Hood of Defiance

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Hood of Defiance
Hood of Defiance icon.png
A furred, magic resistant headpiece that is feared by wizards.
Bought From
Active Barrier
Bonus [?] +8.5 Health Regeneration
+20% Magic Resistance
Disassemble? No
Alert allies? No
Eternal Shroud (3300)
Pipe of Insight (3475)
UsedIn2.pngHood of Defiance (1500)Components3.png
Ring of Health (825)
Cloak (500)
Ring of Regen (175)

The Hood of Defiance is an item purchasable at the Main Shop, under Armor.

Additional information[edit]

  • Stacks multiplicatively with other sources of magic resistance.
  • Increases most heroes' total magic resistance to 40%, assuming basic 25% magic resistance and no other sources of magic resistance.


No Target
Creates a spell shield that absorbs up to 325 magical damage. Lasts 12 seconds.
Magical Damage Absorbed: 325
Duration: 12
Cooldown: 60
Mana: 75
Buff modifier_item_hood_of_defiance_barrier: Dispellable with death only.


  • Interrupts the user's channeling spells upon cast.
  • Only blocks magical damage, coming from spells and attacks. Does not block any physical or pure damage.
  • Recasting Barrier refreshes the buff and resets the barrier's absorb capacity.
  • Does not stack with other magical damage barriers.
    • If multiple sources of barriers are active on a unit, all of them lose capacity from the same absorbed damage instance.
    • However, if a damage instance is greater than the capacity of all barriers individually, the damage gets blocked as if the barriers were one barrier with combined capacity.

Recommended heroes[edit]

Core: Pudge minimap icon.png Pudge, Centaur Warrunner minimap icon.png Centaur Warrunner

Situational: Every hero that has the Hood of Defiance as default situational item.


  • This item can be purchased by a nuker against enemies carrying a Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail.
  • The Barrier can be used to keep your Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger active. It is useful for an initiator against an enemy team with a radiance or to escape if caught in a gank.


  • Prior to the July 14, 2017 Patch, Hood of Defiance's active ability, Barrier, did not have an official name. The name was taken from the Dota 2 Wiki and officially implemented into Dota 2.