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Chen icon.png
Strength attribute symbol.png
23 + 1.8
Agility attribute symbol.png
15 + 2.1
Intelligence primary attribute symbol.png
21 + 2.8
Level Base 1 15 25
Health 200 660 1160 1520
H. Regen 0 1.38 2.89 3.97
Mana 75 306 735 1043
M. Regen 0.01 0.85 2.42 3.54
Damage 22‒32 43‒53 82‒92 110‒120
Armor -1 1.14 5.34 8.34
Spell Dmg 0% 1.5% 4.3% 6.3%
Att / Sec 0.58 0.67 0.84 0.97
Movement Speed 300
Turn Rate 0.6
Vision Range 1800/800
Attack Range 600
Projectile Speed 1100
Attack Animation 0.5+0.5
Base Attack Time 1.7
Magic resistance 25%
Collision Size 24
Legs 2

Chen the Holy Knight is a ranged intelligence hero, renowned as a support that is difficult to learn due to heavy reliance on micromanagement, but once mastered can become a powerful ganker and one of the strongest early pushers in the game. His ability Holy Persuasion allows him to convert enemy and neutral creeps to his side, controlling them and using their abilities to his advantage. This makes him a strong jungler, and allows him to use those creeps' abilities during ganks to disable unwary enemies. To further aid his ability to gank, Chen has access to Penitence, which allows him to slow his foes while increasing the amount of damage they take, and Test of Faith, an unpredictable but strong Pure damage nuke. Test of Faith is also a strong utility spell that allows Chen to save his teammates from death by sending them back to his team's fountain, or to summon his flock to himself. Finally, his ultimate, Hand of God, is able to instantly heal all allies and units under Chen's control, globally all over the battlefield, allowing him to push and support no matter where he is.


Chen Chen, the Holy Knight
Play "You can learn faith at the end of a sword."
Role: Support Support / Jungler Jungler / Pusher Pusher
Lore: Born in the godless Hazhadal Barrens, Chen came of age among the outlaw tribes who eked out an existence in the shimmering heat of the desert. Using an ancient form of animal enthrallment, Chen’s people husbanded the hardy desert locuthi, a stunted species of burrowing dragon that melted desert sands into tubes of glass where twice-a-year rains collected. Always on the edge of starvation and thirst, fighting amongst their neighbors and each other, Chen’s clan made the mistake, one fateful day, of ambushing the wrong caravan.

In the vicious battle that followed, Chen’s clan was outmatched. The armored Knights of the Fold made short work of the enthralled locuthi, who attacked and died in waves. With their dragons dead, the tribesmen followed. Chen struggled, and slashed, and clawed, and perished—or would have. Defeated, on his knees, he faced his execution with humility, offering his neck to the blade. Moved by Chen’s obvious courage, the executioner halted his sword. Instead of the blade, Chen was given a choice: death or conversion. Chen took to the faith with a ferocity. He joined the Fold and earned his armor one bloody conversion at a time. Now, with the fanaticism of a convert, and with his powers of animal enthrallment at their peak, he seeks out unbelievers and introduces them to their final reward.
Voice: Eric Newsome (Responses)


Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Does not pierce spell immunity. Play
Penitence icon.png
Target Unit
Forces an enemy unit to move slower and take more damage from attacks and spells.
Cast Animation: 0.3+0.77
Cast Range: 800 (Talent 925)
Move Speed Slow: 18%/24%/30%/36%
Damage Amplification: 18%/24%/30%/36%
Duration: 8
Cooldown symbol.png 14/13/12/11
Mana symbol.png 70
Does not pierce spell immunity. Slow and damage amplification persist if debuff was placed before spell immunity and when not dispelled.
Debuff Penitence: Dispellable with any dispel.
Although Chen's brand of animal enthrallment isn't quite strong enough to control the minds of enemy heroes, it still tests their resolve in combat.


  • Penitence has an invisible, disjointable projectile which travels at a speed of 2000.
    • However, this projectile serves no purpose. It merely plays a sound effect and creates the glyphic symbols below the target upon reaching it.

Test of Faith
Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Does not pierce spell immunity. Play
Test of Faith icon.png
Target Unit
Deals random damage to test an enemy unit's faith.
Cast Animation: 0.3+0.77
Cast Range: 600 (Talent 725)
Min Damage: 50/100/150/200
Max Damage: 100/200/300/400
Cooldown symbol.png 16 (Talent 6)
Mana symbol.png 90/100/110/120
Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Particles still visually appear.
Knights of the Fold possess a fanatical form of magic that is considered quite unwieldy by most other users of arcane arts.


Test of Faith (Teleport)
Pierces spell immunity. Play
Test of Faith (Teleport) icon.png
Target Unit
Teleports an allied unit back to the base. Creeps are teleported instantly, while heroes have a delay before teleporting. If cast on Chen, all units controlled by Chen through Holy Persuasion will be teleported to him after a delay.
Cast Animation: 0.3+0.77
Cast Range: 600 (Talent 725)
Teleport Delay: 6/5/4/3
Cooldown symbol.png 24
Mana symbol.png 200
Buff Test of Faith Teleport: Dispellable with any dispel.


  • Leveling Test of Faith (Teleport) automatically levels Test of Faith icon.png Test of Faith as well.
  • Disjoints projectiles for the target upon teleporting it.
  • Allied non-hero units and lane creeps can be teleported as well, but like allied heroes, they are not teleported instantly.
  • When targeting own non-hero units, they are teleported instantly, meaning own illusions are teleported after the delay.
  • When targeting self, all units under Chen's control (excluding illusions, couriers and wards) are teleported towards Chen after the delay, not only creeps from Holy Persuasion icon.png Holy Persuasion.
    • The teleported units' destination is a small radius around Chen, so that Chen does not get stuck between them.

Holy Persuasion
Not blocked by Linken's Sphere. Pierces spell immunity. Play
Holy Persuasion icon.png
Target Unit
Enemy Units
Chen takes control of an enemy or neutral creep. If the persuaded creep's base health is naturally below the health minimum, its base health will be raised to the health minimum.
Cast Animation: 0.3+0.6
Cast Range: 800 (Talent 925)
Max Units: 1/2/3/4 (Talent 3/4/5/6)
Minimum Base Health: 700/800/900/1000 (Talent 1700/1800/1900/2000)
Cooldown symbol.png 10
Mana symbol.png 100
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. Holy Persuasion can target Ancient Creeps, maximum one per level of Hand of God.
Buff Holy Persuasion: Dispellable with any dispel.
Buff Dominated: Undispellable.
Although they may not be knights, Chen incorporates beasts into the Fold in the same way he himself was converted.


  • When persuading a new creep while already having the maximum amount, the oldest persuaded creep (including ancient creeps) dies.
    • When persuading an ancient creep while already having the maximum amount of them, the oldest persuaded ancient creep dies.
    • The death is not credited to anyone so that no one gets experience from it.
  • Fully restores the creep's mana. If the creep's maximum health is below given minimum base health value, its current and maximum health is set to that value.
  • If its health is equal to or above the minimum base health, then it does not get healed.
  • The health of creeps that are currently persuaded does not increase further upon leveling up Holy Persuasion or upon choosing the minimum health upgrading talent.
  • The Holy Persuasion buff has only informational purpose. Dispelling it only removes the status buff icon.
  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter upgraded Holy Persuasion allows 1 ancient creep to be persuaded per level of Hand of God icon.png Hand of God.
    • Ancient creeps are included in the maximum allowed units, so it does not allow Chen to have more creeps persuaded.
    • Can be cast on ancient creeps without having Hand of God leveled for no result, wasting the mana and cooldown.
    • The talent does not increase the amount of ancient creeps Chen can persuade.

Hand of God
Pierces spell immunity. Play
Hand of God icon.png
No Target
Heals all allied heroes on the map as well as all units under Chen's control.
Cast Animation: 0.3+0.93
Radius: Global
Heal: 225/350/475 (Talent 425/550/675)
Max Ancient Creeps Count: 0 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 1/2/3)
Cooldown symbol.png 160/140/120
Mana symbol.png 200/300/400
Using the mental link with his thralls, Chen calls down restoration and well-being to those who share his fanaticism.


  • All units owned by Chen are healed, including his illusions, summons and persuaded or dominated units.
  • Does not heal any allied non-hero units or illusions, except for hero clones.
  • The voice line upon cast is global for allies and not audible for enemies.


Hero Talents
+200 Hand of God icon.png Hand of God Heal 25 +2 Holy Persuasion icon.png Holy Persuasion Max Count
+1000 Creep Min Health 20 +120 Gold/Min
-10s Test of Faith icon.png Test of Faith Cooldown 15 +250 Health
+125 Cast Range 10 +30 Movement Speed
  • Upgrading health increases maximum health capacity and keeps the current health percentage.

Recommended items[edit]

Starting items:

  • Tango icon.png Tango and Healing Salve icon.png Healing Salve give Chen the ability to sustain his HP. Generally converted creeps should be used to tank neutral camps while jungling, however, so HP regen can be skipped for other items.
  • Clarity icon.png Clarity is useful for replenishing Chen's mana pool, which is important given how frequently Chen must cast Holy Persuasion icon.png Holy Persuasion while jungling. Keeping Chen's mana up allows him to jungle continuously.
  • Ring of Protection icon.png Ring of Protection gives Chen armor, useful for giving him physical survivability if he must tank creep attacks occasionally. It can be upgraded into a Ring of Basilius later.
  • Animal Courier (Radiant) icon.png Animal Courier is important to buy as a support. Since Chen can jungle fairly independently with only mana as a requirement, he is a good candidate for purchasing the courier.

Early game:

  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed give Chen more movement speed, crucial for moving between jungle camps faster, as well as for extra mobility while rotating for ganks with his creeps. Getting within range to cast Penitence icon.png Penitence on an enemy hero can slow them enough for follow-ups, and the same applies to being able to nuke them with Test of Faith icon.png Test of Faith.
  • Ring of Basilius (Active) icon.png Ring of Basilius is a good jungling item and pushing. It gives Chen additional attack damage as well as a mana aura, allowing him to maintain his mana pool more easily. The Basilius Aura also gives his creeps more armor, increasing their tankiness, and provides them with mana regen as well, allowing them to recover any mana expended while casting spells. The armor aura can be very powerful for pushing down early towers since allied creeps will survive for longer against tower hits.
  • Headdress icon.png Headdress is a useful early-game intermediary item to purchase. Its HP regen aura can allow Chen's creeps to recover their HP, allowing them to jungle more easily and ensuring that they are at full HP when used to gank enemies. Like Ring of Basilius, it is also a strong pushing aura that allows allied creeps to survive for longer during a tower siege.

Core items:

  • Arcane Boots icon.png Arcane Boots allow Chen to replenish his and his creeps' mana pools, ensuring that spells are always ready to be cast. As well, keeping allies' mana pools topped up allows them to use their abilities more often, useful when pushing towers.
  • Helm of the Dominator icon.png Helm of the Dominator gives one more creep and good stats and health regen.
  • Mekansm icon.png Mekansm, purchased early enough, allows Chen to push down towers very quickly as he can heal his creeps and teammates to prevent the enemy from easily defending. In teamfights, it gives Chen an additional ability with which to heal his team, on top of Hand of God icon.png Hand of God.
  • Observer Ward icon.png Observer Ward are crucial to purchase regularly as Chen, both as a support and as a pusher. Providing map vision to his team allows Chen to keep an eye on enemy movements, which in turn allows him to position himself and his creeps to best meet the threat, or to push an undefended tower.

Situational items:

  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter Chen gains the ability to cast Holy Persuasion on ancient creeps, which can bolster his pushing ability as well as set him up for the late game.
  • Vladmir's Offering icon.png Vladmir's Offering is a strong teamfight and pushing aura that greatly benefits Chen's creeps. The armor aura greatly increases his creeps' survivability against physical attacks and tower hits, and the mana aura lets them recover mana more readily for casting spells. The lifesteal can allow creeps, both converted and allied lane creeps, to maintain their HP during pushes and become a bigger threat against towers.
  • Scythe of Vyse icon.png Scythe of Vyse gives Chen all-around attributes and greatly increased casting ability. The Hex gives Chen a targeted instant hard-disable which is very powerful in teamfights and ganks, as it can set up chain-disables with Chen's creeps.
  • Necronomicon 1 icon.png Necronomicon gives Chen yet more minions to control, greatly increasing his pushing, teamfighting and ganking power. The summons can be used to push towers, hinder enemies during teamfights, add more damage output during a gank, and at level 3 provide True Sight when needed. The item also provides bonus strength for increased HP, and bonus intelligence for more attack damage and casting ability.
  • Drum of Endurance icon.png Drum of Endurance gives Chen all-around attributes, increasing his survivability and giving him a larger mana pool. The aura gives him yet another way to strengthen his converted creeps, and the active can allow Chen and his creeps to move more swiftly to chase down a gank target or escape enemy pursuers.
  • Ghost Scepter icon.png Ghost Scepter allows Chen to temporary ignore physical damage, crucial for enhancing his survivability in fights. The inability to attack is of little hindrance to Chen, since he relies on casting his spells and using his creeps' abilities more than on his auto-attacks.
  • Flying Courier (Radiant) icon.png Flying Courier is important to purchase for your team in the early game, in order to give it the mobility it needs to quickly deliver items to your teammates.
  • Town Portal Scroll icon.png Town Portal Scroll is crucial to have on Chen at all times, since he must be constantly active in the early game while he has the advantage. Moving himself around the map to participate in ganks and pushes allows him to make his presence felt by the enemy.
  • Smoke of Deceit icon.png Smoke of Deceit can be powerful to carry on Chen all the time. It can provide invisibility to himself and his creeps, as well as a movement speed boost, allowing them to quickly and stealthily traverse the map in order to set up a gank on the enemy in a different lane.
  • Sentry Ward icon.png Sentry Ward should be purchased regularly alongside Observer Wards in order to deny the enemy map vision. As well, it may be necessary to purchase these to remove any enemy wards that may be blocking Chen's neutral camps, preventing him from farming during the laning stage.
  • Medallion of Courage icon.png Medallion of Courage allows Chen to apply an armor debuff on the enemy from range, stacking alongside Penitence to increase a target's vulnerability to damage. It can be further upgraded into a Solar Crest icon.png Solar Crest to further amplify its effects.
  • Glimmer Cape icon.png Glimmer Cape gives Chen yet another way to protect his teammates from the enemy, cloaking them in invisibility while also increasing their magic resistance. The active can also be cast on a converted creep to help it get closer to an enemy to initiate with a disable.
  • Force Staff icon.png Force Staff is very powerful in Chen's hands. It gives him more intelligence and HP regen, allowing Chen to cast his spells more readily. The active can quickly re-position Chen either to initiate or escape, and do the same for allies. The active can also be cast on a creep to give it a quick burst of movement to get within range for a disable.
  • Boots of Travel 1 icon.png Boots of Travel allows Chen to push and gank much more effectively. By teleporting to friendly creeps or even his own, Chen can get in position to gank an enemy, further helped by the item's increased movement speed, or to push an undefended tower, using Test of Faith's teleport on himself to summon his flock to aid him as needed.
  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity is a cheap mana item that gives Chen some powerful benefits. The increased intelligence and mana regen help Chen to cast his spells more frequently, and the bonus movement speed helps him with mobility for ganking, chasing and escaping. The active also allows him to make himself temporarily invulnerable if jumped on by the enemy, can remove debuffs from himself, or can be cast on an enemy to disable them long enough for a creep to disable them further.
  • Pipe of Insight icon.png Pipe of Insight is a powerful teamfight item. It grants increased magic resistance to Chen, while providing an aura that gives his team and his creeps HP regen and magic resistance. The active can be used to protect his congregation, preventing the enemy from instantly bursting them down with magic nukes.
  • Heaven's Halberd icon.png Heaven's Halberd is a survivability and support item that gives Chen increased utility. The extra HP and evasion help Chen to survive against enemy attacks more easily, and the active allows him to disarm the enemy from range, preventing them from attacking his teammates without dispelling the debuff.
  • Shiva's Guard icon.png Shiva's Guard gives Chen a powerful teamfight aura while also giving him powerful benefits. The bonus intelligence greatly increases the size of his mana pool, while the armor helps with his survivability against physical damage. The aura reduces the effectiveness of enemy attacks, and the active ability can slow their movement speed and apply a damage nuke to them.
  • Guardian Greaves icon.png Guardian Greaves can be upgraded from Mekansm and Arcane Boots, giving Chen yet another inventory slot. The aura gives Chen's team a survivability advantage in fights, while the active can heal them, restore mana, and remove debuffs from Chen that may be preventing him from supporting his team.






  • Chen's fun names in DotA were Chechen and Jackie Chen, a pun on the name of the famed actor Jackie Chan.
  • Chen's death quote Play "My Leg" refers to a Spongebob Squarepants running gag.