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Crimson Guard
Crimson Guard icon.png
A cuirass originally built to protect against the dreaded Year Beast.
3650 (875)
Bought From
Active Guard
Passive [?] Damage Block
Bonus [?] +250 Health
+12 Health Regeneration
+6 Armor
Disassemble? No
Alert allies? Yes
Crimson Guard (3650)Components3.png
Vanguard (1825)
Helm of Iron Will (950)
Recipe (875)

Crimson Guard is an item listed under the main shop under Armor. However, it requires an item from the Secret Shop to be completed.


No Target
For 12 seconds, grant nearby allied heroes and buildings a 100% chance to block 70 damage from each incoming attack.

Units may only be affected by Guard once every 39 seconds.
Radius: 1200
Damage Block Chance: 100%
Blocked Damage: 70
Buff Duration: 12
Stack Limit Duration: 39
Cooldown: 40
Mana: 0
Buff modifier_item_crimson_guard_extra: Dispellable with any dispel.
Buff modifier_item_crimson_guard_nostack: Dispellable with death only.


  • Interrupts the user's channeling spells upon cast.
  • Does not affect units that have been affected by Guard in the last 39 seconds.
    • A status buff icon on affected units shows how much time is left for it to be able to get affected again.
    • The stack limit duration equals the cooldown (after all reductions), minus one.
    • The duration is set upon cast and cannot be altered afterwards. Resetting the item's cooldown does not affect the stack limit duration.
  • Stacks with all other sources of damage block.

Damage Block
Can be used by illusions. Pierces spell immunity.
Grants a 60% chance to block 70 damage from incoming attacks on melee heroes, and 35 damage on ranged.
Proc Chance: 60%
Blocked Damage (Melee): 70
Blocked Damage (Ranged): 35


Recommended Heroes[]

  • Heroes whose default item build includes Crimson Guard as a situational item:


  • The high damage block of Crimson Guard's active is good against illusions because their low damage is heavily reduced or negated completely.
  • Similarly, it is good against small summons such as Undying's zombies, Broodmother's spiderlings, or Nature's Prophet's treants to name a few.
  • Crimson Guard is effective against armor reduction as the damage block takes effect before the damage reduction of armor. This means that if incoming damage is actually going to be amplified due to negative armor, a large portion of it can be blocked before it is amplified.
  • The damage block and armor reduces a lot the damage returned by an enemy Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail.
  • Best combined with Pipe of Insight icon.png Pipe of Insight or other sources of barrier.



Recent Changes[]

  • 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 950 Gold to 875 Gold.
    • Total gold cost decreases from 3700 Gold to 3650 Gold.
  • Reduced Vitality Booster icon.png Vitality Booster cost from 1100 Gold to 1000 Gold (total cost decreases from 3800 Gold to 3700 Gold).
  • Increased Guard blocked damage from 60 to 70.