[Top 10] Dota 2 Best Safelane Carries That Are Powerful

As you may know, carries are the backbone of a successful team. Without one, there is nothing but chaos and disaster on your team. But a great carry can take the team to the right path and lead them to victory with the right abilities and skillsets.

To make your job easy, we have compiled this list of the best 10 safelane carries which can absolutely dominate in the current meta.

10. Slark

This lethal creature of the deep sea knows no bounds! Slark is one of the stealthiest and deadly carry heroes in the game. His lethal skills make him quite popular in the current meta. Diffusal Blade makes him immensely strong as it causes Tinker to lose mana quickly. He can also purge off Tinker’s laser, allowing him to chase the latter effortlessly. Slark also farms faster compared to the Tinker, and is capable of dodging all his spells!

Why is Slark a great safelane hero? 

  • Dark Pact dispels a ton of targeted abilities.
  • Slark frequently builds Shadow Blade, which allows him to catch his enemies off guard. 
  • Pounce prevents enemies from escaping, helps him chase. 

Items to buy on Slark

  • Silver Edge
  • Aghanim’s Scepter
  • Eye of Skadi
  • Butterfly
  • Black King Bar

9. Anti-Mage

This charismatic warrior has a bone to pick against the mages! His hatred for the arcane arts is unmatchable. He is the Anti-Mage! He has what you need to counter most mage heroes, mana break! An early game AM can effortlessly decimate his enemies' mana and make him buy mangoes or Soul Ring to compensate. This will slow down their farm while AM is known to farm at a faster pace, allowing him to get ahead in the net worth charts.

Why is Anti-Mage a great safelane hero? 

  • Mana Break can prevent enemies from using their spells.
  • Blink allows him to escape and farm quickly
  • With Manta Style, his mana burning will triple because illusions can also use Mana Break.

Items to Buy on AM

  • Black King Bar
  • Manta Style 
  • Abyssal Blade
  • Butterfly 

8. Riki

This silent assassin is quite slippery! He is known to be quick and agile, he is not to be seen at all times! Along with a great disable in the form of silence, Riki hits really hard. Items such as Diffusal Blade and Skull Basher which counter the squishy heroes are often bought first by him. Though a tad bit slow at farming, Riki can gain gold and XP through team fights as his toolkit is quite great at fighting right off the bat! 

Why is Riki a great safelane hero?

  • Riki is a natural Diffusal Blade carrier, and it doesn't help that he's easily capable of sneaking up on his squishy foes due to Cloak and Dagger.
  • Riki can follow up with Smoke Screen and disable enemies.
  • There is also a chance Riki will become invisible again as the spell projectiles travel, disjointing the stuns and other disables. 

Items to Buy on Riki 

  • Diffusal Blade
  • Abyssal Blade
  • Daedalus
  • Aghanim’s Shard
  • Black King Bar


7. Spectre

Spectre is a melee carry, which is already a disadvantageous position to be in, despite all the odds, Spectre manages to triumph by naturally being a tanky hero and farming faster than her foes in the early game. The late-game potential to quickly solo kill squishy heroes and supports from anywhere on the map is unmatched by any other carry in the game! All you need is a few items to face against an entire team alone.

Why is Spectre a great safelane carry? 

  • Haunt instantly allows her to get up and close to her foes, and Spectral Dagger makes it difficult to escape from her.
  • Spectre out carries most counterparts due to her farming potential.
  • Immense global presence

Items to buy on Spectre

  • Blade Mail
  • Radiance
  • Diffusal Blade
  • Abyssal Blade


6. Monkey King

The fierce King sets his eyes on his enemies and does not stop without obliterating them from the battlefield! Monkey King is relatively one of the newest additions to the carry pool yet he manages to put up a show with his deadly and mischievous abilities. Not all know the true potential of this beast! You can effortlessly dodge spells with Mischief, escape with tree dance, and literally obliterate your foes with MK!

Why is Monkey King a great safelane hero? 

  • Can be a flexible pick (i.e. he can be played in 2 or more roles!)
  • Insane physical damage right from the laning phase
  • Can quickly flash farm and escape using Tree Dance.

Items to buy on Monkey King

  • Eye of Skadi
  • Diffusal Blade
  • Satanic
  • Echo Sabre
  • Black King Bar
  • Butterfly


5. Lone Druid

This wise and kind Druid isn’t lonely by any means! His pet bear takes care of any problems that come his way. Lone Druid is played as a carry majority of the time, this is due to the vast potential that the bear has to offer. Sometimes it may feel like the bear is the primary hero and LD is the pet! The bear can easily trap and shred through enemy armor with damage-dealing items. Decent micro-skills are required to play this beast! 

What makes Lone Druid a great safelane hero? 

  • Tanky Spirit Bear can soak up damage while farming the jungle.
  • Has serious synergy due to the Spirit Link, which allows him to gain HP.
  • Can ward off enemy heroes and neutrals with Savage Roar, while still attacking them.
  • Mows down towers and squishy heroes with just a few items!

Items to buy on Lone Druid

  • Desolator
  • Assault Cuirass
  • Monkey King Bar
  • Silver Edge


4. Arc Warden

Zet, the Arc Warden knows no bounds, his foes know no ways of countering him, as there are often two of him! Known to deal massive damage right off the bat, Arc secures the laning phase versus his opponent. He is also a quick farmer, as he can just duplicate and make his clone push out the lane while he farms the jungle! Late game Arc Warden can disable and obliterate enemies within a few hits and clicks of spells!

Why is Arc Warden a great safelane hero? 

  • High farming potential with Tempest Double
  • Can split push lanes effortlessly 
  • High DPS and AoE magical output
  • Immense physical damage output

Items to Buy on Arc Warden

  • Bloodthorn
  • Monkey King Bar
  • Scythe of Vyse
  • Daedalus

3. Terrorblade

No other hero fills you with dread and terror as much as Terrorblade. Not all heroes can turn around a team fight like Terrorblade. The sheer power of Sunder is not to be underestimated! Terrorblade has insane early game potential in regards to farming. His mirror illusions can jungle comfortably as he farms the lane, surpassing the enemy carry’s net worth by a mile. Having great level 1 stats and attack speed drives his farm exponentially. 

What makes Terrorblade a great safelane carry?

  • Can farm efficiently with the Illusions generated from Conjure Image ability.
  • Sunder makes him unstoppable if used at the right time.
  • Level 25 provides the option of reducing Sunder cooldown, which is immensely useful in the late game, not only to save yourself but to save your allies as well.

Items to buy on Terrorblade

  • Butterfly
  • Manta Style
  • Diffusal Blade
  • Eye of Skadi
  • Black King Bar
  • Monkey King Bar


2. Troll Warlord

Jah’rakal the Troll Warlord has seen his fair share of battles, he has drawn so much blood that it puts Bloodseeker to shame. From being able to survive 1v5, Troll is also capable of farming quickly and turning his foes into dust. He is nimble and agile enough to rip his enemies apart in the nick of time. He is also one of the few heroes who are able to solo kill Roshan. His fearless spirit and vigor are unparalleled. 

Why is Troll Warlord a great safelane carry? 

  • Troll is more reliant on levels as opposed to farm
  • That being said, he farms relatively well compared to his foes due to his AoE abilities
  • He can stand his ground with Battle Trance. 

Items to buy on Troll Warlord

  • Skull Basher
  • Satanic
  • Battle fury 
  • Diffusal Blade
  • Monkey King Bar


1. Luna

The Moon rider herself! Luna is essentially a beginner-friendly hero, but we frequently see it getting picked in both pub and pro games. The reason is her quick farming abilities and massive AoE damage output. Luna offers tremendous wave clearance, which returns her a great deal of gold. Luna farms fairly well in the early game and offers decent damage to her nearby allies. This is an example of great synergy, Luna can be picked alongside massive crowd control heroes. 

Why is Luna a great safelane carry? 

  • Great wave clearing abilities.
  • Eclipse deals magic damage, which is essential for heroes with high armor/HP.
  • Immense farming potential thanks to the Moon Glaives passive.

Items to buy on Luna

  • Eye of Skadi
  • Satanic
  • Black King Bar
  • Butterfly 
  • Manta Style
  • Hurricane Pike

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