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DotA 2 Item: Observer Ward

Shops: Main Shop
Categories: Consumables

Item Details

Observer Ward

Active: Place Ward

Places an Observer Ward to give sight of the surrounding area. Lasts 6 minutes.
Hold Control to give one Observer Ward to an allied hero.

Cast Range: 500
Vision Radius: 1600
Duration: 420
Gold Bounty: 100 + 4/min Gold
Experience Bounty: 50 + 6/min XP


Additional Information

Observer Wards provide a large sight range of 1600 AoE around them and last for 6 minutes after being placed. However, they do not provide True Sight in this area. They are invisible to the other team. They are considered essential to map control, providing vision for Runes, watching out for Ganks, and blocking neutral creeps from spawning in the Jungle. Wards are one of the few items in the shop that have a limited stock to discourage overly defensive play.

Because of their usefulness, Observer Wards have an initial stock of 1 set in the store and a maximum stock of 2 sets, with each set containing 2 wards. The stock takes 150 seconds to replenish. Although it is common for the support to purchase wards, mid and off-laners can purchase them to set up ganks or block the enemy team's safe lane jungle camp respectively. A common tactic used is to destroy the enemy team's wards using the True Sight provided by Sentry Wards or Gem of True Sight. The wards can also be targeted by Quelling Blade's active to be dealt 100 damage.


  • Provides 1600 radius ground vision at its location.
  • Can not be placed on the elevated area, including the ramp at the fountains or in Roshan's pit.
  • Observer Wards are fully shareable. However, holding Control allows the owner to give an ally just one ward, instead of the whole stack.
  • It is not possible to give couriers or Lone Druid's Summon Spirit Bear an Observer Ward by holding Control.

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Gasai Yuno | January 6, 2013 4:12pm
The true cost is 150 Gold and not 200.
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