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Kel'Thuzad
Kel'ThuzadArt.jpg

"Obey the call!"

Basic Info
Title Archlich of Naxxramas
Role Ranged Assassin Ranged Assassin
Difficulty Hard
Franchise Warcraft Warcraft
Price Gem.png750 / Money.png10,000
Release Date September 5, 2017
Base Stats
Attack Type Ranged
Health 1445
Health Regen 3.0117
Resource 500 Mana
Unit Radius 0.875
Attack Speed 1.0
Attack Range 5.5
Attack Damage 72
Data Page


Kel'Thuzad, Archlich of Naxxramas, esteemed Lich Lord of the Plaguelands, Commander of the Dread Necropolis, Master and Founder of the Cult of the Damned, formerly of the Council of Six, Creator of the Abomination, Summoner of Archimonde the Defiler, Betrayer of Humanity, Hearthstone Enthusiast, and Majordomo to the Lich King, is a Ranged Assassin hero from the Warcraft universe.

Kel'Thuzad has faithfully served the Lich King both in life and after death. Reanimated as the Archlich of the Scourge and given domain of the Dread Necropolis, Naxxramas, Kel'Thuzad remains Arthas's most trusted advisor and master of the cold dark. Drawn to the immeasurable power found within the Nexus, Kel'Thuzad has turned several of the noblest heroes against their allies.

Background[edit | edit source]

Warcraft This section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft universe.

Kel'Thuzad was a powerful member of the Kirin Tor, but his interest in the dark arts caused him to be expelled from Dalaran. He went on to become the founder of the Cult of the Damned and one of the principal agents of the Lich King. After bringing the plague to Lordaeron, he was slain by Arthas Menethil. When Arthas became a death knight, he used and defiled the powers of the Sunwell to resurrect Kel'Thuzad as a lich so he could summon Archimonde to Azeroth. Following Arthas's departure for Northrend, Kel'Thuzad was left to command the Scourge forces in Lordaeron from his floating necropolis, Naxxramas.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Kel'Thuzad is a burst damage Ranged Assassin that locks down enemies and devastates them with powerful combos.

Strength[edit | edit source]

Weaknesses[edit | edit source]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Master of the Cold Dark Icon.png
Master of the Cold Dark
❢ Quest: Gain 1 Blight every time a Hero is Rooted by Frost Nova or hit by Chains of Kel'Thuzad.
❢ Reward: After gaining 15 Blight, gain the Glacial Spike ability.
❢ Reward: After gaining 30 Blight, gain 75% Spell Power.

Type: Offensive damage modifier
Affects: Self
Properties: Spell Power

  • Spell Power stacks additively with other offensive damage modifiers affecting Kel'Thuzad's spell damage output.
Death and Decay Icon.png
Q
Death and Decay
20 Mana Cooldown: 5 seconds
After 0.5 seconds, launch an orb that explodes upon hitting an enemy, dealing 150 damage to enemies in the area. The explosion leaves behind a pool of decay that lasts 2 seconds, dealing 82 damage every 0.5 seconds to enemies.

Type: Spell damage
Scaling: 2.50%
Affects: Enemies
Targeting: Point target
Cast time: 0.5+0 seconds
Range: 11.0
Area of Effect: Circle
Radius:
- Initial: 2.5
- Pool: 2.0
Hitbox: 1x1.25
Missile speed: 20
Tickrate: 2.0 per second (x4)

  • Units that are immune to skillshots cannot be hit by the initial projectile, but can still be damaged by splash and AoE damage.
Frost Nova Icon.png
W
Frost Nova
50 Mana Cooldown: 8 seconds
Create a nova that explodes after 1 second, dealing 180 damage to enemies inside and Slowing them by 35% for 2.5 seconds. Enemies in the center are Rooted for 1 second.

Type: Spell damage, Crowd control
Scaling: 2.50%
Affects: Enemies
Targeting: Point target
Properties: Area of Effect, Root, Slow
Cast time: 0.125+0 seconds
Range: 9.0
Area of Effect: Circle
Radius:
- Inner: 1.5
- Outer: 3.0

  • Enemies hit by the center are both Rooted and Slowed.
Chains of Kel'Thuzad Icon.png
E
Chains of Kel'Thuzad
50 Mana Cooldown: 10 seconds
Launch a chain, dealing 97 damage to the first enemy Hero hit. For 3 seconds after hitting an enemy, Chains can be reactivated to launch to an additional enemy, pulling both enemies together and Stunning them for 0.5 seconds.

Type: Spell damage, Crowd control
Scaling: 2.50%
Affects: Enemy Heroes
Targeting: Point target
Properties: Skillshot, Pull, Stun
Cast time: 0.125+0 seconds
Range: 9.5
Hitbox: 1.0x1.5
Missile speed: 25
Pull duration: 0.4375 seconds (max)
Pull speed: 22

  • Chain is launched from primary target towards target point on reactivation.
  • If a target, is Unstoppable, the other is pulled all the way to them.
Frost Blast Icon.png
R
Frost Blast
45 Mana Cooldown: 50 seconds
Launch a meteor of ice at an enemy Hero. Upon impact, the meteor deals 115 damage to its target and 275 damage to enemies in the area. All enemies hit by Frost Blast are Rooted for 2 seconds.

Type: Spell damage, Crowd control
Scaling: 2.50%
Affects: Enemy Heroes (targeting), Enemies
Targeting: Unit target
Properties: Area of Effect, Root
Cast time: 0.25+0 seconds
Range: 14.0
Area of Effect: Circle
Radius: 5.5
Missile speed: 8 ... 35

  • Frost Blast cannot be disjointed by movement abilities.
  • Primary target does not take area damage.
Shadow Fissure Icon.png
R
Shadow Fissure
40 Mana Cooldown: 16 seconds
Create a fissure anywhere on the Battleground that explodes after 1.5 seconds, dealing 320 damage to enemy Heroes in its area. If an enemy Hero is hit, set its cooldown to 1.5 seconds.

Type: Spell damage
Scaling: 2.50%
Affects: Enemy Heroes
Targeting: Point target
Properties: Area of Effect
Cast time: 0.125+0 seconds
Range: Global
Area of Effect: Circle
Radius: 2.25
Glacial Spike Icon.png
1
Glacial Spike
Cooldown: 30 seconds
Activate to create a spike that detonates after 4 seconds, dealing 60 damage to nearby enemies. The spike can be affected by Chains of Kel'Thuzad.
Quest requirements must be completed before activating.

Type: Spell damage / Terrain object
Scaling: 2.50%
Affects: Enemies / All units
Targeting: Point target
Properties: Area of Effect
Cast time: 0.125+0 seconds
Range: 8.0
Radius:
- Damage: 3.0
- Collision: 1.5

  • The spike has collision.

Talents[edit | edit source]

1
The Plaguelands Icon.png
The Plaguelands
Increase Death and Decay's duration by 1 second. After gaining 30 Blight, increase the radius of Death and Decay's pool by 30%.

Bonus radius: 0.6

  • Does not affect the initial splash radius.
Blighted Frost Icon.png
Blighted Frost
Frost Nova deals 75% more damage to enemies in the center. After gaining 30 Blight, increase Frost Nova's Root duration by 0.5 seconds.

Type: Offensive damage modifier
Affects: Ability

  • Stacks additively with other offensive damage modifiers affecting Frost Nova's damage.
Barbed Chains Icon.png
Barbed Chains
Increase Chains of Kel'Thuzad damage by 125%. After gaining 30 Blight, Chains of Kel'Thuzad reduces the Armor of pulled Heroes by 10 for 4 seconds.

Type: Defensive damage modifier / Offensive damage modifier
Affects: Enemy Heroes / Ability
Properties: Armor

  • Does not stack with other negative Armor effects. Other defensive damage modifiers may stack.
  • Damage bonus stacks additively with other offensive damage modifiers.
4
Strip Shields Icon.png
Strip Shields
Pulling a Hero with Chains of Kel'Thuzad grants Kel'Thuzad a permanent 128 Shield, stacking up to 2 times.
Additionally, Chains of Kel'Thuzad deals up to 270 bonus damage to Shields.

Type: Shield / Spell damage
Scaling: 4.00% / 2.50%
Affects: Self / Shields
Phylactery of Kel'Thuzad Icon.png
Phylactery of Kel'Thuzad
❢ Quest: Collect 12 Regeneration Globes to charge Kel'Thuzad's Phylactery.
❢ Reward: Kel'Thuzad's Phylactery can be activated while dead to immediately respawn at the Hall of Storms, but must be charged again.
Passive: Kel'Thuzad heals for 10% of all Spell damage dealt while the Phylactery is charged.

Type: Healing
Scaling: -
Affects: Self
Properties: Lifesteal
Armor of the Archlich Icon.png
Armor of the Archlich
Cooldown: 25 seconds
Active: Activate to gain 50 Physical Armor for 4 seconds. Upon activation, nearby enemies take 45 damage and are Slowed by 35% for 4 seconds.

Type: Spell damage, Crowd Control / Defensive damage modifier
Scaling: 4.00%
Affects: Enemies / Self
Targeting: No target
Cast time: Instant
Area of Effect: Circle
Radius: 6.0
7
Accelerated Decay Icon.png
Accelerated Decay
Each time a Hero is hit by Death and Decay's pool, they take 25% more periodic damage from Death and Decay for the next 4 seconds, stacking up to 4 times.

Type: Offensive damage modifier
Affects: Ability

  • Damage bonus stacks additively with itself and other damage modifiers.
Chilling Touch Icon.png
Chilling Touch
Every 8 seconds, Kel'Thuzad's next Basic Attack hits all enemies in the area enemies for 80% additional damage, deals Spell damage instead of Physical, and Slows by 30% for 2 seconds.

Type: Spell damage / Offensive damage modifier
Scaling: 4.00%
Affects: Enemies / Ability
Radius: 3.0

  • Stacks additively with other offensive damage modifiers affecting Chilling Touch's damage.
Ice Cold Icon.png
Ice Cold
Reduce the cooldown of Glacial Spike by 8 seconds and increase its damage by 400%.

Scaling: 4.00%

  • Stacks additively with other offensive damage modifiers affecting Glacial Spike's damage.
10
Frost Blast Icon.png
Frost Blast
Cooldown: 50 seconds
Launch a meteor of ice at an enemy Hero. Upon impact, the meteor deals 115 damage to its target and 275 damage to enemies in the area. All enemies hit by Frost Blast are Rooted for 2 seconds.
Shadow Fissure Icon.png
Shadow Fissure
Cooldown: 16 seconds
Create a fissure anywhere on the Battleground that explodes after 1.5 seconds, dealing 320 damage to enemy Heroes in its area. If an enemy Hero is hit, set its cooldown to 1.5 seconds.
13
Icy Grasp Icon.png
Icy Grasp
Increase Frost Nova's Slow by 20%. Each time Kel'Thuzad damages enemies Slowed by Frost Nova, reduce the cooldown of Frost Nova by 0.5 seconds.
Chains of Ice Icon.png
Chains of Ice
After Chains of Kel'Thuzad's Stun expires, targets are Slowed by 60% for 1 seconds.

Properties: Slow
Chain-Link Icon.png
Chain-Link
Pulling a Hero with Chains of Kel'Thuzad reduces its cooldown by 5 seconds and refunds its Mana cost.
16
Arcane Echoes Icon.png
Arcane Echoes
Whenver Kel'Thuzad hits an enemy Hero with Death and Decay's explosion, its cooldown is reduced by 1.5 seconds.

  • Cooldown reduction can trigger multiple times per cast.
  • Periodic damage instances do not grant cooldown reduction.
Hungering Cold Icon.png
Hungering Cold
Enemies that are Rooted take an additional 55 damage each time they are damaged by Kel'Thuzad.

Type: Spell damage
Scaling: 2.50%
Affects: Enemies
Power of Icecrown Icon.png
Power of Icecrown
Stunning, Rooting, or Slowing a Hero grants 6% Spell Power for 10 seconds, stacking up to 5 times.

Type: Offensive damge modifier
Affects: Self
Properties: Spell Power

  • Spell Power stacks additively with itself and offensive damage modifiers affecting Kel'Thuzad's spell damage output.
20
Deathchill Icon.png
Deathchill
When Frost Blast's Root expires, enemies are Slowed by 40% for 3 seconds. Heroes killed while under the effects of Frost Blast instantly release another Frost Blast explosion.

Properties: Slow
Might of the Scourge Icon.png
Might of the Scourge
If a Hero is hit with Shadow Fissure, a second one is cast below them 1 second later. This second cast will not duplicate itself.
Shifting Malice Icon.png
Shifting Malice
Cooldown: 240 seconds
Active: Activate to dash forward, dealing 150 damage to enemies in the path. Takedowns reset the cooldown of Shifting Malice.

Type: Spell damage / Movement: Dash
Scaling: 2.50%
Affects: Enemies / Self
Targeting: Point target
Properties: Piercing Skillshot
Cast time: Instant
Range: 7.0
Hitbox: 2.0x2.0
Missile speed: 14
The Damned Return Icon.png
The Damned Return
Cooldown: 15 seconds
Active: Activate to create a Shade of Naxxramas that lasts 15 seconds and mimics Kel'Thuzad's casts of Death and Decay.

Type: Invulnerable summon
Targeting: Point target
Cast time: Instant
Range: 9.0

  • Shade is invulnerable and untargetable and has no collision.
  • Shade's Death and Decay benefits from all talents affecting it.

Skins[edit | edit source]

Kel'Thuzad Skins
 
Rare Archlich of Naxxramas
Backstory: Kel'Thuzad has faithfully served the Lich King both in life and after death. Reanimated as the Archlich of the Scourge and given domain of the Dread Necropolis, Naxxramas, Kel'Thuzad remains Arthas's most trusted advisor and master of the cold dark.
Kel'Thuzad Archlich of Naxxramas.jpg
Gem.png750 / Money.png10,000
Archlich of Naxxramas
Kel'Thuzad Northrend.jpg
Free
Northrend
Kel'Thuzad Scourge.jpg
Free
Scourge
Kel'Thuzad Blightlord.jpg
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Blightlord
Kel'Thuzad Naxxramas.jpg
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Naxxramas
Epic Star Lich
Backstory: "What the heroes of this pitiful blue marble fail to understand is the Earth's fate cannot be delayed forever. In the end, the stars will fade and die, and in the cold dark... our empire is eternal."
Features: Altered voice-over, themed abilities.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of Superheroes vs. Eternal Empire skins.
Kel'Thuzad Star Lich.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png400
Kel'Thuzad Star Lich Neutron.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png400
Neutron
Kel'Thuzad Star Lich Hunter.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png400
Hunter
Kel'Thuzad Star Lich Frost.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png400
Frost
Kel'Thuzad Star Lich Eternal.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png400
Eternal

Mounts[edit | edit source]

Kel'Thuzad Mounts
 
Unrelenting Frost
Backstory: It is said the frosts of Northrend descend upon the unwary in an instant; chilling beyond the bone and into the soul.
Unrelenting Frost.jpg
Free

Portraits[edit | edit source]

Kel'Thuzad Portraits
 
Call of Kel'Thuzad Portrait.png
Call of Kel'Thuzad
Carbot Kel'Thuzad Portrait.png
Carbot Kel'Thuzad
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Dark Ritual Portrait.png
Dark Ritual
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Death and Decay Portrait.png
Death and Decay
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Eternal Star Lich Kel'Thuzad Portrait.png
Eternal Star Lich Kel'Thuzad
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Frost Armor Portrait.png
Frost Armor
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Frost Nova Portrait.png
Frost Nova
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40

Hearthstone Kel'Thuzad Portrait.png
Hearthstone Kel'Thuzad
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Kel'Thuzad Emblem Portrait.png
Kel'Thuzad Emblem
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Kel'Thuzad Hero Portrait.png
Kel'Thuzad Hero
Kel'Thuzad Mastery Portrait.png
Kel'Thuzad Mastery
Star Lich Kel'Thuzad Portrait.png
Star Lich Kel'Thuzad
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Stylized Kel'Thuzad Portrait.png
Stylized Kel'Thuzad
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Toon Kel'Thuzad Portrait.png
Toon Kel'Thuzad
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40

Toon Star Lich Kel'Thuzad Portrait.png
Toon Star Lich Kel'Thuzad
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Warcraft III Kel'Thuzad Portrait.png
Warcraft III Kel'Thuzad
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
WoW Kel'Thuzad Portrait.png
WoW Kel'Thuzad
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Xenotech Kel'Thuzad Portrait.png
MechaStorm II Xenotech Kel'Thuzad
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40

Sprays[edit | edit source]

Brightwing Sprays
 
Calavera de Kel'Thuzad Spray.gif
Nexomania Calavera de Kel'Thuzad
Shard.png150
Carbot Kel'Thuzad Spray.png
Carbot Kel'Thuzad
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Lil' K.T.'s Xylobones Spray.gif
Toys Lil' K.T.'s Xylobones
Shard.png150
Meow of Mr. Bigglesworth Spray.png
Meow of Mr. Bigglesworth
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Star Lich Kel'Thuzad Spray.png
Star Lich Kel'Thuzad
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Stylized Kel'Thuzad Spray.png
Stylized Kel'Thuzad
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40

Emojis[edit | edit source]

Kel'Thuzad Pack 1 Emoji Kel'Thuzad Pack 1 Kel'Thuzad Happy.png Kel'Thuzad Pack 2 Emoji Kel'Thuzad Pack 2 Kel'Thuzad Angry.png
Emoji Name Shortcut Emoji Name Shortcut
Emoji Kel'Thuzad Pack 1 Kel'Thuzad Happy.png Kel'Thuzad Happy :kelthuzadhappy:
:kelthappy:
Emoji Kel'Thuzad Pack 2 Kel'Thuzad Angry.png Kel'Thuzad Angry :kelthuzadangry:
:keltangry:
Emoji Kel'Thuzad Pack 1 Kel'Thuzad ROFL.png Kel'Thuzad ROFL :kelthuzadlol:
:kelthuzadrofl:
:keltlol:
:keltrofl:
Emoji Kel'Thuzad Pack 2 Kel'Thuzad Cool.png Kel'Thuzad Cool :kelthuzadcool:
:keltcool:
Emoji Kel'Thuzad Pack 1 Kel'Thuzad Sad.png Kel'Thuzad Sad :kelthuzadsad:
:keltsad:
Emoji Kel'Thuzad Pack 2 Kel'Thuzad Oops.png Kel'Thuzad Embarrassed :kelthuzadoops:
:kelthuzadembarrassed:
:keltoops:
:keltembarrassed:
Emoji Kel'Thuzad Pack 1 Kel'Thuzad Silly.png Kel'Thuzad Silly :kelthuzadsilly:
:keltsilly:
Emoji Kel'Thuzad Pack 2 Kel'Thuzad Love.png Kel'Thuzad in Love :kelthuzadlove:
:kelthuzadinlove:
:keltlove:
:keltinlove:
Emoji Kel'Thuzad Pack 1 Kel'Thuzad Meh.png Kel'Thuzad Speechless :kelthuzadmeh:
:kelthuzadspeechless:
:keltmeh:
:keltspeechless:
Emoji Kel'Thuzad Pack 2 Kel'Thuzad Surprised.png Kel'Thuzad Surprised :kelthuzadwow:
:kelthuzadsurprised:
:keltwow:
:keltsurprised:

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Main article: Kel'Thuzad/Quotes


Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Kel'Thuzad first appeared in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (July 2002).
  • Kel'Thuzad is voiced by Michael McConnohie in all of his game appearances with the exception of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (November 2008).
  • Kel'Thuzad was under consideration for inclusion as early as 2011.[1]
  • Preliminary work on Kel'Thuzad's model was done on the artists stage at BlizzCon 2014.[2]
  • Kel'Thuzad owns a cat named Mr. Bigglesworth, who appears during his owner's dance animation. This is a reference to the cat owned by Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers series.
  • Early on Kel'Thuzad development, one of his level 1 talents was actually Mr. Bigglesworth which was a pet he could summon and move around with his 1 Key, similarly to Lunara's Wisp. While it was out, it had an aura that increased Kel'Thuzad's spell power as long as he was near it, but had a long cooldown if an enemy hero was able to attack it. Another idea we tried was that Mr. Bigglesworth was a scout like the Wisp, but if it was attacked it would run away and Kel'Thuzad would yell at the enemy team for attacking it and gain a huge damage buff for a short amount of time. The developers moved away from these ideas for a few reasons, but the main thing was that as a combo mage, it felt tedious and fatiguing to be constantly maneuvering a pet around while trying to land difficult combos.[3]
  • One of Kel'Thuzad's quotes references the running joke about Darkness.
  • The Frost Nova, Frost Armor, Dark Ritual and Death and Decay portraits all represent of Kel'Thuzad's respective ability icons from Warcraft III (His abilities are the same as those of an ordinary Lich).

Gallery[edit | edit source]

General[edit | edit source]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

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