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Gameplay[edit]

Playstyle
Chaos Knight minimap icon.png Chaos Knight is a powerful strength hero dealing high physical damage that smashes his foes with straight, but powerful hits due to his Chaos Strike icon.png Chaos Strike. Chaos Bolt icon.png Chaos Bolt is a luck-base spell that makes it hard to use, and he can close the gap with his enemies through Reality Rift icon.png Reality Rift. Phantasm icon.png Phantasm has long recharge time, it would be recommended to time your ultimate for teamfights only. Chaos Knight requires adequate farming and an aggressive mindset to trample enemy Heroes. Once enough farming, he can overpower the late game with lots of Physical DPS with his illusions.
Pros Cons
  • Good movement speed.
  • Great late game.
  • Can be aggressive in early and mid game.
  • Very RNG reliant.
  • Small mana pool.
  • Very tempting for enemy heroes.
  • Highly reliant on his ultimate.

Carry/Pushing Chaos Knight[edit]

Carry Chaos Knight is the usual way to play. It is most appropriate against line ups that have too little AoE to deal with your Phantasm army in the late game.

You will usually want to max out Chaos Bolt first as the increased stun duration (and guaranteed 2 sec stun at level 4) can allow you to burst almost anyone down. Odds are you won't want to skip Phantasm at level 6 as you can use it to quickly push a tower, perhaps after bursting the offlaner. Skip Chaos Strike, the lifesteal won't matter in a safe lane and does too little damage early game.

It is unlikely none of the enemy heroes will have no AoE, but if it's only magical burst, don't forget your considerable strength gain per level and your desire to build strength items can help your army survive even through full-blown wombo-combos. It's not uncommon for a Chaos Knight army to survive an Echo Slam icon.png Echo Slam even while clumped up, and move forth unscathed.

There are few scenarios where you'll want to skip Armlet of Mordiggian (Inactive) icon.png Armlet of Mordiggian as it synergizes perfectly with Chaos Knight. Don't forget to turn it on before using Phantasm. Otherwise, you'll mainly want to build attributes. Sange icon.png Sange is a common but suboptimal replacement, which can be built into Heaven's Halberd icon.png Heaven's Halberd. Eye of Skadi icon.png Eye of Skadi and Heart of Tarrasque icon.png Heart of Tarrasque provide the most attributes, the latter enabling you to keep your armlet always toggled. Butterfly icon.png Butterfly and Assault Cuirass icon.png Assault Cuirass also work well with your illusions. Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar to prevent getting chain disabled and you can turn on BKB and ult once the AoE has been used.

Support/Roaming Chaos Knight[edit]

Generally, it is a waste to go full support when playing Chaos Knight as so not recommended to play positions lower than 3. Chaos Knight makes for a formidable roamer and semi-carry thanks to his excellent base damage and speed, and it might make your opponents try too hard to counter you with AoE abilities that might have too little impact for your team's 'real' carry.

As a roamer, you'll want to start with a point in Chaos Bolt for the stun however max out Reality Rift first as it considerably lowers the cooldown, increases the pull distance and armor reduction. If you're letting another hero your carry in lane, don't hesitate to repeatedly cast it and cancel the animation as it can make the enemy very fearful and make him waste a spell or item.

Since Chaos Knight's mana pool is so low and its cooldown is so long, you may opt to skip your ultimate at level 6, especially since your illusion(s) won't hit that hard without any strength-boosting items.

If you're roaming, a Blight Stone icon.png Blight Stone or an Orb of Venom icon.png Orb of Venom can do wonders to net you kills, and you should probably skip a Wind Lace icon.png Wind Lace since your starting speed is already good enough. You'll want some items to keep your mana up during and after ganks, Clarity icon.png Clarity, Enchanted Mango icon.png Enchanted Mango and Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand will help you. Urn of Shadows icon.png Urn of Shadows is really good for roaming, CK can easily get kill and will be able to utilize the regen and extra damage.

Armlet of Mordiggian (Inactive) icon.png Armlet of Mordiggian is still the most efficient item and works well with urn as you can afford to leave armlet activated for longer. Echo Sabre icon.png Echo Sabre is also a good choice if toggling armlet is an issue. It gives good strength to boost up you and your Phantasm, good int and mana regen to keep your supply up, and the active, although it doesn't work with your illusions, give you a good burst with Reality Rift making your ganks much more likely to succeed.

Drum of Endurance icon.png Drum of Endurance provide decent attributes and much need movement speed but comes at a price, Drum of Endurance icon.png Drum of Endurance is suboptimal on carry Chaos Knight.

As a support/roamer, buy detection as needed but let full supports do the warding.

Ability Builds[edit]

Hard Carry Chaos Knight
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Chaos Bolt icon.png Reality Rift icon.png Chaos Bolt icon.png Reality Rift icon.png Chaos Bolt icon.png Reality Rift icon.png Chaos Bolt icon.png Reality Rift icon.png Phantasm icon.png Chaos Strike icon.png Talent icon.png Phantasm icon.png Chaos Strike icon.png Chaos Strike icon.png Talent icon.png Chaos Strike icon.png Unknown icon.png Phantasm icon.png Talent icon.png Talent icon.png
Carry/Pushing Chaos Knight
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Chaos Bolt icon.png Reality Rift icon.png Reality Rift icon.png Chaos Bolt icon.png Reality Rift icon.png Phantasm icon.png Reality Rift icon.png Chaos Bolt icon.png Chaos Bolt icon.png Talent icon.png Chaos Strike icon.png Phantasm icon.png Chaos Strike icon.png Chaos Strike icon.png Talent icon.png Chaos Strike icon.png Unknown icon.png Phantasm icon.png Talent icon.png Talent icon.png
Support/Roaming Chaos Knight
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Chaos Bolt icon.png Reality Rift icon.png Chaos Bolt icon.png Reality Rift icon.png Chaos Bolt icon.png Reality Rift icon.png Reality Rift icon.png Chaos Bolt icon.png Phantasm icon.png Talent icon.png Chaos Strike icon.png Phantasm icon.png Chaos Strike icon.png Chaos Strike icon.png Talent icon.png Chaos Strike icon.png Unknown icon.png Phantasm icon.png Talent icon.png Talent icon.png

Talents[edit]

Hero Talents
Reality Rift icon.png Reality Rift Pierces Spell Immunity 25 20% Cooldown Reduction
+12 All Stats 20 +120 Gold/Min
+10 Strength attribute symbol.png Strength 15 +20 Movement Speed
+8 Intelligence attribute symbol.png Intelligence 10 +15 Attack Speed
Notes:
  • Cooldown reduction affects abilities and items. Stacks multiplicatively with Octarine Core icon.png Octarine Core and additively with Arcane Rune minimap icon.png Arcane Rune.

Tips & Tactics[edit]

General[edit]

  • In most situations, max Chaos Bolt and Reality Rift first, since the critical damage from your Chaos Strike is negligible in the early game.
  • Always activate your Armlet of Mordiggian (Inactive) icon.png Armlet of Mordiggian before using your ultimate, since the illusions also gain bonuses from it.
  • Sange and Yasha icon.png Sange and Yasha is suboptimal even for ganking, you are better off finishing Heaven's Halberd icon.png Heaven's Halberd if you have the mana.
  • If you manage to farm a Manta Style icon.png Manta Style you gain two additional albeit somewhat weaker illusions that serve to wreck havoc among enemy ranks, Manta Style illusions much like Phantasm and rune illusions are pulled to your target with Reality Rift. You can often use this to block your target in a swarm of illusions they will not be able to escape from. The ultimate orb from Manta Style also boosts your mana pool just enough to allow you to cast illusions together with your ultimate ability.
  • It is not entirely advisable to pick Chaos Knight against enemies that can easily clear illusions such as Medusa minimap icon.png Medusa, Lion minimap icon.png Lion, Pugna minimap icon.png Pugna owning to the fact that they can clear illusions regardless of their attributes and given that your illusions are produced by your ultimate ability with a rather long cooldown you cannot afford to have them destroyed easily like Naga Siren minimap icon.png Naga Siren, Terrorblade minimap icon.png Terrorblade and Phantom Lancer who can produce illusions much more frequently.
  • You may also want to be careful against an enemy that drains mana such as Quas icon.png Quas Wex icon.png Wex focused Invoker minimap icon.png Invoker. Given Chaos Knight's dismal mana pool and intelligence gain Invoker's EMP icon.png EMP can completely drain him of mana even in later stages of the game and without his active abilities Chaos Knight is not nearly as potent.

Abilities[edit]

Chaos Bolt icon.png Chaos Bolt[edit]

  • Although Chaos Bolt's damage is average, it's not to be underestimated. a lucky strike of 275 damage can be the difference between killing or failing to kill an enemy.
  • Chaos Bolt, like Storm Hammer icon.png Storm Hammer and Wraithfire Blast icon.png Wraithfire Blast is easy to predict and disjoint, even easier due to Chaos Knight's poor cast animation. Try to use it as close to an enemy as possible if they have a way to dodge it.
    • Unlike Sven minimap icon.png Sven and Wraith King minimap icon.png Wraith King however, Chaos Knight can use Reality Rift to get in melee range of an enemy and make it a lot harder to disjoint your stun.
  • Due to the unreliability of the spell, it makes Chaos Knight a poor initiator if he is in the field of vision of the enemy, and it is generally better to let your allies initiate the battle. If you are roaming, try to surprise and ambush your enemies, or use a Smoke of Deceit icon.png Smoke of Deceit to increase your odds of landing the spell.
  • At level 1, Chaos Bolt has a guaranteed one second stun duration, while it only attains a guaranteed two second stun duration at level 4. As such, it may be prudent to either leave Chaos Bolt at level 1 or rush it to level 4 to get the most out of the spell.

Reality Rift icon.png Reality Rift[edit]

  • While ganking in the early-mid game, use Reality Rift to get close to the enemy, then hit him once with your bonus damage and use Chaos Bolt to stun. If you are lucky, you could even get more than two hits while he is stunned.
  • Reality Rift will reduce your target's armor by a flat value, making your auto attacks stronger overall.
    • Due to being a flat value, this reduction falls off late game.
    • Illusions benefit from the armor reduction.
  • This ability will place you and your target at a random position between the distance of both characters. This can result in Chaos Knight and his target becoming trapped within trees or in elevated terrain.
  • Reality Rift will not only teleport Chaos Knight, but any illusions active when the ability is cast, including illusions from Phantasm. Consider this before using this ability.
  • A level 4 Reality Rift is usually much better than a level 4 Chaos Bolt, as the reduction in cooldown makes it a viable chasing skill.

Chaos Strike icon.png Chaos Strike[edit]

  • Since Chaos Strike has only 12% chance to proc, it is an unreliable form of damage. In comparison to other critical passives, such as Wraith King minimap icon.png Wraith King's Mortal Strike icon.png Mortal Strike, it has a lower chance of occurring but also comes with 65% lifesteal on each proc.
    • Against enemies that can easily kite Chaos Knight, you should focus on his other abilities rather than Chaos Strike. Also, if there is uncontested farm in lane skip Chaos Strike until level 11.

Phantasm icon.png Phantasm[edit]

  • If you know for sure a fight is about to start, it's sometimes better to use your ultimate before it even starts off. The illusions have a very long duration and if you can find a good target to Reality Rift it can immediately turn a fight in your favor. Be mindful not to use it under enemy vision as they may immediately back away.
  • Also, if your enemies have huge teamfight AoEs, they may be specifically waiting for you to cast Phantasm in the middle of the fight to jump on you.
  • However, if all their abilities are meant to counter your army, it could be wise to keep it until they've blown some of them on different targets.
  • If that would be the case, it could be safer to use your illusions only to push towers, keeping your hero and the rest of your team safely behind. The illusions long duration should even enable you to split push a bit to make counter the enemy's teamfight strategy.
  • Your illusions pack a huge punch. They will automatically attack whoever you're pulling with Reality Rift. This target may instantly blow up. Don't forget to micro-manage your illusions while that target is dead and Rift is on cooldown. The same is true if you're dead. If you're confident with your micro-management skills, the best strategy is probably to send one after every enemy hero, similarly to Spectre minimap icon.png Spectre's Haunt icon.png Haunt or try killing off supports, and against their buildings if you still have some left to spare.
  • Phantasm has a very long cooldown. It is generally unwise to use it as a last-ditch effort when you're about to die since it would still be on cooldown well after you've respawned. However, like Manta Style icon.png Manta Style and Mirror Image icon.png Mirror Image it does provide a short instant of invulnerability that can help you disjoint spells, such as Disruptor minimap icon.png Disruptor's Glimpse icon.png Glimpse.
    • The potential to disjoint spells can have an incredible impact on teamfights and the game overall, allowing you and your illusions to survive for longer and deal more damage.
  • Phantasm boasts the most powerful illusions in the game, creating an army that can boost Chaos Knight's damage output for up to 400%. When used in conjunction with Reality Rift and Chaos Bolt it is often possible to destroy the target before they get a chance for retaliation. Given that your illusions do full damage and are far more durable than illusions produced by any other hero always remember that even if your main hero dies your illusions still pose a very serious threat.

Items[edit]

Starting items:

  • Tango icon.png Tango heals so it helps Chaos Knight stay in lane.
  • Healing Salve icon.png Healing Salve restores health to Chaos Knight.
  • Enchanted Mango icon.png Enchanted Mango restores mana to Chaos Knight when used and also provides passive health regeneration.
  • Stout Shield icon.png Stout Shield blocks some damage from enemy heroes and creeps.

Early-game items:

Core items:

  • Power Treads icon.png Power Treads are easily the strongest boot on Chaos Knight, as they provide tankiness, which transfer to his illusions, and allow him to tread switch if he has a source of regeneration.
  • Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand provides burst health and mana, more than Magic Stick, as well as some attributes.
  • Armlet of Mordiggian (Inactive) icon.png Armlet of Mordiggian most cost effective item for Chaos Knight. It provides a very large amount of strength, which will transfer to his illusions if it is activated before Phantasm is used. As Chaos Knight's main source of damage is his illusions, this allows them to stick around much longer.
  • Drum of Endurance icon.png Drum of Endurance gives attributes and mana regeneration; its active ability provides attack speed and movement speed to help with ganks.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar provides a bit of tankiness and a bit of damage on top of much prized magic immunity. As magic immunity does not transfer to illusions, this is best when picked up against teams that can easily isolate the real Chaos Knight and either lock him down for a long period of time or burst him down with single target magical damage.
  • Manta Style icon.png Manta Style is a strong pickup on Chaos Knight if the enemy team does not have a way to clear out your illusions. They take more damage and deal less damage than the illusions made by Phantasm. However combined with a level 3 Phantasm, Reality Rift will completely surround and trap any enemy that does not have the ability to blink away, phase through, or instantly kill an illusion; this often guarantees a kill. Do not rush this item, Chaos Knight does not have enough health to ensure that the illusions will last and will just waste mana.
  • Heart of Tarrasque icon.png Heart of Tarrasque makes Chaos Knight and his illusions very durable, and gives them a nice damage boost. This also enables you to keep Armlet of Mordiggian permanently on, as the heart will regen faster than the health loss, resulting in a large amount of bonus strength, damage, and attack speed at all times.

Situational items:

  • Quelling Blade icon.png Quelling Blade boosts bonus attack damage against creeps, helpful when farming.
  • Echo Sabre icon.png Echo Sabre's double attacks will bring down enemies quicker; it also gives Chaos Knight strength and mana regeneration to stay in battles longer.
  • Assault Cuirass icon.png Assault Cuirass is a very strong pickup, giving Chaos Knight and the illusions armor and the much needed attack speed.
  • Heaven's Halberd icon.png Heaven's Halberd is a strong pickup for Chaos Knight late game, if there are strong right-click heroes on the enemy team, or when sange was brought instead of armlet
  • Satanic icon.png Satanic gives strength, which increases durability and damage. Its active ability allows Chaos Knight to stay in the fight much longer. Note that illusions do not lifesteal.
  • Urn of Shadows icon.png Urn of Shadows will provide Chaos Knight with early game regeneration and will allow Chaos Strike to be skipped until level 11. Should be core on a ganking Chaos Knight.
  • Eye of Skadi icon.png Eye of Skadi is the most efficient stat item in the game, second only to Armlet of Mordiggian (Inactive) icon.png Armlet of Mordiggian; It makes you and your illusions far stronger by giving you 25 strength and 25 agility, and with 25 intelligence it almost single-handedly fixes any mana issues Chaos Knight could have by giving nearly 600 points of raw mana and some regen.
  • Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade will give Chaos Knight's illusions Manabreak. Unlike other illusion heroes such as Phantom Lancer, which need the manabreak for damage, Chaos Knights does not need it for damage as a carry Chaos Knight's illusion usually will kill the target instantly after a Reality Rift. Only get it to counter heroes like Windranger minimap icon.png Windranger.
  • Moon Shard icon.png Moon Shard major boost on attack speed improve illusions survivability as it increase the chance to proc lifesteal from Chaos Strike.