Skull Basher

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Skull Basher
Skull Basher icon.png
A feared weapon in the right hands, this maul's ability to shatter the defenses of its opponents should not be underestimated.
2700 (1150)
Bought From
Passive Bash
Bonus +10 Strength
Disassemble? No
Alert allies? No
Abyssal Blade (6400)
UsedIn1.pngSkull Basher (2700)Components3.png
Javelin (1100)
Belt of Strength (450)
Recipe (1150)

The Skull Basher is an item purchasable at the Main Shop, under Weapons.

Additional information[edit]


Grants melee heroes a 25% chance on hit to stun the target for 1.4 seconds and deal 100 bonus magical damage. Bash pierces evasion. Bash chance for ranged heroes is 10%.
Proc Chance (Melee): 25%
Proc Chance (Ranged): 10%
Damage: 100
Stun Duration: 1.4
Cooldown symbol.png 2.3
Debuff Bashed: Dispellable with strong dispels.


  • Skull Basher's bash does not stack with the bash of Abyssal Blade icon.png Abyssal Blade and other Skull Bashers.
  • When obtaining multiple items with the bash ability, only the one that has been continuously the longest in the inventory works.
  • The proccing attack first applies the debuff, then its own damage.
  • Adds an average of 25 damage to every attack for melee heroes, and 10 damage for ranged heroes.
  • Does not work against wards and buildings, but works against allied units.
  • Attacks which proc Bash cannot miss.

Recommended heroes[edit]

Heroes who buy Skull Basher in order to build Abyssal Blade icon.png Abyssal Blade:


Average Bash Stats
  • Since the Bash is a chance based ability, buying attack speed granting items increases the odds of a bash proccing. However, the effectiveness stops at a certain amount of attack speed due to the cooldown the bash has.
  • The bash goes through spell immunity. When not having other spell immunity piercing spells in the team, a Skull Basher is a great purchase as it can help greatly against heroes with spell immunity, especially those who get a Black King Bar in order to channel their channeling spell.
  • Despite having a much lower chance to proc for ranged heroes, it still has a decent chance. When coupled with high attack speed, a Skull Basher on ranged heroes can be very viable, especially for heroes who have attack speed boosting abilities like Windranger Windranger with her Focus Fire icon.png Focus Fire, or Drow Ranger Drow Ranger with her high amount of agility from Marksmanship icon.png Marksmanship.


  • In the original DotA, this item was called "Cranium Basher", a reference to a unique item in Diablo 2.


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