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Manifold Paradox
Cosmetic icon Manifold Paradox
Wearable 7247
[[No results|110px|link=Phantom AssassinUnknown Hero icon]]
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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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
Idle Animation
Idle rare Animation Manifold Paradox idle rare
Animation Manifold Paradox injured idle
Aggressive Animation Manifold Paradox aggressive
Attack Animation Manifold Paradox attack
Stifling Dagger icon Stifling Dagger Effect Manifold Paradox Stifling Dagger effect
Stifling Dagger icon Stifling Dagger
(Critical hit)
Effect Manifold Paradox Stifling Dagger crit effect
Phantom Strike icon Phantom Strike Effect Manifold Paradox Phantom Strike effect
Coup de Grace icon Coup de Grace Effect Manifold Paradox Coup de Grace effect
Coup de Grace icon Coup de Grace Enemy Screen
Manifold Paradox Coup de Grace enemy effect
Teleport Animation Manifold Paradox Teleport
Spawn Animation Manifold Paradox spawn
Run Animation Manifold Paradox run
Animation Manifold Paradox injured run
Animation Manifold Paradox aggressive run
Death Animation Manifold Paradox death

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 Paradox Memorial details


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
Top icon Manifold Paradox Phantom Assassin icon
Portrait Manifold Paradox portrait

Ability Icons[]

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


Customization Preview
Coup de Grace icon 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 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 Phantom Assassin.
  • Resetting the gem's counter will disable any earned styles.
Style Points Blades Paradox Memorial
Cosmetic icon Manifold Paradox
Style 1
Default Manifold Paradox ambient Paradox Memorial ambient
Cosmetic icon Manifold Paradox 2
Style 2
40 Points Manifold Paradox level 2 Manifold Paradox Gravestone lvl 2
Cosmetic icon Manifold Paradox 3
Style 3
100 Points Manifold Paradox level 3 Manifold Paradox Gravestone lvl 3

Set Items[]

Manifold Paradox
Manifold Paradox


  • The Manifold Paradox was first seen in the short comic The Contract, which was released with Oracle minimap icon Oracle. After requesting a favor from Phantom Assassin minimap icon 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 Coup de Grace icon after community feedback.
  • Update 2
    • Fixed item's assassination score being lower than intended and retroactively granted points.