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Basic Info
Title The Lich King
Role Warrior
Franchise Warcraft Warcraft
Type Melee
Heroes Nexus
Release Date
Base Stats
Health 1040
Health Regen
Energy 500
Energy Regen 3
Speed 4.3984
Attack Speed 1
Attack Range 2
Attack Damage 47
Stats per level
Max Health 220
Health Regen 0.457
Ranged Damage 9
Splash Damage 9
Max Energy 10
Energy Regen 0.0976

Arthas Menethil, The Lich King, is a melee warrior hero from the Blizzard Entertainment Warcraft franchise.[1] Once the crown prince of Lordaeron, and protege of Uther the Lightbringer, Prince 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. Uses the power of Frostmourne to empower his attacks.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

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Arthas Menethil was the son of Terenas Menethil II, King of Lordaeron and was the Prince of Lordaeron and Knight of the Silver Hand led by Uther the Lightbringer. He was trained as a paladin by Uther. Even though he was a promising knight, he went down a path of vengeance.

Stratholme was one of the first cities to be struck by the Plague. Upon discovering this, Arthas ordered Uther and a Kirin Tor mage by the name of Jaina Proudmoore to help him purge the city to prevent the plague from spreading further. Uther and Jaina did not follow his demands so he went on to purge the city himself which is where his downfall began. After the Culling of Stratholme, he encountered a dreadlord by the name of Mal'Ganis. Mal’Ganis and Arthas fought briefly. Then after the fight, Mal'Ganis told him to go to the frozen wastes of Northrend where he should fulfill his destiny.

Arthas then gathered an army and set sail for Northrend. While on Northrend, he went on a search for the ancient runeblade Frostmourne; as he heard it contained the power to slay Mal'Ganis. Accompanied by an old friend Muradin Bronzebeard he found the sword. Despite Muradin's warning, he took the sword which caused Muradin to go out cold, then his downfall was coming to a climax.

He searched for and found Mal’Ganis who told him that the voice he was hearing was the Lich King, but Arthas replied saying that the voice was instructing him to destroy Mal'Ganis. Mal'Ganis was very surprised and ultimately destroyed by Arthas. After the fight, he abandoned his men and wandered the frozen wastes losing every last bit of his sanity. Once Arthas returned to the Eastern Kingdoms, he killed his father King Terenas Menethil II and everyone in Lordaeron; raising them after death to add to his undead army.

With his new army, he marched through Quel'thalas where he encountered Sylvanas Windrunner. He killed her and raised her as a banshee while also destroying the High Elf capital city Silvermoon. After the destruction he caused in Azeroth he made his way to the Frozen Throne in Icecrown where he had a confrontation with Illidan Stormrage. Once Illidan was defeated, he climbed the Frozen Throne where he put on Ner'Zhul's helmet to fuse their souls, thus becoming the Lich King.

Skills[edit | edit source]

Frostmourne Hungers Active Icon.png
Frostmourne Hungers Active
Your next basic attack deals 100% increased damage and restores 30 Mana.
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 584 (128 + 24 per level) Health.
Summon Sindragosa Icon.png
Summon Sindragosa
100 Mana Cooldown: 80 seconds

Deals 450 (165 + 15 per level) damage and slows enemies by 60% for 2 seconds. Also disables Minions for 10 seconds and Structures for 20 seconds.
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Howling Blast
70 Mana Cooldown: 12 seconds

Root enemies within the target area for 1.5 seconds and deals 150 (36 + 6 per level) damage.
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Frozen Tempest
Cooldown: 1 seconds
Mana: 15 per second
Deals 106 (30 + 4 per level) damage per second to nearby enemies. Slows enemy Move Speed by 6% per second, stacking up to 30%.
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Death Coil
50 Mana Cooldown: 9 seconds

Deals 360 (94 + 14 per level) damage to target enemy.Can be self-cast to heal for 522 (104 + 22 per level) Health.

Talents[edit | edit source]

Tier Tooltip

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Periodically reduces the damage received from Hero Basic Attacks by 50%. Stores up to 2 charges.
Eternal Hunger Icon.png
Mana restored by Frostmourne Hungers increased to 60.
Frost Presence Icon.png
Howling Blast cooldown lowered by 3 seconds.
Regeneration Master Icon.png
Collecting Regeneration Globes permanently increases Health Regeneration by 1.5 per second.
Mercenary Lord Icon.png
Non-Boss Mercenaries near your hero deal 50% more damage. Reduces damage taken from Minions and Mercenaries by 50%.
Destruction Icon.png
Damage boost of Frostmourne Hungers increased to 150% damage.
Frozen Wastes Icon.png
Frozen Tempest Mana cost reduced by 3 per second.
Rune Tap Icon.png
Every 3rd Basic Attack heals you for 3.12% of your max Health.
Obliterate Icon.png
Frostmourne Hungers also hits enemies near the target for 50% damage.
Frost Strike Icon.png
Frostmourne Hungers also slows the target by 40% for 1.5 seconds.
Death Touch Icon.png
Death Coil causes enemy Minions to explode, killing the target instantly and dealing its normal damage to other nearby enemies.
Army of the Dead Icon.png
Summons Ghouls that last 15 seconds. Sacrifice Ghouls to heal for 104 Health.
Summon Sindragosa Icon.png
Deals 150 damage and slows enemies by 60% for 2 seconds. Also disables Minions for 10 seconds and Structures for 20 seconds.
Spell Shield Icon.png
Upon taking Ability Damage, reduce that damage and further Ability Damage by 50% for 3 seconds. Can only trigger once every 30 seconds.
Relentless Icon.png
Reduces the duration of silences, stuns, slows, and roots against your Hero by 50%.
Trail of Frost Icon.png
Howling Blast impacts enemies while traveling.
Biting Cold Icon.png
Frozen Tempest damage increased by 50%.
Frostmourne Feeds Icon.png
Increased application to your next 2 Basic Attacks.
Immortal Coil Icon.png
Death Coil also heals when used on enemies. When used on self, the amount healed is increased by 50%.
Embrace Death Icon.png
Death Coil deals 20% more damage for each 10% of life you are missing.
Stoneskin Icon.png
Activate to gain 30% of your maximum Health as a Shield for 5 seconds.
Legion of Northrend Icon.png
3 additional Ghouls are created. Ghouls heal for an additional 25% and last 5 seconds longer.
Absolute Zero Icon.png
Sindragosa flies twice as far. Enemy Heroes are rooted for 2 seconds, and then slowed by 60% for 2 seconds.
Hardened Shield Icon.png
Activate to reduce damage taken by 75% for 4 seconds.
Rewind Icon.png
Activate to reset the cooldowns of your Basic Abilities.

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 / $7.49 / 6.49
  • 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)
  • 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€
    • Epic 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.
  • 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.

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)

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Arthas was one of the 18 heroes revealed at BlizzCon 2013.
  • His art was designed first and his role in the game came later.[3]
  • Crown Prince Arthas is voiced by Patrick Seitz. Lich King Arthas, Master Arthas, and Frost Wyrm Arthas are voiced by Michael McConnohie.
  • 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]
  • Muradin, Rehgar, Stitches, Chen, Anub'arak, Jaina, Sylvanas, Kael'thas, and The Butcher all kill or otherwise defeat Arthas in their hero trailers.[5]
  • NECA revealed the Heroes of the Storm Arthas action figure at SDCC 2015.[6]

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