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Rod of Atos
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Atos, the Lord of Blight, has his essence stored in this deceptively simple wand.
2750 (850)
Bought From
Active Cripple
Bonus [?] +12 Strength
+12 Agility
+24 Intelligence
Disassemble? No
Alert allies? No
Gleipnir (6150)
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Staff of Wizardry (1000)
Crown (450)
Crown (450)
Recipe (850)

The Rod of Atos is an item purchasable at the Main Shop, under Magical.

Additional Information[]


Roots the target for 2 seconds.
Cast Range: 1100
Root Duration: 2
Cooldown: 18
Mana: 50
Does not pierce spell immunity. Root persists if debuff was placed before spell immunity and when not dispelled.
Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Blocked upon impact.
Debuff modifier_rod_of_atos_debuff: Dispellable with any dispel.


  • The projectile travels at a speed of 1900.
  • Roots the target, preventing it from moving and casting certain mobility spells.
    • Provides True Sight over the target, but only when the target was not invisible or within a fade time upon hit.
  • Successive casts on the same target do not stack, but refresh the duration instead.

Recommended Heroes[]

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  • The root duration from Cripple is long enough to ensure that a Cold Feet target gets frozen.
  • Cripple also forces the target to stay within Ice Vortex's range for longer, so they take more magic damage.
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  • Cripple can give Kinetic Field time to set up, ensuring an enemy is trapped.
  • While Glimpse is only level 1 or 2, Cripple's longer cast range may help you catch up to a fleeing enemy to use it.
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  • Cripple allows Grimstroke to land Ink Swell easily.
  • Grimstroke can root both enemies linked with Soulbind.
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  • He reduces the cooldown of Cripple by 4 to 9 seconds, allowing him to chase or disable enemies more easily.
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  • Can use Cripple to root up to 4 enemies at the same time.
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  • Cripple helps Outworld Destroyer to get a few more guaranteed hits with Arcane Orb on the target, while the intelligence bonus also boosts Arcane Orb's and Sanity's Eclipse's damage.
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  • Meat Hook is easy to land on a rooted enemy.
  • Cripple allows you to close the distance on an enemy to Dismember them.
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  • Cripple helps Razor stay within Static Link range of an enemy to drain more damage.
  • Cripple also helps get the distance right to maximise Plasma Field damage.
  • Cripple can be used to hold an enemy within range of Eye of the Storm.
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  • Cripple synergizes extremely well with Mystic Flare, rooting an enemy long enough for the spell to deal almost all of its damage.
  • Cripple also helps compensate for Arcane Bolt's slow travel speed, holding a target in place for the spell to impact more quickly and keeping them in range long enough for Skywrath Mage to cast multiple Arcane Bolts. The bonus Intelligence also increases Arcane Bolt's damage.
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  • Cripple can be used to root an enemy near a tree while you close the gap and hit a Whirling Death for pure damage.
  • Rooting an enemy in Chakram ensures they take more damage.
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Elder Titan minimap icon.png Elder Titan, Jakiro minimap icon.png Jakiro, Phoenix minimap icon.png Phoenix, Snapfire minimap icon.png Snapfire, and Underlord minimap icon.png Underlord all benefit from Cripple for setting up disables and dealing damage with their abilities.


  • Root is a great disable to make a melee hero unable to reach his target and attack and later to force them to use their Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar while out of position.
  • Combine it with an Hurricane Pike icon.png Hurricane Pike to push away your target then root him for preventing your enemy from attacking or escaping.
  • The item can be used for ganking, chasing survivors after a team fight, or to escape.
  • The very long cast range makes the Rod of Atos an effective item to disable an enemy Linken's Sphere icon.png Linken's Sphere from afar, although it requires the projectile to connect.

Counter Items[]


  • The particle effects of Cripple include runes resembling the Elvish scripts from The Lord of the Rings, a novel by J.R.R. Tolkien (specifically the alphabet bee or umbar in Tengwar).
  • The item is sometimes referred to as the "Rod of Aui", after pro player Aui_2000, who popularized buying the item on many heroes.


Recent Changes[]

  • Increased bonus Strength attribute symbol.png strength from 12 to 14.
  • Increased bonus Agility attribute symbol.png agility from 12 to 14.
  • Increased bonus Intelligence attribute symbol.png intelligence from 20 to 24.
  • Increased Cripple projectile speed from 1750 to 1900
  • Increased Cripple projectile speed from 1500 to 1750.