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
4850 (1000)
Bought From
Armor
Active Transfer Spellblock
Passive Spellblock
Bonus +15 Strength
+15 Agility
+15 Intelligence
+6 Health regeneration
+150% Mana regeneration
+15 Attack damage
Disassemble? No
Alert allies? No
Recipe
Linken's Sphere (4850)
Perseverance (1700)
Ultimate Orb (2150)
Recipe (1000)

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]

Abilities[edit]

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

Notes:

  • Does not block spells cast by allies.


Transfer Spellblock
Ability
Target Unit
Temporarily removes Spellblock from the item's owner and transfers it to an allied unit.
Cast Range: 700
Buff Duration: 13
Cooldown symbol.png 13
Cannot be used by illusions. The buff can be transfered to illusions, however it does not block a spell for them.
Modifiers
Buff Item Sphere Target: Undispellable.

Notes:

  • Double clicking the item casts it on self. Although targeting self makes no difference.
  • Multiple instances of the buff work fully independently from each other.
    • This means it is possible to cast two 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 that 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 transferring the buff. During this period, it does not 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.


Blocked abilities[edit]

Recommended heroes[edit]

Core: Morphling minimap icon.png Morphling, Weaver minimap icon.png Weaver

Situational: Ancient Apparition minimap icon.png Ancient Apparition, Gyrocopter minimap icon.png Gyrocopter, Ember Spirit minimap icon.png Ember Spirit, Storm Spirit minimap icon.png Storm Spirit, Nyx Assassin minimap icon.png Nyx Assassin, Mirana minimap icon.png Mirana, Clinkz minimap icon.png Clinkz, Lina minimap icon.png Lina, Luna minimap icon.png Luna, Naga Siren minimap icon.png Naga Siren, Underlord minimap icon.png Underlord, Queen of Pain

Tips[edit]

  • Although Heroes that solely have single-target abilities (like Bane minimap icon.png Bane and Lion minimap 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 minimap icon.png Lina or Wraith King minimap 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 Corrosive Haze icon.png Corrosive Haze, 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 minimap icon.png Weaver, Ember Spirit minimap icon.png Ember Spirit, Clinkz minimap icon.png Clinkz or Storm Spirit minimap icon.png Storm Spirit, as Linken's Sphere can easily make you almost immune to enemy ganks by blocking any enemy's spell - protecting you from a potential disable and also giving you an early warning that the enemy is coming, allowing you to make your escape.
  • Projectile-based spells are always blocked upon impact. This makes them easier to blocked for an ally, than spells with instant effect, because the Spellblock buff can be placed on the targeted ally before the projectile hits.
  • Linken's Sphere is a good combination with Black King Bar, because it can force enemy hero to cast his most powerful singe-targeted ability on you.

Items Synergy[edit]

  • Shadow Blade icon.png Shadow Blade: will make you hard to gank with the Linken protecting your from being disabled. It can also be used to initiate.

Counter Items[edit]

  • Force Staff icon.png Force Staff: it is the cheapest item able to disable a Linken's Sphere.
  • Skull Basher icon.png Skull Basher: the Linken doesn't protect from bashes.

Trivia[edit]

  • 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.
  • As Linken's Sphere was originally created, it was named "Linken's Mirror". Its ability was Spell Mirror, which was basically a chance-based Echo Shell from Lotus Orb icon.png Lotus Orb. The item was reworked into the present version in 6.09.

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