Dota 2 Item Guide: Meteor Hammer

Dota 2 Item Guide Meteor Hammer
Meteor Hammer is actually good? (Credit: Valve Corporation)

We continue with our Dota 2 Item Guide series, and today we'll be taking a look at another often-neglected item - Meteor Hammer. Is it even worth buying?

You can find more Dota 2 Item Guides on our website. Today, it's all about Meteor Hammer, an item that was considered a joke when it was initially released, earning the alternate name "Meme Hammer".

Dota 2 Item Guide: Meteor Hammer

As usual, let's start with a quick overview of the stats that Meteor Hammer provides:

  • Patch created: Patch 7.07
  • Total cost: 2350 gold
  • Grants: +8 All Stats, +6.5 Health Regen, +2.5 Mana Regeneration
  • Active: Meteor Hammer - After a successful channel (2.5 seconds), summons a meteor that strikes a 315 AoE, stunning enemies for 1.75 seconds and dealing impact damage. Continues to deal damage over time to enemy units and buildings for 6 seconds. (24-second cooldown)
Meteor Hammer Treant Protector Dota 2
A tree without a Meteor Hammer is like a fish without a bicycle. (Credit: Valve Corporation)

Meteor Hammer is a relatively new item in Dota 2, as it came to be with patch 7.07. Then again, that was the Dueling Fates Update back in 2017, four years ago. For the humble price of 2350 gold, it's quite the deal considering that an Ultimate Orb costs 2050, and only gives you +10 to all stats without the added benefits. We're here to talk about the active.

Let's clarify the damage that it deals:

  • Impact Damage (Units): 150
  • Impact Damage (Buildings): 75
  • Damage per Second (Units): 90
  • Damage per Second (Buildings): 50

The damage per second lasts for a total of 6 seconds, and that translates to a LOT of damage (690 to units, 375 to buildings). Meteor Hammer is effective against units and buildings, and you'll often see it on a team that's lacking siege potential. A single cast of it will deal some serious damage to any tower.

Winter Wyvern Meteor Hammer
Winter's Curse can lead to an awesome Meteor Hammer combo! (Credit: Valve Corporation)

Dota 2 Meteor Hammer: When to buy it?

That's the big question of the day. Meteor Hammer is particularly good in a couple of scenarios:

  • Your team has heroes that are bad at pushing.
  • You need extra crowd control during team fights.
  • You're a greedy support who wants to farm.

If you're playing a core hero, buying Meteor Hammer might not be the best choice. Sure we've seen it in the past on Quas Wex Invoker and Outworld Destroyer before he got nerfed, but it's usually better to pick one of the offlaner supports.

Dota 2 Meteor Hammer: Heroes to Meme With

The main drawback of Meteor Hammer is its long cast-time. It takes 2.5 seconds, and another 0.5 seconds for the meteor to drop. In order to use it more efficiently, you need a hero that overcomes that drawback. Any hero that has access to a long disable can go invisible, otherwise it's a better choice to cast it from far away.

  • Outworld Destroyer
  • Bane
  • Elder Titan
  • Disruptor
  • Naga Siren
  • Kunkka
  • Nyx Assassin
  • Rubick
  • Sand King
  • Treant Protector
  • Phoenix
  • Shadow Demon
  • Underlord

Most of these heroes also fit the offlane or support position, so getting Meteor Hammer on them can lead to some great synergy. Aside from that, feel free to buy it on any support hero if your team really needs it, or the game drags on for too long.

Dota 2 Item Guide: Is Meteor Hammer worth it?

We already mentioned the cost of 2350 gold, which is definitely on the lower end of the spectrum. Considering that you would buy it on a support hero, it might take some time to save up for it – but the pros outweigh the cons. You can use it to siege, defend, farm, and provide extra damage and crowd control during team fights. It's one more thing for the enemy to think about, so make sure to get it when it's needed.

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