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"For the Frozen Throne!"

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 2100
Health Regen 4.375
Resource 500 Mana
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.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Anub'arak is an aggressive Warrior who specializes against Mages. His strongest points are his long-range Crowd controls and high resistance to Ability-based damage. Although considered an archetypal tank, his Health pool is significantly lower than that of other tanks; Anub'arak must therefore rely on his summons and Abilities to survive in battle. Finding the right time to initiate, peel, and pressure isolated Heroes while avoiding dangerous situations are the skills that one should develop in order to become a strong Anub'arak player.

Strengths[edit | edit source]

Weaknesses[edit | edit source]

  • Relatively fragile to Physical Damage Dealer
  • Main Abilities are skillshots that can be avoided
  • Limited damage dealing potential

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Scarab Host Icon.png
Scarab Host
Using an Ability spawns a Beetle which lasts for 8 seconds, attacking nearby enemies for 20 damage.

    Type: Summon
    Targeting: No target
    Summon type: Mobile
    Health: 285
    Health Scaling: 4.00%
    Basic Attack damage: 20
    Damage Scaling: 4.00%
    Attack Speed: 1.00
    Attack range: 0.75
    Movement speed: 4
    Sight radius: 7
  • Beetles spawn randomly in one of eight possible locations around Anub'arak
  • If Anub’arak is attacking an enemy when a Beetle is spawned, the Beetle will also attempt to attack that target.
  • If Anub’arak is not attacking anything when a Beetle is spawned, the Beetle will attempt to find a nearby target to attack. If an enemy Hero is close enough it will be prioritised.
  • Beetles will now attack and pursue a target found this way until that enemy dies, or the Beetles lose track of the target (through teleporting away, for example). Only then will the Beetles return to a lane.
Impale Icon.png
65 Mana Cooldown: 12 seconds
Deals 100 damage. Stuns for 1 second.

    Type: Damage
    Scaling: 4.00%
    Affects: Enemies
    Targeting: Point target
    Clamped: Yes
    Cast time: Instant
    Range: 11.5
    Width: 1.5
Harden Carapace Icon.png
Harden Carapace
25 Mana Cooldown: 7 seconds
Gain a Shield that grants 40 Spell Armor and absorbs 315 damage over 3 seconds.

    Type: Shield
    Scaling: 4.00%
    Affects: Self
    Targeting: No target
    Cast time: Instant
Burrow Charge Icon.png
Burrow Charge
65 Mana Cooldown: 14 / 0.5 seconds
Burrows to location, dealing 96 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.

    Type: Damage / Mobility / Reactivate
    Scaling: 4.00%
    Affects: Enemies / Self / Self
    Targeting: Point target / AoE
    Clamped: Yes
    Cast time: 0.0625+0.15 seconds
    Range: 12.25
    Impact radius: 1.75
    Stun duration: 0.5 seconds
    Reactivate: Burrow Charge Cancel
  • Burrow charge grants Anub'arak Unstoppable for its duration. Regardless, Burrow Charge can not be cast while Rooted like other mobility Abilities.
  • Scarab Host spawns a Beetle after Anub'arak resurfaces.
Locust Swarm Icon.png
Locust Swarm
100 Mana Cooldown: 100 seconds
Deal 62 damage per second in an area around yourself. Each enemy damaged heals you for 21 Health. Lasts 6 seconds.

    Type: Damage / Healing
    Scaling: 4.00% (both)
    Affects: Enemies / Self
    Targeting: No target
    Cast time: Instant
    Radius: 5.125
    Damage per tick: 62 (x6)
    Healing per tick: 21 (x6)
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.

    Type: Summon
    Targeting: Unit target
    Affects: Enemy Heroes
    Cast time: 0.2+0 seconds
    Cast range: 6
    Summon type: Stationary
    Health: 32
    Health Scaling: -
    Health regeneration: - 4 per second
    Basic Attack damage: -
    Sight radius: 8
  • Cocoon takes 1 damage for every instance of damage.
  • Minions, Structures and friendly Mercenaries do not attack the cocoon.

Talents[edit | edit source]

Assault Scarab Icon.png
Resilient Scarab
Beetles have 50 Spell Armor.

    Type: Damage modifier
    Affects: Beetles
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%.

    Type: Damage modifier
    Affects: Self
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.

    Type: Bonus regeneration / Bonus Health
    Affects: Self
  • Bonus regeneration and Health gained from Regeneration Master are not affected by Scaling.
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 damage per second. Spikes persist for 3.5 seconds.

    Type: Damage
    Scaling: 4.00%
    Affects: Enemies
    Damage per tick: 21 (x4)
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%.

    Type: Damage modifier
    Affects: Ability
    Bonus range: 2
Legion of Beetles Icon.png
Legion of Beetles
Automatically spawn a Beetle every 8 seconds. Can be toggled on and off.

  • Beetles do not spawn when Anub'arak is Mounted.
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 point Shield for 5 seconds.

    Type: Shield
    Scaling: 4.00%
    Affects: Self
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.

    Type: Healing
    Scaling: -
    Affects: Self
    Heal radius: 12
Locust Swarm Icon.png
Locust Swarm
Deal 62 damage per second in an area around yourself. Each enemy damaged heals you for 21 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 damage per second to nearby enemies.

    Type: Damage / Passive
    Scaling: 4.00%
    Affects: Enemies
  • Burning Rage is inactive while Mounted.
  • Doesn't damage Mercenearies that have not been aggroed.
Shed Exoskeleton Icon.png
Urticating Spines
Casting Harden Carapace will also deal 80 damage to nearby enemies. Deals double damage against Heroes.

    Type: Damage / Damage modifier
    Scaling: 4.00% / -
    Affects: Enemies / Enemy 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.

    Type: Damage modifier
    Affects: Self
Epicenter Icon.png
Increases Burrow Charge impact area by 60% and lowers the cooldown by 1.25 seconds for each Hero hit.

    Bonus radius: 1.05
Debilitation Icon.png
Enemy Heroes hit by Burrow Charge have their Spell Power reduced by 50% for 4 seconds.

    Type: Damage modifier
    Affects: Enemy Heroes
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 damage and returns to heal you for 37 health.

    Type: Summon
    Targeting: Automatic
Vampire Locust
    Summon type: Mobile / Invulnerable
    Scaling: 4.00% (both)
    Target search radius:
  • Vampire Locusts attacks deal Spell damage.
  • Vampire Locust may aggro Mercenaries while Anub'arak is not Mounted.
  • Does not attack when Anub'arak is Mounted.
Cryptweave Icon.png
Staying near the Cocoon allows Anub'arak to extend the duration by up to 4 seconds per Cocoon.

    Radius: 4.5
  • Every 0.5 seconds, if Anub'arak is within the radius and Cocoon has less than 30 health, Cocoon is healed for 2 health, up to 16.
Hardened Shield Icon.png
Hardened Shield
Cooldown: 60 seconds
Activate to gain 75 Armor for 4 seconds, taking 75% less damage.
Rewind Icon.png
Cooldown: 60 seconds
Active: Activate to reset the cooldowns of your Basic Abilities.

Skins[edit | edit source]

Anub'arak Skins
Rare Traitor King
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
Anub'arak Underking Deatholme.jpg
Shard.png 100

Mounts[edit | edit source]

Anub'arak Mounts
Crypt Lord Wings
Backstory: n the years following the Third War, Azerothian scholars hypothesized that the wings of spiderlords were vestigal, incapable of flight. They were very wrong.
Crypt Lord Wings.jpg

Portraits[edit | edit source]

Anub'arak Portraits
Anub'alisk Portrait.png
Shard.png 40
Anub'arak Hero Portrait.png
Anub'arak Hero
Anub'arak Mastery Portrait.png
Anub'arak Mastery
Carbot Anub'arak Portrait.png
Carbot Anub'arak
Shard.png 100
Cyb'arak Insignia Portrait.png
Cyb'arak Insignia
Shard.png 40
WoW Anub'arak Portrait.png
WoW Anub'arak
Shard.png 40

Sprays[edit | edit source]

Anub'arak Sprays
Carbot Anub'arak Spray.png
Carbot Anub'arak
Shard.png 100
Cute Anub'arak Spray.png
Cute Anub'arak
Shard.png 40
Cyb'arak Insignia Spray.png
Cyb'arak Insignia
Shard.png 40
The Lurker King Spray.png
The Lurker King
Shard.png 40

Emojis[edit | edit source]

Anub'arak Pack 1 Emoji Anub'arak Pack 1 Anub'arak Happy.png Anub'arak Pack 2 Emoji Anub'arak Pack 2 Anub'arak Angry.png
Emoji Name Shortcut Emoji Name Shortcut
Emoji Anub'arak Pack 1 Anub'arak Happy.png Anub'arak Happy  :anubarakhappy:
Emoji Anub'arak Pack 2 Anub'arak Angry.png Anub'arak Angry  :anubarakangry:
Emoji Anub'arak Pack 1 Anub'arak ROFL.png Anub'arak ROFL  :anubaraklol:
Emoji Anub'arak Pack 2 Anub'arak Cool.png Anub'arak Cool  :anubarakcool:
Emoji Anub'arak Pack 1 Anub'arak Sad.png Anub'arak Sad  :anubaraksad:
Emoji Anub'arak Pack 2 Anub'arak Oops.png Anub'arak Embarrassed  :anubarakoops:
Emoji Anub'arak Pack 1 Anub'arak Silly.png Anub'arak Silly  :anubaraksilly:
Emoji Anub'arak Pack 2 Anub'arak Love.png Anub'arak in Love  :anubaraklove:
Emoji Anub'arak Pack 1 Anub'arak Meh.png Anub'arak Speechless  :anubarakmeh:
Emoji Anub'arak Pack 2 Anub'arak Surprised.png Anub'arak Surprised  :anubarakwow:

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Main article: Anub'arak/Quotes

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Anub'arak first appeared in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne (July 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 is the only Hero in the game to have baseline Spell Armor, having 20.
  • 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.
  • Anub'arak's large bulk limits him to mounts he can stand on (such as Blackheart's Doubloon, Champion's Nexagon, Championship Banner, Hearthstone Card, Magic Carpet, Star Chariot, and Void Speeder).

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Artwork[edit | edit source]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

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