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Associated with
Heroes Arc Warden minimap icon.png Arc Warden
Factions Radiant
Places Mad Moon
Other Lore Direstone
Nemesis Stones

The Dire is a faction in Dota 2. It is characterized by a dark, gloomy theme. The top right half of the game map belongs to the Dire, while the bottom left belongs to the Radiant icon.png Radiant.


There are many differences between the Dire side of the game map and the Radiant side:

  • Roshan icon.png Roshan's pit in the river is closer to the Radiant bank, near the top rune spawn location, while the Dire bank curves around it. Before 7.00 revamp, Roshan was located on the Dire side, near the bottom rune spawn location.
  • Dire's bottom lane has no convenient way to pull.
  • It is impossible to block 2 jungle camps with 1 ward in the Dire jungle.

Affiliated heroes[edit]

Strength Agility Intelligence

Abaddon Abaddon
Underlord Underlord
Axe Axe
Chaos Knight Chaos Knight
Doom Doom
Lifestealer Lifestealer
Lycan Lycan
Magnus Magnus
Night Stalker Night Stalker
Pudge Pudge
Sand King Sand King
Slardar Slardar
Spirit Breaker Spirit Breaker
Tidehunter Tidehunter
Undying Undying
Wraith King Wraith King

Arc Warden Arc Warden
Bloodseeker Bloodseeker
Broodmother Broodmother
Clinkz Clinkz
Faceless Void Faceless Void
Medusa Medusa
Meepo Meepo
Nyx Assassin Nyx Assassin
Phantom Assassin Phantom Assassin
Razor Razor
Shadow Fiend Shadow Fiend
Slark Slark
Spectre Spectre
Terrorblade Terrorblade
Venomancer Venomancer
Viper Viper
Weaver Weaver

Ancient Apparition Ancient Apparition
Bane Bane
Batrider Batrider
Dark Seer Dark Seer
Dazzle Dazzle
Death Prophet Death Prophet
Enigma Enigma
Invoker Invoker
Leshrac Leshrac
Lich Lich
Lion Lion
Necrophos Necrophos
Outworld Devourer Outworld Devourer
Pugna Pugna
Queen of Pain Queen of Pain
Shadow Demon Shadow Demon
Visage Visage
Warlock Warlock
Winter Wyvern Winter Wyvern
Witch Doctor Witch Doctor


  • The Dire is one of the Nemesis Stones, a force diametrically opposed to the Radiant.
  • The Dire is known to Zet as Diruulth.[1] He originally kept the Dire and Radiant in check, but lost control after the Mad Moon was destroyed.[2]
  • The Dire spreads corruption.[3]
  • Light, from the sun and moon counters the Dire's influences.[3]
  • Earthshaker minimap icon.png Earthshaker is opposed to the Dire, wielding a light-absorbing totem to banish its corruption.[3]
  • Direstone was used in creating the Demon Edge icon.png Demon Edge.[4]


  • The DotA equivalent of the Dire was the Scourge.
  • In DotA, heroes were affiliated into the Scourge and Sentinel factions. This division was seen in the older picking screen.
    • In DotA when playing the Normal game mode (also called "Pick Mode"), players could only pick Scourge heroes while on the Scourge team, and vice versa. This game mode is not present in Dota 2.

See also[edit]



  1. Arc Warden response: Play Diruulth and Radinthul, your conflicts must be ended.
  2. Arc Warden biography.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Eclipse Monolith description.
  4. Demon Shard description.
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