Dota 2 - Pudge Build Guide

In the Fields of Endless Carnage, far to the south of Quoidge, a corpulent figure works tirelessly through the night--dismembering, disembowelling, piling up the limbs and viscera of the fallen that the battlefield might be clear by dawn. In this cursed realm, nothing can decay or decompose; no corpse may ever return to the earth from which it sprang, no matter how deep you dig the grave. Flocked by carrion birds who need him to cut their meals into beak-sized chunks, Pudge the Butcher hones his skills with blades that grow sharper the longer he uses them. Swish, swish, thunk. Flesh falls from the bone; tendons and ligaments part like wet paper. And while he always had a taste for the butchery, over the ages, Pudge has developed a taste for its byproduct as well. Starting with a gobbet of muscle here, a sip of blood there...before long he was thrusting his jaws deep into the toughest of torsos, like a dog gnawing at rags. Even those who are beyond fearing the Reaper, fear the Butcher.

Pudge is a hero that can catch enemies from the dark and then kill his target. All of his skill was designed to torture enemies. This hero is a torturer using his skills,  Rot makes your opponent feel so much pain. You will deal lots of damages while enemy is being slowed. Dismember will make enemy can't move, and Meathook will catch enemy from the dark and kill him instantly using Rot and Dismember.
Can hooking his enemyHard to use his Hook properly
Have a nice slower that deals damage per secondLow attack speed
Have a nice lock down skillLow movement speed
Have a good magic resistance
Have tons of Hp
Scary face and appearance
Dota 2 - Pudge Build Guide
Melee - Durable - Disabler

HIT POINTS6251,4762,464SIGHT RANGE1800 / 800
DAMAGE52-5897-103149-155MISSILE SPEEDN/A

1. Meat Hook
Meat Hook, Dota 2 - Pudge Build Guide
Launches a bloody hook at a unit or location. The hook will snag the first unit it encounters, dragging the unit back to Pudge and dealing damage if it is an enemy.
MANA COST: 110/120/130/140COOLDOWN: 14/13/12/11
DAMAGE: 90 /180 / 270 / 360DISTANCE: 700 / 900 / 1100 / 1300
The Butcher's hook is a symbolic nightmare, its curved blade a frightening reminder of his slaughterous intent.
Meat hook is your skill to catch enemy, you then drag him into yourself. This skill is a powerful skill for ganking. With this skill you can catch enemy secretly and pull him to you and then kill him with your ultimate + your rot that deal damage per second.
This is a straight line skill so you must predict your opponent's movement before casting a Meat Hook. This skill can also be used to save allies from enemies. If your allies run from enemies and in a low HP, try to save him by predicting his movement. With practice, I believe you can more accurate with this skill.

2. Rot
Rot, Dota 2 - Pudge Build Guide
A toxic cloud that deals intense damage and slows movement--harming not only enemy units but Pudge himself.
DAMAGE: 35 / 60 / 85 / 110RADIUS: 250
A foul odor precedes a toxic, choking gas, emanating from the Butcher's putrid, ever-swelling mass.
Your skill to deal damages per second. Be careful, this skill is also damaging yourself, but it will be ok because you will more likely to have more HP than opponents and also you have additional magic resistance from your 3rd skill. You can also add more magic resistace by buying Cloak > Hood > Pipe.
You will use this skill to kill somebody and makes him your prey that cannot run away from you because they will be slowed while taking some damages per second. Your ultimate will help you to make the target not moving while receiving damages from this skill. And meathook will catch enemies to you so you can use this skill to deal damages. Some stuns or slower will also very helpful for you to keep opponents cant move and keep receiving damages from this skill. Rot can be used to suicide, beware of this possibilities. With Rot you can deny yourself if you're in danger.

3. Flesh Heap
Flesh Heap, Dota 2 - Pudge Build Guide
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 vicinity. Flesh Heap is retroactive, meaning it can gain charges before it is skilled, which then become active.
RANGE: 450STRENGTH BONUS: 0.9 / 1.2 / 1.5 / 1.8
The Butcher gives new meaning to the words 'meat shield.'
Gives you an additional magic resistance. So good to defense against enemy's magic.
Magic resistance will also helps you to reduce damages from you skill Rot. Beside that, this skill will gives additional Strength for you if there are heroes killed around yourself.

4. Dismember
Dismember, Dota 2 - Pudge Build Guide
CHANNELED - Pudge chows down on an enemy unit, disabling it and dealing damage over time. Lasts 3 seconds on Heroes, 6 seconds on creeps. Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter.
MANA COST: 100/130/170COOLDOWN: 30
'When I'm through with these vermin, they'll be fit for a pie!'
Your skill to lock down enemies and deal damage per second. Before you use this skill, better you already activated Rot, so that the damages per second is the additional of Dismember and Rot. You can catch enemy using meathook and then using Rot and then Dismember. Buying Aghanims Scepter will increase the damage and will makes you can steal enemy's HP using this skill.

Dota 2 - Pudge Build Guide

Level 1: Rot
Level 2: Meat Hook
Level 3: Rot
Level 4: Meat Hook
Level 5: Meat Hook
Level 6: Dismember
Level 7: Meat Hook
Level 8: Rot
Level 9 : Rot
Level 10: Flesh Heap
Level 11: Dismember
Level 12: Flesh Heap
Level 13: Flesh Heap
Level 14: Flesh Heap
Level 15: Stats
Level 16: Dismember
Level 17-25: Stats

Why take Rot for first skill? With this skill, you can get firstblood. You should ask your friend who is a stunner or slower and he can helps you disables your enemy to get firstblood.

Why maxed Meat Hook first? With more level of Meathook, the range will be increased, this is what you need to gank opponent from the fog.

Early Game
On early game, you should lasthits creeps to increase your gold and level quickly. Pudge need some items before he start ganking.
If you take the mid lane, it will be better for you because you can earn level quickly. And then you can level up quickly your Meat hook and Rot into level 3 or 4 which are more stronger.

You better start ganking other lane if you already level 6 - 10, and kill enemies there. You can get firstblood in early game with your Meathook + Dismember + Rot. You also need your friend's help to make sure you get the kills. You need additional stunner / disabler that makes you can maximize the damage from Rot. You can also deal some additional damage using Meathook again.
If you can get some kills on early game, the rest of the game will b eeasier for you.

Mid Game

Here I give some examples of where you can hide and hook your target. Red dot is better for Radiant and Yellow dot is better for Dire.

In mid game you should haunting enemies all around the maps. You should hide inside the jungle and ready to Hook enemy. And then eat them until death. There are some spot you can hide as a Pudge, and if enemies are not aware and place some additional wards, they will be your easy prey. What you need to do is waiting in beside the lane and hooking anyone who is not aware and kill him using Rot + Dismember. You are the beast here and they are the prey. They should pray not to be eaten by you.

Dota 2 - Pudge Build Guide

Late Game
General late Game theory:
On late game. The teamfight will be very intense. Beware! if your team lose a single teamfight it may cost you the game.

You should already reached high level here so you have an all high level of skills and also an already high sats, HP and damage. And so does ebverybody in the map. And also with the high level, that means a long respawn time. That means that every move is becoming more important and decisive. So keep focus and also don't be panic at every sitaution. Always think clearly and use all you have.

Here you should make a wise decision to choose between 2 options:
1. To save money for buyback
2. To buy your next item
How to choose between those two? you may see how important is your next item. You can see it by: If you don't buy that item immediately, your team's can't compete with the enemy's power so buy it immediately, but if the item is not that important, you should save for buyback.

In late game your main part is: To kidnap one of enemy heroes and make him killed before the teamfight even start! With that, the enemy will forced to fight your team with 4 man or to retreat. Try to catch one, that is your job. If you success, 80% your team will win the teamfight with 4 vs 5. This will definitely make your team has more chance to win. In late game, one person become much more important because all heroes will become strong. You need to hook properly and then use Rot and Dismember and together with your friends you can kill the enemy.

And if your team won the teamfight, you have two options:
1. You can get the Aegis for your team's main hero or
2. Your team can push enemy base and destrouy their buildings. Choose wisely!

1. Quelling Blade
Cost: 225

Quelling Blade, Dota 2 - Pudge Build Guide
Active: Destroy Tree - Destroy a target tree.
Passive: Quell - Gives bonus attack damage against non-hero units, depending on the type of hero you are.   MELEE BONUS: 32%     RANGED BONUS: 12%      Cooldown: 5
Why Quelling Blade? Makes you easier to lasthits every creeps.

2. Arcane Boots
Total cost: 1450
Recipe: Boots of Speed + Energy Booster
Arcane Boots, Dota 2 - Pudge Build Guide
Active: Replenish Mana - Restores mana in an area around the hero.
Flat movement speed bonuses from multiple pairs of boots do not stack.
+ 60 Movement Speed
+ 250 Mana
Mana Needed: 25    Cooldown: 55
Why Arcane Boots? You have spammable skills, so you need more mana. With this item, your mana will be fulfilled. And also to replenish mana for the team.

3. Hood of Defiance
Total cost: 2125
Recipe: Ring of health + Cloak + 2 x Ring of Regen
Hood of Defiance, Dota 2 - Pudge Build Guide

Multiple instances of spell resistance from items do not stack. + 8 HP Regeneration
+ 30% Spell Resistance
Why Hoods? You need more Magic Protection because your Rot that hurts yourself.

4. Aghanim Scepter,
Aghanim, Pudge, dota 2
Passive: Ultimate Upgrade - Upgrades the ultimates of certain heroes.
+ 10 All Attributes   + 200 Health   + 150 Mana
Why Aghanim's Scepter? Makes your ultimate become stronger. Increase the damage, and can steal enemy's HP.

5. Heart of Tarrasque
Total cost: 5500
Recipe: Reaver + Vitality Booster
Heart of Tarrasque, Dota 2 - Skeleton King Build Guide
Passive: Health Regeneration - Restores a percentage of max health per second.
This ability is disabled if damage is taken from an enemy Hero or Roshan within the last 4 seconds if your hero is melee or 6 seconds if your hero is ranged.
+ 40 Strength   + 300 Health     HEALTH RESTORED: 2%    Cooldown:
Why Heart of Tarrasque? Makes you tanky. Tarrasque is an alternative of BKB. You can choose this item or Black King Bar, if the enemys is more physical attack, I recommend you to buy this. Nice for survivability.

7. Radiance
Total cost: 5150
Recipe: Sacred Relic + Recipe

Radiance, Dota 2 - Pudge Build Guide
Active: Toggles Burn Damage on or off.
Passive: Burn Damage - Deals damage per second in a 650 radius. + 60 Damage
Why Radiance? Helps yo to deal some constant damage in teamfights. Also helps in farming creeps.

1. Vengeful Spirit
Vengeful Spirit, Dota 2 - Pudge Build Guide
Vengeful Spirit is your BFF (Best Friend Forever). You and Vengeful Spirit can save each other lives using Nether Swap and Meathook.

2. Dark Seer
Dark Seer, Dota 2 - Kunkka Build Guide
Have ion shell that deals lots of DPS, combined with your Rot, will deal monstrous DPS for enemy. Also have Vacuum that makes all ememy to stick in 1 point. This skill is a perfect setup for you to rot everybody. This works like Axe's or Magnataur skill.

3. Chen
Chen, Dota 2 - Pudge Build Guide
With you, he have a powerful combo that will hook enemies into your fountain. Before hooking, he should cast his skill that will makes you to be warped to fountain in several seconds. After that, hook someone and you will hook him until death because he will be killed by your fountain.

4. Ezalor
Ezalor, Dota 2 - Pudge Build Guide
Have a combo that similar to Pudge-Chen combo. He should stay in base and use Recall to Pudge. While channel time, Pudge should hook someone and make him killed by your fountain.

5. Void
Void, Dota 2 - Pudge Build Guide
With his Chrono, he can make you deals continuous Rot damage to enemies. Also be careful if you are already in low HP, he can make you kill yourself