Cleave

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Cleave or Splash causes your attacks to deal a portion of your damage in an area around the attack point. Buildings do not take Cleave or Splash damage.

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

Cleave or Splash will deal damage in an area around the target based on your attack damage. Cleave or Splash damage does not apply to the primary target. If the user missed an attack, Cleave or Splash damage will not be applied. Cleave and Splash damage is reduced by Armor, but not Deflection.

All forms of On Attack effects and modifiers except Critical Strike do not apply to Cleave or Splash.

Multiple Cleave sources will NOT stack additively. It used to, but they changed it.

Cleave vs. Splash[edit | edit source]

The gameplay difference between Cleave and Splash is that Cleave deals damage in a circular area in front of the user, while Splash is centered around a projectile. If you were to buy a Runed Cleaver on Sir Benzington, you will always deal Cleave damage in a circle in front of you that's 225 radius wide, regardless of how far you attack. For Splash damage, the radius is based on where the primary target is once the attack projectile connects.

Technically, Cleave and Splash effect type in the game codes do not have any real difference. Splash effects are coded for certain gameplay mechanics such as not affecting units with Splash Immunity (Ex. Shiver), and Cleave effects do not deal damage to units affected by Mesmerize or Consumed by Power from Gauntlet Blast.

Sources[edit | edit source]

Cleave[edit | edit source]

Hero/Item Source Cleave % Radius Notes
Myrmidon.jpg Myrmidon Myrmidon Forced Evolution.jpg Forced Evolution 100% 250 SotM version only; Deals 140/190/240 Magic damage to non-Magic Immune units; Applies Waterlogged debuff
Runed Cleaver.jpg Runed Cleaver Passive 60% 275
The Gladiator.jpg The Gladiator The Gladiator Flagellation.jpg Flagellation 100% 380/420/460/500 Cleave deals True damage

Splash[edit | edit source]

Hero/Item Source Splash % Radius Notes
Hammerstorm.jpg Hammerstorm Hammerstorm Mighty Swing.jpg Mighty Swing 30/40/50/60% 450
Maliken.jpg Maliken Maliken Possession.jpg Possession 50/75/100% (75 AoE)
35/50/65% (200 AoE)
20/25/30% (350 AoE)
350
Puppet Master.jpg Puppet Master Puppet Master Whiplash.jpg Whiplash 25/50/75/100% 150 Triggers every 4 charges
Shadowblade.jpg Shadowblade Shadowblade Essence Shift.jpg Essence Shift 30/50/70% 225 Boosted version only; Active if Strength is copied; Applies to both Melee and Ranged

Pseudo-Cleave/Splash[edit | edit source]

Abilities that behave like Cleave or Splash, but does not follow its rules.

Hero Source Damage Radius Notes
Doctor Repulsor.jpg Doctor Repulsor Doctor Repulsor Electric Frenzy.jpg Electric Frenzy 30/45/60/75 (Magic) 300
Kraken.jpg Kraken Kraken Splash.jpg Splash 60/120/180/240 325 Bonus damage applied to primary target; AoE is centered around target
Prophet.jpg Prophet Prophet Shared Fate.jpg Shared Fate 50% 450 Deals 50% of Prophet's attack damage to all other units within Propagation Field; Also propagates Prophet Debilitate.jpg Debilitate and Prophet Decelerate.jpg Persecution
Solstice.jpg Solstice Solstice Solar Slash.jpg Solar Slash 40/60/80/100 250 Deals 120% additional damage to non-hero units, bonus damage is applied to primary target; Heals 10/15/20/25% of Splash damage dealt; Damage is not typed as "Cleave Splash"

Splash Immunity[edit | edit source]

A few units are immune to Cleave or Splash damage. All buildings are immune to splash damage. Couriers (both Ground and Winged) are immune to splash damage, as well as Tundra's Shiver. Units and gadgets with a set life based on number of hits are also immune, such as Arachna's Spiderling.

See Also[edit | edit source]