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Dragon Knight minimap icon.png Dragon Knight is a durable front-line carry who can transform into a dragon and wipe out enemies with ranged projectile attacks. His heavy armor and regeneration from Dragon Blood makes him tankier than most carries, especially in the early game. If his team gains the upper hand, Dragon Knight's presence often ensures continued domination with little chance of enemy comeback. With a Shadow Blade icon.png Shadow Blade, Dragon Knight can make a decent ganker due to Dragon Tail and its long stun duration. While resilient, Dragon Knight's damage output depends heavily on his dragon form, and can be rather useless if caught while it's on cooldown. Dragon Knight is also quite slow, and has no mobility skills.
Pros Cons
  • Heavy armor against physical attacks.
  • High health regeneration.
  • Instant cast animations.
  • Strong splash damage.
  • Great at pushing.
  • Low damage output compared to other carries.
  • Very dependent on his ultimate.
  • Dependent on Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar.

Durable Carry[]

  • Dragon Knight's role is as a durable carry who can farm any lane safely due to his Dragon Blood passive, providing a large bonus to his armor and HP regeneration. His spell Breathe Fire is a long ranged cone shaped AoE nuke, damaging all enemies hit as well as reducing their damage output, and can be used for both clearing waves in lane and accelerating his farm in the jungle during the early game, as well as making it even harder for attackers to kill him. His ability to turn from a melee Knight into a ranged Dragon provides many passive bonuses ideal for teamfighting and pushing. Dragon Knight is adept at stacking ancient camps during the early game, and then clearing them once his Elder Dragon Form gains splash damage at level 12, gathering a large boost of gold and experience. With his Dragon Tail, you and your team can easily aim at a priority target, seeing that this is a single target stun with long duration. With a Shadow Blade icon.png Shadow Blade, Dragon Knight can take the role of initiator and set up ganks with it by sneaking behind the target and stunning it.
  • As a carry, you must build according to the game, but it is highly recommended, in most matches, to build a Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar, seeing that Dragon Knight has a strong natural defense against physical damage, but is still vulnerable to magical damage and to being disabled.
  • Only take one skill point for Dragon Tail, as it scales terribly, and the first level of this ability is useful enough for the rest of the game.
  • In the average game, two points of Dragon blood in the early game is the sweet spot, providing enough HP regeneration to sustain him from harassment and neutral creep damage.
  • At level one, the 25% damage reduction of Breathe Fire, or in some cases the 2.5 second stun of Dragon Tail, is in nearly all cases better than taking the passive point at level 1. It's far more economical to purchase extra regeneration if you are expecting a difficult early lane.
    • In difficult lanes, getting a third or maybe even fourth early point can help your survivability, but it does drastically lower the speed at which you can farm with Breathe Fire.
    • In easier lanes, where you have successfully gained control of the lane and farmed up an item to sustain you, such as Soul Ring icon.png Soul Ring or Bottle (Full) icon.png Bottle, skipping the second point in order to gain Dragon Tail earlier and maxing out Breathe Fire at 7.
  • Taking the value point of Dragon Tail at level 5 allows him to maximize his kill potential at level 6, when he can first transform.
    • Dragon Tail has the weakest scaling of all his spells, with a level 4 spell only providing an extra 0.75 seconds of stun, and is so usually reserved until last.


  • In many cases, an offlane Dragon Knight's strength is his extreme durability and long-duration stun, making it extremely difficult to bully him out of lane.
  • This offlane build greatly sacrifices Dragon Knight's ability to flash farm with Breathe Fire in favor of maximum durability, and should be used in cases where the lane is a constant struggle. If you manage to gain control of the lane and successfully farm a fast soul ring, Consider skipping the later points of Dragon Blood in favor of Breathe Fire.

Ability Builds[]

Generic Dragon Knight
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Offlane Dragon Knight
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Hero Talents
+375 AoE Dragon Tail During Elder Dragon Form25+12 Dragon Blood HP Regen/Armor
+20 Strength attribute symbol.png Strength20+150 Elder Dragon Form Attack Range
+400 Health15+0.5s Dragon Tail
-30% Breathe Fire Damage Reduction10+15 Damage
  • This attack damage talent is added as bonus attack damage.
    • Does not benefit illusions and is not affected by most percentage-based damage increasing or reducing effects.
  • The health talent increases maximum health capacity, and keeps the current health percentage.

Tips & Tactics[]


  • Dragon Knight is one of the few heroes with no cast time on his abilities, so abilities can be cast in between attacks on the backswing animation.
  • Creep stacking is a good tactic for Dragon Knight, as his ultimate will clear camps quickly.
  • Dragon Knight has a quick, clean attack animation, making last hitting fairly easy (especially with a Quelling Blade icon.png Quelling Blade).
  • With any source of lifesteal and mana sustain, such as with Soul Ring or Bottle, Dragon Knight rarely needs to return to the fountain.
  • In the early game, enemy teams may choose to ignore Dragon Knight during teamfights, due to his low damage.
  • Dragon Knight's item build varies depending on what he's facing. Good players must analyze enemies' items to make an informed decision.
  • Like several other carries, Dragon Knight relies heavily on Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar to keep himself from being disabled in teamfights.
  • Despite being tanky against physical damage, Dragon Knight has no defenses against magical and pure damage.
  • In the early to mid game, do not overestimate Dragon Knight's tankiness against a mixed lineup of heroes and his vulnerability to ganks.
  • Dragon Knight is able to be usefull in every core-role with his defensive and offensive abilities (Position 4 also possible, but not usual). Only which items you focus and buy will give him a specific role.


Breathe Fire[]

  • Breathe Fire can be used to farm and harass in lane, especially if Dragon Knight has a Soul Ring icon.png Soul Ring.
  • Breathe Fire is useful as an early game nuke, being your damage source until you can unleash heavy physical attacks.
  • Breathe Fire reduces enemies attack damage, try to apply it on enemy carries if possible.
  • Breathe Fire also reduces attack damage of creeps, allowing Dragon Knight to better tank stacks neutral camps.
  • Breathe Fire has enough range to stack ancient camps for mid Dragon Knight.

Dragon Tail[]

  • Dragon Tail is the longest guaranteed level 1 single target stun in the game.
  • Dragon Tail scales poorly. One or two levels is often enough to fulfill its primary stun purposes.
  • Dragon Tail is great for ganking, especially if you have Shadow Blade icon.png Shadow Blade or Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger.
  • Dragon Tail's cast range increases to 400 when you transform yourself into a Dragon. It is sometimes worth transforming simply to land a stun on a fleeing enemy.
  • Taking one level of it before level 6 makes it beneficial for ganking, as its a long duration range stun.

Dragon Blood[]

  • Consider leveling Dragon Blood early to increase Dragon Knight's survivability. This is especially helpful when playing in the offlane.
  • Despite the health regeneration, Dragon Knight is still quite vulnerable to magical damage.

Elder Dragon Form[]

  • Elder Dragon Form has a duration of 60 seconds and a cooldown of 115 seconds, which means it can be active nearly half the time even if used immediately after cooldown.
  • Despite its long duration, make sure Elder Dragon Form is always ready before a teamfight. Without it, Dragon Knight is easily kited and deals less damage.
  • Elder Dragon Form changes attack range from melee to ranged. Keep this in mind when building items as it also changes the effect of items like Manta Style icon.png Manta Style, damage block, bash chance and cleave.
  • The Dragons' corrosive breath affects towers, easily taking them down even in the early game.
  • Use the splash damage from level two and three to clean waves and stacked camps.
  • Splash damage does not trigger lifesteal.
  • Splash damage applies critical strike, and is affected by damage manipulation.
  • The Frostattack stacks completely with Eye of Skadi


Starting items:

  • Clarity icon.png Clarity helps with Dragon Knight's small mana pool, allowing him to use Breathe Fire more often in lane.
  • Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branch gives nice attributes, and can be used to build a Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand.
  • Tango icon.png Tango regenerates health early on until Dragon Blood.

Early game:

  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed are compulsory because of the early speed boost they give.
  • Bracer icon.png Bracer provides a good amount of strength, survivability, and overall tankiness in the early game.
  • Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick can help offset the damage of being harassed by spells, and provide a burst of HP and Mana to help win early fights.
  • Quelling Blade icon.png Quelling Blade makes last hitting easier due to his low base damage.
  • Soul Ring icon.png Soul Ring is a useful item on Dragon Knight, as it allows him to farm using Breathe Fire constantly. The extra health regeneration from Soul Ring together with the regeneration from Dragon Blood offset the health loss.

Mid game:

  • Armlet of Mordiggian (Inactive) icon.png Armlet of Mordiggian is common choice for strength DPS heroes. HP regen from Dragon Blood effectively manages the HP consumed by an activated Armlet.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar is a crucial item to have in most games to prevent being disabled. With the added survivability, damage and spell immunity, you become more durable and able to jump into the fight with less risk of dying.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger gives great mobility and initiation potential which Dragon Knight severely lacks.
  • Shadow Blade icon.png 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.png Silver Edge to break passive abilities.
  • Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand is a natural upgrade for Magic stick, offering a larger potential burst of health and mana.
  • Power Treads icon.png 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.

Late game:

  • Assault Cuirass icon.png 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.

Situational items:

  • Heaven's Halberd icon.png 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.png 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.
  • Manta Style icon.png Manta Style illusions get full benefits of the bonuses of Elder Dragon Form and the passive Dragon Blood. It provides you with valuable attack speed and movement speed.
  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter gives another level to your ultimate which allows you to become a black dragon. It also provides health, mana, and some decent stats. Upgrade to Aghanim's Blessing icon.png Aghanim's Blessing later on in order to free up an item slot.
  • Aghanim's Shard icon.png Aghanim's Shard unlocks the "Fireball" ability; great for pushing and also provides more AoE damage in team fights .
  • Satanic icon.png Satanic grants a sizeable strength boost, as well as damage and lifesteal, significantly increasing Dragon Knight's survivability.
  • Heart of Tarrasque icon.png 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.png Daedalus makes you deal more damage, and gives you the chance to make critical hits.
  • Eye of Skadi icon.png 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).
  • Moon Shard icon.png Moon Shard can be considered as a final luxury when your team is far ahead.
  • Overwhelming Blink icon.png Overwhelming Blink a natural upgrade for Blink Dagger icon.png 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.
  • Arcane Blink icon.png Arcane Blink can be combined with Octarine Core icon.png Octarine Core to stay in Elder Dragon Form most of the time.
  • Radiance (Active) icon.png Radiance Substantially increases DPS in team fights due to the AoE DoT and can also boost farming potential.