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Basic Info
Title The Sun King
Role Assassin Assassin
Franchise Warcraft Warcraft
Type Ranged
Release Date May 12, 2015
Base Stats
Health 1581
Health Regen 3.3
Energy 500
Energy Regen 3
Speed 4.3984
Attack Speed 1.11
Attack Range 5.5
Attack Damage 68
Stats per level
Max Health 4
Health Regen 4
Ranged Damage 4
Splash Damage 0
Max Energy 0
Energy Regen 0

Kael'thas Sunstrider, the Sun King, is a ranged assassin hero from the Warcraft universe. Like all Blood Elves, Prince Kael'thas was transformed by the fall of Quel'thalas. Desperate to save his people from being consumed by their magical addiction, he joined forces with the Burning Legion and now lords over Tempest Keep.

Kael'thas is a fire mage who punishes enemies that stay close together.

Background[edit | edit source]

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Kael'thas Sunstrider was a senior member of the Kirin Tor, the Prince of Quel'Thalas, and the last of the Sunstrider dynasty. After the Fall of Quel'Thalas, Kael'thas led what remained of his people in the service of the Alliance. Striving to placate his people's addiction to magic, he later allied with Illidan Stormrage, but betrayed him to the Burning Legion when its master, the demon lord Kil'jaeden, enticed Kael'thas with the promise of salvation for the blood elves. He was branded a traitor after his allegiance to the Legion was revealed, and lost the support of many of his people. After his defeat at Tempest Keep, Kael'thas returned to Azeroth a shadow of his former self. Kael'thas plotted to summon Kil'jaeden through the Sunwell, but his plans were foiled by the Shattered Sun Offensive. He was slain by their forces in Magisters' Terrace.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

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Verdant Spheres
Cooldown: 6 seconds
Activate to make your next Basic Ability more powerful.
Flamestrike Icon.png
70 Mana Cooldown: 7 seconds
After 1 second, deal 702 (302 + 4% per level) damage in an area.
Verdant Spheres increases the radius by 50%.
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Living Bomb
50 Mana Cooldown: 10 seconds
Deal 553 (252 + 4% per level) damage over 3 seconds to an enemy, then they explode dealing 303 (138 + 4% per level) damage to all nearby enemies. Other Heroes damaged by this explosion are also affected by Living Bomb, though the secondary explosions cannot spread.
Verdant Spheres makes this Ability cost no Mana and have no cooldown.
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Gravity Lapse
90 Mana Cooldown: 14 seconds
Stun the first enemy hit for 1 seconds.
Verdant Spheres causes Gravity Lapse to stun the first 3 enemies hit and increases the stun duration by 50%.
Pyroblast Icon.png
80 Mana Cooldown: 100 seconds
After 1.5 seconds, cast a slow-moving fireball that deals 2150 (851 + 4% per level) damage to an enemy Hero and 1075 (426 + 4% per level) damage to enemies nearby.
Phoenix Icon.png
80 Mana Cooldown: 60 seconds
Launch a Phoenix to an area, dealing 171 (82 + 4% per level) damage to enemies along the way. The Phoenix persists for 7 seconds, attacking enemies for 171 (82 + 4% per level) damage and splashing for 50%.

Talents[edit | edit source]

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❢ Quest: When Flamestrike damages an enemy Hero, increase its damage by 5, up to 100. Lose all damage bonuses if you die.
❢ Reward: After gaining 100 bonus damage, increase Flamestrike damage by an additional 100 and no longer lose the bonus if you die.
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Fel Infusion
Increases your Ability Power by 4%. Heal for 94 Health when you activate Verdant Spheres.
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Mana Addict
❢ Quest: Gathering a Regeneration Globe increases your maximum Mana by 15.
❢ Reward: After gathering 20 Regeneration Globes, you can also activate Arcane Barrier to gain a Shield equal to 100% of your maximum Mana for 4 seconds. 45 second cooldown.
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Nether Wind
Increases Gravity Lapse's range by 30%. When Gravity Lapse hits an enemy Hero, refund 80 Mana.
Energy Roil Icon.png
Energy Roil
When Gravity Lapse hits a Hero, reduce its cooldown by 9 seconds.
Mana Tap Icon.png
Mana Tap
Activating Verdante Spheres restores 4% of your maximum Mana.
Burned Flesh Icon.png
Burned Flesh
When Flamestrike damages 2 or more Heroes, they take additional damage to 8% of their maximum Health.
Sun Kings Fury Icon.png
Sun King's Fury
Living Bombs that spread to enemy Heroes deal 35% more damage.
Sunfire Enchantment Icon.png
Sunfire Enchantment
Activating Verdant Spheres causes your next Basic Attack to instead shoot a spell dealing 362 (165 + 4% per level) damage.
Phoenix Icon.png
Launch a Phoenix to an area, dealing 171 damage to enemies along the way. The Phoenix persists for 7 seconds, attacking enemies for 171 damage and splashing for 50%.
Pyroblast Icon.png
After 1.5 seconds, cast a slow-moving fireball that deals 2150 damage to an enemy Hero and 1075 damage to enemies nearby.
Pyromaniac Icon.png
Each time Living Bomb deals periodic damage, your Basic Ability cooldowns are refreshed by 1 second.
Backdraft Icon.png
Living Bomb's explosion slows enemies Movement Speed by 30% for 2 seconds.
Fission Bomb Icon.png
Fission Bomb
Increases Living Bomb's explosion radius by 20%.
Fury of the Sunwell Icon.png
Fury of the Sunwell
Flamestrike will explode a second time 1.5 seconds later.
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Twin Spheres
Verdant Spheres gains a second charge.
Arcane Power Icon.png
Arcane Dynamo
Using a Basic Ability increases your Ability Power by 3% for 5 seconds, stacking up to 15%.
Rebirth Icon.png
Increases Phoenix duration by 100%. You may order the Phoenix to move to a different location once while the Phoenix is alive.
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Presence Of Mind
Increases Pyroblast's explosion radius by 50% and reduces its cooldown by 25 seconds per enemy Hero hit.
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Master of Flames
Living Bomb's spread from explosions can now also spread Living Bomb.
Flamestrike Icon.png
Increases the cast range of Flamestrike by 40%. If you hit 2 or more Heroes, Flamestrike's cooldown is reduced by 4 seconds.

Skins[edit | edit source]

  • The Sun King
    • Backstory: Like all Blood Elves, Prince Kael'thas was transformed by the fall of Quel'thalas. Desperate to save his people from being consumed by their magical addiction, he joined forces with the Burning Legion and now lords over Tempest Keep.
    • Price: 7,000gems / 8.49gold
  • Master Master
    • Backstory: Only the finest of robes and armor may adorn the Sun King. His majesty and brilliance must shine forth like the sun itself.
    • Price: 10,000gems (requires Hero Level 10)
  • Rare StormPunk
    • Backstory: On some worlds, technology and magic are not so different. Those who master both, like Lord Kael'thas, can create both wonders and terrors beyond your imagination.
    • Price: $7.49 / 6.49€
  • Epic Cyberhawk
    • Backstory: Sunstrider Industries CEO Mikael Thoss uses his company's vast wealth and cutting edge technology to protect the innocent as Cyberhawk, the avian avenger!
    • Price: $9.99 / 8.99€
    • Skin Features: Themed abilities.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Kael'thas first appeared in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne (2003).
  • Kael'thas is voiced by Quinton Flynn.
  • Scrapped abilities like Burning Impact and Combustion were datamined from older versions of the game client.[1]
  • Kael'thas uses a number of Thalassian phrases, such as anar'alah belore (by the light of the sun), felo'melorn (flamestrike), and selama ashal'anore (justice for our people).
  • The phoenix god Al'ar is Kael'thas's most prized possession.[2] It appears as both a boss and mount in World of Warcraft.
  • Kael'thas sometimes says "merely a setback" when he revives at the Hall of Storms. This is a reference to a popular quote said by him in World of Warcraft: "Don't look so smug! I know what you're thinking, but Tempest Keep was merely a setback." The phrase has become a common utterance by players discussing potential future dungeons and raids, often with the joking implication that Kael'thas will somehow return.
  • Kael'thas is the first blood elf hero, the second being Valeera Sanguinar.
  • One of Kael'thas' gag quotes references the effects of drugs.

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