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Spirit Breaker

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[e][h]Spirit Breaker
Dire Hero
Base Stats
Health Regen
Mana Regen
Magic Resistance
Attack Speed
Attack Time
Attack Duration
Attack Range
Missile Speed
Turn Rate
Sight Range
Level Changes
Most Played As
Collision Size

Spirit Breaker Barathrum, the Spirit Breaker[edit]

Recommended Roles
Carry Initiator Disabler Durable Escape

Barathrum the Spirit Breaker is a lordly and powerful being, a fierce and elemental intelligence which chose to plane-shift into the world of matter to take part in events with repercussions in the elemental realm that is his home. To that end, he assembled a form that would serve him well, both in our world and out of it. His physical form borrows from the strengths of this world, blending features both bovine and simian—horns, hooves and hands—as outward emblems of his inner qualities of strength, speed and cunning. He wears a ring in his nose, as a reminder that he serves a hidden master, and that this world in which he works is but a shadow of the real one.

Highly mobile and always aggressive, Spirit Breaker charges across the map to bring the fight to his enemies. With each bash of his heavy lantern, he knocks his foes senseless. His enemies may run, but with the help a few wards, they cannot hide.


Charge of Darkness
Unit Target
Enemy Units
Spirit Breaker fixes his sight on an enemy unit and starts charging through all objects. All enemy units passed through and the targeted unit will be hit by a Greater Bash. If the targeted unit dies, Spirit Breaker will change his target to the nearest enemy unit to that location.
Charge Speed Bonus300/325/350/375
Stun Duration1.2/1.6/2/2.4
Greater Bash Radius300
Cast RangeGlobal
Cast Point0.3
Cast Backswing0.5
Increases Charge of Darkness movement speed and reduces cooldown.
Does not pierce Spell Immunity.
Pierces Spell Immunity.
Barathrum erupts from the darkness with unwieldy force.
  • Spirit Breaker may still use items while charging.
  • Cooldown only starts after the charge ends.
  • Does not go on cooldown if Spirit Breaker dies while charging.
  • Only allies can see the charge indicator over the target.
  • Spirit Breaker gets vision of the target for the duration.
  • If the target dies, the charge is transferred to the nearest visible enemy within 4000 range.
  • Charge of Darkness will follow and stun an invisible target, but does not grant True Sight of target.
  • Greater Bash hits units in a 300 radius along Spirit Breaker's path when colliding with units while charging.
No Target
Causes Spirit Breaker to gain movement speed and status resistance.
Bonus Move Speed10%/16%/22%/28%
Status Resistance34%/46%/58%/70%
Illusions gain this ability.
Aspiring heroes gain speed and power from simply observing the Spirit Breaker's dominance on the battle field.
  • Can be cast during Charge of Darkness.
Greater Bash
Enemy Units
Damage Type
Gives a chance to stun and knockback an enemy unit on an attack, and gives a buff to movement speed as each successful bash occurs. Deals a percentage of movement speed as damage. Deals 1.5x damage to creeps.
Bash Chance17%
Movement Speed As Damage14%/20%/26%/32%
Stun Duration0.9/1.2/1.5/1.8
Knockback Duration0.5
Knockback Distance155
Dispellable with strong dispels.
When broken, only the bash on attack is disabled. The bash from this skill used by Charge of Darkness and Nether Strike is not disabled.
The signature strike of Barathrum's ghostly ball and chain.
  • Damage bonus is based on a percentage of current movement speed.
  • Destroys trees units are pushed into.
  • Does not affect Roshan.
Ultimate Ability
Nether Strike
Unit Target
Enemy Units
Damage Type
Spirit Breaker slips into the nether realm, reappearing next to his hapless victim. Upon reappearing, a Greater Bash of the current level occurs and deals bonus damage.
Cast Range700
Cast Time1
Knockback Distance310
Break Duration
Spell Immune Duration
Deal extra damage, apply break and grants you spell immunity after successful cast.
Blocked by Linken's Sphere and echoed by Lotus Orb.
Dispellable with strong dispels.
Cannot be cast while rooted.
Barathrum temporarily returns to the realm from where he came, bringing with him the retribution of both worlds.
  • Nether Strike grants vision of the target during its cast time.

Talent Tree[edit]

Talent Tree
+800 Health 25 +25% Greater Bash Greater Bash Damage
+200 Movement Speed During Charge of Darkness Charge of Darkness 20 +10% Greater Bash Greater Bash Chance
+40 Damage 15 -4s Bulldoze Bulldoze Cooldown
+4 Armor 10 +500 Night Vision

General Strategy[edit]


When skilling Spirit Breaker, there are two general paths to consider: maximizing damage, or maximizing stun. Of course, regardless one would want to level up Greater Bash to some extent (first or second to max): it affects the strength of the hero as a whole, especially as components of Charge and Nether Strike (note: without this passive you do no damage with Charge, and Nether Strike does nothing at all).

When playing Spirit Breaker in a more supportive role, maxing out Charge allows him to roam more effectively, with a long duration long-range stun. Add value points to your other abilities as necessary, but the synergy between your skills to make them strong requires levels that you may not have as a support. With that in mind, Charge is your most reliable skill to enable ganks while your core heroes inflict the actual damage.

When playing him in a core role that receives some farm, leveling up his Empowering Haste increases the damage of his bashes and his ability to move between creeps. A single point in Charge is enough at first as you will rely on supports to lock down targets for you to eventually inflict devastating bashes -- maxing out Greater Bash first with fast points in Empowering Haste and items that increase movement speed results in incredible magical damage from bashes. For example, with Power Treads, 1 level in Empowering Haste, and maximized Greater Bash (attainable at a mediocre time for a support but very quickly for a core hero), you inflict 144.5 magical damage with an initial bash, and subsequent ones inflict 160 damage thanks to the speed buff from Greater Bash.

Version History[edit]

Version Balance Changes
  • Nerf Strength reduced from 29 + 3.1 to 27 + 3.0
  • Nerf Charge of Darkness mana cost increased from 70/80/90/100 to 100
  • Nerf Charge of Darkness Scepter no longer grants 175 bonus movement speed
  • Buff Charge of Darkness Scepter now pierces spell immunity and reduces cast point to 0.1
  • Buff Greater Bash now deals 1.5x damage to creeps
  • Rework Level 15 Talent +10 HP Regen replaced with -4s Bulldoze Cooldown
  • Rework Level 20 Talent -5.5s Bulldoze Cooldown replaced with +200 movement speed during Charge of Darkness.
  • Rework Level 20 Talent +12% Greater Bash Damage replaced with +10% Greater Bash Chance
  • Rework Level 25 Talent +20% Greater Bash Chance replaced with +25% Greater Bash Damage
  • Buff Charge of Darkness cast point reduced from 0.47 to 0.3
  • Buff Level 15 Talent increased from +30 Damage to +40
  • Buff Base movement speed increased from 285 to 290
  • Nerf All talents are now about 20% weaker
  • Nerf Bulldoze movement speed reduced from 14/20/26/32% to 12/18/24/30%
  • Rework Reworked Scepter.
    • Increases Charge of Darkness movement speed by 100 and reduces cooldown by 5.
  • Buff Bulldoze cooldown reduced from 22 to 22/20/18/16
  • Buff Greater Bash now deals damage through Spell Immunity (as a result of the Spell Immunity change)
  • Buff Nether Strike now deals damage through Spell Immunity (as a result of the Spell Immunity change)
  • Nerf Bulldoze mana cost from 25/30/35/40 to 30/40/50/60
  • Nerf Nether Strike damage reduced from 120/185/250 to 100/175/250
  • Nerf Charge of Darkness cooldown increased from 11 to 17/15/13/11
  • Nerf Nether Strike bonus damage reduced from 150/200/250 to 120/185/250
  • Buff Base health regen increased from 0.75 to 1.25
  • Buff Bulldoze status resistance increased from 30/40/50/60% to 34/46/58/70%
  • Buff Bulldoze movement speed increased from 12/18/24/30% to 14/20/26/32%
  • Nerf Greater Bash stun duration rescaled from 1.2/1.4/1.6/1.8 to 0.9/1.2/1.5/1.8
  • Buff Greater Bash damage rescaled from 8/16/24/32% to 14/20/26/32%
  • Buff Charge of Darkness mana cost reduced from 100 to 70/80/90/100
  • Buff Nether Strike Scepter cast range increased from 850 to 950
  • Buff Nether Strike Scepter radius increased from 250 to 350
  • Buff Charge of Darkness cooldown reduced from 12 to 11
  • Buff Base health regen increased by 0.75
  • Nerf Greater Bash damage reduced from 12/20/28/36% to 8/16/24/32%
  • Nerf Greater Bash damage reduced from 16/24/32/40% to 12/20/28/36%
  • Nerf Nether Strike can no longer be cast when rooted
  • Rework Charge of Darkness no longer moves at a fixed speed
    • It now unlocks the movement speed cap and adds 300/325/350/375 Movement Speed
    • Previously it fixed your speed to 600/650/700/750
  • Bug Fix Fixed Charge of Darkness not using the movement speed for the impact damage
  • Nerf Greater Bash no longer gives you movement speed
  • Nerf Greater Bash damage reduced from 12/24/36/48% to 16/24/32/40%
  • Rework Replaced Empowering Haste with Bulldoze
    • Upon activation, grants your hero +12/18/24/30% Movement Speed and +30/40/50/60% Status Resistance for 8 seconds
    • Cooldown: 22
    • Mana Cost: 25/30/35/40
    • Casting Bulldoze does not interrupt Charge of Darkness
  • Nerf Level 20 Greater Bash talent reduced from 30% to 15%
  • Rework Level 20 Talent changed from +400 Charge Speed to -7s Bulldoze Cooldown
  • Buff Greater Bash disable duration increased from 1/1.2/1.4/1.6 to 1.2/1.4/1.6/1.8
  • Nerf Nether Strike damage reduced from 150/250/350 to 150/200/250
  • Buff Level 10 Talent increased from +400 Night Vision to +600
  • Buff Base HP regen increased from 1 to 1.5
  • Buff Greater Bash movespeed bonus increased from 15% to 17%
  • Buff Nether Strike's knockback now pushes the enemy twice the distance
  • Nerf Base movement speed reduced from 285 to 280
  • Nerf Base armor reduced from 3 to 2
  • Buff Empowering Haste active no longer reduces your movement speed afterwards
  • Nerf Empowering Haste cooldown increased from 12 to 20
  • Buff Level 15 Talent increased from +30 to +40 Damage
  • Rework Empowering Haste now has seperate values for your hero and your team
  • Buff Empowering Haste on self increased from 6/10/14/18% to 8/12/16/20%
  • Nerf Empowering Haste on allies reduced from 6/10/14/18% to 4/6/8/10%
  • Nerf Nether Strike cooldown rescaled from 80/70/60 to 100/80/60
  • Buff Turn Rate increased from 0.4 to 0.5
  • Buff Charge of Darkness no longer goes into cooldown when you die
  • Nerf Base HP regen reduced from 2 to 1
  • Nerf Greater Bash damage rescaled from 22/30/38/46% to 12/24/36/48%
  • Rework Reworked Talent Tree
  • Nerf Base movement speed reduced from 290 to 285
  • Rework Replaced Respawn Talent: +30% Greater Bash Damage (Level 20)
  • Buff Level 10 Talent from +15 Movement Speed to +20
  • New Added Talent Tree
  • Buff Greater Bash increased damage from 22/28/34/40% to 22/30/38/46%
  • Rework Greater Bash now uses pseudo random chance
  • Buff Empowering Haste cooldown from 16 to 12
  • Buff Empowering Haste cooldown from 20 to 16
  • Buff Charge of Darkness cooldown reduced from 35 to 12
  • Buff Charge of Darkness cooldown is now triggered when Charge hits its target or is cancelled, instead of when cast
  • Buff Empowering Haste can now be cast to improve the Aura by 50%
    • Lasts 6 seconds
    • 20 second cooldown
    • After it is used, the aura is 50% weaker while the ability is on cooldown
  • Buff Greater Bash damage from 10/20/30/40% to 22/28/34/40% of movement speed
  • Buff Nether Strike cast range increased from 400/550/700 to 700 (Scepter range increased from 550/700/850 to 850)
  • Buff Nether Strike cooldown rebalanced from 75 to 80/70/60
  • Buff You now gain vision over your target while you are casting Netherstrike
  • Nerf Base attack time nerfed from 1.7 to 1.9
  • Nerf Greater Bash no longer works while doomed
  • Nerf Nether Strike now uses 1.2 Cast Time instead of a 1 sec magic immune delay (can be interrupted as a result)
  • Buff Charge of Darkness will now also Greater Bash its target
    • Instead of only affecting those it runs through, it now also affects the target as well
    • The Greater Bash portion of Charge of Darkness will go through BKB, since Greater Bash goes through BKB
  • Buff Base strength increased by 6
  • Buff Damage increased by 9
  • Buff Charge of Darkness no longer gives a buff indicator
  • Buff Charge of Darkness speed increased from 425/500/575/650 to 600/650/700/750
  • Nerf Empowering Haste no longer increases Spirit Breaker's damage
  • Buff Empowering Haste movement bonus aura rescaled from 6/8/10/12% to 6/10/14/18%
  • Buff Greater Bash now deals damage based on your movement speed (10/20/30/40% of speed)
  • Buff Greater Bash duration increased from 0.95/1.15/1.35/1.55 to 1/1.2/1.4/1.6
  • Bug Fix Fixed Greater Bash not affecting magic immune units
  • Buff Charge of Darkness cooldown decreased from 40 to 35
  • Buff Charge of Darkness AoE knockback increased from 250 to 300
  • Buff Netherstrike damage increased from 100/200/300 to 150/250/350
  • Nerf Strength growth decreased from 2.8 to 2.4
  • Nerf Movement speed decreased from 295 to 290
  • Nerf Charge of Darkness stun duration decreased from 1.4/1.8/2.2/2.6 to 1.2/1.6/2/2.4 seconds
  • Nerf Nether Strike now hits a Greater Bash based on its current level and not auto-lvl4
  • Nerf Charge of Darkness mana cost increased from 75 to 100
  • Nerf Charge of Darkness indicator AoE increased from 2500 to 3000
  • Rework Charge of Darkness Reworked
  • Buff Greater Bash now gives a 3 second 15% movement speed bonus whenever you land a bash
  • Buff Base HP regeneration increased from 0.25 to 0.75
  • Buff Strength gain increased from 2.5 to 2.8
  • Buff Greater Bash no longer messes up the target's command
  • Buff Nether Strike mana cost from 200/250/300 to 125/150/175
  • Buff Nether Strike (Aghanim's version) now Greater Bashes everyone in 250 area around you when you teleport to the primary target
  • Buff Empowering haste from 4/6/8/10 to 6/8/10/12
  • Buff Aghanim's Scepter Nether Strike now also increases cast range (400/550/700➜550/700/850)
  • Buff Charge of Darkness speed boost updates at smoother 0.5 intervals and displays a counter above your head
  • Buff Added a button to make it more obvious how to initiate the charge earlier (You can still use the old move method though)
  • Buff Charge of Darkness stun duration improved from 1/1.5/2/2.5 to 1.4/1.8/2.2/2.6
  • Buff Charge of Darkness chargeup movement bonus standardized across all levels (now 15% each second)
    • As before, magic immunity is gained when fully charged
  • Buff Charge of Darkness movement bonus now lasts for 2 seconds after impact with target
  • Bug Fix Fixed Spirit Breaker losing attack focus when you Greater Bash someone
  • Buff Nether Strike now makes Spirit Breaker magic immune for the second that he is fading out during its cast
  • Buff Charge of Darkness decreased mana cost from 120 to 75
  • Rework Charge of Darkness cast mechanic reworked
  • Buff Improved AoE on Empowering Haste and added 2% more movement speed bonus
  • Buff Added Spirit Breaker to Aghanim's Scepter
  • Buff Charge of Darkness buff indicator on the enemy is now visible to the enemy only when you are 2500 units or closer
  • Buff Has magic immunity when he reaches maximum speed in Charge of Darkness
  • Buff Increased Empowering Haste AoE

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