Taunts are part of DOTA 2 and using them has become almost habitual in addition to them working to irk your opponents. With a host of taunts available in-game, there’s really a lot you can do to get your opponents rustled and annoyed by mocking them with these. In this guide, you’ll learn how to use taunts and taunt your opponents in DOTA 2.
How to Use Taunts in DOTA 2
To taunt your opponents in DOTA 2, press the “T” key. This key can be used for a taunt next only after an 8-second cooldown. You can even customize this and have your own key-bind assigned via a hotkey to taunt in DOTA 2. Ensure you have a taunt equipped from your inventory before you proceed to join a game. There are 2 types of taunts you can employ in DOTA 2. The first set of taunts are those from pre-2016 which require you to maintain a still frame in order to play the animation. The second set launched post-2016 are ones that you can use while moving and mostly autoplay. Both of these had their revisions thanks to the International Compendium in 2015.
Changing Taunt Hotkey
Here’s how you can change your taunt hotkey in DOTA 2. This will let you set a key of your preference.
- Launch the game
- Open the settings menu
- Locate “Advanced Options”
- Now find “Unit Actions”
- Subsequently, you’ll notice the “Taunt Item”
- Edit your hotkey for DOTA 2 taunts as per your preference.
We reiterate once again that your taunt hotkey will have an 8-second cooldown after you use a taunt. The game does this to prevent uncalled taunt spam.
How to Trigger Taunts to Autoplay?
The following conditions in DOTA 2 trigger autoplay for the taunt animations. Each character might have a different scenario that calls the autoplay taunt. But these are the conditions that are confirmed.
- After you dive into a tower and kill an enemy while escaping with 15% HP or less.
- At 15% HP or lower when you use Town Portal Scroll or Boots of Travel.
- When you follow an enemy teamwipe.
- Once you deny a rune.
- On Killing a courier.
- After denying an ally hero.
How to Get More Taunts in Dota 2?
It’s important to bear in mind that taunts aren’t available for all heroes in-game. Furthermore, the only way you can get taunts to use in-game is through purchases using real currency. You can get these by purchasing either the compendium (Battle Pass) or the hero taunts from the Steam Store.
What Heroes Have Taunts in Dota 2?
Here’s a list of all in-game heroes that have taunts you can use in DOTA 2.
- Centaur Warruner
- Chaos Knight
- Crystal Maiden
- Dark Willow
- Death Prophet
- Earth Spirit
- Faceless Void
- Legion Commander
- Monkey King
- Nature’s Prophet
- Phantom Assassin
- Shadow Fiend
- Shadow Shaman
- Skywrath Mage
- Spirit Breaker
- Storm Spirit
- Troll Warlord
- Vengeful Spirit
- Witch Doctor
- Wraith King
That’s pretty much all there is to know about Taunts in DOTA 2 and how you can use them in-game. We hope this guide was of assistance to you. Remember that though taunts are meant to be a bit of a flex statement, it’s important to keep toxicity out of the game. This has been iterated time and again by the developers as well. If you’re an avid player of the game who loves using taunts, you’ll love having your camera latched onto your character. Here’s a guide to help you learn how to lock your camera in DOTA 2 onto your hero’s screen.