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Runes are special boosters that spawn on the game map. They come in two categories. Bounty Runes can be picked up for extra gold and experience, while Power-up Runes grant heroes a variety of buffs and effects for a short period of time.

General Information[edit | edit source]

Rune spawn locations

Yellow circles: Bounty Runes
Red circles: Power-up Runes

Spawning[edit | edit source]

  • Bounty Runes spawn at 0:00 on the game clock, and every two minutes after that.
  • Power-up Runes spawn at 2:00 on the game clock, and every two minutes after that.
  • Bounty Runes spawn at four locations on the map, two on the Radiant icon.png Radiant side, and two on the Dire icon.png Dire side.
  • Power-up Runes spawn randomly at one of two locations in the river.
    • Only one Power-up Rune will spawn at a time.
    • The same Power-up Rune will not spawn twice in a row.
  • Unused runes will be replaced by a new rune at the next spawn time.

Bottling[edit | edit source]

  • Runes can be stored inside a Bottle (Full) icon.png Bottle.
  • Heroes with a Bottle in their inventory will automatically store the rune inside the Bottle when they pick it up.
  • A stored rune can be used later by activating the Bottle.
  • Using a stored Bounty Rune refills 2 Bottle charges.
  • Using a stored Power-up Rune refills 3 Bottle charges (to full).
  • Bounty Runes cannot be stored in a Bottle that has full charges. Instead, it will be automatically consumed upon pickup.
  • Runes can be stored in the Bottle for up to two minutes, after which they are automatically activated.
  • When the Bottle is filled with a rune, picking up a second rune will consume/activate the new rune right away, not replace the existing rune in the Bottle.
  • Bottles containing runes cannot be dropped or shared.

Other[edit | edit source]

  • Power-up Runes are only visible on the minimap when they are in vision. Bounty Runes are always visible. All runes are visible in spectator mode.
  • Runes can be destroyed by normal attacks, using a forced attack command.
    • Since runes do not count as units, destroying or denying a rune neither counts as a last hit, nor interacts with any abilities in the game.
  • Runes have selection boxes with higher priority over units, meaning that if a unit is standing over a rune, the mouse cursor highlights and selects the rune first.
    • This only applies to actions that can target runes, such as moving or attacking. Actions that cannot target runes will still target the unit first.
    • Currently, the only ability that can directly target runes is Tiny's Toss icon.png Toss.

List[edit | edit source]

Click on a rune's name to view more detailed information.

Bounty Rune[edit | edit source]

Bounty Grants bonus Gold and XP.
Icon Bounty Rune minimap icon.png Initial Base Gold: 100

Initial Base Experience: 0

Following Base Gold: 50

Following Base Experience: 50

Extra Gold per Minute: 2

Extra Experience per Minute: 5

  • The extra gold bonus increases by 1 in 30 seconds intervals, while the experience bonus increases by 1 in 12 second intervals.
  • An over-head text shows how much gold was given exactly. This number is not visible to enemies.
  • When bottling a Bounty Rune, it grants gold and experience based on the time at which it gets activated, not bottled.
  • When activated by the Spirit Bear, the experience is granted to its owner.

Model Rune of Bounty model.png
Bottle Bottle (Bounty) icon.png
Play Activation Sound

Power-up Runes[edit | edit source]

Arcane[edit | edit source]

Arcane Reduces cooldowns by 30% and mana costs by 40%.
Icon Arcane Rune minimap icon.png Cooldown Reduction: 30%

Mana Cost Reduction: 40%

Duration: 50

  • Reduces the cooldown/replenish time of all spells and items.
  • Affects cooldowns of active and passive abilities.
  • Visually reduces the cooldown of Tranquil Boots (Active) icon.png Tranquil Boots, but does not affect it.
  • The cooldown reduction is not updated dynamically. Only abilities cast while having the buff get their cooldowns reduced.
  • Besides the mana cost reduction on items, all reductions are reflected in the ability tooltips.
  • Only affects the activation cost of spells. Mana cost over time is not reduced.
  • Stacks multiplicatively with the cooldown reduction of Octarine Core icon.png Octarine Core.
  • The buff of multiple Arcane Runes does not stack, but refreshes the duration instead.

Model Rune of Arcane model.png
Bottle Bottle (Arcane) icon.png
Play Activation Sound

Double Damage[edit | edit source]

Double Damage Increases base damage by 100%.
Icon Double Damage Rune minimap icon.png Attack Damage Bonus: 100%

Duration: 45

  • Only increases base damage and that given by the primary attribute of the affected hero. Raw bonus damage is not increased.
  • The hero's current main damage is checked periodically, and the bonuses adapted instantly.
  • The buff of multiple Double Damage Runes does not stack, but refreshes the duration instead.

Model Rune of Double Damage model.png
Bottle Bottle (Double Damage) icon.png
Play Activation Sound

Haste[edit | edit source]

Haste Increases movement speed to maximum.
Icon Haste Rune minimap icon.png Haste Speed: 550

Duration: 22

  • Applies a haste on the target, meaning it cannot be slowed below the set value.
  • The buff of multiple Haste Runes does not stack, but refreshes the duration instead.

Model Rune of Haste model.png
Bottle Bottle (Haste) icon.png
Play Activation Sound

Illusion[edit | edit source]

Illusion Conjures 2 illusions of your hero which deal 35% damage. Melee illusions take 200% damage. Ranged illusions take 300% damage. Illusions last 75 seconds.
Icon Illusion Rune minimap icon.png Number of Illusions: 2

Illusion Damage Dealt: 35%

Illusion Damage Taken (Melee): 200%

Illusion Damage Taken (Ranged): 300%

Duration: 75

  • The illusions always spawn in cardinal directions around the hero, starting on east and going counterclockwise.
  • The hero's and the illusion's locations are not shuffled.
  • Activating a new Illusion Rune while already having illusions from a previous Illusion Rune does not replace them.

Model Rune of Illusion model.png
Bottle Bottle (Illusion) icon.png
Play Activation Sound

Invisibility[edit | edit source]

Invisibility Becomes invisible for 45 seconds. This invisibility is broken by attacking or by using an ability or item.
Icon Invisibility Rune minimap icon.png Fade Time: 2

Duration: 45

  • During the fade time, the hero can cast spells, use items and perform attacks without breaking the invisibility.
  • Invisibility is broken upon reaching the cast point of spells or items, or upon successfully landing an attack.
  • The invisible hero can pick up or drop items without breaking the invisibility. However, attacking them breaks it.
  • Invisibility from the Invisibility Rune does not turn the hero phased, so it still can block unit pathing.
  • The buff of multiple Invisibility Runes does not stack, but refreshes the duration instead.

Model Rune of Invisibility model.png
Bottle Bottle (Invisibility) icon.png
Play Activation Sound

Regeneration[edit | edit source]

Regeneration Regenerates health and mana to maximum.
Icon Regeneration Rune minimap icon.png Health Regeneration per Second: 100

Mana Regeneration per Second: 67

Duration: 30

  • Restores in the form of regeneration, so it restores 10 health and 6.7 mana in 0.1 second intervals.
  • Can heal up to 3000 health and 2010 mana when healing for the full duration.
  • The buff disappears once the hero is at full health and mana.
  • Damage greater than 0 from any player (including allies and self) or Roshan dispels the effect.
    • Does not get dispelled by damage flagged as HP Removal.
  • The buff of multiple Regeneration Runes does not stack, but refreshes the duration instead.

Model Rune of Regeneration model.png
Bottle Bottle (Regeneration) icon.png
Play Activation Sound

Gallery[edit | edit source]