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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.

Additional Information[edit]

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 25 attack damage.

Ability[edit]

Spellblock
Ability Affects
Passive Self
Passively blocks most targeted spells once every 16 seconds.
Cooldown 16

Notes:

  • Does not block spells cast by allies.

Transfer Spellblock
Ability Affects
Target Hero Allied Heroes
Cast on an allied hero to temporarily transfer the buff.
Cast Range: 700
Buff Duration: 16
Cooldown 16
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]

Tips[edit]

  • The item can be combined with an escape ability (invisibility, movement speed, reincarnation) to surive a nuke or stun.
  • Linken's sphere is good against heroes that nuke and fight in 1vs1 like Doom, Legion Commander, Viper.

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 abilities[edit]

Hero abilities[edit]

Abaddon - Mist Coil
Mist Coil icon.png
Abaddon still loses health.
Alchemist - Unstable Concoction
Unstable Concoction icon.png
Blocked by everyone it hits inside the radius. Not blocked when blowing up on self
Ancient Apparition - Cold Feet
Cold Feet icon.png
Anti-Mage - Mana Void
Mana Void icon.png
Blocked fully only when primary target.
Axe - Battle Hunger
Battle Hunger icon.png
Axe - Culling Blade
Culling Blade icon.png
Bane - Enfeeble
Enfeeble icon.png
Bane - Brain Sap
Brain Sap icon.png
Bane - Nightmare
Nightmare icon.png
Bane - Fiend's Grip
Fiend's Grip icon.png
Batrider - Flaming Lasso
Flaming Lasso icon.png
When blocked, Batrider is not disarmed either.
Beastmaster - Primal Roar
Primal Roar icon.png
Blocked fully only when primary target.
Bloodseeker - Bloodrage
Bloodrage icon.png
Bloodseeker - Rupture
Rupture icon.png
Bounty Hunter - Shuriken Toss
Shuriken Toss icon.png
Blocked upon impact as primary or secondary target. When blocked, it stops jumping.
Bounty Hunter - Track
Track icon.png
Brewmaster - Drunken Haze
Drunken Haze icon.png
Blocked fully only when Primary target.
Bristleback - Viscous Nasal Goo
Viscous Nasal Goo icon.png
Blocked upon impact.
Broodmother - Spawn Spiderlings
Spawn Spiderlings icon.png
Blocked upon impact.
Centaur Warrunner - Double Edge
Double Edge icon.png
Blocked fully only when Primary target. When blocked, Centaur Warrunner isn't damaged either.
Chaos Knight - Chaos Bolt
Chaos Bolt icon.png
Blocked upon impact.
Chaos Knight - Reality Rift
Reality Rift icon.png
Chen - Penitence
Penitence icon.png
Chen - Test of Faith
Test of Faith icon.png
Particles still visually appear.
Crystal Maiden - Frostbite
Frostbite icon.png
Dazzle - Poison Touch
Poison Touch icon.png
Blocked upon impact.
Disruptor - Thunder Strike
Thunder Strike icon.png
Blocked fully only when primary target.
Disruptor - Glimpse
Glimpse icon.png
Doom - LVL? Death
LVL Death icon.png
Doom - Doom
Doom ability icon.png
Dragon Knight - Dragon Tail
Dragon Tail icon.png
Earth Spirit - Boulder Smash
Boulder Smash icon.png
Blocked fully only when primary target.
Earth Spirit - Enchant Remnant
Enchant Remnant icon.png
Enchantress - Enchant
Enchant icon.png
Enigma - Malefice
Malefice icon.png
Gyrocopter - Homing Missile
Homing Missile icon.png
Blocked upon impact.
Huskar - Life Break
Life Break icon.png
Blocked upon impact. When blocked, Huskar isn't damaged either.
Invoker - Cold Snap
Cold Snap icon.png
Juggernaut - Omnislash
Omnislash icon.png
First slash is blocked only if primary target.
Keeper of the Light - Mana Leak
Mana Leak icon.png
Kunkka - X Marks the Spot
X Marks the Spot icon.png
Legion Commander - Duel
Duel icon.png
Leshrac - Lightning Storm
Lightning Storm icon.png
Blocked fully only when primary target.
Lich - Frost Blast
Frost Blast icon.png
Blocked fully only when primary target. Particles still visual appear.
Lich - Chain Frost
Chain Frost icon.png
Can block initial mini-stun, or first impact when primary target.
Lifestealer - Open Wounds
Open Wounds icon.png
Lina - Laguna Blade
Laguna Blade icon.png
Blocked upon cast. Particle still visually appear.
Lion - Earth Spike
Earth Spike icon.png
Blocked upon getting hit, no matter if directly targeted or not.
Lion - Hex
Hex (Lion) icon.png
Lion - Mana Drain
Mana Drain icon.png
Lion - Finger of Death
Finger of Death icon.png
Blocked fully only when primary target. Blocked upon cast. Particles still visually appear.
Luna - Lucent Beam
Lucent Beam icon.png
Medusa - Mystic Snake
Mystic Snake icon.png
Blocked fully when primary or secondary target upon impact. When blocked, stops jumping and returns to Medusa to restore her mana if stolen.
Morphling - Adaptive Strike
Adaptive Strike icon.png
Blocked upon impact.
Morphling - Replicate
Replicate icon.png
Naga Siren - Ensnare
Ensnare (Naga Siren) icon.png
Blocked upon impact.
Nature's Prophet - Sprout
Sprout icon.png
Blocked fully only when directly targeted.
Nature's Prophet - Wrath of Nature
Wrath of Nature icon.png
Blocked fully only when directly targeted. Does not block when ground targeted.
Necrophos - Reaper's Scythe
Reaper's Scythe icon.png
Night Stalker - Void
Void icon.png
Night Stalker - Crippling Fear
Crippling Fear icon.png
Nyx Assassin - Mana Burn
Mana Burn icon.png
Ogre Magi - Fireblast
Fireblast icon.png
When blocked, ends Multicast, no matter if the inital cast or a multicast instance was blocked.
Ogre Magi - Ignite
Ignite icon.png
Blocked fully only when primary target. Blocked upon impact. Can also block multicast Ignite, causing the projectile to not be released. Does not end Multicast.
Ogre Magi - Unrefined Fireblast
Unrefined Fireblast icon.png
When blocked, ends Multicast, no matter if the inital cast or a multicast instance was blocked.
Oracle - Fortune's End
Fortune's End icon.png
Blocked fully only when primary target. Blocked upon impact.
Oracle - Fate's Edict
Fate's Edict icon.png
Oracle - Purifying Flames
Purifying Flames icon.png
Outworld Devourer - Astral Imprisonment
Astral Imprisonment icon.png
Phantom Assassin - Stifling Dagger
Stifling Dagger icon.png
Blockd upon impact.
Phantom Assassin - Phantom Strike
Phantom Strike icon.png
Phantom Lancer - Spirit Lance
Spirit Lance icon.png
Blocked upon impact.
Pudge - Dismember
Dismember icon.png
Pugna - Decrepify
Decrepify icon.png
Pugna - Life Drain
Life Drain icon.png
Queen of Pain - Shadow Strike
Shadow Strike icon.png
Blocked upon impact.
Razor - Static Link
Static Link icon.png
Riki - Blink Strike
Blink Strike icon.png
Blink Strike still loses a charge.
Rubick - Telekinesis
Telekinesis icon.png
Rubick - Fade Bolt
Fade Bolt icon.png
Blocked fully only when primary target.
Sand King - Burrowstrike
Burrowstrike icon.png
Blocked upon getting hit, no matter if directly targeted or not.
Shadow Demon - Disruption
Disruption icon.png
Shadow Demon - Demonic Purge
Demonic Purge icon.png
Demonic Purge still loses a charge.
Shadow Shaman - Ether Shock
Ether Shock icon.png
Blocked fully only when primary target.
Shadow Shaman - Hex
Hex (Shadow Shaman) icon.png
Shadow Shaman - Shackles
Shackles icon.png
Silencer - Last Word
Last Word icon.png
Skywrath Mage - Arcane Bolt
Arcane Bolt icon.png
Blocked upon impact.
Skywrath Mage - Ancient Seal
Ancient Seal icon.png
Slardar - Amplify Damage
Amplify Damage icon.png
Sniper - Assassinate
Assassinate icon.png
Blocked upon impact, therefore, vision and True Sight is still granted.
Spectre - Spectral Dagger
Spectral Dagger icon.png
Procs Linken's Sphere only when secondary target and only when a hero was directly targeted, however, Spectral Dagger instantly re-attempts to apply the debuff again, thus wasting Linken's Sphere's cooldown. No interaction with the primary target or when hit when ground was targeted.
Spirit Breaker - Charge of Darkness
Charge of Darkness icon.png
Blocked fully only when primary target. Blocked upon cast. If charge already began, impact is not blocked.
Spirit Breaker - Nether Strike
Nether Strike icon.png
Blocked fully only when primary target.
Storm Spirit - Electric Vortex
Electric Vortex icon.png
When blocked, Storm Spirit is not slowed either.
Sven - Storm Hammer
Storm Hammer icon.png
Blocked fully only when primary target. Blocked upon impact.
Terrorblade - Reflection
Reflection icon.png
Terrorblade - Sunder
Sunder icon.png
Tidehunter - Gush
Gush icon.png
Blocked upon impact.
Tinker - Laser
Laser icon.png
Blocked fully only when primary target.
Treant Protector - Leech Seed
Leech Seed icon.png
Tusk - Walrus Kick
Walrus Kick icon.png
Undying - Soul Rip
Soul Rip icon.png
Units counted towards damage still lose health.
Vengeful Spirit - Magic Missile
Magic Missile icon.png
Blocked upon impact.
Vengeful Spirit - Nether Swap
Nether Swap icon.png
Viper - Viper Strike
Viper Strike icon.png
Blocked upon impact.
Visage - Grave Chill
Grave Chill icon.png
When blocked, Visage is not boosted either.
Visage - Soul Assumption
Soul Assumption icon.png
Blocked upon impact.
Warlock - Fatal Bonds
Fatal Bonds icon.png
Blocked fully only when primary target.
Warlock - Shadow Word
Shadow Word icon.png
Windranger - Shackleshot
Shackleshot icon.png
Blocked fully only when primary target. Blocked upon impact.
Windranger - Focus Fire
Focus Fire icon.png
Winter Wyvern - Splinter Blast
Splinter Blast icon.png
Blocked fully only when primary target. Blocked upon impact.
Winter Wyvern - Winter's Curse
Winter's Curse icon.png
Blocked fully only when primary target.
Witch Doctor - Paralyzing Cask
Paralyzing Cask icon.png
Blocks one instance, no matter of primary or secondary target. Blocked upon impact
Wraith King - Wraithfire Blast
Wraithfire Blast icon.png
Blocked upon impact.
Zeus - Arc Lightning
Arc Lightning icon.png
Blocked fully only when primary target.
Zeus - Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt icon.png
Mini-stun and damage is blocked when hit, no matter if directly targeted or not. Vision is only blocked when directly targeted.

Item abilities[edit]

Abyssal Blade - Overwhelm
Cost 6750
Abyssal Blade icon.png
Dagon - Energy Burst
Cost 2720
Dagon icon.png
Particles still visually appear.
Diffusal Blade - Purge
Cost 3150
Diffusal Blade icon.png
Ethereal Blade - Ether Blast
Cost 4700
Ethereal Blade icon.png
Blocked upon impact.
Eul's Scepter of Divinity - Cyclone
Cost 2850
Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png
Force Staff - Force
Cost 2250
Force Staff icon.png
Heaven's Halberd - Disarm
Cost 3850
Heaven's Halberd icon.png
Orchid Malevolence - Soul Burn
Cost 4075
Orchid Malevolence icon.png
Rod of Atos - Cripple
Cost 3100
Rod of Atos icon.png
Scythe of Vyse - Hex
Cost 5675
Scythe of Vyse icon.png

Unit abilities[edit]

Brewmaster - Earth - Hurl Boulder
Hurl Boulder icon.png
Blocked upon impact.
Brewmaster - Storm - Cyclone
Cyclone icon.png
Harpy Camp - Chain Lightning
Chain Lightning icon.png
Blocked fully only when primary target.
Golem Camp - Mud and Shard Golems - Hurl Boulder
Hurl Boulder (Mud Golem) icon.png
Blocked upon impact.
Necronomicon - Necronomicon Archer - Mana Burn
Necronomicon archer mana burn icon.png
Large Satyr Camp - Satyr Banisher - Purge
Satyr Purge icon.png
Large Satyr Camp - Satyr Mindstealer - Mana Burn
Satyr Mana Burn icon.png
Troll Camp - Dark Troll Summoner - Ensnare
Ensnare icon.png

Update History[edit]

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]

6.84

  • Spellblock cooldown reduced from 17 to 16

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

Gallery[edit]