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New Bloom 2015 is an event that lasted from February 12th to March 2nd, 2015. It celebrates the year of the Ram. This event features a new game mode, in which two teams battle it out with their respective Year Beasts.


Ability Points are the currency for this event. It is used to upgrade the Year Beast and cast abilities in-game.

  • Players are given a set maximum amount of Ability Points at the start of each Year Beast Brawl.
  • The maximum amount of points possible (Ability Points Pool) can be increased by various items.


Method Points
Frost Avalanche Bundle (Purchase) 4800
Dota 2 Store 2400
Playing Event Matches (Win or lose) 100
Winning Regular Matches* 100 (Owner)
25 (Teammates)
Item Recycling (Per round) 50

*At least one player on the team must own a Frost Avalanche in order to earn points from regular matches.

Daily Bonus[]

A bonus amount of Ability Points is added to the players' total each day.

  • February 13: 3500 → 8000 → 1500
  • February 14: 2100 → 4500
  • February 15: 4500 → 7200
  • February 16: 3200
  • February 17: 5500
  • February 18: 2900
  • February 19: 6600
  • February 20: 5100
  • February 21: 3200
  • February 22: 4800
  • February 23: 2600
  • February 24: 7700
  • February 25: 3400
  • February 26: 1700
  • February 27: 5700
  • February 28: 9500
  • March 1: 12200
  • March 2: 6400

Year Beast Brawl[]

Year Beast (2015)
Year Beasts 2015.png
Ancient Creep-Hero
Level 1
Armor Armor 4
Magic Resistance 0%
Attack Damage Basic [?]
Attack Range Melee 120
Acquisition Range 800
Attack Animation 0.3+0.3
Projectile Speed Instant
Movement Speed 250 (100)
Turn Rate Takes 0.209s to turn 180°. 0.5
Vision Range (G) 50
Bounty Gold 250
Experience 250
Notes Radiant icon.png Radiant icon: Year Beast Radiant minimap icon.png
Dire icon.png Dire icon: Year Beast Dire minimap icon.png

Year Beast Brawl is a standard match with the addition of a semi-controllable Year Beast bot for both teams. Players select their heroes in the same way as Ranked All Pick. The Year Beast appears every five minutes, and selects a lane to attack. Matchmaking Rating is not affected by Year Beast Brawls.


  • The Year Beast Brawl can only be joined during 20-minute windows that occur every 2-3 hours each day.
  • A countdown timer tells how much time is left before the game mode becomes available.


The Year Beast gets stronger, gaining the following stats with each level:

  • 350 Health
  • 35 Attack damage
  • 1 Armor
  • 5% Magic resistance
  • 5 Movement speed
  • 50 Gold bounty
  • 50 Experience bounty

Controlling the Year Beast[]

For more details on abilities, see the Year Beast article.


The Year Beast can be commanded to take certain actions by spending Ability Points. Active Abilities are automatically upgraded at the 10 and 20 minute marks, and can be used even when the Year Beast is dead.

Command Ability Points Cooldown Description
Teleport 50 30
  • Teleport to a friendly building or creep. Similar to Boots of Travel 1 icon.png Boots of Travel. 4.5 second channel time. Can be silenced.
Attack Target 50 20
  • Targets a single enemy unit or building for 5 seconds, gains phase and haste. Alerts allies in chat when used.
Double Damage 50 10
  • Increase base damage by 100%. Functions in the same way as a Double Damage Rune minimap icon.png Double Damage Rune. Lasts 5 seconds.
Heal 50 50
  • Heals the Year Beast by 20% of its health.
Thunderwrath 750 240
Global Silence 750 300
Hand Of God 750 160
  • Casts Hand of God. Restores 200/300/400 health to all team members.
Global Chakra 750 90
  • Casts global Chakra Magic. Restores 60%/80%/100% mana to all team members.
Tower Flak Cannon 250 60
  • Causes towers to hit and slow all enemy units within 1000 range each time they attack. Similar to Flak Cannon.
    Slow effect functions in the same way as Eye of Skadi icon.png Eye of Skadi. Lasts 10 seconds.
Glyph of Fortification 250 360
  • Causes buildings to become invulnerable for 5 seconds. Functions in the same way as the Glyph of Fortification.

Upgradedable Paths[]

  • The Year Beast can be upgraded at the 10 and 20 minutes mark with Ability Points.
  • There are three upgrade paths available.
  • Each player selects their own upgrade path for a total of five upgrades.
  • Multiple instances of the same upgrade path come with independent proc chances and cooldowns.
  • Players cannot control upgraded abilities. The Year Beast will use them automatically.
Path Level 1 (Free) Level 2 (5000 Points) Level 3 (10000 Points) Stacking Bonus
  • Attack Speed Aura: Allied units gain 30 attack speed in a 900 radius around the Beast.
  • Stampede: If there are 2 or more enemy Heroes within 500 range of the Year Beast, it causes a Stampede, and all friendly units gain haste and phase for 3 seconds.
  • Refresher Aura: When an allied hero casts a spell within 900 range of the Beast, that spell has a 50% chance to be instantly refreshed.
  • Multiple instances of Speed Path have independent cooldowns for Stampede, and independent chances to proc Refresher Aura.
  • Attack Speed Aura does not stack.
  • Bash: The Beast gains a 12% chance to stun attacked enemies for 1 second.
  • Spiked Carapace: If 2 or more heroes are within 500 range of the Beast, the Beast will stun and reflect damage if attacked.
  • Berserker's Call: If there are 2 or more heroes within 300 range of the Beast, they will be forced to attack it for 2.5 seconds.
  • Greater Hex: The Beast unleashes a magical smoke that expands outward in a 1000 radius, turning enemy units into harmless pigs for 4 seconds.
  • Multiple instances of Combat Path have independent chances to proc Bash, and independent cooldowns for Berserker's Call, Spiked Carapace, and Greater Hex.
  • Healing Aura: Heals 10 HP every 2 seconds in a 1100 area of effect around the Beast.
  • Truesight: Grants truesight in a 1100 radius. The Beast will use Mekansm icon.png Mekansm and Arcane Boots icon.png Arcane Boots every 35 seconds in a 750 radius. Unlike the item effects, these effects have no cooldown.
  • Smoke Aura: While standing near the Beast, heroes are smoked.
  • Resurrection Aura: If a hero dies in an 1100 radius of the Beast, it will be resurrected after 3 seconds. This effect can only happen once every 20 seconds.
  • Multiple instances of Support Path have independent cooldowns for Arcane Boots, Mek, and Resurrection Aura.
  • Healing Aura does not stack.


  • Bloodseeker minimap icon.png Bloodseeker can increase the Year Beast's damage and damage taken with Bloodrage. This also heals the Year Beast when it gets kills/last hits.
  • Dazzle minimap icon.png Dazzle can greatly increase the Year Beast's armor with Lua error in Module:Ability_ID at line 61: Could not find Cargo data for "Weave". and save Year Beast with Shallow Grave.
  • Invoker minimap icon.png Invoker can use Alacrity to give Year Beast more attack speed and damage.
  • Io minimap icon.png Io can increase the Year Beast's attack speed and survivability with Tether and Overcharge.
  • Lich minimap icon.png Lich can use Ice Armor to increase the Year Beast's armor and slow enemies attacking it.
  • Magnus minimap icon.png Magnus can make the Year Beast attacks do cleave damage with Empower.
  • Necrophos minimap icon.png Necrophos can kill the Year Beast quickly with Reaper's Scythe.
  • Ogre Magi minimap icon.png Ogre Magi can use Bloodlust to increase Year Beast's attack speed and movement speed.
  • Omniknight minimap icon.png Omniknight can make the Year Beast spell immune with Repel.
  • Razor minimap icon.png Razor can steal the Year Beast's attack damage with Static Link.
  • Techies minimap icon.png Techies can kill the Year Beast quickly with Land Mines.
  • Warlock minimap icon.png Warlock, Zeus minimap icon.png Zeus, and Lich minimap icon.png Lich can benefit greatly the from Year Beast's level 3 Speed Aura, allowing them cast multiple abilities in a short amount of time.
  • Ursa minimap icon.png Ursa can kill the Year Beast quickly by attacking it with its passive Fury Swipes.


Match Rewards[]

Match Outcome Reward
  • 100 Ability Points

Achievement Rewards[]

Achievement Reward
Win one Year Beast Brawl
Ancient Rhythm Loading Screen
Win three Year Beast Brawls
Win ten Year Beast Brawls
Earn 8,000 Ability Points


Name Description Trophy
Year Beast Brawl Victories Awarded for your victories during the Year Beast Brawl event. Nb15wins1.png Nb15wins2.png Nb15wins3.png Nb15wins4.png
1 Win 5 Wins 10 Wins 25+ Wins

Item Recycling[]

During the event, cosmetic items can be recycled in the Armory. Recycling ten items will grant 50 ability points and a Charm of the Crucible Jewel. The charm can be used to predict victories. Three victory predictions will award a Treasure of the Crucible Jewel, as well as a small chance of receiving an Arcana item. Making two incorrect predictions will grant one to three Charm Fragments.


My master told me of the creature's first coming. It struck without warning, razing our first great city to the ground, slaughtering every warrior we had. And the next spring, it came back. And every spring since. We came to call it the Year Beast. And over time, we learned how to survive it. Then the heroes came, and we learned how to fight it. This year, we will not run from the Year Beast. No, this year, we will tame it!

Unreleased/Removed Features[]

  • These trophies were originally intended to reward the number of "New Bloom Levels" earned, but the feature was never implemented.
Name Description Trophy
Year Beast Readiness Awarded for gaining New Bloom Levels during the Year Beast Brawl event. Nb15level1.png Nb15level2.png Nb15level3.png Nb15level4.png
Level 1 Level 30 Level 95 Level 150+


  • The Year Beast Brawl hero picking now uses the Ranked All Pick rules (players take turns picking their heroes)
  • Rescaled some values used for Year Beast Brawl's Refresher Aura


  • Refresher Aura is now tracked per-ability and has a slightly greater chance of initially triggering, but a diminishingly lower chance of triggering for each subsequent proc.
  • Tower Flak shots now apply Skadi.
  • Year Beast Teleport cooldown reduced from 60 to 30 seconds.
  • Year Beast Teleport channel duration increased from 3 to 4.5.


  • Global Active Abilities now scale based on game time, similar to the Beast Passive Upgrades:
    • Thundergod's Wrath:
      • 350 damage to 0-10 minutes: 125 damage, 10-20 minutes: 250 damage, 20+ minutes: 375 damage
    • Global Chakra:
      • 100% mana to 0-10 minutes: 60% mana, 10-20 minutes: 80% mana, 20+ minutes: 100% mana
    • Hand of God:
      • 300 health to 0-10 minutes: 200 health, 10-20 minutes: 300 health, 20+ minutes: 400 health
    • Global Silence:
      • 5 seconds to 0-10 minutes: 4 seconds, 10-20 minutes: 5 seconds, 20+ minutes: 6 seconds.
  • Fixed using beast actives while the game is paused
  • Updated tooltips.


  • The active abilities can now be used independent of the Year Beast being alive.
  • Added on-hover tooltips for the active abilities in the Year Beast panel.
  • Added two new active abilities: Tower Flak Cannon, and Glyph
Tower Flak Cannon - 250 Ability Points - For 10 seconds, friendly towers will attack all enemy units within 1000 range each time they attack; 60 second cooldown.
Glyph - 250 Ability Points - Your buildings become invulnerable for the next 5 seconds; 360 second cooldown.
  • Global Chakra cooldown reduced from 120 seconds to 90 seconds.
  • Hand of God cooldown reduced from 240 seconds to 160 seconds.
  • Normal and Ranked Matchmaking games can now be found while the Year Beast Brawl is active.
  • Increased the Year Beast Brawl matchmaking window from 10 minutes to 15 minutes.
  • The time of the next Year Beast Brawl event is always shown.
  • Fixed a rare issue causing Refresher, Resurrection, and True Sight auras to not always work correctly.
  • Fixed double-spending bug that would occur in the Year Beast Brawl if the Upgrade button was pressed multiple times in quick succession.
  • Fixed Year Beast icon being sometimes missing on the minimap.
  • Recycling Ability Points increased from 25 to 50 Ability Points.
  • Changed Year Beast Brawl join window from 10 minutes to 20 minutes.
  • Changed event countdown timer from one hour to one and a half hour.
  • Replaced Year Beast Aegis ability with Global Chakra ability.
  • Reduced Year Beast's Thunderwrath, Global Silence and Hand of God ability point cost from 1000 to 750.
  • Lowered requirements for New Bloom trophies.

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