Goblin Merchant, or Shop, is a neutral building that sells items, and is included on almost all maps. Interactions with the shop are important throughout the game, as it is in many cases the only way to acquire key items such as Boots of Speed, Staff of Teleportation, Scroll of Healing or Potion of Lesser Invulnerability.
|Boots of Speed||250||2||220s||60s|
|Circlet of Nobility||175||1||0s||120s|
|Dust of Appearance||75||1||0s||60s|
|Periapt of Vitality||325||1||0s||120s|
|Potion of Invisibility||100||1||440s||120s|
|Potion of Lesser Invulnerability||150||1||440s||120s|
|Scroll of Healing||250||2||440s||120s|
|Scroll of Protection||150||2||440s||120s|
|Scroll of Town Portal||350||2||440s||120s|
|Staff of Teleportation||150||1||220s||120s|
|Tome of Retraining||300||1||440s||120s|
Shop Control means ensuring to get important items from the Goblin Merchant. Items of particular contention are Boots of Speed, Potion of Invulnerability and Scroll of Healing. There are multiple possibilities to get shop control. By having Map Control a player can stay close to the Goblin Merchant and prevent the opponent from getting to the shop. The right timings are very important for getting the items before the opponent. High mobility heroes like the Blademaster and items such as Boots of Speed or the Staff of Teleportation can help to get to the shop.
Shop Control is especially important on Echo Isles, because there is only one shop on the map. If a player manages to get Boots of Speed for a powerful melee Hero such as the Blademaster or the Demon Hunter, the player will be able to chase down the enemy hero and get map control in the early game.
Spells & Abilities
|Balance Patch History|
|Patch Version||Balance Changes|
|1.31.0|| Periapt of Vitality gold price reduced from 350 to 325.|
Boots of Speed removed from the default creep camp drop table.
Boots of Speed starts with 2 stock on Goblin Merchants after initial cooldown.
|1.30.0|| Boots of Speed now have a stock of 2 at game start.|
Boots of Speed Stock Maximum, Stock Replenish Interval, and Stock Start Delay reverted to 1.28.
|1.18|| Staff of Teleportation gold cost has been increased to 150 gold from 100 gold.|
|1.15|| Boots of Speed now cost 250 gold, up from 150 gold. They are not available until the first nightfall, and are now considered a level-3 permanent item, up from level 2.|
To purchase from a neutral shop or Mercenary Camp, a valid unit or Hero must now be within 450 distance units, down from 600 distance units. Note that this change does not affect racial shops.
|1.10|| You can now sell items at the Goblin Merchant by right-clicking on an item, and then "dropping" it onto a Goblin Merchant.|
Shops have been given an improved interface which now allow players to select which Hero or unit is purchasing items, units, or services.
Added the ability to see the inventory of the purchasing Hero when the shop is selected.
|1.06||Scroll of Protection cost reduced to 150.|