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Knockback is a broad term for abilities that can force a target's position to change. When a unit is knocked back, most effects will trigger the unit's flail animation to indicate they are moving uncontrollably.

In addition to knockback, there are several ways units can be moved around:

  • Knockback: Pushes and disables.
  • Push: Pushes without disabling.
  • Drag: Pulls and disables.
  • Pull: Pulls without disabling.
  • Launch: Knocks upward and disables.


Units are stunned during knockback and unable to act.

Hero Abilities
Hero Ability
Beastmaster Primal Roar
Clockwerk Power Cogs
Magnus Skewer
Morphling Adaptive Strike (Strength)
Spirit Breaker Greater Bash
Tusk Walrus Kick


Unlike knockback, units are not disabled while being pushed. These will not inherently cancel actions such as channeling spells, but secondary effects such as silence are free to cancel and interrupt spells.

Hero Abilities
Hero Ability
Batrider Flamebreak
Drow Ranger Gust
Earth Spirit Boulder Smash
Invoker Deafening Blast
Keeper of the Light Blinding Light
Item Abilities
Item Ability
Force Staff Force
Hurricane Pike Hurricane Thrust


Units are stunned during drag and unable to act.

Hero Abilities
Hero Ability
Batrider Flaming Lasso
Dark Seer Vacuum
Elder Titan Earth Splitter
Enigma Black Hole
Magnus Reverse Polarity
Pudge Meat Hook (Enemies)
Storm Spirit Electric Vortex


Unlike drag, units are not disabled while being pulled.

Hero Abilities
Hero Ability
Clockwerk Hookshot
Earth Spirit Geomagnetic Grip
Pudge Meat Hook (Allies)
Timbersaw Timber Chain


A launch sends a unit skyward. This has a few effects on gameplay as the unit's collision box is temporarily removed, allowing units to walk underneath. Projectiles will also take slightly longer to reach their target, following the hero model up into the air. This has no effect on attack range and cast range. Launched units are always attacked and hit by spells normally as if they were on the ground.

Hero Abilities
Hero Ability
Invoker Tornado
Kunkka Torrent
Lion Earth Spike
Nyx Assassin Impale
Rubick Telekinesis
Sand King Burrowstrike
Tidehunter Ravage
Tiny Toss
Tusk Walrus PUNCH!
Walrus Kick
Unit Abilities
Hero Ability
Storm Cyclone
Item Abilities
Hero Ability
Eul's Scepter of Divinity Cyclone

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