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Kel'Thuzad
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Basic Info
Title Archlich of Naxxramas
Role Assassin Assassin
Franchise Warcraft Warcraft
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Attack Type Ranged
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Resource None
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Kel'Thuzad, Archlich of Naxxramas, is an upcoming 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, Archlich of Naxxramas, has turned several of the noblest Heroes against their allies, and he will not stop until all become minions of the cold dark!

Background[edit | edit source]

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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. After launching a massive attack against the cities of the Alliance and Horde, adventurers from both invaded Naxxramas and put an end to the Archlich. However, his phylactery was nowhere to be found and with it being spared, Kel'thuzad was free to return.

Several years later he did just that, rising within Naxxramas once again and moving it to Northrend at the Lich King's command to repel the Alliance, Horde and Argent Crusade's three pronged attack on the continent and its Scourge residents. While Kel'thuzad was struck down once again, and several months later the Lich King was as well and re-imprisoned within the Frozen Throne by Bolvar, the Archlich's phylactery was once again nowhere to be found. As a result, Kel'thuzad's current whereabouts are unknown.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

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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, the cooldown of all Basic Abilities is reduced by 2 seconds.
❢ Reward: After gaining 30 Blight, gain 75% Spell Power.
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Death and Decay
20 Mana Cooldown: 6 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 70 damage every 0.5 seconds to enemies.
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Frost Nova
45 Mana Cooldown: 10 seconds
Create a nova that explodes after 1 second, dealing 212 damage to enemies inside and Slowing them by 35% for 2.5 seconds. Enemies in the center are Rooted for 1 second.
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Chains of Kel'Thuzad
45 Mana Cooldown: 12 seconds
Launch a chain, dealing 97 damage to the first enemy Hero or Structure hit. For 4 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.
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Frost Blast
70 Mana Cooldown: 100 seconds
Launch a meteor of ice at an enemy Hero. Upon impact, the meteor deals 100 damage to its target and 275 damage to enemies in the area. All enemies hit by Frozen Tomb are Rooted for 1.5 seconds.
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Shadow Fissure
50 Mana Cooldown: 15 seconds
Create a fissure anywhere on the Battleground that explodes after 1.5 seconds, dealing 440 damage to enemy Heroes in its area.

Talents[edit | edit source]

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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%.
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Blighted Frost
Front Nova deals 50% more damage to enemies in the center. After gaining 30 Blight, increase Frost Nova's Root duration by 0.5 seconds.
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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 15 for 4 seconds.
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Strip Shields
Pulling a Hero with Chains of Kel'Thuzad grants Kel'Thuzad a permanent 246 (at 20) shield, stacking up to 2 times. Additionally, Chains of Kel'Thuzad deals up to 442 (at 20) bonus damage to Shields.
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Phylactery of Kel'Thuzad
❢ Quest: Collect 10 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.
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Armor of the Archlich
Cooldown: 25 seconds
Activate to gain 50 Physical Armor for 4 seconds, upon activation, nearby enemies take 99 (at 20) damage and are slowed 35% for 4 seconds.
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Accelerated Decay
Each time a hero is hit by Death and Decay's pool, they take 20% more periodic damage from Death and Decay for the next 4 seconds, stacking up to 6 times.
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Glacial Spike
Cooldown: 30 seconds
Activate to create a spike that detonates after 4 seconds, dealing 360 (at 20) damage to nearby enemies. The spike can be affected by Chains of Kel'Thuzad.
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Chilling Touch
Every 8 seconds, Kel'Thuzad's basic attacks hit nearby enemies. Deals Spell damage instead of Physical, and slows by 30% for 2 seconds.
10
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Frost Blast
Cooldown: 100 seconds
Launch a meteor of ice at an enemy Hero. Upon impact, the meteor deals 168 (at 21) damage to its target and 461 (at 21) damage to enemies in the area. All enemies hit by Frost Blast are Rooted for 1.5 seconds.
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Shadow Fissure
Cooldown: 15 seconds
Create a fissure anywhere on the Battleground that explodes after 1.5 seconds, dealing 738 (at 21) damage to enemy Heroes in its area.
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Icy Grasp
Increase Frost Nova slow duration by 1.5 seconds.
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Chains of Ice
After Chains of Kel'Thuzad stun expires, targets are slowed by 70% for 1.25 seconds.
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Chain-Link
Pulling two Heroes with Chains of Kel'Thuzad reduces its cooldown by 4 seconds.
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Arcane Echoes
Hitting Heroes with Death and Decay reduces its cooldown by 1.25 seconds.
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Hungering Cold
Enemies rooted by Frost Nova take an additional 103 (at 22) damage each time they are damaged by Kel'Thuzad during the next 4 seconds.
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Power of Icecrown
Stunning, Rooting or Slowing a hero grants 6% Spell Power for 10 seconds, stacking up to 5 times.
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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.
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Might of the Scourge
Hitting an enemy hero with Shadow Fissure resets the cooldown.
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Shifting Malice
Cooldown: 240 seconds
Activate to Dash Forward, dealing 251 (at 21) damage to enemies in the path. Takedowns reset the Cooldown of Shifting Malice.
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The Damned Return
Cooldown: 15 seconds
Activate to create a Shade of Naxxramas that lasts 15 seconds, which mimics Kel'Thuzad's casts of Death and Decay.

Skins[edit | edit source]

Kel'Thuzad Skins
 
Rare Kel'Thuzad
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.
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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."
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of Superheroes vs. Eternal Empire skins.
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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Kel'Thuzad first appeared in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (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.
  • 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 aged 58 during the Third War, which makes him the oldest undead hero in the game.
  • Kel'Thuzad owns a chocolate-point Siamese named Mr. Bigglesworth, who casually appears in his owner's dance animation.
  • Kel'Thuzad is the first and only Lich hero in the game.
    • He is also the first and only ranged undead assassin hero in the game.

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