Every single item in Dota 2 explained – Part 6
In the first five parts of this guide, we explained all of the shop items in Dota 2 that you can purchase with gold, either at the home shop or the secret shop.
In this second part of the guide, we will go over all of the neutral items in the game. These are items you can acquire by killing neutral creeps. The types of items you get can change depending on the time of the game.
Here is every single neutral item in Dota 2 explained.
Tier 1 (7:00+ minutes)
This item gives you a little bit of cast range and mana regeneration.
Recommended Heroes: Support heroes generally benefit from this item, but it can also be useful on certain spell-casting cores that are active on the map.
- Although the cast range isn’t much, you can use Keen Optic to stack with other cast range granting items and design your build around staying far from enemies and casting your spells from a safe distance.
- The added mana regeneration can be useful on certain heroes that don’t really need the cast range. Carry heroes farming the jungle can keep their mana pool up, as long as another hero on the team doesn’t need the item more.
The item grants you 5 of all attributes. It also has a passive that gives you HP and mana regeneration while in the river.
Recommended Heroes: The item is generally good on most heroes due to the bonus stats, but also particularly on roaming/ganking heroes.
- Heroes that traverse the map via the river in the early game to gank enemies, plant wards and help their teammates can use the full potential of this item.
- Although the HP and mana regeneration in the river are nice, it can be dangerous to stay in the river for too long, as these areas are generally under the vision of Observer Wards.
Broom Handle gives you a little bit of bonus armor and attack damage. It also increases the attack range of all melee heroes.
Recommended Heroes: Since the increased attack range only affects melee heroes, it is better to use it on core/carry melee heroes that deal damage with their basic attacks.
- This item can be quite useful to fight against elusive, ranged heroes or those that can kite easily.
- It can be even more devastating in the hands of certain melee heroes like Monkey King that have a higher-than-average attack range.
The item passively grants you 100 health. It also has an active ability. After channelling at any target location, a Bounty Rune, Healing Salve, Enchanted Mango or enemy Kobold appear.
Recommended Heroes: Support heroes are generally quite good at carrying and using this item. It can come in handy for certain mid-lane heroes that buy Bottle as well.
- Trusty Shovel is an extremely valuable item that can help you, either as a support or core hero, to keep your mana and HP pools high with its consumable drops.
- The value of the Bounty Runes dropped by this item increases as the game progresses. So even when its passive component is not as valuable, it is recommended that you keep it in your backpack and use it off cooldown.
This item passively gives you bonus intelligence and armor. It has an active ability that instantly restores mana to nearby allies.
Recommended Heroes: Arcane Ring is quite good on almost any hero, as the ability to replenish a small amount of mana can help stay active in the early game.
- Since the amount of mana you get from its active ability isn’t much, you can swap all the items in your inventory that grant mana or intelligence into your backpack and then use Arcane Ring. It increases the total mana you get.
- It is always a good idea to check and see if nearby allies need mana, get in range of them, and then use the item.
Chipped Vest passively grants HP regeneration. Its passive ability returns damage dealt to you back at the attacking units.
Recommended Heroes: This item is good on off-lane heroes, particularly strength heroes that want to increase their survivability.
- The item is very useful for faming the jungle in the early game, as it not only helps keep your HP up, but also returns damage to creeps and thereby increases your farming speed.
- The damage returned is fixed, and is less when attacked by creeps than when attacked by enemy heroes.
It gives you 7 of your primary attribute as a bonus and also a fixed amount of lifesteal on each attack.
Recommended Heroes: This item is usually recommended on core/carry agility heroes that usually deal damage with their basic attacks.
- Possessed Mask is another item that makes farming the jungle much easier, since the primary attribute bonus grants you damage and the lifesteal keeps your health pool up.
- The item is most useful on agility heroes because the bonus agility also grants attack speed in addition to the bonus damage, whereas bonus intelligence or strength isn’t equally effective.
This item gives you a bit of health, spell damage and mana-cost reduction on your spells.
Recommended Heroes: Spell-casting intelligence heroes, particularly support heroes are best at carrying this item.
- The bonus health benefits heroes with low HP pools the most. Whereas it doesn’t make as much a difference on strength heroes that already have a high HP pool.
- The bonus spell damage and mana-cost reduction may not be much, but paired with other items or talents, can make a big enough difference.
It grants you 6 of all attributes as a bonus. It has an active ability that turns your hero into a critter for 4 seconds but with a bonus of 10% movement speed.
Recommended Heroes: Heroes that aren’t very strong in the early game and/or just want to increase their mobility should use this item.
- The active ability is similar in all manners to that of Scythe of Vyse, except it increases your movement speed instead of reducing it. Which means it prevents you from attacking, casting spells or using other items.
- That is why it is best to use this item to flee only when you have no other option, like a mobility spell or item, left to use.
Tumbler’s Toy grants you a bonus of 200 mana. It also has an active ability that propels your hero forward by 300 units.
Recommended Heroes: This item is generally good on heroes that can make good use of the bonus mana and mobility spell, which could be almost any hero.
- The item’s active ability gets disabled if you are attacked or take damage in any form from an enemy hero, similar to Blink Dagger.
- Like Force Staff, it can be used to move yourself over cliffs and other impassable terrain.
Tier 2 (17:00+ minutes)
Ring of Aquila
This item grants you a bit of bonus damage, as well as all basic attributes in varying measure. Its passive aura grants mana regeneration and armor to nearby allies, and can be toggled to stop affecting non-hero units.
Recommended Heroes: This item is best of agility core heroes, given that its agility bonus is greater than the strength and intelligence bonus.
- You can deactivate the aura to stop it from affecting creeps in the event that you are hidden in the fog of war or attempting a gank with Smoke of Deceit. This is to prevent enemies from guessing your location by looking at the auras affecting lane creeps.
- Ring of Aquila’s aura does not stack with Ring of Basilius’ aura, as the item was once an upgrade to the latter and could be purchased like a regular shop item.
- The aura also does not affect buildings.
Nether Shawl passively provides you with magic resistance, spell damage but at the cost of armor.
Recommended Heroes: The item is good on heroes that have naturally high armor but are facing heroes with heavy magical damage.
- This is one of the items that reduces a particular stat rather than increase it. However, it compensates for it by providing a huge bump in magic resistance.
- Heroes like Ogre Magi can make good use of this item because they have high armor, deal magical damage with spells and also become more survivable against magical damage heroes.
It passively grants you armor and HP regeneration. It also causes your basic attacks to burn enemies, dealing damage over time.
Recommended Heroes: Core heroes are generally good at carrying this item, particularly off-lane and safe-lane heroes.
- The passive component that burns enemies also affects buildings, improving your sieging ability by a bit.
- When farming creeps as a core, it is a good idea to hit every creep once instead of focusing on a single creep with this item. This is to increase your farming speed since the burn damage does not stack.
Pupil’s Gift grants you a bonus of 14 of your secondary stats. This refers to attributes that are not your primary attribute.
Recommended Heroes: A wide range of heroes can use this item, primarily agility and intelligence heroes.
- Strength heroes aren’t the best at using this item, because although the bonus intelligence is nice, the bonus agility doesn’t do much for them.
- Agility heroes, particularly in the carry role, are the best at using this item as they like having more strength to become tankier and more intelligence as they rely on casting spells a fair bit.
This item has a toggle ability that allows you to choose between three main attributes, while giving half the bonus for the other attributes.
Recommended Heroes: Most core heroes can use this item by toggling it to their primary attribute.
- In addition to the flat attribute bonuses, Vambrace also gives you bonus magic resistance, attack speed or spell amplification depending on whether you toggle to strength, agility or intelligence respectively.
- The item works in a similar way to Power Treads, where bonuses for a particular attribute are only provided when you toggle to it.
It grants you a flat damage and attack speed bonus. In addition, it has a passive ability that causes your attacks to deal more damage the more HP the enemy unit is missing.
Recommended Heroes: Carry/core heroes that deal damage with their basic attacks benefit the most from this item.
- The passive deals 8 more damage for every 10% that the enemy hero is missing. Which means you can get a maximum of 82 damage from this item.
- Brigand’s Blade is better against weak and low HP supports and allows you to kill them very quickly. But it can also help a fair bit against tanky heroes.
This item passively gives you bonus attack speed. It also grants you bonus attack range only for ranged heroes. Furthermore, it reduces the magic resistance of enemy units when attacked.
Recommended Heroes: Grove Bow is recommended on ranged core heroes that generally deal damage with their basic attacks.
- The item is particularly useful on ranged heroes that deal some form of magical damage combined with their basic attacks. Outworld Destroyer is a good example of such a hero.
- Although the item is recommended on ranged heroes due to its passive bonus, it may be good on certain melee cores that deal a mix of physical and magical damage.
The item grants you bonus mana and passive GPM at the cost of dealing less damage with your basic attacks.
Recommended Heroes: The item is good on support heroes since they generally don’t need a lot of attack damage to have an impact.
- This is one of the few items in the game that reduces a stat, but it compensates for it by granting a fair amount of mana and GPM bonuses.
- If your hero is dead and you’re waiting to respawn, you should swap whatever neutral item you have in the slot with the Philosopher’s Stone to gain a small amount of passive GPM bonus.
Essence Ring grants you intelligence and mana regeneration bonuses. It has an active ability that increases your current and maximum health by 400 for 15 seconds.
Recommended Heroes: Heroes with low HP pools, particularly support heroes benefit the most by using this item.
- The active ability counts as an HP bonus and does not count as a heal. Which means it cannot be used by heroes like IO to grant tethered allies with an equal or greater HP bonus.
- Like Magic Stick and Magic Wand, it is best to use the item when you are close to death. This can be used to bait the enemy by making them commit further than they’d like to.
The item passively grants a movement speed bonus. It also has an active ability that throws a mark on an enemy, dealing damage over time while providing vision of them.
Recommended Heroes: The item is quite decent on most heroes, whether core or support. But roaming/ganking heroes can make the best use of it.
- The duration for which the item provides vision over the enemy is quite long. This prevents them from juking and trying to escape in the fog of war.
- The damage from its active ability is dealt every second, preventing enemies from using Blink Dagger to escape.
Bullwhip passively grants HP and mana regeneration. It has an active ability that grants movement speed or slows, depending on whether you cast it on an ally or an enemy.
Recommended Heroes: This item is good on pickoff heroes to chase down fleeing enemies and support heroes to buff their allies/themselves.
- You can use this item as a support by staying in the back and buffing your allies when you feel they are in need of it, or you can use it on yourself to run away from enemy heroes that jump the backline.
- It can also come in handy to carry heroes while farming creeps, allowing them to move from camp to camp faster, thereby increasing their farming speed.
This item passively grants you movement speed, attack speed, attack animation speed and attack projectile speed. Its passive ability increases your movement and attack speed even further for every ability you have on cooldown.
Recommended Heroes: Ranged heroes that have short to medium cooldown abilities benefit the most by using this item.
- The attack animation and attack projectile speed bonuses affect ranged heroes with slow attacks and slow attack projectiles the most.
- This also benefits certain heroes whose abilities are based off of their basic attacks, like Hoodwink’s Acorn Shot.
Tier 3 (27:00+ minutes)
It passively grants you HP regeneration and also reduces the cooldown of all your spells and items.
Recommended Heroes: Quickening Charm is recommended on spell-casting heroes that have a medium-to-high cooldown on their abilities.
- The item’s passive cooldown reduction can be stacked with other sources of cooldown reduction for e.g. Octarine Core.
- The reason this item is not recommended on heroes that already have very low cooldowns is because there isn’t much value in it. However, heroes with high cooldown spells benefit from being able to participate in every fight.
This item grants you a passive armor bonus. It also has a passive ability that triggers when you get attacked within 300 range, which deals damage to all enemies in that range and blinds them, causing them to miss all their attacks.
Recommended Heroes: Initiating heroes can make the most out of this item, particularly when playing against melee heroes.
- The armor bonus and small radius of its passive ability makes this the perfect item for heroes like Clockwerk that like to initiate and start teamfights while being in close proximity to enemy heroes.
- It can also come in handy on weak support heroes that get initiate on by melee carry/core heroes, allowing them to survive a bit longer.
It passively grants you bonus movement speed and turn rate. It’s active component grants you even more movement speed and the ability to traverse terrain.
Recommended Heroes: This item is viable on a wide range of heroes and particularly useful in certain situations.
- Heroes like Batrider that reduce your turn rate using Sticky Napalm is heavily countered by this item.
- Walking over trees for the active duration of this item destroys them. You can use this to your advantage against heroes that rely on trees to cast spells.
This item grants you damage, lifesteal and spell lifesteal. Its passive component also amplifies the wearer’s regeneration, healing, lifesteal and spell lifesteal.
Recommended Heroes: Carry heroes that primarily deal physical damage with their basic attacks should use this item.
- This item benefits almost all heroes in the carry role because of the two bonuses it provides, damage and lifesteal.
- It also amplifies lifesteal that heroes may have via their innate abilities or talents.
This item passively grants you bonus base attack damage, magic resistance and status resistance.
Recommended Heroes: Carry heroes that like to be in the thick of the fight and increase their survivability should use this item.
- The base attack damage bonus is a percentage, which means this item is best on heroes that have a high primary attribute gain, which in the case of most carries is agility.
- The status resistance component makes stuns and disables of other kind last a shorter duration on you. However, there are some exceptions to this.
Mind Breaker grants you bonus attack speed and magic damage on your basic attacks. Its passive ability silences enemy units on the next attack you deal, on a cooldown of 12 seconds.
Recommended Heroes: This item is recommended on carry heroes that primarily deal damage with their basic attacks.
- The passive ability is very useful against certain enemy heroes that can quickly escape with a mobility spell, like Anti Mage and Ember Spirit.
- The bonus damage from this item is magical, which means it is reduced by magic resistance and spell shields.
The item does not grant you any passive bonuses. However, its passive ability causes your next attack to deal bonus magical damage. Ranged heroes also get bonus attack range for that attack.
Recommended Heroes: Ranged heroes, mostly cores but certain supports as well, can make good use of this item.
- This item synergizes quite well with certain heroes that have abilities which are based off of their basic attacks, like Phantom Assassin’s Stifling Dagger or Hoodwink’s Acorn Shot.
- The bonus damage from the item is magical, which means it is reduced by magic resistance and spell shields.
This item passively provides you with attack speed, evasion and movement speed.
Recommended Heroes: Elven Tunic is recommended on carry heroes that usually deal damage with their basic attacks.
- The item’s passive component are quite beneficial to almost every carry hero in almost every situation, as it allows them to enter and exit fights quickly while increasing their survivability.
- The evasion is particularly useful against similar enemy heroes that deal damage with their basic attacks. It also stacks with other sources of evasion.
Cloak of Flames
It passively gives you armor and magic resistance. Its passive ability burns enemies near you every second.
Recommended Heroes: Off-lane heroes or generally strength heroes can make the most of this item.
- The passive ability deals less damage on illusions you create than it does on the main hero itself.
- The radius of the damage is quite small; hence it is mainly useful against melee heroes. It does also increase your farming speed.
Ceremonial Robe passively grants you bonus mana. It has an aura ability that lowers the status resistance and magic resistance of nearby enemies.
Recommended Heroes: This item is mainly used by spell-casting support or core heroes, sometimes off-lane heroes as well.
- The status resistance reduction of the item causes stuns and other disables to last longer on enemy units.
- The item should be used by aura-granting heroes on the team, or those that like to stay near the backline and provide assistance to cores.
It grants you bonus intelligence and cast range. It also has an active ability that pushes the target enemy unit away from you.
Recommended Heroes: Intelligence heroes, either core or support, can make the best use of this item.
- The item’s active ability is useful for supports against heroes that might initiate on them to kill them first.
- The passive intelligence bonus is a percentage, which means it scales with how much intelligence your hero already has.
Tier 4 (37:00+ minutes)
Timeless Relic passively grants you bonus debuff duration and spell damage on your spells.
Recommended Heroes: Heroes that primarily deal damage with their abilities should carry this item.
- The debuff duration bonus increases the length of the stun, slow or other types of disables that your spells deal. This makes it quite good on utility heroes that generally provide lockdown.
- The bonus spell damage stacks with other sources of spell amplification and increases your overall damage output by a massive amount.
The item grants you bonus mana regeneration and a bonus 6 of all attributes. Its passive component reduces the cooldown of all your spells and abilities.
Recommended Heroes: Heroes that primarily have an impact with their abilities, particularly cores, should use this item.
- Spell Prism is best on heroes that have medium-to-high cooldowns on their spells, as that’s where the most value is gained.
- Similar to Quickening Charm, the cooldown reduction component of this item stacks with other sources of the same.
This item gives you health and HP regeneration bonuses passively. It also has a passive ability that grants a massive status resistance bonus for 3 seconds every time a debuff is applied on the owner.
Recommended Heroes: This item is viable on a wide range of heroes depending on the situation, but particularly on off-lane heroes and initiators.
- The item has a 30-second cooldown on its passive ability, so it can only save you once in a teamfight or skirmish.
- Ascetic’s Cap is similar to Aeon Disk, which increases your survivability when initiated on and allows you to retaliate or retreat.
Witchbane has an active ability that purges a target enemy or ally. It also has a passive component that deals damage based on the target’s maximum mana.
Recommended Heroes: This item is recommended on core/carry heroes and is useful depending on the situation and heroes you are facing.
- The active ability purges negative debuffs when cast on an ally and purges positive buffs when cast on an enemy. There are some exceptions to this, which includes undispellable abilities.
- The passive ability deals damage based on the mana pool of the enemy hero. This is useful mostly against intelligence heroes, particularly heroes like Outworld Destroyer that have a large mana pool.
The item grants you bonus movement speed. Its active ability dispels debuffs and blinks you in a random direction in front of you.
Recommended Heroes: The item can be useful on a wide range of heroes, either cores or supports, depending on the situation.
- The direction and distance that the item blinks you is random, but will always be in the forward direction of where your hero is facing.
- If the ability is cast within 3 seconds of the player receiving damage from an enemy hero, it will blink in place but still dispel debuffs.
Ninja Gear gives you bonus agility and movement speed. Its active ability casts Smoke of Deceit on yourself.
Recommended Heroes: Ganking, initiating or counter-initiating heroes should use Ninja Gear. This usually refers to core heroes, but may also refer to supports.
- The item only casts Smoke of Deceit on yourself, not your allies.
- The bonus agility makes this a particularly good item on agility carries, specifically those that have an initiation tool to allow them to catch an enemy hero off guard.
This item grants you bonus attack speed and armor. It also grants you bonus damage against buildings.
Recommended Heroes: Carry heroes that deal most of their damage with basic attacks and are good at sieging should carry this item.
- This item is particularly useful when sieging high ground and trying to take the enemy tier 3 tower and barracks.
- The Leveller synergizes very well with heroes that build physical damage items and armor-reducing items.
Telescope grants you an aura that passively increases the attack range and cast range of allies near you.
Recommended Heroes: Support heroes should generally hold this item to provide their team with the aura bonuses.
- This item also lowers the cooldown of the Scan ability by 50%, making it particularly impactful on the late game when finding information on the enemy can be difficult.
- Although the ability description does not specify this, the passive aura only increases the attack range of ranged heroes, not melee heroes.
It grants you bonus magic resistance and evasion. It has an active ability that grants you invisibility for 6 seconds.
Recommended Heroes: Support heroes can usually benefit from the active ability, but the passive components benefit off-lane, tanky heroes the most.
- The magic resistance and evasion are more effective on heroes that already have a lot of raw HP, which generally tends to be strength heroes.
- Although the invisibility component is useful on support heroes for escaping, it can synergize quite well on certain core abilities like Slark’s Shadow Dance.
Stormcrafter grants you 4 mana regeneration, in addition to its passive which deals damage to and slows a random enemy unit near you. Its active ability cyclones your hero for a short duration.
Recommended Heroes: The item is viable on a wide range of heroes, both cores and supports, and depends more on the particular situation.
- The active ability’s cyclone is similar to that of Eul’s Scepter of Divinity, in that it purges negative debuffs off of you.
- The passive component that damages and slows a nearby enemy has a 3-second cooldown, which makes it fairly useful in long teamfights and for chasing down heroes.
This item grants you bonus damage, as well as bonus attack range only on melee heroes. Its passive ability gives your attacks to chance to reduce enemy movement speed and attack speed for 3 seconds.
Recommended Heroes: Melee carry heroes that generally deal physical damage with their basic attacks should use this item.
- Although the attack range bonus only applies to melee heroes, this item can still be useful on ranged carry heroes due to the other passive components.
- Penta-Edged Sword is very strong against kiting heroes and mobile heroes that have a high movement speed.
Tier 5 (60:00+ minutes)
This item gives you a massive movement speed and HP regeneration bonus. Its active ability dispels you and forces you in the direction you are facing, similar to Force Staff.
Recommended Heroes: A wide variety of heroes can use this item, be it supports or cores, depending on the situation and requirement.
- The movement speed bonus of this item is almost as much as a level 2 Boots of Travel. This can allow you to sell your Boots and free up an inventory slot for another item.
- The item also removes the speed limit of the hero, allowing you to synergize with other movement speed granting abilities and items to become extremely mobile.
The item grants you bonus damage and causes your attacks to reduce the enemy’s armor for 7 seconds.
Recommended Heroes: Carry heroes that generally deal physical damage with their basic attacks should use this item.
- The item is similar to the Desolator and can be paired with it to massively reduce the enemy’s armor with your attacks.
- Its effect also works on buildings, allowing you to siege towers and barracks at a very high speed, particularly on “rat” heroes.
Seer Stone passively provides bonus cast range, vision bonus and mana regeneration. Its active ability reveals a target area of the map for 6 seconds.
Recommended Heroes: Support heroes, or spell-casting heroes in general should carry this item.
- The active ability of Seer Stone also provides True Sight in the area, revealing invisible units and wards.
- The visual effect of the item’s active ability is also visible to enemies, so you should use this item with that knowledge in mind.
It grants you a bonus of 10 of all attributes. Its passive ability blocks and reflects targeted spells back to their caster once every 8 seconds.
Recommended Heroes: Mid-laners and weak supports that get initiated on and burst down quite quickly should use this item.
- This item is like a combination of Lotus Orb and Linken’s Sphere, wherein in reflects spells back to the enemy while also prevent them from affecting you.
- Take note that it does not reflect AOE spells and certain unit-targeted spells.
Apex simply grants you a massive bonus of 70 for your primary attribute.
Recommended Heroes: This item is best utilized on strength and agility core heroes.
- Since this item only gives you a primary attribute bonus, you should consider which hero on the team benefits the most from the stats you get for your particular attribute.
- Agility cores are generally the best at using this item since they get a huge amount of damage, armor and attack speed from agility.
Book of the Dead
This item’s active ability summons two pairs of Level 3 Necronomicon units, an item that was previously available in the game but has since been removed. It also passively grants strength and intelligence bonuses.
Recommended Heroes: Off-lane heroes, heroes that have lots of auras or simply heroes that generally control multiple units should use this item.
- Necronomicon units include one ranged archer and one melee warrior. The melee warrior provides True Sight while the ranged archer has an active ability that purges positive debuffs on enemies and reduces their movement speed.
- Units spawned from this item have significantly more HP and damage than those that previously spawned from a level 3 Necronomicon.
This item passively grants you strength, intelligence, HP regeneration and mana regeneration. It also has an active ability that turns the hero into a meteor and strikes down at a target area, stunning, dealing initial damage and damage over time.
Recommended Heroes: Initiating heroes, or heroes that want a tool to initiate should carry this item.
- This item works in a similar way to Meteor Hammer, except it has an instant cast-time and does not need to be channelled.
- It also deals damage to buildings, both initial damage and damage over time. The stun can be particularly useful when the enemy team uses Glyph of Fortification.
Passively grants you armor and magic resistance. It also passively grants these bonuses as an aura. Its active ability creates an aura that reflects 35% damage from all allied heroes back to the enemy.
Recommended Heroes: Support heroes, or off-lane heroes that have a lot of aura granting items and abilities should carry this item.
- The damage returned still affects the target hero. Which means it works in a similar fashion to Blade Mail.
- The item can be particularly good against an enemy team that has a lot of teamfight abilities and AOE spells that affect multiple heroes on your team.
Pirate Hat passively grants you a huge 150 attack speed bonus. Its active ability is channelled at a target location and always gives you a Bounty Rune.
Recommended Heroes: Carry heroes that primarily deal physical damage with their basic attacks should use this item.
- The attack speed usually helps carry heroes the most, but if they have a better item, it is advisable for support heroes to use this item and dig Bounty Runes every time the item goes off cooldown.
- Bounty Runes are worth a lot after the 60-minute mark, so this item can significantly boost your team’s net-worth if you are behind that of the enemy team.
This item grants you 20 armor and has an active ability that resets the cooldown on all items, except for Refresher Orb.
Recommended Heroes: Ex Machina is recommended on heroes that have one or more high-impact items that don’t suffice for the base duration at the late stage of the game.
- Unlike Refresher Orb, this item does not refresh abilities, only items. So it cannot be used to cast multiple, high-impact teamfight spells at once.
- Carry heroes can often make use of this item by allowing them to use Black King Bar twice in a fight, since its duration is generally reduced by the time you get this item.
Giant’s Ring gives you a massive strength and movement speed bonus. It also increases your hero’s model size. Its passive ability allows you to traverse over any terrain while dealing your total strength as damage per second to enemy units.
Recommended Heroes: This item is best utilized by strength heroes, particularly off-lane initiators and damage-soakers.
- Since the passive component deals damage based on the strength of the hero, it is good to carry this item on heroes with decent strength gain or items that grant a good amount of strength bonus.
- The increased model size can be seen as a disadvantage, as it makes your hero more noticeable. However, take note that it does not change the collision size of the hero, which affects skill-shots that require precision.
Book of Shadows
This item grants you a bonus of 12 attributes each as well as a nigh vision bonus. It has an active ability that causes the target to become untargetable, but also silenced, muted and disarmed while applying a basic dispel.
Recommended Heroes: Support heroes are usually the best at carrying and using this item.
- The item can be used to save an ally or yourself when initiated on. Alternatively, it can also be used as an initiation tool on a hero that might be able to easily get away.
- The bonus night vision can be very useful to spot approaching enemy heroes, particularly those that have their own innate night vision bonus, like Night Stalker and Luna.
Aegis of the Immortal
This item drops each time Roshan dies. It grants the hero reincarnation once when they die, bringing them back to life at the same spot where they died.
Recommended Heroes: Core/carry heroes that can be very active, fight on the map and siege the enemy high ground should pick up the Aegis.
- The item is reclaimed 5 minutes after it is picked up, if it has not been used.
- It cannot be dropped once picked up, and cannot be sold. When it is picked up or denied, an announcement displays the same for both teams.
Cheese drops on Roshan’s third death onwards. It can be consumed to instantly restore 2500 health and 1500 mana.
Recommended Heroes: Heroes with high HP pools that usually initiate fights and act as the frontline should carry this item.
- Cheese can be sold for 500 gold. This only becomes reasonable very late in the game when the item has lost its value.
- The item is fully shareable between allies. You can use this to quickly give a teammate the Cheese when they are at very low HP to replenish them back to full health.
Aghanim’s Shard – Roshan
This item drops only on Roshan’s second death. It acts pretty much the same way that the regular Aghanim’s Shard works.
Recommended Heroes: Heroes that reach a power spike at that moment or have a generally good upgrade should use this item.
- Unlike the store bought Aghanim’s Shard, this Shard needs to be manually consumed.
- It is fully shareable between allies but cannot be sold in exchange for gold.
Aghanim’s Blessing – Roshan
This item has a 50% chance of dropping on Roshan’s third death. After which, it drops on Roshan’s fourth death and onward. It works pretty much in the same way that the regular Aghanim’s Blessing works.
Recommended Heroes: Heroes that reach a power spike at that moment or have a generally good upgrade should use this item.
- Unlike the store bought Aghanim’s Blessing, this item needs to be manually consumed.
- It is fully shareable between allies but cannot be sold in exchange for gold.
This item has a 50% chance of dropping on Roshan’s third death. After which, it drops on Roshan’s fourth death and onward. It works as a single-use Refresher Orb, resetting the cooldowns of all items and abilities, and gets consumed after that.
Recommended Heroes: Heroes with high-impact items and abilities that cannot afford to buy a Refresher Shard should use this item.
- The item is fully shareable and can be sold at the shop in exchange for 500 gold.
- Multiple Refresher Shards do not stack in the inventory. Also, it does not refresh the cooldown of a Refresher Orb.
That brings us to the end of our guide explaining every single item in Dota 2! We hope you found this guide useful. Feel free to use it for reference any time you’re confused about a particular item and don’t know whether you should buy it.
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