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Vanguard icon.png
A powerful shield that defends its wielder from even the most vicious of attacks.
Bought From
Passive [?] Damage Block
Bonus [?] +250 Health
+7 Health Regeneration
Disassemble? Yes
Alert allies? No
Crimson Guard (3700)
Abyssal Blade (6325)
UsedIn2.pngVanguard (1825)Components2.png
Ring of Health (825)
Vitality Booster (1000)

Vanguard is an item purchasable at the Main Shop, under Armor. However, it requires an item from the Secret Shop to be completed.


Damage Block
Can be used by illusions. Pierces spell immunity.
Grants a 60% chance to block 70 damage from incoming attacks on melee heroes, and 35 damage on ranged.
Proc Chance: 60%
Blocked Damage (Melee): 70
Blocked Damage (Ranged): 35


Recommended Heroes[edit]

Axe icon.png
  • Grants a large amount of health and protection from attacks, works well with Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger.
Bristleback icon.png
  • Compliments well with Bristleback's Bristleback, and grants a large amount of health.
Mars icon.png
  • Compliments well with Bulwark, and grants a large amount of health.


  • Effective to block the attack damage from summoned units and illusions (excepted from Chaos Knight's ultimate which copy his full damage and can crit).
  • It is especially useful with tanky frontline heroes that need to survive much damage, like Bristleback, Spectre, Centaur Warrunner or Axe, with units that overall take amplified damage, like illusions, and against low damage units like Windranger using Focus Fire, or Phantom Lancer's illusions, which hit often but not hard, causing many block procs that block attacks entirely or almost entirely. On the other hand, it is less useful for heroes with high armor, like Dragon Knight or Sven.

Recent Changes[edit]

Main Article: Vanguard/Changelogs
  • Reduced Vitality Booster icon.png Vitality Booster cost from 1100 Gold to 1000 Gold (total cost decreases from 1925 Gold to 1825 Gold).
  • Item cost changes:
    • Reduced Ring of Health icon.png Ring of Health cost from 850 Gold to 825 Gold.
    • No longer requires a Default recipe icon.png Recipe to build (−200 Gold cost).
    • Total gold cost decreases from 2150 Gold to 1925 Gold.