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This page is about the hero Davion, the Dragon Knight. For other uses, see Davion (Disambiguation).
Dragon Knight
Strength attribute symbol
Agility attribute symbol
Intelligence attribute symbol
21 + 3.6
16 + 2
18 + 1.7
Level 0 1 15 25 30
Health 20 482 1582 2638 3078
+0.25 +2.35 +7.39 +12.19 +14.19
Mana 80 296 572 920 1052
+0 +0.9 +2.09 +3.54 +4.07
Armor 0 2.67 7.33 12.67 14.67
Magic Resist 25% 26.8% 29.18% 32.08% 33.13%
Damage Block 16 (50%)
Damage

34
40

55
61

105
111

153
159

173
179

Attack Rate 0.63/s 0.73/s 0.9/s 1.1/s 1.18/s
Attack Range Melee 150 (400)
Attack Speed ▶️ 100 (1.6s BAT)
Attack Animation 0.5 + 0.5
Projectile Speed Instant
Move Speed ▶️ 315 (Nighttime 345)
Turn Rate Takes 0.262s to turn 180°. 0.6
Collision Size 27
Bound Radius 24
Vision Range (G) 1800 (Nighttime 800)
Gib Type Default
Internal npc_dota_hero_dragon_knight
Transforms into a formidable ranged dragon.
As Sir Davion slew Slyrak in arranged combat, the Eldwurm's blood mingled with his own, sealing their essences together. He was no longer a dragon-slayer, but a Dragon Knight. The infusion of Dragon Blood caused his wounds to heal with inhuman speed, and granted him great new powers. While nowhere as grand as Slyrak, he found himself with the ability to Breathe Fire and launch Fireballs, immolating packs of foes at once. But when Davion took on his Elder Dragon Form, he became the formidable Eldwurm itself, and upon his awestruck enemies he rained projectiles of acid, fire, and ice.
Breathe Fire
Dragon Tail
Dragon Blood
Fireball
Fireball
Elder Dragon Form
Elder Dragon Form
Roles: Carry Carry Pusher Pusher Durable Durable Disabler Disabler Initiator Initiator Nuker Nuker
Complexity: Hero Complexity
Adjectives: Fiery, Red, Nose
Legs ( 2 )


Bio[]

Dragon Knight minimap iconDavion, the Dragon Knight
▶️ "The Dragon Slyrak sleeps within this armor, and the knight within the Dragon waits. Beware you do not wake them both."
After years on the trail of a legendary Eldwurm, the Knight Davion found himself facing a disappointing foe: the dreaded Slyrak had grown ancient and frail, its wings tattered, its few remaining scales stricken with scale-rot, its fangs ground to nubs, and its fire-gouts no more threatening than a pack of wet matchsticks.

Seeing no honor to be gained in dragon-murder, Knight Davion prepared to turn away and leave his old foe to die in peace. But a voice crept into his thoughts, and Slyrak gave a whispered plea that Davion might honor him with death in combat. Davion agreed, and found himself rewarded beyond expectation for his act of mercy: As he sank his blade in Slyrak's breast, the dragon pierced Davion's throat with a talon. As their blood mingled, Slyrak sent his power out along the Blood Route, sending all its strength and centuries of wisdom to the knight. The dragon's death sealed their bond and Dragon Knight was born. The ancient power slumbers in the Dragon Knight Davion, waking when he calls it. Or perhaps it is the Dragon that calls the Knight…
Aliases:
DK, Davion
Voice:

Abilities[]

Breathe Fire
Breathe Fire icon
Affects
Enemies
Damage
Magical
Unleashes a breath of fire in front of Dragon Knight that burns enemies and reduces the damage their attacks deal.

While in Dragon Form, applies the corresponding debuff from Corrosive Breath and Frost Breath when in those forms.
Cast Animation: 0.2+0.67
Cast Range: Affected by Cast Range bonuses. 600
Starting Radius: Affected by AoE Radius bonuses. 150
Travel Distance: Affected by Cast Range bonuses. 750
End Radius: Affected by AoE Radius bonuses. 250
Damage: 80/160/240/320
Attack Damage Reduction: 30% (Talent 60%)
Debuff Duration: 11
Elder Dragon Form icon Elder Dragon Form
Cast Range: Affected by Cast Range bonuses. 600 (Talent 1110)
Travel Distance: Affected by Cast Range bonuses. 750 (Talent 1387)
Damage: 80/160/240/320 (Talent 148/296/444/592)
Corrosive Breath Debuff Duration: 3
Frost Breath Debuff Duration: 3
Cooldown symbol
 14/13/12/11
Mana symbol
 90/95/100/105
Buff/Debuff
Modifiers [?]
modifier_dragonknight_breathefire_reduction
Knight Davion's breath has become that of the mighty Eldwurm Slyrak, remembered for burning numerous other knights to a crisp.

  • Breathe Fire travels at a speed of 1050, taking 1.4 seconds to travel the full distance.
  • With the travel distance and end radius, Breathe Fire can hit units up to 1000 range away.
    • The complete area is shaped like a cone.
  • Breathe Fire first applies the damage, the attack reduction debuff, then the Corrosive Breath and Frost Breath debuff based on its current level respectively.
  • While in Elder Dragon Form icon Elder Dragon Form, Breathe Fire has a cast backswing of 0.53 seconds.
    • COSMETIC
      Has a cast backswing of 0.67 with Davion of Dragon Hold Dragon Knight minimap icon Davion of Dragon Hold equipped.
    • TALENT
      With the travel distance and end radius, Breathe Fire while in Elder Dragon Form can hit units up to 1637 range away, taking 0.76 seconds to travel the full distance


Dragon Tail
Dragon Tail icon
Affects
Enemies
Damage
Magical
Dragon Knight smites an enemy unit in melee range with his shield, stunning it while dealing minor damage. When in Elder Dragon Form, the cast range increases to 400.
Cast Range: Affected by Cast Range bonuses. 150
Projectile Speed: Instant
Damage: 70/100/130/160
Stun Duration: 1.8/2/2.2/2.4 (Talent 2.2/2.4/2.6/2.8)
Elder Dragon Form icon Elder Dragon Form
Cast Range: Affected by Cast Range bonuses. 450
Projectile Speed: 1600
Talent Radius: Affected by AoE Radius bonuses. 400
Cooldown symbol
 16/14/12/10
Mana symbol
 70/80/90/100
Partially blocked by Linken's Sphere.
Blocked upon cast.
Talent
Blocked fully when primary target upon projectile impact.
Reflected upon cast while in Elder Dragon Form.
Can be disjointed.
Disjointable only with the Elder Dragon Form projectile.
Buff/Debuff
Modifiers [?]
modifier_stunned
Davion's combination of dragon talents and knightly skills makes him a vicious opponent in melee combat.

  • In human form, Dragon Tail does not rely on a projectile and can therefore not be disjointed.
  • Dragon Tail first applies the damage, then the debuff.
  • While in Elder Dragon Form icon Elder Dragon Form, Dragon Tail has an increased cast range and uses a projectile with a 1600 speed projectile, instead of being 70/100/130/160.
  • TALENT
    The area of effect Talent talent adds a 400 radius to this ability while in Elder Dragon Form. The ability still must be centered over a unit.
    • Causes the launched projectile to apply its effects within the area, instead of only to the targeted unit.
    • Can hit invisible units and units inside the Fog of War.
  • Uses a projectile with projectile speed if it is acquired while in Elder Dragon Form icon Elder Dragon Form. Losing Elder Dragon Form does not change the projectile type and projectile speed.


Dragon Blood
Partially usable by illusions. Disabled by Break. ED
Dragon Blood icon
Ability
Passive
Affects
Self
The life blood of the Dragon improves health regeneration and strengthens armor.
Health Regen Bonus: 4/7/10/13 (Talent 16/19/22/25)
Armor Bonus: 4/7/10/13 (Talent 16/19/22/25)
Partially usable by illusions.
Illusion Notes:
Benefits from the health regeneration bonus.
Does not benefit from the armor bonus.
Buff/Debuff
Modifiers [?]
modifier_dragon_knight_dragon_blood
Undispellable
Slyrak's blood still courses through Davion's veins, giving him twice the vitality of an ordinary knight.

  • Can regenerate up to 240/420/600/780 (Talent 960/1140/1320/1500) health in one minute.


Fireball
Fireball icon
Affects
Enemies
Damage
Magical
Ignites an area, dealing damage over time that lingers on enemies in it. Has reduced cast range when melee.
Cast Animation: 0.2+0.53
Cast Range: Affected by Cast Range bonuses. 600
Radius: Affected by AoE Radius bonuses. 350
Damage per Second: 75
Duration: 8
Aura Linger Duration: 2
Elder Dragon Form icon Elder Dragon Form
Cast Range: Affected by Cast Range bonuses. 1400
Cooldown symbol
 20
Mana symbol
 80
Buff/Debuff
Modifiers [?]
modifier_dragon_knight_fireball
Undispellable
modifier_dragon_knight_fireball_burn
Undispellable
Ability Draft Notes
Ability Draft Notes:
Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard.
Requires drafting Elder Dragon Form icon Elder Dragon Form to be unlocked.

  • The damage is provided by an aura and lingers for seconds.
  • Deals 37.5 damage in 0.5-second intervals, immediately upon receiving the debuff, resulting in 21 damage instances.
  • Successive casts of Fireball debuff do not stack but refresh the duration.


Elder Dragon Form icon
Ability
No Target
Affects
Self / Enemies
Dragon Knight takes the form of one of three powerful elder dragons, increasing his speed, and Dragon Tail's range, while granting him new powers.
LEVEL 1 Green Dragon - Corrosive Breath: attacks deal 25 poison damage per second for 3 seconds. Works on structures.
LEVEL 2 Red Dragon - Splash Attack: attacks damage all enemy units in a 350 radius for 0%/75%/75%/100%, with Corrosive Breath added to the targets.
LEVEL 3 Blue Dragon - Frost Breath: slows movement speed by 30% and attack speed by 30 of enemy units in Splash Attack range for 3 seconds, with Corrosive Breath added to the targets.
Attack Range Bonus: 350 (Talent 500)
Move Speed Bonus: 30/35/40/45
Magic Resistance Bonus: 0%/0%/0%/20%
Corrosive Breath Damage per Second: 25/25/25/35
Corrosive Breath Debuff Duration: 3
Splash Attack Radius: Affected by AoE Radius bonuses. 350
Splash Attack Damage: 0%/75%/75%/100%
Frost Breath Radius: Affected by AoE Radius bonuses. 350
Frost Breath Move Speed Slow: 0%/0%/30%/45%
Frost Breath Attack Speed Slow: 0/0/30/45
Frost Breath Debuff Duration: 3
Dragon Form Duration: 60
Cooldown symbol
 100
Mana symbol
 50
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter.
Aghanim's Scepter Upgrade:
Increases the level of Dragon Knight's ultimate. Adds a 4th level, Black Dragon. Black Dragon has bonus Corrosive Damage, Splash Damage and Slow amount, 20% increased Magic Resistance and free pathing.
Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard.
Aghanim's Shard Upgrade:
Grants the Fireball ability.
Can be used by illusions.
Illusion Notes:
Illusions created while the ability is active copy all modifiers. The main modifier uses matching duration, while the 3 attack modifiers last indefinitely.
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter.
Does not bestow the magic resistance bonus.
Buff/Debuff
Modifiers [?]
modifier_dragon_knight_dragon_form
Death
modifier_dragon_knight_corrosive_breath
Death
modifier_dragon_knight_splash_attack
Death
modifier_dragon_knight_frost_breath
Death
modifier_dragon_knight_corrosive_breath_dot
modifier_dragon_knight_frost_breath_slow
Ability Draft Notes
Ability Draft Notes:
Grants attack range bonus based on the same range type as the caster.
The dormant dragon power springs forth from within Davion, combining the powers of a legendary knight with a legendary Eldwurm.

  • Turns Dragon Knight into a Ranged ranged unit and increases his attack range to 500 (Talent 650). His attack projectiles travel at a speed of 900.
    • This causes items that use different values for melee and ranged heroes (e.g. Manta Style icon Manta Style) to now treat the caster as a ranged hero.
    • Also increases Dragon Knight's movement speed to 345/350/355/360.
    • Stacks multiplicatively with other Magic Resistance magic resistance sources.
      • Increases Dragon Knight's magic resistance to 40%.
      • With the magic resistance bonus from this source, every 10 points of Intelligence attribute symbol intelligence further increases the total magic resistance by 0.8%. [?]
  • Elder Dragon Form is fully canceled on death.
    • The Dragon Form buff is hidden, only the 3 attack modifier buffs are displayed.
  • Successive casts of Elder Dragon Form refresh the duration and update the form, adapting to the current level of the ability.
  • CORROSIVE BREATH
    (Available for Elder Dragon Form Level 1 and above)
    • When on level 2 or higher, the debuff is applied to all enemies within the 350 splash radius.
    • Deals magical damage in 1-second intervals, starting 1 second after the debuff is applied, resulting in 3 instances.
    • Can deal up to 75 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 105) damage to a unit (before reductions).
    • The attacks first apply the debuff, then their own attack damage.
      • However, on secondary targets, it first applies the splash damage, then the debuff.
    • Corrosive Breath's debuff duration is not affected by status resistance.
    • Fully affects buildings and allied units, but not wards.
      • However, buildings and allied units are only affected when directly attacked.
  • FROST BREATH
    (Available for Elder Dragon Form Level 3 and above)
    • The debuff is applied to all enemies within the 350 Frost Breath radius.
    • The attacks first apply the debuff, then its attack damage. The splash damage is applied after the debuff as well.
    • Does not work against wards, buildings, or allied units.
  • The level of Elder Dragon Form is increased by 1.
  • Does not update the current instance of Elder Dragon Form upon acquiring Aghanim's Scepter.
  • Transform into a smaller dragon form. All ability effects are granted upon cast, except for the attack range bonus. Grants Fireball icon Fireball in the Unknown icon Second Stolen Ability slot. If Dragon Knight minimap icon Dragon Knight doesn't have Aghanim's Shard, Fireball acquired will be at level 0. However, Rubick minimap icon Rubick can cast Fireball if he has Aghanim's Shard icon Aghanim's Shard.


Talents[]

Hero Talents
+400 AoE Dragon Tail icon Dragon Tail During Elder Dragon Form icon Elder Dragon Form25+12 Dragon Blood icon Dragon Blood HP Regen/Armor
+85% Breathe Fire icon Breathe Fire Damage/Cast Range in Elder Dragon Form icon Dragon Form20+150 Elder Dragon Form icon Elder Dragon Form Attack Range
+300 Health15+0.4s Dragon Tail icon Dragon Tail Stun
30% Breathe Fire icon Breathe Fire Damage Reduction10+15 Damage
Notes:
  • The health talent increases the max health capacity and keeps the current health percentage.

Recent Changes[]

Main Articles: Changelogs, Old Abilities and Hero Lore
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Description

Talents

Level 15 Talent Health decreased from +400 to +300


Recommended Items[]

Starting items:

  • Tango icon Tango regenerates health early on until Dragon Blood.
  • Gauntlets of Strength icon Gauntlets of Strength improves Dragon Knight's damage and health pool and builds into Bracer for early stats.

Early game:

  • Power Treads icon Power Treads increases attack speed, and also allows for attribute switching. Using Soul Ring while set to strength, then casting spells on intelligence minimizes the HP cost and maximizes the mana gained.
  • Bracer icon Bracer provides a good amount of strength, survivability, and overall tankiness in the early game.
  • Magic Wand icon Magic Wand can help offset the damage of being harassed by spells, and provide a burst of HP and Mana to help win early fights.
  • Soul Ring icon Soul Ring is a useful item on Dragon Knight, as it allows him to farm using Breathe Fire constantly. The health regeneration from Dragon Blood offsets the health loss.

Mid game:

  • Aghanim's Scepter icon Aghanim's Scepter upgrades Elder Dragon Form, which is Dragon Knight's key source of teamfighting power. This lets him come online much sooner and makes him very formidable in late-game fights with the Black Dragon form.
  • Black King Bar icon Black King Bar is a crucial item to have in most games to prevent being disabled and protect against magical damage. The combination of Avatar and Dragon Blood make Dragon Knight extremely hard to kill.
  • Blink Dagger icon Blink Dagger gives great mobility and initiation potential which Dragon Knight severely lacks.
  • Shadow Blade icon Shadow Blade gives good mobility and ideal in games where Dragon Knight requires a way to initiate or gank the opposing team. The stealth allows you to initiate using your stun, and the bonus damage coming out of stealth is also helpful. Can be upgraded later into Silver Edge icon Silver Edge to break passive abilities.

Late game:

  • Assault Cuirass icon Assault Cuirass gives attack speed and armor to you and surrounding allies. It also places a debuff on enemies, making them easier to kill. It is a good item if you have many attackers in your team.
  • Octarine Core icon Octarine Core gives health, mana, regen and reduces the cooldown of DK's spells, most importantly the ultimate. It results in less downtime between transformations and allows you to be more offensive.

Situational items:

  • Heaven's Halberd icon Heaven's Halberd gives strength, status resistance and evasion that stacks nicely with Dragon Knight's large HP pool and high armor, and the disarm effectively prevents the enemy from dealing damage.
  • Sange and Yasha icon Sange and Yasha provides you with a modest chunk of attributes, as well as increasing his movement speed and attack speed, boosts health regeneration and lifesteal, and gives status resistance.
  • Satanic icon Satanic grants a sizeable strength boost, as well as damage and lifesteal, significantly increasing Dragon Knight's survivability.
  • Heart of Tarrasque icon Heart of Tarrasque provides you with a massive HP boost and a passive ability to gain health more quickly, also adds strength which increases his attack damage and synergizes well with Dragon Blood.
  • Daedalus icon Daedalus makes you deal more damage, and gives you the chance to make critical hits.
  • Eye of Skadi icon Eye of Skadi provides a slow that pierces spell immunity, like the Frost Breath from your level 3 Dragon Form. Cold Attack combined with Frost Breath reduces an enemy's damage output significantly and makes it hard for enemy heroes to disengage from a fight once they are attacked by Dragon Knight. It also provides a huge boost to health (increases overall survivability), intelligence (helps with your mana consumption), and agility (gives more attack speed and armor).
  • Overwhelming Blink icon Overwhelming Blink a natural upgrade for Blink Dagger icon Blink Dagger which gives a good amount of strength as well as slowing both attack and movement speed of enemies when you blink near them.
  • Radiance icon Radiance Substantially increases DPS in team fights due to the AoE DoT and can also boost farming potential.

Dota Plus Progress[]

Main Article: Hero Challenges

Relics track a hero's actions and statistics, and display in-game notifications when a milestone is reached. They are only available to Dota Plus subscribers.

Relics Voice Lines
Relic strength icon
Damage With Active Armlet of Mordiggian icon Armlet
Relic strength icon
Damage During Invisibility
Relic strength icon
Stuns Leading To Kills
Relic strength icon
Kills During Black King Bar icon Black King Bar
Relic strength icon
Channels Cancelled
Relic strength icon
Triple Kills
Relic strength icon
Mega Kill Streaks
Relic strength icon
Towers Destroyed
Relic strength icon
Kill Assists
Relic strength icon
Kills
Plus Hero Badge 1
Bronze
Plus Hero Badge 2
Silver
Plus Hero Badge 3
Gold
Plus Hero Badge 4
Platinum
Plus Hero Badge 5
Master
Plus Hero Badge 6
Grandmaster
  • ▶️ Never make a deal with a dragon, unless you're prepared to keep your end of it.

Equipment[]

Trivia[]

  • In DotA, Dragon Knight's fun name was Trogdor, a character that first appeared in episode 58 of the "Strong Bad e-mail" show on the website HomestarRunner.com.
    • He also has an alternate name when he transforms with his ultimate in DotA, in which he is named "Arc Honist".
  • In The Lab, a VR game by Valve, there are some Bendie soldiers who wield Dragon Knight's sword in the minigame Longshot, along with other Dota 2 weapons like Axe minimap icon Axe's war axe, Huskar minimap icon Huskar's spear and Stout Shield icon Stout Shield.
  • One of Davion's voice line during his Elder Dragon Form icon Elder Dragon Form ▶️Fly-by-night” may be a reference to the unnamed dragon in the Old English poem "Beowulf", who waited for night to attack a settlement, hence he was known as an "old night-ravager". Said dragon was an inspiration for another dragon named "Smaug" from "The Hobbit" series by J.R.R. Tolkien. Like Beowulf's dragon, Smaug attacked Laketown at night.

Gallery[]

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