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Spirit Breaker
Spirit Breaker icon.png
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28 + 3
17 + 1.7
14 + 1.8
Level 0 1 15 25 30
Health 200 760 1600 2440 2780
+1.25 +4.05 +8.25 +12.45 +14.15
Mana 75 243 543 903 1035
+0 +0.7 +1.96 +3.46 +4.01
Armor 2 4.83 8.8 13.63 15.38
Damage Block 16 (50%)
Magic Resistance 25%
Status Resistance 0%
Damage 31‒41 59‒69 101‒111 143‒153 160‒170
Attack Rate 0.53/s 0.62/s 0.74/s 0.89/s 0.95/s
Attack Range Melee 150 (600)
Attack Speed ▶️ 100 (1.9s BAT)
Attack Animation 0.6+0.3
Projectile Speed Instant
Movement Speed ▶️ 295
Turn Rate Takes 0.175s to turn 180°. 0.6
Collision Size 24
Vision Range (G) 1800 • 800
Legs 2
Gib Type Ethereal
Ability Upgrades
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter.
Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard.
Charge of Darkness
Nether Strike
Charges down enemies from anywhere on the map.
From the elemental realm, Barathrum crosses into this world as an amalgamate of bestial forms, selected for the purpose of serving his hidden master. Gifted with unusual haste, the Spirit Breaker's strength increases with speed as he Bulldoze all in his path. Given sight of a distant foe, he Charges Through Darkness, rushing past high valleys and dense woods until he crashes headlong into battle, stunning and Knocking Back enemies with his lantern. Before foes can muster a response, the Spirit Breaker shifts into his native realm, reappearing up close to deliver the Nether Strike that will seal their fates.
Charge of Darkness
Charge of Darkness
Greater Bash
Nether Strike
Nether Strike
Roles: Carry Carry Initiator Initiator Disabler Disabler Durable Durable Escape Escape
Complexity: ★☆☆


Spirit Breaker minimap icon.pngBarathrum, the Spirit Breaker
▶️ "I'm the beast of many parts; I part enemies from their lives."
Barathrum the Spirit Breaker is a lordly and powerful being, a fierce and elemental intelligence which chose to plane-shift into the world of matter to take part in events with repercussions in the elemental realm that is his home. To that end, he assembled a form that would serve him well, both in our world and out of it. His physical form borrows from the strengths of this world, blending features both bovine and simian--horns, hooves and hands--as outward emblems of his inner qualities of strength, speed and cunning. He wears a ring in his nose, as a reminder that he serves a hidden master, and that this world in which he works is but a shadow of the real one.


Charge of Darkness visual indicator above the target.

Charge of Darkness
Charge of Darkness icon.png
Self / Enemies
Spirit Breaker fixes his sight on an enemy unit and starts charging through all objects. All enemy units passed through and the targeted unit will be hit by a Greater Bash. If the targeted unit dies, Spirit Breaker will change his target to the nearest enemy unit to that location.
Cast Animation: 0.3+0.5 (With Aghanim's Scepter 0.1+0.5)
Cast Range: Global
Greater Bash Radius: 300
Charge Speed Bonus: 300/325/350/375 (Talent 475/500/525/550)
Stun Duration: 1.2/1.6/2/2.4
Cooldown: 17/15/13/11 (With Aghanim's Scepter 7)
Mana: 120
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter.
Aghanim's Scepter Upgrade:
Reduces Charge of Darkness cooldown, cast point and makes it pierce magic immunity.
Partially pierces spell immunity.
Greater Bash is still applied to spell immune enemies.
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter.
Can target spell immune enemies, but not stun them.
Partially blocked by Linken's Sphere.
Blocked fully only when primary target.
Blocked upon cast.
Not blocked upon impact if the charge has already begun.
Modifiers [?]
Ability Draft Notes
Ability Draft Notes:
Greater Bash must be drafted as well for it to get applied.
Barathrum erupts from the darkness with unwieldy force.


  • Increases Spirit Breaker's total movement speed to 595/620/645/670 (Talent 770/795/820/845) and removes the 550 movement speed cap while charging.
    • This means the charge speed bonus affects the damage of Greater Bash.
    • The charge speed is based on Spirit Breaker's current movement speed, checking his movement speed periodically and adapts immediately.
  • Goes on cooldown once the charge ends or is canceled, not upon cast.
  • The charge indicator above the target, as well as the target buff on the caster are visible to allies only.
    • Alt+Keyboard White Mouse Left.png Left Click the status buff announces in the team chat which hero is being charged.
  • The player can manually cancel the charge by giving the hero a stop (S), hold position (H), or any targeted order.
    • Non-targeted abilities do not cancel the charge.
  • Spirit Breaker is unable to Shift-queue orders with Charge of Darkness, since it is not a channeling ability.
    • Shift-queue orders cancels the ability, with the exception of shift-queued Patrol commands.
    • However, when Charge of Darkness ends, Spirit Breaker is issued an attack order which overwrites shift-queue orders.
  • When auto-attack is set to Always, Spirit Breaker can automatically attack units within attack range, without canceling the charge.
  • Any unit which comes within 300 radius of Spirit Breaker during the charge gets hit by Greater Bash based on its current level without proccing its cooldown.
    • Greater Bash notes fully apply.
    • A unit may only be bashed once per cast. If an enemy unit enters the radius a second time, they do not get bashed again.
    • The bash radius is offset by 20 units in front of him, so it can hit units 280 range behind and 320 range in front of him.
    • The primary target is bashed upon the charge reaching it, not upon coming within range of the bash radius.
    • A hidden buff is placed upon reaching the target and lasts for 0.1 seconds. The buff is responsible for the Greater Bash proc.
  • With level 4 Charge of Darkness, the Greater Bash hit deals 100.5/134/167.5/201 (Talent 126.75/169/211.25/253.5) damage (before reductions).
    • With the Greater Bash damage increasing Talent talent, it deals at least 268/301.5/335/368.5 damage.
    • With both Talent talents, it deals at least 338/380.25/422.5/464.75 damage.
  • If the target dies during the charge, it is transferred to the nearest valid target within 4000 range of the previous target.
  • The charge provides 400 shared vision for 0.94 seconds over the targeted unit, revealing their silhouette when they become invisible.
  • Destroys trees within a small radius around Spirit Breaker whenever the charge ends.

Bulldoze icon.png
No Target
Spirit Breaker gains movement speed and status resistance to ram through enemies. Can be used while charging.
Cast Animation: 0+0
Move Speed Bonus: 10%/15%/20%/25%
Status Resistance Bonus: 35%/45%/55%/65%
Duration: 8
Cooldown: 22/20/18/16 (Talent 18/16/14/12)
Mana: 30/40/50/60
Modifiers [?]
Barathrum warps the fabric of reality around him, lessening its influence on his physical form.


  • Bulldoze interrupts Spirit Breaker's channeling abilities upon cast.

Greater Bash
Greater Bash icon.png
Gives a chance to stun and knockback an enemy unit on an attack. Deals a percentage of movement speed as damage. Deals 1.5x damage to creeps.
Proc Chance: 17% (Talent 27%)
Move Speed as Damage: 15%/20%/25%/30% (Talent 40%/45%/50%/55%)
Creep Damage Percentage: 150%
Knockback Distance: 143/152/158/162
Knockback Duration: 0.5
Stun Duration: 0.9/1.2/1.5/1.8
Cooldown: 1.5
Partially disabled by Break.
Break Notes:
Disables proc chance.
Does not disable Greater Bash applied by other abilities.
Modifiers [?]
Ability Draft Notes
Ability Draft Notes:
Fully stacks with other Bash sources.
The signature strike of Barathrum's ghostly ball and chain.


  • Does not stack with other bashes. The bash from Skull Basher icon.png Skull Basher and Abyssal Blade icon.png Abyssal Blade is completely disabled for Spirit Breaker.
    • Bash sources from items are completely disabled for Spirit Breaker.
  • Greater Bash first applies the debuff, then the damage, no matter whether it procs on attacks, or is applied by Spirit Breaker's abilities.
    • The bash effects happen before the attack damage of the attack that procs it, and before Nether Strike's damage.
  • Bashed units are knocked back at a speed of 286/304/316/324.
    • Also knocks affected enemies 50 units upwards, resulting in a small arc. This has only visual purposes.
  • Deals 22.5%/30%/37.5%/45% (Talent 60%/67.5%/75%/82.5%) of current movement speed as damage to non-hero units. Treats creep-heroes as heroes.
  • Can proc on Roshan icon.png Roshan, putting it on cooldown and applying the damage, but Roshan is neither knocked back nor stunned.
  • Adds an average of 2.55%/3.4%/4.25%/5.1% (Talent 6.8%/7.65%/8.5%/9.35%) or 3.83%/5.1%/6.38%/7.65% (Talent 10.2%/11.48%/12.75%/14.03%) of current movement speed as magical damage against heroes or against creeps respectively to every attack.
    • With the damage increasing Talent talent, it adds an average of 4.05%/5.4%/6.75%/8.1% (or 6.08%/8.1%/10.13%/12.15% against creeps) damage.
    • With both Talent talents, it adds an average of 10.8%/12.15%/13.5%/14.85% (or 16.2%/18.23%/20.25%/22.28% against creeps) damage.

Nether Strike
Nether Strike icon.png
Enemies / Self
Spirit Breaker slips into the nether realm, reappearing next to his hapless victim. Upon reappearing, a Greater Bash of the current level occurs and deals bonus damage. Knocks back for double the normal distance.
Cast Animation: 1+0
Cast Range: 700
Motion Buffer Range: 500
Damage: 125/200/275 (With Aghanim's Shard 325/400/475)
With Aghanim's Shard Break Duration: 4
With Aghanim's Shard Spell Immunity Duration: 2
Cooldown: 90/70/50
Mana: 125/150/175
Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard.
Aghanim's Shard Upgrade:
Causes Nether Strike to grant spell immunity, and deal extra damage and apply Break.
Modifiers [?]
Ability Draft Notes
Ability Draft Notes:
Greater Bash must be drafted as well for it to get applied.
Barathrum temporarily returns to the realm from where he came, bringing with him the retribution of both worlds.


  • Nether Strike does not disjoint projectiles upon cast.
  • Places a hidden debuff on the target during the cast time.
    • This debuff exposes the target, but it does provide True Sight over it.
  • Nether Strike instantly moves Spirit Breaker on the opposite side of the target, 54 range away from it.
  • Greater Bash based on its current level is instantly applied on the target without proccing its cooldown.
    • Greater Bash notes fully apply. If it is not leveled, the bash does not occur.
    • The knockback distance is doubled. Bashed units are knocked back 286/304/316/324 distance, over 0.5 seconds, at a speed of 572/608/632/648.
    • A hidden buff is placed upon reaching the target and lasts for 0.1 seconds. The buff is responsible for the Greater Bash proc.
  • Nether Strike first applies the Greater Bash debuff, the Greater Bash damage, then the break debuff, and then its own damage.
    • With Aghanim's Shard icon.png Aghanim's Shard, Spirit Breaker first gains the spell immunity before the target is affected.
  • Spirit Breaker is issued an attack order on the target. This attack order ignores the auto-attack settings.
  • Can be cast on Animal Courier Radiant minimap icon.png Courier, applying all its effects.
  • With the cast range and motion buffer range, Nether Strike has a total cast range of 1200.
    • The additional motion buffer range allows the Nether Strike to still be cast if the distance between Spirit Breaker and the target exceeds the default cast range during the cast animation.
  • The Nether Strike modifier is responsible for a delay upon successfully casting Nether Strike, during which Spirit Breaker is spell immune.
    • However, its duration is set to 0, so it effectively does nothing.


Hero Talents
+800 Health25+25% Greater Bash Damage
+175 Charge of Darkness Move Speed20+10% Greater Bash Chance
+40 Damage15-4s Bulldoze Cooldown
+4 Armor10+500 Night Vision
  • The night vision talent does not counter any vision reducing effect.
  • This attack damage talent is added as bonus attack damage.
    • Does not benefit illusions and is not affected by most percentage-based damage increasing or reducing effects.
  • The health talent increases maximum health capacity, and keeps the current health percentage.

Recent Changes[]

  • Increased Charge of Darkness mana cost from 100 to 120.
  • Bulldoze
    • Reduced movement speed bonus from 10%/16%/22%/28% to 10%/15%/20%/25%.
    • Rescaled status resistance bonus from 34%/46%/58%/70% to 35%/45%/55%/65%.
  • Rescaled Greater Bash movement speed as damage 14%/20%/26%/32% to 15%/20%/25%/30%.
  • Talent Talents:
Level 20 left talent: +200 Charge of Darkness charge speed bonus reduced to +175.
Level 15 right talent changed: +10 health regen ➜ -4s Bulldoze cooldown.
Level 20 left talent changed: -5.5s Bulldoze cooldown ➜ +200 Charge of Darkness charge speed bonus.
Level 20 right talent changed: +12% Greater Bash movement speed as damage ➜ +10% Greater Bash proc chance.
Level 25 right talent changed: +20% Greater Bash proc chance ➜ +25% Greater Bash movement speed as damage.

Recommended Items[]

Starting items:

  • Tango icon.png Tango helps Spirit Breaker sustain during the laning phase, preventing him from returning to base due to enemy harassment.
  • Healing Salve icon.png Healing Salve restores health as well.
  • Iron Branch icon.png Iron Branch is a cheap and effective way to improve Spirit Breaker's low mana pool, as well as his health pool.

Early game:

  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed are essential for Spirit Breaker, as the improved speed will allow him to escape deadly situations, as well as catching up to an escaping enemy. The bonus movement speed will also provide additional damage because of Greater Bash.
  • Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick is a useful burst health/mana item if the enemies in lane will be casting many spells. It can later be built into a Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand.
  • Urn of Shadows icon.png Urn of Shadows aids ganking as it grants mana regeneration and healing. The damage over time can also cancel enemy healing items like Healing Salve icon.png Healing Salve and Bottle (Full) icon.png Bottle.

Mid game:

  • Power Treads icon.png Power Treads give attack speed, so Spirit Breaker will have a better chance of proccing Greater Bash.
  • Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand is good for burst health/mana while providing a boost to his attributes compared to the Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick.
  • Mask of Madness icon.png Mask of Madness gives bonus attack speed and movement speed when activated, increasing both the damage and frequency of Greater Bash attacks.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar makes you immune to many abilities that interrupt your Charge of Darkness, allowing you to engage and damage your target unimpeded.

Late game:

  • Assault Cuirass icon.png Assault Cuirass will give Spirit Breaker a large increase in attack speed, as well as providing an attack speed/armor aura to nearby allies. The extra attack speed will cause Greater Bash to occur more often.
  • Silver Edge icon.png Silver Edge grants you invisibility which could be useful for escape or to further increase your ganking/roaming capabilities. Attacking to break invisibility will disable enemy passives, reduce their damage, and give you a powerful 175 damage strike. It also grants a decent amount of attack speed, attack damage and attribute bonuses, it can also be used during charge before hitting your target in order to avoid getting disabled and thus avoiding breaking your charge.
  • Mjollnir icon.png Mjollnir provides excellent capabilities for Spirit Breaker as it grants not only significant attack speed, but also a lightning proc and the lightning shield for teamfight presence.

Situational items:

  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter improves Charge of Darkness by greatly increasing its speed, as well as decreasing its cooldown.
  • Heaven's Halberd icon.png Heaven's Halberd will not only increase Spirit Breaker's durability because of the added evasion and status resistance, its active ability can disarm enemy carries relying on physical attacks.
  • Armlet of Mordiggian (Inactive) icon.png Armlet of Mordiggian grants Spirit Breaker additional attack speed and damage output at the cost of his health every second. However, the life drain can mostly be mitigated by the lifesteal given by Mask of Madness icon.png Mask of Madness, making it a useful purchase when used correctly.
  • Monkey King Bar icon.png Monkey King Bar increases attacks damage and allows Spirit Breaker to hit enemies with evasion.
  • Drum of Endurance icon.png Drum of Endurance increases the movement speed and attack speed of both himself and his team. The bonus movement speed and attack speed synergize well with Greater Bash.
  • Moon Shard icon.png Moon Shard gives Spirit Breaker the largest single-item-slot increase in attack speed in the entire game, which causes Greater Bash to occur very frequently. Thus, it should be considered to keep it through the majority of the game until a more effective item can be purchased, at which point the Shard can be consumed and replaced - The attack speed bonus will be halved, but having a permanent 60 attack speed bonus without needing an inventory slot for it is extremely useful.
  • Lotus Orb icon.png Lotus Orb gives you good survivability stats and mana regen to allow you to use Charge of Darkness with little need to ever return to base for more mana. Its active will also make your initiation abilities stronger as spellcasters will need to think twice before attacking to nuke you or shut you down.






  • Barathrum's fun names are Roadrunner and Space-Cow, the latter of which is referenced by Earth Spirit minimap icon.png Earth Spirit's ally line: ▶️ "You aren't half bad, for a space cow." The line about the spirit breaker being a "Space-Cow" Is likely a reference to Spirit Breaker minimap icon.png Astral Trekker, one of the famously imbalanced DotA heroes, whose model was reworked into the original Spirit Breaker model.
  • "Barathrum" means "underworld" in Latin.
  • His response ▶️ "Rampage" might be a reference to who used to be his equivalent in Heroes of Newerth (most of the HoN hero abilities changed since the port)
  • Charge of Darkness' indicator is the astrological sign of Taurus, the Bull.