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Riki icon.png
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18 + 2.6
18 + 1.4
14 + 1.3
Level 0 1 15 25 30
Health 200 560 1280 2040 2340
+2.5 +4.3 +7.94 +11.74 +13.24
Mana 75 243 459 759 855
+0 +0.7 +1.61 +2.86 +3.29
Armor 3 6 9.27 13.6 15.1
Damage Block 16 (50%)
Magic Resistance 25%
Status Resistance 0%
Damage 41‒45 59‒63 78‒82 104‒108 113‒117
Attack Rate 0.59/s 0.69/s 0.81/s 0.96/s 1.02/s
Attack Range Melee 150 (600)
Attack Speed ▶️ 100 (1.7s BAT)
Attack Animation 0.3+0.3
Projectile Speed Instant
Movement Speed ▶️ 315
Turn Rate Takes 0.175s to turn 180°. 0.6
Collision Size 24
Vision Range (G) 1800 • 800
Legs 2
Gib Type Default
Ability Upgrades
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter.
Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard.
Tricks of the Trade
Sleeping Dart
Remains permanently invisible until the moment to strike.
Leaving his past life behind, Riki escaped the royal grounds using his own Cloak-and-Dagger methods. 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 is greeted with twin daggers, flashes of steel that slash simultaneously at every turned back, or being tranquilized by his signature Sleeping Dart, while the master himself remains unseen. How this feat is accomplished remains a mystery, for the Stealth Assassin is not one to divulge his Tricks of the Trade.
Smoke Screen
Blink Strike
Tricks of the Trade
Tricks of the Trade
Sleeping Dart
Sleeping Dart
Cloak and Dagger
Roles: Carry Carry Escape Escape Disabler Disabler
Complexity: ★☆☆


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.


Smoke Screen
Smoke Screen icon.png
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 375/400/425/450)
Miss Chance: 30%/45%/60%/75%
Duration: 6
Aura Linger Duration: 0.5
Cooldown: 20/17/14/11 (Talent 16/13/10/7)
Mana: 65/70/75/80
Does not pierce spell immunity.
Although the debuff lingers, its effects instantly stop if the target turns spell immune.
Modifiers [?]
Since his escape during the night of his betrayal, Riki has valued the use of a simple smoke screen to confuse his opponents.


  • All effects of Smoke Screen are provided by an aura. Its debuff lingers for 0.5 seconds.
  • Although the debuff lingers, its effects instantly stop if the target turns invulnerable.
  • Stacks additively with other sources of blind.
    • Blind uses pseudo-random distribution.
  • 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 causes Trick of the Trade to get completely canceled.

Blink Strike
Blink Strike icon.png
Self / Enemies
Teleports behind the target unit, momentarily slowing them and striking for bonus damage if it is an enemy.
Cast Animation: 0.3+0
Cast Range: 600/700/800/900
Self Attack Animation Speed Bonus: 50%
Damage: 40/60/80/100
Enemy Move Speed Slow: 100%
Slow Duration: 0.2/0.4/0.6/0.8 (Talent 0.5/0.7/0.9/1.1)
Number of Charges: 2
Charge Replenish Time: 25/20/15/10 (Talent 21/16/11/6)
Cooldown: 0.1
Mana: 50/55/60/65
Modifiers [?]
The Stealth Assassin's agile movement makes him impossible to escape.


  • Riki gets all 100% charges immediately upon learning Blink Strike.
  • Blink Strike always teleports Riki behind the target.
    • Does not disjoint projectiles upon teleporting.
  • Can be cast on allies without damaging them.
  • Riki is ordered to attack the target if it is an enemy.
  • The bonus damage is independent from Riki's attack damage and is instantly dealt to the target.
    • Blink Strike first applies the slow debuff, then the damage.
  • When targeting an enemy, Riki receives a hidden buff.
    • This buff makes the 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 damage.
    • 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.
    • The 1-second duration allows Riki to use the ensured backstab damage against other units than the Blink Strike target.
  • Blink Strike has a 0.1-second cooldown to prevent accidental double-casts on the same target.

Tricks of the Trade
Tricks of the Trade icon.png
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 (With Aghanim's Scepter 5)
Agility Bonus: 55%/70%/85%/100%
Instant Attack Damage: 40%
Cooldown: 21/18/15/12 (Talent 17/14/11/8)
Mana: 55
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter.
Aghanim's Scepter Upgrade:
Increases cast range, number of attacks and allows you to target an allied hero, hiding inside them for the duration. Each attack hits an additional target.
Cannot be cast while rooted or leashed.
Root Notes:
Cannot be cast while rooted or leashed.
Can be cast while rooted or leashed.
Modifiers [?]
Ability Draft Notes
Ability Draft Notes:
Cloak and Dagger must be drafted as well for it to get applied.
The Stealth Assassin is not afraid to fight dirty, and specializes in attacking his opponents from behind.


  • Tricks of the Trade disjoints projectiles upon cast.
  • Causes Riki to perform instant attacks on 1 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 2) enemies within range in 0.67 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 0.5)-second intervals, starting immediately upon cast, resulting in 4 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 5) instances.
    • These instant attacks can proc any attack modifiers and on-hit effects normally. They do not have True Strike, but completely ignore disarms.
    • Since the damage comes from a regular attack, it counts as attack damage and not as spell damage.
    • This means it is affected by damage block, unaffected by spell damage amplification and cannot spell lifesteal.
  • Tricks of the Trade first checks Riki's total Agility attribute symbol.png agility and grants the agility bonus, and then reduces his main attack damage.
    • This can be defined as (43 + ΣAgi × 155%/170%/185%/200%) × 40%
    • The agility bonus lasts as long as the channel time, and only the ability can use it.
  • During Tricks of the Trade, Cloak and Dagger based on the current level triggers on every attack, regardless of the enemy's facing angle.
  • The 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. with 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.
  • With Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter, Trick of the Trade attacks 2 enemies at once, resulting in up to 10 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.
    • The ability does not end when the target dies and 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
Fires a dart at the target enemy, putting them to sleep. The target will wake up at the end of the duration or if they take too much damage. Upon waking up, the target takes damage and is slowed.
Cast Animation: 0.2+0.57
Cast Range: 1000
Wake Up Damage Threshold: 200
Damage: 150
Move Speed Slow: 30%
Slow Duration: 4
Sleep Duration: 3
Cooldown: 12
Mana: 75
Blocked by Linken's Sphere.
Blocked upon impact.
Modifiers [?]
Ability Draft Notes
Ability Draft Notes:
Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard.
Requires drafting Cloak and Dagger to be unlocked.


  • The projectile travels at a speed of 1600.
  • Applies sleep on affected units, preventing them from acting, until woken up.
    • The target wakes up only after cumulatively taking 200 damage.
    • The counter counts damage after all reductions.
  • The damage and slow are applied upon losing the sleep debuff, no matter how.
    • This means dispelling it applies the effects as well.
    • The debuff first applies the slow debuff, then the damage.

Cloak and Dagger's angle visualized

Cloak and Dagger
Cloak and Dagger icon.png
Self / Enemies
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°
Damage per Agility: 1.4/1.8/2.2 (Talent 1.9/2.3/2.7)
Talent Move Speed Bonus: 8%
Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard.
Aghanim's Shard Upgrade:
Grants the Sleeping Dart ability.
Partially usable by illusions.
Illusion Notes:
Invisibility is fully functional.
Triggers the ability sound effects, but does not apply the damage.
Modifiers [?]
Riki comes for you.


  • 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.
  • The ability icon shows a cooldown whenever the invisibility is broken. However, this has only informative purposes.
    • The cooldown is not affected by any cooldown reduction and cooldown resets sources.
    • Both Time Dilation and Chakra Magic affect the cooldown visually, but do not affect the fade delay in any way.
  • Backstab damage is also applied when attacking and denying allies.
  • Backstab damage is considered as a conditional attack damage bonus.
    • Although the attack damage bonus values are not displayed in the HUD, it is still considered and directly added to Riki's attack damage.
    • The attack damage bonus is considered by lifesteal, crit, and cleave, and it can be reduced only by flat reductions (e.g. damage block).
    • Since it is considered bonus attack damage, it is not affected by percentage-based attack damage bonuses or reductions.
  • During Tricks of the Trade, the Agility attribute symbol.png agility bonus effectively increases Cloak and Dagger damage per agility to the following values:
    • Level 1: 2.17/2.38/2.59/2.8 (Talent 2.95/3.23/3.52/3.8) damage per agility.
    • Level 2: 2.79/3.06/3.33/3.6 (Talent 3.57/3.91/4.26/4.6) damage per agility.
    • Level 3: 3.41/3.74/4.07/4.4 (Talent 4.19/4.59/5/5.4) damage per agility.
  • The sound effect plays at the start of the attack, but the damage is applied on hit.
  • The movement speed Talent talent is only granted while invisible (i.e. when the ability is not on cooldown).


Hero Talents
Tricks of the Trade Applies a Basic Dispel25-4 Tricks of the Trade Cooldown
-4s Blink Strike Replenish Time20+0.5 Backstab Multiplier
-4s Smoke Screen Cooldown158% Cloak and Dagger Movement Speed
+0.3s Blink Strike Slow10+75 Smoke Screen AoE

Recent Changes[]

Main Article: Riki/Changelogs
Level 10 left talent changed: +20 attack speed ➜ +0.3s Blink Strike slow duration.
Level 10 right talent changed: +8 Strength attribute symbol.png strength ➜ +75 Smoke Screen radius.
Level 25 left talent changed: +175 Smoke Screen radius ➜ Tricks of the Trade applies a basic dispel. [?]

Recommended Items[]

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.






  • 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.