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 +8 Strength
+25 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 152 health, 0.24 health regeneration and 25 (33 to strength heroes) attack damage.

Ability[edit | edit source]

Ability Affects Damage
Passive Enemies Physical
Gives a chance to stun for 1.4 seconds.
Proc Chance (Melee): 25%
Proc Chance (Ranged): 10%
Damage: 60
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.

Tips[edit | edit source]

Average Bash Stats
  • Buy attack speed to have a higher odds of getting a bash proc.
  • Skull Basher's bash goes through spell immunity. Use it to disable enemy carries that activate their Black King Bar.

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]


  • Strength increased from 6 to 8
  • Damage reduced from 40 to 25
  • Bash now deals 60 bonus damage
  • Bash cooldown increased from 2 to 2.3
  • Can now be purchased by Spirit Breaker icon.png Spirit Breaker, Faceless Void icon.png Faceless Void, Slardar icon.png Slardar, and Troll Warlord icon.png Troll Warlord. These heroes are still restricted from activating Bash.


  • 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.

Gallery[edit | edit source]