Eat a Tree or Ward
Pierces spell immunity. Play
Target Unit
Trees / Self
Consume a target tree or ward to gradually restore health.

Comes with 4 charges. Can be used on an allied hero to give them one Tango.
Cast Range (Tree/Ally): 165
Cast Range (Ward): 450
Health Restored (Tree): 115
Health Restored (Ward): 230
Duration (Tree): 16
Duration (Ward): 32
Cooldown symbol.png 0
Buff Tango Heal: Undispellable.



Tangoes are mostly seen during the early game laning phases as on-the-fly regeneration items. They are similar to the Healing Salve in that they regenerate health, but do so at a slower rate. A major benefit over salves is that a Tango comes with multiple charges, and can therefore be used before the user drops to dangerously low levels of health. Another advantage is that the Tango`s effect does not stop if damage is taken. This can allow heroes to continue farming against enemy harassment while regenerating health. This also means that a Tango can be consumed when being attacked during ganks and skirmishes to stay alive. Tangos can also be used to remove trees to facilitate escape or chase.

Tangoes may be used during the act of "juking" enemy heroes while running away. Many forest areas on the map have pathways that you can `eat` your way out of or in to avoid or confuse an enemy chasing you.

The Tango has an additional use in games involving a Nature`s Prophet on the opposing side. The item can be used to mitigate Nature`s Prophet`s Sprout spell, which creates a ring of trees around a target. By eating one or more of the trees with a Tango the target can easily escape the ring. Quelling Blade, an item which also destroys a tree, can be used in a similar fashion.




Additional information


  • In the original DotA, Tango`s full name was "Ancient Tango of Essifation".



Tango is a basic healing item purchasable from the Consumables section at the Home Shop. Each tango comes in batches of 4 and stacks with itself in the inventory.


Eat a Tree or Ward
Ability: Unit Target
Affects: Trees
Consume a tree or ward to restore HP over time.
Tree HP Restored:
Ward HP Restored:
Tree Cast Range:
Ward Cast Range:
Tree Duration:
Ward Duration:

  • Heals 7.1875 hp per second.
  • Can target trees, enemy observer wards, and enemy sentry wards.
  • Iron Branch trees provide double healing duration.
Share Tango
Ability: Unit Target
Affects: Allied Heroes
Shares a tango for allies to use, transferring a tango charge to them. The given tango has 1 charge, does not stack in the inventory, and has a long cooldown. If the ally`s inventory is full, the tango is dropped on the ground next to them. Heals the same amount as a normal tango charge. This tango is fully shareable.
Cast Range:

  • Creates the Tango (Shared) item.

Recommended Heroes

This item is recommended for nearly all heroes during the early game. The ability to heal during combat early on is essential to surviving the laning phase.

Version History

Patch Version Balance Changes
  • Boosted Tangoes now last for double the duration instead of providing double the healing rate
  • Using Tango on Iron Branch trees provides double healing duration
  • Can now be used on to eat Wards. Eating a ward heals for double the amount, 230 HP over 16 seconds.
  • Has a 450 cast range when targeting Wards
  • Charges increased from 3 to 4
  • Gold cost increased from 90 to 125
  • Is no longer shareable
  • Tango can be targeted on an allied hero to create a 1 charge non-stacking tango item in their inventory. If the inventory is full, the item will be placed on the ground. This item has a 60s cooldown.
  • Rebalanced tangos to come in batches of 3 (same overall regen per pack)

WC3 DotA Version

  • Warcraft III DotA - Ancient Tango of Essifation