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Blink Dagger

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For the cosmetic item equipped by Axe, see Little Blink Dagger.
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Blink Dagger
Blink Dagger icon.png
The fabled dagger used by the fastest assassin ever to walk the lands.
Bought From
Active Blink
Disassemble? No
Alert allies? No
Blink Dagger (2250)

The Blink Dagger is an item purchasable at the Main Shop, under Arcane, and at the Side Lane Shop.


Target Point
Teleport to a target point up to 1200 units away.

Blink Dagger cannot be used for 3 seconds after taking damage from an enemy hero or Roshan.
Cast Range: Global
Max Blink Distance: 1200
Penalty Blink Distance: 960
Damage Cooldown: 3
Cooldown symbol.png 12


  • Double clicking the item automatically casts it on your team's fountain, blinking towards its direction, using the penalty distance.
  • Does not blink for the full distance when targeting closer than the max distance.
  • When targeting beyond the max blink distance, it blinks for 960 range towards the targeted direction, instead of 1200.
  • The second sound only plays when the blinked distance is greater than 960. It is audible to everyone.
  • Damage greater than 0 from any player (including allies and self) or Roshan icon.png Roshan puts Blink on a 3 second cooldown.
    • Since it is a cooldown and not actually disabled, it can be refreshed with Refresher Orb icon.png Refresher Orb and Rearm icon.png Rearm.
    • However, this cooldown is not affected by Octarine Core icon.png Octarine Core or Arcane Rune minimap icon.png Arcane Rune.
    • Does not get disabled by damage flagged as HP Removal.
    • This cooldown triggers even when the dagger is inactive due to being or just having left the backpack.

Recommended heroes[edit]

  • Some heroes can use Blink Dagger to initiate with smaller disables or burst damage, but usually on fewer or single targets.
  • Heroes with positioning abilities can take advantage of Blink Dagger to force enemies into unfavorable positions.


  • Using Blink always requires a hero to face the direction before actually blinking, meaning when not blinking straightforward the hero will not blink instantly but after a slight delay depending on its turn rate.
  • Having an Infused Raindrop icon.png Infused Raindrop will allow to completely block damages over time like a Radiance (Active) icon.png Radiance and will not reset the blink dagger's cooldown.


  • In the original DotA, this item was called Kelen's Dagger, in reference to a Warcraft III item, Kelen's Dagger of Escape.
    • Kelen was a well known rogue in the Warcraft universe, who was known for his ability to escape from any dangerous situation thanks to the help of his dagger.
  • Riki and Lion are the only heroes who are missing responses for acquiring a Blink Dagger.