The worst cosmetic items that made it into Dota 2

Vignesh Raghuram

17o, May, 2018

The world of Dota 2 is filled to the brim with hundreds, if not thousands of different cosmetic items for almost all of the heroes available in the game. While every set has hundreds of hours of efforts behind them, and many of them are beautifully rendered, lore-enhancing masterpieces, some of them make you question “What was Valve even thinking!?”

We usually dislike cosmetics that notoriously alter a hero’s appearance and/or make it difficult to identify heroes by their silhouettes. “Glance value” is a bit of a meme, but it’s important in chaotic teamfights. It’s also problematic when a cosmetic changes a hero’s color scheme to something that resembles a different character.

This is our list of the ugliest Dota 2 cosmetics on the market. Don’t worry, we won’t judge you if you secretly horde them.

Prey-Tracker's Aspect Mask

Juggernaut is a hero who just has way too many sets in the market. And naturally, some of them are kind of bad looking. But nothing is bad as one of his oldest cosmetic items - Prey-Tracker's Aspect Mask.

The lore of the items reads, “Juggernaut has faced many great demons and abominations. A few of these hunt with an alien intellect. He has crafted this mask to capture some aspect of their cunning and horror.” Except that this looks like his mask growing a beard, and him going through a mid-life crisis.

Well, atleast they nailed the ‘horror’ part.


Roshan Hunter’s Set

This set came bundled with the G-League Tickets and it would have looked so cool... if it was 2003 and we were all playing World of Warcraft.

The textures are all over the place and there’s way too much going on with the Ursa Warrior. The yellow and orange is jarring and doesn’t fit in at all with his overall color scheme. We don’t know what went wrong and why this was allowed inside the game, while the Alpine Stalker set was removed.

Onyx Lotus


Whyyyyy? There are so many things wrong with this set. First off, the hair. She doesn’t look like an Assassin with that hair bun. She looks like a Yoga teacher or a Masseuse with that hair. Next off, her costume. Aren’t Assassins supposed to have much more mystique, Want kind of veiled Templar is not actually veiled? Her dress makes her legs look like plastic, they're all shiny. It makes her look kinda like she has Mirana Rubber Skin Syndrome©

Riki’s Sange and Yasha


While the concept of this set is cool and all, the in-game view of this is actually pretty funny. Riki looks like he carries a Banana with one hand, and a sausage on the other when equipped with this set. It’s so bad in the best way.

Witch Doctor’s Wooden Fetish Mark


I mean, I get the concept and lore behind this item. But boy, it looks bad. All it does is remind me of a wooden Plank. Even though that's the point, it’s just weird, it’s ugly, and it’s definitely not something that its creator should put in their portfolio.

Gifts of the Shadow Cat


A deadly ranger is now cosplaying a cute Cat. Does not respect: Colour scheme (Pink details instead of different shades of blue), Silhouette (Cat ears are for cats or human cosplayers, not for drow rangers) and Lore (Lithe and stealthy, icy hot, she moves like mist in silence. That whispering you hear is her frozen arrows finding an enemy's heart. Stealth, silence, subtlety.) Does that description collide with a cute purring pinky cat? If I were drow ranger, grew up with humans but always stranger to them and more likely drows, I would not have put on myself animal remains to look cute.

Meanwhile, I am still wondering where can I find a pinky shadow cat.

While there are a lot of other cosmetics that are disliked for other reasons, but if I had to pick one truly and uniquely terrible Dota 2 cosmetic to claim the title of “shittiest collection of pixels you can waste your money on”, these cosmetics rank the worst in my list considering the sheer absurdity as well eye sore value they possess.