Minimap

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The minimap is a HUD element that represents the game map on a smaller scale. It displays in real time the location and status of buildings, heroes, creeps, couriers and wards. The minimap is subject to team vision, with unseen areas covered by the fog of war. Certain events and Terrain items can alter the appearance of the minimap.

Settings[edit | edit source]

These settings can be changed in the game options.

  • Location: Changes the minimap to display on the bottom left or bottom right of the interface.
  • Simple Colors: Uses a single color for all heroes on the same team.
  • Hide Background: Hides graphical background on the minimap, and displays only essential game elements like heroes, couriers, buildings, wards, and creeps.
  • Simple Background: Replaces graphical background on the minimap by simple background. Turned on by default.
  • Draw Hero Icons: When holding ALT, displays hero icons instead of hero names.
  • Always Use Icons/Names: Permanently displays hero icons and names instead of arrows and O's.

Icons[edit | edit source]

Heroes[edit | edit source]

Heroes

AbaddonAlchemistAncient ApparitionAnti-MageArc WardenAxeBaneBatriderBeastmasterBloodseekerBounty HunterBrewmasterBristlebackBroodmotherCentaur WarrunnerChaos KnightChenClinkzClockwerkCrystal MaidenDark SeerDazzleDeath ProphetDisruptorDoomDragon KnightDrow RangerEarth SpiritEarthshakerElder TitanEmber SpiritEnchantressEnigmaFaceless VoidGyrocopterHuskarInvokerIoJakiroJuggernautKeeper of the LightKunkkaLegion CommanderLeshracLichLifestealerLinaLionLone DruidLunaLycanMagnusMedusaMeepoMiranaMonkey KingMorphlingNaga SirenNature's ProphetNecrophosNight StalkerNyx AssassinOgre MagiOmniknightOracleOutworld DevourerPhantom AssassinPhantom LancerPhoenixPuckPudgePugnaQueen of PainRazorRikiRubickSand KingShadow DemonShadow FiendShadow ShamanSilencerSkywrath MageSlardarSlarkSniperSpectreSpirit BreakerStorm SpiritSvenTechiesTemplar AssassinTerrorbladeTidehunterTimbersawTinkerTinyTreant ProtectorTroll WarlordTuskUnderlordUndyingUrsaVengeful SpiritVenomancerViperVisageWarlockWeaverWindrangerWinter WyvernWitch DoctorWraith KingZeus

  • Slardar icon.png Slardar​ and Viper icon.png Viper​ are still using the icon before remodeled on minimap.

Brewmaster[edit | edit source]

These three extra icons were meant for Brewmaster icon.png Brewmaster​ when using Primal Split icon.png Primal Split​, but they are currently unused.

Icons

Brewmaster Earth icon.png Brewmaster Storm icon.png Brewmaster Fire icon.png

Custom Icons[edit | edit source]

Some cosmetic items will alter a hero's minimap icon. Click on an icon to view the corresponding item.

Heroes

Lina icon alt1.png Legion-Commander-Blades-of-Voth-Domosh-minimap-icon.png Fractal Horns of Inner Abysm Minimap icon.png Swine of the Sunken Galley Minimap icon.png Demon Eater Minimap icon.png Manifold Paradox Minimap icon.png Frost Avalanche Minimap icon.png Tempest Helm Minimap icon.png Great Sage's Reckoning Minimap Icon.png

Shops[edit | edit source]

The black background is shown for contrast, and is not part of the icons.

Shop Icon
Main Shop Minimap icon Main Shop.png
Side Lane Shop Minimap icon Side Lane Shop.png
Secret Shop Minimap icon Secret Shop.png

Couriers[edit | edit source]

Courier Radiant icon.png Radiant Dire icon.png Dire
Animal Courier (Radiant) icon.png Animal Courier Courier icon Radiant Standard.png Courier icon Dire Standard.png
Flying Courier (Radiant) icon.png Flying Courier Courier icon Radiant Flying.png Courier icon Dire Flying.png

Wards[edit | edit source]

Friendly wards are colored green (blue in colorblind mode), and enemy wards are colored red. When spectating, Radiant icon.png Radiant wards are green/blue, and Dire icon.png Dire wards are red.

Ward Icon
Observer Ward icon.png Observer Ward Minimap icon Observer Ward.png
Sentry Ward icon.png Sentry Ward Minimap icon Sentry Ward.png

Runes[edit | edit source]

Bounty Runes are always shown when available, while other runes are only shown when having vision on them.

Rune Icon
Bounty Rune icon Bounty.png
Double Damage Rune icon Double Damage.png
Haste Rune icon Haste.png
Illusion Rune icon Illusion.png
Invisibility Rune icon Invisibility.png
Regeneration Rune icon Regeneration.png
Arcane Rune icon Arcane.png

Others[edit | edit source]

Element Icon
Ancient Ancient icon.png
Roshan Roshan icon.png
Attack Building Minimap icon Attack.png
Defend Building Minimap icon Defend.png
Eyes in the Forest icon.png Eyes In The Forest Minimap icon Eyes in the Forest.png

Events[edit | edit source]

Event Element Icon
Frostivus 2012 Greevil Hero Minimap icon Greevling Hero.png
Thyg the Giftsnatch Minimap icon Thyg the Giftsnatch.png
Diretide Pumpkin Bucket Minimap icon Diretide Pumpkin.png
New Bloom Festival Year Beast Minimap icon Year Beast Radiant.pngMinimap icon Year Beast Dire.png

Scanning[edit | edit source]

The Scan button is located on the right of the minimap

Players can use the Scan ability on the right of the minimap UI to detect any enemy heroes in an area.

Scan
Scan icon.png
Ability
Target Point
Scans a targeted 900 AoE for 8 seconds. Indicates whether there are enemy heroes in that area during the 8 seconds.
Cast Range: Global
Radius: 900
Scan Interval: 1
Ping Sound Interval: 2
Duration: 8
Cooldown symbol.png 270

Notes:

  • Has a global team-wide cooldown of 4.5 minutes.
  • Starts on cooldown (not available at the beginning of the match).
  • The button is located at the bottom right corner of the minimap border, above the Glyph of Fortification button.
  • Checks for enemy presence in 1 second intervals, starting immediately on use, resulting in 9 checks.
  • Does not show how many heroes there are, just if there are any enemy heroes.
  • Does not give vision or reveal anything other than the presence of enemy heroes.
  • Enemies do not know when your team casts it.


Controls[edit | edit source]

Main article: Controls
  • Right clicking anywhere on the minimap will command the hero to move to that location. However, there is a delay of 0.2 seconds, where clicks will not be registered. This is to prevent missclicks.
  • Ground-target abilities, such as Wrath of Nature icon.png Wrath of Nature​, can be cast by clicking on the minimap.
  • Clicking on the minimap while using Town Portal Scroll icon.png Town Portal Scroll or Boots of Travel 1 icon.png Boots of Travel will teleport the hero to the specified location's nearest allied building.

Pinging[edit | edit source]

  • Alt + Left Clicking on the minimap will alert your team about a location by Play playing a sound and showing an exclamation mark on their minimap.
    • Clicking Buildings will play a different sound, and generally mean a Play defense/Play attack of the building is desired.
  • Ctrl + Alt Left Clicking on the minimap will alert your team by Play playing a different sound and showing an X on their mini-map, generally indicating danger.

Drawing[edit | edit source]

Holding down both Ctrl and the left mouse button while moving your cursor over the minimap will draw lines on the minimap. These lines can be seen by all allied players, and their color corresponds to the color of the player. Lines will fade after a few seconds.

Console Commands[edit | edit source]

There are several console commands that can be used to modify the minimap in various ways to match an individual player's preferences. Some of the commonly used ones are shown below.

Command Default Help Text
dota_hud_extra_large_minimap 0 0 Use extra large minimap.
dota_minimap_hero_size 600 Changes the hero minimap icon size.
dota_minimap_misclick_time 0.2 Minimum time after the mouse enters the minimap before accepting a move command. Can be increased slightly to prevent accidental misclicks.
dota_minimap_ping_duration 3 Adjust how long pings are displayed on the minimap.
dota_minimap_disable_rightclick 0 Disables right clicks on the minimap.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Current[edit | edit source]

Pre-7.00[edit | edit source]

Pre-6.86[edit | edit source]

Pre-6.82[edit | edit source]

Events[edit | edit source]

Tutorial[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

December 12, 2016 Patch

  • Updated to match 7.00 map changes.

July 02, 2016 Patch

April 25, 2016 Patch

  • Added Scan ability.

March 24, 2016 Patch

  • Changed X's to arrows.

December 16, 2015 Patch

February 12, 2015 Patch

  • Left clicking actions on the minimap no longer ignores input for the first 0.2 seconds.

September 25, 2014 Patch

  • Updated to match 6.82 map changes.