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Riki icon.png
Strength attribute symbol.png
Agility attribute symbol.png
Intelligence attribute symbol.png
18 + 2.4
18 + 1.4
14 + 1.3
Level 0 1 15 25 30
Health 200 560 1220 1700 1940
Health regen 3 4.8 8.16 10.56 11.76
Mana 75 243 459 615 687
Mana regen 0 0.7 1.61 2.26 2.59
Armor 3 6 9.27 11.6 12.77
Att/sec 0.59 0.69 0.81 0.89 0.93
Damage 41‒45 59‒63 78‒82 92‒96 99‒103
Magic resistance 25%
▶️ Movement speed 320
▶️ Attack speed 100
Turn rate 0.6
Vision range 1800/800
Attack range 150
Projectile speed Instant
Attack animation 0.3+0.3
Base attack time 1.7
Damage block 8
Collision size 24
Gib type Default

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 minimap icon.pngRiki, the Stealth Assassin
▶️ "There are none so stabbed as those who will not see."
Riki was born middle child to the great dynasty of Tahlin. With an older brother groomed for the throne, and a younger brother coddled and kept, Riki, the small middle son, seemed born for the art of invisibility. It was an art he cultivated, and one which ultimately saved his life on the night that his people were betrayed and his family slaughtered. Of all the royal line, he alone escaped—small and agile, unassuming, using smoke as cover. He cut his way out of the royal grounds, using the advantage of surprise, quietly slitting the throats of one enemy warrior after another. Now free of his royal responsibilities, Riki uses his talents in service to a new trade: Stealth Assassin. He silences his enemies, sharpening his skills, hoping to one day take revenge on those who killed his family and robbed him of his birthright.


Smoke Screen
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Throws down a smoke bomb, silencing enemies, and causing them to miss attacks.
Cast Animation: 0.2+0
Cast Range: 550
Effect Radius: 280/310/340/370 (Talent 405/435/465/495)
Miss Chance: 25%/35%/45%/55%
Aura Linger Duration: 0.5
Duration: 6
Cooldown: 20/17/14/11 (With talent: 16/13/10/7)
Mana: 90
Does not pierce spell immunity. Although the debuff lingers, it does nothing when the target turns spell immune.
Buff modifier_riki_smoke_screen_thinker: Undispellable. Persists death.
Debuff modifier_riki_smoke_screen: Dispellable with death only.
Since his escape during the night of his betrayal, Riki has valued the use of a simple smoke screen to confuse his opponents.


  • All effects of Smoke Screen are provided by an aura. Its debuff lingers for 0.5 seconds.
  • Although the debuff lingers, it does nothing when the target turns invulnerable.

Blink Strike
Blink Strike icon.png
Self / Enemies
Teleports behind the target unit, striking for bonus damage if it is an enemy.
Cast Animation: 0.3+0
Cast Range: 600/700/800/900 (Talent 1075/1175/1275/1375)
Damage: 25/50/75/100
Number of Charges: 2
Charge Replenish Time: 25/20/15/10
Cooldown: 0.1
Mana: 50
Buff modifier_riki_blinkstrike: Dispellable with death only.
The Stealth Assassin's agile movement makes him impossible to escape.


  • 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.
  • Does not disjoint projectiles upon teleporting.
  • When targeting an enemy, Riki receives the Blinkstrike buff.
    • This buff makes his next attack apply an ensured backstab hit with Cloak and Dagger, 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.

Tricks of the Trade
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Self / Enemies
Riki phases out of the world while striking random enemy units from behind in an area around him.
Cast Animation: 0.3+0
Cast Range: 400 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 1000)
Max Channel Time: 2 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 3)
Radius: 450
Attack Count: 4 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 6)
Damage per Attack: 70%/80%/90%/100%
Cooldown: 21/18/15/12 (With talent: 15/12/9/6)
Mana: 50
Aghanim's upgrade: Increases duration, attacks, cast range and allows you to target an allied hero, hiding inside them for the duration.
Buff modifier_riki_tricks_of_the_trade_phase: Dispellable with death only.
The Stealth Assassin is not afraid to fight dirty, and specializes in attacking his opponents from behind.


  • Tricks of the Trade disjoints projectiles upon cast.
  • 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 Cloak and Dagger's invisibility, although it visually goes on cooldown.
    • The instant attacks of Tricks of the Trade do not break Smoke of Deceit icon.png Smoke of Deceit'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. Glimpse).
    • However, the radius indicating visual effects on the ground do not follow Riki, and stay at the cast location.
  • When upgraded with Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter, 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.
Cloak and Dagger's angle visualised

Cloak and Dagger
Cloak and Dagger icon.png
Self / Enemies
Riki fades into the shadows, becoming invisible. Every time Riki strikes his enemy from behind, he deals bonus damage based on his Agility. When Riki attacks, he becomes visible.
Fade Delay: 4/3/2
Back Angle: 105°
Backstab Damage per Agility: 1.4/1.8/2.2 (Talent 1.9/2.3/2.7)
Partially usable by illusions. Invisibility part works for illusions. Illusions play the backstab sound upon attacking from behind, but do not deal any bonus damage.
Buff modifier_riki_backstab: Undispellable. Persists death.
Buff modifier_invisible: Dispellable with death only.
Riki comes for you.


  • 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.
  • 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.
    • It can be lifestealed off of, and is considered by crit or cleave.
    • It is not affected by percentage-based attack damage bonuses or reductions, but can be reduced with flat reductions.
  • The sound effect plays at the start of the attack, but the damage is applied on hit.


Hero Talents
+125 Smoke Screen AoE25-6 Tricks of the Trade Cooldown
+475 Blink Strike Cast Range20+0.5 Backstab Multiplier
-4s Smoke Screen Cooldown15+20 Damage
+20 Attack Speed10+6 Health Regen
  • 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]

Main Article: Riki/Changelogs
  • Talents:
Level 15 right talent: +25 attack damage reduced to +20.
Level 20 right talent: +0.4 Cloak and Dagger backstab multiplier increased to +0.5.
Level 25 left talent changed: Cloak and Dagger invisibility no longer breaks on attacks -> +125 Smoke Screen radius.
  • Talents:
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 Smoke Screen cooldown reduced to -4s.
Level 15 right talent: +30 attack damage reduced to +25.
Level 20 left talent: +600 Blink Strike cast range reduced to +475.
Level 20 right talent: +0.5 Cloak and Dagger backstab multiplier reduced to +0.4.
Level 25 right talent: -7s Tricks of the Trade cooldown reduced to -6s.
  • Talents:
Level 15 right talent: +35 attack damage reduced to 30.

Recommended items[edit]

Starting items:

  • Tango icon.png Tango regenerates health so Riki can stay longer in lane and reach level 6 sooner.
  • Healing Salve icon.png Healing Salve restores health as well.
  • Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branch gives cheap attributes and builds into Magic Wand, or Riki can use it with Tango to get more health.
  • Slippers of Agility icon.png Slippers of Agility increases agility for Riki to last hit; it builds into Wraith Band later on.

Early game:

  • Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick replaces your consumables with an alternative source of recovery, and is particularly useful if the enemy team includes heroes that rely on abilities.
  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed provide movement speed, allowing Riki to keep pace with fleeing heroes while Blink Strike is on cooldown.
  • Orb of Venom icon.png Orb of Venom helps secure kills with its movement slow and helps compensate for Riki's own horrible movement speed.

Mid game:

  • Power Treads icon.png Power Treads give Riki increased attack speed as well as a further bonus to attributes, which help increasing Cloak and Dagger's damage output.
  • Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand, upgraded from Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick, gives better attribute bonuses and a better healing ability.
  • Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade 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.
  • Skull Basher icon.png Skull Basher 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.

Late game:

  • Butterfly icon.png Butterfly 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.
  • Abyssal Blade icon.png Abyssal Blade allows Riki to cancel channeled spells with its stun and bash, as well as continuing to lock-down opponents once they have acquired Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar.
  • Nullifier icon.png Nullifier's movement speed slow keeps enemies inside Trick of the Trade. Furthermore, the 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 Ghost Scepter icon.png Ghost Scepter.

Situational items:

  • Drum of Endurance icon.png Drum of Endurance is a good early to mid game pickup, as it makes everyone faster and gives Riki attributes and mana regeneration.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar allows Riki to effectively fight in team-fights and get kills against opponents that have strong disables.
  • Sange and Yasha icon.png Sange and Yasha give great attribute bonuses, as well as attack damage.
  • Eye of Skadi icon.png Eye of Skadi 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.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger allows Riki to initiate using Blink Strike and Tricks of the Trade, then safely blinking away just before Tricks of the Trade finishes.
  • Manta Style icon.png Manta Style can be used to dispel debuffs, including Dust of Appearance icon.png Dust of Appearance. Riki can use the illusions to scout, and as targets for Blink Strike when escaping.
  • Mjollnir icon.png Mjollnir 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.
  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter 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 Carry Escape Escape Disabler Disabler
Complexity: ★☆☆
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.