Shadow Blade

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For the cosmetic item equipped by Kunkka, see Kunkka's Shadow Blade.
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Shadow Blade
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Shadow Blade icon.png
The blade of a fallen king, it allows you to move unseen and strike from the shadows.
Cost
2700
Bought From
Weapons
Active Shadow Walk
Bonus +30 Attack speed
+22 Attack damage
Disassemble? No
Alert allies? No
Recipe
Silver Edge (5550)
UsedIn1.pngShadow Blade (2700)Components2.png
Claymore (1400)
Shadow Amulet (1300)

The Shadow Blade is an Item purchasable at the Main Shop, under Weapons.

Ability[edit]

Shadow Walk
Ability
No Target
Affects
Self / Enemies
Damage
Physical
Makes you invisible until the duration ends, or until you attack or cast a spell. While Shadow Walk is active, you move 20% faster and can move through units. If attacking to end the invisibility, you gain 175 bonus damage on that attack. Lasts 14 seconds.
Fade Time: 0.3
Damage: 175
Move Speed Bonus: 20%
Duration: 14
Cooldown symbol.png 28
Mana symbol.png 75
Modifiers
Buff Item Invisibility Edge Windwalk: Undispellable.

Notes:

  • Does not interrupt the user's channeling spells upon cast.
  • During the fade time, the user can cast spells, use items and perform attacks without breaking the invisibility.
    • Those attacks do apply the 175 damage to the target.
  • The bonus damage is not applied when attacking wards and buildings out of the invisibility.
  • The invisibility is lost upon reaching the cast point of spells, or upon finishing an attack (for ranged heroes upon projectile launch).
    • This means when the attack misses, the invisibility is still lost.
  • Allows the user to pass through other units, including wards, but not through buildings.
  • The user can pick up and drop items without breaking the invisibility.


Recommended heroes[edit]

Monkey King icon.png
Monkey King
  • Shadow Blade is very useful for Monkey King to gank with 4 charges of Jingu Mastery, as the damage stacks with Shadow Walk's backstab damage.
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Nature's Prophet
  • Shadow Blade is useful as both an engagement tool and as an escape mechanism for Nature's Prophet. It allows him to have physical burst damage and is usable during Teleportation icon.png Teleportation, allowing you to escape safely as long as the enemy has no True Sight or AoE disables.
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Dragon Knight
  • Dragon Knight can use Shadow Blade as a tool to initiate. One can use Elder Dragon Form icon.png Elder Dragon Form, use Shadow Blade, break out of invisibility with Shadow Walk's backstab, and then immediately use Dragon Tail icon.png Dragon Tail, almost instantly disabling the target for a long duration, allowing Dragon Knight (and his team if they are close by) to deal a lot of damage.
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Shadow Fiend
  • Shadow Fiend can instantly kill most enemies early-mid game by using Shadow Walk, standing on top of an enemy due to the Phasing effect, and then using Requiem of Souls icon.png Requiem of Souls. Shadow Fiend does not get revealed during the cast time, and will remain phased. If positioned properly, the enemy will be hit by (almost) every soul released by your ultimate for massive magic damage.
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Tiny
  • Due to Tiny's high attack damage, breaking out of invisibility with an attack and then following up with an Avalanche icon.png Avalanche-Toss icon.png Toss combo can instantly kill most Heroes early in the game. This combo uses a lot of mana, however, so it's best to keep full mana at all times.
Kunkka icon.png
Kunkka
  • An easy way to increase the damage of Tidebringer icon.png Tidebringer is to simply attack while invisible when the ability is off cooldown. An additional 175 Damage to your Cleave that cannot be reduced by Armor is dealt in a large AoE, allowing Kunkka to deal considerably more damage in teamfights. When paired with his other abilities and additional items such as Daedalus icon.png Daedalus, he can potentially wipe out an entire team, even in the late game if he is properly positioned.
Lina icon.png
Lina
  • Lina can kill enemies very quickly with the additional physical damage from Shadow Walk alongside her high magic damage. If an enemy doesn't have detection, one can initiate easily by using Light Strike Array icon.png Light Strike Array undetected.
Slark icon.png
Slark
  • Slark's Shadow Dance icon.png Shadow Dance will give him immense health regeneration and movement speed as long as he is invisible to the enemy team. Additionally, Shadow Walk gives Slark great burst damage along with a free Essence Shift icon.png Essence Shift stack on his first attack to break invisibility, after which he can follow up with Pounce icon.png Pounce, making him a very potent ganker in all stages of a game if the enemy lacks detection, but even should the enemy buy detection, an observant Slark will notice he is seen if he loses Shadow Dance's buff upon nearing a hero. As he is still invisible, he can simply run away and try to attack from a different angle or time instead.
Alchemist icon.png
Alchemist
  • Shadow Blade allows Alchemist to start Unstable Concoction icon.png Unstable Concoction then go invisible, surprising enemies with heavy burst damage and the full duration stun. He can also activate it while affected by Chemical Rage icon.png Chemical Rage to regain a large amount of health before enemies can reveal him.

Items Synergy[edit]

  • Orchid Malevolence icon.png Orchid Malevolence will silence your enemy for 5 seconds, preventing retaliation from caster heroes such as Crystal Maiden minimap icon.png Crystal Maiden.
  • Scythe of Vyse icon.png Scythe of Vyse works similar to the Orchid, but will also disable items, preventing the enemy from dispelling any debuffs or from healing themselves.
  • Echo Sabre icon.png Echo Sabre will add a brief slow to your backstab attack and enable an instant second attack afterward.
  • Desolator icon.png Desolator reduces armor, increasing Shadow Walk's backstab damage. Pusher heroes such as Nature's Prophet minimap icon.png Nature's Prophet can buy Desolator to enable quick pushing of enemy lanes, then instantly flee with a quick cast of Shadow Walk.
  • Skull Basher icon.png Skull Basher gives a chance to bash your enemy from attacking or escaping. Abyssal Blade icon.png Abyssal Blade's short ranged active ability can now also be cast easily, giving any melee ganker an instant stun in their arsenal.
  • Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail can be bought if the enemy has low health pools but high damage output, such as Phantom Assassin minimap icon.png Phantom Assassin or Lina minimap icon.png Lina, possibly discouraging them from fighting back.

Counter items[edit]

  • Dust of Appearance icon.png Dust of Appearance, Sentry Ward icon.png Sentry Ward and Necronomicon 1 icon.png Necronomicon reveals invisible heroes.
  • Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail also works against Shadow Blade users, as such heroes would be dealing high damage to their target. If they themselves are not too durable, their gank might end badly for themselves instead.
  • Scythe of Vyse icon.png Scythe of Vyse disables item usage, and its instant cast time can prevent a quick escape with Shadow Blade.

Trivia[edit]

  • In the original DotA, this item was called Lothar's Edge, a reference to Sir Anduin Lothar from the Warcraft universe. It is still commonly referred to as "Lothar" or "Lothar's" by those who have played the original DotA.

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