Best Riki Builds in Dota 2

Not for the faint of heart!

Riki is one of the not-so-popular heroes in Dota 2. That said, Riki is pretty straightforward to play if you're already familiar with Dota 2's gameplay, but we do not recommend that you start with Riki if you're new to Dota 2. If you've managed to familiarize yourself with the Dota 2 mechanics, here are two Riki builds for you to experiment with.

Top Dota 2 Riki builds

Riki Standard Build

Skill Build

Hero LevelSkill
Level 1Blink Strike
Level 2Tricks of the Trade
Level 3Blink Strike
Level 4Tricks of the Trade
Level 5Blink Strike
Level 6Cloak and Dagger
Level 7Blink Strike
Level 8Smoke Screen
Level 9Tricks of the Trade
Level 10Tricks of the Trade
Level 11Smoke Screen
Level 12Cloak and Dagger
Level 13Smoke Screen
Level 14Smoke Screen
Level 18Cloak and Dagger

Talent Tree

Hero LevelTalent
Level 15+75 Smoke Screen AoE
Level 16-4s Smoke Screen Cooldown
Level 20+0.5 Backstab Multiplier
Level 25-4s Tricks of the Trade Cooldown

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Items

  • Starting Items:
    • Tango: Consuming a target tree grants 7 health regeneration for 16 seconds. Consuming an iron wood tree doubles this buff.
    • Iron Branch: +1 Attribute
    • Iron Branch: +1 Attribute
    • Quelling Blade: When activated, increases damage to non-hero melee units by 8 and to non-hero ranged units by 4.
    • Circlet: +2 All Attributes.
  • Early Game:
    • Boots of Speed: +45 Movement Speed.
    • Wraith Band: +2 Intelligence, +2 Strength, +5 Agility, +2 Armor, +5 Attack Speed. Bonuses double after 25 minutes in game.
  • Core Build:
    • Power Treads: +45 Movement Speed, +25 Attack Speed, +10 Selected Attribute (Agility/Intelligence/Strength)
    • Magic Wand: +3 All Attributes
    • Diffusal Blade: +15 Agility, +10 Intelligence, slows enemies for four seconds.
    • Manta Style: +10 Strength, +10 Intelligence, +12 Attack Speed, +26 Agility, +8% Movement Speed, Creates two mirror images of the heroes that lasts 20 seconds each.
  • Situational Build:
    • Aghanim's Shard: Upgrades an existing ability or adds a new ability to your hero.
    • Aghanim's Scepter: +10 All Attributes, +125 Health, +125 Mana.
    • Sange and Yasha: +16 Strength, +16 Intelligence, +20% Status Resistance, +12 Attack Speed, +10% Movement Speed, +22% Health and Lifesteal Amplification.
    • Blink Dagger: Teleport up to a distance of 1200 units away.
    • Desolator: +50 Damage.
    • Battle Fury: +60 Damage, +7.5 Health Regeneration, +2.75 Mana Regeneration.
    • Corruption Orb: +150 Health.
    • Black King Bar: +10 Strength, +12 Damage, Grants Spell Immunity, but duration decreases with every use.

Riki Alternative Build

Skill Build

Hero LevelSkill
Level 1Blink Strike
Level 2Tricks of the Trade
Level 3Blink Strike
Level 4Tricks of the Trade
Level 5Blink Strike
Level 6Cloak and Dagger
Level 7Blink Strike
Level 8Tricks of the Trade
Level 9Tricks of the Trade
Level 11Smoke Screen
Level 12Cloak and Dagger
Level 13Smoke Screen
Level 14Smoke Screen
Level 16Smoke Screen
Level 18Cloak and Dagger

Talent Tree

Hero LevelTalent
Level 10+0.3s Blink Strike Slow
Level 15+8% Cloak and Dagger Movement Speed
Level 20-0.3s Blink Strike Replenish time
Level 25-4s Tricks of the Trade Cooldown

Related: Dota 2 Best Heroes Tier List

Items

  • Starting Items:
    • Tango: Consuming a target tree grants 7 health regeneration for 16 seconds. Consuming an iron wood tree doubles this buff.
    • Tango: Consuming a target tree grants 7 health regeneration for 16 seconds. Consuming an iron wood tree doubles this buff.
    • Quelling Blade: When activated, increases damage to non-hero melee units by 8 and to non-hero ranged units by 4.
    • Orb of Venom: Poisons target. Deals 2 Magical Damage and reduces 13% Movement Speed (melee hero) or 4% Movement Speed (ranged hero). Effect lasts for two seconds.
  • Early Game:
    • Boots of Speed: +45 Movement Speed.
    • Magic Wand: +3 All Attributes.
    • Power Treads: +45 Movement Speed, +25 Attack Speed, +10 Selected Attribute (Agility/Intelligence/Strength).
    • Orb of Corrosion: +150 Health.
  • Core Build:
    • Diffusal Blade: +15 Agility, +10 Intelligence, slows enemies for four seconds.
    • Manta Style: +10 Strength, +10 Intelligence, +12 Attack Speed, +26 Agility, +8% Movement Speed, Creates two mirror images of the heroes that lasts 20 seconds each.
    • Aghanim's Shard: Upgrades an existing ability or adds a new ability to your hero.
    • Eye of Skadi: +22 All Attributes, +220 Health, +220 Mana.
    • Nullifier: +80 Damage, +8 Armor, +6 Health Regeneration.
  • Situational Build:
    • Monkey King Bar: +40 Damage, +45 Attack Speed.
    • Aghanim's Scepter: +10 All Attributes, +125 Health, +125 Mana.
    • Sange and Yasha: +16 Strength, +16 Intelligence, +20% Status Resistance, +12 Attack Speed, +10% Movement Speed, +22% Health and Lifesteal Amplification.
    • Daedalus: +88 Damage.
    • Desolator: +50 Damage.
    • Battle Fury: +60 Damage, +7.5 Health Regeneration, +2.75 Mana Regeneration.
    • Black King Bar: +10 Strength, +12 Damage, Grants Spell Immunity, but duration decreases with every use.
    • Divine Rapier: +350 Damage.
    • Satanic: +25 Strength, +28 Damage, +25% Lifesteal.

And that concludes our Riki guide for the current 7.31c patch. Feel free to experiment with the vast range of items available while building to figure out the exact combination that works for you.

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