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Dota 2 Item Guide: Heaven's Halberd

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Dragon Knight

Dragon Knight really benefits from Heaven's Halberd. (Credit: Valve Corporation)

Another weekend, another Dota 2 Item Guide! Today it's time we talk about Heaven's Halberd. Sure, it doesn't give you movement speed, but it makes you a lot harder to kill.

If you're looking for more Dota 2 Item Guide entries you can find a lot of them on our website. In today's edition, we'll take a look at Heaven's Halberd. Sange paired up with evasion makes for quite the combo!

Dota 2 Item Guide: Heaven's Halberd

Huskar

Heaven's Halberd works well on Huskar. (Credit: Valve)

First, let’s start with a short overview of the item:

  • Patch created: Patch 6.73
  • Total cost: 3650 gold
  • Grants: +20 Strength, +20% Evasion, +16% Status Resistance, +24% Health Regen Amplification, +24% Lifesteal Amplification
  • Active: Disarm – Prevents a target from attacking for 3 seconds on melee targets, and 5 seconds on ranged targets. Cooldown: 18 seconds; Mana cost: 100.

Heaven's Halberd (HH) has been around for some time, but it's still relatively new when compared to many of the other items in Dota 2. It's a Sange upgrade and it's one of the few items in the game that grants evasion. The others are Butterfly (much more expensive at 5075 gold), Talisman of Evasion (one of the components for both Butterfly and HH), and Elven Tunic/Trickster Cloak which are both neutral.

In that regard, Halberd offers something relatively unique, as the extra 20% evasion increases your effective health versus auto attacks significantly. To make it all even better, the gold cost of the recipe is just 200. The active is the real deal, as it disarms for 3 seconds on melee enemies and 5 seconds on ranged foes. Needless to say, that period can be the deciding factor in a team fight.

The amplification is great for heroes that have built-in lifesteal or plan on building such items. Status resistance reduces the duration of negative debuffs and that's always welcome.

Heroes to buy it on

In theory, Heaven's Halberd can be a decent pick on almost any hero. Naturally, it's better suited on strength-based cores that like to initiate or get in the middle of a fight. The perfect example of that is Huskar, a hero that benefits from literally everything the item provides. He wants to get hit less, and survive for as long as possible, which is guaranteed through the amplified regen and lifesteal along with the item's active. Some heroes that are good candidates for Halberd are:

  • Huskar
  • Lifestealer
  • Kunkka
  • Dragon Knight

Note that this is by no means a complete list. These characters are already tanky and hard to take down. Adding Halberd might make it impossible for them to die to auto-attacks. Situationally you can get HH on almost any other hero as it'll be useful in a team fight. Still, it's better suited to tanky strength heroes.

Dota 2 hh meme

Image credit: Valve Corporation

Situations when it's a bad pick

It's rare to find these as almost every enemy lineup will include at least one ADC. If the enemy team is trying to meme you out with five magic damage heroes getting Halberd won't do anything. You're better off buying a Black King Bar which is only a few hundred gold away. Arguably, the status resistance might still be useful even versus magic damage as it'll reduce the duration of crowd control, but overall just get a BKB instead.

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