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This guide is for DotA. For standalone sequel, see Dota 2.
  • Note that the following information pertains to the latest version of DotA Allstars, version 6.57b.
  • The AI for DotA Allstars is currently version 6.59

Defense of the Ancients (DotA) is based off of another Warcraft III custom game, Aeon of Strife (AoS). In DotA (as with other AoS-based maps), each player controls one hero, and there are two sides who have groups of computer-controlled units ("spawns") continuously spawning and attacking each other. The goal of the game is to destroy the other player's base. This is done by slowly accumulating large groups of spawns and coordinating hero attacks in order to overwhelm the opposing team ("pushing").

Defense of the Ancients originally was developed for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos by Eul. It quickly distinguished itself from other AoS-based maps by having custom-made heroes with unique abilities (there was even a hero with Blink before it was developed in TFT) and items.

After The Frozen Throne came out, a new variant came out called Defense of the Ancients: Allstars, developed by Guinsoo. Along with new heroes and items, this game introduced item recipes to the game, where one could buy a certain combination of items to create a new, more powerful item. Also added were many different play modes, such as All-Pick (players can pick from both sides), All-Random (every player is given a random hero), Short Match (more gold is given and Death Match (when a hero dies, the player must pick a different hero).

After Guinsoo stopped working on the map, IceFrog took his place, focusing on balance issues as well as adding new heroes and items. Today, DotA: Allstars has a strong following and is one of the most common custom games played in Warcraft III. Serious players can take part in games by going into Clan TDA, and there are tournaments and clans that those good enough can join. With over 70 heroes to choose from, each game can be a unique experience, which is the reason why so many players are drawn to this game.



Name Abbreviation Shop Price
Black King Bar BKB Recipe Shop 3
Boots of Speed Boots Cache of Quel'thelan / Gateway of Demonic Artifacts
Boots of Travel BoT Recipe Shop 1
Empty Bottle Bottle Ancient of Wonders / Graveyard
Animal Courier Chicken Ancient of Wonders / Graveyard
Kelen's Dagger Dagger Cache of Quel'thelan / Gateway of Demonic Artifacts
Dust of Appearance Dust Ancient of Wonders / Graveyard
Gem of True Sight Gem Cache of Quel'thelan / Gateway of Demonic Artifacts
Heart of Tarrasque Heart Recipe Shop 4
Monkey King Bar MKB Recipe Shop 4
Sange and Yasha S&Y or SandY Recipe Shop 3
Ancient Tango of Essifation Tangos / Trees Ancient of Wonders / Graveyard





  • Mogul Khan the Axe
  • Nessaj the Chaos Knight
  • Lucifer the Doombringer
  • Na'ix the Lifestealer
  • Abaddon the Lord of Avernus
  • Banehallow the Lycanthrope
  • Balanar the Night Stalker
  • Azgalor the Pit Lord
  • Pudge the Butcher
  • King Leoric the Skeleton King
  • Slardar the Slithereen Guard
  • Dirge the Undying
  • Leviathan the Tidehunter
  • Magnus the Magnataur
  • Barathrum the Spirit Breaker
  • Crixalis the Sand King


  • Strygwyr the Bloodseeker
  • Clinkz the Bone Fletcher
  • Black Arachnia the Broodmother
  • Anub'arak the Nerubian Assassin
  • Anub'seran the Nerubian Weaver
  • Mortred the Phantom Assassin
  • Nevermore the Shadow Fiend
  • Terrorblade the Soul Keeper
  • Mercurial the Spectre
  • Lesale Deathbringer the Venomancer
  • Viper the Netherdrake
  • Meepo the Geomancer
  • Razor the Lightning Revenant
  • Slark the Murloc Nightcrawler
  • Darkterror the Faceless Void
  • Medusa the Gorgon
  • Zet the Arc Warden


  • Atropos the Bane Elemental
  • Ish'kafel the Dark Seer
  • Krobelus the Death Prophet
  • Lion the Demon Witch
  • Darkchrow the Enigma
  • Kel'thuzad the Lich
  • Rotund'jere the Necrolyte
  • Pugna the Oblivion
  • Harbringer the Obsidian Destroyer
  • Akasha the Queen of Pain
  • Demnok Lannik the Warlock
  • Eredar the Shadow Demon
  • Jin'zakk the Batrider
  • Dazzle the Shadow Priest
  • Kael the Invoker
  • Visage the Necro'lic
  • Leshrac the Malicious, the Tormented Soul
  • Vol'jin the Witch Doctor
  • Kaldr the Ancient Apparition
  • Auroth the Winter Wyvern



  • Kunkka the Admiral
  • Rexxar the Beastmaster
  • Bradwarden the Centaur Warchief
  • Raigor Stonehoof the Earthshaker
  • Purist Thunderwrath the Omniknight
  • Mangix the Panderan Brewmaster
  • Sven the Rogue Knight
  • Tiny the Stone Giant
  • Cairne Bloodhoof the Tauren Chieftain
  • Rooftrellen the Treant Protector
  • Io the Wisp
  • Razzil Darkbrew the Alchemist
  • Rattletrap the Clockwerk Goblin
  • Knight Davion the Dragon Knight
  • Huskar the Sacred Warrior
  • Rigwarl the Bristleback
  • Icarus the Phoenix
  • Ymir the Tuskarr
  • Tresdin the Legion Commander
  • Rizzrak the Goblin Shredder


  • Magina the Anti-Mage
  • Kardel Sharpeye the Dwarven Sniper
  • Yurnero the Juggernaut
  • Syllabear the Lone Druid
  • Luna Moonfang the Moon Rider
  • Morphling
  • Slithice the Naga Siren
  • Azwraith the Phantom Lancer
  • Mirana Nightshade the Priestess of the Moon
  • Rikimaru the Stealth Assassin
  • Jah'rakal the Troll Warlord
  • Aurel Vlaicu the Gyrocopter
  • Traxex the Drow Ranger
  • Lanaya the Templar Assassin
  • Ulfsaar the Ursa Warrior
  • Shendelzare Silkwood the Vengeful Spirit
  • Gondar the Bounty Hunter
  • Xin the Ember Spirit


  • Rylai Crestfall the Crystal Maiden
  • Aiustha the Enchantress
  • Puck the Faerie Dragon
  • Chen the Holy Knight
  • Ezalor the Keeper of the Light
  • Zeus the Lord of Olympus
  • Furion the Prophet
  • Nortrom the Silencer
  • Lina Inverse the Slayer
  • Raijin Thunderkeg the Storm Spirit
  • Alleria the Windrunner
  • Thrall the Disruptor
  • Aggron Stonebreaker the Ogre Magi
  • Squee, Spleen and Spoon the Goblin Techies
  • Jakiro the Twin Head Dragon
  • Boush the Tinker
  • Rhasta the Shadow Shaman
  • Rubick the Grand Magus
  • Dragonus the Skywrath Mage


Phrase Meaning
"mia" missing in action
"ms" missing, literally meaning the enemy has leave the lane
"b" back / get back
"care" be careful
"gank" kill someone by outnumbering them. Used when help and attention is needed to kill a particular enemy and to inform your teammate on your arrival of your lane to help kill the enemy.
"ulti" Your hero ultimate skill
"bot" bottom lane
"mid" mid lane
"top" top lane
"jungle" to kill the neutral creeps
"creep" to kill the neutral creeps
"nc" to kill the neutral creeps
"farm" to gain as much level and money while getting creep kill
"deny" to kill friendly creeps or hero before the opponent does it, so as to prevent them from getting any experience or money
"stunlock" a state of being in gameplay where you or another player are constantly stunned to the point of being unable to do anything for a certain amount of time. stunlocking may be achieved by obtaining duplicate items (stacking) that give you a chance to stun, eg: cranium basher gives you the passive skill bash that gives you a chance to stun the enemy. you may also achieve stunlocking through knowing all the heroes and skills, good teamwork and the timing of casting spells.
"tp" teleport
"rosh" or "roshing" used to quickly communicate to teammates that the enemy team is at Roshan's location (high level boss that gives lots of experience and drops an aegis of immortal item). these terms are also used to suggest to teammates that the team should kill Roshan (usually early in the game to get the greatest benefit out of the high level of experience given upon his death).
"thread" Power thread item made from other items. No recipe required. Most basic item to get for any hero.
"s&y" sange and yasha item made from other items and the sange and yasha recipe scroll
"mkb" monkey king bar item made from other items and the monkey king bar recipe scroll
"bkb" black king bar item made from other items and the black king bar recipe scroll
"raper" the divine rapier item made from other items and the divine rapier recipe scroll

Here are some short forms for hero names. These short forms are extensively use in reporting of enemy movements, such as the disappearance of enmey on the lane, ie.potm ms (Priestess of the Moon missing). There are 3 different type of short forms: by their first name(lion for Lion, Demon witch), by the title (rk for Sven, Rouge Knight) and by their appearance (Panda for Mangix - The Pandaren Brewmaster). Below are some of the title short forms.

Phrase Meaning
"rk" Sven, Rouge Knight
"potm" Mirana Nightshade, Priestess of the Moon
"sk" Crixalis, Sand King
"sb" Barathrum, Spiritbreaker
"ds" Kardel Sharpeye, Dwarven Sniper
"vs" Shendelzare Silkwood, The Vengeful Spirit
"qop" Akasha, The Queen of Pain
"kotl" Ezalor, The Keeper of the Light
"sa" Rikimaru, The Stealth Assassin

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