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Silence is a status effect that prevents those affected from using active hero abilities for the duration of the silence. It can be useful when ganking a hero with a blink or invisibility spell, as silences tend to have longer duration than other disables giving more time to kill the enemy. Silences in teamfights can also be very effective even for a short period of time, as they prevent the enemy from using their spells in combination with one another. Silencing an opponent also stops any channeling spells that they are currently using.


Queen of Pain attempting to cast a spell while silenced. A grid layer covers the ability icons while silenced.

When a unit is silenced, the ability icons in its HUD are overlayed by a grid-like effect. Clicking on an active ability or pressing its hotkey displays the word "Silenced" in red on the screen.

Silence disables every active ability, including toggle abilities and active attack modifiers Attack modifiers are modifiers which apply an effect to a unit s basic attacks. These effects can widely vary, from healing, to damaging or even disabling effects. Most of these modifiers have their own rules. For dota2 . If an ability is being channeled Warlock channeling Upheaval Channeling an ability causes the caster to stop acting for the duration of the spell. Channeled spells may be ended when the channeling unit takes another action or is interrupted by another dota2 , silence cancels it immediately. If an ability is toggled on, silence does not turn it off, but prevents the player from toggling it off. If the toggle ability drains mana and the unit runs out of mana while silenced, the ability toggles off normally.

Silence does not stop the effects of already cast spells. For instance, silencing Razor   Hero   Strategy   Counters   Equipment   Gear   Responses   Sounds   Lore   Old Abilities   Changelogs     Razor 21 + 2.6 22 + 2 21 + 1.8 Level Base dota2 after he has already cast Static Link or Eye of the Storm does not stop the link from draining or the storm from striking.

Silence does not disable any passive ability. Although silence prevents, for instance, Drow Ranger For the race in Dota 2 lore, see Drow.   Hero   Strategy   Counters   Equipment   Gear   Responses   Sounds   Lore   Old Abilities   Changelogs   Known Bugs     dota2 from using the active part of Precision Aura, it does not cause the aura to stop granting attack damage bonus. Even when a passive ability has a cooldown or mana cost, silence never affects them in any way.


Sources of Silence


As a counterpart to silence, a Mute disables the affected unit`s active items in the same fashion as silence disables active abilities. As with silence, it does not affect passives at all. It does not stop already ongoing effects of items, but does cancel channeled items. It also prevents the unit from toggling their toggle items on or off.

Sources of Mute

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Silence Abilities

Hero Abilities
Hero Ability Duration
Bloodseeker Blood Rite 3 / 4 / 5 / 6
Death Prophet Silence 3 / 4 / 5 / 6
Disruptor Static Storm 5
7 (Aghanim`s Upgrade)
Doom Doom 15
16 (Aghanim`s Upgrade)
Drow Ranger Gust 3 / 4 / 5 / 6
Earth Spirit Geomagnetic Grip 2.5 / 3 / 3.5 / 4
Night Stalker Crippling Fear 3 (Day)
5 / 6 / 7 / 8 (Night)
Puck Waning Rift 0.75 / 1.5 / 2.25 / 3
Riki Smoke Screen 6
Silencer Last Word 3 / 4 / 5 / 6
Global Silence 4 / 5 / 6
Skywrath Mage Ancient Seal 3 / 4 / 5 / 6
Item Abilities
Item Ability Duration
Orchid Malevolence Soul Burn 5
Bloodthorn Bloodthorn 5