Armlet of Mordiggian

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For the cosmetic item equipped by Chaos Knight, see Chaos Knight's Armlet of Mordiggian
Item   Changelogs  
Armlet of Mordiggian
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Weapon of choice among brutes, the bearer sacrifices his life energy to gain immense strength and power.
2370 (550)
Bought From
Active Unholy Strength
Bonus +4 Health regeneration
+5 Armor
+25 Attack speed
+9 Attack damage
Disassemble? No
Alert allies? No
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Helm of Iron Will (900)
Gloves of Haste (500)
Blades of Attack (420)
Recipe (550)

The Armlet of Mordiggian is an item purchasable at the Main Shop, under Weapons.

Additional information[edit]

  • Attack damage, attack speed, armor and health regeneration bonuses of multiple Armlets of Mordiggian do not stack.
  • One Armlet of Mordiggian grants the following:


Unholy Strength
When active, Unholy Strength grants +31 damage, +25 strength and +4 armor, but drains 54 health per second.

You cannot die from the health drain when Unholy Strength is activated, nor from the strength loss when Unholy Strength is deactivated.
Attack Damage Bonus: 31
Strength Bonus: 25
Armor Bonus: 4
Health Cost per Second: 54
Full Bonuses Delay: 0.6
Cooldown symbol.png 0
Partially usable by illusions. Illusions do not benefit from the attack damage and armor and do not lose health per second. Illusions gain the strength over 0.6 seconds and copy the original's current health, resulting in them having 500 current health more than the hero if it was not at full health as the illusion was created.
Buff Item Armlet Unholy Strength: Undispellable.


  • Does not interrupt the user's channeling spells upon toggling.
  • Upon toggling on, it instantly provides the bonus attack damage and starts draining 6 health in 0.11 second intervals.
  • Grants 4.17 strength in 0.1 second intervals, so it needs 0.6 seconds to grant the full strength bonus.
  • The armor is granted after the 0.6 seconds, and not instantly.
  • Grants a total of 500 health (464 when considering the health drain) and 75.428571428571 health regeneration.
  • Health drain cannot bring the user's health below 1. Does not toggle itself off when reaching 1 health.
  • Considering the passive health regen and the regen gained from the strength, it effectively costs -25.428571428571 health per second.
  • When toggling off, all bonuses are instantly lost. However, it cannot bring the user below 1 health.
  • Unholy Strength does not persist through the user's death. If it was active upon death, the user respawns with it deactivated.
  • Multiple instances of Unholy Strength do not stack.
    • If multiple Armlets are toggled on, turning off any Armlet removes the Unholy Strength buff.

Recommended heroes[edit]

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  • Inner Vitality icon.png Inner Vitality helps with negating the health drain from the Armlet, and Berserker's Blood icon.png Berserker's Blood greatly synergizes with the item, with the health drain helping keep Huskar minimap icon.png Huskar's health at a low level, giving him high magic resistance and a great amount of attack speed.
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  • Lifestealer minimap icon.png Lifestealer is a durable hero with a great way of keeping himself topped off on health thanks to Feast icon.png Feast and Open Wounds icon.png Open Wounds, meaning that he is not bothered by the health loss of the item, as well as receiving stats that are needed, such as extra armor, damage and attack speed.
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  • Slardar minimap icon.png Slardar is a durable strength hero, meaning that he will not have the hardest time negating the health cost of the Armlet, and it increases the damage dealt by Bash of the Deep icon.png Bash of the Deep through the added attack speed.
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Wraith King
  • Armlet provides a lot of damage at the cost of draining your own health, however Vampiric Aura icon.png Vampiric Aura easily negates the health drain effect making it a great item of him.
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Chaos Knight
  • As a durable hero with the ability to lifesteal thanks to Chaos Strike icon.png Chaos Strike and with Armlet's bonus health when activated transferred to illussions summoned by Phantasm icon.png Phantasm, Armlet of Mordiggian is one of the best item choices for the hero.
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Legion Commander
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  • Chemical Rage icon.png Chemical Rage negates the health draining effect from the Armlet of Mordiggian, and the extra maximum health as well as the damage bonus are not bad attributes for him.


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Dragon Knight
  • With the health regeneration from Dragon Blood icon.png Dragon Blood, Dragon Knight will have no problem with activating Armlet for prolonged periods of time.
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  • By toggling Unholy Strength on before attacking with Tidebringer icon.png Tidebringer and toggling it off after, Kunkka can reliably increase his damage output while minimizing the health drain.
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Spirit Breaker
  • Very situational, the attack speed from Armlet of Mordiggian helps with applying Greater Bash icon.png Greater Bash. It buffs him with added HP, Regeneration and Armor for a fight he would not otherwise survive for the low cost of the Armlet.
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Night Stalker
  • The added damage allows Night Stalker to finish his targets faster than if he did not have an Armlet. It is also very easy to Armlet toggle to save oneself from a Tower projectile due to Night Stalker's incredible movement speed.
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  • Sven's ultimate increases Sven's attack damage based on how much strength he has. The extra strength from a toggled Armlet significantly increases Sven's attack damage during God's Strength.


  • The Armlet is the most cost-effective item to build, especially on strength heroes that benefit most from its DPS increase. It is also useful on heroes with illusions or abilities that increase their base damage (like Sven minimap icon.png Sven's ultimate).
  • When toggled on, Armlet increases maximum and current health by 500. This means when not at full health, it can effectively work as a temporary heal. However, it also has the opposite effect when toggling off, instantly reducing the hero's health by 500 (but not below 1). When toggled properly, this allows heroes at low health to survive and turn fights.
  • This item is very good with lifesteal, and if the user's damage output is high enough it can negate the health loss, depending on the amount of lifesteal the user has.
  • The Heart of Tarrasque icon.png Heart of Tarrasque's passive regen vastly overturns the health loss, allowing to have the Armlet constantly active, as long as the heart does not get disabled. The health loss of Armlet does not disable the regeneration of Heart of Tarrasque either, since it is considered HP Removal.
  • Lone Druid minimap icon.png Lone Druid's Lone Druid Spirit Bear icon.png Spirit Bear is normally affected by the health drain, but does not benefit from the strength bonus.


  • Armlet of Mordiggian is named after Mordiggian, a deity in the Cthulhu Mythos created by Clark Ashton Smith in his story The Charnel God (1934), whose powers consist of sucking away life force and whose cult consists entirely of ghouls.