Spirit Breaker

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[e][h]Spirit Breaker
Dire Hero
29 +2.4
17 +1.7
14 +1.8
31 - 41
Base Stats
Sight Range:
1800 / 800
Attack Range:
Missile Speed:
Attack Duration:
0.6 + 0.3
Cast Duration:
0.47 + 0.8
Base Attack Time:
Magic Resistance:
Turn Rate:
Level Changes
Hit Points:
Spell Amp:
LessMost played asMore
Base HP Regen: 0.75
Items: Skull Basher and Abyssal Blade passive bashes are disabled on Spirit Breaker.

Barathrum, the Spirit Breaker[edit]

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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.


Charge of Darkness
Ability: Unit Target
Affects: 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:

Stun Duration:

Greater Bash Radius:
Cast Range:
 600 / 650 / 700 / 750
 1250 with talent
 1.2 / 1.6 / 2 / 2.4
 Affected By:  Partially blocked by Spell Immunity Partially blocked by Linken's Sphere and echoed by Lotus Orb
Barathrum erupts from the darkness with unwieldy force.
  • Cooldown only starts when Charge hits the target or gets cancelled.
  • 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 in within 4000 range.
  • Charge of Darkness will follow and stun an invisible target, but does not grant True Sight of target.
  • Greater Bashes units in a 300 radius along Spirit Breaker's path when colliding with units while charging.
  • Greater Bash does not use Charge of Darkness speed for calculating damage.
  • Spirit Breaker may still use items while charging.
  • Stun and damage blocked by Spell Immunity, the bash is not.
  • Blocked by Linken's Sphere on cast.
Empowering Haste
Ability: Aura
No Target
Affects: Allied Units
Causes Spirit Breaker to gain higher movement speed. His presence increases the movement speed of nearby allied units. When cast, the bonus is increased for a few seconds. While on cooldown, the bonus is halved.
Bonus Movement Speed:
Cast Speed:
Cooldown Speed:
 6% / 10% / 14% / 18%
 9% / 15% / 21% / 27%
 3% / 5% / 7% / 9%
 Affected By:   Disabled by Break
Aspiring heroes gain speed and power from simply observing the Spirit Breaker's dominance on the battle field.
Greater Bash
Ability: Passive
Affects: Enemy Units
Damage: Magical
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.
Bash Chance:

Bonus Damage:

Stun Duration:

Knockback Duration:
Knockback Distance:
Bonus Movement Speed:
Bonus Speed Duration:
 34% with talent
 22% / 30% / 38% / 46%
 of movement speed
 1 / 1.2 / 1.4 / 1.6
 Affected By:  Partially blocked by Spell Immunity Partially disabled by Break
The signature strike of Barathrum's ghostly ball and chain.
  • Destroys trees units are pushed into.
  • Does not affect Roshan.
  • Damage blocked by Spell Immunity, the bash is not.
  • When broken, only the attack bash is disabled. The bash from this skill used by Charge of Darkness and Nether Strike is not disabled.
Nether Strike
Ability: Unit Target
Affects: Enemy Units
Damage: Magical
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.
Upgradeable by Aghanim's Scepter to apply Greater Bash and decrease the cooldown.
125 / 150 / 175
80 / 70 / 60
Cast Range:

Scepter Ability:

Greater Bash Radius:

Scepter Cooldown:
Cast Time:
 150 / 250 / 350
 Applies the current level of Greater Bash in the area upon impact
 Affected By:  Partially blocked by Spell Immunity Blocked by Linken's Sphere and echoed by Lotus Orb
Barathrum temporarily returns to the realm from where he came, bringing with him the retribution of both worlds.

Talent Tree[edit]

Talent Tree
+500 Charge Speed 25 +17% Greater Bash Chance
-40s Respawn Time 20 +120 Gold/Min
+5 Armor 15 +20 Damage
+20 Movement Speed 10 +5 All Stats

Recommended Items[edit]

Standard Build
Starting Items Early Game Mid Game Late Game
Tango Healing Salve Stout Shield Boots of Speed Magic Stick Urn of Shadows Power Treads Magic Wand Echo Sabre Silver Edge Assault Cuirass Aghanims Scepter
Iron Branch Iron Branch

General Strategy[edit]

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.


Skill Build[edit]

Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Spell Charge of Darkness Greater Bash Empowering Haste Greater Bash Greater Bash Nether Strike Greater Bash Charge of Darkness Charge of Darkness Talent
Level 11 12 13 14 15 16 18 20 25
Spell Charge of Darkness Nether Strike Empowering Haste Empowering Haste Talent Empowering Haste Nether Strike Talent Talent

Early Game[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.

Mid Game[edit]

Late Game[edit]

Version History[edit]

Balance Patch History
Patch Version Balance Changes[1]
  • 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% for 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
  • Buff 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 1.2/1.6/2.0/2.4 seconds
  • Nerf Nether Strike now hits a Greater Bash based on its current level and not auto-lvl4
  • Nerf Charge of Darkness manacost 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.
  • Buff Fixed Spiritbreaker 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 manacost 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's AOE

See also[edit]

Notable Players[edit]

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