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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.

Components required from the Base Shop
Linken's Sphere
Linken's Sphere icon.png
This magical sphere once protected one of the most famous heroes in history.
Armor
Cost 4600 Gold (900)
Sell Value Full price refunded within 10s. 2300 Gold
Active Transfer Spellblock
Passive ? Spellblock
Bonus ? +16 Strength
+16 Agility
+16 Intelligence
+7 Health Regeneration
+5 Mana Regeneration
Shareable No
Disassemble No
Usage Alert ? No
Recipe
Linken's Sphere (4600)
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Ultimate Orb (2050)
Perseverance (1650)
Recipe (900)

Additional Information[]

Abilities[]

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

Notes:

  • Does not block abilities cast by allies.
  • For a list of blocked abilities and their interactions, see here.


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.
Illusion Notes:
The ability can be cast on illusions, but it does not block any abilities for them.
Buff/Debuff
Modifiers [?]
modifier_item_sphere_target
Death

Notes:

  • Can only be cast on allied heroes and creep-heroes.
    • 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 an ability.
    • This also means that when an ally places the Transfer Spellblock ability on a hero that has its own Spellblock, each buff can block an ability separately. The Transfer Spellblock buff is used up first in this case.
  • When ally-targeted, Spellblock goes on cooldown upon cast. Therefore, the item does not block abilities on the caster while the buff is active on the ally.
    • It goes into cooldown once again when the Transfer Spellblock buff blocks an ability on the targeted ally.
    • The initial cooldown upon cast as well as the buff's duration are affected by cooldown reductions. However, the cooldown upon triggering on an ally is not.
    • Does not go into cooldown if the buff did not block any abilities and expires.
    • Although affected by cooldown reductions, resetting the item's cooldown does not affect the already placed buff.


Recommended Heroes[]

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

Morphling icon.png
Morphling
Queen of Pain icon.png
Queen of Pain
Tinker icon.png
Tinker
Weaver icon.png
Weaver

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.

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.
  • Talisman of Spell Shield icon.png Talisman of Spell Shield may have inspired the creation of Linken's Sphere.

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.


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