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Voice Lines[edit | edit source]

Availability Quote Audio Background
Default Your soul is bound to me now!  A line spoken by KT while casting the Chains of Kel'Thuzad spell during his boss encounter in WoW.[1]
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40 It's alright, interloper... We all make mistakes. In Hearthstone, if a player uses the (now removed) "Sorry" emote while facing the Kel'Thuzad boss in Curse of Naxxramas, the Archlich will reply, "It's ok, interloper, we all make mistakes."[1]
Bow before Kel'Thuzad!
Your curiosity will be the death of you. An iconic Kel'Thuzad line first spoken by his still living self in the WC3 mission The Cult of the Damned, wherein he tells Arthas and Jaina "Hello again, children. I am Kel'Thuzad and I've come to deliver a warning. Leave well enough alone. Your curiosity will be the death of you." The last sentence was later repeated in the World of Warcraft patch trailer for Patch 1.11: Shadow of the Necropolis.[1]

Interactions[edit | edit source]

Hero Quote Audio Background
Emoji Anub'arak Pack 1 Anub'arak Meh.png


  • Kel'Thuzad: Ah, the traitor king. Are you ready to scourge this realm of life, Anub'arak?
  • Anub'arak: Let us slaughter in the master's name.
Anub'arak and Kel'Thuzad are both high-ranking members of the Scourge, and the Traitor King was the one to escort Kel'Thuzad through Naxxramas for the first time when the latter was still a living mage.[1]
  • Anub'arak: It seems fate has brought us together...
  • Kel'Thuzad: Yes, to tear them apart.
Emoji Arthas Pack 1 Arthas Meh.png


  • Kel'Thuzad: My king, let us scourge the Nexus of the living.
  • Arthas: None shall impede our wrath.
Arthas is Kel'Thuzad's direct superior, and the lich has long been unflinchingly loyal to him.[1]
  • Arthas: Come servant, we have a realm to destroy.
  • Kel'Thuzad: Then, by the will of the Lich King, they shall be destroyed.
Emoji Azmodan Pack 2 Azmodan Angry.png

Demon hero

  • Kel'Thuzad: The Scourge serve your kind no longer, demon!
  • Demon hero: <hero dependent>
 The Undead Scourge was originally created to act as a precursor for the invasion of the Burning Legion. The Scourge's ruler, the Lich King Ner'zhul, later rebelled against his demon creators, and the Scourge and the Legion are no longer allies.[1]
  • Demon hero: <hero dependent>
  • Kel'Thuzad: I serve only the Lich King.
More proof of Kel'thuzad's loyalty to the Lich King.[1]
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Hearthstone hero

  • Kel'Thuzad: We finally meet.
  • Hearthstone hero: <hero dependent>
Kel'Thuzad is the main narrator and final boss of the Curse of Naxxramas: A Hearthstone Adventure. At the beginning of the final boss fight against the Archlich, he will tell the player "We finally meet."[1]
Emoji Jaina Pack 1 Jaina Happy.png


  • Kel'Thuzad: Jaina, you know the Lich King still offers you a place by his side...
  • Jaina: Never. Your day will come, lich. The Alliance will see to it.
The Lich King seen in ''Heroes of the Storm'' is Arthas Menethil, who was once romantically involved with Jaina. Even after becoming the ruler of the Scourge, Arthas always kept a locket of Jaina with him, so it seems that whatever was left of Arthas still had feelings for her.[1]
  • Jaina: If it isn't the traitor, Kel'Thuzad.
  • Kel'Thuzad: Ah, Antonidas's lapdog. How is he by the way? Still dead?
Kel'Thuzad betrayed the Kirin Tor, and indeed all of humanity, to enter the service of the Lich King. Archmage Antonidas was the leader of the Kirin Tor and mentor of Jaina, and was the one responsible for Kel'Thuzad's exile from Dalaran. Antonidas and many of his magi were later killed by Arthas and Kel'Thuzad when they and the Scourge attacked Dalaran.[1]
Emoji Jaina Dreadlord Pack 1 Dreadlord Jaina Meh.png

Jaina with

Dreadlord skin

  • Kel'Thuzad: Fight, kill and die for your master! Let none survive!
  • Dreadlord Jaina: I will serve, Lich Lord. Just play your part.
Kel'Thuzad's line is a reference to a quote spoken by the Lich King while sending reinforcements to Kel'Thuzad during the third phase of his boss encounter in WoW.[1]
  • Dreadlord Jaina: My counsel is yours, Lord Kel'Thuzad.
  • Kel'Thuzad: And so it had best remain. Your kind's penchant for betrayal is no secret, demon.
In the aftermath of the Third War, three dreadlords were responsible for overseeing the Scourge's forces in Lordaeron. When Arthas returned to Lordaeron to claim rulership of the Scourge, the dreadlords began conspiring to overthrow him, creating their own army of insurgents.[1]
Emoji Junkrat Pack 1 Junkrat Happy.png


  • Kel'Thuzad: You? (maniacal laughter)
  • Junkrat: Rude.
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  • Kel'Thuzad: I'm sorry... Are you lost?
  • Murky: <Response indicating he is excited and ready to fight>
  • Murky: <Playfully questioning to the person next to him>
  • Kel'Thuzad: Your curiosity will be the death of you, Murky. Over and over again.
Emoji Stukov Pack 1 Stukov Meh.png


  • Kel'Thuzad: This infestation of yours is too similar to the plague for my liking.
  • Stukov: The enemy wants to eliminate us. (laugh) Come, let us disappoint them.
Kel'Thuzad was responsible for unleashing the Plague of Undeath that transformed most of Lordaeron's population into undead, which is somewhat similar to the concept of zerg infestations in StarCraft.[1]
Emoji Sylvanas Pack 1 Sylvanas Meh.png


  • Kel'Thuzad: Sylvanas the traitor... I'll have to watch my back, lest I find an arrow in it.
  • Sylvanas: Hold your tongue, or I'll tear it out.
Following the Third War, Sylvanas made a pact with the dreadlords to overthrow Arthas out of a desire for vengeance. She shot Arthas with a paralyzing arrow and prepared to kill him, but was forced to flee due to Kel'Thuzad's intervention.[1]
  • Sylvanas: I thought I was done suffering fools.
  • Kel'Thuzad: Your suffering has yet to begin.
Emoji Stitches Pack 1 Stitches Meh.png

Undead hero

  • Kel'Thuzad: I offer you this one opportunity. Follow, or be destroyed.
  • Undead hero: <hero dependent>
  • Undead hero: <hero dependent>
  • Kel'Thuzad: For the Lich King!
Emoji Uther Pack 1 Uther Happy.png


  • Kel'Thuzad: Ah, Uther. Always meant to thank you for the urn. It's made a quite the phylactery.
  • Uther: A necromancer, eh? Can't say I'm a fan of your kind.
This appears to confirm long-standing fan speculation that the enchanted urn initially used to hold the ashes of the late King Terenas and later repurposed to transport Kel'Thuzad's corpse to Quel'Thalas was later reused as the Archlich's phylactery. This had previously been speculated partly due to the fact that the urn and the phylactery use the same inventory icon.[1]
  • Uther: You know, you sound awfully familiar.
  • Kel'Thuzad: What are you implying, paladin? That all necromancers sound alike?
Uther and Kel'thuzad (and Xul) are voiced by the same actor, Michael McConnohie.[1]
Emoji Valeera Pack 1 Valeera Happy.png


  • Valeera: Watch. Your. Back.
  • Kel'Thuzad: Okay. I. Will.
Reference to the Kel'Thuzad boss in Curse of Naxxramas, where he has custom responses to each hero's opening remark. Valeera normally states "Watch your back." and this causes Kel'Thuzad to reply "Ok. I. Will."[1]
Emoji Zagara Crypt Queen Pack 1 Crypt Queen Zagara Meh.png

Zagara with Crypt Queen skin

  • Kel'Thuzad: Cryptmother Zagara, I am counting on your strength.
  • Cryptmother Zagara: <dependent>
  • Cryptmother Zagara: <dependent>
  • Kel'Thuzad: Suitable? Remember who you serve, Cryptmother.
Emoji Kel'Thuzad Pack 1 Kel'Thuzad Happy.png


  • Kel'Thuzad: I assume you made your preparations.
  • Hero: <hero dependent>
  • Kel'Thuzad: Are you ready to confront our enemy?
  • Hero: <hero dependent>
  • Hero: <hero dependent>
  • Kel'Thuzad: Your curiosity will be the death of you.
  • Hero: <hero dependent>
  • Kel'Thuzad: There are few situations I am not prepared for.
  • Hero: <hero dependent>
  • Kel'Thuzad: I foreseen no complications.
Emoji Kel'Thuzad Pack 1 Kel'Thuzad ROFL.png



  • Kel'Thuzad: I see... an acceptable allied.
  • Hero: <hero dependent>
  • Hero: <hero dependent>
  • Kel'Thuzad: This shall prove an amusing diversion.
  • Hero: <hero dependent>
  • Kel'Thuzad: Yes, you have a part to play in my grand design.
  • Hero: <hero dependent>
  • Kel'Thuzad: I have wait a long time for this moment.
  • Hero: <hero dependent>
  • Kel'Thuzad: Let's not be too overconfident.
  • Hero: <hero dependent>
  • Kel'Thuzad: Let the scourging of this land comences.
  • Hero: <hero dependent>
  • Kel'Thuzad: None shall prevent the coming Blight.
Emoji Kel'Thuzad Pack 1 Kel'Thuzad Meh.png



  • Kel'Thuzad: Hm... you... this presents an unfortunate complication.
  • Hero: <hero dependent>
  • Hero: <hero dependent>
  • Kel'Thuzad: Be silent and I may yet tolerate your presence.
  • Hero: <hero dependent>
  • Kel'Thuzad: Oh, how your soul shall suffer for that.
  • Hero: <hero dependent>
  • Kel'Thuzad: Enough! I grow tired of this distraction.

Eliminations[edit | edit source]

Hero Quote Audio Background
vs. Alexstrasza Life Binder, how droll.
vs. Arthas Return soon, my king.
vs. Demon hero The Scourge serves demons no longer!
vs. Jaina with the Dreadlord skin Your betrayal is not a surprise, dreadlord. The dreadlords have somewhat of a history of betraying the Scourge.[1]
vs. Kael'thas There's only room for one K.T. around here! There's been a debate over whether Kael'thas or Kel'Thuzad should be the one who gets their name abbreviated to "KT". [1]
vs. Leoric No! You kneel!
vs. Sonya with the Death Knight skin Your services are no longer required, death knight.
vs. Tyrael Was that Val'kyr missing a face? The Val'kyr are winged undead vrykul women, some of which served Arthas as his dreaded harbingers. The val'kyr are similar in appearance to the angels from Diablo.[1]
vs.Undead hero I have no tolerance for traitors.
vs. Uther Ahh, now that takes me back. A nod to the fact that both Uther and KT played major roles in Warcraft 3.[1]
vs.Warcraft III hero Ah, nostalgia. Kel'thuzad first appeared in the Warcraft 3 campaign.
vs. Zagara with the Crypt Queen skin Back to your grave, Cryptmother!
vs. Zerg hero Remind me to resurrect one of these zerg later.
vs. hero with kill streak That one was on a killing spree. (laughs). Was.
Generic The dark void waits you.
(cackles maniacally)
Another soul banished to oblivion.
You were doomed from the inception.
Crumble and rot.
What did I say about your curiosity?

Click-quotes[edit | edit source]

Quotes marked "Click-Quotes" are triggered when the player repeatedly clicks on the hero with the Left mouse button.

Quote Audio Background
You called? Warcraft 3 Kel'thuzad quote.[1]
Is something amiss? Warcraft 3 Kel'thuzad quote.[1]
I'm still awaiting that eternal reward, you know.... what's taking forever? Callback to one of Kel'Thuzad's Warcraft 3 poke quotes, "I will await my eternal reward". This, in turn, appears to refer to the immortality promised to Kel'Thuzad by the Lich King in exchange for his service.[1]
Ten years ago I was a nobody. Then, I started my own religion. Now I have a glorious floating citadel and you could too if you'd just read my book: "Striking it Lich! (dark)...the Easy Way." Appears to be a callback to another Warcraft 3quote, "I always wanted to start my own I did!".[1]
At this point, the Cult of the Damned is a cult classic.
You "heroes" were so busy looting your precious "tier 7", you completely forgot to look for my phylactery. (laughs) Fools. When Kel'Thuzad was defeated in Naxxramas during Classic World of Warcraft, players retrieved his phylactery, the physical container holding his soul. However, the phylactery was returned to Northrend by a traitor loyal to the Scourge, allowing Kel'Thuzad to make his return. During the Archlich's second defeat in Naxxramas in Wrath of the Lich King, his phylactery was mysteriously missing, leaving his ultimate fate ambiguous. Tier 7 is the World of Warcraft raid tier associated with the Wrath of the Lich King version of Naxxramas.[1]
Originally, it took 40 heroes to defeat me. I heard Arthas got beaten by 10. Makes you question who the REAL Lich King is, doesn't it? In Classic World of Warcraft, which also featured the original incarnation of Naxxramas, raid groups almost always consisted of 40 players. Later, new raids instead began having two separate difficulties, one for 10 players and one for 25. This included the Wrath of the Lich King version of Naxxramas as well as Icecrown Citadel and its final boss, the Lich King himself.[1]
Wait, there's a Lich King and a Skeleton King? Ugh. I hate having to choose between my job and my home life! his is a reference to the fact that the two similarly undead monarchs Arthas and Leoric are both playable heroes in the Nexus.[1]
King Arthas once forged a blade in my honor. He named it "Bloodsurge, the Blade of Agony". Honestly, it was a little much, I let him keep it. One of the items that can drop from the 25-player version of the Lich King boss in Icecrown Citadel is a 1-handed sword called Bloodsurge, Kel'Thuzad's Blade of Agony. The Heroic version features the inscription "This world will burn."[1]
The best part of being a lich? Seeing my breath freeze whenever I want. (exhales) Neat.
The Darkness guides me. He's the only one with GPS after all. The latest in a long line of jokes dating back to Warcraft III that reference a certain Darkness.[1]
Spreading the plague was a lot easier back before everything went all "gluten free."
(Mr. Bigglesworth meows) (talking cutesy to the cat) Oh, now, don't you worry, Mr. Bigglesworth. (back to normal) I won't let anyone harm you this time. In World of Warcraft, Bigglesworth can be found wandering around Naxxramas and is completely harmless to players. If a player kills Bigglesworth, the Archlich will yell out "No!!! A curse upon you, interlopers! The armies of the Lich King will hunt you down. You will not escape your fate..." Bigglesworth also appears as part of KT's dance animation in Heroes.[1]
How dare you poke the Archlich of Naxxramas! Lich Lord of the Plaguelands, Commander of the Dread Necropolis! Master and founder of the Cult of the Damned... Reference to a widespread [ /r/heroesofthestorm] copypasta that asked when would Kel'Thuzad be in the game. "Kel'Thu-freaking-zad" derives from the Kel'Thuzad boss fight in the Curse of Naxxramas adventure in Hearthstone, in which the lich replies, "Of course I played well. I'm Kel'Thu-freaking-zad!" if the player uses the "Well Played" emote.[1]
Formerly of the Council of Six... Summoner of Archimonde the Defiler! The Betrayer of Humanity! Hearthstone Enthusiast, and Majordomo to the Lich King himself, Kel''Thu-freaking-zad.
Oh wait, I forgot creator of the abomination! Can we take it again from the top? What do you mean, no? Fine... but I'm taking your soul for this!

Commands[edit | edit source]

Command Quote Audio Background
Move Hmm, that sounds logical. Warcraft 3 Kel'thuzad quote.
Yes, right away.
A fateful choice.
So be it!
By your word!
In due time.
As the shadow wills. Warcraft 3 Necromancer quote.
Yet another link in the chain.
Attack Burn! Warcraft 3 Kel'thuzad quote.
In the Lich King's name!
Taste this!
Embrace the end! Warcraft 3 Lich quote.
It will be my pleasure.
This world shall be cleansed of the living. Reference to the Warcraft 3 mission The Cult of the Damned, wherein Kel'Thuzad tells Arthas and Jaina that the world will be cleansed of the living.[1]
Bow before Kel'Thuzad.
Not Enough


My mana reserves are low.
I have not enough mana.
I lack the mana required.

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

Use Quote Audio Background
Lock-in Obey the call! Reference to a line originally uttered by Kel'Thuzad during the first phase of his Naxxramas boss fight: "Minions, servants, soldiers of the cold dark! Obey the call of Kel'Thuzad!" This is also used as the summoning voice line for his legendary card in Hearthstone.[1]
Purchase Hear that Mr. Bigglesworth?! It's our turn now.
Try Mode A test, good thing I am always prepared.
Ah, I've be acking to unleash my power.
Healed Well done, my servant.
A fitting tribute to your master.
Continue your services, minion.
Hearthing Sorry I can't stay and chat.[1]Warcraft 3 Arthas campaign Reference to his line in the Warcraft 3 mission Ravages of the Plague, wherein he tells Arthas and Jaina "I'm sorry I can't stay and chat, but... duty calls."[1]
Hm... time to devise a new strategy.
Respawn The ancient evil survives. Warcraft 3 Lich quote.
I am reborn.
The Lich King has granted me eternal life. Reference to what Kel'Thuzad said upon being resurrected at the Sunwell in Warcraft 3: "I am reborn, as promised! The Lich King has granted me eternal life!"[1]
Getting some use out of that phylactery, I see.
Resurrected You made the correct choice.
The Shadowlands will not take me. The Shadowlands is a cold, nightmarish realm where mortal souls typically go upon death.[1]
Taunting Pray for mercy!  These are both lines originally spoken during the second phase of the Kel'thuzad boss encounter in World of Warcraft.[1]
Scream your dying breath!
The end is upon you!
Talent chosen I bast in untold power.
Yes, that will be a great benefit
Hm... I will have to trust you in that one.
A racional decision.
The eternal enigma unfurls.
Worth It

(Getting a kill

after getting killed)

Death is a gift. Allow me to share it.
One death for many.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Use Quote Audio Background
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Master of the Cold Dark

gaining 15 Blight Faster and faster now!
Let the onslaught commence!
gaining 30 Blight The master has granted me true strength!
Yes, this is the power promised me!
Phylactery of Kel'Thuzad Icon.png

Phylactery of Kel'Thuzad

dying while

quest is


Your victory is a hollow one. References to the line spoken by Kel'Thuzad when he is killed in Naxxramas in World of Warcraft.[1]
Do... not... rejoice!
I shall return...
Frost Nova Icon.png

Basic Abilities



the combo

All according to my designs.
Plans within plans.
I love it when a plan comes together.
Frost Blast Icon.png

Frost Blast

I will freeze the blood in your veins. A  line spoken by KT while casting the Frost Blast spell during his boss encounter in WoW.[1]
Frozen wastes, obey my call!
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Shadow Fissure

The dark void consumes.
Know the infinite abyss.

Announcer[edit | edit source]

Event Quote Audio Background
Start of a Match Players spawning Minions, servants, soldiers of the cold dark... obey the call of Kel'Thuzad!
Players spawning (playing as the same hero) Are you... me? And I thought I was one of a kind!
Ras Frostwhisper? Is that you? No? Maybe Rage Winterchill? It's hard to see from up here. Ras Frostwhisper and Rage Winterchill are two random Hero names that are given when playing a Lich in Warcraft III multiplayer.
Member of the KT fan club are you? Who can blame you.
countdown Ten seconds...
Battle begins Let the battle begin!
<Laugh> It begins.
Go forth and scourge this realm of life!
Talents Unlocked Choose a talent.
Player Abandons A hero has fled from battle. What a waste.
Player Rejoins Welcome back hero.
Player Kills For the Scourge!
None resist the chill of death.
Ha, I could have used you in Andorhal.
The dark void awaits them.
There is no escape.
Hmm. That corpse could prove useful.
Double Kill Double kill.
Triple Kill Triple kill.
Quadruple Kill Quad kill.
Mega Kill Mega kill.
First Blood First blood.
Player Deaths I don't recall permitting you to die.
I'll ready your phylactery.
You're dead. But aren't we all?
Your service to the cold dark is unfinished.
Death means little to a servant of the Scourge.
Death on a Killing Spree Your killing spree has ended.
Ally Death on a Killing Spree Our ally's killing spree has ended.
Enemy Team Wiped We've utterly dominated the enemy. Well done.
Killing Spree tier 1
(5 takedowns)
Killing spree.
tier 2
(10 takedowns)
tier 3
(15 takedowns)
tier 4
(20 takedowns)
Hero of the Storm!
Enemy Fort Destroyed For the Frozen Throne!
Reduce them to rubble.
Fort destroyed.
Now that's entertainment.
Ha! Well done.
Enemy Keep Destroyed Well done..
Keep annihilated. Bring forth the meat wagons!
Keep destroyed!
Own Fort Lost Fort lost.
Minions, we've lost a fort!
Do not let our forts fall so easily.
Own Keep Lost Keep lost.
No, we've lost a keep.
What? The enemy just destroyed a keep!
A fort has fallen. Go and break something of theirs!
One of our forts has been destroyed.
Core Is Under Attack Our core is under attack.
The enemy is attacking our core. Do something about it.
Victory Victory.
For the Lich King!
The army of the damned marches onward.
Defeat Defeat.
We shall return with powers beyond your imagining!
Death cannot be defeated, only delayed.
Their victory is a hollow one.

References[edit | edit source]

Hero Quotes
Bruisers Bruiser

ArtanisChenD.VaDeathwingDehakaImperius (Demonic) • Leoric (Space Lord) • MalthaelRagnarosRexxarSonyaThrallVarianXulYrel

Healers Healer

AlexstraszaAnaAnduinAurielBrightwing (Flying Monkey) • DeckardKharazimLi LiLt. MoralesLúcioMalfurionRehgarStukovUtherTyrandeWhitemane

Melee Assassins Melee Assassin

AlarakGazloweIllidanKerrigan (Queen of Ghosts) • MaievMurkyQhiraSamuro (Monkey King) • The ButcherValeeraZeratul

Ranged Assassins Ranged Assassin

Azmodan (Azmodunk) • CassiaChromieFalstadGreymaneFenixGallGenjiGul'danHanzoJaina (DreadlordTheramore) • Junkrat (Sapper) • Kael'thasKel'ThuzadLi-MingLunaraMephistoNazeeboNovaOrpheaProbiusRaynorSgt. HammerSylvanasTracerTychus (Infested) • VallaZagaraZul'jin

Support Support

AbathurMedivhTassadar (Mecha) • The Lost VikingsZarya

Tanks Tank

Anub'arakArthasBlazeChoDiablo (LurkabloPrime Evil) • E.T.C.GarroshJohanna (Warsong) • Mal'GanisMeiMuradin (Maraudin') • StitchesTyrael (Mecha)

Announcer Quotes
Warcraft Warcraft

AlexstraszaAnub'arakAnduinArthasBrightwingDeathwingDrek'TharE.T.C.FalstadGarroshGazloweHeadless HorsemanIllidanJainaKel'ThuzadLi LiMaievMalfurionMal'GanisMuradinMurkyRehgarStitchesVanndar StormpikeWhitemaneYrel

StarCraft StarCraft

AbathurAdjutantAlarakBlazeDr. CookFenixMira HanSgt. HammerTassadarTychusZeratul

Diablo Diablo (franchise)

BelethThe ButcherDeckardDiabloIlarianImperiusJohannaMephistoNazeeboSonyaTyraelValla

Overwatch Overwatch

AthenaD.VaGenjiHanzoJunkratKatya VolskayaMei

Nexus Heroes of the Storm

Arena AnnouncerBlackheartCommodore FordEl GuapoGrave KeeperKaKevin "cloaken" JohnsonLady of ThornsMC TombstoneNeithisOrpheaQhiraQueen NightshadeMecha TyraelRaven LordThe Kid