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Hood of Defiance
Hood of Defiance icon.png
A furred, magic resistant headpiece that is feared by wizards.
Bought From
Active Barrier
Bonus [?] +8.5 Health Regeneration
+20% Magic Resistance
Disassemble? No
Alert allies? No
Eternal Shroud (3300)
Pipe of Insight (3475)
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Ring of Health (825)
Cloak (500)
Ring of Regen (175)

The Hood of Defiance is an item purchasable at the Main Shop, under Armor.

Additional Information[]

  • Stacks multiplicatively with other sources of magic resistance.
  • Increases most heroes' total magic resistance to 40%, assuming basic 25% magic resistance and no other sources of magic resistance.


No Target
Creates a spell shield that absorbs up to 325 magical damage. Lasts 12 seconds.
Magical Damage Absorbed: 325
Duration: 12
Cooldown: 60
Mana: 75
Buff modifier_item_hood_of_defiance_barrier: Dispellable with death only.


  • Interrupts the user's channeling spells upon cast.
  • Only blocks magical damage, coming from spells and attacks. Does not block any physical or pure damage.
  • Recasting Barrier refreshes the buff and resets the barrier's absorb capacity.
  • Does not stack with other magical damage barriers.
    • If multiple sources of barriers are active on a unit, all of them lose capacity from the same absorbed damage instance.
    • However, if a damage instance is greater than the capacity of all barriers individually, the damage gets blocked as if the barriers were one barrier with combined capacity.

Recommended Heroes[]

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  • Decreases the self-damage from Rot.
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  • Huskar's high regeneration from Berserker's Blood pairs well with the burst protection from Hood of Defiance.
  • Heroes whose default item build includes Hood of Defiance or Pipe of Insight icon.png Pipe of Insight as a situational item:


  • This item can be purchased by a nuker against enemies carrying a Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail.
  • The Barrier can be used to keep your Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger active. It is useful for an initiator against an enemy team with a radiance or to escape if caught in a gank.


  • Prior to the July 14, 2017 Patch, Hood of Defiance's active ability, Barrier, did not have an official name. The name was taken from the Dota 2 Wiki and officially implemented into Dota 2.


Recent Changes[]

  • Increased Cloak icon.png Cloak cost from 450 Gold to 500 Gold (total cost increases from 1450 Gold to 1500 Gold).
  • Item cost changes:
    • Reduced Ring of Regen icon.png Ring of Regen cost from 225 Gold to 175 Gold.
    • Reduced Cloak icon.png Cloak cost from 550 Gold to 450 Gold.
    • Increased Default recipe icon.png Recipe cost from 200 Gold to 300 Gold.
    • Total gold cost decreases from 1800 Gold to 1750 Gold.