Dota Underlords goes big on basically everything it does, with 60 different heroes, 23 different alliances – and 68 different items to help your army triumph over your seven opponents. Whether they’re equippable items that bestow great benefits upon a single hero, or Global items that offer an army-wide passive buff, you need to have a working knowledge of the best items you can procure if you want to succeed. Our Dota Underlords items guide will walk you through the very best items you can find in Dota Underlords, along with stats and explanations of every single item currently in the game.
Dota Underlords items guide
New players may not realise quite how important a role item selection plays in determining the course (and outcome) of a match. Victory might require something as simple as a well-placed Mekansm. It might only take the offer of a Coordinated Assault to get you to completely change your build. Items are incredibly important, as you’ll see in the below words. Click any of the links just below to skip ahead to a section of your choice.
- Dota Underlords best items
- Equippable items in Dota Underlords – full list
- Global items in Dota Underlords – full list
- Dota Underlords strategy guide page links
When talking about the best anything in something as complex as Dota Underlords, you’re going to run into problems because of how contextual and layered the game is at every turn. An amazing item can become relatively useless if used at the wrong time, on the wrong player, or in the wrong build. Likewise, there are certain fringe scenarios where items that don’t often see the light of day can become incredibly influential. But despite this granularity, there are a few items that have emerged at the very top of the list.
For the Equippable items, Mask of Madness is a great early choice for boosting DPS, and the silence doesn’t apply to passives. Skull Basher is a fantastic item to place on heroes with a high attack speed (and therefore works particularly well in Troll builds). Pipe of Insight and Black King Bar are both phenomenal anti-ability items (the latter for a single target, the former for the army as a whole), and offense-focused items such as Daedalus and Battle Fury can make all the difference when it comes to melting down enemies that much faster. All told, though, I think my absolute favourites late-game are Refresher Orb and Assault Cuirass, because both have the ability to just completely turn the tide of a battle as long as you place them with the right hero.
As for Global items, really what we’re talking about here is the most dominant alliances – but there are a couple of exceptions. Strange Bedfellows and Fall From Grace allow you to take certain alliances in a very different direction, and you can easily snowball as a result if things go your way. Final Flash is possibly the most influential late-game Global, particularly if you’ve filled your army with Mages (as you should, because the Mage alliance is god-tier right now). Coordinated Assault is incredible for Troll builds, and ditto Age of Chivalry for Knight builds. If you’re going for summon-heavy heroes such as Nature’s Prophet and Lycan, then a Summoning Stone can help them be more than just a distraction for the enemy. And obviously, if you survive long enough, then Desperate Measures or Expanded Roster can turn you into a truly unstoppable force.
But as I say, it’s all contextual. Procure the best items for your current build, and consider how possible it might be to transition your build if you come across a particularly decent Global item. The best Dota Underlords players are those who use everything at their disposal to be as flexible as possible.
Equippable items in Dota Underlords are divided into three types: Offensive, Defensive, and Support. But all of them work in the same way: once you’ve gained an equippable item, you must drag it from the items tab onto a viable hero on your board. Each hero can only carry one Equippable item (and by the way, you can swap out items during combat, but it won’t actually take effect until the next round). Let’s take a look at every single equippable item currently in Dota Underlords.
Note: both the below tables are split into different “pages” for each item tier. To navigate from tier to tier, click the Previous/Next buttons at the bottom of each table.
|Blight Stone||Target gets -3 Armor.||Tier 1||Offensive|
|Brooch of the Martyr||+50% Mana gained from receiving damage.||Tier 1||Support|
|Chainmail||+10 Armor.||Tier 1||Defensive|
|Claymore||+21 Attack Damage.||Tier 1||Offensive|
|Cloak||+15% Magic Resistance.||Tier 1||Defensive|
|Gloves of Haste||+20 Attack Speed||Tier 1||Offensive|
|Tranquil Boots||+100% Move Speed.|
+16 Health Regen.
|Vitality Booster||+250 Health.||Tier 1||Defensive|
|Arcane Boots||When equipped hero has greater than 50% mana, restore 25 mana to all allies 1 cell away. (Once per battle).||Tier 2||Support|
|Blade Mail||Reflects 30% of damage taken back to the attacker.||Tier 2||Defensive|
|Blink Dagger||At the start of battle, teleport behind enemy lines to the enemy farthest away from equipped hero.||Tier 2||Support|
|Brooch of the Aggressor||+100% Mana gained from attacks.||Tier 2||Support|
|Mask of Madness||Hero is silenced. +10% Lifesteal, +40% Attack Speed.||Tier 2||Offensive|
|Octarine Essence||Reduces ability cooldown by 50%.||Tier 2||Support|
|Eye of Skadi||+400 Health. Slows enemies on attack.||Tier 3||Offensive|
|Hood of Defiance||+50% Magic Resistance. +10 Health Regen.||Tier 3||Defensive|
|Mekansm||When equipped hero has less than 50% health, heal allies up to 3 cells away for 250 Health. (Once per battle)||Tier 3||Support|
|Sacred Relic||+60 Attack Damage.||Tier 3||Offensive|
|Skull Basher||+25 Attack Damage. 25% chance to stun targets for 1.5 seconds.||Tier 3||Offensive|
|Vanguard||+250 Health. 50% chance to block 70 damage when attacked.||Tier 3||Defensive|
|Battle Fury||MELEE ONLY.|
Melee attacks cleave 30% damage to nearby units.
|Black King Bar||Equipped hero becomes Magic Immune for 7 seconds once the first enemy has 100% mana. (Once per battle)||Tier 4||Defensive|
|Daedalus||+80 Attack Damage. 30% chance to Critical Hit for 235% damage.||Tier 4||Offensive|
|Dagon||Deal 800 damage to a random enemy unit that has 50% or less Health. (Once per battle)||Tier 4||Offensive|
|Maelstrom||25% chance on attack to cast chain lightning for 100 damage to 4 targets.||Tier 4||Offensive|
|Moon Shard||+80 Attack Speed.||Tier 4||Offensive|
|Pipe of Insight||+50% Magic Resistance. Once the first enemy has 100% mana, apply a shield that blocks 400 magic damage to allies up to 1 cell away. (Once per battle)||Tier 4||Defensive|
|Radiance||Burns enemies up to 2 cells away for 60 damage per second.||Tier 4||Offensive|
|Refresher Orb||Refresh all cooldowns and restore 50 mana after casting an ability. (Once per battle)||Tier 4||Support|
|Assault Cuirass||Equipped hero and adjacent allies have +15 Attack Speed and +10 Armor. Adjacent enemies have -15% Attack Speed and -10 Armor.||Tier 5||Defensive|
|Bloodthorn||+70 Attack Damage. When an enemy hero has more than 75% mana, silence them for 5 seconds. Attacks against the silenced hero can't miss and crit for 140%. (10 second cooldown)||Tier 5||Offensive|
|Divine Rapier||+330 Attack Damage. If Divine Rapier is in combat and you lose a round to another player, they get the Divine Rapier.||Tier 5||Offensive|
|Heart of Tarrasque||+1000 Health. Regenerate 2% of Max Health every 1 second.||Tier 5||Defensive|
|Shiva's Guard||+10 Armor. Emits a freezing wave that deals 250 damage to enemies within 3 cells and slows their movement and attack speed for 4 seconds. (Once per battle)||Tier 5||Defensive|
Global items in Dota Underlords are even more influential items than Equippables. Rather than equipping them onto a specific hero, they stay in your items tab and constantly bestow a passive buff onto certain (or all) members of your army. Many of these Global items are tied in with a specific alliance (for full details on alliances, be sure to check out our Dota Underlords alliances guide), and these ones in particular can augment your build to an incredible degree. Below you’ll find detailed information on every single Global Item in Dota Underlords.
|Embarrassment of Riches||Neutral rounds offer one additional item choice.||Tier 1|
|Soul Sucking Syphon||Allied units 1 cell away from Warlocks heal for 25% of all damage caused by abilities and items.||Tier 1|
|Strange Bedfellows||Demon Hunters gain +30% Pure Damage for each unique allied Demon unit.||Tier 1|
|Unstable Reactor||Allied Inventors explode on death dealing 20% of their Max Health to all enemies 1 cell away.||Tier 1|
|Aegis of the Immortal||Prevent your next loss of life and destroy Aegis. Win streaks are preserved.||Tier 2|
|Age of Chivalry||Non-Knight units gain +10% damage reduction for each allied Knight unit 1 cell away.||Tier 2|
|Completing the Cycle||When a Druid dies, it heals allies 1 cell away over time for 30% of its total health for 6 seconds.||Tier 2|
|Coordinated Assault||Troll units give +25 Attack Speed to allies 1 cell away.||Tier 2|
|Fall from Grace||Human units count as Heartless when counting alliances.||Tier 2|
|Forged in Battle||Brawny units start the round with +50 Max Health for every unit they have killed.||Tier 2|
|Indomitable Will||Debuffs last 50% as long on Human units.||Tier 2|
|Smuggler||Quality of items from neutral rounds are offered from 1 wave higher.||Tier 2|
|Summoning Stone,/b>||Allied summoned units have +150 Health and +30 Attack Speed.||Tier 2|
|Tooth and Claw||Savage units apply a stackable 10 damage/s bleed on attack.||Tier 2|
|Unstoppable||Warriors survive for an extra 2 seconds after receiving a killing blow.||Tier 2|
|A Higher Class of Criminal||Units in shop offered as if you were 1 level higher.||Tier 3|
|Check the Bodies||Scrappy units have a 20% chance of producing 1 gold when they kill an enemy.||Tier 3|
|Dragon's Hoard||Dragon units gain 1% Attack damage for every gold you own at the beginning of combat.||Tier 3|
|Elusive Targets||Elusive units are invisible for the first 3 seconds of a fight.||Tier 3|
|Final Flash||Mages reset their cooldown and get full mana when below 30% health.||Tier 3|
|Font of Creation||Primordial units spawn Eidolons on death. Eidolons are weak ranged Primordial units that don't spawn Eidolons.||Tier 3|
|Hunter's Focus||Hunters deal 10% extra Attack Damage for each other Hunter attacking the same target.||Tier 3|
|Pocket Sand||Assassins blind enemies 1 cell away from where they land for 2 seconds (50% miss chance and 50% less mana when attacked).||Tier 3|
|Retaliate||Units attacking Scaled units take 80 damage/sec for 3 seconds. This timer resets each time the Scaled unit is attacked.||Tier 3|
|Shaman Pluck||Units attacking a Shaman have a 5% chance of being turned into a chicken.||Tier 3|
|Wicked Intent||Opponent's healing is reduced by 25% per unique Heartless unit you have.||Tier 3|
|Friends and Family Discount||All units are 1 gold cheaper.||Tier 4|
|Vicious Intent||Each of your surviving units, including summons, deals 1 damage additional damage to opponents if they lose to you.||Tier 4|
|Desperate Measures||Your units gain +1% Attack Damage and +1% Mana gain on damage taken/received per 5 points of damage your Underlord has taken.||Tier 5|
|Expanded Roster||+1 Unit cap.||Tier 5|
|Recruiter||The first reroll each round is free.||Tier 5|
And that’s pretty much all we have to offer on Dota Underlords items – 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 heroes – stats on every hero, and an insight into the best-performing heroes right now in Underlords
- Dota Underlords alliances – in-depth explanations and tips on all Alliances in Dota Underlords
- 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