Shiva's Guard

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Shiva's Guard
Shiva's Guard icon.png
Said to have belonged to a goddess, today it retains much of its former power.
4700 (600)
Bought From
Active Arctic Blast
Passive Freezing Aura
Bonus +30 Intelligence
+15 Armor
Disassemble? Yes
Alert allies? No
Shiva's Guard (4700)
Mystic Staff (2700)
Platemail (1400)
Recipe (600)

Shiva's Guard 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 | edit source]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Arctic Blast
No Target
Emits a freezing wave that deals 200 magical damage to enemies and slows their movement by 40% for 4 seconds.
Radius: 900
Damage: 200
Move Speed Slow: 40%
Slow Duration: 4
Cooldown symbol.png 30
Mana symbol.png 100
Does not pierce spell immunity. Slow persists if debuff was placed before spell immunity and when not dispelled.
Debuff Item Shivas Guard Blast: Dispellable with any dispel.


  • Does not interrupt the user's channeling spells upon cast.
  • The blast spreads at a speed of 350 and takes 2.57 seconds to reach maximum range and dissipate.
  • The area of effect is centered around the owner, so when moving or blinking, the radius moves along.
  • The blast is not a ring. It affects every enemy within the blast's expanding area of effect.
    • This means that unlike with Ravage icon.png Ravage, it is not possible to avoid the effect by blinking "over" the edge towards the caster.
  • Provides 800 radius flying vision, following the caster and leaving a trail of vision which lasts for 2 seconds.

Freezing Aura
Can be used by illusions. Pierces spell immunity.
Reduces the attack speed of all enemies in a 900 radius.
Radius: 900
Attack Speed Slow: 45
Debuff Item Shivas Guard Aura: Undispellable.


  • Freezing Auras from multiple Shiva's Guards do not stack.
  • The aura's debuff lingers for 0.5 seconds.
  • The status debuff icon only shows up when the affected unit has vision over the Shiva's holder.

Recommended heroes[edit | edit source]

Heroes whose default item build includes Shiva's Guard as a core item

Strength:Timbersaw minimap icon.png Timbersaw

Heroes whose default item build includes Shiva's Guard as a situational item:

Strength:Axe minimap icon.png Axe, Underlord minimap icon.png Underlord, Brewmaster minimap icon.png Brewmaster, Bristleback minimap icon.png Bristleback, Io minimap icon.png Io, Undying minimap icon.png Undying, Phoenix minimap icon.png Phoenix, Pudge minimap icon.png Pudge, Omniknight minimap icon.png Omniknight, Doom minimap icon.png Doom.

Agility:Arc Warden minimap icon.png Arc Warden.

Intelligence:Ancient Apparition minimap icon.png Ancient Apparition, Crystal Maiden minimap icon.png Crystal Maiden, Invoker minimap icon.png Invoker, Dark Seer minimap icon.png Dark Seer, Visage minimap icon.png Visage, Witch Doctor minimap icon.png Witch Doctor, Warlock minimap icon.png Warlock, Queen of Pain minimap icon.png Queen of Pain, Shadow Demon minimap icon.png Shadow Demon, Shadow Shaman minimap icon.png Shadow Shaman, Rubick minimap icon.png Rubick, Lina minimap icon.png Lina, Puck minimap icon.png Puck, Pugna minimap icon.png Pugna, Dazzle minimap icon.png Dazzle, Winter Wyvern minimap icon.png Winter Wyvern, Enigma minimap icon.png Enigma, Lich minimap icon.png Lich.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • The effect of Arctic Blast extends quite slowly (taking about 2 seconds to reach max radius) and covers a huge area. This can be used to instantly disable enemy Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Daggers by prematurely casting the item ability out of vision range and then blinking in onto an enemy. Since the effect is always centered on the hero, and the damage always hits the entire area, it will instantly hit every hero within its radius at the blinked location, disabling enemy Blink Daggers.
  • The Shiva is the best item against mana burn if you don't get a black king bar. It gives 30 Intelligence to increase your mana pool and an aura attack slow that will also affect illusions and necronomicons to burn mana slower.
  • The attack slow aura is good against heroes and controlled units with low base attack time to multiply the attack slow.
  • Very useful on heroes that do not rely on their right click DPS like Intelligence heroes.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The name "Shiva" is a reference to Shiva of the Final Fantasy series, an elemental summon with the power of ice.
  • Shiva is the Supreme God within Shaivism, one of the three most influential denominations in contemporary Hinduism.

Gallery[edit | edit source]