Playing and Equipping Pudge for Dota 2 Matches in 2020

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Some would say that Dota 2 is the best of the MOBA games out there, and they would probably be right, in their own way. Some would also say that Pudge is the best hero the game has in its pantheon, and they would probably be even closer to the truth. If you played Warcraft 3, you might be familiar with the Abomination unit from the army of Undead. Pudge was based on this one in the original Dota, so it got a very nice and detailed rendition in Dota 2, with the additional twists provided by many different outfits you can collect and use.

Pudge is a very durable strength-based hero – maybe a little slow but surprisingly versatile. With his help, you can dominate the clash with other heroes very easily. His Meat Hook ability is perfect for both approximating enemies and saving allies from enemy heroes’ danger zones. For beginning players, he’s a great character to learn a straightforward strategy for off lane and support. With a little bit of mastery, he can become a really deadly roamer and an efficient carry.

Given his popularity, likeability and a form that easily undergoes style manipulations, it’s no wonder there is a whole lot of cosmetic items you can get for him, some overhauling his look to a point where he’s barely recognizable anymore. They span across all rarities and qualities. In this article, we’ll focus only on several of Dota 2 Pudge items, which we consider to be most unique or most valuable.

Best Dota 2 Pudge items

We’ve chosen five items which we will describe in terms of rarity and price. There are three weapons, one cloak-ish back equipment and… a mustache.

Dragonclaw Hook

Dota 2 Pudge Dragonclaw Hook bone chain effect
The bone chain effect. Via Dota 2 Gamepedia.

Legend has it that it’s the only thing left from a black dragon eviscerated by Pudge. Now he can hold it instead of his grappling hook. This is, in fact, one of the most expensive cosmetic items in all of Dota 2 reaching a price of over $1000 for its Corrupted version. Otherwise, Standard Dragonclaw Hook goes for about $860.

Feast Of Abscession

Two arcane hooks that had been used to bound godlike creatures are now Pudge’s slaughter attire. It surely gives a more sinister vibe to an already pretty dark hero. This Arcane item comes in several qualities, which will usually cost around $30, but a corrupted version can raise this price for around $7.

Via DotaCinema on YouTube.

Ripper’s Reel of the Crimson Witness

Dota 2 Pudge Ripper's Reel of the Crimson Witness
Via Dota 2 Gamepedia

Care to go fishing? This is a dark and mighty counterpart to the usual meat hook. The crimson glow around it suits a more evil mood. It additionally changes the animation and the ability icon of Meat Hook. It’s an Immortal Genuine item that is quite pricey – it oscillates between $330 and $350.

Rotten Stache

Dota 2 Pudge Rotten Stashe
Via Dota 2 Gamepedia

Maybe Pudge will not become the next Tom Selleck thanks to that, but you cannot deny him a bit of charm. I don’t really want to know how an undead gets his facial hair… It’s a rarely used Legendary item that surely brings a fun twist to Pudge. A Standard one will cost around $181, but if you get and Autographed or a Cursed one, it will jump over $220.

Scorching Talon

Dota 2 Pudge Scorching Talon
Via Dota 2 Gamepedia

This is a hook that looks like a flame tongue frozen in a spiral shape. It glows with warm, orange light. It comes in two variants on the market. The regular, Mythical one has several qualities, and depending on where it falls between Standard ones and Corrupted ones, it can cost between $63 and $81 dollars. However, there’s also the promotional version bound to The International 2014, which is less common, only comes in Genuine quality and has a more stable price of around $70.

Where and how can you sell Dota 2 Pudge items?

Those looking to sell Dota 2 Pudge cosmetic items should start at the basics of all Valve-hosted item trade, which is Steam Community Market. It’s a secure and a simple way to get rid of the items you don’t want to keep. However, there are two downsides to that method. One is that the price you might get for it might be a little lower than you’d expect, as Steam will at first realize trade buy offers for the lowest price available. Second is that the money you will earn this way will be bound to your Steam Wallet and you will not be able to spend this cash outside Steam Store and Steam Community Market.

You can also use third-party markets and services that allow you to sell the items either to other users or mass deposit operators for a real cash gain. Skinwallet is one such mass deposit, where it’s enough to log in with your Steam account, configure your account and sell Dota 2 Pudge Immortal items, Arcane items or anything else you’ve collected for real cash. If you attempt a deposit, you will be informed about how much money you will receive for every item. You will surely notice a certain tendency, as usually rarest items are the most expensive. Of course, there are other factors at work, but this is one of the basic rules.

How can you get them in the first place?

Even the best items for Pudge Dota 2 playthrough can drop if you just play the game for the right amount of time. It doesn’t matter if you win or lose, the game awards you with items for the time spent in the matchmaking games. Otherwise, if you want specific items fast, you need to buy them from either the Steam Community Market or the third-party providers. Just make sure not to leap on the first available offer – always compare and contrast.

What’s the hook of Pudge?

Pudge is currently the most frequently chosen hero in Dota 2. The reasons for this might be many, but most probably it’s because his durability forgives a lot of misplays and leaves a lot of room to practice strategies. In the many years of matches, players discovered several very efficient strategies to be executed with Pudge or with his help towards other heroes. It’s also no wonder that cosmetic items for such a popular character are sought for, as you might want to stand out from the crow of players at least a little bit.


As you can see, there are several items Pudge Dota 2 players will admire and will be willing to buy. With such a popular hero, the demand for good cosmetics is no wonder. There are several very expensive items which you can get for Pudge, and there’s a chance to sell them well if you don’t find them aesthetic.