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Basic Info
Title Traitor King
Role Warrior Warrior
Franchise Warcraft Warcraft
Price 500Gem.png / 4,000Money.png
Release Date October 7, 2014
Base Stats
Attack Type Melee
Health 1925
Health Regen 4.01
Resource 500 Mana
Armor 20 Spell
Attack Speed 1
Attack Range 1.5
Attack Damage 91
Data Page

Anub'arak, the Traitor King, is a melee warrior hero from the Warcraft universe.[1] The proud nerubian king dared to stand against the Lich King's invasion, but despite his bravery, he fell to the unrelenting Scourge. Resurrected into undeath, Anub'arak now serves as a towering weapon of destruction.

Anub'arak charges toward his enemies and impales them. He can harden his carapace to shield himself.

Background[edit | edit source]

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The former king of Azjol-Nerub, Anub'arak was among the nerubians slaughtered in the War of the Spider. One of his most loyal commanders was Anub'Rekhan. Ner'zhul the Lich King raised the high lords of the Spider Kingdom, Anub'arak among them, as undead to do his bidding. As a malicious crypt lord, he was forced to use his powers to purge the snow-swept landscape of any remaining resistance to the reign of the Lich King.

Anub'arak was sent south to meet Arthas Menethil when he arrived in Northrend. Anub'arak saved the death knight from an attack by blood elves before he introduced himself and told Arthas of Ner'zhul's plans. Anub'arak helped Arthas establish a base, then masterminded the attack on the blue dragon Sapphiron. Anub'arak told Arthas that it would take too long to fight their way through the forces led by Kael'thas and Vashj. He formulated a plan to go through the underground ruins of Azjol-Nerub to reach Icecrown, but warned that it would be a perilous journey.

Anub'arak led Arthas into the ruined kingdom, negating many perilous traps along the way. All the while he fought against his former subjects, the living nerubians, who called him the "traitor king". They encountered survivors of Muradin's expedition, led by Baelgun, who reported that an ancient evil had been released beneath the kingdom. Anub'arak and Arthas defeated the dwarves and broke into the Inner Kingdom. Soon, they came upon the evil the dwarves had spoken of - the Faceless Ones, strange creatures who had been imprisoned beneath the earth long ago. They even fought against a mighty Forgotten One. Upon entering the Upper Kingdom, an earthquake separated Anub'arak from Arthas. After digging through the rubble and finding the death knight unharmed, Anub'arak realized why Ner'zhul had chosen Arthas as his champion.

Anub'arak ushered Arthas out of Azjol-Nerub and to the surface, where they engaged with Illidan Stormrage and his servants in a battle for the Frozen Throne. Anub'arak defended Arthas as he magically activated the four obelisks surrounding Icecrown's pinnacle, then stood by as Arthas climbed the stairs to his destiny.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Scarab Host Icon.png
Scarab Host
Using a Basic Ability spawns a Beetle which lasts for 8 seconds, attacking nearby enemies for 20 (+4% per level) damage.
Impale Icon.png
65 Mana Cooldown: 12 seconds
Deals 100 (+4% per level) damage. Stuns for 1 second.
Harden Carapace Icon.png
Harden Carapace
35 Mana Cooldown: 8 seconds
Gain a Shield that absorbs 315 (+4% per level) damage over 3 seconds.
Burrow Charge Icon.png
Burrow Charge
65 Mana Cooldown: 14 seconds
Burrows to location, dealing 96 (+4% per level) damage and briefly stunning enemies in a small area upon surfacing, slowing them by 25% for 2.5 seconds. Burrow Charge can be reactivated to surface early.
Locust Swarm Icon.png
Locust Swarm
100 Mana Cooldown: 100 seconds
Deal 62 (+4% per level) damage per second in an area around yourself. Each enemy damaged heals you for 21 (+4% per level) Health. Lasts 6 seconds.
Cocoon Icon.png
70 Mana Cooldown: 60 seconds
Wraps target enemy Hero in a cocoon, rendering them unable to act or be targeted for 8 seconds. Allies of the Hero can attack the cocoon to break it and free them early.

Talents[edit | edit source]

Assault Scarab Icon.png
Resilient Scarab
Beetles have 50 Spell Armor.
Dampen Magic Icon.png
Nerubian Armor
Every 12 seconds, gain 30 Spell Armor against the next Ability and subsequent Abilities cast against you for 1.5 seconds, reducing the damage taken by 30%.
Regeneration Master Icon.png
Regeneration Master
❢ Quest: Gathering a Regeneration Globe increases your Health Regeneration by 1 per second, up to 30.
❢ Reward: After gathering 30 Regeneration Globes, you also gain 500 Health.
Bed of Barbs Icon.png
Bed of Barbs
Create a bed of spikes along Impale's path that slows enemies by 25% and deals 21 (+4% per level) damage per second. Spikes persist for 3.5 seconds.
Shed Exoskeleton Icon.png
Shed Exoskeleton
Using Hardened Carapace increases Move Speed by 30% for 3 seconds.
Underking Icon.png
Increases Burrow Charge range by 20% and damage by 100%.
Legion of Beetles Icon.png
Legion of Beetles
Automatically spawn a Beetle every 8 seconds. Can be toggled on and off.
Urticating Spines Icon.png
Chitinous Plating
While Harden Carapace is active, taking damage from enemy Abilities reduces its cooldown by 1 seconds, up to 3 seconds.
Underking Icon.png
Subterranean Shield
Burrow Charge also grants a 345 (+4% per level) point shield for 5 seconds.
Leeching Scarabs Icon.png
Leeching Scarabs
Beetles gain 20% damage and heal you for 50% of their damage with each attack if you are nearby.
Locust Swarm Icon.png
Locust Swarm
Deal 50 (+4% per level) damage per second in an area around yourself. Each enemy damaged heals you for 17 (+4% per level) Health. Lasts 8 seconds.
Cocoon Icon.png
Wraps target enemy Hero in a cocoon, rendering them unable to act or be targeted for 8 seconds. Allies of the Hero can attack the cocoon to break it and free them early.
Burning Rage Icon.png
Burning Rage
Deal 23 (+4% per level) damage per second to nearby enemies.
Shed Exoskeleton Icon.png
Urticating Spines
Casting Harden Carapace will also deal 80 (+4% per level) damage to nearby enemies. Deals double damage against Heroes.
Follow Through Icon.png
Acid Drenched Mandibles
Attacking a Hero that is slowed, rooted, or stunned increases Anub'arak's Basic Attack damage by 70% for 3 seconds.
Epicenter Icon.png
Increases Burrow Charge impact area by 60% and lowers the cooldown by 1.25 seconds for each Hero hit.
Debilitation Icon.png
Enemy Heroes hit by Burrow Charge have their Spell Power reduced by 50% for 4 seconds.
Beetle, Juiced Icon.png
Beetle, Juiced
Every 3rd Basic Attack against enemy Heroes spawns a Beetle.
Hive Master Icon.png
Hive Master
Gain a permanent Vampire Locust that attacks a nearby enemy every 3 seconds. The Vampire Locust deals 153 (+4% per level) damage and returns to heal you for 37 (+4% per level) health.
Cryptweave Icon.png
Staying near the Cocoon allows Anub'arak to extend the duration by up to 4 seconds per Cocoon.
Hardened Shield Icon.png
Nullification Shield
Cooldown: 40 seconds
Activate to gain 60 Spell Armor for 5 seconds.
Rewind Icon.png
Cooldown: 60 seconds
Activate to reset the cooldowns of your Basic Abilities.

Skins[edit | edit source]

Anub'arak Skins
Rare Anub'arak
Backstory: Once a proud nerubian king, Anub'arak dared to stand against the Lich King's invasion, but despite his bravery, he too fell to the unrelenting Scourge. Resurrected into undeath, the Traitor King now serves as a towering weapon of destruction.
Anub'arak Traitor King.jpg
500Gem.png / 4,000Money.png
Traitor King
Anub'arak Desert.jpg
Anub'arak Frozen.jpg
Epic Anub'alisk
Backstory: Anub'alisk was evolved to safeguard the birthing colony of Cavir from any threats. After the second Overmind's death, the Lurker Lord remained feral until he was recovered by Abathur and Mukav's rogue brood.
Features: Themed abilities.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of other universes merging into StarCraft skins.
Anub'arak Anub'alisk.jpg
Shard.png 400
Anub'arak Anub'alisk Kaldir.jpg
Shard.png 400
Anub'arak Anub'alisk Omega.jpg
Shard.png 400
Anub'arak Anub'alisk Venomous.jpg
Shard.png 400
Anub'arak Anub'alisk Enraged.jpg
Shard.png 400
Legendary Cyb'arak
Backstory: The Defense mecha Cyb'arak designed by Frozen Throne technologies has proven instrumental in the defense of the African continent against the Kaijo monsters.
Features: Altered voice-over, themed abilities.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of Kaijo world skins.
Anub'arak Cyb'arak.jpg
Shard.png 1,600
Anub'arak Cyb'arak Colbat.jpg
Shard.png 1,600
Anub'arak Cyb'arak Crimson.jpg
Shard.png 1,600
Anub'arak Cyb'arak Neon.jpg
Shard.png 1,600
Epic Love Bug
Backstory: Once you're bitten, you're smitten.
Features: Themed abilities.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of holiday skins.
Anub'arak Love Bug.jpg
Shard.png 400
Anub'arak Love Bug Hearty.jpg
Shard.png 400
Anub'arak Love Bug Iridescent.jpg
Shard.png 400
Rare Underking
Backstory: A Spider Lord's carapace has been known to deflect blades, arrows, and even siege weaponry all on its own. When fitted with armor, it is all but unstoppable.
Anub'arak Underking.jpg
Shard.png 100
Anub'arak Underking Silithus.jpg
Shard.png 100
Anub'arak Underking Northrend.jpg
Shard.png 100
Shard.png 100

Mounts[edit | edit source]

Anub'arak's default mount is "Crypt Lord Wings", a state where he uses his wings to fly. He is otherwise limited to mounts he can stand on (such as Blackheart's Doubloon, Champion's Nexagon, Championship Banner, Hearthstone Card, Magic Carpet, Star Chariot, or Void Speeder).

  • Backstory: In the years following the Third War, Azerothian scholars hypothesized that the wings of spiderlords were vestigal, incapable of flight. They were very wrong.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Anub'arak first appeared in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne (2003).
  • In Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, Anub'arak was voiced by Steve Blum. In World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, he was voiced by Frank Welker. In Heroes of the Storm, he is voiced by Darin De Paul.
  • Anub'arak was one of the three heroes revealed at Gamescom 2014.[2]
  • Anub'arak's default skin reflects his appearance in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.
    • Desert Anub'arak reflects his appearance in the the Azjol-Nerub dungeon from World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King.
    • Frozen Anub'arak reflects his appearance in the Trial of the Crusader raid from World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King.
  • One of Anub'arak's gag quotes references the guild Paragon, who scored the world first Anub'arak kill in the Trial of the Grand Crusader raid.[3]
  • Anub'arak's "RAIDS?!" quote is a reference to the Raid insecticide commercials.

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