The current roster of Dota Underlords heroes is, much like Dota itself, sublimely complex. Do you pick heroes based on their potential alliances, or their high DPS, or their excellent abilities? How should you alter your build based on the heroes you do pick? At what stage of a match does a hero excel or fall off? All these questions are answered below in our Dota Underlords heroes guide – and we’ve also included a handy Dota Underlords cheat sheet which contains essential info on every single hero, all viewable on a single screen.
Dota Underlords heroes guide
There are 60 Dota Underlords heroes in total, which means there’s a fair amount to cover with this guide – or there would be, if we hadn’t found a way to condense it all down into one handy sheet. Click any of the links below to skip ahead to a particular section.
- Dota Underlords heroes overview – stats, abilities, Alliances
- Dota Underlords cheat sheet for heroes (2560×1440)
- Dota Underlords best heroes
- Dota Underlords strategy guide page links
Dota Underlords heroes overview – stats, abilities, Alliances
Heroes are what Dota Underlords is all about. An entire match revolves around the buying, selling, upgrading, and positioning of heroes across your board so that you can weather the worst your seven opponents have to offer with their own army of heroes.
You can have as many heroes on your board as your current Player Level; and you also have an eight-slot “hotbar” where heroes can be kept in reserve between rounds. Each hero has 10 basic stats, as well as 2-3 Alliances and 1-2 abilities.
We’ve gone over the basic stats below, so you know exactly what each one does and what to look for when choosing your heroes:
- Health – How much damage your hero can take before dying. Scales with Hero Level.
- Mana – Once mana is full, your hero will cast their active ability.
- DPS – Average damage per second that this hero deals to its target enemy. Scales with Hero Level.
- Damage – Damage that this hero deals to its target enemy with each hit. Scales with Hero Level.
- Attack Rate – How quickly this hero can attack. Higher is faster.
- Move Speed – How quickly this hero moves across the board to engage new targets.
- Attack Range – How many tiles away this hero can attack enemies from. Melee = 1.
- Magic Resist – Magical damage inflicted upon this hero is reduced by this value.
- Armor – Physical damage inflicted upon this hero is reduced by this value.
- Health Regen – How quickly your hero passively regenerates their Health.
All of these stats are unique for each hero, and you can view them all from the main menu of the game by clicking on the book tab at the top of the screen, and clicking on “Heroes” on the left-hand side. You can also view this screen during matches by going into the shop, and clicking the book icon there.
Notice that next to some stats I’ve put “Scales with Hero Level”. This is because you can upgrade heroes from Level 1 to Level 2 or Level 3 to greatly increase their Health and Damage. Do this by combining three of the same hero (and the same level). So three Level 1 Axes will automatically transform into a Level 2 Axe, and three Level 2 Axes will turn into a Level 3 Axe.
To build up a game-winning army in Dota Underlords, you need to think about many different things besides your heroes’ basic stats:
- Abilities – each hero usually has an ability (occasionally more than one). Abilities can be passive (always in effect) or active (they’ll be used whenever the hero reaches maximum mana by dealing/receiving damage). A well-timed, well-placed ability can change the tide of an entire match.
- Hero Level – in Dota Underlords, you can combine three Level 1 heroes into one Level 2 hero, and three Level 2 heroes into one Level 3 hero. Each Level up doubles the health and damage of that hero (thereabouts), so it’s essential to keep pace with your opponents in terms of Hero Levels.
- Player Level – your own personal Player Level dictates the number of heroes you can have on the board. Level 1 means 1 hero, Level 2 means 2 heroes, and so on. You level up by earning (or buying) XP.
- Alliances – Each hero belongs to 2 or 3 different Alliances, and if you get enough heroes of the same Alliance on the board at once, then you’ll unlock strong passive benefits. For example, having 3 Warrior units means all your Warriors will gain +10 Armor. For full details on this, check out ourDota Underlords alliances guide.
- Positioning – you can place heroes on any of the 32 tiles on your half of the board, while your enemy will spawn on the other side. It’s very important to position your heroes correctly; put tanky melee heroes on the front lines, keep squishy spellcasters or heroes that need time to charge their abilities near the back, and so on.
It can be pretty hard for newcomers to wrap their heads around the immense number of variables surrounding each different hero in Dota Underlords. We had a think about what information we’d have found most useful when just starting out, and as a result, the below Dota Underlords cheat sheet for heroes came into being.
This cheat sheet is designed to be viewed in full-screen on a second monitor – or you could print it out if you like and keep it beside you for reference while you play. We’ve outlined essential information on each hero with relation to the current meta, alongside some useful info on the left-hand side such as Player Level XP values, and who we consider to be the best heroes in Dota Underlords per Alliance.
It’s important to bear in mind that you have to take all this with a pinch of salt, because Dota Underlords is a game all about context, and synergies. You have to think not just about how powerful individual heroes can be, but how they will fit into your current build, and whether they are the kind of hero that’ll stay useful until the end of a match or if you’ll need to replace them with a higher-tier alternative as time goes on.
But despite this, as you can see, we think rather highly of a handful of Dota Underlords heroes in particular:
- Kunkka is an incredibly useful mid-to-late-game pick simply because his ability, Ghostship, is the strongest team stun and CC (crowd-control) ability in Dota Underlords. A single Ghostship can completely reverse a losing battle – and he’s got a nice statline too.
- Medusa is quite possibly the strongest hero in the game at the moment for straight-up DPS. She’s another 4-tier hero so it takes a while to bring her online, But her combination of Split-Shot, Stone Gaze, and some amazing base attack speed makes her a devastating force on the board.
- Sand King is another hero with a wonderful CC stun ability in Burrowstrike. While not as flashy as Kunkka’s Ghostship, it is actually more reliable thanks to its instant use and 2-second stun. His Passive is also excellent for neutralising Troll builds and other high-attack-speed threats.
- Tiny is possibly our favourite Tier-1 hero. Decent stats, eminently upgradeable, and a tremendously good team stun ability that you won’t find again until Tier 4.
- Luna is another fantastic DPS hero, made all the more potent because of her excellent Alliances. Elusive is nice to have, but Knight in particular is probably the most powerful Alliance out there right now, and gives Luna all the tankiness she needs to start shredding with her Moon Glaives.
- Necrophos is by far our favourite Warlock in Dota Underlords. with and 850/1,700/3,400 Health pool he can be surprisingly hard to kill; and his Death Pulse is lowkey one of the best abilities in the game for its sustain. It literally just damages all nearby enemies and heals all nearby allies. It’s great.
But again, that doesn’t mean you should pick these heroes whenever they come up. Think about whether they fit with your Alliances, whether they occupy a niche already filled by one or two other heroes, and so on. Experiment with different heroes and Alliances in your matches and your skill will increase all the more rapidly.
Dota Underlords strategy guide page links
And that’s pretty much all we have to offer on Dota Underlords heroes – at least for this guide. Check out all our other Dota Underlords guide pages just below for more focused and in-depth overviews on various different aspects of this addictive autobattler.
- Dota Underlords strategy guide – an overview of how to play Dota Underlords, with practical tips and strategies for winning matches
- Dota Underlords alliances – in-depth explanations and tips on all Alliances in Dota Underlords
- Dota Underlords items – equip your heroes with the best gear using our in-depth items guide
- Dota Underlords gold – learn how to create a colossal economy with these gold-focused tips and tricks
- Dota Underlords Battle Pass – info on all upcoming features and updates to Dota Underlords, including the new Battle Pass