Chaos Knight/Counters

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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Abaddon could punish Chaos Knight for using Phantasm and Reality Rift combo on him with his Aphotic Shield. Additionally, it provides extra protection against Chaos Knight's potential to take Abaddon down quickly.
  • Furthermore, Abaddon's Borrowed Time makes it utterly impossible to burst Abaddon down.
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  • Tinker's Aghanim's Scepter upgraded Laser can blind him and all of his Phantasm illusions.
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  • Mana Drain is a real problem to Chaos Knight early game, considering his already low mana pool.
  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter upgraded Finger of Death is an AoE ability, which can deal a tremendous amount of damage to his illusions.
  • Hex with a level 25 talent instantly disposes Chaos Knight's illusions.
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  • 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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  • Echo Slam will deal a colossal amount of damage to your army, as will Fissure at lower levels.
  • The area stuns from Aftershock will always slow down your illusions, since they can't have spell immunity.
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  • Black Hole usually catches Chaos Knight with all his illusions.
  • Midnight Pulse deals damage based on max health, quickly killing Phantasm illusions.
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  • Ice Path and Macropyre punish Reality Rift with a long stun and heavy damage across all illusions.
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  • Lich's Chain Frost, especially after obtaining its respective talent that provides unlimited bounces, can take out all of Chaos Knight's illusions quickly.
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  • Juxtapose allows Phantom Lancer to overwhelm Chaos Knight due to his single-target abilities.
  • Doppelganger can be used to dodge Chaos Bolt.
  • Spirit Lance can be used to harass Chaos Knight during the early game.
  • Since Phantom Lancer build Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade often, it can quickly drain Chaos Knight of all his mana, leaving him unable to cast spells.
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  • Purification heals a teammate targeted by Reality Rift and heavily damages Chaos Knight and his illusions in the process.
  • Guardian Angel blocks all of Chaos Knight's damage for a duration.
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  • Decrepify turns the target ethereal, protecting them from Chaos Knight's and his illusions' attacks.
  • Life Drain instantly destroys illusions. It can effectively negate Phantasm when upgraded with Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter.
  • Nether Blast quickly clears out illusions and can harass Chaos Knight in lane.
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  • Sand King's massive area damage output, particularly Epicenter, allows him to quickly take down Chaos Knight and his illusions.
  • He can apply Caustic Finale to illusions with attacks for extra damage.
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  • Sven's shorter cast time allows him to use Storm Hammer on Chaos Knight and his illusions before he can cast Chaos Bolt.
  • Warcry's armor bonus counteracts Reality Rift's slow and reduces Chaos Knight's damage output.
  • Great Cleave and God's Strength devastates Phantasm illusions.
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  • Ravage damages and disables Chaos Knight's army.
  • Anchor Smash deals respectable area damage at early levels and lowers Chaos Knight's damage.
  • Kraken Shell dispels Chaos Bolt and Reality Rift while providing protection from damage.
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  • Strong area damage, particularly from Whirling Death and Chakram, lets Timbersaw clear out illusions quickly.
    • Whirling Death directly reduces Strength from both Chaos Knight and his Phantasm illusions, reducing both the damage output and raw health that the hero relies on.
  • Reactive Armor quickly builds stacks against Phantasm illusions, making Timbersaw hard to kill.
  • Timber Chain allows Timbersaw to escape while surrounded.
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  • Cold Embrace protects targets of Reality Rift.
  • Winter's Curse turns Phantasm illusions against Chaos Knight or a teammate.
  • Splinter Blast deals decent area damage to Phantasm illusions.
  • Arctic Burn's percentage-based damage quickly wears down Chaos Knight's health.
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  • Puck's area of effect nukes in the form of Illusory Orb and Waning Rift clears Phantasm illusions from the early game to mid game.
  • Phase Shift can be used to disjoint Chaos Bolt.



  • 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 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 from using his targeted skills effectively.
  • Battle Fury icon.png Battle Fury provides cleave damage, which is especially helpful to destroy Chaos Knight's illusions for melee heroes relying on attack damage.

Good against...[edit]

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  • Phantasm dispels Track, and the illusions make it difficult to Track the real Chaos Knight.
  • Bounty Hunter is fragile and can easily be killed by Chaos Knight and Phantasm's illusions.
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  • Phantasm removes Glimpse and dispels Thunder Strike. Additionally, the Phantasm illusions make it difficult to use Glimpse and Thunder Strike on the real Chaos Knight.
  • Disruptor's lack of mobility, combined with his lack of innate defense, sets him up for a Reality Rift and a beatdown by Chaos Knight and his illusions.
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  • Reality Rift lets Chaos Knight bypass the Spirit Bear and jump onto 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's illusions make it difficult to land Meat Hook and Dismember.
  • Chaos Bolt is a comparatively low cooldown tool to interrupt Dismember.
  • Chaos Strike's lifesteal offsets Rot's damage.
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  • While Chaos Knight can land far away from Rubick due to Telekinesis, it can be counteracted by Reality Rift.
  • Phantasm dispels Fade Bolt's damage reduction debuff.
  • Rubick is fragile and can easily be killed by Chaos Knight and Phantasm's illusions, before he retaliates.
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  • Casting Phantasm before a fight minimizes the disruption from Global Silence.
  • Because Chaos Knight generally relies on attack damage, Silencer's spells won't be as effective against him.
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  • Dark Pact is minimally effective against Phantasm illusions, and Slark lacks area damage otherwise.
  • 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 stacks.
  • Be aware, however, that Shadow Dance can make Slark hard to kill as he can't be targeted during its duration.
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  • Ursa cannot effectively fight against Phantasm's illusions with his single-target damage.
  • Chaos Bolt's potentially long stun with Chaos Bolt gives Ursa little opportunity to 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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  • Chakra Magic solves Chaos Knight's mana issues.
  • Chaos Bolt provides setup for Illuminate.
  • The heal from Illuminate Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. during daytime helps keep Phantasm illusions alive.
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  • Morphling can take down stunned opponents with his fast attacks, and use Waveform through Chaos Knight illusions, hitting any foe in their midst.
  • Morphling can catch up to a running target and use his Adaptive Strike (Strength) to push them toward Chaos Knight, in range to use Chaos Bolt or Reality Rift.
  • With Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter, Morphling can Morph into another Chaos Knight, with his own Chaos Bolt and Reality Rift to use in conjunction with the original's. Morphling also commonly builds Manta Style icon.png Manta Style, which has good synergy with all of Chaos Knight's abilities.
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  • Disruption can create two extra Chaos Knight illusions to inflict more damage on the enemy.
  • Disruption and Demonic Purge allow Chaos Knight's attempts to approach enemies with good escape methods easier.
  • Soul Catcher's nuke may bring enemies HP down low enough for Chaos Knight to finish the job with Chaos Strike and illusions.