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Pipe of Insight
Pipe of Insight icon.png
A powerful artifact of mysterious origin, it creates barriers against magical forces.
3475 (1550)
Bought From
Active Barrier
Passive [?] Insight Aura
Bonus [?] +8.5 Health Regeneration
+30% Magic Resistance
Disassemble? No
Alert allies? Yes
Pipe of Insight (3475)Components3.png
Hood of Defiance (1500)
Headdress (425)
Recipe (1550)

The Pipe of Insight is an item purchasable at the Main Shop, under Support.

Additional Information[]

  • The magic resistance stacks multiplicatively with other sources of magic resistance.
  • Including the aura, increases most heroes' total magic resistance to 52.75%, assuming basic 25% magic resistance and no other sources of magic resistance.
  • Together with the aura, one Pipe of Insight grants a total of 11 health regeneration to the owner.


No Target
Gives a shield that blocks 400 magic damage to all nearby allies. Lasts 12 seconds.
Radius: 1200
Magical Damage Absorbed: 400
Duration: 12
Cooldown: 60
Mana: 100
Buff modifier_item_pipe_barrier: Dispellable with death only.


  • Interrupts the user's channeling spells upon cast.
  • Only blocks magical damage, coming from spells and attacks. Does not block any physical or pure damage.
  • Recasting Barrier refreshes the buff and resets the barrier's absorb capacity.
  • Does not stack with other magical damage barriers.
    • If multiple sources of barriers are active on a unit, all of them lose capacity from the same absorbed damage instance.
    • However, if a damage instance is greater than the capacity of all barriers individually, the damage gets blocked as if the barriers were one barrier with combined capacity.

Insight Aura
Partially usable by illusions. Pierces spell immunity.
Gives allied units 2.5 health regeneration and 10% magic resistance.
Radius: 1200
Health Regen Bonus: 2.5
Magic Resistance Bonus: 10%
Aura Linger Duration: 0.5
Partially usable by illusions. Illusions bestow the aura, but do not benefit from the magic resistance.
Buff modifier_item_pipe_aura: Undispellable. Persists death.


  • Multiple instances of Insight Aura do not stack.
    • Fully stacks with other sources of health regeneration, including Headdress icon.png Headdress and its other upgrades.
    • The magic resistance stacks multiplicatively with other sources of magic resistance.
  • Increases most heroes' total magic resistance to 32.5%, assuming basic 25% magic resistance and no other sources of magic resistance.
    • Together with the passive bonus, this is further increased to 52.75% for the wielder of the item.
  • The aura's buff lingers for 0.5 seconds.

Recommended Heroes[]


  • The Pipe of Insight is useful for frail heroes who can be easily taken down by damages from spells. With its aura, it can slightly increase the magic resistance of a hero.
  • It is an ideal for a support heroes to carry a Pipe of Insight in order to protect the nearby allies against the strongest magic spells.
  • It is best combined with Crimson Guard icon.png Crimson Guard and any abilities that grants damage block.


  • In the transition from DotA to Dota 2, Pipe of Insight name was changed from the Khadgar's Pipe of Insight to simply Pipe of Insight. Khadgar was a wizard in Warcraft II.
  • Dazzle minimap icon.png Dazzle's cosmetic item Pipe of Dezun is based on the Pipe of Insight.


Recent Changes[]

  • Increased Insight Aura health regeneration bonus from 2 to 2.5.
  • Increased Hood of Defiance icon.png Hood of Defiance cost from 1450 Gold to 1500 Gold (total cost increases from 3425 Gold to 3475 Gold).
  • Item cost changes:
    • Hood of Defiance icon.png Hood of Defiance no longer requires a Default recipe icon.png Recipe to build (−300 Gold cost).
    • Increased Default recipe icon.png Recipe cost from 1250 Gold to 1550 Gold.
    • Total gold cost remains at 3425 Gold.