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Maelstrom

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Maelstrom
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Maelstrom icon.png
A hammer forged for the gods themselves, Maelstrom allows its user to harness the power of lightning.
Cost
2800 (700)
Bought From
Artifacts
Passive Chain Lightning
Bonus +25 Attack speed
+24 Attack damage
Disassemble? No
Alert allies? No
Recipe
Mjollnir (5700)
UsedIn1.pngMaelstrom (2800)Components3.png
Mithril Hammer (1600)
Gloves of Haste (500)
Recipe (700)

The Maelstrom is an item purchasable at the Main Shop, under Artifacts.

Ability[edit]

Chain Lightning
Ability
Passive
Affects
Enemies
Damage
Magical
Grants a 25% chance on attack to release a bolt of electricity that leaps between 4 targets within a 900 radius, dealing 120 magical damage to each.
Proc Chance: 25%
Bounce Distance: 900
Number of Bounces: 4
Bounce Interval: 0.25
Damage: 120
Cooldown symbol.png 0.2
Partially pierces spell immunity. Can proc on and attempts to damage spell immune enemies. Cannot bounce to spell immune enemies.
Modifiers
Buff Maelstrom Chain: Undispellable.

Notes:

  • Does not stack with the Chain Lightning of Mjollnir icon.png Mjollnir or other Maelstroms.
  • When obtaining multiple items with the Chain Lightning ability, only the one that has been continuously the longest in the inventory works.
  • The lightning bounces in 0.25 second intervals, so hitting max targets takes 0.75 seconds.
  • Can never hit the same unit twice per proc.
  • Can only proc on successfully hit attacks, thus missed attacks cannot proc.
  • Chain Lightning can proc while a previous chain lightning is still bouncing.
  • The Maelstrom Chain buff is a hidden buff required for the lightning to jump.
  • Chain Lightning does not use a regular cooldown. It is neither displayed on the item icon when proccing, nor is it affected by cooldown manipulating effects.


Recommended heroes[edit]

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Sniper
  • Chain Lightning increases Sniper's farm speed, allowing Sniper to get more items quickly as a carry.
  • Sniper's long range from Take Aim icon.png Take Aim allows him to safely clear waves. This makes it an essential item in base defense situations.
Alchemist icon.png
Alchemist
  • Alchemist's increased attack speed while in effect of Chemical Rage icon.png Chemical Rage increases the chances of Chain Lightning proc, increasing the item effectiveness even more.
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Windranger

Tips[edit]

  • Maelstrom is the third most cost effective DPS item in the game after Mask of Madness icon.png Mask of Madness and a Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade (agility heroes).
  • Maelstrom is a very good item for speeding up farming. If the extra experience is not needed, it is good alternative to the Hand of Midas icon.png Hand of Midas. Since the lightning has a huge bounce range, it can be used to damage multiple camps at once when farming in the woods, if vision over the camps is present.
  • It is also great to deal with illusions or mass-summons like Broodmother minimap icon.png Broodmother's spiders, Nature's Prophet minimap icon.png Nature's Prophet's treants, etc. Especially useful for ranged heroes that lack area damage, since they cannot make use of cleave.
  • The Chain Lightning deals magical damage which ignores armor and Damage Block, making it good against heroes that get a Vanguard, or Tidehunter with his Kraken Shell, and against heroes with high armor like Dragon Knight minimap icon.png Dragon Knight or Terrorblade minimap icon.png Terrorblade.
  • Consider buying an Infused Raindrop icon.png Infused Raindrop to counter Maelstrom's Chain Lightning damage.
  • The maelstrom is effective to defend against mega creep.

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