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Solar Crest
Solar Crest icon.png
A talisman forged to honor the daytime sky.
2625 (900)
Bought From
Active Shine
Bonus [?] +5 Strength
+5 Agility
+5 Intelligence
+1.75 Mana Regeneration
+6 Armor
+20 Movement Speed
Disassemble? No
Alert allies? No
Solar Crest (2625)Components4.png
Medallion of Courage (1025)
Crown (450)
Wind Lace (250)
Recipe (900)

The Solar Crest is an item purchasable at the Main Shop, under Magical.

Additional Information[]


Enemies / Allies
When cast on an ally, grants them 6 armor, 50 attack speed, and 10% movement speed. When cast on an enemy, removes 6 armor, 50 attack speed, and 10% movement speed.

Removes the armor from the caster when used.

Cannot target spell immune enemies.
Cast Range: 1000
Self Armor Reduction: 6
Ally Armor Bonus: 6
Ally Movement Speed Bonus: 10%
Ally Attack Speed Bonus: 50
Enemy Armor Reduction: 6
Enemy Movement Speed Slow: 10%
Enemy Attack Speed Slow: 50
Duration: 12
Cooldown: 12
Mana: 0
Partially pierces spell immunity. Can be cast on spell immune allies.
Cannot be cast on spell immune enemies.
Buff modifier_item_solar_crest_armor_addition: Dispellable with any dispel.
Debuff modifier_item_solar_crest_armor_reduction: Dispellable with any dispel.


  • Cannot be cast on self.
  • The effect on self and the modifier on the target are independent from each other. Dispelling the target does not remove the effect on the caster.
  • Unlike Medallion, Solar Crest does not place a debuff on the caster. Instead, its effects are directly bound to its cooldown.
    • Its duration is always 12 seconds on the target, while the duration on self can vary when the cooldown gets manipulated.
    • This means when the cooldown is reduced, the reduction effects on self are briefer. The reduction effects on self also disappear immediately when the cooldown is refreshed.
    • This also means that the effects on self are applied when using Medallion of Courage, since they share a cooldown.
  • The armor reduction on self fully stacks. When having multiple Solar Crests, each of them reduce armor when on cooldown.
  • The target buff and target debuff fully stack with each other. The effects on self also stack with the target debuff.
    • When a unit is targeted by an allied and an enemy Solar Crest, the modifiers effectively cancel each other out.
    • When opposing heroes cast it on each other, they effectively have -12 armor, -10% movement speed, and -50 attack speed.
    • Multiple target debuffs or target buffs do not stack, but refresh their durations.
    • The target buff, target debuff and self-debuff fully stack with those applied by Medallion of Courage.
  • Can be cast on any unit, except on wards and buildings.

Recommended Heroes[]

Abaddon icon.png
  • The armor reduction on self can be an advantage for Abaddon thanks to Borrowed Time, which allows him to heal more from physical damage he takes.
  • Targeted allies can make more use of the attack speed bonus, since Abaddon can dispel stuns, slows, and most disarms with his Aphotic Shield
Alchemist icon.png
  • All of Alchemist's abilities deal physical damage, making Solar Crest a decent damage boost.
  • Thanks to Alchemist's farming speed, an early Solar Crest can be very effective, since most heroes already have low armor early on.
Arc Warden icon.png
  • Arc Warden does not have to worry much about the armor reduction on self upon cast, since Magnetic Field negates most physical damage anyway.
  • Arc Warden is a natural split pusher with his Arc Warden Tempest Double minimap icon.png Tempest Double. It can spam the ability on a siege creep or other allied units if present, to push even faster.
  • Since the Tempest Double is an expiring summon anyway, the negative effect on self upon cast is much less tragic.
Bristleback icon.png
  • Solar Crest conveniently provides to all the stats Bristleback normally builds on, with strength, intelligence, armor and mana regeneration, making it even without the ability a decent item for him.
  • Combined with Viscous Nasal Goo, Bristleback can deal a hefty blow to an enemy's armor, and slow them for even more, allowing him to stack up his quills more easily.
  • Bristleback almost exclusively deals physical damage, making the armor reduction on a target even more effective.
  • Bristleback's tankiness granted by his passive ability allows him to more or less ignore the armor reduction on self upon cast.
Dazzle icon.png
  • Combined with Bad Juju, Dazzle can deal a hefty blow to an enemy's armor and allowing him to spam abilities more easily.
Ogre Magi icon.png
  • The armor reduction on self is bound to the item's cooldown, so when Multicast, Ogre Magi can have multiple enemies debuffed while only having his armor reduced once.
Tidehunter icon.png
  • Combined with Gush, Tidehunter can reduce a lot of armor on one target.
Vengeful Spirit icon.png
  • Combined with Wave of Terror, Vengeful Spirit can reduce a lot of armor on one target.


Heroes who mainly want Solar Crest to increase their physical burst damage



Recent Changes[]

  • Reduced Shine attack speed bonus/slow from 55 to 50.
  • Reduced Shine attack speed bonus/slow from 65 to 55.
  • Reduced Strength attribute symbol.png / Agility attribute symbol.png / Intelligence attribute symbol.png all attributes bonus from 10 to 5.
  • Reduced armor bonus from 8 to 6.
  • Shine
    • Reduced armor bonus/reduction from 8 to 6.
    • Reduced attack speed bonus/slow from 80 to 65.
  • Item cost changes:
    • Now requires Crown icon.png Crown (450 Gold) to build, instead of Ultimate Orb icon.png Ultimate Orb (2050 Gold).
    • Increased Default recipe icon.png Recipe cost from 450 Gold to 900 Gold.
    • Total gold cost decreases from 3775 Gold to 2625 Gold.