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Basic Info
Title Wildhammer Thane
Role Assassin Assassin
Franchise Warcraft Warcraft
Type Ranged
Release Date June 26, 2014
Base Stats
Health 1420
Health Regen 2.95
Energy 500
Speed 4.3984
Attack Speed 1.43
Attack Range 5.5
Attack Damage 108
Stats per level
Max Health 4
Health Regen 4
Ranged Damage 4
Max Energy

Falstad Wildhammer, the Wildhammer Thane, is a ranged assassin hero from the Warcraft universe.[1] He is the High Thane of the Wildhammer clan and a founding member of the Council of Three Hammers that now presides over Ironforge. Despite wild speculation, Falstad has never been dead and anyone who claims such is a liar.

Falstad is an Assassin that can fly large distances, excelling on large battlegrounds.

Background[edit | edit source]

Warcraft This section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft universe.

Falstad Wildhammer first gained notoriety as the leader of a group of gryphon riders that patrolled Lordaeron's shores against dragons after the Second War, earning him the name Falstad Dragonreaver. Despite his skill against the giant creatures, Falstad is also one of the most respected humanoids alive in the eyes of the Red dragonflight due to his participation in the mission to rescue Alexstrasza from the Dragonmaw clan at the fortress of Grim Batol.

Following the presumed death or retirement of High Thane Maz Drachrip of the Wildhammer clan, Falstad became the new High Thane. Ruling from his seat at Aerie Peak in the Hinterlands, Falstad had officially maintained neutrality in the war between the Horde and Alliance, despite his leanings towards the latter. This allowed the Wildhammers to avoid open hostilities with the Revantusk trolls, though isolated skirmishes were not necessarily rare occurrences in the Hinterlands due to limited territory and the natural animosity between the two races. This neutrality would prove to be short lived. With the Revantusk trolls to the east and the Forsaken capital only a short distance to the northwest, as well as the growing threat of the Scourge, Falstad found himself squeezed from three sides and worked to rebuild the relationship between the Wildhammers and the Alliance.

When Magni Bronzebeard, King of Ironforge and head of the Bronzebeard clan falls prey to a curse that turns him into a crystal, a council with a representative of the three major dwarven clans is formed to succeed him, with Falstad representing the Wildhammer clan alongside Moira Thaurissan of the Dark Iron clan and Muradin Bronzebeard, King Magni's brother.

Falstad's gryphon mount, Swiftwing, is a minor character from the Hinterlands leveling zone. Said to be the mightiest gryphon living in the Wildhammer dwarven capital of Aerie Peak, he has a wife, Keenclaw, and a son, Sharpbeak; saving Sharpbeak from capture by the Vilebranch forest troll tribe was the focus of a quest in Vanilla WoW, but other than that Swiftwing doesn't have any other involvement with the plot.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Tailwind Icon.png
Cooldown: 6 seconds
Gain 15% increased Movement Speed after not taking damage for 6 seconds.
Hammerang Icon.png
70 Mana Cooldown: 10 seconds
Throw out a Hammer that returns to you, dealing 121 (+4% per level) damage and slowing enemies by 25% for 2 seconds.
Lightning Rod Icon.png
Lightning Rod
70 Mana Cooldown: 15 seconds
Deal 107 (+4% per level) to an enemy, and an additional 75 (+4% per level) damage per second for 4.25 seconds if you remain close to the target.
Barrel Roll Icon.png
Barrel Roll
75 Mana Cooldown: 14 seconds
Dashes forward and grants a 171 (+4% per level) point Shield for 3 seconds.
Mighty Gust Icon.png
Mighty Gust
70 Mana Cooldown: 60 seconds
Push enemies away, and slow their Movement Speed by 40% decaying over 4 seconds.
Hinterland Blast Icon.png
Hinterland Blast
100 Mana Cooldown: 120 seconds
After 1 second, deal 475 (+4.75% per level) damage to enemies within a long line. The cooldown is reduced by 25 seconds for every enemy Hero hit.
Epic Mount Icon.png
Instead of mounting, you can fly a great distance over terrain.

Talents[edit | edit source]

Gathering Storm Icon.png
Gathering Storm
❢ Quest: Every time Hammerang hits a Hero increase its damage by 1.5.
❢ Reward: None
Seasoned Marksman Icon.png
Seasoned Marksman
❢ Quest: Every Minion killed near you grants 0.2 Attack Damage, and Takedowns grant 0.5 Attack Damage.
❢ Reward: Upon gaining 40 bonus Attack Damage, you can also activate Seasoned Marksman to increase your Attack Speed by 40% for 3 seconds.
Cooldown: 60 seconds
Bribe Icon.png
Enemy Minions killed near Falstad grant a stack of Bribe. Falstad can use 20 stacks to bribe a Mercenary, instantly defeating them and permanently increasing the damage of Lightning Rod by 5%. Does not work on Bosses. Maximum of 80 stacks.
Static Shield Icon.png
Static Shield
Gain a Shield equal to 4% of Falstad's maximum Health after every Lightning Rod strike. Lasts 4 seconds and stacks.
Updraft Icon.png
Increases Barrel Roll's range, Shield amount, and Shield duration by 40%.
Hammer Gains Icon.png
Hammer Gains
Basic Attacks heal for 20% of the damage dealt to the primary target.
Secret Weapon Icon.png
Secret Weapon
Increases Hammerang's range by 30% and Basic Attacks deal 60% bonus damage while Hammerang is in flight.
BOOMerang Icon.png
Reactivate Hammerang mid-flight to deal 165 (+4% per level) damage around the hammer.
Charged Up Icon.png
Charged Up
Increases the number of Lightning Rod strikes by 2 and its range by 25%.
Hinterland Blast Icon.png
Hinterland Blast
After 1 second, deal 475 (+4.75% per level) damage to enemies within a long line. The cooldown is reduced by 25 seconds for every enemy Hero hit.
Mighty Gust Icon.png
Mighty Gust
Push enemies away, and slow their Movement Speed by 40% decaying over 4 seconds.
Thunderstrikes Icon.png
Lightning Rod deals 20% more damage each subsequent strike.
Flow Rider Icon.png
Flow Rider
While Tailwind is active, your Basic Abilities recharge 100% faster.
Giant Killer Icon.png
Giant Killer
Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes deal bonus damage equal to 1.5% of the Hero's maximum Health.
Crippling Hammer Icon.png
Crippling Hammer
Increases Hammerang's slow from 25% to 50%.
Aerie Gusts Icon.png
Aerie Gusts
Reduces the activation time for Tailwind from 6 to 3 seconds, and increases the Movement Speed bonus from 15% to 25%.
Afterburner Icon.png
Barrel Roll increases Movement Speed by 60%, decaying over 3 seconds.
Call of the Wildhammer Icon.png
Call of the Wildhammer
Hinterland Blast has double the range and deals 25% more damage.
Wind Tunnel Icon.png
Wind Tunnel
Mighty Gust creates a wind tunnel for 4 seconds. Enemies caught in the tunnel will periodically be pushed back.
Nexus Frenzy Icon.png
Nexus Frenzy
Increases Attack Speed by 20% and Attack Range by 1.1.
Epic Mount Icon.png
Epic Mount
Reduce the cooldown of Flight to 30 seconds, reduce the cast time before flying to 0.5 seconds, and increase the speed by 50%.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Main article: Falstad/Quotes

Skins[edit | edit source]

Falstad, Wildhammer Thane
Falstad Wildhammer is the High Thane of the Wildhammer Clan and a founding member of the Council of Three Hammers that presides over Ironforge. Despite speculation, Falstad has never been dead and anyone who claims such is a liar.
Default Dark Iron Frostborn
Falstad Wildhammer Thane 1.jpg
625gems / 7,000gold
Falstad Wildhammer Thane 2.jpg
Falstad Wildhammer Thane 3.jpg
Rare Gryphon Master
Much like other clans and races will don warpaint as they head into battle, the Wildhammer Dwarves will adorn themselves with their gryphon's feathers.
Default Crimson Sky
Falstad Master 1.jpg
Shard.png 100
Falstad Master 2.jpg
Shard.png 100
Falstad Master 3.jpg
Shard.png 100
Rare Storm Lord
During the War of Three Hammers, no Wildhammer was as feared as the Storm Lords. Their stormhammers forced the Bronzebeards to adopt new weapons and strategies.
Default Dark Frost
Falstad Storm Lord 1.jpg
Shard.png 100
Falstad Storm Lord 2.jpg
Shard.png 100
Falstad Storm Lord 3.jpg
Shard.png 100
Legendary Buccaneer
To this day, Captain Falstad and the crew of the Wildhammer honor the pirate’s code set by Mistharbour's Council of Three Anchors. Of course, some say those rules are merely guidelines…
Legendary Skin Features: Themed abilities. His Basic Attack fires cannon balls, he throw anchors when using Hammerang or Lightning Rod, and he drops feathers when he uses Barrel Roll or Flight. Many of his abilities have new sound effects.
Note: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of Mistharbour skins.
Default Salty Seafoam
Falstad Buccaneer 1.jpg
Shard.png 1,600
Falstad Buccaneer 2.jpg
Shard.png 1,600
Falstad Buccaneer 3.jpg
Shard.png 1,600

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Gryphon riders first appeared in Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness (1995). Falstad first appeared in the novel Warcraft: Day of the Dragon (2001). His first game appearance was in World of Warcraft (2004).
  • Falstad is voiced by Michael Sorich.
  • Falstad was one of the 18 heroes revealed at BlizzCon 2013.
  • Some of Falstad's dialogue references the interaction between Chris Metzen and Ian Bates at BlizzCon 2010.
  • Falstad jokes about his Barrel Roll ability in a reference to Nintendo's Star Fox series.
  • Falstad notes that everyone is riding gryphons nowadays, referring to the flight paths and flying mounts in World of Warcraft.
  • Falstad is the first and only mounted hero in the game.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 2013-11-15, Character List of Heroes of the Storm. Blizzpro, accessed on 2013-12-01

External links[edit | edit source]