Critical strike

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Critical strike is a passive ability that gives a chance to deal bonus damage on a successful attack.


Wraith King performing a critical strike. The red number displays the resulting physical damage before reductions.

Critical strike is defined by two values: the critical chance and the critical damage multiplier.

Critical damage is physical damage and is reduced by various types of armor. When a critical strike triggers, the unit's attack damage number visible in the HUD gets multiplied by the critical strike's factor. The result of this multiplication shows up as a red number above the target if the attack successfully hits it. This means that the red number displays the damage before any kind of damage reduction or amplification the attack target has. This also goes for illusions. The red number shows the result of the illusion's attack damage multiplied by the factor, before it gets reduced by the illusion's outgoing damage reduction and armor. Critical strike does not work against buildings, and only very few work against wards. Because critical strike multiplies the attack damage of a unit, after attack damage modifiers, it is a scaling ability (unlike the damage of e.g. Monkey King Bar icon.png Pierce).

All critical strikes are subject to pseudo-random distribution.

A ranged critical strike is calculated on projectile ejection rather than on impact. For example a unit which already lost the Bloodthorn icon.png Soul Rend debuff on impact, still gets struck by critical hit.


Multiple critical strike abilities do not independently stack, as they cannot trigger on the same hit.

Interaction with other passive abilities[edit]

  • Lifesteal: Lifesteal is calculated after critical strikes, which means that it increases the amount of life you steal.
  • Cleave: Cleave is calculated after critical strikes, which means it deals increased damage to all units within the cleave radius.
  • Bash: Bashes and critical strikes can proc on the same attack, and are never multiplied.
  • Illusions: Illusions can use the critical strike ability (red critical numbers are before illusion and armor reduction). Pseudo-critical strikes cannot be used by illusions.

Sources of chance-based critical strike[edit]

  • Critical Strike (Alpha Wolf) icon.png
    Proc Chance: 20%
    Critical Damage: 200%
    Average DPS Increase: 20%
  • Bloodthorn icon.png
    Proc Chance: 20%
    Critical Damage: 175%
    Average DPS Increase: 15%
  • Drunken Brawler icon.png
    Proc Chance: 10%/15%/20%/25% (Talent25%/30%/35%/40%)
    Critical Damage: 230%
    Average DPS Increase: 13%/19.5%/26%/32.5% (Talent Lua error: Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character "["..)
    Also grants Brewmaster a guaranteed critical strike when he does not attack for 13/12/11/10 seconds.
  • Chaos Strike icon.png
    Proc Chance: 12%
    Critical Damage: 125%/175%/225%/275%
    Average DPS Increase: 3%/9%/15%/21%
    Provides 75% lifesteal upon a successful Chaos Strike.
  • Crystalys icon.png
    Proc Chance: 20%
    Critical Damage: 175%
    Average DPS Increase: 15%
  • Daedalus icon.png
    Proc Chance: 30%
    Critical Damage: 235%
    Average DPS Increase: 40.5%
  • Blade Dance icon.png
    Proc Chance: 20%/25%/30%/35%
    Critical Damage: 180%
    Average DPS Increase: 16%/20%/24%/28%
  • Shapeshift icon.png
    Proc Chance: 40%
    Critical Damage: 160%/180%/200%
    Average DPS Increase: 24%/32%/40%
    Affects all units under Lycan's control during Shapeshift.
  • Coup de Grace icon.png
    Proc Chance: 15% (Talent 20%)
    Critical Damage: 230%/340%/450%
    Average DPS Increase: 19.5%/36%/52.5% (Talent 26%/48%/70%).
  • Mortal Strike icon.png
    Proc Chance: 9%/11%/13%/15%
    Critical Damage: 300%
    Average DPS Increase: 18%/22%/26%/30%
    Instantly kills non-player, non-ancient units. Also works against wards.

Other sources[edit]

The following abilities involve a critical strike mechanic, although they are not triggered as a chance on attack.

  • Bloodthorn icon.png
    Critical Damage: 140%
    Causes all attacks against the targeted enemy to be critical strikes.
  • Jinada icon.png
    Critical Damage: 150%/175%/200%/225% (Talent 275%/300%/325%/350%)
    Cooldown: 12/10/8/6
    Passively gives a guaranteed critical strike to Bounty Hunter's next attack.
  • Boundless Strike icon.png
    Critical Damage: 150%/175%/200%/225% (Talent 250%/275%/300%/325%)
    Hits all enemies within its range with a critical strike.
  • Assassinate icon.png
    Critical Damage: 0 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 280%)
    Requires Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter. Hits all enemy heroes marked within the area.
  • Walrus Punch icon.png
    Critical Damage: 350% (Talent 450%)
    Attacks with a guaranteed critical strike when used.
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