Linken's Sphere

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Linken's Sphere
Linken's Sphere icon.png
This magical sphere once protected one of the most famous heroes in history.
Cost
5125 (1325)
Bought From
Armor
Active Transfer Spellblock
Passive Spellblock
Bonus +15 Strength
+15 Agility
+15 Intelligence
+6 Health regeneration
+150% Mana regeneration
+15 Damage
Disassemble? No
Alert allies? No
Recipe
Linken's Sphere (5125)
Perseverance (1700)
Ultimate Orb (2100)
Recipe Cost: 1325

Linken's Sphere is an Item purchasable at the Main Shop, under Armor. However, it can only be completed with items from the Secret Shop.

Additional information[edit | edit source]

One Linken's Sphere grants a total of 285 health, 6.45 health regeneration, 2.1 armor, 15 attack speed, 195 mana, 1.5 mana regeneration and 30 attack damage.

Abilites[edit | edit source]

Spellblock
Ability Affects
Passive Self
Blocks most targeted spells once every 13 seconds.
Cooldown 13

Notes:

  • Does not block spells cast by allies.

Transfer Spellblock
Ability Affects
Target Unit Allied Heroes
Temporarily removes Spellblock from the item's owner and transfers it to an allied unit.
Cast Range: 700
Buff Duration: 13
Cooldown 13
Cannot be used by illusions. The buff can be transfered to illusions, however it won't block a spell for them.

Notes:

  • Double clicking the item casts it on self. Although targeting self makes no difference.
  • Multiple instances of the buff work fully independent from each other.
    • This means it is possible to cast 2 instances on the same allied hero, and each buff can block one spell.
    • This also means that when an ally places the Linken's buff on a hero who has its own Linken's Sphere, both can block a spell. The allied buff is used up first in this case.
  • Puts Linken's Sphere on cooldown upon transfering the buff. During this period, it won't block spells on the owner.
  • Goes into cooldown once again when the buff blocks a spell on the targeted allied hero.
  • Does not go into cooldown when the buff did not block a spell and expired.

Recommended heroes[edit | edit source]

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Although Heroes that solely have single-target abilities (like Bane icon.png Bane and Lion icon.png Lion) seem like they would be rendered harmless with Linken's, this actually means they would be able to bypass the Spell Block much more easily than Heroes with only one single-target spell (like Lina icon.png Lina or Wraith King icon.png Wraith King), as Linken's Sphere only blocks one spell at a time.
    • As such, when facing against an enemy with Linken's Sphere, it's best to use a cheap, spammable spell like Stifling Dagger icon.png Stifling Dagger or Fade Bolt icon.png Fade Bolt to put the item on cooldown so that you or an ally can then use more powerful spells like Reaper's Scythe icon.png Reaper's Scythe or Doom ability icon.png Doom.
  • It is wise to place the Spell Block buff on your allied initiator or carry to prevent them from being disabled immediately when charging into the enemy team.
  • It is good to purchase this item on Heroes that use invisibility or are going to buy items that grant it, as the Spell Block can prevent some spells, such as Amplify Damage icon.png Amplify Damage, from revealing the Hero. If the enemy lacks any detection but has strong burst damage, the Spell Block may also prevent some disables or ultimates from locking and bursting down your Hero before your fade time, or at least give you a warning that you are about to be targeted.
  • This item can be useful on heroes with quick escape options such as Weaver icon.png Weaver, Ember Spirit icon.png Ember Spirit, or Storm Spirit icon.png Storm Spirit, as Linken's Sphere can easily make you almost immune to enemy ganks by blocking any enemy's spell - protection you from a potential disable and also giving you an early warning that the enemy is coming, allowing you to make your escape.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Linken's Sphere is named after Linken, a character from World of Warcraft, who is in turn named after Link, the protagonist of the Legend of Zelda franchise.

Blocked abilities[edit | edit source]

Hero abilities



Update history[edit | edit source]

February 04, 2015 Patch

  • Fixed multiple stacks of Linken's Sphere having different behaviors when two buffs are directly applied compared to one buff and one item.

December 17, 2014 Patch Update 3

November 18, 2014 Patch

  • Added a new Play sound for when Linken's Sphere is cast on an ally.
  • Linken Sphere now shows up as a buff icon when cast on allies.

Balance changelog[edit | edit source]

6.86

6.85

  • Cost:

6.84

6.82

6.79

  • Added a new active ability
Transfer Spellblock:
Temporarily removes Spellblock from the item's owner and transfers it to an allied unit.
Cast range: 700
Notes: The duration of the buff dynamically bound to the cooldown of the item. When used, the item goes on cooldown. When the buff gets used up, the item goes on cooldown again. When the buff expires, it does not go on cooldown again. When the cooldown gets refreshed, the buff disappears.

6.78

6.73

6.65

6.64

6.61

6.60

6.50b

6.50

  • Cost:
    • Reduced Ultimate Orb cost from 2250 to 2100.
    • Reduced Void Stone cost from 900 to 875.
    • Total cost from 5350 to 5175.
  • Reduced Spellblock cooldown from 40 to 18.

6.49

  • Cost:
    • Reduced Ultimate Orb cost from 2300 to 2250.
    • Reduced recipe cost from 1425 to 1325.
    • Total cost from 5500 to 5350.
  • Reduced Spellblock cooldown from 60 to 40.

6.10

  • Reduced recipe cost from 1525 to 1425 (total cost from 5600 to 5500).
  • Reduced Spellblock cooldown from 120 to 60.

6.09b

6.09

  • Reworked Linken's Mirror Shield.
Old Linken's Mirror Shield:
Recipe: Energy Booster (1000), Cloak (650), Stout Shield (520), recipe (800)
Total cost: 2970
Mana bonus: 250
Magic resistance bonus: 15%
Ability1: Damage Block - Gives a 50% chance to block 40 attack damage.
Ability2: Spell Mirror - Gives a 30% chance to reflect a target spell back at its caster. Only reflects enemy spells. The owner still is hit by the spell.
New Linken's Sphere:
Recipe: Perseverance (1775), Ultimate Orb (2300), recipe (1625)
Total cost: 5700
All attributes bonus: 13
Health regeneration bonus: 4
Mana regeneration bonus: 100%
Ability: Spellblock - Blocks most targeted spells once every 120 seconds.

6.06

6.05

  • Reduced recipe cost from 1000 to 800 (total cost from 3170 to 2970).

6.04

  • Increased Stout Shield cost from 425 to 520 (total cost from 3075 to 3170).
  • Damage Block
    • Increased proc chance from 20% to 50%.
    • Reduced blocked damage from 40 to 20.

6.00

  • Created.

Replaced abilities[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]