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Hood of Defiance is an item purchasable at the Base Shop, under Armor. However, it can only be completed with items from the Secret Shop.

Components required from the Base Shop Components required from the Secret Shop
Hood of Defiance
Hood of Defiance icon.png
A furred, magic resistant headpiece that is feared by wizards.
Cost 1500 Gold
Sell Value Full price refunded within 10s. 750 Gold
Active Barrier
Bonus ? +8.5 Health Regeneration
+18% Magic Resistance
Shareable No
Disassemble No
Usage Alert ? No
Eternal Shroud (3300)
Pipe of Insight (3475)
Hood of Defiance (1500)
Ring of Health (825)
Cloak (500)
Ring of Regen (175)

Additional Information[]

  • Stacks multiplicatively with other sources of magic resistance.
    • Increases most heroes' total magic resistance to 38.5%.


No Target
Creates a spell shield that absorbs up to 350 magical damage. Lasts 12 seconds.
Magical Damage Absorbed: 350
Duration: 12
Cooldown: 60
Mana: 50
Modifiers [?]


  • Interrupts the caster's channeling abilities upon cast.
  • Only blocks magical damage, coming from abilities 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 icon.png
  • 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[]

  • Reduced magic resistance bonus from 20% to 18%.
  • Barrier
    • Increased magical damage absorbed from 325 to 350.
    • Reduced mana cost from 75 to 50.
  • Increased Cloak icon.png Cloak cost from 450 Gold to 500 Gold (total cost increases from 1450 Gold to 1500 Gold).
  • Hood of Defiance icon.png Hood of Defiance no longer requires a Default recipe icon.png Recipe (−300 Gold) to build (total cost decreases from 1750 Gold to 1450 Gold).