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Vanguard icon.png
A powerful shield that defends its wielder from even the most vicious of attacks.
2150 (200)
Bought From
Passive Damage Block
Bonus +250 Health
+7 Health regeneration
Disassemble? No
Alert allies? No
Crimson Guard (3800)
Abyssal Blade (6650)
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Ring of Health (850)
Vitality Booster (1100)
Recipe (200)

Vanguard is an item purchasable at the Main Shop, under Armor. However, it requires an item from the Secret Shop to be completed.


Damage Block
Can be used by illusions. Pierces spell immunity.
Grants a 50% chance to block 70 damage from incoming attacks on melee heroes, and 35 damage on ranged.
Proc Chance: 50%
Blocked Damage (Melee): 70
Blocked Damage (Ranged): 35


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  • Excellent complement with Bulwark, and grants a large amount of health.


  • Effective to block the damages from illusions (excepted from Chaos Knight's ultimate which copy his full damage and can crit) and summoned units.
  • It is especially useful with tanky frontline heroes that need to survive much damage, like Bristleback, Spectre, Centaur Warrunner or Axe, with units that overall take amplified damage, like illusions, and against low damage units like Windranger without Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter or Phantom Lancer's illusions, which hit often but not hard, causing many block procs that block attacks entirely or almost entirely. On the other hand, it is less useful for heroes with high armor, like Dragon Knight or Sven.