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Pudge: Fear The Hook.

November 1, 2012 by tdL.dalkS
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Build 1
Build 2

The Original Build

DotA2 Hero: Pudge

Purchase Order

Starting Items

Magic Stick
Healing Salve
Iron Branch
Iron Branch

Early Game

Arcane Boots

Mid/Late Game

Hood of Defiance
Aghanim's Scepter

Situational Items

Heart of Tarrasque
Assault Cuirass
Shiva's Guard
Pipe of Insight

Hero Skills

Meat Hook

2 3 5 7


1 4 8 9

Flesh Heap

10 12 13 14


6 11 16


15 17 18

Will be adding new information.

This guide isn't 100% complete, so bear with me.

tdL.dalkS wrote:

Sorry for being inactive for quite some time, been busy finishing off some last exams so I can graduate. I'll start adding some more information as soon as I'm free. + Diretide is ****ing addicting.


Hello fellow players, I'm 'dalkS' and I am here to give you a guide on my experience with Pudge, the Butcher.

To fully understand and enjoy the following guide, I advise every viewer to read the whole thing.

Summary of Pudge the Butcher

Pudge is the most played hero in Dota 2, beating Bounty Hunter by over 300,000 in matches played. Why is he the most played hero you ask? The reason why Pudge has an amazing popularity in Dota 2 is because he is an extraordinary hero. With his notorious hook/rot/dismember combo, he can turn any hero into his daily snack. But don't get too excited, just because he is a killing machine, it doesn't mean he is easy to use. It takes time to master the precision of his hook, to know when to suicide with his rot when the gank goes wrong and know when its right to use his dismember late game. This is the reason why I have made a guide. To help you achieve what every professional Pudge player feels when looking at his outstanding final match score.

Pudge's Lore

An undead behemoth seemingly impervious to even the most potent magic, this starving abomination roams the battlefield, continually in search of unwary prey. It is said his victims catch only a glimpse of his monstrous frame as they are dragged them through the shadows, bleeding profusely as a jagged hook etches deeper in their flesh. Wails of agony echo in the distance, only to be drowned out by the Butcher's maniacal laughter as he severs their limp bodies with his great maw. Unspeakable horrors ensue in a deathly silence, a dreadful omen for what is to come.

The Pros and Cons


PROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOS + He's one of the best ganking heroes.
+ He has one the best combos.
+ He can handle solo.
+ Skills are made to destroy.
+ He is addictive to play.


COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONS - It takes practice to master Pudge.
- He has a slow movement/attack speed.
- He has a low mana pool.
- The skills have low cooldown.
- He is addictive to play.


Hover your mouse onto the skill image to view the skill description.

Meat Hook is Pudge's signature move. It is what makes Pudge, the Butcher. This skill basically grapples a unit within the skills AoE and drag it back to him and dealing damage if it is an enemy. What makes this skill special is that it is a skill shot. It takes dedication and practice to master this skill. You can use Meat Hook to also save allies so use it wisely.

Tips and Tricks
  • To secure a Meat Hook, aim towards the direction which the aimed enemy is heading towards to. This can take time to master.
  • You can also Meat Hook your allies to save them from ganks or from unwanted crowd control.
  • Use this to initiate a solo gank followed by the deadly combo.
  • Remember that the skill has a limited hooking distance which you can check buy hovering your mouse over the skill in-game. This will let you examine whether you are in the distance to hook an enemy.
  • If you are in trouble and you see a team-mate on the way which could save your life and live or kill the enemy, run towards them and hook once you are certain he is in the hooking distance. This could save your life and earn you an assist or even a kill but do so with caution. If the hooked team-mate doesn't have the right hero to save you, it could cost you 2 heroes dieing.
(For the sake of this guide and the lovely viewers, I'll soon insert a guide on hooking. My main objective at the moment it to complete this guide.)

This is what makes it hard to escape from Pudge and usually gives the last blow to tanks. Once you have snagged an enemy, use Rot as soon as possible to give the slow buff and damaging them bit by bit. There is a downside to using Rot though, which is that once activated, it also deals damage to Pudge. That's when Hood of Defiance comes in which I will talk about later in this guide. You can also use this skill to deny yourself when a gank has gone wrong. Use it and leave it on if you know 100% that you are going to die. Keep in mind that I highlighted 100% because I mean it.

Tips and Tricks
  • Use this to slow down a unit/enemy who is trying to escape from you so you can either finish them off or delay them from escaping by gettin help from team-mates.
  • This skill is great for last hitting creeps for experience and gold but it takes practice.
  • You can use this to deny yourself before an enemy hits you or if been hit by Poison Sting with low hp.

Flesh Heap is situational, meaning you can level this skill up depending on how the match is being played but most of the time you don't really need to level this up until late game has hit. Why you say? Let's say that the opposition has a lineup consisting of annoying intel heroes with those annoying skills which love to stay together as a group to gank or farm and you have been targeted to be ganked or you would want to gank them. It's probably smart to level this skill up to help escape or to tank that extra damage from those magic skills when either escaping from the annoying intel gank or dismembering an intel and tanking the magic skills from the other annoying intels. But that's probably not going to happen which brings me to the point that there isn't much situations where you need to level this skill up. But don't think negative of this skill, if you want that survivability and tankness early, feel free to level Flesh Heap whenever. Also, if you're in desperate need of strength for somewhat reason that you desperately need to last hit an unit(s), Flesh Heap gives you bonus strength that increases when an enemy hero dies around you.

Tips and Tricks
  • This is a skill which is rarely used to level up early because of having rarely a situation which has directed in leveling this skill up.
  • Flesh Heap will still gain charges before it has been skilled which it being much more useful for that late game survivability.

Good ol' Dismember. Pudge's killer blow. Finisher. Knockout.
Pudge's Ultimate

This skill determines the fate of whoever is unlucky enough to be grappled by Pudge's initiating skill, Meat Hook. This is what makes one of the best combo's in the game, deadly early/mid game. It chows down on a unit/enemy and disables them dealing damage over time. It's a gaurentee killer move if a team-mate(s) is with you. You can also use it to delay time to deny yourself when you know that you are going to die by using Rot while dismembering. You can also use it to stop a channelling move and save you and your team-mates from getting damage such as Sand King's Epicenter.

Tips and Tricks
  • Use this to delay time to deny yourself using Rot or for help to come.
  • Always level this skill up whenever the opportunity comes, which basically is all the time.
  • Buying Aghanim's Scepter will heal Pudge the same amount as it deals damage.

That Deadly Combo

As stated earlier, Pudge has one of the most lethal combos in DotA. The combo is performed as followed:

Meat Hook + Rot + Dismember = Fatality

Hooking first will secure that the enemy is as close to you to be able to damage them with Rot and Dismember. If you are approaching from behind, you may not need to cast Meat Hook since it'll be a surprise attack. This will usually happen during early game.

Even though you have hooked an enemy, you may have gained a delay and not Dismember quick enough leading to Rot not damaging. If this is the case stop your Rot, wait until Dismember is finish and run towards the enemy with Rot back on. Follow and secure the kill. If however he escapes, find a different safer route towards the weakened enemy, stop where the enemy cannot see you but is close by, heal and wait for your Meat Hook to finish its cooldown and try your luck with a blind hook.

Item Builds

The Original Build
sp Magic Stick is mainly used for survivability. It's great for Pudge because Rot will usually drain your hp after a gank which you could use your Magic Stick to have that extra hp while escaping if you notice that an enemy is coming towards you. This is usually your last resort to surviving so use the charges wisely.
sp Buying Clarity Potion's will help you regain the mana at early game while harassing. Use it whenever you go for a Meat Hook so you can be sure to have the right of mana once the skill has finished the cooldown. Remeber that if you have taken damage while the potion is active, it will cancel it and stop regenerating mana.

Additional Information

As you can obviously tell, this guide is not finish but will be continued. If you are to give feedback, please keep in mind that I have much more to do. To be exact, I have probably completed 10-15% of what I am aiming for. If you have any criticism, please comment and I'll take it into account. Much love, dalkS.

What you will be seeing in the near future:
    A 'How To' chapter.
    A 'Laning' chapter.
    An 'Item Justification' chapter.
    End results of reading this guide or using Pudge.
    Credits chapter.
    Professional matches to show how to use Pudge.

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