Riki, the Stealth Assassin, is a melee agility hero that uses stealth in order to surprise enemies and quickly kill them. Usually being played as a carry, his trademark ability, Cloak and Dagger, lets him sneak up on his enemies from behind and deal massive backstab damage, and then quickly escape. This enables him to close in on the enemy and drop his devastating Smoke Screen, which cripples fighters and spellcasters alike. Blink Strike allows Riki to chase with impunity, while Tricks of the Trade makes quick work of his enemies during teamfights. A sneaky and agile assassin, Riki ensures that none of his foes can get away or catch him with each passing opportunity.
- Riki gets all 2 charges immediately upon learning Blink Strike.
- The bonus damage is independent from Riki's attack damage and is instantly dealt to the target.
- Always teleports Riki behind the target.
- Does not disjoint projectiles upon teleporting.
- When targeting an enemy, Riki receives the
- This buff makes his next attack apply an ensured backstab hit with , regardless of angle.
- This means when the target manages to turn around before Riki's attack hits, it still applies the backstab.
- The buff lasts for 1 attack, or for up to 1 second, whichever happens first.
- The buff is used up upon starting an attack, not upon landing it, so canceling or missing the attack wastes it.
- The 1 second duration allows Riki to use the ensured backstab against other units than the Blink Strike target if quick enough.
- Riki is ordered to attack the target if it is an enemy.
- Can be cast on allies without damaging them.
- Cannot be cast on couriers.
- Tricks of the Trade disjoints projectiles upon cast.
- Certain items which do not cancel channeling spells (e.g. or ) do cancel Tricks of the Trade.
- Riki is invulnerable and hidden during Tricks of the Trade, turning him to an invalid target for every spell.
- Riki is phased during Tricks of the Trade, so that other units can pass through.
- Causes Riki to perform instant attacks on a random enemy unit within range on each interval, starting immediately on cast.
- The instant attacks can proc any attack modifier or any on-hit effect like regular attacks.
- If Riki is blinded, the attacks can miss, unless he has True Strike. They can also miss to evasion.
- The instant attacks completely ignore disarms, so Riki still attacks normally during Tricks of the Trade.
- The instant attacks do not break 's invisibility, although it visually goes on cooldown.
- The instant attacks of Tricks of the Trade do not break 's invisibility.
- The instant attacks completely ignore attack immune enemies.
- The instant attacks always trigger a backstab from Cloak and Dagger, based on its current level.
- On each instant attack, Riki's facing angle is changed to match the target's direction, which causes the backstab to apply.
- This means once Tricks of the Trade ends, Riki's facing angle is not the same as it was upon cast, but matches the last target's angle.
- The visual effects indicating Tricks of the Trade's attack radius are visible to both allies and enemies.
- The radius is always centered on Riki and follows him even when he gets moved (e.g.
- However, the radius indicating visual effects on the ground do not follow Riki, and stay at the cast location.
- When upgraded with
, Riki can target an allied hero with Tricks of the Trade.
- Riki and all of the spell's effects then follow the allied hero. He still remains hidden.
- Does not end when the target dies. The ability continues at its corpse's location. It is still bound to the ally, so when it resurrects, it follows it still.
- Cannot target creep-heroes. Can target illusions.
- Riki does not automatically attack enemies while invisible.
- When respawning or reincarnating, Riki starts off invisible and does not need to go through the fade delay.
- Casting spells or using items does not break the invisibility.
- The ability icon shows a cooldown whenever the invisibility is broken. However, this has only informative purposes.
- Backstab damage is applied when attacking and denying allies.
- The bonus damage is dealt in one instance together with the attack damage, and counts as attack damage as well.
- The sound effect plays at the start of the attack, but the damage is applied on hit.
|+20 Attack Speed||10||+6 Health Regen|
- Level 15 right talent: +25 attack damage reduced to +20.
- Level 20 right talent: +0.4 backstab multiplier increased to +0.5.
- Level 25 left talent changed: invisibility no longer breaks on attacks -> +125 radius.
- Level 10 left talent: +25 attack speed reduced to +20.
- Level 10 right talent: +8 health regen reduced to +6.
- Level 15 left talent: -5s cooldown reduced to -4s.
- Level 15 right talent: +30 attack damage reduced to +25.
- Level 20 left talent: +600 cast range reduced to +475.
- Level 20 right talent: +0.5 backstab multiplier reduced to +0.4.
- Level 25 right talent: -7s cooldown reduced to -6s.
- regenerates health so Riki can stay longer in lane and reach level 6 sooner.
- restores health as well.
- gives cheap attributes and builds into Magic Wand, or Riki can use it with Tango to get more health.
- increases agility for Riki to last hit; it builds into Wraith Band later on.
- replaces your consumables with an alternative source of recovery, and is particularly useful if the enemy team includes heroes that rely on abilities.
- provide movement speed, allowing Riki to keep pace with fleeing heroes while Blink Strike is on cooldown.
- helps secure kills with its movement slow and helps compensate for Riki's own horrible movement speed.
- give Riki increased attack speed as well as a further bonus to attributes, which help increasing Cloak and Dagger's damage output.
- , upgraded from , gives better attribute bonuses and a better healing ability.
- provides a way to slow fleeing heroes, keeping them in Smoke Screen, as well as burning mana from casters for extra damage. It also boosts agility which will increase Cloak and Dagger's backstab damage.
- provides increased damage and strength, which is always nice on a right-click hero that gets close for kills, like Riki. In addition, the Bash is useful for keeping enemies inside the Smoke Screen.
- provides a huge increase in both survivability and damage, as well as attack speed. It also boosts your agility which scales well with Cloak and Dagger's backstab damage.
- allows Riki to cancel channeled spells with its stun and bash, as well as continuing to lock-down opponents once they have acquired .
- mute and dispel complements Smoke Screen's silence and miss to disable enemies further, countering and preventing them from using defensive abilities and items like . 's movement speed slow keeps enemies inside Trick of the Trade. Furthermore, the
- is a good early to mid game pickup, as it makes everyone faster and gives Riki attributes and mana regeneration.
- allows Riki to effectively fight in team-fights and get kills against opponents that have strong disables.
- give great attribute bonuses, as well as attack damage.
- gives attributes across the board as well as a flat health and mana pool bonus, allowing Riki to take more hits, deal more damage and use more abilities. It also gives a powerful, spell immunity piercing slow that will prevent your target from escaping.
- allows Riki to initiate using Blink Strike and Tricks of the Trade, then safely blinking away just before Tricks of the Trade finishes.
- can be used to dispel debuffs, including . Riki can use the illusions to scout, and as targets for Blink Strike when escaping.
- can proc with Tricks of the Trade, but only up to once per strike due to the item's internal cooldown of 0.2 seconds.
- doubles the duration of Tricks of the Trade and allows him to cast it on an allied hero, increasing his potential in teamfights.
|Roles:||Carry Escape Disabler|
|Playstyle:||The soldiers came for his father, and his brothers, but not for Riki. For once, it was good to be the neglected middle child. Leaving his past life behind, Riki escaped the royal grounds using his own methods of Cloak and Dagger. Stealthy and fond of killing from behind, Riki throws down a dense Smoke Screen, blinding and choking foes as he takes them by surprise with Blink Strike. Intruders who enter his turf are greeted with twin daggers, flashes of steel that slash simultaneously at every turned back, while the master himself remains unseen. How this feat is accomplished remains a mystery, for Riki is not one to divulge the Tricks of the Trade.|
- In DotA, Riki was named "Rikimaru", a reference to one of the main characters in the Tenchu video game series.
- Riki's fun/alternate name was Riki Martin, which is a pun on Ricky Martin, a famous Latino pop singer.
- Riki's line upon dying, ▶️ "Good assassins never die… they just fade away.'", is a reference to a quote by General Douglas MacArthur, "Old soldiers never die; they just fade away."
- Riki's line ▶️ "There are none so stabbed as those who will not see." is a reference to a proverb: "There are none so blind as those who will not see."
- Riki's line ▶️ "I speak softly, but carry a sharp knife." is a reference to the West African Proverb "Speak softly and carry a big stick.", popularized by U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt.