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17 + 1.6
34 + 2.2
14 + 1.3
Level Base 1 16 25
Health 200 540 1060 1700
H. Regen 0.25 0.76 1.54 2.51
Mana 50 218 470 830
M. Regen 0.01 0.57 1.43 2.62
Damage 4‒8 38‒42 73‒77 110‒114
Armor 0 4.86 9.86 15.26
Spell Dmg 0% 0.88% 2.22% 4.08%
Att / Sec 0.58 0.78 0.99 1.21
Movement Speed 290
Turn Rate 0.6
Vision Range 1800/800
Attack Range 150
Projectile Speed Instant
Attack Animation 0.3+0.3
Base Attack Time 1.7
Magic resistance 25%
Collision Size 24
Legs 2

Riki the Stealth Assassin is a melee agility hero that uses stealth in order to surprise enemies and quickly kill them. His trademark ability, Cloak and Dagger, lets him sneak up on his enemies from behind and deal massive backstab damage, and then quickly escape. This enables him to close in on the enemy and drop his devastating Smoke Screen, which cripples fighters and spellcasters alike. Blink Strike allows Riki to chase with impunity, while Tricks of the Trade makes quick work of his enemies during teamfights.

Bio[edit | edit source]

Riki Riki, the Stealth Assassin
Play "There are none so stabbed as those who will not see."
Role: Carry Carry / Escape Escape / Disabler Disabler
Lore: Riki was born middle child to the great dynasty of Tahlin. With an older brother groomed for the throne, and a younger brother coddled and kept, Riki, the small middle son, seemed born for the art of invisibility. It was an art he cultivated, and one which ultimately saved his life on the night that his people were betrayed and his family slaughtered. Of all the royal line, he alone escaped—small and agile, unassuming, using smoke as cover. He cut his way out of the royal grounds, using the advantage of surprise, quietly slitting the throats of one enemy warrior after another. Now free of his royal responsibilities, Riki uses his talents in service to a new trade: Stealth Assassin. He silences his enemies, sharpening his skills, hoping to one day take revenge on those who killed his family and robbed him of his birthright.
Voice: Tom Chantler (Responses)

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Smoke Screen
Does not pierce Spell Immunity. Play
Smoke Screen icon.png
Ability Affects
Target Area Enemies
Throws down a smoke bomb, silencing enemies, and causing them to miss most attacks, as well as slowing movement.
Cast Animation0.4+0
Cast Range: 550
Effect Radius: 250/275/300/325
Move Speed Slow: 25%
Miss Chance: 40%/50%/60%/70%
Duration: 6
Cooldown 11
Mana 90
Does not pierce Spell Immunity. All effects persist if debuff was placed before spell immunity.
Debuff Smoke Screen: Undispellable.
Since his escape during the night of his betrayal, Riki has valued the use of a simple smoke screen to confuse his opponents.


  • The debuff lingers for 0.5 seconds after leaving the area.

Blink Strike
Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Partially pierces Spell Immunity. Play
Blink Strike icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
Target Unit Self / Enemies Magical
Teleports behind the target unit, striking for bonus damage if it is an enemy.
Cast Animation0.3+0
Cast Range: 800
Damage: 55/70/85/100
Cooldown 16/12/8/4
Mana 50
Partially pierces Spell Immunity. Can be cast on spell immune allies.
Cannot be cast on spell immune enemies.
Buff Blinkstrike: Undispellable.
The Stealth Assassin's agile movement makes him impossible to escape.


  • The bonus damage is independent from Riki's attack damage and is instantly dealt to the target.
  • When targeting an enemy, Riki receives the Blinkstrike buff.
    • This buff makes his next attack apply an ensured backstab hit with Cloak and Dagger icon.png Cloak and Dagger​, regardless of angle.
    • This means when the target manages to turn around before Riki's attack hits, it still applies the backstab.
    • The buff lasts for 1 attack, or for up to 1 second, whichever happens first.
    • The buff is used up upon starting an attack, not upon landing it, so canceling or missing the attack wastes it.
    • The 1 second duration allows Riki to use the ensured backstab against other units than the Blink Strike target if quick enough.
  • Riki is ordered to attack the target if it is an enemy.
  • Can be cast on allies without damaging them.

Cloak and Dagger
Not a Unique Attack Modifier. Partially usable by illusions. Disabled by Break. Pierces Spell Immunity. Play
Cloak and Dagger icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
Passive Self / Enemies Physical
Riki fades into the shadows, becoming invisible. Every time Riki strikes his enemy from behind, he deals bonus damage based on his Agility. When Riki attacks, he becomes visible.
Invisibility Fade Delay: 6/5/4/3
Agility as Backstab Damage: 50%/75%/100%/125%
Partially usable by illusions. Invisibility part works for illusions. Illusions play the backstab sound upon attacking from behind, but do not deal any bonus damage.
Buff Invisible: Undispellable.
Riki comes for you.


  • Riki does not auto attack enemies while invisible.
  • Riki turns instantly invisible after respawning, causing him not to be visible right after using Aegis of the Immortal icon.png Aegis of the Immortal.
  • Casting spells or using items does not break the invisibility.
  • Backstab damage is applied when attacking and denying allies.
  • A unit's back is considered to be within 105 degrees from the back.
  • Riki can lifesteal off the damage dealt by Cloak and Dagger. However, it cannot crit or cleave.
  • The sound effect plays at the start of the attack, but the damage is applied on hit.

Tricks of the Trade
Pierces Spell Immunity. Play
Tricks of the Trade icon.png
Ability Affects
No Target / Channeled Enemy Heroes / Self
Phases out of the world while striking every enemy from behind in a 500 radius once per second.
Cast Animation0.3+0
Max Channel Time: 3/4/5
Radius: 500
Max Attacks per Unit: 4/5/6
Cooldown 40/35/30
Mana 75
Buff Tricks Of The Trade Phase: Undispellable.
The Stealth Assassin is not afraid to fight dirty, and specializes in attacking his opponents from behind.


  • Tricks of the Trade disjoints projectiles upon cast.
  • Riki is invulnerable and hidden during Tricks of the Trade, turning him to an invalid target for every spell.
  • Riki retains his collision size while channeling.
  • Riki cannot cast this while rooted. On attempt, the player gets the error message "Can't cast this while rooted".
  • Causes Riki to perform instant attacks on all enemy heroes within range once per second, starting immediately on cast.
    • The instant attacks can proc any attack modifier or any on-hit effect like regular attacks.
    • If Riki is blinded, the attacks can miss, unless he has True Strike. They can also miss to evasion.
    • Instant attacks completely ignore disarms, so Riki still attacks normally during Tricks of the Trade.
  • The instant attacks always trigger a backstab from Cloak and Dagger icon.png Cloak and Dagger​, if it is learnt.
  • The visual effects indicating Tricks of the Trade's attack radius are visible to both allies and enemies.
  • The radius is always centered on Riki and follows him even when he gets moved (e.g. Glimpse icon.png Glimpse​).
    • However, the radius indicating visual effects on the ground do not follow Riki, and stay at the cast location.

Recommended items[edit | edit source]


  • Tango icon.png Tangos and Healing Salve icon.png Healing Salve compensate for poor starting HP, allowing you to stay in the lane longer and reach level 6 sooner.
  • Slippers of Agility icon.png Slippers of Agility and three Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branches to increase early damage and both health and mana regeneration, while the slippers prepare for the shield and the branches set up for the wand later.

Early Game

  • Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick replaces your consumables with an alternative source of recovery, particularly if the enemy team includes heroes that rely on abilities.
  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed provide movement speed, allowing Riki to keep pace with fleeing heroes while Blink Strike is on cooldown.
  • Poor Man's Shield icon.png Poor Man's Shield gives Riki damage block, aiding escape from attempted ganks or providing the defense to land one last hit on an almost dead opponent.
  • Orb of Venom icon.png Orb of Venom helps secure kills with its movement slow and helps compensate for Riki's own horrible movement speed


  • Power Treads icon.png Power Treads give Riki increased attack speed as well as a further bonus to attributes.
  • Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand is an obvious upgrade from the Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick and Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branches purchased earlier, freeing up inventory slots while retaining the attribute bonuses and healing ability.
  • Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade provides a way to weaken heroes receiving bonuses from buffs, as well as slow fleeing heroes and burn mana from casters. It can also counter the use of a Dust of Appearance icon.png Dust of Appearance by purging himself. And using purge on an enemy under Smoke Screen icon.png Smoke Screen​ allows for a long silenced duration in which you can backstab them or just fight them while they have an increased chance to miss.


  • Though expensive, a Butterfly icon.png Butterfly provides a huge increase in both survivability and damage, as well as attack speed. It also boosts your agility which scales well with Cloak and Dagger icon.png Cloak and Dagger​'s backstab damage.
  • Drum of Endurance icon.png Drum of Endurance is a good early/mid game pickup, makes everyone faster and gives you stats, coupled with Orb of Venom for a better chasing power.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar allows Riki to effectively fight in teamfights and get kills against opponents that have strong disables.
  • Sange and Yasha icon.png Sange and Yasha give great attribute bonuses, as well as an alternative slow method to save charges on, or use in place of a drained Diffusal Blade.
  • Skull Basher icon.png Skull Basher allows Riki to cancel TPs with a lucky bash and continue to lockdown opponents once they have acquired a BKB, and upgrades into Abyssal Blade icon.png Abyssal Blade which allows for more reliable stuns.
  • Eye of Skadi icon.png Eye of Skadi gives stats across the board as well as a flat HP and mana pool bonus, allowing Riki to take more hits, deal more damage and cast more spells. It also gives a powerful, BKB piercing slow that will prevent your target from escaping.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger allows Riki to initiate using Blink Strike and Tricks of the Trade, then safely blinking away just before Tricks of the Trade finishes.
  • Manta Style icon.png Manta Style can be used to dispel debuffs, including Dust of Appearance icon.png Dust of Appearance, saving Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade charges to slow enemies or purge powerful buffs from them.

Counters[edit | edit source]

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Riki is an attribute-based carry, thanks to Cloak and Dagger icon.png Cloak and Dagger​'s backstab damage. This means that it continues to get stronger and stronger as the game goes on, as long as you continue to farm, gank, and purchase the right items.
    • Because of this, Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade should be your first core item completed, it gives everything Riki needs: the agility scales well with and the active Purge helps you in many applications, purging Dust of Appearance icon.png Dust of Appearance from you, removing strong protections like Repel icon.png Repel​, Guardian Angel icon.png Guardian Angel​ from enemies and purging them while inside of Smoke Screen icon.png Smoke Screen​, which is your main ganking combo. Always use all the charges before buying the recipe again and search to do the best use of them.
  • With his new ultimate Tricks of the Trade icon.png Tricks of the Trade​ Riki has a totally new window of possibilities while fighting, with more presence in teamfights since it is an area of effect skill similar to Sleight of Fist icon.png Sleight of Fist​ with a wide AoE and able to proc item effects from Skull Basher icon.png Skull Basher, Eye of Skadi icon.png Eye of Skadi, Monkey King Bar icon.png Monkey King Bar and Desolator icon.png Desolator.
  • Do not walk straight up to enemies and deep into enemy territory and expect never to die. If they have any kind of detection Sentry Ward icon.png Sentry Ward, then Riki dies very fast.
    • As a result of this, make a habit of constantly checking the enemy's inventory for revealing items.
  • His trademark skill Cloak and Dagger icon.png Cloak and Dagger​ is the key that allows Riki to be one of the best support killers in the game. Since good supports always stay behind, you can flank the enemy team coming around from there and catching the supports as soon as a teamfight begins and the enemy team is so busy fighting yours that they do not realize that their supports are already dead. This strategy also applies to enemy initiators with game-breaking ultimates like Enigma icon.png Enigma​ or Magnus icon.png Magnus​, as a good interruption can set victory in critical situations.
  • Riki is exceptional at ganking lone heroes and picking them off one by one. He can snowball easily through just getting lots of kills even without farm. Try to get kills before the enemy starts grouping up, so they cannot punish you with detection items.
  • Blink Strike icon.png Blink Strike​ can target allies and enemies. Jumping to a friendly unit can be useful in case Riki needs to escape.
  • Heart of Tarrasque icon.png Heart of Tarrasque can be a good item for Riki; his Cloak and Dagger icon.png Cloak and Dagger​ allows him to slip away and let the passive regenerate him without fear of interruption.
  • An early Orb of Venom icon.png Orb of Venom gives Riki a good slow that may help with early kills. Remember that neither Orb of Venom nor Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade are UAMs, so they stack with other ones.
  • Drum of Endurance icon.png Drum of Endurance is good on Riki if you can buy it yet in the laning phase, he has an average low movement speed of 340, Drum helps you with that, increasing your speed to 357. Coupled with Orb of Venom icon.png Orb of Venom you have a better chasing potential, and the stats are always good.
  • Manta Style icon.png Manta Style gives good stats and allows Riki to remove debuffs such as Dust of Appearance icon.png Dust of Appearance without using Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade charges.
  • Due to the nature of Cloak and Dagger icon.png Cloak and Dagger​, a well-organised team may be efficient with buying Sentry Ward icon.png Sentry Ward to keep vision of you. You may want to take it upon yourself to 'de-ward' your lane if needs be; if you are without a support, or so that your support can concentrate on other items.
  • Save the early Orb of Venom icon.png Orb of Venom and once the game reaches later stages you can upgrade to Eye of Skadi icon.png Eye of Skadi for one more reliable slow that penetrates BKB.
  • You can take Cloak and Dagger icon.png Cloak and Dagger​ as your first skill point and easily take the first Bounty Rune Bounty Rune in either side of the river, unless the enemy has any form of detection.
  • Riki is a key hero to catch slippery foes and heroes that are heavily reliant on their own active skills since he can approach without detection and use smoke to prevent them from using escape spells, so it is wise to pick him as a counter pick to many heroes like Slark icon.png Slark​, Juggernaut icon.png Juggernaut​, Anti-Mage icon.png Anti-Mage​, Weaver icon.png Weaver​ or Storm Spirit icon.png Storm Spirit​. However, be careful of enemies carrying escape items, like Force Staff icon.png Force Staff, Glimmer Cape icon.png Glimmer Cape, Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger or Shadow Blade icon.png Shadow Blade/Silver Edge icon.png Silver Edge.
  • Be wary around more durable enemy heroes. Spell Immunity from Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar allows enemies to ignore Smoke Screen icon.png Smoke Screen​ and fight Riki, ignoring his backstab damage.
  • Always scout the enemy jungle once in a while, you may encounter some enemy farming alone for an easy kill, also help high mobility heroes like Spirit Breaker icon.png Spirit Breaker​ or Nature's Prophet icon.png Nature's Prophet​ to set up a gank.
  • Do not be afraid of enemies carrying Gem of True Sight icon.png Gem of True Sight, track down their movement and wait, sooner or later they are going to end up alone and when this happens do not hesitate, use the fog of war and approach them from the sides, go for the kill and recover the Gem.
  • In some situations, the enemy team may have a lot of casters/disabling heroes, in that case do not skip the Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar, you can farm one right after finishing your Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade. It gives you a bigger opening in big teamfights to cut down enemies.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Audio[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In DotA, Riki was named "Rikimaru", a reference to one of the main characters in the Tenchu video game series.[1]
  • Riki's fun/alternate name was Riki Martin, which is a pun on Ricky Martin, a famous Latino pop singer.
  • Riki's line upon dying, Play "Good assassins never die… they just fade away.'", is a reference to a quote by General Douglas MacArthur, "Old soldiers never die; they just fade away."
  • Riki's line Play "There are none so stabbed as those who will not see." is a reference to A Christmas Carol where a blind woman says, "I am not so blind as those who will not see.".
  • Riki's line Play "I speak softly, but carry a sharp knife." is a reference to the West African Proverb "Speak softly and carry a big stick.", popularized by U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Tenchu - Wikipedia