Published by Valve Corporation, Dota 2 is a free multiplayer online battle arena, or MOBA, style game and is a sequel to Defense of the Ancients (DotA). The original DotA was created as a mod for Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and its expansion pack known as The Frozen Throne.

The game is played out in battle sequences between two teams of five, where each team must occupy and defend their own base on the battle arena’s map. Each gamer gets to control a powerful character known as a Hero, who each have their unique set of abilities and play styles.

During a battle, each player will collect items and experience points (exp) for their hero to gain an edge over the other team’s heroes. In the end, a match is won by a team being the first to infiltrate and destroy a structure in the opposing team’s base known as the Ancient.

What is Arcana?

In the world of Dota 2, players need any help they can get if they want to survive and what better way to get an edge on the competition than to use the mighty power of Arcana items?

In Dota 2, Arcana objects are some of the rarest collectibles in the entire game. On top of being powerful artifacts, they come with useful customizations that toggle different features depending on your hero. When using Arcana items, you’ll be able to toggle things such as sound, image icons, animations, particle effects, as well as many more. Furthermore, to make them even better, Arcana items are permanent and cannot be deleted from the Armory once they’ve purchased.

Also, it’s important to note that Arcana item do not actually influence gameplay and are purely used for their cosmetic value.

Characters That Use Arcana Items

Lina Arcana Dota 2

  • Lina – Fiery Soul of the Slayer

This item comes with several customizations and will turn Lina’s hair into a brilliant blaze of fire.

  • Legion Commander – Blades of Voth Domosh

The Blades of Voth Domosh come with a gem that will track your Duel victories and displays them above the Legion Commander every time that she wins another Duel. Earlier editions of the item that were purchased soon after its original release came in an “Exalted” quality.

Legion Commander Arcana Dota 2

  • Terrorblade – Fractal Horns of Inner Abysm

This powerful item can be stocked with any Prismatic Gem which will enable you to change its ambient color, ability and particle effect. Furthermore, it comes with a variety of customizable ability icons and sounds.

TerrorBlade Arcana Dota 2

  • Techies – Swine of the Sunken Galley

The Swine of the Sunken Galley comes with several customizable effects, sounds and animations, as well as a Prismatic Gem which will change the color of its effect. Moreover, it will also come with an Inscribed Suicide Gem which will determine the number shown in any in-game counter attack.

Techies arcana Dota 2

  • Shadow Fiend – Demon Eater

The earlier editions of this item, purchased prior to October 31st, 2014, came in Exalted quality and illustrate the true price of stealing the souls of demons.

Shadow Fiend Arcana Dota 2

  • Phantom Assassin – Manifold Paradox

Created specifically for the Nemesis Assassin Event, any edition that was purchased prior to December 7th, 2014 came in Exalted quality. Furthermore, different styles of the item were unlocked during and after the event by accumulating kills.

Phantom Assassin Arcana Dota 2

  • Crystal Maiden – Frost Avalanche

As part of the Frost Avalanche Bundle, this item was created specifically for the New Bloom Festival 2015 and enables its user and team to earn additional ability points for the Year Beast Brawl. The item comes with Aurora, the Wolf Pup of Icewrack which is a non-controllable pet that follows the Crystal Maiden around. Furthermore, the item comes with three customizable styles and a tracking rune which will unlock the last style after eliminating 50 enemy wards.

Crystal Maiden Dota 2 Arcana

  • Zeus – Tempest Helm of the Thunder God

This is a wearable item that was released alongside the Balance of Power Update. The item came in Exalted quality if purchased before December 31st, 2015 and comes with an overall remodel of Zeus himself.

Zeus Arcana Dota 2

  • Monkey King – Great Sage’s Reckoning

As part of the Great Sage’s Reckoning Bundle, this item comes in four different styles which changes based on the level of the Monkey King. Furthermore, each style comes in a different color and has different effects.

Monkey King Arcana Dota 2

  • Juggernaut – Bladeform Legacy

This is a rare Arcana item that is part of the Bladeform Legacy Bundle. It is a wearable item and any editions purchased prior to March 31st, 2017 came in Exalted quality.

Juggernaut Dota 2 Arcana

  • Io – Benevolent Companion

This is another wearable item and was awarded to players who had purchased the International 2017 Battle Pass. Furthermore, it leveled them up to 245.

IO Arcana Dota 2

  • Pudge – Feast of Abscession

Coming as part of the Feast of Abscession Bundle, this item is wearable, and any version purchased before May 4th of 2018 will come in Exalted quality.

Pudge Arcana Dota 2

Value of Arcana in Dota 2

All prices are set to vary but were accurate at the time of this writing on April 11th, 2018.

  • Fiery Soul of the Slayer (Lina) – Price $31.07 USD
  • Blades of Voth Domosh (Legion Commander) – Price $32.26 USD
  • Fractal Horns of Inner Abysm (Terrorblade) – Price $35.37 USD
  • Swine of the Sunken Galley (Techies) – Price $24.47 USD
  • Demon Eater (Shadow Fiend) – Price $38.43 USD
  • Manifold Paradox (Phantom Assassin) – Price $34.01 USD
  • Frost Avalanche (Crystal Maiden) – Price $32.00 USD
  • Tempest Helm of the Thunder God (Zeus) – Price $31.06 USD
  • Great Sage’s Reckoning (Monkey King) – Price $30.48 USD
  • Bladeform Legacy (Juggernaut) – Price $35.92 USD
  • Benevolent Companion (Io) – Price The item was available with The International 2017 Battle Pass after achieving the 245th level. It can’t be sold or exchanged.
  • Feast of Abscession (Pudge) – Price $42.65 USD


As you can see, even though there is a cost to Arcana, these items are extremely powerful and are basically invaluable to you and your team. They will give you an edge on your enemies and by adding Arcana items into your inventory, you’ll be slaying your way to victory in no time.

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