Help:Game Files

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Dota 2 Wiki uses icons and values extracted from Dota 2's game files. This is also a useful way to get attributes of newly released or hard-to-get cosmetic items.

VPK Tools[edit]


To open Dota 2's .vpk game files, all you will need is GCFScape.

The default installation for Dota 2 will place files at C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\dota 2\dota (or C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\dota 2 beta\dota if the game was installed during the beta). Navigate there in GCFScape and open pak01_dir.vpk. Once you have opened the vpk file, you can see directories and files. Once you have found what you want inside GCFScape, right-click and extract to the desired location on your computer.


To open .vpk files on macOS you'll need to download Gridmount.

The Dota 2 game files are located at ~/Library/Application Support/Steam/steamapps/common/dota 2 beta/game/dota. Double click the file pak01_dir.vpk and Gridmount will automatically mount the file as a virtual drive.

When you're finished, remember to unmount pak01_dir.vpk again, by either right clicking it and selecting "Eject" or by simply dragging the icon over the trashcan on the bottom right of the Dock.


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Useful locations inside pak01_dir.vpk[edit]

Cosmetic item data[edit]

  • /scripts/items/items_game.txt

This is where all the cosmetic item attributes are defined—rarity, slot, hero, associated custom animations or effects, default gems, etc. You can also see contents of sets and treasures.

Cosmetic item icons[edit]

  • /panorama/images/econ

Most cosmetic item icons. Loading Screen icons are the same icon as the set icon

  • /panorama/images/cursor_pack

Custom cursor item icons.

Interface customizations[edit]

  • /panorama/images/loadingscreens

.vtf files of loading screens in their original resolution. Use VTFEdit to view/convert.

  • /panorama/images/huds

Image files for HUD skins.

  • /panorama/images/emoticons

Emoticon image strips.

Hero and Announcer Audio[edit]

  • /sounds/vo

All voice acting for heroes and announcer / mega-kill packs can be found here in their respective sub-directories.

Game assets[edit]

  • /panorama/images/heroes
  • /panorama/images/items

Hero icons, item icons, and ability icons can be found in their respective folders. Custom ability and item icons can be found here too.

  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\dota 2 beta\dota\resource\dota_english.txt

Another one that is not actually inside the .vpk file. Game strings

Resource file[edit]

  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\dota 2\dota\resource

Item names and descriptions can be found here.