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

Components required from the Base Shop Components required from the Secret Shop
Crimson Guard
Crimson Guard icon
A cuirass originally built to protect against the dreaded Year Beast.
Cost 3725 Gold (1050)
Sell Value Full price refunded within 10s. 1862.5 Gold
Active Guard
Passive ? Damage Block
Bonus ? +250 Health
+12 Health Regeneration
+8 Armor
Shareable No
Disassemble No
Usage Alert ? Yes
Crimson Guard (3725)
Vanguard (1700)
Helm of Iron Will (975)
Recipe (1050)

Additional Information[]

  • The proc chances of all sources of Damage Block work independently from each other.
  • When multiple sources of Damage Block proc on the same attack, only the one with the highest blocked damage value takes effect.


No Target
For 8 seconds, grant nearby allied heroes and buildings a 100% chance to block 70 + 50% of caster's strength as damage from each incoming attack.

Units may only be affected by Guard once every 34 seconds.
Radius: Affected by AoE Radius bonuses. 1200
Proc Chance: 100%
Blocked Damage: 70
Strength as Blocked Damage Bonus: 50%
Buff Duration: 8
Stack Limit Duration: 34
Cooldown symbol
Mana symbol
Modifiers [?]

  • Interrupts the caster's channeling abilities upon cast.
  • Does not affect units that have been affected by Guard in the last 34 seconds.
    • A status buff icon on affected units shows the remaining time for it to be able to get affected by the Guard again.
    • The stack limit duration has the following properties:
      • The duration is set upon cast and is always 1 second less than the cooldown.
      • Cannot be reset by Rearm icon Rearm.
  • Guard has an ensured Damage Block and has the following properties:
    • Therefore, Damage Block with a lower value (e.g. the Crimson Guard icon Damage Block passive ability) will not proc, since the higher damage block value takes priority.
    • Does not work against damage from wards sources (e.g. Death Ward icon Death Ward etc.).
    • Does not reduce physical damage from abilities, except for these abilities.

Damage Block
Can be used by illusions.
Grants a 60% chance to block 75 damage from incoming attacks on melee heroes, and 50 damage on ranged.
Proc Chance: 60%
Blocked Damage (Melee): 75
Blocked Damage (Ranged): 50

  • Damage Block uses pseudo-random distribution and has the following properties:
    • When multiple different sources proc on the same attack, the one with a higher value takes priority. However, multiple sources of the same value stack multiplicatively.
    • Does not work against damage from wards sources.
    • Does not reduce physical damage from abilities, except for these abilities.

Recommended Heroes[]

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

Axe icon
Bristleback icon
Dark Seer icon
Dark Seer
Elder Titan icon
Elder Titan
[[No results|110px|link=EnchantressUnknown Hero icon]]
[[No results|110px|link=OmniknightUnknown Hero icon]]
[[No results|110px|link=PudgeUnknown Hero icon]]
[[No results|110px|link=Spirit BreakerUnknown Hero icon]]
Spirit Breaker
Timbersaw icon
[[No results|110px|link=UnderlordUnknown Hero icon]]


  • 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 Zombie icon Undying Zombie, Broodmother Spiderling icon Spiderling, Broodmother Spiderling icon Spiderite or Nature's Prophet Treant icon Treant 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 Blade Mail.
  • Best combined with Pipe of Insight icon Pipe of Insight or other sources of barrier.



Recent Changes[]

  • Increased Default recipe icon Recipe cost from 925 Gold to 1050 Gold (total cost increases from 3600 Gold to 3725 Gold).
  • Increased Crimson Guard icon Guard mana cost from 0 to 75.
  • Item cost changes:
    • Reduced Vanguard icon Vanguard cost from 1825 Gold to 1700 Gold.
    • Increased Default recipe icon Recipe cost from 800 Gold to 925 Gold.
    • Total gold cost remains at 3600 Gold.
  • Crimson Guard icon Guard
      blocked damage from a fixed 75 to 70 + 0.6 * CurrentStrength.
    • Reduced duration from 12 to 8.