Skull Basher

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Skull Basher
Skull Basher icon.png
A feared weapon in the right hands, this maul's ability to shatter the defenses of its opponents should not be underestimated.
2950 (1000)
Bought From
Passive Bash
Bonus +6 Strength
+40 Damage
Disassemble? No
Alert allies? No
Abyssal Blade (6750)
Skull Basher (2950)
Javelin (1500)
Belt of Strength (450)
Recipe Cost: 1000

The Skull Basher is an Item purchasable at the Main Shop, under Weapons.


Ability Affects
Passive Enemies
Gives a chance to stun for 1.4 seconds.
Bash Chance for Melee Heroes: 25%
Bash Chance for Ranged Heroes: 10%
Cooldown 2


  • Does not function with other Skull Bashers.
  • Skull Basher does not use Pseudo-random distribution, it has exactly 10%(ranged) or 25%(melee) chance to proc per attack (Unless on cooldown).
  • Stun is physical, on both melee and ranged attackers.

Additional Information[edit]

Skull Basher cannot be purchased by Slardar, Faceless Void, Troll Warlord, or Spirit Breaker. This also prevents them from purchasing Abyssal Blade, as Skull Basher is required to build it.


  • In the original DotA, this item was called "Cranium Basher", a reference to a unique item in Diablo 2.

Balance changelog[edit]


  • Recipe cost decreased from 1150 to 1000.


  • Removed 25% chance to do 25 bonus damage (stun is still the same)
  • Cranium Basher bonus damage increased from 30 to 40


  • Uses Belt of Giant Strength along with a slight increase to stun duration (1.1->1.4 seconds). Total cost is unchanged.


  • Remade
    • Old Skull Basher:
      • Components: Mithril Hammer (1610), Gauntlets of Strength (150), Recipe (1460) (Total: 3220)
      • Stats: +30 Damage, +3 Strength
      • Passive: 15% chance to Bash (10% for ranged heroes) for 1.1 seconds. Cooldown: 0. Stacks Diminishingly.
    • New Skull Basher:
      • Components: Javelin (1500), Gauntlets of Strength (150), Recipe (1450) (Total: 3100)
      • Stats: +30 Damage, +3 Strength
      • Passive: 25% chance to Bash (10% for ranged heroes) for 1.1 seconds. Cooldown: 2 seconds. Does not stack with itself or other bash passives.