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Dawnbreaker minimap icon.png Dawnbreaker is a tough melee hero who has an arsenal of abilities that can heal allies and also deal damage to enemies in the middle of a battle. Solar Guardian and Luminosity allow Dawnbreaker to heal her allies near her in a fight. Dawnbreaker's Celestial Hammer slows her enemies, burns them, and makes traveling slightly faster. The relatively low cooldowns of her basic abilities compared to the damage of them make Dawnbreaker a great burst damage hero. Starbreaker, Dawnbreaker's first ability, isn't a channeled ability, and so you can use items in the middle of casting it. Dawnbreaker's strength and health grow rapidly and this can be used to harass early on in the game, usually when their safe lane is at their weakest.
Pros Cons
  • Very tanky
  • Low cooldown spells
  • Can turn group fights around
  • Lots of area damage
  • Can jump to any part of map
  • Very slow
  • Loses mana very fast
  • Basic abilities take time to deal out damage
  • Basic abilities hard to aim

Role 1[]

Role 2[]

Ability Builds[]

Generic Dawnbreaker
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Hero Talents
+1100 Celestial Hammer Cast Range252 Starbreaker Charges
-1 Luminosity Attacks Required20+150 Solar Guardian Radius
-20s Solar Guardian Cooldown15+50% Luminosity Crit
+15% Celestial Hammer Slow10+25 Starbreaker Swipe/Smash Damage

Tips & Tactics[]


  • Dawnbreaker's ultimate is channeled, meaning when Solar Guardian is about to activate and Dawnbreaker gets stunned, then the ultimate gets canceled and gets put on cooldown. To prevent this, always keep in mind which heroes on the enemy team have disables and stay away from the ones that do. Jumping from another side of the map is another strategy.
  • You can use Blink Dagger during Starbreaker, so you can blink toward an enemy right before the last swing, surprising and stunning the enemy hero
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  • Using Starbreaker when your Luminosity charge is at 1 times your crit/heal hit with Starbreaker’s last stunning hit.
  • Enemies can easily side step this skill so use it with other disables.
  • No matter how many enemies you hit, each attack of Starbreaker gives 1 charge to Luminosity. (3 in total if you dont miss.)

Celestial Hammer[]

  • Instead of clicking on enemy heroes or creep, you should aim at the ground behind them to make use of Celestial Hammer Range.


  • To get the maximum healing use your crit/heal hit on grouped up enemies with Starbreaker.

Solar Guardian[]

  • Since Solar Guardian has global cast range so you can farm away from your team easily without missing fights.
  • Since it takes 2.5 seconds for Solar Guardian to stun make sure to time it with other disables.


Starting items:

  • Quelling Blade icon.png Quelling Blade gives you bonus damage against creeps.
  • Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branch provides cheap attributes and can combine with Tango for the extra heal.
  • Tango icon.png Tango helps Dawnbreaker stay in lane with health regeneration.
  • Healing Salve icon.png Healing Salve also restores Dawnbreaker's health.
  • Enchanted Mango icon.png Enchanted Mango provides passive health regeneration and burst mana for using abilities.

Early game:

  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed adds to her decently high amount of base movement speed.
  • Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand provides attributes and a burst of health/mana to keep Dawnbreaker fighting.
  • Soul Ring icon.png Soul Ring solves her mana problem at the cost of her health points, which is easily mitigated by her Luminosity. As a tanky right-clicking hero, the bonus strength and armor is always appreciated.

Mid game:

  • Phase Boots icon.png Phase Boots is very cost/stat efficient. Helps Dawnbreaker get around the map quicker.
  • Echo Sabre icon.png Echo Sabre helps Dawnbreaker farm Luminosity stacks quicker and applies a slow so enemies cant easily sidestep your Starbreaker. Also gives much needed mana regen.
  • Sange icon.png Sange can amplify your healing while also giving you bonus damage and health. Later can be combined into either Sange and Yasha icon.png Sange and Yasha or Heaven's Halberd icon.png Heaven's Halberd.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar makes Dawnbreaker immune to most disables and nukes, both of which can easily interrupt two out of three of her active abilities which leave her vulnerable during casting.

Late game:

  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger gives her excellent initiation ability, besides its obvious escape capabilities. It synergizes the most with her Starbreaker, since it doesn't interrupt the ability when used. Dawnbreaker can start it up once she sets her sight on an unaware enemy, leaving the first two strikes unused but uninterrupted, before blinking towards the opponent to land the third blow without telegraphing it. Can be upgraded into Overwhelming Blink icon.png Overwhelming Blink for its immense strength bonus which translates into the big damage dealt upon blinking, while slowing nearby enemies at your destination.
  • Aghanim's Shard icon.png Aghanim's Shard is a no-brainer with its spell immunity during Starbreaker.
  • Assault Cuirass icon.png Assault Cuirass covers the deficiencies of her poor agility growth which results in less armor and attack speed. The armor reduction aura is always welcome for a right-clicking hero, and the attack speed aura makes her omnipresence ever useful.
  • Desolator icon.png Desolator gives cheap damage that makes your Luminosity crits much more damaging and healing.
  • Satanic icon.png Satanic provides selfish lifesteal outside of your passive, and allows you to stay in the fight much longer to dish out healing crits.

Situational items:

  • Bottle (Full) icon.png Bottle is an alternative to Soul Ring if one does not wish to sacrifice health.
  • Orb of Corrosion icon.png Orb of Corrosion with its DPS, armor reduction, and better slow when equipped on melee heroes is a good tool for an aggressive Dawnbreaker during the early game.