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Recommended heroes[edit]

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  • Bloodthorn provides mana for, and deals heavy damage when used with Searing Arrows.
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  • Bloodthorn's crit is a decent replacement or supplement to Nature's Prophet's other popular late game damage items.
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  • Bloodthorn provides a convenient upgrade to Queen of Pain's late game damage output, which falls off over time.
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  • A natural upgrade from Orchid Malevolence icon.png Orchid Malevolence, a core item on Storm Spirit.
  • The damage increase from its active ability makes Storm Spirit much more effective at quickly killing tanky enemies in the late game, bolstering his largely-static damage output.
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  • Bloodthorn's bonuses help offset Sven's limited mana pool, and Soul Rend crits are devastating in combination with God's Strength.
  • Soul Rend can shut down enemies with disables, escape abilities, or evasion, letting Sven strike them down unimpeded.
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  • Bloodthorn is a viable alternative to a Daedalus icon.png Daedalus on Weaver for shutting down troublesome enemies like Phantom Assassin minimap icon.png Phantom Assassin and Tinker minimap icon.png Tinker, but is situational due to its lower crit damage and damage bonuses.
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  • When combined with Bloodthorn, using Focus Fire against enemy heroes will trigger a rapid succession of crits.


  • Build the Orchid first, it will provide good damage, mana regen, and a powerful silence that enemies won't be able to dispel early game.
  • Bloodthorn's active accuracy counters evasion from any source, such as Butterfly icon.png Butterfly or Blur, as well as blind effects from any source, like Laser or Blinding Light.
  • Generally, Bloodthorn is a worthy upgrade for any hero that purchases an Orchid Malevolence icon.png Orchid Malevolence. It is arguably better than Daedalus icon.png Daedalus because it guarantees crits of 130% damage with True Strike for your team, silences, and a 30% magical damage aftermath while Daedalus grants only chances to deal crits of 225% damage.
    • Some would prefer to go for a Scythe of Vyse icon.png Scythe of Vyse or to buy it in combination because many items can remove the debuff and the enemy can still run away or use a Blade Mail during the effect.
  • Remember that Bloodthorn's active gives guaranteed crits along with a silence. Targets may still be able to escape with Shadow Blade icon.png Shadow Blade or Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger before you could damage them.
  • The ensured crits from Soul Rend work for all attacks done to the target. This includes attacks from wards, towers, fountains and even allies of the target.
  • Soul Rend does not allow crits from secondary spell projectiles or spell dummy units.
  • You don't need to attack too much and chase or dive if you think the bonus 30% damage at the end of the effect will be enough to kill the target.

Items synergy[edit]

  • Scythe of Vyse icon.png Scythe of Vyse will disable your enemy from dispelling Soul Rend or using blade mail and give a lot of right click damage to intelligence heroes (120 from both items).
  • Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade gives a lot of damage per gold to agility heroes, the active apply one of the most powerful movement slow in the game.
  • Mask of Madness icon.png Mask of Madness gives the highest DPS per gold, you will regen a lot more from lifesteal, the silence will protect you from being disabled and nuked.
  • Desolator icon.png Desolator applies armor reduction that amplifies the guaranteed crit of your entire team.
  • Assault Cuirass icon.png Assault Cuirass will increase the attack speed of your team and reduce the armor of all enemies.
  • Shiva's Guard icon.png Shiva's Guard apply a powerful move speed slow, combined with a blink Dagger the active can disable the ennemy's Blink Dagger. It is better an intelligence heroes for the damage it give them.
  • Necronomicon 1 icon.png Necronomicon: will do critical hits and have true strike. The movement speed aura and True Sight are useful to chase your enemy.

Counter items[edit]