Cosmetic Items customize visual elements within Dota 2. These modifications are purely graphical and do not affect mechanics or gameplay. Some items are exclusive to the Dota Plus premium service. Items released before Dota Plus are called legacy items.
Cosmetic items can be obtained from:
- The Dota 2 Store
- The Steam Market
- Most cosmetic items are tradeable on the Market
- The Shard store
- Opening Treasures
- Drops after playing MMR games
- Participating in certain events
- Promotional codes that come with certain physical merchandise
All cosmetic items are categorized into Rarity tiers. Rarer items are less likely to drop, and tend to come with more customizations.
All cosmetic items have a Quality. Some qualities, such as Heroic or Genuine are related to the circumstances by which the item was acquired, while others, such as Inscribed, allows the item to track certain statistics. Qualities are related to, and can be altered by, Gems. Most items are Normal quality by default.
Valve accepts submissions of community-created cosmetic items through the Steam Workshop. The majority of existing cosmetic items have been made by the community.