Poor Man's Shield


Damage Block Damage Block is a passive ability that gives the wielding unit a chance to block some physical damage from an attack. Contents 1 Mechanics 2 Stacking 3 Sources of Damage Block 4 Version history 5 dota2
Can be used by illusions. Pierces spell immunity.
Blocks physical attack damage based on whether the equipped hero is ranged or melee. Poor Man`s Shield will always block attacks from enemy Heroes, but has a 50% chance to block damage from creeps.
Hero Proc Chance: 100%
Non-Hero Proc Chance: 50%
Blocked Damage (Melee): 20
Blocked Damage (Ranged): 10


  • Does not reduce physical damage from spells, except from Moon Glaive and The Swarm.


It is an inexpensive, early to mid game item that blocks a small amount of physical hero damage all the time and physical creep damage sometimes. Poor Man`s Shield is built from Stout Shield and 2 Slippers of Agility, all of which can be all purchased from the Home Shop and the Side Shop. It can greatly help some agility heroes tank harass damage in the laning phase, and slightly increase durability in other situations.

Because of its cost and great effect on early game laning, sometimes in competitive games a Poor Man`s Shield is bought as a starting item while a team mate, usually on a support role, pools a regeneration item to the hero with the Shield. A common example hero that this is done on is Broodmother, who will start with a Poor Man`s Shield, a Branch, and one Tango supplied by a team mate.



Additional information

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Poor Man`s Shield (also known as Poor Man`s or simply pms) is an Upgrade item listed in the Common section of the Home Shop.


Damage Block
Ability: Passive
Affects: Self
Poor Man`s Shield will always block physical damage from enemy Heroes. Gives a chance to block damage from creeps. The amount of damage blocked depends on whether the wielder is a melee or ranged hero.
Damage Block:

Hero Block Chance:

Creep Block Chance:
₠20 (Melee user)
₠10 (Ranged user)

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Version History

Patch Version Balance Changes
  • Non-hero proc chance reduced from 53% to 50%
  • Tooltip changed to show actual block chance (no balance change)

WC3 DotA Version

  • Warcraft III DotA - Poor Man`s Shield