As stated in the title, how much gold can you gain for a kill or an assist in DotA/Dota 2? And how much gold can you lose if you die?

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    Why are you assuming its the same? They're separate games. They may be the same currently, but there's no guarantee they will remain so indefinitely. Commented Oct 30, 2011 at 22:31
  • What @RavenDreamer said. Plus, updates to DotA in the past have changed the way the kill/assist/death gold system worked, so it can vary from version to version.
    – Kotsu
    Commented Oct 31, 2011 at 2:14
  • Not to mention that Dota is from blizzard and Dota2 from valve right?
    – Lyrion
    Commented Oct 31, 2011 at 7:21
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    @RafaelCelerier: the original DotA is just a fan-made map/mod for WarCraft II, but its main developer IceFrog currently also is the lead designer for DotA 2 at Valve.
    – fschl
    Commented Oct 31, 2011 at 10:50
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    @Raven At the moment, it seems that Dota 2 is a direct port of DotA for what concern the gameplay. But if you prefer we can remove the tag dota-2 from question.
    – Drake
    Commented Oct 31, 2011 at 12:59

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Although I only play LoL and no DotA/DotA 2 (yet) it looks like at the moment the same mechanics apply to both games in DotA2 you earn more gold since the June 4th Patch. I found the following here for the original DotA and here for DotA 2:

Gold for a Kill

Every time you kill an enemy hero you are awarded with (Current Streak of Dying Hero)+200+(Dying Hero's Level)*9 reliable gold. Where current streak is:

  • 0 if the hero has no kills since last respawn
  • 0 if the hero has killed another hero and not died yet
  • 0 If the hero has two kills in a row
  • 75 Killing Spree (Three kills in a row)
  • 150 Dominating ( Four kills in a row)
  • 225 Mega Kill! ( Five kills in a row)
  • 300 Unstoppable! ( Six kills in a row)
  • 375 Wicked Sick( Seven kills in a row)
  • 450 Monster Kill!!! ( Eight kills in a row)
  • 525 Godlike! (Nine kills in a row)
  • 600 Beyond Godlike! (Ten to infinite kills in a row)

This means you can get up to 1025 (600+200+25x9) gold for a kill if the hero was Level 25 and had more than 10 kills since his last death.

Gold for an Assist

Heroes that are in a 1000 area and not being the killer will be granted a certain amount of reliable gold, depending on total heroes (including the killer) in that area.

  • 2 Hero: 125+12*(Dying Hero's Level)
  • 3 Heroes: 40+10*(Dying Hero's Level)
  • 4 Heroes: 10+6*(Dying Hero's Level)
  • 5 Heroes: 6*(Dying Hero's Level)

Assists only give gold if Dire or Radiant gets the kill.

As 25 is the max. level for heros this means you can get up to 425 (125 + 12 * Level 25) gold if you're the only hero besides the killer in a range of 1000.

For loosing gold it's a bit more complicated, because your aquired gold is split into 2 categories:

  • Reliable gold - Any bounty you get from hero kills is added to your reliable gold pool.
  • Unreliable gold - Everything else (creep kills, neutrals, etc).

The difference between the two (except from how each is earned) is how each one is spent: Dying can only take away gold from your unreliable gold pool and not from your reliable gold. Buying items uses up your unreliable gold first before using your reliable gold. Buyback uses reliable gold first. In the end you still have a fixed amount of total gold (you just add the two together).

And further below on the pages you can find:

Every time you die you lose 30*(Level of your Hero) unreliable gold (Dying cannot take away reliable gold), the only way to reduce this amount is with a Bloodstone - you'll lose 25 gold less for every Bloodstone charge.

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