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Skull Basher
Skull Basher icon.png
A feared weapon in the right hands, this maul's ability to shatter the defenses of its opponents should not be underestimated.
2950 (900)
Bought From
Passive [?] Bash
Bonus [?] +10 Strength
+25 Attack Damage
Disassemble? No
Alert allies? No
Abyssal Blade (6325)
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Mithril Hammer (1600)
Belt of Strength (450)
Recipe (900)

The Skull Basher is an item purchasable at the Main Shop, under Weapons.

Additional Information[]


Grants melee heroes a 25% chance on hit to stun the target for 1.5 seconds and deal 100 bonus physical damage. Bash chance for ranged heroes is 10%.
Proc Chance (Melee): 25%
Proc Chance (Ranged): 10%
Damage: 100
Stun Duration: 1.5
Cooldown: 2.3
Debuff modifier_bashed: Dispellable with strong dispels.
Ability Draft Notes
Ability Draft Notes:
Fully stacks with Bash of the Deep, Greater Bash and Time Lock


  • When obtaining multiple items with the bash ability, only the one that has been continuously the longest in the inventory works.
  • The proccing attack first applies the debuff, then its own damage.
  • 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, but it is not considered by crit or cleave.
    • It is also not affected by percentage-based attack damage bonuses or reductions, but can be reduced with flat reductions.
  • Adds an average of 25 damage to every attack for melee heroes, and 10 damage for ranged heroes.
  • Does not work against wards and buildings, but works against allied units.

Recommended Heroes[]

Heroes who buy Skull Basher in order to build Abyssal Blade icon.png Abyssal Blade:


Average Bash Stats

  • Since the Bash is a chance based ability, buying attack speed granting items increases the odds of a bash proccing. However, the effectiveness stops at a certain amount of attack speed due to the cooldown Bash has.
  • The Bash goes through spell immunity. When not having other spell immunity piercing spells in the team, a Skull Basher is a great purchase as it can help greatly against heroes with spell immunity, especially those who get a Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar in order to cancel their channeling spell.
  • Despite having a much lower chance to proc for ranged heroes, it still has a decent chance. When coupled with high attack speed, a Skull Basher on ranged heroes can be very viable, especially for heroes who have attack speed boosting abilities like Windranger minimap icon.png Windranger with her Focus Fire.


  • In the original DotA, this item was called "Cranium Basher", a reference to a unique item in Diablo 2.


Recent Changes[]

  • Reduced Default recipe icon.png Recipe cost from 1000 Gold to 900 Gold (total cost decreases from 3050 Gold to 2950 Gold).
  • Reduced Default recipe icon.png Recipe cost from 1150 Gold to 1000 Gold (total cost decreases from 3200 Gold to 3050 Gold).