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Arthas
Arthas

"Frostmourne hungers."

Basic Info
Title The Lich King
Role Warrior Warrior
Franchise Warcraft Warcraft
Price 625Gem.png / 7,000Money.png
Release Date March 13, 2014
Base Stats
Attack Type Melee
Health 2650
Health Regen 5.52
Resource 500 Mana
Armor
Attack Speed 1
Attack Range 2
Attack Damage 95
Data Page

Arthas Menethil, the Lich King, is a melee warrior hero from the Warcraft universe.[1] Once the crown prince of Lordaeron, and protégé of Uther the Lightbringer, Arthas was corrupted by the cursed blade Frostmourne in a 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. He uses the power of Frostmourne to empower his attacks.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

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Arthas Menethil, the crown prince of Lordaeron, was the son of King Terenas Menethil II. He joined the Order of the Silver Hand led by Uther the Lightbringer, and was trained as a paladin. Arthas was a promising knight, though he eventually spiraled down a path of vengeance.

Arthas's downfall began at Stratholme, one of the first cities to be struck by the plague. Upon discovering that the grain stores in the city had been infected, Arthas ordered Uther and a Kirin Tor mage named Jaina Proudmoore to help him purge the city in order to prevent the plague from spreading further. Uther and Jaina refused to follow his demands, however, and Arthas went on to purge the city without them. In Stratholme, Arthas encountered and fought a dreadlord by the name of Mal'Ganis. Before Mal'Ganis fled, he told Arthas to meet him in the arctic land of Northrend.

Arthas gathered an army and set sail for Northrend. Upon his arrival, he encountered an old friend by the name of Muradin Bronzebeard. After Muradin told Arthas of an ancient and powerful runeblade called Frostmourne, which had the potential to slay Mal'Ganis, the two friends set out to look for the weapon. Upon finding Frostmourne, however, Muradin realized it was cursed and said they should leave it be. Arthas, willing to pay any price to save his people, did not heed Muradin's warning. He claimed the blade and seemingly killed his old friend in the process.

With Frostmourne in hand, Arthas set out to find Mal'Ganis. He fought through hordes of undead before reaching the dreadlord. Mal'Ganis revealed to Arthas that the whispers he was hearing from Frostmourne were actually the voice of the Lich King, and asked him what the Lich King's next instructions were. Arthas replied that the voice was telling him to enact his vengeance. Striking the astonished dreadlord down, Arthas abandoned his men and began wandering through the frozen wastes, where he lost what remained of his sanity. When Arthas returned to Lordaeron, he killed his father in cold blood and conquered the kingdom in the name of the Scourge.

Some time later, following the destruction he had wrought on the continent, the Lich King ordered Arthas to return to Northrend. Illidan Stormrage, who had been instructed by the Burning Legion to destroy the Lich King, raced Arthas to the immobile Lich King's seat of power in Icecrown. Ultimately, the two fought and Arthas emerged victorious. Arthas shattered the Frozen Throne and placed the helm of the Lich King upon his head, allowing the two to become one single being.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Arthas is an aggressive Warrior who who can be played both as a Bruiser and as a Tank. Arthas excels at slowing and rooting several opponents at the same time, which allows him to either chase down retreating enemies or to peel for threatened allies. Furthermore, his inherent 15 Physical Armor (which causes him to take 15% reduced damage from enemy Basic Attacks) and the ability to reduce the Attack Speed of nearby opponents, make him an excellent choice against Assassins who are dependent on Basic Attacks.

Strengths[edit | edit source]

Arthas' Weaknesses[edit | edit source]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Frostmourne Hungers Active Icon.png
D
Frostmourne Hungers
Cooldown: 12 seconds
Activate to make Arthas's next Basic Attack strike immediately, do 99 increased damage, and restore 30 Mana.

    Type: Attack modifier / Damage
    Scaling: 4.00%
    Affects: Enemies
    Targeting: No target / Primed
    Cast time: Instant
  • Damage is dealt in Physical damage.
  • Cooldown starts once the Ablility is triggered by attacking an enemy.
Death Coil Icon.png
Q
Death Coil
50 Mana Cooldown: 9 seconds
Deals 164 damage to target enemy. Can be self-cast to heal for 262 Health.

    Type: Damage / Healing
    Scaling: 4.00% (both)
    Affects: Enemies / Self
    Targeting: Unit target
    Cast time: 0.15+0 seconds
    Cast range: 6
Howling Blast Icon.png
W
Howling Blast
70 Mana Cooldown: 12 seconds
Root enemies within the target area for 1.25 seconds and deals 68 damage.

    Type: Damage
    Scaling: 4.00%
    Affects: Enemies
    Targeting: Point Target
    Clamped: Yes
    Cast time: 0.15+0 seconds
    Range: 8
    Radius: 2
Frozen Tempest Icon.png
E
Frozen Tempest
Cooldown: 1 seconds
Mana: 15 per second
Deals 40 damage per second to nearby enemies. Slows enemy Move Speed and Attack Speed by 10% per second, stacking up to 40%. Frozen Tempest's effects last for 1.5 seconds.

    Type: Damage / Toggle
    Scaling: 4.00%
    Affects: Enemies
    Targeting: No target / AoE
    Cast time: Instant
    Radius: 3.5
    Damage per tick: 20 (x2 / second)
    Slow duration: 1.5 seconds
Army of the Dead Icon.png
R
Army of the Dead
80 Mana Cooldown: 80 / 1.5 seconds
Summons Ghouls that last 15 seconds. Sacrifice Ghouls to heal for 267 Health.

    Type: Summon
    Targeting: No target
    Cast time: 0.15+0 seconds
    Summoned Ghouls: 6
    Reactivate: Sacrifice - Sacrifice a Ghoul to restore 267 Health.
    Affects: Self
Ghoul
    Summon Type: Mobile
    Health: 1060
    Health scaling: 4.00%
    Basic Attack damage: 20
    Damage scaling: 4.00%
    Attack Speed: 1.0
    Attack Range: 1.0
    Movement speed: 5.0 / second
    Sight radius: 7
    Leash range: 10
  • Arthas can't reactivate the Ability to sacrifice a Ghoul, if he is at full Health.
  • The Ghoul with the lowest health will be sacrificed first
  • Ghouls are inable to move for the first 1.3 seconds after being summoned.
  • Ghouls are summoned at random positions around Arthas, but will reorganize around Arthas at 1.5 range at 60 degree intervals once they are able to move.
  • Ghouls will follow Arthas in this formation until he issues an attack move on an enemy. Each of the Ghouls will then attack this target until they or the target dies or the Ghoul gets leashed.
  • Ghouls persist even after Arhas' death.
Summon Sindragosa Icon.png
R
Summon Sindragosa
100 Mana Cooldown: 80 seconds
Deals 230 damage and Slows enemies by 60% for 3.5 seconds. Also disables non-Heroic enemies and Structures for 20 seconds.

    Type: Damage
    Scaling: 4.00%
    Affects: Enemies
    Targeting: Point target / AoE
    Clamped: Yes
    Cast time: 0.6+0 seconds
    Delay: 0.75 seconds
    Travel distance: 38
    Area width: 8
    Area length: 4
    Move Speed: 6 / second

Talents[edit | edit source]

1
Eternal Hunger Icon.png
Eternal Hunger
❢ Quest: Use Frostmourne Hungers on an enemy Hero.
❢ Reward: Increases the Mana it restores by 4, to a maximum of 40, and its damage by 4.

    Type: Bonus damage
    Scaling: -
    Affects: Ability
Frost Presence Icon.png
Frost Presence
❢ Quest: Root enemy Heroes with Howling Blast.
❢ Reward: After rooting 5 Heroes, Howling Blast's cooldown is reduced by 2 seconds.
❢ Reward: After rooting 10 Heroes, Howling Blast's range is increased by 30%.
❢ Reward: After rooting 20 Heroes, Howling Blast also roots enemies in its path.

    Bonus range: 2.4
    Trail width: 4
Block Icon.png
Rime
Every 5 seconds, gain 75 Physical Armor against the next enemy Hero Basic Attack, reducing the damage taken by 75%. Stores up to 3 charges.

    Type: Damage modifier
    Affects: Self
4
Frozen Wastes Icon.png
Frozen Wastes
Frozen Tempest Mana cost reduced by 4 per second.
❢ Quest: Damage enemy Heroes with Frozen Tempest.
❢ Reward: After damaging enemy Heroes 150 times with Frozen Tempest, the Movement and Attack Speed Slows of Frozen Tempest last an extra 1.5 seconds against enemy Heroes.

    Bonus duration: 1.5 seconds
  • Every Hero within its radius counts towards quest progress.
Biting Cold Icon.png
Icy Talons
Gain 3% Attack Speed for 1.5 seconds every time a Hero is damaged by Frozen Tempest, to a maximum of 60%.
Deathlord Icon.png
Deathlord
Reduces Death Coil's cooldown by 3 seconds and increase its range by 30%.

    Bonus range: 1.8
7
Rune Tap Icon.png
Rune Tap
Every 3rd Basic Attack heals Arthas for 4% of his max Health.

    Type: Healing
    Scaling: -
    Affects: Self
Immortal Coil Icon.png
Immortal Coil
Gain the healing effect of Death Coil even when used on enemies. If Death Coil is used on Arthas, it heals for an additional 50% bonus healing.
Icebound Fortitude Icon.png
Icebound Fortitude
Active: Activate to gain 25 Armor, reducing damage taken by 25%, and reduce the duration of Stuns, Slows, and Roots against Arthas by 75% for 3 seconds.

    Type: Damage modifier
    Affects: Self
10
Army of the Dead Icon.png
Army of the Dead
Summons Ghouls that last 15 seconds. Sacrifice Ghouls to heal for 267 Health.
Summon Sindragosa Icon.png
Summon Sindragosa
Deals 230 damage and slows enemies by 60% for 3.5 seconds. Also disables non-Heroic enemies and Structures for 20 seconds.
13
Trail of Frost Icon.png
Shattered Armor
Enemy Heroes hit by Howling Blast have their Armor reduced by 15 for 4 seconds.

    Type: Damage modifier
    Affects: Enemy Heroes
Frost Strike Icon.png
Frost Strike
Reduces Frostmourne Hungers' cooldown by 2 seconds. Frostmourne Hungers also Slows the enemy by 50% for 1.5 seconds.
Frigid Winds Icon.png
Biting Cold
Each second an enemy is damaged by Frozen Tempest, it deals 12.5% bonus damage, up to a 50% bonus.

    Type: Damage modifier
    Affects: Enemies
  • Damage bonus stacks independently for every affected unit .
16
Remorseless Winter Icon.png
Remorseless Winter
Enemy Heroes that remain within Frozen Tempest for 3 seconds are rooted for 1.25 seconds. This effect can only happen once every 10 seconds.
Frostmourne Feeds Icon.png
Frostmourne Feeds
Increases the amount of Basic Attacks empowered by Frostmourne Hungers to 2.
Embrace Death Icon.png
Embrace Death
Death Coil deals more damage and heals more the lower Arthas's current health is, to a maximum of 100% bonus damage and healing.
    Type: Damage modifier
    Affects: Ability
  • Bonus damage and healing percentage equals to the percentage of Health Arthas is missing.
  • Bonus healing when self-targeting stacks additively with Immortal Coil.
20
Legion of Northrend Icon.png
Legion of Northrend
3 additional Ghouls are created. Ghouls heal for an additional 50% 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 3.5 seconds.
Death's Advance Icon.png
Death's Advance
Cooldown: 50 seconds
Active: Activate to increase Movement Speed by 30% for 3 seconds.
Passive: Increases Movement Speed by 10%.
Anti-Magic Shield Icon.png
Anti-Magic Shell
Cooldown: 60 seconds
Active: Activate to make Arthas immune to Spell Damage for 3 seconds and heal Arthas for 25% of the damage prevented.

    Type: Damage modifier / Healing
    Scaling: -
    Affects: Self
  • Anti-Magic Shell absorbs all incoming Spell damage, similar to Protected status.
  • The amount of damage absorbed, and thus also healing done, is calculated after damage modifiers, such as Armor.

Skins[edit | edit source]

Arthas Skins
 
Rare The Lich King
Backstory: Once the crown prince of Lordaeron, and protégé of Uther the Lightbringer, Arthas was corrupted by the cursed blade Frostmourne in a bid to save his people. Now he rules over the damned as the Lich King and all shall know his wrath.
Arthas The Lich King.jpg
625Gem.png / 7,000Money.png
The Lich King
Arthas Saronite.jpg
Free
Saronite
Arthas Tundra.jpg
Free
Tundra
Arthas Tarnished.jpg
Shard.png 100
Tarnished
Epic Crown Prince
Backstory: 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.
Features: Replaced voice-over, themed abilities.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of character's pre-change skins.
Arthas Crown Prince.jpg
Shard.png 400
Arthas Crown Prince Kul Tiras.jpg
Shard.png 400
Kul Tiras
Arthas Crown Prince Dalaran.jpg
Shard.png 400
Dalaran
Rare Death God
Backstory: 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.
Arthas Death God.jpg
Shard.png 100
Arthas Death God Beryl.jpg
Shard.png 100
Beryl
Arthas Death God Sanguine.jpg
Shard.png 100
Sanguine
Rare Frost Wyrm
Backstory: After the death of the Ashen Verdict's champions none could halt the Lich King's advance. As a reminder of his victory, he grafted the bones of his fallen servants onto his armor.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of alternative history skins.
Arthas Frost Wyrm.jpg
Shard.png 100
Arthas Frost Wyrm Flesh.jpg
Shard.png 100
Flesh
Arthas Frost Wyrm Unholy.jpg
Shard.png 100
Unholy
Legendary Mystic Kingdoms
Backstory: Revered for his bravery and martial skill, General Arthas has led his king's armies to countless victories. His loyalty knows no bounds, and nothing can make him break his oath of service.
Features: Themed abilities.
Arthas Mystic Kingdoms.jpg
Shard.png 1,600
Arthas Mystic Kingdoms Frozen.jpg
Shard.png 1,600
Frozen
Arthas Mystic Kingdoms Shadow.jpg
Shard.png 1,600
Shadow
Arthas Mystic Kingdoms Royal.jpg
Shard.png 2,400
Royal
Arthas Event Skins
 
Epic Crimson Count Hallow's End
Backstory: Few of Sarah von Kerrigan's suitors are as bold or brash as Marquis Arthas du Menethíl. The Crimson Count hopes their unholy union will spell doom for Raven Court's vampire slayers.
Features: Themed mount, themed abilities.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of Raven Court skins.
Arthas Crimson Count.jpg
Shard.png 400
Arthas Crimson Count Toxic.jpg
Shard.png 400
Toxic
Arthas Crimson Count Shadow.jpg
Shard.png 400
Shadow
Arthas Crimson Count Consecrated.jpg
Shard.png 400
Consecrated
Arthas Removed Skins
 
Rare Death Knight
Backstory: 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.
Arthas Death Knight 1.jpg
Arthas Death Knight 2.jpg
Arthas Death Knight 3.jpg

Mounts[edit | edit source]

Arthas Mounts
 
Bat Form (Crimson Count Arthas exclusive)
Backstory: Marquis Arthas was never one for intensive study. It is little wonder, then, that his mastery over the power of transformation is somewhat... incomplete. Still, it makes for a fearsome visage.
Bat Form.jpg
Free

Portraits[edit | edit source]

Arthas Portraits
 
Arthas Hero Portrait.png
Arthas Hero
Arthas Mastery Portrait.png
Arthas Mastery
Carbot Arthas Portrait.png
Carbot Arthas
Shard.png 100
Crimson Count Arthas Portrait.png
Hallow's End Crimson Count Arthas
Shard.png 150
Frozen Globe Portrait.png
Winter Veil Frozen Globe
Shard.png 60
Warcraft III Corrupted Arthas Portrait.png
Warcraft III Corrupted Arthas
Shard.png 40
Warcraft III Death Knight Arthas Portrait.png
Warcraft III Death Knight Arthas
Shard.png 40

Warcraft III Prince Arthas Portrait.png
Warcraft III Prince Arthas
Shard.png 40
WoW Lich King Arthas Portrait.png
WoW Lich King Arthas
Shard.png 40

Sprays[edit | edit source]

Arthas Sprays
 
Army of my Friends Spray.gif
Army of my Friends
Shard.png 400
Carbot Arthas Spray.png
Carbot Arthas
Shard.png 100
Crimson Count Arthas Spray.png
Hallow's End Crimson Count Arthas
Shard.png 40
El Rey Arthas Spray.png
Nexomania El Rey Arthas
Shard.png 60
Emoji Arthas Spray.gif
Emoji Arthas
Shard.png 100
Lunar Arthas Lantern Spray.gif
Lunar Festival Lunar Arthas Lantern
Shard.png 150

Emojis[edit | edit source]

Arthas Pack 1 Emoji Arthas Pack 1 Arthas Happy.png Arthas Pack 2 Emoji Arthas Pack 2 Arthas Angry.png
Emoji Name Shortcut Emoji Name Shortcut
Emoji Arthas Pack 1 Arthas Happy.png Arthas Happy  :arthashappy:
:arthhappy:
Emoji Arthas Pack 2 Arthas Angry.png Arthas Angry  :arthasangry:
:arthangry:
Emoji Arthas Pack 1 Arthas ROFL.png Arthas ROFL  :arthaslol:
:arthasrofl:
:arthlol:
:arthrofl:
Emoji Arthas Pack 2 Arthas Cool.png Arthas Cool  :arthascool:
:arthcool:
Emoji Arthas Pack 1 Arthas Sad.png Arthas Sad  :arthassad:
:arthsad:
Emoji Arthas Pack 2 Arthas Oops.png Arthas Embarrassed  :arthasoops:
:arthasembarrassed:
:arthoops:
:arthembarrassed:
Emoji Arthas Pack 1 Arthas Silly.png Arthas Silly  :arthassilly:
:arthsilly:
Emoji Arthas Pack 2 Arthas Love.png Arthas in Love  :arthaslove:
:arthasinlove:
:arthlove:
:arthinlove:
Emoji Arthas Pack 1 Arthas Meh.png Arthas Speechless  :arthasmeh:
:arthasspeechless:
:arthmeh:
:arthspeechless:
Emoji Arthas Pack 2 Arthas Surprised.png Arthas Surprised  :arthaswow:
:arthassurprised:
:arthwow:
:arthsurprised:
Hallow's End Crimson Count Arthas Pack 1 Emoji Arthas Crimson Count Pack 1 Crimson Count Arthas Happy.png Hallow's End Crimson Count Arthas Pack 2 Emoji Arthas Crimson Count Pack 2 Crimson Count Arthas Angry.png
Emoji Name Shortcut Emoji Name Shortcut
Emoji Arthas Crimson Count Pack 1 Crimson Count Arthas Happy.png Crimson Count Arthas Happy  :arthascrimsoncounthappy:
:arthcchappy:
Emoji Arthas Crimson Count Pack 2 Crimson Count Arthas Angry.png Crimson Count Arthas Angry  :arthascrimsoncountangry:
:arthccangry:
Emoji Arthas Crimson Count Pack 1 Crimson Count Arthas ROFL.png Crimson Count Arthas ROFL  :arthascrimsoncountlol:
:arthascrimsoncountrofl:
:arthcclol:
:arthccrofl:
Emoji Arthas Crimson Count Pack 2 Crimson Count Arthas Cool.png Crimson Count Arthas Cool  :arthascrimsoncountcool:
:arthcccool:
Emoji Arthas Crimson Count Pack 1 Crimson Count Arthas Sad.png Crimson Count Arthas Sad  :arthascrimsoncountsad:
:arthccsad:
Emoji Arthas Crimson Count Pack 2 Crimson Count Arthas Oops.png Crimson Count Arthas Embarrassed  :arthascrimsoncountoops:
:arthascrimsoncountembarrassed:
:arthccoops:
:arthccembarrassed:
Emoji Arthas Crimson Count Pack 1 Crimson Count Arthas Silly.png Crimson Count Arthas Silly  :arthascrimsoncountsilly:
:arthccsilly:
Emoji Arthas Crimson Count Pack 2 Crimson Count Arthas Love.png Crimson Count Arthas in Love  :arthascrimsoncountlove:
:arthascrimsoncountinlove:
:arthcclove:
:arthccinlove:
Emoji Arthas Crimson Count Pack 1 Crimson Count Arthas Meh.png Crimson Count Arthas Speechless  :arthascrimsoncountmeh:
:arthascrimsoncountspeechless:
:arthccmeh:
:arthccspeechless:
Emoji Arthas Crimson Count Pack 2 Crimson Count Arthas Surprised.png Crimson Count Arthas Surprised  :arthascrimsoncountwow:
:arthascrimsoncountsurprised:
:arthccwow:
:arthccsurprised:

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Main article: Arthas/Quotes


Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Arthas first appeared in the novel Warcraft: Of Blood and Honor (January 2001). His first game appearance was in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (July 2002).
  • In Warcraft III, Arthas is voiced by Justin Gross. In subsequent appearances, he is voiced by Patrick Seitz (paladin/death knight Arthas) and Michael McConnohie (Lich King Arthas).
  • Arthas was one of the 18 heroes revealed at BlizzCon 2013.
  • Arthas's model was designed first and his role in the game was decided upon later.[3]
  • Blizzard considered giving Crown Prince Arthas a hammer, but that would have required additional animation work, in addition to conflicting with Uther and creating confusion. They also considered making paladin Arthas a skin for Uther, rather than Arthas, but that would have opened another can of worms. Ultimately, they decided to depict paladin Arthas immediately after he picked up Frostmourne. That meant his animations could stay the same, and since he still had his sword he was still recognizable as Arthas.[4][5]
  • Muradin, Rehgar, Stitches, Chen, Anub'arak, Jaina, Sylvanas, Kael'thas, The Butcher, Rexxar, and Tracer defeat Arthas in their hero trailers.[6]
  • NECA revealed the Heroes of the Storm Arthas action figure at SDCC 2015.[7]
  • The story of how Arthas became the Lich King can be traced back to his younger days in Arthas: Rise of the Lich King (May 2009).
  • Arthas was 24 in Reign of Chaos, 25 in The Frozen Throne, and 31 in Wrath of the Lich King.
  • A 14 foot statue of Arthas can be seen at the Calligraphy Greenway in Taichung, Taiwan.[8]
  • Arthas's "hail to the king" quote references a line spoken by Ash Williams in Army of Darkness (February 1993).
  • Arthas's "looking for a few dead men" quote references a 1985 United States Marine Corps commercial.
  • Arthas's "my condition has left me cold" quote references a line spoken by Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin (June 1997).
  • Arthas's "no man can defeat me" quote references a line spoken by the Witch-king of Angmar in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (December 2003).
  • Some of Arthas's quotes reference the running joke about Darkness.

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