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Linken's Sphere
Linken's Sphere icon.png
This magical sphere once protected one of the most famous heroes in history.
Cost
4600 (900)
Bought From
Armor
Active Transfer Spellblock
Passive [?] Spellblock
Bonus [?] +14 Strength
+14 Agility
+14 Intelligence
+7 Health Regeneration
+5 Mana Regeneration
Disassemble? No
Alert allies? No
Recipe
Linken's Sphere (4600)Components3.png
Ultimate Orb (2050)
Perseverance (1650)
Recipe (900)

Linken's Sphere is an item purchasable at the Main Shop, under Armor. However, it can only be completed with items from the Secret Shop.

Additional Information[]

Abilities[]

Spellblock
Ability
Passive
Affects
Self
Blocks most targeted spells once every 12 seconds.
Cooldown: 12

Notes:

  • Does not block spells cast by allies.


Transfer Spellblock
Temporarily removes Spellblock from the item's owner and transfers it to an allied unit for 12 seconds.
Cast Range: 700
Buff Duration: 12
Cooldown: 12
Mana: 0
Cannot be used by illusions. The buff can be transfered to illusions, however it does not block a spell for them.
Modifiers
Buff modifier_item_sphere_target: Dispellable with death only.

Notes:

  • Cannot be cast on self.
  • Multiple instances of the buff work fully independently from each other.
    • This means it is possible to cast two instances on the same allied hero, and each buff can block one spell.
    • This also means that when an ally places the Linken's buff on a hero that has its own Linken's Sphere, both can block a spell. The allied buff is used up first in this case.
  • Puts Linken's Sphere on cooldown upon transferring the buff. During this period, it does not block spells on the owner.
  • Goes into cooldown once again when the buff blocks a spell on the targeted allied hero.
  • Does not go into cooldown when the buff did not block a spell and expired.


Blocked Abilities[]

Main Article: Spell Block

Recommended Heroes[]

  • Heroes whose default item build includes Linken Sphere as a core item:
  • Heroes whose default item build includes Linken Sphere as a situational item:

Tips[]

  • Although Heroes that solely have single-target abilities (like Bane minimap icon.png Bane and Lion minimap icon.png Lion) seem like they would be rendered harmless with Linken's Sphere, this actually means they would be able to bypass the Spellblock much more easily than Heroes with only one single-target spell (like Lina minimap icon.png Lina or Wraith King minimap icon.png Wraith King), as Linken's Sphere only blocks one spell at a time.
  • As such, when facing against an enemy with Linken's Sphere, it's best to use a cheap, spammable spell like Stifling Dagger or Fade Bolt to put the item on cooldown so that you or an ally can then use more powerful spells like Reaper's Scythe or Doom.
  • It is wise to Transfer Spellblock on your allied initiator or carry to prevent them from being disabled immediately when charging into the enemy team.
  • It is good to purchase this item on Heroes that use invisibility or are going to buy items that grant it, as the Spell Block can prevent some spells, such as Corrosive Haze, from revealing the Hero or Duel, from locking down your Hero for a long duration. If the enemy lacks any detection but has strong burst damage, Spellblock may also prevent some disables or ultimates from locking and bursting down your Hero before your fade time, or at least give you a warning that you are about to be targeted.
  • This item can be useful on heroes with quick escape options such as Clinkz minimap icon.png Clinkz, Ember Spirit minimap icon.png Ember Spirit, Storm Spirit minimap icon.png Storm Spirit or Weaver minimap icon.png Weaver as Linken's Sphere can easily make you almost immune to enemy ganks by blocking any enemy's spell - protecting you from a potential disable and also giving you an early warning that the enemy is coming, allowing you to make your escape.
  • Projectile-based spells are always blocked upon impact. This makes them easier to blocked for an ally, than spells with instant effect, because Transfer Spellblock can be placed on the targeted ally before the projectile hits.
  • Linken's Sphere is a good combination with Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar, because it can force enemy hero to cast his most powerful singe-targeted ability on you. However, spending two inventory slots on defensive items means less room for damage and utility items, so think before you buy.

Items Synergy[]

  • Shadow Blade icon.png Shadow Blade: will make you hard to gank with the Linken's Sphere protecting you from being disabled. It can also be used to initiate.
  • Force Staff icon.png Force Staff and Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger provides good mobility too.

Counter Items[]

  • Force Staff icon.png Force Staff: it is the cheapest item able to disable a Linken's Sphere.
  • Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade: it is not as cheap as force staff, but is useful to disable a Linken's Sphere.
  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity:
  • Rod of Atos icon.png Rod of Atos: it is not as cheap as force staff, but its active has the longest casting range of all the items who can disable Linkens's Sphere, which allows its wearer to disable Linken's Sphere from afar
  • Abyssal Blade icon.png Abyssal Blade: Though expensive, can disable a Linken's Sphere through Spell Immunity.
  • Heaven's Halberd icon.png Heaven's Halberd: Situational, but it can also disable Linken's Sphere.

Trivia[]

  • Linken's Sphere bears a strong resemblance to the item Nayru's Love originally from 'The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time', which protects Link from damage at the cost of magic power.
  • Linken's Sphere is named after Linken, a character from World of Warcraft, who is in turn named after Link, the protagonist of the Legend of Zelda franchise.
  • As Linken's Sphere was originally created, it was named Linken's Mirror or Linken's Mirror Shield. Its ability was Spell Mirror, which was basically a chance-based Echo Shell from Lotus Orb icon.png Lotus Orb. The item was reworked into the present version in 6.09.

Gallery[]

Recent Changes[]

Version
Description
  • Item cost changes:
    • Reduced Ultimate Orb icon.png Ultimate Orb cost from 2150 Gold to 2050 Gold.
    • Reduced Default recipe icon.png Recipe cost from 1200 Gold to 900 Gold.
    • Total gold cost decreases from 5000 Gold to 4600 Gold.
  • Item cost changes:
    • Reduced Ring of Health icon.png Ring of Health cost from 850 Gold to 825 Gold.
    • Reduced Void Stone icon.png Void Stone cost from 850 Gold to 825 Gold.
    • Total gold cost decreases from 5050 Gold to 5000 Gold.