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Artwork Universal heroes
Universal
 
 

Universal heroes do not have a Primary Attribute.

Bonuses[]

Every point of Strength attribute symbol / Agility attribute symbol / Intelligence attribute symbol attribute increases:

Generally speaking, a single-type attribute becoming a universal hero almost always has the effect of significantly increasing attack damage, with very few exceptions. If the sum of both your secondary stats is more than 42.8% (0.3/0.7 = 0.428) of your primary attribute, changing from single-attribute to universal will result in much greater attack damage than their single-attributed counterpart.

For example:

Let's say you have a hero whose main attribute is currently agility, and has a stat of 80 strength, 200 agility, and 40 intelligence. Currently, they gain 1 damage per point of agility, thus they gain +200 base damage (1x200 = 200). If they were to change to universal, the hero now gains 0.7 damage per point of attribute for all 3 attributes. Now, the hero gains +224 base damage (200*0.7)+(80*0.7)+(40*0.7) = 224. This resulted in a 12% base damage increase because the sum of the hero's secondary stats totalled at 60% of their previous primary attribute (80+40)/100 = 0.6.

Let's take the same agility hero but change their stats to 47 strength, 200 agility, and 30 intelligence. Under this setup, they still gain +200 base damage bonus. However, if they were to turn universal with these stats, they now only gain 193.4 base damage, rounded down to 193. This resulted in over a 3% base damage reduction because the sum of their secondary stats was only 38.5% of their primary attribute, resulting in reduced base damage bonus (47+30)/200 = 0.385.

As a proof of concept, let's use the same agility hero but this time, provide them with the stats of 42.8 strength, 200 agility, and 42.8 intelligence. With these stats, the hero will gain exactly 200 base damage (42.8*0.7)+(200*0.7)+(42.8*0.7) = 199.92, rounded to 200. The hero has now gained the exact same amount of damage as though they were simply an agility hero because their secondary stats are just within the break-even point of 42.8% of their previous primary attribute.


Universal Heroes[]

There are 12 universal heroes in Dota 2.

Below is a table of Universal attribute symbol Universal heroes. The growth columns indicate how much the base values increase for each hero level.

Hero Base Strength attribute symbol + Strength attribute symbol/ LVL L30 Strength attribute symbol Base Agility attribute symbol + Agility attribute symbol/ LVL L30 Agility attribute symbol Base Intelligence attribute symbol + Intelligence attribute symbol/ LVL L30 Intelligence attribute symbol Base Universal attribute symbol + Universal attribute symbol/ LVL L30 Universal attribute symbol
Abaddon minimap icon Abaddon 22 2.2 99.8 23 1.3 74.7 19 1.6 79.4 64 5.1 253.9
Bane minimap icon Bane 23 2.5 109.5 23 2.5 109.5 23 2.5 109.5 69 7.5 328.5
Broodmother minimap icon Broodmother 19 2.3 99.7 18 2.6 107.4 18 1.4 72.6 55 6.3 279.7
Dark Seer minimap icon Dark Seer 22 2.6 111.4 19 1.8 85.2 21 2.7 113.3 62 7.1 309.9
Dazzle minimap icon Dazzle 18 2 90 20 1.4 74.6 25 2.8 120.2 63 6.2 284.8
Enigma minimap icon Enigma 21 2.5 107.5 14 1 57 19 3.6 137.4 54 7.1 301.9
Lycan minimap icon Lycan 26 3 127 18 1.8 84.2 23 1.2 71.8 67 6 283
Marci minimap icon Marci 23 3 124 20 1.8 86.2 19 1.5 76.5 62 6.3 286.7
Pangolier minimap icon Pangolier 19 2.7 111.3 18 2.5 104.5 16 1.9 85.1 53 7.1 300.9
Snapfire minimap icon Snapfire 21 3.2 127.8 16 1.2 64.8 21 2.1 95.9 58 6.5 288.5
Timbersaw minimap icon Timbersaw 27 3.5 142.5 16 1.3 67.7 23 2.7 115.3 66 7.5 325.5
Void Spirit minimap icon Void Spirit 21 2.3 101.7 19 2.2 96.8 24 2.5 110.5 64 7 309


Abilities Modifying All Attributes[]

1 Requires Talent talent.
2a Requires Aghanim's Scepter icon Aghanim's Scepter.
2b Requires Aghanim's Shard icon Aghanim's Shard.

All Attribute Granting Talents[]

The following heroes have a Talent talent that grants them Universal attribute symbol all attributes.

Bonus Level 10 Level 15 Level 20 Level 25
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All Stats
  • Terrorblade minimap icon +10

Attribute Granting Items[]

These items grant heroes a passive bonus to attributes by having them merely equipped.

Damage from All Attribute Items for Universal Heroes
Item Value Item Cost Cost/Value Point
Aghanim's Scepter icon Aghanim's Scepter 21 4200 Gold 200 Gold
Apex icon Apex 52.5 N/A N/A
Book of Shadows icon Book of Shadows 27.3 N/A N/A
Bracer icon Bracer 1 6.3 505 Gold 80.16 Gold
Bracer icon Bracer 2 12.6 505 Gold 40.08 Gold
Circlet icon Circlet 4.2 155 Gold 36.9 Gold
Crown icon Crown 8.4 450 Gold 53.57 Gold
Defiant Shell icon Defiant Shell 14.7 N/A N/A
Diadem icon Diadem 12.6 1000 Gold 79.37 Gold
Ethereal Blade icon Ethereal Blade 16.8 5375 Gold 319.94 Gold
Eye of Skadi icon Eye of Skadi 46.2 5300 Gold 114.72 Gold
Ghost Scepter icon Ghost Scepter 10.5 1500 Gold 142.86 Gold
Harpoon icon Harpoon 31.5 4700 Gold 149.21 Gold
Helm of the Dominator icon Helm of the Dominator 12.6 2625 Gold 208.33 Gold
Helm of the Overlord icon Helm of the Overlord 44.1 5725 Gold 129.82 Gold
Holy Locket icon Holy Locket 18.9 2350 Gold 124.34 Gold
Hurricane Pike icon Hurricane Pike 35 4450 Gold 127.14 Gold
Iron Branch icon Iron Branch 2.1 50 Gold 23.81 Gold
Khanda icon Khanda 16.8 5000 Gold 297.62 Gold
Linken's Sphere icon Linken's Sphere 33.6 4800 Gold 142.86 Gold
Magic Wand icon Magic Wand 6.3 450 Gold 71.43 Gold
Manta Style icon Manta Style 32.2 4550 Gold 141.3 Gold
Meteor Hammer icon Meteor Hammer 25.2 2850 Gold 113.1 Gold
Mirror Shield icon Mirror Shield 21 N/A N/A
Null Talisman icon Null Talisman 1 6.3 505 Gold 80.16 Gold
Null Talisman icon Null Talisman 2 12.6 505 Gold 40.08 Gold
Occult Bracelet icon Occult Bracelet 6.3 N/A N/A
Phylactery icon Phylactery 14.7 2400 Gold 163.27 Gold
Pig Pole icon Pig Pole 10.5 N/A N/A
Pupil's Gift icon Pupil's Gift 14.7 N/A N/A
Shiva's Guard icon Shiva's Guard 10.5 5175 Gold 492.86 Gold
Solar Crest icon Solar Crest 8.4 2700 Gold 321.43 Gold
Specialist's Array icon Specialist's Array 12.6 N/A N/A
Spirit Vessel icon Spirit Vessel 12.6 2780 Gold 220.63 Gold
Ultimate Orb icon Ultimate Orb 31.5 2800 Gold 88.89 Gold
Urn of Shadows icon Urn of Shadows 4.2 880 Gold 209.52 Gold
Vambrace (Agility) icon Vambrace (Agility) 8.4 N/A N/A
Vambrace (Intelligence) icon Vambrace (Intelligence) 8.4 N/A N/A
Vambrace (Strength) icon Vambrace (Strength) 8.4 N/A N/A
Veil of Discord icon Veil of Discord 8.4 1725 Gold 205.36 Gold
Wraith Band icon Wraith Band 1 6.3 505 Gold 80.16 Gold
Wraith Band icon Wraith Band 2 12.6 505 Gold 40.08 Gold
Values do not include portions from actives or auras.


Damage from Items that give Attributes for Universal Heroes
Item Value Item Cost Cost/Value Point
Abyssal Blade icon Abyssal Blade 42 6250 Gold 148.81 Gold
Aghanim's Scepter icon Aghanim's Scepter 21 4200 Gold 200 Gold
Apex icon Apex 52.5 N/A N/A
Arcane Blink icon Arcane Blink 17.5 6800 Gold 388.57 Gold
Arcane Ring icon Arcane Ring 4.2 N/A N/A
Band of Elvenskin icon Band of Elvenskin 4.2 450 Gold 107.14 Gold
Belt of Strength icon Belt of Strength 4.2 450 Gold 107.14 Gold
Black King Bar icon Black King Bar 31 4050 Gold 130.65 Gold
Blade of Alacrity icon Blade of Alacrity 7 1000 Gold 142.86 Gold
Bloodthorn icon Bloodthorn 17 6625 Gold 389.71 Gold
Book of Shadows icon Book of Shadows 27.3 N/A N/A
Book of the Dead icon Book of the Dead 35 N/A N/A
Boots of Bearing icon Boots of Bearing 11.2 4275 Gold 381.7 Gold
Bracer icon Bracer 1 9.3 505 Gold 54.3 Gold
Bracer icon Bracer 2 18.6 505 Gold 27.15 Gold
Butterfly icon Butterfly 49.5 5450 Gold 110.1 Gold
Circlet icon Circlet 4.2 155 Gold 36.9 Gold
Crown icon Crown 8.4 450 Gold 53.57 Gold
Defiant Shell icon Defiant Shell 14.7 N/A N/A
Diadem icon Diadem 12.6 1000 Gold 79.37 Gold
Diffusal Blade icon Diffusal Blade 17.5 2500 Gold 142.86 Gold
Disperser icon Disperser 35 6100 Gold 174.29 Gold
Dragon Lance icon Dragon Lance 17.5 1900 Gold 108.57 Gold
Drum of Endurance icon Drum of Endurance 9.8 1650 Gold 168.37 Gold
Eaglesong icon Eaglesong 17.5 2800 Gold 160 Gold
Echo Sabre icon Echo Sabre 30.5 2700 Gold 88.52 Gold
Eternal Shroud icon Eternal Shroud 9.8 3600 Gold 367.35 Gold
Ethereal Blade icon Ethereal Blade 16.8 5375 Gold 319.94 Gold
Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon Eul's Scepter of Divinity 7 2625 Gold 375 Gold
Eye of Skadi icon Eye of Skadi 46.2 5300 Gold 114.72 Gold
Force Staff icon Force Staff 7 2200 Gold 314.29 Gold
Gauntlets of Strength icon Gauntlets of Strength 2.1 140 Gold 66.67 Gold
Ghost Scepter icon Ghost Scepter 10.5 1500 Gold 142.86 Gold
Giant's Ring icon Giant's Ring 21 N/A N/A
Gleipnir icon Gleipnir 47.5 5450 Gold 114.74 Gold
Harpoon icon Harpoon 56.5 4700 Gold 83.19 Gold
Havoc Hammer icon Havoc Hammer 27.2 N/A N/A
Heart of Tarrasque icon Heart of Tarrasque 28 5200 Gold 185.71 Gold
Heaven's Halberd icon Heaven's Halberd 14 3550 Gold 253.57 Gold
Helm of the Dominator icon Helm of the Dominator 12.6 2625 Gold 208.33 Gold
Helm of the Overlord icon Helm of the Overlord 44.1 5725 Gold 129.82 Gold
Holy Locket icon Holy Locket 18.9 2350 Gold 124.34 Gold
Hurricane Pike icon Hurricane Pike 35 4450 Gold 127.14 Gold
Iron Branch icon Iron Branch 2.1 50 Gold 23.81 Gold
Kaya icon Kaya 11.2 2100 Gold 187.5 Gold
Kaya and Sange icon Kaya and Sange 22.4 4050 Gold 180.8 Gold
Khanda icon Khanda 66.8 5000 Gold 74.85 Gold
Linken's Sphere icon Linken's Sphere 33.6 4800 Gold 142.86 Gold
Mage Slayer icon Mage Slayer 7 2825 Gold 403.57 Gold
Magic Wand icon Magic Wand 6.3 450 Gold 71.43 Gold
Manta Style icon Manta Style 32.2 4550 Gold 141.3 Gold
Mantle of Intelligence icon Mantle of Intelligence 2.1 140 Gold 66.67 Gold
Meteor Hammer icon Meteor Hammer 25.2 2850 Gold 113.1 Gold
Mirror Shield icon Mirror Shield 21 N/A N/A
Mystic Staff icon Mystic Staff 17.5 2800 Gold 160 Gold
Ninja Gear icon Ninja Gear 14 N/A N/A
Null Talisman icon Null Talisman 1 6.3 505 Gold 80.16 Gold
Null Talisman icon Null Talisman 2 12.6 505 Gold 40.08 Gold
Oblivion Staff icon Oblivion Staff 7 1625 Gold 232.14 Gold
Occult Bracelet icon Occult Bracelet 6.3 N/A N/A
Ogre Axe icon Ogre Axe 7 1000 Gold 142.86 Gold
Ogre Seal Totem icon Ogre Seal Totem 7 N/A N/A
Orchid Malevolence icon Orchid Malevolence 17 3275 Gold 192.65 Gold
Overwhelming Blink icon Overwhelming Blink 17.5 6800 Gold 388.57 Gold
Parasma icon Parasma 28 5975 Gold 213.39 Gold
Phylactery icon Phylactery 14.7 2400 Gold 163.27 Gold
Pig Pole icon Pig Pole 10.5 N/A N/A
Power Treads (Agility) icon Power Treads (Agility) 7 1400 Gold 200 Gold
Power Treads (Intelligence) icon Power Treads (Intelligence) 7 1400 Gold 200 Gold
Power Treads (Strength) icon Power Treads (Strength) 7 1400 Gold 200 Gold
Pupil's Gift icon Pupil's Gift 14.7 N/A N/A
Reaver icon Reaver 17.5 2800 Gold 160 Gold
Robe of the Magi icon Robe of the Magi 4.2 450 Gold 107.14 Gold
Rod of Atos icon Rod of Atos 10.5 2250 Gold 214.29 Gold
Sange icon Sange 11.2 2000 Gold 178.57 Gold
Sange and Yasha icon Sange and Yasha 22.4 4050 Gold 180.8 Gold
Satanic icon Satanic 42.5 5050 Gold 118.82 Gold
Scythe of Vyse icon Scythe of Vyse 21 5200 Gold 247.62 Gold
Shiva's Guard icon Shiva's Guard 10.5 5175 Gold 492.86 Gold
Skull Basher icon Skull Basher 37 2875 Gold 77.7 Gold
Slippers of Agility icon Slippers of Agility 2.1 140 Gold 66.67 Gold
Solar Crest icon Solar Crest 8.4 2700 Gold 321.43 Gold
Soul Ring icon Soul Ring 4.2 805 Gold 191.67 Gold
Specialist's Array icon Specialist's Array 24.6 N/A N/A
Spirit Vessel icon Spirit Vessel 12.6 2780 Gold 220.63 Gold
Staff of Wizardry icon Staff of Wizardry 7 1000 Gold 142.86 Gold
Swift Blink icon Swift Blink 17.5 6800 Gold 388.57 Gold
Ultimate Orb icon Ultimate Orb 31.5 2800 Gold 88.89 Gold
Urn of Shadows icon Urn of Shadows 4.2 880 Gold 209.52 Gold
Vambrace (Agility) icon Vambrace (Agility) 8.4 N/A N/A
Vambrace (Intelligence) icon Vambrace (Intelligence) 8.4 N/A N/A
Vambrace (Strength) icon Vambrace (Strength) 8.4 N/A N/A
Veil of Discord icon Veil of Discord 8.4 1725 Gold 205.36 Gold
Wind Waker icon Wind Waker 24.5 6825 Gold 278.57 Gold
Witch Blade icon Witch Blade 8.4 2775 Gold 330.36 Gold
Wraith Band icon Wraith Band 1 6.3 505 Gold 80.16 Gold
Wraith Band icon Wraith Band 2 12.6 505 Gold 40.08 Gold
Yasha icon Yasha 11.2 2100 Gold 187.5 Gold
Yasha and Kaya icon Yasha and Kaya 22.4 4000 Gold 178.57 Gold
Values do not include portions from actives or auras.


Each attribute has its own set of items that focus on boosting it. These items are different for each attribute. In order to categorize them, they're split into 5 different sections:

  • Tiny Items consist only of Iron Branch icon Iron Branch and boosts all attributes by 1. This item is usually taken as a starting item to make up for gaps in a hero's statistics.
  • Small Items boost their associated attribute by 3, or all attributes by 2. These items are usually taken as starting items to make up for gaps in a hero's statistics.
  • Medium Items boost their associated attribute by 6, or all attributes by 4. Though generally not taken to increase attributes, these items are usually components of many midrange items.
  • Large Items boost their associated attribute by 10, or all attributes by 6. These items are usually components in more powerful items, and almost never bought just for the stats.
  • Ultimate Items boost their associated attribute by 25, or all attributes by 15. These are mostly used to make late game items because of how expensive they are and how cost-ineffective they are per point of stats.
  • Besides the items in the table, Ghost Scepter icon Ghost Scepter is another basic item that boosts all attributes by 5. All other items that grant attributes are upgrades, and are all derived from one or multiple of the 17 items listed below.
Iron Branch icon
Iron Branch

+1 All Attributes

Small Medium Large Ultimate
All Attributes
Circlet icon
Circlet

+2 All Attributes

Crown icon
Crown

+4 All Attributes

Diadem icon
Diadem

+6 All Attributes

Ultimate Orb icon
Ultimate Orb

+15 All Attributes

Strength
Gauntlets of Strength icon
Gauntlets of Strength

+3 Strength

Belt of Strength icon
Belt of Strength

+6 Strength

Ogre Axe icon
Ogre Axe

+10 Strength

Reaver icon
Reaver

+25 Strength

Agility
Slippers of Agility icon
Slippers of Agility

+3 Agility

Band of Elvenskin icon
Band of Elvenskin

+6 Agility

Blade of Alacrity icon
Blade of Alacrity

+10 Agility

Eaglesong icon
Eaglesong

+25 Agility

Intelligence
Mantle of Intelligence icon
Mantle of Intelligence

+3 Intelligence

Robe of the Magi icon
Robe of the Magi

+6 Intelligence

Staff of Wizardry icon
Staff of Wizardry

+10 Intelligence

Mystic Staff icon
Mystic Staff

+25 Intelligence

Recent Changes[]

Main Article: Universal/Changelogs
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