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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 Components required from the Secret Shop
Linken's Sphere
Linken's Sphere icon
This magical sphere once protected one of the most famous heroes in history.
Armor
Cost 4800 Gold (600)
Sell Value Full price refunded within 10s. 2400 Gold
Active Transfer Spellblock
Passive ? Spellblock
Bonus ? +16 Strength
+16 Agility
+16 Intelligence
+6 Health Regeneration
+4.25 Mana Regeneration
Shareable No
Disassemble No
Usage Alert ? No
Recipe
Linken's Sphere (4800)
Components3
Ultimate Orb (2800)
Perseverance (1400)
Recipe (600)

Additional Information[]

Abilities[]

Spellblock
Ability
Passive
Affects
Self
Blocks most targeted spells once every 14 seconds.
Cooldown symbol
 14

  • Does not block abilities cast by allies.
  • For a list of blocked abilities and their interactions, see here.
  • This ability's cooldown is not refreshed by Rearm icon Rearm.


Transfer Spellblock
Temporarily removes Spellblock from the item's owner and transfers it to an allied unit for 14 seconds.
Cast Range: Affected by Cast Range bonuses. 700
Buff Duration: 14
Cooldown symbol
 14
Mana symbol
 0
Buff/Debuff
Modifiers [?]
modifier_item_sphere_target
Death

  • Can only be cast on allied heroes, clones and creep-heroes.
    • Can be cast on illusions as well, but does not block abilities for them.
    • Cannot be cast on self.
  • Successive Transfer Spellblock buffs refresh its duration.
    • When an ally places the Transfer Spellblock ability on a hero that has its own Linken's Sphere icon 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 is 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.
  • This ability's cooldown is not refreshed by Rearm icon Rearm.


Recommended Heroes[]

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

Weaver icon
Weaver
[[No results|110px|link=MorphlingUnknown Hero icon]]
Morphling
[[No results|110px|link=Queen of PainUnknown Hero icon]]
Queen of Pain
[[No results|110px|link=LinaUnknown Hero icon]]
Lina
Storm Spirit icon
Storm Spirit
Slark icon
Slark
[[No results|110px|link=InvokerUnknown Hero icon]]
Invoker
[[No results|110px|link=Ember SpiritUnknown Hero icon]]
Ember Spirit
[[No results|110px|link=Faceless VoidUnknown Hero icon]]
Faceless Void
Luna icon
Luna

Tips[]

  • Although Heroes that solely have single-target abilities (like Bane minimap icon Bane and Lion minimap icon Lion) seem like they would be rendered harmless with Linken's Sphere, this actually means they would be able to bypass the Linken's Sphere icon Spellblock much more easily than Heroes with only one single-target spell (like Lina minimap icon Lina, Razor minimap icon Razor, Terrorblade minimap icon Terrorblade or Wraith King minimap icon Wraith King), as Linken's Sphere only blocks one spell at a time.
  • As such, when facing an enemy with Linken's Sphere, it's best to use a cheap, spammable spell like Lucent Beam icon Lucent Beam, Stifling Dagger icon Stifling Dagger or Fade Bolt icon Fade Bolt to put the item on cooldown so that you or an ally can then use more powerful spells like Reaper's Scythe icon Reaper's Scythe or Doom ability icon Doom.
  • It is wise to Linken's Sphere icon 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 icon Corrosive Haze, from revealing the Hero or Duel icon Duel, from locking down your Hero for a long duration. If the enemy lacks any detection but has strong burst damage, Linken's Sphere icon 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 Clinkz, Ember Spirit minimap icon Ember Spirit, Storm Spirit minimap icon Storm Spirit or Weaver minimap icon 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 block for an ally, than spells with instant effect, because Linken's Sphere icon 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 Black King Bar, because it can force an enemy hero to cast his most powerful single-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. You must also remember that debuff immunity does not stop opponents from casting abilities targeting you even if they are blocked by debuff immunity, allowing opponents to waste your Linken's Sphere during Avatar.

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 Linken's Sphere icon Spell Mirror, which was basically a chance-based Lotus Orb icon Echo Shell from Lotus Orb icon Lotus Orb. The item was reworked into the present version in 6.09.
  • Talisman of Spell Shield icon Talisman of Spell Shield may have inspired the creation of Linken's Sphere.

Gallery[]

Recent Changes[]

Version
Description
  • REWORKED
    recipe.
OLD
Linken's Sphere icon Linken's Sphere
Recipe: Ultimate Orb icon Ultimate Orb (2050 Gold), Cornucopia icon Cornucopia (1200 Gold), Default recipe icon Recipe (1350 Gold)
Total cost: 4600 Gold
NEW
Linken's Sphere icon Linken's Sphere
Recipe: Ultimate Orb icon Ultimate Orb (2800 Gold), Perseverance icon Perseverance (1400 Gold), Default recipe icon Recipe (600 Gold)
Total cost: 4800 Gold
  • No longers grants 10 bonus attack damage.
  • Successive Linken's Sphere icon Transfer Spellblock buffs now refresh its duration instead of applying multiple instances.



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