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▶️ Silence!
▶️ This will shut you up.

Silence is a status effect that prevents those affected from using active hero abilities for the duration of the silence. It can be useful when ganking a hero with a blink or invisibility spell, as silences tend to have longer duration than other disables giving more time to kill the enemy. Silences in teamfights can also be very effective even for a short period of time, as they prevent the enemy from using their spells in combination with one another. Silencing an opponent also stops any channeling spells that they are currently using.


Queen of Pain attempting to cast a spell while silenced. A grid layer covers the ability icons while silenced.

When a unit is silenced, the ability icons in its HUD are overlayed by a grid-like effect. Clicking on an active ability or pressing its hotkey displays the word "Silenced" in red on the screen.

Silence disables every active ability, including toggle abilities and active attack modifiers. If an ability is being channeled, silence cancels it immediately. If an ability is toggled on, silence does not turn it off, but prevents the player from toggling it off. If the toggle ability drains mana and the unit runs out of mana while silenced, the ability toggles off normally.

Silence does not stop the effects of already cast spells. For example, silencing Razor minimap icon.png Razor after he has already cast Static Link or Eye of the Storm does not stop the link from draining or the storm from striking.

Silence does not disable any passive ability. Although silence prevents, for example, Wraith King minimap icon.png Wraith King from using the active part of Mortal Strike, it does not cause the critical to stop proc. Even when a passive ability has a cooldown or mana cost, silence never affects them in any way.

Sources of silence[edit]


Tusk attempting to cast an item while muted.

As a counterpart to silence, a mute disables the affected unit's active items in the same fashion as silence disables active abilities. As with silence, it does not affect passives at all. It does not stop already ongoing effects of items, but does cancel channeled items. It also prevents the unit from toggling their toggle items on or off.

Sources of mute[edit]

Besides the listed abilities, non-sharable items are always muted when picked up by a different unit than the owner.

  • Static Storm icon.png
    Duration: 0 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 5)
    Aura-based, silences all enemies within its radius. The debuff lingers for 0.5 seconds, or until the storm ends, whichever is shorter. Only mutes when upgraded with Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter.
  • Doom ability icon.png
    Duration: 16
    Also silences the target.
  • Duel icon.png
    Duration: 4/4.75/5.5 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 6/7/8)
    Silences and mutes the caster and the target.
  • Hex (Lion) icon.png
    Duration: 2.5/3/3.5/4
    Also silences and disarms the target.
  • Hex (Shadow Shaman) icon.png
    Duration: 1.25/2/2.75/3.5
    Also silences and disarms the target.
  • Snowball icon.png
    Duration: 3 seconds or until reaching target
    Mutes Tusk while inside the Snowball, preventing him from queuing items. Allies inside it are not muted, but are disabled.
  • Scythe of Vyse icon.png
    Duration: 3.5
    Also silences and disarms the target.

Version history[edit]

  • Added UI indication over inventory to show mute state.

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