‘DOTA 2’: What is a BKB and Which Heroes Should Use it


Valve’s hit MOBA game DOTA 2 can be challenging to follow if you are not completely familiar with every term or concept. Most battles are over quite quickly, especially once the matches have progressed beyond the twenty-minute mark. This is only enhanced due to the commentators rarely stopping to explain the finer intricacies of what’s happening or elaborating on certain acronyms they use.

Now this is no fault of the announcers, of course, the matches move at a lightning fast pace and they need to keep up with. However, one of the popular phrases you will hear when watching DOTA 2 is BKB. For those who do not play DOTA 2, BKB stands for Black King Bar and is an in-game item players can equip to heroes. In order to get this piece of armor, you will need three different early game items for the BKB recipe.

You will need to get a Mithril Hammer (1,600 gold), an Ogre Club (1,000 gold), and a Recipe which is what combines these items together. Once this is done, you can then go and equip your Black King Bar to your hero just like any other item. The item itself has self-afflicting properties that will grant you Spell Immunity and 100% Magical Resistance for a short period of time. However, the actual duration and cooldown of this item will decrease with each successive use. Both the cooldown and duration are tied to the user itself, so rebuying one at the shop will not reset the numbers.

Cooldown: 80/75/70/65/60/55

Duration: 10/9/8/7/6/5

While the BKB is not always an optimal choice for fights, it can be extremely useful if you are a high priority target or lack any good defensive options. Characters like Razor, Batrider, and Bounty Hunter are all great choices for a Black King Bar, as it lends you an extra layer of defense. Just make sure to inform your team if you plan to pick one up mid-match as communication is the key to victory in DOTA 2.

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