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 (750)
Bought From
Passive Bash
Bonus +10 Strength
+10 Attack damage
Disassemble? No
Alert allies? No
Abyssal Blade (6400)
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Javelin (1500)
Belt of Strength (450)
Recipe (750)

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 85 bonus damage. Bash chance for ranged heroes is 10%.
Proc Chance (Melee): 25%
Proc Chance (Ranged): 10%
Damage: 85
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 mini-bash ability of Monkey King Bar icon.png Monkey King Bar is not treated as a bash, and it works fully independently from other bashes.
  • Adds an average of 21.25 damage to every attack for melee heroes, and 8.5 damage for ranged heroes.
  • Does not work against wards and buildings, but works against allied units.

Recommended heroes[edit]

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Average Bash Stats
  • Since the Bash is a chance based ability, buying attack speed granting items (and true strike if needed) 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 minimap icon.png Windranger with her Focus Fire icon.png Focus Fire, or Drow Ranger minimap icon.png Drow Ranger with her high amount of agility from Marksmanship icon.png Marksmanship.

Items synergy[edit]

Counter items[edit]

  • Heaven's Halberd icon.png Heaven's Halberd: disarm an enemy, the passive evasion is also very useful.
  • Talisman of Evasion icon.png Talisman of Evasion: will dodge 20% of the attacks. Can be upgraded to a Butterfly for 35% evasion, Halberd for the disarm or Solar Crest to help an ally.
  • Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail: will make your enemy hesitant to attack you.
  • Shiva's Guard icon.png Shiva's Guard: will reduce the attack speed of your enemy by 45 and increase your armor by 15.
  • Scythe of Vyse icon.png Scythe of Vyse: disable your enemy before he hits you.


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