Top 10 most expensive Dota items on the market - September 2018

Top 10 most expensive Dota items on the market - September 2018

The top 10 most expensive Dota 2 items available on the Steam market. I explored the market to find out the skins sold fairly at a high price during September 2018.

In the market there are thousands of items sold at an inaccurate cost, often in an attempt to scam the buyers. To give credibility to this list, I included only the items that have been already traded in the past and the recent average price range.

Unusual Golden Baby Roshan

Item currently not available. From the April 2018 list.

 Golden Baby Roshan
  • Average price: $1,800

  • Last sold on January 31 for $1,800

An immortal courier awarded to players that made it in the Sugar Rush Hall of Fame during Diretide 2012.

It utilizes the same model of the standard Baby Roshan courier - listed for $2-3 - but has golden textures and effects.

In the game, there are Baby Roshans available with different effects, and they are all very expensive: Platinum, Ice, Lava, Dark Moon, Desert Sand, and Jade.

Legacy Enduring War Dog

 Legacy Enduring War Dog
  • Average price: around $1,000 - very variable cost depending on the effect

  • Last sold on August 6 for $806

A Mythical courier, originally released on May 31, 2012. Legacy couriers are old but expensive couriers which were given an unique random color and a Prismatic: Legacy gem.

 
 

Platinum Baby Roshan

 Platinum Baby Roshan Dota animation
  • Average price: $1,700

  • Last sold on September 10 for $1,725

An immortal courier awarded to players that made it in the Sugar Rush Hall of Fame during Diretide 2013.

It utilizes the same model of the standard Baby Roshan courier - listed for $2-3 - but has platinum textures and effects.

The color of the textures isn't the only distinction among the various Baby Roshans, but also the gems are different.

For example, the Golden Roshan has Ethereal: Touch of Midas and Prismatic: Midas Gold, the Platinum one has Ethereal: Ionic Vapor and Prismatic: Pristine Platinum. They create custom effects and change the color of the particles.

Genuine Axe of Phractos

 Genuine Axe of Phractos Dota 2 weapon
  • Average price: $1,500

  • Last sold on August 10 for $1,380

A mythical weapon for Axe obtained in genuine quality by buying the Axe figurine from the WETA workshop. It  is no longer available.

 Genuine Axe of Phractos Counter Helix motion Dota 2

Later on, Valve included this item in the Trust of the Benefactor 2016 treasure as an ultra rare drop. Three copies of the treasure were given to all players with The International 2017 Battle Pass. Only 25 copies of this item could be unboxed worldwide.

Genuine Monarch Bow

 Monarc Bow dota drow ranger
  • Average price: $1,500-1700

  • Last sold on September 14 for $1,574

A mythical weapon for Drow Ranger acquired in genuine quality by purchasing the Butterfly Sword from the WETA workshop. It is no longer available.

 Monarch Bow Frost Arrows effect Dota

Also the Monarch Bow was included in the Trust of the Benefactor 2016 as an ultra rare drop.

Rarities of the Benefactor 2017

Item currently not available. From the May 2018 list.

 Rarities of the Benefactor 2017 Dota 2 treasure
  • Average price: $1,150

  • Last sold on November 22 for $1,200

A legendary item gained as an ultra rare drop from Trust of the Benefactor 2017, which is an immortal chest obtained via leveling The International 2017 Battle Pass.

The first treasure was given at level 83, the second at 245, and afterwards an extra one every 50 Battle Pass levels.

Rarities of the Benefactor contained precious skins, and only a determinate amount of each one could be unboxed worldwide:

  • Rare: 200 each

  • Very rare: 100 each

  • Extremely rare: 50 each

  • Ultra rare: 25 each

Prismatic: Midas Gold

Item currently not available. From the August 2018 list.

 Prismatic Midas Gold Dota 2
  • Average price: $900-1,200

  • Last sold on April 26 for $1,262

A mythical gem that changes the color of unusual particle effects on custom couriers with an Ethereal Gem.

It also alters the following items:

  1. Terrorblade's Fractal Horns of Inner Abysm

  2. Techies' Swine of the Sunken Galley

  3. Witch Doctor's Padda'pon of Ribbi'tar.

Genuine Tsukumo the Moon Cloud

 Tsukumo the Moon Cloud style 1 Dota 2
  • Average price: $800-1,000

  • Last sold on September 18 for $825

A mythical mount for Mirana that comes in genuine quality by buying the Mirana Princess of the Moon Collectible Statue by Artgerm and Mark Newman.

The sculpture originally was sold for $400 on the WeLoveFine shop, but is no longer available.

 Tsukumo the Moon Cloud style 2 Dota

The original mount was a tiger, but before the release Valve transformed it in a moon rabbit. Later on, they introduced also the tiger as a second style following the community feedback.

Rarities of the Benefactor 2018

Item currently not available. From the August 2018 list.

 Rarities of the Benefactor 2018 Dota 2
  • Average price: $900-1,100

  • Last sold on August 16 for $1,210

A legendary item gained as an ultra rare drop from Trust of the Benefactor 2018, which is an immortal chest obtained via leveling The International 2018 Battle Pass.

The first treasure was given at level 83, the second at 245, and afterwards an extra one every 50 Battle Pass levels.

It contains the same skins of the Rarities of the Benefactor 2017, and with the same rarity and number of drops worldwide. The Golden Wings of the Manticore for Skywrath Mage is the only new addition.

Legacy Morok's Mechanical Mediary

 Morok's Mechanical Mediary Dota
  • Average price: $800-900

  • Last sold on April 11 for $937

Note: there are multiple variants of this mythical courier and they are all cheap. Only the legacy version is valuable.

After the top 10

There are many more amazing and expensive items. I have featured them during the previous months, but they fell from the top 10 due to the fluctuations of the Steam Market. Let's check them out!

In no particular order.

Legacy Stumpy - Nature's Attendant

 Legacy Stumpy Nature's Attendant Courier Dota 2
  • Average price: $650-700

  • Last sold on December 8 for $922

The courier was removed from the Store on June 7, 2013 and its rarity was changed to immortal. Legacy couriers are old but expensive couriers which were given an unique random color and a Prismatic: Legacy gem.

Dragonclaw Hook

 Corrupted Dragonclaw Hook Dota 2
  • Average price: $800-850

  • Last sold on September 18 for $826

An immortal weapon for Pudge, formerly of mythical rarity. It is one of the oldest rare items, and was released in the Sithil's Summer Stash on July 12, 2012. Valve accidentally re-added it to the drop list in February 2013, but removed it soon after.

Also this item was added to the Trust of the Benefactor 2016 as a rare drop. Only 200 copies were available worldwide.

Its price increased recently, perhaps due to the announcement of the upcoming Pudge’s Arcana.

Note: there are multiple variants of this immortal item (standard, inscribed, corrupted, and autographed) and they all cost pretty much the same.

Emblem of the Crystal Echelon

 Emblem of the Crystal Echelon Dota 2
  • Average price: $700-800

  • Last sold on September 15 for $737

A legendary item obtainable as a cosmically-rare drop opening TI8 Immortal Treasures.

It generates a custom ambient effect below the player’s hero. Only one Emblem at a time can be active on a team - the player with the highest Battle pass level has priority over the others.

The Alpine Stalker's Set

 The Alpine Stalker Set Ursa Dota 2
  • Average price: not enough copies sold on the Steam Market

  • Last sold on August 8 for $1,557

The set was released on August 15, 2012 with a price of $14. The community criticized the skin heavily because it didn’t fit Ursa's background lore, so Valve removed it from the Dota 2 Store a week after.

Initially, the set was of Uncommon rarity, but after being removed it became the first Immortal in the Dota 2 history.

Some copies were bought before its removal, and twenty more dropped two years later because the set was accidentally added to the drop list for a short period of time.

Genuine Ice Baby Roshan

  • Average price: $700-750

  • Last sold on September 17 for $760

This immortal courier could be obtained only on Perfect World servers:

  1. From Roshan’s Gift, an item offered to players who reached the playoffs in the Perfect World Tournament.

  2. Through a promotional code by purchasing the Roshan Statue.

Afterwards, Valve included it in the Trust of the Benefactor 2016 as an extremely rare item. Only a maximum of 50 copies could be unboxed by the community worldwide.

Inscribed Shattered Greatsword

 Shattered Greatsword Dota 2
  • Average price: $700

  • Last sold on September 14 for $535

  • Note: sold for $3 on August 6 - surely a mistake.

A mythical weapon for Sven obtainable from the Treasure of the Cryptic Beacon as a regular drop. This treasure, released on February 2015, could only be gained from the selection event on Nexon servers

Later on, Valve included this item in the Trust of the Benefactor 2016 treasure as a rare drop. Three copies of the treasure were given to all players with The International 2017 Battle Pass. Only 200 copies of this item could be unboxed worldwide.

Legacy Trusty Mountain Yak

 Legacy Trusty Mountain Yak Dota
  • Average price: $200 - it costed twice as much in 2017.

  • Last sold on July 27 for $168

The courier was removed from the Store on June 7, 2013 and its rarity was changed to immortal. Legacy couriers are old but expensive couriers which were given an unique random color and a Prismatic: Legacy gem.

Genuine Imperial Flame Swords Pack

 Imperial Flame Swords Pack Dota 2 Nexon
  • Average price: $700+

  • Last sold on September 5 for $847

A rare weapon for Ember Spirit that could be obtained on Nexon Servers. It is only available in Genuine quality.

Fantoccini's Dilemma

 Fantoccini's Dilemma front dota 2 Rubick
  • Average price: $300-500

  • Last sold on September 10 for $507

A mythical set for Rubick composed of four pieces (puppet, head, back, and staff) and a loading screen. It was released in the Winter 2016 Treasure II as an ultra rare drop

The Torch of Fantoccini's Dilemma grants a customized Telekinesis effect.

 Fantoccini's Dilemma Telekinesis effect

Sunken Emblem

The Sunken Emblem maintained a very high price until May, but then dropped because the item expiration date is August 14th, 2018.

 Sunken Relic effect Dota 2
  • Average price: below $300

  • Last sold on August 13 for $143

  • Note: the item expired, but it costed over $1,200 until May 2018.

A legendary item received by The International 2017 Battle Pass owners via the Slark’s Riptide Rumble.

All players had one chance per week to win 500, 750, 1000, 2000, or 4000 Battle Points, while the Sunken Relic was an extremely rare reward that dropped a maximum of 10 times per week.

It generates a custom ambient effect below the player’s hero, a watery Aegis of Champion. Only one Sunken Relic at a time can be active on a team - the player with the highest Battle pass level has priority over the others.

Note: Item originally named Sunken Relic

Genuine Guard of the Red Mist

 Genuine Guard of the Red Mist Dota 2 Axe
  • Average price: $500

  • Last sold on August 21 for $407

A mythical item for Axe obtained in genuine quality by buying the Vanguard Shield from the WETA workshop. It is no longer available.

The shield shows a custom effect when the Vanguard is equipped.

 Genuine Guard of the Red Mist ambient effect with Vanguard Axe Dota 2

Similarly to the Axe of Phractos and the Monarch Bow, it was included in the Trust of the Benefactor 2016 as an ultra rare drop.

Heroic Fiery Soul of the Slayer

 Fiery Soul of the Slayer Dota 2 Valve
  • Average price: $460

  • Last sold on July 19 for $517

It is a rarer version of the Arcana. It looks exactly as the standard one, but is an item for collectors.

Heroic items are commemorative items that drop only while watching tournaments in-game via DotaTV or on Twitch.tv with a linked Steam account.

  • Spectators must own the ticket of the tournament to receive drops.

  • Heroic items only drop in games with over 100 spectators.

  • Amateur leagues do not drop items.

  • The number of drops handed out increases with the number of spectators.

Also, heroic items only drop when certain events occur in-game. Credit to Dota 2 Wiki for the full list.

  • Victory

  • First blood

  • Double kill

  • Triple kill

  • Ultra kill

  • Rampage

  • Godlike Spree

  • Courier killing

  • Allied hero denial

  • Hero denial

  • Aegis denial (denying the Aegis of the Immortal)

  • Aegis snatch (stealing the Aegis after the enemy team kills Roshan)

  • Early Roshan (killing the Roshan before the starting horn)

  • Purchasing a Rapier

  • 5 man Echo Slam (hitting 5 enemy heroes with Echo Slam)

  • 500 last hit (500 last hits on creeps)

Note: the drop chance is very low.

Genuine Demon Shard

 Genuine Demon Shard Dota 2
  • Average price: $600

  • Last sold on September 10 for $609

A mythical weapon for Doom obtained in genuine quality by buying the Demon Edge Sword from the WETA workshop. It is no longer available.

 Demon Shard Doom Dota 2

Steam Summer Sale 2014 Reward - 5

Currently available, but it might disappear from the market again at any moment.

 Steam Summer Sale 2014 Reward, Level 5
  • Average price: $499

  • Last sold on June 17 for $287

During the Steam Summer Sale 2014, it was possible crafting badges that granted one random gift. The level 5 gift is the Immortal and thus the rarest version available.

Once opened, it gives 200 Compendium Points and an Eternal Machine Head, a wearable immortal head skin for Clockwerk.

 Eternal Machine Head Clockwerk Dota 2

Genuine Golden Shards of Exile

 Golden Shards of Exile Outworld Devourer Dota 2
  • Average price: $450-550

  • Last sold on September 14 for $441

An immortal weapon for Outworld Devourer obtainable from the Imbued Golden Trove Carafe 2015 as a regular drop. To get this treasure you had to purchase Demihero figurines at The Secret Shop during The International 2015.

The item has the same model of the Shards of Exile - available in the standard Trove Carafe 2015 - but with golden textures.

Legacy Fearless Badger

 Legacy Fearless Badger Dota 2 courier
  • Average price: $400-500

  • Last sold on June 15 for $460

A Mythical courier, originally released on May 31, 2012. Legacy couriers are old but expensive couriers which were given an unique random color and a Prismatic: Legacy gem.

Genuine Golden Staff of Perplex

 Golden Staff of Perplex Dota 2 Rubick
  • Average price: $650

  • Last sold on September 17 for $654

An immortal weapon for Rubick obtainable from the Golden Trove Carafe 2015 as a regular drop.

The item has the same model of the Staff of Perplex - available in the standard Trove Carafe 2015 - but with golden textures

Golden Basher Blades

 Golden Basher Blades Anti Mage Dota 2
  • Average price: $450

  • Last sold on June 8 for $450

A bundle consisting of two Immortal Golden Bashers for Anti-Mage. It was an extremely rare drop in the Immortal Treasure II of The International Compendium 2015.

Each blade is available on the market for about 10 dollars, but the unopened bundle is more expensive as it is a rare item for collectors.

Unusual Jumo

 Radiant style

Radiant style

 Dire style

Dire style

  • Average price: $300-400

  • Last sold on September 17 for $349

A rare courier with two styles, one for the Dire and one for the Radiant.

Jumo could be unboxed in the Treasure of the Fractured Prism as an extremely rare drop. Instead, the unusual version is an ultra rare drop that comes with a random ethereal gem.

This treasure was only available on Nexon servers taking part in a Friend Recruiting event in South Korea. It was released on August 2014.

Almond the Frondillo Golden Upgrade

 Almond the frondillo golden upgrade
  • Average price: $400-450

  • Last sold on September 17 for $431

This legendary item unlocks the golden style for Almond the Frondillo. It could be obtained only via the Immortal Treasure III 2015 as an ultra-rare drop.

Almond the Frondillo is the first Dota 2 pet ever made, and was granted to the buyers of The International Compendium 2015 at level 50.

Only a limited number of heroes can equip it: Axe, Bristleback, Centaur Warrunner, Earthshaker, Juggernaut, Legion Commander, Riki, Slark, and Sven.

The most expensive autographs

 Autograph Rune Dota 2

The most expensive Autograph Runes on the market are the ones of Danil "Dendi" Ishutin and Xu "BurNIng" Zhilei.

Dendi

  • Average price: $400

  • Last sold on September 7 for $369

BurNIng

  • Average price: $250-400

  • Last sold on July 19 for $400

Note: autographs are niche items so these prices might be outdated.


There are many expensive and rare items in Dota 2, but not all of them are available on the Steam market. I preferred dedicating my time to those you can buy right now.

 

Header image by xcharg (YouTube video in the Legacy Enduring War Dog section). All the media in the article are a property of Valve.

Vincenzo is an esports writer with five years of experience. Former head editor for Natus Vincere, he has produced content for DreamHack, FACEIT, DOTAFire, 2P, and more. Follow him on @SkulzDota.