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Trusty Shovel is a Tier 1 neutral item dropped by neutral creeps.

Trusty Shovel
Trusty Shovel icon
Former plaything of a young deity, received as a gift from his uncle.
Tier 1 Neutral Item
Active Dig
Bonus ? +90 Health
Shareable No
Usage Alert ? No
Drop Rate 14% (Ancient Camps 42%)
Availability 7:00 (3:10) game-time
Trusty Shovel


Channel for 1 second.
Can find a Bounty Rune, a Flask, an Enchanted Mango, or a friendly Kobold.
Channel Time: 1
Bounty Rune Drop Chance: 16%
Healing Salve Drop Chance: 28%
Enchanted Mango Drop Chance: 28%
Kobold Drop Chance: 28%
Cooldown symbol
Mana symbol

  • The dug-up Kobold is a friendly unit, and automatically follows its owner 100 distance behind if no other order is given.
  • Dug-up items cannot be sold, are fully shareable, cannot be destroyed, and don't count towards Net Worth.
  • Stacks of dug-up items can be combined with stacks of regular items, even if the regular item is owned by a different player.
    • If this happens, the whole stack becomes unsellable and cannot be destroyed.
    • If a stack of dug-up items is combined into a stack of regular items, the whole stack becomes unshareable and retains the owner.
    • If a stack of regular items is combined into a stack of dug-up items, the whole stack becomes completely shareable.
      • This type of merge cannot happen if both stacks are already in the inventory (dragging the slot of regular items into the slot of dug-up items doesn't merge them, but swaps them instead). The merge must happen by obtaining a stack of regular items while a stack of dug-up items is in the inventory.
  • The same Trusty Shovel cannot spawn the same reward twice in a row.

Bounty Rune[]

No Target
Self / Allies
Grants bonus Gold.
Initial Spawn Team Gold: 40
Next Spawn Base Team Gold: 36
Next Spawn Team Gold Bonus per Interval: 9
Team Gold Bonus Interval: 300
Turbo Mode Multiplier: 2

  • Since Trusty Shovel can only be obtained past the 7:30th minute mark, the Bounty Runes will be worth at least 45 Gold per hero.
    • Activating a Bottle icon Stored Bounty Rune grants gold based on the time at which it is activated.
    • Bounty Rune replenishes 2 Bottle icon Regenerate charges, unless it already had more than 2 Regenerate charges.
  • Grants reliable gold to each hero of the team that activates the Rune.
    • A small golden particle effect briefly bursts from the player, visible to everyone, while an ally-only overhead text displays the amount of granted gold.
  • In Turbo Mode, the granted gold is doubled, despite the notification message showing standard values.

Prospecting Aura[]

Prospecting Aura
Partially usable by illusions. Disabled by Break.
Prospecting Aura (Kobold) icon
Kobolds are adept at finding gold, increasing nearby allied heroes' GPM.
Radius: 1200
Gold per Minute Bonus: 20/25/30/40
Aura Linger Duration: 0.5
Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard.
Aghanim's Shard Upgrade:
Holy Persuasion icon Holy Persuasion increases the level of certain persuaded creeps' ability by 1 and unlocks the 4th ability level.
Partially usable by illusions.
Illusion Notes:
Bestows the aura, but are not affected by it.
Modifiers [?]

  • Increases gold gained to a total of 110/115/120/130 Gold per minute while affected.
    • Fully stacks with other gold per minute increasing effects, but not with multiple aura instances of itself.
  • Multiple instances of the aura do not stack.
    • Prospecting Aura also has an 800 radius neutral aura. However, this has no effect since the neutral creeps cannot utilize gold.
    • Visually affects illusions and clones, but does not grant any bonus gold to their owner.
    • Does not affect invulnerable units.

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Recent Changes[]

  • Increased health bonus from 75 to 90.
  • Reduced Trusty Shovel icon Dig cooldown from 50 to 40.