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Chaos Knight
Strength attribute symbol
Agility attribute symbol
Intelligence attribute symbol
24 + 3.2
18 + 1.4
18 + 1.2
Level 0 1 15 25 30
Health 20 548 1516 2484 2880
+0.25 +2.65 +7.13 +11.53 +13.33
Mana 80 296 488 776 872
+0 +0.9 +1.74 +2.94 +3.34
Armor 2 5 8.27 12.6 14.1
Magic Resist 25% 26.8% 28.48% 30.88% 31.68%
Damage Block 16 (50%)






Attack Rate 0.59/s 0.69/s 0.81/s 0.96/s 1.02/s
Attack Range Melee 150 (400)
Attack Speed ▶️ 100 (1.7s BAT)
Attack Animation 0.5 + 0.5
Projectile Speed Instant
Move Speed ▶️ 325 (Nighttime 355)
Turn Rate Takes 0.262s to turn 180°. 0.6
Collision Size 27
Bound Radius 24
Vision Range (G) 1800 (Nighttime 800)
Gib Type Ethereal
Internal npc_dota_hero_chaos_knight
Has strong but random damage output.
Upon the black steed Armageddon, the Chaos Knight rode into countless battles with a single purpose in mind: To extinguish that which he knows as "The Light". Like a roll of unseen dice, the oldest Fundamental stuns his targets with a Chaotic Bolt, and then Strikes with life-stealing attacks that deal highly irregular amounts of damage. Those who escape the initial onslaught find themselves in a Reality Rift, reappearing inexplicably at Armageddon's side, exposed for its rider's wrath. Flanked by several images of himself, the Chaos Knight and his apocalyptic Phantasms hack their opponents apart with the strength of multiple heroes.
Chaos Bolt
Chaos Bolt
Reality Rift
Chaos Strike
Roles: Carry Carry Disabler Disabler Durable Durable Pusher Pusher Initiator Initiator
Complexity: Hero Complexity
Adjectives: Red, Steed, Nose
Legs ( 2 )


Chaos Knight minimap iconChaos Knight
▶️ "The light shall be blackened, and chaos shall reign."
The veteran of countless battles on a thousand worlds, Chaos Knight hails from a far upstream plane where the fundamental laws of the universe have found sentient expression. Of all the ancient Fundamentals, he is the oldest and most tireless, endlessly searching out a being he knows only as "The Light." Long ago the Light ventured out from the progenitor realm, in defiance of the first covenant. Now Chaos Knight shifts from plane to plane, always on the hunt to extinguish the Light wherever he finds it. A thousand times he has snuffed out the source, and always he slides into another plane to continue his search anew.

Upon his steed Armageddon he rides, wading into battle with maniacal frenzy, drawing strength from the disorder of the universe. A physical manifestation of chaos itself, in times of need he calls upon other versions of himself from other planes, and together these dark horsemen ride into battle, as unstoppable as any force of nature. Only when the last Light of the world is scoured from existence will the search be ended. Where rides the Chaos Knight, death soon follows.


Chaos Bolt
Chaos Bolt icon
Throws a mysterious bolt of energy at the target unit. It stuns for a random duration and deals random damage.
Cast Animation: 0.4+0.4
Cast Range: Affected by Cast Range bonuses. 500 (With Aghanim's Shard 650)
Min Damage: 90/120/150/180
Max Damage: 150/210/270/330
Min Stun Duration: 1.25/1.5/1.75/2 (Talent 1.85/2.1/2.35/2.6)
Max Stun Duration: 1.75/2.25/2.75/3.25 (Talent 2.35/2.85/3.35/3.85)
With Aghanim's Shard Number of Phantasm Illusions: 1
Illusions Phantasm icon Phantasm Illusions
With Aghanim's Shard Damage Dealt: 100%
With Aghanim's Shard Damage Taken: 325% (With Aghanim's Shard and Talent 225%)
With Aghanim's Shard Duration: 6
Cooldown symbol
 13/12/11/10 (Talent 10/9/8/7)
Mana symbol
Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard.
Aghanim's Shard Upgrade:
Increases the cast range of Chaos Bolt, and causes it to create a Phantasm illusion to attack the target.
Blocked by Linken's Sphere.
Blocked upon impact.
Modifiers [?]
Ability Draft Notes
Ability Draft Notes:
Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard.
Phantasm icon Phantasm must be drafted as well for the illusion to spawn.
Even Chaos Knight cannot predict this manifest of unholy energy.
Chaos Bolt shard

Phantasm icon Phantasm illusion created upon Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard. Chaos Bolt projectile impact.

  • Chaos Bolt travels at a speed of 700, in a parabolic curve toward its target.
  • Stun duration and raw damage values are shown above the target's head upon hit, visible to allies and enemies, with the duration being shown as a rounded integer up to two decimal places.
    • However, the actual stun duration is not by exact seconds — it ranges between the min and max values (e.g.
      LEVEL 1
      could stun for 1.72 seconds).
  • Both the damage and stun values are inversely related, the longer the stun is, the less damage it deals, and vice versa.
    • This means the damage decreases by 12/12/12/12 per each additional 0.1 seconds of stun. Has the following values for the damage and stun duration on each level:
      • LEVEL 1
        1.25s – 150, 1.375s – 135, 1.5s – 120, 1.625s – 105, 1.75s – 90
      • LEVEL 2
        1.5s – 210, 1.6875s – 187.5, 1.875s – 165, 2.0625s – 142.5, 2.25s – 120
      • LEVEL 3
        1.75s – 270, 2s – 240, 2.25s – 210, 2.5s – 180, 2.75s – 150
      • LEVEL 4
        2s – 330, 2.3125s – 292.5, 2.625s – 255, 2.9375s – 217.5, 3.25s – 180
    • TALENT
      Since both the Talent minimum and maximum value of the stun duration are increased evenly by 0.6, the above damage values remain the same.
  • The bolt first applies the debuff, then the damage.
  • All illusions owned by Chaos Knight within 675 range of the target also cast a fake Chaos Bolt.
    • They play the whole cast animation and release their fake bolt at the same time the real bolt is released.
    • When illusions currently do not have any order and are standing still, they turn to face the target and cast the fake bolt.
    • When illusions are moving or attacking, they continue to do so and do not turn to face the target. They still play the cast animation, overriding their move or attack animations.
    • When canceling the cast, the illusions still play the full cast animation but do not release the fake bolt.
    • The fake bolts do not interact with anything and do not damage or stun the target.
  • Chaos Bolt now creates 1 controllable Phantasm icon Phantasm illusion upon projectile impact, based on its current level.
    • Does not spawn an illusion, if the projectile gets disjointed, or the target is invulnerable, hidden or spell immune upon impact.
    • If it is not leveled, or if the caster does not have Phantasm, the illusion does not spawn. Phantasm notes fully apply.
    • The illusion spawned automatically starts attacking the affected enemy.
    • Dispelling the stun or dying does not remove already spawned illusions.
  • The Phantasm illusion spawns at different distances depending on the caster and affected target's collision size as follows:
    • The illusion spawns 58-distance away from the affected target in the following conditions:
      • If both the caster and the affected target have the same collision size.
      • If the affected target's collision size is 27 while the caster's collision size is 18 or vice versa.
    • The illusion spawns 87-distance away from the affected target only when the target's collision size is greater than the caster's collision size.
  • The Aghanim's Shard icon Ability Upgrade creates Phantasm icon Phantasm illusions despite not having the ability.

Reality Rift
Reality Rift icon
Enemies / Self
Teleports you, any images you have and the target unit to a point along the line between the two of you. Reduces armor of the enemy unit for 6 seconds.
Cast Animation: 0.3+0.5
Cast Range: Affected by Cast Range bonuses. 600/650/700/750
Illusion Search Radius: 1375
Target Pull Distance: 300/350/400/450 (Talent 525/575/625/675)
Armor Reduction: 4/5/6/7
Duration: 6
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Mana symbol
Partially pierces debuff immunity.
Neither pulls nor reduces the armor of debuff immune targets.
Chaos Knight still teleports next to the target.
Fully affects debuff immune targets.
Blocked by Linken's Sphere.
Applies the reflected Reality Rift first.
Modifiers [?]
Armageddon rides between the planes, bringing Chaos Knight to his victim wherever he may hide.

  • Neither disjoint projectiles for enemies nor for self.
  • Teleports Chaos Knight to a point 300/350/400/450 (Talent 525/575/625/675) range away from the target's original position, towards Chaos Knight's original cast location, but not beyond it.
    • The target is then teleported 62 range in front of that location, so they effectively get pulled by 238/288/338/388 (Talent 463/513/563/613) range.
    • Chaos Knight's illusions are also teleported around the target from random angles, with the same distance to it as Chaos Knight.
    • The location is determined at the beginning of the cast.
    • A visual effect while casting denotes the point at which Chaos Knight and his target will land.
      • Also plays a visual effect at the location of any nearby allied illusions while casting, even illusions not actually owned by Chaos Knight.
      • If the enemy has vision of Chaos Knight or the target, these visual effects can be seen through the Fog of War.
    • Chaos Knight and his illusions are made to face his target and are issued an attack order against the target.
  • When cast on Roshan icon Roshan, Chaos Knight and his illusions still get moved, but Roshan does not.
  • The armor debuff is applied to the target upon cast. Chaos Knight does not need to attack it in order to place the debuff.
  • The debuff from successive casts does not stack but refreshes the duration.
  • Does not interrupt the target's channeling abilities.
    Fully affects Animal Courier Radiant minimap icon Couriers upon learning the Reality Rift pierces spell immunity Talent talent.

Chaos Strike
Chaos Strike icon
Enemies / Self
Chaos Knight and his illusions' attacks have a chance to deal a critical strike of varying strength, in addition to a lifesteal for percentage of the damage. Deals 2x damage to creeps.
Proc Chance: 33.33% (Talent 43.33%)
Min Critical Damage: 125%
Max Critical Damage: 140%/175%/210%/245%
Lifesteal: 24%/36%/48%/60% (Talent 59%/71%/83%/95%)
Creep Damage Multiplier: 2
Creep Lifesteal Multiplier: 0.3
Can be used by illusions.
Illusion Notes:
Critical strike values shown are before illusion outgoing damage and armor reduction.
Modifiers [?]
Chaos Knight's unwieldy power bludgeons those who stand before him, crushing the thickest of armors.

  • Increases attack damage by an average of 10.83%/16.67%/22.5%/28.33% (Talent 14.08%/21.67%/29.25%/36.83%) against heroes.
    • Increases attack damage by an average of 54.99%/66.66%/78.33%/89.99% (Talent 71.49%/86.66%/101.83%/116.99%) against creeps.
    • Treats clones, illusions, creep-heroes and Roshan icon Roshan as heroes.
  • A critical strike proc is determined during Chaos Knight's attack point.
    • When a critical strike procs, Chaos Knight uses a specific attack animation, and particle effects appear on his weapon.
  • The proc chances of multiple critical strike sources stack.
    • If two sources of critical strike proc at the same time, the higher multiplier has priority.
  • Stacks additively with other lifesteal sources.

Phantasm icon
No Target
(Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. Allied Heroes)
Summons several phantasmal copies of the Chaos Knight from alternate dimensions. The phantasms are strong illusions that deal damage, but take damage.
Split Time: 0.5
Number of Illusions: 1/2/3 (With Aghanim's Scepter 2/3/4)
With Aghanim's Scepter Effect Radius: Global
With Aghanim's Scepter Number of Illusions per Ally: 1
Illusions Phantasm icon Phantasm Illusions
Damage Dealt: 100%
Damage Taken: 325% (Talent 225%)
Duration: 30 (Talent 40)
Cooldown symbol
Mana symbol
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter.
Aghanim's Scepter Upgrade:
Creates an illusion of allied heroes globally. Creates an additional illusion for Chaos Knight as well.
Modifiers [?]
Drawing on his battles fought across many worlds and many times, phantasms of the Chaos Knight rise up to quell all who oppose him.
Phantasm formation

Phantasm illusions' formations.

  • Phantasm first disjoints projectiles upon cast, then applies a basic dispel on Chaos Knight after the split time.
  • After the 0.5 seconds split time, Chaos Knight reappears with his illusions.
    • The reappear locations are based on Chaos Knight's position upon cast, with one appearing at the cast location, and the others north, east, south, or west from that point.
    • This means when spawning 3 illusions, the formation is T-shaped and when spawning 4 illusions, it is shaped like a plus.
      • For Chaos Knight, when the number of illusions spawned is ≥ 3, two random illusions may spawn in the same coordinates, and one of them will be pushed 58-distance away.
  • Though the formation is always the same, Chaos Knight and his illusions take a random position in the formation and have all the same facing angle.
    • All Phantasm-based illusions have a
      2 × IllusionLVL bounty.
    • The illusions spawn at different distances depending on the caster's collision size as follows:
      • The illusions spawned are 135-distance or 90-distance away if the caster's collision size is 27 or 18 respectively.
      • For ally heroes, the illusions spawned are 81-distance or 54-distance away if the affected ally's collision size is 27 or 18 respectively, following the same collision size notes if the illusions spawned are too close to each other.
  • Orders the caster to stop after the split time, canceling all queued orders, and orders given during the split time.
    • Also stops all ongoing targeted orders of other units that have been issued before Phantasm was cast.
  • Successive casts replace the Phantasm illusions from the previous cast, no matter under whose control they are, except for the following situations:
    • When the illusion is Enchant icon Enchanted.
    • When the illusion(s) are affected by hidden or invulnerability sources.
  • Phantasm illusions are strong illusions, meaning they cannot be instantly killed by abilities that normally kill illusions instantly.
  • Phantasm now creates 1 illusion of every ally hero, Globally, under Chaos Knight's control.
    • Does not affect invulnerable or hidden allies.
    • Treat clones and the Lone Druid Spirit Bear icon Spirit Bear as heroes and creep-heroes as creeps.
    • Applies a basic dispel on affected allied heroes, but does not disjoint projectiles.
    • Neither turn ally heroes invulnerable nor hidden. Therefore, it neither interrupts their current orders nor disjoints projectiles for them.
    • The same illusion formation notes apply to these illusions as well.


Hero Talents
+10s Phantasm icon Phantasm Duration25+10% Chaos Strike icon Chaos Strike Chance
Reality Rift icon Reality Rift Pierces Debuff Immunity20+0.6 Min/Max Chaos Bolt icon Chaos Bolt Duration
-100% Phantasm icon Phantasm Illusion Incoming Damage15-3s Chaos Bolt icon Chaos Bolt Cooldown
+225 Reality Rift icon Reality Rift Pull Distance10+35% Chaos Strike icon Chaos Strike Lifesteal

Recent Changes[]

Main Articles: Changelogs, Old Abilities and Hero Lore
  • Increased Reality Rift icon Reality Rift Cast Range from 550/600/650/700 to 600/650/700/750
  • Increased Chaos Strike icon Chaos Strike Creep Damage Multiplier from 1.9x to 2x
  • Increased Reality Rift icon Reality Rift Pull Distance from 250/300/350/400 to 300/350/400/450.
  • Reduced Chaos Strike icon Chaos Strike lifesteal from 30%/40%/50%/60% to 24%/36%/48%/60%.

Recommended Items[]

Starting items:

  • Tango icon Tango helps to stay in the lane.
  • Healing Salve icon Healing Salve restores a lot of health quickly to stay in the lane.
  • Enchanted Mango icon Enchanted Mango provides passive health regeneration and can be used to restore mana.
  • Quelling Blade icon Quelling Blade boosts bonus attack damage against creeps, helpful when farming.

Early game:

  • Bracer icon Bracer fills the much needed require of health at laning and pushing stages, grants strength to bear damage and dole out.
  • Magic Wand icon Magic Wand provides chip attributes and provides burst health and mana regen that can often be enough to survive.

  • Armlet of Mordiggian icon Armlet of Mordiggian most cost effective item for Chaos Knight. It provides a large amount of strength, which will transfer to his illusions if it is activated before Phantasm is used. As Chaos Knight's main source of damage is his illusions, this allows them to stick around much longer. Beware that armlet, however, does not provide any extra mana or mana regen to sustain the high manacost skill and tiny mana pool. Without any active skills available, Chaos Knight is not very useful in a fight.

Mid game:

  • Power Treads icon Power Treads provide tankiness with strength, which transfer to his illusions, and allow him to tread switch for mana.
  • Echo Sabre icon Echo Sabre's double attacks will bring down enemies quicker; giving Chaos Knight strength and mana regeneration to stay in battles longer. Also reduces his wide attack damage randomization by double attacks.
  • Black King Bar icon Black King Bar provides a bit of tankiness and a bit of damage on top of much prized spell immunity. As spell immunity does not transfer to illusions, this is best when picked up against teams that can easily isolate the real Chaos Knight and either lock him down for a long period of time or burst him down with single target magical damage.

Late game:

  • Heart of Tarrasque icon Heart of Tarrasque makes Chaos Knight and his illusions very durable, and gives them a nice damage boost. This also enables you to keep Armlet of Mordiggian permanently on, as the heart will regen faster than the health loss, resulting in a large amount of bonus strength, damage, and attack speed at all times.
  • Assault Cuirass icon Assault Cuirass is a very strong pickup, giving Chaos Knight and the illusions armor and the much needed attack speed.

Situational items:

  • Heaven's Halberd icon Heaven's Halberd is a strong pickup for Chaos Knight late game, if there are strong right-click heroes on the enemy team, or when Sange icon Sange was brought instead of Armlet.
  • Manta Style icon Manta Style is a strong pickup on Chaos Knight if the enemy team does not have a way to clear out your illusions. They're weaker than Phantasm illusions, however, combined with a level 3 Phantasm, Reality Rift will completely surround and trap any enemy that does lack mobility, cleave or area damage; this often guarantees a kill. Do not rush this item, Chaos Knight does not have enough health to ensure that the illusions will last and will just waste mana.
  • Abyssal Blade icon Abyssal Blade as a mid-late game choice can give you secondary disabler also a way to engage without worrying about distance. Effectively giving you a secondary and more reliable Reality Rift to zip between targets.
  • Satanic icon Satanic gives strength, which increases durability and damage. Its active ability allows Chaos Knight to stay in the fight much longer. Note that illusions do not lifesteal.
  • Shadow Blade icon Shadow Blade is a good alternative to the Blink Dagger. It provides a similar tool for initiation, and also gives a nice boost to attack speed for you and your army. It also upgrades in the Silver Edge icon Silver Edge that gives attributes and break.
  • Eye of Skadi icon Eye of Skadi is the most efficient stat item in the game, second only to Armlet of Mordiggian icon Armlet of Mordiggian; It makes you and your illusions far stronger by giving you 25 strength and 25 agility, and with 25 intelligence it almost single-handedly fixes any mana issues Chaos Knight could have by giving nearly 600 points of raw mana and some regen.
  • Bloodthorn icon Bloodthorn is a powerful item to further increase the single target damage output and to counter heroes with evasion. The attack speed bonus is also beneficial to Chaos Knight himself and his illusions, while the extra intelligence and mana regeneration bonus fix his low mana issue, allowing Chaos Knight to cast his spell more often.

Dota Plus Progress[]

Main Article: Hero Challenges

Relics track a hero's actions and statistics, and display in-game notifications when a milestone is reached. They are only available to Dota Plus subscribers.

Relics Voice Lines
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Four Second Chaos Bolt icon Chaos Bolts
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Chaos Strike icon Chaos Strike Life Stolen
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Phantasm icon Phantasm Debuffs Purged
Relic strength icon
Phantasm icon Phantasm Illusion Damage
Relic strength icon
Damage With Active Armlet of Mordiggian icon Armlet of Mordiggian
Relic strength icon
Stuns Leading To Kills
Relic strength icon
Channels Cancelled
Relic strength icon
Triple Kills
Relic strength icon
Mega Kill Streaks
Relic strength icon
Towers Destroyed
Relic strength icon
Kill Assists
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  • Chaos Strike icon Chaos Strike's ability icon bears a similar appearance to a D20 dice, commonly used in table-top RPG games, where a full 20 usually results in a critical.
  • ▶️ "Ah, Tidehunter, can I offer you a seabiscuit?" is a reference to Seabiscuit, a famous American racehorse.
  • Fitting his theme of randomness, Chaos Knight has the most varying attack damage in the game. His actual damage on attack can be up to 15 more or 15 less than his displayed damage.
  • Chaos Knight's actual name in DotA was "Nessaj". This was removed in his transition to Dota 2, likely due to the change in his background story.
  • Enigma minimap icon Enigma, Chaos Knight, Keeper of the Light minimap icon Keeper of the Light, and Io minimap icon Io together represent the four fundamental forces of the universe with Chaos Knight representing the strong interaction, the force that binds quarks to make protons and neutrons. It is also one of the forces present in the detonation of a nuclear bomb, a weapon commonly seen as a tool of widespread death and destruction.
    • Fitting to his theme, the strong force is the most powerful among the four fundamental forces, but its strength is very limited in far distances. Hence his status as a melee strength hero whose role is that of a hard carry. Furthermore, his Reality Rift spell brings an enemy hero into Chaos Knight's effective melee range, just like how the strong force binds quarks together with its strength.
    • The uncertainty principle determines the range of the strong nuclear force. This is the reason why Chaos Knight's abilities and damage are so random.
      • Furthermore, Enigma minimap icon Enigma references the uncertainty principle when killing Chaos Knight minimap icon Chaos Knight: ▶️ "Chaos Knight: so limited by uncertainty."
  • Chaos Knight's default mount's name is Armageddon.
  • One of Chaos Knight's death responses, ▶️ "Armageddon…out of here." may be a reference drawn from the film "Bruce Almighty" where, towards the end of the film the doomsayer (homeless man with handwritten signboard, often with typos) holds a sign "ARMAGEDON OUTA HERE". It works as a cheeky wordplay on "I'mma gettin' out of here"; reflecting on something that doesn't quite cease to be amazing, even while calling for a closure.