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

Components required from the Base Shop
Vanguard icon
A powerful shield that defends its wielder from even the most vicious of attacks.
Cost 1700 Gold
Sell Value Full price refunded within 10s. 850 Gold
Passive ? Damage Block
Bonus ? +250 Health
+4.5 Health Regeneration
Shareable No
Disassemble Yes
Usage Alert ? No
Crimson Guard (3725)
Abyssal Blade (6250)
Vanguard (1700)
Ring of Health (700)
Vitality Booster (1000)

Additional Information[]

  • The proc chances of all sources of Damage Block work independently from each other.
  • When multiple sources of Damage Block proc on the same attack, only the one with the highest blocked damage value takes effect.


Damage Block
Can be used by illusions.
Grants a 60% chance to block 50 damage from incoming attacks on melee heroes, and 25 damage on ranged.
Proc Chance: 60%
Melee Blocked Damage: 50
Ranged Blocked Damage: 25

Recommended Heroes[]

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


  • Effective to block the attack damage from summoned units and illusions (except from Phantasm icon Phantasm illusions which applies full damage and proc crit).
  • It is especially useful with tanky frontline heroes that need to survive much damage, i.e. Bristleback minimap icon Bristleback, Spectre minimap icon Spectre, Centaur Warrunner minimap icon Centaur Warrunner or Axe minimap icon Axe, with units that overall take amplified damage, like illusions, and against low damage abilities i.e. Focus Fire icon Focus Fire, or Phantom Lancer minimap icon 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, the item less useful for heroes with high armor, i.e. Dragon Knight minimap icon Dragon Knight or Sven minimap icon Sven.
  • It can be purchased over a lifesteal item to jungle with a melee hero.
  • Because it is less effective in late game, it is often disassembled into a Heart of Tarrasque or Lotus Orb.
  • On a melee hero with low amount of HP it can be more effective than magic resistance items to tank both spells and physical damages.

Recent Changes[]

Main Article: Vanguard/Changelogs
  • Reduced Ring of Health icon Ring of Health cost from 825 Gold to 700 Gold (total cost decreases from 1825 Gold to 1700 Gold).