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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
5175 (1325)
Bought From
Armor
Passive Spellblock
Bonus +15 Strength
+15 Agility
+15 Intelligence
+6 HP regeneration
+150% Mana regeneration
+10 Damage
Disassemble? No
Alert allies? No
Recipe
Linken's Sphere (5175)
Perseverance (1750)
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.

Ability[edit]

Spellblock
Ability Affects
Passive Self
Blocks most targeted spells once every 17 seconds.
Cooldown 17

Transfer Spellblock
Ability Affects
Active
Transfers the Spellblock passive to an allied hero, which lasts 17 seconds, does not block spells for you and goes into cooldown as soon as the buff blocks a spell, if the 17 seconds pass and the buff has not been used up, Linken's Sphere does not trigger another cooldown.
Duration: 17
Range: 700
Cooldown 17

Recommended heroes[edit]

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.

Blocked Hero Abilities[edit]

Abaddon
Abaddon.png
Mist Coil icon.png Mist Coil
Alchemist
Alchemist.png
Unstable Concoction icon.png Unstable Concoction
Blocked on primary target. Not blocked on self if projectile fails to be thrown. No interaction otherwise.
Ancient Apparition
Ancient Apparition.png
Cold Feet icon.png Cold Feet
Anti-Mage
Anti-Mage.png
Mana Void icon.png Mana Void
Blocked on primary target. No interaction otherwise.
Axe
Axe.png
Battle Hunger icon.png Battle Hunger
Culling Blade icon.png Culling Blade
Bane
Bane.png
Enfeeble icon.png Enfeeble
Brain Sap icon.png Brain Sap
Nightmare icon.png Nightmare
Fiend's Grip icon.png Fiend's Grip
Batrider
Batrider.png
Flaming Lasso icon.png Flaming Lasso
Beastmaster
Beastmaster.png
Primal Roar icon.png Primal Roar
Blocked on primary target. No interaction otherwise.
Bloodseeker
Bloodseeker.png
Bloodrage icon.png Bloodrage
Rupture icon.png Rupture
Bounty Hunter
Bounty Hunter.png
Shuriken Toss icon.png Shuriken Toss
Fully blocked on primary target (no subsequent bounces to tracked units). No interaction if bounced while tracked.
Track icon.png Track
Brewmaster
Brewmaster.png
Drunken Haze icon.png Drunken Haze
Will be blocked even if Linken's holder wasn't the primary target.
Hurl Boulder icon.png Hurl Boulder
Cyclone icon.png Cyclone
Bristleback
Bristleback.png
Viscous Nasal Goo icon.png Viscous Nasal Goo
Broodmother
Broodmother.png
Spawn Spiderlings icon.png Spawn Spiderlings
Centaur Warrunner
Centaur Warrunner.png
Double Edge icon.png Double Edge
Blocked on primary target. No interaction otherwise. Bradwarden doesn't take his recoil damage if blocked.
Chaos Knight
Chaos Knight.png
Chaos Bolt icon.png Chaos Bolt
Reality Rift icon.png Reality Rift
Chen
Chen.png
Penitence icon.png Penitence
Test of Faith icon.png Test of Faith
Crystal Maiden
Crystal Maiden.png
Frostbite icon.png Frostbite
Dazzle
Dazzle.png
Poison Touch icon.png Poison Touch
Disruptor
Disruptor.png
Thunder Strike icon.png Thunder Strike
Blocked on primary target. No interaction otherwise.
Glimpse icon.png Glimpse
Doom
Doom.png
LVL Death icon.png LVL? Death
Doom ability icon.png Doom
Dragon Knight
Dragon Knight.png
Dragon Tail icon.png Dragon Tail
Earth Spirit
Earth Spirit.png
Boulder Smash icon.png Boulder Smash
Blocked if targeted directly on Linken's holder. No interaction otherwise.
Enchant Remnant icon.png Enchant Remnant
Enchantress
Enchantress.png
Enchant icon.png Enchant
Enigma
Enigma.png
Malefice icon.png Malefice
Gyrocopter
Gyrocopter.png
Homing Missile icon.png Homing Missile
Blocked only on cast. No interaction otherwise.
Huskar
Huskar.png
Life Break icon.png Life Break
Blocked on impact. However, Huskar takes no damage.
Invoker
Invoker.png
Cold Snap icon.png Cold Snap
Juggernaut
Juggernaut.png
Omnislash icon.png Omnislash
Blocks first instance of damage, but not ministun, on primary target. No interaction otherwise.
Keeper of the Light
Keeper of the Light.png
Mana Leak icon.png Mana Leak
Kunkka
Kunkka.png
X Marks the Spot icon.png X Marks The Spot
Legion Commander
Legion Commander.png
Duel icon.png Duel
Leshrac
Leshrac.png
Lightning Storm icon.png Lightning Storm
Blocked on primary target. No interaction otherwise.
Lich
Lich.png
Frost Blast icon.png Frost Blast
Blocked on primary target. No interaction otherwise.
Chain Frost icon.png Chain Frost
Blocked initial ministun, damage and slow if Linken's holder is primary target. No interaction otherwise.
Lifestealer
Lifestealer.png
Open Wounds icon.png Open Wounds
Lina
Lina.png
Laguna Blade icon.png Laguna Blade
Lion
Lion.png
Earth Spike icon.png Earth Spike
Still affects other units.
Hex (Lion) icon.png Hex
Mana Drain icon.png Mana Drain
Finger of Death icon.png Finger of Death
Blocked on primary target. No interaction if affected by Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter AoE.
Luna
Luna.png
Lucent Beam icon.png Lucent Beam
Medusa
Medusa.png
Mystic Snake icon.png Mystic Snake
The snake returns to Medusa to replenish with current stolen mana when blocked.
Morphling
Morphling.png
Adaptive Strike icon.png Adaptive Strike
Replicate icon.png Replicate
Naga Siren
Naga Siren.png
Ensnare (Naga Siren) icon.png Ensnare (Naga Siren)
Nature's Prophet
Nature's Prophet.png
Sprout icon.png Sprout
Blocked on primary target. No interaction otherwise.
Wrath of Nature icon.png Wrath of Nature
Blocked on primary target. No interaction otherwise.
Necrophos
Necrophos.png
Reaper's Scythe icon.png Reaper's Scythe
Night Stalker
Night Stalker.png
Void icon.png Void
Crippling Fear icon.png Crippling Fear
Nyx Assassin
Nyx Assassin.png
Mana Burn icon.png Mana Burn
Ogre Magi
Ogre Magi.png
Fireblast icon.png Fireblast
Ignite icon.png Ignite
Blocked on primary target. No interaction otherwise.
Unrefined Fireblast icon.png Unrefined Fireblast
Outworld Devourer
Outworld Devourer.png
Astral Imprisonment icon.png Astral Imprisonment
Phantom Assassin
Phantom Assassin.png
Stifling Dagger icon.png Stifling Dagger
Phantom Strike icon.png Phantom Strike
Phantom Lancer
Phantom Lancer.png
Spirit Lance icon.png Spirit Lance
Pudge
Pudge.png
Dismember icon.png Dismember
Pugna
Pugna.png
Decrepify icon.png Decrepify
Life Drain icon.png Life Drain
Queen of Pain
Queen of Pain.png
Shadow Strike icon.png Shadow Strike
Razor
Razor.png
Static Link icon.png Static Link
Riki
Riki.png
Blink Strike icon.png Blink Strike
Rubick
Rubick.png
Telekinesis icon.png Telekinesis
Blocked on primary target. No interaction otherwise.
Fade Bolt icon.png Fade Bolt
Blocked on primary target. No interaction otherwise.
Spell Steal icon.png Spell Steal
Sand King
Sand King.png
Burrowstrike icon.png Burrowstrike
Still affects other units.
Shadow Demon
Shadow Demon.png
Disruption icon.png Disruption
Demonic Purge icon.png Demonic Purge
Shadow Shaman
Shadow Shaman.png
Ether Shock icon.png Ether Shock
Blocked on primary target. No interaction otherwise.
Hex (Shadow Shaman) icon.png Hex
Shackles icon.png Shackles
Silencer
Silencer.png
Last Word icon.png Last Word
Skywrath Mage
Skywrath Mage.png
Arcane Bolt icon.png Arcane Bolt
Ancient Seal icon.png Ancient Seal
Slardar
Slardar.png
Amplify Damage icon.png Amplify Damage
Sniper
Sniper.png
Assassinate icon.png Assassinate
Blocked on impact. Thereby, True Sight is still granted.
Spirit Breaker
Spirit Breaker.png
Charge of Darkness icon.png Charge of Darkness
Blocked on cast, not when colliding with the primary target. Greater Bash icon.png Greater Bash aspect is not blocked.
Nether Strike icon.png Nether Strike
Blocked on primary target. Greater Bash icon.png Greater Bash aspect is not blocked for secondary targets.
Storm Spirit
Storm Spirit.png
Electric Vortex icon.png Electric Vortex
Sven
Sven.png
Storm Hammer icon.png Storm Hammer
Blocked on primary target. No interaction otherwise.
Terrorblade
Terrorblade.png
Reflection icon.png Reflection
Sunder icon.png Sunder
Tidehunter
Tidehunter.png
Gush icon.png Gush
Tinker
Tinker.png
Laser icon.png Laser
Treant Protector
Treant Protector.png
Leech Seed icon.png Leech Seed
Undying
Undying.png
Soul Rip icon.png Soul Rip
Vengeful Spirit
Vengeful Spirit.png
Magic Missile icon.png Magic Missile
Nether Swap icon.png Nether Swap
Viper
Viper.png
Viper Strike icon.png Viper Strike
Visage
Visage.png
Grave Chill icon.png Grave Chill
Soul Assumption icon.png Soul Assumption
Warlock
Warlock.png
Fatal Bonds icon.png Fatal Bonds
Blocked on primary target. No interaction otherwise.
Shadow Word icon.png Shadow Word
Windranger
Windranger.png
Shackleshot icon.png Shackleshot
Blocked on primary target. No interaction otherwise.
Focus Fire icon.png Focus Fire
Witch Doctor
Witch Doctor.png
Paralyzing Cask icon.png Paralyzing Cask
Blocked regardless of the target type but cask will keep bouncing.
Wraith King
Wraith King.png
Wraithfire Blast icon.png Wraithfire Blast
Zeus
Zeus.png
Arc Lightning icon.png Arc Lightning
Blocked on primary target. No interaction otherwise.
Lightning Bolt icon.png Lightning Bolt
Also blocked when ground target.

Blocked Item Abilities[edit]

Abyssal Blade
Abyssal Blade icon.png
Overwhelm
Dagon
Dagon icon.png
Energy Burst
Diffusal Blade
Diffusal Blade icon.png
Purge
Ethereal Blade
Ethereal Blade icon.png
Ether Blast
Eul's Scepter of Divinity
Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png
Cyclone
Force Staff
Force Staff icon.png
Force
Heaven's Halberd
Heaven's Halberd icon.png
Disarm
Necronomicon
Necronomicon icon.png
Mana Burn
Orchid Malevolence
Orchid Malevolence icon.png
Soul Burn
Rod of Atos
Rod of Atos icon.png
Cripple
Scythe of Vyse
Scythe of Vyse icon.png
Hex

Blocked Neutral Creep Abilities[edit]

Dark Troll Summoner
Dark Troll Warlord.jpg
Ensnare icon.png Ensnare
Harpy Storm
Harpystorm.jpg
Chain Lightning icon.png Chain Lightning
Blocked on primary target. No interaction otherwise.
Satyr Mindstealer
Satyr Mindstealer.png
Satyr Mana Burn icon.png Mana Burn
Satyr Trickster
Satyr Banisher.png
Satyr Purge icon.png Purge

Update History[edit]

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]

6.82

  • Linken's Sphere only blocks Wrath of Nature's initial bounce, not subsequent bounces
  • Linken's Sphere only blocks Lightning Storm's initial bounce, not subsequent bounces
  • Nether Ward no longer triggers Linken's Sphere
  • Fissure no longer triggers Linken's Sphere
  • Maelstrom and Mjollnir no longer trigger Linken's Sphere
  • Lightning Bolt now triggers Linken's Sphere when targeted at the ground
  • Static Link no longer ignores Linken's Sphere
  • Culling Blade no longer ignores Linken's Sphere

6.79

  • Linken's Sphere can now be cast on an allied hero to transfer the buff.
    • When on cooldown it does not work on you. Goes into cooldown when cast and once the buff is used up. If the cooldown ends and the buff has not been used up, the buff ends and does not trigger another cooldown. 700 cast range.

6.78

  • Cooldown decreased from 20 to 17.

6.73

  • Added +10 damage to account for component bonuses.
  • No longer triggered by Medallion of Courage.
  • No longer triggered by Urn of Shadows.

6.65

  • Properly blocks Unstable Concoction and Death Coil

6.60

  • Rewrote parts of the following abilities to be compatible with Linken Sphere: Shackleshot, Brain Sap, Spirit Lance, Test of Faith, Malefice, Poison Touch, Shadow Word, Astral Imprisonment, Life Break, X Marks The Spot, Battle Hunger, Open Wounds, Electric Vortex, Paralyzing Casks, Multicast, Adaptive Strike Strength>Agility, Nether Swap, Rupture, Stifling Dagger, Sprout, Lightning Bolt, Lion's Impale, Nerubian Assassin's Impale, Ravage, Burrow Strike, Unstable Concoction, Mana Leak, Sven's Storm Bolt, Reaper's Scythe, Nether Strike, Gush.
  • No longer interrupts your teleportation when it blocks a spell

6.50

  • Reduced Linken's Sphere's cooldown
  • Total cost reduced (Void Stone cost reduced from 900 to 875, and Ultimate Orb cost reduced by an unknown amount)

6.49

  • Total cost reduced by 150 (Linken's Sphere recipe cost reduced by 100 gold, and Ultimate Orb cost reduced by 50 gold)
  • Decreased Linken's Sphere cooldown from 60 to 40 seconds

6.10

  • Reduced Linken's Sphere recipe from 1525 to 1425
  • Reduced cooldown on Linken's sphere ability from 2 to 1 minute.

6.09b

  • Buffed Linken stats and lowered recipe cost a bit

6.05

  • Linken Mirror Shield recipe cost reduced from 1000 to 800