Dota 6.79 Roshan Timer Explained

October 24th, 2013 by Cyborgmatt Leave a reply »

This guide covers the new Roshan timer introduced with the 6.79 Dota update.


Dota 6.79 Roshan Timer Explained


With the introduction of Dota v6.79 we have had some core changes to Roshan’s respawn mechanic. As such the timer indicator used to display the Roshan respawn timer to the broadcasters and spectators has been updated to reflect the changes.

This guide covers the changes in details and shows how to make use of the new Roshan timer.

Roshan changes in 6.79

– Roshan will respawn at a random time between 8 and 11 minutes after death

Full 6.79 changelog:

Stage 1 Timer

After Roshan dies the Roshan pit will display the initial timer clock which consists of eight dots representing eight minutes worth of respawn time.


Each slice represents a full minute of in game time.


Eventually the clock will run down the full eight minutes and will start to initialise stage 2.

Stage 2 Timer

Once the first 8 minutes of Roshan’s respawn timer are done we will move onto Stage 2. This stage is the 3 minute randomised part of his respawn cycle.


The second timer has three different versions either a one dot, two dot or three dot version with each one representing the amount of added minutes. Any time that won’t be used in that circle will also be displayed as a dark red outline (covered later).


One Dot Timer

This timer will result in Roshan spawning at somewhere in between the the 8 to 9 minute mark.


In this specific example the timer is just under three quarters which means Roshan will respawn in approx 40-45 seconds after the initial 8 minute timer.


Two Dot Timer

This timer will result in Roshan spawning at somewhere in between the the 9 to 10 minute mark.


In this specific example the timer is almost two full minutes with only approximately a quarter of the second minute missing mean that Roshan would be respawning around 1 minutes 45 seconds after the initial 8 minute timer.


Three Dot Timer

This timer will result in Roshan spawning at somewhere in between the the 10 to 11 minute mark.


In this specific example the timer has a full two minutes worth of extra time and then approximately 3 quarters of the last minute missing which means Roshan would be respawning around 2 minutes and 15 seconds after the initial 8 minute timer.


Luckily You Don’t Have To Guess

Unlike the players the broadcasters/spectators will know the exact time picked for Roshan’s spawn not only via the fancy timer but also via the old standard indicators that popout at the side of the screen.


Unused Time

You will notice that the timers will also have sections broken off and displayed as a red line, this simply means that this is the amount of time that won’t be used by the stage 2 timer.

For example in this extra minute of spawn time approximately 25 seconds will not be used meaning Roshan will spawn at 8 minutes and 35 seconds after his death.


Closing Notes

This should cover the new Roshan timer in detail and will hopefully avoid any further confusion.

Steam Guide version:


Thanks for reading.

  • sasha grey

    thanks matt ! Great explanation ! You rock as always ! Thanks for doing this !

  • Troyana

    I see myself in a teamfight counting and mumbling to myself as a lunatic.

    • Gontner

      Darude – Sandstorm

  • Goy

    No hats gg wp ded

  • CptnSnail




    • Doomroar

      We the filthy casuals ask for it!!!
      haha joking the game is just fun, what is wrong with liking that too?

    • Okoo

      ask valve.

    • AnusBombardier

      “Diretide is an annual Dota 2 event starting October 30th.”
      Dota 2 wiki.

      • Shribbles

        Someone altered the wiki, no longer says annual. But the actual Diretide page still says annual.

  • Rigel

    Diretide mate

  • Josde

    Matt,i have a problem.The rosh particles don’t show up in my game,do you know what causes this?

    • Inv

      Are you a spectator?

    • Cyborgmatt

      You have to be spectating the game before Roshan dies. If you’re playing the game you will never see this timer.

      • Josde

        Well,i guess i’m just dumb for not reading lol.Sorry for the dumb question.

  • James2253

    But we cant see it in game 😀 Only when you are spectator. 😉

  • e3][hotellambert

    nice job Matt

  • hideyokids

    What are you hiding again, Matt?

  • t00ey

    Thanks for the explanation.

  • 2 girls 1 shit

    Who started this shit about matt hidding stuff from us? is this actually real (he hidding things) or u guys r just too annoyed with this bullshit valve time that need to blame matt and one more thing matt is fat? for real i thought he was a ginger but not fat

    • gafda

      1.He is fat.
      2. He showed some stuff in his stream that he didn’t put on his blog which is believed to be dire tide goodies.
      3. the big issue here is the no transparency with his followers, he responds jokingly about not even streaming at all.the conclusion is he’s acting exactly like motherfucking volvo.
      4. i really liked this guy before he got hired by that car company

      • 2 girls 1 shit

        shit ty for the info can u send me a pic of his fatness? nvm i googled him well yes fat people use to bring us good stuff Gaben and Matt well if ppl saying he is working for valve who is gonna take his place then? anyone?

  • Fucking Faggot Valve

    Days since Abaddon: 104

    • Okoo

      Almost 1/3 year 😮 Volvo please, wake up

      • R[A]T

        Volvo must make money by adding overpriced hats, its more important as an update than say….adding new heroes…..yay for 8$ rares >.>

        • Okoo

          Valve do 0 cosmetics, everything is made by the community. They are working on custom games like on warcraft 3 or Starcraft 2 but.. it takes too loooooong =,(

          • Team Dota Fortress hat sim 2

            They do cosmetics as well as freelance artist and they get a cut of every single one whether they work on it or not. So making sure they’re added to the game as a source of income is very important to them. Welcome to DOTA2 Hat simulator 2.0.

            Someone doesn’t just submit it to the workshop, it gets enough votes and magically just appears into the game.

          • peduro

            If they earn one dolar per item this artists will be rich now.. the game works fine with artists making items for fun like it was on team fortress 2 before it was f2p, and, before it got screwed by the cosmetics system, come on, valve pay a penny for your idea and make thousands of money of it…

      • Mike

        Volvo is a sleeping giant, but they do awake the make Dota 2 world tremble.

    • gateboy6

      No way that many days already.

    • TheRealGabeNewell

      wait for diretide scrub.

  • ded gaem

    ded gaem

  • Chewbacca

    Daily reminder that Pugna’s icons are not getting updated

    • Okoo

      like a lot of heroes, such Tiny, Zeus, Tidehunter….

      • Flan

        At least those represent what the ability is oging to do…

        • Okoo

          then.. pugna too.

      • JoJo Stout

        What’s wrong with Tiny and Zeus’ icons?

        • Okoo

          They still looks like all those early beta icons, most of them have been remade but not tiny/zeus/pugna/tidehunter…

          • JoJo Stout

            I agree with Pugna’s icons being kinda eh, but I like Zeus’ and Tide’s. I especially like the whole vector motif that Tide’s have. I suppose Tiny’s could use a slight rework, but Zeus’ are really nice.

    • ted

      but they look great…

      • Lifeline21

        Yeah they look amazing. I vote to keep them!

        • Me

          Not sure how you can tell that’s decripify from that icon, as well as the fact that his nether blast looks like a star

          • DrKramshaw

            You press W and get decrepify usually…

          • Freezwalm

            if we’re talking ability icons, it’s Dazzle we should be talking about. updata dat shit plz volvo

          • Julian Trickett

            I like how Pugna’s last and Dazzle’s first icons are both the same icon (almost).


    What the fuck was that… Numbers pls

    • Thomas Ingram

      Each portion between a dot represents a minute. Seems pretty simple…

  • minotaurone

    Where is Pit Lord ???? Where Legion Commander ???

  • mAnjAmbA

    What about the Aegis expiration timer? Does it become 4 minutes based on the stage 1 timer or 4+1/2 of the random stage 2 timer?

  • lucfe Liu

    so complicate

  • Volvo Pls

    ded gaem

  • Katz

    Hey Cyborgmatt, it would be great if u kept like a section on this site dedicated to the item drop list, and just update it everytime there is a change, like on the unrealeased heroes situation. Anyway, great work so far, peace.

  • A penny for an answer!

    Will this feature ever become available ingame as opposed to just the spectator mode?

  • N

    Holy shit that´s complicated for my mind. Will miss the old one.

  • albator7

    A bit complicated, graphics should be easier to understand, After the 8 minutes marks there is also a big circle with things spinning, without a guide you don’t really understand what you should look or understand from this.

  • GIAN



  • B|Stuna

    Thanks, that makes sense now, good work Matt!

  • DrKramshaw

    Okay I understood it whilst reading that. I wonder if I will be able to make sense of it again during a match :)

  • asdasdsad

    what a load of bullcrap for roshan to spawn

  • HazardousMonkey

    Dota 2 trading coming soon?
    I think i’m one of the only people to see this glitch in dota 2, since I’ve scoured the internet and haven’t found any other sources. Yesterday me and a friend had just finished a match and went to the ‘Store’ tab, then this was displayed.

    ( buttons don’t do anything ) also the tabs were non clickable, but if you guided your mouse to the edge of the armory tab you could click it. Then this was what appeared over the armory page.

    Than just today this was under my name when the Dota network was not found.

  • Woox

    How about giving us a fucking 9:13 timer instead of this cryptic bullshit.

  • thetruth

    Nice! Let me see if I get it:
    “Lets work on a very complicated animation and code to keep spectators guessing. What to do next? Let’s randomize the color of butterflies and how they spawn too! What? Complete the game first? Nah, this is more important.”

  • Liquid Aurum

    Uhm, I’m kind of confused about the dot timers, oh well won’t know it till I see it

  • AlioilA

    DIRETIDE WONT COME OUT THIS YEAR !!! … SO … do we have an event this year ?!!!
    SOURCE :
    (Diretide will be held on 27th October 2014)

  • Daniel Rodrigues


  • Gian

    So its october 30 still no diretide volvo



  • Leo

    i honestly can’t understand why this was made to be so difficult, or with so many mechanics. it’s not a feature anyone uses or benefits from in-game, and serves only as spectator value. which really isn’t what dota is about. if you want something more fun to watch than to play or participate in, then make a tv show. if you want something that’s fun to play, then look no further than the original premise of the game, and it’s dynamics. it wasn’t all this gruelling.

    you seem to be complicating the game unnecessarily for the benefit of the spectator… and that’s not why anyone is watching – they want to see the game and the fast paced action.

    i wouldn’t justify the new complication by adding the new dynamics. just make it a random time without the numbers – saves time, and does exactly what you aim for it to do.

  • seppuku17

    is it possible that roshan respawn EXACTLY after 8mins mark?

  • LairenyX


  • Shantar

    Thanks a lot for the info, valuable for a noob like me ;D, i like this sort of unique timer.