Heroes of the Storm – Arthas (Melee Warrior) – Talents

Backstory

arthas-portraitOnce the crown prince of Lordaeron, and protege of Uther the Lightbringer, Prince Arthas was corrupted by the cursed blade Frostmourne in a desperate bid to save his people. Now he rules over the damned as the Lich King and all shall know his wrath.

Store Cost: heroes-of-the-storm-gold-icon 5,500 | $7.49

Role: Melee Warrior

Origins

Prince Arthas debuted in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and became the Lich King in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne (both included in the Warcraft III Battle Chest). The Lich King was the main villain in World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King where he met his demise before heroes of the Alliance and the Horde with the assistance of Tirion Fordring and his Argent Crusade.

Arthas made a cameo as a child in the pages of World of Warcraft: Tides of Darkness, when Sir Anduin Lothar and a young Prince Varian Wrynn arrived to the throne of Lordaeron to seek shelter for the refugees of Stormwind shortly after the old Horde decimated the Kingdom. This novel was reprinted in the World of Warcraft: Chronicles of War which collects 4 novels.

In addition, you can learn more about Arthas in the Warcraft III novelization titled World of Warcraft: Arthas: Rise of the Lich King by New York Times best selling author Christie Golden.

Arthas the Lich King made a cameo in the Tokyopop manga Warcraft: Legends Volume 4 (the final story of Trag Highmountain, the tauren death knight). Another flashback cameo as Arthas the Death Knight and as the Lich King in World of Warcraft: The Essential Sunwell Collection by New York Times best selling author Richard A. Knaak.

History

Through demonic punishment, the Lich King was born with a singular objective: controlling the massive throng of undead known as the Scourge.

Ner’zhul was an elder orc shaman who rose as high as warchief of the orc clans of Draenor… and fell low enough to become a slave of the Burning Legion. After the Second War drew to a close, Ner’zhul — guided by visions of death — frantically opened new portals to worlds that the orcish hordes might invade, but the magical stress of creating so many portals at once tore Draenor apart. Ner’zhul escaped the death of his homeworld by fleeing into the nearest rift, only to find the demon Kil’jaeden lying in wait for him. Kil’jaeden had long manipulated Ner’zhul’s visions to guide the orcs down a dark path, and now the demon punished his puppet by destroying Ner’zhul’s body and encasing his spirit in an icy cask that would come to be called the Frozen Throne. This act birthed the Lich King, a spectral presence made to command the Scourge, an army of undead that would serve as the Burning Legion’s advance weapon against Azeroth.

Despite his orders, the Lich King plotted to break free of the Legion’s influence. During the Third War, he summoned Arthas Menethil, the fallen prince of Lordaeron, to serve as his most loyal death knight. When the Lich King was threatened by the forces of Illidan the Betrayer, Arthas traveled to the Frozen Throne of Northrend and broke the ice surrounding his master, donning the Lich King’s helm and merging with him. Years later, the Alliance and Horde would march to destroy the Lich King, but they discovered that the Scourge, now loosed upon Azeroth, would always need a leader. The brave highlord Bolvar Fordragon volunteered to become the new jailor of the damned, dedicating his existence to containing the ravages of the undead.

 

Skins

These skins can be obtained at the Heroes of the Storm’s in-game Shop. The first skin is the default one and free. The other skins can be unlocked through Hero Quests. Hero Quests can be acquired at level 10.


Arthas the Lich King

This is the default skin, which shows Arthas after he became the Lich King.

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Arthas the Death Knight

This skin shows Arthas the Death Knight prior to reaching the Icecrown (Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne).

Note: This tint is unlocked after completing the initial three Hero Quests. Hero Quests are unlocked at level 10.

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Prince Arthas (Alliance or Horde Cape)

This skin shows Prince Arthas after he found the Frostmourne runeblade in Dragonblight (Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos). In this version, his tint is either red or white. On his back you can see the emblem of Stormwind or the emblem of the Horde on his cape. In some parallel universe out there, Arthas did never succumb to the curse of Frostmourne and the whispers of Ner’zhul the Lich King, and joined either the Horde or the Alliance. Or so it seems.

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FAQ

How to apply a tint and a skin to your character? Join a Practice, Cooperative or Versus Mode game. On the lobby screen, you will see a button on the bottom-left titled: Hero Details.

You will see the following UI Interface pop up. If the skins or tints were unlocked, you can switch your character skin or tint by pressing on the left or right arrow (as shown in the image below).

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Talents

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Frost Strike (Q): Deals 71 damage and slows by 75% for 1.5 sec. Cooldown: 7 sec. Mana: 55.

Howling Blast (W): Roots enemies within the target area in place for 1.5 sec and deals 36 damage. Area of Effect. Cooldown: 12 sec. Mana: 75.

Frozen Tempest (E): Deals 23 damage per sec to nearby enemies. Drains 8 mana per sec. Lasts until canceled or Arthas runs out of mana.

Trait

Frostmourne Hungers (R): Auto-attacks deal an additional 20% damage and grant Arthas 15 mana. Lasts 4 sec. Combat Trait. Cooldown: 30 sec.

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Strategy

Arthas plays the Melee Warrior role in Heroes of the Storm. Arthas engages with his enemies directly, freezing and slowing them. Summons undead spirits of enemy Heroes he kills to fight for him.

His difficulty is described as medium. Frost Strike (Q) is the main attack ability used to cause direct hit damage and to add a 75% slow debuff on your enemy Hero. I like to enable Frozen Tempest (E) right away. It is an AOE damage aura that spends 8 mana per second and causes 59 damage per sec to anyone caught within the visual circle.

However, I activate Frostmourne Hungers shortly after I enable Frozen Tempest, because it gives me back some of the mana spent. Frostmourne Hungers: Auto-attacks deal an additional 20% damage and grant Arthas 15 mana. Lasts 4 sec (has a 30 sec cooldown). This three-button combo is more effective on Mercenaries who stay static and don’t run away.

However, if you use Howling Blast and your teammates keep enemy heroes crowd controlled long enough, Arthas can do some serious collective damage.

If anything, Arthas has a good survival talents as a melee warrior. The level 1 talents give you the option to pick Path of the Warrior: Your Hero gains an extra 25 health for every level gained. I tend to pick this.

At level 10, you can choose either Army of the Dead or Sindragosa. Sindragosa isn’t exactly the Hyperion (which shoots for long seconds). Sindragosa only breaths frost on enemy heroes, minions and buildings as it sweeps through and that’s it. Not particularly my favorite talent with Arthas. I choose Army of the Dead. Here is why — they help you surround a target, but pressing Army of the Dead (R) a few times will consume one ghoul at a time restoring 630 health to Arthas.

If you are in a scenario where you are fighting 2+ enemy Heroes at once, pop Army of the Dead when you are below 40% health, and watch your health go from almost dead to nigh full health.

Voice Over Quotes

These are the voice over quotes repeated by Arthas when the player clicks on him multiple times.

“Frostmourne yearns.”

“You will all serve me.”

“I rule.”

“Hail to the King, baby!”

“I am one cold brother.”

“Darkness, stop calling. It’s alright, though. We are still friends through Real ID.”

“I’m afraid my condition has left me cold to your pleas of mercy.”

“No man can defeat me. Although, 10 to 25 might do the trick.”

“If you think I’m powerful now, you should see my abilities in Heroic mode.”

“I’m looking for a few dead men with the cursed meddle to be death knights.”

“It’s Lich King, not Lick King. The two are very very different jobs.”

“All I want is to settle down with a Lich Queen of my own, and have some little Lichlings. Is that too much to ask?”

“Ever get the feeling you are hearing voices in your helmet?”

“You’d make an adequate ghoul. Mindless, and proficient at repetitive tasks.”

“The thing no one tells you about sitting on a Frozen Throne is how much of your flesh ends up stuck to it.”

 

Hero Quests


Basic Hero Quests

Basic Hero Quests are unique to each Hero. Usually they are focused on using a spell/ability “X” amount of times against any enemy Hero; and the last one asks you to play 10 games with your Hero.

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Epic Hero Quests

The Epic Hero Quests are not available until you reach level 10, and until your Hero has completed the 3 Basic Hero Quests. These are not unique for each hero. All Heroes must complete the same Epic Hero Quests.

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Videos

In this video, the team won Dragon Shire in less than 10 minutes.

 

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