Riki

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Riki
Riki icon.png
Strength attribute symbol.png
Agility attribute symbol.png
Intelligence attribute symbol.png
18 + 2.4
18 + 1.4
14 + 1.3
Level 0 1 15 25 30
Health 200 560 1220 1940 2220
Health regen 2.5 4.3 7.66 11.26 12.66
Mana 75 243 459 759 855
Mana regen 0 0.7 1.61 2.86 3.29
Armor 3 6 9.27 13.6 15.1
Att/sec 0.59 0.69 0.81 0.96 1.02
Damage 41‒45 59‒63 78‒82 104‒108 113‒117
Magic resistance 25%
▶️ Movement speed 320
▶️ Attack speed 100
Turn rate 0.6
Vision range 1800/800
Attack range 150
Projectile speed Instant
Attack animation 0.3+0.3
Base attack time 1.7
Damage block 16
Collision size 24
Legs
Gib type Default

Riki, the Stealth Assassin, is a melee agility hero that uses stealth in order to surprise enemies and quickly kill them. Usually being played as a carry, his trademark ability, Cloak and Dagger, lets him sneak up on his enemies from behind and deal massive backstab damage, and then quickly escape. This enables him to close in on the enemy and drop his devastating Smoke Screen, which cripples fighters and spellcasters alike. Blink Strike allows Riki to chase with impunity, while Tricks of the Trade makes quick work of his enemies during teamfights. A sneaky and agile assassin, Riki ensures that none of his foes can get away or catch him with each passing opportunity.

Bio[edit]

Riki minimap icon.pngRiki, the Stealth Assassin
▶️ "There are none so stabbed as those who will not see."
Riki was born middle child to the great dynasty of Tahlin. With an older brother groomed for the throne, and a younger brother coddled and kept, Riki, the small middle son, seemed born for the art of invisibility. It was an art he cultivated, and one which ultimately saved his life on the night that his people were betrayed and his family slaughtered. Of all the royal line, he alone escaped—small and agile, unassuming, using smoke as cover. He cut his way out of the royal grounds, using the advantage of surprise, quietly slitting the throats of one enemy warrior after another. Now free of his royal responsibilities, Riki uses his talents in service to a new trade: Stealth Assassin. He silences his enemies, sharpening his skills, hoping to one day take revenge on those who killed his family and robbed him of his birthright.

Abilities[edit]

Smoke Screen
Smoke Screen icon.png
Affects
Enemies
Throws down a smoke bomb, silencing enemies, and causing them to miss attacks.
Cast Animation: 0.2+0
Cast Range: 550
Effect Radius: 300/325/350/375 (Talent 475/500/525/550)
Miss Chance: 20%/35%/50%/65%
Aura Linger Duration: 0.5
Duration: 6
Cooldown: 20/17/14/11 (Talent 16/13/10/7)
Mana: 75
Does not pierce spell immunity. Although the debuff lingers, it does nothing when the target turns spell immune.
Modifiers
Buff modifier_riki_smoke_screen_thinker: Undispellable. Persists death.
Debuff modifier_riki_smoke_screen: Dispellable with death only.
Since his escape during the night of his betrayal, Riki has valued the use of a simple smoke screen to confuse his opponents.

Notes:

  • All effects of Smoke Screen are provided by an aura. Its debuff lingers for 0.5 seconds.
  • Can be cast during Tricks of the Trade without interrupting it, as long as the targeted point is within cast range.
    • During Tricks of the Trade, Smoke Screen has a cast point and backswing of 0 and does not require facing the targeted point to be cast.
    • The channeling itself does get interrupted, but the ability continues with its effects.
    • In this state, new Shift-queue orders will cause Trick of the Trade to get completely canceled.


Blink Strike
Blink Strike icon.png
Affects
Self / Enemies
Damage
Magical
Teleports behind the target unit, striking for bonus damage if it is an enemy.
Cast Animation: 0.3+0
Cast Range: 600/700/800/900
Damage: 25/50/75/100
Attack Animation Speed Bonus: 50%
Number of Charges: 2
Charge Replenish Time: 25/20/15/10 (Talent 21/16/11/6)
Cooldown: 0.1
Mana: 50
Modifiers
Buff modifier_riki_blinkstrike: Dispellable with death only.
The Stealth Assassin's agile movement makes him impossible to escape.

Notes:

  • Riki gets all 2 charges immediately upon learning Blink Strike.
  • The bonus damage is independent from Riki's attack damage and is instantly dealt to the target.
  • Blink Strike always teleports Riki behind the target.
    • However, it does not disjoint projectiles upon teleporting.
  • Riki is ordered to attack the target if it is an enemy.
    • Can be cast on allies without damaging them.
  • When targeting an enemy, Riki receives a hidden buff.
    • This buff makes his next attack apply an ensured backstab hit with Cloak and Dagger, regardless of facing angle.
    • This means if the target manages to turn around before Riki's attack hits, it still applies the backstab.
    • The buff lasts for 1 attack, or for up to 1 second, whichever happens first.
    • The buff is used up upon starting an attack, not upon landing it, so canceling or missing the attack wastes it.
    • Riki may use this 1-second duration buff to ensured the bonus backstab damage against other units other than the targeted unit if quick enough.


Tricks of the Trade
Tricks of the Trade icon.png
Affects
Self / Enemies
Riki phases out of the world while striking random enemy units from behind in an area around him.
Cast Animation: 0.3+0
Cast Range: 400 (With Aghanim's Scepter 700)
Max Channel Time: 2
Radius: 450
Attack Targets: 1 (With Aghanim's Scepter 2)
Attack Count: 4
Instant Attack Damage: 50%
Bonus Agility: 55%/70%/85%/100%
Cooldown: 21/18/15/12 (Talent 17/14/11/8)
Mana: 50
Aghanim's Scepter upgrade: Increases cast range and allows you to target an allied hero, hiding inside them for the duration.
Modifiers
Buff modifier_riki_tricks_of_the_trade_phase: Dispellable with death only.
The Stealth Assassin is not afraid to fight dirty, and specializes in attacking his opponents from behind.

Notes:

  • Tricks of the Trade disjoints projectiles upon cast.
  • Causes Riki to perform instant attacks on 1/2 random enemy units within range in 0.67-second intervals, starting immediately upon cast, resulting in 4 instances.
    • These instant attacks can proc any attack modifiers (including Cloak and Dagger, regardless of facing angles) and on-hit effects normally. They do not have True Strike, but completely ignore disarms.
    • These instant attacks do not break Cloak and Dagger's and Smoke of Deceit icon.png Smoke of Deceit's invisibility, although Cloak and Dagger visually goes on cooldown.
  • The visual effects indicating Tricks of the Trade's attack radius are visible to both allies and enemies.
    • The attack radius is always centered on Riki and follows him even when he gets moved (e.g. Glimpse).
    • However, a part of the radius indicating visual effects on the ground do not follow Riki, and stay at the cast location.
  • Riki reappears at the center of the ability after the max channel time.
    • ↓↓ Double-tapping automatically moves Riki to the targeted location within the cast range. Riki reappears at the center of the ability.
  • Smoke Screen can be cast without interrupting it, as long as the targeted point is within cast range.
    • During Tricks of the Trade, Smoke Screen has a cast point and backswing of 0 and does not require facing the targeted point to be cast.
    • The channeling itself does get interrupted, but the ability continues with its effects.
    • In this state, new Shift-queue orders will cause Trick of the Trade to get completely canceled.
  • With Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter, Trick of the Trade attacks 2 enemies at once, resulting in up to 8 attacks over the same intervals and duration.
    • Can be cast on an allied hero, including illusions and clones, excluding creep-heroes.
    • Riki and all of Tricks of the Trade's effects are centered around and follow the allied hero. Riki still remains hidden.
      • This means Riki's auras are effectively bestowed around the allied hero for the duration.
    • Does not end when the target dies. The ability continues at its corpse's location. It is still bound to the ally, so when it reincarnates, it follows it still.


Sleeping Dart icon.png
Affects
Enemies
Damage
Magical
Fires a dart at the target enemy, putting them to sleep for 4 seconds or if they take 200 damage. The target takes 120 damage and is slowed by 30% for 4 seconds upon waking up.
Cast Animation: 0.2+0.57
Cast Range: 1200
Damage: 120
Move Speed Slow: 30%
Slow Duration: 4
Sleep Duration: 4
Wake Up Damage Threshold: 200
Cooldown: 12
Mana: 85
Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Blocked upon impact.
Modifiers
Debuff modifier_riki_dart: Dispellable with death only.
Debuff modifier_riki_poison_dart_debuff: Dispellable with any dispel.

Notes:

  • The projectile travels at a speed of 1600.
  • The damage and slow are applied upon losing the sleep debuff, either from the duration expiring or reaching the damage threshold.
    • The debuff first applies the slow debuff, then the damage.


Cloak and Dagger's angle visualised

Cloak and Dagger
Cloak and Dagger icon.png
Ability
Passive
Affects
Self / Enemies
Damage
Physical
Riki fades into the shadows, becoming invisible. Every time Riki strikes his enemy from behind, he deals bonus damage based on his Agility. When Riki attacks, he becomes visible.
Fade Delay: 4/3/2
Back Angle: 105°
Backstab Damage per Agility: 1.4/1.8/2.2 (Talent 1.9/2.3/2.7)
Talent Self Move Speed Bonus: 8%
Aghanim's Shard upgrade: Grants a new ability: Sleeping Dart.
Partially usable by illusions. Invisibility part works for illusions. Illusions play the backstab sound upon attacking from behind, but do not deal any bonus damage.
Modifiers
Buff modifier_riki_backstab: Undispellable. Persists death.
Buff modifier_invisible: Dispellable with death only.
Riki comes for you.

Notes:

  • Riki does not auto attack enemies while invisible.
  • When respawning or reincarnating, Riki starts off invisible and does not need to go through the fade delay.
  • Casting abilities or using items does not break the invisibility.
  • Backstab damage is applied when attacking and denying allies.
  • The bonus damage is dealt in one instance together with the attack damage, and counts as attack damage as well.
    • It can be lifestealed off of, and is considered by crit or cleave.
    • It is not affected by percentage-based attack damage bonuses or reductions, but can be reduced with flat reductions.
  • The sound effect plays at the start of the attack, but the damage is applied on hit.
  • The move speed from the level 15 Talent talent is only granted while invisible, i.e. when the ability is not on cooldown.


Talents[edit]

Hero Talents
+175 Smoke Screen AoE25-4 Tricks of the Trade Cooldown
-4 Blink Strike Replenish Time20+0.5 Backstab Multiplier
-4s Smoke Screen Cooldown15+8% Cloak and Dagger Movement Speed While Invisible
+20 Attack Speed10+8 Strength attribute symbol.png Strength
Notes:

Recent Changes[edit]

Main Article: Riki/Changelogs
Version
Description
  • Blink Strike now provides 50% attack animation increase for the attack.
  • Tricks of the Trade
    • Reduced instant attack damage from 70%/80%/90%/100% to 50% on each level.
    • Now grants Agility attribute symbol.png agility bonus by 55%/70%/85%/100% for the duration.
  • Aghanim's Shard icon.png Aghanim's Shard upgrade:
    • Sleeping Dart
    • Increased duration from 3 to 4.
    • Now the slept target is no longer invulnerable to damage. They now have a 200 damage wake up threshold.
  • Talents:
Level 10 right talent changed: +6 health regen ➜ +8 Strength attribute symbol.png strength.
Level 15 right talent changed: +20 attack damage ➜ +8% Cloak and Dagger movement speed while invisible.
Level 20 left talent changed: +475 Blink Strike cast range ➜ -4s charge Blink Strike replenish time.
Level 25 left talent: +125 Smoke Screen radius increased to +175.
Level 25 right talent: -6s Tricks of the Trade cooldown reduced to -4s.

Recommended items[edit]

Starting items:

  • Tango icon.png Tango regenerates health so Riki can stay longer in lane and reach level 6 sooner.
  • Healing Salve icon.png Healing Salve restores health as well.
  • Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branch gives cheap attributes and builds into Magic Wand, or Riki can use it with Tango to get more health.
  • Slippers of Agility icon.png Slippers of Agility increases agility for Riki to last hit; it builds into Wraith Band later on.

Early game:

  • Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick replaces your consumables with an alternative source of recovery, and is particularly useful if the enemy team includes heroes that rely on abilities.
  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed provide movement speed, allowing Riki to keep pace with fleeing heroes while Blink Strike is on cooldown.
  • Orb of Venom icon.png Orb of Venom helps secure kills with its movement slow and helps compensate for Riki's own horrible movement speed.

Mid game:

  • Power Treads icon.png Power Treads give Riki increased attack speed as well as a further bonus to attributes, which help increasing Cloak and Dagger's damage output.
  • Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand, upgraded from Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick, gives better attribute bonuses and a better healing ability.
  • Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade provides a way to slow fleeing heroes, keeping them in Smoke Screen, as well as burning mana from casters for extra damage. It also boosts agility which will increase Cloak and Dagger's backstab damage.
  • Skull Basher icon.png Skull Basher provides increased damage and strength, which is always nice on a right-click hero that gets close for kills, like Riki. In addition, the Bash is useful for keeping enemies inside the Smoke Screen.

Late game:

  • Butterfly icon.png Butterfly provides a huge increase in both survivability and damage, as well as attack speed. It also boosts your agility which scales well with Cloak and Dagger's backstab damage.
  • Abyssal Blade icon.png Abyssal Blade allows Riki to cancel channeled spells with its stun and bash, as well as continuing to lock-down opponents once they have acquired Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar.
  • Nullifier icon.png Nullifier's movement speed slow keeps enemies inside Trick of the Trade. Furthermore, the mute and dispel complements Smoke Screen's silence and miss to disable enemies further, countering and preventing them from using defensive abilities and items like Ghost Scepter icon.png Ghost Scepter.

Situational items:

  • Drum of Endurance icon.png Drum of Endurance is a good early to mid game pickup, as it makes everyone faster and gives Riki attributes and mana regeneration.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar allows Riki to effectively fight in team-fights and get kills against opponents that have strong disables.
  • Sange and Yasha icon.png Sange and Yasha give great attribute bonuses, as well as attack damage.
  • Eye of Skadi icon.png Eye of Skadi gives attributes across the board as well as a flat health and mana pool bonus, allowing Riki to take more hits, deal more damage and use more abilities. It also gives a powerful, spell immunity piercing slow that will prevent your target from escaping.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger allows Riki to initiate using Blink Strike and Tricks of the Trade, then safely blinking away just before Tricks of the Trade finishes.
  • Manta Style icon.png Manta Style can be used to dispel debuffs, including Dust of Appearance icon.png Dust of Appearance. Riki can use the illusions to scout, and as targets for Blink Strike when escaping.
  • Battle Fury icon.png Battle Fury can proc with Tricks of the Trade and Backstab, and gives riki much needed Mana regeneration.
  • Mjollnir icon.png Mjollnir can proc with Tricks of the Trade, but only up to once per strike due to the item's internal cooldown of 0.2 seconds.
  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter doubles the duration of Tricks of the Trade and allows him to cast it on an allied hero, increasing his potential in teamfights.

Gameplay[edit]

Roles: Carry Carry Escape Escape Disabler Disabler
Complexity: ★☆☆
Playstyle: The soldiers came for his father, and his brothers, but not for Riki. For once, it was good to be the neglected middle child. Leaving his past life behind, Riki escaped the royal grounds using his own methods of Cloak and Dagger. Stealthy and fond of killing from behind, Riki throws down a dense Smoke Screen, blinding and choking foes as he takes them by surprise with Blink Strike. Intruders who enter his turf are greeted with twin daggers, flashes of steel that slash simultaneously at every turned back, while the master himself remains unseen. How this feat is accomplished remains a mystery, for Riki is not one to divulge the Tricks of the Trade.


Audio[edit]

History[edit]

Equipment[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • In DotA, Riki was named "Rikimaru", a reference to one of the main characters in the Tenchu video game series.
  • Riki's fun/alternate name was Riki Martin, which is a pun on Ricky Martin, a famous Latino pop singer.
  • Riki's line upon dying, ▶️ "Good assassins never die… they just fade away.", is a reference to a quote by General Douglas MacArthur, "Old soldiers never die; they just fade away."
  • Riki's line ▶️ "There are none so stabbed as those who will not see." is a reference to a proverb: "There are none so blind as those who will not see."
  • Riki's line ▶️ "I speak softly, but carry a sharp knife." is a reference to the West African Proverb "Speak softly and carry a big stick.", popularized by U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt.

Gallery[edit]