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"Let's fly!"

Basic Info
Title Wildhammer Thane
Role Ranged Assassin Ranged Assassin
Difficulty Medium
Franchise Warcraft Warcraft
Price Gem.png625 / Money.png7,000
Release Date March 13, 2014
Base Stats
Attack Type Ranged
Health 1365
Health Regen 2.8437
Resource 500 Mana
Unit Radius 0.9375
Attack Speed 1.43
Attack Range 5.5
Attack Damage 104
Data Page

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 fell prey to a curse that turned him to crystal, a council with a representative from each major dwarven clan was formed to succeed him. Falstad, representing the Wildhammer clan, now rules 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, Swiftwing has a mate, 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 has no other involvement with the plot.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Falstad is a versatile and flexible ranged damage dealer. His strong points are his solid single-target DPS, extreme on-demand area of effect ranged burst damage, and global mobility. However, his relative fragility makes him a high priority target.

Strengths[edit | edit source]

  • Flight offers global map control
  • Solid single-target damage output
  • On-demand burst damage
  • Strong in all phases of the game

Weaknesses[edit | edit source]

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
60 Mana Cooldown: 10 seconds
Throw out a Hammer that returns to Falstad, dealing 121 (+4% per level) damage and Slowing enemies by 25% for 2 seconds.

  • Hammerang hits once on both throw and return.
Lightning Rod Icon.png
Lightning Rod
60 Mana Cooldown: 13 seconds
Deal 107 (+4% per level) to an enemy, and an additional 75 (+4% per level) damage per second for 4 seconds while close to the target.

  • Missing a lightning strike causes the ability to end.
  • Strikes once per second and deals total of 407 (+4% per level) damage.
Barrel Roll Icon.png
Barrel Roll
70 Mana Cooldown: 13 seconds
Dashes forward and grants a 171 (+4% per level) point Shield for 3 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.
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.

  • Always pushes a set distance regardless of the distance between Falstad and the affected enemy.
Epic Mount Icon.png
Cooldown: 75 seconds
Instead of mounting, Falstad can fly a great distance over terrain.

Type: Movement: Launch
Properties: Channeled cast (stationary), Unstoppable, Untargetable
Cast time: 2.0(ch)+0 seconds
Range: 75

  • Cast can be cancelled by issuing a 'move' or 'stop' command or interrupted by enemy abilities that Stun, Silence, Stasis or Knockback. Taking damage does not interrupt the cast.
  • Interrupting the channel in any way puts Flight on a 10 second cooldoown.

Talents[edit | edit source]

Gathering Storm Icon.png
Gathering Storm
❢ Quest: Every time Hammerang hits a Hero increase its damage by 1.5 and refund 10 Mana.

  • Gathering Storm has no upper limit.
  • Bonus damage from Gathering Storm is affected by damage modifiers, but not by Scaling.
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

  • Continues to gain stacks even after the quest is completed.
  • Bonus damage from Seasoned Marksman is affected by damage multipliers, but not by Scaling.
Bribe Icon.png
Active: Lower the cooldown of Lightning Rod by 3 seconds. 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.

  • Bosses and Support camps can't be bribed, but the Lightning Rod damage bonus works on them normally.
  • There is no upper limit to damage gained through this Talent
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.
    Max stacks: 7
  • Shield amount stacks, but duration is refreshed by every consecutive lightning strike.
Updraft Icon.png
Increases Barrel Roll's range and Shield amount by 60%. It no longer has a duration.
Hammer Gains Icon.png
Hammer Gains
Basic Attacks heal for 20% of the damage dealt to the primary target.

  • Healing is calculated after Armor reductions and other damage modifiers.
Secret Weapon Icon.png
Secret Weapon
Increases Hammerang's range by 30% and Basic Attacks deal 80% bonus damage while Hammerang is in flight.
BOOMerang Icon.png
Reactivate Hammerang mid-flight to deal 165 (+4% per level) damage around the hammer.

  • BOOMerang reactivation doesn't benefit from the bonuses of Gathering Storm, nor gain stacks for it
Charged Up Icon.png
Charged Up
Increases the number of Lightning Rod strikes by 2 and its range by 25%.

  • Increases Lightning Rod's maximum duration to 6 seconds.
Hinterland Blast Icon.png
Hinterland Blast
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.
Mighty Gust Icon.png
Mighty Gust
Cooldown: 60 seconds
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.

  • Increases the damage of an untalented Lightning Rod by up to 45%
Flow Rider Icon.png
Flow Rider
While Tailwind is active, Falstad's 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.

  • Bonus damage from Giant Killer is dealt as a separate instance of Spell damage that is flagged to ignore any Armor.
Crippling Hammer Icon.png
Crippling Hammer
Increases Hammerang's Slow from 25% to 60%.
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.

  • Creates 8 additional pulses, one every 0.5 seconds
  • Wind Tunnel's pulses inflict Knockback, but do not Slow.
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 40 seconds, reduce the cast time before flying to 0.5 seconds, and increase the speed by 50%.

Skins[edit | edit source]

Falstad Skins
Rare Wildhammer Thane
Backstory: 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.
Falstad Wildhammer Thane.jpg
Gem.png625 / Money.png7,000
Wildhammer Thane
Falstad Dark Iron.jpg
Dark Iron
Falstad Frostborn.jpg
Falstad Ironforge.jpg
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Legendary Buccaneer
Backstory: 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...
Features: Themed abilities.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of Mistharbour skins.
Falstad Buccaneer.jpg
Gem.png600 / Shard.png1,200
Falstad Buccaneer Salty.jpg
Gem.png600 / Shard.png1,200
Falstad Buccaneer Seafoam.jpg
Gem.png600 / Shard.png1,200
Falstad Buccaneer Midnight.jpg
Gem.png600 / Shard.png1,200
Falstad Buccaneer Spectral.jpg
Gem.png900 / Shard.png1,800
Limited-Time OfferSpectral
Rare Gryphon Master
Backstory: 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.
Falstad Gryphon Master.jpg
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Falstad Gryphon Master Crimson.jpg
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Falstad Gryphon Master Sky.jpg
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Rare Storm Lord
Backstory: 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.
Falstad Storm Lord.jpg
Gem.png160 / Shard.png100
Falstad Storm Lord Dark.jpg
Gem.png160 / Shard.png100
Falstad Storm Lord Frost.jpg
Gem.png160 / Shard.png100

Portraits[edit | edit source]

Falstad Portraits
Buccaneer Falstad Portrait.png
Fall of King's Crest Buccaneer Falstad
Carbot Falstad Portrait.png
Carbot Falstad
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Falstad Hero Portrait.png
Falstad Hero
Falstad Mastery Portrait.png
Falstad Mastery

Sprays[edit | edit source]

Falstad Sprays
Buccaneer Falstad Spray.png
Buccaneer Falstad
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Carbot Falstad Spray.png
Carbot Falstad
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Drift Beak Spray.png
Drift Beak
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Paper Falstad Spray.gif
Paper Falstad
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75

Emojis[edit | edit source]

Falstad Pack 1 Emoji Falstad Pack 1 Falstad Happy.png Falstad Pack 2 Emoji Falstad Pack 2 Falstad Angry.png
Emoji Name Shortcut Emoji Name Shortcut
Emoji Falstad Pack 1 Falstad Happy.png Falstad Happy :falstadhappy:
Emoji Falstad Pack 2 Falstad Angry.png Falstad Angry :falstadangry:
Emoji Falstad Pack 1 Falstad ROFL.png Falstad ROFL :falstadlol:
Emoji Falstad Pack 2 Falstad Cool.png Falstad Cool :falstadcool:
Emoji Falstad Pack 1 Falstad Sad.png Falstad Sad :falstadsad:
Emoji Falstad Pack 2 Falstad Oops.png Falstad Embarrassed :falstadoops:
Emoji Falstad Pack 1 Falstad Silly.png Falstad Silly :falstadsilly:
Emoji Falstad Pack 2 Falstad Love.png Falstad in Love :falstadlove:
Emoji Falstad Pack 1 Falstad Meh.png Falstad Speechless :falstadmeh:
Emoji Falstad Pack 2 Falstad Surprised.png Falstad Surprised :falstadwow:

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Main article: Falstad/Quotes

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Gryphon riders first appeared in Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness (December 1995). Falstad first appeared in the novel Day of the Dragon (February 2001).
    • His first game appearance was three years later, in World of Warcraft (November 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 is the only Dwarven Ranged Assassin hero in the game.
    • He is also the first and only mounted hero in the game.
  • Falstad jokes about his Barrel Roll ability in reference to Nintendo's Star Fox series (February 1993).
  • Falstad notes that everyone is riding gryphons nowadays, referring to the flight paths and flying mounts in World of Warcraft.

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

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