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Desolator icon.png
A wicked weapon, used in torturing political criminals.
Bought From
Passive [?] Corruption
Bonus [?] +55 Attack Damage
Disassemble? No
Alert allies? No
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Mithril Hammer (1600)
Mithril Hammer (1600)
Blight Stone (300)
For neutral item, see Stygian Desolator.

The Desolator is an item purchasable at the Main Shop, under Weapons.


Your attacks reduce the target's armor by 6 for 7 seconds.
Armor Reduction: 6
Duration: 7
Debuff modifier_desolator_buff: Dispellable with any dispel.


  • Successive attacks with Desolator do not stack the debuff, but refresh the duration instead.
  • The attacks first apply the debuff, then their own damage.
  • Replaces the projectile particle of ranged heroes with a red projectile.
  • Does not stack with the armor reduction of Blight Stone icon.png Blight Stone. If both debuffs are present, Blight Stone's debuff does not reduce armor.
  • Fully stacks with any other item.

Recommended Heroes[edit]

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  • Desolator amplifies both the physical damage from Searing Arrows and Clinkz's regular attacks.
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  • Desolator greatly increases Legion Commander's damage output when she has bonus damage from previously won Duels.
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  • Desolator's armor reduction causes enemies to take heavy damage from Howl and Feral Impulse's attack bonuses, as well as from Lycan's summons.
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  • Desolator increases the damage from Boundless Strike.
  • Desolator's armor reduction also works on soldiers spawned by Wukong's Command, allowing Monkey King to debuff numerous opponents during teamfights.
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  • Desolator's armor reduction greatly increases the critical damage from Coup de Grace, making it more likely to kill an opponent with just a few hits.
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  • Desolator's armor reduction stacks well with the armor reduction from Eye of the Storm.
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  • Desolator's armor reduction stacks with the armor reduction from Meld, rendering an opponent extremely vulnerable after Templar Assassin's first hit.
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  • Desolator works well with Geminate Attack, with each proc acting like a small burst of damage.
  • Desolator's armor reduction stacks with the armor reduction from The Swarm's beetles.
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  • Desolator works well with Focus Fire, allowing Windranger to quickly take down individual targets as well as buildings.
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  • Corruption works against buildings, making it a great pushing tool. Split-pushing heroes can benefit a lot from it, allowing them to take towers down much quicker.
  • The Corruption debuff lasts quite long, so sometimes it is better to get the debuff on multiple enemies, instead of focusing only one target in team fights.
  • This item works well in combination with critical strike items and abilities, such as Mortal Strike and Daedalus icon.png Daedalus.



Recent Changes[edit]

Main Article: Desolator/Changelogs