Dota 2 Year Beast was a special creep that was introduced in the New Bloom event in 2014. Also known as Nian, the Year Beast is a figure in Chinese folklore that appears around the Chinese New Year, which New Bloom was created to celebrate. Here's what you need to know about the Year Beast in Dota 2.
Dota friends! The Year Beast Brawl queue is open!— Miranda @ AX (@HavokRose) February 13, 2015
Dota 2 Year Beast: What You Need to Know
The Year Beast Nian made its first appearance in Dota 2 during the first New Bloom event. That event took place from Jan. 29 to Feb. 2, 2014. Players could find the Year Beast in a special brawl and fight it for rewards.
The Year Beast was split into three parts: Body, Tail and Horn. Each had its own health value, and destroying individual parts would give players windows of opportunity to further damage the creep. Players could attack the Year Beast for 25 minutes. The more damage they dealt, the better their rewards would be at match close.
The Year Beast returned in 2015 with two color variations and a new game mode. In 2015, the Year Beast Brawl was a mostly standard match that allowed teams to control their own Year Beast as an extra creep on their side.
The Year Beast has yet to return since 2015.
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