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Basic Info
Title The Lich King
Role Warrior
Franchise Warcraft Warcraft
Type Melee
Heroes Nexus
Base Stats
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 Lord of the Scourge, is a warrior hero from the 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, and uses the power of Frostmourne to empower his attacks. He is a slow moving hero, capable of dealing and withstanding massive amounts of damage.


Warcraft This section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft universe.

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.


Frostmourne Hungers Active Icon.png (Trait) Frostmourne Hungers Active
Cooldown: 12 secondsTraitYour next basic attack deals 100% increased damage and restores 30 Mana.
Army Of The Dead Icon.png (R) Army Of The Dead
100 Mana
Cooldown: 100 secondsHeroic AbilitySummons Ghouls that last 15 seconds. Sacrifice Ghouls to heal for 584 (128 + 24 per level) Health.
Summon Sindragosa Icon.png (R) Summon Sindragosa
100 Mana
Cooldown: 80 secondsHeroic AbilityDeals 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.
Howling Blast Icon.png (W) Howling Blast
70 Mana
Cooldown: 12 secondsArea of EffectRoot enemies within the target area for 1.5 seconds and deals 150 (36 + 6 per level) damage.
Frozen Tempest Icon.png (E) Frozen Tempest
Mana: 15 per second
Area of Effect

Deals 106 (30 + 4 per level) damage per second to nearby enemies. Slows enemy Move Speed by 6% per second, stacking up to 30%.
Death Coil Icon.png (Q) Death Coil
50 Mana
Cooldown: 9 secondsDeals 360 (94 + 14 per level) damage to target enemy.Can be self-cast to heal for 522 (104 + 22 per level) Health.


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Tier Tooltip

Block Icon.png
BlockPeriodically reduces the damage received from Hero Basic Attacks by 50%. Stores up to 2 charges.
Eternal Hunger Icon.png
Eternal HungerMana restored by Frostmourne Hungers increased to 60.
Frost Presence Icon.png
Frost Presence Howling Blast cooldown lowered by 3 seconds.
Regeneration Master Icon.png
Regeneration MasterIncreases Health Regeneration by 4 per second. Every 3 Regeneration Globes gathered increases this bonus by 4.
Superiority Icon.png
SuperiorityReduce damage taken from Minions, Structures, and Mercenaries by 50%.
Destruction Icon.png
DestructionDamage boost of Frostmourne Hungers increased to 150% damage.
Frozen Wastes Icon.png
Frozen Wastes Frozen Tempest Mana cost reduced by 3 per second.
Rune Tap Icon.png
Rune TapEvery 3rd Basic Attack heals you for 3.12% of your max Health.
Obliterate Icon.png
ObliterateFrostmourne Hungers also hits enemies near the target for 50% damage.
Frost Strike Icon.png
Frost StrikeFrostmourne Hungers also slows the target by 40% for 1.5 seconds.
Death Touch Icon.png
Death Touch 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
Army of the Dead Cooldown: 100 secondsSummons Ghouls that last 15 seconds. Sacrifice Ghouls to heal for 104 Health.
Summon Sindragosa Icon.png
Summon Sindragosa Cooldown: 80 secondsDeals 150 damage, slows enemy Heroes, and freezes Minions for 10 seconds and Structures for 20 seconds.
Spell Shield Icon.png
Spell ShieldUpon taking Ability Damage, reduce that damage and further Ability Damage by 50% for 2 seconds. Can only trigger once every 30 seconds.
Relentless Icon.png
RelentlessReduces the duration of silences, stuns, slows, roots, and polymorphs against your Hero by 50%.
Trail of Frost Icon.png
Trail of Frost Howling Blast impacts enemies while traveling.
Biting Cold Icon.png
Biting Cold Frozen Tempest damage increased by 50%.
Frostmourne Feeds Icon.png
Frostmourne FeedsIncreased application to your next 2 Basic Attacks.
Immortal Coil Icon.png
Immortal Coil Death Coil also heals when used on enemies. When used on self, the amount healed is increased by 50%.
Embrace Death Icon.png
Embrace Death Death Coil deals 20% more damage for each 10% of life you are missing.
Stoneskin Icon.png
StoneskinCooldown: 60 secondsActivate to gain 30% of your maximum Health as a Shield for 5 seconds.
Legion of Northrend Icon.png
Legion of Northrend 3 additional Ghouls are created. Ghouls heal for an additional 25% 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 2 seconds.
Hardened Shield Icon.png
Hardened ShieldCooldown: 60 secondsActivate to reduce damage taken by -24% for 4 seconds.
Rewind Icon.png
RewindCooldown: 60 secondsActivate to reset the cooldowns of your Basic Abilities.


Lich King

  • 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.
    • Price: 5,500g / $7.49 / 6.49


  • 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

  • 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€

Frost Wyrm

  • After the death of the Ashen Verdict's champions none could halt the Lich King's advance. As an eternal reminder of his victory he grafted the bones of his fallen allies onto his armor.
    • Price: $7.49 / 6.49€

Removed skins[edit]

Death Knight

  • 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)


  • Arthas was one of the 18 heroes revealed at BlizzCon 2013.
  • Uniquely, his art was designed first, and his role in the game came later.[2]



External links[edit]


  1. StarCraft. 2011-10-20. Blizzard DOTA Trailer. Youtube. Accessed 2011-10-22.
  2. 2011-10-23, BlizzCon 2011 - Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm and Blizzard DOTA - Art & Technology Panel (Full). YouTube, accessed on 2011-11-07