Mask of Madness

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Mask of Madness
Mask of Madness icon.png
Once this mask is worn, its bearer becomes an uncontrollable aggressive force.
Bought From
Active Berserk
Passive Lifesteal
Bonus +10 Attack speed
+20 Attack damage
Disassemble? Yes
Alert allies? No
Mask of Madness (1975)Components2.png
Morbid Mask (1100)
Quarterstaff (875)

The Mask of Madness is an item purchasable at the Main Shop, under Artifacts.


No Target
Gives 110 attack speed and 12% movement speed, but reduces your armor by 8 and silences you. Lasts 8 seconds.
Attack Speed Bonus: 110
Move Speed Bonus: 12%
Armor Reduction: 8
Duration: 8
Cooldown symbol.png 22
Mana symbol.png 25
Pierces spell immunity. Silence and armor reduction persists if debuff was placed before spell immunity and when not dispelled.
Buff Item Mask Of Madness Berserk: Dispellable with any dispel.


  • Does not interrupt the user's channeling spells upon cast.

Cannot be used by illusions. Pierces spell immunity.
Heals the attacker for 15% of attack damage dealt.
Lifesteal: 15%
Cannot be used by illusions. Lifesteal particles are visible on illusions, but they do not gain health from their attacks.


  • Stacks additively with other sources of lifesteal.

Recommended heroes[edit]

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Faceless Void
  • Once he jumps in with Time Walk icon.png Time Walk and places Chronosphere icon.png Chronosphere, Void can activate Berserk to increase damage output.
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  • Berserk combined with Moon Glaives icon.png Moon Glaives allows Luna to deal incredible damage across multiple enemies.
  • The silence is negligible as Luna can open a fight with Eclipse icon.png Eclipse, and not being able to cast Lucent Beam icon.png Lucent Beam is only a minor inconvenience later on.
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  • The attack speed increases the chances of Headshot icon.png Headshot triggering, allowing Sniper to deal more damage per second while keeping enemies at a distance.
  • Sniper's long attack range from Take Aim icon.png Take Aim and the slows from both Headshot icon.png Headshot and Shrapnel icon.png Shrapnel make it harder for enemies to get close to him, making the reduced armor less of an issue.
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  • After using Storm Hammer icon.png Storm Hammer, Warcry icon.png Warcry, and God's Strength icon.png God's Strength, Sven has very high armor and does not need to cast more spells, allowing him to kill enemies easily with high damage and attack speed.
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  • Berserk provides Terrorblade with a significant boost to pushing and farming speed. It can also be used in fights, but is slightly risky as it prevents the use of Sunder icon.png Sunder.
  • The debuff does little to inconvenience Terrorblade as he has high armor and can use Conjure Image icon.png Conjure Image and Metamorphosis icon.png Metamorphosis beforehand.
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  • The attack speed allows Ursa to quickly apply Fury Swipes icon.png Fury Swipes stacks to the enemy while Overpower icon.png Overpower is not active, as well as increasing his farming speed.
  • The damage reduction from Enrage icon.png Enrage, as well as Ursa's high Strength and overall tankiness, help Ursa mitigate the armor reduction.
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Wraith King
  • Mask of Madness provides bonus lifesteal on top of Vampiric Aura icon.png Vampiric Aura, and Berserk provides a significant increase to damage and movement speed.
  • The debuff is negligible on Wraith King due to his tankiness and Reincarnation icon.png Reincarnation, and he can cast Wraithfire Blast icon.png Wraithfire Blast before using Berserk.


  • Mask of Madness is the most cost-effective DPS and Attack Speed item in the game, costing only 16.46 gold per point of attack speed. The second best DPS item is the Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade for an agility hero then a Maelstrom icon.png Maelstrom.
  • Use your abilities before activating the Mask of Madness, particularly if you have a disable such as a stun.
    • The active is extremely useful while farming. Taking more physical damage is negligible when simply running between lanes or hitting lane or jungle creeps, especially when the item itself provides sustain by its lifesteal.
  • Mask of Madness can be disassembled in later stages of the game to help a hero build a Butterfly icon.png Butterfly, an Echo Sabre icon.png Echo Sabre or an Orchid Malevolence icon.png Orchid Malevolence from the Quarterstaff and a Vladmir's Offering icon.png Vladmir's Offering or a Satanic icon.png Satanic from the Morbid Mask.

Items synergy[edit]

  • Armlet of Mordiggian (Inactive) icon.png Armlet of Mordiggian: can negate MoM's armor reduction and MoM's lifesteal will negate health drain of Armlet.
  • Skull Basher icon.png Skull Basher: the high attack speed of the mask of madness synergize with the chance based Bash. The movement speed allows you to chase and the bash prevents your prey from hitting you back effectively.
  • Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail: will protect you from being focused while the Mask of Madness is active.
  • Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade: with an Agility hero to burn mana quickly with the massive attack speed bonus granted by the Berserk. You can lifesteal from Manabreak. The Diffusal Blade's active Purge can also apply a 100% movement slow.
  • Bloodthorn icon.png Bloodthorn: will make all your attack crits allowing you to deal a lot more damage and lifesteal quickly and also will silence your enemy from disabling you.
  • Shadow Blade icon.png Shadow Blade: it allows you to move at or close to the maximum movement speed. Activate the Mask of Madness before going invisible. It can also be used to escape.
  • Silver Edge icon.png Silver Edge: can reduce your enemy's damage output, making the negative armor debuff less threatening. You can increase your movement speed if you activate your mask of madness before getting invisible.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar: protects you from disablers and nukes.

Counter Items[edit]

  • Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail: will return the damage you take, the armor reduction debuff will make you return more damage than you take.
  • Heaven's Halberd icon.png Heaven's Halberd: will disarm your enemy, can disarm for 5 seconds a ranged hero (3 seconds against a melee).
  • Scythe of Vyse icon.png Scythe of Vyse: will make the enemy unable to attack for 3 seconds, escaping and using a Black King Bar.
  • Eye of Skadi icon.png Eye of Skadi: will slow your enemy, it's more effective to get it on a ranged hero against a melee hero.
  • Rod of Atos icon.png Rod of Atos: the root is powerful against a melee hero.
  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity: disable an enemy and allow you to escape.
  • Dragon Lance icon.png Dragon Lance, Aether Lens icon.png Aether Lens, and Dagon 1 icon.png Dagon: can be used to outrange an enemy.


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