Dragon Knight

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Dragon Knight
Dragon Knight icon.png
Strength attribute symbol.png
Agility attribute symbol.png
Intelligence attribute symbol.png
21 + 3.4
19 + 2
18 + 1.7
Level 0 1 15 25 30
Health 200 620 1560 2240 2580
Health regen 0 2.1 6.86 10.26 11.96
Mana 75 291 567 771 879
Mana regen 0 0.9 2.09 2.94 3.37
Armor 0 3.17 7.83 11.17 12.83
Att/sec 0.59 0.7 0.86 0.98 1.04
Damage 31‒37 52‒58 99‒105 133‒139 150‒156
Magic resistance 25%
▶️ Movement speed 310
▶️ Attack speed 100
Turn rate 0.6
Vision range 1800/800
Attack range 150
Projectile speed Instant
Attack animation 0.5+0.5
Base attack time 1.7
Damage block 8
Collision size 24
Gib type Default

Davion, the Dragon Knight, is a durable melee strength hero with a relatively straightforward and yet versatile skill set. He has both an area-of-effect nuke and a lengthy single-target stun, giving him excellent farming and ganking capabilities. Though he has no real escape ability, his Dragon Blood provides him a hefty amount of armor and regen, making him capable of withstanding strong physical hits and recovering quickly. He is still very vulnerable in the early game, however, and needs to farm and stay alive in order to be effective in later stages. If he has enough levels and farm, Dragon Knight is very formidable in the late game due to his strong ultimate, Elder Dragon Form, which transforms him into a legendary dragon with a ranged attack, capable of eliminating multiple enemies at once.


Dragon Knight minimap icon.pngDavion, the Dragon Knight
▶️ "The Dragon Slyrak sleeps within this armor, and the knight within the Dragon waits. Beware you do not wake them both."
After years on the trail of a legendary Eldwurm, the skilled dragon-slayer found himself facing a disappointing foe: the dreaded Slyrak had grown ancient and frail, its wings tattered, its few remaining scales stricken with scale-rot, its fangs ground to nubs, and its fire-gouts no more threatening than a pack of wet matchsticks. Seeing no honor to be gained in dragon-murder, the young knight prepared to turn away and leave his old foe to die in peace. But a voice crept into his thoughts, and Slyrak gave a whispered plea that the knight might honor him with death in combat. The knight agreed, and found himself rewarded beyond expectation for his act of mercy: As he sank his blade in Slyrak's breast, the dragon sank a claw into his throat. As their blood mingled, Slyrak sent his power out along the Blood Route, offering all its strength and centuries of wisdom to the knight. The dragon's death sealed their bond, and Dragon Knight was born. The ancient power slumbers in the knight, waking when he calls it; or perhaps it is the Dragon that calls the Knight...


Breathe Fire
Breathe Fire icon.png
Unleashes a breath of fire in front of Dragon Knight that burns enemies and reduces the damage their attacks deal.
Cast Animation: 0.2+0.47
Cast Range: 600
Starting Radius: 150
Travel Distance: 750
End Radius: 250
Damage: 90/170/240/300
Attack Damage Reduction: 25% (Talent 49%)
Reduction Duration: 11
Cooldown: 14/13/12/11 (With talent: 11.9/11.05/10.2/9.35)
Mana: 100/110/120/130
Does not pierce spell immunity. Attack damage reduction persists if debuff was placed before spell immunity and when not dispelled.
Can directly target spell immune units, launching the fire in their direction.
Debuff modifier_dragonknight_breathefire_reduction: Dispellable with any dispel.
Knight Davion's breath has become that of the mighty Eldwurm Slyrak, remembered for burning numerous other knights to a crisp.


  • Breathe Fire travels at a speed of 1050.
  • Can hit units up to 1000 range away (travel distance + end radius).
  • The complete area is shaped like a cone.
  • Reduces hit targets' total attack damage, including raw damage bonuses.
  • The fire first applies the damage, then the debuff.

Dragon Tail
Dragon Tail icon.png
Dragon Knight smites an enemy unit in melee range with his shield, stunning it while dealing minor damage. When in Elder Dragon Form, the cast range increases to 400.
Cast Animation: 0+0.5
Cast Range: 150
Damage: 25/50/75/100
Stun Duration: 2.5/2.75/3/3.25 (Talent 4.1/4.35/4.6/4.85)
Cooldown: 12/11/10/9 (With talent: 10.2/9.35/8.5/7.65)
Mana: 100
Can be disjointed. The projectile used during Elder Dragon Form can be disjointed.
Debuff modifier_stunned: Dispellable with strong dispels.
Davion's combination of dragon talents and knightly skills makes him a vicious opponent in melee combat.


  • While in Elder Dragon Form, Dragon Tail has a cast range of 400 and uses a projectile, instead of being instant.
    • The projectile travels at a speed of 1600.
  • In human form, the spell does not rely on a projectile, meaning it cannot be disjointed.
  • Dragon Tail first applies the damage, then the debuff.

Dragon Blood
Partially usable by illusions. Disabled by Break.
Dragon Blood icon.png
The life blood of the Dragon improves health regeneration and strengthens armor.
Health Regen Bonus: 4/8/12/16 (Talent 7.2/14.4/21.6/28.8)
Armor Bonus: 3/6/9/12 (Talent 5.4/10.8/16.2/21.6)
Partially usable by illusions. Illusions benefit from the health regeneration, but not from the armor.
Buff modifier_dragon_knight_dragon_blood: Undispellable. Persists death.
Slyrak's blood still courses through Davion's veins, giving him twice the vitality of an ordinary knight.


  • Can regenerate up to 240/480/720/960 (Talent 432/864/1296/1728) health in one minute.

Elder Dragon Form icon.png
No Target
Self / Enemies
Dragon Knight takes the form of one of three powerful elder dragons, increasing his speed, and Dragon Tail's range, while granting him new powers.
LEVEL 1 Green Dragon - Corrosive Breath: attacks deal 20 poison damage per second for 5 seconds. Works on structures.
LEVEL 2 Red Dragon - Splash Attack: attacks damage all enemy units in a 300 radius for 0%/75%/75%/115%, with Corrosive Breath added to the targets.
LEVEL 3 Blue Dragon - Frost Breath: slows movement speed by 40% and attack speed by 40 of enemy units in Splash Attack range for 3 seconds, with Corrosive Breath added to the targets.
Cast Animation: 0+0.5
Attack Range Bonus: 350
Move Speed Bonus: 25
Magic Resistance Bonus: 0%/0%/0% (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. /40%)
Dragon Tail Cast Range Bonus: 250
Dragon Form Duration: 60
Corrosive Breath Damage per Second: 20/20/20 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. /30)
Corrosive Breath Debuff Duration: 5
Splash Attack Radius: 300
Splash Attack Damage: 0%/75%/75% (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. /115%)
Frost Breath Radius: 300
Frost Breath Movement Speed Slow: 0%/0%/40% (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. /60%)
Frost Breath Attack Speed Slow: 0/0/40 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. /60)
Frost Breath Debuff Duration: 3
Cooldown: 115 (With talent: 97.75)
Mana: 50
Aghanim's upgrade: Increases the level of your ultimate. Adds a 4th level, Black Dragon. Black Dragon has bonus Corrosive Damage, Splash Damage, and Slow amount, free pathing and grants additional Magic resistance.
Partially pierces spell immunity. Poison and frost breath do not pierce spell immunity. Splash pierces spell immunity.
Corrosive Breath attempts to damage spell immune enemies when placed before spell immunity and when not dispelled.
Partially usable by illusions. The Corrosive Breath debuff placed by an illusion deals no damage.
Buff modifier_dragon_knight_dragon_form: Dispellable with death only.
Buff modifier_dragon_knight_corrosive_breath: Dispellable with death only.
Buff modifier_dragon_knight_splash_attack: Dispellable with death only.
Buff modifier_dragon_knight_frost_breath: Dispellable with death only.
Debuff modifier_dragon_knight_corrosive_breath_dot: Dispellable with any dispel.
Debuff modifier_dragon_knight_frost_breath_slow: Dispellable with any dispel.
The dormant dragon power springs forth from within Davion, combining the powers of a legendary knight with a legendary Eldwurm.


  • Level 4 is only available while having Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter. The spell can still only be leveled 3 times, the Scepter automatically increases the level by 1.
  • Also gives Dragon Knight ranged attack properties. His attack projectiles travel at a speed of 900.
  • Level 1 transforms him into a green dragon, level 2 into a red dragon, level 3 into a blue dragon, and level 4 into a black dragon.
    • The black dragon form is 30% larger than the other forms.
  • Elder Dragon Form is fully canceled on death. The Dragon Form buff is hidden, only the 3 attack modifier buffs are displayed.
  • Successive casts of Elder Dragon Form refresh the duration and update the form, adapting to the current level of the spell.
  • Corrosive Breath: (Available for Level 1 and higher levels of Elder Dragon Form)
    • Places a debuff, which deals magical damage in 1 second intervals, starting 1 second after the debuff is applied, resulting in 5 instances.
    • When on level 2 or higher, the debuff is applied to all enemies within the splash radius.
    • Can deal up to 100/100/100 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. /150) damage to a unit (before reductions).
    • Does not work against wards, works against allied units.
    • Corrosive Breath fully affects buildings, meaning it can also be used to deny allied towers. However, buildings are only debuffed when directly attacked.
    • Successive hits do not stack, but refresh the duration.
    • The attacks first apply the debuff, then their own attack damage. However, on secondary targets, it first applies the splash damage, then the debuff.
    • When an attack misses or is disjointed, the debuff is not applied within the radius.
  • Splash Attack: (Available for Level 2 and higher levels of Elder Dragon Form)
    • When an attack misses or is disjointed, no splash damage is dealt.
    • Splash damage physical damage, and is affected by Damage Block.
    • Does not work against wards or buildings.
  • Frost Breath: (Available for Level 3 and higher levels of Elder Dragon Form)
    • Does not work against wards, buildings, or allied units.
    • Successive hits do not stack, but refresh the duration.
    • The attacks first apply the debuff, then their own attack damage. The splash damage is applied after the debuff as well.
    • When an attack misses or is disjointed, the slow is not applied within the radius.


Hero Talents
+1.6s Dragon Tail251.8x Dragon Blood HP Regen/Armor
+20 Strength attribute symbol.png Strength2015% Cooldown Reduction
+350 Health15+25 Damage
-24% Breathe Fire Damage Reduction10+2 Mana Regen
  • The health talent increases maximum health capacity, and keeps the current health percentage.
  • This attack damage talent is added as raw attack damage, so it does not benefit illusions, and is not affected by most percentage-based damage increasing or reducing effects.

Recent Changes[edit]

  • Increased base <a href="/Strength" title="Strength"><img alt="Strength attribute symbol.png" src="20?cb=20180323111829" decoding="async" width="20" height="20" class="noprint" /></a> from 19 to 21.
  • Talents:
Level 10 right talent: +2.5 reduced to +2.
Level 15 left talent: +325 increased to +350.
  • Talents:
Level 10 left talent: +30% <a href="/Dragon_Knight" title="Dragon Knight"><img alt="" src="16?cb=20130710222354" decoding="async" width="16" height="16" class="noprint" /></a> attack damage reduction reduced to +24%.
Level 10 right talent: +3 reduced to +2.5.
Level 15 left talent: +400 reduced to +325.
Level 15 right talent: +30 reduced to +25.
Level 20 left talent: +25 <a href="/Strength" title="Strength"><img alt="Strength attribute symbol.png" src="20?cb=20180323111829" decoding="async" width="20" height="20" class="noprint" /></a> reduced to +20.
Level 20 right talent: 20% reduced to 15%.
Level 25 left talent: +2s <a href="/Dragon_Knight" title="Dragon Knight"><img alt="" src="16?cb=20130710222406" decoding="async" width="16" height="16" class="noprint" /></a> stun duration reduced to +1.6s.
Level 25 right talent: 2x <a href="/Dragon_Knight" title="Dragon Knight"><img alt="" src="16?cb=20130710222401" decoding="async" width="16" height="16" class="noprint" /></a> health regen/armor reduced to 1.8x.

Recommended items[edit]

Starting items:

  • Tango icon.png Tango regenerates health early on until Dragon Blood.
  • Clarity icon.png Clarity helps with Dragon Knight's small mana pool, allowing him to use Breathe Fire more often in lane.
  • Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branch gives nice attributes, and can be used to build a Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand.

Early game:

  • Quelling Blade icon.png Quelling Blade makes last hitting easier due to his low base damage.
  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed are compulsory because of the early speed boost they give.
  • Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick can help offset the damage of being harassed by spells, and provide a burst of HP and Mana to help win early fights.
  • Soul Ring icon.png Soul Ring is a useful item on Dragon Knight, as it allows him to farm using Breathe Fire constantly. The extra health regeneration from Soul Ring together with the regeneration from Dragon Blood offset the health loss.

Mid game:

  • Power Treads icon.png Power Treads increases attack speed, and also allows for attribute switching. Using Soul Ring while set to strength, then casting spells on intelligence minimizes the HP cost and maximizes the mana gained.
  • Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand is a natural upgrade for Magic stick, offering a larger potential burst of health and mana.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar is a crucial item to have in most games to prevent being disabled. With the added survivability, damage and spell immunity, you become more durable and able to jump into the fight with less risk of dying.

Late game:

  • Assault Cuirass icon.png Assault Cuirass gives attack speed and armor to you and surrounding allies. It also places a debuff on enemies, making them easier to kill. It is a good item if you have many attackers in your team.
  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter gives another level to your ultimate which allows you to become a black dragon. It also provides health, mana, and some decent stats. Upgrade to Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Blessing later on in order to free up an item slot.

Situational items:

  • Armlet of Mordiggian (Inactive) icon.png Armlet of Mordiggian is common choice for strength DPS heroes. HP regen from Dragon Blood effectively manages the HP consumed by an activated Armlet.
  • Shadow Blade icon.png Shadow Blade gives good mobility and ideal in games where Dragon Knight requires a way to initiate or gank the opposing team. The stealth allows you to initiate using your stun, and the bonus damage coming out of stealth is also helpful. Can be upgraded later into Silver Edge icon.png Silver Edge to break passive abilities.
  • Sange and Yasha icon.png Sange and Yasha provides you with a modest chunk of attributes, as well as increasing his move speed, and in the late game may be disassembled in order to build Heaven's Halberd icon.png Heaven's Halberd and/or Manta Style icon.png Manta Style.
  • Heaven's Halberd icon.png Heaven's Halberd is a good item for improving both offense and defensive: it gives more damage, more strength, and status resistance. The evasion stacks nicely with Dragon Knight's large HP pool and high armor, and the disarm effectively prevents the enemy carry from dealing damage.
  • Heart of Tarrasque icon.png Heart of Tarrasque is the best item to buy if you need to be tankier. Not only does it provide you with a massive HP boost and a passive ability to gain health more quickly, but it also adds strength which increases his attack damage.
  • Pipe of Insight icon.png Pipe of Insight gives more survivability and tankiness for both you and your team against magic damage, the bonus health regen is also very useful.
  • Satanic icon.png Satanic grants a sizeable strength boost, as well as damage and lifesteal, significantly increasing Dragon Knight's survivability.
  • Daedalus icon.png Daedalus makes you deal more damage, and gives you the chance to make critical hits.
  • Eye of Skadi icon.png Eye of Skadi provides a slow that pierces spell immunity, like the Frost Breath from your level 3 Dragon Form. Cold Attack combined with Frost Breath reduces an enemy's damage output significantly and makes it hard for enemy heroes to disengage from a fight once they are attacked by Dragon Knight. It also provides a huge health boost rivaling Heart of Tarrasque icon.png Heart of Tarrasque and can be considered as an offense-oriented replacement as it also provides intelligence that helps with your mana consumption, and agility which gives attack speed for more DPS and armor that increases your overall effective health.
  • Moon Shard icon.png Moon Shard can be considered as a final luxury when your team is far ahead.


Roles: Carry Carry Pusher Pusher Durable Durable Disabler Disabler Initiator Initiator Nuker Nuker
Complexity: ★☆☆
Playstyle: As Sir Davion slew Slyrak in arranged combat, the Eldwurm's blood mingled with his own, sealing their essences together. He was no longer a dragon-slayer, but a Dragon Knight. The infusion of Dragon Blood caused his wounds to heal with inhuman speed, and granted him great new powers. While nowhere as grand as Slyrak, he found himself with the ability to Breathe Fire, immolating packs of foes at once. But when Davion took on his Elder Dragon Form, he became the Eldwurm itself, and upon his awestruck enemies he rained projectiles of acid, fire, and ice.





  • In DotA, Dragon Knight's fun name was Trogdor, a character that first appeared in episode 58 of the "Strong Bad e-mail" show on the website HomestarRunner.com.
    • He also has an alternate name when he transforms with his ultimate in DotA, in which he is named "Arc Honist".
  • In The Lab, a VR game by Valve, there are some Bendie soldiers who wield Dragon Knight's sword in the minigame Longshot, along with other Dota 2 weapons like Axe's war axe, Huskar's spear and Stout Shield.