What are Skins?
Similar to CS:GO, skins are cosmetic items available for purchase within the Dota armoury. These items change the way heroes appear in game and some even affect the appearance wearer’s spells by adding particle effects and unique colouring. Whilst these changes do not provide any power advantage to the player, they are extremely sought after and can fetch a high price on the Steam market.
The Steam market is a consumer powered platform where users can buy and sell in-game items from other users in return for Steam credit. The rarity of these items, combined with the community demand for them can push the value of these items to incredible highs.
Some of the more desirable skins are sold on third party website where users can sell their items for real money but there are no guarantee with these sites and this list is based off of the Steam Market rather than any trading site.
What are the Most Expensive Dota 2 Skins?
The fluid nature of the Dota 2 skin market means that prices fluctuate. We’ve based our list on a few factors, price, most recent sale and amount of current listings. This comprehensive list covers the 5 top selling skins available on the steam market right now.
Inscribed Transversant Soul of the Crimson Witness
The first entry on our list is the inscribed Transversant Soul of the Crimson Witness which is an immortal rarity shoulder item for the hero, Spectre. This skin was first available back in 2017, dropping from the Immortal Treasure III which accompanied the TI7 compendium. Wearing the inscribed item affects the spectral dagger ability that Spectre has and makes its appearance red!
Genuine Axe of Phractos
This unique Axe weapon was only available by purchasing the Axe figurine from the WETA workshop which is no longer available, making this item extremely rare. The item was briefly reintroduced in 2016 in the Trust of the Benefactor 2016 in combination with the compendium, however, the ultra-rare drop rate minimised the impact on the rarity, ensuring the item maintained its value.
The item graphically affects Axe’s passive “Counter-Helix” and causes flames to appear from the weapon as he wildly spins.
Similar to the Axe of Phractos, the Monarch Bow is another weapon that was only obtainable from purchasing the Butterfly replica from the WETA workshop. This item’s design is heavily influenced by the in-game item ‘Butterfly’ and evens spawns butterflies every time Drow Ranger casts an auto-attack.
Anti-mage’s Golden Bashers, as the name suggests, are based on the in-game item ‘Skull Basher’ which gives auto-attacks a chance to stun your enemies and is a commonly bought item by Anti-Mage. These weapons were first made available in the 2015 version of the TI compendium and were contained in the Immortal Treasure II.
The Alpine Stalker
The Alpine Stalker set is one of the rarest sets in Dota 2, after Valve quickly removed the set shortly after its release on August 15th 2012. The set was purchased by a small number of players before it was removed from the store due to “community feedback over thematic concerns”. The iconic set is regularly adorned by professional players such as Arteezy and has become somewhat of a collectors’ item.