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Guide to Runes by MasterJoe

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Guide provided by MasterJoe

Table of Contents

I. Introduction

II. The Runes

III. The Location of the Runes

IV. When Runes Spawn

V. Getting Two Runes at Once

VI. Conclusion


I. Introduction

I decided to write this guide because I couldn’t find any Miscellaneous Guide teaching anything about runes and how they spawn. I played a game where a Bone Clinkz on the enemy team kept on getting all the runes and owning the shit out of me. I decided to take a look at the replay, and he always got a rune everytime it spawned. At first thought, I thought he was hacking. However, I decided to take a look further into it and recorded a lot of observations to see if there was a pattern of how runes spawned. After one game, I expanded my knowledge about runes and learned a lot of new stuff that I had not known before. Without further ado, let’s get to my guide.

II. The Runes

This section is an area for those people who do not know all of the runes and what they do. If you do not need to know information about the runes, you can just skip this section.

QUOTE(tichondrius)
Runic Powerups – – These powerups are shown on the minimap above by a Zod Rune from Diablo II and it grants indestructability to a socketed item, and is EXTREMELY RARE. In DotA Allstars however, this Zod Rune serves the purpose of simply illustrating the presence of something known as a Runic Power up. The runes when sighted appear in a different colour and are represent as such in each heading. Each runic power-up serves a different purpose and lasts 45 seconds {correct me if im wrong}.

Haste Rune

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Haste – This rune increases the heroes movespeed to the maxiumum movespeed, 522.

Illusion Rune

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Illusion – Creates an illusionary double of your hero which does very little damage but moves at the same pace.


The Illusion deals 40% of the hero’s base damage but receives 300% damage.

Invisibility Rune

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Invisibility – Makes your hero invisible until an action other than moving is performed (attacking, spellcasting).

Double Damage Rune

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Double Damage – Adds your base damage to your +damage.

Regeneration Rune

Regeneration – Regenerates your HP and Mana. Stops to regenerate once attacked.

This regenerates 6% of your max HP and mana pool.

III. The Location of the Runes

There are 2 areas where the runes are located. They are both located in the river, one in the upper river (North Rune) and the other in the lower river (South Rune). The screenshots below show the areas where the runes are located.

IV. When Runes Spawn

As some of you may have guessed, there is a pattern to how runes spawn.

Runes spawn every 2 minutes (starting from minute # 2), replacing those that have already been taken.

This means that a rune spawns every even minute, starting from minute number 2. If a rune has not been taken, a new rune won’t spawn.

According to my observations, the type of rune that spawns is COMPLETELY random and the area at which a rune spawns is also COMPLETELY random. You cannot predict whether it will spawn at the North or South, and which rune it will be.

There are several ways to keep track of when runes will spawn. The easiest way is to use your game clock. Open your score board, and use that clock to determine when a rune will spawn.

The next way requires you to use your gold on Observer Wards. Place an Observer Ward in one rune spot, and when a rune is set to spawn, look at the rune area where you set the Observer Ward. If there is a rune, then that is where the rune has spawned. If there is no rune there, it must mean that a rune has spawned in the other location.

An alternative is to check both spots. However, this might take long and it might not be worth it to lose EXP and gold. For this reason, I suggest using Observer Wards.

V. Getting Two Runes at Once

This is possible. What you must do is pick up a rune more than 5 seconds before the next rune is set to spawn. This means that you must pick up a rune at X:54 or before. Replace X with an odd number. If you do this correctly, another rune will spawn at Y:00 (replace Y with an even number). If you pick the next rune up, you will have buffs of both the runes.

However, if you pick up a rune at X:55 or after (replace X with an odd number), you will get the buff of the rune you picked up, but a new rune won’t spawn till the next 2 minutes. I will use an example to show you this.

Example: Success of getting 2 runes at once

Say it is 7:30 minutes into the game. I go into the river, and I see a rune. I want to have 2 runes at once. Therefore, I pick up a haste rune at 7:50, then a DD rune spawns at 8:00. I pick up the DD rune, so now I have both the buffs of Haste and Double Damage.

Example: Failure of getting 2 runes at once

Say it is 7:30 minutes into the game. I go into the river, and I see a rune. I want to have 2 runes at once. However, I pick up the rune at 7:56, then a new rune won’t spawn at both locations at the 8:00. Why? Like I stated above, you have to pick it up more than 5 seconds before. If I wanted to get 2 runes, I should have picked it up at 7:54 or earlier.

VI. Conclusion

Thanks for reading my guide. If you have anything to contribute, or if I have any information wrong, please feel free to leave a reply.