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 +10 Strength
+10 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 | edit source]

When held by Slardar icon.png Slardar, Spirit Breaker icon.png Spirit Breaker, Troll Warlord icon.png Troll Warlord or Faceless Void icon.png Faceless Void, Bash will not activate.

One Skull Basher grants a total of 190 health, 0.3 health regeneration and 10 (20 to strength heroes) attack damage.

Ability[edit | edit source]

Ability Affects Damage
Passive Enemies Physical
Grants each attack a chance to stun the target for 1.4 seconds and deal 120 bonus damage, based on whether the equiped hero is ranged or melee.
Proc Chance (Melee): 25%
Proc Chance (Ranged): 10%
Damage: 120
Stun Duration: 1.4
Cooldown 2.3


  • Skull Basher's bash does not stack with the bash of Abyssal Blade icon.png Abyssal Blade and other Skull Bashers.
  • When obtaining multiple items with the bash ability, only the first bought one's bash works while the others are disabled.
  • The mini-bash ability of Monkey King Bar icon.png Monkey King Bar is not treated as a bash, and it works fully independently from other bashes.
  • Adds an average of 30 damage to every attack for melee heroes, or 12 damage for ranged heroes.
  • Does not work against wards and buildings, but works against allied units.

Tips[edit | edit source]

Average Bash Stats
  • Since the Bash is a chance based ability, buying attack speed granting items increases the odds of a bash proccing. However, the effectiveness stops at a certain amount of attack speed due to the cooldown the bash has.
  • The bash goes through spell immunity. When not having other spell immunity piercing spells in the team, a Skull Basher is a great purchase as it can help greatly against heroes with spell immunity, especially those who get a Black King Bar in order to channel their channeling spell.
  • Despite having a much lower chance to proc for ranged heroes, it still has a decent chance. When coupled with high attack speed, a Skull Basher on ranged heroes can be very viable, especially for heroes who have attack speed boosting abilities like Windranger icon.png Windranger with her Focus Fire icon.png Focus Fire, or Drow Ranger icon.png Drow Ranger with her high amount of agility from Marksmanship icon.png Marksmanship .

Trivia[edit | edit source]

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

Balance changelog[edit | edit source]





  • Reduced recipe cost from 1150 to 1000 (total cost from 3100 to 2950).


  • Increased attack damage bonus from 30 to 40.
  • Bash no longer deals 25 damage when proccing.



  • Cost:
    • Now requires a Javelin, instead of a Mithril Hammer.
    • Reduced recipe cost from 1460 to 1450.
    • Total cost from 3220 to 3100.
  • Bash
    • No longer stacks with any other sources of bash (used to stack diminishingly).
    • Now has a 2 second proc cooldown.
    • Increased melee proc chance from 15% to 25%


  • Fixed Bash mixup with melee and ranged heroes.



  • Reduced Bash stun duration from 2 to 1.1.


  • Reduced Mithril Hammer cost from 1825 to 1610 (total cost from 3435 to 3220).


  • Cost
    • No longer requires Upgrader to build.
    • Now has a 1460 gold cost recipe.
    • Total cost from 3475 to 3435.


  • Bash
    • Increased melee proc chance from 10% to 15%.
    • Increased ranged proc chance from 5% to 10%.


  • Can now be bought by ranged heroes.
  • Bash now has a 5% chance to trigger on ranged attacks.


  • Can now be dropped (now sellable and destroyable).

Gallery[edit | edit source]