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Strength attribute symbol
Agility attribute symbol
Intelligence attribute symbol
22 + 3.2
21 + 2.2
16 + 1.5
Level 0 1 15 25 30
Health 20 504 1472 2440 2836
+0.75 +2.95 +7.43 +11.83 +13.63
Mana 80 272 524 848 956
+0 +0.8 +1.85 +3.2 +3.68
Armor -1 2.5 7.63 13.3 15.47
Magic Resist 25% 26.6% 28.7% 31.4% 32.35%
Damage Block 16 (50%)






Attack Rate 0.58/s 0.69/s 0.85/s 1.03/s 1.1/s
Attack Range Melee 150 (400)
Attack Speed ▶️ 110 (1.9s BAT)
Attack Animation 0.4 + 0.3
Projectile Speed 0
Move Speed ▶️ 325 (Nighttime 355)
Turn Rate Takes 0.262s to turn 180°. 0.6
Collision Size 27
Bound Radius 24
Vision Range (G) 1800 (Nighttime 800)
Gib Type Default
Internal npc_dota_hero_sven
Cleaves down enemies with his incredible strength.
The Rogue Knight lives by two creeds: Honor, as ordained by his own personal code, and Solitude. Always eager to charge into a fight. Using his iron gauntlet, he launches a Storm Hammer, stunning grouped enemies as he transports himself into battle, then closes in to cut them down with Great Cleave. Letting out a truly frightening Warcry, he ignites and calls upon God's Strength, a few swings of his gargantuan sword are often more than enough to slay on his hapless foes.
Storm Hammer
Storm Hammer
Great Cleave
God's Strength
Roles: Carry Carry Disabler Disabler Initiator Initiator Durable Durable Nuker Nuker
Complexity: Hero Complexity
Adjectives: NicePecs, Nose
Legs ( 2 )


Sven minimap iconSven, the Rogue Knight
▶️ "May my enemies share the fate of the Shattered Helm."
Sven is the bastard son of a Vigil Knight, born of a Pallid Meranth, raised in the Shadeshore Ruins. With his father executed for violating the Vigil Codex, and his mother shunned by her wild race, Sven believes that honor is to be found in no social order, but only in himself. After tending his mother through a lingering death, he offered himself as a novice to the Vigil Knights, never revealing his identity. For thirteen years he studied in his father's school, mastering the rigid code that declared his existence an abomination. Then, on the day that should have been his In-Swearing, he seized the Outcast Blade, shattered the Sacred Helm, and burned the Codex in the Vigil's Holy Flame. He strode from Vigil Keep, forever solitary, following his private code to the last strict rune. Still a knight, yes...but a rogue knight. He answers only to himself.
Rogue Knight


Storm Hammer
Storm Hammer icon
(Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. Self)
Sven unleashes his magical gauntlet that deals damage and stuns enemy units in a small area around the target.
Cast Range: Affected by Cast Range bonuses. 600 (With Aghanim's Scepter 950)
Effect Radius: Affected by AoE Radius bonuses. 270
Damage: 80/160/240/320 (With Aghanim's Scepter 260/340/420/500)
Stun Duration: 1/1.2/1.4/1.6 (Talent 2/2.2/2.4/2.6)
Flying Vision Radius: Affected by AoE Radius bonuses. 225
Cooldown symbol
Mana symbol
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter.
Aghanim's Scepter Upgrade:
Increases cast range and applies a basic dispel on the target. Can be cast on invulnerable targets. If alt-cast on the ability is enabled, it deals an additional 180 damage and Sven travels with the Storm Hammer.
Partially blocked by Linken's Sphere.
Blocked fully only when primary target.
Blocked upon impact.
Can be disjointed.
Area effects are still applied if disjointed.
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter.
Sven immediately stops traveling along with the projectile when disjointed.
Can be cast while rooted or leashed.
Root Notes:
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter.
Root sources do not disable the self forced movement.
Modifiers [?]
The Rogue Knight's iron gauntlet, taken from the school of his father, strikes his foes to their core.
Storm Hammer (Secondary) icon
Alt-Cast Icon

  • The targeting reticule must be centered over an enemy unit.
  • The projectile travels at a speed of 1000 and has 225 radius flying vision. This vision does not last.
  • With the cast range and effect radius, Storm Hammer can hit units up to 870 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 1220) range away.
  • Turning invulnerable or hidden does not prevent it from affecting the area around the target.
  • Storm Hammer first applies the dispel, then the damage, then the debuff.
  • Sven's sword emits some particles during the cast time, visible to everyone.
  • Sven stops moving along with the projectile in the following conditions:
    • When Storm Hammer is disjointed.
    • Upon Sven's death.
    • If the distance between Sven and the target exceeds 2200.
    • If the movement is interrupted (e.g. with teleport), Sven is also no longer disabled, untargetable and invulnerable.
  • Storm Hammer can now also be cast on invulnerable enemies.
    • Although the damage and stun do not affect invulnerable units, the basic dispel does.
    • This means if the source of invulnerability is dispellable, Storm Hammer may fully affect the target, since the dispel is applied first.
    • The dispel is applied on all hit enemies within 270 radius along with the primary target.
  • Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. With Alt-cast on, Sven is moved along with the projectile to the secondary target while both targets are stunned.

Great Cleave
Great Cleave icon
Sven strikes with great force, cleaving all nearby enemy units with his attack.
Starting Radius: Affected by AoE Radius bonuses. 150
Distance: Affected by AoE Radius bonuses. 700
End Radius: Affected by AoE Radius bonuses. 360
Cleave Damage: 40%/60%/80%/100% (Talent 65%/85%/105%/125%)
Strength Bonus: 3/6/9/12
Modifiers [?]
The Vigil Knights still seek to reclaim the stolen Outcast Blade from Sven, a weapon capable of cutting wide swaths through lesser warriors.

  • Cleave damage has the following properties:
    • It counts as spell damage. However, it has the following flags:
    • Cleave damage depends on the attack damage value of the cleaving unit, not on how much their primary attack target took. It is reduced by damage block.
  • The complete cleave area is shaped like an isocseles trapezoid in front of the attacking unit.
    • Multiple sources of cleave fully stack and work independently.
    • Does not cleave upon attacking wards, buildings or allied units. Animal Courier Radiant minimap icon Couriers, wards and buildings are unaffected by cleave.
    • Despite the visual effect, the cleave damage is applied instantly in the whole area.

Warcry icon
No Target
(Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard. Aura)
Allied Heroes
(Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard. Allies)
Sven's Warcry heartens his allied heroes for battle, increasing their armor and movement speed. Lasts 10 seconds.
Passive Component
With Aghanim's Shard Aura Radius: 1200
With Aghanim's Shard Move Speed Bonus: 3%
With Aghanim's Shard Aura Armor Bonus: 6
With Aghanim's Shard Aura Linger Duration: 0.5
Effect Radius: Affected by AoE Radius bonuses. 700
Move Speed Bonus: 10%/14%/18%/22%
Armor Bonus: 6/9/12/15 (Talent 16/19/22/25)
Duration: 10 (Talent 14)
Cooldown symbol
Mana symbol
Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard.
Aghanim's Shard Upgrade:
Warcry is now undispellable and passively grants armor and movement speed to all allies near Sven.
Not disabled by Break.
Break Notes:
Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard.
The Warcry aura is not disabled.
Can be used by illusions.
Illusion Notes:
Illusions bestow the Warcry Aura.
Modifiers [?]
modifier_sven_warcry (Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard.)
Calling a few lines from the Vigil Codex fortifies Sven's obedience to his rogue code. So poetic!

  • Leveling up the ability or the armor bonus increasing or movement speed bonus increasing Talent talents do not update already existing Warcry buffs.
  • Adds a passive component to Warcry, with the active effects still present.
    • Warcry now passively affects all allies, including creeps, within 1200 radius and the aura buff lingers for 0.5 seconds.
    • Does not affect buildings and wards. Neither affects invulnerable nor hidden allies as well.
    • However, it fully affects ally Animal Courier Radiant minimap icon Couriers.
    • While active, Warcry grants Sven and his ally heroes a total of 12/15/18/21 bonus armor.

God's Strength
God's Strength icon
No Target
Sven channels his rogue strength, granting bonus damage and slow resistance for 35 seconds.
Attack Damage Bonus: 100%/140%/180% (Talent 150%/190%/230%)
Slow Resistance Bonus: 30% (Talent 50%)
Duration: 35
Cooldown symbol
 110/105/100 (Talent 95/90/85)
Mana symbol
Modifiers [?]
With the strength that shattered the Sacred Helm, the Rogue Knight stands unopposed in melee combat.

  • Grants flat bonus attack damage based on Sven's main attack damage. Does not further increase bonus attack damage.
    • Sven's current main attack damage is periodically checked and the bonuses are adapted instantly.
  • Leveling up the ability and the damage increasing Talent talent do not update an already existing God's Strength buff.


Hero Talents
+1s Storm Hammer icon Storm Hammer Stun Duration25+50% God's Strength icon God's Strength Damage
+10 Warcry icon Warcry Armor20+20% God's Strength icon God's Strength Slow Resistance
+25% Great Cleave icon Great Cleave Damage15-15s God's Strength icon God's Strength Cooldown
+15 Attack Speed10+4s Warcry icon Warcry Duration

Recent Changes[]

Main Articles: Changelogs, Old Abilities and Hero Lore

Recommended Items[]

Starting items:

  • Iron Branch icon Iron Branch gives Sven attributes, and additional regeneration when combined with Tango icon Tango.
  • Tango icon Tango supplies early health regeneration to survive the laning stage.
  • Healing Salve icon Healing Salve gives health restoration as well.
  • Enchanted Mango icon Enchanted Mango helps Sven stay in lane, and allows for an additional Storm Hammer in a pinch.
  • Quelling Blade icon Quelling Blade helps Sven last hit more efficiently in early game and jungle slightly faster.

Early game:

  • Boots of Speed icon Boots of Speed is needed on all heroes.
  • Magic Stick icon Regular Stick provides nothing, useless to Sven.
  • Power Treads icon Power Treads give bonuses in attack speed and strength; he can switch to intelligence for more mana to use abilities.
  • Mask of Madness icon Mask of Madness is a great item to rush or get second after Power Treads. it allows Sven to jungle without losing health and give a ton of bonus attack speed for getting kills.
  • Echo Sabre icon Echo Sabre allows Sven to farm faster while also briefly slowing the enemy and attacking twice. It also gives bonus mana regeneration.

Mid game:

  • Blink Dagger icon Blink Dagger allows Sven to engage enemies reliably and easily get in range to cast Storm Hammer, improving his otherwise mediocre mobility.
  • Black King Bar icon Black King Bar is important for melee carries like Sven to dish out damage without being locked down by enemy disables.

Late game:

  • Harpoon icon Harpoon is an upgrade to Echo Sabre icon Echo Sabre that gives Sven another means to stay in melee range of enemies, hindering their attempts to escape his massive damage.
  • Daedalus icon Daedalus allows Sven to deal immense damage during God's Strength, and lets him fight reasonably well even while it is on cooldown.
  • Swift Blink icon Swift Blink is an upgrade to Blink Dagger icon Blink Dagger, improving Sven's attack speed via the Agility bonus and giving him terrific mobility in fights with its active.
  • Satanic icon Satanic can be built by disassembling Mask of Madness icon Mask of Madness and provides Sven with a good amount of damage and survivability. The active ability converts his huge damage into rapid healing and the dispel makes him harder to lock down and kite.

Situational items:

  • Aghanim's Scepter icon Aghanim's Scepter allows Sven to travel to his opponents while dispelling the target and allows him to navigate the fight to the enemies who he wouldn't otherwise be able to get to.
  • Aghanim's Shard icon Aghanim's Shard can be potentially good against heavy physical damage opponents and/or dispels.
  • Monkey King Bar icon Monkey King Bar is often necessary to counter heroes who purchase evasion items against Sven or if you predict that they will.
  • Assault Cuirass icon Assault Cuirass can be considered in the late game, as the negative armor debuff, attack speed and massive armor gain allow for Sven to truly become a tank.
  • Boots of Travel icon Boots of Travel is a natural pickup in late game.
  • Silver Edge icon Silver Edge, provides reliable attack speed and damage, and its break helps Sven against important passive abilities.
  • Sange and Yasha icon Sange and Yasha is an easy item to build if Sven is struggling to build up gold. Its extra movement speed makes it harder for enemies to kite Sven.
  • Moon Shard icon Moon Shard grants a huge boost in attack speed. It is a powerful luxury item that ensures Sven's continued dominance in a winning game.

Dota Plus Progress[]

Main Article: Hero Challenges

Relics track a hero's actions and statistics, and display in-game notifications when a milestone is reached. They are only available to Dota Plus subscribers.

Relics Voice Lines
Relic Rare icon
Multi-hero Storm Hammer icon Storm Hammer
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Multi-Hero Great Cleave icon Great Cleave Kills
Relic Rare icon
Warcry icon Warcry Assists
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Kills during God's Strength icon God's Strength
Relic strength icon
Physical damage
Relic strength icon
Stuns leading to Kills
Relic strength icon
Kills during Black King Bar icon Black King Bar
Relic strength icon
Blink Dagger icon Blink leading to kills
Relic strength icon
Channels cancelled
Relic strength icon
Triple Kills
Relic strength icon
Mega Kill streaks
Relic strength icon
Towers destroyed
Relic strength icon
Kill Assists
Relic strength icon
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  • Sven is named after Danish bodybuilder and actor Sven-Ole Thorsen.
    • In earlier versions of DotA, Sven had the fun name "Arnold Schwarzenegger".
  • ▶️ "Blame the host" and ▶️ "Bad host" are references to the original "Warcraft III" DotA gameplay when game stability depended on the quality of internet connection on the host player.
  • Storm Hammer icon Storm Hammer was named Storm Bolt in the early beta phases and was renamed into Storm Hammer at one point. It is also its original name in DotA and reflected in one of Sven's cast responses in Dota 2, where he is referring to it as ▶️ "Storm Bolt".