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Blink Dagger is an item purchasable at the Base Shop, under Miscellaneous.

Available in the Base Shop
Blink Dagger
Blink Dagger icon.png
The fabled dagger used by the fastest assassin ever to walk the lands.
Miscellaneous
Cost 2250 Gold
Sell Value Full price refunded within 10s. 1125 Gold
Active Blink
Bonus ?
Shareable No
Usage Alert ? No
Recipe
Overwhelming Blink (6800)
Swift Blink (6800)
Arcane Blink (6800)
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Blink Dagger (2250)

Ability[]

Affects
Self
Teleport to a target point up to 1200 units away.

Blink Dagger cannot be used for 3 seconds after taking damage from an enemy hero or Roshan.
Cast Range: Global
Max Blink Distance: 1200
Penalty Blink Distance: 960
Damage Cooldown: 3
Cooldown: 15
Mana: 0

Notes:

  • Does not blink for the full distance when targeting closer than the maximum distance.
  • When point-targeted beyond the maximum blink distance, it blinks using the 960 range penalty distance, towards the targeted direction instead of maximum distance.
    • ↓↓ Double-tapping automatically casts it on the team's fountain, blinking towards its direction using the penalty distance.
  • The second sound only plays when the blinked distance is greater than 960. It is audible to everyone.
  • Damage greater than 0 from any player (including allies, excluding self) or Roshan icon.png Roshan puts the item on a 3 second cooldown.
    • The damage cooldown always triggers, even if the item is dropped or before being purchased.
    • The cooldown is unaffected by cooldown reduction. However, it is affected by cooldown resetting.
    • HP Removal-based sources does not trigger the damage cooldown.
  • Shares cooldown with Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger-based items.


Recommended Heroes[]

Initiating heroes with strong, large AoE disables rely heavily on Blink Dagger to take multiple enemies by surprise.

Some heroes can use Blink Dagger to initiate with smaller disables or burst damage, but usually on fewer or single targets.

Support heroes with low cast animation disables can initiate on single targets for their team with Blink Dagger.

Split-pushing heroes often use Blink Dagger to elude defenders by blinking into the treeline.

Heroes with positioning abilities can take advantage of Blink Dagger to force enemies into unfavorable positions.

Tips[]

  • Blink requires heroes to face the direction in which they are blinking. This means that heroes facing away from their blink destination will have to turn first, causing a slight delay depending on their turn rate.
  • Hood of Defiance icon.png Hood of Defiance's barrier blocks damage over time, meaning that it will prevent items like Radiance (Active) icon.png Radiance from resetting Blink Dagger's cooldown.
  • Use Blink to dodge incoming projectile-based abilities such as Storm Hammer or Spirit Lance, and from items like Rod of Atos icon.png Rod of Atos.
  • When Blink dagger go into cooldown upon taking damage on an escape, a quick self-cast with Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity will allow you to wait the short cooldown relatively safely and blink out the moment you land on the ground.
  • Blink Dagger can turn into a very strong escape tool if you are affected by False Promise.

Trivia[]

  • In the original DotA, this item was called Kelen's Dagger of Escape and changed to Kelen's Dagger because players used the item offensively, in reference to a Warcraft III item, Kelen's Dagger of Escape.
    • Kelen was a well known rogue in the Warcraft universe, who was known for his ability to escape from any dangerous situation thanks to the help of his dagger.
  • Riki and Lion are the only heroes who are missing responses for acquiring a Blink Dagger.
  • Axe minimap icon.png Axe's cosmetic item, Little Blink Dagger, is based on Blink Dagger.

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