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.

Additional Information[edit]

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

One Skull Basher grants a total of 114 health, 0.18 health regeneration and 40 (46 to strength heroes) attack damage.


Ability Affects
Passive Enemies
Gives a chance to stun for 1.4 seconds.
Proc Chance (Melee): 25%
Proc Chance (Ranged): 10%
Stun Duration: 1.4
Cooldown 2


  • Multiple Bash sources do not stack, except with the mini-bash from Monkey King Bar icon.png Monkey King Bar
    • If both proc on the same hit, the one with the longer stun occurs, which always is Skull Basher.


  • In the original DotA, this item was called "Cranium Basher", a reference to a unique item in Diablo 2.
  • During the early beta phase, this item could be bought by the heroes who can't buy it today. The bash also fully stacked. Later on, the bash aspect was disabled when Faceless Void bought the item. As more heroes with bash got added to the game, the item got fully disabled for purchase for them. So technically, it still fully stacks with the bashes from Slardar, Troll Warlord and Spirit Breaker, but they have no way to acquire the item without cheat commands.

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.