September 13, 2012 Patch

August 15, 2012 Patch

April 26, 2012 Patch

April 12, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added an injured running animation for Huskar icon.png Huskar.

February 16, 2012 Patch

January 12, 2012 Patch

December 08, 2011 Patch

November 17, 2011 Patch

November 03, 2011 Patch

October 27, 2011 Patch

Balance changelog[edit | edit source]



  • Berserker's Blood icon.png Berserker's Blood
    • Bonuses are now provided linearly from full 100% to 10% health, instead of stepwise with every 7% health missing.
    • Reduced max magic resistance bonus from 42%/56%/70%/84% to 20%/30%/40%/50%.


  • Reduced Berserker's Blood icon.png Berserker's Blood magic resistance bonus per stack from 4%/5%/6%/7% to 3%/4%/5%/6%.


  • Inner Vitality icon.png Inner Vitality
    • Increased cast range from 550 to 800.
    • Reduced cooldown from 25/22/19/16 to 22/18/14/10.


  • Inner Vitality icon.png Inner Vitality
    • Increased base health regen bonus from 2/4/6/8 to 10.
    • Rescaled regen bonus when hurt from 30%/45%/60%/75% to 20%/40%/60%/80%.


  • Reduced Inner Vitality icon.png Inner Vitality cooldown from 25 to 25/22/19/16.
  • Increased Berserker's Blood icon.png Berserker's Blood attack speed bonus from 8/12/16/20 to 14/16/18/20.
  • Life Break icon.png Life Break
    • Reduced cooldown from 45/30/15 to 12.
    • Reduced damage to target from 50% to 35%.
    • Rescaled damage to self from 40%/35%/30% to 35%.
    • Rescaled Slow duration from 5 to 4/5/6.
    • Rescaled Slow from 50% to 40%/50%/60%.



  • Increased Burning Spear icon.png Burning Spear duration from 7 to 8.
  • Inner Vitality icon.png Inner Vitality
    • Increased regen bonus when hurt from 15%/30%/45%/60% to 30%/45%/60%/75%.
    • Increased cast range from 450 to 550.




Old Berserker's Blood icon.png Berserker's Blood:
Huskar feels each of his wounds and channels the pain, increasing attack speed and damage for each 7% missing health. First bonus starts at full health.
Attack Speed: 3/6/9/12 per stack
Attack Damage: 2/4/6/8 per stack
New Berserker's Blood icon.png Berserker's Blood:
Huskar feels each of his wounds and channels the pain, increasing magic resistance and attack speed for each 7% missing health. First bonus starts at full health.
Magic Resistance: 4%/5%/6%/7% per stack
Attack Speed: 8/12/16/20 per stack




Old Life Break icon.png Life Break:
Huskar moves into melee range and damages him and the target by a percentage of their lives and slows the target.
Cast range: 100
New Life Break icon.png Life Break:
Huskar leaps towards the target and damages him and the target by a percentage of their lives and slows the target upon reaching it.
Cast Range: 600
Leap speed: 1000 (he cannot be disjointed).
Huskar is spell immune during the leap.
When Huskar gets disabled during the leap, it stops and gets canceled.


  • Reduced Life Break icon.png Life Break damage to self from 40%/33%/25% to 35%/30%/25%.



  • Reduced Inner Vitality icon.png Inner Vitality heal interval from 1 to 0.1 seconds (same overall heal).



  • Removed the cap on Berserker's Blood icon.png Berserker's Blood (the cap was 7 stacks).
  • Fixed lags upon picking Huskar.




  • Life Break icon.png Life Break
    • Increased damage to target from 40% to 50% of its current health.
    • Reduced cooldown from 45 on each level to 45/30/15.



  • Increased attack range from 350 to 400.
  • Improved Huskar icon.png Huskar's attack animation from unknown to 0.4/0.5.
  • Added a visual effect to Berserker's Blood icon.png Berserker's Blood when reaching high stacks.


  • Increased Inner Vitality icon.png Inner Vitality mana cost from 50/90/130/170 to 170 on each level.


  • Created.

Replaced abilities[edit | edit source]

Berserker's Blood (pre 6.78)
Cannot be used by illusions. Cannot be dispelled. Not blocked by Spell Immunity.
Berserker's Blood icon.png
Ability Affects
Passive Self
Huskar's injuries feed his power, giving increased attack speed and damage for each 7% of missing health.
Attack Speed Bonus per Stack: 3/6/9/12
Attack Damage Bonus per Stack: 2/4/6/8
After losing his birthright, Huskar gained a lethality in physical combat that is only heightened as his own blood is spilled.


  • This ability got reworked into the current Berserker's Blood icon.png Berserker's Blood in the 6.78 gameplay patch.
  • Huskar's size increases and he glows red, the more stacks he has. At 25% health or less, he also stops using his attack stance and use his default animations.
  • First stack lasts from 100% to 87% of Huskar's maximum health. Each following stack is added for each 7% max health missing.
  • The maximum bonus (14 stacks) is achieved when Huskar has strictly less than 3% of his maximum health, which will provide bonus 42/84/126/168 attack speed and 24/56/84/112 attack damage.
  • The health percentage is checked periodically and the effects adapted instantly.

Life Break (pre 6.72)
Can be dispelled. Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Not blocked by Spell Immunity. Play
Life Break icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
Target Unit Enemies / Self Magical
Huskar draws upon his health to break an enemy's life, shattering a percentage of that hero's current health, and slowing them.
Cast Animation: 0.3+2.4
Cast Range: 100
Current Health as Cost: 35%/30%/25%
Target's Current Health as Damage: 50% (Can be Improved by Aghanim's Scepter. 65%)
Move Speed Slow: 50%
Slow Duration: 5
Cooldown 45/30/15 (Can be Improved by Aghanim's Scepter. 24/16/8)
Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Huskar takes no damage when blocked.
Can be Improved by Aghanim's Scepter. Increases damage dealt, reduces cooldown.
No matter the danger, Huskar thrusts himself into melees that only he can survive.


  • This ability got reworked into the current Life Break icon.png Life Break in the 6.72 gameplay patch.
  • With base magic resistance included, the targeted enemy will lose 37.5% (Can be Improved by Aghanim's Scepter. 48.75%) of his current health, if it is not Visage icon.png Visage or Meepo icon.png Meepo.

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See also[edit | edit source]