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Runes of Power
Runes of Power Lore.png
Associated with
Heroes Arc Warden minimap icon.png Arc Warden
Gods Primordial Consciousness
Items Arcane Blink icon.png Arcane Blink
Bottle (Full) icon.png Bottle
Other Lore Quas

The Runes of Power are a mystical resource in the world of Dota 2.


For uncounted aeons, the origins of the Runes of Power remained unknown and unknowable to all who attempt to divine their origins. Even the gods who can comprehend mysteries beyond mortal knowledge[1][2] know little about them.[3] They are mysterious to all but an aspect of the Primordial Consciousness named Zet, who can casually create these runes out of thin air.[4] All of these runes are forged from the most fundamental magic,[5] which is possibly the elements of Quas, Wex, and Exort (see the Runes section below for the reasoning) Despite the crystalline appearance, runes are implied to be immaterial or ethereal objects.[6]

When collected with an enchanted Bottle, the runes seem to enjoy going in the bottle for unknown reasons.[7]

Pugna claims that all magics have their source in the Nether Reaches.[8] Aether (also known as void and nothingness) is an essential ingredient in the arts of the arcane, including the Runes of Power.[9] This may be supported by Void Spirit who states that these magical runes come from the void[10][11][12] or contain the essence of the void itself.[13]



The Arcane Rune minimap icon.png Arcane Rune infuses the user's abilities with its arcane energy, reducing the costs of using magic. The Arcane Blink icon.png Arcane Blink has what appears to be an Arcane Rune attached on top of its handle, granting the item its revitalizing properties and the ability to help its user bear the weight of arcane expenditure.

  • It has the ability to restore the user's connection to their respective power source. For instance, the Arcane Rune restores Windranger's connection to nature's elementals,[14] and it restores Void Spirit's connection to the void, even when he is away from the its embrace.[15] This means that the rune can adapt to different users' powers or power sources, hinting at a universal power source.
  • Apparently, using an Arcane Rune reveals the "kingdom of the arcane" to the user.[16] This may be the same "kingdoms of magic" mentioned in Rubick's lore.[17]


The Bounty Rune minimap icon.png Bounty Rune grants gold, but the gold it bestows is said to be different from normal gold, hinting at the gold's mystical or extraordinary properties.[18]

Double Damage[]

Once it is consumed, the Double Damage Rune minimap icon.png Double Damage Rune can infuse the user with power that allows them to hit twice as hard.


The red Haste Rune minimap icon.png Haste Rune imbues the user with increased speed. The speed even extends to their heartbeat, suggesting that it even makes the internal body go faster.[19]

  • The younger Carl claims that he can sense the presence of Wex in this rune.[20] If Carl can sense traces of his magic in this rune, then it is possible that the fundamental magics that forges these runes may very well be his Quas, Wex, and Exort. This may be further supported by Zet (who can create these runes) warning the Invoker that his sorcery meddles with powers that he can't comprehend.[21]


The Illusion Rune minimap icon.png Illusion Rune creates two identical copies of the user who are under their progenitor's control.


When used, the Invisibility Rune minimap icon.png Invisibility Rune will turn its user invisible. A single Invisibility Rune can work on two separate entities at once.[22][23]


The Regeneration Rune minimap icon.png Regeneration Rune infuses its user with its regenerative power. In some cases, it would seem that the rune itself does not heal the user, but it taps into whatever source of their healing they have to heal them instead. This includes:

The rune even works on those of the void or aether element, allowing it to restore the pure nothingness within the Void Spirit[31][32] or renew the void-shadow flesh of the Enigma.[33] It can even restore the powers of those who consume this rune.[34] Despite this immense power, it is said to have its limits.[35] One of these limits might include its inability to regenerate Clinkz's lost flesh.[36]


Water Rune minimap icon.png Water Rune holds the element of water, which is said to be the essence of the material plane.[37][38] The effects of this rune in the lore is unknown.


  1. Mars response: ▶️ r Secrets of Dezun? Please. I've seen things you priests wouldn't believe.
  2. Artifact - Zeus response: There are some mysteries only a god can comprehend.
  3. Mars response: ▶️ r Even I don't know where they come from... And I'm a god!
  4. Rune Forge description.
  5. Bounty Rune lore.
  6. The Toy Butcher response: ▶️ r I hooked runes before, so I guess this shouldn't surprise me.
  7. Dawnbreaker response: ▶️ Isn't it curious how the runes seem to enjoy going in the bottle?
  8. Pugna response: ▶️ All sorceries have their source in the Nether Reaches.
  9. Void Spirit response: ▶️ There could be no arcane art were it not for the void. While not the sole ingredient, it is certainly a vital one.
  10. Void Spirit response: ▶️ A gift from the void.
  11. Void Spirit response: ▶️ A comfort from home.
  12. Void Spirit response: ▶️ Bottle (675) r Only this can contain the void.
  13. Void Spirit response: ▶️ A taste of the void.
  14. Compass of the Rising Gale response: ▶️ 300 I grow closer to the elemental.
  15. Void Spirit response: ▶️ 240 I restore my connection to the void.
  16. Compass of the Rising Gale response: ▶️ 300 The kingdom of the arcane opens to me.
  17. The Magus Cypher description.
  18. The Good Old Days response: ▶️ Normal gold is boring…but this?!
  19. Hoodwink response: ▶️ r Oh wow, my heart is beating really fast.
  20. The Good Old Days response: ▶️ Is that a little Wex in there?
  21. Arc Warden response: ▶️ You meddle with powers you cannot comprehend.
  22. Chaos Knight response: ▶️ Armageddon, where did you go?
  23. Batrider response: ▶️ Hey, where'd you go?
  24. Leshrac response: ▶️ u Impurities ever replenishing.
  25. Lion response: ▶️ Revenge ever renewing.
  26. Omniknight response: ▶️ u In this healing glow, I feel a presence of the Omniscience.
  27. Earthshaker response: ▶️ The Earth heals me.
  28. Earthshaker response: ▶️ A gift from the earth.
  29. Abaddon response: ▶️ The font forever renewing.
  30. Oracle response: ▶️ My prophecies alone shall sustain me.
  31. Void Spirit response: ▶️ r To restore the void within.
  32. Void Spirit response: ▶️ It fills me with nothingness.
  33. Enigma response: ▶️ My form renews!
  34. Dark Seer response: ▶️ My powers regenerate.
  35. Planetfall response: ▶️ r Even this has its limits.
  36. Clinkz response: ▶️ Does this mean my flesh will grow back?
  37. Phantom Advent response: ▶️ ▶️ Water!
  38. Phantom Advent response: ▶️ ▶️ The essence of this place.