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.
2700 (750)
Bought From
Passive Bash
Bonus +10 Strength
+10 Attack Damage
Disassemble? No
Alert allies? No
Abyssal Blade (6400)
Skull Basher (2700)
Javelin (1500)
Belt of Strength (450)
Recipe (750)

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

Additional information[edit | edit source]

Ability[edit | edit source]

Ability Affects Damage
Passive Enemies Magical
Grants each attack a chance to stun the target for 1.4 seconds and deal 85 bonus damage, based on whether the equipped hero is ranged or melee.
Proc Chance (Melee): 25%
Proc Chance (Ranged): 10%
Damage: 85
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 21.25 damage to every attack for melee heroes, and 8.5 damage for ranged heroes.
  • Does not work against wards and buildings, but works against allied units.

Recommended heroes[edit | edit source]

  • Heroes whose default item build includes Skull Basher as a situational item: Lone Druid icon.png Lone Druid.

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.

Gallery[edit | edit source]