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Manifold Paradox
Cosmetic icon Manifold Paradox.png
Wearable 7247
Phantom Assassin icon.png
Phantom Assassin
Rarity: Arcana
Slot: Weapon

With a raspy cackle, the elder smith Craler swung the sword that his family had spent eleven generations to fold and forge. So sharp it was that, with a sound like tearing fabric, a rip in reality tore open. Through this rip, Craler recognized himself from moments before, holding aloft the very same coveted blade. Then, in a fit of greed and madness, he cut this earlier self down to seize the twin sword as his own. Too late, however, Craler felt a familiar wound, and was suddenly filled with the memory of being cut down himself...
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▶️ I'm here to blur the line between life and death.
Phantom Assassin

This item was made for the Nemesis Assassin Event. New styles were unlocked by accumulating kills during and after the event. Editions purchased before December 7, 2014 come in Exalted quality.



Customization Type Preview
Loadout Effect
Ambient Effect Manifold Paradox ambient.gif
Idle Animation
Idle rare Animation Manifold Paradox idle rare.gif
Animation Manifold Paradox injured idle.gif
Aggressive Animation Manifold Paradox aggressive.gif
Attack Animation Manifold Paradox attack.gif
Stifling Dagger Effect Manifold Paradox Stifling Dagger effect.gif
Stifling Dagger
(Critical hit)
Effect Manifold Paradox Stifling Dagger crit effect.gif
Phantom Strike Effect Manifold Paradox Phantom Strike effect.gif
Coup de Grace Effect Manifold Paradox Coup de Grace effect.gif
Coup de Grace Enemy Screen
Manifold Paradox Coup de Grace enemy effect.gif
Teleport Animation Manifold Paradox Teleport.gif
Spawn Animation Manifold Paradox spawn.gif
Run Animation Manifold Paradox run.gif
Animation Manifold Paradox injured run.gif
Animation Manifold Paradox aggressive run.gif
Death Animation Manifold Paradox death.gif

Paradox Memorial[]

Killing an enemy leaves a Paradox Memorial where they died. The memorial can be selected to view details of the kill. Points can be earned to unlock new colors for the memorial. The Paradox Memorial's appearance is changed upon upgrading the Manifold Paradox.

Customization Preview Kill Detail
Gravestone Paradox Memorial ambient.gif Paradox Memorial details.png


Detail windows contain one of thirteen possible epitaphs.

  • Who turned out the lights?
  • It's dark down here.
  • I was too slow.
  • Rest for the wicked.
  • Don't leave me here!
  • Dig me up. I dare you.
  • Should have practiced more.
  • Never saw it coming.
  • Should have bought more armor.
  • Shhh. Taking a dirt nap.
  • On the wrong side of the grass.
  • What were the chances?
  • Ouch.

Hero Icons[]

Customization Preview
Minimap icon Manifold Paradox Phantom Assassin minimap icon.png
Top icon Manifold Paradox Phantom Assassin icon.png
Portrait Manifold Paradox portrait.gif

Ability Icons[]

Stifling Dagger Phantom Strike Blur Coup de Grace
Manifold Paradox Stifling Dagger icon.png Manifold Paradox Phantom Strike icon.png Manifold Paradox Blur icon.png Manifold Paradox Coup de Grace icon.png


Customization Preview
Coup de Grace

Voice Responses[]

Customization Preview
Altered voice for all existing responses Modified Responses


Selectable styles for the color of the blades and Paradox Memorial can be upgraded by winning regular non-turbo matches and earning points. Points are recorded on the Rune of the Foreseer's Contract.

  • During the Nemesis Assassin Event, players earned 3 points per win with any hero.
  • After the event ended, players now earn 1 point per win, and only when playing with Phantom Assassin minimap icon.png Phantom Assassin.
  • Resetting the gem's counter will disable any earned styles.
Style Points Blades Paradox Memorial
Cosmetic icon Manifold Paradox.png
Style 1
Default Manifold Paradox ambient.gif Paradox Memorial ambient.gif
Cosmetic icon Manifold Paradox 2.png
Style 2
40 Points Manifold Paradox level 2.gif Manifold Paradox Gravestone lvl 2.gif
Cosmetic icon Manifold Paradox 3.png
Style 3
100 Points Manifold Paradox level 3.gif Manifold Paradox Gravestone lvl 3.gif

Set Items[]


  • The Manifold Paradox was first seen in the short comic The Contract, which was released with Oracle minimap icon.png Oracle. After requesting a favor from Phantom Assassin minimap icon.png Phantom Assassin, Oracle gives her the Manifold Paradox to assassinate his enemies.



  • The sound of fabric tearing when Craler first tried out the Manifold Paradox is a reference to the commonly used metaphor, fabric of reality.
  • This item shares aesthetics with Avowance of the Veiled Ones and Codicil of the Veiled Ones, which change colors depending on Manifold Paradox's selected style.

Patch History[]

  • Updated model.
  • Fixed issues with Arcana effects not being applied in loadout and hero selection.
  • Manifold Paradox gravestones no longer blocks neutral creeps from spawning.
  • The item upgrades are now converted to selectable styles.
  • No longer comes in Exalted quality.
  • Fixed the Gravestone to display the pro player name when available.
  • Changed custom Coup de Grace icon after community feedback.
  • Update 2
    • Fixed item's assassination score being lower than intended and retroactively granted points.