Barathrum, the Spirit Breaker, is a powerful ganker-type melee strength hero that excels at focusing on and taking out lone targets in skirmishes, while lacking presence in larger team fights. His Charge of Darkness lets him charge rapidly towards any enemy visible on the map, while knocking off all enemies in his path. If you see the charge coming, it may already be too late. He is picked mostly for his high damage given by his Greater Bash which crushes the life out of his helpless victims (and stuns them). Barathrum can instantly and quickly move to his enemy via Nether Strike and shock them with a soul-bashing blow. Tanky, mobile and with an array of high-damage knockbacks, including a passive one attached to his right clicks, Spirit Breaker's ganking capabilities are second to none.
- Increases Spirit Breaker's movement speed by the given value, and allows his speed to bypass the movement speed limit during the charge.
- This means the Charge of Darkness bonus speed does affect the damage of .
- The charge speed is based on his current movement speed. The charge speed checks the movement speed periodically and adapts instantly.
- Goes on cooldown once the charge ends or is cancelled, not upon cast.
- The charge indicator above the target, as well as the target buff on the caster are visible to allies only.
- ALT-clicking the status buff announces in the team chat which hero is being charged.
- During Charge of Darkness, Spirit Breaker moves through other units and impassable terrain.
- The charge is cancelled when Spirit Breaker gets stunned, cycloned, hexed, rooted, slept, hidden, feared, hypnotized or hit by Forced Movement.
- The charge is not cancelled by taunts. Instead, Spirit Breaker starts attacking the taunting unit once the charge stops.
- Charge of Darkness cannot be manually canceled during taunts.
- The player can manually cancel the charge by giving the hero a stop, hold position, or any targeted order.
- Non-targeted ability and item casts do not cancel the charge.
- Since it is not a channeling spell, shift-queuing orders does not work and causes the charge to get cancelled.
- Except for shift-queuing Patrol commands, in which case, the charge does not get cancelled.
- However, when the charge ends, Spirit Breaker is issued an attack order which overwrites the shift-queued orders.
- When auto-attack is enabled, Spirit Breaker can automatically attack units when close enough, without cancelling the charge.
- Any unit which comes within 300 radius of Spirit Breaker during the charge gets hit by the current level of Greater Bash.
- A unit may only be bashed once per cast. so if an enemy enters the area a second time, they do not get bashed again.
- The bash radius is offset by 20 units in front of Spirit Breaker, so it can hit units 280 range behind and 320 range in front of him.
- If the target dies during the charge, it is transferred to the nearest valid target within 4000 range of the previous target.
- The charge provides shared vision over the targeted unit. This means it still continues when the target turns invisible.
- Does not provide vision when targeting neutral creeps.
- Destroys trees within a small radius around Spirit Breaker whenever the charge ends.
- The buff is placed upon reaching the target and lasts for 0.1 seconds. Its purpose is unknown.
- Bulldoze interrupts Spirit Breaker's channeling spells upon cast.
- Does not stack with other bashes. The bash from and is completely disabled for Spirit Breaker.
- Greater Bash first applies the debuff, then the damage, no matter whether it procs on attacks, or is applied by Spirit Breaker's abilities.
- Greater Bash's effects happen before the attack damage of the attack that procs it, and before Nether Strike's damage.
- Knocks back bashed units 143/152/158/162 distance, over 0.5 seconds, resulting in a speed of 286/304/316/324.
- Also knocks affected enemies 50 units upwards, resulting in a small arc. This has only visual purposes.
- With the movement speed limits of 100 to 550, min and max possible damage (before reductions) are 14/20/26/32 and 77/110/143/176 ( 29/35/41/47 and 159.5/192.5/225.5/258.5).
- The bonus damage is dealt in a separate damage instance, and counts as spell damage.
- Can proc on stunned. , putting it on cooldown and applying the damage, but Roshan is neither knocked back nor
- Adds an average of 2.38%/3.4%/4.42%/5.44% of Spirit Breaker's movement speed as magical damage to every attack.
- Adds an average of 4.93%/5.95%/6.97%/7.99% of Spirit Breaker's movement speed as magical damage to every attack when the damage increasing talent is chosen.
- Adds an average of 5.88%/8.4%/10.92%/13.44% of Spirit Breaker's movement speed as magical damage to every attack when the proc chance increasing talent is chosen.
- Adds an average of 12.18%/14.7%/17.22%/19.74% of Spirit Breaker's movement speed as magical damage to every attack when both talents are chosen.
- Does not go on cooldown when proccing from Charge of Darkness or Nether Strike.
- Greater Bash uses pseudo-random distribution.
- Nether Strike does not disjoint projectiles upon cast.
- Places the debuff on the target during the cast time.
- Nether Strike instantly moves Spirit Breaker on the opposite side of the target, 54 range away from it.
- Instantly applies
on the target based on its current level. The bash is applied before its own damage is.
- The knockback distance is doubled, knocking units 286/304/316/324 distance, over seconds, resulting in a speed of 572/608/632/648.
- The knockback height stays the same at 50.
- If Greater Bash is not learned, Nether Strike does not bash the target. All of its other effects are applied normally.
- Spirit Breaker is ordered to attack the target. This attack order ignores the auto-attack settings.
- Can be cast on couriers, applying all its effects, although the magical damage does not affect couriers.
- The Greater Bash radius added by is centered around Spirit Breaker.
- The buff is placed upon reaching the target and lasts for 0.1 seconds. Its purpose is unknown.
|+40 Damage||15||+12 Health Regen|
|+5 Armor||10||+600 Night Vision|
- The night vision talent does not counter any vision reducing effect.
- 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.
- The health talent increases maximum health capacity, and keeps the current health percentage.
- helps Spirit Breaker sustain during the laning phase, preventing him from returning to base due to enemy harassment.
- restores health as well.
- is a cheap and effective way to improve Spirit Breaker's low mana pool, as well as his health pool.
- are essential for Spirit Breaker, as the improved speed will allow him to escape deadly situations, as well as catching up to an escaping enemy. The bonus movement speed will also provide additional damage because of Greater Bash.
- is a useful burst health/mana item if the enemies in lane will be casting many spells. It can later be built into a .
- aids ganking as it grants mana regeneration and healing. The damage over time can also cancel enemy healing items like and .
- give attack speed, so Spirit Breaker will have a better chance proccing Greater Bash.
- is good for burst health/mana while providing a boost to his attributes compared to the .
- gives bonus attack speed and movement speed when activate, increasing both the damage and frequency of Greater Bash attacks.
- makes you immune to many abilities that interrupt your Charge of Darkness, allowing you to engage and damage your target unimpeded.
- will give Spirit Breaker a large increase in attack speed, as well as providing an attack speed/armor aura to nearby allies. The extra attack speed will cause Greater Bash to occur more often.
- grants you invisibility which could be useful for escape or to further increase your ganking/roaming capabilities. Attacking to break invisibility will disable enemy passives, reduce their damage, and give you a powerful 175 damage strike. It also grants a decent amount of attack speed, attack damage and attribute bonuses, it can also be used during charge before hitting your target in order to avoid getting disabled and thus avoiding breaking your charge.
- provides excellent capabilities for Spirit Breaker as it grants not only significant attack speed, but also a lightning proc and the lightning shield for teamfight presence.
- improves Nether Strike by greatly reducing its cooldown, as well as increasing its range. It also causes all nearby units to be hit by Greater Bash. This can be a good choice if your team needs a powerful initiation spell or as a counter to Meepo.
- status resistance, its active ability can disarm enemy carries relying on physical attacks. will not only increase Spirit Breaker's durability because of the added evasion and
- lifesteal given by , making it a useful purchase when used correctly. grants Spirit Breaker additional attack speed and damage output at the cost of his health every second. However, the life drain can mostly be mitigated by the
- increases attacks damage and allows Spirit Breaker to hit enemies with evasion.
- increases the movement speed and attack speed of both himself and his team. The bonus movement speed and attack speed synergize well with Greater Bash.
- gives Spirit Breaker the largest single-item-slot increase in attack speed in the entire game, which causes Greater Bash to occur very frequently. Thus, it should be considered to keep it through the majority of the game until a more effective item can be purchased, at which point the Shard can be consumed and replaced - The attack speed bonus will be halved, but having a permanent 60 attack speed bonus without needing an inventory slot for it is extremely useful.
- gives you good survivability stats and mana regen to allow you to use Charge of Darkness with little need to ever return to base for more mana. Its active will also make your initiation abilities stronger as spellcasters will need to think twice before attacking to nuke you or shut you down.
|Roles:||Carry Initiator Disabler Durable Escape|
|Playstyle:||From the elemental realm, Barathrum crosses into this world as an amalgamate of bestial forms, selected for the purpose of serving his hidden master. Gifted with unusual haste, the Spirit Breaker's strength increases with speed as he Bulldozes all in his path. Given sight of a distant foe, Barathrum initiates a Charge of Darkness, rushing past high valleys and dense woods until he crashes headlong into battle, stunning and knocking back enemies with a Greater Bash. Before foes can muster a response, the Spirit Breaker shifts into his native realm, reappearing up close to deliver the Nether Strike that will seal their fates.|
- Barathrum's fun names are Roadrunner and Space-Cow, the latter of which is referenced by ▶️ "You aren't half bad, for a space cow." The line about the spirit breaker being a "Space-Cow" Is likely a reference to Astral Trekker, one of the famously imbalanced DotA heroes, whose model was reworked into the original Spirit Breaker model. 's ally line:
- "Barathrum" means "underworld" in Latin.
- His response ▶️ "Rampage" might be a reference to who used to be his equivalent in Heroes of Newerth (most of the HoN hero abilities changed since the port)
- Charge of Darkness' indicator is the astrological sign of Taurus, the Bull.