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[Solved] HOW TO: Play DOTA 2 in Offline

Mode ( Without Internet )

By Ric Hard - 19 December 2014 - No Comments

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Dota 2 is a 2013 multiplayer online/offline battle arena video strategic game and the standalone
sequel to the Defense of the Ancients Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and Warcraft III: The Frozen
Throne map.
Dota 2 is primarily be played with internet connection, there are lot of people want to play it offline
bandwidth and slow internet connection issue.

Note: Before playing offline game, the user needs to login the steam to set it to Offline Mode.

STEPS on HOW TO: Play DOTA 2 in Offline

Mode ( Without Internet )
First things first, you need to download and install STEAM first and locate and
download DOTA 2 .
After installing the game DOTA 2, open the Steam Client and login your account.

Under the Steam menu, click Go Offline..., in the next launch it will not require
login and is automatically be played.

Right click Dota 2 located right side of the steam GUI.


Under Properties click Set launch Options type -console (when you run Dota 2, it will show
console window)


Launch Options primarily for advanced users



// if you are familiar with counter-strike then it's a great

window for commands and settings


Additional: -window -borderless -x 30 -y 260 (for window size)

-novid //no video startup


Now click play DOTA 2

If it is not display console window, try to hit ~ or ` key. The following commands need to execute.

sv_lan 1

Server is a lan server (no heartbeat, no authentication, no

non-class C addresses).

sv_cheats 1

Note: Commands with "Yes" in "Cheat?" column require

sv_cheats 1 to be active before working. Refer it to DOTA 2
Gamepedia lists of commands.

dota_bot_set_difficulty 0

dota_start_ai_game 1

or 1, 2,3, 4 (UNFAIR)
Start the game with AIs

map dota.bsp

Start the game with this map

Tip: You can use dota_force_gamemode {#}


All Pick = 1
Captains Mode = 2
Random Draft = 3
Single Draft = 4
All Random = 5
Diretide = 7
Reverse Captains Mode = 8
Greeviling = 9
Tutorial = 10
Mid Only = 11
Least Played = 12
Limited Heroes = 13
Compendium = 14
Captains Draft = 16
Balanced Draft = 17
Ability Draft = 18
All Random Death Match = 20
1 VS 1 Solo-Mid = 21
All Pick (Ranked) = 22


Enjoy and have fun the game with AI.

Bonus: If you want to someone in

your LAN to join the game without
Internet or Offline mode.
Just Follow the steps here.
Clients (one that will connect and join the server)

Server (one who creates the game)

Note: It is in OFFLINE mode.
In the console, type the following commands:

sv_lan 1

sv_cheats 1

dota_bot_set_difficulty 4

hostip // When you hit it, it will display the PC's IP ADDRESS. Click
Start Windows, in the RUN, type and open CMD, and type ipconfig /all
to get the IP address. Example:

hostport //you can see its port, needed for the client to connect.
Example: 27015

In the console, type the following format: connect {ip}:{port}
And then the server, type the commands:
dota_start_ai_game 1
map dota.bsp

If the users want to change or join the team, he/she will use jointeam

Enjoy! :)

jointeam good // Radiant team

jointeam bad //Dire team

jointeam spec //be a spectator