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Dota 2: Roshan Guide & Roshan Timer (Items & Tips)

Everything you need to know about Roshan: Which Items does he drop, how often does he spawn? How much gold do you get for Roshan?

Dota 2 Roshan Beginner Guide & Basic Infos:

  • The respawn time of Roshan is not fixed, after death it can respawn between eight to eleven minutes. Remember: Roshan respawns after 8-11 minutes
  • It is easy to track the respawn time of Roshan: Whenever Roshan is eliminated, Alt+ Click on the clock in the center of the display. Like that you will mark the Roshan time in chat! The whole team will be aware that Roshan died at this moment.
  • Later on, keep track of the next eight-minute: After eights minutes check Roshan’s pit. If he’s not there, then keep checking for the next three minutes.
  • If any hero in your team has a control unit, then it will get quite easy for you: After eight minutes place the controlled unit in Roshan’s pit and whenever Roshan respawns your team will instantly know!Dota 2 Roshan Timer
  • Tip: Check for double damage runes, so that you can make Roshan faster. Always create great vision with wards to see all runes.

How much Gold every player gets for Roshan?

On death, Roshan drops multiple helpful items, but another big team benefit is the amount of gold you get. Each player of the team is rewarded with 150 gold. Moreover, the player that deals the final blow or last hit gets a bonus. The player receives extra random gold 225-325, gaining a total amount of 375-475 gold. This will push your team with an advantage of about 1000 gold!

What is the Roshan revive timer/how does it work?

Roshan’s revive timer is when he respawns after being killed, just like any other creep in Dota 2. Regular creeps respawn after every 1:00 minute and the respawn can be disturbed. However, the same thing does not apply for Roshan: He does not have any specific time to respawn.
Moreover, nothing can disturb its respawn time.  A couple of years ago, the respawn time of Roshan was exactly eight minutes. The current respawn time of Roshan is between eight minutes to eleven minutes. It can revive anytime within this time interval. The average respawn time of Roshan is 8:00 – 9:00 minutes (it may vary).

Note: Roshan is also a creep, but it cannot be stacked like other usual creeps. The mighty Roshan is the most beneficial creep and quite hard to kill in the early game!
Dota 2 Roshan Track Timer

Which reward items does Roshan
drop over time?

What Roshan differentiates from other regular creeps is his strength, damage and badass look! Moreover, Roshan comes with some goodies such as Aegis of the Immortal, Cheese, Refresher/ Consumable Aghinam Scepter.

How does Aegis of the Immortal in Dota 2 exactly works?

Roshan comes with various rewards that other usual creeps cannot give: One of them is Aegis of the Immortal, the greatest item, it is non-destroyable, non-sellable and non-dropable.

Aegis drops every time on Roshan’s death. The one who picks aegis gets one extra life, and when a hero with aegis dies, it respawns again after 5 seconds with full hp and mana. This effect can not be prevented in any way. It is an extremely tactical item that can initiate pushes and can turn the toughest games.

Aegis has a consumable time: It only stays for 5 minutes in an inventory. After five minutes a regeneration buff applies on the hero and aegis is expired. The buff is removed if an enemy hero hits.

Details of the Cheese in Dota 2

Roshan can be eliminated multiple times, but it does not drop one same item again and again. On Roshan’s second death along with Aegis of the Immortal, it drops a piece of cheese. Cheese is a consumable, shareable, dropable, and sellable item. Cheese is one of the most potent healing items in Dota 2. On one click it instantly restores 2500 health and 1500 mana of the hero in an instant. This type of massive bumps can change the results of a whole fight!

If your inventory is full of items, then you can sell cheese for 500 gold. However, it is highly recommended, not to sell the cheese – before you do that share it with your teammates!

Details of the Refresher Shard/ Consumable Aghinam Scepter in Dota 2:

Refresher Orb is an epic game-changing item in Dota 2. And Refresher Shard also resets all the cooldown of your hero instantly. It has the same effect as Refresher Orb, but it is a one-time consumable item. Refresher Shard is a consumable, shareable, dropable, and sellable item. Its concept is the same as cheese, you can also sell it.

Before patch 7.22 of Dota 2 when Roshan died for the third time, refresher shard dropped along with the Aegis and Cheese. Since Patch 7.22 everything has been changed: Roshan came up with a new goodie, Consumable Aghinam Scepter. Now, only one item drops at a time either its a Refresher Shard or a consumable Aghinam Scepter. Aghinam Scepter enhances the abilities of the hero that picks it. Any Dota 2 hero can use it, and the best part is that it does not occupy any space in the inventory.

What are Roshan’s abilities in Dota 2?

Roshan has its own strong abilities, to beat him fast it’s good to know them:

Spell Block ability of Roshan

It is a passive ability and acts like a Linken’s sphere. It helps Roshan to block one targeted spell every 15 seconds. Moreover, it gives 25% status resistance (25% less stun duration).

  • Does not block spells cast by allies such as Ion Shell (Dark Seer’s Spell), Toss (Tiny’s Spell) and Snowball (Tusker’s Spell).
  • Does not block some items such as Urn of Shadow, Spirit Vessel, Medallion of Courage and Solar Crest.
  • Few hero spells do not effect Roshan. Checkout our Dota 2 hero guide section for good choices.
Flame Break – BatriderSong of the Sire – Naga Siren
FireFly – BatriderHeartStopper Aura – Necrophos
Holy Persuasion – ChenEye of the Storm – Razor
Spirit Siphon – Death ProphetDispersion – Spectre
Devour – DoomEntangling Claws – Spirit Bear
Infernal Blade – DoomAnchor Smash – Tide Hunter
Gust – Drow RangerWhirling Axes (Meele) – Troll Warlord
Earth Splitter – Elder TitanWhirling Axes (Range) – Troll Warlord
Enchant – EnchantressArctic Burn – Winter Wyvern
Blinding Light – Keeper of the LightStatic Field – Zeus
Feast – Life StealerInfest – Life Stealer

Bash Ability of Roshan in Dota 2:

Bash is also a passive ability of  Roshan – it stuns the hero that is hitting Roshan. It has a 15% chance and deals 1.65-sec stun. Each Bash applies extra 50 damage to the hero.

  • Average damage and Bash both are applied in one hit.
  • Adds an average of 7.5 damage to every attack.
  • Players with Black King Bar Buff does not receive Bash.
  • If a hero hits using silver edge, it nullifies all the passive abilities of Roshan, including Bash.

Slam Ability of Roshan in Dota 2

Slam is also a Passive ability of Roshan – it is a magical attack. In this attack, Roshan hits the ground, damaging and slowing all nearby enemies.
Roshans SlamSlam deals damage in a radius of 350, it has a cooldown of 10 seconds. Slam’s starting damage is 70 button every 1 minute its damage is increased by 10. Slam first applies the debuff, then the damage. It only triggers when there are three or more heroes/units in Roshans radius (350 aoe).

Roshan’s Slam damage after game time:

  • 10 Minutes: 170 damage
  • 20 Minutes: 270 damage
  • 30 Minutes: 370 damage
  • 40 Minutes: 470 damage
  • 50 Minutes: 570 damage
  • 60 Minutes: 670 damage
  • 80 Minutes: 870 damage
  • 100 Minutes: 1070 damage

Strength of the Immortal Ability of Roshan in Dota 2

Strength of the Immortal is also a passive ability of Roshan. It saves Roshan from the imminent attacks! Strength of the Immortal is a protective ability that gives 55% magic damage resistance to Roshan and gives an armor bonus that increases with time.

  • Strength of the Immortal reduces illusion damage by 80%.
  • 6 Bonus attack damage per interval.
  • 0.325 bonus armor per interval.
  • 100 Attack speed bonus.
  • 115 health per interval.

Roshan gets stronger after every minute – it is efficient to kill him in the first 15-20 minutes. After every death, he gets stronger and is harder to kill. Try to keep your heroes farm and item heavy. Otherwise, Roshan will tear everyone into pieces. The more items Roshan will give, the stronger he gets!

Quick Tip: Always smoke first and then move or jump into Roshan’s pit – otherwise your enemies will notice it. 😉

Pick hero combos that work well together to kill Roshan easily:
Dota 2 Hero Combos