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Strength primary attribute symbol.png
23 + 2.7
Agility attribute symbol.png
21 + 2
Intelligence attribute symbol.png
16 + 1.3
Level Base 1 15 25
Health 200 660 1400 1940
H. Regen 0.25 0.94 2.07 2.88
Mana 50 242 458 614
M. Regen 0.01 0.65 1.38 1.9
Damage 41‒43 64‒66 101‒103 128‒130
Armor 2 5 9 11.86
Spell Dmg 0% 1% 2.14% 2.95%
Att / Sec 0.58 0.71 0.87 0.99
Movement Speed 290
Turn Rate 0.6
Vision Range 1800/800
Attack Range 150
Projectile Speed Instant
Attack Animation 0.4+0.3
Base Attack Time 1.7
Magic resistance 25%
Collision Size 24
Legs 2

Sven, the Rogue Knight, is a versatile melee strength hero with superior physical power coupled with powerful utility abilities. He can fulfill various roles, but is often played as a semi-carry due to his high utility even without items. He possesses a versatile arsenal, from Warcry, which grants armor that can be used for escaping as well as pushing, to the throwable Storm Hammer that stuns enemies around the targeted unit. With enough items, Sven has the potential to be a strong late-game carry due to his ultimate, which increases his damage, making him hit up to three times as hard, which can then be used in conjunction with his Great Cleave to secure multiple kills with just a few swings of his sword. This immense power granted to him solely by his ultimate makes him one of strongest late-game carries in the game, and arguably the strongest semi-carry of all, as his killing presence remains even if he decides to build more supportive and tanky utility items. A truly frightening enemy to go up against if farmed, strong and versatile, Sven is a solid addition to almost every team composition.

Bio[edit | edit source]

Sven Sven, the Rogue Knight
Play "May my enemies share the fate of the Shattered Helm."
Role: Carry Carry / Disabler Disabler / Initiator Initiator / Durable Durable / Nuker Nuker
Lore: Sven is the bastard son of a Vigil Knight, born of a Pallid Meranth, raised in the Shadeshore Ruins. With his father executed for violating the Vigil Codex, and his mother shunned by her wild race, Sven believes that honor is to be found in no social order, but only in himself. After tending his mother through a lingering death, he offered himself as a novice to the Vigil Knights, never revealing his identity. For thirteen years he studied in his father's school, mastering the rigid code that declared his existence an abomination. Then, on the day that should have been his In-Swearing, he seized the Outcast Blade, shattered the Sacred Helm, and burned the Codex in the Vigil's Holy Flame. He strode from Vigil Keep, forever solitary, following his private code to the last strict rune. Still a knight, yes...but a Rogue Knight. He answers only to himself.
Voice: David Scully (Responses)

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Storm Hammer
Partially blocked by Linken's Sphere. Partially pierces spell immunity. Play
Storm Hammer icon.png
Target Unit
Sven unleashes his magical gauntlet that deals damage and stuns enemy units.
Cast Animation: 0.3+0
Cast Range: 600
Effect Radius: 255
Damage: 100/175/250/325
Stun Duration: 2
Cooldown symbol.png 13 (Talent 7)
Mana symbol.png 140
Partially pierces spell immunity. Cannot target spell immune units. When the projectile connects with a spell immune unit, it still affects other units within the radius.
Partially blocked by Linken's Sphere. Blocked fully only when primary target. Blocked upon impact.
Debuff Stunned: Dispellable with strong dispels.
The Rogue Knight's iron gauntlet, taken from the school of his father, strikes his foes to their core.


  • The targeting reticule must be centered over an enemy unit.
  • Storm Hammer travels at a speed of 1000 and can be disjointed.
  • Disjointing it completely nullifies the effects, including the area stun and damage.
  • Turning invulnerable or hidden does not prevent it from affecting the area around the target.
  • The projectile has 225 radius flying vision. This vision does not last.
  • Sven's sword emits some particles during the cast time, visible to everyone.

Great Cleave
Not a Unique Attack Modifier. Cannot be used by illusions. Disabled by Break. Pierces spell immunity.
Great Cleave icon.png
Sven strikes with great force, cleaving all nearby enemy units with his attack.
Starting Radius: 150
Distance: 550
End Radius: 300
Cleave Damage: 30%/42%/54%/66%
The Vigil Knights still seek to reclaim the stolen Outcast Blade from Sven, a weapon capable of cutting wide swaths through lesser warriors.


  • The complete area is shaped like an isosceles trapezoid in front of Sven.
  • Fully stacks with other sources of cleaves. Each source of cleave works completely independent.
  • Despite the visual effect, cleave damage is applied instantly in the whole area.

Pierces spell immunity. Play
Warcry icon.png
No Target
Sven's Warcry heartens his allies for battle, increasing their movement speed and armor. Lasts 8 seconds.
Cast Animation: 0+0
Effect Radius: 900
Move Speed Bonus: 12%
Armor Bonus: 5/10/15/20
Buff Duration: 8
Cooldown symbol.png 32/26/20/14
Mana symbol.png 25
Buff Warcry: Dispellable with any dispel.
Calling a few lines from the Vigil Codex fortifies Sven's obedience to his rogue code. So poetic!


God's Strength
Cannot be used by illusions. Pierces spell immunity. Play
God's Strength icon.png
No Target
(Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. Aura)
(Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. Allied Heroes)
Sven channels his rogue strength, granting bonus damage for 25 seconds.
Cast Animation: 0.3+0
Self Attack Damage Bonus: 100%/150%/200%
Allies Bonus Radius: 0 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 900)
Allies Attack Damage Bonus: 0 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 75%/100%/125%)
Buff Duration: 25
Cooldown symbol.png 80
Mana symbol.png 100/150/200
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. God's Strength grants bonus damage to allies in a 900 radius.
Buff Gods Strength: Undispellable.
Buff Gods Strength Child: Undispellable.
With the strength that shattered the Sacred Helm, the Rogue Knight stands unopposed in melee combat.


  • Only increases base damage and that given by the primary attribute of Sven. Raw bonus damage is not increased.
  • Checks Sven's main attack damage periodically and adapts the attack damage bonus instantly.
  • The effect added by Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter is an aura, which is only active while God's Strength is active.
    • The aura places the Gods Strength Child buff on allied heroes, which lingers for 0.5 seconds.
    • The bonus attack damage is based on the main attack damage of the affected allies, and not on Sven's own attack damage.
    • Just like for Sven, the affected allies' current main attack damage is periodically checked, and the bonuses adapted instantly.
    • The aura treats creep-heroes as heroes, thus it fully affects them.

Talents[edit | edit source]

Hero Talents
-6s Storm Hammer icon.png Storm Hammer​ Cooldown 25 +65 Damage
15% Evasion 20 +30 Attack Speed
+8 All Stats 15 +20 Movement Speed
+200 Mana 10 +6 Strength attribute symbol.png Strength
  • Upgrading mana increases maximum mana capacity and keeps the current mana percentage.
  • The evasion stacks multiplicatively with other sources of evasion.
  • The attack damage is added as bonus attack damage, and therefore does not benefit illusions.

Recommended items[edit | edit source]


  • Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branch gives Sven much needed stats, also additional regeneration combined with Tango icon.png Tango.
  • Tango icon.png Tangos are needed for early health regeneration.
  • Healing Salve icon.png Healing Salve gives rapid health regeneration, at a higher cost.
  • Stout Shield icon.png Stout Shield helps Sven deal with harassment in lane.
  • Enchanted Mango icon.png Enchanted Mango gives burst mana replenish which allows for an additional Storm Hammer in a pinch.
  • Quelling Blade icon.png Quelling Blade can be picked up to help Sven last hit more efficiently.
  • Clarity icon.png Clarity potions can be useful due to Sven's small mana pool and large mana cost on Storm Hammer, and is more likely bought by a supportive Sven.


  • Poor Man's Shield icon.png Poor Man's Shield is a upgrade from Stout Shield icon.png Stout Shield and help Sven tank harassment in forms of attack.
  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed increases Sven's moderate movement speed, allows him to attack a few more times while chasing and escape.
  • Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick is a good choice when faced with heavy lane harassment in forms of skills.
  • Soul Ring icon.png Soul Ring is sometimes bought so that Sven can use Storm Hammer more frequently.


  • Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand is a good choice to consolidate Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick's functionality and the minor attribute boosts when starting with Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branches.
  • Power Treads icon.png Power Treads synergize well with Sven's build due to the bonuses in attack speed and its requirement of Belt of Strength icon.png Belt of Strength.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar is the most important core item for Sven. It is his only defense against disables, and provides a good boost to Sven's strength and damage. However sometimes the item could be purchased later since it does not increase your farm speed.


  • Drum of Endurance icon.png Drum of Endurance will enable Sven to quickly get into combat and survive teamfights. It can be bought if Sven's early game does not go well enough to afford bigger items.
  • Mask of Madness icon.png Mask of Madness compensates for his low attack and move speed. With lifesteal, Sven can recover his health with just a few hits on the enemy.
  • Armlet of Mordiggian (Inactive) icon.png Armlet of Mordiggian is a good early teamfight item as it provides overall growth in damage and attack speed as well as additional health and armor while active. Its active could be switched twice in quick succession in a pinch to gain additional health.
  • Echo Sabre icon.png Echo Sabre essentially acts as a crit, allowing Sven's burst to increase significantly for a cheap price. Additionally, this second attack works identically to his regular attacks, meaning, if used while possessing a Daedalus icon.png Daedalus, gives Sven twice the chance to crit.
  • Helm of the Dominator icon.png Helm of the Dominator is an alternative to Mask of Madness, providing more armor than speed, and also allowing Sven to dominate a creep and use them to stack camps with it, allowing him to farm quickly thanks to his cleave.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger greatly improves Sven's mobility, allowing him to initiate teamfights as well as gank unsuspecting enemies, which can make a big difference in game outcomes.
  • Sange and Yasha icon.png Sange and Yasha is a worthwhile pick up for the mid game, especially because Sven can obtain it quickly - The attack speed, movement speed and added damage (partially added through strength) are all things Sven needs while the maim makes it harder for enemies to kite him.
  • Daedalus icon.png Daedalus is the attack damage item Sven needs, as it gives Sven the critical chance that allows him to destroy enemies in just a few hits.
  • Monkey King Bar icon.png Monkey King Bar provides less damage compared to Daedalus icon.png Daedalus. However, True Strike counters Evasion, and the Mini-bash part allows Sven to chase and manfight better.
  • Moon Shard icon.png Moon Shard grants a huge boost in attack speed. Though largely lacking in utility and thus exceeded in usefulness by several other choices, a Moon Shard is a powerful luxury item that ensures Sven's continued dominance in a winning game. As Moon Shard can be consumed to permanently add attack speed, it does not need to take up an useful item slot that most other lategame items do.
  • Assault Cuirass icon.png Assault Cuirass can be considered in the late game, as the negative armor debuff, attack speed and massive armor gain allow for Sven to truly become a tank.
  • Heart of Tarrasque icon.png Heart of Tarrasque not only provides Sven with much better survivability, it also gives a lot strength bonus, which greatly increases the damage from God's Strength.
  • Satanic icon.png Satanic provides Sven with a good amount of survivability and damage. The active synergises well with Sven's large DPS, ensuring that he will be able to get back into full health should he be allowed to continue attacking.
  • Refresher Orb icon.png Refresher Orb gives Sven twice the time of Satanic icon.png Satanic, also double Storm Hammer in quick succession. The biggest contribute it provides is the 10 second Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar in late game when Sven may be kited due to the Spell Immunity time loss. It also gives additional time for God's Strength to reactivate so that Sven can bring down towers after teamfight or reactivate after buyback. Beware of Sven's small mana pool since Refresh active costs a lot of mana.
  • Abyssal Blade icon.png Abyssal Blade, while providing very little natural damage by itself, does provide an additional form of lockdown, granting Sven a minimum of 4 seconds of lockdown coupled with Storm Hammer (and without counting any additional bashes you get), which is more than enough to secure a kill on any enemy who doesn't have anyone to help them around. It also makes Sven much more difficult, if not near impossible to manfight as Sven's already overwhelming damage becomes all the more terrifying by the fact that he can outright stop an enemy from attacking through magic immunity. Finally, Sven is also one of the better users of this item in terms of damage due to the fact that it also provides strength, further increasing his damage during his ultimate. It also comes from Vanguard icon.png Vanguard, making him nearly impervious to damage from most jungle creeps and most summons, though this feature is largely useless to a hero like Sven.
  • Boots of Travel 1 icon.png Boots of Travel is a natural pickup in late game.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Audio[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Sven's name is a reference to Sven-Ole Thorsen, a Danish bodybuilder and actor.
    • In an earlier version of DotA, Sven had a fun name called Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  • The phrases "Play Twas only a flesh wound" and "Play It was but a scratch" are references to the Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • The phrases "Play Blame the host" and "Play Bad host" are references to the original Warcraft III DotA gameplay when game stability depended on the quality of internet connection on the host player.
  • Storm Hammer icon.png Storm Hammer​ was named Storm Bolt in the early beta phases and was renamed into Storm Hammer at one point. It is also its original name in DotA1 and reflected in one of Sven's cast responses in Dota2, where he's referring to it as Play "Storm Bolt".

Gallery[edit | edit source]