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Riki icon.png
Strength attribute symbol.png
17 + 1.6
Agility primary attribute symbol.png
34 + 2.2
Intelligence attribute symbol.png
14 + 1.3
Level Base 1 15 25
Health 200 540 980 1300
H. Regen 0.25 0.76 1.43 1.91
Mana 50 218 434 590
M. Regen 0.01 0.57 1.3 1.82
Damage 4‒8 38‒42 68‒72 90‒94
Armor 0 4.86 9.26 12.4
Spell Dmg 0% 0.93% 2.15% 3.01%
Att / Sec 0.58 0.78 0.96 1.09
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
Target Area
Throws down a smoke bomb, silencing enemies, and causing them to miss most attacks, as well as slowing movement.
Cast Animation: 0.4+0
Cast Range: 550 (Talent 800)
Effect Radius: 250/275/300/325
Move Speed Slow: 10%/15%/20%/25%
Miss Chance: 40%/50%/60%/70%
Duration: 6
Cooldown symbol.png 11 (Talent 7)
Mana symbol.png 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.


  • Silence, slow and miss chance are all provided by an aura. Its debuff lingers for 0.5 seconds.

Blink Strike
Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Partially pierces spell immunity. Play
Blink Strike icon.png
Target Unit
Self / Enemies
Teleports behind the target unit, striking for bonus damage if it is an enemy.
Cast Animation: 0.3+0
Cast Range: 800 (Talent 1050)
Damage: 55/70/85/100
Cooldown symbol.png 16/12/8/4
Mana symbol.png 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
Self / Enemies
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.
Fade Delay: 6/5/4/3
Backstab Damage per Agility: 0.5/0.75/1/1.25 (Talent 0.9/1.15/1.4/1.65)
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
Self / Enemy Heroes
Phases out of the world while striking every enemy from behind in a 500 radius once per second.
Cast Animation: 0.3+0
Max Channel Time: 3/4/5 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 7/8/9)
Radius: 500
Max Attacks per Unit: 4/5/6 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 8/9/10)
Cast Range: 0 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 1000, Talent 1250)
Cooldown symbol.png 40/35/30
Mana symbol.png 75
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. Increases duration and allows you to target an allied hero, hiding inside them for the duration.
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 is phased during Tricks of the Trade, so that other units can pass through.
  • 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.
    • The instant attacks completely ignore disarms, so Riki still attacks normally during Tricks of the Trade.
    • The instant attacks do not break Cloak and Dagger icon.png Cloak and Dagger's invisibility, although it visually goes on cooldown.
    • If Echo Sabre icon.png Echo Sabre is off cooldown, the instant attacks place the two slow procs on two randomly selected heroes in the radius. If there is only one hero in the radius, they will be slowed by the first proc. The second proc will then be applied on a randomly selected hero in the radius during the next round of attacks.
  • The instant attacks always trigger a backstab from Cloak and Dagger, based on its current level.
  • 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.
  • When upgraded with Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter, Riki can target an allied hero with Tricks of the Trade.
    • Riki and all of the spell's effects then follow the allied hero. He still remains hidden.
    • If the target dies, Tricks of the Trade is centered around its death location for the remaining duration.
    • Cannot target creep-heroes. Can target illusions.

Talents[edit | edit source]

Hero Talents
-4s Smoke Screen icon.png Smoke Screen Cooldown 25 +0.4 Cloak and Dagger icon.png Cloak and Dagger Backstab Multiplier
+8 All Stats 20 +250 Cast Range
+30% XP Gain 15 +10 Agility attribute symbol.png Agility
+15 Movement Speed 10 +150 Health
  • Upgrading health increases maximum health capacity and keeps the current health percentage.

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 longer in the lane 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. Remember that neither Orb of Venom nor Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade are UAMs, so they stack with other ones.


  • 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. 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. It also boosts Agility attribute symbol.png Agility which will increase Cloak and Dagger icon.png Cloak and Dagger's backstab damage.


  • Butterfly icon.png Butterfly provides a huge increase in both survivability and damage, as well as attack speed. It also boosts your Agility attribute symbol.png 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, as it's the only source of dispel which has beneficial stats for Riki.
  • Battle Fury icon.png Battle Fury can be utilized when allies such as Enigma minimap icon.png Enigma and/or Magnus minimap icon.png Magnus are present.
  • Maelstrom icon.png Maelstrom can proc with Tricks of the Trade icon.png Tricks of the Trade, but only up to once per strike due to the item's internal cooldown of 0.2 seconds. Can be upgraded to Mjollnir icon.png Mjollnir for higher damage.
  • Desolator icon.png Desolator can be used with Tricks of the Trade icon.png Tricks of the Trade to hit multiple targets and reduce their armor, causing it to essentially be a multiple target Medallion of Courage icon.png Medallion of Courage.

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