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Magic immunity is a buff that prevents a unit from being affected in any way whatsoever by most hero abilities. It is is largely used to completely mitigate incoming magical and pure damage (the damage types dealt by nearly all hero spells), and prevent harmful spell effects, although it also prevents and dispels most positive buffs as well.

It is an aspect of some hero abilities as well as the ever-popular Black King Bar. Many ultimates and certain specific skills (including all skills that deal physical damage) have the bonus of penetrating magic immunity.

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[edit] Effects of magic immunity

A unit under the magic immunity buff will take no damage that is considered magical damage or pure damage. This includes any magical damage caused by an enemy Hero's ultimate ability. Note that this is not the same as having 100% magic resistance: certain damage types that are reduced by magic resistance will still affect the hero, mixed damage in particular. Exceptions: Doom, Midnight Pulse, and March of the Machines will damage units which are magic immune despite dealing magical damage, as they deal a special type of magical damage called universal damage.

A magic immune unit cannot be targeted by most abilities. They can still be affected by area-of-effect non-targeted abilities that heal, deal physical damage, cause HP removal, or deal mixed damage, such as Dazzle's Shadow Wave or Beastmaster's Wild Axes. However, they cannot be directly targeted, even if the ability does physical damage. Dazzle's physically-damaging Poison Touch, for example, cannot target or affect magic immune units.

Regular right-click attacks are unaffected by magic immunity, as are most attack modifiers such as critical strike. The stun from some Bash abilities will penetrate magic immunity. The chain lightning effect from Mjollnir or Maelstrom will work, but will not damage any Heroes that are magic immune. Similarly, the mana burning effect from Diffusal Blade or Anti-Mage will also not work, nor will Incapacitating Bite from Broodmother.

Magic immunity can be used to dodge incoming projectile-based abilities such as Magic Missile, effectively wasting their usage.

[edit] Gaining magic immunity

Heroes can gain temporary magic immunity from several sources. In addition, certain higher level neutral creeps are permanently magic immune. Roshan is not magic immune, but will block some abilities in a manner similar to Linken's Sphere.

[edit] Abilities & Effects that grant Magic Immunity

Black King Bar - Avatar
Cost 3975
Black King Bar icon.png
Duration: 10/9/8/7/6/5/4 (decreased by each use)
Brewmaster - Earth - Spell Immunity
Spell Immunity (Brewmaster) icon.png
Duration: Permanent
Juggernaut - Blade Fury
Blade Fury icon.png
Duration: 5
Lifestealer - Rage
Rage icon.png
Duration: 3/4/5/6
Neutral Creep - Spell Immunity
Spell Immunity icon.png
Duration: Permanent
Omniknight - Repel
Repel icon.png
Duration: 6/8/10/12
Note: Can be purged.
Huskar - Life Break
Life Break icon.png
Duration: Whole leap duration

[edit] Creeps with magic immunity

Thunderhide
Thunderhide Camp
Black Dragon
Dragon Camp
Familiar
Summon Familiars
Flying Courier
Item
Granite Golem
Large Golem Camp
Mud Golem
Golem Camp
Rock Golem
Large Golem Camp
Rumblehide
Thunderhide Camp

[edit] Ultimate Disables That Will Not Go Through Magic Immunity

In general, the disabling components of most ultimates will penetrate magic immunity, even if the damage doesn't. Exceptions to this rule can be seen below.

Note that magical damage will not damage through magic immunity. This means that damage-dealing ultimates with no disabling component, such as Finger of Death, will have no effect on magic immune units.

Stampede icon.png Centaur Warrunner - Stampede Freezing Field icon.png Crystal Maiden - Freezing Field
Static Storm icon.png Disruptor - Static Storm Song of the Siren icon.png Naga Siren - Song of the Siren
Dream Coil icon.png Puck - Dream Coil** Reincarnation icon.png Wraith King - Reincarnation
Psionic Trap icon.png Templar Assassin - Psionic Trap Ravage icon.png Tidehunter - Ravage
Chakram icon.png Timbersaw - Chakram Flesh Golem icon.png Undying - Flesh Golem*

*Additionally, Undying will not be healed if a magic immune unit dies.

**The tether will still be applied and may still be triggered after the magic immunity ceases

[edit] List of Abilities That Will Go Through Magic Immunity

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[edit] Hero Abilities That Will Go Through Magic Immunity

Abaddon
Abaddon.png
Curse of Avernus icon.png Curse of Avernus
Abyssal Underlord
Abyssal Underlord.png
Unknown icon.png Pit of Malice
Unknown icon.png Atrophy Aura
Alchemist
Alchemist.png
Acid Spray icon.png Acid Spray
Unstable Concoction icon.png Unstable Concoction
If activated after throw, only the stun is blocked. Otherwise full block.
Ancient Apparition
Ancient Apparition.png
Ice Blast icon.png Ice Blast
This skill is blocked by magic immunity. However, becoming magic immune while under its effects blocks damage but does not block regeneration or preventing an instant kill.
Anti-Mage
Anti-Mage.png
Mana Void icon.png Mana Void
Damage is blocked, stun is not.
Axe
Axe.png
Berserkers Call icon.png Berserker's Call
Counter Helix icon.png Counter Helix
Culling Blade icon.png Culling Blade
Instant kill can't be blocked, normal hit can.
Bane
Bane.png
Enfeeble icon.png Enfeeble
This skill is blocked by magic immunity. However, Becoming magic immune while affected will not remove it.
Fiend's Grip icon.png Fiend's Grip
Damage is blocked, disable & mana drain are not.
Batrider
Batrider.png
Flaming Lasso icon.png Flaming Lasso
Beastmaster
Beastmaster.png
Wild Axes icon.png Wild Axes
Primal Roar icon.png Primal Roar
Damage is blocked, disable is not.
Poison icon.png Poison
Bloodseeker
Bloodseeker.png
Thirst icon.png Thirst
Rupture icon.png Rupture
Bounty Hunter
Bounty Hunter.png
Jinada icon.png Jinada
Shadow Walk icon.png Shadow Walk
Track icon.png Track
Becoming magic immune while under its effects removes debuff
Brewmaster
Brewmaster.png
Drunken Brawler icon.png Drunken Brawler
Pulverize icon.png Pulverize
Wind Walk icon.png Wind Walk
Bristleback
Bristleback.png
Quill Spray icon.png Quill Spray
Broodmother
Broodmother.png
Poison Sting (Spiderling) icon.png Poison Sting
Damage is blocked, slow is not.
Incapacitating Bite icon.png Incapacitating Bite
Centaur Warrunner
Centaur Warrunner.png
Return (Centaur) icon.png Return
Chaos Knight
Chaos Knight.png
Chaos Strike icon.png Chaos Strike
Clockwerk
Clockwerk.png
Hookshot icon.png Hookshot
Damage is blocked, stun & moving of Clockwerk are not.
Dark Seer
Dark Seer.png
Wall of Replica icon.png Wall of Replica
Damage is blocked, creating replica of enemy hero is not.
Dazzle
Dazzle.png
Shadow Wave icon.png Shadow Wave
Shallow Grave icon.png Shallow Grave
Weave icon.png Weave
Death Prophet
Death Prophet.png
Exorcism icon.png Exorcism
Doom
Doom.png
Doom skill icon.png Doom
Dragon Knight
Dragon Knight.png
Elder Dragon Form icon.png Elder Dragon Form
Splash Attack(Lvl 2, lvl 3) & Frost Breath(lvl 3) can't be blocked.
Earthshaker
Earthshaker.png
Enchant Totem icon.png Enchant Totem
Echo Slam icon.png Echo Slam
Echo is blocked, initial damage is not.
Elder Titan
Elder Titan.png
Echo Stomp icon.png Echo Stomp
Sleep and damage from Astral Spirit are blocked, damage from Elder Titan is not.
Astral Spirit icon.png Astral Spirit
Damage is blocked, but bonus from per unit can be stacked.
Natural Order icon.png Natural Order
Earth Splitter icon.png Earth Splitter
Slow and vacuum is blocked. damage is only half blocked.
Ember Spirit
Ember Spirit.png
Sleight of Fist icon.png Sleight of Fist
Enigma
Enigma.png
Midnight Pulse icon.png Midnight Pulse
Black Hole icon.png Black Hole
Damage is blocked, disable & sucking are not.
Faceless Void
Faceless Void.png
Time Lock icon.png Time Lock
Damage is blocked, stun is not.
Chronosphere icon.png Chronosphere
Meepo
Meepo.png
Geostrike icon.png Geostrike
Damage is blocked, slow is not.
Gyrocopter
Gyrocopter.png
Flak Cannon icon.png Flak Cannon
Call Down icon.png Call Down
Damage is blocked, slow is not.
Huskar
Huskar.png
Life Break icon.png Life Break
Damage is blocked, slow is not.
Invoker
Invoker.png
Ghost Walk icon.png Ghost Walk
Ice Wall icon.png Ice Wall
This skill is blocked by magic immunity. However becoming magic immune while inside the wall will not remove it.
Deafening Blast icon.png Deafening Blast
This skill is blocked by magic immunity. However becoming magic immune will not remove the disarm portion of the spell.
Juggernaut
Juggernaut.png
Blade Dance icon.png Blade Dance
Omnislash icon.png Omnislash
Kunkka
Kunkka.png
Tidebringer icon.png Tidebringer
Leshrac
Leshrac.png
Diabolic Edict icon.png Diabolic Edict
Lich
Lich.png
Chain Frost icon.png Chain Frost
Damage is blocked, mini-stun & bounces are not.
Lifestealer
Lifestealer.png
Feast icon.png Feast
Infest icon.png Infest
Damage of Consume is blocked.
Lone Druid
Lone Druid.png
Entangling Claws icon.png Entangling Claws
Becoming magic immune while under its effects removes debuff.
Luna
Luna.png
Moon Glaive icon.png Moon Glaive
Lycan
Lycan.png
Shapeshift icon.png Shapeshift
Lycan Summon Wolves Critical Strike icon.png Critical Strike
Magnus
Magnus.png
Empower icon.png Empower
Cleave cannot be blocked.(Cannot cast on magic immune allies)
Reverse Polarity icon.png Reverse Polarity
Damage is blocked, stun & sucking are not.
Medusa
Medusa.png
Split Shot icon.png Split Shot
Stone Gaze icon.png Stone Gaze
Naga Siren
Naga Siren.png
Ensnare (Naga Siren) icon.png Ensnare (Naga Siren)
Rip Tide icon.png Rip Tide
Damage is blocked, armor reduction is not. Becoming magic immune while under its effects removes the debuff.
Nature's Prophet
Nature's Prophet.png
Sprout icon.png Sprout
Magic immunity will prevent the skill being used as target unit. However, you can still target the ground directly below the unit.
Wrath of Nature icon.png Wrath of Nature
Damage is blocked, bounces are not.
Necrophos
Necrophos.png
Heartstopper Aura icon.png Heartstopper Aura
Reaper's Scythe icon.png Reaper's Scythe
Damage is blocked, stun is not.
Nyx Assassin
Nyx Assassin.png
Vendetta icon.png Vendetta
Omniknight
Omniknight.png
Degen Aura icon.png Degen Aura
Outworld Devourer
Outworld Devourer.png
Sanitys Eclipse icon.png Sanity's Eclipse
Damage is blocked, but mana will be drained if the target is under the Intelligence difference threshold.
Phantom Assassin
Phantom Assassin.png
Coup de Grace icon.png Coup de Grâce
Pudge
Pudge.png
Meat Hook icon.png Meat Hook
Damage & mini-stun are blocked, dragging is not.
Dismember icon.png Dismember
Damage is blocked, disable is not.
Razor
Razor.png
Static Link icon.png Static Link
Eye of the Storm icon.png Eye of the Storm
Rubick
Rubick.png
Spell Steal icon.png Spell Steal
Sand King
Sand King.png
Epicenter icon.png Epicenter
Damage is blocked, slow is not.
Shadow Demon
Shadow Demon.png
Soul Catcher icon.png Soul Catcher
Becoming magic immune while under its effects blocks bonus damage but does not remove the debuff.
Demonic Purge icon.png Demonic Purge
Damage is blocked, purge is not.
Shadow Fiend
Shadow Fiend.png
Presence of the Dark Lord icon.png Presence of the Dark Lord
Shadow Shaman
Shadow Shaman.png
Mass Serpent Ward icon.png Mass Serpent Ward
Targeting is not blocked.
Silencer
Silencer.png
Global Silence icon.png Global Silence
Becoming magic immune while under its effects removes debuff.(If this skill improved by Aghanim`s Scepter, applying Curse of the Silent will be blocked.)
Slardar
Slardar.png
Slithereen Crush icon.png Slithereen Crush
Stun is blocked, damage is not.
Bash icon.png Bash
Amplify Damage icon.png Amplify Damage
Becoming magic immune while under its effects removes debuff.
Slark
Slark.png
Pounce icon.png Pounce
This skill is blocked by magic immunity. However, Becoming magic immune while affected will not remove it.
Essence Shift icon.png Essence Shift
Sniper
Sniper.png
Headshot icon.png Headshot
Mini-stun is blocked, damage is not.
Assassinate icon.png Assassinate
Damage is blocked, mini-stun is not.
Spectre
Spectre.png
Spectral Dagger icon.png Spectral Dagger
Damage is blocked, slow is not.
Haunt icon.png Haunt
Spirit Breaker
Spirit Breaker.png
Charge of Darkness icon.png Charge of Darkness
The main stun is blocked, but the Greater Bash is not.
Greater Bash icon.png Greater Bash
Damage is blocked, knockback & stun are not.
Nether Strike icon.png Nether Strike
Damage is blocked, bash & moving of Spirit Breaker are not.
Riki
Riki.png
Backstab icon.png Backstab
Sven
Sven.png
Great Cleave icon.png Great Cleave
Templar Assassin
Templar Assassin.png
Refraction icon.png Refraction
Meld icon.png Meld
Psi Blades icon.png Psi Blades
Damage will only be blocked if magic immune unit is not the primary target.
Terrorblade
Terrorblade.png
Sunder icon.png Sunder
Tidehunter
Tidehunter.png
Anchor Smash icon.png Anchor Smash
Timbersaw
Timbersaw.png
Whirling Death icon.png Whirling Death
Damage is blocked, debuff is not.
Tinker
Tinker.png
March of the Machines icon.png March of the Machines
Tiny
Tiny.png
Toss icon.png Toss
All damage is blocked but a unit can still be tossed.
Grow icon.png Grow
Aghanim's cleave cannot be blocked.
Treant Protector
Treant Protector.png
Overgrowth icon.png Overgrowth
Becoming magic immune while under its effects removes debuff.
Troll Warlord
Troll Warlord.png
Berserker's Rage Active icon.png Berserker's Rage
Bash damage is blocked, stun is not.
Tusk
Tusk.png
Ice Shards icon.png Ice Shards
Damage is blocked, shards are still created.
Walrus Punch icon.png Walrus PUNCH!
Undying
Undying.png
Tombstone icon.png Tombstone
Ursa
Ursa.png
Fury Swipes icon.png Fury Swipes
Vengeful Spirit
Vengeful Spirit.png
Wave of Terror icon.png Wave of Terror
Nether Swap icon.png Nether Swap
Venomancer
Venomancer.png
Venomous Gale icon.png Venomous Gale
This skill is blocked by magic immunity. However, becoming magic immune while under its effects blocks damage but does not remove movement slow debuff.
Poison Sting icon.png Poison Sting
Damage is blocked, slow is not.
Poison Nova icon.png Poison Nova
This skill is blocked by magic immunity. However, becoming magic immune while under its effects blocks damage but does not remove the debuff.
Viper
Viper.png
Poison Attack icon.png Poison Attack
This skill is blocked by magic immunity. However, Becoming magic immune while affected will not remove it.
Nethertoxin icon.png Nethertoxin
Corrosive Skin icon.png Corrosive Skin
Damage is blocked, slow is not.
Viper Strike icon.png Viper Strike
Damage is blocked, slow is not.
Warlock
Warlock.png
Chaotic Offering icon.png Chaotic Offering
Stun is not blocked.
Flaming Fists icon.png Flaming Fists
Weaver
Weaver.png
The Swarm icon.png The Swarm
Geminate Attack icon.png Geminate Attack
Witch Doctor
Witch Doctor.png
Death Ward icon.png Death Ward
Windranger
Windranger.png
Windrun icon.png Windrun
Focus Fire icon.png Focus Fire
Wraith King
Wraith King.png
Mortal Strike (Wraith) icon.png Mortal strike
Zeus
Zeus.png
Thundergod's Wrath icon.png Thundergod's Wrath
Damage is blocked, but enemy hero is still revealed.

[edit] Item Abilities That Will Go Through Magic Immunity

Abyssal Blade
Abyssal Blade icon.png
Bash
Overwhelm
Assault Cuirass
Assault Cuirass icon.png
Assault Aura
Battle Fury
Battle Fury icon.png
Cleave
Crystalys
Crystalys icon.png
Critical Strike
Daedalus
Daedalus icon.png
Critical Strike
Desolator
Desolator icon.png
Corruption
Goes through magic immunity, however becoming magic immune removes the debuff.
Eye of Skadi
Eye of Skadi icon.png
Cold Attack
Heaven's Halberd
Heaven's Halberd icon.png
Lesser Maim
Active does not go through magic immunity, however becoming magic immune under its effect does not remove the debuff and visual overhead icon.
Medallion of Courage
Medallion of Courage icon.png
Valor
Orb of Venom
Orb of Venom icon.png
Poison Attack
Sange
Sange icon.png
Lesser Maim
Sange and Yasha
Sange and Yasha icon.png
Greater Maim
Shadow Blade
Shadow Blade icon.png
Shadow walk
Shiva's Guard
Shiva's Guard icon.png
Freezing Aura
Skull Basher
Skull Basher icon.png
Bash
Urn of Shadows
Urn of Shadows icon.png
Soul Release
Can cast on magic immune allies, but not enemies.
Veil of Discord
Veil of Discord icon.png
Magic Weakness

[edit] Trivia