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Spell lifesteal allows the hero to heal from spell damage they deal. Just like attack damage lifesteal, spell lifesteal is calculated by a percentage of the actual damage done to units. However, unlike attack damage lifesteal, it does not heal for overkill damage dealt to a unit, so if a spell's damage exceeded the target's current health and killed it, the heal is based on the target's remaining health.


Multiple instances of Spell Lifesteal from the same source, such as multiple Bloodstones, do not stack. However, Spell Lifesteal from different sources, including different items, stacks additively. Spell lifesteal against creeps has 20% of the value against heroes.

1 Requires Talent talent.
2a Requires Aghanim's Scepter icon Aghanim's Scepter.
2b Requires Aghanim's Shard icon Aghanim's Shard.


Spell Lifesteal
Can be used by illusions.
Talent icon
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Hero Spell Lifesteal: Varies
Creep Spell Lifesteal: Varies

  • Grants the hero spell lifesteal, healing them based on the spell damage they deal.
  • Heals from any spell damage the hero deals against enemy or allied units, except from the abilities listed here.
  • Damage done by summons (including wards) do not spell lifesteal.
  • The following spell lifesteal values exist:
    • Hero spell lifesteal: 6%/8%/10%/12%/13%/15%/20%/25%/30%/40%/50%/60%/70%
    • Creep spell lifesteal: 1.2%/1.6%/2%/2.4%/2.6%/3%/4%/5%/6%/8%/10%/12%/14%

The following heroes have a Talent talent that grants them bonus spell lifesteal.

Bonus Level 10 Level 15 Level 20 Level 25
Left Right Left Right Left Right Left Right
Spell Lifesteal
  • Razor minimap icon 10%
  • Pudge minimap icon 8%
  • Bloodseeker minimap icon 15%
  • Outworld Destroyer minimap icon 20%
  • Bristleback minimap icon 12%

Item and Abilities[]

Some items and abilities work with Spell Lifesteal, and some don't. The following lists shows which abilities in-game works and do not work with Spell Lifesteal:


Unit Abilities
1 The instant kill effect of these abilities trigger Spell Lifesteal, healing based on the killed unit's remaining health.
2 Despite these abilities using separate units to apply their effects, the damage sources of those are the caster, so Spell Lifesteal procs and heals.
3 Ghostship icon Ghostship's rum wear-off health loss does not proc Spell Lifesteal.
4 Soul Rip icon Soul Rip does not spell lifesteal off of the area health cost. Only steals life when targeting an enemy to damage it.

Not Working[]

Some abilities that deal spell damage or are flagged as HP Removal cannot utilise Spell Lifesteal. All abilities and items that deal attack damage cannot lifesteal with Spell Lifesteal either, they need to use regular Lifesteal instead.

The following abilities do not lifesteal with Spell Lifesteal:

1 Requires Aghanim's Scepter icon Aghanim's Scepter.
2 Requires Aghanim's Shard icon Aghanim's Shard.

Spell Lifesteal Manipulation[]

1 Requires Talent talent.
2a Requires Aghanim's Scepter icon Aghanim's Scepter.
2b Requires Aghanim's Shard icon Aghanim's Shard.

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