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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.png
A powerful shield that defends its wielder from even the most vicious of attacks.
Cost 1825 Gold
Sell Value Full price refunded within 10s. 912.5 Gold
Passive ? Damage Block
Bonus ? +250 Health
+7 Health Regeneration
Shareable No
Disassemble Yes
Usage Alert ? No
Crimson Guard (3600)
Abyssal Blade (6250)
Vanguard (1825)
Ring of Health (825)
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. Pierces spell immunity.
Grants a 60% chance to block 64 damage from incoming attacks on melee heroes, and 32 damage on ranged.
Proc Chance: 60%
Blocked Damage (Melee): 64
Blocked Damage (Ranged): 32


Recommended Heroes[]

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


  • Effective to block the attack damage from summoned units and illusions (except from 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.png Bristleback, Spectre minimap icon.png Spectre, Centaur Warrunner minimap icon.png Centaur Warrunner or Axe minimap icon.png Axe, with units that overall take amplified damage, like illusions, and against low damage abilities i.e. Focus Fire, or Phantom Lancer minimap icon.png 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.png Dragon Knight or Sven minimap icon.png Sven.

Recent Changes[]

Main Article: Vanguard/Changelogs
  • Reduced Damage Block blocked damage from Melee 70 / Ranged 35 to Melee 64 / Ranged 32.
  • Reduced Vitality Booster icon.png Vitality Booster cost from 1100 Gold to 1000 Gold (total cost decreases from 1925 Gold to 1825 Gold).