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Armlet of Mordiggian
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Weapon of choice among brutes, the bearer sacrifices his life energy to gain immense strength and power.
2500 (625)
Bought From
Active Unholy Strength
Bonus [?] +5 Health Regeneration
+6 Armor
+15 Attack Damage
+25 Attack Speed
Disassemble? No
Alert allies? No
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Helm of Iron Will (975)
Gloves of Haste (450)
Blades of Attack (450)
Recipe (625)

The Armlet of Mordiggian is an item purchasable at the Main Shop, under Weapons.

Additional Information[]

  • Attack damage, attack speed, armor and health regeneration bonuses of multiple Armlets of Mordiggian do not stack.
  • One Armlet of Mordiggian grants the following:


Unholy Strength
When active, Unholy Strength grants +35 damage, +25 strength and +4 armor, but drains 40 health per second.

You cannot die from the health drain when Unholy Strength is activated, nor from the strength loss when Unholy Strength is deactivated.
Attack Damage Bonus: 35
Strength Bonus: 25
Armor Bonus: 4
Health Cost per Second: 40
Full Bonuses Delay: 0.6
Cooldown: 0
Mana: 0
Partially usable by illusions. Illusions do not benefit from the attack damage and armor and do not lose health per second. Illusions gain the strength over 0.6 seconds and copy the original's current health, resulting in them having 500 current health more than the hero if it was not at full health as the illusion was created.
Buff modifier_item_armlet_unholy_strength: Dispellable with death only.


  • Does not interrupt the user's channeling spells upon toggling.
  • The Strength attribute symbol.png strength bonus is granted during the 0.6 seconds delay, 4.17 strength in 0.1-second intervals.
  • This strength bonus does not keep the current health percentage, but instead adds 20 health per strength to the current health pool.
    • Increases current health by a total of 500 once all the strength is gained.
    • This health bonus does not count as a heal, so it is unaffected by amplifications, but still does not bypass Ice Blast.
    • However, while Doomed, it does not increase the current health, but keeps the current health percentage instead.
  • Drains 4.44 health in 0.11 second intervals, starting 0.11-second after toggled on.
  • Does not drain health while invulnerable and cannot bring the user's health below 1. Does not toggle Off when reaching 1 health.
  • Upon toggling Off, all bonuses are lost instantly. The strength loss works like the gain, and only affects the maximum health.
    • However, also like upon toggling On, the user loses 20 health per strength, instantly losing up to 500 of current health.
    • This health loss is not lethal either, and cannot drop the user's health below 1.
  • Unholy Strength does not persist through death. If it was active upon death, the user respawns with it deactivated.
  • Multiple instances of Unholy Strength do not stack.
    • If multiple Armlets are toggled On, toggling Off any Armlet removes the Unholy Strength buff.
  • Assuming no other factors, it takes 14.29 seconds for the health cost to overcome the bonus health on the active.

Recommended Heroes[]

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  • Berserker's Blood helps with negating the health drain from the Armlet, and synergizes with the item, with the health drain helping keep Huskar's health at a low level, giving him high health regeneration and a great amount of attack speed.
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  • Lifestealer is a durable hero with a great way of keeping himself topped off on health thanks to Feast and Open Wounds, meaning that he is not bothered by the health loss of the item, as well as receiving stats that are needed, such as extra armor, damage and attack speed.
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  • Slardar is a durable strength hero, meaning that he will not have the hardest time negating the health cost of the Armlet, and it increases the damage dealt by Bash of the Deep through the added attack speed.
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  • Armlet provides a lot of damage at the cost of draining your own health, however Vampiric Spirit easily negates the health drain effect making it a great item for him.
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  • As a durable hero with the ability to lifesteal thanks to Chaos Strike and with Armlet's bonus health when activated transferred to illusions summoned by Phantasm, Armlet of Mordiggian is one of the best item choices for the hero.
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  • Both Press the Attack and Moment of Courage provide Legion Commander with a great amount of health regeneration, making her incredibly sustainable and a great carrier of the item.
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  • Chemical Rage negates the health draining effect from the Armlet of Mordiggian, and the extra maximum health as well as the damage bonus are not bad attributes for him.


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  • With the health regeneration from Dragon Blood, Dragon Knight will have no problem with activating Armlet for prolonged periods of time.
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  • By toggling Unholy Strength on before attacking with Tidebringer and toggling it off after, Kunkka can reliably increase his damage output while minimizing the health drain.
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  • The added damage allows Night Stalker to finish his targets faster than if he did not have an Armlet. It is also very easy to Armlet toggle to save oneself from a Tower projectile due to Night Stalker's incredible movement speed.


  • The Armlet is the most cost-effective item to build, especially on strength heroes that benefit most from its DPS increase. It is also useful on heroes with illusions or abilities that increase their base damage (like Sven minimap icon.png Sven's ultimate).
  • When toggled on, Armlet increases maximum and current health by 500. This means when not at full health, it can effectively work as a temporary heal. However, it also has the opposite effect when toggling off, instantly reducing the hero's health by 500 (but not below 1). When toggled properly, this allows heroes at low health to survive and turn fights.
  • This item is very good with lifesteal, and if the user's damage output is high enough it can negate the health loss, depending on the amount of lifesteal the user has.
  • The Heart of Tarrasque icon.png Heart of Tarrasque's passive regen vastly overturns the health loss, allowing to have the Armlet constantly active.
  • Lone Druid minimap icon.png Lone Druid's Lone Druid Spirit Bear icon.png Spirit Bear is normally affected by the health drain, but does not benefit from the strength bonus.



Recent Changes[]

  • Increased Helm of Iron Will icon.png Helm of Iron Will cost from 950 Gold to 975 Gold (total cost increases from 2475 Gold to 2500 Gold).
  • Item cost changes:
    • Increased Helm of Iron Will icon.png Helm of Iron Will cost from 925 Gold to 950 Gold.
    • Reduced Default recipe icon.png Recipe cost from 650 Gold to 625 Gold.
    • Total gold cost remains at 2475 Gold.
  • Increased armor bonus from 5 to 6.
  • Reduced Unholy Strength health cost per second from 50 to 40.