Dota 2 - Everything you need to know about the Gold

Jan 01 2020 5 min read

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Dota 2  is a very interesting game that has tons of cool heroes to choose from. Even though the game is on the market for nearly 10 years now, there are still many new players that decide to pick it up on a daily basis. Unfortunately, the vast majority of them quickly decide to give up after just a few days in the game. One of the main reasons behind this is the fact that Dota 2 is a very complex game that has over 120 heroes and items to choose from. Every single one of them is unique, which means that you need to learn what each hero and item does. 

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However, even when you're ready, there are still many small details that you need to learn eventually. With that said, today, we will take a look at the most important resource in Dota 2, which is Gold. Apart from the random Neutral Items and those that you can get from Roshan, the only way in which you can buy items is via gold. This makes it a precious resource, especially for the core heroes.

With that said, here is everything you need to know about it.

Basic information about Gold

Dota 2 is a very unique game when it comes down to accumulating this precious resource. As we mentioned above, apart from the random drops, gold is the only ticket to getting the items that you want to buy for your character. In addition, you can also use gold to Buyback after you die, something that can be very important, especially in the later stages of the game.

There are a couple of ways in which you can accumulate gold:

  • Last-hitting creeps is the easiest and also the fastest way in which you can get gold. That's why every single player that plays a carry hero will mostly focus on last-hitting creeps for the first couple of minutes in order to get as much gold as possible.
  • Killing heroes or participating in the kills (assists) is also a very cool way to get gold. While it is true that you can farm your items way faster if you just score kills, as you can probably guess, this is not the most natural thing in the world. However, if you get the kills, you will earn massive amounts of gold that can get all the way to 1000, depending on the killstreak and level of the hero you kill.
  • Passive gold is an exciting mechanic in Dota 2 that basically gives you a certain amount of gold each second without you having to do anything. While the bonus is pretty cool, this isn't a reliable way to purchase items because it will take ages before you can accumulate a decent amount of gold if you just rely on the passive income.
  • Destroying builds is another way that can get gold. Every single tower or building that you destroy grants anywhere between 200 to 400 gold.
  • Killing Roshan and selling your items are also two possibilities that many people tend to neglect. 
  • Lastly, you can also get gold from certain abilities, such as Track, Jinada, and more.

Despite the fact that there are many ways in which you can get gold, killing the enemy and neutral creeps are definitely the fastest and easiest way of doing it. When you combine this with some occasional hero and building kills, you will be able to farm up the items you've always wanted quickly.

Reliable and Unreliable gold

The Gold in Dota 2 is split into two big categories - reliable and unreliable gold. It's very important to learn the basics of them because sometimes, this can be the difference between a loss and a win, especially in the later stage of the game.

Reliable gold is something that you don't lose when you die. As you know, unlike other MOBA games out there, when you die in Dota 2, you lose gold. That's why it's important to have as much reliable gold as possible so that you won't run out of it. 

Right now, you can get reliable gold from the following:

  • denying towers/barracks
  • last-hitting towers/couriers
  • Scoring a kill on a hero or getting an assist
  • Roshan kill

On the other hand, you also have Unreliable Gold. As the name suggests, this is the gold that you can potentially lose when you die. Here are the most popular ways of getting unreliable gold:

  • your passive gold gain
  • denying creeps on your lane
  • GPM talents (this is something that got added in Dota 2 very recently)
  • Last-hitting lane creeps and neutrals

Buyback - how it works

The Buyback option in Dota 2 allows you to basically "buy your life" once more, without having to wait for the respawn timer. While this might seem like a very strange thing at first, a well-timed buyback can be an absolute game-changer. No wonder you can often see the professional Dota 2 teams buy-backing all the time.

With that said, here are a couple of things that you need to know about this option. 

  • The only resource which you can use in order to buyback is gold. Currently, the following formula applies when it comes down to this - 100g + your net worth/13. In other words, the more items you have, the more expensive the buyback gets. That's why it is important always to save a part of your gold so that you can use this.
  • The Buyback option has 8 minutes cooldown, so always think twice before you use it.
  • Lastly,  when you die after you've brought back, you will have an additional 25 seconds to your death timer.

Check More of our Dota 2 Guides:

Tier 5 Dota 2 Neutral Items Overview

Dota 2 Items Guide: What You Need to Know

Dota 2 Items Guide: Top Six Support Items


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