pudgeIn the Fields of Endless Carnage, far to the south of Quoidge, a rotund figure works determinedly through the night, dissecting, disembowelling, piling up the limbs and internal organs of the decreased so that the combat zone might be cleared by dawn. In this blighted land, nothing can decay or decompose; no corpse may ever return to the earth, no matter how deep you dig the grave. Surrounded by carrion birds that need him to cut their meals into beak-sized chunks, Pudge the Butcher sharpens his skills with blades that grow sharper the longer he uses them. Flesh falls from the bone; tendons and ligaments part easily. Starting with a piece of muscle here, a mouthful of blood there…before long he was plunging his jaws deep into the roughest of torsos, like a dog biting on bones. Even those who are beyond fearing the Reaper, fear the Butcher.

Pudge the Butcher is a melee strength Hero who characteristically uses his abilities to gank Heroes or instigate battles, which can lead up to him becoming a late-game tank. His famous ability, the Meat Hook, reinforces Pudge with a hook that enables him to pull out important or frail targets from the enemy team and ruin any expected impending clash. He is typically built as a ganker, due to his passive that increases his Strength count for every kill he makes or have been in his vicinity for the whole game.  He is also very effective with various debuffs that makes his job easier such as a slow channelling stun.

Pudge is a high health vicious tank that can finish off lone heroes easily and quickly. His first renown ability, Meat Hook, allows him to grab a solitary target, dragging it off to meet its doom. One of the most iconic skills of DotA, the Meat Hook takes a vast amount of practice to perfect. It is a difficult ability to master due to its high effectiveness, like hooking for units hidden in the mist, hooking enemies with diverse movement speeds or pulling allied heroes out of potentially deadly situations. These are skills that take time and patience to perfect.

Pudge’s second ability Rot is his most important source of damage, over time it will disperse huge amounts of damage every second. Due to the first and second skills, Pudge is a continuous threat and distraction especially in the early levels, possessing one of the chief short term damage outputs in the game.

Pudge’s ultimate, the Dismember, allows him to seize a unit and demolish it, holding it within range of the toxic fumes of Rot. In mid to late game, Pudge’s trademark combination includes Hooking a foe away from its allies, Rotting and Dismembering. Pudge also has a passive Flesh Heap, which endows him with both magic resistance to accompany Rot and strength gain which is achieved passively upon enemy hero deaths in his area. This hero is a force of enormous destruction in the hands of an expert player, and enemies may soon find themselves unable to take on this colossus with his incredible potential for destruction.




Meat Hook

The Butcher’s hook is a symbolic nightmare. Launches a bloody hook at a unit or location. The hook will rip the first unit it encounters, dragging the unit back to Pudge and dealing damage if it is an enemy.


Ability: Target Point 
Damage: Pure



A foul odour precedes a toxic, choking gas, emanating from the Butcher’s putrid, ever-swelling mass. This toxic cloud deals intense damage and slows movement–harming not only enemy units but Pudge himself.


Ability: No Target, Toggle 
Damage: Magical


Flesh Heap

The Butcher gives new meaning to the words ‘meat shield.’Gives Pudge resistance to magic damage, as well as bonus strength that increases each time Pudge kills an enemy Hero or it dies in his locality. Flesh Heap is retroactive, implying it can gain charges before it is skilled, which then become active.

Ability: Passive



CHANNELLED – Pudge chows down on an enemy unit, disabling it and dealing damage over time. It lasts 3 seconds on Heroes, 6 seconds on creeps. Upgradable by Aghanim’s Scepter.


AbilityChannelled, Target Unit 
Affects: Enemy Heroes 
Damage: Magical