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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 2524
Health Regen 5.2578
Resource 500 Mana
Armor 10 Physical
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.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Frostmourne Hungers Active Icon.png
Frostmourne Hungers
Cooldown: 12 seconds
Activate to make Arthas's next Basic Attack strike immediately, do 99 increased damage, and restore 30 Mana.
Death Coil Icon.png
Death Coil
50 Mana Cooldown: 9 seconds
Deals 164 (+4% per level) damage to target enemy. Can be self-cast to heal for 262 (+4% per level) Health.
Howling Blast Icon.png
Howling Blast
70 Mana Cooldown: 12 seconds
Root enemies within the target area for 1.25 seconds and deals 68 (+4% per level) damage.
Frozen Tempest Icon.png
Frozen Tempest
Cooldown: 1 seconds
Mana: 15 per second
Deals 40 (+4% per level) damage per second to nearby enemies. Slows enemy Move Speed and Attack Speed by 10% per second, stacking up to 40%.
Army of the Dead Icon.png
Army of the Dead
80 Mana Cooldown: 80 seconds
Summons Ghouls that last 15 seconds. Sacrifice Ghouls to heal for 267 (+4% per level) Health.
Summon Sindragosa Icon.png
Summon Sindragosa
100 Mana Cooldown: 80 seconds
Deals 230 (+4% per level) damage and slows enemies by 60% for 3.5 seconds. Also disables non-Heroic enemies and Structures for 20 seconds.

Talents[edit | edit source]

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.
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.
Block Icon.png
Every 5 seconds, gain 60 Physical Armor against the next enemy Hero Basic Attack, reducing the damage taken by 60%. Stores up to 3 charges.
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.
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
Reduces Death Coil's cooldown by 3 seconds and increase its range by 30%.
Rune Tap Icon.png
Rune Tap
Every 3rd Basic Attack heals Arthas for 4% of his max Health.
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
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.
Army of the Dead Icon.png
Army of the Dead
Summons Ghouls that last 15 seconds. Sacrifice Ghouls to heal for 267 (+4% per level) Health.
Summon Sindragosa Icon.png
Summon Sindragosa
Deals 230 (+4% per level) damage and slows enemies by 60% for 3.5 seconds. Also disables non-Heroic enemies and Structures for 20 seconds.
Trail of Frost Icon.png
Shattered Armor
Enemy Heroes hit by Howling Blast have their Armor reduced by 15 for 4 seconds.
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.
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.
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
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
Activate to make Arthas immune to Spell Damage for 3 seconds and heal Arthas for 25% of the damage prevented.

Skins[edit | edit source]

Arthas Skins
Rare Arthas
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
Arthas Tundra.jpg
Arthas Tarnished.jpg
Shard.png 100
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
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
Arthas Death God Sanguine.jpg
Shard.png 100
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
Arthas Frost Wyrm Unholy.jpg
Shard.png 100
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
Arthas Mystic Kingdoms Shadow.jpg
Shard.png 1,600

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
Arthas Crimson Count Shadow.jpg
Shard.png 400
Shard.png 600

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]

Crimson Count Arthas has access to "Bat Form", a unique mount that makes him look like a large bat.

  • 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.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Arthas first appeared in the novel Warcraft: Of Blood and Honor (2001). His first game appearance was in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (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]
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Some of Arthas's quotes reference the running joke about Darkness.

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