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New Bloom 2014 is an event lasted from January 29th to February 2nd, 2014. It features numerous rewards, as well as a new game mode where players must battle Nian, the mighty Year Beast.

Event Items[]


Two currencies were introduced for this event.

  • Flamesalt Ingots are earned by playing public matchmaking games, and are used to obtain in-game items later in the event game mode. Longer matches reward more currency.
  • Jade Tokens are earned the same way, but requires players to have an active Fortune's Favor or Abundant Fortune's Favor booster. Players can also earn Jade Tokens by playing the event game mode. These tokens can be redeemed for the following rewards:
Reward Jade Tokens Explanation
1500 Opens
1500 Contains
250 One, in Auspicious Quality
3000 One, in Auspicious Quality

OR in Auspicious Quality,

500 Used to craft
500 Used to craft

Currency Boosters[]

Two boosters can be bought from the Dota 2 Store to increase the amount of Flamesalt Ingots and Jade Tokens earned. Players who own a booster also grant all other players a smaller, stacking bonus drop rate. These boosters only increase currency earned after matchmaking games, not the event game mode.

Booster Drop rate bonus (self) Drop rate bonus (others) Duration
100% 20% 500 minutes
500% 100% 500 minutes


In addition to currency, players also have a chance to receive a Crimson Parcel after playing matches.

Drop Contents

Game Mode[]

In this game mode, five players must attempt to inflict as much damage as possible to the Year Beast. The higher the damage achieved, the greater the reward.

New Bloom 2014 Event Game Mode Map

The map consists of large, simple arena. The shop is on the top left.

Year Beast (2014)
Year Beast ingame1
Level 7
Armor Armor 0
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Attack Damage Default
Attack Range Melee 128
Acquisition Range ?
Attack Animation 0.3+0.3
Projectile Speed Instant
Move Speed 475 (100)
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Collision Size ?
Vision Range (U) 99999
Bounty Gold 2030
Experience 1789

Year Beast Horn
This unit has no mana.
Level 2
Armor Armor 100
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Collision Size ?
Vision Range (U) 321
Bounty Gold 3234
Experience 20

Year Beast Tail
This unit has no mana.
Level 2
Armor Armor 100
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Collision Size ?
Vision Range (U) 321
Bounty Gold 3234
Experience 20

Fighting the Year Beast[]

Main Article: Year Beast
  • The Year Beast is split into 3 parts. The Body, the Tail, and the Horn.
    • The Tail, the Horn, and the Body all have separate HP values for which only the Body has very extreme health regeneration - the Tail and the Horn do not regenerate over time and are able to be destroyed. When one of these parts is destroyed, the Beast tumbles over for 10 seconds (needs verification), vulnerable to attacks. After that the Beast stands up and continues fighting without its body part; the body part will revive after some time. Players should opt to use this time wisely to deal as much damage to the beast as possible or to resurrect fallen allies. Each time a body part is destroyed, that body part's maximum health pool will increase, becoming harder and harder to destroy each time.
    • The Horn has a very small hitbox.
  • Players have 25 minutes to deal as much damage as possible to the Year Beast.
    • As time passes, the Beast will move and attack faster and the amount of projectiles it casts during Roar increases. The Beast will cast Roar in its strongest form during the last 10 seconds before it flees.
  • The Year Beast has True Sight.
    • The Beast does NOT target invisible heroes such as Riki minimap icon Riki unless that hero gets within 1100 range of the Beast. Players should opt to abuse invisibility to revive fallen allies.
  • The Year Beast randomly drops Greater Salve icon Greater Salve and Greater Clarity icon Greater Clarity potions when damaged.
  • The Tail and Horn will grow back after 1 minute (needs verification).
  • Dead players can buyback once per game with 1 gold.
  • Dead players can be revived by an ally or Warlock minimap icon Warlock's Chaotic Offering icon Chaotic Offering golem(s).
    • The more players/golem(s) reviving an ally, the faster the revival.
  • The game is over when all players are dead.


  • Many nukes with an area-of-effect damage radius (such as Zeus minimap icon Zeus' Arc Lightning icon Arc Lightning or Pugna minimap icon Pugna's Nether Blast icon Nether Blast) do up to 3 times the normal damage, as there are 3 body parts of the Year Beast. This may make it viable for nuke-based heroes to be effective in DPS, despite their lack of scaling with gear.
  • Abaddon minimap icon Abaddon's Borrowed Time icon Borrowed Time must be manually activated since the Year Beast deals more than 400 damage per hit.
  • Ancient Apparition minimap icon Ancient Apparition's Ice Vortex icon Ice Vortex slowing effect has no effect against the Year Beast.
  • Lich minimap icon Lich’s Chain Frost icon Chain Frost can bounce between the Year Beast's body parts.
  • Luna minimap icon Luna's Moon Glaives icon Moon Glaives sometimes does not appear to hit all three parts, but bounces at least once between the two closest body parts.
  • Razor minimap icon Razor's Ultimate, Eye of the Storm icon Eye of the Storm, does not work against the Beast, but Static Link icon Static Link can be used against all 3 body parts.
  • Ursa minimap icon Ursa’s Fury Swipes icon Fury Swipes have no effect against the Year Beast.
  • Visage minimap icon Visage's familiars from Summon Familiars icon Summon Familiars, Warlock minimap icon Warlock's golems from Chaotic Offering icon Chaotic Offering, and other summoned units are not targeted by the Year Beast.
  • Wraith King minimap icon Wraith King’s Reincarnation icon Reincarnation does not work when battling the Year Beast.
  • Wraith King minimap icon Wraith King’s Lua error in Module:Ability_ID at line 61: Could not find Cargo data for "Vampiric Aura". has no effect against the Year Beast.
  • Abilities that target Heroes only, like Witch Doctor minimap icon Witch Doctor's Death Ward icon Death Ward, Skywrath Mage minimap icon Skywrath Mage's Concussive Shot icon Concussive Shot, or Tinker minimap icon Tinker's Lua error in Module:Ability_ID at line 61: Could not find Cargo data for "Heat-Seeking Missile"., fail to do any effect, since the Year Beast is not considered a Hero.


  • Players should focus their attacks on a body part depending on their damage type; Physical damage should be used on the Body as to deal more damage and for the Year Beast to drop Salves and Clarities and Magical damage should be used on the Horn or Tail, whichever has less health, as the damage is not reduced by their high, innate Physical Resistance, leading to less potential damage being wasted as well as stunning the Year Beast more often.
  • The projectiles during Roar has no effect on Warlock minimap icon Warlock's golems. During this phase, position the golems as close to the Year Beast as possible to absorb projectiles in order to create a safe area for you and your allies. This is especially useful if you need to revive someone. Move the golems away from the Year Beast after the Roar phase so that they cannot be killed by a possible Tail Spin.
  • Melee Heroes should opt to buy Crimson Guard icon Crimson Guard to heavily reduce damage dealt by the Year Beast and for a great amount of Health Regeneration.
    • Please note that Crimson Guard does not work with Heroes with ranged attacks who cannot benefit from the damage reduction.
  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon Eul's Scepter of Divinity may be used on yourself to negate the Year Beast's Waterballs and Charge, although Charge is the better instance to use it for as the Waterballs are easily dodged.
  • Try to resurrect your teammates during a special phase of the Year Beast, such as during his Hurricane attack or his Charge attack when it is consuming an ally. It is not optimal to revive allies during the Normal Phase as it comes down to chance for if the Year Beast decides to Leap on you and interrupt you.
  • If you are the last player standing and your allies do not have a Buyback, do NOT focus on reviving allies or dealing damage. Simply run away in a straight line, using Fighting the Year Beast Force Boots icon Force Boots (Fighting the Year Beast) to make 90-degree turns and Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon Eul's Scepter of Divinity for when the Year Beast decides to Charge you. Revive allies during his Hurricane phase, using items such as Force Boots or Blink Dagger icon Blink Dagger to reach allies if the wind is pushing you away.
  • If you stand right under the beast's body when the beast has aggro on you, his attacks do not hit you. This includes his claw swipes and his tail spin. However, his other spells like Hurricane, Roar and Waterballs can hit you, so dodge those once you see the animation start.
  • Manta Style icon Manta Style can be used to interrupt Beast's Charge, but only when used as the Beast catches up to you and tries grabbing you, therefore this requires precise timing.
  • Using Fighting the Year Beast Force Boots icon Force Boots (Fighting the Year Beast) during Hurricane stops you from being blown away.

Ingot Tiers[]

In this game mode, players will have their Flamesalt Ingots converted into in-game gold, which can be used to purchase special items to assist players in fighting the Year Beast. During the Year Beast's second sighting, any unspent reliable gold is lost.

  • 1 Flamesalt Ingot = 40 Gold.

Players can select a matchmaking tier that determines the amount of Ingots that each player will spend and the reward they will earn. This feature was added from the Year Beast's second sighting onwards. Selecting tiers in Practice mode require no Ingots.

Tier Gold Ingots Converted Jade Tokens Rewarded
1 6000 150 12%
2 18000 450 27%
3 40000 1000 40%
4 100000 2500 100%


Players are assigned a ranking based on the amount of damage their team dealt to the Year Beast. Different rankings grant different rewards. There are no rewards for Practice mode, but players still start out with varying amounts of gold depending on the tier selected.

This chart shows the maximum possible amount of Jade Tokens earned (100%) at each rank. During the Year Beast's second sighting, playing at different Ingot Tiers only rewards with the corresponding percentage of maximum possible Jade Tokens.

Example: A team that achieves Rank A while playing at Ingot Tier 3 will earn: 2750 (Rank) * 40% (Tier) = 1100 Jade Tokens.

Rank Damage Needed Jade Tokens
Tier 1
Jade Tokens
Tier 2
Jade Tokens
Tier 3
Jade Tokens
Tier 4
Rank P Practice Mode 0 0 0 0
Rank F <100,000 0 0 0 0
Rank D 100,000+ 30 68 100 250
Rank C 500,000+ 72 162 240 600
Rank B 1,500,000+ 180 405 600 1500
Rank A 5,000,000+ 330 743 1100 2750
Rank S 10,000,000+ 420 945 1400 3500
Rank SS 50,000,000+ 450 1013 1500 3750
Rank SSS 100,000,000+ 480 1080 1600 4000
Rank X 500,000,000+ 480 1080 1600 4000


Players who rank highly in amount of damage dealt to the Year Beast will receive exclusive custom couriers in Genuine quality.

Exclusive courier Damage needed
Top 10%
Top 1%

In-game items[]

Unique items have been introduced for this game mode. Item details are available on their individual pages. Heart of Tarrasque icon Heart of Tarrasque and all items which give lifesteal are unavailable for purchase. Also, Divine Rapier icon Divine Rapier was removed at the Year Beast's fourth sighting and onward.

Item Gold Description
Fighting the Year Beast Flinching Firecrackers icon Flinching Firecrackers 100 Deal 300 damage to the Year Beast, and causes it to take 5% more damage.
Fighting the Year Beast Firework Mine icon Firework Mine 1000 Sets a mine that stuns and explodes for 3000 damage when the Year Beast moves into its proximity. A limit of 10 can be bought per game.
Fighting the Year Beast Scare the Beast icon Scare the Beast 1500 Drop a ring of red flags that stops the Year Beast from attacking. A limit of 5 can be bought per game.
Fighting the Year Beast Force Boots icon Force Boots (Fighting the Year Beast) 3650 Pushes the caster 600 units in the direction it is facing.
Crimson Guard icon Crimson Guard 5725 Has a 80% chance to block 30% of damage for melee heroes.
Fighting the Year Beast Vermillion Robe icon Vermillion Robe 9750 Deal half the caster's max health as damage to itself, then, after 1.6 seconds, deals damage in an area around the caster, based on the difference between max and current health. Also grants bonuses based on amount of wearer's missing HP. Added for the Year Beast's fourth sighting.
Fighting the Year Beast Desolator 2 icon Desolator 2 8375 Reduce target's armor by 13 for 15 seconds.
Greater Salve icon Greater Salve 275 Restore 1000 health over 10 seconds.
Greater Clarity icon Greater Clarity 90 Restore 500 mana over 10 seconds.

Year Beast Sightings[]

  • February 5th, 2014 at 8:00 PM (GMT) - Duration: 24 hours
  • February 8th, 2014 at 12:00 AM (GMT) - Duration: 26 hours
  • February 12th, 2014 at 12:00 AM (GMT) - Duration: 27 hours
  • February 15th, 2014 at 12:00 AM (GMT) - Duration: 50 hours
  • February 18th, 2014 at 10:00 PM (GMT) - Duration: 47 hours


Recipe Crafts Materials Needed
1 specified item from

plus 1 random item of Auspicious Quality
1 specified item from

plus 1 random item of Auspicious Quality

Item Offering[]

Players can place any unwanted cosmetic items into the Offering panel, and get a number of rewards depending on the items offered in return. Offerings are collected a total of 2 times.

  • Once an item is offered, you cannot retrieve it.
  • Certain items cannot be offered.
    • Untradeable items
    • Undeletable items
    • Player cards
    • Items of Cursed, Corrupted, Auspicious, Unusual, Frozen, Genuine or Elder Quality
    • Items of Immortal Rarity


Two gifts are available in exchange for offering items. Players who made greater offerings will receive multiple rewards.

Reward Contents
One, in Auspicious Quality

in Genuine Quality

Unreleased/Removed Features[]

Crafting Ingredients

Crafting Ingredients[]

Item Requirement A Notes A
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HUD Skin[]

New Bloom

Cosmetic icon New Bloom

This HUD skin was the default for New Bloom Festival 2014. There is no way to obtain it as a cosmetic item.



Every child knows the tale. Each year, as the dark and cold of winter turns back from its peak, wild energies that have slumbered through the long months begin to twist and pool. From this mire of eldritch power, as the first flowers begin to bloom, the Year Beast takes form to bellow its savagery and its hunger. Yet the same source that imbues the creature with terrible power also covers its being in rare materials, ready to be crafted into unique armaments if they can be pried from its body.

The comings and goings of the Year Beast are cyclical by nature. It is a mysterious creature, flighty and prone to long patrols of its strange, unknowable territory, dispersed across both space and time. For days it may disappear, perhaps tracking its predecessor across the veil of time, only to reappear refreshed and renewed, as if no time had passed at all. Those who hope to defend against the Year Beast must be both vigilant and patient, striking at those rare times when the creature chooses to reveal itself.

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