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I once ruled Azjol-Nerub. Then, came a war I could not win. I was forced to servitude. But here, in this strange place, no-one commands my power! I will conquer the Nexus! Those who oppose me shall embrace the web of death. I am Anub'arak. I ruled once before. I shall rule again!

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Anub'arak is a Melee Warrior Hero from the Warcraft universe.

Once a proud nerubian king, Anub'arak dared to stand against the Lich King's invasion, but despite his bravery, he too fell to the unrelenting Scourge. Resurrected into undeath, the Traitor King now serves as a towering, weapon of destruction. But here in the Nexus, no one commands his power![1]

Background Edit

The former king of Azjol-Nerub, Anub'arak was among the nerubians slaughtered in the War of the Spider. Ner'zhul the Lich King raised the high lords of the Spider Kingdom as undead to do his bidding, Anub'arak among them.

Now as a malicious crypt lord, he is forced to use his powers to purge the snow swept landscape of any remaining resistance to the reign of the Lich King. Despite the pleas from his former subjects, he has been ordered to massacre many nerubians who tried to oppose the undead.

Gameplay Summary Edit

Strengths Edit

Weaknesses Edit

Abilities Edit

Impale (Q)
Mana: 65
Cooldown: 12 seconds

Deals 104.00 (+4% per level) damage. Stuns for 1 second.

Harden Carapace (W)
Mana: 30
Cooldown: 6 seconds

Gain a Shield that absorbs 315 (+4% per level) damage over 3 seconds.

Burrow Charge (E)
Mana: 65
Cooldown: 14 seconds

Burrow to the target location, dealing 96 (+4% per level) damage and briefly stunning enemies in a small area upon surfacing, slowing them by 25% for 2.5 seconds.

Burrow Charge can be reactivated to surface early.

Traits Edit

Scarab Host [Trait, Passive]

Spawn a Beetle at your location whenever you use an ability. Beetles last for 8 seconds, attacking nearby enemies for 20.80 (+4% per level) damage.

Heroic Abilities Edit

Locust Swarm (R) [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 75
Cooldown: 100 seconds

Deal 62 (+4% per level) damage per second in an area around yourself. Each enemy damaged heals you for 21 (+4% per level) Health. Lasts 6 seconds.

Cocoon (R) [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 70
Cooldown: 60 seconds

Wraps target enemy Hero in a cocoon, rendering them unable to act or be targeted for 8 seconds. Allies of the Hero can attack the cocoon to break it and free them early.

Talents Edit

Tier 1, Hero Level 1 Edit

Resilient Scarabs
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

Beetles have 50 Spell Armor.

Nerubian Armor
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

Every 12 seconds, gain 30 Spell Armor against the next enemy Ability and subsequent Abilities for 1.5 seconds, reducing the damage taken by 30%.

Regeneration Master
Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

IconQuestTalent Quest: Gathering a Regeneration Globe increases your Health Regeneration by 1 per second, up to 30.
IconQuestTalent Reward: After gathering 30 Regeneration Globes, you also gain 500 Health.

Tier 2, Hero Level 4 Edit

Bed of Barbs
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

Create a bed of spikes along Impale's path that slows enemy Move Speed by 25.00% and deals 21 (+4% per level) damage per second. Spikes persist for 3.50 seconds.

Shed Exoskeleton
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

Using Harden Carapace also increases Anub'arak's Movement Speed by 30% for 3 seconds.

Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

Increases Burrow Charge range by 20% and damage by 100%.

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Legion of Beetles [Toggle]
Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)
Cooldown: 0.5 seconds

Anub'arak automatically spawns Beetles every 8 seconds. Can be toggled on and off.

Tier 3, Hero Level 7 Edit

Chitinous Plating
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

While Hardened Carapace is active, taking damage from enemy Abilities decreases its cooldown by 1 second, up to 3 seconds maximum.

Subterranean Shield
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

Burrow Charge also grants a 345 (+4% per level) point shield for 5 seconds.

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Leeching Scarabs
Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

Beetles gain 20% bonus attack damage and they heal Anub'arak for 50% of their damage with each attack if he is nearby.

Tier 4, Hero Level 10 Edit

Locust Swarm (R) [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 75
Cooldown: 100 seconds

Deal 62 (+4% per level) damage per second in an area around yourself. Each enemy damaged heals you for 21 (+4% per level) Health. Lasts 6 seconds.

Cocoon (R) [Heroic Ability]
Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Mana: 70
Cooldown: 60 seconds

Wraps target enemy Hero in a cocoon, rendering them unable to act or be targeted for 8 seconds. Allies of the Hero can attack the cocoon to break it and free them early.

Tier 5, Hero Level 13 Edit

Burning Rage
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

Deal 23.92 (+4% per level) damage per second to nearby enemies.

Urticating Spines
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

Casting Harden Carapace will also deal 80 (+4% per level) damage to nearby enemies. Deals double damage against Heroes.

Acid Drenched Mandibles
Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

Attacking a Hero that is slowed, rooted, or stunned increases Anub'arak's Basic Attack damage by 70% for 3 seconds.

Tier 6, Hero Level 16 Edit

Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Increases Burrow Charge impact area by 60% and lowers the cooldown by 1.25 seconds for each Hero hit.

Icon Debilitation
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Enemy Heroes hit by Burrow Charge have their Spell Power reduced by 50% for 4 seconds.

Beetle, Juiced
Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Every 3rd Basic Attack against enemy Heroes spawns a Beetle.

Tier 7, Hero Level 20 Edit

Hive Master
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

Anub'arak gains a permanent Vampire Locust that attacks a nearby enemy every 3 seconds. The Vampire Locust deals 159.12 (+4% per level) damage and returns to heal Anub'arak for 38.48 (+4% per level) health.

Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

Staying near the Cocoon allows Anub'arak to extend the duration by up to 4 seconds per Cocoon.

Hardened Shield
Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)
Cooldown: 60 seconds

Activate to reduce damage taken by 75% for 4 seconds.

Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)
Cooldown: 60 seconds

Activate to reset the cooldowns of your Basic Abilities.

Talent Builds Edit

Tips Edit

  • Anub'arak excels at initiating fights and forcing engagements.
  • Anub'arak is a nimble character, despite his size. He is good at jumping under lines and evading very quickly. He is a significant threat for DPS-type characters such as the Demon Hunter and Nova.
  • Anub'arak is effective against towers as per his beetle ability. The beetles will absorb tower fire, allowing Anub'arak to attack the structures.
  • If specced mainly for scarabs, Anu'arak can become even sturdier, and one of the most durable Heroes in the game. The most important Talents for this are Legion of Beetles and Leeching Scarab. This makes Anub'arak spawns more bugs that will heal him whenever they attack.
  • “Burrowing Charge” [E] can be activated a second time to force Anub’arak to pop up from underground. Use the maneuver to knock up unsuspecting enemies or to chase fleeing opponents.
  • “Web Blast” [R] is fantastic for interrupting important Heroic Abilities. For example, try to Web Blast on a Valla’s “Strafe” or an Illidan using “The Hunt.”
  • “Impale” [Q] is a long ranged knock up. Use it aggressively to delay opponents from grabbing a tribute on Cursed Hollow, or to initiate a team fight. The high amount of hitstun it causes gives the chance for the team to engage more efficiently and eliminate key-opponents while they're stunned.[1]

Matchups Edit

Pairings Edit

Anub'arak's Cocoon can reliably be followed up by Stukov's Lurking Arm, essentially trapping opponent Heroes and negating any form of escaping.

Also another great shield target for Zarya due to his propensity to dive into the enemy team. Zarya also pairs nicely with him because they shore up the other’s weaknesses as a solo-Warrior (Zarya lacks disables and Anub'arak has lower Health).

Effective against Edit

Anub'arak excels at fighting Heroes that relies on Ability Damage thanks to his natural spell damage armor and Harden Carapace. Anub'arak can stun Alarak from afar with Impale, and chase him with Burrow Charge once Alarak exhausts his cooldowns.

Anub'arak has everything that Gul'dan hates. Two ways to interrupt Drain Life (three if he talents into Cocoon), a strong initiation tool to easily reach Gul’dan and put on the pressure, and a ton of spell mitigation.

Anub'arak’s innate spell-armor, combined with all the right tools to deal with "mages", can easily prevent Kel'Thuzad from unleashing his true potential. A well timed Cocoon can easily secure Kel'Thuzad's demise.

Anub'arak can easily bypass Probius’ defenses and get to him with a well-timed Burrow Charge, and his Beetles are great for tanking Photon Cannon shots while Probius runs for his life. Anub’arak’s Heroics are also both great against Probius, as Locust Swarm naturally has more targets due to Pylons and Photon Cannons, and Cocoon is a great tool for isolating either Probius himself or one of his key frontline heroes, leaving him vulnerable for an easy kill.

Anub'arak can harass Stukov from distance with Impale, as well dive right into him with Burrow Charge, which is very dangerous when Stukov is channelling Lurking Arm.

Effective foes Edit

Skins Edit

Traitor King Anub'arak (base)
Anub'arak - TK - Purple Anub'arak - TK - White Anub'arak - TK - Blue
Traitor King Desert Frozen
Underking Anub'arak IconShard 100
A Spider Lord's carapace has been known to deflect blades, arrows, and even siege weaponry all on its own. When fitted with armor, it is all but unstoppable.
Anub'arak - Master - Green Anub'arak - Master - Pink Anub'arak - Master - Blue Anub'arak - Underking - Deatholme
Underking Silithus Northrend Deatholme IconShard 150
Love Bug IconShard 400
Once you're bitten, you're smitten.
This skin is related to the Valentine's Day themed-skins. Features themed abilities.
Anub'arak - LB - Red Anub'arak - LB - Pink Anub'arak - LB - Green
Love Bug Hearty Iridescent
Anub'alisk IconShard 600
Anub'alisk was evolved to safeguard the birthing colony of Cavir from any threats. After the second Overmind's death, the Lurker Lord remained feral until he was recovered by Abathur and Mukav's rogue brood.
This skin is related to the StarCraft themed-skins. Features themed abilities.
Anubalisk Anubalisk - Enraged Anubalisk - Kaldir Anubalisk - Omega
Anub'alisk Enraged Kaldir Omega
Anubalisk - Venomous
Cyb’arak Anub’arak IconShard 1600
The Defense mecha Cyb'arak designed by Frozen Throne technologies has proven instrumental in the defense of the African continent against the Kaijo monsters.
This skin is related to the Mechas VS Kaijos themed-skins. Features altered voice-over and themed abilities.
Anub'arak - CY - Yellow Anub'arak - CY - Blue Anub'arak - CY - Red Anub'arak - CY - Neon
Cyb'arak Cobalt Crimson Neon

Patch changes Edit

  • Patch (Patch September 26, 2017Note: Deatholme Underking Anub’arak skin added.
  • Patch (Patch September 8, 2017Note: Fixed an issue causing the Neon Cyb'arak Skin to replace the base Cyb'arak Anub'arak Skin in-game and in the Collection.
  • Patch (Patch August 8, 2017Note: Anub'alisk, Enraged Anub'alisk, Kaldir Anub'alisk, Omega Anub'alisk, Venomous Anub'alisk skins added.
  • Patch (Patch July 11, 2017Note: Basic Attack damage reduced from 95 to 91; Base Maximum Health reduced from 2003 to 1925.
  • Patch (Patch March 14, 2017Note: Spell Armor reduced from 25 to 20; Basic Attack damage reduced from 99 to 95.
  • Patch (Patch January 4, 2017Note: Now has 25 Spell Armor; Health decreased from 2226 to 2003; Health Regeneration decreased from 4.64 to 4.17.
  • Patch (Patch December 6, 2016Note: Base Health increased from 2120 to 2226; Health Regeneration increased from 4.4 to 4.6 per second.
  • Patch (Patch September 27, 2016Note: Base maximum Health increased from 1926 to 2120; Health regen increased from 4.0 to 4.4.
  • Patch (Patch July 12, 2016Note: Voiceover will now play properly while idling on Anub’arak’s Hero page in the Shop.
  • Patch (Patch June 21, 2016Note: Base Health decreased from 2026 to 1926; Health Regen decreased from 4.22 to 4.01 per second.
  • Patch (Patch May 17, 2016Note: Health increased from 1926 (+4% per level) to 2026 (+4% per level); Health Regeneration increased from 4.01 (+4% per level) to 4.22 (+4% per level) Health per second.


  1. 1.0 1.1 2014-09-30, ANUB'ARAK HERO WEEK. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2014-10-03

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