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Black King Bar is an item purchasable at the Base Shop, under Armor.

Components required from the Base Shop
Black King Bar
Black King Bar icon.png
A powerful staff imbued with the strength of giants.
Cost 4050 Gold (1450)
Sell Value Full price refunded within 10s. 2025 Gold
Active Avatar
Bonus ? +10 Strength
+24 Attack Damage
Shareable No
Disassemble No
Usage Alert ? No
Black King Bar (4050)
Ogre Axe (1000)
Mithril Hammer (1600)
Recipe (1450)

Additional Information[]


No Target
Grants Spell Immunity. Duration decreases with each use.
Model Size Increase: 30%
Duration: 9/8/7/6
Cooldown: 90
Mana: 0
Modifiers [?]


  • Interrupts the caster's channeling abilities upon cast.
  • During Avatar, the hero cannot be affected by Ethereal sources (e.g. Ghost Form or Ghost Shroud). The buff gets removed immediately.
    • A countdown also appears on the item's icon, visible to everyone, showing the remaining duration of Avatar.
  • The duration of Avatar is bound to the hero. Purchasing the item again does not reset it.
  • For more details, including a list of abilities that are not blocked by Avatar, see here.

Recommended Heroes[]

  • Black King Bar is, more often than not, a necessary item on almost all carries to prevent the enemy from simply shutting down their damage output with disables.
  • Initiators can consider a Black King Bar to guarantee a safe initiation against disable-heavy teams. This is especially the case if they can impact the fight with abilities beyond their initiation ability or by providing further damage.
  • Heroes with strong channeling abilities can use a Black King Bar to prevent the enemy from interrupting them.


  • When facing a lot of magical damage or many disables, a Black King Bar alone can provide enough survivability, allowing carry heroes to focus on damage items after having Black King Bar.
    • Vice versa, Black King Bar is not effective against physical damage, or spell immunity piercing spells, so other items for survivability should be considered (e.g. armor items against physical damage, or escape items against some spells).
  • Black King Bar applies a basic dispel on cast allowing to clear out most negative status debuffs. Instead of casting it hastily to engage at first sight, a reactive activation against a debuff will be more beneficial.


Recent Changes[]

  • Increased Avatar cooldown from 75 to 90.
  • Avatar
    • Rescaled duration from 10/9/8/7/6/5 to 9/8/7/6.
    • Increased cooldown from 70 to 75.
  • Increased Default recipe icon.png Recipe cost from 1375 Gold to 1450 Gold (total cost increases from 3975 Gold to 4050 Gold).