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Basic Info
Title The Lich King
Role Warrior Warrior
Franchise Warcraft Warcraft
Type Melee
Release Date
Base Stats
Health 2400
Health Regen 5.002
Energy 500
Energy Regen 3
Speed 4.3984
Attack Speed 1
Attack Range 2
Attack Damage 103
Stats per level
Max Health 4%
Health Regen 4%
Ranged Damage
Splash Damage
Max Energy 0
Energy Regen 0
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Arthas Menethil, the Lich King, is a melee warrior hero from the Warcraft universe.[1] Once the crown prince of Lordaeron, and protégé of Uther the Lightbringer, Arthas was corrupted by the cursed blade Frostmourne in a desperate bid to save his people. Now he rules over the damned as the Lich King and all shall know his wrath.

Arthas engages with his enemies directly, freezing and slowing them. He uses the power of Frostmourne to empower his attacks.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

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Arthas Menethil, the crown prince of Lordaeron, was the son of King Terenas Menethil II. He joined the Order of the Silver Hand led by Uther the Lightbringer, and was trained as a paladin. Though he was a promising knight, Arthas soon spiraled down a path of vengeance.

Arthas's downfall began at Stratholme, one of the first cities to be struck by the plague of undeath. Upon discovering that the grain stores in the city had been infected by the plague, Arthas ordered Uther and a Kirin Tor mage by the name of Jaina Proudmoore to help him purge the city in order to prevent the plague from spreading further. Uther and Jaina refused to follow his demands, however, and Arthas went on to purge the city himself. During the Culling of Stratholme, Arthas encountered and fought a dreadlord by the name of Mal'Ganis. Before Mal'Ganis fled, he told Arthas that he should find him in the frozen wastes of Northrend, where he would fulfill his destiny.

Arthas, enraged at the dreadlord for turning his people into the undead, soon gathered an army and set sail for Northrend. After arriving on the frozen continent, he encountered an old friend by the name of Muradin Bronzebeard. Telling him tales of an ancient and powerful runeblade called Frostmourne with the potential to slay Mal'Ganis, the two friends set out to look for the weapon. Upon finding Frostmourne, however, Muradin realized it was cursed, and said they should leave it be. Arthas, willing to pay any price to save his people, did not head Muradin's warning. He reached out to take the blade, seemingly killing his old friend in the process.

Arthas, Frostmourne now in hand, set out to find Mal'Ganis. With an army at his back, he savagely fought through hordes of undead before reaching the dreadlord. Mal'Ganis, pleased with the corruption of the prince, revealed to Arthas that the whispers he was hearing from Frostmourne were in fact actually the voice of the Lich King, and asked him what the Lich King's next instructions were. Arthas replied that the voice was telling him only to enact his vengeance and destroy Mal'Ganis. Striking the astonished dreadlord down, Arthas abandoned his men and fled the battle, wandering through the frozen wastes where he slowly lost what remained of his sanity. When Arthas returned to Lordaeron, he killed his father in cold blood and conquered the kingdom in the name of the Scourge.

Some time later, following the destruction he had wrought on the continent, the Lich King ordered Arthas to return to Northrend. Illidan Stormrage, who had been instructed by the Burning Legion to destroy the Lich King, raced Arthas to the immobile Lich King's seat of power in Icecrown. Ultimately, the two fought and Arthas emerged victorious. Arthas shattered the Frozen Throne and placed the helmet of the Lich King on his head, and the two became one single being.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Frostmourne Hungers Active Icon.png
Frostmourne Hungers
Cooldown: 12 seconds
Activate to make your next Basic Attack strike immediately, do 100% increased damage, and restore 30 Mana.
Death Coil Icon.png
Death Coil
50 Mana Cooldown: 9 seconds
Deals 360 (171 + 4% per level) damage to target enemy.Can be self-cast to heal for 522 (248 + 4% per level) Health.
Howling Blast Icon.png
Howling Blast
70 Mana Cooldown: 12 seconds
Root enemies within the target area for 1.5 seconds and deals 149 (71 + 4% per level) damage.
Frozen Tempest Icon.png
Frozen Tempest
Cooldown: 1 seconds
Mana: 15 per second
Deals 106 (50 + 4% per level) damage per second to nearby enemies. Slows enemy Move Speed by 6% per second, stacking up to 30%.
Army of the Dead Icon.png
Army of the Dead
100 Mana Cooldown: 100 seconds
Summons Ghouls that last 15 seconds. Sacrifice Ghouls to heal for 586 (278 + 4% per level) Health.
Summon Sindragosa Icon.png
Summon Sindragosa
100 Mana Cooldown: 80 seconds
Deals 504 (240 + 4% per level) damage and slows enemies by 60% for 3.5 seconds. Also disables non-Heroic enemies and Structures for 20 seconds.

Talents[edit | edit source]

Block Icon.png
Every 5 seconds, you can Block a Basic Attack from an enemy Hero reducing its damage by 50%. Stores up to 2 charges.
Eternal Hunger Icon.png
Eternal Hunger
Quest: Using Frostmourne Hungers on an enemy Hero permanently increases the Mana it restores by 4, up to 40. Reward: After hitting 10 Heroes with Frostmourne Hungers, also increase its damage bonus by 25%.
Frost Presence Icon.png
Frost Presence
Howling Blast's cooldown is reduced by 5 seconds when it hits an enemy Hero.
Frozen Wastes Icon.png
Frozen Wastes
Frozen Tempest Mana cost reduced by 4 per second.
Deathlord Icon.png
Reduce Death Coil's cooldown by 2 seconds and increase its range by 25%.
Biting Cold Icon.png
Biting Cold
Frozen Tempest damage increased by 50%.
Rune Tap Icon.png
Rune Tap
Every 3rd Basic Attack heals you for 4% of your max Health.
Immortal Coil Icon.png
Immortal Coil
You gain the healing effect of Death Coil even when you use it on enemies. If you damage an enemy Hero with it, you also heal for an additional 100% of the damage dealt.
Icebound Fortitude Icon.png
Icebound Fortitude
Activate to reduce damage taken by 25% and reduce the duration of silences, stuns, slows, roots, and polymorphs agaisnt you by 75% for 3 seconds.
Army of the Dead Icon.png
Army of the Dead
Summons Ghouls that last 15 seconds. Sacrifice Ghouls to heal for 586 Health.
Summon Sindragosa Icon.png
Summon Sindragosa
Deals 504 damage and slows enemies by 60% for 2 seconds. Also disables non-Heroic enemies and Structures for 20 seconds.
Trail of Frost Icon.png
Trail of Frost
Increases Howling Blast's range by 30% and causes it to also root enemies between you and the target for 1.25 seconds.
Frost Strike Icon.png
Frost Strike
Reduces Frostmourne Hungers' cooldown by 2 seconds. Frostmourne Hungers also slows the enemy by 40% for 1.5 seconds.
Frigid Winds Icon.png
Frigid Winds
Frozen Tempest reduces enemy Attack Speed by -200% per second, stacking up to 40%.
Remorseless Winter Icon.png
Remorseless Winter
Enemy Heroes that remain within Frozen Tempest for 3 seconds are rooted for 1.75 seconds. This effect only happen once every 10 seconds.
Frostmourne Feeds Icon.png
Frostmourne Feeds
Increased application to your next 2 Basic Attacks.
Embrace Death Icon.png
Embrace Death
Death Coil deals 10% more damage for each 10% of life you are missing.
Legion of Northrend Icon.png
Legion of Northrend
3 additional Ghouls are created. Ghouls heal for an additional 50% and last 5 seconds longer.
Absolute Zero Icon.png
Absolute Zero
Sindragosa flies twice as far. Enemy Heroes are rooted for 2 seconds, and then slowed by 60% for 3.5 seconds.
Death's Advance Icon.png
Death's Advance
Passively increases your Movement Speed by 10%. Activate to increase this bonus to 30% for 3 seconds.
Anti-Magic Shield Icon.png
Anti-Magic Shield
Activate to reduce damage taken from Abilities by 100% for 3 seconds, and heal yourself for 25% of the damage prevented.

Skins[edit | edit source]

  • Lich King
    • Backstory: Once the crown prince of Lordaeron, and protégé of Uther the Lightbringer, Arthas was corrupted by the cursed blade Frostmourne in a desperate bid to save his people. Now he rules over the damned as the Lich King and all shall know his wrath.
    • Price: 7,000g / $8.49 / 8.49
  • Master Master
    • Backstory: As Frostmourne devoured more and more souls, the Lich King's dominion over the damned grew ever stronger. It wasn't long before his armor began to manifest changes.
    • Price: 10,000g (requires Hero Level 10)
  • Rare Frost Wyrm
    • Backstory: After the death of the Ashen Verdict's champions none could halt the Lich King's advance. As a reminder of his victory, he grafted the bones of his fallen servants onto his armor.
    • Price: $7.49 / 6.49€
    • Note: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of alternative history skins.
  • Epic Crown Prince
    • Backstory: As his hands gripped the hilt of the cursed blade Frostmourne, a dimensional gateway erupted from the icy pedestal, dragging the young prince Arthas into the Nexus.
    • Price: $9.99 / 8.99€
    • Skin Features: Replaced voice-over, themed abilities. His Death Coil looks like a lion's head, and the ghouls in his Army of the Dead wear footman armor.
    • Note: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of character's pre-change skins.
  • Epic Crimson Count
    • Backstory: Few of Sarah von Kerrigan's suitors are as bold or brash as Marquis Arthas du Menethíl. The Crimson Count hopes their unholy union will spell doom for Raven Court's vampire slayers.
    • Price: $9.99 / 8.99€
    • Skin Features: Themed mount, themed abilities. Death Coil looks like a bat. Frozen Tempest is black and purple and makes bat sounds. Sindragosa is black and red, and his ghouls wear vampire clothes. He gains access to Bat Transformation.
    • Note: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of Raven Court skins.
  • Epic Mystic Kingdoms
    • Backstory: Revered for his bravery and martial skill, General Arthas has led his king's armies to countless victories. His loyalty knows no bounds, and nothing can make him break his oath of service.
    • Price: $9.99 / 8.99€
    • Skin Features: Themed abilities. Howling Blast leaves a green line and summons crystals, Summon Sindragosa summons a cloud serpent, and the ghouls in his Army of the Dead wear oriental armor.

Removed skins[edit | edit source]

  • Death Knight
    • Backstory: As the victorious Arthas ascended the Frozen Throne the Lich King's voice echoed through his mind... Without warning, the words pulled away as he found himself in the heart of the Nexus.
    • Price: N/A (no longer available)

Mounts[edit | edit source]

Crimson Count Arthas has access to "Bat Transformation", a unique mount that makes him look like a big bat.

  • Backstory: Marquis Arthas was never one for intensive study. It is little wonder, then, that his mastery over the power of transformation is somewhat... incomplete. Still, it makes for a fearsome visage.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Arthas first appeared in the novel Warcraft: Of Blood and Honor (2001). His first game appearance was in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (2002).
  • Crown Prince Arthas is voiced by Patrick Seitz. Lich King Arthas is voiced by Michael McConnohie. In Warcraft III, Arthas was voiced by Justin Gross.
  • Arthas was one of the 18 heroes revealed at BlizzCon 2013.
  • Arthas's art was designed first and his role in the game came later.[3]
  • Blizzard considered giving Crown Prince Arthas a hammer, but that would have required additional animation work, in addition to conflicting with Uther and creating confusion. They also considered making paladin Arthas a skin for Uther, rather than Arthas, but that would have opened another can of worms. Ultimately, they decided to depict paladin Arthas immediately after he picked up Frostmourne. That meant his animations could stay the same, and since he still had his sword he was still recognizable as Arthas.[4][5]
  • Muradin, Rehgar, Stitches, Chen, Anub'arak, Jaina, Sylvanas, Kael'thas, The Butcher, Rexxar, and Tracer all kill or otherwise defeat Arthas in their hero trailers.[6]
  • NECA revealed the Heroes of the Storm Arthas action figure at SDCC 2015.[7]
  • Arthas was 24 in Reign of Chaos, 25 in The Frozen Throne, and 31 in Wrath of the Lich King.
  • A 14 foot statue of Arthas can be seen at the Calligraphy Greenway in Taichung, Taiwan.[8]
  • Arthas's quote "Hail to the king, baby!" references a line spoken by Ash Williams in Army of Darkness.
  • Arthas's quote "I'm afraid my condition has left me cold to your pleas of mercy" references a line spoken by Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin.
  • Arthas's quote "No man can defeat me..." references a line spoken by the Witch-king of Angmar in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
  • Arthas's quote "I'm looking for a few dead men with the cursed mettle to be death knights" references a 1985 United States Marine Corps commercial.
  • Some of Arthas's quotes reference the running joke about Darkness.

Balance changelog[edit | edit source]

  • January 27th, 2016 (15.7.4)
 -Summon Sindragosa (R)
   >Damage increased from 205 (+4% per level) to 255 (+4% per level)
   >Cooldown increased from 80 to 100 seconds

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