Chaos Knight/Counters

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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Dispel Magic (Storm) icon.png Dispel Magic from Brewmaster Storm icon.png Storm can instantly kill the Phantasm army early game and can still deal a lot of damage to them late game, revealing the real Chaos Knight.
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Dragon Knight
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  • Echo Slam icon.png Echo Slam will deal colossal amount of damage to your army, as will Fissure icon.png Fissure at lower levels.
  • The area stuns from Aftershock icon.png Aftershock will always slow down your illusions, since they can't have Spell Immunity.
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  • Black Hole icon.png Black Hole usually catches Chaos Knight with all his illusions.
  • Midnight Pulse icon.png Midnight Pulse deals damage based on max health, quickly killing Phantasm illusions.
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  • Ice Path icon.png Ice Path and Macropyre icon.png Macropyre punish Reality Rift with a long stun and heavy damage across all illusions.
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Monkey King
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  • Purification icon.png Purification heals a teammate targeted by Reality Rift and heavily damages Chaos Knight and his illusions.
  • Guardian Angel icon.png Guardian Angel blocks all Chaos Knight's damage for a duration.
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Sand King
  • Sand King's massive area damage output, particularly Epicenter icon.png Epicenter, allows him to quickly take down Chaos Knight and his illusions.
  • He can apply Caustic Finale icon.png Caustic Finale to illusions with attacks for extra damage.
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  • Sven's shorter cast time allows him to Storm Hammer icon.png Storm Hammer Chaos Knight and his illusions before he can cast Chaos Bolt.
  • Warcry icon.png Warcry's armor bonus counteracts Reality Rift and reduces Chaos Knight's damage output.
  • Great Cleave icon.png Great Cleave and God's Strength icon.png God's Strength devastate Phantasm illusions.
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  • Ravage icon.png Ravage damages and disables Chaos Knight's army.
  • Anchor Smash icon.png Anchor Smash deals respectable area damage at early levels and debuffs Chaos Knight's damage.
  • Kraken Shell icon.png Kraken Shell removes Chaos Bolt and Reality Rift while providing protection from damage.
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  • Strong area damage, particularly from Chakram icon.png Chakram, lets Timbersaw clear out illusions quickly.
  • Reactive Armor icon.png Reactive Armor quickly builds stacks against Phantasm illusions, making Timbersaw hard to kill.
  • Timber Chain icon.png Timber Chain allows Timbersaw to escape while surrounded.
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Winter Wyvern
  • Cold Embrace icon.png Cold Embrace protects targets of Reality Rift.
  • Winter's Curse icon.png Winter's Curse turns Phantasm illusions against Chaos Knight or a teammate.
  • Splinter Blast icon.png Splinter Blast deals decent area damage to Phantasm illusions.
  • Arctic Burn icon.png Arctic Burn's percentage-based damage quickly wears down Chaos Knight's health.
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  • Shiva's Guard icon.png Shiva's Guard provides armor and a negative attack speed aura, reducing the damage output of Chaos Knight and his illusions, and can slow and damage them with Arctic Blast.
  • Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail is a great item when timed right to destroy all the illusions instantly and it does a great job in countering Chaos Knight's high damage output in general.
  • Butterfly icon.png Butterfly and Solar Crest icon.png Solar Crest allow heroes to evade Chaos Knight's attacks, reducing his damage output.
  • Ghost Scepter icon.png Ghost Scepter and Ethereal Blade icon.png Ethereal Blade prevent Chaos Knight from focusing down a target by turning it ethereal.
  • Manta Style icon.png Manta Style creates illusions that can make it difficult for Chaos Knight to initiate on the real hero.
  • Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere prevent Chaos Knight to using his targeted skills effectively.

Good against...[edit]

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Bounty Hunter
  • Phantasm dispels Track icon.png Track, and the illusions make it difficult to Track the real Chaos Knight.
  • Bounty Hunter is fragile and can easily be killed by Reality Rift.
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  • Berserker's Blood icon.png Berserker's Blood and Inner Vitality icon.png Inner Vitality are of little use against Chaos Knight's high physical damage.
  • Huskar cannot effectively deal with Chaos Knight's illusions with his single-target damage.
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Lone Druid
  • Reality Rift lets Chaos Knight bypass the Spirit Bear and jump on Lone Druid.
  • The Spirit Bear's lack of scaling means it dies quickly to Chaos Knight during the late-game.
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  • Phantasm illusions make it difficult to land Meat Hook icon.png Meat Hook and Dismember icon.png Dismember.
  • Chaos Bolt is comparatively low cooldown tool to interrupt Dismember icon.png Dismember.
  • Chaos Strike's lifesteal offsets Rot icon.png Rot's damage.
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  • Casting Phantasm before a fight minimizes the disruption from Global Silence icon.png Global Silence.
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  • Dark Pact icon.png Dark Pact is minimally effective against Phantasms, and Slark lacks area damage otherwise.
  • Pounce icon.png Pounce can be counteracted by Reality Rift.
  • Slark is naturally frail and dies quickly to Chaos Knight's burst damage before he can build Essence Shift icon.png Essence Shift stacks.
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  • Ursa cannot effectively fight against Phantasm illusions with his single-target damage.
  • Chaos Bolt's long stun gives Ursa little opportunity to Enrage icon.png Enrage.
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  • As Viper focuses on single-target damage, he has trouble fighting off Phantasm illusions.
  • Reality Rift counteracts Viper's slows and reduces his durability.


Works well with...[edit]

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Crystal Maiden
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  • Berserker's Blood icon.png Berserker's Blood gives Huskar high magic resistance, countering Chaos Knight's weakness to area-of-effect spell damage.
  • Chaos Knight can deal with single-target physical damage, which would otherwise shut down Huskar.
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Keeper of the Light
  • In lane, Mana Leak icon.png Mana Leak can set up Chaos Knight's spells or remove the enemy's mana and prevent them from threatening Chaos Knight.
  • Chakra Magic icon.png Chakra Magic solves Chaos Knight's mana issues.
  • Chaos Bolt provides setup for Illuminate icon.png Illuminate.
  • The heal from Illuminate icon.png Illuminate Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. during daytime helps keep Phantasm illusions alive.
  • Recall icon.png Recall helps Chaos Knight get around the map and siege different lanes.
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  • Morphling can take down stunned opponents with his fast right clicks, and use Waveform icon.png Waveform through Chaos Knight illusions hitting any foe in their midst.
  • Morphling can catch up a running target and use his Adaptive Strike (Strength) to push them toward Chaos Knight, in range to use Chaos Bolt or Reality Rift.
  • When the talent to copy allies is selected, Morph can turn into another Chaos Knight, with his own Chaos Bolt and Reality Rift to use in conjunction with the original's, not to mention the possibility of also having Manta Style icon.png Manta Style in his built, for more 2 copies of Chaos Knight, having a huge potential for physical damage.
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Shadow Demon
  • Disruption icon.png Disruption can create two Chaos Knight illusions to inflict more damage on the enemy.
  • Disruption icon.png Disruption and Demonic Purge icon.png Demonic Purge allow Chaos Knight to more easily approach slippery enemies.
  • Reality Rift can set up Soul Catcher icon.png Soul Catcher, which in turn amplifies Chaos Knight's single-target damage.


  • Armor reduction considerably boosts Chaos Knight's damage output, especially area debuffs which allow Chaos Knight to pick off more enemies: Vengeful Spirit Vengeful Spirit, Alchemist Alchemist, Dazzle Dazzle, Slardar Slardar.
  • Any hero that can make good use of Chaos Bolt's stun to land delayed or damage over time abilities: Skywrath Mage Skywrath Mage, Invoker Invoker, Jakiro Jakiro.