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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.png
A cuirass originally built to protect against the dreaded Year Beast.
Cost 3600 Gold (800)
Sell Value Full price refunded within 10s. 1800 Gold
Active Guard
Passive ? Damage Block
Bonus ? +250 Health
+12 Health Regeneration
+6 Armor
Shareable No
Disassemble No
Usage Alert ? Yes
Crimson Guard (3600)
Vanguard (1825)
Helm of Iron Will (975)
Recipe (800)

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 12 seconds, grant nearby allied heroes and buildings a 100% chance to block 75 damage from each incoming attack.

Units may only be affected by Guard once every 34 seconds.
Radius: 1200
Damage Block Chance: 100%
Blocked Damage: 75
Buff Duration: 12
Stack Limit Duration: 34
Cooldown: 35
Mana: 0
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 how much time is left for it to be able to get affected by the aforementioned abilities again.
    • The stack limit duration is set upon cast and is unaffected by cooldown manipulation.
  • Guard has an ensured damage block. Therefore damage block with a lower value (e.g. Vanguard icon.png Vanguard etc.) will not proc, since the higher damage block value takes priority.
  • 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


  • Does not work against damage from wards sources (e.g. Death Ward etc.).
  • Does not reduce physical damage from abilities, except from Moon Glaives.
  • Stacks with all other sources of damage block.
  • Damage Block uses pseudo-random distribution.

Recommended Heroes[]

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

Axe icon.png
Bristleback icon.png
Dark Seer icon.png
Dark Seer
Elder Titan icon.png
Elder Titan
Enchantress icon.png
Omniknight icon.png
Spirit Breaker icon.png
Spirit Breaker
Timbersaw icon.png
Underlord icon.png
Undying icon.png


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



Recent Changes[]

  • Guard
    • Increased blocked damage from 70 to 75.
    • Reduced cooldown from 40 to 35.
  • Item cost changes:
    • Increased Helm of Iron Will icon.png Helm of Iron Will cost from 950 Gold to 975 Gold.
    • Reduced Default recipe icon.png Recipe cost from 875 Gold to 800 Gold.
    • Total gold cost decreases from 3650 Gold to 3600 Gold.
  • 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.