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Strength attribute symbol
Agility attribute symbol
Intelligence attribute symbol
25 + 3
14 + 1.4
16 + 1.8
Level 0 1 15 25 30
Health 20 570 1494 2418 2792
+1.75 +4.25 +8.45 +12.65 +14.35
Mana 80 272 572 932 1064
+0 +0.8 +2.06 +3.56 +4.11
Armor -1 1.33 4.6 8.93 10.43
Magic Resist 25% 26.6% 29.12% 32.12% 33.22%
Damage Block 16 (50%)






Attack Rate 0.59/s 0.67/s 0.79/s 0.94/s 0.99/s
Attack Range Melee 175 (400)
Attack Speed ▶️ 100 (1.7s BAT)
Attack Animation 0.5 + 1.17
Projectile Speed Instant
Move Speed ▶️ 280 (Nighttime 310)
Turn Rate Takes 0.224s to turn 180°. 0.7
Collision Size 27
Bound Radius 24
Vision Range (G) 1800 (Nighttime 800)
Gib Type Default
Internal npc_dota_hero_pudge
Hooks and pulls enemies towards him.
Each carefully aimed throw of Pudge's signature Meat Hook strikes fear into his foes. Disoriented, his foe stumbles, gagging on a sudden stench of Rot. As it looks up at the fleshy hulk, hoping for an answer, only to watch as the Butcher Dismembers and carves them with his cleavers, adding a layer to his compost Heap. With every kill he gains additional health and damage, and soon becomes an unstoppable behemoth of rotting flesh.
Meat Hook
Flesh Heap
Roles: Disabler Disabler Initiator Initiator Durable Durable Nuker Nuker
Complexity: Hero ComplexityHero Complexity
Adjectives: BadTeeth, NicePecs, Potbelly, Red, Undead, Nose
Legs ( 2 )


Pudge minimap iconPudge, the Butcher
▶️ "When I'm through with these vermin, they'll be fit for a pie!"
In the Fields of Endless Carnage, far to the south of Quoidge, a corpulent figure works tirelessly through the night--dismembering, disembowelling, piling up the limbs and viscera of the fallen that the battlefield might be clear by dawn. In this cursed realm, nothing can decay or decompose; no corpse may ever return to the earth from which it sprang, no matter how deep you dig the grave. Flocked by carrion birds who need him to cut their meals into beak-sized chunks, Pudge the Butcher hones his skills with blades that grow sharper the longer he uses them. Swish, swish, thunk. Flesh falls from the bone; tendons and ligaments part like wet paper. And while he always had a taste for the butchery, over the ages, Pudge has developed a taste for its byproduct as well. Starting with a gobbet of muscle here, a sip of blood there...before long he was thrusting his jaws deep into the toughest of torsos, like a dog gnawing at rags. Even those who are beyond fearing the Reaper, fear the Butcher.


Meat Hook icon
Enemies / Allies
(Arcane Rune minimap icon Runes)
Launches a bloody hook toward a unit or location. The hook will snag the first unit it encounters, dragging the unit back to Pudge, killing it if it's a non-ancient creep and dealing damage if it is an enemy otherwise.
Cast Animation: 0.3+0.59
Cast Range: Affected by Cast Range bonuses. 1300
Max Travel Distance: Affected by Cast Range bonuses. 1300
Hook Search Radius: 100
Damage: 150/220/290/360 (Talent 290/360/430/500)
Rune Hook Mana Cost as Mana Restore: 100%
Cooldown symbol
 18/16/14/12 (Talent 14/12/10/8)
Mana symbol
Modifiers [?]
The Butcher's hook is a symbolic nightmare, its curved blade a frightening reminder of his slaughterous intent.

  • The Meat Hook travels at a speed of 1600, taking 0.81 seconds to reach max distance.
  • The ability's sound effects are audible to everyone and even through the Fog of War.
  • Pudge receives the hidden modifier upon cast, which disables Pudge.
    • The duration of this modifier equals the time it takes for the hook to reach 66% of its max travel distance.
    • This means with the default max distance of 1300, the self-disabling modifier can lasts up to 0.54 seconds.
    • The duration is based on the max distance, including cast range bonuses. It does not matter how far the hook actually travels.
    • Upon latching on a unit, Meat Hook no longer self-disables.
  • With the max travel distance and search radius, Meat Hook can hit units up to 1400 range away.
    • The search radius is centered around the hook's tip. Getting close to other parts of the hook has no effect.
  • Can only affect units while extending, not while retracting. Fully affects invisible units.
  • Meat Hook first applies its damage, then the disable.
  • Hooked enemies are fully disabled for the entire pull duration.
    • Allies are not disabled. They can act freely while being pulled by the hook.
  • When the hook hits a unit, it provides a 4-second 500 radius flying vision at the unit's location upon hit.
  • When the hook returns back but the snagged unit does not return together with hook (eg: teleporting when dragging), the snagged unit will be automatically teleported to the hook launch location.
  • Runes can be hooked as well. A successful rune hook instantly restores the mana cost.

Rot icon
Toggle / Aura
Enemies / Self
A toxic cloud that deals intense damage and slows movement--harming not only enemy units but Pudge himself.
Radius: 250 (With Aghanim's Scepter 450)
Damage per Second: 30/60/90/120 (With Aghanim's Scepter 120/150/180/210)
Move Speed Slow: 14%/20%/26%/32% (Talent 30%/36%/42%/48%)
Aura Linger Duration: 0.5
With Aghanim's Scepter Health Restoration Reduction: 20%
Cooldown symbol
Mana symbol
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter.
Aghanim's Scepter Upgrade:
Increases Rot radius and damage, and causes it to reduce enemy health regen.
Modifiers [?]
A foul odor precedes a toxic, choking gas, emanating from the Butcher's putrid, ever-swelling mass.

  • The self-damage is never lethal, so it cannot be used to deny oneself.
  • The area damage and self-damage are independent of each other, so when the self-damage is blocked, the area damage is still applied.
  • The movement speed slow and damage are provided by an aura. This aura debuff lingers for 0.5 seconds.
    • When an enemy leaves the area, the lingering debuff continues slowing and damaging until expiring.
    • When Rot is toggled Off, the lingering debuff only slows, but stops dealing damage.
  • Deals 6/12/18/24 (Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. 24/30/36/42) damage in 0.2-second intervals.
    • The time intervals are set for the whole game when Rot is toggled On the first time.
  • Leveling up Rot while already toggled on immediately updates the damage.
    • The slow on already debuffed enemies is not updated.
    • However, new enemies entering its area get slowed based on its current level.

Flesh Heap
Cannot be used by illusions. Not disabled by Break. EF
Flesh Heap icon
Gives Pudge damage block against all sources. Passively grants bonus strength that increases each time Pudge kills an enemy Hero or it dies in his vicinity. Flesh Heap is retroactive, meaning it can gain charges before it is skilled, which then become active.
Passive Component
Enemy Death Radius: 450
Kill Radius: 1600
Stack Gain per Enemy Death: 1
Strength Bonus per Stack: 1.1/1.4/1.7/2 (Talent 1.65/2.1/2.55/3)
Blocked Damage: 8/14/20/26 (Talent 12/21/30/39)
Active Duration: 5/6/7/8
Cooldown symbol
Mana symbol
Cannot be used by illusions.
Illusion Notes:
Illusions always spawn with 0 stacks.
Illusions cannot gain stacks.
Modifiers [?]
The Butcher gives new meaning to the words 'meat shield'.

  • Does not interrupt Pudge's channeling abilities upon cast.
  • Successive casts do not stack but refresh the duration.
  • Upon gaining a stack, a +1 indicator appears above Pudge's head.
    • The number of stacks and amount of Strength attribute symbol strength granted can be seen on the status buff icon.
  • Grants a stack in the following conditions as long as Pudge or the owner of the ability is alive:
    • The enemy hero(es) dying within 450 radius, including denied enemy heroes.
    • To gain a stack from outside the kill radius, Pudge has to be credited for the kill. Other player-controlled units do not count.
    • When Meepo minimap icon Meepo or its Divided We Stand icon Meepo Clones is instantly killed due to either the Prime or any one of its clones dying.
  • Leveling up the ability immediately updates all stacks to its new values.
  •  /  The Strength attribute symbol strength bonus per death last for the acquired ability's buff duration and is lost upon losing the ability.

Eject (Pudge) icon
No Target
Ejects the swallowed allied hero inside of you.
Ally Order Lock Duration: 3
Cooldown symbol
Mana symbol
Ability Draft Notes
Ability Draft Notes:
Replaces Dismember icon Dismember while the ally is swallowed, instead of being in a separate slot.
Allies emerge forever changed.

  • Interrupts Pudge's channeling abilities upon cast.
  • Initially, this sub-ability is inactive until Dismember icon Dismember is cast on an ally.
    • Upon cast, the ally is ejected, ignoring the order lock duration.
    • The sub-ability then disappears from the HUD completely instead of turning inactive again and reappears only when Dismember is cast on allies again.
  • Swallowing a second ally hero with Dismember automatically ejects the previous ally.
  • The hero can simply get out of Pudge themselves, by issuing any order 3 seconds after being swallowed.
    • This means Eject can regenerate a minimum of 15% of the ally's max health within its full order lock duration.
  • The ally hero is also automatically ejected upon Pudge's death.

Dismember icon
Enemies / Self
(Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard. Allied Heroes)
Pudge chows down on an enemy unit, disabling it and dealing damage over time. Damage is increased by Pudge's Strength and heals him for the total amount. Pudge pulls the unit at a rate of 75 units, up to a minimum of 125. Lasts longer on creeps.
Cast Range: Affected by Cast Range bonuses. 200
Hero Max Channel Time: 2.75 (Talent 3.5)
Creep Max Channel Time: 5.5 (Talent 6.25)
Hero Number of Intervals: 6 (Talent 8)
Creep Number of Intervals: 9 (Talent 11)
Base Damage per Second: 80/100/120 (Talent 144/180/216)
Strength as Damage per Second: 30%/60%/90% (Talent 54%/108%/162%)
Base Self Heal per Second: 80/100/120 (Talent 144/180/216)
Strength as Self Heal per Second: 30%/60%/90% (Talent 54%/108%/162%)
With Aghanim's Shard Ally Cast Range: Affected by Cast Range bonuses. 300
With Aghanim's Shard Ally Max Health as Health Regen: 5%
Cooldown symbol
 30/25/20 (With Aghanim's Shard 25/20/15)
Mana symbol
Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard.
Aghanim's Shard Upgrade:
Grants the Eject ability.
Decreases cooldown, and allows targeting an ally with bonus cast range to swallow them and heal them for a percentage of their max health per second.
Modifiers [?]
'When I'm through with these vermin, they'll be fit for a pie!'
Dismember Swallow overhead icon

Visual indicator above Pudge when an ally is Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard. Dismember icon Swallowed.

  • Pulls the target closer to Pudge at a speed of 75. The pull debuff disappears when the target gets within 125 range of Pudge.
    • Provides True Sight over the target upon cast.
    • Does not provide True Sight if the affected target turns invisible while Dismember is channeling, this does not interrupt the channeling as well.
    • Provides 200 radius ground vision over the affected target upon cast:
      • 2.75 (Talent 3.5) seconds if the affected target is a hero.
      • 5.5 (Talent 6.25) seconds if the affected target is a creep.
      • This vision does not follow the affected target and its duration is independent of the channeling time.
    • If the target turns invulnerable or hidden, the channeling stops instantly.
  • Treats creep-heroes partly as heroes, and partly as creeps.
    • Uses the hero duration for creep-heroes, but uses the non-hero amount of ticks for them.
    • However, the damage per instance is calculated to match the total damage a hero would take instead.
  • Dismember deals a fixed amount of intervals spread evenly over its full duration, with the first tick happening immediately upon cast.
    • Always heals for the full amount per instance, regardless of how much damage the target actually takes.
  • Pudge's Dismember responses are Global and audible to everyone, even through the Fog of War.
  • During Dismember, the allied hero is periodically moved to Pudge's current position and prevented from acting, with the exception of toggling Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. Bulwark icon Bulwark On / Off.
    • Their auras are effectively bestowed around Pudge until Eject (Pudge) icon Ejected.
    • The periodic movement gets interrupted by teleport effects, without the ally getting ejected. They stay swallowed at the location they got teleported to.
    • Can fully regenerate the swallowed ally's health within 20 seconds.
    • Pudge receives the hidden modifier upon cast, which creates the visual indicator above him, visible to allies only.
  • Rubick minimap icon Rubick's responses upon cast are not Global and only audible to him, his Dismember also does not use blade ringing sounds.
  • Prematurely ending the channeling only cancels Dismember on the originally targeted enemy and does not affect the channeling on the other target, even with the leash debuff expired.

Dismember Calculations[]

Duration (s) Intervals Damage/Interval Level 20 Talent Talent Level 25 Talent Talent Both Talent Talents
Instances Σ Damage
Against Heroes
2.75 (Talent 3.5) 0.55s (Talent 0.5s) 36.67/45.83/55 + 14%/28%/41% Strength attribute symbol 35/43.75/52.5 + 13%/26%/39% Strength attribute symbol 66/82.5/99 + 25%/50%/74% Strength attribute symbol 63/78.75/94.5 + 24%/47%/71% Strength attribute symbol
6 (Talent 8) (Σ) 220/275/330 + 83%/165%/248% Strength attribute symbol (Σ) 280/350/420 + 105%/210%/315% Strength attribute symbol (Σ) 396/495/594 + 149%/297%/446% Strength attribute symbol (Σ) 504/630/756 + 189%/378%/567% Strength attribute symbol
Against Non-Heroes
5.5 (Talent 6.25) 0.69s (Talent 0.63s) 48.89/61.11/73.33 + 18%/37%/55% Strength attribute symbol 45.45/56.82/68.18 + 17%/34%/51% Strength attribute symbol 88/110/132 + 33%/66%/99% Strength attribute symbol 81.82/102.27/122.73 + 31%/61%/92% Strength attribute symbol
9 (Talent 11) (Σ) 440/550/660 + 165%/330%/495% Strength attribute symbol (Σ) 500/625/750 + 188%/375%/563% Strength attribute symbol (Σ) 792/990/1188 + 297%/594%/891% Strength attribute symbol (Σ) 900/1125/1350 + 338%/675%/1013% Strength attribute symbol
Against Creep-Heroes
5.5 (Talent 6.25) 0.69s (Talent 0.63s) 24.44/30.56/36.67 + 9%/18%/28% Strength attribute symbol 25.45/31.82/38.18 + 10%/19%/29% Strength attribute symbol 44/55/66 + 17%/33%/50% Strength attribute symbol 45.82/57.27/68.73 + 17%/34%/52% Strength attribute symbol
9 (Talent 11) (Σ) 220/275/330 + 83%/165%/248% Strength attribute symbol (Σ) 280/350/420 + 105%/210%/315% Strength attribute symbol (Σ) 396/495/594 + 149%/297%/446% Strength attribute symbol (Σ) 504/630/756 + 189%/378%/567% Strength attribute symbol


Hero Talents
1.5x Flesh Heap icon Flesh Heap Stack Str and Damage Block bonuses251.8x Dismember icon Dismember Damage/Heal
-4s Meat Hook icon Meat Hook Cooldown20+0.75s Dismember icon Dismember Duration
+140 Meat Hook icon Meat Hook Damage158% Spell Lifesteal
16% Rot icon Rot Slow10+5 Armor

Recent Changes[]

Main Articles: Changelogs, Old Abilities and Hero Lore
  • Meat Hook icon Meat Hook
    • Now treat illusions as creeps.
    • The self-disabling hidden modifier is now removed when the hook latches on a target.
  • Reduced base health from 200 to 120.
  • Meat Hook icon Meat Hook
    • Ability sound effects can now be heard in the Fog of War.
    • Increased projectile speed from 1450 to 1600.
  • Dismember icon Dismember
    • Increased cast range from 160 to 200.
    • Reduced hero max channel time from 3 to 2.75.
    • Reduced creep max channel time from 6 to 5.5.
  • Aghanim's Scepter icon Aghanim's Scepter upgrade:
    • Rot icon Rot
      • Reduced damage per second bonus from 95 to 90.
      • Reduced health restoration reduction bonus from 25% to 20%.

Recommended Items[]

Starting items:

  • Healing Salve icon Healing Salve allows Pudge to replenish his HP from enemy harass, preventing him from being easily harassed out of lane.
  • Tango icon Tango heals Pudge so he can keep using Rot.
  • Clarity icon Clarity allows Pudge to restore his mana, particularly important as Meat Hook costs a significant amount of mana and being able to cast it more than once in the laning stage allows him to be far more useful.
  • Wind Lace icon Wind Lace provides movement speed to walk down enemies with Rot; it builds into Tranquil Boots or Spirit Vessel.

Early game:

  • Magic Stick icon Magic Stick gives Pudge burst health and mana. In particular, the mana can allow him to use Meat Hook one more time even if his mana pool is completely empty, which can score crucial kills in critical situations.
  • Ring of Basilius icon Ring of Basilius provides mana regen to both you and allies and can be built into Veil of Discord icon Veil of Discord later on which increases pure damage in addition to spell damage from your team.
  • Boots of Speed icon Boots of Speed is important to get early on, as Pudge's abysmal movement speed means he has trouble chasing enemies. It allows Pudge to more easily move into position to cast his spells.
  • Observer Ward icon Observer Ward gains vision on the enemy, allowing him to position himself to hit them with Meat Hook.
  • Sentry Ward icon Sentry Ward helps take away enemy vision, preventing them from spotting his approaches and dodging Meat Hook attemps.

Mid game:

  • Magic Wand icon Magic Wand gives Pudge additional attributes and increased charge storage. Both can greatly aid Pudge in granting him survivability and allowing him to more easily cast spells, as a fully-charged Magic Wand can often be all that he needs in order to pull off his full spell combo.
  • Tranquil Boots icon Tranquil Boots are cheap, and give Pudge all the bonuses that he needs. The improved movement speed grants increased map mobility and helps him to position for casting Meat Hook from suitable angles. The HP regen keeps his HP topped up, and most importantly mitigates the HP cost of Rot.
  • Soul Ring icon Soul Ring always provides mana for one extra Meat Hook.
  • Urn of Shadows icon Urn of Shadows provides strength for additional HP and base damage, and mana regen to help maintain his mana pool. Charges can be easily acquired through successful ganks, and can be utilized either to heal Pudge and his teammates after successful ganks, particularly to recoup the HP cost of Rot, or can be targeted on enemies as an additional damage over time to increase the odds of success of future ganks.
  • Hood of Defiance icon Hood of Defiance grants magic resistance, reducing the amount of damage that Rot deals to Pudge, and extra HP regen to further mitigate its HP cost. It greatly boosts the effectiveness of Flesh Heap, allowing Pudge to easily shrug off magic nukes and make further use of the bonus strength.
  • Aether Lens icon Aether Lens increases the size of his mana pool, as well as providing mana regen. Its main utility, however, is in increasing Meat Hook's range up to 1500, allowing him to snag enemies from further away.

Late game:

  • Spirit Vessel icon Spirit Vessel, upgraded from Urn of Shadows, grants Pudge more health and movement speed. The active ability damages and counters enemy healing, taking down targets easily in ganks.
  • Blink Dagger icon Blink Dagger allows Pudge to easily position himself for casting Meat Hook. It should be considered a core item if farm permits.

Situational items:

  • Bottle icon Bottle is crucial to purchase early on as a mid Pudge, as he is easy to harass and requires HP and mana sustain. As well, the runes can help him to gank enemies more easily, and refill the Bottle's charges to allow Pudge to roam independently.
  • Pipe of Insight icon Pipe of Insight, upgraded from Hood of Defiance, provides teamfight utility to Pudge's team. Insight Aura further boosts Pudge's magic resistance and HP regen, while the active can improve teammates' survivability against enemy magic nukes.
  • Rod of Atos icon Rod of Atos improves Pudge's disable potential while providing many strong bonuses at a cost-effective price. The increased intelligence greatly boosts Pudge's ability to cast his spell combo, while the increased HP makes him even tankier. The active's long range allows Pudge to root an enemy from far away, making them easy targets for Meat Hook.
  • Force Staff icon Force Staff is an easily built support-utility item that greatly improves Pudge's mobility while providing useful bonuses. The intelligence helps him with casting his spells, while the HP regen aids in mitigating Rot's HP cost. The active allows Pudge to re-position himself for casting Meat Hook, save allies who are fleeing from enemies, and even break an enemy's Linken's Sphere prior to casting Dismember.
  • Blade Mail icon Blade Mail is a useful survivability item on Pudge. It boosts his armor, giving him survivability against physical damage, and boosts his intelligence to give him more mana for casting spells. The active allows Pudge to use his large HP pool offensively during ganks and teamfights, discouraging enemies from casting counter-nukes against him.
  • Ghost Scepter icon Ghost Scepter grants attributes and protects Pudge from physical attacks.
  • Drum of Endurance icon Drum of Endurance gives Pudge attributes. In particular, the extra intelligence aids with casting, while the active boosts his movement speed to aid with positioning and chasing.
  • Lotus Orb icon Lotus Orb is a very strong survivability and disabling item that allows Pudge to use the enemy's spells against them. It provides HP and mana regen, both of which are very useful for maintaining Pudge's health and mana, while the bonus armor aids in survivability against physical damage. Echo Shell can be cast on allies to discourage enemies from targeting them with spells, or can be cast on Pudge himself prior to Dismember to allow him to reflect enemy disables should they try to interrupt him.
  • Heart of Tarrasque icon Heart of Tarrasque greatly improves Pudge's strength and HP, making him far more difficult to kill and augmenting the amount of damage that Dismember deals. The passive also allows him to quickly regenerate HP between engagements, and allows him to ignore the HP cost of Rot.
  • Crimson Guard icon Crimson Guard is a strong utility item that gives Pudge more teamfight contribution. His tanky nature means that he greatly benefits from the damage block and bonus armor, while the bonus HP helps to make him even harder to kill. The active gives damage block to his entire team, useful for increasing their survivability during a teamfight.
  • Guardian Greaves icon Guardian Greaves give Pudge increased survivability and teamfight utility. The heal and mana replenishment greatly aid Pudge and his allies in teamfights, and the aura tremendously improves survivability. The active also removes debuffs from Pudge instantly, allowing him to contribute more effectively in teamfights.
  • Scythe of Vyse icon Scythe of Vyse is an expensive investment, but greatly improves Pudge's ganking prowess. It gives a great amount of intelligence and mana regen, ensuring that Pudge can cast his disables whenever needed. The Hex allows him to instantly hard-disable an enemy at range, which makes them an easy victim for a follow-up Dismember without needing to immediately expend Meat Hook.

Dota Plus Progress[]

Main Article: Hero Challenges

Relics track a hero's actions and statistics, and display in-game notifications when a milestone is reached. They are only available to Dota Plus subscribers.

Relics Voice Lines
Relic Rare icon
Meat Hook icon Meat Hook Kills
Relic Rare icon
Unseen Enemies Meat Hook icon Hooked
Relic Rare icon
Dismember icon Dismember Kills
Relic strength icon
Teleports Leading To Kills
Relic strength icon
Urn of Shadows icon Urn Charges Used
Relic strength icon
Blade Mail icon Blade Mail Damage
Relic strength icon
Blink Dagger icon Blinks Leading To Kills
Relic strength icon
Channels Cancelled
Relic strength icon
Triple Kills
Relic strength icon
Mega Kill Streaks
Relic strength icon
Kill Assists
Relic strength icon
Plus Hero Badge 1
Plus Hero Badge 2
Plus Hero Badge 3
Plus Hero Badge 4
Plus Hero Badge 5
  • ▶️ You'll look good with an apple in yer mouth!
Plus Hero Badge 6



  • Pudge's line upon landing a hook on an enemy ▶️ ▶️▶️ "Get over here!" is a reference to the character "Scorpion" from the "Mortal Kombat" franchise, who uses the same line upon hitting his enemy with a similar hook ability.
  • The reason Pudge's voice lines are done in a Cockney accent might be the popular rhyming slang term that stands for "look"; "butcher's hook", incidentally representing Pudge's signature move.
  • Most of Pudge's Dismember icon Dismember cast lines (▶️ "Fresh meat!") are a reference to "The Butcher" from "Diablo", a title from "Blizzard Entertainment", who also says ▶️ "Fresh Meat" as the player meets it the first time.[1]
    • In DotA 1, the exact same sound is used by Pudge upon casting Dismember.